Summary 

In today’s edition, the tail end of Davos, with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau telling Leo DiCaprio to tone it down on climate change. May be DiCaprio’s rhetoric is “inflammatory”, but what is true is the fact that a catastrophe caused by climate change is seen as the biggest potential threat to the global economy in 2016, according to a survey of 750 experts conducted by the World Economic Forum. And with the first primary votes a few days away, we go back on the campaign trail to tell you what candidates are saying about climate change. Martin O’Malley calls it the “greatest business opportunity”.

Quote of the day

“I pointed out that both Alberta and Canada have new governments over the past year that are committed to action on climate change…and that there are families suffering, out of work, who need to be supported, and inflammatory rhetoric doesn’t necessarily help those families or help Canada.”

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, in the Huffington Post’s story Justin Trudeau Tells Leo DiCaprio To Tone It Down On Climate Change 

Lead stories

Justin Trudeau Tells Leo DiCaprio To Tone It Down On Climate Change 
By Doug Peters – Huffington Post  
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau urged Leonardo DiCaprio to tone down his “inflammatory rhetoric” on climate change saying it was not helping those who have lost their oil-industry jobs. 
http://huff.to/1Ptbdpe 

Climate change disaster is biggest threat to global economy in 2016, say experts 
By Larry Elliott – The Guardian  
A catastrophe caused by climate change is seen as the biggest potential threat to the global economy in 2016, according to a survey of 750 experts conducted by the World Economic Forum. 
http://bit.ly/1lbax9W

What are the GOP candidates saying about climate change? 
By Steve Curwood – PRI
Only a couple of weeks remain before the nation’s first presidential primary election in New Hampshire and Republican candidates are campaigning heavily in a vital effort to sway voters. 
http://bit.ly/1QtcRWR  

Martin O’Malley Calls Climate Change “Greatest Business Opportunity”  
The Laconia Daily Sun
During the New Hampshire Presidential Primary of 1984, Martin O’Malley, then 19, slept on a floor in Manchester while working for Sen. Gary Hart of Colorado, who began his campaign with barely 1 percent of the vote, but crowned it by topping former Vice President Walter Mondale by 10 points to win the primary. 
http://bit.ly/20neU1n 

Fact check: How Ted Cruz gets it wrong on climate change 
By Seth Borenstein and Scott Bauer – Associated Press
Ted Cruz is decidedly at odds with the scientific consensus that Earth is warming because of human activity. 
http://bit.ly/20nf8FS

How Is Climate Change Affecting the Philippines?  
EcoWatch
Haiyan, Thelma, Ike, Fengshen, Washi, Durian, Bopha, Trix, Amy, Nina. These are the 10 deadliest typhoons of the Philippines between 1947 and 2014. 
http://bit.ly/1ZLBKxC 

Climate change hope for Africa strained for farmers 
By  Sarah Chappell – euronews
“Although Africa contributes the lowest share of carbon emissions, it is the continent most susceptible to climate change. Its unique vulnerability is exacerbated by widespread poverty.” 
http://bit.ly/1WHNP7b

Events 

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

Carbon

Falling Pollution from China Could Hasten Peak Carbon 
By Coco Liu – ClimateWire  
China posted its slowest growth in a quarter-century in 2015, official data showed Tuesday, confirming a loss of momentum in the world’s second-largest economy that stands to worry economists worldwide. 
http://bit.ly/1WHMJbk

Natural gas/coal

Could fracking be worse for the climate than coal?
By Mark Reynolds – Politifact  
The Environmental Justice League of Rhode Island asserts that a new liquefied natural gas facility at Fields Point would accelerate climate change. 
http://bit.ly/1nhMfMR

China Pledges Steel, Coal Capacity Cuts in Supply-Side Reforms 
Bloomberg News 
China is targeting further cuts in crude steel production capacity by as much as 150 million tons and “large scale” reductions in coal output as part of supply-side measures aimed at curbing overcapacity and excess labor in state-owned industries. 
http://bloom.bg/1PMt6tl  

Obama Administration Proposes Cutting Methane Waste from Oil, Natural Gas Production 
By Amy Harder – Wall Street Journal  
The Interior Department proposed rules Friday to cut methane emissions from oil and natural gas operations on federal lands, the latest move in President Barack Obama’s climate change agenda. 
http://on.wsj.com/1K5rFJV

Obama’s Coal Last Rites 
Wall Street Journal (Opinion) 
U.S. coal producers are staggering under Environmental Protection Agency regulations and low natural gas prices. 
http://on.wsj.com/1OQj1fa

How we can turn Coal Country around 
By Sami Grover – Mother Nature Network
Back in September 2014, the CEO of one of America’s largest coal producers exclaimed that “you’re smoking dope” if you think the U.S. coal industry is coming back. 
http://bit.ly/1nhNqvH 

Dispute over who gets lucrative natural-gas discovery heads to court 
By Alex DeMarban – Alaska Dispatch News  
The yearlong fight over who should benefit from a big, unexpected discovery of natural gas in a rock formation used for gas storage is headed to court, where the owner of the storage facility hopes to overturn a requirement that established how much of its good fortune should be shared with others. 
http://bit.ly/1OHQUAX

Power

Denmark Has A Ridiculous Amount Of Wind Power 
Fast Company
In 2015, Denmark generated 42% of its electricity with wind turbines, breaking its own record set the year before. While the country isn’t the biggest producer of wind power in the world, it does enjoy the largest proportion of turbine-generated power, which is arguably a more important measure. 
http://bit.ly/1Pezopq 

Line our motorways with wind turbines because they are already unattractive and no-one lives there anyway, claims Government’s green energy adviser  
By Gianluca Mezzofiore – Mail online  
Wind farms should be built on the sides of Britain’s motorways and not in unspoiled rural areas in order to reduce the impact on the landscape and generate less opposition, according to Baroness Brown, the UK’s green energy ambassador. 
http://dailym.ai/1JvvJmO

Clean tech

Study: Many clean-tech subsidies should be greater
EurekAlert!  
Governments often offer subsidies to consumers for clean-technology products, from home solar panels to electric vehicles. But what are the right levels of subsidy, and how should they be calculated?   
http://bit.ly/1Sd9d3i 

Clean tech and green finance poised for $16.5 trillion takeoff 
By Madeleine Cuff – BusinessGreen 
The global energy transition has begun, with renewables, clean technology and green finance sectors set to receive at least $16.5 trillion of investment as countries embark on climate plans agreed as part of the Paris Agreement, according to a new report from influential ratings agency Standard & Poor’s (S&P). 
http://bit.ly/1PteXHv 

Will The Model 3 Be A Massive Hit For Tesla? 
By Christopher Morris – Value Talk  
The latest news on the Tesla Model 3 suggests that this long awaited vehicle will appear at the Geneva Motor Show, which is being held between March 3 and March 13 this year. 
http://bit.ly/1nsQBBi

Water

The Contempt That Poisoned Flint’s Water  
By Amy Davidson – The New Yorker  
Even before the drinking water in Flint, Michigan, was found to be tainted with lead—before water from some areas tested at more than twice the level considered to be toxic waste, and public-health officials said that every last child in the city should be treated as if the child had been poisoned—the governor’s office knew that the water was discolored, tasted bad, smelled strange, and was rife with “organic matter.”  
http://bit.ly/1SG2W1w 

Could Insurance Markets Help Water Utilities Respond to Drought? 
By Brett Walton – Circle of Blue
Last Friday, the California Water Resources Control Board extended for eight months an emergency water conservation mandate that Governor Jerry Brown first ordered on April 1, 2015. 
http://bit.ly/1UkLfSW

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