What Chinese cities can teach US about sustainable innovation

May 8, 2013 by  
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Chinese cities are experimenting with ways to maximize EV development and deployment, green building and a locally tailored carbon market.

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$40B in energy savings hiding in US commercial buildings

May 8, 2013 by  
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The federal government estimates we can save $40 billion annually by reducing energy use in commercial buildings 20 percent by 2020.

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Europe’s Carbon Market Failures Expose Flaws in the Cap and Trade System

April 23, 2013 by  
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There once was a time when cap and trade plans looked like our best hope for limiting carbon emissions . But recent fluctuations in the European carbon market seem to indicate trouble in paradise. The prices of carbon allowances — necessary for any company that plans to produce more emissions than allotted — have dropped down to 10% of what they were once worth. While that’s bad news for investors, it also gives polluters a cheap way to continue polluting as usual. Read the rest of Europe’s Carbon Market Failures Expose Flaws in the Cap and Trade System Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: cap and trade problems , carbon market dropping , carbon market failure , eu cap and trade , EU carbon allowances , EU carbon market , European cap and trade , European carbon allowances , European carbon market , global warming solutions , market solutions for warming        

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EPA Wants State Department to Reassess Their Analysis of the Keystone XL Pipeline

April 23, 2013 by  
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In March, the State Department issued a controversial analysis of the Keystone XL Pipeline that stated the project would have no significant impact on the environment. Needless to say, this raised the hackles of many concerned citizens and environmental groups . The US Environmental Protection Agency also took issue with the assessment, and this week released a document criticizing the State Department’s report. In a letter , the agency remarked that there was not enough evidence to give credence to the State Department’s conclusions concerning safety, emissions, and alternative routes. The formal objections could complicate the approval of the $7 billion project. Read the rest of EPA Wants State Department to Reassess Their Analysis of the Keystone XL Pipeline Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Alberta , arkansas , assessment , canada , CO2 , environmental protection agency , global warming , gulf of mexico , kalamazoo river , Keystone XL Pipeline , mayflower , Michigan , oil , president obama , spill , state department , tar sands        

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TEST DRIVE: The Ford Fusion Hybrid Joins the 40+ MPG Club

April 23, 2013 by  
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Australia to Join EU Carbon Emission Market (Allowing Companies to Pay to Pollute)

August 30, 2012 by  
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Industrial Chimney photo from Shutterstock Carbon trading markets are controversial since they allows companies to essentially ‘pay to pollute’ . However, Australia has just announced that it plans to link its carbon trading scheme with the EU’s, enabling firms to use European permits from mid-2015 to emit carbon dioxide (CO2). Despite opposition to such ‘cap-and-trade’ schemes, the carbon market is viewed by many as a significant step towards cutting greenhouse gas emissions globally. Read the rest of Australia to Join EU Carbon Emission Market (Allowing Companies to Pay to Pollute) Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags:

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What’s the long-term impact of the EU’s carbon market crisis?

July 31, 2012 by  
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The European Union plans to shore up its Emissions Trading Scheme following a dramatic fall in carbon prices. Does this mean an end to the carbon trading system?  

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COP17 UPDATE: Durban’s Last Day and No Agreement is Signed

December 9, 2011 by  
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As the COP17 conference in Durban winds to a close today, we’re still left without a major global agreement on how to reduce emissions and stall global climate change. The focus today has been on a proposed “roadmap” for future discussions on emissions reductions drawn up by the European Union that is vague enough that there are hopes it could be signed by many of the delegates in attendance in Durban. Even then, the United States, China and India are saying that this so-called “roadmap” goes against their personal demands. Read the rest of COP17 UPDATE: Durban’s Last Day and No Agreement is Signed Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: carbon market , carbon markets , carbon solutions , Climate Change , climate change talks , cop17 , durban , durban climate conference , durban climate talks , global warming , international agreement , largest emitters , un climate change , un climate conference , unfccc , united nations framework conference on climate change

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California’s AB32 Climate Law to Create a Cap-and-Trade Program in the Largest US State

December 6, 2011 by  
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In 2013 California will go where no U.S. state has gone before – it will start a comprehensive emissions limiting program by employing the mandatory use of carbon credits throughout the state for large emitters. AB 32, the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 , was passed by the state legislature and signed into law by Governor Schwarzenegger. It gives the California Air Resources Board (CARB) the power to start limiting carbon emissions on a small-scale immediately after the passing of the bill, and asks CARB to develop a long-term plan for the reduction of the state’s carbon emissions. The long-term plan will institute a carbon cap-and-trade program that is expected to reduce emissions by 2-3% per business each year until 2020. The plan will allow businesses to sell credits for excess carbon they reduce or buy credits if they are unable to do so. The plan starts in 2012 with present levels of carbon emissions, and reductions will become mandatory in 2013. Read the rest of California’s AB32 Climate Law to Create a Cap-and-Trade Program in the Largest US State Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: ab32 , assembly bill 32 , California , california carbon credits , california climate law , california climate legislation , carbon credits , carbon market , Climate Change , climate legislation , comprehensive climate legislation , emissions credits , emissions market , global warming

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Chicago Exchange’s Closure Drives Another Nail in US Carbon Market

August 8, 2011 by  
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The Chicago Climate Futures Exchange will close its doors early next year, in the wake of low trading volume and a lack of political leadership on carbon pricing and regulation.

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