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China cuts energy intensity by 4.8 pct in 2014

UNFCCC headlines - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 10:54
Source: Reuters - China beat a key energy efficiency target in 2014, cutting its energy intensity by 4.8 percent from a year earlier, the State Council said on Tuesday, as it tries to reduce pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.
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Food diversity under siege from global warming, UN says

UNFCCC headlines - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 10:54
Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Climate change threatens the genetic diversity of the world's food supply, and saving crops and animals at risk will be crucial for preserving yields and adapting to wild weather patterns, a U.N. policy paper said on Monday.
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Rural farmers coping with climate change

UNFCCC headlines - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 10:54
Source: Zambia Daily Mail - For Zambia, like many other countries where economies depend on agriculture as the chief sector, climate change is emerging as one of the major threats to sustainable development.
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NREL Releases the 2013 Renewable Energy Data Book, Detailing Increases in Installed Capacity

NREL - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 08:00
The newly released 2013 Renewable Energy Data Book illustrates United States and global energy statistics, including renewable electricity generation, renewable energy development, clean energy investments, and technology-specific data and trends. The Data Book is produced and published annually by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) on behalf of the Energy Department’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.
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Finance the missing piece in green growth puzzle: Achim Steiner

UNFCCC headlines - Mon, 01/19/2015 - 11:09
Source: eco-business.com - Achim Steiner, executive director of the United Nations Environment Programme, identifies the key requirement for achieving a global green economy and calls for strong political leadership for a successful agreement on climate change in Paris
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Obama's State of the Union could ramp up climate fight with Republicans

UNFCCC headlines - Mon, 01/19/2015 - 09:04
Source: Guardian - Despite the new Republican majority and the oil industry gunning for the president’s agenda on emissions cuts and the Keystone XL pipeline, Barack Obama will show he’s no lame duck on climate change, White House officials insisted ahead of his second-to-last State of the Union Address.
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Future looks green as cost of renewables falls

UNFCCC headlines - Mon, 01/19/2015 - 09:04
Source: Khaleej Times - Costs of renewable energy have fallen by as much as 75 per cent in the last five years, especially for solar and wind energy.
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Papal text says man betrays God by destroying the environment

UNFCCC headlines - Mon, 01/19/2015 - 09:04
Source: Reuters - Pope Francis waded into the global debate on climate change and the environment on Sunday, saying in the text of a speech that man was destroying nature and betraying God's calling to be stewards of creation.
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Last year was Earth's hottest on record, U.S. scientists say

UNFCCC headlines - Mon, 01/19/2015 - 09:04
Source: Reuters - Last year was Earth's hottest on record in new evidence that people are disrupting the climate by burning fossil fuels that release greenhouse gases into the air, two U.S. government agencies said on Friday.
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UN chief appoints Janos Pasztor as adviser on climate change

UNFCCC headlines - Mon, 01/19/2015 - 09:04
Source: AP - Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed environmental expert Janos Pasztor of Hungary as his top adviser on climate change.
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Costing the climate: Four ways to price carbon

UNFCCC headlines - Mon, 01/19/2015 - 09:04
Source: RTCC - Two Stanford academics caused a stir last week suggesting that the true social cost of carbon is $220. This is six times higher than the figure the US government uses to guide policymaking.
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At Abu Dhabi climate meeting, presenters insist changes must be made

UNFCCC headlines - Mon, 01/19/2015 - 09:04
Source: The National - Experts and leaders in sustainability have called on government and private sector entities to invest in renewable infrastructure over the next 20 years.
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Clean tech primed to realise private equity promise

UNFCCC headlines - Mon, 01/19/2015 - 09:04
Source: BusinessGreen - Emerging clean tech companies have typically sought investments from venture capital funds comfortable with the high risk profile of immature technology markets.
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi to preside climate panel meet today

UNFCCC headlines - Mon, 01/19/2015 - 09:04
Source: Jagranpost.com - The first meeting of a reconstituted high-level climate panel, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, is to begin soon where the PM will review the national action plan on climate change.
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Finance the missing piece in green growth puzzle: Achim Steiner

UNFCCC headlines - Mon, 01/19/2015 - 09:04
Source: eco-business.com - Achim Steiner, executive director of the United Nations Environment Programme, identifies the key requirement for achieving a global green economy and calls for strong political leadership for a successful agreement on climate change in Paris
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NREL Scientist Brian Gregg Named AAAS Fellow

NREL - Mon, 01/19/2015 - 08:00
Brian Gregg, a scientist at the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), has been named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). AAAS cited Gregg for “distinguished contributions to the field of solar photoconversion, particularly for developing a unified understanding of the photoconversion mechanism in the various cell types.”
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EDITORIAL from the Korea Herald

UNFCCC headlines - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 07:49
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Kenya: Tourism to Suffer in Dry Weather - UN

UNFCCC headlines - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 07:49
Source: The Star - TOURISM is expected to suffer a blow from climate change through diminished numbers of tourists, a new United Nations report says.
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Russia's forests overlooked in climate change fight

UNFCCC headlines - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 07:49
Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Russia's forests may lose their power to help curb global warming without stronger domestic protection and a place in a new global climate change deal, scientists have warned.
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Pope on Climate Change: Man Has 'Slapped Nature in the Face'

UNFCCC headlines - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 07:49
Source: AP - Pope Francis said Thursday he is convinced that global warming is "mostly" man-made and that he hopes his upcoming encyclical on the environment will encourage negotiators at a climate change meeting in Paris to make "courageous" decisions to protect God's creation.
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