Debunking myths in today’s edition: renewables, not shale, are the biggest drivers in U.S. emissions cuts, says Greenpeace. Similarly, Eastern seaboard states are not the only ones to worry about emissions: Western states could also form a carbon market. Also in today’s edition, ahead of the 2015 Climate summit, Sweden calls for the EU to commit to a 50% carbon cut, while the fossil fuel divestment movement targets reluctant Australian banks.
Quote of the day
“The supposed climate benefits of fracking have been a big selling point for the shale lobby, but this myth has now been cut down to size by compelling new evidence.”
Lauri Myllyvirta, Greenpeace energy analyst, in the BusinessGreen’s story Renewables not shale biggest driver in US emissions cuts, study finds
Renewables not shale biggest driver in US emissions cuts, study finds
Renewable energy, not shale gas, has played the biggest role in reducing US emissions, according to new analysis from Greenpeace’s Energydesk site.
***LB: Also in this story “Analysis by Greenpeace’s Energydesk says clean energy accounted for 40 per cent of emissions decline since 2007, compared to 30 per cent from shale.”
Western states looking at regional carbon program: Colo. governor
Zack Colman, Washington Examiner
Democratic Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper said western states are considering a regional program to comply with a proposed Environmental Protection Agency rule to slash power plant emissions.
***LB: Also in this story “California’s cap-and-trade system officially took off last year. That could expand to Oregon and Washington, where states have talked about collaborating with British Columbia in a West Coast carbon market.”
EU climate chief says energy, climate deal ‘feasible’
Barbara Lewis, Reuters
EU leaders are likely to agree a new decade of climate and energy policy (this) week despite the “legitimate concerns” of several nations, Europe’s climate boss said.
Sweden calls on EU to agree 50% carbon cuts for 2030
Ed King, RTCC (Responding to Climate Change)
The call from Stockholm’s new centre-left government comes less than a week before EU leaders are set to gather for a two-day meeting to discuss the bloc’s climate and energy strategy.
G20 host Australia stumbling block to global climate change action
ACEE Daily Eye
Business and political leaders around the world, most notably in the powerhouses of the United States and China, are pressing for action to avert the potentially huge financial repercussions of climate change.
Climate campaigners ramp up pressure on fossil fuel industry
Megan Rowling, Thomson Reuters Foundation
As hundreds of protesters joined environmental activists from South Pacific nations trying to blockade ships at the world’s largest coal export terminal in Australia on Friday, Marshall Islands poet Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner appealed to world leaders “to put an end to the era of fossil fuels once and for all”.
Fossil fuel divestment: climate change activists take aim at Australia’s banks
Oliver Milman, theguardian.com
Climate change activists will aim to give the big banks a $200m bloody nose on Saturday, in the latest round of what has been an increasingly bitter campaign to force the divestment of companies with fossil fuel interests.
***LB: Also in this story “A “national day of divestment” will see more than 1,000 bank customers switch their accounts away from the “big four” banks: ANZ, Westpac, Commonwealth Bank and NAB.”
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23 October 2014
For tech firms, the cloud makes carbon curbs compulsory
Valerie Volcovici, Reuters
As mobile devices proliferate and big business turns to cloud computing to cut costs and improve efficiency, technology companies are facing a double challenge: powering energy-hungry data centers to expand the cloud while keeping carbon emissions from skyrocketing.
**LB: Also in this story “Cloud computing has paved the way for technologies such as video conferencing and smart building management that can make corporations greener. But it is also shifting a larger share of electricity consumption – and the carbon output associated with it – onto firms such as Google (GOOGL.O) and Microsoft (MSFT.O) that run the data centers or manufacture computer servers.”
Ozone recovery not enough to stop global warming
Hamish Clark, 3 News
For the first time in 35 years the Earth’s protective ozone layer is beginning to recover. The ozone hole is shrinking, and while that is good news for New Zealand and the rest of the world, experts are warning that as the ozone hole reduces, climate change could worsen.
Methane Hotspot Seen from Space
Living on earth
Using satellite data, scientists at NASA and the University of Michigan found a spike of methane over the Four Corners region of the United States.
Amazon deforestation picking up pace, satellite data reveals
Jonathan Watts, The Guardian
The deforestation of the Brazilian Amazon has accelerated rapidly in the past two months, underscoring the shortcomings of the government’s environmental policies.
***LB: Also in this story “Data indicates 190% rise in land clearance in August and September compared with same period last year.”
Forest Carbon Partnership Facility Recruits New Members
Ecosystem Marketplace’s forest carbon
Tag – you’re in! Guatemala, Indonesia and Peru were selected for the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility’s (FCPF) Carbon Fund pipeline last week, unlocking up to $650,000 per country to develop an emissions reductions program.
***LB: Also in this story ” The Carbon Fund holds a total of $465 million that could be paid to developing countries that reduce deforestation against a national baseline (REDD+). Eight other countries – Chile, Costa Rica, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Mexico, Nepal, the Republic of Congo and Vietnam – were already in the pipeline.”
Natural gas / coal
Israel’s Tamar group looks to sell gas to Egypt via EMG pipeline
Ari Rabinovitch, Reuters
The partners in Israel’s offshore Tamar gas field said on Sunday they are negotiating the sale of at least 5 billion cubic metres (bcm) of gas over three years to private customers in Egypt via an old pipeline built to send gas in the other direction.
BP restarts North Sea gasfield that it owns with Iran
Michael Kavanagh, Financial Times
BP has recommenced production at one of the UK’s most important North Sea gasfields, nearly four years after the oil major was forced to halt output because of sanctions against Iran.
British Columbia to Outline Carbon, Tax Policies for LNG
Christopher Donville and Rebecca Penty, Bloomberg
British Columbia plans to introduce measures next week to tax planned liquefied natural gas projects and limit emissions blamed for global warming after months of talks with developers such as Royal Dutch Shell Plc.
Analysis – Africa set to switch on gas-to-power potential
Joe Brock, Reuters
Africa’s under used gas reserves, either exported or burnt away into the sky, are set to play a big role in stemming the continent’s crippling electricity void, a shift that should boost economies and small-cap energy firms.
Tax Credits for Energy Industry Are Under Scrutiny
Jim Malewitz, The New York Times
Susan Combs, the state comptroller, stirred controversy last month when she said Texas’ growing wind energy industry should “stand on its own two feet.”
Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe — Wirelessly Charged Electric Bus Service In Berlin
James Ayre, Clean Technica
A new electric bus service utilizing wireless charging systems will soon be launching in Berlin. The service — dubbed Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (BVB) — is currently set to start in 2015, and will make use of electric buses from Solaris.
***LB: Also in this story “The electric buses will utilize the PRIMOVE inductive wireless charging system from Bombardier, with the power supply equipment kept on the bus coming from Vossloh Kiepe.”
In Tennessee, Time Comes for a Nuclear Plant Four Decades in the Making
Matthew L. Wald, The New York Times
When the Tennessee Valley Authority first ordered Watts Bar 2, the nuclear reactor now approaching completion here, demand for electricity was growing at 7 percent a year and coal supplies were uncertain.
Power Plants Seek to Extend Life of Nuclear Reactors for Decades
Matthew L. Wald, The New York Times
The prospects for building new nuclear reactors may be sharply limited, but the owners of seven old ones, in Pennsylvania, Virginia and South Carolina, are preparing to ask for permission to run them until they are 80 years old.
Could desalination solve California’s water problem?
Matt Weiser, Sacramento Bee
Along this patch of the Pacific Ocean, welders and pipefitters nearly outnumber the surfers and sunbathers. Within sight of the crashing waves, the laborers are assembling what some hope will make water scarcity a thing of the past.
Florida politicians battle rhetoric as rising seas drive worries over climate change
Joby Warrick, The Washington Post
At least twice in a normal year, the Biscayne Bay rises to swamp the streets of this fashionable resort town in an event known as the “king tide.”
Companies Pulling Out of Canadian Tar Sands Oil
Brian Palmer, living on earth
With crude prices sharply down and the future of the Keystone XL pipeline in doubt, energy companies are dubious about investing in oil from the Alberta Tar Sands.
DOD: Climate Change Is A Volatile Factor In International Security
The Department of Defense says climate change is an “immediate risk” to the nation.