In today’s edition, the strangest winter: learn why you might be cold in Chicago and New York, but not in Alaska. Also, learn how big oil spent $10m to defeat California climate change legislation. Finally, more bad news, as companies are misrepresenting their carbon emissions.  

Quote of the day

“For the Arctic this is definitely the strangest winter I’ve ever seen.”  

Mark Serreze, the director of the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) in Boulder, Colorado, which tracks sea and land ice around the world, in the Mashable’s story Unusually warm Arctic winter stuns scientists with record low ice extent for January 

Lead stories 

Unusually warm Arctic winter stuns scientists with record low ice extent for January 
By Andrew Freedman – Mashable 
Right about now, Arctic sea ice should be building up toward its annual maximum, making most of the region impenetrable to all but the most hardened icebreakers. Instead, January and indeed much of the winter so far has been unusually mild throughout large parts of the Arctic. 
***LB: Also in this story “For example, New York City received more snow on Friday morning alone — 2.5 inches — than Fairbanks, Alaska, which set a record for the lowest amount of snow between Dec. 1 and Jan. 31 since records began there in 1915. Fairbanks had just 1.8 inches of snow during the period, which was more than 20 inches below average, and about the same amount of snow that fell in New York City in one hour during a blizzard on Jan. 22-23.”

Obama using final budget request to push for action against climate change 
By Suzanne Goldenberg – The Guardian  
Barack Obama called on Congress to double funding for clean energy research on Saturday, using his final budget request – and one of the last high-profile moments of his presidency – to push for action against climate change.

How Climate Change Unfairly Burdens Poorer Countries 
By Justin Worland – Time
Wealthy countries that have contributed the most to climate change tend to be most immune to its effects, according to new research, a finding that has implications for the question of who bears responsibility for addressing the crisis. 

How big oil spent $10m to defeat California climate change legislation 
By Anita Chabria – The Guardian  
The oil industry spent more than $10m lobbying state lawmakers in a massive push to kill California climate change legislation last year, new disclosures have revealed. 

Hillary Clinton’s Leftward Shift on Climate 
New Republic
In July, the climate grassroots group 350 Action asked Hillary Clinton at a campaign stop in New Hampshire for her position on banning fossil fuel development on public lands. Clinton gave what she deemed a “responsible answer” that she wouldn’t accept a ban until we get “the alternatives in place.”  

Companies are misrepresenting their carbon emissions 
By Tracy Samilton – Michigan Radio  
Many companies are making their carbon emissions public, to show they are doing their part to fight climate change.


Cleantech Innovate London
February 11, 2016

CERAWeek 2016 Energy Conference 
Energy Transition: Strategies for a New World 
February 22-26, 2016 
Houston, Texas

The Wall Street Green Trading Summit  
Columbia University Club, New York 
March 14, 2016

Northeast RECs Regional Thought Leader Round Table 
March 23, 2016 
Environmental Markets Association 
Office of Dentons, 1221 Avenue of the Americas, New York

Global Carbon Market Fair and Conference 
May 25-27, 2016 

Cleantech Innovate Scotland 
June 9, 2016

Natural gas / coal

Shell massively expands natural gas business – just as sector tanks 
By Terry Macalister – The Guardian  
Shell is about to massively increase its exposure to the liquefied natural gas (LNG) market just as profits in the sector dive, according to new figures from BG.  

Liquefied natural gas exports signal a new era of US energy 
By Margo Thorning – The Hill  
The next few months will mark a significant time in the history of America’s complex bond with natural gas.

Oman’s natural gas production and imports grow by 5.6% in 2015 
By A E James – Times of Oman  
Oman’s natural gas production and imports rose 5.6 per cent to 39,806 million cubic metres (MNCM) in 2015, up from 37,687 MNCM in 2014.

Another Coal Company Hit Hard, Forced To Layoff Hundreds Of Employees 
By Chris White – Daily Caller   
Illinois-based coal company Alliance Coal announced Friday it must layoff 275 employees. 

China Puts Coal Production Capacity on Chopping Block
Bloomberg News
China plans to chop coal production capacity as part of efforts by President Xi Jinping’s government to cut industrial overcapacity and use cleaner energy sources amid sliding demand for the fuel. 

Norway’s sovereign wealth fund asked miners to consider coal demergers 
By Peter Ker – Sydney Morning Herald  
Norway’s influential sovereign wealth fund asked mining companies in its investment sphere to consider spinning out their coal assets in 2015.


New York’s Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant Is Leaking, But You Shouldn’t Freak Out 
By Andrew Liptak – Gizmodo
Buchanan New York’s Indian Point Energy Center, a three-unit reactor power plant, reported yesterday afternoon that radioactive tritium has been detected in groundwater testing wells near the facility. 

David Cameron urged to back first tidal power lagoon 
By Ben Glaze – The Mirror  
David Cameron will come under fresh pressure today to back Britain’s first tidal power lagoon.

Clean tech

What’s In Store For Cleantech Stocks? 
By Tom Konrad – GreenTechMedia  
With the markets in free fall since the start of the year, many investors are rightfully worried about their portfolios’ rapid declines.


Flint’s structural racism: This is why providing poisoned water to the city’s citizens seemed like a reasonable idea 
By Kemi Fuentes-George – Salon  
The ongoing water crisis in Flint, Michigan, illustrates both how deeply racism has affected the social fabric, and why it’s so difficult to talk about racism in modern America.

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