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Was Climate Week successful?

UNFCCC headlines - 19 min 50 sec ago
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.
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The audacious optimism of Climate Week

UNFCCC headlines - 19 min 51 sec ago
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.
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Clean Transportation Is Driving Us Toward a Low-Carbon Future

UNFCCC headlines - 19 min 53 sec ago
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.
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Investors asked to reveal climate risk strategies

UNFCCC headlines - 19 min 56 sec ago
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.
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Climate Change Is Driving Heat Waves Around The World: Report

UNFCCC headlines - 20 min ago
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.
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China Sets Coal Consumption Standards For Power Plants

UNFCCC headlines - 20 min 5 sec ago
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.
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US carbon emissions from energy use increase

UNFCCC headlines - 20 min 11 sec ago
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.
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IEA: Solar could be largest power source by 2050

UNFCCC headlines - 20 min 18 sec ago
Source: RTCC - By 2050 the sun could become the world’s 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 world’s electricity by mid-century.
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Peru climate summit to draft global climate business plan for next thirty to fifty years, says UN climate chief

UNFCCC headlines - 20 min 26 sec ago
Source: Daily Orator - Energized by over 300,000 climate demonstrators who marched through New York ahead of United Nations General Secretary Ban Ki-Moon’s 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.
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Oil majors target King Coal in fight for climate high ground

UNFCCC headlines - 20 min 35 sec ago
Source: RTCC - Coal chief executives were thin on the ground in New York last week, perhaps fearing an onslaught from green groups at the UN’s one-day climate summit.Tactically, it was a good way to avoid negative headlines. Strategically, it may prove to be a disaster.
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McDonald's, Nestlé Pledge to Halt Deforestation at UN Climate Summit

UNFCCC headlines - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 09:09
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.
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President’s Drive for Carbon Pricing Fails to Win at Home

UNFCCC headlines - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 09:09
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.
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A Simple Equation For Closing The Clean Energy Gap

UNFCCC headlines - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 08:54
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?
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A Treaty on Global Warming May Not Be Needed, But U.N Leadership Is

UNFCCC headlines - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 08:54
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 Kyoto’s magnificent conference hall, I consoled myself that this small step would lead to a giant step later.
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NREL Announces New Center Directors to lead R&D, Analysis Efforts

NREL - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 08:00
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.
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Why climate change policy won’t hinge on international talks

UNFCCC headlines - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 08:04
Source: Fortune - It’s not that international diplomacy won’t matter, but individual countries are already taking action to reduce carbon emissions for various reasons beyond worries about climate change.
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Homeland Security Joins Push To Tackle Climate Change Risks

UNFCCC headlines - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 08:04
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.
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Climate change offers 'opportunity,' EPA says

UNFCCC headlines - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 08:04
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.
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Fighting Climate Change and Capitalism at the Same Time

UNFCCC headlines - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 08:04
Source: Slate - According to social activist and perennial agitator Naomi Klein, the really inconvenient truth about climate change is that it’s not about carbon—it’s about capitalism.
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New York summit: what it means for climate treaty prospects

UNFCCC headlines - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 08:04
Source: RTCC - The world’s superpowers have finally woken from their climate coma.That was the message from the UK’s secretary of state for energy and climate change Ed Davey, speaking on the sidelines of the UN’s climate summit in New York.
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