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Source: The AP - Mayors from the GOP-dominated states of Texas and Arizona are calling on cities to use nature to fight the impacts of climate change, even while Republican governors and lawmakers repeatedly question the science that shows human-caused pollution contributes to global warming.
Source: New York Times - THERE is a time for weighing evidence and a time for acting. And if theres one thing Ive learned throughout my work in finance, government and conservation, it is to act before problems become too big to manage.
Source: Think Progress - There is an amazing op-ed in Sundays New York Times, The Coming Climate Crash: Lessons for Climate Change in the 2008 Recession. Whats amazing isnt so much the content the climate crisis is real, were close to crossing catastrophic and irreversible tipping points, we have the technology to start slashing carbon pollution now, and we need a carbon price to jumpstart the process. Youve heard it many times from the nations and worlds top scientists, from Al Gore and Bill McKibben, and here on Climate Progress. But this piece is by Henry M. Paulson Jr.
Source: NBC News - Residents of bulging metropolises around the world should brace for an increase in stagnant, polluted air that hangs around for days as a result of climate change-related shifts in wind and rainfall patterns, according to a new study.
Source: The Guardian - The Australian public is deeply unhappy over the governments response to the challenge of climate change, amid a revival in support for climate science and a strengthening belief that Australia is already feeling the impact of a warming planet, according to new polling.
Source: Tech Times - Emperor penguins, long thought to be tied to a single breeding location they would return to year after year, have shown they're willing to relocate their nesting grounds in response to climate change, a study has found.
Source: Ghana Broadcasting Corporation - Former President John Agyekum Kufuor has asked world leaders, especially, African governments to show serious political commitment towards addressing climate change issues and find ways to mitigate its impacts on their people
Source: Trinidad Guardian - Will Caribbean leaders work together to respond to the global challenge of climate change? Thats the question that arises as the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) continues to release its latest global report on climate change, which is scheduled for completion in October.
Source: Think Progress - Confronting climate change is a major agenda item at this weeks U.S. Conference of Mayors meeting in Dallas, Texas, including climate protection awards, climate panels, and a discussion with U.S. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy and U.S. DOE Secretary Ernest Moniz. Mayors signed the latest version of the Climate Protection Agreement endorsed by over 1,000 mayors, it supports a national goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent from 1990 levels by 2050 amongst other things.
Source: The Guardian - This month, the Obama administration announced new rules aimed at cutting carbon pollution from power stations by 30% from 2005 levels by 2030. Never before has a US president attempted to regulate carbon dioxide emissions from power stations and the move has been hailed by scientists and policymakers as an important step towards a global economy powered by clean energy.
Source: The Guardian - Finding materials that are both sustainable and affordable has long been a central quandary in sustainable design. Certainly, high-cost, high-end materials, like sustainably-sourced hardwoods and post-consumer paper products, exist. However, the price of these products often pushes them out of the reach of many consumers.
Source: Reuters - India occupies just 2 percent of the world's territory but is home to 17 percent of its population, leading to over-use of land and excessive grazing. Along with changing rainfall patterns, these are the main causes of desertification.
Source: Reuters - The European Union is almost on track to reach its goal of improving energy savings by a fifth by 2020 and may consider a significantly higher target for the next decade, according to a draft European Commission document seen by Reuters.
Source: RTCC - China launched on Thursday its seventh and final pilot carbon market, ahead of a national scheme expected in 2018.
Source: RTCC - A quarter of European Union member states say that they want a binding target for energy efficiency in 2030, in the run-up to a decision to be made by leaders in October.
Source: Huffington Post - The Environmental Protection Agency's announcement earlier this month of its proposal to cut carbon pollution from existing power plants marks an historic effort by the president and his administration to take action to fight climate change. It is a major step forward to protect public health, slow global warming, and create clean energy jobs.
Source: The Economic Times (India) - Heating up the investment sentiment in the clean energy space, Asian Development Bank has made its largest ever equity investment in the sector by pumping Rs 310 crore ($50 million) in Welspun Renewables Energy (WREL).
Source: Clean Technica - he South Australian Labor government gained a lot of credit and success when it announced a 33 per cent renewable energy target for the state by 2020.
Source: Financial Chronicle - Japan is set to offer its cutting-edge green technologies to India to combat climate change and help reduce emissions which would earn Japanese firms carbon credits, a report has said.
Source: The Sydney Morning Herald - According to new data released this week, May 2014 is officially the warmest May in recorded history. Both NASA and the Japan Meteorological Agency have tentatively ranked May at the top of historical measurements, though NASAs numbers are preliminary because crucial information is still missing from China.