In today’s edition, food for thoughts: Admit we can’t save everything might be the key to halting climate change. Also, in the Carbon section, analysts at French investment bank Société Générale slashed their EU Allowance price estimates by 24% across the board but said the recent price rout has been overdone, recommending that its clients buy with caution. Finally, in the Natural gas / coal, Russia’s Gazprom makes plans to increase global gas market share.

Quote of the day

“The longer we delay action, the cost of climate stabilisation will rise dramatically.”

Hoesung Lee, the head of the U.N.‘s panel of climate scientists, in the Reuters’ story France’s Royal to head U.N. climate talks after Fabius quits 

Lead stories 

The key to halting climate change: admit we can’t save everything 
By Ayana Elizabeth Johnson – The Guardian
Climate change, and human resistance to making the changes needed to halt it, both continue apace: 2015 was the hottest year in recorded history, we may be on the brink of a major species extinction event in the ocean, and yet political will is woefully lacking to tackle this solvable problem. 

Tackling Climate Change Through Profits  
By Reuben Munger – Huffington Post  
Last month in Davos, the World Economic Forum released the results of a survey of 750 experts on the “most significant long-term risks worldwide.” This year the survey was unequivocal: failing to act on climate change is the number one global risk.

Climate change, fertility and girls’ education 
The historic agreement reached at Paris on climate change outlined a range of activities, research, and technical cooperation to mitigate climate change.  

Palestine to submit UN climate pledge mid-year 
By Megan Darby – Climate Home 
Palestine aims to submit a climate plan to the UN by the middle of the year, its lead envoy has told Climate Home.

France’s Royal to head U.N. climate talks after Fabius quits 
French Environment Minister Ségolène Royal said on Wednesday she would take over the presidency of U.N. climate talks, seeking to implement a global deal reached last year to shift away from fossil fuels, after former foreign minister Laurent Fabius quit. 

Brain drain hinders Nauru in climate change battle 
Radio New Zealand International
A Nauru climate change activist Nerida Ann Hubert says a brain drain and a generation’s worth of school drop outs are preventing the country from tackling climate challenges. 

U.S. States That Embrace Carbon Price Are Unfazed By Scalia And Supreme Court Drama 
By Steve Zwick – Ecosystem Marketplace  
Two days before US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia passed away in Texas, a group of leading environmentalists held a press conference to dissect the implications of the Court’s decision to freeze President Barack Obama’s Clean Power Plan (CPP) pending the outcome of a lawsuit by 29 state attorneys general and some energy companies. 


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

Navigating the American Carbon World (NACW) 2016 
Climate Action Reserve 
May 4-6, 2016 
San Diego, California

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

Cleantech Innovate Scotland 
June 9, 2016


EU carbon price rout “overdone”, but buy with caution – SocGen 
Carbon Pulse  
Analysts at French investment bank Societe Generale on Tuesday slashed their EU Allowance price estimates by 24% across the board but said the recent price rout has been overdone, recommending that its clients buy with caution. 

Canada’s Atlantic provinces eyeing regional carbon price -PEI environment minister 
Carbon Pulse  
Canada’s Atlantic provinces are considering introducing a regional carbon price, according to Prince Edward Island’s environment minister.

Natural gas / coal 

Methane Leaks Erase Climate Benefit Of Fracked Gas, Countless Studies Find 
By Joe Romm – Climate Progress  
Fracking is not good for the climate. Or, to put it a tad more scientifically, “By The Time Natural Gas Has A Net Climate Benefit You’ll Likely Be Dead And The Climate Ruined,” as I wrote two years ago. 

A Natural Gas Price War Is Imminent  
By Tim Maverick – Wall Street Journal  
By now, we’re all familiar with the oil share war initiated by Saudi Arabia against other oil producers, mainly the United States. 

Russia’s Gazprom Makes Plans To Increase Global Gas Market Share 
Russia’s Gazprom is taking steps to increase its share of the global gas market amid uncertain demand and the onset of new LNG supplies from the US and Australia. 

Natural Gas Likely To See $5 Within 2 Years 
By Darian Frost – Seeking Alpha 
Natural gas prices in the United States have hovered around $2-3 for months now. As crude prices have nosedived, many traders have taken that as a cue to take natural gas further down as well. 

The Biggest Natural Gas Discovery Of 2016 Just Got Bigger 
By Dave Forest – Oil Price  
International natural gas is shaping up as one of 2016’s most interesting spots in energy.


Power from water and graphene 
Chemists have generated electricity from water by passing it through a material containing atom-thick sheets of carbon. 

The wind turbine for your backyard: 26ft ‘Wind Tree’ uses tiny silent blades to generate electricity from light breezes 
By Victoria Woolaston – Mail online
What started out as a concept is now being turned into reality, with several being planned for the French capital. 
***LB: Also in this story “French company ‘New Wind’ is installing the first at Place de la Concorde in Paris and is hoping to expand throughout the country and abroad.” 

Siemens 7-megawatt offshore wind power turbine reaches final stage in development process 
The development of Siemens’ offshore flagship wind power turbine has reached its final stage: the 7-megawatt (MW) offshore turbine has successfully passed final type certification. 

Clean tech 

MIT Cleantech Committee explores how blockchains can distribute renewable electricity 
By Ian Allison  
Experts from MIT are hosting an event next week to explore the potential blockchain technology could in making electricity markets cleaner and more efficient.

Ontario Invests Nearly $100 Million to Boost Cleantech Innovation and Create Jobs 
Office of the Premier 
Ontario is putting its new Climate Change Strategy into action by investing nearly $100 million from the Ontario Green Investment Fund into projects that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, increase energy efficiency and support cleantech innovation and jobs.


Thousands of Flint residents could join ‘billion-dollar’ water crisis lawsuits 
By Ryan Felton – The Guardian
Hundreds of Flint residents on Tuesday packed into a ballroom at the University of Michigan-Flint, hoping to receive answers from a legal team representing potentially thousands of plaintiffs in several lawsuits filed over the water crisis in Flint, where financial damages may exceed $1bn.

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