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Berthoud company converts waste wood into multi-use carbon product 25.6.2017 Denver Post: News: Local
James Gaspard points to a pile of charred logs, burned in the 2013 Black Forest fire, and says, "What else were they going to do with it?"
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Brown's first stops in China are in cities that look a lot like California 5.6.2017 L.A. Times - World News

A shaded promenade traces the river in this southern Chinese city that — when the smog blows away — fills with couples dancing to the sunrise. Nearly 900 miles east, leafy boulevards and mountainside parks cover the former imperial capital of Nanjing.

The first two stops on Gov. Jerry Brown’s China...

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Trump Railed Against China While Abandoning Paris. His Views Are Wildly Outdated. 2.6.2017 Mother Jones
President Donald Trump announced Wednesday afternoon that the US will abandon the historic Paris climate agreement—promising to "begin negotiations to re-enter either the Paris accord or an entirely new transaction on terms that are fair to the United States." In doing so, Trump characteristically railed against China—labeling it an economic foe and arguing it got the best end of the deal. "They can do whatever they want in 13 years, not us," he said of China's emissions plans. Casting the deal as an erosion of US sovereignty, Trump added that "the rest of the world applauded when we signed the Paris agreement. They went wild. They were so happy. For the simple reason that it put our country, the United States of America, which we all love, at a very, very big economic disadvantage." But here's the reality: In the Paris agreement, China, for the first time, set a date at which it expects its climate emissions will "peak," or finally begin to taper downward: around 2030. That goal came about after the US ...
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California governor looks abroad for climate changes allies 1.6.2017 AP National
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Looking for allies in the fight against climate change, California Gov. Jerry Brown heads to China this week in a push to build foreign support for carbon-cutting efforts that have found resistance in Washington....
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California governor looks abroad for climate changes allies 1.6.2017 Seattle Times: Local

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Looking for allies in the fight against climate change, California Gov. Jerry Brown heads to China this week in a push to build foreign support for carbon-cutting efforts that have found resistance in Washington. California will work with governments around the world to combat climate change even if President Donald Trump […]
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Salesforce achieves net zero carbon emissions, ahead of schedule 13.4.2017 SFGate: Business & Technology
Cloud computing giant Salesforce said Thursday that it has achieved net zero greenhouse gas emissions — a rare milestone for a company of its size. Salesforce sustainability director Patrick Flynn said the company achieved its goal primarily by offsetting its greenhouse gas emissions with investments in carbon credit projects in Honduras and India. The company, which paid another firm to review its emissions records, said it is achieving its goal more than three decades ahead of schedule. Google has said it is buying enough wind and solar power to ensure that its operations run entirely on renewable energy this year. “In meeting their goal ahead of schedule, the company is demonstrating the power of intention and how setting a bold, public, net zero emissions goal can unleash innovation,” said Anne Kelly, senior policy director of Ceres, a nonprofit group that works with investors and businesses to encourage sustainability, in an email.
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EU Nears Final Talks on Emissions Trading 2.3.2017 Wall St. Journal: Europe
European Union officials are gearing for definitive negotiations on the future shape of the bloc’s emissions-trading system, a cornerstone of the EU’s efforts to curb global warming.
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With an Enemy Like Trump, Climate Activists Should Look Beyond the Paris Accord 22.12.2016 Truthout - All Articles
Trump's announcement that he intends to withdraw the US from the Paris Agreement has generated outrage worldwide. But many climate activists who find such carbon-trading-dependent agreements woefully insufficient believe it's time for people worldwide to take the climate fight local, like at Standing Rock. President Obama, center right, joining other leaders for a photo at the UN climate change conference in Le Bourget, near Paris, on Novvember 30, 2015. (Photo: Stephen Crowley / The New York Times) The first local environmental campaign I ever got involved in was against Donald Trump. I was living in Aberdeen, Scotland, when, in March 2006 Trump announced his plans to convert one of my favorite nature sites north of Aberdeen into a golf course, hotel and housing complex. Menie Estate, which he had acquired, lay at the heart of a landscape and ecosystem unique within Scotland : a large expanse of shifting sand dunes, home to a diverse community of plants found only on acidic, sandy soils, and well known ...
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Australian leader rules out taxes on polluters 7.12.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Canberra, Australia • Australia’s prime minister on Wednesday ruled out making power companies pay for greenhouse gas pollution they create — a policy option that angered conservative government lawmakers when proposed by a minister this week. Malcolm Turnbull said a review of the government’s climate change policies next year aimed at achieving greenhouse gas reduction targets by 2030 would not include any measures that would inflate electricity bills. “We are not going to take any steps that w...
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Australian leader rules out generators paying for pollution 7.12.2016 Seattle Times: Top stories

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s prime minister on Wednesday ruled out making power companies pay for greenhouse gas pollution they create — a policy option that angered conservative government lawmakers when proposed by a minister this week. Malcolm Turnbull said a review of the government’s climate change policies next year aimed at achieving greenhouse gas […]
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Australia considers charging power generators for pollution 5.12.2016 Seattle Times: Business & Technology

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia will consider making electrical power companies pay for greenhouse gas pollution they create, three years after the government scrapped the national carbon tax, a Cabinet minister said Monday. The conservative government rejected all polluter-pays options in 2014 when it repealed Australia’s 3-year-old carbon tax levied against the nation’s biggest industrial […]
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NZ backs fast-tracking of Paris climate deal 21.11.2016 New Kerala: World News
NZ backs fast-tracking of Paris climate deal
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One looming consequence of climate change: Small island nations will cease to exist 16.11.2016 LA Times: Commentary

As United Nations climate change talks get set to wrap up on Friday in Marrakech, Morocco, negotiators representing the Alliance of Small Island Nations underscored the need to speed up efforts to combat global warming and adapt to its effects.

“I’m happy about the progress that we are making,...

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UN's Clean Development Mechanism 'crucial' for Paris goals 8.11.2016 New Kerala: World News
UN's Clean Development Mechanism 'crucial' for Paris goals
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China pledges 18-percent carbon emissions cut by 2020 5.11.2016 Seattle Times: Nation & World

BEIJING (AP) — China’s cabinet issued a new climate plan targeting an 18-percent cut in carbon emissions by 2020 compared to 2015 levels, the same day that the Paris Agreement of nearly 200 countries took effect. Under the new State Council plan announced Friday, coal consumption must be capped at about 4.2 billion tons in […]
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China Warns Trump on Trashing Climate Plan 2.11.2016 Truthout.com
Donald Trump's campaign stump speech routinely name-checks China as a foreign bogeyman that's stealing American jobs and wealth. On Tuesday, the East Asian power slightly jabbed back at the GOP nominee. According to Reuters , China's top climate change negotiator criticized Trump's pledge to shred the Paris Agreement -- a pact was approved by more than 190 nations last year in an effort to reduce rising global temperatures. "I believe a wise political leader should take policy stances that conform with global trends," Xie Zhenhua told reporters, responding to a question about how his nation might work with a Trump administration on combating climate change. Trump has  previously alleged  that climate change is a hoax perpetrated by the Chinese government. Zhenhua added of a potential GOP White House's opposition to future climate talks: "If they resist this trend, I don't think they'll win the support of their people, and their country's economic and social progress will also be affected." In September, ...
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California Champions Cross-Border Climate Innovations 26.10.2016 American Prospect
AP Photo/Richard Vogel California Governor Jerry Brown, seated, signs SB 32 while joined by Senate President pro tempore Kevin de Leon, second from left, and state Senator Fran Pavley, Thursday, September 8, 2016, in Los Angeles.                                    In late August, a robust environmental coalition advocating sweeping climate change legislation in California scored an 11th-hour victory. With only a week left in the legislative session, the Assembly defied expectations by approving a bill that would build on California’s existing short-term goals to reduce the state’s greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent below 1990 levels by the year 2030. The response from the bill’s backers has bordered on the ecstatic, and advocacy groups, media outlets, and political pundits have cast the passage of the law, known as SB32, as a triumphant moment in California’s unstoppable progress as a go-it-alone global climate leader. However, the law’s actual climate impacts will be subtler. While positive, SB32’s ...
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After Brexit, sea wind undermine carbon prices 17.9.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
In shallow waters off the Dutch coast, you’ll soon see why the world’s biggest carbon market is struggling with slumping prices. Dong Energy plans to build two offshore wind parks there supplying as many as one million homes. The cost of the projects is about 60 percent cheaper than average rates estimated only a year ago by Bloomberg New Energy Finance in London. If they stick, the tariffs could be a “game changer” because they are showing lawmakers fighting climate change just how quickly ener...
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Two-thirds of Europeans want EU to do more on environment 25.8.2016 New Kerala: World News
Brussels, Aug 25 : Two-thirds of Europeans want the European Union to do more on environment protection, a survey has showed.
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California's cap-and-trade program has cut pollution. So why do critics keep calling it a failure? 30.7.2016 LA Times: Commentary

After cruising along for more than two years, California’s vaunted cap-and-trade program to cut carbon emissions has run into a few recent snags.

A state appeals court has signaled that it has doubts about how officials are spending billions in revenue from the  program — or even if they have the...

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