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Energy and Environment News Roundup – 3.31.15

March 31, 2015

Marcacci Communications publishes a daily roundup of energy and climate news and opinion. Inclusion of articles does not mean endorsement. 

CLIMATE 

U.S. set to pledge emissions cuts of up to 28 percent ahead of global climate treaty (via The Guardian)

The regrowth of forests stems global warming (via The Times)

Climate change threatens to kill off more aspen forests by 2050s, say scientists (via New York Times)

Poll finds strong majority of Americans support an international climate agreement (via Huffington Post)

ENERGY POLICY 

Rich nations’ fossil fuel export funding dwarfs green spending (via Reuters)

Cheap oil and renewable energy compete in the Caribbean (via Clean Energy Finance Forum)

How APS, APPA, NRECA would design a “blank” electricity market (via Utility… Continue reading >

Energy and Environment News Roundup – 3.30.15

March 30, 2015

Marcacci Communications publishes a daily roundup of energy and climate news and opinion. Inclusion of articles does not mean endorsement. 

COP21

U.S. to submit plans to fight global warming; most others delay (via Reuters)

Australia risks climate credibility with coal friendly target (via RTCC)

Mexico commits to reduce emissions 22%, peak by 2026 (via Climate Progress)

NATURAL GAS 

EU to grow more reliant on gas imports, Russia supply seen flat, says BP (via Reuters)

Federal fracking rule pelted with lawsuits, more on the way (via EnergyWire)

EPA finds almost 700 chemicals used in fracking (via The Hill)

RENEWABLES 

Will the real 2014 global solar installation figure please stand up? (via PV Tech)

Indian government seeking… Continue reading >

RGGI Auction Extends US Carbon Market Winning Streak

March 27, 2015

Here are 82 million reasons you should chalk up RGGI’s most recent (and record-setting) carbon auction as another win for North America’s carbon markets

Energy and Environment News Roundup – 3.27.15

Marcacci Communications publishes a daily roundup of energy and climate news and opinion. Inclusion of articles does not mean endorsement. 

CLIMATE 

Tracking new climate action plans on the lead up to COP21 (via WRI Insights)

Japan to miss climate action plan deadline next week (via Bloomberg)

COAL 

Beijing’s effort to reduce coal burning shows results (via New York Times)

Australia’s coal plants face stranded asset threat (via BusinessGreen)

The hidden benefits of cutting coal pollution and why they matter (via Washington Post)

Closing coal plants don’t need replacements, thanks to energy efficiency (via Sustainable Business)

Clean energy advocates want Oregon to sunset coal (via Portland Business Journal)

RENEWABLES 

Global wind power installations increased by 42… Continue reading >

Energy and Environment News Roundup – 3.26.15

March 26, 2015

Marcacci Communications publishes a daily roundup of energy and climate news and opinion. Inclusion of articles does not mean endorsement. 

EMISSIONS 

Supreme Court questions EPA emissions rule for power plants (via Bloomberg)

Supreme Court seems split on what is “appropriate” in setting clean air costs (via New York Times)

Australian farmers urge government to restore emissions trading scheme (via The Guardian)

Sustainable stocks outperform the norm, says Morgan Stanley (via Business Green)

NUCLEAR 

As world expands nuclear power, U.S. grapples with decades of waste (via Christian Science Monitor)

RENEWABLES 

Demand for solar in China could reach 18GW in 2015 (via PV Tech)

UK green bank agrees to $298 million of lending to Africa, India (via Bloomberg)

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Energy and Environment News Roundup – 3.25.15

March 25, 2015

Marcacci Communications publishes a daily roundup of energy and climate news and opinion. Inclusion of articles does not mean endorsement. 

EMISSIONS 

Air pollution raises stroke risk (via New York Times)

Kansas House advances bill to comply with EPA emissions plan (via Capital-Journal)

Opponents of California cap-and-trade struggle to find a strategy to kill it (via Sacramento Business Journal)

COAL 

U.S. coal sector in “terminal decline” say financial analysts (via The Guardian)

Duke Energy to appeal record North Carolina coal ash pollution fine (via News & Record)

RENEWABLES 

Global solar PV market demand to surpass 54GW in 2015 (via PV Tech)

Cost of solar PV will fall to 2 cents/kWh in 2050, says study (via CleanTechnica)

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Energy and Environment News Roundup – 3.24.15

March 24, 2015

Marcacci Communications publishes a daily roundup of energy and climate news and opinion. Inclusion of articles does not mean endorsement. 

CLIMATE 

Global warming is now slowing down the circulation of the oceans – with potentially dire consequences (via Washington Post)

U.S. is laggard among developed nations in understanding climate change (via InsideClimate News)

How California drought became ammunition in climate policy debate (via Christian Science Monitor)

COAL 

Shenhua’s bombshell numbers show China’s coal appetite has peaked (via Renew Economy)

Beijing to close all major coal power plants to cut pollution (via Bloomberg)

U.S. coal crash “serves as a warning” to fossil fuel investors (via RTCC)

RENEWABLES 

S&P sees corporate green bond market surging to $30 billion (via Bloomberg)

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Energy and Environment News Roundup – 3.23.15

March 23, 2015

Marcacci Communications publishes a daily roundup of energy and climate news and opinion. Inclusion of articles does not mean endorsement. 

CLIMATE 

Top Beijing scientist: China faces “huge impact” from climate change (via NPR)

Warming oceans storing up long-term climate impacts, says WMO (via RTCC)

Pollutants created by climate change are making airborne allergens more potent (via Time)

U.S. FRACKING RULES 

Obama Administration unveils controversial fracking standards (via National Journal)

Oil industry immediately challenges first federal fracking rules (via Bloomberg)

RENEWABLES 

Brazil aims to accelerate 1GW wind to bolster power supplies (via Recharge)

Growth slows for global small wind market (via North American Windpower)

Scandinavian wind farm developers merge $3.5 billion project pipelines (via Bloomberg) 

Energy and Environment News Roundup – 3.20.15

March 20, 2015

Marcacci Communications publishes a daily roundup of energy and climate news and opinion. Inclusion of articles does not mean endorsement. 

EMISSIONS 

RGGI auction extends U.S. carbon market winning streak (via CleanTechnica)

Biggest source of U.S. carbon emissions is coal extracted from public lands (via Climate Progress)

Private sector joins in on Obama’s executive order to cut government CO2 emissions (via Climate Progress)

Revealed: Gates Foundation’s $1.4 billion in fossil fuel investments (via The Guardian)

COAL 

When legally liable, coal companies don’t dispute global warming (via Greenwire)

Changing coal’s message: Cleaner coal is possible, but clean coal is impossible (via Forbes)

RENEWABLES 

Wind: 2,000GW by 2030, says GWEC (via Breaking Energy)

Boost for renewables as EU… Continue reading >

California Carbon Market Nets $1 Billion For Clean Energy

March 19, 2015

The second Quebec-California carbon market linked auction generated $1 billion for clean energy and set an international model for cap-and-trade success.

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