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Japan hikes target for emissions cuts to about 25 pct by 2030-media
Japan is considering cutting emissions of greenhouse gases by around 25 percent by 2030, up from an earlier target of about 20 percent, as its contribution to a global summit in Paris on climate change later this year, media reports said on Friday.
Reuters
 
US announces plans to reduce agricultural carbon emissions
Federal agricultural officials announced Thursday voluntary programs and initiatives for farmers, ranchers and foresters meant to build on President Barack Obama's efforts to combat global warming - and they don't require congressional approval.
AP
 
Canada will match other industrialized nations' CO2 cuts: PM
Canada will set a target for reducing greenhouse gas emissions that will be "similar" to those of other industrialized nations, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Thursday after the country published higher historical emissions data.
AFP
 
Don’t judge Paris on level of carbon cuts, say top emitters
Leading economies don’t think the success of a Paris climate change summit should simply be measured on the level of greenhouse gas cuts it manages to deliver. - See more at: http://www.rtcc.org/2015/04/23/dont-judge-paris-on-level-of-carbon-cuts-say-top-emitters/#sthash.1fAbEVg6.dpuf
RTCC
 
Success in Paris climate talks may require 'uniform voice' from business leaders, group says
A year-old initiative to mobilize the global business community around the risks and opportunities of climate change has entered a second phase, according to the nonprofit group BSR.
ClimateWire
 
Kerry, on eve of Arctic summit, calls for citizen pressure on climate change
Acknowledging that governments may not be moving fast enough to avert a climate disaster, Secretary of State John F. Kerry is pushing for a bigger role for cities, universities and other institutions in achieving rapid cuts in ­greenhouse-gas emissions.
Washington Post
 
Addis and New York: Two key milestones on the way to a climate deal
It’s a big year for climate politics, and the attention of the international climate community is fixed on United Nations climate talks taking place in Paris this December, which aim to sign off a global deal on climate change.
Road to Paris
 
Martinique welcomes a preparatory summit to the 21st conference of the UN on climate change
Serge Letchimy, the President of the Regional Council of Martinique, confirms that a regional summit dedicated to the preparation and the mobilization toward the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) for the United Nations’ Framework Convention on Climate Change, will be held in Martinique on May 9th, 2015.
Anguilla News
 
Costa Rica Continues Record Run 100% Renewable Electricity
In 2004, almost 47% of Costa Rica’s energy came from renewable sources, today Costa Rica has gone 113 days (or 3 months, 23 days) using only renewable resources for electricity. This means the country has not had to burn fossil fuels for any of its electrical energy production.
The Costa Rica News
 
In Indonesia, making REDD+ about carbon won't help biodiversity: study
In Indonesia, preferential targeting of REDD+ projects in high-carbon areas won't do much for biodiversity.
mongabay.com
 
 
 
Malaysia to raise climate change during Asean summit
Malaysia will raise the issue of climate change and its impact on the region's socio-economy during the 26th Asean Summit, said Natural Resources and Environment Minister Datuk Seri G. Palanivel.
Bernama
 
Yale to impose carbon tax on itself, led by the man who helped invent it
Yale University will become one of the first colleges or universities to put an internal price on their carbon emissions, school officials said Monday.
ClimateWire
 
Is the Carbon-Divestment Movement Reaching a Tipping Point?
Interviews with Harvard professors Naomi Oreskes and James Anderson about universities’ moral imperative to join the fight against fossil fuel.
The Nation
 
How should INDCs be measured? (blog) Business Spectator
 
‘The power to change begins with you,’ says Ban, urging sustainable choices on Mother Earth Day
Humanity is well aware of the devastating damage and pollution it have wrought on planet Earth, and “even with this knowledge, we have yet to change our ways,” United Nations Secretary-General said today urging people to reset their relationship with nature and every living being it sustains.
UN News Centre
 
US to announce plans to reduce agricultural carbon emissions
Federal agricultural officials are planning to announce voluntary programs and initiatives for farmers, ranchers and foresters meant to build on President Barack Obama's efforts to combat global warming - and don't require congressional approval.
AP
 
Private sector to chip in for COP 21
France's climate action bill could be larger than usual this year, with the international climate negotiations (COP 21) taking place in Paris in December.
EurActv
 
Australia urged to explain funding for climate contrarian
The former head of Australia's respected Climate Commission, which was disbanded by conservative Prime Minister Tony Abbott in 2013, on Thursday challenged the government to explain its recent decision to fund a controversial new climate institute.
Reuters
 
Olam chief calls for carbon pricing in order to control emissions
The chief executive of Olam, one of the world’s biggest traders of agricultural commodities, has called for carbon pricing in the face of rising concerns about climate change.
Financial Times
 
Report finds China could feasibly get most of its energy from renewables by 2050
Renewable energy could economically provide China the majority of its energy by midcentury, according to a new report.
ClimateWire
 
 
 
Interview: UNEP expects BRICS environment meeting to spur green energy
UN Environmental Programme (UNEP) said environment ministers from Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) meeting in Russia Wednesday are expected to agree on steps to boost environmental cooperation and the way forward in tackling the climate change threat.
Xinhua
 
Germany pushes climate insurance for developing countries
Catastrophic droughts, floods and heatwaves: climate change is making environmental disasters increasingly common. Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks wants the G7 to look at insurance policies as an alternative to traditional development aid
EurActv
 
Obama visits the Everglades to talk about climate change
President Obama will visit an ecologically sensitive national park on Wednesday in a politically sensitive state
Washington Post
 
UAE’s push for low-carbon growth lauded
Industry experts, as part of Earth Day celebrations, lauded the UAE’s concrete push for low-carbon growth by increasing its focus on renewables.
Gulf News
 
Women will suffer the worst effects of climate change
Environmental researchers have made it clear that climate change will affect the world’s poorest more severely, and more imminently, than those of us in the more developed Western world.
Quartz
 
What Will It Take For Humanity To Listen To Scientists?
What will it take for humanity to listen to scientists? That was the question a panel of Nobel Laureates asked at Hong Kong’s Asia Society Center on April 22nd as they urged quick global action on climate change.
Forbes
 
Ocean output rivals big nations' GDP, but resources eroding
Economic output by the world's oceans is worth $2.5 trillion a year, rivaling nations such as Britain or Brazil, but marine wealth is sinking fast because of over-fishing, pollution and climate change, a study said on Thursday.
Reuters
 
McDonald's to axe deforestation from its global supply chain
The fast-food giant announced it will work with its suppliers to end deforestation in its global supply chain. But do the super-sized claims stack up?
Guardian
 
On the Front Lines of Climate Change (opinion) US News & World Report
 
Climate change: Paris 'last chance' for action
Scientists are calling on world leaders to sign up to an eight-point plan of action at landmark talks in Paris.
BBC
 
 
 
Australia should 'get off sidelines' with 30 per cent emissions cut by 2025: report
Australia has been urged to rapidly accelerate its cuts to greenhouse gases, with the independent Climate Change Authority recommending the Abbott government adopt an ambitious 30 per cent reduction target on 2000 levels by 2025.
Sydney Morning Herald
 
Global warming: Scientists say temperatures could rise by 6C by 2100 and call for action ahead of UN meeting in Paris
There is a one-in-ten chance of the world being 6C warmer than it is today by 2100 which would lead to cataclysmic changes in the global climate with unimaginable consequences for human civilisation, leading climate researchers have warned in an “Earth Statement”.
The Independent
 
Australia should cut emissions by 30% by 2025 to catch up, review says
Australia should aim to slash its greenhouse gas emissions by 30% by 2025, compared with 2000 levels, in order to catch up to other countries’ efforts and prove it is a “good global citizen”, according to a Climate Change Authority review.
Guardian
 
Don't view climate change 'a business opportunity': Prakash Javadekar, Environment Minister
Talking tough, India today asked developed nations not to view climate change as "a business opportunity" and asserted that it would not allow "bullying" tactics as the days of "bulldozing" were over.
PTI
 
US envoy Stern urges Canada to deliver UN climate pledge
Chief US climate diplomat Todd Stern encouraged Canada to take Mexico’s lead in submitting robust carbon cutting plans yesterday.
RTCC
 
Earth Day 2015: Find Out What Environmental Problems 20 Latin American Countries Face
Since the Industrial Revolution, human activity has destroyed the natural environment and is responsible for climate change. While not everyone blames mankind’s actions, a 2013 report from the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) concluded with 95 percent certainty that people are to blame for at least half the climate change in the last half-century.
Latin Times
 
Global warming not progressing as fast as depicted in worst-case models
A new study has revealed that global warming is progressing at a moderate rate than the scenarios depicted in the worst-case models outlined by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
ANI
 
Fortune 500s Hitting The Hill On Earth Day
For many companies, Earth Day is a time for releasing corporate sustainability reports, unveiling new environmental initiatives or sponsoring community festivals honoring the day.
Forbes
 
Nobel winners to help Asian cities tackle climate change
Nine Nobel prize winners in fields ranging from economics to medicine will try to come up with ideas this week to help fast-growing cities in Asia cope with global warming.
Reuters
 
Beyonce Beats Environment as Media Favors Celebrity News
Pity the trees. For U.S. newspapers and television, celebrity articles and gossip trump stories about the environment by a wide margin.
Bloomberg
 
 
 
Study Finds Low Cost in Reducing Methane Emissions
Reducing methane leaks from oil and gas operations around the world could provide a relatively inexpensive way to fight climate change, according to a new report commissioned by the Environmental Defense Fund.
NY Times
 
John Kerry: On Earth Day, time running out for climate change USA Today
 
Jim Yong Kim: The final push to end extreme poverty Business Standard
 
Yeb Sano: Why I’m leaving diplomacy to fight climate change  RTCC
 
France's Hollande sees many obstacles to climate deal in Paris
French President Francois Hollande said on Monday there were many obstacles to reaching a U.N. deal to fight climate change at a summit in Paris in December, with concerns about the strategy of big emerging nations such as India.
Reuters
 
Hollande sur la Conférence climat: «Plus j'avance, plus je regarde les obstacles»
François Hollande préfère prévenir: un accord à la conférence sur le climat, organisée en décembre 2015 à Paris, n'est pas acquis d'avance.
20minutes.fr
 
Canada’s GHG emissions rose in 2013, leaving little room to meet 2020 target
Canada’s greenhouse-gas emissions rose in 2013, propelled by higher oil and gas production, Environment Canada said in a report to the United Nations that suggests the country has little hope of meeting its international commitments.
Globe and Mail
 
Australia can cut emissions without harming economy
One day after Australia was questioned by the US and China on the slow pace of its greenhouse gas cuts, a new report suggests it can cut further and still keep growing its economy.
ABC Australia
 
Marshall Islands calls for curbs on maritime carbon emissions
The Marshall Islands, holder of one of the world’s largest shipping registries, has called for curbs on maritime carbon emissions before a global climate deal due to be finalised in Paris in December.
Financial Times
 
Here’s What China Closing Coal-Power Plants Means for Emissions
China’s recent scrapping of small coal plants will avoid the release of as much as 11.4 million metric tons annually of climate-warming carbon dioxide, helping the country cut emissions for the first time in more than a decade.
Bloomberg
 
 
 
India considers twin-track climate plans towards UN deal
Insiders hint radical carbon cuts unlikely, with Delhi depending on global support to clean energy supply
RTCC
 
Businesses to unite on green agenda including carbon taxes
Global businesses are set to reach an agreement to work together to support a higher carbon price, more green technology in cities and greater renewable energy use ahead of the global climate pact to be signed in Paris this year.
Financial Times
 
AfDB steps up moves to fund climate agencies in Africa
The African Development Bank (AfDB) is working diligently to join the Green Climate Fund’s (GCF) seven newly accredited agencies, in order to become a key multi-lateral implementing agency to channel much-needed funding into the continent.
Ghana Business News
 
Apple Makes New Commitment To Fight Climate Change, But Has A Long Way To Go
Apple on Monday released its 2015 Environmental Responsibility Report, underscoring its commitment to lessening the environmental impact of its products and operations. "We don’t want to debate climate change. We want to stop it," the company stated in the report.
Huffington Post
 
Is Climate Change Making Animals Smaller?
When Sifrhippus, an early precursor to the horse, began roaming the forests of what is now northwestern Wyoming, it was about the size of a Border terrier.
New Yorker
 
Batteries and Renewable Energy Set to Grow Together
The future of American energy, according to one widely held view, will include solar panels and wind turbines continuing to proliferate, churning out ever more electricity and eventually eclipsing fossil fuels to help offset the forces of climate change.
NY Times
 
The Pope, the Poor and Climate Change Wall Street Journal
 
Climate change too important for dogm (editorial) The Age
 
France backs fight against fossil fuel subsidies ahead of Paris climate change conference
France on Friday endorsed an eight-nation call for fossil fuel reform ahead of this year's international conference on climate change.
RFI
 
G7 agrees greater role for climate change in foreign policy
Foreign ministers back report describing climate change as one of the biggest global security threats of the 21st century
BusinessGreen
 
 
 
Developed world needs to walk the talk on climate change: Prakash Javadekar
Ministers from the 17 major emitters, including Indian environment minister Prakash Javadekar, are meeting in Washington DC on Sunday and Monday to address some contentious issues and find a way to ensure a successful outcome at the UN-sponsored climate meet in Paris later this year.
Economic Times
 
Obama says 'no greater threat to planet than climate change'
US President Barack Obama said Saturday that climate change poses the world's biggest single threat.
AFP
 
Boardrooms and public fuel momentum for climate change: experts
A new climate deal this year is unlikely to include enough money or emissions cuts to be effective but a surge of action outside governments could drive a more ambitious approach to tackling climate change, according to specialists.
Thomson Reuters Foundation
 
India agrees to phase down HFC, seeks more time
Reversing its long opposition, India has made a formal proposal to amend the Montreal Protocol to bring phasing down of climate-damaging refrigerant hydrofluorocarbon (HFC), which is used in air-conditioners, refrigerators and insulating foam, under its ambit.
Times of India
 
Australia's Direct Action climate policy challenged by US, China and Brazil at the UN
Australia's Direct Action climate policy challenged by US, China and Brazil at the UN
Guardian
 
Australia's 'Level Of Ambition' Over Emission Reduction Targets Questioned At UN
The Australian government’s “Direct Action” policy, which aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 5 percent below 2000 levels by 2020, has come under international scrutiny after several countries, including the U.S. and China, questioned the credibility of the target.
International Business Times
 
Climate deals make 2015 ‘biggest year since 1945’, says UN envoy
Need to update development goals and finalise global CO2 pact make 2015 most important in 70 years, says Mary Robinson
RTCC
 
Gwen Stefani, Usher perform for thousands at Earth Day rally
A daylong Earth Day concert had R&B star Usher dancing on crutches Saturday on the National Mall to rally thousands for political action to confront climate change and poverty.
AP
 
Earth Day aims to reach millions with 'Angry Birds' game
The hugely popular game "Angry Birds" is showing Earth Day some love this year.
AP
 
Figueres: National climate plans = “investment prospectuses”
The climate plans submitted by governments towards a global climate deal should be seen as “investment prospectuses” for business.
RTCC
 
 
 
Company bosses pledge emission cuts, call for strong Paris climate deal
Bosses from more than forty global companies called on negotiators to agree a United Nations climate change deal in Paris in December and pledged to make their own emission cuts, they said in an open letter published on Thursday.
Reuters
 
‘Clear and critical’ need for sustainable energy targets in post-2015 agenda, UN deputy chief says
The centrality of energy in a new global development agenda is clear and critical, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson said today as he delivered the opening remarks to a briefing for Member States on Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All).
UN News Centre
 
Judges Skeptical of Challenge to Proposed E.P.A. Rule on Climate Change
A panel of federal judges appeared inclined on Thursday to dismiss the first legal challenge to President Obama’s most far-reaching regulation to slow climate change.
NY Times
 
BP investors turn up the heat over climate change
BP shareholders have overwhelmingly backed demands led by the Church of England and institutional investors requiring the oil major to be more open about how climate change might affect its business.
Financial Times
 
AGL to shut all coal-fired power stations by 2050 in bid to limit global warming
New boss Andy Vesey says he wants to take the lead in helping Australia limit climate change to no more than 2C warmer by mid-century
Guardian
 
COP 21: Peru to announce emissions reduction commitment in August
The first round of countries have formalized the amounts of emissions their countries will reduce.
Peru This Week
 
Brazil to Offer Ambitious Climate Plan With More Renewables
Brazil will increase the use of renewable energy, target zero net deforestation and push for low-carbon agriculture as part of its climate proposal, Environment Minister Izabella Teixeira said in an interview.
Bloomberg
 
How can cities influence a global climate deal in Paris?
Cities are unlikely to get the formal recognition many crave at the UN climate talks, but they can make an impact
RTCC
 
As foreign ministers meet on key world issues, will climate make the cut?
Climate change is one of the 21st century's biggest global security challenges, and world leaders should make it a core part of their foreign policy agendas, argues a major new report commissioned by the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany and the European Union.
ClimateWire
 
Conference: Youth urged to fight climate change
Speakers at a conference on Thursday said that there was a need for the youth to lead the fight against climate change.
The Express Tribune
 
 
 
Big U.S. investors push SEC for oil industry to detail risks of climate change
Calpers, the largest American public pension fund, and nearly 60 other institutional investors will ask the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday to require oil and natural gas companies to publish detailed analysis of the risks posed by climate change to their business models.
Reuters
 
Doctor cycles to UN climate congress in Paris
A Canterbury postgraduate student is cycling through Australia, Asia and Europe on his way to a UN climate congress in Paris.
NZ Herald
 
Warning over aerosol climate fix
Any attempts to engineer the climate are likely to result in "different" climate change, rather than its elimination, new results suggest.
BBC
 
The Moral Issue of Our Time
This summer, Pope Francis will deliver the first major encyclical of his papacy. It will be on climate change and the environment.
US News & World Report
 
Ban Ki-Moon Presses Rich Nations for $100 Billion Climate Plan
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon stepped up pressure on the richest nations and investors to detail how they will meet a pledge to provide developing nations $100 billion a year for climate-related programs by 2020.
Bloomberg
 
At UN-backed conference, Ban calls for more investment to achieve sustainable energy
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on business leaders to expand investment in low-carbon growth and opportunities to advance sustainable energy for all and tackle climate change, in a statement to The Future of Energy Summit 2015, organized by Bloomberg New Energy Finance.
UN News Centre
 
Climat : les provinces du Canada en première ligne
Alors que le Canada a annoncé qu’il dévoilerait en juin, avant le prochain G7, sa contribution à la lutte contre le changement climatique au-delà de 2020, en prévision de la conférence de Paris (COP 21), les provinces et territoires du pays – à l’exception de l’Alberta – font front commun pour accentuer la pression sur le gouvernement fédéral tout en avançant leurs propres solutions.
Le Monde
 
L’ONU invite Ottawa à abandonner le pétrole
La secrétaire générale de la Convention-cadre des Nations unies sur les changements climatiques (CCNUCC), Christiana Figueres, appelle le Canada à tourner le dos aux combustibles fossiles.
Le Devoir
 
Ontario needs Ottawa’s help to fight climate change
The politics of climate change in Canada can be summed up by two recent comments from members of Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s cabinet.
Toronto Star
 
Chile eyes new environment rules to spur investment
Chile will move to make changes to its environmental regulations to reduce uncertainty and encourage investment, President Michelle Bachelet announced on Wednesday.
Reuters
 
 
 
BP shareholders to vote on climate risk disclosure
BP is set to stress-test its business plan against a “safe” climate future, in response to shareholder pressure.
RTCC
 
Climate Change Plan Faces High-Profile Legal Test
The centerpiece of the Obama administration's effort to tackle climate change is facing a high-profile legal test as a federal appeals court considers a plan that has triggered furious opposition from Republicans, industry figures and coal-reliant states.
AP
 
Obama’s climate change legacy at risk from conservative heartland
President Barack Obama’s attempt to leave a legacy of domestic action on climate change faces a proliferation of legal threats just as a global climate deal hangs in the balance, according to a state lawyer fighting the White House.
Financial Times
 
Flood damages in Europe to increase 200% by the end of the century, scientists warn
Flood damages across Europe as the climate warms are likely to be considerably higher than previously thought, according to new research.
Carbon Brief
 
Price on carbon key to Canada tackling global warming, say researchers
Report says a carbon fee is vital and country should exploit renewable energy to decarbonize electricity grid – but doesn’t discuss highly polluting tar sands
Guardian
 
Does Obama’s UN carbon pledge threaten much more US economic pain?
The Obama Administration’s pledge of 26 to 28 percent cuts in U.S. carbon emissions by 2025 is coming under heavy fire from business and scientific experts, who charge the radical goals were not backed up by any concrete planning, likely to cause energy-intensive industries to flee the country at a heavy cost in jobs, and unlikely to make any difference at all to global carbon emissions—or to climate.
Fox News
 
Christiana Figueres: Canada vs. climate change National Post
 
India and Climate Change: Will it be all Talk? International Policy Digest
 
Canada provinces urge PM to take stronger action on climate change
The leaders of nine Canadian provinces and territories on Tuesday called on Prime Minister Stephen Harper to take stronger measures to reduce the country's greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.
Reuters
 
UN chief to open Vatican climate change conference
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will open a key Vatican meeting this month on Pope Francis' highly anticipated teaching document on climate change.
AP
 
 
 
Prime Minister Modi says India must lead on climate change
During speeches in recent weeks, India’s prime minister has derided developed countries that “destroyed nature,” has touted his own solar projects and has even said yoga might help fight climate change.
Washington Post
 
Canada Provinces Reach Climate Pact Without Harper or Alberta
Canada’s provincial leaders agreed to accelerate efforts to cut greenhouse gas, while stopping short of specific targets, as the country rushes to change its reputation as a climate laggard.
Bloomberg
 
Peeking behind the scenes shows premiers at work
Listening to a group of premiers debate global warming can be like watching a glacier melt: The pace can be painfully slow and predictable.
Toronto Star
 
Changements climatiques: Ottawa se fait attendre de tous
Les premiers ministres des provinces participant au Sommet sur les changements climatiques ont signé une déclaration commune suggérant mollement «d'agir en partenariat avec le gouvernement fédéral».
La Presse
 
Changements climatiques : que va faire le Canada maintenant? demande l'ONU
Les premiers ministres des provinces et des territoires réunis à Québec mardi pour discuter d'environnement et de climat se sont quittés sur une question, qu'a résumée ainsi Christiana Figueres de l'ONU : « Que va faire le Canada maintenant? »
Radio-Canada
 
Doubts Persist About Australia's Climate Policy Shift Ahead Of First Emissions Reduction Auction
To many environmental and business leaders, Australia had a solid climate policy in place, centered around the country’s carbon tax and a planned emissions trading system (ETS). But in scrapping the country’s carbon tax last year, these leaders now believe the government reversed the progress the country was making in contributing to an international solution to the climate challenge.
Ecosystem Marketplace
 
Dutch government taken to court on climate change
Campaigners in the Netherlands are taking the government to court for allegedly failing to protect its citizens from climate change.
BBC
 
Over-consumption, climate change threaten food security, water supply: FAO
There will be enough water to produce food for 10 billion people in 2050, but over-consumption and the impact of climate change threaten food security and water supplies in many regions, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said on Tuesday.
Reuters
 
Poland says allowances, not reforms start date, focus of carbon talks
The focus of EU talks on carbon market reform has moved on to spare allowances from a debate over when reforms should begin, Poland's climate envoy said on Tuesday, adding a deal by the end of June was possible.
Reuters
 
Projects developed in Peru's rainforest awarded for reducing deforestation
The award "Environmental Finance Award of the Year 2015" in the category "Sustainable Forestry" has been granted to the climate fund Althelia for the projects developed in the natural protected areas of Peru.
Andina
 
 
 
Nepal's community forests fight poverty and destruction
Climate change, deforestation and land grabbing don't only threaten Nepal's rich biodiversity, but the economic wellbeing of millions of its citizens. Could community-managed forests hold the key?
Deutsche Welle
 
India builds first 'smart' city as urban population swells
India's push to accommodate a booming urban population and attract investment rests in large part with dozens of "smart" cities like the one being built on the dusty banks of the Sabarmati river in western India.
Reuters
 
The provinces get it: Carbon pricing can be simple and efficient  Globe and Mail
 
Art and Climate Change - Inspiring a Sustainable Future Huffington Post
 
Ontario and Quebec sign cap-and-trade deal, urge Ottawa to take leadership role
As Quebec and Ontario announced that they would link their carbon markets, they urged Ottawa to work more closely with the provinces to curb climate change
Montreal Gazette
 
Ontario confirms it will join Quebec, California in carbon market
Ontario will join a cap-and-trade market set up by Quebec and California to reduce carbon emissions and slow the pace of climate change, provincial Premier Kathleen Wynne said on Monday.
Reuters
 
China to surpass U.S. as top cause of modern global warming
China is poised to overtake the United States as the main cause of man-made global warming since 1990, the benchmark year for U.N.-led action, in a historic shift that may raise pressure on Beijing to act.
Reuters
 
France to invest two billion euros of climate-linked finance in India
France will invest two billion euros in clean energy and efficiency projects in India, president Francois Hollande announced last week.
RTCC
 
Scrap fossil fuel subsidies now and bring in carbon tax, says World Bank chief
Jim Yong Kim calls for five-point plan to deliver low-carbon growth, including removal of incentives to exploit oil, gas and coal
Guardian
 
Japan's CO2 emissions hit second-highest on record
Japan's greenhouse-gas emissions rose to the second-highest on record in the year ended March 2014, revised government figures showed on Tuesday, reflecting a rise in coal-fired power after the indefinite closure of nuclear power plants.
Reuters
 
 
 
DC Earth Day rally to feature performances by Usher, Common
Usher, Mary J. Blige, No Doubt, Common and Train are scheduled to headline an Earth Day rally and concert on the National Mall, hosted by will.i.am and Soledad O'Brien.
AP
 
Climate change has made a sailboat race through the Arctic possible
A sailing race across the icebound Northwest Passage is being planned for 2017, through a route the organizers say has been made possible by climate change.
Quartz
 
MIT holds debate on divestment as part of 'climate change conversation'
MIT became the first university to hold an administration-sponsored debate on fossil fuel divestment last Thursday, amid demands from student group Fossil Free MIT (FFMIT) that the Institute reallocate what they call “investments that will lock us in to catastrophic climate change.”
MIT Tech
 
Sustainable development won't happen without the means to implement it Guardian Global Development
 
Ottawa requests provincial input to devise national climate-change plan
Canada’s fight against global warming is taking a big step forward Monday, when Premier Kathleen Wynne formally announces Ontario’s plan for a cap-and-trade system for carbon emissions
Globe and Mail
 
France urges Australia to stick to its climate commitment
World leaders will decide on future emissions targets at a UN meeting in Paris at the end of the year and the Federal Government is coming under international pressure to take an ambitious position.
ABC Australia
 
Environment council finishes its largest congress
The International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (Iclei), a global association of local governments and organizations committed to sustainable development, concluded its largest-ever congress in Seoul on Sunday.
Korea Joongang Daily
 
Environment minister asks provinces to set better emissions targets
Having missed a March 31 deadline to submit greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets to the United Nations, the Harper government is prodding the provinces to come up with better numbers.
Canadian Press
 
Heurtel discusses 'historic' climate summit
A throng of 25,000 people marched through Quebec City on Saturday to demand premiers take swift action to fight climate change.
Montreal Gazette
 
Ontario and Quebec Signing a Cap-and-Trade Deal Monday
Premier Kathleen Wynne is expected to sign an agreement with Quebec on a cap-and-trade system in an effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Talk Radio AM640
 
 
 
India plans push for green bonds
The government has approached at least eight lenders to raise low-cost and long-term funds to help finance the plan
Livemint
 
Modi gifts 'Tree of Life' painting to French President
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who wound up his first visit to France, gifted President Francois Hollande a painting titled 'Tree of Life' which reflects the traditional societal respect for nature in India.
PTI
 
Forests can soak up a third of carbon emissions
Report commissioned by Prince Charles’s charity says protecting tropical forests could enable them to absorb billions of tonnes of the Earth’s emissions of carbon.
eco-business.com
 
New Zealand's forests shrinking, warns greenhouse gas emissions report
New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions fell by 1.4 per cent year on year in 2013, but deforestation is continuing apace, according to a government report out Friday.
eco-business.com
 
Vancouver commits to run on 100% renewable energy
Canadian city of 600,000 people is the latest to announce it will use only green energy for electricity, transportation, heating and air conditioning within 20 years
Guardian
 
Pope Francis is a powerful messenger for climate change
This summer, Pope Francis plans to release an encyclical letter in which he will address environmental issues, and very likely climate change.
Quartz
 
Get ambitious on emissions cuts (opinion) Japan Times
 
Climate-Change Activists Consider the Necessity Defense New Yorker
 
Closing the $70 Billion Climate Finance Gap
The latest accounting of climate finance shows there is a gap of about $70 billion. Closing that gap is critical to building the trust necessary to reach a robust deal at the international climate talks in Paris in December
World Bank News
 
Climate Change Is a Public Health Issue
It's National Public Health Week, an important time to connect the dots between human health and climate change. Earlier this week, nearly 1,000 doctors, nurses, researchers and other health professionals from 49 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia did just that, calling for bold action on climate in a letter delivered to President Obama. "The risks climate change poses to public health have been well-documented," they wrote.
Huffington Post
 
 
 
Tackling climate change is the ultimate no-brainer business strategy
How much will a company – and all of us – regret not taking action if the outcomes are much worse? Given the day-to-day benefits of moving to a clean economy, corporate action on climate is the ultimate no-brainer.
The Guardian
 
How are cities in the Philippines preparing for climate change?
Stephany Uy-Tan, mayor of Catbalogan, Philippines, tells how a series of typhoons and the resulting storm surges destroyed 2,500 houses in her city. Speaking on the sidelines of the ICLEI sustainable cities World Congress in Seoul, she says her administration is planting mangroves and trying to preserve traditional tricycles as a climate-friendly form of transport.
RTCC
 
Face of New Zealand’s Insurance Industry Wants Climate Change Action
Tim Grafton, chief executive of the Insurance Council of New Zealand, lives in a country surrounded by risk on all sides, and he’s unabashed by his efforts to use flooding events, frequent storms or other out-of-the-usual weather phenomenon as an opportunity to talk about dangers posed by climate change. By 2050 roughly one million New Zealanders will be living in areas vulnerable to severe flooding, coastal storm surges, land slides and windstorms.
Insurance Journal
 
Obama announces $20 mn for clean energy in Caribbean
U.S. President Barack Obama on Thursday announced that the United States initially will contribute $20 million to promote public and private investment in renewable energy projects in the Caribbean.
Fox News Latino
 
Michael Bloomberg targets Big Coal again with $30m donation to Sierra Club
New investment comes three years after the former New York mayor gave $50m to the environmental lobby group to expand its Beyond Coal campaign
Guardian
 
Japan targets about 20 percent emissions cuts by 2030: media
Japan is considering reducing emissions of greenhouse gases by around 20 percent by 2030 as its contribution to a global summit on climate change in Paris later in the year, Japanese media reported on Thursday.
Reuters
 
France backs India’s stand on climate in pre-2020 period
India's demand for a global agreement that will address intensified efforts to tackle climate change between 2015 and 2020 has not gone unheard.
Economic Times
 
Environmental groups take aim at Alberta oil sands emissions
Rising greenhouse emissions from Alberta’s oil sands would swamp Ontario’s effort to fight climate change through a carbon-pricing plan, says a report issued in advance of the provincial climate summit to be held in in Quebec City next week.
Globe and Mail
 
Paris in Springtime Means Carry a Mask Along With Your Umbrella
Set aside any romantic notions of Paris in the spring. Visitors to the French capital are facing the choice of using an umbrella or wearing a mask.
Bloomberg
 
APG adds support to BP climate change resolution
Dutch pension scheme APG was among a group of investors to pledge support on Wednesday to a planned resolution on "climate change resilience" at oil giant BP's upcoming annual general meeting.
Reuters
 
 
 
Top development banks agree definition for climate finance
Financial institutions with over US$ 2,100 billion in assets publish principles to guide future investments in clean energy
RTCC
 
India and the Paris Climate Summit
With less than nine months until the Paris Climate Summit, countries are developing their Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDC). India is among those countries that are not in a hurry to make any national climate commitments that could be internationally binding.
International Policy Digest
 
Five reasons cities are key to solving climate change
Mayors and officials from more than 200 cities worldwide are gathering in Seoul this week to talk urban sustainability at the ICLEI World Congress.
RTCC
 
Losing the forest in Papua New Guinea
Papua New Guinea is the second largest island in the world. It is inhabited by diverse tribes that depend on nature to provide them with food and medicine.
Washington Post
 
If We Dig Out All Our Fossil Fuels, Here’s How Hot We Can Expect It to Get NY Times
 
Universities should keep leading Australia's push to divest from fossil fuels (by Bill McKibben) Guardian
 
The Carbon Brief interview: Jean-Pascal van Ypersele Carbon Brief
 
Cost to developing nations of leaving fossil fuels in the ground must be recognised (opinion) EurActv
 
A global deal that drives good decisions: what success at the Paris summit should look like The Conversation
 
Top academics ask world's universities to divest from fossil fuels
It is unethical and untenable for universities, that seek to advance global development and health, to invest in the fossil fuels that cause climate change, say a group of 2,000 researchers at Academics Stand Against Poverty
Guardian
 
 
 
Obama says climate change is harming Americans' health
Global warming isn't just affecting the weather, it's harming Americans' health, President Barack Obama said Tuesday as he announced steps government and businesses will take to better understand and deal with the problem.
AP
 
‘Climate change has arrived’ warns Marshall Islands foreign minister
Intense tropical storms are the “new norm” in the Pacific, according to Marshall Islands foreign minister.
RTCC
 
Govt reviews emission targets for Paris talk
The government is currently reviewing a national action plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (RAN GRK) before making an official emissions cut commitment at a Paris climate conference.
jakarta Post
 
Working hard for progress on Jaitapur: France ahead of PM Narendra Modi's visit
Ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Paris, France today said the two sides are "working hard" to make progress on setting up Jaitapur nuclear power plant, a project which has been stuck because of differences over cost of power to be produced.
Economic Times
 
New interactive map plots public opinion on climate change
A new interactive map, developed by researchers at Yale and Utah State universities, reveals localized opinions on climate change throughout the United States.
UPI
 
In Parched California, Innovation, Like Water, Has Limits
California’s drought has not spared A. G. Kawamura. A former state secretary of food and agriculture, Mr. Kawamura grows vegetables and strawberries south of Los Angeles in Orange County.
NY Times
 
Ben & Jerry’s Tesla Road Trip for Climate Change
In the late 1980s, Ben & Jerry’s authored a social mission that, among other things, established “a continuing commitment to incorporating wholesome, natural ingredients and promoting business practices that respect the Earth and the environment.”
Triple Pundit
 
Are we reaching a positive climate change tipping point? Guardian
 
Climate change raises pressure for divestment from fossil fuels
Climate activists say the world needs to stop burning fossil fuels to save the planet and prevent warming of more than 2°C.
The Journal
 
Why the Paris climate talks won’t be another Copenhagen (opinion) eco-business.com
 
 
 
What will happen after people stop ignoring the evidence on climate change Washington Post
 
Modi says India to strike own path in climate battle
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi signaled on Monday he would not bow to foreign pressure to commit to cuts in carbon emissions, instead pledging to use more clean energy and traditional methods to lead the fight against climate change.
Reuters
 
Big nations’ climate pledge silent on finance, technology aid to developing world
The climate action plans submitted by big emitters like the United States, European Union and Russia mark a serious commitment to inking a global deal at the year-end UN-sponsored climate negotiations in Paris.
Economic Times
 
California governor tells climate change deniers to wake up
As his state faces the worst drought in its history, with mandatory water rationing for residents and fears of destruction to the agricultural sector, California governor Jerry Brown had a message Sunday for climate change deniers: wake up.
Guardian
 
Canada passed on U.S.-Mexico climate announcement: sources
Canada declined a U.S. invitation last week to jointly announce climate policy cooperation with Mexico, with Ottawa saying it has not yet finalized its own domestic strategy, sources from both countries familiar with the discussions said on Thursday.
Reuters
 
World’s forests more vulnerable than thought, says Prince Charles
Improved tree-monitoring technologies have revealed some of the world’s mightiest forests are in a more precarious state than thought.
Financial Times
 
The INDC road leading to Paris
Intended Nationally Determined Contributions will be the building blocks of the expected new international climate change agreement
Livemint
 
Custom ice makers feel heat from global warming
While climate change is posing a global threat by melting polar ice, it is creating an ice crisis of a different kind in Japan.
Kyodo
 
Leonardo DiCaprio Eco-Resort: Actor Unveils Groundbreaking Project In Belize
Leonardo DiCaprio’s first love, before acting, is Planet Earth and for that he’s been trying to help the environment for a long time.
Latin Times
 
Six things needed to save the Great Barrier Reef
Queensland researchers have laid out a plan to restore the Great Barrier Reef to its former glory, criticising the federal government's plan as "inadequate" and "short-sighted".
Brisbane Times
 
 
 
Western Canada's Glaciers Could Vanish by 2100
Canada's glacial ice draws millions of tourists and provides drinking water to two countries, but this important economic resource could disappear by the end of the 21st century, a new study finds.
LiveScience
 
The Road to Paris: three myths about international climate talks The Conversation
 
'Everyday disasters' driving flight from Sundarbans
The end for Shibshankar Pal's hopes of clinging to his home in India's Sundarban islands came the night of July 14, 2014, when surging seas advanced on the house he had just reconstructed following floods a year earlier.
Thomson Reuters Foundation
 
Climate-change deniers are in retreat (opinion) Washington Post
 
How oil and gas majors are rethinking on climate change (comment/blog) Financial Times
 
India may submit climate change plans in September; Javadekar assures pledges will be submitted “in time”
India is likely to submit its plans to tackle climate change, including steps to curb the amount of carbon pollution, in September.
Economic Times
 
Syracuse to Drop Fossil Fuel Stocks From Endowment
Syracuse University is dropping all fossil fuel stocks from its endowment, the university announced on Tuesday.
NY Times
 
National environmental report to exclude carbon emissions
The government revealed this week that the topics of this year's national environmental report will exclude New Zealand's greenhouse gas emissions.
NZ Herald
 
EU emissions fell five per cent in 2014 under trading scheme
Greenhouse gas emissions policed by the European Union's carbon trading platform dropped by nearly five per cent last year despite a 1.3 per cent growth in GDP, new figures from the bloc suggested today.
Business Green
 
Guardian Media Group to ditch fossil fuels from $1.2 bln fund
Guardian Media Group (GMG) said on Wednesday it would sell all the fossil fuel assets held in its 800 million pounds ($1.2 billion) investment fund as the UK media company looks to boost its sustainable investing.
Reuters
 
 
 
Western cities had hottest March on record
While much of the nation shivered, many Western cities sweltered through their hottest March on record.
AP
 
Southeast Asia faces increasingly intense climate events: analysts
Densely populated Southeast Asian island states such as Taiwan, Hong Kong, Japan and the Philippines are likely to face more intense climate events in future, analysts said on Thursday.
Thomson Reuters Foundation
 
Eye on Earth Summit in October in Abu Dhabi
A summit in Abu Dhabi with over 650 delegates from several countries across the globe will discuss bridging the information gap policy- makers face in designing plans for sustainable development.
Gulf News
 
WWF: Irresponsible food consumption fuels global climate change
Conservation organisation WWF says Germany’s eating habits are “fuel to the fire” for global climate change, with severe consequences for food security in developing countries.
EurActiv
 
Jamaica gets going on emissions reduction
JAMAICA HAS begun work to reduce its contributions to the fuel that fires global climate change - greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
Jamaica Gleaner
 
Germany’s G7 can ensure Paris climate deal is a success  RTCC
 
How Australia can make its presence felt at the COP21 Paris climate talks (comment by Howard Bamsey and Kath Rowley Guardian
 
Why The INDC Climate Pledges Are Better Than They Look Cleantechnica
 
Climate pledges: Deadline sees slow but promising start
A rough deadline for Tuesday saw only 33 out of 195 countries submit pledges for tackling greenhouse gases under UN climate talks scheduled to conclude just over eight months from now.
AFP
 
United States sets official strategy for Paris climate talks
The Obama administration on Tuesday published plans to cut greenhouse gas emissions up to 28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025, part of a strategy to generate momentum for a global agreement later this year on combating climate change.
Reuters
 
 
 
Climate change: Russia sketches emissions cut of up to 30%
Russia, moving ahead of a deadline for submitting pledges to tackle climate change, has said it could cut its greenhouse-gas emissions by up to 30% compared to 1990 levels, subject to conditions.
AFP/PTI
 
Leading economies miss UN deadline to file climate change pledges
Japan, Canada and Australia all failed to meet the March 31 deadline, as did China, the world’s largest greenhouse gas emitter, although Beijing has already publicly outlined its plans.
Financial Times
 
US pledge on emission cut likely to raise the heat on India, others
The United States on Tuesday made its most ambitious pledge to the UN to reduce its carbon pollution, a move that experts say would put more pressure on countries like India to act against emissions, the chief contributor to worsening air quality.
Economic Times
 
US climate treaty pledge relies on uncertain Obama actions
The United States put forth its contribution Tuesday to a global climate treaty, relying entirely on a set of emission cuts ordered by President Barack Obama that may not survive beyond the end of his presidency.
AP
 
Limiting climate change could have huge economic benefits, study finds
Major economies would boost their prosperity, employment levels and health prospects if they took actions that limited global warming to 2c, according to the first analysis of emissions pledges made before the UN climate summit in Paris later this year.
Guardian
 
Developing countries close to taking lead in clean energy race
Renewable energy investments in developing countries are close to overtaking those in the developed world for the first time, research from the UN Environment Programme shows.
RTCC
 
EU Carbon Market Emissions Seen at Record Low on Warm Weather
Carbon dioxide emissions in the European Union’s cap-and-trade program, the world’s largest, probably fell to a record last year as warmer-than-average weather curbed demand for gas and power.
Bloomberg
 
Latin America divided between oil and green energy
Latin America spends billions of dollars subsidizing fossil fuels each year, but also has some of the world's largest renewable power programs, highlighting the energy-hungry region's divisions as it charts its future
AFP
 
Billions available for Pacific climate change projects (audio)
Countries in the Pacific will have access to billions of dollars to fund climate change projects now the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme has been accredited to the Green Climate Fund as what's called a 'regional implementing entity'.
ABC Australia
 
German CO2 emissions fall for first time in three years
Germany's greenhouse gas emissions fell for the first time in three years in 2014, helped by a mild winter and the expansion of renewable sources of energy, the environment ministry said on Tuesday.
Reuters
 
 
 
Workshop on INDCs by Lead-Pakistan, WWF: Mushahid terms climate change the biggest challenge
Federal Minister for Climate Change, Senator Mushahid Ullah Khan said that global warming, which continues to unleash devastating impacts in different parts of the world including Pakistan has emerged to be the biggest challenge of present century.
Customs Today
 
The upside to global warming? Dragons, of course
Global warming could bring about a resurgence in the Earth's dragon population, scientists in the April Fools' edition of the journal Nature report.
USA Today
 
US offer for climate treaty: Up to 28 percent emissions cut
In a highly anticipated announcement, the United States will offer a roughly 28 percent emissions cut as its contribution to a major global climate treaty nearing the final stages of negotiation, according to people briefed on the White House's plans.
AP
 
Rich nations' fossil fuel export funding dwarfs green spend-documents
Rich nations provided around five times as much in export subsidies for fossil-fuel technology as for renewable energy over a decade, according to OECD data seen by Reuters.
Reuters
 
Anglican church must divest fossil fuels to cope with climate crisis, bishops say
Group of 17 bishops and archbishops write letter aiming to focus church’s attention on climate change and urging it to dump investments
Guardian
 
One million green jobs projected by 2030 in China, EU and U.S. - experts
Nearly one million new "green jobs" are expected to be created in China, the United States and the European Union by 2030 if the regions stick to their current pledges to curb global warming, scientists said on Tuesday.
Thomson Reuters Foundation
 
Solar Impulse plane lands in China
Solar Impulse, the fuel-free aeroplane, has completed the fifth leg of its round-the-world flight.
BBC
 
Global warming and drought are turning the Golden State brown
Another study finds that drought will hit California hard as the planet keeps warming
Guardian
 
Study: Global warming causes more global warming
It is bad enough that warming temperatures are being blamed for the drought in California or melting sea ice in the Arctic.
CBS
 
An Islander's Bid to Be the World's First Climate Refugee
As Tropical Cyclone Pam ripped through the South Pacific earlier this month, Ioane Teitiota was 2,600 miles away in New Zealand checking Facebook for updates from friends and relatives back in Kiribati, a string of coral atolls about halfway between Australia and Hawaii.
Bloomberg
 
 
 
Britain tells Japan to aim for 40% reduction on greenhouse gases
Britain has urged Japan to set an ambitious target in cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.
Asahi Shimbun
 
Climate change could disturb marine life for millennia
Climate change may lead to disturbances in marine life that will take thousands of years to recover from, not hundreds of years as previously thought, researchers said Monday.
AFP
 
Climate Change Threatens to Kill Off More Aspen Forests by 2050s, Scientists Say
The beloved aspen forests that shimmer across mountainsides of the American West could be doomed if emissions of greenhouse gases continue at a high level, scientists warned on Monday. That finding adds to a growing body of work suggesting forests worldwide may be imperiled by climate change.
NY Times
 
Accountability must be at the heart of the Paris climate pact (comment) RTCC
 
Eiffel Tower goes dark in symbolic move for Earth Hour
The Eiffel Tower went dark briefly to mark Earth Hour, the campaign to raise awareness about climate change.
AP
 
US to submit plans to fight global warming; most others delay
The United States will submit plans for slowing global warming to the United Nations early this week but most governments will miss an informal March 31 deadline, complicating work on a global climate deal due in December.
Reuters
 
Federal government commits to global accord on climate
The Abbott government has committed Australia to joining the next big global climate pact.
The Age
 
Mexico sets 25 pct pollution cut by 2030 for climate talks
Mexico has become the first developing nation to submit pollutant reduction goals for next fall's Paris climate change talks, pledging Friday to cut greenhouse gas and short-lived climate pollutants 25 percent by 2030.
AP
 
India calls for a deal for pre-2020 efforts to tackle climate change
India wants a global agreement that will address intensified efforts to tackle climate change between 2015 and 2020 and has questioned the single-minded focus on finalising a global compact for the post-2020 period, which is to be inked in Paris in December.
Economic Times
 
Paris 2015: Should we be worried about the lack of greenhouse gas pledges?
Just a handful of countries expected to hit 31 March deadline to submit Intended Nationally Determined Contributions
BusinessGreen
 
 
 
Green Climate Fund accredits ADB to receive project finance for Asia-Pacific region
The Asian Development Bank has become the first multilateral development bank accredited to get financing from the Green Climate Fund.
Greentech Lead
 
A provincial problem: Putting a price on carbon
Montreal’s Biothermica Technologies Inc. clinched a deal earlier this month to sell $860,000 worth of carbon credits – generated by reducing methane emissions at a coal mine in Alabama – to an unnamed California buyer who needed them to meet the state’s climate regulations.
Globe and Mail
 
Chile desert rains sign of climate change: chief weather scientist
The heavy rainfall that battered Chile's usually arid north this week happened because of climate change, a senior meteorologist said, as the region gradually returns to normal after rivers broke banks and villages were cut off.
Reuters
 
Dubai buildings must use green concrete
Hours after switching off lights for Earth Hour, Dubai on Sunday announced its decision to switch to green concrete to make its ever-expanding built-up areas healthier and more sustainable.
Khaleej Time
 
This music school is lit by solar energy
Kalkeri Sangeet Vidyalaya, which is teaching music to children from downtrodden families, has emerged as a campus fully dependent on solar energy.
The Hindu
 
'Supergoats' help Kenyan farmers adapt to climate change
Villagers in a rural district of Kenya are getting a helping hoof to adapt to climate change. A newly introduced breed of "supergoat" is cutting the number of months per year that villagers in the district of Nyando go hungry.
NPR
 
Carbon Capture
Has climate change made it harder for people to care about conservation?
New Yorker
 
Vanuatu needs compensation, not charity (opinion)
It’s time to get serious about compensation for ‘loss and damage’ from climate change, lobal lead on issues of climate change and resilience for ActionAid international, Harjeet Singh.
eco-business.com
 
Leaders of European cities make pledge to tackle climate change
Representatives of 30 cities gather in Paris to sign declaration that will also commit them to use their €10bn purchasing power to buy eco-friendly
Guardian
 
Les métropoles européennes réunies à Paris pour le climat
« Je vous demande de vous mobiliser autant que possible pour que la pression puisse être exercée autant que nécessaire », a lancé, jeudi 26 mars, à quelques mois de la conférence sur le climat, le président François Hollande aux élus de 32 capitales et grandes agglomérations européennes réunies à Paris à l’initiative de la maire Anne Hidalgo, et du maire de Rome Ignazio Marino. L’enjeu : arriver à un « accord global et contraignant » en décembre.
Le Monde
 
 
 
Earth Hour lights-out seeks to illuminate climate plight
Hundreds of landmarks from Paris' Eiffel Tower to the Seattle Space Needle will dim their lights on Saturday, as people around the world go briefly off-grid to mark Earth Hour with candlelight and barbecues.
AFP
 
Stronger thunderstorms driving rise in tropical rainfall: study
An increase in strong thunderstorms could be responsible for greater rainfall in the tropics as a result of climate change, new research says.
Thomson Reuters Foundation
 
Large fall in UK greenhouse gas emissions of over 8% last year
The biggest fall in emissions since 1990 saw carbon dioxide output drop by almost a tenth while energy from renewable sources rose to a record high of almost 20% of electricity, government figures show
Guardian
 
Study shows acceleration in decline of Antarctic ice shelves
Satellite data from 1994 to 2012 reveals an accelerating decline in Antarctica's massive floating ice shelves, with some shrinking 18 percent, in a development that could hasten the rise in global sea levels, scientists say.
Reuters
 
2C climate change target ‘utterly inadequate’
Leading scientist warns the world’s poor are not safe under internationally agreed limit on temperature rise
RTCC
 
Green Climate Fund names 7 intermediaries to channel cash
National bodies in Senegal and Peru, non-profit investors Acumen and the Pacific’s SPREP approved to disburse funds
RTCC
 
Narendra Modi tops Obama solar pledge with first India green dollar bond
As Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was winning headlines garnering US support for a $160 billion solar-power push, the bond market was putting together more concrete funding plans.
Livemint
 
Ghana inaugurates REDD+ Gender sub-working Group
Ghana has inaugurated a cross-sectoral REDD+ Gender sub-working group to enhance women’s participation and contribution to the forestry sector.
Ghana News Agency
 
Drought Draught: it's the taste of climate change
Australia is facing a crisis, headed towards a future where beer will be decidedly average and climate change will literally leave us with a bad taste in our mouths. A time when artificial supplements are the norm and water restrictions a way of life.
Fairfax Media
 
Climate change is spreading diseases you haven’t even heard of yet
Hollywood tradition dictates that in Act One of the outbreak narrative, we begin deep in the bowels of the CDC, cell cultures sloshing around a petri dish, a gaggle of white coats huddled around a microscope.
Grist
 
 
 
Pollution a Key but Underrated Factor in New Development Goals
Pollution is likely to be the most pressing global health issue in the coming years without effective prevention and clean-up efforts, experts say.
IPS
 
Unsustainable goals Economist
 
EU Nations Reach Deal to Start Carbon-Market Reserve in 2021
European Union member states agreed on a compromise to seek the start of automatic supply cuts in the world’s biggest carbon market in 2021, giving up plans to push for an accelerated introduction of the fix.
Bloomberg
 
France plans to lobby for agricultural tech at COP 21
France plans to lobby for a deal on farming during the international climate negotiations it is hosting in December — a move that could boost funding for agricultural research in developing countries.
SciDev.net
 
EU member states agree to start talks on carbon market reform law
EU member states agreed on Wednesday to start negotiations on a legal text for reforming the Emissions Trading System (ETS) from 2021, EU diplomats said.
Reuters
 
Half-trillion-dollar green bond market, led by China, looks for a regulator
The global pool of issued green bonds, which are designed to fund environmentally friendly projects, tripled from $12 billion in 2013 to a little more than $36 billion last year.
ClimateWire
 
'Ice vault' idea to keep climate's time capsule intact
Imagine you are Sherlock Holmes bent on solving a mystery but the evidence is starting to crumble and eventually you will be left with worthless dust.
AFP
 
Green Climate Fund urged to ban coal funding
Revelations Japan is using climate funds to invest in coal put UN’s flagship fund under pressure to agree fossil fuel ban
RTCC
 
Detailed case study on China's national carbon market: IETA
A new report released by IETA and CDC Climat Research today finds that China has made significant advances on establishing a national emissions trading system, expected to start next year.
Commodities Now
 
Prolonged weakening of Atlantic Ocean overturning caused by global warming can impact weather
Researchers have revealed that continuous slowdown of the Gulf Stream system, which has been caused by the man-made global warming, can have a negative impact on the marine ecosystems and sea level as well as weather systems in the US and Europe.
ANI
 
 
 
Le Maroc en faveur d'un développement durable
«Le Maroc œuvre pour intégrer la composante du changement climatique dans toutes les politiques publiques», Hakima El Haite, Intervenant, à Paris, lors de la 6e édition du colloque international «Regards croisés des administrations»
Le Matin
 
US Tribal Nations Plan 11 Energy Projects With DOE
Eleven Native American communities are planning to implement renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies on tribal lands, thanks to competitively bid acceleration grants from the US Department of Energy.
Cleantechnica
 
Climate change will influence American voters more than they think in 2016 Quartz
 
UN climate chief joins alumni calling on Swarthmore to divest from fossil fuels
The United Nations climate chief appealed to her alma mater, Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania, to withdraw from fossil fuels, in an important symbolic show of support for the campus divestment campaign.
Guardian
 
Pacific Islanders Say Climate Finance “Essential” for Paris Agreement
As Pacific Islanders contemplate the scale of devastation wrought by Cyclone Pam this month across four Pacific Island states, including Vanuatu, leaders in the region are calling with renewed urgency for global action on climate finance, which they say is vital for building climate resilience and arresting development losses.
IPS
 
Biggest polluters set to miss deadline for action on climate change
Less than a week before the United Nations deadline for countries to file greenhouse-gas pledges necessary to keep a global climate change deal on track, it looks like most of the world is missing in action.
Bloomberg/Fairfax
 
Mary Robinson: Climate deal must respect human rights
UN climate envoy and former president of Ireland says clean energy access for the poorest must be a priority
RTCC
 
Chile says drought here to stay, lays out plan to ensure water
With no end in sight to a drought that has blighted Chile for the last several years, the government will invest in desalinization plants and reservoirs to ensure access to potable water, President Michelle Bachelet said on Tuesday.
Reuters
 
Thirty new bean varieties bred to beat baking climate
Scientists have bred 30 new varieties of "heat-beating" beans designed to provide protein for the world's poor in the face of global warming, researchers announced on Wednesday.
Thomson Reuters Foundation
 
China should link southern carbon markets ahead of nationwide scheme -study
Academics that advise the government on carbon trading in China have proposed linking two emissions exchanges in the southern province of Guangdong as a first step towards integrating all seven of the country's pilot markets.
Reuters
 
 
 
Beijing to Shut All Major Coal Power Plants to Cut Pollution
Beijing, where pollution averaged more than twice China’s national standard last year, will close the last of its four major coal-fired power plants next year.
Bloomberg
 
EU seen giving carbon market compromise tentative backing
EU nations are poised on Wednesday to back a compromise put forward by the European Union presidency to set up a reserve by "no later than 2021" to remove surplus permits that have depressed Europe's carbon market, EU sources said.
Reuters
 
Climate denial is immoral, says head of US Episcopal church
Climate change is a moral challenge threatening the rights of the world’s poorest people and those who deny it are not using God’s gift of knowledge, says presiding bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori
Guardian
 
Green Investment Bank to go global with £200m climate finance pilot
The government has given the UK Green Investment Bank an extra £200m to set up a dedicated team to invest in green energy projects in Africa and India.
BusinessGreen
 
Berlin fracking bill criticised ahead of UN climate talks
For months, the German government has been working on a bill that would legalise fracking. But environment and health advocates warn that it sends the wrong message ahead of the UN Climate Conference in Paris.
EurActv
 
Solution to global warming will be found in new technologies
It is our grandchildren who will benefit from applying the brakes today to bring the momentum of climate change to a slow halt
Irish Times
 
The lights are going out for coal - and humans may be starting to fight back against global warming
Global emissions have been static, but there's no recession to explain it. Are we finally decoupling pollution from economic growth?
Telegraph
 
No jargon, more action: The key to sustainable development (by Richard Branson) Hindustan Times
 
How to Use Climate Finance to Promote Clean Water Huffington Post
 
UN chief stresses need to mitigate climate change patterns
With extreme weather and changing climatic patterns taking a heavier toll on the planet, mitigating and adapting to them remains "among the great tests of our time,"Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Monday
New Kerala
 
 
 
Lord Stern: development and climate finance should not be separated
Lord Nicholas Stern has argued that government should not consider development and climate finance to developing countries as separate issues because they are interconnected in a new policy paper.
Blue & Green Tomorrow
 
Insurance industry demands 'ambitious, meaningful' global climate deal
The UK's insurance industry will today join with green groups and academics to call on world leaders to sign an ambitious global deal on tackling climate change at a major summit in Paris later this year.
BusinessGreen
 
US museums asked to sever ties with fossil fuel industry
Scientists and cultural figures call on science and art museums to ditch corporate sponsorships from fossil fuel companies
Guardian
 
Companies to issue record $30 bln in green bonds this year - S&P
Companies could issue a record $30 billion in so-called "green bonds" this year, but further growth in the market will depend on developments in China and common standards, Standard & Poor's Rating Services said on Monday.
Reuters
 
Norwegian parliament votes on new climate change law
Norway’s parliament will tomorrow vote on plans to create the country’s first flagship climate change law by the summer of 2017
RTCC
 
Countries reveal progress on 2020 forest restoration challenge
Ethiopia, US and Mexico among countries pledging action at Bonn meeting to cut carbon emissions and create jobs
RTCC
 
Global warming is now slowing down the circulation of the oceans — with potentially dire consequences
Welcome to this week’s installment of “Don’t Mess with Geophysics.” Last week, we learned about the possible destabilization of the Totten Glacier of East Antarctica, which could unleash over 11 feet of sea level rise in coming centuries.
Washington Post
 
Experts pitch for fossil fuels to drive growth in India
Ahead of a crucial climate meet in Paris later this year, energy experts here today advocated growth powered by fossil fuels for ending poverty in India as they said the country accounts for very low per-capita carbon emissions as compared to the developed nations.
Financial Express
 
Greenhouse gas emissions: Who’s responsible for climate policy in Canada?
As Canada gears up for the UN climate summit in December, federal and provincial governments are laying out their agendas. Meanwhile, neither the provinces nor Ottawa are on track to meet their own targets
Globe and Mail
 
Live Earth Revived: All Roads Lead to Paris
The exciting yearlong build up to the UN climate negotiations this December has just got better with the announcement of Live Earth - Road to Paris
Huffington Post
 
 
 
Will We Combat Global Warming, Despite Our Nature? (Op-Ed) LiveScience
 
How Do Environmentalists View International Climate Change Talks? Scientific American
 
World Water Day 2015: UN calls for global unity in pursuit of better water access for all
In his message marking the 2015 edition of World Water Day, observed annually on 22 March, the Secretary-General warned that access to safe drinking water and sanitation was among "the most urgent issues" affecting populations across the globe
New Kerala
 
Climate change: China official warns of 'huge impact'
Climate change could have a "huge impact" on China, reducing crop yields and harming the environment, the country's top weather scientist has warned, in a rare official admission.
BBC
 
China’s top weather expert warns of ‘huge impacts’ due to climate change
China’s top weather official has issued a stark warning on climate change, saying that rising temperatures could have “huge impacts” on the world’s most populous country, state media reported Sunday.
AFP/Jiji
 
"We only have one home": Pharrell Williams urges action on climate change
It's time to go "from climate change to climate action" in efforts to save the planet, U.S. pop star Pharrell Williams said at the United Nations on Friday
Thomson Reuters Foundation
 
Tackling climate change and ending poverty must go hand in hand, says Lord Stern
The $100bn (£67bn) climate finance that rich countries have pledged to give poor nations per year from 2020 could catalyse up to $3tr of much-needed investment in new infrastructure each year, economist Lord Nicholas Stern will argue today.
BusinessGreen
 
Costa Rica goes 75 days powering itself using only renewable energy
Costa Rica has achieved a clean energy milestone by using 100 per cent renewable energy for a record 75 days in a row.
The Independent
 
Annual greenhouse gas emissions from forests drop by a quarter: U.N
Yearly carbon emissions from the world's forests have dropped by more than 25 percent in the last 15 years, a U.N. agency said on Friday.
Thomson Reuters Foundation
 
Niue leader expects more climate devastation in region
The Premier of Niue says Pacific Islands are likely to face more destruction from extreme storms while the trend of climate change is left unchecked.
Radio New Zealand International
 
 
 
Warming oceans storing up long term climate impacts, says WMO
Sea surface temperatures warmer than average across parts of Pacific and Atlantic in 2014, says UN weather agency
RTCC
 
Paris will ban half of all cars from driving Monday to combat pollution
Beset by worrisome smog, Paris on Monday will ban half of all personal vehicles from the streets, Mayor Anne Hidalgo said Saturday.
The Week
 
Solar sails set course for a new journey into renewable energy
Perry Carroll of The Solar Cloth Company explains why his flexible solar sail panels can generate energy not only at on sea but on millions of spaces on land
Guardian
 
Urban homes emit more greenhouse gases than industry: Study
The industrial sector has been taking the flak for emitting high levels of hazardous gases over the years but it might ultimately be our homes that are responsible for the highest emission of greenhouse gases.
Economic Times
 
Brazil’s Deforestation Rates Are on the Rise Again
In a world hungry for environmental success stories, Brazil has been the closest thing we have to a golden child.
Newsweek
 
The climate wars are upon us Al-Jazeera
 
Warm feelings no help to the climate Financial Times
 
Obama sets emission cut goals for government
President Obama ordered the federal government Thursday to cut greenhouse emissions by 40% over the next decade, and said he hopes private businesses and other nations will follow suit.
USA Today
 
Obama drives ahead on climate with government emissions cuts
President Barack Obama ordered the federal government on Thursday to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by nearly half over the next decade, driving his climate change agenda forward despite percolating challenges from Republican-led states.
AP
 
UN calls for action as global water crisis looms
The UN has warned that the world will soon face a crisis of huge dimensions if water management does not improve. Population growth and climate change are among the factors fueling the problem.
Deutsche Welle
 
 
 
Forest conservation key to combating climate change, say UN officials
THE sustainable management and conservation of forests must be considered in the design and implementation of the new sustainable development goals and the new climate change agreement to be adopted this December in Paris, according to UN officials and forest experts in messages for the International Day of Forests, which will be observed tomorrow.
Jamaica Observer
 
Rich Nations Criticized Following UN Disaster Risk Agreement
Delegates meeting in Japan have agreed on a new framework for reducing the human and economic toll of disasters around the world. But critics say rich countries are shirking their responsibilities to help poorer nations deal with climate change.
Voice of America
 
Prince Charles Presses Climate-Change Agenda With Obama
While Prince Charles’s visit to the White House lacks the buzz created when his son called on the U.S. president in December, President Barack Obama still cares enough to time a climate-change announcement to the British royal’s arrival.
Bloomberg
 
This Winter Was Warmest on Record
This winter may have brought a deep freeze to much of the northeastern United States — including record-breaking snowfall in Boston — but it was the planet's warmest winter on record, climate scientists announced
LiveScience
 
Faith Leaders Hope to Sow Seeds of Change for Climate
The United States was the 25th nation to join the fast. Theologians and lay activists from different religious traditions joined in Washington on Monday to proclaim climate change as a moral, ethical and spiritual issue
Voice of America
 
Seychelles president calls emergency meeting for Vanuatu
Small island states show solidarity with Cyclone Pam victims, call for recognition of vulnerability to climate disaster
RTCC
 
Why business needs to collaborate and step up on climate in 2015
If one thing has become clear in the sustainability space, it's that no one company will solve climate change all by itself. Collaboration is the name of the game, and business should step up.
GreenBiz
 
Business leaders call for low carbon EU energy union
Unilever, Heathrow and GSK are among 22 companies urging European heads of state to promote green investment
RTCC
 
COP 21: Environmentalist Urges FG To Train Negotiators
An environmentalist, Mr Atayi Babs, on Thursday urged the Federal Government to include plan of actions on how to stop gas flaring in the country’s Intended National Determined Contributions (INDCs).
News Agency of Nigeria
 
Karole Armitage’s New Dance Work Traces Steps for a Greener Path
It takes a committed bunhead to spend eight hours hiking over a mountain with a 13,000-foot peak just to get to ballet class.
NY Times
 
 
 
Vanuatu: The Grief Of Islands (opinion) Fiji Sun
 
Following Shakespeare’s lead on climate change (opinion) EurActv
 
U.N. forum adopts seven goals to mitigate disaster risks
The U.N. World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction ended Thursday, making the first move to set specific goals and a time frame to mitigate the risks and damage of disasters amid the increasing threat posed by climate change.
Kyodo
 
New global disaster plan sets targets to curb risk, losses
Governments set targets to substantially reduce deaths and economic losses from disasters at a U.N. conference in Japan on Wednesday, but critics were disappointed by the lack of a firm goal to ramp up financial support for poor countries.
Thomson Reuters Foundation
 
COP 21 national contributions behind schedule, France warns
The countries involved in the COP 21 climate negotiations in Paris this year are running late with the submission of their national plans, which are due by the end of March.
EurActv
 
Eiffel Tower shrouded in smog as Paris pollution spikes
Paris and much of northern France suffers spike in pollution, leading authorities to introduce measures including a 20kph speed limit on motorways
AFP
 
Earth Hour to be marked on March 28
Conscious use of lights as well as water are crucial to fighting climate change This Earth Hour, go beyond switching off your lights for 60 minutes to save energy. Turn off your taps, whenever possible, as well.
Gulf News
 
EU carbon market emissions fell 3.7 percent in 2014: analysts
Emissions capped by Europe's carbon market fell 3.7 percent in 2014, driven by higher output from renewable power producers and lower electricity consumption, analysts at Thomson Reuters Point Carbon said on Wednesday.
Reuters
 
Complete shift to renewable energy within Canada’s reach, academics say
Canada could shift entirely to renewable sources of electricity by 2035 and eliminate 80 per cent of its greenhouse gas emissions by mid-century, says a group of Canadian academics that is aiming to spur government action on climate change.
Globe and Mail
 
Amazon rainforest soaking up less carbon as trees die young: study
The Amazon rainforest's ability to soak up greenhouse gases from the air has fallen sharply, possibly because climate change and droughts mean more trees are dying, an international team of scientists said on Wednesday.
Reuters
 
 
 
L'avion solaire Solar Impulse 2 a décollé d'Inde pour la Birmanie
Le SI2, parti d’Abou Dhabi le 9 mars, doit parcourir au total 35 000 kilomètres à la seule énergie solaire en survolant deux océans.
AFP
 
While promoting climate policies in Washington, Jerry Brown weathers fire at home
One reason Gov. Jerry Brown flew to Washington last week was to promote California’s environmental policies in the run-up to international climate talks in Paris in December.
Sacramento Bee
 
Pope Francis to Speak at U.N. During Annual Gathering of World Leaders
Pope Francis, an outspoken advocate for the rights of the poor, will visit the United Nations during its annual conclave of world leaders in September, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced Wednesday. Francis will be the fourth pope to visit the United Nations in its 70-year history.
NY Times
 
U.S. Catholics lead in concern about climate change: Yale study
Pope Francis might be preaching to the choir on climate change when he releases his environmental- and sustainability-focused encyclical later this year.
Reuters
 
Caribbean Community Climate-Smarting Fisheries, But Slowly
Caribbean nations have begun work on a plan to ‘climate smart’ the region’s fisheries as part of overall efforts to secure food supplies.
IPS
 
Is it really a folly to divest from fossil fuels?
Campaigners were geared up for a vote on Monday, hoping Oxford would follow the lead of several top universities including Stanford and Glasgow. But instead the university said it needed more time to consider "serious issues" involved in the investment change, and would instead delay the decision until May.
BusinessGreen
 
Heavy storm damage to small island nation will affect Paris talks, diplomats say
The mounting death toll and devastation in Vanuatu since Cyclone Pam smashed the Pacific island nation this weekend have heightened calls for a global climate change compensation fund.
ClimateWire
 
Humanity at 'five to midnight' on climate: EU official
Time is running out for the world to achieve a climate change agreement, the president of the European Parliament said Tuesday ahead of a key United Nations meeting in Paris later this year.
AFP
 
Analysis: How market forces are winning the climate change battle
Despite the stereotype of a business lobby warning about the prohibitive costs of cutting back on greenhouse gases, there are increasing signs that capitalism and market forces are actually rescuing us from climate change.
CBC
 
Yeb Sano: Vanuatu’s grief is a warning of climate impacts to come
Senior Philippines climate official says Cyclone Pam underlines need for effective extreme weather compensation scheme
RTCC
 
 
 
Enel pledges to tackle climate change
Enel has pledged to phase out new investments in coal and lead the charge among global energy companies for a global climate pact this year, as Italy’s largest utility received the rare backing of Greenpeace following years of tensions
Financial Times
 
Pharrell Partners With United Nations for International Happy Day
After years of high-profile musical collaborations, Pharrell Williams has partnered with the United Nations to, fittingly, promote the organization's International Day of Happiness, held each year on March 20th.
Rolling Stone
 
Q&A with Chris Field: The link between climate change and disaster risk reduction  Road to Paris
 
California, Quebec Teaming Up On Climate Change
California raised $630 million by selling pollution allowances one Wednesday last month, each of them entitling the buyer to harm the climate with a ton of carbon dioxide.
Climate Central
 
Solar energy plane a power point on clean fuel
If you think an around-the-world flight on a solar-powered aircraft is a joy ride, think again.
Times of India
 
ADB raises $500M from ‘green’ bond issue for climate change projects
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has raised $500 million from an inaugural green bond issue, aimed at channeling more investor funds to ADB projects that promote low-carbon and climate-resilient economic growth and development in developing Asia.
Manila Bulletin
 
Vietnam plans greener rice cultivation
Vietnam plans to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from rice cultivation alone by 14 percent by 2030
VietNamnet
 
Include Climate Change in Disaster Planning, FEMA Says
Federal funds that help communities brace for emergencies will stop being provided to states if they ignore threats posed by climate change in their disaster planning.
Climate Central
 
Is renewable energy ready to disrupt fossil fuels?
Prices of fossil fuels may be plumbing multi-year lows, but that's not likely to keep them from being displaced by the advance of renewable energy, especially solar, analysts said.
CNBC
 
Op-Ed: The Arctic's big year - save it now or be sorry later  LA Times
 
 
 
Britain must signal the beginning of the end for coal investment (by Ed Davey) Guardian
 
World needs early warning of climate-linked disasters
A leading French government minister says the number of natural disasters connected to climate change has doubled in two decades, and is urging a global early warning system.
eco-business.com
 
Harvard's president speaks in China about climate change
Harvard University's president has told students at one of China's most prestigious universities that schools in the two countries should collaborate on doing research and teaching the next generation how to tackle climate change.
AP
 
Vanuatu blames climate change for Cyclone Pam
Vanuatu President Baldwin Lonsdale said on Monday that climate change was responsible for more extreme weather and cyclone seasons in the Pacific nation, after Cyclone Pam devastated large parts of the country last week.
IANS
 
Seychelles calls on world to 'wake up' to climate change
The president of the Seychelles on Monday, March 16, called on the international community to "wake up" to climate change after a massive tropical cyclone devastated the Pacific island nation of Vanuatu.
AFP
 
Pacific nations to highlight Cyclone Pam in climate talks
Pacific Islands devastated by Cyclone Pam at the weekend will be using the disaster to drive home the need for a globally funded insurance pool to aid in the recovery from such events when they attend climate-change talks in Paris later this year.
Reuters
 
Peru: COP20 led to investment projects worth over US$461 million
Peru hosted the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP20) last December, which led to the creation of 27 environment-related investment projects worth close to US$461 million.
Andina
 
China scales up pilot carbon trading markets
The Chinese provinces of Gansu and Anhui are among several regions now working to set up carbon exchanges, but it remains unclear how the new CO2 trading platforms will be integrated into a nationwide scheme set to start next year.
Reuters
 
World cannot prosper without cutting carbon emissions, says Climate Group
Countries should consider their climate change pledges to the UN as investment prospectuses to attract low carbon businesses, argues non-profit organisation
Guardian
 
Climate politics waters down ambition of UN disaster risk deal
As climate impacts start to bite, lack of funding assurances split rich and poor at key disaster summit in Sendai
RTCC
 
 
 
Europe Carbon Trade Would Gain Extra $1.1 Billion From Biomass
European carbon trading will probably bring in as much as an extra 1 billion euros ($1.1 billion) a year to combat climate change if wood-burning power stations are included in the system for limiting greenhouse-gas emissions.
Bloomberg
 
Climate variability out, climate change in
Climate change is back on the political agenda in Victoria, with the Andrews Government considering going it alone with a state-based greenhouse gas emissions reduction target.
The Age
 
C40 Launches City Climate Change Hazard Taxonomy for Public Comment
Today, at the UNISDR World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, C40 officially launched for public comment the City Climate Hazard Taxonomy, a structured description of the key climate hazards that cities are facing. The Taxonomy was developed by C40 and ARUP with funding from Bloomberg Philanthropies.
National Geographic
 
Start managing disaster threat or risk development gains: experts
When Typhoon Haiyan sent storm surges and high winds across the islands of the central Philippines in November 2013, it wrecked homes, schools, hospitals and roads, as well as killing more than 6,000 people.
Thomson Reuters Foundation
 
Global emissions pause comes amid China's clean energy push (+video)
China is in the midst of a historic transformation, and the surprising progress the country has made at energy efficiency has raised hopes that the world may get a grip on global greenhouse gas emissions much sooner than expected.
Christian Science Monitor/Oil Price.com
 
Climate change: UN backs fossil fuel divestment campaign
The UN organisation in charge of global climate change negotiations is backing the fast-growing campaign persuading investors to sell off their fossil fuel assets.
Guardian
 
Ban highlights climate risks as Vanuatu counts dead from Cyclone Pam
UN chief Ban Ki-moon has again urged help for low-lying nations exposed to climate change risks as Vanuatu counts its dead from Cyclone Pam. Experts fear it could be one of the Pacific region's worst weather disasters.
Deutsche Welle
 
UN head urges better safeguards for climate disasters
The president of the Pacific island nation of Vanuatu appealed to a U.N. disaster conference Saturday for help as a powerful cyclone swept across his archipelago, driving painfully home the rising risks from extreme weather and climate change.
AP
 
UNDP chief calls for pre-emptive spending to reduce disaster risks
The international community needs to invest more in pre-emptive measures to reduce risks from natural disasters, rather than spending a lot after they happen, according to the head of the U.N. Development Program.
Kyodo
 
Extreme weather the new normal in Australia's disaster-prone neighbourhood
If it seems to you that major humanitarian emergencies are happening more often, you're right. Extreme weather events like the one that devastated Vanuatu on Saturday are on the rise.
Sydney Morning Herald
 
 
 
World Bank, UK to help poor nations hit by natural disasters
Some good news for the developing countries. The World Bank and the UK government has jointly launched a new competitive challenge fund that would help poor nations -- those hit by disasters like floods, cyclones, droughts and earthquakes -- to empower their local communities.
Economic Times
 
'Long struggle' warning on climate
America’s chief climate negotiator has warned of the long battle ahead to cut greenhouse gas emissions.
BBC
 
Karachi and the context of climate change
Climate change and its possible adverse consequences pose a grim and frightening scenario for the world at large if effective mitigation and adaptation efforts are not undertaken with immediate effect.
The Express Tribune
 
A picture of indigenous inspiration
“Who will stop this madness of climate change? If not us, then who? If not now, then when?” These inspiring words from Filipino environmental activist Yeb Sano provide the theme of an ongoing audiovisual exhibition at the Antara Gallery in Pasar Baru, Central Jakarta.
Jakarta Post
 
Guardian Editor Pledges To Bolster Coverage Of Climate Change
NPR's Scott Simon talks with Alan Rusbridger, editor of The Guardian, about his recent column detailing his personal motivation for intensifying the paper's focus on climate change coverage.
NPR
 
Climate change brings disasters on steroids (comment) Sydney Morning Herald
 
Al Gore: 2015 Paris conference will spur global climate change policies (blog) Dallas Morning News
 
Net-zero emissions: Defining it; getting there Business Spectator
 
John Kerry Urges Nations to Back Paris Climate Change Talks
US Secretary of State John Kerry today urged nations to set ambitious goals to curb greenhouse gases, warning climate change deniers that gambling with the Earth's future was a risky business as "there is no Planet B."
AFP
 
Kerry: 'Energy Policy' the Solution to Climate Change
Nine months away from a U.N. summit in Paris, Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday delivered a forceful call to confront and curb global warming.
US News & World Report
 
 
 
Shell warns oil demand could fall without climate solution
Fossil fuel producers must develop ways to curb emissions or face increased scrutiny from regulators, says oil giant
RTCC
 
Global carbon emissions stall in 2014
In a sign that efforts to tackle climate change may have been more effective than thought, the International Energy Agency found global emissions of carbon dioxide, the leading greenhouse gas, did not rise in 2014.
Financial Times
 
Unprecedented stall of global carbon emissions in 2014 while economy grows
In what has been described as a real surprise by the International Energy Agency (IEA), annual global emissions of carbon dioxide experienced zero growth in 2014, even as the globe’s economy continued to grow.
Business Spectator
 
Global emissions trading scheme 'should be based on UN carbon budget'
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's (IPCC) carbon budget could provide the scientific basis for a global cap on emissions, suggested Tim Yeo, the outgoing chair of the UK's energy and climate change committee.
Carbon Brief
 
Energy: Tanzania in talks with China on funding for wind farm
Tanzania is in talks with the Export-Import Bank of China (EximBank) for a $132 million loan to fund the country's first wind power project, the energy ministry said on Thursday.
The Africa Report
 
World Council of Churches: "Right to hope" despite climate change challenges
In a high level panel on Climate Change and Human Rights held at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, the World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit said that despite all negative conditions “we have the right to hope” – not as a matter of passive waiting but as an active process towards justice and peace, in which human rights should play a key role.
Agnlicann News
 
Sendai: UN disaster risk reduction conference key to future sustainable development agenda
Government and civil society leaders from around the world are gathering in the Japanese city of Sendai for a United Nations conference that will take stock of ten years of global work to better prepare for and curb the impact of disasters, and to agree on an updated global response framework.
UN News Centre
 
Mega-disasters and urbanization spur spike in displacement: reportMega-disasters and urbanization spur spike in displacement: report
The number of people forced from their homes each year by disasters has quadrupled over the past four decades, and the risk of being displaced has doubled, said a Norwegian humanitarian group.
Thomson Reuters Foundation
 
Science ‘has big role in solving desertification issues ’
Science has a major role to play in combating desertification, aiding climate change mitigation and adaptation, and sustainable land management practices, especially in the developing world, a conference has heard
SciDev.net
 
China needs CO2 cap to meet climate pledges: legislator
China needs to impose a nationwide carbon cap if it is to fulfill a pledge made last year to bring emissions to a peak by around 2030, a legislator said in a proposal submitted to parliament this week.
Reuters
 
 
 
Boris Johnson told to divest £4.8bn pension fund from fossil fuels
Boris Johnson has been told by the London assembly to pull City Hall’s £4.8bn pension fund out of coal, oil and gas investments, after assembly members voted on Wednesday on a motion in support of the fossil fuel divestment movement.
Guardian
 
Modi pledges climate alliance with small island states
India PM says India and climate vulnerable countries share same ambitions for UN pact in Paris
RTCC
 
United Nations to Hold Disaster Meeting in Tsunami-Hit Japan
The UN will hold a once-in-a-decade meeting on disaster risk reduction this weekend, with policymakers gathering in tsunami-struck Japan after warnings that the cost of climate change-related calamities could bankrupt future generations.
NDTV
 
Norway Bets Pollution Abroad an Easier Battle: Carbon & Climate
Norway is wagering it will be easier to cut carbon emissions overseas than at home.
Bloomberg
 
Germany seeks to boost renewable sources of heating
Germany's government set out changes to subsidy guidelines on Wednesday to try and boost the renewable sources of energy used to heat buildings and offices as it strives to avoid missing its ambitious climate targets.
Reuters
 
Climate-Change Talks Could Pave the Way for Private Investment
Institutional investors hope the upcoming U.N. Climate Change Conference will make it easier to back projects that combat global warming.
Institutional Investor
 
As Climate Wars Heat Up, Some Skeptics Are Targets
Scientists who warn that the earth's climate is changing have been subjected to hacking, investigations, and even court action in recent years. That ire usually comes from conservative groups and climate skeptics seeking to discredit the research findings.
NPR
 
Climate one of “top risks” facing insurance industry – Mark Carney
Bank of England chief defends climate risk investigation against “green claptrap” jibe from climate sceptic Lord Lawson
RTCC
 
Losing paradise: the people displaced by atomic bombs, and now climate change
People in the Pacific Marshall Islands and Kiribati are facing oblivion as the sea around them rises, and they are already suffering from food shortages, droughts and floods.
Guardian
 
Beer Brewers Unite to Call for Action on Climate Change
A group of 24 brewers from across the country have come together to cut greenhouse gas emissions from their operations and call for strong national action to address climate change.
Huffington Post
 
 
 
We must reclaim the climate change debate from the political extremes (comment) Guardian
 
How countries could come to a global climate deal in 2015 The Conversation
 
Solar-powered plane lands in India on 2nd leg of world trip
A Swiss-made solar powered aircraft landed in western India on Tuesday night, completing the second leg — and its first sea crossing — of its historic round-the-world trip.
AP
 
Climate change threatens human rights, Kiribati president tells UN
Pacific leaders tell Human Rights Council they fear for the future of their civilisations as climate impacts intensify
RTCC
 
China's Chongqing cuts carbon permit supply
Companies obliged to reduce their carbon emissions in China's pilot carbon exchange in Chongqing will be allocated a smaller number of permits for 2014, with the government tightening its grip on the market to tackle climate change.
Reuters
 
Twist on carbon footprinting ‘could unblock’ UN climate talks
Scientists have proposed a new way of counting countries’ carbon emissions that redraws the map of responsibility for climate change.
RTCC
 
Google-powered map helps fight deforestation
The forestry website Mongabay recently reported that United Cacao, a London-listed company that promises to produce ethical, sustainable chocolate, had “quietly cut down more than 2,000 hectares of primary, closed-canopy rainforest” in the Peruvian Amazon
Guardian
 
Cardinal indicates themes of pope's climate change document
A Vatican official who helped write a first draft of Pope Francis' upcoming encyclical on climate change acknowledged disagreement over the causes of global warming but said "what is not contested is that our planet is getting warmer" and Christians have a duty rooted in "ancient biblical teaching" to address the problem
AP
 
Engage women on climate change, says French ambassador
The French ambassador to Uganda, Sophie Makame, has appealed to the Government to involve women in interventions seeking to mitigate effects of climate change because females are likely to be affected more by climate change than their male counterparts.
New Vision
 
Scope Of Climate Change Commission Expanded By Senate
Maryland Senators voted Tuesday to increase the scope and responsibilities of the state’s Commission on Climate Change, but not before Democratic and Republican lawmakers debated science and fiction.
AP
 
 
 
Disaster damage expected to hit $300 billion yearly as events intensify
Investing in insurance programs for poor farmers today could save tens of billions of dollars in coming decades as climate change upsets growing patterns and makes harvests fail, U.N. officials said ahead of next week's conference in Japan on disaster preparedness
Reuters
 
Same natural forces as today triggered climate change 1.4 bn yrs ago
A new study has revealed found geological evidence that some of the same forces as today caused the climate 1.4 billion years ago.
Business Standard
 
Consensus and geoengineering - how to convince people about global warming  Guardian
 
Artists move in with researchers for new Melbourne sustainability project
The City of Melbourne’s Creative Spaces program has established a new studio where artists will be placed amongst sustainability researchers and organisations to inform their work.
The Fifth Estate
 
Smart energy solutions on the agenda at Cyprus conference
International and local experts discussed smart solutions to energy challenges in Cyprus, at a high-level conference in Nicosia.
The FINANCIAL
 
EU Nations to Discuss Carbon Market Reserve Proposal Tomorrow
European Union member states meet Tuesday to hold their first talks on a compromise proposal for carbon-market reform.
Bloomberg
 
What to watch for in U.S. climate plan for Paris
Obama administration will unveil how it plans to reduce carbon emissions by 26 percent to 28 percent below 2005 levels within a decade, the core of the negotiating position it will take to global climate talks Paris this December.
Reuters
 
African ministers back 1.5C warming goal for Paris summit
African environment ministers have reaffirmed their commitment to limiting global warming to 1.5C above pre industrial levels, placing them on collision course with the US and EU.
RTCC
 
Boat schools bring classroom to Bangladesh's flood-hit children
Anna Akter, a nine-year-old student at a floating school in Bangladesh's remote Natore district, says she might have missed out on her education during annual monsoon floods without her boat-based classroom.
Thomson Reuters Foundation
 
A changing climate could be destroying Chile's mummies
Some seven millennia ago or more, a group of people called the Chinchorro lived along the coasts of northern Chile and southern Peru. Their lives revolved around fishing from the rich Pacific waters, even as a uniquely arid desert — the Atacama — lay inland behind them.
Washington Post
 
 
 
Byron Bay first regional Australian city to commit to zero emissions
Byron shire says it aims to be a ‘zero emissions community’ within 10 years by upgrading public transport, improving agriculture and retrofitting buildings
Guardian
 
Global warming is happening FASTER: Climate change is 'set to speed up to rates not seen for 1,000 years', warn scientists Daily Mail
 
Paris Fashion Week: bonkers scenes on the catwalk mark business as usual for Vivienne Westwood
The fight against climate change cannot be halted - not even its leading campaigner Vivienne Westwood.
London Evening Standard
 
Kids are smarter than senators on climate change, and this poll proves it
Every kid ever has dreamt of bossing around a bunch of authoritative grown-ups. Tuesday on Capitol Hill, six teens will attempt to make that dream come true by trying to meet with climate-denying GOP senators and school them on elementary-level climate science.
Grist
 
Gender Equality and Earth’s Future (by Christiana Figueres, Amina J. Mohammed and Mary Robinson) Today's Zaman
 
The World Of Energy Is Getting Diversified (comment) Forbes
 
Carbon tax facts - India tries to change the game on climate change (editorial comment) Business Standard
 
Solar-power plane airborne on historic round-the-world trip
With its wings stretched wide to catch the sun's energy, a Swiss-made solar-powered aircraft took off from Abu Dhabi just after daybreak Monday in a historic first attempt to fly around the world without a drop of fossil fuel.
AP
 
Climate summit’s pledges on carbon cuts ‘won’t avert global disaster’
Pledges at this year’s climate summit to cut carbon emissions are likely to fall far short of the targets needed to avoid heating the planet by more than 2C. That is the stark conclusion of a report by a team led by British economist Nicholas Stern.
Guardian/Observer
 
'Man-made' climate change a major woman's problem
Men and women may not always be on the same footing but you would think both sexes would be equal in the face of gigantic floods, typhoons or droughts. Think again.
AFP
 
 
 
Human-induced climate change undermines rights: UN
The deputy high commissioner for human rights, Flavia Pansieri, has said human-induced climate change is not only an assault on the world’s shared ecosystem but also weakens people’s rights in various fields.
jakarta Post
 
Developed countries urged to take lead in climate change actions
Developed countries should take the lead and offer more capital and technological assistance to developing countries amid the world's efforts to tackle climate change, a senior official said Saturday.
Xinhua
 
Qatar Highlights National Strategy to Address Global Warming
Qatar has adopted a national program for food security and a national strategy that aims to secure the country's needs of food in a bid to reduce the impact of climate change on the right to food
MENAFN-QNA
 
Joe Biden Says Denying Climate Change 'Is Like Denying Gravity'
Denying climate change is "like denying gravity." That’s the unambiguous message from Joe Biden, the vice president of the United States.
Huffington Post
 
Arctic sea ice near its all-time minimum low and could break previous record
Sea ice in the Arctic is near its all-time minimum for the end of winter and could break the previous record within the next two weeks if it fails to grow, according to the latest satellite data.
Independent
 
Lured by marriage promises, climate victims fall into trafficking trap
When the handsome young man came courting her, Sunetra could not believe her luck.
Thomson Reuters Foundation
 
Florida Officials Say They Were Banned From Saying 'Climate Change' and 'Global Warming'
A report by the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting published Sunday details the claims by employees of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, who say that they were ordered to refrain from using the terms "climate change," and "global warming" in official communications.
Bloomberg
 
The Guardian view on climate change and social disruption (comment) Guardian
 
Can solar transform the energy market? (blog) Financial Times
 
A Reckless Call From the Senate’s Leader (editorial - internal) NY Times
 
 
 
French host of climate talks seeks EU pledge by March 20
EU ministers must agree by March 20 a European Union goal to cut the bloc's emissions by at least 40 percent as its official contribution to U.N. climate change talks, French Energy Minister Segolene Royal said on Thursday.
Reuters
 
“Second wave” of climate pledges to UN deal expected in September
New analysis shows a third of 81 surveyed countries have not started work yet on contribution to Paris pac
RTCC
 
Europe blazes trail against climate change
AS CHAOS from climate change ramps up in the coming decades, making floods, droughts and heatwaves commonplace, Europe will be ready. So says the European Environment Agency, which launched its five-year assessment of the state of Europe's environment in Copenhagen, Denmark, this week
NewScientist
 
India, Egypt form joint working group on climate change
Ahead of the UN climate conference in Paris later this year, India and Egypt have decided to form a "joint working group" for "cooperation on environment and climate change".
Madhyamam
 
Shell’s Ollila Says Society Must Find ‘Middle Way’ on Climate Change
Royal Dutch Shell PLC Chairman Jorma Ollila is joining Chief Executive Ben van Beurden in backing efforts to limit carbon emissions ahead of international climate talks in Paris later this year.
Wall Street Journal
 
Poland Seeks to Limit EU Carbon Fix’s Impact on Producers
The European Union draft carbon-market fix should be amended to prevent planned supply controls from curbing the number of free emission permits for power producers, according to the Polish government.
Bloomberg
 
Paris veut jouer un rôle pendant la conférence sur le climat
La Ville de Paris entend être un hôte exemplaire de la conférence mondiale sur le climat (COP21) à la fin de l'année et un acteur de ce rendez-vous en lançant dès le printemps des actions concrètes
Le Monde
 
Le lent déclin des climato-sceptiques en France
La notion de réchauffement climatique causé par les activités humaines fait son chemin en France mais la bataille de l'opinion n'est pas encore gagnée, à en juger par une étude publiée jeudi par l'Agence de l'environnement et de la maîtrise de l'énergie.
Reuters
 
Economics: Support low-carbon investment
Markets and governments are converging to address climate change. As scientific evidence and government actions strengthen, investors and financiers are reducing the exposure of their portfolios to risks from rising greenhouse-gas emissions.
Nature
 
France helps Fiji with COP 21 contribution
The world’s poorest countries will have access to financial aid from several donors, including France, to help them implement projects to cut their greenhouse gas emissions.
EurActiv
 
 
 
Algérie-Egypte: signature d'une convention de coopération dans le domaine de l'environnement
L'Algérie et l'Egypte ont signé une convention de coopération portant sur l'échange des expériences dans le domaine de l'environnement, a indiqué jeudi le ministère de l'Aménagement du Territoire et de l'Environnement, dans un communiqué.
Algerie Press Service
 
Mexican Presidential visit signals closer cooperation with UK
The UK and Mexico have re-affirmed their joint commitment to reaching an “ambitious, equitable, comprehensive and legally binding global agreement” on climate change at the 2015 Paris talks later this year.
Holyrood
 
Liberia makes waves with greener shipping plan
World's second largest flag-state for ships offering $53m of discounts to vessels undertaking energy efficiency improvements
BusinessGreen
 
Global flood toll to triple by 2030
The number of people affected by river flooding worldwide could nearly triple in the next 15 years, analysis shows.
BBC
 
Africa needs to find $50bn fast, or an already bad climate change picture could get uglier: study
New UNEP report says coastal cities in Mozambique, Tanzania, Cameroon, Egypt, Senegal and Morocco are most at risk of major flooding.
Mail & Guardian
 
Leonardo DiCaprio to make more nature docs with Netflix
Following the Oscar-nominated success of wildlife documentary Virunga, Leonardo DiCaprio is set to produce further environmental films in a multi-year partnership with Netflix.
Guardian
 
No Doubt, Usher, My Morning Jacket Headlining Global Citizen Earth Day Event
With the United Nations Climate Change Conference set to begin in Paris later this year, 2015 could mark a pivotal year for environmental policy change
Rolling Stone
 
Opinion: Bridging the Gap – How the SDG Fund is Paving the Way for a Post-2015 Agenda IPS
 
African ministers gather in Egypt to tackle climate change
African ministers and experts of over 50 states gathered in Cairo Wednesday to discuss the environmental challenges facing the continent topped by climate change.
Xinhua
 
UN: African Robin Hood tax could fund climate adaptation efforts
Tax on finance, trade and tourism could net estimated $13 billion a year to help countries face expected extreme weather impacts
RTCC
 
 
 
Africa has ‘no responsibility’ for climate change: Sisi
“African countries have no historical responsibility for global warming,” said President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi Wednesday.
Cairo Post
 
India to partner with Africa to fight climate change
Ahead of the UN climate conference in Paris later this year, India on Wednesday said that adaptation and mitigation must be accorded "equal" importance and assured that it will partner with African nations to fight climate change while taking cooperation to a "new level".
PTI
 
Investing in disaster resilience vital for sustainable development – senior UN official
Reducing poverty, improving health and education for all, achieving of sustainable and equitable economic growth and protecting the health of our planet now depend on the management of disaster risks in the day-to-day decisions of governments, companies, investors, civil society organizations, households and individuals, according to a new United Nations report out today
UN News Centre
 
Quick progress seen on EU carbon market reform despite impasse
Swift progress is expected in the EU Council on a proposal to create a reserve to hold surplus carbon dioxide allowances under the EU Emissions Trading System, representatives from industry and the European Commission said Wednesday.
Platts
 
UN prepares for disaster deal to address climate change risk
Proposed new UN-backed framework to help countries prepare for future extreme weather events in a warming world
RTCC
 
China tries to ditch its coal addiction, reduce energy intensity
China will boost efforts this year to rid itself of a strong addiction to coal in a bid to reduce damaging pollution as well as cut the energy intensity of its economy, which is expected to grow at its lowest rate in 25 years.
Reuters
 
U.S. Senate fails to override Obama's veto of Keystone XL approval
The U.S. Senate failed on Wednesday to override President Barack Obama's veto of legislation approving the Keystone XL oil pipeline, leaving the controversial project to await an administration decision on whether to permit or deny it.
Reuters
 
Alumni group starts fund to pressure MIT to divest
Thousands of MIT alumni, students, and faculty are calling on MIT to divest its $12.4 billion endowment from fossil-fuel companies, an endeavor that MIT alumnus Rajesh Kasturirangan PhD ’04 calls “a moral obligation comparable to college divestment from South Africa during the Apartheid regime.”
MIT Tech
 
Jamaica to Launch $6 Million Climate Change Resilience Project
Jamaica is slated to launch a $6 million climate change resilience project in the greater Kingston metropolitan area, the government announced this week.
Caribbean Journal
 
Thailand tests floating homes in region grappling with floods
Nestled among hundreds of identical white and brown two-storey homes crammed in this neighbourhood for factory workers is a house with a trick - one not immediately apparent from its green-painted drywall and grey shade panels.
Thomson Reuters Foundation
 
 
 
Climate change response... Swapping coffee for chocolate
Coffee is the biggest cash crop propping up the hard-pressed economy of Central America and provides the only livelihood for millions of growers on tiny land holdings. But rising temperatures and extreme weather events have been taking their toll.
Irish
 
Make 2015 the year we did our best for the planet Scotsman
 
EU report calls for more effort to meet environmental goals
The European Union's environment body says the 28 member states need to do more to meet long-term environmental goals, including targets for greenhouse gas emissions.
AP
 
Nineteen EU nations hand out 500 mln free 2015 CO2 permits
Nineteen countries, including Germany, Britain and France, have so far handed out a total of around 500 million free European Union carbon permits to industry to cover their 2015 emissions, European Commission data showed on Tuesday.
Reuters
 
China hopes novice environment chief will be breath of fresh air
One year after "declaring war" on pollution, China has appointed an inexperienced outsider as its new environment minister tasked with breathing life into a massive clean-up campaign that even optimists say will take decades to complete.
Reuters
 
China in Talks to Determine Top Climate Negotiator for Paris
China, the world’s biggest carbon emitter, is in discussions to determine a top negotiator for climate talks in Paris at the end of this year.
Bloomberg
 
Focus on green tech to tackle climate change, says UK's climate adviser
Green technology should be as much a focus of tackling climate change as the United Nations negotiations leading up to a crunch conference in Paris this December, the UK’s top foreign office adviser on climate said on Tuesday.
Guardian
 
Climate change warning catches investors off guard
If Paris conference seals deal that halves money to oil producers it will be a triumph for green lobby
Financial Times
 
Senate committee battles over climate change transparency
In a new chapter in Congress’s battle over climate change and how to address it, senators on the Environment and Public Works Committee are dueling over scientific conflicts of interest and academic freedom.
Boston Globe
 
India doubles coal tax to promote renewables
India is set to double tax on coal production and use the revenues to promote clean energy and electric vehicles
BusinessGreen
 
 
 
Grandmother walks across country for climate awareness
To raise awareness about climate change, Wellington resident Kathe Thompson walked for eight months across 3,000 miles, from Los Angeles to Washington D.C., with the Great March for Climate Action.
Sun-Sentinel
 
What Are The Financial Risks Of Climate Change?
In a blink, trillions of dollars in investments become worthless. Stock markets reel as banks play "hot potato" with once-lucrative assets they now can't unload quickly enough.
International Business Times
 
Tutu joins Harvard divestment push
A PUSH for Harvard University to divest its massive $36bn endowment of interests in 200 fossil fuel companies is building ahead of two days of civil disobedience scheduled for April.
The Australian
 
More ASEAN countries adopt the 2050 Pathways Calculator
More South-East Asian countries are adopting the 2050 Pathways Calculator, a web-based tool to help determine how their energy and related economic strategies will impact on greenhouse gas emissions ahead of the UN climate summit in Paris later this year.
SciDev.net
 
Prospects For A Paris Climate Deal Are Good - But They Could Be Better Forbes
 
The riches and perils of the fossil-fuel age Financial Times
 
Christiana Figueres: We need a climate deal for the people of Guiuan
UN climate chief says visit to typhoon-hit Philippines demonstrates why a deal to curb global warming in Paris is essentia
RTCC
 
Interview: Egypt aims to benefit from China expertise in environmental issues
Egypt seeks to benefit from the highly-advanced Chinese expertise in various environmental issues, Egyptian Environment Minister Khaled Fahmy told Xinhua in an interview on Monday.
Xinhua
 
EU's 2050 green goals will need radical policy shifts: report
The European Union will need radical new policies to reach goals for safeguarding the environment by 2050 after limited progress in curbing pollution and climate change, the European Environment Agency (EEA) said on Tuesday.
Reuters
 
Researchers Link Syrian Conflict to a Drought Made Worse by Climate Change
Drawing one of the strongest links yet between global warming and human conflict, researchers said Monday that an extreme drought in Syria between 2006 and 2009 was most likely due to climate change, and that the drought was a factor in the violent uprising that began there in 2011.
NY Times
 
 
 
First global solar flight plans to take off on Saturday
The first solar flight on a global trip may take off from Abu Dhabi on Saturday (March 7), subject to weather conditions.
Gulf News
 
PH may seek int'l aid to address climate change
The Philippines may tap foreign funding to help address the effects of climate change, especially in vulnerable areas, as the Department of Budget and Management has released P1.15 billion to the Department of Public Works and Highways to boost infrastructure projects in areas affected by Super Typhoon Yolanda.
Philippine Star
 
La Francophonie face aux défis environnementaux en Afrique
L’Afrique commémore ce 3 mars la Journée africaine de l’environnement, rebaptisée depuis 2012 Journée Wangari Maathai.
RFI
 
Ja's adaptation programme to help with effects of climate change
Jamaica is among the first set of countries to access a US$10-million grant from the Adaptation Fund, which provides funding for adaptation projects/programmes in developing countries to help them adapt to the negative effects of climate change.
Jamaica Observer
 
Study: Human-caused global warming behind Calif. drought
Human-caused climate change helped fuel the current California drought, says a Stanford University study released Monday.
USA Today
 
Satellite data suggests forest loss is accelerating
Satellite images suggest tropical forests from the Amazon to the Philippines are disappearing at a far more rapid pace than previously thought, a University of Maryland team of forest researchers say.
Thomson Reuters Foundation
 
Glacial Melting In Antarctica Makes Continent The 'Ground Zero Of Global Climate Change'
From the ground in this extreme northern part of Antarctica, spectacularly white and blinding ice seems to extend forever. What can't be seen is the battle raging thousands of feet (hundreds of meters) below to re-shape Earth.
AP
 
All 6,000 Mosques in Jordan Will Soon Go Solar
Unlike many of its Middle Eastern neighbors, Jordan is not blessed with copious oil and gas resources
Solarenergy.net
 
The United Nations' Hand in Hand with Emirati Youth
How the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is working with the Government of Dubai to train the future low-carbon leaders to facilitate green economic development.
Zawya
 
What Are INDCs and Why Will You Be Talking About Them This Year? Huffington Post
 
 
 
The Philippines: ramping up climate resilience (commentary) Inquirer.net
 
Apple to Wal-Mart, Big Biz is Betting on Green Energy (Op-Ed) LiveScience
 
SE Asia has central role in global climate fight
Southeast Asia's huge and growing demand for energy will set the tone for the global fight against climate change, the United Nations climate chief said yesterday, and the region needs to plan energy investments carefully or risk higher health costs, more damage from extreme weather and loss of competitiveness.
Straits Times
 
Malaysia should table climate change motion at Asean summit: researchers
Some environmental researchers want the Malaysian Government to table a motion for a joint study among Asean countries on the global climate change and its impact on the region's socio-economy during the Asean Summit here later this year.
Bernama
 
Zhang Yong favourite to replace Xie as China climate envoy in Paris
Veteran Communist Party official set to take control of Beijing’s negotiating team as talks enter critical phase
RTCC
 
France's Hollande promises Philippine storm survivors a climate deal
French President Francois Hollande on Friday met victims of the biggest-ever typhoon to make landfall and promised them he would secure an international agreement to limit climate change.
Reuters
 
Switzerland first to submit climate plan for Paris U.N. deal
Switzerland became the first nation on Friday to submit a plan for cutting greenhouse gas emissions beyond 2020 as a basis for a U.N. deal to limit climate change due to be sealed in December.
Reuters
 
Awareness on causes of climate change vital
COMMUNITIES seem not to understand they are responsible for climate change even in places where deforestation is going on at an alarming rate.
Daily News (Tanzannia)
 
Members of €32bn Danish pension funds to vote on fossil fuel divestment
Series of resolutions asks six of Denmark’s pension funds to drop their ‘black money’ investments in coal, oil and gas projects that cause climate change
Guardian
 
Al Gore and Michael Bloomberg are Helping Indian Solar Power Expand
Renewable energy consulting firm “Bridge to India” recently listed investments likely to be completed by active private Indian solar developers.
Metal Miner
 
 
 
Doctors should take lead in push to curb climate change: experts
Doctors should take the lead in supporting political efforts to cut the pace of climate change and encouraging more people to see the problem as a crucial issue for public health, experts say.
Thomson Reuters Foundation
 
Global warming fuels coral killer, study finds
Global warming worsens a disease that has almost wiped out Caribbean coral reefs, according to a new study by researchers at the Florida Institute of Technology.
USA Today
 
‘Imperative we take climate road to Paris’ (by Heherson T. Alvarez)  Philippine Daily Inquirer
 
The Guardian view on food security: if the dreamers lose, we face a nightmare (editorial) Guardian
 
Aquino, Hollande launch Manila call to action on climate change
President Benigno Aquino III and visiting French President Francois Hollande on Thursday called on the rest of the world to act on climate change.
philstar.com
 
Hollande tours typhoon-hit Philippines ahead of climate deal
French President Francois Hollande on Friday took his warning about the need for funds for a landmark climate deal to a central Philippine town that was devastated by a killer typhoon in 2013.
AP
 
France and Philippines call for “ambitious” UN climate deal
Presidents Hollande and Aquino joined forces to urge all countries to sign up to “universal” deal in Paris this December
RTCC
 
France’s Hollande visits ‘Yolanda’-hit Eastern Samar town
Guiuan, Philippines–French President Francois Hollande on Friday visited a remote Philippine town devastated by one of the world’s strongest typhoons, seeking to sound a global alarm on climate change ahead of a crucial UN summit.
Inquirer.net
 
China's top climate negotiator removed from leadership list
China's top climate change negotiator has been removed from the nation's leadership list, appearing to confirm media reports he has retired, but the move has left it unclear who will lead China at crucial climate talks in Paris at the end of the year.
Reuters
 
Failure in Paris would be grave, warns US climate envoy
Failure to agree an international deal in Paris this year would have grave consequences for UN negotiations to counter global warming, the US special envoy for climate change has warned.
Financial Times
 
 
 
Climate Finance Tops $35 Billion a Year, U.S. Envoy Says
Industrial nations are delivering more than a third of the $100 billion in annual aid they’ve pledged by 2020 for climate-related projects in developing nations, a senior U.S. State Department envoy said.
Bloomberg
 
Planet Earth is a sick patient due to climate change, says Prince Charles
Speaking at Royal Society event on health and climate change, prince says that failure to act on global warming would be ‘death sentence’ for the planet
Press Association/Guardian
 
Most Americans see combating climate change as a moral duty
A significant majority of Americans say combating climate change is a moral issue that obligates them – and world leaders - to reduce carbon emissions, a Reuters/IPSOS poll has found.
Reuters
 
Pope Francis Climate Change Poll 2015: Where America Stands On Controversial Issue Now
Right after Christmas in 2014, many were surprised when Pope Francis said people should take “action on moral and scientific grounds,” which wasn't surprising considering the Catholic Church isn’t generally considered to be forward-thinking when it comes to science
International Business Times
 
Cooler Pacific has slowed global warming, briefly - study
A natural cooling of the Pacific Ocean has contributed to slow global warming in the past decade but the pause is unlikely to last much longer, U.S. scientists said on Thursday.
Reuters
 
World Bank seeks $500 million for African weather services
The World Bank is working with other development finance institutions to raise some $500 million to modernise weather and flood forecasting services in Africa.
Thomson Reuters Foundation
 
Indigenous carbon farming project still burning bright despite market uncertainty
One of the Northern Territory's longest running carbon farming projects is gearing up for another season, but for the first time it is not working with a fixed price on carbon.
ABC Australia
 
Cambio climático y renacimiento de la planificación central (opinion) El Economista
 
Europe releases vision for Paris climate change deal
Brussels climate chief Canete says US and China must follow EU and reveal commitments to a 2015 UN pact
RTCC
 
UN climate chief to visit PH
The head of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) will be in the Philippines to join French President Francois Hollande's call for global action in curbing climate change.
Rappler
 
 
 
French President Hollande in Philippines to promote fight against climate change
President Francois Hollande arrived in the Philippines on Thursday, accompanied by two of France's leading actresses, to promote the fight against climate change ahead of a crucial summit of world leaders.
AFP
 
French president urged to pledge more climate funds for SE Asia
French President Francois Hollande must lead developed nations in hammering out a global climate deal that will prepare poor nations for tackling impacts of climate change, a group of NGOs has said.
jakarta Post
 
EU unveils vast plan to merge 28 energy markets
The European Union's executive has unveiled a vast plan to boost coordination between the EU's 28 national energy markets to wean Europe off unstable Russian gas supplies and provide cheaper energy for consumers.
AP
 
European Parliament hopes to revive carbon market in 2019
The European Parliament's Environment Committee has called for the withdrawal of 1.7 billion carbon quotas in 2019. This proposal must be negotiated in the Council before being adopted.
EurActv
 
Bloomberg: Trade Keystone XL for Climate Deal
Most environmentalists say construction of the Keystone XL pipeline would be "game over" for the climate, but former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg says there's an upside—if President Obama can trade it for a climate deal with Canada.
National Journal
 
Prince Charles: climate change is not a conspiracy
Prince Charles has compared the planet to a sick human and says leaders who delay action on climate change are essentially "testing the disease to the patient's destruction".
Sydney Morning Herald
 
Polish PM says no case for early reform of EU carbon market
Poland's prime minister has asked the European Commission to stick to the original start date for reforms to the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS), a day after members of the European Parliament backed earlier action.
Reuters
 
Experts weigh in on Malaysia’s erratic weather – Bernama
Malaysia has been experiencing erratic weather patterns of late, some of which have never before been witnessed.
BERNAMA
 
Don’t take lightly climate change, global warming, warns Najib
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak today warned that climate change and global warming could no longer be viewed lightly.
BERNAMA
 
How Indigenous philosophy could help us understand climate change
Cut the Sky, a new dance work premiering at the Perth festival, draws on Indigenous Australian traditions to help audiences apply emotion, rather than cold logic, to climate change
Guardian
 
 
 
What Do Apple, Citi and Shell Have in Common? Huffington Post
 
The critical flaw in the EU's climate plan  Guardian
 
France and Philippines: Poster children for climate talks?
President Benigno Aquino III and his French counterpart François Hollande are expected to initiate a call in Manila for other countries to sign a climate deal in December 2015
Rappler
 
EU “backtracks” on climate goals in UN pledge, say experts
Adding huge carbon sinks to UN climate pledge could let other sectors face lighter carbon cuts and weaken 2030 goal
RTCC
 
Obama Vetoes Bill Pushing Pipeline Approval
President Obama on Tuesday rejected an attempt by lawmakers to force his hand on the Keystone XL oil pipeline, using his veto pen to sweep aside one of the first major challenges to his authority by the new Republican Congress.
NY Times
 
Livelihoods of millions of Southeast Asians at risk from climate change
Climate change is set to impact agriculture and other key sectors of Southeast Asian economies along the Lower Mekong River Basin.
Deutsche Welle
 
Eiffel Tower going green with two wind turbines
The Eiffel Tower has gone green. As part of an ongoing facelift of the iconic structure, a New York company this month installed two wind turbines about 400 feet up on the tower, above the second level.
CBS
 
Top officials say UN development system must adapt to challenges posed by post-2015 agenda
Top United Nations officials today underlined the importance of ongoing review and reform of the Organization’s development system as Member States met to begin the UN Economic and Social Council’s (ECOSOC) Operational Activities Segment.
UN News Centre
 
OECD: Green Investment Bank should fund emerging clean tech
The Green Investment Bank should finance early stage renewable energy technologies to ensure they can make a cost-effective contribution to Britain's energy sector, the OECD has said.
BusinessGreen
 
Artificial glacier could help Ladakh villagers adapt to climate change
Engineers are creating giant pyramids of ice in the drought-hit Indian Himalayas to see if the melt water they release can help solve water shortages during the region’s dry season
Guardian
 
 
 
Mobile technology helps Sri Lanka cope with climate change
Floods and landslides linked to climate change have battered parts of Sri Lanka in the past two years, disrupting food output, but scientists believe a new program to install low-cost weather stations based on open-source technology could help farmers adapt to increasingly wild weather.
Thomson Reuters Foundation
 
The remote Alaskan village that needs to be relocated due to climate change
This tiny and isolated town of 400 cannot be reached by road. It lies on a fragile barrier island along the Chukchi Sea, 83 miles above the Arctic circle.
Washington Post
 
Climate Change Will Hit America in the Breadbasket, Scientists Say
Climate experts have seen the future of America's breadbasket — and from their perspective, it doesn't look pretty.
NBC
 
As sea levels rise, climate change threatens entire Pacific cultures
In the first of a series of columns, poet Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner reflects on the cultural dimensions of climate change
RTCC
 
Climate finance: the focus must be on quality not quantity Guardian
 
Why Is the Clock Ticking for a Climate Deal in 2015? Huffington Post
 
EU pushes for tough Paris climate deal - draft
European Union leaders want to enshrine in international law a goal to cut global emissions by 60 percent by 2050, according to a draft document that puts the bloc on a collision course with the biggest polluters.
Reuters
 
EU wants Paris climate deal to cut carbon emissions 60% by 2050
A major UN climate summit in Paris later this year should call on countries to make tough carbon cuts to avoid dangerous global warming, EU document says
Guardian
 
EU targets 60% global carbon cuts by 2050 in leaked climate plan
Commission wants UN to target global goal of cutting carbon emissions 60% below 2010 levels by 2050
RTCC
 
2015 pivotal for finalizing universal climate change agreement, Ban tells Member States
This year is pivotal for global action on climate change, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today in New York, emphasising that all the major advances of 2014 have set the stage for success in 2015.
UN News Centre
 
 
 
Hollande aux Philippines, pour un rendez-vous écologique et glamour
François Hollande sera jeudi et vendredi aux Philippines pour plaider avec détermination contre le réchauffement climatique.
RTL (France)
 
Activists to French president: Climate action not enough
Activists want to remind President Francois Hollande of are the obligations of developed countries like France to Filipinos and other countries 'suffering' from climate change
Rappler
 
Floods, storms and heat projected to cost SE Asia $34 bln per year
Falling crop yields, damage to infrastructure and heat-related illnesses brought on by climate change could cost the four Southeast Asian countries of the lower Mekong River basin $34 billion per year, researchers say.
Thomson Reuters Foundation
 
INDCs: Bridging the Gap Between National and International Climate Action
As the world marches toward December’s United Nations Conference of the Parties (COP21) Paris climate summit, governments are determining what effort they will make to reduce emissions and address climate change
Energy Collective
 
UN scientists say climate change dims Africa's progress
Scientists from the UN affiliated Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) said on Monday that climatic shocks remain a mortal threat to Africa's socioeconomic progress.
Xinhua
 
EU Carbon Market Fix Bolstered by Accord Before Committee Vote
An early start of a mechanism to help boost European carbon prices is more likely to win support from lawmakers in Brussels on Tuesday after the two largest parliamentary groups agreed on the measure.
Bloomberg
 
Defining sustainable development: The woman who started it all
Ahead of the Macao International Environmental Co-operation Forum (MIECF), keynote speaker Dr Gro Harlem Brundtland, Special Envoy on Climate Change for the UN, looks back on nearly 30 years of the sustainable development movement.
eco-business.com
 
‘Modi government has shifted gears on climate change’ (interview with Robert Orr)
While India has been an active participant and leader in global climate discussions for many years, the Modi government has shifted the gears on the issue of climate change, according to Dr Robert C Orr, special advisor to the UN Secretary General on climate change.
The Hindu
 
Solar eclipse puts Europe’s power supplies at risk
An eclipse of the sun next month could disrupt Europe’s power supplies because so many countries now use solar energy, electricity system operators have warned.
Financial Times
 
Climate pact offers improved relations
The drive for a global climate-change agreement by the end of 2015 offers the best scenario to improve US-Chinese relations, according to observers.
China Daily USA
 
 
 
Welcoming the French president (opinion) Manila Standard Today
 
French President to tackle climate change, security on visit to the Philippines
French President François Hollande and his Philippines counterpart Benigno Aquino are to discuss climate change and international terrorism when they meet later this week
RFI
 
Prescott Makes 'Thumping' Return To Frontline
John Prescott is to return to frontline politics ahead of the General Election after Ed Miliband appointed him a climate change adviser.
SKY News
 
Obama to host Britain's Prince Charles at White House in March
President Barack Obama will meet next month with Britain's Prince Charles and his wife, during the royals' visit to the United States to encourage corporate social responsibility and combating climate change, the White House said on Friday.
Reuters
 
Climat : Hollande cherche à redorer son « étoile verte »
Le défi du changement climatique reste en bonne place dans l’agenda du chef de l’Etat.
Les Echos
 
Rwanda: We Do Not Need to Isolate Climate Change From Other Devt Activities, UK Official Says
Sir David King is the UK Foreign Secretary Special Representative for Climate Change
The New Times
 
Aviation Emissions Projects Soon Clear For Take-off Under Kyoto Protocol’s Clean Development Mechanism
The aviation sector will soon have a new way to measure, account for and reward reductions in the gases that contribute to climate change thanks to work agreed to this week by the Board that runs the Kyoto Protocol’s Clean Development Mechanism (CDM).
Caribbean News Service
 
Climate change: Minister says efforts being made to cope with negative impacts
Federal Minister for Climate Change Mushahidullah Khan on Sunday said that efforts are being made at various levels in the light of policy recommendations proposed in the National Climate Change Policy of Pakistan to cope with the negative impacts of climate change.
Daily Times
 
Greenhouse gas emissions claims rejected
The Government has rejected forest owners' claims that New Zealand is going to miss its greenhouse gas reduction targets.
Radio New Zealand International
 
Inter-ministerial talks on climate change begin
With regard to the Paris climate conference, the environment ministry has started its inter-ministerial consultation, which would be on five essential pillars — climate finance, mitigation, adaptation, equity and innovation.
Hindustan Times
 
 
 
World’s biggest offshore windfarm approved
Plans for the world’s biggest offshore windfarm have been given the green light by the energy secretary, with planning permission for an array of up to 400 turbines 80 miles off the Yorkshire coast on the Dogger Bank.
Gulf Times
 
Climate change bill faces uphill battle
With Republicans in control of both houses of Congress, the odds of passing a climate change bill this year are virtually non-existent. But Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Maryland, plans to reintroduce legislation to cap carbon emissions this week, anyway, due in part to the impact it could have on the 2016 election.
CNN