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Source: Carbon Brief - There's a growing global campaign to stop investments in the fossil fuel industry. The British Medical Association, the World Council of Churches and Stanford University are among those pledging to take their money out of oil, coal and gas firms. But if the idea catches on, it won't just cause headaches for oil moguls. Investment managers will be scratching their heads too. If they can't invest in fossil fuel firms, where should they put their money?
Source: Washington Times - Two years ago, the New York attorney generals office prepared a legal brief laying out a potential case for asking courts to make the U.S. cut greenhouse gas emissions based on international treaties, according to documents reviewed by The Washington Times. Legal analysts say its a tough sell, and the case was never filed.
Source: Huffington Post - Climate change has its sights on its next victim, and it's one of America's favorite vacation spots. Hawaii is known for its near perfect weather, but a new report from the University of Hawaii's Sea Grant program states that islands in the Pacific might be unrecognizable in the coming years as climate change makes them hotter, arid, stormy and even disease-ridden.
Source: New Scientist - A new technique connecting individual weather events with the impact of greenhouse gas emissions could bring climate change into everyday weather reports. "Well, the record-breakingly hot summer is showing no sign of cooling down. No thanks to us: the heatwave was made 35 per cent more likely by human greenhouse gas emissions."
Source: Washington Post - PROBABLY THE most persuasive argument against U.S. action on global warming is China. No U.S.-only initiative can stop the planet from warming. Any effective response to climate change will require broad, international effort. All true. But such coordination is not as out of reach as many believe. It is quite possible if the United States does its part.
Source: CleanTechnica - Nearly one in four homes in South Australia now has rooftop solar, as the share of renewable energy in the state neared 33 per cent in 2013/14 delivering the states ambitious 2020 target six years ahead of schedule. Official data released by the Australian Energy Market Operator shows that the share of wind and solar generation in South Australia jumped to 32.1 per cent in 2013/14.
Source: USA Today - Big snowstorms won't be a distant memory, even with global warming, says a new study out Wednesday.
Source: National Geographic - Climate and ocean changes blamed for huge losses of puffins, kittiwakes, and terns.
Source: UN News Centre - Experts are urging the international community to act fast to reduce climate change and its health consequences at the first-ever global conference on health and climate, which opened today at the Geneva headquarters of the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO).
Source: ABC Radio Australia - Samoa's prime minister has issued an impassioned plea on behalf all Pacific nations for more help to cope with climate change and he has called on Australia, to lift its focus from the federal budget and lead the way.
Source: Sydney Morning Herald - The Abbott government is set to release its long-awaited review into the renewable energy target on Thursday.
Source: BBC - Chile has inaugurated its biggest ever wind farm as part of its bid to wean itself off fossil fuels and tap its massive potential for renewable energy.
Source: National Journal - Christiana Figueres, the United Nations official overseeing global climate talks, on Wednesday implored national health ministers to become advocates for reaching a strong international climate accord next year.
Source: US News & World Report - The president's reported plan to seek a nonbinding climate agreement to address global warming meets expectations, experts say.
Source: Reuters - New roads long enough to girdle the Earth 600 times are expected to be built by 2050 and better planning is needed to protect the environment while also raising food production, a study showed on Wednesday.
Source: Solomon Star News - Small Island Developing States(SIDS) have been told that there is no time to waste sitting back and wait but to focus and press forward to make their voices heard in addressing their issues in the UNSIDS conference next week.
Source: Tonga Daily News - Around 3,000 delegates from around the world, including representatives from all Forum member countries, will meet in Samoa next week to discuss global efforts to address the unique challenges faced by small island developing states.
Source: Radio New Zealand International - A New Zealand academic is urging leaders of developing states in the Pacific to use a major United Nations conference in Samoa as an opportunity to address blatant inequalities in the region.
Source: AP - Global warming is here, human-caused and probably already dangerous - and it's increasingly likely that the heating trend could be irreversible, a draft of a new international science report says.
Source: UN News Centre - Ahead of a major United Nations conference in Samoa on small island developing countries, iTunes has teamed up with the UN to create a dedicated page on the popular site launched today featuring music from artists born and raised in some of the worlds smallest islands.