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The Trump administration wants to end California's cap-and-trade program

Oct 23, 2019
Stop us if you’ve heard this one before: the Trump administration is picking a legal fight with California.
California's cap and trade program aims to lower climate change-causing emissions. Above, smog hovers over Los Angeles in 2002.
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It's getting more expensive to emit carbon pollution in Europe

Jul 12, 2019
In Europe's cap-and-trade market to limit emissions of carbon dioxide, the price of an allowance to pollute has increased to an 11-year high.
Steam and exhaust rise from a power plant in Oberhausen, Germany, in 2017.
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Could California’s cap-and-trade system control other pollution, too?

Apr 20, 2017
Even as the White House rolls back national climate change programs, California is moving forward on a cap-and-trade system to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Yet the Golden State still has some of the highest air pollution in the nation from other pollutants its industrial plants spew. A new bill would use California’s cap-and-trade rules to […]

A new emissions cap-and-trade program starts up in Canada

Dec 30, 2016
Ontario’s program will connect with California’s and Quebec’s, adding momentum to efforts to combat global warming.

Canada will have a carbon price. Will the US?

Oct 4, 2016
The policy will have to balance pushing climate goals with not getting too far ahead.
A night view of the Syncrude oil sands extraction facility near the town of Fort McMurray in Alberta, Canada.

To cut emissions, Canada could expand carbon pricing

Jul 19, 2016
If Canada rolls out carbon pricing nationally, how will it affect the US?
An aerial view of the Suncor oil sands extraction facility near the town of Fort McMurray in Alberta, Canada.

Whatever happened to "Cap and Trade"?

Dec 9, 2015
The big idea of companies trading rights to emit greenhouse gases has floundered in Europe.

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China has a cap-and-trade model: the U.S.

Sep 25, 2015
The system reduced American utilities' sulphur emissions by 70 percent.

China to unveil cap-and-trade program to cut emissions

Sep 25, 2015
The presidents of the world's two largest economies will unveil the plan Friday.

Missing: $36 million worth of carbon permits

Jan 20, 2011
This final note today: The curious case of the missing carbon permits. Europe, as you may know, has an emissions market (cap-and-trade is the term)...