Source: EurActiv - The differences between how the developed and developing countries view their responsibilities will hinder agreement at the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris, unless top political leaders provide the momentum needed to seal the deal, says Achim Steiner.
Source: USA Today - Extreme weather events from typhoons to heat waves are helping make the case to Americans on the need to address climate change, the head of the EPA says, although opposition from congressional Republicans to the Obama administration's ambitious plan remains unrelenting.
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Source: Weather Channel - As 2014 comes to a close, Europe is virtually certain to lock in its hottest year in more than 500 years, and according to research by three independent teams of climate scientists, the record can be closely attributed to climate change.
Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Global warming could cause an 18 percent drop in world food production by 2050, but investments in irrigation and infrastructure, and moving food output to different regions, could reduce the loss, a study published on Thursday said.
Source: Reuters - A "green" bond market has taken root this year, with municipalities and corporations issuing new environmentally-focused bonds and money managers jumping in to buy them.
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Source: BBC - Getting ships to generate smaller bubbles as they sail across the oceans could counteract the impact of climate change, a study suggests.
Source: AFP - Word spread quickly: a polar bear, then two, were spotted near this remote Inuit village on the shores of Hudson Bay, about 1,800 kilometers (1,120 miles) north of Montreal.
Source: Fortune - Facing growing concerns about deforestation in Asia, companies are pledging to use green palm oil.
Source: AllAfrica - The government of Israel is seeking a collaboration with Burundi to support climate change adaptation and agriculture. With their 'Africa Initiative' Israel and Germany aim to implement strategies and tools to reduce the vulnerability of the rural population to climate change impacts in vulnerable regions of Burundi.
Source: VietNamnet - Vietnam has submitted its first Biennial Update Reports (BUR) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Secretariat at the United Nations Conference of the Parties (COP 20) held recently in Lima, Peru.
Source: Independent - Rodents have been accused of everything from the Black Death to electrical fires over the centuries now climate change can be added to the long list of mishaps for which they are to blame.
Source: International Business Times - The climate change deal that United Nations member states agreed to in Lima, Peru, on Sunday will raise billions of dollars to assist developing countries in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and extreme weather. U.N. member states will issue new standards to reduce carbon emissions by next year.
Source: Jamaica Gleaner - WITH THE Green Climate Fund (GCF) set to come on stream next year and a recent infusion of capital into the Adaptation Fund (AF), developing countries have a better shot at preparing for climate-change impacts.
Source: Times of India - Political leadership including from India, the COP presidency and the UNFCCC might have praised the Lima climate talks' outcome, but the NGOs across the globe have differed and said the result fell short of expectation and public demand as it was guided more by political expediency than the scientific urgency and concerns of the most vulnerable countries.
Source: Devex - Scientists and development institutions agree that putting a price on carbon is one of the most effective ways to fight climate change.
Source: Bloomberg BNA - The United Nations Clean Development Mechanism, a plan to use market forces to curb greenhouse gas emissions that once was hailed as among the most important and resilient parts of the UN process to confront climate change, is fighting to survive and remain relevant.
The Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) recently named Richard DeBlasio, Sarah Kurtz and Suhuai Wei to its Research Fellows Council, the laboratory's top advisory council, comprised of internationally recognized NREL scientists and engineers.