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Carbon Prices to Remain Depressed Despite Climate Pact, Analyst Says

The extension of pollution limits under the Kyoto Protocol at the UN climate talks in Doha, Qatar likely won’t help reduce a surplus of carbon offsets and emissions allowances that have dampened prices. The agreement to extend the Kyoto Protocol to 2020 only covers about 15 percent of emissions worldwide. Countries’ … Read more »

Energy, Raw Material Prices Top CEO Concerns, PwC Says

Fifty-three percent of CEOs say energy and raw materials costs are the biggest threats to business growth prospects, according to a PricewaterhouseCoopers survey. The results from PwC’s Global Annual CEO Survey, which will be released in January, show a seven percent increase over corporate leaders’ concerns last year about energy … Read more »

UN Climate Talks Extend Kyoto; Deal for Damage Aid

Nations at the United Nations climate talks in Doha have agreed to extend pollution limits under the Kyoto Protocol to 2020, and a handful of countries, not including the United States, have taken on new carbon-cutting targets and made concrete financial pledges for climate change adaptation aid to poorer nations. … Read more »

UN Climate Talks Fail to Reach Funding Agreements as Deadline Looms

With still no agreements on climate change compensation or funding for poor nations or even extending the Kyoto Protocol beyond 2013, the United Nations’ climate talks in Doha, scheduled to end tonight, are likely to continue at least through Saturday, according to media reports. The Economic Times says consensus looks at least … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Soot Rules, Energy Manufacturing Act, EU Environment Plan

The EPA has sent its final version of soot rules to the White House for review yesterday. The agency said it expects to meet a court-ordered deadline of December 14 to strengthen Clean Air Act rules regarding the air quality standards for fine particulate matter (PM 2.5), The Hill said. … Read more »

UN Climate Talks Roundup: Nations Demand Compensation, Investment Falls Short

UN Climate Talks Roundup: Nations Demand Compensation, Investment Falls Short

Climate change compensation has emerged as a major issue of the UN climate talks in Doha, Qatar, the Guardian reports, with rich countries like the US and Europe opposing the idea that they should pay developing counties for “loss and damage” in vulnerable areas caused by climate change. The concept … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Climate Action Tracker, German Renewables, Wind PTC, E15

The Climate Action Tracker issued its latest briefing, saying that major nations’ policies are inadequate to limit global warming, and the US is off track in meeting its weak pledge to limit greenhouse gas emissions. The report, issued on the sidelines of the Doha, Qatar, climate talks, said tougher policies … Read more »

UN Climate Talks May Streamline Negotiations

Delegates from nearly 200 countries are trying to streamline their negotiations and focus on one track at the UN climate talks in Doha, Qatar, in an effort to simplify the drafting of a more stringent worldwide treaty on greenhouse gas emissions. The delegates plan to close two parallel strands of … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Airlines in ETS, BP Felony Charges, Black Elk

President Obama has signed into law a bill that excludes US airlines from European carbon emissions taxes in the EU ETS. The US airline industry argued that the rules – which the EU put on hold earlier this month – were unfair because they would have been applied to the … Read more »

Modest Hopes for UN Climate Talks

The United Nations’ climate talks got underway Monday in Doha, Qatar with negotiators and experts expressing modest expectations for the two-week global conference, which will center on laying the groundwork for a new emissions cap-and-trade agreement as the Kyoto Protocol’s expiration looms. The negotiations leading up to Doha have been … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Doha, NY Fracking, UK Energy Law

More than 17,000 participants are expected in Doha, Qatar for the United Nations’ 18th Conference of the Parties on climate change, beginning today. The meeting comes a month before the expiration of the first commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol. Last year’s Durban Platform called for richer countries to continue their … Read more »