Summary

Back to business in today’s edition, with pleas from the beer brewers, who want governments to address climate change with clear policies, as well as questions, such as can Ikea use its might to turn the world green? Also, in the Power section, good news from power companies, since wind, gas and solar dominate new power plant installations.

Quote of the day

“We believe that a strong economy and a stable climate go hand in hand. We’ve committed to making our business sustainable, and it’s more important than ever that businesses engage with policymakers to support forward-thinking climate and energy policies.”

Jenn Vervier, director of strategy and sustainability at beer company New Belgium, in The Hill’s story Beer brewers call for climate change policies

Lead stories

Fukushima, Japan four years on: ‘Nuclear power and humans cannot coexist’ – video
The Guardian 
On 11 March 2011, the strongest earthquake in Japan’s history caused a giant tsunami that killed more than 18,000 people along the country’s north-east coast. 
http://jlne.ws/1E4SKDM

Solar Aircraft lands in Ahmedabad
On Manorama 
The world’s first solar powered aircraft — Solar Impulse 2 (Si2) — on a global flight, landed here on Tuesday night, officials said. 
http://jlne.ws/1Mr2BZ4

Beer brewers call for climate change policies 
By Timothy Cama – The Hill
Twenty-four breweries joined a coalition of businesses Tuesday endorsing government policies to fight climate change.
http://jlne.ws/1xce4Vs 
***LB: Also in this story “They joined the more than 1,300 companies organized by corporate sustainability group Ceres in signing the organization’s Climate Declaration, launched in 2013 to support corporate and government actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and slow climate change.”

Can Ikea turn its blonde world green? 
By  Beth Kowitt – Fortune
Ikea is retailer, a design shop, a manufacturer, and publisher—and now it’s also an energy company. 
http://jlne.ws/18axrrU  
***LB: Also in this story “The Swedish giant is phasing out light bulbs, cutting down on foam, and getting much of its energy now from the wind and sun. But c’mon—can a company that sells particle-board furniture really be “sustainable”?” 

Events 

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

China’s Chongqing cuts carbon permit supply 
Reuters
Companies obliged to reduce their carbon emissions in China’s pilot carbon exchange in Chongqing will be allocated a smaller number of permits for 2014, with the government tightening its grip on the market to tackle climate change.
http://jlne.ws/1MqEZUD 

Bill would give Nevada veto over Yucca nuclear waste dump 
By Timothy Cama – The Hill
Nevada lawmakers introduced a bill Tuesday that would give the state veto power over the long-stalled Yucca Mountain nuclear waste site.
http://jlne.ws/1BpMf1h

Natural gas / coal

Greenpeace appeals to Information Commissioner over redacted fracking report
By Jessica Shankleman  – BusinessGreen
The UK’s transparency watchdog is set to rule on whether the public has the right to see the full version of a heavily redacted government report on fracking that examined the potential impact of shale gas exploration on house prices and rural communities. 
http://jlne.ws/1GDKQr5

North Carolina Fines Duke Energy $25.1 Million
By Jonathan M. Katz – The New York Times
North Carolina officials say they have hit Duke Energy, the nation’s largest electric utility, with the largest environmental fine in state history.
http://jlne.ws/1NHTMhb

Will Natural Gas Dim Solar’s Shine?
By Frank Jossi  – ensia
On the outskirts of downtown St. Paul, Minn., Xcel Energy’s High Bridge Generating Station offers an iconic view of the current state of electrical generation in the United States. 
http://jlne.ws/1HzEFBX

Power

Wind, gas, solar dominate new power plant installations
By Timothy Cama -The Hill
Power companies’ new generating capacity this year will be dominated by wind, natural gas and solar power, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) said. 
http://jlne.ws/1BvEAx7

Wind and solar supply chains thrive in Midwest states
By Kari Lydersen – Midwest Energy News
Wind and solar energy support about 30,000 jobs at about a thousand companies in Wisconsin, Illinois and Iowa, according to a series of reports released by the Environmental Law & Policy Center over the past two weeks. 
http://jlne.ws/1AhlhE7 

Germany threatens UK dominance in wind power
By Pilita Clark – Financial Times
Britain may struggle to win the soccer World Cup or the Eurovision Song Contest but there is one field in which it is an undeniable champion: offshore wind farms. 
http://jlne.ws/1Ez62Oh 
***LB: Also in this story “Though few Britons realize it, the UK has had more power from offshore wind than the rest of the world combined since 2011 and has led the European industry since it started to boom eight years ago.”

Clean tech

Cleaner Power Needed to Make Electric Cars Greener 
By Bobby Magill – Climate Central
The world must move quickly to make electric vehicles more climate-friendly, or the world may not be able to meet its climate goals. 
http://jlne.ws/1GDMUzs

Could David Cameron soon be driving a Nissan Leaf?
By Will Nichols – BusinessGreen
Ministers are set to switch gas guzzlers for electric cars under a £5m cross-departmental initiative to reduce Whitehall’s transport emissions.
http://jlne.ws/1NHUc70

(UK’s) Ministers’ cars to be swapped for electric versions in green drive
By Fiona Harvey – The Guardian
Government ministers will have their first taste of greener driving soon, with the first of a new fleet of electric vehicles to replace older fuel-guzzling ministerial cars. 
http://jlne.ws/1D3SxWo

Water

Global Drought Responses Hurt By Lack of Coordination
Circle of Blue 
A United Nations official says better drought management and response requires better coordination between government agencies. 
http://jlne.ws/1E4QPiH

California is pumping water that fell to Earth 20,000 years ago 
By Tom Knudson – Reveal
By now, the impacts of California’s unchecked groundwater pumping are well-known: the dropping water levels, dried-up wells and slowly sinking farmland in parts of the Central Valley.
http://jlne.ws/1B3jAtO

Waikiki Beach Is Totally Man-Made (And Disappearing). Can Hawaii Save It?
By Sophie Cocke – Huffington Post Hawaii
Tourists in bikinis and board shorts packed onto the narrow strip of sand fronting the iconic Royal Hawaiian and Moana Surfrider hotels on a recent weekday. 
http://jlne.ws/1MqFldV

Himalayan glaciers retreating in eastern region says report
By Jayalakshmi K – International Business Times
Glaciers in the eastern Himalayas are retreating, but this is not likely to affect river flows significantly in the coming decades, say scientists from the Kathmandu-based International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD). 
http://jlne.ws/1KUIOpw

 

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