In today’s edition, news about the European Union: According to a draft law, it plans to propose earmarking a quota of permits in its carbon market after 2020 for companies entering the system and for potential production increases. Also, two stories on the link between social inequality and the environment: The fight against both has to go hand in hand.

Quote of the day

“The total magnitude of environmental harm depends on the extent of inequality. Societies with wider inequalities of wealth and power tend to have more environmental harm.” 

Economist James Boyce, in grist’s story Inequality isn’t just bad for the economy — it’s toxic for the environment 

Lead stories

EU Eyes Setting Aside Carbon Permits for Production Increases
By Ewa Krukowska and Mathew Carr – Bloomberg News
The European Commission plans to propose earmarking a quota of permits in its carbon market after 2020 for companies entering the system and for potential production increases, according to a draft law.

European heat waves boosted by climate change, scientists say 
Thomson Reuters 
As Germany and Spain sweated and London sweltered through its hottest July day on record this week, scientists said it is “virtually certain” that climate change is increasing the likelihood of such heat waves in Europe. 

Inequality isn’t just bad for the economy — it’s toxic for the environment 
By Susan Holmberg – grist 
The pope’s encyclical on climate change was received with both enormous enthusiasm and criticism, reactions that will only intensify as he continues to lead efforts to solve our climate crisis and generate momentum for the U.N. Climate Conference later this year.  

David Suzuki: No social justice without climate action
By David Suzuki – OurWindsor.Ca 
The world is shifting on the related problems of climate change and social inequity.

UN climate change chief tells charities to stop complaining about global warming 
By Tom Bawden – The Independent  
Environmental charities should spend less time complaining about global warming and more time coming up with workable solutions to the problem, the UN’s climate change chief has said.

Can Brazil follow through on its ambitious climate goals?
Washington Post (Editorial) 
Many environmental advocates had their eyes focused this week on the Supreme Court, where the justices slammed an Environmental Protection Agency clean air rule. 

Papal visit puts Andes presidents’ eco-record under scrutiny 
By Franck Bajak – The Associated Press
In the vine-entangled forests of the Aguarague National Park, crude that seeped for decades out of abandoned wellheads saturates the soil and has stained the bedrock of creeks that provide water to the indigenous Guarani who live nearby.

When our climate seems ripe for cooperation 
Barbados Today (Editorial) 
If anyone had mentioned “sargassum” in a conversation with the average Caribbean person up to about five years ago, perhaps this unusual word would have immediately triggered an expression of bewilderment.


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Cost impact of EPA rules must be considered 
Herald Dispatch (Editorial)
Power generation has been an environmental balancing act throughout history.

Once Hailed As Solution to Climate Change, Carbon Capture and Storage ‘Is Not Happening’ 
By Paul Brown – Climate News Network
For years CO2 has been used by injecting it into old oil wells to extract more fuel, but the cost of building new plants just to store the gas is proving prohibitive. 

Carbon tax repeal sparks jump in Australia’s electricity emissions 
Australian Associated Press  
A 4.3% rise in electricity emissions counters Australia’s credibility in the lead-up to the Paris climate talks, the Climate Council says.
***LB: Also in this story “The increase of 4.3% has undone part of an 11% fall in emissions during the two years the tax was in place.”

Natural gas / coal 

New coal plants ‘most urgent’ threat to the planet, warns OECD head 
By Fiona Harvey – The Guardian
Governments must rethink plans for new coal-fired power plants around the world, as these are now the “most urgent” threat to the future of the planet, the head of the OECD has warned.

Australian miners cry foul over China coal-testing regime 
By Jamie Smyth – Financial Times
Australian miners are urging Beijing to suspend a coal-quality testing regime, which they claim is unfairly blocking cargoes at Chinese ports and increasing costs for exporters at a time when the seaborne coal trade is under severe stress. 

Secrecy over fracking chemicals clouds environmental risks, advocates say 
By Rose Hackman – The Guardian
The fracking industry must be compelled to provide far more detailed information to regulators if the public is to be accurately informed of any risks to the environment, advocacy groups say.

China’s steel dragon has lost its appetite for American coal 
By John Dizard – Financial Times 
As the headlines earlier this week told you, the US coal industry scored a win at the Supreme Court.


US renewables industry seeks tax breaks to compete with gas 
By Ed Crooks – Financial Times
The US wind and solar power industries face a fall in investment in 2017 after tax credits expire, their trade body has warned as it appeals to politicians for more financial support. 

Court ruling boosts need for Illinois clean energy bill 
Sun-Times (Editorial)
A U.S. Supreme Court ruling last week dealt a blow to federal efforts to clean up power plant emissions, making it even more important than ever that the Illinois Legislature passes pending legislation to boost energy efficiency and turn the state toward renewable energy. 

The innovators: how smaller batteries give more power to UK solar households 
By Shane Hickey – The Guardian
When Elon Musk, the chief executive of Tesla, took to the stage in California in April to launch a solar battery for the home, the audience hollered and whooped at every detail.

Clean tech

German Wind-to-Hydrogen Plant Takes Car-Fuel Battle to Tesla
By Alex Webb – Bloomberg News
After decades of research, Linde AG says the elements needed to make hydrogen-fuelled cars a viable challenger to Tesla Inc’s battery-driven vehicles are finally falling into place.


The Great Plains’ Looming Water Crisis
By Alan Bjerga – Bloomberg News 
Farming in the northeast corner of Colorado used to be simple: plant corn and watch it grow, irrigated by the massive Ogallala aquifer.

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