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Direct Action: Coalition will provide an extra $1bn to emissions reduction fund 24.4.2014 The Guardian -- World Latest

Only 130 Australian companies will have any limits set on their greenhouse pollution

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Wall Street Wants to Lend You Money to Fight Climate Change 23.4.2014 Mother Jones
This story originally appeared in The Atlantic and is republished here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. The latest series of reports from the United Nation Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warned in stark terms the catastrophic consequences of the world's governments' decades-long foot-dragging on limiting greenhouse gas emissions. But what can you do? For one thing, fix up your damn house. That furnace, from the Reagan era, the inefficient water heater, the drafty windows? They're directly contributing to climate change. Homes consume 22 percent of the US's energy and, along with commercial buildings, account for 10 percent of the United States' greenhouse gas emissions. The chances of the US government enacting a carbon tax, emissions trading scheme or taking other sweeping action to tackle climate change may be next to nil. But thanks to an innovative new initiative from financial conglomerate Citi, the Pennsylvania state treasury and non-profits, homeowners across the country soon ...
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Vince Cable to bring in tougher penalties for 'dodgy directors' 19.4.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page
Measures would allow courts to ban those with overseas convictions and order compensation for victims of misconduct

Reckless company directors may have to compensate victims of their failed business dealings under new measures being brought forward by Vince Cable, the business secretary.

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills said Cable was "taking aim at dodgy directors" by bringing in tougher penalties, with some of the worst offences recently seen in scam wine investment, landbanking and carbon credit schemes that targeted elderly people.

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UNAIDS names Brazilian footballer as Goodwill Ambassador (Cached) 17.4.2014 New Kerala: World News
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Australian carbon price scrapping seen as backwards step, says IPCC author 14.4.2014 Guardian: Environment

IPCC report says carbon pricing is cost-effective incentive for everyone to look for their best option to lower emissions'

The international community believes Australia is taking a backwards step by scrapping carbon pricing, which is seen as a key tool in cutting emissions, according to an Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change lead author.

Prof David Stern, a lead author of the UN report which was released on Sunday, said although the IPCC was policy-neutral, the report makes clear the benefits of carbon pricing.

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Calif. climate-change fight results in utility bill credits 30.3.2014 SFGate: Business & Technology
Calif. climate-change fight results in utility bill credits
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Ban hails impact of UN climate change treaty (Cached) 21.3.2014 New Kerala: World News
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Carbon tax repeal voted down by Senate 20.3.2014 Guardian: Environment

Tony Abbott’s carbon pricing scheme now lands in the lap of new Senate that sits in July


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Mercury News editorial: Steinberg's carbon tax proposal going nowhere, but raises important discussion 8.3.2014 San Jose Mercury News: Editorials
But Steinberg has sparked a worthwhile conversation about the tradeoffs of fighting climate change, particularly with regard to the burden lower-income Californians will bear. That could lead to improvements in the law.
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Natural capital: breakthrough or buzzword? 7.3.2014 Guardian: Environment
As the concept of valuing nature gains popularity, Marc Gunther examines whether it could be a game-changer or a waste of time The corporate sustainability movement needs many things – scale, acceleration, a sense of urgency, science-based targets and goals – but one thing it surely does not need is another buzzword. Yet that is what "natural capital" is at risk of becoming. At the GreenBiz Forum last month in Arizona, which attracted nearly 600 sustainability professionals, talk of natural capital was everywhere. The Nature Conservancy and the Corporate Eco Forum unveiled the Natural Capital Business Hub , which aims to "help companies uncover opportunities to enhance their bottom lines by integrating the value of natural capital into their strategy, operations, accounting and reporting." Companies identified as Natural Capital Leaders – including Kimberly Clark, Freeport McMoran and Adobe – were praised. So what, exactly, is natural capital? And why should companies care? Will ...
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Labor will not join Greens in fight against revoking carbon auctions 25.2.2014 Guardian: Environment

Mark Butler says this does not change Labor’s position against the carbon tax repeal, nor its support for an emissions trading scheme


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Labor yet to respond to Greens motion on carbon auctions 24.2.2014 The Guardian -- World Latest
Greens will move motion to disallow environment minister’s revocation of upcoming carbon auctions Bridie ...
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Program offers $35 million to landowners in Prairie Pothole Region interested in conservation 14.2.2014 Star Tribune: Politics
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European Lawmakers Try to Spur Market for Carbon-Emission Credits 6.2.2014 NY Times: Business
European Lawmakers Try to Spur Market for Carbon-Emission Credits
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Coalition’s direct action climate plan ‘has major structural problems’ 5.2.2014 Guardian: Environment

Business and conservation organisations question Australia’s ability to meet its 5% emissions reduction target by 2020


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EU 2030 climate deal meets UK's core demands of ambitious cuts and choice 23.1.2014 Guardian: Environment
Having set a high standard, we can now influence countries like the US and China ahead of 2015's critical global climate talks On climate change, Britain is leading in Europe. Wednesday's proposal by the European commission for a binding 40% greenhouse gas reduction target by 2030 is a significant step forward. The commission has accepted our core argument that the EU's domestic emissions reduction target must be ambitious so we can influence countries like the US and China, ahead of 2015's critical global climate talks. By leading on a strong emissions reduction target, the UK is persuading others on the need for member states to have the freedom and flexibility to develop their own energy mix to achieve these ambitious reductions. Rigid technology specific targets set for each country would not be cost effective – and EU members should be free to decarbonise in a way that is right for them, including renewables, nuclear, carbon capture and storage and energy efficiency. Energy ...
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Carbon offsetting can benefit business as well as communities 22.1.2014 Guardian: Environment
As part of our series on integrated carbon offsetting we asked Fran Leedham, head of sustainability at Jaguar Land Rover, to explain how her firm and communities benefit Sponsored feature • Interview with Jonathon Porritt , Forum for the Future • Interview with Zelda Bentham , Aviva Our first opportunity to get involved in this more integrated style of offsetting, bringing social benefits as well as carbon benefits, came when we helped to get a clean cook stove project off the ground in Uganda. At the time there was no recognised system for measuring the carbon reductions from this type of project, so ClimateCare developed a methodology that now enables the carbon reductions to be calculated and independently verified. Financing options can be quite complicated and for this project we gave seed funding and then purchased the emissions [in the form of voluntary carbon credits] for the first four years, which enabled the stoves to get on to the market. We've since become involved in ...
'Burnt out' EU to curb climate goals 22.1.2014 BBC: Science
Binding national targets on renewable energy are expected to be dropped from new EU proposals due to be unveiled on Wednesday.
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Labour: Tory MEPs failing to stand up to big business and vested interests 21.1.2014 The Guardian -- World Latest
Euro election strategists to promote EU as means of keeping multinationals in check – and attack Tories as anti-consumer Labour will launch its first salvo in the European parliament election campaign, claiming Tory MEPs' voting record in Brussels reveals they repeatedly fail to stand up to vested interests, such as bankers, big tobacco and the food industry. Michael Dugher, shadow minister responsible for Labour's communications ahead of the 2015 election, was travelling to Brussels to brief MEPs on Labour's election plans. The aim is to try to dovetail the pro-consumer message now being crafted in the UK by Labour with a similar message in the European elections built around the voting stance of Tory MEPs. Labour is under pressure to win the popular vote in the May elections, and push the Tories into third place, but knows that issues of EU immigration, a referendum and welfare may dominate. It believes it may be able to weld a populist message around the power of Europe to keep ...
Europe must set a new renewable energy target | John Sauven 20.1.2014 The Guardian -- World Latest

John Sauven: The UK will face the consequences in lost jobs and investment if the EU doesn't agree a 2030 renewables goal



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