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 

Lead stories 

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

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.

Clean tech

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 –
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.

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