In today’s edition, the latest on Europe’s carbon market in Poland to Seek Carbon Fix Details at EU Ministerial Meeting;
EU Parliament Unlikely to Hasten Carbon Fix Vote, Liese Says; Norway doubles carbon tax on big oil, more cash to forests.


Quote of the Day:

“The discussion on back-loading has created important momentum for reform, which will be critical for advancing beyond political battles towards real solutions.”

–Ieta Chief Executive Dirk Forrister in Argus’ “EU should return allowances near phase 3 end — Ieta”

Lead Stories

EU should return allowances near phase 3 end — Ieta
Argus Media
The European Commission should return back-loaded EU emissions trading scheme (ETS) allowances in the latter years of the scheme’s third phase, the International Emissions Trading Association (Ieta) said today.

The Neuroscience Of Climate-Change Apathy (And How To Fix It)
Ecosystem Marketplace
Scores of studies and analyses suggest that the costs of ignoring climate change are likely to far outweigh the costs of avoiding it, but estimates of business-as-usual climate change continue to tick upward. Before we can understand and manage climate-change risk, we need to understand and manage the brains that evolution gave us.

Global clean energy investment set to fall for first time in eight years
Business Green
Global clean energy investment looks to be heading for a dip this year following a weak performance over the third quarter of 2012.

COLUMN-UK carbon floor price may boost gas demand: Wynn
A new British carbon price floor may increase gas demand as rapid price rises eat into profits from burning coal, but the impact on power prices could affect political will to implement the policy.

UN Industrial-Gas Carbon Offset Supply to Quadruple in October
Supply of United Nations carbon offsets from industrial-gas projects is set to almost quadruple in October as 10 projects applied to receive credits from tomorrow through Oct. 31.

California Moves to Reduce Gas Prices
The New York Times
With gasoline prices reaching record highs across California over the last week, Gov. Jerry Brown moved on Sunday to alleviate some of the pain at the pump.

California politicians pressing for gas-price relief and probe into possible market manipulation
Sacramento Bee
With gas prices hovering near $5 a gallon in California, the state’s politicians are simultaneously pressing for relief and questioning whether the oil industry is manipulating the market.


Sustainability Summit – Innovation Challenge
October 9, 2012
New York

EMA Regional Thought Leader Roundtable: Northeast REC Markets
October 17, 2012

EMA  2012 Fall Meeting
**Keynote speaker is Richard Sandor
October 24 – October 26, 2012
Santa Monica, CA


Poland to Seek Carbon Fix Details at EU Ministerial Meeting
Poland has asked the European Union to provide at a ministerial meeting on Oct. 25 more details on the timeline for a draft plan to curtail an oversupply of carbon permits, Polish Environment Minister Marcin Korolec said.

EU Parliament Unlikely to Hasten Carbon Fix Vote, Liese Says
The European Parliament is unlikely to bring forward its first vote on a change to the European Union emission trading law that would enable curtailing an oversupply of carbon permits, a member of the assembly said.

Norway doubles carbon tax on big oil, more cash to forests
Norway will almost double carbon taxes on the oil industry in 2013 and raise cash to help developing nations protect tropical forests as part of measures to combat climate change, its draft budget showed on Monday.

Natural Gas/Coal

Chancellor told to back biogas over shale
Business Green
George Osborne has been urged to ramp up support for sustainable biogas rather than focusing on securing tax breaks for shale gas.

Report: EPA struggling to keep pace with ‘fracking’ boom
The Hill’s E2 Wire
Congressional auditors conclude in new reports that the Environmental Protection Agency faces big hurdles overseeing a U.S. oil-and-gas drilling boom that’s creating “unknown” long-term health risks.

Watchdog and Ohio Democrats accuse coal executive of coercing donations
Toledo Blade/The Hill’s E2 Wire
Ohio Democrats and a nonpartisan watchdog group want federal prosecutors and election regulators to probe allegations that Murray Energy Corp., a pro-GOP coal company, illegally forced employees to contribute to Republican candidates.


U.S. Approves 3,000 Megawatts of Wind-Power Projects in Wyoming
The U.S. has approved the development of two wind-power projects in Wyoming that may generate as much as 3,000 megawatts, enough electricity for almost 1 million homes.

Sugar Makers Bunge to Sao Martinho Try Biotech: Corporate Brazil
Sugar-cane growers from Bunge Ltd. (BG) to Sao Martinho SA (SMTO3) propose building plants in Brazil to convert crops into chemicals for products as varied as face cream and industrial lubricants.

Australia’s largest solar farm opens amid renewable target debate
Australia switched on its first utility-scale solar farm on Wednesday, bringing the country a small step closer to achieving ambitious renewable energy use targets that traditional coal and gas power producers are now fighting to soften.

Saudi Arabia uses your gas dollars to fund solar energy
Venture Beat
Renewable energy, especially solar, is making inroads into the U.S. power grid, but it’s a very slow process.

Treasury watchdog probes solar tax grant program
The Treasury Department’s inspector general is investigating a popular stimulus program that allowed rooftop solar panel projects to turn tax credits into cash grants, according to a regulatory filing.


Chesapeake cap-and-trade plan sparks lawsuit blog
Environmental groups are suing to block a new cap-and-trade program for the waters of the Cheseapeake Bay, a 200-mile estuary running from Maryland to Virginia. Food & Water Watch and Friends of the Earth argue the plan being touted by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Agriculture (USDA) would undermine the Clean Water Act.


The Hidden Costs of Electricity: Comparing the Hidden Costs of Power Generation Fuels (Posted Sept. 19, 2012)

CDP Global 500 Climate Change Report (Posted Sept. 11, 2012)
Carbon Disclosure Project

Beyond the bluster: Why wind power is an effective technology (Posted Aug. 30, 2012)

Carbon Tax Revenue and the Budget Deficit: A Win-Win Solution? (Posted Aug. 27, 2012)

The 21st Century Corporation: The Ceres Roadmap for Sustainability (Posted Aug. 21, 2012)


European Power & Renewables Deals: Quarterly M&A outlook (Posted August 15, 2012)

Advancing Technology for America’s Transportation Future (Posted August 6, 2012)

Benchmarking Air Emissions Of the 100 Largest Electric Power Producers in the United States (Posted July 31, 2012)

Per capita CO2 emissions in China reached European level (July 18, 2012)

The Interim Regulation of Voluntary Greenhouse Gases Emission Trading in China (Posted July 10, 2012)
The Climate Group

Measure for Management: C40 Cities (July 9, 2012)
Carbon Disclosure Project


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