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Backyard inventors: The new environmental 'game changers?'

UNFCCC headlines - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 08:54
Source: CNN - The good news is that there are thousands of examples of entrepreneurs around the world who are finding a constantly expanding market for their solutions -- they are part of the United Nations Climate Change secretariat's Momentum for Change initiative.
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Global warming threat cut slightly, still severe: study

UNFCCC headlines - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 08:54
Source: Reuters - Projected global warming this century has slowed but is still at a severe rate after promises by China, the United States and the European Union to limit greenhouse gas emissions, a scientific study showed on Monday.
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Decarbonisation push emerges at UN climate talks

UNFCCC headlines - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 08:39
Source: The Sydney Morning Herald - Countries will be asked to decarbonise their economies by 2050 and then move to negative emissions under a controversial proposal to be negotiated as part of international climate change talks in Lima.
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Lima climate talks: South American diplomats hopeful of progress on deal

UNFCCC headlines - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 08:39
Source: The Guardian - South American diplomats expect to make progress towards a global climate deal at this week’s UN talks in Lima, despite growing criticism from NGOs that governments in the region are backtracking on pledges to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and protect the environment.
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Heat Waves in Europe Will Increase, Study Finds

UNFCCC headlines - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 08:39
Source: The New York Times - Three scientists from the Met Office, the British weather agency, have concluded that human-caused global warming is going to make European summer heat waves “commonplace” by the 2040s.
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Deforestation cuts into climate change goals

UNFCCC headlines - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 08:39
Source: Reuters - Mines, palm oil plantations, large farms and mining projects are contributing to an alarming pace of forest destruction, a new report has found, hampering efforts to curb global warming. Satellite imagery indicates that more than 30,000 hectares of forest are lost daily, said the report "Securing Forests, Securing Rights", launched in Peru on Monday by a coalition of rights groups during international climate change talks.
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Brazil’s taps run dry as deforestation worsens

UNFCCC headlines - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 08:19
Source: The Associated Press - For weeks, the taps in Sao Paulo have run dry as the city has suffered its worst drought in eight decades, with rainfall at one-third the normal level. A growing consensus of scientists believes the answer to what is happening lies not in the sky, but in decades of deforestation of Amazon rainforest hundreds of kilometers away.
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Shell makes climate pitch as UN targets zero carbon planet

UNFCCC headlines - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 08:19
Source: RTCC - The role of fossil fuel lobbyists at UN climate talks came under fire on Monday, as activists mobbed a side event in Lima.
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EU raises the pressure on COP 20 conference

UNFCCC headlines - Mon, 12/08/2014 - 10:39
Source: EurActiv - As the UN Climate Conference got under way in Lima last week, the EU set out its stall with an ambitious call for "quantifiable and comparable" national commitments on the reduction of CO2 emissions; a position refuted by some developing countries, who see the odds stacked against them.
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Lima conference: Stern pushes for new climate agreement to be not legally binding

UNFCCC headlines - Mon, 12/08/2014 - 10:24
Source: The Sydney Morning Herald - The author of the ground-breaking 2006 Stern Report into the economics of global warming is backing a push by the United States to ensure a new global climate agreement is not legally binding.
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Latin America Countries Agree to Tackle Deforestation

UNFCCC headlines - Mon, 12/08/2014 - 10:19
Source: teleSUR English - On Sunday, eight Latin American countries presented a major program to recover millions of square kilometers of forests on the continent. The plan by Mexico, Colombia, Costa Rica, Salvador, Ecuador, Guatemala, Peru and Chile aims to recover some 20 million square kilometers – more than 49 million acres – of deforested land.
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Lost in Lima: Why climate finance figures can’t be trusted (opinion)

UNFCCC headlines - Mon, 12/08/2014 - 10:19
Source: RTCC - Sorting out the complicated world of climate finance has long been talked of as a key goal for the UN climate talks currently taking place in Lima, Peru. One problem is that not enough money is flowing to developing countries, making it harder for them to invest in greener forms of energy and prepare for the worst impacts of climate change, such as floods, heatwaves and rising sea levels.
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Oil companies at climate talks dismiss ‘carbon bubble’ fears

UNFCCC headlines - Mon, 12/08/2014 - 10:19
Source: RTCC - As diplomats in Lima work towards a global deal to combat climate change, oil industry representatives are taking comfort from the slow pace of talks.
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Oil-rich Arab emirates duck climate finance obligations

UNFCCC headlines - Mon, 12/08/2014 - 10:19
Source: RTCC - The United Arab Emirates needs its wealth to diversify away from fossil fuels, argues lead negotiator.
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Lima climate change talks: Countries discover the chasm at the end of a week

UNFCCC headlines - Mon, 12/08/2014 - 10:19
Source: Business Standard - If the ministers, landing in Lima over the weekend, want to ensure their bosses — heads of states — don’t also end up in the same situation in Paris in 2015 poring over the fine print and syntax to churn out a global agreement, they have their task cut out over the next week.
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Debate on emissions to heat up week 2 of Lima climate talks

UNFCCC headlines - Mon, 12/08/2014 - 09:54
Source: The Economic Times - Its week 2 at the climate talks being held in Lima, Peru. Ministers began arriving today and more huddles are expected to break the deadlock over climate change. The most important agenda is to determine how the world will cut emissions to stay below the 2°C increase guardrail.
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Can solar power replace oil in the Middle East? (editorial)

UNFCCC headlines - Mon, 12/08/2014 - 09:54
Source: Aljazeera - The rise of shale has posed a rare challenge to Middle Eastern oil, culminating in a global oil price war and moving OPEC members to slash profits to retain market share. But at a time when OPEC's hegemony over the oil markets has been challenged, let us not forget there is another abundant natural energy resource the Middle East possesses - the sun.
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Old Laptop Batteries Could Help Light Developing Countries

UNFCCC headlines - Mon, 12/08/2014 - 09:54
Source: CleanTechnica - IBM researchers in India have discovered that 70% of discarded laptop batteries have enough capacity to power an LED light bulb for 4 hours per day for a year. This is due to the fact that laptops lose their portability long before their batteries are completely dead (or their battery life becomes unacceptably short), so they are discarded early.
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Lord Stern calls for "dynamic" international climate change treaty

UNFCCC headlines - Mon, 12/08/2014 - 09:54
Source: Business Green - Lord Stern will today become the latest high profile figure to urge world leaders to deliver an ambitious climate change treaty at next year's Paris Summit, while warning they should not become too hung up on ensuring the agreement is legally-binding.
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‘Stranded assets’: Will efforts to counter warming render energy reserves worthless?

UNFCCC headlines - Sat, 12/06/2014 - 10:24
Source: Bloomberg - A major threat to fossil fuel companies has suddenly moved from the fringe to center stage with a dramatic announcement by Germany’s biggest power company and an intriguing letter from the Bank of England.
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