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A Treaty on Global Warming May Not Be Needed, But U.N Leadership Is

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 08:54
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 Kyoto’s magnificent conference hall, I consoled myself that this small step would lead to a giant step later.
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Why climate change policy won’t hinge on international talks

Fri, 09/26/2014 - 08:04
Source: Fortune - It’s not that international diplomacy won’t matter, but individual countries are already taking action to reduce carbon emissions for various reasons beyond worries about climate change.
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Homeland Security Joins Push To Tackle Climate Change Risks

Fri, 09/26/2014 - 08:04
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.
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Climate change offers 'opportunity,' EPA says

Fri, 09/26/2014 - 08:04
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.
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Fighting Climate Change and Capitalism at the Same Time

Fri, 09/26/2014 - 08:04
Source: Slate - According to social activist and perennial agitator Naomi Klein, the really inconvenient truth about climate change is that it’s not about carbon—it’s about capitalism.
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New York summit: what it means for climate treaty prospects

Fri, 09/26/2014 - 08:04
Source: RTCC - The world’s superpowers have finally woken from their climate coma.That was the message from the UK’s secretary of state for energy and climate change Ed Davey, speaking on the sidelines of the UN’s climate summit in New York.
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Peru ratifies Kyoto Protocol extension to 2020

Fri, 09/26/2014 - 08:04
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.
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Investors worth US$2trn back green bonds at NY Climate Week

Fri, 09/26/2014 - 08:04
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.
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Indian court cancels coal mining licences in corruption crackdown

Fri, 09/26/2014 - 08:04
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.
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Solar Energy Boom In Texas Approaching? Looks Likely, According To Analysts

Fri, 09/26/2014 - 08:04
Source: CleanTechnica - Given the great potential for solar energy development in Texas it isn’t 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.
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China Says Build More Solar Now

Fri, 09/26/2014 - 08:04
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.
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The Benefits of Easing Climate Change (opinion)

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 09:39
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.
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Give people worst-hit by climate change a voice - activists

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 09:39
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.
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EU agrees to €5bn carbon permit giveaway

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 09:39
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.
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California, Quebec want to expand carbon trading system

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 09:39
Source: The Hill - California and the Canadian province of Quebec are recruiting other jurisdictions to join their carbon dioxide emissions trading system.
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Business to Play a Key Role on Carbon Pricing (opinion)

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 09:39
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.
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Land policy changes would sequester more carbon and conserve habitat

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 09:39
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.
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Emissions From India Will Increase, Official Says

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 09:39
Source: The New York Times - In a blow to American hopes of reaching an international deal to fight global warming, India’s 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.
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Switch to Natural Gas Won't Reduce Carbon Emissions Much, Study Finds

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 09:39
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.
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Carbon emission data not the whole story (opinion)

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 09:39
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.
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