In this edition, mainstream press AP and USA Today report on a study showing drilling and fracking for natural gas don’t seem to spew immense amounts of the greenhouse gas methane into the air, as has been feared. The NY Times Dot Earth blog also weighs in. Plus, China renews subsidies for green vehicles, reports Reuters.

Quote of the Day:

“I don’t think that an international treaty will ever be the primary driver for the difficult decisions to be made. It’s the problem itself that will be the primary driver — and the consequences of that problem.”

–Halldor Thorgeirsson, a senior director with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, in The AP’s “United Nations official: World is on ‘not on track’ over climate change”

Lead Stories

First “micro” voluntary CO2-cut programme approved
Reuters Point Carbon
The first series of “micro” initiatives targeting emissions reductions in the poorest corners of the world were approved to start receiving voluntary carbon offsets last week, the project’s developers said.

United Nations official: World is on ‘not on track’ over climate change
International leaders are failing in their fight against global warming, one of the United Nations’ top climate officials said Tuesday, appealing directly to the world’s voters to pressure their politicians into taking tougher action against the buildup of greenhouse gases.

Column: The era of unlimited carbon pollution is over
This week, the Environmental Protection Agency will move against climate change by continuing the job it was created to do, 40 years ago, by a bipartisan Congress. Some will, and already are, treating this as a deplorable event with intolerable consequences. It’s anything but: Not only is it the law, it’s also good for America.
**RKB — Politico contributor Daniel Lashof is director of the Climate and Clean Air Program at the Natural Resources Defense Council.

Study: Methane leaks from gas drilling not huge
Drilling and fracking for natural gas don’t seem to spew immense amounts of the greenhouse gas methane into the air, as has been feared, a new study says.

Study: Natural gas industry can cut fracking emissions
USA Today
How much damage does fracking do to the environment? Not quite as much as federal estimates suggest, if natural gas companies take steps to reduce methane emissions, researchers find.

Encouraging Results Seen in First Nationwide Look at Gas Leaks from Drilling Boom
The New York Times’ Dot Earth blog
In 2011, a Cornell research team led by the environmental scientist Robert Howarth published “Methane and the greenhouse-gas footprint of natural gas from shale formations,” a widely discussed paper positing that gas escaping from drilling operations using hydraulic fracturing, widely known as fracking, made natural gas a bigger climate threat than the most infamous fossil fuel, coal. (Natural gas is mostly methane, and methane is a potent heat-trapping gas.)

Keystone’s Lobbying Slugfest Compared to Big Banking Bill
The fight over the Keystone XL pipeline enters its sixth year this week with no signs of slowing down, making it one of Washington’s most protracted and pricey lobbying campaigns.

Gamesa Wins First U.S. Order for New Low-Wind Turbine Model
Gamesa Corp. Tecnologica SA, Spain’s biggest wind turbine maker, said it won its first U.S. order for a new medium-and low-wind turbine model.


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

Climate Strategies Forum
Association of Climate Change Officers
October 14-17
Washington, D.C.

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

FT Global Shale Energy Summit
October 21

Solar Power International
October 21-24

Climate Leadership Conference
Association of Climate Change Officers
February 24-26, 2014
San Diego, CA


Audits find problems with air monitoring
A federal audit and a new state audit have detected problems in how the Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District monitors particulates and ozone.

Tax gone but hunt for carbon cash not forgotten: minister
The Australian
THE incoming federal government has moved fast to reassure farmers the generation of on-farm carbon credits through storing carbon in trees or reducing harmful greenhouse gas emissions remains a valuable and potentially lucrative source of income despite the imminent axing of the carbon tax.

Natural Gas/Coal

Japan Warned U.S. of Blackouts in Appeal for LNG Supply
The U.S. Department of Energy was informed by Japanese officials that the world’s third-largest economy risked a catastrophic power failure as it prepared to close its last operating atomic reactor last year.

Wall St. Exploits Ethanol Credits, and Prices Spike
The New York Times
It was supposed to help clean the air, reduce dependence on foreign oil and bolster agriculture. But a little known market in ethanol credits has also become a hot new game on Wall Street.

U.S. Coal Companies Scale Back Export Goals
The New York Times
The ailing American coal industry, which has pinned its hopes on exports to counter a declining market at home, is scaling back its ambitions as demand from abroad starts to ebb as well.

Appalachian miners decry what they call Obama’s ‘war on coal’
LA Times
When President Obama laid out ambitious plans in June for combating climate change, coal miners like Roger Horton heard what they considered the latest fusillade in the administration’s “war on coal.”


China’s Limit on New Solar Factories Seen Driving M&A
China, the world’s biggest maker of solar panels, will limit construction of new photovoltaic manufacturing plants to curb excess capacity, a move that may spur consolidation within the industry.

BayWa Builds Its Biggest Solar Plant at Site in Bordeaux, France
BayWa AG is building its largest solar-power plant with enough capacity at the development near Bordeaux, France, to supply electricity to about 15,000 homes.


Israel to Double Supply of Water to Thirsty Gaza Strip
Israel will build a pipeline that doubles the amount of water sold to the Palestinian Authority for Gaza Strip residents, a Defense Ministry spokesman said.

Essap to Build $516 Million of Water Plants in Paraguay
Paraguay’s state water utility plans to build four sewage plants for the capital Asuncion and the surrounding metropolitan area that will cost $516 million.

Talk point: what value should we place on water in developing countries?
The Guardian
As American financier Warren Buffett once said, “price is what you pay, value is what you get”. Price is set by the market. Value needs to be assessed and determined. This is worth bearing in mind as we consider the value of water – for it is worth far more than what we pay for it.


China renews subsidies for green vehicles
China has renewed private-buyer subsidies for “new energy” or electric-powered vehicles for another three years, in part to fight air pollution, but contrary to some expectations did not include gasoline-electric hybrid vehicles.

GM Developing Car to Rival Tesla
The Wall Street Journal
General Motors Co. is developing an electric car that can go 200 miles on a charge for around $30,000, officials at the largest U.S. auto maker said, offering a challenge to luxury electric-car startup Tesla Motors Inc.


Global 500 Climate Change Report 2013 (Posted September 12, 2013)

The Future of China’s Power Sector (posted August 27, 2013)
Bloomberg New Energy Finance

Sub-national involvement in NAMA development (posted August 7, 2013)
Ecofys’ International Climate Policies Unit

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

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