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EMISSIONS:

World Bank suggests path for countries to reach carbon neutrality this century

As world leaders negotiate a new global climate agreement that will call for the world to become carbon-neutral by 2100, the World Bank is trying to figure out how to make that happen.

In a report released yesterday, the multilateral development bank called on countries to set long-term targets for emissions reductions, not just short-term goals that can be achieved by switching to slightly cleaner fuels like natural gas.

NEGOTIATIONS:

Groups unveil 'real-world' blueprint for Paris that moves away from 'dream treaty' model

The last time world leaders tried to craft a climate change agreement, environmental groups unveiled their "dream treaty" -- the ideal legal text they hoped would make up an international accord.

Five years after that much-hyped Copenhagen, Denmark, climate summit, idealism has been replaced with what many activists describe as urgent pragmatism. As diplomats prepare for talks in Paris in December to once again hammer out an international agreement, they will have a new document to refer to -- this one aimed more at finding ambitious but common ground among players.

POLITICS:

Alberta voters throw out pro-oil leader and may change Canada's stance on climate

Stunning provincial election results Tuesday in Alberta -- home to Canada's vast oil sands region and fossil energy reserves -- upended the nation's political landscape, rattling the stock market and establishing a leader who is lukewarm on pipeline projects.

The surprising victory of Rachel Notley, the premier-elect and leader of Alberta's left-of-center New Democratic Party, raises numerous energy questions critical for the country's emissions trajectory: Will there be any slowdown with oil sands growth? Will the premier's shift toward a climate change mitigation policy influence a U.S. decision on Keystone XL and bolster the country's climate reputation internationally? Will there be a major push for renewable energy in a province known for being Canada's equivalent of Texas?

NATIONS:

U.S. worries about India's crackdown on advocacy groups

The global environmental organization Greenpeace has announced that it may have to close its offices in India by the end of the month, the apparent victim of a government crackdown aimed at dozens of activist groups working on climate change, sustainable development and human rights issues.

The news prompted the U.S. ambassador to India to say yesterday that the growing restrictions against foreign nongovernmental organizations working in the country could have a "chilling effect" on free expression there.

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E&E tracks work on a post-Kyoto agreement for curbing emissions of heat-trapping gases.

Negotiations

Major Economies

China, India

Developing Countries