Medics say climate change threatens 50 years of advances, Dutch court forces climate action on government, American Petroleum Institute launches regulation rollback campaign: Week 25, 2015

Dalai Lama supports Popes message on climate change – at Glastonbury. Long-term fans describe his appearance as the highlight of all festivals attended.
Formula E the “right way to go” says head of world motorsport. Former Ferrari chief Jean Todt tells RTCC he’s behind new electric series, as fans turn out in thousands for London finale.
US shale equity sales slow as financial noose closes on drillers. Only $3.7bn has been raised in the second quarter.
27.6.15.
“On climate change, Hispanic Catholics hear pope’s message – and it’s personal.” Around a quarter of Americans identify as Catholics, and they are listening.
25.6.15.
“Why Buffett Bet A Billion On Solar.” The per-mile cost to operate an EV is already well below that of a standard ICE-age model. The advantage is set to widen.
Battery second use offsets electric vehicle expenses, and improves grid stability. NREL is researching 10 year extension of operational life of hybrid car batteries in utility storage.
Renewables supply record 22.3% of UK power in Q1. This is up 19.6% on last year. 7% of all energy, against a target of 15% by 2020.
Fossil Fuel companies failing legal duty to report climate risk. Client Earth, Carbon Tracker and others write to the Financial Reporting Council about oil companies’ failure in reporting.
French nuclear regulator warns of more faults at Flamanville reactor. Project now minimum 5 years late (start 2007 with target of 2012, now 2017) and >€5 bn over #3.3 bn original budget.
24.6.15.
Dutch government ordered to cut carbon emissions in landmark climate-liability ruling. In another world first, Dutch court orders state to reduce emissions by 25% within five years.
“Hague climate change judgement could inspire a global civil movement.” So Emma Howard argues in the Guardian.
American Petroleum Institute launches regulation rollback campaign. “Vote 4 Energy” aims to win support for candidates who back increased access and limited regulation.
New report estimates enough US natural gas is leaking to negate climate benefits. Report by ICF International for EDF concludes 2.2% is leaking from drilling alone.
Gas pipeline leak raises fears about whole China network. The brand new pipeline is operated by China National Petroleum Corp.
Cars powered by solar energy will feature in London Formula E race. UK’s first ever 100% electric motor car race will have solar-powered safety car. More to come, say organisers.
23.6.15.
“The Way Humans Get Electricity Is About to Change Forever”: Bloomberg. Among 6 shifts, $3.7 trillion in solar investments to 2040, and no gas bridge, says a Bloomberg NEF report.
Climate change threatens 50 years of progress in global health: Lancet Commission. And acting would be the greatest global opportunity to improve people’s health in the 21st century.
Fierce competition flaring in embryonic home battery market. UK startup Powervault joins companies like Mercedes-Benz, Sonnenbatterie and LBC Solar.
22.6.15.
US railroad executive sees stranded assets in rail investments for coal transportation. Matthew Rose of BNSF sees big losses as inevitable, but doubts same will apply to crude transit.
“Brazil’s troubled waters.” Latest in the Guardian’s “Carbon Bombs” in-depth series analyses the prospect of deep-water oil production off Brazil.