In today’s edition, some breaking news from Germany. The country will shut down its coal-fired power plants. Indeed, Germany had been in a paradoxical situation: After deciding to phase out nuclear plants for power generation, it resorted to highly polluting coal to do so. Also, Australia must cut carbon emissions by 30% by 2025, says the country’s Climate Change Authority. Finally, some side-effects of the US-Cuba rapprochement: Environmental concerns from Cuba, due to an expected increased number of Americans on the island. 

Quote of the day

“The authority believes its recommendations constitute a credible package for the Australian government to take to the Paris conference.”

Australia’s Climate Change Authority (CCA), in its final report on emissions reduction targets, released today, in the Guardian’s story Australia must cut carbon emissions by 30% by 2025, says Climate Change Authority  

Lead stories 

Germany to shut down coal-fired plants, extend power grid: sources 
The German government decided on Thursday to order the shutdown of several coal-fired plants in order to reach its ambitious climate goals by 2020, government sources told Reuters.

U.S. Touts Role In Bringing China and Paris To Table On Climate Talks
By Jason Plautz – National Journal 
The White House is making a major diplomatic push to make sure this year’s climate change talks in Paris are a success, and it scored two major victories Tuesday. 
***LB: Also in this story “China, the world’s largest emitter, formally submitted its long-awaited climate pledge, cementing its agreement to peak its emissions by 2030. The pledge builds on its agreement with the U.S. last year, with a plan to reduce its carbon intensity, or its emissions per unit of GDP, by up to 65 percent by 2030, compared to 2005 levels.” 

Australia must cut carbon emissions by 30% by 2025, says Climate Change Authority  
By Katharine Murphy – The Guardian  
The Climate Change Authority says Australia needs to cut carbon emissions by 30% by 2025 and sign up to further cuts of 40-60% by 2030 to catch up to other countries in the international effort to mitigate the risks of global warming. 

How Canada and The U.S. Can Lead Together On Climate Change  
By Janet Peace – The (Toronto) Globe and Mail (Op-Ed)  
With fossil fuel production going strong on both sides of the border, Canada and the United States face similar challenges in balancing energy and economic priorities with the urgent need to reduce climate-altering greenhouse gas emissions. 

Cuba’s Environmental Concerns Grow With Prospect of U.S. Presence 
By Erica Goode  – The New York Times 
Like many of his countrymen, Jorge Angulo hopes the United States will lift the decades-old economic embargo against Cuba. 

Vatican ‘may’ consider divestment from fossil fuels, despite pope’s call to arms 
By Stephanie Kirchgaessner – The Guardian  
The Vatican may consider, but is not committed to, divesting its holdings in fossil fuels, a Catholic church official has said, despite Pope Francis’s call for bold action to fight climate change and global warming.


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Chinese carbon market doldrums may undermine climate efforts   
By Kathy Chen and David Stanway – Reuters 
Regulatory uncertainty and a lack of transparency have left trade on China’s seven pilot carbon exchanges in the doldrums, which could undermine efforts to cut the nation’s greenhouse gas emissions.

EU Eyes Setting Aside Carbon Permits for Production Increases
By Ewa Krukowska and Matthew 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.

Natural gas/coal

Coal Trading an Awkward Contradiction for Climate-Talks Sponsor
By Tara Patel – Bloomberg News
The sparkling blue waters of an Alpine hydroelectric dam dominate Electricité de France SA’s latest advertisement plugging its sponsorship of climate-change talks in Paris at the end of the year. 

Coal company sues over Obama water rule 
By Devin Henry – The Hill
Coal giant Murray Energy Corp. said Wednesday it is suing the Obama administration over its rule asserting power over small bodies of water.

Transition Away from Coal-Fired Power Plants Keeps Building
By Neil Strother – Forbes
The transition away from coal-fired power plants continues among a number of U.S. utilities both in an effort to comply with carbon reduction standards and for cost-cutting reasons.   

California’s push for cleaner buses could edge out natural gas 
By Nichola Grom – Reuters  
Fifteen years ago, California led the way to cleaner transit buses with strict tailpipe emissions standards that effectively ushered out diesel as the primary fuel for buses in the state and replaced it with natural gas.

Cumbrian cheese gives Lake District dairy gas 
By James Phillips – BusinessGreen
Is there any problem cheese cannot solve? Not content with being a delicious end to a good meal, the gourmand’s favourite is now powering a dairy in Cumbria. 

Fracking could hurt house prices, health and environment, official report says 
By Adam Vaughan and Rowena Mason – The Guardian  
Fracking operations to extract shale gas in Britain could cause nearby house prices to fall by up to 7% and create a risk of environmental damage, according to a government report that has been published in full for the first time. 

Environmentalists want California to stop offshore fracking 
Environmentalists Tuesday called on Gov. Jerry Brown to halt plans for months of hydraulic fracturing in the waters off Southern California, warning that it could lead to chemical pollution or an oil spill. 


(UK’s) Waitrose moo-ving to greener milk with new dairy solar system 
By James Phillips – BusinessGreen 
Waitrose is milking the benefits of clean energy after installing solar panels on the roof of a dairy shed at one of its farms. 
***LB: Also in this story “Working with solar developer Hive Energy, the retail giant estimates it will generate up to 186KW of solar energy at its Leckford Estate farm in Hampshire, saving over 70,000kg of carbon emissions every year.”

Clean tech 

Skeleton Technologies debuts super-lightweight energy storage system 
By Madeleine Cuff  – BusinessGreen 
A graphene-based energy storage technology promises to enable the development of electric trucks, buses and other heavy transport technologies, according to the Ukraine-based company behind the new system. 

Has clean tech’s time come? 
By Rosie Bosworth –
After a couple of slow years, global investment in clean technologies has rebounded with a vengeance.  


Water Shortages Unite Iraq, Islamic State Against Turkey
By Zaid Sabah, Selcan Hacaoglu and Jack Fairweather – Bloomberg News
There’s one thing Islamic State militants and the Iraqi government they’re besieging agree on: Turkey is using more than its fair share of water.

California residents cut water consumption by 29 percent  
By Devin Henry – The Hill 
Residential water use in California fell 28.9 percent in May, the biggest decline since the state’s governor mandated citizens cut their water consumption to weather a severe drought. 

Study: Water Use Skyrockets as Fracking Expands 
By Bobby Magill – Climate Central 
Oil and natural gas fracking, on average, uses more than 28 times the water it did 15 years ago, gulping up to 9.6 million gallons of water per well and putting farming and drinking sources at risk in arid states, especially during drought.


BusinessGreen Leaders Awards 2015 
Last night, 500 executives, entrepreneurs, campaigners, and politicians from across the green economy gathered in London for the fifth annual BusinessGreen Leaders Awards.

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