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UN Again Takes Aim at Climate-Change Accord

UNFCCC headlines - Sat, 11/29/2014 - 16:59
Source: AP - Energized by new targets set by China and the United States, the world's top climate polluters, U.N. global warming talks resume Monday with unusual optimism despite evidence that human-generated climate change is already happening and bound to get worse.
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Climate rhetoric faces devil in the detail at Lima talks

UNFCCC headlines - Sat, 11/29/2014 - 16:04
Source: AFP - Politically sidelined since a 2009 UN summit almost ended in a bust-up, climate change has resurfaced as a priority but faces a brutal test at talks opening in Lima on Monday.
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Spanish pledge raises climate fund close to $10 billion goal

UNFCCC headlines - Sat, 11/29/2014 - 16:04
Source: Reuters - A Spanish pledge of 120 million euros ($150 million) to a fund to help poor nations cope with global warming has raised the total close to the $10 billion U.N. target before a U.N. meeting in Peru next week to work on a climate deal.
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UN official sees upcoming Lima climate talks as ‘stepping stone’ for universal treaty

UNFCCC headlines - Sat, 11/29/2014 - 16:04
Source: UN News Centre - As Governments prepare to meet for the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Lima, Peru, starting on Monday, a top UN official has highlighted the session as an opportunity to raise immediate awareness on climate change and lay the foundation for a new universal agreement to be adopted in 2015.
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Peru climate talks to pave way for Paris treaty

UNFCCC headlines - Sat, 11/29/2014 - 16:04
Source: Deutsche Welle - The annual UN climate conference gets underway in Lima, Peru on December 1. It is more important than ever. Negotiators will hammer out the nitty gritty of a new World Climate Agreement to reduce CO2 emissions.
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Women on climate change frontline make big impact on small grants

UNFCCC headlines - Sat, 11/29/2014 - 16:04
Source: Guardian - In London, Paris and Washington, where leaders have made little progress in curtailing climate change, global warming may seem a merely theoretical problem – too far in the future, or too far away geographically, to matter.
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UN Expert: Lima Climate Change Talks Is a Key ‘stepping stone’

UNFCCC headlines - Sat, 11/29/2014 - 16:04
Source: Telesur - The outcomes of the upcoming Climate Change Conference in Lima, Peru will likely determine the agenda for all future negotiations.
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Humala espera un ‘resultado airoso’ del COP20 de Lima

UNFCCC headlines - Sat, 11/29/2014 - 16:04
Source: La Razón / AFP - El presidente peruano, Ollanta Humala, exhortó a resolver “de manera airosa” los temas de la Conferencia de la Organización de las Naciones Unidas (ONU) sobre cambio climático en Lima (COP20), del 1 al 12 de diciembre, de cara a lograr un acuerdo definitivo en la COP de París en 2015.
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Peru president inaugurates site of climate-change summit

UNFCCC headlines - Sat, 11/29/2014 - 16:04
Source: EFE - Peruvian President Ollanta Humala inaugurated here Friday the site for the latest annual edition of the United Nations' climate-change conference, touting the event as a chance to "forge the biggest alliance in history" through a new accord to combat global warming
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Rare optimism ahead of climate talks in Lima

UNFCCC headlines - Sat, 11/29/2014 - 16:04
Source: AP - Energized by new targets set by China and the United States, the world's top climate polluters, U.N. global warming talks resume Monday with unusual optimism despite evidence that human-generated climate change is already happening and bound to get worse.
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COY10: Young people against climate change

UNFCCC headlines - Sat, 11/29/2014 - 16:04
Source: Andina - Lima is hosting over 1000 young leaders from 100 countries for the Tenth World Youth Conference on Climate Change (COY10) aimed at defining actions of young people against climate change and promoting sustainable lifestyles.
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Bright outlook for renewables, according to International Energy Agency

REEEP - Fri, 11/28/2014 - 17:24

“As our global energy system grows and transforms, signs of stress continue to emerge,” said IEA Executive Director Maria van der Hoeven. “But renewables are expected to go from strength to strength, and it is incredible that we can now see a point where they become the world’s number one source of electricity generation.” (http://www.iea.org).

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Equity and inclusion in disaster risk reduction: building resilience for all

REEEP - Fri, 11/28/2014 - 16:59

This paper, by the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) and the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) builds on the recently produced ‘The future framework for disaster risk reduction: a guide for decision-makers’. This new module brings together evidence on opportunities raised by adopting an inclusive approach to ensure effective DRR. The paper makes the case for increased attention to wider issues of vulnerability, inclusion and empowerment, which are needed to assist policy-makers and international agencies to negotiate the successor agreement to the HFA.

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Climate Tagger to Aid Organizations in Using Knowledge to Combat Climate Change

REEEP - Fri, 11/28/2014 - 14:09

REEEP (Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership) has joined forces with the Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN), the operational arm of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Technology Mechanism, to launch Climate Tagger. This new tool, which automatically scans, labels, sorts and catalogues data and document collections, will help knowledge-driven organizations in the climate and development arenas streamline their information resources, and connect them to the wider climate knowledge community.

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Pope Francis backs global efforts to tackle climate change

UNFCCC headlines - Thu, 11/27/2014 - 16:39
Source: RTCC - Pope Benedict was dubbed the first green pontiff because of his sermons on protecting the environment and installation of solar panels at the Vatican. His successor Pope Francis appears keen on maintaining this relatively new tradition, telling the UN’s lead climate official Christiana Figueres that the environment will be one of his priorities for 2015.
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Call for UN climate deal to support carbon market links

UNFCCC headlines - Thu, 11/27/2014 - 16:39
Source: RTCC - Countries around the world are developing an array of different carbon taxes and trading systems to control greenhouse gas emissions. The more these can be joined up, experts say, the cheaper it will be to tackle climate change.
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Twitter watch: Who to follow at the UN climate talks in Lima

UNFCCC headlines - Thu, 11/27/2014 - 16:39
Source: RTCC - From 1 December, Twitter will be abuzz with the latest news from the corridors of the UN climate talks. Follow the right people, and you’ll have a steady stream of inside information from politicians, negotiators, NGOs and generally insightful people as they work on the UN’s new climate treaty in Lima.
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Paris deal unlikely to meet 2C warming limit, say climate veterans

UNFCCC headlines - Thu, 11/27/2014 - 16:39
Source: RTCC - The global mood on climate change is shifting, but there’s little sign that the proposed 2015 agreement will be enough to avert dangerous levels of warming. Envoys from over 190 countries meet in Lima, Peru next week to continue work on efforts to slow greenhouse gas emissions, which the World Meteorological Organisation says are rising faster than ever before
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In Climate Negotiations, Women Gaining a Stronger Voice

UNFCCC headlines - Thu, 11/27/2014 - 16:39
Source: Live Science - Beginning on December 1, representatives from nearly 200 countries will meet in Lima, Peru, to forge progress on global climate-change policy, an effort that could well determine the success of future negotiations on critical climate change issues.
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Lima climate talks: setting the ground for a Paris agreement in 2015

UNFCCC headlines - Thu, 11/27/2014 - 16:39
Source: Business Standard (India) - A 17-member government delegation, led by environment minister Prakash Javadekar, is set to negotiate at the coming United Nations (UN) climate change talks at Lima, Peru. Even as the government draws up the formal strategy, which needs Cabinet approval, some of the negotiators have left for Lima to begin talks with partner countries before the formal fortnight-long negotiations are kicked off on December 1.
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