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Source: The New York Times - In a blow to American hopes of reaching an international deal to fight global warming, Indias new environment minister said Wednesday that his country would not offer a plan to cut its greenhouse gas emissions ahead of a climate summit next year in Paris.
Source: National Geographic - Switching from coal to natural gas for power generation won't do much to reduce U.S. greenhouse gas emissions and might even raise them slightly, in part because it will discourage the use of carbon-free renewable energy, according to a study released Wednesday.
Source: Xinhua - The release of figures this week that show China's carbon emissions have outstripped those of the European Union and the United States combined has caught the global eye, but it may also be misleading.
Source: The Economic Times - With India striving for a low carbon inclusive growth even as it facilitates speedy clearances for infrastructure projects the government is looking at Switzerland to cut down its construction-induced Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
All things considered, the cost of curbing carbon emissions may be considerably cheaper than earlier estimates had suggested. For all the fears that climate change mitigation would put the brakes on growth, it might actually enhance it.
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Source: UN News Centre - We are not here to talk, we are here to make history, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today told world leaders at an unprecedented and important gathering that aims to raise ambition, mobilize resources, and generate action towards a universal climate deal.
Source: The Guardian - The widow of Nelson Mandela punctured the self-congratulatory mood of the UN summit on Tuesday, saying world leaders had failed to rise to the challenge of climate change.
Source: Reuters - Women must take a greater leadership role in fighting climate change because its effects fall hardest on women, the head of UN Women said this week.
Source: The New York Times - With political efforts to slow global warming moving at a tortuous pace, some of the worlds largest companies are stepping into the void, pledging more support for renewable energy, greener supply chains and fresh efforts to stop the destruction of the worlds tropical forests.
Source: The Guardian - The time to answer the greatest challenge of our existence on this planet is now. You can make history or be vilified by it. Hear his speech.
Source: UN News Centre - Bold new actions to immediately tackle climate change were announced today by Government, business, finance and civil society leaders attending a historic Climate Summit convened by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who has long urged workable solutions based on clear vision anchored in domestic and multinational actions.
Source: The New York Times - More than a quarter of Vietnams residents live in areas likely to be subject to regular floods by the end of the century. Four percent of Chinas residents 50 million people live in the same kind of areas. Across the globe, about one person in 40 lives in a place likely to be exposed to such flooding by the end of the century, absent significant changes.
Source: The Guardian - France promised $1bn to a near-empty climate change fund for poor countries on Tuesday and called for the establishment of a new green economy in the first concrete result of a milestone United Nations summit.
Source: BBC News - China has pledged for the first time to take firm action on climate change, telling a UN summit that its emissions, the world's highest, would soon peak. Vice-Premier Zhang Gaoli also said China would make its economy much more carbon efficient by 2020.
Source: The Guardian - Governments, multinational companies and campaigners are pledging to halt the loss of the worlds natural forests by 2030. A declaration announced as part of a UN summit on climate change being held in New York also pledges to halve the rate of deforestation by the end of this decade and to restore hundreds of millions of acres of degraded land.
Source: The Independent - The world has reached a tipping point in the battle to curb climate change during the past few days, with public awareness of the dangers of global warming and the political will to address them rapidly gathering momentum, the worlds top climate expert has said.
Source: UN News Centre - A compact of Mayors from cities around the world announced today that they will expand their commitments to scale up climate resilience efforts, energy efficiency programs and resilient financing mechanisms including through an initiative that aims to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by 454 megatons by 2020.
Source: CBC News - Climate change poses risks to human health just as pollution and lack of sanitation did a century ago, says a medical journal editorial that details the potential harmful health effects and the benefits of reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Source: The Guardian - The heirs to the fabled Rockefeller oil fortune withdrew their funds from fossil fuel investments on Monday, lending a symbolic boost to a $50bn divestment campaign ahead of a United Nations summit on climate change.
Source: The Guardian - The US secretary of state, John Kerry, promised to put climate change front and center of American diplomacy on Monday, raising expectations for this weeks United Nations climate summit.