In today’s edition, France agrees to bailout EDF in order to proceed with the Hinkley Point C nuclear plant in the UK. Also, according to Exxon Mobil Russia, global natural gas demand could double by 2040 (in the Natural gas / coal section). Finally, in the same section: the end of an era as Wall Street checks out of coal mines.  

Quote of the day

“There is an overwhelming amount of hope that the Paris climate agreement could be a turning point towards a more resilient, low-carbon future. While the deal is not enough by itself, it is a major step forward.“

Al Gore, former US vice president and climate campaigner, in the Reuters’ story Al Gore urges world leaders to sign Paris climate deal 

Lead stories 

Efforts to link climate change to severe weather gain ground 
By Warren Cornwall – Science  
Scientists are tying climate change to individual cases of extreme weather with increasing confidence and speed. 

Al Gore urges world leaders to sign Paris climate deal 
World leaders must show their commitment to tackling global warming by signing the Paris climate agreement at a ceremony in April at the United Nations, climate change activist and former US vice president Al Gore said.

Way more Americans are worried about climate change 
  – Grist 
There’s good news and there’s bad news: More Americans are concerned about climate change now than at any time in the past eight years. But that’s because the consequences are getting harder to ignore. 

France agrees bailout for EDF to proceed with Hinkley Point C 
By Terry Macalister – The Guardian  
The French government has promised a financial bailout for cash-strapped energy group EDF so that it can proceed with the £18bn plan to build the first nuclear reactors in Britain for 20 years.


Northeast RECs Regional Thought Leader Round Table 
March 23, 2016 
Environmental Markets Association 
Office of Dentons, 1221 Avenue of the Americas, New York

Navigating the American Carbon World (NACW) 2016 
Climate Action Reserve 
May 4-6, 2016 
San Diego, California

Global Carbon Market Fair and Conference 
May 25-27, 2016 

Cleantech Innovate Scotland 
June 9, 2016 


How to Store Carbon 
By Jenny Bowman – National Energy Technology Laboratory 
Carbon capture and storage is a key component of the U.S. Department of Energy’s approach to combatting climate change.

Natural gas / coal

Wall Street checks out of coal mines 
By Jon Marino – CNBC  
Few Wall Street banks are still willing to get their hands dirty in the coal business.

The federal coal leasing program is just corporate welfare 
By Ben Adler – Grist 
The federal government’s outdated programs that lease public land for fossil fuel extraction are a subsidy for climate pollution, as has been noted before by green groups, think tanks, and Grist writers. 

Farm to fleets: Manure helps Chicago startup build natural gas network 
Chicago Tribune  
Chicago startup AmpCNG launched at a farm in northwest Indiana that converted cow manure to renewable natural gas.

Global natural gas demand to double by 2040 — Exxon Mobil Russia 
The global demand for the LNG will grow twice quicker than the overall gas demand growth by 2025, including LNG demand growth in the Asia-Pacific nations by more than 60% during the next decade alone.


Hawaii Air Force unit getting own power grid that uses trash 
By Audrey McAvoy – The Associated Press 
The Air Force unit that defends Hawaii skies will get experimental energy technology that uses trash to generate power and relies on its own small electrical grid — a system intended to keep the unit operating if a bomb, cyberattack or natural disaster knocks out the local utility.

Smart Grids to help provide power to all: Piyush Goyal 
Power Minister Piyush Goyal today strongly advocated the need for India to adopt smart grids and concepts to improve energy access for ensuring that power reaches all in the country.

Clean tech

Tesla’s Product Pipeline And Its Implications 
By Richard Gordon – Seeking Alpha  
As noted by Seeking Alpha contributor Randy Carlson, in articles such as this, Tesla has been valued based on the confidence or skepticism that the company will manage 500,000 cars in 2020 for some time now.


High levels of lead found in Mississippi capital’s water likened to Flint crisis  
By Kate Galbraith and Matthew Teague – The Guardian
Startlingly elevated levels of lead were found in the water in Mississippi’s capital in June, but a warning was not issued by government officials until January, the Guardian has learned – a contamination that bears some resemblance to the crisis in Flint, Michigan.

17 images showing how countries facing dire water shortages across the globe get this vital resource  
By Courtney Verrill – Business Insider UK
Many countries throughout the world live without access to safe, clean water. Safe water is crucial to one’s health — without it, people are more at risk to infectious diseases and even premature death.

Managing the Politics of Water 
Prince El Hassan bin Talal and Sundeep Waslekar – Project Syndicate
This year’s World Water Day, on March 22, provides an opportunity to highlight what in many countries has become a grim reality: The availability of fresh water is increasingly a defining strategic factor in regional and global affairs.

Water Is Broken. Data Can Fix It. 
By Charles Fishman – The New York Times 
As a nation, we have become disciples of data.

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