In today’s edition, we note that the Obama Administration will announce voluntary programs and initiatives for farmers to combat global warming. Initiative that don’t require congressional approval, by the way. We will keep you posted. Also, a worrying study: Though the economic output of the world’s oceans is worth $2.5 trillion a year, marine wealth is sinking fast because of over-fishing, pollution and climate change. Finally, a round up on the Divest/Invest movement.  

Quote of the day

“The deterioration of the oceans has never been so fast as in the last decades.”

Marco Lambertini, director general of the WWF International conservation group,  in the Reuters’ story Ocean output rivals big nations’ GDP, but resources eroding 

Lead stories

US to announce plans to reduce agricultural carbon emissions
By Jeff Karoub – AP
Federal agricultural officials are planning to announce voluntary programs and initiatives for farmers, ranchers and foresters meant to build on President Barack Obama’s efforts to combat global warming — and don’t require congressional approval.

Obama Uses a Visit to the Everglades to Press His Climate Agenda 
By Michael D. Shear and Coral Davenport – The New York Times  
President Obama on Wednesday made his first visit while in office to the Florida Everglades, choosing the backyard of a former Republican governor of the state, Jeb Bush, and its Republican senator, Marco Rubio, to demand action on climate change in a critical battleground in the 2016 presidential election.

Exclusive: Obama Tells Us What’s to Come on Climate, Drought
By Craig Welch – National Geographic 
America has “the technological innovation and scientific imagination” to fight climate change and other environmental threats, President Obama says. But he warns that the country is not ready to abandon fossil fuels and must prepare for ecological changes to come. 

Is the Carbon-Divestment Movement Reaching a Tipping Point? 
By Wen Stephenson – The Nation  
In the fall of 2012, when the global campaign to divest university endowments from fossil fuel holdings was just getting underway, the idea behind it, as Bill McKibben told me at the time, was “to a get a fight started, and to get people in important places talking actively about the culpability of the fossil fuel industry for the trouble that we’re in.” 

Ocean output rivals big nations’ GDP, but resources eroding 
By Alister Doyle – Reuters
Economic output by the world’s oceans is worth $2.5 trillion a year, rivaling nations such as Britain or Brazil, but marine wealth is sinking fast because of over-fishing, pollution and climate change, a study said on Thursday.

One man’s quixotic quest for a greener future  
By Julian Critchlow – Financial Times 
How, as a prosperous westerner, do you free yourself from the guilty knowledge that your bequest to planet earth will be a hotter and less hospitable climate?   


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


Yale to impose carbon tax on itself, led by the man who helped invent it 
By Benjamin Hulac – E&E 
Yale University will become one of the first colleges or universities to put an internal price on their carbon emissions, school officials said Monday.

Four Hopeful Clean Energy Trends for Earth Day 
By Brian Kahn and Bobby Magill – Climate Central  
Earth Day can serve as a reminder not only of the wonders of the natural world, but also of  the perils it faces in a changing climate, especially as bad news about global warming seems to come on a daily basis.  

Natural gas / coal

New York State to use coal plant settlement to help fight climate change
By Brian Nearing – TimesUnion
Seven years after getting a record-setting payment under a federal pollution settlement with the nation’s largest owner of coal-fired power plants, the state is spending its last $1.8 million to fund local projects aimed at local plans to combat ongoing climate change.

New Balance of Power
By Clifford Krauss – The New York Times
For the better part of the last century, crude oil prices have swung like a pendulum, pushing and pulling the fortunes of nations.


Catching Waves and Turning Them Into Electricity
By Amy Yee – The New York Times 
Off the coast of Western Australia, three big buoys floating beneath the ocean’s surface look like giant jellyfish tethered to the seafloor. The steel machines, 36 feet wide, are buffeted by the powerful waves of the Indian Ocean. By harnessing the constant motion of the waves, the buoys generate about 5 percent of the electricity used at a nearby military base on Garden Island.  

2 reports show how time, change are squeezing the power grid 
By Peter Behr – E&E  
Two separate high-level official reports yesterday spotlighted short- and long-term challenges to the nation’s electric power grid.

A Challenge From Climate Change Regulations
By Coral Davenport – The New York Times  
As President Obama prepares to unveil his climate change regulations on coal-fired power plants, the nation’s electric utilities are preparing to transform the system that keeps the lights on in America.

Clean tech

Liquid Batteries for Solar and Wind Power 
By Henry Fountain – The New York Times
In an industrial park on the outskirts of Pullman, Wash., 10 white storage trailers sit side by side, neatly arranged in two rows.  

Finding Easier Ways to Charge Electric Vehicles 
By Jim Motavalli – The New York Times
Jeremy McCool is convinced there is a better way to charge electric vehicles in a crowded city than using a wired plug.


Troubling Interdependency of Water and Power 
By Felicity Barringer – The New York Times 
In Modesto, Calif., utility records chart an 18 percent rise in farmers’ energy use in 2014 compared with 2013.


Changes in water vapor and clouds are amplifying global warming  
By John Abraham – The Guardian 
A very new paper currently in press shines light on climate feedbacks and the balance of energy flows to and from the Earth. 

Families Ditch Cars for Cargo Bikes  
By Laura Moser – The New York Times  
When Dave Hoverman, 38, a business strategy consultant in Berkeley, Calif., goes to Costco on the weekends, he ditches his Audi Q7 and instead loads his four children into a Cetma cargo bike with a trailer hitched to the rear.

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