In today’s edition, the U.S. and Canada will introduce new measures to reduce methane emissions. Duke Energy is showing the way, by ditching its coal plants while embracing natural gas and renewables (in the Natural gas / coal section). And finally, time is running out to battle climate change for Africa’s food supply.
Quote of the day
“The issues that are important to him and to me are climate change.”
Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau, in the desmog blog’s story Top Five Climate and Environment Issues for Obama-Trudeau Bilateral Summit
U.S. and Canada Announce New Climate Measures
By Justin Worland – Times
The U.S. and Canada will introduce new measures to reduce methane emissions, the most significant move in a series of announcements aimed at fighting climate change, the White House announced Thursday.
***LB: Also in this story “The included commitments are intended to do everything from helping developing countries implement the Paris Agreement to addressing emissions of hydrofluorocarbons.”
Top Five Climate and Environment Issues for Obama-Trudeau Bilateral Summit
By Carol Linnitt – desmog blog
The strained relationship between Canada and the U.S. over the last decade was in no small part due to disagreement over the fate of the Keystone XL pipeline.
Time Is Running Out to Battle Climate Change for Africa’s Food Supply
By Alex Swerdloff – Vice
Sub-Saharan Africa may indeed be facing an increasingly insecure food chain thanks to the likes of El Niño, but it looks like Africa’s agriculture industry—which has often been used as a poster child by GMO proponents—is only in for more climate change trouble in the coming years.
The Wall Street Green Trading Summit
Columbia University Club, New York
March 14, 2016
Northeast RECs Regional Thought Leader Round Table
March 23, 2016
Environmental Markets Association
Office of Dentons, 1221 Avenue of the Americas, New York
Navigating the American Carbon World (NACW) 2016
Climate Action Reserve
May 4-6, 2016
San Diego, California
CARBON EXPO 2016
Global Carbon Market Fair and Conference
May 25-27, 2016
Cleantech Innovate Scotland
June 9, 2016
Molten salts put carbon dioxide to work
By Kira Welter – Chemistry World
Molten salts containing alkali metal cations can be used to generate species that easily react with carbon dioxide to produce organic compounds.
Natural gas / coal
Duke Energy Ditching Its Coal Plants While Embracing Natural Gas And Renewables
By Ken Silverstein – Forbes
At the Democratic debate on Wednesday night, Hillary Clinton said that U.S. energy policy is moving from coal to gas, and eventually, to a lot more renewables.
A Reason Not To Trust The Coal ETF’s Rally
By Todd Shriber – Benzinga
“Don’t fight the tape.” It is sound advice. So, with that in mind, the point here is not to tell readers to be quick to short the Market Vectors-Coal ETF, but rather to be informed and make decisions accordingly based upon what is right for an individual’s portfolio.
Natural Gas Price Slips on Moderate Storage Drawdown
By Paul Ausick – 24/7 Wall Street
The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported Thursday morning that U.S. natural gas stocks decreased by 57 billion cubic feet for the week ending March 4.
Japan power utility shares hit 16-mth low after nuclear reactor injunction
The share price of Japan’s power utilities tumbled to a 16-month low on Thursday after an unexpected court injunction halted operations at two nuclear reactors, stymieing plans to bring more atomic plants back online.
RWE takes axe to British unit npower after ‘disaster’
By Christoph Steitz and Tom Käckenhoff – Reuters
Germany’s RWE will cut more than a fifth of staff at British unit npower, but has no plans at the moment to divest the struggling subsidiary, which has swung to a loss and is bleeding customers to rivals.
Driving a Tesla in Singapore incurs $11,000 carbon tax
By Matthew Humphries – Geek
When Elon Musk setup to develop Tesla electric vehicles he was hoping to reduce the carbon footprint of the cars we all drive.
Hawaii fast-pitch competition to showcase cleantech disruptors
By Becky Dempsey – GreenBiz
The 30-day nomination period kicked off today for the VERGE Accelerate fast-pitch competition taking place June 21-23 at the VERGE Hawaii: Asia Pacific Clean Energy Summit.
Parched California Tries to Grab Storm Water before It Escapes
By Tom Yulsman – Scientific American
As surface water has dwindled during California’s epic drought, desperate farmers and municipalities have staged a run on other sources: the state’s vast underground hydrological savings banks, such as aquifers beneath the Sacramento and San Joaquin river basins.
Military to check for water contamination at 664 sites
By Jennifer Mcdermott – Phys.org
The military is checking whether chemicals from firefighting foam might have contaminated groundwater at hundreds of sites nationwide and potentially tainted drinking water, the Defense Department said.