Summary

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 

Lead stories

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. 
http://bit.ly/1ROdngZ

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. 
http://bit.ly/1QAgXMP 

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. 
http://reut.rs/21fzBuZ 

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. 
http://atfp.co/1UKVmTo
 
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. 
http://bloom.bg/1SstXoX

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. 
http://bit.ly/1Tk0MFq 

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. 
http://bit.ly/1ROe9L0

Events 

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  

(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. 
http://bit.ly/1U52LMV

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. 
http://bit.ly/1UKTni4 

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. 
http://bit.ly/1npOTQt 

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. 
http://cnb.cx/1UKWp5K

Power

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. 
http://bit.ly/1ROdIAa 

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. 
http://on.pnj.com/1pt5Vib 

Clean tech

New electrodes could power next-gen light sources, solar cells   
IANS  
A team of European scientists has developed new transparent electrodes and barrier materials which may power the next-generation light sources and solar cells. 
http://bit.ly/1OWUl3z 

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. 
http://bit.ly/1L9udaU

Water

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. 
http://bit.ly/1p9dbjf

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. 
http://nyti.ms/1TYdYjn

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. 
http://bit.ly/1W1dC9x

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