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 

Lead stories

Voters want next president to favor climate policies, poll finds
By Timothy Cama – The Hill
Most voters want the next president to favor policies to fight climate change, outnumbering those who want a president who opposes such policies by nearly 2-to-1.

Why Corporate America is reluctant to take a stand on climate action
By Marc Gunther – The Guardian
Many environmental groups consider the Obama administration’s plan to regulate carbon-spewing coal plants, which aims to cut carbon pollution by 30%, as one of our last chances to win the fight against climate change. 
***LB: Also in this story ” The vast majority of their top corporate partners – companies like Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, FedEx, UPS, Target and Walmart, which have worked with environmental NGOs for years – aren’t backing them up, according to a Guardian survey.”

What clothes can I wear to help save the planet?
By Lucy Siegle – The Guardian 
Fashion has an edgy reputation, but it’s pretty conservative about fabric. 
***LB: Also in this story “Cotton still makes up a third of fibre production. The non-organic variety (only 4% of cotton used in fashion is “sustainable”) has a heavy eco burden, using 11% of all pesticides produced. Plus, it takes 20,000 litres of water to produce just 1kg. But most of our closet space goes to synthetic garments, which are derived from oil.”

Arizona lawmakers vote to block plastic bags bans
By Timothy Cama – The Hill
Arizona’s legislature has passed a bill that would prohibit localities from banning disposable plastic bags.

Washington Governor Puts Focus on Climate Goals, and Less on Debate
By Kirk Johnson – The New York Times 
In his office, Gov. Jay Inslee keeps a framed image of a stand of magenta paintbrush, an alpine meadow flower and a signature species in Washington, that he photographed while hiking with his wife in Olympic National Park.   

Fracking Operators Ran Up 2.5 Violations a Day, Study Shows
By Mark Drajem – Bloomberg News
Oil and gas drillers ran afoul of regulators on average 2.5 times a day in three energy-intensive states for mistakes such as wastewater spills, well leaks or pipeline ruptures during the boom in hydraulic fracturing.  

Paris to double city’s cycling lanes by 2020  
The Local 
The ambitious plan aims to double the number of cycling lanes in order to provide 1,400 kilometres of safe cycling routes by 2020, up from the current 700 kilometres. 

Everyone praises green Copenhagen. But what if your city has 20m people?
By Francesca Perry – The Guardian
“There will be roughly 1 billion more people living in cities by 2030,” said Buenos Aires mayor Mauricio Macri at the C40 Latin American Mayors Forum in the Argentinian capital last week. 

Japan Could Triple Power from Renewables by 2030, Study Shows
By Chisaki Watanabe – Bloomberg News
Japan has the potential by 2030 to triple the amount of electricity it gets from renewable sources such as solar and wind, a Ministry of the Environment study showed.

Running the green mile
By M. G. Arun – IndiaToday
Tucked away 40 km from the city of Satara in Maharashtra is Vankusawade village, at the foot of a giant hill that is part of the Sahyadri mountain range. An hour-long drive from the city on a dusty road takes you closer to one of the largest wind power farms in Maharashtra.


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.

Clean tech

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 –  
“I don’t call myself an environmentalist, I call myself a pollution fighter” Russell Honoré tells me.

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