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Samoa hosts hundreds of global leaders for talks on developing island states

UNFCCC headlines - Mon, 09/01/2014 - 07:14
Source: ABC Radio Australia - Hundreds of global leaders from government, NGOs and the private sector have descended on the tiny Pacific country of Samoa for rare talks on how to develop island states.
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Why carbon markets should top Ban Ki-moon’s climate agenda

UNFCCC headlines - Mon, 09/01/2014 - 07:14
Source: RTCC - When and if heads of state turn up to Ban Ki-moon’s climate summit next month, there will be many ideas competing for their attention.
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French diplomats rallied to climate cause in run-up to Paris

UNFCCC headlines - Mon, 09/01/2014 - 06:54
Source: RTCC - President Francois Hollande prepares for Ban Ki-moon summit next month as French diplomacy ramps up ahead of Paris
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UNIDO and REEEP map out deeper cooperation on sustainable development

REEEP - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 13:05

LI Yong, Director General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and Martin Hiller, Director General of the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP) met this week in Vienna to discuss intensifying the cooperation between the two organizations; the aim is to jointly promote sustainable pathways for developing countries to reduce poverty and develop their industrial base.

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Shedding Light on Energy Innovation

REEEP - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 10:18

A REEEP-supported initiative is bringing solar-powered reading lamps to rural Peru, providing an affordable, clean alternative to polluting, dangerous, and expensive forms of lighting such as diesel lamps. The key to the project—called “Digital Diesel: Pay As You Go Financing for Solar Energy in Rural Peru”—is a cellphone app that allows users to buy the lamp via small weekly payments.

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Political uncertainty slows renewable energy growth – IEA

UNFCCC headlines - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 06:54
Source: RTCC - Growth of the renewable energy sector is under threat from policy uncertainty, the International Energy Agency warned on Thursday. Investment in clean sources of energy is a key plank of global efforts to cut carbon emissions and tackle climate change.
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Chile set to pass Latin America’s second carbon tax

UNFCCC headlines - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 06:54
Source: RTCC - Chile is set to approve a carbon tax next week, making it the second country after Mexico in Latin America to put a price on polluting. The carbon tax will go before the House of Representatives in the first week of September, as part of a broader package of tax reforms.
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UN seeks 'Malala' on climate change

UNFCCC headlines - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 06:54
Source: BBC - Five hundred people are to learn if they have won the chance to vent their frustration at world leaders over the stalemate on climate policy. They applied to address more than 100 heads of state and government at next month’s UN climate summit in New York.
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‘Urgency of Climate Change’ to Debut as Legal Defense

UNFCCC headlines - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 06:54
Source: Climate Central - As protests go, Ken Ward’s and Jay O’Hara’s daylong blockade of a coal delivery was low-key. There were no kerfuffles involving authorities and nobody was arrested — the men learned of criminal charges later by mail. But the duo’s trial, scheduled to begin Sept. 8 in a Massachusetts district court, is shaping up as a high-profile affair, featuring an unusual defense and planned testimony by some of the biggest names in climate science.
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Why fossil fuel divestment won’t be easy

UNFCCC headlines - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 06:54
Source: Carbon Brief - There's a growing global campaign to stop investments in the fossil fuel industry. The British Medical Association, the World Council of Churches and Stanford University are among those pledging to take their money out of oil, coal and gas firms. But if the idea catches on, it won't just cause headaches for oil moguls. Investment managers will be scratching their heads too. If they can't invest in fossil fuel firms, where should they put their money?
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Green-trigue: N.Y. legal memo may give Obama path to make UN climate deal binding

UNFCCC headlines - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 06:54
Source: Washington Times - Two years ago, the New York attorney general’s office prepared a legal brief laying out a potential case for asking courts to make the U.S. cut greenhouse gas emissions based on international treaties, according to documents reviewed by The Washington Times. Legal analysts say it’s a tough sell, and the case was never filed.
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Climate Change Will Ruin Hawaii, New Study Suggests

UNFCCC headlines - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 06:54
Source: Huffington Post - Climate change has its sights on its next victim, and it's one of America's favorite vacation spots. Hawaii is known for its near perfect weather, but a new report from the University of Hawaii's Sea Grant program states that islands in the Pacific might be unrecognizable in the coming years as climate change makes them hotter, arid, stormy and even disease-ridden.
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And now the weather, featuring climate change blame

UNFCCC headlines - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 06:54
Source: New Scientist - A new technique connecting individual weather events with the impact of greenhouse gas emissions could bring climate change into everyday weather reports. "Well, the record-breakingly hot summer is showing no sign of cooling down. No thanks to us: the heatwave was made 35 per cent more likely by human greenhouse gas emissions."
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A climate for change: The U.S. can help drive a new round of global carbon cuts

UNFCCC headlines - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 06:54
Source: Washington Post - PROBABLY THE most persuasive argument against U.S. action on global warming is China. No U.S.-only initiative can stop the planet from warming. Any effective response to climate change will require broad, international effort. All true. But such coordination is not as out of reach as many believe. It is quite possible — if the United States does its part.
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22.6% Of Homes Use Solar In South Australia

UNFCCC headlines - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 06:34
Source: CleanTechnica - Nearly one in four homes in South Australia now has rooftop solar, as the share of renewable energy in the state neared 33 per cent in 2013/14 – delivering the state’s ambitious 2020 target six years ahead of schedule. Official data released by the Australian Energy Market Operator shows that the share of wind and solar generation in South Australia jumped to 32.1 per cent in 2013/14.
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Snow foolin': Blizzards still likely despite global warming

UNFCCC headlines - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 07:54
Source: USA Today - Big snowstorms won't be a distant memory, even with global warming, says a new study out Wednesday.
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Iceland's Seabird Colonies Are Vanishing, With "Massive" Chick Deaths

UNFCCC headlines - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 07:54
Source: National Geographic - Climate and ocean changes blamed for huge losses of puffins, kittiwakes, and terns.
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Experts at UN conference call for action to mitigate climate-related health risks

UNFCCC headlines - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 06:54
Source: UN News Centre - Experts are urging the international community to act fast to reduce climate change and its health consequences at the first-ever global conference on health and climate, which opened today at the Geneva headquarters of the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO).
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Samoan PM calls on Canberra to do more to tackle climate change

UNFCCC headlines - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 06:54
Source: ABC Radio Australia - Samoa's prime minister has issued an impassioned plea on behalf all Pacific nations for more help to cope with climate change and he has called on Australia, to lift its focus from the federal budget and lead the way.
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Clean energy industry calls for inquiry into renewable energy target review

UNFCCC headlines - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 06:54
Source: Sydney Morning Herald - The Abbott government is set to release its long-awaited review into the renewable energy target on Thursday.
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