In today’s edition, we give an extensive coverage of President Obama’s trip to Alaska and his quest to convince world leaders (and the GOP) that immediate action is necessary to curb greenhouse emissions. Even Wall Street agrees: slowing global warming would save tens of trillions of dollars, a Citi report states. Finally, four environmental groups are coordinating a multi-million-dollar advertising campaign targeting four Republican Senators who face reelection fights next year.
Quote of the day
“This year, in Paris, has to be the year that the world finally reached an agreement to protect the one planet that we’ve got, while we still can.”
President Obama, at a meeting of Arctic Circle nations in Anchorage, in the Hill’s story Obama calls for global climate deal this year
Obama calls for global climate deal this year
By Devin Henry – The Hill
President Obama issued a new call late Monday for the world’s nations to agree on a climate change treaty later this year.
Obama: Climate deniers on a ‘shrinking island’
By Jesse Byrnes – The Hill
President Obama on Monday night took shots at those who deny climate change during his trip to Alaska, saying they are “on their own shrinking island.”
Obama’s approval of Arctic drilling ‘undermines his climate message’
By James Randerson – The Guardian
Barrack Obama has fatally undermined the message of his visit to the Arctic to highlight the dangers of climate change because his administration allowed Shell to drill there, a leading US environmentalist has said.
Gov. Walker looking at reviving state climate change policy group
By Nathaniel Herz – Alaska Dispatch News
The administration of Alaska Gov. Bill Walker is examining whether to revive a dormant group of officials dedicated to developing the state’s climate change policy, a top administration official said Monday.
Greens target four GOP senators in major ad buy
By Timothy Cama – The Hill
Four environmental groups are coordinating a multi-million-dollar advertising campaign targeting four Republican Senators who face reelection fights next year.
***LB: Also in this story “The green groups are attacking Sens. Richard Burr (N.C.), Rob Portman (Ohio), Pat Toomey (Pa.) and Ron Johnson (Wis.) with a total of five ads for their votes against President Obama’s landmark climate rule for power plants.”
Where the 2016 Republican candidates stand on climate change
By Rebecca Kaplan and Ellen Uchimiya – CBS News
Climate change, more than many other issues, lays bare a stark divide between the two parties: Democrats warn of the grave threat posed by global warming, stressing the need to reduce carbon emissions to prevent a catastrophe.
Citi report: slowing global warming would save tens of trillions of dollars
By Dana Nuccitelli – The Guardian
Citi Global Perspectives & Solutions (GPS), a division within Citibank (America’s third-largest bank), recently published a report looking at the economic costs and benefits of a low-carbon future.
U.N. climate talks begin divided, but with hope for Paris accord
By Alister Doyle – Reuters
Chances that governments will work out a U.N. accord to combat climate change in December seem brighter than in the run-up to a failed attempt in 2009, experts said as delegates from almost 200 nations met on Monday, hoping to bridge deep divisions.
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Poll: Most Americans back 10-cent gas tax hike
By Keith Laing – The Hill
Seventy-one percent of U.S. residents would support a 10-cent increase in the 18.4 cents-per-gallon gas tax that is used to pay for federal transportation projects, according to a new poll released this week.
New greenhouse gas targets set by eastern premiers, governors
Eastern premiers and New England governors have set a target of decreasing carbon pollution by between 35 and 45 per cent below 1990 levels by 2030.
With help, small island states ditch diesel for cheaper, cleaner energy
By Megan Rowling – Thomson Reuters Foundation
After oil prices hit a record high in July 2008, the tiny Pacific nation of the Marshall Islands was forced to declare an economic emergency since around 90 percent of its energy needs were met by imported petroleum products.
Natural gas / coal
Energy companies more reliant on ‘dirty’ coal to produce electricity than they were a decade ago
Two of Britain’s largest energy suppliers are more reliant on coal to produce the electricity they sell to customers than they were 10 years ago.
***LB: Also in this story “British Gas and SSE, which have over 40 per cent of the market between them, now use more coal to produce electricity than they did in 2005, new figures suggest. Experts said their reliance on coal – the dirtiest form of fossil fuel, which produces twice as much CO2 as gas – was undermining attempts to cut the UK’s carbon emissions through renewable supplies.”
Shenhua coalmine faces legal challenge over risk to koala population
By Gabrielle Chan – The Guardian
The $1.2bn Shenhua coalmine faces a significant setback after local landholders launched a legal challenge to the New South Wales government approval process over whether it properly considered the impact of the mine on the local koala population.
EEX trading results of August 2015 – EEX – Volume on the Power Derivatives Market increased by 71 percent
EEX Press Release
In August 2015, trading volumes on the Power Derivatives Market of the European Energy Exchange (EEX) amounted to 168.2 TWh. Compared to the same month in the previous year, the volume increased by 71 % (August 2014: 98,6 TWh).
US clean energy suffers from lack of wind
By Gregory Meyer – Financial Times
A lack of wind is making the US clean energy sector sweat, with consequences for investors from yield-hungry pensioners to Goldman Sachs.
***LB: Also in this story “Electricity generated by US wind farms fell 6 per cent in the first half of the year even as the nation expanded wind generation capacity by 9 per cent, Energy Information Administration records show.”
Could diesel made from air help tackle climate change?
By Padraig Belton – BBC News
Making diesel out of thin air sounds like something from science fiction. But small companies in Germany and Canada are doing precisely this – capturing carbon dioxide (CO2) and finding ways to sell it.
The key to water security could be lurking in a New Mexico sewage farm
By Mark Harris – The Guardian
The sulphurous springs of Yellowstone national park are scalding, tainted with heavy metals and acidic enough to eat through clothing.
Hunger rises in Somalia as el Nino floods loom: U.N
By Katy Migiro – Thomson Reuters Foundation
The number of Somalis in hunger has risen in the past six months, the United Nations said on Monday, predicting a further spike as the Horn of Africa nation braces itself for the worst flooding in decades.
Local Development, the Key to Legitimising Amazon Hydropower Dams
By Mario Osava – IPS
In the case of the Belo Monte hydroelectric dam in Brazil, the projects aimed at mitigating the social impacts have been delayed.