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  • ARB adopts new protocols for climate change program

    The Air Resources Board today adopted three separate greenhouse gas emission accounting protocols to quantify emissions from local government operations, and urban forest and manure digester projects. 'Today's board adoption marks yet another important step forward in California's goal to cut greenhouse gas emissions 30 percent by 2020,' said ARB acting chairman Barbara Riordan. 'These protocols ...

  • Climate change - there are solutions

    Emissions spewing into the atmosphere now could easily lead to atmospheric CO2 concentrations of 1,000 parts per million by the year 2200, effectively pushing the world beyond the tipping point for irreversible climate impacts, according to a survey of 14 renowned climate scientists published last week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. According to Dr. Myles Allen, a climate ...


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  • Mayors `get it` on climate change

    Ironically, the most ambitious US action in the fight against global warming is coming from big cities and their mayors. It seems preposterous on its face. Each city’s emissions are only a tiny fraction of the global pie. Cities can’t force utilities to shift to renewables, or make Detroit produce smarter cars. Nonetheless, some of the biggest US mega-cities are stepping up in a big way on global ...

  • Climate Change and Rio+20

    Despite 1992 Rio Earth Summit being the birthplace of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, climate change doesn’t have a major place on this year’s official Rio+20 agenda. But we shouldn’t assume that it’s a forgotten issue. In fact, ...

  • Climate change: there is no plan B

    Time is almost up. It is critical we secure a legally binding approach on climate change in Durban The lesson the world is learning the hard way from the financial crisis is that there is only one boat and we are all in it. To stay afloat, we need rules tough enough to stop systemic risks becoming systemic collapses. This lesson is as true for the environment as it is for the economy. A key ...

  • China in action on climate change

    Climate change is a serious challenge to humanity and sustainable development, which requires both proactive responses and concerted effort by the international community. China attaches great importance to tackling climate change. In 2007, it established the National Leading Group on Climate Change (NLGCC), headed by Premier Wen Jiabao. That same year, China issued its National Climate Change ...


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  • UN Climate Change Talks in Bonn

    Second round of Bonn UN Climate Change Talks in 2010 designed to pave way for full implementation of climate change action across the globe A fresh round of UN Climate Change talks kicked off on Monday with representatives from 182 governments meeting in Bonn to take forward work from last year"s UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen (COP 15). The talks are designed to pick up on issues that ...

  • Turkey Moves to Address Climate Change

    ANKARA, Turkey (ENS) - Turkey is taking steps to respond to the threat of climate change. The Turkish Grand National Assembly Tuesday adopted a decision to set up a Research Commission on the causes and effects of global warming in the country. The new Commission is expected to consist of 14 members of Parliament who will provide input as the country attempts to adapt to climate ...

  • Background on Kyoto Protocol

    Negotiating the Protocol The adoption of the Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in 1992 was a major step forward in tackling the problem of global warming. Yet as  greenhouse gas (GHG) emission levels continued to rise around the world, it became increasingly evident that only a firm and binding commitment by developed countries to reduce emissions could send a signal strong ...

  • Finding finance for climate change adaptation

    Additional funding mechanisms are required to finance adaptation to climate change in developing countries, according to a new study. The study predicts how relationships between costs associated with adapting to and mitigating against climate change, and costs associated with damages caused by climate change, will progress over the next century. Even if policy measures designed to mitigate ...

  • Will the US become a climate change leader?

    The United States, which for a long time stood defiant and largely alone on climate change issues, is now on the verge of becoming a climate change leader in the international community. The US is looking to adopt a carbon cap and trade system and has signaled a willingness to discuss binding emission targets. The new position will require the support of the Whitehouse and possibly could ...


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  • Are we underestimating the impacts of climate change?

    In the wake of new findings that the world’s oceans are absorbing carbon dioxide at a decreasing rate, that China’s greenhouse gas emissions have been grossly underestimated, and greenhouse gas emissions world wide are rising at a staggering pace, many scientists now believe the impacts of climate change will be more severe and will happen much faster than previously believed. ...


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  • Climate change and the EU`s regions

    Led by cities, EU regions are playing a frontline role in the fight against climate change as they make key investment decisions regarding the new generation of clean energy and transport projects. MILESTONES Early 2011: Commission to present a new Energy Efficiency Action Plan. By 2020: EU to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 20%, ...


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  • Changes in household consumption could help tackle climate change

    A new analysis of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from Swiss household consumption reveals a large difference between the best and worst households - which range between the equivalent of 5 to 17 tons of CO2 per capita per year. It suggests GHG reductions are possible if more households adopt similar consumption patterns to those with the lowest emissions. The Kyoto Protocol requires the EU ...

  • Bali climate change conference gets underway

    The United Nations Climate Change Conference - Bali, 2007 got underway Monday, poised for a breakthrough in international climate change negotiations. The two-week conference, the thirteenth Conference of the 192 Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the third meeting of the 176 Parties to the Kyoto Protocol, is expected to result in negotiations on a ...

  • COP16: climate change talks start in Mexico

    Governments, civil society and business representatives are convening in Cancun, Mexico, on 29 November – 10 December for a United Nations conference (COP16) on combating climate change. In the run up to the conference, the European Union reiterated its desire to see a balanced set of decisions in Cancún. Recent report from the European Environment Agency shows that greenhouse gas ...

  • Africa takes firm stance on climate change

    Africa will neither accept replacement of the Kyoto Protocol, nor its merger with any new agreement, say African climate change negotiators meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia at the last African major preparatory gathering, before the UN Climate Change negotiations in Copenhagen in December. Negotiators say actions for Africa should be voluntary and nationally appropriate, and must be fully ...

  • Turkey hints at “significant” moves on climate change

    Turkey today dropped its strongest hint yet that it will sign up to the Kyoto Protocol on combating climate change, and will join in international efforts aimed at cutting greenhouse gasses. Turkish President Abdullah Gül said he supports the UN plan for the two year negotiation process agreed in Bali last year, and added “Turkey is now preparing to undertake its responsibilities. Very ...

  • Climate change talks should include farmers

    FAO has urged policy makers to include agriculture in negotiations for a new climate change treaty to replace the 1997 Kyoto protocol. 'Agricultural land is able to store and sequester carbon. Farmers that live off the land, particularly in poor countries, should therefore be involved in carbon sequestration to mitigate the impact of climate change,' said Alexander Mueller, FAO Assistant ...

  • Sustainable Development Commission Stumbles on Climate Change

    NEW YORK, New York - Fundamental differences between nations on the nature and scope of the sustainable development agenda, especially on the issues of energy and climate change, led to the failure of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development to approve any outcome document Friday after two weeks of negotiations. The Commission on Sustainable Development is a UN body that emerged from Agenda ...

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