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Source: The Guardian - A Danish bid to expand carbon offsetting to the transport sector has triggered uproar among NGOs and academics, with one new analysis saying it would devastate efforts to reign in fuel emissions.
Source: BBC News - Prof Jim Skea, a vice-chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, says the EUs plan to cut CO2 emissions 40% by 2030 is too weak. He says it will commit future governments to extraordinary and unprecedented emissions cuts.
Source: The Guardian - Farmers with smallholdings are not responsible for most of the destruction of Brazils Amazon rainforest, but their contribution to deforestation is rising and must be addressed if the country is to hold on to recent gains, according to an environmental research group.
Source: RTCC - Scientists in the northern Alaska outpost of Barrow have linked 7C temperature rise to the decline in Arctic sea ice
Source: RTCC - The head of the UN-backed Green Climate Fund is expecting further pledges of financial support after the board resolved key questions over its governance.
Source: Quartz - CDP, a British environmental nonprofit, receives data from almost 2,000 companies around the world showing what they do to fight climate change. From that, the group has compiled a list of the 187 best companiesfirms such as Apple, Samsung, and BMWinto a kind of elite (and much smaller) Fortune 500 for environmentally-conscious companies, dubbed the Climate Performance Leadership Index (CPLI), and it says those companies are outperforming the rest of the market.
Source: RTCC - The impact of Ban Ki-moons New York summit on UN efforts to curb climate change faces its first test on Monday in Bonn, where envoys from over 190 countries meet for a week of negotiations. - See more at: http://www.rtcc.org/2014/10/19/ban-summit-success-tested-as-un-envoys-meet-for-climate-talks/#sthash.1FaW4gIz.dpuf
Source: RTCC - Shipping is responsible for a billion tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions a year, a little more than Germany. Its share of global emissions fell from 3.2% in 2007 to 2.5% in 2012, according to the latest figures approved by the UNs International Maritime Organization. But with no strategy to curb emissions, they are set to rise 50-250% by 2050, depending on the rate of economic growth.
Source: RTCC - A Chinese city of 9 million people is seeking to introduce a carbon market, which would be the eighth in the country.
Source: CleanTechnica - According to the Clean Energy Pipeline, global clean energy investment jumped 11% in the third quarter of 2014 over figures a year earlier, clearing $64 billion.
Source: CleanTechnica - A recent Union of Concerned Scientists (USC) study found that America can nearly quadruple its renewable electricity in the next 15 years, reaching 23% by 2030. This comes in response to the Environmental Protection Agencys proposal that America set a modest goal of 12% renewable energy by 2030.
Source: CleanTechica - The new Indian government has delivered on its promise to enhance the solar power capacity addition targets under the ambitious National Solar Mission announcing revised guidelines for capacity allocation.
Source: The Irish Times - Delegates from all parts of the world have gathered in Bonn for the last round of negotiations on a new climate agreement prior to this years UN climate conference in Lima, Peru, which starts at the end of next month.
Source: Daily Times - OSLO: IKEA Group, the worlds biggest furniture retailer, may introduce an internal carbon emissions price to help its drive to protect the environment and create a new and better company, chief executive Peter Agnefjall said.
Source: BBC News - Investors are seeking funding from the UK government for an ambitious plan to import solar energy generated in North Africa. Under the scheme, up to 2.5 million UK homes could be powered by Tunisian sunshine by 2018.
Source: The Guardian - Are fossil fuel companies long toxic to our natural environment becoming toxic in the public relations environment as well? It seems so. Galvanised by the carbon tracker research showing that these firms have several times more carbon in their reserves than our atmosphere can safely absorb, Oxford city council has voted to divest; so has the British Medical Association.
Source: Huffington Post - Scientific research shows our children are especially vulnerable to environmental health hazards. October is Children's Health Month, and as we work to raise awareness and act on health risks, we need to keep children's health considerations and concerns at the forefront of our research, practice and policy decisions. We need to be especially vigilant as we face new health risks from climate change.
Source: ABC Onlline - Climate change is having an impact on every level of fire management, the New South Wales rural fire chief has said on the first anniversary of the Blue Mountains bushfires.
Source: RIA Novosti - The European Commission (EC) published a statement Thursday confirming the commitment of 100 European cities to address climate change concerns in an official signing ceremony where the mayors of the various cities across Europe pledged their dedication to the scheme.
Source: RTCC - Sweden has called on the European Union to adopt a greenhouse gas emission reduction target of 50% by 2030s, 10 percentage points higher than current proposals.