Summary

In today’s edition, learn how the earth will look like in 10,000 years – not so pretty. Huge sea-level rises caused by climate change will last far longer than the entire history of human civilization to date, according to new research, unless the brief window of opportunity of the next few decades is used to cut carbon emissions drastically. Also, learn from The Guardian the 12 ways to mobilize the money needed to stop climate change. And finally you are warned:  Members of 15 Australian super funds lost an average of $1,109 per member in fossil fuel investments over two years. Some funds with heavier investments in fossil fuels lost almost triple that. 

Quote of the day

“Much of the carbon we are putting in the air from burning fossil fuels will stay there for thousands of years. People need to understand that the effects of climate change won’t go away, at least not for thousands of generations.” 

Professor Peter Clark, at Oregon State University, in the Guardian’s story Sea-level rise ‘could last twice as long as human history’ 

Lead stories 

What the Earth will be like in 10,000 years, according to scientists 
By Chris Mooney – The Washington Post 
A large group of climate scientists has made a bracing statement in the journal Nature Climate Change, arguing that we are mistaken if we think global warming is only a matter of the next 100 years or so — in fact, they say, we are locking in changes that will play out over as many as 10,000 years. 
http://wapo.st/1SGsmwS

Sea-level rise ‘could last twice as long as human history’ 
By Damian Carrington – The Guardian  
Huge sea-level rises caused by climate change will last far longer than the entire history of human civilisation to date, according to new research, unless the brief window of opportunity of the next few decades is used to cut carbon emissions drastically. 
http://bit.ly/1V1zXTS

12 ways to mobilise the money needed to stop climate change 
By Rachel Banning-Lover – The Guardian 
Hundreds of billions of dollars could be made available for climate finance by placing a small tax on financial transactions such as the trading of stocks and bonds. 
http://bit.ly/23VkYRu

Thousands (in Australia) lost from retirement savings in fossil fuel investments – report 
By Michael Slezak – The Guardian  
Members of 15 super funds lost an average of $1,109 per member in fossil fuel investments over two years. Some funds with heavier investments in fossil fuels lost almost triple that. 
http://bit.ly/1o0LeJS 
 
Australia guts climate change research 
By Katie Herzog – Grist 
Australia is no stranger to the consequences of global warming. One of the hottest and driest regions on Earth, the continent is facing increasing temperatures as well as worsening wildfires, droughts, and floods, thanks to climate change. 
http://bit.ly/1KDAVp0

Events 

Cleantech Innovate London
February 11, 2016
http://jlne.ws/1mg6nOG

CERAWeek 2016 Energy Conference 
Energy Transition: Strategies for a New World 
February 22-26, 2016 
Houston, Texas
http://jlne.ws/1mg7VrX

The Wall Street Green Trading Summit  
Columbia University Club, New York 
March 14, 2016 
http://jlne.ws/doFbLA

Northeast RECs Regional Thought Leader Round Table 
March 23, 2016 
Environmental Markets Association 
Office of Dentons, 1221 Avenue of the Americas, New York 
http://jlne.ws/1mg7iOT

CARBON EXPO 2016 
Global Carbon Market Fair and Conference 
May 25-27, 2016 
Cologne 
http://jlne.ws/1mg8bqR

Cleantech Innovate Scotland 
June 9, 2016 
http://jlne.ws/1mg6nOG

Carbon

New rainforests absorb 11 times as much carbon as old-growth, study finds  
By Peter Dockrill – Science Alert  
The largest ever study of tropical forest regrowth has discovered that new-growth rainforests can sequester as much as 11 times the annual amount of atmospheric carbon as old-growth forests. 
http://bit.ly/20TM74W

Natural gas / coal 

Tumbling gas price blows hole in UK shale industry’s ambitions 
By Kiran Stacey and Andrew Bounds – Financial Times  
Rival tribes of shale gas executives and anti-fracking protesters converged on Blackpool Football Club on Tuesday for the latest round in Cuadrilla’s battle to win permission to drill in Lancashire. 
http://on.ft.com/1TQCSQZ

Brussels seeks to compel EU states to share gas in crises 
By Christian Oliver and Henry Foy – Financial Times  
Brussels will seek to compel EU countries to send gas supplies to stricken neighbours in times of emergency as part of proposals to bolster the energy security of nations dependent on Russia. 
http://on.ft.com/1Tb5oNM

Alpha Says Lenders Offer $500M for Coal Producer’s Assets 
Associated Press  
Alpha Natural Resources says it has received a $500 million offer from existing lenders for the potential sale of the bankrupt coal producer’s core assets. 
http://abcn.ws/1mqA7bu

Power

Vestas sets ambitious goals as sales, profits and orders grow 
By Richard Milne – Financial Times  
Vestas highlighted how the good times have returned for wind turbine manufacturers as the group forecast a further bumper year after posting record sales, profits and orders. 
http://on.ft.com/1QTHAL1

How to Hack the Power Grid Through Home Air Conditioners 
Wired  
There are many ways we know of to cause a blackout.  
http://bit.ly/1T4FOZv 

Canada’s Fortis bulks up regulated power business with ITC buy 
Reuters  
Canadian utility Fortis Inc said it would buy U.S. power transmission company ITC Holdings Corp for $6.9 billion – its biggest deal ever – to boost its exposure to regulated power markets, which have stable power prices. 
http://reut.rs/1SGtK2r 

Record 26.4 Billion Euros Invested In New EU Wind Power In 2015: EWEA 
Platts 
A record Eur26.4 billion ($29 billion) was invested in new wind power capacity in 2015, up 40% on the year before, European wind power association EWEA said Tuesday in an annual statistics report.  
http://bit.ly/1PMsiZD

Cleantech

Electric Fantasy: Will the Next Tesla Sell for $25,000? 
By Tom Randall – Bloomberg News 
Tesla Motors Inc. was built with one overriding objective: to bring electric cars to the masses.  
http://bloom.bg/1Q7yptG 
***LB: Also in this story “The company is set to begin taking pre-orders on its $35,000 Model 3 next month—and by $35,000, Tesla really means as little as $25,000.”

Water

In Flint and beyond, US water systems need protection
By Rona Fried – The Hill
Now that the water crisis in Flint, Mich. has become a national news story, plenty of other communities are examining the health of their drinking water resources and it’s not a pretty picture. 
http://bit.ly/1Q5Mul9  

Obama proposing clean-water cuts amid Flint outcry 
By Annie Snider – Politico
The Obama administration is expected to propose a $250 million cut to its primary funding source for water and sewer systems as part of its budget proposal Tuesday — a prospect that is bringing bipartisan criticism amid the furor over lead contamination in Flint, Mich. 
http://politi.co/1PjhvVe

Is California Ready to Build Its Next Big Dam? 
By Tara Lohan  – Water Deeply 
The state hasn’t had a new large dam since 1979, but that may change with the pressures of the drought and the passage of the 2014 water bond dedicating money to new water storage projects. 
http://bit.ly/1PMqPCI

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