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Climate change: Sea levels steady for 6,000 years before rapid rise in past 150 years, study reveals
Source: ABC Online - Sea levels remained steady for thousands of years before recent rapid rises, a study led by the Australian National University shows.
Source: PBS NewsHour - Climate change isnt just a problem for rare species. This threat, coupled with habitat loss and other environmental threats, is putting a number of common species at risk.
Source: RTCC - World Bank chief Jim Yong Kim has compared climate change to Ebola, suggesting that inaction on both is killing people.
Source: Deutsche Welle - Countries and cities most at risk for being affected by climate change should not just improve their extreme weather detection systems, but also invest in insurance and infrastructure, says UN-researcher Jörn Birkmann.
Source: Huffington Post - The issue of climate change has emerged in nearly every Senate race this election season. Candidates are discussing it, debate moderators are asking about it, and journalists are covering it. Why? Because the vast majority of voters say they are concerned about climate change and want leaders to address it.
Source: The Washington Post - Drastic weather, rising seas and changing storm patterns could become threat multipliers for the United States, vastly complicating security challenges faced by American forces, the Pentagon said in a new report on the impact of climate change released Monday.
Source: The Christian Science Monitor - Two-thirds of sub-Saharan Africans lacks access to electricity and all the modern amenities that come with it. A new report suggests that $450 billion of new investment would bring much-needed power to the region's city-dwellers by 2040.
Source: MIT Technology Review - A few carbon capture and sequestration projects are under way, but economics and politics are holding the technology back.
Source: The Guardian - A court case has been launched against the Commonwealth Bank (CBA) after it rejected a shareholder request for it to reveal the level of greenhouse gas emissions it finances.
Source: Guardian - Meeting a target of keeping global temperature from rising above 2C is still possible, according to 30 leading climate and energy experts. The authors, who include former UK government scientific adviser Sir Bob Watson, conclude that staying under 2C needs immediate, urgent action at the highest levels of governments. The Tackling the Challenge of Climate Change report was presented at Ban Ki-moons UN climate summit in New York last month.
Source: The Guardian - Tony Abbott has declared coal is good for humanity while opening a coalmine in Queensland. The prime minister, who describes himself as a conservationist, said coal was vital to the world and that fossil fuel should not be demonised.
Source: VOA - Paris wrapped up the first-ever summit on regional efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions, with new pledges to combat climate change a year ahead of a key U.N. summit. Former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger presided over the regional conference.
Source: EFE - The international community "cannot allow" the 20th session of the U.N. Conference of the Parties on Climate Change - scheduled for December in Lima - to end in failure, the advisor to the Peruvian government for that summit told Efe
Source: Think Progress - ourtrooms could be the next battlefield in the fight against climate change, according to a new report out of Canada. The paper, put out Thursday by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and West Coast Environmental Law, argues that climate science has advanced enough that current and future damages from climate change could start being divvied up amongst various polluters and companies in fossil fuels. When combined with the workings of international litigation, it opens up the possibility of legal liability for those entities and not just in their home countries, but in any country where damages from climate change are felt.
Source: Bloomberg - Climate change policy is often assumed to be a lose-lose proposition. Nations can pay now for expensive carbon-reduction policies, or they can pay later -- potentially a lot more -- through destructive climate-related events like storms, droughts and flooding. In the U.S., however, that take may not be correct, according to a new study by the environmental group World Resources Institute.
Source: The Globe and Mail - As a child in Costa Rica, Ms. Figueres would visit Monteverde with her family, and marvel at the brilliantly coloured amphibians that were found only in the high-altitude rain forest. Years later, she returned with her own daughters, only to discover the golden toad was extinct. The species was victim of a warming planet, she was told, the first extinction that scientists attributed to a human-induced climate change. Its a conclusion that has since been debated.
Source: Deutsche Welle - Nick Nuttall, spokesperson for the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, tells DW how religious groups are increasingly fighting climate change and how that might have a bigger impact than you'd think.
Source: Responding to Climate Change - From a business perspective, the issues of climate finance and carbon pricing stole the show at last months UN Climate Summit in New York City. The events centerpiece on climate finance was a formal session structured around the broad and inter-connected areas of green finance, green regulatory frameworks, and UN Green Climate Fund (GCF) pledges.
Source: RTCC - International researchers, in what they believe is the most comprehensive global assessment of clean energys potential, report that a low-carbon system could supply the worlds electricity needs by 2050. A global low-carbon energy economy is not only feasible, it could double electricity supply by 2050 while actually reducing air and water pollution, according to new research.
Source: Reuters - MUMBAI, Oct 13 (Reuters) - India's BSE Ltd, formerly known as the Bombay Stock Exchange, is in talks with asset managers to launch an exchange-traded fund (ETF) based on its climate change index in the next couple of years, its chief executive said on Monday.