In today’s edition, we mark the anniversary of Fukushima with a dire comment from Japan’s former prime minister: Tokyo was on the brink of nuclear catastrophe, he admits. Also, China sets a cap for energy consumption for the first time. And finally, “What is Green?” Companies are second guessing whether to participate in green-bond markets as scrutiny by environmental groups raises the bar on what constitutes a climate-friendly security.
Quote of the day
“The future existence of Japan as a whole was at stake.”
Naoto Kan, Japan’s prime minister at the time of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, in the Telegraph’s story Fukushima: Tokyo was on the brink of nuclear catastrophe, admits former prime minister
Fukushima: Tokyo was on the brink of nuclear catastrophe, admits former prime minister
By Andrew Gilligan – The Telegraph
Japan’s prime minister at the time of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami has revealed that the country came within a “paper-thin margin” of a nuclear disaster requiring the evacuation of 50 million people.
China ratchets up anti-pollution effort
By Zheng Jinran – China Daily
China will intensify its efforts to reduce pollution, Premier Li Keqiang said in his annual Government Work Report on Saturday, citing as an example ambitious targets in fighting smog that will increase the number of days with good air quality.
China sets cap for energy consumption for first time
By Kathy Chen and David Stanway – Reuters
China aims to keep energy consumption within 5 billion tonnes of standard coal equivalent by 2020, it said in its five-year plan published on Saturday, marking the first time the world’s second-biggest economy has set such a target.
Pakistan’s Big Threat Isn’t Terrorism—It’s Climate Change
By Sualiha Nazar – Foreign Policy
For decades, Pakistan has struggled to manage urgent crises, ranging from infrastructure woes to terrorism.
Bond Market Asking `What Is Green?’ Curbs Climate-Friendly Debt
By Anna Hirstenstein – Bloomberg News
Companies are second guessing whether to participate in green-bond markets as scrutiny by environmental groups raises the bar on what constitutes a climate-friendly security.
Your Food Scraps Could Help Fight Climate Change
One Green Planet
You know those food scraps you threw in the trash after dinner last night? Well, they might hold the power to help combat climate change.
Proposal to define wood-burning as ‘carbon neutral’ fuels debate
By Warren Cornwall – Science
Federal legislation promoting wood-burning power plants as a “carbon neutral” way to make energy is drawing criticism from some scientists.
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
CARBON EXPO 2016
Global Carbon Market Fair and Conference
May 25-27, 2016
Cleantech Innovate Scotland
June 9, 2016
(Canada’s) Liberals won’t rule out imposing a national carbon price, Catherine McKenna says
By John Paul Tasker – CBC News
Canada’s environment minister says all jurisdictions in Canada need a price on carbon, and she won’t rule out imposing a national price if provincial leaders drag their heels.
Natural gas / coal
Utilities Cut Coal Use Amid Clean Power Plan Fight
By Bobby Magill – Climate Central
Critics of the Obama administration’s most sweeping climate policy hailed the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in February to temporarily block it, saying the ruling on the Clean Power Plan could breathe new life into the flagging coal industry.
How Koch-, Oil-Funded Climate Deniers Inserted Themselves Into Natural Gas Debate in Israel
By Itai Vardi – DeSmog
DeSmog recently revealed the latest troubling chapter in the story of Israel’s nascent oil and gas boom – a saga of revolving doors, multinational fossil fuel intrigue, and significant American political intervention.
Shale gale crushing natural gas prices
By Patti Domm – CNBC
Natural gas is the cheapest it’s been in nearly two decades, and it could get even cheaper, thanks to U.S. shale drillers.
The innovators: portable solar panels that can be unrolled like a carpet
By Shane Hickey – The Guardian
Talk is not cheap in the mountains of Nepal. Getting a mobile phone charged can cost $5 in areas where there is no electricity and backpackers have to rely on diesel generators used by locals to power up.
Gulf Power offers solar offset program
By Carlos Gieseken – Pensacola News Journal
Gulf Power recently announced a new program that allows customers to offset a portion of their yearly energy consumption with energy produced by a solar facility to be built in Milton.
New electrodes could power next-gen light sources, solar cells
A team of European scientists has developed new transparent electrodes and barrier materials which may power the next-generation light sources and solar cells.
NHTSA proposal aims to promote fuel cells, mild hybrids
By Justin King – Left Lane
Federal safety regulators have outlined a proposal that aims to bolster development of hydrogen fuel-cell and mild hybrid vehicles.
Water utilities serving American cities use tests that downplay contamination
By Jessica Glenza and Oliver Milman – The Guardian
Water utilities in some of the largest cities in the US that collectively serve some 12 million people have used tests that downplay the amount of lead contamination found in drinking water for more than a decade, a Guardian analysis of testing protocols reveals.
As Aid Floods Into Flint, a Fix Remains Far Off
By Monica Davey – The New York Times
For months, almost no one would listen to residents’ fears about their odd-looking drinking water.
Poll: Half of Americans not confident in drinking water safety
By Alexander Bolton – The Hill
Only 47 percent of Americans are extremely or very confident about the safety of their drinking water, according to a new poll released Saturday.