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How solutions based journalism can drive global climate action

UNFCCC headlines - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 07:34
Source: The Climate Group - NEW YORK: News articles which focus on the positive solutions to societal issues are more likely to attract greater engagement from readers, separate studies from the University of Texas and the University of Pennsylvania have confirmed. The Engaging News Project which is based at the Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life at the University of Texas recently released a report which found that articles which offer readers information on problem mitigation are perceived as more interesting and informative than those which merely describe the bleak reality.
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Africa to Add More Renewables in 2014 Than Past 14 Years

UNFCCC headlines - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 07:34
Source: Bloomberg - Growing demand for electricity and falling costs for wind and solar power mean more renewable-energy projects will be commissioned this year in sub-Saharan Africa than were added from 2000 through 2013.
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Why our brains are wired to ignore climate change

UNFCCC headlines - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 07:34
Source: The Washington Post - Recently I learned about “Prius repellent” — a tricked-out truck takes deep swigs of diesel and spews black smog all over a tailing vehicle, preferably a hybrid. These ominous clouds signal that, in our national conversation about climate change, something has gone very wrong.
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[Opinion] Could a Climate Change Deal Fit China’s Economic Reform Agenda?

UNFCCC headlines - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 07:34
Source: The Diplomat - At its meeting Paris in December 2015, the United Nations climate change conference plans to finalize a comprehensive global greenhouse gas reduction protocol for the period beyond 2020. As the world’s largest emitter, China’s reduction commitments will significantly determine the deal’s overall impact.
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[Opinion] Climate Change and Implications for National Security

UNFCCC headlines - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 07:34
Source: International Policy Digest - Our planet is 4.5 billion years old. If that whole time was to be reflected on a single one-year calendar then the dinosaurs died off sometime late in the afternoon of December 27th and modern humans emerged 200,000 years ago, or at around lunchtime on December 28th. Therefore, human life on earth is very recent. Sometime on December 28th humans made the first fires – wood fires – neutral in the carbon balance.
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Coal gas boom in China holds climate change risks

UNFCCC headlines - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 07:14
Source: The AP - HEXIGTEN, China (AP) — Deep in the hilly grasslands of remote Inner Mongolia, twin smoke stacks rise more than 200 feet into the sky, their steam and sulfur billowing over herds of sheep and cattle. Both day and night, the rumble of this power plant echoes across the ancient steppe, and its acrid stench travels dozens of miles away.
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Easy times over as carbon prices enter bullish corridor

UNFCCC headlines - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 08:54
Source: Commodities Now - With prices hitting a 5 month high of €6.50 today, established energy intelligence provider ICIS Tschach predicts a sustained increase in the price of European Trading Scheme (ETS) allowances. On current trajectories, prices are expected to hit double digits and a two-year high by year’s end. Such an increase would be a worrying trend for those with significant compliance obligations, especially large, carbon-intensive industrials
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Study: Solar Activity Could Be Increasing Climate Change

UNFCCC headlines - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 08:54
Source: CBS News - Though major contributors, human beings are not the only cause of climate change. A new study shows the sun has a major influence on the global climate.
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Be climate change warriors, Pacific Islanders told

UNFCCC headlines - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 08:54
Source: Fiji Times - THE Pacific can be warriors of climate change. This is the message King contestant and winner of the talent show, Josaia Nanuqa, wanted the people of Fiji to know.
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Cities’ Air Problems Only Get Worse With Climate Change

UNFCCC headlines - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 08:34
Source: NY Times - The threats from climate change are many: extreme weather, shrinking snowpack, altered ecosystems and rising and more acidic seas, to name a few.
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Leonardo DiCaprio voices climate change film

UNFCCC headlines - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 08:34
Source: Politico - Actor Leonardo DiCaprio is lending his voice and support to a new short film, bringing attention to climate change and calling for federal action over carbon pollution.
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ONU certifica primera emisión de bonos de carbono de central hidroeléctrica de pasada Chacayes

UNFCCC headlines - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 08:34
Source: El Rancagüino - La Secretaría de la Convención Marco sobre el Cambio Climático de la Organización de Naciones Unidas (ONU) aprobó la primera emisión de bonos de carbono de la central hidroeléctrica de pasada Chacayes (111 MW) de propiedad de Pacific Hydro (73%) y Astaldi (27%).
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Greenland ice loss doubles from late 2000s

UNFCCC headlines - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 08:34
Source: BBC - A new assessment from Europe's CryoSat spacecraft shows Greenland to be losing about 375 cu km of ice each year.
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'If we don't change now we will lose the reefs'

UNFCCC headlines - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 08:34
Source: Deutsche Welle - A major study has found Caribbean coral reefs could disappear in 20 years. DW spoke to Carl Gustaf Lundin, director of the global marine and polar programme at the International Union for Conservation of Nature.
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Greens, industry square off over putting cars in EU carbon market

UNFCCC headlines - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 08:34
Source: Reuters - Environmental campaigners are bracing to take on big business over whether Europe should follow California's lead and include road transport in the EU carbon market.
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Solar-Powered Tuk Tuk To Go From Bangalore To London

UNFCCC headlines - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 08:34
Source: Cleantechnica - Traveling from London to Bangalore, traversing 10 countries, in a solar-powered tuk tuk – sound good? Naveen Rabelli, Raoul Kopacka, and Tejas’s journey and mission is to advocate solar energy as an alternative, renewable,, clean source of fuel for vehicles.
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Iowa student rides bamboo bike with Climate Action March

UNFCCC headlines - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 07:14
Source: Iowa Press-Citizen - Vanessa Fixmer-Oraiz, a graduate student in the School of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Iowa, who recently rode her bamboo bike “bambike” in this year’s RAGBRAI to raise money for climate justice in the Philippines is joining the Great Climate March for Action as it makes its way across Iowa.
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New Process Helps Overcome Obstacles to Produce Renewable Fuels and Chemicals

NREL - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 08:00
There’s an old saying in the biofuels industry: “You can make anything from lignin except money.” But now, a new study may pave the way to challenging that adage. The study from the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) demonstrates a concept that provides opportunities for the successful conversion of lignin into a variety of renewable fuels, chemicals, and materials for a sustainable energy economy.
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Cusco dará inicio a semana COP 20 sobre medio ambiente este jueves 21

UNFCCC headlines - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 07:14
Source: Agencia Peruana de Noticias - La ciudad del Cusco será sede, desde este jueves 21, de la Semana COP20, que busca informar a los asistentes sobre la XX Conferencia de las Partes de la Convención Marco de las Naciones Unidas sobre el Cambio Climático, que se realizará del 1 al 12 de diciembre en Lima, se informó.
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NZ could spark climate action, expert says

UNFCCC headlines - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 07:14
Source: NZ Herald - A strong stance on climate change by New Zealand could inspire and "occasionally embarrass" other nations into following our lead, says a world-renowned climatologist coming here for a global science summit.
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