In this last edition of Environmental Energy in this format, a new report has concluded that business will be in a position by 2030 to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 3.7 billion metric tons, and be a key driver of global climate action. Also, in the Power section, India gets $1 billion loan from World Bank for solar mission. Finally, in the Water section, a brewery satisfying Americans’ thirst for Mexican beers such as Corona is sucking so much water from wells in an arid region near the US border that it has left one municipality bone dry, according to a local mayor.
Quote of the day
“The only way is up for business action on climate change. But we must not head into this future blind: Disclosure of climate information will be essential to keep track of corporate progress, spur greater action and help business achieve its ambition.”
Paul Simpson, Chief Executive Officer, CDP, in the Clean Technica’s story Business To Be Key Driver Of Global Climate Action, Reports CDP
Obama, Justin Trudeau and Enrique Peña Nieto Focus on Climate, Both Political and Global
By Mark Landler – The New York Times
For President Obama, foreign trips these days have increasingly become an exercise in explaining the inflamed politics of his country to nervous foreigners.
Clean energy group backs two GOP incumbents
By Timothy Cama – The Hill
A conservative clean energy group is endorsing two incumbent Republican House lawmakers in their reelection races.
***LB: Also in this story “ClearPath Action Fund is putting its weight behind Reps. Tom Reed and Elise Stefanik, both of New York, in their highly competitive campaigns.”
Green lining? Five ways Brexit could be good for the environment
By Michael Le Page – New Scientist
Brexit may be bad in many ways, but here’s a very faint glimmer of a silver lining. If the UK leaves the European Union, it might not necessarily be a disaster for the environment.
Amid political turbulence, support for Britain’s climate policies continues
“However we choose to leave the European Union, let me be clear, we remain committed to dealing with climate change,” declared Amber Rudd, Britain’s secretary of state for energy and climate change, on June 29th.
Business To Be Key Driver Of Global Climate Action, Reports CDP
By Joshua S Hill – Clean Technica
A new report has concluded that business will be in a position by 2030 to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 3.7 billion metric tonnes, and be a key driver of global climate action.
***LB: Also in this story “The new report, The Business End of Climate Change, was launched this week at the Business & Climate Summit in London, and was authored by CDP, formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project, for the We Mean Business coalition.”
These three companies are poised to benefit from Three Amigos climate accord
With the signing of a trilateral agreement to curtail greenhouse gases through the regulation of certain industries, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Mexican President Peña Neta and U.S. President Barack Obama have doubled down and made their Paris Agreement commitments real.
Ozone Hole Shows Signs of Shrinking, Scientists Say
By Henry Fountain – The New York Times
Nearly three decades after the world banned chemicals that were destroying the atmosphere’s protective ozone layer, scientists said Thursday that there were signs the atmosphere was on the mend.
Natural gas / coal
Natural Gas Fills the Gap as Coal Drops Out of U.S. Power Market
By Jonathan Crawford – Bloomberg News
Five years ago, opponents of newly proposed clean-air rules sounded dire warnings of blackouts and surging electricity prices if coal-burning plants were shuttered.
Our Air Is Getting Cleaner, And Natural Gas Deserves Some Fracking Credit
By Isaac Orr – Investors Business Daily
A new study released by the World Health Organization (WHO) says although outdoor air pollution worldwide has increased by 8% in the past five years, air quality in the United States has become cleaner.
***LB: Also in this story “A key reason that air quality has improved is because more Americans than ever are now relying on natural gas, and burning natural gas emits fewer pollutants into the atmosphere than burning coal.”
India gets $1 billion loan from World Bank for solar mission
The World Bank on Thursday announced $ 1 billion in support of India’s ambitious solar generation plans, its largest financing of solar projects for any country in the world.
Floating solar is a win-win energy solution for drought-stricken US lakes
By Philip Warburg – Environment 360 (part of the Guardian Environment Network)
The Colorado River’s two great reservoirs, Lake Mead and Lake Powell, are in retreat.
Merkel Weighs Pollution Goal That Would Spur More Electric Cars
By Brian Parkin – Bloomberg News
Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government is working on targets to cut pollution on Germany’s roads that may effectively force carmakers to switch most of their sales to electric vehicles by the end of the next decade.
Americans’ taste for Mexican beer sucking up water supply, mayor says
By David Agren – The Guardian
A brewery satisfying Americans’ thirst for Mexican beers such as Corona is sucking so much water from wells in an arid region near the US border that it has left one municipality bone dry, according to a local mayor.