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2014 may be first year ever with no below-zero temps in Anchorage

Tue, 12/30/2014 - 13:09
Source: Alaska Dispatch News - With just a few days left in 2014, it’s all but certain that this year will go down in history as the first recorded calendar year that the temperature never officially dipped below zero in Anchorage, the National Weather Service said Sunday.
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Germany sells guidebooks on renewable energy sites

Tue, 12/30/2014 - 13:09
Source: Guardian - Wind turbines and solar panels: do you love them or hate them? Do you think of renewable energy as the way to a greener future, or an awful blight on the present? Either way, growing numbers of German communities think they have found a silver lining: they’re touting renewables as tourist attractions.
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Scotland's solar power capacity up by almost a third in one year

Tue, 12/30/2014 - 13:09
Source: STV News - Scotland's solar power capacity has increased by almost a third in the past year, according to new figures. More than 35,000 homes and 600 business premises now have solar photo-voltaic (PV) systems, December figures from regulator Ofgem show.
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China’s Shenzhen Caps New Car Plates to Control Smog, Congestion

Tue, 12/30/2014 - 13:09
Source: Bloomberg - China’s southern city of Shenzhen capped new car license plates at 100,000 a year, becoming the latest city to curb vehicle purchases to control smog and traffic congestion in the world’s most populous country.
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(Opinion) Why Stephen Harper will move the climate needle in 2015

Tue, 12/30/2014 - 13:09
Source: Globe and Mail - Sometimes – not often – it’s fun to watch Canadian climate policy. Take for example, the Prime Minister’s climate change moves of the past month and a half. First, at the G20 Summit in Brisbane in November, Stephen Harper committed $300-million to the United Nation’s Green Climate Fund. Then, a few weeks later, he was up in the House of Commons expounding on the economic craziness of climate policy.
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Inside the Lima Climate Change Summit: 5 Reasons to Be Hopeful

Tue, 12/30/2014 - 12:49
Source: Rolling Stone - For two weeks in December, Lima, Peru, normally a city known for its amazing Ceviche, insane traffic and great surfing, became ground zero in the fight against climate change as 10,000 government officials, UN staffers, environmentalists and others gathered to start pulling together a new global agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
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India Hear: Lopsided lessons from long-winded Lima!

Tue, 12/30/2014 - 12:49
Source: Merinews - Although Lima is a great failure, but India's biggest gain at the Lima Climate Change Conference was renewed solidarity among the 134-country developing economies group, still termed G77, and China and, successful strategizing by the like minded Developing Countries (LMDC) group, of which it is a member, as is China. India had gone thereafter firmly anchoring itself in the latter grouping.
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Climate change: In 2015, the long march to Paris

Tue, 12/30/2014 - 12:49
Source: Business Recorder - PARIS: Agreements on climate change -- to paraphrase what the 19th-century German statesman Otto von Bismarck said about law-making -- are like sausages. It's best not to know how they are made. On December 11 2015, 195 states are scheduled to strike a deal in Paris to curb the fossil-fuel gases imperilling Earth's climate system. The outcome will be determined in the coming months by Bismarck-style sausage-making -- a long, slow grind, and with many questionable ingredients.
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