This edition features a must-read interview between representatives of two countries with influential—and thus, often controversial—positions on the climate front-line: Australia and Canada.

Some background: Canada has some proud history on global environment action and diplomacy. It was the birthplace of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the Montreal Protocol, the global treaty that has been instrumental in addressing ozone depletion. More recently, rising emissions and withdrawal from the Kyoto Protocol have led many to ask whether Canada is now a barrier to effective global action on climate change.

Given the parallels that are being drawn between Canada and the new Australian government’s policy, The Climate Institute’s Erwin Jackson asked a few questions of PJ Partington, technical and policy advisor for climate change at Alberta-based Pembina Institute. Find the Q&A, run on Australia’s Climate Spectator, in our Leads section or click here.

And, that’s not the only Canadian voice we hear from today. In a CBC interview, covered by Bloomberg, Alberta Premier Alison Redford requires ‘Quid Pro Quo’ from the U.S. on carbon rules.

Quote of the Day:

“In Alberta, we’re not looking to increase our price on carbon unless there’s going to be a move from the United States,” “There has to be a quid pro quo.”

–Alberta Premier Alison Redford, in a Canadian Broadcasting Corp. radio interview covered by Bloomberg.

Lead Stories

Alberta Says ‘Quid Pro Quo’ With U.S. Required on Carbon Rules
CBC/Bloomberg
Alberta won’t raise its levy on greenhouse-gas emissions unless the U.S. acts on the issue, Premier Alison Redford said.
http://jlne.ws/1gl4XNC

Q&A with Canadian climate expert PJ Partington
Climate Spectator
The Climate Institute’s Erwin Jackson asked a few questions of PJ Partington, technical and policy advisor for climate change at Alberta-based Pembina Institute a research and advocacy non-profit organisation.
http://jlne.ws/1e8G0Eh

Press Release: Quantifying the benefits of a national emissions trading system in China
MIT News
Earlier this year, China took a major step in combating climate change by launching a pilot CO2 emissions trading system within some of its provinces. This is the first step in a series of planned reforms and part of a larger effort to reduce CO2 intensity by 17% in 2015, relative to 2010 levels.
http://jlne.ws/1cyuT7H

THE STUDY:
http://jlne.ws/1a1Grfx

Oceans Warming Faster Than They Have Over Past 10,000 Years
Time
The experts at the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) had a particularly pressing challenge as they prepared the newest assessment on global warming science, the first chapter of which was released in September.
http://jlne.ws/1hFP6Ix

Why And How To Invest In Forested Landscapes
Ecosystem Marketplace
The United States faces an infrastructure crisis that will only get worse as climate change takes hold. Last month, the World Resources Institute, together with Earth Economics and the Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences, published a detailed examination of the science, the finance, and the business case for meeting the challenge with new investments in forests and green infrastructure.
http://jlne.ws/17GyzAe

Power Plants Try Burning Wood With Coal to Cut Emissions
The New York Times
Even as the Environmental Protection Agency considers requiring existing coal-fired power plants to cut their carbon dioxide output, some utilities have started to use a decidedly low-tech additive that accomplishes that goal: wood.
http://jlne.ws/1ay24ql

Merkel faces backloading hurdle
Reuters
German Chancellor Angela Merkel faces opposition from some of her own conservative lawmakers to any move to back EU plans to prop up carbon prices, according to an internal party document.
http://jlne.ws/1a1GAzA

Europe To Grant Further ETS Concessions after ICAO Deal
Aviation International News
The European Commission is proposing for its existing emissions trading scheme (ETS) amendments that would confirm the continued exemption from the cap-and-trade system for flights outside the airspace of the 28 European Union member states as well as European Economic Area states Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway. The proposal follows an agreement reached on October 4 by the general assembly of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) that is expected to lead to a global market-based mechanism (MBM) for curbing aircraft emissions by 2020.
http://jlne.ws/19rPjvz

Book Review: ‘The Frackers’ and the Birth of an Energy Boom’
The New York Times
One could argue that, except for the Internet, the most important technological advance of the last two decades has been hydraulic fracturing, widely known as fracking. Practically overnight, it seems, this drilling technique has produced so much oil and gas beneath American soil that we are at the brink of something once thought unattainable: true energy independence. And its repercussions, for geopolitics, the environment and other areas, are only now being grasped.
http://jlne.ws/18R1sFT

Events

Climate Leadership Conference
Association of Climate Change Officers
February 24-26, 2014
San Diego, CA
climateleadershipconference.org/

Navigating the American Carbon World (NACW) 2014
March 26-28, 2014
San Francisco, California
www.nacw2014.org

Carbon

Costa Rica aims to sell 16 mln tns carbon credits on new exchange
Reuters
Costa Rica expects to sell 16 million tonnes of carbon credits over eight years on its new carbon exchange, Latin America’s first, a venue that allows polluters to offset their emissions with permits they can buy.
http://jlne.ws/1glBSkZ

CEFC claims carbon reductions at net benefit of $2.40/tonne
New Economy
The Clean Energy Finance Corporation, one of the three core bodies that Tony Abbott’s new Coalition government has vowed to dismantle, has claimed that its initial investments have resulted in the saving of nearly 4 million tonnes of C02 equivalent – at a negative cost (or a net benefit) of $2.40/tonne.
http://jlne.ws/1fdg3B4

Conservation Innovation Grant Produces Carbon Farming Opportunities in North Dakota
USDA blog
The Prairie Pothole Region of North Dakota, South Dakota and Montana provides sanctuary to millions of nesting waterfowl each summer. With an innovative partnership led by Ducks Unlimited (DU), USDA is helping to provide new opportunities for agricultural producers in the region to sequester carbon while cultivating new revenue streams.
http://jlne.ws/HANPoO

Natural Gas/Coal/Alternative Fuels

OG&E may spend $1 bln on Oklahoma coal plants after ruling
Reuters
OGE Energy Corp’s Oklahoma Gas and Electric (OG&E) utility said Friday it may have to spend about $1 billion to upgrade emission controls at its two coal-fired power plants after a federal appeals court decision Thursday.
http://jlne.ws/1hbQqVI

Hong Kong Finds Switch to Cleaner Fuels Has Flaws
The New York Times
Municipal governments all over the world, particularly in developing countries with rapidly growing fleets of cars and choking air pollution, have been rushing over the last few years to force taxis and buses to switch to burning liquefied petroleum gas and compressed natural gas, frequently offering subsidies for them to do so.
http://jlne.ws/HvCRR5

Massive coal mine approved in Qld
AAP
The federal government has approved a massive coal mining project in central Queensland that will be the largest in the country.
http://jlne.ws/1aWosGy

Power

Japan May Set Higher Tariff for Offshore Wind Power, METI Says
Bloomberg
Japan may set an above-market rate for offshore wind power to encourage investment.
http://jlne.ws/1dFd9Ve

Green makeover will be struggle for Germany’s RWE
Reuters
A latecomer to renewable energy, Germany’s RWE is trying to turn itself green at a time when it lacks the two resources it needs most: time and money.
http://jlne.ws/HDNfFZ

Water

Africa Water Utilities Lose as Much as $800 Million
Bloomberg
African water companies lose as much as $800 million a year, or about 35 percent of total production, because of leaks, fraud and unpaid bills, according to the African Water Association.
http://jlne.ws/17wP0Bi

Reports

Global 500 Climate Change Report 2013 (Posted September 12, 2013)
CDP
http://bit.ly/16mBo8p

The Future of China’s Power Sector (posted August 27, 2013)
Bloomberg New Energy Finance
http://bit.ly/14Bk1k2

Sub-national involvement in NAMA development (posted August 7, 2013)
Ecofys’ International Climate Policies Unit
http://bit.ly/19LKChs

U.S. Energy Sector Vulnerabilities to Climate Change and Extreme Weather (Posted July 14, 2013)
U.S. Dept. of Energy
http://bit.ly/12z1YK5

Turn down the heat: climate extremes, regional impacts, and the case for resilience (Posted June 19, 2013)
World Bank
http://bit.ly/14KrLza

Four energy policies can keep the 2 Degree C climate goal alive (Posted June 10, 2013)
IEA
http://bit.ly/12Bpk41

Maneuvering the Mosaic: State of the Voluntary Carbon Markets 2013 (Posted June 10, 2013)
Ecosystem Marketplace
http://bit.ly/12Cyi0X

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