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Obama and Modi announce agreement on U.S.-India efforts to fight global warming

UNFCCC headlines - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 08:39
Source: Washington Post - The Obama administration reached an agreement with India on Tuesday on measures intended to accelerate that country’s shift to renewable fuels, steps that officials say will reduce carbon emissions while helping India’s new government extend electricity to all of its 1.2 billion citizens.
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US calls for ‘Sputnik’ style drive to save Arctic

UNFCCC headlines - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 08:39
Source: RTCC - Climate change will be the top priority for the US when it takes over chairmanship of the Arctic Council in 2015, says the US special representative to the Arctic. Speaking today in Washington, Admiral Robert Papp Jr said that the US would pursue Arctic conservation with the same drive as John F. Kennedy’s mission to put a man on the moon following the Soviet launch of Sputnik.
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No greenwash: Investors urged to disclose climate strategy

UNFCCC headlines - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 08:19
Source: RTCC - Pension funds, insurance companies and sovereign wealth funds manage vast sums of money. They can put it into oil exploration or windfarms, airports or railways. Those decisions have consequences for their financial sustainability, as well as for the climate.
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Financing Innovation Key To India’s Renewable Energy Expansion, Says NRDC

UNFCCC headlines - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 08:19
Source: CleanTechnica - Growth in India’s renewable energy sector has accelerated at a rapid pace over the last few years through the support of favourable policy initiatives. In order to sustain this growth momentum India needs to implement innovative financing initiatives and ensure strict adherence to existing policies.
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Australian and Indian businesses lead calls for greener energy

UNFCCC headlines - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 08:19
Source: RTCC - ndian and Australian businesses are among the most enthusiastic globally over switching to greener sources of energy. In India, 83% of businesses cite the switch to cleaner energy as important to their growth strategy over the next year – almost three times the international average.
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Google Quits Political Group That Opposed Climate Change Action

UNFCCC headlines - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 08:19
Source: CleanTechnica - Even Google makes mistakes. The world leader in search recently announced it had made one in financially supporting a political group that is opposed to the US taking action on climate change. Google had been supporting one of the group’s campaigns focused on an issue unrelated to climate change.
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Latin America And Caribbean Region Expected To Install 9 GW Of Solar In 5 Years

UNFCCC headlines - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 08:19
Source: CleanTechnica - That solar photovoltaic (PV) technology is poised to become a dominant energy generation technology throughout the world is of no surprise to most, but the sheer wealth of possibility being forecast throughout the middle and southern hemispheres begins to give an idea of just how prevalent the technology will be by the end of the decade.
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Insights from Infrastructure Africa: 2014

REEEP - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 16:11

REEEP's Jason Schäffler was at Infrastructure Africa 2014, and moderated a panel on Energy in Africa. Among the key questions being tackled by the group were specific technical challenges of metering systems, and how Africa should deal with braoder issues of energy security.

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Environment and economic growth: inevitable conflict?

REEEP - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 15:52

Historically, economic growth and environmental degradation went, by and large, hand in hand. The ‘information age’ has provided not only a greater understanding of the destruction but also the tools to remedy it. The worldwide embrace of two concepts – green growth and deep decarbonisation – will be key to determining an inclusive and sustainable future for the planet, say REEEP's Germana Canzi and John Tkacik in an article in the United Nations Association - UK publication: Global Development Goals: Partnerships for Progress

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Was Climate Week successful?

UNFCCC headlines - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 08:29
Source: Christian Science Monitor - Climate Week had no shortage of speeches, pledges, and marches, but left little in the way of concrete global action on climate change. Catch up on the highlights from the march, the UN Climate Summit, and the rest of last week's events with a special Recharge on Climate Week.
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The audacious optimism of Climate Week

UNFCCC headlines - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 08:29
Source: GreenBiz.com - Amid the hoopla about climate marchers and international convenings, a modicum of progress could be found in New York last week in addressing our growing climate challenges.
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Clean Transportation Is Driving Us Toward a Low-Carbon Future

UNFCCC headlines - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 08:29
Source: Huffington Post - Some snapshots from across this legendarily car-loving nation: American car buyers can get more miles per gallon than ever before. Window stickers at new car lots displayed a record high average fuel economy of 25.8 mpg in August, according to the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute.
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Investors asked to reveal climate risk strategies

UNFCCC headlines - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 08:09
Source: Business Green - More than 1,000 of the world's leading asset owners, including pension funds, insurance companies and sovereign wealth funds, will today be called on to reveal exactly how they are managing their exposure to climate-related risk.
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Climate Change Is Driving Heat Waves Around The World: Report

UNFCCC headlines - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 08:09
Source: Huffington Post - WASHINGTON –- The record-setting heat wave in Australia last year was "largely attributable" to human-caused climate change, according to a synthesis report released Monday. Heat waves in Japan, Korea, China and Europe were also "substantially influenced" by global warming, the report found.
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China Sets Coal Consumption Standards For Power Plants

UNFCCC headlines - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 08:09
Source: CleanTechnica - China is taking serious initiatives to reduce dependence on coal as it looks ready to unleash unprecedented measures to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions.
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US carbon emissions from energy use increase

UNFCCC headlines - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 08:09
Source: RTCC - US carbon dioxide emissions from energy consumption rose 3% in the first six months of 2014 compared to the same period last year. The latest figures from the US Energy Information Administration show energy sources belched out 2,737 million tonnes of carbon dioxide between January and June.
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IEA: Solar could be largest power source by 2050

UNFCCC headlines - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 08:09
Source: RTCC - By 2050 the sun could become the world’s largest source of electricity, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA). It has released two reports which it says show how solar photovoltaic (PV) and concentrated solar thermal sources could provide 26% of the world’s electricity by mid-century.
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Peru climate summit to draft global climate business plan for next thirty to fifty years, says UN climate chief

UNFCCC headlines - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 08:09
Source: Daily Orator - Energized by over 300,000 climate demonstrators who marched through New York ahead of United Nations General Secretary Ban Ki-Moon’s climate summit last week, Christiana Figueres, the Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Climate Change Convention (UNFCCC) told a Montreal audience on Friday to expect a draft global agreement in Peru this year to address climate change.
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Oil majors target King Coal in fight for climate high ground

UNFCCC headlines - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 08:09
Source: RTCC - Coal chief executives were thin on the ground in New York last week, perhaps fearing an onslaught from green groups at the UN’s one-day climate summit.Tactically, it was a good way to avoid negative headlines. Strategically, it may prove to be a disaster.
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McDonald's, Nestlé Pledge to Halt Deforestation at UN Climate Summit

UNFCCC headlines - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 09:09
Source: Mashable - In the next few years, big name brands such as Axe body spray, Ben & Jerry's ice cream and Dove soap may be considered more environmentally friendly than they are now, thanks to actions taken at the United Nations Climate Summit earlier this week.
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