Summary

In today’s edition, China admits that climate change could usher in a reduction in crop yields, a huge impact on the country. In the meantime, Lord Stern argues in a paper that tackling climate change and ending poverty must go hand in hand. And finally, in the Power section, Perry Carroll, of The Solar Cloth Company, explains how his flexible solar sail panels can generate energy on sea but also on land. 

Quote of the day

“You’ve got a sail and you have got some sun, you must be able to find a way to put those solar sails on that fabric.”

Perry Carroll, in the Guardian’s story Solar sails set course for a new journey into renewable energy (in the Carbon section) 

Lead stories

Climate change: China official warns of ‘huge impact’ 
BBC News
Climate change could have a “huge impact” on China, reducing crop yields and harming the environment, the country’s top weather scientist has warned, in a rare official admission. 
http://jlne.ws/1Ij3OBf 
***LB: Also in this story “Zheng Guogang told Xinhua news agency that climate change could be a “serious threat” to big infrastructure projects.”  

Tackling climate change and ending poverty must go hand in hand, says Lord Stern
By Jessica Shankleman – BusinessGreen
The $100bn (£67bn) climate finance that rich countries have pledged to give poor nations per year from 2020 could catalyse up to $3tr of much-needed investment in new infrastructure each year, economist Lord Nicholas Stern will argue today. 
http://jlne.ws/1FsXBV8

Could Oslo’s decision to divest from coal inspire bigger cities to do the same?
By Valeria Criscione – The Guardian
When Oslo sells the coal investments in its pension portfolio next month, it will set a historic precedent: the first capital city in the world to divest itself of that most polluting of fossil fuels. 
http://jlne.ws/1MZTjWc

Selling out of fossil fuels no solution for climate change
By Anne Stausboll – Financial Times (Op-Ed)
Institutional investors are under increasing pressure to divest their holdings in fossil fuel-related companies. 
http://jlne.ws/1EIrRbz 
***LB: Also in this story “Issues will not be tackled if shareowners lose ability to influence companies.”

Climate-sceptic US senator given funds by BP political action committee
By Simon Bowers – The Guardian
One of America’s most powerful and outspoken opponents of climate change regulation received election campaign contributions that can be traced back to senior BP staff, including chief executive Bob Dudley. 
http://jlne.ws/19KkhTL

Events 

World Green Economy Summit 2015 
22 April 2015 – 23 April 2015
Dubai, United Arab Emirates 
http://jlne.ws/1By0E6J

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 
http://jlne.ws/1F1ycOT  

Carbon

Paris will ban half of all cars from driving Monday to combat pollution
The Week 
Beset by worrisome smog, Paris on Monday will ban half of all personal vehicles from the streets, Mayor Anne Hidalgo said Saturday. Only cars with odd-numbered plates will be allowed on the streets unless they are carrying more than three people. 
http://jlne.ws/1MZSxbL 

Brazil’s Deforestation Rates Are on the Rise Again
By Richard Schiffman – Newsweek
In a world hungry for environmental success stories, Brazil has been the closest thing we have to a golden child.
http://jlne.ws/1MZRrNd

Myanmar Kills Forests To Plant Farms, Then Forgets To Farm
By Anne Thiel – Ecosystem Marketplace  
When Myanmar President U Thein Sein took office in March 2011, he had big plans for economic reforms.
http://jlne.ws/19KkWVf 
***LB: Also in this story “In particular, the new government wanted to promote industrial agricultural development to attract both domestic and foreign investment and to help boost the country’s economy.”

Urban homes emit more greenhouse gases than industry: Study
By Vinayashree Jagadeesh – TNN
The industrial sector has been taking the flak for emitting high levels of hazardous gases over the years but it might ultimately be our homes that are responsible for the highest emission of greenhouse gases. 
http://jlne.ws/1xcFeAO

Natural gas / coal 

Great Barrier Reef campaign: scientists call for scrapping of coal projects
By Oliver Milman – The Guardian
Australia’s leading coral reef scientists have called for huge coalmining and port developments in Queensland to be scrapped in order to avoid “permanent damage” to the Great Barrier Reef. 
http://jlne.ws/1BngFwC

It’s Official: Everybody Hates The New Fracking Rules… Not 
By Tina Casey – Clean Technica
The US Bureau of Land Management finally got around to posting its final fracking rules in the Federal Register on Friday, and before the ink was dry on the Intertubes, the American Petroleum Institute fired off a statement of objection.  
http://jlne.ws/1G3pr9v

Analyst: ‘Ugly’ balance sheets may lead coal companies to ‘run out of time’
By Taylor Kuykendall – SNL
As coal markets have deteriorated across the board, BB&T Capital Markets analyst Mark Levin said the sector has bifurcated into the “haves” and “have-nots” when it comes to the ability to access capital.
http://jlne.ws/1OpW2tI

Power

Solar sails set course for a new journey into renewable energy
By Shane Hickey – The Guardian 
It was as the moon hit the sails of his yacht in the Atlantic Ocean that the thought struck Perry Carroll. 
http://jlne.ws/1C3TTgX 
***LB: Also in this story “Perry Carroll of The Solar Cloth Company explains why his flexible solar sail panels can generate energy not only at on sea but on millions of spaces on land.”

Leased solar panels can complicate — or kill — a home sale 
By Kenneth R. Harney – Los Angeles Times
Can going green by leasing solar panels for your roof cost you money — or give you headaches — when you go to sell the house? Possibly both. 
http://jlne.ws/1FQRpoA

New schemes offers life raft to wave power industry
By Jessica Shankleman   – BusinessGreen
The UK’s struggling marine energy sector received a boost late last week, after the Welsh and Scottish governments clubbed together with the Crown Estate to fund a new body to help reduce risks around consenting and financing. 
http://jlne.ws/1bntlhQ

Clean tech

Electric vehicles’ second-hand value ‘similar to diesels’
By Will Nichols  – BusinessGreen
The value of second-hand electric cars is closing the gap on diesels and could overtake them as used-car retailers and buyers became more familiar with the technology. 
http://jlne.ws/1FsXU2m

Water

California staring at decline in hydro-power due to drought
By Nathan Hudson – Uncover California
California is staring at a massive decline in the hydro-power as the state enters fourth year of drought, claimed as an impact of climate change by many. 
http://jlne.ws/19eEuQq

Warming oceans storing up long term climate impacts, says WMO 
By Ed King – RTCC (Responding to Climate Change)
Rising ocean temperatures are likely to have “major implications” for the development of climate change, the World Meteorological Organization said on Monday. 
http://jlne.ws/1N4YVwC

Miscellaneous

Welcome to the ‘Double El Niño’ — and more extreme weather
By Jared Goyette – Public Radio International
We’re about to experience a “double El Niño” — a rare weather phenomenon that climatologists had warned about several months ago.  
http://jlne.ws/1GJWJsn 
***LB: Also in this story “The danger is that this could mean more than a few months of odd weather, but instead usher in a new phase of climate change.”

 

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