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Climate change and desertification a threat to social stability - UN (by Monique Barbut) Thomson Reuters Foundation
Latin American leaders discuss climate change progress
“The cost of inaction today is going to be much bigger tomorrow,” former Chilean President Ricardo Lagos told The Herald before attending a University conference Wednesday to discuss international climate change policy.
Brown Daily Herald
EU to host industry talks ahead of setting 2030 climate goals
The European Commission will hold three meetings this summer on how to ensure the bloc's industries can compete in global markets while meeting goals to cut greenhouse gas emissions, it said on Wednesday.
Ahead of Sendai conference, Ban pushes for 2015 global agreement on disaster risk
Disaster risk reduction and climate change are closely linked, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today stressed, reiterating to the world community his key priorities through the next year as preparations continue for the 2015 world conference on reducing risk from natural disasters.
U.S. Energy Dept plans $4 billion in loan aid for renewable energy
The U.S. Energy Department on Wednesday unveiled a plan for up to $4 billion in loan aid for renewable energy companies to help rejuvenate a program that faced harsh political attacks over past failures of federally subsidized projects.
Add polymer to carbon market, urges EU
The European Commission urged Germany to take urgent steps to regulate polymer producers under the bloc's Emissions Trading System (ETS) or face being sued over the breach of EU law.
Clean energy: Is a boom coming in 2014?
Clean energy is off to a strong start in 2014, with global investment rising as prices for wind and solar power continue to drop. Renewables still hold a small share of total energy mixes, but clean-energy growth is picking up momentum.
Christian Science Monitor
New Zealand Bids Goodbye to Ozone-Depleting Substances in Response to Climate Change
New Zealand will phase out the ozone-depleting hydrofluorocarbons (HCFCs) by the end of 2014 in observance of the Montreal Protocol. According to Environment Minister Amy Adams, New Zealand is ahead of the deadline to phase out substances harmful to the Earth's ozone layer by 2030
International Business Times
Pope Francis urged to back fossil fuel divestment campaign
Religious groups have urged Pope Francis to back a campaign to encourage millions of people, organisations and investors to pull their money out of the fossil fuel industry.
Purisima renews call for global effort vs climate change
Finance Secretary Cesar V. Purisima reiterated calls for the development of a global risk-sharing mechanism to enhance resilience to climate change.
Philippine Star
Global warming to hit your bubbly's taste!
Climate change can not only play havoc with environment, it can also ruin the taste of your favourite bubbly.
Turn the tide on climate change: Try vegan for Earth Day (opinion) Anchorage Daily News
WMO: El Nino could cause ‘dramatic rise’ in temperatures
There are growing signs the weather phenomenon known as El Niño could develop this year, causing global temperatures to soar, the UN’s World Meteorological Organisation has warned.
UAE applauded for green initiatives
Speakers at the World Green Economy Summit (WGES) that commenced in Dubai on Tuesday underlined the urgent need for change and to enforce and adopt low carbon policy. The two-day summit is being held under the theme ‘Global Partnerships, Sustainable Future’.
Khaleej Times
Finland meets first Kyoto goals
Finland has met the first goals of the Kyoto Protocol on climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
U.S. greenhouse gas emissions fall 10 pct since 2005: EPA
U.S. greenhouse gas emissions fell nearly 10 percent from 2005 to 2012, more than halfway toward the United States' 2020 target pledged at United Nations climate talks, according to the latest national emissions inventory.
H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum Accepts Invitation to Join the Road to Paris 2015 At World Green Economy Summit
In the session titled "Road to Paris 2015", Waleed Salman, Executive Vice President for Strategy & Business Development for DEWA, Chairman of the Dubai Green Economy Partnership, said: "We welcome the invitation to 'Road to Paris 2015' this morning and today we start on this road
China's air pollution leading to more erratic climate for US, say scientists
China's air pollution could be intensifying storms over the Pacific Ocean and altering weather patterns in North America, according to scientists in the US
Brazil looks to swap World Cup publicity for carbon credits
Brazil, looking to offset the carbon emissions generated by construction, travel and other activities related to hosting the 2014 Soccer World Cup, said on Tuesday it wants holders of United Nations-backed carbon credits to swap them for publicity during the games.
Seychelles' Climate Change Ambassador Jumeau Tells "Sustainability Conference" Islands Must Find Solutions Together
Jumeau said, "Each island has it's own specificity but common problems we all face are climate change, sea level rise, problem with coral reefs, diminishing fisheries. We have food security problems, especially in low lying islands. You have water security problems on islands. We have all sorts of problems that are similar because we are islands."
Pacific News Center
EIB plans $3bn clean energy spend
Innovative renewable energy demonstration projects and carbon capture schemes across Europe will benefit from more than €2 billion ($2.95 billion) raised by sales of 300 million emission allowances.
Climate Spectator
Involve the youth in climate change adaptation
Disaster preparedness and a well assessed risk reduction plan will save lives-These were the words of Taina Naivalu from the St. John organization as she addressed participants at a Training of the Trainers workshop organized by the Partners in Community Development Fiji’s Child Centred Climate Change Adaptation (4CA) project.
The Jet
UNIFAD to Help Vietnam Rice Farmers Cope with Climate Change
The United Nations International Fund for Agricultural Development (UNIFAD) will invest $50 million as part of its "Adaptation in the Mekong Delta" project to help Vietnamese rice farmers to cope with climate changes, which threaten to affect rice production in the Mekong River Delta (MRD).
South Africa to procure still more renewable energy
South Africa's Department of Energy is to increase the amount of energy it will be procuring under the third window of its renewable energy programme for independent power producers, Energy Minister Ben Martins announced on Tuesday.
South Africa Info
Turtles Change Migration Routes Due to Climate Change
The critically endangered hawksbill sea turtle has few sanctuaries left in the world, and this is one of them. But in 2012 only 53 nests were counted on the beaches of this national park in Costa Rica. And there is an enemy that conservation efforts can’t fight: the beaches themselves are shrinking.
Meet the pilots behind the sun-powered plane that can 'fly forever'
following 12 years of complex designs and intense training, aviation pioneers Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg are set to conquer new heights, taking up the challenge of the first solar flight around the globe.
Biofuels: Wasted energy (analysis) Financial Times
A backup plan for climate change (editorial) Washington Post
A boycott to save the planet (by Desmond Tutu) The Hindu
IPCC report: How to fight global warming while saving money
While containing global warming will require substantial investment in cleaner sources of energy, much can be accomplished through energy efficiency, a new United Nations report says. More efficient cars, buildings, and appliances will play a crucial role in curbing the effects of global warming, the report found.
Christian Science Monitor
EU Nations Said to Set Next Carbon-Market Overhaul Talks in June
European Union governments will hold further discussions in June about a proposal to make supply in the world’s biggest carbon market more flexible, according to two people with direct knowledge of the matter.
A sustainable investment revolution must emerge from the IPCC’s stark warning
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) latest report has implications for us all. But given it warns of the unsustainability of our approach to energy production and calls for an unprecedented trillion-dollar shift in investment, it is particularly significant for investors.
Blue&Green Tomorrow
Africa: Climate Change Mitigation Must Benefit the Poor, Aid Experts Say
International action to curb climate change must help poorer nations develop in a sustainable way that eases poverty and brings additional benefits such as better health and employment, aid and climate experts have said.
Thomson Reuters Foundation
China’s Wind Energy Capacity Tops 92 GW With 16 GW Addition In 2013
In 2013, China witnessed yet another year of impressive wind energy capacity addition. While the total capacity added was off the peak levels seen a couple of years ago, the Asian giant still managed to add 45% of all the wind energy capacity added in 2013.
Clean energy investment up 14% in first quarter of 2014
Investment in the clean energy grew 14% to $61 billion (£36 billion) in the first quarter of 2014, with the offshore wind, solar and energy efficiency sectors leading the way.
Blue&Green Tomorrow
World Green Economy Summit kicks off in Dubai on Tuesday
The World Green Economy Summit, WGES 2014, will begin on Tuesday at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre. Held under the theme “Global Partnerships, Sustainable Future” and looks to complement the sustainable future vision of the UAE and the global efforts to combat climate change, the two-day summit is the first green summit in the Middle East and North Africa region, bringing together World leaders, united in pursuing a sustainable future for humanity to forge global partnerships that accelerate the transition to a green economy.
Gulf News
IMF, World Bank push carbon pricing
The leaders of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund have called upon finance ministers to "tackle the issue of carbon pricing," Fairfax reports.
The Australian
Seychelles Ambassador for Climate Change Ronny Jumeau Challenges Guam to Branch Out to Other Islands for Solutions
rofessionals and experts gathered this morning for the UOG Sustainability Conference to dicuss issues regarding climate change. Seychelles Ambassador for Climate Change and Small Island Developing States Issues Ronny Jumeau was the keynote speaker whose presentation focuses on islands reaching out to other islands finding island solutions to island problems.
Pacific News Center
DENR issues ECC for 68.8 MW Manolo Fortich Hydro Project
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region X has granted an Environmental Compliance Certificate (ECC) to Hedcor Bukidnon, Inc.’s proposed hydropower facility in the province.
Sun.Star Davao
Ex-U.N. climate chief installed as new head of GGGI
A former head of the United Nations' climate change agency began his term on Tuesday as the new director-general of the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), the Seoul-initiated international green growth entity said.
Former President of Mexico Discusses the Economics of Climate Change
During an address at the Business School on Monday, former President of Mexico Felipe Calderon argued that although private sector companies are often hesitant to adopt climate change initiatives, minimizing carbon emissions may prove extremely profitable.
Harvard Crimson
Whitehouse urges action on climate change
The United States needs to wake up to the issue of climate change, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse told approximately 75 students, faculty members and community members Monday afternoon.
Brown Daily Herald
IPCC report: we have the tools, now it’s time for a tough UN climate deal (By Quamrul Chowdhury) RTCC
UN climate chief urges 'bold' carbon-curbing steps
The UN climate chief on Sunday called on governments to take bold steps to tame carbon emissions after a landmark report said the worldwide aim to limit global warming was still attainable.
Step up action to curb global warming, or risks rise: U.N.
A United Nations report said on Sunday that governments must act faster to keep global warming in check and delays until 2030 could force them to use little-tested technologies to extract greenhouse gases from the air.
In key document, UN climate panel warns emissions rising but drops statistics showing where
The United Nations' expert panel on climate change is highlighting the disconnect between international goals to fight global warming and what's actually being done to attain them.
U.N. climate panel: Governments must do more in face of dire global-warming threats
Facing a potential climate catastrophe, the world’s governments agreed in 2009 to limit a global rise in mean temperature by the end of this century to avert the frightening effects of global warming.
Washington Post
UN climate study: still time to save the world
Disastrous effects of global warming can still be avoided, the world’s leading climate scientists say, but only by making a concerted international effort to cut carbon emissions through heavy investment in renewable and nuclear energy sources.
Financial Times
'Modest hope' to slow warming, but no 'free lunch,' U.N. warns
Keeping global warming down to a level people can live with means cutting carbon emissions to "near zero" by the end of the century, even in an increasingly industrialized world, the top U.N. experts on the issue reported Sunday.
EU throws down gauntlet to big emitters
European Climate Commissioner Connie Hedegaard today threw down the gauntlet to major carbon emitters after a UN panel pointed to options to brake surging greenhouse gases in line with global ambitions.
IPCC climate change report: averting catastrophe is eminently affordable
Catastrophic climate change can be averted without sacrificing living standards according to a UN report, which concludes that the transformation required to a world of clean energy is eminently affordable.
U.N.: Time Is Running Out for Climate-Change Action
A group of experts appointed by the U.N. has said immediate action is necessary to halt the worst effects of climate change
Tutu - Climate Crisis Demands 'Anti-Apartheid-Style Boycott' of Fossil Fuel Industry AllAfrica
U.N. climate report seeks clearer economics to guide action
A U.N. report about ways to fix global warming due on Sunday is likely to disappoint investors seeking clear-cut economic calculations about the benefits and costs of curbing rising greenhouse gas emissions.
Green tech revolution needed to avoid climate change dangers, says Nicholas Stern
Lord Nicholas Stern, author of a landmark 2006 study on climate change, says his conclusion that global output could dive 5-20 per cent without action to curb greenhouse gases was an underestimate.
Sydney Morning Herald
Global warming not taken seriously – World Bank’s Kim
Global warming is not being taken seriously and time is running out to avoid consequences like flooded cities and dried out farmland, World Bank President Jim Yong Kim said Thursday.
Anuncia Ban Ki-moon visita a la Ciudad de México
México puede jugar un papel global aún más activo en la escena global, además de mantener su relevancia en temas de América Latina y el Caribe, sostuvo el secretario general de la ONU, Ban Ki-moon, al anunciar su viaje a la capital mexicana.
El Heraldo
President Yadav concerned about deforestation in Chure region
President Ram Baran Yadav today expressed grave concern about the destruction of the Chure region in Siraha. Inaugurating World Welfare Peace Mahayagya today on the banks of the Kamala River in Saraswor of Siraha, President Yadav said the plain land in the Tarai was gradually transforming into a desert due to destruction of the Chure.
Himalayan Times
Artificial cooling tricky topic for climate panel
It's Plan B in the fight against climate change: cooling the planet by sucking heat-trapping CO2 from the air or reflecting sunlight back into space.
Climate extremes inflate food prices
From droughts and floods to wildfires, agricultural markets are increasingly feeling the change in the world’s climate.
Financial Times
Cities on frontline of climate change struggle
Half of the world's population now lives in cities, and this proportion is set to rise to two-thirds by 2050. Yet cities are particularly vulnerable to the worst impacts of climate change precisely because their locations are fixed.
Hollywood heavyweights put climate change manifesto on TV
As temperatures continue to rise and habitats come under threat, a group of Hollywood heavyweights is seeking to bring the spotlight back on climate change with a new documentary.
New model to project climate change impact
The government is preparing a new model to help project the impacts of climate change on temperature, rainfall and other climatic conditions in eight districts.
Africa: New Global Scorecard Aims to Promote Urban Development Without Cars
Researchers have launched a new international standard and scorecard aimed at persuading planners, designers and architects to develop urban communities that encourage people to walk, cycle or take public transport - anything but drive.
Climate change policy project launched
SEVERAL organizations and agencies, led by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), yesterday announced a project to help the country make plans and policies to address climate change.
Experts Says Vietnamese Children Should Play More Active Role In Climate Change
Experts said it is vital for children to actively participate and contribute to decisions and plans concerning climate change, Vietnam News Agency (VNA) reported.
Tropical islands poised to benefit from ocean power
Island nations in the developing world are especially well placed to benefit from technology that exploits a new potential source of energy from sea water: ocean thermal energy conversion (OTEC), experts have said.
OP-ED: Climate Change May Affect Your Travel Plans – and Those of Millions of Animals (by Bradnee Chambers) IPS
Opinion: Food market is increasingly volatile Financial Times
UN launches decade-long initiative to promote sustainable energy for all
The United Nations launched today the Decade of Sustainable Energy for All (2014-2024), an initiative aimed at promoting renewable energy and energy efficiency worldwide, with a forum to take place annually, starting this coming June.
UN News Centre
Slash Greenhouse Gases to Meet Climate Goals, U.N. Draft Says
A key United Nations report is expected to suggest that governments will have to drastically reduce greenhouse-gas emissions to meet international goals to reduce the impact of global warming.
Wall Street Journal
Wind Power Projects to Rise to Record in 2014, Lobby Says
Wind-power installations will climb to a record this year, driven by resurgent U.S. demand and growth in developing nations from Brazil to China, the Global Wind Energy Council predicted.
Industry wins concessions on EU energy subsidies
Heavy industry won significant concessions at the expense of consumers on Wednesday in new EU guidelines on state energy subsidies that green groups fear will undermine the growth of renewables.
Financial Times
US, UK, Germany canvass private sector on boosting climate finance
World Bank and Merrill Lynch among those working on ‘Climate Finance Lab’ to speed up $100bn fundraising goal
Latvia backs Poland’s idea to set up EU energy union
Latvia has spoken in favour of Poland’s idea to create a European energy union, Latvian Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma told a joint news conference with Polish head of government Donald Tusk on Wednesday.
Royal fixe ses quatre "grands chantiers" à l'Ecologie et l'Energie
La nouvelle ministre de l'Ecologie et de l'Energie, Ségolène Royal, a fixé mercredi ses quatre "grands chantiers", réaffirmant que le dossier de la "transition énergétique" était "une des priorités" du gouvernement Valls.
Sweden scales up CO2 credit buying to fund cleaner cooking in Africa
Sweden has agreed to buy at least 4 million U.N.-backed carbon credits at above market rates from projects that will distribute more than half a million household cookers across African nations, the government said on Wednesday.
Contracción del mercado de carbono plantea un reto a Latinoamérica
La contracción internacional del mercado de carbono plantea a Latinoamérica el reto de reducir sus emisiones contaminantes y crear un mercado regional del dióxido de carbono, dijeron hoy en expertos en un foro sobre el tema en Panamá.
Solar Impulse to Unveil Plane for Around-the-World Flight in 2015
The two Swiss pilots who flew a solar-powered plane on a record-setting coast-to-coast flight across the United States last summer will unveil their next-generation solar plane this week, which they will use in 2015 to circumnavigate the globe.
Procter & Gamble commits to protect world's rain forests
You probably don't think much, if at all, about palm oil -- but the versatile vegetable oil can be found in more than half of all packaged products used by American consumers -- including lipsticks, soaps, shampoos and even ice cream.
CBS News
Green Investment Bank becomes Principles for Responsible Investment signatory
The UK Green Investment Bank (GIB) has moved forward in its mission to help fund the green and sustainable economy, after becoming a signatory to the UN-supported Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI).
Blue&Green Tomorrow
The world's first net-zero energy skyscraper rises in Indonesia
The world's first net-zero energy skyscraper soon will grace the center of Jakarta, Indonesia — the Pertamina Energy Tower.
A Green Revolution, This Time for Africa (opinion) NY Times
Government's Hand Can Guide The Energy Ventures To Fix Climate Change
Democracy is a sloppy process. But politics is an even dirtier undertaking. Sound policies are often the result of a slug fest in which the parties negotiate in good faith and the exchange produces an outcome in which all parties can live — unless the objective of one party is to win at all cost.
Climate change: Time is running out, UN report warns
At least half the world's energy supply will need to come from low-carbon sources such as wind, solar and nuclear by 2050, as part of the drastic action needed to cut greenhouse gases to relatively safe levels, a United Nations climate change assessment will say.
Sydney Morning Herald
World 'needs Plan B' on climate - IPCC report
The world needs a Plan B on climate change because politicians are failing to reduce carbon emissions, according to a UN report. It warns governments if they overshoot their short-term carbon targets they will have to cut CO2 even faster in the second half of the century to keep climate change manageable.
Polish Government Approves Renewable Energy Bill
Poland's government approved a long-awaited draft law on Tuesday that lays out new long-term subsidies for renewable energy, aiming to cut costs to consumers as well as help the coal-reliant country meet EU climate targets.
Many nations wary of extracting carbon from air to fix climate
Many nations want a draft U.N. report to tone down prospects for sucking greenhouse gases from the air to help fix global warming, reckoning the technologies are risky, documents seen by Reuters show.
Germany ushers in renewable energy reform
Chancellor Angela Merkel's cabinet approved on Tuesday a reform of Germany's renewable energy law designed to curb a rise in the cost of electricity in Europe's biggest economy driven by the rapid expansion of green power.
'Yolanda' could be a norm for the Philippines in near future, Salceda warns
The onset of the rainy season and the typhoons that come with it have understandably elicited apprehension among many Filipinos who fear another supertyphoon Yolanda (Haiyan) may visit them.
Philippine News Agency
India’s Solar Power Capacity Tops 2,600 MW
India is slowly building upon its installed solar power capacity, thanks to the comprehensive and ambitious National Solar Mission, state solar policies, and relatively increased enforcement of the Renewable Purchase Obligation.
Ukraine races to spend carbon cash after Japan sets deadline
Ukraine, battling political crisis, is having to find ways to finish spending $800 million it earned through Kyoto Protocol emissions rights sales, after Japanese officials warned Kiev it had a year before Tokyo would demand its money back.
2036 ou quand le réchauffement climatique atteindra un seuil critique
2036 pourrait être une année charnière dans l’histoire du réchauffement climatique. Selon les calculs du climatologue Michael Mann, c’est en 2036 que la température à la surface de la Terre atteindra un seuil dangereux pour nous, humains. Il détaille ses recherches dans un article de Scientific American.
Extinction crisis: rising sea levels will submerge thousands of islands
Sea levels are rising at the highest rate in thousands of years, putting at risk low-lying islands around the world. In a new study published in Nature Conservation, researchers found that projected rises in sea level stand to swamp more than 10,000 islands, displacing human communities and wiping many unique species off the face of the earth.
'Create people-centred Asean'
The creation of a 'People-Centred Asean' will be the central element and overarching theme of Malaysia’s chairmanship of Asean next year.
New Straits Times
La transition énergétique est sur les rails
Le projet de loi d'orientation énergétique, qui implique notamment la réduction du nucléaire dans la production d'électricité, sera présenté avant l'été. Le premier ministre Manuel Valls a martelé que le cap tracé par François Hollande serait tenu.
Le Figaro
How taking the 'perma' out of permafrost could accelerate global warming
In the Arctic, where, thanks to global warming, permafrost is failing to live up to its name, more organic material is becoming available, and this could spell even more global warming.
Christian Science Monitor
Scientists seek climate-friendly cow of the future
A White House climate initiative has boosted a quixotic search for the “cow of the future”, a next-generation creature whose greenhouse gas emissions would be cut by anti-methane pills, burp scanners and gas backpacks.
Financial Times
Are CEOs Ready for Climate Change?
Fred Krupp goes about his business as head of the Environmental Defense Fund by applying leverage where the interests of business and the environment intersect. He sat down with The Wall Street Journal's John Bussey to discuss climate change.
Wall Street Journal
Why are so many veterans serving in the solar industry?
The U.S. solar industry has grown dramatically across the country in recent years, creating tens of thousands of new jobs along the way.
UN climate panel chair calls for 'enlightenment'
The head of the United Nations scientific panel on climate change urged diplomats and scientists to show "enlightenment" Monday, as they began a weeklong meeting aimed at spelling out in plain terms what options the world has if it wants to prevent catastrophic global warming.
Shell, Unilever Seek 1 Trillion-Ton Limit on Carbon Emissions
Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA) and Unilever NV (UNA) joined 68 other companies in urging world governments to cap cumulative carbon emissions since the industrial revolution to 1 trillion metric tons to contain rising temperatures.
Bloomberg Businessweek
German cabinet set to approve flagship renewable energy reform
The German government will give its blessing on Tuesday to a sweeping reform of renewable energy laws designed to slow cost increases as Europe's largest economy moves to nearly double its green power share to 45 percent by 2025.
IPCC report proposes sucking carbon out of the air as climate fix
Technique of burning biomass then pumping released carbon underground included in leaked draft from UN climate panel
Harvard adopts 'responsible investment' principles
Harvard University said on Monday it adopted a set of environmental and social investing principles backed by the United Nations for its huge endowment fund, a move that could add pressure on companies in its portfolio to make more disclosures on areas like carbon emissions.
After refusing to divest from fossil fuels, Harvard takes new steps to promote the environment
Six months after announcing that Harvard would not divest its endowment from the fossil fuel industry, President Drew Faust unveiled several new initiatives today to strengthen the university’s commitment to environmental sustainability and renewable energy.
Boston Globe
Philippine experts divided over climate change action
As governments meet in Berlin, scientists and farmers on the frontline of climate change in the Philippines are at odds over how best to adapt agriculture to the much higher temperatures and weather extremes expected over the next century.
Deserts soak up surprising amount of carbon dioxide
It's well known that trees "breathe" in carbon dioxide and "exhale" oxygen. The giants of the plant kingdom keep temperatures down and filter the air, leading conservationists to hail trees as one of mankind's best weapons against global warming.
Renewable Energy Investment Is Down—and That’s OK
Funding for solar, wind and other forms of clean power fell 14% in 2013, largely because it's now cheaper to adapt to the newer technologies, but that doesn't mean the shift to renewable energy has fully stopped
$13.4 Million to Assist With Climate Change Convention Obligations
The Government has set aside $13.4 million to assist with the preparation of its Third National Communication (TNC) and First Biennial Update Report (BUR), to implement obligations under the United Nations Framework Convention for Climate Change (UNFCCC).
Jamaica Information Service
Showtime's 'Years of Living Dangerously' looks at climate change through '60 Minutes' storytelling
Whatever you believe about climate change, there's no doubt that weather is causing catastrophic events around the globe -- Hurricane Katrina is just one example.
Sun Herald
Has climate change adaptation lost its way? Thomson Reuters Foundation
China's green environmental march benefits US, world (opinion) China Daily USA
World Bank: Man on a mission (Analysis) Financial Times
Rough Forecasts (comment) New Yorker
Climate meeting to discuss future of fossil fuels
After concluding that global warming almost certainly is man-made and poses a grave threat to humanity, the U.N.-sponsored expert panel on climate change is moving on to the next phase: what to do about it.
World powers are running out of time to slash their use of high-polluting
World powers are running out of time to slash their use of high-polluting fossil fuels and stay below agreed limits on global warming, a draft U.N. study to be approved this week shows.
Flood-battered islands push climate treaty negotiators to speed efforts
A tiny Pacific Island nation – still recovering from massive floods that destroyed homes and displaced residents – played host this week to an international climate conference where delegates vowed to push ambitious global targets.
Majuro Cartagena Dialogue Wraps Up, Optimism Expressed
An international climate meeting here last week has "forged a common purpose around a set of objectives" for a new global climate agreement, said Marshall Islands Foreign Minister Tony deBrum on Friday.
Marianas Variety
Hard-Hit CDM Carbon Market Seeks New Buyers
Since they first emerged as a result of the 1997 Kyoto Protocol, carbon offset markets have been a key part of international emissions reductions agreements, allowing rich countries in the North to invest in “emissions-saving projects” in the South while they continue to emit CO2.
‘Small bites, big threat’ is World Health Day message
As public health machinery gears up for the World Health Day that falls on Monday (April 7), the focus is on preventing vector-borne diseases. This year’s theme will be ‘Small bites, big threat’, as cautioned by World Health Organisation (WHO).
The Hindu
World's Most-Polluting Country Leads in Clean-Energy Investment
For the second year, an annual Pew Charitable Trusts report, “Who’s Winning the Clean Energy Race?”, shows that China is the world leader in clean energy investment, with $54 billion in investments in renewables in 2013, well above total U.S. investment of $36.7 billion.
Norway wealth fund to ramp up renewable energy investments
Norway's $860 billion oil fund should scale up its investments in renewable energy and weigh the risk to future returns posed by climate change, the finance ministry said on Friday, a shift green groups said was insufficient.
Pollution Traders Bullish as EU Cuts Permit Glut: Energy
The cost of polluting is poised to rebound after the European Union began reducing a record glut of permits to rescue the world’s biggest greenhouse-gas market.
Africa: Low-Income Green Economies Woo Private Capital, More Needed - Experts
Business should play a bigger role in financing renewable energy and green growth in low-income countries, to help build a buffer against climate change, experts told a recent conference in Ethiopia's capital.
Africa: New Manual Helps Africa's Muslim Farmers Tackle Climate Change
Muslims in sub-Saharan Africa, who farm some of the least fertile land on the continent, have developed a training manual to encourage more sustainable farming practices among millions of African Muslims facing a threat to their food security from climate change
Can Deserts Stop Global Warming? No, but They Help, Study Says
The world's arid areas — deserts filled with scrubby vegetation and sand — are absorbing more of the carbon dioxide that's being emitted into the atmosphere than expected, a new study shows
The new IPCC report shows that work to limit climate change must begin now (Editorial) Washington Post
U.N. climate chief urges radical clean-up of oil, gas industry
The U.N.'s climate chief called on the oil and gas industry on Thursday to make a drastic shift to a clean, low-carbon future or risk having to leave three-quarters of fossil fuel reserves in the ground.
Ban Ki-Moon: EU must agree to a 2030 climate package in June
The UN's secretary-general has called on EU leaders to set an example and agree on an ambitious 2030 target at a Council Summit in June, that can be taken to a UN conference in Lima three months later, and shape a global, legally-binding treaty by the end of 2015.
Climate change will 'lead to battles for food', says head of World Bank
Battles over water and food will erupt within the next five to 10 years as a result of climate change, the president of the World Bank said as he urged those campaigning against global warming to learn the lessons of how protesters and scientists joined forces in the battle against HIV.
UN Head Wants Climate Change Treaty by 2015 (video)
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urges European leaders "to lead by example" and sign a treaty on climate change by 2015.
Oil industry can be ‘solution’ to climate change says Figueres
Top UN climate official calls on fossil fuel executives to lead transition to cleaner forms of energy
UN Tells Oil, Gas Industry to Leave Fuel in Ground
In a world that has never produced so much oil and gas, the United Nations is seeking to persuade producers they need to leave three-quarters of their reserves in the ground and explore cleaner energy to combat climate change.
UN to oil industry: You can solve climate change
Major oil and gas companies have an opportunity to lead the global fight against climate change, according to Christiana Figueres, the United Nations' climate change chief. Traditional energy firms say they are already cutting emissions, but Ms. Figueres offered both environmental and economic reasons for doing more.
Christian Science Monitor
Émission de CO2: l'ONU appelle l'UE à s'entendre
Le secrétaire général de l'ONU, Ban Ki-moon, a pressé jeudi les dirigeants de l'UE de s'entendre sur leurs objectifs de réduction des émissions de gaz à effet de serre pour 2030 lors d'une conférence en marge du sommet UE-Afrique à Bruxelles.
Energy industry told to face reality of global warming
The UN’s top climate change official has issued an unusually blunt message to the oil and gas industry that it must radically overhaul its business model to meet the realities of global warming.
Financial Times
China's Shenzhen issues 2014 carbon permits
Authorities in China's southern city of Shenzhen, China's oldest carbon market, said on Thursday they had issued around 30 million carbon permits for the 2014 compliance year to participants in its emissions trading scheme.
Germany Aids Mekong Delta's Climate Change Response
Germany will speed up the provision of official development assistance (ODA) for the Mekong Delta in the fields of climate change adaptation, energy and environment, Vietnam News Agency (VNA) reported.
Take An Apple & A Bike-Share A Day; Boston Doctors Prescribing Bicycling
Walking in the sand, bicycling, playing, hiking, and simply lying on the ground in a park, all of these things increase circulation and improve well-being.
Warming Temperatures Could Dry Out One Third of Planet
Warming temperatures, scientists say, can tip places into drought conditions by increasing evaporation and sapping soil of its moisture. A new study suggests up to a third of the Earth's land area could be subject to drier conditions because of warmer temperatures, not just changing precipitation patterns, by the end of the century
Climate Central
Climate change: risks and opportunities
Every part of the world is feeling the impact of climate change, according to Kalee Kreider, a special adviser for climate science at the United Nations Foundation.
Bumpy start for the Warsaw Mechanism on climate change 'loss and damage' Thomson Reuters Foundation
Ban praises small islands’ commitment to address climate change
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today praised the commitment by small islands in the Pacific to low-carbon development and urged them to continue their ambitious efforts to combat climate change and spur other nations to come to a binding agreement on this issue next year.
UN News Centre
US, China and EU agree to cooperate on UN climate treaty
High-level meetings at the EU see world’s three largest emitters agree to strengthen discussions on 2015 Paris treaty
France's Royal offers Hollande her 'green' credentials
Former French presidential candidate Segolene Royal brings green credentials, a high profile and strong political ambition to her new role as energy and environment minister at a crucial time for industry and government.
EU ‘unhappy’ climate change is off G20 agenda
EUROPE is unhappy with Australia's decision to drop climate change from the G20 agenda and is lobbying the Abbott government to reconsider.
Rural Costa Rican Women Plant Trees to Fight Climate Change
Olga Vargas, a breast cancer survivor, is back in the countryside, working in a forestry programme in the north of Costa Rica aimed at empowering women while at the same time mitigating the effects of climate change.
UAE-based Irena makes huge strides in promoting clean energy
The world’s first clean-energy body, based in Abu Dhabi, is successfully making its case for renewables heard around the globe.
The National
Apple, Facebook, Google Web data centers getting greener: report
Apple Inc, Google Inc and Facebook Inc have made significant progress in adopting renewable energy sources to power their Web services, the environmental group Greenpeace said in a report on Wednesday.
Climate action needs to be part of city planning - urban leaders
From Durban, South Africa, to West Chester, Pennsylvania, local and municipal governments are trying to do their part to slow the advance of global climate change and adapt their communities to new climate realities, as laid out in the latest IPCC report by scientists this week.
Rwanda: 'Wonder Stove' to Save 80 Percent of Cooking Fuel
'Save80' stove, as it is known is a stainless steel stove that can cook a meal with a handful of firewood or twigs and the cooking is completed in a wonderbox without necessarily having a saucepan placed on burning fire or a supervisor.
The New Times
Bangladesh needs $100b in 10 years for infrastructure: WB
Bangladesh will have to spend $7.4 billion to $10 billion a year until 2020 to bring its power grids, roads and water supplies up to the standard needed to serve its growing population, a World Bank report said yesterday.
Daily Star
US$9.1M World Bank Grant for Adaptation Efforts
Efforts to prepare the Solomon Islands for the impacts of climate change have received a US$9.1 million boost from the World Bank. The money will go help set up early warning systems to alert people if an extreme weather event is about to hit, helping to save lives in the event of tsunamis or other natural hazards.
Solomon Times
Early climate adapters show warming world how to cope
IT IS hard to prepare for a disaster, but harder still to prepare for a disaster that you can't identify. Yet that is the quandary facing many nations, which still don't know how climate change will affect them – even though it is already happening. That means many communities must prepare for the unknown.
Germany boosts wind power at green energy summit
Germany's wind power industry has emerged victorious at Tuesday's (01.04.2014) energy summit in Berlin. The talks brought together German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the country's 16 state premiers.
Deutsche Welle
Mongolia’s fledgling wind energy industry grows
With demand for electricity on the rise, and a national drive to boost renewable power production gathering strength, investor interest in Mongolia’s fledgling wind energy industry looks set to grow.
China's Hubei launches market to cut carbon emissions
China's Hubei province formally launched its carbon market on Wednesday, imposing caps on greenhouse gas emissions from 140 major energy and industrial emitters.
U.N. draft sounds alarm as world looks set to miss emissions target
The world will need far tougher curbs on greenhouse gases, by both developed nations and emerging economies, to keep global warming from exceeding a promised ceiling, a draft U.N. report shows. Rich nations led by the United States would have to halve their emissions by 2030 from 2010 levels to keep warming below an agreed 2 degree Celsius (3.6 Fahrenheit) ceiling above pre-industrial times, according to the draft obtained by Reuters.
Climate change responses to shape Asia's future
Challenges such as extreme weather, rising seas and worsening scarcity of drinking water are forcing many Asian governments to confront the changes being wrought by a warming planet even as some point to rich Western nations as major culprits.
Paris 2015 climate summit blow as key minister resigns
Pascal Canfin resignation “a loss” to UN climate process say observers, as new government forms
Climate change: Yeb Sano puts Philippines in focus
According to the 2013 Climate Change Vulnerability Index, the Philippines is the 9th most at risk country in the world. Its capital Manila is the city 3rd most at “extreme risk” from the impacts of climate change within the next 12 years.
Asian Correspondent
Climate change: 4 countries that are fighting the trend
Here’s a look at four nations that environmental researchers say are taking significant, measurable steps in mitigating greenhouse gases.
The Top 10 Most Innovative Companies In Africa
African startups, nonprofits, and big businesses are tackling a range of challenges, from shopping to social good.
Fast Company
Climate Change: Is Anybody Listening?
...[A]s scientists issue yet another dire warning about the perils of man-made climate change, will governments take action? People concerned about the future of humanity hope so. But science and politics are separate topics.
Can you make gasoline that slows down global warming? Google Ventures thinks so
Cool Planet, a startup headquartered in Colorado, announced a major $100 million round of financing today. Investors include a roster of big names including Google Ventures, BP, General Electric, and ConocoPhillips.
The Verge
Floating houses to fight climate change in Holland
Rising sea levels caused by climate change are threatening coastal areas worldwide, today's IPCC report shows. Low-lying Netherlands is already getting prepared by building floating homes and redirecting rivers.
Deutsche Welle
Venice: The Bangladesh of the West
What do Bangladesh and Venice have in common? Most would guess little or nothing and it is indeed hard to see a link between the lush, green mangroves of the Bay of Bengal and the wooden piers lined with gondolas of the Venetian lagoon. But the two places share a common challenge, and a vital one at that: they both are among the most vulnerable places to climate change in the world.
Asian Correspondent
There is light at the end of the renewable power tunnel (opinion) Business Day
UN chief welcomes latest IPCC report on climate change
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday welcomed the latest report from a UN climate panel on the impacts of global warming, urging the international community to "make every effort needed" to reach a global legal agreement in this regard by 2015.
Exxon warns global warming targets ‘unlikely’ to be met
ExxonMobil, the US oil group, said it was “highly unlikely” that the world would cut greenhouse gas emissions sufficiently to keep global warming within the internationally agreed limit of 2C.
Financial Times
Marshall Islands President first to commit to Ban’s climate summit
Christopher Loeak confirms he will bring “bold actions” to UN Secretary General’s September meeting
W.H. methane strategy next step in climate plan
The White House has gotten a mixed response from industry and a mostly positive reaction from greens since unveiling the latest step in President Barack Obama’s climate strategy: a plan for reducing emissions of methane, a potent greenhouse gas produced by everything from natural gas development to dairy farming.
IPCC report: Kerry and Hague call for tough climate action
The UN’s latest report on potential impacts of climate change underlines the need for stronger efforts to curb greenhouse gas emissions, say John Kerry and William Hague.
China's New Wager: Pulling Energy From the Ocean
A race is under way to unlock one of the world's biggest untapped sources of clean energy—the ocean—with China emerging as an important testing ground.
Wall Street Journal
Climate-hit fisheries ‘can still meet demand in 2050’
Fish catches will need to increase by only 3.4 per cent to meet global dietary demand in 2050, according to a study predicting how climate change will affect marine ecosystems.
Study warns of possible REDD+ land grab
A UN program to reduce global carbon emissions may be putting indigenous communities at risk, jeopardizing local land rights and laying the groundwork for large-scale “carbon grabs” by governments and private investors, argues a new report.
Local town trades in man power for goat power
One local town is trading in lawn equipment for livestock. The Mayor of Many says hiring goats for routine jobs saves money. Many is the first town in Louisiana putting goats to work. The town isn't only saving money, but it’s also saving the environment.
Nexstar Broadcasting
College Classes Use Arts to Brace for Climate Change
University courses on global warming have become common, and Prof. Stephanie LeMenager’s new class here at the University of Oregon has all the expected, alarming elements: rising oceans, displaced populations, political conflict, endangered animals.
NY Times
UN scientist: Look on bright side of climate change
Doom and gloom about the impact of climate change risks preventing effective action being taken to tackle it, one of the lead scientists in a major UN report into the impact of global warming has said.
NZ Herald
« Il est encore temps de s'adapter au réchauffement climatique »
Dans un chat sur Le, le climatologue Hervé Le Treut, qui a participé à l'élaboration de cette synthèse, prévient qu'il faut mener de front limitation des émissions de gaz à effet de serre et adaptation aux conséquences d'une planète plus chaude.
Le Monde
Global warming dials up our risks, UN report says
If the world doesn't cut pollution of heat-trapping gases, the already noticeable harms of global warming could spiral "out of control," the head of a United Nations scientific panel warned Monday.
Global warming threat heightened in latest U.N. report
Global warming poses a mounting threat to the health, economic prospects, and food and water sources of billions of people, a report by top scientists said, in a call for urgent action to counter the effects of carbon emissions.
Climate change boosts conflict risk, floods, hunger: UN
Soaring carbon emissions will amplify the risk of conflict, hunger, floods and migration this century, the UN's expert panel said Monday in a landmark report on the impact of climate change.
Panel’s Warning on Climate Risk: Worst Is Yet to Come
Climate change is already having sweeping effects on every continent and throughout the world’s oceans, scientists reported Monday, and they warned that the problem is likely to grow substantially worse unless greenhouse emissions are brought under control.
NY Times
Climate impacts 'overwhelming' - UN
The impacts of global warming are likely to be "severe, pervasive and irreversible", a major report by the UN has warned.
UN study says climate change already hitting food supply
The most comprehensive study in seven years of the effect of climate change has found an ill-prepared world is already suffering from effects evident across the oceans and on all continents, including lands growing crucial food crops.
Financial Times
U.N. climate panel: Governments, businesses need to take action now against growing risks
The world’s leading environmental scientists told policymakers and business leaders Sunday that they must invest more to cope with climate change’s immediate effects and hedge against its most dire potential, even as they work to slow the emissions fueling global warming.
Washington Post
World Ill-Prepared for Global Warming Impacts, UN Panel Says
Global warming is depleting fresh water and crops, destroying coral reefs and melting the Arctic, the United Nations said today in a report that concludes the world is ill-prepared to face many new threats.
Japan's new CO2 goal dismays U.N. climate conference
China, the EU and environmentalists criticized Japan at U.N. climate talks on Nov. 15 for slashing its greenhouse gas emissions target after its nuclear power industry was shuttered by the Fukushima disaster.
'We expect catastrophe' – Manila, the megacity on the climate frontline
IPCC report warns life in the Filipino capital and other coastal cities will get much worse in many ways as temperatures rise
Wake up to the reality of climate change CNN
World leaders urged to deliver climate change solutions
World leaders have been urged by the UN Secretary-General to come up with concrete measures to fight climate change.
Famagusta Gazette
PHL is best example of need for climate change adaptation – UNDP
Through the devastation it experienced after super typhoon Yolanda, the Philippines can push the world to act on climate change.
GMA Network
UK greenhouse gas emissions fall by 2%
Less coal and gas usage to generate electricity sees a marginal drop in carbon emissions in 2013, figures show
UN author says draft climate report alarmist, pulls out of team
One of the 70 authors of a draft U.N. report on climate change said he had pulled out of the writing team because it was "alarmist" about the threat.
China's Hubei issues 324 mln carbon permits for market launch
China's Hubei province has issued 324 million carbon permits for 2014, the first year of its emissions trading scheme, including 292.2 million it will give to companies for free, according to a government document seen by Reuters.
Borrowed Time on Disappearing Land
As the world’s top scientists meet in Yokohama, Japan, this week, at the top of the agenda is the prediction that global sea levels could rise as much as three feet by 2100. Higher seas and warmer weather will cause profound changes.
NY Times
Productores rurales se adaptan al cambio climático en Uruguay
El cambio climático ha provocado más de un dolor de cabeza a los productores agrícolas en Uruguay. El sol quema las verduras o la lluvia anega la tierra, lo que se traduce en pérdidas.
Latin America's largest solar power plant goes online in Mexico
Latin America's largest solar power plant, a facility with 39 MW of generating capacity, has gone online in the northwestern Mexican state of Baja California Sur.
The true cost of climate change
Christian Aid has published a new report detailing the devastating effects of climate change on some of the poorest communities around the world.
Christian Today
Industry party to open with Robert F. Kennedy Jr. talking ‘clean capitalism’
At a moment of converging tensions between industry and the environment, pipeline development versus issues of climate change, noted environmentalist Robert F. Kennedy Jr. will have a forum in Vancouver to argue in favour of “clean capitalism” at the Globe 2014 conference.
Vancouver Sun
Loss of forests accelerates as Myanmar opens for business
It is still home to some of the most pristine forests in Southeast Asia. But forest experts warn that Myanmar is fast losing its woodlands due to a combination of commercial logging, agricultural expansion and firewood harvesting.
Brazzaville abritera la 22e assemblée régionale Afrique
Le deuxième vice-président de l’Assemblée nationale, Sylvestre Ossiala, a fait cette annonce le 27 mars au cours d’une réunion avec les membres de la section Assemblée parlementaire de la francophonie (APF)-Congo, en vue de sensibiliser ses pairs sur la tenue de trois grandes rencontres dans la ville capitale
Agence d'Information d'Afrique Centrale
Tanzania: Changing Culture, Disappearing Traditions and Climate Change
"WHEN people think about climate change, most of the time they're pondering about ecological or economic consequences," Ben Marzeion, the lead researcher, told Live Science. "We thought it would be interesting to add another dimension to that: The cultural implications of climate change."
Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)
What Apple, Google and eBay can teach senators about clean energy GreenBiz
Felix Dodds: Rio+20 to a New Development Agenda
Author and global sustainable development leader Felix Dodds has been working with sustainable development for more than two decades observing and participating in international development meetings, including the 2012 Rio+20 Conference and the original Rio Earth Summit in 1992, the Conference on Human Settlements in 1996, the Johannesburg Summit in 2000, and the Millennium Development Goal meetings in 2005.
UN Chief on Greenland Climate Change Visit
Global warming must not be forgotten, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Wednesday after visiting Greenland to get an up-close look at the consequences of climate problems.
Make strong pitch for intl action vs climate change, UNDP head urges PNoy
The chief of the United Nations Development Program on Thursday called on President Benigno Aquino III to make a strong pitch before the world body for concrete and sustainable action by the international community to deal with climate change.
China approves first offset projects
China has approved two wind farms to be the first clean energy projects to supply offset credits to its fledgling carbon markets, providing low-cost emission reduction options to big polluters.
Climate change is world’s ‘gravest security threat’ – report
Climate change is a rare common ground for environmentalists and the military, who both warn of growing violence
Nordic development fund eyes new climate project
The Nordic Development Fund (NDF) that helps facilitate climate change investments in developing countries has started discussing several new project ideas with the World Bank — as the small fund celebrates its 25th anniversary.
L'Agence de la biodiversité verra le jour en 2015
La biodiversité sera le premier grand sujet environnemental dont débattront les députés depuis le début du quinquennat de François Hollande. Le projet de loi adopté, ce mercredi 26 mars en conseil des ministres, devrait être présenté à l'Assemblée nationale le 24 juin.
Le Monde
Extracting carbon from nature can aid climate but will be costly-UN
A little-known technology that may be able to take the equivalent of China's greenhouse gas emissions out of the carbon cycle could be the radical policy shift needed to slow climate change this century, a draft U.N. report shows.
Nigeria: Another Look At the Great Green Wall Project
It was former President Olusegun Obasanjo who proposed the Great Green Wall project to the African Union as a way of checking the effects of desert encroachment and desertification affecting countries bordering the Sahara desert.
Daily Trust
Angel investors warm up to non-technology startups
Angel investors who have preferred to watch over technology startups in India so far are now looking to include young companies from other sectors under their wings. As a rising tide of entrepreneurship spreads across the country, networks of investors are backing companies that provide clean technology, healthcare, food and education services
Economic Times
Have we reached the clean energy tipping point?
You've heard the statistic: The world installed more new solar generating capacity than wind for the first time in 2013, 36.5 gigawatts (GW) of solar versus 35.5 GW of wind.
Climate change makes salamanders shrink, scientists say
A warmer and drier climate is causing wild Appalachian salamanders to shrink, according to a new paper titled "Widespread rapid reductions in body size of adult salamanders in response to climate change" published March 25 in the journal Global Change Biology.
Christian Science Monitor
Climate changes put the freeze on elephant seal births
More ice means fewer elephant seal pups, according to Australian scientists studying breeding colonies on Macquarie Island near Antarctica and atmospheric changes in the region that have affected the feeding grounds.
Teachers swap climate change scare stories for fun and games
Apocalyptic images of melting ice-caps, dying polar bears and dried-up river beds are all pretty frightening, but are shock tactics really the best way to encourage our young to care for the planet? The best medicine may not be the usual prescribed guilt trip but rather a healthy dose of fun and games.
God Goes Green: Faith Community Targets Climate Change Santa Barbara Independent
Transition to green economy requires new metrics (opinion) China Daily
Climate change also means opportunities, scientists say at Yokohama meeting
Along with the enormous risks global warming poses for humanity are opportunities to improve public health and build a better world, scientists at a climate change conference in Yokohama said Tuesday.
EU emissions cuts could herald climate turning point
The European Union is considering steep cuts in greenhouse gas emissions. The EU only accounts for a fraction of total global emissions, but its actions could nevertheless have a big impact on future warming.
UN chief visits Greenland to assess climate change
The UN Secretary-General is beginning a three-day visit to Greenland during which he will assess the affects of climate change
Famagusta Gazette
Climate change panel warnings over human effects are real, say scientists
Government representatives and scientists on Tuesday opened a five-day meeting of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to finalise a report assessing the impacts of climate change on human and natural systems, options for adaptation,and the interactions among climate changes, other stresses on societies, and opportunities for the future.
Voice of Russia
La Hora del Planeta: Banco de Crédito BCP se suma a campaña ambiental
Como parte de su compromiso con la sostenibilidad y la gestión ambiental responsable, el Banco de Crédito BCP participará en “La Hora del Planeta” para lo cual apagará los carteles luminosos de 171 agencias en Lima y Callao.
La Republica
First China-India Climate Change Study Released
A new collaborative report has provided practical recommendations for greater cooperation between China and India in addressing climate change.
Climate Change Could Delay The Fight Against World Hunger For Decades: Report
Coffee, almonds and apples are just a few foods whose continued production is under threat due to climate change. But the implications of a changing climate have a much broader impact on global food supply, according to a new report.
Huffington Post
Dos eventos juveniles anteceden a cumbre del G77+China e invitan a líderes como Camila Vallejo
Dos eventos internacionales juveniles antecederán a la cumbre del Grupo de los 77 más China (G77+China) en la ciudad de Santa Cruz, aseguró hoy el embajador adjunto de Bolivia ante la Organización de Naciones Unidas (ONU), Reymi Ferreira. Entre los invitados estará la exlíder estudiantil chilena y electa diputada Camila Vallejo.
La Razón
Tanzania Gets On the Low-Carbon Bus to Beat Traffic Jams
Moving from one point to another is a nightmare for most Dar es Salaam residents who have no other choice than to endure agonizingly hot days and long hours stuck in traffic jams.
Solar energy now same price as conventional power in Germany, Italy, Spain - report
Solar energy now costs the same as conventionally generated electricity in Germany, Italy and Spain, a report has revealed.
Siemens to Invest $264 Million in British Wind Turbine Project
Siemens, the German power and industrial giant, said on Tuesday that it would build facilities for offshore wind turbines on the east coast of England, as Britain rapidly expands into wind power.
NY Times
Grocery giant commits to zero-deforestation policy for palm oil sourcing
Safeway has become the latest company to establish a policy that excludes deforestation-linked palm oil from its products.
Global warming not stopped, will go on for centuries: WMO
There has been no reverse in the trend of global warming and there is still consistent evidence for man-made climate change, the head of the U.N. World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) said on Monday.
Netherlands to stop funding overseas coal power plants
The Netherlands will no longer provide money to new coal projects overseas, announced the prime minister today, joining the US in a bid to stop the growth of coal.
Air pollution top environmental health risk
Air pollution kills about 7 million people worldwide every year, and is now the single biggest environmental health risk, with more than half of the fatalities due to fumes from indoor stoves, according to a new report from the World Health Organization (WHO) published Tuesday.
Al Jazeera America
China's Hubei province to launch carbon market on Apr 2
China's central Hubei province will launch its carbon trading market on April 2, its emissions exchange said Tuesday, a move that could cap carbon dioxide emissions from nearly 140 of its biggest companies.
Eleven EU nations exceed air pollution ceilings: EEA
Eleven European Union nations breached ceilings for air pollution in 2012 despite plans to avert health-damaging smog of the sort that choked Paris this month, the European Environment Agency (EEA) said on Monday.
Italy, Spain, & Germany Hit Commercial Solar Grid Parity In 2013
The days when solar power was more expensive than other power sources are quickly passing us by. News out of Europe is that commercial solar power is now at grid parity in some major European countries.
Public Utilities & Private Companies In Mexico Teaming Up To Promote Renewables
The Federal Electricity Commission — the general director of Mexico’s state-owned electric utility — recently announced its plans to further promote renewable energy production within the populous country by teaming up with a number of notable private companies.
Putting Climate Polluters in the Dock
Can Caribbean governments take legal action against other countries that they believe are warming the planet with devastating consequences?
Slower sea level rise linked to El Nino and natural weather patterns
Slower sea level rise in the past decade is due to the influence of natural weather patterns and especially the El Nino cycle, scientists say.
Analysis: Green Climate Fund’s future threatened by old divisions
The UN-backed Green Climate Fund is the glue holding global talks on greenhouse gas reductions together. Promises of billions – perhaps trillions – of dollars flowing into low carbon projects in developing parts of the world keep the prospect of a UN climate deal in 2015 open.
Analysis: Growth in China’s carbon emissions has halved
Growth in China’s carbon emissions is slowing sharply, under pressure from climate and pollution targets and slower economic expansion, data on coal consumption show.
Comment: Ukraine Crisis Shifts EU's Energy Focus
The recent EU summit showed how the Ukraine crisis has put security of supply at the top of Europe’s energy agenda. But member states should balance this with policy objectives on competitiveness and environmental sustainability.
Chatham House
We’ll Have a Global Climate Treaty in 2015
The head of the U.N. Convention on Climate Change has one of the world’s most challenging jobs.
New Scientist/Slate
Climate change to disrupt food supplies, brake growth: U.N. draft
A 29-page draft by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) will also outline many ways to adapt to rising temperatures, more heatwaves, floods and rising seas.
UN scientists see grim future if no action taken on climate change
UN scientists are set to deliver their darkest report yet on the impacts of climate change, pointing to a future stalked by floods, drought, conflict and economic damage if carbon emissions go untamed.
Big climate report: Warming is big risk for people
If you think of climate change as a hazard for some far-off polar bears years from now, you're mistaken. That's the message from top climate scientists gathering in Japan this week to assess the impact of global warming.
On World Meteorological Day, UN rallies youth to take on climate change
Seeking to increase awareness among young people about climate change and mobilize them as champions for action, the United Nations is marking this year's World Meteorological Day with a call for more young people – especially women – to become meteorologists, a profession which makes a vital contribution to the safety and well-being of society.
UN News Centre
Rich nations to start fund to help cut methane emissions abroad
The countries are aiming to set up a so-called Methane Abatement Facility with pledges of $100 million under the auspices of the World Bank to buy and cancel carbon credits, initially from projects that cut emissions at landfill waste sites.
Green Climate Fund’s future threatened by old divisions
The UN’s 2015 climate deal hang on the launch of a new green fund – but splits at board level could see this delayed
BASIC nations to discuss climate change
The meeting of the BASIC group on 23-24 March in New Delhi follows the conference of parties (CoP) on climate change held in Warsaw last year.
Zimbabwe: Students in Weather and Climate Change Commemorations
World Meteorological Day run-up commemorations were held last Wednesday at Cresta Hotel which saw school students and junior parliamentarians gather, the celebrations were organised by the Met Dept in partnership with the Zimbabwe junior Council.
The Herald
As Listener and Saleswoman, E.P.A. Chief Takes to the Road for Climate Rules
Ms. McCarthy is the chief architect and emissary of President Obama’s plan to fight climate change.
NY Times
US will keep pushing nations like Australia on climate change action, says former adviser
The Obama administration will closely monitor how nations such as Australia tackle climate change, as the US President makes greenhouse gas emission cuts one of his signature policies, according to the White House's former top climate adviser.
Sydney Morning Herald
How F1 and champagne might help us solve global warming
Governments need to want it and to apply lessons learned from behavioural economics, French vintners and how to incentivise clever people
Climate change: the situation is hopeless...let's take the next step (opinion) ABC Australia
Ban hails impact of UN climate change treaty, urges renewed commitment to ideals
Over the past 20 years, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change has galvanized the world to seek multilateral solutions to the grave threat of climate change, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, urging stakeholders to use the occasion of its twentieth anniversary to “rediscover the commitment that brought the Convention to life.”
UN News Centre
Rising energy demand a threat to strained water supplies - U.N.
Rising demand for energy, from biofuels to shale gas, is a threat to freshwater supplies that are already under strain from climate change, the United Nations said in a report on Friday.
Exxon Mobil agrees to report on climate change's effect on business model
Oil giant bows to pressure from activists who want companies to acknowledge the changes wrought by government action
Chinese cities open up green car markets as government battles pollution
Three of China's biggest cities are helping consumers pay for a range of electric cars, heeding calls to encourage the sale of green vehicles that the government sees helping tackle pollution.
Group Suggests New Rules for Further Cuts in Carbon Pollution
An influential environmental group on Thursday released a new analysis suggesting major climate change regulations that could lead to even steeper cuts in carbon pollution than those being considered by the Obama administration.
NY Times
Unilever issues £250m green bond
Unilever, the world’s second largest food producer by sales, has issued a £250m “green bond” – a development that could open a new chapter for this form of financing.
Financial Times
Zambia Lands K39 Million for Climate Change
THE Nordic Development Fund has given Zambia a grant of K39 million for the climate change resilience project.
Times of Zambia
Global Energy Thirst Threatens to Worsen Water Scarcity, UN Says
Energy production will increasingly strain water resources in the coming decades even as more than 1 billion of the planet’s 7 billion people already lack access to both, according to a United Nations report.
Bloomberg Businessweek
Global warming a concern at Chile's penguin paradise
Magdalena Island, located near Chile’s southern tip, is a natural paradise for tens of thousands of penguins who come every year to breed.
New Straits Times
Islands to visit now before rising sea levels bury them
THEY'RE jewels of the oceans, small paradisiacal islands and atolls that rise up in the middle of the sea often developed for the pleasure of holidaymakers seeking tropical getaways. But they won't last long
The Sun Daily
How solar energy empowers women, youth in rural Nicaragua Christian Science Monitor
EU leaders to set October deadline to agree 2030 climate goals
European Union leaders are preparing to set an October deadline for agreeing on the bloc's 2030 climate and energy goals, a draft document seen by Reuters shows.
Gov't establishes network to implement climate change provisions
A Focal Point Network has been established to support the Government's implementation of provisions under the Climate Change Policy Framework and Action Plan across the public sector and the wider society.
Jamaica Observer
Global warming will cut crop harvests by 2% each decade, researchers say
Decline in predicted crop yields is larger than first thought and could endanger food security, unless CO² emissions are cut
White House launches climate data initiative
The White House launched an initiative Wednesday aimed at expanding the use of climate data nationwide, to help communities cope with the impacts of global warming.
Washington Post
Chongqing's draft carbon market plan calls for cuts from 2014
A draft plan for a carbon market in Chongqing proposed that around 250 of its biggest companies be required to cut their carbon dioxide emissions by more than 4 percent per year starting in 2014.
Key climate-change measurement imperiled
One of the planet's top dipsticks is in trouble. The "Keeling curve," the most famous measurement of the world's rising levels of carbon dioxide for the past six decades, is in jeopardy from funding shortfalls.
USA Today
Climate change fuelled storms, rising seas cost China $2.6 billion in 2013
Climate change fuelled storm waves and rising sea levels cost China 16.3 billion yuan and killed 121 people in 2013, the State Oceanic Administration (SOA) said.
Evangelicals Urge Obama To Discuss Climate Change With Pope Francis
A group of faith-based environmental advocates are encouraging thousands of religious Americans to sign a petition asking President Barack Obama to discuss climate change with Pope Francis during their upcoming meeting on March 27.
Report: Climate change stunting fish
Fish sizes reduced by as much as 29 percent over past 40 years as ocean temperatures increased, scientists say
Blog: Energy & Climate Ambitions: The Road to Paris in 2015
U.S. Scientists Launch Wake-Up Campaign on Climate Change
In an unusual intervention in policy debates, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) warned Tuesday that that world was “at risk of pushing our climate system toward abrupt, unpredictable, and potentially irreversible changes with highly damaging impacts.”
China tells firms to start reporting carbon emissions
Thousands of companies across China must start reporting their greenhouse gas emissions under a government plan to build a nationwide emissions database ahead of launching a national carbon market.
Norway May Use Oil Fund To Provide Renewables With $40 Billion Boost
Norway Prime Minister Erna Solberg has confirmed plans to increase the exposure of its $920 billion sovereign wealth fund – the world’s largest – to renewable energy, part of its stated plans to use its vast wealth to combat climate change.
Clean Technica
France puts climate, energy talks on EU summit table
With the Ukraine crisis expected to dominate the agenda at this week's EU summit, France and the UK are among the few countries prepared to discuss climate and energy issues
CO2 on Path to Cross 400 ppm Threshold for a Month
Last year, atmospheric carbon dioxide briefly crossed 400 parts per million for the first time in human history. However, it didn’t cross that threshold until mid-May. This year’s first 400 ppm reading came a full two months earlier this past week and the seeming inexorable upward march is likely to race past another milestone next month.
Climate Central
Climate change like ‘100-year war’ says US Army expert
The consequences of uncontrolled global warming could resemble a 100-year war, according to a senior US Army officer who specialises in environmental security.
White House Unveils Climate Data Website To 'Empower America's Communities To Prepare'
The White House is set to unveil a new Climate Data Initiative on Wednesday to make government-held data more available to researchers and businesses, and improve climate change preparedness across the country.
Huffington Post
Solar Will Become An ‘Incumbent’ Energy Source In Australia
Australia is embarking on a radical transformation of its electricity system that will see solar PV transition from being “disruptive” technology to the “incumbent” technology, displacing coal and sparking a radical change in the way that electricity is provided.
Clean Technica
Can REDD+ work without land and carbon rights?
Panama’s rain forests contain more than 2,300 tree species, one of the highest concentrations of plant diversity on the planet. Panama, then, seemed a natural place to implement a pilot program for REDD+, a UN initiative meant to provide market incentives to halt deforestation.
Thomson Reuters Foundation
Analysis: efficiency can be at the heart of EU energy policy
This week’s European Council meeting will discuss how to spur Europe’s flagging economy, boost jobs and growth, all while debating targets for energy and climate through 2030.
Blog: Aviation and EU Emissions Trading – Blue Skies or Turbulent Times Ahead in 2013?
No climate-related initiative has managed to put the EU’s partners’ noses out of joint quite like its plan for reducing emissions from aviation. The approach has caused turbulence in trade relations with the US, China and India, with a worst-case scenario of trade war being one plausible outcome.
Why solar sector is outshining all other stocks
Solar stocks are certainly having their place in the sun, outperforming all other sub-indices in the global stock market to deliver the best returns over the the past 15 months.
Obama and EU poised for climate change collaboration
The United States and European Union are set to make a joint commitment to slashing greenhouse gases later this month, when President Barack Obama makes his first visit to Brussels since his election in 2008.
Business Green
Trust deficit blocking progress at UN climate talks
Levels of trust between leading developing countries and the USA and EU member states appears to have hit a new low after a week of UN climate talks in Bonn.
Clean technology gets top billing in China's 2014 scientific report
The Chinese Academy of Sciences has published its annual series of reports on its latest scientific findings and the outlook for the year ahead, according to an announcement from the academy on Monday.
Climate change set to displace hundreds of millions of people by end of century
A new UN report suggests that climate change will displace hundreds of millions of people by the end of this century, increasing the risk of violent conflict and wiping trillions of dollars off the global economy.
Cities Around the World Sharing Climate Solutions via C40
On January 31st, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon named former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg as a Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change. This appointment reflects the growing recognition of the global impact of cities which, according to Bloomberg, account for "more than 70 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions and two-thirds of the world's energy use today." Sarah Glazer reports here on the current efforts by C40 - a network of major cities - to work together to take local actions to address climate change.
Warmest winter on record worsens California drought
California is coming off of its warmest winter on record, aggravating an enduring drought in the most populous U.S. state, federal weather scientists said Monday.
Climate-change agenda heats up
For many people around the world this year, the weather has become anything but a topic for small talk.
The Jordan Times
Blog: East African countries are dealing with the impacts of climate change
As I have written before, I have a particular interest in smart energy sources for the developing world. Issues of climate change and energy supply meet as countries try to provide basic services for their populace.
The Guardian
Blog: States Look to "Green Banks" to Leverage Private Investment in Clean Tech
Clean energy and energy efficiency can save wear and tear on the environment and climate, but sometimes it takes money to take action. And in a time of tight government budgets, where will that money come from?
Global warming melts edge of Greenland icesheet
The last edge of the Greenland ice sheet that had resisted global warming has now become unstable, adding billions of tonnes of meltwater to rising seas, scientists say.
U.N. climate talks launch formal process to 2015 deal
U.N. climate talks wound down on Friday with parties agreeing to launch a formal process to draw up text for a 2015 global deal binding all nations to curb emissions, inching ahead after two years of wrangling between rich and poor nations.
China vows to clean up 60 percent of cities by 2020
China pledged on Sunday that it will make sure that 60 percent of its cities meet national pollution standards by 2020, with pressure growing to make cities liveable as hundreds of millions of migrants are expected to relocate from the countryside.
LatAm nations agree to combat climate change
Participants in the 19th Latin American and Caribbean Environment Ministers Forum, held in this northwestern city, agreed to promote a program of regional cooperation on climate change in areas of common interest.
Tokyo to reach CO2 targets without its carbon trading scheme
Tokyo will meet carbon reduction targets without the need to use carbon credits in its emissions trading scheme, mainly as a result of increased energy efficiency after the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster threatened a crunch in power supply.
Study: Climate impacts to hit crop yields from 2030s
Predictions that climate change will deliver sizeable benefits for the economy through much of this century will be challenged once again this week with the publication of new research showing that crop yields could be hit from the 2030s onwards.
Business Green
Renewable energy fund launched in Africa with USD 100 million initial investment
The African Development Bank (AfDB) and the African Biofuel and Renewable Energy Company (Lomé, Togo) have initiated a new fund to support solar and other renewable energy projects in Sub-Saharan Africa.
17 nations authorised to swap UN offsets for EU carbon
The European Commission on Friday gave approval for companies in 17 EU member states to exchange United Nations-backed offsets for EU Allowances under the bloc’s carbon market.
Japan steps in to help Laos cut carbon emission
Laos and Japan have looked to strengthen bilateral cooperation on reducing carbon emissions in Laos by transferring low carbon technologies to the country.
Vientiane Times
Nexus Between Climate Change and Prosperity
Given that climate change is one of the potent threats to development, most countries welcomed the establishment of an international mechanism to provide expertise to help developing nations cope with its impacts at the Warsaw conference, Godwin Haruna writes on the road ahead
This Daily Live
Europe should lead on climate change
From recent flash floods in Britain and France to summer wildfires across southern Europe, the impacts of climate change are here, on Europe's doorstep.
The Guardian
BLog: Still on the road to Paris?
As the latest session of the climate change negotiations is finishing in Bonn, countries don’t seem much closer to a shared view of what the 2015 climate agreement should look like.
Opinion: Rethinking emissions reduction
Whether at United Nations climate-change summits or one of the many “green growth” forums, renewables and energy efficiency are consistently regarded as the solution to global warming.
Trade Concern Limits Rich-Nation Effort to Reduce Emissions
The U.S. will struggle to endorse a climate treaty that hurts trade while Brazil and India want richer countries to take the lead in limiting environmental change as global warming talks in Bonn enter their final day.
Bernice Dapaah,Ghana Bamboo Bikes Initiative Founder,Named 2014 Young Global Leader
The World Economic Forum has honored Bernice Dapaah Founder and Executive Director of Ghana Bamboo Bikes Initiative to join its community of Young Global Leaders.
Business Ghana
Cumple expectativas el foro de ministros de medio ambiente
El titular de la Semarnat, Juan José Guerra Abud señaló que se crearon bases sólidas para impulsar políticas públicas que permitan un verdadero desarrollo sustentable.
El Financiero
China-U.S. Fault Lines Open Up at UN Climate Treaty Talks
Fault lines are opening up between developing countries led by China and India and richer nations including the U.S. in talks in Bonn over a new climate treaty.
EU ruled out 2030 offsets due to carbon market drought
The European Commission in January proposed meeting the target entirely from CO2 cuts made within Europe, unless a global climate change agreement required it to deepen the goal.
Perú presenta ante Alemania y México los avances de la COP20
La organización de la COP 20 avanza desde distintos frentes. Esta semana, el Ministro del Ambiente, Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, participó de dos reuniones importantes.
Climate change “bad boys” must make amends, say Marshall Islands
The US and China need to take urgent action to prevent small islands sinking, says Marshall Islands UN representative
Tokyo to reach CO2 targets without its carbon trading scheme
Japanese capital will reach 2014 CO2 target after ‘black swan’ events prompt energy saving drive, negates need for credits
Suffering from pollution, Paris encourages people to travel green
Parisians taking public transportation to work Friday were surprised and delighted to find subways and buses free for the next three days, but the reason was a bit less cheerful: Air pollution had reached an unusually high level and was expected to continue unabated through the weekend.
Globe & Mail
200 European cities and regions call for more ambitious EU climate and energy targets
At a crucial time for European climate policy, 200 European cities and regions are backing a call for action supporting more ambitious and binding climate and energy targets, ensuring that future generations are safeguarded against the worst effects of climate change.
eTN Global News
Bill Gates talks climate change with Charles Koch
The unlikely topic of climate change came up in a recent discussion between Bill Gates and prominent conservative donor Charles Koch, the Microsoft co-founder said.
The Hill
Telefonica Peru joins fight against climate change
Telefonica Peru has jointed the national initiative 'Do your part: climate commitments', launched by the Ministry of Environment and the Municipality of Lima, with the goal of combating climate change
Health in Jeopardy: the Corporate Influence on Climate Negotiations
Alicia Pawluk argues that United Nations climate policymakers should learn from the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control and diminish the influence of fossil-fuel producers in climate talks.
PLOS Medicine Community Blog
Still on the road to Paris? Thomson Reuters Foundation
Q&A: Top UNFCCC Official Thorgeirsson on 2014-2015 Climate Negotiation Priorities
With the first United Nations climate negotiations of the year at their halfway point, negotiators are grappling with many key issues related to the form, scope and ambition of the 2015 global agreement to confront climate change.
Bloomberg BNA
EU warns of double-counting risk in U.N. emissions cut plan
The United Nations risks creating huge auditing problems and overstating environmental benefits by promoting the cancellation of carbon credits as a way of tackling climate change, the European Union said on Thursday.
Llama Naciones Unidas a ratificar enmienda de Protocolo de Kyoto
La secretaria Ejecutiva de la Convención Marco de Naciones Unidas sobre el Cambio Climático, Karen Christiana Figueres Olsen, llamó a los gobiernos a ratificar la enmienda del Protocolo de Kyoto y ponerse la meta “que de aquí a Lima tengan 144 ratificaciones para decir que lo que se acuerda, se ejecuta y se implementa”.
El Mundo
Irracional, esperar hasta 2020 para enfrentar el cambio climático: experto
Los principales estudiosos del cambio climático en el mundo coinciden: es urgente establecer acciones para atacar el cambio climático.
La Jornada
Russia Picks an Odd Time to Put on Climate Halo
At a meeting yesterday of 200 or so national climate negotiators in Bonn, Russia’s Oleg Shamanov said his country wanted to launch a market for trading carbon pollution credits.
Post-2020 Emissions-Reduction Contribution: Which Time Frame Should We Choose?
With intersessional climate talks taking place in Bonn this week, the World Resources Institute discusses what is needed in the new international climate agreement focusing on the time frame on post-2020 emissions reductions.
Ecosystem Marketplace
Fund raises $100m for renewable energy
The Africa Renewable Energy Fund, which aims to invest in projects in sub-Saharan Africa, had raised $100 million (R1.1 billion) and expected to double that this year, lead investor the African Development Bank (AfDB) said yesterday.
Business Report
Caribbean to Forge United Front on Elusive Climate Finance
Dr. Ralph Gonsalves, the prime minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, says the promises of money by the "biggest polluters in the world" for small island developing states (SIDS) like his to adapt to climate change are a mostly a "mirage”.
Obama, EU to stand together on climate change draft
U.S. President Barack Obama and EU leaders meeting in Brussels this month will throw their combined weight behind tackling climate change, a document seen by Reuters says, in a show of developed world solidarity on the need for a new global deal.
EU parliament backs law to curb "super" greenhouse gases
The European Parliament on Wednesday backed a law to curb the use of "super" greenhouse gases used in fridges and air conditioners, which have a global warming potential thousands of times greater than carbon dioxide.
'Social Cost Of Carbon' Too Low, Report Says
The U.S. government uses $37 as its estimate of how much a ton of carbon dioxide emitted into the atmosphere costs, including decreased agricultural productivity, damage from rising sea levels and harm to human health related to climate change. The Obama administration updated that figure, known as the "social cost of carbon," in November.
Huffington Post
Bill Shorten sticks with 'market-based system' to lower greenhouse emissions
Labor will take a “market-based system” to reduce greenhouse emissions to the 2016 election, the opposition leader, Bill Shorten, has confirmed.
Earth to get hotter despite global warming slowdown
The earth's climate would continue to warm during this century, on track with previous estimates despite the recent slowdown in the rate of global warming, a NASA study shows.
Solar innovation gives Nicaraguan community a brighter future
Forty years ago, Sabana Grande, a small community in northern Nicaragua, was ravaged by war. Now you will find people sitting under solar-powered lights, eating solar-cooked chicken and drinking smoothies made with a bicycle-powered blender. Sabana Grande (pop. 2,000), in the mountains of Totogalpa about 20 miles from the Honduran border, has embraced a solar culture that has transformed the community.
UN climate envoys hail momentum, but warn time running out
Negotiators say progress has been made at Bonn talks, but some warn time is running out to deliver a draft text by Lima
EU's domestic-only climate proposal reflects global stalemate
The European Union had little choice in proposing not to outsource more of its emission cuts abroad to meet a 2030 target because the slow pace of global talks to develop new carbon markets gave it nothing to buy, a senior EU official said.
Desarrollo sustentable y cambio climático centran foro de ministros en México
El XIX Foro de Ministros de Medio Ambiente de América Latina y el Caribe comenzó el miércoles en Los Cabos, noroeste de México, centrado en cómo lograr un desarrollo sustentable y con un llamamiento de la ONU a enfrentar el drama del cambio climático.
EFE/El País
The ultimate missed social-media opportunity for brands: climate change
Coke's Superbowl commercial supporting immigrants and Chevrolet's ad tackling gay rights won plenty of attention. Why aren't brands taking a strong stand on climate change?
Los Cabos, sede del Foro de Ministros del Medio Ambiente
Dio inicio el décimo noveno Foro de Ministros de América Latina y el Caribe teniendo como sede San José del Cabo en Baja California Sur. Asisten ministros, institutos, ONG´s y diversas dependencias, de 29 países así como organismos internacionales como el PNUMA, que es el programa de las Naciones Unidas para el Medio Ambiente.
Hollande and Xi to discuss climate at March summit
France and China leaders will discuss goals of 2015 UN Paris conference in meeting later this month
Eon chief warns on energy security
Eon, Germany’s biggest utility, forecast a further steep decline in earnings this year and warned that political decisions to favour renewable energy could threaten the region’s energy security in the future, as it reported a 14 per cent drop in earnings for 2013.
Financial Times
SE Asia forum explores green growth funding
Policy-makers and climate change experts from Southeast Asia have discussed ways of financing low-carbon green growth in the region at a workshop held on Wednesday in Ha Noi.
Rwanda: Rural Women Lighting Village With Solar Energy
TO VIVIANE UWINEZA, 53, and other residents of Buramira cell, Kimonyi Sector in Musanze District, getting electricity looked a distant dream.
The New Times
1st Solar Decathlon Latin America To Be In Colombia In 2015
This week, U.S. Deputy Secretary of Energy Daniel Poneman, Colombia’s Minister of Energy and Mines Amylkar Acosta, Mayor of Santiago de Calí Rodrigo Guerrero, and Director of Planning of Colombia Tatyana Orozco signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to collaborate in the development of a Solar Decathlon Latin America and Caribbean competition.
Study: Wind power saves Europe €2.4bn worth of water each year
Renewable energy can play a major role in helping European countries to boost their water security, according to a new report that reveals the extent to which fossil fuelled and nuclear power stations are guzzling water.
Why your company should look to bio-inspired architecture
The operation of buildings makes up 40 percent of all energy used by humanity, according to the Biomimicry Institute. More than ever, cities are in desperate need of buildings that not only are environmentally friendly, but also defend people and ecosystems from pollution.
New Round of Climate Talks Focuses on Setting Deadlines
The latest round of United Nations climate talks began March 10 in Bonn with a call for “concrete action” from the UN's top climate change official.
Bloomberg BNA
Climate chief warns battle to curb warming is becoming harder
The struggle to curb global warming is becoming increasingly fraught and costly, the head of the world’s leading climate science authority has warned.
Financial Times
Countries gather in Bonn on road to Paris climate deal
Talks begin with developing nations demanding greater transparency for negotiating process
U.N. climate talks make shaky start to year as procedures questioned
U.N. climate negotiations resumed on a shaky footing on Monday as some delegates questioned how the meeting was being run amid calls for more urgency at the talks, which after two years have made scant progress towards a global climate change deal.
Old splits emerge as UN climate envoys seek path to 2015 deal
Leading developed and developing countries still appear to have vastly different views on how a global climate change deal could work, UN negotiations in Bonn today illustrated.
Pacific island states pushed aside in race for UN funds: Kiribati
Tiny Pacific island nations, among those hardest hit by climate change, are being outmuscled by larger states in the race to get U.N. funds earmarked for climate change adaptation, Kiribati's agriculture minister said on Wednesday.
Earth Hour on March 29 to focus on renewable energy
Earth Hour — the global campaign by World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to raise awareness about climate change — will be observed from 8.30 p.m. to 9.30 p.m on March 29.
The Hindu
Climate change body chief: 'bad guys' won after the 'good guys' lay down
One of the country’s most experienced policy thinkers draws a brutal conclusion about Australia’s climate change debate: the “good guys” have lost the argument because they failed to contest untruths peddled by “bad guys”, including the federal government.
Cambio climático multiplicaría malaria en Colombia
Cada año, entre 120.000 y 140.000 colombianos son picados por mosquitos del género Anopheles y resultan infectados con el parásito que produce la malaria.
El Espectador
Solar heat on energy talks
India and the US continued to deliberate on the solar panel issue during the energy dialogue here today with Washington stressing the importance of opening the market for its clean solar energy that will reduce costs.
Telegraph India
Food system that fails poor countries needs urgent reform, says UN expert
The existing food system has failed and needs urgent reform, according to a UN expert who argues there should be a greater emphasis on local food production and an overhaul of trade policies that have led to overproduction in rich countries while obliging poor countries – which are often dependent on agriculture – to import food.
John Kerry issues seven point climate change plan
US Secretary of State ignores recent criticism to ram home commitment to new UN climate deal
U.N. warns food security a risk to Asia-Pacific
The world must increase its food production by 60 percent by mid-century or risk serious food shortages that could bring social unrest and civil wars, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said on Monday.
Promoverá nuestro país crecimiento verde en el Foro de Ministros de Medio Ambiente
México presidirá el XIX Foro de Ministros de Medio Ambiente de América Latina y El Caribe, a realizarse del 11 al 14 de marzo próximos en Los Cabos, Baja California, informó la Secretaría de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales (Semarnat).
El Sol de México
Nations Gather in Bonn to Discuss Climate Treaty (video) Bloomberg
U.S. Senate Democrats pulling all-nighter on climate change
More than two dozen U.S. Senate Democrats joined forces to speak through the night on Monday, hoping to "wake up" Congress to what they call the threat of climate change.
Richard Branson tells climate deniers to 'get out of the way'
Virgin Group chairman and founder, Sir Richard Branson, has said businesses should "stand up" to climate change deniers and they should "get out of our way".
Ambitious green energy target could save EU €260bn
Europe could save €260bn in avoided fuel import costs, if it ramped up its 2030 renewable energy target by just three percentage points, according to a new industry analysis that urges member states to strengthen the EU's proposed new climate package.
India's view of climate change shifts toward adaptation, clean energy
Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz arrives in India today for high-level meetings that many hope will help ease recent diplomatic tensions between the two countries, including a spat over renewable energy.
World Bank approves new project for Solomon Islands
The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors Friday approved a new project to help rural communities in Solomon Islands to mitigate and manage the risks of natural hazards and climate change.
Islands Business
Emissions Pioneer Losing Clout as EU Ban Looms: Carbon & Climate
Thirteen years after the United Nations set up the first carbon emissions market, the global trading system’s influence is waning as it gives way to local and regional plans to combat climate change.
Switch on to energy conservation
Urban Indians need to change their behavior and become more responsible in the manner they spend energy, said radio jockey, actor and musician Mir who is the Earth Hour ambassador this year.
Times of India
Mars Latest to Announce "No Deforestation" Palm Oil Pledge
The multinational food giant Mars, Inc. unveiled Monday a new set of guidelines aimed at ensuring that its palm oil supply lines are completely traceable and sustainable by next year.
How Climate Change Drove the Rise of Genghis Khan
The Mongol warlord built the world's largest land-based empire. But he couldn't have done it without a change in climate
Is the Senate's climate change all-nighter more than a one-night stand?
It might not have the drama of a Sen. Ted Cruz overnight talk-a-thon, but some Senate Democrats hope their all-night stunt draws similar attention to their issue that has been stalled in Congress: climate change.
Democrats plan all-night 'talkathon' on climate change
A majority of Senate Democrats on Monday will launch an overnight "talkathon" until approximately 9:00 a.m. Tuesday to draw attention to climate change.
USA Today
Switzerland Seeks Precision as 30 Nations Shape Carbon Markets
Nations setting up carbon markets must standardize their emission-reduction benchmarks to ensure international efforts to limit global warming stay on track, according to Switzerland’s climate envoy.
Bangladesh warns of rising climate change costs as donations plummet
UN envoy says Bangladesh needs billions of dollars to adapt to climate change as donors fail to match pledges with money
Ministros latinoamericanos debatirán cambio climático
Los ministros de Medio Ambiente de América Latina y el Caribe analizarán los avances mexicanos en el tema de cambio climático y la conservación de la biodiversidad en su XIX Foro que se celebrará en los Cabos, Baja California, del 11 al 14 de marzo.
Four new gases that harm ozone layer found, despite bans: study
Scientists have detected four new man-made gases that damage the Earth's protective ozone layer, despite bans on almost all production of similar gases under a 1987 treaty, a study showed on Sunday.
Chinese carbon firms ahead of emissions deadline
China's carbon prices surged this week as demand firmed ahead of an upcoming deadline to report 2013 emissions data, indicating the markets may be less over-allocated than feared.
Etats-Unis: Kerry presse les ambassadeurs de faire du climat une priorité
Le secrétaire d'Etat américain John Kerry a appelé les ambassadeurs des Etats-Unis à faire de la lutte contre le réchauffement climatique une priorité, en amont de nouvelles discussions à ce sujet à Paris l'an prochain.
Award launched to reward climate change stories in Africa
The 2014 African Climate Change and Environment Reporting Award (ACCER) was launched on Sunday to reward African journalists who report consistently and accurately on the subject.
US cap-and-trade system back on track to cut carbon emissions
The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative had its first auction this week since lowering its cap — and the results suggest the system is once again effectively reducing carbon emissions.
Renew Economy
Revealed: Dubai's $300 million Green "Oasis"
Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority has announced the launch of its new Dh1.1 billion ($300 million) ‘Silicon Park,’ the first integrated smart city project to be built on a sprawling 150,000 sq m area in DSO.
Albawaba Business
The climate-change agenda heats up Project Syndicate
Draft copy of IPCC report warns of heat stress, flooding (op-ed) Guardian/The Hindu
Why women are the secret weapon to tackling climate change
As countries around the world look to celebrate International Women's Day on Saturday, it is important to reflect on the unique position of women when it comes to climate change.
Climate change could mean more malaria in Africa, South America
Future global warming could lead to a significant increase in malaria cases in densely populated regions of Africa and South America unless disease monitoring and control efforts are increased, researchers said on Thursday.
Least Developed Countries say science must drive UN climate talks
Nepal’s Prakash Mathema tells RTCC opportunity to address climate impacts is ‘closing fast’
China tells rich to do more to lead fight against climate change
China, the top greenhouse gas emitter, urged rich nations on Thursday to do more to lead the fight against climate change and help avert heatwaves, floods and rising sea levels.
Fears grow over Green Climate Fund preparations
Green Climate Fund board members need to double their workload to ensure the flagship low carbon bank is ready for business on time, the UN’s top climate official has warned.
Carbon-taxed companies cut emissions by 7% in past year, investor group says
Coalition’s Direct Action policy criticised as not ‘investment grade’, meaning funding for low-carbon projects is going abroad
House passes bill to block Obama climate plan
Aiming at the heart of President Barack Obama’s strategy for fighting climate change, the Republican-controlled House voted Thursday to block the administration’s plan to limit carbon pollution from new power plants.
Whitehouse plans climate change all-nighter Monday
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) is planning an all-night session in the Senate Monday to discuss climate change, according to his staff.
The Hill
Germany Eyes Carbon-Market Reserve Start Five Years Early
Germany said an overhaul of the European Union’s carbon market to automatically tighten supply should begin at the latest in 2016, five years earlier than proposed by the bloc’s regulatory arm.
Yawning gap between trade policy and climate change needs to be removed
Speaking at the Fifth Conference on the Tanzania National Reference Group of the PACT-EAC in Dar es Salaam on Wednesday, permanent representative at the Mission of the Republic of Tanzania in Geneva, Modest Mero said weather changes are more likely to worsen not only in Tanzania but also in the East African region as a whole, urging that to contain this, the gap between trade policy and climate change has to be removed.
IPP News
Red light, green light
“ENVIRONMENTAL pollution has become a major problem, which is nature’s red-light warning.” Those green-tinged words do not come from an activist. Rather, they come from China’s leaders, who gathered this week in Beijing for a big annual meeting. On March 5th Li Keqiang, the prime minister, vowed to declare war on pollution.
Vivienne Westwood cut off her hair to promote climate change
Vivienne Westwood's newly cropped hair was hard to spot when she took her bow at Paris Fashion Week last weekend; sporting a feathered headdress, the moment was very much about her show and her models.
How to mitigate climate change in Africa (opinion) New Visioin
U.N. says China, US climate cooperation raises hopes for global deal
Closer cooperation between China and the United States, the top two greenhouse gas emitters, on combating global warming is boosting prospects for a U.N. deal meant to be agreed next year, the U.N.'s climate chief said on Wednesday.
Extreme weather is 'silver lining' for climate action: Christiana Figueres (with video)
Devastating extreme weather including recent flooding in England, Australia's hottest year on record and the US being hit by a polar vortex have a "silver lining" of boosting climate change to the highest level of politics and reminding politicians that climate change is not a partisan issue, according to the UN's climate chief.
Business must 'work with government' on climate change (audio)
The role of business is to "supply the scale and the speed" to initiatives promoting a low-carbon economy, a top UN climate change official has said.
UN to start drafting 2015 climate change treaty
UN meeting in Bonn next week will kickstart efforts to design draft of international treaty before conference in Lima
Scientists must stop using 'weirdo words' if they want to convince the public that climate change is real, admits the woman in charge of the next major UN summit
The battle against climate change is being undermined by the use of “weirdo words” by scientists and United Nations staff that is alienating the general public and confusing policymakers, the UN’s top climate official warned yesterday.
Mike Bloomberg On The UN, Climate Change And How Obama's Efforts Are Just Not Enough
In an interview with Mike Bloomberg, philanthropist and 108th Mayor of New York City, we discussed his involvement with the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, his recent appointment as UN Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change, what he thinks about President Obama’s efforts to tackle the climate crisis, and much more.
Pentagon Calls Climate Change Impacts "Threat Multipliers," Could Enable Terrorism
The U.S. Department of Defense released the 2014 version of its Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR) yesterday, declaring the threat of climate change impacts a very serious national security vulnerability that, among other things, could enable further terrorist activity.
UK needs 100 bln pounds more to meet 2020 carbon targets-report
Britain's low-carbon energyinvestment is currently running at less than half of the 200billion pounds needed over the next decade to meet national andinternational emissions reduction targets, British lawmakerssaid in a report on Thursday.
German government seeks CO2 cutting projects for 10 million euro fund
Germany has launched a second call for projects that cut carbon emissions in poor countries to get finance from its 10 million euro ($13.77 million) fund to help them start generating carbon credits
Business Recorder
A Bright Year for Solar in the U.S.—But There Are Clouds on the Horizon
Energy harvested from the Sun was the second-biggest source of new electricity generation capacity in 2013, but there are clouds on the horizon as a trade war between the U.S. and China stands to throw a monkey wrench in the works
Time running out for Great Barrier Reef: scientists
Time is running out for Australia’s iconic Great Barrier Reef, with climate change set to wreck irreversible damage by 2030 unless immediate action is taken, marine scientists said Thursday.
New Straits Times
At least 56 countries are buying green: What this means
Government agencies buy a lot of products and services. In some countries, up to 30 percent of GDP is due to government spending, according to the World Bank. What would happen if these agencies matched their sustainable development commitments to their actual spending?
Like guac on your burrito? Better fix climate change
Chipotle guacamole could be the next victim of climate change, according to the Mexican restaurant chain. The fast-food restaurant chain warned investors that guacamole and some salsas may get the ax from their menu if global warming continues to limit the availability of fresh foods like avocados.
UN Climate Deal at Risk Without Set Targets, Bangladesh Says
Nations risk repeating the failure of climate talks in 2009 unless they sign up to mandatory emissions reductions in a treaty to succeed the Kyoto Protocol, according to Bangladesh’s climate envoy to the United Nations.
UN climate change talks: pressure is on to reach legally-binding, global agreement
When climate change negotiators from more than 190 countries gather in Bonn, Germany on 10 March, the pressure will be on: time is running out to meet a deadline to complete a draft negotiating text by December 2014.
Interntional Bar Association
Norway spurs rethink on fossil fuel companies
Norway’s decision to set up an expert group to see if its $840bn oil fund should stop investing in fossil fuel companies has triggered a wave of speculation since it was announced last week.
Financial Times
EU injects €35.5 Million into Pacific climate change adaptation
The European Union and the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat have signed a €37.26 million financing agreement to support the “Adapting to Climate Change and Sustainable Energy” programme.
Matang Tonga Online
Pacific island states push for post-MDG pact on oceans
Coastal and marine conservation efforts in the Pacific region will benefit from a “stand alone” Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) to achieve “healthy, productive and resilient oceans and seas,” according to the Pacific SDG Working Group Troika.
Greening China’s power brings down cost of renewable energy for all
The drive to adopt clean energy comes from a need to improve air quality in its cities
Vancouver Sun
Petition launched for UK Climate Change Impacts Fund
Bob Ward seeks 100,000 signatures to support call for the creation of a dedicated fund to help the UK cope with escalating climate change threats
Obama Seeks to Boost Resilience to Climate-Driven Drought, Fires
President Barack Obama, who has vowed to make fighting global warming a focus of his remaining years in office, yesterday unveiled initiatives to mitigate what aides say are the effects of an already changing climate.
New Zealand research base to fill subantarctic gap in global climate knowledge
The New Zealand government on Wednesday announced plans to build a scientific research station on the remote subantarctic Auckland Island in order to improve global understanding of climate change.
'Tribo-electric,' the buzzword of the future?
Out at sea, gentle waves provide power for thousands of homes. In cities, dancefloor moves generate electricity for nightclubs. In the countryside, hikers use leg power to recharge their phones.
Colorado’s largest solar power facility coming to Pueblo
Xcel Energy and renewable energy developer Community Energy of Boulder on Tuesday announced plans to build the state’s largest solar farm — and the largest east of the Rockies — near Xcel’s Comanche power plant and substation.
Pueblo Chieftain
German STEAG to get funds for 200 mln euro Romania wind park: EBRD
German power firm STEAG GmbH will receive funding for a 200 million euro ($275.47 million), 108 megawatt wind energy park in southeastern Romania, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) said on Tuesday.
Bangladesh's Coal Delusion (opinion) NY Times
Polar bears grab spotlight of first World Wildlife Day
World Wildlife Day is a fine chance to remind ourselves once again of the need to protect biodiversity, especially in such a key region as the Arctic, which is being affected so drastically by climate change.
Deutsche Welle
European support for climate change action 'not dented by financial crash'
Eurobarometer poll finds public in worst-hit members states such as Spain and Greece still support moves to greener economy
Marshall Islands’ capital Majuro submerged by ‘King tides’
Severe flooding in parts of the Marshall Islands capital Majuro has underlined the country’s vulnerability to rising sea levels and extreme weather events.
Kenya among Countries to benefit from new IOM Migration, Environment and Climate Change Project
IOM has launched a 3-year, European Union (EU)-funded project which will provide new evidence for policymaking on migration, environment and climate change in six pilot countries.
EU delay could damage UN climate deal, warn ministers
Delay in authorising the EU’s 2030 climate and energy package could undermine efforts to build an effective global emissions reduction deal at the UN, leading European ministers warned today.
Climate change is redefining the Australia of 'sunburnt country' poem
Australia's State of the Climate Report depicts a country where heat extremes are swamping the record books
Advocating change: Environmental summit to be paper free
The UAE will make three important announcements on global technical support, knowledge-sharing and hosting the Page conference again in the near future.
Khaleej Times
Energy firms call for urgent carbon market action
Four Fortune 500 companies have written to the UK’s energy minister, Ed Davey, calling for the rapid cancellation of two billion carbon allowances as EU energy and environment ministers begin two days of high-stakes policy talks in Brussels.
Apple, eBay, Gap, Intel throw weight behind Climate Declaration
A group of 140 California firms have reiterated calls for legislators to deliver ambitious action on climate change with the release of a new declaration signaling their support for policies that serve to cut emissions and drive investment in clean tech.
Global warming disrupts ocean dynamics in Antarctica, study reveals
A huge ice-free region--the size of New Zealand--that existed within the ice blanket of the southern ocean surrounding Antarctica has disappeared from the region recently.
Christian Science Monitor
Bangladesh asks BIMSTEC to take 'unified' stand on climate change
Bangladesh today asked BIMSTEC countries to take a "unified" stand and seriously consider the adverse impact of climate change keeping in mind global assessments that indicate an increase in the frequency and intensity of natural disasters in the region.
Economic Times
How a small Spanish island became a renewable energy pioneer
Islands confront some of the most difficult energy challenges. Their size and remoteness means they pay extremely high energy costs for often unreliable and dirty energy
Physicists propose a device to capture energy from Earth's infrared emissions to outer space
When the sun sets on a remote desert outpost and solar panels shut down, what energy source will provide power through the night? A battery, perhaps, or an old diesel generator? Perhaps something strange and new.
World Wildlife day should remind us we need a climate deal in Paris (by Christiana Figueres and Bradnee Chambers) Guardian
Why We Should Care That March 3rd Is Now World Wildlife Day Huffington Post
Wildlife we hold dear Times of Malta
Age-old indicators under stress in high Bolivia amid climate change
For centuries, farmers in the fragile ecosystems of the high Andes have looked to the behaviour of plants and animals to figure out what crops to grow and when.
The cost of flight delays from wild weather: $2.5 billion and counting
Though we're still in the early stages of 2014, it is already proving one of the most expensive years for the travel industry.
Europe-wide flood losses to 'increase four fold' by 2050
According to the most accurate model yet developed, flood damage losses across Europe are expected to increase four fold by 2050.
Europe's flood losses to soar by 2050, research shows
The study said instances of very extreme floods, which now occur about once every 50 years, could shorten to about every 30 years, while cases of extreme damage now occurring once every 16 years could shorten to once every 10 years.
Iowa-born cross-country climate march begins Saturday in L.A.
The Great March for Climate Action hopes to inspire action on climate change.
Des Moines Register
Revealed: How climate change ended world’s first great civilisations
The world’s first great civilisations appear to have collapsed because of an ancient episode of climate change – according to new research carried out by scientists and archaeologists.
Climate change is preventing ocean heat from escaping in Antarctica: McGill study
A new discovery by scientists at McGill University suggests that heat from the depths of the ocean is being trapped under the Antarctic ice shelf -- all the result of climate change.
Largest PH solar power plant to rise in Palawan
Palawan will soon be home to the Philippines’ largest micro-grid solar power plant, generating 1.3 megawatts of clean renewable energy.
It’s either too hot or cold
While people in Madurai are bracing themselves for a hot summer, the weather pattern in the last few months has baffled many with the temperatures swaying between the extremes. While it has been unusually cold in the nights and early mornings, people have begun to complain of searing heat during the day.
The Hindu
Despite climate change, Africa can feed Africa Daily News Egypt
Domestic climate laws on the rise, a boost for pending UN action
An explosion in the number of laws passed around the world aimed at confronting climate change in the last 20 years was hailed on Thursday as a step toward building support for a United Nations climate treaty to be negotiated in 2015.
UN report sees $1.45 tn global warming cost: media
Global warming will reduce the world's crop production by up to two percent every decade and wreak $1.45 trillion of economic damage by the end of this century, according to a draft UN report, Japanese media said Friday.
United Nations agencies, funds and programmes make progress towards climate neutrality
In 2012, the United Nations emitted about 1.71 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent greenhouse gas - the same as nearly 86,000 homes in the United States - according to the Organization's only annual publication dedicated to assessing its own impact on climate change.
Report hails international progress on climate change laws
Study shows 64 out of 66 countries had put in place or were establishing significant climate or energy legislation in 2013
Emerging Economies Lead Climate Action, Globe Study Finds
Nations have passed almost 500 laws to tackle climate change, with emerging economies led by Mexico and China making the most progress last year, a study by Globe International found.
Developing world races ahead on climate laws - report
Emerging economies, including China and Mexico, accounted for much of the progress in 2013 on national legislation and regulation to tackle climate change, according to a new report tracking 66 countries.
Thomson Reuters Foundation
IEA: Expanding wind and solar power does not mean additional costs
Transformation of power systems is needed to guarantee long-term flexibility, offering huge advantage for emerging economies
Can Kenya tap its water to double its maize?
In an effort to improve food security in the face of climate change, the government of Kenya has embarked on an ambitious irrigation farming project on one million acres of land, a move that will see the country double its maize production in five years time.
Thomson Reuters Foundation
Climate change: Is it time for international agreements to recognize national laws? (By Ed Markey, John Gummer and Cedric Frolick) CNN
Frolick and Yap to solve climate change? BBC
Global climate laws now cover nearly 90% of carbon pollution
New study reveals 66 countries now have legislation governing climate mitigation and adaptation plans
Science academies explain global warming reality
Man-made global warming is worsening and will disrupt both the natural world and human society, warns a joint report of two of the world's leading scientific organizations.
Lord Deben: "The technique of those opposed to action on climate change is spreading doubt"
"Market capitalisation based on large scale fossil fuel reserves becomes much more questionable as we move into a new age of renewables and low carbon technology"
Heat extremes increase despite global warming hiatus: scientists
Hot weather extremes have increased around the world in the past 15 years despite a slowdown in the overall pace of global warming, a study showed on Wednesday.
Value of world CO2 markets to rise two-thirds in 2014
The world's carbon markets are estimated to rise in value by two-thirds this year to 64 billion euros ($87.5 billion), posting the first growth seen since 2011, analysts at Thomson Reuters Point Carbon said on Wednesday.
Business Recorder
Businesses seek urgent action on climate change after floods
Executives from some of Britain’s biggest companies have written to the Financial Times calling on Westminster to tackle the “growing risk of widespread flooding” which they link to climate change.
Financial Times
Bamboo bikes turn around fortunes for working women in Ghana
Durable, shock resistant and, most of all, growing in a ready-to-use tubular form, it's a wonder bamboo hasn't always been used to make bicycle frames
Australia should treble 2020 emissions target, aim for 60% cut by 2030
Australia would need to increase its 2020 greenhouse gas emissions reduction target from its current minimum of 5 per cent on 2000 levels, to a minimum of 15 per cent, in order to make a responsible contribution to the international effort to restrict warming to a 2°C rise in global temperatures, the Climate Change Authority has found.
All EU member states cleared to issue 2013 EU CO2 permits
All European Union member states have been given the green light to hand out free carbon permits to industry to cover their 2013 emissions, the European Commission said on Wednesday.
Business Recorder
Achim Steiner: shale gas rush 'a liability' in efforts slow climate change
UN's top environmental official says switch from coal to natural gas is delaying critical energy transition to renewables
30 percent renewable energy requirement by 2030 proposed
Thirty percent of the electricity used in Wisconsin would have to come from renewable sources by 2030 under terms of a bill, called the Wisconsin Renewable Energy Act, being introduced in the Legislature.
Wisconsin State Journal
Abu Dhabi targets 30% clean energy by 2020
The UAE is aiming for 30% clean energy by 2020, with at least 7% of this target due to be met by renewable energy. The remaining 23% will be achieved by refining current methods of delivering the more traditional oil & gas fuels.
Arabian Oil&
Business is about being green, say FTSE 100 leaders
Market liberalisation and a policy certainty will allow green business to flourish, say the chief executives of Unilever, Dyson and Kingfisher.
Global warming slowdown 'does not invalidate climate change'
The slowdown in rising global surface temperatures is not a sign that climate change is no longer happening, the national science academies of the US and the UK have said.
Wind farms can tame hurricanes: scientists
Huge offshore wind farms can protect vulnerable coastal cities against devastating cyclones like Katrina and Sandy by tempering winds and ocean surges before they reach land, a study said Wednesday.
ADB grants $23.1 million for Tonga climate resilience
Tonga signed a $23.1 million grant agreement with the Asian Development Bank to fund a Climate Resilience Sector Project for Tonga
Matangi Tonga Online
Turkish businesses should take heed of climate change: EBRD report
Climate change is an increasing concern for businesses worldwide, and especially in Turkey, where water scarcity is a growing challenge.
Smell of forest pine can limit climate change - researchers
New research suggests a strong link between the powerful smell of pine trees and climate change.
Bronze age 'megacities' may have disappeared in face of climate change
Climate change may have been behind the decline of some Bronze Age "megacities" built by a civilization in Pakistan and India, scientists say.
Paris 2015: Climate and the Business Imperative (by Paul Polman and Christiana Figueres) China Daily
Food and drink industry makes progress on development-Oxfam
Many of the world's top food and drink companies are taking steps to improve their social and environmental impact on poor countries, although there is still much more to do, development group Oxfam said on Wednesday.
Turning Bhutan into a hotspot for electric vehicles
While officially launching the Nissan Leaf, a Japanese-made electric car, on Friday, the prime minister announced the government’s plans to transform Bhutan into a “hotspot for electric vehicles”, including research and development.
Nissan to help Bhutan go zero emissions with EVs
Bhutan has partnered with Nissan to roll out electric cars across the isolated mountain kingdom.
EU plan to cut supply of carbon permits passes into law
A plan to prop up EU carbon prices was published in the official journal of the European Union on Wednesday, enacting into law the so-called backloading measure that keeps on track the European Commission's aim to allow the withdrawal of a maximum 400 million permits this year.
Finland strives to develop clean technology
A high-profile summit opened in Finnish capital city on Tuesday, aiming to further consolidate the national consensus on the development of green industries.
Oil firms to set up new ventures for renewable power projects
In a bid to boost renewable energy generation, oil giants like ONGC and Indian Oil Corp will form new companies to set up large sized solar and wind energy projects in India and abroad.
Business Standard
Chinese Solar Growth to Underpin Record Global Expansion in 2014
Solar developers around the world will install record capacity this year as a thriving Chinese market drives growth, a Bloomberg survey showed as manufacturers in the $102 billion industry began to return to profit.
Bloomberg Businessweek
Melting Of Peru’s Quelccaya Ice Cap Caused By Rising Temperature, Not Reduced Snowfall: Study
The dramatic shrinkage of Peru's Quelccaya Ice Cap -- the world’s largest tropical ice sheet -- in recent decades is caused by rising temperatures and not because of reduced snowfall in the region, a new study by Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H., has concluded.
International Business Times
Colorado Becomes First State To Restrict Methane Emissions
Methane is a potent greenhouse gas from oil and gas production. The rules require companies to find and repair equipment leaks. The rules also will reduce air pollution that contributes to smog.
Climate change may be causing a global coffee shortage
An epic drought — Brazil's worst in decades — is threatening exports from the world's largest coffee exporter and driving up wholesale prices worldwide.
Today's Zaman
ADB funds Tonga climate resilience project
The Asian Development Bank is to give Tonga a grant of 23 million US dollars to fund its Climate Resilience Sector Project.
Radio New Zealand International
Justices question Obama climate change regulations
The U.S. Supreme Court appeared closely divided on Monday as it weighed whether the administration of President Barack Obama exceeded its authority when crafting the nation's first greenhouse gas emissions regulations.
Global CDM needs 'bold response'
Tough market conditions threatening the Kyoto Protocol’s Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) require an imaginative, even bold response, members of the CDM executive board heard from their new chair this week.
The Australian
UN Green Climate Fund to Pay Quarter of Money to Islands, Africa
The UN Green Climate Fund, set up to help finance projects that cut emissions in poorer nations and help them adapt to a warming planet, will pay at least a quarter of its money to the most vulnerable nations.
Bloomberg Businessweek
UN promises "bold response" to stalled carbon offset scheme
The UN's carbon trading mechanism needs an "imaginative, even bold response" following a drop in the number of new project submissions last year and a fall in demand for carbon offset credits.
Climate Change 'Very Evident,' So Let's Deal With It, World Panel Says
The next report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, an international group of scientists and government policymakers, will focus on managing the risks of a warming planet, according to the report's co-chair.
Huffington Post
Indonesia risks losing up to 1,500 islands by 2050
By 2030, Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, which serves the capital and is about five kilometres from the seafront, will be under water.
Volcanic eruptions causing global warming slowdown, study says
17 volcanoes since 2000 account for up to 15% of the difference between predicted and observed warming this century
Costs of natural disasters in China surge to $69 billion
Natural disasters including droughts, floods and earthquakes cost China 421 billion yuan ($69 bln) in 2013, official data showed on Monday, nearly double the total in the previous year.
An Environmental Film Festival and High-Tech Music
This annual festival dwells on risks and threats to humans and other animals.
NY Times
Inspired by St. Francis, young adults look to emulate his bond with nature
The national, ecumenical program encourages young adults, aged 18 to 35, to connect social and environmental justice activities with Franciscan teachings that stress the interconnectedness of creation.
Washington Post
Nauru President: ‘Some islands won’t make it’ (By Baron Waqa, President of Nauru) RTCC
Climate change: Appeal to sustainable tourism
Climate talks in Paris look promising (editorial by Paul Polman and Christiana Figueres) China Daily
Obama climate change agenda faces first Supreme Court test
The U.S. Supreme Court considers on Monday whether President Barack Obama's administration overstepped its authority by imposing new regulations to reduce pollution in response to climate change.
Climate Change and Growth in Africa: Challenges and the Way Forward
The recent trends of increasing global temperatures and incidences of extreme climate events in Africa—mainly droughts and floods—are likely to continue. These severe climate events demonstrate the level and depth of the impact that climate change has on African economies.
Sudan Vision Daily
Colorado becomes first to limit methane emissions statewide
The Colorado Air Quality Control Commission has approved landmark rules to reduce air pollution from oil and gas drilling, including the nation’s first-ever regulations designed to detect and reduce methane emissions.
The Denver Channel
Valuing Natural Resources Critical to Africa's 'Green Economy' Growth - UN
The next wave of investment and innovation in Africa will be driven by the need for new energy resources, wealth generation and job creation, the head of the United Nations environment agency told regional leaders, making a case for the need to place value on natural resources.
UN News
Fossil fuels remain at the forefront, energy expert says
The use of wind, solar, and other renewable energy resources will increase significantly over the next few decades, but fossil fuels such as oil, coal, and natural gas likely will continue to dominate the energy mix and drive the global economy, said Daniel Yergin, one of the world’s foremost energy experts.
Boston Globe
TIB, Dutch Organisation to Support Solar Energy Scheme
TIB Development Bank and SNV Netherlands Development Organisation have signed an agreement for financing the Pico-solar PV lighting applications in the Lake Zone.
Tanzania Daily News
Mitsubishi UFJ to keep clean energy financing at 2013 levels
Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Inc, the largest lender in Japan, expects to fund clean energy projects in 2014 at the same level as last year with solar the main destination for investment in Japan.
Big Antarctic glacier to keep raising seas, even without warming
Scientists said the Pine Island Glacier, which carries more water to the sea than the Rhine River, also thinned 8,000 years ago at rates comparable to the present, in a melt that lasted for decades, perhaps for centuries.
Why Helping the Poor May Hurt the Climate
Can the world promote economic development while still halting climate change?
It's a complicated question, but a new study suggests that so far, humanity isn't doing so well at meeting both goals at the same time.
Live Science
Sun-dimming volcanoes partly explain global warming hiatus-study
Eruptions of at least 17 volcanoes since 2000, including Nabro in Eritrea, Kasatochi in Alaska and Merapi in Indonesia, ejected sulfur whose sun-blocking effect had been largely ignored until now by climate scientists, it said.
Obama's efforts on climate change may not be enough
When Barack Obama took office in 2009, it was clear that if he could do four big things, his presidency would probably be judged a success.
Indonesia pledges $250,000 to Green Climate Fund
Hosts of GCF meeting hope contribution will encourage other countries to fill fund’s coffers
Denmark commits to setting carbon targets every five years
Danish governments will be obliged to set national targets to decrease greenhouse gas emissions every five years under a new law passed by the country's parliament last week.
Accounting for global warming requires looking at the oceans Guardian
California senate leader: Carbon tax would return revenue to poor, transit
A carbon tax proposal outlined on Thursday by California Senate leader Darrell Steinberg would raise an estimated $3.6 billion in its first year, revenue he said would go into the pocketbooks of the state's poorest residents as well as public transportation.
George Osborne wants climate change tackled as cheaply as possible
Chancellor calls on environmentalists to drop opposition to nuclear power and shale gas as they can be inexpensive
Africa: Combating Climate Change in Africa
This growing nexus between climate change and instability is now already evident in some parts of the continent.
Southern African News Features (Harare)
Chile connects more than 100 MW of solar projects to grid
The country's grid-connected solar capacity soared from 6.7 MW in December to more than 100 MW the following month.
pv magazine
EU supporting renewable energy in Cape Verde
The European Union is creating a €55 million (£45m) fund for Cape Verde, part of which will be used to develop renewable energy projects.
Climate Action - GreenMedia
Advanced Energy Is Growing Two Times Faster Than The Global Economy
Global advanced energy, excluding wind power, grew twice as fast as the global economy last year, while wind energy boomed and busted over two years, according to a report commissioned by Advanced Energy Economy (AEE).
International Business Times
Revolutionary Google-backed system unlocks power of 'big data' to save forests
World Resources Institute (WRI) today announced the release of a tool that promises to revolutionize forest monitoring
4 ways the green climate fund can make its investments count (blog)
Days of Desiccation (op-ed) NY Times
Scientists: Don’t make “extreme cold” centerpiece of global warming argument Washington Post
As Obama Vows to Act on Climate Change, Justices Weigh His Approach
President Obama in recent days has been announcing muscular executive actions to address climate change, making good on his promise to act on pressing problems “with or without Congress.” On Monday, the Supreme Court will consider the limits of that approach, in a case on greenhouse gas emissions.
NY Times
China Beats U.S. on Smart-Grid Spending for First Time
China spent more on smart grids than the U.S. for the first time in 2013, with the $4.3 billion it invested accounting for almost a third of the world’s total.
Bloomberg Businessweek
California senators float post-2020 climate change bill
Two California state senators released a bill on Wednesday that would give regulators the authority to design a plan to meet the state's long-term greenhouse gas reduction goals and improve air quality in the state's poorest communities.
Darfur cookstove project earns Sudan's first carbon credits
An efficient cookstoves project in Darfur has been issued with Sudan’s first-ever carbon credits, in an effort to boost climate finance reaching poorer countries.
Thomson Reuters Foundation
Costa Rica Implements New United Nations Program to Mitigate Climate Change
Costa Rica announced that this week it will launch the Adaptation Fund of the United Nations with the inception of projects that mitigate climate change, which is funded with $10 million.
The Costa Rica News
‘Robin Hood’ tax to fund climate efforts could launch in May
France and Germany want to introduce a financial transaction tax (FTT) by May which could raise billions for climate change and development aid.
Australian army chief says climate change will impact miltary role
Just days after US Secretary of State John Kerry proclaimed climate change to be a 'weapon of mass destruction,' Australia's Army Chief says it's the great challenge of our time.
ABC Radio Australia
Colombia looks to lead on 'climate-smart' agriculture
Colombia learned a hard lesson on the need for climate adaptability in its agriculture sector in 2010 and 2011, when La Niña-related floods destroyed thousands of hectares of crops and caused millions of dollars in damage.
Climate change brings more crime
A new study broadens a notion held by the earliest criminologists: Periods of higher temperatures -- on an hour-by-hour or week-to-week basis -- are likely to produce more crime.
LA Times
Wind energy investment could lead to 35,000 new jobs
As many as 35,000 jobs could be generated by developing Ireland’s wind energy sector further, according to a new report from Trinity College Dublin and the Economic Social Research Institute.
Irish Times
Mongolian Wind Farm in Gobi Desert Planned by Ferrostaal
Ferrostaal Industrial Projects GmbH, a German industrial services company, will take a major stake in a 52 megawatt wind farm project planned for a remote city in Mongolia’s Gobi Desert.
Nigeria: UNN Introduces Climate Change Postgraduate Programme
The University of Nigeria, Nsukka, has introduced a post-graduate degree programme in climate change to develop a critical mass of experts to assist the country adapt to the vulnerability of the changing climate.
Daily Trust
New Maps Show How Habitats May Shift with Climate Change
As regional temperatures shift with climate change, many plants and animals will need to relocate to make sure they stay in the range of temperatures they're used to.
Hawaii's Solar Energy Revolution
It wasn’t long ago that a company called Hawaiian Telcom reigned supreme over phone calls in Hawaii. If you talked on the telephone, your voice traveled through Hawaiian Telcom’s copper wires. But as cellphones became more affordable, demand for phones tied to walls plummeted. By 2009 the once-mighty phone company was in bankruptcy, reorganizing itself and trying to figure out how to be relevant in a world where everybody and their teenagers were awaiting the release of the latest iPhone.
Honolulu Magazine
Increase in Arctic cyclones is linked to climate change
Winter in the Arctic is not only cold and dark; it is also storm season when hurricane-like cyclones traverse the northern waters from Iceland to Alaska. These cyclones are characterized by strong localized drops in sea level pressure, and as Arctic-wide decreases in sea level pressure are one of the expected results of climate change, this could increase extreme Arctic cyclone activity, including powerful storms in the spring and fall
Wild weather puts climate back on global agenda before 2015 deadline
Bitter cold in the United States might appear to contradict the notion of global warming, but with Britain's wettest winter and Australia's hottest summer, extreme weather events have pushed climate change back on the political agenda.
UN carbon market panel picks Barbados scientist Sealy as chair
A panel overseeing the United Nations' carbon market has elected a scientist from the Caribbean as its new chair with a German climate policy expert as deputy, the U.N.'s climate change secretariat said.
UN’s Green Climate Fund set to outline future at Bali meeting
The fate of a UN-backed climate fund that could generate billions of dollars of low carbon investments in the developing world hinges on negotiations that start in Bali on Wednesday.
Climate leadership from mayors of the world
Mexico's urban sustainability leader Martha Delgado Peralta shares her views on leadership and transforming polluted cities ahead of GLOBE 2014
Latin American Katoomba Meetings Aim To Turbocharge Climate Talks
Environmental finance has always been something of a double-edged sword. On the one hand, mechanisms like species banking, forest-carbon crediting, and investments in watershed services draw finance away from environmental destruction and into conservation, and they do so based not on something as fickle as philanthropy, but on the fundamental recognition that our civilization depends on clean air, clean water, and resilient ecosystems.
Ecosystem Marketplace
S.F. billionaire ready to spend $100 million on 2014 races
San Francisco billionaire Tom Steyer is poised to reshape the nation's political map with word that the environmental activist could marshal upward of $100 million this year on races across the country where climate change is a major issue.
San Francisco Chronicle
Why Latin America is a fertile ground for green tech industries
Latin America is becoming a global arena for green innovation as foreign companies head for the region to partner with a rapidly growing local clean technology sector.
Qingdao city next in line to set up emissions market in China
Qingdao has become the latest Chinese city to plan a market to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, as a group of advisers backed by its mayor is hammering out rules for an emissions trading scheme that could start next year.
EU Offers Grant To Support Climate Change Adaptation In Namibia
The European Union (EU) is seeking proposals to donate $100,000 Namibian dollars (US$9,194) to address climate change adaptation and mitigation including energy in rural areas in Namibia.
Global warming: Ice loss makes Arctic itself a bigger climate changer
A long-term darkening of the Arctic region – occurring as sea ice retreats in the face of warmer summers – has been a stronger contributor to global warming during the past 32 years that previously estimated, according to a new study.
Christian Science Monitor
How Big Oil Gave Up On the Climate Slate
GCF and the future of $100 billion climate finance commitment (opinion) Jakarta Post
A high price for ignoring the risks of catastrophe (opinion) Financial Times
EU Leaders Said to Delay Decision on 2030 Targets for Emissions
European Union leaders intend next month to agree on a timeline for developing energy and climate targets for 2030, delaying a final decision on the polices, according to two people with knowledge of the matter.
Yeb Sano: Kerry’s climate warning needs political backing
Philippines climate envoy says rhetoric must be complemented by radical cuts to global carbon emissions
A thousand cities back 2030 energy efficiency target
An alliance representing more than a thousand European cities wrote to Herman Van Rompuy, the president of the European Council, yesterday (17 February) calling for binding 2030 targets of 40% for energy efficiency, and 30% for renewable energy, in line with a European Parliament proposal.
Chevy buys carbon credits from US colleges going green
Chevrolet is investing in clean energy efficiency initiatives of U.S. colleges and universities through its voluntary carbon-reduction initiative. The brand helped develop a formula where campuses can earn money for certain upgrades that reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Automotive Business Review
UK Law Commission could force fund managers to recognise climate risk
Tough new recommendations governing the types of industries fund managers and pension trusts invest in could be released by the end of the year.
Jewish youth village in Rwanda to host region’s largest solar field
The first utility-scale solar power field in East Africa will be built on land belonging to a Jewish-sponsored youth village in Rwanda.
Times of Israel
'Green and clean' tech Finland looks to Israel for inspiration
Finnish Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen is determined to overhaul his economy, and cites Israel's success as a "start-up" nation brimming with high-tech innovation as his model.
Financier Plans Big Ad Campaign on Climate Change
A billionaire retired investor is forging plans to spend as much as $100 million during the 2014 election, seeking to pressure federal and state officials to enact climate change measures through a hard-edge campaign of attack ads against governors and lawmakers.
NY Times
Heat is on to combat climate change's silent killer
Australian cities are already experiencing extreme heat that wasn't expected till 2030.
The Age
"Blessed" Rains Become a Curse in Antigua
Antigua is one of the most drought-prone countries in the Caribbean. So whenever it rains, the inhabitants generally regard the weather as "showers of blessing". But that is starting to change. Many farmers now see the rains as a curse and are now fighting an uphill battle to save their crops, vital for both the local and foreign markets
Climate change refugees a reality
Australia needs to plan for an influx of climate change refugees from neighbouring countries that face ever increasing risks from cyclones, rising sea levels and more severe droughts, according to a researcher at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS).
Sydney Morning Herald
Why don't we want to hear about climate change?
Despite powerful evidence that climate change threatens our economies, our health and our safety, we remain slow to act on environmental protection. What is behind our collective inaction?
Deutsche Welle
Carbon divestment is a shining example (by Mary Robinson) Guardian
Commentary: Fighting climate change is China's own will Xinhua
U.S., China agree to work on climate change
China and the United States, the world's top emitters of greenhouse gases, pledged on Saturday to work together to attenuate the effects of global climate change.
Santa’s revenge: new evidence supports link between climate change, severe weather
Scientists call it Santa’s revenge. It’s the theory that persistent weather patterns at the mid-latitudes – like this winter’s tediously long-lasting polar vortex or California’s severe drought – are a direct consequence of climate change heating up the Arctic.
Globe and Mail
Iran plans carbon emissions trading market, official says
Iran plans to set up a carbon trading market to reduce industrial emissions of climate-warming gas, an official from Iran's Fuel Conservation Organization (IFCO) told oil ministry news service Shana.
Kerry Implores Indonesia on Climate Change Peril
Secretary of State John Kerry urged Indonesia on Sunday to take steps to combat climate change, warning that failure to act would jeopardize the nation’s resources and damage its economy.
NY Times
Kerry tells Indonesia: climate change is a 'weapon of mass destruction'
The US Secretary of State John Kerry has warned Indonesians that man-made climate change could threaten their way of life, deriding those who doubted the existence of “perhaps the world’s most fearsome weapon of mass destruction”.
Australia to review renewable energy target
Australia will review its mandatory renewable energy target (RET), the government said Monday, sparking concerns among green groups that a weaker target could pave the way for new coal plants and increased pollution.
Vietnam sets development of renewable energy top priority: experts
Vietnam considers the development of renewable energy a top priority in its national climate change strategy as the country's energy demands increase, according to experts from the National Energy Institute of Vietnam.
Jordan Cabinet approves solar energy projects
Jordan's Council of Ministers has approved several offers by companies to develop electricity-generating projects via solar panels.
ITP Business Publishing
Climate change: Tibet wettest in 2010 in 3,500 years
Recent decades have likely been the wettest on record in the semi-arid Tibetan plateau, researchers say, warning that any further large-scale warming might lead to even greater rainfall in Tibet, the birthplace for Asia's great rivers.
Tanzania: Kilimanjaro Region in Uphill Task to Revive Damaged Environment
GLOBAL warming has not spared Kilimanjaro Region, home to the highest mountain in Africa and sadly, human activities play part in it. The once greenish region that had attracted a lot of holiday makers and had water streams flowing all over the place, has now become somehow semi arid.
Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)
Lockheed Martin Cranks Up World’s Largest Wave Energy Project
Lockheed Martin, best known for its military aircraft and other cutting edge airborne machinery, is switching gears in a big way. The company has signed on with Victorian Wave Partners Ltd. to engineer a 62.5 MW ocean power project off the coast of Australia, billed as the world’s largest wave energy project.
Investors scrutinizing high carbon emissions risk
Exposure to companies with extensive fossil fuel reserves and companies with high carbon emissions ranks as the top concern among trends in environmental, social and governance issues, driving pension funds to examine the risks and to craft responses.
How Las Vegas aims to hit the green meetings jackpot
When you think of Las Vegas, bright lights and glitz probably come to mind — not exactly eco-friendly concepts. So it's somewhat surprising to learn that the city has developed into a sustainable city for meetings and events.
‘Solar Impulse’ to visit India
Come early next year and Indians will witness a spectacle in the skies as world's first day and night flying solar-powered wide bodied aircraft will fly into India as part of its round the globe journey.
The Hindu
Methane, friend and foe for climate change (editorial) Washington Post