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Climate Change: Africa’s Smallholder Farmers Risk of “Failed Seasons” rising

UNFCCC headlines - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 06:39
Source: Africa Science News - Small-scale family farmers across Africa— already struggling to adapt to rapidly rising temperatures and more erratic rains—risk being overwhelmed by the pace and severity of climate change, according to the 2014 African Agriculture Status Report
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UN concern at climate change in Pacific

UNFCCC headlines - Mon, 09/01/2014 - 07:14
Source: Radio New Zealand International - The Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki Moon, says he is deeply concerned about the effects of climate change in the Pacific.
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France underlines commitment to "legally binding" agreement at Paris climate summit

UNFCCC headlines - Mon, 09/01/2014 - 07:14
Source: BusinessGreen - Are the UN summit's hosts on a collision course with the Obama administration?
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Rich nations have moral duty to help island nations as climate change shifts weather patterns, says World Bank envoy

UNFCCC headlines - Mon, 09/01/2014 - 07:14
Source: Sydney Morning Herald - Small island nations, particularly those in the Pacific, are already experiencing "extreme effects" from global warming, and rich nations including Australia have a "moral responsibility" to help them cope with future unavoidable threats, a senior World Bank executive said.
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Climate change tops UN summit agenda in Samoa

UNFCCC headlines - Mon, 09/01/2014 - 07:14
Source: Al-Jazeera - UN conference set to tackle climate and economic issues facing the world's most vulnerable countries.
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Climate focus at UN small islands summit in Samoa

UNFCCC headlines - Mon, 09/01/2014 - 07:14
Source: AFP - A major United Nations conference on small island nations began in Samoa on Monday, with the emphasis on helping them survive the pressing challenge posed by climate change.
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UN agencies will be mobilized to implement recommendations from SIDS conference

UNFCCC headlines - Mon, 09/01/2014 - 07:14
Source: Seychelles News Agency - Seychelles President James Michel has arrived in Apia, Samoa for the UN conference on small island developing states and has on the eve of the event held talks with the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.
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Push for climate change on UN agenda

UNFCCC headlines - Mon, 09/01/2014 - 07:14
Source: Radio New Zealand International - The world's 52 Small Island Developing States are calling for climate change to be the focus of a major United Nations conference in Samoa this week.
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Samoa hosts hundreds of global leaders for talks on developing island states

UNFCCC headlines - Mon, 09/01/2014 - 07:14
Source: ABC Radio Australia - Hundreds of global leaders from government, NGOs and the private sector have descended on the tiny Pacific country of Samoa for rare talks on how to develop island states.
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Why carbon markets should top Ban Ki-moon’s climate agenda

UNFCCC headlines - Mon, 09/01/2014 - 07:14
Source: RTCC - When and if heads of state turn up to Ban Ki-moon’s climate summit next month, there will be many ideas competing for their attention.
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French diplomats rallied to climate cause in run-up to Paris

UNFCCC headlines - Mon, 09/01/2014 - 06:54
Source: RTCC - President Francois Hollande prepares for Ban Ki-moon summit next month as French diplomacy ramps up ahead of Paris
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UNIDO and REEEP map out deeper cooperation on sustainable development

REEEP - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 13:05

LI Yong, Director General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and Martin Hiller, Director General of the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP) met this week in Vienna to discuss intensifying the cooperation between the two organizations; the aim is to jointly promote sustainable pathways for developing countries to reduce poverty and develop their industrial base.

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Shedding Light on Energy Innovation

REEEP - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 10:18

A REEEP-supported initiative is bringing solar-powered reading lamps to rural Peru, providing an affordable, clean alternative to polluting, dangerous, and expensive forms of lighting such as diesel lamps. The key to the project—called “Digital Diesel: Pay As You Go Financing for Solar Energy in Rural Peru”—is a cellphone app that allows users to buy the lamp via small weekly payments.

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Political uncertainty slows renewable energy growth – IEA

UNFCCC headlines - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 06:54
Source: RTCC - Growth of the renewable energy sector is under threat from policy uncertainty, the International Energy Agency warned on Thursday. Investment in clean sources of energy is a key plank of global efforts to cut carbon emissions and tackle climate change.
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Chile set to pass Latin America’s second carbon tax

UNFCCC headlines - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 06:54
Source: RTCC - Chile is set to approve a carbon tax next week, making it the second country after Mexico in Latin America to put a price on polluting. The carbon tax will go before the House of Representatives in the first week of September, as part of a broader package of tax reforms.
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UN seeks 'Malala' on climate change

UNFCCC headlines - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 06:54
Source: BBC - Five hundred people are to learn if they have won the chance to vent their frustration at world leaders over the stalemate on climate policy. They applied to address more than 100 heads of state and government at next month’s UN climate summit in New York.
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‘Urgency of Climate Change’ to Debut as Legal Defense

UNFCCC headlines - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 06:54
Source: Climate Central - As protests go, Ken Ward’s and Jay O’Hara’s daylong blockade of a coal delivery was low-key. There were no kerfuffles involving authorities and nobody was arrested — the men learned of criminal charges later by mail. But the duo’s trial, scheduled to begin Sept. 8 in a Massachusetts district court, is shaping up as a high-profile affair, featuring an unusual defense and planned testimony by some of the biggest names in climate science.
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Why fossil fuel divestment won’t be easy

UNFCCC headlines - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 06:54
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?
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Green-trigue: N.Y. legal memo may give Obama path to make UN climate deal binding

UNFCCC headlines - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 06:54
Source: Washington Times - Two years ago, the New York attorney general’s 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 it’s a tough sell, and the case was never filed.
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Climate Change Will Ruin Hawaii, New Study Suggests

UNFCCC headlines - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 06:54
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.
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