China and India are stepping up pressure on the older industrial giants The challenging issue of growth versus emissions control continues to play out. The New York Times’ India bloggers track down British climate economist Lord Nicholas Stern on the sidelines at the Warsaw meetings to talk about how India’s future emissions would require it to do more to solve the global challenge, even as it moves to eradicate poverty. See coverage from Warsaw and more in our Leads section and throughout the issue.

Quote of the Day:

“We think we are the weaker side. They need to fulfill these commitments. They have to provide a timetable and also the size of their contribution. They should have a very clear signal to society.”

–Xie Zhenhua, the head of China’s delegation at United Nations climate talks in Warsaw, in Bloomberg’s China, India Push Rich Countries to Move First on Climate Change

Lead Stories

China, India Push Rich Countries to Move First on Climate Change
China and India are stepping up pressure on wealthy countries to move first on fighting global warming, saying the earliest industrialized nations are the most to blame for rising temperatures.

Fossil-Fuel Subsidies Outstrip Climate Aid Fivefold
Fossil-fuel subsidies paid by industrial nations are more than five times the climate aid provided to poorer nations that need funds to reduce emissions and adapt to global warming, a study showed.

A Conversation With: British Climate Economist Lord Nicholas Stern
International New York Times
Even as the annual United Nations climate change conference is nearing its end on Friday, negotiations are obstructed by longstanding disputes over responsibilities of combating the crisis.

Turmoil at climate talks as blame game heats up
Rich and poor nations are struggling with a yawning rift at the U.N. climate talks as developing countries look for new ways to make developed countries accept responsibility for global warming – and pay for it.

Warming seen worse as nations fail to meet carbon goals
The world is getting further off track in limiting global warming with setbacks in Japan and Australia outweighing positive signals from the United States and China, a study showed on Wednesday.

Shanghai Issues Detailed Rules on Carbon Emission Trading
CRI English
Shanghai rolled out Wednesday a detailed scheme for carbon emission trading, following Shenzhen’s response to the central government call to cut emissions.

EU Lawmaker Liese to Seek Changes to Draft Aviation Carbon Law
European Union lawmaker Peter Liese plans to propose changes to a draft law on emissions from airlines to shorten the period in which curbs on international carriers are limited to the bloc’s airspace.

Editorial: A Change of Carbon Climate in Japan
The Wall Street Journal
Much of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s economic revival strategy is still on the drawing board, but earlier this month he helped his cause by abandoning Tokyo’s 2009 pledge to reduce the country’s carbon emissions by 25% from 1990 levels by 2020.

BHP Fights Board Seat for Climate-Change Activist
The Wall Street Journal
BHP Billiton has its hands full trying to reverse falling profit as prices drop for many commodities. It also faces a challenge on another issue: climate change.


CarbonExpo Australia 2013
December 2-4, 2013

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

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


Pacific Carbon Trust Folded Into B.C. Government In Cost-Cutting Move The Canadian Press
British Columbia’s much-maligned Pacific Carbon Trust will be eliminated and the province’s profitable greenhouse gas offset program brought into the government fold, as the provincial government attempts to slash $50 million to meet the promise of a balanced budget next year.

What price the carbon price?
Climate Spectator
We all know that the act of ‘putting a price on carbon’ has contributed to the downfall of three Australian prime ministers and two opposition leaders.

Carbon price achieves emissions well ahead of target
Sydney Morning Herald
Automatic greenhouse gases limits under the carbon price would put Australia on track to deliver a 15 per cent cut to emissions by 2020.

Natural Gas/Coal/Alternative Fuels

African Development Bank in row over whether gas is ‘clean energy’
The counting of gas investments within the African Development Bank (AfDB)’s $2.2 billion clean energy portfolio is stirring ‘internal argument’ among leading bank experts, as the continent prepares for a possible shale gas boom.

Top U.N. Official Warns of Coal Risks
The New York Times
Most of the world’s coal needs to stay in the ground if greenhouse gas emissions are to be held in check, the United Nations’ top climate change official said Monday in a speech to coal industry executives here in Poland, one of the most coal-dependent nations on Earth.

Italian Oil Giant Eni Plans to Sell Gas Field in Russia
The New York Times
Eni, the Italian oil company, said on Wednesday that it intended to sell its stake in a natural gas field in the far north of Russia for about $2.9 billion and focus instead on a subsea pipeline and another Arctic Ocean venture.


Examining ‘Media’s Global Warming Fail’
The New York Times’ Dot Earth blog
Frank Sesno, who runs the School of Media and Public Affairs at The George Washington University and has been a longtime presence on CNN, anchored the Reliable Sources show on Sunday and invited me and Philippe Cousteau to discuss what the show described as “the media’s global warming fail.”

OECD: Effective carbon prices (November 4, 2013)

Global 500 Climate Change Report 2013 (Posted September 12, 2013)

The Future of China’s Power Sector (posted August 27, 2013)
Bloomberg New Energy Finance

Sub-national involvement in NAMA development (posted August 7, 2013)
Ecofys’ International Climate Policies Unit

U.S. Energy Sector Vulnerabilities to Climate Change and Extreme Weather (Posted July 14, 2013)
U.S. Dept. of Energy

Turn down the heat: climate extremes, regional impacts, and the case for resilience (Posted June 19, 2013)
World Bank

Four energy policies can keep the 2 Degree C climate goal alive (Posted June 10, 2013)

Maneuvering the Mosaic: State of the Voluntary Carbon Markets 2013 (Posted June 10, 2013)
Ecosystem Marketplace

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