Summary

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. 

Lead stories

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. 
http://nyti.ms/1SrTV8j 

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. 
http://bit.ly/1SXNd9j

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. 
http://bit.ly/24dkUfd

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. 
http://bit.ly/1VS728k

Events

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  

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. 
http://bit.ly/21ayuhH 

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?  
http://bit.ly/1SloEau 

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. 
http://bit.ly/1SFuLZj 

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. 
http://bit.ly/1VS5GdY

Power

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. 
http://bit.ly/1UaKIWk 

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. 
http://trib.in/1rsrz7C  

Clean tech

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. 
http://cnn.it/1Trq4PE

Water 

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.  
http://bit.ly/1VMgsmy  

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