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Kansas' climate change debate settled in Europe

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 07:34
Source: Topeka Capital-Journal - Scrolling through slides on his laptop, Jon Möller displayed for a visitor recently myriad carbon emission targets for the governments of his Nordic home.
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‘Free riders’ undermine climate treaty hopes

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 07:34
Source: eco-business.com - Norwegian researchers warn that hopes of getting an effective agreement on climate control will slip further away unless key polluting countries get serious about emissions reductions – and face sanctions if they don’t comply.
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Peru’s dangerous environmental regression

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 07:54
Source: Al Jazeers - This December, Peru will host the United Nations Climate Change Conference, during which representatives from 194 countries will convene in Lima to set the stage for a comprehensive international climate change agreement in 2015. The agreement would succeed the 1997 Kyoto Protocol on carbon emission reductions, which is set to expire in 2020. Ironically, in the run-up to the conference, Peru has substantially pared domestic environmental regulations — arguing that this is necessary to attract investment
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Atlantic heat sink explains global warming “pause”

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 07:54
Source: RTCC - It is the question most vexing climate scientists right now: if the world is warming, why have air temperatures flatlined since the late 1990s? Seized on by climate sceptics as proof the whole thing is a hoax, the global warming “pause” has many possible explanations. The latest data analysis locates most of that missing heat deep in the Atlantic Ocean. While average surface temperatures hold steady, deep seawater is warming up.
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Renewable energy patents boom in Germany

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 07:54
Source: Energy Transition - Germany may not have much sun, but it is positioning itself to sell products to those who do. But while some solar manufacturers continue to struggle, German patent registrations have boomed in recent years – not only for solar, but for wind power as well.
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UN expects upcoming Samoa small island conference to generate vital partnerships

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 07:54
Source: UN News Centre - 21 August 2014 – The United Nations expects over 300 initiatives to be announced two weeks from now at a major world conference aimed at fostering partnerships with small island developing States, a top UN organizing official today said. Speaking to reporters in New York before he leaves for the Samoan capital, Apia, the Conference's Secretary-General, Wu Hongbo, said that with much of the political work already agreed on, participants can focus on how to take these decisions forward and on generating sustainable partnerships.
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How solutions based journalism can drive global climate action

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 07:34
Source: The Climate Group - NEW YORK: News articles which focus on the positive solutions to societal issues are more likely to attract greater engagement from readers, separate studies from the University of Texas and the University of Pennsylvania have confirmed. The Engaging News Project which is based at the Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life at the University of Texas recently released a report which found that articles which offer readers information on problem mitigation are perceived as more interesting and informative than those which merely describe the bleak reality.
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Africa to Add More Renewables in 2014 Than Past 14 Years

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 07:34
Source: Bloomberg - Growing demand for electricity and falling costs for wind and solar power mean more renewable-energy projects will be commissioned this year in sub-Saharan Africa than were added from 2000 through 2013.
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Why our brains are wired to ignore climate change

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 07:34
Source: The Washington Post - Recently I learned about “Prius repellent” — a tricked-out truck takes deep swigs of diesel and spews black smog all over a tailing vehicle, preferably a hybrid. These ominous clouds signal that, in our national conversation about climate change, something has gone very wrong.
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[Opinion] Could a Climate Change Deal Fit China’s Economic Reform Agenda?

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 07:34
Source: The Diplomat - At its meeting Paris in December 2015, the United Nations climate change conference plans to finalize a comprehensive global greenhouse gas reduction protocol for the period beyond 2020. As the world’s largest emitter, China’s reduction commitments will significantly determine the deal’s overall impact.
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[Opinion] Climate Change and Implications for National Security

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 07:34
Source: International Policy Digest - Our planet is 4.5 billion years old. If that whole time was to be reflected on a single one-year calendar then the dinosaurs died off sometime late in the afternoon of December 27th and modern humans emerged 200,000 years ago, or at around lunchtime on December 28th. Therefore, human life on earth is very recent. Sometime on December 28th humans made the first fires – wood fires – neutral in the carbon balance.
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Coal gas boom in China holds climate change risks

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 07:14
Source: The AP - HEXIGTEN, China (AP) — Deep in the hilly grasslands of remote Inner Mongolia, twin smoke stacks rise more than 200 feet into the sky, their steam and sulfur billowing over herds of sheep and cattle. Both day and night, the rumble of this power plant echoes across the ancient steppe, and its acrid stench travels dozens of miles away.
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Easy times over as carbon prices enter bullish corridor

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 08:54
Source: Commodities Now - With prices hitting a 5 month high of €6.50 today, established energy intelligence provider ICIS Tschach predicts a sustained increase in the price of European Trading Scheme (ETS) allowances. On current trajectories, prices are expected to hit double digits and a two-year high by year’s end. Such an increase would be a worrying trend for those with significant compliance obligations, especially large, carbon-intensive industrials
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Study: Solar Activity Could Be Increasing Climate Change

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 08:54
Source: CBS News - Though major contributors, human beings are not the only cause of climate change. A new study shows the sun has a major influence on the global climate.
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Be climate change warriors, Pacific Islanders told

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 08:54
Source: Fiji Times - THE Pacific can be warriors of climate change. This is the message King contestant and winner of the talent show, Josaia Nanuqa, wanted the people of Fiji to know.
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Cities’ Air Problems Only Get Worse With Climate Change

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 08:34
Source: NY Times - The threats from climate change are many: extreme weather, shrinking snowpack, altered ecosystems and rising and more acidic seas, to name a few.
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Leonardo DiCaprio voices climate change film

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 08:34
Source: Politico - Actor Leonardo DiCaprio is lending his voice and support to a new short film, bringing attention to climate change and calling for federal action over carbon pollution.
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ONU certifica primera emisión de bonos de carbono de central hidroeléctrica de pasada Chacayes

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 08:34
Source: El Rancagüino - La Secretaría de la Convención Marco sobre el Cambio Climático de la Organización de Naciones Unidas (ONU) aprobó la primera emisión de bonos de carbono de la central hidroeléctrica de pasada Chacayes (111 MW) de propiedad de Pacific Hydro (73%) y Astaldi (27%).
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Greenland ice loss doubles from late 2000s

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 08:34
Source: BBC - A new assessment from Europe's CryoSat spacecraft shows Greenland to be losing about 375 cu km of ice each year.
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'If we don't change now we will lose the reefs'

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 08:34
Source: Deutsche Welle - A major study has found Caribbean coral reefs could disappear in 20 years. DW spoke to Carl Gustaf Lundin, director of the global marine and polar programme at the International Union for Conservation of Nature.
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