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Poland’s incoming government has replaced the country’s top climate envoy with just over a week before the start of critical UN climate talks in Paris.
South Africa’s biggest emitters should face no liability in the first year of the country’s long-awaited carbon tax, according to a committee tasked with reviewing the tax system, a recommendation that would effectively exempt companies from paying for their emissions until 2018.
Two Oregon Democrat lawmakers said on Wednesday they would design a carbon trading bill for the state that they would aim to push through in the 2016 legislative session, after three similar initiatives failed this year.
European carbon prices edged higher on Wednesday, as profitability for German coal-fired power plants jumped for a second straight day.
Bite-sized updates from around the world
GOP Targets Climate Finance to Block Paris Deal – Republican lawmakers are making plans to prohibit US contributions to the Green Climate Fund, with senators John Barrasso (R-WY) and Jim Inhofe (R-OK) circulating a letter that pledges that Congress will block any contributions unless President Obama submits any forthcoming international climate agreement for senate approval. (H/T Climate Nexus)
Meanwhile, environmentalists are putting an interesting spin on this week’s Republican victory in the Senate against the CPP, saying the votes show GOP support for taking action against climate change is rising, not weakening. (Washington Examiner)
China’s special climate change representative, Xie Zhenhua, told reporters in Beijing Thursday the country hoping for a legally binding outcome from the Paris summit. (Bloomberg)
Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull agreed on the sidelines of the G20 gathering with European leaders in Turkey this week that the language of the Paris agreement should agree on a long-term goal to ensure temperatures keep within an increase of 2 degrees on pre-industrial levels, which it has previously rejected. (Fairfax)
And finally… Following last weekend’s attacks in Paris, French authorities have decided that two major climate change marches planned in the city on Nov. 29 and Dec. 16 cannot go ahead due to security concerns. Police will allow demonstrations in closed spaces or areas where security is easily enforced. (Guardian)
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