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Environmental Energy: US, India pushing to ratify climate deal this year; UK solar eclipses coal power over month for first time; GE Ventures plugs into storage opportunity with stake in Sonnen. Standard

Summary In today’s edition, US, India on board with climate deal: President Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday announced that both countries will look to formally enter the Paris climate deal this year, a major step toward the pact taking effect in 2016. Also, in the Power section, solar power in the UK produced more electricity than coal across the whole of May, the first ever month to pass the milestone. Finally, in the Clean tech section, German battery start-up Sonnen has won backing from the venture capital arm of GE to expand its brand of domestic energy storage…

Environmental Energy: China Prods U.S. to Do More on Climate Change for Poorer Nations; How Obama Is ‘Trump-Proofing’ His Climate Pact; Should lawyers be ethically obligated to protect the environment? Standard

Summary In today’s edition, China prods the U.S. to do more on climate change for poorer nations. Also, learn how President Obama is ‘Trump-proofing’ his climate pact. Finally, ask yourself the question: Should lawyers be ethically obligated to protect the environment? And find the answer. Quote of the day  “The real risk is not that Trump would pull out of the treaty—but that he would not take the measures to meet the target that Obama committed us to. There is no fear that he could derail Paris. This is unstoppable. It’s a question of pace and whether we do it fast…

Environmental Energy: Sanders, Clinton fight for green vote in tight Calif. race; Trump’s contradictory promise: Bring back coal and boost natural gas. Standard

Summary In today’s edition, Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton are both hoping green voters will put them over the top as they near the end of a tight California primary fight. Still on the campaign trail, ponder on Trump’s contradictory promise to bring back coal and boost natural gas (in the Natural gas / coal section).  Quote of the day “It’s really what’s eating coal’s lunch in the United States.  It is nonsensical for him to claim that he can undo the market forces that are undermining the coal industry today.”  Susan Tierney, a Denver-based industry consultant and former assistant secretary of…

Environmental Energy: Sanders, Clinton fight for green vote in tight Calif. race; Trump’s contradictory promise: Bring back coal and boost natural gas. Standard

Summary In today’s edition, Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton are both hoping green voters will put them over the top as they near the end of a tight California primary fight. Still on the campaign trail, ponder on Trump’s contradictory promise to bring back coal and boost natural gas (in the Natural gas / coal section).  Quote of the day “It’s really what’s eating coal’s lunch in the United States.  It is nonsensical for him to claim that he can undo the market forces that are undermining the coal industry today.”  Susan Tierney, a Denver-based industry consultant and former assistant secretary of…

Environmental Energy: IEA Says Concrete Action Must Meet Low-Carbon Ambition, With Cities At Its Heart; China’s Order for Green Power Purchases Lifts Wind, Solar Shares; Are Hydrogen Fuel Cell Cars Becoming… Normal? Standard

Summary In today’s edition,  the IEA says that concrete action is in order to meet low-carbon ambition. Cities should show the way. Also, in the Power section, China’s order for green power purchases lifts wind and  solar shares. Finally, in the Clean tech section, find the answer to the question: Are Hydrogen Fuel Cell Cars Becoming… Normal?  Quote of the day “Overall progress is still too slow, and must be accelerated to avoid low fossil fuel prices becoming an obstacle to the low-carbon transition. Today’s energy market conditions will be a litmus test for governments to show how dedicated they are to turning…

Environmental Energy: Who gets to influence the climate negotiations?; “Ray” of light – researchers power LED by connecting it to a fish. Standard

Summary  In today’s edition, ask yourself this question: who gets to influence the climate negotiations? You will find the answer. Also, in the power section, learn how researchers from Japan’s RIKEN Quantitative Biology Center (QBiC) may have just figured out the most natural way of getting electricity of all – straight from a fish known as an electric ray or torpedo fish.”  Quote of the day “We should be able to make the distinction between the PR that certain corporations are putting out, and what their true intentions are. If their business models are predicated on extraction and burning fossil…

Environmental Energy: Christiana Figueres: Business and government must move from conversation to collaboration; Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz Says Government Can Help Clean Energy Innovation; End of the road: Uber and millennials help US cities cut car addiction. Standard

Summary In today’s edition, learn from UN climate chief Christiana Figueres why co-operation between governments and the private sector is one of the main areas in which we must work now quite quickly. And from energy Secretary Ernest Moniz  how the government can help clean energy innovation. Finally, in the Carbon section, how Uber and millennials help US cities cut car addiction.   Quote of the day “It is clear that the private sector is one of the most efficient and effective engines of change, but in order to reach their full potential they are going to need the policy and contexts that…

Environmental Energy: Christiana Figueres: Business and government must move from conversation to collaboration; Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz Says Government Can Help Clean Energy Innovation; End of the road: Uber and millennials help US cities cut car addiction. Standard

Summary In today’s edition, learn from UN climate chief Christiana Figueres why co-operation between governments and the private sector is one of the main areas in which we must work now quite quickly. And from energy Secretary Ernest Moniz  how the government can help clean energy innovation. Finally, in the Carbon section, how Uber and millennials help US cities cut car addiction.   Quote of the day “It is clear that the private sector is one of the most efficient and effective engines of change, but in order to reach their full potential they are going to need the policy and contexts that…

Environmental Energy: This is what Donald Trump had to say about climate change; Tesla (TSLA) will hold its 2016 Shareholders meeting today – here’s what you need to know. Standard

Summary  In today’s edition, learn what Donald Trump had to say about climate change: He pledged to deregulate the American fossil-fuel industry, he decried the cost of renewable energy, and he promised American energy independence to an enthusiastic crowd of oil executives. But he steered clear of climate change entirely. And also, in the Clean tech section, everything you need to know for the Tesla 2016 shareholders meeting today.  Quote of the day “That’s sort of the Republican framing. Some may believe there’s evidence of global warming, but does that mean we should spend government money to address this, or pay more…