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Can U.N. climate negotiators connect with the real world?

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 09:09
Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Something very special happened on Sept. 23 at the U.N. Climate Summit in New York. Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner, a young poet from the Pacific island nation of the Marshall Islands, stood in front of more than 100 world leaders and passionately performed a piece she had composed for the occasion, dedicated to her seven-month-old daughter.
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News Corp and Occidental Among Latest Firms to Cut Ties with ALEC

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 09:09
Source: PRWatch - Rupert Murdoch's News Corp., Occidental Petroleum, International Paper, and Overstock.com are the latest corporations to say they have left the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) after a wave of technology companies led by Google and Facebook announced their departures last week.
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Ditch U.N. temperature target for global warming, study says

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 09:09
Source: Reuters - (Reuters) - A temperature goal set by almost 200 governments as the limit for global warming is a poor guide to the planet's health and should be ditched, a study published in the journal Nature said on Wednesday.
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Renewables Take Top Share of German Power Supply in First

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 08:49
Source: Bloomberg - Germany for the first time got more electricity from renewables than any other source of energy, evidence Chancellor Angela Merkel is making progress in weaning the nation off nuclear power.
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Climate change blamed for beaching of 35,000 walruses on Alaskan coastline

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 08:49
Source: ABC online - At least 35,000 Pacific walruses have beached themselves on a remote Alaskan coastline in a phenomenon blamed on the melting of arctic ice due to climate change, experts say. Initially there had been only 1,500 of the tusked animals counted on one beach at Point Lay, 1130 kilometres north of Archorage, but in recent days that number has exploded.
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(Opinion) A New Shade of Green; The Anthropocene, Climate Change and Latinos

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 08:49
Source: Huffington Post - "Climate change is a defining issue of our time and there is no time to lose. There is no Plan B because we do not have Planet B," said the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon while participating in New York City's People's Climate March on September 21. The Secretary-General was one of nearly 400,000 marchers intent on sounding the alarm in advance of the UN's own Climate Change Summit. Several Latino and Latino serving organizations collaborated with march organizers, among them Construyendo Puentes (Building Bridges).
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(Opinion) How Climate Change Helped ISIS

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 08:49
Source: Huffington Post - As the Obama administration undertakes a highly public, multilateral campaign to degrade and destroy the militant jihadists known as ISIS, ISIL and the Islamic State, many in the West remain unaware that climate played a significant role in the rise of Syria's extremists. A historic drought afflicted the country from 2006 through 2010, setting off a dire humanitarian crisis for millions of Syrians. Yet the four-year drought evoked little response from Bashar al-Assad's government. Rage at the regime's callousness boiled over in 2011, helping to fuel the popular uprising.
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Climate Change May Kill More Than Ebola, U.K. Doctors Say

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 08:49
Source: Bloomberg - Climate change may kill many more people than the Ebola virus, a group of U.K. doctors said in a call for the World Health Organization to declare the issue a public emergency. Burning fossil fuels causes about 7 million premature deaths from indoor and outdoor air pollution, according to the BMJ, a medical journal owned by the British Medical Association. While the WHO has shown leadership on climate change, it has stopped short of declaring a public health emergency, said Editor-in-Chief Fiona Godlee.
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(opinion) Love, Not Fear, Will Help Us Fix Climate Change

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 08:39
Source: Time - The U.N. Climate Summit has galvanized support—for now. But we're going to need much Superman’s father, Jor-El, was a leading scientist who tried for years to warn his fellow inhabitants that their home planet, Krypton, was about to explode. But they didn’t take the necessary actions until it was too late.
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Can Narendra Modi bring the solar power revolution to India?

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 08:39
Source: Guardian - From the observation tower in the Thar desert and as far as the eye can see, the dark blue arrays of a million solar panels can be seen sitting silently on the red dust. The Charanka solar park in Gujarat is an “ultra-mega” power project – the Indian government’s phrase – and the biggest in Asia.
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Environmentalists call for people power to force green investment

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 08:39
Source: Money Management - Environmental action groups are increasing their efforts to encourage institutional investors to commit to green investments, Responsible Investment Association of Australasia chief executive, Simon O’Connor claims.
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Obama and Modi announce agreement on U.S.-India efforts to fight global warming

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 08:39
Source: Washington Post - The Obama administration reached an agreement with India on Tuesday on measures intended to accelerate that country’s shift to renewable fuels, steps that officials say will reduce carbon emissions while helping India’s new government extend electricity to all of its 1.2 billion citizens.
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US calls for ‘Sputnik’ style drive to save Arctic

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 08:39
Source: RTCC - Climate change will be the top priority for the US when it takes over chairmanship of the Arctic Council in 2015, says the US special representative to the Arctic. Speaking today in Washington, Admiral Robert Papp Jr said that the US would pursue Arctic conservation with the same drive as John F. Kennedy’s mission to put a man on the moon following the Soviet launch of Sputnik.
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No greenwash: Investors urged to disclose climate strategy

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 08:19
Source: RTCC - Pension funds, insurance companies and sovereign wealth funds manage vast sums of money. They can put it into oil exploration or windfarms, airports or railways. Those decisions have consequences for their financial sustainability, as well as for the climate.
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Financing Innovation Key To India’s Renewable Energy Expansion, Says NRDC

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 08:19
Source: CleanTechnica - Growth in India’s renewable energy sector has accelerated at a rapid pace over the last few years through the support of favourable policy initiatives. In order to sustain this growth momentum India needs to implement innovative financing initiatives and ensure strict adherence to existing policies.
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Australian and Indian businesses lead calls for greener energy

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 08:19
Source: RTCC - ndian and Australian businesses are among the most enthusiastic globally over switching to greener sources of energy. In India, 83% of businesses cite the switch to cleaner energy as important to their growth strategy over the next year – almost three times the international average.
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Google Quits Political Group That Opposed Climate Change Action

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 08:19
Source: CleanTechnica - Even Google makes mistakes. The world leader in search recently announced it had made one in financially supporting a political group that is opposed to the US taking action on climate change. Google had been supporting one of the group’s campaigns focused on an issue unrelated to climate change.
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Latin America And Caribbean Region Expected To Install 9 GW Of Solar In 5 Years

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 08:19
Source: CleanTechnica - That solar photovoltaic (PV) technology is poised to become a dominant energy generation technology throughout the world is of no surprise to most, but the sheer wealth of possibility being forecast throughout the middle and southern hemispheres begins to give an idea of just how prevalent the technology will be by the end of the decade.
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Was Climate Week successful?

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 08:29
Source: Christian Science Monitor - Climate Week had no shortage of speeches, pledges, and marches, but left little in the way of concrete global action on climate change. Catch up on the highlights from the march, the UN Climate Summit, and the rest of last week's events with a special Recharge on Climate Week.
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The audacious optimism of Climate Week

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 08:29
Source: GreenBiz.com - Amid the hoopla about climate marchers and international convenings, a modicum of progress could be found in New York last week in addressing our growing climate challenges.
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