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Source: CleanTechnica - Another strong quarter for issuances of green bonds has taken the years total up to $32 billion, more than double the total issued during 2013, and fuelling predictions that 2015 could see $100 billion worth of green bonds issued.
Source: Inter Press Service - By leveraging knowledge about climate change, through adopting improved agriculture technologies and using water and energy more effectively, Africa can accelerate its march towards sustainable development.
Source: Xinhua - Climate change will lead to a sharp decline of common species of birds in Europe, ecologists attending a meeting on birdlife here warned on Thursday.
Source: RTCC - By the end of this week European leaders meeting in Brussels will unwittingly or otherwise have helped determine whether UN efforts to secure a global climate treaty will be a success.
Source: Wall Street Journal - Warren Buffett is synonymous with his hometown of Omaha, Neb., but for a glimpse into the future of his investment empire, look east
to Iowa. In the neighboring Hawkeye State, the Berkshire Hathaway Inc. chairman has sunk billions into wind-farm projects, part of a big gambit on renewable energy by a utility company he acquired in 2000 and has built into one of the countrys largest power suppliers.
Source: The Guardian - European leaders have struck a broad climate change pact obliging the EU as a whole to cut greenhouse gases by at least 40% by 2030. But key aspects of the deal that will form a bargaining position for global climate talks in Paris next year were left vague or voluntary, raising questions as to how the aims would be realised.
Source: Reuters - European Union leaders struck a deal on a new target to cut carbon emissions out to 2030, calling it a new global standard but leaving critics warning that compromises had undermined the fight against climate change.
Source: CleanTechnica - It hasnt even been four full years since the first plug-in hybrid and electric cars went on sale across the globe, and in many places plug-in cars are still few and far between. Yet across the world, consumers are turning to plug-in cars in greater numbers, with the top ten countries now accounting for over 600,000 plug-in vehicle sales according to a tally by Hybrid Cars.
Source: The New York Times - The 28 leaders of the European Union agreed early on Friday on targets for protecting the climate and generating greener power despite deep divisions among their nations over how to produce energy.
Source: VietNamNet Bridge - More than 200 delegates from Vietnam, Thailand and Cambodia are attending a three-day international forum on climate change, which opened on Oct 23 in Preah Sihanouk Province, Cambodia.
Source: CNBC - Rising temperatures and sea levels, along with increased incidence of extreme weather events, pose a threat to the global economy. Global infrastructure spending, public food supply, health and surging demand for energy are among the demographic themes that could come with steep climate-change costs.
Source: The Guardian - To coincide with the latest IPCC climate report, 12 blocks of Greenland ice will be left to melt in Copenhagen City Hall Square as a visual representation of climate change.
Source: EurActiv - Climate change is expected to cause 250,000 additional deaths per year between 2030 and 2050, affecting the poorest countries with weak health care systems - a global challenge that rivaled Ebola as one of the top issues at the World Health Summit in Berlin this week. EurActiv Germany reports.
Source: BBC News - The Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew has issued a "position paper" saying that man-made global warming is changing the outlook for plants and trees worldwide.
Source: Phys.Org - As permafrost soils thaw under the influence of global warming, communities of soil microbes act as potent amplifiers of global climate change, an international study has shown.
Source: The Washington Post - Earlier this year, when a study came out suggesting global warming will increase the rates of violent crimes in the United States -- producing "an additional 22,ooo murders, 180,000 cases of rape," and many other crime increases by the year 2099 -- it drew widespread criticism. "This ... is what people who are losing the argument look like," noted the conservative publication National Review. One study may seem easy to dismiss. But the combined results of 56 of them? Not so much.
Source: RTCC - Chinas coal use has fallen for the first time this century a turning point for a country which currently consumes almost half of the worlds coal supplies.
Source: RTCC - Poland is the only country resisting a 40% carbon target as part of the European Unions 2030 package, sources close to negotiations say.
Source: RTCC - For those who think climate change means deep trouble, some comfort: there is a limit to how deep. Danish-led researchers have looked at all the projections and satisfied themselves that, at the very worst, sea levels this century will rise by a maximum 1.8 metres − roughly the height of an average man.
Source: RTCC - British banks are being urged to pull their money out of polluting fossil fuels, in the latest twist of the divestment movement. The UKs five biggest banks have more than £66 billion invested in coal, oil and gas extraction, according to a report by European Greens.