In today’s edition, we explore why some companies are still reluctant to support the EPA and its efforts to curb emissions. A silver lining: Japan could triple its use of renewables by 2030, while big cities around the world want to improve their air for their denizens.
Quote of the day
“Silence isn’t neutral.”
Anne Kelly of Ceres, who is organizing companies to support the EPA, in the Guardian’s story Why Corporate America is reluctant to take a stand on climate action
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
China turns away more than half of carbon credit applicants to curb glut
China’s top regulator has ruled that more than half of the 54 mitigation projects that recently sought to register for carbon credits are ineligible, it said on Friday, amid worries that a glut of permits is undermining its pilot carbon markets.
Natural gas / coal
What environmentalists get wrong about Big Coal
By Lindsay Abrams – Salon
Coal has got to go. That much is undeniable. Climate change is presenting us with a tremendous, urgent threat, and coal is the dirtiest and largest single source of the fossil fuels still pouring into our atmosphere.
Shale emissions being watched from above
By Brian K. Sullivan – Bloomberg News
There is an eye in the sky above U.S. shale oil and natural gas basins.
Why China should make cutting coal power its No. 1 goal in the fight to limit global warming
By Mark L. Clifford – Financial Review
In the fight to limit global warming, no country matters more than China – a massive coal-dependent country, which is responsible for 30 per cent of global carbon-dioxide emissions. Fortunately, it is moving to improve its environmental record. But is it doing enough?
Coal Loses Nearly 50,000 Jobs, Wind and Solar Add 79,000
By Katherine Tweed – Greentechmedia
As coal plants are shuttered due to increasing regulation and competition from cheap natural gas and renewables, coal industry jobs are being shed by the thousands, according to new research from Duke University.
3 Reasons Solar and Wind Energy Will Take Over Our Power Grid Much Sooner Than You Think
By Sarah Laskow – New York
Getting power from the wind and the sun no longer seems like a hippie fantasy: Elon Musk is betting that solar power will be so profitable it will help fund space travel, and big tech companies like Apple and Google are buying in, too.
Obama announces solar job training initiative, meets with state, LDS officials
St George News
During his first presidential visit to Utah, Barack Obama spoke at Hill Air Force Base Friday concerning renewable energy, associated job creation and the launch of a solar industry employment initiative for veterans.
Duke Energy proposes large scale solar power plants over next 10 years
By Ivan Penn – Tampa Bay Times
Duke Energy Florida announced plans Thursday to launch a major solar power effort that will produce electricity equivalent to that of a small power plant.
Crowdsourcing funds will put solar panels on every school roof
By Daniel Boffey – The Guardian
Every school in the country will be offered help with installing solar panels on their roofs under plans being considered by Labour. Schools would not only be able to reduce their bills, but could also raise revenues by selling surplus electricity back into the national grid.
Why car companies should make an e-bike, but won’t
By Tuan C. Nguyen – The Washington Post
Introduced in the 1950s, a bicycle called the Flying Pigeon would go on to become the world’s most popular vehicle.
California’s Wasteful Water Habits Run Up Against a Dry Future – and Past
By Andrew C. Revkin – The New York Times
You don’t know you’re in a megadrought until you’re many years, if not decades, into one. So conditions in California could still turn around (which could lead to a “shock to trance” effect on water conservation efforts).
Beneath California Crops, Groundwater Crisis Grows
By Justin Gillis and Matt Richtel – The New York Times
Even as the worst drought in decades ravages California, and its cities face mandatory cuts in water use, millions of pounds of thirsty crops like oranges, tomatoes and almonds continue to stream out of the state and onto the nation’s grocery shelves.
This General Rescued New Orleans – Now He Wants to Save the World
By Kevin Knodell – Medium.com
“I don’t call myself an environmentalist, I call myself a pollution fighter” Russell Honoré tells me.