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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.
WWF Global
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.
U.N. asks countries for climate plans after record warm 2014
The United Nations asked governments on Thursday to submit plans to cut greenhouse gas emissions as the building blocks of a deal due in Paris in December to limit global warming, after scientists said 2014 was the hottest year on record.
Head of UN climate talks: ‘the pain in the shoe is not great enough’ for businesses to take action
Christiana Figueres, who heads up the global climate change talks, was visibly moved as she urged business leaders to take action to avoid runaway climate change at the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos on Thursday. Figueres believes the lack of advocacy by companies is due to the fact that most of them still do not feel immediately threatened by climate change.
UNEP: Financial system must capitalise on 'momentous year' for sustainable development
The global financial system already has the tools it needs to deliver a low carbon, resource efficient economy, but is failing to mobilise sufficient investment to support long-term sustainable development.
That is the early conclusion at the halfway point of a two-year UN Environment Programme (UNEP) inquiry into the design of a more sustainable financial system, launched at the World Economic Forum at Davos.
Business Green
Helen Clark: ‘Davos must look at how war and climate change affect poverty’
The 2,500 business leaders, academics and policymakers meeting at the World Economic Forum in Davos this week need to look beyond current financial concerns and focus on the effects that war and climate change are having on the fight against poverty, the head of the UN Development Programme has warned.
The Guardian
Hong Kong religious leaders voice climate change alarm
Hong Kong’s six main religions have joined forces to urge world governments to come to a consensus on tackling climate change, among the first interfaith organizations in Asia to do so.
Green Bonds Are Changing Investor Expectations & Making Sustainable Investing Easier
Green bonds are mobilizing billions of dollars a year for development projects that countries and cities need, carried out in ways that are good for the climate and environment. 2014 was a record year for the young green bond market, with over $35 billion in new issuances, more than triple the year before. Several trends are emerging for 2015, including new types of issuers, green bond indices, and changing investor expectations.
World Bank News
Climate change: How to recruit the insurance industry for the battle
Unlike Germany-based Munich Re, insurers in the U.S. are only slowly acknowledging their vulnerability to climate change. Insurance companies have a natural — and critical — role in helping us prepare for the inevitable and mounting impacts of climate change, and hopefully in preventing its worst effects. Their financial exposure makes them uniquely credible messengers. Since they set our rates, they also have economic leverage to prompt changes in our behavior.
Crosscut Oped
Countdown to catastrophe: Doomsday Clock moved closer to midnight
Rising threats from climate change and nuclear arsenals prompted the scientists who maintain the Doomsday Clock, a symbolic countdown to global catastrophe, to move it two minutes closer to midnight on Thursday, its first shift in three years.
How Reducing Food Waste Could Ease Climate Change
The energy that goes into the production, harvesting, transporting, and packaging of wasted food generates more than 3.3 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide. If food waste were a country, it would be the world's third largest emitter of greenhouse gases, behind the U.S. and China.
National Geographic
A Year of Opportunity to Combat Climate Change -- and Transform Economies: World Bank President
Scientists declared this past year as the warmest year on Earth since record-keeping began in 1880, and a series of scientific reports found glaciers melting and extreme weather events intensifying. There can be no doubt that this year world leaders must commit to transforming their economies to combat climate change, says World Bank President Jim Yong Kim.
Huffington Post
Davos 2015: climate change makes a comeback
The financial crisis pushed climate down the Davos agenda. This year, there are clear signs that it has made a comeback. Al Gore gave the first big presentation in the main conference hall and, against a backdrop of pictures of flooding, death and destruction, warned that the world was in denial about the risks it was taking. A bit later, Lord Stern said decisions taken at the intergovernmental conference in Paris in late 2015 will shape the next 20 years.
The Guardian
US-India Climate Change Talks Could Pave Way For Billions In Clean Energy Investments But Not Carbon Emissions Goals
U.S. President Barack Obama’s upcoming trip to India could clear the way for billions of dollars of U.S. investment in India’s fast-growing clean energy sector. The president and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi next week are expected to make a joint announcement on climate change, which will focus more on building new solar and wind energy projects than on slowing India’s use of coal and oil, policy experts said Wednesday.
International Business Times
Senate: Climate Change Is Real; Humans' Role, Maybe Not
n one of the most surreal congressional moments in recent memory, the upper chamber voted 98-1 Wednesday in favor of a measure declaring that “climate change is real and not a hoax.” But this was no blissful moment of bipartisan harmony. Republican senators appeared to sign on to the measure because it did not cite human activity as the source of global warming.
US News and World Report
Senate Votes 98-1 That Climate Change 'Is Not A Hoax'
United States senators are now on the record on the question of whether climate change is "a hoax." But a majority of the Senate, including 15 Republicans, are also on record stating that human activity contributes to climate change. The Senate on Wednesday passed a measure stating that "climate change is real and is not a hoax" by a margin of 98-1. The Senate also voted down two amendments to the bill approving the Keystone XL pipeline stating that human activity contributes to climate change.
NBC News
Gore, Pharrell announce global Live Earth climate concert in June
A Live Earth music event to demand action on climate change will take place on June 18 across seven continents, including Antarctica, former U.S. vice-president Al Gore and pop star Pharrell Williams announced on Wednesday.
Philippine Environment Secretary hopes for action vs climate change after Papal visit
Environment Secretary Ramon J. Paje on Thursday praised Pope Francis for making another pitch for environmental protection during his five-day visit to the Philippines, calling it an "important signal of encouragement" for all to take action on climate change.
The Countries That Are Most (And Least) Prepared For Climate Change
Whether you live in San Francisco or Mongolia, climate change is going to impact your life. But even though it isn't possible for any location to completely avoid effects like drought, floods, heat waves, and other extreme weather, some places are much more prepared than others. A new series of maps from Eco Experts shows how different countries compare.
Everyday climate change – in pictures
Inspired by the co-founder of Everydayafrica, photographer James Whitlow Delano launched Everydayclimatechange, an Instagram feed where photographers from five continents share their images as evidence that climate change is real and to raise awareness of the situation around the world
The Guardian
UN climate chief: Carbon bubble is now a reality
The idea that investors may lose money sunk into fossil fuel projects is no longer just a theory—according to to UN climate chief Christiana Figueres, it is now a reality.
Obama: No greater threat to future than climate change
What President Barack Obama described as the greatest threat to future generations was neither terrorism nor ISIS. It wasn't nuclear weapons in rogue states either.
EU to launch diplomatic offensive ahead of Paris climate talks
Celebrities to front ambitious climate campaign, as army of diplomats is mobilised for an emissions-cutting push ahead of a crunch UN summit in Paris in December
Environment Agency pension fund tells oil groups to go green
The Environment Agency’s pension fund has urged BP and Royal Dutch Shell to invest in renewable energy and do more to tackle climate change
Financial Times
First round-the-world solar flight to take off next month
A plane powered by the sun will attempt an unprecedented flight around the world next month, the project's founders said, seeking to prove that flying is possible without using fossil fuel.
UAE, France Ink Deal To Fund Renewable Energy Projects
The countries are looking to announce their first project this year and are currently reviewing project proposals in the Middle East, a joint statement said.
Gulf Business
Coal lobby plays down divestment fears
The World Coal Association has hit back against the growing campaign to persuade investors to withdraw their money from the fossil fuel industry.
Meet the unlikely climate allies bridging divides in UN talks
Mexico, Switzerland and South Korea form a small but influential group that could be critical in building a Paris deal
Amazon to fund a big wind farm in Indiana
Amazon has struck a deal to fund the construction of a wind farm in rural Indiana, as part of plan announced by the company in November to power its massive cloud computing business with renewable energy.
Shareholders challenge BP to confront climate change risk
Over 150 investors, including Environment Agency and Church of England, demand that BP test whether their business model is compatible with international pledge to limit global warming to 2C
Europe's renewable energy deployment 'sub-optimal', report says
Europe could have saved itself $100 billion (€86bn) by installing solar power panels in sunnier countries and wind turbines in windier places, the World Economic Forum's "Future of Electricity" platform said in a report released on Tuesday
Pakistan pushes climate change back up political agenda
Pakistan has reinstated its ministry for climate change, suggesting the government plans to pay more attention to the issue as countries prepare a new international deal to curb global warming.
Thomson Reuters Foundation
Make Forests Pay (opinion) NY Times
Falling oil prices not all that bad for environment: Climate experts
The sharp fall in oil prices has boosted sales of fuel-guzzling SUVs and in some cases eased pressure to improve public transport, but some climate experts also see a positive side as cheap crude has made exploration of new oil reserves in challenging regions non-viable.
Economic Times
EU politicians seek to revive sluggish carbon market
European politicians are expected this week to back by a narrow majority early action to bolster prices on the EU carbon market and sharpen a weapon against climate change that recession has blunted.
China cuts energy intensity by 4.8 pct in 2014
China beat a key energy efficiency target in 2014, cutting its energy intensity by 4.8 percent from a year earlier, the State Council said on Tuesday, as it tries to reduce pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.
France celebrates 1GW surge in wind farm capacity
France has become the latest European country to celebrate a strong performance by its wind energy industry during 2014, as new figures revealed over 1GW of new capacity was added last year.
Call For Nation To Be Forceful On Climate Change
THE College of the Bahamas’ Climate Change Initiative group is calling on The Bahamas to forcefully put forward its position on protecting the country’s rights and interest in global climate change negotiation meetings.
Food diversity under siege from global warming, UN says
Climate change threatens the genetic diversity of the world's food supply, and saving crops and animals at risk will be crucial for preserving yields and adapting to wild weather patterns, a U.N. policy paper said on Monday.
Thomson Reuters Foundation
Kiribati call for climate change attention at rights review
Kiribati has told a United Nations review of its human rights that the basic right of its people to survive climate change is a high priority.
Radio New Zealand International
India calls for a paradigm shift in global attitudes towards climate change
In what may be a strong signal of its approach towards future climate deal, India on January 19, 2015 called for a "paradigm shift" in global attitude towards climate change and urged nations of high solar potential to join hands so that they can provide low-cost clean energy to their citizens without being arm-twisted by rich nations who have been closely guarding their patented cutting-edge technology.
Economic Times
Rural farmers coping with climate change
For Zambia, like many other countries where economies depend on agriculture as the chief sector, climate change is emerging as one of the major threats to sustainable development.
Zambia Daily Mail
Pope's climate-change stand deepens conservatives' distrust
Conservative distrust of Pope Francis, which has been building in the U.S. throughout his pontificate, is reaching a boiling point over his plan to urge action on climate change — and to do so through a document traditionally used for the most important papal teachings.
Global climate fund on US Republicans' budget hit list (Analysis) The Age
The Guardian view on sustainable development: Davos can set the tone (ediotiral) Guardian
At Abu Dhabi climate meeting, presenters insist changes must be made
Experts and leaders in sustainability have called on government and private sector entities to invest in renewable infrastructure over the next 20 years.
The National
Obama's State of the Union could ramp up climate fight with Republicans
Despite the new Republican majority and the oil industry gunning for the president’s agenda on emissions cuts and the Keystone XL pipeline, Barack Obama will show he’s no lame duck on climate change, White House officials insisted ahead of his second-to-last State of the Union Address.
UN chief appoints Janos Pasztor as adviser on climate change
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed environmental expert Janos Pasztor of Hungary as his top adviser on climate change.
Papal text says man betrays God by destroying the environment
Pope Francis waded into the global debate on climate change and the environment on Sunday, saying in the text of a speech that man was destroying nature and betraying God's calling to be stewards of creation.
Finance the missing piece in green growth puzzle: Achim Steiner
Achim Steiner, executive director of the United Nations Environment Programme, identifies the key requirement for achieving a global green economy and calls for strong political leadership for a successful agreement on climate change in Paris
Last year was Earth's hottest on record, U.S. scientists say
Last year was Earth's hottest on record in new evidence that people are disrupting the climate by burning fossil fuels that release greenhouse gases into the air, two U.S. government agencies said on Friday.
Scientists react to warmest year: 2014 underscores ‘undeniable fact’ of human-caused climate change
In 134 years of temperature records, the warmth in 2014 exceeded them all, NOAA and NASA announced today.
Washington Post
Future looks green as cost of renewables falls
Costs of renewable energy have fallen by as much as 75 per cent in the last five years, especially for solar and wind energy.
Khaleej Times
Five images that best illustrate Earth’s record warmth
Last year was warmest in recorded history. Warmer than 2010, warmer than 2005, and yes, even warmer than 1998.
Washington Post
Clean tech primed to realise private equity promise
Emerging clean tech companies have typically sought investments from venture capital funds comfortable with the high risk profile of immature technology markets.
Costing the climate: Four ways to price carbon
Two Stanford academics caused a stir last week suggesting that the true social cost of carbon is $220. This is six times higher than the figure the US government uses to guide policymaking.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi to preside climate panel meet today
The first meeting of a reconstituted high-level climate panel, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, is to begin soon where the PM will review the national action plan on climate change.
The real climate battle after a sweltering 2014 (by Jeffrey Sachs) Financial Times
Humans push planet beyond boundaries towards "danger zone" - study
Human activity has pushed the planet across four of nine environmental boundaries, sending the world towards a "danger zone", according to a study published on Thursday in the journal Science.
Thomson Reuters Foundation
Kenya: Tourism to Suffer in Dry Weather - UN
TOURISM is expected to suffer a blow from climate change through diminished numbers of tourists, a new United Nations report says.
The Star
Pope on Climate Change: Man Has 'Slapped Nature in the Face'
Pope Francis said Thursday he is convinced that global warming is "mostly" man-made and that he hopes his upcoming encyclical on the environment will encourage negotiators at a climate change meeting in Paris to make "courageous" decisions to protect God's creation.
Russia's forests overlooked in climate change fight
Russia's forests may lose their power to help curb global warming without stronger domestic protection and a place in a new global climate change deal, scientists have warned.
Thomson Reuters Foundation
Malala heads youth call for action on poverty and climate in 2015
In more than 50 countries across the world, 15-year-old activists will meet with political leaders today to demand action on climate change, poverty and inequality.
EU plans diplomatic offensive ahead of Paris climate deal
The EU’s climate and foreign policy chiefs are planning a diplomatic blitz over the next three months to try and regain the bloc’s mantle as a global green leader.
Climate change, extinctions signal Earth in danger zone: study
Climate change and high rates of extinctions of animals and plants are pushing the Earth into a danger zone for humanity, a scientific report card about mankind's impact on nature said on Thursday.
New Pew survey shows Americans might finally be getting serious about global warming
Pew Research Center is out with a new survey and, for the first time in years, it actually bodes well for those hoping climate change will finally become a policy priority in the United States.
Washington Post
Boston Releases Plan For Action On Climate Change
Standing on Boston’s Long Wharf, John Barros, the city’s chief of economic development, recalled what the site looked like in January 2014, when a nor’easter brought record high tides.
Engaging with oil companies on climate change is futile, admits leading UK environmentalist
Engaging with major fossil fuel companies on climate change has become futile, according to one of the UK’s most esteemed environmentalists who spent years working on sustainability projects with BP and Shell.
Does climate change exist? The Senate is about to let us know
An amendent to the Keystone XL pipeline bill hopes to force Republican climate change deniers to state whether they agree with the science or not
Conflict returns as risk for business (blog)
The biggest risk to the world over the next decade is that of international conflict, says the World Economic Forum’s 10th edition of its global risks report, which is published today in the run-up to the shindig of global policy-makers and business people in Davos next week.
Financial Times
EDITORIAL from the Korea Herald Korea Herald
2015 presents historic opportunity to improve people's lives, says UN Assembly President
The next several months will present a historic opportunity to agree on an "inspiring" agenda that will directly improve the lives of people around the world, United Nations General Assembly President Sam Kutesa said today as he outlined his objectives for 2015.
New Kerala
5 things to know about Obama's next climate move: methane
The Obama administration on Wednesday announced its latest move to combat global warming, this time trying to rein in heat-trapping methane gas that escapes from oil and gas fields.
Sea level rise quickens more than thought in threat to coasts
Sea level rise in the past two decades has accelerated faster than previously thought in a sign of climate change threatening coasts from Florida to Bangladesh, a study said on Wednesday.
White House to curb methane emissions from oil, gas production
President Barack Obama’s administration unveiled rules on Wednesday to slash methane emissions from oil and gas production by up to 45 percent from 2012 levels by 2025, its latest move to solidify the Democratic president's credentials on climate change.
Low-energy urbanisation 'can help climate goals'
A study of 274 cities has helped shed light on energy consumption in urban areas and what can be done to make future urbanisation more efficient.
Report: EU power sector emissions drop a ‘staggering' eight per cent
Emissions from the EU power sector fell eight per cent in 2014, as a direct result of reduced energy demand and increased renewables output.
European lawmakers torn over how early to begin carbon market reform
European politicians meeting on Wednesday ahead of a critical vote next week on reforming the European Carbon market were unable to agree on a single date, putting forward both 2017 and 2019 as deadlines to begin action.
Pope urged to divest from fossil fuels as he visits Philippines
Campaigners call on Pope Francis to show his support for victims of climate change by taking on vested interests
How some corals recover from 'bleaching': climate study
A sharp rise in sea temperature can inflict potentially catastrophic "bleaching" on corals, but research published Wednesday identified factors that may render some reefs more resilient than others.
Island States Throw Off the Heavy Yoke of Fossil Fuels
The Caribbean nation of St. Kitts and Nevis, on a quest to become the world’s first sustainable island state, has taken a giant leap in its programme to cut energy costs.
China and Kazakhstan compete for carbon neutral Olympics
The Winter Olympics in 2022 will be carbon neutral if China wins its bid to host them in the snowy mountainous regions of Yanqing and Zhangjiakou.
Hugh Jackman, Jeffrey Sachs, Bono join forces, urge action on poverty, climate change
Thirty-one celebrities including four Nobel Laureates issued a joint open letter today urging global action this year to tackle poverty and climate change.
Straits Times
Time for the Vatican to divest from fossil fuels? (opinion)
Guest post: 2015 should be the year of real action on extreme poverty and climate change (blog) Financial Times
Ban wants India to lead climate change fight
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said here on Tuesday that India should lead the campaign to arrive at a “universal and meaningful agreement” at the U.N. Climate Change Conference to be held in Paris during the year-end.
The Hindu
Obama to call for new methane regulation in State of the Union address
Methane emissions need to be reduced to meet Obama’s aggressive greenhouse gas benchmarks as the president moves to bolster his climate legacy
All aboard? Paris climate deal must address aviation and shipping
The latest round of climate talks concluded in Lima last month with a sense that some of the basics have been agreed to set the foundations of a global agreement in Paris next year.
Obama Is Said to Be Planning New Rules on Oil and Gas Industry’s Methane Emissions
In President Obama’s latest move using executive authority to tackle climate change, administration officials will announce plans this week to impose new regulations on the oil and gas industry’s emissions of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas, according to a person familiar with Mr. Obama’s plans.
NY Times
Senate Expected To Vote On Whether Climate Change Is Real, As Part Of Keystone Bill
The Senate agreed Tuesday to move to debate on amendments to legislation that would force approval of the Keystone XL pipeline, another step toward the anticipated approval of the bill sometime next week.
Huffington Post
Polar bears migrate to Northwest Passages for longer lasting ice
Some polar bear clusters have slowly moved to islands north of Canada's mainland that are retaining the Arctic ice for longer, according to a new scientific study that predicts the migration, linked to climate change, would continue.
Stanford Study Says Government Estimate of Social Cost of Climate Change is Too Low: Who is Right?
Social cost estimates of climate change are too low, according to some scientists at Stanford University.
Tech Times
Carbon pricing set to cover 80% of Canadian economy
Over 80% of Canada’s economy could be covered by a carbon tax by the end of 2015, after the province of Ontario announced it would release plans to price greenhouse gas emissions.
Australia’s rising solar power ‘revolution’
Australian researchers broke the world's solar power efficiency record last month with their design of a novel commercial energy system, raising hopes the fossil-fuel dominated country may someday switch off its reliance on coal.
Corporate Leaders Group demands urgent action to boost EU carbon price
The Corporate Leaders Group on Climate Change has today waded into the long-running debate over the future of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS), calling on MEPs to back plans to reform the scheme and boost the bloc's carbon price.
EU Carbon Jumps Most Since 2013 Amid Talks on Bolstering System
European Union carbon permits advanced the most in 16 months as climate officials from member nations gathered to discuss a proposal to strengthen the bloc’s emissions-trading system.
Bloomberg Businessweel
Far from rising seas, climate change plagues Kathmandu
The capital of the poorest Asian country after Afghanistan is already feeling the effect: Rising temperatures are crimping power and food supplies
Rhetoric will never yield meaningful results: Yvo de Boe
The path to green growth lies in working with governments and business on their priorities - and speaking the language that they understand, says Global Green Growth Institute Director-General Yvo de Boer.
EDITORIAL: What Pope Francis' visit means to the Philippines GMA Network
Obama visit to India no repeat of US-China climate pact – analysts
Smart grids, air pollution and access to green technologies could be on the agenda when US president Barack Obama visits India in two weeks.
IEA Details Post-Lima Energy Decarbonization Routes
With a new report on energy decarbonization, the International Energy Agency has just made a major contribution toward implementing the greenhouse gas reduction agreements outlined at the recent UN climate negotiations in Lima (COP20).
Ségolène Royal : "Il faut bâtir de nouvelles centrales nucléaires"
Ségolène Royal, la ministre de l’Écologie, du Développement durable et de l’Énergie, revient sur la loi de transition énergétique, l’avenir du nucléaire et l’implication des entreprises dans la lutte contre le réchauffement climatique.
EU Nations to Discuss Latvia Bid to Strengthen Carbon Fix
European Union nations will discuss today a proposal by the bloc’s presidency to strengthen a planned overhaul of its emissions-trading system by preventing the return to the market of permits delayed at auctions in 2014-2016.
Bloomberg Businessweel
Countries could leave UN climate body if Paris fails – Todd Stern
Countries could abandon the UN’s climate body and seek other ways to slow greenhouse gas emissions if plans to limit global warming collapse this year.
Growing Cities Hold Key to Curbing Climate Change
Cities—the best of which are bastions of transit networks, bike paths, compact apartments and chirpy baristas—are growing faster than litters of sewer rats, exacerbating their already-high hungers for energy.
Scientific American
'Social cost' of carbon emissions significantly underestimated
Economists trained in a wide range of traditions, from both ends of the political spectrum, agree that markets have failed to properly price carbon emissions. To account for the damage each ton of carbon dioxide does to the environment and atmosphere, economists and public policy makers suggest a tax on carbon -- a federally-backed market correction.
Solar, nuclear, climate progress possible on Obama India visit
There could be progress on U.S.-India civil nuclear cooperation, solar power and climate change when U.S. President Barack Obama visits India in two weeks, U.S. officials said on Sunday.
Indonesian indigenous groups look to tourists to protect forests
Indonesian indigenous communities launched a project on Friday to encourage foreign tourism in ancestral forests to slow the advance of logging operations and palm oil plantations.
Saudi Arabia: Oil and gas “will be part of climate solution”
Efforts to tackle climate change will fail if they try to eliminate oil and gas from energy production, according to the UN’s Saudi Arabian climate envoy.
Mexico sees $14 bln in wind energy investment by 2018
Mexico expects some $14 billion of investment in wind farms between 2015 and 2018, which will more than triple installed capacity in the country, the energy ministry said on Monday.
India gets $4 billion solar energy promise
With New Delhi praised for its renewable energy role, Indian conglomerate Adani Enterprises said it signed a $4 billion solar agreement with a U.S. company.
NASA’s year of climate change research kicks off, with a little help from Washington companies
NASA has its head in the clouds this year. Literally. The space agency is kicking off five global projects designed to study how the earth’s atmosphere influences climate change.
Washington Post
Reaching the Peak in 2015 (blog) Huffington Post
Linking Carbon Markets To Climate Change Forbes
The top 5 climate science and policy developments to watch in 2015
2014 was a year in which mammoth climate science assessments seemed to appear once a week, and policymakers made an unprecedented (albeit still sluggish) push toward establishing an effective global climate policy framework. The longstanding divide between the industrialized and developing countries over the responsibility to address global warming was partly bridged this year, in a surprising way.240762father2
2014 Brought Lasting Action On Climate Change Policy
Some of the stories that gripped our attention in 2014 will probably be forgotten in a few years — if not a few weeks. But there's one story that President Obama argues we'll be living with for decades to come. "There's one issue that will define the contours of this century more dramatically than any other. And that is the urgent and growing threat of a changing climate," he said in September, addressing the United Nations Climate Change Summit.
Will 2015 Be the Year of the Climate?
Some years are linked inextricably to landmark events. 1215: The Magna Carta. 1492: Columbus sails the ocean blue. 1776: the Declaration of Independence. 1964: The Civil Rights Act. The environment doesn’t really have a landmark year—yet. How many people know when the Clean Air Act or the Endangered Species Act was passed? (Bonus points if you knew it was 1970 and 1973, respectively.)
Will 2015 Be The Tipping Point For Climate Change Action, Or Was It 2014?
2015 may quite possibly be the year that the world finally wakes up and responds to the challenge of climate change.
2014 provided a glimpse of what the new year may hold.
It seems the rhythm may have changed. Where before the challenge was to get people to understand and believe the reality of climate change, now the challenge is to get the people to act and to call on those in positions of power and influence to act.
Connie Hedegaard: India should ‘reconsider’ climate strategy
China’s decision to announce a peaking year for its carbon emissions should encourage India and other emerging economies to do the same, the EU’s former climate chief Connie Hedegaard has said
Pachauri: IPCC future not tied to Paris climate deal
NEW DELHI: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the leading UN body for the assessment of climate change, will continue its work, no matter whether countries arrive at a global climate deal next year in Paris or not. Its successive science-based reports had always been key inputs for negotiators in the past over two decades.
Times of India
Scientists 'must be emotionally charged' about climate change to highlight its dangers, claims expert
Climate scientists must inject more emotion and personal experience into their communications with the public to underline the dangers of global warming, according to a leading professor. Chris Rapley, a professor of climate science at University College London, is urging colleagues to ditch “academic, fact-based approaches” to the subject in favour of “charged” narratives.
Indpependent UK
China rethinking plans to develop coal-to-gas plants
China's coal-to-gas industry has struggled through a difficult year that has spurred doubts among government officials about keeping this technology on a fast-track for development. The plants turn coal into a cleaner-burning gas, which in urban areas can replace dirtier fuels and help combat smog, and more than 45 plants have been proposed for construction.
Sydney Morning Herald
Norway’s Statkraft plans $8 billion green energy drive
Norway’s state owned electricity company Statkraft has revealed plans to invest US$8.1 billion in renewable energy projects. The clean investment strategy was announced following a decision by the Norwegian government to make a $1.3 billion cash injection into Statkraft.
Nuclear faces tough 2015 as renewables growth soars
With nuclear power falling ever further behind renewables as a global energy source, and as the price of oil and gas falls, the future of the industry in 2015 and beyond looks bleak. Renewables now supply 22% of global electricity and nuclear only 11% − a share that is gradually falling as old plants close and fewer new ones are commissioned.
Inside the Lima Climate Change Summit: 5 Reasons to Be Hopeful
For two weeks in December, Lima, Peru, normally a city known for its amazing Ceviche, insane traffic and great surfing, became ground zero in the fight against climate change as 10,000 government officials, UN staffers, environmentalists and others gathered to start pulling together a new global agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Rolling Stone
Climate change: In 2015, the long march to Paris
PARIS: Agreements on climate change -- to paraphrase what the 19th-century German statesman Otto von Bismarck said about law-making -- are like sausages.
It's best not to know how they are made. On December 11 2015, 195 states are scheduled to strike a deal in Paris to curb the fossil-fuel gases imperilling Earth's climate system.
The outcome will be determined in the coming months by Bismarck-style sausage-making -- a long, slow grind, and with many questionable ingredients.
Business Recorder
India Hear: Lopsided lessons from long-winded Lima!
Although Lima is a great failure, but India's biggest gain at the Lima Climate Change Conference was renewed solidarity among the 134-country developing economies group, still termed G77, and China and, successful strategizing by the like minded Developing Countries (LMDC) group, of which it is a member, as is China. India had gone thereafter firmly anchoring itself in the latter grouping.
2014: The year sustainable investment went mainstream
Sustainable, responsible and impact investing assets have soared 76 percent in the last two years, according to the US SIF Foundation. That’s the largest two-year increase in at least the last two decades — a clear and impressive indication that SRI as an investment strategy has become mainstream.
2014 may be first year ever with no below-zero temps in Anchorage
With just a few days left in 2014, it’s all but certain that this year will go down in history as the first recorded calendar year that the temperature never officially dipped below zero in Anchorage, the National Weather Service said Sunday.
Alaska Dispatch News
China’s Shenzhen Caps New Car Plates to Control Smog, Congestion
China’s southern city of Shenzhen capped new car license plates at 100,000 a year, becoming the latest city to curb vehicle purchases to control smog and traffic congestion in the world’s most populous country.
Scotland's solar power capacity up by almost a third in one year
Scotland's solar power capacity has increased by almost a third in the past year, according to new figures. More than 35,000 homes and 600 business premises now have solar photo-voltaic (PV) systems, December figures from regulator Ofgem show.
STV News
Germany sells guidebooks on renewable energy sites
Wind turbines and solar panels: do you love them or hate them? Do you think of renewable energy as the way to a greener future, or an awful blight on the present? Either way, growing numbers of German communities think they have found a silver lining: they’re touting renewables as tourist attractions.
(Opinion) Why Stephen Harper will move the climate needle in 2015
Sometimes – not often – it’s fun to watch Canadian climate policy. Take for example, the Prime Minister’s climate change moves of the past month and a half. First, at the G20 Summit in Brisbane in November, Stephen Harper committed $300-million to the United Nation’s Green Climate Fund. Then, a few weeks later, he was up in the House of Commons expounding on the economic craziness of climate policy.
Globe and Mail
Op-Ed (Op-ed) Oil isn't cheap -- at any price
As world oil prices have slumped below $60 a barrel, tumbling nearly 50% since June to a five-year low, analysts have scrambled to discern the economic and political fallout.
The big picture, though, hasn't changed: Oil is not cheap, at any price.
LA Times
2015: A year for carbon pricing, peer pressure and Paris
The year 2015 is burned into climate watchers’ brains, and internal satnavs set to Paris. In December, this is where negotiators from around the world are set to strike a global deal to tackle climate change. What happens in the next 12 months politically, economically and environmentally could make or break that deal.
Pope Francis’s edict on climate change will anger deniers and US churches
He has been called the “superman pope”, and it would be hard to deny that Pope Francis has had a good December. Cited by President Barack Obama as a key player in the thawing relations between the US and Cuba, the Argentinian pontiff followed that by lecturing his cardinals on the need to clean up Vatican politics. But can Francis achieve a feat that has so far eluded secular powers and inspire decisive action on climate change?
Connie Hedegaard: credibility of UN climate process hangs on Paris talks
Climate change talks next year will be make or break for international efforts to curb global warming, with the credibility of the UN-backed process at stake, the outgoing EU climate chief, Connie Hedegaard, has warned.
Investors question fossil fuel industry as renewables rise
The world’s investors – both big and small – think primarily in terms of making good returns on their money. And, over the years, investing in the fossil fuel industry has been considered a safe bet. Yet maybe, just maybe, attitudes are changing – and fairly profoundly – as financial analysts warn that the industry faces “a perfect storm” as it enters 2015.
Despite Limitations, Wind Energy Is A Growing Resource
The next time your hat blows off your head on a windy day, a light bulb should go off. And one day many light bulbs will go off as that power becomes an important and growing source of energy for the world, experts say.
Headlines & Global News
Did Drought and Climate Change Cause Middle Eastern States to Collapse in 2014?
The Middle East, from North Africa to Afghanistan, has seen an unusual number of governments collapse in recent years. Libya, Iraq, Syria, and Yemen have abruptly become something akin to failed states, and masses overthrew dictators in Egypt and Tunisia.
Greenland ice loss outpaces climate models
Greenland’s ice sheet shrank by an average of 243 billion tonnes a year between 2003 and 2009 – a rate of melting that is enough to raise the world’s sea levels by 0.68 mm per year. In what is claimed as the first detailed study, geologist Beata Csatho, of the University of Buffalo in the US, and colleagues report in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that they used satellite and aerial data to reconstruct changes in the ice sheet at 100,000 places, and to confirm that the process of losing 277 cubic kilometres of ice a year is more complex than anyone had predicted.
Almost 7,000 UK properties to be sacrificed to rising seas
Almost 7,000 homes and buildings will be sacrificed to the rising seas around England and Wales over the next century, according to an unpublished Environment Agency (EA) analysis seen by the Guardian. Over 800 of the properties will be lost to coastal erosion within the next 20 years.
2014 in review: hard science and historic climate pledges
In the climate history books, 2014 will go down as the year the presidents of the US and China stood together and announced that both would reduce their emissions.
For these two superpowers, that November day was a historic moment of cooperation in the fight against climate change.
Risk Of Dengue Fever Increases Due To Climate Change And Urbanization, Researchers Find
LONDON, Dec 23 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Large parts of Europe, West and Central Africa, and South America face the threat of outbreaks of the deadly dengue virus due to climate change and urbanization, according to the first-ever maps of dengue vulnerability published on Tuesday.
Huffington Post/ Reuters
Gulf states will let oil price fall further, say ministers
From a June peak of US$116 a barrel, oil prices have almost halved to their lowest levels in five years, on weak demand.
That unexpected drop has achieved what environmental protesters could not: prompted oil companies to cancel or delay risky tar sands and deepwater projects.
Oil price crash won’t hurt renewable sector – analysts
Saudi Arabia’s plans to build 41GW of solar power by 2032 could be hit by the slumping oil price. Other oil-producing nations that burn oil for power, plus developing countries that use diesel generators, will have less incentive to switch to cleaner sources. But on the whole, the drop from around US$115 to US$60 a barrel in six months will have a minimal impact on renewable energy, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance.
Rich nations must fund stabilization of climate: IPCC chief
NEW DELHI: At a time when the developing world is worried over the rich nations' reluctance to contribute to the Green Climate Fund (GCF), the chairman of the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) R K Pachauri remains hopeful that the developed world would be more forthcoming once all countries provide their 'Intended Nationally Determined Contributions' (INDCs) or in other words a clear roadmap of their voluntary actions to fight the threat of climate change.
Times of India
Top firms' greenhouse gas emissions rise, despite call for cuts
Dec 22 (Reuters) - Greenhouse gas emissions by the world's top 500 companies rose 3.1 percent from 2010 to 2013, far off the cuts urged by the United Nations to limit global warming, a study showed on Monday.
The Eight Best Things To Happen To Renewable Energy In 2014
2014 brought us plenty of news to be unhappy about. The year had barely begun when a major chemical spill poisoned the water of 300,000 West Virginians, a disaster that left residents worried about the safety of their water for months. Not even a month after the spill, tens of thousands of tons of coal ash spewed into a river in North Carolina, the toxic waste product piling as high as five feet in some places.
Why Wall Street Is Learning to Love Solar Energy
Solar stocks have long been a thorn in the side of Wall Street's stock investors. It seems like an industry with infinite growth potential but the winners and losers come and go at a moment's notice (think Suntech Power) and new technology upends the industry on a regular basis. But Wall Street has found a side of the solar industry it does like. Solar financing has become big business for the big banks and hundreds of millions of dollars is flowing into the solar industry at record low rates.
The Motley Fool
The Fossil Fuel Industry Spent More Than $721 Million During 2014’s Midterm Elections
The 2014 midterm elections saw a wave of Republican candidates elected and re-elected to federal office, many of whom are now rearing to make the environment their first casualty of the 114th Congress. As it turns out, the fossil fuel industry may have had something to do with that.
Paris plans to ban cars from its city center
Paris is surging toward the front of the peloton of European cities racing for more bike- and pedestrian-friendly streets. Mayor Anne Hidalgo recently announced an ambitious plan to transform the historic city center into a “semi-pedestrianized” zone, where walking and biking will be encouraged, and automobile access will be limited to emergency vehicles, residents’ cars, and delivery trucks.
US and India to announce joint climate change action during Obama visit
America and India will unveil joint efforts to fight climate change when Barack Obama visits New Delhi next month, as the US tries to keep up the momentum of international negotiations. Obama’s visit – on the back of the United Nations talks in Lima – is seen as a key moment to persuade one of the world’s biggest carbon polluters to step up its efforts to fight climate change.
Rich nations are penny-pinching: Prakash Javadekar
NEW DELHI: A week after conclusion of the Lima climate talks, India on Monday lamented that rich nations have failed to deliver adequately on the issue of finance and said the "goal of mobilizing 100 billion US dollars per year by 2020 is still a far cry".
Times of India
China Focus: Chinese legislature revising law to tackle smog
BEIJING, Dec. 22 (Xinhua) -- Major revisions for China's air pollution control laws began on Monday as the country plans harsher punishment for offenders. A draft amendment to the air pollution prevention and control law was submitted to China's top legislature for a first reading at the start of the bimonthly session Standing Committee of the 12th National People's Congress. The meeting will last from Monday to Sunday.
Lessons from Lima
There were plenty of reasons for advocates of climate action to be at least cautiously optimistic heading into the Lima Climate Change Conference. That's a much harder task now.
In the weeks before the Dec. 1-14 talks in Lima, the U.S. and China agreed to a landmark bilateral climate accord-putting the world's two largest emitters of greenhouse gas on the record with climate obligations for the first time ever.
Bloomberg BNA
Oil price plunge and clean energy – The real impact
The 45% fall in oil prices is being portrayed as a big blow to clean energy deployment. In fact, its impact will vary by sector and region, but will be modest in major electricity markets where renewables compete with gas and coal, and benefit from stable policy support
Oil, coal and gas soon worthless?
Bankers and investors are questioning whether it's worthwhile to invest in fossil fuels, especially in light of new climate agreements that could leave the materials in the ground forever.
Deutsche Welle
US energy policy review reveals US doesn’t have an energy policy
As oil prices plummet, some question whether the US – with its piecemeal, disjointed federal energy policy – is ready for a new era of fossil-fuel abundance and renewable-energy innovation. The US oil-and-gas boom benefits the US, but lack of an overarching policy hamstrings US potential and poses environmental risks, according to a report released this week by the Paris-based International Energy Agency (IEA).
Christian Science Monitor
269 Sunken Turbines To Make Scotland Home To World’s Largest Tidal Farm
The world’s largest tidal energy project, capable of powering nearly 175,000 homes in the U.K. with 400 megawatts of power, will break ground next month in northeast Scotland. Atlantis, majority owner of the MeyGen project, announced that its flagship project had met all the conditions required to start drawing down finance through the U.K.’s Renewable Energy Investment Fund.
2014: An Epic Year for Climate Change and Other Weather-Related Disasters
Stick your hand over a lit stove and you can get a feel for 2014's overall climatic situation: scorching heat. For months, experts have been predicting this will be the hottest year in recorded history, and while in the end it might not quite achieve that ignoble record, it will be way up there (perhaps at No. 3).
(LinkedIn editorial by Ban Ki-moon) Big Idea 2015: Sustainability Is Common Sense
2015 will be an historic year for the United Nations. The Organization will celebrate its 70th anniversary, offering a chance to look back on its contributions to peace, human rights and development since its creation in 1945. The year will also be an opportunity to look forward -- and in particular how to ensure that people everywhere can thrive on our one and only planet. 2015 is when we will set our course for a sustainable future.
Paris climate talks may have to pay for Lima compromise
NEW DELHI: Is the outcome at Lima a recipe for a weak climate deal in Paris? Compromises on many key issues in the draft negotiating text that will serve as the basis for the next round of negotiations, beginning in February in Geneva, hint at such a possibility.
Economic Times
Philippines have a welcome shift on climate change action
In recent years, the Philippines has played an outsized role in United Nations climate talks. Its devastating typhoons make it a symbol of what developing countries face without the resources to protect cities from floodsas seas rise and storms intensify. But in the latest round of talks in Lima, Peru, the Philippines took a bold step forward that was more than just symbolic: the country declared it was time for developing nations to cut greenhouse gas emissions regardless of economic status.
Boston Globe
Global warming blamed for Pacific coral bleaching
The Marshall Islands is experiencing its worst-ever coral bleaching as global warming threatens reefs across the entire northern Pacific, scientists said Monday. Marine researchers said an El Nino weather pattern had been developing in recent months, raising ocean temperatures and stressing delicate coral reefs.
A Single Word in the Peru Climate Negotiations Undermines the Entire Thing
Since 1992, the world’s leaders have been meeting annually to talk about what to do about climate change. Despite these efforts, the planet is still on pace for a worst-case scenario—actually, it’s tracking a bit above it. Thanks to exceptionally warm oceans, this year should be the hottest ever measured.
The truth about the Lima climate deal
LIMA, Peru — With a new draft of a United Nations climate treaty in hand, the world can breathe more easily as 2014 comes to a close.
What a relief, right?
Global Post
Climate adaptation costs to soar
The cost of adaptation to climate change is likely to go up by two to three times of the estimated $70 to $100 billion by 2050, a recent United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) report says. These estimates were based on the two degrees rise in global temperatures.
Swazi Observer
Lima, a new low for climate action
After nearly a fortnight of prolonged talks, some of it acrimonious, there was little that made anyone happy — except perhaps the developed world which was not called on to make any more clear-cut mitigation or financial commitments — in the Lima Call for Climate Action.
The Hindu
Study recommends state ‘carbon tax’ to fight climate change
A new state-sponsored report concludes that slapping a multibillion-dollar “carbon tax” on all fossil fuels used in the state — including oil and natural gas to heat homes and gasoline to power cars — would be an effective way of cutting carbon pollutants blamed for accelerating climate change.
Boston Globe
NASA CO2 map reveals impact of forest clearance
Early data has come in from the first satellite dedicated to monitoring levels of carbon dioxide in the air – with some surprising results. The patch of dense carbon dioxide above China was to be expected, as factories churn out emissions.
(editorial) Lima climate deal leaves room for improvement
Ever since negotiators failed to agree on a climate accord in Copenhagen five years ago, diplomats have been trying for a big, international do-over. Talks in Lima, Peru, this month put this effort on track to conclude an agreement in Paris next year.
Arizona Daily Star
Climate change could cut world food output 18 percent by 2050
Global warming could cause an 18 percent drop in world food production by 2050, but investments in irrigation and infrastructure, and moving food output to different regions, could reduce the loss, a study published on Thursday said.
Thomson Reuters Foundation
Lima was a reality check, and leaders need to step up for Paris
The differences between how the developed and developing countries view their responsibilities will hinder agreement at the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris, unless top political leaders provide the momentum needed to seal the deal, says Achim Steiner.
EPA chief: Extreme weather boosting climate-change plan
Extreme weather events from typhoons to heat waves are helping make the case to Americans on the need to address climate change, the head of the EPA says, although opposition from congressional Republicans to the Obama administration's ambitious plan remains unrelenting.
USA Today
Green bonds sell big in 2014 as finance bids to help climate
A "green" bond market has taken root this year, with municipalities and corporations issuing new environmentally-focused bonds and money managers jumping in to buy them.
Shrinking ship bubbles ‘could counteract climate change’
Getting ships to generate smaller bubbles as they sail across the oceans could counteract the impact of climate change, a study suggests.
Warming leads to more run-ins with polar bears
Word spread quickly: a polar bear, then two, were spotted near this remote Inuit village on the shores of Hudson Bay, about 1,800 kilometers (1,120 miles) north of Montreal.
Asia-Pacific LDCs meeting vows sustainable graduation by 2020
Least developed countries (LDCs) of Asia-Pacific region have envisaged sustainable graduation of the LDCs of the region during the ministerial meeting that concluded here today by issuing a 24-point declaration, which is fully focused on meeting the graduation criteria by 2020 as per their commitment in Istanbul Programme of Action (IPoA).
Himalayan Times
Europe's Record Heat Tied Directly to Climate Change
As 2014 comes to a close, Europe is virtually certain to lock in its hottest year in more than 500 years, and according to research by three independent teams of climate scientists, the record can be closely attributed to climate change.
Weather Channel
The Role of Religions at COP 20 Huffington Post
Is the UN’s climate change body still fit for purpose? RTCC
We can't let climate change turn droughts, flash floods and mudslides into the new normal (comment) Guardian
Green bonds sell big in 2014 as finance bids to help climate
A "green" bond market has taken root this year, with municipalities and corporations issuing new environmentally-focused bonds and money managers jumping in to buy them.
From Kalimantan to Lima: Where do women stand in climate?
When UN-backed forest protection scheme REDD+ came to central Kalimantan in Indonesia, it promised employment to the indigenous community.
UN's Clean Development Market Mechanism Future in Doubt, Largely Sidelined in Lima
The United Nations’ Clean Development Mechanism, a plan to use market forces to curb greenhouse gas emissions that once was hailed as among the most important and resilient parts of the UN process to confront climate change, is fighting to survive and remain relevant.
Bloomberg BNA
Vietnam submits BUR to UNFCCC Secretariat
Vietnam has submitted its first Biennial Update Reports (BUR) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Secretariat at the United Nations Conference of the Parties (COP 20) held recently in Lima, Peru.
Washington governor proposes carbon pollution cap
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Wednesday proposed an ambitious cap-and-trade program to require the state's largest industrial polluters to pay for every ton of carbon they release.
Front Yards Turn to Wetlands as Climate Change Takes Toll
Climate change is beginning to take a toll on real estate in the coastal city, about 80 miles (130 kilometers) southeast of Richmond, as insurance costs soar and residents resort to putting their homes on stilts or opening up space underneath for the water to flow through.
Unilever, Cargill push to green their palm oil chain
Facing growing concerns about deforestation in Asia, companies are pledging to use green palm oil.
Burundi: German-Burundi-Israel Cooperation for Climate Change and Agriculture
The government of Israel is seeking a collaboration with Burundi to support climate change adaptation and agriculture. With their 'Africa Initiative' Israel and Germany aim to implement strategies and tools to reduce the vulnerability of the rural population to climate change impacts in vulnerable regions of Burundi.
Could carbon pricing enhance energy poverty?
Scientists and development institutions agree that putting a price on carbon is one of the most effective ways to fight climate change.
Arctic squirrels blamed for climate change damage
Rodents have been accused of everything from the Black Death to electrical fires over the centuries – now climate change can be added to the long list of mishaps for which they are to blame.
These Are The Countries And Regions Most At Risk From Climate Change
The climate change deal that United Nations member states agreed to in Lima, Peru, on Sunday will raise billions of dollars to assist developing countries in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and extreme weather. U.N. member states will issue new standards to reduce carbon emissions by next year.
International Business Times
More climate-change dollars for the developing world
WITH THE Green Climate Fund (GCF) set to come on stream next year and a recent infusion of capital into the Adaptation Fund (AF), developing countries have a better shot at preparing for climate-change impacts.
Jamaica Gleaner
Global NGOs differ with political leadership over outcome of Lima climate talks
Political leadership including from India, the COP presidency and the UNFCCC might have praised the Lima climate talks' outcome, but the NGOs across the globe have differed and said the result fell short of expectation and public demand as it was guided more by political expediency than the scientific urgency and concerns of the most vulnerable countries.
Times of India
India-US climate talks to focus on clean energy, tech R&D
India and the United States are expected to announce a joint effort to tackle climate change with focus on clean energy and technology R&D during President Barack Obama's visit to the country in January.
Economic Times
'Lima held no hope for an India facing extreme weather patterns'
The recently-concluded climate change talks in Lima failed to catalyze any optimism for the next round at Paris 2015, signalling little hope for India that is already reeling under extreme weather patterns, experts said.
California pensions should divest coal assets -state senate leader
California pension plans would divest all assets related to the coal industry under a measure the leader of the state senate said he will propose to reduce support for an industry that critics blame for contributing to climate change.
Malta to push climate action during Commonwealth meeting
Climate action will be one of the main themes to be discussed at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting which will be hosted in Malta in November 2015.
Malta Today
2014 warmest year in Europe since 1500s
Climate change is very likely to have helped make 2014 Europe’s warmest year since the 1500s, scientists have found.
Financial Times
Europe's record hot year made at least 35 times more likely by climate change, say scientists
This year is on track to be the warmest ever recorded in Europe, and greenhouse gas emissions played a major role, according to new research. Scientists have analysed centuries of temperature records to conclude that this year’s warmth was made at least 35 times more likely because of climate change.
South African Brewer Tackles Climate Change
Governments failed to come to a breakthrough agreement at last week's climate summit in Peru. But South African mega-brewer SAB Miller sent delegates to the talks, and says it is one of many private companies taking their own steps to fight climate change.
Voice of America
Climate change will leave Christmas trees in hot water
Our warming climate is bad news for Christmas trees. Norwegian spruces risk getting cold feet as the insulating blanket of snow that protects their roots from Scandinavian winters thins.
New Scientist
Lima climate conference needed to have real outcome to make a difference, says Seychelles climate ambassador
After bitter disputes and major compromises, the much talked-about climate conference in in Lima, Peru, ended on Sunday, and the Seychelles islands delegation left South America with concerns that the agreement reached in Lima is ‘ not on track’ for a targeted reductions in global temperature rises.
Seychelles News Agency
From Copenhagen to Lima: An Observer's Take on Why the Lima Call to Action Matters Huffington Post
It's Time to Deploy This Special Weapon on Climate Change (by Christiana Figueres and Luis Neves) Huffington Post
Nations' climate laws key to global pact
With the prospects for a comprehensive, global treaty carrying the required ambition remaining uncertain in 2015, there is growing consensus that a better and faster response to climate change is badly needed.
Straits Times
How to talk climate change in Paris The Hindu
For the First Time, Lima Climate Accord Puts Burden on Developing Countries Huffington Post
China climate negotiator says Lima deal ‘balanced’
Chinese media coverage of the Lima climate change talks included comments by the country’s top climate negotiator who described the deal reached as “balanced”.
Developing states left in dark on 2020 climate finance goal
Major questions persist over how rich countries will boost funding for poorer nations to tackle climate change in the next five years, after U.N. climate talks failed to decide on clear plans.
Thomson Reuters Foundation
The long road from Lima to a global climate deal
Just weeks after Presidents Barack Obama and Xi Jinping breathed unexpected life back into the Paris climate change talks, unveiling a bilateral pact on reducing emissions, another slightly fainter puff has come from the direction of Lima.
Financial Times
Rough seas ahead for climate talks, says Oxfam
International humanitarian aid group Oxfam says increasingly extreme and destructive weather and new political momentum were not yet enough to boost the scope of UN climate talks in Peru.
jakarta Post
‘Monsters’ line road to Paris climate deal with rich-poor divide
The path to a climate deal in Paris a year from now is littered with obstacles, foremost among them how to differentiate between what industrialized nations led by the U.S. will do to cut fossil-fuel pollution, and what commitments developing ones such as India, Brazil will take on.
Lima deal leaves ominous climate questions
The U.S. and other nations were applauding this weekend’s climate change agreement on Monday, but the deal’s difficult negotiations showed all too clearly the major hurdles that lie ahead as officials try to reach a much more sweeping pact next year in Paris.
New Climate Treaty Struggles to Reconcile Rich and Poor
They fought about money, categories and assessments. They skirmished over scopes and road maps and timetables.
Coal demand set to break 9bn tonne barrier this decade
Global coal use is on an upwards march despite calls to halt fossil fuels demand at a UN climate summit in Peru and will hit a record 9bn tonnes by 2019, according to the International Energy Agency.
'Lima Call for Climate Action' Falls Short of What Science Urges and People Demand Huffington Post
What do Lima climate talks have in common with 'Stone Soup'?
Folklore may be an odd place to look for an analog to two weeks of global climate talks in Lima, Peru, which ended over the weekend. But the tale of "Stone Soup" may be as good a place to start as any.
Christian Science Monitor
China’s Double-Edged Pact (op-ed) NY Times
The new climate denialism: More carbon dioxide is a good thing (opinion) Washington Post
Climat : une question de méthode (editorial) Le Monde
At UN climate talks, a crack in rich-poor barrier
A last-minute deal that salvaged U.N. climate talks from collapse early Sunday sends a signal the rich-poor divide that long held up progress can be overcome with a year to go before a landmark pact is supposed to be adopted in Paris.
Paris climate summit faces tougher job after modest Lima deal
A Paris summit in 2015 will face a tougher task to agree a U.N. deal to slow climate change after the hopes of many that cooperation between Washington and Beijing would be a magic key to end global gridlock dissolved in chaotic preparatory talks in Lima.
Fossil-Fuel Limits in All Nations Closer After UN Deal
A plan to limit fossil-fuel pollution in all nations for the first time came a step closer as envoys from more than 190 countries agreed on the key parts of a deal they plan to adopt next year to fight global warming.
UN climate agreement reached in marathon session
The fortnight it took for UN climate talks to finally stagger to an end in Lima on Sunday morning has shaken many assumptions about what it will take to achieve the historic global climate deal due to be sealed in Paris next December.
Financial Times
Late deal in Lima saves UN climate talks from collapse
UN talks in Peru have concluded with agreement on a pathway towards a deal to address climate change in Paris next December.
Keeping the show on the road
Peru's environment minister...and the host of this year's UN climate talks, had confidently predicted that negotiations would wrap up on schedule at 6.00pm on December 12th with a pisco sour, the country's national cocktail.
The Economist
UN climate deal in Peru ends historic North-South split
Unexpectedly, for a city that is in a desert area, rain drizzled from the night-time sky over Lima early on Sunday. Just as unexpectedly, the gavel came down on UN climate talks that had almost collapsed because of wide gaps between the positions held by rich and poor nations
COP20: Ban Ki-moon hails delegates for paving way to 'meaningful' climate agreement
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has hailed the outcome of a United Nations-backed climate conference recently concluded in Lima, Peru, praising delegates for setting the groundwork for a more conclusive agreement to be reached in 2015, a spokesperson for the Organization today announced.
UN News Centre
Lima climate change talks avert a disaster
It is so decided,” said Peruvian Environment Minister Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, his gavel hitting the table. And, the torturous 13 days of UN climate change negotiations ended with 196 countries adopting the ‘Lima call to climate action’ document at around 1 am on Sunday morning.
Business Standard
Climate Talks Yield Plan to Spread Burden of Emission Cuts
The U.S. and other wealthy countries persuaded their developing-nation peers to advance a framework that for the first time would spread the burden of economically painful emission cuts across all nations.
Wall Street Journal
What now for the Paris accord?
Four years ago, the world's nations vowed to forge a pact by the end of 2015 that would tame climate change and bequeath a safer planet to future generations.
UN climate change deal in Peru attacked by environmental activists as 'weak' and 'ineffectual'
The UN climate deal agreed between nearly 200 countries in the early hours of Sunday morning was welcomed by politicians – but environmentalists and climate activists denounced it as both weak and ineffectual.
The Independent
UN agrees way forward on climate change – but path is unclear (by Nicholas Stern) Guardian
Enough With The “Weak UN” Talk About Lima COP20! Cleantechnica
Deal reached at U.N. climate talks in Peru
LIMA, Peru — The latest round of United Nations climate talks ended in the early hours of Sunday morning — nearly 33 hours later than scheduled — with a deal that barely kept hopes for a meaningful global agreement next year. The conference, which started on Dec. 1., had two main goals: to agree to a series of measures aimed at reducing the greenhouse gases scientists say cause climate change in the near term, and to pave the way for an agreement that will include action from all countries by the end of the next edition of the talks, a year from now in Paris.
USA Today
Difficult Lima talks reach acceptable deal on climate change
LIMA, Dec. 14 (Xinhua) -- The annual United Nations climate talks finally wrapped up in Lima, Peru, in the wee hours of Sunday, achieving an acceptable but not satisfying result and leaving unresolved issues to the climate conference in Paris in December 2015.
Lima climate talks: India, 189 UN members reach deal
Negotiators today adopted a compromise draft for national pledges to cut global carbon emissions at marathon UN climate talks here that addressed all of India’s concerns and paved way for a new ambitious and binding deal to be signed in Paris next year to combat climate change.
The Financial Express
Modest global climate deal comes together
Climate negotiators from around the world came up with a modest agreement early Sunday for every nation to do its part to address global warming — but the Obama administration’s aggressive environmental regulations and last month’s landmark deal with China weren’t enough to keep the talks from nearly coming apart during a tense weekend of last-minute wrangling.
UN members agree deal at Lima climate talks
Delegates have approved a framework for setting national pledges to be submitted to a summit next year. Differences over the draft text caused the two-week talks in Lima, Peru, to overrun by two days.
UN pushes ahead on 2015 climate deal after marathon
UN members pressed ahead Sunday with a vision for a historic pact to defeat climate change by adopting a format for national pledges to cut Earth-warming greenhouse gases. At a marathon conference in Lima, they also approved a blueprint to guide negotiations for the deal due to be sealed in Paris in December 2015.
Climate talks adopt format for carbon pledges
U.N. members on Sunday adopted a format for national pledges to cut greenhouse gases, the heart of a planned pact to defeat climate change. At a marathon conference in the Peruvian capital of Lima, they also approved a broad blueprint for negotiations leading up to the historic deal, due to be sealed in Paris in December 2015. “The document is approved,” declared Peruvian Environment Minister Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, as exhausted delegates cheered and clapped.
COP20 Climate Forum: Lima UN talks agree on building blocks for 2015 climate deal
About 190 nations have agreed on the building blocks of a new-style global deal due in 2015 to combat climate change amid warnings that far tougher action will be needed to limit rising world temperatures.
Radio Australia
Climate Change Deal Agreed At UN Negotiations In Peru
United Nations member states have agreed an agreement on tackling climate change at negotiations in Peru, that ran days longer than scheduled. The deal will see each country set a target to reduce carbon emissions by next year. It also significantly departs from one of the core principles of recent international climate change negotiations -- that rich countries should carry the burden of emissions reduction, according to the Guardian.
International Business Times
UN Climate Talks Reach 'Watered-Down' Deal
Negotiators at United Nations talks in Peru have reached a compromise deal which sets the stage for a global climate pact to be made next year in Paris. After late-night wrangling, delegates from more than 190 nations meeting in Lima adopted a format for national pledges to cut greenhouse gases and approved a blueprint to guide negotiations for the Paris pact in December 2015.
Sky News
Lima climate talks agree on just one paragraph of deal with 24 hours left
Negotiators working on a deal to fight climate change have agreed on just a single paragraph of text, casting a shadow over the prospects for a strong outcome in Lima.
The Guardian
Kerry to climate talks: No excuses, get to work
Secretary of State John Kerry tried to spur slow-moving U.N. climate talks Thursday, telling nations to stop bickering over who is to blame for global warming and to shun the cheap route of high-polluting coal to grow their economies.
Associated Press
As Lima climate talks stutter, business remains positive
While delegates inside negotiating rooms at the UN climate talks in Lima crawl towards a conclusion, many business and civil society leaders attending the meet say they feel cautiously optimistic.
Cutting carbon a good business opportunity, private sector told
Whatever the global climate agreement reached next year in Paris looks like, the private sector will need to dramatically step up efforts to cut global carbon emissions, negotiators and analysts said at U.N. climate talks in Lima Thursday.
Talks in gridlock, meet head says let’s not leave Lima empty handed
With the climate talks remaining deadlocked at the end of Thursday, the head of the Lima round of negotiations, Manuel Pulgar Vidal, lashed out at the delegations saying they had not come only to enjoy the city and must ensure that they do not go back empty handed from Peru.
The Indian Express
France climate chief admits Lima talks may not deliver clear result
France’s diplomatic machinery is starting to ramp up the gears, 12 months before countries are scheduled to sign off a UN climate deal in Paris.
Kerry feels heat on Keystone oil pipeline at U.N. climate talks
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday urged countries at U.N. climate talks in Lima to move away from using fossil fuels while demonstrators gathered outside the meeting urged him to reject the Keystone oil pipeline.
Dried Out Amazon Could Speed Up Climate Change
A new NASA-funded study has found that a dried out Amazon, which has experienced a decline in rainfall over the last decade, could speed up global climate change due to the subsequent drop in vegetation.
Nature World News
Chefs promote sustainable cooking at COP20
As negotiations at the United Nations climate change summit run into their last stretch after nearly two weeks of deliberations, top world leaders took a brief pit stop to savor food prepared sustainably, by two of the country’s top chefs.
Andean Air Mail & Peruvian Times
Analysis: EU carbon market reforms heading for an early start
Reforms to reduce a glut of emissions in Europe's carbon market look increasingly likely to kick off in 2017, four years earlier than initially proposed, as support grows among lawmakers for an early start.
Slow progress at Lima climate talks “costing lives” says Oxfam chief (interview)
“This slow progress is costing lives. It is not just the money they spend here and the carbon footprint flying round the world for meetings that don’t have solutions, it is lives are being lost.”
International law stays silent on the responsibility for climate change (comment)
The world of international law is behaving as though the problem of climate change does not exist.
The Guardian
At Lima climate talks, UN launches new coalition to promote renewable energy
The launch of a new coalition spearheaded by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and focused on boosting renewable energy usage around the world was announced today as Member States head into the final three-day stretch of a major UN climate conference in Lima, Peru aimed at tackling the imminent threat of climate change.
UN News Centre
Chinese cities targeting emissions peak next year
Some Chinese cities will peak their greenhouse gas emissions as early as next year, lead climate official Xie Zhenhua said on Wednesday.
Global group of Catholic bishops call for end to fossil fuels
Catholic bishops from around the world are calling for an end to fossil fuel use and increased efforts to secure a global climate treaty. Catholics, they say, should engage with the process leading to a proposed new deal to be signed in Paris next year.
The statement is the first time that senior church figures from every continent have issued such a call.
BBC News
Pressure rising on Delhi to target ambitious carbon cuts
India’s contribution to global carbon emissions was only 7% last year, yet there are fears being expressed in the western world that rapid population growth and development will mean this vast country will soon be a major polluter − like its neighbour, China.
'Berlin Wall' climate divide looms over Lima
As UN climate talks enter their final days, the "Berlin Wall" that has for years divided rich and poor countries once again looms large as negotiators race to write a draft of a global deal that is meant to tear it down.
Canete: Climate talks moving 'slower than we want'
There is still a long way to go before agreement can be reached during the international climate negotiations in Lima, the European Commissioner Miguel Arias Canete said at a press conference in the Peruvian capital on Wednesday.
Late Night Lima – envoys battle to contain expanding climate deal
With three days to go until the Lima climate conference is officially scheduled to end, talks aimed at developing a global agreement to cut greenhouse gas emissions appear stuck in slow motion.
Thousands of marchers demand just solution at UN climate talks in Lima
From the Amazon to the Andes, thousands of activists marched through the streets of Lima on Wednesday to demand a just solution to climate change.
The Guardian
A climate idea comes of age: Zero emissions
Zero emissions idea floated by climate 'nerd' getting traction at UN conference in Peru.
Associated Press
Bangladesh: Poor nations expect too much climate aid from west
Poor countries have been piling too much pressure on the rich west, Bangladesh’s environment minister Anwar Hossain Manju has suggested.
Increasing Concern Over Climate Change May Be Driving Increase In Sustainable Investing
Sustainable investing is growing at an accelerating rate, according to a recent report on trends from the US SIF or The Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment.
Watch: Climate change explained in 60 second animation
Climate scientists at the Royal Society produce a 60 second guide addressing common assertions made by people who dismiss climate change.
The Telegraph
How energy reforms will make it easier to slow global warming (opinion)
The prospects for movement on energy are bright in the coming years. And as reforming ideas spread and energy systems become cleaner and more efficient, the prospects for slowing global warming look brighter now than they have been in decades.
The Washington Post
Australia pledges $165 million to Green Climate Fund
Australia has announced that it will deliver AUS $200 million to the UN’s green bank. Foreign minister Julie Bishop announced the pledge to the Green Climate Fund, which amounts to US $165 million, at a high level meeting on climate finance on Tuesday.
With Compromises, a Global Accord to Fight Climate Change Is in Sight
Diplomats from 196 countries are closing in on the framework of a potentially historic deal that would for the first time commit every nation in the world to cutting its planet-warming fossil fuel emissions — but would still not be enough to stop the early impacts of global warming.
The New York Times
Ban urges Lima conference to agree draft text as basis for 2015 climate deal
Urging the 20th Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to “act now,” UN officials in Lima, Peru stressed today that fully tackling the impacts of man-made climate change requires a transformation – not mere “tinkering” with past agreements and pledges.
Un News Centre
Engulfed by Rising Seas, Islands Gain Moral Voice at UN
Some of the world’s smallest island nations have become the loudest voices in the debate about how to fight global warming.
Lima Climate Talks: U.S., EU Wrangle Over Legal Basis of Emissions Targets
Officials from nearly 200 countries working to negotiate a climate-change agreement are wrestling with the most basic question: whether key sections of the final pact should be legally binding.
The Wall Street Journal
Exxon Issues Energy Reality Check as UN Debates Emissions
The world’s largest oil company sees emissions in the developing world surging 50 percent, a forecast that suggests the diplomatic push to draft an accord to curb global warming stands to fall short.
Lima climate talks: India says it does not support ex-ante review of INDCs
Javadekar echoes demands of developing countries, says INDCs must be comprehensive and should not just focus on mitigation
Business Standard
Oil price slump a “golden opportunity” to price carbon – IEA
Lead energy analyst says low fuel cost allows policymakers to slash fossil fuel subsidies without hurting consumers
World’s Mayors Adopt New Tool to Calculate Climate Emissions
The first global standard to measure greenhouse gas emissions from cities was launched Monday in tandem with the ongoing UN climate summit in Lima.
Environment News Service
Workers must lead transition to green economy, unions say at climate talks
As global climate negotiators meet in Lima, Peru, for the 20th Conference of the Parties (COP 20) — a prelude to world climate talks in Paris next year — international union representatives say labor needs a stronger voice in planning the transition away from fossil fuels.
Al Jazeera America
Thousands of Carbon-Capture Plants Needed to Curb Warming
Thousands of power plants and factories will need to be fitted with carbon-capture and storage equipment to limit global warming to safe levels, former World Bank chief economist Nicholas Stern said.
Gender equality must guide 2015 climate deal, U.N. envoy says
Gender equality must be a key part of a new global climate change deal due to be reached in Paris next year even though achieving it will be a struggle, U.N. climate envoy Mary Robinson said on Tuesday.
Lima climate talks: Helping cities with credit ratings can foster low-carbon progress (comment)
In the debate over how to address climate change, there is a glaring gap between the levels of carbon reductions the world must achieve to avert the worst consequences of global warming and the levels of reductions that national governments have been willing to make thus far. Bridging that gap will require cities and businesses - the chief drivers of carbon emissions - to play a leading role, and Lima's experience points the way forward.
The Age
Global warming threat cut slightly, still severe: study
Projected global warming this century has slowed but is still at a severe rate after promises by China, the United States and the European Union to limit greenhouse gas emissions, a scientific study showed on Monday.
Decarbonisation push emerges at UN climate talks
Countries will be asked to decarbonise their economies by 2050 and then move to negative emissions under a controversial proposal to be negotiated as part of international climate change talks in Lima.
The Sydney Morning Herald
Backyard inventors: The new environmental 'game changers?'
The good news is that there are thousands of examples of entrepreneurs around the world who are finding a constantly expanding market for their solutions -- they are part of the United Nations Climate Change secretariat's Momentum for Change initiative.
World Bank chief calls for “zero net emissions” climate goal
The head of the World Bank has added his backing to calls for countries to agree a long term carbon cutting target at UN climate change talks taking place in Lima, Peru this week.
Lima climate talks: South American diplomats hopeful of progress on deal
South American diplomats expect to make progress towards a global climate deal at this week’s UN talks in Lima, despite growing criticism from NGOs that governments in the region are backtracking on pledges to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and protect the environment.
The Guardian
China stresses South-South cooperation, common development in tackling climate change
China attaches great importance to South-South cooperation in tackling global climate change, and efforts to achieve common development, a senior Chinese official said in Lima on Monday.
US denies backtracking on climate change goals
Lead US climate official Todd Stern has defended his government against claims it has backtracked on a previous target to reduce emissions 30% by 2025.
Brazil’s taps run dry as deforestation worsens
For weeks, the taps in Sao Paulo have run dry as the city has suffered its worst drought in eight decades, with rainfall at one-third the normal level. A growing consensus of scientists believes the answer to what is happening lies not in the sky, but in decades of deforestation of Amazon rainforest hundreds of kilometers away.
The Associated Press
Heat Waves in Europe Will Increase, Study Finds
Three scientists from the Met Office, the British weather agency, have concluded that human-caused global warming is going to make European summer heat waves “commonplace” by the 2040s.
The New York Times
Deforestation cuts into climate change goals
Mines, palm oil plantations, large farms and mining projects are contributing to an alarming pace of forest destruction, a new report has found, hampering efforts to curb global warming.
Satellite imagery indicates that more than 30,000 hectares of forest are lost daily, said the report "Securing Forests, Securing Rights", launched in Peru on Monday by a coalition of rights groups during international climate change talks.
Shell makes climate pitch as UN targets zero carbon planet
The role of fossil fuel lobbyists at UN climate talks came under fire on Monday, as activists mobbed a side event in Lima.
Earth at ‘tipping point,’ UN General Assembly President warns, urging climate reform
Planet earth is “moving towards the tipping point” warned the President of the United Nations General Assembly at UN climate talks in Peru, where he called for world leaders to take urgent action towards a climate agreement that promotes socio-economic development in a sustainable manner.
UN News Centre
Tackling climate change on a global scale – the COP 20 in Peru (opinion)
The UN framework convention on climate change (COP 20), under way in in the Peruvian capital Lima, will not produce a global climate treaty. That will depend on reaching a series of agreements with the 20 nations that emit 80% of total global greenhouse emissions (GHG), and the economic sectors that have the biggest impact on the world’s climate. However, it could pave the way for a treaty being signed in Paris next year that will be seen as a turning point in reducing global warming.
The Guardian
Latin America Countries Agree to Tackle Deforestation
On Sunday, eight Latin American countries presented a major program to recover millions of square kilometers of forests on the continent. The plan by Mexico, Colombia, Costa Rica, Salvador, Ecuador, Guatemala, Peru and Chile aims to recover some 20 million square kilometers – more than 49 million acres – of deforested land.
teleSUR English
EU raises the pressure on COP 20 conference
As the UN Climate Conference got under way in Lima last week, the EU set out its stall with an ambitious call for "quantifiable and comparable" national commitments on the reduction of CO2 emissions; a position refuted by some developing countries, who see the odds stacked against them.
Oil companies at climate talks dismiss ‘carbon bubble’ fears
As diplomats in Lima work towards a global deal to combat climate change, oil industry representatives are taking comfort from the slow pace of talks.
Lima climate change talks: Countries discover the chasm at the end of a week
If the ministers, landing in Lima over the weekend, want to ensure their bosses — heads of states — don’t also end up in the same situation in Paris in 2015 poring over the fine print and syntax to churn out a global agreement, they have their task cut out over the next week.
Business Standard
Lord Stern calls for "dynamic" international climate change treaty
Lord Stern will today become the latest high profile figure to urge world leaders to deliver an ambitious climate change treaty at next year's Paris Summit, while warning they should not become too hung up on ensuring the agreement is legally-binding.
Business Green
Debate on emissions to heat up week 2 of Lima climate talks
Its week 2 at the climate talks being held in Lima, Peru. Ministers began arriving today and more huddles are expected to break the deadlock over climate change. The most important agenda is to determine how the world will cut emissions to stay below the 2°C increase guardrail.
The Economic Times
Peru climate change talks slowed by clashes of rich and poor nations
International climate talks in Lima, Peru, are entering their final week, with few hints of whether a newfound optimism that marked the start of negotiations will ultimately translate into an agreement that would rein in climate change.
Los Angeles Times
High-level reinforcement for final climate push
Ministers and the UN chief fly into Lima this week to bolster negotiators in a final push for consensus on key elements of a world pact to curb potentially disastrous global warming.
Channel NewsAsia
Oil-rich Arab emirates duck climate finance obligations
The United Arab Emirates needs its wealth to diversify away from fossil fuels, argues lead negotiator.
Old Laptop Batteries Could Help Light Developing Countries
IBM researchers in India have discovered that 70% of discarded laptop batteries have enough capacity to power an LED light bulb for 4 hours per day for a year. This is due to the fact that laptops lose their portability long before their batteries are completely dead (or their battery life becomes unacceptably short), so they are discarded early.
Can solar power replace oil in the Middle East? (editorial)
The rise of shale has posed a rare challenge to Middle Eastern oil, culminating in a global oil price war and moving OPEC members to slash profits to retain market share. But at a time when OPEC's hegemony over the oil markets has been challenged, let us not forget there is another abundant natural energy resource the Middle East possesses - the sun.
Lost in Lima: Why climate finance figures can’t be trusted (opinion)
Sorting out the complicated world of climate finance has long been talked of as a key goal for the UN climate talks currently taking place in Lima, Peru. One problem is that not enough money is flowing to developing countries, making it harder for them to invest in greener forms of energy and prepare for the worst impacts of climate change, such as floods, heatwaves and rising sea levels.
UN: climate change costs to poor underestimated
The cost to poor countries of adjusting to ever-hotter temperatures will be two or even three times higher than previously thought, the U.N.'s environment agency said Friday - and that assumes a best-case scenario in which greenhouse gas emissions are dramatically reduced.
Rift widens among greens over burying carbon as climate fix
A rift is widening among the world's biggest environmental groups over a little-tested technology for burying carbon that might help cut the cost of fighting climate change.
COP20: Peru must give indigenous people means to combat climate change
Peru is home to the second largest block of Amazon rainforest after Brazil and has promising forest protection schemes (including REDD+) in four national parks. But the country has a poor record for fighting deforestation, with rampant illegal mining and logging, slash and burn agriculture and insufficient land titling for indigenous groups.
Peru's COP20 to leave a "legacy" for the nation and the world
Peru’s organized COP20 will leave “a legacy” for the world by creating the draft containing the new targets needed to face climate change, expressed on Friday Peru’s Environment minister, Manuel Pulgar-Vidal.
‘Stranded assets’: Will efforts to counter warming render energy reserves worthless?
A major threat to fossil fuel companies has suddenly moved from the fringe to center stage with a dramatic announcement by Germany’s biggest power company and an intriguing letter from the Bank of England.
Lima climate talks split on role of adaptation, finance in new deal
Negotiators at U.N. climate talks in Lima are divided over whether governments should include finance and adaptation commitments in the national offers of action they are due to put forward early next year as the building blocks of a new global climate change deal.
Thomson Reuters Foundation
Norway Pledge Brings Green Climate Fund To $9.95 Billion
The Green Climate Fund is now within $50 million of the $10 billion goal that most observers see as the bare minimum to achieve credibility at climate talks in Lima. The fund is designed to handle roughly $100 billion in climate finance annually.
Ecosystem Marketplace
Peru: Indigenous Demand Justice For Murder of Environmentalists
Indigenous women from Saweto, Peru, and their supporters held a demonstration today inside the COP 20, the 20th United Nations Conference on Climate Change in Lima demanding the Peruvian state do something about the murder of indigenous environmentalist leaders.
India says carbon emissions will grow as it drives to beat poverty
The world must accept that India's per capita carbon emissions will need to rise rapidly if it is to eliminate poverty, the environment minister said on Friday, as delegates meet in Lima for key UN climate change talks.
Ban Ki-Moon says Canada must do more on climate change
Ban Ki-moon, in an exclusive interview with CBC News, says Canada needs to stop stalling on setting climate change goals, and instead become "ambitious and visionary."
Cost of adaptating to impacts of climate change much more than previous estimates: UN report
Reinforcing the enormity of the challenge in dealing with climate change, a new UN report has said that even if greenhouse gas emissions were cut in the most optimistic manner from now on, the costs of adapting to the impacts of climate change would be at least two to three times more than previous estimates of just a few months earlier.
Indian Express
UN climate fund woefully behind $100B goal
A new United Nations report warned that the cost of adapting to a warmer world is soaring for developing nations and funding is falling short. CCTV America’s Dan Collyns reported this story from the U.N. climate negotiations currently underway in Lima, Peru
CCTV America
Is it too late to save the Maldives from climate change
Three years ago, thanks to its enterprising president, the Maldives was leading a global climate change response. Now, that president is out of office, living under armed guard, and watching his country wilt under the threat of extremism and rising sea levels
The Independent
A Fossil Fuel Scandal at the Climate Talks in Lima Huffington Post
China outlines vision for 2015 UN climate change deal
As the world’s biggest greenhouse gas emitter, China is critical to the success of international efforts to tackle climate change. When softly spoken lead negotiator Su Wei held a press briefing on day four of UN climate talks in Lima, journalists hung on his every word.
Speculation over Indian emissions goal fuels hopes of Lima Summit progress
The Lima Climate Summit received a boost this week as further details emerged of talks between India and the US about a potential emissions goal for the emerging economy.
Business Green
Stalemate at Lima climate talks set to end as UN officials relent
After three days of stalemate and ever-rising bitterness, the climate change talks looked set for a breakthrough on Thursday morning at Lima, Peru.
Business Standard
UN chief lauds China-U.S. accord on greenhouse gas emissions
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon on Thursday lauded as an "encouraging development" a joint statement on climate change issued last month by China and the United States to limit greenhouse gas emissions, which many believe represents a great momentum toward reaching a global climate change agreement next year.
Saarc joins hands in climate fight
India and its seven neighbours on Wednesday moved to make Saarc a separate pressure group to represent them at the climate talks here.
The Times of India
UN's definition of 'climate finance' comes under scrutiny
The UN's definition of 'climate finance' came under the scrutiny of developing countries and civil society here today after it emerged that about $1 billion in Japanese funding meant for combating global warming was used to build three coal-fired power plants in Indonesia.

The Economic Times
Climate change: UN projects for poorest 'feared frozen'
Hundreds of United Nations-backed projects to help the world's poorest countries cope with the most urgent impacts of climate change have not been acted upon, the BBC has learnt
BBC News
Christiana Figueres: “El acuerdo ideal debe sumar a todos los países del mundo”
Christiana Figueres, máxima autoridad de la Convención de las Naciones Unidas para el Cambio Climático (Unfccc) recibió a Los Tiempos en una entrevista exclusiva en la que declara su optimismo para un nuevo acuerdo global que permita luchar contra el cambio climático.
Los Tiempos
Climate Activists Showing Their Colors in Lima
As the first delegates landed in Peru this week for the latest United Nations climate talks, activists were already taking to the streets of Lima to demand that world leaders take aggressive action against global warming.
InsideClimate News
Insurance Industry Is Leader on Climate Change, Report Says
The insurance industry is being called out by an international research institution for its progressive attitude on climate change.
A white paper put out by the nonprofit Urban Land Institute this week urges the real estate sector and government planners to take an active role in climate change adaptation.
Insurance Journal
Gobal emissions scheme talks renewed
Negotiations to agree on a global deal to reduce flight emissions are advancing as countries initially blocking the talks seem ready to cooperate, the European Commission said on 2 December.
Brazil to launch new satellite to track deforestation
Brazil will launch a satellite from China Sunday to keep an eye in the sky on deforestation in the Amazon, the National Space Agency (Inpe) said Thursday.
The New Age Online
Big oil must pay for climate change harm to world’s poorest (opinion)
The residents of the Philippines region of Tacloban know what loss and damage from climate change looks like. This weekend, this exact same region is now bracing for super typhoon Hagupit, due to hit on Saturday as a catastrophic Category 5 storm.
Climate Projects Reap $650 Billion a Year as Aid to Poor Rises
Finance for projects aimed at limiting global warming has reached at least $650 billion. That will need to double to protect the planet from overheating, a United Nations agency said.
UN Lima talks: 2014 set to be hottest year on record
Delegates at the 190-nation UN Climate Conference in the Peruvian capital, Lima, were told that 2014 is on track to become the hottest year on record, or will at least join the ranks of being one of the warmest.
Deutsche Welle
UN sets modest hopes for climate pledges at 2015 Paris summit
Government pledges due in 2015 to cut rising world greenhouse gases will be too weak to avert the worst of global warming and merely be part of a long haul to agree far tougher curbs, the United Nations said on Wednesday.
Green Climate Fund to start funding projects in 2015
The UN’s green bank will start converting its $9.7 billion purse into real projects in by June 2015, it announced today.
Countries Racing to Adopt Low-Carbon Technologies, UNFCCC Chief Says
The countries taking part in the latest annual edition of the United Nations’ climate-change conference are in a race to adopt low-carbon technologies, according to the executive secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, who said their speed in making that switch will depend on the commitments they make under a new global accord.
Latin American Herald Tribune
UN carbon market fights for its future at Lima talks
Carbon markets are a cost-effective way to tackle climate change, say proponents, and should be supported by a deal next year in Paris. It is a hot topic in Lima, where negotiations are under way to produce a draft agreement.
Ambition Meets Wariness as U.N. Climate Change Talks Begin in Lima
The U.S., Europe and China are about to confront the gulf between their carbon-cutting ambitions and those of less industrialized countries.
Wall Street Journal
India makes a strong case for adaptation measures at Lima climate talks
With the countries here negotiating crucial points in the run up to next year's global climate agreement, India on Wednesday made a strong pitch for giving more weight-age to adaptation measures in the new agreement at a time when rich nations are more obsessed with mitigation efforts and goals.

Economic Times
Germany Moves to Speed Renewable Energy Goal
Germany sought to steer its ambitious shift to renewable energy back on track after its plans to phase out nuclear power triggered an increase in carbon-gas emissions over the past two years.
The Wall Street Journal
Most Americans Believe in Climate Change, Survey Says
More than 80 percent of Americans now believe that climate change is occurring, according to a new survey conducted by global reinsurance giant Munich Re America.
The Weather Channel
UK solar “competitive without subsidies” by 2020
Solar power will prosper without subsidies in Britain as early as 2020, calculated a report which found that electric utilities could face similar disruption as they are already experiencing in Germany.
The Next Big Climate Question: Will India Follow China? (opinion)
For more than 20 years, international climate talks have been dominated by a schism between those who created the problem of climate change (largely the United States and nations of the European Union) and those who would greatly contribute to it moving forward (largely China and India). But as climate negotiators meet in Lima, Peru, this week and next, and news reports are full of gloomy predictions that the negotiations will produce little, there are increasing signs that this stalemate may have been broken.
The New York Times
EXPLAINED: The biggest hurdles plaguing a global climate accord (opinion)
It was not with starry-eyed optimism, but with fierce determination that global climate negotiators launched their treaty talks in Lima on Monday. Nobody is suggesting that it will be easy to draft a comprehensive pact to be signed in Paris next year.
Business Spectator
Lima climate talks: EU and US at odds over legally binding emissions targets
The European Union (EU)’s delegation at the climate change conference in Lima has argued that legally binding cuts applying to all countries are necessary and should be adopted by 2015 and entered into force by 2020.
The Guardian
UN plans for 2015 climate deal favour rich, say developing countries
A tense atmosphere marked the beginning of today’s UN climate talks in Lima, as African countries accused co-chairs of driving an imbalanced process.
Will Rollout of Green Technologies Get a Boost at Lima Climate Summit?
The road towards a green economy is paved with both reward and risk, and policymakers must seek to balance these out if the transition to low-carbon energy sources is to succeed on the required scale, climate experts say.
Inter Press Service
Germany's $132 Billion Green Energy Lead Is Fortified by EON's Split With Fossil Fuels
EON SE (EOAN)’s plan to spin off its fossil-fuel plants marks a watershed moment in Germany’s renewables effort that will likely bolster the country’s already leading position in clean energy.
Fossil fuel investors risk being stranded by tougher climate rules
A major threat to fossil fuel companies has suddenly moved from the fringe to centre stage with a dramatic announcement by Germany's biggest power company and an intriguing letter from the Bank of England.
Sydney Morning Herald
Ignoring indigenous rights in Amazon fuels global warming: study
More than half the carbon in the Amazon region could be released into the atmosphere unless indigenous land rights are protected, a new study said on Tuesday, as a UN climate conference got under way in Peru.
Rich nations urged to lead emission cuts
Developed countries must not pass the buck when it comes to shouldering their fair share of the burden of cutting carbon emissions, China's foreign ministry said ahead of a crucial climate change summit in Lima, Peru.
Global Times
Lima climate talks may lead to global deal - HSBC
The latest round of climate change talks - which began yesterday in Lima, Peru - should provide the basis for a global climate agreement in Paris next year, according to HSBC analysts.
Financial Times
Yeb Sano absence casts shadow over Lima climate talks
Mystery surrounds the absence of one of the most colourful and vocal climate diplomats from UN climate talks taking place in Lima, Peru.
Cabinet clears India’s stance at climate talks
India’s stance at the ongoing 20th Conference of Parties on climate change received the stamp of approval from the Cabinet on Tuesday. India has been insisting on the principle of common but differentiated responsibilities to make a case for lower emission targets.
Hindu Business Line
Civil society returns to UN climate talks, but for how long?
Whisper it quietly, but civil society is back at the UN’s climate change negotiations. Last year Greenpeace, WWF, Oxfam and Friends of the Earth were among a coalition of NGOs to walk out of Poland’s national stadium in Warsaw, the scene of the main climate conference of 2013.
Emissions targets are biggest challenge for Lima climate talks (opinion)
As this year’s UN climate change conference opens in Lima, Peru, a series of unexpected political developments in recent months has created a mood of surprising optimism. But dark clouds remain.
The Guardian
New York's Energy Czar: We Need Clean Energy Markets, Not Programs or Mandates (opinion)
In the wake of an election season that pitted climate warriors against coal defenders, mostly along partisan lines, progressives on energy policy were disappointed after Republicans gained control of the U.S. Senate earlier this month. But not everyone working on climate and clean energy policy feels a sense of dismay about inaction or partisanship.
Energy Collective
UN Climate chief sets out four-point plan for Lima Summit
A fortnight of international climate change talks starting in Peru must deliver concrete steps towards a global deal on curbing rising global temperatures next year, including putting a draft agreement on the table, the head of the United Nation's Climate Change Secretariat said yesterday.
Business Green
After years of finger pointing, world leaders finally ready to tackle global warming
As global leaders gather in Peru Monday to start negotiating a new U.N. climate deal, there is a sense that finally the world may be ready to take action.
CBS News
U.S. sees voluntary emissions cuts as key to a climate change accord
The United States is championing a new international approach to cutting greenhouse gases that offers the best chance of prompting countries to take action to avert the worst effects of global warming, the nation's chief climate negotiator said Monday.
Los Angeles Times
China: climate laggards must join in pre-2020 efforts
In recent months, hype has been building around prospects for a global climate change deal in Paris next year. If agreed, that will kick in from 2020. Meanwhile this decade, there is no international framework obliging countries to cut greenhouse gas emissions.
Hottest Year Ever Adds Urgency to Drive for Climate Steps
With 2014 on track to be the world’s hottest on record, United Nations officials pressed for urgent action to prevent the most damaging impacts of climate change at the opening of an annual summit on global warming in Lima.
UN climate talks set sights on historic Paris pact
To fresh warnings and appeals to seize the political momentum, UN talks opened in Lima yesterday tasked with drawing the outlines of a 2015 deal to roll back climate change.
UN Climate talks kicked off in Lima
Amid hope to seal the climate deal in Paris next year, crucial negotiation under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) was kicked off in Peruvian capital on Monday with key UN body appealing the world to step up their actions to deal with disastrous consequences of global warming.
The Times of India
Pacific Islands lead largest ever climate fast
Activists around the world have staged the largest fast for the climate so far, as UN negotiations get underway in Lima. An estimated 10,000 people across the globe gave up eating on Monday in an attempt to prompt stronger action on climate change.
At climate talks, UN calls fossil fuels 'high risk' investment
Falling oil prices show the "high risk" of fossil fuel investments compared with renewable energies, the U.N.'s climate chief said on Monday at the start of 190-nation talks on a deal to slow global warming.
Research confirms how global warming links to carbon emissions
A team of researchers from the Universities of Liverpool, Southampton and Bristol have derived the first theoretical equation to demonstrate that global warming is a direct result of the build-up of carbon emissions since the late 1800s when man-made carbon emissions began.
Hotter, weirder: How climate has changed Earth
In the more than two decades since world leaders first got together to try to solve global warming, life on Earth has changed, not just the climate. It's gotten hotter, more polluted with heat-trapping gases, more crowded and just downright wilder.
Associated Press
Time to show carbon markets matter in Lima (opinion)
The message out of September's climate summit in New York was loud and clear: politicians are committed to a deal in Paris next year - and carbon pricing must play a role. Momentum has continued to roll since then. As negotiators meet this week in Lima, the business community is eagerly watching to see what they do with this renewed energy.
Business Green
Bloomberg: Plunging Oil Prices Won't Kill Clean Energy Push (opinion)
While OPEC is helping drive down global oil prices, it’s having less success squeezing the $250 billion green energy industry.

Global Warming: UN Climate Summit To Begin In Peru Amid Dire Predictions By Scientists
Following commitments to cut emissions of greenhouse gases from two of the world’s top polluters - China and the United States - leaders from over 190 countries have gathered in Lima, Peru, for the twentieth session of the United Nations Climate Change Conference, scheduled to begin Monday. The summit will aim to hammer out a new international climate change deal ahead of key talks in Paris next year.
International Business Times
Record temperatures raise pressure on UN climate talks
Two weeks of UN climate change negotiations start in Lima today, with time running out for countries to develop the structure of a global agreement to curb greenhouse gas emissions.
Climate change adaptation comes of age in U.N. talks: TRFN
In Peru, where two weeks of U.N. climate talks begin Monday, melting glaciers and more extreme weather such as hot spells and flash frosts are already harming crops and incomes, and keeping people in poverty, aid workers say.
Countries urged to resolve impasse on climate finance
All countries must use COP 20/CMP10 in Lima from Dec.1 to Dec.12 to resolve the impasse on climate finance and make critical talks in Paris in December 2015 successful, an international humanitarian agency has said.
Jakarta Post
As climate talks open, human rights issues take the spotlight
For all the flack the U.N. climate talks have taken over the past 20 years, one major achievement will be on display as the next round of negotiations open in Peru today. Climate change has been inextricably linked to social justice
The Daily Climate
COP20 is a forum for regional green policies not just global climate targets
The 2014 UN climate conference begins today in Latin America, a region where climate change is already having substantial impacts. The summit in Lima will not just be a chance to agree global climate targets, but will also present the opportunity to discuss regional green policies.
The Guardian
Cities could lead emissions reductions
Cities could make a significant contribution to cutting greenhouse gas emissions at zero net cost, according to a report published today by the ESRC Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy at the University of Leeds and London School of Economics and Political Science.
The Australian
Canada's climate inaction leaves it 'increasingly isolated' ahead of COP 20
Canada is looking "increasingly isolated" as former climate policy laggards such as the U.S. and China take action to tackle climate change, policy experts say.
COP20: Cautious optimism as delegates descend on Lima ahead of UN climate talks
This week delegates from more than 190 nations are descending on Lima, Peru, for COP20, the 20th climate change conference and the last ministerial meeting before a new global deal is due to be inked in Paris in a year's time. So is the world any closer to a new deal? Here are five things you need to know.
Yahoo!7 News
Will Lima climate talks pave way for a binding treaty in Paris in 2015? (opinion)
Failure will condemn developing countries to unchecked climate change for another generation, and the poorest countries will be worst hit.
The Guardian
Climate rhetoric faces the devil in the detail (opinion)
Politically sidelined since a 2009 UN summit almost ended in a bustup, climate change has resurfaced as a priority but faces a brutal test at talks opening in Lima today. The 12-day haggle will show what happens when high-minded global vows enter an arena where national interest rules the roost.
Optimism Faces Grave Realities at Climate Talks (opinion)
After more than two decades of trying but failing to forge a global pact to halt climate change, United Nations negotiators gathering in South America this week are expressing a new optimism that they may finally achieve the elusive deal.
The New York Times
COP20: ´Lima hará historia´, dice Christiana Figueres, jefa del CMNUCC
La secretaria ejecutiva de las Naciones Unidas para el Cambio Climático (CMNUCCI), Christiana Figueres, manifestó su confianza que "en Lima se hará historia" tras la realización de la Vigésima Conferencia de las Partes de la Convención Marco de la Naciones Unidas sobre el Cambio Climático, COP20.
Figueres: vamos a hacer historia en Lima con la organización de la COP20
La secretaria ejecutiva de la Convención Marco de Naciones Unidas sobre el Cambio Climático, Christiana Figueres, afirmó hoy que Lima hará historia tras la realización de la Vigésima Conferencia de la partes sobre cambio climático (COP20) que se iniciará este lunes 1 de diciembre en la capital.
One year to save the planet from climate change disaster, Ed Davey warns
Agreeing global deal to cut carbon emissions next year is only way to protect "way of life we take for granted", energy secretary says, ahead of UN climate change summit in Lima
Lima climate change talks best chance for a generation, say upbeat diplomats
UN climate negotiations opening in Lima on Monday have the best chance in a generation of striking a deal on global warming, diplomats say.
Coal conversion plants sap China’s emissions targets
Chinese negotiators attending this week’s climate change talks in Lima have come armed with a long and detailed list of measures to rein in the coal use that creates smog at home and climate change worries abroad.
Financial Times
Experta confía en que cumbre COP20 logrará acuerdo histórico
La secretaria ejecutiva de la Convención Marco sobre el Cambio Climático, Christiana Figueres, se declaró hoy optimista sobre el logro de un acuerdo de consenso en la Cumbre COP20 a comenzar el lunes próximo en Perú.
Prensa Latina
Testing the Limits of European Ambitions on Emissions
The European Union has long been a world leader on climate change, and its new agreement to cut greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent from 1990 levels by 2030 keeps it at the forefront of that effort.
NY Times
China's commercial banks inch towards carbon financing
Chinese commercial banks are moving into the country's fledgling carbon markets, competing to deliver new financial products in order to help industrial clients hedge carbon trading risks and finance new investment in cutting carbon emissions.
As Mexico Addresses Climate Change, Critics Point to Shortcomings
For six years, while drought ravaged Chihuahua State, Mario Ruiz clung to his small herd of cattle.
NY Times
US ambassador: COP20, big step to respond to climate change
Peru has successfully organized the UN world summit on climate change COP20, said US ambassador Brian A. Nichols when referring to his country’s great expectations regarding this international event starting on Monday.
India to press for green fund operationalisation at Lima climate meet
The Lima meeting, coming soon after the U.S.-China climate deal, seeks to set the tone for the "Paris Protocol" and countries will be wrangling over their Intended Nationally Determined Contribution
The Hindu
Casi un centenar de personas en delegación oficial de EEUU en COP20
Casi un centenar de autoridades y personalidades integrarán la delegación oficial de Estados Unidos en la cumbre mundial sobre el cambio climático COP20, entre ellos el exvicepresidente Al Gore y el actor Leonardo Di Caprio, informó hoy el embajador norteamericano en Perú, Brian Nichols.
COP 20: costa peruana perderá 40% de agua por cambio climático
El estado del agua en el Perú no tendría un buen futuro, según el último reporte de los especialistas, que se ha dado a conocer a solo horas del inicio de la COP 20
El Popular
Climate change talks offer India new opportunity (opinion) Boston Globe
Rare optimism ahead of climate talks in Lima
Energized by new targets set by China and the United States, the world's top climate polluters, U.N. global warming talks resume Monday with unusual optimism despite evidence that human-generated climate change is already happening and bound to get worse.
Climate rhetoric faces devil in the detail at Lima talks
Politically sidelined since a 2009 UN summit almost ended in a bust-up, climate change has resurfaced as a priority but faces a brutal test at talks opening in Lima on Monday.
Peru president inaugurates site of climate-change summit
Peruvian President Ollanta Humala inaugurated here Friday the site for the latest annual edition of the United Nations' climate-change conference, touting the event as a chance to "forge the biggest alliance in history" through a new accord to combat global warming
Humala espera un ‘resultado airoso’ del COP20 de Lima
El presidente peruano, Ollanta Humala, exhortó a resolver “de manera airosa” los temas de la Conferencia de la Organización de las Naciones Unidas (ONU) sobre cambio climático en Lima (COP20), del 1 al 12 de diciembre, de cara a lograr un acuerdo definitivo en la COP de París en 2015.
La Razón / AFP
Ahead of Peru climate summit, cautious hope for strong draft text
The two-week United Nations climate conference in Peru, which begins Monday, is the final pit stop before Paris in 2015, where negotiators aim to strike a deal obligating, for the first time, all countries to combat climate change.
In Lima, at last, there is hope for progress in a climate summit
The recent pledges from the US, China and the EU to reduce emissions have given renewed hope to climate discussions
Annual United Nations climate conference held in Peru, the human face of climate risks
A town living with the daily noise and images of a disintegrating glacier is the human face of climate change that the world rarely sees.
The Age
Peru's President: COP20 is an opportunity to build largest alliance in History
The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change’s Conference of the Parties (COP20), to be held in Lima, is an opportunity to build the largest alliance in History against global warming, said Peru’s President, Ollanta Humala.
Spanish pledge raises climate fund close to $10 billion goal
A Spanish pledge of 120 million euros ($150 million) to a fund to help poor nations cope with global warming has raised the total close to the $10 billion U.N. target before a U.N. meeting in Peru next week to work on a climate deal.
COY10: Young people against climate change
Lima is hosting over 1000 young leaders from 100 countries for the Tenth World Youth Conference on Climate Change (COY10) aimed at defining actions of young people against climate change and promoting sustainable lifestyles.
UN Expert: Lima Climate Change Talks Is a Key ‘stepping stone’
The outcomes of the upcoming Climate Change Conference in Lima, Peru will likely determine the agenda for all future negotiations.
UN official sees upcoming Lima climate talks as ‘stepping stone’ for universal treaty
As Governments prepare to meet for the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Lima, Peru, starting on Monday, a top UN official has highlighted the session as an opportunity to raise immediate awareness on climate change and lay the foundation for a new universal agreement to be adopted in 2015.
UN News Centre
Peru climate talks to pave way for Paris treaty
The annual UN climate conference gets underway in Lima, Peru on December 1. It is more important than ever. Negotiators will hammer out the nitty gritty of a new World Climate Agreement to reduce CO2 emissions.
Deutsche Welle
Women on climate change frontline make big impact on small grants
In London, Paris and Washington, where leaders have made little progress in curtailing climate change, global warming may seem a merely theoretical problem – too far in the future, or too far away geographically, to matter.
COP20 headquarters: spacious rooms and high technology
COP20 headquarters feature two plenary halls, a VIP salon to shelter Heads of States and high-level authorities attending the mega-event, expressed Peru's Environment minister, Manuel Pulgar-Vidal.
What Would Success At COP 20 In Lima Look Like? (By Jennifer Morgan and David Waskow) Cleantechnica