In today’s edition, while the global divestment campaign is gaining strength, renewed presidential optimism in the US: Barack Obama is convinced the Republican Party will be forced to change its views on climate change. Also, in the Carbon section, China scales up pilot carbon trading markets. 

Quote of the day

“I guarantee that the Republican Party will have to change its approach to climate change because voters will insist upon it.” 

President Barack Obama, in the Hill’s story Obama guarantees GOP will change on climate

Lead stories

Obama guarantees GOP will change on climate
By Ben Kamisar – The Hill
President Obama said that the Republican Party will be forced to change its views on climate change in a new interview with Vice News.

The big climate question: Can we sever the link between CO2 and economic growth?
By Brad Plumer – Vox
Historically, there’s been a tight relationship between economic growth and the carbon dioxide emissions driving climate change.

Start managing disaster threat or risk development gains: experts
By Megan Rowling – Thomson Reuters Foundation 
When Typhoon Haiyan sent storm surges and high winds across the islands of the central Philippines in November 2013, it wrecked homes, schools, hospitals and roads, as well as killing more than 6,000 people.

EPA listens as select group weighs tools for carbon rule compliance 
By Emily Holden and Rod Kuckro – E&E
A platoon of U.S. EPA officials and three dozen stakeholders with skin in the game got together last week to figure out how an interstate trading market might aid compliance with the proposed Clean Power Plan to slash greenhouse gas emissions.

Guardian petition for fossil fuel divestment receives 60,000 signatures
By Emma Howard – The Guardian
In less than 24 hours, more than 60,000 readers have joined a campaign on the Guardian’s website asking the world’s largest charitable foundations – the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Wellcome Trust – to divest their endowments from fossil fuels.

EU should start legal case over UK failure on energy-saving laws, say campaigners
By Arthur Neslen – The Guardian
Energy waste campaigners are calling for Brussels to file legal proceedings against the UK for flouting EU energy-saving laws, following new research by the AEA Ricardo consultancy.

Enel pledges to tackle climate change 
By James Politi – Financial Times
Enel has pledged to lead the charge among global energy companies for a deal to cut carbon emissions in Paris this year, as Italy’s largest utility received the rare backing of Greenpeace following years of tensions.

Earth has exceeded four of the nine limits for hospitable life, scientist claims 
By Christopher Hooton  – The Independent
Humanity has raced past four of the boundaries keeping it hospitable to life, and we’re inching close to the remaining five, an Earth resilience strategist has found.


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 


China scales up pilot carbon trading markets 
The Chinese provinces of Gansu and Anhui are among several regions now working to set up carbon exchanges, but it remains unclear how the new CO2 trading platforms will be integrated into a nationwide scheme set to start next year.

Preparing for CO2 Budget Source 2015 Interim Control Period Compliance
Press Release
RGGI’s third three-year control period took effect on January 1, 2015 and extends through December 31, 2017 for the states of Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

Natural gas / coal

Ohio’s Murray Energy to buy half stake in coal rival Foresight 
By Tim Loh – Bloomberg News
Murray Energy, the Ohio coal-mining company founded and run by prominent industry proponent Robert Murray, agreed to acquire control of a rival producer for $1.4 billion to add output in the Midwest and create one of the country’s largest suppliers of the commodity.

Tourmaline Hunts for Energy Deals as Rivals Dump Assets
By Rebecca Penty and Divya Balji – Bloomberg News
Mike Rose started Tourmaline Oil Corp., now Canada’s third-largest natural gas producer, by scooping up land the last time energy companies were in a slump.

Hydraulic fracturing rules take effect Tuesday, clearing way for permits
By Jonathan Drew – Associated Press
Rules governing the hydraulic fracturing method for drilling natural gas are expected to take effect Tuesday, creating the potential for drilling to start later in the year.

Noble set to declare Cyprus natural gas find viable -minister 
Noble Energy is expected to declare its Aphrodite natural gas reserve off Cyprus commercially viable within weeks, paving the way for exports, Cyprus’s energy minister said on Tuesday.

Ukraine’s Naftogaz says paid Russia $15 mln for gas on Monday 
Naftogaz paid $15 million for Russian natural gas on Monday, a spokeswoman for the Ukrainian state energy company said on Tuesday.


Banks Renewables submits plans for Scottish wind farm
By BusinessGreen
Scottish clean energy developer Banks Renewables has submitted plans for an 88.4MW wind farm situated east of New Cumnock in East Ayrshire, amid promises the project could deliver around £15m in community benefit payments over its 25-year lifespan.

Macquarie backs UK free solar installer with £155m in loans
By Jessica Shankleman – BusinessGreen
Solar firm A Shade Greener has received a major boost today in the form of a £155m loan from Australian bank Macquarie to support its free domestic solar installation model.

Germany puts plan to boost sale of electric company cars on ice 
Germany’s federal government has shelved a plan to boost electric car sales via corporate tax breaks because it could not secure the consent of state governments whose coffers stood to lose revenue, officials said on Monday.

Cities Could Be Ideal for Utility-Scale Solar Plants 
By Bobby Magill – Climate Central
There is a scene in the movie “Gattaca” in which Ethan Hawke and Uma Thurman’s characters walk through a giant concentrating solar power plant spread across a broad flat California desert.

Clean tech

SolarCity launches community microgrids with Tesla batteries
By Jeremy C. Owensjowens – San Jose – Mercury News 
SolarCity, well-known for rooftop solar systems, is expanding to so-called microgrids, larger power systems that can be tapped by communities when the power grid goes down.


Drought-stricken California only has one year of water left, Nasa scientist warns
By Amanda Holpuch – The Guardian
As California experiences the fourth year of one of the most severe droughts in its history, a senior Nasa scientist has warned that the state has about one year of water left.

U.S. Ports Modernize While Water Supply and Quality Deteriorate 
Circle of Blue
There’s not much about water infrastructure that gets America’s lawmakers excited these days unless it’s a big coastal port.

How The Oceans Have Dried Texas Out
By Philip Issa – StateImpact
Over the last several years, climate patterns from the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans have exacerbated the historic Texas drought.


South Korea Finds Links Between Nuclear Power Plants Hackers And North Korea
By  Sneha Shankar – International Business Times
South Korean investigators said Tuesday that they found links between North Korea and the series of hacking attempts that led to a data leak of the former’s nuclear power plants in December.

Farming absorbs 22% of cost of disasters in developing countries
The Guardian
Nearly a quarter of the damages caused by natural disasters in the developing world affect the agricultural sector, exacting a heavy cost on poor farmers who do not have insurance or the resources to rebuild their lives after floods, droughts or other extreme events, the UN’s Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) has said.

Oxford’s postponed divestment decision faces protest 
By Roger Harrabin – BBC
Former students occupied an Oxford building on Monday to protest the university’s failure to decide about divesting funds from fossil fuels.

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