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Source: The Guardian - Vital parts of UK infrastructure are being neglected, with potentially severe impacts on national competitiveness and quality of life, according to a new study by engineers. Energy networks, transport, waste and water are all at risk, while flood defences are falling well behind where they need to be.
Source: The Age - Parliamentary debate has started on the coalition government's second attempt to axe the carbon tax, with Labor saying the move is based on 10 "whoppers". Labor's environment spokesman Mark Butler said the government had mounted a "hysterical" and "mendacious" campaign against measures to curb emissions.
Source: The Guardian - "Dont shoot the messenger, so the saying goes. But what if that message warns we might want to rethink that whole fossil fuel burning thing pretty quick because it could seriously alter civilization and the natural world for centuries to come, and not in a good way?
Source: MedAct - he British Medical Association, the representative body of doctors in the UK, has voted to end its investments in fossil fuel companies, making it the first health organisation in the world to do so. The motion, passed at the annual meeting of the BMA in Harrogate, calls on the BMA to transfer their investments from energy companies whose primary business relies upon fossil fuels to those providing renewable energy sources.
Source: Bloomberg - President Barack Obama derided climate-change skeptics as a fringe element as he highlighted his record on the environment and cutting greenhouse gas emissions before a conservation group.Obama yesterday indirectly criticized congressional Republicans, who he said view climate change as a liberal plot.
Source: timesunion.com - Climate change is likely to exact enormous costs on U.S. regional economies in the form of lost property, reduced industrial output and more deaths, according to a report backed by three men with vast business experience.
Source: Bloomberg - Curbing climate change is profitable and nations must offer business incentives for low-carbon growth to cut fossil-fuel reliance, according to former president of Mexico, Felipe Calderon.
Source: CleanTechnica - Indian homeowners who install solar energy systems may soon have tax breaks made available to them to help lower their burden, based on recent reports. The countrys Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) recently put forward a proposal for the introduction of tax incentives for residential rooftop solar installations. The Ministry of Finance is expected to reach a decision on the proposal sometime before the end of the summer.
Source: CleanTechnica - A research study published in Science this month (June 2014) found that a 70% decline in Brazilian Amazon deforestation could be an indication that effective management of the expanding agricultural sector is possible.
Source: Reuters - Annual property losses from hurricanes and other coastal storms of $35 billion; a decline in crop yields of 14 percent, costing corn and wheat farmers tens of billions of dollars; heat wave-driven demand for electricity costing utility customers up to $12 billion per year.
Source: The Star - Canadians can expect more floods, storms and other damaging extreme weather events as global warming inevitably gets worse, says a federal government report that also says governments are lagging in efforts to adapt to this climate change shift.
Source: Nature World News - Climate change might worsen air pollution, researchers at Stanford said. The team estimates that by the end of this century around 55 percent of the world's population will witness frequent air stagnation events.
Source: The Energy Collective - There is an amazing op-ed in Sundays New York Times, The Coming Climate Crash: Lessons for Climate Change in the 2008 Recession.
Source: RTCC - The UNs sustainable development goals (SDGs) will fail unless governments and businesses find an extra US$ 2.5 trillion a year to support them. -
Source: Cameroon Tribune - The study, carried out by CIFOR, revisits the role of logging companies in the reduction of emission of green-house gases.
Source: Deutsche Welle - The United Nations will this week seek ways to stiffen environmental laws to crack down on everything from illegal trade in wildlife to mercury poisoning and hazardous waste.
Source: Euronews - The British government-backed bank that focuses on green energy projects is launching a new fund. It is dedicated to buying stakes in offshore wind energy in the UK.
Source: Triple Pundit - A core facet of Chancellor Merkels historic Energiewende clean energy transition, Germany has led the world in driving adoption of solar energy technology and systems.
Source: The Guardian - Barack Obama is expecting to discuss climate change at the G20 summit in Brisbane, with the US ambassador to Australia reinforcing the presidents message that it is a critical issue.
Source: Reuters - France announced on Monday a package of tax breaks and low-cost loans to improve insulation in buildings and boost investment in renewable energy, which is supposed to provide 40 percent of the country's electricity by 2030.