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  • Published: Nov 13th, 2009
  • Category: UK
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Interview: James Smith: We need a worldwide carbon trade

| Sourced From Independent.co.uk |

The Business Interview: Shell may seem an unlikely climate campaigner, but their UK chairman is crossing his fingers for an international deal on CO2 emissions at Copenhagen

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CalSTRS Proxy Proposals Get Carbon Disclosure Commitments

| Sourced From Businesswire.com |

SACRAMENTO, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–In a sign that even skeptical companies are

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  • Published: Jun 23rd, 2009
  • Category: USA
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One Man’s 1,000-Mile Atlantic Swim Calls Out CO2’s Impact on Oceans

| Sourced From Solveclimate.com |

How far would you go to ensure that your generation leaves behind a healthier planet for your kids?

One Massachusetts dad swam through factory sludge, shipping pollution and sewage to draw attention to the damage human activity is doing to the nation’s waterways.

Now, he’s braving the Atlantic on a 1,000-mile coastal swim and water testing tour to call out the impact of climate change on the world’s oceans. At 40, Christopher Swain’s inspiration is this simple:

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  • Published: Jun 5th, 2009
  • Category: Asia
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Carbon payments payments could protect orangutans, pygmy elephants in Borneo

| Sourced From Physorg.com |

A new report published today provides compelling evidence that paying to conserve billions of tons of carbon stored in tropical forests could also protect orangutans, pygmy elephants, and other wildlife at risk of extinction. The study, published in the peer-reviewed journal Conservation Letters, is one of the first to offer quantitative evidence linking the drive to reduce carbon emissions from forests with the push to preserve threatened mammal biodiversity.

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New Carbon Footprint Calculator Launched

| Sourced From NewsWise.com |

Newswise Dalhousie Universitys Eco-Efficiency Centre, located in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, now offers a cost-free carbon footprint calculator for small- and medium-sized businesses in Canada. With support from Nova Scotia Environment, the Centres calculator is a user-friendly tool to help businesses estimate their environmental impacts through measuring emissions associated with a variety of operations, including energy use, electricity consumption, and freight.

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  • Published: May 28th, 2009
  • Category: Asia
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Stern breaks the east-west deadlock on who’s responsible for CO2

| Sourced From Guardian.co.uk |

I think I heard the quiet tinkling sound of an unacknowledged breakthrough last week: a statement that could make the difference between success and failure at December’s crucial climate talks in Copenhagen.

One of the issues that could sink the talks is the question of “outsourced emissions”. This refers to greenhouse gases produced in one nation on behalf of another. The UK, for example, is comfortably meeting its commitments under the Kyoto protocol only because much of our manufacturing industry has moved to China. Under Kyoto rules, the pollution produced by Chinese factories making goods for the UK belongs to China. The protocol counts only the production, not the consumption, of greenhouse gases.

China says this is unfair. Around half the recent increase in its emissions arises from the manufacture of goods for western markets.
This pollution should, it says, belong to the consumer nations, not the producers. A successor to the Kyoto protocol which did not recognise this would punish China for our consumption.

The rich nations have been furiously resisting this idea. That’s not surprising: a study by the Stockholm Environment Institute for the British government suggests that carbon dioxide emissions caused by the UK’s consumption increased by 18% between 1992 and 2004, even as our production emissions fell. Had the Kyoto agreement measured consumption, not production, the UK would be missing its targets by a very long way.

I’m with China. Greenhouse gas emissions are rising because consumption is rising. Unless we address this, we cannot prevent climate breakdown. It doesn’t matter where production takes place: the problem is that we are consuming too much.

During the panel discussion that followed a screening of the eco film Age of Stupid last week, I asked Lord Stern about this. His answer surprised and delighted me: it represents a dramatic departure from the policy of the government with which he has worked so closely. Here’s what he said:

It is a point that the Chinese authorities make very clearly and strongly and I think that it’s a very sound one. My own view is that we need a combination of the two things. If you move to a different kind of division of labour where another country, in this case China, starts to make things that we might have made, and therefore has that production process in the emissions occurring there, rather than their own country, then we’re jointly responsible for that and both parties gain from the division of labour. That’s what trade is all about and that’s why trade can help development.

So my own view is that we probably need something like an average of the two, or a combination of the two. But the logical point China makes is that there is a definite responsibility with the consumer and not just with the producer is a sound one.

When Stern talks about these matters, governments listen. If he is prepared to pursue this proposal – that outsourced emissions should be shared between producers and consumers – there’s a good chance that it could be adopted at Copenhagen. It is surely the most realistic way to break the deadlock.

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  • Published: May 26th, 2009
  • Category: USA
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Trading system seen as a key to cutting carbon emissions

| Sourced From Tampabay.com |

A decade ago environmental attorney Marco Monroy approached food giant Nestle with a novel proposal. If the company converted boilers at its ice cream factory in Chile from coal to natural gas, it could cut emissions of carbon dioxide by up to 50 percent.

It wasn’t an easy sell.

The conversion would cost $100,000, and on top of that natural gas was more expensive. But Monroy had a surprising pitch. He explained that the reduced carbon emissions could be sold on the world market and were worth $50,000 a year.

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  • Published: May 23rd, 2009
  • Category: USA
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Coal plant to put power of CO2 to test

| Sourced From Ajc.com |

MOBILE – Alabama Power Co.s Barry Electric Generating Plant north of Mobile will be the site of the nations first large-scale attempt to capture carbon dioxide emitted from a coal-fired power plant and to inject the gas deep underground.

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ANALYSIS – U.S. cap and trade plans risk European mistakes

| Sourced From Communities.ThomsonReuters.com |

LONDON/BRUSSELS, May 15 (Reuters) – Plans by the United States to tackle climate change through a cap and trade scheme must learn from the mistakes of Europe if they are to avoid giving away multi-billion-dollar windfalls to industry.

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  • Published: May 17th, 2009
  • Category: USA
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Dems’ climate bill shortchanges Obama tax credit

| Sourced From Google.com |

WASHINGTON (AP) The House Democrats’ bill to limit gases blamed for global warming would generate a fraction of the money President Barack Obama wanted to get from it to pay for a middle-class tax credit.

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  • Published: May 5th, 2009
  • Category: Asia
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Carbon capture price talks begin

| Sourced From TheNational.ae |

Masdar, the Abu Dhabi renewable energy firm, has begun negotiating with the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) on a fair price to charge for carbon dioxide it gathers from industrial smokestacks, but will not be able to determine a final figure until next year, a top company official said yesterday.

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Scotland to take lead in ‘carbon capture’

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Scotland could take the lead in pioneering “carbon capture” energy projects, First Minister Alex Salmond has said.

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Opportunities in carbon trading

| Sourced From Stock Journal |

FARMERS have nothing to fear from the Federal Government’s looming emissions trading scheme, according to Landcare CarbonSMART managing director Matthew Reddy.

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Mixed messages, but carbon trading pressure is rising

| Sourced From The Age |

THE Australian Government insists that it is not changing its plan to launch an emissions trading scheme in just over a year’s time, but the pressure to do so is rising as bad economic numbers roll in, and the advice it is getting from the business community has split in a very interesting way.

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Does Funding Carbon Capture Boost Energy Security?

| Sourced From The New York Times |

The question of whether taxpayer money should be used to help companies and governments capture and store carbon dioxide from power plants and heavy industry a process known as carbon capture and storage, or C.C.S. stirs passions across the board.

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  • Published: Feb 3rd, 2009
  • Category: Global
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The CO2 Solution: Forests

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  • Published: Jan 26th, 2009
  • Category: Global
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Climate change – facing facts

| Sourced From Green Left |

The scientific evidence is conclusive. The delicate ecological balance of the planet is being destroyed.

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Dion, Campbell felt sting of carbon tax

| Sourced From The Province |

Two words played a big role in politics in 2008 — carbon tax.

While the words may be environmentally correct, in an age of political correctness they are politically incorrect and dangerous.

Ask Stephane Dion.

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Chicago 2016 joins Climate Exchange

| Sourced From Chicago Business |
(Crains) Chicago 2016, the group behind the citys bid to host the 2016 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games, is going green.

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Environmentalists protest at Australian coal-fired plant

SYDNEY, Nov 1 (Reuters) – Environmental activists chained themselves to a conveyor belt at one of Australia’s largest coal-fired electricity plants on Saturday to protest slow government action on climate change, a spokeswoman said.

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