In today’s edition, Chinese and French leaders said that any climate agreement reached in Paris next month should include status updates every five years to make sure countries are hitting their carbon emissions goals. Also, President Obama’s environmental agenda hangs in the balance as federal courts consider whether his administration overstepped its authority in drafting regulations to fight climate change. Finally, news from the man we love to hate: Clean energy investment in Australia fell by 31 per cent under Tony Abbott.
Quote of the day
“We are certainly in a moment where in relatively short order, a lot could be unraveled.”
Justin Pidot, an environmental law professor at the University of Denver who served as a litigator in the Justice Department from 2008 to 2011, in the Hill’s story Obama’s court quagmire
China, France: Climate pact should include five-year reviews
By Devin Henry – The Hill
Chinese and French leaders said Monday that any climate agreement reached in Paris next month should include status updates every five years to make sure countries are hitting their carbon emissions goals.
Business leaders will bring politicians to the table on climate change
By David Wolfe – The Hill
Now that the majority of people in both political parties accept that climate change is occurring, Washington’s top task is to catch up with the rest of the country — particularly business and farming communities — and engage in a real debate about practical solutions.
Obama’s court quagmire
By Timothy Cama – The Hill
President Obama’s environmental agenda hangs in the balance as federal courts consider whether his administration overstepped its authority in drafting a host of regulations designed to combat pollution and climate change.
Poland’s Duda bucks EU on climate
By Sara Stefanini – Politico
Polish President Andrzej Duda is sending a strong signal that business as usual is over when it comes to his country’s climate policy — vetoing an extension of the 1997 Kyoto climate protocol as his right-wing party took control of the EU’s sixth largest country.
***LB: Also in this story “Poland’s president vetoes climate pact, but Warsaw can’t do much to change the EU’s direction.”
Clean energy investment in Australia fell by 31 per cent under Tony Abbott
By Katharine Murphy – The Guardian
Uncertainty over the future of Australia’s renewable energy target under the Abbott government precipitated a 31 per cent drop in clean energy investment in Australia, according to the annual report of the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC).
Paris Fog Spells Embarrassment One Month From UN Climate Talks
By Angeline Benoit – Bloomberg News
It’s a coughing matter for the French government.
Climate Change Is Top Threat to India’s Economy, Modi Aide Says
By Unni Krishnan and Vrishti Beniwal – Bloomberg News
Climate change is the top threat to the world’s fastest growing major economy as erratic monsoon rains cause distress in a sector that employs more than half of India’s billion-plus population, the country’s junior finance minister said.
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Some Porsche Models Found to Have Emissions Cheating Software
By Jad Mouawad – The New York Times
The Environmental Protection Agency said on Monday that it had found cheating software on more Volkswagen and Audi cars than previously disclosed and, for the first time, also found the illegal software in some Porsche models.
Potent greenhouse gases should have no place in our air conditioning units
By Gina McCarthy (Administrator of the EPA) – The Guardian
Our planet’s fragile ozone layer is on a path toward full restoration by about 2050.
Natural gas / coal
Senate Dems: Bill coal industry for climate costs
By Timothy Cama – The Hill
A group of Senate Democrats is asking the Obama administration to charge federal-land coal fees that account for the costs of climate change.
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Alstom closes sale of energy business to GE
Alstom said it had completed the 12.35 billion euro ($13.6 billion) sale of its energy business to General Electric Co, helping the French group refocus on its transport business.
Utilities making efficiency upgrades easier with on-bill financing
By Karen Uhlenhuth – Midwest Energy News
A financing mechanism that provides utility customers with low-interest loans to pay for costly efficiency upgrades is gaining traction across the Midwest.
Germany’s planned nuclear switch-off drives energy innovation
By Jennifer Rankin – The Guardian
Hinkley Point will be the first nuclear power plant to be built in Europe since the meltdown of Japan’s Fukushima reactor in 2011. But while the British government sees nuclear energy as a safe and reliable source of power, Germany is going in a different direction.
UK energy groups warn subsidy cuts threaten old wind farms
By Nicholas Megaw – Financial Times
Energy companies have warned that subsidy cuts will prevent them from replacing old wind farms as almost 1,000 turbines approach the end of their lives over the next decade.
***LB: Also in this story “Turbines are designed to last 20-25 years, and increasing numbers will reach the end of their serviceable life during the next parliament. According to industry body RenewableUK, the UK has 924 turbines that have been operating since before 2004.”
Still no flying cars? The future of transit promises something even better
By Alison Moodie – The Guardian
We may not yet be living in an age of flying cars, as predicted in the 1985 film Back To The Future II, but the rise of smartphones and other new technologies is creating a reality that is arguably as exciting and almost as far-fetched.
New NASA data shows Brazil’s drought deeper than thought
By Chris Arsenault – Thomson Reuters Foundation
New satellite data shows Brazil’s drought is worse than previously thought, with the southeast losing 56 trillion liters of water in each of the past three years – more than enough to fill Lake Tahoe, a NASA scientist said on Friday.
Beverly Hills fined for not conserving enough water in drought
By Sharon Bernstein – Reuters
Upscale Beverly Hills is among four California cities whose water utilities have been fined for not forcing residents to conserve enough water during California’s unrelenting four-year drought, officials said on Friday.
Hurt by cheap oil, Saudi government will make water more expensive
By Angus McDowall and Reem Shamseddine – Reuters
Saudi Arabia will raise the price of water for non-residential consumers, local media reported, a sign the government is cutting back an expensive system of subsidies as low oil prices strain its finances.