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When climate change comes after even the most common species

UNFCCC headlines - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 08:34
Source: PBS NewsHour - Climate change isn’t just a problem for rare species. This threat, coupled with habitat loss and other environmental threats, is putting a number of common species at risk.
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Climate change is like Ebola – World Bank chief

UNFCCC headlines - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 08:34
Source: RTCC - World Bank chief Jim Yong Kim has compared climate change to Ebola, suggesting that inaction on both is “killing people”.
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'It's important to look at the broader picture' of climate change

UNFCCC headlines - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 08:34
Source: Deutsche Welle - Countries and cities most at risk for being affected by climate change should not just improve their extreme weather detection systems, but also invest in insurance and infrastructure, says UN-researcher Jörn Birkmann.
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Climate Change Emerging as Hot Topic in Key Senate Races (opinion)

UNFCCC headlines - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 08:34
Source: Huffington Post - The issue of climate change has emerged in nearly every Senate race this election season. Candidates are discussing it, debate moderators are asking about it, and journalists are covering it. Why? Because the vast majority of voters say they are concerned about climate change and want leaders to address it.
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Climate change threatens national security, Pentagon says

UNFCCC headlines - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 08:34
Source: The Washington Post - Drastic weather, rising seas and changing storm patterns could become “threat multipliers” for the United States, vastly complicating security challenges faced by American forces, the Pentagon said in a new report on the impact of climate change released Monday.
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How to spread power to 600 million Africans without it

UNFCCC headlines - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 08:34
Source: The Christian Science Monitor - Two-thirds of sub-Saharan Africans lacks access to electricity and all the modern amenities that come with it. A new report suggests that $450 billion of new investment would bring much-needed power to the region's city-dwellers by 2040.
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Carbon Sequestration: Too Little, Too Late?

UNFCCC headlines - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 08:09
Source: MIT Technology Review - A few carbon capture and sequestration projects are under way, but economics and politics are holding the technology back.
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Commonwealth Bank sued in bid to reveal carbon pollution it finances

UNFCCC headlines - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 08:09
Source: The Guardian - A court case has been launched against the Commonwealth Bank (CBA) after it rejected a shareholder request for it to reveal the level of greenhouse gas emissions it finances.
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We can meet 2C climate target – and here's how, say energy experts

UNFCCC headlines - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 09:49
Source: Guardian - Meeting a target of keeping global temperature from rising above 2C is still possible, according to 30 leading climate and energy experts. The authors, who include former UK government scientific adviser Sir Bob Watson, conclude that staying under 2C needs “immediate, urgent action” at the highest levels of governments. The Tackling the Challenge of Climate Change report was presented at Ban Ki-moon’s UN climate summit in New York last month.
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Tony Abbott says 'coal is good for humanity' while opening mine

UNFCCC headlines - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 09:09
Source: The Guardian - Tony Abbott has declared “coal is good for humanity” while opening a coalmine in Queensland. The prime minister, who describes himself as a conservationist, said coal was vital to the world and that fossil fuel should not be demonised.
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Schwarzenegger Pushes for Action at Paris Climate Meeting

UNFCCC headlines - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 09:09
Source: VOA - Paris wrapped up the first-ever summit on regional efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions, with new pledges to combat climate change a year ahead of a key U.N. summit. Former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger presided over the regional conference.
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Peru: World can't allow COP20 meet in Lima to end in failure

UNFCCC headlines - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 08:49
Source: EFE - The international community "cannot allow" the 20th session of the U.N. Conference of the Parties on Climate Change - scheduled for December in Lima - to end in failure, the advisor to the Peruvian government for that summit told Efe
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How International Lawsuits Could Punish Carbon Emitters Even If Governments Don’t

UNFCCC headlines - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 08:49
Source: Think Progress - ourtrooms could be the next battlefield in the fight against climate change, according to a new report out of Canada. The paper, put out Thursday by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and West Coast Environmental Law, argues that climate science has advanced enough that current and future damages from climate change could start being divvied up amongst various polluters and companies in fossil fuels. When combined with the workings of international litigation, it opens up the possibility of legal liability for those entities — and not just in their home countries, but in any country where damages from climate change are felt.
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Americans Can Save More Money by Not Burning It: Study

UNFCCC headlines - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 08:49
Source: Bloomberg - Climate change policy is often assumed to be a lose-lose proposition. Nations can pay now for expensive carbon-reduction policies, or they can pay later -- potentially a lot more -- through destructive climate-related events like storms, droughts and flooding. In the U.S., however, that take may not be correct, according to a new study by the environmental group World Resources Institute.
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Christiana Figueres: Passionate – and impatient – about climate

UNFCCC headlines - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 08:49
Source: The Globe and Mail - As a child in Costa Rica, Ms. Figueres would visit Monteverde with her family, and marvel at the brilliantly coloured amphibians that were found only in the high-altitude rain forest. Years later, she returned with her own daughters, only to discover the golden toad was extinct. The species was victim of a warming planet, she was told, the first extinction that scientists attributed to a human-induced climate change. It’s a conclusion that has since been debated.
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Climate Nuttall: 'Religious groups are taking action on climate change'

UNFCCC headlines - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 08:49
Source: Deutsche Welle - Nick Nuttall, spokesperson for the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, tells DW how religious groups are increasingly fighting climate change and how that might have a bigger impact than you'd think.
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Private sector backing could transform UN’s Green Climate Fund

UNFCCC headlines - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 08:49
Source: Responding to Climate Change - From a business perspective, the issues of climate finance and carbon pricing stole the show at last month’s UN Climate Summit in New York City. The event’s centerpiece on climate finance was a formal session structured around the broad and inter-connected areas of green finance, green regulatory frameworks, and UN Green Climate Fund (GCF) pledges.
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World of clean energy is possible by 2050 say scientists

UNFCCC headlines - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 08:49
Source: RTCC - International researchers, in what they believe is the most comprehensive global assessment of clean energy’s potential, report that a low-carbon system could supply the world’s electricity needs by 2050. A global low-carbon energy economy is not only feasible, it could double electricity supply by 2050 while actually reducing air and water pollution, according to new research.
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Indian bourse sees climate change exchange fund in couple of years

UNFCCC headlines - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 08:49
Source: Reuters - MUMBAI, Oct 13 (Reuters) - India's BSE Ltd, formerly known as the Bombay Stock Exchange, is in talks with asset managers to launch an exchange-traded fund (ETF) based on its climate change index in the next couple of years, its chief executive said on Monday.
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NOAA Sea Grant awards $15.9 million for projects to build resilient coastal communities

UNFCCC headlines - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 09:29
Source: NOAA - NOAA Sea Grant announced today grants totaling $15.9 million to support over 300 projects around the nation that help build resilient coastal communities and economies. Through university, state and other partnerships, Sea Grant Programs will supplement the federal funding with an additional $7.9 million in non-federal matching funds, bringing the total investment to more than $23.8 million.
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