9to5 Mac: Apple Has Just Become an Energy Company

Apple has quietly created an energy subsidiary, ‘Apple Energy’ LLC, registered in Delaware but run from its Cupertino headquarters. The company was seemingly formed to allow it to sell excess electricity generated by itssolarfarms in Cupertino and Nevada, with plans to sell electricity across the whole of the US.

[Apple Energy LLC] is a Delaware limited liability company and is a 100% wholly owned subsidiary of Apple Inc. [Contact is] Apple Energy LLC, One Infinite Loop, Cupertino, CA 95014

Given Apple’s expertise and huge commitment to using renewable energy to power its operations, it is no surprise that it wants to ensure that its solar farms generate sufficient power to meet its needs. Because the sun only shines during the day obviously, Apple needs to shift its generation and its usage.

Grist: Donald Trump Once Backed Urgent Climate Action. Wait, What?

As negotiators headed to Copenhagen in December 2009 to forge a global climate pact, concerned U.S. business leaders and liberal luminaries took out a full-page ad in the New York Times calling for aggressive climate action. In an open letter to President Obama and the U.S. Congress, they declared: “If we fail to act now, it is scientifically irrefutable that there will be catastrophic and irreversible consequences for humanity and our planet.”

One of the signatories of that letter: Donald Trump.

CBC News: Contentious Carbon Tax Bill Passed by Alberta Legislature

The Alberta government passed its contentious carbon tax bill Tuesday but opposition MLAs decried the NDP's unwillingness to accept amendments.

Premier Rachel Notley closed the debate on the bill by stating she was proud of the legislation. The bill passed third and final reading by a margin of 42-29. 

"The action by this government with respect to climate change is one that is long, long, long overdue in this province," Notley told the legislature.

Climate Progress: Harvard Study Finds $38 Billion Economic Benefit From EPA’s Carbon Rule

When the Environmental Protection Agency published a rule to reduce carbon emissions from power plants last year, critics quickly said the plan was too economically costly for businesses and home electricity bills. But now, a new study led by researchers from Harvard University finds that nearly all regions of the U.S. stand to gain economically from a power plant carbon standard like the Clean Power Plan, and do so fairly quickly.

Using a scenario that somewhat resembles the Clean Power Plan (CPP) -- a policy moderately stringent and highly flexible -- researchers calculated net benefits of some $38 billion a year, according to the study published Wednesday in the online journal PLOS ONE.

InsideClimate News: Wobbly Jet Stream Is Sending the Melting Arctic Into 'Uncharted Territory'

Extraordinary melting in Greenland's ice sheet last summer was linked to warm air delivered by the wandering jet stream, a phenomenon that scientists have increasingly tied to global warming.

This interplay of climate phenomena, described in a new study in the journal Nature Communications, is more evidence of the complex ways in which the Arctic's climate is heading for "uncharted territory," said the study's lead author, Marco Tedesco.