How Energy Affects Climate: How can we adjust our energy system to stay below the two degree threshold? In a talk on The Energy and Climate Nexus at Columbia University, analysts and professors will discuss how to reach a sustainable energy future. The live webcast will start at 9:30AM EDT today.
Climate Change Hits Pollinators: Warmer spring temperatures are causing bees to start flying too early and miss the blooming period of orchids, a new study found. While flowers are also blooming earlier, bees are much more affected and scientists have found that their symbiotic relationship is becoming out of sync. This climate-triggered timing mismatch has been documented through multiple species, and researchers are worried about a disruption of critical pollination relationships. (The GuardianDaily Mail, Carbon Brief, Press Association, Click Green)

ALEC Loses Another Member: Conservative group ALEC lost another big tech supporter over its positions on climate change and renewable energy. SAP America, a major tech company that chaired ALEC’s corporate board, cited ALEC’s positions on climate change and renewable energy as triggers behind their decision. SAP America’s exit follows the mass exodus of Yahoo!, Google, Facebook, and Yelp. (National JournalHuffington Post, Nick Surgey column; Huffington Post, Brad Johnson column)  
 
After Haiyan, Asia Still Unprepared: A year after Typhoon Haiyan devastated the Philippines, a new report cautions that Asian governments have not made sufficient investments into climate resiliency and disaster assistance programs. Over the past 20 years, Asia has been hit by extreme weather disasters costing $53 billion annually. The newly-created Climate Relief Fund has devoted their first campaign to raising money for victims of Haiyan; 15,000 people are still living as refugees and are at a high risk of further typhoon damage. Filipino marchers have finished their 1,000-kilometers walk, which took place over the past 40 days to commemorate and show solidarity with victims of Haiyan. (Reuters on Oxfam report, AFP on marchers.)
US News
  • Can GOP, Obama find common ground? New Congress eyes Keystone, ObamaCare, tax code (Fox, AP)
  • Election puts Obama climate pledge at risk (Bloomberg)
  • Environmental groups look forward to a long two (or more) years of a GOP Congress (Huffington Post
  • Obama, McConnell speak of cooperation, but conflict is apparent (Los Angeles Times)
  • White House leaves door open to pipeline approval bill (E&E News $) 
  • Climate change denier Jim Inhofe in line for Senate's top environmental job (The Guardian, Mic, Mediaite, The Week)
  • Republican sweep highlights climate change politics in Alaska (NPR, The Hill)
  • How will the GOP sweep affect clean energy in New Jersey? (NJ Spotlight)
  • Meager returns for the Democrats' biggest donor (New York Times $)
  • Tom Steyer claims success in very expensive effort to make climate change a 'wedge issue' (Huffington Post)
  • Most Democrats backed by Steyer come up short (Wall Street Journal $)
  • Groups press new GOP majority to reject wind tax credits (The Hill, E&E News $)
  • House to vote on EPA ‘secret science’ bills (The Hill)
  • Feds: More fuel efficient cars available in 2015 (The Hill)
  • Greens: Obama won’t be cowed by anti-environmental riders (The Hill)
  • Election brings carbon tax closer to Oregon (The Hill)
  • EPA delays emissions rule for farmers (The Hill)
  • Tesla sets delivery record, but losses mount (AP)
  • Will cheap gas undermine climate-change efforts? (The Atlantic)
  • 2014: The year of Koch (Mother Jones)
  • Shrimp depletions in Gulf of Maine part of a pattern across the globe (Portland Press-Herald $)
  • Minn. communities look for ways to adapt to climate change (Minn NPR)
  • New global warming remedy: Change rangelands into carbon-sucking vacuums (California Magazine)
  • No recovery, but a sliver of drought gains for California (Climate Central)

World News
  • Australia repealed its carbon tax--and emissions are now soaring (Vox)
  • Brazil wants richer countries to step up on climate (The Hill)
  • Rich nations forced IPCC to 'drop' key climate chart: Centre for Science and Environment (PTI)
  • What's the environmental impact of modern war? (Guardian)
  • G20: Australia resists international call supporting climate change fund (Guardian
  • Energy, economy topping PM's G20 agenda (The Hindu)
  • G20 to focus on economic growth (Sydney Morning Herald)
  • Melting sea ice doubles the chance of harsh winters in other parts of the world (PTI)
  • Why snow machines are cold comfort as alps warm (Guardian)
  • Opec: Oil demand to hit 111m barrels by 2040 despite climate change (Telegraph)
  • Inter-university consortium embarks on glacier studies (The Hindu)
  • Geoengineering could prevent climate effects caused by giant volcanic eruptions (Guardian)  
  • Climate change could mean more winter precipitation, summer heat waves for Finland (Alaska Dispatch)
  • This week, Canada's poor climate change reputation got worse (Huffington Post
  • Small islands need debt relief to pay for climate change (Guardian)
  • Meet the climate sleuths keeping carbon reporting honest (RTCC)
  • Panama's climate struggle (Deutsche Welle)
  • Will polar bears become extinct? (BBC)

Post-Election Pandemonium

With the GOP taking the Senate, the pundits are producing plenty of pieces about what it all means for climate. Grist and Nat Geo don't see good things, MoJo introduces us to the "Senate's New Climate Denial Caucus," The Hill talks about enviro's losses, WaPo suggests not much will change given the deadlock, the WSJ predicts Keystone will go through, HuffPo lists some of the wackier quotes from Iowa Senator-elect Joni Ernst, and MSNBC has a similar rundown of the "colorful characters" that have moved into leadership positions. 

Taking a more positive tack is Mashable, which points out a few reasons why this isn't "the climate policy apocalypse you fear." NRDC's Heather Taylor-Miesle in HuffoPo also looks at positive takeaways from the elections (the short version being: a denier can't win the Presidency in 2016). Meanwhile, the National Journal's Jason Plautz points out that with Pennsylvania's new governor, Dem. Tom Wolf, the Northeast's Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative may gain a major new member.

Then of course, there are a slew of stories about Tom Steyer's involvement in the elections and whether or not it paid off, including an oped from Steyer himself, where he says "this is only the beginning."

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