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Source: NYT - (Opinion) When industrialized countries agreed in Kyoto in 1997 to produce 5 percent fewer greenhouse gases in 2008 to 2012 than they did in 1990, it was clear that would never lead to a stabilization of global warming, which nearly all countries had pledged to seek in the 1992 Rio summit. But coming out of the Kyotos magnificent conference hall, I consoled myself that this small step would lead to a giant step later.
Source: Fortune - Its not that international diplomacy wont matter, but individual countries are already taking action to reduce carbon emissions for various reasons beyond worries about climate change.
Source: Reuters - NEW YORK, Sept 25 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Protecting the infrastructure of American cities from the effects of climate change is rising on the agenda of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, according to a top agency official.
Source: USA Today - Taking a new tack on climate change, the Obama administration touted Thursday the "opportunity" rather than the cost that climate action presents for the U.S. economy.
Source: Slate - According to social activist and perennial agitator Naomi Klein, the really inconvenient truth about climate change is that its not about carbonits about capitalism.
Source: RTCC - The worlds superpowers have finally woken from their climate coma.That was the message from the UKs secretary of state for energy and climate change Ed Davey, speaking on the sidelines of the UNs climate summit in New York.
Source: RTCC - Peru and Djibouti have formally agreed to extend the Kyoto Protocol up to 2020. The Kyoto Protocol aims to reduce emissions prior to 2020, when a new UN agreement is set to come into force. But until an amendment is signed off by at least three quarters of the parties, the protocol only applies to the years 2008-12.
Source: RTCC - The fledgling green bond market got some wind beneath its wings this week as investors worth US$2 trillion gave it their backing. Pension funds, insurers and asset management firms signed a statement confirming their appetite for investment in climate change solutions.
Source: RTCC - The supreme court of India yesterday cancelled the licenses of 214 coal blocks, which it said the government had allocated illegally. The move grants a temporary reprieve to areas of the Mahan forest that were set to be felled to make way for an open cast coal mine. British-registered companies Essar and Hindalco had been granted permission to clear the area.
Source: CleanTechnica - Given the great potential for solar energy development in Texas it isnt exactly surprising that industry analysts keep a close on happenings there, but until now the break-away point for the industry in the state has yet to come.
Source: CleanTechnica - Reportedly, a lack of distributed generation installation this year is what prompted the increased interest at a policy level. Only 188 MW of the full target of 8 GW for the year had been installed by Spring. So the government wants solar developers to start building immediately, and apply for quotas afterwards.
Source: New York Times - All things considered, the cost of curbing carbon emissions may be considerably cheaper than earlier estimates had suggested. For all the fears that climate change mitigation would put the brakes on growth, it might actually enhance it.
Source: Reuters Africa - Communities hard hit by climate change impacts are finding ways to adapt on their own, but they need a larger voice in international decision making about how to deal with climate change, activists said a U.N. climate summit this week.
Source: EurActiv - The European Parliament's environment committee on Wednesday (24 September) narrowly upheld plans to give billions of euros worth of carbon allowances to heavy industries for free, in order to help them compete in global markets.
Source: The Hill - California and the Canadian province of Quebec are recruiting other jurisdictions to join their carbon dioxide emissions trading system.
Source: Huffington Post. - A price on carbon that reflects the toll that fossil fuels are taking on the planet and its inhabitants is probably the most salient step that can be taken to limit greenhouse gas emissions and get ahead of the climate change curve.
Source: Phys.Org - Rewarding landowners for converting farmland into forest will be key to sequestering carbon and providing wildlife habitat, according to a new study by Oregon State University and collaborators.
Source: The New York Times - In a blow to American hopes of reaching an international deal to fight global warming, Indias new environment minister said Wednesday that his country would not offer a plan to cut its greenhouse gas emissions ahead of a climate summit next year in Paris.
Source: National Geographic - Switching from coal to natural gas for power generation won't do much to reduce U.S. greenhouse gas emissions and might even raise them slightly, in part because it will discourage the use of carbon-free renewable energy, according to a study released Wednesday.
Source: Xinhua - The release of figures this week that show China's carbon emissions have outstripped those of the European Union and the United States combined has caught the global eye, but it may also be misleading.