A “big deal” – as an adviser put it – in today’s edition: After falling out (over US surveillance on the Brazilian president), President Obama and Brazil’s head of state Dilma Rousseff pledged to have 20 percent renewable electricity by 2030. Also, despite yesterday’s Supreme Court decision against EPA’s rule on air pollution, the government agency vows to move forward.
Quote of the day
“This is a big deal.”
Brian Deese, Obama’s top adviser for energy, in the Hill’s story US, Brazil pledge 20 percent renewable electricity by 2030
US, Brazil pledge 20 percent renewable electricity by 2030
By Timothy Cama – The Hill
The United States and Brazil announced an agreement on Tuesday to get a fifth of their electricity from renewable sources by 2030 in an ambitious attempt to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
EPA: Supreme Court ruling won’t stop climate rules
By Timothy Cama – The Hill
The Supreme Court’s decision against a key Obama administration air pollution rule is not stopping regulators from moving forward on the government’s most ambitious climate change rule.
U.S. Leaves the Markets Out in the Fight Against Carbon Emissions
By Eduardo Porter – The New York Times
In 1990, by an overwhelming majority, Congress amended the Clean Air Act to establish a market for electric utilities to trade the right to emit sulfur dioxide, one of the main contributors to acid rain.
Keystone developer says new regulations justify the project
By Devin Henry – The Hill
Recent Canadian action on climate change helps justify the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, a TransCanada executive said in a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry this week.
Ideas to green an (already green) office
Climate Action Reserve
A green office environment can boost employee health, morale, and productivity while supporting climate change solutions.
Catholic organisations call for people to change lifestyles to help environment
By Stephanie Kirchgaessner – The Guardian
More than a dozen Catholic organisations will on Wednesday launch a campaign calling on people to make radical changes to their lifestyle choices – including cutting energy use, eating less meat and buying locally produced food – after the release last week of Pope Francis’s sweeping environmental encyclical.
EMA Annual Meeting
October 28-30, 2015
Omni Parker House Hotel
Church of England divests from Soco oil firm over Virunga operations
By Adam Vaughan – The Guardian
The Church of England (CoE) has sold its stake in a British oil and gas company over allegations of bribery, corruption and human rights abuses and what it said was the company’s failure to unequivocally rule out drilling for oil in Africa’s oldest national park.
The hunt for the world’s missing carbon
By Gabriel Popkin – nature
In a forest just west of Chesapeake Bay, Geoffrey Parker wraps a tape measure around a young tulip tree.
Julie Bishop plays down significance of China’s 60% carbon reduction pledge
By Katharine Murphy – The Guardian
Australia’s foreign minister, Julie Bishop, has played down the significance of China unveiling its post-2020 emissions reduction target, saying Beijing’s position has been known “for some time”.
Natural gas / coal
Israel Plans to Let Noble, Delek Keep Control of Leviathan Gas Field
Israel’s Energy Ministry on Tuesday unveiled a plan for the country’s natural gas sector that would leave the largest offshore project, Leviathan, in the control of a U.S.-Israeli consortium while opening the industry to new competition.
Hatfield Colliery closure speeds up UK exit from deep coal mining
Britain’s Hatfield Colliery will stop producing coal with immediate effect after being unable to sell its coal following the sharp rise in the UK’s carbon tax, Prospect union said on Tuesday.
Coal company faces federal scrutiny over clean-up insurance
Coal giant Peabody Energy has been among the harshest critics of federal energy policies, joining a court challenge to the Obama administration’s new clean air regulations and denouncing its promotion of renewable fuels.
Guggenheim ETFs offload Hanergy stock
By Jennifer Hughes – Financial Times
Stock in Hanergy Thin Film has been dumped by one of the larger solar funds tracking the sector, despite the group’s shares not having traded in six weeks.
N.C. Church Takes a Defiant Stand—With Solar Panels
By Zahra Hirji – InsideClimate News
In a challenge to North Carolina law and the utility giant Duke Energy, a small North Carolina church and an environmental justice group have installed a solar installation on the church’s roof.
(UK’s) CBI: Government needs to unlock on-site power generation opportunity
By James Phillips – BusinessGreen
The number of businesses that generate their own electricity is set to more than double by 2030, according to new research by the CBI.
***LB: Also in this story “The report, entitled Small Steps, Big Impact: Maximising the role of on-site generation in meeting our energy and climate change challenges, says 14 per cent of the UK’s energy needs are currently met through on-site generation and output from the sector could rise 130 per cent by 2030.”
Solar industry warns latest subsidy cuts ‘make no sense’
By Will Nichols – BusinessGreen
Today’s solar subsidy cuts will cause problems for large rooftop solar projects and some solar farms, the industry has warned.
Italy’s picturesque towns to enjoy brighter future thanks to LED lights
By James Phillips – BusinessGreen
Three Italian towns are benefitting from energy savings of up to 80 per cent, after the installation of LED lights in over 7,000 streetlamps.
***LB: Also in this story “Global electronics giant Philips announced this week that it has implemented its CityTouch system in Città Sant’Angelo, Cison di Valmarino, and Varmo, retrofitting Italy’s picturesque classical fixtures, as part of its global LED lighting push.”
Water Use Declining as Natural Gas Grows
As the U.S. has undergone a rapid and massive shift to natural gas from coal, one benefit has gone almost entirely overlooked: the amount of water needed to cool the nation’s power plants has dropped substantially.
World’s poorest gain access to water, but not toilets
By Magdalena Mis – Thomson Reuters Foundation
The poor’s lack of access to sanitation threatens to undermine the health benefits they have gained from access to clean water, the United Nations said on Tuesday.
A College in Maine That Tackles Climate Change, One Class at a Time
By Diane Cardwell – The New York Times
Like many residents of this picturesque island town on the edge of Acadia National Park, Zach Soares had trouble keeping his house warm, going through five cords of wood in the winter. So he jumped at an offer last year for free energy improvements through a class project at the College of the Atlantic, where he works.