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Source: Christian Science Monitor - Climate Week had no shortage of speeches, pledges, and marches, but left little in the way of concrete global action on climate change. Catch up on the highlights from the march, the UN Climate Summit, and the rest of last week's events with a special Recharge on Climate Week.
Source: GreenBiz.com - Amid the hoopla about climate marchers and international convenings, a modicum of progress could be found in New York last week in addressing our growing climate challenges.
Source: Huffington Post - Some snapshots from across this legendarily car-loving nation: American car buyers can get more miles per gallon than ever before. Window stickers at new car lots displayed a record high average fuel economy of 25.8 mpg in August, according to the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute.
Source: Business Green - More than 1,000 of the world's leading asset owners, including pension funds, insurance companies and sovereign wealth funds, will today be called on to reveal exactly how they are managing their exposure to climate-related risk.
Source: Huffington Post - WASHINGTON - The record-setting heat wave in Australia last year was "largely attributable" to human-caused climate change, according to a synthesis report released Monday. Heat waves in Japan, Korea, China and Europe were also "substantially influenced" by global warming, the report found.
Source: CleanTechnica - China is taking serious initiatives to reduce dependence on coal as it looks ready to unleash unprecedented measures to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions.
Source: RTCC - US carbon dioxide emissions from energy consumption rose 3% in the first six months of 2014 compared to the same period last year. The latest figures from the US Energy Information Administration show energy sources belched out 2,737 million tonnes of carbon dioxide between January and June.
Source: RTCC - By 2050 the sun could become the worlds largest source of electricity, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA). It has released two reports which it says show how solar photovoltaic (PV) and concentrated solar thermal sources could provide 26% of the worlds electricity by mid-century.
Peru climate summit to draft global climate business plan for next thirty to fifty years, says UN climate chief
Source: Daily Orator - Energized by over 300,000 climate demonstrators who marched through New York ahead of United Nations General Secretary Ban Ki-Moons climate summit last week, Christiana Figueres, the Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Climate Change Convention (UNFCCC) told a Montreal audience on Friday to expect a draft global agreement in Peru this year to address climate change.
Source: RTCC - Coal chief executives were thin on the ground in New York last week, perhaps fearing an onslaught from green groups at the UNs one-day climate summit.Tactically, it was a good way to avoid negative headlines. Strategically, it may prove to be a disaster.
Source: Mashable - In the next few years, big name brands such as Axe body spray, Ben & Jerry's ice cream and Dove soap may be considered more environmentally friendly than they are now, thanks to actions taken at the United Nations Climate Summit earlier this week.
Source: NYT - President Obama stood in the chamber of the United Nations General Assembly last week and urged the world to follow his example and fight global warming. But a major new declaration calling for a global price on carbon signed by 74 countries and more than 1,000 businesses and investors is missing a key signatory: the United States.
Source: Forbes - (Opinion) This is for all of you math whizzes and Sudoku geniuses out there. You know who you are folks who are good with numbers: If the world needs to invest $44 trillion into clean energy by 2030, how much must we invest per year over the next 36 years?
Source: NYT - (Opinion) When industrialized countries agreed in Kyoto in 1997 to produce 5 percent fewer greenhouse gases in 2008 to 2012 than they did in 1990, it was clear that would never lead to a stabilization of global warming, which nearly all countries had pledged to seek in the 1992 Rio summit. But coming out of the Kyotos magnificent conference hall, I consoled myself that this small step would lead to a giant step later.
The Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory recently named leaders in the renewable energy field as center directors. Paul Basore has been named Director of the Materials Applications and Performance Center; Dave Mooney as Director of the Strategic Energy Analysis Center; Nancy Haegel as Director of NREL’s Materials Science Center; Jao van de Lagemaat as Director of Chemistry and Nanoscience; and Pete Sheldon was named Director of Research Operations within NREL’s Materials and Chemical Science and Technology Directorate.
Source: Fortune - Its not that international diplomacy wont matter, but individual countries are already taking action to reduce carbon emissions for various reasons beyond worries about climate change.
Source: Reuters - NEW YORK, Sept 25 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Protecting the infrastructure of American cities from the effects of climate change is rising on the agenda of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, according to a top agency official.
Source: USA Today - Taking a new tack on climate change, the Obama administration touted Thursday the "opportunity" rather than the cost that climate action presents for the U.S. economy.
Source: Slate - According to social activist and perennial agitator Naomi Klein, the really inconvenient truth about climate change is that its not about carbonits about capitalism.
Source: RTCC - The worlds superpowers have finally woken from their climate coma.That was the message from the UKs secretary of state for energy and climate change Ed Davey, speaking on the sidelines of the UNs climate summit in New York.