In this edition, major periodicals (remember them?) weigh in on broad economic issues. First up, Rolling Stone with How the U.S. Exports Global Warming. And from Time, an editorial, The Big Business of Global Warming. Also featured, a magazine (well, a multi-media company and scientific association) is making the news. National Geographic has long been in the business of creating what environmental economists call ‘existence value’ – getting people to care about the survival of places they know they will never visit in their lifetimes. Now, they’re using carbon offsets as part of their strategy to reduce operational emissions while investing in some of the gorgeous landscapes that appear in their pages, reports Ecosystem Marketplace.

Quote of the Day:

“The start of the northwest Europe market coupling proves that the internal energy market 2014 is not just lip service. Fragmented European energy markets will soon be history, which is certainly good news for European customers.”

–European Union Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger in Bloomberg’s Europe Links 15 Power Markets in Biggest Shift Since 1990s

Lead Stories

How the U.S. Exports Global Warming
Rolling Stone
While Obama talks of putting America on the path to a clean, green future, we’re flooding world markets with cheap, high carbon fuels.
http://jlne.ws/1fEOW3w

Lagarde Says Cooperation on Climate, Inequality ‘Non-Negotiable’
Bloomberg
International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde called on governments to build a “new multilateralism” that includes cities and companies in an effort to address challenges such as widening income disparity.
http://jlne.ws/1n97zgy

U.K. Met Kyoto Target, First Carbon Budget, Data Show
Bloomberg
The U.K. achieved its first national carbon budget and target for greenhouse gas emissions reductions under the Kyoto Protocol treaty, according to final data from the Department of Energy and Climate Change.
http://jlne.ws/1dparjW

Pollution from oilsands greater than first believed, new research suggests
Edmonton Journal
A new study released Monday suggests environmental assessments of oilsands projects have underestimated the impact of pollution, raising questions about the accuracy of data used as part of the approval process.
http://jlne.ws/1evt4qV

Wind industry carries momentum into 2014 — will it last?
Midwest Energy News
Although a key federal tax credit expired at the end of 2013, the U.S. wind industry is still going strong.
http://jlne.ws/MXTiss

Europe Links 15 Power Markets in Biggest Shift Since 1990s
Bloomberg
Power markets across 15 European nations from the U.K. to Finland were linked today in their biggest transformation since liberalization in the 1990s.
http://jlne.ws/1n97DNa

Greens warn base will sit out election
The Hill
Environmental groups are warning President Obama that his liberal base might stay home on Election Day if he approves the Keystone XL oil pipeline.
http://jlne.ws/1brg18J

Editorial: The Big Business of Global Warming
Time
The pharmaceutical giant Bayer has made a remarkable — and lucrative — discovery. Allergies are on the rise. The company’s eye-and-nose ointment Bepanthen, already good for more than $200 million in annual sales, could soon be in even higher demand.
http://jlne.ws/1frYrAM

Billions needed to fund deforestation prevention plan: report
Reuters
Donor nations, rainforest-rich countries and multilateral institutions will have to spend tens of billions of dollars in the next few years to ensure that nations undergoing deforestation will have incentives to halt the practice, a report released on Monday said.
http://jlne.ws/1ewdY4F

National Geographic: Investing in Critical Canopies
Ecosystem Marketplace
National Geographic has long been in the business of creating what environmental economists call ‘existence value’ – getting people to care about the survival of places they know they will never visit in their lifetimes. Now, they’re using carbon offsets as part of their strategy to reduce operational emissions while investing in some of the gorgeous landscapes that appear in their pages.
http://jlne.ws/1jcrr5c

Events

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

The Microgrid, Distributed Energy, and Renewables: How They Work Together
February 25, 2014
New York
http://jlne.ws/1hTnxNR

Round Table: California Clean Energy Markets and Policy Strategies
EMA
February 28, 2014
San Francisco,CA
Click here for more information and to register.

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

GLOBE 2014
13th Biennial Conference and Trade Fair on Business and Sustainability
March 26-28, 2014
Vancouver, British Columbia
http://jlne.ws/1cAETLI

Carbon

Fast-Track EU Carbon-Glut Fix Set for Parliament Vote on Feb. 6
Bloomberg
The European Parliament will decide on Feb. 6 whether to speed up the start of a measure to prop up emissions prices after the assembly’s smallest group raised an objection to fast-tracking the proposal.
http://jlne.ws/1nPTA2n

Natural Gas/Coal/Alternative Fuels

GOP threatens bill to expand gas exports
The Hill
House Republican leaders issued a report Tuesday calling on the Obama administration to open the global market for U.S. liquefied natural gas exports (LNG), warning they will act if the Energy Department does not.
http://jlne.ws/1c0nMiO

Bunge Said to Export U.S. Ethanol to Brazil to Meet Shortfall
Bloomberg
Bunge Ltd. (BG) is exporting U.S. corn-based ethanol to Brazil, the world’s second-largest consumer of the biofuel, according to two people with direct knowledge of the deal.
http://jlne.ws/1eRwy3y

Power

EPA seeks to modernize nuclear standards
The Hill
The Environmental Protection Agency is looking to modernize Nixon-era radiation standards for nuclear power plants.
http://jlne.ws/1aZB9oO

Siemens to Supply 28 Turbines for BlackRock’s Texas Wind Project
Bloomberg
Siemens AG (SIE), Europe’s largest engineering company, won a contract to supply 28 turbines to a wind project in Texas that’s majority owned by BlackRock Inc. (BLK). Components of the 2.3-megawatt turbines used in the Windthorst-2 project will be built in Iowa and Kansas, Munich-based Siemens said today in a statement. Terms of the sale, including a maintenance agreement, weren’t disclosed.
http://jlne.ws/1dpaHPQ

Acciona shares hit by draft Spanish renewables rules
Reuters
Shares in Spanish renewable energy firm Acciona dropped on Tuesday, hit by draft proposals for cutting subsidies to the sector which analysts said were likely to hit the company’s portfolio of mature, wind assets hard.
http://jlne.ws/1e20NUt

Morocco says investors lining up for $9 bln solar project
Reuters
Morocco has recruited foreign investors to fund a $9 billion solar power project, even though some European lenders have balked due to the location of some planned plants in the disputed Western Sahara, its foreign minister said.
http://jlne.ws/1gKRdNw

Water

Sao Paulo Biggest Water-Supply System May Run Dry Within 45 Days
Bloomberg
The system that provides half the drinking water to South America’s largest city, Sao Paulo, will run dry in 45 days if there’s no rain, amid the biggest drought on record.
http://jlne.ws/1b04y2j

Reports

California Carbon Market Watch: A Comprehensive Analysis of the Golden State’s Cap-and-Trade Program,Year One (January 8, 2014)
EDF
http://jlne.ws/1agCk0M

Assessing Corporate Emissions Performance Through the Lens of Climate Science (December 2013)
Climate Counts and Center for Sustainable Organizations
http://jlne.ws/1kZFzuA

Use of internal carbon price by companies as incentive and strategic planning tool (Posted December 11, 2013)
CDP
http://jlne.ws/1dspD1J

OECD: Effective carbon prices (November 4, 2013)
http://jlne.ws/176gahP

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

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

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