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Climate Change: IPCC Warns of Species Extinction and Food Insecurity Among Other Severe Impacts from Inaction
Source: International Business Times UK - A draft of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Synthesis report warns of "severe, pervasive and irreversible impacts for people, species and 27 ecosystems," unless action is taken, and taken soon.
Source: Sydney Morning Herald - Today, as we pass another global heat record, we run the risk of being too late on climate change, endlessly debating causes at the expense of sensible actions. Just as we have underestimated recent threats, such as the Islamic State and a revanchist Russia, we are in danger of underestimating those threats that follow a changing climate.
Source: Business Green - Climate change vulnerability and food insecurity could damage economic growth and amplify the risk of conflict in India, Bangladesh, and a number of other major emerging markets, according to risk analysts Maplecroft
Source: Xinhua - Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli met with U.S. President Barack Obama's adviser John Podesta, vowing to make their cooperation in countering climate change a highlight of bilateral relations in Beijing on Tuesday. Facilitating climate change cooperation between China and the United States, the largest developing and developed country in the world, meets the common interests of both and helps the healthy growth of bilateral ties, Zhang said.
Source: New York Times - These are rough times for carbon taxes, aimed at mitigating climate change. Australia recently repealed its carbon tax. South Korea delayed a carbon-based tax on vehicle emissions. South Africa put off a planned carbon tax until 2016. And yet, for environmentalists, a sliver of hope exists in the shape of Chile, one of Latin Americas fastest-growing economies, which last month approved the first carbon tax in South America.
Source: RTCC - China, India and other emerging economies could see their levels of clean energy installations overtake rich countries in 2014.
Source: RTCC - The EU is on track to overachieve on its climate targets for 2020, according to the European Environment Agency. New greenhouse gas data shows emissions fell 1.8% between 2012 and 2013, leaving the bloc just 1% off its goal to cut emissions 20% on 1990 levels by 2020.
Source: CleanTechnica - Radha Muthiah, Executive Director of the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, recently took time out from her busy schedule to answers some questions for CleanTechnica about the benefits of distributing clean cookstoves.
Source: Huffington Post - A top U.N. climate change expert urged world governments Monday not to be overcome by hopelessness as they negotiate a new agreement to fight global warming.
Source: The Guardian - The Australian governments multimillion dollar plan to halt the worrying decline of the Great Barrier Reef does nothing to address the leading threat of climate change and is likely to prove largely ineffectual, scientists have warned.
Source: Reuters UK - UK insurance company Aviva (AV.L) has responded to a letter from the Bank of England asking it to comment on the impact of climate change on its business model, a spokeswoman from the company said on Monday.
Source: RTCC - In December, Peru will host governments, key players and sectors from different countries brought together by a common goal: to steadily and urgently deal with the global consequences of climate change.
Source: RTCC - Taller than the Eiffel Tower, the observatory will capture vital data on how climate change is impacting the rainforest
Source: Forbes - Consumers have unrealized power to steer the close marriage between agriculture and the climate toward healthier outcomes, according to food-policy activists at the Green Festival in Chicago Saturday.
Source: RTCC - Scientists and delegates from more than 100 governments are meeting in Copenhagen this week to thrash out the definitive round-up of climate science.
Source: RTCC - Ikea has launched a range of residential solar panels in the Netherlands. It is the second country to stock the panels, after the UK pioneered the Swedish furniture giants venture into green home improvement in September 2013.
Source: Reuters - The TuNur project aims to generate clean energy from a giant solar plant in the Tunisian Sahara from where it will be connected to the European electricity grid via a dedicated undersea cable. TuNur say their initiative will produce roughly twice as much energy as any current nuclear power plant and can even produce energy when the sun is down.
Source: The Rakyat Post - Oil-rich and sun-blessed Saudi Arabia has no choice but to invest in solar energy, a senior official of the national electricity provider said yesterday. Solar energy is a must, not a choice, Hamed al-Saggaf, an executive director with the Saudi Electricity Company, told a conference on sun power.
Source: Climate Central - The Amazon rainforest inhales massive amounts of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, helping keep the globes carbon budget in balance. But as a new study shows, since 2000 drier conditions are causing a decrease in lung capacity.
Source: The Guardian - The risk of severe winters in Europe and northern Asia has been doubled by global warming, according to new research. The counter-intuitive finding is the result of climate change melting the Arctic ice cap and causing new wind patterns that push freezing air and snow southwards.