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Source: Indian Express - NEW DELHI: India will strengthen its climate change negotiation team and will do "better homework" before discussing with all stakeholders, Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said on Monday. Fresh from India's "success" at the Nairobi environment conference, Javadekar said the country has decided to "reposition" its role in the global stage on climate change issues by intensely "lobbying" for a "good strategic relationship" with like-minded nations on the matter.
Source: Grist - When I pull up to the pumps in my small hometown on the coast of British Columbia, Canada, I pay more for a tank of gas than in California, my new home. Why? Because regardless of where gas prices hover at the moment, the B.C. government tops off every gallon with a 25-cent tax.
Source: World Bank Blog - The call for a price on carbon is growing louder in the corridors of business and government. Last week, former U.S. Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson wrote in The New York Times that climate risks are perhaps the biggest known unknown that we face, and he asked farseeing business leaders to demand a price on carbonits the quickest, most efficient way to manage these risks.
Source: pv magazine - Figures from the California Independent System Operator (Cal ISO) revealed this week show that the Golden State broke its own one-day record for solar PV generation on June 1 when 4767 MW of utility scale solar energy was fed into the grid. The record smashed Californias previous one-day best of 4100 MW in March, which also stood as the highest one-day figure for the whole of the U.S.
Source: CleanTechnica - The German state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern generates 120% of its electricity from renewable sources, according to a new publication. We cover more than 120 percent of our electricity needs from renewable energies and thus are far ahead of all federal states. Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania has become in 2013 the final exporter of green electricity."
Source: CleanTechnica - Bad news if youre getting tired of reading new headlines every day about the rapid growth of renewables across the world theyre only going to keep increasing. Renewable energy could represent up to 65% of the $7.7 trillion in new power plant investments and 60% of all new capacity additions expected over the next 15 years, forecasts Bloomberg New Energy Finances (BNEF) 2030 Market Outlook.
Source: Augusta Chronicle - All the things that could ruin summer - heat waves, mosquitoes, even poison ivy - are made worse by climate change and will get worse in the future, experts said Tuesday. And it is more than just a nuisance as increasing heat waves in the eastern United States will kill thousands of people decades from now, a recent study concluded.
Source: The Guardian - Bill Shorten has vowed to re-fight the case for effective action against global warming, as he conceded Labor had underestimated the impact of the anti-climate change brigade. The opposition leader reflected on the breakdown in Australias political and public consensus on climate change in a speech which laid out some markers on leadership and the way to win over voters for contentious reforms.
Source: The Guardian - The people of Kiribati, a group of islands in the Pacific ocean particularly exposed to climate change, now own a possible refuge elsewhere. President Anote Tong has recently finalised the purchase of 20 sq km on Vanua Levu, one of the Fiji islands, about 2,000km away.
Source: RTCC - The rate of investment in renewable energy needs to double to limit global warming to an acceptable level, according to a leading industry body. The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) estimates $550 billion a year is needed until 2030, in a report.
Source: RTCC - Efforts to tackle air pollution are expected to intensify, with the UN given new powers to combat the problem. The UNs Environment Programme (UNEP) was mandated to step up its work on air quality by the UN Environment Assembly at a meeting last week in Nairobi.
Source: CleanTechnica - Renewable energy is dismissed by some as being only for greenies or as some kind of fringe technology, but a recent report has shown mainstream Fortune 500 companies are using it to save hundreds of millions of dollars every year. Collectively, they are saving about $1.1 billion dollars, according to the report put out by Ceres, David Gardiner & Associates, Calvert Investments, and World Wildlife Fund (WWF).
Source: RTCC - Officials from the US, EU, Japan and Switzerland are attending a Green Climate Fund meeting in the Norwegian capital, aimed at raising low carbon investment levels. The funds Executive Director Hela Cheikhrouhou wants as much as $15 billion by the end of the year so she can start projects in developing countries.
Source: The Guardian - We all know that some climate change is natural, in fact, even without humans, the Earths climate changes. But, as we have added heat-trapping gases to the atmosphere, we have seen human influence emerge from natural variability. Droughts, one of the most intensely studied climate events, are a perfect example of an effect with both human and natural influences.
Source: CleanTechnica - As the South African renewable energy project developers gear up to commission projects under the countrys landmark Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers program, financial support is pouring in from domestic commercial as well as international development banks.
Source: CleanTechnica - The Graphene Flagship initiative already one of the biggest-ever European research initiatives recently doubled in size, taking on 66 new partners from a variety of different organizations and universities spread out across the EU.
Source: TIME - The greatest hazard comes from warming temperatures' impact on sea-ice cover, which the penguins rely on for travel and hunting. New research suggests that Antarcticas population of emperor penguins will be cut down by a fifth by the end of the century as a result of changing climates, which will impact the species feeding and mating patterns.
Source: Xinhua - NAIROBI, June 28 (Xinhua) -- Chances are high that countries are likely to reach an agreement on climate change by the end of 2015, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon said in Nairobi on Saturday. "As climate change causes temperatures to rise and precipitation patterns to change, more weather extremes will potentially reduce global food production at a time when the population will continue growing in developing countries," Ban said.
Source: The Guardian - The difference between the position of the Australian and the United States governments on climate change looks stark. Last week members of the Australian government celebrated the passing of a bill dismantling the carbon price, while last Wednesday US president Barack Obama delivered a speech arguing strongly for the need to act on climate change.
Source: The Guardian - The Australian government has been accused of significantly watering down its official advice on extreme weather after removing mention of links between climate change and events such as bushfires and heatwaves. A document on the Department of Environments website, aimed at informing the public on how climate change is influencing dangerous weather, has removed an explicit reference linking the two.