In today’s edition, Jim Yong Kim, the president of the World Bank, calls for an end of fossil fuel subsidies and urges governments to adopt a carbon tax scheme. To wit, Ontario signed a deal with Quebec to link their carbon markets. Finally, bad news: China is poised to overtake the United States as the main cause of man-made global warming since 1990. 

Quote of the day 

“We need to get rid of fossil fuel subsidies now.” 

Jim Yong Kim, president of the World Bank, in the Guardian’s story Scrap fossil fuel subsidies now and bring in carbon tax, says World Bank chief 

Lead stories

Ontario and Quebec sign cap-and-trade deal, urge Ottawa to take leadership role
By Geoffrey Vendeville – Montreal Gazette  
As Quebec and Ontario announced that they would link their carbon markets, they urged Ottawa to work more closely with the provinces to curb climate change.

Cap and trade explained: What Ontario’s shift on emissions will mean 
By Adrian Morrow – The Globe and Mail
On Monday, Premier Kathleen Wynne formally announced what The Globe revealed two weeks ago: that Ontario will launch a cap-and-trade system for carbon emissions.  

Scrap fossil fuel subsidies now and bring in carbon tax, says World Bank chief 
By Larry Elliott – The Guardian
Poor countries are feeling “the boot of climate change on their neck”, the president of the World Bank has said, as he called for a carbon tax and the immediate scrapping of subsidies for fossil fuels to hold back global warming.

China to surpass U.S. as top cause of modern global warming 
By Alister Doyle – Reuters 
China is poised to overtake the United States as the main cause of man-made global warming since 1990, the benchmark year for U.N.-led action, in a historic shift that may raise pressure on Beijing to act.  

How China’s thirst for clean drinking water may raise its CO2 emissions 
By Coco Liu – E&E
China has long been accused of using too much water to produce energy, but now some of its coastal cities are compounding this problem by planning for desalination, which will spike both their energy needs and their emissions.

Water Insecurity Costs Global Economy Billions a Year 
By Randall Hackley – Bloomberg News
A new report on water insecurity says floods and drought amid climate change and a lack of investment in reliable water supplies is weighing on the global economy by tens of billions of dollars a year.

EPA blasts GOP’s bill to change climate rule 
By Timothy Cama – The Hill
The top Democrat on the House Energy and Commerce Committee joined the Environmental Protection Agency Monday in criticizing the House GOP’s efforts to weaken the Obama administration’s climate rule for power plants.

France to invest two billion euros of climate-linked finance in India 
By Ed King – RTCC (Responding to Climate Change)
Speaking at a press conference with Indian prime minister Narendra Modi, Hollande said French support was vital ahead of a proposed UN climate change pact, due to be finalised in Paris this December.


World Green Economy Summit 2015 
22 April 2015 – 23 April 2015
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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  

The National Fuel Cell Symposium 2015
Industry, government, and academia will convene to discuss the current state of the Stationary Fuel Cell development and deployment in the U.S.
May 7, 2015 
Sacramento, California 

Nearing the Finish Line: Perspectives and Updates on EPA’s Clean Power Plan (webinar)
April 23, 2015; 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. EDT

Northeast RECs Regional Thought Leader Round Table
May 19, 2015; 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. EST
Dentons: 1221 Avenue of the Americas, NY

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


Japan’s CO2 emissions hit second-highest on record 
Japan’s greenhouse-gas emissions rose to the second-highest on record in the year ended March 2014, revised government figures showed on Tuesday, reflecting a rise in coal-fired power after the indefinite closure of nuclear power plants. 

Dutch government facing legal action over failure to reduce carbon emissions  
By Emma Howard – The Guardian
The first public hearings will take place in the Hague on Tuesday in the first case in the world to use existing human rights and tort law to hold a government responsible for failing to reduce carbon emissions fast enough. 

Maine has a disappearing carbon sink for 10,000 cars in the ocean  
By Jane Disney – BDN
Along the coast of Maine, from the Piscataqua River to Passamaquoddy Bay, eelgrass populations are declining.

Conservation and carbon storage goals collide in Brazil’s Cerrado
By Brendan Borrell – 
At the Los Angeles auto show in November 2008, Hyundai made a groundbreaking announcement.

Natural gas / coal 

Could abandoned coal mines produce renewable energy? 
By Jessica Shankleman – BusinessGreen 
In a novel example of the transition from high to low carbon infrastructure, researchers in Nottingham have discovered how abandoned coal mines could produce renewable heating for tens of thousands of homes and offices in the UK.  

Gazprom chief warns EU over pricing challenge 
By Jeevan Vasagar and Christian Oliver – Financial Times  
Gazprom, Russia’s state controlled gas exporter, has said attempts by Brussels to crack down on its pricing model will backfire — and trigger higher average energy costs across Europe.


NextEnergy snaps up giant solar farms for £54.7m 
By Jessica Shankleman – BusinessGreen
Renewable energy investor NextEnergy has acquired two UK solar farms that narrowly met the government’s subsidy deadline at the end of March for a total of nearly £55m. 

Mainstream braves high winds to deliver ‘world’s cheapest’ offshore wind power 
By Jessica Shankleman – BusinessGreen
Mainstream Renewable Power will try to install wind turbines at sea in winds of up to 15 metres per second and streamline its power transmission systems in the hope of delivering the world’s cheapest electricity from an offshore wind farm.

10.7 Million households may get $27 average credit on their electric bill
Central Valley Business Times
The April or May electric bills for about 10.7 million California households may contain a little surprise: A credit under the Cap-and-Trade Program that averages $27. 

Clean tech

California Utility to Make Gas From Solar for Pipeline Storage
By Naureen Malik – Bloomberg News
Southern California Gas Co. has started two pilot projects that will test the feasibility of using solar energy produced when power demand is low to split hydrogen from water and store the gas in pipelines.


California’s Rainless Summer Will Dry Up Drinking Water Supplies 
By Brett Walton – Circle of Blue
Communities in California’s seared Central Valley and arid mountain foothills are expected to end this year’s rainless summer with drinking water supplies so tight they may give out by September, according to state and local water administrators. 

Middle East can beat water challenge by harnessing the power of solar 
By Ahmed S. Nada – The National
The late Richard Smalley, a Nobel laureate in chemistry, compiled a list in 2003 of the top 10 problems that will plague humanity for half a century.


The Drought Is Behind California’s Skyrocketing West Nile Virus Numbers
By Luke Whelan – Mother Jones 
California’s drought isn’t bad news for everyone: turns out West Nile Virus has been thriving in the state’s parched climate.

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