In this edition, Australia’s Rudd’s move to dump carbon tax for trading scheme dominates climate headlines from major news outlets. From Ecosystem Marketplace, a feature on Obama and REDD. And, China vows to quadruple solar generating capacity by 2015.

Quote of the Day:

“There’s absolutely no precedent here. The EPA has been given the task of fitting a very large square peg into a very small round hole.”

–Jeffrey Holmstead, who ran the EPA’s air and radiation division under President George W. Bush, in The AP’s “For Obama’s climate plan, devil is in the details”

Lead Stories

Rudd Cuts Spending to Allow Early Australian Carbon Trading
Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd will cut spending and limit tax concessions to fund a move to emissions trading a year ahead of schedule, should his Labor government win this year’s election.
**RKB — The carbon price, which was to be fixed at A$25.40 ($23.16) a ton for 2014-15, will move on July 1, 2014, to a floating price of about A$6, costing the budget around A$3.8 billion over four years, Rudd said.

Australia to scrap carbon tax for trading scheme
Key greenhouse gas emitter Australia Sunday announced it will scrap its carbon tax in favor of an emissions trading scheme that puts a limit on pollution from 2014, a year earlier than planned.

Australia plans to scrap carbon tax, bring forward trading scheme
Australia’s government moved on Tuesday to scrap its carbon tax and bring forward an emissions trading scheme a year earlier than planned, a policy shift certain to be a focal point in an election likely to be held within weeks.

For Obama’s climate plan, devil is in the details
Frustrated by a recalcitrant Congress, President Barack Obama has vowed to take climate change into his own hands. Now he has to deliver.

Obama’s Climate Plan Latest in Series of Public-Private Actions to Advance REDD+
Ecosystem Marketplace
President Obama’s National Climate Action Plan, released on June 25th, calls for strong action to protect remaining tropical forests through a commitment to lead international initiatives in Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD+).

Business group joins case against cap-and-trade auction
Sacramento Business Journal
Business groups have been busy getting ready for the first hearing in a lawsuit challenging California’s cap-and-trade emissions auction.

China vows to quadruple solar generating capacity by 2015
China aims to more than quadruple solar power generating capacity to 35 gigawatts by 2015 in an apparent bid to ease a massive glut in the domestic solar panel industry.


Water and Society 2013
September 4-6
New Forest, U.K.

EMA’s 17th Annual Meeting
September 25-27
Las Vegas, NV

Verge: Where Tech Meets Sustainability
October 14-17
San Francisco, Calif.

Solar Power International
October 21-24
Chicago, Illinois

Natural Gas/Coal/Alternative Fuels

Oil industry launches new offensive against ethanol mandate
The oil industry’s top lobby group in Washington has launched an aggressive new ad campaign urging the repeal of the Renewable Fuel Standard, a 2007 law mandating the blending of gasoline with increasing volumes of ethanol.


RWE Says U.K.’s Clean Energy Program to Boost Power Bills
The U.K.’s plan to build new power plants and cut pollution will be the main driver behind a jump of almost 20 percent in bills by the end of the decade, according to the utility RWE AG.

India Tells Wind Farms to Forecast Power or Face Fines
India will fine wind farms that fail to set accurate day-ahead forecasts for power output, passing on risks to owners like CLP Holdings Ltd. (2) and Tata Power Co. (TPWR) after volatile generation led to the world’s biggest blackout.

EDF to Build Four Wind Farms in Northern France With Mitsubishi
Electricite de France SA and Mitsubishi Corp. (8058) will build four wind farms with a total capacity of 72 megawatts in northern France.


Taqa Executive to Head U.A.E. Energy Company’s Water Expansion
Abu Dhabi National Energy Co. (TAQA), the state-owned United Arab Emirates energy company known as Taqa and one of the largest desalination suppliers in the world, named Ahmed Bin Abbood Al Adawi to lead its water expansion.

Acciona’s Water Unit Wins Plant Contract for Jaen Area of Spain
Acciona SA (ANA), a renewable energy company that’s built more than 70 desalination plants globally, was awarded a water contract to supply 200,000 residents of southern Spain’s Jaen region. No terms were disclosed.


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

Mapping carbon pricing initiatives: developments and prospects (Posted May 30, 2013)
World Bank

Extreme Weather and Climate Change in the American Mind April 2013 (Posted May 1, 2013)
Yale Project on Climate Change

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