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Grazing land has scope for biofuel surge

by SciDev.Net  (Jul. 2, 2015)

Converting grazing land into fields to grow crops for biofuels could provide up to 30 per cent of the world’s energy needs, according to a report. The report says at least 500 million ...

New USGS report: Coastal erosion threatens northern Alaska

by Associated Press  (Jul. 1, 2015)

Erosion is eating away at Alaska's northern coast at some of the highest rates in the nation, threatening habitat and infrastructure, according to a new report published Wednesday. The U.S. Geological Survey study looked at more than 50 years of data and found an average yearly shoreline change of 1.4 meters - or more than 4 1/2 feet - ...

Climate Change and Justice in Canada – Idle No More!

by GLOBE Foundation  (Jul. 5, 2015)

It was described as an uneasy coalition at best, but for thousands who took to the streets in downtown Toronto on Sunday, the mission was clear – an economy that prioritizes jobs, justice and climate action. The diverse coalition of individuals and groups from across Canada, included labor ...

Coal investment is the most urgent climate threat

by Climate News Network  (Jul. 5, 2015)

The future of coal has come under scrutiny from a perhaps unlikely source – the head of the organisation representing wealthy nations that relied on coal for 32% of electricity generation last year. Angel Gurría, secretary-general of the Organisation for ...

Transport sharing boosts health, wealth and climate

by Climate News Network  (Jul. 4, 2015)

New research into how people’s habits change shows that everyone benefits from car-sharing schemes − apart from car manufacturers who suffer a loss of sales. Car sharing is a growing social trend across Europe and North America and is expected to increase by 36% annually to 2020, especially in compact cities where people do not need a ...

Global warming threatens colder climate for Europe

by Climate News Network  (Jul. 3, 2015)

Scientists have yet again warned that weakening ocean circulation in the North Atlantic could deliver a climate paradox − a colder Europe as a consequence of global warming. A study published in Nature Climate Change found that as sea ice off Iceland and Greenland retreats, the flow of cold, dense water to the bottom of the North Atlantic ...

IRRI joins global climate change network

by IRRI - International Rice Research Institute  (Jul. 3, 2015)

The Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN) granted IRRI membership in recognition of shared objectives in supporting developing countries in adopting climate-smart technologies for climate change mitigation and adaptation. Hosted by the United Nations Framework Convention on ...

EPA Finalizes Rule to Reduce Climate-Damaging HFCs

by US EPA - Environmental Protection Agency  (Jul. 2, 2015)

Today, the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is finalizing a rule to prohibit certain uses of chemicals that significantly contribute to climate change in favor of safer, more climate-friendly alternatives. This action responds to President Obama's Climate Action Plan by reducing emissions of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), a class of potent ...

Health & Climate Change - The Lancet Commission

by DelAgua Group  (Jun. 30, 2015)

The 2015 Lancet Commission on Health and Climate Change was formed to map out the impacts of climate change and the necessary policy responses. The central finding from the Commission’s work is that tackling climate change could be the greatest global health opportunity of the 21st century. The report is also accompanied by ...

China announces climate target for Paris deal

by Associated Press  (Jun. 30, 2015)

Top carbon polluter China confirmed it will try to cap its rising emissions before 2030 while the U.S. and Brazil pledged to boost renewable energy sources in a series of announcements Tuesday in anticipation of a global climate pact in Paris. South Korea, Serbia and Iceland also presented climate targets for the deal that's supposed to be ...

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