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
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.
Over 120 Nations to Sign Climate Deal in April
More than 120 countries are ready to sign the UN’s accord to fight global warming, French ecology minister Segolene Royal said Wednesday.
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.
Navigating the American Carbon World (NACW) 2016
Climate Action Reserve
May 4-6, 2016
San Diego, California
CARBON EXPO 2016
Global Carbon Market Fair and Conference
May 25-27, 2016
Cleantech Innovate Scotland
June 9, 2016
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Russian and Armenia agree on new natural gas tariffs
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.
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.
WTO ruling on solar power: China supports India’s stand
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.
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.
***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.
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.
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.
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.