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The US Environmental Protection Agency on Monday said emissions from aviation contribute to climate change and endangers people’s health, opening the door for the department to regulate the sector under the Clean Air Act and implement internationally-agreed aircraft standards.
Observers are optimistic the world can reach a deal on phasing out potent HFCs under the Montreal Protocol after talks in Vienna brought parties closer on key elements of a final pact.
European carbon prices firmed slightly on Monday amid light volume and a narrow trading range, but following last week’s 7.5% weekly loss analysts warned there could be more weakness ahead.
A policy director with emissions trading association IETA is leaving the organisation to take a role with the New Zealand government, Carbon Pulse has learned.
A senior carbon trader with San Diego-based environmental commodity investment managers CE2 Capital Partners has left the firm.
Job listings this week:
Manager, UNFCCC’s Sustainable Development Mechanisms Programme – Bonn
Policy Director, EU Affairs, IETA – Brussels
Regional Carbon Trader – Singapore
Energy Finance Consultant, Climate Policy Initiative – London
Manager, Climate Adaptation Policy, Conservation International – Arlington, Virginia
Project Manager, Climate Policy Initiative – Kalimantan, Indonesia
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BITE-SIZED UPDATES FROM AROUND THE WORLD
Citizen Kaine – While Hillary Clinton’s running mate Tim Kaine supports policies to address climate change, he’s also been supportive of his home state’s coal industry, offshore drilling in the Atlantic and of LNG exports, Bloomberg Government reports.
Shredded – Angela Merkel’s chancellery officials have “shredded” the formerly ambitious Climate Action Plan 2050 proposal by Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks, Der Spiegel reports. The German chancellery, which was to evaluate the draft over the summer, has cut almost all concrete targets from the plan, effectively distancing itself from the outcome of the Paris climate deal, the outlet adds. It also earmarked for further examination the “complete long-term switch to renewables in the power system”, goals to reduce meat consumption by 2050, the switch to electric mobility, and plans for a commission to devise the phase-out of coal, the article says. Plans for “carbon neutral” power production were too extensive, the chancellery said in a letter to the environment ministry seen by Der Spiegel. The cabinet will not make a decision on the Climate Action Plan 2050 before October 2016, the article says. (H/T Clean Energy Wire)
Someone should pipe up about this – A new report from Oil Change International and 11 other groups concludes a slate of natural gas pipeline proposals in the Appalachian Basin threatens progress the US has made on reducing emissions, and could keep the country from meeting its Paris climate commitments, Utility Dive reports. The report identifies 19 new proposed natural gas pipelines in the region and finds “all of them are incompatible with the Paris target and existing US climate goals.” The groups wants federal regulators to apply a “climate test” to all fossil fuel projects, and say any analysis of the need for gas supply “must be premised on national and international climate goals, not business-as-usual.”
And finally… You think you’re hot? – Temperatures in Kuwait reached 54C (129F) last week, a record for the eastern hemisphere and possibly the entire planet, according to the Guardian. The record has yet to be confirmed by the WMO, which still has to receive the actual data from Kuwait’s meteorological department. The highest temperature ever recorded was in Death Valley, California, where the mercury is said to have risen to 56.7C on 10 July 1913. However, the validity of that figure has been debated by meteorologists.
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