As French president François Hollande was in the Caribbean this weekend (and in Cuba today – making him the first Western head of state to do so since the Cold War), islands’ leaders voiced their hopes that the COP21 summit will help. Meanwhile, big corporations are more and more interested in clean tech: (in the Clean tech section) Fiat Chrysler’s CEO recently met with Elon Musk and Toyota and Mazda are reportedly in talks over a major partnership to expand production of low emission vehicle technologies. 

Quote of the day

“I’m incredibly impressed with what that kid has done”  (referring to Elon Musk)

Fiat Chrysler Chief Executive Sergio Marchionne, in the Reuters’ story Fiat Chrysler CEO says met with Tesla, Apple CEOs (in the Clean tech section)

Lead stories

Can Latin America blaze a trail towards a Paris climate deal? 
By Guy Edwards and Monica Araya – RTCC (Responding to Climate Change)
This year marks a watershed for Latin America as governments decide what they are willing to contribute to a new climate agreement in Paris this December. 

Caribbean Looks to Paris Climate Summit for Its Very Survival 
Caribbean leaders on Saturday further advanced their policy position on climate change ahead of the 21st Conference of Parties, also known as COP 21, scheduled for Paris during November and December of this year. 

Solving the Climate Crisis Will Strengthen Our Economy 
Rep. John Conyers – Huffington Post  
When I voted for the Clean Air Act as a Member of Congress in 1970, I received a stern warning from special interests: Environmental protection hurts economic growth. 


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  

The National Fuel Cell Symposium 2015
Industry, government, and academia will convene to discuss the current state of the Stationary Fuel Cell development and deployment in the U.S.
May 7, 2015 
Sacramento, California 

Nearing the Finish Line: Perspectives and Updates on EPA’s Clean Power Plan (webinar)
April 23, 2015; 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. EDT

Northeast RECs Regional Thought Leader Round Table
May 19, 2015; 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. EST
Dentons: 1221 Avenue of the Americas, NY

EMA Annual Meeting
October 28-30, 2015
Omni Parker House Hotel
Boston, MA


How to get your pension fund to divest from fossil fuels 
By Patrick Collinson – The Guardian  
As part of the Guardian’s Keep it in the ground campaign, which is urging the world’s largest charitable foundations to move their money out of fossil fuels, we look at personal divestment and how you can encourage your pension scheme to shift its portfolio or offer divestment options.

Natural gas / coal

Rebound in US shale will limit oil price recovery 
Financial Times
It has been one of the less widely noticed oil price surges. Since January, benchmark Brent crude has risen from less than $47 per barrel to more than $65 per barrel, an increase of about 40 per cent. 

What’s causing Texas earthquakes? Fracking ‘most likely,’ report says
By Chris Lett and Jason Morris – CNN 
Jim and Gail Wells have lived in the upscale Las Colinas area of Irving, Texas, for 14 years.  


Hawaii Sets Goal of 100% Renewables by 2045 
By Bobby Magill – Climate Central 
Hawaii is on the verge of being the first state in the U.S. to set a goal of generating all of its electricity from renewable energy sources. 

Factories Struggle as Power Cuts Threaten South African Growth
By Rene Vollgraaff – Bloomberg News
Rolling power blackouts in South Africa and the risk of strikes are weighing on manufacturing output, threatening already anemic economic expansion and clouding the central bank’s task as it seeks to tackle inflation.

Owner of Oman’s largest power plant begins $146 mln flotation – report 
Oman’s Phoenix Power Co, owner of the sultanate’s largest power plant, has opened subscription for an initial share sale that would raise 56.3 million rials ($146.3 million) from a 35 percent stake, the Times of Oman newspaper reported on Sunday.

Clean tech

Fiat Chrysler CEO says met with Tesla, Apple CEOs 
By Allison Martell – Reuters  
Fiat Chrysler Chief Executive Sergio Marchionne said on Saturday that he had visited the heads of Tesla Motors Inc and Apple Inc during a recent trip to California. 

Reports: Mazda and Toyota seek to accelerate low emission cars 
By Jessica Shankleman – BusinessGreen
Toyota and Mazda are reportedly in talks over a major partnership to expand production of low emission vehicle technologies, including hydrogen fuel cell cars and plug-in hybrids, in response to tightening regulations.

UN climate chief says technology has changed carbon politics
Associated Press
Technological advances that have reduced prices and improved efficiency of renewable energy have helped transform the politics around climate change since 2009 when an attempt to forge a global deal on reducing greenhouse gas emissions failed, the U.N. climate chief said Thursday. 

Why the Koch brothers’ war against clean energy is still failing 
 – Grist
For the past four years, a set of right-wing advocacy groups, largely funded by the Koch brothers and the fossil fuel industry, has been waging jihad on bipartisan government policies that support renewable energy.


Ohio calls on neighbours for help as Lake Erie turns green 
Associated Press  
Pollutants feeding the toxic algae blooms that have been turning parts of western Lake Erie green and contaminating drinking water in recent summers are not just coming from Ohio. 

Recycled Drinking Water: Getting Past the Yuck Factor 
By John Schwartz – The New York Times 
Water spilled out of a spigot, sparklingly clear, into a plastic cup. Just 45 minutes earlier, it was effluent, piped over from Orange County’s wastewater treatment plant next door.


When will plastic carrier bags be banned? 
By Lucy Siegle – The Guardian 
Hold on to the dream! The 5p plastic bag levy takes effect on 5 October in England following (sluggishly) in the footsteps of Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales (where in the first year the 5p charge saw the use of plastic bags drop by 96%).

Weather and conflict in Africa: It’s almost winter and ‘strike season’ in South Africa; war more likely in hot years 
By Christine Mungai – Mail & Guardian Africa  
A wise African government would do well to include a Weather Study Unit in its ministries of defence or internal security. 

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