In today’s edition, we focus on recycling: Not as easy as it seems. Three things are real headaches: Diapers, plastics bags and juice boxes. And Another story on San Francisco, ‘the Silicon Valley of Recycling’. Also, in the Carbon section, learn about carbon farming, as it might be the latest hope for a hot planet.  

Quote of the day

“I’m looking out of the window here in Anchorage and I can just see grass instead of snow.”

Andy Moderow, state director of not-for-profit group Alaska Wilderness Action, in the Guardian’s story Climate change may be a burning issue – but election campaign tells another story

Lead stories 

Scientists fly glacial ice to south pole to unlock secrets of global warming 
By Robin McKie – The Observer 
In a few weeks, researchers will begin work on a remarkable scientific project. They will drill deep into the Col du Dôme glacier on Mont Blanc and remove a 130 metre core of ice. 

Climate change may be a burning issue – but election campaign tells another story 
By Oliver Milman – The Guardian
As Alaskans go to the polls in the Democratic caucuses on Saturday, one of the most pressing issues should be what is staring them in the face – or, rather, what isn’t: snow and ice.

A newly discovered Alaskan butterfly may hold clues to climate change 
By Elahe Izadi – Washington Post  
Researchers discovered a possible new butterfly species in Alaska and believe it could tell us more about the pace of climate change.

Three Headaches for the Recycling Industry 
By Matt Richtel – The New York Times 
The most advanced recycling operations in the world divert 75 percent or more of community waste away from landfills. 
***LB: Also in this story “They are: Diapers, plastics bags and juice boxes.” 

San Francisco, ‘the Silicon Valley of Recycling’ 
By Matt Richtel – The New York Times  
Robert Reed, who is enjoying a surprising career turn as a busy tour guide at the latest hot spot here, stood smiling one recent sunny morning before 10 foreign dignitaries and journalists. They included the mayor of Genoa, Italy, and the general consuls from Italy, Canada and Switzerland.

Environmental art is on the rise – with a little help from Leonardo DiCaprio  
By Anny Shaw – The Guardian 
The image looks like a scene from a science fiction movie about an alien landscape on another planet: a 28-by-24-foot LED wall depicting an impressive, circular array of giant mirrors surrounding a tower lit at the top. But this is very much an earthly construct.


Navigating the American Carbon World (NACW) 2016 
Climate Action Reserve 
May 4-6, 2016 
San Diego, California

Global Carbon Market Fair and Conference 
May 25-27, 2016 

Cleantech Innovate Scotland 
June 9, 2016 


Poland approves large-scale logging in Europe’s last primeval forest 
Agence France-Presse
Poland has approved large-scale logging in Europe’s last primeval woodland in a bid to combat a beetle infestation despite protests from scientists, ecologists and the European Union. 

Carbon Farming: Hope for a Hot Planet 
By Brian Barth – Modern Farmer 
Carbon farming. The phrase is suddenly on the lips of every major player in the sustainable food movement. 
***LB: Also in this story “Michael Pollan deemed it agriculture’s “secret weapon” in a December op-ed for the Washington Post. Bill McKibben, in his praise for an upcoming book on the topic, described carbon farming as “a powerful vision,” one that he hopes will “presage major changes in our species’ use of the land.”” 

Carbon Sinks: The Next Big Thing 
By William S. Becker – Huffington Post 
The late American critic Lawrence Clark Powell noted, “We are the children of the technological age”. He might have added that like children, we run to technology when we have a problem. We want a technical fix.

Natural gas / coal  

Russia criticises (UK’s) Amber Rudd over ‘misleading’ gas export comments  
By Ben Quinn – The Guardian 
Russia has waded into Britain’s EU referendum debate to accuse the energy secretary, Amber Rudd, of making misleading comments when she claimed that the EU provided protection against being bullied by Vladimir Putin over Russian gas exports. 
***LB: Also in this story “What did she say exactly? Energy secretary claimed EU protects Britain against Vladimir Putin using Russian gas supplies as foreign policy tool.” 

Feds start public-land coal review process 
By Timothy Cama – The Hill 
Federal officials started the process Thursday toward a comprehensive environmental review of the way the government leases public land for coal mining.


Wind Power Transmission Project in Plains Earns U.S. Approval
By Diane Cardwell – The New York Times
A major transmission project aimed at bringing wind energy out of the Texas and Oklahoma panhandle cleared a significant hurdle on Friday as the Energy Department announced it would allow the project to go forward.

Virginia and Microsoft plug in to solar power plant 
By Kimberly Pierceall – The Virginian-Pilot
If “retiring green attributes” sounds like a smoothie shop giving up on kale or digging up a golf course’s turf or CIA-speak for killing off some little green men, well, it’s not. 

Scrapped Haryana plan spells setback for solar power players 
Gurgaon: In a blow to the solar thermal power industry, the Haryana government has withdrawn its policy mandating buildings in areas over 500 sqyd to install thermal solar water heaters.

Clean tech

Forget Ramping Up — Can Tesla Motors Ramp Down? 
By Evan Niu – The Motley Fool 
With all eyes being on whether or not Tesla can successfully ramp up production to 500,000 vehicles per year by 2020, It might be a little premature to talk about ramping down 

Toyota Mirai manga: hydrogen fuel cell beats electric cars, plug-in hybrids 
By Matthew Klippenstein – Green Car Report  
Manga are comics created in Japan, conforming to a style set more than 100 years ago and still very much a part of popular culture.


Flint’s water pipes could be fixed by May 
By Timothy Cama – The Hill  
The corroded lead pipes in Flint, Mich., could be fixed in May, putting drinkable water in sight for the city’s residents. 

A Dam, Small and Unsung, Is Caught Up in an Iranian Hacking Case 
By Joseph Berger – The New York Times 
The United States has many colossal dams, hydroelectric power generators like Hoover and Grand Coulee so monumental in scale and purpose that they have been celebrated in song by Woody Guthrie and others.

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