In today’s edition, China, the world’s biggest carbon emitter, wants a legally binding agreement to be reached at a world climate summit in Paris that begins on Nov. 30, while Brazil’s greenhouse gas emissions fell 0.9 percent in 2014, according to a network of local environmental organizations. However, they expressed concern that only one sector showed a decline. Finally, EU energy boss wants urgent push for closer energy union.
Quote of the day
“In 2016, geopolitical challenges will not go away. We have to keep pushing for diversification of energy sources.”
European Commission Vice President Maros Sefcovic (Energy), in the Reuters’ story EU energy boss wants urgent push for closer energy union
China Wants Legally Binding Climate Agreement From Paris Talks
China, the world’s biggest carbon emitter, wants a legally binding agreement to be reached at a world climate summit in Paris that begins on Nov. 30.
Brazil carbon emissions dip overall, but most sectors show increases
Brazil’s greenhouse gas emissions fell 0.9 percent in 2014, according to a network of local environmental organizations, which expressed concern that only one sector, though a large one, showed a decline.
EU energy boss wants urgent push for closer energy union
By Barbara Lewis – Reuters
Europe’s energy boss said on Wednesday EU member states lacked sufficient alternatives to Russian supplies and called for “an urgent political push” for strategic power and gas links to share resources.
(US) Economy Would Gain Two Million New Jobs in Low-Carbon Transition, Study Says
By Naveena Sadasivam – InsideClimate News
Rebuilding the U.S. energy industry to substantially reduce reliance on carbon-based fuels may result in a net gain of 2 million jobs by 2050 while increasing disposable household income, according to a new study sponsored by a nonprofit that advocates clean energy.
Walmart is slapping itself on the back for sustainability but it still has a way to go
By Marc Gunther -The Guardian
It’s been 10 years since Lee Scott, the then-CEO of Walmart, publicly set the giant retailer on a path towards sustainability.
U.S. senators vow to block climate aid, scrutinize Paris deal
By Valerie Volcovici – Reuters
U.S. Senate Republicans on Wednesday said Congress would not approve the Obama administration’s $500 million request for its first payment into a United Nations climate fund, a move they said would undermine the upcoming climate change summit in Paris.
Detractors of climate change dwindling
The Jamestown Press
U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse told Jamestowners that the amount of carbon in the air has now passed 400 parts per million for the first time in human history.
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What we don’t know about the carbon cycle could hurt you
By Gayathri Vaidyanathan – E&E
Palm trees flower here in flashes of magenta and orange. Luscious green fronds drag on the floor, and ropelike lianas hang off trees, topped by giant flowers.
BNP says will double renewable energy investments, cuts carbon
French banking group BNP Paribas will double its investment in renewable energy projects to 15 billion euros ($16.07 billion) by 2020 from 6.9 billion euros and will no longer finance coal extraction projects, it said on Thursday.
Natural gas / coal
Britain Calls for Closing of Coal-Fired Power Plants by 2025
By Stanley Reed – The New York Times
The British government on Wednesday called for the closing of all coal-fired power plants in the country by 2025, and proposed that use of the plants be restricted two years before that.
Top coal exec slams ‘destroyer’ Obama, power plant rules
By Devin Henry – The Hill
A top coal executive and frequent critic of Obama administration environmental regulations will slam the president Thursday as a “destroyer” of the coal industry and hit his key climate rule as “blatantly illegal.”
Australia backs down on coal stand-off
By Adam Morton – Sydney Morning Herald
Australia has backed down from a climate change stand-off with the US and Japan, agreeing to a deal to cut funding for dirty coal-fired electricity by billions of dollars a year.
US Natural Gas Inventory Could Increase the Most since 2009
By Gordon Kristopher – Market Realist
The EIA (U.S. Energy Information Administration) is scheduled to release it Weekly Natural Gas Inventory Report on November 19, 2015.
***LB: Also in this story “Previous data indicated that natural gas inventories rose by 54 Bcf (billion cubic feet) to 3,985 Bcf for the week ending November 6, 2015.”
Enel to buy back Green Power unit in 3.1bn euro merger deal
By Jocelyn Timperley – BusinessGreen
Italian utility Enel is set to buy back its renewables subsidiary Enel Green Power (EGP), which has been listed on the stock market for the past five years.
SunPower’s Solar Farms for Apple in China to Quadruple Power
By Chris Martin and Mark Chediak – Bloomberg News
SunPower Corp. agreed to build three solar farms in China’s Inner Mongolia region with a capacity of 170 megawatts for Apple Inc., a sale that will more than quadruple the technology company’s commitments to pollution-free power in the country.
China’s Geely aims for 90 percent of sales to be green energy cars by 2020
China’s Geely Automobile Holdings plans to concentrate entirely on developing green energy vehicles, eschewing traditional combustion engines and completely overhauling its product portfolio, the company said on Wednesday.
Jamaica’s Aging Water Systems Falter Under Intense Heat and Drought
By Zadie Neufville – IPS
This past summer Jamaicans sweltered through their third consecutive year of reduced rainfall resulting in wild fires, a crop-killing drought and daily water cuts.
EU takes Greece to court for poor treatment of waste water
The European Commission has taken Greece to court a second time for not treating its waste water properly and is proposing a fine of at least 15 million euros, it said on Thursday.