In today’s edition, a revolution in the making, that of waste turned into power. Also, the European Union ministers should agree by March 20 on a  goal to cut the bloc’s emissions by at least 40 percent as its official contribution to U.N. climate change talks, while the World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), to take place in Sendai on March 14-18, should iron out a deal to help countries – in particular in Africa – prepare for future extreme weather events. Finally, as International Women’s day falls on March 8, this Sunday, a story on dirty water, killing more women than AIDS and breast cancer. 

Quote of the day

“We can utilise a number of raw materials that would otherwise have to be disposed of, often at great cost.”

Andreas Hornung, director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Environmental Energy and Safety Technology (UMSICHT, Germany),  in the  Climate News Network’s story Waste-to-energy revolution boosted by biobattery idea  

Lead stories 

What kills more women than AIDS and breast cancer? Dirty water 
By Maria Caspani – Thomson Reuters Foundation
Diseases spread through dirty water and poor sanitation are the fifth biggest killer of women worldwide, causing more deaths than AIDS, diabetes or breast cancer, researchers say.

Waste-to-energy revolution boosted by biobattery idea 
By Paul Brown – Climate News Network
Competition to make bio-fuels out of waste products otherwise destined for the dump is creating a fast-growing, worldwide industry.  

“Second wave” of climate pledges to UN deal expected in September 
By Niklas Hoehne – RTCC (Responding to Climate Change)
Last week, Switzerland became the first country in the world to submit their Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC) to the UN’s climate body. 
***LB: Also in this story “A first wave is expected by end of March. A second wave of submissions is expected in September, as now revealed by research from the NewClimate Institute.”

French host of climate talks seeks EU pledge by March 20 
EU ministers must agree by March 20 a European Union goal to cut the bloc’s emissions by at least 40 percent as its official contribution to U.N. climate change talks, French Energy Minister Ségolène Royal said on Thursday.

UN prepares for disaster deal to address climate change risk  
By Ed King – RTCC (Responding to Climate Change)
The World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) in Sendai, running from 14-18 March, should be huge news.  
***LB: Also in this story “In just over two weeks nearly 160 countries will sign off a UN deal to prepare for future climate change impacts.”

Africa needs to find $50bn fast, or an already bad climate change picture could get uglier: study 
Lee Mwiti – Mail & Guardian Africa 
A new United Nations study has tabled a multi-billion dollar bill in front of African countries, if they are to urgently and successfully initiate adaptation measures to climate change. 
***LB: Also in this story “It  shows that by 2050, Africa’s adaptation costs could rise to $50 billion a year if global warming is held to below two degrees celsius. But that would double to $100 billion, or 6% of Africa’s GDP, if the world, currently on a path that could place it to more than four degrees celsius by 2100, does not turn away from that course.”

UN: African Robin Hood tax could fund climate adaptation efforts 
By Ed King – RTCC (Responding to Climate Change) .
Africa will be hit hard by climate change even if warming is limited to levels deemed safe by governments, says a new UN report released on Tuesday.  
***LB: Also in this story “The authors say extreme weather events such as droughts, flooding and rising sea levels could cost the continent US $50 billion per year by 2050.”

Economics: Support low-carbon investment
By Nathan Fabian – Nature 
Private finance can drive the energy transformation needed to meet global emissions goals — if backed by the right policies. 

Once extravagant, renewable power plans go cheap
By James Osborne – The Dallas Morning Star  
Hybrid cars, fruit grown without pesticides, clean coal plants — going green usually comes at a premium.

Can Republicans block Obama’s clean energy plans?
By Jared Gilmour – The Christian Science Monitor 
President Obama’s push for a cleaner, leaner energy sector has had a rough week.


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 


Industrial carbon credits could help Louisiana restore its coastline, report says 
By Amy Wold – The New Orleans Advocate
The ability of coastal wetlands to absorb, and retain, carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases could be a means to help restore parts of Louisiana’s disappearing coastline, according to a new report released Thursday.

PJM analysis of EPA Clean Power Plan puts price on carbon
By Rod Kuckro – E&E
A new analysis of the economic impacts of U.S. EPA’s Clean Power Plan by the nation’s largest grid operator places a price on carbon dioxide emissions and concludes that under nearly 40 compliance scenarios, a regional solution is less costly than a state-by-state approach.

In carbon-pricing model, PJM states benefit from sharing Clean Power Plan burdens
By Emily Holden – E&E
States that are better-situated to meet carbon emission levels under the Clean Power Plan still might suffer from higher compliance costs if they don’t work with their neighbors, according to an economic analysis by the PJM Interconnection.

“Made in China” nuclear reactors a tough sell in global market
By Charlie Zhu and David Stanway – Reuters
As China signs global deals to export its nuclear power technology, it faces a huge obstacle: it still needs to show it can build and safely operate these reactors at home.

Natural gas / coal

New South Wales government suggests entire village be relocated for Rio Tinto coal mine
By Oliver Milman – The Guardian
The relocation of the entire village of Bulga due to the expansion of a nearby coalmine should be given “serious consideration”, according to a New South Wales government review.


(UK’s) Small wind sector needs change in policy direction, industry warns
By Will Nichols – BusinessGreen
Subsidies for small wind turbines require “urgent changes” to reverse a collapse in the number of installations, according to a green energy trade body.  
***LB: Also in this story “RenewableUK’s latest report into the £174m small and medium wind market finds there is a risk of undermining a “Great British success story” that has seen the sector double its capacity from 2012 to 248MW.”  

China’s Hanergy shares drop as HK exchange queries price surge 
Shares in Hanergy Thin Film Power Group fell as much as 9 percent on Friday, a day after the Hong Kong bourse asked the Chinese company about a stock price surge that transformed it into the world’s most valuable renewable energy firm.

Clean tech

Nissan says electric car drivers could sell spare power to the grid
By Will Nichols – BusinessGreen
Nissan electric car owners could soon be selling unused power in their vehicles’ batteries to the grid, after the auto giant agreed a groundbreaking deal with utility Endesa this week.

Public Push Can Spur Private Investment in EV Charging 
By Nick Nigro – C2ES (Center for Climate and Energy Solutions)
For electric vehicles (EVs) to hit the mainstream and make a meaningful contribution to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, they’ll need a robust public charging infrastructure that lets drivers go where they take gasoline-powered cars now.


Floods could affect twice as many people worldwide within 15 years
By Evan Lehmann – E&E
River flooding could affect 54 million people worldwide in 2030 as more extreme rainfall and the rapid expansion of cities double exposure to inundation, according to a new analysis. Currently, 21 million people are affected annually by floods.

‘India, Bangladesh, China most at risk from river floods’
India, Bangladesh and China are most at risk from river floods, with an increasing number of people threatened because of climate change and economic growth in low-lying regions, a study said on Thursday.

Thailand tests floating homes in region grappling with floods
By Alisa Tang – Thomson Reuters Foundation
Nestled among hundreds of identical white and brown two-storey homes crammed in this neighborhood for factory workers is a house with a trick – one not immediately apparent from its green-painted drywall and grey shade panels.

Rising temperatures are amplifying drought effects, study finds 
By Bettina Boxal – Los Angeles Times
Climate change is increasing the risk of severe drought in California by causing warm periods and dry periods to overlap more often, according to a new study.


 El Nino finally here; but this one is weak, weird and late 
By Seth Borenstein – AP
A long anticipated El Nino has finally arrived. But for drought-struck California, it’s too little, too late, meteorologists say.

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