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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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Climate change: In 2015, the long march to Paris

UNFCCC headlines - Tue, 12/30/2014 - 12:49
Source: Business Recorder - PARIS: Agreements on climate change -- to paraphrase what the 19th-century German statesman Otto von Bismarck said about law-making -- are like sausages. It's best not to know how they are made. On December 11 2015, 195 states are scheduled to strike a deal in Paris to curb the fossil-fuel gases imperilling Earth's climate system. The outcome will be determined in the coming months by Bismarck-style sausage-making -- a long, slow grind, and with many questionable ingredients.
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2015: A year for carbon pricing, peer pressure and Paris

UNFCCC headlines - Mon, 12/29/2014 - 11:09
Source: RTCC - The year 2015 is burned into climate watchers’ brains, and internal satnavs set to Paris. In December, this is where negotiators from around the world are set to strike a global deal to tackle climate change. What happens in the next 12 months politically, economically and environmentally could make or break that deal.
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Investors question fossil fuel industry as renewables rise

UNFCCC headlines - Mon, 12/29/2014 - 11:09
Source: RTCC - The world’s investors – both big and small – think primarily in terms of making good returns on their money. And, over the years, investing in the fossil fuel industry has been considered a safe bet. Yet maybe, just maybe, attitudes are changing – and fairly profoundly – as financial analysts warn that the industry faces “a perfect storm” as it enters 2015.
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Pope Francis’s edict on climate change will anger deniers and US churches

UNFCCC headlines - Mon, 12/29/2014 - 11:09
Source: Guardian - He has been called the “superman pope”, and it would be hard to deny that Pope Francis has had a good December. Cited by President Barack Obama as a key player in the thawing relations between the US and Cuba, the Argentinian pontiff followed that by lecturing his cardinals on the need to clean up Vatican politics. But can Francis achieve a feat that has so far eluded secular powers and inspire decisive action on climate change?
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Almost 7,000 UK properties to be sacrificed to rising seas

UNFCCC headlines - Mon, 12/29/2014 - 10:49
Source: Guardian - Almost 7,000 homes and buildings will be sacrificed to the rising seas around England and Wales over the next century, according to an unpublished Environment Agency (EA) analysis seen by the Guardian. Over 800 of the properties will be lost to coastal erosion within the next 20 years.
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Connie Hedegaard: credibility of UN climate process hangs on Paris talks

UNFCCC headlines - Mon, 12/29/2014 - 10:49
Source: Guardian - Climate change talks next year will be make or break for international efforts to curb global warming, with the credibility of the UN-backed process at stake, the outgoing EU climate chief, Connie Hedegaard, has warned.
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Did Drought and Climate Change Cause Middle Eastern States to Collapse in 2014?

UNFCCC headlines - Mon, 12/29/2014 - 10:49
Source: Truthdig - The Middle East, from North Africa to Afghanistan, has seen an unusual number of governments collapse in recent years. Libya, Iraq, Syria, and Yemen have abruptly become something akin to failed states, and masses overthrew dictators in Egypt and Tunisia.
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Despite Limitations, Wind Energy Is A Growing Resource

UNFCCC headlines - Mon, 12/29/2014 - 10:49
Source: Headlines & Global News - The next time your hat blows off your head on a windy day, a light bulb should go off. And one day many light bulbs will go off as that power becomes an important and growing source of energy for the world, experts say.
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Oil price crash won’t hurt renewable sector – analysts

UNFCCC headlines - Wed, 12/24/2014 - 14:49
Source: RTCC - Saudi Arabia’s plans to build 41GW of solar power by 2032 could be hit by the slumping oil price. Other oil-producing nations that burn oil for power, plus developing countries that use diesel generators, will have less incentive to switch to cleaner sources. But on the whole, the drop from around US$115 to US$60 a barrel in six months will have a minimal impact on renewable energy, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance.
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