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COP10/MOP26 HIGHLIGHTS | Thursday, 20 November 2014 | Paris, France | IISD Reporting Services

News from IISD - 21. November 2014 - 4:38
On Thursday, 20 November, IISD Reporting Services, through its Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB), covered the Twenty-sixth Meeting of the Parties (MOP) to the Montreal Protocol and Tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the Vienna Convention, 17-21 November 2014, UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) headquarters, Paris, France

Narendra Modi takes India’s new energy to Australia

News from India - 21. November 2014 - 4:29
Modi appeared to win over Australia’s parliamentarians this week with an impressive speech in English

Life Hacks | Thou shalt (not?) commit adultery

News from India - 21. November 2014 - 4:10
The greater part of our economy would be meaningless without sex as a driving force or organizing principle

Palm oil sustainability body to expel non-compliant companies

News from WWF - 21. November 2014 - 1:00
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia:  WWF has welcomed a move by the Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) to expel member companies that have failed to keep even their most basic promises to the sustainability body. 

At the organizations' 12th annual meeting, the Chair of the RSPO Board announced that member companies who have ignored annual reporting requirements for the last three years will be expelled within six weeks and those failing to report over two years will be suspended.  Member companies are required to report annually on progress towards time bound plans to reach sustainability milestones.

 "This is a sign that the RSPO has finally lost its patience with those members who have been bringing the organization into disrepute by failing to make commitments, never mind keep them," said Adam Harrison, WWF's lead on its work on palm oil.

At the meeting, the RSPO also hosted a wide ranging debate on what needs to happen next to transform the global palm oil industry.   

"This willingness to bring forward critical voices and engage in open debate is a sign of a mature organization focused on a clear goal," said Harrison. The RSPO is the only organization that can transform the global market because it's the only one that can offer credible independent third party verification of company progress on sustainable palm oil.

The RSPO has already certified 18% of the world's palm oil supply, representing 11 million tonnes of palm oil and more than 2.5 million hectares of land managed to the organization's high environmental and social standards.

WWF also welcomed the focus of the two day meeting on innovation and leadership and what still needs to be done by RSPO members. Some forward thinking members, including WWF, are members of the Palm Oil Innovation Group (POIG), an organization that builds on the RSPO foundation to innovate in the areas of best practice such as greenhouse gas emissions reduction, conflict resolution and protecting wildlife. 

Is armed forces Act relevant today?

News from India - 20. November 2014 - 20:48
Protracted use of the army and AFSPA in an area with steadily declining conflict has ‘toxic implications for the restoration of durable peace’

Minority report | Post script

News from India - 20. November 2014 - 20:03
Must commemorative postal stamps only hawk a country’s achievements?

Outside in | Reaching for the sun

News from India - 20. November 2014 - 19:52
The ramifications of the climate change deal the US struck with China and the global trade pact it inked with India at the G20 meet in Brisbane are immense

Divergent policies

News from India - 20. November 2014 - 19:49
At a time when there are debates in India on whether RBI should begin to cut rates in December, it is worth taking a look at what some other central banks are up to

What Suresh Prabhu’s arrival means to Indian Railways

News from India - 20. November 2014 - 19:41
India has the best chance in more than two decades to transform the monolithic structure of the country’s largest transporter

Nitin Desai: From equity to intensity

New from UNFCCC - 20. November 2014 - 15:59
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Voices for Climate seeks to raise social awareness on climate change

New from UNFCCC - 20. November 2014 - 15:59
Source: Andina - On the occasion of COP20, the Peruvian government has created Voices for Climate, an open space for dialogue, learning and action designed to help society members understand and be aware of the risks and challenges posed by climate change.

UK pledges £720m to climate change fund for poor countries

New from UNFCCC - 20. November 2014 - 15:59
Source: Guardian - Energy secretary Ed Davey warns against ‘little Englander’ approach as donation to UN’s Green Climate Fund announced

Climate change to increase flood, crop insurance losses

New from UNFCCC - 20. November 2014 - 15:59
Source: USA Today - Climate change could substantially increase losses in taxpayer-backed flood and crop insurance programs in coming decades, according to a new government report.

Brazil carbon emissions rise for the first time since 2004 -report

New from UNFCCC - 20. November 2014 - 15:59
Source: Reuters - Brazil's annual greenhouse gas emissions increased last year for the first time since 2004 after years of reductions as deforestation and the use of thermal power plants rose, a new study found.

Google To Power New European Data Center With Wind

New from UNFCCC - 20. November 2014 - 15:59
Source: Cleantechnica - The new €600 million data center Google is building in Eemshaven in the Netherlands will be completely powered by renewable energy from its first day of operation. This new announcement from Google on its Green Blog touts the new long-term agreement the internet and advertising giant has signed.

Green Climate Fund hopes to raise billions in Berlin

New from UNFCCC - 20. November 2014 - 15:59
Source: AFP - Hitting the initial financial goal for the so-called Green Climate Fund would be seen as a key step ahead of international talks in Peru next month, and in France a year later, on slashing worldwide carbon emissions

UN official lauds China's steps on carbon emissions

New from UNFCCC - 20. November 2014 - 15:59
Source: China Daily - China is ramping up efforts to curb domestic carbon emissions and to bridge differences in global negotiations, a welcome sign from a "constructive leader" in climate change, the United Nations' top climate official said on Tuesday.

Green Queen signs up to UK carbon-cutting club

New from UNFCCC - 20. November 2014 - 15:59
Source: RTCC - British monarchy joins National Trust carbon cutting club to make its palaces greener

Capitalism or crony capitalism? Adani, Modi, GVK, and the Galilee basin

News from India - 20. November 2014 - 13:35
SBI is offering a $1 bn line of credit to Adani Group for a controversial Australian project. What are the implications?


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