Should We Nix Cap-And-Trade? --

Discussions over how to mitigate climate change's worst effects -- which policies we can and should implement -- have set off one of the most important and most complex debates to take place in Congress.

Money Headed to Wind Power -- North Carolina News Network

A report from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill says the best place to build a wind power farm would be 40 miles off the North Carolina coast. Bill Holman, Director of State Policy at the Nicholas Institute, says there are a lot of companies that are putting a lot of money into wind power.

Pendleton appointed to director --

Duke University’s Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions has a new director of of ocean and coastal policy. Linwood Pendleton has been appointed to the post, the university announced in a release. Pendleton will be based at the Duke University Marine Lab in Beaufort.

New Director of Ocean and Coastal Policy Named at Duke University’s Nicholas Institute

Linwood Pendleton has been appointed director of ocean and coastal policy at Duke University’s Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions.

Harry Reid Harshes Panel’s Mellow -- Greentech Media

During a panel on carbon-based greentech financing at Always On's Going Green event, Jon Anda, Visiting Fellow, Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, delivered news that harshed everyone's mellow.

Rockefeller Finds It's Better to Negotiate on Climate Bill Than Sit on Sidelines -- The New York Times

As one of the nation's largest producers of coal, West Virginia has more to lose than many other states when it comes to the debate over comprehensive global warming and energy legislation. And that is why across the state, the loudest voices now being heard are against taking the kinds of aggressive actions envisioned by President Obama and Democratic congressional leaders.

Carbon trading needs to be transparent, lawmakers told -- Agriculture Online

If the Senate passes a cap and trade bill, it needs to be regulated so that trading of carbon credits are transparent and not subject to manipulation, members of the Senate Agriculture Committee were told Wednesday.

Carbon Trading Market Undergoes Growing Pains -- Environmental Leader

As carbon trading grows in the U.S. — estimated at a $60 billion market in 2012 — new products and business opportunities are expected to emerge including more forestry mitigation projects as carbon offsets, reports the Delta Farm Press. At the same time, the global carbon trading industry is faced with growing pains that have resulted in trading fraud and retention issues as companies hire employees from rival trading firms.

Opportunities and risks’ in climate bill -- Delta Farm Press

Climate change legislation, awaiting resumption of debate when the Senate returns from its August recess, “has both great opportunities and great risks, and we want to be sure that if anything passes it is what’s best for landowners and tree farmers,” says Erica Rhoad, director of policy for the Society of American Foresters.

Carbon market evolving -- Delta Farm Press

A recent Congressional Budget Office study projected that carbon offsets could be a $60 billion market in 2012, on a par with U.S. corn and wheat markets, and “as it grows beyond that, it will make forestry mitigation opportunities more important,” says Jeffrey O’Hara, senior economist, Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX).