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Brazil’s taps run dry as deforestation worsens

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 08:19
Source: The Associated Press - For weeks, the taps in Sao Paulo have run dry as the city has suffered its worst drought in eight decades, with rainfall at one-third the normal level. A growing consensus of scientists believes the answer to what is happening lies not in the sky, but in decades of deforestation of Amazon rainforest hundreds of kilometers away.
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Shell makes climate pitch as UN targets zero carbon planet

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 08:19
Source: RTCC - The role of fossil fuel lobbyists at UN climate talks came under fire on Monday, as activists mobbed a side event in Lima.
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EU raises the pressure on COP 20 conference

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 10:39
Source: EurActiv - As the UN Climate Conference got under way in Lima last week, the EU set out its stall with an ambitious call for "quantifiable and comparable" national commitments on the reduction of CO2 emissions; a position refuted by some developing countries, who see the odds stacked against them.
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Lima conference: Stern pushes for new climate agreement to be not legally binding

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 10:24
Source: The Sydney Morning Herald - The author of the ground-breaking 2006 Stern Report into the economics of global warming is backing a push by the United States to ensure a new global climate agreement is not legally binding.
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Latin America Countries Agree to Tackle Deforestation

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 10:19
Source: teleSUR English - On Sunday, eight Latin American countries presented a major program to recover millions of square kilometers of forests on the continent. The plan by Mexico, Colombia, Costa Rica, Salvador, Ecuador, Guatemala, Peru and Chile aims to recover some 20 million square kilometers – more than 49 million acres – of deforested land.
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Lost in Lima: Why climate finance figures can’t be trusted (opinion)

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 10:19
Source: RTCC - Sorting out the complicated world of climate finance has long been talked of as a key goal for the UN climate talks currently taking place in Lima, Peru. One problem is that not enough money is flowing to developing countries, making it harder for them to invest in greener forms of energy and prepare for the worst impacts of climate change, such as floods, heatwaves and rising sea levels.
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Oil companies at climate talks dismiss ‘carbon bubble’ fears

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 10:19
Source: RTCC - As diplomats in Lima work towards a global deal to combat climate change, oil industry representatives are taking comfort from the slow pace of talks.
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Oil-rich Arab emirates duck climate finance obligations

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 10:19
Source: RTCC - The United Arab Emirates needs its wealth to diversify away from fossil fuels, argues lead negotiator.
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Lima climate change talks: Countries discover the chasm at the end of a week

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 10:19
Source: Business Standard - If the ministers, landing in Lima over the weekend, want to ensure their bosses — heads of states — don’t also end up in the same situation in Paris in 2015 poring over the fine print and syntax to churn out a global agreement, they have their task cut out over the next week.
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Debate on emissions to heat up week 2 of Lima climate talks

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 09:54
Source: The Economic Times - Its week 2 at the climate talks being held in Lima, Peru. Ministers began arriving today and more huddles are expected to break the deadlock over climate change. The most important agenda is to determine how the world will cut emissions to stay below the 2°C increase guardrail.
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Can solar power replace oil in the Middle East? (editorial)

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 09:54
Source: Aljazeera - The rise of shale has posed a rare challenge to Middle Eastern oil, culminating in a global oil price war and moving OPEC members to slash profits to retain market share. But at a time when OPEC's hegemony over the oil markets has been challenged, let us not forget there is another abundant natural energy resource the Middle East possesses - the sun.
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Old Laptop Batteries Could Help Light Developing Countries

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 09:54
Source: CleanTechnica - IBM researchers in India have discovered that 70% of discarded laptop batteries have enough capacity to power an LED light bulb for 4 hours per day for a year. This is due to the fact that laptops lose their portability long before their batteries are completely dead (or their battery life becomes unacceptably short), so they are discarded early.
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Lord Stern calls for "dynamic" international climate change treaty

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 09:54
Source: Business Green - Lord Stern will today become the latest high profile figure to urge world leaders to deliver an ambitious climate change treaty at next year's Paris Summit, while warning they should not become too hung up on ensuring the agreement is legally-binding.
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‘Stranded assets’: Will efforts to counter warming render energy reserves worthless?

Sat, 12/06/2014 - 10:24
Source: Bloomberg - A major threat to fossil fuel companies has suddenly moved from the fringe to center stage with a dramatic announcement by Germany’s biggest power company and an intriguing letter from the Bank of England.
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Cost of adaptating to impacts of climate change much more than previous estimates: UN report

Sat, 12/06/2014 - 10:04
Source: Indian Express - Reinforcing the enormity of the challenge in dealing with climate change, a new UN report has said that even if greenhouse gas emissions were cut in the most optimistic manner from now on, the costs of adapting to the impacts of climate change would be at least two to three times more than previous estimates of just a few months earlier.
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UN climate fund woefully behind $100B goal

Sat, 12/06/2014 - 10:04
Source: CCTV America - A new United Nations report warned that the cost of adapting to a warmer world is soaring for developing nations and funding is falling short. CCTV America’s Dan Collyns reported this story from the U.N. climate negotiations currently underway in Lima, Peru
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Is it too late to save the Maldives from climate change

Sat, 12/06/2014 - 10:04
Source: The Independent - Three years ago, thanks to its enterprising president, the Maldives was leading a global climate change response. Now, that president is out of office, living under armed guard, and watching his country wilt under the threat of extremism and rising sea levels
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UN: climate change costs to poor underestimated

Sat, 12/06/2014 - 10:04
Source: AP - The cost to poor countries of adjusting to ever-hotter temperatures will be two or even three times higher than previously thought, the U.N.'s environment agency said Friday - and that assumes a best-case scenario in which greenhouse gas emissions are dramatically reduced.
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Lima climate talks split on role of adaptation, finance in new deal

Sat, 12/06/2014 - 10:04
Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Negotiators at U.N. climate talks in Lima are divided over whether governments should include finance and adaptation commitments in the national offers of action they are due to put forward early next year as the building blocks of a new global climate change deal.
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Rift widens among greens over burying carbon as climate fix

Sat, 12/06/2014 - 10:04
Source: Reuters - A rift is widening among the world's biggest environmental groups over a little-tested technology for burying carbon that might help cut the cost of fighting climate change.
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