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New York summit: what it means for climate treaty prospects

UNFCCC headlines - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 08:04
Source: RTCC - The world’s superpowers have finally woken from their climate coma.That was the message from the UK’s secretary of state for energy and climate change Ed Davey, speaking on the sidelines of the UN’s climate summit in New York.
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Peru ratifies Kyoto Protocol extension to 2020

UNFCCC headlines - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 08:04
Source: RTCC - Peru and Djibouti have formally agreed to extend the Kyoto Protocol up to 2020. The Kyoto Protocol aims to reduce emissions prior to 2020, when a new UN agreement is set to come into force. But until an amendment is signed off by at least three quarters of the parties, the protocol only applies to the years 2008-12.
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Investors worth US$2trn back green bonds at NY Climate Week

UNFCCC headlines - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 08:04
Source: RTCC - The fledgling green bond market got some wind beneath its wings this week as investors worth US$2 trillion gave it their backing. Pension funds, insurers and asset management firms signed a statement confirming their appetite for investment in climate change solutions.
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Indian court cancels coal mining licences in corruption crackdown

UNFCCC headlines - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 08:04
Source: RTCC - The supreme court of India yesterday cancelled the licenses of 214 coal blocks, which it said the government had allocated illegally. The move grants a temporary reprieve to areas of the Mahan forest that were set to be felled to make way for an open cast coal mine. British-registered companies Essar and Hindalco had been granted permission to clear the area.
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Solar Energy Boom In Texas Approaching? Looks Likely, According To Analysts

UNFCCC headlines - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 08:04
Source: CleanTechnica - Given the great potential for solar energy development in Texas it isn’t exactly surprising that industry analysts keep a close on happenings there, but until now the break-away point for the industry in the state has yet to come.
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China Says Build More Solar Now

UNFCCC headlines - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 08:04
Source: CleanTechnica - Reportedly, a lack of distributed generation installation this year is what prompted the increased interest at a policy level. Only 188 MW of the full target of 8 GW for the year had been installed by Spring. So the government wants solar developers to start building immediately, and apply for quotas afterwards.
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The Benefits of Easing Climate Change (opinion)

UNFCCC headlines - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 09:39
Source: New York Times - All things considered, the cost of curbing carbon emissions may be considerably cheaper than earlier estimates had suggested. For all the fears that climate change mitigation would put the brakes on growth, it might actually enhance it.
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Give people worst-hit by climate change a voice - activists

UNFCCC headlines - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 09:39
Source: Reuters Africa - Communities hard hit by climate change impacts are finding ways to adapt on their own, but they need a larger voice in international decision making about how to deal with climate change, activists said a U.N. climate summit this week.
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EU agrees to €5bn carbon permit giveaway

UNFCCC headlines - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 09:39
Source: EurActiv - The European Parliament's environment committee on Wednesday (24 September) narrowly upheld plans to give billions of euros worth of carbon allowances to heavy industries for free, in order to help them compete in global markets.
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California, Quebec want to expand carbon trading system

UNFCCC headlines - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 09:39
Source: The Hill - California and the Canadian province of Quebec are recruiting other jurisdictions to join their carbon dioxide emissions trading system.
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Business to Play a Key Role on Carbon Pricing (opinion)

UNFCCC headlines - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 09:39
Source: Huffington Post. - A price on carbon that reflects the toll that fossil fuels are taking on the planet and its inhabitants is probably the most salient step that can be taken to limit greenhouse gas emissions and get ahead of the climate change curve.
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Land policy changes would sequester more carbon and conserve habitat

UNFCCC headlines - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 09:39
Source: Phys.Org - Rewarding landowners for converting farmland into forest will be key to sequestering carbon and providing wildlife habitat, according to a new study by Oregon State University and collaborators.
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Emissions From India Will Increase, Official Says

UNFCCC headlines - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 09:39
Source: The New York Times - In a blow to American hopes of reaching an international deal to fight global warming, India’s new environment minister said Wednesday that his country would not offer a plan to cut its greenhouse gas emissions ahead of a climate summit next year in Paris.
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Switch to Natural Gas Won't Reduce Carbon Emissions Much, Study Finds

UNFCCC headlines - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 09:39
Source: National Geographic - Switching from coal to natural gas for power generation won't do much to reduce U.S. greenhouse gas emissions and might even raise them slightly, in part because it will discourage the use of carbon-free renewable energy, according to a study released Wednesday.
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Carbon emission data not the whole story (opinion)

UNFCCC headlines - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 09:39
Source: Xinhua - The release of figures this week that show China's carbon emissions have outstripped those of the European Union and the United States combined has caught the global eye, but it may also be misleading.
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Switzerland to help India cut down greenhouse emissions

UNFCCC headlines - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 09:39
Source: The Economic Times - With India striving for a low carbon inclusive growth — even as it facilitates speedy clearances for infrastructure projects — the government is looking at Switzerland to cut down its construction-induced Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
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Climate Summit: ‘All hands on deck’ declares Ban, calling for leadership, concrete action

UNFCCC headlines - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 09:19
Source: UN News Centre - We are not here to talk, we are here to make history, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today told world leaders at an “unprecedented and important gathering” that aims to raise ambition, mobilize resources, and generate action towards a universal climate deal.
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Climate change summit: world leaders told to 'step up ambition'

UNFCCC headlines - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 08:59
Source: The Guardian - The widow of Nelson Mandela punctured the self-congratulatory mood of the UN summit on Tuesday, saying world leaders had failed to rise to the challenge of climate change.
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UN Women chief: Climate change impacts fall hardest on women

UNFCCC headlines - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 08:59
Source: Reuters - Women must take a greater leadership role in fighting climate change because its effects fall hardest on women, the head of UN Women said this week.
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