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Loss of forests accelerates as Myanmar opens for business

UNFCCC headlines - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 08:14
Source: eco-business.com - It is still home to some of the most pristine forests in Southeast Asia. But forest experts warn that Myanmar is fast losing its woodlands due to a combination of commercial logging, agricultural expansion and firewood harvesting.
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Latin America's largest solar power plant goes online in Mexico

UNFCCC headlines - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 08:14
Source: EFE - Latin America's largest solar power plant, a facility with 39 MW of generating capacity, has gone online in the northwestern Mexican state of Baja California Sur.
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Industry party to open with Robert F. Kennedy Jr. talking ‘clean capitalism’

UNFCCC headlines - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 08:14
Source: Vancouver Sun - At a moment of converging tensions between industry and the environment, pipeline development versus issues of climate change, noted environmentalist Robert F. Kennedy Jr. will have a forum in Vancouver to argue in favour of “clean capitalism” at the Globe 2014 conference.
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UN author says draft climate report alarmist, pulls out of team

UNFCCC headlines - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 08:14
Source: Reuters - One of the 70 authors of a draft U.N. report on climate change said he had pulled out of the writing team because it was "alarmist" about the threat.
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Tanzania: Changing Culture, Disappearing Traditions and Climate Change

UNFCCC headlines - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 08:14
Source: Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam) - "WHEN people think about climate change, most of the time they're pondering about ecological or economic consequences," Ben Marzeion, the lead researcher, told Live Science. "We thought it would be interesting to add another dimension to that: The cultural implications of climate change."
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World leaders urged to deliver climate change solutions

UNFCCC headlines - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 08:14
Source: Famagusta Gazette - World leaders have been urged by the UN Secretary-General to come up with concrete measures to fight climate change.
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Borrowed Time on Disappearing Land

UNFCCC headlines - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 08:14
Source: NY Times - As the world’s top scientists meet in Yokohama, Japan, this week, at the top of the agenda is the prediction that global sea levels could rise as much as three feet by 2100. Higher seas and warmer weather will cause profound changes.
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Felix Dodds: Rio+20 to a New Development Agenda

UNFCCC headlines - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 08:14
Source: Forbes - Author and global sustainable development leader Felix Dodds has been working with sustainable development for more than two decades observing and participating in international development meetings, including the 2012 Rio+20 Conference and the original Rio Earth Summit in 1992, the Conference on Human Settlements in 1996, the Johannesburg Summit in 2000, and the Millennium Development Goal meetings in 2005.
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Climate change makes salamanders shrink, scientists say

UNFCCC headlines - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 08:24
Source: Christian Science Monitor - A warmer and drier climate is causing wild Appalachian salamanders to shrink, according to a new paper titled "Widespread rapid reductions in body size of adult salamanders in response to climate change" published March 25 in the journal Global Change Biology.
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Extracting carbon from nature can aid climate but will be costly-UN

UNFCCC headlines - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 08:24
Source: Reuters - A little-known technology that may be able to take the equivalent of China's greenhouse gas emissions out of the carbon cycle could be the radical policy shift needed to slow climate change this century, a draft U.N. report shows.
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UN Chief on Greenland Climate Change Visit

UNFCCC headlines - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 08:24
Source: AP - Global warming must not be forgotten, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Wednesday after visiting Greenland to get an up-close look at the consequences of climate problems.
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Nigeria: Another Look At the Great Green Wall Project

UNFCCC headlines - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 08:24
Source: Daily Trust - It was former President Olusegun Obasanjo who proposed the Great Green Wall project to the African Union as a way of checking the effects of desert encroachment and desertification affecting countries bordering the Sahara desert.
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Nordic development fund eyes new climate project

UNFCCC headlines - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 08:24
Source: SciDev.net - The Nordic Development Fund (NDF) that helps facilitate climate change investments in developing countries has started discussing several new project ideas with the World Bank — as the small fund celebrates its 25th anniversary.
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Have we reached the clean energy tipping point?

UNFCCC headlines - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 08:24
Source: GreenBiz - You've heard the statistic: The world installed more new solar generating capacity than wind for the first time in 2013, 36.5 gigawatts (GW) of solar versus 35.5 GW of wind.
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China approves first offset projects

UNFCCC headlines - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 08:24
Source: Reuters - China has approved two wind farms to be the first clean energy projects to supply offset credits to its fledgling carbon markets, providing low-cost emission reduction options to big polluters.
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Angel investors warm up to non-technology startups

UNFCCC headlines - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 08:24
Source: Economic Times - Angel investors who have preferred to watch over technology startups in India so far are now looking to include young companies from other sectors under their wings. As a rising tide of entrepreneurship spreads across the country, networks of investors are backing companies that provide clean technology, healthcare, food and education services
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L'Agence de la biodiversité verra le jour en 2015

UNFCCC headlines - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 08:24
Source: Le Monde - La biodiversité sera le premier grand sujet environnemental dont débattront les députés depuis le début du quinquennat de François Hollande. Le projet de loi adopté, ce mercredi 26 mars en conseil des ministres, devrait être présenté à l'Assemblée nationale le 24 juin.
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Energy Systems Integration Facility Named Lab of the Year

NREL - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 08:00
The editors of R&D Magazine have named the Energy Department’s Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF) as the 2014 Laboratory of the Year. Located on the campus of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colo., research at ESIF transforms how the nation generates, delivers and uses energy by modernizing the interplay between energy sources, infrastructure, and data.
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Teachers swap climate change scare stories for fun and games

UNFCCC headlines - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 07:59
Source: Guardian - Apocalyptic images of melting ice-caps, dying polar bears and dried-up river beds are all pretty frightening, but are shock tactics really the best way to encourage our young to care for the planet? The best medicine may not be the usual prescribed guilt trip but rather a healthy dose of fun and games.
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Tanzania Gets On the Low-Carbon Bus to Beat Traffic Jams

UNFCCC headlines - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 08:44
Source: AlertNet - Moving from one point to another is a nightmare for most Dar es Salaam residents who have no other choice than to endure agonizingly hot days and long hours stuck in traffic jams.
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