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Climate strikes, environmental protests in January 2020 (20.01.27 ~ 20.02.02)

Jan. 3: - The first climate strike of 2020 was led by the Fridays for Future movement, taking place across the globe from Uganda to Australia, with students not attending school for one day a week to raise awareness on the effects of climate change. Jan. 6: -...

Members of the European Parliament urge California to exclude REDD from its cap and trade scheme: “Adopting the Tropical Forest Standard would water down climate ambition in California, the...

Last week, six Members of the European Parliament wrote to the California Air Resources Board urging the ARB to reject the proposed California Tropical Forest Standard. In November 2018, the ARB held a public meeting about the proposed Tropical Forest Standard. But the Board failed to reach a decision at that meeting. The EU has never allowed forest credits in...

Wolf says regional cap-and trade plan needs ‘serious’ look

Governor Tom Wolf said Monday he wants to take a serious look at Pennsylvania joining a consortium of states that sets caps on greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. The Democrat's comments came at a news conference touting his administration's efforts to fight climate change and set targets to slash Pennsylvania's future greenhouse gas emissions. Wolf's administration has previously issued a...

CDFA and Air Resources Board launch public-private partnership to advance carbon farming

SACRAMENTO – The California Department of Food and Agriculture and the California Air Resources Board are announcing the launch of a public-private initiative to advance climate smart agriculture and reduce greenhouse gas emissions on agricultural lands. This partnership will create a mechanism for leading businesses in the food and fiber supply chain to directly fund climate projects on California...

California signs up for China’s Belt and Road Forum to help in fight against climate change

California’s Lieutenant Governor Eleni Kounalakis said she was attending the event primarily to “talk about climate change and urge participants to prioritise the issue, and consider how the ‘Belt and Road Initiative’ can drive positive action for this global threat”. But Kounalakis, who spoke at a forum on subnational cooperation in fighting global warming, praised China’s plans to introduce a...

California defends decision to maintain post-2020 ETS caps as it confirms surplus volume

California regulator ARB defended its decision to maintain the current emissions cap trajectory of its WCI-linked ETS to 2030, despite confirming that there were more than 218 million surplus compliance units at the end of the market’s second compliance period, according to a letter sent to legislators Tuesday.... An excerpt from Carbon Pulse

Californian insurance commissioner refuses to mandate climate risk disclosures

The California Department of Insurance currently requires the disclosure of fossil fuel-related investments by companies writing more than $100m in premiums. However, this excludes half of the insurance companies in California, and the department has not required insurers to disclose fossil fuel underwriting or to divest from the sector.... An excerpt from The Actuary

Guangdong carbon market closes higher

Carbon emissions allowances closed at 22.49 yuan (3.35 U.S. dollars) per tonne on Wednesday, 0.13 percent up from Tuesday, at the China Emissions Exchange (Guangzhou), the largest local carbon market in China. The allowances, officially known as Guangdong Emissions Allowances (GDEA).. Since its opening in December 2013, the market has traded 112.13 million tonnes of GDEA, with a total turnover...

Virginia completes rule to allow trading with RGGI

Virginia air regulators have finalized a regulation that imposes a declining cap on carbon emissions from the state's utilities and is intended to allow trading with the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) cap-and-trade program in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. However, Gov. Ralph Northam (D) is facing pressure to issue a line-item veto of a GOP-authored provision in the state...

Nevada Passes Bill to Double Renewable Standard, Aim for Carbon-Free Electricity by 2050

Nevada State lawmakers unanimously approved legislation on April 19 to boost the state’s renewable portfolio standard to 50 percent by 2030, and set a goal for achieving 100 percent of the state’s electricity from carbon-free resources by 2050. The existing target calls for the state to get 25 percent of supplies from renewables by 2025. The bill now moves...

New York City Passes Bold Bill to Slash Buildings’ Climate Impact

Today, New York City (NYC) Mayor Bill de Blasio is expected to sign the Climate Mobilization Act, a six-bill package that many are saying is the largest legislative mandate to cut climate pollution by any city in the world.... An excerpt from IMT

Landowners are earning millions for carbon cuts that may not occur

Under a California program aimed at curbing climate pollution, landowners across the US have received hundreds of millions of dollars for promised carbon dioxide reductions that may not occur. The state has issued carbon offset credits to projects that may overstate their emissions reductions by 80 million tons of carbon dioxide, a third of the total cuts that the state’s...

Nova Scotia ETS kicks off as first allowances distributed

"Nova Scotia allocated its first cap-and-trade permits on Monday following the start of its ETS on Jan. 1, though several design elements of the Canadian province’s programme are still to be determined over the coming year.... An excerpt from Carbon Pulse"

Ontario emissions declined during first year of now-defunct ETS, data shows

All three of Ontario’s largest emitting sectors saw their GHG output drop during the first year of the Canadian province’s now-cancelled cap-and-trade programme, according to government data....An excerpt from Carbon Pulse

Feds could tell you when to drive if carbon price law stands, court told

The law is so broad, a lawyer for the province said on Day 1 of a four-day Appeal Court hearing, that it would give the Ottawa powers that would destabilize Canada in the name of curbing the cumulative effects of global-warming emissions.“They could regulate where you live, how often you drive your car,” Josh Hunter told the five-justice panel....

Crypto Mining Firms Must Invest In Green Energy, Says Montana County

In a pushback against power-heavy crypto mining, it has been reported on April 4, 2019, that the Montana County of Missoula has passed a motion requiring all new crypto mining projects to invest in renewable energy. ... An excerpt from Altcoin.ist

California sues EPA over Trump’s emissions rollback

The battle between California and the federal government escalated last week. The state filed a lawsuit against the NHTSA and the EPA over the Trump administration's proposal to freeze fuel efficiency and emissions regulations at 2020 levels. The proposal would also end California's ability to set stricter standards. The federal proposal would end California's longstanding ability to set its...

USDA Invests in Rural Electric Infrastructure and Smart Grid Improvements in 13 States

Acting Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Joel Baxley today announced that USDA(United States Department of Agriculture ) is investing $485 million to upgrade rural electric systems (PDF, 102 KB) and reduce energy costs. The funding includes nearly $7.1 million for smart grid technologies that improve system operations and monitor grid security. Read more: The Gilmer Mirror - USDA Invests...

Smaller Impact From Carbon Tax In NS Due To ‘Cap And Trade’

On Monday, the federal government began levying its carbon tax on greenhouse gas-emitting fuels in four provinces that refused to take part in the national climate framework and create their own carbon pricing system.... An excerpt from CJLS

Washington state wins another round in battle to stop Millennium coal export terminal

Washington state and environmental groups scored a win in their fight against a West Coast coal export terminal April 1 when a federal district judge dismissed a foreign affairs doctrine claim brought by BNSF Railway Co.... An excerpt from IEEFA

Energy-related carbon dioxide emission profiles differ dramatically from state to state

Texas has more energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions than any other state, while Vermont has the least, according to EIA’s recently released Energy-related Carbon Dioxide Emissions by State, 2005-2016. In addition to energy-related CO2 emissions estimates for all 50 states, the report provides data on CO2 emissions per capita and emissions broken out by fuel and by sector.... An excerpt...

Here are the changes the Ford government has put in place for April 1

The province's environmental commissioner position is officially eliminated, most recently held by Dianne Saxe, and will be absorbed by the auditor general's office. ... An excerpt from MSN

The Rockefeller’s “Climate Change Threat” Program Is In Jeopardy

The Rockefeller Foundation is about to disband its "100 Resilient Cities" climate-adaptation initiative, according to Bloomberg. The initiative was the largest privately funded climate adaptation program in the United States. Started in 2013, the program was meant to help cities like Boston, Miami and New York prepare for "threats related to climate change." Rockefeller plans to close the organization's offices...

Billionaire’s climate-change fight includes Wyoming research

A British billionaire who's a major contributor to environmental causes, including fighting climate change, will fund carbon-capture research in Wyoming, the top U.S. coal-mining state. Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon and Carbontech Labs announced Thursday they're providing $1.25 million to help researchers find ways to turn greenhouse-gas emissions from coal-fired power plants into products that can be sold for a profit.... An...

New Mexico launches interactive map of methane emissions

New Mexico regulators have launched an online interactive map based on methane emissions from the oil and natural gas industry. The methane map will help the Environment Department track progress toward meeting the goals of Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s executive order addressing climate change and energy waste prevention, the agency said in the release, issued earlier this week. The governor’s executive...

Oregon governor signs ban on offshore drilling

Oregon has permanently banned offshore drilling in the midst of a federal push to open 90 percent of federal waters to oil exploration. Gov. Kate Brown signed a measure on Wednesday to extend a temporary 10-year ban that was set to expire next year. There is currently no oil production in the state but the U.S. Department of the Interior...

Seoul To Plant 30 Million Trees By 2022 To Fight Fine Dust

A total of 30 million trees will be planted in Seoul by 2022 and two large forests will be formed as part of efforts to mitigate worsening air pollution and urban heat, the Seoul Metropolitan Government announced Tuesday. A total of 480 billion won will be spent on the project over the next four years.... An excerpt from Pacific.epeak

London Launches The World’S First Ultra-Low Emission Zone

London has developed the world’s first Ultra-Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) planned for Central London, an area within which all cars (other than taxis), motorcycles, vans, minibuses, buses, coaches and heavy goods vehicles are required to meet exhaust emissions standards or pay a daily charge to travel. The central London ULEZ will be in place from 8 April 2019.... An excerpt...

Personal Carbon Trading Pilot

The CitiCAP Project focuses on co-creating and implementing a Personal Carbon Trading (PCT) scheme for mobility to reduce traffic emissions in Lahti. This will be a first city-wide pilot of PCT ever performed within the EU. Through the PCT scheme citizens can receive benefits, such as discounted bus tickets or bicycle repair services, in exchange for smart mobility choices.... An...

Colorado legislator pushes bill to pave the way for early coal plant closures

In January, Chris Hansen, a Democratic member of the Colorado House of Representatives, introduced the “Colorado Energy Impact Assistance Act” (HB 1037). The legislation is an updated version of a bill Hansen introduced in 2017. That bill passed the House but died in the then-Republican-controlled state Senate. In an interview with Greentech Media, Rep. Hansen explained that the bill does...