Green House Gas Emissions

Deep Decarbonising Can Still Happen

Jul 24th, 2014 | By
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The UN’s inspirational vision for climate change control is one that each and every one of us can share, says May East Take a deep breath. Take a deep breath and be aware of what you are breathing. For the first time in human history we are the first humans to breathe 400 parts per

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Montreal Protocol Parties Discuss Issues Related to the Protection of the Ozone Layer

Jul 21st, 2014 | By
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UNEP News Center: The 197 Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer discussed various issues regarding the protection of the earth’s fragile ozone layer, during the 34th Meeting of the Open-Ended Working Group of the Parties, conducted from 14 to 18 July in Paris, France. The Parties considered the appropriate funding

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Combat Global Warming by Taxing Carbon

Jul 21st, 2014 | By




This month, energy experts from the United States, China, and 13 other nations released a report to the United Nations called “Pathways to Deep Decarbonization” offering practical paths for transitioning their countries away from fossil fuels. This is a response to the message relentlessly championed by the world’s climate scientists: Stop burning things that release

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It’s the Greenhouse Gases, Stupid!

Jul 20th, 2014 | By
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Climate News Network: Australia, one of the world’s principal emitters of carbon dioxide, has voted to cancel its carbon tax in what has been described as “the perfect storm of stupidity”. The decision had cross-party support in the Senate vote, passing by 39 votes to 32, with only the Labor and Green parties voting against repealing

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China and US Boost Search for CCS Solution

Jul 18th, 2014 | By
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For years, the energy companies have been telling us not to worry. Yes, mounting carbon emissions threaten to heat up the world – but technology, particularly carbon capture and storage (CCS), will come to the rescue. The trouble is that there’s been plenty of talk about CCS and little action, with few projects being implemented

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Emissions are Fuelling Australian Droughts

Jul 17th, 2014 | By
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Climate News Network: American scientists have just confirmed that parts of Australia are being slowly parched because of greenhouse gas emissions – which means that the long-term decline in rainfall over south and south-west Australia is a consequence of fossil fuel burning and depletion of the ozone layer by human activity. Such a finding is significant

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Climate Inaction Could Cost Europe 200,000 Lives a Year

Jul 17th, 2014 | By
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Inaction over climate change costs lives. And in the case of European inaction, it is estimated that this could one day cost 200,000 lives a year. That is the warning in a new European Commission (EC) study, which also says that failing to take the necessary action could burn 8,000 square kilometres of forest, and commit

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Tussle Over Phasing Out Ozone-depleting Gases

Jul 15th, 2014 | By
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If it is serious about phasing out ozone-depleting gases by 2030, India needs to evolve a clear stand against persisting with those that have global warming potential and evaluate environmentally-friendly technologies. This is easier said than done as both the Indian government and the industry are hesitant to make some hard choices. The tussle is

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Australia Drying Caused by Greenhouse Gases and Ozone

Jul 14th, 2014 | By
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NOAA scientists have developed a new high-resolution climate model that shows southwestern Australia’s long-term decline in fall and winter rainfall is caused by increases in manmade greenhouse gas emissions and ozone depletion, according to research published today in Nature Geoscience. “This new high-resolution climate model is able to simulate regional-scale precipitation with considerably improved accuracy compared

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China Could Reveal Carbon Cap by First Quarter of 2015

Jul 14th, 2014 | By
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Recent reports have suggested China, the world’s biggest carbon polluter, could shortly reveal when its emissions will peak. Addressing the media at the Petersberg Climate Dialogue in Berlin, an annual gathering of environment ministers, Xie Zhenhua said this could be announced as part of China’s proposed contribution to a proposed UN climate change agreement. “Study and research

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Efficiency, Renewables, Biofuels Key to Stopping Climate Change

Jul 14th, 2014 | By
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Scientists often hesitate to give a cut-and-dried, yes-or-no answer when asked how serious climate change is going to be, and whether the world can still escape significant damage. Surprisingly, perhaps, a report prepared for a United Nations conference in September is unequivocal. Yes, it says − the worst is not inevitable. The good news is

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Nuclear Expansion Right Move For The Climate, World

Jul 14th, 2014 | By




In the 1970s, scientists discovered that chemicals called chlorofluorocarbons were being spewed into the atmosphere. To their shock, they found that the chemicals — then common in refrigerators, air conditioners and hair sprays — were damaging the ozone layer that protects the world from dangerous levels of ultraviolet radiation. In time, as the scientific evidence

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Bold Pathways Point to a Low-carbon Future

Jul 11th, 2014 | By
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Scientists often hesitate to give a cut-and-dried, yes-or-no answer when asked how serious climate change is going to be, and whether the world can still escape significant damage. Surprisingly, perhaps, a report prepared for a UN conference in September is unequivocal. Yes, it says − the worst is not bound to happen. The good news

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Gene Machinery Helps Plants Handle CO2 Rise

Jul 10th, 2014 | By
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Climate News Network: Biologists in the US have identified the genetic machinery that tells a plant how to respond to more carbon dioxide caused by the burning of fossil fuels. Four genes from three different gene families together control the density of stomata, or breathing pores, on the foliage of the healthy plant. As carbon dioxide levels in

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Quick Fixes Won’t Solve CO2 Danger

Jul 7th, 2014 | By
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Climate News Network: Once again, US scientists have come to the same conclusion: there really is no alternative. The only way to contain climate change and limit global warming, they say, is to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. It won’t really help to concentrate on limiting methane emissions, or even potent greenhouse gases such as hydrofluorcarbons,

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Montreal Protocol: Refrigeration Sector May Face the Heat

Jul 7th, 2014 | By
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A decision by the environment, forests and climate change secretary to not send the top-level negotiating team for a meeting on the United Nations (UN) Montreal Protocol on ozone-depleting substances, to be held in Paris in July, has sent the Indian refrigeration sector scurrying to the national capital to protect its interests. The sector, growing at a compounded annual

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Opting for Coal-based Energy ‘Wasteful Approach’ by Govt: IPCC

Jun 29th, 2014 | By




Press Trust of India: Emphasising on the need to decarbonise electricity generation, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) chairman R K Pachauri today termed as a “wasteful approach” by the government to opt for coal-based power projects and pressed for the use of renewable and nuclear energy sources to satisfy the country’s power needs. “…We would need to

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Japan to Offer Green Tech to India to Cut Carbon Emissions

Jun 19th, 2014 | By
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Japan is set to offer its cutting-edge green technologies to India to combat climate change and help reduce emissions which would earn Japanese firms carbon credits, a report has said. Japan plans to sign an agreement on green technologies with India at next month’s summit meeting in Tokyo between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and

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The global warming hiatus?

Jun 17th, 2014 | By
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While the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) still uses the iconic word “unequivocal” to describe warming of the climate system over the past century, a new word has slipped into its lexicon: the “hiatus.” They have begun referring, with a bit of hesitant throat-clearing, to “the warming hiatus since 1998.” Both satellites and surface

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China CO2 Emissions Growth Slows Sharply

Jun 16th, 2014 | By
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China’s carbon dioxide emissions last year grew at their slowest rate for more than a decade, after removing the effect of the financial crisis in 2008, showed energy data published by the energy company BP. The data suggested that a crackdown on air pollution was starting to have an effect. China’s carbon emissions grew by

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Brazil’s Winning Lead on Carbon Cuts

Jun 15th, 2014 | By
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Climate News Network: Brazil might or might not win the World Cup, but it so far seems a clear winner in the race to reduce carbon emissions – having stopped 3.2 billion tons of carbon dioxide from escaping into the atmosphere during the last decade. A team of economists and scientists report in the US journal Science that

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Christiana Figueres Urges Nations to Greater Doha Amendment Ambition

Jun 15th, 2014 | By




Norway has become the 11th Party to the Kyoto Protocol (KP) to formally accept the amendment to the Protocol adopted at the UN Climate Change Conference in Doha, Qatar in 2012 which paved the way for the KP’s second commitment period. The United Arab Emirates were first to accept the Doha amendment, followed by Barbados,

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Norway Ratifies UN Kyoto Protocol Extension

Jun 13th, 2014 | By
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Kyoto is currently the world’s only legally binding climate change treaty, covering around 14% of global greenhouse gas emissions. “Developed countries need to take the lead. This is why Norway took on new commitments under the Kyoto Protocol,” Norwegian Minister of Climate and Environment, Tine Sundtoft, said in a statement. “We encourage all other Parties

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Time for Farming to be Taken Seriously at UN Climate Talks?

Jun 12th, 2014 | By
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Unlike Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (REDD+), agriculture has no specific work programme at the UN’s main climate body. This is out of kilter with the importance of agricultural activities, which are directly responsible for approximately 15% of greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs). When the impact of deforestation is included, this rises to

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The Bonn UN Climate Talks: What’s at Stake and What’s Next?

Jun 12th, 2014 | By
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Bonn’s hotels are full of climate officials this week. They’re in town to complete another step toward a deal to cut global emissions that can replace 1997’s Kyoto Protocol. The Bonn talks are a relatively small affair, but they still play an important role in inching countries toward an accord to limit climate change by reducing

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Chinese Hints, U.S. Emission Cuts Fall Far Short of Climate Cure

Jun 12th, 2014 | By
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(Reuters) – China’s hints that it will cap its soaring greenhouse gas emissions and a U.S. plan to cut emissions in the power sector, while representing a shift, do not add up to a strong cure for global warming by the world’s top two emitters. Other nations have hailed Washington and Beijing for a newfound

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Greenhouse Gas Emissions Will Cause Warming: Pachauri

Jun 11th, 2014 | By




Press Trust of India: Continuous emissions of greenhouse gases will cause further warming and changes in the climate system, R K Pachauri, the head of the UN body of climate change has said and called for effective risk management to mitigate global warming. Speaking at a knowledge sharing session on “Sustainable Development in the Global

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The Himalayas: Upstream but Downwind

Jun 9th, 2014 | By




The Hindu Kush Himalayan (HKH) region has received much attention as the source of rivers that supply water to 1.3 billion people downstream. It has received far less attention for its role as the recipient of air pollution originating in the plains. Across northern South Asia during the dry season, individual plumes from hundreds of

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Chinese Official Plays Down Emission Cut Expectations

Jun 9th, 2014 | By
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The Guardian: Any near-term regulation of China’s greenhouse gas emissions would likely allow for future emissions growth, a senior government official said on Monday, discounting any suggestion of imminent carbon cuts by the biggest-emitting nation. Sun CuihuaSun Cuihua, deputy director of the climate change office at the National Development and Reform Commission, said it would be

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Cutting Emissions is ‘Perfect Option’

Jun 6th, 2014 | By
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There is no alternative. To limit global warming and contain climate change, societies have no real option but to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, according to new research. There might be additional useful steps that nations could take, but nothing will be as effective as simply not burning fossil fuels. Daniela Cusack,

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Emissions Control

Jun 6th, 2014 | By
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Reducing the emission of greenhouse gases has been a tough burden for the whole world. As we has become more and more aware of the seriousness of greenhouse gases, countries have gathered together to take actions to reduce the amount of carbon monoxide and other harmful gases released in the air. Through the Earth Summit,

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Large Emission of Carbon in Kullu Worries Environmentalists

Jun 6th, 2014 | By




The emission of large amount of carbon in environment in Kullu district has been worrying the environmentalists these days. Talking to Hindustan Times, environmentalist of GB Pant Institute of Himalayan Environmental and Development Himachal unit, Mohal Kullu, JC Kuniyal said that 4 microgram of black carbon found in the environment at Mohal Kullu will affect

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China Set to Launch Chongqing Emissions Trading Scheme

Jun 5th, 2014 | By
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This will be the seventh and final pilot ETS set up by the government in the last year, with a national market scheduled for 2018. The south western city of Chongqing is responsible for 1.76% China’s emissions, and hosts heavy polluting industries including aluminium, cement and steel factories. Around 240 firms with annual emissions beyond 20,000

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Carbon Emission: Know All About It

Jun 5th, 2014 | By
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What is it?  As the name suggests, it is mainly the amount of Carbon dioxide (CO2) emitted into the atmosphere including many gases that negatively influence the quality of the air subsequently increasing the greenhouse effect. Though the greenhouse gases are extremely important to sustain life on Earth by maintaining a comfortable atmospheric temperature but

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Threat From New Gases Found In Air

Jun 4th, 2014 | By
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Climate News Network: Twenty-five years after the world first moved to protect the ozone layer, British scientists have found three new potentially damaging gases in the atmosphere. While they do not expect the gases to do much damage to the ozone layer, think they may add to global warming. The scientists, at the University of East Anglia

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Bamboo, Rattan Offer ‘Opportunity’ in the Face of Climate Change

Jun 4th, 2014 | By




Reuters: Bamboo and rattan present an “enormous opportunity” for both mitigating and adapting to climate change, said Rajendra K. Pachauri, Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), at a recent conference. Pachauri began the discussion at the Forests Asia Summit in Jakarta by enumerating a litany of impending threats to humanity due to climate change unless

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Show Us The Money if Countries are to Curb Climate Change: IEA

Jun 3rd, 2014 | By
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In a major report highlighting trends in energy spending, the Paris-based agency said $53 trillion will need to be funnelled towards lower carbon energy and efficiency over the next two decades in order to limit a rise in global temperatures to below 2C. A total of $1.6 trillion was spent on all types of energy extraction, generation

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China to Limit Carbon Emissions for First Time

Jun 3rd, 2014 | By
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The Guardian: China, the world’s biggest greenhouse gas emitter, will limit its total emissions for the first time by the end of this decade, according to a top government advisor. He Jiankun, chairman of China’s Advisory Committee on Climate Change, told a conference in Beijing on Tuesday that an absolute cap on carbon emissions will be

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Obama’s U.S. Carbon Cuts Likely to Win Muted Applause Abroad

Jun 2nd, 2014 | By




Reuters: President Barack Obama’s plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions from U.S. power plants, due to be announced on Monday, will win muted applause abroad with some hopes it could help a U.N. deal to fight climate change in 2015. Emerging economies including China and India are likely to be lukewarm because they have often said

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China Expects to Launch National Carbon Market in 2018

Jun 1st, 2014 | By
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China expects to launch a national carbon market in 2018, based on regional schemes it is presently piloting, a senior official at the country’s planning ministry told a World Bank conference. The National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) has previously said that its pilot schemes could provide useful experience for a national carbon market. The

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How Nature Affects the Carbon Cycle

Jun 1st, 2014 | By
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Climate News Network: The great drylands of the planet – and they cover almost half of the terrestrial surface – may be bigger players in the carbon cycle than anyone had suspected. The world’s semi-arid regions may absorb huge volumes of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere whenever it rains enough. Benjamin Poulter of Montana State University

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Carbon Dioxide Levels Rise Above 400 Parts Per Million

May 30th, 2014 | By
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The World Meteorological Organization has warned that carbon dioxide concentrations in the atmosphere have gone higher than 400 parts per million (ppm) in the Northern Hemisphere. The readings were measured for the entire month of April and it has happened for the first time when such a level has been reached by carbon dioxide an

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Prompt Global Action Can Cut the Cost of Going Carbon Neutral

May 29th, 2014 | By
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The United Nations is gearing up for a climate deal to be agreed next year, which will set ambition for emissions cuts from 2020 to 2030. Global net greenhouse gas emissions will have to fall to zero by the end of the century, to keep average surface warming below 2C, found a report by the

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CO2 Levels Hit New High Across Northern Hemisphere

May 29th, 2014 | By
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For the first time, monthly concentrations of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere topped 400 parts per million in April throughout the Northern Hemisphere, the World Meteorological Organization reports. This threshold is reinforces evidence that the burning of fossil fuels and other human activities are responsible for the continuing increase in heat-trapping greenhouse gases warming

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Carbon Trust Opens Mexico Office to Boost Sustainability in Latin America

May 28th, 2014 | By
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The Carbon Trust has opened a new office in Mexico in a bid to expand its presence in Latin America and offer the region more guidance on sustainability. The organisation currently has a presence in China, South Africa the UK, and the US. A statement from the Trust said that its move into Mexico boosts

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‘Time Running Out’ to Stop Rising CO2 Levels as Average Hits New High, UN Reports

May 27th, 2014 | By
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Climate News Network: Concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere have crossed a new threshold, the United Nation’s weather agency today confirmed, warning that time is running out to curb rising greenhouse gas emissions. In April, monthly concentrations of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere topped 400 parts per million (ppm) throughout the northern hemisphere, the

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How Green Spaces Could Stop Cities From Overheating

May 22nd, 2014 | By
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The Guardian: Most city-dwellers are big fans of green spaces, with the benefits to health and community well-being evident in the data. There’s more to it though – adding more commons, parks and greens could also shelter British cities from the full effect of global warming. Since the beginning of the 20th century global temperature has increased by

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Ozone Rise Will Choke US Cities

May 18th, 2014 | By
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Climate News Network: Stand by for long, hot North American summers of smarting eyes, tickling throats, asthma, bronchitis and emphysema. And crops could also suffer, because ground-level ozone pollution is likely to increase in the US. Gabriele Pfister, an atmospheric scientist at the US National Center for Atmosphere Research in Colorado, and research colleagues report in

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Green Climate Fund Could End up Financing Coal and Gas

May 16th, 2014 | By
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The UN’s Green Climate Fund could end up backing coal and oil industries unless effective safeguards are agreed at a meeting next week, says a coalition of over 250 civil society groups. A letter to the GCF board underlines their “grave concern” that lax rules could allow fossil fuel projects to receive finance, undermining the main aims

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Cutting CO2 Emissions Can Yield Benefits Worth Billions: Report

May 16th, 2014 | By
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Reuters: Investing in projects to cut greenhouse gas emissions in poor countries can yield billions of dollars worth of additional benefits in areas ranging from employment to health, a report published on Thursday said. In the peer-reviewed study, economists from Australia-based Net Balance analysed the environmental and socio-economic benefits from clean energy or carbon-cutting projects approved by carbon

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UN Climate Chief Backs Initiative to Promote Low Carbon Growth

May 14th, 2014 | By
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Momentum for Change looks for innovative and transformative solutions that address both climate change and wider economic, social and environmental challenges. A series of ‘Lighthouse Activities’ are adopted annually that incorporate the most practical, scalable and replicable examples of what people around the world are doing to tackle climate change. Lighthouse Activity recipients include a bamboo bike

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Banning HFCs From 2020 Could Make Big Climate Impact – Study

May 13th, 2014 | By
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Banning potent global warming gases used in air conditioners and fridges by 2020 would avoid the cumulative release into the atmosphere by the middle of the century equivalent to at least three times present, total annual greenhouse gas emissions, a study has found. Proposals made by the United States, Canada and Mexico last weekfell far short

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Sense and Climate Sensitivity – More Evidence We’re in For a Hot Future

May 13th, 2014 | By
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The Guardian: Arguments that the climate is relatively insensitive to the increased greenhouse effect have become the last best chance for climate contrarians, but a new study from Texas A&M University hammers a big nail in the coffin of that argument. With overwhelming evidence that humans are the main cause of global warming, and with arguments that modest warming

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India, China Must be Responsible to Combat Climate Change: US

May 9th, 2014 | By




Moments after releasing a report on the impact of climate change in the U.S., the White House has said it is essential that countries with high carbon emission, such as Indian and China, be responsible in addressing this major challenge. “It is absolutely essential that nations that produce high levels of carbon emissions be responsible

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CO2 ‘Significantly Reduces’ Nutrients in Major Food Crops

May 8th, 2014 | By
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BBC News: Experiments show levels of zinc, iron and protein are likely to be reduced by up to 10% in wheat and rice by 2050. The scientists say this could have health implications for billions of people, especially in the developing world. The report has been published in the journal Nature. Researchers have struggled over the past two

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Caribbean Life Hard-hit CDM Carbon Market Seeks New Buyers

May 7th, 2014 | By
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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. The biggest is the U.N.’s Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) for

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India Commissions Greenhouse Gas Emission Studies

May 6th, 2014 | By
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In the run-up to the global climate agreement, the government has commissioned two studies to project the future greenhouse gas emissions of India and the legal architecture of the global agreement that India should advocate at the UN climate negotiations. These two are to be followed up with a third, which would look at the

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Soils May Absorb Less CO2 Than Thought

May 4th, 2014 | By
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Climate News Network: Scientists from the US, China and Ireland may have settled one big question about climate change: don’t rely on the soil microbes to help damp down the temperatures. They report in Science that as carbon dioxide levels rise, and temperatures increase, so does the turnover of carbon in the soil. That means

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India to Have Roadmap for Cutting Carbon Emissions

May 3rd, 2014 | By




Press Trust of India: India has unveiled a draft national policy to provide a roadmap for building comprehensive strategies for cutting carbon emissions from deforestation. Officials said the national policy for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) along with the strategies will lead to REDD+ readiness in the country and enable India to

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Wetland Emissions Mean More Methane

May 1st, 2014 | By
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Climate News Network: The bad news is that global emissions of methane appear to be rising. The worse news is that scientists believe there’s much more to come in the form of releases from many of the world’s wetlands. Methane is emitted from agriculture and fossil fuel use, as well as natural sources such as microbes in saturated

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