In this edition, Bloomberg covers the World Bank’s comments on successful CO2 trade, while Reuters notes leading carbon market players’ call for a tougher EU 2020 climate goal. Scientific American takes on climate change and the impact on electricity markets. The Hill covers the GOP split that leaves $1.5 billion uncut in the U.S. Energy and Water spending bill.

 Quote of the Day:

“These countries know there is very little demand for the time being. Some want to fulfill a domestic climate objective. It’s quite an exciting time.”

-Xueman Wang, World Bank team leader of Partnership for Market Readiness Program, in Bloomberg’s “Fourteen Programs Show CO2 Trade Taking Off: World Bank”

Lead Stories

Fourteen Programs Show CO2 Trade Taking Off: World Bank
New carbon programs in at least 14 emerging nations from China to Costa Rica show emissions trading may take off even as U.S. lawmakers focus on non-market-based regulations for climate protection, a World Bank official said.

CO2 market wants tougher EU 2020 climate goal
The European Union needs to aim for a deeper emissions cut soon, to rescue a record low carbon price and spur long-term investment in low-carbon technology, leading carbon market players said at an industry gathering.

Australian Law Allows UN CO2 Use Through 2020: Negotiator
Australia can accept United Nations emission offsets in its planned carbon market through 2020 and potentially beyond because it’s already signed up to the 1997 Kyoto Protocol, said one of the nation’s climate negotiators.

EU aviation carbon spat seen unlikely to reach WTO
Countries that oppose the European Union’s move to include airlines in its scheme to control carbon emissions would find it difficult to bring a dispute to the World Trade Organization (WTO), an official with the global trade body said on Friday.

How Climate Change May Impact Electricity Supplies
Scientific American
Ironic twist alert: most electricity production requires vast amounts of water. Cold water. Which means that is going to be bad for electricity supplies.

Clinton in Arctic to see impact of climate change
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton took a first-hand look Saturday at the way a warming climate is changing the Arctic, opening the region to competition for vast oil reserves.

Next round of UN climate talks set for Bangkok
A new round of climate talks will be held in Bangkok from August 30 to September 5 to prepare for minister-level negotiations at year end, the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) said on Friday.

Warming gas levels hit ‘troubling milestone’
The world’s air has reached what scientists call a troubling new milestone for carbon dioxide, the main global warming pollutant.  

Mayors Join Industry to Complain About EPA Water Standards
Mayors of America’s cities joined industry and Republican lawmakers to complain about the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and urge the agency to back off enforcement of regulations to clean-up drinking water.  

GOP split leaves $1.5 billion uncut in Energy and Water spending bill
The Hill’s E2 Wire
The House voted Friday to reject a series of amendments to a 2013 Energy and Water spending bill that would have cut $1.5 billion from the bill, revealing an ongoing split in the Republican Party on whether to seek more aggressive cuts.

Soros and Foxx In Talks to Buy Brazil’s Haztec, Estado Says
George Soros and Sao Paulo-based Foxx Group are in talks to acquire Haztec Tecnologia & Planejamento Ambiental SA, a Brazilian environmental services company, for about 800 million reais ($396 million), O Estado de S. Paulo reported, citing unidentified people involved in the deal.

Exclusive: Greece’s debt woes mutate into energy crisis
Greece’s debt crisis threatened to turn into an energy crunch on Friday, with the power regulator calling an emergency meeting next week to avert a collapse of the country’s electricity and natural gas system.

NZ economy needs to fit within nature’s limits: Greens
New Zealand Herald
Green Party leader Russel Norman says New Zealand needs to redesign its economy to live within nature’s limits, and get away from its dependence on get-rich-quick schemes.


Responsible Business Summit
June 27 -28, 2012, New York

Carbon Forum North America
October 1-2, 2012
Washington, DC

Sustainability Summit – Innovation Challenge
October 9, 2012
New York


$2.84m for carbon farming
Farm Online
MALLEE farmers are set to benefit from a $2.84 million Federal Government grant announced late last week.

Joining the dots: Linking carbon markets from the bottom up
Climate Spectator
Having spent the opening day of Carbon Expo 2012 in Cologne confronting the reality of an increasingly fragmented carbon market, day two saw participants grapple with the possibilities and practicalities of trying to link these bottom-up markets together – whether bilaterally, regionally or plurilaterally in and outside of a possible second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol.

Natural Gas/Coal

Hedges Gone Awry Set Back Chesapeake
The Wall Street Journal
Chesapeake Energy Corp. CHK -7.81% blames its current cash crunch on warm winter weather that reduced demand for the natural gas it pumps as the nation’s second-largest producer of the fuel. But the situation is more complicated: The company compounded its troubles by taking a short-term gamble on gas prices that left it exposed to the worst gas market since 2001.

Unnatural gas pains
Crain’s Chicago Business
Of all the misguided notions clouding the minds of Illinois politicians, few are as mystifying as the fetish some harbor for synthetic heating gas.

Gaza’s natural gas, the unreachable treasure
Under Gaza’s glittering waters of the Mediterranean, a strategic gas reservoir that is capable of ending the crippling power crisis in this Palestinian enclave has been lying out of commission since it was discovered 12 years ago.

Editorial: Embrace the natural-gas solution
Former Pa. Governor Ed Rendell in Philadelphia Inquirer
States, cities, and local municipalities are feeling the burden of high gasoline prices across the nation. Just like you, mayors and city managers feel the pain at the pump each time they refuel one of their fleet or public transportation vehicles on traditional gasoline or diesel fuel. Each time they fill up, valuable taxpayer money that could be used to pay for critical programs or to hire teachers, police officers, and firefighters is instead wastefully poured into a gas tank, often sending U.S. dollars overseas to fund regimes that are hostile toward our values.


When Cleaning Up Power Plants, Time is Money
The New York Times
New rules on pollution from coal plants will cost the American economy $175 billion to $275 billion between now and 2035, according to a new analysis from the Electric Power Research Institute, a nonprofit utility consortium. But the price can be be closer to the lower figure if the government shows flexibility in how the rules are phased in, the researchers said.


China May Resume Nuclear Plant Approvals as Cabinet Passes Plan
China, planning to build more nuclear reactors than any other country, approved a safety framework that may help end a ban on approving new atomic plants imposed after last year’s Fukushima disaster in Japan.

Japan wind power installation falls 70 pct in 2011/12
Japan’s newly-installed wind power generation capacity totalled 85.1 megawatts in the last financial year ended on March 31, down 70 percent from a year earlier, the Japan Wind Power Association said.

AES Brasil seeks growth in wind power
Power utility AES Brasil aims to grow its electricity generation over the next three years by buying rivals and bidding in government wind power auctions, the company’s chief executive officer said on Friday.

Investment needed in power-hungry Texas market: study
The current design of the wholesale power market in Texas will not encourage needed investment in new power plants, the Brattle Group said in a report commissioned by the state electric grid operator.


Clean technology: US policy aids second generation biofuel push
Financial Times
In the world of biofuels, all eyes are on the tiny northern Italian town of Crescentino, site of the world’s first commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol plant, which will start production this year.


Paper strikes back: defending books, mail and dollar bills
Crumple it, drench it, lock it in a hot attic or a damp cellar but paper can come back to life.  

UN: Transition to green economy would create millions of jobs
Business Green
Shifting to a greener economy could generate up to 60 million additional jobs over the next two decades and lift millions of people out of poverty, UN agencies and trade unions said yesterday, urging governments to use the Rio+20 summit to turn this potential into reality.



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Ecosystem Marketplace

Tackling exposure: placing disaster risk management at the heart of national economic and fiscal policy (Posted May 22, 2012)

Fossil fuel price shocks and a low carbon economy (Posted May 21, 2012)

Using the Allowance Value from California’s Carbon Trading System: Legal Risk Factors, Impacts to Ratepayers and the Economy (Posted May 17, 2012)

Inclusive Green Growth: The Pathways to Sustainable Development (Posted May 9, 2012)
World Bank

Meeting Canada’s 2020 Climate Change Commitments (Posted May 8, 2012)
Office of Auditor General

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