Europe's slowdown endangers cap-and-trade market

Jan 25, 2013
Europe has the largest market for carbon permits in the world. The idea is, the more a company has to pay for permits to pollute, the greater incentive it has to reduce pollution. But the economic slowdown has greatly reduced…

Facing the 'climate cliff'

Nov 26, 2012
As the Kyoto Protocol nears its expiry, leaders from around the world will come together in for the United Nations yearly climate talks to discuss a new global deal to limit greenhouse gas emissions.

California's first carbon auction launches pollution market

Nov 14, 2012
It's official: Companies must now purchase permits to emit excess levels of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in the state of California.

California holds first auction of pollution permits

Nov 14, 2012
Six years after enacting its own law to fight global warming, California conducts its first auction of carbon permits. Companies that give off large amounts of carbon dioxide will need permits to cover the emissions.

Carbon dioxide emissions are falling in the U.S.

Oct 24, 2012
Global warming didn't get even a mention in the three presidential debates, but a new study says the U.S. is on track to meet its pledge to reduce emissions by one-sixth. A major reason: the power of federal regulation.

California climate change law faces legal test

Oct 16, 2012
Today a 9th Circuit court in San Francisco hears arguments on the legality of California's, first in the nation, low carbon regulation for transport fuel. The case may determine whether California becomes the U.S. leader in climate litigation.

Summer ice melt in the Arctic sets yet another record

Sep 20, 2012
Shipping across the ice-free Arctic appears closer than ever. The new route will save fuel, but bring emissions and soot directly to the Arctic -- possibly accelerating the ice melt.

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U.S. carbon emissions hit a 20-year low

Aug 16, 2012
A hint of optimism about climate change.

European carbon markets sagging

Apr 11, 2012
At an energy conference today, European Union members will be talking about how to shore up carbon markets as prices for carbon allowances fall.

EPA announces new carbon pollution rules

Mar 27, 2012
The new regulations for power plants will reinforce market realities.