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In this edition: Canadian ambassador: Path to energy independence is through Keystone XL and Global Climate-Change Finance Fell Last Year, Study Shows. Plus, India, U.S. dig in against EU air carbon charge.
Quote of the Day:
“Rigidity is a potential roadblock. [While a] system of strict rules and compliance might sound good on paper, it would almost certainly depress the ambition of commitments and limit participation by countries.”
–U.S. Special Envoy on Climate Change Todd Stern said in a speech at the policy-analysis group Chatham House in London, in Bloomberg’s “U.S. Rejects Rigid Rules as ‘Roadblock’ to Climate Treaty”
U.S. Rejects Rigid Rules as ‘Roadblock’ to Climate Treaty
Rigid rules and emissions targets may hinder efforts to draft a new climate treaty by 2015, the lead U.S. envoy said, calling for a more flexible approach for nations to set individual goals.
India, U.S. dig in against EU air carbon charge
India voiced firm opposition on Tuesday to EU plans to impose a scaled-back carbon charge on flights over European airspace while a senior U.S. lawmaker said the EU proposal runs afoul of a law intended to shield U.S. airlines from such charges.
Why We Don’t Care About Saving Our Grandchildren From Climate Change
You want to know what the biggest obstacle to dealing with climate change is? Simple: time. It will take decades before the carbon dioxide we emit now begins to have its full effect on the planet’s climate. And by the same token, it will take decades before we are able to enjoy the positive climate effects of reducing carbon-dioxide emissions now.
Canadian ambassador: Path to energy independence is through Keystone XL
The Hill’s E2 Wire
Canada’s ambassador to the United States made a forceful argument Tuesday for lawmakers to support the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline.
Global Climate-Change Finance Fell Last Year, Study Shows
Financing of projects that reduce carbon emissions and protect against the effects of climate change fell 1 percent last year, hampering efforts to slow global warming, according to a research report.
S. Korea to promote green growth via ‘creative economy’ vision: PM
Yonhap News Agency
South Korean Prime Minister Chung Hong-won vowed Monday to upgrade his country’s green growth vision by creating innovative business opportunities as part of global efforts for sustainable development, his office said.
Solar Power International
Climate Leadership Conference
Association of Climate Change Officers
February 24-26, 2014
San Diego, CA
Mexico’s carbon credits scheme could hit steel jobs, industry sources warn
Proposals to introduce a system of carbon credit payments could result in job losses in Mexico’s steel sector, industry insiders have warned.
BluForest Inc.: Delhi’s Urban Forestry Project Carbon Credits May Be Entitled to Carbon Credits
In a press release issued by the Times of India on October 12, 2013, it was announced that he New Delhi government’s urban forestry project, which is found in the “wasteland of Deramandi,” was specially chosen by the United Nations Framework Convention Climate Change (UNFCC) for clean development mechanism (CDM)(1) . The forest department officials had stated that this urban forestry project is the only such project to be selected from India.
The shale-gas boom won’t do much for climate change. But it will make us richer.
The Washington Post
The shale-gas boom in the United States won’t keep pushing U.S. carbon-dioxide emissions down in the decades ahead. That’s because, in addition to killing off coal-fired plants, cheap gas will also crowd out cleaner energy sources like wind, solar, and nuclear.
GOP water bill amendments would limit EPA’s reach
The Hill’s E2 Wire
A House Republican wants to limit the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) power to scuttle “mountaintop removal” coal-mining projects when lawmakers debate a major water infrastructure bill this week.
Russia invests in LNG project to ‘diversify’ from Europe
Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered the government to expand tax breaks to more deposits that will supply gas for the Novatek-led liquefied natural gas project in Russia’s Yamal peninsula, according to the Kremlin’s website.
Green Britain: Millions Of Families Hit By Never-Ending Rises In Energy Prices
The (U.K.) Daily Telegraph
Annual gas and electricity bills will soar above 1,500 sterling for the first time later this year after Npower today unveiled an increase of more than 10 per cent across the UK. Npower became the third of Britain’s “Big Six” to announce an inflation-busting rise that will hit more than three million customers from the beginning of December.
Iberdrola bets on foreign grids as EU utility industry struggles
Spanish utility Iberdrola is sharpening its focus on power grids and wind energy abroad to compensate for local regulatory headwinds that threaten profit growth next year.
Macquarie, Maeda to Set Up Clean Energy Venture in Japan
Macquarie Capital and Maeda Corp. plan to set up a joint venture by year end to develop clean energy and transport infrastructure businesses.
Dubai Switches on First Solar Plant to Diversify Energy Mix
Dubai switched on its first solar plant and plans to build a second, bigger sun-powered one to diversify energy supply in the United Arab Emirates, an OPEC member with 6 percent of global oil reserves.
China Tries to Clean Up Toxic Legacy of Its Rare Earth Riches
The New York Times
In northern China, near the Mongolian border, radioactively contaminated leaks from two decades of rare earth refining have been slowly trickling underground toward the Yellow River, a crucial water source for 150 million people.
Suez Wins Water Contracts in India Cities to Curb Leaks
Suez Environnement (SEV), Europe’s second-biggest water company, won contracts to improve supplies and reduce leak losses in southern and western India.
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)
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)