News bites: Europe’s carbon market woes, Al Gore on Canada, and more

The Washington Post reports from London on what’s ailing Europe’s carbon trading market.

Al Gore, in an interview with The Globe and Mail, says Canada generally has an “enlightened” policy approach – with a notable exception.

“The outlier in recent years, of course, has been the climate issue and particularly as addressed by the present government,” he tells the Canadian paper.

Reuters reports that Canada’s natural resources minister is urging European officials to go easier on his nation’s oil sands. From their story:

A European Union plan to label crude from the Alberta oil sands as dirty is unfair and could damage Canada's bid to find new export markets, the Canadian resources minister said at the start of a mission to lobby against the idea.

As part of a plan to cut greenhouse gases from transport fuel, the EU's executive commission has developed a Fuel Quality Directive that would single out oil from Alberta's tar sands as more polluting than conventional crude.

The Los Angeles Times describes a new NASA-led study on climate change, which finds that it “may increase the risk of extreme rainfall in the tropics and drought in the world's temperate zones.”

The Associated Press has a big-picture look at global oil and natural gas abundance – and its “enormous” consequences.

“A looming energy crisis has turned into a boom. These additional fossil fuels may pose a more acute threat to the Earth’s climate. And for renewable energy sources, the sunny forecast of last decade has turned overcast,” AP reports.