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Source: Phys.Org - As permafrost soils thaw under the influence of global warming, communities of soil microbes act as potent amplifiers of global climate change, an international study has shown.
Source: The Washington Post - Earlier this year, when a study came out suggesting global warming will increase the rates of violent crimes in the United States -- producing "an additional 22,ooo murders, 180,000 cases of rape," and many other crime increases by the year 2099 -- it drew widespread criticism. "This ... is what people who are losing the argument look like," noted the conservative publication National Review. One study may seem easy to dismiss. But the combined results of 56 of them? Not so much.
Source: RTCC - Chinas coal use has fallen for the first time this century a turning point for a country which currently consumes almost half of the worlds coal supplies.
Source: RTCC - Poland is the only country resisting a 40% carbon target as part of the European Unions 2030 package, sources close to negotiations say.
Source: RTCC - For those who think climate change means deep trouble, some comfort: there is a limit to how deep. Danish-led researchers have looked at all the projections and satisfied themselves that, at the very worst, sea levels this century will rise by a maximum 1.8 metres − roughly the height of an average man.
Source: RTCC - British banks are being urged to pull their money out of polluting fossil fuels, in the latest twist of the divestment movement. The UKs five biggest banks have more than £66 billion invested in coal, oil and gas extraction, according to a report by European Greens.
Source: Global Voices Online - 350.org's Pacific climate warriors paddled out into the Port of Newcastle, followed by hundreds of Australians and came head to head with gigantic coal ships on 17 October. It truly was David versus Goliath.
Source: Aljazeera - Former Costa Rican president challenges EU to think of the next generation, rather than the next election.
Source: Reuters - The United States and European Union want the U.N. to stress the low cost of fighting climate change in a draft handbook on the issue that it is compiling, a leaked document showed on Tuesday.
Source: Reuters - Most U.S. insurance companies are completely unprepared to address the risks related to climate change, a new survey published Wednesday found, a finding that could have negative consequence for the wider debate over how to tackle the issue.
Source: SF Gate - Gasoline pumps in San Francisco could soon carry a warning: Burn this fuel, and contribute to global warming.
Source: RTCC - Star of UN climate summit says support in New York left her stunned, and determined to save country from rising sea levels
Source: RTCC - Sweden will pay half a billion dollars into the UNs green bank, the government will announce in its 2015 budget.
Source: San Antonio Express-News - Austin-based Skyonic Corp. on Tuesday dedicated its first-of-a-kind factory in San Antonio, one that captures carbon dioxide emissions from a cement plant for conversion to byproducts that can be sold profitably to other industries.
Source: The Guardian - A UN proposal that would see small island states offered debt relief to pay for climate change contains a fundamentally unjust blind spot, according to development groups.
Source: CleanTechnica - The US wind industry is booming, installing more in the first 9 months of 2014 than was installed throughout all of 2013. The figures come from the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), which predicts 2014 will finish strong and push through to stepped-up installations throughout 2015.
Source: CleanTechnica - The authors of the latest Global Green Economy Index have raised concerns about the perceptions of developed countries such as Australia, Japan, the Netherlands, and the United States, suggesting that perceptions of their green economic performance dramatically exceed their actual performance on the [Global Green Economy Index].
Source: The Guardian - The UNs climate chief urged country negotiators on Monday to build bridges at talks in Bonn towards a new, global pact that received fresh endorsement from world leaders last month.
Source: RTCC - What are the key issues with which negotiators will be grappling during this round of UN talks in Bonn?
Source: Business Green - Diplomatic and lobbying activity across the EU stepped up a notch today, as governments and industry groups sought to set out their stall ahead of this week's crucial European Council meeting on the bloc's 2030 energy and climate change package.