Crack in the House is Widening

Aug 21st, 2014 | By

A crack in a house’s foundation, if not repaired, can continue to grow, ultimately destabilizing the structure and rendering it uninhabitable. Its occupants must then move to another home. But the world’s population cannot move somewhere else. Houses, while not cheap, are replaceable; our planet is not.Climate change, as we have known for years, is

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Kiribati Calls for Global Action on Climate Change

Aug 6th, 2014 | By

Republic of Kiribati President Anote Tong yesterday called for cooperation among countries to tackle changes brought on by climate change, saying that it is a moral issue with responsibility shared by all nations. Delivering a speech at the 44th annual conference of the Asian-Pacific Parliamentarians’ Union (APPU) in Taipei, Tong said that “business as usual

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Pacific Islanders Call For Tougher UN Ocean Laws

Aug 4th, 2014 | By

The Palau Declaration is the product of four days of discussions, which wrap up today, between Pacific Island states at their annual Forum. “As Leaders of the Pacific Islands Forum, we have and will continue to play a central role in the stewardship of one of the greatest natural endowments in the world – the Pacific Ocean,”

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Face Up to Climate Change Challenges

Aug 3rd, 2014 | By

“Climate change is the most serious global challenge of our time.” So states the Kenya National Climate Change Action Plan. Kenya has to face climate change head-on, in a bi-partisan manner and with relentless zeal. Although our nation has in the recent past been beset by insecurity, it has various climate-change induced problems lurking on

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Crossroads in Climate Negotiations When Adaptation and Mitigation Meet in Bonn

Jul 31st, 2014 | By

The June round of climate negotiations commenced with wide recognition amongst Parties of the need for deeper cuts in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and to be accelerating negotiations based on the outcomes of the 5thAssessment Report (AR5) released by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) this year. This session was the last opportunity for Parties to meet before

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UN Puts New Momentum Behind its Radical Green Agenda for ‘Climate Change’

Jul 31st, 2014 | By

The United Nations is putting new momentum behind the radical green effort to reduce global carbon emissions and drastically reshape the world’s economy — a campaign that is wobbling badly due to international defections and the huge cost of cutting back economic growth in the name of controlling “climate change.” The world organization is doubling

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Why are Indigenous People Sidelined at UN Climate Talks?

Jul 29th, 2014 | By

Indigenous people are one of the most vulnerable groups to the impacts of climate change. They stand to lose so much because, as well as relying on the natural environment and biodiversity for their livelihoods (often in fragile ecosystems), their entire worldview or ‘cosmo-vision’ is intertwined with and based on complex interactions with nature and the environment.

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UNEP and Climate Action Extend Partnership Ahead of 2015 Climate Talks

Jul 27th, 2014 | By

For the last seven years, the London-based Climate Action has worked with UNEP to build cooperation between the public and private sectors in tackling climate change. By extending this contract beyond 2015, the two organisations hope they can build momentum ahead of next year’s crucial UN negotiations in Paris. It is hoped that world leaders

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Private Sector and Civil Society Declaration on Tackling Deforestation and Forest Degradation & Sustainable Management of Forests

Jul 26th, 2014 | By

Tackling deforestation must be a key component of an effective and comprehensive global agreement if dangerous climate change is to be avoided and global warming kept below 2 degrees Celsius. Supporting the sustainable use of forests is also a key component of securing livelihoods and value chains for communities and corporations worldwide, and is vital for

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Deep Decarbonising Can Still Happen

Jul 24th, 2014 | By

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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The G20 Has the Muscle to Fight Climate Change

Jul 22nd, 2014 | By

The time is right to place climate change at centre stage of the 2014 G20 leaders-group meeting in Australia. The G20 has a record of leadership on the international climate change agenda. With the world working toward a critical meeting of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Paris in December 2015,

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COP20 President Addresses Major Economies Forum

Jul 15th, 2014 | By

The President of the upcoming UN Climate Change Conference and Peru’s Environment Minister, Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, addressed the Major Economies Forum (MEF) on Energy and Climate last week in an attempt to generate leadership and consensus on climate change solutions. The MEF took place from 11-12 July in Paris and Pulgar-Vidal, in his capacity as the

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Heating Up

Jul 10th, 2014 | By

The government’s planned representation at the forthcoming meeting on the Montreal Protocol on ozone-depleting substances beginning in Paris this weekend cannot be called anything more than token. Certainly, no senior negotiators have been despatched with the brief to tend India’s interests. Is it the case, then, that no interests are at stake? Not so. For one, the Indian refrigeration

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COP20: “Don’t Come to Peru if You Don’t Want to Change the World”

Jul 9th, 2014 | By

In 2015, the most important climate change decisions will be made with the design and launch of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This year, in December, Peru will host the 20th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC – COP 20), during which a draft text will be

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U.N. Climate Talks More Advanced Second Time Around, Says Former Head

Jul 9th, 2014 | By

Reuters: U.N. climate negotiations have made greater progress towards agreeing a 2015 deal to bind all nations to cut greenhouse gas emissions than the lead-up to the previous attempt in 2009, former U.N. climate chief Yvo de Boer told Reuters. Envoys from almost 200 nations are aiming to agree this year on the main elements

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Much Progress to Go in Fight Against Global Climate Change

Jun 25th, 2014 | By

Five years after the global climate change summit in Copenhagen, when the United States and China failed to reach a binding agreement, the situation has improved though much remains to be done if the world is to reach an accord in Paris next year to replace the Kyoto Protocol. Much is at stake, not only

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Optimism After Bonn Climate Talks

Jun 24th, 2014 | By

The UN climate change talks held from June 4-15 in Bonn, Germany, was an instrumental opportunity in laying the building blocks of the legally-binding 2015 climate change agreement. There was a sense of positivity as countries moved to advance the negotiations towards drafting a text for Paris, where the deal is expected to be finalized.

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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

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

Jun 12th, 2014 | By

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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Peru Presents First Eco-Friendly Booth At Bonn Conference

Jun 10th, 2014 | By

Peru presented its first eco-friendly booth at the United Nations Climate Change Conference taking place this week in the German city of Bonn. Peru will be playing a key role in hosting the 20th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (COP20), to be held from Dec 1 to 12 in Lima.

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Emissions Control

Jun 6th, 2014 | By

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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Center for Clean Energy Innovation Proposes New Approach to Global Climate

May 28th, 2014 | By

The world faces two often contradictory energy challenges: mitigating global climate change and expanding affordable energy access in low-income countries. Unfortunately, the dominant approaches to international climate policies, including carbon targets and pricing, regulatory mandates, and subsidies for deployment, have failed to achieve either goal. Carbon emissions have grown faster since 2000 than in the

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New UN Registry to Support Developed Countries Limiting Emissions

May 25th, 2014 | By

A new UN Registry which records and matches offers of support from developed nations to the stated plans of developing countries to reduce and limit greenhouse gas emissions has recorded the first such agreed cooperation between Austria and Georgia. “This first success highlights the enormous potential of the new registry as a transparent, efficient clearing

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‘Bright Spots’ can Help Islands Navigate Towards Sustainable Future: UN Biodiversity Chief

May 23rd, 2014 | By

UN News Center: Tiny though some may be, islands play a huge role in sustaining life on the planet – making up less than 5 per cent of Earth’s landmass, they are home to 20 per cent of all bird, reptile and plant species – and protecting their fragile ecosystems from ill-considered development, polluted waters and

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UN Climate Chief Backs Initiative to Promote Low Carbon Growth

May 14th, 2014 | By

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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OECD Nations Agree to Combat Climate Change

May 9th, 2014 | By

The 34 member countries of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development have agreed to work towards a deal on combating climate change at the United Nations Climate Change Conference, known as COP21*, to be held in Paris in December 2015. Those attending the organisation’s annual two-day ministerial council meeting that began in Paris last

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Caribbean Life Hard-hit CDM Carbon Market Seeks New Buyers

May 7th, 2014 | By

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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The Fight for Food and Climate Justice

Mar 25th, 2014 | By

Just three days after Typhoon Yolanda (known internationally as Haiyan), the biggest storm to ever make landfall, devastated my homeland, I attended the opening of the UN climate change talks in Poland. With a deep sense of anxiety about the fate of my family and friends, I pleaded with delegates to recognize that vulnerable countries,

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Ban Hails Impact of UN Climate Change Treaty, Urges Renewed Commitment to Ideals

Mar 23rd, 2014 | By

UN News Center: 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.” Hailing the twentieth anniversary

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Needing More Food, but Biting the Hand that Feeds Us

Mar 19th, 2014 | By

Introduce their analysis of this issue by writing that “with the human population predicted to reach nine billion by 2050, demand for food is predicted to more than double over this time period.” And they go on to say that “in the establishment of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), ‘ensuring that

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New Round of Climate Talks Focuses on Setting Deadlines

Mar 12th, 2014 | By

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. Christiana Figueres, head of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, said during the opening plenary session that she has received support from local political leaders, nongovernmental groups, private

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UNFCCC COP19: ISWA’s Side Events on Waste & Climate

Feb 12th, 2014 | By

ISWA had a strong presence at this year’s UNFCCC COP event which took place in Warsaw, Poland, from 11-22 November 2013, organising two side events. This ISWA delegation included David Newman, ISWA president, Gary Crawford, chair of the ISWA Working Group on Climate Change and Atilio Savino, ISWA climate change ambassador. ISWA’s aim was to

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‘Nature is Ringing the Door Bell’: UN Climate Change Chief

Feb 1st, 2014 | By

As the global community takes steps toward protecting itself from extreme weather conditions, a high-ranking UN climate change official is calling on international leaders to re-evaluate their response to environmental reform as nature rings the “door bell” loud and clear. In a recent interview with Xinhua, Christiana Figueres, the executive secretary of the United Nations

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UNFCCC Publishes Report of the Subsidiary Bodies’ 39th Sessions

Jan 7th, 2014 | By

The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the reports of the 39th session of the UNFCCC subsidiary bodies held in Warsaw, Poland, summarizing the discussions held and conclusions reached during the session. The meeting report (FCCC/SBI/2013/20) of the 39th session of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI 39), which took place from 11-18 November 2013, outlines the agenda

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Climate Change: State Department Submits Climate Action Report to United Nations

Jan 4th, 2014 | By

The U.S. Department of State submitted the 2014 U.S. Climate Action Report on Thursday to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). “Climate change is one of the most urgent and profoundly complex challenges we face,” Secretary of State John Kerry wrote in the report. “That’s why, everywhere I travel as Secretary of

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Climate Change and Gender Movement Gains Momentum

Jan 3rd, 2014 | By

An in-session workshop held on gender, climate change and the United Nations Framework Convention   on Climate Change (UNFCCC) provided insight into the status of efforts to enhance the role of women and laid the foundation for next steps.   The workshop prompted proposals to, among other things: Establish a framework, with a time frame,

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Nepal Maintains Low Greenhouse Emission

Dec 27th, 2013 | By

Republica: In a reassertion of the fact that Nepal´s contribution to the world´s total greenhouse gas emission is still negligible, a yet-to-be published report states that the Himalayan nation emits less than 0.1 per cent of what scientists say causes climate change. Nepal´s new report on National Greenhouse Gas Inventory, being finalized by the Ministry of

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Why 2014 Is a Critical Year For The Politics of Climate Change

Dec 24th, 2013 | By

The formal processes of the UNFCCC (UN climate body) will mosey on to plot the structure and lay out the policy options for the 2015 agreement. But it is the informal processes which have the most potential to shape the national interest debates in many critical countries. In the past, the political dividends created from the

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World Bank Approves Rules Unlocking $390 Million For Forest Conservation

Dec 11th, 2013 | By

Less than a month after the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) approved the seven decisions that comprise the “REDD Rulebook”, the World Bank’s Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) today signed off on a new Methodological Framework for its Carbon Fund. Finalized during a meeting of Carbon Fund Participants in Paris, the new

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Gambia: National Greenhouse Gas Inventory Workshop Underway

Dec 7th, 2013 | By

The Ministry of Environment, Parks and Wildlife, in collaboration with the Department of Water Resources and the UNFCCC Secretariat, on Tuesday kick-started a three-day national training forum with hands-on training on the execution of 2006 IPCC National Greenhouse Gas Emission inventories guideline for members of the inventory group and stakeholders of the national climate committee.

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UN-Backed Green Fund Hailed As ‘Milestone’ in Global Effort to Tackle Climate Change

Dec 6th, 2013 | By

UN News Center: Senior United Nations officials hailed the opening in the Republic of Korea today of the UN-backed Green Climate Fund as a significant step in the collective effort to support mitigation, adaptation and resilience measures in developing countries. “Today’s opening of the secretariat – combined with the advances by the Conference of Parties

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‘Landscapes Approach’ Dovetails With REDD+, Scientist Says

Dec 4th, 2013 | By

A proposal to alleviate deforestation could benefit greatly from a cross-sectoral, holistic approach to land management, according to a top forest carbon expert. The broader thinking of a “landscapes approach” is useful for planning and land-use assessments, which can integrate multiple land-use options and generate helpful scenarios key to devising strategies for maintaining forests’ carbon and forests’

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Is There Reason For Asia To Be Cheerful?

Dec 1st, 2013 | By

The Daily Star: Negotiations at the Warsaw Climate Change Conference in November culminated in a compromise deal that commits the parties to a new international mechanism to address losses and damages linked to climate change. Under this plan rich nations are to pay compensation for the consequences of global warming to poorer countries suffering from the

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New study on Climate Clubs

Nov 30th, 2013 | By

Oscar Widerberg, IVM Vrije Universitet Amsterdam and Daniel Engström Stenson, Swedish think tank Fores, yesterday launched a new study on Climate Clubs and its relation to the UNFCCC. A short summary reads: UN-led negotiations on Climate change are to deliver an agreement in Paris in 2015. In parallel to the efforts within the UNFCCC some

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More Money For Climate Change: Will Warsaw Deliver?

Nov 29th, 2013 | By
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The Guardian: Following Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, there have been increasing calls for more financial investment to prevent climate change. Scientists warn that climate-related disasters such as the Philippines typhoon willbecome more frequent and intense in a warmer world. Ministers attending the UN Climate Change Conference in Warsaw last week were urged to make concrete pledges to increase funding to tackle

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Who Should Pay for Climate Change Disasters?

Nov 28th, 2013 | By

New Scientist: To a casual observer of the latest round of United Nations climate talks in Warsaw, Poland, last week, it was a battle between Polish coal miners determined to hang on to their jobs, and the people of the Philippines, who would rather not lose their lives to the tempests likely unleashed by climate change. In the corridors, the

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Progress on Loss-and-Damage and Tech Transfer at COP19

Nov 27th, 2013 | By

The UN climate talks in Warsaw, Poland, have made progress in several areas, including the contentious issue of loss-and-damage as well as the opening of the Climate Technology Centre and Network, which can now respond to requests from developing countries for advice and assistance on the transfer of technology. “As nations put in the foundations, walls and

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‘Signature’ Achievement on Forests at UN Climate Talks

Nov 26th, 2013 | By

BBC News: A package of measures has been agreed here that will give “results-based” payments to developing nations that cut carbon by leaving trees standing. One observer told the BBC that this was the “signature achievement” of these talks. Deforestation accounts for about 20% of global emissions of carbon dioxide. Earlier this week the UK, US,

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UN Climate Change Deal Breaks Deadlock

Nov 26th, 2013 | By

CBC News: Avoiding a last-minute breakdown, annual UN climate talks limped forward Saturday with a modest set of decisions meant to pave the way for a new pact to fight global warming. More than 190 countries agreed in Warsaw to start preparing “contributions” for the new deal, which is supposed to be adopted in 2015.

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Warsaw Climate Conference Ends by Giving India and China Another Break

Nov 26th, 2013 | By

Two of the fastest growing economies in the world — China and India — got a “Get out of Carbon Jail Free Card” from the 200 countries taking part in the climate conference in Warsaw. The two countries received vastly reduced goals for emissions as a price for their support of the final agreement.Todd Stern,

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France to Host 2015 Summit to Finalise Deal on Global Warming

Nov 24th, 2013 | By

Zee News India: France was Friday officially named as the host of the next climate conference in 2015 designed to seal a deal to tackle global warming. France was designated as the host at the ongoing UN Climate Change summit here by the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) was widely expected. The 2015 conference

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Warsaw : All Nations Accept CO2 Targets

Nov 24th, 2013 | By

Climate News Network: Paul Brown, one of the editors of the Climate News Network, has reported from the UN climate talks in Warsaw since the start. In his final dispatch on the unscheduled last day, he reports how compromises have kept the talks on track – but only just. For the first time, all countries

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COP19: 2013 Lighthouse Activities Honoured at Gala Event

Nov 22nd, 2013 | By

Seventeen projects that serve as glowing examples of the climate change action underway across the globe were honoured last night at the United Nations Climate Change Conference, in an Oscar-like ceremony. The projects were chosen as 2013 Lighthouse Activities under the Momentum for Change initiative of the United Nations Climate Change secretariat. The projects took

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Climate Change: IIM Don PR Shukla Urges India to Look Beyond Coal

Nov 21st, 2013 | By

Economic Times: As the world looks at ways to restrict global temperature rise to 2 degrees above pre-industrial levels, IIM don PR Shukla urges India to look beyond coal to address its development needs. Scientists from across the world have came together to refute the coal industry’s claim that ‘high efficiency coal’ is a solution to climate woes. This

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COP 19 Climate Conference Sees Little Progress Even as Global Warming Wreaks Devastation

Nov 20th, 2013 | By

Despite the devastation wrought by Typhoon Haiyan in the Phillipines, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate change happening in Warsaw, Poland has seen little progress, now in its second week. The usual tense dynamics between the group of Least Developed Countries (LDCs), Developed nations like the US, and Emerging Economies like India and China

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Climate Talks: Wealthy Countries Urged to Foot Bill for Weather-Related Disasters

Nov 20th, 2013 | By

The Guardian: The proposal by developing countries that their wealthier counterparts be held financially responsible for the damage incurred by extreme climate events such as typhoon Haiyan and droughts in Africa has become the most explosive issue at the UN’s climate change conference in Warsaw. With neither side prepared to give way on the principle of “loss and damage”, confrontation looms

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Warsaw – World ‘Neglects Climate Impact on Food’

Nov 19th, 2013 | By

Global leaders are failing to respond to the threat posed by climate change to the growing challenge of feeding the world, a leading agricultural researcher says. They do not treat the problem seriously, and they are ignoring the warnings of science about what is liable to happen. Yet, she says, there is much more evidence available than

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COP 19: Realism Dawns as Nations Pull Back CO2 Targets

Nov 19th, 2013 | By

As the Obama administration utilizes any excuse available to throttle down American energy production, other countries are headed in the opposite direction. On Monday, Poland will host an international coal conference which will coincide with the UN global warming summit. This has many global warming pressure groups calling COP 19 “the coal COP.” The coal

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India and Climate Talks Imperatives

Nov 19th, 2013 | By

The Hindu: By all accounts, no dramatic developments are to be expected from the 19th edition of the Conference of Parties (COP) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) that started in Warsaw last week. But it is generally acknowledged that the key issue at Warsaw, even if there are many other

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