In today’s edition, companies are the unsung heroes of the fight against climate change: some are shifting their business models to achieve sustainability while more than 200 major brands use carbon offsets to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, and airlines back a global emissions trading scheme. Finally, the encyclical is here! Today is the day the pope officially shared his thoughts on climate change.
Quote of the day
“The industry has a clear preference for a global emissions trading scheme, but I think some of the suggestions that are being introduced are interesting and should be examined.”
Willie Walsh, chief executive of British Airways and Iberia’s parent IAG, in the Reuters’ story Airline industry backs global emissions trading scheme – IAG
Release of encyclical reveals pope’s deep dive into climate science
By Anthony Faiola, Michelle Boorstein and Chris Mooney – The Washington Post
He warns of “synthetic agrotoxins” harming birds and insects and “bioaccumulation” from industrial waste. He calls for renewable fuel subsidies and “maximum energy efficiency.”
Where Coal Was King, Pope’s Climate Warning Faces a Tricky Sell
By Alex Nussbaum and Tim Loh – Bloomberg News
In West Virginia, where workers have harvested coal seams for centuries, Pope Francis’ new warning about the risks of fossil fuels will find skepticism even among the faithful.
US Catholics split on climate change ahead of pope’s encyclical
By Devin Henry – The Hill
American Catholics are about as divided on the matter of climate change as the rest of the general public, the Pew Research Center found in a survey ahead a major statement on the environment by Pope Francis.
Airline industry backs global emissions trading scheme – IAG
By Julia Fioretti – Reuters
The boss of International Airlines Group on Wednesday said the industry would prefer a global emissions trading scheme to tackle aviation pollution, although other “interesting” options were also under consideration.
***LB: Also in this story “Emissions from European flights are already covered by the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS), but an EU law, meant to take effect from 2012, that extended the arrangement to intercontinental aviation emissions caused outcry.That forced the EU to retreat and U.N. body the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) took on the task of coming up with a global alternative. Its deadline is a meeting planned for late 2016.”
Four multinationals shifting their business models for sustainability
By Lindsay Clinton and Rochelle March – The Guardian
Last year, the CEO of Fortune 250 energy provider NRG wrote a letter to shareholders about the lack of innovation in the energy industry.
The Sustainability Strategy That No One Talked About
By Allie Goldstein – Ecosystem Marketplace
When Sean Kinghorn started his new job as a senior sustainability manager at the software company Intuit, he wasted little time in proposing an ramped-up emissions reductions goal to the company’s executives.
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California carbon revenue tops $2 billion after latest auction
By Rory Carroll – Reuters
California’s carbon permit auction last month fetched more than $626 million for the state, bringing the total raised by the cap-and-trade program to more than $2.2 billion, the California Air Resources Board said on Wednesday.
Daimler’s New Self-Driving Semi Drives Better Than A Person, So It’s Better For The Environment
In a single day, semi trucks on U.S. roads pump out over half a million metric tons of carbon pollution.
***LB: Also in this story “The EPA hopes to change that with new requirements for better fuel economy (a typical heavy-duty truck only drives five to six miles per gallon of diesel fuel). In the future, self-driving technology could also help cut down on fuel footprints.”
GOP doctors question health benefits of EPA ozone rule
By Devin Henry – The Hill
The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed rule to limit surface-level ozone pollution might not have the health benefits the agency claims, according to nearly two-dozen doctors-turned-lawmakers.
***LB: Also in this story “In a letter to EPA administrator Gina McCarthy, the lawmakers, all Republicans, said there has been no correlation between falling ozone levels and the asthma rate in the United States.”
Natural gas / coal
GOP senators wary of EPA coal ash rule
By Timothy Cama – The Hill
Republican senators on Wednesday aired concerns with the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) rule on coal ash disposal, saying they might try to revise it.
US: Power sector running out of time to acquire carbon offsets
Market participants say compliance entities are running out of time to acquire California carbon offsets (CCOs) because of the time required to close deals and low supply of offsets issued by the Air Resources Board (ARB) this year.
Tesla reveals plan to power up European Supercharger network
By James Phillips – BusinessGreen
US electric vehicle trail-blazer Tesla has this week announced plans to extend its UK supercharger network, providing wider access to fast-charging points for its electric car owners.
Big Batteries, Energy Storage Key to Renewables’ Future
By Bobby Magill – Climate Central
Hawaii has the most expensive utility rates in the nation because most of its electricity is generated using imported crude oil.
***LB: Also in this story “But as a new law moves the state toward renewable energy sources that could lessen its dependence on fossil fuels, Hawaii may join several other states in rolling out a secret weapon — big batteries.”
Greens: EPA underestimating harms from power plant water pollution
By Timothy Cama – The Hill
Regulators are severely underestimating the health harms from the pollution that power plants dump into waterways, an environmental group said Wednesday.
Twitter Could Shape Flood Disaster Response
By Brian Kahn – Climate Central
First the rains came. Then the floods. Then the tweets.
***LB: Also in this story “The tweets made for compelling retweets and news reports, but Dutch researchers have also figured out another use for the tweets: real-time flood maps.”