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The University of Glasgow to divest from fossil fuel industry

UNFCCC headlines - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 08:14
Source: Glasgow Guardian - he University of Glasgow Court has voted in favour of divesting from the fossil fuel industry, making it the first University in the UK to divest. The University plans to dispose of its investments in the fossil fuel industry within a period of ten years. The University is also expected to consider investment in renewable energy industries, although there is no commitment to invest in renewable energy.
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Leading Australian pension fund ditches coal holdings

UNFCCC headlines - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 08:14
Source: RTCC - An Australian pension fund worth $8 billion says it will ditch holdings in coal companies, branding climate change a “very real investment risk”. Local Government Super is one of Australia’s largest public sector funds, with 90,000 members, and is the first to publicly announce plans to divest from coal.
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Narendra Modi government may revive Prime Minister's Council on Climate Change

UNFCCC headlines - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 08:14
Source: Economic Times of India - NEW DELHI: With the adverse impacts of climate change becoming more evident and the recent spate of extreme weather events, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is actively considering reviving the high level advisory panel to coordinate national efforts to assess, adapt to and counter the impact of climate change.
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How saving West African forests might have prevented the Ebola epidemic

UNFCCC headlines - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 08:24
Source: The Guardian - The world now knows in great detail how Thomas Eric Duncan, a man who just a few weeks ago showed admirable compassion for a sick, pregnant neighbor in Liberia, has become the first person to come down with Ebola in the United States. What is less well known is how the virus came to West Africa to infect Duncan’s neighbor. Knowing and acting on that story is absolutely critical if we hope to contain future outbreaks of Ebola and other scary diseases before they turn into global headlines.
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Like Sea Level, Times Environmental Coverage on the Rise

UNFCCC headlines - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 08:24
Source: New York Times - It’s hard to dispute the public’s dismay over climate change. When hundreds of thousands of people take to the Manhattan streets, as they did in the People’s Climate March last month, something big is clearly happening. But a year ago, the signs weren’t particularly good for coverage of the environment in The New York Times.
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African countries demand $7 billion for green fund by December

UNFCCC headlines - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 08:24
Source: RTCC - Rich nations have been warned that unless they cough up for the Green Climate Fund by December, chances of a UN climate deal in 2015 will be dead. The 54-strong Africa Group wants to see US$ 7 billion by the time the next round of international climate talks start in Lima later this year, according to Tosi Mpanu Mpanu an envoy from the Democratic Republic of Congo.
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New York City Is Showing How Local Governments Can Confront Climate Change

UNFCCC headlines - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 08:24
Source: Business Insider - Last month, New York City hosted the historic United Nations Climate Summit, drawing hundreds of government and business leaders from around the world. These leaders came to reaffirm the risk posed by climate changes to the environment and to vulnerable populations, and to announce workable solutions and initiatives that will reduce global carbon emissions.
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11 charts that will help you understand climate change

UNFCCC headlines - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 08:24
Source: Reneweconomy - Every year a disparate collection of 88 wonks from 68 organisation in 12 countries work tirelessly to produce the Global Carbon Budget. I think of it as a high powered pictured book alternative for anyone who can’t stomach the IPCC’s summary for policy makers (or just wants the data). Here are 11 of the most thought provoking charts from this years report.
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Intense Industry Pressure Causes E.U. To Stop Calling Tar Sands Dirty

UNFCCC headlines - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 08:24
Source: Climateprogress - fter years of intense lobbying from Canadian fossil fuel interests and government officials, the European Union has abandoned plans to label Canadian tar sands, or oil sands, as dirtier than other forms of crude oil. A European Commission proposal released on Tuesday would make it so that no transportation fuel used in the E.U. would be penalized for the carbon intensity of its production. This redefinition would make it easier for oil suppliers to export energy intensive tar sands to the 28-country block, whereas in previous proposals the fuel was designated as 25 percent more carbon intensive than conventional crude oil.
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UK urges Europe’s leaders to back ambitious climate targets

UNFCCC headlines - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 09:49
Source: RTCC - UK climate chief Ed Davey has raised the stakes at negotiations over the EU’s energy future energy plans, again insisting countries must consider 50% carbon emission cuts by 2030. European leaders are discussing a 40% emission reduction goal based on 1990 levels, but talks are in deadlock, with a six-country coalition led by Poland holding out for more cash in return for cuts.
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West African solar on the rise, with $29 million push from European Investment Bank

UNFCCC headlines - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 09:49
Source: The Climate Group - NEW DELHI: In an effort to boost solar in sub-Saharan Africa, the European Investment Bank (EIB) announced it will funnel EUR 23 million (US$29 million) into one of the largest solar plants that is currently planned for the region. The 30 MW, EUR 70.5 million (US$90.17 million) photovoltaic power station will be constructed on the outskirts of Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso, and operated by national electricity utility, Sonabel. Apart from the EIB, the French Development Agency and the European Union will also invest in the project.
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Over 50 leading companies urge Europe to keep up ambition on climate

UNFCCC headlines - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 09:49
Source: Uni Cambridge Sustainability Group - A group of 57 leading companies and business organisations representing more than 4.5 million employees worldwide, today urged EU leaders to agree a robust 2030 energy and climate policy framework and energy security strategy that is fully in line with Europe’s long- term climate objectives and that can help deliver a global climate change agreement.
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World’s Largest Coal Miner To Invest $1.2 Billion In Solar Power

UNFCCC headlines - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 09:49
Source: CleanTechnica - Coal India is planning to develop solar power plants across various states of India. According to media reports, the company is in talks with Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) for the development of 1,000MW solar power plants. The site identification for putting up of solar plants has already been initiated. Coal India will undertake investments of $1.2 billion for this initiative.
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Rival corporate giants join forces to get millennials acting on climate change

UNFCCC headlines - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 09:49
Source: Guardian - A coalition of otherwise rival global corporations on Tuesday will announce they have jointly created a digital platform for young people to take action against climate change. Many of the 29 partners behind Collectively.org are fierce competitors – such as drinks giants Coca-Cola and PepsiCo, consumer goods companies Unilever and Nestle, and global advertising groups WPP and Omnicom – but they have set aside their differences in a bid to engage and activate so-called millennials between the ages of 18 and 30.
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(Opinion) Indonesia a force for change on climate change

UNFCCC headlines - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 09:49
Source: Jakarta Post - The UN Climate Summit in New York recently was the first climate conference attended by the heads of states in five years, preceded by worldwide marches involving around half a million people. For Indonesia, above all else it reaffirmed that countries with immense rainforests have a pivotal role to play in the fight against global warming.
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Mayors Unite To Fight Climate Change

UNFCCC headlines - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 09:49
Source: Global Travel Industry News - At the Climate Summit 2014, world Mayors marched the streets of New York and unveiled new initiatives that will catalyze climate action globally. These initiatives – including the historic Compact of Mayors – show the solidarity, leadership and commitment of cities to fight climate change at full speed.
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Poland to draw red line on EU climate change targets

UNFCCC headlines - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 09:49
Source: thenews.pl - Speaking after a meeting with Herman van Rompuy during her first trip abroad as prime minister of Poland, Ewa Kopacz told journalists that during the talks on Monday she laid out the “expectations of the Polish government at the European Council meeting. The October summit will try and reach a consensus on CO2 emissions policy ahead of next year's UN Climate Change Conference in Paris.
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EU energy plans in limbo as MEPs grill proposed commissioner

UNFCCC headlines - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 09:49
Source: RTCC - The future leadership of Europe’s energy and climate policy is up in the air after members of the European Parliament raised concerns about the candidates for both top jobs. Alenka Bratusek, in line to lead the newly created “energy union” brief at the European Commission, was grilled on Monday.
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UN: Expand marine protection zones to cope with climate threat

UNFCCC headlines - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 09:29
Source: RTCC - World leaders will have to expand ocean protection zones as climate change kills coral reefs and forces species to migrate to cooler waters, says a UN report.Four years ago ministers from nearly 200 countries signed a deal in Japan to safeguard around 10% of marine areas, restricting fishing rights and targeting marine pollution levels.
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UN: Expand marine protection zones to cope with climate threat

UNFCCC headlines - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 09:29
Source: RTCC - World leaders will have to expand ocean protection zones as climate change kills coral reefs and forces species to migrate to cooler waters, says a UN report.Four years ago ministers from nearly 200 countries signed a deal in Japan to safeguard around 10% of marine areas, restricting fishing rights and targeting marine pollution levels.
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