In today’s edition, the World Bank and International Monetary Fund are pressing governments to impose a price tag on planet-warming carbon dioxide emissions, using economic leverage and technical assistance that institutions like the United Nations cannot muster. Also, world governments vow to end fossil fuel era at UN climate signing ceremony: It happened on Friday. Finally, one big question: Is divesting from fossil fuels the best tactic for tackling climate change?
Quote of the day
“We strongly urge people to prepare for the carbon pricing that is to come.”
Jim Yong Kim, the World Bank’s president, in the New York Times’ story Carbon Pricing Becomes a Cause for the World Bank and I.M.F.
Carbon Pricing Becomes a Cause for the World Bank and I.M.F.
By Coral Davenport – The New York Times
The World Bank and International Monetary Fund are pressing governments to impose a price tag on planet-warming carbon dioxide emissions, using economic leverage and technical assistance that institutions like the United Nations cannot muster.
World governments vow to end fossil fuel era at UN climate signing ceremony
By Suzanne Goldenberg and Arthur Neslen – The Guardian
More than 170 governments declared an end to the fossil fuel era on Friday, using the signing ceremony for the landmark Paris agreement as an occasion to renew their vows to fight climate change.
Is divesting from fossil fuels the best tactic for tackling climate change?
By Suzanne McGee – The Guardian
It’s April; your taxes are filed (hopefully); the cherry blossoms are out (hopefully), and Earth Day has rolled around once more.
Did climate change cause these ancient civilizations to collapse?
By Elizabeth Shockman – PRI
Reporting in Science Advances, researchers say that climate change may have been a factor in the boom-and-bust cycles of ancient Southwest civilizations in the United States.
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
Natural gas / coal
Belgium quits coal power with Langerlo plant closure
By Megan Darby – Climate Home
It is the end of an era for a dirty fuel that accounted for 27% of the country’s electricity generation in 1994.
Gas goes green as suppliers opt for carbon neutral sources
By Miles Brignall – The Guardian
Many of us have signed up with energy companies that offer 100% renewable electricity, so why not switch to a gas tariff that also promises to be carbon neutral?
Cruz: Clinton will ‘kill the coal industry’ if elected president
By Devin Henry – The Hill
Hillary Clinton will “kill” the coal industry if elected president, Republican White House hopeful Ted Cruz said on Friday.
Moniz says there is no Obama ‘war on coal’
By Devin Henry – The Hill
Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz is dismissing Obama administration critics who have accused the president of waging a “war on coal” through his environmental policies.
Ruined Chernobyl nuclear plant will remain a threat for 3,000 years
By Matthew Schofield – McClatchy
Before the fire, the vomiting, the deaths and the vanishing home, it was the promise of bumper cars that captured the imagination of the boys.
China to build nuclear power plants on artificial islands
By Keith Johnson – Foreign Policy
China’s quest to fence off a big chunk of the South China Sea may have just gotten another, powerful boost: plans for a fleet of floating nuclear power plants that could provide huge amounts of electricity for the far-flung atolls and islets.
Solar Impulse 2 lands in California after Pacific flight
By David Molko and Euan McKirdy – CNN
An experimental plane flying around the world without a single drop of fuel landed in California after a two-and-a-half day flight across the Pacific.
This water purifier generates electricity and creates Wi-Fi connections
By Cara McGoogan – The Telegraph
Imagine a machine that can turn contaminated water from a river, ocean or even sewage into drinking water, while at the same time generating enough electricity to power itself with surplus, and connecting everywhere within a kilometre radius to Wi-Fi.