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Climate summit’s pledges on carbon cuts ‘won’t avert global disaster’

UNFCCC headlines - Mon, 03/09/2015 - 08:24
Source: Guardian/Observer - Pledges at this year’s 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.
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Human-induced climate change undermines rights: UN

UNFCCC headlines - Mon, 03/09/2015 - 08:24
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 world’s shared ecosystem but also weakens people’s rights in various fields.
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Can solar transform the energy market? (blog)

UNFCCC headlines - Mon, 03/09/2015 - 08:04
Source: Financial Times -
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Arctic sea ice near its all-time minimum low and could break previous record

UNFCCC headlines - Mon, 03/09/2015 - 08:04
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.
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NREL Tool Finds Effective Behind-the-Meter Energy Storage Configurations

NREL - Mon, 03/09/2015 - 08:00
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.
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“Second wave” of climate pledges to UN deal expected in September

UNFCCC headlines - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 08:24
Source: RTCC - New analysis shows a third of 81 surveyed countries have not started work yet on contribution to Paris pac
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Economics: Support low-carbon investment

UNFCCC headlines - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 08:24
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.
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Europe blazes trail against climate change

UNFCCC headlines - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 08:24
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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Global flood toll to triple by 2030

UNFCCC headlines - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 08:24
Source: BBC - The number of people affected by river flooding worldwide could nearly triple in the next 15 years, analysis shows.
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No Doubt, Usher, My Morning Jacket Headlining Global Citizen Earth Day Event

UNFCCC headlines - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 08:24
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
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Shell’s Ollila Says Society Must Find ‘Middle Way’ on Climate Change

UNFCCC headlines - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 08:24
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.
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Africa needs to find $50bn fast, or an already bad climate change picture could get uglier: study

UNFCCC headlines - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 08:24
Source: Mail & Guardian - New UNEP report says coastal cities in Mozambique, Tanzania, Cameroon, Egypt, Senegal and Morocco are most at risk of major flooding.
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Leonardo DiCaprio to make more nature docs with Netflix

UNFCCC headlines - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 08:24
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.
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Liberia makes waves with greener shipping plan

UNFCCC headlines - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 08:24
Source: BusinessGreen - World's second largest flag-state for ships offering $53m of discounts to vessels undertaking energy efficiency improvements
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India to partner with Africa to fight climate change

UNFCCC headlines - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 09:04
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".
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Investing in disaster resilience vital for sustainable development – senior UN official

UNFCCC headlines - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 09:04
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
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African ministers gather in Egypt to tackle climate change

UNFCCC headlines - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 09:04
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.
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UN: African Robin Hood tax could fund climate adaptation efforts

UNFCCC headlines - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 09:04
Source: RTCC - Tax on finance, trade and tourism could net estimated $13 billion a year to help countries face expected extreme weather impacts
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UN prepares for disaster deal to address climate change risk

UNFCCC headlines - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 09:04
Source: RTCC - Proposed new UN-backed framework to help countries prepare for future extreme weather events in a warming world
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