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UN climate change draft sees risks of irreversible damage

UNFCCC headlines - Mon, 10/27/2014 - 09:59
Source: Reuters - Climate change may have "serious, pervasive and irreversible" impacts on human society and nature, according to a draft U.N. report due for approval this week that says governments still have time to avert the worst.
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Workable global accord on climate needed as Bonn talks deliver little

UNFCCC headlines - Mon, 10/27/2014 - 09:59
Source: The Irish Times - The world’s governments are running out of time to conclude an effective international agreement on climate change by the end of next year, following a relatively fruitless round of UN-sponsored talks in Bonn last week.
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Deep rifts remain at UN talks on global climate pact

UNFCCC headlines - Mon, 10/27/2014 - 09:44
Source: Yahoo News - With a 2015 deadline looming large for a global pact on curbing climate change, six days of UN talks closed in Bonn on Saturday with delegates and observers deflated over a lack of progress.
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No concrete result reached in UN climate talks in Bonn

UNFCCC headlines - Mon, 10/27/2014 - 09:44
Source: Daily Times - The third round of United Nations’ 2014 climate talks wrapped up in Bonn, Germany, on Saturday, reaching no concrete result and leaving heavy workload to climate conference in Lima, Peru, in December.
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Ministry of new and renewable energy seeks loan from KfW to promote solar project

UNFCCC headlines - Mon, 10/27/2014 - 09:44
Source: The Economic Times - The ministry of new and renewable energy (MNRE) wants the government to back a 1-billion loan (aboutRs 7,750 crore) sought from German bank KfW to promote rooftop solar systems across the country.
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Get Ready, Get Set, Go: Offshore Wind in the USA

UNFCCC headlines - Mon, 10/27/2014 - 09:44
Source: Energy Collective - Everybody, hold onto your hats. The moment we have been waiting for may have finally arrived – or, well, it’s not very far off. American offshore wind is on the horizon, figuratively and literally, and approaching fast.
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The Solar Energy Revolution Everyone’s Ignoring… Is In Bangladesh

UNFCCC headlines - Mon, 10/27/2014 - 09:44
Source: CleanTechnica - We put a lot of cyber ink into the German, Australian, US, Chinese, Indian, Chilean, and Japanese solar energy revolutions. However, I think the Bangladeshi solar revolution is one we don’t write about enough. One of the biggest reasons for that is probably that it doesn’t compare to the others on a total capacity basis. However, that doesn’t mean the market isn’t huge.
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São Paulo running out of water as rain-making Amazon vanishes

UNFCCC headlines - Mon, 10/27/2014 - 09:44
Source: Reuters - South America’s biggest and wealthiest city may run out of water by mid-November if it doesn’t rain soon.
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Climate change: Carbon trading edges closer as UN brokers deal

UNFCCC headlines - Mon, 10/27/2014 - 09:19
Source: eco-business.com - The world is on the brink of enlisting market forces in the fight against climate change on a truly global scale for the first time, United Nations officials have claimed. After years of opposition, hundreds of the world’s major companies and investment firms – including several oil giants – have agreed that there should be a charge for the damage done to the planet by greenhouse gases.
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NREL and Army Validate Energy Savings for Net Zero Energy Installations

NREL - Mon, 10/27/2014 - 08:00
The U.S. Army (Army) has partnered with the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to increase energy security through improved energy efficiency and optimized renewable energy strategies at nine installations in the Army’s portfolio. If all nine of the Army Net Zero Energy Installation (NZEI) pilot sites achieve net zero energy, they will replace approximately 8 percent of the Army’s current total installation energy use with renewable energy. In fact, if all Army installations worldwide were to achieve a 25 percent reduction in energy consumption, as the NZEI pilot sites can, the Army would save approximately 20 trillion BTUs and up to $300 million in annual energy costs.
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Green Bonds Expected To Top $100 Billion In 2015

UNFCCC headlines - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 09:54
Source: CleanTechnica - Another strong quarter for issuances of green bonds has taken the year’s total up to $32 billion, more than double the total issued during 2013, and fuelling predictions that 2015 could see $100 billion worth of green bonds issued.
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Sustaining Africa’s Development by Leveraging on Climate Change

UNFCCC headlines - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 09:34
Source: Inter Press Service - By leveraging knowledge about climate change, through adopting improved agriculture technologies and using water and energy more effectively, Africa can accelerate its march towards sustainable development.
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Climate change to reduce Europe's bird population: ecologists

UNFCCC headlines - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 09:34
Source: Xinhua - Climate change will lead to a sharp decline of common species of birds in Europe, ecologists attending a meeting on birdlife here warned on Thursday.
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Road to Paris: EU 2030 climate package holds key to UN deal (opinion)

UNFCCC headlines - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 09:34
Source: RTCC - By the end of this week European leaders meeting in Brussels will – unwittingly or otherwise – have helped determine whether UN efforts to secure a global climate treaty will be a success.
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Warren Buffett Puts Wind in Berkshire’s Sails

UNFCCC headlines - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 09:34
Source: Wall Street Journal - Warren Buffett is synonymous with his hometown of Omaha, Neb., but for a glimpse into the future of his investment empire, look east…to Iowa. In the neighboring Hawkeye State, the Berkshire Hathaway Inc. chairman has sunk billions into wind-farm projects, part of a big gambit on renewable energy by a utility company he acquired in 2000 and has built into one of the country’s largest power suppliers.
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EU leaders agree to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 40% by 2030

UNFCCC headlines - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 09:34
Source: The Guardian - European leaders have struck a broad climate change pact obliging the EU as a whole to cut greenhouse gases by at least 40% by 2030. But key aspects of the deal that will form a bargaining position for global climate talks in Paris next year were left vague or voluntary, raising questions as to how the aims would be realised.
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EU strikes compromise to set new climate target

UNFCCC headlines - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 09:34
Source: Reuters - European Union leaders struck a deal on a new target to cut carbon emissions out to 2030, calling it a new global standard but leaving critics warning that compromises had undermined the fight against climate change.
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Sales Of Plug-In Cars Exceed 600,000 Worldwide

UNFCCC headlines - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 09:34
Source: CleanTechnica - It hasn’t even been four full years since the first plug-in hybrid and electric cars went on sale across the globe, and in many places plug-in cars are still few and far between. Yet across the world, consumers are turning to plug-in cars in greater numbers, with the top ten countries now accounting for over 600,000 plug-in vehicle sales according to a tally by Hybrid Cars.
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Israeli engineers fire up solar energy tree

UNFCCC headlines - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 09:29
Source: i24news - Does energy grow on trees? Israeli engineers have created a "solar tree" that is capable of producing electricity and of fulfilling a number of practical functions.
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NRDC helping to launch local climate resiliency effort in North Carolina (blog)

UNFCCC headlines - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 09:29
Source: Natural Resources Defense Council - Communities will bear the brunt of climate impacts across the world. Even though climate change is a problem which must be addressed nationally and internationally, the impacts are very much local. Resiliency to climate impacts starts in our communities. A new collaborative storytelling effort, the Climate Listening Project, is connecting the conversations about climate change impacts and resilience starting in Western North Carolina.
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