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Today's Climate: July 23, 2009

By Stacy Morford

Jul 23, 2009


Rich nations providing $10 billion in aid for climate adaptation would be a "good beginning" to launch a U.N. climate treaty, the United Nations' top climate official said today.

(Wall Street Journal)

In a letter, the GOP wants to know what the commerce secretary was thinking when he said consumers should pay for some GHG emissions from China. What’s interesting is that the idea could provide a way around one of the thornier problems in climate talks.


Talks between India and the United States this week, seen as an opportunity to narrow differences on climate change, made little headway on carbon emission cuts, but saw some movement on technology innovation.


U.S. business groups warned Congress it could start a "green trade war" by passing a climate bill that threatens other countries with tariffs on energy-intensive goods.


Following a report by Greenpeace calling out companies whose supply chains have been connected to rainforest deforestation, Nike has created a policy requiring its suppliers to create leather tracing systems.

(Des Moines Register)

The administration released a report saying farmers would profit overall from controls on greenhouse gases despite paying higher prices for fuel and fertilizer, but they don't now a key detail: how much land would be taken out of production and converted to forests.


Politico reports that some Senate staffers are privately worried that Barbara Boxer won’t be as willing to make deals like the House did. “People don’t look at her as the person who’s going to make a deal and bring both sides to the table,” says one.


Investors are looking for signs of a recovery in solar panel demand when manufacturers report earnings in the coming weeks, though panel prices are still falling and earnings may not see meaningful improvement until 2010.

(New York Times)

Variations on the feed-in tariff policy that jump-started Germany’s decade-long boom in rooftop solar systems are taking root in more cities in the United States.

(New York Times)

France’s state-owned utility is partnering with an American solar panel manufacturer to build a $128 million solar manufacturing plant that would be the largest in France, the two announced today.

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