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“There was a huge measure of agreement that in spite of our economic crisis, the green economy is not just one way forward, it is the only way forward.”

Danish Environment Minister Ida Auken in Reuters’ EU ministers must not squander green growth-Hedegaard

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EU ministers must not squander green growth-Hedegaard
Reuters
EU ministers must not throw away the chance to create thousands of jobs and spur the economy, the EU’s climate chief said on Wednesday, ahead of talks in Denmark to tackle deadlock on a planned energy saving law.
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Vestas Chief Calls for European Carbon Tax to Spur Renewables

Bloomberg
Vestas Wind Systems A/S (VWS) Chief Executive Officer Ditlev Engel said the European Union should impose a tax on carbon emissions to spur renewable energy and lower greenhouse gases.
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California Bill May Put Utilities on Verge of Green Goal

Bloomberg
California’s three investor-owned utilities would immediately be on the verge of meeting a state requirement to expand use of renewable energy if lawmakers approve a bill crediting them for large hydroelectric sources.
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Bunge Seeks CO2 Credits for California, China After Drop
Bloomberg
Bunge Ltd. (BG) is seeking to buy carbon credits for new markets from California to China after prices plunged to a record and it bought London-based Climate Change Capital Ltd.
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CO2 Group gets license to carbon trade

Perth Now
CO2 Group has become the country’s first carbon project developer to get a financial services licence that will allow the company to trade ‘carbon credit units’.
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COLUMN-Global CO2 accounting needs a second look: Gerard Wynn

Reuters
Including imported goods in national carbon targets would usefully cast more light on the murky world of emissions accounting, which has until now flattered rich countries and helped emerging economies avoid targets.
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EPA Passes New Fracking Rules

The Atlantic Wire
Natural gas companies can keep drilling per usual, say the Environmental Protection Agency’s new rules for hydraulic fracturing or, as everybody who’s not a government employee refers to it, “fracking.” The changes the rules aim to affect won’t kick in overnight, however. In what some, like Fuel Fix’s Jennifer A Dlouhy, consider another case of the government caving in to the wishes of the well-funded energy lobby, the rules won’t take effect until 2015.
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EPA to slash air pollution from natural gas wells

AP
The Obama administration on Wednesday set the first-ever national standards to control air pollution from gas wells that are drilled using a method called hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, but not without making concessions to the oil and gas industry.
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US House votes again to approve Keystone XL pipeline

Reuters
The U.S. House of Representatives voted on Wednesday in favor of speeding up the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada for the fourth time in two years, but the Nebraska Republican who has championed the project knows the vote may not be the last.
http://jlne.ws/HQNA78 
**repeats in US, Canada

Romney energy adviser lands on Time’s ‘most influential’ list

The Hill’s E2 Wire
If the people on Time magazine’s annual list of the 100 “Most Influential People in the World” are indeed that powerful, it could bode well for Mitt Romney.
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Apple, Amazon clouds have been dirty, Greenpeace reports
VentureBeat
Environmental activist group Greenpeace released a report today examining how energy-efficient and clean cloud computing really is. The group called out Apple and Amazon as having some of the dirtiest clouds in the industry.
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UN Biodiversity Boss Dias Sees More Engagement With Cities, Private Sector

Ecosystem Marketplace
The Tenth Conference of the Parties (COP 10) to the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) took place towards the end of 2010 in Nagoya, Japan, and yielded five Strategic Goals to be achieved by 2020. It further breaks these goals into 20 targets known as the “Aichi Targets”, many of which aim to mobilize resources for biodiversity preservation.
http://jlne.ws/HTbEqy

Saving Forests? Take a Leaf From Insurance Industry’s Book

University of Adelaide
A group of environmental scientists say a problem-ridden economic model designed to slow deforestation can be improved by applying key concepts from the insurance industry.
http://jlne.ws/J5UdPc

US

Report: Q1 Clean Energy Announcements Could Lead To 46,000 Jobs In 42 States

Press Release
Clean energy employers announced plans involving at least 137 projects in 42 states during the first quarter of this year, according to an analysis released today by Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2).
http://jlne.ws/ISaRFf

GE Isn’t Grandfather’s Company in Silicon Valley Plant

Bloomberg
More than a century after General Electric Co. (GE) built its first research laboratory in an upstate New York barn, it’s wooing Silicon Valley engineers in a bid to connect machines the way Facebook Inc. (FB) links people.
http://jlne.ws/INHT41

California rail project may not be eligible for CO2 cash

Point Carbon
Construction and operation of a new high-speed rail system in California would emit more carbon than it would cut in its first 30 years, raising questions about whether the project can receive funding from the state’s carbon market, the state’s budget watchdog warned Wednesday.
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Keystone pipeline builder proposes new route
CNN
The company building the controversial Keystone XL pipeline has submitted a proposal for a new route, a spokesman for Nebraska’s environmental authority said Wednesday.
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**repeats in Canada

US House votes again to approve Keystone XL pipeline
Reuters
The U.S. House of Representatives voted on Wednesday in favor of speeding up the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada for the fourth time in two years, but the Nebraska Republican who has championed the project knows the vote may not be the last.
http://jlne.ws/HQNA78 
**repeats in Leads

Canada

Alberta expands list of eligibile CO2 offsets
Point Carbon
Alberta’s environment ministry Tuesday approved two new offset project protocols that emitters can use to earn carbon credits to help them comply with the Canadian province’s greenhouse gas regulations.
http://jlne.ws/I76Ivt

Keystone pipeline builder proposes new route

CNN
The company building the controversial Keystone XL pipeline has submitted a proposal for a new route, a spokesman for Nebraska’s environmental authority said Wednesday.
http://jlne.ws/HUFGKU
**repeats in US

US House votes again to approve Keystone XL pipeline
Reuters
The U.S. House of Representatives voted on Wednesday in favor of speeding up the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada for the fourth time in two years, but the Nebraska Republican who has championed the project knows the vote may not be the last.
http://jlne.ws/HQNA78 
**repeats in Leads

Europe

Areva Set for ‘Strong Play’ Supplying U.K. Offshore Wind Market

Bloomberg
Areva SA (AREVA), the supplier of turbines for three offshore wind-power projects in Germany, said it’s set to grab a share of the U.K. market, the world’s biggest, as developers move into deeper waters further from shore.
http://jlne.ws/JeNKQX

PGE Gets Permits to Build First Polish Offshore Wind Farms

Bloomberg
PGE SA (PGE), Poland’s largest power producer, received three government permits to build the first Polish offshore wind farms on the Baltic Sea.
http://jlne.ws/J5QMrG

Asia

Yingli Gets $324 Million From China Development Bank

Bloomberg
Yingli Green Energy Holding Co. (YGE), a Chinese solar-module maker, has a “framework agreement” for $324 million of China Development Bank funding for a so-called trade platform in Hong Kong used to import raw materials.
http://jlne.ws/HZtuUQ

Gas supply to dwindle in the next two years
The Age
THE state government has warned of gas shortages emerging in NSW within the next two years as it puts its weight behind coal seam gas to head off any supply disruptions.
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Greenhouse gas emissions still on the rise, data shows

The Age
AUSTRALIA’S greenhouse gas emissions continued to rise last year, driven by an increase in vehicle use and gases leaking from coalmines, federal government data show.
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Abbott-proof fence around clean-energy funds

The Age
THE Gillard government will fireproof its $10 billion green technology fund against an attack from any future Coalition government by forcing Tony Abbott to repeal legislation in order to shut down the flow of money.
http://jlne.ws/HUES8E

Latin America

Brazil Policies May Create $3 Billion Solar-Panel Market

Bloomberg
Brazil, where solar installations last year were less than 1 percent of those in the largest market, is issuing policies that may drive up sales of panels to $3 billion in 20 years.
http://jlne.ws/ISihIA

Brazilian states discuss carbon market link

Point Carbon
Brazil’s Sao Paulo province and Acre state are negotiating the terms for an offset scheme that would allow Sao Paulo to meet its emission targets through buying forest carbon credits from Acre, an official said Tuesday.
http://jlne.ws/Jjkhs5

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