In today’s edition, a new NAFTA, on climate, this time, as the U.S., Canada and Mexico create a new climate change partnership, which does not include binding targets, but will enhance cooperation. Also, climate change smarts are now considered part of core competency for professionals. And finally, Ireland should lead the way on climate smart farming, says climate change expert Bruce Campbell and bring together a coalition of the willing on this topic.
Quote of the day
“Bringing together a coalition of those kinds of countries which really show leadership across the whole agricultural sector would be fantastic, and I think that Ireland really has the ability to do that.”
Bruce Campbell, director of a research programme on climate change and agriculture run by the Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research in Denmark, in the Irish Times’ story Ireland should lead the way on climate smart farming, says ecology expert
U.S., Canada and Mexico create new climate change partnership
By Mike De Souza – Reuters
North American energy ministers said on Monday they had set up a working group on climate change and energy, a partnership designed to help Canada, the United States and Mexico harmonize policies.
***LB: Also in this story “The partnership does not include binding targets, but will enhance cooperation and integrate more climate change-related policies into energy discussions between the countries, Canadian Natural Resources Minister Greg Rickford said during a conference call.”
World leaders missed chance to tackle climate change, says economist
By Jessica Elgot – The Guardian
World leaders missed the perfect opportunity to tackle climate change during the global economic crisis, according to the influential economist and academic Lord Stern.
Paris Can’t Be Another Copenhagen (OpEd)
Climate change smarts now part of core competency for professionals
By Jen St. Denis – Business Vancouver
If your business depends on snow or polar bears, how are you going to survive as temperatures rise in the future? One professional association is arguing it might help to have a CFO versed in climate change adaptation strategies.
Solar Impulse close to record attempt
By John Heilprin – swissinfo.ch
The Solar Impulse 2 edged towards a record-breaking attempt to cross the Pacific using only solar power, but scuttled plans for a take-off late Monday night because of poor weather.
Leading health charities should divest from fossil fuels, say climate scientists
By Karl Mathiesen, Harry Davies and James Ball – The Guardian
Senior scientific figures, including influential climate researcher Michael Mann, have called on the world’s two leading health charities to review their fossil fuel investments in light of a series of Guardian investigations published this week.
Ireland should lead the way on climate smart farming, says ecology expert
By Alison Healy – The Irish Times
Ireland should become a global leader in encouraging countries to produce more food in a sustainable way while reducing emissions, climate change expert Bruce Campbell has said.
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China prepares to launch cutting-edge national carbon market to fight climate change
By Jack Chang – Associated Press
At first, the numbers and company names flashing on a big board in Beijing’s financial district suggest a booming market. A closer look indicates otherwise: The scrolling list rotates the same dozen or so trades, all from last year.
Energy company emissions continue to rise, study finds
Emissions from the world’s largest energy companies grew 1.3 per cent from 2010 to 2013, raising further questions about the sector’s desire to reduce its environmental impact.
***LB: Also in this story “The businesses examined, which include BP, Shell, Exxon, Rio Tinto, Gazprom, Total, Statoil, BG Group and Glencore, emitted well over 11.7 billion tonnes of CO2 in 2013, 9.9 billion of which is derived from people using their products.”
More than 2,000 companies call for lowering emissions using a price on CO2
By Eric Marx – E&E
International business leaders meeting at a two-day summit here have called on governments to sign a global climate deal that leads to net-zero emissions. Their statement was signed by more than 2,000 companies.
A New Material Could Make Storing Our Carbon A Viable Way To Stave Off Global Warming
When it comes to fixing climate change, most people focus on the idea that we need to stop putting carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. But what if we could also take it out?
Natural gas / coal
Funds feel heat of coal and tar divestment drive
By Simon Jessop and Ron Bousso – Reuters
For Rivka Micklewaite and fellow students, securing a pledge this week from Oxford University to avoid direct investments in companies producing coal or tar sands is just the beginning.
Coal retirements to more than double under Clean Power Plan — EIA
By Emily Holden, Nick Juliano and Manuel Quiñones – E&E
A new analysis from the federal government’s energy statisticians finds the Obama administration’s plan to reduce the power sector’s heat-trapping carbon emissions would raise electricity prices 4.9 percent above their current trajectory by 2020.
The Trans-Pacific Partnership could pipe in new business for the Western gas industry
Rifle, Colorado, a quintessential Western energy boomtown, has fallen on hard times.
How to keep wind turbines turning
By Kate Ravilious – The Guardian
Wind turbines are becoming a familiar feature in the British landscape, and last year nearly 10% of the UK’s electricity demand was met by wind power (compared with 1.5% in 2007).
Cost of household solar has outweighed benefits: Grattan Institute report
By Lisa Cox – Sydney Morning Herald
The cost of installing and maintaining more than one million household solar power systems has outweighed their benefit by more than $9 billion, a new report has found.
Proposed EPA Carbon Rules Will Mean Higher Bills and Fewer Coal Plants, New Report Says
By Amy Harder – Wall Street Journal
A new report released Friday by the U.S. Energy Information Administration is reinvigorating a common debate in Washington over how to calculate projected economic impacts of regulations.
Electric power association pulls out of deal with flagship Southern Co. coal project
By Daniel Cusick – E&E
An agreement by Mississippi electric power cooperatives to cost-share 15 percent of Mississippi Power Co.’s $6.2 billion “clean” coal plant in Kemper County has been scuttled after the cooperatives’ power purchasing entity decided the power to be delivered from the Kemper plant would be too costly.
A green company car ‘could be £3,000 cheaper’
By Will Nichols – BusinessGreen
Electric cars prove to be a better choice for fleets when ‘whole life’ costs are factored into company car selections, according to the Go Ultra Low initiative.
Can Elon Musk and Tesla save the mining industry?
By Andrew Critchlow – The Telegraph
When it comes to investing in the future of commodities forget about resources such as iron ore and coal, which dominated the industrial economies of the old world order.
***LB: Also in this story “The new currency for smart commodity investors will be cobalt, which is poised to play a growing role in everyone’s life if the vision of American billionaire Elon Musk to have a Tesla Motors battery powering homes comes to fruition.”
One-Two Punch of Earthquakes and Landslides Exposes Hydropower Vulnerability in Nepal
By Andrew C. Revkin – The New York Times
Here’s a “Your Dot” contribution exploring the vulnerability of Nepal’s “hydrocentric” energy system to damage from earthquakes and landslides.
Catholics Organize to Promote Pope’s Climate Change Message
By Rachel Zoll – AP
There will be prayer vigils and pilgrimages, policy briefings and seminars, and sermons in parishes from the U.S. to the Philippines.