Edition for 09 February 2020

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U.S. energy secretary hopes Mexico, Canada will help export American coal (Reuters)

  • U.S. Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette said on Friday that Canada and Mexico could help export U.S. coal to Asia to get around the blocking of shipments by West Coast states concerned about the impact of the fuel on climate change.
  • The states of California, Washington and Oregon have blocked permits for coal ports on concerns about coal’s impact on climate change.
  • Some U.S. lawmakers have complained about a lack of environmental standards in the USMCA.

How Asia’s Smartest Businessman Plans To Power A Clean Planet With Synthetic Biology (SynBioBeta)

  • Reliance showcased how its synthetic biology program, comprised of 150+ scientists and researchers, recently developed an “algae to oil” technology that takes carbon dioxide waste from the refinery, then combines it with algae and sunlight to produce a bio-crude oil that could one day fuel carbon-neutral air travel.
  • By using algae to make bio-crude and other chemicals, it mitigates traditional production techniques that take the carbon of fossil fuels out of the ground and put it into the atmosphere, further contributing to the alarming rise in greenhouse gas emissions.
  • That would be a huge step in stopping climate change.

Public hearing on climate bill draws big crowd in Oregon (The Seattle Times)

  • So many people flocked to the Oregon State Capitol to testify Saturday at a public hearing on a climate change bill that the allotted time for each to speak was reduced to 90 seconds.
  • “Rather than passing the buck, and demanding that the rest of the nation and world take care of us, we have a moral obligation to address our emissions,” Alan Journet, who lives in Jacksonville, a town of 2,700 in southern Oregon, said in written testimony on behalf of 1,500 rural Oregonians who are members of a group called Southern Oregon Climate Action Now.
  • The so-called cap-and-trade bill calls for the state to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to at least 45% below 1990 emissions levels by 2035 and to at least 80% below by 2050.

As nations bicker, a greener future evolves in finance (Bangkok Post)

  • Away from the toxic atmosphere at climate summit talks, in boardrooms, banks and trading houses, a transformation in green finance is under way.
  • Regardless of the politics of climate change, there is real money to be made today in the exploding market for bonds and other instruments invested in environmentally sustainable projects.
  • Hard-nosed US investors in fields such as solar panels are not necessarily driven by anxiety about global warming, Climate Bonds Initiative chief executive Sean Kidney said.

Walters: Has Gov. Gavin Newsom settled California’s water wars? (The Mercury News)

  • Accordingly, the Delta is also the center of more than a half-century of often bitter political, legal and financial conflict, generally pitting environmental groups who want to curb Delta diversions against farmers who use most of the Delta’s water, with municipal water interests more or less caught in the middle.
  • Brown also brought back Babbitt as a mediator and bequeathed to successor Gavin Newsom the beginnings of a peace process through “voluntary agreements.” Newsom continued to pursue it, even vetoing a bill, Senate Bill 1, that would have locked Obama administration environmental rules into state law after water interests and Sen. Dianne Feinstein warned that it would torpedo the negotiations.
  • It’s intended to capture more runoff on the assumption that climate change will lessen the mountain snowpacks that feed water into the Delta.

Cherokee Nation to preserve heirloom seeds in "doomsday" vault (CBSNews.com)

  • In the case of a catastrophe, crops from the vault could provide food for humans, however, it also serves to protect crops that are becoming endangered due to climate change.
  • Luigi Guarino, director of science for the Global Crop Diversity Trust, reached out to the tribe's Senior Director of Environmental Resources Pat Gwin after hearing a 2019 National Public Radio interview about the Cherokee Nation's heirloom seed bank program.

Activists try to occupy British Museum in protest against BP ties (Guardian)

  • “We are imagining a world in which the British Museum has stopped celebrating those causing the climate crisis and is instead allying itself with those who have, currently are, and will be putting their bodies on the line in the fight for climate justice,” said a plaque describing the protest.
  • “We feel that the museum’s attitudes towards climate change and colonialism are not what they should be in the 21st century,” said the group’s Jess Worth.
  • “We share the concerns for the challenges that we all face together as a result of climate change.

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