Summary

Though the age of climate science denial is not over (yet), a study finds, salvation might come from Hollywood, as it might offer a rare opportunity to cut across political affiliation lines with a message that is both entertaining and eye-opening. And also in this edition (in the Clean tech section): Tesla Motors should check its rearview mirror. General Motors  just unveiled the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt, a pure electric vehicle.  

Quote of the day

“With a public that holds views on climate change that largely align with political affiliation, Hollywood might offer a rare opportunity to cut across these lines with a message that is both entertaining and eye-opening.”

Anthony Leiserowitz at the Yale Program on Climate Change Communications, in the GreenBiz’ story Can Hollywood save us from climate catastrophe? 

Lead stories 

Will trade trump climate pact? 
By Brian Bienkowski – The Daily Climate 
A powerful legal tool designed to protect foreign investors could undermine commitments made in Paris last month to reign in climate warming emissions.  
http://bit.ly/1Z8Fj0F 

Era of climate science denial is not over, study finds 
By Graham Readfearn – The Guardian  
Is organised climate science denial finished? After global heat records were continually broken over the last decade, and as sea levels rose and scientists reported the accelerated melting of polar ice sheets, you might be forgiven for thinking the debate over climate change had shifted. 
http://bit.ly/1JxcHfF

Can Hollywood save us from climate catastrophe? 
By David Wigder – GreenBiz 
By taking on the link between football and brain injuries, the recently released movie “Concussion” reminds us of the potential for Hollywood to shape attitudes and beliefs about controversial topics through entertainment. 
http://bit.ly/1TI53zl 

Let’s drink to being a champagne environmentalist 
By Andrew Simms
If we’re going to fix climate change, we’ll have to get creative 
http://wapo.st/1S6K1g3 

Events 

EUEC 2016 Conference & Expo
Feb 3 – Feb 5, 2016
San Diego Convention Center, CA 
http://www.euec.com/ 

Carbon

A carbon sink that can’t be filled
By Patchen Barss – Phys.org
Forests can store as much as 45 percent of the world’s terrestrial carbon, making them a critical part of the process of regulating climate change. 
http://bit.ly/1mFPldV

Natural gas / coal

Natural Gas Prices Surge on Larger-Than-Expected Inventory Draw  
By Nicole Friedman – Wall Street Journal 
Natural-gas futures soared Thursday after weekly inventory data showed that stockpiles fell more than expected last week. 
http://on.wsj.com/1OD0UNd 

Leviathan Partners Pursue Israeli Buyers For Gas 
Reuters
Partners in Israel’s offshore Leviathan natural gas site said on Jan. 7 they were in talks to supply gas to a number of Israeli companies. 
http://bit.ly/1S6LenH 

Crimea turns on gas supply to freezing Ukrainian town 
RT
Gas has begun flowing into a southern Ukrainian town that pleaded for Russian help during a bitter cold spell. Amid regular blackouts caused by the Kiev administration, Crimean authorities have fulfilled President Vladimir Putin’s order to prevent people from freezing. 
http://bit.ly/1mFQv9d

Power

Power hungry
The Economist
At the edge of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania’s commercial capital, in a space roughly the size of a football field, stands hope for Africa’s industrial future: the Ubungo power plant. 
http://econ.st/1PhGyFi

Is this sunny state trying to kill solar power? 
By Claudia Assis – Market Watch 
Nevada has turned into a sunny battleground for the future of solar in the U.S., with regulators there moving to make solar power less attractive to homeowners and businesses and pitching utilities against solar-power companies. 
http://on.mktw.net/1Rw3bKN

Clean tech

Tesla Won’t Get a Charge Out of This Electric Car 
By Charley Grant – Wall Street Journal 
Tesla Motors should check its rearview mirror. General Motors on Wednesday unveiled the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt, a pure electric vehicle. 
http://on.wsj.com/1TI7B0w

Water

How Satellite Technology Can Help California’s Water Woes 
By Steven Savage  – Forbes  
It’s raining hard here in Southern California for the second day in a row. After four years of drought it’s a welcome change, but it’s also causing problems. 
http://onforb.es/1mFQKBb

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