Today’s Climate: April 12, 2010

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Investigators to Look Into Cause of Mine Blast (AP)

A team of federal investigators is expected to arrive today in West Virginia as officials try to figure out what caused the blast that killed 29 men in the worst U.S. mining disaster since 1970.

Extra UN Climate Talks Agreed after Copenhagen (Reuters)

About 175 nations agreed to a plan on Sunday to revive climate talks, but the UN’s top climate official predicted a full new treaty would be out of reach for 2010.

Confidential Document Reveals Obama’s Hardline U.S. Climate Talk Strategy (Guardian)

A document accidentally left on a European hotel computer reveals the US government’s controversial strategy in global climate talks, including plans to "operationalize" all elements of the Copenhagen Accord.

Renewable Energy Investments Surge on China, Wind Power Demand (Bloomberg)

Global investments in renewable energy surged 31% in the first quarter from the same period last year, driven by wind power and demand in China, Bloomberg New Energy Finance said.

Senators Prepare Compromise Climate Bill (Reuters)

Six months after introducing a sweeping climate change bill that flopped in the Senate, Sen. John Kerry is preparing to offer a compromise measure that seeks to reel in reluctant senators.

Don’t Think That Cap-and-Trade Is Over (New York Times)

The prospect of massive earnings is one of the key reasons that many nations, including the U.S., Japan and Australia, are determined to stick by carbon trading, despite the setbacks and scandals.

GM, U.S. Agency in Pact With India for Jatropha Farms (Wall Street Journal)

GM said Monday the automaker and the U.S. DOE will partner with India’s Central Salt & Marine Chemicals Research Institute to manage jatropha farms and explore developing varieties of the plant used in the production of biodiesel.

China Sets On-Grid Price for 4 Solar Power Stations (Reuters)

China has set the on-grid tariff for four new utility-scale solar plants in northwestern Ningxia region at 1.15 yuan ($0.169) per kilowatt hour, sharply lower than 4 yuan/kWh that Beijing approved for two pilot projects in 2008.

Bangladesh Claims Disputed Vanishing Island (AFP)

Bangladesh claimed sovereignty Saturday over a tiny island at the center of a dispute between Dhaka and New Delhi, despite claims by Indian researchers that it has disappeared under rising sea levels.

Bhutan Sees Struggle to Stay "Carbon Negative" (Reuters)

The kingdom of Bhutan sees a struggle to keep up a rare role in fighting climate change in coming years — its forests currently absorb more carbon than its people emit from use of fossil fuels. But its coal and oil use are now rising.

World Bank Sells CERS for Adaptation Fund (Argus)

The World Bank has sold 600,000 tons of CO2 equivalent of certified
emission reductions for the Adaptation Fund, marking one of the
single-largest trades in the EU’s carbon-trading scheme.

Japan to Tie $5.3 Billion Support to Advanced Green Technology (Bloomberg)

The Japan Bank for International Cooperation plans to make $5.3 billion in support for clean energy projects in developing nations conditional on the use advanced technology, boosting business opportunities for Japanese companies.

Chinese City Builds Large Electric Car-Charging Station (Xinhua)

The first large electric car charging station in east China’s Shandong province, capable of charging 45 cars at a time, is being built in Linyi city as part of a program to promote the development of new-energy vehicles.