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Australia criticized over greenhouse-gas reduction target

by Associated Press  (Aug. 11, 2015)

Australia has been criticized over its new greenhouse-gas reduction target which lags behind the ambitions of most wealthy countries. Lawmakers in Prime Minister Tony Abbott's conservative government on Tuesday agreed on a target of curbing carbon gas emissions to at least 26 percent below 2005 levels by 2030. The target could go as ...

Montreal Protocol Parties Move Closer to Managing Hydrofluorocarbons under Most-Successful Environmental Treaty

by United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)  (Jul. 28, 2015)

Parties to the Montreal Protocol, the world's most-successful environmental treaty, moved closer to finalizing a mandate for a contact group on the feasibility and ways of managing hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) under the treaty during their thirty-sixth Open-ended Working Group meeting (OEWG 36) held from 20 to 24 July in Paris, France. HFCs are ...

Recession cut US emissions, not falling coal use

by Climate News Network  (Jul. 21, 2015)

Between 2007 and 2013 emissions of carbon dioxide from fossil fuels burnt in the US fell significantly − by about 11% − and many analysts credited this to a change from coal to natural gas in electricity production. But new research says it was, in fact, the economic recession that explains most of the decline, and more extensive use ...

Third Pacific Meteorological Council opens in Tonga

by World Meteorological Organization (WMO)  (Jul. 20, 2015)

The Third Pacific Meteorological Council opened in the Kingdom of Tonga today bringing together over 100 Pacific Met Directors, partners and stakeholders to strengthen the path ahead for Pacific Meteorology under the theme - “Sustainable Weather and Climate Services for a Resilient Pacific.” This event reaches a historic milestone in ...

World leaders meet in Addis in a bid to boost development finance

by United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)  (Jul. 13, 2015)

Over 30 heads of state and government, more than 110 government ministers and over 1000 business and civil society representatives gathered in Addis Ababa for the opening of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development with calls to ensure the necessary resources to improve people's lives while protecting the planet The meeting ...

Leading EU industry associations call for policy support for innovation in the agri-food sector

by EuropaBio  (Jun. 29, 2015)

The Agri-Food Chain Coalition (AFCC)[1], representing 11 leading industry associations across the agri-food chain, today presented its joint ...

Largest Ever Citizen Consultation on Climate Change

by United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)  (Aug. 28, 2015)

The vast majority of global citizens - almost 80 per cent - feel very concerned about the impacts of climate change, whilst two out of three citizens think that climate action is an opportunity to improve their quality of life. These are the top findings of the largest ever citizen consultation on climate change carried out by the more than 100 ...

SIWI urges negotiators to hydrate the climate agreement

by Stockholm International Water Institute  (Aug. 28, 2015)

This year, World Water Week – themed Water for Development - had 3,300 participants from 125 countries, representing governments, academia, civil society, international organizations, the private sector, and many others. Both World Water Week and Stockholm Water Prize celebrated their 25th jubilee.   SIWI’s Executive Director ...

Metrology for Climate workshop report published

by National Physical Laboratory (NPL)  (Aug. 26, 2015)

The National Physical Laboratory (NPL) has published an extensive report 'Metrology for Climate - Metrology priorities for the earth observation and climate community' containing the recommendations from international research organisations on the role of metrology in supporting climate research. The report follows  ...

Xcel Energy Continues to Lead the Way in Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions

by Xcel Energy  (Aug. 25, 2015)

Xcel Energy is leading the way in reducing carbon dioxide emissions, and is now the first U.S. utility to verify and register all of its greenhouse gas emissions data with The Climate Registry for seven consecutive years. The company’s emissions reporting validates Xcel Energy’s more than 20 percent reduction in carbon dioxide ...

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