Summary

In today’s edition, the Paris agreement may come into force earlier than thought: The US, China and Canada lead the push to do so. Also, in the Natural gas / coal section, the Norway’s sovereign wealth fund divests from coal. Finally, in the Water section, Israel, India ink a new pact on water tech. 

Quote of the day

“Early entry into force – we are very committed to making that happen. We can’t just now rest on our laurels and have a nice signing on Earth Day, and then we all go home.”

Catherine McKenna, Canada’s environment and climate change minister, in the Guardian’s story US and China lead push to bring Paris climate deal into force early 

Lead stories

Will the Middle East Become ‘Uninhabitable’? 
By Baher Kamal – IPS 
This is not about any alarming header—it is the dramatic conclusion of several scientific studies about the on-going climate change impact on the Middle East region, particularly in the Gulf area. 
http://bit.ly/23Hdu7e

US and China lead push to bring Paris climate deal into force early 
By Suzanne Goldenberg – The Guardian  
The US and China are leading a push to bring the Paris climate accord into force much faster than even the most optimistic projections – aided by a typographical glitch in the text of the agreement. 
http://bit.ly/1TfmZSD 

Goldman Prize For Six Bottom-Up Environmental Leaders 
By Andrew C. Revkin – The New York Times  
Here are the six winners of the 2016 Goldman Environmental Prize, an annual $175,000 award given to honor and support the efforts of activists working to restore or protect the environment in communities around the world — sometimes at substantial personal risk. 
http://nyti.ms/1SgTDRn 

(US) Senate to take up energy reform, spending bills 
By Timothy Cama – The Hill
The Senate is planning to take up and vote on its previously stalled energy reform legislation and appropriations bill for energy and water programs. 
http://bit.ly/1S66YPR

ExxonMobil, Rockefellers face off in climate battle 
By Luc Olinga – Phys.org  
US energy giant ExxonMobil is facing an onslaught from environmentalists and some shareholders alleging it hid what it knew about the effects of fossil fuels on climate change. 
http://bit.ly/1SnNaGP

Within the EU, Britain can take the lead on tackling climate change 
By John Gummer, Chris Huhne, Adair Turner, Craig Bennett, Tom Burke, Amy Cameron, Michael Jacobs, John Sauven, Matthew Spencer, James Thornton and Crispin Tickell (letter) – The Guardian  
Britain has shown great diplomatic leadership on climate change and successive governments have had a major influence on action to decarbonise the world’s economy. 
http://bit.ly/1qTZntD

Events

Navigating the American Carbon World (NACW) 2016 
Climate Action Reserve 
May 4-6, 2016 
San Diego, California 
http://goo.gl/Ah5s1I  

CARBON EXPO 2016 
Global Carbon Market Fair and Conference 
May 25-27, 2016 
Cologne 
http://jlne.ws/1mg8bqR

Cleantech Innovate Scotland 
June 9, 2016 
http://jlne.ws/1mg6nOG  

Carbon   

EU must scrap carbon compensation scheme 
By  Peter Eriksson – The Observer  
At one point, one of the characters in the Star Wars saga says: “What if the Republic has become the very evil we have been fighting to destroy?” 
http://bit.ly/1qCggZw 

Proxy Carbon Pricing 
By Alison Cassady and Gwynne Taraska – Center for American Progress  
As the world unites to fight climate change, more and more countries are turning to carbon pricing as a means to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. 
http://ampr.gs/1QifhTc

Natural gas / coal 

British Gas leaks customers as big six feel the heat 
By Kiran Stacey – Financial Times
British Gas lost 224,000 domestic customers during the first quarter of this year, underlining the difficulties faced by large utility providers as they cope with a falling power price and pressure to cut bills. 
http://on.ft.com/1NxB1up
 
Vattenfall exits German coal unit as it seeks sustainable energy 
AFP
Swedish state-owned energy giant Vattenfall said on Monday it had reached a deal to sell its German coal operations, employing 8,000 people, as it moves away from activities blamed for climate change. 
http://bit.ly/1VegZwY 

Norway’s Sovereign Wealth Fund Divests from Coal 
By Leon Kaye – Triple Pundit 
This Nordic country’s oil reserves are only the 21st largest on Earth, but while oil giants Venezuela and Nigeria frittered away their hydrocarbon wealth, Norway has invested its relatively meager oil revenues into its people.  
http://bit.ly/1SOnsYX 
***LB: Also in this story “Established over 25 years ago, Norway’s Government Pension Fund is the largest sovereign wealth fund in the world, and is worth approximately $825 billion. According to the Norwegian government, the purpose of the fund is to pay for the country’s welfare programs for current and future generations.” 

Natural Gas: The Caligula Of Commodities 
By Andrew Hecht – Seeking Alpha 
In an article for Seeking Alpha last week entitled, Natural Gas: Technicals and Fundamentals Are At War, I outlined the current state of the natural gas market. 
http://bit.ly/1SVplU3

Power

How cheap does solar power need to get before it takes over the world? 
By Brad Plumer – Vox 
It’s easy to get ridiculously excited about solar power these days.  
http://bit.ly/1S69GoB

Clean tech

£1 Fuel Cell Creates Electricity From Urine 
Sky News 
The microbial fuel cell could be a lifeline for people in remote areas – creating a renewable and carbon-neutral way of generating power. 
http://bit.ly/1SVpTJH 

The 3 Biggest Challenges Facing FuelCell Energy Inc. Stock 
The Motley Fool  
FuelCell Energy Inc  has built a sizable business providing backup power to businesses and hospitals that put value in keeping the lights on 24/7. 
http://bit.ly/1Qih2zQ

Water

Gripped by drought, Ethiopia drills for water 
By Justine Boulo – AFP
With Ethiopia in the grip of its worst drought in decades, the government has appealed for aid to help the 10 million people living in Africa’s second most-populous nation. 
http://yhoo.it/1S67cqn

Israel, India ink new pacts on water tech
By David Shamah – Times of Israel
India has been in a chronic water shortage for years, but this year things seem worse. 
http://bit.ly/1SOp0Cl

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