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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
World is getting warmer, says global climate report
The world is getting warmer, as greenhouse gases reach historic highs and Arctic sea ice melts, making 2013 one of the hottest years on record, international scientists said Thursday.
'Merkel might come back as a climate leader'
This week, Germany hosted the fifth Petersberg Climate Dialogue in preparation for the Climate Change Conference in Peru at the end of this year. Christoph Bals from Germanwatch gives his verdict on how the talks went.
Deutsche Welle
Peru Ratifies Nagoya Protocol On Genetic Resources
Peru has recently ratified the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization (ABS) to the Convention on Biological Diversity, the Andean country's Foreign Ministry reported Tuesday.
Suscriben México y Perú acuerdos en seguridad, y analizan cambio climático
“La seguridad es un tema que tenemos trabajar juntos porque debemos darle más seguridad a la población”, estableció el presidente de Perú, Ollanta Humala luego de la suscripción de varios acuerdos en el marco de la visita oficial que realiza a México.
El Diario
Australia’s carbon reversal sets new tone for global climate talks
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s move to repeal his country’s carbon tax provides an international boost for the Harper government, which has regularly attacked opponents who propose putting a price on emissions in Canada.
Globe & Mail
Green bond growth of $40bn forecast for this year
The era of green bonds that finance environmentally friendly projects has begun, with the market forecast to grow by $40bn this year and $100bn next year.
Financial Times
Movimientos ambientales preparan Declaración de Margarita
Los movimientos sociales ambientales se distribuyeron en cinco mesas de trabajo denominadas "Sesiones del Buen Vivir", durante este tercer día de la reunión internacional preparatoria para la Pre Conferencia de las Partes de Cambio Climático (PreCop-Social).
El Sol de Margarita
For clean energy, think small (nano small)
Inexpensive nanotubes – sheets of carbon rolled into pipes thinner than a human hair – may be the key to making hydrogen fuel cleaner and less expensive. A new study shows how nanotubes could bring clean energy technologies closer within reach.
Christian Science Monitor
How to track corporate action on climate change
When the Unitarian Universalist Association announced its new fossil fuel divestment policy, the resolution stated that the UUA would divest its holdings in the Carbon Tracker 200 within five years.
Indigenous mountain farmers unite on climate change
Farmers from 25 indigenous mountain communities in ten countries have come together to share traditional knowledge that could help them to mitigate climate change and to lobby governments for greater recognition of their unique knowledge.
Hottest Places on Earth
In 2015 global policymakers aim to take decisions which may affect the futures of people like Momina. The outcome of the December 2015 UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) meeting in Paris, new development goals, and the successor to the Hyogo framework on natural hazards will be key.
12 Mainstream American Corporations Want More Renewable Energy
12 prominent and very large corporations have combined their voices to say they want more renewables.
California and its Major Cities Top Clean Edge's U.S. Clean Tech Leadership Index
Clean Edge released its U.S. Clean Tech Leadership Index this week, with California and its major cities taking home many of the top spots.
Investment in UK renewable energy sector almost £8bn in 2013
Department of Energy and Climate Change report also shows that renewables now account for 15% of the country's electricity
Obama unveils measures to help communities adapt to climate change
U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday announced new measures to make the country's infrastructure stronger and more resilient, to help states and communities adapt to climate change.
Obama: Climate change a direct threat to US cities
Harsher storms, worsening flooding and rising seas threaten the public's safety and health across the country, President Barack Obama warned Wednesday as he urged local communities to prepare for the effects of climate change.
Ministerio del Ambiente elaboró proyecto de planificación ante cambio climático
El proyecto movilizó desde hace dos años, con un presupuesto de tres millones de dólares de la cooperación extranjera, a 400 expertos.
La República
Finland urges Europe to unite for global climate talks
Europe must speak “with one voice” at global climate talks in Paris next year, says Finnish minister
Fiji vulnerable to climate change: ambassador to UN
Fiji is working towards integrating disaster risk management into climate change adaptation so that both issues can become the responsibility of one agency, according to the country's ambassador to the United Nations.
Australia repeals controversial carbon tax
Australia's government repealed a much-maligned carbon tax on the nation's worst greenhouse gas polluters on Thursday, ending years of contention over a measure that became political poison for the lawmakers who imposed it.
Britain urges deeper EU carbon market reforms than proposed
Britain wants deeper reforms to the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) than those proposed by the European Commission and Germany, favoring cancelling hundreds of millions of carbon permits over launching a tool to regulate market supply.
Power ministry, regulators contemplate ways to develop renewable energy
Electricity regulators and power ministry are contemplating steps to make it mandatory for conventional power project developers to set up renewable energy plants in future, while distribution firms may have to purchase more clean energy, but regulatory authorities are concerned that this may hurt loss-making utilities.
Economic Times
Climate change: Could we engineer greener humans?
In the far future, might we consider changing human biology to avoid the worst effects of climate change? Frank Swain explores an intriguing thought experiment.
Les changements climatiques inspirent les femmes francophones
L’atelier de formation des femmes francophones d’Océanie se poursuit à la station Gump de l’université de Berkley à Moorea. Cette année, le thème porte sur les changements climatiques.
Polynésie 1ère
ADB approves $300m loan to increase Sri Lanka’s renewable energy
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a $300m loan to help Sri Lanka increase the use of renewable energy for power generation and reduce its dependence on imported oil.
CTBR Green Power
Microsoft signs green energy deal to power datacentres
Microsoft has agreed to power some of its datacentres with wind power after signing a 20-year deal with a wind farm in Illinois.
Cloud Pro
Nobel Laureate Pachauri calls upon youth to save environment Jagran Post
Ideas on UN climate deal “converging”, says German environment minister
Petersberg Climate Dialogue in Berlin ends on positive note, as Hendricks says world is on track to sign deal
Emitters in China's largest carbon market meet targets amid falling prices
Nearly every carbon emitter covered by China's largest pilot emissions scheme met Tuesday's compliance deadline, a government official said, as permit prices slipped to an all-time low amid ample supply and with no last-minute scramble for allowances.
Cambio climático no espera a que haya acuerdos: Guerra Abud
El cambio climático "ya está aquí" por lo que urge llevar a cabo acciones ya que éste "no esperará a que continuemos dialogando hasta ponernos de acuerdo", advirtió el titular de la Semarnat, Juan José Guerra Abud.
El Universal
Britain to fund South African carbon trading experiment
Britain will expand funding for a programme to help coal-rich South Africa develop a carbon trading market in an attempt to rein in its rising greenhouse gas emissions.
PreCOP Social en Isla Margarita: “Cambiemos el sistema, no el clima”
Entre el 15 y el 18 de julio se desarrollará en Venezuela la PreCOP Social. Allí, por primera vez en el marco de la ONU, los movimientos sociales y las ONGs tendrán un lugar en el debate sobre el cambio climático, de cara al acuerdo global que sustituirá al Protocolo de Kyoto en los próximos años.
Notas periodismo popular
BRICS advocate peaceful solution to hot issues
The emerging-market bloc of BRICS Tuesday advocated cooperative approach and peaceful solution to global hot issues.
Military Bases Face Hurdles in Climate Change Adaptation
The Department of Defense has 7,600 military installations across all 50 states and 40 foreign countries.
Scientific American
Germany pledges $1bn to UN climate change fund
Aid group Oxfam has called on other rich nations to follow the example of Germany, which has promised €750m ($1bn) for the UN's fledgling Green Climate Fund.
Thomson Reuters Foundation
Building toward sustainable, resilient cities in 2050 (blog)
By 2050, seven out of every 10 people on Earth will be an urban dweller. What the cities of the future look like depends largely on decisions we make today.
European Investment Bank Provides €150 Million Loan To Israel’s Largest Solar Power Project
Israel is working towards achieving its goal to source 10% of its total electricity needs from renewable energy sources by 2020. In this endeavor the country has received a major financial boost, with the European Investment Bank providing €150 million loan to the largest solar power project in Israel
Riding the solar tuk-tuk
Naveen Rabelli's tuk-tuk broke down the first time he rolled it out of his garage. The electrical engineer didn't lose heart: now, he plans to drive his customised three-wheeler all the way to London
EU study finds ‘green’ economy can boost jobs
The study from the European Environment Agency (EEA) found that both jobs and innovation could grow from a resource-efficient, ‘green’ economy.
The Recycler
India Targets 35% Renewable Energy Share In Installed Capacity Mix By 2050
2040-50 may finally be the decade when the installed renewable energy capacity in India would overtake the coal-based installed capacity, if the ambitious Integrated Plan for Desert Power Development is fully realized.
Samoan cabinet minister Tuisugaletaua Sofara Aveau composes a song to counter climate change
Samoan cabinet minister Tuisugaletaua Sofara Aveau and his wife compose song of hope to counter climate change
ABC Radio Australia
When Climate Change Floods Your Heart (opinion) NY Times
Merkel steps up call for deal on climate change
Germany has stepped up calls for the international community to agree to ambitious targets for cutting greenhouse gas emissions, with Chancellor Angela Merkel pledging €750mn ($1.02bn) to help combat global warming.
Mary Robinson named UN envoy for climate change
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed former Irish president Mary Robinson as his special envoy for climate change.
Perú aboga por establecer responsabilidad diferenciada sobre cambio climático
El ministro del Ambiente, Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, abogó hoy por establecer una “responsabilidad común, pero diferencia” entre las economías industrializadas y las emergentes, en relación a la lucha contra el cambio climático.
China May Announce Emissions Cap Next Year: Treaty Envoy
China hopes to announce “very ambitious” goals to cut carbon-dioxide output after 2020 and may announce during the first half of next year an overall cap on emissions, the country’s lead climate-treaty negotiator said.
Merkel returns to climate politics with call for EU leadership
German chancellor pledges €750m to Green Climate Fund and demands politicians take climate science seriously
China Requires 30% of State Cars Use Alternative Energy
China is mandating that electric cars make up at least 30 percent of government vehicle purchases by 2016, the latest measure to fight pollution and cut energy use after exempting the autos from a purchase tax.
BNEF: Europe To Invest $1 Trillion Into Renewables By 2030
Europe will invest around $1 trillion into growing its renewable energy capacity by the year 2030, according to a new report from Bloomberg New Energy Finance. Of this, a very substantial amount is expected to be into rooftop solar PV ($339 billion) and onshore wind energy ($250 billion)
Europe handed out too many carbon permits, says China negotiator
The European Union handed out too many free carbon permits in its Emissions Trading System and did not set a deep enough emission reduction goal, China's top climate negotiator said on Monday.
Laurent Fabius: "Le réchauffement climatique, c’est maintenant !"
Pour préparer la grande conférence internationale Paris Climat 2015, le ministre des Affaires étrangères est allé au chevet de l’Arctique.
Paris Match
Educación ambiental: principal objetivo en la Conferencia de las Partes sobre Cambio Climático
Los movimientos sociales ambientalistas de todas partes del mundo se concentran este martes 15 de julio en el hotel Venetur Margarita, donde sostendrán una reunión Internacional preparatoria de la Pre Conferencia de las Partes sobre Cambio Climático
Sol de Margarita
8 charts that show how climate change is making the world more dangerous
Forget the future. The world already is nearly five times as dangerous and disaster prone as it was in the 1970s, because of the increasing risks brought by climate change, according to a new report from the World Meteorological Organisation.
480,000 New Solar Home Systems For Bangladesh
The World Bank has offered to loan the Bangladeshi government $78.4 million in order to finance 480,000 solar home systems.
Lobbying for Good - the much needed ‘next big thing' in corporate responsibility BusinessGreen
World Cup Champs for Arctic Climate? (blog) Deutsche Welle
Environment ministers from 29 countries to meet in Berlin to discuss long-term goals
Environment ministers and their representatives from 29 countries representing the entire spectrum of interests in climate negotiations will meet in Berlin for two days starting July 14 even as increasing instances of unprecedented heat waves and cold winters illuminate the urgent need for a global plan to counter climate change.
Economic Times
Presidente Ollanta Humala inicia hoy actividades en Alemania
El presidente Ollanta Humala iniciará hoy su visita oficial a Alemania en el marco de la cual sostendrá una reunión con la canciller alemana Ángela Merkel y participará en el segmento político del Diálogo Petersberg.
China Focus: Int'l eco forum seeks greener growth
An international forum on environmental protection opened on Friday in Guiyang, capital of southwest China's Guizhou Province, aimed at seeking concerted global efforts on greener growth.
Javadekar urges rich nations to contribute to climate change fund
Environment minister Prakash Javadekar on Friday expressed concern over the empty coffers of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) and urged rich nations to agree to a roadmap for its capitalization by 2015 - the year the world will have a universal global climate deal.
Economic Times
Singapore firm in $248m partnership to develop wind energy in Thailand
Singapore-based wind and solar energy developer The Blue Circle and Bangkok-based renewable energy group Annex Power will form a partnership to tap into Thailand's wind energy investments.
$958 Million Geothermal Project Approved By Costa Rican Legislature
A geothermal project valued at $958 million US dollars was approved by members of the Costa Rican Legislative Assembly within the last week.
India urgently needs 'green buildings': R.K.Pachauri
Internationally acclaimed environmentalist R.K. Pachauri says India urgently needs 'green buildings' to ensure unsustainable use of energy and water and is happy the government is sharing his TERI's knowhow in building infrastructure.
Climate change has created a new literary genre
The emerging genre is a cousin of sci-fi. But its books are set, NPR writes, “in worlds, not unlike our own, where the Earth’s systems are noticeably off-kilter”. And it’s gaining both fans and writers.
Dawn/Washington Post
Climate change signals the end of Australian shiraz as we know it
Young Australian vintner Nick Glaetzer's winemaking-steeped family thought he was crazy when he abandoned the Barossa Valley - the hot, dry region that is home to the country's world-famous big, brassy shiraz.
World Council of Churches divests from fossil fuels
A decision by a global coalition of 345 churches to stop investing in fossil fuels has been hailed by divestment campaigners as the most important commitment yet.
Kenya bets on green economy model to boost food security
As the country strives to transform its economy, generate jobs and boost Kenyans’ income, the green economy model is increasingly becoming an irresistible venture for both Government and experts.
Business Standard
Ethiopia: The Unity of Water (By Mikhail Gorbachev)  The Reporter (Addis Ababa)
News Analysis: Is BRICS really in decline? Xinhua
Why the next climate treaty is vital for my country to survive (by Tony de Brum)
The Marshall Islands minister stresses the importance of forthcoming emissions targets, especially for countries less than two metres above the rising oceans
Three meetings, five days: global climate diplomacy push kicks off
Five days of intensive international climate diplomacy involving the world’s leading greenhouse gas emitters get underway on Saturday in Paris.
Zero carbon and economic growth can go together, UN study says
The top 15 emitter countries could make deep cuts to emissions while also tripling economic output, according to the study
Economic growth and decarbonisation ‘two sides of same coin’: UN report
The deep decarbonisation of developed economies, such as the EU, can go along with economic growth, according to a report published by the United Nations this week.
La technologie, clé contre le changement climatique
La limitation du réchauffement climatique à 2° Celsius est possible mais seulement si d'importants progrès technologiques sont réalisés et si les principaux pays émetteurs adoptent des politiques ambitieuses sur le carbone, selon un rapport remis jeudi à Laurent Fabius.
Atoll nations take united stand on climate (audio)
Four of the smallest coral atoll nations in the world have agreed to form a united front when taking part in in negotiations and summits on climate change.
ABC Radio Australia
Negotiating a cheaper clean energy deal for all
A meeting room in Geneva may seem a world away from the rural reaches of Africa and Asia, but the process that began at World Trade Organisation (WTO) headquarters earlier this week could affect millions around the globe.
Why Big Tech Companies Are Investing In Renewable Energy
When it was completed in 2013, the London Array was the largest offshore wind farm in the world, designed to produce a gigawatt of electricity.
National Adaptation Fund to Tackle Climate Change
Emphasising that the changes in climate are a reality which all of us have to face together, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley Thursday announced `100 crore budgetary support to establish a National Adaptation Fund for climate change.
The New Indian Express
Companies donate half a million carbon credits to World Cup
Donations of U.N.-backed carbon credits to help reduce the carbon footprint of the World Cup in Brazil have surpassed the half million mark, the local government said on Thursday.
Clean Energy Investment Reaches Highest Point Since 2012
A new report from analysts Clean Energy Pipeline has shown that global clean energy investment totaled $66.2 billion in the second quarter of 2014, the highest total since the end of 2012
Fossil industry is the subprime danger of this cycle
The epicentre of irrational behaviour across global markets has moved to the fossil fuel complex of oil, gas and coal. This is where investors have been throwing the most good money after bad.
Climate change solution: Scrap subsidies, fund innovation Christian Science Monitor
Raining risks (opinion) eKantipur
Global warming requires more frequent rethink of 'normal' weather: U.N.
The baseline for "normal" weather used by everyone from farmers to governments to plan ahead needs to be updated more frequently to account for the big shifts caused by global warming, the U.N.'s World Meteorological Organization said on Wednesday.
UN plans to make its carbon credits available to all
The United Nations climate change secretariat is planning to enable local governments, companies and individuals to offset their planet-warming emissions using U.N.-certified carbon credits.
Thomson Reuters Foundation
US, China take small steps toward fighting climate change, but differ on global plan
China and the United States took small steps toward their shared goal of fighting climate change on Wednesday, but the world's No. 1 and No. 2 carbon emitters remain significantly apart over a wider global plan to cut emissions.
China's Tianjin extends carbon deadline again
China's Tianjin has extended the deadline for its biggest carbon producers to comply with the city's emissions trading scheme a second time, giving companies two more weeks to hand over permits to the government.
World’s Poorest Nations Seek Presence in Post-2015 Agenda
The 48 least developed countries (LDCs), described as the poorest of the world’s poor, want to be an integral part of the U.N.’s post-2015 development agenda currently under discussion.
Barbados Voices Concern Over Impact of Climate Change in Caribbean
Prime Minister Freundel Stuart says Caribbean countries and other small island developing states (SIDS) are becoming increasingly susceptible to climate change and steps have to be taken to reduce this vulnerability.
Prensa Latina
Le marché du carbone va financer deux projets français d'énergie renouvelable
Pour la première fois, la vente des quotas de carbone va permettre de financer des projets contre le changement climatique. Parmi les dix-neuf projets sélectionnés par la Commission, deux sont Français
Three firms buy 510,000 African carbon credits in H1 2014
Three major international commodity traders bought a total 510,000 African carbon offsets from clean energy project developer ecosur afrique in the first half of 2014, showing some demand still exists for credits from the battered U.N. market.
EU and industry team up for multi-billion Euro clean tech push
The EU has announced the latest phase of its Horizon 2020 €80bn R&D funding programme, inviting applications for a share of €1.13bn, the majority of which has been earmarked for clean tech projects.
Grant carbon, development space to developing countries: Survey
Against the backdrop of over 190 countries pledging emission cuts for the post-2020 period, the new climate deals must ensure developing countries are granted the required "carbon and development space", India's Economic Survey for 2013-14 said Wednesday.
Natural disaster costs down so far in 2014: Munich Re
Floods, storms and other natural disasters claimed more than 2,700 lives and caused around $42 billion in damage worldwide in the first half of 2014, but this was well below the first half of last year and a 10-year average, reinsurer Munich Re said on Wednesday.
Is Bangladesh just a climate victim? Not anymore Thomson Reuters Foundation
UN issued with roadmap on how to avoid climate catastrophe
The United Nations was presented with a roadmap to avoid a climate catastrophe on Tuesday, prescribing specific actions for the world’s biggest economies to keep warming below 2C.
UN Proposes Building Blocks of New Global Climate Deal
The United Nations left open the option for rich and poor nations to remain divided in their obligations on climate change, setting up a conflict over exactly who should cut greenhouse gases.
U.N. climate talks more advanced second time around, says former head
U.N. climate negotiations have made greater progress towards agreeing a 2015 deal to bind all nations to cut greenhouse gas emissions than the lead-up to the previous attempt in 2009, former U.N. climate chief Yvo de Boer told Reuters.
U.S., China ink coal, clean energy deals in climate cooperation
The United States and China on Tuesday signed eight partnership pacts to cut greenhouse gases, bringing the world's two biggest carbon emitters closer together on climate policy.
Minister calls for post-2015 agenda to ensure sustainable developmen
Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa has warned that the current international condition has not been conducive to sustainable development despite many countries incorporating the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) into their national development plans.
Merkel calls for sustainable development partnership with China
Visiting German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday called on Germany and China to take the lead in establishing a partnership to promote sustainable development.
New UN force on climate impacts on health
Two UN agencies on Tuesday announced they were setting up a joint office to help fight the threat to health from climate change and extreme weather.
UN officials say there is ‘greater clarity’ over 2015 climate deal
Countries are converging on what pledges towards a global agreement should look like, say co-chairs of talks
Blueprints for Taming the Climate Crisis
Here’s what your future will look like if we are to have a shot at preventing devastating climate change.
NY Times
Responsible Business: Sustainable efforts show signs of paying off
There was a time when business investments in education, community initiatives, disaster relief or environmental conservation were treated as corporate philanthropy.
Financial Times
Pope Francis a Powerful Voice For Climate Change Action
Pope Francis, the leader of the Catholic Church, has taken a very strong stance recently on the need to address climate change, to protect the environment and respect “God's creation.”
Kenya Reviewing Legislation Act To Increase Forest Cover
The Kenyan government is in the process of reviewing the Forest Act to enable it to conform to the Constitutional requirement of realising 10 per cent forest cover in the country, says Conservation Cabinet Secretary (Minister) Gideon Gathaara.
France and India pledge to cooperate at UN climate talks
French Foreign Minister says India will be a ‘major player’ at 2015 Paris summit, backing Modi to deliver a new approach
Norway to buy 21 mln emission reductions for 48 mln euros
Norway will buy 21 million U.N. backed certified emission reductions (CERs) for an average price of 2.28 euros each in its international tender to purchase carbon offsets, said the financial institution in charge of the deal on Monday.
Responsible Business awards: methodology and Big Tick winners
This year’s Business in the Community’s Responsible Business awards highlight the sustainability conundrum.
Financial Times
France Foreign Minister launches attack against fossil fuels
Fossil fuel subsidies must be scrapped to avert dangerous levels of global warming, according to the French official tasked with leading UN negotiations next year in Paris.
Lessons from a drowning nation
In the middle of the Pacific Ocean, far even from some of its closest neighbors — Hawaii and Fiji — the small island nation of Kiribati is being swallowed by the rising sea.
Washington Post
China’s Solargiga Kicks Off Plan To Install 200 MW Solar Power Capacity In Ghana
Chinese solar module manufacturers have been at the receiving end of some pretty high anti-dumping duties from the US and the EU, and other countries like India are also considering to levy such duties on Chinese solar imports.
Experts: Solar Power Could Soon Pose Economic Threat to Electric Utilities
After decades as an expensive and sometimes impractical source of energy, experts say solar power is finally coming into its own.
Voice of America
World Bank to invest $775 million in clean energy projects across India
The World Bank plans to invest $775 million in clean-energy projects across India, even as it expects that the new government's plan to give fiscal and policy support to the sector will galvanise further investment in renewable energy.
Economic Times
Renewable Energy Share In China’s Power Generation To Reach 20% By 2020
China is set to achieve even greater accolades in renewable energy infrastructure expansion as it continues to add scores of gigawatts of wind, solar and hydro power capacity.
DOE offers $4B for renewable energy, efficient energy projects
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a loan guarantee solicitation, making as much as $4 billion in loan guarantees available for innovative renewable energy and energy efficiency projects located in the U.S. that avoid, reduce, or sequester greenhouse gases.
Tanzania: Collective African Effort Needed in Addressing Climate Change
PRESIDENT Jakaya Kikwete recently reiterated on the need for African countries to work together and speak with a common voice on how to adapt and mitigate effects of climate change.
Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)
Singapore gears up for climate change
Details on getting the Republic’s roads, drains, airport and other infrastructure ready for climate change will be firmed up from 2016, as government agencies examine how public infrastructure must adapt to higher temperatures, more intense rainfall, rise in sea level and stronger winds.
Channel News Asia
Amazon rainforest grew after climate change 2,000 years ago: study
Swathes of the Amazon may have been grassland until a natural shift to a wetter climate about 2,000 years ago let the rainforests form, according to a study that challenges common belief that the world’s biggest tropical forest is far older.
How to decarbonise the global economy  Financial Times
Clean energy takes centre stage in China as national interests evolve
Energy policy in China has reached a turning point. Clean energy, recent comments and actions suggest, is moving centre stage in response to shifting national interests and global responsibilities.
South China Morning Post
Insurers to cover withdrawal of solar and wind subsidies
Insurers are developing plans to protect investors in solar and wind power projects against the sudden withdrawal of crucial state subsidies that have battered the European renewable energy industry.
Financial Times
Pueblos indígenas participarán por primera vez en la COP20 en Lima
Los pueblos indígenas participarán por primera vez en la Conferencia de las Partes sobre el cambio climático (COP20), que se celebrará en Lima en diciembre próximo, reveló el Programa de las Naciones Unidas para el Desarrollo (PNUD) en Perú.
La República
China Now The World’s Largest Solar PV Market
China is now the world’s largest solar PV market, according to the Global New Energy Development Report 2014, having now surpassed Germany to take the top spot.
Changement climatique : Fabius mobilisé contre les énergies fossiles
Laurent Fabius a lancé une mise en garde sur le risque de dérèglement irréversible du climat, ce dimanche 6 juillet à l'occasion des rencontres économiques d'Aix-en-Provence, qui ont réuni sur trois jours quelque 3.000 personnes et 230 conférenciers de 35 pays.
Don't axe the tax: emissions trading supporters make last-ditch plea
Supporters of emissions trading are making a last-ditch plea to the Senate not to repeal Australia’s laws – citing new analysis that shows “axing the tax” will cost the budget almost $20bn over the next four years and a letter from 59 leading economists insisting a carbon price is the best way to reduce emissions.
Barbados Beaches: Caribbean Island Is Going Green, People Are Taking Notice
The little island located in the Caribbean known as Barbados, is making big waves in the world of green energy. Exactly one month ago on June 5th, it was World Environment Day (WED), and on that day Barbados hosted the WED conference for Small Island Developing States. Some of the media and countries of the world are looking at this island as perhaps the renewed vision for sustainable and clean energy of the future
Latin Post
UK to help India reduce emission without affecting growth
The UK government will share new technologies in clean and renewable energy to help India in addressing climate change in a way that its growth will not be affected, a British minister said.
Coastal winds intensifying with climate change, study says
Summer winds are intensifying along the west coasts of North and South America and southern Africa and climate change is a likely cause, a new study says.
Sydney Morning Herald
WCC announces Interfaith Summit on climate change
The World Council of Churches (WCC) has announced it will hold an Interfaith Summit on Climate Change on September 21-22 in New York City. At the summit, organized together with Religions for Peace, more than 30 religious leaders will take a united stand to encourage international and political leaders to address concretely the causes and consequences of climate change.
Independent Catholic News
Investors' paths diverge on fossil fuels
Public pension funds are lagging behind endowments and foundations in divesting investments in fossil-fuel companies, choosing instead to engage energy companies through discussions and shareholder resolutions.
Pensions & Investments
UN green fund to seek cash in November; poor want $15 billion
OSLO, July 2 (Reuters) - A U.N. fund to help developing nations fight global warming is on track to start raising cash in November, with poor nations seeking $15 billion, officials said on Wednesday. "Now it's time to mobilise money," Hela Cheikhrouhou, executive director of the Green Climate Fund, told Reuters after two days of talks in Oslo among more than 20 nations about the legal details of cash pledges.
India should be flexible on climate change: Ramesh
Kolkata, July 3: Former union minister Jairam Ramesh Thursday said India should be more flexible in its response to climate change otherwise it faces the risk of being isolated by other BASIC nations - Brazil, South Africa and China. "In climate change, India now runs the risk of being very seriously isolated by China, Brazil and South Africa which make up the BASIC.

One India News
FEATURE: Should international refugee law accommodate climate change?
3 July 2014 – Can the United Nations help to protect people seeking safety abroad if their homes and jobs are destroyed by prolonged drought, rising sea levels or other climate change-related phenomena in the same way as if they were displaced by war or human rights abuses? The short answer, today anyway, is no.
UN News Centre
Climate Change Threatens U.S. National Parks
Climate change has arrived in America's national parks, threatening natural and historical resources with climbing temperatures and changing precipitation patterns, according to a new National Park Service report.
Scientific American
Coastal winds intensifying with climate change, study says
Summer winds are intensifying along the west coasts of North and South America and southern Africa and climate change is a likely cause, a new study says. The winds, which blow parallel to the shore and draw cold, nutrient-rich water from the deep ocean to the surface in a process known as coastal upwelling, have increased over the last 60 years in three out of five regions of the world, according to an analysis published Thursday in the journal Science.
Los Angeles Times
Caribbean Coral Reefs May Disappear Within 20 Years: Report
In 20 years’ time, most of the Caribbean coral reefs may disappear, since what is left of them currently does not exceed one-sixth of the original coral cover, according to a report published by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) Wednesday.
Does climate change impact national security? ASU gets $20M to find out
It sounds like the makings of a political-action thriller. The National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA) has awarded Arizona State University a five-year, $20 million agreement to research the effects of climate change and its propensity to cause civil and political unrest.
AZ Central
India Plans World’s Largest Floating Solar Power Project (50 MW)
After canal-top solar power projects, India is planning to install the world’s largest floating solar power project. India’s leading hydro power generator National Hydro Power Corporation (NHPC) is planning to set up a 50 MW solar photovoltaic project over the water bodies in the southern state of Kerala. Renewable Energy College will provide assistance to the company for implementing the project.
Coal-free Is Goal For Texas Utility
Texas is known for its fossil fuels–mostly petroleum–but one utility there, El Paso Electric (EPE), wants to be coal-free by 2016. That is, a scant two years from now, there could be a Texas utility serving almost 400,000 people using no coal.
Glasgow University could ditch £19m fossil fuel assets
Glasgow could become the first UK university to ditch its fossil fuel investments. Am advisory panel examining the university’s investment policies has recommended full divestment from its oil, gas and coal holdings to the university’s decision-making body.
India warns UN climate deal in 2015 hinges on finance
India has warned that the success of the 2015 UN deal will depend on whether rich countries are able to fill the coffers of the US$ 100billion Green Climate Fund. According to a report in the Indian Business Standard newspaper, Indian environment minister Prakash Javadekar told French foreign minister Laurent Fabius that transfer of green technologies and funds for developing countries from the developed world would be vital for success at the Paris meeting.
Asia must lead on climate change
[By José Ramos-Horta & Mohamed Nasheed] For decades, Asian leaders largely ignored climate change. It's a Western problem, we said. They caused the problem by dumping greenhouse gasses into the atmosphere; let them clean it up. We were not responsible for the pollution, we argued; so we should not have to pay for it. Yes, Asia’s industrialisation was quietly building up toxic stores of carbon, but we were only following the rich world’s prescription for success.

Bangkok Post
Carbon emissions above 400 ppm for third straight month
Last May, the amount of carbon dioxide in Earth’s atmosphere surpassed 400 parts per million (ppm) for the first time in the history of the human species, a reflection of how much pollution continues to be pumped into the atmosphere. As of last month, industrial civilization has won another dubious achievement: A record-breaking concentration of 400 ppm for three months straight.
Solar Power Makes Gains in US
Two universities in Washington, D.C., soon plan to start buying half of their electricity from solar-power farms 400 kilometers away. The schools expect the project will save millions of dollars during the next couple of decades and make the universities more attractive to environmentally-conscious students. Experts say the project shows how this once-exotic power source is becoming a routine part of business.
Climate change satellite launched
A workhorse Delta 2 rocket roared to life and climbed away from California coast early Wednesday, boosting an environmental research satellite into orbit on a $468 million mission to precisely measure global carbon dioxide levels, a key factor in climate change.
Australia sees limited G20 appetite on new climate change steps
Reuters) - Australia, this year's G20 chair, sees little consensus among the Group of 20 leading economies to take major new steps on climate change, senior official Heather Smith said on Wednesday.
Australians shifting on climate change
A month ago my colleague John Connor wrote an op-ed for the Sydney Morning Herald welcoming the fact that for the first time in years, climate change was a major story coming out of the Lowy Institute's poll of public attitudes to international affairs. Expectation for leadership on the issue was up, and a majority of Australians thought we should act on climate rather than wait for international consensus.
Climate change affects U.S.’s anti-terrorism efforts
According to the Obama administration’s new National Climate Assessment, climate change is already impacting communities in every corner of the country, with an increasing frequency and severity of extreme weather events — storms, floods and droughts — and rising sea levels destabilizing the everyday lives of Americans.
Des Moines Register
What Every Governor Really Believes About Climate Change, In One Handy Map
With all the recent talk at the federal level about the EPA’s proposed carbon regulations for new and existing power plants, it’s easy to forget about the executives that have front row seats to cutting American carbon pollution. And though climate deniers run rampant through the halls of Congress, a new analysis from the CAP Action War Room reveals that half of America’s Republican governors agree with the anti-science caucus of Congress.
Think Progress
Federal judge rejects mine proposal, cites coal’s contribution to climate change
What’s the very best reason not to expand coal mining on public land? Coal is contributing to global warming. And a federal judge just blocked a proposed Colorado mine for that very reason, InsideClimateNews reports. People, it would appear, are finally starting to get it.
Chinese coal consumption to peak in 2024 – Bloomberg
Coal power generation in China will peak in 2024 as the country shifts to renewables, analysts at Bloomberg New Energy Finance predict. As China considers an emissions cap and amid rising concern over smog in its large cities, the country’s plans to expand polluting coal power generation are under scrutiny. One Chinese energy expert told RTCC he hoped peak coal could come as early as next year.
No country will escape climate impacts, warns Ministry of Defence
The world’s militaries face a sharp increase in disaster relief and humanitarian work due to climate change, says the Ministry of Defence in a new study. Compiled by the Development, Concepts and Doctrine Centre, a department within the MOD, Global Strategic Trends – Out to 2045 aims to inform government officials developing long term plans.
India to Strengthen Climate Change Negotiation Team
NEW DELHI: India will strengthen its climate change negotiation team and will do "better homework" before discussing with all stakeholders, Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said on Monday. Fresh from India's "success" at the Nairobi environment conference, Javadekar said the country has decided to "reposition" its role in the global stage on climate change issues by intensely "lobbying" for a "good strategic relationship" with like-minded nations on the matter.
Indian Express
BNEF: Renewable Energy’s About To Dominate Global Power Investments
Bad news if you’re getting tired of reading new headlines every day about the rapid growth of renewables across the world – they’re only going to keep increasing. Renewable energy could represent up to 65% of the $7.7 trillion in new power plant investments and 60% of all new capacity additions expected over the next 15 years, forecasts Bloomberg New Energy Finance’s (BNEF) 2030 Market Outlook.
Renewable energy records set in California and Texas
Figures from the California Independent System Operator (Cal ISO) revealed this week show that the Golden State broke its own one-day record for solar PV generation on June 1 when 4767 MW of utility scale solar energy was fed into the grid.
The record smashed California’s previous one-day best of 4100 MW in March, which also stood as the highest one-day figure for the whole of the U.S.
pv magazine
Renewables In German State Produce 120% of Electricity
The German state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern generates 120% of its electricity from renewable sources, according to a new publication. “We cover more than 120 percent of our electricity needs from renewable energies and thus are far ahead of all federal states. Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania has become in 2013 the final exporter of green electricity."
China’s Hurdle to Fast Action on Climate Change
When the Environmental Protection Agency published in June its new rules to combat carbon emissions from power plants, the American political class lit up in debates over what this meant for the country’s carbon emissions, its coal industry and its economic growth.But a more relevant discussion was taking place some 7,000 miles away, in Beijing.
New York Times
B.C. put a price on carbon. What happened next will surprise you
When I pull up to the pumps in my small hometown on the coast of British Columbia, Canada, I pay more for a tank of gas than in California, my new home. Why? Because regardless of where gas prices hover at the moment, the B.C. government tops off every gallon with a 25-cent tax.
Pricing Carbon: 21st Century Corporate leadership
The call for a price on carbon is growing louder in the corridors of business and government. Last week, former U.S. Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson wrote in The New York Times that climate risks are perhaps the biggest “known unknown” that we face, and he asked “farseeing business leaders” to demand a price on carbon—it’s the quickest, most efficient way to manage these risks.
World Bank Blog
Climate change brings heat, mosquitoes, other summer dangers
All the things that could ruin summer - heat waves, mosquitoes, even poison ivy - are made worse by climate change and will get worse in the future, experts said Tuesday. And it is more than just a nuisance as increasing heat waves in the eastern United States will kill thousands of people decades from now, a recent study concluded.
Augusta Chronicle
UN’s Green Climate Fund starts hunt for cash
Officials from the US, EU, Japan and Switzerland are attending a Green Climate Fund meeting in the Norwegian capital, aimed at raising low carbon investment levels. The fund’s Executive Director Hela Cheikhrouhou wants as much as $15 billion by the end of the year so she can start projects in developing countries.
UN gains new powers to tackle air pollution
Efforts to tackle air pollution are expected to intensify, with the UN given new powers to combat the problem. The UN’s Environment Programme (UNEP) was mandated to step up its work on air quality by the UN Environment Assembly at a meeting last week in Nairobi.
Renewable Energy Saves Fortune 500 Companies Over $1 Billion
Renewable energy is dismissed by some as being only for ‘greenies’ or as some kind of fringe technology, but a recent report has shown mainstream Fortune 500 companies are using it to save hundreds of millions of dollars every year. Collectively, they are saving about $1.1 billion dollars, according to the report put out by Ceres, David Gardiner & Associates, Calvert Investments, and World Wildlife Fund (WWF).
World needs $550bn of renewables investment a year – IRENA
The rate of investment in renewable energy needs to double to limit global warming to an acceptable level, according to a leading industry body. The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) estimates $550 billion a year is needed until 2030, in a report.
African Development Bank Supports South African Solar Thermal Power Project With $142 Million Loan
As the South African renewable energy project developers gear up to commission projects under the country’s landmark Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers program, financial support is pouring in from domestic commercial as well as international development banks.
Beseiged by the rising tides of climate change, Kiribati buys land in Fiji
The people of Kiribati, a group of islands in the Pacific ocean particularly exposed to climate change, now own a possible refuge elsewhere. President Anote Tong has recently finalised the purchase of 20 sq km on Vanua Levu, one of the Fiji islands, about 2,000km away.
The Guardian
Global warming makes drought come on earlier, faster, and harder
We all know that some climate change is natural, in fact, even without humans, the Earth’s climate changes. But, as we have added heat-trapping gases to the atmosphere, we have seen human influence “emerge” from natural variability. Droughts, one of the most intensely studied climate events, are a perfect example of an effect with both human and natural influences.
The Guardian
Graphene Flagship Project Doubles In Size
The Graphene Flagship initiative — already one of the biggest-ever European research initiatives — recently doubled in size, taking on 66 new partners from a variety of different organizations and universities spread out across the EU.
Bill Shorten vows to tackle climate change despite 'our failure to prosecute'
Bill Shorten has vowed to re-fight the case for effective action against global warming, as he conceded Labor had underestimated the impact of the “anti-climate change brigade”. The opposition leader reflected on the breakdown in Australia’s political and public consensus on climate change in a speech which laid out some markers on leadership and the way to win over voters for contentious reforms.
The Guardian
Climate Change Threatens Antarctica’s Emperor Penguin Population
The greatest hazard comes from warming temperatures' impact on sea-ice cover, which the penguins rely on for travel and hunting. New research suggests that Antarctica’s population of emperor penguins will be cut down by a fifth by the end of the century as a result of changing climates, which will impact the species’ feeding and mating patterns.
Climate change deal likely to succeed
NAIROBI, June 28 (Xinhua) -- Chances are high that countries are likely to reach an agreement on climate change by the end of 2015, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon said in Nairobi on Saturday. "As climate change causes temperatures to rise and precipitation patterns to change, more weather extremes will potentially reduce global food production at a time when the population will continue growing in developing countries," Ban said.
The road to Lima: crunch time for climate finance
The road to Lima, Peru to prepare the world for a universal climate deal in 2015 may not be easy. With only four months left, rich nations must come up with substantial initial fund pledges to build the trust needed to address the global climate crisis. The Green Climate Fund (GCF) board, which aims to assist developing nations adapt to the changing climate and transform into low carbon economies, said it seeks to raise as much as $15 billion by the end of this year and to soon start disbursing money for climate-related projects.
Philippine EnviroNews
NASA to fight global warming from space
Los Angeles: Five years after a NASA satellite to track carbon dioxide plunged into the ocean after lift-off, the US space agency is launching a carbon copy – this time on a different rocket.
The $US468 million ($506.36 million) mission is designed to study the main driver of climate change emitted from smokestacks and tailpipes.
Sydney Morning Herald
Hot Zone - Is climate change destabilizing Iraq?
This winter was not a good one for farmers in the Fertile Crescent. A punishing drought hit most of Syria and northern Iraq during what’s normally the wettest time of the year. In the mountains of eastern Turkey, which form the headwaters of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, snow and rain were less than half of normal. The region has seen one of the worst droughts in decades.
Indonesia Overtakes Brazil for Worst Deforestation Title
Indonesia now holds the dubious title of the nation with the highest deforestation rate of primary-forest lands, beating out Brazil, which has been the historical leader. This has great significance for Indonesia's greenhouse-gas emissions, since huge stores of planet-warming carbon and methane are contained in tropical forests, as well as biodiversity, given the high concentration of rare and endangered species living there.
Will Climate Change Spark Conflict in Bangladesh?
As the news on climate change takes a sharp turn for the worse, questions are being asked about the global impact. In May, scientists announced that a large portion of Antarctica had begun to collapse. It is the largest and most catastrophic Antarctic cleaving to date – taken as a sign that extreme changes to the global environment are imminent and inevitable. The nation facing the greatest calamity is literally half a world away from western Antarctica: Bangladesh.
The Diplomat
How high would a carbon tax really have to be to rein in climate change?
Former Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson published an opinion piece in the New York Times a week ago calling for a tax on carbon — and the idea of putting a price on carbon emissions is suddenly back in the news. But do current economic models place a realistic price tag on carbon? A new paper from the London School of Economics Grantham Research Institute says “No.”
Climate change: Australia and US are moving in opposite directions
The difference between the position of the Australian and the United States governments on climate change looks stark. Last week members of the Australian government celebrated the passing of a bill dismantling the carbon price, while last Wednesday US president Barack Obama delivered a speech arguing strongly for the need to act on climate change.
The Guardian
Extreme weather official advice rewritten to remove climate change link
The Australian government has been accused of significantly watering down its official advice on extreme weather after removing mention of links between climate change and events such as bushfires and heatwaves. A document on the Department of Environment’s website, aimed at informing the public on how climate change is influencing dangerous weather, has removed an explicit reference linking the two.
The Guardian
Wall Street: Your Climate War Has Arrived
either Robert Rubin nor Henry Paulson has the look or resume of a climate-change activist.
But the bipartisan duo of former Treasury secretaries, who share a Goldman Sachs pedigree, are part of an increasingly prominent effort to fight global warming with financial weapons and arguments.
National Journal
WMO: 80% chance of El Niño by December 2014
It is very likely that an El Niño will take place by the end of the year, the UN’s World Meteorological Organisation has said, strengthening scientists’ predictions that 2014 could be one of the hottest years on record.
Rhode Island signs off new climate change law
The US state of Rhode Island has passed a climate change act, outlining how it should cut fossil fuel use and prepare for future extreme weather events. The law stipulates that greenhouse gas emissions should be slashed 45% below 1990 levels by 2035, and 80% below 1990 levels by 2050.
UK Green Investment Bank To Raise £1 Billion For Offshore Wind
At the time of announcing its performance for the financial year, the UK Green Investment Bank also announced plans to raise £1 billion for a new fund to “acquire equity stakes in operational offshore wind projects in the UK.” The move is expected to boost the offshore wind sector’s rapid growth.
Abbott completely isolated by Palmer's "inconvenient senate"
Clive Palmer's shock announcement on Wednesday night next to former vice president Al Gore has been very cautiously welcomed by Australia's environment movement. Palmer's announcement effectively leaves Abbott completely isolated on climate policy, both domestically, and as Al Gore's presence demonstrates, internationally as well.
The Guardian
Africa: How Does Climate Change Affect Human Rights?
As climate change becomes more intense, its impact is more than rising seas and alterations in weather patterns, it is and will become a human rights issue. Climate change is increasing inequality and impacting territorial integrity and security as well as provoking the forced displacement of people and thus seriously affecting the human rights of people all over the world.
Does carbon capture and storage need a makeover?
Carbon capture and storage is a vital but unloved technology, disliked by green groups and unneeded by fossil fuel companies, and will need both to progress. The technology illustrates the equal importance of having influential support and lobbying, as well as a compelling message and market.
Ireland will bear brunt of flooding in climate change
THE economic cost of sea and river flooding will treble unless climate change is tackled, a European Commission report has warned. The impacts of river flooding will be most pronounced in Ireland and the UK if a business-as-usual model is adopted and global warming isn't tackled.
Irish Independent
Solar Globe-Trotting VW Bus
The VW bus was thoroughly refinished and refurbished by the Dangerz, a couple who took the bus from scrapyard fodder to a solar-panel equipped, trans-continental adventure-mobile that saw them drive from Alaska to Costa Rica.
Fossilized Bees Reveal Climate Changes
Fossils from California’s La Brea Tar Pits keep supplying scientists with excellent material for studying the region’s past. Ancient animals, from mammoths to tiny insects, reveal facts about climate changes during the last Ice Age and help scientists understand the modern climate.
Climate change prompting Arctic birds to breed early
WASHINGTON: Earlier spring seasons and snow-melt brought about by climate change are causing migratory birds that breed in the Arctic Alaska to breed sooner, says a study.
Times of India
Obama Calls Climate-Change Skeptics 'Fringe' Element
President Barack Obama derided climate-change skeptics as a “fringe” element as he highlighted his record on the environment and cutting greenhouse gas emissions before a conservation group.Obama yesterday indirectly criticized congressional Republicans, who he said view climate change as “a liberal plot.”
Fighting Climate Change Is Profitable: Mexico’s Calderon
Curbing climate change is profitable and nations must offer business incentives for low-carbon growth to cut fossil-fuel reliance, according to former president of Mexico, Felipe Calderon.
Singapore’s Sports Hub marks new dawn for solar industry
Tall enough to fit Changi Airport’s control tower, and wide enough to house four A380 planes parked wing to wing, the Singapore Sports Hub is an iconic addition to the country’s skyline. Viewed from a distance, the $1.33 billion facility - with its large dome shape and the impressive array of solar panels surrounding it - is not only a visual feast but an architectural feat built with sustainability in mind.
UK Doctors Vote to End Investments in the Fossil Fuel Industry
he British Medical Association, the representative body of doctors in the UK, has voted to end its investments in fossil fuel companies, making it the first health organisation in the world to do so.
The motion, passed at the annual meeting of the BMA in Harrogate, calls on the BMA to “transfer their investments from energy companies whose primary business relies upon fossil fuels to those providing renewable energy sources.”
UK infrastructure neglected and at risk from climate change, engineers warn
Vital parts of UK infrastructure are being neglected, with potentially severe impacts on national competitiveness and quality of life, according to a new study by engineers. Energy networks, transport, waste and water are all at risk, while flood defences are falling well behind where they need to be.
The Guardian
ALP lists Abbott climate change 'whoppers'
Parliamentary debate has started on the coalition government's second attempt to axe the carbon tax, with Labor saying the move is based on 10 "whoppers". Labor's environment spokesman Mark Butler said the government had mounted a "hysterical" and "mendacious" campaign against measures to curb emissions.
The Age
India Mulling Introduction Of Tax Incentives For Residential Solar
Indian homeowners who install solar energy systems may soon have tax breaks made available to them to help lower their burden, based on recent reports. The country’s Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) recently put forward a proposal for the introduction of tax incentives for residential rooftop solar installations. The Ministry of Finance is expected to reach a decision on the proposal sometime before the end of the summer.
Grim toll of climate change
Climate change is likely to exact enormous costs on U.S. regional economies in the form of lost property, reduced industrial output and more deaths, according to a report backed by three men with vast business experience.
14 Million Soccer Fields Of Amazonian Rain Forest Saved From Clearcutting
A research study published in Science this month (June 2014) found that a 70% decline in Brazilian Amazon deforestation could be an indication that effective management of the expanding agricultural sector is possible.
What really annoys scientists about the state of the climate change debate?
"Don’t shoot the messenger,” so the saying goes.
But what if that message warns we might want to rethink that whole fossil fuel burning thing pretty quick because it could seriously alter civilization and the natural world for centuries to come, and not in a good way?
The Guardian
Sustainable development goals face $2.5 trillion funding shortfall
The UN’s sustainable development goals (SDGs) will fail unless governments and businesses find an extra US$ 2.5 trillion a year to support them. -
U.S. to face multibillion-dollar bill from climate change: report
Annual property losses from hurricanes and other coastal storms of $35 billion; a decline in crop yields of 14 percent, costing corn and wheat farmers tens of billions of dollars; heat wave-driven demand for electricity costing utility customers up to $12 billion per year.
G20 summit: Obama expected to discuss 'critical issue' of climate change
Barack Obama is expecting to discuss climate change at the G20 summit in Brisbane, with the US ambassador to Australia reinforcing the president’s message that it is a “critical” issue.
The Guardian
Canada: Federal climate change report warns of economic, health impacts
Canadians can expect more floods, storms and other damaging extreme weather events as global warming inevitably gets worse, says a federal government report that also says governments are lagging in efforts to adapt to this climate change shift.
The Star
Germany Sets Three National Solar Records in Two Weeks
A core facet of Chancellor Merkel’s historic “Energiewende” clean energy transition, Germany has led the world in driving adoption of solar energy technology and systems.
Triple Pundit
British offshore wind energy fund launched
The British government-backed bank that focuses on green energy projects is launching a new fund. It is dedicated to buying stakes in offshore wind energy in the UK.
Africa: Lack of 'Political Will' Hampering Environmental Laws (Interview)
The United Nations will this week seek ways to stiffen environmental laws to crack down on everything from illegal trade in wildlife to mercury poisoning and hazardous waste.
Deutsche Welle
Half of the World's Population will be Exposed to Frequent Still Air Events by End of 21st Century
Climate change might worsen air pollution, researchers at Stanford said. The team estimates that by the end of this century around 55 percent of the world's population will witness frequent air stagnation events.
Nature World News
Cameroon: Congo, Amazon Basins Climate Change Report Presented
The study, carried out by CIFOR, revisits the role of logging companies in the reduction of emission of green-house gases.
Cameroon Tribune
Former Bush Treasury Secretary: We Can Prevent A 'Climate Crash' With A Carbon Tax
There is an amazing op-ed in Sunday’s New York Times, “The Coming Climate Crash: Lessons for Climate Change in the 2008 Recession.”
The Energy Collective
New UN Assembly Pushes Climate Change, Environment As Top World Priority
The first-ever United Nations Environmental Assembly opened in Kenya on Monday, as more than 150 high-level delegations began a weeklong examination of the intersection between global economic progress and the environment.
World Bank: Climate policies could generate $2.6 trillion a year
Smart climate policies in the US, EU, Brazil, China, India and Mexico could add up to US$ 2.6trillion to the world’s economy a year, according to the World Bank.
Top court mostly upholds Obama bid to curb carbon emissions
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday largely upheld the Obama administration's authority to curb greenhouse gases from major emitters like power plants and refineries in a ruling that nonetheless exempted some smaller sources from the regulation.
France launches financing plan for energy transition
France announced on Monday a package of tax breaks and low-cost loans to improve insulation in buildings and boost investment in renewable energy, which is supposed to provide 40 percent of the country's electricity by 2030.
UK and Germany break solar power records
Britain and Germany have broken records for generating solar electricity in the last few weeks, according to new industry figures.
The Guardian
EU mulls cutting energy use by 35%
To maintain Europe’s emissions-cutting momentum, a 30% cut in energy usage is needed by 2030, rising to 35% if the EU wants to reap the benefits of energy security, jobs and growth, says a draft communication for the bloc’s energy efficiency review, seen by EurActiv.
US mayors unanimously pass climate change ideas
A bipartisan group of mayors from across the country unanimously approved a resolution Monday that calls on cities to use natural solutions to fight the effects of climate change.
Parts Of America Will Be 'Unsuited For Outdoor Activity' Thanks To Climate Change, Report Finds
The old adage, "it's not the heat, it's the humidity," will come into play more often and in more places because of climate change, with life-altering results in southern U.S. cities from Miami to Atlanta to Washington and even northern ones such as New York, Chicago and Seattle.
Evidence grows that warming Arctic may cause extreme weather
Rapid warming of the Arctic may be linked with recent extreme weather in Europe and the United States, a paper found this week, finding more evidence for one piece in the jigsaw.
Too Hot to Handle
Hot weather kills more Americans than all other natural disasters combined, and the casualties continue to climb despite decades of warnings about how to recognize the signs of heat stress and take prompt corrective action.
Former Bush Treasury Secretary: We Can Prevent A ‘Climate Crash’ With A Carbon Tax
There is an amazing op-ed in Sunday’s New York Times, “The Coming Climate Crash: Lessons for Climate Change in the 2008 Recession.”
What’s amazing isn’t so much the content — the climate crisis is real, we’re close to crossing catastrophic and irreversible tipping points, we have the technology to start slashing carbon pollution now, and we need a carbon price to jumpstart the process. You’ve heard it many times from the nation’s and world’s top scientists, from Al Gore and Bill McKibben, and here on Climate Progress. But this piece is by Henry M. Paulson Jr.
Think Progress
Mayors Sign Climate Protection Agreement, Endorse Innovative Climate Solutions
Confronting climate change is a major agenda item at this week’s U.S. Conference of Mayors meeting in Dallas, Texas, including climate protection awards, climate panels, and a discussion with U.S. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy and U.S. DOE Secretary Ernest Moniz. Mayors signed the latest version of the Climate Protection Agreement — endorsed by over 1,000 mayors, it supports a national goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent from 1990 levels by 2050 amongst other things.
Think Progress
Leaders must be serious about Climate Change- Former Prez. Kufuor
Former President John Agyekum Kufuor has asked world leaders, especially, African governments to show serious political commitment towards addressing climate change issues and find ways to mitigate its impacts on their people
Ghana Broadcasting Corporation
Wanted in the Caribbean: Regional response to global climate change
Will Caribbean leaders work together to respond to the global challenge of climate change? That’s the question that arises as the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) continues to release its latest global report on climate change, which is scheduled for completion in October.
Trinidad Guardian
Australians unhappy over Coalition's response to climate challenge
The Australian public is deeply unhappy over the government’s response to the challenge of climate change, amid a revival in support for climate science and a strengthening belief that Australia is already feeling the impact of a warming planet, according to new polling.
The Guardian
Cough, Cough: Climate Change May Worsen Air Pollution
Residents of bulging metropolises around the world should brace for an increase in stagnant, polluted air that hangs around for days as a result of climate change-related shifts in wind and rainfall patterns, according to a new study.
NBC News
Could future clothes, bottles and chairs be made from carbon emissions?
Finding materials that are both sustainable and affordable has long been a central quandary in sustainable design. Certainly, high-cost, high-end materials, like sustainably-sourced hardwoods and post-consumer paper products, exist. However, the price of these products often pushes them out of the reach of many consumers.
The Guardian
Emperor penguins are adapting to climate change in surprising ways
Emperor penguins, long thought to be tied to a single breeding location they would return to year after year, have shown they're willing to relocate their nesting grounds in response to climate change, a study has found.
Tech Times
[Editorial] The Coming Climate Crash - Lessons for Climate Change in the 2008 Recession
THERE is a time for weighing evidence and a time for acting. And if there’s one thing I’ve learned throughout my work in finance, government and conservation, it is to act before problems become too big to manage.
New York Times
[Opinion] Keep the climate, change the economy
This month, the Obama administration announced new rules aimed at cutting carbon pollution from power stations by 30% from 2005 levels by 2030. Never before has a US president attempted to regulate carbon dioxide emissions from power stations and the move has been hailed by scientists and policymakers as an important step towards a global economy powered by clean energy.
The Guardian
China completes rollout of pilot carbon markets
China launched on Thursday its seventh and final pilot carbon market, ahead of a national scheme expected in 2018.
Blog: Countdown to Paris: Q&A With UN Climate Change Official Halldor Thorgeirsson
The world's nations are now within 500 days of gathering in Paris to hammer out the details of the world's first global agreement designed to confront climate change. But delegates at the United Nations climate negotiation process have yet to come to a consensus on what form the end-of-2015 Paris agreement will take or what topics it will cover. Most delegates say the work on the first formal draft of the text is still months away.
Europe on track for 2020 energy efficiency goal: report
The European Union is almost on track to reach its goal of improving energy savings by a fifth by 2020 and may consider a significantly higher target for the next decade, according to a draft European Commission document seen by Reuters.
Japan to offer green tech to India to cut carbon emissions
Japan is set to offer its cutting-edge green technologies to India to combat climate change and help reduce emissions which would earn Japanese firms carbon credits, a report has said.
Financial Chronicle
Seven EU countries demand binding energy efficiency target
A quarter of European Union member states say that they want a binding target for energy efficiency in 2030, in the run-up to a decision to be made by leaders in October.
A quarter of India's land is turning into desert: minister
India occupies just 2 percent of the world's territory but is home to 17 percent of its population, leading to over-use of land and excessive grazing. Along with changing rainfall patterns, these are the main causes of desertification.
May 2014 was world's hottest May in recorded history
According to new data released this week, May 2014 is officially the warmest May in recorded history. Both NASA and the Japan Meteorological Agency have tentatively ranked May at the top of historical measurements, though NASA’s numbers are preliminary because crucial information is still missing from China.
The Sydney Morning Herald
Asian Development Bank injects Rs 310 crore into Welspun's clean energy firm
Heating up the investment sentiment in the clean energy space, Asian Development Bank has made its largest ever equity investment in the sector by pumping Rs 310 crore ($50 million) in Welspun Renewables Energy (WREL).
The Economic Times (India)
South Australia Might Be 1st 100% Renewable Energy Mainland State
he South Australian Labor government gained a lot of credit – and success – when it announced a 33 per cent renewable energy target for the state by 2020.
Clean Technica
Blog: The Right Call on Climate Change
The Environmental Protection Agency's announcement earlier this month of its proposal to cut carbon pollution from existing power plants marks an historic effort by the president and his administration to take action to fight climate change. It is a major step forward to protect public health, slow global warming, and create clean energy jobs.
Huffington Post
UN officials call for restoration of ecosystems to reduce climate change disasters
Marking the World Day to Combat Desertification, United Nations officials today emphasized the importance of restoring degrading lands to avoid or soften the potentially disastrous impacts of climate change.
UN News Centre
China and the UK declare global warming is 'one of the greatest challenges facing the world'
The leaders of China and the UK have declared the threat of global warming to be “one of the greatest challenges facing the world”, and have called on all nations to reveal their action plans well ahead of a major climate summit set for Paris in late 2015.
Sydney Morning Herald
World's energy systems vulnerable to climate impacts, report warns
Rising sea levels, extremes of weather and an increase in the frequency of droughts and floods will all play havoc with the world's energy systems as climate change takes hold, a new report has found
Climate change threatens tourism as ski slopes thaw, seas rise
Climate change is a growing threat to tourism, from thawing ski resorts to coral reefs hit by warmer seas, and the industry itself should do more to curb its soaring greenhouse gas emissions, a study showed on Tuesday.
Govt aims at making India land degradation neutral by 2030
Apprehending threat to the food security plan due to fast desertification of land in the long run, the government on Tuesday announced an ambitious programme to combat the challenge and make the country "land degradation neutral" by 2030.
Times of India
Japan to offer green tech to India to cut carbon emissions
Japan is set to offer its cutting-edge green technologies to India to combat climate change and help reduce emissions which would earn Japanese firms carbon credits, a report has said.
'We are in an ever-changing straight jacket'
As the Caribbean countries prepare for the Third United Nations Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in Samoa, a warning has come from St Vincent and the Grenadines that the region has been developing within different "straight jackets" and there is need for the developed world to view SIDS from a different perspective.
Jamaica Observer
Obama moves to protect vast Pacific Ocean areas
The White House on Tuesday unveiled efforts to expand protection of vast areas of the Pacific Ocean controlled by the United States from over fishing and environmental damage.
Caribbean needs $30 bln to overhaul ageing infrastructure -bank
The Caribbean needs $30 billion of investment over the next 10 years to modernise its power and other infrastructure, a top regional banker said on Tuesday, in a pitch for funds supposed to be available to help developing nations curb carbon emissions.
To limit forest loss, Burkina Faso brings communities into decision making
Protecting forests in Burkina Faso, as in much of the Sahel, is a continuing challenge. Population growth, expansion of farms and grazing and cutting of wood for cooking and charcoal production have all led to loss of trees or the degradation of forests.
Thomson Reuters Foundation
Ponds 'predict Arctic sea-ice melt'
A UK team believes it can now make skilful predictions of how much sea ice will melt during Arctic summers.
Climate change activists: your focus on food insecurity is backfiring
A strategy based on alarming facts will only exacerbate the problem. The better message is that our industrial food system is driving climate change
Guardian Sustainable Business
Picture the World as a Desert  Inter Press Service
We can turn the tide of climate change by working with China (by Ed Davey) Guardian
UN hails progress at latest Bonn climate talks
Two week summit ends positively as negotiators edge towards an international emissions reduction framework for 2015
New commitments by US, China boost fight against global warming
International negotiations on combating climate change look to be making progress, as the U.S. and China have recently presented renewed commitments to fighting global warming.
U.N. climate talks fracture over future of carbon markets
The use of carbon markets to curb rising greenhouse gas emissions was dealt a blow on Sunday after two weeks of United Nations talks on designing and reforming the mechanisms ended in deadlock.
Money key to unlocking new U.N. climate deal, activists say
Rich nations must come up with substantial pledges of fresh climate finance in the next six months to build the trust needed for U.N. negotiations to reach a new global climate deal in Paris next year, officials and activists said after the latest round of talks ended in Bonn at the weekend.
Thomson Reuters Foundation
"Bonn wird viele Konferenzen bekommen"
Die Arbeitskonferenz zur Entwicklung eines neuen internationalen Klimaschutzabkommens ist am Sonntag in Bonn zu Ende gegangen. Christiana Figueres ist Exekutivsekretärin des UN-Klimasekretariats in Bonn und damit oberste Klimaschützerin der Vereinten Nationen.
Climate change will ‘cost world far more than estimated’
Lord Stern, the world’s most authoritative climate economist, has issued a stark warning that the financial damage caused by global warming will be considerably greater than current models predict.
Germany backs EU energy target to ease dependence on Russia gas
Germany is throwing its weight behind a tough new target to cut EU energy consumption in a further sign of how the crisis in Ukraine is prodding Europe to try to ease its dependence on Russian gas.
Financial Times
Minimum CO2 price of $32 needed to curb warming, study shows
A global carbon price of at least $32 (24 euros) per tonne is needed by 2015 to apply an effective brake on global warming -- almost five times today's European market rate, a study said Monday.
Kerry calls for concerted global action to protect oceans
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday called for a global regime to protect the oceans, which he said were under threat from too much fishing, acidification from climate change, and marine pollution.
Kingdom, UAE to jointly develop renewable energy
Saudi Arabia and the UAE will cooperate to develop renewable energy and clean technology in the region.
Arab News
Arctic ice to shrink 18% below average in 2014
Scientists forecast that sea ice will continue downward spiral, while El Nino means 2014 could be hottest year ever
Rising sea levels could affect one-fifth of HCM City by 2100
Dr. Le Huy Ba, Head of the Institute for Science, Technology and the Environment Management, noted that climate change was “abnormal” this year because the city faced three big problems, high tides, prolonged heat and more rainfall.
Programme underway to protect Mt Kilimanjaro from degradation
In a bid to mitigate the ongoing devastating climate change effects on Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain, the government is implementing a sustainable development programme on land use that will among other things ban the cutting of trees in the region.
IPP Media
China readies for an energy revolution
China is the world’s largest consumer and producer of energy and emitter of carbon. The country’s voracious appetite for oil, coal, gas and renewable energy is fundamentally re-shaping the global energy landscape.
Business Spectator
How the insurance industry sees climate change (opinion) LA Times
Upbeat end to Bonn climate talks paves way for further progress
The latest round of UN climate talks concluded in Bonn yesterday on an upbeat note, with a pledge that elements of a draft treaty aimed at curbing global warming would be circulated to the parties as early as July 15th.
Irish Times
UN Climate talks close in Bonn with progress towards new climate deal
The second round of United Nations climate talks this year closed in Bonn on Sunday with progress towards a new global climate deal scheduled to be passed in 2015.
UN climate talks close on upbeat note
The latest round of UN climate negotiations in Bonn ended on Sunday. Delegates and observers say a new constructive approach by key players has brought an upswing to the climate debate.
Deutsche Welle
Struggling climate talks look to United Nations summit for push
A new round of talks on climate change sputtered to a close on Sunday, placing the onus on a UN summit in September to boost momentum for a global pact by the end of 2015.
Peru the next step on road to Paris climate conference
The current phase of UN talks, as mandated by the Durban climate conference in 2012, is meant to conclude with an international treaty or other “legal outcome” at the Paris conference in 2015 to achieve the declared aim of keeping global warming below 2 degrees Celsius.
Irish Times
U.N. climate meeting agrees on early goal setting to cut emissions
Major greenhouse gas emitting countries have basically agreed to show their new emissions cut targets early next year.
U.N. climate talks edge towards 2015 emissions deal
U.N. climate negotiations made tentative progress on Saturday towards a text for a 2015 deal to bind all nations to cut greenhouse gas emissions.
Obama says climate change deniers ignoring science
President Barack Obama said denying climate change is like arguing the moon is made of cheese, as he issued a call to action on global warming to Saturday's graduates of the University of California, Irvine.
Liderazgo de Bolivia en el G77 es crucial para enfrentar el cambio climático
Ban Ki-moon. El Secretario General de las Naciones Unidas habló ayer con periodistas de La Razón, El Deber, Página Siete y la cadena de televisión ATB en una mesa redonda. 
La Razón
Obama calls for climate change action in California commencement speech
Barack Obama on Saturday repeated his recent appeals for action to prevent climate change, while speaking at the University of California, Irvine graduation ceremony.
Dar outlines down to earth post 2015 development plan
THE government has identified 11 key goals and targets to be considered as development agenda post the year 2015 when current set of the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) come to an end.
Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)
Rain, wind energy help Escoms tide over shortage of 1,200 MW
The advancement of the southwest monsoon, which has resulted in rain in several parts of the State, and good flow of wind energy into the State grid have helped electricity supply companies (Escoms) tide over the shortage of 1,200 MW of power that arose after Udupi Power Corporation Ltd. (UPCL) stopped generation.
The Hindu
Zurich’s eco-warrior leads quiet green revolution
Cecilia Reyes would not strike many people as a typical “eco-warrior”. But the immaculately dressed chief investment officer of Zurich Insurance Group is a quiet revolutionary.
Financial Times
Climate change could mean more West Nile cases in Oklahoma, experts say
Since Oklahoma’s first case was confirmed 12 years ago, areas in the state have posted some of the highest rates of West Nile Virus in the nation.
Museums tiptoe around climate change
Visitors to the Perot Museum of Nature and Science can stand beside an enormous rotating drill bit, take a virtual ride down a fracking well and run their fingers along the smooth, dark surface of the Barnett Shale, the natural gas-rich rock that has fueled Texas’ energy boom.
Dallas Morning News
Safer Climate Disasters Prague Post
Melting glaciers a ‘climate tipping point’, Bonn meeting told
World leaders need to ensure that global warming is kept low enough to avoid “pulling the plug” on vast ice shelves in Antarctica, thereby causing a catastrophic sea level rise across the globe, a leading scientist warned yesterday.
Irish Times
Berlin pushes Brussels to expedite emissions trading reforms
In the fight against climate change, the German government is pushing for quicker reforms than the European Commission over the EU’s Emission Trading System (ETS).
UN chief urges G77 to work on anti-poverty goal
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon on Friday urged the Group of 77 (G77) to work on the anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goal by the 2015 deadline.
Beijing emitters ignore carbon scheme, question government authority: media
More than a quarter of all companies covered by Beijing's municipal carbon laws ignored a key reporting deadline, local media reported Friday, with some powerful companies questioning the local government trading body's authority to regulate them.
Germany backs EU carbon market reform by 2017
The German government wants the EU's carbon market reform plan to be implemented by 2017, four years earlier than the European Commission has proposed, Germany's Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks said on Thursday.
Climate Change: Countries that Contributed Less are Most Vulnerable
While most of the dangerous gases that had built up in the atmosphere over the years may have come from countries in the Earth's northern hemisphere, it is the countries however in the south that will bear the impact of the planet's global warming and climate change, a report released by ratings agency Standard & Poor's said.
International Business Times
Apparent pause in global warming blamed on 'lousy' data
European Space Agency scientist says annual sea level rises since 1993 indicate that warming has continued unabated
Animal behaviour: Tree-hugging – a bear necessity for cooler koalas
Thermal imaging shows that the trunks of some acacia and eucalyptus species are cooler than their surroundings
Financial Times
SKN Preps Climate Change Action Plan For Water Resources
The Government of St. Kitts and Nevis has begun the process of preparing a National Adaptation Strategy and Action Plan (NASAP) in relation to the impact of Climate Change on the nation’s water resources.
St. Kitts & Nevis Observer
University of Oxford college votes for vegan meals to help fight climate change
Wadham College at the University of Oxford has passed a motion to ban meat products and only serve vegan food for five nights a week on campus.
Blue&Green Tomorrow
Carbon pricing won't solve climate change. Innovation will.
Putting a price on carbon doesn't work because no one wants to pay the real cost of using fossil fuels. But funding R&D and demonstration projects that lower clean-energy costs will create real economic incentives to fight climate change.
Christian Science Monitor
Climate change: historians will look back and ask 'why didn't they act?'
Harvard historian Naomi Oreskes talks about her new book, which imagines that current inertia in the face of climate change will puzzle academics for centuries to come
Mitigation or adaptation? That is not an option (opinion) Jakarta Post
Climate Change: Expect the Unexpected Huffington Post
The Bonn climate talks Manila Standard Today
Climate negotiations yet to begin in earnest in Bonn
Hard negotiations on the shape and content of an international treaty to tackle global warming have yet to get under way after eight days of talks in Bonn, despite what everyone describes as a “constructive” atmosphere at the latest United Nations conference.
Irish Times
EU hopes to set out CO2 pledge in time for Ban Ki-moon climate summit
Climate commissioner maintains 2030 framework talks are on track as reports suggest Australian leader is to snub September summit
Small island developing state event aims for alliances
The UN’s Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS), in Apia, Samoa, on 1-4 September, will aim to identify the unique needs and vulnerabilities of island nations and opportunities for international support.
UK chief scientist calls for urgent debate on climate change mitigation
It's time to move on from the basics of whether global warming is happening to how best to respond, says chief science adviser
Pacific presidents speak out against Australia's stand on climate change
Pacific leaders have criticised Australia's moves to form a conservative international climate change alliance, saying it will only isolate Australia further in the Pacific.
Australia Network News
Hawaii passes climate change adaptation law
New law creates climate council and seeks to protect islands from threat of rising sea levels
Climate change: how businesses can deal with America's most divisive issue
In US politics, global warming has grown more divisive than abortion, gun control, or the death penalty. What's a concerned company to do?
Guardian Sustainable Business
Penguins Once Thrived in Warmer Temps, But Now Face Climate Crisis
Since the last ice age, penguins have basked in warmer Antarctic climates because less ice makes it easier for the birds to breed and hunt for food, a new study reveals.
Next big idea in forest conservation? Making sure REDD+ works
Despite decades of attention and advocacy, tropical forests are still falling at rapid rates worldwide.
Is Climate Change Response 'Fight or Flight' or 'Rest and Digest'? (Op-Ed) LiveScience
Steps Towards Paris 2015 The Energy Collective
Development groups can drive commercial innovation Financial Times
Bonn conference hears call for political commitment to tackle climate change
World leaders will need to show “real political commitment” if an international treaty to tackle global warming is to be concluded in Paris before the end of next year, according to the Climate Action Network
Irish Times
Will a new climate fund unlock a global deal?
As UN climate talks continue in Bonn, money is emerging as a critical element in getting the world to agree on a new deal by the end of next year.
Brazil's World Cup also a test bed for climate change
Beyond the spectacle of 32 nations battling for the greatest prize in football, the World Cup is also a test bed for tackling climate-damaging carbon emissions from major events.
Chinese hints, U.S. emission cuts fall far short of climate cure
China's hints that it will cap its soaring greenhouse gas emissions and a U.S. plan to cut emissions in the power sector, while representing a shift, do not add up to a strong cure for global warming by the world's top two emitters.
The Bonn UN climate talks: What's at stake and what's next?
Bonn's hotels are full of climate officials this week. They're in town to complete another step toward a deal to cut global emissions that can replace 1997's Kyoto Protocol.
Carbon Brief
CO2-neutrale Fussball-WM?
Die Chefin des UNO-Klimasekretariats Christiana Figueres war voll des Lobes: «Jede Veranstaltung, ob gross oder klein, sollte in Zukunft dasselbe tun.»
Warren Buffett could double renewable energy investment to $30bn
Warren Buffett has said his Berkshire Hathaway holding company could invest a further $15 billion (£8.9 billion) in solar and wind projects in the US.
Blue&Green Tomorrow
France's faith groups unite to fast for political action on climate change
The French Catholic Church has joined local Orthodox, Protestant, Jewish, Muslim and Buddhist religious leaders in supporting the “Fast for the Climate” interfaith campaign.
The Tablet
California issues 2.2 million offset credits for carbon market
California on Wednesday issued 2.2 million carbon offset credits, the majority of which were for a forest protection effort, the largest single project registered for the cap-and-trade program.
'Climate change causes massive loss to country's economy'
Planning Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal said Wednesday adverse impact of climate change is causing a significant loss to the country's economy.
Financial Express
Stopping climate change talks could hurt G20, says Lowy Institute's Hugh Jorgensen
The G20 could suffer reputational damage if Australia prevents climate change from making it onto the final communique at the Leaders Summit in November, an expert has warned.
Sydney Morning Herald
Count me out of climate change summit, says Tony Abbott
GLOBAL talks on climate change will go ahead in September without Tony Abbott as he deals with domestic pressures that prevent him attending the United Nations summit.
The Australian
Azerbaijan and Georgia are taking the silent lead on climate action
Countries of Caucuses and Central Asia are the unsung heroes in the fight against global warming
A Plan B for Climate Agreements MIT Technology Review
Royal retreat on threats to oceans, marine life The Desert Sun
Bonn climate talks hear messages of hope
Upbeat tone at climate talks as global cities and German regions commit to tight targets
Irish Times
Any climate change deal now too late for Kiribati - President Tong
Kiribati President Anote Tong says it is already too late to save many small island states from being swamped by rising seas.
Radio New Zealand International
IMF head says world must come to grips with climate change costs
While Stephen Harper was congratulating Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott yesterday for ending a carbon tax, the head of the IMF was in Montreal urging energy powerhouses like Canada to come to grips with the economics of climate change.
UN chief: EU has ‘great interest’ in public climate funds
Europe will benefit as much as Africa, if it uses its public purse to fund climate mitigation and adaptation measures in the developing world, the UN Environment Programme’s executive director has told EurActiv.
Climate change heats up 'quants' v old school forecast battle
Computer scientists are picking a new fight with old school meteorologists, claiming finally to have cracked the code on weather forecasting at a pivotal, profitable moment for the field, as climate change roils commodities markets and industries
Climate change could lead to China-India water conflict
Decline in water flow from Tibetan Plateau likely to exacerbate tensions in region over coming decades
Peru Needs to Know More About its Water in Order to Supply More People With the Valuable Resource
Peru urgently needs a national plan for the management of water over the next two decades, one that will take into account the effects of climate change and the social and environmental conflicts triggered by problems over water.
Americans by 2-to-1 Would Pay More to Curb Climate Change
Americans are willing to bear the costs of combating climate change, and most are more likely to support a candidate seeking to address the issue.
EPA promotes global warming proposal to governors
The head of the Environmental Protection Agency promoted proposed clean power plant rules to Western governors Tuesday, framing the plan as a way to deal with destructive wildfires and floods that have ravaged the region in recent years.
Malawi youths meet on climate change
Youths from Malawi's Southern Region Lake Chilwa Basin districts have asked for inclusive participation from policy makers and non-governmental organizations when making plans on environment and climate change.
Nyasa Times
Campaigning for Environment, Seminary to Divest Some Holdings
The trustees of Union Theological Seminary, a historic cradle of liberal Protestantism in New York City, voted unanimously on Tuesday to divest the school’s $108.4 million endowment from fossil fuel companies.
NY Times
Climate change strategies to mitigate bad impacts
THE negative impact of climate change on Zanzibar can be mitigated should all people on the Islands support the implementation of the recently launched ‘Zanzibar National Climate Change Strategy’ (ZNCCS).
Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)
Climate change gulf looms between Barack Obama and Tony Abbott
US president's call for action in US TV interview stands in stark contrast to the attitude of the Australian prime minister
Carbon majors and climate justice (opinion)
Will Obama’s power-plant rules lead to an international climate agreement?  Grist
Peru Presents First Eco-Friendly Booth At Bonn Conference
Peru presented its first eco-friendly booth at the United Nations Climate Change Conference taking place this week in the German city of Bonn.
China Wants to Feed UN Projects Into Its New CO2 Market
United Nations carbon regulators will consider new rules next month to make it easier for China to switch emission-reduction projects from the Clean Development Mechanism to a new domestic offset program.
MPs agree on ‘blueprint’ for UN climate deal in 2015
Domestic laws should be ‘at the heart’ of Paris agreement, say 400 lawmakers from 80 countries
Indian Legislators Wake Up to Climate Change
Ramanjareyulu, a 55-year-old farmer from the southern India state of Andhra Pradesh, has been struggling to find his feet ever since inadequate rainfall dealt a blow to his harvest of groundnut and red gram (a pulse crop that grows primarily in India).
Chinese official plays down emission cut expectations
Any near-term regulation of China's greenhouse gas emissions would likely allow for future emissions growth, a senior government official said on Monday, discounting any suggestion of imminent carbon cuts by the biggest-emitting nation.
Kiribati President Purchases ‘Worthless’ Resettlement Land as Precaution Against Rising Sea
You can count the inhabitants of this isolated, tidy village of multi-coloured houses and flower bushes among global warming’s first victims – but not in the usual sense.
Venezuela urges civil society to boost “boring” UN talks
Caracas government to focus on social impacts of climate change ahead of UN Lima conference
Latin Americans forge ahead with CO2 reduction plans
Climate change legislation is blazing a path across Latin America in what analysts say is one of the most promising trends on the horizon for action against global warming.
US states consider carbon trading schemes
A number of US states are starting to consider carbon trading schemes to meet limits on greenhouse gas emissions put forward in President Barack Obama’s latest climate change initiative.
Financial Times
Canada, Australia Prime Ministers Talk Climate Change
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his Australian counterpart, Tony Abbott, said Monday they are taking action on climate change but are against measures that they say would destroy their economies.
Wall Street Journal
Climate change poses risk to sustainable development: expert
Doha Bank hosted a knowledge sharing session on “Sustainable Development in the Global Arena” yesterday with Dr R K Pachauri as key resource speaker.
Gulf Times
UN calls for eco-awareness on World Oceans Day
The UN has urged the international community to commit itself to keeping the oceans healthy and productive for current and future generations.
India Tribune
As forests are cleared and species vanish, there's one other loss: a world of languages
A new report shows a direct link between disappearing habitats and the loss of languages. One in four of the world's 7,000 spoken tongues is now at risk of falling silent for ever as the threat to cultural biodiversity grows
Are national laws the key to global climate action? Thomson Reuters Foundation
Chinese negotiator urges political mutual trust in climate negotiations
China's chief climate negotiator has called for enhanced political mutual trust among all parties in climate negotiations.
Lawmakers at Mexico Summit Focus on Fighting Climate Change
Some 300 lawmakers from close to 60 countries are focused on achieving legislative changes in each of their nations that will help limit the rise of world temperatures, according to legislators consulted by Efe.
Latin American Herald Tribune
‘Monsoons could last 10 days longer’
One of the many consequences of global warming could be dramatic changes in the annual southwest monsoon, Govindswamy Bala, associate professor at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc.), has said.
The Hindu
Call for 'environmental bank holiday' to focus on local problems
Environmental campaigners spend too much time targeting global conferences on the issue of "melting ice caps" and not enough on encouraging people to become activists in their own neighbourhood, a report will claim tomorrow.
Unesco heritage education aims to foster cultural understanding
World Heritage sites are testimonies to and links between the past and present, as well as being places that contribute to a sustainable future.
Gulf Times
Climate's right for global deal on emissions South China Morning Post
Mass, RI US Senators to Highlight Climate Change
U.S. senators from Massachusetts and Rhode Island are among at least five Democratic lawmakers calling on their Republican counterparts to come up with solutions to climate change.
Time for a 'new environmentalism'? Deutsche Welle
OPINION: Adapt to climate change, don't fear it Daily Record
Best of Both Worlds? Northeast Cut Emissions and Enjoyed Growth (analysis) NY Times
China says aid a key to climate deal, not just CO2 cuts
China led calls by emerging economies on Friday for the rich to raise financial aid to the poor as a precondition for a United Nations deal to combat global warming.
UN agency spotlights 'climate-smart' approach to galvanize rural renewal
As the global farming community continues to curb climate change and food insecurity, the United Nations agriculture agency today spotlighted the best practices of its “climate-smart” approach to tackle those challenges and spark rural renewal.
UN News Centre
US, China pledges give new hope to international climate talks
China and the US have backed up their pledges of concrete action on climate at ministerial negotiations in Germany's UN capital, Bonn, giving new hope that a global agreement can be reached in 2015.
Deutsche Welle
Rising seas wash Japanese war dead from Pacific island graves
Rising sea levels have washed the remains of at least 26 Japanese World War Two soldiers from their graves on a low-lying Pacific archipelago, the foreign minister of the Marshall Islands said on Friday.
EU climate deal in balance as row simmers over 40% CO2 target
Poland remains opposed to new goals, saying it would leave poorer nations compensating for over-ambition
Upset at UN climate talks as ministers go missing
Negotiators and campaigners have reacted angrily to the failure of many environment ministers to attend UN talks in Bonn.
Christian Aid calls for climate progress in Bonn following US and China announcements
Christian Aid has called on countries at the UN climate negotiations in Bonn to build on positive moves from the US and China to reduce carbon emissions.
Independent Catholic News
National Climate Laws Help Pave the Way for New UN Deal
Bangladeshi parliamentarian Saber Hossain Chowdhury is no stranger to U.N. climate change negotiations - he was at the big summits in Copenhagen in 2009 and in Cancún the year after.
Building blocks ‘missing’ for climate pact
The clock is ticking for countries to lay the foundations of a 2015 deal to tackle dangerous climate change, ministers warned in Bonn yesterday.
In praise of second best
A carbon price would be better, but Barack Obama’s plan to cut emissions from power plants is welcome
The Economist
Carbon Credit Donations for World Cup Offset 30% of Event's Emissions So Far
Private-sector carbon credit reduction donations have already offset 30 percent of the estimated carbon emissions to be generated by the upcoming 2014 World Cup soccer tournament, an Environment Ministry official told Bloomberg BNA.
Bloomberg BNA
Insurer's Message: Prepare for Climate Change or Get Sued
To insurance companies, there’s no doubt that climate change is here: They are beginning to file lawsuits against small towns and cities who they say haven’t prepared for the floods and storms that will cost the companies billions in payments.
Finland reveals new climate change laws
Parliament agrees to target 80% emissions reduction by 2050 and promote use of renewable energy
It's time we let national lawmakers beef up the UN climate talks (by John Prescott) Guardian
Climate talks: 'Raise your voice, not sea level' - UN
The United Nations used the occasion of World Environment Day on Thursday to demand action on climate change for the protection of small island states threatened by rising seas, drought and floods.
G7 leaders back 2015 climate deal, aim to build on US momentum
The world's leading industrialised nations gave their backing on Thursday to a new global deal on climate change in 2015 after promises from the United States at the start of the week galvanised flagging momentum.
India, China take an early lead at UN climate talks in Germany
Negotiators from 195 countries at Bonn are in the early stages of putting together a draft of a UN agreement that will guide climate change actions over the next decades
Busiiness Standard
China's experts divided over carbon emissions peak
China's senior climate negotiator says his scientists are divided over when their carbon emissions will peak.
Island nations will suffer first shocks of sea changes
Climate change poses the greatest threats to the development of small island nations, a new U.N. Environment Programme (UNEP) report out today finds.
Global warming damages corals vital to small islands: UN
Global warming is causing trillions of dollars of damage to coral reefs, aggravating risks to tropical small island states threatened by rising sea levels, a U.N. report said on Thursday.
UN outlines criteria for 2015 climate deal pledges
Guidelines for national contributions presented as countries start to formulate draft agreement
Climate Risk to Island States Focus of World Environment Day
Barbados, a small Caribbean island at the forefront of the fight against climate change, today hosted this year’s World Environment Day, leading United Nations-wide efforts to draw attention to the plight of the world’s small islands at risk of being lost to sea-level rise.
China Seeks to Cap Fossil Fuel Emissions for First Time
China is working on how to cap its greenhouse gas emissions for the first time, an effort that would spur the worldwide effort to hold back climate change.
Kenya among top renewable energy investors
Kenya is the second largest investor in renewable energy in Africa. It is, however, a distant second, with the investment value standing at a modest Sh21 billion ($249m) last year compared to South Africa.
Billionaire sets up fund for victims of climate change
Billionaire Tom Steyer, the leading financial underwriter of campaigns to combat climate change, says he is putting up $2 million to start a fund for victims of wildfires and other "extreme weather events."
SF Chronicle
American actor Ian Somerhalder's new environmentalist role as Goodwill Ambassador
Ian Somerhalder, an actor best known for his work on the international hit TV Series, "The Vampire Diaries," has a new role, which is of great importance not only to himself, but also to hundreds of thousands of others.
Caricom mulls new int'l agreement for biodiversity
JAMAICA recently played host to government officials as well as scientific and legal experts from across Caricom to discuss the need for an international agreement dedicated to systematic ocean conservation and the sustainable use of areas beyond the jurisdiction of national governments.
Jamaica Observer
UN chief urges international efforts inspired by small island nations to address climate change
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon on Wednesday spotlighted the plight of small island nations, and called for strengthened international endeavor inspired by their efforts to address climate change.
Study warns carbon cuts fall short as UN climate conference begins
German study results released Wednesday warned that the world is “still tracking” toward warming of 3 to 4.6 degrees Celsius by 2100 — a scenario many scientists said would be disastrous — as United Nations members launched a new round of climate talks in Bonn.
US wins praise for carbon cuts at UN talks, told to do more
The United States won praise at U.N. talks on climate change on Wednesday for its plan to cut carbon emissions, but a group of scientists said it too little to put the world on track to limit global warming.
China climate adviser urges emissions cap
China, the world’s largest emitter of greenhouse gases, should impose an absolute cap on its emissions for the first time from 2016, a senior government climate change adviser said on Tuesday.
Financial Times
Oceans worth up to $222 billion annually in CO2 capture
The study, coinciding with World Environment Day, was released ahead of two days of ministerial-level talks in Bonn that will seek to remove roadblocks towards a new post-2020 UN climate agreement.
Climate clings to sustainable development goals as debate intensifies
UN set of targets has been whittled down to 17, but arguments rage over what should be included
Bals: Europe loses lead in climate debate
International negotiators are expected to gather for fresh climate change negotiations in Bonn. However, Christoph Bals of NGO Germanwatch warns the issue of climate change has dropped on Europe's political agenda.
Deutsche Welle
Website to know climate change impact on Mumbai
This world environment day, Mumbaiites will have dedicated tools in their hands to keep tabs on and control climate change. A team of inspired and dedicated youngsters have put up a website the city’s old and young can use easily.
The Hindu
'Alternate vision' sought on climate
Four hundred legislators from 66 countries are taking part in a summit billed as offering a "new vision for an international climate agreement".
MPs to develop ‘blueprint’ for 2015 climate dea
Domestic laws ‘central’ to Paris agreement says UN climate chief as lawmakers gather in Mexico City
A small 'sigh of relief' in climate debate
While environment leaders met in Brussels to discuss how to speed up the transition to a green economy, China and the US grabbed headlines with emissions-capping measures. Have we reached a turning point?
Deutsche Welle
ASEAN Tourism Sector Commits to Face Up to Climate Challenge
The need to strengthen the tourism sector’s ability to address climate change took centre stage during the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)-Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) International Conference on Tourism and Climate Change
Zambo Times
China follows USA with emissions pledge
One day after the United States said it would slash carbon emissions from existing power plants by 30% below 2005 levels, China, the world's largest emitter of greenhouse gases, said it would set an absolute cap on its emissions by 2016.
USA Today
EU says successful in climate change goals as U.N. talks start
The European Union touted its success in cutting greenhouse gases at U.N. talks on climate change on Wednesday, where a U.S. plan to cut power plant emissions has lifted hopes for a global deal in 2015.
IEA report calls for $48 trillion investment to meet global energy needs by 2035
A new report by the International Energy Agency (IEA) has revealed that countries must invest over $48 trillion in the next 21 years to meet the global energy needs.
China to limit carbon emissions for first time
Absolute cap to come into effect, climate adviser says on the day after US announces ambitious carbon plan
A look at US, EU and Chinese climate action goals
The new U.S. effort to curb greenhouse gas pollution sees Washington rallying behind the European Union in the fight against global warming and might also help spur emerging economies like China to take action
90% Indians believe climate change a reality: TERI
Environment seems to be the top priority on people's mind with 90 percent of Indians believing climate change is a reality, according to Teri's Environmental Survey 2014 released on Tuesday.
EU Carbon Reform Breakthrough Seen Unlikely as This Month
European Union governments are unlikely to reach a breakthrough this month on a proposal to make supply more flexible in the world’s biggest carbon market, according to Greece, which holds the EU’s rotating presidency.
South Africa Plans to Study Need for New Climate Change Law
The election of South African parliamentarian Cedric Frolick as president of the Global Legislators Organisation (GLOBE International) earlier this year is likely to turn the spotlight on his country's domestic climate policies and regulations, as legislators gather for a world summit in Mexico later this week
World Cup Rolls Out the Green Carpet for ‘Ball Armadillo’
The FIFA World Cup 2014 mascot was inspired by the three-banded armadillo, which is unique in its ability to roll up in a tight ball. The species is endangered in Brazil, which is hosting the upcoming global sporting event.
Midwives call for urgent climate action
The New Zealand College of Midwives has successfully called for urgent climate action, with a ground-breaking position statement on climate change accepted today by the International Confederation of Midwives meeting in Prague.
Tanzania: Climate Change Strategy Focuses On Five Priority Areas
CLIMATE change is changing the world's environment drastically affecting livelihood and the health of the people. Environmentalists, researchers and scientists warn that small islands such as Zanzibar are more vulnerable and need to do more to curb hazards of changing climate.
Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)
#Youth2015: young people unite at UN forum to shape future development agenda
Young people from more than 1,000 youth organizations have gathered today at United Nations Headquarters to add their voices to the ongoing discussion about a new global agenda that will succeed the Millennium Development Goals (MDG).
Islands Business
China plan to cap CO2 emissions seen turning point in climate talks
China said on Tuesday it will set an absolute cap on its CO2 emissions from 2016 just a day after the United States announced new targets for its power sector, signalling a potential breakthrough in tough U.N. climate talks.
U.N., NYC teaming to seek global action on climate change
With a sense of urgency about the need to get world leaders to agree on ways to stop rising waters and other effects of climate change on coastal cities and island nations, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expanded his upcoming summit on the issue beyond heads of state and government to include mayors of impacted cities.
CBS News
Taking Page From Health Care Act, Obama Climate Plan Relies on States
President Obama’s new plan to fight climate change depends heavily on states’ devising individual approaches to meeting goals set in the nation’s capital, a strategy similar to the one he used to expand health care, often with rocky results.
NY Times
A Role for G-7 in Global Warming Battle
When the leaders of the Group of 7 meet this week in Brussels, they will have plenty on their plates, not least the crisis in Ukraine and the energy security issues it raises. If history is any guide, they will pay little more than lip service to a subject where international leadership is needed: climate change.
NY Times
China deposits acceptance document of Doha Amendment to Kyoto Protocol with UN
China's Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations Wang Min on Monday deposited a document of China's Acceptance of the Doha Amendment to the Kyoto Protocol with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
Barack Obama's carbon cuts plan is a big step in the right direction
Move brings US closer to Europe and improves chances of getting a global agreement at Paris climate talks in 2015
Climate Talks Helped by Obama’s Carbon Reduction Program
President Barack Obama’s plan to cut U.S. fossil-fuel emissions will encourage other nations to reach consensus in climate-change talks that include a meeting this week in Germany, according to a key United Nations official.
Quand Laurent Fabius invite Évelyne Dhéliat et Laurent Romejko au Quai d'Orsay
Le patron du Quai d'Orsay rencontre mardi les présentateurs météo du PAF. Des relais d'opinions, un an et demi avant la grande conférence internationale sur le climat, prévue à Paris.
Un signe positif pour la conférence cruciale à Paris en 2015
Pour aboutir, à Paris, en décembre 2015, à un accord sur les réductions des émissions de gaz à effet de serre entre 194 pays et l'Union européenne, le chemin reste semé d'embûches
Le Figaro
Viceministra Salerno en la ONU aboga por la participación de los movimientos sociales en las negociaciones de cambio climático
Naciones Unidas, 30 may (PL) La viceministra venezolana para América del Norte, Claudia Salerno, afirmó hoy aquí que su país defiende la transformación hacia un modelo global de desarrollo alejado del daño ambiental y social.
Prensa Latina
EU calls for tougher scrutiny on 2015 climate deal carbon pledges
Submission to UN warns countries are unlikely to make ambitious emission reduction promises ahead of Paris
U.S. green groups see need to nudge Obama's 'opening bid' on carbon cuts
In large part, the wide-ranging reaction to President Barack Obama's signature effort to cut power plant carbon emissions could have been written months in advance.
Solar energy deployment hit record 38GW in 2013
Industry figures shows China added more solar energy than all of Europe where subsidy cuts hampered installations
Legislation Alone Will Not Address Africa’s Climate Challenges
Despite a raft of legislation dealing with the environment, African countries are still falling short when it comes to enforcing the legal instruments that respond to challenges posed by climate change, researchers say.
France experiments with paying people to cycle to work
France has started a six-month experiment with paying people to cycle to work, joining other European governments in trying to boost bicycle use to boost people's health, reduce air pollution and cut fossil fuel consumption
'Round-the-World' Solar Plane Takes First Flight
The Solar Impulse 2, an aircraft powered entirely by the sun, successfully completed its maiden voyage today (June 2).
Mexico Underlines Transformation in Global Climate Change Debate IPS
Obama changes the weather (editorial) Financial Times
UN climate change chief praises new US pollution regulations
America's new power plant regulations, due for release on Monday, could unlock stalled negotiations for a global deal on climate change, the United Nations' top climate official said.
EPA seeks to cut power plant carbon by 30 percent
The Obama administration on Monday will roll out a plan to cut earth-warming pollution from power plants by 30 percent by 2030, setting in motion one of the most significant actions to address global warming in U.S. history.
US to seek 30-percent emissions cut
The US government will propose a rule Monday requiring power plants to cut by 30 percent carbon dioxide emissions by 2030 based on 2005 levels, US media reported Sunday.
US carbon curbs raise hopes for Paris deal
On Monday, US President Barack Obama will put limits on the amount of carbon dioxide that can be emitted by American power plants, setting a goal of a cut of up to 30 per cent from 2005 levels by 2030, according to reports on Sunday.
Financial Times
Obama Said to Propose Deep Cuts to Power-Plant Emissions
President Barack Obama will propose cutting greenhouse-gas emissions from the nation’s power plants by an average of 30 percent from 2005 levels, a key part of his plan to fight climate change that also carries political risks.
Obama's U.S. carbon cuts likely to win muted applause abroad
President Barack Obama's plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions from U.S. power plants, due to be announced on Monday, will win muted applause abroad with some hopes it could help a U.N. deal to fight climate change in 2015.
U.S. to seek 30 percent cut in power-plant carbon pollution
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency plans on Monday to propose a 30 percent cut in carbon dioxide emissions from the country's existing power plants by 2030, people briefed on the proposal told Reuters.
Ghana’s bamboo bikes: Cycling towards sustainability
Light, fast, strong and built from natural materials, bamboo bikes are an example of a greener and healthier future
Honors for UMass Boston graduate and his dog
Keynote speaker Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, urged graduates to make thoughtful decisions, particularly toward creating a more sustainable environment.
Boston Globe
Can the Market Stave Off Global Warming? (opinion) NY Times
Prompt global action can cut the cost of going carbon neutral
Ambitous climate deal in 2015 can cut climate costs for the rest of the century says senior UN official
Flynn: Pope warms to issues 
of climate, pollution
Pope Francis is putting his unprecedented global reach to work ... in global warming. The pope met with Bay State U.S. Sen. Edward J. Markey and legislators from around the world yesterday on climate control 
and pollution.
Boston Herald
La mairesse de Paris appelle les villes à s'unir
La mairesse de Paris Anne Hidalgo a appelé jeudi à l'ONU les grandes villes à s'unir pour lutter contre le changement climatique.
La Presse
Perú y Francia buscan avances contra el cambio climático
Al participar aquí en el III Foro Global de Sostenibilidad “Cómo crear valor en el siglo XXI”, organizado por la consultora Ernst and Young y la Secretaría General Iberoamericana (Segib), representantes de ambos gobiernos subrayaron su interés de concretar ese convenio
Asia’s tourism sector commits to face up to climate challenge
The need to strengthen the tourism sector’s ability to address climate change took centre stage during the UNWTO-Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) International Conference on Tourism and Climate Change. The Conference was held in conjunction with the 26th Joint Commission Meeting for Asia and the Pacific
Climate Change Meets Kitchen Table as Issue Gets Personal
If President Barack Obama has his way, the conversation on climate change will shift from polar bears and melting glaciers to droughts in Iowa and more childhood asthma across the nation.
Green ministry launches online system for environment clearance
Beginning the process of second generation reform which may take care of green issues without compromising on economic growth, the environment minister Prakash Javadekar on Thursday launched a "system for online submission of applications for environment clearance".
Times of India
China expects to launch national carbon market in 2018
China expects to launch a national carbon market in 2018, based on regional schemes it is presently piloting, a senior official at the country’s planning ministry told a World Bank conference
CO2 Price to Spur Carbon Capture Will Fall From $125, Shell Says
The price of emissions needed to spur investment in carbon capture and storage, or CCS, projects will probably drop from a current estimate of about $125 a metric ton, according to Royal Dutch Shell Plc. (RDSA)
Spain close to approving new renewable energy rules: minister
The Spanish cabinet could approve on Friday a law that will cut renewable energy subsidies as part of a drive to reduce a 30 billion euro ($41 billion) power tariff deficit, built up during years of keeping prices below regulated costs.
Media practitioners urged to specialise on Climate Change reporting
A consultant on the environment has appealed to journalists to use the media to take governments on to adhere to actions that would address Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation issues.
Business Ghana
Micronesia Climate Law Seeks to Inspire Global Action
The Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), a western Pacific Island state located north of Papua New Guinea and east of Palau, has become a regional pioneer in drafting national legislation centred on climate change.
A Price Tag on Carbon as a Climate Rescue Plan
Bryan T. Pagel, a dairy farmer, watched as a glistening slurry of cow manure disappeared down a culvert. If recycling the waste on his family’s farm would help to save the world, he was happy to go along.
NY Times
Climate change costs Zambia $13.8 billion
SECRETARY to the Cabinet Roland Msiska says Zambia has in the last 30 years lost US$13.8 billion due to intense effects of climate change such as floods and drought.
Daily Mail
Industry, policy makers call for global CO2 price
Industry and policy makers have opened this year's Carbon Expo conference in Cologne with calls for a global price on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, as the World Bank has described a more fragmented reality in its annual carbon pricing review.
Argus Media
UN: Close coal mines on Svalbard
The United Nations’ Executive Secretary on climate change, Christiana Figueres, said Norway should close down its coal mines on the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard.
S. Korea to launch world's 2nd biggest carbon market
South Korea plans to impose tough caps on CO2 emissions from utilities and industry as part of a carbon trading scheme that will be the world's second biggest when it opens at the start of next year.
Obama Vows to Battle Global Climate Change in West Point Speech
President Obama delivered a major policy speech Wednesday, claiming that fighting climate change was every bit as important to America’s national security as stopping terrorism or working to stop countries from obtaining nuclear weapons.
Breitbart News Network
Climate pact may depend on side deals by poor nations
The interests of rich countries can seem to dominate climate change negotiations, but a study that models such talks as a ‘bargaining game’ shows that side deals among poorer nations could boost chances of an international agreement.
UNWTO puts climate change at “heart” of Asian tourism agenda
Climate change needs to be at the “heart of the tourism agenda” in Southeast Asia, the UNWTO has said.
Travel Daily Media
Company surpasses $1 million crowdfunding target for solar-power roads
With tens of thousands of miles of solar-power generating roads, parking lots, sidewalks and other open spaces--without needing to clear space in untouched, natural areas--it seems like an ideal, if expensive solution.
Christian Science Monitor
US emissions trading schemes poised for wider role
One consequence of the Environmental Protection Agency’s new carbon dioxide rules may be a wider role for the fledgling US emissions trading schemes such as the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, which covers nine states in the northeast of the country.
Financial Times
Legisladores de 100 países debatirán sobre el cambio climático
Alrededor de 500 legisladores de todo el mundo debatirán en la Cámara de Diputados, durante los próximos 6, 7 y 8 de junio, sobre la urgencia de hacer realidad y consolidar acuerdos globales sobre cambio climático.
El Financiero
Canciller mexicano pide incluir fondo ambiental en agenda post-2015
El canciller mexicano, José Antonio Meade, manifestó hoy que el Fondo Para el Medio Ambiente Mundial (FMAM) debe incluirse en el proceso destinado a definir la agenda de desarrollo posterior a 2015.
Prensa Latina
Fewer polar bear cubs are being born in the Arctic islands, survey finds
The proportion of polar bear females around the Arctic islands of Svalbard who gave birth to cubs crashed to just 10% in 2014, according to a small scientific survey of the animals. It follows a series of warm years and poor sea ice.
Pentagon ‘clear’ climate change is a ‘national security’ issue
US military officials say threat from global warming is evident, calling for focus on efficiency and clean energy systems
Filipinos lack climate protection on the ground, despite laws
Progress in rebuilding the Philippine city of Tacloban and the lives of its residents devastated by Typhoon Haiyan last November has been painstakingly slow, according to the city’s mayor Alfred Romualdez.
Thomson Reuters Foundation
South Africa: Offsets to Cushion South African Carbon Tax
To curb greenhouse gas emissions, South Africa wants to put a tax on carbon emissions from big polluters.
African islands can and should lead in sustainable development, says Seychelles Foreign Affairs Minister
African islands are capable of setting an example in terms of sustainable development, especially in light of 2014 being designated the year of Small Island Developing States by the United Nations.
Seychelles News Agency
Capital One, SolarCity Create $100 Million Investment Fund
Capital One has gone in on solar with SolarCity recently, helping to boost third-party financing. One of the largest US banks has put down $100 million in an investment fund with SolarCity to finance thousands of home solar systems.
The coming political explosion over climate change Washington Post
Bloomberg: Cities key to confront climate change
Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, in his new U.N. job, said Tuesday that cities hold the key to confronting climate change because they account for 75 percent of the heat-trapping gases and their mayors have executive powers to reduce emissions.
Britain's Prince Charles stirs controversy with warning over climate
Prince Charles warned business leaders on Tuesday to take action against climate change or watch the world continue on a path to destruction - the latest forthright comment from the heir to the British throne in a month when his views have caused political and diplomatic waves.
Elections have limited impact on EU climate goals
The results of the European Parliament elections could have only a limited impact on climate and energy targets up to 2030, despite a successful showing in the polls by parties hostile to expanding EU climate regulation.
Argus Media
U.S. industry gears up to fight Obama's climate rules
This summer is likely to see a series of attacks by industry opponents of a U.S. plan to curb carbon emissions from power plants in a bid to stir voter anger ahead of elections in November, when voters in states such as Kentucky and West Virginia may determine whether Democrats keep control of the Senate.
EU-Skeptic Parties Unlikely to Focus on Carbon, Consultancy Says
The U.K. Independence Party and the French National Front are unlikely to compete for key posts in the European Parliament environment committee, which leads work on carbon-market legislation, according to G+Europe consultancy.
Bloomberg Businessweek
Chile, South Africa top list for German carbon market aid: report
Chile and South Africa are best placed to receive aid from Germany to cut help cut greenhouse gas emissions and develop new carbon markets that can be expanded worldwide, a new study commissioned by Berlin said on Tuesday.
Energy, emissions goals appear cloudy for 2015
Economic and environmental officials vowed on Monday to step up efforts in the next two years to ensure China's energy and environment goals for 2015 are within reach, despite efforts in the 2011-2013 period that failed to measure up.
China Daily
Ministry of environment and forests undergoes a nomenclature change; government serious to tackle climate change
In a move that signals changed priorities, the ministry of environment and forests has undergone a nomenclature change. It has been renamed as the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change.
Economic Times
Kazakhstan wins support for carbon market
The European Energy Exchange (EEX) said it signed an agreement with Kazakh exchange Caspi JSC to provide support and technology for exchange-based trading of carbon permits, supporting Kazakhstan's new emissions market, EEX said.
Americans care deeply about 'global warming' – but not 'climate change'
Yale researchers have found that the two terms, often used interchangeably, generate very different responses
Islands urged to promote biodiversity
Caribbean islands, like T&T, need to protect their eco-sensitive natural resources against increasing threats such as climate change and overfishing to ensure sustainability.
Guardian Media
Fiji lobbies for Pacific SIDS interests on Sustainable development
There is a need for proper monitoring and accountability for all commitments and actions agreed to by the international community for the benefit of all Small Island Developing States (SIDS).
Islands Business
Danish Energy Agency: 100% Renewable Denmark By 2050 Is Possible
A new report by the Danish Energy Agency has found it would be technically possible to construct a secure and reliable national energy system based on 100 per cent renewables by 2050.
UK firm celebrates £300m waste-to-energy UAE export deal
One of the UK's leading waste-to-energy technology suppliers, Chinook Sciences, is celebrating this week after inking a £300m deal to build one of the world's largest energy-from-waste facilities in the United Arab Emirates.
Sun, wind combine to give Germany some free electricity
On May 11, there was enough sunshine and wind in Germany to meet 75 percent of the country's demand for energy. It was also enough to cause Germany's price of electricity to cost practically nothing for an hour.
Christian Science Monitor
Climate Change Doomed the Ancients (opinion) NY Times
'Time running out' as CO2 levels hit new high: UN
Atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations have crossed a new threshold, the UN's weather agency said Monday, highlighting the urgency of curbing manmade, climate-altering greenhouse gases.
Northern hemisphere hits carbon dioxide milestone in April
Carbon dioxide levels throughout the northern hemisphere hit 400 parts per million (ppm) for the first time in human history in April, an ominous threshold for climate change, the World Meteorological Organization said on Monday.
World Meteorological Organization: Carbon Dioxide hits 400ppm, 'Time is running out'
The World Meteorological Association (WMO) announced Monday that the average monthly concentration of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the northern hemisphere exceeded 400 parts per million (ppm) in April, the highest monthly average on record.
Governments Await Obama’s Move on Carbon to Gauge U.S. Climate Efforts
President Obama is expected to announce on Monday an Environmental Protection Agency regulation to cut carbon pollution from the nation’s fleet of 600 coal-fired power plants, in a speech that government analysts in Beijing, Brussels and beyond will scrutinize to determine how serious the president is about fighting global warming.
NY Times
Venezuela creará comisión presidencial para cambio climático
El presidente venezolano, Nicolás Maduro, anunció hoy la creación de una comisión presidencial para el cambio climático que articulará una política de Estado para transformar el modelo económico de la nación hacia un modelo verde.
Prensa Latina
Pacific nations urge climate change action, ask Australia for help
Songs of the Pacific have been heard at Parliament House as islanders from countries likely to be most at threat from rising sea levels braved the Canberra winter to highlight the issue of climate change.
ABC Australia
Compact orchards growing in Greater Boston
Boston neighborhoods like Dorchester and Roxbury, with their farmhouses, fields, and orchards, were known for producing some of the tastiest fruit in 19th-century America, including the famous Roxbury russet apple still prized for taste and disease-resistance.
Boston Globe
Climate Change Is Destroying America’s Historic Treasures
Rising sea levels, relentless floods and rampaging wildfires are destroying landmark historic sites around the United States, warns the nonprofit Union of Concerned Scientists in a new report.
Mobile offers brighter future for Africa's rural homes
John Kibet's home in rural Kenya is not linked the country's electricity grid.
Solar farmers in Japan to harvest electricity with crops
Japan’s campaign to boost renewable power supplies since the Fukushima nuclear disaster is producing some unlikely winners: vegetable farmers.
Climate change: ‘Media needs to step up to teach people about environment issues’
The media should play a role in tackling climate change issues in country as the people rely on it to get their information, urged environmentalists.
Express Tribune
White House to propose rule giving states free rein to meet emission reduction goals
The Obama administration will next week unveil a cornerstone of its climate-change initiative with a proposed rule aimed at allowing states to use cap-and-trade systems, renewable energy and other measures to meet aggressive goals for reducing carbon emissions by existing power plants.
Wall Street Journal
Wary of Climate Change, Indonesia Looks to Lawmakers for Solutions
Comprised of over 17,000 islands that are highly susceptible to rising seas, Indonesia is taking stock of its position as the world’s third leading emitter of greenhouse gases after the United States and China.
How climate change is altering environments as small as your backyard garden
Jim Barilla says he can see and feel the effects of climate change in his urban garden in South Carolina.
Public Radio International
Climate change in a tsunami of denial (by Sheldon Whitehouse) Providence Journal
Q&A: Peru’s environment minister on COP20 climate summit
The next UN climate summit, which will take place in Latin America, in Lima, Peru, is on the horizon (1-12 December). It is the last step towards the potentially pivotal 2015 summit in Paris, France, where a new international climate agreement to replace the Kyoto Protocol that was adopted in 1997 is expected to take shape.
Why do next week’s UN climate talks in Bonn matter?
Few announcements expected, but meeting offers opportunity to build relationships ahead of Ban Ki-moon summit
China, EU launched three-year cooperation on “Carbon Emissions Trading Scheme”
China and EU launched a three-year cooperation on a Carbon Emissions Trading Scheme during the China-EU bilateral dialogue on climate change held on May 20. EU will contribute 5 million euros to the project.
People's Daily Online
Securing India's energy a major challenge for new PM Modi
For incoming Prime Minister Narendra Modi, securing India's energy needs over the next decade ranks among his greatest challenges and one that will likely see him both compete and cooperate with China, the United States and Russia.
Buying Insurance Against Climate Change
The third National Climate Assessment report — released on May 6 by the White House, and representing the work of more than 240 scientists — warns us about our hazardous future and offers many good ideas for dealing with it.
NY Times
Climate change is a business problem
The message from climate scientists is stark. Recent reports from the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change say it is now virtually certain that human activity is warming the planet and that we are on course for dangerous changes in temperature unless we take drastic action.
Financial Times
El país no tiene Ley de Cambio Climático para presentar en la COP20
En el marco del II Foro Internacional sobre Cambio Climático, el presidente de la Comisión de Pueblos Andinos, Amazónicos y Afroperuanos del Congreso de la República (CPAAAE), Néstor Valqui Matos, advirtió que, a siete meses de la Conferencia de las Partes de la Convención Marco de Naciones Unidas sobre Cambio Climático (COP20), aún no se cuenta con ningún instrumento legal para presentar en este encuentro de relevancia internacional que tiene como objetivo llegar a un acuerdo climático vinculante
How will climate change affect livelihoods in South Asia?
How does a warming environment affect rainfall, cropping patterns, livelihoods? What could be the alternatives that people whose livelihoods are hit by the effects of climate change do to cope?
Fiji Leads Pacific Region on Climate Adaptation Efforts
Still a long way off in many parts of the world, climate displacement is already a reality in the Pacific Islands, where rising seas are contaminating fresh water and agricultural land, and rendering some coastal areas uninhabitable.
Methodist Church In North Carolina Celebrating Energy From The Sun
On June 15 members of the Highland United Methodist Church in Raleigh, North Carolina will come together to celebrate
Providence poet sets up booth to offer ‘climate anxiety counseling’
Walk by Burnside Park these days — past the eclectic mix of hawking vendors, hustling commuters and napping vagrants — and you’ll come across a woman sitting at a table with a peculiar yet inviting sign.
Providence Journal
Right way to usher in Memorial Day 2050 (opinion) New Straits Times
Tough emissions cuts would prove the U.S. is serious about climate change (editorial) Washington Post