In today’s edition, we continue our coverage of the UN Climate Summit in Lima, with guarded optimism on a new pact, if India and Brazil show more enthusiasm. Also, finger-pointing at corporations, for not taking enough new initiatives to combat global warming, say the Greens, and at Australia, for failing to donate to the UN Climate fund.
Quote of the day
“We already know, because we have a pretty good sense of what countries will be able to do in the short run, that the sum total of efforts (in Paris) will not be able to put us on the path for two degrees. We are not going to get there with the Paris agreement – we will get there over time.”
UN climate chief Christiana Figueres, in the BusinessGreen’s story Speculation over Indian emissions goal fuels hopes of Lima Summit progress
Cutting carbon pollution is the key to curbing global warming
By John Abraham – The Guardian
Not all greenhouse gases are created equal. If we want to limit the temperature rise of the Earth, we really need to focus on the long-lasting greenhouse gases.
***LB: Also in this story “They’re the ones that matter, according to a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences by Joeri Rogelj and his colleagues.”
Secretary General Expresses Optimism About Climate Meeting
By Rick Gladston – The New York Times
The United Nations secretary general, Ban-Ki-moon, said Thursday that he was optimistic that progress on curbing greenhouse gas emissions would be made at a conference in Lima, Peru, where delegates from more than 190 countries have begun working on a new agreement to contain global warming.
Speculation over Indian emissions goal fuels hopes of Lima Summit progress
By James Murray – BusinessGreen
The Lima Climate Summit received a boost this week as further details emerged of talks between India and the US about a potential emissions goal for the emerging economy.
Narendra Modi, Favoring Growth in India, Sweeps Away Environmental Rules
By Ellen Barry and Neha Thirani Bagri – The New York Times
Factory owners in this city on the western coast of India have been fuming, railing, and arguing for years against a single troublesome number: the pollution index used by the Ministry of Environment and Forests, which identified Vapi as an area so badly contaminated that any further industrial growth there was banned.
Brazil should take lead on climate, not just broker talks
By Carlos Rittl – The Guardian
Over the past two decades, Brazil has developed a tradition for helping move international climate negotiations forward at critical moments. However, in the face of climate emergency, lack of ambition and a set of shy measures towards carbon emission reductions can neutralise the best ideas and great diplomatic role played by the country.
China outlines vision for 2015 UN climate change deal
By Megan Darby – RTCC (Responding to Climate Change)
As the world’s biggest greenhouse gas emitter, China is critical to the success of international efforts to tackle climate change.When softly spoken lead negotiator Su Wei held a press briefing on day four of UN climate talks in Lima, journalists hung on his every word.
China chides Australia over climate fund
By Pilita Clark- Financial Times
Australia’s failure to donate money to a UN fund helping poor countries deal with global warming is a problem that could hinder this week’s UN climate meeting, China’s lead negotiator at the talks has warned.
***LB: Also in this story “It’s not good news,” said Su Wei, China’s lead negotiator, adding he believed all developed countries had a legal obligation to contribute to the UN’s Green Climate Fund. “It also has very important impacts in the negotiating process. It’s a trust-building process,” he said.”
Giving Climate Pact Legal Teeth Could Make It Toothless
By John Upton – Climate Central
As negotiators gather in Peru for a critical round of climate talks, U.S. delegates are straining to explain what they call a “counterintuitive” reality: For next year’s global climate agreement to be effective, commitments made under it must not be legally binding.
Greens chide industry, boast 3M comments defending climate rule
By Laura Barron-Lopez – The Hill
Green groups submitted roughly 3.7 million comments to the administration in support of its signature climate rule on carbon pollution from power plants this week, according to a memo.
Energy-efficiency bill rises from the dead
By Timothy Cama – The Hill
Shaheen-Portman 2: The Sequel: You thought the Shaheen-Portman energy efficiency legislation was dead after it failed a procedural vote in May? You were wrong.
Chris Christie Stumps for Energy, if Not for 2016, in Canada
By Michael Barbaro – The New York Times
It was not exactly subtle, Gov. Chris Christie’s bear-hugging embrace here of the Keystone XL Pipeline, the most contested cross-border energy project in a generation.
UK government faces court case over “unlawful subsidy” for fossil fuels
By Will Nichols – BusinessGreen
The government’s Capacity Market is being challenged in a European Court by independent energy supplier Tempus Energy, which claims it is an “unlawful subsidy” that violates EU State Aid rules.
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Peru Plans Carbon Limits Focused on Deforestation
By Alex Morales – Bloomberg News
Peru is working on protecting its tropical rain forests and better managing agriculture, which account for the bulk of its climate-warming emissions.
Natural gas / coal
Environmental group lawsuit targets offshore fracking in California
By Rory Carroll – Reuters
An environmental group threatened on Thursday to sue the federal government unless it halts offshore fracking in California immediately, the latest legal challenge levied against the controversial oil extraction technique.
Natural gas reserves hit all-time high
By Timothy Cama – The Hill
The amount of proven natural gas reserves in the United States grew last year to their highest point on record.
***LB: Also in this story “The country now has 354 trillion cubic feet of gas in the ground that has been proven to be recoverable under current conditions, a 10 percent increase from the prior year, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported Thursday.”
Poll: Half of Brits keen to deploy solar panels
Almost half of UK adults are interested in installing solar panels on their roofs, according to a new survey that reveals some of the common barriers that discourage people from deploying solar technologies.
Inventor hopes to clean the air with giant purifiers
By Marco Aquino – Reuters
In Peru’s notoriously polluted capital, Lima, a local inventor is deploying giant air purifiers that double as billboards to suck up carbon dioxide and freshen the city’s sometimes choking air.
Amid India’s Coal Fields Death Lurks in Poisoned Water
By Rakteem Katakey and Rajesh Kumar Singh – Bloomberg News
Death crept without warning to the mud huts of Jogaeal in central India.
California drought the worst in 1,200 years, new study says
By Paul Rogers – San Jose Mercury News
The last three years of drought were the most severe that California has experienced in at least 1,200 years, according to a new scientific study published Thursday.
Colorado River Research Group Delivers Message of Water Limits
By Brett Walton – Circle of Blue
I have been reporting on Western water issues – specifically the Colorado River Basin – since 2009. Over the past five years, the question of how to meet current and future water needs in the iconic watershed has taken on new urgency as a long drought and steady water consumption sap both reservoirs and aquifers.
Dry fracking could be a water-saving game changer
Companies in drought areas have begun looking at liquefied petroleum gas gel for hydraulic fracturing as a way to reduce dependence on already-scarce water supplies.
On Smaller Farms, Including Organic Farms, Technology and Tradition Meet
By Andrew C. Revkin – The New York Times
I spent yesterday morning at a remarkable meeting of young farmers meshing tradition and technology to sustain healthy soils and produce bountiful crops in a changing economy and climate.
Church of England challenges BP and Shell over global warming
By Adam Vaughan – The Guardian
The Church of England has challenged BP and Shell, two of the world’s biggest oil companies, to take responsibility for their carbon footprints and limit their contribution to global warming.
Brazil to launch new satellite to track deforestation
The New Age
Brazil will launch a satellite from China Sunday to keep an eye in the sky on deforestation in the Amazon, the National Space Agency (Inpe) said Thursday.