In this edition, the EU carbon rescue passes a key vote, covered here. The World Bank issues a regional report on climate change. Also today, Canada’s Envoy Says Keystone Denial Won’t Block Mining, Bloomberg reports.

Quote of the Day:

“Oil will get to market. It gets to market with pipelines. It will get to market by trains. It will get there by trucks. It will get to India, it will get to China, and it will continue to have the opportunity to go to U.S. refineries, which create a lot of jobs for the United States for the manufacturing sector on the U.S. Gulf Coast.”

–Canada’s Ambassador to the U.S. Gary Doer in Bloomberg’s “Canada’s Envoy Says Keystone Denial Won’t Block Mining

Lead Stories

Carbon Rescue Plan Wins Support of EU Parliamentary Panel
A panel of European Union lawmakers approved a watered-down rescue plan for the world’s biggest carbon market, after a record surplus of emission permits pushed prices to an all-time low.

Top White House climate adviser vows Obama will act soon
The Hill’s E2 Wire
President Obama’s top climate adviser on Wednesday vowed that “meaningful” action on global warming was coming soon. Heather Zichal, the deputy assistant to the president on energy and climate change, said she didn’t want to get “in front of the big man” and unveil specific plans during an event in Washington, D.C., hosted by The New Republic.

Obama calls climate change the ‘global threat of our time’ in Berlin address
The Hill’s E2 Wire
President Obama on Wednesday called climate change the “global threat of our time” in a speech in Berlin.

Warming Threatens Africa Food, Asia Water Within Lifetime
Global warming of 2 degrees Celsius threatens African food production and Asian water supplies “in our lifetime,” hurting the poorest first, the World Bank said.
**RKB — The World Bank’s report follows.

Turn down the heat: climate extremes, regional impacts, and the case for resilience
World Bank

G8 leaders tackle inequities of global oil, coal extraction
The Christian Science Monitor
G8 leaders aim to level the global resource playing field this week, discussing a consequential, if obscure, energy issue at the G8 summit. Are developing nations getting a fair share of their oil, coal, and mineral wealth?

Canada’s Envoy Says Keystone Denial Won’t Block Mining
Heavy oil from Alberta will be developed with or without the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, though the fuel will be delivered to market using less efficient means, Canada’s ambassador to the U.S. said.

China puts up a green wall to US trash
The Christian Science Monitor
US recyclers are nervous about losing their largest market after China began enforcing new environmental laws this year.


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


Carbon Drops Most in Four Weeks as EU Panel Passes Weakened Fix
European Union carbon permits fell the most in four weeks as the European Parliament’s environment committee approved a weakened proposal to reduce a surplus of emissions allowances.

GOP senators slam ‘significant change’ to ‘social cost’ of carbon
The Hill’s E2 Wire
Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Republicans told administration officials they’re “troubled” by a recent change to the way agencies calculate benefits from carbon regulations.

Natural Gas/Coal/Alternative Fuels

Siemens to Develop Ethanol From Steel-Mill Gases With LanzaTech
Siemens AG (SIE), Europe’s largest maker of power equipment, agreed to develop systems that convert waste industrial gases into fuel using technology from LanzaTech NZ Ltd.

Brazil Area’s Sugar Millers Seen Directing More Cane to Ethanol
Sugar millers in Brazil’s center south, the main growing region of the world’s biggest producer, may direct more cane to making ethanol than currently forecast because rains are delaying the harvest and limiting ethanol supplies, according to the International Sugar Organization.


Solar power shines in oil-rich Saudi Arabia
The Christian Science Monitor
As solar prices have fallen, and oil prices have risen, Saudi Arabia now has a strong economic incentive to push ahead with its long awaited solar plans, Peixe writes. Saudi Arabia’s desire to install vast amounts of generation capacity makes them a potentially important market, and they will be able to take advantage of this with Chinese manufacturers.


Veolia to Build Desalination Plant for Coastal South Africa Town
Veolia Environnement, Europe’s largest water utility, is building a seawater desalination plant in Lamberts Bay on the southwest coast of South Africa to help boost supplies for 40,000 residents.

Kenya Gets $155 Million in World Bank Financing for Water
Kenya will receive $155 million in financing from the World Bank for water and irrigation aid, including a project on the Lower Nzoia River west of Nairobi to help address water-supply and food-security concerns.


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

Clearing the Air: Reducing Upstream Greenhouse Gas Emissions from U.S. Natural Gas Systems (Posted April 8, 2013)
World Resources Institute

The State of Green Business 2013 (Posted February 12, 2013)

Can the US Get There from Here? (Posted February 6, 2013)

The Billion Euro Aviation Bonanza – Aviation’s Participation in the EU ETS (Posted January 22, 2013)

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