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First-of-its-Kind Report Ranks U.S. Insurance Companies on Climate Change Responses

by Ceres  (Oct. 22, 2014)

Amid growing evidence that climate change is having wide-ranging global impacts that will worsen in the years ahead, a new report from Ceres ranks the nation's 330 largest insurance companies on what they are saying and doing to respond to escalating climate risks. The report found strong leadership among fewer than a dozen companies but generally ...

Smithsonian Institution Statement on Climate Change

by GLOBE Foundation  (Oct. 2, 2014)

It was perhaps inevitable, but was significant nonetheless. The 160 year old Smithsonian Institution has formulated its first official statement about the causes and impacts of climate change. In a blog statement posted on ...

Extreme weather driving countries to adapt to climate change

by European Environment Agency (EEA)  (Oct. 15, 2014)

Adapting to climate change has reached the political agenda in most European countries, according to the most comprehensive analysis of adaptation in Europe published to date. Extreme weather events and EU policies were the most common reasons for beginning to address adaptation. The survey brings together detailed responses from 30 European ...

EPA Administrator Says Nation Must Prepare For Climate Change, Fight Nutrient Pollution

by Bloomberg BNA  (Sep. 30, 2014)

Tackling nutrient pollution, shoring up water infrastructure, and preparing communities for climate change and extreme weather events are among the most significant environmental challenges facing the country today, the Environmental Protection Agency administrator said Sept. 29. “Our health and economy and way of life depend on clean water ...

Solar dimming reflects complexity of climate change

by Climate News Network  (Oct. 13, 2014)

Two separate studies have confirmed the extent of human influence on climate change – and, for once, carbon dioxide is not the usual suspect. One team has just found that air pollution dimmed the skies of northern Europe, reflected sunlight back into space, reduced evaporation, and increased river flow. The ...

UK-Singapore joint statement on climate change

by Department of Energy and Climate Change  (Oct. 28, 2014)

The following statement was released by the Governments of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Republic of Singapore on the occasion of the visit of Dr Tony Tan Keng Yam, President of the Republic of Singapore, to the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew on 24 October 2014. The UK and Singapore reaffirm our commitment to ...

Climate changes ensnare Antarctic predator

by Climate News Network  (Jul. 29, 2014)

Climate change has begun to take its toll of one of Antarctica’s top predators. The Antarctic fur seal is being born with a lower weight and tends to breed later than earlier generations − almost certainly in response to the reduced availability of its prime food, krill. But the fur seal (Arctocephalus gazelle) is also changing in ...

Climate renews famine risk to Africa’s Sahel

by Climate News Network  (Oct. 20, 2014)

The Sahel, the arid belt of land that stretches from the Atlantic to the Red Sea and separates the Sahara desert from the African savanna, is no stranger to drought and famine. Now scientists in Sweden say the Sahel faces another humanitarian crisis even than in the recent past − with the changing climate partly ...

Natural gas boom will not slow climate change

by The Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)  (Oct. 15, 2014)

The recent natural gas boom due to the use of technologies such as fracking will not lead to a reduction of overall greenhouse gas emissions. Burning natural gas produces only half the CO2 emissions as coal per unit of energy. However, as natural gas becomes abundant and therefore cheap, it adds to the total energy supply and only partially ...

EU agrees `historic` deal to tackle climate change

by Department of Energy and Climate Change  (Oct. 24, 2014)

The target is part of a package of measures to make Europe’s energy system more secure, sustainable and competitive, announced today by European leaders at the European Council meeting in Brussels. The agreement is a major win for the UK, which has been leading efforts in Europe for an ambitious but flexible deal that cuts carbon emissions ...

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