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Workers must lead transition to green economy, unions say at climate talks

UNFCCC headlines - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 09:54
Source: Al Jazeera America - As global climate negotiators meet in Lima, Peru, for the 20th Conference of the Parties (COP 20) — a prelude to world climate talks in Paris next year — international union representatives say labor needs a stronger voice in planning the transition away from fossil fuels.
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Lima climate talks: Helping cities with credit ratings can foster low-carbon progress (comment)

UNFCCC headlines - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 09:54
Source: The Age - In the debate over how to address climate change, there is a glaring gap between the levels of carbon reductions the world must achieve to avert the worst consequences of global warming and the levels of reductions that national governments have been willing to make thus far. Bridging that gap will require cities and businesses - the chief drivers of carbon emissions - to play a leading role, and Lima's experience points the way forward.
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Lima climate talks: India says it does not support ex-ante review of INDCs

UNFCCC headlines - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 09:54
Source: Business Standard - Javadekar echoes demands of developing countries, says INDCs must be comprehensive and should not just focus on mitigation
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Lima Climate Talks: U.S., EU Wrangle Over Legal Basis of Emissions Targets

UNFCCC headlines - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 09:54
Source: The Wall Street Journal - Officials from nearly 200 countries working to negotiate a climate-change agreement are wrestling with the most basic question: whether key sections of the final pact should be legally binding.
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Thousands of Carbon-Capture Plants Needed to Curb Warming

UNFCCC headlines - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 09:54
Source: Bloomberg - Thousands of power plants and factories will need to be fitted with carbon-capture and storage equipment to limit global warming to safe levels, former World Bank chief economist Nicholas Stern said.
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Engulfed by Rising Seas, Islands Gain Moral Voice at UN

UNFCCC headlines - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 09:54
Source: Bloomberg - Some of the world’s smallest island nations have become the loudest voices in the debate about how to fight global warming.
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With Compromises, a Global Accord to Fight Climate Change Is in Sight

UNFCCC headlines - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 09:54
Source: The New York Times - Diplomats from 196 countries are closing in on the framework of a potentially historic deal that would for the first time commit every nation in the world to cutting its planet-warming fossil fuel emissions — but would still not be enough to stop the early impacts of global warming.
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Exxon Issues Energy Reality Check as UN Debates Emissions

UNFCCC headlines - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 09:54
Source: Bloomberg - The world’s largest oil company sees emissions in the developing world surging 50 percent, a forecast that suggests the diplomatic push to draft an accord to curb global warming stands to fall short.
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World’s Mayors Adopt New Tool to Calculate Climate Emissions

UNFCCC headlines - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 09:54
Source: Environment News Service - The first global standard to measure greenhouse gas emissions from cities was launched Monday in tandem with the ongoing UN climate summit in Lima.
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As Lima Talks Enter Second Week, Delegates Turn to Text for 2015 Global Climate Pact

UNFCCC headlines - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 09:19
Source: Bloomberg BNA - Negotiations began Dec. 8 in Lima on the first draft of the text for the 2015 global climate change agreement, including discussion of emissions reduction targets for all countries and long-term financial targets starting in 2020.
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NREL to Advance Technologies for Microgrid Projects

NREL - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 08:00
The Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is providing critical support to two new microgrid projects coordinated by the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and General Electric Company (GE).
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Let’s hear it for the curators

REEEP - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 12:57

Geoff Barnard, Strategic Advisor for Knowledge Management, Climate and Development Knowldge Network, has been working with website managers who pull together climate and development information from many sources – ‘climate knowledge brokers’ – to find ways they can coordinate among each other and make information easier to find by end users.

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Climate change threat the lowest since monitoring began

UNFCCC headlines - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 10:39
Source: ABC Online - A new study says the world's climate is on track to rise three degrees above the average by 2100, the best result since monitoring began.
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Tackling climate change on a global scale – the COP 20 in Peru (opinion)

UNFCCC headlines - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 09:19
Source: The Guardian - The UN framework convention on climate change (COP 20), under way in in the Peruvian capital Lima, will not produce a global climate treaty. That will depend on reaching a series of agreements with the 20 nations that emit 80% of total global greenhouse emissions (GHG), and the economic sectors that have the biggest impact on the world’s climate. However, it could pave the way for a treaty being signed in Paris next year that will be seen as a turning point in reducing global warming.
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Earth at ‘tipping point,’ UN General Assembly President warns, urging climate reform

UNFCCC headlines - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 08:54
Source: UN News Centre - Planet earth is “moving towards the tipping point” warned the President of the United Nations General Assembly at UN climate talks in Peru, where he called for world leaders to take urgent action towards a climate agreement that promotes socio-economic development in a sustainable manner.
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Backyard inventors: The new environmental 'game changers?'

UNFCCC headlines - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 08:54
Source: CNN - The good news is that there are thousands of examples of entrepreneurs around the world who are finding a constantly expanding market for their solutions -- they are part of the United Nations Climate Change secretariat's Momentum for Change initiative.
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Global warming threat cut slightly, still severe: study

UNFCCC headlines - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 08:54
Source: Reuters - Projected global warming this century has slowed but is still at a severe rate after promises by China, the United States and the European Union to limit greenhouse gas emissions, a scientific study showed on Monday.
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Decarbonisation push emerges at UN climate talks

UNFCCC headlines - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 08:39
Source: The Sydney Morning Herald - Countries will be asked to decarbonise their economies by 2050 and then move to negative emissions under a controversial proposal to be negotiated as part of international climate change talks in Lima.
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Lima climate talks: South American diplomats hopeful of progress on deal

UNFCCC headlines - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 08:39
Source: The Guardian - South American diplomats expect to make progress towards a global climate deal at this week’s UN talks in Lima, despite growing criticism from NGOs that governments in the region are backtracking on pledges to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and protect the environment.
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Heat Waves in Europe Will Increase, Study Finds

UNFCCC headlines - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 08:39
Source: The New York Times - Three scientists from the Met Office, the British weather agency, have concluded that human-caused global warming is going to make European summer heat waves “commonplace” by the 2040s.
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