In today’s edition, a corporate initiative highlighted, with Unilever saying all its paper and cardboard packaging will come from sustainable and transparent sources ahead of schedule. And an official one, coming from President Barack Obama, who now focuses on health to promote action against global warming.

Quote of the day

“As surgeon general, one of my larger messages to our country is that we all have a stake in health. And as a result, we all have a responsibility to protect it.”

Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, in the Hill’s story Obama: ‘A lot more work to do’ on climate

Lead stories  

Can the world economy survive without fossil fuels?
By Larry Elliott – The Guardian
The final chapters of  The Bone Clocks, David Mitchell’s 2014 novel, describe a future in which progress has gone into reverse.

Unilever promises greener Magnums with latest deforestation drive
By Jessica Shankleman – BusinessGreen
Unilever has beefed up its zero deforestation efforts with confirmation it will deliver on plans to source all its paper and cardboard packaging from sustainable and transparent sources ahead of schedule.

Obama: ‘A lot more work to do’ on climate
By Timothy Cama – The Hill
President Obama called attention to the public health impact of climate change Tuesday and said the country has to do more to reverse it.

Obama says Climate Change’s Impact on Health Is Personal for Him
By Liz Neporent – ABC 
President Obama says that climate change became a personal issue for him when his older daughter Malia, now 16, was rushed to the emergency room with an asthma attack when she was just a toddler.

House committee to discuss draft chemical reform bill
By Lydia Wheeler – The Hill
The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy will hold a legislative hearing next week to discuss the draft of a House bill to reform the nation’s toxic chemical laws.

Rand Paul Says EPA Wants to Police your Hotel Shower 
By Ben Geman – National Journal 
Rand Paul and other GOP White House hopefuls will spend time on the stump attacking the big EPA rules to cut carbon pollution from coal-fired power plants.


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  


Carbon Credit Capital Earns Green Business Certification 
Carbon Credit Capital is proud to announce that it has received Green Business Certification from Green America®. This demonstrates Carbon Credit Capital’s commitment to environmentally and socially responsible business. 

Climate Group Launches Initiative For A Carbon Tax In Washington
By Ashley Ahearn –  (audio)
If you’re at the Seattle Mariners season opener Monday you might run into some folks with clipboards, gathering signatures for a newly-announced initiative for 2016 that would tax carbon emissions.

Natural gas / coal

Murray Revises Coal Deal After Struggling to Raise Debt 
By Tim Loh and Sridhar Natarajan – Bloomberg News
Murray Energy Corp., the closely held coal miner founded and run by Robert E. Murray, revised the terms of a deal to acquire a stake in rival producer Foresight Energy LP after struggling to raise the required debt.

(Australia’s) Emissions soar as brown coal booms after carbon tax repeal
By Giles Parkinson – REneweconomy
Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s repeal of the carbon price continues to deliver for the Australian coal industry, with the share of brown coal generation surging to its highest level in three years, taking a substantial increase in electricity emissions with it.

Buying BG Would Give Shell Answer to Stranded Australian Gas 
By James Paton – Bloomberg News
Royal Dutch Shell Plc is seeking an outlet for its natural gas reserves in Australia’s Queensland state. The proposed acquisition of BG Group Plc could provide one.

EDF Recruits Sprawling Network to Fund Methane Leaks Research
By Katherine Bagley and Lisa Song – InsideClimate News
To fund its 18 million dollar, 16-study investigation into methane emissions from the natural gas industry, the Environmental Defense Fund assembled a sprawling network of private donors, foundations, utilities, fossil fuel companies and others.


Government hit with power outages
By David McCabe – The Hill
Government buildings throughout Washington, including the White House, Capitol complex and State Department, briefly lost power on Tuesday.

Look What’s Cooking in the World of Renewable Energy
By Phil McKenna – Ensia
Inside a sprawling single-story office building in Bedford, Mass., in a secret room known as the Growth Hall, the future of solar power is cooking at more than 2,500 °F.

Clean tech

Aluminium battery can charge phone in one minute, scientists say
Press Association
Scientists say they have invented a new battery that could fully charge a smartphone in just one minute.


Can Virtual Water Save California?
By Rakesh Sharma – Business Cheat Sheet
As warnings turn dire for California in its fourth year of drought, suggestions are pouring in fast from all corners. One of them comes from venture capitalist Bill Davidow and journalist Michael Malone.

In Parched California, Innovation, like Water, has limits
By Eduardo Porter – The New York Times
A former state secretary of food and agriculture, Mr. Kawamura grows vegetables and strawberries south of Los Angeles in Orange County.

Calif officials blast ‘dismal’ water savings efforts
By Timothy Cama- The Hill
California officials are castigating residents for a “dismal” February in which water conservation rates plummeted.

California’s Voluntary Water Conservation Plan Is Not Close to Working
Circle of Blue
A month before Governor Jerry Brown’s mandatory water restrictions come into effect, California’s cities registered their worst conservation performance yet during the drought emergency.

Carly Fiorina: ‘Liberal environmentalists’ to blame for Calif. drought
By Timothy Cama – The Hill  
Potential presidential candidate Carly Fiorina blamed “liberal environmentalists” for California’s historic drought.


Mayor Boris exaggerated impact of London pollution laws, says advertising watchdog
By Jessica Shankleman – BusinessGreen
Boris Johnson and Transport for London (TfL) have been banned from claiming their new air quality laws will halve vehicle pollution in the capital, after the advertising watchdog said it had inflated the benefits in a newspaper advert.

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