In today’s edition, stay tuned to the presidential state of the Union: Obama is poised to take victory lap on climate. Also, oil price plunge will be bad news for climate efforts, some say. Finally, giant icebergs are slowing climate change, research reveals. 

Quote of the day

“If giant iceberg calving increases this century as expected, this negative feedback on the carbon cycle may become more important than we previously thought.”

Professor Grant Bigg at the University of Sheffield, in the Guardian’s story Giant icebergs are slowing climate change, research reveals 

Lead stories 

Obama poised to take victory lap on climate 
By Timothy Cama and Devin Henry – The Hill 
All eyes are on President Obama’s final State of the Union address, and how large of a role climate change will play in the speech. 

Oil price plunge will be bad news for climate efforts 
New Scientist  
The price of oil has plummeted since June 2014 and last week fell to its lowest level for 11 years. Natural gas prices, which are linked to oil prices, have been falling too. And in many countries, such as the US, the cost of coal has been dropping for a while.

Giant icebergs are slowing climate change, research reveals 
By Damian Carrington – The Guardian  
Giant melting icebergs may be a symbol of climate change but new research has revealed that the plumes of nutrient-rich waters they leave in their wake lead to millions of tonnes of carbon being trapped each year.

Cash for the Climate Please, Caribbean Leaders Lament
By  Desmond Brown – IPS 
Funding to address the financial flows needed for adaptation and mitigation of climate change remains an issue of concern for the Caribbean. 

UK government misses own green targets 
By Damian Carrington – The Guardian
The government has failed to meet its own targets for cutting the environmental impact of the state’s operations, according to a Defra report quietly published last month.

David Bowie, Radiohead, Robert Plant Sign Climate Change Petition 
By Daniel Kreps – Rolling Stone 
David Bowie, Robert Plant, David Gilmour, Radiohead’s Thom Yorke and Phil Selway, Coldplay, My Morning Jacket, Yoko Ono and Björk are among the dozens of artists in the creative community to sign an open letter addressed to the leadership of the upcoming Paris Climate Conference outlining significant changes to the United Nations’ climate change framework.

High-stakes claims, hazy precedent steer Keystone XL lawsuit 
By Ellen M. Gilmer – E&E
TransCanada Corp.’s attempt to resuscitate the Keystone XL pipeline promises a drawn out legal battle over President Obama’s rejection of the long-embattled oil project.


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Giant Iceberg Store High Levels Of Carbon 
By Amy Pullan-Sheffield – Futurity 
Satellite images of the Southern Ocean show large icebergs store up to 20 percent of carbon in the ocean.

Natural gas / coal

Arch Coal Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Protection 
The Associated Press 
Arch Coal, which has been hurt by the weakening demand for coal, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Monday. 

Fracking shakes the American west: ‘a millennium’s worth of earthquakes’ 
By Joanna Walters – The Guardian
Oklahomans don’t blink when they hear warnings about tornadoes, drought or ice-storms. Earthquakes, however, catch their attention. 

‘Flaring’ wastes 3.5% of world’s natural gas 
By Jeff Tollefson – Nature
Around 3.5% of the world’s natural-gas supply was wastefully burned, or ‘flared’, at oil and gas fields in 2012, according to the latest estimates from satellite data.


Two-stage power management system boosts energy-harvesting efficiency 
A two-stage power management and storage system could dramatically improve the efficiency of triboelectric generators that harvest energy from irregular human motion such as walking, running or finger tapping. 

A Massive Solar Power Plant Is Taking Shape in the Sahara Desert 
By George Dvorsky – Gizmodo 
Construction for the first phase of Morocco’s Noor 1 power plant is nearing completion. Once complete in 2020, the solar farm will be the largest of its kind in the world.

How microgrids are bringing power to rural Kenya 
By Fred Pearce – GreenBiz/Yale360
Plugging into electricity for the first time is a big deal. Ask Peter Okoth.

Germany 2016: Expanding renewables, stagnating decarbonisation, increasing power prices 
By Becky Beetz – pv magazine 
Renewables will continue to dominate Germany’s power sector in 2016.

Clean tech

Allen Austin Enters Cleantech Executive Search With Power & Cleantech Practice 
By Derek Markham – CleanTechnica 
The transition away from our current fossil fuel-based energy system and toward a cleaner, more sustainable energy future calls for a new generation of leadership.

Tesla cars can now self-park at your command 
By Katie Collins – Cnet 
If your parking skills leave something to be desired, you may welcome Tesla’s latest software update with open arms. 


Shallow groundwater poses pollution problem for Africa 
By Paula Park – (part of the Guardian Environment Network)
The groundwater in many of Africa’s most crowded regions lies close to the surface, making it vulnerable to pollution, a study shows.

How an anonymous blogger stands out on California water policy  
By Peter H. King – Los Angeles Times 
On a Thursday in February four years ago, the self-described “low-level civil servant” who produces, an anonymous blog about California water, posted an existential lament about life amid the policy wonks.

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