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US-India bonhomie missing on climate change

UNFCCC headlines - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 09:04
Source: Business Standard (India) - The much-touted US-India bonhomie failed when it came to climate-change talks between the two countries. The US government refused to accept an insertion in a joint statement between the two heads of states that reasserted the 2015 Paris climate agreement would be under the existing UN Convention on Climate Change, following the principle of common but differentiated responsibilities (CBDR) and the principle of equity.
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Christiana Figueres analiza el futuro del cambio climático tras el Foro de Davos

UNFCCC headlines - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 09:04
Source: ConexiónCOP - Gran parte de la discusión entre los líderes del sector público y privado en la reunión anual del Foro Económico Mundial se centró en el papel de la energía en transformadora del actual modelo de crecimiento. La secretaria Ejecutiva de la Convención Marco de Naciones Unidas sobre el Cambio Climático comparte su visión del futuro en el tema.
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Global calculator: 7 emissions pathways for the world

UNFCCC headlines - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 09:04
Source: RTCC - Ahead of a critical round of UN climate talks in Paris this December, countries are preparing their draft national contributions to a global climate deal. China, India and Colombia are among those drawing on a calculator tool developed by the UK government to test out different policy combinations.
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Obama bans oil drilling in 9.8 million acres of Arctic ocean

UNFCCC headlines - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 09:04
Source: RTCC - US president Barack Obama has banned oil and gas drilling in 9.8 million acres of the Arctic ocean, while opening up vast new resources in the Gulf of Mexico. This means that parts of the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas off Alaska’s coast can no longer be considered for future oil and gas leases, though it does not revoke existing licenses such as those held by Shell.
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The Countries Most Likely To Survive Climate Change In One Infographic

UNFCCC headlines - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 09:04
Source: Business Insider - limate change is real, and it's coming. But we're all going to be affected in different ways. How will your country fare? The folks at Eco Experts put together a great infographic based on data from the Notre Dame Global Adaptation (ND-Gain) Index, an annual ranking of which countries are best poised to adapt to a warming world.
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We should not surrender to climate change

UNFCCC headlines - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 09:04
Source: Guardian - This month a team of scientists reported that melting ice caps and glaciers due to climate change are causing oceans to rise more drastically than previously calculated. The news is particularly troubling for my country, the Maldives — the world’s lowest lying island chain — and for other coastal and island nations that sit just metres above sea level.
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Tate reveals “embarrassingly small” scale of BP sponsorship

UNFCCC headlines - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 10:04
Source: RTCC - Campaigners have accused the Tate of selling out cheap to big oil, after it revealed that BP sponsorship makes up just 0.5% of its annual income. The British institution was forced to disclose how much money it receives from BP after a three-year battle, as part of a campaign to persuade the gallery to shun fossil fuel sponsorship.
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Study: Global warming 'doubles risk' of extreme weather

UNFCCC headlines - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 10:04
Source: BBC - Extreme weather arising from a climate phenomenon in the Pacific Ocean will get much worse as the world warms, according to climate modelling. Parts of the world will have weather patterns that switch between extremes of wet and dry, say scientists. The US will see more droughts while flooding will become more common in the western Pacific, research suggests.
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India must pursue economic growth in a clean way: Christiana Figueres, UN climate change head

UNFCCC headlines - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 10:04
Source: The Economic Times (India) - Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of the United Nations Framework on Climate Change, says developing countries have to break the myth that economic growth is not possible without fossil fuels and that there will more action on the renewable energy front through the year. ET caught up with the UN climate change boss ahead of 2015's first round of negotiations for the global agreement to be finalised in Paris.
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Australia temperatures rising faster than rest of the world: official report

UNFCCC headlines - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 10:04
Source: Reuters - (Reuters) - Australia faced a rise in temperature of potentially more than 5 degrees celsius (41 degrees fahrenheit) by the end of the century, an increase that would outpace global warming worldwide, the country's national science agency said on Tuesday.
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Climate change could impact the poor much more than previously thought

UNFCCC headlines - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 10:04
Source: Guardian - It’s widely accepted that climate change will have bigger negative impacts on poorer countries than wealthy ones. However, a new economic modeling study finds that the economic impacts on these poorer countries could be much larger than previous estimates.
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The Climate Science Behind New England’s Historic Blizzard

UNFCCC headlines - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 09:49
Source: ThinkProgress - Another epic blizzard is bearing down on New England. There is a “big part” played by “human-induced climate change,” especially warming-fueled ocean temperatures, according to Dr. Kevin Trenberth, former head of the Climate Analysis Section at the National Center for Atmospheric Research.
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On climate change, 'not a scientist' not enough for some U.S. Republicans

UNFCCC headlines - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 09:49
Source: Reuters - (Reuters) - Rick Perry's farewell speech to the Texas legislature listed the accomplishments expected from an outgoing Republican governor of the country's largest oil-producing state. But his Jan. 15 speech also did something less predictable: touting his environmental record, from lowering Texas' carbon emissions to turning the state into a global leader in wind energy production.
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Copenhagen unveils first climate-change adapted neighborhood

UNFCCC headlines - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 09:49
Source: Al Jazeera - Come hell or high water, the residents of St. Kjeld, a Copenhagen neighborhood, will be ready. Actually, skip the hell part. But when the next megastorm hits the Danish capital, St. Kjeld’s residents should be safe and dry. That’s because as of December, they live in the world’s first climate-change-adapted neighborhood.
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New York governor says massive storms are 'part of the changing climate'

UNFCCC headlines - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 09:49
Source: Guardian - Massive snowstorms such as the one sweeping into the US north-east on Monday are “part of the changing climate”, New York’s governor, Andrew Cuomo, declared at a press conference announcing a state of emergency. Cuomo said on Monday that “there is a pattern of extreme weather that we’ve never seen before” – reiterating his comments in the wake of hurricane Sandy, when he said that “anyone who says there’s not a dramatic change in weather patterns is probably denying reality.”
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Why London is rubbish at solar

UNFCCC headlines - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 09:49
Source: Guardian - In the end, it was a bit of an anticlimax. After years of wanting to stick solar panels on the roof of my London home, all I had to show for their installation earlier this month was a garden-full of scaffolding and a new box next to our fuse box. Many people will understandably have written off solar power at home as the government incentives paid for them have been massively cut, sometimes so drastically that it prompted successful legal action against the coalition.
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For Saudis, Falling Demand for Oil Is the Biggest Concern

UNFCCC headlines - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 09:59
Source: Bloomberg - As the world’s oil producers wring their hands over a global glut that’s pushing down prices, evidence is mounting that Saudi Arabia is more concerned about shrinking demand. The world’s largest exporter has chosen not to cut production, counting instead on lower prices to stimulate consumption, said Mohammad Al Sabban, an adviser to Saudi Arabia’s petroleum minister from 1988 to 2013.
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Obama-Modi climate deal: Unlike China, no emission target for India

UNFCCC headlines - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 09:59
Source: Times of India - NEW DELHI: India and the US on Sunday stressed enhancing bilateral cooperation to deal with climate change but did not have a China-like bilateral deal where both Washington and Beijing last November set their respective emission cut goals. Despite international pressure, India walked its own path keeping economic development in mind and insisted on tackling climate change by moving firmly on the clean, renewable energy path, adopting improved energy efficient technology and through various adaptation measures.
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“I’m pretty optimistic” – lead State Dept climate lawyer on Paris talks

UNFCCC headlines - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 09:59
Source: RTCC - When conflict between rich and emerging economies threatened to derail UN climate talks in Lima last month, one six-word phrase put them back on track. It was the same words used by the US and China in November’s historic joint pact to cut emissions: “In light of different national circumstances.” The author of this formula, Susan Biniaz, keeps a low profile. But as lead climate change lawyer for the US State Department, she will play a critical role securing a global deal in Paris this December.
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Arctic still profitable despite $50 oil – Statoil

UNFCCC headlines - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 09:39
Source: RTCC - Norwegian oil major Statoil will go ahead with Arctic drilling plans, despite the drop oil prices and threat of climate change. Tim Dodson, executive vice president of Statoil, quenched rumours that the company had given up its exploration work in West Greenland because of low oil prices – a move UN climate chief Christiana Figueres highlighted as an example of stranded assets becoming a reality.
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