Source: Guardian/Observer - Pledges at this years climate summit to cut carbon emissions are likely to fall far short of the targets needed to avoid heating the planet by more than 2C. That is the stark conclusion of a report by a team led by British economist Nicholas Stern.
Source: jakarta Post - The deputy high commissioner for human rights, Flavia Pansieri, has said human-induced climate change is not only an assault on the worlds shared ecosystem but also weakens peoples rights in various fields.
Source: Independent - Sea ice in the Arctic is near its all-time minimum for the end of winter and could break the previous record within the next two weeks if it fails to grow, according to the latest satellite data.
The Energy Department’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has used the Battery Lifetime Analysis and Simulation Tool (BLAST) to confirm that energy storage for demand-charge management can deliver attractive economic benefits. The analysis paired recent utility rate structures with historic data on solar photovoltaic electricity generation and commercial facility loads to evaluate 6,860 unique scenarios. The results revealed that, in the absence of incentives, small battery systems reducing peak demand by 2.5 percent offer the most attractive return on investment.
Source: RTCC - New analysis shows a third of 81 surveyed countries have not started work yet on contribution to Paris pac
Source: Nature - Markets and governments are converging to address climate change. As scientific evidence and government actions strengthen, investors and financiers are reducing the exposure of their portfolios to risks from rising greenhouse-gas emissions.
Source: NewScientist - AS CHAOS from climate change ramps up in the coming decades, making floods, droughts and heatwaves commonplace, Europe will be ready. So says the European Environment Agency, which launched its five-year assessment of the state of Europe's environment in Copenhagen, Denmark, this week
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Source: BBC - The number of people affected by river flooding worldwide could nearly triple in the next 15 years, analysis shows.
Source: Rolling Stone - With the United Nations Climate Change Conference set to begin in Paris later this year, 2015 could mark a pivotal year for environmental policy change
Source: Wall Street Journal - Royal Dutch Shell PLC Chairman Jorma Ollila is joining Chief Executive Ben van Beurden in backing efforts to limit carbon emissions ahead of international climate talks in Paris later this year.
Source: Mail & Guardian - New UNEP report says coastal cities in Mozambique, Tanzania, Cameroon, Egypt, Senegal and Morocco are most at risk of major flooding.
Source: Guardian - Following the Oscar-nominated success of wildlife documentary Virunga, Leonardo DiCaprio is set to produce further environmental films in a multi-year partnership with Netflix.
Source: BusinessGreen - World's second largest flag-state for ships offering $53m of discounts to vessels undertaking energy efficiency improvements
Source: PTI - Ahead of the UN climate conference in Paris later this year, India on Wednesday said that adaptation and mitigation must be accorded "equal" importance and assured that it will partner with African nations to fight climate change while taking cooperation to a "new level".
Source: UN News Centre - Reducing poverty, improving health and education for all, achieving of sustainable and equitable economic growth and protecting the health of our planet now depend on the management of disaster risks in the day-to-day decisions of governments, companies, investors, civil society organizations, households and individuals, according to a new United Nations report out today
Source: Xinhua - African ministers and experts of over 50 states gathered in Cairo Wednesday to discuss the environmental challenges facing the continent topped by climate change.
Source: RTCC - Tax on finance, trade and tourism could net estimated $13 billion a year to help countries face expected extreme weather impacts
Source: RTCC - Proposed new UN-backed framework to help countries prepare for future extreme weather events in a warming world