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Why shifting to renewables is not mission impossible

UNFCCC headlines - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 08:34
Source: CleanTechnica - The 10 warmest years since records began have all occurred in the past 15 years. This year was no exception; we are about to register the warmest year ever. According to scientists, this is indisputably correlated with the increased CO2 in the atmosphere. If we are to continue this current trend, the planet is on track to be between 3º and 5º degrees warmer than in pre-industrial times
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How governments can drive the green revolution

UNFCCC headlines - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 08:34
Source: World Economic Forum Blog - As prime minister of a country that for decades has worked towards a green society (Denmark), I am fully aware that the green transition is not an easy task. In order to succeed, governments, the business community and citizens need to join hands. To educate and innovate together.
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Amazon rainforest destruction in Brazil rises again

UNFCCC headlines - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 08:34
Source: BBC News - The rate of destruction of the Amazon rainforest in Brazil has increased for a second year running. Brazilian government figures show deforestation was up by 29% in the 12 months up to the end of July 2013.
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China suggests cap on coal use, import curbs in draft air pollution law

UNFCCC headlines - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 08:34
Source: The Times of India - BEIJING: China is looking to impose a national cap on coal consumption and a ban on the import of low-quality coal with a new air pollution law, the draft version of which has been released, aimed at strengthening the country's efforts to fight smog.
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(opinion) Which narrative will prevail at the UN’s climate summit?

UNFCCC headlines - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 08:34
Source: RTCC - The Secretary General of the United Nations Mr Ban Ki Moon has invited heads of government, business and civil society to a Climate Summit at the United Nations in New York on September 23. I have been privileged to be one of the 38 representatives from civil society invited to participate in the event.
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Green Climate Fund lowers cash demands to $10bn

UNFCCC headlines - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 08:34
Source: RTCC - The UN’s flagship Green Climate Fund has scaled back plans to raise US$ 15 billion by the end of 2014, with a new goal of $10bn. Senior government officials from developed countries met in Bonn this week for technical discussions over the fund’s development.
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Climate change accelerating death of Western forests

UNFCCC headlines - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 08:34
Source: USA Today - DENVER — The iconic pine and aspen forests of the Rocky Mountains are dying off at an alarming rate thanks to conditions exacerbated by climate change — drought, insect infestations and wildfires — a new report says.
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Climate Change Protesters Rally Against Future Typhoons

UNFCCC headlines - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 08:09
Source: The Epoch Times - NEW YORK—City Council recognized climate change as a danger to humans, by passing a resolution on Wednesday. Resolution 356 was introduced in July by Councilman Donovan Richards. The council resolved it by acknowledging “the dangers of climate change to human health and the environment.”
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UN climate chief says 125 leaders confirmed for NY summit

UNFCCC headlines - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 09:14
Source: RTCC - UN climate chief Christiana Figueres says the absence of the Chinese and Indian leaders from a UN climate summit on September 23 will not affect its credibility or outcomes. The rulers of the first and third largest carbon polluters on the planet, Xi Jinping and Narendra Modi, recently declined to attend the meeting, hosted by secretary general Ban Ki-moon.
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Climate Week NYC Will Help Secure Critical Business and Government Buy-In for a Global Climate Deal Next Year

UNFCCC headlines - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 09:14
Source: Huffington Post - In a couple of weeks, New York City will be host to more than a hundred events about climate change. From roundtables showcasing the latest low carbon innovation, to mass gatherings demanding climate action, this unprecedented mobilization, under the umbrella of Climate Week NYC, will be critical to the success of the UN Climate Summit convened by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on September 23.
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Many Cities Are Preparing For Climate Change, They Just Won't Say So

UNFCCC headlines - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 09:14
Source: The AP - GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (AP) — With climate change still a political minefield across the nation despite the strong scientific consensus that it's happening, some community leaders have hit upon a way of preparing for the potentially severe local consequences without triggering explosions of partisan warfare: Just change the subject.
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UK calls on Australia, Canada and Japan to deliver “ambitious” CO2 cuts

UNFCCC headlines - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 09:14
Source: RTCC - The UK is pressing Japan, Canada and Australia to accept tough carbon cuts ahead of a proposed UN climate deal in 2015. A report outlining the UK government’s climate strategy released today in London says officials are using bilateral contacts to encourage fellow developed countries to deliver new commitments.
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How Peru May Deliver a Global Deal on Climate Change

UNFCCC headlines - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 09:14
Source: Scientific American - Despite the number of key world leaders expected to be absent from the U.N. secretary-general's world leaders' summit on climate change this month, the incoming president of the next round of global warming negotiations predicts success.
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Ship Lost in the Arctic 160 Years Ago Found Thanks to Climate Change

UNFCCC headlines - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 09:14
Source: Gizmodo - In 1845, the explorer John Franklin set off to sail the fabled Northwest Passage, an Arctic sea route that would hypothetically connect the Atlantic and the Pacific. He never returned. His ship was lost to the ice. But now, thanks to the obsession of Canada's prime minister, an expedition has located one of Franklin's two ships. Why does Canada care so much about this old vessel? Climate change.
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Rooftop Solar Panels Are Cheaper Than Coal In the Philippines

UNFCCC headlines - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 08:54
Source: Cleantechnica - Carlos Jericho Petilla is the Secretary of Energy for the Philippines. He recently explained that rooftop solar panels are now cheaper than coal there. “As a simple example, the cost of electricity from a coal plant can run up to P5.50 per kilowatt hour, plus P6.50 for distribution and transmission, which amounts to P12.00.
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China-based Equity Fund To Invest €309 Million In Polish Wind Farm

UNFCCC headlines - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 08:54
Source: Cleantechnica - China continues to expand its footprint over renewable energy markets in emerging economies, with the latest investment in a Polish wind farm project. China-CEE Fund has announced that it will invest €309 million ($399 million US) in a 250 MW wind energy project in Poland.
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Is Narendra Modi a climate sceptic?

UNFCCC headlines - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 08:54
Source: The Guardian - ndia’s prime minister, Narendra Modi, reportedly will be a no-show at the United Nations climate summit this month. Could it be because he does not accept the science behind climate change? Modi used to be a supporter for climate action. But in public remarks on two occasions in the last week, the leader of one of the fastest growing – and biggest emitting – economies appeared to express doubt about whether climate change was even occurring.
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Why gender disaster data matters: ‘In some villages, all the dead were women’

UNFCCC headlines - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 08:54
Source: The Guardian - Disasters triggered by climate change are not blind to gender and age. They affect men and women, the old and the young, very differently. Sex and age are some of the most powerful indicators of how individuals will experience a disaster: who survives and who dies. Despite this, we have worryingly little data on the issue.
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Why climate change concerns pro-life Christians: Column

UNFCCC headlines - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 22:54
Source: USA Today - This is not a column dedicated to bludgeoning those unmoved by liberals' warnings about climate change. It is an invitation to people, especially Christians, to think about what's happening to the water, and what will happen to us if there's not enough of it to go around.
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Why climate change concerns pro-life Christians: Column

UNFCCC headlines - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 22:34
Source: USA Today - This is not a column dedicated to bludgeoning those unmoved by liberals' warnings about climate change. It is an invitation to people, especially Christians, to think about what's happening to the water, and what will happen to us if there's not enough of it to go around.
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