Interview with Kate Heller, VCS Communications Manager, about April Salumei: “We cannot speak for the other ‘credits’ issued by the project” | REDD-Monitor
In 2011, a Swiss company called World Markets AG bought five million “carbon benefit units ”. They came from the April Salumei REDD project in Papua New Guinea. World Markets sold the “carbon benefit units” at a profit of over US$5 million.
One of the developers of the April Salumei REDD project, Sean Lewis, was appointed chairman of World Markets in 2011. And Stephen Hooper, who runs the project was a director of World Markets AG from December 2011 to March 2013 .

China trash town’s cleanup bolstered by import ban
The dizzying stench of burning plastic still drifts through the alleys, workshops and warehouses of Guiyu, the southern Chinese town that has long symbolized China’s role as the main recycler of the world’s waste.

Cape Town will deploy army, police to protect water source after taps run dry on ‘Day Zero’ – National |
South Africa will use the country’s military to protect Cape Town ’s water supply in the event the city of about four million is forced to shut off its taps on “Day Zero ,” the day supplies dry up.

Why Apple’s Move On Medical Records Marks A Tectonic Shift | CommonHealth
Apple has just announced a major upgrade that will allow customers with iPhones and iPads access to their own health records.
This announcement actually amounts to far less than meets the eye, but it could well also mark a tectonic shift in the health care la

Mike Bloomberg: Trump’s solar tariff destroy US jobs, raise bills
The idea of tariffs sharply divides the U.S. solar industry. American panel manufacturers support tariffs, since they would cut competition from cheap Chinese imports. U.S. panel installers oppose them because fewer Chinese imports mean less work putting them in place.

World Bank to end financial support for oil and gas extraction | Business | The Guardian…
In a statement that delighted campaigners opposed to fossil fuels, the Bank used a conference in Paris to announce that it “will no longer finance upstream oil and gas” after 2019.
The Bank ceased lending for coal-fired power stations in 2010 but has been under pressure from lobby groups also to halt the $1bn (£750m) a year it has been lending for oil and gas in developing countries.

U.S. government shutdown begins on first anniversary of Trump inauguration –
Americans awoke Saturday to learn that bickering politicians in Washington had failed to keep their government in business, halting all but the most essential operations and marring the one-year anniversary of President Donald Trump’s inauguration.

U.S. government shuts down amid partisan standoff | CBC News
The U.S. federal government shut down at the stroke of midnight Friday, halting all but the most essential operations and marring the one-year anniversary of President Donald Trump’s inauguration in a striking display of Washington dysfunction.

90 days to ‘Day Zero’: Cape Town will be the first major city to run out of water | Ottawa Citizen
The drought-stricken South African city of Cape Town has brought forward the date when it may cut water supplies to residents by one day to April 21, figures posted on its website show.

California’s last nuclear plant to close after unanimous vote by regulators – San Francisco Chronicle
California’s last nuclear power plant — Diablo Canyon, whose contentious birth helped shape the modern environmental movement — will close in 2025, state utility regulators decided Thursday.utm_content=buffer841c5&utm_medium=social&

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