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France ready to step in if climate talks stall, says Tubiana
Chief French climate diplomat says hosts of COP21 will take lead if countries fail to deliver new text by August
Carbon tax or trade? Debate loses steam as world embraces both
Tax versus trade is an issue that has stalked the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) over its 10 years of existence, but is fading in importance as the world moves towards increased use of both methods of cutting greenhouse gas pollution.
Corporate sponsorship of UN climate talks sparks NGO ire
France today unveiled a list of companies which will sponsor the year-end UN climate talks in Paris, sparking accusations of corporate "greenwashing" from campaigners.
Climat : des ONG dénoncent le financement de la COP21 par des « champions de la pollution »
La conférence sur le climat qui se tiendra en décembre à Paris (COP21) coûtera finalement 170 millions d’euros, soit 20 millions d’euros de plus que celle de Copenhague, en 2009.
Le Monde
Carbon pricing winning favour with tiger economies
More leading emerging nations are mulling making the polluter pay than ever before.
Exxon, Chevron Say No Thanks to European Peers on Climate
The biggest U.S. oil producers have dismissed the prospect of joining their European peers in forging a common stance on climate change, with Exxon Mobil Corp.’s CEO saying he doesn’t intend to “fake it.”
Norway oil fund to slash coal investments
Norway's parliamentary parties have agreed that the country's $900 billion sovereign wealth fund should stop investing in coal companies because of their impact on climate change.
Climate campaign wins over more senior executives
He calls carbon dioxide “the enemy”. He thinks global warming is one of the century’s biggest challenges and he wants the international climate change deal due to be agreed in Paris this December to be an outstanding success.
Financial Times
UNDP to give Bangladesh $8.75m for climate change adaptation
The United Nations Development Programme has pledged to provide $8.75 million to save Bangladesh's coastal areas from the adverse impact of climate change in three separate projects.
Financial Express
Global finance must face up to climate challenge
Trillions of dollars need to be redirected into building low-carbon economies to avoid serious climate change, the UN warns.
Queen's Speech: UK to combat climate change but end new subsidy for onshore wind
The government has confirmed plans to end subsidies for new onshore wind farms while promising to seek an international deal on tackling climate change at a major summit in Paris later this year.
Ben & Jerry’s Is Using Its New Ice Cream Flavor To Talk About Climate Change
When we pull a pint of ice cream out of the freezer, we’re only thinking about one thing: eating our dessert! But, Ben & Jerry’s is trying to change all that with its latest flavor, dubbed Save Our Swirled.
Climate of change: The Catholic church's dance with science
From Galileo to genetics, the Roman Catholic Church has danced with science, sometimes in a high-tension tango but more often in a supportive waltz. Pope Francis is about to introduce a new twist: global warming.
Green Race: The Next Space Race? (blog) Huffington Post
Governments certain to seal Paris climate deal: U.N. climate chief
Governments are certain to sign a global climate deal in Paris in six months' time even though most countries have yet to outline how they plan to cut emissions, the United Nations' climate chief said on Tuesday.
Political mood good for climate deal: France's Fabius
Despite "extremely complex" issues, the political mood for reaching a global climate deal this year is stronger than ever, says French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius.
World has no choice but to decarbonise - UN climate chief
Responding to climate change in the next 15 years is the world's "mega development project", given the need to invest trillions of dollars in infrastructure, creating jobs and economic stability, the United Nations' top climate change official said on Tuesday.
Don Felipe destaca la importancia que tiene luchar contra el cambio climático
El Rey ha destacado hoy la importancia que tiene la lucha contra el cambio climático al inaugurar en Barcelona el XII salón "Carbón Expo 2015", uno de los principales foros sobre mercados de carbono y el cambio del clima y que se celebra unos meses antes de la Cumbre del Cambio Climático de París.
Avec la COP21, Fabius veut conjurer l'échec de Copenhague
Le monde n'a jamais été aussi proche d'un accord universel sans précédent sur la lutte contre le réchauffement climatique mais de nombreux obstacles restent à surmonter avant la conférence de Paris, en décembre, juge le chef de la diplomatie française.
Energy industry calls for new emissions targets to aid low-carbon growth
World governments need to set clear long-term goals at Paris climate talks and invest about $50tn to bring about changes needed to avoid dangerous global warming, say World Energy Council
Investment fund CEOs call for long-term greenhouse gas cuts
Some of the world's biggest investment funds urged the Group of Seven industrialized nations on Tuesday to commit to a long-term goal to cut world greenhouse gas emissions as part of a U.N. climate deal due to be agreed in December.
European Parliament committee approves carbon reform from 2019
Members of the European Parliament on Tuesday approved a compromise deal to begin a new reform of the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) from January 2019.
Shell boss endorses warnings about fossil fuels and climate change
Ben van Beurden agrees we need to capture carbon emissions of fossil fuel reserves, but predicts that the world will be ‘zero carbon’ by century’s end
US set to miss own emissions goals, study says
President Barack Obama’s landmark moves to curb climate change will not do enough to meet the US’s own emissions targets, according to a study, but the bolder action prescribed would almost certainly trigger fiercer opposition.
Financial Times
World's least-polluting nations aim to set Paris climate bar high
If your country were responsible for only 0.05 percent of the world's climate-changing emissions, you might not think it worth making a plan to curb that pollution - especially when you still need to get electricity to much of your population
Thomson Reuters Foundation
Meet the woman who oversees one of the world's largest climate funds
The Climate Investment Funds hopes to stimulate clean energy projects in the developing world.
Global green bond market touched $37 billion in 2014: Moody’s
India needs as much as $200 billion to meet its target to install 100GW of solar power and 60,000MW of wind power by 2022
Why oil firms want a say in global climate talks
Major oil companies including Total, Eni, Saudi Aramco, BG, Royal Dutch Shell, and others have come together to form an industry group to weigh in on climate negotiations to take place in Paris later this year.
Christian Science Monitor
Prix du carbone : quels sont les enjeux?
Pour limiter le réchauffement climatique, les politiques et chefs d'entreprises réfléchissent à augmenter le prix du carbone, un des enjeux de la conférence de Paris sur le climat (COP21)
Le Figaro
Rapid urban growth requires prompt action (by Michael R Bloomberg) Financial Times
U.S., Canada and Mexico create new climate change partnership
North American energy ministers said on Monday they had set up a working group on climate change and energy, a partnership designed to help Canada, the United States and Mexico harmonize policies.
UN chief seeks ‘global action’ on climate change this year
UN chief Ban Ki-Moon on Monday called for "global action" this year to limit climate change as international weather experts began a quadrennial congress in Geneva.
Axa to divest from high-risk coal funds due to threat of climate change
The insurance company Axa has said it will remove around €500m (£355m) of coal investments from its portfolio, in a move that reflects long-term concerns in the insurance industry over climate change.
At UN meteorological forum, experts meet to discuss post-2015 action plan, climate change
With a welcoming 'tweet' from the International Space Station and Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's renewed appeal for “bold climate action,” the United Nations-backed World Meteorological Congress opened its seventeenth session today as international delegates will seek to address continuing concerns over global warming.
UN News Centre
French president revives political duo with his ex
A new person has been appearing more and more often alongside French President Francois Hollande on official visits abroad and in high-level meetings at the Elysee Palace: Segolene Royal, the president's ex-companion and mother of his four children.
World leaders missed chance to tackle climate change, says economist
Nicholas Stern tells the Hay festival the global economic crisis was a perfect opportunity to make progress on climate change – and we missed it
UN Secretary General urges Ireland to lead on climate change
On the second day of his visit to Ireland, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has urged Ireland to "to align its climate efforts with its admirable engagement on hunger".
Calpers and Calstrs urge G7 to back emissions goal
The chief executives of US public pension giants, Calpers and Calstrs, have taken the unusual step of urging G7 finance ministers to back a firm goal for cutting greenhouse gas emissions in the global climate change deal due to be sealed in Paris this year.
Financial Times
Malawi forests shrink as power deficit fuels charcoal business
Impoverished villagers are hacking down Malawi's forests to make charcoal, undeterred by government efforts to confiscate the dirty fuel as a power deficit stokes demand.
Thomson Reuters Foundation
Fiji to benefit from Japan's climate change aid package
Fiji may be set to receive a significant share of a climate change aid package from Japan after the PALM 7 Pacific leaders meeting in Tokyo.
Radio New Zealand International
Something to sneeze at: Climate change to worsen ragweed counts in Europe, just like America
Global warming will bring much more sneezing and wheezing to Europe by mid-century, a new study says.
Sustainable agriculture needed to tackle climate impacts in ASEAN
Oxfam’s Grow campaign policy coordinator, Riza Bernabe, has said ASEAN can help small-scale farmers and fisherfolk in Southeast Asian countries to become resilient to climate change by reproducing sustainable agriculture practices on a wider scale across the region.
jakarta Post
Religious leaders call on Abbott government and Labor to pledge deep carbon cuts
Leading religious figures have called on the Abbott government and Labor to commit to deep cuts in greenhouse gases after the current goal expires in 2020.
The Age
Catholics organize to promote pope's climate change message
There will be prayer vigils and pilgrimages, policy briefings and seminars, and sermons in parishes from the U.S. to the Philippines.
Paris Can't Be Another Copenhagen (by Kevin Rudd) NY Times
Europe calls for climate action Australian Financial Review
UN climate fund passes financing threshold with Japan deal
The U.N.'s fund for climate aid to developing countries says it now has enough cash to kick off projects before a key climate summit in Paris.
UN climate fund gears up to deploy cash after Japan inks pledge
The U.N.'s Green Climate Fund can start deciding where to deploy its cash following the signing of an agreement with the Japanese government that means it will have enough money to begin operating.
Thomson Reuters Foundation
Global news organisations agree to share climate change content
The Guardian, El País, Le Monde and China Daily are among 25 publishers aiming to raise awareness in the runup to the next UN summit
Fossil fuel giants reject calls to keep oil, gas and coal in ground
Heads of Statoil, Glencore and Total use Paris summit to register climate concern but dismiss fears assets are dangerous
Top EU companies urge drastic cuts in greenhouse gas emissions
Top European companies urged governments on Thursday to set a goal of slashing greenhouse gas emissions to net zero well before 2100, saying that going green can bring profits rather than costs.
Coal and solar power executives clash at Paris climate conference
Tony Hayward, chairman of mining company Glencore, has clashed with wind and solar power executives who say renewable energy can replace coal in industrialising countries such as India and China.
Financial Times
Climate Change: Some Companies Reject ‘Business as Usual’
When it comes to climate change, business as usual is simply “not an option”. That was the view of Eldar Saetre, CEO of Norwegian multinational Statoil, as international industry leaders met in Paris for a two-day Business & Climate Summit, six months ahead of the next United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 21 ) that will also be held in the French capital.
Oil Giants Band Together to Add Voice to Climate Debate
Europe’s largest oil companies are banding together to forge a joint strategy on climate-change policy, alarmed they’ll be ignored as the world works toward a historic deal limiting greenhouse gases.
UN tasks Africa on climate change impact on food security
The UN University Institute for Natural Resources in Africa (UNU-INRA), Accra, Ghana, says African governments and other stakeholders must take steps to mitigate climate change impact on food security.
The Guardian (Nigeria)
Brazil's ditching of climate change targets may not signal policy shift
Dilma Rousseff’s reneging on a plan to limit CO2 emissions had many fearing the worst but June’s summit with the US may simply mean a delayed announcement
Bahrain to host major forum on climate change
A major forum will be held in Bahrain next week to discuss the impact of climate change on small islands and the importance of sustainable ecological policy-making.
Civil society said key to climate justice for the Caribbean
AS the countdown to the crucial December climate talks in Paris continues, civil society actors have been urged to action in furtherance of a stable climate future for Jamaica and the Caribbean.
Jamaica Gleaner
Abe to meet Pacific island leaders to talk aid, disasters
Leaders of 14 Pacific island nations gathered in Japan Friday to start a two-day meeting to discuss their development needs, including steps to deal with climate change.
Malaysian Insider
Can cities, businesses, and other new climate actors help bridge the emissions gap? Grist
Time for companies to show true colors on climate change (op-ed) Korea Herald
The Catholic Case for Tackling Climate Change (blog) Huffington Post
France's Hollande concerned about slow progress in climate talks
French President Francois Hollande said he was worried about a lack of progress towards a United Nations climate deal in Paris in December and called on the financial sector to "decarbonize" its investment portfolios.
François Hollande calls for 'miracle' climate agreement at Paris talks
French president says role of businesses will be key to the success of any emissions agreement reached by world’s nations at crunch climate change talks at the end of this year
Time short for global climate deal in Paris, warns Hollande
French President Francois Hollande warned Wednesday that time was short for a year-end deal on climate change and called on world leaders to unlock the complex process in the months ahead.
'Sea change' with climate-friendly businesses
As the Business & Climate Summit gets underway in Paris, DW spoke with the UNFCCC's Nick Nuttall about expectations for a new climate deal, putting a price on carbon, and the role of business in climate change.
Deutsche Welle
At Coast Guard graduation, Obama warns of climate change threat to national security
President Obama warned Wednesday that climate change is a growing and "serious threat" to national security, tying severe weather to the rise of the extremist group Boko Haram in Nigeria and the civil war in Syria.
Washington Post
Obama calls climate change an 'indisputable' security threat
President Barack Obama has argued for action on climate change as a matter of health, environmental protection and international obligation. On Wednesday, he added national security.
China, Brazil to jointly address climate issues for sustainable growth
As a result of Chinese Premier Li Keqiang's ongoing visit to Brazil, China and Brazil Tuesday signed a joint statement on addressing the climate change issue together for a common vision of sustainable development.
France wants business world to help curb climate change
French President Francois Hollande is calling on business leaders to get more involved in fighting global warming by financing climate-friendly projects and investing in green technologies.
Top energy firms tied to almost a third of greenhouse gases: study
Thirty-two energy companies led by Russia's Gazprom account for almost a third of all man-made greenhouse gas emissions if the burning of all the coal, oil and gas they produce is taken into account, a study said on Wednesday.
Pope's No. 2 offers new insights into climate encyclical
A new development model is needed to combat global warming, one that marries economic growth to combat poverty with a sustainable use of resources, Pope Francis' deputy said Wednesday.
Coal and gas power dying out in Europe, says energy chief
Gérard Mestrallet, chief executive of Engie, one of the world’s biggest power companies, says fossil fuel electricity generation is on the way out in Europe.
Financial Times
‘Tell them we are afraid’: Marshallese urge sustainability but fear future
As the Marshall Islands tries to convince the world to reduce emissions, many residents face a future without a country
From Kansas to Copenhagen: clean energy beacons around the world
From small islands to towns and cities, here are the climate trail blazers showing the way to an energy future that does not run on coal, oil and gas
Second Largest Island in U.S. Goes 100% Renewable
As most Alaskans can attest, energy in The Last Frontier is expensive. The average residential electricity rate of more than 18 cents per kWh is a full 50 percent higher than the national average, ranking among the highest in the country.
Climate countdown: 200 days to Paris
Negotiators have just 200 days left to prepare for the key UN climate conference in Paris, tasked with a new global agreement to reduce CO2 emissions and limit global warming to 2 degrees Celsius. A tall order?
Deutsche Welle
Merkel, Hollande commit to global climate protection
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande confirmed their commitment to fighting global warning Tuesday, gathering with others in Berlin to prepare for this year's U.N. Climate Change Conference.
Merkel and Hollande pledge an end to fossil fuel pollution
Angela Merkel and François Hollande have pledged to strive for an end to fossil fuel pollution as part of a “profound transformation” of the global economy this century.
Financial Times
Rich countries urged to follow Merkel’s call on climate finance
International aid agency Oxfam is urging rich countries to follow German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s call on climate finance for developing nations, which she made in Berlin on Tuesday.
Jakarta Post
California Joins 12-State Climate Change Agreement Ahead Of 2015 UN Conference In Paris
California has joined a pact with 11 other states and countries to slash greenhouse gas emissions and tackle climate change.
International Business Times
German ministry softens CO2 emission demands for power plants
Germany plans to force coal-fired power plant operators to reduce their CO2 emissions by 2020 by less than previously planned, according to an economy ministry document seen by Reuters on Monday, bowing to opposition from within the industry.
Investors worth $25tr reveal plan for tackling climate change
Investors managing $25tr in assets have set out the actions they are taking to reduce tackle climate change, in the latest move designed to increase business pressure on world leaders to sign a global deal to slash carbon emissions later this year.
Corporate CO2 targets will fail to deliver on 2C target, report warns
CDP and WWF analysis shows just a few companies have greenhouse gas targets in line with scientific recommendations
Paris Summit will drive renewables growth, utilities say
A climate deal in Paris this year will increase emphasis on renewables and clean tech over the next five years, although utilities fear this could spur a ‘death spiral' in the industry, a new survey finds.
Catholic Church spearheads signature campaign vs climate change
This will give you hope: Developing countries are racing to install wind and solar
There’s been a lot of glum news on the climate front lately, including the latest stats on the growing number of people who will be exposed to extreme heat, and analyses underscoring just how far off track we are from staying within a safe range of overall warming.
Washington Post
Major Antarctic Ice Shelf May Disappear by 2020
With climate change heating things up, and the Earth's poles rapidly melting, it should come as no surprise that a major Antarctic ice shelf may completely disappear by 2020, according to a new NASA study.
Nature World News
Global warming could sink large parts of Kochi: Scientists
Within 100 years, rising sea levels caused by global warming could submerge large swathes of coastal land in Kochi, Kerala's second most populous city, scientists at the Goa-based National Institute of Oceanography (NIO) have predicted.
Earth has warmest 12-month stretch on record for fourth straight month
NOAA announced today that May 2014 to April 2015 marked the warmest 12-month period on record, matching the record warm period established just a month ago spanning April 2014 to March 2015.
Washington Post
Mountains hold climate change surprise, scientists find
Mountains are shaped differently than scientists thought they were, and that could be good news for mountain-dwelling species adapting to climate change.
Christian Science Monitor
Global businesses must lead the way on climate action (by Laurent Fabius and Christiana Figueres) Guardian
Chemo for the Planet (op-ed) NY Times
The Path to Paris: Why we need to take a great leap forward on climate change (opinion) Irish Times
France calls for prompt climate declarations at Berlin talks
France has urged world nations to publish their climate-saving targets by October, well ahead of crucial December treaty talks in Paris. France issued its call in Berlin at preparatory talks involving 35 nations.
Deutsche Welle
Climate talks can't fail as there is no alternative planet, says French minister
‘We must commit ourselves very resolutely because there isn’t an alternative solution,’ Laurent Fabius says ahead of UN climate summit in Paris
India seeks climate change roadmap from developed nations
India on Monday said developed countries should present a pre-2020 roadmap for combating climate change before the 2015 UN Climate Change conference in Paris.
'Pre-2020 targets important for Paris climate deal'
It is as a critical meeting of select nations ahead of the Paris negotiations, which is to stitch together a new global climate deal under the UN climate convention
Business Standard
Fabius: Momentum growing behind long term climate target
France’s foreign minister says more countries are coming out in support of a long term decarbonisation goal as part of a proposed UN climate pact later this year.
Al Gore confident in global climate deal at Paris conference
Environmentalist and former U.S. Vice President Al Gore is optimistic that world leaders will reach a crucial deal this year on fighting climate change.
African Women Mayors Join Forces to Fight for Clean Energy
When some 40,000 delegates, including dozens of heads of state, descend on Paris for the United Nations Climate Change Conference later this year, a group of African women mayors plan to be there and make their voices heard on a range of issues, including electrification.
Gov. Jerry Brown is expected to sign new climate change agreement
Gov. Jerry Brown will sign a new climate change agreement with "government leaders from around the world" on Tuesday, his office announced.
LA Times
Will the Paris business summit mobilise support for climate action?
France wants the private sector to play a “major role” in efforts to reach a global climate pact in Paris this December.
Climate Week Paris: no economic growth unless we tackle climate change, says Unilever boss
Business leaders and investors have gathered in Paris this week to discuss and demand climate measures to ensure long-term economic and environmental sustainability.
Blue & Green Tomorrow
Global energy subsidies fuel climate change, says IMF study
Governments around the world will subsidise the cost of oil, gas and coal to the tune of $5.3tn this year, fuelling pollution and climate change as they misallocate the equivalent of what is spent globally on public health, according to a new study.
Financial Times
IMF says energy subsidized by $5.3 trillion worldwide
Governments around the world charge prices for energy that do not account for its harmful environmental, health and other side effects, amounting to a $5.3 trillion "post-tax" subsidy this year, the International Monetary Fund said in a report on Monday.
Oxford University says will not invest in coal, tar sands companies
The University of Oxford will continue to avoid investments in companies involved in coal extraction and tar sands, the university's highest decision-making body said on Monday.
‘Nowhere to move’: Marshall Islands adapts amid climate change threat
Rising sea levels pose an existential threat to the Republic of the Marshall Islands, a chain of 29 atolls and several islands that stand on average barely 6 feet above sea level.
Progress on sustainable energy improving, but 'world must move faster' – UN backed-report
Renewable energy generation and energy efficiency improvements will need to accelerate dramatically if the world is to achieve universal access to sustainable energy by 2030, according to a United Nations-backed report released today as senior leaders from government, business, finance, civil society and global institutions are gathering in New York for the second annual Sustainable Energy for All Forum.
UN News Centre
Cabbages trump coffee for Tanzania's climate-stressed farmers
In the small village of Kanji, nestled on the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro, Ludovick Meela is preparing to cut down the rest of the ageing coffee trees on his farm and replace them with vegetables.
Thomson Reuters Foundation
Unilever boss urges world leaders to reduce carbon output
The head of Unilever has called on world leaders to raise their game in the battle against climate change.
French Foreign Minister Fabius in China to push climate deal
French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius was in Beijing Saturday to campaign for a comprehensive international climate deal ahead of the UN climate conference in Paris in December.
Canada plans to cut emissions by 30 percent by 2030
Canada announced Friday it plans to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent below 2005 levels by 2030 amid international efforts to create a new framework for addressing climate change.
Germany's Merkel calls for global emissions trading system
German Chancellor Angela Merkel called on Saturday for the European Union's Emissions Trading System (ETS), the bloc's flagship policy to cut greenhouse gas emissions, to become a global system.
Fighting Climate Change Will Take Economic Innovation, Too
If any of us want to make a dent in the adverse effects of climate change in our lifetimes, we’ll need all hands on deck.
China's reduction in CO2 emissions in just four months totals the entire greenhouse gases emitted by the UK over the same period
China has dramatically cut its carbon dioxide emissions since the beginning of the year, with its reduction equalling the UK’s total emissions for the same period.
Shell accused of strategy risking catastrophic climate change
Environmentalists say presumption of global temperature rise to 4C undermines multinational’s ability to talk with authority on climate change
Dhaka slum dwellers among most vulnerable to climate change
The government should formulate a policy for bettering water and sanitation services in slums and coordinating relevant non-government organisations' activities, speakers told a workshop yesterday.
The Daily Star
Concordia announces honorary doctorate recipients
Concordia University will honour a First Nations advocate, a leading environmentalist, an internationally renowned musician, a scientist, a philanthropist and a business woman with honorary doctorates in June.
Montreal Gazette
Tuvalu’s capital atoll grows despite sea level rise
Despite ongoing sea level rise, the main atoll in the south Pacific nation of Tuvalu has grown in size over the past 100 years, according to five scientists whose four-page paper was published earlier this month by the Geological Society of America.
Mariana's Variety
Poor Land Use Worsens Climate Change in St. Vincent
For 32 years, Joel Poyer, a forest technician, has been tending to the forest of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
March of the Penguins director to close Cannes with climate change film Ice and the Sky
The director is hoping to use his screening at the festival to draw attention to the devastating consequences of climate change
Cannes: Bertolucci, Wenders, Meirelles Back Climate Change Initiative
Several of the world’s leading filmmakers have pledged their support to Film4Climate, an initiative to encourage the film and entertainment industry to take action on climate change.
Holding hands against fossil fuels
Hands Across the Sand is a global annual event which first developed in 2010 in response to the environmental calamity that was the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster.
NZ Herald
Has the Kyoto protocol made any difference to carbon emissions? (blog) Guardian
New climate deal seen aiding GDP, lacking sanctions: U.N. chief
A U.N. deal to combat global warming due in December will seek to lift world economic growth and be based more on encouragement than threats of punishment for non-compliance, the U.N.'s climate chief said on Wednesday.
Paris climate deal to boost global economic growth, says Figueres
Head of UN climate convention rejects notion carbon curbs will slow growth, admits 2015 deal will not be a “silver bullet”.
China coal decline continues as economy flatlines
Analysis from Greenpeace suggests use of world’s most polluting fossil fuel by top emitter could be in terminal decline.
Figueres Optimistic Ahead of Paris
Last week saw Christiana Figueres, the head of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), in Australia to promote the importance of international climate policy this year across multiple sectors. In keeping with her busy schedule she spoke at events hosted by non-governmental organisations, business groups, universities and state governments.
The Verb
UN climate official pans Arctic drilling in subtle slap at Obama administration
The United Nations’ top climate official took a subtle poke at the Obama administration on Wednesday over its decision to conditionally allow oil exploration off Alaska’s coast, suggesting that the Arctic’s oil and gas should stay underground.
Washington Post
European Commission drops demand to cut fossil fuel subsidies
Bloc accused of ‘cowardice’ after wiping requests to ditch billion-dollar bumps for coal and oil from annual review.
Why the Marshall Islands are rocking the boat at UN shipping talks
Foreign minister Tony de Brum has maritime emissions in his sights in the latest bid to safeguard his country’s future.
How will the world react to Pope Francis's encyclical on climate change?
Whatever the Pope says in his highly-anticipated climate message it will present challenges - not just for climate sceptics, but for all Catholics, on how we should act to protect our environment and the world’s poorest people.
Budget 2015: An assault on Australia's climate programs
As the Treasurer was finalising his Budget speech on Tuesday, the World Bank released a report on Decarbonising Development: Three Steps to a Zero Carbon Future and our Bureau of Meteorology announced that El Nino is back - a big problem for Australia as global warming puts our already extreme weather on steroids.
Climate Spectator
Charlize Theron: Mad Max landscape awaits unless we tackle climate change
The star of the new Mad Max movie, Fury Road, has spoken of the film as a cautionary tale which offers a premonition of a world ravaged by drought and hardship unless global warming is addressed.
G7 energy ministers upbeat on Paris climate deal
Energy ministers from the Group of Seven industrial nations said on Tuesday there was unprecedented consensus among them on the urgency of limiting climate change, markedly improving prospects for a U.N. climate deal in Paris later this year.
Pope: God will judge you on whether you cared for Earth
Pope Francis warned the rich and powerful on Tuesday that God will judge them on whether they fed the poor and cared for the Earth, his latest exhortation on the environment ahead of his eagerly-awaited encyclical on climate change and its effects on the world's most vulnerable.
Will a Paris climate change pact have any teeth?
Few experts RTCC has spoken to over the past three months believe there is any doubt that Paris will deliver a climate change pact
Europe quietly shelves forestry debate ahead of Paris climate talks
A delicate negotiation about how to account for forestry and land use emissions looms large over this year’s UN climate conference in Paris.
French organisations to host climate change events next week
The Agence Française de Développement, the Alliance Française de Dhaka and the Embassy of France in Bangladesh are going to organise a series of events on climate change next week.
Dhaka Tribune
UK Tories to slow onshore wind; Brazil’s renewables get a boost
Change is in the air for the UK energy sector following the Conservative party’s success in the nation’s general election last Thursday – the party won a total of 331 constituency seats out of 650, allowing the Conservatives to form a majority government.
Bloomberg New Energy Finance
India eyes $1.1 billion solar loan from German bank KFW
German development bank KFW could lend India $1.1 billion for rooftop solar projects, on top of another loan it has extended to help the Asian country fund its ambitious green energy plans, India's top renewable energy bureaucrat told Reuters
Weather centers to arm Central Africa's farmers against climate shifts
For many of the past five years, Marthe Efoulan, a 42-year-old farmer in Meyomessala, in southern Cameroon, has been fooled into planting her crops too soon.
Thomson Reuters Foundation
Evangelicals finally join the climate-change battle
Hundreds of millions of environmentalists will think “it’s about time” when they hear more evangelical Christians are becoming serious about tackling climate change.
Vancouver Sun
El Niño confirmation puts farmers and climate specialists on alert
Farmers, commodity investors and climate specialists are braced for extreme weather this year after Australia’s meteorology agency warned of the emergence of El Niño for the first time since March 2010.
Financial Times
Paper finds a surprising link between warm temperatures and math test scores
We all know about some of the more obvious consequences of warmer weather — like heat waves. But poorer math performance, at least in the short term when kids take tests on particularly hot days?
Washington Post
Green road to Paris (opinion) Indian Express
Climate deal will prove all are on board (by Laurence Tubiana) BusinessDay
Pacific works on responses to climate change Matangi Tonga Online
Beyond borders: India, China must show climate stewardship (comment) Business Standard
World Bank says carbon pricing will be key to reaching U.N.’s zero-emission goal
Safely reaching the U.N.’s climate target requires governments to have a long-term vision that includes carbon pricing, the World Bank said Monday.
Start now for cheaper carbon-free growth - World Bank
Countries around the world can move their economies onto a path that cuts net emissions of climate-changing gases to zero at an affordable cost but they should start now, the World Bank said.
Thomson Reuters Foundation
Two Guys In Paris Aim To Charm The World Into Climate Action
Here's a job that sounds perfect for either a superhero or a glutton for punishment: Get nearly 200 countries to finally agree to take serious action on climate change.
Sea Levels Rose at Faster Pace, Study Says
Global sea levels are rising faster than previously thought, though seawaters haven’t climbed as high as scientists estimated, according to a new study.
Wall Street Journal
New UK climate secretary Amber Rudd: 'really green and no-nonsense'
New minister for energy and climate change expected to push hard for a deal to cut emissions and boost investments in energy sector
Couillard calls for Canadian unity and action on climate change
In a federalist cri de coeur before the Ontario Legislature, Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard declared his province is ready to “reclaim its place” within a united Canada.
Globe and Mail
Sri Lanka to become the first nation in the world to protect all its mangroves
National plan puts women at centre of strategy to save trees from being felled for firewood by providing microloans to start business
Government, business leaders address climate change
The Delegation of the European Union to Japan held a symposium in which ambassadors of European countries and executives of major corporations discussed environmental measures in the EU.
Japan Times
Statoil Sets Up Renewables Unit as CEO Changes Executive Team
Statoil ASA, Norway’s biggest oil producer, is establishing a unit for renewable energy as Chief Executive Officer Eldar Saetre shakes up his management team three months after taking over the company.
To address climate change, MIT lab seeks the wisdom of crowds
Thomas Malone does not believe there is a solution to the problem of climate change. He thinks there are lots of solutions — and he has set out to find them.
Boston Globe
Troubling new research suggests global warming will cut wheat yields
Observant aliens visiting Earth and studying its civilizations would probably be pretty obsessed with wheat. They couldn’t fail to note how staggeringly many people we feed with the crop on this planet.
Washington Post
An anthology of poetry on climate change
UK’s poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy introduces a series of new work from a variety of poets commissioned specially for the Keep it in the Ground project
When opera takes on the big issues
A new work about climate change follows a tradition of librettos inspired by contemporary topics
Financial Times
What to make of recent emission trends? (blog) Business Spectator
French president says UN climate fund could help Caribbean
French President Francois Hollande told Caribbean leaders on Saturday that a planned international green fund could help the vulnerable, tourism-dependent region mitigate the effects of climate change.
Caribbean Looks to Paris Climate Summit for Its Very Survival
Caribbean leaders on Saturday further advanced their policy position on climate change ahead of the 21st Conference of Parties, also known as COP 21, scheduled for Paris during November and December of this year.
Caribbean Leaders Sign off on Climate Change Declaration
The document makes a special appeal to the conscience of the world’s richest countries to do their part to help small island developing states.
India pledges to fight climate change but falls short of stating emissions cap
PM offers grand vision of green India but no clues on country’s possible contribution to global climate pact
Can Latin America blaze a trail towards a Paris climate deal?
Regardless of size or political orientation, governments are actively seeking to be part of the climate solution, say experts
Greater youth involvement in climate change sensitisation encouraged
WATER, Land, Environment and Climate Change Minister Robert Pickersgill is encouraging the nation's youth to become more informed and involved in educating the public about climate change adaptation
Jamaica Observer
Weather and conflict in Africa: It's almost winter and 'strike season' in South Africa; war more likely in hot years
EACH winter in South Africa, weeks of angry demonstrations erupt in cities across the country as employees down tools and flock into the streets during pay negotiations.
Mail & Guardian
Growing Antarctic sea ice limiting access to continent
Australia and other Antarctic neighbour nations are becoming snarled in a looming climate problem affecting operations on the southernmost continent: there's too much ice.
Sydney Morning Herald
Gigantic underwater waves’ mysterious life explained for first time, study says
They lap at the beaches, allow surfers to “hang 10″ and, in the form of tsunamis, destroy coastlines, killing hundreds of thousands of people
Washington Post
The world's potentially catastrophic gas problem
Warmth is not a word normally associated with Russia's far northern extremities, one of the coldest places in the world with temperatures sometimes dropping to -50 degrees Celsius.
Is the G20 getting serious about climate change? The Interpreter
Climate change: we must look to international agencies to save the world The Observer
China, US in leadership position in emission reduction: UN climate chief
The agreement between China and the United State on emission reduction last year send huge political message and took a leadership position in emission reduction, the United Nations climate change chief Christiana Figueres said here on Thursday.
Australian MP's adviser says U.N. using climate change for 'new world order'
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott's chief business adviser has accused the United Nations of using debunked climate change science to lead a new world order, provocative claims made to coincide with a visit from the top UN climate negotiator.
Poor nations urged to push rich nations to pay for environmental damages
Federal Minister for Climate Change Senator Mushahidullah Khan expressed his resentment over non-serious attitude and response of the rich polluting countries in tackling global warming and extending financial and technical support to the poor countries boost their climate-resilience against unavoidable climate change.
Daily Times
Experts: CO2 commitments already fall short
Keeping global warming down to no more than two degrees - that's the goal for this century. Two new studies suggest the committments themselves are already too weak.
Deutsche Welle
Country on target to meet its annual energy saving goal
The country is optimistic about meeting its energy and environment goals for 2015, the top economic planner said on Thursday as officials shed light on efforts to slash green house gas emissions.
China Daily
Intl consortium to submit document to UNFCCC before Paris climate summit
An international consortium of academic institutions and think tanks has come up with a document it hopes can help delegates to this year's Paris climate summit reach an agreement on how to address climate change.
GMA Network
Will carbon cause the next financial crisis?
Environmental advocates say that huge stores of fossil fuels must go unused if the world holds a prayer of adapting to climate change. But those with a vested interest in coal, oil and gas aren't budging — yet
EU grants support Rwanda land tenure regularization programme
The European Union (EU) Thursday signed financing agreements with Rwanda, vowing to grant 8 million euros to support land tenure regularization program and technical cooperation.
Fertile but fragile Bangladesh at climate risk
The Sendai Framework is a UN recognized and accepted Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 with worldwide coverage. It signals the start of a post development agenda after the end of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) for this year.
Is it global warming or just the weather?
Scientists are getting more confident about attributing heatwaves and droughts to human influence
Climate change aggravates ‘pollen tsunami’, more people suffer allergies
Allergists have pointed to climate change and urbanization as potential culprits of the massive pollen production.
UN climate chief says technology has changed carbon politics
The United Nations climate chief says technological advances that have reduced prices and improved efficiency of renewable energy have also helped transform the politics around climate change since 2009 when an attempt to forge a global deal on reducing greenhouse gas emissions crashed in Copenhagen.
Diversify now, warns UN climate boss Christiana Figuer­es
One of the world’s most powerful climate change officials has urged Australia to work on diversifying its economy as it moves to combat climate change and cuts its national emissions.
The Australian
Greg Hunt promised UN climate envoy Australia's industrial emissions will drop
Christiana Figueres says the environment minister has assured her emissions from industry and power generation will be reduced, despite experts’ scepticism
UN climate negotiator Christiana Figueres tells Australia to move away from coal
The United Nation's top climate negotiator says Australians must move away from our reliance on coal.
ABC Australia
Global carbon dioxide levels break 400ppm milestone
Concentrations of CO2 greenhouse gas in the atmosphere reached record global average in March, figures show, in a stark signal ahead of Paris climate talks
Global average CO2 skyrockets past significant benchmark, NOAA says
For the first time since we began to track the greenhouse gas in our planet’s atmosphere, carbon dioxide surpassed 400 parts per million in March — a concentration that scientists consider a significant milestone for Earth’s climate and our ability to reverse the trend.
Washington Post
EU, China set to announce climate pact late summer
Carbon markets and green investment flows on agenda for economic superpowers ahead of Paris climate summit
Germany says EU carbon deal to remove 200 million permits a year from 2019
Germany expects an EU deal to reform its carbon market to result in the one-off removal of 900 million backloaded permits from the market, plus a further 200 million certificates per year from 2019, an environment ministry spokesman said on Wednesday, correcting comments made earlier by a senior German official.
Bank of America's New Policy to Limit Credit Exposure to Coal
Bank of America announced Wednesday it will reduce its financial exposure to coal companies, acknowledging the risk that future regulation and competition from natural gas pose on the industry.
Climat : « La question du financement peut faire dérailler la COP 21 »
Pascal Canfin, ministre du développement de 2012 à 2014 et conseiller climat du think tank américain World Resources Institute (WRI), analyse, dans un livre à paraître jeudi 7 mai, les enjeux de la conférence mondiale sur le climat qui se tiendra à Paris en décembre
le Monde
Clean tech seen as game changer for women in energy sector
Clean energy startups are attracting women, experts say, by offering an outsized opportunity to have an impact on society in an exciting sector with potentially lucrative financial rewards.
Meet The Woman Helping Native American Communities Get Ready For Climate Change
The effects of climate change are already being felt across America. In Alaska, rising sea levels and eroding coastlines have forced a dozen different communities to relocate
Huffington Post
Big Oil’s Disruptive Climate Change
Even as oil rallies back above $60 a barrel, obituaries are being drafted.
Wall Street Journal
The world's poor need clean energy - not fossil fuels BusinessGreen
Germany, the Green Superpower (op-ed) NY Times
Policy: Climate advisers must maintain integrity (comment) Nature
UN climate change leader Christiana Figueres urges Australia to take the lead in Paris negotiations
The UN's top climate negotiator says she is counting on Australia's leadership in the lead up to crucial Paris climate negotiations in December.
ABC Australia
UN’s message to Australia: Even Saudi Arabia can change
The head of the United Nation’s body charged with forging a global agreement on addressing climate change has urged Australia to show leadership, and said even Saudi Arabia had recognised it needed to diversify from fossil fuels.
EU Lawmakers Reach Deal to Advance Carbon Reform to 2019
European Union negotiators reached an agreement Tuesday to bring forward to 2019 a reform to help curb a surplus of permits in the world’s biggest emission market.
French ambassador urges Australia to join climate change battle
France’s ambassador has called on Australia to join the effort to avoid dangerous climate change, saying his country’s leaders had repeatedly raised the issue with the prime minister, Tony Abbott.
China, EU working on common approach on climate change
The European Union's foreign policy chief said Tuesday she's confident the EU and China can agree to a common approach on climate change ahead of crucial carbon reduction talks in Paris this year.
Philippines climate envoy urges Paris review of warming goal
The world’s most climate vulnerable countries will push for a review of the UN’s global warming goal at a Paris summit later this year.
European companies close to exhausting cheap U.N. carbon credits
European companies have used almost all of their quotas of cheap U.N. carbon credits to reduce emissions costs under the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS), which is likely to push up their compliance costs in later years, analysts said on Tuesday.
EU-Swiss carbon market link raises fears of diluted climate ambition
Carbon Market Watch calls for safeguards as emissions trading pact sets precedent for China and South Korea tie-ins
Gambia: Minister Jarju Launches Second Phase Climate Change Project
The minister of Environment, Climate Change, Water, Parks and Wildlife, Hon. Pa Ousman Jarju, Tuesday launched phase two of a climate change service strengthening project and early warning system in The Gambia, for climate resilience, and adaptation.
The Point (Banjul)
‘How Africa can power 500 million people with renewable energy’
The need for the African continent to fully exploit the renewable energy sources for power generation as once again hit the front burner, as the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), declared that energy insecurity is a key challenge to growth and development in Africa.
The Guardian (Nigeria)
Energy-producing states blast Obama climate change plan
The Obama administration's far-reaching plan to address climate change would cause job losses and lead to higher electricity prices and even power outages, attorneys general from two energy-producing states said Tuesday.
Ghana’s bicycle which is creating jobs while it saves the soil
Six years ago, Bernice Dapaah decided to forge an unconventional path into employment. About to graduate with a business administration degree but facing a bleak job market in Ghana, she joined forces with a handful of engineering students to create an innovative product from an abundant crop: bamboo.
Getting wet feet for Tuvalu
An artwork that gets your feet wet is about to be unveiled in Venice at the 56th International Biennale. It's the national pavilion of the tiny Pacific nation of Tuvalu, which will be one of the first places in the world to disappear if sea levels continue to rise.
Can India lead on green buildings, clean energy and corporate sustainability?  Guardian Sustainable Business
What does it really mean when a company commits to “zero deforestation”? (opinion)
Paris 2015: Two degrees warming a 'prescription for disaster' says top climate scientist James Hansen
The aim to limit global warming to two degrees of pre-industrial levels is "crazy" and "a prescription for disaster", according to a long-time NASA climate scientist.
Sydney Morning Herald
Meet the woman leading the charge on solving climate change
A large Sydney audience will tonight hear from the woman leading the charge on solving one of the world’s most pressing issues – climate change.
Women's Agenda
The world needs to triple its investments in clean energy innovation
The world needs to triple its investments in clean energy research, suggests a new study by the Paris-based International Energy Agency, if we’re to have a chance of keeping the world below 2 degrees Celsius of warming above pre-industrial levels — a level beyond which truly dangerous climate change might set in.
Washington Post
Europe's top carbon emitters swap 255 million UN offsets for EU permits
Firms in Europe’s Emissions Trading System (ETS) have swapped a total of 255 million U.N.-backed carbon offsets for European Union emissions allowances (EUAs) from April 2013-2014, data published by the European Commission showed on Monday.
Carib stakes out ‘Red Lines’ for Paris climate talks
When the international climate change talks ended in Peru last December, the 15-member Caribbean Community (CARICOM), a political and economic union comprising small, developing, climate-vulnerable islands and low-lying nations, left with “the bare minimum necessary to continue the process to address climate change.”
Qatar’s efforts on climate change mitigation lauded
French ambassador Eric Chevallier has said that the recently-inaugurated Jetty Boil-off Gas Recovery (JBOG) project in Ras Laffan serves as one of Qatar’s vital contributions to global climate change mitigation efforts.
Gulf Times
Pakistan pushes to put stalled climate policy into action
Pakistan's provinces will create committees to oversee reductions in carbon emissions and support climate change adaptation, in a push to implement a long-stalled national climate policy.
Thomson Reuters Foundation
CoE to divest from most polluting fossil fuels
The Church Commissioners and The Church of England Pensions Board has announced a £12million divestment from thermal coal and tar sands.
Independent Catholic News
Climate change sparks tension in India's tea gardens
Unrest is brewing among Assam's so-called Tea Tribes, whose forefathers were brought here by British planters from neighboring Bihar and Odisha more than a century ago, as changing weather patterns upset the economics of the industry.
E.P.A. Carbon Emissions Plan Could Save Thousands of Lives, Study Finds
New carbon emissions standards that were proposed last year for coal-fired power plants in the United States would substantially improve human health and prevent more than 3,000 premature deaths per year, according to a new study.
NY Times
Study: Cutting carbon dioxide saves 3,500 US lives a year
The Obama Administration's hotly debated plan to reduce heat-trapping carbon dioxide from the nation's power plants will save about 3,500 lives a year by cutting back on other types of pollution as well, a new independent study concludes.
Fjords are unexpected natural allies against climate change: study
Fjords from Alaska to Norway soak up potentially damaging carbon from the atmosphere, making the steep-sided inlets an overlooked natural ally in offsetting man-made climate change, a study showed on Monday.
Experts promote 'climate-smart' villages in tribal areas
Raising concern over changing climate scenario and lack of technical and financial resources in tribal farming community, researchers have stressed on the need to develop 'climate-smart' villages in tribal areas of Maharashtra's Palghar district.
Logan Airport drafts climate change plan
In a major effort to address climate change, officials at Logan International Airport plan to make significant cuts to carbon emissions, curb energy consumption, and spend millions of dollars to protect runways and terminals from rising seas.
Boston Globe
Current carbon pledges won't stop dangerous global warming, says Lord Stern
Commitments already made by world governments to cut carbon emissions aren’t enough to keep global warming below the crucial 2C target – but a strong deal is still possible in Paris, says economist
UN climate chief meets Labor environment ministers
State and territory Labor environment ministers will meet with United Nations' Framework Convention on Climate Change executive secretary Christiana Figueres today in Adelaide
AAP/Climate Spectator
Fossil fuel divestment gathers momentum
More than 10,000 people have signed a petition calling on ABP, the $360bn Dutch pension fund, to drop its holdings of oil, gas and coal stocks, in a further demonstration of the momentum behind fossil fuel divestment.
Financial Times
Paris climate summit: Carbon pledges to fall short of warming goal, Stern warns
This year's Paris climate summit will leave the world on course for dangerous climate change unless nations offer much deeper carbon emissions cuts than already pledged or signalled, according to researchers including the UK's Lord Nicholas Stern.
Sydney Morning Herald
China says climate change threatens major projects
Climate change threatens some of China's most important infrastructure projects, China's top meteorologist warned in a state newspaper, adding the country's rate of warming was higher than the global average.
The Pope’s climate message will extend his advocacy for the poor
Last week, Pope Francis hosted a historic meeting of scientists, religious figures and policymakers to discuss the science of global warming and the danger it poses to the world’s poorest people.
The Conversation
Limiting global warming to 2 degrees 'inadequate', scientists say
Holding global warming to a 2-degree Celsius temperature rise – the cornerstone of an expected new global climate agreement in December – will fail to prevent many of climate change's worst impacts, a group of scientists and other experts warned Friday.
Thomson Reuters Foundation
Green Climate Fund: Minister urges countries to fulfill commitments
Climate change is still an issue taken lightly by most developed countries including United States, Japan and Canada who have missed their deadline for the contribution of Green Climate Fund donations, an analysis released couple of days ago by the Green Climate Fund (GCF) office revealed.
The Express Tribune
UN Urges Government Urged To Accelerate Contributions To Green Climate Fund
Hela Cheikhrouhou, Executive Director, “The Green Climate Fund’’, said on Sunday in Seoul at the end of its conference that as of 30 April 2015, the fund has signed 4 billion dollars equivalent in contributions.
Leadership (Nigeria)
Nigeria set to reduce emissions in new climate action plan
FUELLED by the need to prevent average global temperatures rising above two degrees Celsius and to reap the many opportunities that arise from a necessary global transformation to clean and sustainable development, the Federal Government last week began a process to formulate new climate action plan for the country.
The Guardian (Nigeria)
Pilot to fly solar plane across Pacific for 5 days, 5 nights
A pilot said Sunday that he is anxious but excited about flying a solar plane solo from China to Hawaii on the longest leg of the first attempt to fly around the world without a drop of fuel.
How Growth in Dairy Is Affecting the Environment
On a map he keeps in his office, Tom Frantz, an environmental activist and retired math teacher, notes a spot near his home that he says is within a five-mile radius of 10 big dairy farms and about 60,000 cows.
NY Times
Jane Goodall: why I fear for the apes as climate change intensifies Guardian
Kofi Annan: ‘We must challenge climate-change sceptics who deny the facts’
The former secretary-general of the UN answers questions on climate change, the Paris summit set for later this year and how ordinary people can make a difference
The Observer
California governor orders country’s most aggressive emission cut goals
California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) is ordering his state to cut harmful carbon emission levels more aggressively than any other government in North America, as an historic drought grips the Western United States.
Washington Post
Climate change will significantly affect Australians’ health, report finds
Climate change will have significant repercussions for Australians’ health as warming temperatures fuel extreme weather events, help spread disease and disrupt food and water supplies, according to a report backed by the country’s peak scientific and medical bodies.
In Paris, Ban discusses Mediterranean crisis and climate change with President Hollande
29 April 2015 – During his visit to Paris, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday met with French President François Hollande, to discuss, among other issues the crisis in the Mediterranean, climate change and sustainable development.
UN News Centre
US State dept labels climate change “strategic priority”
Climate change will be one of four foreign policy priorities for the US up to the end of the decade, secretary of state John Kerry announced on Tuesday.
BRICS to push cooperation on climate change
BRICS environment ministers met in Moscow last week to deliberate on climate change. BRICS has emphasized the need for a just and fair global order based on multi-polarity and has sought urgent reform of international financial bodies. But, in a first, environment ministers from Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) met to discuss the crisis of climate change.
Russia & India Report
G20 to assess ‘carbon bubble’ threat – media reports
G20 countries are investigating the financial risks posed by investments in fossil fuels that cannot be burnt if the world is to avoid dangerous levels of warming.
Prospective Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders Scores High In New 'Climate Hawk' Ranking
WASHINGTON -- A new ranking of U.S. senators based on their climate activism puts soon-to-be presidential candidate Bernie Sanders among the top "climate hawks."
Huffington Post
Charles Koch Admits Climate Change is Real
As the nation warily watches every Republican presidential candidate kiss the ring of billionaire donor Charles Koch for a shot at his network's $300,000,000 pool of presidential cash, Charles Koch did something unusual.
Huffington Post
Court orders UK to cut NO2 air pollution
The UK's highest court has ruled that the government must take immediate action to cut air pollution. The ruling is a significant victory for campaigners, who began legal action after the UK breached EU limits for nitrogen dioxide (NO2) in the air.
BBC News
Climate change is melting Arctic archaeological sites
If you think about it — bear with us here — the Arctic is basically a huge freezer full of history’s leftovers. There’s a millennium worth of crusty villages, a bunch of gnawed-on beluga bones, and don’t forget the last of that takeout mammoth wayyyy at the back.
Vatican, U.N. join forces against climate change
Top officials from the Vatican, the head of the United Nations and leading scientists came together at a summit Tuesday in Vatican City to label the fight against man-made climate change as a "moral issue."
USA Today
Financing the transition to a green global economy
Investment in clean energy has risen substantially over recent years, but we are still not safe from the 2°C threshold for climate change. The world needs greater access to climate finance, explains Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
European air pollution has deadly trillion-dollar price tag
Air pollution caused 600,000 premature deaths in 2010 and cost the equivalent of a tenth of the European Union’s 2013 gross domestic product, a World Health Organization study said today.
Cardinal Onaiyekan: Industrialized world needs to take lead on climate change
(Vatican Radio) The Archbishop of Abuja, Cardinal John Onaiyekan, said the industrialized world needs to take the lead in tackling carbon emissions, and not try to force poorer countries to “stay where they are.”
Vatican Radio
Mayors Banding Together To Fight Climate Change
Momentum is building toward December's summit on climate change in Paris. Unlike the 2009 Copenhagen summit, where high hopes were dashed by low politics, this time the world's two biggest polluting countries (the U.S. and China) are onboard.
Huffington Post
Madhya Pradesh government gives nod to 750 MW solar power station
BHOPAL: Madhya Pradesh government today cleared a project for setting up the world's largest 750 MW solar power station at Gudh tehsil in Rewa district of the state.
Economic Times, India
Japan eyes weak climate goals as nuclear plans fade
Fossil fuels will remain behind the bulk of Japan’s electricity generation by 2030, scaling back its carbon slashing ambitions as the future of nuclear power hangs in the balance.
China is defending against global climate change with a 'Great Wall of Trees'
As the world's number one cause for man-made global warming, China faces a wealth of criticism and questions for environmental problems like airpocalypses, but when facing a crisis, Chinese leaders know that they can always go to China's bread-and-butter, building Great Walls.
Climate change, food shortage, conflict in Mali
LIFE has never been easy in Moussa Majga’s corner of northern Mali, a desert region of leafless trees, mud huts, and roaming gunmen.
The Guardian Nigeria
Firefighters: climate change intensifying wildfires
BOULDER - A documentary screened at the Sie FilmCenter in Denver Tuesday evening featured several veteran Colorado firefighters who pointed to climate change as a factor in the growing intensity of wildfires.
Study blames global warming for 75 percent of very hot days
If you find yourself sweating out a day that is monstrously hot, chances are you can blame humanity. A new report links three out of four such days to man's effects on climate.
Heatwaves Caused By Climate Change 75% Of the Time, Study Finds
Climate change is increasingly causing extreme weather like heavy rains, heat waves and severe storms, according to a new study.
Nearly half of top pension funds gambling on climate change
Index produced by thinktank shows just under 50% of investors take no measures to protect assets from expected climate-related market shifts
Pope Francis Steps Up Campaign on Climate Change, to Conservatives’ Alarm
Since his first homily in 2013, Pope Francis has preached about the need to protect the earth and all of creation as part of a broad message on the environment. It has caused little controversy so far.
NY Times
New sustainability agenda must harmonize man’s relationship with planet – UN Assembly President
As United Nations Member States prepare to adopt and move toward implementing a new development agenda, the President of the General Assembly said it is critical to ensure that “a harmonious relationship with our planet underpins our quest to achieve sustainable development.”
UN News Centre
EU confident plans for UN climate deal progressing
European Union officials are confident most of the world’s top greenhouse gas emitters are on track to deliver carbon cutting plans ahead of a UN summit in Paris this December
Fossil fuel industry must change profoundly, says former Shell boss
Ex-Shell UK chairman James Smith argues there is a future for oil and gas firms if they embrace low carbon technology, reports BusinessGreen
Christine Milne on how to go net-zero by 2040
The Greens have set a new post-2020 emissions target of 40-50 per cent by 2025 and net-zero by 2040, leader Christine Milne announced at the University of Sydney’s Sydney Environment Institute last night (Monday).
The Fifth Estate
Vatican prepares for climate fight, but real foe is decades old
Pope Francis’ desire to address global warming is undoubted, but Papal desire to curb poverty and protect creation not new - See more at:
Germany Seeks G7 Climate Financing Pledge to Aid Poorest Nations
The biggest advanced economies plan to signal to poor nations they’re willing to spend more money to help them cope with climate change, a move that could inject fresh life into United Nations talks on greenhouse gases.
Prince Charles on brink of ending all fossil fuel investments
Prince of Wales’ move comes as seven UK-based charitable foundations announce their fossil fuel divestment on financial and ethical grounds
Drought, expanding deserts and 'food for jihad' drive Mali's conflict
Life has never been easy in Moussa Majga's corner of northern Mali, a desert region of leafless trees, mud huts and roaming gunmen.
Thomson Reuters Foundation
Climate change students will have zero carbon credentials
A degree programme that aims to be the greenest available will seek to equip graduates from around the world with the skills to tackle climate change.
Herald Scotland
Kiwi scientists find ways to cut methane emissions by up to 90 per cent
New Zealand scientists have unveiled major leaps toward cutting greenhouse gas emissions from our belching sheep and cattle, with animal-safe compounds that can slash methane emissions by up to 90 per cent.
NZ Herald
Colleges and Universities Answer the Call on Climate Change Huffington Post
India commits to phasing out HFCs Business Standard Editorial Comment
How will Paris approach carbon pricing? (blog) Business Spectator
After diplomatic blitz, EU sees progress by June towards U.N. climate deal
The European Union expects that countries emitting more than half of world greenhouse gases will publish plans for fighting global warming by mid-year to help build a U.N. deal due in December, according to an EU document obtained by Reuters.
Adelaide bids to become emissions free
The South Australian government wants to make Adelaide the first carbon emissions-free city in the country.
Arctic nations to fight climate change despite Russia tensions
The eight Arctic Council nations pledged on Friday to do more to combat climate change that is shrinking the vast frigid region, with countries trying to put aside disputes over issues like Russia's intervention in Ukraine.
Abbott’s Maligned Climate Change Measures Face French Scrutiny
Prime Minister Tony Abbott may get a taste of mounting international pressure for Australia to curb its carbon emissions when he meets France’s President Francois Hollande in Paris.
« L’enthousiasme de l’Australie pour les énergies fossiles reste intact !»
Le Premier ministre australien Tony Abbott est en visite à Paris lundi 27 avril à l’occasion du centenaire de la journée commémorative de l’Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC ), qui est pour les Australiens une date historique puisque c’est celle de la première grande intervention armée des forces australiennes et néo-zélandaises, lors de la première guerre mondiale de 1914-1918.
Le Monde
Local Government Super is ranked number one the Global Climate Index, while Australian funds collectively rank second in the world
Australian super funds on average are managing climate change risk well, with Local Government Super topping a list of the world's top-500 asset owners.
Canada needs new policies to meet emissions reduction goal, Harper says
Canada faces significantly higher costs than the United States to meet the same targets for greenhouse-gas reduction, a difference that is heightened by federal delays in policy action.
Globe and Mail
GOP Weighs How to Undercut Obama’s Climate Talks
President Barack Obama and Congress are headed for another power clash on the international stage, as key Senate Republicans challenge his efforts to forge a global pact on climate change.
Wall Street Journal
Climate tracker: What’s happened to pledges for Paris summit?
National climate strategies are the building blocks of a UN pact, and time is running out for governments to deliver
Picture it: A 1,000-year exposure showing a changing Earth
If a picture is worth a thousand words, then Jonathon Keats figures a picture can also span a thousand years.
China is building a Great Wall of Trees to fight climate change and the encroaching Gobi Desert
China is the world’s largest emitter of greenhouse gases, but it is also engaged in a massive tree-planting program that has helped to offset tropical deforestation, and suck some of the climate-changing carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere.
Japan hikes target for emissions cuts to about 25 pct by 2030-media
Japan is considering cutting emissions of greenhouse gases by around 25 percent by 2030, up from an earlier target of about 20 percent, as its contribution to a global summit in Paris on climate change later this year, media reports said on Friday.
US announces plans to reduce agricultural carbon emissions
Federal agricultural officials announced Thursday voluntary programs and initiatives for farmers, ranchers and foresters meant to build on President Barack Obama's efforts to combat global warming - and they don't require congressional approval.
Canada will match other industrialized nations' CO2 cuts: PM
Canada will set a target for reducing greenhouse gas emissions that will be "similar" to those of other industrialized nations, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Thursday after the country published higher historical emissions data.
Don’t judge Paris on level of carbon cuts, say top emitters
Leading economies don’t think the success of a Paris climate change summit should simply be measured on the level of greenhouse gas cuts it manages to deliver. - See more at:
Success in Paris climate talks may require 'uniform voice' from business leaders, group says
A year-old initiative to mobilize the global business community around the risks and opportunities of climate change has entered a second phase, according to the nonprofit group BSR.
Kerry, on eve of Arctic summit, calls for citizen pressure on climate change
Acknowledging that governments may not be moving fast enough to avert a climate disaster, Secretary of State John F. Kerry is pushing for a bigger role for cities, universities and other institutions in achieving rapid cuts in ­greenhouse-gas emissions.
Washington Post
Addis and New York: Two key milestones on the way to a climate deal
It’s a big year for climate politics, and the attention of the international climate community is fixed on United Nations climate talks taking place in Paris this December, which aim to sign off a global deal on climate change.
Road to Paris
Martinique welcomes a preparatory summit to the 21st conference of the UN on climate change
Serge Letchimy, the President of the Regional Council of Martinique, confirms that a regional summit dedicated to the preparation and the mobilization toward the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) for the United Nations’ Framework Convention on Climate Change, will be held in Martinique on May 9th, 2015.
Anguilla News
Costa Rica Continues Record Run 100% Renewable Electricity
In 2004, almost 47% of Costa Rica’s energy came from renewable sources, today Costa Rica has gone 113 days (or 3 months, 23 days) using only renewable resources for electricity. This means the country has not had to burn fossil fuels for any of its electrical energy production.
The Costa Rica News
In Indonesia, making REDD+ about carbon won't help biodiversity: study
In Indonesia, preferential targeting of REDD+ projects in high-carbon areas won't do much for biodiversity.
Malaysia to raise climate change during Asean summit
Malaysia will raise the issue of climate change and its impact on the region's socio-economy during the 26th Asean Summit, said Natural Resources and Environment Minister Datuk Seri G. Palanivel.
Yale to impose carbon tax on itself, led by the man who helped invent it
Yale University will become one of the first colleges or universities to put an internal price on their carbon emissions, school officials said Monday.
Is the Carbon-Divestment Movement Reaching a Tipping Point?
Interviews with Harvard professors Naomi Oreskes and James Anderson about universities’ moral imperative to join the fight against fossil fuel.
The Nation
How should INDCs be measured? (blog) Business Spectator
‘The power to change begins with you,’ says Ban, urging sustainable choices on Mother Earth Day
Humanity is well aware of the devastating damage and pollution it have wrought on planet Earth, and “even with this knowledge, we have yet to change our ways,” United Nations Secretary-General said today urging people to reset their relationship with nature and every living being it sustains.
UN News Centre
US to announce plans to reduce agricultural carbon emissions
Federal agricultural officials are planning to announce voluntary programs and initiatives for farmers, ranchers and foresters meant to build on President Barack Obama's efforts to combat global warming - and don't require congressional approval.
Private sector to chip in for COP 21
France's climate action bill could be larger than usual this year, with the international climate negotiations (COP 21) taking place in Paris in December.
Australia urged to explain funding for climate contrarian
The former head of Australia's respected Climate Commission, which was disbanded by conservative Prime Minister Tony Abbott in 2013, on Thursday challenged the government to explain its recent decision to fund a controversial new climate institute.
Olam chief calls for carbon pricing in order to control emissions
The chief executive of Olam, one of the world’s biggest traders of agricultural commodities, has called for carbon pricing in the face of rising concerns about climate change.
Financial Times
Report finds China could feasibly get most of its energy from renewables by 2050
Renewable energy could economically provide China the majority of its energy by midcentury, according to a new report.
Interview: UNEP expects BRICS environment meeting to spur green energy
UN Environmental Programme (UNEP) said environment ministers from Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) meeting in Russia Wednesday are expected to agree on steps to boost environmental cooperation and the way forward in tackling the climate change threat.
Germany pushes climate insurance for developing countries
Catastrophic droughts, floods and heatwaves: climate change is making environmental disasters increasingly common. Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks wants the G7 to look at insurance policies as an alternative to traditional development aid
Obama visits the Everglades to talk about climate change
President Obama will visit an ecologically sensitive national park on Wednesday in a politically sensitive state
Washington Post
UAE’s push for low-carbon growth lauded
Industry experts, as part of Earth Day celebrations, lauded the UAE’s concrete push for low-carbon growth by increasing its focus on renewables.
Gulf News
Women will suffer the worst effects of climate change
Environmental researchers have made it clear that climate change will affect the world’s poorest more severely, and more imminently, than those of us in the more developed Western world.
What Will It Take For Humanity To Listen To Scientists?
What will it take for humanity to listen to scientists? That was the question a panel of Nobel Laureates asked at Hong Kong’s Asia Society Center on April 22nd as they urged quick global action on climate change.
Ocean output rivals big nations' GDP, but resources eroding
Economic output by the world's oceans is worth $2.5 trillion a year, rivaling nations such as Britain or Brazil, but marine wealth is sinking fast because of over-fishing, pollution and climate change, a study said on Thursday.
McDonald's to axe deforestation from its global supply chain
The fast-food giant announced it will work with its suppliers to end deforestation in its global supply chain. But do the super-sized claims stack up?
On the Front Lines of Climate Change (opinion) US News & World Report
Climate change: Paris 'last chance' for action
Scientists are calling on world leaders to sign up to an eight-point plan of action at landmark talks in Paris.
Australia should 'get off sidelines' with 30 per cent emissions cut by 2025: report
Australia has been urged to rapidly accelerate its cuts to greenhouse gases, with the independent Climate Change Authority recommending the Abbott government adopt an ambitious 30 per cent reduction target on 2000 levels by 2025.
Sydney Morning Herald
Global warming: Scientists say temperatures could rise by 6C by 2100 and call for action ahead of UN meeting in Paris
There is a one-in-ten chance of the world being 6C warmer than it is today by 2100 which would lead to cataclysmic changes in the global climate with unimaginable consequences for human civilisation, leading climate researchers have warned in an “Earth Statement”.
The Independent
Australia should cut emissions by 30% by 2025 to catch up, review says
Australia should aim to slash its greenhouse gas emissions by 30% by 2025, compared with 2000 levels, in order to catch up to other countries’ efforts and prove it is a “good global citizen”, according to a Climate Change Authority review.
Don't view climate change 'a business opportunity': Prakash Javadekar, Environment Minister
Talking tough, India today asked developed nations not to view climate change as "a business opportunity" and asserted that it would not allow "bullying" tactics as the days of "bulldozing" were over.
US envoy Stern urges Canada to deliver UN climate pledge
Chief US climate diplomat Todd Stern encouraged Canada to take Mexico’s lead in submitting robust carbon cutting plans yesterday.
Earth Day 2015: Find Out What Environmental Problems 20 Latin American Countries Face
Since the Industrial Revolution, human activity has destroyed the natural environment and is responsible for climate change. While not everyone blames mankind’s actions, a 2013 report from the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) concluded with 95 percent certainty that people are to blame for at least half the climate change in the last half-century.
Latin Times
Global warming not progressing as fast as depicted in worst-case models
A new study has revealed that global warming is progressing at a moderate rate than the scenarios depicted in the worst-case models outlined by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
Fortune 500s Hitting The Hill On Earth Day
For many companies, Earth Day is a time for releasing corporate sustainability reports, unveiling new environmental initiatives or sponsoring community festivals honoring the day.
Nobel winners to help Asian cities tackle climate change
Nine Nobel prize winners in fields ranging from economics to medicine will try to come up with ideas this week to help fast-growing cities in Asia cope with global warming.
Beyonce Beats Environment as Media Favors Celebrity News
Pity the trees. For U.S. newspapers and television, celebrity articles and gossip trump stories about the environment by a wide margin.
Study Finds Low Cost in Reducing Methane Emissions
Reducing methane leaks from oil and gas operations around the world could provide a relatively inexpensive way to fight climate change, according to a new report commissioned by the Environmental Defense Fund.
NY Times
John Kerry: On Earth Day, time running out for climate change USA Today
Jim Yong Kim: The final push to end extreme poverty Business Standard
Yeb Sano: Why I’m leaving diplomacy to fight climate change  RTCC
France's Hollande sees many obstacles to climate deal in Paris
French President Francois Hollande said on Monday there were many obstacles to reaching a U.N. deal to fight climate change at a summit in Paris in December, with concerns about the strategy of big emerging nations such as India.
Hollande sur la Conférence climat: «Plus j'avance, plus je regarde les obstacles»
François Hollande préfère prévenir: un accord à la conférence sur le climat, organisée en décembre 2015 à Paris, n'est pas acquis d'avance.
Canada’s GHG emissions rose in 2013, leaving little room to meet 2020 target
Canada’s greenhouse-gas emissions rose in 2013, propelled by higher oil and gas production, Environment Canada said in a report to the United Nations that suggests the country has little hope of meeting its international commitments.
Globe and Mail
Australia can cut emissions without harming economy
One day after Australia was questioned by the US and China on the slow pace of its greenhouse gas cuts, a new report suggests it can cut further and still keep growing its economy.
ABC Australia
Marshall Islands calls for curbs on maritime carbon emissions
The Marshall Islands, holder of one of the world’s largest shipping registries, has called for curbs on maritime carbon emissions before a global climate deal due to be finalised in Paris in December.
Financial Times
Here’s What China Closing Coal-Power Plants Means for Emissions
China’s recent scrapping of small coal plants will avoid the release of as much as 11.4 million metric tons annually of climate-warming carbon dioxide, helping the country cut emissions for the first time in more than a decade.
India considers twin-track climate plans towards UN deal
Insiders hint radical carbon cuts unlikely, with Delhi depending on global support to clean energy supply
Businesses to unite on green agenda including carbon taxes
Global businesses are set to reach an agreement to work together to support a higher carbon price, more green technology in cities and greater renewable energy use ahead of the global climate pact to be signed in Paris this year.
Financial Times
AfDB steps up moves to fund climate agencies in Africa
The African Development Bank (AfDB) is working diligently to join the Green Climate Fund’s (GCF) seven newly accredited agencies, in order to become a key multi-lateral implementing agency to channel much-needed funding into the continent.
Ghana Business News
Apple Makes New Commitment To Fight Climate Change, But Has A Long Way To Go
Apple on Monday released its 2015 Environmental Responsibility Report, underscoring its commitment to lessening the environmental impact of its products and operations. "We don’t want to debate climate change. We want to stop it," the company stated in the report.
Huffington Post
Is Climate Change Making Animals Smaller?
When Sifrhippus, an early precursor to the horse, began roaming the forests of what is now northwestern Wyoming, it was about the size of a Border terrier.
New Yorker
Batteries and Renewable Energy Set to Grow Together
The future of American energy, according to one widely held view, will include solar panels and wind turbines continuing to proliferate, churning out ever more electricity and eventually eclipsing fossil fuels to help offset the forces of climate change.
NY Times
The Pope, the Poor and Climate Change Wall Street Journal
Climate change too important for dogm (editorial) The Age
France backs fight against fossil fuel subsidies ahead of Paris climate change conference
France on Friday endorsed an eight-nation call for fossil fuel reform ahead of this year's international conference on climate change.
G7 agrees greater role for climate change in foreign policy
Foreign ministers back report describing climate change as one of the biggest global security threats of the 21st century
Developed world needs to walk the talk on climate change: Prakash Javadekar
Ministers from the 17 major emitters, including Indian environment minister Prakash Javadekar, are meeting in Washington DC on Sunday and Monday to address some contentious issues and find a way to ensure a successful outcome at the UN-sponsored climate meet in Paris later this year.
Economic Times
Obama says 'no greater threat to planet than climate change'
US President Barack Obama said Saturday that climate change poses the world's biggest single threat.
Boardrooms and public fuel momentum for climate change: experts
A new climate deal this year is unlikely to include enough money or emissions cuts to be effective but a surge of action outside governments could drive a more ambitious approach to tackling climate change, according to specialists.
Thomson Reuters Foundation
India agrees to phase down HFC, seeks more time
Reversing its long opposition, India has made a formal proposal to amend the Montreal Protocol to bring phasing down of climate-damaging refrigerant hydrofluorocarbon (HFC), which is used in air-conditioners, refrigerators and insulating foam, under its ambit.
Times of India
Australia's Direct Action climate policy challenged by US, China and Brazil at the UN
Australia's Direct Action climate policy challenged by US, China and Brazil at the UN
Australia's 'Level Of Ambition' Over Emission Reduction Targets Questioned At UN
The Australian government’s “Direct Action” policy, which aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 5 percent below 2000 levels by 2020, has come under international scrutiny after several countries, including the U.S. and China, questioned the credibility of the target.
International Business Times
Climate deals make 2015 ‘biggest year since 1945’, says UN envoy
Need to update development goals and finalise global CO2 pact make 2015 most important in 70 years, says Mary Robinson
Gwen Stefani, Usher perform for thousands at Earth Day rally
A daylong Earth Day concert had R&B star Usher dancing on crutches Saturday on the National Mall to rally thousands for political action to confront climate change and poverty.
Earth Day aims to reach millions with 'Angry Birds' game
The hugely popular game "Angry Birds" is showing Earth Day some love this year.
Figueres: National climate plans = “investment prospectuses”
The climate plans submitted by governments towards a global climate deal should be seen as “investment prospectuses” for business.
Company bosses pledge emission cuts, call for strong Paris climate deal
Bosses from more than forty global companies called on negotiators to agree a United Nations climate change deal in Paris in December and pledged to make their own emission cuts, they said in an open letter published on Thursday.
‘Clear and critical’ need for sustainable energy targets in post-2015 agenda, UN deputy chief says
The centrality of energy in a new global development agenda is clear and critical, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson said today as he delivered the opening remarks to a briefing for Member States on Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All).
UN News Centre
Judges Skeptical of Challenge to Proposed E.P.A. Rule on Climate Change
A panel of federal judges appeared inclined on Thursday to dismiss the first legal challenge to President Obama’s most far-reaching regulation to slow climate change.
NY Times
BP investors turn up the heat over climate change
BP shareholders have overwhelmingly backed demands led by the Church of England and institutional investors requiring the oil major to be more open about how climate change might affect its business.
Financial Times
AGL to shut all coal-fired power stations by 2050 in bid to limit global warming
New boss Andy Vesey says he wants to take the lead in helping Australia limit climate change to no more than 2C warmer by mid-century
COP 21: Peru to announce emissions reduction commitment in August
The first round of countries have formalized the amounts of emissions their countries will reduce.
Peru This Week
Brazil to Offer Ambitious Climate Plan With More Renewables
Brazil will increase the use of renewable energy, target zero net deforestation and push for low-carbon agriculture as part of its climate proposal, Environment Minister Izabella Teixeira said in an interview.
How can cities influence a global climate deal in Paris?
Cities are unlikely to get the formal recognition many crave at the UN climate talks, but they can make an impact
As foreign ministers meet on key world issues, will climate make the cut?
Climate change is one of the 21st century's biggest global security challenges, and world leaders should make it a core part of their foreign policy agendas, argues a major new report commissioned by the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany and the European Union.
Conference: Youth urged to fight climate change
Speakers at a conference on Thursday said that there was a need for the youth to lead the fight against climate change.
The Express Tribune
Big U.S. investors push SEC for oil industry to detail risks of climate change
Calpers, the largest American public pension fund, and nearly 60 other institutional investors will ask the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday to require oil and natural gas companies to publish detailed analysis of the risks posed by climate change to their business models.
Doctor cycles to UN climate congress in Paris
A Canterbury postgraduate student is cycling through Australia, Asia and Europe on his way to a UN climate congress in Paris.
NZ Herald
Warning over aerosol climate fix
Any attempts to engineer the climate are likely to result in "different" climate change, rather than its elimination, new results suggest.
The Moral Issue of Our Time
This summer, Pope Francis will deliver the first major encyclical of his papacy. It will be on climate change and the environment.
US News & World Report
Ban Ki-Moon Presses Rich Nations for $100 Billion Climate Plan
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon stepped up pressure on the richest nations and investors to detail how they will meet a pledge to provide developing nations $100 billion a year for climate-related programs by 2020.
At UN-backed conference, Ban calls for more investment to achieve sustainable energy
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on business leaders to expand investment in low-carbon growth and opportunities to advance sustainable energy for all and tackle climate change, in a statement to The Future of Energy Summit 2015, organized by Bloomberg New Energy Finance.
UN News Centre
Climat : les provinces du Canada en première ligne
Alors que le Canada a annoncé qu’il dévoilerait en juin, avant le prochain G7, sa contribution à la lutte contre le changement climatique au-delà de 2020, en prévision de la conférence de Paris (COP 21), les provinces et territoires du pays – à l’exception de l’Alberta – font front commun pour accentuer la pression sur le gouvernement fédéral tout en avançant leurs propres solutions.
Le Monde
L’ONU invite Ottawa à abandonner le pétrole
La secrétaire générale de la Convention-cadre des Nations unies sur les changements climatiques (CCNUCC), Christiana Figueres, appelle le Canada à tourner le dos aux combustibles fossiles.
Le Devoir
Ontario needs Ottawa’s help to fight climate change
The politics of climate change in Canada can be summed up by two recent comments from members of Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s cabinet.
Toronto Star
Chile eyes new environment rules to spur investment
Chile will move to make changes to its environmental regulations to reduce uncertainty and encourage investment, President Michelle Bachelet announced on Wednesday.
BP shareholders to vote on climate risk disclosure
BP is set to stress-test its business plan against a “safe” climate future, in response to shareholder pressure.
Climate Change Plan Faces High-Profile Legal Test
The centerpiece of the Obama administration's effort to tackle climate change is facing a high-profile legal test as a federal appeals court considers a plan that has triggered furious opposition from Republicans, industry figures and coal-reliant states.
Obama’s climate change legacy at risk from conservative heartland
President Barack Obama’s attempt to leave a legacy of domestic action on climate change faces a proliferation of legal threats just as a global climate deal hangs in the balance, according to a state lawyer fighting the White House.
Financial Times
Flood damages in Europe to increase 200% by the end of the century, scientists warn
Flood damages across Europe as the climate warms are likely to be considerably higher than previously thought, according to new research.
Carbon Brief
Price on carbon key to Canada tackling global warming, say researchers
Report says a carbon fee is vital and country should exploit renewable energy to decarbonize electricity grid – but doesn’t discuss highly polluting tar sands
Does Obama’s UN carbon pledge threaten much more US economic pain?
The Obama Administration’s pledge of 26 to 28 percent cuts in U.S. carbon emissions by 2025 is coming under heavy fire from business and scientific experts, who charge the radical goals were not backed up by any concrete planning, likely to cause energy-intensive industries to flee the country at a heavy cost in jobs, and unlikely to make any difference at all to global carbon emissions—or to climate.
Fox News
Christiana Figueres: Canada vs. climate change National Post
India and Climate Change: Will it be all Talk? International Policy Digest
Canada provinces urge PM to take stronger action on climate change
The leaders of nine Canadian provinces and territories on Tuesday called on Prime Minister Stephen Harper to take stronger measures to reduce the country's greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.
UN chief to open Vatican climate change conference
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will open a key Vatican meeting this month on Pope Francis' highly anticipated teaching document on climate change.
Prime Minister Modi says India must lead on climate change
During speeches in recent weeks, India’s prime minister has derided developed countries that “destroyed nature,” has touted his own solar projects and has even said yoga might help fight climate change.
Washington Post
Canada Provinces Reach Climate Pact Without Harper or Alberta
Canada’s provincial leaders agreed to accelerate efforts to cut greenhouse gas, while stopping short of specific targets, as the country rushes to change its reputation as a climate laggard.
Peeking behind the scenes shows premiers at work
Listening to a group of premiers debate global warming can be like watching a glacier melt: The pace can be painfully slow and predictable.
Toronto Star
Changements climatiques: Ottawa se fait attendre de tous
Les premiers ministres des provinces participant au Sommet sur les changements climatiques ont signé une déclaration commune suggérant mollement «d'agir en partenariat avec le gouvernement fédéral».
La Presse
Changements climatiques : que va faire le Canada maintenant? demande l'ONU
Les premiers ministres des provinces et des territoires réunis à Québec mardi pour discuter d'environnement et de climat se sont quittés sur une question, qu'a résumée ainsi Christiana Figueres de l'ONU : « Que va faire le Canada maintenant? »
Doubts Persist About Australia's Climate Policy Shift Ahead Of First Emissions Reduction Auction
To many environmental and business leaders, Australia had a solid climate policy in place, centered around the country’s carbon tax and a planned emissions trading system (ETS). But in scrapping the country’s carbon tax last year, these leaders now believe the government reversed the progress the country was making in contributing to an international solution to the climate challenge.
Ecosystem Marketplace
Dutch government taken to court on climate change
Campaigners in the Netherlands are taking the government to court for allegedly failing to protect its citizens from climate change.
Over-consumption, climate change threaten food security, water supply: FAO
There will be enough water to produce food for 10 billion people in 2050, but over-consumption and the impact of climate change threaten food security and water supplies in many regions, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said on Tuesday.
Poland says allowances, not reforms start date, focus of carbon talks
The focus of EU talks on carbon market reform has moved on to spare allowances from a debate over when reforms should begin, Poland's climate envoy said on Tuesday, adding a deal by the end of June was possible.
Projects developed in Peru's rainforest awarded for reducing deforestation
The award "Environmental Finance Award of the Year 2015" in the category "Sustainable Forestry" has been granted to the climate fund Althelia for the projects developed in the natural protected areas of Peru.
Nepal's community forests fight poverty and destruction
Climate change, deforestation and land grabbing don't only threaten Nepal's rich biodiversity, but the economic wellbeing of millions of its citizens. Could community-managed forests hold the key?
Deutsche Welle
India builds first 'smart' city as urban population swells
India's push to accommodate a booming urban population and attract investment rests in large part with dozens of "smart" cities like the one being built on the dusty banks of the Sabarmati river in western India.
The provinces get it: Carbon pricing can be simple and efficient  Globe and Mail
Art and Climate Change - Inspiring a Sustainable Future Huffington Post
Ontario and Quebec sign cap-and-trade deal, urge Ottawa to take leadership role
As Quebec and Ontario announced that they would link their carbon markets, they urged Ottawa to work more closely with the provinces to curb climate change
Montreal Gazette
Ontario confirms it will join Quebec, California in carbon market
Ontario will join a cap-and-trade market set up by Quebec and California to reduce carbon emissions and slow the pace of climate change, provincial Premier Kathleen Wynne said on Monday.
China to surpass U.S. as top cause of modern global warming
China is poised to overtake the United States as the main cause of man-made global warming since 1990, the benchmark year for U.N.-led action, in a historic shift that may raise pressure on Beijing to act.
France to invest two billion euros of climate-linked finance in India
France will invest two billion euros in clean energy and efficiency projects in India, president Francois Hollande announced last week.
Scrap fossil fuel subsidies now and bring in carbon tax, says World Bank chief
Jim Yong Kim calls for five-point plan to deliver low-carbon growth, including removal of incentives to exploit oil, gas and coal
Japan's CO2 emissions hit second-highest on record
Japan's greenhouse-gas emissions rose to the second-highest on record in the year ended March 2014, revised government figures showed on Tuesday, reflecting a rise in coal-fired power after the indefinite closure of nuclear power plants.
DC Earth Day rally to feature performances by Usher, Common
Usher, Mary J. Blige, No Doubt, Common and Train are scheduled to headline an Earth Day rally and concert on the National Mall, hosted by and Soledad O'Brien.
Climate change has made a sailboat race through the Arctic possible
A sailing race across the icebound Northwest Passage is being planned for 2017, through a route the organizers say has been made possible by climate change.
MIT holds debate on divestment as part of 'climate change conversation'
MIT became the first university to hold an administration-sponsored debate on fossil fuel divestment last Thursday, amid demands from student group Fossil Free MIT (FFMIT) that the Institute reallocate what they call “investments that will lock us in to catastrophic climate change.”
MIT Tech
Sustainable development won't happen without the means to implement it Guardian Global Development
Ottawa requests provincial input to devise national climate-change plan
Canada’s fight against global warming is taking a big step forward Monday, when Premier Kathleen Wynne formally announces Ontario’s plan for a cap-and-trade system for carbon emissions
Globe and Mail
France urges Australia to stick to its climate commitment
World leaders will decide on future emissions targets at a UN meeting in Paris at the end of the year and the Federal Government is coming under international pressure to take an ambitious position.
ABC Australia
Environment council finishes its largest congress
The International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (Iclei), a global association of local governments and organizations committed to sustainable development, concluded its largest-ever congress in Seoul on Sunday.
Korea Joongang Daily
Environment minister asks provinces to set better emissions targets
Having missed a March 31 deadline to submit greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets to the United Nations, the Harper government is prodding the provinces to come up with better numbers.
Canadian Press
Heurtel discusses 'historic' climate summit
A throng of 25,000 people marched through Quebec City on Saturday to demand premiers take swift action to fight climate change.
Montreal Gazette
Ontario and Quebec Signing a Cap-and-Trade Deal Monday
Premier Kathleen Wynne is expected to sign an agreement with Quebec on a cap-and-trade system in an effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Talk Radio AM640
India plans push for green bonds
The government has approached at least eight lenders to raise low-cost and long-term funds to help finance the plan
Modi gifts 'Tree of Life' painting to French President
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who wound up his first visit to France, gifted President Francois Hollande a painting titled 'Tree of Life' which reflects the traditional societal respect for nature in India.
Forests can soak up a third of carbon emissions
Report commissioned by Prince Charles’s charity says protecting tropical forests could enable them to absorb billions of tonnes of the Earth’s emissions of carbon.
New Zealand's forests shrinking, warns greenhouse gas emissions report
New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions fell by 1.4 per cent year on year in 2013, but deforestation is continuing apace, according to a government report out Friday.
Vancouver commits to run on 100% renewable energy
Canadian city of 600,000 people is the latest to announce it will use only green energy for electricity, transportation, heating and air conditioning within 20 years
Pope Francis is a powerful messenger for climate change
This summer, Pope Francis plans to release an encyclical letter in which he will address environmental issues, and very likely climate change.
Get ambitious on emissions cuts (opinion) Japan Times
Climate-Change Activists Consider the Necessity Defense New Yorker
Closing the $70 Billion Climate Finance Gap
The latest accounting of climate finance shows there is a gap of about $70 billion. Closing that gap is critical to building the trust necessary to reach a robust deal at the international climate talks in Paris in December
World Bank News
Climate Change Is a Public Health Issue
It's National Public Health Week, an important time to connect the dots between human health and climate change. Earlier this week, nearly 1,000 doctors, nurses, researchers and other health professionals from 49 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia did just that, calling for bold action on climate in a letter delivered to President Obama. "The risks climate change poses to public health have been well-documented," they wrote.
Huffington Post
Tackling climate change is the ultimate no-brainer business strategy
How much will a company – and all of us – regret not taking action if the outcomes are much worse? Given the day-to-day benefits of moving to a clean economy, corporate action on climate is the ultimate no-brainer.
The Guardian
How are cities in the Philippines preparing for climate change?
Stephany Uy-Tan, mayor of Catbalogan, Philippines, tells how a series of typhoons and the resulting storm surges destroyed 2,500 houses in her city. Speaking on the sidelines of the ICLEI sustainable cities World Congress in Seoul, she says her administration is planting mangroves and trying to preserve traditional tricycles as a climate-friendly form of transport.
Face of New Zealand’s Insurance Industry Wants Climate Change Action
Tim Grafton, chief executive of the Insurance Council of New Zealand, lives in a country surrounded by risk on all sides, and he’s unabashed by his efforts to use flooding events, frequent storms or other out-of-the-usual weather phenomenon as an opportunity to talk about dangers posed by climate change. By 2050 roughly one million New Zealanders will be living in areas vulnerable to severe flooding, coastal storm surges, land slides and windstorms.
Insurance Journal
Obama announces $20 mn for clean energy in Caribbean
U.S. President Barack Obama on Thursday announced that the United States initially will contribute $20 million to promote public and private investment in renewable energy projects in the Caribbean.
Fox News Latino
Michael Bloomberg targets Big Coal again with $30m donation to Sierra Club
New investment comes three years after the former New York mayor gave $50m to the environmental lobby group to expand its Beyond Coal campaign
Japan targets about 20 percent emissions cuts by 2030: media
Japan is considering reducing emissions of greenhouse gases by around 20 percent by 2030 as its contribution to a global summit on climate change in Paris later in the year, Japanese media reported on Thursday.
France backs India’s stand on climate in pre-2020 period
India's demand for a global agreement that will address intensified efforts to tackle climate change between 2015 and 2020 has not gone unheard.
Economic Times
Environmental groups take aim at Alberta oil sands emissions
Rising greenhouse emissions from Alberta’s oil sands would swamp Ontario’s effort to fight climate change through a carbon-pricing plan, says a report issued in advance of the provincial climate summit to be held in in Quebec City next week.
Globe and Mail
Paris in Springtime Means Carry a Mask Along With Your Umbrella
Set aside any romantic notions of Paris in the spring. Visitors to the French capital are facing the choice of using an umbrella or wearing a mask.
APG adds support to BP climate change resolution
Dutch pension scheme APG was among a group of investors to pledge support on Wednesday to a planned resolution on "climate change resilience" at oil giant BP's upcoming annual general meeting.
Top development banks agree definition for climate finance
Financial institutions with over US$ 2,100 billion in assets publish principles to guide future investments in clean energy
India and the Paris Climate Summit
With less than nine months until the Paris Climate Summit, countries are developing their Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDC). India is among those countries that are not in a hurry to make any national climate commitments that could be internationally binding.
International Policy Digest
Five reasons cities are key to solving climate change
Mayors and officials from more than 200 cities worldwide are gathering in Seoul this week to talk urban sustainability at the ICLEI World Congress.
Losing the forest in Papua New Guinea
Papua New Guinea is the second largest island in the world. It is inhabited by diverse tribes that depend on nature to provide them with food and medicine.
Washington Post
If We Dig Out All Our Fossil Fuels, Here’s How Hot We Can Expect It to Get NY Times
Universities should keep leading Australia's push to divest from fossil fuels (by Bill McKibben) Guardian
The Carbon Brief interview: Jean-Pascal van Ypersele Carbon Brief
Cost to developing nations of leaving fossil fuels in the ground must be recognised (opinion) EurActv
A global deal that drives good decisions: what success at the Paris summit should look like The Conversation
Top academics ask world's universities to divest from fossil fuels
It is unethical and untenable for universities, that seek to advance global development and health, to invest in the fossil fuels that cause climate change, say a group of 2,000 researchers at Academics Stand Against Poverty
Obama says climate change is harming Americans' health
Global warming isn't just affecting the weather, it's harming Americans' health, President Barack Obama said Tuesday as he announced steps government and businesses will take to better understand and deal with the problem.
‘Climate change has arrived’ warns Marshall Islands foreign minister
Intense tropical storms are the “new norm” in the Pacific, according to Marshall Islands foreign minister.
Govt reviews emission targets for Paris talk
The government is currently reviewing a national action plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (RAN GRK) before making an official emissions cut commitment at a Paris climate conference.
jakarta Post
Working hard for progress on Jaitapur: France ahead of PM Narendra Modi's visit
Ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Paris, France today said the two sides are "working hard" to make progress on setting up Jaitapur nuclear power plant, a project which has been stuck because of differences over cost of power to be produced.
Economic Times
New interactive map plots public opinion on climate change
A new interactive map, developed by researchers at Yale and Utah State universities, reveals localized opinions on climate change throughout the United States.
In Parched California, Innovation, Like Water, Has Limits
California’s drought has not spared A. G. Kawamura. A former state secretary of food and agriculture, Mr. Kawamura grows vegetables and strawberries south of Los Angeles in Orange County.
NY Times
Ben & Jerry’s Tesla Road Trip for Climate Change
In the late 1980s, Ben & Jerry’s authored a social mission that, among other things, established “a continuing commitment to incorporating wholesome, natural ingredients and promoting business practices that respect the Earth and the environment.”
Triple Pundit
Are we reaching a positive climate change tipping point? Guardian
Climate change raises pressure for divestment from fossil fuels
Climate activists say the world needs to stop burning fossil fuels to save the planet and prevent warming of more than 2°C.
The Journal
Why the Paris climate talks won’t be another Copenhagen (opinion)
What will happen after people stop ignoring the evidence on climate change Washington Post
Modi says India to strike own path in climate battle
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi signaled on Monday he would not bow to foreign pressure to commit to cuts in carbon emissions, instead pledging to use more clean energy and traditional methods to lead the fight against climate change.
Big nations’ climate pledge silent on finance, technology aid to developing world
The climate action plans submitted by big emitters like the United States, European Union and Russia mark a serious commitment to inking a global deal at the year-end UN-sponsored climate negotiations in Paris.
Economic Times
California governor tells climate change deniers to wake up
As his state faces the worst drought in its history, with mandatory water rationing for residents and fears of destruction to the agricultural sector, California governor Jerry Brown had a message Sunday for climate change deniers: wake up.
Canada passed on U.S.-Mexico climate announcement: sources
Canada declined a U.S. invitation last week to jointly announce climate policy cooperation with Mexico, with Ottawa saying it has not yet finalized its own domestic strategy, sources from both countries familiar with the discussions said on Thursday.
World’s forests more vulnerable than thought, says Prince Charles
Improved tree-monitoring technologies have revealed some of the world’s mightiest forests are in a more precarious state than thought.
Financial Times
The INDC road leading to Paris
Intended Nationally Determined Contributions will be the building blocks of the expected new international climate change agreement
Custom ice makers feel heat from global warming
While climate change is posing a global threat by melting polar ice, it is creating an ice crisis of a different kind in Japan.
Leonardo DiCaprio Eco-Resort: Actor Unveils Groundbreaking Project In Belize
Leonardo DiCaprio’s first love, before acting, is Planet Earth and for that he’s been trying to help the environment for a long time.
Latin Times
Six things needed to save the Great Barrier Reef
Queensland researchers have laid out a plan to restore the Great Barrier Reef to its former glory, criticising the federal government's plan as "inadequate" and "short-sighted".
Brisbane Times
Western Canada's Glaciers Could Vanish by 2100
Canada's glacial ice draws millions of tourists and provides drinking water to two countries, but this important economic resource could disappear by the end of the 21st century, a new study finds.
The Road to Paris: three myths about international climate talks The Conversation
'Everyday disasters' driving flight from Sundarbans
The end for Shibshankar Pal's hopes of clinging to his home in India's Sundarban islands came the night of July 14, 2014, when surging seas advanced on the house he had just reconstructed following floods a year earlier.
Thomson Reuters Foundation
Climate-change deniers are in retreat (opinion) Washington Post
How oil and gas majors are rethinking on climate change (comment/blog) Financial Times
India may submit climate change plans in September; Javadekar assures pledges will be submitted “in time”
India is likely to submit its plans to tackle climate change, including steps to curb the amount of carbon pollution, in September.
Economic Times
Syracuse to Drop Fossil Fuel Stocks From Endowment
Syracuse University is dropping all fossil fuel stocks from its endowment, the university announced on Tuesday.
NY Times
National environmental report to exclude carbon emissions
The government revealed this week that the topics of this year's national environmental report will exclude New Zealand's greenhouse gas emissions.
NZ Herald
EU emissions fell five per cent in 2014 under trading scheme
Greenhouse gas emissions policed by the European Union's carbon trading platform dropped by nearly five per cent last year despite a 1.3 per cent growth in GDP, new figures from the bloc suggested today.
Business Green
Guardian Media Group to ditch fossil fuels from $1.2 bln fund
Guardian Media Group (GMG) said on Wednesday it would sell all the fossil fuel assets held in its 800 million pounds ($1.2 billion) investment fund as the UK media company looks to boost its sustainable investing.
Western cities had hottest March on record
While much of the nation shivered, many Western cities sweltered through their hottest March on record.
Southeast Asia faces increasingly intense climate events: analysts
Densely populated Southeast Asian island states such as Taiwan, Hong Kong, Japan and the Philippines are likely to face more intense climate events in future, analysts said on Thursday.
Thomson Reuters Foundation
Eye on Earth Summit in October in Abu Dhabi
A summit in Abu Dhabi with over 650 delegates from several countries across the globe will discuss bridging the information gap policy- makers face in designing plans for sustainable development.
Gulf News
WWF: Irresponsible food consumption fuels global climate change
Conservation organisation WWF says Germany’s eating habits are “fuel to the fire” for global climate change, with severe consequences for food security in developing countries.
Jamaica gets going on emissions reduction
JAMAICA HAS begun work to reduce its contributions to the fuel that fires global climate change - greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
Jamaica Gleaner
Germany’s G7 can ensure Paris climate deal is a success  RTCC
How Australia can make its presence felt at the COP21 Paris climate talks (comment by Howard Bamsey and Kath Rowley Guardian
Why The INDC Climate Pledges Are Better Than They Look Cleantechnica
Climate pledges: Deadline sees slow but promising start
A rough deadline for Tuesday saw only 33 out of 195 countries submit pledges for tackling greenhouse gases under UN climate talks scheduled to conclude just over eight months from now.
United States sets official strategy for Paris climate talks
The Obama administration on Tuesday published plans to cut greenhouse gas emissions up to 28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025, part of a strategy to generate momentum for a global agreement later this year on combating climate change.
Climate change: Russia sketches emissions cut of up to 30%
Russia, moving ahead of a deadline for submitting pledges to tackle climate change, has said it could cut its greenhouse-gas emissions by up to 30% compared to 1990 levels, subject to conditions.
Leading economies miss UN deadline to file climate change pledges
Japan, Canada and Australia all failed to meet the March 31 deadline, as did China, the world’s largest greenhouse gas emitter, although Beijing has already publicly outlined its plans.
Financial Times
US pledge on emission cut likely to raise the heat on India, others
The United States on Tuesday made its most ambitious pledge to the UN to reduce its carbon pollution, a move that experts say would put more pressure on countries like India to act against emissions, the chief contributor to worsening air quality.
Economic Times
US climate treaty pledge relies on uncertain Obama actions
The United States put forth its contribution Tuesday to a global climate treaty, relying entirely on a set of emission cuts ordered by President Barack Obama that may not survive beyond the end of his presidency.
Limiting climate change could have huge economic benefits, study finds
Major economies would boost their prosperity, employment levels and health prospects if they took actions that limited global warming to 2c, according to the first analysis of emissions pledges made before the UN climate summit in Paris later this year.
Developing countries close to taking lead in clean energy race
Renewable energy investments in developing countries are close to overtaking those in the developed world for the first time, research from the UN Environment Programme shows.
EU Carbon Market Emissions Seen at Record Low on Warm Weather
Carbon dioxide emissions in the European Union’s cap-and-trade program, the world’s largest, probably fell to a record last year as warmer-than-average weather curbed demand for gas and power.
Latin America divided between oil and green energy
Latin America spends billions of dollars subsidizing fossil fuels each year, but also has some of the world's largest renewable power programs, highlighting the energy-hungry region's divisions as it charts its future
Billions available for Pacific climate change projects (audio)
Countries in the Pacific will have access to billions of dollars to fund climate change projects now the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme has been accredited to the Green Climate Fund as what's called a 'regional implementing entity'.
ABC Australia
German CO2 emissions fall for first time in three years
Germany's greenhouse gas emissions fell for the first time in three years in 2014, helped by a mild winter and the expansion of renewable sources of energy, the environment ministry said on Tuesday.
Workshop on INDCs by Lead-Pakistan, WWF: Mushahid terms climate change the biggest challenge
Federal Minister for Climate Change, Senator Mushahid Ullah Khan said that global warming, which continues to unleash devastating impacts in different parts of the world including Pakistan has emerged to be the biggest challenge of present century.
Customs Today
The upside to global warming? Dragons, of course
Global warming could bring about a resurgence in the Earth's dragon population, scientists in the April Fools' edition of the journal Nature report.
USA Today
US offer for climate treaty: Up to 28 percent emissions cut
In a highly anticipated announcement, the United States will offer a roughly 28 percent emissions cut as its contribution to a major global climate treaty nearing the final stages of negotiation, according to people briefed on the White House's plans.
Rich nations' fossil fuel export funding dwarfs green spend-documents
Rich nations provided around five times as much in export subsidies for fossil-fuel technology as for renewable energy over a decade, according to OECD data seen by Reuters.
Anglican church must divest fossil fuels to cope with climate crisis, bishops say
Group of 17 bishops and archbishops write letter aiming to focus church’s attention on climate change and urging it to dump investments
One million green jobs projected by 2030 in China, EU and U.S. - experts
Nearly one million new "green jobs" are expected to be created in China, the United States and the European Union by 2030 if the regions stick to their current pledges to curb global warming, scientists said on Tuesday.
Thomson Reuters Foundation
Solar Impulse plane lands in China
Solar Impulse, the fuel-free aeroplane, has completed the fifth leg of its round-the-world flight.
Global warming and drought are turning the Golden State brown
Another study finds that drought will hit California hard as the planet keeps warming
Study: Global warming causes more global warming
It is bad enough that warming temperatures are being blamed for the drought in California or melting sea ice in the Arctic.
An Islander's Bid to Be the World's First Climate Refugee
As Tropical Cyclone Pam ripped through the South Pacific earlier this month, Ioane Teitiota was 2,600 miles away in New Zealand checking Facebook for updates from friends and relatives back in Kiribati, a string of coral atolls about halfway between Australia and Hawaii.
Britain tells Japan to aim for 40% reduction on greenhouse gases
Britain has urged Japan to set an ambitious target in cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.
Asahi Shimbun
Climate change could disturb marine life for millennia
Climate change may lead to disturbances in marine life that will take thousands of years to recover from, not hundreds of years as previously thought, researchers said Monday.
Climate Change Threatens to Kill Off More Aspen Forests by 2050s, Scientists Say
The beloved aspen forests that shimmer across mountainsides of the American West could be doomed if emissions of greenhouse gases continue at a high level, scientists warned on Monday. That finding adds to a growing body of work suggesting forests worldwide may be imperiled by climate change.
NY Times
Accountability must be at the heart of the Paris climate pact (comment) RTCC
Eiffel Tower goes dark in symbolic move for Earth Hour
The Eiffel Tower went dark briefly to mark Earth Hour, the campaign to raise awareness about climate change.
US to submit plans to fight global warming; most others delay
The United States will submit plans for slowing global warming to the United Nations early this week but most governments will miss an informal March 31 deadline, complicating work on a global climate deal due in December.
Federal government commits to global accord on climate
The Abbott government has committed Australia to joining the next big global climate pact.
The Age
Mexico sets 25 pct pollution cut by 2030 for climate talks
Mexico has become the first developing nation to submit pollutant reduction goals for next fall's Paris climate change talks, pledging Friday to cut greenhouse gas and short-lived climate pollutants 25 percent by 2030.
India calls for a deal for pre-2020 efforts to tackle climate change
India wants a global agreement that will address intensified efforts to tackle climate change between 2015 and 2020 and has questioned the single-minded focus on finalising a global compact for the post-2020 period, which is to be inked in Paris in December.
Economic Times
Paris 2015: Should we be worried about the lack of greenhouse gas pledges?
Just a handful of countries expected to hit 31 March deadline to submit Intended Nationally Determined Contributions
Green Climate Fund accredits ADB to receive project finance for Asia-Pacific region
The Asian Development Bank has become the first multilateral development bank accredited to get financing from the Green Climate Fund.
Greentech Lead
A provincial problem: Putting a price on carbon
Montreal’s Biothermica Technologies Inc. clinched a deal earlier this month to sell $860,000 worth of carbon credits – generated by reducing methane emissions at a coal mine in Alabama – to an unnamed California buyer who needed them to meet the state’s climate regulations.
Globe and Mail
Chile desert rains sign of climate change: chief weather scientist
The heavy rainfall that battered Chile's usually arid north this week happened because of climate change, a senior meteorologist said, as the region gradually returns to normal after rivers broke banks and villages were cut off.
Dubai buildings must use green concrete
Hours after switching off lights for Earth Hour, Dubai on Sunday announced its decision to switch to green concrete to make its ever-expanding built-up areas healthier and more sustainable.
Khaleej Time
This music school is lit by solar energy
Kalkeri Sangeet Vidyalaya, which is teaching music to children from downtrodden families, has emerged as a campus fully dependent on solar energy.
The Hindu
'Supergoats' help Kenyan farmers adapt to climate change
Villagers in a rural district of Kenya are getting a helping hoof to adapt to climate change. A newly introduced breed of "supergoat" is cutting the number of months per year that villagers in the district of Nyando go hungry.
Carbon Capture
Has climate change made it harder for people to care about conservation?
New Yorker
Vanuatu needs compensation, not charity (opinion)
It’s time to get serious about compensation for ‘loss and damage’ from climate change, lobal lead on issues of climate change and resilience for ActionAid international, Harjeet Singh.