In today’s edition, some experts worry that pledges made by countries to curb emissions don’t include aid to developing nations to do the same. Developing countries like Gabon, which became the first African nation to submit a UN climate action plan. Finally, a Brussels-based forestry NGO puts the EU ahead of the US and China in its investigation on EU imports. To wit, more than half of the total value of EU imports of agricultural commodities are linked to illegal deforestation.  

Quote of the day

“It’s beginning to look like other car companies.”

Jim Cramer on CNBC’s “Squawk on the Street”, in the CNBC’s story Tesla looking ‘like other car companies’: Cramer (in the Clean Tech section)

Lead stories

Big Nations’ Climate Pledge Silent on Finance, Technology Aid to Developing World 
By Urmi A. Goswanmi – Economic Times 
The climate action plans submitted by big emitters like the United States, European Union and Russia mark a serious commitment to inking a global deal at the year-end UN-sponsored climate negotiations in Paris.

Gabon Becomes First African Country to Submit UN Climate Action Plan  
By Chinedum Uwaegbulam – The Guardian 
Gabon has submitted its new climate action plan to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the first African country to do so.

No Red and Blue Divide When it Comes to Renewable Energy Innovation and CO2 Rules
By Andrew C. Revkin – The New York Times  
Regular readers may recall my 2013 post describing how “energy agreement” is often “hidden by climate disputes” — drawing on data from a sustained survey by the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication and George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communication

This conservative group is tired of being accused of climate denial — and is fighting back 
By Tom Hamburger, Joby Warrick and Chris Mooney – Washington Post
Facing a loss of high-profile corporate sponsors, a conservative state-level policy group — the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) — threatened action in recent weeks against activist groups that accuse it of denying climate change.

Israel calls for changes to international nuclear deal with Iran
By Joel Greenberg – Financial Times  
Israel stepped up its lobbying campaign against the agreement on Iran’s nuclear programme on Monday, listing the changes it regards as essential in the framework accord that Tehran reached last week with world powers.  

EU Still ignoring impact of low-cost imports like clothing and commodities
By Dominic Bates – The Guardian
A quarter of agricultural goods produced from illegally deforested land are destined for the EU, a new report has found, which estimates their value at more than 6bn euros a year.
***LB: Also in this story “The investigation by Fern, a Brussels-based forestry NGO, puts the EU ahead of the US and China per capita. More than half of the total value of EU imports of agricultural commodities estimated to be linked to illegal deforestation originates in Brazil, and a quarter originates in Indonesia.”

2000 police used to quell pollution protest in china which left one dead
One person died and 50 were arrested after some 2,000 police, using rubber bullets, tear gas and water cannons, put down a protest by villagers against pollution from a chemical plant in China’s Inner Mongolia, an overseas human rights group said.


World Green Economy Summit 2015 
22 April 2015 – 23 April 2015
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Navigating the American Carbon World (NACW) 2015
North America’s premier conference on climate policy and carbon markets
Presented by the Climate Action Reserve
April 28-30, 2015
Los Angeles, California  


Blazing the Oregon Carbon Trail
By Kelley Hamrick – Ecosystem Marketplace 
With all eyes turned to California, it’s easy to forget that the state’s northern neighbor actually passed the first state-level legislation to curb carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in the United States (US). 

Happy as a pig in mud 
By Claire Dunn – The Age  
Former chartered accountant turned pig farmer Edwina Beveridge is making her mark as a pioneer in the industry, turning methane into money as Australia’s first ‘carbon farm’.

Zipcar talks Turkey with Istanbul expansion
By Will Nichols – BusinessGreen
Zipcar has crossed the Bosphorus to set up its car sharing service in Istanbul, a move the company hailed as its “first footstep into Asia”.

Natural gas / coal

Carmichael coalmine plan would push climate to a dangerous state, court told 
Australian Associated Press
The extraction of coal from Australia’s biggest mine would not directly affect the Great Barrier Reef but burning it would help push the climate to a dangerous state, a Queensland court has heard. 

Deals to soon yield 8 bln dollars in investments for Mongolia copper, coal mines – PM 
Mongolia will soon finalise negotiations that will free up $8 billion for expansions at the country’s largest coal and copper mines, its prime minister said in a national address on Sunday.


Florida utilities work to stop rooftop solar
By Timothy Cama – The Hill
Utility companies in Florida have used their political sway to keep laws on the books that hurt the rooftop solar industry, the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting said.

Canadian Solar Sells Third Ontario Power Plant to RET Capital
By Ehren Goossens – Bloomberg News
Canadian Solar Inc., the third-largest photovoltaic-panel manufacturer, sold a 14.1-megawatt power plant to energy investor Renewable Energy Trust Capital.

Clean tech

Tesla looking ‘like other car companies”: Cramer
By Fred Imbert – CNBC
CNBC’s Jim Cramer said Monday that Tesla Motors is finally moving in the right direction.


EPA sends controversial water pollution rule to White House
By Timothy Cama – The Hill
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Monday sent to the White House its controversial regulation to redefine the extent of its authority over water pollution control.

How on earth are two of the most water-rich nations having H2O crises?
By Bob Curran – Fortune
Brazil has been called the “Saudi Arabia of water.” The U.S. is home to the largest freshwater lake in the world. Both are having H2O crises. What gives? 
***LB: Also in this story “Between the two nations, Brazil and the U.S. have one fifth of the world’s freshwater reserves, and yet both are facing historic water crises.”

Modi’s Water Deficit Spurs French to Plan Growth in India 
By Archana Chaudhary – Bloomberg News
Europe’s top water management companies are seeking to expand in India as farmers, industry and urban residents compete for increasingly scant supplies.

Study Forecasts 70% Loss of West Canada’s Glaciers
By John Schwartz – The New York Times  
The glaciers of the Canadian West could shrink by 70 percent by 2100, according to new research that has implications for predicting glacier loss around the world.


Fukushima disaster radiation detected off Canada’s coast 
Radiation from Japan’s 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster has for the first time been detected along a North American shoreline, though at levels too low to pose a significant threat to human or marine life, scientists said.

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