In this edition, the latest dispatches from the Warsaw talks, including The Washington Post’s broad look in At climate-change summit in Warsaw, countries look to lay foundation for global pact and Bloomberg’s UN Climate Panel Amends CO2 Estimates for Policy Makers. Meanwhile, significant emitter Indonesia plans to launch a linkable voluntary carbon trading scheme, reports Reuters. Ecosystem Marketplace digs into the the EPA regs for power plants, suggesting state-by-state programs could prove successful.

Quote of the Day:

“It’s been a really robust discussion,” “We just want to make sure that as this evolves, which has to happen, that the right information is on the table and the perspective of Alberta is on the table.”

–Alberta Premier Alison Redford told reporters after meeting with Senator Mary Landrieu, a Louisiana Democrat who supports the project, in Bloomberg’s “Keystone Defended by Alberta Premier as Carbon Questioned”

Lead Stories

UN Climate Panel Amends CO2 Estimates for Policy Makers
A United Nations climate panel that was criticized after a 2007 study overstated the rate of glacial melting backtracked on global carbon-emissions estimates.

Nations Need Renewables, Efficiency and Carbon Targets, IEA Says
Maria van der Hoeven, International Energy Agency Executive Director, comments on nations’ efforts to transform their energy industries to reduce dependency on fossil fuels. She commented yesterday in an interview in London.

World Heads for Seventh Warmest Year as CO2 Hits Record
The world is heading for its seventh warmest year on record with temperatures that were unprecedented two decades ago, the United Nations said.

At climate-change summit in Warsaw, countries look to lay foundation for global pact
Washington Post
Representatives of more than 190 countries gathered in Warsaw on Monday to continue debating how to deal with climate change beyond 2020, even as nations are falling further behind on their collective goal of reining in greenhouse gas emissions that are warming the planet.

Indonesia to launch voluntary carbon market
Indonesia, one of the world’s biggest emitters of greenhouse gases, is planning to launch a voluntary carbon trading scheme that could link to other countries if successful, a senior government official said on Tuesday.

Keystone Defended by Alberta Premier as Carbon Questioned
Alberta’s premier defended her province’s environmental record while lobbying in Washington yesterday for the Keystone XL pipeline amid new questions over Canada’s ability to meet greenhouse-gas reduction targets.

Successful State Programs Could Influence EPA Power Plant Regs
Ecosystem Marketplace
At the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) headquarters here, people approach the table two-by-two. It’s a bit like Noah’s Ark, except that the pairs are mismatched: a retired climate scientist and a high school senior; a father and a bird enthusiast; a coal lobbyist and a non-profit leader.

Work not done, Obama climate adviser moves on
Heather Zichal admits her job is unfinished.The architect of President Barack Obama’s climate-change plan, Zichal left the White House last week after five years as a top adviser on energy and climate change.

How climate change will affect the Southeast USA
USA Today
Rising sea levels, warming temperatures, heat waves, worsening air quality and stresses on the water supply are issues the Southeast will face over the next 20 years because of man-made climate change, according to a report released Tuesday.

One Senator’s War Against Climate Change
Every week, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, a Rhode Island Democrat, heads to the floor of the Senate, sets up an easel and some poster board, and delivers a speech. He works hard on these speeches. They’re deeply researched and beautifully crafted. He delivers them with passion — to a mostly empty room. His colleagues figure they have better things to do than listen. But 100 years from now, when our grandchildren look back and try to understand what we were doing while the world burned, these speeches may well be some of the most famed rhetoric of the age.

Wal-Mart Said to Fail its Own Post-Katrina Climate Pledge
In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. pledged to rely fully on renewable energy and sell products that sustain the environment.


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


Port seeks cut in greenhouse gases
U-T San Diego
The San Diego Port Commission on Tuesday voted to move forward with policies aimed at reducing greenhouse-gas emissions from port operations.

Americans back greenhouse gas cuts from power plants
USA Today
What difference does geography make in U.S. attitudes toward global warming? Not that much, says first state-by-state analysis. Most Americans, regardless of state, say it’s real and man-made.

Natural Gas/Coal/Alternative Fuels

20 top scientists urge CA gov. to stop fracking
Twenty of the nation’s top scientists have sent a letter to California’s governor urging him to place a moratorium on the controversial practice of hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking.”

Ethanol push taking toll on environment
The hills of southern Iowa bear the scars of America’s push for green energy: the brown gashes where rain has washed away the soil, the polluted streams that dump fertilizer into the water supply.

Time to kill the corn ethanol mandate
The Washington Post Plum Line blog
Given total Republican obstructionism in Congress, President Obama’s climate legacy will depend mostly on executive action. But new developments on the corn ethanol front could pave the way for a the rarest of Washington beasts: a bipartisan compromise on an issue that could have a real impact on climate change.

Codexis Plunges After Sales Decline, Will Exit Biofuels
Codexis Inc. (CDXS), the California-based producer of enzymes for biochemicals, slumped to a record low after sales plunged and the company said it’s exiting the biofuel market.


Shell Is Working on ‘Promising’ Renewable Technology, Voser Says
The following are excerpts from an interview with Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA) Chief Executive Officer Peter Voser at the company’s headquarters in The Hague.

Canadian Solar Returns to Profit as Project Sales Surge
Canadian Solar Inc. (CSIQ), the best-performing solar manufacturer this year, reported its first quarterly profit in more than two years as sales of power plants surged.

Tractebel to Develop $69 Million Brazilian Wind Turbine With WEG
Tractebel Energia SA (TBLE3), Brazil’s biggest power utility by market value, and equipment supplier WEG SA will spend 160 million reais ($69 million) developing a wind turbine using local technology.


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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