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EU sets dates for resumption of aviation carbon permit sales

LONDON, July 29 (Reuters) - European Union member states will sell a total 9.3 million aviation carbon permits across five auctions starting in September, the European Commission said on Tuesday, resuming sales following a near two-year hiatus.

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Act now on climate change or see costs soar, White House says

WASHINGTON, July 29 (Reuters) - Putting off expensive measures to curb climate change will only cost the United States more in the long run, the White House said on Tuesday in a report meant to bolster a series of actions President Barack Obama has proposed to address global warming.

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U.S. EPA launches hearings on power plant carbon rules

WASHINGTON, July 29 (Reuters) - The Environmental Protection Agency starts public hearings on Tuesday on its proposal to slash carbon emissions from the country's power plants, and coal miners to U.S. senators are expected to comment on the proposed rules.

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California and Mexico sign pact to fight climate change

SAN FRANCISCO, July 28 (Reuters) - California Governor Jerry Brown and Mexican environmental officials signed a pact on Monday aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions, an agreement that could eventually expand the market for carbon credits.

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INTERVIEW: U.S. envoy to U.N. aviation body hopeful on airline climate plan

TORONTO, July 25 (Reuters) - The new U.S. representative to the United Nations body that oversees civil aviation said on Friday he is hopeful the organization's members will be able to agree on a global system to curb carbon emissions from airlines.

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Australia approves Adani's $16 bln Carmichael coal project

MELBOURNE, July 28 (Reuters) - The Australian government on Monday approved Indian firm Adani Mining Pty Ltd's controversial A$16.5 billion ($15.5 billion) Carmichael coal and rail project in Queensland, subject to strict conditions to protect groundwater.

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For Californians, higher costs dampen support for clean energy

BERKELEY, Calif., July 23 (Reuters) - An overwhelming majority of California residents support the state's mandate for reducing heat-trapping greenhouse gas emissions, so long as they do not bear the higher costs of cleaner energy themselves, a new public opinion poll shows.

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Tianjin's carbon prices hit record low this week, over-allocation worries grow

BEIJING, July 24 (Reuters) - Carbon prices in China's Tianjin crumbled to the lowest level recorded in any of the seven pilot emission markets launched by the country, ahead of Friday's compliance deadline, sparking calls for the government to cut the amount of permits.

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UPDATE 2: EU approves UK capacity market, renewable support scheme

LONDON, July 23 (Reuters) - The European Commission gave the go-ahead to Britain's proposed energy capacity market and a scheme to support renewable energy generation on Wednesday, paving the way for sweeping reform of the country's electricity market.

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EPA chief in hot seat as lawmakers dissect carbon rule

WASHINGTON, July 23 (Reuters) - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy will field questions from lawmakers on Wednesday about the agency's plan to slash carbon pollution from power plants, even as industry groups seek to derail the proposal.

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France backs 30 percent energy efficiency goal -letter

BRUSSELS, July 22 (Reuters) - France's energy minister threw her weight behind an energy savings goal of at least 30 percent for 2030 ahead of talks in Brussels on Wednesday to thrash out a target.

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UPDATE 1-Britain sticks with tough carbon target despite opposition

LONDON, July 22 (Reuters) - Britain's government said it would stick with a goal to curb emissions by 2027 to 50 percent of the 1990 levels, a target that has led to political opposition and that its own advisers have said will be hard to meet.

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INTERVIEW-German local utilities want help with power plants

FRANKFURT, July 21 (Reuters) - Germany's local utilities like their larger peers need government help for their power stations to cope with the country's energy transition, lobby group VKU said on Monday.

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S.Korean finmin says planned carbon market flawed, wants delay -paper

July 18 (Reuters) - South Korea's finance minister has called its impending emissions trading market "flawed in many ways", hinting that he would pressure other ministries to delay the planned 2015 launch, a local newspaper reported.

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FACTBOX- Carbon trading schemes around the world

July 17 (Reuters) - The goal of a global carbon market to tackle climate change hit turbulence on Thursday when Australia scrapped its planned carbon trading scheme.

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