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Climate change summitry's force of nature: Christiana Figueres (+video)

UNFCCC headlines - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 08:29
Source: The Christian Science Monitor - How UN climate change chief Christiana Figueres became a fierce crusader to lower Earth's thermostat. A visceral connection to the planet – from the now-extinct golden toads of her childhood in the Costa Rican jungle to shrinking glaciers – moves her to tears.
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New York climate march draws hundreds of thousands

UNFCCC headlines - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 08:29
Source: Reuters - An international day of action on climate change brought hundreds of thousands of people onto the streets of New York City on Sunday, easily exceeding organizers' hopes for the largest protest on the issue in history.
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Young Pacific islanders are not climate change victims – they're fighting

UNFCCC headlines - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 08:29
Source: The Guardian - Poet and performance artist Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner has one thing to say at the opening ceremony of the United Nations Climate Summit: “I want to bring my people’s message out to the world, that climate change is a threat we need to take more seriously.” Jetnil-Kijiner, 26, is one of just four people chosen to address the opening of Ban Ki-Moon’s global assembly in New York.
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US will not commit to climate change aid for poor nations at UN summit

UNFCCC headlines - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 08:29
Source: The Guardian - Barack Obama will not be pledging any cash to a near-empty fund for poor countries at a United Nations summit on climate change next week, the UN special climate change envoy said on Friday.
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Study: Education and health spending compromised by climate change

UNFCCC headlines - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 08:29
Source: EurActiv - Impoverished states have had to divert large chunks of their budget to adapt to climate change and run the risk of crowding out spending on health and education, a new report suggests.
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NREL to Test Inverters for the “Little Box Challenge” Presented by Google and IEEE

NREL - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 08:00
The Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) will test power inverters submitted to the Little Box Challenge presented by Google and the IEEE Power Electronics Society. The Challenge is an open competition to build smaller power inverters for use in solar power systems. The winner of the $1 million prize will have designed and built a kilowatt-scale inverter with the highest power density – at least 50 Watts per cubic inch.
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The deepest cuts

UNFCCC headlines - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 08:54
Source: The Economist - Our guide to the actions that have done the most to slow global warming.
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Climate change takes center stage in New York next week

UNFCCC headlines - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 08:54
Source: USA Today - Climate change will take center stage in New York City next week with a triple-header of events intended to shine a spotlight on global warming.
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China cautious on fresh commitments ahead of climate change summit

UNFCCC headlines - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 08:54
Source: South China Morning Post - China’s top climate change official on Friday stopped short of signalling new commitments ahead of next week’s UN climate summit, saying Beijing would explain “some positive actions” it will take after 2020.
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Investors call for climate change deal

UNFCCC headlines - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 08:54
Source: The Guardian - More than 340 institutions managing £15tn of assets say governments must put a ‘meaningful’ price on carbon.
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A Clarion Call From the Climate Change Frontline

UNFCCC headlines - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 08:54
Source: The Huffington Post - This is the transcript of a video "address to the world" released by President Loeak on 18 September 2014 ahead of the UN Secretary-General's Climate Summit.
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International Panel says Urgent Action Needed to Mitigate Climate Change

UNFCCC headlines - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 08:54
Source: Voice of America - A leading climate scientist warns failure to act on reducing threats from climate change will have disastrous global consequences. He said the science on climate change is solid and inaction is no solution.
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India's farmers beating climate change with technology

UNFCCC headlines - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 08:54
Source: BBC News - Farmers in the northern Indian state of Haryana have been getting help from new technology, like the GreenSeeker - a handheld gadget that works as a crop sensor.
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Prince Charles will tell leaders climate action is ‘only rational choice’

UNFCCC headlines - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 08:54
Source: The Guardian - Action on climate change is not bad for business, it is “the only rational choice”, Prince Charles will tell a summit of world leaders meeting to discuss the issue.
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Ban Enlisting Business on Climate Change May Win UN Pact

UNFCCC headlines - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 08:34
Source: Bloomberg - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s strategy to forge a global climate agreement by 2015 will enter a new phase next week when more than 120 world leaders meet in New York to discuss greenhouse gas cuts.
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Julie Bishop rejects UN request to strengthen Australian climate targets

UNFCCC headlines - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 08:34
Source: The Age - Australia is refusing to take a plan for deeper cuts to greenhouse gas emissions to a special world leaders' climate summit in New York next week, rejecting calls from United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
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NREL Industry Growth Forum Attracts Clean Energy Entrepreneurs and Investors

NREL - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 08:00
Thirty clean energy companies will present their business cases to a panel of investors and industry experts Oct. 28 and 29 in Denver, as the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) hosts its annual Industry Growth Forum.
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Kiribati President's Arctic expedition to observe climate change

UNFCCC headlines - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 09:09
Source: Radio Australia - His voyage is a precursor to the UN Climate Summit in New York, just five days away, where he will urge large nations to cosider how climate change impacts small island nations like his.
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Global Warming Changes the Way Sharks Swim

UNFCCC headlines - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 09:09
Source: Discovery News - Sharks exposed to ocean water acidified by too much carbon dioxide alter their behavior, swimming in longer spurts than sharks in typical ocean water, particularly during their nighttime wanderings.
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New Hydrogen Production Method Could Help Store Renewable Energy

UNFCCC headlines - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 09:09
Source: Huffington Post - Scientists at Scotland's University of Glasgow say they've found a new way to produce hydrogen from clean, renewable energy sources.
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