In today’s edition, a primer on the April 22 signature of the Paris climate agreement. Everyone rejoice but isn’t the Paris climate pact too little, too late, especially in terms of sea-level rise? Finally, back on the campaign trail: The Village Voice tells us why Hillary won’t say yes to a carbon tax (in the Carbon section).  

Quote of the day

“The Paris pact might not be enough, especially in terms of sea-level rise. We really need to go to zero emissions as soon as possible.”

Rob DeConto, a geoscientist at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, in the Bloomberg News’ story Paris Climate Pact: Too Little, Too Late? 

Lead stories 

Can Oil Companies Save the World from Global Warming? 
By David Biello – Scientific American
Kevin Macumber wanted to be a forester. Today he manages about 4,000 acres of longleaf pine in Mississippi—not for the timber, but for what lies far beneath the woods.  

Explainer: The adoption, signing and ratification of the UN climate deal 
By Sophie Yeo – Carbon Brief
On 22 April, representatives from more than 150 countries will travel to the UN headquarters in New York to sign the UN’s Paris agreement on climate change.

Paris Climate Pact: Too Little, Too Late? 
By Eric Roston – Bloomberg News  
When 195 nations clinched the Paris Agreement in December, it was heralded by some as a monumental achievement—the beginning of a process that would roll back the poisonous fruit of humankind’s shortsightedness. Others viewed it as too little, too late.

Justin Trudeau to lobby for quick approval of Paris climate deal 
By Suzanne Goldenberg – The Guardian
Justin Trudeau will lobby governments to approve the Paris climate agreement and bring it into force as soon as possible, reversing Canada’s past reputation as a “carbon bully”.

A new Obama emissions play 
By Michael Grunwald – Politico
The Obama administration has begun a quiet push to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions created by transportation projects, a new front in the president’s global fight to limit climate change. 

GOP targets UN climate agency funding over Palestine 
By Timothy Cama – The Hill
Senate Republicans say the United States has to stop funding the United Nations’ climate change agency because Palestine is a member.

The Psychology of Climate Change Inaction 
By Nathan Collins – Pacific Standard  
For decades, climate scientists have wondered why their near-consensus on the existence and danger of global warming hasn’t translated into government action, much less a public that accepts climate change as reality.


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  


Clinton’s Carbon Corruption: Why Hillary Won’t Say Yes to a Carbon Tax 
By Raillan Brooks -The Village Voice 
Roughly two-thirds of the way through last week’s Democratic debate in Brooklyn, things got interesting.

Natural gas / coal

Drax says it can phase out coal in 3 years 
By Pilita Clark – Financial Times  
The head of the UK’s largest power station has thrown down the gauntlet to government ministers with an offer to stop using climate-warming coal in as little as three years in return for more green energy subsidies.

Call for US and China to pursue clean coal 
By Lucy Hornby – Financial Times
Developing “clean coal” technology would help the coal sector in both the US and China and prevent further job losses, the US energy secretary has said.

These striking numbers show just how fast we’re switching off coal 
By Chris Mooney – The Washington Post 
Last week, even as Peabody Energy, the world’s biggest coal company, declared bankruptcy, the U.S. government issued striking figures showing how much coal production in the United States has declined in the space of just a few years. 

Crucial coal benchmark deal tops expectations 
Financial Times
One of the most important deals in the commodities industry has been signed with Japanese utilities agreeing to pay a significant premium over the market price to secure supplies of high-grade Australian coal. 

Natural gas price rises more than 4%
U.S. natural gas prices rose more than 4% on Tuesday, building on the previous session’s gains as a recovery in oil prices after steep declines in the previous session saw risk appetite sharpen.


François Hollande to gather ministers for Hinkley Point talks 
By Angelique Chrisafis – The Guardian
The French president, François Hollande, is expected to hold a meeting of government ministers at the Elysée palace on Wednesday to discuss whether or not the construction of the £18bn Hinkley Point nuclear power plant in Britain will go ahead. 

Power plan maps out route to follow for 100% renewable energy future 
By Michael Slezak – The Guardian
A plan to transform Australia’s energy use to 100% renewables was published by GetUp! and SolarCitizens on Tuesday after a modelling study commissioned by the groups suggested such a transition was technically feasible and would be cheaper than the status quo. 

GWEC Global Wind Report Heralds Wind As Leading All New Power Generation  
By Joshua S Hill – Cleantechnica 
The new report highlights the numerous records set across the global wind energy industry, and positions wind as “leading the transformation of the global power system.” 

Clean tech

Canada’s clean tech revenue growth stalls in 2014 amid fierce global competition 
By Bruce Cheadle – The Canadian Press 
Revenues from Canada’s multibillion-dollar clean technology industry contracted slightly in 2014 after six consecutive years of growth that outpaced the rest of the economy, says a new report.


China’s housing boom has destroyed its biggest cities’ drinking water 
More than 70% of the watersheds that supply water to China’s 30 largest cities are severely polluted, threatening the water supply for hundreds of millions of people, a recent report finds.

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