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Renewable energy records set in California and Texas

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 08:09
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 California’s 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.
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Renewables In German State Produce 120% of Electricity

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 08:09
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."
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BNEF: Renewable Energy’s About To Dominate Global Power Investments

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 08:09
Source: CleanTechnica - Bad news if you’re getting tired of reading new headlines every day about the rapid growth of renewables across the world – they’re 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 Finance’s (BNEF) 2030 Market Outlook.
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Climate change brings heat, mosquitoes, other summer dangers

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 08:09
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.
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Bill Shorten vows to tackle climate change despite 'our failure to prosecute'

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 08:09
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 Australia’s 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.
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Beseiged by the rising tides of climate change, Kiribati buys land in Fiji

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 08:09
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.
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World needs $550bn of renewables investment a year – IRENA

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 08:09
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.
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UN gains new powers to tackle air pollution

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 08:09
Source: RTCC - Efforts to tackle air pollution are expected to intensify, with the UN given new powers to combat the problem. The UN’s 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.
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Renewable Energy Saves Fortune 500 Companies Over $1 Billion

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 08:09
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).
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UN’s Green Climate Fund starts hunt for cash

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 08:09
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 fund’s Executive Director Hela Cheikhrouhou wants as much as $15 billion by the end of the year so she can start projects in developing countries.
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Global warming makes drought come on earlier, faster, and harder

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 08:09
Source: The Guardian - We all know that some climate change is natural, in fact, even without humans, the Earth’s 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.
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African Development Bank Supports South African Solar Thermal Power Project With $142 Million Loan

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 08:09
Source: CleanTechnica - As the South African renewable energy project developers gear up to commission projects under the country’s landmark Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers program, financial support is pouring in from domestic commercial as well as international development banks.
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Graphene Flagship Project Doubles In Size

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 08:09
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.
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Climate Change Threatens Antarctica’s Emperor Penguin Population

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 08:09
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 Antarctica’s 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.
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Climate change deal likely to succeed

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 10:09
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.
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Climate change: Australia and US are moving in opposite directions

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 09:09
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.
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Extreme weather official advice rewritten to remove climate change link

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 09:09
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 Environment’s website, aimed at informing the public on how climate change is influencing dangerous weather, has removed an explicit reference linking the two.
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Hot Zone - Is climate change destabilizing Iraq?

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 08:44
Source: Slate - This winter was not a good one for farmers in the Fertile Crescent. A punishing drought hit most of Syria and northern Iraq during what’s normally the wettest time of the year. In the mountains of eastern Turkey, which form the headwaters of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, snow and rain were less than half of normal. The region has seen one of the worst droughts in decades.
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Will Climate Change Spark Conflict in Bangladesh?

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 08:44
Source: The Diplomat - As the news on climate change takes a sharp turn for the worse, questions are being asked about the global impact. In May, scientists announced that a large portion of Antarctica had begun to collapse. It is the largest and most catastrophic Antarctic cleaving to date – taken as a sign that extreme changes to the global environment are imminent and inevitable. The nation facing the greatest calamity is literally half a world away from western Antarctica: Bangladesh.
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Climate change deal likely to succeed

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 08:24
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.
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