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Davey downplays supply fears after Didcot B Power Station blaze

Business Green - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 4:34am

Demand management initiatives likely to continue, as fire fuels energy supply fears


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This is the Fortune 500 of companies taking the lead to fight climate change

UNFCC Climate Change Headlines - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 3:14am
Source: Quartz - CDP, a British environmental nonprofit, receives data from almost 2,000 companies around the world showing what they do to fight climate change. From that, the group has compiled a list of the 187 best companies—firms such as Apple, Samsung, and BMW—into a kind of elite (and much smaller) Fortune 500 for environmentally-conscious companies, dubbed the Climate Performance Leadership Index (CPLI), and it says those companies are outperforming the rest of the market.
Categories: Climate Change News

UN climate talks set to test New York summit gains

UNFCC Climate Change Headlines - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 3:14am
Source: RTCC - The impact of Ban Ki-moon’s New York summit on UN efforts to curb climate change faces its first test on Monday in Bonn, where envoys from over 190 countries meet for a week of negotiations. - See more at: http://www.rtcc.org/2014/10/19/ban-summit-success-tested-as-un-envoys-meet-for-climate-talks/#sthash.1FaW4gIz.dpuf
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Global shipping emissions set to rise unchecked

UNFCC Climate Change Headlines - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 3:14am
Source: RTCC - Shipping is responsible for a billion tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions a year, a little more than Germany. Its share of global emissions fell from 3.2% in 2007 to 2.5% in 2012, according to the latest figures approved by the UN’s International Maritime Organization. But with no strategy to curb emissions, they are set to rise 50-250% by 2050, depending on the rate of economic growth.
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Qingdao prepares China’s 8th regional carbon market

UNFCC Climate Change Headlines - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 3:14am
Source: RTCC - A Chinese city of 9 million people is seeking to introduce a carbon market, which would be the eighth in the country.
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Global Clean Energy Investment Grows 11%

UNFCC Climate Change Headlines - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 3:14am
Source: CleanTechnica - According to the Clean Energy Pipeline, global clean energy investment jumped 11% in the third quarter of 2014 over figures a year earlier, clearing $64 billion.
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America Can Nearly Quadruple Its Renewable Electricity By 2030

UNFCC Climate Change Headlines - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 3:14am
Source: CleanTechnica - A recent Union of Concerned Scientists (USC) study found that America can nearly quadruple its renewable electricity in the next 15 years, reaching 23% by 2030. This comes in response to the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal that America set a modest goal of 12% renewable energy by 2030.
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India Expands Solar Power Target, Will Add 15 GW Over Next Five Years

UNFCC Climate Change Headlines - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 3:14am
Source: CleanTechica - The new Indian government has delivered on its promise to enhance the solar power capacity addition targets under the ambitious National Solar Mission announcing revised guidelines for capacity allocation.
Categories: Climate Change News

Climate talks in Bonn to lay groundwork for new deal

UNFCC Climate Change Headlines - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 3:14am
Source: The Irish Times - Delegates from all parts of the world have gathered in Bonn for the last round of negotiations on a new climate agreement prior to this year’s UN climate conference in Lima, Peru, which starts at the end of next month.
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IKEA may tighten carbon rules to protect environment

UNFCC Climate Change Headlines - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 3:14am
Source: Daily Times - OSLO: IKEA Group, the world’s biggest furniture retailer, may introduce an internal carbon emissions price to help its drive to protect the environment and create a “new and better” company, chief executive Peter Agnefjall said.
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Cheap African solar energy could power UK homes in 2018

UNFCC Climate Change Headlines - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 3:14am
Source: BBC News - Investors are seeking funding from the UK government for an ambitious plan to import solar energy generated in North Africa. Under the scheme, up to 2.5 million UK homes could be powered by Tunisian sunshine by 2018.
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How Scotland is seeking to stamp out carrier bag waste

Business Green - Sun, 10/19/2014 - 7:05pm

As Scotland starts charging for single use bags from today, BusinessGreen looks at the finer details of the waste-tackling policy


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Renewables not shale biggest driver in US emissions cuts, study finds

Business Green - Sun, 10/19/2014 - 7:05pm

Analysis by Greenpeace's Energydesk says clean energy accounted for 40 per cent of emissions decline since 2007, compared to 30 per cent from shale


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Electric cars scheme aims to spark a revolution in Yorkshire

Business Green - Sun, 10/19/2014 - 7:05pm

Inmotion initiative backed by npower attempts to show businesses the financial and environmental benefits of electrifying their fleets


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The challenge for the global auto industry

Business Green - Sun, 10/19/2014 - 7:05pm

Simon Clements of Alliance Trust Investments explores the environmental and economic challenges faced by a fast-changing auto industry


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UNFCCC Reports on REDD Information Hub Expert Meeting

REDD Monitor - Sun, 10/19/2014 - 1:31pm
Climate Change Policy & Practice (IISD), 14 October 2014 | The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the report of an expert meeting held to discuss the information hub to be created for activities related to REDD+ (FCCC/SBI/2014/INF.13). According to the report, meeting participants concluded that a significant degree of flexibility for adjustments should be built into the hub. The experts noted that parties may wish to revise the hub as experience tracking results is gained or to link it with other information systems that may be created under the UNFCCC. The experts, who met in Bonn, Germany, on 2-3 September 2014, shared their knowledge of national and intergovermental REDD+ information portals and offered proposals for the hub, which will be created and hosted by the UNFCCC Secretariat.
Categories: REDD and Rainforests

Private sector backing could transform UN's Green Climate Fund

REDD Monitor - Sun, 10/19/2014 - 1:27pm
By Katie Sullivan, RTCC, 13 October 2014 | From a business perspective, the issues of climate finance and carbon pricing stole the show at last month’s UN Climate Summit in New York City. The event’s centerpiece on climate finance was a formal session structured around the broad and inter-connected areas of green finance, green regulatory frameworks, and UN Green Climate Fund (GCF) pledges. As the 23 September summit wrapped up, World Bank president Jim Kim summed it up best when he remarked: “The message is clear. Investor interest in a clean future is rising.” This was evidenced by the remarkable number of wide-ranging climate finance declarations and commitments...
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Take on the "fatcats" or scrap EU carbon market - think-tank

REDD Monitor - Sun, 10/19/2014 - 1:26pm
By Megan Darby, RTCC, 15 October 2014 | ArcelorMittal is hoarding a surplus of climate pollution permits worth almost twice its annual carbon emissions, a think-tank has revealed. With an excess of 93 million allowances, the steel and mining giant is top of Sandbag’s “carbon fatcat” leader board. These are the heavy industrial companies benefitting from a glut of cheap permits under the EU’s emissions trading system (ETS). Sandbag, which supports carbon markets in principle, for the first time called on EU policymakers to scrap the ETS if they cannot halt the bonanza. “We’ve been saying for years: ‘Fix the emissions trading scheme’,” said Sandbag director Bryony Worthington. “But sadly the incentives for investment in green growth are still not there. It has now got to the stage where the ETS is so broken we are recommending ditching it unless problems are sorted out with new laws within the next 12 months.”Baroness Worthington is due to present the report in Brussels on Wednesday.
Categories: REDD and Rainforests

Green bond boom at risk without rules: Zurich Insurance

REDD Monitor - Sun, 10/19/2014 - 1:24pm
By Alice Baghdjian and Paul Arnold, Reuters, 14 October 2014 | The integrity of the fast-growing "green bond" market is at risk unless a clear definition of what passes for green can be agreed, Zurich Insurance's (ZURN.VX) investment chief told the Reuters Global Climate Change Summit. The supply of green bonds, a fixed-income security designed to raise capital for low-carbon, or green, investments, is expected to reach $40 billion this year by some estimates, four times higher than 2013. Money raised by green bonds can be used to fund projects from hydroelectric power plants to ecological farms. Investors around the world are snapping up the bonds, partly to offset the climate change risks to other assets in their portfolios.
Categories: REDD and Rainforests

Development miracle or environmental disaster? A look behind the oil palm controversy

REDD Monitor - Sun, 10/19/2014 - 1:18pm
By Joan Baxter, CIFOR Forests News Blog, 16 October 2014 | To the agro-food industry and smallholder farmers in the tropics, it’s a veritable miracle plant. To many NGOs and indigenous groups, it’s a grave threat to land rights and to the environment. So which is it? How can a single plant — the oil palm — cause such a divergence of viewpoints? These are the questions that Alain Rival and Patrice Levang tackle in their book, “Palms of controversies: Oil palm and development challenges,” newly translated into English and published online by the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR). “The problem,” the authors write, “is not the oil palm but the way people have chosen to exploit it.”
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