Summary

In today’s edition, learn why Bill Gates bets a clean-energy breakthrough will arrive within 15 years. Also (in the Natural gas / coal section) struggling coal companies must face the costs of cleaning up their spent mines even as they get pushed toward bankruptcy, the U.S. Interior Secretary said on Tuesday. Finally, sustainable Shipping Initiative urges industry to embrace green policies and clean technologies (in the Clean tech section).  

Quote of the day

“Within the next 15 years, I expect the world will discover a clean-energy breakthrough that will save our planet and power our world.”

Bill Gates, in the Quartz’ story Bill Gates predicts a clean-energy breakthrough within 15 years will save the planet 

Lead stories

Bill Gates predicts a clean-energy breakthrough within 15 years will save the planet 
By Kevin J. Delaney – Quartz (video)
In the latest edition of their annual letter published today, Bill and Melinda Gates argue that the world needs “an energy miracle,” and are willing to bet that such a breakthrough will arrive within 15 years. 
http://bit.ly/1TDBIcC 

Carbon emissions: here’s what we can do to hit ‘science-based targets’ 
By Ucilia Wang – The Guardian
The vast majority of global companies have no obligation to cut their greenhouse gas emissions.  
http://bit.ly/1L9sAK3

Science will help push companies towards a low-carbon future 
By Cynthia Cummis – The Guardian 
Momentum is building in the private sector to curb climate change now more than ever. 
http://bit.ly/1RZosxH 

Even in sunny L.A., warming weather may be the next big public health problem 
By Soumya Karlamangla – Los Angeles Times  
For years scientists have warned that climate change will cause melting ice caps, rising sea levels and severe droughts and floods. 
http://lat.ms/1UkQJzp

The UK Could Send a Group of Peaceful Protesters to Jail for the First Time in 20 Years 
By Oscar Rickett – Vice  
Did you hear about the time 22 flights were cancelled at London’s Heathrow Airport because there was a polar bear on the runway? No? Well he was arrested and now faces up to three months in jail. 
http://bit.ly/1XKQqxr 

Could an African become the new U.N. climate chief? 
By Laurie Goering – Thomson Reuters Foundation
The next head of the U.N. process to tackle climate change should come from one of the world’s poorest countries, which led an ambitious drive to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius in the new Paris deal, a leading expert has proposed. 
http://reut.rs/1QBfhEB

Events 

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

Navigating the American Carbon World (NACW) 2016 
Climate Action Reserve 
May 4-6, 2016 
San Diego, California 
http://goo.gl/Ah5s1I

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 

(UK’s) Green investment bank ‘no longer required by law to invest in green projects’ 
By Adam Vaughan – The Guardian
The bank set up by the government to to fund green infrastructure and cited frequently by David Cameron as evidence of the UK’s leadership on climate change will no longer be required by law to invest in green schemes, under moves put forward by ministers. 
http://bit.ly/1OsUbAD

Natural gas / coal

In Florida, an Unlikely Battle Over Fracking Intensifies
By Lizette Alvarez – The New York Times
With geology akin to a wet sponge and fragile underground aquifers that supply almost all its drinking water, Florida has never been considered part of the agitated battle over fracking as a technology for extracting oil and gas. 
http://nyti.ms/1TDCRRl

Noble to post loss on coal price collapse 
By Leisha Chi – BBC News 
Embattled commodities trader Noble Group is set to post its first full-year loss in nearly two decades because of the collapse in coal prices. 
http://bbc.in/1mVvg2j

Struggling coal companies must face their cleanup costs – U.S. official 
Reuters 
Struggling coal companies must face the costs of cleaning up their spent mines even as they get pushed toward bankruptcy, the U.S. Interior Secretary said on Tuesday. 
http://yhoo.it/1SRaKOm

This may spark the next big move in natural gas 
By Stephanie Yang – CNBC.com
As temperatures around the U.S. heat up, investor interest in natural gas is quickly cooling. 
http://cnb.cx/1Rl910y

Jerusalem natural gas distribution license signed 
By Hedy Cohen – Globes  
Minister of National Infrastructure, Energy, and Water Resources Yuval Steinitz has signed a license for establishing a natural gas distribution network in Jerusalem, the ministry announced today. 
http://bit.ly/1p1tLS1 

Power 

Half the price in half the time: solar storage innovation harnesses new energy frontier 
By Joshua Robertson – The Guardian 
If Tesla’s Powerwall is the “Lamborghini” of the solar storage industry, a small Brisbane company backed by University of Queensland researchers says it has hit on the formula to deliver the “Toyota”. 
http://bit.ly/1Txhxvy  

Feds see big boost for wind, solar power 
By Timothy Cama and Devin Henry – The Hill 
A Jolt for Renewable Power: The renewable energy tax credits Congress extended last year are likely to increase solar and wind power in the United States and decrease the country’s carbon emissions. 
http://bit.ly/1RZsiHd

US Wind Power Demand: Corporations Take The Lead 
By David Labrador – RMI Outlet
The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) released its Q4 2015 market report (PDF) in January, and it contained a surprise. 
http://bit.ly/1QBgEmN 

Vestas in $1.2B Deal to Build Huge Wind Power Farm in Norway  
The Associated Press
Danish company Vestas Wind Systems A/S says it has been awarded a 1.1 billion euro ($1.2 billion) deal to supply 278 wind turbines for Norwegian power company Statkraft and its partners for a wind power project in central Norway. 
http://abcn.ws/1XKRXDI 

Kenyan wind power project cancelled due to land disputes 
Reuters  
A $144 million Kenyan wind power project backed by a joint venture between Macquarie Group and Old Mutual Investment Group has been cancelled due to opposition from local landowners and farmers, developer Kinangop Wind Park said on Tuesday. 
http://reut.rs/1LECzBX 

Veja Mate Offshore Wind Farm Project, Germany 
Power-Technology.com 
The Veja Mate offshore wind farm is located 130km north of Eemshaven in the German Exclusive Economic Zone in the North Sea. 
http://bit.ly/1PWvaSs

Clean tech 

Sustainable Shipping Initiative urges industry to embrace green policies and clean technologies 
By James Murray – BusinessGreen  
A group of leading shipping operators is today calling on the wider industry to embrace new finance models to fund clean tech upgrades and back calls for a new international framework for tackling shipping emissions. 
http://bit.ly/1QBjUyg

Water 

Not just a western problem, drought threatens forests across US  
By Lonnie Shekhtman – The Christian Science Monitor  
The effects of drought on the American West have been well documented. Scientists already have seen that unusually warm and dry conditions kill communities of trees, encourage bark beetle infestations that kill billions more, and spread intractable wildfires that consume everything in their paths. 
http://bit.ly/1Qwp5t9 

Climate stirring change beneath the waves 
By Mark Kinver – BBC News 
An assessment of phytoplankton in the North Atlantic found the microscopic organisms’ pole-ward shift was faster than previously reported. 
http://bbc.in/21oqXw9

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