UNFCC Climate Change Headlines
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Source: Radio New Zealand International - The Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki Moon, says he is deeply concerned about the effects of climate change in the Pacific.
Source: BusinessGreen - Are the UN summit's hosts on a collision course with the Obama administration?
Rich nations have moral duty to help island nations as climate change shifts weather patterns, says World Bank envoy
Source: Sydney Morning Herald - Small island nations, particularly those in the Pacific, are already experiencing "extreme effects" from global warming, and rich nations including Australia have a "moral responsibility" to help them cope with future unavoidable threats, a senior World Bank executive said.
Source: Al-Jazeera - UN conference set to tackle climate and economic issues facing the world's most vulnerable countries.
Source: AFP - A major United Nations conference on small island nations began in Samoa on Monday, with the emphasis on helping them survive the pressing challenge posed by climate change.
Source: Seychelles News Agency - Seychelles President James Michel has arrived in Apia, Samoa for the UN conference on small island developing states and has on the eve of the event held talks with the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.
Source: Radio New Zealand International - The world's 52 Small Island Developing States are calling for climate change to be the focus of a major United Nations conference in Samoa this week.
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.
Source: RTCC - When and if heads of state turn up to Ban Ki-moons climate summit next month, there will be many ideas competing for their attention.
Source: RTCC - President Francois Hollande prepares for Ban Ki-moon summit next month as French diplomacy ramps up ahead of Paris
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.
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.
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 months UN climate summit in New York.
Source: Climate Central - As protests go, Ken Wards and Jay OHaras 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 duos 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.
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?
Source: Washington Times - Two years ago, the New York attorney generals 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 its a tough sell, and the case was never filed.
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.
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."
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.
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 states 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.