Some disheartening news in today’s edition: New research suggests global warming is accelerating. Also, Amazon’s customers are demanding that the company open up about AWS’s electricity consumption. And finally, the World Bank carbon-market push is facing poorer-nation suspicion. Or, as Winston Churchill would say: “Victory however long and hard the road may be; for without victory, there is no survival.” 

Quote of the day

“Considering all the short-term factors identified by the scientific community that acted to slow the rate of global warming over the past two decades (volcanoes, ocean heat uptake, solar decreases, predominance of La Niñas, etc.) it is likely the temperature increase would have accelerated in comparison to the late 20th century increases.”

Dr. Thomas Karl, director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Climatic Data Center, in the Guardian’s story New research suggests global warming is accelerating 

Lead stories

New research suggests global warming is accelerating 
By John Abraham – The Guardian
As humans emit more greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, the Earth continues to warm.

NOAA Research Presents Evidence Against a Global Warming ‘Hiatus’
By Justin Gillis – The New York Times 
For years, scientists have been laboring to explain an apparent slowdown in global warming since the start of this century, which occurred at the same time that heat-trapping emissions of carbon dioxide were soaring. 

World Bank Carbon-Market Push Facing Poorer-Nation Suspicion 
By Mathew Carr – Bloomberg News
The World Bank is working to overcome poorer nations’ suspicions about putting a price on carbon emissions as it seeks to expand greenhouse-gas trading internationally, according to the lender’s special climate-change envoy.

How renewable energy can become competitive 
The Economist
On June 2nd a group of scientists and economists announced plans for the launch of what they call the Global Apollo Programme in the hope of making new solar capacity cheaper than new coal-burning power plants by 2025. 

Amazon Is Urged to Come Clean on Energy Use 
By Robert McMillan – The Wall Street Journal Inc. recently agreed to reveal the financial details of its Amazon Web Services cloud-computing operations. 

Saudi Arabia: an unlikely ally in the march towards renewable energy 
By Molly Scott Cato – The Guardian
If the 19th-century epitome of a futile economic transaction was carrying coals to Newcastle, then the 20th century equivalent might have been importing oil to Saudi Arabia. 


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Voluntary Buyers Spend Nearly $4.5 Billion on Offsets Over Last Decade
By Gloria Gonzalez – Ecosystem Marketplace 
When the international negotiations take center stage in Paris this December in the hopes of reaching an agreement to rein in climate change beginning in 2020, negotiators will be able to draw on the lessons learned in the voluntary carbon markets, according to a new report from Forest Trends’ Ecosystem Marketplace. 

A carbon price would benefit more than just the climate 
By Michael Obeiter – GreenBiz
The United States is grappling with serious economic and environmental challenges – from sluggish economic growth to rising greenhouse gas emissions and escalating impacts of climate change.

Report: Economists Urge Ontario to Get Cap-and-Trade Details Right for Business and Climate  
Cap-and-trade can work effectively in Ontario to meaningfully and cost-effectively reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but only if government gets the details of policy right, advises Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission in a set of recommendations released today. 

EU set to offer polluters another 10 years of free carbon credits – document 
By Barbara Lewis and Nina Chestney – Reuters  
The European Union may have to offer its heaviest polluting industries another ten years of free carbon credits to prevent them from leaving the region to do business elsewhere, EU regulators have suggested in a report seen by Reuters.  

Natural gas/coal  

Coal Giants Left Unscathed by Growing Divestment Campaign
By Thomas Biesheuvel and Jesse Riseborough – Bloomberg News
The biggest names in mining have so far found themselves immune to a rapidly expanding campaign that’s seeking to curb the use of the most polluting fossil fuel.

Methane Emissions Threaten to Undermine Natural-Gas Offensive
By Tara Patel – Bloomberg News
The grainy black and white photograph taken with an infrared camera shows a smoky haze wafting from a natural gas storage tank.

Coal giant Peabody faces federal scrutiny over clean-up insurance 
By Patrick Rucker – Reuters 
Coal giant Peabody Energy has been among the harshest critics of federal energy policies, joining a court challenge to the Obama administration’s new clean air regulations and denouncing its promotion of renewable fuels.


West Virginia Republicans urge governor to reject climate rules 
By Devin Henry – The Hill 
West Virginia’s U.S. House delegation has asked the state’s governor to reject the Obama administration’s proposed climate rule for power plants. 

Scotland calls for consultation over windfarm subsidies 
By Libby Brooks – The Guardian
The Scottish energy minister has called for an “adult discussion” with the UK government over the future of windfarm subsidies, after writing to Amber Rudd to express his concern that Scotland is being shut out of discussions. 

Croatian power exchange deal to boost Balkan electricity links 
By Maja Zuvela – Reuters
Croatia’s power exchange CROPEX has signed a deal with European energy exchange Nord Pool Spot to set up a day-ahead market by year end, a move that will give the European Union’s newest member access to broader electricity markets.

Clean tech

Advanced Microgrid to Buy Tesla Batteries for Storage Projects
By Justin Doom – Bloomberg News
Advanced Microgrid Solutions, a provider of energy-storage systems, agreed to buy as much as 500 megawatt-hours of battery capacity from Tesla Motors Inc.


U.S. EPA finds no ‘widespread risk’ to drinking water 
By Valerie Volcovici and Timothy Gardner – Reuters
Fracking has not led to widespread, systemic pollution of drinking water, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said on Thursday in a long-awaited study, though it warned that certain drilling activities could pose potential risks. 

California’s largest lake is in big trouble 
By Elliot Spagat – Associated Press
Once-bustling marinas on shallow water in California’s largest lake a few years ago are bone-dry. Carcasses of oxygen-starved tilapia lie on desolate shores.

Two-Thirds of China’s Groundwater Unfit for Human Use 
Circle of Blue
The majority of China‘s groundwater is too polluted for human use.


Pope’s environment encyclical due on June 18 
By Devin Henry – The Hill
Pope Francis’ upcoming encyclical on climate change will come out on June 18, the Vatican said Thursday.

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