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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.
Source: Bloomberg - The world's nations are now within 500 days of gathering in Paris to hammer out the details of the world's first global agreement designed to confront climate change. But delegates at the United Nations climate negotiation process have yet to come to a consensus on what form the end-of-2015 Paris agreement will take or what topics it will cover. Most delegates say the work on the first formal draft of the text is still months away.
Source: Jamaica Observer - As the Caribbean countries prepare for the Third United Nations Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in Samoa, a warning has come from St Vincent and the Grenadines that the region has been developing within different "straight jackets" and there is need for the developed world to view SIDS from a different perspective.
Source: Guardian Sustainable Business - A strategy based on alarming facts will only exacerbate the problem. The better message is that our industrial food system is driving climate change
Source: Sydney Morning Herald - The leaders of China and the UK have declared the threat of global warming to be one of the greatest challenges facing the world, and have called on all nations to reveal their action plans well ahead of a major climate summit set for Paris in late 2015.
Source: Malay Mail Online - Former Norwegian premier Gro Harlem Brundtland was named today as the first recipient of the Tang Prize, touted as Asias version of the Nobels, for her work as the godmother of sustainable development.
Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Protecting forests in Burkina Faso, as in much of the Sahel, is a continuing challenge. Population growth, expansion of farms and grazing and cutting of wood for cooking and charcoal production have all led to loss of trees or the degradation of forests.