In today’s edition, Helen Clark, the former prime minister of New Zealand, who announced her bid to succeed Ban Ki-moon as secretary general of the United Nations last month, says the world needs action on forest land rights to meet climate goals. Also, in the Power section, Shell creates a green energy division to invest in wind power. Finally, in the Clean tech section, watch Nissan: It claims a tech breakthrough that could boost battery life for electric vehicles. 

Quote of the day

“However it will be impossible to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement on climate change without decisive action to protect the world’s forests. A growing body of evidence shows that when indigenous and community rights are recognised and enforced, communities successfully protect and manage their forests, making crucial contributions to climate change mitigation.” 

Helen Clark, the former prime minister of New Zealand, who announced her bid to succeed Ban Ki-moon as secretary general of the United Nations last month, in the Thomson Reuters Foundation’s story World needs action on forest land rights to meet climate goals: Helen Clark  

Lead stories

Bonn Meet To Take Forward Historic UN Climate Agreement – Analysis 
By Rita Joshi – Eurasia Review
Just weeks after 176 countries and the 28-nation European Union signed the landmark Paris Climate Change Agreement at the United Nations headquarters in New York, governments are gathering at the Bonn UN Climate Change Conference from May 16 to 26, 2016 in Germany.

April breaks global temperature record, marking seven months of new high 
By Michael Slezak – The Guardian  
April 2016 was the hottest April on record globally – and the seventh month in a row to have broken global temperature records.

Paris climate agreement has ‘failed’ poor countries, report says 
By Peter Yeung – The Independent
The international climate deal agreed in Paris has “failed to include meaningful mechanisms” to guarantee financial support for poorer countries adapting to global warming, according to a report by Oxfam. 
***LB: Also in this story “Oxfam estimates that just 16 per cent of the $100 billion a year pledged by rich nations in 2009 to help poorer countries adapt to climate change and cut carbon emissions has been paid.”

Climate activists in New York, Washington state protest fossil fuels 
Hundreds of climate change activists in Washington state and New York mobilized on Saturday as part of a global protest against fossil fuels, event organizers said. 

World needs action on forest land rights to meet climate goals: Helen Clark  
By Paola Totaro – Thomson Reuters Foundation 
Helen Clark, the former prime minister of New Zealand, has warned that global climate change goals cannot be achieved without a united push to secure land rights for the world’s indigenous forest communities.


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An old nemesis returns: Smoggy days in Mexico City 
By Patrick J. McDonnell – Los Angeles Times 
As the evening thunder turned to nocturnal rainfall last week, residents here seemed to breathe a collective sigh of relief — savoring both the cooling and cleansing effects of long-awaited spring showers.

Here’s where to find some of the cleanest air in the world 
More than 80 percent of the Earth’s urban residents are breathing unhealthy air. They’re living in cities with lots of cars, trucks and fossil fuel-burning power plants. Think Peshawar in Pakistan, the Saudi capital Riyadh, or Delhi, India. 
***LB: Also in this story “Muonio, Finland appears near the top of the WHO list. Not surprising, perhaps, since Muonio is barely a city at all. Like other “urban areas” showing the cleanest air in the WHO database, Muonio benefits from a sparse population, few cars and a total lack of industry.”

Natural gas / coal 

Britain passes historic milestone with first days of coal-free power 
By Kiran Stacey – Financial Times 
It was a historic moment — the first time the UK’s electricity was supplied without burning any coal.
***LB: Also in this story “The milestone was passed last week — on seven separate occasions, in fact — when Britain was powered without recourse to coal for the first time since the country’s first steam-driven public power station opened in 1882. From Monday May 9 to the following Sunday lunchtime, the UK was at “zero coal” almost one-third of the time.”

Hope abounds for hot summer to help CAPP coal pricing 
Coal pricing remains depressed and demand absent in the Central Appalachian spot coal market, with hopes of a hot summer hopefully bringing a reprieve, industry participants told S&P Global Platts this week.

Goldman Sachs emerges as vast natural gas player 
By Gregory Meyer  – Financial Times 
Goldman Sachs has quietly overtaken Chevron and ExxonMobil to become one of the biggest natural gas merchants in North America, expanding in physical commodities trading even as other banks pull back.


Biofuels put in winning performance at Eurovision 
This year’s song contest was the greenest yet, thanks to mobile generators powered by vegetable oil. 

Shell creates green energy division to invest in wind power 
By Terry Macalister – The Guardian  
Shell, Europe’s largest oil company, has established a separate division, New Energies, to invest in renewable and low-carbon power. 
***LB: Also in this story “The move emerged days after experts at Chatham House warned international oil companies they must transform their business or face a “short, brutal” end within 10 years.”

Swedish solar start-up Sol Voltaics wins $17m in financing round 
By Madeleine Cuff – BusinessGreen
Swedish solar materials start-up Sol Voltaics has raised $17m in new equity investment and grant funding to support the rollout of its nanowire solar technology, the firm announced last week. 
***LB: Also in this story “Led by new investor Riyadh Valley Company (RVC), the venture capital investment arm of King Saud University in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, the funding round was the largest for solar technology in Europe for the past 18 months.”

Shetland energy development not the sunny prospect it was 
Mure Dickie and Kiran Stacey – Financial Times  
For the storm-hit oil and gas sector, the UK’s northern archipelago of Shetland looks like a sunlit haven between the turbulent waters of the North Sea and the Atlantic.

Isabelle Kocher, Engie — a new kind of power 
By Michael Stothard – Financial Times  
When she took the helm of Engie, the world’s biggest non state-owned electricity company this month, Isabelle Kocher became the first Frenchwoman in the chief executive role at a company in Paris’s CAC 40 stock market index. 

Clean tech 

Nissan claims tech breakthrough could boost EV battery life 
Nissan has claimed a major tech breakthrough could lead to a new generation of lithium ion batteries that significantly extend the driving range of electric vehicles.


Michigan spent $3.6 million on workers helping with Flint water crisis 
By Michael Gerstein – Associated Press
Michigan has spent millions to pay officials and government workers scrambling to provide water, filters and other resources after lead contaminated Flint’s water, according to a document obtained by The Associated Press.

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