In today’s edition, back to politics. Not the US primaries, where climate change hasn’t come up on the Republican side at all,  even though many more Republicans now believe in climate change, according to a new poll,  but the Australian election: Climate change is taking the spotlight down under. Finally, learn how bacon sandwiches could help fight climate change: In Denmark, the Council of Ethics has suggested that food should be taxed in proportion to its impact on climate change. 

Quote of the day

“In this presidential race, climate change hasn’t come up on the Republican side at all. It means that none of the political discourse, the discussion among the Republican Party right now, is addressing climate change at all. That’s actually an improvement in the discourse.” 

Anthony Leiserowitz, director of the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication,  in the Climate Wire’s story Many More Republicans Now Believe in Climate Change 

Lead stories

EPA advances state incentives despite hold on climate rule 
By Timothy Cama – The Hill  
The Obama administration is moving forward with a state incentive program related to its contentious climate change rule, even though the regulation itself is on hold. 

Many More Republicans Now Believe in Climate Change 
By Evan Lehmann – ClimateWire  
The number of conservative voters who believe in climate change has almost doubled in the past two years, according to a new poll that attributes the rise in part to a lessening hostility toward the issue by Republican leaders.

How bacon sandwiches could help fight climate change 
The Independent 
Danes, famed for their bacon, may soon be paying more for their meat. 
***LB: Also in this story “The Danish Council of Ethics – which sounds charmingly woolly but is, in fact, established by an Act of Parliament to advise MPs – has suggested that food should be taxed in proportion to its impact on climate change.” 

Climate Change Is Taking The Spotlight In Australia’s Election 
By Katie Valentine – Think Progress  
Australia hasn’t exactly been seen as a leader on climate policy in recent years: Former prime minister Tony Abbott once called climate change “absolute crap,” and current Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull hasn’t delivered the about-face on climate that many environmentalists had hoped for. But that could change with this year’s election.

New tool puts a consistent value on experts’ uncertainty on climate change models  
By Morgan Kelly –  
Science can flourish when experts disagree, but in the governmental realm uncertainty can lead to inadequate policy and preparedness.


Navigating the American Carbon World (NACW) 2016 
Climate Action Reserve 
May 4-6, 2016 
San Diego, California   

Global Carbon Market Fair and Conference 
May 25-27, 2016 

Cleantech Innovate Scotland 
June 9, 2016  


EU Carbon Surges as Lawmakers Mull Ways to Strengthen Market  
By Ewa Krukowska and Mathew Carr – Bloomberg News  
The price of emitting greenhouse gases in the European Union jumped to the highest in more than three months as politicians floated new plans to strengthen the world’s biggest cap-and-trade program.

Natural gas / coal 

Can we learn from Europe’s approach to laid-off coal miners? 
By Joshua Zaffos – High Country News
The last Thursday of March was Black Thursday in Wyoming’s Powder River Basin, when Arch Coal and Peabody Energy announced 465 layoffs at two of the coal-dusted region’s largest mines.

Southern Sees $6.7 Billion Kemper Plant Using Coal This Summer 
By Mark Chediak and Jim Polson – Bloomberg News  
Southern Co. said its low-emission, $6.7 billion power plant in Mississippi will use coal for the first time this summer after more than two years of delays and cost overruns.


Price tag put on Germany’s nuclear waste disposal
Deutsche Welle
In October, Germany set up a high-level commission to decide how to finance the country’s nuclear phase-out. 

British windfarms prove a boom for Danish firm 
By Terry Macalister – The Guardian
Booming profits from British windfarms have more than made up for declining oil and gas revenues at Dong Energy, a state-owned Danish utility which says it is transforming itself from a high to low-carbon power producer.

Thai energy group IFEC teams up with China’s Goldwind for wind power projects 
Thailand’s Inter Far East Energy Pcl said on Wednesday that China’s Goldwind International Holding will buy a 10 percent stake in its wind power unit as part of a partnership to expand the wind power business. 

U.S. wind power puts Americans back to work 
By Tom Kiernan (blog) – Huffington Post 
Turning the wind into dollars has become a welcome reprieve for many rural areas of the country slow to recover from the Great Recession.

(India’s) Railways to harness 1000MW solar power by 2020 
The Indian Railways proposes to harness 1000 megawatt (MW) solar and 150MW wind energy by 2020, Lok Sabha was informed on Wednesday.


Samsung SDI Sells Loss-Making Fuel Cell Division, Plows Additional ₩1 Trillion Into Lithium-Ion Battery Development 
By Nikki Gordon-Bloomfield – Transport Evolved  
While its principal focus has been lithium-ion battery technology and renewable energy products, Samsung SDI — Samsung’s specialist clean energy subsidiary — actively peruses other forms of future energy products, like hydrogen fuel cell technology and advanced battery chemistries using cutting-edge technology like graphene nanotubes. 

Ballard Power Systems Jumps 15% As Unit Delivers Fuel Cell Propulsion Prototype to Boeing’s Insitu  
By Robin Reyes – Sonoran Weekly Review  
Shares of Ballard Power Systems were surging after-hours Monday after the company said its Protonex subsidiary delivered prototype fuel cell propulsion modules to Insitu, a wholly-owned unit of Boeing  for use in its ScanEagle unmanned aerial vehicle.


California drought: Using fines to fuel conservation 
By Ian James – The Desert Sun Six months ago, regulators with California’s State Water Resources Control Board made an example of four local agencies by slapping them with $61,000 fines for failing to comply with mandatory drought rules requiring reductions in water use.
Obama to visit Flint to discuss water crisis 
Chicago Tribune  
President Barack Obama next week will make his first trip to Flint, Michigan since the impoverished city was found to have lead-tainted drinking water, the White House said Wednesday.

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