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Leaders of European cities make pledge to tackle climate change
Representatives of 30 cities gather in Paris to sign declaration that will also commit them to use their €10bn purchasing power to buy eco-friendly
Les métropoles européennes réunies à Paris pour le climat
« Je vous demande de vous mobiliser autant que possible pour que la pression puisse être exercée autant que nécessaire », a lancé, jeudi 26 mars, à quelques mois de la conférence sur le climat, le président François Hollande aux élus de 32 capitales et grandes agglomérations européennes réunies à Paris à l’initiative de la maire Anne Hidalgo, et du maire de Rome Ignazio Marino. L’enjeu : arriver à un « accord global et contraignant » en décembre.
Le Monde
Earth Hour lights-out seeks to illuminate climate plight
Hundreds of landmarks from Paris' Eiffel Tower to the Seattle Space Needle will dim their lights on Saturday, as people around the world go briefly off-grid to mark Earth Hour with candlelight and barbecues.
Stronger thunderstorms driving rise in tropical rainfall: study
An increase in strong thunderstorms could be responsible for greater rainfall in the tropics as a result of climate change, new research says.
Thomson Reuters Foundation
Large fall in UK greenhouse gas emissions of over 8% last year
The biggest fall in emissions since 1990 saw carbon dioxide output drop by almost a tenth while energy from renewable sources rose to a record high of almost 20% of electricity, government figures show
Study shows acceleration in decline of Antarctic ice shelves
Satellite data from 1994 to 2012 reveals an accelerating decline in Antarctica's massive floating ice shelves, with some shrinking 18 percent, in a development that could hasten the rise in global sea levels, scientists say.
2C climate change target ‘utterly inadequate’
Leading scientist warns the world’s poor are not safe under internationally agreed limit on temperature rise
Green Climate Fund names 7 intermediaries to channel cash
National bodies in Senegal and Peru, non-profit investors Acumen and the Pacific’s SPREP approved to disburse funds
Narendra Modi tops Obama solar pledge with first India green dollar bond
As Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was winning headlines garnering US support for a $160 billion solar-power push, the bond market was putting together more concrete funding plans.
Ghana inaugurates REDD+ Gender sub-working Group
Ghana has inaugurated a cross-sectoral REDD+ Gender sub-working group to enhance women’s participation and contribution to the forestry sector.
Ghana News Agency
Drought Draught: it's the taste of climate change
Australia is facing a crisis, headed towards a future where beer will be decidedly average and climate change will literally leave us with a bad taste in our mouths. A time when artificial supplements are the norm and water restrictions a way of life.
Fairfax Media
Climate change is spreading diseases you haven’t even heard of yet
Hollywood tradition dictates that in Act One of the outbreak narrative, we begin deep in the bowels of the CDC, cell cultures sloshing around a petri dish, a gaggle of white coats huddled around a microscope.
Pollution a Key but Underrated Factor in New Development Goals
Pollution is likely to be the most pressing global health issue in the coming years without effective prevention and clean-up efforts, experts say.
Unsustainable goals Economist
EU Nations Reach Deal to Start Carbon-Market Reserve in 2021
European Union member states agreed on a compromise to seek the start of automatic supply cuts in the world’s biggest carbon market in 2021, giving up plans to push for an accelerated introduction of the fix.
France plans to lobby for agricultural tech at COP 21
France plans to lobby for a deal on farming during the international climate negotiations it is hosting in December — a move that could boost funding for agricultural research in developing countries.
EU member states agree to start talks on carbon market reform law
EU member states agreed on Wednesday to start negotiations on a legal text for reforming the Emissions Trading System (ETS) from 2021, EU diplomats said.
Half-trillion-dollar green bond market, led by China, looks for a regulator
The global pool of issued green bonds, which are designed to fund environmentally friendly projects, tripled from $12 billion in 2013 to a little more than $36 billion last year.
'Ice vault' idea to keep climate's time capsule intact
Imagine you are Sherlock Holmes bent on solving a mystery but the evidence is starting to crumble and eventually you will be left with worthless dust.
Green Climate Fund urged to ban coal funding
Revelations Japan is using climate funds to invest in coal put UN’s flagship fund under pressure to agree fossil fuel ban
Detailed case study on China's national carbon market: IETA
A new report released by IETA and CDC Climat Research today finds that China has made significant advances on establishing a national emissions trading system, expected to start next year.
Commodities Now
Prolonged weakening of Atlantic Ocean overturning caused by global warming can impact weather
Researchers have revealed that continuous slowdown of the Gulf Stream system, which has been caused by the man-made global warming, can have a negative impact on the marine ecosystems and sea level as well as weather systems in the US and Europe.
Le Maroc en faveur d'un développement durable
«Le Maroc œuvre pour intégrer la composante du changement climatique dans toutes les politiques publiques», Hakima El Haite, Intervenant, à Paris, lors de la 6e édition du colloque international «Regards croisés des administrations»
Le Matin
US Tribal Nations Plan 11 Energy Projects With DOE
Eleven Native American communities are planning to implement renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies on tribal lands, thanks to competitively bid acceleration grants from the US Department of Energy.
Climate change will influence American voters more than they think in 2016 Quartz
UN climate chief joins alumni calling on Swarthmore to divest from fossil fuels
The United Nations climate chief appealed to her alma mater, Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania, to withdraw from fossil fuels, in an important symbolic show of support for the campus divestment campaign.
Pacific Islanders Say Climate Finance “Essential” for Paris Agreement
As Pacific Islanders contemplate the scale of devastation wrought by Cyclone Pam this month across four Pacific Island states, including Vanuatu, leaders in the region are calling with renewed urgency for global action on climate finance, which they say is vital for building climate resilience and arresting development losses.
Biggest polluters set to miss deadline for action on climate change
Less than a week before the United Nations deadline for countries to file greenhouse-gas pledges necessary to keep a global climate change deal on track, it looks like most of the world is missing in action.
Mary Robinson: Climate deal must respect human rights
UN climate envoy and former president of Ireland says clean energy access for the poorest must be a priority
Chile says drought here to stay, lays out plan to ensure water
With no end in sight to a drought that has blighted Chile for the last several years, the government will invest in desalinization plants and reservoirs to ensure access to potable water, President Michelle Bachelet said on Tuesday.
Thirty new bean varieties bred to beat baking climate
Scientists have bred 30 new varieties of "heat-beating" beans designed to provide protein for the world's poor in the face of global warming, researchers announced on Wednesday.
Thomson Reuters Foundation
China should link southern carbon markets ahead of nationwide scheme -study
Academics that advise the government on carbon trading in China have proposed linking two emissions exchanges in the southern province of Guangdong as a first step towards integrating all seven of the country's pilot markets.
Beijing to Shut All Major Coal Power Plants to Cut Pollution
Beijing, where pollution averaged more than twice China’s national standard last year, will close the last of its four major coal-fired power plants next year.
EU seen giving carbon market compromise tentative backing
EU nations are poised on Wednesday to back a compromise put forward by the European Union presidency to set up a reserve by "no later than 2021" to remove surplus permits that have depressed Europe's carbon market, EU sources said.
Climate denial is immoral, says head of US Episcopal church
Climate change is a moral challenge threatening the rights of the world’s poorest people and those who deny it are not using God’s gift of knowledge, says presiding bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori
Green Investment Bank to go global with £200m climate finance pilot
The government has given the UK Green Investment Bank an extra £200m to set up a dedicated team to invest in green energy projects in Africa and India.
Berlin fracking bill criticised ahead of UN climate talks
For months, the German government has been working on a bill that would legalise fracking. But environment and health advocates warn that it sends the wrong message ahead of the UN Climate Conference in Paris.
Solution to global warming will be found in new technologies
It is our grandchildren who will benefit from applying the brakes today to bring the momentum of climate change to a slow halt
Irish Times
The lights are going out for coal - and humans may be starting to fight back against global warming
Global emissions have been static, but there's no recession to explain it. Are we finally decoupling pollution from economic growth?
No jargon, more action: The key to sustainable development (by Richard Branson) Hindustan Times
How to Use Climate Finance to Promote Clean Water Huffington Post
UN chief stresses need to mitigate climate change patterns
With extreme weather and changing climatic patterns taking a heavier toll on the planet, mitigating and adapting to them remains "among the great tests of our time,"Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Monday
New Kerala
Lord Stern: development and climate finance should not be separated
Lord Nicholas Stern has argued that government should not consider development and climate finance to developing countries as separate issues because they are interconnected in a new policy paper.
Blue & Green Tomorrow
Insurance industry demands 'ambitious, meaningful' global climate deal
The UK's insurance industry will today join with green groups and academics to call on world leaders to sign an ambitious global deal on tackling climate change at a major summit in Paris later this year.
US museums asked to sever ties with fossil fuel industry
Scientists and cultural figures call on science and art museums to ditch corporate sponsorships from fossil fuel companies
Companies to issue record $30 bln in green bonds this year - S&P
Companies could issue a record $30 billion in so-called "green bonds" this year, but further growth in the market will depend on developments in China and common standards, Standard & Poor's Rating Services said on Monday.
Norwegian parliament votes on new climate change law
Norway’s parliament will tomorrow vote on plans to create the country’s first flagship climate change law by the summer of 2017
Countries reveal progress on 2020 forest restoration challenge
Ethiopia, US and Mexico among countries pledging action at Bonn meeting to cut carbon emissions and create jobs
Global warming is now slowing down the circulation of the oceans — with potentially dire consequences
Welcome to this week’s installment of “Don’t Mess with Geophysics.” Last week, we learned about the possible destabilization of the Totten Glacier of East Antarctica, which could unleash over 11 feet of sea level rise in coming centuries.
Washington Post
Experts pitch for fossil fuels to drive growth in India
Ahead of a crucial climate meet in Paris later this year, energy experts here today advocated growth powered by fossil fuels for ending poverty in India as they said the country accounts for very low per-capita carbon emissions as compared to the developed nations.
Financial Express
Greenhouse gas emissions: Who’s responsible for climate policy in Canada?
As Canada gears up for the UN climate summit in December, federal and provincial governments are laying out their agendas. Meanwhile, neither the provinces nor Ottawa are on track to meet their own targets
Globe and Mail
Live Earth Revived: All Roads Lead to Paris
The exciting yearlong build up to the UN climate negotiations this December has just got better with the announcement of Live Earth - Road to Paris
Huffington Post
Will We Combat Global Warming, Despite Our Nature? (Op-Ed) LiveScience
How Do Environmentalists View International Climate Change Talks? Scientific American
World Water Day 2015: UN calls for global unity in pursuit of better water access for all
In his message marking the 2015 edition of World Water Day, observed annually on 22 March, the Secretary-General warned that access to safe drinking water and sanitation was among "the most urgent issues" affecting populations across the globe
New Kerala
Climate change: China official warns of 'huge impact'
Climate change could have a "huge impact" on China, reducing crop yields and harming the environment, the country's top weather scientist has warned, in a rare official admission.
China’s top weather expert warns of ‘huge impacts’ due to climate change
China’s top weather official has issued a stark warning on climate change, saying that rising temperatures could have “huge impacts” on the world’s most populous country, state media reported Sunday.
"We only have one home": Pharrell Williams urges action on climate change
It's time to go "from climate change to climate action" in efforts to save the planet, U.S. pop star Pharrell Williams said at the United Nations on Friday
Thomson Reuters Foundation
Tackling climate change and ending poverty must go hand in hand, says Lord Stern
The $100bn (£67bn) climate finance that rich countries have pledged to give poor nations per year from 2020 could catalyse up to $3tr of much-needed investment in new infrastructure each year, economist Lord Nicholas Stern will argue today.
Costa Rica goes 75 days powering itself using only renewable energy
Costa Rica has achieved a clean energy milestone by using 100 per cent renewable energy for a record 75 days in a row.
The Independent
Annual greenhouse gas emissions from forests drop by a quarter: U.N
Yearly carbon emissions from the world's forests have dropped by more than 25 percent in the last 15 years, a U.N. agency said on Friday.
Thomson Reuters Foundation
Niue leader expects more climate devastation in region
The Premier of Niue says Pacific Islands are likely to face more destruction from extreme storms while the trend of climate change is left unchecked.
Radio New Zealand International
Warming oceans storing up long term climate impacts, says WMO
Sea surface temperatures warmer than average across parts of Pacific and Atlantic in 2014, says UN weather agency
Paris will ban half of all cars from driving Monday to combat pollution
Beset by worrisome smog, Paris on Monday will ban half of all personal vehicles from the streets, Mayor Anne Hidalgo said Saturday.
The Week
Solar sails set course for a new journey into renewable energy
Perry Carroll of The Solar Cloth Company explains why his flexible solar sail panels can generate energy not only at on sea but on millions of spaces on land
Urban homes emit more greenhouse gases than industry: Study
The industrial sector has been taking the flak for emitting high levels of hazardous gases over the years but it might ultimately be our homes that are responsible for the highest emission of greenhouse gases.
Economic Times
Brazil’s Deforestation Rates Are on the Rise Again
In a world hungry for environmental success stories, Brazil has been the closest thing we have to a golden child.
The climate wars are upon us Al-Jazeera
Warm feelings no help to the climate Financial Times
Obama sets emission cut goals for government
President Obama ordered the federal government Thursday to cut greenhouse emissions by 40% over the next decade, and said he hopes private businesses and other nations will follow suit.
USA Today
Obama drives ahead on climate with government emissions cuts
President Barack Obama ordered the federal government on Thursday to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by nearly half over the next decade, driving his climate change agenda forward despite percolating challenges from Republican-led states.
UN calls for action as global water crisis looms
The UN has warned that the world will soon face a crisis of huge dimensions if water management does not improve. Population growth and climate change are among the factors fueling the problem.
Deutsche Welle
Forest conservation key to combating climate change, say UN officials
THE sustainable management and conservation of forests must be considered in the design and implementation of the new sustainable development goals and the new climate change agreement to be adopted this December in Paris, according to UN officials and forest experts in messages for the International Day of Forests, which will be observed tomorrow.
Jamaica Observer
Rich Nations Criticized Following UN Disaster Risk Agreement
Delegates meeting in Japan have agreed on a new framework for reducing the human and economic toll of disasters around the world. But critics say rich countries are shirking their responsibilities to help poorer nations deal with climate change.
Voice of America
Prince Charles Presses Climate-Change Agenda With Obama
While Prince Charles’s visit to the White House lacks the buzz created when his son called on the U.S. president in December, President Barack Obama still cares enough to time a climate-change announcement to the British royal’s arrival.
This Winter Was Warmest on Record
This winter may have brought a deep freeze to much of the northeastern United States — including record-breaking snowfall in Boston — but it was the planet's warmest winter on record, climate scientists announced
Faith Leaders Hope to Sow Seeds of Change for Climate
The United States was the 25th nation to join the fast. Theologians and lay activists from different religious traditions joined in Washington on Monday to proclaim climate change as a moral, ethical and spiritual issue
Voice of America
Seychelles president calls emergency meeting for Vanuatu
Small island states show solidarity with Cyclone Pam victims, call for recognition of vulnerability to climate disaster
Why business needs to collaborate and step up on climate in 2015
If one thing has become clear in the sustainability space, it's that no one company will solve climate change all by itself. Collaboration is the name of the game, and business should step up.
Business leaders call for low carbon EU energy union
Unilever, Heathrow and GSK are among 22 companies urging European heads of state to promote green investment
COP 21: Environmentalist Urges FG To Train Negotiators
An environmentalist, Mr Atayi Babs, on Thursday urged the Federal Government to include plan of actions on how to stop gas flaring in the country’s Intended National Determined Contributions (INDCs).
News Agency of Nigeria
Karole Armitage’s New Dance Work Traces Steps for a Greener Path
It takes a committed bunhead to spend eight hours hiking over a mountain with a 13,000-foot peak just to get to ballet class.
NY Times
Vanuatu: The Grief Of Islands (opinion) Fiji Sun
Following Shakespeare’s lead on climate change (opinion) EurActv
U.N. forum adopts seven goals to mitigate disaster risks
The U.N. World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction ended Thursday, making the first move to set specific goals and a time frame to mitigate the risks and damage of disasters amid the increasing threat posed by climate change.
New global disaster plan sets targets to curb risk, losses
Governments set targets to substantially reduce deaths and economic losses from disasters at a U.N. conference in Japan on Wednesday, but critics were disappointed by the lack of a firm goal to ramp up financial support for poor countries.
Thomson Reuters Foundation
COP 21 national contributions behind schedule, France warns
The countries involved in the COP 21 climate negotiations in Paris this year are running late with the submission of their national plans, which are due by the end of March.
Eiffel Tower shrouded in smog as Paris pollution spikes
Paris and much of northern France suffers spike in pollution, leading authorities to introduce measures including a 20kph speed limit on motorways
Earth Hour to be marked on March 28
Conscious use of lights as well as water are crucial to fighting climate change This Earth Hour, go beyond switching off your lights for 60 minutes to save energy. Turn off your taps, whenever possible, as well.
Gulf News
EU carbon market emissions fell 3.7 percent in 2014: analysts
Emissions capped by Europe's carbon market fell 3.7 percent in 2014, driven by higher output from renewable power producers and lower electricity consumption, analysts at Thomson Reuters Point Carbon said on Wednesday.
Complete shift to renewable energy within Canada’s reach, academics say
Canada could shift entirely to renewable sources of electricity by 2035 and eliminate 80 per cent of its greenhouse gas emissions by mid-century, says a group of Canadian academics that is aiming to spur government action on climate change.
Globe and Mail
Amazon rainforest soaking up less carbon as trees die young: study
The Amazon rainforest's ability to soak up greenhouse gases from the air has fallen sharply, possibly because climate change and droughts mean more trees are dying, an international team of scientists said on Wednesday.
L'avion solaire Solar Impulse 2 a décollé d'Inde pour la Birmanie
Le SI2, parti d’Abou Dhabi le 9 mars, doit parcourir au total 35 000 kilomètres à la seule énergie solaire en survolant deux océans.
While promoting climate policies in Washington, Jerry Brown weathers fire at home
One reason Gov. Jerry Brown flew to Washington last week was to promote California’s environmental policies in the run-up to international climate talks in Paris in December.
Sacramento Bee
Pope Francis to Speak at U.N. During Annual Gathering of World Leaders
Pope Francis, an outspoken advocate for the rights of the poor, will visit the United Nations during its annual conclave of world leaders in September, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced Wednesday. Francis will be the fourth pope to visit the United Nations in its 70-year history.
NY Times
U.S. Catholics lead in concern about climate change: Yale study
Pope Francis might be preaching to the choir on climate change when he releases his environmental- and sustainability-focused encyclical later this year.
Caribbean Community Climate-Smarting Fisheries, But Slowly
Caribbean nations have begun work on a plan to ‘climate smart’ the region’s fisheries as part of overall efforts to secure food supplies.
Is it really a folly to divest from fossil fuels?
Campaigners were geared up for a vote on Monday, hoping Oxford would follow the lead of several top universities including Stanford and Glasgow. But instead the university said it needed more time to consider "serious issues" involved in the investment change, and would instead delay the decision until May.
Heavy storm damage to small island nation will affect Paris talks, diplomats say
The mounting death toll and devastation in Vanuatu since Cyclone Pam smashed the Pacific island nation this weekend have heightened calls for a global climate change compensation fund.
Humanity at 'five to midnight' on climate: EU official
Time is running out for the world to achieve a climate change agreement, the president of the European Parliament said Tuesday ahead of a key United Nations meeting in Paris later this year.
Analysis: How market forces are winning the climate change battle
Despite the stereotype of a business lobby warning about the prohibitive costs of cutting back on greenhouse gases, there are increasing signs that capitalism and market forces are actually rescuing us from climate change.
Yeb Sano: Vanuatu’s grief is a warning of climate impacts to come
Senior Philippines climate official says Cyclone Pam underlines need for effective extreme weather compensation scheme
Enel pledges to tackle climate change
Enel has pledged to phase out new investments in coal and lead the charge among global energy companies for a global climate pact this year, as Italy’s largest utility received the rare backing of Greenpeace following years of tensions
Financial Times
Pharrell Partners With United Nations for International Happy Day
After years of high-profile musical collaborations, Pharrell Williams has partnered with the United Nations to, fittingly, promote the organization's International Day of Happiness, held each year on March 20th.
Rolling Stone
Q&A with Chris Field: The link between climate change and disaster risk reduction  Road to Paris
California, Quebec Teaming Up On Climate Change
California raised $630 million by selling pollution allowances one Wednesday last month, each of them entitling the buyer to harm the climate with a ton of carbon dioxide.
Climate Central
Solar energy plane a power point on clean fuel
If you think an around-the-world flight on a solar-powered aircraft is a joy ride, think again.
Times of India
ADB raises $500M from ‘green’ bond issue for climate change projects
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has raised $500 million from an inaugural green bond issue, aimed at channeling more investor funds to ADB projects that promote low-carbon and climate-resilient economic growth and development in developing Asia.
Manila Bulletin
Vietnam plans greener rice cultivation
Vietnam plans to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from rice cultivation alone by 14 percent by 2030
Include Climate Change in Disaster Planning, FEMA Says
Federal funds that help communities brace for emergencies will stop being provided to states if they ignore threats posed by climate change in their disaster planning.
Climate Central
Is renewable energy ready to disrupt fossil fuels?
Prices of fossil fuels may be plumbing multi-year lows, but that's not likely to keep them from being displaced by the advance of renewable energy, especially solar, analysts said.
Op-Ed: The Arctic's big year - save it now or be sorry later  LA Times
Britain must signal the beginning of the end for coal investment (by Ed Davey) Guardian
World needs early warning of climate-linked disasters
A leading French government minister says the number of natural disasters connected to climate change has doubled in two decades, and is urging a global early warning system.
Harvard's president speaks in China about climate change
Harvard University's president has told students at one of China's most prestigious universities that schools in the two countries should collaborate on doing research and teaching the next generation how to tackle climate change.
Vanuatu blames climate change for Cyclone Pam
Vanuatu President Baldwin Lonsdale said on Monday that climate change was responsible for more extreme weather and cyclone seasons in the Pacific nation, after Cyclone Pam devastated large parts of the country last week.
Seychelles calls on world to 'wake up' to climate change
The president of the Seychelles on Monday, March 16, called on the international community to "wake up" to climate change after a massive tropical cyclone devastated the Pacific island nation of Vanuatu.
Pacific nations to highlight Cyclone Pam in climate talks
Pacific Islands devastated by Cyclone Pam at the weekend will be using the disaster to drive home the need for a globally funded insurance pool to aid in the recovery from such events when they attend climate-change talks in Paris later this year.
Peru: COP20 led to investment projects worth over US$461 million
Peru hosted the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP20) last December, which led to the creation of 27 environment-related investment projects worth close to US$461 million.
China scales up pilot carbon trading markets
The Chinese provinces of Gansu and Anhui are among several regions now working to set up carbon exchanges, but it remains unclear how the new CO2 trading platforms will be integrated into a nationwide scheme set to start next year.
World cannot prosper without cutting carbon emissions, says Climate Group
Countries should consider their climate change pledges to the UN as investment prospectuses to attract low carbon businesses, argues non-profit organisation
Climate politics waters down ambition of UN disaster risk deal
As climate impacts start to bite, lack of funding assurances split rich and poor at key disaster summit in Sendai
Europe Carbon Trade Would Gain Extra $1.1 Billion From Biomass
European carbon trading will probably bring in as much as an extra 1 billion euros ($1.1 billion) a year to combat climate change if wood-burning power stations are included in the system for limiting greenhouse-gas emissions.
Climate variability out, climate change in
Climate change is back on the political agenda in Victoria, with the Andrews Government considering going it alone with a state-based greenhouse gas emissions reduction target.
The Age
C40 Launches City Climate Change Hazard Taxonomy for Public Comment
Today, at the UNISDR World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, C40 officially launched for public comment the City Climate Hazard Taxonomy, a structured description of the key climate hazards that cities are facing. The Taxonomy was developed by C40 and ARUP with funding from Bloomberg Philanthropies.
National Geographic
Start managing disaster threat or risk development gains: experts
When Typhoon Haiyan sent storm surges and high winds across the islands of the central Philippines in November 2013, it wrecked homes, schools, hospitals and roads, as well as killing more than 6,000 people.
Thomson Reuters Foundation
Global emissions pause comes amid China's clean energy push (+video)
China is in the midst of a historic transformation, and the surprising progress the country has made at energy efficiency has raised hopes that the world may get a grip on global greenhouse gas emissions much sooner than expected.
Christian Science Monitor/Oil
Climate change: UN backs fossil fuel divestment campaign
The UN organisation in charge of global climate change negotiations is backing the fast-growing campaign persuading investors to sell off their fossil fuel assets.
Ban highlights climate risks as Vanuatu counts dead from Cyclone Pam
UN chief Ban Ki-moon has again urged help for low-lying nations exposed to climate change risks as Vanuatu counts its dead from Cyclone Pam. Experts fear it could be one of the Pacific region's worst weather disasters.
Deutsche Welle
UN head urges better safeguards for climate disasters
The president of the Pacific island nation of Vanuatu appealed to a U.N. disaster conference Saturday for help as a powerful cyclone swept across his archipelago, driving painfully home the rising risks from extreme weather and climate change.
UNDP chief calls for pre-emptive spending to reduce disaster risks
The international community needs to invest more in pre-emptive measures to reduce risks from natural disasters, rather than spending a lot after they happen, according to the head of the U.N. Development Program.
Extreme weather the new normal in Australia's disaster-prone neighbourhood
If it seems to you that major humanitarian emergencies are happening more often, you're right. Extreme weather events like the one that devastated Vanuatu on Saturday are on the rise.
Sydney Morning Herald
World Bank, UK to help poor nations hit by natural disasters
Some good news for the developing countries. The World Bank and the UK government has jointly launched a new competitive challenge fund that would help poor nations -- those hit by disasters like floods, cyclones, droughts and earthquakes -- to empower their local communities.
Economic Times
'Long struggle' warning on climate
America’s chief climate negotiator has warned of the long battle ahead to cut greenhouse gas emissions.
Karachi and the context of climate change
Climate change and its possible adverse consequences pose a grim and frightening scenario for the world at large if effective mitigation and adaptation efforts are not undertaken with immediate effect.
The Express Tribune
A picture of indigenous inspiration
“Who will stop this madness of climate change? If not us, then who? If not now, then when?” These inspiring words from Filipino environmental activist Yeb Sano provide the theme of an ongoing audiovisual exhibition at the Antara Gallery in Pasar Baru, Central Jakarta.
Jakarta Post
Guardian Editor Pledges To Bolster Coverage Of Climate Change
NPR's Scott Simon talks with Alan Rusbridger, editor of The Guardian, about his recent column detailing his personal motivation for intensifying the paper's focus on climate change coverage.
Climate change brings disasters on steroids (comment) Sydney Morning Herald
Al Gore: 2015 Paris conference will spur global climate change policies (blog) Dallas Morning News
Net-zero emissions: Defining it; getting there Business Spectator
John Kerry Urges Nations to Back Paris Climate Change Talks
US Secretary of State John Kerry today urged nations to set ambitious goals to curb greenhouse gases, warning climate change deniers that gambling with the Earth's future was a risky business as "there is no Planet B."
Kerry: 'Energy Policy' the Solution to Climate Change
Nine months away from a U.N. summit in Paris, Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday delivered a forceful call to confront and curb global warming.
US News & World Report
Shell warns oil demand could fall without climate solution
Fossil fuel producers must develop ways to curb emissions or face increased scrutiny from regulators, says oil giant
Global carbon emissions stall in 2014
In a sign that efforts to tackle climate change may have been more effective than thought, the International Energy Agency found global emissions of carbon dioxide, the leading greenhouse gas, did not rise in 2014.
Financial Times
Unprecedented stall of global carbon emissions in 2014 while economy grows
In what has been described as a real surprise by the International Energy Agency (IEA), annual global emissions of carbon dioxide experienced zero growth in 2014, even as the globe’s economy continued to grow.
Business Spectator
Global emissions trading scheme 'should be based on UN carbon budget'
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's (IPCC) carbon budget could provide the scientific basis for a global cap on emissions, suggested Tim Yeo, the outgoing chair of the UK's energy and climate change committee.
Carbon Brief
Energy: Tanzania in talks with China on funding for wind farm
Tanzania is in talks with the Export-Import Bank of China (EximBank) for a $132 million loan to fund the country's first wind power project, the energy ministry said on Thursday.
The Africa Report
World Council of Churches: "Right to hope" despite climate change challenges
In a high level panel on Climate Change and Human Rights held at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, the World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit said that despite all negative conditions “we have the right to hope” – not as a matter of passive waiting but as an active process towards justice and peace, in which human rights should play a key role.
Agnlicann News
Sendai: UN disaster risk reduction conference key to future sustainable development agenda
Government and civil society leaders from around the world are gathering in the Japanese city of Sendai for a United Nations conference that will take stock of ten years of global work to better prepare for and curb the impact of disasters, and to agree on an updated global response framework.
UN News Centre
Mega-disasters and urbanization spur spike in displacement: reportMega-disasters and urbanization spur spike in displacement: report
The number of people forced from their homes each year by disasters has quadrupled over the past four decades, and the risk of being displaced has doubled, said a Norwegian humanitarian group.
Thomson Reuters Foundation
Science ‘has big role in solving desertification issues ’
Science has a major role to play in combating desertification, aiding climate change mitigation and adaptation, and sustainable land management practices, especially in the developing world, a conference has heard
China needs CO2 cap to meet climate pledges: legislator
China needs to impose a nationwide carbon cap if it is to fulfill a pledge made last year to bring emissions to a peak by around 2030, a legislator said in a proposal submitted to parliament this week.
Boris Johnson told to divest £4.8bn pension fund from fossil fuels
Boris Johnson has been told by the London assembly to pull City Hall’s £4.8bn pension fund out of coal, oil and gas investments, after assembly members voted on Wednesday on a motion in support of the fossil fuel divestment movement.
Modi pledges climate alliance with small island states
India PM says India and climate vulnerable countries share same ambitions for UN pact in Paris
United Nations to Hold Disaster Meeting in Tsunami-Hit Japan
The UN will hold a once-in-a-decade meeting on disaster risk reduction this weekend, with policymakers gathering in tsunami-struck Japan after warnings that the cost of climate change-related calamities could bankrupt future generations.
Norway Bets Pollution Abroad an Easier Battle: Carbon & Climate
Norway is wagering it will be easier to cut carbon emissions overseas than at home.
Germany seeks to boost renewable sources of heating
Germany's government set out changes to subsidy guidelines on Wednesday to try and boost the renewable sources of energy used to heat buildings and offices as it strives to avoid missing its ambitious climate targets.
Climate-Change Talks Could Pave the Way for Private Investment
Institutional investors hope the upcoming U.N. Climate Change Conference will make it easier to back projects that combat global warming.
Institutional Investor
As Climate Wars Heat Up, Some Skeptics Are Targets
Scientists who warn that the earth's climate is changing have been subjected to hacking, investigations, and even court action in recent years. That ire usually comes from conservative groups and climate skeptics seeking to discredit the research findings.
Climate one of “top risks” facing insurance industry – Mark Carney
Bank of England chief defends climate risk investigation against “green claptrap” jibe from climate sceptic Lord Lawson
Losing paradise: the people displaced by atomic bombs, and now climate change
People in the Pacific Marshall Islands and Kiribati are facing oblivion as the sea around them rises, and they are already suffering from food shortages, droughts and floods.
Beer Brewers Unite to Call for Action on Climate Change
A group of 24 brewers from across the country have come together to cut greenhouse gas emissions from their operations and call for strong national action to address climate change.
Huffington Post
We must reclaim the climate change debate from the political extremes (comment) Guardian
How countries could come to a global climate deal in 2015 The Conversation
Solar-powered plane lands in India on 2nd leg of world trip
A Swiss-made solar powered aircraft landed in western India on Tuesday night, completing the second leg — and its first sea crossing — of its historic round-the-world trip.
Climate change threatens human rights, Kiribati president tells UN
Pacific leaders tell Human Rights Council they fear for the future of their civilisations as climate impacts intensify
China's Chongqing cuts carbon permit supply
Companies obliged to reduce their carbon emissions in China's pilot carbon exchange in Chongqing will be allocated a smaller number of permits for 2014, with the government tightening its grip on the market to tackle climate change.
Twist on carbon footprinting ‘could unblock’ UN climate talks
Scientists have proposed a new way of counting countries’ carbon emissions that redraws the map of responsibility for climate change.
Google-powered map helps fight deforestation
The forestry website Mongabay recently reported that United Cacao, a London-listed company that promises to produce ethical, sustainable chocolate, had “quietly cut down more than 2,000 hectares of primary, closed-canopy rainforest” in the Peruvian Amazon
Cardinal indicates themes of pope's climate change document
A Vatican official who helped write a first draft of Pope Francis' upcoming encyclical on climate change acknowledged disagreement over the causes of global warming but said "what is not contested is that our planet is getting warmer" and Christians have a duty rooted in "ancient biblical teaching" to address the problem
Engage women on climate change, says French ambassador
The French ambassador to Uganda, Sophie Makame, has appealed to the Government to involve women in interventions seeking to mitigate effects of climate change because females are likely to be affected more by climate change than their male counterparts.
New Vision
Scope Of Climate Change Commission Expanded By Senate
Maryland Senators voted Tuesday to increase the scope and responsibilities of the state’s Commission on Climate Change, but not before Democratic and Republican lawmakers debated science and fiction.
Disaster damage expected to hit $300 billion yearly as events intensify
Investing in insurance programs for poor farmers today could save tens of billions of dollars in coming decades as climate change upsets growing patterns and makes harvests fail, U.N. officials said ahead of next week's conference in Japan on disaster preparedness
Same natural forces as today triggered climate change 1.4 bn yrs ago
A new study has revealed found geological evidence that some of the same forces as today caused the climate 1.4 billion years ago.
Business Standard
Consensus and geoengineering - how to convince people about global warming  Guardian
Artists move in with researchers for new Melbourne sustainability project
The City of Melbourne’s Creative Spaces program has established a new studio where artists will be placed amongst sustainability researchers and organisations to inform their work.
The Fifth Estate
Smart energy solutions on the agenda at Cyprus conference
International and local experts discussed smart solutions to energy challenges in Cyprus, at a high-level conference in Nicosia.
EU Nations to Discuss Carbon Market Reserve Proposal Tomorrow
European Union member states meet Tuesday to hold their first talks on a compromise proposal for carbon-market reform.
What to watch for in U.S. climate plan for Paris
Obama administration will unveil how it plans to reduce carbon emissions by 26 percent to 28 percent below 2005 levels within a decade, the core of the negotiating position it will take to global climate talks Paris this December.
African ministers back 1.5C warming goal for Paris summit
African environment ministers have reaffirmed their commitment to limiting global warming to 1.5C above pre industrial levels, placing them on collision course with the US and EU.
Boat schools bring classroom to Bangladesh's flood-hit children
Anna Akter, a nine-year-old student at a floating school in Bangladesh's remote Natore district, says she might have missed out on her education during annual monsoon floods without her boat-based classroom.
Thomson Reuters Foundation
A changing climate could be destroying Chile's mummies
Some seven millennia ago or more, a group of people called the Chinchorro lived along the coasts of northern Chile and southern Peru. Their lives revolved around fishing from the rich Pacific waters, even as a uniquely arid desert — the Atacama — lay inland behind them.
Washington Post
Byron Bay first regional Australian city to commit to zero emissions
Byron shire says it aims to be a ‘zero emissions community’ within 10 years by upgrading public transport, improving agriculture and retrofitting buildings
Global warming is happening FASTER: Climate change is 'set to speed up to rates not seen for 1,000 years', warn scientists Daily Mail
Paris Fashion Week: bonkers scenes on the catwalk mark business as usual for Vivienne Westwood
The fight against climate change cannot be halted - not even its leading campaigner Vivienne Westwood.
London Evening Standard
Kids are smarter than senators on climate change, and this poll proves it
Every kid ever has dreamt of bossing around a bunch of authoritative grown-ups. Tuesday on Capitol Hill, six teens will attempt to make that dream come true by trying to meet with climate-denying GOP senators and school them on elementary-level climate science.
Gender Equality and Earth’s Future (by Christiana Figueres, Amina J. Mohammed and Mary Robinson) Today's Zaman
The World Of Energy Is Getting Diversified (comment) Forbes
Carbon tax facts - India tries to change the game on climate change (editorial comment) Business Standard
Solar-power plane airborne on historic round-the-world trip
With its wings stretched wide to catch the sun's energy, a Swiss-made solar-powered aircraft took off from Abu Dhabi just after daybreak Monday in a historic first attempt to fly around the world without a drop of fossil fuel.
Climate summit’s pledges on carbon cuts ‘won’t avert global disaster’
Pledges at this year’s climate summit to cut carbon emissions are likely to fall far short of the targets needed to avoid heating the planet by more than 2C. That is the stark conclusion of a report by a team led by British economist Nicholas Stern.
'Man-made' climate change a major woman's problem
Men and women may not always be on the same footing but you would think both sexes would be equal in the face of gigantic floods, typhoons or droughts. Think again.
Human-induced climate change undermines rights: UN
The deputy high commissioner for human rights, Flavia Pansieri, has said human-induced climate change is not only an assault on the world’s shared ecosystem but also weakens people’s rights in various fields.
jakarta Post
Developed countries urged to take lead in climate change actions
Developed countries should take the lead and offer more capital and technological assistance to developing countries amid the world's efforts to tackle climate change, a senior official said Saturday.
Qatar Highlights National Strategy to Address Global Warming
Qatar has adopted a national program for food security and a national strategy that aims to secure the country's needs of food in a bid to reduce the impact of climate change on the right to food
Joe Biden Says Denying Climate Change 'Is Like Denying Gravity'
Denying climate change is "like denying gravity." That’s the unambiguous message from Joe Biden, the vice president of the United States.
Huffington Post
Arctic sea ice near its all-time minimum low and could break previous record
Sea ice in the Arctic is near its all-time minimum for the end of winter and could break the previous record within the next two weeks if it fails to grow, according to the latest satellite data.
Lured by marriage promises, climate victims fall into trafficking trap
When the handsome young man came courting her, Sunetra could not believe her luck.
Thomson Reuters Foundation
Florida Officials Say They Were Banned From Saying 'Climate Change' and 'Global Warming'
A report by the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting published Sunday details the claims by employees of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, who say that they were ordered to refrain from using the terms "climate change," and "global warming" in official communications.
The Guardian view on climate change and social disruption (comment) Guardian
Can solar transform the energy market? (blog) Financial Times
A Reckless Call From the Senate’s Leader (editorial - internal) NY Times
French host of climate talks seeks EU pledge by March 20
EU ministers must agree by March 20 a European Union goal to cut the bloc's emissions by at least 40 percent as its official contribution to U.N. climate change talks, French Energy Minister Segolene Royal said on Thursday.
“Second wave” of climate pledges to UN deal expected in September
New analysis shows a third of 81 surveyed countries have not started work yet on contribution to Paris pac
Europe blazes trail against climate change
AS CHAOS from climate change ramps up in the coming decades, making floods, droughts and heatwaves commonplace, Europe will be ready. So says the European Environment Agency, which launched its five-year assessment of the state of Europe's environment in Copenhagen, Denmark, this week
India, Egypt form joint working group on climate change
Ahead of the UN climate conference in Paris later this year, India and Egypt have decided to form a "joint working group" for "cooperation on environment and climate change".
Shell’s Ollila Says Society Must Find ‘Middle Way’ on Climate Change
Royal Dutch Shell PLC Chairman Jorma Ollila is joining Chief Executive Ben van Beurden in backing efforts to limit carbon emissions ahead of international climate talks in Paris later this year.
Wall Street Journal
Poland Seeks to Limit EU Carbon Fix’s Impact on Producers
The European Union draft carbon-market fix should be amended to prevent planned supply controls from curbing the number of free emission permits for power producers, according to the Polish government.
Paris veut jouer un rôle pendant la conférence sur le climat
La Ville de Paris entend être un hôte exemplaire de la conférence mondiale sur le climat (COP21) à la fin de l'année et un acteur de ce rendez-vous en lançant dès le printemps des actions concrètes
Le Monde
Le lent déclin des climato-sceptiques en France
La notion de réchauffement climatique causé par les activités humaines fait son chemin en France mais la bataille de l'opinion n'est pas encore gagnée, à en juger par une étude publiée jeudi par l'Agence de l'environnement et de la maîtrise de l'énergie.
Economics: Support low-carbon investment
Markets and governments are converging to address climate change. As scientific evidence and government actions strengthen, investors and financiers are reducing the exposure of their portfolios to risks from rising greenhouse-gas emissions.
France helps Fiji with COP 21 contribution
The world’s poorest countries will have access to financial aid from several donors, including France, to help them implement projects to cut their greenhouse gas emissions.
Algérie-Egypte: signature d'une convention de coopération dans le domaine de l'environnement
L'Algérie et l'Egypte ont signé une convention de coopération portant sur l'échange des expériences dans le domaine de l'environnement, a indiqué jeudi le ministère de l'Aménagement du Territoire et de l'Environnement, dans un communiqué.
Algerie Press Service
Mexican Presidential visit signals closer cooperation with UK
The UK and Mexico have re-affirmed their joint commitment to reaching an “ambitious, equitable, comprehensive and legally binding global agreement” on climate change at the 2015 Paris talks later this year.
Liberia makes waves with greener shipping plan
World's second largest flag-state for ships offering $53m of discounts to vessels undertaking energy efficiency improvements
Global flood toll to triple by 2030
The number of people affected by river flooding worldwide could nearly triple in the next 15 years, analysis shows.
Africa needs to find $50bn fast, or an already bad climate change picture could get uglier: study
New UNEP report says coastal cities in Mozambique, Tanzania, Cameroon, Egypt, Senegal and Morocco are most at risk of major flooding.
Mail & Guardian
Leonardo DiCaprio to make more nature docs with Netflix
Following the Oscar-nominated success of wildlife documentary Virunga, Leonardo DiCaprio is set to produce further environmental films in a multi-year partnership with Netflix.
No Doubt, Usher, My Morning Jacket Headlining Global Citizen Earth Day Event
With the United Nations Climate Change Conference set to begin in Paris later this year, 2015 could mark a pivotal year for environmental policy change
Rolling Stone
Opinion: Bridging the Gap – How the SDG Fund is Paving the Way for a Post-2015 Agenda IPS
African ministers gather in Egypt to tackle climate change
African ministers and experts of over 50 states gathered in Cairo Wednesday to discuss the environmental challenges facing the continent topped by climate change.
UN: African Robin Hood tax could fund climate adaptation efforts
Tax on finance, trade and tourism could net estimated $13 billion a year to help countries face expected extreme weather impacts
Africa has ‘no responsibility’ for climate change: Sisi
“African countries have no historical responsibility for global warming,” said President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi Wednesday.
Cairo Post
India to partner with Africa to fight climate change
Ahead of the UN climate conference in Paris later this year, India on Wednesday said that adaptation and mitigation must be accorded "equal" importance and assured that it will partner with African nations to fight climate change while taking cooperation to a "new level".
Investing in disaster resilience vital for sustainable development – senior UN official
Reducing poverty, improving health and education for all, achieving of sustainable and equitable economic growth and protecting the health of our planet now depend on the management of disaster risks in the day-to-day decisions of governments, companies, investors, civil society organizations, households and individuals, according to a new United Nations report out today
UN News Centre
Quick progress seen on EU carbon market reform despite impasse
Swift progress is expected in the EU Council on a proposal to create a reserve to hold surplus carbon dioxide allowances under the EU Emissions Trading System, representatives from industry and the European Commission said Wednesday.
UN prepares for disaster deal to address climate change risk
Proposed new UN-backed framework to help countries prepare for future extreme weather events in a warming world
China tries to ditch its coal addiction, reduce energy intensity
China will boost efforts this year to rid itself of a strong addiction to coal in a bid to reduce damaging pollution as well as cut the energy intensity of its economy, which is expected to grow at its lowest rate in 25 years.
U.S. Senate fails to override Obama's veto of Keystone XL approval
The U.S. Senate failed on Wednesday to override President Barack Obama's veto of legislation approving the Keystone XL oil pipeline, leaving the controversial project to await an administration decision on whether to permit or deny it.
Alumni group starts fund to pressure MIT to divest
Thousands of MIT alumni, students, and faculty are calling on MIT to divest its $12.4 billion endowment from fossil-fuel companies, an endeavor that MIT alumnus Rajesh Kasturirangan PhD ’04 calls “a moral obligation comparable to college divestment from South Africa during the Apartheid regime.”
MIT Tech
Jamaica to Launch $6 Million Climate Change Resilience Project
Jamaica is slated to launch a $6 million climate change resilience project in the greater Kingston metropolitan area, the government announced this week.
Caribbean Journal
Thailand tests floating homes in region grappling with floods
Nestled among hundreds of identical white and brown two-storey homes crammed in this neighbourhood for factory workers is a house with a trick - one not immediately apparent from its green-painted drywall and grey shade panels.
Thomson Reuters Foundation
Climate change response... Swapping coffee for chocolate
Coffee is the biggest cash crop propping up the hard-pressed economy of Central America and provides the only livelihood for millions of growers on tiny land holdings. But rising temperatures and extreme weather events have been taking their toll.
Make 2015 the year we did our best for the planet Scotsman
EU report calls for more effort to meet environmental goals
The European Union's environment body says the 28 member states need to do more to meet long-term environmental goals, including targets for greenhouse gas emissions.
Nineteen EU nations hand out 500 mln free 2015 CO2 permits
Nineteen countries, including Germany, Britain and France, have so far handed out a total of around 500 million free European Union carbon permits to industry to cover their 2015 emissions, European Commission data showed on Tuesday.
China hopes novice environment chief will be breath of fresh air
One year after "declaring war" on pollution, China has appointed an inexperienced outsider as its new environment minister tasked with breathing life into a massive clean-up campaign that even optimists say will take decades to complete.
China in Talks to Determine Top Climate Negotiator for Paris
China, the world’s biggest carbon emitter, is in discussions to determine a top negotiator for climate talks in Paris at the end of this year.
Focus on green tech to tackle climate change, says UK's climate adviser
Green technology should be as much a focus of tackling climate change as the United Nations negotiations leading up to a crunch conference in Paris this December, the UK’s top foreign office adviser on climate said on Tuesday.
Climate change warning catches investors off guard
If Paris conference seals deal that halves money to oil producers it will be a triumph for green lobby
Financial Times
Senate committee battles over climate change transparency
In a new chapter in Congress’s battle over climate change and how to address it, senators on the Environment and Public Works Committee are dueling over scientific conflicts of interest and academic freedom.
Boston Globe
India doubles coal tax to promote renewables
India is set to double tax on coal production and use the revenues to promote clean energy and electric vehicles
Grandmother walks across country for climate awareness
To raise awareness about climate change, Wellington resident Kathe Thompson walked for eight months across 3,000 miles, from Los Angeles to Washington D.C., with the Great March for Climate Action.
What Are The Financial Risks Of Climate Change?
In a blink, trillions of dollars in investments become worthless. Stock markets reel as banks play "hot potato" with once-lucrative assets they now can't unload quickly enough.
International Business Times
Tutu joins Harvard divestment push
A PUSH for Harvard University to divest its massive $36bn endowment of interests in 200 fossil fuel companies is building ahead of two days of civil disobedience scheduled for April.
The Australian
More ASEAN countries adopt the 2050 Pathways Calculator
More South-East Asian countries are adopting the 2050 Pathways Calculator, a web-based tool to help determine how their energy and related economic strategies will impact on greenhouse gas emissions ahead of the UN climate summit in Paris later this year.
Prospects For A Paris Climate Deal Are Good - But They Could Be Better Forbes
The riches and perils of the fossil-fuel age Financial Times
Christiana Figueres: We need a climate deal for the people of Guiuan
UN climate chief says visit to typhoon-hit Philippines demonstrates why a deal to curb global warming in Paris is essentia
Interview: Egypt aims to benefit from China expertise in environmental issues
Egypt seeks to benefit from the highly-advanced Chinese expertise in various environmental issues, Egyptian Environment Minister Khaled Fahmy told Xinhua in an interview on Monday.
EU's 2050 green goals will need radical policy shifts: report
The European Union will need radical new policies to reach goals for safeguarding the environment by 2050 after limited progress in curbing pollution and climate change, the European Environment Agency (EEA) said on Tuesday.
Researchers Link Syrian Conflict to a Drought Made Worse by Climate Change
Drawing one of the strongest links yet between global warming and human conflict, researchers said Monday that an extreme drought in Syria between 2006 and 2009 was most likely due to climate change, and that the drought was a factor in the violent uprising that began there in 2011.
NY Times
First global solar flight plans to take off on Saturday
The first solar flight on a global trip may take off from Abu Dhabi on Saturday (March 7), subject to weather conditions.
Gulf News
PH may seek int'l aid to address climate change
The Philippines may tap foreign funding to help address the effects of climate change, especially in vulnerable areas, as the Department of Budget and Management has released P1.15 billion to the Department of Public Works and Highways to boost infrastructure projects in areas affected by Super Typhoon Yolanda.
Philippine Star
La Francophonie face aux défis environnementaux en Afrique
L’Afrique commémore ce 3 mars la Journée africaine de l’environnement, rebaptisée depuis 2012 Journée Wangari Maathai.
Ja's adaptation programme to help with effects of climate change
Jamaica is among the first set of countries to access a US$10-million grant from the Adaptation Fund, which provides funding for adaptation projects/programmes in developing countries to help them adapt to the negative effects of climate change.
Jamaica Observer
Study: Human-caused global warming behind Calif. drought
Human-caused climate change helped fuel the current California drought, says a Stanford University study released Monday.
USA Today
Satellite data suggests forest loss is accelerating
Satellite images suggest tropical forests from the Amazon to the Philippines are disappearing at a far more rapid pace than previously thought, a University of Maryland team of forest researchers say.
Thomson Reuters Foundation
Glacial Melting In Antarctica Makes Continent The 'Ground Zero Of Global Climate Change'
From the ground in this extreme northern part of Antarctica, spectacularly white and blinding ice seems to extend forever. What can't be seen is the battle raging thousands of feet (hundreds of meters) below to re-shape Earth.
All 6,000 Mosques in Jordan Will Soon Go Solar
Unlike many of its Middle Eastern neighbors, Jordan is not blessed with copious oil and gas resources
The United Nations' Hand in Hand with Emirati Youth
How the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is working with the Government of Dubai to train the future low-carbon leaders to facilitate green economic development.
What Are INDCs and Why Will You Be Talking About Them This Year? Huffington Post
The Philippines: ramping up climate resilience (commentary)
Apple to Wal-Mart, Big Biz is Betting on Green Energy (Op-Ed) LiveScience
SE Asia has central role in global climate fight
Southeast Asia's huge and growing demand for energy will set the tone for the global fight against climate change, the United Nations climate chief said yesterday, and the region needs to plan energy investments carefully or risk higher health costs, more damage from extreme weather and loss of competitiveness.
Straits Times
Malaysia should table climate change motion at Asean summit: researchers
Some environmental researchers want the Malaysian Government to table a motion for a joint study among Asean countries on the global climate change and its impact on the region's socio-economy during the Asean Summit here later this year.
Zhang Yong favourite to replace Xie as China climate envoy in Paris
Veteran Communist Party official set to take control of Beijing’s negotiating team as talks enter critical phase
France's Hollande promises Philippine storm survivors a climate deal
French President Francois Hollande on Friday met victims of the biggest-ever typhoon to make landfall and promised them he would secure an international agreement to limit climate change.
Switzerland first to submit climate plan for Paris U.N. deal
Switzerland became the first nation on Friday to submit a plan for cutting greenhouse gas emissions beyond 2020 as a basis for a U.N. deal to limit climate change due to be sealed in December.
Awareness on causes of climate change vital
COMMUNITIES seem not to understand they are responsible for climate change even in places where deforestation is going on at an alarming rate.
Daily News (Tanzannia)
Members of €32bn Danish pension funds to vote on fossil fuel divestment
Series of resolutions asks six of Denmark’s pension funds to drop their ‘black money’ investments in coal, oil and gas projects that cause climate change
Al Gore and Michael Bloomberg are Helping Indian Solar Power Expand
Renewable energy consulting firm “Bridge to India” recently listed investments likely to be completed by active private Indian solar developers.
Metal Miner
Doctors should take lead in push to curb climate change: experts
Doctors should take the lead in supporting political efforts to cut the pace of climate change and encouraging more people to see the problem as a crucial issue for public health, experts say.
Thomson Reuters Foundation
Global warming fuels coral killer, study finds
Global warming worsens a disease that has almost wiped out Caribbean coral reefs, according to a new study by researchers at the Florida Institute of Technology.
USA Today
‘Imperative we take climate road to Paris’ (by Heherson T. Alvarez)  Philippine Daily Inquirer
The Guardian view on food security: if the dreamers lose, we face a nightmare (editorial) Guardian
Aquino, Hollande launch Manila call to action on climate change
President Benigno Aquino III and visiting French President Francois Hollande on Thursday called on the rest of the world to act on climate change.
Hollande tours typhoon-hit Philippines ahead of climate deal
French President Francois Hollande on Friday took his warning about the need for funds for a landmark climate deal to a central Philippine town that was devastated by a killer typhoon in 2013.
France and Philippines call for “ambitious” UN climate deal
Presidents Hollande and Aquino joined forces to urge all countries to sign up to “universal” deal in Paris this December
France’s Hollande visits ‘Yolanda’-hit Eastern Samar town
Guiuan, Philippines–French President Francois Hollande on Friday visited a remote Philippine town devastated by one of the world’s strongest typhoons, seeking to sound a global alarm on climate change ahead of a crucial UN summit.
China's top climate negotiator removed from leadership list
China's top climate change negotiator has been removed from the nation's leadership list, appearing to confirm media reports he has retired, but the move has left it unclear who will lead China at crucial climate talks in Paris at the end of the year.
Failure in Paris would be grave, warns US climate envoy
Failure to agree an international deal in Paris this year would have grave consequences for UN negotiations to counter global warming, the US special envoy for climate change has warned.
Financial Times
Climate Finance Tops $35 Billion a Year, U.S. Envoy Says
Industrial nations are delivering more than a third of the $100 billion in annual aid they’ve pledged by 2020 for climate-related projects in developing nations, a senior U.S. State Department envoy said.
Planet Earth is a sick patient due to climate change, says Prince Charles
Speaking at Royal Society event on health and climate change, prince says that failure to act on global warming would be ‘death sentence’ for the planet
Press Association/Guardian
Most Americans see combating climate change as a moral duty
A significant majority of Americans say combating climate change is a moral issue that obligates them – and world leaders - to reduce carbon emissions, a Reuters/IPSOS poll has found.
Pope Francis Climate Change Poll 2015: Where America Stands On Controversial Issue Now
Right after Christmas in 2014, many were surprised when Pope Francis said people should take “action on moral and scientific grounds,” which wasn't surprising considering the Catholic Church isn’t generally considered to be forward-thinking when it comes to science
International Business Times
Cooler Pacific has slowed global warming, briefly - study
A natural cooling of the Pacific Ocean has contributed to slow global warming in the past decade but the pause is unlikely to last much longer, U.S. scientists said on Thursday.
World Bank seeks $500 million for African weather services
The World Bank is working with other development finance institutions to raise some $500 million to modernise weather and flood forecasting services in Africa.
Thomson Reuters Foundation
Indigenous carbon farming project still burning bright despite market uncertainty
One of the Northern Territory's longest running carbon farming projects is gearing up for another season, but for the first time it is not working with a fixed price on carbon.
ABC Australia
Cambio climático y renacimiento de la planificación central (opinion) El Economista
Europe releases vision for Paris climate change deal
Brussels climate chief Canete says US and China must follow EU and reveal commitments to a 2015 UN pact
UN climate chief to visit PH
The head of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) will be in the Philippines to join French President Francois Hollande's call for global action in curbing climate change.
French President Hollande in Philippines to promote fight against climate change
President Francois Hollande arrived in the Philippines on Thursday, accompanied by two of France's leading actresses, to promote the fight against climate change ahead of a crucial summit of world leaders.
French president urged to pledge more climate funds for SE Asia
French President Francois Hollande must lead developed nations in hammering out a global climate deal that will prepare poor nations for tackling impacts of climate change, a group of NGOs has said.
jakarta Post
EU unveils vast plan to merge 28 energy markets
The European Union's executive has unveiled a vast plan to boost coordination between the EU's 28 national energy markets to wean Europe off unstable Russian gas supplies and provide cheaper energy for consumers.
European Parliament hopes to revive carbon market in 2019
The European Parliament's Environment Committee has called for the withdrawal of 1.7 billion carbon quotas in 2019. This proposal must be negotiated in the Council before being adopted.
Bloomberg: Trade Keystone XL for Climate Deal
Most environmentalists say construction of the Keystone XL pipeline would be "game over" for the climate, but former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg says there's an upside—if President Obama can trade it for a climate deal with Canada.
National Journal
Prince Charles: climate change is not a conspiracy
Prince Charles has compared the planet to a sick human and says leaders who delay action on climate change are essentially "testing the disease to the patient's destruction".
Sydney Morning Herald
Polish PM says no case for early reform of EU carbon market
Poland's prime minister has asked the European Commission to stick to the original start date for reforms to the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS), a day after members of the European Parliament backed earlier action.
Experts weigh in on Malaysia’s erratic weather – Bernama
Malaysia has been experiencing erratic weather patterns of late, some of which have never before been witnessed.
Don’t take lightly climate change, global warming, warns Najib
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak today warned that climate change and global warming could no longer be viewed lightly.
How Indigenous philosophy could help us understand climate change
Cut the Sky, a new dance work premiering at the Perth festival, draws on Indigenous Australian traditions to help audiences apply emotion, rather than cold logic, to climate change
What Do Apple, Citi and Shell Have in Common? Huffington Post
The critical flaw in the EU's climate plan  Guardian
France and Philippines: Poster children for climate talks?
President Benigno Aquino III and his French counterpart François Hollande are expected to initiate a call in Manila for other countries to sign a climate deal in December 2015
EU “backtracks” on climate goals in UN pledge, say experts
Adding huge carbon sinks to UN climate pledge could let other sectors face lighter carbon cuts and weaken 2030 goal
Obama Vetoes Bill Pushing Pipeline Approval
President Obama on Tuesday rejected an attempt by lawmakers to force his hand on the Keystone XL oil pipeline, using his veto pen to sweep aside one of the first major challenges to his authority by the new Republican Congress.
NY Times
Livelihoods of millions of Southeast Asians at risk from climate change
Climate change is set to impact agriculture and other key sectors of Southeast Asian economies along the Lower Mekong River Basin.
Deutsche Welle
Eiffel Tower going green with two wind turbines
The Eiffel Tower has gone green. As part of an ongoing facelift of the iconic structure, a New York company this month installed two wind turbines about 400 feet up on the tower, above the second level.
Top officials say UN development system must adapt to challenges posed by post-2015 agenda
Top United Nations officials today underlined the importance of ongoing review and reform of the Organization’s development system as Member States met to begin the UN Economic and Social Council’s (ECOSOC) Operational Activities Segment.
UN News Centre
OECD: Green Investment Bank should fund emerging clean tech
The Green Investment Bank should finance early stage renewable energy technologies to ensure they can make a cost-effective contribution to Britain's energy sector, the OECD has said.
Artificial glacier could help Ladakh villagers adapt to climate change
Engineers are creating giant pyramids of ice in the drought-hit Indian Himalayas to see if the melt water they release can help solve water shortages during the region’s dry season
Mobile technology helps Sri Lanka cope with climate change
Floods and landslides linked to climate change have battered parts of Sri Lanka in the past two years, disrupting food output, but scientists believe a new program to install low-cost weather stations based on open-source technology could help farmers adapt to increasingly wild weather.
Thomson Reuters Foundation
The remote Alaskan village that needs to be relocated due to climate change
This tiny and isolated town of 400 cannot be reached by road. It lies on a fragile barrier island along the Chukchi Sea, 83 miles above the Arctic circle.
Washington Post
Climate Change Will Hit America in the Breadbasket, Scientists Say
Climate experts have seen the future of America's breadbasket — and from their perspective, it doesn't look pretty.
As sea levels rise, climate change threatens entire Pacific cultures
In the first of a series of columns, poet Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner reflects on the cultural dimensions of climate change
Climate finance: the focus must be on quality not quantity Guardian
Why Is the Clock Ticking for a Climate Deal in 2015? Huffington Post
EU pushes for tough Paris climate deal - draft
European Union leaders want to enshrine in international law a goal to cut global emissions by 60 percent by 2050, according to a draft document that puts the bloc on a collision course with the biggest polluters.
EU wants Paris climate deal to cut carbon emissions 60% by 2050
A major UN climate summit in Paris later this year should call on countries to make tough carbon cuts to avoid dangerous global warming, EU document says
EU targets 60% global carbon cuts by 2050 in leaked climate plan
Commission wants UN to target global goal of cutting carbon emissions 60% below 2010 levels by 2050
2015 pivotal for finalizing universal climate change agreement, Ban tells Member States
This year is pivotal for global action on climate change, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today in New York, emphasising that all the major advances of 2014 have set the stage for success in 2015.
UN News Centre
Hollande aux Philippines, pour un rendez-vous écologique et glamour
François Hollande sera jeudi et vendredi aux Philippines pour plaider avec détermination contre le réchauffement climatique.
RTL (France)
Activists to French president: Climate action not enough
Activists want to remind President Francois Hollande of are the obligations of developed countries like France to Filipinos and other countries 'suffering' from climate change
Floods, storms and heat projected to cost SE Asia $34 bln per year
Falling crop yields, damage to infrastructure and heat-related illnesses brought on by climate change could cost the four Southeast Asian countries of the lower Mekong River basin $34 billion per year, researchers say.
Thomson Reuters Foundation
INDCs: Bridging the Gap Between National and International Climate Action
As the world marches toward December’s United Nations Conference of the Parties (COP21) Paris climate summit, governments are determining what effort they will make to reduce emissions and address climate change
Energy Collective
UN scientists say climate change dims Africa's progress
Scientists from the UN affiliated Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) said on Monday that climatic shocks remain a mortal threat to Africa's socioeconomic progress.
EU Carbon Market Fix Bolstered by Accord Before Committee Vote
An early start of a mechanism to help boost European carbon prices is more likely to win support from lawmakers in Brussels on Tuesday after the two largest parliamentary groups agreed on the measure.
Defining sustainable development: The woman who started it all
Ahead of the Macao International Environmental Co-operation Forum (MIECF), keynote speaker Dr Gro Harlem Brundtland, Special Envoy on Climate Change for the UN, looks back on nearly 30 years of the sustainable development movement.
‘Modi government has shifted gears on climate change’ (interview with Robert Orr)
While India has been an active participant and leader in global climate discussions for many years, the Modi government has shifted the gears on the issue of climate change, according to Dr Robert C Orr, special advisor to the UN Secretary General on climate change.
The Hindu
Solar eclipse puts Europe’s power supplies at risk
An eclipse of the sun next month could disrupt Europe’s power supplies because so many countries now use solar energy, electricity system operators have warned.
Financial Times
Climate pact offers improved relations
The drive for a global climate-change agreement by the end of 2015 offers the best scenario to improve US-Chinese relations, according to observers.
China Daily USA
Welcoming the French president (opinion) Manila Standard Today
French President to tackle climate change, security on visit to the Philippines
French President François Hollande and his Philippines counterpart Benigno Aquino are to discuss climate change and international terrorism when they meet later this week
Prescott Makes 'Thumping' Return To Frontline
John Prescott is to return to frontline politics ahead of the General Election after Ed Miliband appointed him a climate change adviser.
SKY News
Obama to host Britain's Prince Charles at White House in March
President Barack Obama will meet next month with Britain's Prince Charles and his wife, during the royals' visit to the United States to encourage corporate social responsibility and combating climate change, the White House said on Friday.
Climat : Hollande cherche à redorer son « étoile verte »
Le défi du changement climatique reste en bonne place dans l’agenda du chef de l’Etat.
Les Echos
Rwanda: We Do Not Need to Isolate Climate Change From Other Devt Activities, UK Official Says
Sir David King is the UK Foreign Secretary Special Representative for Climate Change
The New Times
Aviation Emissions Projects Soon Clear For Take-off Under Kyoto Protocol’s Clean Development Mechanism
The aviation sector will soon have a new way to measure, account for and reward reductions in the gases that contribute to climate change thanks to work agreed to this week by the Board that runs the Kyoto Protocol’s Clean Development Mechanism (CDM).
Caribbean News Service
Climate change: Minister says efforts being made to cope with negative impacts
Federal Minister for Climate Change Mushahidullah Khan on Sunday said that efforts are being made at various levels in the light of policy recommendations proposed in the National Climate Change Policy of Pakistan to cope with the negative impacts of climate change.
Daily Times
Greenhouse gas emissions claims rejected
The Government has rejected forest owners' claims that New Zealand is going to miss its greenhouse gas reduction targets.
Radio New Zealand International
Inter-ministerial talks on climate change begin
With regard to the Paris climate conference, the environment ministry has started its inter-ministerial consultation, which would be on five essential pillars — climate finance, mitigation, adaptation, equity and innovation.
Hindustan Times
World’s biggest offshore windfarm approved
Plans for the world’s biggest offshore windfarm have been given the green light by the energy secretary, with planning permission for an array of up to 400 turbines 80 miles off the Yorkshire coast on the Dogger Bank.
Gulf Times
Climate change bill faces uphill battle
With Republicans in control of both houses of Congress, the odds of passing a climate change bill this year are virtually non-existent. But Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Maryland, plans to reintroduce legislation to cap carbon emissions this week, anyway, due in part to the impact it could have on the 2016 election.
WHO Fears Climate Change Will Accelerate Spread of Some Tropical Diseases
The World Health Organization (WHO) is seeking billions of dollars to tackle 17 tropical diseases such as dengue, rabies and leprosy, the group announced on Thursday.
UN urges to boost investments to tackle neglected tropical diseases
Scaling up investment to tackle leprosy, dengue fever, sleeping sickness and other neglected tropical diseases will improve the health and well-being of more than 1.5 billion people, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday
New Kerala
France, PH setting tone for global pact on climate change
As climate change impacts - blizzards in Western countries, fiercer typhoons, rising seas, droughts and flooding in the poorest and most vulnerable countries - continue to be felt around the world, the need for firmer action has assumed greater urgency.
Greek Orthodox Patriarch to attend Philippines climate change forum on French president’s invitation
Greek Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew will attend a climate change forum in the Philippines on Feb. 26-27, on the invitation of French President François Hollande.
RI not rushing into emissions commitments for Paris summit
Indonesia will miss the informal deadline for setting national emissions reduction targets ahead of the December 2015 UN climate conference in Paris, as it wants to ensure it can follow through on what it promises.
jakarta Post
January second-warmest on record globally
January picked up right where 2014 left off: with unusually warm temperatures recorded around the world.
USA Today
Cyclone Marcia: Climate change is expanding the tropics
The southward shift of cyclones under climate change will force planners to demand stronger building standards as far south as Coffs Harbour on the NSW North Coast, Cairns climatologist Steve Turton says.
Sydney Morning Herald
NZ and Pacific develop climate change strategies
A workshop in Auckland today is aiming to help Pacific Island countries develop their responses to climate change.
Radio New Zealand International
India to launch national air quality index in March
The first step to operationalise the India-US Climate and Clean Energy Co-operation accord agreed to by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Barack Obama has been taken with the State Department and the Environmental Protection Agency signing off on an initiative to expand the AIRNow International programme to India.
Economic Times
India’s Largest Bank Commits $12.5 Billion For Renewable Energy Funding
Private sector project developers in India’s rapidly growing renewable energy would be happy to have the backing of the country’s largest bank as they get ready to participate in cut-throat competitive bidding.
More Sick Sea Lion Pups Washing Up on California Beaches
Four times more sick and dying sea lion pups have gotten stranded on California beaches this year, and experts say unusually warm ocean water along the West Coast is to blame.
An artist's impression of desertification in Mongolia
A Mongolian government study suggest a quarter of the country has become desert over the past three decades. Paris-based artist Daesung Lee uses art to highlight a problem threatening the traditional nomadic way of life
Deutsche Welle
Namibia: Global United Go North for Climate Kick 2015
The FNB Global United Climate Kick will be held for the sixth successive year with a match between Global United and a Kunene All Stars team in Outjo on 28 March.
The Namibian
Fighting Climate Change with Community Action
Not far above Trinidad’s capital, Port-of-Spain, in a corner of the St. Ann’s valley in the Northern Range, the community of Fondes Amandes have come together since 1982 to respond to the climate change.
Fight climate change, make money (By Richard Branson and Paul Polman) CNN
EU politicians haggle over carbon market reform date
A compromise date of the very end of 2018 for reform of the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) has run into opposition from some legislators, EU sources said, ahead of a vote next week that will be closely watched by the world's biggest carbon market.
Economists warn of “lost decade” risk for EU carbon market
Ahead of key European Parliament vote next Tuesday, researchers urge early reform to flagship climate policy
Climate Change And New York City: More Heat, Rain And Flooding On The Horizon For Big Apple
Increased coastal flooding, more intense heat waves and lots of rain are on the horizon for New Yorkers as global greenhouse gases drive manmade climate change and alter weather patterns, a report from the New York City Panel on Climate Change predicts.
International Business Times
Parts of New York City To Disappear Underwater By 2100
Parts of Queens, Brooklyn and The Bronx may be swallowed by the sea in coming years, with an alarming new climate change report predicting a water-logged future for New York City.
Post-2015 agenda must give real voice to developing nations: Bhagwant Bishnoi
With the post-2015 development agenda set to be adopted later this year at the UN, India has said developing nations must be given the "necessary space" to pull their people out of poverty while pursuing socially inclusive and environmentally sustainable growth.
The weird way that climate change could lead to new disease outbreaks around the world
Climate change could be behind more than just rising ocean levels, melting polar ice caps, and extreme weather events – it could also be creating the ecological basis for infectious diseases to spread to new places and new hosts.
Washington Post
Japan Looks to Ocean for Renewable Energy
As an island nation, Japan controls large swaths of ocean territory, about the sixth-greatest expanse of any country in the world, according to government data. That is stark contrast to its relatively meagre land area, which ranks near the middle of list, in 60th place. So it makes sense for Japan to look to the seas for renewable energy — something it hasn’t done so far.
Wall Street Journal
De jeunes Européens tiennent leur "sommet climat" à Toulouse
À dix mois du Sommet climat de Paris qui va réunir la plupart des pays du monde pour plancher sur les mesures à prendre pour limiter le réchauffement climatique, des étudiants venus de plusieurs pays européens se retrouvent à Toulouse toute cette fin de semaine pour "leur"sommet climat.
France bleu
US-based EcoSikh to focus on climate change
As the United Nations gears up for a major global summit on climate change in Paris in December, EcoSikh, a US-based organisation, has appealed to Sikhs to focus on climate change when they celebrate Sikh Environment Day on March 14 this year.
Hindustan Times
UAE inaugurates micro grid solar plant in Fiji
The UAE has inaugurated a solar photovoltaic micro grid project that will bring clean energy to some of Fiji’s outer islands.
Trade Arabia
COP 21 : petit manuel de gouvernance et de géopolitique du climat (opinion)

Paris: Don’t leave out planes and ships (opinion) EurActiv
Global CO2 emissions to grow at slightly slower rate to 2035: BP
Global carbon emissions from energy use will grow at 25 percent between 2013 and 2035, a slightly slower rate than previously estimated, BP said on Tuesday, but still above the rate scientists say would avoid the worst effects of climate change.
BP: huge rise in energy demand at odds with climate change fight
Annual outlook forecasts unsustainable rise in carbon emissions, fuelled by 40% rise in energy demand that it says can only be met by fossil fuels
Invest in cities, renewable energy, UN envoy Michael Bloomberg tells conference in India
Welcoming India’s efforts to confront climate change, the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change, Michael Bloomberg, said today that the country was incredibly well placed to capitalise on the benefits of renewable energy.
UN News Centre
G20 climate pledges likely to determine success of Paris summit
The success of the UN’s climate deal will hinge on emission reduction pledges made by major economies between now and October – a senior EU official has told RTCC
Successful Paris climate change deal 'cannot be based on voluntary pledges' (video)
In nine months France will host the largest environmental conference of the decade. The stakes are high: this is perhaps the best chance the world will ever have of limiting greenhouse gas emissions
U.S. EPA chief hints at softening carbon rule interim timeline
The Environmental Protection Agency said on Tuesday that it may ease an interim deadline for states to meet tougher carbon emission standards after regulators and electric utilities complained a lack of time may destabilize electricity supplies.
Tonga’s King talks climate change with Pope Francis
Tonga’s King has taken the environmental challenges facing the small island states in the Pacific to the Vatican.
Millions at risk from rapid sea rise in swampy Sundarbans
The tiny hut sculpted out of mud at the edge of the sea is barely large enough for Bokul Mondol and his family to lie down in.
Scientists sound storm warning on African climate change
On a typical February day in West Africa, Cape Verdeans are taking time to cool down as the island nation is buffeted by a rare unseasonal downpour.
Catholic group launches global climate-focused Lenten fast
Forty days of Lent this year will equate to 40 days of fasting for Catholics in 40-plus countries in a push for greater unity and action around the issue of climate change
National Catholic Reporter
Hollywood actors to join French president in PH visit
Oscar-winning actors Jeremy Irons and Marion Cotillard will join French President Francois Hollande's Philippine visit from February 26 to 27, which includes a trip to Guiuan in Eastern Samar
India to create a federation of 50 solar power-rich nations
Taking a cue from Prime Minister Narendra Modi's vision, Union Minister Piyush Goyal today said efforts will work to create a federation of 50 solar power -rich nations and also make India the world's renewable energy capital.
Kyoto Protocol: 10 years of the world’s first climate change treaty
Hailed as an answer to global warming, the flagship treaty failed to curb carbon emissions, so what will its legacy be?
As Kyoto Protocol turns 10, UN says 'first critical step' must trigger new 2015 emissions-curbing deal
As momentum builds towards negotiations in Paris next year on a universal climate agreement, the United Nations announced today that early analysis shows that countries with targets under the landmark Kyoto Protocol – the world's first emission reduction treaty – have collectively exceeded their original ambition.
UN News Centre
Les 10 ans du protocole de Kyoto, quel bilan?
Il y a 10 ans, le protocole de Kyoto entrait en vigueur. L'objectif de cet accord international était de contraindre les pays industrialisés à réduire leurs émissions de gaz à effet de serre
Limited climate change accord likely in Paris, IPCC expert says
Encouraging progress at climate change talks points to the likelihood of an overall accord being reached at the Paris conference in December, but the deal is unlikely to adequately fight global warming, a top IPCC official said Sunday
Rare ray of hope in UN climate talks
The detente achieved at UN talks that concluded Friday with a framework for a world climate pact is only temporary, achieved by kicking the difficult decisions down the road, parties and observers say.
Paris climate deal must lay ground for global carbon trading, MPs say
Energy and Climate Change Committee says global agreement must allow carbon trading between countries to help meet emissions targets
Climate Scientist Tries Arts To Stir Hearts Regarding Earth's Fate
A decade ago, physicist Robert Davies wasn't all that interested in Earth's climate. His field was quantum optics. But while he was working at the University of Oxford in England, he became intrigued by what was going on at Oxford's Environmental Change Institute, just down the road from his lab.
Climat : un appel pour encadrer les apprentis sorciers
Lutter contre le réchauffement climatique en refroidissant la planète par le biais de techniques regroupées sous le vocable de géo-ingéniérie, l'idée fait son chemin.
Le Figaro
EU policy mash dents carbon markets before Paris climate deal
The European Union's carbon market, designed to save the environment, is being undercut by a patchwork of national subsidies for renewables and misaligned energy policies that have helped cut in half the volume of power being traded.
EU launches pilot projects to leverage green energy spending
European Union climate and energy bosses launched two projects on Monday designed to unleash more than a billion euros ($1.1 billion) of spending on measures to save energy and adapt to climate change.
Scientists sound storm warning on African climate change
On a typical February day in west Africa, Cape Verdeans are taking time to cool down as the island nation is buffeted by a rare unseasonal downpour.
PM Narendra Modi for innovation in renewable energy for affordable power
Keen to tap renewable sources to bridge energy deficit, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today called for innovation and research to make solar and wind power affordable, even as companies like NTPC, Suzlon and Reliance Power pledged mega investments in such areas.
Economic Times
Climate change leading to emergence of infectious disease
Climate change is causing the appearance of infectious diseases in new places and new hosts, according to a study.
Blue & Green Tomorrow
Taps Start to Run Dry in Brazil’s Largest City
Endowed with the Amazon and other mighty rivers, an array of huge dams and one-eighth of the world’s fresh water, Brazil is sometimes called the “Saudi Arabia of water,” so rich in the coveted resource that some liken it to living above a sea of oil.
NY Times
Real progress on climate change needs trust between all political parties (by Ed Davey) Guardian
Negotiators agree on early draft of UN climate deal
U.N. negotiators have produced an early draft of what eventually should become a landmark climate deal in Paris next December, piling on pages to make sure it reflected every country's wishes.
UN talks agree draft text for deal to fight climate change
Almost 200 nations agreed on Friday a draft text for a deal due in 2015 to fight climate change but put off hard choices about narrowing down a vast range of options for limiting a damaging rise in temperatures.
Climate pact blueprint ready for adoption in Geneva
Negotiators in Geneva are geared to adopt a climate blueprint on Friday (Feb 13), a symbolic milestone in the fraught UN process that must culminate in a universal pact in Paris in December.
UN agrees draft text for Paris climate summit
UN climate talks in Geneva have ended with agreement on a formal draft negotiating text for the summit in Paris in December.
Negotiating text for Paris climate pact ready: UN climate change body
The negotiating text for a new agreement on climate change, to be concluded at the Paris climate conference later this year, was reached after week-long negotiations, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) announced here Friday.
Negotiating text for Paris climate pact prepared in Geneva
A negotiating text, described as a "key milestone" towards a new universal agreement on climate change was reached here today after negotiators accepted major demands of India and other developing nations for a pact set to be reached in Paris in December.
Business Standard
Next Step on Road to Climate Agreement in Paris Wraps Up in Geneva
Today countries wrapped up the first climate negotiation session of 2015 as they work to finalize a new international legal agreement in Paris later this year.
Huffington Post
Governments face test of green promises amid low oil prices
Governments say they are still pushing towards cleaner energy despite low oil prices, but their resolve will be tested in the coming months when they have to outline their green plans.
Geneva delivers fresh climate negotiating text
The United Nations this morning released the latest version of the draft negotiating text for this year's Paris Summit, revealing that the previous 38 page document has ballooned to 86 pages.
Surprisingly, a Voluntary Climate Treaty Could Actually Work NY Times
U.N. climate deal set to rely on persuasion, not coercion
A U.N. deal to fight global warming due in 2015 is set to avoid tough penalties for nations that fail to keep their promises, relying instead on persuasion and peer pressure, delegates at climate talks said on Thursday.
Talks target emissions cap on airline and shipping industries
A move to cap emissions from airline and shipping companies has emerged in talks on the global climate change agreement to be signed in Paris at the end of this year.
Financial Times
UN climate deal moving closer, say Least Developed Countries
Everyone satisfied with Geneva text, but real negotiating begins in June, says lead negotiator for grouping of world’s poorest
Who pays? Who cuts emissions? 5 issues for UN climate deal
World governments are hoping that this year will mark a breakthrough in the slow-paced U.N. climate talks.
U.N. Climate Talks Advance Link Between Gender and Climate Change
A week of climate negotiations in Geneva, Switzerland Feb. 8-13 are setting the stage for what promises to be a busy year. In order to reach an agreement in Paris by December, negotiators will have to climb a mountain of contentious issues which continue to overshadow the talks.
Behind the scenes at the Geneva climate talks
For outsiders, it’s hard to get a sense of what happens at climate conferences like the one in Geneva this week
Small islands will not accept weak Paris climate deal – official
Small island states have not given up hope of a global climate deal that restricts warming to 1.5C above pre-industrial levels, a senior negotiator representing the Maldives has told RTCC.
President Aquino asks private sector to invest in biodiversity-friendly ventures
President Benigno Aquino III is seeking more private investments that aren't just income-generating but also use the country's natural resources in a sustainable manner.
Philippine News Agency
Vietnam co-hosts UN seminar on post-2015 development agenda
The Permanent Representative Delegations to the United Nations (UN) of Vietnam, Sweden and other countries, together with the UN Sustainable Development Solution Network (UNSDSN), hosted a seminar on the post-2015 development agenda and a new climate change agreement, in New York.
From Bangkok to Bhutan, growing cities race to outrun disasters
Asia's fast-growing cities are struggling to build the roads, waste management and drinking water systems that could help protect their swelling populations from climate-related disasters, said city leaders from across the region.
Thomson Reuters Foundation
Global Environment Facility to take up pilot projects in 4 cities
Global Environment Facility (GEF) that supports UN objectives on protecting environment and addressing climate change concerns, has agreed to undertake pilot projects in four Indian cities for promoting green practices in urban areas.
Economic Times
Vatican mulling new department to tackle environmental issues
The Vatican is considering setting up an environmental think tank, a spokesman said on Thursday, which could influence the opinion of the world's 1.2 billion Roman Catholics on such thorny issues as climate change.
From Geneva: Timing is everything in UN climate negotiating process (blog) Bloomberg BNA
UN deal to combat global warming complicated as length of draft text balloons
Almost 200 nations complicated a drive for a U.N. deal to combat climate change in 2015 on Wednesday by more than doubling the length of a draft negotiating text to about 100 pages of radically varying solutions.
Progress in Geneva with climate pact blueprint
UN negotiators in Geneva offered an outline Wednesday for a global climate pact that was welcomed by observers as inclusive and unifying, though much editing lies ahead.
Exclusion of ‘loss and damage’ would make Paris deal useless
Unless diplomats design UN deal to cope with climate damage, it will soon become redundant, says Saleemul Huq
Shell chief urges industry to speak up in climate debate
The head of Royal Dutch Shell is urging his industry to spell out why the world needs it, as talks intensify on a global climate deal due to be signed this year.
Financial Times
Oil sector must take lead in climate debate: Shell CEO
The oil industry needs to take a leading role in the fight against climate change to introduce "realism and practicality" into the debate, the head of Royal Dutch Shell said on Thursday.
Slim down climate science reports to boost impact, IPCC told
Countries have urged the world’s authority on climate science to be more concise and focus on questions relevant to policy
EU CO2-Fix Talks Spark Lawmakers’ Optimism on Compromise
Negotiators on a law aimed at boosting prices in the European Union’s carbon market made progress in talks yesterday, increasing chances for a compromise deal to accelerate the proposed fix, according to leading lawmakers.
‘By 2050, 20% jump possible in risk of hunger due to climate change’
The risk of hunger and malnutrition could increase by 20 per cent due to climate change by 2050, endangering the lives of millions of people, a UN agency has warned.
Financial Express
Renewable energy sector to attract $200 billion: Piyush Goyal
India's renewable energy sector is looking at attracting $ 200 billion in investments as several domestic and international firms queue up to tap the potential of green power, the government said today.
European Environmental Markets looks to shake up EU carbon trade
Company debuts new environmental commodities exchange with goal of becoming "first-to-market spot exchange for environmental commodities"
Karachi can submerge by 2060 due to global warming
Pakistan’s largest city and financial capital Karachi could submerge into the sea by 2060 due to global warming; a top oceanographer has warned lawmakers amid reports of escalating threat of sea intrusion along the coasts of Balochistan and Sindh provinces.
Customs Today
Antarctic sea ice gains do not “cancel out” Arctic sea ice losses, NASA finds
You may have heard Antarctic sea ice has recently set new records for extent, offsetting the dramatic loss in Arctic sea ice in recent decades.
Washington Post
Nepal prepares for UN forest carbon trading
Nepal has calculated the amount of carbon stored in its forests for the first in the hope the country can benefit from future UN carbon trading schemes, reports Ramesh Bhushal.
Vast draft text won’t derail Paris talks, says UN climate chief
Climate diplomats face wading through a huge and rambling set of proposals in their hunt for a UN deal to slow global warming, after officials allowed countries to add extra ideas to a draft text.
Is climate change fuelling war?
For years, scientists and security analysts have warned that global warming looms as a potential source of war and unrest.
Obama seeks $2 billion in private dollars for clean energy
President Barack Obama is setting a goal of raising $2 billion from the private sector for investments in clean energy.
IPCC could conduct annual climate review, says Pachauri
The UN’s top climate science body should assess countries’ progress in slashing global greenhouse gas emissions every year.
Climat : 80% des Français attribuent le réchauffement à l'homme
Une grande majorité de Français estime que l'homme est responsable du réchauffement climatique.
RTL (France)
Can 'climate intervention' help fend off global warming?
The National Academy of Sciences outlines a research agenda for two broad approaches that may be needed as greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise.
Christian Science Monitor
Scientists urge global 'wake-up call' to deal with climate change
Climate change has advanced so rapidly that work must start on unproven technologies now, admits US National Academy of Science
Panel Urges Research on Geoengineering as a Tool Against Climate Change
With the planet facing potentially severe impacts from global warming in coming decades, a government-sponsored scientific panel on Tuesday called for more research on geoengineering — technologies to deliberately intervene in nature to counter climate change.
NY Times
S. Korean carbon market numb in first month
As widely expected, South Korea's carbon market had thin trading in the first month of opening due in large part to a lack of confidence and the reluctance of affected companies to actively join the new trading scheme, data showed on Wednesday.
Investments in African schools, health and other infrastructure exposed to climate risks
Investments in African schools, healthcare and other infrastructure are at risk from the long-term impacts of global warming because governments and businesses are not considering climate information in their plans, researchers have warned.
Thomson Reuters Foundation
Show the love: Celebrities use Shakespeare to highlight climate change
Celebrities including Stephen Fry, Jarvis Cocker and Emilia Fox have taken part in a short film to "show the love" as part of a campaign on climate change.
Save the trees: New campaign against deforestation launched
Since the money raised by governments and corporations hasn't managed to halt the destruction of the world's rainforests - an area the size of Alabama or Greece is lost every year - a new U.S. campaign is now inviting individuals to chip in.
Burlington, Vermont Becomes First U.S. City to Run On 100% Renewable Electricity
Burlington, Vermont is that state’s largest city, with a population of 42,000 people. It describes itself as “forward-thinking” which is what you’d expect from a city that once elected Senator Bernie Sanders as its mayor. So it’s no surprise that it recently became the first U.S. city of any decent size to run entirely on renewable electricity.
Geneva climate meeting kicks off with updated negotiating text
The first UN climate meeting of the year kicked off in Geneva yesterday, amid fresh calls for diplomats to ensure an ambitious global agreement is reached at December's Paris Summit and a renewed push for the eventual deal to include a commitment to "achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions".
Ballooning UN climate text risks becoming “unmanageable”
UN climate change negotiations risk becoming unmanageable unless countries start cutting down a rapidly expanding set of proposals for a global deal
EU to exert 'maximum pressure' in seeking emissions cuts
The European Union will exert "maximum pressure" to extract by June at the latest pledges from major economies to cut greenhouse-gas emissions, a document seen by Reuters says.
Rich world helping bankroll export of coal technology-data
Rich nations provided nearly $15 billion over a decade from 2003 to 2013 to fund exports of coal-fired power plant and coal mining technology, data seen by Reuters shows, defying calls to end subsidies for the most polluting of the fossil fuels.
'Loss & damage' issue brings developing countries together
Climate change negotiations started at Geneva on Sunday, working to draw the rough blueprint for the global Paris agreement, which will be agreed upon by the end of the year.
Business Standard
Green groups tell G20 ministers to stop fossil fuel subsidies
Turkish prime minister urged to focus on phasing out “inefficient” fossil fuel funds, in letter from 39 organisations
Climate Is Big Issue for Hispanics, and Personal
Alfredo Padilla grew up in Texas as a migrant farmworker who followed the harvest with his parents to pick sugar beets in Minnesota each summer. He has not forgotten the aches of labor or how much the weather — too little rain, or too much — affected the family livelihood.
NY Times
Dubai Municipality initiative to combat global warming
Replacing traditional diesel with biodiesel in trucks will reduce 22,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions per yearIn conjunction with National Environmental Day, Dubai Municipality kicked off a new initiative that aims to replace the use of traditional diesel with biodiesel in tanks of big trucks.
Gulf News
Why climate scientists are right about how hot the planet is going to get
One key concept that climate scientists and policymakers use to forecast future global warming — and estimate how much we should reduce greenhouse-gas emissions — is known as “climate sensitivity.”
Washington Post
Buried in Boston? Blame it on climate change -- maybe
Boston is used to snow, but not like this — nearly 6 feet in two weeks, including the biggest two snowstorms since records began after the Civil War.
USA Today
UK Valentine’s cards could be contributing to deforestation
Purchasing a Valentine’s card for your loved one on the UK high street could contribute to illegal logging and deforestation, the WWF has warned, due to loopholes in EU regulation.
Blue & Green Tomorrow
A 23-year experiment finds surprising global warming impacts already underway
A new paper published in Global Change Biology summarizes the results of a 23-year experiment monitoring how global warming is impacting certain ecosystems.
Will Companies Solve Climate Change Before Countries? (blog) Huffington Post
Global accord on climate won’t be enough (comment) Japan Times
France says climate talks crucial for world security
French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius launched a round of global climate talks in Geneva on Sunday and warned that world security, as well as the environment, depended on their success.
Plea for 'urgency' at UN climate talks
UN climate negotiators gathered in Geneva were urged Sunday to show urgency and compromise in crafting a draft by next week for a global pact to be signed in December.
UN climate talks get into gear in Geneva
UN negotiators are meeting in Geneva for a new round of talks this week. With 2014 recognised as the hottest year on record, there is increasing pressure for a global climate pact to curb greenhouse gas emissions.
Deutsche Welle
UN climate talks start with call to work as “one team” in Geneva
With six days to create a draft agreement, officials ask countries to drop historic divides and start new era of cooperation
A Genève, 195 pays se penchent sur un futur accord
Les négociations sur le climat reprennent dimanche à Genève. Il s'agit de la première réunion formelle depuis deux mois. Elle est destinée à préparer le texte du grand accord que doivent signer en décembre à Paris 195 Etats, toujours divisés sur plusieurs points-clés.
Draft of Climate Change Agreement Enters Final Lap
A new round of U.N.-sponsored negotiations to draft a climate change agreement to halt global warming has begun in Geneva.
Voice of America
EU wants India to contribute to UN Green Climate
The European Union today said it expects India and other emerging economies to contribute to the Green Climate Fund after 2020, stating that "geopolitical realities have changed significantly".
Withering clouds: Climate change damaging biodiverse Costa Rica forest
Higher air temperatures mean rising clouds, altering the ecosystem by pushing flora and fauna toward higher ground
'India can achieve highest emission reduction in Asia'
India can achieve the highest reduction in emission levels in Asia by 2050 by adopting agricultural practices that prevent the release of methane and nitrogen oxides into the atmosphere, a Japanese expert has said.
Lawmakers take step toward fulfilling state climate change goals
State lawmakers are preparing a sweeping package of bills that would fulfill several of Gov. Jerry Brown's climate change objectives by increasing California's reliance on renewable energy and alternative transportation fuels.
LA Times
Delhi government must give environment high priory: R.K. Pachauri
As Delhi gears up to usher in a new government, eminent environmentalist R.K. Pachauri is hopeful it would give the sector "high priority" and reflect Prime Minister Narendra Modi's leadership in effecting a real change on the climate front.
Angela Merkel: The green realist who could make or break a climate deal
On Monday, Merkel visits the White House, where climate change is on the agenda. Will US president Barack Obama meet an advocate for ambition, or a protector of heavy industry?
Hopeful signs but no miracle fix at Paris climate summit: U.N
The world will take years to limit climate change to manageable levels, with no miracle fix at a Paris summit this year despite growing signs of action by governments and companies, the United Nations climate chief said on Thursday.
UN climate chief: Major economies committed to Paris deal
The UN’s climate chief is confident all major economies will deliver their commitments towards a proposed global warming pact by a deadline of October 1 this year.
Figueres: París será un éxito si establece la senda hacia un mundo descarbonizado en 2050
Esto es lo que contó Figueres en un briefing vía web con los periodistas que siguen las negociaciones climáticas, a dos días de que se reanuden en Ginebra para continuar “gestando” el embrión de acuerdo surgido de la Cumbre del Clima celebrada en Lima el pasado diciembre.
UN climate chief tempers expectations on Paris deal
Tempering expectations on a global climate deal in Paris this year, the U.N.'s top climate diplomat on Thursday warned against assuming the pact will suffice to prevent dangerous levels of warming.
Paris climate meet: Focus on finance, transfer of clean tech
France said addressing the issues of finance and transfer of clean technology to developing nations is the key to success of the climate summit in Paris later this year, when nations will sign a new deal to limit global warming to below 2 degrees Celsius.
Jagran Post
France to axe coal subsidies while EU stalls
The French Minister for Ecology, Ségolène Royal and the Prime Minister, Manuel Valls, announced the end of French aid for coal power during the presentation of their environmental roadmap for 2015, ahead of the Paris Climate Conference
Ban Ki-moon lauds India's efforts for clean energy
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday lauded India's efforts to scale-up solar power and clean the Ganga river through an ambitious rejuvenation project and said Prime Minister Narendra Modi's "leadership and vision" in the field of sustainable development has "impressed and inspired" him.
Zee News
Partnership results in climate and disaster resilience plan for Nauru
The Republic of Nauru has launched its first ever national framework aimed at increasing the Pacific nation’s resilience to climate change and disaster risk.
The Jet
Le changement climatique abordé par le Pape et le président de Kiribati
Le Saint-Père a reçu Anote Tong, le président de Kiribati, qui s'est ensuite entretenu avec le cardinal Pietro Parolin, Secrétaire d'Etat, accompagné de Mgr Paul Richard Gallagher, Secrétaire pour les rapports avec les Etats.
Radio Vatican
China to target aviation next year in national carbon trading scheme
China is reportedly planning to target energy and aviation emissions among six industrial sectors when it launches its carbon trading scheme early next year.
Business leaders back ambitious emissions reduction target
The chief executive of Unilever, the maker of Dove soap and Lipton tea, has urged world leaders to slash greenhouse gas emissions to virtually zero within 35 years as global climate deal negotiations intensify.
Financial Times
Climate change pushes India's poorest children into slavery - Satyarthi
Disasters resulting from climate change are pushing poor Indian families into poverty so deep that they are lured by traffickers into selling their children into bonded labour or prostitution, Nobel Peace Laureate Kailash Satyarthi said on Thursday.
Thomson Reuters Foundation
Experts hammer out agendas at Delhi summit for Paris climate talks
Environmentalists and policy makers met at the 15th Delhi Sustainable Development Summit (DSDS) to set agendas for the 2015 climate change summit in Paris as India plays an influential role in UN climate talks.
La ONU abre el plazo para que los países envíen sus compromisos contra el cambio climático
Los cerca de 200 Estados que forman parte de la Convención Marco de la ONU sobre Cambio Climático (CMNUCC) ya pueden presentar sus compromisos de reducción de emisiones (INDC, por sus siglas en inglés) de cara al acuerdo global de lucha contra el calentamiento que se prevé adoptar en París a finales de año.
Paris climate summit: missing global warming target 'would not be failure'
The European Union climate chief says talks at a major climate summit in Paris this year will not be a failure even if governments fail to keep warming below the dangerous 2C threshold.
Europe to reveal UN climate deal pledge on February 25
Brussels set to be first bloc to reveal contribution to global emissions cutting deal as next set of UN talks draw close
CEOs call for zero emissions goal in Paris climate deal
A group of high-profile CEOs on Thursday called on world leaders to agree to bring the balance of greenhouse gas emissions to zero by mid-century in a global climate change deal to be finalized in Paris in December.
Global warming won’t prevent massive snowstorms, study suggests
When a historic blizzard dumps a record-breaking amount of snow on the region, it’s only a matter of time before someone ventures a wry joke about climate change. Maybe there’s an upside to a warmer world, after all? Less shoveling.
Boston Globe
Norway to cut climate pollution by 40 percent by 2030
Norway will cut its emissions of global warming gases by at least 40 percent by 2030, aligning itself with the target set by the European Union, the government said Wednesday.
Pastille verte et lutte contre le diesel: Manuel Valls ouvre la route vers une France plus verte
Le Premier ministre a présenté ce matin la feuille de route issue de la Conférence environnementale
Changing energy prices, oil and gas transportation infrastructure in focus at meeting
he U.S. needs more pipelines, railroads and other infrastructure to support the growth in domestic oil and natural gas production, transportation and energy industry leaders told a House infrastructure subcommittee Tuesday.
Business leaders back ambitious emissions reduction target
The chief executive of Unilever, the maker of Dove soap and Lipton tea, has urged world leaders to slash greenhouse gas emissions to virtually zero within 35 years as global climate deal negotiations intensify.
Financial Times
Europe's green transport set for protection from oil price fall
Europe's green transport sector, still in its fledgling stages, is set to receive more regulatory support as the slump in oil prices tempts drivers back to gas guzzlers.
No, climate models aren’t exaggerating global warming
Weather and climate agencies around the world have been almost unanimous in declaring 2014 the hottest year on record — something that has promoted considerable chagrin among climate change doubters.
Washington Post
IKEA - building a better business through intelligent energy usage
Having taken the top spot in the global furniture market, the company is looking to transform itself into a 'better' company by putting sustainability and energy efficiency at the top of its corporate agenda.
El responsable de la ONU descarta que no se logre un acuerdo sobre el clima en París
La secretaria de la Convención Marco sobre el Cambio Climático de las Naciones Unidas (UNFCCC), Christiana Figueres, descartó hoy que no se logre un acuerdo internacional contra el cambio climático en la cumbre de París que se celebrará a finales de año.
World has not woken up to water crisis caused by climate change: IPCC head
Water scarcity could lead to conflict between communities and nations as the world is still not fully aware of the water crisis many countries face as a result of climate change, the head of the U.N. panel of climate scientists warned on Tuesday.
UN climate change talks and the Paris deal – a guide
Envoys from nearly 200 countries will descend on Geneva from February 8-13, tasked with crafting a draft of a proposed UN climate change pact.
China plans CO2 caps for 6 industrial sectors initially under national scheme: NDRC
China plans to initially cap emissions from six industrial sectors, such as power generators and chemical plants, in a national carbon market likely to be launched by the middle of next year, a government official said on Wednesday.
Mary Robinson: Developing countries must act on climate change
Former president tells climate conference that 2015 critical in bid to stem warming
Irish Times
Minister says India 'walking the talk' on climate change
India's government on Tuesday defended its efforts to combat climate change after US President Barack Obama urged the country to reduce its dependence on fossil fuels.
India offers two options for UN climate deal
The Indian government is considering submitting two options to the UN on how it plans to tackle climate change – what it can do with its own resources, and what it can do if it gets finances and cheap technology transfers from developed countries
Véhicules propres: Royal annonce le retour de la pastille verte
La ministre de l'Ecologie, Ségolène Royal, annonce dans Le Parisien/Aujourd'hui en France de mercredi la mise en place "avant l'été" d'un "certificat vert" ou "qualité de l'air" à apposer sur les véhicules propres.
AfDB facility approves US$777,000 grant for Cameroon’s 72MW solar plant
AfDB’s Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa (SEFA) has approved a grant worth US$777,000 for Canada’s JCM Greenquest Solar Corporation to develop a 72MW solar photovoltaic (PV) plant in Cameroon
African Review
Climate change pushing American pikas higher into mountains
The American pika is a small rodent-like mountain-dwelling species of the American West, characterized by short, stout bodies and big round ears.
Health sector should divest from fossil fuels, medical groups say
The health sector should get rid of its fossil fuel investments on moral grounds, as it previously did with its tobacco investments, according to a report by a coalition of medical organisations.
Modi-Obama's bulletproof summit: Was it climate-proof? IANS
UN confirms 2014 was 'hottest year on record'
The year 2014 was the hottest on record, part of a "warming trend" that appeared set to continue, the UN's weather agency said Monday.
UN weather agency says 2014 hottest year
The U.N. weather agency says 2014 was the warmest year on record, though the temperature difference with 2010 and 2005 is so small that it's impossible to say for sure which of the three years was the hottest.
Obama pledges $500m for Green Climate Fund in 2016 budget
Billions to be channeled towards climate measures in US president’s 2016 budget
China carbon offset prices diverge on regional bans
The lack of a unified regulatory system for China's fledgling carbon offset market has led to wild variations in prices in different regions, causing uncertainty among both buyers and project developers, traders said.
Time to implement the U.S.-China climate accord
In the global climate fight, 2015 could be the year for innovation, collaboration and partnership. We have already see this in operation with the energy and climate language associated with the nuclear trade and verification elements of President Barack Obama’s diplomatic trip to India, which drew to a close this week.
China roars past EU as solar’s largest market
China has now overtaken the European Union as the largest new market for solar power, says new report
Barrier Reef coral genetically altered in hope of surviving climate change
Coral species from different climes being mixed as a form of ‘assisted evolution’ to see if it will help them adapt more quickly to rising sea temperatures
New effort launched to connect US businesses with clean energy
Companies struggling to meet their renewable energy goals can now get help from a venture that aims to link up the biggest businesses in the United States with clean power.
India playing leadership role in fight against climate change: Javadekar
Minister of State for Environment, Forests and Climate Change Prakash Javadekar today said that India was already demonstrating leadership in the fight against climate change.
Business Standard
Climate change is the biggest risk: Lucille Sering
The head of the Philippines Climate Change Commission says extreme weather events that have devastated the country are validating what science has long warned and that climate change remains the biggest risk for governments and businesses.
Love you, tree: Melbourne climate change plan sparks arbor ardor
Trees in the Australian city of Melbourne are replying to emails from the public as authorities seek to highlight the impact of climate change in a country where rising temperatures are expected to outpace global warming worldwide.
As Bamboo Forests Fade, Can Pandas Survive? (Op-Ed) LiveScience
UN targets draft of Paris climate deal by February 13
Diplomats must complete draft text in Geneva next month, or risk undermining legal basis for a global accord in December
China says 90 percent of cities failed to meet air standards in 2014
Nearly 90 percent of China's big cities failed to meet air quality standards in 2014, but that was still an improvement on 2013 as the country's "war on pollution" began to take effect, the environment ministry said on Monday.
Pachauri confident of deal on climate change in Paris conference
The world is set to take a call on new climate treaty in Paris and sustainable development goals (SDGs) in New York this year. What can be expected from the talks in New York?
Hindustan Times
Exclusive: Obama 2016 budget urges U.S. states to cut emissions faster
President Barack Obama's fiscal 2016 budget proposes $7.4 billion to fund clean energy technologies and a $4 billion fund to encourage U.S. states to make faster and deeper cuts to emissions from power plants, officials told Reuters.
Ban Ki-moon’s new climate advisor warns on geopolitical tensions
Geopolitical tensions could complicate the path towards UN climate deal set to be signed in December, an advisor to UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon has warned.
Why the next few months will be critical for green investment
With rows over fracking dominating the headlines and the United Nation's Paris Summit fast approaching, it would be easy to forget politicians are currently debating reforms to the world's biggest carbon market that could have an equally dramatic impact on green investment over the next five years.
Rocket blasts off with NASA satellite to track climate change
An unmanned Delta 2 rocket lifted off from California on Saturday carrying a NASA satellite to measure how much water is in Earth’s soil, information that will help weather forecasting and tracking of global climate change.
Climate change, melting glaciers make Iceland spring upward like a trampoline
Sea levels aren’t the only things rising due to climate change — swaths of land are too, including the nation of Iceland.
Washington Post
Did Climate Change Condemn Easter Islanders?
The mysteries of the most isolated island in the world, Rapa Nui, commonly known as Easter Island, have baffled anthropologists and other scientists for generations, and one question about the curious inhabitants who erected those great, strange heads is what happened to the people who made them.
ABC News
Climate Change’s Bottom Line
It was 8 degrees in Minneapolis on a recent January day, and out on Interstate 394, snow whipped against the windshields of drivers on their morning commutes.
NY Times
Education ministry seeks climate change material
THE Ministry of Education is now sourcing material on climate change and environmental awareness, which it is seeking to include in the virtual education programme set to come on stream later this year.
Jamaica Observer
Why pictures of polar bears don't always tell the truth about climate change
Climate change has an image problem. And it’s not socks, sandals and floral pattern hemp shirts. Typical depictions of the issue, such as homeless polar bears, steaming smoke stacks and swirling storms, are failing to provoke meaningful engagement.
Guardian Sustainable Business
Can Europe get over its renewable energy midlife crisis? (opinion) EurActiv
Shell bows to investor pressure on climate risk
In a rare move, oil major Shell on Thursday backed a resolution proposed by activist investors to force the company to recognize climate change risks by improving its transparency.
Urban heatwaves getting worse, study confirms
Urban heatwaves have become more frequent over the last 40 years, scientists reported on Friday.
China 2014 coal output seen down 2.5 pct, first drop in a decade
China's coal production is estimated to have fallen 2.5 percent in 2014, the first annual drop in more than a decade, hit by a war on pollution and government efforts to tackle a supply glut as demand from industry and the power sector weakens.
Study flags carbon concern from melting glaciers
Glaciers melting as a result of climate change release soot into the seas, scientists find, with unknown impacts on marine life
For green, comfortable homes, Mali turns to mud
Building a house in the poorest villages of southern Mali has for years involved cutting trees for timber frames and struggling to save cash for a corrugated iron roof.
Thomson Reuters Foundation
Climate concern 'linked to floods'
Public belief in the reality of climate change has risen in Britain, partly because of the 2013 winter floods, according to a report.
Include genes in climate change plans, urges FAO
The UN is mooting the inclusion of genetic resources in guidelines for national climate change adaptation plans to support food security in developing countries.
Study: Climate change to bring more nasty La Ninas
Extreme La Niñas could become more frequent because of global warming, according to a study out this week in the British journal Nature Climate Change.
USA Today
Previous climatic shifts deprived oceans of oxygen
Dead zones -- massive stratified columns of oxygen-deprived water -- could become the new normal in oceans around the world as global temperatures continue to rise.
Poll finds gaping chasm in views between U.S. public, scientists
American scientists and the general public hold vastly different views on key scientific issues including the role of people in causing climate change, the safety of genetically modified food, and evolution, a poll released on Thursday showed.
How Climate Change Leads to Volcanoes (Really)
A new study reveals one more consequence of our messing with the environment
The responsible investor’s guide to climate change (opinion)
Mr. Obama’s trip to India leaves a clear deal on curbing emissions up in the air (editorial) Washington Post
Political will is the biggest barrier to tackling global water risk Guardian Professional
Four Conclusions from Davos (by Christiana Figueres)
With promising milestones on the horizon for climate change and the development agenda this year, much of the discussion among public and private sector leaders at the World Economic Forum 2015 Annual Meeting focused on the role of energy in transforming our growth model.
Huffington Post
Ahead of Modi's visit, Berlin lays red carpet of assurances
Supporting India's efforts to deal with the threat of climate change through a range of adaptation measures, Germany on Wednesday promised to help the country in its efforts of cleaning the Ganga, conservation of water resources, waste management, its step to develop smart cities and meet its renewable energy goals by extending technological and financial support.
Times of India
Germany pledges to support India in climate change talks
Within hours of US President Barak Obama’s departure, Germany has agreed to back India in the protracted climate change negotiations with Berlin agreeing to a contentious Indian proposal on how international assistance on emission reduction measures should be spent.
Deccan Herald
5C rise in temperature tipped for Australia
Australia is on course to experience some of the world’s most extreme temperature increases as well as more torrential rain and increased flooding, a new report shows.
Prince Charles: business must stop blocking action on climate change
Prince Charles has launched a blistering attack on companies that are actively seeking to delay progress on preventing runaway climate change.
Are green bonds a fair weather phenomenon?
Could bond markets help save the world? With enthusiasm in debt capital markets at high levels thanks to ultra low interest rates, it is not unreasonable to hope some of the energy could be used to tackle global climate change.
Financial Times
'World can cut carbon emissions and live well'
Forests around the world will need to be expanded by 5-15% to limit global temperature rises to 2C.
Ed Davey: Personalities matter for UN Paris deal
Action by Obama, Modi and Xi shows the right people are in power for successful 2015 deal, says UK climate secretary
Climate negotiations reveal new alliances in the Global South
The economic divides between developing countries are widening. In order to defend their interests at the climate negotiations, large emerging economies, small island states and the less advanced countries are forming alliances based on common concerns.
Romania: Low carbon can lead to better public health, new jobs, and to an economic growth impetus
Professor Anil Markandya, one of the winners of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for his contributions to the climate change agenda, visited Bucharest to participate in the Opera-Clima Climate Change Conference, organized by the Government of Romania and the World Bank on January 28, 2015.
Balkans news
Dhaka deserves int’l funds for displacement: Kaelin
A new framework for addressing disaster risks needs to be adopted to support future climate change interests of countries like Bangladesh, says German Professor Walter Kaelin in an interview with Prothom Alo.
Prothom Alo
At Vatican, EPA Chief To Talk ‘Moral Issue’ Of Climate Change
Gina McCarthy, head of the Environmental Protection Agency, will make a short visit to the Vatican on Friday to discuss climate change.
Think Progress
China coal production falls for first time this century
The impact of China’s clean air and renewable energy policies are beginning to have an impact on the country’s coal industry, according to reports suggesting domestic coal production fell last year. State media reported on Monday that coal production fell in 2014 for the first time this century, with production totalling 3.5bn tonnes between January and November representing a 2.1% fall on the same period in 2013.
Nigerians turn to renewable energy as solution to power crisis
Nigeria produces about 2.5 million barrels of oil each day, yet many of its citizens live without electricity. Some residents are now seeking alternative solutions to the country's ongoing energy crisis.
Deutsche Welle
Christiana Figueres analiza el futuro del cambio climático tras el Foro de Davos
Gran parte de la discusión entre los líderes del sector público y privado en la reunión anual del Foro Económico Mundial se centró en el papel de la energía en transformadora del actual modelo de crecimiento. La secretaria Ejecutiva de la Convención Marco de Naciones Unidas sobre el Cambio Climático comparte su visión del futuro en el tema.
Liebreich: 10 predictions for clean energy in 2015
Right now in the energy sector, everyone is transfixed by the big fight going on in the oil industry between conventional and unconventional production, OPEC vs non-OPEC, Saudi Arabia versus the frackers. It is one of those times when energy breaks through onto the front pages, and suddenly everyone is an expert. Every energy story has to be rewritten to fit around the main narrative of the Great Oil Price Crash.
Bloomberg NEF
The choking problem of Asia’s air pollution

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What's causing Asia's haze?

David Shukman investigates the causes of the choking pollution causing misery in Singapore and Malaysia.

At the age of 13, Tan Yi Han could not see the edge of his schoolyard. It was 1998 in Singapore, the wealthy city-state known for its tidy streets and clean, green image. But for much of that particular school year, clouds of smoke shrouded the skyline. The record-setting air pollution, which had begun in 1997 and lasted for months, caused a 30% spike in hospital visits. It would later be remembered as one of South East Asia’s worst-ever “haze episodes”.
US-India bonhomie missing on climate change
The much-touted US-India bonhomie failed when it came to climate-change talks between the two countries. The US government refused to accept an insertion in a joint statement between the two heads of states that reasserted the 2015 Paris climate agreement would be under the existing UN Convention on Climate Change, following the principle of common but differentiated responsibilities (CBDR) and the principle of equity.
Business Standard (India)
Obama bans oil drilling in 9.8 million acres of Arctic ocean
US president Barack Obama has banned oil and gas drilling in 9.8 million acres of the Arctic ocean, while opening up vast new resources in the Gulf of Mexico. This means that parts of the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas off Alaska’s coast can no longer be considered for future oil and gas leases, though it does not revoke existing licenses such as those held by Shell.
Global calculator: 7 emissions pathways for the world
Ahead of a critical round of UN climate talks in Paris this December, countries are preparing their draft national contributions to a global climate deal. China, India and Colombia are among those drawing on a calculator tool developed by the UK government to test out different policy combinations.
The Countries Most Likely To Survive Climate Change In One Infographic
limate change is real, and it's coming. But we're all going to be affected in different ways. How will your country fare? The folks at Eco Experts put together a great infographic based on data from the Notre Dame Global Adaptation (ND-Gain) Index, an annual ranking of which countries are best poised to adapt to a warming world.
Business Insider
We should not surrender to climate change
This month a team of scientists reported that melting ice caps and glaciers due to climate change are causing oceans to rise more drastically than previously calculated. The news is particularly troubling for my country, the Maldives — the world’s lowest lying island chain — and for other coastal and island nations that sit just metres above sea level.
India must pursue economic growth in a clean way: Christiana Figueres, UN climate change head
Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of the United Nations Framework on Climate Change, says developing countries have to break the myth that economic growth is not possible without fossil fuels and that there will more action on the renewable energy front through the year. ET caught up with the UN climate change boss ahead of 2015's first round of negotiations for the global agreement to be finalised in Paris.
The Economic Times (India)
New York governor says massive storms are 'part of the changing climate'
Massive snowstorms such as the one sweeping into the US north-east on Monday are “part of the changing climate”, New York’s governor, Andrew Cuomo, declared at a press conference announcing a state of emergency.
Cuomo said on Monday that “there is a pattern of extreme weather that we’ve never seen before” – reiterating his comments in the wake of hurricane Sandy, when he said that “anyone who says there’s not a dramatic change in weather patterns is probably denying reality.”
Study: Global warming 'doubles risk' of extreme weather
Extreme weather arising from a climate phenomenon in the Pacific Ocean will get much worse as the world warms, according to climate modelling. Parts of the world will have weather patterns that switch between extremes of wet and dry, say scientists. The US will see more droughts while flooding will become more common in the western Pacific, research suggests.
Climate change could impact the poor much more than previously thought
It’s widely accepted that climate change will have bigger negative impacts on poorer countries than wealthy ones. However, a new economic modeling study finds that the economic impacts on these poorer countries could be much larger than previous estimates.
Australia temperatures rising faster than rest of the world: official report
(Reuters) - Australia faced a rise in temperature of potentially more than 5 degrees celsius (41 degrees fahrenheit) by the end of the century, an increase that would outpace global warming worldwide, the country's national science agency said on Tuesday.
The Climate Science Behind New England’s Historic Blizzard
Another epic blizzard is bearing down on New England. There is a “big part” played by “human-induced climate change,” especially warming-fueled ocean temperatures, according to Dr. Kevin Trenberth, former head of the Climate Analysis Section at the National Center for Atmospheric Research.
On climate change, 'not a scientist' not enough for some U.S. Republicans
(Reuters) - Rick Perry's farewell speech to the Texas legislature listed the accomplishments expected from an outgoing Republican governor of the country's largest oil-producing state. But his Jan. 15 speech also did something less predictable: touting his environmental record, from lowering Texas' carbon emissions to turning the state into a global leader in wind energy production.
Copenhagen unveils first climate-change adapted neighborhood
Come hell or high water, the residents of St. Kjeld, a Copenhagen neighborhood, will be ready. Actually, skip the hell part. But when the next megastorm hits the Danish capital, St. Kjeld’s residents should be safe and dry. That’s because as of December, they live in the world’s first climate-change-adapted neighborhood.
Al Jazeera
Why London is rubbish at solar
In the end, it was a bit of an anticlimax. After years of wanting to stick solar panels on the roof of my London home, all I had to show for their installation earlier this month was a garden-full of scaffolding and a new box next to our fuse box.
Many people will understandably have written off solar power at home as the government incentives paid for them have been massively cut, sometimes so drastically that it prompted successful legal action against the coalition.
Tate reveals “embarrassingly small” scale of BP sponsorship
Campaigners have accused the Tate of selling out cheap to big oil, after it revealed that BP sponsorship makes up just 0.5% of its annual income. The British institution was forced to disclose how much money it receives from BP after a three-year battle, as part of a campaign to persuade the gallery to shun fossil fuel sponsorship.
Obama backs India's solar goals, seeks support for climate talks
(Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama on Sunday offered to help finance India's ambitious solar energy target and sought Prime Minister Narendra Modi's support at global climate talks in Paris later this year. India is the world's third-largest greenhouse gas emitter and often acts as the voice of the world's developing countries in United Nations talks on everything from climate change to economic cooperation.
Obama-Modi climate deal: Unlike China, no emission target for India
NEW DELHI: India and the US on Sunday stressed enhancing bilateral cooperation to deal with climate change but did not have a China-like bilateral deal where both Washington and Beijing last November set their respective emission cut goals. Despite international pressure, India walked its own path keeping economic development in mind and insisted on tackling climate change by moving firmly on the clean, renewable energy path, adopting improved energy efficient technology and through various adaptation measures.
Times of India
“I’m pretty optimistic” – lead State Dept climate lawyer on Paris talks
When conflict between rich and emerging economies threatened to derail UN climate talks in Lima last month, one six-word phrase put them back on track. It was the same words used by the US and China in November’s historic joint pact to cut emissions: “In light of different national circumstances.” The author of this formula, Susan Biniaz, keeps a low profile. But as lead climate change lawyer for the US State Department, she will play a critical role securing a global deal in Paris this December.
Development goals at stake in new UN disaster risk deal
Efforts to lift millions out of poverty will be harmed unless countries agree a new global plan to help countries cope with natural disasters, the UN’s disaster risk chief has said. Resilient infrastructure, better early warning systems and wider access to education are essential to meet future development goals, Margareta Wahlström, head of the UN office for disaster risk reduction (UNISDR), told RTCC.
Ban Ki-moon: Lack of focus on green investment “troubling”
UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon says he finds the lack of focus on investments green infrastructure among world leaders “troubling”.
Speaking at a televised event at the World Economic Forum, Ban said forums like Davos and the G20 had failed to treat sustainable development seriously.
Climate change is not a concern for CEOs? That should keep us all awake
The first day of the World Economic Forum in Davos was dominated by calls for 2015 to be a year of action on climate change. But while some in the business community worry about sustainability, there is plenty of evidence that the vast bulk of business executives give it no consideration at all.
For Saudis, Falling Demand for Oil Is the Biggest Concern
As the world’s oil producers wring their hands over a global glut that’s pushing down prices, evidence is mounting that Saudi Arabia is more concerned about shrinking demand. The world’s largest exporter has chosen not to cut production, counting instead on lower prices to stimulate consumption, said Mohammad Al Sabban, an adviser to Saudi Arabia’s petroleum minister from 1988 to 2013.
Arctic still profitable despite $50 oil – Statoil
Norwegian oil major Statoil will go ahead with Arctic drilling plans, despite the drop oil prices and threat of climate change.

Tim Dodson, executive vice president of Statoil, quenched rumours that the company had given up its exploration work in West Greenland because of low oil prices – a move UN climate chief Christiana Figueres highlighted as an example of stranded assets becoming a reality.
44 cities energizing the charge against climate change
Gland, Switzerland – Forty-four finalists from countries around the world have been selected in this year’s Earth Hour City Challenge. The annual event rewarding cities for inspiring actions on climate change takes on special significance this year as a new global climate treaty is readied for agreement.
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Official Wants Frozen to Teach Kids About Climate Change
The U.S. special representative to the Arctic said this week that he told a Disney executive educators should use Frozen to teach kids about climate change—but the idea didn’t go over so well.