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Sea Level Rises Unprecedented In Last 6000 Years

Oct 15th, 2014 | By
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A new study of past sea level changes spanning 35,000 years shows that during the period from 6,000 years ago until the mid-19th century there is no evidence of sea level changes over periods of longer than 200 years and no evidence of changes that exceeded 20cm. For comparison, sea levels have risen by around

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Asia’s Mountainous Regions Very in Climate Sensitivity

Oct 14th, 2014 | By
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The high mountains of Asia, including the Karakoram, Himalayas, and Tibetan Plateau, combine to form a region of perplexing hydroclimate changes. Glaciers in the Karakoram region have exhibited mass stability or even expansion, contrasting with glacial mass loss across the nearby Himalayas and Tibetan Plateau. This suggests that different regional snowfall or temperature signals might

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Poor Nations Urged to Leapfrog Harmful HFC Refrigerants

Oct 13th, 2014 | By
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SciDev.Net: Efforts to rid the world of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), a group of powerful greenhouse gases mainly used as refrigerants, may depend on developing nations being able to leapfrog these chemicals to less harmful alternatives, an environmental group has warned. HFCs were introduced following the 1989 Montreal Protocol as a replacement for chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), which deplete the ozone

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Solar Dimming Reflects Complexity of Climate Change

Oct 13th, 2014 | By
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Climate News Network: Two separate studies have confirmed the extent of human influence on climate change – and, for once, carbon dioxide is not the usual suspect. One team has just found that air pollution dimmed the skies of northern Europe, reflected sunlight back into space, reduced evaporation, and increased river flow. The second group reports

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Can’t Take the Heat

Oct 12th, 2014 | By
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As ocean temperatures rise over the next century, fish will migrate to cooler latitudes, according to projections by fisheries scientists at the University of British Columbia (UBC). As a result, many regions of the tropics could become “hotspots” for local fish extinctions, which could in turn threaten ecosystems and human livelihoods. The results, based on

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BASIC Meet: Efforts to Adapt to Climate Change High on Agenda

Oct 12th, 2014 | By




With the increasing frequency of extreme climate events, efforts to adapt to climate change was high on the agenda of the BASIC meet in Sun City, South Africa. The quartet comprising the four emerging developing economies of Brazil, South Africa, India and China, emphasized that the need to focus on adapting to climate change was

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Himalayan Blunders at People’s Peril

Oct 12th, 2014 | By




I left Srinagar a week before the floods. Passing by the Zero Kadal, Srinagar’s oldest bridge across the Jhelum I had remarked that the river was reduced to a nallah and if this was its appearance in the monsoon season, the health of the river was grim. Then within days the waters swelled and the

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World of Clean Energy ‘Feasible’ by Mid-century

Oct 10th, 2014 | By
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Climate News Network: A global low-carbon energy economy is not only feasible, it could double electricity supply by 2050 while actually reducing air and water pollution, according to new research. Even though photovoltaic power requires up to 40 times more copper than conventional power plants, and wind power uses up to 14 times more iron,

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Proposed SDGs Won’t Capture the Imagination

Oct 10th, 2014 | By
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Last week, leaders of U.N. member states began talks on the Sustainable Development Goals. Beginning 2016, the SDGs will guide the efforts of governments, international organizations, non government organizations and others on some of our largest collective challenges — reducing poverty and disease, and protecting our natural resources and environment. However, the current draft SDGs

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UNEP COP20 Report to Include Ministers From Brazil, Chile, Colombia, and Peru

Oct 9th, 2014 | By
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The annual Climate Action report, supported by UNEP, will be launched at COP20 in Lima in December with ministers of environment, heads of key UN bodies and leaders of the world’s top NGO’s confirmed to participate. The publication was first launched in Bali for the UN Climate Change Conference in December 2007 (COP13) as a platform

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Tackling the Water-energy-food Nexus Without Reinventing the Wheel

Oct 9th, 2014 | By
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The water, energy and food (WEF) nexus has become a key concept for understanding the complexities of and interdependencies among the water, energy and agricultural sectors. It has become so key that this year’s World Water Week, organised by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) in September, was centred around this theme. Given the known

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UN Sets Six Month Deadline for Delivery of Draft Climate Agreement

Oct 9th, 2014 | By
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Countries have less than six months left to agree on the rough outline of a global climate change agreement, according to the two UN officials coordinating the process. Artur Runge Metzger and  Kishan Kumarsingh say they are “greatly encouraged” by progress on developing a draft text, but warn time for negotiations is running out. “October

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The 2015 Agreement, Civil Society and Climate Clubs

Oct 9th, 2014 | By
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The recent special report by the German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU), “Climate Protection as a World Citizen Movement”, contains several interesting ideas for the 2015 climate agreement. The report focuses on keeping the global temperature increase below 2 degrees Celsius and reducing CO2 emissions from fossil fuels to zero by 2070 at the

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Nagoya Protocol Revisited

Oct 7th, 2014 | By




Now is the time to turn our gaze toward Pyeongchang. While largely overshadowed by the just completed Asian Games, Korea has been hosting an important international conference in Pyeongchang, Gangwon Province. The Twelfth Conference of the Parties (called “COP 12”) to the Convention on Biological Diversity has been underway since Sept. 29. COP 12 runs

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World Falling Behind 2020 Plan for Nature Protection: U.N. Report

Oct 7th, 2014 | By




Guardian Newspapers Limited: International efforts to meet targets to stem the loss of wildlife and habitats are failing miserably, according to a United Nations report. The Global Biodiversity Outlook 4, published as nearly 200 countries meet on Monday in South Korea in a bid to tackle biodiversity loss, paints a damning picture of governments’ efforts

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Talking About Local Challenges Makes Climate Change Real

Oct 7th, 2014 | By
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Apple farmers in Indonesia’s highlands have seen harvests plummet due to warmer temperatures and shifting rainfall patterns. In Mongolia, where many make a living from animal husbandry, this age-old tradition is threatened by shrinking grasslands and desertification. Meanwhile, floods in Assam in northeast India regularly wash away homes and sources of income, but local people

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U.N. Biodiversity Convention Opens in Pyeongchang

Oct 6th, 2014 | By




The Korea Herald: A United Nations convention on biodiversity kicked off in the eastern city of Pyeongchang on Monday, bringing together government officials, environmentalists and business people from around the world. The 12th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity, also called the COP 12, will run until Oct.

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Changing Climate Demands a Change in Thinking

Oct 6th, 2014 | By




Many countries in the Asia and the Pacific region are experiencing frequent and intense flooding, droughts and storms. Regional climate change trends include an average temperature increase of 0.76 degrees C and a 1-3 mm rise in sea levels annually. To address this, international experts held a discussion on how local communities are adapting to

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More Nations Commit to Fight Climate Change by Restoring Forests

Oct 6th, 2014 | By




World leaders announced new pledges to restore over 30 million hectares of degraded forest lands today at the UN Climate Summit in New York. The commitments come from Ethiopia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Guatemala, and Uganda, among others, and more than doubled the number of hectares contributing to achieving the Bonn Challenge—a global goal

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Washington Consensus on HFCs

Oct 6th, 2014 | By
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Here are two remarkably similar excerpts from two statements signed between President Barack Obama with two successive Indian Prime Ministers in Washington within a space of just a year. The first is from a statement signed on 27 September 2013 with Manmohan Singh and reads thus: “The two leaders agreed to immediately convene the India-US

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Dwindling Antarctic Ice Messing With Earth’s Gravity: Blame Climate Change

Oct 5th, 2014 | By
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The Earth’s gravity is messing up and global warming appears to be responsible. The warming climate has caused massive ice loss in West Antarctica in recent years and this phenomenon has caused the Earth’s gravity to be weaker there. The findings were based on measurements made by the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Gravity Field and

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Adaptation is the Rational Response to Climate Change: Guest Opinion

Oct 5th, 2014 | By
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It is ironic to observe the ranting and pleading of those hoping to curtail climate change through human intervention when it is obvious that there is nothing significant that we humans can or will do to affect it. Unfortunately, the prevailing characteristics of the human species are self-interest, greed, tribalism and short-sightedness, none of which

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Destruction of Carbon-Rich Mangroves Costs up to US$42 billion in Economic Damages Annually – UNEP Report

Oct 3rd, 2014 | By
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UNEP News Center: Mangroves are being destroyed at a rate 3 – 5 times greater than the average rates of forest loss, costing billions in economic damages and denying millions of people the ecosystem services they need to survive, according to a new report launched today by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). The Importance of

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Global Biodiversity Targets Won’t be Met by 2020, Scientists Say

Oct 3rd, 2014 | By
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The Guardian: World leaders are failing in their pledge to cut the rate at which wildlife lose their homes, according to the the first ever progress report on targets to slow biodiversity loss by the end of the decade. Conservationist called the lack of action a “troubling sign” and a “reality check”. Governments agreed on

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Berlin to Host UN Climate Finance Summit in November

Oct 3rd, 2014 | By
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Developed and developing countries have been invited to the meeting, which will take place in Berlin on November 19-20, two weeks before high level UN climate talks start in Lima. The GCF is on record as wanting US$10 billion of backing from governments by the end of 2014, but so far it has just $2.3

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Cap on Liability for Climate Damage Worth a Look – Expert

Oct 2nd, 2014 | By
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(Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Developing countries in Asia are embarking on projects to assess and address future loss and damage from climate change, with the aim of convincing rich nations to compensate them and to reduce emissions, speakers at a regional climate forum said Wednesday. Such work could lead to the negotiation of some kind

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KU Researchers Make New Discoveries in Glaciers

Oct 2nd, 2014 | By




Kansas University researchers say they have discovered new details below two glaciers that will help provide more accurate predictions about rising sea levels caused by climate change. The findings by the KU-based Center for Remote Sensing of Ice Sheets (CReSIS) were published in the lead article in the most recent issue of Journal of Glaciology.

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Could the 2C Climate Target be Completely Wrong?

Oct 2nd, 2014 | By
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The Guardian: In a nondescript conference centre five years ago, as temperatures fell to freezing outside in the streets of Copenhagen and protesters gathered, world leaders did something remarkable: they put a limit on how high temperatures should be allowed to rise as man-made global warming takes hold. It was the first time the nearly

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Pyeongchang is Hosting Biodiversity Convention

Oct 1st, 2014 | By




The city of Pyeongchang in Gangwon, host of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games, will provide the backdrop for the 12th Conference of Parties (COP 12) to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) this October. Twenty thousand participants, including representatives from the CBD’s 193 member states, other international organizations and civil society, are expected to

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Cities Launch Global Alliance to Lower Carbon Emissions

Oct 1st, 2014 | By
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SciDev.Net: More than 2,000 cities have banded together in what the UN calls the largest effort by cities so far to curb their greenhouse gas emissions. The goal of the Compact of Mayors is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 454 million tonnes a year by 2020 — equivalent to the carbon dioxide emissions from 130

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World Wildlife Populations Halved in 40 Years – Report

Sep 30th, 2014 | By
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BBC News: The global loss of species is even worse than previously thought, the London Zoological Society (ZSL) says in its new Living Planet Index. The report suggests populations have halved in 40 years, as new methodology gives more alarming results than in a report two years ago. The report says populations of mammals, birds,

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Despite the UN Climate Summit, Fossil Fuel Firms are Still in For the Long-term

Sep 30th, 2014 | By
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The Guardian: More than 300,000 people marched in New York a week ago, with tens of thousands more in cities across the globe. More than 120 heads of state and government convened in New York, renewing their commitment to a global climate deal to be forged next year. France pledged $1bn in climate aid to

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Destruction of Carbon-Rich Mangroves Costs up to US$42 billion in Economic Damages Annually – UNEP Report

Sep 29th, 2014 | By
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UNEP News Center: Mangroves are being destroyed at a rate 3 – 5 times greater than the average rates of forest loss, costing billions in economic damages and denying millions of people the ecosystem services they need to survive, according to a new report launched today by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). The Importance of

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U.N. Biodiversity Convention Opens in S. Korea

Sep 29th, 2014 | By




Some 20,000 government officials, environmentalists and business people from around the world gathered in the eastern city of Pyeongchang on Monday for a U.N. environmental convention on biodiversity, the environment ministry said. The 12th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity, dubbed COP 12, kicked off with a ceremony

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Faced With Existential Climate Threat, Small Island Nations Sound Climate Alarm at UN

Sep 29th, 2014 | By
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UN News Center: In their addresses to the United Nations General Assembly today, King Tupou IV of Tonga, Fijian Prime Minister Josaia V. Bainimarama, and Prime Minister Enele Sosene Sopoaga of Tuvalu, all reaffirmed their commitment to the fight against climate change and for sustainable development amid growing environmental challenges for small island developing States

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What Climate Change Means for Indigenous People

Sep 28th, 2014 | By
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When I was born in an Indigenous Limbu village of Eastern Nepal, no one had heard of climate change. Our communities struggled to make their living from land amidst armed conflict, feudal hierarchies, strangling debt and disasters that were slowly increasing. It was impossible, then, for anyone in the village to imagine that I might

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Climate Not as Sensitive to Carbon Dioxide

Sep 28th, 2014 | By




The findings have generated vigorous international debate about an issue that remains a key area of uncertainty in climate ­science. The paper, published in the journal Climate Dynamics, was prepared by US climate scientist Judith Curry and climate ­researcher Nic Lewis. Dr Curry said the sensitivity of climate to increasing concentrations of CO2 was at

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Climate Change: More Disasters Needed to Motivate Individual Behavior Change?

Sep 28th, 2014 | By
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Over 310,000 people marched last Sunday to call for action on climate change. ThePeople’s Climate March aimed to press policymakers that would meet two days later at the UN Climate Summit, a preparation for the next Conference of the Parties(COP). Hundreds of thousands showing that despite of political slow action, awareness on climate change has

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How Did Leaders Respond to the People’s Climate March?

Sep 28th, 2014 | By
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About 400,000 people went to the streets on September 21st to ask for real action to address climate change. It was the greatest climate march in history. The UN Climate Summit organized by Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon took place two days later with the participation of 100 heads of state and 800 leaders from business. How did this Summit react

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7 Areas of Climate Action at the UN Climate Summit

Sep 25th, 2014 | By
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We’ve summarised some of the main action areas where governments, business and civil society have pledged new action on climate change. 1. Food security Over 20 governments and 30 organisations have announced new actions to ensure food security by joining the UN’s Global Alliance for Climate-Smart Agriculture. This coalition seeks to create food systems that

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More Nations Commit to Fight Climate Change by Restoring Forests

Sep 25th, 2014 | By
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UNEP News Center: World leaders announced new pledges to restore over 30 million hectares of degraded forest lands today at the UN Climate Summit in New York. The commitments come from Ethiopia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Guatemala, and Uganda, among others, and more than doubled the number of hectares contributing to achieving the Bonn Challenge

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Africa Rising: Leaders Discuss Sustainable Development That Leaves No one Behind

Sep 25th, 2014 | By
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How to realize Africa’s potential for the future of all its peoples and build international support for the continent’s development were key questions explored in the first session of the Africa Rising Forum held this week in New York. Taking place at the Africa Center and organized by the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, the 22 September

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Climate Change Worsens Gender Inequality in the Himalayas

Sep 25th, 2014 | By
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In the Himalayas, when a flash flood rips through a village or when a glacial lake flood outburst wipes one out entirely, surviving families relocate to new settlements, where women are often burdened with more labor and kept away from school, or sent off to an early marriage. Climate impacts have made gender and ethnic

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Clean Urban Transport Can Drive Emissions Cuts

Sep 24th, 2014 | By
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Climate News Network: Here’s a way to save $100 trillion and stop 1,700 million tonnes of carbon dioxide from getting into the atmosphere every year by 2050: cycle, walk or take public transport. A new report by the University of California Davis and the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP) estimates that such a

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Ban Hails ‘Bold’ Announcements on Tackling Climate Change as Historic UN Summit Closes

Sep 24th, 2014 | By
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UN News Center: Bold new actions to immediately tackle climate change were announced today by Government, business, finance and civil society leaders attending a historic Climate Summit convened by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who has long urged workable solutions based on “clear vision anchored in domestic and multinational actions.” “Today was a great day

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Was Kashmir Flooding a Man-made Disaster?

Sep 24th, 2014 | By
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India-administered Kashmir, located in the Himalayas in the country’s north, has been totally devastated by floods – the worst in more than 60 years. Even as the region grapples with the aftermath of the swirling waters, which have left more than 250 dead and millions homeless, the question is why this flood? Is this enormous

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Climate Change Takes Front and Center at United Nations Summit

Sep 23rd, 2014 | By
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The first item on the long list of issues to be addressed at the United Nations General Assembly in New York this week: Climate change. On Tuesday President Barack Obama will address a group of world leaders at the U.N. Climate Summit, a one-day meeting hosted by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and open to leaders

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Global Summit: Youth’s Role in Combating Climate Change Stressed

Sep 23rd, 2014 | By
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The Express Tribune: Environmental experts have stressed urgent action and the youth’s involvement to cope with the effects of climate change. They were speaking at the Climate Summit Pakistan on Monday for a consultative session organised by the COMSATS Centre for Climate Research and Development (CCRD) and the United Nations in the run up to the

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New Momentum Needed to Reduce CO2 Emissions

Sep 23rd, 2014 | By
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Twenty-two years after the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change was adopted in a bid to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide, CO2 emissions continue to rise as international negotiations over how to implement reductions in the discharge of climate-changing gases drag on. On Tuesday, world leaders will assemble in New York

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Record CO2 Levels Fuel Urgent Calls for Emissions Cuts

Sep 22nd, 2014 | By
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Climate News Network: Global carbon dioxide emissions will this year reach a new record as power stations, cars, buses, trains, aircraft, tractors, factories, farms and cement works continue to burn fossil fuels − releasing an estimated 40 billion tonnes of the greenhouse gas into the atmosphere. And the world’s chances of limiting global average surface warming

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UN Summit to Test Commitment to Climate Fund

Sep 22nd, 2014 | By




AFP: A global fund created to spearhead climate change financing faces a key test at a UN summit this week when it looks to the leaders of the industrialised world to stump up billions of dollars to fill its underflowing coffers. For the South Korea-based Green Climate Fund, the climate summit in New York on

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Panama Breaking New Ground on Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation

Sep 21st, 2014 | By
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UNEP News Center: Environmental sustainability is gaining traction on Panama’s political agenda. The announcement of the upgrade of the National Environmental Authority (ANAM) to ministerial status is being followed by a public debate on how to better integrate environmental considerations into public policies. With presence in Panama since 2007, UNEP, as the leading global environmental authority,

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Climate Change: Major Global Shift to Public Transport Can Cut Emissions by 40%

Sep 21st, 2014 | By
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A shift from car-centric transport to one based on public transport, walking and cycling can reduce carbon dioxide emissions by as much as 1542 megatonnes (1700 megatons) by 2050. This amounts to a 40% reduction in emissions from the business-as-usual scenario, which can go up to 55% reductions when fuel economy contributions are added. Besides

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Worlds Leading Institutional Investors Managing $24 Trillion Call for Carbon Pricing, Ambitious Global Climate Deal

Sep 18th, 2014 | By
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UNEP News Center: Days before UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon convenes the Climate Summit at the United Nations to spur climate action and facilitate a global climate agreement in 2015, more than 340 global institutional investors representing over $24 trillion in assets have called on government leaders to provide stable, reliable and economically meaningful carbon pricing that

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REDD+ Needs to Protect Forests and Boost Rural Development

Sep 18th, 2014 | By
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Under the UN climate treaty REDD+ (Reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation) involves reducing greenhouse gas emissions by protecting forests in developing countries and providing finance to make it possible. Tropical deforestation and degradation is estimated to be responsible for roughly 15% of global emissions. Making REDD+ work on the ground is challenging. Careful

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Climate Summit Previews Push for New Global Treaty

Sep 18th, 2014 | By
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Nature: When the United Nations Climate Summit begins on 23 September in New York City, US President Barack Obama will be there. But many of his counterparts from other major greenhouse-gas-emitting countries — including China, India, Germany and Australia — plan to stay at home. Still, the meeting could offer important clues to how a UN push

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REDD+ Progress is Possible — Just Look at Indonesia

Sep 17th, 2014 | By
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SciDev.Net: In the global drive to cut greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, REDD+ transactions have become prominent. REDD+ stands for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation plus safeguards, such as transparent governance and respect for indigenous peoples’ rights and knowledge. REDD+ transactions agree ways for governments, communities and private entities to reward each other for storing carbon in tropical forests and

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Climate Change Remedies ‘Affordable’, Says Global Body

Sep 16th, 2014 | By
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BBC: The body, a group of chief executives, former prime ministers and finance ministers, argues the cost of tackling climate change is modest. Its report says adding 5% to the $6 trillion (£3.7tn; 4.6tn euros) a year due to be spent on power and transport projects could buy clean technology. Critics say the report is

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Old Climate Change Formula no Longer Exists, Say Scientists

Sep 16th, 2014 | By
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IANS: The traditional formula on climate change that says that regions that have a moist climate will experience additional rainfall is no longer valid, scientists say. The old formula that dry gets drier and wet gets wetter (DDWW) is less universally valid than previously assumed, stressed a team of climate researchers from the Swiss Federal Institute

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The Stage’s Set

Sep 15th, 2014 | By
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Republica: World leaders will descend at the United Nations headquarters in New York on September 23 to attend the Climate Change Summit called by the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon. This will be a historic initiative after the world leaders failed to agree on a climate agreement at the UN Summit in Copenhagen, Denmark in 2009.

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