Environmental Energy: Leaked TTIP documents cast doubt on EU-US trade deal; Buffett, Berkshire Hathaway investors refuse to take stand on climate change; Climate Change Litigation – The Children Win In Court.


In today’s edition, more controversy over the TTIP. According to leaked documents obtained by Greenpeace, US demanded to lower or circumvent EU protections for environment and public health as part of TTIP. Also, Warren Buffett as well as Berkshire Hathaway investors refuse to take stand on climate change. Bummer! Finally, against all odds, the 21 children, ages 8 to 19, who are suing the State of Washington’s Department of Ecology to protect the environment against the harm of global warming in their future, have won in court. 

Quote of the day

“These leaked documents give us an unparalleled look at the scope of US demands to lower or circumvent EU protections for environment and public health as part of TTIP. The EU position is very bad, and the US position is terrible. The prospect of a TTIP compromising within that range is an awful one. The way is being cleared for a race to the bottom in environmental, consumer protection and public health standards.”

Jorgo Riss, the director of Greenpeace EU, in the Guardian’s story Leaked TTIP documents cast doubt on EU-US trade deal 

Lead stories 

Leaked TTIP documents cast doubt on EU-US trade deal 
By Arthur Neslen – The Guardian  
Talks for a free trade deal between Europe and the US face a serious impasse with “irreconcilable” differences in some areas, according to leaked negotiating texts. 
***LB: Also in this story “Greenpeace says internal documents show US attempts to lower or circumvent EU protection for environment and public health. “

The climate change brigade, press freedoms – and clockwork bluebells 
By Christopher Booker – The Telegraph 
There recently arrived on the desk of the editor of The Times an extraordinary three-page letter, signed by 13 members of the House of Lords. 

Climate Change Litigation – The Children Win In Court 
By James Conca – Forbes 
Against all odds, the 21 children, ages 8 to 19, who are suing the government to protect the environment against the harm of global warming in their future, have won in court. 
***LB: Also in this story “In a surprise ruling on Friday from the bench in the ongoing climate case brought by these youths against the State of Washington’s Department of Ecology, King County Superior Court Judge Hollis Hill ordered the Department of Ecology to promulgate a carbon emissions reduction rule by the end of 2016 and make recommendations to the state legislature on science-based greenhouse gas reductions in the 2017 legislative session.” 

Buffett, Berkshire Hathaway investors refuse to take stand on climate change 
By Christina Beck – Christian Science Monitor  
At Berkshire Hathaway’s annual shareholder meeting this week, the company’s leadership showed its commitment to staying the course on climate change. 


Navigating the American Carbon World (NACW) 2016 
Climate Action Reserve 
May 4-6, 2016 
San Diego, California 

Global Carbon Market Fair and Conference 
May 25-27, 2016 

Cleantech Innovate Scotland 
June 9, 2016 


Setting a $100 Price on Carbon  
By Lise Kingo (UN Global Compact) – The Huffington Post (Blog) 
As more than 165 Member States convene at the United Nations for the historic signing of the Paris Agreement, the United Nations Global Compact is calling on companies to set an internal price on carbon at a minimum of $100 per metric ton over time. 

Natural gas / coal

Czech coal group OKD prepares for possible bankruptcy 
By Henry Foy – Financial Times
The board of eastern Europe’s largest private coal miner will meet to discuss possible bankruptcy on Tuesday, as the company burns through the last of its cash reserves and appeals to the Czech government for help. 

Washington demands coal exporter cut carbon footprint in half 
By Don Jenkins – Capital Press
The Washington Department of Ecology on Friday demanded a company proposing to export coal submit a plan to sharply shrink the project’s expected carbon footprint, raising questions about the plan’s chances of winning approval from Gov. Jay Inslee’s administration. 

Natural gas net imports in 2015 at lowest level since 1986 
Value Walk
U.S natural gas net imports fell to 2.6 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) in 2015, continuing a decline that began in 2007, when net imports of natural gas exceeded 10 Bcf/d. 

Russian Natural-Gas Project Gets Funding from China 
By James Marson – The Wall Street Journal
A $27 billion natural-gas project in the Russian Arctic has secured the billions in financing it needed from Chinese banks, a hard-fought victory over Western sanctions that tightens Russia’s energy relations with China. 


Crisis-hit Venezuela sets clocks ahead to save power 
By Ernesto Tovar – Phys.org 
With their country gripped by an economic crisis, Venezuelans lost half an hour of sleep Sunday as their clocks were set forward to save power on President Nicolas Maduro’s order. 

Dubai’s DEWA Gets 5 Bids to Expand Solar-Power Complex in Desert 
By Anthony Dipaola – Bloomberg News  
Dubai Electricity & Water Authority, the Persian Gulf emirate’s utility, said it received five bids to build 800 megawatts of solar-power generation capacity. 

Ivory Coast President Wants to Open Power Sector to Competition 
By Olivier Monnier – Bloomberg News  
Ivory Coast will open up power and water distribution to competition to cut prices for consumers and companies in the West African nation, President Alassane Ouattara said on Sunday. 

Clean tech

The Cleantech Revolution, Crowdinvesting In Renewables, Off-Grid vs Sharing Economy 
By Zachary Shahan – Clean Technica  
Remco van der Horst, COO of renewable energy crowdinvesting company Duurzaaminvesteren and founder of consultancy Greenproc, was one of the key people who organized meetings for me during my cleantech tour of the Netherlands last year. 

Elon Musk confirms Tesla Model 3 will have Ludicrous Mode   
By Yoni Heisler – BGR
During Tesla’s Model 3 unveiling this past March, Elon Musk confidently boasted, “At Tesla, we don’t make slow cars.” And true to form, Tesla over the past few years has demonstrated a near obsession with speed. 

Ford Finally Realizes That Tesla Is Laughing At Its Focus EV 
By Jay Traugott – Car Buzz 
If you want to own Ford EV, you have only one choice: the Focus EV. Not a bad car by any means, but compared to the new competition, it has a significant weakness: a driving range of only 100 miles. 


The innovators: desalination unit brings clean water on wheels 
By Shane Hickey – The Guardian   
Traveling around Thailand in the 1990s, William Janssen was impressed with the basic rooftop solar heating systems that were on many homes, where energy from the sun was absorbed by a plate and then used to heat water for the home. 

Burkina capital hit by water shortage 
News 24
Burkina Faso will impose restrictions on water supplies in the capital Ouagadougou next week to tackle a serious shortage in the city of two million, officials said. 

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