In today’s edition, good news: Republicans are warming up to renewable energy – at last! Also, pressure grows for price on carbon ahead of UN signing: A group of world leaders and international finance chiefs has urged the world to rapidly expand the pricing of carbon pollution. Finally, learn how to travel the earth and protect it, too.
Quote of the day
“What I sense among Republicans is there is some belief that, yes, this does sound like a song we could sing.’’
Bob Inglis, a former six-term Republican congressman from South Carolina who now runs an organization promoting free-market solutions to climate change, in the Bloomberg News’ story Republicans Are Warming Up to Renewable Energy
Republicans Are Warming Up to Renewable Energy
By Joe Ryan – Bloomberg News
For decades, alternative energy was the province of activists. It was far more expensive than fossil fuels, and many remained unconvinced of humanity’s role in the globe’s rising temperature.
Pressure grows for price on carbon ahead of UN signing
By Matt McGrath – BBC News
A group of world leaders and international finance chiefs has urged the world to rapidly expand the pricing of carbon pollution.
***LB: Also in this story “India has also called on rich countries to put a tax on coal to help poorer nations adapt to climate change.”
Study reveals greater climate impacts of 2C temperature rise
By Damian Carrington – The Guardian
A difference of half a degree centigrade may be barely noticeable day to day, but the difference between 1.5C and 2C of global warming is a shift into a new, more dangerous climate regime, according to the first comprehensive analysis of the issue.
Australia’s solemn climate promise much more than a signing ceremony
By Lenore Taylor – The Guardian
First the good news. Greg Hunt is about to join 60 heads of state and representatives from more than 150 countries at the United Nations signing ceremony for last year’s Paris climate agreement, and has said Australia will move to ratify it by the end of the year.
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
Swiss Scientists Discover Trees’ Hidden Underground Carbon Internet
By Bobby Berman – Big Think
Scientists have just uncovered an amazing subterranean carbon dioxide exchange that goes on between trees and fungi.
NZ government embroiled in carbon credit scandal
By Willow Aliento – The Fifth Estate
The New Zealand government may have participated in major climate fraud through the use of dodgy “hot air” carbon credits issued by the Ukraine and Russia, according to a new report from the Morgan Foundation.
Natural gas / coal
California’s coal war pits economic survival against environmental justice
By Maria L La Ganga – The Guardian
Margaret Gordon will not get out of the car. She is in the shadow of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay bridge on a triangle of land where a bustling maritime terminal is planned.
What’s Driving the Rise in Natural Gas Prices?
By Robert Scott – Yahoo!
The forecast for below average temperatures in the next two weeks drove natural gas prices to a day high of $2.1 on April 19, 2016.
Israel government to give more money to factories switching to natural gas
The Jerusalem Post
Israel’s natural gas market has been trying to launch for the past several years but roadblocks both in the existing and developing markets have slowed down the pace in recent months.
Ecotricity snaps up SunEdison’s UK solar business
By James Murray – GreenBusiness
Ecotricity has today announced it has acquired the domestic rooftop solar business of SunEdison, just hours after the US solar giant confirmed it was seeking bankruptcy protection.
India’s ReNew Power Hits 1 GW Solar, Wind Energy Installed Capacity
By Saurabh Mahapatra – CleanTechnica
Young renewable energy independent power generation company ReNew Power Ventures recently achieved a significant milestone of 1 GW installed wind and solar power capacity.
Poland’s New Right-Wing Rulers Want To Effectively Ban Wind Power
Poland, the eighth-biggest consumer of coal in the world, may outlaw wind power. New draft legislation from the right-wing government doesn’t ban wind turbines outright, but as you’ll see, its terms make building new turbines almost impossible.
Tesla has received almost 400,000 preorders for the Model 3
By Tom Warren – The Verge
Tesla CEO Elon Musk revealed this morning that the company has received almost 400,000 preorders for its new Model 3 sedan.
Senate defeats effort to defund clean water rule that protects wetlands
By Erin Kelly – USA TODAY
The Senate narrowly defeated a controversial amendment Thursday that would have stripped funding for clean water protections and ensured defeat of a $37.5 billion energy and water spending bill.
The Drought is Over! Say Some California Water Officials
By Bianca Barragan – la.curbed.com
In the midst of an unwelcome hot snap and on the tail end of a no-show El Niño, SoCal is basically clamping down for a hot, dry summer.