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Top news and views about #Environment and #Cleantech for 18 May 2017 #CleantechTuesday #Renewables #Solar #Wind
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska — As Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson heads to Alaska on Wednesday for talks on Arctic issues, he finds himself in climate policy limbo, preparing for a meeting at which global warming will be front and center yet representing an administration that is still on the fence about fighting it.
Mr. Tillerson’s appearance Thursday morning at a meeting of the Arctic Council, with the foreign ministers of Russia, Canada and the five other nations with Arctic territory, is expected to be taken up largely by formalities. Officials will most likely approve a measure to improve scientific cooperation in the region, and Mr. Tillerson will turn over the rotating chairmanship of the intergovernmental organization, which the United States has held for two years, to Finland.
Mr. Tillerson is also expected to hold one-on-one talks with some of his counterparts, although an anticipated meeting between him and the Russian foreign minister, Sergey V. Lavrov, will now take place earlier on Wednesday in Washington before the men fly separately to Alaska.
If there is to be drama in Fairbanks, it may come in the form of the traditional closing statement, and how much it refers to global warming broadly or specifically to the landmark 2015 Paris climate accord, in which the United States and most other nations agreed to reduce their carbon emissions. Negotiations have been continuing for weeks on the language of the statement, which is approved by consensus.
Full story at http://nyti.ms/2pvDt3S
Climate change models predict more frequent hurricanes, and that could be a problem for the migrating birds that fly right into them.
Researchers focused on one particular Atlantic seabird, the sooty tern, and mapped the path they take while migrating every year using data from tagged birds over the last several decades. Comparing that to paths of hurricanes from the same timeframe showed an overlap.
“The route the birds take and that most Atlantic-forming hurricanes take is basically the same — only in reverse,” study leader Ryan Huang said in a statement from Duke University. “That means these birds, who are usually very tired from traveling long distances over water without rest, are flying head-on into some of the strongest winds on the planet.”
Full story at http://bit.ly/2qgkiYW
Nations around the world have adopted more than 1,200 laws to curb climate change, up from about 60 two decades ago, a sign of widening efforts to limit rising temperatures, according to a new study.
“Most countries have a legal basis on which future action can be built,” said Patricia Espinosa, the UN’s climate change chief, at an international meeting on climate change in Bonn, Germany.
She said the findings were cause for optimism, adding that laws were one yardstick for tracking action on global warming, alongside investment in renewable energy or backing the 2015 climate agreement, ratified by 144 nations.
The study, by the London School of Economics (LSE), reviewed laws and executive policies in 164 nations, ranging from national cuts in greenhouse gases to curbs in emissions in sectors such as transport, power generation and industry.
Full story at http://bit.ly/2pvS9Qu
Chinese President Xi Jinping has vowed to protect the landmark Paris agreement, which aims to curb climate change and fossil fuel emissions.
He made the promise in a phone call with incoming French President Emmanuel Macron, the Chinese foreign ministry said in a statement.
US President Donald Trump is still deciding whether to withdraw from the accord - an election campaign promise.
Climate experts worry such a move would throw the agreement into chaos.
Full story at http://bbc.in/2pvS9zY
MILAN — Michelle Obama has long been one of the world’s best-known advocates for healthier food production and better eating, but it was her husband who showed up here on Tuesday to talk about climate change and the challenges it presented to feeding the world’s growing population.
Former President Barack Obama gave his first speech outside the United States since leaving office at the Seeds & Chips conference, an annual gathering of policy makers, investors and technology entrepreneurs focused on innovations to improve the food chain.
His brief speech was devoted to agriculture’s role in climate change, noting that after energy, agriculture is the second-largest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions. Now, he said, those emissions are starting to take their toll on food production itself. “Our changing climate is already making it more difficult to produce food,” he said. “We’ve already seen shrinking yields and rising food prices.”
He said the costs would be borne most by the poor, noting that many of the refugees seeking sanctuary in Europe are driven not by conflict but by famine.
Full story at http://nyti.ms/2pvyAaZ
The United States will participate in advancing climate change research in the Arctic, a State Department official said on Monday, ahead of a summit of Arctic nations later this week where Washington's commitment to tackling climate change will likely be questioned.
The administration of President Donald Trump, who has taking steps to bolster the U.S. oil and coal industries, is reviewing former President Barack Obama's plans to curb climate change.
Trump vowed during his campaign to "cancel" the Paris climate deal within 100 days of becoming president - a time period which has already passed - and has asked his advisers to debate whether the United States should stay in the pact.
The Paris climate pact was agreed by nearly 200 nations in 2015 to curb warming by slashing carbon dioxide emissions.
Full story at http://reut.rs/2pvDvZy
Wärtsilä has unveiled new hybrid power plants, engines+storage and energy storage solutions for global power markets.
The Finnish technology group claims that the new solutions would present its existing and future customers added value by using energy storage technology along with conventional engine-based power generation.
Wärtsilä said that it will also be offering stand-alone energy storage solutions.
The new solutions provide an optimized spinning reserve, fuel savings, optimization and savings in operation and maintenance, regulation compliance and lowered emissions.
Full story at http://bit.ly/2pvxR9S
Prepared by @SydesJokes