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INTERVIEW: ‘Bright spots’ can help islands navigate towards sustainable future, says UN biodiversity chief

UNFCCC headlines - Fri, 05/23/2014 - 08:09
Source: UN News Centre - Tiny though some may be, islands play a huge role in sustaining life on the planet – making up less than 5 per cent of Earth’s landmass, they are home to 20 per cent of all bird, reptile and plant species – and protecting their fragile ecosystems from ill-considered development, polluted waters and invasive species is the main focus of this year’s International Day for Biodiversity.
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U.N. summit takes shape but plans for 'bold pledges' remain elusive

UNFCCC headlines - Fri, 05/23/2014 - 08:09
Source: ClimateWire - Four months away from a U.N. super-summit on climate change, world leaders remain stymied about how to fulfill Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's demand that they bring "bold pledges" to the high-level meeting.
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Warm Pacific may paradoxically cause U.S. winter freeze: study

UNFCCC headlines - Fri, 05/23/2014 - 08:09
Source: Reuters - Unusually warm western Pacific waters linked to global warming may be the paradoxical cause of a bone-chilling winter in parts of the United States this year, a scientific study said on Thursday.
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April 2014 Ties for Globe's Warmest on Record

UNFCCC headlines - Fri, 05/23/2014 - 08:09
Source: LiveScience - Last month ranked as the world's hottest April on record, tying with April 2010, U.S. weather officials announced Tuesday (May 20).
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Climate deal 'won't be perfect': US negotiator

UNFCCC headlines - Fri, 05/23/2014 - 08:09
Source: AFP - With 19 months to go until the deadline for a new, global pact on climate change, the United States' top negotiator cautioned Thursday against unrealistic expectations, saying the deal "won't be perfect".
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China policymakers test radical cuts in carbon emissions

UNFCCC headlines - Fri, 05/23/2014 - 08:09
Source: RTCC - China carbon emissions tool tests impact of radical energy policies – with prospects of emissions peak by 2025
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How green spaces could stop cities from overheating

UNFCCC headlines - Fri, 05/23/2014 - 07:49
Source: Guardian - A 10% increase in green space in our cities could help to keep temperatures at present levels into the 2050s, despite climate change
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Wind, solar energy to get big push under Narendra Modi-led NDA

UNFCCC headlines - Fri, 05/23/2014 - 07:49
Source: PTI - The Narendra Modi government is likely to harness solar power and give a fillip to development of offshore wind energy so as to provide electricity to every household in the near future, industry officials said today.
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IRENA & Clean Energy Solutions Center Teaming Up To Support Renewable Energy Policy Advice Network

UNFCCC headlines - Fri, 05/23/2014 - 07:49
Source: Cleantechnica - The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the Clean Energy Solutions Center are teaming up in order to help speed up the adoption of renewable energy throughout the world, according to a recent announcement.
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Ségolène Royal ne ferme pas la porte aux gaz de schiste

UNFCCC headlines - Fri, 05/23/2014 - 07:49
Source: AFP/Libération - La ministre de l'Ecologie défend le principe de précaution, tout en ajoutant : «Moi, je ne suis pas dogmatique et si de nouvelles technologies non dangereuses apparaissent, pourquoi pas ?»
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UN joins mission to balance investment goals

UNFCCC headlines - Thu, 05/22/2014 - 08:09
Source: Financial Times - For the investment world, “long term” typically means years. For the environment, it means decades, centuries and beyond.
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Water goes 'missing' with snow loss

UNFCCC headlines - Thu, 05/22/2014 - 08:09
Source: BBC - A new study finds that if temperatures rise and more precipitation falls as rain rather than snow, it will reduce the total amount of water in rivers.
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Deforestation: Carving up the Amazon

UNFCCC headlines - Thu, 05/22/2014 - 08:09
Source: Nature - Next to a newly paved highway in the Peruvian Amazon, a discreet white-on-green sign urges travellers to protect the surrounding ecosystem. “Let's care for the environment, let's conserve the forest,” it reads.
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EPA is readying climate rule for existing power plants as deadline approaches

UNFCCC headlines - Thu, 05/22/2014 - 08:09
Source: Washington Post - With less than two weeks to go, the Environmental Protection Agency is readying a climate rule for existing power plants that requires a steep reduction in carbon emissions while allowing states and companies broad flexibility in how they limit overall greenhouse gas discharges.
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UN Green Climate Fund Agrees Rules, Paving Way to Raise Funds

UNFCCC headlines - Thu, 05/22/2014 - 08:09
Source: Bloomberg - The Green Climate fund set up as a result of United Nations climate-treaty talks to help finance projects that reduce emissions in poorer nations agreed on a set of rules, paving the way for initial capital to be raised.
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Dutch, Indonesian universities develop new solar energy system in Papua

UNFCCC headlines - Thu, 05/22/2014 - 08:09
Source: Jakarta Post - A Dutch-Indonesian initiative has developed a new system for photovoltaic (PV) solar energy, offering a solution to rapid increases in electricity demand in Indonesia due to the country’s vibrant economic growth and rising prosperity.
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Africa-focused miners positioned to embrace 100% renewable energy

UNFCCC headlines - Thu, 05/22/2014 - 08:09
Source: Mining Weekly - African mining companies find themselves with an unusually strong case for converting to 100% peak penetration of solar or wind energy rather than implementing partial solutions that bring only small financial and environmental benefits, Siemens Smart Generation Solutions manager Fabrice Nicolas says.
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Royal : « Je ne pense pas que nous pourrons sortir du nucléaire »

UNFCCC headlines - Thu, 05/22/2014 - 08:09
Source: Le Monde - Auditionnée mercredi 21 mai en fin de matinée par la commission d'enquête parlementaire sur les coûts de la filière nucléaire, Ségolène Royal s'est livrée à un vibrant plaidoyer en faveur de la transition énergétique et des énergies renouvelables, tout en écartant la perspective d'un abandon de l'atome.
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