Today’s edition highlights climate-smart agriculture, or how ag can respond to climate change and its impact on food quantity and quality, in the context of the U.S.-Africa Summit. Also, a follow-up on sanctions against Russia. And if you want to follow Gazprom more closely, the company has a new twitter account, in English: @GazpromNewsEN.
Quote of the day
“The intersection between climate change and food is not just about quantity. We’re now seeing carbon pollution making some of the food we do grow less nutritious than it used to be.”
Secretary of State John Kerry, calling the loss of nutrients a “hidden hunger”, in the Breitbart’s story John Kerry: Climate Change Will Make Combating World Hunger More Difficult
John Kerry: Climate Change Will Make Combating World Hunger More Difficult
Caroline May, Breitbart
Climate change and a growing world population will make staving off world hunger more difficult in the future, Secretary of State John Kerry told an audience convened for a panel on “Resilience and Food Security in a Changing Climate” at the U.S. Africa Leaders Summit Monday.
Turning carbon dioxide emissions into chemicals, fibres and jet fuel
Bernie Bulkin, The Guardian
When fuels are burned, the products are carbon dioxide, water, and heat. Lots of heat.
***LB: Also in this story “Liquid Light, a spinout from Princeton University, uses electricity and catalysts (what they are is a secret), to make chemicals from carbon dioxide, and seems to have progressed to having a near-commercial process to make ethylene glycol, a key component of anti-freeze and, more interestingly, a building block of polyester bottles and fibres.”
Column: EU energy restrictions on Russia are mostly “sanctions theatre”
John Kemp, Reuters
EU sanctions on Russia’s oil sector will not seriously hamper the development of new oil resources in either the short or the long term, though they leave open the possibility of further escalation if relations with Russia deteriorate in future.
Russia Sanctions Won’t Affect South Stream Pipeline, OMV CEO Says
The Wall Street Journal
Sanctions against Russia are expected to have “no influence” on the construction of the South Stream gas pipeline project, a link from Russia to Europe under the Black Sea, the chief executive of Austrian oil and gas company OMV AG’s tells next week’s edition of Austrian magazine Profil.
US ‘presses India’ for greater carbon cuts
The US and India have agreed to accelerate their joint efforts on climate change with reports suggesting Washington is pressing its counterparts in New Delhi to agree to greater emissions reductions under a potential new global deal.
Worse news for Australia as India taps solar, Beijing bans coal
Sophie Vorrath, REneweconomy
As Australia’s federal government commits to a future digging up, burning and most of all exporting the nation’s vast coal resource, two of the countries upon which this shaky economic plan is most dependent – India and China – look to be closing the door on the heavy polluting fossil fuel.
Obama pits CEOs against ‘climate deniers’
Laura Barron-Lopez, The Hill
President Obama sought to pressure “climate change deniers” in a recent interview, pitting them against CEOs of major corporations on the controversial issue.
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23 October 2014
Senate bill builds carbon capture facilities
Ramsey Cox, The Hill
Sen. John Walsh (D-Mont.) introduced a bill that would direct the Department of Energy to approve the building of at least 10 carbon capture facilities in the next 10 years.
How to green the Feds’ supply chains? First, think ink
Chris Hill, IW Financial
President Obama first issued an order directing federal agencies to incorporate sustainability into their procurement operations in 2009.
Europeans prioritise energy efficiency measures as price fears rise
Rising energy prices are the number one concern for European households, suggesting the market for energy efficiency products and services is set to expand further.
Natural gas / coal
As climate talks heat up, experts debate if natural gas, fracking will turn ‘brown’ economies ‘green’
United Nations News Center
The world faces a looming energy problem. There’s not enough of it. It also faces a looming climate change problem. Too much of it. Could natural gas and fracking technology be part of the solution to both challenges?
Ineos signals move into fracking
Terry Macalister, the Guardian
Ineos, the company at the centre of a dispute with unions at the Grangemouth plant in Scotland last year, is giving the strongest signal yet of its intention to move into the controversial area of fracking.
El Nino Rains Won’t Refill Brazil’s Key Hydropower Dams
Vanessa Dezem, Bloomberg
The drenching El Nino rains that may replenish Brazil’s hydropower reservoirs will probably miss the nation’s most important dams, now at historic lows as the country endures its worst drought in eight decades.
Areva jettisons solar businesses
French power group Areva will exit its concentrated solar power (CSP) business after racking up tens of millions of dollars in losses.
Sheffield scientists hail ‘spray-on solar’ breakthrough
Jessica Shankleman, BusinessGreen
Scientists at the University of Sheffield have made a major breakthrough in developing spray-on solar panels from a new material that could potentially slash the costs of renewables.
Six companies show interest to invest in Tripura (India) power project
Utpal Bhaskar, Live Mint & The Wall Street Journal
At least six firms have shown interest in becoming a strategic investor in the recently commissioned Palatana power project in Tripura, with ICICI Securities being the advisers for this exercise.
Alaska Energy Authority Approves $20 Million Hydro Project Loan
Justin Doom, Bloomberg
The Alaska Energy Authority approved a $20 million loan for a 5-megawatt hydroelectric power plant in the southeast portion of the state.
Toyota dreams of green car future, but tied to gas-guzzler present
Yoko Kubota, Reuters
Toyota Motor Corp is hitching its future to green cars, investing billions of dollars in gasoline-electric hybrids and fuel-cell vehicles, but for now its record profit performance is being powered largely by a gas-guzzling US market.
Behind Toledo’s Water Crisis, a Long-Troubled Lake Erie
Michael Wines, The New York Times
It took a serendipitous slug of toxins and the loss of drinking water for a half-million residents to bring home what scientists and government officials in this part of the country have been saying for years: Lake Erie is in trouble, and getting worse by the year.
Creating a fully sustainable island
Ian McGrath, Cyprus Mail
As the European Union revisits energy security in the wake of the Ukrainian crisis, it’s a timely reminder of Cyprus’ progress over recent years in boosting its own renewable energy industry to help decrease its reliance on imported fuels.