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Obama to Introduce Sweeping New Controls on Ozone Emissions
The Obama administration is expected to release on Wednesday a contentious and long-delayed environmental regulation to curb emissions of ozone, a smog-causing pollutant linked to asthma, heart disease and premature death.
NY Times
 
China fears US Republican opposition in climate change talks
Chinese climate change negotiators fear US Republican Party opposition could hamper a deal to limit greenhouse gas emissions, they warned ahead of talks beginning next week in Lima, Peru.
Financial Times
 
Extreme El Nino weather stunted growth of Peruvian children
Children in Peru on the front line of a severe cyclical warming of the Pacific Ocean in 1997-98 suffered stunted growth, showing how extreme weather can cause lasting damage to health, a study said on Tuesday.
Reuters
 
U.S. EPA expected to tighten long-awaited ozone standards: sources
The Environmental Protection Agency is expected to propose on Wednesday more stringent air quality standards for ground-level ozone, the main culprit in smog, sources said.
Reuters
 
China participating in global effort against climate change
At a press conference in Beijing, a senior official in China's top economic planning body described what the country is doing to battle climate change.
CCTV
 
New Carbon Market Is Key Part of Climate Agreement, U.K. Says
A new carbon market that will spur emerging nations to cut emissions is the key element of next year’s planned global climate accord, a U.K. official said.
Bloomberg
 
Naciones Unidas premia iniciativas a soluciones climáticas
Varios proyectos de América Latina, África y Asia, fueron premiados con los Galardones Actividades Faro 2014, iniciativa de la secretaría de cambio climático de Naciones Unidas, que busca destacar algunos de los mejores ejemplos de soluciones ambientales.
Prensa Latina
 
Germany cuts coal to reach climate targets
Germany wants to reduce coal power to achieve its climate goal - and send a positive signal to the climate summit in Peru in early December. The government is planning new legislation.
Deutsche Welle
 
56 nations put price on carbon capture
Fiscal incentives for carbon capture should be part of the global climate change agreement that replaces the Kyoto Protocol, 56 countries belonging to the U.N. Economic Commission for Europe said on Tuesday.
Deccan Chronicle
 
Lima mayor: cities will win fight against climate change
Fast growing cities like Lima, which hosts global climate talks next week and the Pan American Games in 2019, have been identified as key battlegrounds for tackling climate change
HostCity.net
 
 
 
Russia's Rate of Global Warming Twice as High as World Average
Russia is heating up 2.5 times faster than the rest of the world, but may yet stand to benefit from it, the country's chief meteorologist said in comments carried by the Interfax news agency.
Moscow Times
 
Rare UN honour for Aaranyak
Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) at Bonn in Germany have announced 2014 Lighthouse Activity Award jointly for Aaranyak and International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development.
Assam Times
 
COP20 en Lima es reunión clave para acuerdo climático global
El ministro del Ambiente, Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, aseguró que la Convención Marco de las Naciones Unidas sobre el Cambio Climático (COP20), a realizarse en Lima, es una reunión “clave” que debe dejar todo listo para la suscripción de un acuerdo global sobre el tema.
Andina
 
Rich Countries Pony Up (Some) for Climate Justice The Nation
 
The Climate Change Conundrum: Light at the End of the Smog? Huffington Post
 
China insists rich nations must do more at Lima climate meeting
Developed countries must do more than their less wealthy counterparts to tackle climate change, the world's biggest polluter China said on Tuesday, reaffirming its longstanding position before a United Nations climate conference next month.
AFP
 
Obama’s climate change envoy: fossil fuels will have to stay in the ground
Todd Stern claims the world will have to forgo developing reserves of oil, coal and gas in order to solve global warming
Guardian
 
Los ecologistas piden más concreción en la hoja de ruta contra el cambio climático
Las cinco principales organizaciones ecologistas de ámbito estatal han considerado que la hoja de ruta del Gobierno para luchar contra el cambio climático es un documento "bueno y ambicioso", pero han exigido "mayor concreción y coherencia" para asegurar que las 43 medidas que propone se lleven a cabo.
EFEVerde
 
China Plans National Carbon Market by 2016 Amid Emission Pledge
China, the world’s largest greenhouse gas emitter, plans to start a nationwide carbon market in the next two years following a pledge to cap emissions by 2030.
Bloomberg Businessweel
 
COP20: el anfitrión Lima presenta su orgullo de sostenibilidad urbana
La vigésima Conferencia llamada COP20 oficialmente se realizará entre 1 y el 12 de diciembre de 2014 en Lima, aunque ya iniciaron los pre-eventos
Pulzo.com
 
 
 
Proofing communities against glacial melt impact
Nepal will seek an opportunity to draw global attention towards the plight of the mountains that are retreating at an alarming rate and its impact on the lives and livelihoods of millions of people, in the upcoming global climate summit which takes place in Peru next month.
eKantipur
 
"Beyond Carbon" Benefits The Talk Of The Forest Carbon Markets
Much of the discussion during next month’s international climate negotiations in Lima, Peru will revolve around halting tropical forest loss to reduce global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. But Ecosystem Marketplace’s latest report on the voluntary and compliance markets shows forest carbon projects already having an impact – an impact that could multiply if the right policy signals are sent.
Ecosystem Marketplace
 
Germany's new push for carbon cuts
Germany is Europe's biggest economy - and it's biggest producer of greenhouse gases. But now, Angela Merkel's government is aiming to change that. It has unveiled a controversial new plan to make dramatic cuts to German carbon emissions.
Deutsche Welle
 
Nigeria: CSOS Seek Draft From 2015 Climate Change Confab
The coalition of Nigerian civil societies have demanded that the meeting of nearly 200 governments in Peru later this year for the 20th Conference of Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) should produce the first draft of a global deal to cut emissions.
Daily Independent (Lagos)
 
Indonesia finalizes forest reference emission levels
The Managing Body for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (BP REDD+) is familiarizing all stakeholders with the Forest Reference Emission Levels (FREL) as the final step before it is passed as a state document.
ANTARA News
 
India digs its heels in on phasing out refrigerant
It's not going to be easy to make India budge over the controversial climate-damaging hydrofluorocarbons (HFC) issue. It will move on its phase-out path only after hard bargaining.
Times of India
 
Extreme El Nino weather stunted growth of Peruvian children
Children in Peru on the front line of a severe cyclical warming of the Pacific Ocean in 1997-98 suffered stunted growth, showing how extreme weather can cause lasting damage to health, a study said on Tuesday.
Reuters
 
Heat of climate debate will rise as private sector moves in (opinon) Financial Times
 
World Bank warns of climate perils
A “frightening world” of global instability lies ahead unless governments tackle the threat of man-made climate change, the president of the World Bank has warned.
Financial Times
 
Some climate change impacts unavoidable: World Bank
Some future impacts of climate change, such as more extremes of heat and sea level rise, are unavoidable even if governments act fast to cut greenhouse gas emissions, the World Bank said on Sunday.
Reuters
 
 
 
Ministers of Environment and Foreign Affairs: COP to bring investments to Peru
The United Nation’s 20th Edition of the Conference on Climate Change (COP 20) will enable to attract more investments to Peru, forecasted the minister of Environment, Manuel Pulgar-Vidal.
Andina
 
Top Chinese legislator holds talks with Peruvian president
China's top legislator Zhang Dejiang held talks here Friday with Peruvian President Ollanta Humala on bilateral ties.
Xinhua
 
Prospects rise for a 2015 U.N. climate deal, but likely to be weak
A global deal to combat climate change in 2015 looks more likely after promises for action by China, the United States and the European Union, but any agreement will probably be too weak to halt rising temperatures.
Reuters
 
Xi's talks with Pacific leaders focus on climate and infrastructure
Samoa's Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, says climate change formed a major part of talks with the Chinese President Xi Jin Ping at the weekend.
Radio New Zealand International
 
Botswana: Climate Change Worsens - Lesolle
Growing evidence suggests that climate change is worsening through droughts and other severe weather events such as cyclones, tornadoes, floods and wildfires, says University of Botswana Department of Environmental Science Lecturer, Mr David Lesolle.
Botswana Daily News
 
Sun's finally shining on India's climate change fight
In India, fighting climate change means turning to the sun. In Baramati in the western state of Maharashtra, construction is under way on a solar power plant that will generate 50 megawatts (MW), enough to power a small town.
Straits Times
 
Should Endowments Divest Their Holdings in Fossil Fuels?
College and university endowments have roughly $22 billion, or 5% of their assets, invested in energy and natural resources, according to the National Association of College and University Business Officers.
Wall Street Journal
 
Climate Change Threatens to Strip the Identity of Glacier National Park
What will they call this place once the glaciers are gone? A century ago, this sweep of mountains on the Canadian border boasted some 150 ice sheets, many of them scores of feet thick, plastered across summits and tucked into rocky fissures high above parabolic valleys. Today, perhaps 25 survive.
NY Times
 
Green Climate Fund gets $9.3 bln in pledges at Berlin conference
Donor nations pledged a total $9.3 billion on Thursday to a U.N. fund to help developing countries tackle climate change, but environmental campaigners said the funds fell short of what is needed.
Reuters
 
UN climate fund falls short of $10 billion target
A U.N. fund that will help poor countries tackle climate change has fallen short, for now, of its target of collecting $10 billion, officials said Thursday.
AP
 
 
 
Green Climate Fund: Wealthy countries pledge cash in Berlin
Thirty nations meeting in Berlin have pledged $9.3bn (£6bn) for a fund to help developing countries cut emissions and prepare for climate change.
BBC
 
Countries agree to informal discussion on management of HFCs
In a significant development, nations assembled here on a UN platform today agreed to a European Union proposal to have an informal discussion on the management of climate-damaging hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs).
PTI
 
Shell boss hopes US-China climate deal will “reinvigorate” UN talks
Ben van Beurden calls for gas and renewables to replace coal, argues Shell wants to be part of solution to climate challenge
RTCC
 
Faith groups divided over God’s role in climate change, natural disasters
Americans largely concur that God created the Earth. But when it comes to how he wants its environment treated, and how much he’s willing to intercede – the agreement ends.
Washington Post
 
Harvard sued over push for fossil fuels divestment
Seven Harvard University students have filed a lawsuit asking a judge to force the university's governing body to divest from fossil fuel companies.
AP
 
Cold snap caused by climate change-weakened jet stream, scientists suggest
Arctic conditions in eastern United States this week may have been the result of climate change-induced stressors on the jet stream that regulates weather over the northern hemisphere, according to meteorologists.
Al-Jazeera
 
Curbing population growth not the answer to climate change, say experts
The planet is facing huge environmental challenges and although it’s controversial some argue curbing population growth could help. But UNFPA's Daniel Schensul tells DW controls won't achieve much in the short-term.
Deutsche Welle
 
S Korea’s Park faces climate change test
“Climate change is the greatest challenge of the 21st century,” South Korean President Park Geun-hye told a UN climate summit in New York in September, urging delegates to see environmental action as an opportunity not a burden.
Financial Times
 
AfDB to lend Kenya $133 mln to extend access to power
The African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved a $133 million loan to fund a project aimed at improving access to electricity among poor populations in Kenya's rural areas.
Reuters
 
Global Temperatures Are the Hottest on Record for a Fifth Month This Year
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced Thursday that the average global temperature for October was 58.43ºF (14.74ºC).
TIME
 
 
 
"Greening Silk Road Partnership” to address land degradation and climate change
A partnership to combatting land degration and climate change was officially announced today in Sydney jointly by the UNCCD and the China Elion Foundation at the 6th World Park Congress.
People's Daily Online
 
EBRD unveils $350m financing facility for energy efficiency improvements in Turkey
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has unveiled a new $350m financing facility for energy efficiency improvements in Turkish homes.
Clean Technology Business Review
 
Two California cities weigh putting climate-change warning on gas pumps
Officials in San Francisco and Berkeley are considering what they say would be a first-in-the-nation move to require warnings about climate change to be placed at gas pumps at filling stations in the two California cities.
Reuters
 
Green Climate Fund hopes to raise billions in Berlin
Hitting the initial financial goal for the so-called Green Climate Fund would be seen as a key step ahead of international talks in Peru next month, and in France a year later, on slashing worldwide carbon emissions
AFP
 
UN official lauds China's steps on carbon emissions
China is ramping up efforts to curb domestic carbon emissions and to bridge differences in global negotiations, a welcome sign from a "constructive leader" in climate change, the United Nations' top climate official said on Tuesday.
China Daily
 
Voices for Climate seeks to raise social awareness on climate change
On the occasion of COP20, the Peruvian government has created Voices for Climate, an open space for dialogue, learning and action designed to help society members understand and be aware of the risks and challenges posed by climate change.
Andina
 
UN: World not close to avoiding dangerous warming
The world still isn't close to preventing what leaders call a dangerous level of man-made warming, a new United Nations report says. That's despite some nations' recent pledges to cut back on carbon dioxide emissions.
AP
 
Current pledges not enough to stop global warming: UN report
Pollution is still rising despite world pledges to cut carbon emissions, and more action is needed to rein in climate change in the coming years, a UN report said Wednesday.
AFP
 
UK pledges £720m to climate change fund for poor countries
Energy secretary Ed Davey warns against ‘little Englander’ approach as donation to UN’s Green Climate Fund announced
Guardian
 
Green Queen signs up to UK carbon-cutting club
British monarchy joins National Trust carbon cutting club to make its palaces greener
RTCC
 
 
 
U.S. voters view climate change at 'hyperlocal' level: Dem donor
Climate change resonates with voters more on a local than a national level, billionaire hedge fund trader turned Democratic fundraiser Tom Steyer said Wednesday, reflecting on the 2014 mid-term elections.
Reuters
 
Climate change to increase flood, crop insurance losses
Climate change could substantially increase losses in taxpayer-backed flood and crop insurance programs in coming decades, according to a new government report.
USA Today
 
Brazil carbon emissions rise for the first time since 2004 -report
Brazil's annual greenhouse gas emissions increased last year for the first time since 2004 after years of reductions as deforestation and the use of thermal power plants rose, a new study found.
Reuters
 
Google To Power New European Data Center With Wind
The new €600 million data center Google is building in Eemshaven in the Netherlands will be completely powered by renewable energy from its first day of operation. This new announcement from Google on its Green Blog touts the new long-term agreement the internet and advertising giant has signed.
Cleantechnica
 
Britain should be proud of its pledge to the Green Climate Fund (by Ed Davey) Guardian
 
Nitin Desai: From equity to intensity Business Standard
 
Officials confident Green Fund will top $10bn target at Berlin meeting
Austria, Norway, Finland, Belgium, Italy, Switzerland and the UK are some of the countries expected to commit or increase their pledges to the UN’s Green Climate Fund in Berlin on Thursday.
RTCC
 
French and Australian leaders discuss climate
The French president told Australia's prime minister Wednesday that countries should make their own decisions on how to achieve any binding greenhouse gas reduction targets that emerge from a United Nations climate change conference in Paris next year.
AP
 
Keystone XL pipeline bill rejected by U.S. Senate
The U.S. Senate rejected a bill to speed approval of the Keystone XL pipeline, proposed to run from Canada to the Texas Gulf Coast, in a Tuesday evening vote.
CBC
 
Poor can't be burdened with fight against climate change
In a strong message to the developed nations, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan has said that sustainable development and a victory in the war against climate change cannot be attained on the backs of the poor.
Economic Times
 
 
 
THE ROAD TO LIMA | Crunch time for climate finance, UN climate deal
In just two weeks, representatives of nearly 200 governments will gather in Lima, Peru for a major climate change summit with an ambitious goal: generate substantial initial fund pledges from rich countries and produce the draft of a global deal to cut emissions.
InterAksyon.com
 
Australia stands firm against G20 pack on climate change
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Wednesday warned that next year's landmark climate change summit in Paris will fail if world leaders decide to put cutting carbon emissions ahead of economic growth.
Reuters
 
India targets 500% increase in solar power generation
India’s energy minister promises 100 GW of solar power by 2022 across sunny India, but coal concerns remain
RTCC
 
US-China climate deal's ambition fails to impress India
Indian think tank says the US-China climate deal is neither historic nor ambitious, and would lead to dangerous temperature rises
Guardian
 
2015 will be a year of global climate action, says Najib
Malaysia will continue working with other developing nations to prove that climate action towards a greener economy would bring about greater opportunities, rather than costs, for the people.
BERNAMA
 
Renewable energy as efficient as coal for Turkey, report
Renewable energy would not be more costly than coal power for Turkey, an analysis report released on Tuesday has revealed Anadolu Agency reported.
TRENDNewsAgency
 
Google and Ikea up investments in wind farm
Google and Ikea have doubled down on green energy with each unveiling a new wind farm deal in the other's home region.
Financial Times
 
The moral issue of climate change Washington Post
 
Vice premier: China backs global climate change effort
China is contributing to the global effort to address climate change, Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli said in Beijing Monday
xin
 
French president to visit PH, climate change tops agenda
French President François Hollande is scheduled to visit the Philippines next year and climate change will be on top of his agenda, the Embassy of France in Manila said.
ABS-CBNnews
 
 
 
White House offers climate change help to U.S. cities
After announcing two major global initiatives on climate change last week, the Obama administration pivoted on Monday to American towns and cities to help them adapt to the impacts of global warming.
Reuters
 
Viceprimer ministro chino se reúne con jefa de cambio climático de ONU
El viceprimer ministro chino, Zhang Gaoli, se reunió este lunes en Beijing con Christiana Figueres, secretaria ejecutiva de la Convención Marco de Naciones Unidas sobre el Cambio Climático
CRI
 
Rich countries 'backsliding' on climate finance
The $10bn (£6bn) in climate aid which Britain and other rich countries are expected to formally pledge this week represents a backsliding on earlier climate finance transfers, according to observers.
Guardian
 
Coal Rush in India Could Tip Balance on Climate Change
Decades of strip mining have left this town in the heart of India’s coal fields a fiery moonscape, with mountains of black slag, sulfurous air and sickened residents.
NY Times
 
El mundo deposita sus esperanzas en COP20
En diciembre, 195 naciones más la Unión Europea participarán en la crucial Vigésima Conferencia de las Partes de la Convención Marco de las Naciones Unidas sobre el Cambio Climático (COP20), que se desarrollará en Lima y en que se debe presentar el primer borrador completo de un nuevo acuerdo mundial sobre el clima.
El Peruano
 
French president Francois Hollande launches funding for Pacific nations hit by climate change
French president Francois Hollande has announced funding for Pacific island nations to help restore ecosystems affected by climate change.
ABC Australia
 
Japan CO2 emissions hit record yearly high: official
Japan's carbon dioxide emissions hit a record high in the year to March due to the nation's reliance on fossil fuels following the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, an official said Monday.
AFP
 
Obama stakes final 2 years on climate change
With just two years left in power, President Barack Obama is elevating his efforts to combat global warming above almost all else as he seeks to leave an imprint on the world that will endure after he's gone.
AP
 
Church of England faces new pressure to divest fossil fuel holding
Diocese of Oxford demands divestment, and promises to review its own investments in fossil fuels
RTCC
 
Tanzania: Private Sector Challenged On Climate Change Adaptation
PRIVATE sector should invest in climate change mitigating projects including establishing plantation and natural forests which will start attracting payment from polluters in a post Kyoto Protocol due in 2016.
Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)
 
 
 
Zambia: Climate Change Impact On Zambian Elephants
CLIMATE change is real, "Climate change" affects more than just a change in the weather, and it refers to seasonal changes over a long period.
Times of Zambia
 
COP 20: Indigenous voices to be heard, now more than ever Peru This Week
 
Germany debates programme to save 2020 climate target (analysis blog)
Germany plans to its cut emissions by 40 per cent by 2020. But three years of increasing emissions have raised questions about whether Germany can stick to its target.
Carbon Brief
 
G20 pledges lift Green Climate Fund towards $10 billion U.N. goal
A promise by Japan on Sunday to give up to $1.5 billion to a U.N. fund to help poor nations cope with global warming puts the fund within sight of a $10 billion goal and brightens prospects for a U.N. climate pact next year.
Reuters
 
Climate change 'won't stop at the Pacific Islands', Angela Merkel tells Australia
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has added to international calls on Australia to reveal its plans for cutting greenhouse gas emissions, telling an audience in Sydney that climate change "won't stop at the Pacific Islands".
Sydney Morning Herald
 
India welcomes G-20's endorsement of energy efficiency
For India, a small yet important success has come in the form of the G-20's endorsement of energy efficiency as important to ensuring sustainable development and growth, and the push to industrialised countries to provide and "mobilise" finance to address climate change, including contributing to the Green Climate Fund.
Economic Times
 
Canada breaks with Australia to contribute to Green Climate Fund
Stephen Harper changes mind, saying he is prepared to contribute to UN fund to help poor countries adapt to climate change
Guardian
 
Japan confirms $1.5 billion for UN fund on climate change
Japan confirmed Sunday plans to give up to $1.5 billion to the UN-backed Green Climate Fund, joining a US pledge of $3 billion to mitigate the impact of global warming on poor nations.
Business Recorder
 
Cameron set to donate £650m to ‘green climate fund’
David Cameron is expected to allocate £650m to a global “green climate fund” this week, risking the wrath of some Conservative MPs and the UK Independence party.
Financial Times
 
Hollande raises specter of war over climate change
French President Francois Hollande said failure to address global warming could lead to war, and called on G20 countries to act ahead of a climate change conference in Paris next year.
Reuters
 
 
 
G20 commits to higher growth, fight climate change
Leaders from the G20 group of nations agreed on Sunday to boost flagging global growth, tackle climate change and crack down on tax avoidance but ties between the West and Russia plummeted to a new low over the crisis in Ukraine.
Reuters
 
G20 urges 'strong and effective action' on climate change
The world's most powerful economies Sunday urged "strong and effective action" on climate change, catapulting the issue onto the final statement of G20 talks despite pressure from Australia to stick to economic matters.
AFP
 
The Caribbean’s case on the impact of climate change is among the most pressing in the world
In a few weeks’ time in Lima, Peru, the twentieth session of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change will take place.
Stabroek News
 
Brave little Denmark leads war against coal
Germany has been credited for paving Europe’s way to a renewables-led, zero-carbon future. But the world’s true climate champion is Denmark, which has just set the bar another notch higher than Germany by proposing to accelerate its phase out of coal-fired power plants.
Al-Jazeera
 
Dealing with denial
FIVE years ago next month, disagreement between America and China, the world’s biggest greenhouse-gas emitters, scuppered the UN’s Copenhagen climate-change conference. On November 11th Presidents Barack Obama and Xi Jinping announced a deal on carbon emissions.
The Economist
 
After U.S.-China climate deal, focus on India to follow suit
After this week's carbon deal between the United States and China, No. 3 emitter India faces growing pressure to devise a clear strategy and step out of China's shadow during pivotal global climate talks.
Reuters
 
Netherlands pledges €100 million to Green Climate Fund
The Netherlands has pledged €100 million (US $125m) to the Green Climate Fund. Minister of foreign trade and development cooperation Lilianne Ploumen announced the contribution during a visit to Rwanda on Thursday.
RTCC
 
Climate action for Pacific on agenda for Pacific leaders and French president
Pacific Island leaders will gather in Noumea, New Caledonia, on Monday (17 November 2014) to discuss critical issues linked to climate change with the visiting President of the Republic of France, François Hollande.
Solomon Star News
 
China climate negotiator defends flexible carbon target
China's top climate change negotiator on Friday defended the vagueness of Beijing's target to peak carbon emissions "around 2030", suggesting developed nations may need to make more ambitious cuts.
AFP
 
Mining companies lead new push for carbon capture and burial
Supporting action on climate change while continuing to export coal is not the easiest policy tightrope to walk, but the likes of BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto believe they can do it with the help of people like Dr Richard Aldous.
Sydney Morning Herald
 
 
 
China must change economy to meet climate targets
Chinese leaders pledged for the first time to cap the country's decades-long growth of greenhouse gas emissions.
AP
 
US at odds with Australia as it pledges billions to climate change fund
Barack Obama will make a substantial pledge to a fund to help poor countries fight climate change, again putting the US at odds with Australia, which has argued against diplomatic efforts for G20 leaders to promise more contributions to the fund
Guardian
 
American Carbon Market Seen as Winner With China Accord
The U.S. carbon market that faded over the past decade as European Union trading took off is getting a fresh look after President Barack Obama signed a deal with China to curb emissions.
Bloomberg Businessweel
 
Index launched for green bond growth
A new green bond index family, measuring the global market of fixed income securities issued to fund projects with direct environmental benefits, has been launched by Barclays and MSCI.
Financial Times
 
Something is missing at the G-20
A high dose of the jitters shot through Brisbane, as world leaders arrived for a meeting of the globe's 20 major economies.
Deutsche Welle
 
Researchers studying climate change adaptation among Tamil Nadu farmers
Researchers from Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE) and Azim Premji University (APU) have initiated an 18-month study on climate change adaptation among farmers in the Manimutharu Irrigation area in the Tirunelveli district of Tamil Nadu.
Times of India
 
China Hunger for Clean Energy to Leave No Rooftop Behind
China, the world’s biggest solar market for two years running, is pushing to install more panels at factories, schools and even greenhouses as it seeks to meet its goals under a historic climate agreement with the U.S.
Bloomberg
 
AOSIS calls for a fair climate treaty amid reports that funding pledges have not been honoured
Despite being hardest-hit by the devastating impacts of climate change, finding the funding to battle its effects remains one of the biggest headaches experienced by small island nations.
Seychelles News Agency
 
Climate change may mean 50% more lightning by 2100
Lightning has the power to spark wildfires and kill, and scientists said Thursday that climate change may lead to 50 percent more of it by century's end.
AFP
 
India's UN resolution on Yoga gets backing of about 130 states
In an overwhelming response to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's call for commemorating an International Day of Yoga, about 130 countries have joined as co-sponsors to an India-led UN General Assembly resolution recognising yoga's benefits.
PTI
 
 
 
Pope Francis and the G20 Agenda (opinion) ABC Australia
 
Op-Ed: Hybrid approach to climate policy required in Paris (by Valli Moosa and Harald Dovland) Daily Maverick
 
Xi and Obama have shown leadership on emissions (by Kevin Rudd) Financial Times
 
UN climate chief hails China-U.S. announcement on climate change
United Nations climate chief Christiana Figueres on Wednesday hailed a joint announcement by China and the United States on climate change as providing momentum towards a new climate agreement in Paris in 2015.
Xinhua
 
China’s Climate Change Plan Raises Questions
When the presidents of China and the United States pledged on Wednesday to reduce or limit carbon dioxide emissions, analysts and policy advisers said, the two leaders sent an important signal: that the world’s largest economies were willing to work together on climate change.
NY Times
 
China-US climate pact 'heartening' but short of what's needed: IPCC
A deal between China and the United States to combat global warming is "heartening" although it falls short of the action needed to avert the worst impacts, the head of the U.N. panel of climate scientists said on Wednesday.
Reuters
 
Climate conference calls for unified voice of mountain people
The international conference on 'mountain people adapting to change: solutions beyond boundaries' concluded in Kathmandu on Wednesday, developing a list of actions urgently needed to help the residents of the Hindu Kush Himalayas (HKH) deal with severe impacts of climate change
Xinhua
 
China-U.S. Move to Curb Global Warming Loosens Climate Logjam in Developing World
China’s decision to join with U.S. President Barack Obama in reining in greenhouse gases jump-starts the global fight against climate change, removing an excuse for inaction in developing nations.
Bloomberg
 
Scientists: US-China pact won't slow warming much
Don't expect the landmark U.S.-China climate change agreement to nudge the world's rising thermostat downward much on its own, scientists say.
AP
 
Republicans vow EPA fight as Obama touts China climate deal
Republican congressional leaders on Wednesday wasted no time in criticizing what they called President Barack Obama's "one-sided" climate deal with China, using the announcement to declare war on the administration's plan to use executive actions to combat carbon emissions.
Reuters
 
 
 
California leads by example on climate change
As the U.S. and China - the world's top two polluting nations - turn to implementing new rules aimed at curbing climate change, the countries can look to the most populous U.S. state as an example of the costs and challenges of fighting global warming.
AP
 
Business can save ecosystems and support economic development
Business has long been seen as a barrier to the sustainable use of natural resources but the example of Virunga National Park proves otherwise
Guardian
 
Peru's forests store more CO2 than US emits in a year, research shows
Carbon mapping by the Carnegie Institute for Science reveals nearly seven billion tonnes of carbon stored in Peru’s rainforests, in a technique that could help preserve such stores to reduce carbon emissions
Guardian
 
Xi and Obama revive hopes on climate (view) Financial Times
 
US-China climate deal lowers expectations of strong global climate deal in 2015 (opinion) Business Standard
 
China agrees CO2 peak by 2030, US to cut emissions by quarter
China will aim to cap greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, while the United States will cut total emissions by more than a quarter by 2025, the world's two biggest carbon polluters said in an unprecedented joint pledge at a summit in Beijing on Wednesday.
Reuters
 
US, China unveil ambitious climate change goals
The United States and China pledged Wednesday to take ambitious action to limit greenhouse gases, aiming to inject fresh momentum into the global fight against climate change ahead of high-stakes climate negotiations next year.
AP
 
Unite or drown, small island nations told at climate meeting
The president of the Seychelles on Tuesday urged the planet's small island nations to unite for an unprecedented campaign against climate change or else drown.
AFP
 
Obama must deliver at climate fundraiser in Berlin
Next week’s Green Climate Fund pledging conference gives the US president a chance to show commitment on climate
RTCC
 
EU carbon prices hit 8-month high on market reform prospects
European carbon prices rose to an eight month high on Tuesday after the new European Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy urged nations to agree speedy reforms of the bloc's carbon market.
Reuters
 
 
 
Faith leaders commit to Worship for WASH to save children and women
Nine prominent leaders from the major faiths in India came together today to announce the launch of a globally unprecedented initiative to save millions of Indian children, the Global Interfaith WASH Alliance (GIWA India)
ANI
 
Kell: 'Climate change is bad for business'
One thousand companies as well as investment powerhouses such as BlackRock and BT Pension and the Rockefeller and Rothschild funds are pushing for a global carbon deal. UN Global Compact founder Georg Kell tells DW why.
Deutsche Welle
 
South Africa: SA Taking Bold Steps to Fight Climate Change
South Africa has taken bold steps to fight climate change, says Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa.
SAnews.gov.za (Tshwane)
 
Google-backed SA solar farm comes online
A 96MW photovoltaic solar plant backed by Internet giant Google has gone live in the Northern Cape
SAPA
 
Renewables industry celebrates wind energy jobs surge
Latest RenewableUK study reveals number of people employed by wind energy industry has increased by 6,300 in the past four years
BusinessGreen
 
EXCLUSIVE: Leonardo DiCaprio confirmed to attend Lima UN Climate Conference
Leonardo DiCaprio will be attending COP 20, the Lima Climate Change Conference in December, diplomatic sources have told Peru this Week.
Peru this Week
 
John Kerry: China, America and Our Warming Planet NY Times
 
GOOD FOR EARTH? US, China leaders to meet on climate change
Barack Obama and Xi Jinping have few areas of common ground as they meet this week in Beijing, but could find themselves warming to each other on one longstanding sticking point: climate change.
AFP
 
Climate change: India to keep up pressure on first world
India will remain firm on its demand for greater commitments by developed countries at the UN conference on Climate Change in Peru, in December.
The Hindu
 
Rich countries subsidising oil, gas and coal companies by $88bn a year
Rich countries are subsidising oil, gas and coal companies by about $88bn (£55.4bn) a year to explore for new reserves, despite evidence that most fossil fuels must be left in the ground if the world is to avoid dangerous climate change.
Guardian
 
 
 
Coal versus climate in Australia
Australia continues to frustrate efforts by fellow G20 members to include climate change on the agenda at the upcoming leaders' summit in the eastern city of Brisbane this weekend.
Al-Jazeera
 
Ahead of Global Talks, All Eyes on U.S. Contribution to Climate Fund
Next month's climate talks in Peru are a pivotal point in the push for global action on climate change. But it's a far less publicized gathering in Berlin that holds the key to whether the Lima negotiations succeed—and whether a useful climate treaty might be possible in the end.
InsideClimate News
 
Peabody sees reprieve from US carbon cuts push
The Republican party’s victory in US congressional elections last week has raised industry hopes for a rollback of the Obama administration’s plan to slash emissions from coal-fired power plants, according to Peabody Energy, a vehement opponent of the proposal.
Financial Times
 
A Tricky Transition From Fossil Fuel
Denmark, a tiny country on the northern fringe of Europe, is pursuing the world’s most ambitious policy against climate change. It aims to end the burning of fossil fuels in any form by 2050 — not just in electricity production, as some other countries hope to do, but in transportation as well.
NY Times
 
Study: Global warming worsening watery dead zones
Global warming is likely playing a bigger role than previously thought in dead zones in oceans, lakes and rivers around the world and it's only going to get worse, according to a new study.
AP
 
UN official urges bracing for ramifications of climate change
Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Michel Jarraud on Monday said "Climate change is happening and will not wait for us to be prepared, especially the least equipped.
Kuwait News Agency
 
Chevrolet Buys Carbon Credits From Sustainable Universities
​Every year, colleges across the U.S. engage in ​an ​awareness-raising drive to promote clean energy and energy efficiency. As educational institutions, they play a key role in educating future professionals in their role to preserve the environment.
JustMeans
 
Polar bears added to UN protection list as Arctic ice shrinks
The polar bear has long been an emblem of the climate change movement; its icy Arctic habitat shrinking as a result of manmade global warming.
RTCC
 
Will 2014 be the year companies woke up to deforestation threat?
New CDP Forests report highlights rise in businesses pledging to end deforestation in their supply chains, but says more work is now needed to make good on those commitments
BusiinessGreen
 
Climate Caravan shows the way
It’s no secret that Bangladesh is one of the countries most at risk from the ongoing consequences of climate change. Yet, while people in this region are acutely aware of this, the government is still at odds with its own population, announcing a new 1,320-megawatt coal-based power plant to be completed in 2019
New Internationalist
 
 
 
The Climate Change Game: A Two-Minute Warming (blog) Huffington Post
 
Don't cave in on climate policy, Senate leaders urge Obama
Four Senate leaders on Friday urged President Barack Obama not to retreat from promises of strong domestic carbon cutting goals and significant aid to developing countries to combat climate change given new Republican leadership in Congress, which is expected to be hostile to such policies.
Reuters
 
India Eyes $100 Billion Investment In Renewable Energy
The new Indian government is taking serious initiatives to boost the power sector, which is in dire need of financial and structural reforms. A large number of these reforms will be implemented in the renewable energy sector.
Cleantechnica
 
C20 calls on G20 to act on inequality, tax avoidance and climate change
The C20 (Civil Society 20) is calling on G20 leaders to take action this weekend to improve the lives of the most vulnerable in society.
ABC Australia
 
Las potencias deben pagar la mitigación de daños al clima
El ministro de Medio Ambiente y Agua, José Antonio Zamora, pidió a los países desarrollados, a nombre de Bolivia, recursos económicos para afrontar los problemas del cambio climático en el mundo. La autoridad participó de la cumbre PreCOP en Venezuela.
La Razón
 
'India firming up stand it will present at Lima conference'
India was firming up its stand which it will present in the crucial UN conference on climate change to be held in Peruvian capital Lima next month, Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said today.
Economic Times
 
Caricom draws climate change deal red line
The 15-member Caribbean Community (Caricom) is making it clear that it is prepared to walk out of the world climate change talks in Peru next month if rich countries are not prepared to agree on a deal that will reduce the impact of climate change on the region.
Jamaica Observer
 
International conference on climate change kicks off in Kathmandu
An international conference on "mountain people adapting to change" kicked off in Kathmandu Sunday, aiming at providing a platform to discuss best ways to help mountain communities to deal with adverse impacts of climate change.
IANS
 
ASEAN leaders urged to act on climate change
A coalition of NGOs has warned leaders attending the ASEAN Summit in Myanmar that a year after Typhoon Haiyan struck the region, causing massive destruction and many deaths, things will only get worse unless serious action is taken on climate change
Jakarta Post
 
Green energy 'creates more jobs than fossil fuels', study says
Investing in renewables adds half a job per gigawatt hour of electricity generated, report claims, with around 10 jobs created for every £1m invested
BusinessGreen
 
 
 
Ethical investing: An understanding of grey areas is crucial for success in business
Investors’ long-term success may increasingly depend not just on the narrow financial performance of the companies whose shares they buy, but on how well they manage the ethical questions that will ultimately shape the outcomes for those companies.
Financial Times
 
Climate change inspires rise of 'cli-fi' flicks
The giant, inflatable whale in this Gulf Coast city signals not only the arrival of one of the world's biggest documentary festivals, but also the emergence of film as a way to tell the story of climate change.
AP
 
Why Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo are buying up wind energy
As of now, the top three most widely used search engines, by a considerable margin, are Google, Yahoo and Microsoft's Bing.
NZ Herald
 
Review: 2071, Royal Court Theatre
It was heartening to see some interest in climate change in Sloane Square – one of London’s richest neighbourhoods, better known for Russian oligarchs than eco-warriors.
RTCC
 
On climate change, Australia will be left behind by China, the US and the EU (comment) Guardian
 
Philippine climate envoy to end epic walk at typhoon haiyan ground zero in Tacloban
Philippine climate change envoy Naderev Sano will on Saturday reach ground zero of the strongest typhoon ever to hit land, completing an epic march he believes will help spur global warming action.
AFP
 
ONU considera indispensable un marco regulatorio global sobre cambio climático
Luego de una ardua jornada de trabajo, los movimientos sociales y representantes ministeriales de 47 países del mundo se sentaron este jueves en una misma mesa a debatir sobre el cambio climático.
El Sol de Margarita
 
On International Day, UN urges protection of environment from ravages of war
From the contamination of land to the plundering of natural resources, the environment has long been a “silent casualty” of war, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon affirmed today as he warned that the fast-changing dynamic of contemporary conflict required steadfast solutions for future peacebuilding and sustainable development.
UN News Centre
 
Venezuela reafirma compromiso contra el capitalismo durante la PreCOP Social
El canciller venezolano, Rafael Ramírez, reafirmó hoy el compromiso de Venezuela en la lucha contra el capitalismo "depredador" durante de la Pre Conferencia de las Partes para el Cambio Climático (PreCop- Social) que se celebra en la isla venezolana de Margarita
El Tiempo
 
India targets renewables in $250bn power plan
India will need $250bn of investment in power generation and transmission over the next five years to meet its goal of doubling electricity output and connecting everyone to the grid, according to the new government.
Financial Times
 
 
 
Typhoon Haiyan: millions of lives still blighted one year on
A year after typhoon Haiyan devastated central areas of the Philippines, aid workers and officials are warning that millions of people are still living in temporary shelters and evacuation centres.
Guardian
 
Climate economics expert urges "critical" investment shift
The next 20 years must see a "critical" investment shift from high- to low-carbon energy sources to limit damaging global warming, Nicholas Stern, an authority on the economics of climate change, said Thursday.
AFP
 
SABIC wins CDM registration for innovative carbon reduction project; demonstrates commitment to low carbon economy
An innovative carbon reduction project initiated by SABIC at its manufacturing affiliate, Al-Jubail Fertilizer Company (Al-Bayroni), has been registeredby the Executive Board of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM).
Zawya
 
Arab stance on pollution sought
The undersecretary of Meteorology and Environment Protection for Environment and Sustainable Development Affairs, Abdul Bassette Al-Sairafi, has urged all Arab countries to take a unified stance against the high pollution rates and develop a clear strategy to face environment challenges.
Arab News
 
Study: Global warming will increase pollen and allergen exposure
The icebergs are melting and the sea levels are rising. Studies show droughts could become longer and more frequent, coastal storms more damaging, and forest fires more expansive. Now, researchers say climate change is also likely to bring about more pollen-induced sneezing.
UPI
 
El Salvador Restores Biodiversity in the Face of Climate Change
Carlos Menjívar has been ferrying people in his boat for 20 years in this fishing village in western El Salvador surrounded by ocean, mangroves and wetlands, which is suffering the effects of environmental degradation.
IPS
 
Netherlands to be Home of First Bike Path Running on Solar Energy
Solar technology continues to evolve, as next Wednesday, Nov. 12, will see the opening of the first bike path in the world to run on solar energy in the Netherlands.
HNGN.com
 
Suzlon sets up world’s tallest hybrid wind turbine in Kutch
Suzlon Energy, on Thursday, put into operation the world’s tallest hybrid wind generator turbine here. The turbine, it is claimed, will generate 12-15 per cent more energy.
The Hindu
 
Venezuela: Global Social Movements Unite to Tackle Climate Change
Delegates from environmental groups from around the world have gathered on the Venezuelan island of Margarita as part of the country's "Social Precop," coordinated by the Venezuelan government in a bid to take the "voice of the people" into the United Nations talks on climate change.
Telesur
 
Fabius: "le climato-fatalisme est dangereux, le climato-volontarisme nécessaire"
"Je suis un climato-volontaire", a déclaré le ministre, en rappelant que la France accueillerait fin 2015 la conférence de l'ONU sur le climat où un accord déterminant pour l'avenir de la planète doit être scellé.
AFP
 
 
 
Amplifying women’s voices in climate change solutions focus of UN conference
Aiming to develop more gender-sensitive services, a United Nations-led conference kicking off in Geneva today is spearheading a drive to ensure that weather and climate services reduce women’s vulnerability to disasters and climate change, and help them realize their potential as champions of community resilience.
UN News Centre
 
Camino a la cop20
El distrito más verde de Lima, San Borja, es el espacio reservado para ser la sede oficial de la COP20: 90,000 metros cuadrados diseñados en el Cuartel General del Ejército exclusivamente para la cita mundial, que se realizará del 1 al 12 de diciembre.
El Peruano
 
Brazil: Rich nations must reduce carbon emissions
Brazil's environment minister said Wednesday that her nation will be a protagonist at an upcoming climate change conference in Peru and will hold developed nations accountable for strong commitments to reduce carbon emissions.
AP
 
UN Climate Change Report 2014: The End Of The IPCC?
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, IPCC, has been a leading voice in discussions about global warming since the panel was formed 26 years ago, and it has devoted countless hours and resources to understanding the planet’s complex and ever-changing environment.
International Business Times
 
Narendra Modi government reconstitutes climate change panel, no member from industry
Barely three weeks before crucial negotiations in Lima, the government has reconstituted the Prime Minister's Council on Climate Change, reducing its size and dropping members, including sole industry representative Ratan Tata and Centre for Science and Environment director general Sunita Narain.
Economic Times
 
For India, China-backed lender may be answer to coal investment
India is hoping a new China-backed multilateral lender will fund coal-based energy projects, an official said, putting it in direct conflict with the World Bank, whose chief has maintained that it would stick to its restrictions on such lending.
Reuters
 
Asian Economies Underinvest in Climate Change Response, Oxfam
Many governments in developing Asia, including Indonesia and the Philippines, continue to under invest in projects that would improve their resiliency to climate change, despite the devastation they suffer from extreme weather events, a study by global development group Oxfam shows.
Wall Street Journal
 
Solar latecomer France builds Europe's largest plant
France has made up some lost ground against its neighbors with the start to construction of what will be Europe's biggest photovoltaic solar power plant.
Reuters
 
Climate change is a window of opportunity for Finland
Energy and climate policy are key issues for the whole of humanity because of global warming and climate change. They are important for me as well. I have worked around them as an engineer and for the last 18 years as politician.
Helsinki Times
 
Rwanda farmer test may prove value of climate forecasts
An experiment is beginning in Rwanda to test whether farming communities are more likely to adapt their agricultural practices to cope with climate change if the government provides timely weather forecasts.
SciDev.net
 
 
 
UN climate talks: one month, three knotty problems (opionion/analysis) RTCC
 
Kerry: U.S., China should set example by agreeing on climate goals
The United States and China, the world's largest carbon emitters, have an opportunity to agree on ambitious targets to reduce climate-warming gas emissions and set the stage for a global deal, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday.
Reuters
 
Venezuela será sede del debate sobre cambio climático
Representantes de alrededor de un centenar de movimientos sociales y Organizaciones No Gubernamentales (ONG) de 48 países comenzaron en la isla de Margarita un debate sobre el cambio climático de cara a la cumbre mundial sobre el tema del próximo diciembre en Perú.
EFE
 
Japan, Indonesia launch greenhouse gas emission trade
The government has adopted a plan to offer Indonesia energy-saving technology in a trade for greenhouse-gas emission rights, the Environment Ministry said Tuesday.
Kyodo
 
Climate talks: India mulls shift in stand
Climate negotiations in the run-up to the global deal in Paris next year may not to be on predictable lines. After trade, the Narendra Modi government is now contemplating a strategic shift during talks, delinking India’s position from China.
Times of India
 
China issues key layout on climate change
An official plan was issued on Tuesday by the National Development and Reform Commission to cope with climate change from 2014 to 2020.
Xinhua
 
Carbon capture technology could take off this decade – report
The development of technology allowing power plants to burn fossil fuels without spewing greenhouse gases into the atmosphere is accelerating, a report has found.
RTCC
 
Latin America’s Climate Vanguard
Latin America may have weathered the global economic slowdown, but for many, the potential impact of global warming, and the measures required to avoid its worst effects, may undermine the region’s fragile political, economic, and social balance – and roll back years of progress.
Project Syndicate
 
Zimbabwe: 'Take Bold Decisions On Climate Change'
AS the world heads for the watershed climate talks in Paris next year, Environment Minister Saviour Kasukuwere wants to see stronger action from rich countries to help control unprecedented climate damage in Africa.
The Herald
 
Seychelles: U.S.$10 Million for Environment Related Projects in Seychelles - UNDP-GEF
A six year project to support climate change adaptation measures on the Seychelles main and second most populated islands of Mahé and Praslin is underway with a key focus on water scarcity and flooding.
Seychelles News Agency
 
 
 
IRENA calls for a massive global scale-up of renewable energy
The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA, Abu Dhabi, UAE) on November 3rd, 2014 gathered representatives from over 90 countries in Abu Dhabi to review and recommend actions to scale-up renewable energy around the world.
solarserver.com
 
Germany looks to fast-track exit from coal, as well as nuclear
Germany is looking to achieve exactly what Australia says is not possible – and wean one of the world’s largest manufacturing economies off coal – as well as shutting down nuclear.
Reneweconomy
 
Church of England failing to heed call to divest from fossil fuels
Despite advice from Desmond Tutu to divest from of coal, oil and gas, the Church of England is choosing to delay a decision until late 2015
Guardian
 
The big loser in this election is the climate
In the lead-up to the 2014 midterms, a lot of green groups were hoping that this might finally be the election in which climate change became a defining issue.
Vox.com
 
UN official: Parts of climate accord should be binding
Climate chief for the United Nations Christiana Figueres thinks parts of the global climate change accord need to be binding.
The Hill
 
Pulgar Vidal: IPCC leaves politicians with “no excuses”
Science report and New York summit sent strong political signals for UN climate deal success, says Peru’s environment minister - See more at: http://www.rtcc.org/2014/11/03/pulgar-vidal-ipcc-leaves-politicians-with-no-excuses/#sthash.59PtQgLU.dpuf
RTCC
 
'Remarkable Opportunity' for Global Economy in Upcoming Climate Change Talks
An estimated $90 trillion will be invested in infrastructure over the next 15 years: the crucial question is whether this will go into the old brown economy of the past or a new, resource-efficient, low-carbon economy of the future.
Bloomberg BNA
 
After 5 reports: Future of UN climate body debated
After a six-year scientific marathon that involved about 4,000 authors, contributors and reviewers and 30,000 climate studies, the U.N.'s expert panel on climate change has published its latest assessment on global warming. Now many wonder what's next.
AP
 
Trini holds key role in global climate talks
In December, Trinidadian Kishan Kumarsingh will, together with the European Union’s Artur Runge-Metzger, lead an international working group tasked with the challenge of hammering out a critically-needed global agreement to address climate change.
Guardian (Trinidad and Tobago)
 
Climate change hopes for G20 diminished
Climate change will remain all but absent from the G20 summit, with a related energy efficiency plan omitting mention of global warming as a motivation for curbing energy use, according to a draft.
Sydney Morning Herald
 
 
 
Hollande calls on Canada to fight climate change
French President François Hollande, whose country will host global climate talks next year, told Canadian lawmakers on Monday that he is counting their oil-exporting country to help in the fight against warming.
The Local
 
Climate change an issue at the polls, among non-white voters in particular
A report from FiveThirtyEight using data from the Pew Research center found that non-white voters were more concerned than white voters with climate change as an important policy issue in this year's polls.
UPI
 
Developing countries switching to low carbon economy at twice the pace of developed nations
Developing countries are increasing their clean energy capacity twice as fast as developed nations, a new study suggests.
Climate Group
 
Uganda Still Grapples with Inadequate Funds to Tackle Climate Change
Until last month, Allen Nambozo’s only source of income was the cabbages, carrots and bananas she grew along the slopes of Uganda’s Mount Elgon in the eastern district of Bulambuli.
IPS
 
Beating water and land shortages in the Middle East and north Africa
Focusing on the nexus between scarce resources is the only route to sustainable supplies of water, food and energy
Guardian
 
Wind energy sector in India expected to attract Rs 20,000 crore of investments
India's sluggish wind energy market is set for a revival following the restoration of a depreciation incentive, which is expected to attract about Rs 20,000 crore of investments next year as companies across sectors add 3,000 MW of capacity powered by this renewable source of energy.
Economic Times
 
Rwanda: Government Optimistic New Tax Incentive Will Attract Investments in Energy
The government is optimistic it will attract more investiments into the energy sector once it has fixed a tax incentive proposed in the new Investment Code.
The New Times
 
Small Town In Victoria Sets 100% Renewable Energy Goal For 2022
It seems that it is not just towns in New South Wales that are looking to meet all their own electricity needs with renewable energy – a small township in Victoria is also looking to become 100% renewable within a decade.
Cleantechnica/RenewEconomy
 
UN panel adopts landmark climate report
The United Nations' expert panel on climate science on Saturday finished a report on global warming that the UN's environment agency said offers "conclusive evidence" that humans are altering the Earth's climate system.
AP
 
IPCC report warns governments on failure to check climate change
The message from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is loud and unequivocal: the window of opportunity for the world to stave off the severe, pervasive and irreversible impacts of global warming is limited.
Economic Times
 
 
 
Ban Ki-moon: World leaders are ready to sign climate deal
World leaders are ready to sign an international agreement to combat climate change, says UN secretary general Ban
RTCC
 
Invest now or face 'irreversible' effects of climate change, U.N. panel warns
The cost of fighting climate change will only climb if industrialized nations don't take steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the United Nations' panel on the matter warned Sunday in its wrap-up report.
CNN
 
IPCC: rapid carbon emission cuts vital to stop severe impact of climate change
Most important assessment of global warming yet warns carbon emissions must be cut sharply and soon, but UN’s IPCC says solutions are available and affordable
Guardian
 
Climate change fight affordable, cut emissions to zero by 2100-UN
Governments can keep climate change in check at manageable costs but will have to cut greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2100 to limit risks of irreversible damage, a U.N. report said on Sunday
Reuters
 
Fossil fuels should be phased out by 2100 says IPCC
The unrestricted use of fossil fuels should be phased out by 2100 if the world is to avoid dangerous climate change, a UN-backed expert panel says.
BBC
 
France, US lead voices of alarm at climate report
France and the United States headed a chorus of alarm on Sunday after a major UN report on climate change warned that the Earth was on track for potentially disastrous global warming.
AFP
 
Denmark considers phasing out coal by 2025 in big green shift
Denmark should ban coal use by 2025 to make the Nordic nation a leader in fighting global warming, adding to green measures ranging from wind energy to bicycle power, Denmark's climate minister said on Saturday.
Reuters
 
Religious leaders bring faith to bear on saving earth at climate change forum today
Spiritual and religious leaders will gather for an interfaith forum today to examine what climate change means to the faith community and kick off Asia's chapter of an online "prayer petition".
South China Morning Post
 
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.
RTCC
 
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.
RTCC
 
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.
RTCC
 
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.
EurActiv
 
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.
RTCC
 
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.
Reuters
 
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.
Phys.Org
 
 
 
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.
CleanTechnica
 
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.
Reuters
 
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.
CleanTechnica
 
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.
Nature.com
 
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.
RTCC
 
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.
Forbes
 
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.
RTCC
 
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.
RTCC
 
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.
stv.tv
 
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.
Xinhua
 
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.
Bloomberg
 
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.
CleanTechnica
 
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.
CleanTechnica
 
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
RTCC
 
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.
RTCC
 
 
 
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.
Reuters
 
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.
RTCC
 
'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.
CleanTechnica
 
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.
RTCC
 
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.
Forbes
 
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.
Reuters
 
 
 
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.
Reuters
 
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.
eco-business.com
 
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.
CleanTechnica
 
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.
eco-business.com
 
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.
Reuters
 
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.
CleanTechnica
 
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.
CleanTechnica
 
'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.
RTCC
 
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.
Xinhua
 
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.
RTCC
 
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.
EurActiv
 
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.

Phys.Org
 
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.
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.
RTCC
 
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.
CNBC
 
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.
RTCC
 
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.
RTCC
 
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.
CleanTechnica
 
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.
RTCC
 
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.
Reuters
 
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.
Reuters
 
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].”
CleanTechnica
 
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.
Firstpost
 
 
 
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.
CleanTechnica
 
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
RTCC
 
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.
Aljazeera
 
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?
RTCC
 
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.
EurActiv
 
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.
EurActiv
 
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.
Reuters
 
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
RTCC
 
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.
RTCC
 
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.
Businessweek
 
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: http://www.rtcc.org/2014/10/19/ban-summit-success-tested-as-un-envoys-meet-for-climate-talks/#sthash.1FaW4gIz.dpuf
RTCC
 
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.
CleanTechnica
 
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.
RTCC
 
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.
CleanTechica
 
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.
CleanTechnica
 
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.
Quartz
 
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.
RTCC
 
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.
RTCC
 
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.
Bloomberg
 
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.
Reuters
 
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.
CleanTechnica
 
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.
RTCC
 
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.
Forbes
 
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.
CleanTechnica
 
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.
Reuters
 
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.
RTCC
 
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.
RTCC
 
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.
Reuters
 
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.

RTCC
 
 
 
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.
RTCC
 
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.
USDA.gov
 
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.
RTCC
 
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.
Reuters
 
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”.
RTCC
 
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.
swissinfo.ch
 
 
 
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
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.
VOA
 
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.
Bloomberg
 
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.
RTCC
 
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.
Reuters
 
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.
RTCC
 
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.
RTCC
 
 
 
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.
Bloomberg
 
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.
NOAA
 
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.
RTCC
 
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.
Bloomberg
 
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.
Bloomberg
 
 
 
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.
Climateprogress
 
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.
RTCC
 
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.
RTCC
 
 
 
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.
Bloomberg
 
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.
Reneweconomy
 
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.
Climateprogress
 
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.
RTCC
 
 
 
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.
thenews.pl
 
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.
RTCC
 
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.
RTCC
 
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.
CleanTechnica
 
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 Collectively.org 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.
Guardian
 
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.
Bloomberg
 
 
 
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.
Reuters
 
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.
RTCC
 
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.
Bloomberg
 
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.
RTCC
 
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.
RTCC
 
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.
RTCC
 
News Corp and Occidental Among Latest Firms to Cut Ties with ALEC
Rupert Murdoch's News Corp., Occidental Petroleum, International Paper, and Overstock.com 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.
PRWatch
 
(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).
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(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.
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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.
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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.
Guardian
 
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.
RTCC
 
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.
CleanTechnica
 
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.
CleanTechnica
 
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.
RTCC
 
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.
RTCC
 
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.
CleanTechnica
 
 
 
(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.
Time
 
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.
CleanTechnica
 
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.
RTCC
 
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.
RTCC
 
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.
GreenBiz.com
 
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.
CleanTechnica
 
 
 
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.
RTCC
 
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.
RTCC
 
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.
Mashable
 
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!
CleanTechnica
 
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.
NYT
 
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.
CleanTechnica
 
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?
CleanTechnica
 
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?
Forbes
 
 
 
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.
NYT
 
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?
NYT