By Danny Kennedy and Ken Locklin for Green Tech Media – Pulling the world back from the brink of catastrophic climate change cannot be done for free. Changing the way the world is powered means big spending — and huge investment opportunities — as new clean energy infrastructure is built across the world. And that’s catching the attention of the global financial community. This week, from New York to California to Abu Dhabi, business and political leaders have been talking about the costs and opportunities inherent in the historic pledge that the nations of the world made in Paris last month to limit global warming to 2 degrees Celsius.
By San Diego Rising Tide. San Diego, CA – Tuesday, February 10th at 2:30pm, activists with Rising Tide San Diego occupied the Sempra Energy building to call for a moratorium on new natural gas exploration in California. Carrying large painted clouds representing methane, or natural gas, and an open letter to SoCal gas, as subsidiary of Sempra Energy, Governor Brown and a list of local representatives, the organizers hope to make the Porter Ranch Crisis a wake-up call for the true costs of California’s natural gas industry. The protest comes nearly four months after workers at a SoCal gas storage facility near LA noticed a substantial leak originating in an underground storage well. As of late January, the well has reportedly leaked over 86,00 metric tons of methane and counting.
By BioFuelsWatch. 115 civil society organisations and networks from across the globe have published a declaration today, calling for bioenergy to be excluded from the next EU Renewable Energy Directive (RED) . The declaration is being submitted to a consultation into the renewal of the directive for 2020 onwards . The EU intends industrial bioenergy, i.e. biofuels and wood-based biomass, to continue playing a major part in its new renewable energy strategy. Campaigners say this will exacerbate the grave impacts already being experienced because of current support for biofuels and wood-based bioenergy in the EU. Bioenergy already accounts for around two-thirds of energy classed as renewable in the EU.
By Thom Mitchell for New Matilda – Five women aged between 50- and 75-years-old have been forcibly dragged from the road and arrested by police this morning at a Santos coal seam gas development near Narrabri, in north west New South Wales. The protestors are part of the ‘Climate Guardians’, a group of theatrical activists who assume the guise of angles to create awareness of the need to keep fossil fuels in the ground.