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Europe releases vision for Paris climate change deal
Brussels climate chief Canete says US and China must follow EU and reveal commitments to a 2015 UN pact
UN climate chief to visit PH
The head of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) will be in the Philippines to join French President Francois Hollande's call for global action in curbing climate change.
French President Hollande in Philippines to promote fight against climate change
President Francois Hollande arrived in the Philippines on Thursday, accompanied by two of France's leading actresses, to promote the fight against climate change ahead of a crucial summit of world leaders.
French president urged to pledge more climate funds for SE Asia
French President Francois Hollande must lead developed nations in hammering out a global climate deal that will prepare poor nations for tackling impacts of climate change, a group of NGOs has said.
jakarta Post
EU unveils vast plan to merge 28 energy markets
The European Union's executive has unveiled a vast plan to boost coordination between the EU's 28 national energy markets to wean Europe off unstable Russian gas supplies and provide cheaper energy for consumers.
European Parliament hopes to revive carbon market in 2019
The European Parliament's Environment Committee has called for the withdrawal of 1.7 billion carbon quotas in 2019. This proposal must be negotiated in the Council before being adopted.
Bloomberg: Trade Keystone XL for Climate Deal
Most environmentalists say construction of the Keystone XL pipeline would be "game over" for the climate, but former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg says there's an upside—if President Obama can trade it for a climate deal with Canada.
National Journal
Prince Charles: climate change is not a conspiracy
Prince Charles has compared the planet to a sick human and says leaders who delay action on climate change are essentially "testing the disease to the patient's destruction".
Sydney Morning Herald
Polish PM says no case for early reform of EU carbon market
Poland's prime minister has asked the European Commission to stick to the original start date for reforms to the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS), a day after members of the European Parliament backed earlier action.
Experts weigh in on Malaysia’s erratic weather – Bernama
Malaysia has been experiencing erratic weather patterns of late, some of which have never before been witnessed.
Don’t take lightly climate change, global warming, warns Najib
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak today warned that climate change and global warming could no longer be viewed lightly.
How Indigenous philosophy could help us understand climate change
Cut the Sky, a new dance work premiering at the Perth festival, draws on Indigenous Australian traditions to help audiences apply emotion, rather than cold logic, to climate change
What Do Apple, Citi and Shell Have in Common? Huffington Post
The critical flaw in the EU's climate plan  Guardian
France and Philippines: Poster children for climate talks?
President Benigno Aquino III and his French counterpart François Hollande are expected to initiate a call in Manila for other countries to sign a climate deal in December 2015
EU “backtracks” on climate goals in UN pledge, say experts
Adding huge carbon sinks to UN climate pledge could let other sectors face lighter carbon cuts and weaken 2030 goal
Obama Vetoes Bill Pushing Pipeline Approval
President Obama on Tuesday rejected an attempt by lawmakers to force his hand on the Keystone XL oil pipeline, using his veto pen to sweep aside one of the first major challenges to his authority by the new Republican Congress.
NY Times
Livelihoods of millions of Southeast Asians at risk from climate change
Climate change is set to impact agriculture and other key sectors of Southeast Asian economies along the Lower Mekong River Basin.
Deutsche Welle
Eiffel Tower going green with two wind turbines
The Eiffel Tower has gone green. As part of an ongoing facelift of the iconic structure, a New York company this month installed two wind turbines about 400 feet up on the tower, above the second level.
Top officials say UN development system must adapt to challenges posed by post-2015 agenda
Top United Nations officials today underlined the importance of ongoing review and reform of the Organization’s development system as Member States met to begin the UN Economic and Social Council’s (ECOSOC) Operational Activities Segment.
UN News Centre
OECD: Green Investment Bank should fund emerging clean tech
The Green Investment Bank should finance early stage renewable energy technologies to ensure they can make a cost-effective contribution to Britain's energy sector, the OECD has said.
Artificial glacier could help Ladakh villagers adapt to climate change
Engineers are creating giant pyramids of ice in the drought-hit Indian Himalayas to see if the melt water they release can help solve water shortages during the region’s dry season
Mobile technology helps Sri Lanka cope with climate change
Floods and landslides linked to climate change have battered parts of Sri Lanka in the past two years, disrupting food output, but scientists believe a new program to install low-cost weather stations based on open-source technology could help farmers adapt to increasingly wild weather.
Thomson Reuters Foundation
The remote Alaskan village that needs to be relocated due to climate change
This tiny and isolated town of 400 cannot be reached by road. It lies on a fragile barrier island along the Chukchi Sea, 83 miles above the Arctic circle.
Washington Post
Climate Change Will Hit America in the Breadbasket, Scientists Say
Climate experts have seen the future of America's breadbasket — and from their perspective, it doesn't look pretty.
As sea levels rise, climate change threatens entire Pacific cultures
In the first of a series of columns, poet Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner reflects on the cultural dimensions of climate change
Climate finance: the focus must be on quality not quantity Guardian
Why Is the Clock Ticking for a Climate Deal in 2015? Huffington Post
EU pushes for tough Paris climate deal - draft
European Union leaders want to enshrine in international law a goal to cut global emissions by 60 percent by 2050, according to a draft document that puts the bloc on a collision course with the biggest polluters.
EU wants Paris climate deal to cut carbon emissions 60% by 2050
A major UN climate summit in Paris later this year should call on countries to make tough carbon cuts to avoid dangerous global warming, EU document says
EU targets 60% global carbon cuts by 2050 in leaked climate plan
Commission wants UN to target global goal of cutting carbon emissions 60% below 2010 levels by 2050
2015 pivotal for finalizing universal climate change agreement, Ban tells Member States
This year is pivotal for global action on climate change, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today in New York, emphasising that all the major advances of 2014 have set the stage for success in 2015.
UN News Centre
Hollande aux Philippines, pour un rendez-vous écologique et glamour
François Hollande sera jeudi et vendredi aux Philippines pour plaider avec détermination contre le réchauffement climatique.
RTL (France)
Activists to French president: Climate action not enough
Activists want to remind President Francois Hollande of are the obligations of developed countries like France to Filipinos and other countries 'suffering' from climate change
Floods, storms and heat projected to cost SE Asia $34 bln per year
Falling crop yields, damage to infrastructure and heat-related illnesses brought on by climate change could cost the four Southeast Asian countries of the lower Mekong River basin $34 billion per year, researchers say.
Thomson Reuters Foundation
INDCs: Bridging the Gap Between National and International Climate Action
As the world marches toward December’s United Nations Conference of the Parties (COP21) Paris climate summit, governments are determining what effort they will make to reduce emissions and address climate change
Energy Collective
UN scientists say climate change dims Africa's progress
Scientists from the UN affiliated Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) said on Monday that climatic shocks remain a mortal threat to Africa's socioeconomic progress.
EU Carbon Market Fix Bolstered by Accord Before Committee Vote
An early start of a mechanism to help boost European carbon prices is more likely to win support from lawmakers in Brussels on Tuesday after the two largest parliamentary groups agreed on the measure.
Defining sustainable development: The woman who started it all
Ahead of the Macao International Environmental Co-operation Forum (MIECF), keynote speaker Dr Gro Harlem Brundtland, Special Envoy on Climate Change for the UN, looks back on nearly 30 years of the sustainable development movement.
‘Modi government has shifted gears on climate change’ (interview with Robert Orr)
While India has been an active participant and leader in global climate discussions for many years, the Modi government has shifted the gears on the issue of climate change, according to Dr Robert C Orr, special advisor to the UN Secretary General on climate change.
The Hindu
Solar eclipse puts Europe’s power supplies at risk
An eclipse of the sun next month could disrupt Europe’s power supplies because so many countries now use solar energy, electricity system operators have warned.
Financial Times
Climate pact offers improved relations
The drive for a global climate-change agreement by the end of 2015 offers the best scenario to improve US-Chinese relations, according to observers.
China Daily USA
Welcoming the French president (opinion) Manila Standard Today
French President to tackle climate change, security on visit to the Philippines
French President François Hollande and his Philippines counterpart Benigno Aquino are to discuss climate change and international terrorism when they meet later this week
Prescott Makes 'Thumping' Return To Frontline
John Prescott is to return to frontline politics ahead of the General Election after Ed Miliband appointed him a climate change adviser.
SKY News
Obama to host Britain's Prince Charles at White House in March
President Barack Obama will meet next month with Britain's Prince Charles and his wife, during the royals' visit to the United States to encourage corporate social responsibility and combating climate change, the White House said on Friday.
Climat : Hollande cherche à redorer son « étoile verte »
Le défi du changement climatique reste en bonne place dans l’agenda du chef de l’Etat.
Les Echos
Rwanda: We Do Not Need to Isolate Climate Change From Other Devt Activities, UK Official Says
Sir David King is the UK Foreign Secretary Special Representative for Climate Change
The New Times
Aviation Emissions Projects Soon Clear For Take-off Under Kyoto Protocol’s Clean Development Mechanism
The aviation sector will soon have a new way to measure, account for and reward reductions in the gases that contribute to climate change thanks to work agreed to this week by the Board that runs the Kyoto Protocol’s Clean Development Mechanism (CDM).
Caribbean News Service
Climate change: Minister says efforts being made to cope with negative impacts
Federal Minister for Climate Change Mushahidullah Khan on Sunday said that efforts are being made at various levels in the light of policy recommendations proposed in the National Climate Change Policy of Pakistan to cope with the negative impacts of climate change.
Daily Times
Greenhouse gas emissions claims rejected
The Government has rejected forest owners' claims that New Zealand is going to miss its greenhouse gas reduction targets.
Radio New Zealand International
Inter-ministerial talks on climate change begin
With regard to the Paris climate conference, the environment ministry has started its inter-ministerial consultation, which would be on five essential pillars — climate finance, mitigation, adaptation, equity and innovation.
Hindustan Times
World’s biggest offshore windfarm approved
Plans for the world’s biggest offshore windfarm have been given the green light by the energy secretary, with planning permission for an array of up to 400 turbines 80 miles off the Yorkshire coast on the Dogger Bank.
Gulf Times
Climate change bill faces uphill battle
With Republicans in control of both houses of Congress, the odds of passing a climate change bill this year are virtually non-existent. But Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Maryland, plans to reintroduce legislation to cap carbon emissions this week, anyway, due in part to the impact it could have on the 2016 election.
WHO Fears Climate Change Will Accelerate Spread of Some Tropical Diseases
The World Health Organization (WHO) is seeking billions of dollars to tackle 17 tropical diseases such as dengue, rabies and leprosy, the group announced on Thursday.
UN urges to boost investments to tackle neglected tropical diseases
Scaling up investment to tackle leprosy, dengue fever, sleeping sickness and other neglected tropical diseases will improve the health and well-being of more than 1.5 billion people, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday
New Kerala
France, PH setting tone for global pact on climate change
As climate change impacts - blizzards in Western countries, fiercer typhoons, rising seas, droughts and flooding in the poorest and most vulnerable countries - continue to be felt around the world, the need for firmer action has assumed greater urgency.
Greek Orthodox Patriarch to attend Philippines climate change forum on French president’s invitation
Greek Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew will attend a climate change forum in the Philippines on Feb. 26-27, on the invitation of French President François Hollande.
RI not rushing into emissions commitments for Paris summit
Indonesia will miss the informal deadline for setting national emissions reduction targets ahead of the December 2015 UN climate conference in Paris, as it wants to ensure it can follow through on what it promises.
jakarta Post
January second-warmest on record globally
January picked up right where 2014 left off: with unusually warm temperatures recorded around the world.
USA Today
Cyclone Marcia: Climate change is expanding the tropics
The southward shift of cyclones under climate change will force planners to demand stronger building standards as far south as Coffs Harbour on the NSW North Coast, Cairns climatologist Steve Turton says.
Sydney Morning Herald
NZ and Pacific develop climate change strategies
A workshop in Auckland today is aiming to help Pacific Island countries develop their responses to climate change.
Radio New Zealand International
India to launch national air quality index in March
The first step to operationalise the India-US Climate and Clean Energy Co-operation accord agreed to by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Barack Obama has been taken with the State Department and the Environmental Protection Agency signing off on an initiative to expand the AIRNow International programme to India.
Economic Times
India’s Largest Bank Commits $12.5 Billion For Renewable Energy Funding
Private sector project developers in India’s rapidly growing renewable energy would be happy to have the backing of the country’s largest bank as they get ready to participate in cut-throat competitive bidding.
More Sick Sea Lion Pups Washing Up on California Beaches
Four times more sick and dying sea lion pups have gotten stranded on California beaches this year, and experts say unusually warm ocean water along the West Coast is to blame.
An artist's impression of desertification in Mongolia
A Mongolian government study suggest a quarter of the country has become desert over the past three decades. Paris-based artist Daesung Lee uses art to highlight a problem threatening the traditional nomadic way of life
Deutsche Welle
Namibia: Global United Go North for Climate Kick 2015
The FNB Global United Climate Kick will be held for the sixth successive year with a match between Global United and a Kunene All Stars team in Outjo on 28 March.
The Namibian
Fighting Climate Change with Community Action
Not far above Trinidad’s capital, Port-of-Spain, in a corner of the St. Ann’s valley in the Northern Range, the community of Fondes Amandes have come together since 1982 to respond to the climate change.
Fight climate change, make money (By Richard Branson and Paul Polman) CNN
EU politicians haggle over carbon market reform date
A compromise date of the very end of 2018 for reform of the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) has run into opposition from some legislators, EU sources said, ahead of a vote next week that will be closely watched by the world's biggest carbon market.
Economists warn of “lost decade” risk for EU carbon market
Ahead of key European Parliament vote next Tuesday, researchers urge early reform to flagship climate policy
Climate Change And New York City: More Heat, Rain And Flooding On The Horizon For Big Apple
Increased coastal flooding, more intense heat waves and lots of rain are on the horizon for New Yorkers as global greenhouse gases drive manmade climate change and alter weather patterns, a report from the New York City Panel on Climate Change predicts.
International Business Times
Parts of New York City To Disappear Underwater By 2100
Parts of Queens, Brooklyn and The Bronx may be swallowed by the sea in coming years, with an alarming new climate change report predicting a water-logged future for New York City.
Post-2015 agenda must give real voice to developing nations: Bhagwant Bishnoi
With the post-2015 development agenda set to be adopted later this year at the UN, India has said developing nations must be given the "necessary space" to pull their people out of poverty while pursuing socially inclusive and environmentally sustainable growth.
The weird way that climate change could lead to new disease outbreaks around the world
Climate change could be behind more than just rising ocean levels, melting polar ice caps, and extreme weather events – it could also be creating the ecological basis for infectious diseases to spread to new places and new hosts.
Washington Post
Japan Looks to Ocean for Renewable Energy
As an island nation, Japan controls large swaths of ocean territory, about the sixth-greatest expanse of any country in the world, according to government data. That is stark contrast to its relatively meagre land area, which ranks near the middle of list, in 60th place. So it makes sense for Japan to look to the seas for renewable energy — something it hasn’t done so far.
Wall Street Journal
De jeunes Européens tiennent leur "sommet climat" à Toulouse
À dix mois du Sommet climat de Paris qui va réunir la plupart des pays du monde pour plancher sur les mesures à prendre pour limiter le réchauffement climatique, des étudiants venus de plusieurs pays européens se retrouvent à Toulouse toute cette fin de semaine pour "leur"sommet climat.
France bleu
US-based EcoSikh to focus on climate change
As the United Nations gears up for a major global summit on climate change in Paris in December, EcoSikh, a US-based organisation, has appealed to Sikhs to focus on climate change when they celebrate Sikh Environment Day on March 14 this year.
Hindustan Times
UAE inaugurates micro grid solar plant in Fiji
The UAE has inaugurated a solar photovoltaic micro grid project that will bring clean energy to some of Fiji’s outer islands.
Trade Arabia
COP 21 : petit manuel de gouvernance et de géopolitique du climat (opinion)

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

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

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

Tim Dodson, executive vice president of Statoil, quenched rumours that the company had given up its exploration work in West Greenland because of low oil prices – a move UN climate chief Christiana Figueres highlighted as an example of stranded assets becoming a reality.
44 cities energizing the charge against climate change
Gland, Switzerland – Forty-four finalists from countries around the world have been selected in this year’s Earth Hour City Challenge. The annual event rewarding cities for inspiring actions on climate change takes on special significance this year as a new global climate treaty is readied for agreement.
WWF Global
Official Wants Frozen to Teach Kids About Climate Change
The U.S. special representative to the Arctic said this week that he told a Disney executive educators should use Frozen to teach kids about climate change—but the idea didn’t go over so well.
U.N. asks countries for climate plans after record warm 2014
The United Nations asked governments on Thursday to submit plans to cut greenhouse gas emissions as the building blocks of a deal due in Paris in December to limit global warming, after scientists said 2014 was the hottest year on record.
Head of UN climate talks: ‘the pain in the shoe is not great enough’ for businesses to take action
Christiana Figueres, who heads up the global climate change talks, was visibly moved as she urged business leaders to take action to avoid runaway climate change at the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos on Thursday. Figueres believes the lack of advocacy by companies is due to the fact that most of them still do not feel immediately threatened by climate change.
UNEP: Financial system must capitalise on 'momentous year' for sustainable development
The global financial system already has the tools it needs to deliver a low carbon, resource efficient economy, but is failing to mobilise sufficient investment to support long-term sustainable development.
That is the early conclusion at the halfway point of a two-year UN Environment Programme (UNEP) inquiry into the design of a more sustainable financial system, launched at the World Economic Forum at Davos.
Business Green
Helen Clark: ‘Davos must look at how war and climate change affect poverty’
The 2,500 business leaders, academics and policymakers meeting at the World Economic Forum in Davos this week need to look beyond current financial concerns and focus on the effects that war and climate change are having on the fight against poverty, the head of the UN Development Programme has warned.
The Guardian
Hong Kong religious leaders voice climate change alarm
Hong Kong’s six main religions have joined forces to urge world governments to come to a consensus on tackling climate change, among the first interfaith organizations in Asia to do so.
Green Bonds Are Changing Investor Expectations & Making Sustainable Investing Easier
Green bonds are mobilizing billions of dollars a year for development projects that countries and cities need, carried out in ways that are good for the climate and environment. 2014 was a record year for the young green bond market, with over $35 billion in new issuances, more than triple the year before. Several trends are emerging for 2015, including new types of issuers, green bond indices, and changing investor expectations.
World Bank News
Climate change: How to recruit the insurance industry for the battle
Unlike Germany-based Munich Re, insurers in the U.S. are only slowly acknowledging their vulnerability to climate change. Insurance companies have a natural — and critical — role in helping us prepare for the inevitable and mounting impacts of climate change, and hopefully in preventing its worst effects. Their financial exposure makes them uniquely credible messengers. Since they set our rates, they also have economic leverage to prompt changes in our behavior.
Crosscut Oped
Countdown to catastrophe: Doomsday Clock moved closer to midnight
Rising threats from climate change and nuclear arsenals prompted the scientists who maintain the Doomsday Clock, a symbolic countdown to global catastrophe, to move it two minutes closer to midnight on Thursday, its first shift in three years.
How Reducing Food Waste Could Ease Climate Change
The energy that goes into the production, harvesting, transporting, and packaging of wasted food generates more than 3.3 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide. If food waste were a country, it would be the world's third largest emitter of greenhouse gases, behind the U.S. and China.
National Geographic
A Year of Opportunity to Combat Climate Change -- and Transform Economies: World Bank President
Scientists declared this past year as the warmest year on Earth since record-keeping began in 1880, and a series of scientific reports found glaciers melting and extreme weather events intensifying. There can be no doubt that this year world leaders must commit to transforming their economies to combat climate change, says World Bank President Jim Yong Kim.
Huffington Post
Davos 2015: climate change makes a comeback
The financial crisis pushed climate down the Davos agenda. This year, there are clear signs that it has made a comeback. Al Gore gave the first big presentation in the main conference hall and, against a backdrop of pictures of flooding, death and destruction, warned that the world was in denial about the risks it was taking. A bit later, Lord Stern said decisions taken at the intergovernmental conference in Paris in late 2015 will shape the next 20 years.
The Guardian
US-India Climate Change Talks Could Pave Way For Billions In Clean Energy Investments But Not Carbon Emissions Goals
U.S. President Barack Obama’s upcoming trip to India could clear the way for billions of dollars of U.S. investment in India’s fast-growing clean energy sector. The president and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi next week are expected to make a joint announcement on climate change, which will focus more on building new solar and wind energy projects than on slowing India’s use of coal and oil, policy experts said Wednesday.
International Business Times
Senate: Climate Change Is Real; Humans' Role, Maybe Not
n one of the most surreal congressional moments in recent memory, the upper chamber voted 98-1 Wednesday in favor of a measure declaring that “climate change is real and not a hoax.” But this was no blissful moment of bipartisan harmony. Republican senators appeared to sign on to the measure because it did not cite human activity as the source of global warming.
US News and World Report
Senate Votes 98-1 That Climate Change 'Is Not A Hoax'
United States senators are now on the record on the question of whether climate change is "a hoax." But a majority of the Senate, including 15 Republicans, are also on record stating that human activity contributes to climate change. The Senate on Wednesday passed a measure stating that "climate change is real and is not a hoax" by a margin of 98-1. The Senate also voted down two amendments to the bill approving the Keystone XL pipeline stating that human activity contributes to climate change.
NBC News
Gore, Pharrell announce global Live Earth climate concert in June
A Live Earth music event to demand action on climate change will take place on June 18 across seven continents, including Antarctica, former U.S. vice-president Al Gore and pop star Pharrell Williams announced on Wednesday.
Philippine Environment Secretary hopes for action vs climate change after Papal visit
Environment Secretary Ramon J. Paje on Thursday praised Pope Francis for making another pitch for environmental protection during his five-day visit to the Philippines, calling it an "important signal of encouragement" for all to take action on climate change.
The Countries That Are Most (And Least) Prepared For Climate Change
Whether you live in San Francisco or Mongolia, climate change is going to impact your life. But even though it isn't possible for any location to completely avoid effects like drought, floods, heat waves, and other extreme weather, some places are much more prepared than others. A new series of maps from Eco Experts shows how different countries compare.
Everyday climate change – in pictures
Inspired by the co-founder of Everydayafrica, photographer James Whitlow Delano launched Everydayclimatechange, an Instagram feed where photographers from five continents share their images as evidence that climate change is real and to raise awareness of the situation around the world
The Guardian
UN climate chief: Carbon bubble is now a reality
The idea that investors may lose money sunk into fossil fuel projects is no longer just a theory—according to to UN climate chief Christiana Figueres, it is now a reality.
Obama: No greater threat to future than climate change
What President Barack Obama described as the greatest threat to future generations was neither terrorism nor ISIS. It wasn't nuclear weapons in rogue states either.
EU to launch diplomatic offensive ahead of Paris climate talks
Celebrities to front ambitious climate campaign, as army of diplomats is mobilised for an emissions-cutting push ahead of a crunch UN summit in Paris in December
Environment Agency pension fund tells oil groups to go green
The Environment Agency’s pension fund has urged BP and Royal Dutch Shell to invest in renewable energy and do more to tackle climate change
Financial Times
First round-the-world solar flight to take off next month
A plane powered by the sun will attempt an unprecedented flight around the world next month, the project's founders said, seeking to prove that flying is possible without using fossil fuel.
UAE, France Ink Deal To Fund Renewable Energy Projects
The countries are looking to announce their first project this year and are currently reviewing project proposals in the Middle East, a joint statement said.
Gulf Business
Coal lobby plays down divestment fears
The World Coal Association has hit back against the growing campaign to persuade investors to withdraw their money from the fossil fuel industry.
Meet the unlikely climate allies bridging divides in UN talks
Mexico, Switzerland and South Korea form a small but influential group that could be critical in building a Paris deal
Amazon to fund a big wind farm in Indiana
Amazon has struck a deal to fund the construction of a wind farm in rural Indiana, as part of plan announced by the company in November to power its massive cloud computing business with renewable energy.
Shareholders challenge BP to confront climate change risk
Over 150 investors, including Environment Agency and Church of England, demand that BP test whether their business model is compatible with international pledge to limit global warming to 2C
Europe's renewable energy deployment 'sub-optimal', report says
Europe could have saved itself $100 billion (€86bn) by installing solar power panels in sunnier countries and wind turbines in windier places, the World Economic Forum's "Future of Electricity" platform said in a report released on Tuesday
Pakistan pushes climate change back up political agenda
Pakistan has reinstated its ministry for climate change, suggesting the government plans to pay more attention to the issue as countries prepare a new international deal to curb global warming.
Thomson Reuters Foundation
Make Forests Pay (opinion) NY Times
Falling oil prices not all that bad for environment: Climate experts
The sharp fall in oil prices has boosted sales of fuel-guzzling SUVs and in some cases eased pressure to improve public transport, but some climate experts also see a positive side as cheap crude has made exploration of new oil reserves in challenging regions non-viable.
Economic Times
EU politicians seek to revive sluggish carbon market
European politicians are expected this week to back by a narrow majority early action to bolster prices on the EU carbon market and sharpen a weapon against climate change that recession has blunted.
China cuts energy intensity by 4.8 pct in 2014
China beat a key energy efficiency target in 2014, cutting its energy intensity by 4.8 percent from a year earlier, the State Council said on Tuesday, as it tries to reduce pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.
France celebrates 1GW surge in wind farm capacity
France has become the latest European country to celebrate a strong performance by its wind energy industry during 2014, as new figures revealed over 1GW of new capacity was added last year.
Call For Nation To Be Forceful On Climate Change
THE College of the Bahamas’ Climate Change Initiative group is calling on The Bahamas to forcefully put forward its position on protecting the country’s rights and interest in global climate change negotiation meetings.
Food diversity under siege from global warming, UN says
Climate change threatens the genetic diversity of the world's food supply, and saving crops and animals at risk will be crucial for preserving yields and adapting to wild weather patterns, a U.N. policy paper said on Monday.
Thomson Reuters Foundation
Kiribati call for climate change attention at rights review
Kiribati has told a United Nations review of its human rights that the basic right of its people to survive climate change is a high priority.
Radio New Zealand International
India calls for a paradigm shift in global attitudes towards climate change
In what may be a strong signal of its approach towards future climate deal, India on January 19, 2015 called for a "paradigm shift" in global attitude towards climate change and urged nations of high solar potential to join hands so that they can provide low-cost clean energy to their citizens without being arm-twisted by rich nations who have been closely guarding their patented cutting-edge technology.
Economic Times
Rural farmers coping with climate change
For Zambia, like many other countries where economies depend on agriculture as the chief sector, climate change is emerging as one of the major threats to sustainable development.
Zambia Daily Mail
Pope's climate-change stand deepens conservatives' distrust
Conservative distrust of Pope Francis, which has been building in the U.S. throughout his pontificate, is reaching a boiling point over his plan to urge action on climate change — and to do so through a document traditionally used for the most important papal teachings.
Global climate fund on US Republicans' budget hit list (Analysis) The Age
The Guardian view on sustainable development: Davos can set the tone (ediotiral) Guardian
At Abu Dhabi climate meeting, presenters insist changes must be made
Experts and leaders in sustainability have called on government and private sector entities to invest in renewable infrastructure over the next 20 years.
The National
Obama's State of the Union could ramp up climate fight with Republicans
Despite the new Republican majority and the oil industry gunning for the president’s agenda on emissions cuts and the Keystone XL pipeline, Barack Obama will show he’s no lame duck on climate change, White House officials insisted ahead of his second-to-last State of the Union Address.
UN chief appoints Janos Pasztor as adviser on climate change
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed environmental expert Janos Pasztor of Hungary as his top adviser on climate change.
Papal text says man betrays God by destroying the environment
Pope Francis waded into the global debate on climate change and the environment on Sunday, saying in the text of a speech that man was destroying nature and betraying God's calling to be stewards of creation.
Finance the missing piece in green growth puzzle: Achim Steiner
Achim Steiner, executive director of the United Nations Environment Programme, identifies the key requirement for achieving a global green economy and calls for strong political leadership for a successful agreement on climate change in Paris
Last year was Earth's hottest on record, U.S. scientists say
Last year was Earth's hottest on record in new evidence that people are disrupting the climate by burning fossil fuels that release greenhouse gases into the air, two U.S. government agencies said on Friday.
Scientists react to warmest year: 2014 underscores ‘undeniable fact’ of human-caused climate change
In 134 years of temperature records, the warmth in 2014 exceeded them all, NOAA and NASA announced today.
Washington Post
Future looks green as cost of renewables falls
Costs of renewable energy have fallen by as much as 75 per cent in the last five years, especially for solar and wind energy.
Khaleej Times
Five images that best illustrate Earth’s record warmth
Last year was warmest in recorded history. Warmer than 2010, warmer than 2005, and yes, even warmer than 1998.
Washington Post
Clean tech primed to realise private equity promise
Emerging clean tech companies have typically sought investments from venture capital funds comfortable with the high risk profile of immature technology markets.
Costing the climate: Four ways to price carbon
Two Stanford academics caused a stir last week suggesting that the true social cost of carbon is $220. This is six times higher than the figure the US government uses to guide policymaking.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi to preside climate panel meet today
The first meeting of a reconstituted high-level climate panel, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, is to begin soon where the PM will review the national action plan on climate change.
The real climate battle after a sweltering 2014 (by Jeffrey Sachs) Financial Times
Humans push planet beyond boundaries towards "danger zone" - study
Human activity has pushed the planet across four of nine environmental boundaries, sending the world towards a "danger zone", according to a study published on Thursday in the journal Science.
Thomson Reuters Foundation
Kenya: Tourism to Suffer in Dry Weather - UN
TOURISM is expected to suffer a blow from climate change through diminished numbers of tourists, a new United Nations report says.
The Star
Pope on Climate Change: Man Has 'Slapped Nature in the Face'
Pope Francis said Thursday he is convinced that global warming is "mostly" man-made and that he hopes his upcoming encyclical on the environment will encourage negotiators at a climate change meeting in Paris to make "courageous" decisions to protect God's creation.
Russia's forests overlooked in climate change fight
Russia's forests may lose their power to help curb global warming without stronger domestic protection and a place in a new global climate change deal, scientists have warned.
Thomson Reuters Foundation
Malala heads youth call for action on poverty and climate in 2015
In more than 50 countries across the world, 15-year-old activists will meet with political leaders today to demand action on climate change, poverty and inequality.
EU plans diplomatic offensive ahead of Paris climate deal
The EU’s climate and foreign policy chiefs are planning a diplomatic blitz over the next three months to try and regain the bloc’s mantle as a global green leader.
Climate change, extinctions signal Earth in danger zone: study
Climate change and high rates of extinctions of animals and plants are pushing the Earth into a danger zone for humanity, a scientific report card about mankind's impact on nature said on Thursday.
New Pew survey shows Americans might finally be getting serious about global warming
Pew Research Center is out with a new survey and, for the first time in years, it actually bodes well for those hoping climate change will finally become a policy priority in the United States.
Washington Post
Boston Releases Plan For Action On Climate Change
Standing on Boston’s Long Wharf, John Barros, the city’s chief of economic development, recalled what the site looked like in January 2014, when a nor’easter brought record high tides.
Engaging with oil companies on climate change is futile, admits leading UK environmentalist
Engaging with major fossil fuel companies on climate change has become futile, according to one of the UK’s most esteemed environmentalists who spent years working on sustainability projects with BP and Shell.
Does climate change exist? The Senate is about to let us know
An amendent to the Keystone XL pipeline bill hopes to force Republican climate change deniers to state whether they agree with the science or not
Conflict returns as risk for business (blog)
The biggest risk to the world over the next decade is that of international conflict, says the World Economic Forum’s 10th edition of its global risks report, which is published today in the run-up to the shindig of global policy-makers and business people in Davos next week.
Financial Times
EDITORIAL from the Korea Herald Korea Herald
2015 presents historic opportunity to improve people's lives, says UN Assembly President
The next several months will present a historic opportunity to agree on an "inspiring" agenda that will directly improve the lives of people around the world, United Nations General Assembly President Sam Kutesa said today as he outlined his objectives for 2015.
New Kerala
5 things to know about Obama's next climate move: methane
The Obama administration on Wednesday announced its latest move to combat global warming, this time trying to rein in heat-trapping methane gas that escapes from oil and gas fields.
Sea level rise quickens more than thought in threat to coasts
Sea level rise in the past two decades has accelerated faster than previously thought in a sign of climate change threatening coasts from Florida to Bangladesh, a study said on Wednesday.
White House to curb methane emissions from oil, gas production
President Barack Obama’s administration unveiled rules on Wednesday to slash methane emissions from oil and gas production by up to 45 percent from 2012 levels by 2025, its latest move to solidify the Democratic president's credentials on climate change.
Low-energy urbanisation 'can help climate goals'
A study of 274 cities has helped shed light on energy consumption in urban areas and what can be done to make future urbanisation more efficient.
Report: EU power sector emissions drop a ‘staggering' eight per cent
Emissions from the EU power sector fell eight per cent in 2014, as a direct result of reduced energy demand and increased renewables output.
European lawmakers torn over how early to begin carbon market reform
European politicians meeting on Wednesday ahead of a critical vote next week on reforming the European Carbon market were unable to agree on a single date, putting forward both 2017 and 2019 as deadlines to begin action.
Pope urged to divest from fossil fuels as he visits Philippines
Campaigners call on Pope Francis to show his support for victims of climate change by taking on vested interests
How some corals recover from 'bleaching': climate study
A sharp rise in sea temperature can inflict potentially catastrophic "bleaching" on corals, but research published Wednesday identified factors that may render some reefs more resilient than others.
Island States Throw Off the Heavy Yoke of Fossil Fuels
The Caribbean nation of St. Kitts and Nevis, on a quest to become the world’s first sustainable island state, has taken a giant leap in its programme to cut energy costs.
China and Kazakhstan compete for carbon neutral Olympics
The Winter Olympics in 2022 will be carbon neutral if China wins its bid to host them in the snowy mountainous regions of Yanqing and Zhangjiakou.
Hugh Jackman, Jeffrey Sachs, Bono join forces, urge action on poverty, climate change
Thirty-one celebrities including four Nobel Laureates issued a joint open letter today urging global action this year to tackle poverty and climate change.
Straits Times
Time for the Vatican to divest from fossil fuels? (opinion)
Guest post: 2015 should be the year of real action on extreme poverty and climate change (blog) Financial Times
Ban wants India to lead climate change fight
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said here on Tuesday that India should lead the campaign to arrive at a “universal and meaningful agreement” at the U.N. Climate Change Conference to be held in Paris during the year-end.
The Hindu
Obama to call for new methane regulation in State of the Union address
Methane emissions need to be reduced to meet Obama’s aggressive greenhouse gas benchmarks as the president moves to bolster his climate legacy
All aboard? Paris climate deal must address aviation and shipping
The latest round of climate talks concluded in Lima last month with a sense that some of the basics have been agreed to set the foundations of a global agreement in Paris next year.
Obama Is Said to Be Planning New Rules on Oil and Gas Industry’s Methane Emissions
In President Obama’s latest move using executive authority to tackle climate change, administration officials will announce plans this week to impose new regulations on the oil and gas industry’s emissions of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas, according to a person familiar with Mr. Obama’s plans.
NY Times
Senate Expected To Vote On Whether Climate Change Is Real, As Part Of Keystone Bill
The Senate agreed Tuesday to move to debate on amendments to legislation that would force approval of the Keystone XL pipeline, another step toward the anticipated approval of the bill sometime next week.
Huffington Post
Polar bears migrate to Northwest Passages for longer lasting ice
Some polar bear clusters have slowly moved to islands north of Canada's mainland that are retaining the Arctic ice for longer, according to a new scientific study that predicts the migration, linked to climate change, would continue.
Stanford Study Says Government Estimate of Social Cost of Climate Change is Too Low: Who is Right?
Social cost estimates of climate change are too low, according to some scientists at Stanford University.
Tech Times
Carbon pricing set to cover 80% of Canadian economy
Over 80% of Canada’s economy could be covered by a carbon tax by the end of 2015, after the province of Ontario announced it would release plans to price greenhouse gas emissions.
Australia’s rising solar power ‘revolution’
Australian researchers broke the world's solar power efficiency record last month with their design of a novel commercial energy system, raising hopes the fossil-fuel dominated country may someday switch off its reliance on coal.
Corporate Leaders Group demands urgent action to boost EU carbon price
The Corporate Leaders Group on Climate Change has today waded into the long-running debate over the future of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS), calling on MEPs to back plans to reform the scheme and boost the bloc's carbon price.
EU Carbon Jumps Most Since 2013 Amid Talks on Bolstering System
European Union carbon permits advanced the most in 16 months as climate officials from member nations gathered to discuss a proposal to strengthen the bloc’s emissions-trading system.
Bloomberg Businessweel
Far from rising seas, climate change plagues Kathmandu
The capital of the poorest Asian country after Afghanistan is already feeling the effect: Rising temperatures are crimping power and food supplies
Rhetoric will never yield meaningful results: Yvo de Boe
The path to green growth lies in working with governments and business on their priorities - and speaking the language that they understand, says Global Green Growth Institute Director-General Yvo de Boer.
EDITORIAL: What Pope Francis' visit means to the Philippines GMA Network
Obama visit to India no repeat of US-China climate pact – analysts
Smart grids, air pollution and access to green technologies could be on the agenda when US president Barack Obama visits India in two weeks.
IEA Details Post-Lima Energy Decarbonization Routes
With a new report on energy decarbonization, the International Energy Agency has just made a major contribution toward implementing the greenhouse gas reduction agreements outlined at the recent UN climate negotiations in Lima (COP20).
Ségolène Royal : "Il faut bâtir de nouvelles centrales nucléaires"
Ségolène Royal, la ministre de l’Écologie, du Développement durable et de l’Énergie, revient sur la loi de transition énergétique, l’avenir du nucléaire et l’implication des entreprises dans la lutte contre le réchauffement climatique.
EU Nations to Discuss Latvia Bid to Strengthen Carbon Fix
European Union nations will discuss today a proposal by the bloc’s presidency to strengthen a planned overhaul of its emissions-trading system by preventing the return to the market of permits delayed at auctions in 2014-2016.
Bloomberg Businessweel
Countries could leave UN climate body if Paris fails – Todd Stern
Countries could abandon the UN’s climate body and seek other ways to slow greenhouse gas emissions if plans to limit global warming collapse this year.
Growing Cities Hold Key to Curbing Climate Change
Cities—the best of which are bastions of transit networks, bike paths, compact apartments and chirpy baristas—are growing faster than litters of sewer rats, exacerbating their already-high hungers for energy.
Scientific American
'Social cost' of carbon emissions significantly underestimated
Economists trained in a wide range of traditions, from both ends of the political spectrum, agree that markets have failed to properly price carbon emissions. To account for the damage each ton of carbon dioxide does to the environment and atmosphere, economists and public policy makers suggest a tax on carbon -- a federally-backed market correction.
Solar, nuclear, climate progress possible on Obama India visit
There could be progress on U.S.-India civil nuclear cooperation, solar power and climate change when U.S. President Barack Obama visits India in two weeks, U.S. officials said on Sunday.
Indonesian indigenous groups look to tourists to protect forests
Indonesian indigenous communities launched a project on Friday to encourage foreign tourism in ancestral forests to slow the advance of logging operations and palm oil plantations.
Saudi Arabia: Oil and gas “will be part of climate solution”
Efforts to tackle climate change will fail if they try to eliminate oil and gas from energy production, according to the UN’s Saudi Arabian climate envoy.
Mexico sees $14 bln in wind energy investment by 2018
Mexico expects some $14 billion of investment in wind farms between 2015 and 2018, which will more than triple installed capacity in the country, the energy ministry said on Monday.
India gets $4 billion solar energy promise
With New Delhi praised for its renewable energy role, Indian conglomerate Adani Enterprises said it signed a $4 billion solar agreement with a U.S. company.
NASA’s year of climate change research kicks off, with a little help from Washington companies
NASA has its head in the clouds this year. Literally. The space agency is kicking off five global projects designed to study how the earth’s atmosphere influences climate change.
Washington Post
Reaching the Peak in 2015 (blog) Huffington Post
Linking Carbon Markets To Climate Change Forbes
The top 5 climate science and policy developments to watch in 2015
2014 was a year in which mammoth climate science assessments seemed to appear once a week, and policymakers made an unprecedented (albeit still sluggish) push toward establishing an effective global climate policy framework. The longstanding divide between the industrialized and developing countries over the responsibility to address global warming was partly bridged this year, in a surprising way.240762father2
2014 Brought Lasting Action On Climate Change Policy
Some of the stories that gripped our attention in 2014 will probably be forgotten in a few years — if not a few weeks. But there's one story that President Obama argues we'll be living with for decades to come. "There's one issue that will define the contours of this century more dramatically than any other. And that is the urgent and growing threat of a changing climate," he said in September, addressing the United Nations Climate Change Summit.
Will 2015 Be the Year of the Climate?
Some years are linked inextricably to landmark events. 1215: The Magna Carta. 1492: Columbus sails the ocean blue. 1776: the Declaration of Independence. 1964: The Civil Rights Act. The environment doesn’t really have a landmark year—yet. How many people know when the Clean Air Act or the Endangered Species Act was passed? (Bonus points if you knew it was 1970 and 1973, respectively.)
Will 2015 Be The Tipping Point For Climate Change Action, Or Was It 2014?
2015 may quite possibly be the year that the world finally wakes up and responds to the challenge of climate change.
2014 provided a glimpse of what the new year may hold.
It seems the rhythm may have changed. Where before the challenge was to get people to understand and believe the reality of climate change, now the challenge is to get the people to act and to call on those in positions of power and influence to act.
Connie Hedegaard: India should ‘reconsider’ climate strategy
China’s decision to announce a peaking year for its carbon emissions should encourage India and other emerging economies to do the same, the EU’s former climate chief Connie Hedegaard has said
Pachauri: IPCC future not tied to Paris climate deal
NEW DELHI: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the leading UN body for the assessment of climate change, will continue its work, no matter whether countries arrive at a global climate deal next year in Paris or not. Its successive science-based reports had always been key inputs for negotiators in the past over two decades.
Times of India
Scientists 'must be emotionally charged' about climate change to highlight its dangers, claims expert
Climate scientists must inject more emotion and personal experience into their communications with the public to underline the dangers of global warming, according to a leading professor. Chris Rapley, a professor of climate science at University College London, is urging colleagues to ditch “academic, fact-based approaches” to the subject in favour of “charged” narratives.
Indpependent UK
China rethinking plans to develop coal-to-gas plants
China's coal-to-gas industry has struggled through a difficult year that has spurred doubts among government officials about keeping this technology on a fast-track for development. The plants turn coal into a cleaner-burning gas, which in urban areas can replace dirtier fuels and help combat smog, and more than 45 plants have been proposed for construction.
Sydney Morning Herald
Norway’s Statkraft plans $8 billion green energy drive
Norway’s state owned electricity company Statkraft has revealed plans to invest US$8.1 billion in renewable energy projects. The clean investment strategy was announced following a decision by the Norwegian government to make a $1.3 billion cash injection into Statkraft.
Nuclear faces tough 2015 as renewables growth soars
With nuclear power falling ever further behind renewables as a global energy source, and as the price of oil and gas falls, the future of the industry in 2015 and beyond looks bleak. Renewables now supply 22% of global electricity and nuclear only 11% − a share that is gradually falling as old plants close and fewer new ones are commissioned.
Inside the Lima Climate Change Summit: 5 Reasons to Be Hopeful
For two weeks in December, Lima, Peru, normally a city known for its amazing Ceviche, insane traffic and great surfing, became ground zero in the fight against climate change as 10,000 government officials, UN staffers, environmentalists and others gathered to start pulling together a new global agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Rolling Stone
Climate change: In 2015, the long march to Paris
PARIS: Agreements on climate change -- to paraphrase what the 19th-century German statesman Otto von Bismarck said about law-making -- are like sausages.
It's best not to know how they are made. On December 11 2015, 195 states are scheduled to strike a deal in Paris to curb the fossil-fuel gases imperilling Earth's climate system.
The outcome will be determined in the coming months by Bismarck-style sausage-making -- a long, slow grind, and with many questionable ingredients.
Business Recorder
India Hear: Lopsided lessons from long-winded Lima!
Although Lima is a great failure, but India's biggest gain at the Lima Climate Change Conference was renewed solidarity among the 134-country developing economies group, still termed G77, and China and, successful strategizing by the like minded Developing Countries (LMDC) group, of which it is a member, as is China. India had gone thereafter firmly anchoring itself in the latter grouping.
2014: The year sustainable investment went mainstream
Sustainable, responsible and impact investing assets have soared 76 percent in the last two years, according to the US SIF Foundation. That’s the largest two-year increase in at least the last two decades — a clear and impressive indication that SRI as an investment strategy has become mainstream.
2014 may be first year ever with no below-zero temps in Anchorage
With just a few days left in 2014, it’s all but certain that this year will go down in history as the first recorded calendar year that the temperature never officially dipped below zero in Anchorage, the National Weather Service said Sunday.
Alaska Dispatch News
China’s Shenzhen Caps New Car Plates to Control Smog, Congestion
China’s southern city of Shenzhen capped new car license plates at 100,000 a year, becoming the latest city to curb vehicle purchases to control smog and traffic congestion in the world’s most populous country.
Scotland's solar power capacity up by almost a third in one year
Scotland's solar power capacity has increased by almost a third in the past year, according to new figures. More than 35,000 homes and 600 business premises now have solar photo-voltaic (PV) systems, December figures from regulator Ofgem show.
STV News
Germany sells guidebooks on renewable energy sites
Wind turbines and solar panels: do you love them or hate them? Do you think of renewable energy as the way to a greener future, or an awful blight on the present? Either way, growing numbers of German communities think they have found a silver lining: they’re touting renewables as tourist attractions.
(Opinion) Why Stephen Harper will move the climate needle in 2015
Sometimes – not often – it’s fun to watch Canadian climate policy. Take for example, the Prime Minister’s climate change moves of the past month and a half. First, at the G20 Summit in Brisbane in November, Stephen Harper committed $300-million to the United Nation’s Green Climate Fund. Then, a few weeks later, he was up in the House of Commons expounding on the economic craziness of climate policy.
Globe and Mail
Op-Ed (Op-ed) Oil isn't cheap -- at any price
As world oil prices have slumped below $60 a barrel, tumbling nearly 50% since June to a five-year low, analysts have scrambled to discern the economic and political fallout.
The big picture, though, hasn't changed: Oil is not cheap, at any price.
LA Times
2015: A year for carbon pricing, peer pressure and Paris
The year 2015 is burned into climate watchers’ brains, and internal satnavs set to Paris. In December, this is where negotiators from around the world are set to strike a global deal to tackle climate change. What happens in the next 12 months politically, economically and environmentally could make or break that deal.
Pope Francis’s edict on climate change will anger deniers and US churches
He has been called the “superman pope”, and it would be hard to deny that Pope Francis has had a good December. Cited by President Barack Obama as a key player in the thawing relations between the US and Cuba, the Argentinian pontiff followed that by lecturing his cardinals on the need to clean up Vatican politics. But can Francis achieve a feat that has so far eluded secular powers and inspire decisive action on climate change?
Connie Hedegaard: credibility of UN climate process hangs on Paris talks
Climate change talks next year will be make or break for international efforts to curb global warming, with the credibility of the UN-backed process at stake, the outgoing EU climate chief, Connie Hedegaard, has warned.
Investors question fossil fuel industry as renewables rise
The world’s investors – both big and small – think primarily in terms of making good returns on their money. And, over the years, investing in the fossil fuel industry has been considered a safe bet. Yet maybe, just maybe, attitudes are changing – and fairly profoundly – as financial analysts warn that the industry faces “a perfect storm” as it enters 2015.
Despite Limitations, Wind Energy Is A Growing Resource
The next time your hat blows off your head on a windy day, a light bulb should go off. And one day many light bulbs will go off as that power becomes an important and growing source of energy for the world, experts say.
Headlines & Global News
Did Drought and Climate Change Cause Middle Eastern States to Collapse in 2014?
The Middle East, from North Africa to Afghanistan, has seen an unusual number of governments collapse in recent years. Libya, Iraq, Syria, and Yemen have abruptly become something akin to failed states, and masses overthrew dictators in Egypt and Tunisia.
Greenland ice loss outpaces climate models
Greenland’s ice sheet shrank by an average of 243 billion tonnes a year between 2003 and 2009 – a rate of melting that is enough to raise the world’s sea levels by 0.68 mm per year. In what is claimed as the first detailed study, geologist Beata Csatho, of the University of Buffalo in the US, and colleagues report in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that they used satellite and aerial data to reconstruct changes in the ice sheet at 100,000 places, and to confirm that the process of losing 277 cubic kilometres of ice a year is more complex than anyone had predicted.
Almost 7,000 UK properties to be sacrificed to rising seas
Almost 7,000 homes and buildings will be sacrificed to the rising seas around England and Wales over the next century, according to an unpublished Environment Agency (EA) analysis seen by the Guardian. Over 800 of the properties will be lost to coastal erosion within the next 20 years.