In today’s edition, France’s president, François Hollande, warns that if the COP21 fails, the result could be millions of new refugees fleeing climate disaster. Also, Greenpeace challenges the green credentials of outdoor clothing makers including The North Face, Columbia and Patagonia. And finally, smart cities could save as much as $22tn and avoid the equivalent in carbon pollution of India’s entire annual output of greenhouse gasses, according to leading economists. 

Quote of the day

“There is a risk of failure. If we don’t conclude [with a successful agreement], and there are no substantial measures to ensure the transition [to a climate-affected world], it won’t be hundreds of thousands of refugees in the next 20 years, it will be millions.” 

France’s President François Hollande, in the Guardian’s story Paris climate talks could fail, warns François Hollande 

Lead stories 

Paris climate talks could fail, warns François Hollande 
By Fiona Harvey – The Guardian
The president of France, François Hollande, has warned that the global climate change talks scheduled for Paris this December will fail unless nations make a much greater effort to reach agreement – and that the result could be millions of new refugees fleeing climate disaster. 

Pacific leaders to confront Abbott on emissions targets 
By Michael Gordon – Sydney Morning Herald 
Tony Abbott faces a cool reception when he flies to Port Moresby this week from Pacific Island leaders who say global inaction on climate change threatens their existence.

Sponge offers way to clean up ships’ emissions 
By Paul Brown – Climate News Network  
The cargo vessels that carry 80% of the world’s trade and the cruise ships that take thousands of passengers to pristine tourist attractions use the world’s dirtiest fuel. 
***LB: Also in this story “With 60% of the world’s ports already voluntarily excluding the worst-polluting ships, owners are in a desperate hunt to find ways to clean up their act – and a giant steel sponge could be the answer.”

Greenpeace slams outdoor clothing makers 
By James Politi and Shannon Bond – Financial Times  
Greenpeace, the international environmental group, is challenging the green credentials of outdoor clothing makers including The North Face, Columbia and Patagonia, accusing them of failing to eliminate toxic chemicals in their products. 

Climate-smart cities could save the world $22tn, say economists 
By Suzanne Goldenberg – The Guardian 
Putting cities on a course of smart growth – with expanded public transit, energy-saving buildings, and better waste management – could save as much as $22tn and avoid the equivalent in carbon pollution of India’s entire annual output of greenhouse gasses, according to leading economists. 

Panasonic criticises (UK’s) ‘damaging’ cuts to solar panel subsidies 
By Terry Macalister – The Guardian 
Panasonic, one of the world’s largest electronics companies, has urged the UK government to think again about its plans to cut subsidies for homeowners who install solar panels.

Sarah Palin makes pitch to lead – and ‘get rid of’ – a Trump energy department 
By Martin Pengelly – The Guardian  
Sarah Palin has made a pitch to be named energy secretary under a Donald Trump presidency, saying: “If I were head of that, I’d get rid of it.” 
***LB: Also in this story ““I think a lot about the Department of Energy and if I were head of that I’d get rid of it. I’d let the states start having more control over the lands that are within their boundaries and the people that are affected by the developments within their states.”  


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Melting Ice Isn’t Opening Arctic to Oil Bonanza
By Steven Lee Myers – The New York Times
The warming Arctic should already have transformed this impoverished fishing village on the coast of the Barents Sea. 

Can California really cut gasoline use by 50 percent? 
By Paul Rogers – San Jose Mercury News  
For 50 years, California has led the nation in passing environmental standards to protect its beaches, restore wildlife and reduce smog.

Natural gas / coal

Gazprom’s North Sea deal faces scrutiny 
By Christopher Adams and Jim Pickard – Financial Times
Ministers are to examine a deal that hands Russia’s Gazprom interests in the UK North Sea, amid calls for Britain to send “a clear message” to Vladimir Putin over Ukraine.

Gas find promises sea change in the Med 
Christopher Adams, Heba Saleh and John Reed – Financial Times
It is rare to find an oil or gasfield so big it can transform an economy. 
***LB: Also in this story “Last week Eni, the Italian energy group, did just that, trumpeting the discovery of an underwater “supergiant” off Egypt it says could be one of the world’s biggest gasfields.

US shale industry braced for bankruptcies 
By Ed Crooks – Financial Times
The world may run on oil, but the oil industry runs on capital, and for US shale producers that capital is starting to dry up. 

(Australia’s) Mining industry’s new ‘coal is amazing’ TV ad labelled desperate 
By Oliver Milman – The Guardian  
Australia’s mining industry has launched a new ode to coal in the form of a major advertising campaign that hails the mineral’s ability to “create light and jobs”, as well as claiming that new technology will drastically slash its emissions.


Denmark considers wind a less volatile option 
By David Waller – Financial Times
When oil soared to almost $150 a barrel in 2008, the drive to develop new ways to generate renewable energy seemed unstoppable. Seven years on, with oil prices about a third of that level, the arguments for going green appear more nuanced.

Why the Saudis Are Going Solar
By Jeffrey Ball – The Atlantic 
Prince Turki bin Saud bin Mohammad Al Saud belongs to the family that rules Saudi Arabia.  

Robin Hood Energy: Nottingham launches not-for-profit power firm 
By David Hellier – The Guardian
A local council has set up a not-for-profit energy supplier that it hopes can sign up 10,000 customers a month and save them each up to £237 a year on bills. 
***LB: Also in this story “Nottingham city council said Robin Hood Energy, which employs 30 staff, was the first local authority-owned energy company run on a not-for-profit basis since the market was nationalised in 1948.”

Government throws out plans for four Welsh wind farms 
By James Phillips – BusinessGreen 
Proposals for four onshore wind farms in Wales have been rejected by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), marking the latest blow to the UK’s renewable energy industry this summer.

Clean tech

2016 Toyota Prius to Show its New Face in Las Vegas on September 8 
By Ali Aslani – Master Herald 
The wait for the next iconic hybrid from Toyota is nearly over as the Japanese carmaker is all set to unveil the 2016 Prius in Las Vegas, Nevada on September 8. 


EPA faces grilling over toxic mine spill 
By Timothy Cama – The Hill 
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will face tough questions as lawmakers return and examine the mine waste spill it caused in Colorado.

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