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UN expects upcoming Samoa small island conference to generate vital partnerships
21 August 2014 – The United Nations expects over 300 initiatives to be announced two weeks from now at a major world conference aimed at fostering partnerships with small island developing States, a top UN organizing official today said. Speaking to reporters in New York before he leaves for the Samoan capital, Apia, the Conference's Secretary-General, Wu Hongbo, said that with much of the political work already agreed on, participants can focus on how to take these decisions forward and on generating sustainable partnerships.
UN News Centre
Africa to Add More Renewables in 2014 Than Past 14 Years
Growing demand for electricity and falling costs for wind and solar power mean more renewable-energy projects will be commissioned this year in sub-Saharan Africa than were added from 2000 through 2013.
Atlantic heat sink explains global warming “pause”
It is the question most vexing climate scientists right now: if the world is warming, why have air temperatures flatlined since the late 1990s?
Seized on by climate sceptics as proof the whole thing is a hoax, the global warming “pause” has many possible explanations. The latest data analysis locates most of that missing heat deep in the Atlantic Ocean. While average surface temperatures hold steady, deep seawater is warming up.
Renewable energy patents boom in Germany
Germany may not have much sun, but it is positioning itself to sell products to those who do. But while some solar manufacturers continue to struggle, German patent registrations have boomed in recent years – not only for solar, but for wind power as well.
Energy Transition
How solutions based journalism can drive global climate action
NEW YORK: News articles which focus on the positive solutions to societal issues are more likely to attract greater engagement from readers, separate studies from the University of Texas and the University of Pennsylvania have confirmed. The Engaging News Project which is based at the Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life at the University of Texas recently released a report which found that articles which offer readers information on problem mitigation are perceived as more interesting and informative than those which merely describe the bleak reality.
The Climate Group
Why our brains are wired to ignore climate change
Recently I learned about “Prius repellent” — a tricked-out truck takes deep swigs of diesel and spews black smog all over a tailing vehicle, preferably a hybrid. These ominous clouds signal that, in our national conversation about climate change, something has gone very wrong.
The Washington Post
Coal gas boom in China holds climate change risks
HEXIGTEN, China (AP) — Deep in the hilly grasslands of remote Inner Mongolia, twin smoke stacks rise more than 200 feet into the sky, their steam and sulfur billowing over herds of sheep and cattle. Both day and night, the rumble of this power plant echoes across the ancient steppe, and its acrid stench travels dozens of miles away.
The AP
Peru’s dangerous environmental regression
This December, Peru will host the United Nations Climate Change Conference, during which representatives from 194 countries will convene in Lima to set the stage for a comprehensive international climate change agreement in 2015. The agreement would succeed the 1997 Kyoto Protocol on carbon emission reductions, which is set to expire in 2020. Ironically, in the run-up to the conference, Peru has substantially pared domestic environmental regulations — arguing that this is necessary to attract investment
Al Jazeers
Global Climate Deal May Fail to Restrain Global Warming
A growing number of leaders are openly acknowledging that a 2015 international agreement to avert catastrophic global warming will surely fall short of what's needed to achieve that goal. But another consensus is also forming among top U.S. experts: that shortfall is OK, as long as the deal puts all major climate polluters on a serious, upward and transparent path to cutting greenhouse gases.
Scientific American
[Opinion] Could a Climate Change Deal Fit China’s Economic Reform Agenda?
At its meeting Paris in December 2015, the United Nations climate change conference plans to finalize a comprehensive global greenhouse gas reduction protocol for the period beyond 2020. As the world’s largest emitter, China’s reduction commitments will significantly determine the deal’s overall impact.
The Diplomat
[Opinion] Climate Change and Implications for National Security
Our planet is 4.5 billion years old. If that whole time was to be reflected on a single one-year calendar then the dinosaurs died off sometime late in the afternoon of December 27th and modern humans emerged 200,000 years ago, or at around lunchtime on December 28th. Therefore, human life on earth is very recent. Sometime on December 28th humans made the first fires – wood fires – neutral in the carbon balance.
International Policy Digest
Greenland ice loss doubles from late 2000s
A new assessment from Europe's CryoSat spacecraft shows Greenland to be losing about 375 cu km of ice each year.
Island nations in hot water
Palau might just be the most beautiful place you’ve never heard of. The small Pacific country has a population of just over 20,000 and sits in western Micronesia above Australia and Papua New Guinea. Due to distance and the lack of direct flights, it’s not a popular holiday spot for New Zealanders.
The Wireless
Cities’ Air Problems Only Get Worse With Climate Change
The threats from climate change are many: extreme weather, shrinking snowpack, altered ecosystems and rising and more acidic seas, to name a few.
NY Times
Be climate change warriors, Pacific Islanders told
THE Pacific can be warriors of climate change. This is the message King contestant and winner of the talent show, Josaia Nanuqa, wanted the people of Fiji to know.
Fiji Times
Faith Groups Divest From Fossil Fuels
Worried about global warming, a growing number of churches and other faith groups are divesting their holdings in fossil fuel companies that release large amounts of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.
The Christian Century
'If we don't change now we will lose the reefs'
A major study has found Caribbean coral reefs could disappear in 20 years. DW spoke to Carl Gustaf Lundin, director of the global marine and polar programme at the International Union for Conservation of Nature.
Deutsche Welle
Greens, industry square off over putting cars in EU carbon market
Environmental campaigners are bracing to take on big business over whether Europe should follow California's lead and include road transport in the EU carbon market.
Solar-Powered Tuk Tuk To Go From Bangalore To London
Traveling from London to Bangalore, traversing 10 countries, in a solar-powered tuk tuk – sound good? Naveen Rabelli, Raoul Kopacka, and Tejas’s journey and mission is to advocate solar energy as an alternative, renewable,, clean source of fuel for vehicles.
During July, 100% Of US Power Installations Were Renewables
During July, 100% of US utility-scale power installations were renewables! It is the kind of deceptive announcement that is euphoric. America’s #1 energy, in terms of utility scale installations, is natural gas
Leonardo DiCaprio voices climate change film
Actor Leonardo DiCaprio is lending his voice and support to a new short film, bringing attention to climate change and calling for federal action over carbon pollution.
Study: Solar Activity Could Be Increasing Climate Change
Though major contributors, human beings are not the only cause of climate change. A new study shows the sun has a major influence on the global climate.
CBS News
Easy times over as carbon prices enter bullish corridor
With prices hitting a 5 month high of €6.50 today, established energy intelligence provider ICIS Tschach predicts a sustained increase in the price of European Trading Scheme (ETS) allowances. On current trajectories, prices are expected to hit double digits and a two-year high by year’s end. Such an increase would be a worrying trend for those with significant compliance obligations, especially large, carbon-intensive industrials
Commodities Now
ONU certifica primera emisión de bonos de carbono de central hidroeléctrica de pasada Chacayes
La Secretaría de la Convención Marco sobre el Cambio Climático de la Organización de Naciones Unidas (ONU) aprobó la primera emisión de bonos de carbono de la central hidroeléctrica de pasada Chacayes (111 MW) de propiedad de Pacific Hydro (73%) y Astaldi (27%).
El Rancagüino
How Will Latino Voters Change the Global Warming Fight?
An analysis of nine polls tracking Hispanic voter preference released Wednesday shows that Hispanics are increasingly anxious about global warming and environmental conservation
National Journal
Climate change to cut South Asia's growth 9 percent by 2100: ADB
Climate change will cut South Asia's growth almost 9 percent by the end of the century unless world governments try harder to counter global warming, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) said on Tuesday.
Climate change to slash south Asian GDP, development bank warns
South Asian economies will be badly squeezed by climate change within a few decades if no action is taken to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions responsible for global warming, according to a report published on Tuesday by the Asian Development Bank.
Financial Times
Island States to Rally Donors at Samoa Meet
Amid accelerating climate change and other challenges, a major international conference in the South Pacific island nation of Samoa next month represents a key chance for Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in the Caribbean to turn the tide.
USAID, Rockefeller launch $100 million climate resilience fund
A $100 million fund launched on Tuesday aims to make people in disaster-prone regions of Asia and Africa better able to cope with natural disasters and crises, so that they can get their lives and economies back on track more quickly and effectively.
Thomson Reuters Foundation
Cusco dará inicio a semana COP 20 sobre medio ambiente este jueves 21
La ciudad del Cusco será sede, desde este jueves 21, de la Semana COP20, que busca informar a los asistentes sobre la XX Conferencia de las Partes de la Convención Marco de las Naciones Unidas sobre el Cambio Climático, que se realizará del 1 al 12 de diciembre en Lima, se informó.
Agencia Peruana de Noticias
NZ could spark climate action, expert says
A strong stance on climate change by New Zealand could inspire and "occasionally embarrass" other nations into following our lead, says a world-renowned climatologist coming here for a global science summit.
NZ Herald
Heavy consumption puts planet in overdraft
Earth Overshoot Day arrives one day earlier than 2013, marking the date global consumption exceeds production
Hoy se agotaron los recursos del planeta para este año
Es posible poder vivir a crédito de la madre naturaleza, pues parece que sí. Según un estudio de La Red Global de la Huella Ecológica (Global Footprint Network, o GFN), en ocho meses la humanidad ha agotado todos los recursos que la tierra podía ofrecer para este año lo que significa que se ha llegado a un ‘sobregiro ecológico’.
El Comercio
Ressources naturelles : l'humanité vit « à crédit » pour le reste de l'année
Depuis 1992 et le Sommet de la Terre de Rio, l’ONG Global Footprint Network calcule tous les ans le jour où l’empreinte écologique de l’humanité dépasse la « biocapacité » de la planète, c'est-à-dire sa capacité à reconstituer ses ressources et absorber les déchets, y compris le CO2.
Le Monde
Uganda to increase renewable energy access to 61 per cent
Uganda has put in place a policy aimed at increasing the share of renewable energy from four per cent in 2007 to 61 per cent by 2017, a government minister has said
AfDB trust fund to support clean energy project in Mali
Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa (SEFA), the bilateral trust fund of the African Development Bank (AfDB), has approved a US$530,000 grant to co-fund a renewable energy project in Mali
African Review
Climate change should be on G20 agenda: CEDA
One of Australia’s oldest economic and business policy think tanks has called for climate change to be put onto the agenda for the upcoming G20 Summit in Brisbane, as one of the key financial risks currently threatening global economic health.
Workshop helps raise ASEAN climate negotiators’ capacity
Strengthening ASEAN negotiators’ capacity for engaging in international climate change talks is the main focus of a workshop currently underway in Hanoi under sponsorship of the UN Development Programme and the UK Foreign Commonwealth Office.
The butterfly affect: climate change ‘forced species to adapt’
A British butterfly species has made climate-change history by becoming the first known animal of any kind to lose the ability to do something after global warming forced it to move to a new environment and adapt its behaviour.
La conférence de Lima sur le changement climatique, dernier jalon prometteur
A quelque 100 jours de la 20e Conférence de l'ONU sur le changement climatique, dernier jalon avant le grand rendez-vous de 2015 à Paris, Manuel Pulgar, ministre de l'Environnement du Pérou, assure qu'un accord est à portée de main à Lima pour relever un défi planétaire.
Ban Ki-Moon Pins high hopes on Chinese youth
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who is in Nanjing attending the opening ceremony of the Youth Olympics, has conducted a dialogue with the young people.
Warming records fall as July comes in as fourth hottest
Monthly temperatures in 2014 continue to sizzle, with July coming in as the fourth hottest on record
Guangdong adds 20 mln permits to China's biggest carbon market
Guangdong, the biggest of China's seven pilot carbon trading markets, will this year hand out around 6 percent more emission permits to companies than in 2013, potentially aggravating oversupply that sent prices tumbling earlier this year.
MIT Study: Climate Talks on Path to Fall Far Short of Goals
Under countries' current climate pledges, greenhouse gas concentrations would exceed 530 or 580 parts per million by the end of the century.
InsideClimate News
Kyocera, SPCG Mark Completion Of 257 MW Of Solar Power Projects In Thailand
A partnership between solar photovoltaic modules maker Kyocera and Thailand’s largest power utility has finally seen the completion of an ambitious project the companies undertook in 2010. The project’s completion marks an important milestone for the Southeast Asian country.
Costa Rica signs first loan contract with Japan for new Guanacaste geothermal projects
Representatives from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE) on Monday afternoon signed the first contract for a multimillion-dollar loan to finance Las Pailas II, a geothermal energy project near the Rincón de la Vieja Volcano, in the northwestern province of Guanacaste.
Tico Times
Two reports warn Los Angeles County residents of how climate change can affect health
Respiratory illnesses, water quality, and mosquito- and rodent-related diseases will worsen across Los Angeles County in the next few decades because of climate change, according to two reports released Monday by public health officials.
LA Times
In Ilocos Sur, farmers turn to organic farming
More than 200 farmers attended a training on making of organic fertilizers and pesticides from natural materials as part of the local government's climate change advocacy.
Philippine Information Agency
Forest Service readies for new climate change system REDD+
South Korea is to make an interim check on its progress in preventing forest degradation and reducing greenhouse gas emissions ― and gauge its readiness for the new climate change system.
Korea Herald
Why the world's biggest companies are investing in recycling
Interest in recycling is looping back around. That’s evident from the launch of the Closed Loop Fund, a budding $100 million effort by a group of large companies to invest in recycling infrastructure and, in the process, put more recycled materials into manufacturing supply chains.
Peruvian Deforestation- A Paradise Lost
In 1988, when British environmentalist Norman Myers first described the concept of a “biodiversity hotspot” – an area with at least 0.5 percent or 1,500 endemic plants that has lost 70 percent of its primary vegetation – he could have been painting a picture of the highly threatened Peruvian Andes mountain range.
Kenya’s forests of the future
When 61-year old Mercy Joshua was young, the vast forests of southeastern Kenya teemed with wildlife, but decades of unchecked deforestation by locals have devastated the land.
Independent Online
'Mission Blue' film charts scientist's quest to save oceans
From the Galapagos Islands to Australia's Coral Sea and a marine park off the coast of Mexico, the documentary "Mission Blue" navigates the journey of renowned oceanographer Sylvia Earle as she travels the globe to save the planet's threatened seas.
Economists Say South Asia Will Pay ‘Prohibitively High’ Price for Climate Change
South Asia—with so much of its population destitute and dependent on the land for their livelihoods—stands to suffer “severe” economic and physical consequences from climate change, according to a report released today by the Asian Development Bank.
Wall Street Journal
How the Game of Golf Adapts to Global Warming
Hot weather combined with intense downpours – one of the signature signs of a changing climate – has flummoxed duffers and greenskeepers alike on East Coast golf courses. But don't handicap them yet
Scientific American
Brazil makes progress on saving forests, Indonesia risks setbacks
Brazil has made good progress in safeguarding the Amazon rainforest but Indonesia's plans for its forests could face setbacks under a new government, a report commissioned by top forest aid donor Norway said on Monday.
Climate change reflected in altered Missouri River flow, report says
The Missouri River's stream flow has changed significantly over the last 50 years, leading to serious water shortages in Montana and Wyoming and flooding in the Dakotas, according to a U.S. Geological Survey report released last month.
LA Times
In China, Ban urges young people to drive global action
At a special event on the occasion of the Summer Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged young people everywhere to get involved and engaged in driving global action at this critical time in history.
UN News Centre
How Saurya EnerTech's purifier Swajal uses solar energy to give clean water at an affordable rate
What if India was able to provide clean drinking water to its poorest citizens at truly affordable rates?
Economic Times
‘Climate Change May Lead to Tree Migration’
Climate change and global warming may cause plant migration and induce several other changes in plants, scientists have said. Affected plants may ‘sweat’ less, grow fewer leaves and show changes in budding and fruiting time, they have observed.
The New Indian Express
China's carbon plans: secrecy and oversupply darken outlook
As China lays down plans for a national carbon trading scheme, the world's biggest emitter of greenhouse gases risks repeating mistakes made in carbon trading in Europe by flooding its pilot markets with free permits.
Solomons town first in Pacific to relocate due to climate change
Under threat from rising sea levels and tsunamis, the authorities of a provincial capital in the Solomon Islands have decided to relocate from a small island in the first such case in the Pacific islands.
Thomson Reuters Foundation
Colombia set to draft new climate law by November
Latin American nation hopes tough environmental rules could assist its ambitions to gain OECD status
Nouakchott faces perils of climate change
Nouakchott was simply a dream for the generation that participated in the establishment of the state of Mauritania.
China Confronts Its Coal Problem (editorial) NY Times
Study blames humans for most of melting glaciers
More than two-thirds of the recent rapid melting of the world's glaciers can be blamed on humans, a new study finds.
Tuvalu PM says climate change 'like weapon of mass destruction'
Tuvalu Prime Minister Enele Sopoaga likened the impact of climate change on Pacific island nations to "a weapon of mass destruction" Friday, saying strong global leadership on the issue was needed.
South Korea carbon market to go ahead as planned
South Korea decided on Thursday that its carbon trading market will go ahead as planned on Jan. 1 of next year, despite the finance minister's calls last month for it to be delayed.
Man-made warming becomes main cause of glacier retreat, study says
Man-made greenhouse gas emissions have become the dominant cause of melting in glaciers from the Alps to the Andes that is raising world sea levels, a study said on Thursday.
UN-backed disaster resilience campaign tops 2,000 participating cities
With the addition of Aguas da Prata, Brazil, two thousand cities worldwide are now enrolled in a United Nations global campaign engaging as many local governments as possible to take on the challenge of integrating disaster risk management into their development processes.
UN News Centre
Investing In Africa Climate Adaptation Also Aids Development
The United Nations Environment Programme released a report yesterday that responds to a 2013 report on the potentially crippling costs of climate change in Africa.
Renewable Energy Companies to Invest $7 Billion in Chile Power
Renewable-energy developers plan to invest $7 billion for wind and solar projects in Chile. The government awarded 70 concessions for solar power projects and six for wind farms, the country’s Energy Minister Maximo Pacheco told reporters today in Santiago. There were more than 30 recipients.
Norway Gives 60 Million for Climate-friendly Technology
UN Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN) and the Norwegian Veritas (DNV GL) announced a strategic partnership to promote the development and diffusion of climate-friendly technologies to developing countries.
The Nordic Page
Climate change may 'bottleneck' the Panama Canal and disrupt world trade
On its 100th anniversary, the Panama Canal remains vital for global shipment. But extreme water levels threaten to sink shipping companies in their tracks – are they looking ahead?
Guardian Sustainable Business
Heavy rain and floods: The 'new normal' with climate change?
Torrential rains in the Midwest and along the Atlantic Coast this week provide a reality check on the ability of urban areas to cope with flooding from intense downpours in a warming climate
Christian Science Monitor
Group therapy tackles climate change anxiety
Psychotherapist Rosemary Randall counsels people on their feelings of powerlessness and anxiety around climate change issues. In this interview with DW, she explains how this can contribute to a neccesary transformation.
Deutsche Welle
124 IP studes trained on basic Journ Writing; organized into climate change advocates
A total of 124 indigenous people (IP) –students from all over the region benefited from the basic news writing training/workshop conducted by the Philippine Information Agency (NCIP)-9 in partnership with the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP)-9 and the US embassy.
Philippine Information Agency
Should You Fear the Pizzly Bear? NY Times
Sambo inaugurates National Council on Power
Sambo said the government was sourcing for various funding avenues, including opening an initial N33billion soft tremble credit line to enable the electricity Distribution Companies (DISCOs) acquire smart meters and making them more available to consumers.
Nigerian Tribune
Tibet's glaciers at their warmest in 2,000 years: report
The Tibetan plateau, whose glaciers supply water to hundreds of millions of people in Asia, were warmer over the past 50 years than at any stage in the past two millennia, a Chinese newspaper said, citing an academic report.
Call for finance to top agenda at Ban Ki-moon climate summit
Fears over a funding crunch are affecting trust ahead of 2015 Paris deal, says Ecuador’s chief climate negotiator
Narendra Modi to miss climate change summit in New York
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will miss a climate change summit, being spearheaded by the UN, on September 23 in New York.
Economic Times
India demands rich countries “walk the talk” on climate
Latest meeting of leading emerging economies ends with leadership challenge to developed world
Climate change adaptation can help promote sub-Saharan African livelihoods – UN report
Investing in ways to adapt to climate change will promote the livelihood of 65 per cent of Africans, the United Nations environmental agency reported, warning also that failing to address the phenomenon could reverse decades of development progress on the continent.
UN News Centre
El Gobierno peruano aprueba crear un instituto de investigación de glaciares
El Consejo de Ministros de Perú aprobó hoy el proyecto de ley que acoge la creación del Instituto Nacional de Investigación en Glaciares y Ecosistemas de Montaña (INIAGEM) para el diseño de políticas que defiendan su vulnerabilidad ante el cambio climático.
Low-Carbon Cereal: Kellogg Climate Change Initiative Calls On Farmers, Supply Chain To Cut Carbon Emissions
The Keebler Elves and their cereal siblings are lowering their carbon footprints, Kellogg Co. (NYSE:K) announced Wednesday.
International Business Times
Bishop-Kerry talks covered climate: US official
A senior US State Department official has said that the threat of climate change was discussed at talks with Australian counterparts in Sydney this week, calling the meeting "a meeting of minds" on the topic, Fairfax Media reports.
Climate Spectator
US Clean Jobs Market Surges Past 2.6 Million
The US clean job sector has skyrocketed in recent months according to Ecotech Institute’s Clean Jobs Index, pushing past two million job postings in the first half of 2014 alone, which amounts to an 88% increase over the same period a year earlier.
Cameroon: Water Resources - Nefarious Effects of Climate Change Unfolded
Journalists from countries in the Central African sub-region have been reminded that if they do not broadcast enough information to help communities adapt to the effects of climate change then the latter's nefarious effects will be disastrous in all domains of human life.
Cameroon Tribune
Satellite imagery, the new weapon to fight forest fires
As a senior expert at the newly-established Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation Agency (BP REDD+), Erwinsyah is responsible for monitoring hot spots in the country’s forests and sending alerts to relevant agencies and local officials about possible land and forest fires.
Jakarta Post
Hot enough for you? See how ‘dramatic’ climate change is affecting your city
“By the end of this century, summers in most of the 1,001 cities we analyzed will feel like summers now in Texas and Florida (in temperatures only, not humidity),” the report reads. “And in Texas, most cities are going to feel like the hottest cities now in the Lone Star State, or will feel more like Phoenix and Gilbert in Arizona, among the hottest summer cities in the U.S. today.”
Climate Central
Another Reason to Save Sea Otters: They’re Helping Fight Climate Change
Sea otters aren’t just unbearably cute; they’re also emerging as key players in keeping the oceans healthy in a warming world, according to new scientific research.
Global warming is moistening the atmosphere
Human-caused global warming is causing the upper troposphere to become wetter
How cap-and-trade helps forests and businesses grow together
Forests cover nearly half of Oregon’s 62 million acres, and while wood product markets have faced challenges in recent years, the forest sector employs more than 76,000 people in Oregon and accounts for nearly 7 percent of Oregon’s economic base
What do the Wizard of Oz and Climate Change have in common?
The towns Yulan and Highland in upstate New York put on a show called the Weather Project about climate change - Wizard of Oz style – last weekend. The key message? Live with less.
You will not believe what Upworthy can teach the media about sustainability
The worst case scenario news story is less likely to inspire positive action or go viral, and could be delaying political decision making around sustainability
US Secretary of State Kerry raises climate change in brief Solomons stop
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry flagged cooperation on tackling climate change during a brief stop in the Solomon Islands on Wednesday, where he emphasised ties dating back to World War Two.
Rising economies 'ahead on climate'
Four of the world's emerging economies have claimed that they are far ahead of developed countries in their efforts to slow climate change.
When young people infiltrate the UN climate machine
Not all youths protest. Some have become part of official government delegations. What can they achieve?
U.S. anti-coal dominoes hit BRICS wall, other skeptics
A year ago, U.S. President Barack Obama sought to mobilize the nation behind a grand plan: fight climate change by slashing carbon pollution at home, while prodding other countries to follow.
Governors pledge massive cuts in deforestation
Governors from 13 states have pledged to reduce deforestation 80 percent by 2020 provided rich companies step forward with adequate levels of financial support.
Climate indicators show renewed signs of El Nino: Australia
The Pacific Ocean has warmed in the last two weeks, the Australian Bureau of Meteorology said on Tuesday, renewing signs of the development of an El Nino weather pattern.
Rwanda: New Project Seeks to Mitigate Effects of Climate Change
Women, youth and other vulnerable groups are set to benefit from a newly proposed project that seeks to address challenges caused by climate change in the country.
The New Times
New York event explores the future of buildings, cities and sustainability
An elite group of leaders in cities, buildings and technology will convene in New York City next month to explore the trends and technologies leading to “next-gen” buildings and cities
Electric Vehicle Sales Expected To Grow Globally To 1.8 Million By 2023
The rise of the electric vehicle has been predominantly centered in North America and Europe, but new figures from Navigant Research predict that the Asia Pacific region will soon become the largest market for plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs).
Brazil bank BNDES outlines plans to finance solar-power plants
Brazil's state-owned development bank BNDES will offer loans to power companies to cover up to 65 percent of the cost of new solar generation projects in the country, part of the government's plan to rapidly develop a local solar energy industry.
Climate Change an important issue that calls for unity: Usec Saño
"Climate Change is a real issue now that calls of us to work together from the barangay to the municipalities to the province and the national level. To survive climate change, we have to build a betternation by taking care of our environment and natural wealth."
Philippine Information Agency
Big Business Making Big Investments In Climate Change
More than ever before, corporate CEOs are publicly acknowledging the validity of climate science, and major companies are committing resources to adaptation and mitigation efforts.
Maui to open renewable energy center aimed at helping startups
Maui County has recently finished building a renewable-energy center aimed at helping startups in the industry as part of a wider effort to help it become more energy efficient while incorporating more renewable energy components for its economic development board, a top official told PBN.
Pacific Business News
El cambio climático y su estrecha relación con el derecho (VIDEO) El País
Ban Ki-moon Sends Message on International Youth Day
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called for greater support to young people on the occasion of the International Youth Day to be celebrated tomorrow August 12th.
Prensa Latina
Tuvalu to help chair UN climate summit
Tuvalu's Prime Minister Enele Sopoaga has been appointed co-chair of a one-day UN climate summit, to be held in New York.
Radio New Zealand International
Ministro Pulgar-Vidal inaugurará Semana COP20 en Loreto
Este jueves 14 se iniciará la Semana COP20 Loreto, una serie de talleres y actividades destinados a informar a la población sobre la Conferencia de las Partes sobre Cambio Climático (COP20) que se desarrollará en diciembre de este año en Lima.
Swamped by Rising Seas, Small Islands Seek a Lifeline
The world’s 52 small island developing states (SIDS), some in danger of being wiped off the face of the earth because of sea-level rise triggered by climate change, will be the focus of an international conference in the South Pacific island nation of Samoa next month.
Thomson Reuters Foundation
Germany’s Renewables Did It Again, A New Record!
Germany’s renewables did it again, a new record! According to the Fraunhofer institute, renewable energy produced about 81 TWh, or 31% of the nation’s electricity during the first half of 2014.
Mexico energy reform signed into law
Mexico's President Enrique Peña Nieto today signed a package of secondary legislation that will implement a ground-breaking energy reform, paving the way for upstream competition for the first time since 1938.
Argus Media
Brazil readies big push on solar energy but companies are wary
Grappling with its worst energy crisis in more than a decade, Brazil is making its first big move to develop a local solar power industry that could help reduce its dependence on a battered hydro power system
Morocco To Host Climate Change Conference
The 4th edition of the Climate Change and Development Conference (CCDA-IV) will convene in Marrakesh from Oct 8 to 10 under the theme "Africa Can Feed Africa Now: Translating Climate Knowledge into Action".
Climate change biggest Reef threat: report
Climate change is the most serious threat to the Great Barrier Reef, according to a major new report.
Extreme summer heat, rain on rise as weather gets trapped: study
Summer heatwaves and downpours have become more frequent in the northern hemisphere this century, apparently because extreme weather can get trapped for weeks in the same place in a warming world, a study showed on Monday.
Tall, Ancient and Under Pressure
High in the Sierras, biologists are struggling to find ways to protect some of the world’s oldest and most storied trees from drought, forest fires and climate change.
NY Times
In the Ocean, Clues to Change
A few weeks ago, some 300 miles off the coast of New Zealand, scientists aboard the research vessel Tangaroa gently lowered two funky-looking orange orbs into the sea. Soon they disappeared, plunging of their own accord toward the depths of the Pacific Ocean.
NY Times
Ancient civilizations battled climate change long before cars, factories, new study shows
In what is now the Middle East, some of the most ancient, productive farming societies going back as far as 12,000 years ago had to deal with the powerful effects of climate change – similar to what modern society fear today, according a new study.
Two Filipinos are 'must-hears' in climate discussion
A global scientific organization lists 20 people – including Filipinos Victoria Tauli-Corpuz and Naderev Saño – they want to hear talk at the upcoming 2015 climate talks in Paris
Climate adaptation creates conflicts (opinion) Jakarta Post
Youth: The hidden life force behind the UN climate talks?  RTCC
China provinces on track to meet 2015 energy targets: NDRC
China has pledged to reduce its energy intensity - the amount of energy it uses to add a dollar to its gross domestic product (GDP) - to 16 percent below 2010 levels by 2015.
Push for climate change on G20 list
Three former Australians of the Year, including Nobel laureate Peter Doherty, have signed an open letter to Prime Minister Tony Abbott calling for climate change to be included on the agenda for the G20 leaders summit to be held in Brisbane in November.
Sydney Morning Herald
BASIC nations discuss climate issues ahead of UN talks
India, along with other major developing nations such as China and Brazil, could well be on its way to standing up against richer developed countries.
The Hindu Businessline
On International Day, Ban says indigenous peoples can be 'powerful agents of progress'
Marking the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples today, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said indigenous peoples have a central interest in development and can act as “powerful agents of progress.”
UN News Centre
UN chief appoints High-level Advisory Group on Sustainable Transport
A high level Advisory Group on Sustainable Transport was appointed by the UN Secretary-General on Friday.
UN Multimedia
African Journalists attend session on UN Climate Summit
Journalists from Ghana, Kenya, Namibia and Nigeria have participated in an hour-long online press briefing to discuss Climate Change and the upcoming UN Climate Summit in New York.
National Grid mulls 2030 CO2 target to drive cutting-edge clean tech investment
National Grid is poised to set ambitious new targets to slash its emissions from leaky pipes, pipe insulation, and generation in the US, as it seeks to become "climate positive" by 2050.
Q&A: Sen. Boxer on climate change, California drought
Sen. Barbara Boxer, who leads the Environment and Public Works Committee, is on a trip to Amsterdam focusing on climate change.
The Desert Sun
More severe tornado outbreaks may be linked to climate change
Climate change may be playing a role in the strength and frequency of tornadoes, a new study suggests.
CBS News
Cheap airfare swamps industry's emissions cuts – study
The aviation industry insists that it is making only a tiny contribution to global warming, with just 2 percent of global carbon dioxide emissions coming from its aircraft.
Climate News Network
Women Warriors Take Environmental Protection into Their Own Hands
Aleta Baun, an Indonesian environmental activist known in her community as Mama Aleta, has a penchant for wearing a colourful scarf on her head, but not for cosmetic reasons.
Forests for the future: Kenya's carbon credit scheme
When 61-year old Mercy Joshua was young, the vast forests of southeastern Kenya teemed with wildlife, but decades of unchecked deforestation by locals have devastated the land.
eNews Channel Africa
The Empiricist Strikes Back (opinion) NY Times
Opposing view | BASIC climate changes Livemint
Deep emissions cuts needed by 2050 to limit global warming: UN draft
Deep cuts in greenhouse gas emissions of 40 to 70 per cent by mid-century will be needed to avert the worst of global warming that is already harming all continents, a draft UN report showed.
Brazil, South Arica, India and China chalk out plan for climate negotiations
Meeting for the first time since the UN-sponsored climate change negotiations in Warsaw last November, ministers of the four BASIC countries—Brazil, South Arica, India and China-—sought to craft a common position for the next round of talks at Lima.
Economic Times
BASIC nations vow to take united stand against rich nations over climate change negotiations
The BASIC nations — Brazil, South Africa, India and China — are expected to come out with a joint statement this afternoon, reflecting their common stand during future climate change negotiations.
Times of India
UN releases Ban Ki-moon climate summit plan
Politicians, business leaders and civil society face packed schedule during 11-hour gathering
White House adviser met with billionaires Steyer, Soros
Adviser to President Obama John Podesta met with billionaires Tom Steyer and George Soros for a lunchtime meeting at the White House in February, according to meeting records.
The Hill
CO2 capture from air could ripen into a global warming solution, researcher predicts
Technologies for capturing carbon dioxide directly from the ambient air will play a key role in reversing the buildup of greenhouse gases if the process can gain wider acceptance, according to a Columbia University scientist.
Efforts on to increase India's forest cover: Govt
Efforts are on to increase India's forest cover to one-third of the land area, environment and forests minister Prakash Javadekar informed Rajya Sabha on Thursday.
Times of India
Jóvenes latinos y afroamericanos de EEUU se preparan para la lucha ambiental
Jóvenes latinos y afroamericanos de Nueva York, preocupados por el calentamiento global y el impacto en sus comunidades, se reúnen durante dos días en la ciudad con miras a su participación en la Marcha Climática de los Pueblos que acogerá la Gran Manzana en septiembre durante la Asamblea General de la ONU.
Rwanda: Activists Take Environment Awareness Drive to Schools
More than 300 secondary school students in Rwanda were trained in environment protection and sustainable development during the previous term.
The New Times
Inching closer towards a transformative global agenda for development — Amina Mohammed Malay Mail Online
Has the era of the ‘climate change refugee’ begun? (blog) Washington Post
African negotiators urge U.S. leadership for U.N. climate deal
African climate negotiators attending the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit in Washington this week said leadership from the United States is critical to finalizing a global deal on measures to address climate change in 2015 after years of deadlock.
18th BASIC Ministerial Meeting from tomorrow
Environment Ministers of BASIC countries will meet here to discuss important issues relating to current United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) negotiations.
Pacific Media and Climate Change Toolkit available now!
The Pacific Media and Climate Change Toolkit is a new online resource developed to help journalists in the region report on climate change and environment issues.
Islands Business
Too late for course correction on global warming: IPCC
The latest fifth assessment report of the Inter-Governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) predicts a bleak future for the world, and especially South Asia.
The Hindu Business Line
Why A New Study Thinks Next Year’s Climate Talks Won’t Keep The World Under 2°C (internal)
The hopes that the world will do something meaningful to reduce its carbon emissions now hang on the next big round of international climate talks in Paris in 2015. And according to a new analysis from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, it’s probably going to be a letdown.
Climate Progress
Regional experts meet to discuss impact of climate change on Caribbean
Senior level representatives from a wide range of regional institutions met in Saint Lucia on Tuesday to develop a regional climate change strategy at the first meeting of the Regional Coordinating Committee (RCC) on Climate Change.
Caribbean News Now
For most of us, global warming has become 'normal' climate
Global warming has been going on for so long that most people were not even born the last time the Earth was cooler than average in 1985 in a shift that is altering perceptions of a "normal" climate, scientists said.
Woman drought at UN climate talks: are quotas the answer?
Quotas could create a critical mass of women at climate negotiations and drive change
Ants: Our Saviors from Climate Change?
They may be small, but researchers say they are having a big impact. Ants may be able to save the world from climate change, according to a new provocative study published in the journal Geology.
Nature World News
Will these sustainable development goals do the job?
The UN working group responsible for crafting the sustainable development goals (SDGs) has handed down its final proposal, adding a goal to address domestic and global inequality.
China invests in Tanzanian wind energy project
Renewable energy has become a hot topic in China, but the country is not only looking to embrace clean power for itself.
Hydrogen Fuel News
Heading into the late innings on climate change (opinion) Chicago Tribune
Women to watch ahead of the UN’s 2015 climate summit
20 women who are set to play a vital role in shaping the conversation and structure around a proposed emissions reduction treaty.
Europe's forests 'particularly vulnerable' to rapid climate change
New research shows forest ecosystems have been suffering intensified disturbance in Europe for decades
Guardian Environment Network
UN says LatAm agricultural greenhouse gas emissions doubled in 50 years
Greenhouse gas emissions from agricultural activity in Latin America doubled in the past 50 years and will continue to worsen if nothing is done to reverse the trend, a United Nations (UN) agency said Tuesday.
Will Climate Change Lead to Conflict or Cooperation?
The headline of every article about the relationship between climate change and conflict should be “It’s complicated,” according to Clionadh Raleigh.
Indigenous Rights to Forests Catch More Carbon
One of the best current paths to reduce the globe’s carbon emissions goes through tropical forests.
Scientific American
Will climate change worsen Ebola outbreaks?
The Ebola outbreak is “out of control” in parts of West Africa, says the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Could climate change hasten the spread of the deadly virus? Perhaps, but the linkages are complicated, according to limited scientific literature on the topic.
Washington Post
Ethiopia Calls for Climate Smart Agriculture in Africa
Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn calls on African leaders to launch climate smart agricultural initiatives to combat effects of climate change that affect agricultural productivity.
Ethiopian Radio and Television Agency (Addis Ababa)
Reducing Carbon by Curbing Population
When population was growing at its fastest rate in human history in the decades after World War II, the sense that overpopulation was stunting economic development and stoking political instability took hold from New Delhi to the United Nations’ headquarters in New York, sending policy makers on an urgent quest to stop it.
NY Times
Feds Will Spend $450K to Help Native Americans Adapt to 'Climate Change’
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) plans to spend up to $450,000 in taxpayer dollars to teach Native American tribes in the Great Basin region ”climate adaptation plans” for their hunting, fishing and gathering activities.
General Motors: why companies should buy more renewable energy Guardian Sustainable Business
India must chose to be champion or villain for climate and development (by Kumi Naidoo) Guardian Sustainable Business
Strong economic case for coal divestment (By Al Gore and David Blood) Financial Times
US-Africa summit starts with development fora
The United States on Monday kicked off its first ever summit with 50 African leaders with a series of fora on more traditional development issues like food security, and a meeting on the worsening Ebola epidemic that has cast a shadow over the three-day event.
Africa Summit To Tackle Food Stability And Climate Change
An unprecedented gathering of African leaders opened in Washington, D.C. The U.S.-Africa Leader's Summit is covering topics including food security, climate change, regional stability and expanded business opportunities between the U.S. and Africa.
Why effective climate policy needs women – and vice versa
Climate change will increase inequality between men and women without action, says Finland’s former climate chief
Africa: First Summit On Women and Climate Decries Lack of Grassroots Funding
A global summit on women and climate, the first of its kind, opened on Sunday, bringing together some 80 activists working on women's rights, climate change and natural resources, in a bid to build alliances and raise the profile of female environmental leaders.
Clock is ticking for cheap credits
Almost all carbon units NZ emitters used last year were cut-price imports, but they can’t be used next year.
NZ Herald
Missing From New Zealand's Ski Slopes? Snow
Winter has rolled into its third month in New Zealand, and Nick Jarman says he's going stir crazy as he stares out at the driving rain on the small ski area he manages in the Southern Alps.
Climate Change Talks: Equity Reference Framework fails
The disparity between countries with unequal responsibility for causing climate change could get deeply embedded in the 2015 agreement if Equity Reference Framework is applied to measuring the justness of countries’ contributions.
Business Standard
More aid plea for low carbon firms
The Government must do more to support companies developing products for the £3.4 trillion international market in low carbon goods and services, MPs have urged.
Deforestation, development may be driving Ebola outbreaks, experts say
As the deadliest-ever Ebola outbreak continues its spread in West Africa, evidence suggests that human impact on the environment may have played a role in the latest epidemic.
Perú será sede del III Encuentro Pan-amazónico
“La Amazonía y el Cambio Climático – articulación de la sociedad en la COP 20”, es el título del III Encuentro Pan-amazónico que se realizará en Lima, este miércoles y jueves, con el objetivo de promover una mirada amplia y compartida sobre la Pan-Amazonía y fortalecer el protagonismo de la región en las negociones y acuerdos de la Conferencia de las Partes, evento que se realizará en la capital en diciembre del presente año.
MIT Turns Solar Steam Into Cheaper Energy, Clean Water
MIT scientists and engineers have a new twist on phase-changing renewable technology. It combines the most efficient generation of solar steam to date by our favorite energy machine, the sun, and a new graphite-based collection system.
Scientists may have cracked the giant Siberian crater mystery — and the news isn’t good
Researchers have long contended that the epicenter of global warming is also farthest from the reach of humanity. It’s in the barren landscapes of the frozen North, where red-cheeked children wear fur, the sun barely rises in the winter, and temperatures can plunge to 122 degrees below zero.
Washington Post
Beyond Copenhagen  Foreign Affairs
Christiana Figueres: Climate deal must bring gender equality
UN climate chief Christiana Figueres says a climate deal must create an equal economy for men and women
FEATURE: As climate talks heat up, experts debate if natural gas, fracking will turn ‘brown’ economies ‘green’
The world faces a looming energy problem. There’s not enough of it. It also faces a looming climate change problem. Too much of it. Could natural gas and fracking technology be part of the solution to both challenges?
UN News Centre
Nigeria: The Politics of Green Climate Fund
Many observers are worried that five years after the promise made by developed countries to contribute a substantial amount to climate fund to help the poorer countries, they have not lived to their promise.
Daily Independent (Lagos)
France delivers long-awaited green energy bill
Landmark energy bill promises to deliver huge surge in renewables and energy efficiency investment
Bankrolling Energy Exports Creates Rift Between Fossil Fuels And Green Power
With boundaries generally falling, U.S. firms are trying to sell their wares around the globe. But just how that expansion is financed is up for question — with a movement now afoot that seeks to extract the U.S. government from the equation.
El cambio climático, también ausente en la agenda de 2015
Cuando el 10 de diciembre de 2015 próximo se instale un nuevo gobierno en Buenos Aires, en París, conforme la agenda adoptada en Durban en 2012, se estará llegando a un acuerdo, o cayendo en discordia, sobre las acciones para responder a los desafíos del cambio climático
Tuvalu climate change family win NZ residency appeal
A Tuvalu family has been granted New Zealand residency after claiming it would be affected by climate change if it returned home.
NZ Herald
Lloyds bank goes green and patriotic
Lloyds, the UK bank, has experienced a huge appetite for its first environmental, social and governance bond, which ticks all the boxes for asset managers trying to boost their responsible investment profile, and perhaps the patriotism box too.
Financial Times
A balanced adaptation diet needs traditional and modern knowhow
Indigenous systems are not the holy grail for climate adaptation - we need to draw on modern technologies too
How the 49ers are upping the game by going green
Professional sports leagues are not known to be green champions. But that is starting to change. Just recently, the National Hockey League presented its first sustainability report, sizing up its carbon footprint and showing ways to improve it.
SolarReserve 20 MW El Salvador Solar Power Plant Is El Salvador’s 1st Utility-Scale Plant
SolarReserve is bringing 20 MW of utility-scale solar power to El Salvador’s Acajutla plant, while advancing its share of the Latin American solar market.
Creating a fully sustainable island
AS THE European Union revisits energy security in the wake of the Ukrainian crisis, it’s a timely reminder of Cyprus’ progress over recent years in boosting its own renewable energy industry to help decrease its reliance on imported fuels.
Cyprus Mail
Shattering Myths to Help the Climate
Each new climate-change study seems more pessimistic than the last. This May and June, for example, were the hottest ones on record for the planet. Storms and droughts occur with increasing frequency. Glaciers are rapidly retreating, portending rising seas that could eventually displace hundreds of millions of people.
NY Times
China's surprise on climate change: Our view (editorial) USA Today
14 concepts that will be obsolete after catastrophic climate change Washington Post
Climate change: The 'greatest threat' to the peoples of the Pacific
Amid growing concerns over rising sea levels, this year's Pacific Islands Forum summit has started. Its Secretary General Tuiloma Slade reiterates that climate change threatens the viability of the forum's member states.
Deutsche Welle
IMF urges higher energy taxes to fight climate change
Energy taxes in much of the world are far below what they should be to reflect the harmful environmental and health impact of fossil fuels use, the International Monetary Fund said in a new book on Thursday.
La Convención contra el Cambio Climático de la ONU lanza una web para "dar a conocer" la actualidad del cambio climático
La Secretaría de la Convención Marco de la ONU sobre Cambio Climático (CMNUCC) ha lanzado una nueva página web de noticias para "dar a conocer" la actualidad del cambio climático, según ha anunciado.
Europa Press
Warming: Pacific nations most vulnerable
Pacific leaders warned on Thursday that entire island nations will disappear under the waves unless action is taken to address climate change.
US wants to link power pacts with climate change agreement
A visiting US team has told Indian negotiators it would link pacts on the power sector to the agreement the two countries draw on climate change and one would not happen without the other.
Business Standard
UN chief urges all people worldwide to reach out to one another as friends
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon on Wednesday urged all people to reach out to one another as friends and build long-term foundations for lasting peace in the current time of mistrust and violence, with previously harmonious neighbors warring.
EU must shield industry from future CO2 costs - manufacturers
Manufacturers in the European Union want clear assurances they will be insulated from costs of complying with emissions regulations before lawmakers agree reforms to the bloc's carbon market, industry lobby group IFIEC Europe said on Thursday.
China regulator approves fresh supply for carbon market
The Chinese carbon market regulator has approved 33 new projects that could yield up to 6 million offset credits per year, equivalent to around half the number of permits traded so far and piling pressure on already shaky carbon prices.
'India is fifth largest producer of wind energy'
India is the fifth largest producer of wind energy with the sector alone constituting 68 per cent of the total renewable energy produced in the country, India's ambassador to the UAE T P Seetharam has said.
Economic Times
France to boost renewable energy, reduce nuclear
France is to invest up to 10 billion euros to boost investment in renewable energy and cut the country's oil and gas costs. On Wednesday French Environment and Energy Minister Ségolène Royal presented a long-delayed energy bill to the weekly cabinet meeting.
Global Solar Market Estimated To Reach $137 Billion In 2020
New analysis from business consulting firm Frost & Sullivan shows that the global solar power market earned revenues of nearly $60 billion in 2013, and estimates that by 2020 this figure will double to $137.02 billion.
Energy security to be high on the agenda during Modi's US visit
Cooperation between India and the United States in nuclear energy, shale gas, electricity and renewable power will be high on the agenda during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to the US in September, a government official said while a Cabinet minister told ET that India would want an equitable relationship.
Economic Times
Sri Lanka launches drought relief measures for farming families
Sri Lanka’s government will roll out a relief programme to help vulnerable farmers cope with the effects of a worsening drought, as part of a wider effort to protect people from the frequent extreme weather events that are threatening the country’s steady economic gains.
Study Says Carbon Finance Saves Forests By Promoting Indigenous Rights
Forest carbon critics often contend that REDD finance will disenfranchise indigenous communities, but now the World Resources Institute and Rights and Resources International have published a new study saying the opposite may be true. Instead of threatening forest communities, REDD appears to be supporting them.
Ecosystem Marketplace
Farmers affected by climate change could be helped by new resilient rice
Erratic weather such as droughts and flash floods is affecting agriculture in south Asia, but livelihoods of farmers could be improved with the introduction of new rice seeds that are resilient to changing weather patterns.
Blue&Green Tomorrow
Climate change forces a new look at food production (commentary) Times Union
India, US hold joint panel meet on climate issues
Nearly ten months after setting up a joint working group on combating climate change, India and the US on Wednesday held its first meeting where both countries agreed to closely coordinate on many issues including the contentious matter of phasing out climate damaging refrigerant hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs).
Times of India
Indo-US group to work very closely on climate change: Prakash Javadekar
Terming the Indo-US Joint Working Group as an "important platform" for addressing environment and sustainable development concerns, Environment minister Prakash Javadekar today said the group needs to work "very closely" and develop common understanding and balanced package for post 2020 period.
Economic Times
Climate policy: Reforming emissions trading
Courageous steps are required to reform the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme. To this end, an independent carbon authority has been proposed — this is a move in the right direction, but should be part of a much broader discussion about reforming emissions trading.
Nature Climate Change
Indian media: Deforestation behind deadly Pune landslide
Environmentalists feel that deforestation may have triggered Wednesday's landslide in western India that killed at least 23 people and left more than 150 trapped, papers report.
Religious Conservatives Embrace Pollution Fight
The E.P.A. on Wednesday ended two days of public hearings on its proposed regulation to cut carbon pollution from power plants, and mixed in with the coal lobbyists and business executives were conservative religious leaders reasserting their support for President Obama’s environmental policies — at a time when Republican Party orthodoxy continues to question the science of climate change.
NY Times
IMF proposes 60% coal tax
The International Monetary Fund report says a 60% tax on coal would reflect the environmental damage caused by burning the resource, The Australian Financial Review reports
The Australian
Un nobel del cambio climático visitó Quito
El ingeniero químico mexicano Mario Molina Pasquel, premio nobel de química en 1995, por sus aportes para determinar la destrucción de la capa de ozono, dio ayer una conferencia en el marco del II Congreso Internacional de Innovación y Desarrollo, en Quito.
El Universo
El secretario General de la ONU pasea en bicicleta en Costa Rica
Ban Ki-moon, secretario General de las Naciones Unidas, en visita en Costa Rica, destacó la necesidad de que América Latina respalde las negociaciones para alcanzar en 2015 un acuerdo vinculante para reducir las emisiones causantes del cambio climático.
Food giant General Mills to tackle emissions in supply chain
Global food giant General Mills has promised to set targets for its own greenhouse gas emissions and do more to reduce them through its supply chain, while sustainably sourcing its 10 priority ingredients - half its total purchases - by 2020.
Thomson Reuters Foundation
German Water Supply Threatened as Climate Change Boosts Droughts
German water supplies will become increasingly threatened this century as climate change raises the risk of droughts and water shortages in the country.
Climate Change: US East Coast Hit Hardest By 'Nuisance Flooding' Amid Sea Level Rise From Climate Change, NOAA Scientists Say
The U.S. East Coast is bearing the brunt of the rise in “nuisance flooding” – minor events that shut down roads and clog storm drains but aren’t particularly dangerous. Such floods have increased by more than fivefold in the past 50 years as coastal sea levels rise because of climate change, federal scientists say.
International Business Times
This Stunning Carbon Map Could Unlock A New Way To Fight Climate Change
Stanford University scientists have produced the first-ever high-resolution carbon geography of Peru, a country whose tropical forests are among the world's most vital in terms of mitigating the global impact of climate change.
Business Insider
Eastern Caribbean to benefit from new energy infrastructure
The three agencies will support the efforts of Eastern Caribbean states to reduce high energy costs and dependence on fossil fuels by diversifying the regions energy mix and promoting renewable energy and energy efficiency.
Renwable Energy Magazine
Will Fiction Influence How We React to Climate Change? (opinion) NY Times
Act now on climate change or see costs soar, White House says
Putting off expensive measures to curb climate change will only cost the United States more in the long run, the White House said on Tuesday in a report meant to bolster a series of actions President Barack Obama has proposed to address global warming.
Pacific leaders to discuss climate change, sustainable fishing during Pacific Islands Forum in Palau
Hundreds of delegates from across the Pacific are arriving in Koror in Palau to discuss climate change, non-communicable diseases and protecting marine life.
ABC Australia
Climate change threat key issue at Pacific Islands Forum
The Pacific is a vast ocean - but some countries are obviously easier and quicker to get to than others. In recent years it's been in Tonga, Niue, Vanuatu, New Zealand and the Cook Islands. But in the last two years the northern Pacific has taken a turn - in 2013 it was in the Marshall Islands and this year it's the far-flung reaches of Palau.
Solomon Star News
White House Pushes Financial Case for Carbon Rule
Failing to adequately reduce the carbon pollution that contributes to climate change could cost the United States economy $150 billion a year, according to an analysis by the White House Council of Economic Advisers released Tuesday.
NY Times
Delay Action on Climate Change by 10 Years and Costs Rocket 40%: Report
The longer the U.S. holds off action to mitigate climate change, the more costly the effort will become, a new report shows
Tanzania: Effects of Climate Change Features High at Youth Forum
THE East African Regional Youth Summit on Climate Change opened in Mwanza last week and participants deliberated on the impact of weather change on the region.
Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)
Washington State outlines plans for carbon trading
Governor Jay Inslee prepares second attempt at developing cap and trade scheme in north west state
New Zealand’s 'dramatic' ice loss could lead to severe decline of glaciers
Study says Southern Alps mountain range has lost 34% of permanent snow and ice since 1977
Neil Young signs on to save the rainforest - using solar powered mobile phones
Neil Young’s concern for the environment shows no sign of abating. 44 years after first singing “look at Mother Nature on the run in the 1970s”, the Canadian legend is following in Sting’s footsteps by throwing his weight behind a new project to save the rainforest.
The Independent
Minorities aren't well represented in environmental groups, study says
Minorities and people of color have not managed to break the "green ceiling" inside environmental organizations, and remain underrepresented on their staffs, according to a report released Monday.
How many solar panels would it take to power Earth?
What would a world powered by solar energy alone look like? According to one study, it would need to be enough solar panels to fill an area about the size of West Virginia.
Christian Science Monitor
10 reasons to be hopeful that we will overcome climate change
From action in China and the US to falling solar costs and rising electric car sales, there is cause to be hopeful
California and Mexico sign pact to fight climate change
California Governor Jerry Brown and Mexican environmental officials signed a pact on Monday aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions, an agreement that could eventually expand the market for carbon credits.
Shanghai carbon market cuts emissions 3.5%
The nearly 200 firms in Shanghai's emissions trading scheme cut their CO2 output by 5.3 million tonnes in 2013 compared with 2011, government officials said Monday, according to state-owned media.
Delegates review climate adaptation
REPRESENTATIVES from the food and agriculture sectors from 14 Pacific island countries are meeting in Nadi to share notes and discuss lessons learnt from a five-year pilot project designed to find adaptations to climate change issues faced by their respective communities
Fiji Times
Obama to attend UN climate summit in September
President Barack Obama will attend a United Nations summit on climate change in September.
U.S. envoy to U.N. aviation body hopeful on airline climate plan
The new U.S. representative to the United Nations body that oversees civil aviation said on Friday he is hopeful the organization's members will be able to agree on a global system to curb carbon emissions from airlines.
World’s religions unite for New York climate summit
Leaders from Christian, Muslim, Buddhist and other communities to gather ahead of Ban Ki-moon climate summit
Climate change cooperation can start new phase in ties: Kerry
Asserting that the solution to climate change is energy policy, Secretary of State John Kerry has fully supported the “saffron revolution” call of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, stating that cooperation between India and the US in the field would kick off a new chapter in bilateral ties.
The Hindu
World's largest solar boat on Greek prehistoric mission
The world's largest solar boat, the catamaran PlanetSolar, will embark on a Greek mission to find one of the oldest sites inhabited by man in Europe, an organiser has said.
NZ Herald
Japan gives Caribbean US$15m for climate change projects
Japan is providing US$15 million to help several Caribbean Community (Caricom) countries cope with the impact of climate change.
Jamaica Observer
Solve climate change … make people smaller
Bigger people consume more energy, say researchers, who are proposing that reducing the size of humans could mitigate climate change
Study: Climate change increases chance of slowdown in yields
The odds of a major production slowdown of corn and wheat are as much as 20 times greater with climate change, according to researchers at Stanford University and the National Center for Atmospheric Research.
Des Moines Register
Netflix is about to hijack our evenings with grim environmental films
As part of their new documentary push, they bought the rights to two films focused on the state, and fate of our planet — Mission Blue (watch the preview above) and Virunga.
China's Plan to Limit Coal Use Could Spur Consumption
Under pressure to reduce smog and greenhouse gas emissions, the Chinese government is considering a mandatory cap on coal use, the main source of carbon pollution from fossil fuels.
NY Times
Concerns over carbon emissions from burning wood
Burning wood to fuel power stations can create as many harmful carbon emissions as burning coal, according to a government report.
Rainforest protection could “stagnate or decline” without support
Green groups and private sector says REDD+ is key to cutting emissions, but government action is needed
La reforma del transporte ayudará a mitigación de cambio climático
Empieza una nueva etapa. El ministro del Ambiente, Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, expresó el respaldo de su portafolio a la reforma del transporte que emprende la Municipalidad Metropolitana de Lima, al considerarla “urgente” en las tareas para mitigar los efectos del cambio climático.
El Peruano
PERU: RD asiste taller sobre inversión pública
El Consejo Nacional para el Cambio Climático y el Mecanismo de Desarrollo Limpio (CNCCMDL) y el Ministerio de Economía, Planificación y Desarrollo (MEPyD) participaron en un taller internacional que se realizó en Lima, Perú, sobre cómo incorporar la adaptación al cambio climático en la inversión pública.
Kiva Funds Renewable Energy Projects, Solar Lights and Clean Cookstoves
Kiva is a world leader in microlending and has helped many people pull themselves out of poverty by lending them money to start small businesses. What may not be known as much is that Kiva also supports renewable energy projects.
Study Gives Hope of Adaptation to Climate Change
As we pour heat-trapping gases into the air, we’re running an experiment. We’re going to see what a rapidly changing climate does to the world’s biodiversity — how many species shift to new ranges, how many adapt to their new environment and how many become extinct.
NY Times
Gender equality for the environment: An unfinished agenda
Activities traditionally carried out by women are closely linked to the environment. They are often tied to ecosystem goods and services, such as clean water, and influence and maintain ecosystem resilience.
Cameroon: Women Train On Climate Change Techniques
Rural women in Cameroon are facing the adverse effects of climatic changes which continuously affect household's food security, health, and the general well being of women and Families.
Cameroon Tribune
Africa builds 'Great Green Wall' of trees to improve farmlands
Twenty African nations have banded together to build a monumental Great Green Wall of Africa - a forest of drought-resistant trees stretching across the edge of the Sahara Desert.
National Geographic
Who’s who: The men and women tasked with stopping climate change
Two weeks ago environment ministers and envoys met in Paris to discuss how to move talks on a climate change deal forward
Global warming: Who will do the dishes? (opinion) Times of India
Who Is Most To Blame For Climate Change? (blog) NPR
EU Commission agrees 30 percent energy savings goal for 2030: sources
The European Commission agreed on Wednesday to put forward a target to improve energy efficiency by 30 percent as part of a package of climate and energy policy for 2030, EU sources said.
China coal demand to peak by 2020 – Standard & Poor
Study suggests US and China coal curbs could make future investments in sector risky
Climate change ravaging Antarctic fur seals
A food shortage likely caused by climate change is shrinking a South Antarctic fur seal colony and changing the profile of its surviving members, researchers said Wednesday.
EU Confirms Approval of Germany's New Renewable Energy Law
European Union antitrust authorities confirmed Wednesday their approval of Germany's new renewable energy law, which aims to help the country shift away from nuclear- and fossil fuel-generated power.
Wall Street Journal
Preparing for the climate displaced, both rich and poor
Human displacement. Climate change. Two of the world’s leading causes of concern for humanitarians, environmentalists and the public at large alike. But what is even more concerning is that the two are inextricably linked – a growing global problem that researchers have now coined ‘climate displacement’.
Climate Spectator
Cameroon’s Rising Sea Drowns Tourism
Pierre Zambo is a hotel manager in Kribi, a sea resort town in Cameroon’s South Region. In the past his hotel would have “more than 100 tourists each week. But today if I manage to have 50 people registered into my hotel weekly, then it’s good business.”
Loss and damage: UN receives new climate compensation plans
Over the next two years, countries will draw up a framework that will shape the responses of the poorest countries to climate-caused catastrophes.
Texas Is Wired for Wind Power, and More Farms Plug In
The wind is so relentless that a week can go by before it is calm enough for a crane operator to install the 30-ton blades atop the 260-foot towers at the Panhandle 2 wind farm here. It’s worth the wait; a single turbine at the farm can produce 40 percent more energy than an average one.
NY Times
U.S. scientists urge 'national vision' to curb coastal risks in report
A group of top scientists has called for a fundamental change to how the United States deals with risks to its Atlantic and Gulf coasts from storms and climate change in a National Research Council report released Wednesday.
Cuba looks to mangroves to fend off rising seas
Many people in this tiny hamlet on the southern coast of Cuba remember when the shore lay about 100 meters (yards) farther out. That was four decades ago.
Forest Rights Offer Major Opportunity to Counter Climate Change
The international community is failing to take advantage of a potent opportunity to counter climate change by strengthening local land tenure rights and laws worldwide, new data suggests.
A village in India now runs entirely on its own solar power grid
A few months ago, Greenpeace and two other NGOs that work in the area (BASIX and CEED) started building a solar power micro-grid to serve the village, and after a few months of testing, the autonomous 100 kilowatt system officially went online this past weekend.
The Week
Hasina hailed for her climate change role
Shadow Foreign Secretary of the UK Douglas Alexander has lauded the role of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the United Nations Climate Change Conference held in Copenhagen, and was looking forward to seeing her due role and participation in the COP 21 to be held in Paris next year.
Financial Express
Attack of the Chicago climate change maggots
As Washington still fights over whether or not climate change is real, people across the country are already paying costs scientists ascribe to it — sometimes in unexpected places.
Washington Post
France backs 30 percent energy efficiency goal: letter
France's energy minister threw her weight behind an energy savings goal of at least 30 percent for 2030 ahead of talks in Brussels on Wednesday to thrash out a target.
Venezuela climate summit calls for end to “green economy”
A UN-backed conference in Venezuela has ended with a declaration to scrap carbon markets and reject the green economy
Climate change wins precarious slot in proposed development goals
Proposed new global development goals, drafted by a U.N. working group, include a goal to take urgent action on climate change, despite opposition from some countries - even though the goal is weaker than many campaigners would like.
Thomson Reuters Foundation
Growth, Global Warming Threaten African Species
Researchers meeting in Cameroon say Africa may lose up to 30 percent of its animal and plant species by the end of the century due to global warming, population growth and unregulated development.
Voice of America
Dispute over 'bonkers' EU energy savings plan
EU commissioners are meeting today to agree an energy savings target for 2030 amid serious disagreement about how ambitious it should be.
El tercer encuentro Pan-Amazónico abordará la Amazonía y el cambio climático
La Amazonia y el Cambio Climático – actuación de la sociedad civil en la COP 20 Lima, será el foco central en Lima Perú el próximo 6 y 7 de agosto en el Tercer Encuentro Pan-Amazónico.
Obama attributes wildfires to climate change
President Barack Obama says a wildfire that has burned nearly 400 square miles in the north-central part of Washington state, along with blazes in other Western areas, can be attributed to climate change.
Britain sticks with tough carbon target despite opposition
Britain's government said it would stick with a goal to curb emissions by 2027 to 50 percent of the 1990 levels, a target that has led to political opposition and that its own advisers have said will be hard to meet.
President Mahama Launch Two National Policies on Climate Change and Environment
A National Climate Change Policy as well as an Environment
Policy have been launched in Accra, as a first step towards the country's preparedness to deal with challenges of the global phenomenon.
Ghana Broadcasting Corporation
Tanzania: Climate Change Could Mean Low Crop Yield, More Malaria Cases
EXPERTS say Tanzania is currently suffering high economic costs due to extreme events due to climate change. The costs include low crop yields due to drought and floods, as well as increased cases of malaria and other diseases.
Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)
Economic woes distracting small states from climate change - expert
An environmental expert attached to the India-based Observer Research Foundation has expressed concern that Jamaica and other small, developing island states hit by harsh and inflexible conditionalities imposed by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) are too detached from ongoing discussions on climate change.
Jamaica Gleaner
Germany is #1 in the World for Energy Efficiency
Germany is #1 in the World for Energy Efficiency, according to the 2014 scorecard released by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) today.
Google Offers $1 Million Prize For Anyone Who Can Build A Better Power Inverter
Google the internet search behemoth based in Mountain View, CA is offering to pay a $1 million prize – as part of the Little Box Challenge - to anyone who can design and build a better small-scale power inverter.
Climate change hits all Pentagon operations, official says
All Pentagon operations in the U.S. and abroad are threatened by climate change, according to a Defense Department official.
The Hill
The Surprising Reasons Why Lowering CO2 Emissions Will Drive Our Electricity Bills Down, Not Up Forbes
A map and a compass for climate talks (opinion) The Hindu
Climate models accurately predicted global warming when reflecting natural ocean cycles
A new study shows that when synchronized with El Niño/La Niña cycles, climate models accurately predict global surface warming
NHL outlines plan to fight climate change
Climate change is impacting the next generation of hockey players directly, according to a report released Monday by the National Hockey League.
The Hill
Climate Change Already Having Profound Impacts on Lakes in Europe
For perspective on how climate change is affecting lakes, those of us here in the U.S. can just look across the pond, where scientists and the agencies involved in meeting the European Union’s Water Framework Directive have amassed an impressive body of research on the topic.
Natonal Geographic
How to stop climate change making food less nutritious?
Climate change threatens to make crops less nutritious, bringing bad news for Africa's food systems which are already under significant stress.
Climate change is far from the only cause of a rapid rise in disasters
The world's population has nearly doubled in four decades, putting more people and property in harm's way
Report: Sunday shows give climate change more air time
Sunday shows have given climate change issues more air time in the first half of 2014 than in the last four years combined, according to a new analysis.
The Hill
Giving up beef will reduce carbon footprint more than cars, says expert
Study shows red meat dwarfs others for environmental impact, using 28 times more land and 11 times water for pork or chicken
Corralling Carbon Before It Belches From Stack
So much soot belched from the old power plant here that Mike Zeleny would personally warn the neighbors.
NY Times
Meet India’s widows of climate change
The remote Indian mountain village of Deoli-Benigram has no cars and no electricity. And it hardly has any men — they were washed away by deadly floods last year.
The Star
Sign of things to come as wellspring village dries up
In a Chouf village that boasts numerous springs and a river that feeds several regions with drinking water, residents are increasingly relying on private water companies, another sign of the serious drought that Lebanon is facing.
The G20 has the muscle to fight climate change (by Ross Garnaut) Business Spectator
A Reassuring American Presence Joins Talks on Climate Change With China (blog) NY Times
The UN's climate change spokeswoman Christiana Figueres reacts to the carbon tax repeal (audio) ABC Radio Australia
India Doubles Tax On Coal To Fund Clean Energy, Environmental Projects
22,000 MW solar power capacity by 2022, a dedicated national-level program for promoting wind energy generation, implementation of the world’s largest solar power projects (with capacity of up to 4,000 MW), covering canals with solar panels, implementing dedicated transmission corridors for distributing electricity from renewable energy projects, and cleaning one of the largest rivers in India.
New Peru law weakens environmental safeguards
Dozens of international groups, the United Nations, and even Peru's own citizen ombudsman are objecting to a new law that weakens environmental protections in the Andean nation even as it prepares to host international climate talks this year.
BRICS: $100bn sustainable development bank launched by world’s largest developing economies
The BRICS group, made up of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, have established their own international bank, to promote sustainable investment and to act as an emergency reserve.
Blue&Green Tomorrow
World's first eco-friendly mosque opens in Dubai
The Khalifa Al Tajer Mosque on Bur Saeed Street in Deira saw some 3,500 worshippers attending the first Friday sermon by Sheikh Salih Al Maghamsi, imam of Madina's Quba Mosque.
Palau – where size doesn’t matter
Not counting the 400 or so volcano-uplifted little limestone islands that make up the spectacular Rock Islands, Palau is small.
Islands Business
Preparan evacuación de islas en Panamá por cambio climático
Autoridades y grupos ecologistas y de la sociedad civil preparan un plan de evacuación para los habitantes de la isla Gartí Sugdup, en la comarca indígena de Kuna Yala del Caribe panameño, que tendrán que ser trasladados a tierra firme como consecuencia del cambio climático.
El Unniversal
World Resources Forum To Be Held In Peru In October
The Andean city of Arequipa will host this year's World Resources Forum (WRF) conference, science-based platform for sharing knowledge about the economic, political, social and environmental implications of global resource use.
Himalayan geothermal potential untapped
Thousands of megawatts of geothermal energy remain locked up in the Himalayas because of environmental considerations and lack of investment in research, say international geologists.
PHL- Government launches nationwide climate change advocacy campaign
“Correct information is the best way to combat climate change.” This was the message sent across media practitioners and public information officers during the media launch for the government’s climate change advocacy campaign held July 18 at the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) auditorium in Quezon City.
Philippine Information Agency
Online tool seeks to tailor climate plans for forest communities
Much has been written about the diverse ways that rural communities interact with forests to adapt to climate change.
Thomson Reuters Foundation
Mark Ruffalo feels right at home bringing renewable energy message to NASCAR crowd
Ruffalo and Stanford professor Mark Jacobson helped create the organization in 2011 to advocate for the transition to 100 percent clean, renewable energy. NASCAR has stepped up its environmental efforts over the years, and Ruffalo said he found a receptive audience at the race
Margareta Wahlstrom: how to write a UN climate deal
Another UN climate deal is set for sign-off in March 2015 – and no one’s fighting about it. How is this possible?
The heat is on — and we must act to keep our cool London Evening Standard
Op-Ed: Sustainable Development and Agriculture in the Caribbean  Caribbean Journal
World is getting warmer, says global climate report
The world is getting warmer, as greenhouse gases reach historic highs and Arctic sea ice melts, making 2013 one of the hottest years on record, international scientists said Thursday.
'Merkel might come back as a climate leader'
This week, Germany hosted the fifth Petersberg Climate Dialogue in preparation for the Climate Change Conference in Peru at the end of this year. Christoph Bals from Germanwatch gives his verdict on how the talks went.
Deutsche Welle
Peru Ratifies Nagoya Protocol On Genetic Resources
Peru has recently ratified the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization (ABS) to the Convention on Biological Diversity, the Andean country's Foreign Ministry reported Tuesday.
Suscriben México y Perú acuerdos en seguridad, y analizan cambio climático
“La seguridad es un tema que tenemos trabajar juntos porque debemos darle más seguridad a la población”, estableció el presidente de Perú, Ollanta Humala luego de la suscripción de varios acuerdos en el marco de la visita oficial que realiza a México.
El Diario
Australia’s carbon reversal sets new tone for global climate talks
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s move to repeal his country’s carbon tax provides an international boost for the Harper government, which has regularly attacked opponents who propose putting a price on emissions in Canada.
Globe & Mail
Green bond growth of $40bn forecast for this year
The era of green bonds that finance environmentally friendly projects has begun, with the market forecast to grow by $40bn this year and $100bn next year.
Financial Times
Movimientos ambientales preparan Declaración de Margarita
Los movimientos sociales ambientales se distribuyeron en cinco mesas de trabajo denominadas "Sesiones del Buen Vivir", durante este tercer día de la reunión internacional preparatoria para la Pre Conferencia de las Partes de Cambio Climático (PreCop-Social).
El Sol de Margarita
For clean energy, think small (nano small)
Inexpensive nanotubes – sheets of carbon rolled into pipes thinner than a human hair – may be the key to making hydrogen fuel cleaner and less expensive. A new study shows how nanotubes could bring clean energy technologies closer within reach.
Christian Science Monitor
How to track corporate action on climate change
When the Unitarian Universalist Association announced its new fossil fuel divestment policy, the resolution stated that the UUA would divest its holdings in the Carbon Tracker 200 within five years.
Indigenous mountain farmers unite on climate change
Farmers from 25 indigenous mountain communities in ten countries have come together to share traditional knowledge that could help them to mitigate climate change and to lobby governments for greater recognition of their unique knowledge.
Hottest Places on Earth
In 2015 global policymakers aim to take decisions which may affect the futures of people like Momina. The outcome of the December 2015 UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) meeting in Paris, new development goals, and the successor to the Hyogo framework on natural hazards will be key.
12 Mainstream American Corporations Want More Renewable Energy
12 prominent and very large corporations have combined their voices to say they want more renewables.
California and its Major Cities Top Clean Edge's U.S. Clean Tech Leadership Index
Clean Edge released its U.S. Clean Tech Leadership Index this week, with California and its major cities taking home many of the top spots.
Investment in UK renewable energy sector almost £8bn in 2013
Department of Energy and Climate Change report also shows that renewables now account for 15% of the country's electricity
Obama unveils measures to help communities adapt to climate change
U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday announced new measures to make the country's infrastructure stronger and more resilient, to help states and communities adapt to climate change.
Obama: Climate change a direct threat to US cities
Harsher storms, worsening flooding and rising seas threaten the public's safety and health across the country, President Barack Obama warned Wednesday as he urged local communities to prepare for the effects of climate change.
Ministerio del Ambiente elaboró proyecto de planificación ante cambio climático
El proyecto movilizó desde hace dos años, con un presupuesto de tres millones de dólares de la cooperación extranjera, a 400 expertos.
La República
Finland urges Europe to unite for global climate talks
Europe must speak “with one voice” at global climate talks in Paris next year, says Finnish minister
Fiji vulnerable to climate change: ambassador to UN
Fiji is working towards integrating disaster risk management into climate change adaptation so that both issues can become the responsibility of one agency, according to the country's ambassador to the United Nations.
Australia repeals controversial carbon tax
Australia's government repealed a much-maligned carbon tax on the nation's worst greenhouse gas polluters on Thursday, ending years of contention over a measure that became political poison for the lawmakers who imposed it.
Britain urges deeper EU carbon market reforms than proposed
Britain wants deeper reforms to the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) than those proposed by the European Commission and Germany, favoring cancelling hundreds of millions of carbon permits over launching a tool to regulate market supply.
Power ministry, regulators contemplate ways to develop renewable energy
Electricity regulators and power ministry are contemplating steps to make it mandatory for conventional power project developers to set up renewable energy plants in future, while distribution firms may have to purchase more clean energy, but regulatory authorities are concerned that this may hurt loss-making utilities.
Economic Times
Climate change: Could we engineer greener humans?
In the far future, might we consider changing human biology to avoid the worst effects of climate change? Frank Swain explores an intriguing thought experiment.
Les changements climatiques inspirent les femmes francophones
L’atelier de formation des femmes francophones d’Océanie se poursuit à la station Gump de l’université de Berkley à Moorea. Cette année, le thème porte sur les changements climatiques.
Polynésie 1ère
ADB approves $300m loan to increase Sri Lanka’s renewable energy
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a $300m loan to help Sri Lanka increase the use of renewable energy for power generation and reduce its dependence on imported oil.
CTBR Green Power
Microsoft signs green energy deal to power datacentres
Microsoft has agreed to power some of its datacentres with wind power after signing a 20-year deal with a wind farm in Illinois.
Cloud Pro
Nobel Laureate Pachauri calls upon youth to save environment Jagran Post
Ideas on UN climate deal “converging”, says German environment minister
Petersberg Climate Dialogue in Berlin ends on positive note, as Hendricks says world is on track to sign deal
Emitters in China's largest carbon market meet targets amid falling prices
Nearly every carbon emitter covered by China's largest pilot emissions scheme met Tuesday's compliance deadline, a government official said, as permit prices slipped to an all-time low amid ample supply and with no last-minute scramble for allowances.
Cambio climático no espera a que haya acuerdos: Guerra Abud
El cambio climático "ya está aquí" por lo que urge llevar a cabo acciones ya que éste "no esperará a que continuemos dialogando hasta ponernos de acuerdo", advirtió el titular de la Semarnat, Juan José Guerra Abud.
El Universal
Britain to fund South African carbon trading experiment
Britain will expand funding for a programme to help coal-rich South Africa develop a carbon trading market in an attempt to rein in its rising greenhouse gas emissions.
PreCOP Social en Isla Margarita: “Cambiemos el sistema, no el clima”
Entre el 15 y el 18 de julio se desarrollará en Venezuela la PreCOP Social. Allí, por primera vez en el marco de la ONU, los movimientos sociales y las ONGs tendrán un lugar en el debate sobre el cambio climático, de cara al acuerdo global que sustituirá al Protocolo de Kyoto en los próximos años.
Notas periodismo popular
BRICS advocate peaceful solution to hot issues
The emerging-market bloc of BRICS Tuesday advocated cooperative approach and peaceful solution to global hot issues.
Military Bases Face Hurdles in Climate Change Adaptation
The Department of Defense has 7,600 military installations across all 50 states and 40 foreign countries.
Scientific American
Germany pledges $1bn to UN climate change fund
Aid group Oxfam has called on other rich nations to follow the example of Germany, which has promised €750m ($1bn) for the UN's fledgling Green Climate Fund.
Thomson Reuters Foundation
Building toward sustainable, resilient cities in 2050 (blog)
By 2050, seven out of every 10 people on Earth will be an urban dweller. What the cities of the future look like depends largely on decisions we make today.
European Investment Bank Provides €150 Million Loan To Israel’s Largest Solar Power Project
Israel is working towards achieving its goal to source 10% of its total electricity needs from renewable energy sources by 2020. In this endeavor the country has received a major financial boost, with the European Investment Bank providing €150 million loan to the largest solar power project in Israel
Riding the solar tuk-tuk
Naveen Rabelli's tuk-tuk broke down the first time he rolled it out of his garage. The electrical engineer didn't lose heart: now, he plans to drive his customised three-wheeler all the way to London
EU study finds ‘green’ economy can boost jobs
The study from the European Environment Agency (EEA) found that both jobs and innovation could grow from a resource-efficient, ‘green’ economy.
The Recycler
India Targets 35% Renewable Energy Share In Installed Capacity Mix By 2050
2040-50 may finally be the decade when the installed renewable energy capacity in India would overtake the coal-based installed capacity, if the ambitious Integrated Plan for Desert Power Development is fully realized.
Samoan cabinet minister Tuisugaletaua Sofara Aveau composes a song to counter climate change
Samoan cabinet minister Tuisugaletaua Sofara Aveau and his wife compose song of hope to counter climate change
ABC Radio Australia
When Climate Change Floods Your Heart (opinion) NY Times
Merkel steps up call for deal on climate change
Germany has stepped up calls for the international community to agree to ambitious targets for cutting greenhouse gas emissions, with Chancellor Angela Merkel pledging €750mn ($1.02bn) to help combat global warming.
Mary Robinson named UN envoy for climate change
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed former Irish president Mary Robinson as his special envoy for climate change.
Perú aboga por establecer responsabilidad diferenciada sobre cambio climático
El ministro del Ambiente, Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, abogó hoy por establecer una “responsabilidad común, pero diferencia” entre las economías industrializadas y las emergentes, en relación a la lucha contra el cambio climático.
China May Announce Emissions Cap Next Year: Treaty Envoy
China hopes to announce “very ambitious” goals to cut carbon-dioxide output after 2020 and may announce during the first half of next year an overall cap on emissions, the country’s lead climate-treaty negotiator said.
Merkel returns to climate politics with call for EU leadership
German chancellor pledges €750m to Green Climate Fund and demands politicians take climate science seriously
China Requires 30% of State Cars Use Alternative Energy
China is mandating that electric cars make up at least 30 percent of government vehicle purchases by 2016, the latest measure to fight pollution and cut energy use after exempting the autos from a purchase tax.
BNEF: Europe To Invest $1 Trillion Into Renewables By 2030
Europe will invest around $1 trillion into growing its renewable energy capacity by the year 2030, according to a new report from Bloomberg New Energy Finance. Of this, a very substantial amount is expected to be into rooftop solar PV ($339 billion) and onshore wind energy ($250 billion)
Europe handed out too many carbon permits, says China negotiator
The European Union handed out too many free carbon permits in its Emissions Trading System and did not set a deep enough emission reduction goal, China's top climate negotiator said on Monday.
Laurent Fabius: "Le réchauffement climatique, c’est maintenant !"
Pour préparer la grande conférence internationale Paris Climat 2015, le ministre des Affaires étrangères est allé au chevet de l’Arctique.
Paris Match
Educación ambiental: principal objetivo en la Conferencia de las Partes sobre Cambio Climático
Los movimientos sociales ambientalistas de todas partes del mundo se concentran este martes 15 de julio en el hotel Venetur Margarita, donde sostendrán una reunión Internacional preparatoria de la Pre Conferencia de las Partes sobre Cambio Climático
Sol de Margarita
8 charts that show how climate change is making the world more dangerous
Forget the future. The world already is nearly five times as dangerous and disaster prone as it was in the 1970s, because of the increasing risks brought by climate change, according to a new report from the World Meteorological Organisation.
480,000 New Solar Home Systems For Bangladesh
The World Bank has offered to loan the Bangladeshi government $78.4 million in order to finance 480,000 solar home systems.
Lobbying for Good - the much needed ‘next big thing' in corporate responsibility BusinessGreen
World Cup Champs for Arctic Climate? (blog) Deutsche Welle
Environment ministers from 29 countries to meet in Berlin to discuss long-term goals
Environment ministers and their representatives from 29 countries representing the entire spectrum of interests in climate negotiations will meet in Berlin for two days starting July 14 even as increasing instances of unprecedented heat waves and cold winters illuminate the urgent need for a global plan to counter climate change.
Economic Times
Presidente Ollanta Humala inicia hoy actividades en Alemania
El presidente Ollanta Humala iniciará hoy su visita oficial a Alemania en el marco de la cual sostendrá una reunión con la canciller alemana Ángela Merkel y participará en el segmento político del Diálogo Petersberg.
China Focus: Int'l eco forum seeks greener growth
An international forum on environmental protection opened on Friday in Guiyang, capital of southwest China's Guizhou Province, aimed at seeking concerted global efforts on greener growth.
Javadekar urges rich nations to contribute to climate change fund
Environment minister Prakash Javadekar on Friday expressed concern over the empty coffers of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) and urged rich nations to agree to a roadmap for its capitalization by 2015 - the year the world will have a universal global climate deal.
Economic Times
Singapore firm in $248m partnership to develop wind energy in Thailand
Singapore-based wind and solar energy developer The Blue Circle and Bangkok-based renewable energy group Annex Power will form a partnership to tap into Thailand's wind energy investments.
$958 Million Geothermal Project Approved By Costa Rican Legislature
A geothermal project valued at $958 million US dollars was approved by members of the Costa Rican Legislative Assembly within the last week.
India urgently needs 'green buildings': R.K.Pachauri
Internationally acclaimed environmentalist R.K. Pachauri says India urgently needs 'green buildings' to ensure unsustainable use of energy and water and is happy the government is sharing his TERI's knowhow in building infrastructure.
Climate change has created a new literary genre
The emerging genre is a cousin of sci-fi. But its books are set, NPR writes, “in worlds, not unlike our own, where the Earth’s systems are noticeably off-kilter”. And it’s gaining both fans and writers.
Dawn/Washington Post
Climate change signals the end of Australian shiraz as we know it
Young Australian vintner Nick Glaetzer's winemaking-steeped family thought he was crazy when he abandoned the Barossa Valley - the hot, dry region that is home to the country's world-famous big, brassy shiraz.
World Council of Churches divests from fossil fuels
A decision by a global coalition of 345 churches to stop investing in fossil fuels has been hailed by divestment campaigners as the most important commitment yet.
Kenya bets on green economy model to boost food security
As the country strives to transform its economy, generate jobs and boost Kenyans’ income, the green economy model is increasingly becoming an irresistible venture for both Government and experts.
Business Standard
Ethiopia: The Unity of Water (By Mikhail Gorbachev)  The Reporter (Addis Ababa)
News Analysis: Is BRICS really in decline? Xinhua
Why the next climate treaty is vital for my country to survive (by Tony de Brum)
The Marshall Islands minister stresses the importance of forthcoming emissions targets, especially for countries less than two metres above the rising oceans
Three meetings, five days: global climate diplomacy push kicks off
Five days of intensive international climate diplomacy involving the world’s leading greenhouse gas emitters get underway on Saturday in Paris.
Zero carbon and economic growth can go together, UN study says
The top 15 emitter countries could make deep cuts to emissions while also tripling economic output, according to the study
Economic growth and decarbonisation ‘two sides of same coin’: UN report
The deep decarbonisation of developed economies, such as the EU, can go along with economic growth, according to a report published by the United Nations this week.
La technologie, clé contre le changement climatique
La limitation du réchauffement climatique à 2° Celsius est possible mais seulement si d'importants progrès technologiques sont réalisés et si les principaux pays émetteurs adoptent des politiques ambitieuses sur le carbone, selon un rapport remis jeudi à Laurent Fabius.
Atoll nations take united stand on climate (audio)
Four of the smallest coral atoll nations in the world have agreed to form a united front when taking part in in negotiations and summits on climate change.
ABC Radio Australia
Negotiating a cheaper clean energy deal for all
A meeting room in Geneva may seem a world away from the rural reaches of Africa and Asia, but the process that began at World Trade Organisation (WTO) headquarters earlier this week could affect millions around the globe.
Why Big Tech Companies Are Investing In Renewable Energy
When it was completed in 2013, the London Array was the largest offshore wind farm in the world, designed to produce a gigawatt of electricity.
National Adaptation Fund to Tackle Climate Change
Emphasising that the changes in climate are a reality which all of us have to face together, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley Thursday announced `100 crore budgetary support to establish a National Adaptation Fund for climate change.
The New Indian Express
Companies donate half a million carbon credits to World Cup
Donations of U.N.-backed carbon credits to help reduce the carbon footprint of the World Cup in Brazil have surpassed the half million mark, the local government said on Thursday.
Clean Energy Investment Reaches Highest Point Since 2012
A new report from analysts Clean Energy Pipeline has shown that global clean energy investment totaled $66.2 billion in the second quarter of 2014, the highest total since the end of 2012
Fossil industry is the subprime danger of this cycle
The epicentre of irrational behaviour across global markets has moved to the fossil fuel complex of oil, gas and coal. This is where investors have been throwing the most good money after bad.
Climate change solution: Scrap subsidies, fund innovation Christian Science Monitor
Raining risks (opinion) eKantipur
Global warming requires more frequent rethink of 'normal' weather: U.N.
The baseline for "normal" weather used by everyone from farmers to governments to plan ahead needs to be updated more frequently to account for the big shifts caused by global warming, the U.N.'s World Meteorological Organization said on Wednesday.
UN plans to make its carbon credits available to all
The United Nations climate change secretariat is planning to enable local governments, companies and individuals to offset their planet-warming emissions using U.N.-certified carbon credits.
Thomson Reuters Foundation
US, China take small steps toward fighting climate change, but differ on global plan
China and the United States took small steps toward their shared goal of fighting climate change on Wednesday, but the world's No. 1 and No. 2 carbon emitters remain significantly apart over a wider global plan to cut emissions.
China's Tianjin extends carbon deadline again
China's Tianjin has extended the deadline for its biggest carbon producers to comply with the city's emissions trading scheme a second time, giving companies two more weeks to hand over permits to the government.
World’s Poorest Nations Seek Presence in Post-2015 Agenda
The 48 least developed countries (LDCs), described as the poorest of the world’s poor, want to be an integral part of the U.N.’s post-2015 development agenda currently under discussion.
Barbados Voices Concern Over Impact of Climate Change in Caribbean
Prime Minister Freundel Stuart says Caribbean countries and other small island developing states (SIDS) are becoming increasingly susceptible to climate change and steps have to be taken to reduce this vulnerability.
Prensa Latina
Le marché du carbone va financer deux projets français d'énergie renouvelable
Pour la première fois, la vente des quotas de carbone va permettre de financer des projets contre le changement climatique. Parmi les dix-neuf projets sélectionnés par la Commission, deux sont Français
Three firms buy 510,000 African carbon credits in H1 2014
Three major international commodity traders bought a total 510,000 African carbon offsets from clean energy project developer ecosur afrique in the first half of 2014, showing some demand still exists for credits from the battered U.N. market.
EU and industry team up for multi-billion Euro clean tech push
The EU has announced the latest phase of its Horizon 2020 €80bn R&D funding programme, inviting applications for a share of €1.13bn, the majority of which has been earmarked for clean tech projects.
Grant carbon, development space to developing countries: Survey
Against the backdrop of over 190 countries pledging emission cuts for the post-2020 period, the new climate deals must ensure developing countries are granted the required "carbon and development space", India's Economic Survey for 2013-14 said Wednesday.
Natural disaster costs down so far in 2014: Munich Re
Floods, storms and other natural disasters claimed more than 2,700 lives and caused around $42 billion in damage worldwide in the first half of 2014, but this was well below the first half of last year and a 10-year average, reinsurer Munich Re said on Wednesday.
Is Bangladesh just a climate victim? Not anymore Thomson Reuters Foundation
UN issued with roadmap on how to avoid climate catastrophe
The United Nations was presented with a roadmap to avoid a climate catastrophe on Tuesday, prescribing specific actions for the world’s biggest economies to keep warming below 2C.
UN Proposes Building Blocks of New Global Climate Deal
The United Nations left open the option for rich and poor nations to remain divided in their obligations on climate change, setting up a conflict over exactly who should cut greenhouse gases.
U.N. climate talks more advanced second time around, says former head
U.N. climate negotiations have made greater progress towards agreeing a 2015 deal to bind all nations to cut greenhouse gas emissions than the lead-up to the previous attempt in 2009, former U.N. climate chief Yvo de Boer told Reuters.
U.S., China ink coal, clean energy deals in climate cooperation
The United States and China on Tuesday signed eight partnership pacts to cut greenhouse gases, bringing the world's two biggest carbon emitters closer together on climate policy.
Minister calls for post-2015 agenda to ensure sustainable developmen
Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa has warned that the current international condition has not been conducive to sustainable development despite many countries incorporating the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) into their national development plans.
Merkel calls for sustainable development partnership with China
Visiting German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday called on Germany and China to take the lead in establishing a partnership to promote sustainable development.
New UN force on climate impacts on health
Two UN agencies on Tuesday announced they were setting up a joint office to help fight the threat to health from climate change and extreme weather.
UN officials say there is ‘greater clarity’ over 2015 climate deal
Countries are converging on what pledges towards a global agreement should look like, say co-chairs of talks
Blueprints for Taming the Climate Crisis
Here’s what your future will look like if we are to have a shot at preventing devastating climate change.
NY Times
Responsible Business: Sustainable efforts show signs of paying off
There was a time when business investments in education, community initiatives, disaster relief or environmental conservation were treated as corporate philanthropy.
Financial Times
Pope Francis a Powerful Voice For Climate Change Action
Pope Francis, the leader of the Catholic Church, has taken a very strong stance recently on the need to address climate change, to protect the environment and respect “God's creation.”
Kenya Reviewing Legislation Act To Increase Forest Cover
The Kenyan government is in the process of reviewing the Forest Act to enable it to conform to the Constitutional requirement of realising 10 per cent forest cover in the country, says Conservation Cabinet Secretary (Minister) Gideon Gathaara.
France and India pledge to cooperate at UN climate talks
French Foreign Minister says India will be a ‘major player’ at 2015 Paris summit, backing Modi to deliver a new approach
Norway to buy 21 mln emission reductions for 48 mln euros
Norway will buy 21 million U.N. backed certified emission reductions (CERs) for an average price of 2.28 euros each in its international tender to purchase carbon offsets, said the financial institution in charge of the deal on Monday.
Responsible Business awards: methodology and Big Tick winners
This year’s Business in the Community’s Responsible Business awards highlight the sustainability conundrum.
Financial Times
France Foreign Minister launches attack against fossil fuels
Fossil fuel subsidies must be scrapped to avert dangerous levels of global warming, according to the French official tasked with leading UN negotiations next year in Paris.
Lessons from a drowning nation
In the middle of the Pacific Ocean, far even from some of its closest neighbors — Hawaii and Fiji — the small island nation of Kiribati is being swallowed by the rising sea.
Washington Post
China’s Solargiga Kicks Off Plan To Install 200 MW Solar Power Capacity In Ghana
Chinese solar module manufacturers have been at the receiving end of some pretty high anti-dumping duties from the US and the EU, and other countries like India are also considering to levy such duties on Chinese solar imports.
Experts: Solar Power Could Soon Pose Economic Threat to Electric Utilities
After decades as an expensive and sometimes impractical source of energy, experts say solar power is finally coming into its own.
Voice of America
World Bank to invest $775 million in clean energy projects across India
The World Bank plans to invest $775 million in clean-energy projects across India, even as it expects that the new government's plan to give fiscal and policy support to the sector will galvanise further investment in renewable energy.
Economic Times
Renewable Energy Share In China’s Power Generation To Reach 20% By 2020
China is set to achieve even greater accolades in renewable energy infrastructure expansion as it continues to add scores of gigawatts of wind, solar and hydro power capacity.
DOE offers $4B for renewable energy, efficient energy projects
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a loan guarantee solicitation, making as much as $4 billion in loan guarantees available for innovative renewable energy and energy efficiency projects located in the U.S. that avoid, reduce, or sequester greenhouse gases.
Tanzania: Collective African Effort Needed in Addressing Climate Change
PRESIDENT Jakaya Kikwete recently reiterated on the need for African countries to work together and speak with a common voice on how to adapt and mitigate effects of climate change.
Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)
Singapore gears up for climate change
Details on getting the Republic’s roads, drains, airport and other infrastructure ready for climate change will be firmed up from 2016, as government agencies examine how public infrastructure must adapt to higher temperatures, more intense rainfall, rise in sea level and stronger winds.
Channel News Asia
Amazon rainforest grew after climate change 2,000 years ago: study
Swathes of the Amazon may have been grassland until a natural shift to a wetter climate about 2,000 years ago let the rainforests form, according to a study that challenges common belief that the world’s biggest tropical forest is far older.
How to decarbonise the global economy  Financial Times
Clean energy takes centre stage in China as national interests evolve
Energy policy in China has reached a turning point. Clean energy, recent comments and actions suggest, is moving centre stage in response to shifting national interests and global responsibilities.
South China Morning Post
Insurers to cover withdrawal of solar and wind subsidies
Insurers are developing plans to protect investors in solar and wind power projects against the sudden withdrawal of crucial state subsidies that have battered the European renewable energy industry.
Financial Times
Pueblos indígenas participarán por primera vez en la COP20 en Lima
Los pueblos indígenas participarán por primera vez en la Conferencia de las Partes sobre el cambio climático (COP20), que se celebrará en Lima en diciembre próximo, reveló el Programa de las Naciones Unidas para el Desarrollo (PNUD) en Perú.
La República
China Now The World’s Largest Solar PV Market
China is now the world’s largest solar PV market, according to the Global New Energy Development Report 2014, having now surpassed Germany to take the top spot.
Changement climatique : Fabius mobilisé contre les énergies fossiles
Laurent Fabius a lancé une mise en garde sur le risque de dérèglement irréversible du climat, ce dimanche 6 juillet à l'occasion des rencontres économiques d'Aix-en-Provence, qui ont réuni sur trois jours quelque 3.000 personnes et 230 conférenciers de 35 pays.
Don't axe the tax: emissions trading supporters make last-ditch plea
Supporters of emissions trading are making a last-ditch plea to the Senate not to repeal Australia’s laws – citing new analysis that shows “axing the tax” will cost the budget almost $20bn over the next four years and a letter from 59 leading economists insisting a carbon price is the best way to reduce emissions.
Barbados Beaches: Caribbean Island Is Going Green, People Are Taking Notice
The little island located in the Caribbean known as Barbados, is making big waves in the world of green energy. Exactly one month ago on June 5th, it was World Environment Day (WED), and on that day Barbados hosted the WED conference for Small Island Developing States. Some of the media and countries of the world are looking at this island as perhaps the renewed vision for sustainable and clean energy of the future
Latin Post
UK to help India reduce emission without affecting growth
The UK government will share new technologies in clean and renewable energy to help India in addressing climate change in a way that its growth will not be affected, a British minister said.
Coastal winds intensifying with climate change, study says
Summer winds are intensifying along the west coasts of North and South America and southern Africa and climate change is a likely cause, a new study says.
Sydney Morning Herald
WCC announces Interfaith Summit on climate change
The World Council of Churches (WCC) has announced it will hold an Interfaith Summit on Climate Change on September 21-22 in New York City. At the summit, organized together with Religions for Peace, more than 30 religious leaders will take a united stand to encourage international and political leaders to address concretely the causes and consequences of climate change.
Independent Catholic News
Investors' paths diverge on fossil fuels
Public pension funds are lagging behind endowments and foundations in divesting investments in fossil-fuel companies, choosing instead to engage energy companies through discussions and shareholder resolutions.
Pensions & Investments
UN green fund to seek cash in November; poor want $15 billion
OSLO, July 2 (Reuters) - A U.N. fund to help developing nations fight global warming is on track to start raising cash in November, with poor nations seeking $15 billion, officials said on Wednesday. "Now it's time to mobilise money," Hela Cheikhrouhou, executive director of the Green Climate Fund, told Reuters after two days of talks in Oslo among more than 20 nations about the legal details of cash pledges.
India should be flexible on climate change: Ramesh
Kolkata, July 3: Former union minister Jairam Ramesh Thursday said India should be more flexible in its response to climate change otherwise it faces the risk of being isolated by other BASIC nations - Brazil, South Africa and China. "In climate change, India now runs the risk of being very seriously isolated by China, Brazil and South Africa which make up the BASIC.

One India News
FEATURE: Should international refugee law accommodate climate change?
3 July 2014 – Can the United Nations help to protect people seeking safety abroad if their homes and jobs are destroyed by prolonged drought, rising sea levels or other climate change-related phenomena in the same way as if they were displaced by war or human rights abuses? The short answer, today anyway, is no.
UN News Centre
Climate Change Threatens U.S. National Parks
Climate change has arrived in America's national parks, threatening natural and historical resources with climbing temperatures and changing precipitation patterns, according to a new National Park Service report.
Scientific American
Coastal winds intensifying with climate change, study says
Summer winds are intensifying along the west coasts of North and South America and southern Africa and climate change is a likely cause, a new study says. The winds, which blow parallel to the shore and draw cold, nutrient-rich water from the deep ocean to the surface in a process known as coastal upwelling, have increased over the last 60 years in three out of five regions of the world, according to an analysis published Thursday in the journal Science.
Los Angeles Times
Caribbean Coral Reefs May Disappear Within 20 Years: Report
In 20 years’ time, most of the Caribbean coral reefs may disappear, since what is left of them currently does not exceed one-sixth of the original coral cover, according to a report published by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) Wednesday.
Does climate change impact national security? ASU gets $20M to find out
It sounds like the makings of a political-action thriller. The National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA) has awarded Arizona State University a five-year, $20 million agreement to research the effects of climate change and its propensity to cause civil and political unrest.
AZ Central
India Plans World’s Largest Floating Solar Power Project (50 MW)
After canal-top solar power projects, India is planning to install the world’s largest floating solar power project. India’s leading hydro power generator National Hydro Power Corporation (NHPC) is planning to set up a 50 MW solar photovoltaic project over the water bodies in the southern state of Kerala. Renewable Energy College will provide assistance to the company for implementing the project.
Coal-free Is Goal For Texas Utility
Texas is known for its fossil fuels–mostly petroleum–but one utility there, El Paso Electric (EPE), wants to be coal-free by 2016. That is, a scant two years from now, there could be a Texas utility serving almost 400,000 people using no coal.
Glasgow University could ditch £19m fossil fuel assets
Glasgow could become the first UK university to ditch its fossil fuel investments. Am advisory panel examining the university’s investment policies has recommended full divestment from its oil, gas and coal holdings to the university’s decision-making body.
India warns UN climate deal in 2015 hinges on finance
India has warned that the success of the 2015 UN deal will depend on whether rich countries are able to fill the coffers of the US$ 100billion Green Climate Fund. According to a report in the Indian Business Standard newspaper, Indian environment minister Prakash Javadekar told French foreign minister Laurent Fabius that transfer of green technologies and funds for developing countries from the developed world would be vital for success at the Paris meeting.
Asia must lead on climate change
[By José Ramos-Horta & Mohamed Nasheed] For decades, Asian leaders largely ignored climate change. It's a Western problem, we said. They caused the problem by dumping greenhouse gasses into the atmosphere; let them clean it up. We were not responsible for the pollution, we argued; so we should not have to pay for it. Yes, Asia’s industrialisation was quietly building up toxic stores of carbon, but we were only following the rich world’s prescription for success.

Bangkok Post
Carbon emissions above 400 ppm for third straight month
Last May, the amount of carbon dioxide in Earth’s atmosphere surpassed 400 parts per million (ppm) for the first time in the history of the human species, a reflection of how much pollution continues to be pumped into the atmosphere. As of last month, industrial civilization has won another dubious achievement: A record-breaking concentration of 400 ppm for three months straight.
Solar Power Makes Gains in US
Two universities in Washington, D.C., soon plan to start buying half of their electricity from solar-power farms 400 kilometers away. The schools expect the project will save millions of dollars during the next couple of decades and make the universities more attractive to environmentally-conscious students. Experts say the project shows how this once-exotic power source is becoming a routine part of business.
Climate change satellite launched
A workhorse Delta 2 rocket roared to life and climbed away from California coast early Wednesday, boosting an environmental research satellite into orbit on a $468 million mission to precisely measure global carbon dioxide levels, a key factor in climate change.
Australia sees limited G20 appetite on new climate change steps
Reuters) - Australia, this year's G20 chair, sees little consensus among the Group of 20 leading economies to take major new steps on climate change, senior official Heather Smith said on Wednesday.
Australians shifting on climate change
A month ago my colleague John Connor wrote an op-ed for the Sydney Morning Herald welcoming the fact that for the first time in years, climate change was a major story coming out of the Lowy Institute's poll of public attitudes to international affairs. Expectation for leadership on the issue was up, and a majority of Australians thought we should act on climate rather than wait for international consensus.
Climate change affects U.S.’s anti-terrorism efforts
According to the Obama administration’s new National Climate Assessment, climate change is already impacting communities in every corner of the country, with an increasing frequency and severity of extreme weather events — storms, floods and droughts — and rising sea levels destabilizing the everyday lives of Americans.
Des Moines Register
What Every Governor Really Believes About Climate Change, In One Handy Map
With all the recent talk at the federal level about the EPA’s proposed carbon regulations for new and existing power plants, it’s easy to forget about the executives that have front row seats to cutting American carbon pollution. And though climate deniers run rampant through the halls of Congress, a new analysis from the CAP Action War Room reveals that half of America’s Republican governors agree with the anti-science caucus of Congress.
Think Progress
Federal judge rejects mine proposal, cites coal’s contribution to climate change
What’s the very best reason not to expand coal mining on public land? Coal is contributing to global warming. And a federal judge just blocked a proposed Colorado mine for that very reason, InsideClimateNews reports. People, it would appear, are finally starting to get it.
Chinese coal consumption to peak in 2024 – Bloomberg
Coal power generation in China will peak in 2024 as the country shifts to renewables, analysts at Bloomberg New Energy Finance predict. As China considers an emissions cap and amid rising concern over smog in its large cities, the country’s plans to expand polluting coal power generation are under scrutiny. One Chinese energy expert told RTCC he hoped peak coal could come as early as next year.
No country will escape climate impacts, warns Ministry of Defence
The world’s militaries face a sharp increase in disaster relief and humanitarian work due to climate change, says the Ministry of Defence in a new study. Compiled by the Development, Concepts and Doctrine Centre, a department within the MOD, Global Strategic Trends – Out to 2045 aims to inform government officials developing long term plans.
India to Strengthen Climate Change Negotiation Team
NEW DELHI: India will strengthen its climate change negotiation team and will do "better homework" before discussing with all stakeholders, Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said on Monday. Fresh from India's "success" at the Nairobi environment conference, Javadekar said the country has decided to "reposition" its role in the global stage on climate change issues by intensely "lobbying" for a "good strategic relationship" with like-minded nations on the matter.
Indian Express
BNEF: Renewable Energy’s About To Dominate Global Power Investments
Bad news if you’re getting tired of reading new headlines every day about the rapid growth of renewables across the world – they’re only going to keep increasing. Renewable energy could represent up to 65% of the $7.7 trillion in new power plant investments and 60% of all new capacity additions expected over the next 15 years, forecasts Bloomberg New Energy Finance’s (BNEF) 2030 Market Outlook.
Renewable energy records set in California and Texas
Figures from the California Independent System Operator (Cal ISO) revealed this week show that the Golden State broke its own one-day record for solar PV generation on June 1 when 4767 MW of utility scale solar energy was fed into the grid.
The record smashed California’s previous one-day best of 4100 MW in March, which also stood as the highest one-day figure for the whole of the U.S.
pv magazine
Renewables In German State Produce 120% of Electricity
The German state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern generates 120% of its electricity from renewable sources, according to a new publication. “We cover more than 120 percent of our electricity needs from renewable energies and thus are far ahead of all federal states. Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania has become in 2013 the final exporter of green electricity."
China’s Hurdle to Fast Action on Climate Change
When the Environmental Protection Agency published in June its new rules to combat carbon emissions from power plants, the American political class lit up in debates over what this meant for the country’s carbon emissions, its coal industry and its economic growth.But a more relevant discussion was taking place some 7,000 miles away, in Beijing.
New York Times
B.C. put a price on carbon. What happened next will surprise you
When I pull up to the pumps in my small hometown on the coast of British Columbia, Canada, I pay more for a tank of gas than in California, my new home. Why? Because regardless of where gas prices hover at the moment, the B.C. government tops off every gallon with a 25-cent tax.
Pricing Carbon: 21st Century Corporate leadership
The call for a price on carbon is growing louder in the corridors of business and government. Last week, former U.S. Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson wrote in The New York Times that climate risks are perhaps the biggest “known unknown” that we face, and he asked “farseeing business leaders” to demand a price on carbon—it’s the quickest, most efficient way to manage these risks.
World Bank Blog
Climate change brings heat, mosquitoes, other summer dangers
All the things that could ruin summer - heat waves, mosquitoes, even poison ivy - are made worse by climate change and will get worse in the future, experts said Tuesday. And it is more than just a nuisance as increasing heat waves in the eastern United States will kill thousands of people decades from now, a recent study concluded.
Augusta Chronicle
UN’s Green Climate Fund starts hunt for cash
Officials from the US, EU, Japan and Switzerland are attending a Green Climate Fund meeting in the Norwegian capital, aimed at raising low carbon investment levels. The fund’s Executive Director Hela Cheikhrouhou wants as much as $15 billion by the end of the year so she can start projects in developing countries.
UN gains new powers to tackle air pollution
Efforts to tackle air pollution are expected to intensify, with the UN given new powers to combat the problem. The UN’s Environment Programme (UNEP) was mandated to step up its work on air quality by the UN Environment Assembly at a meeting last week in Nairobi.
Renewable Energy Saves Fortune 500 Companies Over $1 Billion
Renewable energy is dismissed by some as being only for ‘greenies’ or as some kind of fringe technology, but a recent report has shown mainstream Fortune 500 companies are using it to save hundreds of millions of dollars every year. Collectively, they are saving about $1.1 billion dollars, according to the report put out by Ceres, David Gardiner & Associates, Calvert Investments, and World Wildlife Fund (WWF).
World needs $550bn of renewables investment a year – IRENA
The rate of investment in renewable energy needs to double to limit global warming to an acceptable level, according to a leading industry body. The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) estimates $550 billion a year is needed until 2030, in a report.
African Development Bank Supports South African Solar Thermal Power Project With $142 Million Loan
As the South African renewable energy project developers gear up to commission projects under the country’s landmark Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers program, financial support is pouring in from domestic commercial as well as international development banks.
Beseiged by the rising tides of climate change, Kiribati buys land in Fiji
The people of Kiribati, a group of islands in the Pacific ocean particularly exposed to climate change, now own a possible refuge elsewhere. President Anote Tong has recently finalised the purchase of 20 sq km on Vanua Levu, one of the Fiji islands, about 2,000km away.
The Guardian
Global warming makes drought come on earlier, faster, and harder
We all know that some climate change is natural, in fact, even without humans, the Earth’s climate changes. But, as we have added heat-trapping gases to the atmosphere, we have seen human influence “emerge” from natural variability. Droughts, one of the most intensely studied climate events, are a perfect example of an effect with both human and natural influences.
The Guardian
Graphene Flagship Project Doubles In Size
The Graphene Flagship initiative — already one of the biggest-ever European research initiatives — recently doubled in size, taking on 66 new partners from a variety of different organizations and universities spread out across the EU.
Bill Shorten vows to tackle climate change despite 'our failure to prosecute'
Bill Shorten has vowed to re-fight the case for effective action against global warming, as he conceded Labor had underestimated the impact of the “anti-climate change brigade”. The opposition leader reflected on the breakdown in Australia’s political and public consensus on climate change in a speech which laid out some markers on leadership and the way to win over voters for contentious reforms.
The Guardian
Climate Change Threatens Antarctica’s Emperor Penguin Population
The greatest hazard comes from warming temperatures' impact on sea-ice cover, which the penguins rely on for travel and hunting. New research suggests that Antarctica’s population of emperor penguins will be cut down by a fifth by the end of the century as a result of changing climates, which will impact the species’ feeding and mating patterns.
Climate change deal likely to succeed
NAIROBI, June 28 (Xinhua) -- Chances are high that countries are likely to reach an agreement on climate change by the end of 2015, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon said in Nairobi on Saturday. "As climate change causes temperatures to rise and precipitation patterns to change, more weather extremes will potentially reduce global food production at a time when the population will continue growing in developing countries," Ban said.
The road to Lima: crunch time for climate finance
The road to Lima, Peru to prepare the world for a universal climate deal in 2015 may not be easy. With only four months left, rich nations must come up with substantial initial fund pledges to build the trust needed to address the global climate crisis. The Green Climate Fund (GCF) board, which aims to assist developing nations adapt to the changing climate and transform into low carbon economies, said it seeks to raise as much as $15 billion by the end of this year and to soon start disbursing money for climate-related projects.
Philippine EnviroNews
NASA to fight global warming from space
Los Angeles: Five years after a NASA satellite to track carbon dioxide plunged into the ocean after lift-off, the US space agency is launching a carbon copy – this time on a different rocket.
The $US468 million ($506.36 million) mission is designed to study the main driver of climate change emitted from smokestacks and tailpipes.
Sydney Morning Herald
Hot Zone - Is climate change destabilizing Iraq?
This winter was not a good one for farmers in the Fertile Crescent. A punishing drought hit most of Syria and northern Iraq during what’s normally the wettest time of the year. In the mountains of eastern Turkey, which form the headwaters of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, snow and rain were less than half of normal. The region has seen one of the worst droughts in decades.
Indonesia Overtakes Brazil for Worst Deforestation Title
Indonesia now holds the dubious title of the nation with the highest deforestation rate of primary-forest lands, beating out Brazil, which has been the historical leader. This has great significance for Indonesia's greenhouse-gas emissions, since huge stores of planet-warming carbon and methane are contained in tropical forests, as well as biodiversity, given the high concentration of rare and endangered species living there.
Will Climate Change Spark Conflict in Bangladesh?
As the news on climate change takes a sharp turn for the worse, questions are being asked about the global impact. In May, scientists announced that a large portion of Antarctica had begun to collapse. It is the largest and most catastrophic Antarctic cleaving to date – taken as a sign that extreme changes to the global environment are imminent and inevitable. The nation facing the greatest calamity is literally half a world away from western Antarctica: Bangladesh.
The Diplomat
How high would a carbon tax really have to be to rein in climate change?
Former Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson published an opinion piece in the New York Times a week ago calling for a tax on carbon — and the idea of putting a price on carbon emissions is suddenly back in the news. But do current economic models place a realistic price tag on carbon? A new paper from the London School of Economics Grantham Research Institute says “No.”
Climate change: Australia and US are moving in opposite directions
The difference between the position of the Australian and the United States governments on climate change looks stark. Last week members of the Australian government celebrated the passing of a bill dismantling the carbon price, while last Wednesday US president Barack Obama delivered a speech arguing strongly for the need to act on climate change.
The Guardian
Extreme weather official advice rewritten to remove climate change link
The Australian government has been accused of significantly watering down its official advice on extreme weather after removing mention of links between climate change and events such as bushfires and heatwaves. A document on the Department of Environment’s website, aimed at informing the public on how climate change is influencing dangerous weather, has removed an explicit reference linking the two.
The Guardian
Wall Street: Your Climate War Has Arrived
either Robert Rubin nor Henry Paulson has the look or resume of a climate-change activist.
But the bipartisan duo of former Treasury secretaries, who share a Goldman Sachs pedigree, are part of an increasingly prominent effort to fight global warming with financial weapons and arguments.
National Journal
WMO: 80% chance of El Niño by December 2014
It is very likely that an El Niño will take place by the end of the year, the UN’s World Meteorological Organisation has said, strengthening scientists’ predictions that 2014 could be one of the hottest years on record.
Rhode Island signs off new climate change law
The US state of Rhode Island has passed a climate change act, outlining how it should cut fossil fuel use and prepare for future extreme weather events. The law stipulates that greenhouse gas emissions should be slashed 45% below 1990 levels by 2035, and 80% below 1990 levels by 2050.
UK Green Investment Bank To Raise £1 Billion For Offshore Wind
At the time of announcing its performance for the financial year, the UK Green Investment Bank also announced plans to raise £1 billion for a new fund to “acquire equity stakes in operational offshore wind projects in the UK.” The move is expected to boost the offshore wind sector’s rapid growth.
Abbott completely isolated by Palmer's "inconvenient senate"
Clive Palmer's shock announcement on Wednesday night next to former vice president Al Gore has been very cautiously welcomed by Australia's environment movement. Palmer's announcement effectively leaves Abbott completely isolated on climate policy, both domestically, and as Al Gore's presence demonstrates, internationally as well.
The Guardian
Africa: How Does Climate Change Affect Human Rights?
As climate change becomes more intense, its impact is more than rising seas and alterations in weather patterns, it is and will become a human rights issue. Climate change is increasing inequality and impacting territorial integrity and security as well as provoking the forced displacement of people and thus seriously affecting the human rights of people all over the world.
Does carbon capture and storage need a makeover?
Carbon capture and storage is a vital but unloved technology, disliked by green groups and unneeded by fossil fuel companies, and will need both to progress. The technology illustrates the equal importance of having influential support and lobbying, as well as a compelling message and market.
Ireland will bear brunt of flooding in climate change
THE economic cost of sea and river flooding will treble unless climate change is tackled, a European Commission report has warned. The impacts of river flooding will be most pronounced in Ireland and the UK if a business-as-usual model is adopted and global warming isn't tackled.
Irish Independent
Solar Globe-Trotting VW Bus
The VW bus was thoroughly refinished and refurbished by the Dangerz, a couple who took the bus from scrapyard fodder to a solar-panel equipped, trans-continental adventure-mobile that saw them drive from Alaska to Costa Rica.
Fossilized Bees Reveal Climate Changes
Fossils from California’s La Brea Tar Pits keep supplying scientists with excellent material for studying the region’s past. Ancient animals, from mammoths to tiny insects, reveal facts about climate changes during the last Ice Age and help scientists understand the modern climate.
Climate change prompting Arctic birds to breed early
WASHINGTON: Earlier spring seasons and snow-melt brought about by climate change are causing migratory birds that breed in the Arctic Alaska to breed sooner, says a study.
Times of India
Obama Calls Climate-Change Skeptics 'Fringe' Element
President Barack Obama derided climate-change skeptics as a “fringe” element as he highlighted his record on the environment and cutting greenhouse gas emissions before a conservation group.Obama yesterday indirectly criticized congressional Republicans, who he said view climate change as “a liberal plot.”
Fighting Climate Change Is Profitable: Mexico’s Calderon
Curbing climate change is profitable and nations must offer business incentives for low-carbon growth to cut fossil-fuel reliance, according to former president of Mexico, Felipe Calderon.
Singapore’s Sports Hub marks new dawn for solar industry
Tall enough to fit Changi Airport’s control tower, and wide enough to house four A380 planes parked wing to wing, the Singapore Sports Hub is an iconic addition to the country’s skyline. Viewed from a distance, the $1.33 billion facility - with its large dome shape and the impressive array of solar panels surrounding it - is not only a visual feast but an architectural feat built with sustainability in mind.
UK Doctors Vote to End Investments in the Fossil Fuel Industry
he British Medical Association, the representative body of doctors in the UK, has voted to end its investments in fossil fuel companies, making it the first health organisation in the world to do so.
The motion, passed at the annual meeting of the BMA in Harrogate, calls on the BMA to “transfer their investments from energy companies whose primary business relies upon fossil fuels to those providing renewable energy sources.”
UK infrastructure neglected and at risk from climate change, engineers warn
Vital parts of UK infrastructure are being neglected, with potentially severe impacts on national competitiveness and quality of life, according to a new study by engineers. Energy networks, transport, waste and water are all at risk, while flood defences are falling well behind where they need to be.
The Guardian
ALP lists Abbott climate change 'whoppers'
Parliamentary debate has started on the coalition government's second attempt to axe the carbon tax, with Labor saying the move is based on 10 "whoppers". Labor's environment spokesman Mark Butler said the government had mounted a "hysterical" and "mendacious" campaign against measures to curb emissions.
The Age
India Mulling Introduction Of Tax Incentives For Residential Solar
Indian homeowners who install solar energy systems may soon have tax breaks made available to them to help lower their burden, based on recent reports. The country’s Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) recently put forward a proposal for the introduction of tax incentives for residential rooftop solar installations. The Ministry of Finance is expected to reach a decision on the proposal sometime before the end of the summer.
Grim toll of climate change
Climate change is likely to exact enormous costs on U.S. regional economies in the form of lost property, reduced industrial output and more deaths, according to a report backed by three men with vast business experience.
14 Million Soccer Fields Of Amazonian Rain Forest Saved From Clearcutting
A research study published in Science this month (June 2014) found that a 70% decline in Brazilian Amazon deforestation could be an indication that effective management of the expanding agricultural sector is possible.
What really annoys scientists about the state of the climate change debate?
"Don’t shoot the messenger,” so the saying goes.
But what if that message warns we might want to rethink that whole fossil fuel burning thing pretty quick because it could seriously alter civilization and the natural world for centuries to come, and not in a good way?
The Guardian
Sustainable development goals face $2.5 trillion funding shortfall
The UN’s sustainable development goals (SDGs) will fail unless governments and businesses find an extra US$ 2.5 trillion a year to support them. -
U.S. to face multibillion-dollar bill from climate change: report
Annual property losses from hurricanes and other coastal storms of $35 billion; a decline in crop yields of 14 percent, costing corn and wheat farmers tens of billions of dollars; heat wave-driven demand for electricity costing utility customers up to $12 billion per year.
G20 summit: Obama expected to discuss 'critical issue' of climate change
Barack Obama is expecting to discuss climate change at the G20 summit in Brisbane, with the US ambassador to Australia reinforcing the president’s message that it is a “critical” issue.
The Guardian
Canada: Federal climate change report warns of economic, health impacts
Canadians can expect more floods, storms and other damaging extreme weather events as global warming inevitably gets worse, says a federal government report that also says governments are lagging in efforts to adapt to this climate change shift.
The Star
Germany Sets Three National Solar Records in Two Weeks
A core facet of Chancellor Merkel’s historic “Energiewende” clean energy transition, Germany has led the world in driving adoption of solar energy technology and systems.
Triple Pundit
British offshore wind energy fund launched
The British government-backed bank that focuses on green energy projects is launching a new fund. It is dedicated to buying stakes in offshore wind energy in the UK.
Africa: Lack of 'Political Will' Hampering Environmental Laws (Interview)
The United Nations will this week seek ways to stiffen environmental laws to crack down on everything from illegal trade in wildlife to mercury poisoning and hazardous waste.
Deutsche Welle
Half of the World's Population will be Exposed to Frequent Still Air Events by End of 21st Century
Climate change might worsen air pollution, researchers at Stanford said. The team estimates that by the end of this century around 55 percent of the world's population will witness frequent air stagnation events.
Nature World News
Cameroon: Congo, Amazon Basins Climate Change Report Presented
The study, carried out by CIFOR, revisits the role of logging companies in the reduction of emission of green-house gases.
Cameroon Tribune
Former Bush Treasury Secretary: We Can Prevent A 'Climate Crash' With A Carbon Tax
There is an amazing op-ed in Sunday’s New York Times, “The Coming Climate Crash: Lessons for Climate Change in the 2008 Recession.”
The Energy Collective
New UN Assembly Pushes Climate Change, Environment As Top World Priority
The first-ever United Nations Environmental Assembly opened in Kenya on Monday, as more than 150 high-level delegations began a weeklong examination of the intersection between global economic progress and the environment.
World Bank: Climate policies could generate $2.6 trillion a year
Smart climate policies in the US, EU, Brazil, China, India and Mexico could add up to US$ 2.6trillion to the world’s economy a year, according to the World Bank.
Top court mostly upholds Obama bid to curb carbon emissions
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday largely upheld the Obama administration's authority to curb greenhouse gases from major emitters like power plants and refineries in a ruling that nonetheless exempted some smaller sources from the regulation.
France launches financing plan for energy transition
France announced on Monday a package of tax breaks and low-cost loans to improve insulation in buildings and boost investment in renewable energy, which is supposed to provide 40 percent of the country's electricity by 2030.
UK and Germany break solar power records
Britain and Germany have broken records for generating solar electricity in the last few weeks, according to new industry figures.
The Guardian
EU mulls cutting energy use by 35%
To maintain Europe’s emissions-cutting momentum, a 30% cut in energy usage is needed by 2030, rising to 35% if the EU wants to reap the benefits of energy security, jobs and growth, says a draft communication for the bloc’s energy efficiency review, seen by EurActiv.
US mayors unanimously pass climate change ideas
A bipartisan group of mayors from across the country unanimously approved a resolution Monday that calls on cities to use natural solutions to fight the effects of climate change.
Parts Of America Will Be 'Unsuited For Outdoor Activity' Thanks To Climate Change, Report Finds
The old adage, "it's not the heat, it's the humidity," will come into play more often and in more places because of climate change, with life-altering results in southern U.S. cities from Miami to Atlanta to Washington and even northern ones such as New York, Chicago and Seattle.
Evidence grows that warming Arctic may cause extreme weather
Rapid warming of the Arctic may be linked with recent extreme weather in Europe and the United States, a paper found this week, finding more evidence for one piece in the jigsaw.
Too Hot to Handle
Hot weather kills more Americans than all other natural disasters combined, and the casualties continue to climb despite decades of warnings about how to recognize the signs of heat stress and take prompt corrective action.
Former Bush Treasury Secretary: We Can Prevent A ‘Climate Crash’ With A Carbon Tax
There is an amazing op-ed in Sunday’s New York Times, “The Coming Climate Crash: Lessons for Climate Change in the 2008 Recession.”
What’s amazing isn’t so much the content — the climate crisis is real, we’re close to crossing catastrophic and irreversible tipping points, we have the technology to start slashing carbon pollution now, and we need a carbon price to jumpstart the process. You’ve heard it many times from the nation’s and world’s top scientists, from Al Gore and Bill McKibben, and here on Climate Progress. But this piece is by Henry M. Paulson Jr.
Think Progress
Mayors Sign Climate Protection Agreement, Endorse Innovative Climate Solutions
Confronting climate change is a major agenda item at this week’s U.S. Conference of Mayors meeting in Dallas, Texas, including climate protection awards, climate panels, and a discussion with U.S. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy and U.S. DOE Secretary Ernest Moniz. Mayors signed the latest version of the Climate Protection Agreement — endorsed by over 1,000 mayors, it supports a national goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent from 1990 levels by 2050 amongst other things.
Think Progress
Leaders must be serious about Climate Change- Former Prez. Kufuor
Former President John Agyekum Kufuor has asked world leaders, especially, African governments to show serious political commitment towards addressing climate change issues and find ways to mitigate its impacts on their people
Ghana Broadcasting Corporation
Wanted in the Caribbean: Regional response to global climate change
Will Caribbean leaders work together to respond to the global challenge of climate change? That’s the question that arises as the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) continues to release its latest global report on climate change, which is scheduled for completion in October.
Trinidad Guardian
Australians unhappy over Coalition's response to climate challenge
The Australian public is deeply unhappy over the government’s response to the challenge of climate change, amid a revival in support for climate science and a strengthening belief that Australia is already feeling the impact of a warming planet, according to new polling.
The Guardian
Cough, Cough: Climate Change May Worsen Air Pollution
Residents of bulging metropolises around the world should brace for an increase in stagnant, polluted air that hangs around for days as a result of climate change-related shifts in wind and rainfall patterns, according to a new study.
NBC News
Could future clothes, bottles and chairs be made from carbon emissions?
Finding materials that are both sustainable and affordable has long been a central quandary in sustainable design. Certainly, high-cost, high-end materials, like sustainably-sourced hardwoods and post-consumer paper products, exist. However, the price of these products often pushes them out of the reach of many consumers.
The Guardian
Emperor penguins are adapting to climate change in surprising ways
Emperor penguins, long thought to be tied to a single breeding location they would return to year after year, have shown they're willing to relocate their nesting grounds in response to climate change, a study has found.
Tech Times
[Editorial] The Coming Climate Crash - Lessons for Climate Change in the 2008 Recession
THERE is a time for weighing evidence and a time for acting. And if there’s one thing I’ve learned throughout my work in finance, government and conservation, it is to act before problems become too big to manage.
New York Times
[Opinion] Keep the climate, change the economy
This month, the Obama administration announced new rules aimed at cutting carbon pollution from power stations by 30% from 2005 levels by 2030. Never before has a US president attempted to regulate carbon dioxide emissions from power stations and the move has been hailed by scientists and policymakers as an important step towards a global economy powered by clean energy.
The Guardian