In today’s edition, news on the Paris climate deal: China, the United States and India said they plan to formally join the Paris climate agreement at the April 22 UN meeting. Also, in the Carbon section, UK manufacturers say that scrapping carbon price floor would ‘level the playing field’. Finally, in the Clean tech section, learn why every entrepreneur should take a closer look at clean tech. 

Quote of the day

“Everyone knows we need to take action and we need to take action now. So I see my job as a kind of convener.”

Canada’s Federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna, in the Canadian Press’ story (Canada’s) Catherine McKenna: ‘Climate Change Is Not A Partisan File’  

Lead stories 

US and China to sign Paris climate deal in April 
By Alex Pashley – Climate Home (Part of the Guardian Environment Network)
China and the United States, the world’s two leading carbon polluters, said on Thursday they planned to formally join the Paris climate agreement in 2016.

Climate deal to be signed on April 22 at UN 
The Hindu
Union Minister for Environment, Forests and Climate Change Prakash Javadekar on Saturday said India, along with 100 other nations, would ratify the COP 21 Global Climate Agreement on April 22 at a high level signing ceremony to be convened at the UN Headquarters in New York.

(Canada’s) Catherine McKenna: ‘Climate Change Is Not A Partisan File’ 
By Bruce Cheadle – The Canadian Press 
Federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna says her role is as a “kind of convener” among disparate factions of the progressive push for climate policies.  

Does climate change make it immoral to have kids? 
By Dave Bry – The Guardian
The decision whether or not to have a child is one of the bigger ones a person will make in life – often the biggest.


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 


Scrapping carbon price floor would ‘level the playing field’, (UK’s) manufacturers claim 
edie newsroom 
Clearer policy amendments, including the scrapping of the carbon price floor, would prove instrumental in securing the long-term stability of Britain’s energy-intensive companies, the manufacturer’s organisation EEF has claimed.  
***LB: Also in this story “The UK’s carbon price floor rose from £9.54 to £18.08 in 2015 – a far cry from the European value of £4 per tonne of carbon.”

Natural gas / coal

National Grid accused of energy ‘panic’ over coal deals 
By Kiran Stacey – Financial Times 
National Grid’s decision to grant lucrative contracts to two large British coal-fired power plants, helping keep them open, shows it is in a “blind panic” about electricity supplies next winter, according to industry insiders.

Decision on (Australian) coal mine ‘defies reason’ 
By Tim Elliott – The Sydney Morning Herald
The decision on Sunday to approve mining leases for Queensland’s Carmichael coal mine is akin to “evil”, according to one of the world’s foremost marine scientists. 

How Montanans Stopped the Largest New Coal Mine in North America 
By Nick Engelfried – Waging Nonviolence 
Montana communities won a victory against one of the world’s biggest coal companies earlier in March, when Arch Coal abandoned the Otter Creek mine — the largest proposed new coal strip mine in North America. 

No Mercy Rule for Glutted Natural-Gas Market 
By Spencer Jakab – Wall Street Journal  
A sportswriter once wrote that there are only two seasons: winter and baseball.

Natural gas project operator attempts to walk away from environmental offsets 
By Helen Davidson – The Guardian
An attempt by the operator of a $34bn gas project to walk away from environmental offset obligations because it claims its impact was not as big as expected is “radically premature”, a legal group has claimed.  
***LB: Also in this story “The Inpex-operated Ichthys LNG project to extract gas from off the coast of Western Australia, pipe it to a processing plant near Darwin, and then export it – primarily to Japan – received environmental approval in 2011 from the federal Labor government.”


Hinkley Point: China incorporates seven London-based firms 
By Terry Macalister – The Guardian
Beijing’s growing confidence in its plans to help build new reactors at Hinkley in Somerset and Bradwell in Essex has been underlined by the recent incorporation of seven new Chinese nuclear-related firms in London. 

SunEdison dives on bankruptcy report 
Investors had a swift and emphatic response to a report on Friday that SunEdison Inc was preparing to file for bankruptcy protection: Sell. 

Jebel Ali power plant leads Dubai on solar energy, but firms face bottleneck 
By LeAnne Graves – The National  
More than 5,000 solar panels are helping a Dubai power station to become one of the region’s largest, single rooftop arrays, but companies say the authorisation process is inhibiting a large-scale roll-out. 

A cloud hangs over  (India’s) VAT exemption for solar power 
By Sweta Goswami – The Hindu 
Residents who install solar power systems on their rooftops may not get the benefit of VAT exemption as promised by the Delhi government earlier. 
***LB: Also in this story “According to sources, the VAT department has taken strong objection to the exemption promised under the draft Solar Policy and has refused to allow the same.”

Clean tech 

Why Every Entrepreneur Should Take a Closer Look at Clean Tech 
By Peter Shannon – Fortune 
After years of struggling to raise money, there may now be a formula that works. 
***LB: Also in this story “Over the past three years, clean-tech funding has been in the doldrums. In 2014, investors poured $2 billion into clean tech, but that number dropped to $1.2 billion last year, according to a report by PricewaterhouseCoopers and the National Venture Capital Association. But this trend just might be starting to change.”

South Africa A sets sights on becoming hydrogen fuel cell hub 
Tech Central
South Africa is making a number of bold moves that could see the country leapfrog into being a leading hydrogen fuel cell technology industrial hub, said minister of science & technology Naledi Pandor.


Bruni, Texas: where water comes with arsenic at eight times the federal limit 
By Tom Dart – The Guardian 
Julio Perez sprayed his yard with water from a garden hose. 

Chinese firm stirs anger by pumping water from river 
By Nattawat Laping – The Nation  
A Chinese-owned firm operating banana plantations has caused a water conflict in Chiang Rai’s Phaya Meng Rai district. 

Govt should let people control water, not corporates: ‘Waterman’ Rajendra Singh 
By Atul Chaurasia – Catch News  
Nothing signifies the importance of water more than this couplet by the 16th-century poet Abdul Rahim Khan-i-Khana.

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