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India gets $4 billion solar energy promise

UNFCCC headlines - Tue, 01/13/2015 - 09:09
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.
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The top 5 climate science and policy developments to watch in 2015

UNFCCC headlines - Wed, 12/31/2014 - 08:49
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
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Scientists 'must be emotionally charged' about climate change to highlight its dangers, claims expert

UNFCCC headlines - Wed, 12/31/2014 - 08:49
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.
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China rethinking plans to develop coal-to-gas plants

UNFCCC headlines - Wed, 12/31/2014 - 08:49
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.
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Will 2015 Be the Year of the Climate?

UNFCCC headlines - Wed, 12/31/2014 - 08:49
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 doesn’t really have a landmark year—yet. 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.)
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Connie Hedegaard: India should ‘reconsider’ climate strategy

UNFCCC headlines - Wed, 12/31/2014 - 08:49
Source: RTCC - China’s decision to announce a peaking year for its carbon emissions should encourage India and other emerging economies to do the same, the EU’s former climate chief Connie Hedegaard has said
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Norway’s Statkraft plans $8 billion green energy drive

UNFCCC headlines - Wed, 12/31/2014 - 08:49
Source: RTCC - Norway’s 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.
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2014 Brought Lasting Action On Climate Change Policy

UNFCCC headlines - Wed, 12/31/2014 - 08:49
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.
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Will 2015 Be The Tipping Point For Climate Change Action, Or Was It 2014?

UNFCCC headlines - Wed, 12/31/2014 - 08:49
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.
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Nuclear faces tough 2015 as renewables growth soars

UNFCCC headlines - Wed, 12/31/2014 - 08:49
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.
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Pachauri: IPCC future not tied to Paris climate deal

UNFCCC headlines - Wed, 12/31/2014 - 08:49
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.
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Op-Ed (Op-ed) Oil isn't cheap -- at any price

UNFCCC headlines - Tue, 12/30/2014 - 13:09
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.
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2014: The year sustainable investment went mainstream

UNFCCC headlines - Tue, 12/30/2014 - 13:09
Source: GreenBiz.com - Sustainable, responsible and impact investing assets have soared 76 percent in the last two years, according to the US SIF Foundation. That’s the largest two-year increase in at least the last two decades — a clear and impressive indication that SRI as an investment strategy has become mainstream.
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2014 may be first year ever with no below-zero temps in Anchorage

UNFCCC headlines - Tue, 12/30/2014 - 13:09
Source: Alaska Dispatch News - With just a few days left in 2014, it’s all but certain that this year will go down in history as the first recorded calendar year that the temperature never officially dipped below zero in Anchorage, the National Weather Service said Sunday.
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Germany sells guidebooks on renewable energy sites

UNFCCC headlines - Tue, 12/30/2014 - 13:09
Source: Guardian - Wind turbines and solar panels: do you love them or hate them? Do you think of renewable energy as the way to a greener future, or an awful blight on the present? Either way, growing numbers of German communities think they have found a silver lining: they’re touting renewables as tourist attractions.
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Scotland's solar power capacity up by almost a third in one year

UNFCCC headlines - Tue, 12/30/2014 - 13:09
Source: STV News - Scotland's solar power capacity has increased by almost a third in the past year, according to new figures. More than 35,000 homes and 600 business premises now have solar photo-voltaic (PV) systems, December figures from regulator Ofgem show.
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China’s Shenzhen Caps New Car Plates to Control Smog, Congestion

UNFCCC headlines - Tue, 12/30/2014 - 13:09
Source: Bloomberg - China’s southern city of Shenzhen capped new car license plates at 100,000 a year, becoming the latest city to curb vehicle purchases to control smog and traffic congestion in the world’s most populous country.
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(Opinion) Why Stephen Harper will move the climate needle in 2015

UNFCCC headlines - Tue, 12/30/2014 - 13:09
Source: Globe and Mail - Sometimes – not often – it’s fun to watch Canadian climate policy. Take for example, the Prime Minister’s climate change moves of the past month and a half. First, at the G20 Summit in Brisbane in November, Stephen Harper committed $300-million to the United Nation’s Green Climate Fund. Then, a few weeks later, he was up in the House of Commons expounding on the economic craziness of climate policy.
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Inside the Lima Climate Change Summit: 5 Reasons to Be Hopeful

UNFCCC headlines - Tue, 12/30/2014 - 12:49
Source: Rolling Stone - For two weeks in December, Lima, Peru, normally a city known for its amazing Ceviche, insane traffic and great surfing, became ground zero in the fight against climate change as 10,000 government officials, UN staffers, environmentalists and others gathered to start pulling together a new global agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
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India Hear: Lopsided lessons from long-winded Lima!

UNFCCC headlines - Tue, 12/30/2014 - 12:49
Source: Merinews - Although Lima is a great failure, but India's biggest gain at the Lima Climate Change Conference was renewed solidarity among the 134-country developing economies group, still termed G77, and China and, successful strategizing by the like minded Developing Countries (LMDC) group, of which it is a member, as is China. India had gone thereafter firmly anchoring itself in the latter grouping.
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