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Source: Sydney Morning Herald - China's coal-to-gas industry has struggled through a difficult year that has spurred doubts among government officials about keeping this technology on a fast-track for development. The plants turn coal into a cleaner-burning gas, which in urban areas can replace dirtier fuels and help combat smog, and more than 45 plants have been proposed for construction.
Source: OnEarth - Some years are linked inextricably to landmark events. 1215: The Magna Carta. 1492: Columbus sails the ocean blue. 1776: the Declaration of Independence. 1964: The Civil Rights Act. The environment doesnt really have a landmark yearyet. How many people know when the Clean Air Act or the Endangered Species Act was passed? (Bonus points if you knew it was 1970 and 1973, respectively.)
Source: RTCC - Chinas decision to announce a peaking year for its carbon emissions should encourage India and other emerging economies to do the same, the EUs former climate chief Connie Hedegaard has said
Source: RTCC - Norways state owned electricity company Statkraft has revealed plans to invest US$8.1 billion in renewable energy projects. The clean investment strategy was announced following a decision by the Norwegian government to make a $1.3 billion cash injection into Statkraft.
Source: NPR - Some of the stories that gripped our attention in 2014 will probably be forgotten in a few years if not a few weeks. But there's one story that President Obama argues we'll be living with for decades to come. "There's one issue that will define the contours of this century more dramatically than any other. And that is the urgent and growing threat of a changing climate," he said in September, addressing the United Nations Climate Change Summit.
Source: PoliticusUSA - 2015 may quite possibly be the year that the world finally wakes up and responds to the challenge of climate change.
2014 provided a glimpse of what the new year may hold.
It seems the rhythm may have changed. Where before the challenge was to get people to understand and believe the reality of climate change, now the challenge is to get the people to act and to call on those in positions of power and influence to act.
Source: RTCC - With nuclear power falling ever further behind renewables as a global energy source, and as the price of oil and gas falls, the future of the industry in 2015 and beyond looks bleak. Renewables now supply 22% of global electricity and nuclear only 11% − a share that is gradually falling as old plants close and fewer new ones are commissioned.
Source: Times of India - NEW DELHI: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the leading UN body for the assessment of climate change, will continue its work, no matter whether countries arrive at a global climate deal next year in Paris or not. Its successive science-based reports had always been key inputs for negotiators in the past over two decades.
Source: LA Times - As world oil prices have slumped below $60 a barrel, tumbling nearly 50% since June to a five-year low, analysts have scrambled to discern the economic and political fallout.
The big picture, though, hasn't changed: Oil is not cheap, at any price.
Source: GreenBiz.com - Sustainable, responsible and impact investing assets have soared 76 percent in the last two years, according to the US SIF Foundation. Thats the largest two-year increase in at least the last two decades a clear and impressive indication that SRI as an investment strategy has become mainstream.
Source: Alaska Dispatch News - With just a few days left in 2014, its all but certain that this year will go down in history as the first recorded calendar year that the temperature never officially dipped below zero in Anchorage, the National Weather Service said Sunday.
Source: Guardian - Wind turbines and solar panels: do you love them or hate them? Do you think of renewable energy as the way to a greener future, or an awful blight on the present? Either way, growing numbers of German communities think they have found a silver lining: theyre touting renewables as tourist attractions.
Source: STV News - Scotland's solar power capacity has increased by almost a third in the past year, according to new figures. More than 35,000 homes and 600 business premises now have solar photo-voltaic (PV) systems, December figures from regulator Ofgem show.
Source: Bloomberg - Chinas southern city of Shenzhen capped new car license plates at 100,000 a year, becoming the latest city to curb vehicle purchases to control smog and traffic congestion in the worlds most populous country.
Source: Globe and Mail - Sometimes not often its fun to watch Canadian climate policy. Take for example, the Prime Ministers climate change moves of the past month and a half. First, at the G20 Summit in Brisbane in November, Stephen Harper committed $300-million to the United Nations Green Climate Fund. Then, a few weeks later, he was up in the House of Commons expounding on the economic craziness of climate policy.
Source: Rolling Stone - For two weeks in December, Lima, Peru, normally a city known for its amazing Ceviche, insane traffic and great surfing, became ground zero in the fight against climate change as 10,000 government officials, UN staffers, environmentalists and others gathered to start pulling together a new global agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Source: Merinews - Although Lima is a great failure, but India's biggest gain at the Lima Climate Change Conference was renewed solidarity among the 134-country developing economies group, still termed G77, and China and, successful strategizing by the like minded Developing Countries (LMDC) group, of which it is a member, as is China. India had gone thereafter firmly anchoring itself in the latter grouping.
Source: Business Recorder - PARIS: Agreements on climate change -- to paraphrase what the 19th-century German statesman Otto von Bismarck said about law-making -- are like sausages.
It's best not to know how they are made. On December 11 2015, 195 states are scheduled to strike a deal in Paris to curb the fossil-fuel gases imperilling Earth's climate system.
The outcome will be determined in the coming months by Bismarck-style sausage-making -- a long, slow grind, and with many questionable ingredients.
Source: RTCC - Greenlands ice sheet shrank by an average of 243 billion tonnes a year between 2003 and 2009 a rate of melting that is enough to raise the worlds sea levels by 0.68 mm per year. In what is claimed as the first detailed study, geologist Beata Csatho, of the University of Buffalo in the US, and colleagues report in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that they used satellite and aerial data to reconstruct changes in the ice sheet at 100,000 places, and to confirm that the process of losing 277 cubic kilometres of ice a year is more complex than anyone had predicted.
Source: RTCC - The worlds investors both big and small think primarily in terms of making good returns on their money. And, over the years, investing in the fossil fuel industry has been considered a safe bet. Yet maybe, just maybe, attitudes are changing and fairly profoundly as financial analysts warn that the industry faces a perfect storm as it enters 2015.