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UK urges Europe’s leaders to back ambitious climate targets

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 3:14am
Source: RTCC - UK climate chief Ed Davey has raised the stakes at negotiations over the EU’s energy future energy plans, again insisting countries must consider 50% carbon emission cuts by 2030. European leaders are discussing a 40% emission reduction goal based on 1990 levels, but talks are in deadlock, with a six-country coalition led by Poland holding out for more cash in return for cuts.
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West African solar on the rise, with $29 million push from European Investment Bank

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 3:14am
Source: The Climate Group - NEW DELHI: In an effort to boost solar in sub-Saharan Africa, the European Investment Bank (EIB) announced it will funnel EUR 23 million (US$29 million) into one of the largest solar plants that is currently planned for the region. The 30 MW, EUR 70.5 million (US$90.17 million) photovoltaic power station will be constructed on the outskirts of Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso, and operated by national electricity utility, Sonabel. Apart from the EIB, the French Development Agency and the European Union will also invest in the project.
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Over 50 leading companies urge Europe to keep up ambition on climate

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 3:14am
Source: Uni Cambridge Sustainability Group - A group of 57 leading companies and business organisations representing more than 4.5 million employees worldwide, today urged EU leaders to agree a robust 2030 energy and climate policy framework and energy security strategy that is fully in line with Europe’s long- term climate objectives and that can help deliver a global climate change agreement.
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World’s Largest Coal Miner To Invest $1.2 Billion In Solar Power

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 3:14am
Source: CleanTechnica - Coal India is planning to develop solar power plants across various states of India. According to media reports, the company is in talks with Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) for the development of 1,000MW solar power plants. The site identification for putting up of solar plants has already been initiated. Coal India will undertake investments of $1.2 billion for this initiative.
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Rival corporate giants join forces to get millennials acting on climate change

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 3:14am
Source: Guardian - A coalition of otherwise rival global corporations on Tuesday will announce they have jointly created a digital platform for young people to take action against climate change. Many of the 29 partners behind Collectively.org are fierce competitors – such as drinks giants Coca-Cola and PepsiCo, consumer goods companies Unilever and Nestle, and global advertising groups WPP and Omnicom – but they have set aside their differences in a bid to engage and activate so-called millennials between the ages of 18 and 30.
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(Opinion) Indonesia a force for change on climate change

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 3:14am
Source: Jakarta Post - The UN Climate Summit in New York recently was the first climate conference attended by the heads of states in five years, preceded by worldwide marches involving around half a million people. For Indonesia, above all else it reaffirmed that countries with immense rainforests have a pivotal role to play in the fight against global warming.
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Mayors Unite To Fight Climate Change

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 3:14am
Source: Global Travel Industry News - At the Climate Summit 2014, world Mayors marched the streets of New York and unveiled new initiatives that will catalyze climate action globally. These initiatives – including the historic Compact of Mayors – show the solidarity, leadership and commitment of cities to fight climate change at full speed.
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Poland to draw red line on EU climate change targets

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 3:14am
Source: thenews.pl - Speaking after a meeting with Herman van Rompuy during her first trip abroad as prime minister of Poland, Ewa Kopacz told journalists that during the talks on Monday she laid out the “expectations of the Polish government at the European Council meeting. The October summit will try and reach a consensus on CO2 emissions policy ahead of next year's UN Climate Change Conference in Paris.
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EU energy plans in limbo as MEPs grill proposed commissioner

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 3:14am
Source: RTCC - The future leadership of Europe’s energy and climate policy is up in the air after members of the European Parliament raised concerns about the candidates for both top jobs. Alenka Bratusek, in line to lead the newly created “energy union” brief at the European Commission, was grilled on Monday.
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UN: Expand marine protection zones to cope with climate threat

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 3:14am
Source: RTCC - World leaders will have to expand ocean protection zones as climate change kills coral reefs and forces species to migrate to cooler waters, says a UN report.Four years ago ministers from nearly 200 countries signed a deal in Japan to safeguard around 10% of marine areas, restricting fishing rights and targeting marine pollution levels.
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Greenland ice melt likely to accelerate say scientists

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 3:14am
Source: RTCC - The Greenland ice sheet is more vulnerable to climate change than previously thought, say scientists. A new model developed by researchers at the University of Cambridge shows that the enormous ice sheet – which contains enough to water to raise the ocean by more than seven metres if lost altogether – will become much more vulnerable as temperatures rise.
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Thousands sign petition against ‘petrolhead’ climate commissioner

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 3:14am
Source: RTCC - More than 270,000 people have signed a petition calling for MEPs to block the appointment of Miguel Arias Cañete as EU climate and energy commissioner. The former Spanish environment minister faces criticism for his linked to fossil fuel producers. Recently he sold off shares in two oil companies: Petrolifera Ducar and Petrologis Canaris.
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Can U.N. climate negotiators connect with the real world?

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 3:14am
Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Something very special happened on Sept. 23 at the U.N. Climate Summit in New York. Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner, a young poet from the Pacific island nation of the Marshall Islands, stood in front of more than 100 world leaders and passionately performed a piece she had composed for the occasion, dedicated to her seven-month-old daughter.
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News Corp and Occidental Among Latest Firms to Cut Ties with ALEC

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 3:14am
Source: PRWatch - Rupert Murdoch's News Corp., Occidental Petroleum, International Paper, and Overstock.com are the latest corporations to say they have left the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) after a wave of technology companies led by Google and Facebook announced their departures last week.
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Ditch U.N. temperature target for global warming, study says

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 3:14am
Source: Reuters - (Reuters) - A temperature goal set by almost 200 governments as the limit for global warming is a poor guide to the planet's health and should be ditched, a study published in the journal Nature said on Wednesday.
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Renewables Take Top Share of German Power Supply in First

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 3:14am
Source: Bloomberg - Germany for the first time got more electricity from renewables than any other source of energy, evidence Chancellor Angela Merkel is making progress in weaning the nation off nuclear power.
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Climate change blamed for beaching of 35,000 walruses on Alaskan coastline

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 3:14am
Source: ABC online - At least 35,000 Pacific walruses have beached themselves on a remote Alaskan coastline in a phenomenon blamed on the melting of arctic ice due to climate change, experts say. Initially there had been only 1,500 of the tusked animals counted on one beach at Point Lay, 1130 kilometres north of Archorage, but in recent days that number has exploded.
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(Opinion) A New Shade of Green; The Anthropocene, Climate Change and Latinos

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 3:14am
Source: Huffington Post - "Climate change is a defining issue of our time and there is no time to lose. There is no Plan B because we do not have Planet B," said the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon while participating in New York City's People's Climate March on September 21. The Secretary-General was one of nearly 400,000 marchers intent on sounding the alarm in advance of the UN's own Climate Change Summit. Several Latino and Latino serving organizations collaborated with march organizers, among them Construyendo Puentes (Building Bridges).
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(Opinion) How Climate Change Helped ISIS

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 3:14am
Source: Huffington Post - As the Obama administration undertakes a highly public, multilateral campaign to degrade and destroy the militant jihadists known as ISIS, ISIL and the Islamic State, many in the West remain unaware that climate played a significant role in the rise of Syria's extremists. A historic drought afflicted the country from 2006 through 2010, setting off a dire humanitarian crisis for millions of Syrians. Yet the four-year drought evoked little response from Bashar al-Assad's government. Rage at the regime's callousness boiled over in 2011, helping to fuel the popular uprising.
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Climate Change May Kill More Than Ebola, U.K. Doctors Say

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 3:14am
Source: Bloomberg - Climate change may kill many more people than the Ebola virus, a group of U.K. doctors said in a call for the World Health Organization to declare the issue a public emergency. Burning fossil fuels causes about 7 million premature deaths from indoor and outdoor air pollution, according to the BMJ, a medical journal owned by the British Medical Association. While the WHO has shown leadership on climate change, it has stopped short of declaring a public health emergency, said Editor-in-Chief Fiona Godlee.
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