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Improved climate forecasting as TRUTHS moves closer to launch

by National Physical Laboratory (NPL)  (Dec. 15, 2014)

The National Physical Laboratory (NPL), in partnership with Airbus Defence and Space, is expecting to shortly complete negotiations with the UK Space Agency (UKSA) for the award of the final contribution to funding in excess of £1.25M. This funding will move the proposed TRUTHS missiona step closer ...

Deal salvaged at UN climate talks in Peru

by Associated Press  (Dec. 14, 2014)

A compromise deal salvaged by climate negotiators in Lima early Sunday sets the stage for a global pact in Paris next year, but a consensus could not be reached on nations submitting to a rigorous review of their plans for greenhouse gas emissions limits. In the agreement, reached more than 30 hours after talks were supposed to end, more than 190 ...

Impact of Fossil Fuel Subsidies on Renewable Energy

by GLOBE Foundation  (Dec. 10, 2014)

The $548 billion USD that is paid annually in fossil fuel subsidies around the world is preventing a crucial transition to renewable energy sources. This is according to a new report released today from the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD). ...

UN chief hoping for draft of global climate deal

by Associated Press  (Dec. 4, 2014)

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Thursday he will travel to the climate conference in Peru next week and is hopeful that delegates will draft an agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions blamed for global warming. Ban said he is encouraged by new targets for fossil fuel use announced recently by the United States and China, the world's ...

Fast-Tracking Elimination of Production of Remaining Ozone-Depleting Substances Could Speed Up Ozone Layer Recovery by 11 Years

by United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)  (Dec. 19, 2014)

The recovery of the ozone layer - the shield that protects life on Earth from harmful levels of ultraviolet rays - would come sooner if we were to fast-track the elimination of the production of the ozone-depleting substance (ODS) hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) and manage other ODSs that remain in equipment, building walls and chemical ...

Climate Concerns Rise Alongside Growing Global Coal Consumption

by Worldwatch Institute  (Dec. 19, 2014)

Global coal consumption rose 3 percent from 2012 to 2013, reaching over 3,800 million tons of oil equivalent (mtoe) in 2013. While the pace of growth is down from 7.1 percent in 2010, the continued increase in coal consumption and related carbon emissions is a cause for substantial concern among climate scientists. If this trend continues, ...

Making the Connection: Population Dynamics and Climate Compatible Development

by Worldwatch Institute  (Dec. 19, 2014)

Policymakers and others working to slow human-caused climate change and make societies more resilient to its impacts should consider potential contributions to that effort from expanded access to family planning, a group of experts recommends. The first step is simply to open dialogues on possible connections between climate change and family ...

Forests around the world affected by climate change

by The Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)  (Dec. 19, 2014)

Around the globe, forests are found to be undergoing strong changes due to human influence already today. Degradation of woods due to man-made climate change cannot be ruled out for the future, a Special Feature to be published next week in the Journal of Ecology, led by a team of scientists of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research ...

Green Growth Group Ministers` statement – next steps on the EU 2030 Climate and Energy Policy Framework

by Department of Energy and Climate Change  (Dec. 18, 2014)

2030 Energy & Climate Policy Framework: 1.We welcome the decision of the European Council to endorse an ambitious domestic GHG target as well as renewables and energy efficiency targets from 2020 to 2030 and its firm support for ETS reform with a market stability reserve as well as to speed up energy interconnections. This is an important step ...

EPA Approves Delaware Plan to Improve Water Quality, Cut Greenhouse Gases

by US EPA - Environmental Protection Agency  (Dec. 16, 2014)

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has approved a $54 million plan submitted by Delaware for clean water projects, including efforts that will improve local water quality by eliminating failing septic systems, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions through energy improvements at wastewater treatment plants. The Intended Use Plan approved by ...

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