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EU climate chief urges China to show international commitment

By Stian Reklev BEIJING (Reuters) - China could set a new pace for slow-moving international climate talks by bringing its domestic commitment to fight global warming on to the world stage, the EU's top climate change official said on Wednesday. EU Climate Change Commissioner Connie Hedegaard is visiting China this week for two-way talks ahead of a June U.N. meeting in Bonn where negotiators from more than 190 nations will continue efforts to agree a new international climate treaty.

Australia's Palmer says won't back government climate plan: report

(Reuters) - Australia's government might fail to get the necessary backing for its planned A$1.55 billion ($1.45 billion) fund to pay big emitters to cut pollution, after a Senate minority party on Monday said it would vote against the plan. Mining billionaire Clive Palmer, whose Palmer United Party (PUP) will control the balance of power in the Senate from July, said he would not back the government's direct action Plan on climate change.

B.C. environment minister warned about LNG greenhouse gas emissions

VANCOUVER - British Columbia Environment Ministry staff have warned their minister that the province's dreamed-of liquefied natural gas industry poses some big challenges with greenhouse gas emissions. Internal briefing notes prepared for Environment Minister Mary Polak since she took office last year and obtained by The Canadian Press, single out methane emissions for concern. On top of emissions from combustion and flaring of natural gas, methane and carbon dioxide escape during hydraulic fracturing process, or fracking, the documents said.

EU to host industry talks ahead of setting 2030 climate goals

LONDON (Reuters) - The European Commission will hold three meetings this summer on how to ensure the bloc's industries can compete in global markets while meeting goals to cut greenhouse gas emissions, it said on Wednesday. The meetings aim to gather views on rules determining if companies can continue to receive free carbon permits under the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) beyond 2020, when current measures expire.

EU to host industry talks ahead of setting 2030 climate goals

LONDON (Reuters) - The European Commission will hold three meetings this summer on how to ensure the bloc's industries can compete in global markets while meeting goals to cut greenhouse gas emissions, it said on Wednesday. The meetings aim to gather views on rules determining if companies can continue to receive free carbon permits under the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) beyond 2020, when current measures expire.

Brazil looks to swap World Cup publicity for carbon credits

By Marcelo Teixeira SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Brazil, looking to offset the carbon emissions generated by construction, travel and other activities related to hosting the 2014 Soccer World Cup, said on Tuesday it wants holders of United Nations-backed carbon credits to swap them for publicity during the games. The World Cup begins June 12 and Brazil's Environment Ministry said it has launched a program to convince owners of credits to exchange them for publicity in official documents of the event.

U.S. greenhouse gas emissions fall 10 pct since 2005: EPA

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. greenhouse gas emissions fell nearly 10 percent from 2005 to 2012, more than halfway toward the United States' 2020 target pledged at United Nations climate talks, according to the latest national emissions inventory. The report showed that emissions dropped 3.4 percent from 2012 to 2011, mostly due to a decrease in energy consumption and fuel switching from coal to natural gas.

Ex-U.N. climate chief installed as new head of GGGI

SEOUL, April 15 (Yonhap) -- A former head of the United Nations' climate change agency began his term on Tuesday as the new director-general of the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), the Seoul-initiated international green growth entity said. Yvo de Boer, who served as the executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the deputy director general of the Dutch environment ministry, succeeds Howard Bamsey for a four-year term, the institute said in a statement.

IMF, World Bank push for price on carbon

The IMF and World Bank on Friday urged finance ministers to impose a price on carbon, warning that time was running out for the planet to avoid worst-case climate change. The heads of the two global economic institutions convened ministers from 46 countries -- including the United States, China, India and European powers -- on the sidelines of spring meetings in Washington to press the case for urgent climate action.

IMF, World Bank push for price on carbon

The IMF and World Bank on Friday urged finance ministers to impose a price on carbon, warning that time was running out for the planet to avoid worst-case climate change. The heads of the two global economic institutions convened ministers from 46 countries -- including the United States, China, India and European powers -- on the sidelines of spring meetings in Washington to press the case for urgent climate action.
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