Summary 

In today’s edition, pressure is building on global regulators and the European Commission to “stress-test” portfolios of large institutional investors against long-term objectives to reduce climate change. Also, after the Paris COP21 accord, over 120 nations are ready to sign the climate deal in April. Finally, learn why (in the Natural gas / coal section) U.S. natural gas prices should double.  

Quote of the day

“Climate risks should be further integrated in investment portfolios.”

Alexis Dutertre, the Deputy Permanent Representative of France to the European Union in Brussels, in the EurActiv.com’s story EU pushed towards ‘climate disclosure’ regime for investors 

Lead stories

Can Republicans Act on Climate Change? 
By Anne C. Mulkern – ClimateWire  
Republican Mayor Kevin Faulconer confronted the issue of climate change not long after taking office in this coastal city. 
http://bit.ly/1SgyVQQ 

Over 120 Nations to Sign Climate Deal in April 
News Discovery
More than 120 countries are ready to sign the UN’s accord to fight global warming, French ecology minister Segolene Royal said Wednesday. 
http://bit.ly/1S0aWID 

EU pushed towards ‘climate disclosure’ regime for investors 
By Frédéric Simon – EurActiv.com
Pressure is building on global regulators and the European Commission to “stress-test” portfolios of large institutional investors against long-term objectives to reduce climate change, in a move that could shift billions in investment away from fossil fuels. 
http://bit.ly/23lYnwm

Events 

Navigating the American Carbon World (NACW) 2016 
Climate Action Reserve 
May 4-6, 2016 
San Diego, California 
http://goo.gl/Ah5s1I

CARBON EXPO 2016 
Global Carbon Market Fair and Conference 
May 25-27, 2016 
Cologne 
http://jlne.ws/1mg8bqR

Cleantech Innovate Scotland 
June 9, 2016 
http://jlne.ws/1mg6nOG 

Carbon

Whyalla wipeout looms but carbon tax not to blame 
By Mark Kenny – The Sydney Morning Herald  
Finally, sadly, pathetically. After the shameful point-scoring and reckless scare-mongering, politicians, business leaders, unions and workers are as one. And what’s uniting them is a horrible, probably unstoppable truth. 
http://bit.ly/1VBr4mb 

Cutting food and carbon waste-lines for healthy climate 
By Mark Kinver – BBC News 
Reducing food waste and changing the way people consume calories will help deliver a sustainable food system and reduce emissions, a study suggests. 
http://bbc.in/23fGKlk

Natural gas / coal 

Adani being investigated​ for alleged involvement​ in US$4.4bn ​​coal-pricing scandal 
By Joshua Robertson – The Guardian  
The mining and resources giant Adani is being investigated for alleged involvement in a US$4.4bn pricing scandal around coal sales by Indian power companies. 
http://bit.ly/1TExmBy 

25% of Europe Quits Coal 
By Kyla Mandel – DeSmogUK 
Europe’s coal industry continues its downward spiral as a quarter of European Union countries have now closed their doors to the dirty energy source. 
http://bit.ly/1ULnfvX

Why U.S. Natural Gas Prices Should Double 
By Art Berman – Forbes  
Total supply–dry gas production plus net imports–has been declining since October 2015 because gas production is flat, imports are decreasing and exports are increasing. 
http://onforb.es/1ST9IPE 

Russian and Armenia agree on new natural gas tariffs 
TASS
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and Prime Minister of Armenia Ovik Abramyan agreed new tariffs on the Russian natural gas supplied to Armenia, Abramyan said on Thursday after completion of talks. 
http://bit.ly/1NbBLFu

Power

New York nuclear plant’s future further divides Sanders and Clinton
By Alan Yuhas – The Guardian  
The Indian Point Energy Center, a controversial and ageing nuclear plant near New York City, has split the Democratic presidential candidates. 
http://bit.ly/23lUojq 

WTO ruling on solar power: China supports India’s stand 
PTI  
China has voiced support for India’s decision to file an appeal against a recent WTO ruling which held the government’s power purchase agreements with solar firms as “inconsistent” with international norms. 
http://bit.ly/1RSxSaq 

Clean tech

Which U.S. Cities Have The Most Hybrids? 
By Charlie Sorrel – co.Exist 
77% of cars in Detroit are American made—the most of any U.S. city. Over in San Jose, just 25% of the cars are U.S.-built. 
http://bit.ly/23fBOge 
***LB: Also in this story “Another list shows the percentage of hybrid cars in various cities. San Francisco wins, but it only manages 3.3%. The remaining top 10 cities are mostly in hippie California, and by the time we get to the south and the Midwest, we’re down to almost zero.”

Car buyers should decide the winner in Tesla’s fight with dealerships 
The Washington Post  
America is the land of the free — unless your idea of freedom includes a right to build cars and sell them directly to the public, rather than through a third party. 
http://wapo.st/1q9Vosd

Tesla’s Model 3 orders are through the roof. Here’s what that means for the planet. 
By Chris Mooney – The Washington Post 
It’s being hailed as simply extraordinary. Since introducing the Model 3 sedan — a far cheaper electric vehicle, aimed for broader consumption, than the Model S — Tesla saw a stunning 276,000 orders in just two days. 
http://wapo.st/1Yhur0V

Water

Venezuela’s plan to save energy during the drought: three-day weekends 
By Sibylla Brodzinsky – The Guardian
Venezuela has declared two months of three-day weekends in the latest attempt to curb energy use as a months-long drought dries up reservoirs used to generate electricity. 
http://bit.ly/1S09Psl 

Drought-stricken California looks to Australia for tips on recycling water 
By Oliver Milman – The Guardian
As hopes that a much-hyped “Godzilla” El Niño event will banish California’s record drought fade, the state is starting to look for clues from overseas on how to conserve each increasingly precious drop that does fall on its parched land.
http://bit.ly/1qwNN81

 

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