In today’ edition, the tail end of the UN Climate Summit stories with a recap, just in case, and an unexpected turn in the U.S. carbon market, with members of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative unwilling to join Québec and California to form a larger market in North America.
Quote of the day
“We’ve had no discussion of any states leaving RGGI, either to go to California or elsewhere. I don’t see it as being realistic, especially as far along as we are.”
Kelly Speakes-Backman, chair of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative known as RGGI, in the Bloomberg News’ story RGGI Chair Says States Won’t Join California, Quebec
7 important outcomes from the U.N. Climate Summit
Jennifer Morgan, GreenBiz.com
Yesterday’s U.N. Climate Summit brought together more than 125 heads of state and government officials—the largest-ever climate meeting of world leaders.
Brazil refuses to join pledge to end deforestation
Brazil has refused to sign up to a pact setting a deadline for ending deforestation entirely by 2030.
***LB: Also in this story “The US, Canada and European Union nations were among 30 states that agreed to halve forest loss by 2020 and work towards a 2030 goal.”
Tim Cook: Transparency is key to Apple’s climate change strategy
Jessica Shankleman, BusinessGreen
It is unusual to hear one of the world’s most secretive companies tout the need for transparency. But Apple’s Tim Cook did exactly that this week when he underlined the need for greater corporate action to tackle climate change.
RGGI Chair Says States Won’t Join California, Quebec
Lynn Doan, Bloomberg News
California and Quebec, which together created the largest carbon market in North America this year, may come away empty-handed as they woo northeastern U.S. states to join their system.
***LB: Also in this story “States including Vermont, which Quebec’s premier said yesterday is particularly interested in uniting, are members of a Northeast group that has been operating an emissions-trading system since 2008. “
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Bill would prohibit VA from spending money on alternative energy projects
Cristina Marcos, The Hill
Rep. Randy Weber (R-Texas) has introduced legislation that would prevent the Department of Veterans Affairs from spending funds on alternative energy projects.
Natural gas / coal
India’s Top Court Revokes Coal Leases
Neha Thirani Bagri, The New York Times
India’s top court on Wednesday canceled years’ worth of coal field leases, a judgment that drew wide attention in a nation with persistent fuel shortages.
Petronas threatens to pull plug on $10bn Canada LNG project
Jeremy Grant, Financial Times
Petronas, Malaysia’s state-owned oil and gas group, is threatening to pull the plug on a $10bn liquefied natural gas project in Canada, saying new taxes and rising competition from a slew of US shale gas projects threaten its viability.
Tokyo Gas and Kogas Join Forces in Effort to Tamp Down LNG Costs
Jacob Adelman and Emi Urabe, Bloomberg News
Tokyo Gas Co. is teaming up with Korea Gas Corp. on gas imports, as the Japanese company seeks to drive down prices of what has become the nation’s dominant energy source since the 2011 Fukushima disaster.
Coal seam gas exploration licences frozen for another year in NSW
Australian Associated Press
The New South Wales government will extend the freeze on coal seam gas (CSG) exploration licences for another year while it continues to investigate the transparency of applications.
Can energy utilities keep their customers, or will they flee the grid?
Giles Parkinson, REneweconomy
One of the great imponderables for the global electricity industry at the moment is to what extent they have a captive audience.
Renewables industry slams Pickles over 50th wind farm intervention
RenewableUK yesterday launched a fresh attack on Communities Secretary Eric Pickles, accusing him of “unprecedented interference” in the planning system in an attempt to block wind farm developments that have often secured local support.
World Bank: SMEs have $1.6tr clean tech opportunity
A $1.6tr clean tech opportunity awaits small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in developing countries, according to new World Bank estimates.
***LB: Also in this story “The organisation expects SMEs to seize more than a quarter of the $6tr expected to be invested in clean tech over the next decade, with the most promising opportunities arising in onshore wind, solar panels, electric vehicles, small hydro, and wastewater treatment technologies.”
Obama to declare world’s largest marine sanctuary in Pacific
Laura Barron-Lopez, The Hill
President Obama will declare a large swath of the Pacific Ocean off-limits to fishing and energy exploration on Thursday.
E.P.A. Unveils Second Phase of Plan to Reverse Great Lakes Damage
Micheal Wines, The New York Times
The federal government issued a new blueprint Wednesday for its efforts to restore the Great Lakes, including plans to clean up 10 contaminated rivers and harbors and step up its attack on poisonous algae blooms that coat parts of three lakes each summer.
Ten things in nature that could vanish before your kids see them
Darryl Fears, The Washington Post
In their losing battle with television and digital devices, conservationists have urged parents to get the kiddies to the great outdoors.
Dissolving pulp: the threat to Indonesia’s forests you’ve probably never heard of
Mike Gaworecki, mongabay.com
If “dissolving pulp” evokes nothing for you, you’re not alone. Not many people have heard of it, and the very term “dissolving pulp” is so generic it’s hard to imagine it could be a threat to anything.