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India vows to cut carbon intensity in Paris pledge

by Associated Press  (Oct. 2, 2015)

As the last major economy to submit a target for a global climate pact, India is pledging to reduce the intensity of its carbon emissions and boost the share of electricity produced from sources other than fossil fuels to 40 percent by 2030. The world's third-largest carbon polluter filed its climate action plan to the Germany-based U.N. climate ...

Leading businesses push boundaries of corporate responsibility into the supply chain

by Carbon Trust  (Sep. 30, 2015)

Seven pathfinder companies awarded Carbon Trust Standard for Supply Chain: ABP Food Group Aviva Central England Co-operative Deloitte UK Nationwide PwC UK Willmott Dixon Seven large ...

EPA set to tighten smog limits as business gears for fight

by Associated Press  (Sep. 29, 2015)

Facing a court-ordered deadline, the Obama administration is preparing to finalize stricter emissions limits on smog-forming pollution linked to asthma and respiratory illness. The move fulfills a long-delayed campaign promise by President Barack Obama, but sets up a fresh confrontation with Republicans already angry about the administration's ...

UN Publishes Streamlined Draft Ahead of Paris Climate Change Deal

by DelAgua Group  (Oct. 9, 2015)

A new, shorter draft of the global pact to fight climate change for the summit at the end of this year, has been released. The deal has been collaborated by 195 nations and will take effect from 2020, when current commitments run out. It will be finalised at the twenty-first session of the Conference of the Parties (COP) taking place ...

Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz Releases Report on America’s Regional Vulnerabilities to Climate Change

by US Department of Energy  (Oct. 9, 2015)

While visiting California, a state plagued by persistent drought and dangerous wildfires, U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz today released an Energy Department report that examines the expected regional energy sector vulnerabilities to climate change. The report divides the United States into nine regions, finding that the severe challenges from ...

Distinguishing coincidence from causality: connections in the climate system

by The Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)  (Oct. 7, 2015)

Detecting how changes in one spot on Earth – in temperature, rain, wind – are linked to changes in another, far away area is key to assessing climate risks. Scientists now developed a new technique of finding out if one change can cause another change or not, and which regions are important gateways for such teleconnections. They use ...

California governor to sign aggressive climate change bill

by Associated Press  (Oct. 6, 2015)

California is doubling down in its fight against global warming. Gov. Jerry Brown is expected on Wednesday to sign an ambitious climate change measure to increase California's renewable electricity use to 50 percent and double energy efficiency in existing buildings by 2030. "We have the technological means and now we have the legal ...

Climate change raises danger for urban heat islands

by Climate News Network  (Oct. 6, 2015)

However hot the weather gets, it will be worse in the cities – and scientists in the US have just worked out how much worse by measuring the notorious urban heat island effect. They planted 150 sensors in and around Madison, the Wisconsin state capital, in time for the heatwaves that hit the US in 2012, and found that the city experienced ...

IPCC elects Hoesung Lee of Republic of Korea as Chair

by The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)  (Oct. 6, 2015)

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) elected Hoesung Lee of the Republic of Korea as its new Chair on Tuesday. Hoesung Lee was elected by 78 votes to 56 in a run-off with Jean-Pascal van Ypersele. A total of six candidates had been nominated for the position. “I am honoured and grateful that the Panel has elected me as the ...

Paris could leave aviation and shipping fuel tax-free and climate target-free

by Transport and Environment (T&E)  (Oct. 5, 2015)

The aviation and shipping sectors are set to be exempt from targeted CO2 emissions cuts in the December Paris climate agreement, according to the latest draft deal. This is an irresponsible U-turn, say environmental groups Seas At Risk and Transport & Environment. CO2 emissions from the two sectors are set to grow by up to 250% by 2050, making ...

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