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China’s new environment law submitted to parliament ; Musk Says Tesla Will Have Chinese Production Within 4 Years Standard

Summary China steals the limelight in today’s edition, with a new environment law submitted to parliament and Tesla forecasting it will  produce there within 4 Years. We also follow the latest developments in Europe, with a call for an energy union to counter Russia made by Poland’s Prime Minister Donald Tusk, as well as measures to cut energy ties with Russia that should be discussed by G7 countries at an early May meeting in Rome.   Quote of the day   “We’re going to make a big investment in China in terms of charging infrastructure.” Tesla Motors Inc.Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk, in the Bloomberg…

China’s carbon traders flock to Hubei in search for profits; Keystone Pipeline Fate Now in Hands of Nebraskan Jurists Standard

Summary In today’s edition, we help you keep abreast of the three-day-weekend’s main piece of news: the announcement, by the Obama administration, that it will delay its decision on the Keystone pipeline. We also have new stories, like the success of the new Chinese carbon market and the possible sale, by Westinghouse Electric Co, of eight new nuclear reactors to China. Quote of the day “Once again, the administration is making a political calculation instead of doing what is right for the country.” Terry O’Sullivan, general president of the Laborers’ International Union of North America, in the Bloomberg’s story Keystone Pipeline…

Jimmy Carter comes out against Keystone XL pipeline; Alberta Mulls Higher CO2 Price to Win Support for Oil Sector Standard

  Summary In this edition, former president Jimmy Carter enters the fray on Keystone, suggesting president Barack Obama to think twice about it, while oil-rich Alberta is considering raising its carbon levy on heavy industry to spread the pain.  Quote of the day “You stand on the brink of making a choice that will define your legacy on one of the greatest challenges humanity has ever faced – climate change.” Former president Jimmy Carter, in the Washington Post’s story Jimmy Carter comes out against Keystone XL pipeline   Lead Stories Alberta Mulls Higher CO2 Price to Win Support for Oil Sector Jeremy van…

Brazil looks to swap World Cup publicity for carbon credits; Is the clean tech recovery under way? Standard

Summary Innovation is the common thread that ties today’s edition together, with a closer look at the sun-powered plane and its pilots; an offer from Brazil to swap publicity during the upcoming World Cup with carbon credits from holders of such credits; and an increase in clean energy investment.   Quote of the day “To be really honest, I am very afraid of living in a world that burns one million tons of oil every hour — without even counting gas and coal”. Aviation pioneer and pilot of Solar Impulse 2 Bertrand Piccard, in the CNN’s story Meet the pilots behind the sun-powered plane that can…

China set to elevate environment over development in new law; EU Nations Said to Set Next Carbon-Market Overhaul Talks in June Standard

  Summary  In today’s edition, IPCC climate change report’s findings seem to have been heard, as China is set to put the environment above economic development. Also in this edition, the EU is to hold discussions about a proposal to make supply in the world’s biggest carbon market more flexible in June. Quote of the Day “Many people point to China’s laws as a sign of the government’s concern about the environment. But changes in bureaucratic targets are a more direct indication of changing priorities and can tell us whether Beijing means business.”  Alex Wang, expert in Chinese environmental law at…

Averting climate change catastrophe is affordable, says IPCC report; US imposes sanctions on Crimea gas group; China to probe Veolia unit over reporting of water pollution Standard

Summary Good news in this edition: The world can afford to act against climate change, and the fight doesn’t mean we are condemned to lower standards of living. These are the findings of the latest UN report on climate change, published on Sunday. In any case, it is high time for carbon emitters to curb emissions, since, as EU climate Commissioner Connie Hedegaard says: “There is no plan B”. Also in this edition, we follow Ukraine and  the blame game after a chemical contaminated the water supply of 2.4 million people in China.  Quote of the day  “The energy sector is by…

Europe supply in jeopardy as Putin warns of Ukraine gas cut, How the Ukraine Crisis Could Help Clear Beijing’s Smog Standard

Summary Ukraine is back on the frontline. Vladimir Putin’s warning that Russia will stop supplying gas to Ukraine if it doesn’t pay its debt has Europe worried – and the US upset. Also in today’s edition, many ramifications of this crisis, with the Baltic states at the ready to import more gas and a silver lining to the cloud: how the Ukraine crisis could help clear Beijing’s smog. If you need to relax over the weekend, watch “Years of Living Dangerously,” a nine-part documentary beginning Sunday on Showtime and chronicling the human impact on the global climate and the consequences for humans…

JLN Environmental/Energy: UK Government launches Renewable Heat Incentive for homeowners, Unilever boss reveals company already being impacted by climate change Standard

Summary  In today’s edition, UK government touts its new renewable heat initiative as a “world’s first”, enabling people to be warm in winter while reducing their carbon emissions and their bills. Also, we expand on one of the stories we ran yesterday – corporations’ call for a trillion tons of carbon to stay in the ground. Companies such as Unilever, but also Jones Lang LaSalle, P&G and Target, are trying to do their part for the environment.  Quote of the day “Climate change is putting in jeopardy everything we have achieved since the 1960s in respect of poverty, food security, and social…

JLN Environmental Energy Germany ushers in renewable energy reform, Russia’s Gazprom says Ukraine fails to pay for gas on time Standard

Summary In this edition, Germany adopts, as mentioned yesterday, a renewable energy reform that will slow the expansion of green energy and force new investors in green power to take some risk. Also, Ukraine, saddled with a $2.2 billion debt, failed to pay on time for its Gazprom’s March gas supplies, said the Russia oil and gas giant. Quote of the day “Compromises have to be made” Ulrich Grillo, head of the BDI (the Federation of German Industries) in the Reuters’ story Germany ushers in renewable energy reform Lead Stories Germany ushers in renewable energy reform Markus Wacket, Reuters Chancellor…