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Investors call for climate change deal
More than 340 institutions managing £15tn of assets say governments must put a ‘meaningful’ price on carbon.
The Guardian
China cautious on fresh commitments ahead of climate change summit
China’s top climate change official on Friday stopped short of signalling new commitments ahead of next week’s UN climate summit, saying Beijing would explain “some positive actions” it will take after 2020.
South China Morning Post
U.S.-China Rifts on Hacking, Spying Put Aside for Climate
The threat of climate change is driving China and the U.S. -- frequent rivals and the world’s two largest greenhouse-gas emitters -- to collaborate on dozens of potential clean-energy breakthroughs.
Ban Enlisting Business on Climate Change May Win UN Pact
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s strategy to forge a global climate agreement by 2015 will enter a new phase next week when more than 120 world leaders meet in New York to discuss greenhouse gas cuts.
Going it alone on carbon pricing makes economic sense: IMF
Research by IMF staff shows that for most large emitters, action to put a price on carbon dioxide has economic benefits beyond reducing global climate change.
ABC Online
The deepest cuts
Our guide to the actions that have done the most to slow global warming.
The Economist
Desmond Tutu calls on world to “walk the walk” for climate
Desmond Tutu has led calls for people to join a global march on Sunday in support of more ambitious climate regulations.
International Panel says Urgent Action Needed to Mitigate Climate Change
A leading climate scientist warns failure to act on reducing threats from climate change will have disastrous global consequences. He said the science on climate change is solid and inaction is no solution.
Voice of America
Prince Charles will tell leaders climate action is ‘only rational choice’
Action on climate change is not bad for business, it is “the only rational choice”, Prince Charles will tell a summit of world leaders meeting to discuss the issue.
The Guardian
A Clarion Call From the Climate Change Frontline
This is the transcript of a video "address to the world" released by President Loeak on 18 September 2014 ahead of the UN Secretary-General's Climate Summit.
The Huffington Post
Climate change takes center stage in New York next week
Climate change will take center stage in New York City next week with a triple-header of events intended to shine a spotlight on global warming.
USA Today
India's farmers beating climate change with technology
Farmers in the northern Indian state of Haryana have been getting help from new technology, like the GreenSeeker - a handheld gadget that works as a crop sensor.
BBC News
Julie Bishop rejects UN request to strengthen Australian climate targets
Australia is refusing to take a plan for deeper cuts to greenhouse gas emissions to a special world leaders' climate summit in New York next week, rejecting calls from United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

The Age
Hard Truths About World Power Plant Carbon Emissions
A new report by Environment America says US power plants are a major source of climate pollution, over 6% of the world total.
Zero net emissions: will leaders agree target at UN climate summit?
UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon could lead calls for countries to agree a zero net emissions target at the close of his New York summit next week, RTCC understands.
Podesta: Obama to Tout Global Warming 'Resilience' at U.N. Climate Summit
A top White House adviser said President Obama will use next week's United Nations climate summit in New York City to push initiatives aimed at helping nations bolster their defenses against climate-related risks.
National Journal
Figueres: "If we want to prevent conflicts, we have to address climate change now"
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has invited world leaders from government, business and civil society to a Climate Summit in New York on 23 September. UN’s climate chief Christiana Figueres told DW what she expects.
Deutsche Welle
World will 'change course' on climate at UN summit (opinion)
A UN summit on climate change will see the world "change course" and begin to seriously tackle global warming, UN climate envoy Mary Robinson said Wednesday.
Extreme weather displaced more people than war in 2013
Natural disasters displaced three times as many people as war in 2013, with 22 million people forced from their homes by extreme weather, according to a new report by the Norwegian Refugee Council.
Is global warming causing COLDER winters? Melting ice is destabilising the polar vortex, study claims
Global warming could be triggering increasingly cold winters in some parts of the world, scientists have claimed. Researchers have discovered a link between rising ocean temperatures, and a large pocket of cold air known as the polar vortex.

Daily Mail
Clean Energy Is a 100 Percent American Success Story (opinion)
Across the nation, American businesses, families, and communities are embracing clean, renewable energy that is homegrown, healthy, and can never run out. By finding alternatives to fossil fuels that pollute our air and disrupt our climate, they are showcasing the single most practical way to tackle climate change, starting now.
Huffington Post
Why Exxon is betting on a higher carbon price than Google
As carbon markets spring up across the world, companies are increasingly being made to pay to emit greenhouse gases. To keep one step ahead, many already factor a carbon price into their investment decisions.
Business Spectator
The silence on climate change is deafening. It's time for us to get loud (opinion)
In Dr Seuss’s parable, it take all of Whoville to make enough noise to save their planet. How much will it take to save ours?
The Guardian
Busy Days Precede a March Focusing on Climate Change
In a three-story warehouse in the Bushwick section of Brooklyn, hundreds of people are working to turn the People’s Climate March planned for Sunday into a visual spectacle.
The New York Times
Miami Beach prepares for extreme high tides
Climate change is not only already visible in iconic South Beach, but so is climate change adaptation, in the form of new storm water pumps meant to keep rising sea levels from swamping low-lying streets, city officials said Wednesday.
Associated Press
As Uganda Heats Up, Pests and Disease Flourish to Attack its Top Export Crop
The Uganda Coffee Development Authority (UCDA) estimates that 85 percent of all coffee produced in Uganda is mostly from smallholder farmers. The sector employs 3.5 million people. But now it seems as if the good times are at risk from a changing climate.
Rising sea levels to cost Australia billions: study
Rising sea levels could threaten infrastructure worth more than Aus$226 billion (US$205 billion) in Australia if climate change is left unchecked, a study warned on Wednesday.
White House partners with industry to tackle greenhouse gas
The White House on Tuesday announced steps to tackle a potent greenhouse gas used in refrigeration and air conditioning, of which the United States is the world's largest producer, a week ahead of a major UN summit focused on addressing climate change.
Leonardo DiCaprio appointed UN climate change representative
The Hollywood actor, Leonardo DiCaprio, has been appointed as a United Nations representative on climate change. The UN secretary general Ban ki Moon said the actor's global stardom was the perfect match for the global challenge posed by climate change.
BBC News
Wildfire Cost May Soar With Climate Change, Report Warns
Wildfires may cost the U.S. as much as $62.5 billion a year by 2050 as the effects of climate change worsen, argues an economic analysis released Tuesday.
The Huffington Post
Hold government, businesses to climate promises: activists
World leaders, businesses and others due to announce fresh efforts to tackle climate change at a U.N. climate summit in New York next week must be held to their promises, panelists told an online debate hosted by the Thomson Reuters Foundation this week.
Duke Energy Commits $500 Million To Solar Power Expansion In North Carolina
The largest US utility owner by market value, Duke Energy, announced Monday a commitment to invest $500 million into expanding the solar market in North Carolina. Duke Energy is set to acquire and construct three solar facilities to go hand-in-hand with five new power-purchase agreements (PPA).
Obama delays key power plant rule of signature climate change plan
Barack Obama applied the brakes to the most critical component of his climate change plan on Tuesday, slowing the process of setting new rules cutting carbon pollution from power plants, and casting a shadow over a landmark United Nations’ summit on global warming
The Guardian
Really wanted PM Narendra Modi to attend UN climate change summit: Ban Ki-Moon
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon today said he "really wanted" Prime Minister Narendra Modi to participate in a crucial climate change summit in New York next week to mobilize political will for a universal and meaningful climate agreement.

The Economic Times
Seven things we learned from Lord Stern's New Climate Economy report
A major new report says the world can tackle climate change without harming economic growth. Here’s the digested read.
The Guardian
Lawmakers to test EU's five billion euro carbon permit giveaway
European lawmakers will vote next week on whether to force Brussels officials to rethink giving billions of euros worth of carbon allowances away for free to heavy industries, after a senior Green member lodged an objection.
Texas proposes rewriting school text books to deny manmade climate change
Texas has proposed re-writing school text books to incorporate passages denying the existence of climate change and promoting the discredited views of an ultra-conservative think tank.
The Guardian
A Powerful New Tool to Help Track Deforestation
Mountain View, California. When Professor Carlos Souza of Brazil approached Google for the extra computing power he needed to calculate deforestation, he set into motion a chain of events that led to the development of their groundbreaking Earth Engine.
The Huffington Post
Cities can lead on climate change to build a resilient future (opinion)
Around the world, cities are taking the lead on addressing the challenge of climate change. While senior governments stall, urban leaders are responding to the urgent need to make our cities more resilient as climate change impacts intensify.
The Guardian
Unilever Aims to End Deforestation
Unilever is working with the World Resources Institute's Global Forest Watch platform to increase transparency in its supply chains with the aim of ending tropical deforestation
Climate change report: prevent damage by overhauling global economy
The world can still act in time to stave off the worst effects of climate change, and enjoy the fruits of continued economic growth as long as the global economy can be transformed within the next 15 years, a group of the world's leading economists and political leaders will argue on Tuesday.
The Guardian
Indian city of Surat anticipates worst effects of climate change
According to the climate change experts, it is only a matter of time. The city of Surat (population 4.5 million), in the state of Gujarat on the west coast of India, will soon be exposed to recurrent flooding, with the risk of malaria and dengue fever epidemics in its aftermath.
The Guardian
Pioneering a New Financial Instrument to Help Combat Climate Change
To help keep finance flowing to projects that combat climate change, the World Bank and partners are developing an innovative pilot program that allows project developers and financiers to compete in an online auction to deliver the largest number of emissions reductions at the lowest cost.
The World Bank
Has the great climate change migration already begun?
The island paradise is under attack. Thanks to destabilizing forces of climate change – rising sea levels and strengthening storms, particularly – some of Earth’s most picturesque locations are being scrubbed from the map.
The Guardian
Brace for the climate change mega-storm
The former vice president is not about to let go of his climate change zeal, and he takes to the Internet at high noon Tuesday for a lengthy demonstration. Mr. Gore’s “24 Hours of Reality” online broadcast is the kickoff for a series of events leading up to the UN climate change summit in New York City next week.

Washington Times
Musk Solar Strategy Used as Model for Record Investments
Private equity and venture capital firms are pouring record investments into rooftop solar, following a model popularized by billionaire Elon Musk’s SolarCity Corp. (SCTY) -- sell power, not panels.
MSCI Launches Innovative Family of Low Carbon Indexes
MSCI Inc. (MSCI), a leading provider of investment decision support tools worldwide, announced today the launch of the MSCI Global Low Carbon Leaders Indexes, consisting of companies with significantly lower carbon exposure than the broad market.
Yahoo Finance
The 97% v the 3% – just how much global warming are humans causing?
A pair of climate scientists recently had a dispute regarding how much global warming humans are responsible for. Gavin Schmidt from Nasa represented the consensus of 96–97% of climate experts in arguing that humans have been the dominant cause of global warming since 1950, while Judith Curry from Georgia Tech represented the opinions of 2–4% of climate experts that we could be responsible for less than half of that warming.
The Guardian
The time for tough decisions on climate change is now (opinion)
The global economy is undergoing a remarkable transformation which is altering our ability to deal with climate change. The growth of emerging economies, rapid urbanisation and new technological advances are making possible a new path of low-carbon growth in ways that were not apparent even five years ago.
The Guardian
Watch: Climate Change -- Faith and Fact (opinion)
In the face of those who use religion to deny the worldwide crisis of climate change, climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe, an evangelical Christian, believes that her faith is compatible with science.
Huffington Post
The UN has released its list of leaders attending climate summit
The UN has released a list of world leaders who will be attending their climate change summit.
Big firms brace for global carbon price rollout: report
An increasing number of big corporations expect governments worldwide to put a price on carbon dioxide emissions to help tackle climate change and some are already factoring in the cost to guide future investment decisions, a report found on Monday.
Brazil builds giant tower in Amazon to monitor climate
Brazil is building a giant observation tower in the heart of the Amazon to monitor climate change and its impact on the region's sensitive ecosystem, a newspaper reported Sunday.
Kashmir Floods Caused by Climate Change, Environment Degradation and Unplanned Growth
A Centre for Science and Environment analysis suggests the recent flood is possibly a climate-change induced fallout aided by large-scale environmental degradation and unplanned development on the river banks of Jhelum.
International Business Times UK
At least 150 major companies prep for carbon prices
At least 150 major companies worldwide - including ExxonMobil, Google, Microsoft and 26 others in the United States - are already making business plans that assume they will be taxed on their carbon pollution, a CDP report says.
USA Today
Climate Change Activists Organize New York March Ahead of UN Summit
Activists say they hope for "a world safe from the ravages of climate change," as they plan a New York City march to draw attention to changing global weather patterns two days before a United Nation summit meets to discuss the issue.
ABC News
Call to release endowments to save planet
PHILANTHROPISTS and foundations should use endowment funds worth billions of pounds to fight climate change, leading environmentalists have urged. One hundred and sixty award-winning environmentalists from 44 countries issued a declaration urging philanthropic foundations to use their financial clout to back moves to tackle global warming, helping efforts to secure a new international climate treaty.

The Herald Scotland
Naomi Klein: ‘We tried it your way and we don’t have another decade to waste’
The climate-change movement is making little headway against corporate vested interests, says the author of Shock Doctrine. But how does she think her new book, Capitalism vs The Climate, will help galvanise people?
The Guardian
Plant disease and pest hit 2,000 hectares of rice plantations
Climate change doesn’t just mean changes in weather—it means a change in animal and insect behavior, as well. And those changes can be lethal to food production.
Manila Bulletin
Creating climate change awareness through films
Climate change is much talked about but not fully comprehended by the lay person. To broaden awareness on climate change issues across India, Ennovate Global, a specialist in climate change research and communication, and Good Relations India, a strategic communications consultancy, in partnership with the United Nations Foundation, hosted a two-day Clima Film Fest 2014.
The Times of India
Harper joins Abbott in bailing on climate summit
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper won’t be among the 125 heads of state attending the UN Climate Summit in New York this month. Harper joins President Xi Jinping of China, Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India and Prime Minister Tony Abbott of Australia in choosing to skip the summit.
Business Spectator
Seeking an easy win on carbon emissions? Cut global trade (opinion)
The combination of climate deterioration and the ravages of international trade and finance will fulfil the prophecy of Hobbes, rendering life on Earth “poor, nasty, brutish and short”. Less trade not more, to render life on Earth “prosperous, fraternal, peaceful and long”.
the Conversation
Three ways to make green bond financing better (opinion)
Green bonds could provide much-needed funds for investment in low-carbon technologies and projects. But to fulfil their potential, the industry needs to address concerns about credibility, quality, and transparency, says Renat Heuberger.
Development banks pledge to step up climate action
Reuters) - The world's six multilateral development banks promised on Thursday to do more to help emerging nations fight climate change as part of efforts to reinvigorate flagging work on a U.N. deal to limit temperature rises.
In a statement before a Sept. 23 summit on global warming to be hosted by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in New York, the World Bank and other banks said they had delivered $75 billion in financing since they started joint tracking of funds in 2011.
UN climate summit set for major carbon pricing announcement
The huge number of countries and businesses interested in pricing carbon will become clear at the UN’s forthcoming climate summit, according to a senior World Bank official. Rachel Kyte, the bank’s special envoy for climate change, said the meeting will see a number of states, regions and businesses announcing plans to factor in the costs of burning fossil fuels.
Ozone layer is healing - but we are now contributing to climate change more than ever
The Earth’s protective ozone layer is slowly recovering, United Nations scientists report, but the unintended knock-on effect is increasing climate change. Successful implementation of the 1987 Montreal Protocol, aimed at reducing Ozone Depleting Substances (ODSs) including many chemicals used in aerosol cans and refrigerators, mean the ozone layer is expected to recover to 1980 levels by the middle of this century.
The Independent
Kashmir flood disaster worsened by risks being ignored - experts
JAMMU, India (Thomson Reuters Foundation)–The worst flooding in as much as a century in the northern Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir has killed 215 people, washed away homes and businesses, cut off roads and communications and forced India’s Army to wage a large-scale rescue effort, officials say.
Thomson Reuters Foundation
Climate indicators show renewed signs of El Nino: Australia
Reuters) - The Pacific Ocean has warmed in the last two weeks, the Australian Bureau of Meteorology said on Tuesday, renewing signs of the development of an El Nino weather pattern.
The Pacific Ocean has warmed amid weak trade winds. Should the trend continue, more warming toward an El Nino is possible, the bureau said.
As Climate Change Hits Home, Americans Call for Action
The World Meteorological Organization announced this week that climate change pollution has reached record levels. Carbon pollution alone -- one of the most potent greenhouse gases -- had its biggest spike in 30 years. These measurements tell an alarming story about what is happening in our atmosphere. To understand what they mean here on earth, we just have to look outside the window.
Huffington Post
Economics: Manufacture renewables to build energy security
China's rise to become the world's largest power producer and source of carbon emissions through burning coal is well recognized. But the nation's renewable-energy systems are expanding even faster than its fossil-fuel and nuclear power. China leads the world in the production and use of wind turbines, solar-photovoltaic cells and smart-grid technologies, generating almost as much water, wind and solar energy as all of France and Germany's power plants combined
World’s Largest Single Rooftop Solar Power Project Commissioned In India
Indian solar energy companies are fast delivering world-class solar power projects as the market expands based on favorable regulatory and policy outlooks. India’s largest engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) company in the solar power market has just commissioned the world’s largest single rooftop solar photovoltaic power project. The 7.52 MW solar power plant has been commissioned in the northern state of Punjab.
Solar Growth Beat Out Natural Gas In First Half Of 2014
New figures from the US Energy Information Administration (EIA) released earlier this week concluded that natural gas leads solar in terms of new power plant capacity — a fact that is indisputable, but a fact that doesn’t tell the whole story. According to Green Tech Media, who spend a lot of time closely tracking the various energy segments, the real story should be that solar beat out natural gas in terms of new capacity, thanks to the number of small-scale commercial and residential solar projects.
Personalising climate change through open data and apps
Government-released open data is fuelling a whole new level of innovation in sustainability. Moving beyond hackathons, today’s climate data partnerships are creating unique ventures that cross boundaries between business, government and academia. In the US, “datapaloozas” – gatherings focused on creating open data innovations in the areas of health, education, energy and safety across sectors – are popping up all over the place.
The Guardian
China suggests cap on coal use, import curbs in draft air pollution law
BEIJING: China is looking to impose a national cap on coal consumption and a ban on the import of low-quality coal with a new air pollution law, the draft version of which has been released, aimed at strengthening the country's efforts to fight smog.
The Times of India
Green Climate Fund lowers cash demands to $10bn
The UN’s flagship Green Climate Fund has scaled back plans to raise US$ 15 billion by the end of 2014, with a new goal of $10bn. Senior government officials from developed countries met in Bonn this week for technical discussions over the fund’s development.
Net Savings Of $71 Trillion By 2050 With Transition To Renewable Energy
The transition to a global renewable energy economy could save $71 trillion by the year 2050, according to an IEA report. Or, to say that another way, $44 trillion in investment by the year 2050 would translate to about $115 trillion in energy savings ($71 trillion in net savings), as well as helping to limit the extent of CO2-induced warming.
UC to invest $1 billion to tackle climate change
The University of California will invest $1 billion over five years in companies and researchers coming up with solutions to climate change, part of an overall UC push in sustainability.
Bay Area Biz Talk
Why shifting to renewables is not mission impossible
The 10 warmest years since records began have all occurred in the past 15 years. This year was no exception; we are about to register the warmest year ever. According to scientists, this is indisputably correlated with the increased CO2 in the atmosphere. If we are to continue this current trend, the planet is on track to be between 3º and 5º degrees warmer than in pre-industrial times
How governments can drive the green revolution
As prime minister of a country that for decades has worked towards a green society (Denmark), I am fully aware that the green transition is not an easy task. In order to succeed, governments, the business community and citizens need to join hands. To educate and innovate together.
World Economic Forum Blog
Indian Coal Producer To Invest $80 Million in Solar, Wind Energy Projects
Government-owned companies in India are responding to the calls by the government to boost investment in renewable energy projects.
Amazon rainforest destruction in Brazil rises again
The rate of destruction of the Amazon rainforest in Brazil has increased for a second year running.
Brazilian government figures show deforestation was up by 29% in the 12 months up to the end of July 2013.
BBC News
Climate change accelerating death of Western forests
DENVER — The iconic pine and aspen forests of the Rocky Mountains are dying off at an alarming rate thanks to conditions exacerbated by climate change — drought, insect infestations and wildfires — a new report says.
USA Today
Climate Change Protesters Rally Against Future Typhoons
NEW YORK—City Council recognized climate change as a danger to humans, by passing a resolution on Wednesday. Resolution 356 was introduced in July by Councilman Donovan Richards. The council resolved it by acknowledging “the dangers of climate change to human health and the environment.”
The Epoch Times
(opinion) Which narrative will prevail at the UN’s climate summit?
The Secretary General of the United Nations Mr Ban Ki Moon has invited heads of government, business and civil society to a Climate Summit at the United Nations in New York on September 23.
I have been privileged to be one of the 38 representatives from civil society invited to participate in the event.
UN climate chief says 125 leaders confirmed for NY summit
UN climate chief Christiana Figueres says the absence of the Chinese and Indian leaders from a UN climate summit on September 23 will not affect its credibility or outcomes. The rulers of the first and third largest carbon polluters on the planet, Xi Jinping and Narendra Modi, recently declined to attend the meeting, hosted by secretary general Ban Ki-moon.
Climate Week NYC Will Help Secure Critical Business and Government Buy-In for a Global Climate Deal Next Year
In a couple of weeks, New York City will be host to more than a hundred events about climate change. From roundtables showcasing the latest low carbon innovation, to mass gatherings demanding climate action, this unprecedented mobilization, under the umbrella of Climate Week NYC, will be critical to the success of the UN Climate Summit convened by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on September 23.
Huffington Post
How Peru May Deliver a Global Deal on Climate Change
Despite the number of key world leaders expected to be absent from the U.N. secretary-general's world leaders' summit on climate change this month, the incoming president of the next round of global warming negotiations predicts success.
Scientific American
UK calls on Australia, Canada and Japan to deliver “ambitious” CO2 cuts
The UK is pressing Japan, Canada and Australia to accept tough carbon cuts ahead of a proposed UN climate deal in 2015. A report outlining the UK government’s climate strategy released today in London says officials are using bilateral contacts to encourage fellow developed countries to deliver new commitments.
Many Cities Are Preparing For Climate Change, They Just Won't Say So
GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (AP) — With climate change still a political minefield across the nation despite the strong scientific consensus that it's happening, some community leaders have hit upon a way of preparing for the potentially severe local consequences without triggering explosions of partisan warfare: Just change the subject.
The AP
Rooftop Solar Panels Are Cheaper Than Coal In the Philippines
Carlos Jericho Petilla is the Secretary of Energy for the Philippines. He recently explained that rooftop solar panels are now cheaper than coal there. “As a simple example, the cost of electricity from a coal plant can run up to P5.50 per kilowatt hour, plus P6.50 for distribution and transmission, which amounts to P12.00.
China-based Equity Fund To Invest €309 Million In Polish Wind Farm
China continues to expand its footprint over renewable energy markets in emerging economies, with the latest investment in a Polish wind farm project. China-CEE Fund has announced that it will invest €309 million ($399 million US) in a 250 MW wind energy project in Poland.
Why gender disaster data matters: ‘In some villages, all the dead were women’
Disasters triggered by climate change are not blind to gender and age. They affect men and women, the old and the young, very differently. Sex and age are some of the most powerful indicators of how individuals will experience a disaster: who survives and who dies. Despite this, we have worryingly little data on the issue.
The Guardian
Is Narendra Modi a climate sceptic?
ndia’s prime minister, Narendra Modi, reportedly will be a no-show at the United Nations climate summit this month. Could it be because he does not accept the science behind climate change?
Modi used to be a supporter for climate action. But in public remarks on two occasions in the last week, the leader of one of the fastest growing – and biggest emitting – economies appeared to express doubt about whether climate change was even occurring.
The Guardian
Ship Lost in the Arctic 160 Years Ago Found Thanks to Climate Change
In 1845, the explorer John Franklin set off to sail the fabled Northwest Passage, an Arctic sea route that would hypothetically connect the Atlantic and the Pacific. He never returned. His ship was lost to the ice. But now, thanks to the obsession of Canada's prime minister, an expedition has located one of Franklin's two ships. Why does Canada care so much about this old vessel? Climate change.
New York climate summit is a chance to push for long-term climate neutrality
This month, the UN secretary general will host a major climate summit: it is a moment in time for heads of state, cities, organisations, and companies to announce bold new initiatives to address climate change in the short to medium term.
Greenhouse gas levels rising at fastest rate since 1984
A surge in atmospheric CO2 saw levels of greenhouse gases reach record levels in 2013, according to new figures.Concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere between 2012 and 2013 grew at their fastest rate since 1984.The World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) says that it highlights the need for a global climate treaty.
UK to reveal plans for global climate change talks
World governments are facing a “pivotal moment” on dealing with climate change, the UK’s energy secretary will say on Tuesday, before a meeting of heads of state and government in New York this month.
India, Malaysia to strengthen partnership in climate change
India and Malaysia Monday stressed the need to strengthen their bilateral strategic partnership in environment and climate change, an official statement said. This was agreed at the meeting of Environment, Forests and Climate Change Minister Prakash Javadekar with visiting Malaysian Minister Datuk Seri G. Palanivel.
Business Standard
US Solar Makes Up Over Half Of New Generating Capacity
The US solar industry has enjoyed a relatively strong quarter in the first half of 2014, despite trade disputes endangering projects currently in the pipeline. New figures from GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association’s Q2 2014 U.S. Solar Market Insight report show that the US installed 1,133 MW of new solar PV capacity in the second quarter of this year, pushing the cumulative operating capacity for PV and concentrating solar power (CSP) to 15.9 GW.
Climate Change Will Disrupt Half of North America’s Bird Species, Study Says
The Baltimore oriole will probably no longer live in Maryland, the common loon might leave Minnesota, and the trumpeter swan could be entirely gone. Those are some of the grim prospects outlined in a report released on Monday by the National Audubon Society, which found that climate change is likely to so alter the bird population of North America that about half of the approximately 650 species will be driven to smaller spaces or forced to find new places to live, feed and breed over the next 65 years.
Why climate change concerns pro-life Christians: Column
This is not a column dedicated to bludgeoning those unmoved by liberals' warnings about climate change. It is an invitation to people, especially Christians, to think about what's happening to the water, and what will happen to us if there's not enough of it to go around.
USA Today
Shell's Jekyll and Hyde Approach to Climate Change
In April, Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A) headlined a group of 70 companies that called on world governments to cap greenhouse gas emissions at a level that will contain global warming. The “Trillion Tonne Communique,” named for the amount of heat-trapping gases that scientists believe can be added to the atmosphere while keeping warming within 2 degrees Celsius of pre-industrial levels, was described as a “global call to arms from businesses who take the science of climate change seriously and are demanding a proactive policy response.”
(opinion) Why A Tax On Carbon Can Help Climate Change - And The Economy
I recently read a thought-provoking interview with Harvard professor of economics Dale Jorgenson, “Time To Tax Carbon,” the cover story in the September issue of Harvard Magazine. In it Jorgenson describes a study that he and several colleagues conducted that concluded that a tax on carbon will help climate change – and the economy.
(opinion) It’s time for the EU to end the era of dirty coal power
With his historic ruling to directly regulate dirty coal-fired power stations off the US power network, President Obama sent an unequivocal signal to the world that the era of unlimited carbon pollution indefinitely spewing from American power stations is over.
World falls behind in efforts to tackle climate change: PwC
The world's major economies are falling further behind every year in terms of meeting the rate of carbon emission reductions needed to stop global temperatures from rising more than 2 degrees this century, a report published on Monday
World leaders urged to aim for 'zero emissions' this century
Green NGOs call on world leaders preparing to travel to New York summit to target full decarbonisation, as UN climate chief makes case for 'climate neutrality'
Environmental groups call for 'ambitious' climate deal
A coalition of environmental groups and charities have set out what they want to see from a global climate deal.
Emerging economies outpace G7 on tackling climate change
China, India and other big emerging economies have outpaced the Group of Seven of rich nations for the first time on a closely watched measure of how countries are tackling climate change.
Financial Times
Shell looks to solar power to lift oil output
In an unusual alliance of old and new energies, Royal Dutch Shell, the European oil group, and a sovereign wealth fund from Oman are leading an investment of $53m into a small solar power company that uses its renewable energy to increase crude oil production.
Financial Times
Is this the end of the 'war on trees'? UN members pledge to restore woodland and safeguard rainforests
Since the birth of agriculture thousands of years ago, humans have cut down the world's forests to grow food and expand their population.
Activists promise biggest climate march in history
People’s Climate March in New York and cities worldwide hopes to put pressure on heads of state at Ban Ki-moon summit
Yale looks to climate issues as it invests
As pressure grows from students who want to see their schools use financial clout to address environmental issues, Yale University’s investment office wrote to its money managers asking them to assess how investments could affect climate change and suggesting they avoid companies that do not take sensible “steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
NY Times
Climate Change Threatens The Newest Prescription For Children: Time Outdoors
Luisa Maria Vasquez Cruz received an unusual prescription last year from her pediatrician: Spend more time playing outside.
Huffington Post
Social media event – 97 hours of climate experts on the global warming consensus
Quotes from and caricatures of 97 climate experts will be launched by over 4 days
NGOs “optimistic” for chances of a climate deal
Leading green groups set out what they say are “realistic goals” for international climate talks
EPA puts climate target on airlines
The Obama administration has launched a new front in its fight against greenhouse gas emissions, choosing as its next target the $200 billion per year commercial aviation industry.
The Hill
India should go solar to bring down carbon emissions; British envoy on climate change
British special representative on climate change Sir David King has said India should adopt the solar energy route to bring down carbon emissions, without compromising on its developmental goals.
Climate change back on the agenda Guardian
This business of climate change The Hindu Businessline
To be counted during Paris summit, India must cut its carbon footprint (comment/analysis) Hindustan Times
What legal form for the future international climate regime? (opinion)
U.N. envoy seeks climate neutrality
LONDON, Sept. 4 (UPI) -- Climate neutrality, a notion where greenhouse gas output is equal to natural sinks, is not "nirvana" but a goal that needs backing, top climate leaders said.
Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change, and Mario Molina, a Nobel Prize-winning chemist, wrote in the Thursday edition of British newspaper The Guardian "bold initiatives" are needed to slow global greenhouse emissions.
Top Leaders From China, India to Skip UN Climate Change Summit
Reports indicate that neither Chinese President Xi Jinping nor Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi plan to attend a U.N. summit of world leaders on climate change. The Climate Summit 2014, to be held on September 23 in New York, was organized by U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon “to galvanize and catalyze climate action.” U.S. President Barack Obama, as well as other leaders from developed nations, are expected to attend, but the absence of leaders from the world’s two largest developing nations has some worried that the summit will fall flat.
The Diplomat
Megadroughts Worse Than the Dust Bowl Could Hit the Southwest
The drought in California has already devastated the environment and upended the state’s economy. Imagine if it were to last for a decade. Or four decades. Or longer. So-called megadroughts are increasingly likely as the earth warms, according to a new scientific paper that paired historic drought patterns with climate change models.
It is 99.999 percent likely global warming is caused by humans: CSIRO
A CSIRO report has declared the chances of global warming being the result of human industry as 99.999 percent likely. The paper published yesterday in the Climate Risk Management journal noted December 2013 was the 346th consecutive month where global land and ocean temperatures exceeded the monthly average of the 20th century.
9News Australia
Yale Asks Managers to Weigh Climate Change Risks
Yale University is asking managers for its roughly $21 billion endowment to account for how climate change and potential regulations on fossil fuels could affect investments, the latest sign that university endowments are increasingly aware of the headline risks associated with coal, oil and gas investments.
Government plan to give India’s electric vehicle industry a new high
NEW DELHI: India's low carbon transport industry has received fresh impetus with news of a government plan to deliver US$2.31 billion in incentives to manufacturers of electric vehicles.
The National Electric Mobility Mission Plan 2020 (NEMMP) – which is to be approved by the Expenditure Finance Committee and the Union cabinet, and expected to be undertaken by the Government within the next five months – will furnish INR 140 billion (US$2.31 billion) as subsidies to electric vehicle manufacturers.
The Climate Group
New responsible investment tool launched by Thomson Reuters
Thomson Reuters has launched a new set of indices that will measure environmental, social and governance (ESG) practices at European companies. They become the latest of several tools launched in recent years to aid responsible investors, as the sector moves into the mainstream.
Blue and Green Tomorrow
(blog) Advancing Resilience in Small Island States: Cutting through red tape
APIA, Samoa, September 2, 2014 – The World Bank Group has announced that it will increase its support for disaster and climate resilient development in small island developing states from US$145 million per year to about US$190 million and work with partners towards a Small Island States Resilience Initiative.
World Bank blog
(editorial) New York climate summit is a chance to push for long-term climate neutrality
This month, the UN secretary general will host a major climate summit: it is a moment in time for heads of state, cities, organisations, and companies to announce bold new initiatives to address climate change in the short to medium term. It is also a moment for an ambitious, scientifically credible and clear vision on where the world needs to aim over the long haul.
The Guardian
(editorial) Global labour's challenge to climate change
At the end November 2013, Philip Jennings, the general secretary for the global union federation UNI Global Union spoke at a climate conference in Toronto. His message was simple: "there is nothing more important facing humanity than the dangers of a warming planet. We have no time to lose."
The Guardian
Small island conference leaves 'legacy with impact' - UN
With $1.9 billion pledged in sustainable development partnerships, the United Nations on Thursday wrapped up its small island developing state conference and kicked off a drum roll of action on climate change.
UN News Centre
U.N. chief tries to kick-start sagging enthusiasm for climate deal
United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon this month hopes to reinvigorate the years-long effort to forge a global climate deal, even as concerns grow over whether the final pact will be rigorous enough to address threats to the environment.
China and Indian Leaders Said to Skip UN Climate Summit
The top leaders of China and India aren’t planning to attend this month’s United Nations summit on climate change, signaling tepid support for a global pact to cut greenhouse gases among two of the largest emitters.
France plans climate harmony ahead of 2015 UN summit
Leading climate official Laurence Tubiana tells RTCC Paris 2015 conference is a step on the ladder, not the endgame
UN gears up for 'bold' moves on climate change
September in New York City is usually a busy month as the Big Apple welcomes heads of state and international policy makers to the United Nations' annual general assembly.
China Daily USA
Small island nations start "drum roll of action" for key UN Climate Summit
Small island nations meeting in Samoa have started a "drum roll of action" ahead of a key UN climate summit in New York later this month
Famagusta Gazette
Strategy for Climate and Disaster Resilient Development in the Pacific
The Pacific will be the first region in the world to fully integrate climate change and disaster risk management in a single regional strategy focused on resilient development.
Islands Business
SAMOA: UN disaster risk chief calls for putting partnerships to work
The commitments made at the international conference on partnering with small island developing states must be prioritized and implemented as soon as possible, urged the top United Nations official on disaster risk reduction.
UNEP releases Global Environment Outlook report
Facing rising sea levels, increasingly frequent natural disasters, major waste and pollution challenges and weakening family structures, Small Island Developing States (SIDS) around the globe require a fresh round of innovative solutions, ranging from economic diversification to island-based technological and cultural innovation to regional and global policy initiatives, stated a new Global Environment Outlook report released by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).
Business Recorder
Doors open at Ban Ki-moon’s ‘Last Chance Saloon’
The UN secretary-general is attempting to prevent world leaders sleepwalking into disaster by asking them to make new pledges at a climate summit this month on cutting greenhouse gases.
Peru to receive 12,000 visitors for UN climate change summit
Over 12,000 foreign visitors are expected to flock to the Peruvian capital Lima during the upcoming United Nations Climate Change Conference, slated to be held on December 1-12, 2014, the country Environment Minister, Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, has reported.
Carbon emissions from electricity grid rise after carbon price repeal
Figures show the largest two-month rise in eight years, though several factors as well as repeal may be involved
Experts discuss investments in renewable energy to counter climate change
More than 200 energy experts from Korea and around the world have gathered in Seoul to discuss new investment opportunities in the renewable energy sector.
Arirang TV
Brian Cox: scientists giving false sense of debate on climate change
‘Research presented as overly precise climate predictions rather than best advice is manipulated by nonsensical sceptics’
UN Climate Chief Says ‘Door Closing’ on Warming Fix
UN climate change chief Christiana Figueres on Tuesday warned time was running out for meaningful action on global warming, citing the plight of low-lying Pacific nations facing ever rising seas.
US$1.4 billion pledged for SAMOA Pathway implementation
Two days into the 3rd Small Island Developing States (SIDS) conference, financial pledges of US$1.4 billion have been made towards the implementation of the SAMOA Pathway, the final outcome of the Samoa meeting.
Islands Business
Ban Ki-moon Named As Chief By Tsunami-Hit Village In Samoa
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was on Sunday given the title of ‘Tupua’ or ‘chief’ in south-eastern Samoa by villagers whose homes had been struck by a tsunami nearly five years ago.
Radio New Zealand International
Report identifies billions in sustainable development projects for small island states
The Global Environment Facility has committed $250 million for sustainable development projects in small island states over the next four years, at the SIDS conference in Samoa.
ABC Radio Australia
Rousing welcome for voyagers
Voyagers who are using the wisdom of their ancestors, combined with modern science, on a worldwide journey were welcomed to Samoa in style yesterday morning.
Samoa Observer
Kufuor launches Africa Agric Status Report
Former President John Agyekum Kufuor on Tuesday, September 2 joined other African leaders to launch the Africa Agriculture Status Report.
Pacific’s Largest Solar Photovoltaic Site Opened in Samoa
The largest solar photovoltaic site in the Pacific was opened at the Faleata Racecourse in Samoa today.
Islands Business
Global 2015 deal’s legal form still uncertain
Negotiations towards agreeing a global climate deal in 2015 are progressing, but some key issues are still preventing parties from reaching consensus on its legal form, Peru's environment minister Manuel Pulgar-Vidal said.
Argus Media
Climate change relocation 'urgent'
A significant proportion of Pacific Islanders affected by climate change would be accepted into New Zealand under policies drawn up by the Labour and Green parties.
Radio New Zealand International
Peru Env Min says financing should be key issue in COP20 draft text
Peru's Environment Minister Manuel Pulgar-Vidal encouraged COP 20 parties to pay special attention when discussing climate financing as it is important to included in the draft text of the 2015 agreement to be signed in Paris, France.
Viceministro pide compartir responsabilidades por cambio climático
Los Pequeños Estados Insulares en Desarrollo están sufriendo los efectos del cambio climático y están expuestos a nuevas amenazas, por lo que a la par que asumen responsabilidad por su cuota de daños, reclaman que quienes más afectaron el ambiente hagan lo propio, afirmó aquí Juan Tomás Monegro
El Nuevo Diario
Chinese president Xi Jinping 'to skip Ban Ki-moon climate meeting'
Chinese president Xi Jinping has decided to skip a meeting of world leaders on climate change in New York, according to climate insiders, casting doubt on the summit’s potential to make progress ahead of next year’s major UN climate summit in Paris.
Indian negotiators in the dark as informal climate summit approaches
The absence of India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi and China’s President Xi Jinping from the informal climate summit convened by the UN Secretary General on September 23 is likely to cast its shadow on formal climate negotiations as well.
Stopping climate change is 'about people, about survival,' says UN envoy
World leaders have not sufficiently addressed climate issues, United Nations Special Envoy for Climate Change Mary Robinson said Tuesday highlighting the urgency of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and building climate resilient communities.
UN News Centre
Peru to gain US$120mn return on COP 20's public investment
Peruvian economy is set to receive an estimated return of over US$ 120 million from the organization of the 20th Conference of the Parties (COP 20), following a government spending of US$ 90 million, Peru’s Environment Ministry reported Tuesday.
Malawi: Govt to Combat Climate Change Ills Through Nap
Government has launched a National Adaptation Plan (NAP) process aimed at reducing vulnerability to the impacts of climate change.
Malawi News Agency (Lilongwe)
5 reasons to watch NYC’s climate summit (opinion)
Samoa conference opens - Seychelles presents 4 major proposals for the sustainable development of SIDS
Seychelles President James Michel has presented 4 major proposals for the sustainable development of small island developing states, in his address at the opening of the third international conference on SIDS which got underway this morning in Apia, Samoa.
Seychelles News Agency
Bad weather for 2050 as TV forecasters imagine climate change
Imaginary television weather forecasts predicted floods, storms and searing heat from Arizona to Zambia within four decades, as part of a United Nations campaign on Monday to draw attention to a U.N. summit this month on fighting global warming.
‘Grossly inadequate’ - President Tuilaepa
Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, was yesterday voted as the President of the 2014 United Nations Third Small Island Developing States (S.I.D.S) Conference.
Samoa Observer
United Nations predicts climate hell in 2050 with imagined weather forecasts
'Reports from the future' warn of floods, storms and searing heat in campaign for climate change summit
A five year project strengthening Natural Solutions in the Pacific region
A 5-year, €5 million project titled 'Natural Solutions to Climate Change in the Pacific Islands Region: Implementing Ecosystem-based Adaption', has been signed on the cusp of the 3rd International Conference of Small Island Developing States.
Islands Business
Young island poet to address Ban Ki-moon climate summit
A young female poet from the Marshall Islands has been selected to address an audience including more than 100 heads of state at the opening ceremony of the U.N. secretary-general's climate change summit later this month.
Thomson Reuters Foundation
More cash for EU industry, eastern states in 2030 climate goals: draft
Big emitting industries and poorer eastern member states in the European Union could get tens of billions of euros in additional funds next decade to help them meet the bloc’s 2030 energy and climate goals, a draft EU document showed.
South Korea delays smog tax; starts emission trading in 2015 - finance minister
South Korea has delayed a proposed tax on vehicle carbon emissions by over five years to the end of 2020, but confirmed it would push ahead with plans to begin its carbon emissions trading scheme from the start of 2015, finance minister Choi Kyung-hwan said on Tuesday.
Chile Carbon Tax Coming Up This Week
This week, the government of Chile holds a final vote on its first carbon taxation scheme, also the first in South America, a measure to make fossil fuel generators pay for emitting greenhouse gases.
Climate study yields bad news for tiny desert fish
For 10,000 years, a tiny iridescent blue fish has lived in the depths of a cavern in Nevada's desert. But a new study says climate change and warming waters - and its lack of mobility - are threatening its existence and decreasing its numbers.
Communities going into power business to cut cost, carbon footprint
Sonoma County, which enticed Americans to forsake factory-made food for artisan wines and farmers market produce, now wants consumers to reconsider another everyday commodity.
LA Times
African farmers urgently need “climate-smart” investment – report
Climate change will mean more failed harvests, without investment in new seed varieties and farming techniques
UN Climate Change Conference for kids held
The COP in MyCity – Lima in Dubai – was a huge success, with students from 11 schools attending it, the organising student head Kehkashan Basu said.
Gulf Today
Climate Change: Africa’s Smallholder Farmers Risk of “Failed Seasons” rising
Small-scale family farmers across Africa— already struggling to adapt to rapidly rising temperatures and more erratic rains—risk being overwhelmed by the pace and severity of climate change, according to the 2014 African Agriculture Status Report
Africa Science News
Powerful hairdryers could be banned in EU attempt to tackle climate change
Powerful hairdryers may be banned under European Union (EU) regulations aimed at tackling climate change.
UN concern at climate change in Pacific
The Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki Moon, says he is deeply concerned about the effects of climate change in the Pacific.
Radio New Zealand International
France underlines commitment to "legally binding" agreement at Paris climate summit
Are the UN summit's hosts on a collision course with the Obama administration?
China Plans a Market for Carbon Permits
China plans to introduce its national market for carbon permit trading in 2016, a government official said on Sunday, adding that Beijing is close to completing rules for what will be the world’s biggest emissions trading program.
Rich nations have moral duty to help island nations as climate change shifts weather patterns, says World Bank envoy
Small island nations, particularly those in the Pacific, are already experiencing "extreme effects" from global warming, and rich nations including Australia have a "moral responsibility" to help them cope with future unavoidable threats, a senior World Bank executive said.
Sydney Morning Herald
Climate change tops UN summit agenda in Samoa
UN conference set to tackle climate and economic issues facing the world's most vulnerable countries.
Push for climate change on UN agenda
The world's 52 Small Island Developing States are calling for climate change to be the focus of a major United Nations conference in Samoa this week.
Radio New Zealand International
Climate focus at UN small islands summit in Samoa
A major United Nations conference on small island nations began in Samoa on Monday, with the emphasis on helping them survive the pressing challenge posed by climate change.
Samoa hosts hundreds of global leaders for talks on developing island states
Hundreds of global leaders from government, NGOs and the private sector have descended on the tiny Pacific country of Samoa for rare talks on how to develop island states.
ABC Radio Australia
UN agencies will be mobilized to implement recommendations from SIDS conference
Seychelles President James Michel has arrived in Apia, Samoa for the UN conference on small island developing states and has on the eve of the event held talks with the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.
Seychelles News Agency
French diplomats rallied to climate cause in run-up to Paris
President Francois Hollande prepares for Ban Ki-moon summit next month as French diplomacy ramps up ahead of Paris
Brazil presidential candidate Silva would put a price on carbon
Brazilian presidential candidate Marina Silva plans to put a price on greenhouse gas emissions and implement a national carbon market if elected, according to policy proposals released on Friday.
Why carbon markets should top Ban Ki-moon’s climate agenda
When and if heads of state turn up to Ban Ki-moon’s climate summit next month, there will be many ideas competing for their attention.
Poor Countries Shouldn’t Sacrifice Growth to Fight Climate Change Bloomberg Businessweek
Political uncertainty slows renewable energy growth – IEA
Growth of the renewable energy sector is under threat from policy uncertainty, the International Energy Agency warned on Thursday. Investment in clean sources of energy is a key plank of global efforts to cut carbon emissions and tackle climate change.
Chile set to pass Latin America’s second carbon tax
Chile is set to approve a carbon tax next week, making it the second country after Mexico in Latin America to put a price on polluting.
The carbon tax will go before the House of Representatives in the first week of September, as part of a broader package of tax reforms.
UN seeks 'Malala' on climate change
Five hundred people are to learn if they have won the chance to vent their frustration at world leaders over the stalemate on climate policy.
They applied to address more than 100 heads of state and government at next month’s UN climate summit in New York.
‘Urgency of Climate Change’ to Debut as Legal Defense
As protests go, Ken Ward’s and Jay O’Hara’s daylong blockade of a coal delivery was low-key. There were no kerfuffles involving authorities and nobody was arrested — the men learned of criminal charges later by mail. But the duo’s trial, scheduled to begin Sept. 8 in a Massachusetts district court, is shaping up as a high-profile affair, featuring an unusual defense and planned testimony by some of the biggest names in climate science.
Climate Central
Why fossil fuel divestment won’t be easy
There's a growing global campaign to stop investments in the fossil fuel industry. The British Medical Association, the World Council of Churches and Stanford University are among those pledging to take their money out of oil, coal and gas firms. But if the idea catches on, it won't just cause headaches for oil moguls. Investment managers will be scratching their heads too. If they can't invest in fossil fuel firms, where should they put their money?
Carbon Brief
22.6% Of Homes Use Solar In South Australia
Nearly one in four homes in South Australia now has rooftop solar, as the share of renewable energy in the state neared 33 per cent in 2013/14 – delivering the state’s ambitious 2020 target six years ahead of schedule. Official data released by the Australian Energy Market Operator shows that the share of wind and solar generation in South Australia jumped to 32.1 per cent in 2013/14.
Green-trigue: N.Y. legal memo may give Obama path to make UN climate deal binding
Two years ago, the New York attorney general’s office prepared a legal brief laying out a potential case for asking courts to make the U.S. cut greenhouse gas emissions based on international treaties, according to documents reviewed by The Washington Times. Legal analysts say it’s a tough sell, and the case was never filed.
Washington Times
Climate Change Will Ruin Hawaii, New Study Suggests
Climate change has its sights on its next victim, and it's one of America's favorite vacation spots.
Hawaii is known for its near perfect weather, but a new report from the University of Hawaii's Sea Grant program states that islands in the Pacific might be unrecognizable in the coming years as climate change makes them hotter, arid, stormy and even disease-ridden.
Huffington Post
A climate for change: The U.S. can help drive a new round of global carbon cuts
PROBABLY THE most persuasive argument against U.S. action on global warming is China. No U.S.-only initiative can stop the planet from warming. Any effective response to climate change will require broad, international effort.
All true. But such coordination is not as out of reach as many believe. It is quite possible — if the United States does its part.
Washington Post
And now the weather, featuring climate change blame
A new technique connecting individual weather events with the impact of greenhouse gas emissions could bring climate change into everyday weather reports. "Well, the record-breakingly hot summer is showing no sign of cooling down. No thanks to us: the heatwave was made 35 per cent more likely by human greenhouse gas emissions."
New Scientist
Experts at UN conference call for action to mitigate climate-related health risks
Experts are urging the international community to act fast to reduce climate change and its health consequences at the first-ever global conference on health and climate, which opened today at the Geneva headquarters of the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO).
UN News Centre
Samoan PM calls on Canberra to do more to tackle climate change
Samoa's prime minister has issued an impassioned plea on behalf all Pacific nations for more help to cope with climate change and he has called on Australia, to lift its focus from the federal budget and lead the way.
ABC Radio Australia
U.N. Climate Chief Urges Action From Health Ministers
Christiana Figueres, the United Nations official overseeing global climate talks, on Wednesday implored national health ministers to become advocates for reaching a strong international climate accord next year.
National Journal
Island states told to press onward
Small Island Developing States(SIDS) have been told that there is no time to waste sitting back and wait but to focus and press forward to make their voices heard in addressing their issues in the UNSIDS conference next week.
Solomon Star News
NZ academic urges SIDS to address 'blatant inequalities'
A New Zealand academic is urging leaders of developing states in the Pacific to use a major United Nations conference in Samoa as an opportunity to address blatant inequalities in the region.
Radio New Zealand International
Durable Partnerships for the Pacific
Around 3,000 delegates from around the world, including representatives from all Forum member countries, will meet in Samoa next week to discuss global efforts to address the unique challenges faced by small island developing states.
Tonga Daily News
Obama Charges Ahead on Climate Change Policy
The president's reported plan to seek a nonbinding climate agreement to address global warming meets expectations, experts say.
US News & World Report
State Dept. Denies Seeking Alternative To Climate Treaty
The New York Times reported Wednesday that the Obama administration is planning to make an end run around the Senate in order to get an international climate agreement.
Huffington Post
Paris mobilise ses ambassadeurs sur le climat
La diplomatie française s'active pour mobiliser les populations autour de la question climatique. Que ce soit en Chine via les réseaux sociaux ou en Pologne auprès des universitaires.
El cambio climático, el desarrollo económico y el sector
La lucha contra el cambio climático no es incompatible con el desarrollo económico sino que se trata de "un tema transversal y de relevancia", se afirmó hoy durante la inauguración de la Semana del Financiamiento Climático de Lima o "Lima Climate Finance Week".
Adaptation: Cities' response to climate risks
City-level policies have often been unable to limit natural disaster losses. Research on New York City now shows progress in devising flexible adaptation policies that accept uncertainty about future climate-related risks and work around it.
Roads expanding fast worldwide, better planning needed to aid food output : study
New roads long enough to girdle the Earth 600 times are expected to be built by 2050 and better planning is needed to protect the environment while also raising food production, a study showed on Wednesday.
Clean energy industry calls for inquiry into renewable energy target review
The Abbott government is set to release its long-awaited review into the renewable energy target on Thursday.
Sydney Morning Herald
Chile launches its biggest wind farm
Chile has inaugurated its biggest ever wind farm as part of its bid to wean itself off fossil fuels and tap its massive potential for renewable energy.
20 Types of Coral Listed as Threatened
The federal government is protecting 20 types of colorful coral by putting them on the list of threatened species, partly because of climate change.
UK to give airlines 26.4 mln free CO2 permits for 2013-2016
Britain will hand its airlines 6.6 million free carbon allowances a year to help reduce the cost of meeting their obligations under Europe's Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) from 2013-2016, the government said on Wednesday.
Earth systems: Model human adaptation to climate change
Current models of Earth's climate capture physical and biophysical processes. But the planet has entered a new state: humans are adapting to, as well as causing, environmental changes.
Science group says climate change worsening, dangerous
Human influence on the planet's climate is clear and having "widespread and consequential impacts on human and natural systems," some of which may be irreversible, says a draft report out today from a United Nations science panel.
USA Today
U.N. Draft Report Lists Unchecked Emissions’ Risks
Runaway growth in the emission of greenhouse gases is swamping all political efforts to deal with the problem, raising the risk of “severe, pervasive and irreversible impacts” over the coming decades, according to a draft of a major new United Nations report.
NY Times
Ahead of Samoa conference, iTunes, UN team up to showcase music from small island nations
Ahead of a major United Nations conference in Samoa on small island developing countries, iTunes has teamed up with the UN to create a dedicated page on the popular site – launched today – featuring music from artists born and raised in some of the world’s smallest islands.
UN News Centre
UN panel: Global warming human-caused, dangerous
Global warming is here, human-caused and probably already dangerous - and it's increasingly likely that the heating trend could be irreversible, a draft of a new international science report says.
China's carbon emission down by 5%: Premier Li
China's carbon emission has declined by 5 percent this year, the largest progress in recent years, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said on Tuesday.
World Bank pledges to support Vietnam in battling climate change
The World Bank (WB) will continue to support Vietnam in coping with climate change, boosting the green growth and developing a low-carbon economy, by bringing in both global knowledge and financing, a bank leader has said.
Thanh Nien News
Obama Pursuing Climate Accord in Lieu of Treaty
The Obama administration is working to forge a sweeping international climate change agreement to compel nations to cut their planet-warming fossil fuel emissions, but without ratification from Congress.
NY Times
Jamaica wants more out of 3rd SIDS confab
JAMAICA is expected to raise concerns about the low rate of implementation from the two previous summits when it attends the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in Apia, Samoa starting on Monday.
Jamaica Observer
El cambio climático podría afectar la economía en 2035
La economía del país podría resultar afectada en 2035 si no se continúa con la implementación de políticas ambientales que hagan frente al cambio climático, alertó el ministro de Economía y Finanzas, Luis Miguel Castilla.
El Peruano
New coal power stations threat to EU’s emissions target
Burning Europe’s lignite reserves would wipe out carbon budget from 2020 until the end of the century, says Greenpeace
Indonesia Steps Up Audits of Companies Operating in Rain Forests
Indonesia’s latest tactic for slowing the world’s fastest rate of deforestation is to crack down on licensing of companies with concessions for agriculture on peat lands and rain forests.
Clegg and Davey aim to help put clean tech on front foot in India
Deputy prime minister Nick Clegg has told India's new prime minister that he is keen to drive UK investment in India's emerging green economy to tackle climate change and other environmental challenges the country faces.
Driven By Climate Change, Cotton Buyers Look For Alternatives
VF Corp. is one of the biggest clothing companies you might not have heard of. But include Lee and Wrangler jeans, Timberland shoes and The North Face, and it also makes uniforms for police and major league sports teams.
Coal To Be Hardest Hit By Fossil Fuel Divestment Campaign
Much has been written in recent months about carbon-stranded assets – investments in fossil fuel projects that may turn out to be worth far less than investors or companies currently think they will because of measures to cut carbon emissions such as emissions trading schemes and regulation.
Liebreich: Climate change talks – the rocky road to paris Bloomberg New Energy Finance
Small island states, facing rising seas, seek economic overhaul
Small island states facing a "frightening" rise in sea levels will seek investments in everything fron solar energy to fisheries to boost their economies at a U.N. summit next week.
Guidelines out for emission tradings with free pricing in China
China’s State Council published on Monday a guideline to promote emissions trading. The pilot regions must set up rules for the purchase and trading of emissions rights by 2017 to roll out the scheme nationwide. The pilot began in 2007 in 11 regions from northeast coast to northeast inland and North China.
Unpacking unpaused global warming – climate models got it right
Although the global climate has continued to build up heat at an incredibly rapid rate, there has been a keen focus among climate contrarians and in the media on the slowdown of the warming at the Earth’s surface.
U.N. Conference Set to Bypass Climate Change Refugees
An international conference on small island developing states (SIDS), scheduled to take place in Samoa next week, will bypass a politically sensitive issue: a proposal to create a new category of “environmental refugees” fleeing tiny island nations threatened by rising seas.
EU carbon prices edge lower ahead of increased supply
European carbon prices edged lower in thin trade on Monday ahead of an increase in supply from government sales of carbon allowances.
Business Recorder
Climate change policies pay for themselves, study says
President Obama’s controversial plan to phase out coal and slash carbon emissions is an expensive one. But a new study suggests it could be cheaper than the alternative: pollution, poor air quality, and accompanying health costs.
Christian Science Monitor
COP-20 enfrenta el reto de lograr un acuerdo climático
El ministro del Ambiente, Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, destacó que el reto de la 20ª Conferencia de las Partes de la Convención Marco de las Naciones Unidas sobre Cambio Climático (COP-20), que se celebrará en Lima, es generar un acuerdo climático que favorezca al mundo.
El Peruano
Cambio climático afecta a los niños del Caribe
Al diseñar las estrategias para lidiar con el cambio climático es común olvidarse de las niñas y los niños, a pesar de que tienen menos recursos para defenderse en situaciones problemáticas.
El Peruano
Heat wave offers glimpse into climate change
An unprecedented marine heat wave that swept the Southeast Indian Ocean in 2011 has given FIU scientists a glimpse into the future of climate change.
Cape Town Transport Goes Green
The City of Cape Town has taken public transport to the next level with the launch of its first green transport facility.
India Plans To Add 10,000 MW Wind Energy Capacity Every Year
Indian wind turbine manufacturers and project developers have been advised by the government to make efforts to increase annual capacity addition to five times its current level, a leading Indian newspaper has reported.
Ross Garnaut: China to reach 'peak coal' for electricity by 2015
China’s use of coal for electricity could peak as early as next year, then decline until 2020 in a turnaround of “global importance”, according to economist Ross Garnaut in a lecture presented at the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute, University of Melbourne.
The Conversation
The Kardashians and climate change Futures Magazine
Climate change will shake the Earth
The idea that a changing climate can persuade the ground to shake, volcanoes to rumble and tsunamis to crash on to unsuspecting coastlines seems, at first, to be bordering on the insane.
A climate for change: The country’s sinking debate over global warming (editorial) Washington Post
‘Climate change is real and happening in India’
Ahead of the UN climate summit which is to be organized in New York on September 23 to give a political push to future negotiations, Indian scientists on Friday emphasized the need to take urgent steps to address the issue of climate change that has potential to adversely affect the country.
Times of India
China's Coal Gas Boom Holds Climate Change Risks
Deep in the hilly grasslands of remote Inner Mongolia, twin smoke stacks rise more than 200 feet into the sky, their steam and sulfur billowing over herds of sheep and cattle.
Prevención en la montaña
Ante el cambio climático, en las punas de Lima y Junín se trabaja un proyecto para cuidar las vicuñas, el agua y los pastos, aumentando así la resistencia de sus poblaciones ante el nuevo escenario mundial.
El Peruano
T’Sou-ke First Nation turns to wasabi in renewable energy push
In three large greenhouses southwest of Victoria, members of the T’Sou-ke First Nation are nurturing 15,000 wasabi seedlings, the small community’s latest business venture.
Globe and Mail
Perú tendrá que invertir hasta S/. 8,000 millones para afrontar impactos del cambio climático
Durante los próximo diez años, el Perú tendrá que invertir el equivalente al 4% de su Producto Bruto Interno (PBI) para hacer frente a los impactos del cambio climático, lo que implica alrededor de S/. 8,000 millones, informó la ONG Derecho, Ambiente y Recursos Naturales (DAR), integrante del grupo Perú COP.
Pachamama Radio
‘Free riders’ undermine climate treaty hopes
Norwegian researchers warn that hopes of getting an effective agreement on climate control will slip further away unless key polluting countries get serious about emissions reductions – and face sanctions if they don’t comply.
Coal gas boom in China holds climate change risks
Deep in the hilly grasslands of remote Inner Mongolia, twin smoke stacks rise more than 200 feet into the sky, their steam and sulfur billowing over herds of sheep and cattle. Both day and night, the rumble of this power plant echoes across the ancient steppe, and its acrid stench travels dozens of miles away.
Washington Post
Churches at the front line of climate action
Johannes Kapelle has been playing the organ in the Protestant church of Proschim since he was 14. The 78-year-old is actively involved in his community, produces his own solar power and has raised three children with his wife on their farm in Proschim, a small village of 360 inhabitants in Lusatia, Germany.
Business Mirror
Kansas' climate change debate settled in Europe
Scrolling through slides on his laptop, Jon Möller displayed for a visitor recently myriad carbon emission targets for the governments of his Nordic home.
Topeka Capital-Journal
Private finance will help solve green energy problem: Edward Davey Livemint
What is carbon-pricing and why do we need it? (opinion)
OPINION: Financial consideration holds sway over debate Newcastle Herald
The Climate Swerve (opinion) NY Times
UN expects upcoming Samoa small island conference to generate vital partnerships
21 August 2014 – The United Nations expects over 300 initiatives to be announced two weeks from now at a major world conference aimed at fostering partnerships with small island developing States, a top UN organizing official today said. Speaking to reporters in New York before he leaves for the Samoan capital, Apia, the Conference's Secretary-General, Wu Hongbo, said that with much of the political work already agreed on, participants can focus on how to take these decisions forward and on generating sustainable partnerships.
UN News Centre
Africa to Add More Renewables in 2014 Than Past 14 Years
Growing demand for electricity and falling costs for wind and solar power mean more renewable-energy projects will be commissioned this year in sub-Saharan Africa than were added from 2000 through 2013.
Atlantic heat sink explains global warming “pause”
It is the question most vexing climate scientists right now: if the world is warming, why have air temperatures flatlined since the late 1990s?
Seized on by climate sceptics as proof the whole thing is a hoax, the global warming “pause” has many possible explanations. The latest data analysis locates most of that missing heat deep in the Atlantic Ocean. While average surface temperatures hold steady, deep seawater is warming up.
Renewable energy patents boom in Germany
Germany may not have much sun, but it is positioning itself to sell products to those who do. But while some solar manufacturers continue to struggle, German patent registrations have boomed in recent years – not only for solar, but for wind power as well.
Energy Transition
How solutions based journalism can drive global climate action
NEW YORK: News articles which focus on the positive solutions to societal issues are more likely to attract greater engagement from readers, separate studies from the University of Texas and the University of Pennsylvania have confirmed. The Engaging News Project which is based at the Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life at the University of Texas recently released a report which found that articles which offer readers information on problem mitigation are perceived as more interesting and informative than those which merely describe the bleak reality.
The Climate Group
Why our brains are wired to ignore climate change
Recently I learned about “Prius repellent” — a tricked-out truck takes deep swigs of diesel and spews black smog all over a tailing vehicle, preferably a hybrid. These ominous clouds signal that, in our national conversation about climate change, something has gone very wrong.
The Washington Post
Coal gas boom in China holds climate change risks
HEXIGTEN, China (AP) — Deep in the hilly grasslands of remote Inner Mongolia, twin smoke stacks rise more than 200 feet into the sky, their steam and sulfur billowing over herds of sheep and cattle. Both day and night, the rumble of this power plant echoes across the ancient steppe, and its acrid stench travels dozens of miles away.
The AP
Peru’s dangerous environmental regression
This December, Peru will host the United Nations Climate Change Conference, during which representatives from 194 countries will convene in Lima to set the stage for a comprehensive international climate change agreement in 2015. The agreement would succeed the 1997 Kyoto Protocol on carbon emission reductions, which is set to expire in 2020. Ironically, in the run-up to the conference, Peru has substantially pared domestic environmental regulations — arguing that this is necessary to attract investment
Al Jazeers
Global Climate Deal May Fail to Restrain Global Warming
A growing number of leaders are openly acknowledging that a 2015 international agreement to avert catastrophic global warming will surely fall short of what's needed to achieve that goal. But another consensus is also forming among top U.S. experts: that shortfall is OK, as long as the deal puts all major climate polluters on a serious, upward and transparent path to cutting greenhouse gases.
Scientific American
[Opinion] Could a Climate Change Deal Fit China’s Economic Reform Agenda?
At its meeting Paris in December 2015, the United Nations climate change conference plans to finalize a comprehensive global greenhouse gas reduction protocol for the period beyond 2020. As the world’s largest emitter, China’s reduction commitments will significantly determine the deal’s overall impact.
The Diplomat
[Opinion] Climate Change and Implications for National Security
Our planet is 4.5 billion years old. If that whole time was to be reflected on a single one-year calendar then the dinosaurs died off sometime late in the afternoon of December 27th and modern humans emerged 200,000 years ago, or at around lunchtime on December 28th. Therefore, human life on earth is very recent. Sometime on December 28th humans made the first fires – wood fires – neutral in the carbon balance.
International Policy Digest
Greenland ice loss doubles from late 2000s
A new assessment from Europe's CryoSat spacecraft shows Greenland to be losing about 375 cu km of ice each year.
Island nations in hot water
Palau might just be the most beautiful place you’ve never heard of. The small Pacific country has a population of just over 20,000 and sits in western Micronesia above Australia and Papua New Guinea. Due to distance and the lack of direct flights, it’s not a popular holiday spot for New Zealanders.
The Wireless
Cities’ Air Problems Only Get Worse With Climate Change
The threats from climate change are many: extreme weather, shrinking snowpack, altered ecosystems and rising and more acidic seas, to name a few.
NY Times
Be climate change warriors, Pacific Islanders told
THE Pacific can be warriors of climate change. This is the message King contestant and winner of the talent show, Josaia Nanuqa, wanted the people of Fiji to know.
Fiji Times
Faith Groups Divest From Fossil Fuels
Worried about global warming, a growing number of churches and other faith groups are divesting their holdings in fossil fuel companies that release large amounts of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.
The Christian Century
'If we don't change now we will lose the reefs'
A major study has found Caribbean coral reefs could disappear in 20 years. DW spoke to Carl Gustaf Lundin, director of the global marine and polar programme at the International Union for Conservation of Nature.
Deutsche Welle
Greens, industry square off over putting cars in EU carbon market
Environmental campaigners are bracing to take on big business over whether Europe should follow California's lead and include road transport in the EU carbon market.
Solar-Powered Tuk Tuk To Go From Bangalore To London
Traveling from London to Bangalore, traversing 10 countries, in a solar-powered tuk tuk – sound good? Naveen Rabelli, Raoul Kopacka, and Tejas’s journey and mission is to advocate solar energy as an alternative, renewable,, clean source of fuel for vehicles.
During July, 100% Of US Power Installations Were Renewables
During July, 100% of US utility-scale power installations were renewables! It is the kind of deceptive announcement that is euphoric. America’s #1 energy, in terms of utility scale installations, is natural gas
Leonardo DiCaprio voices climate change film
Actor Leonardo DiCaprio is lending his voice and support to a new short film, bringing attention to climate change and calling for federal action over carbon pollution.
Study: Solar Activity Could Be Increasing Climate Change
Though major contributors, human beings are not the only cause of climate change. A new study shows the sun has a major influence on the global climate.
CBS News
Easy times over as carbon prices enter bullish corridor
With prices hitting a 5 month high of €6.50 today, established energy intelligence provider ICIS Tschach predicts a sustained increase in the price of European Trading Scheme (ETS) allowances. On current trajectories, prices are expected to hit double digits and a two-year high by year’s end. Such an increase would be a worrying trend for those with significant compliance obligations, especially large, carbon-intensive industrials
Commodities Now
ONU certifica primera emisión de bonos de carbono de central hidroeléctrica de pasada Chacayes
La Secretaría de la Convención Marco sobre el Cambio Climático de la Organización de Naciones Unidas (ONU) aprobó la primera emisión de bonos de carbono de la central hidroeléctrica de pasada Chacayes (111 MW) de propiedad de Pacific Hydro (73%) y Astaldi (27%).
El Rancagüino
How Will Latino Voters Change the Global Warming Fight?
An analysis of nine polls tracking Hispanic voter preference released Wednesday shows that Hispanics are increasingly anxious about global warming and environmental conservation
National Journal
Climate change to cut South Asia's growth 9 percent by 2100: ADB
Climate change will cut South Asia's growth almost 9 percent by the end of the century unless world governments try harder to counter global warming, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) said on Tuesday.
Climate change to slash south Asian GDP, development bank warns
South Asian economies will be badly squeezed by climate change within a few decades if no action is taken to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions responsible for global warming, according to a report published on Tuesday by the Asian Development Bank.
Financial Times
Island States to Rally Donors at Samoa Meet
Amid accelerating climate change and other challenges, a major international conference in the South Pacific island nation of Samoa next month represents a key chance for Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in the Caribbean to turn the tide.
USAID, Rockefeller launch $100 million climate resilience fund
A $100 million fund launched on Tuesday aims to make people in disaster-prone regions of Asia and Africa better able to cope with natural disasters and crises, so that they can get their lives and economies back on track more quickly and effectively.
Thomson Reuters Foundation
Cusco dará inicio a semana COP 20 sobre medio ambiente este jueves 21
La ciudad del Cusco será sede, desde este jueves 21, de la Semana COP20, que busca informar a los asistentes sobre la XX Conferencia de las Partes de la Convención Marco de las Naciones Unidas sobre el Cambio Climático, que se realizará del 1 al 12 de diciembre en Lima, se informó.
Agencia Peruana de Noticias
NZ could spark climate action, expert says
A strong stance on climate change by New Zealand could inspire and "occasionally embarrass" other nations into following our lead, says a world-renowned climatologist coming here for a global science summit.
NZ Herald
Heavy consumption puts planet in overdraft
Earth Overshoot Day arrives one day earlier than 2013, marking the date global consumption exceeds production
Hoy se agotaron los recursos del planeta para este año
Es posible poder vivir a crédito de la madre naturaleza, pues parece que sí. Según un estudio de La Red Global de la Huella Ecológica (Global Footprint Network, o GFN), en ocho meses la humanidad ha agotado todos los recursos que la tierra podía ofrecer para este año lo que significa que se ha llegado a un ‘sobregiro ecológico’.
El Comercio
Ressources naturelles : l'humanité vit « à crédit » pour le reste de l'année
Depuis 1992 et le Sommet de la Terre de Rio, l’ONG Global Footprint Network calcule tous les ans le jour où l’empreinte écologique de l’humanité dépasse la « biocapacité » de la planète, c'est-à-dire sa capacité à reconstituer ses ressources et absorber les déchets, y compris le CO2.
Le Monde
Uganda to increase renewable energy access to 61 per cent
Uganda has put in place a policy aimed at increasing the share of renewable energy from four per cent in 2007 to 61 per cent by 2017, a government minister has said
AfDB trust fund to support clean energy project in Mali
Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa (SEFA), the bilateral trust fund of the African Development Bank (AfDB), has approved a US$530,000 grant to co-fund a renewable energy project in Mali
African Review
Climate change should be on G20 agenda: CEDA
One of Australia’s oldest economic and business policy think tanks has called for climate change to be put onto the agenda for the upcoming G20 Summit in Brisbane, as one of the key financial risks currently threatening global economic health.
Workshop helps raise ASEAN climate negotiators’ capacity
Strengthening ASEAN negotiators’ capacity for engaging in international climate change talks is the main focus of a workshop currently underway in Hanoi under sponsorship of the UN Development Programme and the UK Foreign Commonwealth Office.
The butterfly affect: climate change ‘forced species to adapt’
A British butterfly species has made climate-change history by becoming the first known animal of any kind to lose the ability to do something after global warming forced it to move to a new environment and adapt its behaviour.
La conférence de Lima sur le changement climatique, dernier jalon prometteur
A quelque 100 jours de la 20e Conférence de l'ONU sur le changement climatique, dernier jalon avant le grand rendez-vous de 2015 à Paris, Manuel Pulgar, ministre de l'Environnement du Pérou, assure qu'un accord est à portée de main à Lima pour relever un défi planétaire.
Ban Ki-Moon Pins high hopes on Chinese youth
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who is in Nanjing attending the opening ceremony of the Youth Olympics, has conducted a dialogue with the young people.
Warming records fall as July comes in as fourth hottest
Monthly temperatures in 2014 continue to sizzle, with July coming in as the fourth hottest on record
Guangdong adds 20 mln permits to China's biggest carbon market
Guangdong, the biggest of China's seven pilot carbon trading markets, will this year hand out around 6 percent more emission permits to companies than in 2013, potentially aggravating oversupply that sent prices tumbling earlier this year.
MIT Study: Climate Talks on Path to Fall Far Short of Goals
Under countries' current climate pledges, greenhouse gas concentrations would exceed 530 or 580 parts per million by the end of the century.
InsideClimate News
Kyocera, SPCG Mark Completion Of 257 MW Of Solar Power Projects In Thailand
A partnership between solar photovoltaic modules maker Kyocera and Thailand’s largest power utility has finally seen the completion of an ambitious project the companies undertook in 2010. The project’s completion marks an important milestone for the Southeast Asian country.
Costa Rica signs first loan contract with Japan for new Guanacaste geothermal projects
Representatives from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE) on Monday afternoon signed the first contract for a multimillion-dollar loan to finance Las Pailas II, a geothermal energy project near the Rincón de la Vieja Volcano, in the northwestern province of Guanacaste.
Tico Times
Two reports warn Los Angeles County residents of how climate change can affect health
Respiratory illnesses, water quality, and mosquito- and rodent-related diseases will worsen across Los Angeles County in the next few decades because of climate change, according to two reports released Monday by public health officials.
LA Times
In Ilocos Sur, farmers turn to organic farming
More than 200 farmers attended a training on making of organic fertilizers and pesticides from natural materials as part of the local government's climate change advocacy.
Philippine Information Agency
Forest Service readies for new climate change system REDD+
South Korea is to make an interim check on its progress in preventing forest degradation and reducing greenhouse gas emissions ― and gauge its readiness for the new climate change system.
Korea Herald
Why the world's biggest companies are investing in recycling
Interest in recycling is looping back around. That’s evident from the launch of the Closed Loop Fund, a budding $100 million effort by a group of large companies to invest in recycling infrastructure and, in the process, put more recycled materials into manufacturing supply chains.
Peruvian Deforestation- A Paradise Lost
In 1988, when British environmentalist Norman Myers first described the concept of a “biodiversity hotspot” – an area with at least 0.5 percent or 1,500 endemic plants that has lost 70 percent of its primary vegetation – he could have been painting a picture of the highly threatened Peruvian Andes mountain range.
Kenya’s forests of the future
When 61-year old Mercy Joshua was young, the vast forests of southeastern Kenya teemed with wildlife, but decades of unchecked deforestation by locals have devastated the land.
Independent Online
'Mission Blue' film charts scientist's quest to save oceans
From the Galapagos Islands to Australia's Coral Sea and a marine park off the coast of Mexico, the documentary "Mission Blue" navigates the journey of renowned oceanographer Sylvia Earle as she travels the globe to save the planet's threatened seas.
Economists Say South Asia Will Pay ‘Prohibitively High’ Price for Climate Change
South Asia—with so much of its population destitute and dependent on the land for their livelihoods—stands to suffer “severe” economic and physical consequences from climate change, according to a report released today by the Asian Development Bank.
Wall Street Journal
How the Game of Golf Adapts to Global Warming
Hot weather combined with intense downpours – one of the signature signs of a changing climate – has flummoxed duffers and greenskeepers alike on East Coast golf courses. But don't handicap them yet
Scientific American
Brazil makes progress on saving forests, Indonesia risks setbacks
Brazil has made good progress in safeguarding the Amazon rainforest but Indonesia's plans for its forests could face setbacks under a new government, a report commissioned by top forest aid donor Norway said on Monday.
Climate change reflected in altered Missouri River flow, report says
The Missouri River's stream flow has changed significantly over the last 50 years, leading to serious water shortages in Montana and Wyoming and flooding in the Dakotas, according to a U.S. Geological Survey report released last month.
LA Times
In China, Ban urges young people to drive global action
At a special event on the occasion of the Summer Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged young people everywhere to get involved and engaged in driving global action at this critical time in history.
UN News Centre
How Saurya EnerTech's purifier Swajal uses solar energy to give clean water at an affordable rate
What if India was able to provide clean drinking water to its poorest citizens at truly affordable rates?
Economic Times
‘Climate Change May Lead to Tree Migration’
Climate change and global warming may cause plant migration and induce several other changes in plants, scientists have said. Affected plants may ‘sweat’ less, grow fewer leaves and show changes in budding and fruiting time, they have observed.
The New Indian Express
China's carbon plans: secrecy and oversupply darken outlook
As China lays down plans for a national carbon trading scheme, the world's biggest emitter of greenhouse gases risks repeating mistakes made in carbon trading in Europe by flooding its pilot markets with free permits.
Solomons town first in Pacific to relocate due to climate change
Under threat from rising sea levels and tsunamis, the authorities of a provincial capital in the Solomon Islands have decided to relocate from a small island in the first such case in the Pacific islands.
Thomson Reuters Foundation
Colombia set to draft new climate law by November
Latin American nation hopes tough environmental rules could assist its ambitions to gain OECD status
Nouakchott faces perils of climate change
Nouakchott was simply a dream for the generation that participated in the establishment of the state of Mauritania.
China Confronts Its Coal Problem (editorial) NY Times
Study blames humans for most of melting glaciers
More than two-thirds of the recent rapid melting of the world's glaciers can be blamed on humans, a new study finds.
Tuvalu PM says climate change 'like weapon of mass destruction'
Tuvalu Prime Minister Enele Sopoaga likened the impact of climate change on Pacific island nations to "a weapon of mass destruction" Friday, saying strong global leadership on the issue was needed.
South Korea carbon market to go ahead as planned
South Korea decided on Thursday that its carbon trading market will go ahead as planned on Jan. 1 of next year, despite the finance minister's calls last month for it to be delayed.
Man-made warming becomes main cause of glacier retreat, study says
Man-made greenhouse gas emissions have become the dominant cause of melting in glaciers from the Alps to the Andes that is raising world sea levels, a study said on Thursday.
UN-backed disaster resilience campaign tops 2,000 participating cities
With the addition of Aguas da Prata, Brazil, two thousand cities worldwide are now enrolled in a United Nations global campaign engaging as many local governments as possible to take on the challenge of integrating disaster risk management into their development processes.
UN News Centre
Investing In Africa Climate Adaptation Also Aids Development
The United Nations Environment Programme released a report yesterday that responds to a 2013 report on the potentially crippling costs of climate change in Africa.
Renewable Energy Companies to Invest $7 Billion in Chile Power
Renewable-energy developers plan to invest $7 billion for wind and solar projects in Chile. The government awarded 70 concessions for solar power projects and six for wind farms, the country’s Energy Minister Maximo Pacheco told reporters today in Santiago. There were more than 30 recipients.
Norway Gives 60 Million for Climate-friendly Technology
UN Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN) and the Norwegian Veritas (DNV GL) announced a strategic partnership to promote the development and diffusion of climate-friendly technologies to developing countries.
The Nordic Page
Climate change may 'bottleneck' the Panama Canal and disrupt world trade
On its 100th anniversary, the Panama Canal remains vital for global shipment. But extreme water levels threaten to sink shipping companies in their tracks – are they looking ahead?
Guardian Sustainable Business
Heavy rain and floods: The 'new normal' with climate change?
Torrential rains in the Midwest and along the Atlantic Coast this week provide a reality check on the ability of urban areas to cope with flooding from intense downpours in a warming climate
Christian Science Monitor
Group therapy tackles climate change anxiety
Psychotherapist Rosemary Randall counsels people on their feelings of powerlessness and anxiety around climate change issues. In this interview with DW, she explains how this can contribute to a neccesary transformation.
Deutsche Welle
124 IP studes trained on basic Journ Writing; organized into climate change advocates
A total of 124 indigenous people (IP) –students from all over the region benefited from the basic news writing training/workshop conducted by the Philippine Information Agency (NCIP)-9 in partnership with the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP)-9 and the US embassy.
Philippine Information Agency
Should You Fear the Pizzly Bear? NY Times
Sambo inaugurates National Council on Power
Sambo said the government was sourcing for various funding avenues, including opening an initial N33billion soft tremble credit line to enable the electricity Distribution Companies (DISCOs) acquire smart meters and making them more available to consumers.
Nigerian Tribune
Tibet's glaciers at their warmest in 2,000 years: report
The Tibetan plateau, whose glaciers supply water to hundreds of millions of people in Asia, were warmer over the past 50 years than at any stage in the past two millennia, a Chinese newspaper said, citing an academic report.
Call for finance to top agenda at Ban Ki-moon climate summit
Fears over a funding crunch are affecting trust ahead of 2015 Paris deal, says Ecuador’s chief climate negotiator
Narendra Modi to miss climate change summit in New York
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will miss a climate change summit, being spearheaded by the UN, on September 23 in New York.
Economic Times
India demands rich countries “walk the talk” on climate
Latest meeting of leading emerging economies ends with leadership challenge to developed world
Climate change adaptation can help promote sub-Saharan African livelihoods – UN report
Investing in ways to adapt to climate change will promote the livelihood of 65 per cent of Africans, the United Nations environmental agency reported, warning also that failing to address the phenomenon could reverse decades of development progress on the continent.
UN News Centre
El Gobierno peruano aprueba crear un instituto de investigación de glaciares
El Consejo de Ministros de Perú aprobó hoy el proyecto de ley que acoge la creación del Instituto Nacional de Investigación en Glaciares y Ecosistemas de Montaña (INIAGEM) para el diseño de políticas que defiendan su vulnerabilidad ante el cambio climático.
Low-Carbon Cereal: Kellogg Climate Change Initiative Calls On Farmers, Supply Chain To Cut Carbon Emissions
The Keebler Elves and their cereal siblings are lowering their carbon footprints, Kellogg Co. (NYSE:K) announced Wednesday.
International Business Times
Bishop-Kerry talks covered climate: US official
A senior US State Department official has said that the threat of climate change was discussed at talks with Australian counterparts in Sydney this week, calling the meeting "a meeting of minds" on the topic, Fairfax Media reports.
Climate Spectator
US Clean Jobs Market Surges Past 2.6 Million
The US clean job sector has skyrocketed in recent months according to Ecotech Institute’s Clean Jobs Index, pushing past two million job postings in the first half of 2014 alone, which amounts to an 88% increase over the same period a year earlier.
Cameroon: Water Resources - Nefarious Effects of Climate Change Unfolded
Journalists from countries in the Central African sub-region have been reminded that if they do not broadcast enough information to help communities adapt to the effects of climate change then the latter's nefarious effects will be disastrous in all domains of human life.
Cameroon Tribune
Satellite imagery, the new weapon to fight forest fires
As a senior expert at the newly-established Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation Agency (BP REDD+), Erwinsyah is responsible for monitoring hot spots in the country’s forests and sending alerts to relevant agencies and local officials about possible land and forest fires.
Jakarta Post
Hot enough for you? See how ‘dramatic’ climate change is affecting your city
“By the end of this century, summers in most of the 1,001 cities we analyzed will feel like summers now in Texas and Florida (in temperatures only, not humidity),” the report reads. “And in Texas, most cities are going to feel like the hottest cities now in the Lone Star State, or will feel more like Phoenix and Gilbert in Arizona, among the hottest summer cities in the U.S. today.”
Climate Central
Another Reason to Save Sea Otters: They’re Helping Fight Climate Change
Sea otters aren’t just unbearably cute; they’re also emerging as key players in keeping the oceans healthy in a warming world, according to new scientific research.
Global warming is moistening the atmosphere
Human-caused global warming is causing the upper troposphere to become wetter
How cap-and-trade helps forests and businesses grow together
Forests cover nearly half of Oregon’s 62 million acres, and while wood product markets have faced challenges in recent years, the forest sector employs more than 76,000 people in Oregon and accounts for nearly 7 percent of Oregon’s economic base
What do the Wizard of Oz and Climate Change have in common?
The towns Yulan and Highland in upstate New York put on a show called the Weather Project about climate change - Wizard of Oz style – last weekend. The key message? Live with less.
You will not believe what Upworthy can teach the media about sustainability
The worst case scenario news story is less likely to inspire positive action or go viral, and could be delaying political decision making around sustainability
US Secretary of State Kerry raises climate change in brief Solomons stop
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry flagged cooperation on tackling climate change during a brief stop in the Solomon Islands on Wednesday, where he emphasised ties dating back to World War Two.
Rising economies 'ahead on climate'
Four of the world's emerging economies have claimed that they are far ahead of developed countries in their efforts to slow climate change.
When young people infiltrate the UN climate machine
Not all youths protest. Some have become part of official government delegations. What can they achieve?
U.S. anti-coal dominoes hit BRICS wall, other skeptics
A year ago, U.S. President Barack Obama sought to mobilize the nation behind a grand plan: fight climate change by slashing carbon pollution at home, while prodding other countries to follow.
Governors pledge massive cuts in deforestation
Governors from 13 states have pledged to reduce deforestation 80 percent by 2020 provided rich companies step forward with adequate levels of financial support.
Climate indicators show renewed signs of El Nino: Australia
The Pacific Ocean has warmed in the last two weeks, the Australian Bureau of Meteorology said on Tuesday, renewing signs of the development of an El Nino weather pattern.
Rwanda: New Project Seeks to Mitigate Effects of Climate Change
Women, youth and other vulnerable groups are set to benefit from a newly proposed project that seeks to address challenges caused by climate change in the country.
The New Times
New York event explores the future of buildings, cities and sustainability
An elite group of leaders in cities, buildings and technology will convene in New York City next month to explore the trends and technologies leading to “next-gen” buildings and cities
Electric Vehicle Sales Expected To Grow Globally To 1.8 Million By 2023
The rise of the electric vehicle has been predominantly centered in North America and Europe, but new figures from Navigant Research predict that the Asia Pacific region will soon become the largest market for plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs).
Brazil bank BNDES outlines plans to finance solar-power plants
Brazil's state-owned development bank BNDES will offer loans to power companies to cover up to 65 percent of the cost of new solar generation projects in the country, part of the government's plan to rapidly develop a local solar energy industry.
Climate Change an important issue that calls for unity: Usec Saño
"Climate Change is a real issue now that calls of us to work together from the barangay to the municipalities to the province and the national level. To survive climate change, we have to build a betternation by taking care of our environment and natural wealth."
Philippine Information Agency
Big Business Making Big Investments In Climate Change
More than ever before, corporate CEOs are publicly acknowledging the validity of climate science, and major companies are committing resources to adaptation and mitigation efforts.
Maui to open renewable energy center aimed at helping startups
Maui County has recently finished building a renewable-energy center aimed at helping startups in the industry as part of a wider effort to help it become more energy efficient while incorporating more renewable energy components for its economic development board, a top official told PBN.
Pacific Business News
El cambio climático y su estrecha relación con el derecho (VIDEO) El País
Ban Ki-moon Sends Message on International Youth Day
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called for greater support to young people on the occasion of the International Youth Day to be celebrated tomorrow August 12th.
Prensa Latina
Tuvalu to help chair UN climate summit
Tuvalu's Prime Minister Enele Sopoaga has been appointed co-chair of a one-day UN climate summit, to be held in New York.
Radio New Zealand International
Ministro Pulgar-Vidal inaugurará Semana COP20 en Loreto
Este jueves 14 se iniciará la Semana COP20 Loreto, una serie de talleres y actividades destinados a informar a la población sobre la Conferencia de las Partes sobre Cambio Climático (COP20) que se desarrollará en diciembre de este año en Lima.
Swamped by Rising Seas, Small Islands Seek a Lifeline
The world’s 52 small island developing states (SIDS), some in danger of being wiped off the face of the earth because of sea-level rise triggered by climate change, will be the focus of an international conference in the South Pacific island nation of Samoa next month.
Thomson Reuters Foundation
Germany’s Renewables Did It Again, A New Record!
Germany’s renewables did it again, a new record! According to the Fraunhofer institute, renewable energy produced about 81 TWh, or 31% of the nation’s electricity during the first half of 2014.
Mexico energy reform signed into law
Mexico's President Enrique Peña Nieto today signed a package of secondary legislation that will implement a ground-breaking energy reform, paving the way for upstream competition for the first time since 1938.
Argus Media
Brazil readies big push on solar energy but companies are wary
Grappling with its worst energy crisis in more than a decade, Brazil is making its first big move to develop a local solar power industry that could help reduce its dependence on a battered hydro power system
Morocco To Host Climate Change Conference
The 4th edition of the Climate Change and Development Conference (CCDA-IV) will convene in Marrakesh from Oct 8 to 10 under the theme "Africa Can Feed Africa Now: Translating Climate Knowledge into Action".
Climate change biggest Reef threat: report
Climate change is the most serious threat to the Great Barrier Reef, according to a major new report.
Extreme summer heat, rain on rise as weather gets trapped: study
Summer heatwaves and downpours have become more frequent in the northern hemisphere this century, apparently because extreme weather can get trapped for weeks in the same place in a warming world, a study showed on Monday.
Tall, Ancient and Under Pressure
High in the Sierras, biologists are struggling to find ways to protect some of the world’s oldest and most storied trees from drought, forest fires and climate change.
NY Times
In the Ocean, Clues to Change
A few weeks ago, some 300 miles off the coast of New Zealand, scientists aboard the research vessel Tangaroa gently lowered two funky-looking orange orbs into the sea. Soon they disappeared, plunging of their own accord toward the depths of the Pacific Ocean.
NY Times
Ancient civilizations battled climate change long before cars, factories, new study shows
In what is now the Middle East, some of the most ancient, productive farming societies going back as far as 12,000 years ago had to deal with the powerful effects of climate change – similar to what modern society fear today, according a new study.
Two Filipinos are 'must-hears' in climate discussion
A global scientific organization lists 20 people – including Filipinos Victoria Tauli-Corpuz and Naderev Saño – they want to hear talk at the upcoming 2015 climate talks in Paris
Climate adaptation creates conflicts (opinion) Jakarta Post
Youth: The hidden life force behind the UN climate talks?  RTCC
China provinces on track to meet 2015 energy targets: NDRC
China has pledged to reduce its energy intensity - the amount of energy it uses to add a dollar to its gross domestic product (GDP) - to 16 percent below 2010 levels by 2015.
Push for climate change on G20 list
Three former Australians of the Year, including Nobel laureate Peter Doherty, have signed an open letter to Prime Minister Tony Abbott calling for climate change to be included on the agenda for the G20 leaders summit to be held in Brisbane in November.
Sydney Morning Herald
BASIC nations discuss climate issues ahead of UN talks
India, along with other major developing nations such as China and Brazil, could well be on its way to standing up against richer developed countries.
The Hindu Businessline
On International Day, Ban says indigenous peoples can be 'powerful agents of progress'
Marking the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples today, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said indigenous peoples have a central interest in development and can act as “powerful agents of progress.”
UN News Centre
UN chief appoints High-level Advisory Group on Sustainable Transport
A high level Advisory Group on Sustainable Transport was appointed by the UN Secretary-General on Friday.
UN Multimedia
African Journalists attend session on UN Climate Summit
Journalists from Ghana, Kenya, Namibia and Nigeria have participated in an hour-long online press briefing to discuss Climate Change and the upcoming UN Climate Summit in New York.
National Grid mulls 2030 CO2 target to drive cutting-edge clean tech investment
National Grid is poised to set ambitious new targets to slash its emissions from leaky pipes, pipe insulation, and generation in the US, as it seeks to become "climate positive" by 2050.
Q&A: Sen. Boxer on climate change, California drought
Sen. Barbara Boxer, who leads the Environment and Public Works Committee, is on a trip to Amsterdam focusing on climate change.
The Desert Sun
More severe tornado outbreaks may be linked to climate change
Climate change may be playing a role in the strength and frequency of tornadoes, a new study suggests.
CBS News
Cheap airfare swamps industry's emissions cuts – study
The aviation industry insists that it is making only a tiny contribution to global warming, with just 2 percent of global carbon dioxide emissions coming from its aircraft.
Climate News Network
Women Warriors Take Environmental Protection into Their Own Hands
Aleta Baun, an Indonesian environmental activist known in her community as Mama Aleta, has a penchant for wearing a colourful scarf on her head, but not for cosmetic reasons.
Forests for the future: Kenya's carbon credit scheme
When 61-year old Mercy Joshua was young, the vast forests of southeastern Kenya teemed with wildlife, but decades of unchecked deforestation by locals have devastated the land.
eNews Channel Africa
The Empiricist Strikes Back (opinion) NY Times
Opposing view | BASIC climate changes Livemint
Deep emissions cuts needed by 2050 to limit global warming: UN draft
Deep cuts in greenhouse gas emissions of 40 to 70 per cent by mid-century will be needed to avert the worst of global warming that is already harming all continents, a draft UN report showed.
Brazil, South Arica, India and China chalk out plan for climate negotiations
Meeting for the first time since the UN-sponsored climate change negotiations in Warsaw last November, ministers of the four BASIC countries—Brazil, South Arica, India and China-—sought to craft a common position for the next round of talks at Lima.
Economic Times
BASIC nations vow to take united stand against rich nations over climate change negotiations
The BASIC nations — Brazil, South Africa, India and China — are expected to come out with a joint statement this afternoon, reflecting their common stand during future climate change negotiations.
Times of India
UN releases Ban Ki-moon climate summit plan
Politicians, business leaders and civil society face packed schedule during 11-hour gathering
White House adviser met with billionaires Steyer, Soros
Adviser to President Obama John Podesta met with billionaires Tom Steyer and George Soros for a lunchtime meeting at the White House in February, according to meeting records.
The Hill
CO2 capture from air could ripen into a global warming solution, researcher predicts
Technologies for capturing carbon dioxide directly from the ambient air will play a key role in reversing the buildup of greenhouse gases if the process can gain wider acceptance, according to a Columbia University scientist.
Efforts on to increase India's forest cover: Govt
Efforts are on to increase India's forest cover to one-third of the land area, environment and forests minister Prakash Javadekar informed Rajya Sabha on Thursday.
Times of India
Jóvenes latinos y afroamericanos de EEUU se preparan para la lucha ambiental
Jóvenes latinos y afroamericanos de Nueva York, preocupados por el calentamiento global y el impacto en sus comunidades, se reúnen durante dos días en la ciudad con miras a su participación en la Marcha Climática de los Pueblos que acogerá la Gran Manzana en septiembre durante la Asamblea General de la ONU.
Rwanda: Activists Take Environment Awareness Drive to Schools
More than 300 secondary school students in Rwanda were trained in environment protection and sustainable development during the previous term.
The New Times
Inching closer towards a transformative global agenda for development — Amina Mohammed Malay Mail Online
Has the era of the ‘climate change refugee’ begun? (blog) Washington Post
African negotiators urge U.S. leadership for U.N. climate deal
African climate negotiators attending the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit in Washington this week said leadership from the United States is critical to finalizing a global deal on measures to address climate change in 2015 after years of deadlock.
18th BASIC Ministerial Meeting from tomorrow
Environment Ministers of BASIC countries will meet here to discuss important issues relating to current United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) negotiations.
Pacific Media and Climate Change Toolkit available now!
The Pacific Media and Climate Change Toolkit is a new online resource developed to help journalists in the region report on climate change and environment issues.
Islands Business
Too late for course correction on global warming: IPCC
The latest fifth assessment report of the Inter-Governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) predicts a bleak future for the world, and especially South Asia.
The Hindu Business Line
Why A New Study Thinks Next Year’s Climate Talks Won’t Keep The World Under 2°C (internal)
The hopes that the world will do something meaningful to reduce its carbon emissions now hang on the next big round of international climate talks in Paris in 2015. And according to a new analysis from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, it’s probably going to be a letdown.
Climate Progress
Regional experts meet to discuss impact of climate change on Caribbean
Senior level representatives from a wide range of regional institutions met in Saint Lucia on Tuesday to develop a regional climate change strategy at the first meeting of the Regional Coordinating Committee (RCC) on Climate Change.
Caribbean News Now
For most of us, global warming has become 'normal' climate
Global warming has been going on for so long that most people were not even born the last time the Earth was cooler than average in 1985 in a shift that is altering perceptions of a "normal" climate, scientists said.
Woman drought at UN climate talks: are quotas the answer?
Quotas could create a critical mass of women at climate negotiations and drive change
Ants: Our Saviors from Climate Change?
They may be small, but researchers say they are having a big impact. Ants may be able to save the world from climate change, according to a new provocative study published in the journal Geology.
Nature World News
Will these sustainable development goals do the job?
The UN working group responsible for crafting the sustainable development goals (SDGs) has handed down its final proposal, adding a goal to address domestic and global inequality.
China invests in Tanzanian wind energy project
Renewable energy has become a hot topic in China, but the country is not only looking to embrace clean power for itself.
Hydrogen Fuel News
Heading into the late innings on climate change (opinion) Chicago Tribune
Women to watch ahead of the UN’s 2015 climate summit
20 women who are set to play a vital role in shaping the conversation and structure around a proposed emissions reduction treaty.
Europe's forests 'particularly vulnerable' to rapid climate change
New research shows forest ecosystems have been suffering intensified disturbance in Europe for decades
Guardian Environment Network
UN says LatAm agricultural greenhouse gas emissions doubled in 50 years
Greenhouse gas emissions from agricultural activity in Latin America doubled in the past 50 years and will continue to worsen if nothing is done to reverse the trend, a United Nations (UN) agency said Tuesday.
Will Climate Change Lead to Conflict or Cooperation?
The headline of every article about the relationship between climate change and conflict should be “It’s complicated,” according to Clionadh Raleigh.
Indigenous Rights to Forests Catch More Carbon
One of the best current paths to reduce the globe’s carbon emissions goes through tropical forests.
Scientific American
Will climate change worsen Ebola outbreaks?
The Ebola outbreak is “out of control” in parts of West Africa, says the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Could climate change hasten the spread of the deadly virus? Perhaps, but the linkages are complicated, according to limited scientific literature on the topic.
Washington Post
Ethiopia Calls for Climate Smart Agriculture in Africa
Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn calls on African leaders to launch climate smart agricultural initiatives to combat effects of climate change that affect agricultural productivity.
Ethiopian Radio and Television Agency (Addis Ababa)
Reducing Carbon by Curbing Population
When population was growing at its fastest rate in human history in the decades after World War II, the sense that overpopulation was stunting economic development and stoking political instability took hold from New Delhi to the United Nations’ headquarters in New York, sending policy makers on an urgent quest to stop it.
NY Times
Feds Will Spend $450K to Help Native Americans Adapt to 'Climate Change’
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) plans to spend up to $450,000 in taxpayer dollars to teach Native American tribes in the Great Basin region ”climate adaptation plans” for their hunting, fishing and gathering activities.
General Motors: why companies should buy more renewable energy Guardian Sustainable Business
India must chose to be champion or villain for climate and development (by Kumi Naidoo) Guardian Sustainable Business
Strong economic case for coal divestment (By Al Gore and David Blood) Financial Times
US-Africa summit starts with development fora
The United States on Monday kicked off its first ever summit with 50 African leaders with a series of fora on more traditional development issues like food security, and a meeting on the worsening Ebola epidemic that has cast a shadow over the three-day event.
Africa Summit To Tackle Food Stability And Climate Change
An unprecedented gathering of African leaders opened in Washington, D.C. The U.S.-Africa Leader's Summit is covering topics including food security, climate change, regional stability and expanded business opportunities between the U.S. and Africa.
Why effective climate policy needs women – and vice versa
Climate change will increase inequality between men and women without action, says Finland’s former climate chief
Africa: First Summit On Women and Climate Decries Lack of Grassroots Funding
A global summit on women and climate, the first of its kind, opened on Sunday, bringing together some 80 activists working on women's rights, climate change and natural resources, in a bid to build alliances and raise the profile of female environmental leaders.
Clock is ticking for cheap credits
Almost all carbon units NZ emitters used last year were cut-price imports, but they can’t be used next year.
NZ Herald
Missing From New Zealand's Ski Slopes? Snow
Winter has rolled into its third month in New Zealand, and Nick Jarman says he's going stir crazy as he stares out at the driving rain on the small ski area he manages in the Southern Alps.
Climate Change Talks: Equity Reference Framework fails
The disparity between countries with unequal responsibility for causing climate change could get deeply embedded in the 2015 agreement if Equity Reference Framework is applied to measuring the justness of countries’ contributions.
Business Standard
More aid plea for low carbon firms
The Government must do more to support companies developing products for the £3.4 trillion international market in low carbon goods and services, MPs have urged.
Deforestation, development may be driving Ebola outbreaks, experts say
As the deadliest-ever Ebola outbreak continues its spread in West Africa, evidence suggests that human impact on the environment may have played a role in the latest epidemic.
Perú será sede del III Encuentro Pan-amazónico
“La Amazonía y el Cambio Climático – articulación de la sociedad en la COP 20”, es el título del III Encuentro Pan-amazónico que se realizará en Lima, este miércoles y jueves, con el objetivo de promover una mirada amplia y compartida sobre la Pan-Amazonía y fortalecer el protagonismo de la región en las negociones y acuerdos de la Conferencia de las Partes, evento que se realizará en la capital en diciembre del presente año.
MIT Turns Solar Steam Into Cheaper Energy, Clean Water
MIT scientists and engineers have a new twist on phase-changing renewable technology. It combines the most efficient generation of solar steam to date by our favorite energy machine, the sun, and a new graphite-based collection system.
Scientists may have cracked the giant Siberian crater mystery — and the news isn’t good
Researchers have long contended that the epicenter of global warming is also farthest from the reach of humanity. It’s in the barren landscapes of the frozen North, where red-cheeked children wear fur, the sun barely rises in the winter, and temperatures can plunge to 122 degrees below zero.
Washington Post
Beyond Copenhagen  Foreign Affairs
Christiana Figueres: Climate deal must bring gender equality
UN climate chief Christiana Figueres says a climate deal must create an equal economy for men and women
FEATURE: As climate talks heat up, experts debate if natural gas, fracking will turn ‘brown’ economies ‘green’
The world faces a looming energy problem. There’s not enough of it. It also faces a looming climate change problem. Too much of it. Could natural gas and fracking technology be part of the solution to both challenges?
UN News Centre
Nigeria: The Politics of Green Climate Fund
Many observers are worried that five years after the promise made by developed countries to contribute a substantial amount to climate fund to help the poorer countries, they have not lived to their promise.
Daily Independent (Lagos)
France delivers long-awaited green energy bill
Landmark energy bill promises to deliver huge surge in renewables and energy efficiency investment
Bankrolling Energy Exports Creates Rift Between Fossil Fuels And Green Power
With boundaries generally falling, U.S. firms are trying to sell their wares around the globe. But just how that expansion is financed is up for question — with a movement now afoot that seeks to extract the U.S. government from the equation.
El cambio climático, también ausente en la agenda de 2015
Cuando el 10 de diciembre de 2015 próximo se instale un nuevo gobierno en Buenos Aires, en París, conforme la agenda adoptada en Durban en 2012, se estará llegando a un acuerdo, o cayendo en discordia, sobre las acciones para responder a los desafíos del cambio climático
Tuvalu climate change family win NZ residency appeal
A Tuvalu family has been granted New Zealand residency after claiming it would be affected by climate change if it returned home.
NZ Herald
Lloyds bank goes green and patriotic
Lloyds, the UK bank, has experienced a huge appetite for its first environmental, social and governance bond, which ticks all the boxes for asset managers trying to boost their responsible investment profile, and perhaps the patriotism box too.
Financial Times
A balanced adaptation diet needs traditional and modern knowhow
Indigenous systems are not the holy grail for climate adaptation - we need to draw on modern technologies too
How the 49ers are upping the game by going green
Professional sports leagues are not known to be green champions. But that is starting to change. Just recently, the National Hockey League presented its first sustainability report, sizing up its carbon footprint and showing ways to improve it.
SolarReserve 20 MW El Salvador Solar Power Plant Is El Salvador’s 1st Utility-Scale Plant
SolarReserve is bringing 20 MW of utility-scale solar power to El Salvador’s Acajutla plant, while advancing its share of the Latin American solar market.
Creating a fully sustainable island
AS THE European Union revisits energy security in the wake of the Ukrainian crisis, it’s a timely reminder of Cyprus’ progress over recent years in boosting its own renewable energy industry to help decrease its reliance on imported fuels.
Cyprus Mail
Shattering Myths to Help the Climate
Each new climate-change study seems more pessimistic than the last. This May and June, for example, were the hottest ones on record for the planet. Storms and droughts occur with increasing frequency. Glaciers are rapidly retreating, portending rising seas that could eventually displace hundreds of millions of people.
NY Times
China's surprise on climate change: Our view (editorial) USA Today
14 concepts that will be obsolete after catastrophic climate change Washington Post
Climate change: The 'greatest threat' to the peoples of the Pacific
Amid growing concerns over rising sea levels, this year's Pacific Islands Forum summit has started. Its Secretary General Tuiloma Slade reiterates that climate change threatens the viability of the forum's member states.
Deutsche Welle
IMF urges higher energy taxes to fight climate change
Energy taxes in much of the world are far below what they should be to reflect the harmful environmental and health impact of fossil fuels use, the International Monetary Fund said in a new book on Thursday.
La Convención contra el Cambio Climático de la ONU lanza una web para "dar a conocer" la actualidad del cambio climático
La Secretaría de la Convención Marco de la ONU sobre Cambio Climático (CMNUCC) ha lanzado una nueva página web de noticias para "dar a conocer" la actualidad del cambio climático, según ha anunciado.
Europa Press
Warming: Pacific nations most vulnerable
Pacific leaders warned on Thursday that entire island nations will disappear under the waves unless action is taken to address climate change.
US wants to link power pacts with climate change agreement
A visiting US team has told Indian negotiators it would link pacts on the power sector to the agreement the two countries draw on climate change and one would not happen without the other.
Business Standard
UN chief urges all people worldwide to reach out to one another as friends
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon on Wednesday urged all people to reach out to one another as friends and build long-term foundations for lasting peace in the current time of mistrust and violence, with previously harmonious neighbors warring.
EU must shield industry from future CO2 costs - manufacturers
Manufacturers in the European Union want clear assurances they will be insulated from costs of complying with emissions regulations before lawmakers agree reforms to the bloc's carbon market, industry lobby group IFIEC Europe said on Thursday.
China regulator approves fresh supply for carbon market
The Chinese carbon market regulator has approved 33 new projects that could yield up to 6 million offset credits per year, equivalent to around half the number of permits traded so far and piling pressure on already shaky carbon prices.
'India is fifth largest producer of wind energy'
India is the fifth largest producer of wind energy with the sector alone constituting 68 per cent of the total renewable energy produced in the country, India's ambassador to the UAE T P Seetharam has said.
Economic Times
France to boost renewable energy, reduce nuclear
France is to invest up to 10 billion euros to boost investment in renewable energy and cut the country's oil and gas costs. On Wednesday French Environment and Energy Minister Ségolène Royal presented a long-delayed energy bill to the weekly cabinet meeting.
Global Solar Market Estimated To Reach $137 Billion In 2020
New analysis from business consulting firm Frost & Sullivan shows that the global solar power market earned revenues of nearly $60 billion in 2013, and estimates that by 2020 this figure will double to $137.02 billion.
Energy security to be high on the agenda during Modi's US visit
Cooperation between India and the United States in nuclear energy, shale gas, electricity and renewable power will be high on the agenda during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to the US in September, a government official said while a Cabinet minister told ET that India would want an equitable relationship.
Economic Times
Sri Lanka launches drought relief measures for farming families
Sri Lanka’s government will roll out a relief programme to help vulnerable farmers cope with the effects of a worsening drought, as part of a wider effort to protect people from the frequent extreme weather events that are threatening the country’s steady economic gains.
Study Says Carbon Finance Saves Forests By Promoting Indigenous Rights
Forest carbon critics often contend that REDD finance will disenfranchise indigenous communities, but now the World Resources Institute and Rights and Resources International have published a new study saying the opposite may be true. Instead of threatening forest communities, REDD appears to be supporting them.
Ecosystem Marketplace
Farmers affected by climate change could be helped by new resilient rice
Erratic weather such as droughts and flash floods is affecting agriculture in south Asia, but livelihoods of farmers could be improved with the introduction of new rice seeds that are resilient to changing weather patterns.
Blue&Green Tomorrow
Climate change forces a new look at food production (commentary) Times Union
India, US hold joint panel meet on climate issues
Nearly ten months after setting up a joint working group on combating climate change, India and the US on Wednesday held its first meeting where both countries agreed to closely coordinate on many issues including the contentious matter of phasing out climate damaging refrigerant hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs).
Times of India
Indo-US group to work very closely on climate change: Prakash Javadekar
Terming the Indo-US Joint Working Group as an "important platform" for addressing environment and sustainable development concerns, Environment minister Prakash Javadekar today said the group needs to work "very closely" and develop common understanding and balanced package for post 2020 period.
Economic Times
Climate policy: Reforming emissions trading
Courageous steps are required to reform the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme. To this end, an independent carbon authority has been proposed — this is a move in the right direction, but should be part of a much broader discussion about reforming emissions trading.
Nature Climate Change
Indian media: Deforestation behind deadly Pune landslide
Environmentalists feel that deforestation may have triggered Wednesday's landslide in western India that killed at least 23 people and left more than 150 trapped, papers report.
Religious Conservatives Embrace Pollution Fight
The E.P.A. on Wednesday ended two days of public hearings on its proposed regulation to cut carbon pollution from power plants, and mixed in with the coal lobbyists and business executives were conservative religious leaders reasserting their support for President Obama’s environmental policies — at a time when Republican Party orthodoxy continues to question the science of climate change.
NY Times
IMF proposes 60% coal tax
The International Monetary Fund report says a 60% tax on coal would reflect the environmental damage caused by burning the resource, The Australian Financial Review reports
The Australian
Un nobel del cambio climático visitó Quito
El ingeniero químico mexicano Mario Molina Pasquel, premio nobel de química en 1995, por sus aportes para determinar la destrucción de la capa de ozono, dio ayer una conferencia en el marco del II Congreso Internacional de Innovación y Desarrollo, en Quito.
El Universo
El secretario General de la ONU pasea en bicicleta en Costa Rica
Ban Ki-moon, secretario General de las Naciones Unidas, en visita en Costa Rica, destacó la necesidad de que América Latina respalde las negociaciones para alcanzar en 2015 un acuerdo vinculante para reducir las emisiones causantes del cambio climático.
Food giant General Mills to tackle emissions in supply chain
Global food giant General Mills has promised to set targets for its own greenhouse gas emissions and do more to reduce them through its supply chain, while sustainably sourcing its 10 priority ingredients - half its total purchases - by 2020.
Thomson Reuters Foundation
German Water Supply Threatened as Climate Change Boosts Droughts
German water supplies will become increasingly threatened this century as climate change raises the risk of droughts and water shortages in the country.
Climate Change: US East Coast Hit Hardest By 'Nuisance Flooding' Amid Sea Level Rise From Climate Change, NOAA Scientists Say
The U.S. East Coast is bearing the brunt of the rise in “nuisance flooding” – minor events that shut down roads and clog storm drains but aren’t particularly dangerous. Such floods have increased by more than fivefold in the past 50 years as coastal sea levels rise because of climate change, federal scientists say.
International Business Times
This Stunning Carbon Map Could Unlock A New Way To Fight Climate Change
Stanford University scientists have produced the first-ever high-resolution carbon geography of Peru, a country whose tropical forests are among the world's most vital in terms of mitigating the global impact of climate change.
Business Insider
Eastern Caribbean to benefit from new energy infrastructure
The three agencies will support the efforts of Eastern Caribbean states to reduce high energy costs and dependence on fossil fuels by diversifying the regions energy mix and promoting renewable energy and energy efficiency.
Renwable Energy Magazine
Will Fiction Influence How We React to Climate Change? (opinion) NY Times
Act now on climate change or see costs soar, White House says
Putting off expensive measures to curb climate change will only cost the United States more in the long run, the White House said on Tuesday in a report meant to bolster a series of actions President Barack Obama has proposed to address global warming.
Pacific leaders to discuss climate change, sustainable fishing during Pacific Islands Forum in Palau
Hundreds of delegates from across the Pacific are arriving in Koror in Palau to discuss climate change, non-communicable diseases and protecting marine life.
ABC Australia
Climate change threat key issue at Pacific Islands Forum
The Pacific is a vast ocean - but some countries are obviously easier and quicker to get to than others. In recent years it's been in Tonga, Niue, Vanuatu, New Zealand and the Cook Islands. But in the last two years the northern Pacific has taken a turn - in 2013 it was in the Marshall Islands and this year it's the far-flung reaches of Palau.
Solomon Star News
White House Pushes Financial Case for Carbon Rule
Failing to adequately reduce the carbon pollution that contributes to climate change could cost the United States economy $150 billion a year, according to an analysis by the White House Council of Economic Advisers released Tuesday.
NY Times
Delay Action on Climate Change by 10 Years and Costs Rocket 40%: Report
The longer the U.S. holds off action to mitigate climate change, the more costly the effort will become, a new report shows
Tanzania: Effects of Climate Change Features High at Youth Forum
THE East African Regional Youth Summit on Climate Change opened in Mwanza last week and participants deliberated on the impact of weather change on the region.
Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)
Washington State outlines plans for carbon trading
Governor Jay Inslee prepares second attempt at developing cap and trade scheme in north west state
New Zealand’s 'dramatic' ice loss could lead to severe decline of glaciers
Study says Southern Alps mountain range has lost 34% of permanent snow and ice since 1977
Neil Young signs on to save the rainforest - using solar powered mobile phones
Neil Young’s concern for the environment shows no sign of abating. 44 years after first singing “look at Mother Nature on the run in the 1970s”, the Canadian legend is following in Sting’s footsteps by throwing his weight behind a new project to save the rainforest.
The Independent
Minorities aren't well represented in environmental groups, study says
Minorities and people of color have not managed to break the "green ceiling" inside environmental organizations, and remain underrepresented on their staffs, according to a report released Monday.
How many solar panels would it take to power Earth?
What would a world powered by solar energy alone look like? According to one study, it would need to be enough solar panels to fill an area about the size of West Virginia.
Christian Science Monitor
10 reasons to be hopeful that we will overcome climate change
From action in China and the US to falling solar costs and rising electric car sales, there is cause to be hopeful
California and Mexico sign pact to fight climate change
California Governor Jerry Brown and Mexican environmental officials signed a pact on Monday aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions, an agreement that could eventually expand the market for carbon credits.
Shanghai carbon market cuts emissions 3.5%
The nearly 200 firms in Shanghai's emissions trading scheme cut their CO2 output by 5.3 million tonnes in 2013 compared with 2011, government officials said Monday, according to state-owned media.
Delegates review climate adaptation
REPRESENTATIVES from the food and agriculture sectors from 14 Pacific island countries are meeting in Nadi to share notes and discuss lessons learnt from a five-year pilot project designed to find adaptations to climate change issues faced by their respective communities
Fiji Times
Obama to attend UN climate summit in September
President Barack Obama will attend a United Nations summit on climate change in September.
U.S. envoy to U.N. aviation body hopeful on airline climate plan
The new U.S. representative to the United Nations body that oversees civil aviation said on Friday he is hopeful the organization's members will be able to agree on a global system to curb carbon emissions from airlines.
World’s religions unite for New York climate summit
Leaders from Christian, Muslim, Buddhist and other communities to gather ahead of Ban Ki-moon climate summit
Climate change cooperation can start new phase in ties: Kerry
Asserting that the solution to climate change is energy policy, Secretary of State John Kerry has fully supported the “saffron revolution” call of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, stating that cooperation between India and the US in the field would kick off a new chapter in bilateral ties.
The Hindu
World's largest solar boat on Greek prehistoric mission
The world's largest solar boat, the catamaran PlanetSolar, will embark on a Greek mission to find one of the oldest sites inhabited by man in Europe, an organiser has said.
NZ Herald
Japan gives Caribbean US$15m for climate change projects
Japan is providing US$15 million to help several Caribbean Community (Caricom) countries cope with the impact of climate change.
Jamaica Observer
Solve climate change … make people smaller
Bigger people consume more energy, say researchers, who are proposing that reducing the size of humans could mitigate climate change
Study: Climate change increases chance of slowdown in yields
The odds of a major production slowdown of corn and wheat are as much as 20 times greater with climate change, according to researchers at Stanford University and the National Center for Atmospheric Research.
Des Moines Register
Netflix is about to hijack our evenings with grim environmental films
As part of their new documentary push, they bought the rights to two films focused on the state, and fate of our planet — Mission Blue (watch the preview above) and Virunga.
China's Plan to Limit Coal Use Could Spur Consumption
Under pressure to reduce smog and greenhouse gas emissions, the Chinese government is considering a mandatory cap on coal use, the main source of carbon pollution from fossil fuels.
NY Times
Concerns over carbon emissions from burning wood
Burning wood to fuel power stations can create as many harmful carbon emissions as burning coal, according to a government report.
Rainforest protection could “stagnate or decline” without support
Green groups and private sector says REDD+ is key to cutting emissions, but government action is needed
La reforma del transporte ayudará a mitigación de cambio climático
Empieza una nueva etapa. El ministro del Ambiente, Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, expresó el respaldo de su portafolio a la reforma del transporte que emprende la Municipalidad Metropolitana de Lima, al considerarla “urgente” en las tareas para mitigar los efectos del cambio climático.
El Peruano
PERU: RD asiste taller sobre inversión pública
El Consejo Nacional para el Cambio Climático y el Mecanismo de Desarrollo Limpio (CNCCMDL) y el Ministerio de Economía, Planificación y Desarrollo (MEPyD) participaron en un taller internacional que se realizó en Lima, Perú, sobre cómo incorporar la adaptación al cambio climático en la inversión pública.
Kiva Funds Renewable Energy Projects, Solar Lights and Clean Cookstoves
Kiva is a world leader in microlending and has helped many people pull themselves out of poverty by lending them money to start small businesses. What may not be known as much is that Kiva also supports renewable energy projects.
Study Gives Hope of Adaptation to Climate Change
As we pour heat-trapping gases into the air, we’re running an experiment. We’re going to see what a rapidly changing climate does to the world’s biodiversity — how many species shift to new ranges, how many adapt to their new environment and how many become extinct.
NY Times
Gender equality for the environment: An unfinished agenda
Activities traditionally carried out by women are closely linked to the environment. They are often tied to ecosystem goods and services, such as clean water, and influence and maintain ecosystem resilience.
Cameroon: Women Train On Climate Change Techniques
Rural women in Cameroon are facing the adverse effects of climatic changes which continuously affect household's food security, health, and the general well being of women and Families.
Cameroon Tribune
Africa builds 'Great Green Wall' of trees to improve farmlands
Twenty African nations have banded together to build a monumental Great Green Wall of Africa - a forest of drought-resistant trees stretching across the edge of the Sahara Desert.
National Geographic
Who’s who: The men and women tasked with stopping climate change
Two weeks ago environment ministers and envoys met in Paris to discuss how to move talks on a climate change deal forward
Global warming: Who will do the dishes? (opinion) Times of India
Who Is Most To Blame For Climate Change? (blog) NPR
EU Commission agrees 30 percent energy savings goal for 2030: sources
The European Commission agreed on Wednesday to put forward a target to improve energy efficiency by 30 percent as part of a package of climate and energy policy for 2030, EU sources said.
China coal demand to peak by 2020 – Standard & Poor
Study suggests US and China coal curbs could make future investments in sector risky
Climate change ravaging Antarctic fur seals
A food shortage likely caused by climate change is shrinking a South Antarctic fur seal colony and changing the profile of its surviving members, researchers said Wednesday.
EU Confirms Approval of Germany's New Renewable Energy Law
European Union antitrust authorities confirmed Wednesday their approval of Germany's new renewable energy law, which aims to help the country shift away from nuclear- and fossil fuel-generated power.
Wall Street Journal
Preparing for the climate displaced, both rich and poor
Human displacement. Climate change. Two of the world’s leading causes of concern for humanitarians, environmentalists and the public at large alike. But what is even more concerning is that the two are inextricably linked – a growing global problem that researchers have now coined ‘climate displacement’.
Climate Spectator
Cameroon’s Rising Sea Drowns Tourism
Pierre Zambo is a hotel manager in Kribi, a sea resort town in Cameroon’s South Region. In the past his hotel would have “more than 100 tourists each week. But today if I manage to have 50 people registered into my hotel weekly, then it’s good business.”
Loss and damage: UN receives new climate compensation plans
Over the next two years, countries will draw up a framework that will shape the responses of the poorest countries to climate-caused catastrophes.
Texas Is Wired for Wind Power, and More Farms Plug In
The wind is so relentless that a week can go by before it is calm enough for a crane operator to install the 30-ton blades atop the 260-foot towers at the Panhandle 2 wind farm here. It’s worth the wait; a single turbine at the farm can produce 40 percent more energy than an average one.
NY Times
U.S. scientists urge 'national vision' to curb coastal risks in report
A group of top scientists has called for a fundamental change to how the United States deals with risks to its Atlantic and Gulf coasts from storms and climate change in a National Research Council report released Wednesday.
Cuba looks to mangroves to fend off rising seas
Many people in this tiny hamlet on the southern coast of Cuba remember when the shore lay about 100 meters (yards) farther out. That was four decades ago.
Forest Rights Offer Major Opportunity to Counter Climate Change
The international community is failing to take advantage of a potent opportunity to counter climate change by strengthening local land tenure rights and laws worldwide, new data suggests.
A village in India now runs entirely on its own solar power grid
A few months ago, Greenpeace and two other NGOs that work in the area (BASIX and CEED) started building a solar power micro-grid to serve the village, and after a few months of testing, the autonomous 100 kilowatt system officially went online this past weekend.
The Week
Hasina hailed for her climate change role
Shadow Foreign Secretary of the UK Douglas Alexander has lauded the role of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the United Nations Climate Change Conference held in Copenhagen, and was looking forward to seeing her due role and participation in the COP 21 to be held in Paris next year.
Financial Express
Attack of the Chicago climate change maggots
As Washington still fights over whether or not climate change is real, people across the country are already paying costs scientists ascribe to it — sometimes in unexpected places.
Washington Post
France backs 30 percent energy efficiency goal: letter
France's energy minister threw her weight behind an energy savings goal of at least 30 percent for 2030 ahead of talks in Brussels on Wednesday to thrash out a target.
Venezuela climate summit calls for end to “green economy”
A UN-backed conference in Venezuela has ended with a declaration to scrap carbon markets and reject the green economy
Climate change wins precarious slot in proposed development goals
Proposed new global development goals, drafted by a U.N. working group, include a goal to take urgent action on climate change, despite opposition from some countries - even though the goal is weaker than many campaigners would like.
Thomson Reuters Foundation
Growth, Global Warming Threaten African Species
Researchers meeting in Cameroon say Africa may lose up to 30 percent of its animal and plant species by the end of the century due to global warming, population growth and unregulated development.
Voice of America
Dispute over 'bonkers' EU energy savings plan
EU commissioners are meeting today to agree an energy savings target for 2030 amid serious disagreement about how ambitious it should be.
El tercer encuentro Pan-Amazónico abordará la Amazonía y el cambio climático
La Amazonia y el Cambio Climático – actuación de la sociedad civil en la COP 20 Lima, será el foco central en Lima Perú el próximo 6 y 7 de agosto en el Tercer Encuentro Pan-Amazónico.
Obama attributes wildfires to climate change
President Barack Obama says a wildfire that has burned nearly 400 square miles in the north-central part of Washington state, along with blazes in other Western areas, can be attributed to climate change.
Britain sticks with tough carbon target despite opposition
Britain's government said it would stick with a goal to curb emissions by 2027 to 50 percent of the 1990 levels, a target that has led to political opposition and that its own advisers have said will be hard to meet.
President Mahama Launch Two National Policies on Climate Change and Environment
A National Climate Change Policy as well as an Environment
Policy have been launched in Accra, as a first step towards the country's preparedness to deal with challenges of the global phenomenon.
Ghana Broadcasting Corporation
Tanzania: Climate Change Could Mean Low Crop Yield, More Malaria Cases
EXPERTS say Tanzania is currently suffering high economic costs due to extreme events due to climate change. The costs include low crop yields due to drought and floods, as well as increased cases of malaria and other diseases.
Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)
Economic woes distracting small states from climate change - expert
An environmental expert attached to the India-based Observer Research Foundation has expressed concern that Jamaica and other small, developing island states hit by harsh and inflexible conditionalities imposed by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) are too detached from ongoing discussions on climate change.
Jamaica Gleaner
Germany is #1 in the World for Energy Efficiency
Germany is #1 in the World for Energy Efficiency, according to the 2014 scorecard released by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) today.
Google Offers $1 Million Prize For Anyone Who Can Build A Better Power Inverter
Google the internet search behemoth based in Mountain View, CA is offering to pay a $1 million prize – as part of the Little Box Challenge - to anyone who can design and build a better small-scale power inverter.
Climate change hits all Pentagon operations, official says
All Pentagon operations in the U.S. and abroad are threatened by climate change, according to a Defense Department official.
The Hill
The Surprising Reasons Why Lowering CO2 Emissions Will Drive Our Electricity Bills Down, Not Up Forbes
A map and a compass for climate talks (opinion) The Hindu
Climate models accurately predicted global warming when reflecting natural ocean cycles
A new study shows that when synchronized with El Niño/La Niña cycles, climate models accurately predict global surface warming
NHL outlines plan to fight climate change
Climate change is impacting the next generation of hockey players directly, according to a report released Monday by the National Hockey League.
The Hill
Climate Change Already Having Profound Impacts on Lakes in Europe
For perspective on how climate change is affecting lakes, those of us here in the U.S. can just look across the pond, where scientists and the agencies involved in meeting the European Union’s Water Framework Directive have amassed an impressive body of research on the topic.
Natonal Geographic
How to stop climate change making food less nutritious?
Climate change threatens to make crops less nutritious, bringing bad news for Africa's food systems which are already under significant stress.
Climate change is far from the only cause of a rapid rise in disasters
The world's population has nearly doubled in four decades, putting more people and property in harm's way
Report: Sunday shows give climate change more air time
Sunday shows have given climate change issues more air time in the first half of 2014 than in the last four years combined, according to a new analysis.
The Hill
Giving up beef will reduce carbon footprint more than cars, says expert
Study shows red meat dwarfs others for environmental impact, using 28 times more land and 11 times water for pork or chicken
Corralling Carbon Before It Belches From Stack
So much soot belched from the old power plant here that Mike Zeleny would personally warn the neighbors.
NY Times
Meet India’s widows of climate change
The remote Indian mountain village of Deoli-Benigram has no cars and no electricity. And it hardly has any men — they were washed away by deadly floods last year.
The Star
Sign of things to come as wellspring village dries up
In a Chouf village that boasts numerous springs and a river that feeds several regions with drinking water, residents are increasingly relying on private water companies, another sign of the serious drought that Lebanon is facing.
The G20 has the muscle to fight climate change (by Ross Garnaut) Business Spectator
A Reassuring American Presence Joins Talks on Climate Change With China (blog) NY Times
The UN's climate change spokeswoman Christiana Figueres reacts to the carbon tax repeal (audio) ABC Radio Australia
India Doubles Tax On Coal To Fund Clean Energy, Environmental Projects
22,000 MW solar power capacity by 2022, a dedicated national-level program for promoting wind energy generation, implementation of the world’s largest solar power projects (with capacity of up to 4,000 MW), covering canals with solar panels, implementing dedicated transmission corridors for distributing electricity from renewable energy projects, and cleaning one of the largest rivers in India.
New Peru law weakens environmental safeguards
Dozens of international groups, the United Nations, and even Peru's own citizen ombudsman are objecting to a new law that weakens environmental protections in the Andean nation even as it prepares to host international climate talks this year.
BRICS: $100bn sustainable development bank launched by world’s largest developing economies
The BRICS group, made up of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, have established their own international bank, to promote sustainable investment and to act as an emergency reserve.
Blue&Green Tomorrow
World's first eco-friendly mosque opens in Dubai
The Khalifa Al Tajer Mosque on Bur Saeed Street in Deira saw some 3,500 worshippers attending the first Friday sermon by Sheikh Salih Al Maghamsi, imam of Madina's Quba Mosque.
Palau – where size doesn’t matter
Not counting the 400 or so volcano-uplifted little limestone islands that make up the spectacular Rock Islands, Palau is small.
Islands Business
Preparan evacuación de islas en Panamá por cambio climático
Autoridades y grupos ecologistas y de la sociedad civil preparan un plan de evacuación para los habitantes de la isla Gartí Sugdup, en la comarca indígena de Kuna Yala del Caribe panameño, que tendrán que ser trasladados a tierra firme como consecuencia del cambio climático.
El Unniversal
World Resources Forum To Be Held In Peru In October
The Andean city of Arequipa will host this year's World Resources Forum (WRF) conference, science-based platform for sharing knowledge about the economic, political, social and environmental implications of global resource use.
Himalayan geothermal potential untapped
Thousands of megawatts of geothermal energy remain locked up in the Himalayas because of environmental considerations and lack of investment in research, say international geologists.
PHL- Government launches nationwide climate change advocacy campaign
“Correct information is the best way to combat climate change.” This was the message sent across media practitioners and public information officers during the media launch for the government’s climate change advocacy campaign held July 18 at the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) auditorium in Quezon City.
Philippine Information Agency
Online tool seeks to tailor climate plans for forest communities
Much has been written about the diverse ways that rural communities interact with forests to adapt to climate change.
Thomson Reuters Foundation
Mark Ruffalo feels right at home bringing renewable energy message to NASCAR crowd
Ruffalo and Stanford professor Mark Jacobson helped create the organization in 2011 to advocate for the transition to 100 percent clean, renewable energy. NASCAR has stepped up its environmental efforts over the years, and Ruffalo said he found a receptive audience at the race
Margareta Wahlstrom: how to write a UN climate deal
Another UN climate deal is set for sign-off in March 2015 – and no one’s fighting about it. How is this possible?
The heat is on — and we must act to keep our cool London Evening Standard
Op-Ed: Sustainable Development and Agriculture in the Caribbean  Caribbean Journal

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