In today’s edition, (guarded) optimism rules, as a new five-page paper published by France indicates “considerable common ground” over the structure and goals of the proposed COP21 deal, due to be signed off in December in Paris. But now that the dust (and euphoria) of president Obama’s Clean Power Plan have settled, some venture to say that it may be historic but won’t save the world. 

Quote of the day

“The change is too small in comparison to global emissions. There are also many other countries driving this.”

Hanna Fekete, a policy analyst at the New Climate Institute in Cologne, Germany, in the Bloomberg News’ story Obama’s Power Plan May Be Historic But It Won’t Save the World

Lead stories

France hails ‘considerable common ground’ on UN climate plan 
By Ed King – RTCC (Responding to Climate change)  
A five-page ‘aide-memoire’ published on Tuesday indicates a significant number of countries are in agreement over the structure and goals of the proposed deal, due to be signed off in December. 

Obama’s Power Plan May Be Historic But It Won’t Save the World
By Alex Nussbaum and Alex Morales – Bloomberg News 
President Barack Obama’s plan to reduce carbon pollution — acclaimed by supporters, reviled by opponents — won’t be enough to save the planet.

Half a Billion Dollars Gets You a Gentler Climate Plan 
By Isaac Arnsdorf – Bloomberg News 
There could be half a billion reasons for the concessions President Barack Obama’s clean-power plan made to a defiant energy industry.

Macedonia and Monaco submit climate action plans to UN 
By James Murray – BusinessGreen 
The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia yesterday became the 51st country to submit its Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC) climate action plan to the UN, just a day after Monaco took the number of submissions to 50. 

How COP 21 is feeding Kellogg’s supply chain strategy 
By Barbara Grady –
In the wheat fields of eastern Michigan, third-generation farmer Justin Krick is using electronic-soil-reading gadgets and GPS mapping that his father and great-uncle say they never needed – but appreciate now. 

Christian leaders call on candidates to address climate change, inequality 
By Sara Weissman – Religious News Service 
A coalition of Christian leaders issued a statement Tuesday (Aug. 4) calling on presidential candidates to address climate change and economic inequality, in preparation for the first presidential debate in Cleveland on Thursday. 

Australia was ready to act on climate 25 years ago, so what happened next? 
By Graham Readfearn – The Guardian  
There’s something about climate change that almost everyone in Australia has either forgotten or never knew in the first place.


EMA Annual Meeting
October 28-30, 2015
Omni Parker House Hotel
Boston, MA 

2015 Rising Seas Summit 
Association of Climate Change Officers 
November 12-13, 2015, Cambridge, MA   


States seek delay of EPA climate change rule 
By Timothy Cama – The Hill  
Sixteen states have formally asked the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to delay its new climate rule for power plants. 
***LB: Also in this story “The long-shot request filed Wednesday by West Virginia and others is the first step in their plans to challenge the regulations in federal court.”

Making cold drinks lower carbon: US Department of Energy proposes new vending machine efficiency standards 
By James Phillips – BusinessGreen 
The US Department of Energy (DOE) has announced a major review of energy efficiency standards for vending machines, as part of the government’s wider efforts to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

Bhutan: climate lessons from a Himalayan kingdom 
By Alex Pashley – RTCC (Responding to Climate Change) 
Conserving its environment, which swoops from dicey peaks to subtropical plains, is one pillar in its targeting of Gross National Happiness. 
***LB: Also in this story “Bhutan has net zero greenhouse gas emissions, its low levels of industrial pollution soaked up by the trees that blanket three quarters of the kingdom.” 

Skylines challenge – can I build the world’s greenest city? 
By Karl Mathiesen – The Guardian  
Welcome to a city built with one goal: to be the greenest of bergs. I aimed to use the Cities: Skylines simulator to provide the residents of my little city (current population: 78k) with 100% renewable electricity, effective mass transportation and well-paid jobs in clean industries and high-tech sectors.

Natural gas / coal 

Obama Didn’t Kill Coal, the Market Did 
By Michael R. Bloomberg – Bloomberg View
Critics of the Environmental Protection Agency’s new Clean Power Plan are describing it in apocalyptic terms. But much of what they believe about the plan — that it will destroy the coal industry, kill jobs and raise costs for consumers — is wrong. And it’s important to understand why.   

Gas Just Another Fossil-Fuel Loser in Obama Renewables Push
By Naureen Malik and Harry Weber – Bloomberg News 
Natural gas, once seen as a clear winner in President Barack Obama’s push for cleaner power, isn’t looking like much of a champ these days.

Mexico’s Pipeline Boom Fueled by Texas Drillers Moving Natural Gas
By Adam Williams and Andrea Navarro – Bloomberg News 
Never mind Mexico’s oil reform. These days, the action is in natural gas.


Report: Canadian renewables capacity set to climb through to 2025 
By James Phillips – BusinessGreen
Canada’s hydropower sector will continue to flourish over the next 10 years, according to new research that suggests the industry will deliver nearly 85GW of capacity in 2025. 
***LB: Also in this story “Analysis by research and consulting firm GlobalData suggests hydropower, which currently boasts 77.6GW of capacity in Canada, will grow at a Compound Annual Growth Rate of 0.7 per cent over the next decade, outstripping growth rates projected for coal and nuclear power.” 

Solar power’s popularity remains sky high, survey reveals 
By James Phillips – BusinessGreen 
Renewable energy continues to enjoy overwhelming levels of public support, according to the results of a new survey released by green energy provider Good Energy yesterday. 

Clean tech

Tesla Falls on Sales Target Cut to as Few as 50,000 Vehicles
By Dana Hull – Bloomberg News (+ Video) 
Tesla Motors Inc. fell in extended trading after the electric-car maker backed off its full-year vehicle sales forecast.


The Company Looking to Trade Water as a Commodity  
Bloomberg Business Australia (Video)
H20X CEO and Director Matt Davis discusses trading water as a commodity, launching a nationwide exchange for water in Australia and the outlook for commodities. He speaks to Bloomberg’s Yvonne Man on “Trending Business.”

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