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Solar Globe-Trotting VW Bus

UNFCCC headlines - Fri, 06/27/2014 - 07:44
Source: CleanTechnica - The VW bus was thoroughly refinished and refurbished by the Dangerz, a couple who took the bus from scrapyard fodder to a solar-panel equipped, trans-continental adventure-mobile that saw them drive from Alaska to Costa Rica.
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Rhode Island signs off new climate change law

UNFCCC headlines - Fri, 06/27/2014 - 07:44
Source: RTCC - The US state of Rhode Island has passed a climate change act, outlining how it should cut fossil fuel use and prepare for future extreme weather events. The law stipulates that greenhouse gas emissions should be slashed 45% below 1990 levels by 2035, and 80% below 1990 levels by 2050.
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WMO: 80% chance of El Niño by December 2014

UNFCCC headlines - Fri, 06/27/2014 - 07:44
Source: RTCC - It is very likely that an El Niño will take place by the end of the year, the UN’s World Meteorological Organisation has said, strengthening scientists’ predictions that 2014 could be one of the hottest years on record.
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Does carbon capture and storage need a makeover?

UNFCCC headlines - Fri, 06/27/2014 - 07:44
Source: RTCC - Carbon capture and storage is a vital but unloved technology, disliked by green groups and unneeded by fossil fuel companies, and will need both to progress. The technology illustrates the equal importance of having influential support and lobbying, as well as a compelling message and market.
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Joe Manchin, Sheldon Whitehouse seek middle ground on climate change

UNFCCC headlines - Thu, 06/26/2014 - 09:49
Source: Politico - West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin shot a bullet through the cap-and-trade bill, while Rhode Island Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse has delivered 71 floor speeches calling for action on global warming. But even they can come together to find common ground on climate change, the two Democratic senators say.
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Singapore’s Sports Hub marks new dawn for solar industry

UNFCCC headlines - Thu, 06/26/2014 - 09:24
Source: Eco-Business - Tall enough to fit Changi Airport’s control tower, and wide enough to house four A380 planes parked wing to wing, the Singapore Sports Hub is an iconic addition to the country’s skyline. Viewed from a distance, the $1.33 billion facility - with its large dome shape and the impressive array of solar panels surrounding it - is not only a visual feast but an architectural feat built with sustainability in mind.
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UK infrastructure neglected and at risk from climate change, engineers warn

UNFCCC headlines - Thu, 06/26/2014 - 09:24
Source: The Guardian - Vital parts of UK infrastructure are being neglected, with potentially severe impacts on national competitiveness and quality of life, according to a new study by engineers. Energy networks, transport, waste and water are all at risk, while flood defences are falling well behind where they need to be.
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ALP lists Abbott climate change 'whoppers'

UNFCCC headlines - Thu, 06/26/2014 - 09:24
Source: The Age - Parliamentary debate has started on the coalition government's second attempt to axe the carbon tax, with Labor saying the move is based on 10 "whoppers". Labor's environment spokesman Mark Butler said the government had mounted a "hysterical" and "mendacious" campaign against measures to curb emissions.
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What really annoys scientists about the state of the climate change debate?

UNFCCC headlines - Thu, 06/26/2014 - 09:24
Source: The Guardian - "Don’t shoot the messenger,” so the saying goes. But what if that message warns we might want to rethink that whole fossil fuel burning thing pretty quick because it could seriously alter civilization and the natural world for centuries to come, and not in a good way?
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UK Doctors Vote to End Investments in the Fossil Fuel Industry

UNFCCC headlines - Thu, 06/26/2014 - 09:24
Source: MedAct - he British Medical Association, the representative body of doctors in the UK, has voted to end its investments in fossil fuel companies, making it the first health organisation in the world to do so. The motion, passed at the annual meeting of the BMA in Harrogate, calls on the BMA to “transfer their investments from energy companies whose primary business relies upon fossil fuels to those providing renewable energy sources.”
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Obama Calls Climate-Change Skeptics 'Fringe' Element

UNFCCC headlines - Thu, 06/26/2014 - 09:24
Source: Bloomberg - President Barack Obama derided climate-change skeptics as a “fringe” element as he highlighted his record on the environment and cutting greenhouse gas emissions before a conservation group.Obama yesterday indirectly criticized congressional Republicans, who he said view climate change as “a liberal plot.”
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Grim toll of climate change

UNFCCC headlines - Thu, 06/26/2014 - 09:24
Source: timesunion.com - Climate change is likely to exact enormous costs on U.S. regional economies in the form of lost property, reduced industrial output and more deaths, according to a report backed by three men with vast business experience.
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Fighting Climate Change Is Profitable: Mexico’s Calderon

UNFCCC headlines - Thu, 06/26/2014 - 09:24
Source: Bloomberg - Curbing climate change is profitable and nations must offer business incentives for low-carbon growth to cut fossil-fuel reliance, according to former president of Mexico, Felipe Calderon.
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India Mulling Introduction Of Tax Incentives For Residential Solar

UNFCCC headlines - Thu, 06/26/2014 - 09:09
Source: CleanTechnica - Indian homeowners who install solar energy systems may soon have tax breaks made available to them to help lower their burden, based on recent reports. The country’s Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) recently put forward a proposal for the introduction of tax incentives for residential rooftop solar installations. The Ministry of Finance is expected to reach a decision on the proposal sometime before the end of the summer.
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14 Million Soccer Fields Of Amazonian Rain Forest Saved From Clearcutting

UNFCCC headlines - Thu, 06/26/2014 - 09:09
Source: CleanTechnica - A research study published in Science this month (June 2014) found that a 70% decline in Brazilian Amazon deforestation could be an indication that effective management of the expanding agricultural sector is possible.
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U.S. to face multibillion-dollar bill from climate change: report

UNFCCC headlines - Wed, 06/25/2014 - 09:49
Source: Reuters - Annual property losses from hurricanes and other coastal storms of $35 billion; a decline in crop yields of 14 percent, costing corn and wheat farmers tens of billions of dollars; heat wave-driven demand for electricity costing utility customers up to $12 billion per year.
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Canada: Federal climate change report warns of economic, health impacts

UNFCCC headlines - Wed, 06/25/2014 - 09:49
Source: The Star - Canadians can expect more floods, storms and other damaging extreme weather events as global warming inevitably gets worse, says a federal government report that also says governments are lagging in efforts to adapt to this climate change shift.
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Half of the World's Population will be Exposed to Frequent Still Air Events by End of 21st Century

UNFCCC headlines - Wed, 06/25/2014 - 09:49
Source: Nature World News - Climate change might worsen air pollution, researchers at Stanford said. The team estimates that by the end of this century around 55 percent of the world's population will witness frequent air stagnation events.
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Former Bush Treasury Secretary: We Can Prevent A 'Climate Crash' With A Carbon Tax

UNFCCC headlines - Wed, 06/25/2014 - 09:09
Source: The Energy Collective - There is an amazing op-ed in Sunday’s New York Times, “The Coming Climate Crash: Lessons for Climate Change in the 2008 Recession.”
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Sustainable development goals face $2.5 trillion funding shortfall

UNFCCC headlines - Wed, 06/25/2014 - 08:49
Source: RTCC - The UN’s sustainable development goals (SDGs) will fail unless governments and businesses find an extra US$ 2.5 trillion a year to support them. -
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