In today’s edition, rearguard action, with the legal challenge that the Obama’s plan to curb emissions faces, and innovations, such as circular economy, which could bring 70 percent cut in carbon emissions by 2030.   

Quote of the day 

“This should be squarely at the heart of every foreign policy agenda.”

Geoff Dabelko, former director of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars’ environment and security program, in the E&E’s story As foreign ministers meet on key world issues, will climate make the cut? 

Lead stories

Obama’s plan to tackle climate change faces legal challenge
Associated Press
The cornerstone of President Barack Obama’s plan to address climate change is still months away from being finished, but it is already facing a high-stakes legal challenge from critics who want to halt the process in its tracks.  

Legal Battle Begins Over Obama Bid to Curb Greenhouse Gases 
By Coral Davenport – The New York Times
President Obama’s most far-reaching regulation to slow climate change will have its first day in court on Thursday, the beginning of what is expected to be a multiyear legal battle over the policy that Mr. Obama hopes to leave as his signature environmental achievement.  

Floridians seem a lot more worried about climate change than Marco Rubio is
By Chris Mooney – Washington Post
In Florida, the threat of climate change — principally manifested in the form of rising seas — is kind of obvious.  

Some governors push back over McConnell letter to defy EPA 
By Rik Stevens – Associated Press 
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s call for governors to defy proposed federal rules to limit pollution has been met with mostly silence, but leaders in downwind New England states and drought-stricken areas in the West are pushing back. 

Harvard’s $36 billion endowment may have a 100-million-ton carbon footprint 
By Andrew Freedman – Mashable 
A new report released Tuesday finds that Harvard University’s $36 billion endowment — the largest in the world — may finance more than 100 million tons of “potential carbon dioxide emissions.” 
***LB: Also in this story “If considered as a fossil fuel company itself, Harvard would rank as number 88 of the top 100 companies as ranked by their potential carbon emissions, the report finds.”

Circular economy could bring 70 percent cut in carbon emissions by 2030  
By Anders Wijkman – The Guardian 
Odds are, your mobile phone is less than two years old. Today’s economy is built on a “fast turnover” principle. The faster we replace our gadgets the better – not only our phones, but most items we consume. 

As foreign ministers meet on key world issues, will climate make the cut? 
By Lisa Friedman – E&E  
Climate change is one of the 21st century’s biggest global security challenges, and world leaders should make it a core part of their foreign policy agendas, argues a major new report commissioned by the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany and the European Union.

Price on carbon key to Canada tackling global warming, say researchers 
By Dana Nuccitelli – The Guardian
65 researchers from provinces across Canada have published a report, Acting on Climate Change, that details how the country can successfully decarbonize its electric grid to slow global warming.

NZ greenhouse gas levels ease but remain well above 2020 target levels 
By Michael Daly –
New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions have eased but remain well above the target set for 2020.  


World Green Economy Summit 2015 
22 April 2015 – 23 April 2015
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Navigating the American Carbon World (NACW) 2015
North America’s premier conference on climate policy and carbon markets
Presented by the Climate Action Reserve
April 28-30, 2015
Los Angeles, California  

The National Fuel Cell Symposium 2015
Industry, government, and academia will convene to discuss the current state of the Stationary Fuel Cell development and deployment in the U.S.
May 7, 2015 
Sacramento, California 

Nearing the Finish Line: Perspectives and Updates on EPA’s Clean Power Plan (webinar)
April 23, 2015; 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. EDT

Northeast RECs Regional Thought Leader Round Table
May 19, 2015; 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. EST
Dentons: 1221 Avenue of the Americas, NY

EMA Annual Meeting
October 28-30, 2015
Omni Parker House Hotel
Boston, MA


Clean energy is growing fast — but it’s not yet winning the race against fossil fuels 
By Brad Plumer – Vox  
For decades, fossil fuels have provided the vast, vast majority of the world’s energy. But in recent years, cleaner sources like wind and solar have been growing at an astonishingly rapid clip. 

Natural gas / coal

The fall of coal 
By Erica Martinson – Politico
On a sweltering day in July 1979, President Jimmy Carter flew to Kentucky with a message: The nation’s energy future rested on coal.  

Modi’s coal turnaround to ease India’s chronic power cuts 
By Krishna N. Das – Reuters
Fewer power cuts are likely in India this summer after a surge in output at CoalIndia helped generators amass record stocks, a turnaround for Narendra Modi who had to battle a power crisis within months of becoming prime minister last May.  

Will the home of fracking bonanza turn against its creation next month? 
By Geoffrey Lean – The Telegraph
You might think it would be hard to find opposition to fracking in the city of Denton. Not only is it in Texas, the oil and gas capital in the United States – but it lies in the very crucible of the shale gas industry itself.


Wind energy blows US emissions onto right track for 2025 target 
By Fred Pearce – New Scientist  
Is Uncle Sam going green at last? US carbon emissions from power stations this year are set to be the lowest for 20 years, as decrepit coal-fired power plants shut and clean wind farms and less-dirty natural gas plants replace them.   

Ecotricity ‘black box’ aims to bring green energy storage to the home 
By Jessica Shankleman – BusinessGreen
Independent green energy supplier Ecotricity is hoping to roll out a networked energy storage device that it reckons could reduce the UK’s energy demand by up to 15 per cent if every home in the country had one.

Clean tech

Scotland’s largest electric car club charges into St Andrews
Scotland’s largest all-electric car club has launched at the University of St Andrews, in a bid to tackle congestion and air pollution in the historic town.  
***LB: Also in this story “E-Car Club makes 10 Renault cars and vans available to residents, businesses and visitors.”

Economics Of Owning A Tesla Car
By Vanessa Page – Investopedia
In the market for a new car? Thinking about getting a hybrid to save the environment (and gas money)? Tesla (TSLA) has the car you want.


Cities criticize California water cuts as unfair, unrealistic
By Matt Stevens and Tony Perry – Los Angeles Times
Representatives of urban water suppliers and advocacy groups from across the state have criticized a plan from state water regulators that would force some to cut water consumption by as much as 35% over the next year.  

Californians are facing more cuts and stiffer penalties for ignoring water use restrictions 
By Anne C. Mulkern – E&E  
The effects of California’s prolonged drought are unfolding quickly, and water managers’ actions to conserve supplies could soon hit the wallets of Southern California’s millions of residents.

L.A. pushes to use shower, bathwater to combat drought 
By Matt Stevens and Shelby Grad – Los Angeles Times  
Faced with a worsening drought, there is a new push to allow Los Angeles residents to better harness leftover water from daily showers, dish washing and laundry.


BP dropped green energy projects worth billions to focus on fossil fuels 
By Terry Macalister – The Guardian
BP pumped billions of pounds into low-carbon technology and green energy over a number of decades but gradually retired the programme to focus almost exclusively on its fossil fuel business, the Guardian has established.

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