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America Can Nearly Quadruple Its Renewable Electricity By 2030

UNFCCC headlines - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 08:44
Source: CleanTechnica - A recent Union of Concerned Scientists (USC) study found that America can nearly quadruple its renewable electricity in the next 15 years, reaching 23% by 2030. This comes in response to the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal that America set a modest goal of 12% renewable energy by 2030.
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India Expands Solar Power Target, Will Add 15 GW Over Next Five Years

UNFCCC headlines - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 08:44
Source: CleanTechica - The new Indian government has delivered on its promise to enhance the solar power capacity addition targets under the ambitious National Solar Mission announcing revised guidelines for capacity allocation.
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Climate talks in Bonn to lay groundwork for new deal

UNFCCC headlines - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 08:44
Source: The Irish Times - Delegates from all parts of the world have gathered in Bonn for the last round of negotiations on a new climate agreement prior to this year’s UN climate conference in Lima, Peru, which starts at the end of next month.
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IKEA may tighten carbon rules to protect environment

UNFCCC headlines - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 08:44
Source: Daily Times - OSLO: IKEA Group, the world’s biggest furniture retailer, may introduce an internal carbon emissions price to help its drive to protect the environment and create a “new and better” company, chief executive Peter Agnefjall said.
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Cheap African solar energy could power UK homes in 2018

UNFCCC headlines - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 08:44
Source: BBC News - Investors are seeking funding from the UK government for an ambitious plan to import solar energy generated in North Africa. Under the scheme, up to 2.5 million UK homes could be powered by Tunisian sunshine by 2018.
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Solar Energy Prices See Double-digit Declines in 2013; Trend Expected to Continue

NREL - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 08:00
Distributed solar photovoltaic (PV) system prices dropped by 12 – 19 percent nationwide in 2013, according to the third edition of a jointly written report on PV pricing trends from the Energy Department’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL). In addition, 2014 prices are expected to drop another 3 – 12 percent, depending on system location and market segment. Industry analysts expect this trend to continue over the next couple of years, keeping the nation on track to meet the DOE SunShot Initiative’s 2020 targets.
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Climate change: how to make the big polluters really pay

UNFCCC headlines - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 08:59
Source: The Guardian - Are fossil fuel companies – long toxic to our natural environment – becoming toxic in the public relations environment as well? It seems so. Galvanised by the “carbon tracker” research showing that these firms have several times more carbon in their reserves than our atmosphere can safely absorb, Oxford city council has voted to divest; so has the British Medical Association.
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Acting on Climate Change for Our Children's Sake (editorial)

UNFCCC headlines - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 08:59
Source: Huffington Post - Scientific research shows our children are especially vulnerable to environmental health hazards. October is Children's Health Month, and as we work to raise awareness and act on health risks, we need to keep children's health considerations and concerns at the forefront of our research, practice and policy decisions. We need to be especially vigilant as we face new health risks from climate change.
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Climate change forcing rethink on fire risk, RFS chief Shane Fitzsimmons says

UNFCCC headlines - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 08:59
Source: ABC Onlline - Climate change is having an impact on every level of fire management, the New South Wales rural fire chief has said on the first anniversary of the Blue Mountains bushfires.
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100 European Cities Sign Pledge for Action on Climate Change: European Commission

UNFCCC headlines - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 08:59
Source: RIA Novosti - The European Commission (EC) published a statement Thursday confirming the commitment of 100 European cities to address climate change concerns in an official signing ceremony where the mayors of the various cities across Europe pledged their dedication to the scheme.
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Sweden calls on EU to agree 50% carbon cuts for 2030

UNFCCC headlines - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 08:59
Source: RTCC - Sweden has called on the European Union to adopt a greenhouse gas emission reduction target of 50% by 2030s, 10 percentage points higher than current proposals.
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As Japan eyes nuclear restarts, renewables get shut out of grid

UNFCCC headlines - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 08:59
Source: Reuters - Japan's biggest utilities are blocking most new solar and other renewable energy from transmission grids, stirring concern among green power advocates that Japan favours restarting idled nuclear plants at the expense of other fossil-free supply.
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Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe — Wirelessly Charged Electric Bus Service In Berlin

UNFCCC headlines - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 08:59
Source: CleanTechnica - A new electric bus service utilizing wireless charging systems will soon be launching in Berlin. The service — dubbed Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (BVB) — is currently set to start in 2015, and will make use of electric buses from Solaris.
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Texas Plant to Capture, and Then Reuse, Carbon

UNFCCC headlines - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 08:44
Source: The New York Times - Amid the calls to capture carbon to save the climate, a Texas company is preparing to do that job for profit.
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A Carbon Capture and Storage Breakthrough

UNFCCC headlines - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 08:44
Source: Wall Street Daily - Carbon capture and storage (CCS) has long been weighed down by exorbitant costs, making it an industry that’s been stuck on the launch pad for more than a decade…despite spending $20 billion on technology. Now, U.S. utilities could be required to install CCS technology in all newly built, coal-fired power plants, according to a proposed rule from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
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City gears up for carbon-free fuel in the future

UNFCCC headlines - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 08:44
Source: The New Age Online - The city of Johannesburg is almost certain to become the first city in South Africa to convert its fleet to carbon-free fuel within the next two years. It began piloting the conversion in its Metrobus fleet at the beginning of this year.
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U.S. considers climate change plan that would mandate emission cuts

UNFCCC headlines - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 08:59
Source: Los Angeles Times - The United States is considering a proposal to combat climate change that would require countries to offer plans for curtailing greenhouse gas emissions on a certain schedule but would leave it to individual nations to determine how deep their cuts would be, said Todd Stern, the nation’s chief climate negotiator.
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Fighting Climate Change Brings Benefits To The Bottom Line

UNFCCC headlines - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 08:49
Source: Forbes - From A for Apple to Z for Zurich Insurance, companies that are doing most to tackle climate change are also financially outperforming their peers, new research suggests.
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Climate Change Forcing Valuable Fish Stocks North New Study Shows

UNFCCC headlines - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 08:29
Source: Guardian Liberty Voice - A newly published study has produced the most evidence yet that valuable fish species are being forced north and south towards both of the Earth’s poles by climate change and the continuous rising of ocean temperatures. The study predicts that many numbers of fish species will be affected if temperature increases are allowed to continue at current rates and that a large percentage of fish species may disappear from warmer tropical waters as early as 2050.
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Peru's glaciers shrank 40% in 4 decades from climate change

UNFCCC headlines - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 08:29
Source: Daily News & Analysis - Climate change has shrunk Peruvian glaciers by 40% in the past four decades and the melt-off has spawned nearly 1,000 new high-altitude lakes since 1980, Peru's government said on Wednesday.
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