In this edition, China grabs the top of our Leads section, including: China announces new measures to curb air pollution, from the AP and two offerings from Bloomberg: China Smog Measures Seen as Most Aggressive Yet by Deutsche Bank and China Emission Trading Experiment Unlikely to Ease Cities’ Smog.

Quote of the Day:

“It is the most aggressive policy effort to address air quality issues in China’s history. We believe these measures represent the beginning, rather than the full package, of China’s anti-air pollution campaign.”

–Deutsche Bank economist Ma Jun in Bloomberg’s “China Smog Measures Seen as Most Aggressive Yet by Deutsche Bank”

Lead Stories

China announces new measures to curb air pollution
China’s Cabinet has announced measures to curb the country’s notorious air pollution, one of the many environmental challenges facing the country that are increasingly angering the public.

China Smog Measures Seen as Most Aggressive Yet by Deutsche Bank
A Chinese government plan to fight air pollution announced last week marks the country’s “most aggressive” push to address smog to date, according to Deutsche Bank AG.

China Emission Trading Experiment Unlikely to Ease Cities’ Smog
China’s plan to set up markets to trade emissions will make it second only to Europe in efforts to put a price on pumping carbon into the atmosphere. For cities choking on the nation’s smog, expect little relief.

UN Carbon Credit Rescue Fund Needs 2.5 Billion Euros, Vivid Says
A fund backed by nations would need at least 2.5 billion euros ($3.3 billion) to help protect the world’s biggest greenhouse gas offset market, where prices dropped to a record in April, according to Vivid Economics Ltd.


Waste Conversion Congress East Coast
Boston, Massachusetts
June 17-18

2013 Rising Seas Summit
Association of Climate Change Officers
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
June 18-20

New York Energy Week
New York, NY
June 24 -28

Converge Paris
Sustainable Energy Tech Conference
Paris, France
June 24-28

EMA’s 17th Annual Meeting
September 25-27, 2013
Monte Carlo Resort, Las Vegas, NV


Greenhouse gas credit prices soar
San Francisco Chronicle
Investors may finally be sensing some money-making opportunities in a state program meant to combat climate change with the help of private market forces.

Natural Gas/Coal/Alternative Fuels

Obama’s Keystone Silence Is Driving Green-Activists Away
Wendy Abrams’ opportunity came in the photo line. As she stepped up to take her picture with President Barack Obama during a fundraiser last month in Chicago, she made her pitch: How could a president who vowed to tackle climate change possibly approve the Keystone XL pipeline?


Yingli Leads Solars on State Support: China Overnight
Solar manufacturers led gains among Chinese companies traded in New York after Premier Li Keqiang pledged measures to boost demand and provide financing support.

Siemens Will Shut Solar Unit on $1 Billion Loss in Two Years
Siemens AG (SIE) will close its solar power unit after struggling to find a buyer following losses of at least 784 million euros ($1 billion) euros since 2011 amid Chief Executive Officer Peter Loescher’s failed push into that business to expand renewable energy offerings.

UN Carbon Credit Rescue Fund Needs 2.5 Billion Euros, Vivid Says
Solar-energy developers in the U.K. are installing bigger power plants after the cost of panels dropped quicker than the government reduced subsidies, the British Photovoltaic Association said.

Solarworld Jumps on Reports of Qatar Interest in Holding
Solarworld AG (SWV), Germany’s biggest maker of solar panels, rose the most in four months after newspapers reported that Qatar Solar Technologies will help finance a restructuring by acquiring a 30 percent stake.

EnBW Doubles Asset Sales Target to Pay for Renewable Expansion
Energie Baden-Wuerttemberg AG, Germany’s third-largest power supplier, almost doubled its asset sales goal to free up cash to invest in renewables.


Egypt’s Nile Threats Weaken Case to Secure Water: Shinn
Egypt must drop its objection to an Ethiopian dam on the main tributary of the Nile River or it may struggle to ensure adequate supplies from the world’s longest waterway, former U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia David Shinn said.


Firebrand for Science, and Big Man on Campus
On TV and the Lecture Circuit, Bill Nye Aims to Change the World
The New York Times
He takes on those who would demand that the public schools teach alternative theories of evolution and the origins of the earth — most famously, in a video clip from the site that has been viewed some five million times. In it, he flatly tells adult viewers that “if you want to deny evolution and live in your world — in your world that’s completely inconsistent with everything we observe in the universe — that’s fine. But don’t make your kids do it, because we need them. We need scientifically literate voters and taxpayers for the future.”


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