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And happy birthday to the indomitable Tina Turner, who opens today's newsletter with this classic tune...
Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios
Sorry for the pre-Thanksgiving bummer, but new analyses released ahead of the big UN climate meeting that opens next week in Madrid bring bad news for the planet.
The big picture: The reports show that despite increasing use of climate-friendly tech, especially surging deployment of solar and wind power, steep emissions cuts are nowhere on the horizon.
Driving the news, part 1: This morning the UN released its latest tally of the "emissions gap" — the difference between where greenhouse gas output is heading and estimates of what's needed to keep temperature rise in check.
Driving the news, part 2: The buildup of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere isn't slowing down and reached fresh records in 2018, separate data from the UN's World Meteorological Organization data shows.
Combined investment in clean energy projects in developing nations fell sharply last year, per newly released data from the research firm BloombergNEF.
Why it matters: The overall decline is largely due to a drop in China, which is by far the world's largest GHG-emitting nation.
But, but, but: It's worth noting that some of the drop is because wind and solar keep getting cheaper.
One level deeper: The amount of coal-fired power produced in developing nations increased in 2018 and accounts for a combined 47% of generation in 104 emerging markets surveyed.
Axios' Amy Harder reports on news from both coasts on city and state battles over natural gas policy.
What's happening: A couple dozen cities across the Bay Area in California could soon move forward with bans on natural gas in new buildings, San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo said in an interview Monday.
Where it stands: San Jose is the largest city to pass such a measure in what’s quickly becoming a controversial trend in the Golden State designed to tackle climate change at a more local level.
The big picture: With federal inaction on climate change persisting and the topic becoming increasingly important to liberal-leaning Americans, local politicians are moving ahead with piecemeal policies to clamp down on natural gas and other fossil fuels.
The other side: The California Restaurant Association just sued the other major city that’s taken this step, Berkeley. San Jose’s ordinance doesn’t apply to commercial buildings like Berkeley’s does, however.
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ICYMI, the power company National Grid said Monday it was lifting a moratorium on natural gas services it had imposed in parts of New York since May in response to the state rejecting a pipeline, Amy reports.
Driving the news: National Grid said it will pursue a series of moves, including increasing energy efficiency and relying more on portable compressed natural gas, to ensure supply to its customers.
The Pew Research Center yesterday unveiled a wide-ranging poll on U.S. attitudes about climate and energy policy.
What they found: Check out the chart above, which shows bipartisan support for renewables but steep divides over fossil fuels.
The big picture: Overall, the survey of over 3,600 adults finds that 67% think the federal government is doing too little to combat climate change.
The intrigue: One finding that caught my eye was the demographic split among Republicans/lean-Republicans on the question of whether the government is doing enough.
A climate technology investment group that counts Leonardo DiCaprio among its advisers yesterday announced the closing of its first funding round and says it exceeded targets.
Why it matters: Princeville Capital's Climate Technology Fund aims to invest over $300 million over the next four years in companies that will deploy "near-term climate solutions," the announcement states.
My thought bubble: It's a recognition of the need to support companies improving or creating technologies that will yield emissions cuts soon.
What's next: "The fund will invest in several core climate-focused sectors including smart grid technologies, industrial and building efficiency, precision agriculture, smart cities and technologies that promote climate resilience," the announcement of the fund's closing states.
Go deeper: Leonardo DiCaprio Has a New Job: Advising a Climate Technology Fund (Bloomberg)
An interesting Reuters piece lays out the large number of U.S. companies — at least eight! — planning to introduce electrified pickups in the next two years.
Why it matters: Generate readers are probably familiar with plans by Tesla, Ford, GM and Rivian. But the story name-checks some lesser-known players.