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Coal gas boom in China holds climate change risks

by Associated Press  (Aug. 22, 2014)

Deep in the hilly grasslands of remote Inner Mongolia, twin smoke stacks rise more than 200 feet into the sky, their steam and sulfur billowing over herds of sheep and cattle. Both day and night, the rumble of this power plant echoes across the ancient steppe, and its acrid stench travels dozens of miles away. This is the first of more than 60 ...

A Climate Change Agreement Is a Global Health Agreement

by The World Bank  (Aug. 28, 2014)

The World Health Organization kicked off its global high-level conference on Health and Climate Change this week in Geneva. What makes this conference particularly significant is the fact that while the WHO has been working on this agenda for the past 20 years, this is the first time it has led a conference with so many decision-makers involved. ...

Climate change heralds end of civilisations

by Climate News Network  (Aug. 13, 2014)

Scientists looking at what is known as the “Fertile Crescent” of ancient Mesopotamia have found new evidence that drought caused by climate change brings an end to civilisations. It is the latest study that confirms the threat posed to present ...

Ignoring Climate Risks could Sink US Economy

by GLOBE Foundation  (Aug. 3, 2014)

For the second time in a month, Americans have been warned that the economic cost of not acting on climate change is likely to be calamitous. Robert Rubin, the co-chairman of the influential, non-partisan Council on Foreign Relations, says the price of inaction could be the US economy itself. Writing in the Washington Post, Rubin, a former US ...

WHO calls for stronger action on climate-related health risks

by GLOBE Foundation  (Aug. 27, 2014)

Previously unrecognized health benefits could be realized from fast action to reduce climate change and its consequences. For example, changes in energy and transport policies could save millions of lives annually from diseases caused by high levels of air pollution. The right energy and transport policies could also reduce the burden of disease ...

Australia’s economy at risk if climate change not addressed

by GLOBE Foundation  (Jul. 22, 2014)

The Chief Executive of CEDA, the Committee for the Economic Development of Australia, the Hon. Stephen Martin, says climate change is both an environmental and an economic issue, despite recent comments from senior politicians that seemed to question the latter. His comments accompanied the release of a major review of the impacts of climate on ...

Europe’s climate continues to change

by European Environment Agency (EEA)  (Aug. 6, 2014)

The period from 2004-2013 was the warmest decade on record in Europe. Many other changes significant for Europe have been observed across the climate system, including warming oceans, rising sea level and shrinking snow cover, ice sheets, sea ice and glaciers. In the last decade global near-surface average annual temperature was 0.75 - 0.81 °C ...

‘Free riders’ undermine climate treaty hopes

by Climate News Network  (Aug. 23, 2014)

An effective treaty to reduce greenhouse gas emissions will probably remain elusive, according to a new research study, because the steps likely to win political agreement would be ineffective, while those that could produce results would be politically unfeasible.. In fact, the Norwegian researchers conclude, the world is actually further away ...

Market Report on Climate Change Adaptation Reveals New Business Opportunities

by Environmental Business International (EBI)  (Jul. 24, 2014)

Weather-related disasters worldwide have helped galvanize attention on the need to prepare for the impact of changing weather patterns on our communities, businesses and natural resources. This presents significant opportunities for companies positioned to help clients prepare for, adapt to and even gain competitive advantage from the consequences ...

Risky Business – The Economic Risks From Climate Change

by GLOBE Foundation  (Jun. 24, 2014)

The American economy could face significant and widespread disruptions from climate change unless U.S. businesses and policymakers take immediate action to reduce climate risk, according to a new report released today. The report, “Risky Business: The Economic Risks of Climate Change in the United States,” summarizes findings of an ...

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