In today’s edition, good news: for the first time in 40 years, global carbon emissions did not rise last year – and not even an economic crisis to slow them down!  And bad news: (in the Natural gas / coal section), Chinese and U.S. firms generate the most electricity from inefficient coal-fired power plants, according to a study.

Quote of the day

“The warm temperature extremes we’ve experienced in recent years might be just a beginning.”

Jascha Lehmann, co-author of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research’s report quoted in the Bloomberg News’ story Arctic Melt Brings More Persistent Heat Waves to U.S., Europe 

Lead stories

Arctic Melt Brings More Persistent Heat Waves to U.S., Europe
By Stefan Nicola – Bloomberg News
The U.S., Europe and Russia face longer heat waves because summer winds that used to bring in cool ocean air have been weakened by climate change, German researchers said.

Russian scientists say climate change to blame for mysterious Siberia craters
Russian scientists have now discovered seven giant craters in remote Siberia, a geologist told AFP on Thursday, adding that the mysterious phenomenon was believed to be linked to climate change.

Public Lands May Be America’s Best Climate Defense 
By Bobby Magill – Climate Central
Willow and cottonwood trees, verdant with springtime foliage, draped over the shallow Aravaipa Creek in mid-February as if forsaking any notion of winter.

Global carbon emissions stall in 2014
By Pilita Clark – Financial Times
Global emissions of climate-warming carbon dioxide did not rise last year for the first time in 40 years without the presence of an economic crisis.

Can we build power plants that actually take carbon dioxide out of the air?
By Brad Plumer – Vox  
One of the more uncomfortable, little-discussed aspects of global warming is that we’ve reached the point where sharp cuts in emissions alone are unlikely to be enough to avoid big temperature increases. 

Modi’s budget slashes environmental funding for India
By Sujit Chakraborty – Thomson Reuters Foundation
Environmentalists in India have expressed alarm over the new budget of the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, which they say heralds substantial cuts in environmental programmes and fails to address the country’s worsening pollution and vulnerability to climate change.


Navigating the American Carbon World (NACW) 2015
North America’s premier conference on climate policy and carbon markets
Presented by the Climate Action Reserve
April 28-30, 2015
Los Angeles, California 


CO2 Boosts Trees, But Ups Damage From Forest Pests 
By John Upton – Climate Central
Greenhouse gas pollution often gives forests helpful growing boosts, but burgeoning bounties of carbon dioxide-fertilized canopies can also whet the appetites of leaf-munching bugs.

Kerry bashes fossil fuels, Florida’s gov
By Timothy Cama – The Hill
Shunning ‘outdated’ fuels and Florida: In his speech Thursday at the Atlantic Council, Secretary of State John Kerry took direct swipes at coal and oil, and an indirect one at Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R).

Taronga and Woolworths announce carbon offset project
Taronga Conservation Society Australia
Taronga Conservation Society Australia’s first carbon offset project will fund extensive forest regeneration in Western NSW in partnership with Woolworths, the Zoo’s Director, Cameron Kerr, said today.

Natural gas / coal

Chinese, U.S. power firms top inefficient coal plants list 
Chinese and U.S. firms generate the most electricity from inefficient coal-fired power plants that pump out more greenhouse gases and use more water than newer power stations, a study said on Friday.

House GOP wants changes to EPA coal ash rule
By Timothy Cama – The Hill
House Republicans released draft legislation that they said would add certainty to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) coal ash disposal regulation.


Math and Myth Clash in Senate Hearing on Clean Power Plan
By Naveena Sadasivam – Inside Climate News  
Officials from five states weighed in Wednesday at a Senate hearing on the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed plan to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. Their characterizations of the plan ran the gamut from “misguided” and “problematic” to “workable and practical.” 

TenneT to spend 20 bln euros on new power grids by 2025 
By Toby Sterling and Vera Eckert – Reuters
TenneT, the operator of power grids in the Netherlands and Germany, posted a 17 percent rise in profit last year and said it would spend 20 billion euros ($21.2 billion) on new infrastructure over the next decade.

Clean tech

Why The Nuclear Energy World Is Thinking Small
By Courtney Flatt  – Northwest Public Radio
In the world of nuclear power, one technology is generating debate: factory-produced reactors that are no bigger than a house. 


Suddenly, It Seems, Water Is Everywhere in Solar System
By Kenneth Chang – The New York Times
Oceans trapped under ice appear to be pretty common in the solar system and one of them, on a small moon of Saturn’s, appears to be quite hot. 


Who will succeed Rajendra Pachauri as the next head of the IPCC?
By Megan Darby – RTCC (Responding to Climate Change)
It is 13 years since the top job in the world’s leading authority on climate change was contested.

Keystone opponents urge Clinton to return foreign donations 
By Jesse Byrnes – The Hill
Nearly 60,000 opponents of the Keystone XL pipeline are urging Hillary Clinton to avoid a “conflict of interest” for her impending presidential bid and return Clinton Foundation donations from foreign governments.

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