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Africa adopts sustainable transport plan
African countries have moved closer to a cleaner, greener system of cars and public transport after ministers adopted a continent-wide sustainability strategy today.
Climate change to be discussed at G20 summit
The Abbott government has reluctantly agreed to discuss climate change at the G20 summit in Brisbane, but the G20 group will not make any new commitments to act on emissions.

The Sydney Morning Herald
Rio says it will offset 3.6 million tonnes of carbon emissions at 2016 Olympic Games
The Rio 2016 local organizing committee set a target on Thursday to offset the total amount of greenhouse gases estimated to be produced by the world's largest multi-sport event.
Daily News & Analysis
IPCC preparing 'most important' document on climate change
Scientists and officials are meeting in Denmark to edit what's been termed the "most important document" on climate change.
The IPCC Synthesis Report will summarise the causes and impacts of - and solutions to - rising temperatures. It will be the bedrock of talks on a new global climate deal.
BBC News
EU car makers already beating 2015 emission targets
Car makers have hit CO2 emissions goals several years ahead of their deadlines, according to updated data from the European Environment Agency (EEA).
Business Green
Oil guzzling Malta proposes climate change law
Malta has proposed a new climate law, creating a legal obligation for the country to hit its emission reduction targets.
Banks invest record €66bn in coal sector
Commercial banks poured record sums of money into coal last year, despite mounting evidence of the climate risks.
How climate change will affect global water scarcity by 2100
Global warming will affect the whole of the world's water supplies over the coming century, but it will not affect them equally. Hundreds of millions of people will experience new or aggravated forms of water scarcity by 2100.
As Climate Changes, Central America Lags on Improving Food Security
While poverty and violence have pushed thousands of Central Americans to take the long and dangerous trek to the United States, the embattled region now faces another challenge: Droughts and torrential rains have all but ruined the harvests of hundreds of thousands of impoverished farmers in Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua. And even though climate extremes were exacerbated in recent years by temporary weather phenomena, ill-prepared governments and climate change have put food security in the region permanently at risk.
World Politics Review
Minor EU emission cuts masks underlying apathy on 2C
Latest GHG data from Brussels shows we have achieved nothing of significance relative to scale of the climate challenge.
Brazil's first solar power auction to clear 500 MW of new plants
Brazil will take its first leap into commercial solar power generation on Friday with a rights auction of at least 500 megawatts of new solar parks, adding a new energy source as a drought reveals the danger of depending on hydropower.
Formula could shed light on global climate change
Wright State University researchers have discovered a formula that accurately predicts the rate at which soil develops from the surface to the underlying rock, a breakthrough that could answer questions about greenhouse gases and has potential applications in agriculture.
A New Flank in China's War on Pollution? Controlling Emissions From Ports and Shipping (opinion)
As President Obama and other Asia-Pacific leaders gather in Beijing for the upcoming Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit, climate change and air pollution will undoubtedly be on the agenda. This summit therefore provides an important opportunity for these leaders to address one of the most significant -- and largely unregulated -- sources of toxic air pollutants and black carbon emissions in Asia: its ports and shipping system.
Huffington Post
Renewables & Energy Efficiency Responsible For 70% Of Carbon Emission Drop Since 2007
Renewable energy development and implemented energy efficiency measures are responsible for 70% of the the drop in US carbon dioxide emissions seen since 2007 (when a slow decline began), according to a new report from Greenpeace.
Australia govt wins backing for emissions scheme
Australia's government has reached a compromise with independent senators and a key opposition party to secure support for a A$2.5 billion ($2.2 billion) fund to cut greenhouse gas emissions, Environment Minister Greg Hunt said Wednesday.
Solar Grid Parity In All 50 US States By 2016, Predicts Deutsche Bank
Rooftop solar PV will reach grid parity in 50 US states by 2016 – up from just 10 now – setting the scene for a dramatic increase in the uptake in household and commercial rooftop solar in the world’s biggest economy.
Australia divestment war shows investment is now the main climate change battleground
The fallout over Australian National University’s decision to divest from fossil fuel companies shows the language of climate risk is now in dollars and returns not degrees centigrade.
The Guardian
Emissions trading will be back in the game if Direct Action proves ineffective
Australia’s global promise to cut emissions seems certain to test Greg Hunt’s determination to resist carbon pricing.
The Guardian
A bioeconomy to fight climate change
The use of biomass for energy generation is helping European Union countries meet their renewable energy and emissions targets, but demand from other sectors means policy needs to be developed for maximum climate benefits.
ASOS and M&S pledge to make deforestation unfashionable
More than 20 major fashion retailers, including Marks and Spencer, Levi Strauss and ASOS, have this week signed up to a new industry campaign that aims to eliminate deforestation from their supply chains.
Business Green
Methane Emissions May Swell from behind Dams
What if reservoirs that store water and produce electricity were among some of the world’s largest contributors of greenhouse gas emissions?
Scientists are searching for answers to that question, as they study how much methane is emitted into the atmosphere from man-made reservoirs built for hydropower and other purposes.
Scientific American
Chuck Hagel: We Should Worry About Climate Change Like We Worry About ISIS
The Islamic State may be the most immediate challenge facing the Defense Department, but Secretary Chuck Hagel said Wednesday that one of the biggest long-term security threats to the U.S. isn't a terrorist group. It's climate change.
Huffington Post
Why you should bother to read the IPCC synthesis report
UN science panel’s final report this year will indicate how serious governments take the threat of climate change.
Climate-Savvy Investing: Insurance Sector Is Ignoring Risks & Rewards (opinion)
Two years after Superstorm Sandy devastated large swaths of the East Coast and cost our economy an estimated $65 billion, the insurance industry – which is on the frontlines of climate change – is still not doing enough to address the risks associated with extreme weather events, such as floods, droughts or more intense coastal storms.
8 foods you're about to lose due to climate change
As worsening drought and extreme weather devastate crops, you may begin seeing global warming when you open your fridge.
The Guardian
China, India set pace in global clean energy growth
China, India and other emerging economies could see their levels of clean energy installations overtake rich countries in 2014.
EU set to overachieve 2020 carbon emissions goal
The EU is on track to overachieve on its climate targets for 2020, according to the European Environment Agency. New greenhouse gas data shows emissions fell 1.8% between 2012 and 2013, leaving the bloc just 1% off its goal to cut emissions 20% on 1990 levels by 2020.
Climate change could spark conflict in emerging economies, study finds
Climate change vulnerability and food insecurity could damage economic growth and amplify the risk of conflict in India, Bangladesh, and a number of other major emerging markets, according to risk analysts Maplecroft
Business Green
Scientists Trace Extreme Heat in Australia to Climate Change
The savage heat waves that struck Australia last year were almost certainly a direct consequence of greenhouse gases released by human activity, researchers said Monday. It is perhaps the most definitive statement climate scientists have made tying a specific weather event to global warming.
New York Times
Public 'needs information on climate change solutions' says survey
Public support for measures to cut carbon would increase if people heard more about the solutions to climate change, a poll suggests.
Climate Change Concerns Push Chile to Forefront of Carbon Tax Movement
These are rough times for carbon taxes, aimed at mitigating climate change. Australia recently repealed its carbon tax. South Korea delayed a carbon-based tax on vehicle emissions. South Africa put off a planned carbon tax until 2016. And yet, for environmentalists, a sliver of hope exists in the shape of Chile, one of Latin America’s fastest-growing economies, which last month approved the first carbon tax in South America.
New York Times
Climate Change: IPCC Warns of Species Extinction and Food Insecurity Among Other Severe Impacts from Inaction
A draft of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Synthesis report warns of "severe, pervasive and irreversible impacts for people, species and 27 ecosystems," unless action is taken, and taken soon.
International Business Times UK
Chinese vice premier meets Obama's adviser on climate change
Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli met with U.S. President Barack Obama's adviser John Podesta, vowing to make their cooperation in countering climate change a highlight of bilateral relations in Beijing on Tuesday. Facilitating climate change cooperation between China and the United States, the largest developing and developed country in the world, meets the common interests of both and helps the healthy growth of bilateral ties, Zhang said.
Power Plants May Get More Time to Cut Carbon in EPA Plan
The Obama administration is considering a change in its timetable to curb carbon-dioxide emissions from power plants, a proposal that would give electric utilities more time to meet the reduction targets.
British-Made Wave Power Technology One Step Closer To Reality
Ecotricity believes that generating electricity in Britain from wave power has taken its next step, due to the successful first stage of testing of its “innovative” Searaser, the brainchild of British inventor Alvin Smith.
US military refuses to be 'too late' on climate change (opinion)
Today, as we pass another global heat record, we run the risk of being too late on climate change, endlessly debating causes at the expense of sensible actions. Just as we have underestimated recent threats, such as the Islamic State and a revanchist Russia, we are in danger of underestimating those threats that follow a changing climate.

Sydney Morning Herald
Saving Lives: Global Alliance For Clean Cookstoves Interview
Radha Muthiah, Executive Director of the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, recently took time out from her busy schedule to answers some questions for CleanTechnica about the benefits of distributing clean cookstoves.
Climate change: Our guide to feeling less hopeless
Leading experts say tackling climate change is not hopeless. So what little things can everyone do?
BBC Radio 1
Giant tower to monitor climate change in the Amazon
Taller than the Eiffel Tower, the observatory will capture vital data on how climate change is impacting the rainforest
Great Barrier Reef protection plan 'ignores the threat of climate change'
The Australian government’s multimillion dollar plan to halt the worrying decline of the Great Barrier Reef does nothing to address the leading threat of climate change and is likely to prove largely ineffectual, scientists have warned.
The Guardian
Drying Amazon Could Be Major Carbon Concern
The Amazon rainforest inhales massive amounts of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, helping keep the globe’s carbon budget in balance. But as a new study shows, since 2000 drier conditions are causing a decrease in lung capacity.
Climate Central
IPCC report is “roadmap” to Paris climate deal – Pachauri
Scientists and delegates from more than 100 governments are meeting in Copenhagen this week to thrash out the definitive round-up of climate science.
Saharan solar power opens energy corridor to Europe (video)
The TuNur project aims to generate clean energy from a giant solar plant in the Tunisian Sahara from where it will be connected to the European electricity grid via a dedicated undersea cable. TuNur say their initiative will produce roughly twice as much energy as any current nuclear power plant and can even produce energy when the sun is down.
Host of next UN climate summit sets out goals
In December, Peru will host governments, key players and sectors from different countries brought together by a common goal: to steadily and urgently deal with the global consequences of climate change.
'Climate Talks should Go Beyond Carbon Cuts'
Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar on Monday said that any global agreement on climate change should not only be about mitigation and emission cuts, but must take into account adaptation and common but differentiated responsibilities.
The New Indian Express
Gamesa To Invest €100 Million In India Over Next Five Years, Eyes Solar Power Projects
India’s changing renewable energy scenario is attracting investment from some leading companies across the world. Gamesa, one of the leading wind energy companies is also looking to invest millions in the wind energy sector and eventually expand operations into solar energy as well.
Aviva responds to Bank of England on climate change impact
UK insurance company Aviva (AV.L) has responded to a letter from the Bank of England asking it to comment on the impact of climate change on its business model, a spokeswoman from the company said on Monday.
Reuters UK
Ikea launches solar panels in the Netherlands
Ikea has launched a range of residential solar panels in the Netherlands. It is the second country to stock the panels, after the UK pioneered the Swedish furniture giant’s venture into green home improvement in September 2013.
Solar power a must for Saudi Arabia
Oil-rich and sun-blessed Saudi Arabia has no choice but to invest in solar energy, a senior official of the national electricity provider said yesterday.

“Solar energy is a must, not a choice,” Hamed al-Saggaf, an executive director with the Saudi Electricity Company, told a conference on sun power.

The Rakyat Post
How To Eat For The Climate
Consumers have unrealized power to steer the close marriage between agriculture and the climate toward healthier outcomes, according to food-policy activists at the Green Festival in Chicago Saturday.
Workable global accord on climate needed as Bonn talks deliver little
The world’s governments are running out of time to conclude an effective international agreement on climate change by the end of next year, following a relatively fruitless round of UN-sponsored talks in Bonn last week.
The Irish Times
UN climate change draft sees risks of irreversible damage
Climate change may have "serious, pervasive and irreversible" impacts on human society and nature, according to a draft U.N. report due for approval this week that says governments still have time to avert the worst.
Global warming has doubled risk of harsh winters in Eurasia, research finds
The risk of severe winters in Europe and northern Asia has been doubled by global warming, according to new research. The counter-intuitive finding is the result of climate change melting the Arctic ice cap and causing new wind patterns that push freezing air and snow southwards.
The Guardian
São Paulo running out of water as rain-making Amazon vanishes
South America’s biggest and wealthiest city may run out of water by mid-November if it doesn’t rain soon.
No concrete result reached in UN climate talks in Bonn
The third round of United Nations’ 2014 climate talks wrapped up in Bonn, Germany, on Saturday, reaching no concrete result and leaving heavy workload to climate conference in Lima, Peru, in December.
Daily Times
Deep rifts remain at UN talks on global climate pact
With a 2015 deadline looming large for a global pact on curbing climate change, six days of UN talks closed in Bonn on Saturday with delegates and observers deflated over a lack of progress.
Yahoo News
Climate change: Carbon trading edges closer as UN brokers deal
The world is on the brink of enlisting market forces in the fight against climate change on a truly global scale for the first time, United Nations officials have claimed. After years of opposition, hundreds of the world’s major companies and investment firms – including several oil giants – have agreed that there should be a charge for the damage done to the planet by greenhouse gases.
The Solar Energy Revolution Everyone’s Ignoring… Is In Bangladesh
We put a lot of cyber ink into the German, Australian, US, Chinese, Indian, Chilean, and Japanese solar energy revolutions. However, I think the Bangladeshi solar revolution is one we don’t write about enough. One of the biggest reasons for that is probably that it doesn’t compare to the others on a total capacity basis. However, that doesn’t mean the market isn’t huge.
Ministry of new and renewable energy seeks loan from KfW to promote solar project
The ministry of new and renewable energy (MNRE) wants the government to back a 1-billion loan (aboutRs 7,750
crore) sought from German bank KfW to promote rooftop solar systems across the country.

The Economic Times
Get Ready, Get Set, Go: Offshore Wind in the USA
Everybody, hold onto your hats. The moment we have been waiting for may have finally arrived – or, well, it’s not very far off. American offshore wind is on the horizon, figuratively and literally, and approaching fast.
Energy Collective
6 action items after the Bonn climate negotiations (opinion)
Following a recent meeting among climate negotiators in Bonn, Germany, director of the World Resources Institute International Climate Initiative David Waskow sets out what needs to be done in Lima for a effective global climate agreement.
EU leaders agree to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 40% by 2030
European leaders have struck a broad climate change pact obliging the EU as a whole to cut greenhouse gases by at least 40% by 2030. But key aspects of the deal that will form a bargaining position for global climate talks in Paris next year were left vague or voluntary, raising questions as to how the aims would be realised.
The Guardian
EU strikes compromise to set new climate target
European Union leaders struck a deal on a new target to cut carbon emissions out to 2030, calling it a new global standard but leaving critics warning that compromises had undermined the fight against climate change.
European Leaders Agree on Targets to Fight Climate Change
The 28 leaders of the European Union agreed early on Friday on targets for protecting the climate and generating greener power despite deep divisions among their nations over how to produce energy.
The New York Times
Green Bonds Expected To Top $100 Billion In 2015
Another strong quarter for issuances of green bonds has taken the year’s total up to $32 billion, more than double the total issued during 2013, and fuelling predictions that 2015 could see $100 billion worth of green bonds issued.
Climate Change Fears: South Florida City Wants To Split With North, Form 51st State
South Florida lawmakers are proposing to sever ties with the northern counties and form the 51st American state. The political stunt is an attempt to draw attention to the dangers that low-lying communities face from climate change. The measure’s backers charge that state politicians aren’t doing enough to protect the southern half of Florida from impending sea level rise and increased flooding. The solution? Go it alone.
International Business Times
Sales Of Plug-In Cars Exceed 600,000 Worldwide
It hasn’t even been four full years since the first plug-in hybrid and electric cars went on sale across the globe, and in many places plug-in cars are still few and far between. Yet across the world, consumers are turning to plug-in cars in greater numbers, with the top ten countries now accounting for over 600,000 plug-in vehicle sales according to a tally by Hybrid Cars.
'We will succeed in these negotiations'
Peru's Environment Minister Manuel Pulgar-Vidal tells DW what he hopes to achieve at the COP20 this December. Representatives from most of the world's countries will gather in Lima to discuss climate change challenges.
Deutsche Welle
Road to Paris: EU 2030 climate package holds key to UN deal (opinion)
By the end of this week European leaders meeting in Brussels will – unwittingly or otherwise – have helped determine whether UN efforts to secure a global climate treaty will be a success.
Sustaining Africa’s Development by Leveraging on Climate Change
By leveraging knowledge about climate change, through adopting improved agriculture technologies and using water and energy more effectively, Africa can accelerate its march towards sustainable development.

Inter Press Service
Climate change to reduce Europe's bird population: ecologists
Climate change will lead to a sharp decline of common species of birds in Europe, ecologists attending a meeting on birdlife here warned on Thursday.
SEA countries share experience on building resilience to climate change impacts
More than 200 delegates from Vietnam, Thailand and Cambodia are attending a three-day international forum on climate change, which opened on Oct 23 in Preah Sihanouk Province, Cambodia.
VietNamNet Bridge
Warren Buffett Puts Wind in Berkshire’s Sails
Warren Buffett is synonymous with his hometown of Omaha, Neb., but for a glimpse into the future of his investment empire, look east…to Iowa. In the neighboring Hawkeye State, the Berkshire Hathaway Inc. chairman has sunk billions into wind-farm projects, part of a big gambit on renewable energy by a utility company he acquired in 2000 and has built into one of the country’s largest power suppliers.
Wall Street Journal
China’s coal consumption drops for first time this century
China’s coal use has fallen for the first time this century – a turning point for a country which currently consumes almost half of the world’s coal supplies.
Kew spreads climate change word
The Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew has issued a "position paper" saying that man-made global warming is changing the outlook for plants and trees worldwide.
BBC News
Climate change rivals Ebola at World Health Summit
Climate change is expected to cause 250,000 additional deaths per year between 2030 and 2050, affecting the poorest countries with weak health care systems - a global challenge that rivaled Ebola as one of the top issues at the World Health Summit in Berlin this week. EurActiv Germany reports.
Recently discovered microbe is key player in climate change
As permafrost soils thaw under the influence of global warming, communities of soil microbes act as potent amplifiers of global climate change, an international study has shown.

China readies legal framework for carbon market, hefty fines possible
China is planning hefty fines for companies that fail to comply with the rules of its national carbon trading market but has yet to decide how to set emission caps for big polluters, according to a draft government document seen by Reuters.
Can art inspire climate change action? An ice installation aims to do just that
To coincide with the latest IPCC climate report, 12 blocks of Greenland ice will be left to melt in Copenhagen City Hall Square as a visual representation of climate change.
The Guardian
Sea level could rise ‘height of man' by 2100
For those who think climate change means deep trouble, some comfort: there is a limit to how deep. Danish-led researchers have looked at all the projections and satisfied themselves that, at the very worst, sea levels this century will rise by a maximum 1.8 metres − roughly the height of an average man.
7 industries at greatest risk from climate change
Rising temperatures and sea levels, along with increased incidence of extreme weather events, pose a threat to the global economy. Global infrastructure spending, public food supply, health and surging demand for energy are among the demographic themes that could come with steep climate-change costs.
There’s a surprisingly strong link between climate change and violence
Earlier this year, when a study came out suggesting global warming will increase the rates of violent crimes in the United States -- producing "an additional 22,ooo murders, 180,000 cases of rape," and many other crime increases by the year 2099 -- it drew widespread criticism. "This ... is what people who are losing the argument look like," noted the conservative publication National Review. One study may seem easy to dismiss. But the combined results of 56 of them? Not so much.
The Washington Post
Poland isolated as pressure mounts on EU to deliver 2030 climate deal.
Poland is the only country resisting a 40% carbon target as part of the European Union’s 2030 package, sources close to negotiations say.
Divestment campaigners set their sights on UK banks
British banks are being urged to pull their money out of polluting fossil fuels, in the latest twist of the divestment movement. The UK’s five biggest banks have more than £66 billion invested in coal, oil and gas extraction, according to a report by European Greens.
US Energy Efficiency Ranks Released: How’d Your State Do?
The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy’s (ACEEE) 8th annual State Energy Efficiency Scorecard, released today, shows policymakers in most states are taking action to cut energy demand, with Massachusetts retaining its crown as the most energy-efficient state for a remarkable fourth consecutive year.
Agriculture, Lumber Industries Drive Deforestation
International agriculture and lumber industries are main drivers of tropical deforestation, according to a new study. More than a third of recent deforestation can be tied to production of beef, soy, palm oil and timber alone. "The trend is clear, the drivers of deforestation have been globalized and commercialized," assistant professor Martin Persson, of Chalmers University of Technology, said in a statement.

Nature World News
Sweden pledges $500m to Green Climate Fund
Sweden will pay half a billion dollars into the UN’s green bank, the government will announce in its 2015 budget.
US, EU want UN to stress low cost of climate change fight - draft
The United States and European Union want the U.N. to stress the low cost of fighting climate change in a draft handbook on the issue that it is compiling, a leaked document showed on Tuesday.
U.S. insurance firms failing to address climate change risk -report
Most U.S. insurance companies are completely unprepared to address the risks related to climate change, a new survey published Wednesday found, a finding that could have negative consequence for the wider debate over how to tackle the issue.
US greenhouse gas emissions rise despite Obama's new climate change push
America’s energy-related carbon pollution rose 2.5% last year despite President Barack Obama’s efforts to fight climate change, according to new federal data. The rise in emissions from burning coal, oil, natural gas and other fossil fuels was one of the steepest on record in the last 25 years, according to the Energy Information Administration’s Monthly Energy Review.
The Guardian
The Global Green Economy Index Winners And Losers
The authors of the latest Global Green Economy Index have raised concerns about the “perceptions” of developed countries such as Australia, Japan, the Netherlands, and the United States, suggesting that “perceptions of their green economic performance dramatically exceed their actual performance on the [Global Green Economy Index].”
Carbon footprint: US awards Indian-origin teenager for innovative design
An Indian-American student has won 'America's Top Young Scientist' award for his innovative design of an eco-friendly device that seeks to reduce carbon footprint while offering power for household usage.
US Wind Industry Booming, Already Surpassing 2013 Levels
The US wind industry is booming, installing more in the first 9 months of 2014 than was installed throughout all of 2013. The figures come from the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), which predicts 2014 will finish strong and push through to stepped-up installations throughout 2015.
UN climate debt swap is 'fundamentally unjust', say development agencies
A UN proposal that would see small island states offered debt relief to pay for climate change contains a “fundamentally unjust” blind spot, according to development groups.
The Guardian
Marshall Islands poet says youth must lead climate fight
Star of UN climate summit says support in New York left her stunned, and determined to save country from rising sea levels
Climate change warning stickers on SF gas pumps?
Gasoline pumps in San Francisco could soon carry a warning: Burn this fuel, and contribute to global warming.

SF Gate
Climate change: Europe's unfinished business (opinion)
Former Costa Rican president challenges EU to think of the next generation, rather than the next election.
Skyonic dedicates its carbon-capture plant
Austin-based Skyonic Corp. on Tuesday dedicated its first-of-a-kind factory in San Antonio, one that captures carbon dioxide emissions from a cement plant for conversion to byproducts that can be sold profitably to other industries.
San Antonio Express-News
'Build bridges for Lima climate talks'
The UN’s climate chief urged country negotiators on Monday to “build bridges” at talks in Bonn towards a new, global pact that received fresh endorsement from world leaders last month.
The Guardian
Bonn climate talks: Key steps to support the world’s most vulnerable
What are the key issues with which negotiators will be grappling during this round of UN talks in Bonn?
Prakash Mathema: Poorest countries have the most to lose at UN climate talks
Nepal's Prakash Mathema is leading the UN climate change negotiations for the group of Least Developed Countries Group (LDC). According to him, an ambitious outcome at the 2015 Paris UN summit can only be reached if vulnerability to climate change impacts of poorest countries are taken into consideration.
EU climate talks enter end game with everything still to play for
Diplomatic and lobbying activity across the EU stepped up a notch today, as governments and industry groups sought to set out their stall ahead of this week's crucial European Council meeting on the bloc's 2030 energy and climate change package.
Business Green
EU summit to debate multi-billion carbon quota 'transfer' system
EXCLUSIVE: European leaders meeting later this week for an EU summit on energy and climate change will discuss proposals allowing energy-rich nations like France and Germany to transfer 10% of CO2 emissions quotas to member states such as Poland, who are struggling to diversify their energy mix.
UPDATE 2-Britain targets 2017 for start of European carbon market reforms
Britain wants reforms to Europe's Emissions Trading System (ETS) to start from 2017, four years earlier than proposed, hoping to tackle the scheme's massive oversupply and boost investment in clean technologies.
Denmark's plan to offset transport emissions sparks EU row
A Danish bid to expand carbon offsetting to the transport sector has triggered uproar among NGOs and academics, with one new analysis saying it would devastate efforts to reign in fuel emissions.
The Guardian
These Last 6 Months Were The Warmest Humans Have Ever Recorded On Earth
Collectively, the past six months have been the hottest since humans started keeping track of global temperatures. Last month was the warmest September humans have recorded, according to both NASA's Global Land-Ocean Temperature Index and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Climatic Data Center.

Business Insider
Arctic ice melt sends Alaskan temperatures soaring by -7c
Scientists in the northern Alaska outpost of Barrow have linked 7C temperature rise to the decline in Arctic sea ice
Europe emission targets 'will fail to protect climate'
Prof Jim Skea, a vice-chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, says the EU’s plan to cut CO2 emissions 40% by 2030 is too weak. He says it will commit future governments to “extraordinary and unprecedented” emissions cuts.
BBC News
Brazil must target smallholders to curb rising deforestation
Farmers with smallholdings are not responsible for most of the destruction of Brazil’s Amazon rainforest, but their contribution to deforestation is rising and must be addressed if the country is to hold on to recent gains, according to an environmental research group.
The Guardian
UN’s Green Fund says all obstacles for pledges now removed
The head of the UN-backed Green Climate Fund is expecting further pledges of financial support after the board resolved key questions over its governance.
Big Box Retail's Latest Bright Idea: Solar Power
Big companies are finally beginning to see the light. Over the past two years, the top 25 corporate solar users in America have more than doubled their capacity, according to a new report by the Solar Energy Industries Association. Cumulatively, these companies produced enough electricity last year to power more than 115,000 homes.
Climate talks in Bonn to lay groundwork for new deal
Delegates from all parts of the world have gathered in Bonn for the last round of negotiations on a new climate agreement prior to this year’s UN climate conference in Lima, Peru, which starts at the end of next month.
The Irish Times
UN climate talks set to test New York summit gains
The impact of Ban Ki-moon’s New York summit on UN efforts to curb climate change faces its first test on Monday in Bonn, where envoys from over 190 countries meet for a week of negotiations. - See more at:
Global Clean Energy Investment Grows 11%
According to the Clean Energy Pipeline, global clean energy investment jumped 11% in the third quarter of 2014 over figures a year earlier, clearing $64 billion.
Qingdao prepares China’s 8th regional carbon market
A Chinese city of 9 million people is seeking to introduce a carbon market, which would be the eighth in the country.
India Expands Solar Power Target, Will Add 15 GW Over Next Five Years
The new Indian government has delivered on its promise to enhance the solar power capacity addition targets under the ambitious National Solar Mission announcing revised guidelines for capacity allocation.
Cheap African solar energy could power UK homes in 2018
Investors are seeking funding from the UK government for an ambitious plan to import solar energy generated in North Africa.
Under the scheme, up to 2.5 million UK homes could be powered by Tunisian sunshine by 2018.
BBC News
America Can Nearly Quadruple Its Renewable Electricity By 2030
A recent Union of Concerned Scientists (USC) study found that America can nearly quadruple its renewable electricity in the next 15 years, reaching 23% by 2030. This comes in response to the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal that America set a modest goal of 12% renewable energy by 2030.
This is the Fortune 500 of companies taking the lead to fight climate change
CDP, a British environmental nonprofit, receives data from almost 2,000 companies around the world showing what they do to fight climate change. From that, the group has compiled a list of the 187 best companies—firms such as Apple, Samsung, and BMW—into a kind of elite (and much smaller) Fortune 500 for environmentally-conscious companies, dubbed the Climate Performance Leadership Index (CPLI), and it says those companies are outperforming the rest of the market.
First plant in Morocco solar mega-project to open in 2015
Morocco's first solar energy plant will begin operating in 2015, an official said Sunday, as part of a multi-billion-euro project the oil-scarce kingdom hopes will satisfy its growing energy needs.
Yahoo News
Global shipping emissions set to rise unchecked
Shipping is responsible for a billion tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions a year, a little more than Germany. Its share of global emissions fell from 3.2% in 2007 to 2.5% in 2012, according to the latest figures approved by the UN’s International Maritime Organization. But with no strategy to curb emissions, they are set to rise 50-250% by 2050, depending on the rate of economic growth.
IKEA may tighten carbon rules to protect environment
OSLO: IKEA Group, the world’s biggest furniture retailer, may introduce an internal carbon emissions price to help its drive to protect the environment and create a “new and better” company, chief executive Peter Agnefjall said.
Daily Times
Leo DiCaprio Changes Conservationist Climate With $2 Million Grant
Leonardo DiCaprio changes the productivity climate for ocean conservationists with a $2 million grant donation that will be used to help protect large areas of the Arctic and Pacific Islands. DiCaprio, actor and activist for environmental issues, submitted the grant to the collaborative international fund organization, Ocean 5, in order to help stop overfishing, build marine reserves, and allow the organization to expand its initiatives.
Guardian Liberty Voice
Sweden calls on EU to agree 50% carbon cuts for 2030
Sweden has called on the European Union to adopt a greenhouse gas emission reduction target of 50% by 2030s, 10 percentage points higher than current proposals.
100 European Cities Sign Pledge for Action on Climate Change: European Commission
The European Commission (EC) published a statement Thursday confirming the commitment of 100 European cities to address climate change concerns in an official signing ceremony where the mayors of the various cities across Europe pledged their dedication to the scheme.
RIA Novosti
A Carbon Capture and Storage Breakthrough
Carbon capture and storage (CCS) has long been weighed down by exorbitant costs, making it an industry that’s been stuck on the launch pad for more than a decade…despite spending $20 billion on technology. Now, U.S. utilities could be required to install CCS technology in all newly built, coal-fired power plants, according to a proposed rule from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Wall Street Daily
Texas Plant to Capture, and Then Reuse, Carbon
Amid the calls to capture carbon to save the climate, a Texas company is preparing to do that job for profit.

The New York Times
Climate change: how to make the big polluters really pay
Are fossil fuel companies – long toxic to our natural environment – becoming toxic in the public relations environment as well? It seems so. Galvanised by the “carbon tracker” research showing that these firms have several times more carbon in their reserves than our atmosphere can safely absorb, Oxford city council has voted to divest; so has the British Medical Association.
The Guardian
France Raises Renewables Subsidy as Shortfall Spirals Upwards
French Environment and Energy Minister Segolene Royal said a subsidy paid by consumers for renewable power will be increased starting next year even as a shortfall in financing development widens.
As Japan eyes nuclear restarts, renewables get shut out of grid
Japan's biggest utilities are blocking most new solar and other renewable energy from transmission grids, stirring concern among green power advocates that Japan favours restarting idled nuclear plants at the expense of other fossil-free supply.
The sun is shining for renewables in Latin America
Latin America is experiencing a revolution. Modern renewable energy sources are blooming in a region that relies on fossil fuels and hydropower. A decade ago, the scenario was different. Now, clean energy alternatives are flourishing at a fast pace.
The Guardian
Climate change forcing rethink on fire risk, RFS chief Shane Fitzsimmons says
Climate change is having an impact on every level of fire management, the New South Wales rural fire chief has said on the first anniversary of the Blue Mountains bushfires.
ABC Onlline
City gears up for carbon-free fuel in the future
The city of Johannesburg is almost certain to become the first city in South Africa to convert its fleet to carbon-free fuel within the next two years. It began piloting the conversion in its Metrobus fleet at the beginning of this year.

The New Age Online
Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe — Wirelessly Charged Electric Bus Service In Berlin
A new electric bus service utilizing wireless charging systems will soon be launching in Berlin. The service — dubbed Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (BVB) — is currently set to start in 2015, and will make use of electric buses from Solaris.
Acting on Climate Change for Our Children's Sake (editorial)
Scientific research shows our children are especially vulnerable to environmental health hazards. October is Children's Health Month, and as we work to raise awareness and act on health risks, we need to keep children's health considerations and concerns at the forefront of our research, practice and policy decisions. We need to be especially vigilant as we face new health risks from climate change.
Huffington Post
Legal elements in proposed UN climate deal find mixed support
Support for a global agreement on climate change with some legal elements but without an overarching UN treaty appears to be growing among developed countries.
Fighting Climate Change Brings Benefits To The Bottom Line
From A for Apple to Z for Zurich Insurance, companies that are doing most to tackle climate change are also financially outperforming their peers, new research suggests.
Steelmakers must embrace low carbon shift if they are to secure their future
The EU steel industry's future depends on working with policy-makers to embrace low carbon and energy efficient practices, a new study has concluded.
Business Green
Gas boom from unrestrained fracking linked to emissions rise
An unrestrained global fracking boom that unleashes plentiful and cheap gas will not tackle global warming by replacing coal and cutting carbon emissions, according to a comprehensive analysis that takes into account the impact on the rest of the energy supply.
The Guardian
Wholesale Grid Parity Achievable In Coming Years Says Report
An analysis conducted by the energy consultancy PÖYRY has found that unsubsidized renewables may be possible fairly soon in Europe. Wholesale grid parity could materialize following initial retail grid parity (aka socket parity) in several countries, but wholesale prices are lower than retail grid prices, so renewable costs need to drop further to meet them.
As deaths mount in Nepal disasters, questions about climate change raised
An avalanche and blizzard struck this week in Nepal killing at least 26 people, including four Canadians, adding fuel to the debate on climate change and extreme weather events.
Toronto Star
Impacts of climate change to now be included in UK's military planning
Energy Secretary Ed Davey has revealed the impacts of climate change will for the first time be integrated in the UK’s next strategic defence and security review.
Click Green
Australian agriculture needs to adapt, not simply shift, to meet climate change
Peanuts have moved north, tuna has moved east, wine has moved south. But sooner or later, Australia is going to run out of places to shift agricultural production to avoid the harsh effects of climate change.
Peru's glaciers shrank 40% in 4 decades from climate change
Climate change has shrunk Peruvian glaciers by 40% in the past four decades and the melt-off has spawned nearly 1,000 new high-altitude lakes since 1980, Peru's government said on Wednesday.
Daily News & Analysis
Climate Change Forcing Valuable Fish Stocks North New Study Shows
A newly published study has produced the most evidence yet that valuable fish species are being forced north and south towards both of the Earth’s poles by climate change and the continuous rising of ocean temperatures. The study predicts that many numbers of fish species will be affected if temperature increases are allowed to continue at current rates and that a large percentage of fish species may disappear from warmer tropical waters as early as 2050.
Guardian Liberty Voice
Time running out on climate change: John Kerry
US Secretary of State John Kerry has issued a stark warning about the mounting effects of climate change, from food shortages to devastating droughts, saying time is running out for real action.

The Sydney Morning Herald
Lord Giddens: Hope must trump fear in climate debate
Former advisor to UK prime minister Tony Blair lays out four ways to quash the despair of climate change.
US climate strategy: ‘goad’ leaders into voluntary action
We are moving towards a “tipping point” in political will and public support for a global climate deal, the US chief negotiator said on Tuesday. Speaking at Yale University, Todd Stern said the world is “in a better position than ever before” to take action on climate change.
Green bond boom at risk without rules: Zurich Insurance
The integrity of the fast-growing "green bond" market is at risk unless a clear definition of what passes for green can be agreed, Zurich Insurance's (ZURN.VX) investment chief told the Reuters Global Climate Change Summit.
Reuters UK
Mark Carney: most fossil fuel reserves can't be burned
The governor of the Bank of England has reiterated his warning that fossil fuel companies cannot burn all of their reserves if the world is to avoid catastrophic climate change, and called for investors to consider the long-term impacts of their decisions.
The Guardian
REUTERS SUMMIT-Competition drives climate action, not science -PwC
Competition and regulation push companies to take action to protect themselves from the effects of climate change, not climate science, Jon Williams, partner at global consultancy firm PwC told the Reuters Global Climate Change Summit.
Divestment campaign signs up first Swedish city
Sweden’s seventh largest city has committed to divest its €225 million funds from fossil fuels. Örebro becomes the first Swedish city to fully withdraw from coal, oil and gas investments.

Take on the “fatcats” or scrap EU carbon market – think-tank
ArcelorMittal is hoarding a surplus of climate pollution permits worth almost twice its annual carbon emissions, a think-tank has revealed. With an excess of 93 million allowances, the steel and mining giant is top of Sandbag’s “carbon fatcat” leader board.
US Forest Service Keeping Score on Climate Change
The U.S. Forest Service has developed something it calls the Climate Change Performance Scorecard. The scorecard was created as a way for the Forest Service to measure how well it was responding to climate change and to keep track of experiences and best practices so others could learn from them.
Australia a laggard rather than leader on climate change, says Wayne Swan
Former treasurer says there is ‘genuine dismay’ on global stage at the lack of attention given to climate issues on G20 agenda.
The Guardian
Exxon, Shell Carbon Emissions Rise Though Pumping Drops
For every barrel they pump, the two biggest Western oil companies generated 10% more in greenhouse gases each last year than they did in 2011, according to company data.
The Wall Street Journal
Prepare for a stronger Africa at UN climate talks, says Congo envoy
Africa faces trials, but there’s no doubt it’s a force to be reckoned with at Paris, says Tosi Mpanu Mpanu.
Treasury Wine Estates waters vines underground to combat climate change
Treasury Wine Estates Ltd (TWE.AX) is testing technology to water vines underground and is expanding fermentation capacity to combat the impact of climate change on its vineyards around the world.
Climate change threatens national security, Pentagon says
Drastic weather, rising seas and changing storm patterns could become “threat multipliers” for the United States, vastly complicating security challenges faced by American forces, the Pentagon said in a new report on the impact of climate change released Monday.
The Washington Post
EU plans to revive lifeless carbon market
Since 2008, Europe’s carbon market has shown symptoms of terminal decline. Rock bottom prices for allowances have given industry little incentive to diversify away from fossil fuels. But traders believe market sentiment is poised for a boost in the coming weeks, expecting signals from Brussels that EU leaders will try to resuscitate the Emissions Trading System, the world’s biggest cap-and-trade market, and redeploy it on the frontline of the battle against climate change.
Financial Times
Climate change is like Ebola – World Bank chief
World Bank chief Jim Yong Kim has compared climate change to Ebola, suggesting that inaction on both is “killing people”.
Scientists make carbon capture breakthrough
Swiss scientists have contributed to making carbon capture more practical and less energy intensive by combining a powder-like solid material with a liquid mixture to create a “slurry”. This offers the potential for scaling up carbon capture and storage solutions.
Carbon Sequestration: Too Little, Too Late?
A few carbon capture and sequestration projects are under way, but economics and politics are holding the technology back.
MIT Technology Review
Commonwealth Bank sued in bid to reveal carbon pollution it finances
A court case has been launched against the Commonwealth Bank (CBA) after it rejected a shareholder request for it to reveal the level of greenhouse gas emissions it finances.
The Guardian
Climate change: Sea levels steady for 6,000 years before rapid rise in past 150 years, study reveals
Sea levels remained steady for thousands of years before recent rapid rises, a study led by the Australian National University shows.
ABC Online
'It's important to look at the broader picture' of climate change
Countries and cities most at risk for being affected by climate change should not just improve their extreme weather detection systems, but also invest in insurance and infrastructure, says UN-researcher Jörn Birkmann.
Deutsche Welle
When climate change comes after even the most common species
Climate change isn’t just a problem for rare species. This threat, coupled with habitat loss and other environmental threats, is putting a number of common species at risk.
PBS NewsHour
How to spread power to 600 million Africans without it
Two-thirds of sub-Saharan Africans lacks access to electricity and all the modern amenities that come with it. A new report suggests that $450 billion of new investment would bring much-needed power to the region's city-dwellers by 2040.
The Christian Science Monitor
Island nations shouldn't be left to drown from climate change (opinion)
Rising sea levels will have dire consequences for Pacific island nations unless Australia and other countries take action
The Guardian
Climate Change Emerging as Hot Topic in Key Senate Races (opinion)
The issue of climate change has emerged in nearly every Senate race this election season. Candidates are discussing it, debate moderators are asking about it, and journalists are covering it. Why? Because the vast majority of voters say they are concerned about climate change and want leaders to address it.
Huffington Post
Peru: World can't allow COP20 meet in Lima to end in failure
The international community "cannot allow" the 20th session of the U.N. Conference of the Parties on Climate Change - scheduled for December in Lima - to end in failure, the advisor to the Peruvian government for that summit told Efe
Christiana Figueres: Passionate – and impatient – about climate
As a child in Costa Rica, Ms. Figueres would visit Monteverde with her family, and marvel at the brilliantly coloured amphibians that were found only in the high-altitude rain forest. Years later, she returned with her own daughters, only to discover the golden toad was extinct. The species was victim of a warming planet, she was told, the first extinction that scientists attributed to a human-induced climate change. It’s a conclusion that has since been debated.
The Globe and Mail
Climate Nuttall: 'Religious groups are taking action on climate change'
Nick Nuttall, spokesperson for the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, tells DW how religious groups are increasingly fighting climate change and how that might have a bigger impact than you'd think.
Deutsche Welle
Private sector backing could transform UN’s Green Climate Fund
From a business perspective, the issues of climate finance and carbon pricing stole the show at last month’s UN Climate Summit in New York City. The event’s centerpiece on climate finance was a formal session structured around the broad and inter-connected areas of green finance, green regulatory frameworks, and UN Green Climate Fund (GCF) pledges.
Responding to Climate Change
Schwarzenegger Pushes for Action at Paris Climate Meeting
Paris wrapped up the first-ever summit on regional efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions, with new pledges to combat climate change a year ahead of a key U.N. summit. Former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger presided over the regional conference.
Americans Can Save More Money by Not Burning It: Study
Climate change policy is often assumed to be a lose-lose proposition. Nations can pay now for expensive carbon-reduction policies, or they can pay later -- potentially a lot more -- through destructive climate-related events like storms, droughts and flooding. In the U.S., however, that take may not be correct, according to a new study by the environmental group World Resources Institute.
How International Lawsuits Could Punish Carbon Emitters Even If Governments Don’t
ourtrooms could be the next battlefield in the fight against climate change, according to a new report out of Canada. The paper, put out Thursday by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and West Coast Environmental Law, argues that climate science has advanced enough that current and future damages from climate change could start being divvied up amongst various polluters and companies in fossil fuels. When combined with the workings of international litigation, it opens up the possibility of legal liability for those entities — and not just in their home countries, but in any country where damages from climate change are felt.
Think Progress
World of clean energy is possible by 2050 say scientists
International researchers, in what they believe is the most comprehensive global assessment of clean energy’s potential, report that a low-carbon system could supply the world’s electricity needs by 2050. A global low-carbon energy economy is not only feasible, it could double electricity supply by 2050 while actually reducing air and water pollution, according to new research.
Indian bourse sees climate change exchange fund in couple of years
MUMBAI, Oct 13 (Reuters) - India's BSE Ltd, formerly known as the Bombay Stock Exchange, is in talks with asset managers to launch an exchange-traded fund (ETF) based on its climate change index in the next couple of years, its chief executive said on Monday.
Tony Abbott says 'coal is good for humanity' while opening mine
Tony Abbott has declared “coal is good for humanity” while opening a coalmine in Queensland. The prime minister, who describes himself as a conservationist, said coal was vital to the world and that fossil fuel should not be demonised.
The Guardian
UN sets six month deadline for delivery of draft climate agreement
Countries have less than six months left to agree on the rough outline of a global climate change agreement, according to the two UN officials coordinating the process. Artur Runge Metzger and Kishan Kumarsingh say they are “greatly encouraged” by progress on developing a draft text, but warn time for negotiations is running out.
Can Africa feed itself in spite of climate change?
Can Africa feed itself? It’s a question that experts, politicians and scientists have gathered this week in Morrocco, to try to answer.
Despite possessing 60% of the world’s uncultivated arable land, Africa still imports around $40-50 billion in agricultural products annually.
Satellite sees hot spot of methane in US Southwest
WASHINGTON (AP) - A surprising hot spot of the potent global-warming gas methane hovers over part of the southwestern U.S., according to satellite data. That result hints that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and other agencies considerably underestimate leaks of methane, which is also called natural gas.
The AP
Beijing Raises Smog Alert as Pollution Envelops North China
Beijing raised its air pollution alert to orange, the second-highest level, triggering limits on some industrial production as smog enveloped northern China for a second day. The concentration of PM2.5, fine particulates that pose the greatest risk to human health, was 445 micrograms per cubic meter at 5 p.m. near Tiananmen Square in Beijing, the Beijing Municipal Environmental Monitoring Center said on its website.
Time running out on climate change: John Kerry
Washington: US Secretary of State John Kerry has issued a stark warning about the mounting effects of climate change, from food shortages to devastating droughts, saying time is running out for real action. r Kerry said the window for facing the challenge was "closing quickly" and warned of dire consequences if climate change sceptics were wrong about the future and nothing is done.
Sydney Morning Herald
EIB issues first USD Climate Awareness (green) bond, and it’s another big one: $1bn, 10yr, 2.5% coupon
Following the continued success of their EUR “Climate Awareness Bonds”, EIB (link is external) has now issued a USD green bond. The US $1bn bond has a maturity of 10 years - they're pushing terms out with this and their EUR 12 year bond - and a 2.5% interest rate.

By rolling out green bonds in different currencies EIB can tap into different pools of investors - a large pool of international investors are looking for USD bonds and US based investors buy USD over EUR green bonds because they don’t want foreign exchange risk. This same idea works for all countries with domestic investors – it’s the reason IFC issued a Peruvian Soles bond earlier this year for a Peruvian insurance investor.
Climate Bonds Initiative
NOAA Sea Grant awards $15.9 million for projects to build resilient coastal communities
NOAA Sea Grant announced today grants totaling $15.9 million to support over 300 projects around the nation that help build resilient coastal communities and economies. Through university, state and other partnerships, Sea Grant Programs will supplement the federal funding with an additional $7.9 million in non-federal matching funds, bringing the total investment to more than $23.8 million.
EPA chief apologizes for her generation’s role in climate change
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) head Gina McCarthy apologized on behalf of her generation Thursday for not acting to stop climate change. “I want to apologize for my generation. We didn’t quite get it quick enough,” McCarthy said at an event in Miami Beach, Fla., according to the Fusion television network.
The Hill
Juncker blow as EU Parliament votes out Bratusek
European lawmakers last night voted overwhelmingly to reject Alenka Bratusek as vice president of the “energy union”. The former Slovenia prime minister was ousted by 112 votes to 13, after failing to impress at a parliamentary hearing on Monday.
Few U.S. states preparing for climate change, study says
ewer than half of American states are working to protect themselves from climate change, despite more detailed warnings from scientists that communities are already being damaged, according to a new online clearinghouse of states’ efforts compiled by the Georgetown Climate Center.
Los Angeles Times
EU Nations Mull Funds to Aid Clean Energy in 2030 Climate Deal
European Union governments are considering the use of carbon-permit funds to help finance clean technologies and spur poorer nations toward a low-carbon economy under a planned deal on 2030 climate and energy policies. The bloc’s 28 countries may renew a special carbon-permit reserve -- which yielded 2.2 billion euros ($2.8 billion) for renewable energy and carbon-capture projects over the past four years -- and extend its scope, according to draft guidelines prepared for an Oct. 23-24 summit of EU leaders in Brussels. Countries may also agree to create a new fund, which would help finance investment in low-income member states, the document obtained by Bloomberg News shows.
Efficiency Worth More Than Renewables at $310 Billion, IEA Says
Investments in measures to curb energy waste and boost efficiency are overtaking wind and solar spending and have reached at least $310 billion a year, the International Energy Agency said. That’s almost $100 billion higher than investment in renewable energy in 2013, which amounted to $213 billion, according to estimates from Bloomberg New Energy Finance.
NOAA: Record Antarctic Sea Ice Growth Linked To Its Staggering Loss Of Land Ice
NOAA said in a news release Tuesday that “as counterintuitive as expanding winter Antarctic sea ice may appear on a warming planet, it may actually be a manifestation of recent warming.”
The most important thing to know about Antarctica and ice is that a large part of the South Pole’s great sheet of land ice is close to or at a point of no return for irreversible collapse. The rate of loss of that ice has reached record levels, tripling in the last five years alone. Only immediate action to sharply reverse carbon pollution could stop or significantly slow that.
Narendra Modi government may revive Prime Minister's Council on Climate Change
NEW DELHI: With the adverse impacts of climate change becoming more evident and the recent spate of extreme weather events, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is actively considering reviving the high level advisory panel to coordinate national efforts to assess, adapt to and counter the impact of climate change.
Economic Times of India
New York grants $94 million for solar projects and launches the largest solar factory in the Western Hemisphere
EW YORK: The State of New York will grant US$94 million for solar projects that will leverage additional private investment of US$375 million, while also funding US$750 million for the largest solar factory in the Western Hemisphere bringing 5,000 jobs. The news comes after Governor Andrew Cuomo last week launched 142 new solar projects at businesses and schools in the state, which will bring more than 214 megawatts - a 68% increase in solar capacity since last year.
Climate Group
Lego ends Shell partnership following Greenpeace campaign
Lego will not renew its marketing contract with Shell after coming under sustained pressure from Greenpeace to end a partnership that dates to the 1960s. The environmental campaign group, protesting about the oil giant’s plans to drill in the Arctic, had targeted the world’s biggest toy maker with a YouTube video that attracted nearly 6m views for its depiction of a pristine Arctic, built from 120kg of Lego, being covered in oil.
The Guardian
The University of Glasgow to divest from fossil fuel industry
he University of Glasgow Court has voted in favour of divesting from the fossil fuel industry, making it the first University in the UK to divest.
The University plans to dispose of its investments in the fossil fuel industry within a period of ten years. The University is also expected to consider investment in renewable energy industries, although there is no commitment to invest in renewable energy.
Glasgow Guardian
Leading Australian pension fund ditches coal holdings
An Australian pension fund worth $8 billion says it will ditch holdings in coal companies, branding climate change a “very real investment risk”.
Local Government Super is one of Australia’s largest public sector funds, with 90,000 members, and is the first to publicly announce plans to divest from coal.
Why the Rockefellers Are Selling Oil Stocks, and You Should Too
There may not be a family more synonymous with the oil industry than the Rockefellers. Family oligarch John D. Rockefeller made his fortune building an oil empire in Standard Oil, and the remnants of that massive company remain in ExxonMobil (NYSE: XOM ) today. It's that history in oil that makes the announcement that the Rockefellers are sellers of the fossil fuel industry so surprising. Rockefeller Brothers Fund is the most visible of institutions getting out of dirty fossil fuels, and in total, there's a commitment by at least 180 institutions and 653 individuals with $50 billion in assets to sell coal, tar sands, and oil assets, a figure that supporters hope to triple by December.
The Motley Fool
Can coffee stimulate renewable energy in Central America?
Coffee is the second most-valuable commodity in the world and in the year 2010 global consumption reached 8bn kg. However, many of us may not consider the negative environmental impact around the morning cup of coffee we rely on to start the day. Waste water generated from coffee wet-mill processing, which uses large amounts of water to remove the fruit of the seed, is often discharged untreated into the environment.
The Guardian
Kann Kunst die Welt retten?
Bei "Save the world" haben sich das Beethovenfest und das Theater Bonn mit Experten, Künstlern und Publikum Großes vorgenommen. Das dreitägige Festival bewegte sich zwischen Euphorie, Besorgnis und Selbstironie. Auf dem Schauspielgelände in Bonn-Beuel trafen vom 3. bis 5. Oktober Vertreter von internationalen Organisationen, der Wissenschaft und der Kunst aufeinander, um auf eine "utopische Expedition" zu gehen und neuartige Antworten auf Klimawandel, Hunger und Armut zu finden.
Deutsche Welle
African countries demand $7 billion for green fund by December
Rich nations have been warned that unless they cough up for the Green Climate Fund by December, chances of a UN climate deal in 2015 will be dead. The 54-strong Africa Group wants to see US$ 7 billion by the time the next round of international climate talks start in Lima later this year, according to Tosi Mpanu Mpanu an envoy from the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Chile Top Renewables Market on Sunny Desert, Windy Shores
With the sunniest desert on Earth, a windswept coast and limited fossil fuel supplies, northern Chile has become the world’s top market for renewable energy. The government of President Michelle Bachelet has approved 76 solar and wind projects since taking power March 11. Renewable energy developers are pursuing contracts to deliver electricity to mines run by by companies including Anglo American Plc (AAL) and BHP Billiton Ltd. (BHP), which consume a third of the country’s power.
How saving West African forests might have prevented the Ebola epidemic
The world now knows in great detail how Thomas Eric Duncan, a man who just a few weeks ago showed admirable compassion for a sick, pregnant neighbor in Liberia, has become the first person to come down with Ebola in the United States. What is less well known is how the virus came to West Africa to infect Duncan’s neighbor. Knowing and acting on that story is absolutely critical if we hope to contain future outbreaks of Ebola and other scary diseases before they turn into global headlines.
The Guardian
New York City Is Showing How Local Governments Can Confront Climate Change
Last month, New York City hosted the historic United Nations Climate Summit, drawing hundreds of government and business leaders from around the world. These leaders came to reaffirm the risk posed by climate changes to the environment and to vulnerable populations, and to announce workable solutions and initiatives that will reduce global carbon emissions.
Business Insider
Like Sea Level, Times Environmental Coverage on the Rise
It’s hard to dispute the public’s dismay over climate change. When hundreds of thousands of people take to the Manhattan streets, as they did in the People’s Climate March last month, something big is clearly happening. But a year ago, the signs weren’t particularly good for coverage of the environment in The New York Times.
New York Times
11 charts that will help you understand climate change
Every year a disparate collection of 88 wonks from 68 organisation in 12 countries work tirelessly to produce the Global Carbon Budget.
I think of it as a high powered pictured book alternative for anyone who can’t stomach the IPCC’s summary for policy makers (or just wants the data). Here are 11 of the most thought provoking charts from this years report.
21 Numbers That Explain Why The Time To Address Climate Change Is Right Now, Or Maybe Yesterday
As this week's viral photo of 35,000 walruses crammed on an Alaskan shore reminds us, the climate crisis is still very much a thing. For those who missed it, a lack of Arctic ice evidently forced the poor creatures to huddle together on a narrow piece of land out of desperation -- normally, they're observed lying more spread out.
Huffington Post
Intense Industry Pressure Causes E.U. To Stop Calling Tar Sands Dirty
fter years of intense lobbying from Canadian fossil fuel interests and government officials, the European Union has abandoned plans to label Canadian tar sands, or oil sands, as dirtier than other forms of crude oil. A European Commission proposal released on Tuesday would make it so that no transportation fuel used in the E.U. would be penalized for the carbon intensity of its production. This redefinition would make it easier for oil suppliers to export energy intensive tar sands to the 28-country block, whereas in previous proposals the fuel was designated as 25 percent more carbon intensive than conventional crude oil.
Drought Dries Up California Hydropower
As California’s historic drought dries up the state’s water supplies and withers its crops, it’s also shaking up the way electricity is produced there. There’s so little water available in the state’s reservoirs that California’s ability to produce hydropower has been cut in half, while its use of renewables and natural gas power has spiked, a U.S. Energy Information Administration report published Monday shows.
Climate Central
Why Solar Power Is Taking Off At Airports Across The Country
On Thursday, Gov. Mark Dayton joined officials from the Minneapolis St. Paul International Airport to announce the construction of a $25 million solar project there, which will be built on top of two parking ramps at the airport’s main terminal. The solar panels are expected to produce 3 megawatts (MW) of power, and generate close to 20 percent of the airport’s total electricity.
Think Progress
UK urges Europe’s leaders to back ambitious climate targets
UK climate chief Ed Davey has raised the stakes at negotiations over the EU’s energy future energy plans, again insisting countries must consider 50% carbon emission cuts by 2030.
European leaders are discussing a 40% emission reduction goal based on 1990 levels, but talks are in deadlock, with a six-country coalition led by Poland holding out for more cash in return for cuts.
Poland to draw red line on EU climate change targets
Speaking after a meeting with Herman van Rompuy during her first trip abroad as prime minister of Poland, Ewa Kopacz told journalists that during the talks on Monday she laid out the “expectations of the Polish government at the European Council meeting. The October summit will try and reach a consensus on CO2 emissions policy ahead of next year's UN Climate Change Conference in Paris.
EU energy plans in limbo as MEPs grill proposed commissioner
The future leadership of Europe’s energy and climate policy is up in the air after members of the European Parliament raised concerns about the candidates for both top jobs. Alenka Bratusek, in line to lead the newly created “energy union” brief at the European Commission, was grilled on Monday.
Over 50 leading companies urge Europe to keep up ambition on climate
A group of 57 leading companies and business organisations representing more than 4.5 million employees worldwide, today urged EU leaders to agree a robust 2030 energy and climate policy framework and energy security strategy that is fully in line with Europe’s long- term climate objectives and that can help deliver a global climate change agreement.
Uni Cambridge Sustainability Group
UN: Expand marine protection zones to cope with climate threat
World leaders will have to expand ocean protection zones as climate change kills coral reefs and forces species to migrate to cooler waters, says a UN report.Four years ago ministers from nearly 200 countries signed a deal in Japan to safeguard around 10% of marine areas, restricting fishing rights and targeting marine pollution levels.
West African solar on the rise, with $29 million push from European Investment Bank
NEW DELHI: In an effort to boost solar in sub-Saharan Africa, the European Investment Bank (EIB) announced it will funnel EUR 23 million (US$29 million) into one of the largest solar plants that is currently planned for the region.
The 30 MW, EUR 70.5 million (US$90.17 million) photovoltaic power station will be constructed on the outskirts of Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso, and operated by national electricity utility, Sonabel. Apart from the EIB, the French Development Agency and the European Union will also invest in the project.
The Climate Group
World’s Largest Coal Miner To Invest $1.2 Billion In Solar Power
Coal India is planning to develop solar power plants across various states of India. According to media reports, the company is in talks with Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) for the development of 1,000MW solar power plants. The site identification for putting up of solar plants has already been initiated. Coal India will undertake investments of $1.2 billion for this initiative.
Rival corporate giants join forces to get millennials acting on climate change
A coalition of otherwise rival global corporations on Tuesday will announce they have jointly created a digital platform for young people to take action against climate change. Many of the 29 partners behind are fierce competitors – such as drinks giants Coca-Cola and PepsiCo, consumer goods companies Unilever and Nestle, and global advertising groups WPP and Omnicom – but they have set aside their differences in a bid to engage and activate so-called millennials between the ages of 18 and 30.
Mayors Unite To Fight Climate Change
At the Climate Summit 2014, world Mayors marched the streets of New York and unveiled new initiatives that will catalyze climate action globally. These initiatives – including the historic Compact of Mayors – show the solidarity, leadership and commitment of cities to fight climate change at full speed.
Global Travel Industry News
(Opinion) Indonesia a force for change on climate change
The UN Climate Summit in New York recently was the first climate conference attended by the heads of states in five years, preceded by worldwide marches involving around half a million people. For Indonesia, above all else it reaffirmed that countries with immense rainforests have a pivotal role to play in the fight against global warming.
Jakarta Post
Renewables Take Top Share of German Power Supply in First
Germany for the first time got more electricity from renewables than any other source of energy, evidence Chancellor Angela Merkel is making progress in weaning the nation off nuclear power.
Ditch U.N. temperature target for global warming, study says
(Reuters) - A temperature goal set by almost 200 governments as the limit for global warming is a poor guide to the planet's health and should be ditched, a study published in the journal Nature said on Wednesday.
Greenland ice melt likely to accelerate say scientists
The Greenland ice sheet is more vulnerable to climate change than previously thought, say scientists. A new model developed by researchers at the University of Cambridge shows that the enormous ice sheet – which contains enough to water to raise the ocean by more than seven metres if lost altogether – will become much more vulnerable as temperatures rise.
Climate Change May Kill More Than Ebola, U.K. Doctors Say
Climate change may kill many more people than the Ebola virus, a group of U.K. doctors said in a call for the World Health Organization to declare the issue a public emergency. Burning fossil fuels causes about 7 million premature deaths from indoor and outdoor air pollution, according to the BMJ, a medical journal owned by the British Medical Association. While the WHO has shown leadership on climate change, it has stopped short of declaring a public health emergency, said Editor-in-Chief Fiona Godlee.
Climate change blamed for beaching of 35,000 walruses on Alaskan coastline
At least 35,000 Pacific walruses have beached themselves on a remote Alaskan coastline in a phenomenon blamed on the melting of arctic ice due to climate change, experts say. Initially there had been only 1,500 of the tusked animals counted on one beach at Point Lay, 1130 kilometres north of Archorage, but in recent days that number has exploded.
ABC online
World’s first major power plant with carbon capture opens in Canada
The world’s first commercial scale coal power plant with carbon capture and storage technology is launching in Canada this week.
A four-year retrofit costing $1.35 billion means CO2 from unit 3 of SaskPower’s Boundary Dam plant will be sucked from its emissions before it hits the atmosphere.
Thousands sign petition against ‘petrolhead’ climate commissioner
More than 270,000 people have signed a petition calling for MEPs to block the appointment of Miguel Arias Cañete as EU climate and energy commissioner. The former Spanish environment minister faces criticism for his linked to fossil fuel producers. Recently he sold off shares in two oil companies: Petrolifera Ducar and Petrologis Canaris.
Six EU states cast doubt on proposed 2030 climate goals
A central Europe coalition has challenged the EU’s latest package of climate policies, three weeks before they are set to be finalised in Brussels. Ministers from the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Poland, Bulgaria and Romania stated their opposition to renewable and energy efficiency targets – cornerstones of the package of climate change policies that the EU will finalise in October.
News Corp and Occidental Among Latest Firms to Cut Ties with ALEC
Rupert Murdoch's News Corp., Occidental Petroleum, International Paper, and are the latest corporations to say they have left the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) after a wave of technology companies led by Google and Facebook announced their departures last week.
(Opinion) A New Shade of Green; The Anthropocene, Climate Change and Latinos
"Climate change is a defining issue of our time and there is no time to lose. There is no Plan B because we do not have Planet B," said the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon while participating in New York City's People's Climate March on September 21. The Secretary-General was one of nearly 400,000 marchers intent on sounding the alarm in advance of the UN's own Climate Change Summit. Several Latino and Latino serving organizations collaborated with march organizers, among them Construyendo Puentes (Building Bridges).
Huffington Post
(Opinion) How Climate Change Helped ISIS
As the Obama administration undertakes a highly public, multilateral campaign to degrade and destroy the militant jihadists known as ISIS, ISIL and the Islamic State, many in the West remain unaware that climate played a significant role in the rise of Syria's extremists. A historic drought afflicted the country from 2006 through 2010, setting off a dire humanitarian crisis for millions of Syrians. Yet the four-year drought evoked little response from Bashar al-Assad's government. Rage at the regime's callousness boiled over in 2011, helping to fuel the popular uprising.
Huffington Post
Can U.N. climate negotiators connect with the real world?
Something very special happened on Sept. 23 at the U.N. Climate Summit in New York. Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner, a young poet from the Pacific island nation of the Marshall Islands, stood in front of more than 100 world leaders and passionately performed a piece she had composed for the occasion, dedicated to her seven-month-old daughter.
Thomson Reuters Foundation
Obama and Modi announce agreement on U.S.-India efforts to fight global warming
The Obama administration reached an agreement with India on Tuesday on measures intended to accelerate that country’s shift to renewable fuels, steps that officials say will reduce carbon emissions while helping India’s new government extend electricity to all of its 1.2 billion citizens.
Washington Post
Can Narendra Modi bring the solar power revolution to India?
From the observation tower in the Thar desert and as far as the eye can see, the dark blue arrays of a million solar panels can be seen sitting silently on the red dust. The Charanka solar park in Gujarat is an “ultra-mega” power project – the Indian government’s phrase – and the biggest in Asia.
US calls for ‘Sputnik’ style drive to save Arctic
Climate change will be the top priority for the US when it takes over chairmanship of the Arctic Council in 2015, says the US special representative to the Arctic. Speaking today in Washington, Admiral Robert Papp Jr said that the US would pursue Arctic conservation with the same drive as John F. Kennedy’s mission to put a man on the moon following the Soviet launch of Sputnik.
Latin America And Caribbean Region Expected To Install 9 GW Of Solar In 5 Years
That solar photovoltaic (PV) technology is poised to become a dominant energy generation technology throughout the world is of no surprise to most, but the sheer wealth of possibility being forecast throughout the middle and southern hemispheres begins to give an idea of just how prevalent the technology will be by the end of the decade.
Financing Innovation Key To India’s Renewable Energy Expansion, Says NRDC
Growth in India’s renewable energy sector has accelerated at a rapid pace over the last few years through the support of favourable policy initiatives. In order to sustain this growth momentum India needs to implement innovative financing initiatives and ensure strict adherence to existing policies.
Australian and Indian businesses lead calls for greener energy
ndian and Australian businesses are among the most enthusiastic globally over switching to greener sources of energy. In India, 83% of businesses cite the switch to cleaner energy as important to their growth strategy over the next year – almost three times the international average.
No greenwash: Investors urged to disclose climate strategy
Pension funds, insurance companies and sovereign wealth funds manage vast sums of money. They can put it into oil exploration or windfarms, airports or railways. Those decisions have consequences for their financial sustainability, as well as for the climate.
Environmentalists call for people power to force green investment
Environmental action groups are increasing their efforts to encourage institutional investors to commit to green investments, Responsible Investment Association of Australasia chief executive, Simon O’Connor claims.
Money Management
Google Quits Political Group That Opposed Climate Change Action
Even Google makes mistakes. The world leader in search recently announced it had made one in financially supporting a political group that is opposed to the US taking action on climate change. Google had been supporting one of the group’s campaigns focused on an issue unrelated to climate change.
(opinion) Love, Not Fear, Will Help Us Fix Climate Change
The U.N. Climate Summit has galvanized support—for now. But we're going to need much
Superman’s father, Jor-El, was a leading scientist who tried for years to warn his fellow inhabitants that their home planet, Krypton, was about to explode. But they didn’t take the necessary actions until it was too late.
Peru climate summit to draft global climate business plan for next thirty to fifty years, says UN climate chief
Energized by over 300,000 climate demonstrators who marched through New York ahead of United Nations General Secretary Ban Ki-Moon’s climate summit last week, Christiana Figueres, the Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Climate Change Convention (UNFCCC) told a Montreal audience on Friday to expect a draft global agreement in Peru this year to address climate change.
Daily Orator
China Sets Coal Consumption Standards For Power Plants
China is taking serious initiatives to reduce dependence on coal as it looks ready to unleash unprecedented measures to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions.
Climate Change Is Driving Heat Waves Around The World: Report
WASHINGTON –- The record-setting heat wave in Australia last year was "largely attributable" to human-caused climate change, according to a synthesis report released Monday. Heat waves in Japan, Korea, China and Europe were also "substantially influenced" by global warming, the report found.
Huffington Post
US carbon emissions from energy use increase
US carbon dioxide emissions from energy consumption rose 3% in the first six months of 2014 compared to the same period last year.
The latest figures from the US Energy Information Administration show energy sources belched out 2,737 million tonnes of carbon dioxide between January and June.
IEA: Solar could be largest power source by 2050
By 2050 the sun could become the world’s largest source of electricity, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA).
It has released two reports which it says show how solar photovoltaic (PV) and concentrated solar thermal sources could provide 26% of the world’s electricity by mid-century.
Was Climate Week successful?
Climate Week had no shortage of speeches, pledges, and marches, but left little in the way of concrete global action on climate change. Catch up on the highlights from the march, the UN Climate Summit, and the rest of last week's events with a special Recharge on Climate Week.
Christian Science Monitor
The audacious optimism of Climate Week
Amid the hoopla about climate marchers and international convenings, a modicum of progress could be found in New York last week in addressing our growing climate challenges.
Clean Transportation Is Driving Us Toward a Low-Carbon Future
Some snapshots from across this legendarily car-loving nation: American car buyers can get more miles per gallon than ever before. Window stickers at new car lots displayed a record high average fuel economy of 25.8 mpg in August, according to the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute.
Huffington Post
Egypt Announces Feed-in Tariffs For Renewable Energy Projects Ahead Of Auctions
The Egyptian government has rolled out financial initiatives to support expansion of renewable energy infrastructure as the country gets to ready to host landmark auctions of 4 GW renewable energy capacity.
Investors asked to reveal climate risk strategies
More than 1,000 of the world's leading asset owners, including pension funds, insurance companies and sovereign wealth funds, will today be called on to reveal exactly how they are managing their exposure to climate-related risk.
Business Green
Oil majors target King Coal in fight for climate high ground
Coal chief executives were thin on the ground in New York last week, perhaps fearing an onslaught from green groups at the UN’s one-day climate summit.Tactically, it was a good way to avoid negative headlines. Strategically, it may prove to be a disaster.
PM Narendra Modi spells out India's preferences in future climate negotiations
NEW DELHI: Global communities might have missed India's point at the climate summit in New York on September 23, but Prime Minister Narendra Modi made up for the loss four days later by articulating the country's views on the necessary actions to be taken to face the challenges of climate change during his UN general assembly speech on 27th of September.
Times of India
EU climate chief: India won’t have to make carbon cuts for Paris deal
India may not be required to commit to slash its greenhouse gas emissions under a new climate change deal, according to the EU’s climate commissioner Connie Hedegaard. Major economies have six months to reveal how they will contribute to a proposed UN climate deal, set to be signed in Paris next December.
McDonald's, Nestlé Pledge to Halt Deforestation at UN Climate Summit
In the next few years, big name brands such as Axe body spray, Ben & Jerry's ice cream and Dove soap may be considered more environmentally friendly than they are now, thanks to actions taken at the United Nations Climate Summit earlier this week.
Modi To Seek US Funds For 100 GW Each of Solar & Wind
Indian Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi is all set to do business this week in the US, and renewable energy is really big on his agenda. As per news coming in from several sources, Mr. Modi will seek assistance of the United States to set up 100 GW each of solar and wind power over the next 10 years. Under the current Indian scenario, the cost of setting up a MW of either solar or wind power is about $1.1 million (for multi-MW grid scale installations, solar rooftop would cost more). If you do the math, that’s a proposal of over $220 billion!
President’s Drive for Carbon Pricing Fails to Win at Home
President Obama stood in the chamber of the United Nations General Assembly last week and urged the world to follow his example and fight global warming. But a major new declaration calling for a global price on carbon — signed by 74 countries and more than 1,000 businesses and investors — is missing a key signatory: the United States.
Masdar Partnering With Norway’s Statoil & Statkraft For £1.5 Billion Offshore UK Wind Farm
The 402 MW project — which is slated to be built off the coast of Norfolk in eastern England — is now divvied up pretty evenly between the three partners. Masdar now has a 35% stake, Statoil a 35% stake, and Statkraft a 30% stake.
Elon Musk Building Another “Gigafactory” In New York State
Or course, to be clear, this “gigafactory” will be manufacturing solar PV modules, not lithium-ion batteries. But why not call it what it is? A manufacturing plant that will produce more than a gigawatt of solar panels a year is a gigafactory, right?
A Simple Equation For Closing The Clean Energy Gap
(Opinion) This is for all of you math whizzes and Sudoku geniuses out there. You know who you are – folks who are good with numbers: If the world needs to invest $44 trillion into clean energy by 2030, how much must we invest per year over the next 36 years?
A Treaty on Global Warming May Not Be Needed, But U.N Leadership Is
(Opinion) When industrialized countries agreed in Kyoto in 1997 to produce 5 percent fewer greenhouse gases in 2008 to 2012 than they did in 1990, it was clear that would never lead to a stabilization of global warming, which nearly all countries had pledged to seek in the 1992 Rio summit. But coming out of the Kyoto’s magnificent conference hall, I consoled myself that this small step would lead to a giant step later.
A Group Shout on Climate Change
(Editorial) The marchers and mayors, the ministers and presidents, have come and gone. So what is the verdict on Climate Week, the summit meeting on global warming convened by the United Nations secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, in New York?
New York summit: what it means for climate treaty prospects
The world’s superpowers have finally woken from their climate coma.That was the message from the UK’s secretary of state for energy and climate change Ed Davey, speaking on the sidelines of the UN’s climate summit in New York.
Peru ratifies Kyoto Protocol extension to 2020
Peru and Djibouti have formally agreed to extend the Kyoto Protocol up to 2020. The Kyoto Protocol aims to reduce emissions prior to 2020, when a new UN agreement is set to come into force. But until an amendment is signed off by at least three quarters of the parties, the protocol only applies to the years 2008-12.
Climate change offers 'opportunity,' EPA says
Taking a new tack on climate change, the Obama administration touted Thursday the "opportunity" — rather than the cost — that climate action presents for the U.S. economy.
USA Today
Homeland Security Joins Push To Tackle Climate Change Risks
NEW YORK, Sept 25 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Protecting the infrastructure of American cities from the effects of climate change is rising on the agenda of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, according to a top agency official.
Investors worth US$2trn back green bonds at NY Climate Week
The fledgling green bond market got some wind beneath its wings this week as investors worth US$2 trillion gave it their backing. Pension funds, insurers and asset management firms signed a statement confirming their appetite for investment in climate change solutions.
China Says Build More Solar Now
Reportedly, a lack of distributed generation installation this year is what prompted the increased interest at a policy level. Only 188 MW of the full target of 8 GW for the year had been installed by Spring. So the government wants solar developers to start building immediately, and apply for quotas afterwards.
Solar Energy Boom In Texas Approaching? Looks Likely, According To Analysts
Given the great potential for solar energy development in Texas it isn’t exactly surprising that industry analysts keep a close on happenings there, but until now the break-away point for the industry in the state has yet to come.
Indian court cancels coal mining licences in corruption crackdown
The supreme court of India yesterday cancelled the licenses of 214 coal blocks, which it said the government had allocated illegally.
The move grants a temporary reprieve to areas of the Mahan forest that were set to be felled to make way for an open cast coal mine. British-registered companies Essar and Hindalco had been granted permission to clear the area.
Why climate change policy won’t hinge on international talks
It’s not that international diplomacy won’t matter, but individual countries are already taking action to reduce carbon emissions for various reasons beyond worries about climate change.
Fighting Climate Change and Capitalism at the Same Time
According to social activist and perennial agitator Naomi Klein, the really inconvenient truth about climate change is that it’s not about carbon—it’s about capitalism.
EU agrees to €5bn carbon permit giveaway
The European Parliament's environment committee on Wednesday (24 September) narrowly upheld plans to give billions of euros worth of carbon allowances to heavy industries for free, in order to help them compete in global markets.
Emissions From India Will Increase, Official Says
In a blow to American hopes of reaching an international deal to fight global warming, India’s new environment minister said Wednesday that his country would not offer a plan to cut its greenhouse gas emissions ahead of a climate summit next year in Paris.
The New York Times
Africa to Issue $1 Billion in Climate Change Bonds
The African Risk Capacity (ARC) plans to announce a multi-year funding mechanism called "Extreme Climate Facility" (XCF) to assist African Union Member States during climate change disasters, such as extreme heat, floods, droughts and cyclones.
Headlines & Global News
California, Quebec want to expand carbon trading system
California and the Canadian province of Quebec are recruiting other jurisdictions to join their carbon dioxide emissions trading system.
The Hill
Switzerland to help India cut down greenhouse emissions
With India striving for a low carbon inclusive growth — even as it facilitates speedy clearances for infrastructure projects — the government is looking at Switzerland to cut down its construction-induced Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

The Economic Times
Switch to Natural Gas Won't Reduce Carbon Emissions Much, Study Finds
Switching from coal to natural gas for power generation won't do much to reduce U.S. greenhouse gas emissions and might even raise them slightly, in part because it will discourage the use of carbon-free renewable energy, according to a study released Wednesday.
National Geographic
Cargill in deforestation pledge as part of UN summit
Cargill has made one of the broadest commitments to environmental protection ever by a large agricultural company.
The company says it wants to root out deforestation in all of its agricultural supply chains.
BBC News
Give people worst-hit by climate change a voice - activists
Communities hard hit by climate change impacts are finding ways to adapt on their own, but they need a larger voice in international decision making about how to deal with climate change, activists said a U.N. climate summit this week.
Reuters Africa
Business to Play a Key Role on Carbon Pricing (opinion)
A price on carbon that reflects the toll that fossil fuels are taking on the planet and its inhabitants is probably the most salient step that can be taken to limit greenhouse gas emissions and get ahead of the climate change curve.
Huffington Post.
The Benefits of Easing Climate Change (opinion)
All things considered, the cost of curbing carbon emissions may be considerably cheaper than earlier estimates had suggested. For all the fears that climate change mitigation would put the brakes on growth, it might actually enhance it.
New York Times
Land policy changes would sequester more carbon and conserve habitat
Rewarding landowners for converting farmland into forest will be key to sequestering carbon and providing wildlife habitat, according to a new study by Oregon State University and collaborators.

Carbon emission data not the whole story (opinion)
The release of figures this week that show China's carbon emissions have outstripped those of the European Union and the United States combined has caught the global eye, but it may also be misleading.
10 best leaders’ pledges at the UN summit (opinion)
World leaders delivered around 16 hours of speeches yesterday. But who actually delivered meaningful pledges?
Ban hails ‘bold’ announcements on tackling climate change as historic UN summit closes
Bold new actions to immediately tackle climate change were announced today by Government, business, finance and civil society leaders attending a historic Climate Summit convened by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who has long urged workable solutions based on “clear vision anchored in domestic and multinational actions.”
UN News Centre
UN climate summit: China pledges emissions action
China has pledged for the first time to take firm action on climate change, telling a UN summit that its emissions, the world's highest, would soon peak. Vice-Premier Zhang Gaoli also said China would make its economy much more carbon efficient by 2020.
BBC News
UN Climate Summit: Obama flexes US muscle in global climate fight (+video)
At a UN Climate Summit in New York Tuesday, President Obama said the US was beginning to take action to fight climate change, but must do more. Mr. Obama called on the international community to make strong commitments on clean energy ahead of next year's climate talks in Paris.
The Christian Science Monitor
France promises $1bn for climate change fund at UN summit
France promised $1bn to a near-empty climate change fund for poor countries on Tuesday and called for the establishment of a new green economy in the first concrete result of a milestone United Nations summit.
The Guardian
Companies Are Taking the Baton in Climate Change Efforts
With political efforts to slow global warming moving at a tortuous pace, some of the world’s largest companies are stepping into the void, pledging more support for renewable energy, greener supply chains and fresh efforts to stop the destruction of the world’s tropical forests.
The New York Times
Climate change summit: world leaders told to 'step up ambition'
The widow of Nelson Mandela punctured the self-congratulatory mood of the UN summit on Tuesday, saying world leaders had failed to rise to the challenge of climate change.
The Guardian
Flooding Risk From Climate Change, Country by Country
More than a quarter of Vietnam’s residents live in areas likely to be subject to regular floods by the end of the century. Four percent of China’s residents — 50 million people — live in the same kind of areas. Across the globe, about one person in 40 lives in a place likely to be exposed to such flooding by the end of the century, absent significant changes.
The New York Times
Global climate change expert 'optimistic' that world can curb global warming
The world has reached a tipping point in the battle to curb climate change during the past few days, with public awareness of the dangers of global warming and the political will to address them rapidly gathering momentum, the world’s top climate expert has said.
The Independent
UN climate summit pledges to halt the loss of natural forests by 2030
Governments, multinational companies and campaigners are pledging to halt the loss of the world’s natural forests by 2030. A declaration announced as part of a UN summit on climate change being held in New York also pledges to halve the rate of deforestation by the end of this decade and to restore hundreds of millions of acres of degraded land.
The Guardian
Mayors at UN climate summit announce pledges towards major carbon cuts in cities
A compact of Mayors from cities around the world announced today that they will expand their commitments to scale up climate resilience efforts, energy efficiency programs and resilient financing mechanisms including through an initiative that aims to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by 454 megatons by 2020.
UN News Centre
At summit, UN agencies pledge action to curb climate change
Joining the chorus of Government, businesses, civil society and indigenous leaders at today’s landmark Climate Summit at Headquarters, United Nations agencies pledged action to help curb the effects of climate change and transition towards a sustainable world economy.
UN News Centre
Commitment to sustainable transport mobilized at UN Climate Summit
Four global transport initiatives announced at the United Nations Climate Summit today aim to put the transport sector on a new track towards a low-carbon future and save trillions of dollars in fuel costs in the process.
UN News Centre
Leaders at UN summit take steps to ensure food security for 9 billion people by 2050
With demand for food set to increase 60 per cent by 2050, world leaders, major corporations and civil society at the United Nations Climate Summit today pledged commitments to transform agricultural practices by increasing productivity while reducing carbon emissions.
UN News Centre
Climate summit kicks off with promises of $200 billion for clean energy
World leaders at the UN Climate Summit announced plans by governments, investors and financial institutions to mobilize more than $200 billion to finance clean energy and support resilience among vulnerable nations. Several other U.N. initiatives were announced including efforts to reduce methane, a harmful greenhouse gas as well as plans to invest in cleaner transportation and a pledge to end deforestation by 2030.
Leonardo DiCaprio at the UN: 'Climate change is not hysteria – it's a fact'
‘The time to answer the greatest challenge of our existence on this planet is now. You can make history or be vilified by it’. Hear his speech.
The Guardian
UN summit urges ambitious climate deal
World leaders urged ambitious action to combat climate change, but pledges remained well short of goals, with a year to go for an accord.
U.N. Climate Summit Harvests a Host of Commitment (opinion)
It’s heartening to review the summary of governmental and private climate and energy commitments compiled by United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon at the end of his daylong climate change summit. They range from a substantial new push to reduce and eventually eliminate forest loss to boosted investment in a planned clean-energy corridor in Africa.
The New York Times
Heirs to Rockefeller oil fortune divest from fossil fuels over climate change
The heirs to the fabled Rockefeller oil fortune withdrew their funds from fossil fuel investments on Monday, lending a symbolic boost to a $50bn divestment campaign ahead of a United Nations summit on climate change.
The Guardian
Six Energy Firms to Sign Pact to Cut Methane Emissions
Six international energy companies have agreed to work to reduce emissions of methane, a potent greenhouse gas, in partnership with more than a dozen national governments through a new United Nations framework, according to executives and officials familiar with the program.
The Wall Street Journal
Climate change called public health threat by medical journal
Climate change poses risks to human health just as pollution and lack of sanitation did a century ago, says a medical journal editorial that details the potential harmful health effects and the benefits of reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
CBC News
Climate Change: Renewable Energy Can Meet Global Demand and Cut Carbon Emissions, Roadmap Shows
The global roadmap developed by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) shows that not only can renewable energy meet the rising demand but do so cheaply, helping limit global warming to two degrees during the century.
International Business Times
Renewable Energy Investment Attractiveness Sees China Soar, US & UK Lose Ground
The Ernst & Young Renewable Energy Country Attractiveness Index ranks 40 markets worldwide on the attractiveness of their renewable energy investment and deployment opportunities. Their latest report finds that China has ascended back to the top of the Index, supplanting the United States which has fallen to second.
Apple’s CEO Tim Cook sounds the alarm on climate change
One day before a major U.N. climate summit, Apple’s CEO Tim Cook has warned that the “time for inaction has passed” and called on companies to do more to show the environmental impact of their products.
Christiana Figueres: 'We must, we will, and we can address climate change'
Citizens, politicians and businesses are this week set to join together to show that the world "must, can and will" tackle the threats posed by global warming, the head of the United Nations Climate Change Secretariat has predicted.
Business Green
China's carbon emissions more than US and EU combined, data shows
China's carbon emissions have soared to eclipse those of the United States and European Union combined, according to a study released on Sunday, ahead of an announcement expected today from Vice-Premier Zhang Gaoli at a UN summit in New York on the country's new initiatives to curb greenhouse gas emissions.
South China Morning Post
Carbon map – which countries are responsible for climate change?
Use this interactive, in-depth map to find out who the big polluters are internationally, how China’s emissions have grown stratospherically and see who is most vulnerable to global warming’s impacts.
The Guardian
US to put climate change 'front and center' of diplomatic efforts, Kerry vows
The US secretary of state, John Kerry, promised to put climate change “front and center” of American diplomacy on Monday, raising expectations for this week’s United Nations climate summit.
The Guardian
Mayor de Blasio Takes On Climate Change
“Mayor de Blasio Commits to 80 Percent Reduction of Greenhouse Gas Emissions by 2050,” said the Sunday news release, outlining what would be a truly impressive feat if he actually were able to make good on that promise.
The New York Times
Cameron to press for climate change target at UN summit
The Prime Minister is joining more than 120 world leaders, including US president Barack Obama, today at a summit convened by United Nations secretary general Ban Ki-Moon with the intention of restoring momentum to the international battle against climate change.
ITV News
Climate Change Is Single Biggest Risk To Global Economy - Paulson At CGI2014
Few were more tightly involved with managing the financial crisis than Henry Paulson, Treasury Secretary during President George W. Bush’s administration. Speaking Monday, he said the stresses that nearly brought down the U.S. financial sector are now playing out in climate.
Tackling The Oil Industry On Climate Change (opinion)
‘Protect our climate’ was the rallying cry heard across New York City yesterday, but the underlying message really was ‘stop using fossil fuels.’ Here is the plain truth – and you’ve heard it before: We won’t solve climate change unless we wean ourselves off oil and coal and use cleaner energy sources.
Al Gore wants to engage Millennials on climate change
Al Gore is synonymous with global climate change — and has been richly rewarded for his efforts. A Nobel Peace Prize. Grammy. Emmy. Subject of the Academy Award-winning documentary An Inconvenient Truth. Add Millennial recruiter to the former vice president's résumé.
USA Today
Marchers sound urgent call for climate change action ahead of U.N. summit
Tens of thousands of people marched through Manhattan sounding an urgent call for action to reverse global climate change Sunday.
Climate change march: Investors pledge to take their money out of firms blamed for climate change
The backlash against fossil fuels is growing so fast that nearly 700 financial institutions controlling £30bn of assets have pledged to pull their money out of investments that exacerbate climate change, it emerged yesterday.
The Independent
US and China collaborating on clean energy projects
Fear of global warming has sparked a surprising collaboration, with China and the US working together on a number of clean-energy projects.
South China Morning Post
Study: Education and health spending compromised by climate change
Impoverished states have had to divert large chunks of their budget to adapt to climate change and run the risk of crowding out spending on health and education, a new report suggests.
US will not commit to climate change aid for poor nations at UN summit
Barack Obama will not be pledging any cash to a near-empty fund for poor countries at a United Nations summit on climate change next week, the UN special climate change envoy said on Friday.
The Guardian
Climate change summitry's force of nature: Christiana Figueres (+video)
How UN climate change chief Christiana Figueres became a fierce crusader to lower Earth's thermostat. A visceral connection to the planet – from the now-extinct golden toads of her childhood in the Costa Rican jungle to shrinking glaciers – moves her to tears.
The Christian Science Monitor
Young Pacific islanders are not climate change victims – they're fighting
Poet and performance artist Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner has one thing to say at the opening ceremony of the United Nations Climate Summit: “I want to bring my people’s message out to the world, that climate change is a threat we need to take more seriously.” Jetnil-Kijiner, 26, is one of just four people chosen to address the opening of Ban Ki-Moon’s global assembly in New York.
The Guardian
New York climate march draws hundreds of thousands
An international day of action on climate change brought hundreds of thousands of people onto the streets of New York City on Sunday, easily exceeding organizers' hopes for the largest protest on the issue in history.
Push for New Pact on Climate Change Is Plagued by Old Divide of Wealth (opinion)
At 1 p.m. on Sunday, tens of thousands of demonstrators in Manhattan are expected to make as much noise as they can — with whistles, trumpets, even the tolling of church bells — to raise an alarm about the risks of climate change. Similar demonstrations are planned across the United States and in 161 other countries. Two days later, that show of unity will most likely give way to political discord.
The New York Times
Desmond Tutu: We fought apartheid. Now climate change is our global enemy (opinion)
On the eve of the UN Climate Summit, Desmond Tutu argues that tactics used against firms who did business with South Africa must now be applied to fossil fuels to prevent human suffering.
The Guardian
Ahead of UN Climate Summit, Global Treaty on Warming Looks Unlikely (opinion)
Behind all the fanfare around this week’s UN Climate Summit, which will bring 120 heads of state to New York on Tuesday, looms one big question: Will the nations of the world agree on a path to avoid the most dangerous consequences of climate change, such as dramatic sea-level rise and extreme droughts and storms?
National Geographic
After An Inconvenient Truth: the evolution of the 'climate change film'
As we have begun to see the effects of climate change more severely, more frequently and closer to home, so too have film-makers been spurred to address the consequences of an irrevocably damaged environment in new ways.
The Guardian
Ten inspirational texts about climate change
Climate and environmental issues can be pretty dry. Yet books and readings have inspired some of the world's top climate thinkers, writers and journalists to get involved in climate change-related work.
Business Spectator
Investors call for climate change deal
More than 340 institutions managing £15tn of assets say governments must put a ‘meaningful’ price on carbon.
The Guardian
China cautious on fresh commitments ahead of climate change summit
China’s top climate change official on Friday stopped short of signalling new commitments ahead of next week’s UN climate summit, saying Beijing would explain “some positive actions” it will take after 2020.
South China Morning Post
U.S.-China Rifts on Hacking, Spying Put Aside for Climate
The threat of climate change is driving China and the U.S. -- frequent rivals and the world’s two largest greenhouse-gas emitters -- to collaborate on dozens of potential clean-energy breakthroughs.
Ban Enlisting Business on Climate Change May Win UN Pact
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s strategy to forge a global climate agreement by 2015 will enter a new phase next week when more than 120 world leaders meet in New York to discuss greenhouse gas cuts.
Going it alone on carbon pricing makes economic sense: IMF
Research by IMF staff shows that for most large emitters, action to put a price on carbon dioxide has economic benefits beyond reducing global climate change.
ABC Online
The deepest cuts
Our guide to the actions that have done the most to slow global warming.
The Economist
Desmond Tutu calls on world to “walk the walk” for climate
Desmond Tutu has led calls for people to join a global march on Sunday in support of more ambitious climate regulations.
International Panel says Urgent Action Needed to Mitigate Climate Change
A leading climate scientist warns failure to act on reducing threats from climate change will have disastrous global consequences. He said the science on climate change is solid and inaction is no solution.
Voice of America
Prince Charles will tell leaders climate action is ‘only rational choice’
Action on climate change is not bad for business, it is “the only rational choice”, Prince Charles will tell a summit of world leaders meeting to discuss the issue.
The Guardian
A Clarion Call From the Climate Change Frontline
This is the transcript of a video "address to the world" released by President Loeak on 18 September 2014 ahead of the UN Secretary-General's Climate Summit.
The Huffington Post
Climate change takes center stage in New York next week
Climate change will take center stage in New York City next week with a triple-header of events intended to shine a spotlight on global warming.
USA Today
India's farmers beating climate change with technology
Farmers in the northern Indian state of Haryana have been getting help from new technology, like the GreenSeeker - a handheld gadget that works as a crop sensor.
BBC News
Julie Bishop rejects UN request to strengthen Australian climate targets
Australia is refusing to take a plan for deeper cuts to greenhouse gas emissions to a special world leaders' climate summit in New York next week, rejecting calls from United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

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

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

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

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

The Herald Scotland
Naomi Klein: ‘We tried it your way and we don’t have another decade to waste’
The climate-change movement is making little headway against corporate vested interests, says the author of Shock Doctrine. But how does she think her new book, Capitalism vs The Climate, will help galvanise people?
The Guardian
Plant disease and pest hit 2,000 hectares of rice plantations
Climate change doesn’t just mean changes in weather—it means a change in animal and insect behavior, as well. And those changes can be lethal to food production.
Manila Bulletin
Creating climate change awareness through films
Climate change is much talked about but not fully comprehended by the lay person. To broaden awareness on climate change issues across India, Ennovate Global, a specialist in climate change research and communication, and Good Relations India, a strategic communications consultancy, in partnership with the United Nations Foundation, hosted a two-day Clima Film Fest 2014.
The Times of India
Harper joins Abbott in bailing on climate summit
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper won’t be among the 125 heads of state attending the UN Climate Summit in New York this month. Harper joins President Xi Jinping of China, Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India and Prime Minister Tony Abbott of Australia in choosing to skip the summit.
Business Spectator
Seeking an easy win on carbon emissions? Cut global trade (opinion)
The combination of climate deterioration and the ravages of international trade and finance will fulfil the prophecy of Hobbes, rendering life on Earth “poor, nasty, brutish and short”. Less trade not more, to render life on Earth “prosperous, fraternal, peaceful and long”.
the Conversation
Three ways to make green bond financing better (opinion)
Green bonds could provide much-needed funds for investment in low-carbon technologies and projects. But to fulfil their potential, the industry needs to address concerns about credibility, quality, and transparency, says Renat Heuberger.
Development banks pledge to step up climate action
Reuters) - The world's six multilateral development banks promised on Thursday to do more to help emerging nations fight climate change as part of efforts to reinvigorate flagging work on a U.N. deal to limit temperature rises.
In a statement before a Sept. 23 summit on global warming to be hosted by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in New York, the World Bank and other banks said they had delivered $75 billion in financing since they started joint tracking of funds in 2011.
UN climate summit set for major carbon pricing announcement
The huge number of countries and businesses interested in pricing carbon will become clear at the UN’s forthcoming climate summit, according to a senior World Bank official. Rachel Kyte, the bank’s special envoy for climate change, said the meeting will see a number of states, regions and businesses announcing plans to factor in the costs of burning fossil fuels.
Ozone layer is healing - but we are now contributing to climate change more than ever
The Earth’s protective ozone layer is slowly recovering, United Nations scientists report, but the unintended knock-on effect is increasing climate change. Successful implementation of the 1987 Montreal Protocol, aimed at reducing Ozone Depleting Substances (ODSs) including many chemicals used in aerosol cans and refrigerators, mean the ozone layer is expected to recover to 1980 levels by the middle of this century.
The Independent
Kashmir flood disaster worsened by risks being ignored - experts
JAMMU, India (Thomson Reuters Foundation)–The worst flooding in as much as a century in the northern Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir has killed 215 people, washed away homes and businesses, cut off roads and communications and forced India’s Army to wage a large-scale rescue effort, officials say.
Thomson Reuters Foundation
Climate indicators show renewed signs of El Nino: Australia
Reuters) - The Pacific Ocean has warmed in the last two weeks, the Australian Bureau of Meteorology said on Tuesday, renewing signs of the development of an El Nino weather pattern.
The Pacific Ocean has warmed amid weak trade winds. Should the trend continue, more warming toward an El Nino is possible, the bureau said.
As Climate Change Hits Home, Americans Call for Action
The World Meteorological Organization announced this week that climate change pollution has reached record levels. Carbon pollution alone -- one of the most potent greenhouse gases -- had its biggest spike in 30 years. These measurements tell an alarming story about what is happening in our atmosphere. To understand what they mean here on earth, we just have to look outside the window.
Huffington Post
Economics: Manufacture renewables to build energy security
China's rise to become the world's largest power producer and source of carbon emissions through burning coal is well recognized. But the nation's renewable-energy systems are expanding even faster than its fossil-fuel and nuclear power. China leads the world in the production and use of wind turbines, solar-photovoltaic cells and smart-grid technologies, generating almost as much water, wind and solar energy as all of France and Germany's power plants combined
World’s Largest Single Rooftop Solar Power Project Commissioned In India
Indian solar energy companies are fast delivering world-class solar power projects as the market expands based on favorable regulatory and policy outlooks. India’s largest engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) company in the solar power market has just commissioned the world’s largest single rooftop solar photovoltaic power project. The 7.52 MW solar power plant has been commissioned in the northern state of Punjab.
Solar Growth Beat Out Natural Gas In First Half Of 2014
New figures from the US Energy Information Administration (EIA) released earlier this week concluded that natural gas leads solar in terms of new power plant capacity — a fact that is indisputable, but a fact that doesn’t tell the whole story. According to Green Tech Media, who spend a lot of time closely tracking the various energy segments, the real story should be that solar beat out natural gas in terms of new capacity, thanks to the number of small-scale commercial and residential solar projects.
Personalising climate change through open data and apps
Government-released open data is fuelling a whole new level of innovation in sustainability. Moving beyond hackathons, today’s climate data partnerships are creating unique ventures that cross boundaries between business, government and academia. In the US, “datapaloozas” – gatherings focused on creating open data innovations in the areas of health, education, energy and safety across sectors – are popping up all over the place.
The Guardian
China suggests cap on coal use, import curbs in draft air pollution law
BEIJING: China is looking to impose a national cap on coal consumption and a ban on the import of low-quality coal with a new air pollution law, the draft version of which has been released, aimed at strengthening the country's efforts to fight smog.
The Times of India
Green Climate Fund lowers cash demands to $10bn
The UN’s flagship Green Climate Fund has scaled back plans to raise US$ 15 billion by the end of 2014, with a new goal of $10bn. Senior government officials from developed countries met in Bonn this week for technical discussions over the fund’s development.
Net Savings Of $71 Trillion By 2050 With Transition To Renewable Energy
The transition to a global renewable energy economy could save $71 trillion by the year 2050, according to an IEA report. Or, to say that another way, $44 trillion in investment by the year 2050 would translate to about $115 trillion in energy savings ($71 trillion in net savings), as well as helping to limit the extent of CO2-induced warming.
UC to invest $1 billion to tackle climate change
The University of California will invest $1 billion over five years in companies and researchers coming up with solutions to climate change, part of an overall UC push in sustainability.
Bay Area Biz Talk
Why shifting to renewables is not mission impossible
The 10 warmest years since records began have all occurred in the past 15 years. This year was no exception; we are about to register the warmest year ever. According to scientists, this is indisputably correlated with the increased CO2 in the atmosphere. If we are to continue this current trend, the planet is on track to be between 3º and 5º degrees warmer than in pre-industrial times
How governments can drive the green revolution
As prime minister of a country that for decades has worked towards a green society (Denmark), I am fully aware that the green transition is not an easy task. In order to succeed, governments, the business community and citizens need to join hands. To educate and innovate together.
World Economic Forum Blog
Indian Coal Producer To Invest $80 Million in Solar, Wind Energy Projects
Government-owned companies in India are responding to the calls by the government to boost investment in renewable energy projects.
Amazon rainforest destruction in Brazil rises again
The rate of destruction of the Amazon rainforest in Brazil has increased for a second year running.
Brazilian government figures show deforestation was up by 29% in the 12 months up to the end of July 2013.
BBC News
Climate change accelerating death of Western forests
DENVER — The iconic pine and aspen forests of the Rocky Mountains are dying off at an alarming rate thanks to conditions exacerbated by climate change — drought, insect infestations and wildfires — a new report says.
USA Today
Climate Change Protesters Rally Against Future Typhoons
NEW YORK—City Council recognized climate change as a danger to humans, by passing a resolution on Wednesday. Resolution 356 was introduced in July by Councilman Donovan Richards. The council resolved it by acknowledging “the dangers of climate change to human health and the environment.”
The Epoch Times
(opinion) Which narrative will prevail at the UN’s climate summit?
The Secretary General of the United Nations Mr Ban Ki Moon has invited heads of government, business and civil society to a Climate Summit at the United Nations in New York on September 23.
I have been privileged to be one of the 38 representatives from civil society invited to participate in the event.
UN climate chief says 125 leaders confirmed for NY summit
UN climate chief Christiana Figueres says the absence of the Chinese and Indian leaders from a UN climate summit on September 23 will not affect its credibility or outcomes. The rulers of the first and third largest carbon polluters on the planet, Xi Jinping and Narendra Modi, recently declined to attend the meeting, hosted by secretary general Ban Ki-moon.
Climate Week NYC Will Help Secure Critical Business and Government Buy-In for a Global Climate Deal Next Year
In a couple of weeks, New York City will be host to more than a hundred events about climate change. From roundtables showcasing the latest low carbon innovation, to mass gatherings demanding climate action, this unprecedented mobilization, under the umbrella of Climate Week NYC, will be critical to the success of the UN Climate Summit convened by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on September 23.
Huffington Post
How Peru May Deliver a Global Deal on Climate Change
Despite the number of key world leaders expected to be absent from the U.N. secretary-general's world leaders' summit on climate change this month, the incoming president of the next round of global warming negotiations predicts success.
Scientific American
UK calls on Australia, Canada and Japan to deliver “ambitious” CO2 cuts
The UK is pressing Japan, Canada and Australia to accept tough carbon cuts ahead of a proposed UN climate deal in 2015. A report outlining the UK government’s climate strategy released today in London says officials are using bilateral contacts to encourage fellow developed countries to deliver new commitments.
Many Cities Are Preparing For Climate Change, They Just Won't Say So
GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (AP) — With climate change still a political minefield across the nation despite the strong scientific consensus that it's happening, some community leaders have hit upon a way of preparing for the potentially severe local consequences without triggering explosions of partisan warfare: Just change the subject.
The AP
Rooftop Solar Panels Are Cheaper Than Coal In the Philippines
Carlos Jericho Petilla is the Secretary of Energy for the Philippines. He recently explained that rooftop solar panels are now cheaper than coal there. “As a simple example, the cost of electricity from a coal plant can run up to P5.50 per kilowatt hour, plus P6.50 for distribution and transmission, which amounts to P12.00.
China-based Equity Fund To Invest €309 Million In Polish Wind Farm
China continues to expand its footprint over renewable energy markets in emerging economies, with the latest investment in a Polish wind farm project. China-CEE Fund has announced that it will invest €309 million ($399 million US) in a 250 MW wind energy project in Poland.
Why gender disaster data matters: ‘In some villages, all the dead were women’
Disasters triggered by climate change are not blind to gender and age. They affect men and women, the old and the young, very differently. Sex and age are some of the most powerful indicators of how individuals will experience a disaster: who survives and who dies. Despite this, we have worryingly little data on the issue.
The Guardian
Is Narendra Modi a climate sceptic?
ndia’s prime minister, Narendra Modi, reportedly will be a no-show at the United Nations climate summit this month. Could it be because he does not accept the science behind climate change?
Modi used to be a supporter for climate action. But in public remarks on two occasions in the last week, the leader of one of the fastest growing – and biggest emitting – economies appeared to express doubt about whether climate change was even occurring.
The Guardian
Ship Lost in the Arctic 160 Years Ago Found Thanks to Climate Change
In 1845, the explorer John Franklin set off to sail the fabled Northwest Passage, an Arctic sea route that would hypothetically connect the Atlantic and the Pacific. He never returned. His ship was lost to the ice. But now, thanks to the obsession of Canada's prime minister, an expedition has located one of Franklin's two ships. Why does Canada care so much about this old vessel? Climate change.
New York climate summit is a chance to push for long-term climate neutrality
This month, the UN secretary general will host a major climate summit: it is a moment in time for heads of state, cities, organisations, and companies to announce bold new initiatives to address climate change in the short to medium term.
Greenhouse gas levels rising at fastest rate since 1984
A surge in atmospheric CO2 saw levels of greenhouse gases reach record levels in 2013, according to new figures.Concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere between 2012 and 2013 grew at their fastest rate since 1984.The World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) says that it highlights the need for a global climate treaty.
UK to reveal plans for global climate change talks
World governments are facing a “pivotal moment” on dealing with climate change, the UK’s energy secretary will say on Tuesday, before a meeting of heads of state and government in New York this month.
India, Malaysia to strengthen partnership in climate change
India and Malaysia Monday stressed the need to strengthen their bilateral strategic partnership in environment and climate change, an official statement said. This was agreed at the meeting of Environment, Forests and Climate Change Minister Prakash Javadekar with visiting Malaysian Minister Datuk Seri G. Palanivel.
Business Standard
US Solar Makes Up Over Half Of New Generating Capacity
The US solar industry has enjoyed a relatively strong quarter in the first half of 2014, despite trade disputes endangering projects currently in the pipeline. New figures from GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association’s Q2 2014 U.S. Solar Market Insight report show that the US installed 1,133 MW of new solar PV capacity in the second quarter of this year, pushing the cumulative operating capacity for PV and concentrating solar power (CSP) to 15.9 GW.
Climate Change Will Disrupt Half of North America’s Bird Species, Study Says
The Baltimore oriole will probably no longer live in Maryland, the common loon might leave Minnesota, and the trumpeter swan could be entirely gone. Those are some of the grim prospects outlined in a report released on Monday by the National Audubon Society, which found that climate change is likely to so alter the bird population of North America that about half of the approximately 650 species will be driven to smaller spaces or forced to find new places to live, feed and breed over the next 65 years.
Why climate change concerns pro-life Christians: Column
This is not a column dedicated to bludgeoning those unmoved by liberals' warnings about climate change. It is an invitation to people, especially Christians, to think about what's happening to the water, and what will happen to us if there's not enough of it to go around.
USA Today
Shell's Jekyll and Hyde Approach to Climate Change
In April, Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A) headlined a group of 70 companies that called on world governments to cap greenhouse gas emissions at a level that will contain global warming. The “Trillion Tonne Communique,” named for the amount of heat-trapping gases that scientists believe can be added to the atmosphere while keeping warming within 2 degrees Celsius of pre-industrial levels, was described as a “global call to arms from businesses who take the science of climate change seriously and are demanding a proactive policy response.”
(opinion) Why A Tax On Carbon Can Help Climate Change - And The Economy
I recently read a thought-provoking interview with Harvard professor of economics Dale Jorgenson, “Time To Tax Carbon,” the cover story in the September issue of Harvard Magazine. In it Jorgenson describes a study that he and several colleagues conducted that concluded that a tax on carbon will help climate change – and the economy.
(opinion) It’s time for the EU to end the era of dirty coal power
With his historic ruling to directly regulate dirty coal-fired power stations off the US power network, President Obama sent an unequivocal signal to the world that the era of unlimited carbon pollution indefinitely spewing from American power stations is over.
World falls behind in efforts to tackle climate change: PwC
The world's major economies are falling further behind every year in terms of meeting the rate of carbon emission reductions needed to stop global temperatures from rising more than 2 degrees this century, a report published on Monday
World leaders urged to aim for 'zero emissions' this century
Green NGOs call on world leaders preparing to travel to New York summit to target full decarbonisation, as UN climate chief makes case for 'climate neutrality'
Environmental groups call for 'ambitious' climate deal
A coalition of environmental groups and charities have set out what they want to see from a global climate deal.
Emerging economies outpace G7 on tackling climate change
China, India and other big emerging economies have outpaced the Group of Seven of rich nations for the first time on a closely watched measure of how countries are tackling climate change.
Financial Times
Shell looks to solar power to lift oil output
In an unusual alliance of old and new energies, Royal Dutch Shell, the European oil group, and a sovereign wealth fund from Oman are leading an investment of $53m into a small solar power company that uses its renewable energy to increase crude oil production.
Financial Times
Is this the end of the 'war on trees'? UN members pledge to restore woodland and safeguard rainforests
Since the birth of agriculture thousands of years ago, humans have cut down the world's forests to grow food and expand their population.
Activists promise biggest climate march in history
People’s Climate March in New York and cities worldwide hopes to put pressure on heads of state at Ban Ki-moon summit
Yale looks to climate issues as it invests
As pressure grows from students who want to see their schools use financial clout to address environmental issues, Yale University’s investment office wrote to its money managers asking them to assess how investments could affect climate change and suggesting they avoid companies that do not take sensible “steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
NY Times
Climate Change Threatens The Newest Prescription For Children: Time Outdoors
Luisa Maria Vasquez Cruz received an unusual prescription last year from her pediatrician: Spend more time playing outside.
Huffington Post
Social media event – 97 hours of climate experts on the global warming consensus
Quotes from and caricatures of 97 climate experts will be launched by over 4 days
NGOs “optimistic” for chances of a climate deal
Leading green groups set out what they say are “realistic goals” for international climate talks
EPA puts climate target on airlines
The Obama administration has launched a new front in its fight against greenhouse gas emissions, choosing as its next target the $200 billion per year commercial aviation industry.
The Hill
India should go solar to bring down carbon emissions; British envoy on climate change
British special representative on climate change Sir David King has said India should adopt the solar energy route to bring down carbon emissions, without compromising on its developmental goals.
Climate change back on the agenda Guardian
This business of climate change The Hindu Businessline
To be counted during Paris summit, India must cut its carbon footprint (comment/analysis) Hindustan Times
What legal form for the future international climate regime? (opinion)
U.N. envoy seeks climate neutrality
LONDON, Sept. 4 (UPI) -- Climate neutrality, a notion where greenhouse gas output is equal to natural sinks, is not "nirvana" but a goal that needs backing, top climate leaders said.
Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change, and Mario Molina, a Nobel Prize-winning chemist, wrote in the Thursday edition of British newspaper The Guardian "bold initiatives" are needed to slow global greenhouse emissions.
Top Leaders From China, India to Skip UN Climate Change Summit
Reports indicate that neither Chinese President Xi Jinping nor Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi plan to attend a U.N. summit of world leaders on climate change. The Climate Summit 2014, to be held on September 23 in New York, was organized by U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon “to galvanize and catalyze climate action.” U.S. President Barack Obama, as well as other leaders from developed nations, are expected to attend, but the absence of leaders from the world’s two largest developing nations has some worried that the summit will fall flat.
The Diplomat
Megadroughts Worse Than the Dust Bowl Could Hit the Southwest
The drought in California has already devastated the environment and upended the state’s economy. Imagine if it were to last for a decade. Or four decades. Or longer. So-called megadroughts are increasingly likely as the earth warms, according to a new scientific paper that paired historic drought patterns with climate change models.
It is 99.999 percent likely global warming is caused by humans: CSIRO
A CSIRO report has declared the chances of global warming being the result of human industry as 99.999 percent likely. The paper published yesterday in the Climate Risk Management journal noted December 2013 was the 346th consecutive month where global land and ocean temperatures exceeded the monthly average of the 20th century.
9News Australia
Yale Asks Managers to Weigh Climate Change Risks
Yale University is asking managers for its roughly $21 billion endowment to account for how climate change and potential regulations on fossil fuels could affect investments, the latest sign that university endowments are increasingly aware of the headline risks associated with coal, oil and gas investments.
Government plan to give India’s electric vehicle industry a new high
NEW DELHI: India's low carbon transport industry has received fresh impetus with news of a government plan to deliver US$2.31 billion in incentives to manufacturers of electric vehicles.
The National Electric Mobility Mission Plan 2020 (NEMMP) – which is to be approved by the Expenditure Finance Committee and the Union cabinet, and expected to be undertaken by the Government within the next five months – will furnish INR 140 billion (US$2.31 billion) as subsidies to electric vehicle manufacturers.
The Climate Group
New responsible investment tool launched by Thomson Reuters
Thomson Reuters has launched a new set of indices that will measure environmental, social and governance (ESG) practices at European companies. They become the latest of several tools launched in recent years to aid responsible investors, as the sector moves into the mainstream.
Blue and Green Tomorrow
(blog) Advancing Resilience in Small Island States: Cutting through red tape
APIA, Samoa, September 2, 2014 – The World Bank Group has announced that it will increase its support for disaster and climate resilient development in small island developing states from US$145 million per year to about US$190 million and work with partners towards a Small Island States Resilience Initiative.
World Bank blog
(editorial) New York climate summit is a chance to push for long-term climate neutrality
This month, the UN secretary general will host a major climate summit: it is a moment in time for heads of state, cities, organisations, and companies to announce bold new initiatives to address climate change in the short to medium term. It is also a moment for an ambitious, scientifically credible and clear vision on where the world needs to aim over the long haul.
The Guardian
(editorial) Global labour's challenge to climate change
At the end November 2013, Philip Jennings, the general secretary for the global union federation UNI Global Union spoke at a climate conference in Toronto. His message was simple: "there is nothing more important facing humanity than the dangers of a warming planet. We have no time to lose."
The Guardian
Small island conference leaves 'legacy with impact' - UN
With $1.9 billion pledged in sustainable development partnerships, the United Nations on Thursday wrapped up its small island developing state conference and kicked off a drum roll of action on climate change.
UN News Centre
U.N. chief tries to kick-start sagging enthusiasm for climate deal
United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon this month hopes to reinvigorate the years-long effort to forge a global climate deal, even as concerns grow over whether the final pact will be rigorous enough to address threats to the environment.
China and Indian Leaders Said to Skip UN Climate Summit
The top leaders of China and India aren’t planning to attend this month’s United Nations summit on climate change, signaling tepid support for a global pact to cut greenhouse gases among two of the largest emitters.
France plans climate harmony ahead of 2015 UN summit
Leading climate official Laurence Tubiana tells RTCC Paris 2015 conference is a step on the ladder, not the endgame
UN gears up for 'bold' moves on climate change
September in New York City is usually a busy month as the Big Apple welcomes heads of state and international policy makers to the United Nations' annual general assembly.
China Daily USA
Small island nations start "drum roll of action" for key UN Climate Summit
Small island nations meeting in Samoa have started a "drum roll of action" ahead of a key UN climate summit in New York later this month
Famagusta Gazette
Strategy for Climate and Disaster Resilient Development in the Pacific
The Pacific will be the first region in the world to fully integrate climate change and disaster risk management in a single regional strategy focused on resilient development.
Islands Business
SAMOA: UN disaster risk chief calls for putting partnerships to work
The commitments made at the international conference on partnering with small island developing states must be prioritized and implemented as soon as possible, urged the top United Nations official on disaster risk reduction.
UNEP releases Global Environment Outlook report
Facing rising sea levels, increasingly frequent natural disasters, major waste and pollution challenges and weakening family structures, Small Island Developing States (SIDS) around the globe require a fresh round of innovative solutions, ranging from economic diversification to island-based technological and cultural innovation to regional and global policy initiatives, stated a new Global Environment Outlook report released by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).
Business Recorder
Doors open at Ban Ki-moon’s ‘Last Chance Saloon’
The UN secretary-general is attempting to prevent world leaders sleepwalking into disaster by asking them to make new pledges at a climate summit this month on cutting greenhouse gases.
Peru to receive 12,000 visitors for UN climate change summit
Over 12,000 foreign visitors are expected to flock to the Peruvian capital Lima during the upcoming United Nations Climate Change Conference, slated to be held on December 1-12, 2014, the country Environment Minister, Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, has reported.
Carbon emissions from electricity grid rise after carbon price repeal
Figures show the largest two-month rise in eight years, though several factors as well as repeal may be involved
Experts discuss investments in renewable energy to counter climate change
More than 200 energy experts from Korea and around the world have gathered in Seoul to discuss new investment opportunities in the renewable energy sector.
Arirang TV
Brian Cox: scientists giving false sense of debate on climate change
‘Research presented as overly precise climate predictions rather than best advice is manipulated by nonsensical sceptics’
UN Climate Chief Says ‘Door Closing’ on Warming Fix
UN climate change chief Christiana Figueres on Tuesday warned time was running out for meaningful action on global warming, citing the plight of low-lying Pacific nations facing ever rising seas.
US$1.4 billion pledged for SAMOA Pathway implementation
Two days into the 3rd Small Island Developing States (SIDS) conference, financial pledges of US$1.4 billion have been made towards the implementation of the SAMOA Pathway, the final outcome of the Samoa meeting.
Islands Business
Ban Ki-moon Named As Chief By Tsunami-Hit Village In Samoa
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was on Sunday given the title of ‘Tupua’ or ‘chief’ in south-eastern Samoa by villagers whose homes had been struck by a tsunami nearly five years ago.
Radio New Zealand International
Report identifies billions in sustainable development projects for small island states
The Global Environment Facility has committed $250 million for sustainable development projects in small island states over the next four years, at the SIDS conference in Samoa.
ABC Radio Australia
Rousing welcome for voyagers
Voyagers who are using the wisdom of their ancestors, combined with modern science, on a worldwide journey were welcomed to Samoa in style yesterday morning.
Samoa Observer
Kufuor launches Africa Agric Status Report
Former President John Agyekum Kufuor on Tuesday, September 2 joined other African leaders to launch the Africa Agriculture Status Report.
Pacific’s Largest Solar Photovoltaic Site Opened in Samoa
The largest solar photovoltaic site in the Pacific was opened at the Faleata Racecourse in Samoa today.
Islands Business
Global 2015 deal’s legal form still uncertain
Negotiations towards agreeing a global climate deal in 2015 are progressing, but some key issues are still preventing parties from reaching consensus on its legal form, Peru's environment minister Manuel Pulgar-Vidal said.
Argus Media
Climate change relocation 'urgent'
A significant proportion of Pacific Islanders affected by climate change would be accepted into New Zealand under policies drawn up by the Labour and Green parties.
Radio New Zealand International
Peru Env Min says financing should be key issue in COP20 draft text
Peru's Environment Minister Manuel Pulgar-Vidal encouraged COP 20 parties to pay special attention when discussing climate financing as it is important to included in the draft text of the 2015 agreement to be signed in Paris, France.
Viceministro pide compartir responsabilidades por cambio climático
Los Pequeños Estados Insulares en Desarrollo están sufriendo los efectos del cambio climático y están expuestos a nuevas amenazas, por lo que a la par que asumen responsabilidad por su cuota de daños, reclaman que quienes más afectaron el ambiente hagan lo propio, afirmó aquí Juan Tomás Monegro
El Nuevo Diario
Chinese president Xi Jinping 'to skip Ban Ki-moon climate meeting'
Chinese president Xi Jinping has decided to skip a meeting of world leaders on climate change in New York, according to climate insiders, casting doubt on the summit’s potential to make progress ahead of next year’s major UN climate summit in Paris.
Indian negotiators in the dark as informal climate summit approaches
The absence of India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi and China’s President Xi Jinping from the informal climate summit convened by the UN Secretary General on September 23 is likely to cast its shadow on formal climate negotiations as well.
Stopping climate change is 'about people, about survival,' says UN envoy
World leaders have not sufficiently addressed climate issues, United Nations Special Envoy for Climate Change Mary Robinson said Tuesday highlighting the urgency of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and building climate resilient communities.
UN News Centre
Peru to gain US$120mn return on COP 20's public investment
Peruvian economy is set to receive an estimated return of over US$ 120 million from the organization of the 20th Conference of the Parties (COP 20), following a government spending of US$ 90 million, Peru’s Environment Ministry reported Tuesday.
Malawi: Govt to Combat Climate Change Ills Through Nap
Government has launched a National Adaptation Plan (NAP) process aimed at reducing vulnerability to the impacts of climate change.
Malawi News Agency (Lilongwe)
5 reasons to watch NYC’s climate summit (opinion)
Samoa conference opens - Seychelles presents 4 major proposals for the sustainable development of SIDS
Seychelles President James Michel has presented 4 major proposals for the sustainable development of small island developing states, in his address at the opening of the third international conference on SIDS which got underway this morning in Apia, Samoa.
Seychelles News Agency
Bad weather for 2050 as TV forecasters imagine climate change
Imaginary television weather forecasts predicted floods, storms and searing heat from Arizona to Zambia within four decades, as part of a United Nations campaign on Monday to draw attention to a U.N. summit this month on fighting global warming.
‘Grossly inadequate’ - President Tuilaepa
Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, was yesterday voted as the President of the 2014 United Nations Third Small Island Developing States (S.I.D.S) Conference.
Samoa Observer
United Nations predicts climate hell in 2050 with imagined weather forecasts
'Reports from the future' warn of floods, storms and searing heat in campaign for climate change summit
A five year project strengthening Natural Solutions in the Pacific region
A 5-year, €5 million project titled 'Natural Solutions to Climate Change in the Pacific Islands Region: Implementing Ecosystem-based Adaption', has been signed on the cusp of the 3rd International Conference of Small Island Developing States.
Islands Business
Young island poet to address Ban Ki-moon climate summit
A young female poet from the Marshall Islands has been selected to address an audience including more than 100 heads of state at the opening ceremony of the U.N. secretary-general's climate change summit later this month.
Thomson Reuters Foundation
More cash for EU industry, eastern states in 2030 climate goals: draft
Big emitting industries and poorer eastern member states in the European Union could get tens of billions of euros in additional funds next decade to help them meet the bloc’s 2030 energy and climate goals, a draft EU document showed.
South Korea delays smog tax; starts emission trading in 2015 - finance minister
South Korea has delayed a proposed tax on vehicle carbon emissions by over five years to the end of 2020, but confirmed it would push ahead with plans to begin its carbon emissions trading scheme from the start of 2015, finance minister Choi Kyung-hwan said on Tuesday.
Chile Carbon Tax Coming Up This Week
This week, the government of Chile holds a final vote on its first carbon taxation scheme, also the first in South America, a measure to make fossil fuel generators pay for emitting greenhouse gases.
Climate study yields bad news for tiny desert fish
For 10,000 years, a tiny iridescent blue fish has lived in the depths of a cavern in Nevada's desert. But a new study says climate change and warming waters - and its lack of mobility - are threatening its existence and decreasing its numbers.
Communities going into power business to cut cost, carbon footprint
Sonoma County, which enticed Americans to forsake factory-made food for artisan wines and farmers market produce, now wants consumers to reconsider another everyday commodity.
LA Times
African farmers urgently need “climate-smart” investment – report
Climate change will mean more failed harvests, without investment in new seed varieties and farming techniques
UN Climate Change Conference for kids held
The COP in MyCity – Lima in Dubai – was a huge success, with students from 11 schools attending it, the organising student head Kehkashan Basu said.
Gulf Today
Climate Change: Africa’s Smallholder Farmers Risk of “Failed Seasons” rising
Small-scale family farmers across Africa— already struggling to adapt to rapidly rising temperatures and more erratic rains—risk being overwhelmed by the pace and severity of climate change, according to the 2014 African Agriculture Status Report
Africa Science News
Powerful hairdryers could be banned in EU attempt to tackle climate change
Powerful hairdryers may be banned under European Union (EU) regulations aimed at tackling climate change.
UN concern at climate change in Pacific
The Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki Moon, says he is deeply concerned about the effects of climate change in the Pacific.
Radio New Zealand International
France underlines commitment to "legally binding" agreement at Paris climate summit
Are the UN summit's hosts on a collision course with the Obama administration?
China Plans a Market for Carbon Permits
China plans to introduce its national market for carbon permit trading in 2016, a government official said on Sunday, adding that Beijing is close to completing rules for what will be the world’s biggest emissions trading program.
Rich nations have moral duty to help island nations as climate change shifts weather patterns, says World Bank envoy
Small island nations, particularly those in the Pacific, are already experiencing "extreme effects" from global warming, and rich nations including Australia have a "moral responsibility" to help them cope with future unavoidable threats, a senior World Bank executive said.
Sydney Morning Herald
Climate change tops UN summit agenda in Samoa
UN conference set to tackle climate and economic issues facing the world's most vulnerable countries.
Push for climate change on UN agenda
The world's 52 Small Island Developing States are calling for climate change to be the focus of a major United Nations conference in Samoa this week.
Radio New Zealand International
Climate focus at UN small islands summit in Samoa
A major United Nations conference on small island nations began in Samoa on Monday, with the emphasis on helping them survive the pressing challenge posed by climate change.
Samoa hosts hundreds of global leaders for talks on developing island states
Hundreds of global leaders from government, NGOs and the private sector have descended on the tiny Pacific country of Samoa for rare talks on how to develop island states.
ABC Radio Australia
UN agencies will be mobilized to implement recommendations from SIDS conference
Seychelles President James Michel has arrived in Apia, Samoa for the UN conference on small island developing states and has on the eve of the event held talks with the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.
Seychelles News Agency
French diplomats rallied to climate cause in run-up to Paris
President Francois Hollande prepares for Ban Ki-moon summit next month as French diplomacy ramps up ahead of Paris
Brazil presidential candidate Silva would put a price on carbon
Brazilian presidential candidate Marina Silva plans to put a price on greenhouse gas emissions and implement a national carbon market if elected, according to policy proposals released on Friday.
Why carbon markets should top Ban Ki-moon’s climate agenda
When and if heads of state turn up to Ban Ki-moon’s climate summit next month, there will be many ideas competing for their attention.
Poor Countries Shouldn’t Sacrifice Growth to Fight Climate Change Bloomberg Businessweek