Obama and Romney remain silent on climate change in first US Presidential Debate

By Tierney Smith

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Latest news: Thursday 4 October

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Worldwide: The latest report from analyst firm Clean Energy Pipeline has found that global clean energy investment has dropped to the lowest level since 2009, as this year’s downwards trend continued into the third quarter. (BusinessGreen)

UK: Following an event this week to mark the mid-way point of the New Economic Foundation (NEF)’s One Hundred Months campaign, Carbon Brief looks at the science and asks if it is possible to forecast the date at which we can no longer reverse the effects of climate change. (Carbon Brief)

Worldwide: Michael Mann, director of the Earth System Science Center at Pennsylvania State University has warned that vulnerable island states many need to consider evacuating their population within a decade. He says the latest models have underestimated the speed at which the Greenland and west Antarctic ice sheets will start to shrink. (Guardian)

EU: Energy chief, Güenther Oettinger has said he is ‘satisfied’ with nuclear safety despite reports earlier this week that a stress test of the continent’s 145 reactors is expected to reveal hundred of defects. (Guardian)

UK: Green campaign group 10:10 are set to launch a new campaign which is designed to give businesses and individuals the chance to promote the step they are taking to curb their greenhouse gas emissions. (BusinessGreen)

UK: Bob Ward, from the Grantham Research Institute on climate change has slammed recent attacks on Lord Nicholas Stern’s landmark analysis of the economics of climate change. He has said their criticisms are based on shoddy economics and misrepresentations. (E2B Pulse)

US: Despite 160,000 signatures calling for a question on climate change in last night’s first Presidential Debate, which took place in Denver, their was no mention of global warming by either candidate. Green energy did come up, however, as Obama defended investments in renewables alongside voicing support for oil and natural gas production. (The Hill)

The League of Conservation Voters latest campaign ahead of the elections will target what they call the ‘Flat Earth Five’ – Republicans in Congress who openly do not accept the science on climate change. The group said it aims to spend $2 million on the campaign ahead of Election Day. (Guardian)

UK: Climate campaigner and former director of Friends of the Earth has warned that merging the British Antarctic Survey in Cambridge and the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton would harm research into climate change. (BBC)

France: Coca-Cola has announced it is to invest €6.5 million in a plastic bottle recycling plant in France, as part of its latest effort to increase the amount of greener material for its new bottles by 70%. (BusinessGreen)

Europe: US exports of coal to Europe rose 24% in the first half of the year, according to the US Energy Information Administration. (Energy Digital)

Agriculture: Experts on climate change, agriculture and economics have come together in a new ‘Agricultural Model Intercomparison and Improvement Project’ to assess the climate impacts on regional and global food security in order to offer farmers better predictions to cope with changes.  (Reuters AlertNet)

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