If only — In today’s edition, James Hansen, a climate scientist, wishes Warren Buffett would take up the fight against climate change with as much stamina as he does making millions. So far, the billionaire hasn’t, though. Also, how to make millennials – quite convinced there is a need to fight climate change – vote? A new campaign addresses the problem. Finally, new stranded assets: Energy, mining, power projects could be hurt by water-related risks. 

Quote of the day

“Buffett talks to millions. If he would make a point such as that, it would be extremely valuable.” 

James Hansen, a former NASA scientist who first brought climate change to the attention of Congress in the 1980s, in the Bloomberg News’ story Buffett as Climate Oracle? Great, If He’d Take Job: Scientist

Lead stories 

Millennials love clean energy, fear climate change, and don’t vote. This campaign wants to change that. 
By David Roberts – Vox  
Democrats and climate hawks share a dilemma, and that dilemma is millennials. 
***LB: Also in this story “Millennials — people born between 1980 and 2000, give or take, depending on your definition — are, in many ways, an incredibly attractive political target. There’s a lot of them, they lean Democrat, they are more concerned about climate change than older cohorts, and they absolutely love clean energy. The problem is, too few of them vote.”

Buffett as Climate Oracle? Great, If He’d Take Job: Scientist
By Joe Ryan – Bloomberg News  
Warren Buffett would be a convincing advocate for doing more to combat global warming, according to a leading climate scientist. Convincing the billionaire to take up the cause may be more difficult.

Are cities doing enough on climate change? Residents say no 
By Karen Weigert – GreenBiz 
“So, climate change is happening and that is the city’s official position?”
The question came at the end of an interview I did in 2011 on Chicago’s premier evening news program shortly after I had been appointed the city’s first chief sustainability officer.

Water-Related Risks Strand $Billions in Energy, Mining, Power Projects 
By Keith Schneider – Circle of Blue 
In early November 2002, six years before Lehman Brothers melted down and the American economy came much too close to collapsing, John Cassidy wrote a prophetic article in the New Yorker magazine on ominous trends in U.S. home mortgage financing.  


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  


What we’re getting wrong in the carbon tax debate 
By Clayton Aldern – Grist 
A carbon tax has surged back into the national conversation recently, thanks at least in part to Bernie Sanders, who hounded Hillary Clinton about the issue at the last Democratic debate.

Natural gas / coal 

A Crusader in the Coal Mine, Taking On President Obama
By Jad Mouawad – The New York Times
The rolling hills of eastern Ohio show few signs of the frenzied activity unfolding hundreds of feet underground. Inside the Powhatan No. 6 mine, a machine the size of a city bus is slowly slicing the earth, scraping out coal and sending it on a 40-minute ride to the surface. 

Fracking Contamination Widespread in North Dakota, Study Finds 
The Stream  
Spills of wastewater from fracking operations in North Dakota have contaminated sites across a wide swath of the state, according to a new study.


The awe-inspiring growth of the U.S. solar industry 
By Adam Browning – Vote Solar (for the Huffington Post) 
We all have dreams. Mine was to bring solar energy into the mainstream.

GE Renewable Energy Global Wind Installations Reaches 50 GW 
By Joshua S Hill – Clean Technica 
GE  Renewable Energy announced this week that it has officially installed more than 50 GW of onshore wind installations around the world.

Wind Power Industry Set New Records Across the World Last Year 
The Climate Group  
Global wind power installations are estimated to more than double in the next five years according to a new study, which also spotlights the record global wind growth in 2015, led by China and Germany.

Clean tech 

Can Scotland create a cleantech ‘unicorn’?  
By Alison Campsie – The Scotsman 
The hunt is on for Scotland’s first billion dollar cleantech company with a European-wide contest underway to find the most promising business ideas that can tackle climate change.

The simple cactus may have the answer the clean tech industry needs 
By Ariel Bogle – Mashable
In the world of engineering, you can usually trust nature to have done it first, and better.   
***LB: Also in this story “A newly-developed fuel cell technology looks to the cactus to solve a problem involving this promising but complex form of clean energy, which generates power without emitting planet-warming greenhouse gases.” 

PwC report shows promise in China’s clean-tech industries 
By Cai Xiao – 
There were 143 private equity and venture capital investments made in clean-tech industries last year totalling $1.1 billion, decreasing 11.3 percent year on year, according to the latest PwC report.


Selling Bottled Water That’s Better for the Planet 
By Gloria Dawson – The New York Times 
On a recent morning over avocado toast and world-renowned New York City tap water, Grace Jeon expounded on the virtues of public drinking water.

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