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Tropical islands poised to benefit from ocean power

New from UNFCCC - 11. April 2014 - 15:59
Source: SciDev.net - Island nations in the developing world are especially well placed to benefit from technology that exploits a new potential source of energy from sea water: ocean thermal energy conversion (OTEC), experts have said.

Green tech revolution needed to avoid climate change dangers, says Nicholas Stern

New from UNFCCC - 11. April 2014 - 15:59
Source: Sydney Morning Herald - Lord Nicholas Stern, author of a landmark 2006 study on climate change, says his conclusion that global output could dive 5-20 per cent without action to curb greenhouse gases was an underestimate.

Experts Says Vietnamese Children Should Play More Active Role In Climate Change

New from UNFCCC - 11. April 2014 - 15:59
Source: Bernama - Experts said it is vital for children to actively participate and contribute to decisions and plans concerning climate change, Vietnam News Agency (VNA) reported.

IISD RS @ IPCC WGIII-12 and IPCC-39 | Highlights for Thursday, 10 April 2014 | Berlin, Germany

News from IISD - 11. April 2014 - 9:52
IISD RS is covering the Twelfth Session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Working Group III (WGII-12) and Thirty-ninth Session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC-39), Highlights from Thursday, 10 April 2014, Berlin, Germany

Compte-rendu du CCNLRP du PNUE | 24-28 mars 2014 | Nairobi, Kenya

News from IISD - 11. April 2014 - 9:15
Compte-rendu de la première réunion du Comité à composition non limitée des représentants permanents (CCNLRP) au Programme des Nations Unies pour l’environnement (PNUE), 24-28 mars 2014, Nairobi, Kenya

IISD RS @ WUF7 | Highlights for Thursday, 10 April 2014 | Medellín, Colombia

News from IISD - 11. April 2014 - 6:55
IISD RS will provide daily web updates and a summary report from the Seventh Session of the World Urban Forum (WUF7) - “Urban Equity in Development – Cities for Life,” from 5-11 April 2014, from Medellín, Colombia. Highlights for Thursday, 10 April 2014.

Gambling problem?

News from WWF - 11. April 2014 - 2:00
As the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change meets on measures to reduce the impact of climate change, the answer to the global problem remains clear: The world must stop betting on a dirty fossil fuel energy system and should instead double-down on investment in clean, sustainable renewable energy.

While no easy task, the good news is that the shift is already beginning.

In a report released today, WWF details how action is being taken to promote renewable energy in countries around the world. The report -- Decarbonizing the Future: Seizing Power for Global Change -- demonstrates the solutions for reducing global greenhouse gas emissions and holding global temperature increases below 2°C.

In India, a national action plan will result in up to 20 billion watts of grid-based solar power coming online by 2022 – accounting for close to 10% of India's total installed power generation capacity.

In China, where wind power is already generating more electricity than nuclear, Decarbonizing the Future shows how proven renewable energy technology could support over 80% of the country's growing power demand toward 2050.

In Norway, the world's largest sovereign wealth fund is evaluating the climate change impact of its coal, oil & gas investments.

In Mexico, a national program details specific sectors and cross-sector activities for each ministry in the public administration, including clean energy infrastructure and forest conservation.

In South Africa, where per capita emissions are higher than in China and India, WWF is working to help the old carbon economy become more efficient and productive using green economy strategies and building completely new sectors through low carbon technologies, infrastructure and systems.

"The clear message from the IPCC is that climate change is a massive risk that the world isn't doing enough to tackle. Changing the world's energy sector is central to the task of confronting that risk. We can't continue to gamble with the future of the world we depend on," said Dr Stephan Singer, Director of Global Energy Policy for WWF.

With renewable energy such a safe bet, why keep bluffing our way through taking real action on climate change? As Decarbonizing the Future shows, action on climate change is accessible, achievable and is already being taken.

WWF's Seize Your Power campaign calls on financial institutions to significantly increase their funding of renewable energy and cut funding to fossil fuels as a key means of tackling climate change. In the past year the World Bank, European Investment Bank and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development have all committed to virtually end coal investments.

A Green Revolution, This Time for Africa (opinion)

New from UNFCCC - 10. April 2014 - 15:59
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Slash Greenhouse Gases to Meet Climate Goals, U.N. Draft Says

New from UNFCCC - 10. April 2014 - 15:59
Source: Wall Street Journal - A key United Nations report is expected to suggest that governments will have to drastically reduce greenhouse-gas emissions to meet international goals to reduce the impact of global warming.

Latvia backs Poland’s idea to set up EU energy union

New from UNFCCC - 10. April 2014 - 15:59
Source: ITAR-TASS - Latvia has spoken in favour of Poland’s idea to create a European energy union, Latvian Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma told a joint news conference with Polish head of government Donald Tusk on Wednesday.

US, UK, Germany canvass private sector on boosting climate finance

New from UNFCCC - 10. April 2014 - 15:59
Source: RTCC - World Bank and Merrill Lynch among those working on ‘Climate Finance Lab’ to speed up $100bn fundraising goal

Procter & Gamble commits to protect world's rain forests

New from UNFCCC - 10. April 2014 - 15:59
Source: CBS News - You probably don't think much, if at all, about palm oil -- but the versatile vegetable oil can be found in more than half of all packaged products used by American consumers -- including lipsticks, soaps, shampoos and even ice cream.

The world's first net-zero energy skyscraper rises in Indonesia

New from UNFCCC - 10. April 2014 - 15:59
Source: GreenBiz - The world's first net-zero energy skyscraper soon will grace the center of Jakarta, Indonesia — the Pertamina Energy Tower.

Sweden scales up CO2 credit buying to fund cleaner cooking in Africa

New from UNFCCC - 10. April 2014 - 15:59
Source: Reuters - Sweden has agreed to buy at least 4 million U.N.-backed carbon credits at above market rates from projects that will distribute more than half a million household cookers across African nations, the government said on Wednesday.

Wind Power Projects to Rise to Record in 2014, Lobby Says

New from UNFCCC - 10. April 2014 - 15:59
Source: Bloomberg - Wind-power installations will climb to a record this year, driven by resurgent U.S. demand and growth in developing nations from Brazil to China, the Global Wind Energy Council predicted.

Industry wins concessions on EU energy subsidies

New from UNFCCC - 10. April 2014 - 15:59
Source: Financial Times - Heavy industry won significant concessions at the expense of consumers on Wednesday in new EU guidelines on state energy subsidies that green groups fear will undermine the growth of renewables.

Royal fixe ses quatre "grands chantiers" à l'Ecologie et l'Energie

New from UNFCCC - 10. April 2014 - 15:59
Source: AFP - La nouvelle ministre de l'Ecologie et de l'Energie, Ségolène Royal, a fixé mercredi ses quatre "grands chantiers", réaffirmant que le dossier de la "transition énergétique" était "une des priorités" du gouvernement Valls.

IISD RS @ IPCC WGIII-12 and IPCC-39 | Highlights for Wednesday, 9 April 2014 | Berlin, Germany

News from IISD - 10. April 2014 - 12:41
IISD RS is covering the Twelfth Session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Working Group III (WGII-12) and Thirty-ninth Session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC-39), Highlights from Wednesday, 9 April 2014, Berlin, Germany

IISD RS @ WUF7 | Highlights for Wednesday, 9 April 2014 | Medellín, Colombia

News from IISD - 10. April 2014 - 6:43
IISD RS will provide daily web updates and a summary report from the Seventh Session of the World Urban Forum (WUF7) - “Urban Equity in Development – Cities for Life,” from 5-11 April 2014, from Medellín, Colombia. Highlights for Wednesday, 9 April 2014.

Shark fin imports to world's biggest market drop by third

News from WWF - 10. April 2014 - 2:00
Hong Kong - The volume of shark fin products imported into the city of Hong Kong in 2013 dropped by 34.7 percent, according to government data analysed by WWF. Statistics show that there was also a significant decline in the number of shark fins re-exported from Hong Kong to other locations.

Viet Nam overtook mainland China as the top destination for fins leaving Hong Kong, the city which accounts for over half of the global trade volume. While it is not illegal to consume shark fin in most places, many shark species are being hunted at highly unsustainable rates putting their futures at risk.

Recent trends indicate that shark fin, once perceived as a delicacy or an essential part of dinner banquets, may be no longer as socially acceptable as it once was. WWF has made significant progress in convincing caterers like hotel chains, and transporters like airlines, to stop carrying shark fins. Additionally, the Chinese government has banned shark fin at official state functions, which may be impacting demand for fins.

Famous Hong Kong wedding planner Tim Lau says, "Shark-free banquets have become more popular over the past two years. At least 20 per cent more wedding couples now choose shark-free banquets."

As of this month, 116 caterers have joined WWF's Alternative Shark Free Menu programme and168 corporations have taken the No Shark Fin Corporate Pledge.
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