Source: Al Jazeers - This December, Peru will host the United Nations Climate Change Conference, during which representatives from 194 countries will convene in Lima to set the stage for a comprehensive international climate change agreement in 2015. The agreement would succeed the 1997 Kyoto Protocol on carbon emission reductions, which is set to expire in 2020. Ironically, in the run-up to the conference, Peru has substantially pared domestic environmental regulations arguing that this is necessary to attract investment
Source: RTCC - It is the question most vexing climate scientists right now: if the world is warming, why have air temperatures flatlined since the late 1990s? Seized on by climate sceptics as proof the whole thing is a hoax, the global warming pause has many possible explanations. The latest data analysis locates most of that missing heat deep in the Atlantic Ocean. While average surface temperatures hold steady, deep seawater is warming up.
Source: Energy Transition - Germany may not have much sun, but it is positioning itself to sell products to those who do. But while some solar manufacturers continue to struggle, German patent registrations have boomed in recent years not only for solar, but for wind power as well.
Source: UN News Centre - 21 August 2014 The United Nations expects over 300 initiatives to be announced two weeks from now at a major world conference aimed at fostering partnerships with small island developing States, a top UN organizing official today said. Speaking to reporters in New York before he leaves for the Samoan capital, Apia, the Conference's Secretary-General, Wu Hongbo, said that with much of the political work already agreed on, participants can focus on how to take these decisions forward and on generating sustainable partnerships.
Source: The Climate Group - NEW YORK: News articles which focus on the positive solutions to societal issues are more likely to attract greater engagement from readers, separate studies from the University of Texas and the University of Pennsylvania have confirmed. The Engaging News Project which is based at the Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life at the University of Texas recently released a report which found that articles which offer readers information on problem mitigation are perceived as more interesting and informative than those which merely describe the bleak reality.
Source: Bloomberg - Growing demand for electricity and falling costs for wind and solar power mean more renewable-energy projects will be commissioned this year in sub-Saharan Africa than were added from 2000 through 2013.
Source: The Washington Post - Recently I learned about Prius repellent a tricked-out truck takes deep swigs of diesel and spews black smog all over a tailing vehicle, preferably a hybrid. These ominous clouds signal that, in our national conversation about climate change, something has gone very wrong.
Source: The Diplomat - At its meeting Paris in December 2015, the United Nations climate change conference plans to finalize a comprehensive global greenhouse gas reduction protocol for the period beyond 2020. As the worlds largest emitter, Chinas reduction commitments will significantly determine the deals overall impact.
Source: International Policy Digest - Our planet is 4.5 billion years old. If that whole time was to be reflected on a single one-year calendar then the dinosaurs died off sometime late in the afternoon of December 27th and modern humans emerged 200,000 years ago, or at around lunchtime on December 28th. Therefore, human life on earth is very recent. Sometime on December 28th humans made the first fires wood fires neutral in the carbon balance.
Source: The AP - HEXIGTEN, China (AP) Deep in the hilly grasslands of remote Inner Mongolia, twin smoke stacks rise more than 200 feet into the sky, their steam and sulfur billowing over herds of sheep and cattle. Both day and night, the rumble of this power plant echoes across the ancient steppe, and its acrid stench travels dozens of miles away.
Source: Commodities Now - With prices hitting a 5 month high of 6.50 today, established energy intelligence provider ICIS Tschach predicts a sustained increase in the price of European Trading Scheme (ETS) allowances. On current trajectories, prices are expected to hit double digits and a two-year high by years end. Such an increase would be a worrying trend for those with significant compliance obligations, especially large, carbon-intensive industrials
Source: CBS News - Though major contributors, human beings are not the only cause of climate change. A new study shows the sun has a major influence on the global climate.
Source: Fiji Times - THE Pacific can be warriors of climate change. This is the message King contestant and winner of the talent show, Josaia Nanuqa, wanted the people of Fiji to know.
Source: NY Times - The threats from climate change are many: extreme weather, shrinking snowpack, altered ecosystems and rising and more acidic seas, to name a few.
Source: Politico - Actor Leonardo DiCaprio is lending his voice and support to a new short film, bringing attention to climate change and calling for federal action over carbon pollution.
Source: El Rancagüino - La Secretaría de la Convención Marco sobre el Cambio Climático de la Organización de Naciones Unidas (ONU) aprobó la primera emisión de bonos de carbono de la central hidroeléctrica de pasada Chacayes (111 MW) de propiedad de Pacific Hydro (73%) y Astaldi (27%).
Source: BBC - A new assessment from Europe's CryoSat spacecraft shows Greenland to be losing about 375 cu km of ice each year.
Source: Deutsche Welle - A major study has found Caribbean coral reefs could disappear in 20 years. DW spoke to Carl Gustaf Lundin, director of the global marine and polar programme at the International Union for Conservation of Nature.
Source: Reuters - Environmental campaigners are bracing to take on big business over whether Europe should follow California's lead and include road transport in the EU carbon market.
Source: Cleantechnica - Traveling from London to Bangalore, traversing 10 countries, in a solar-powered tuk tuk sound good? Naveen Rabelli, Raoul Kopacka, and Tejass journey and mission is to advocate solar energy as an alternative, renewable,, clean source of fuel for vehicles.