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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
How Is Climate Change Affecting the Philippines?
Haiyan, Thelma, Ike, Fengshen, Washi, Durian, Bopha, Trix, Amy, Nina. These are the 10 deadliest typhoons of the Philippines between 1947 and 2014.
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.”
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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.
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.
China Pledges Steel, Coal Capacity Cuts in Supply-Side Reforms
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Denmark Has A Ridiculous Amount Of Wind Power
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.
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.
Study: Many clean-tech subsidies should be greater
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?
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).
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.
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.”
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.