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Source: Environment News Service - The first global standard to measure greenhouse gas emissions from cities was launched Monday in tandem with the ongoing UN climate summit in Lima.
Source: Bloomberg BNA - Negotiations began Dec. 8 in Lima on the first draft of the text for the 2015 global climate change agreement, including discussion of emissions reduction targets for all countries and long-term financial targets starting in 2020.
Source: ABC Online - A new study says the world's climate is on track to rise three degrees above the average by 2100, the best result since monitoring began.
Source: The Guardian - The UN framework convention on climate change (COP 20), under way in in the Peruvian capital Lima, will not produce a global climate treaty. That will depend on reaching a series of agreements with the 20 nations that emit 80% of total global greenhouse emissions (GHG), and the economic sectors that have the biggest impact on the worlds climate. However, it could pave the way for a treaty being signed in Paris next year that will be seen as a turning point in reducing global warming.
Source: UN News Centre - Planet earth is moving towards the tipping point warned the President of the United Nations General Assembly at UN climate talks in Peru, where he called for world leaders to take urgent action towards a climate agreement that promotes socio-economic development in a sustainable manner.
Source: CNN - The good news is that there are thousands of examples of entrepreneurs around the world who are finding a constantly expanding market for their solutions -- they are part of the United Nations Climate Change secretariat's Momentum for Change initiative.
Source: Reuters - Projected global warming this century has slowed but is still at a severe rate after promises by China, the United States and the European Union to limit greenhouse gas emissions, a scientific study showed on Monday.
Source: The Sydney Morning Herald - Countries will be asked to decarbonise their economies by 2050 and then move to negative emissions under a controversial proposal to be negotiated as part of international climate change talks in Lima.
Source: The Guardian - South American diplomats expect to make progress towards a global climate deal at this weeks UN talks in Lima, despite growing criticism from NGOs that governments in the region are backtracking on pledges to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and protect the environment.
Source: The New York Times - Three scientists from the Met Office, the British weather agency, have concluded that human-caused global warming is going to make European summer heat waves commonplace by the 2040s.
Source: Reuters - Mines, palm oil plantations, large farms and mining projects are contributing to an alarming pace of forest destruction, a new report has found, hampering efforts to curb global warming. Satellite imagery indicates that more than 30,000 hectares of forest are lost daily, said the report "Securing Forests, Securing Rights", launched in Peru on Monday by a coalition of rights groups during international climate change talks.
Source: The Associated Press - For weeks, the taps in Sao Paulo have run dry as the city has suffered its worst drought in eight decades, with rainfall at one-third the normal level. A growing consensus of scientists believes the answer to what is happening lies not in the sky, but in decades of deforestation of Amazon rainforest hundreds of kilometers away.
Source: RTCC - The role of fossil fuel lobbyists at UN climate talks came under fire on Monday, as activists mobbed a side event in Lima.
Source: EurActiv - As the UN Climate Conference got under way in Lima last week, the EU set out its stall with an ambitious call for "quantifiable and comparable" national commitments on the reduction of CO2 emissions; a position refuted by some developing countries, who see the odds stacked against them.
Source: The Sydney Morning Herald - The author of the ground-breaking 2006 Stern Report into the economics of global warming is backing a push by the United States to ensure a new global climate agreement is not legally binding.
Source: teleSUR English - On Sunday, eight Latin American countries presented a major program to recover millions of square kilometers of forests on the continent. The plan by Mexico, Colombia, Costa Rica, Salvador, Ecuador, Guatemala, Peru and Chile aims to recover some 20 million square kilometers more than 49 million acres of deforested land.
Source: RTCC - Sorting out the complicated world of climate finance has long been talked of as a key goal for the UN climate talks currently taking place in Lima, Peru. One problem is that not enough money is flowing to developing countries, making it harder for them to invest in greener forms of energy and prepare for the worst impacts of climate change, such as floods, heatwaves and rising sea levels.
Source: RTCC - As diplomats in Lima work towards a global deal to combat climate change, oil industry representatives are taking comfort from the slow pace of talks.
Source: RTCC - The United Arab Emirates needs its wealth to diversify away from fossil fuels, argues lead negotiator.
Source: Business Standard - If the ministers, landing in Lima over the weekend, want to ensure their bosses heads of states dont also end up in the same situation in Paris in 2015 poring over the fine print and syntax to churn out a global agreement, they have their task cut out over the next week.