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Does climate change impact national security? ASU gets $20M to find out

UNFCCC headlines - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 08:24
Source: AZ Central - It sounds like the makings of a political-action thriller. The National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA) has awarded Arizona State University a five-year, $20 million agreement to research the effects of climate change and its propensity to cause civil and political unrest.
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Costs Of Climate Change Being Massively Underestimated, Researchers State

UNFCCC headlines - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 08:24
Source: CleanTechnica - The myriad costs of future climate change are being greatly underestimated, according to a new paper recently published in The Economic Journal. Written by Nicholas Stern and Simon Dietz of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, the report warns that previous estimates on the potential costs of climate change are likely to be very far off the approaching reality — largely as the result of outdated economic models, and ineffective carbon-trading programs that undercharge polluters for their emissions.
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Report: Alaska military sites vulnerable to climate change

UNFCCC headlines - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 08:24
Source: newsminer.com - ANCHORAGE — A yearlong study on the effects of climate change on U.S. military installations included four Alaska military sites or complexes studied for vulnerabilities, according to a report out this week from the Government Accountability Office. The Alaska locations are among the most at risk, according to the GAO report released Monday
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Climate change satellite launched

UNFCCC headlines - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 08:09
Source: CBSnews - A workhorse Delta 2 rocket roared to life and climbed away from California coast early Wednesday, boosting an environmental research satellite into orbit on a $468 million mission to precisely measure global carbon dioxide levels, a key factor in climate change.
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Australia sees limited G20 appetite on new climate change steps

UNFCCC headlines - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 08:09
Source: Reuters - Reuters) - Australia, this year's G20 chair, sees little consensus among the Group of 20 leading economies to take major new steps on climate change, senior official Heather Smith said on Wednesday.
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Climate change affects U.S.’s anti-terrorism efforts

UNFCCC headlines - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 08:09
Source: Des Moines Register - According to the Obama administration’s new National Climate Assessment, climate change is already impacting communities in every corner of the country, with an increasing frequency and severity of extreme weather events — storms, floods and droughts — and rising sea levels destabilizing the everyday lives of Americans.
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Australians shifting on climate change

UNFCCC headlines - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 07:44
Source: Interpreter - A month ago my colleague John Connor wrote an op-ed for the Sydney Morning Herald welcoming the fact that for the first time in years, climate change was a major story coming out of the Lowy Institute's poll of public attitudes to international affairs. Expectation for leadership on the issue was up, and a majority of Australians thought we should act on climate rather than wait for international consensus.
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Federal judge rejects mine proposal, cites coal’s contribution to climate change

UNFCCC headlines - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 07:44
Source: Salon - What’s the very best reason not to expand coal mining on public land? Coal is contributing to global warming. And a federal judge just blocked a proposed Colorado mine for that very reason, InsideClimateNews reports. People, it would appear, are finally starting to get it.
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What Every Governor Really Believes About Climate Change, In One Handy Map

UNFCCC headlines - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 07:44
Source: Think Progress - With all the recent talk at the federal level about the EPA’s proposed carbon regulations for new and existing power plants, it’s easy to forget about the executives that have front row seats to cutting American carbon pollution. And though climate deniers run rampant through the halls of Congress, a new analysis from the CAP Action War Room reveals that half of America’s Republican governors agree with the anti-science caucus of Congress.
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Carbon emissions above 400 ppm for third straight month

UNFCCC headlines - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 07:44
Source: MSNBC - Last May, the amount of carbon dioxide in Earth’s atmosphere surpassed 400 parts per million (ppm) for the first time in the history of the human species, a reflection of how much pollution continues to be pumped into the atmosphere. As of last month, industrial civilization has won another dubious achievement: A record-breaking concentration of 400 ppm for three months straight.
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Asia must lead on climate change

UNFCCC headlines - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 07:44
Source: Bangkok Post - [By José Ramos-Horta & Mohamed Nasheed] For decades, Asian leaders largely ignored climate change. It's a Western problem, we said. They caused the problem by dumping greenhouse gasses into the atmosphere; let them clean it up. We were not responsible for the pollution, we argued; so we should not have to pay for it. Yes, Asia’s industrialisation was quietly building up toxic stores of carbon, but we were only following the rich world’s prescription for success.
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Solar Power Makes Gains in US

UNFCCC headlines - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 07:44
Source: VOA - Two universities in Washington, D.C., soon plan to start buying half of their electricity from solar-power farms 400 kilometers away. The schools expect the project will save millions of dollars during the next couple of decades and make the universities more attractive to environmentally-conscious students. Experts say the project shows how this once-exotic power source is becoming a routine part of business.
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India warns UN climate deal in 2015 hinges on finance

UNFCCC headlines - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 07:44
Source: RTCC - India has warned that the success of the 2015 UN deal will depend on whether rich countries are able to fill the coffers of the US$ 100billion Green Climate Fund. According to a report in the Indian Business Standard newspaper, Indian environment minister Prakash Javadekar told French foreign minister Laurent Fabius that transfer of green technologies and funds for developing countries from the developed world would be vital for success at the Paris meeting.
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"Green Growth in Practice: Lessons from Country Experiences" report launched

REEEP - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 13:29

There has been a significant demand for – and yet lack of - real stories, analysis, and knowledge-sharing from on-the-ground efforts in green growth planning and development from around the world. Therefore, a team of experts supported by the European Climate Foundation, the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), and the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) came together to produce the report, “Green Growth in Practice: Lessons from Country Experiences.”

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China’s Hurdle to Fast Action on Climate Change

UNFCCC headlines - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 08:24
Source: New York Times - When the Environmental Protection Agency published in June its new rules to combat carbon emissions from power plants, the American political class lit up in debates over what this meant for the country’s carbon emissions, its coal industry and its economic growth.But a more relevant discussion was taking place some 7,000 miles away, in Beijing.
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Chinese coal consumption to peak in 2024 – Bloomberg

UNFCCC headlines - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 08:09
Source: RTCC - Coal power generation in China will peak in 2024 as the country shifts to renewables, analysts at Bloomberg New Energy Finance predict. As China considers an emissions cap and amid rising concern over smog in its large cities, the country’s plans to expand polluting coal power generation are under scrutiny. One Chinese energy expert told RTCC he hoped peak coal could come as early as next year.
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No country will escape climate impacts, warns Ministry of Defence

UNFCCC headlines - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 08:09
Source: RTCC - The world’s militaries face a sharp increase in disaster relief and humanitarian work due to climate change, says the Ministry of Defence in a new study. Compiled by the Development, Concepts and Doctrine Centre, a department within the MOD, Global Strategic Trends – Out to 2045 aims to inform government officials developing long term plans.
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India to Strengthen Climate Change Negotiation Team

UNFCCC headlines - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 08:09
Source: Indian Express - NEW DELHI: India will strengthen its climate change negotiation team and will do "better homework" before discussing with all stakeholders, Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said on Monday. Fresh from India's "success" at the Nairobi environment conference, Javadekar said the country has decided to "reposition" its role in the global stage on climate change issues by intensely "lobbying" for a "good strategic relationship" with like-minded nations on the matter.
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B.C. put a price on carbon. What happened next will surprise you

UNFCCC headlines - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 08:09
Source: Grist - When I pull up to the pumps in my small hometown on the coast of British Columbia, Canada, I pay more for a tank of gas than in California, my new home. Why? Because regardless of where gas prices hover at the moment, the B.C. government tops off every gallon with a 25-cent tax.
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Pricing Carbon: 21st Century Corporate leadership

UNFCCC headlines - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 08:09
Source: World Bank Blog - The call for a price on carbon is growing louder in the corridors of business and government. Last week, former U.S. Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson wrote in The New York Times that climate risks are perhaps the biggest “known unknown” that we face, and he asked “farseeing business leaders” to demand a price on carbon—it’s the quickest, most efficient way to manage these risks.
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