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Source: RTCC - The huge number of countries and businesses interested in pricing carbon will become clear at the UNs forthcoming climate summit, according to a senior World Bank official. Rachel Kyte, the banks special envoy for climate change, said the meeting will see a number of states, regions and businesses announcing plans to factor in the costs of burning fossil fuels.
Source: Cleantechnica - Indian solar energy companies are fast delivering world-class solar power projects as the market expands based on favorable regulatory and policy outlooks. Indias largest engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) company in the solar power market has just commissioned the worlds largest single rooftop solar photovoltaic power project. The 7.52 MW solar power plant has been commissioned in the northern state of Punjab.
Source: Cleantechnica - New figures from the US Energy Information Administration (EIA) released earlier this week concluded that natural gas leads solar in terms of new power plant capacity a fact that is indisputable, but a fact that doesnt tell the whole story. According to Green Tech Media, who spend a lot of time closely tracking the various energy segments, the real story should be that solar beat out natural gas in terms of new capacity, thanks to the number of small-scale commercial and residential solar projects.
Source: Reuters - Reuters) - The world's six multilateral development banks promised on Thursday to do more to help emerging nations fight climate change as part of efforts to reinvigorate flagging work on a U.N. deal to limit temperature rises.
In a statement before a Sept. 23 summit on global warming to be hosted by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in New York, the World Bank and other banks said they had delivered $75 billion in financing since they started joint tracking of funds in 2011.
Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - JAMMU, India (Thomson Reuters Foundation)The worst flooding in as much as a century in the northern Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir has killed 215 people, washed away homes and businesses, cut off roads and communications and forced Indias Army to wage a large-scale rescue effort, officials say.
Source: Reuters - Reuters) - The Pacific Ocean has warmed in the last two weeks, the Australian Bureau of Meteorology said on Tuesday, renewing signs of the development of an El Nino weather pattern.
The Pacific Ocean has warmed amid weak trade winds. Should the trend continue, more warming toward an El Nino is possible, the bureau said.
Source: The Independent - The Earths protective ozone layer is slowly recovering, United Nations scientists report, but the unintended knock-on effect is increasing climate change. Successful implementation of the 1987 Montreal Protocol, aimed at reducing Ozone Depleting Substances (ODSs) including many chemicals used in aerosol cans and refrigerators, mean the ozone layer is expected to recover to 1980 levels by the middle of this century.
Source: Huffington Post - The World Meteorological Organization announced this week that climate change pollution has reached record levels. Carbon pollution alone -- one of the most potent greenhouse gases -- had its biggest spike in 30 years. These measurements tell an alarming story about what is happening in our atmosphere. To understand what they mean here on earth, we just have to look outside the window.
Source: The Guardian - Government-released open data is fuelling a whole new level of innovation in sustainability. Moving beyond hackathons, todays climate data partnerships are creating unique ventures that cross boundaries between business, government and academia. In the US, datapaloozas gatherings focused on creating open data innovations in the areas of health, education, energy and safety across sectors are popping up all over the place.
Source: Nature - China's rise to become the world's largest power producer and source of carbon emissions through burning coal is well recognized. But the nation's renewable-energy systems are expanding even faster than its fossil-fuel and nuclear power. China leads the world in the production and use of wind turbines, solar-photovoltaic cells and smart-grid technologies, generating almost as much water, wind and solar energy as all of France and Germany's power plants combined
Source: Bay Area Biz Talk - The University of California will invest $1 billion over five years in companies and researchers coming up with solutions to climate change, part of an overall UC push in sustainability.
Source: Cleantechnica - The transition to a global renewable energy economy could save $71 trillion by the year 2050, according to an IEA report. Or, to say that another way, $44 trillion in investment by the year 2050 would translate to about $115 trillion in energy savings ($71 trillion in net savings), as well as helping to limit the extent of CO2-induced warming.
Source: CleanTechnica - The 10 warmest years since records began have all occurred in the past 15 years. This year was no exception; we are about to register the warmest year ever. According to scientists, this is indisputably correlated with the increased CO2 in the atmosphere. If we are to continue this current trend, the planet is on track to be between 3º and 5º degrees warmer than in pre-industrial times
Source: World Economic Forum Blog - As prime minister of a country that for decades has worked towards a green society (Denmark), I am fully aware that the green transition is not an easy task. In order to succeed, governments, the business community and citizens need to join hands. To educate and innovate together.
Source: BBC News - The rate of destruction of the Amazon rainforest in Brazil has increased for a second year running.
Brazilian government figures show deforestation was up by 29% in the 12 months up to the end of July 2013.
Source: The Times of India - BEIJING: China is looking to impose a national cap on coal consumption and a ban on the import of low-quality coal with a new air pollution law, the draft version of which has been released, aimed at strengthening the country's efforts to fight smog.
Source: RTCC - The Secretary General of the United Nations Mr Ban Ki Moon has invited heads of government, business and civil society to a Climate Summit at the United Nations in New York on September 23.
I have been privileged to be one of the 38 representatives from civil society invited to participate in the event.
Source: RTCC - The UNs flagship Green Climate Fund has scaled back plans to raise US$ 15 billion by the end of 2014, with a new goal of $10bn. Senior government officials from developed countries met in Bonn this week for technical discussions over the funds development.
Source: USA Today - DENVER The iconic pine and aspen forests of the Rocky Mountains are dying off at an alarming rate thanks to conditions exacerbated by climate change drought, insect infestations and wildfires a new report says.
Source: The Epoch Times - NEW YORKCity Council recognized climate change as a danger to humans, by passing a resolution on Wednesday. Resolution 356 was introduced in July by Councilman Donovan Richards. The council resolved it by acknowledging the dangers of climate change to human health and the environment.