Summary

In today’s edition, US, India on board with climate deal: President Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday announced that both countries will look to formally enter the Paris climate deal this year, a major step toward the pact taking effect in 2016. Also, in the Power section, solar power in the UK produced more electricity than coal across the whole of May, the first ever month to pass the milestone. Finally, in the Clean tech section, German battery start-up Sonnen has won backing from the venture capital arm of GE to expand its brand of domestic energy storage batteries, as the market for energy storage technology continues to power up. 

Quote of the day

“One can consider that wind power will not be threatened by climate warming.”

Isabelle Tobin of the Laboratory of Climate Sciences in France, in the environmental research web’s story Climate change won’t harm Europe’s wind power output (in the Power section)

Lead stories  

US, India pushing to ratify climate deal this year 
By Timothy Cama and Devin Henry – The Hill 
US, India on board with climate deal: President Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday announced that both countries will look to formally enter the Paris climate deal this year, a major step toward the pact taking effect in 2016. 
http://bit.ly/1UeiUjG

Poll: Climate is most divisive issue in U.S. 
By Timothy Cama – The Hill 
Climate change is the most divisive issue among United States voters’ rankings of policy areas by importance, a new survey found. 
http://bit.ly/1OcOpKD 

Major climate summit coming to Boston next year 
By Andrew Ryan – The Boston Globe
A major climate summit will come to Boston in 2017, putting the city on the world stage as urban leaders from the United States and China work to curb the effects of a warming planet. 
http://bit.ly/1UohI9A

Senate Approves Update of Toxic-Chemical Regulations 
By Coral Davenport – The New York Times  
The Senate on Tuesday gave final approval to an overhaul of the nation’s 40-year-old law governing the use of toxic chemicals in homes and businesses, sending the bill to President Obama for his expected signature. 
http://nyti.ms/1Uej8XY

New York City’s Plastic Bag Fee Is Delayed Amid Scrutiny in Albany 
By Vivian Yee – The New York Times  
The yearslong debate over whether to impose a fee for plastic bags in New York appeared to come to a hard-fought end last month, when the City Council voted to charge 5 cents for most plastic and paper shopping bags. 
http://nyti.ms/1UEb8hM

Events

Cleantech Innovate Scotland 
June 9, 2016 
http://jlne.ws/1mg6nOG  

Carbon

White House: Obama would veto GOP bill blocking ozone rule  
By Devin Henry – The Hill  
White House officials warned Tuesday that the Obama administration opposes a House GOP bill to delay implementation of a new federal standard on surface-level ozone, or smog.  
http://bit.ly/1UehVzX

Natural gas / coal 

Slowing China demand stalls ‘golden age of gas’
By Anjli Raval – Financial Times
China’s natural gas consumption grew at its slowest pace in 17 years during 2015, a factor hindering the arrival of a “golden age” for the fuel, according to the head of the world’s leading energy body. 
http://bit.ly/1WEkdum

Power

Climate change won’t harm Europe’s wind power output 
environmental research web 
The impact of climate change on the output of European wind farms this century will be limited, according to scientists. 
http://bit.ly/1Y8dpEt

UK solar eclipses coal power over month for first time 
By Damian Carrington – The Guardian
Solar power in the UK produced more electricity than coal across the whole of May, the first ever month to pass the milestone, according to research by analysts at Carbon Brief. 
http://bit.ly/1OcPkuq  
***LB: Also in this story “Solar panels generated 50% more electricity than the fossil fuel across the month, as days lengthened and coal use fell. Solar generated an estimated 1,336 gigawatt hours (GWh) of electricity in May, compared to 893GWh output from coal.”

EEF offers manufacturers new energy efficiency services 
By Michael Holder – BusinessGreen
Manufacturers’ organisation EEF is offering a new suite of energy efficiency services to help companies improve their sustainability performance and reduce energy costs. 
http://bit.ly/1U6WLCs  

DONG Energy closes IPO early to retail investors after demand surge 
By Michael Holder – BusinessGreen
Danish offshore wind giant DONG Energy yesterday closed its initial public offering (IPO) to smaller investors – known as retail investors – after demand outstripped supply for smaller shareholdings.  
http://bit.ly/1YdVeh7  

Now, solar energy to power Mumbai Metro 
Express News Service  
As the Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar Metro completes two years, its operator Mumbai Metro One Pvt Ltd (MMOPL) is now looking to harness solar energy to partially meet the transport system’s power needs. 
http://bit.ly/1t7TDNI

Westerners lack education on nuclear disaster risks, expert warns 
By Nicola Davis – The Guardian
Western societies would not respond well to a Fukushima-style nuclear disaster due to a lack of public information, a leading disaster expert has warned. 
http://bit.ly/1OcOZbh

Clean tech

GE Ventures plugs into storage opportunity with stake in Sonnen 
By Madeleine Cuff – BusinessGreen  
German battery start-up Sonnen has won backing from the venture capital arm of GE to expand its brand of domestic energy storage batteries, as the market for energy storage technology continues to power up. 
http://bit.ly/1PgXb5d

Water

Canada: Water Crisis Puts First Nations Families at Risk 
Human Rights Watch  
Canada has abundant water, yet water in many indigenous communities in Ontario is not safe to drink, Human Rights Watch said in a new report today. 
http://bit.ly/1UEcPfd

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