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Source: Reuters - There could be progress on U.S.-India civil nuclear cooperation, solar power and climate change when U.S. President Barack Obama visits India in two weeks, U.S. officials said on Sunday.
Source: Reuters - Indonesian indigenous communities launched a project on Friday to encourage foreign tourism in ancestral forests to slow the advance of logging operations and palm oil plantations.
Source: RTCC - Smart grids, air pollution and access to green technologies could be on the agenda when US president Barack Obama visits India in two weeks.
Source: RTCC - Efforts to tackle climate change will fail if they try to eliminate oil and gas from energy production, according to the UNs Saudi Arabian climate envoy.
Source: Washington Post - NASA has its head in the clouds this year. Literally. The space agency is kicking off five global projects designed to study how the earths atmosphere influences climate change.
Source: RTCC - Countries could abandon the UNs climate body and seek other ways to slow greenhouse gas emissions if plans to limit global warming collapse this year.
Source: Reuters - Mexico expects some $14 billion of investment in wind farms between 2015 and 2018, which will more than triple installed capacity in the country, the energy ministry said on Monday.
Source: Cleantechnica - With a new report on energy decarbonization, the International Energy Agency has just made a major contribution toward implementing the greenhouse gas reduction agreements outlined at the recent UN climate negotiations in Lima (COP20).
Source: UPI - With New Delhi praised for its renewable energy role, Indian conglomerate Adani Enterprises said it signed a $4 billion solar agreement with a U.S. company.
Source: Mashable - 2014 was a year in which mammoth climate science assessments seemed to appear once a week, and policymakers made an unprecedented (albeit still sluggish) push toward establishing an effective global climate policy framework. The longstanding divide between the industrialized and developing countries over the responsibility to address global warming was partly bridged this year, in a surprising way.240762father2 2407
Scientists 'must be emotionally charged' about climate change to highlight its dangers, claims expert
Source: Indpependent UK - Climate scientists must inject more emotion and personal experience into their communications with the public to underline the dangers of global warming, according to a leading professor. Chris Rapley, a professor of climate science at University College London, is urging colleagues to ditch academic, fact-based approaches to the subject in favour of charged narratives.
Source: Sydney Morning Herald - China's coal-to-gas industry has struggled through a difficult year that has spurred doubts among government officials about keeping this technology on a fast-track for development. The plants turn coal into a cleaner-burning gas, which in urban areas can replace dirtier fuels and help combat smog, and more than 45 plants have been proposed for construction.
Source: OnEarth - Some years are linked inextricably to landmark events. 1215: The Magna Carta. 1492: Columbus sails the ocean blue. 1776: the Declaration of Independence. 1964: The Civil Rights Act. The environment doesnt really have a landmark yearyet. How many people know when the Clean Air Act or the Endangered Species Act was passed? (Bonus points if you knew it was 1970 and 1973, respectively.)
Source: RTCC - Chinas decision to announce a peaking year for its carbon emissions should encourage India and other emerging economies to do the same, the EUs former climate chief Connie Hedegaard has said
Source: RTCC - Norways state owned electricity company Statkraft has revealed plans to invest US$8.1 billion in renewable energy projects. The clean investment strategy was announced following a decision by the Norwegian government to make a $1.3 billion cash injection into Statkraft.
Source: NPR - Some of the stories that gripped our attention in 2014 will probably be forgotten in a few years if not a few weeks. But there's one story that President Obama argues we'll be living with for decades to come. "There's one issue that will define the contours of this century more dramatically than any other. And that is the urgent and growing threat of a changing climate," he said in September, addressing the United Nations Climate Change Summit.
Source: PoliticusUSA - 2015 may quite possibly be the year that the world finally wakes up and responds to the challenge of climate change. 2014 provided a glimpse of what the new year may hold. It seems the rhythm may have changed. Where before the challenge was to get people to understand and believe the reality of climate change, now the challenge is to get the people to act and to call on those in positions of power and influence to act.
Source: RTCC - With nuclear power falling ever further behind renewables as a global energy source, and as the price of oil and gas falls, the future of the industry in 2015 and beyond looks bleak. Renewables now supply 22% of global electricity and nuclear only 11% − a share that is gradually falling as old plants close and fewer new ones are commissioned.
Source: Times of India - NEW DELHI: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the leading UN body for the assessment of climate change, will continue its work, no matter whether countries arrive at a global climate deal next year in Paris or not. Its successive science-based reports had always been key inputs for negotiators in the past over two decades.
Source: LA Times - As world oil prices have slumped below $60 a barrel, tumbling nearly 50% since June to a five-year low, analysts have scrambled to discern the economic and political fallout. The big picture, though, hasn't changed: Oil is not cheap, at any price.