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'Modest hope' to slow warming, but no 'free lunch,' U.N. warns

New from UNFCCC - 14. April 2014 - 15:59
Source: CNN - Keeping global warming down to a level people can live with means cutting carbon emissions to "near zero" by the end of the century, even in an increasingly industrialized world, the top U.N. experts on the issue reported Sunday.

IPCC climate change report: averting catastrophe is eminently affordable

New from UNFCCC - 14. April 2014 - 15:59
Source: Guardian - Catastrophic climate change can be averted without sacrificing living standards according to a UN report, which concludes that the transformation required to a world of clean energy is eminently affordable.

Step up action to curb global warming, or risks rise: U.N.

New from UNFCCC - 14. April 2014 - 15:59
Source: Reuters - A United Nations report said on Sunday that governments must act faster to keep global warming in check and delays until 2030 could force them to use little-tested technologies to extract greenhouse gases from the air.

U.N. climate panel: Governments must do more in face of dire global-warming threats

New from UNFCCC - 14. April 2014 - 15:59
Source: Washington Post - Facing a potential climate catastrophe, the world’s governments agreed in 2009 to limit a global rise in mean temperature by the end of this century to avert the frightening effects of global warming.

U.N.: Time Is Running Out for Climate-Change Action

New from UNFCCC - 14. April 2014 - 15:59
Source: TIME - A group of experts appointed by the U.N. has said immediate action is necessary to halt the worst effects of climate change

UN climate chief urges 'bold' carbon-curbing steps

New from UNFCCC - 14. April 2014 - 15:59
Source: AFP - The UN climate chief on Sunday called on governments to take bold steps to tame carbon emissions after a landmark report said the worldwide aim to limit global warming was still attainable.

UN climate study: still time to save the world

New from UNFCCC - 14. April 2014 - 15:59
Source: Financial Times - Disastrous effects of global warming can still be avoided, the world’s leading climate scientists say, but only by making a concerted international effort to cut carbon emissions through heavy investment in renewable and nuclear energy sources.

EU throws down gauntlet to big emitters

New from UNFCCC - 14. April 2014 - 15:59
Source: AFP - European Climate Commissioner Connie Hedegaard today threw down the gauntlet to major carbon emitters after a UN panel pointed to options to brake surging greenhouse gases in line with global ambitions.

In key document, UN climate panel warns emissions rising but drops statistics showing where

New from UNFCCC - 14. April 2014 - 15:59
Source: AP - The United Nations' expert panel on climate change is highlighting the disconnect between international goals to fight global warming and what's actually being done to attain them.

Summary of the Fifteenth RRI Dialogue on Forests, Governance and Climate Change | 19 March 2014 | Washington, DC, US

News from IISD - 14. April 2014 - 14:57
IISD RS has provided web coverage and a summary report from the Fifteenth Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) Dialogue on Forests, Governance and Climate Change: Challenges of Carbon Rights and Implementing the New Warsaw Agreement on REDD+, on 19 March 2014, from Washington, DC, United States of America. Available in ENB Mobile at: http://enb.iisd.mobi/rri-dfgcc15/

IISD RS @ IPCC WGIII-12 and IPCC-39 | Highlights for Friday, 11 April 2014 | Berlin, Germany

News from IISD - 13. April 2014 - 4:53
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 Friday, 11 April 2014, Berlin, Germany

Transforming world's energy systems an urgent necessity

News from WWF - 13. April 2014 - 2:00
Berlin – WWF supports a call in a major UN scientific report released today that the world should more than triple investments in sustainable, safe low-carbon energy sources as the main measure to mitigate climate change.

The report, agreed by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), says that the world should triple or quadruple investments in clean energy solutions. WWF goes further, saying that the overwhelming majority of new investments should be made in renewable energy and energy efficiency.

The report finds that mitigation of climate change will have limited economic impact in the years ahead compared to the very significant costs of inaction. The report also finds that delaying actions to mitigate climate change will substantially increase the difficulty of the transition to lower emissions levels in the future.

WWF echoes the IPCC findings and renews its call for increased investments in renewable sources of energy.

"The longer we delay on tackling climate change, the harder the challenge becomes," said Samantha Smith, leader of WWF's Global Climate & Energy Initiative. "Transforming the world's energy systems is now an urgent necessity if we are to avoid the dangerous impacts of global warming."



The IPCC report makes clear that immediate action on emissions is affordable and that delaying such action only further increases the costs. The energy sector is by far the largest emitter of greenhouse gases and is the key battleground for change.

"We know more effort is needed, and quickly. Delaying new mitigation efforts will make it much harder to transition the world's energy systems to a sustainable, equitable and low-emissions future," Smith said.

WWF concludes that the low-carbon emission scenarios proposed by the IPCC require that fossil fuels be left in the ground beginning now. This is both an investment and political challenge that must be met.

"Renewable energy can no longer be considered a niche market. Renewables must – and should – eventually take the full share of the global energy market within the next few decades," said Dr Stephan Singer, WWF director of global energy policy.

WWF is currently running a global campaign, Seize Your Power, that is calling for investments to be pulled out of fossil fuels and switched into renewable energy. In light of the IPCC report, WWF continues to believe that investments in renewable energy must be scaled up rapidly.

IISD RS @ IPCC WGIII-12 and IPCC-39 | Highlights for Friday, 11 April 2014 | Berlin, Germany

News from IISD - 12. April 2014 - 14:36
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 Friday, 11 April 2014, Berlin, Germany

IISD RS @ WUF7 | Highlights for Friday, 11 April 2014 | Medellín, Colombia

News from IISD - 12. April 2014 - 11:26
IISD RS has provided daily web updates from the Seventh Session of the World Urban Forum (WUF7) - “Urban Equity in Development – Cities for Life,” and will produce a summary report from it on Monday, 14 April 2014. 5-11 April 2014. Medellín, Colombia. Highlights for Friday, 11 April 2014. Available in ENB Mobile at: http://enb.iisd.mobi/wuf-wuf7/

Compte-rendu du GTII-10 du GIEC et GIEC-38 | 25-29 mars 2014 | Yokohama, Japon

News from IISD - 12. April 2014 - 10:30
Compte-rendu de la dixième session du Groupe de travail II (GTII) du Groupe d’experts intergouvernemental sur l’évolution du climat (GIEC) et 38e session du GIEC, 25-29 mars 2014, Yokohama, Japón. En ligne sur: http://enb.iisd.mobi/climate-ipcc39/

President Yadav concerned about deforestation in Chure region

New from UNFCCC - 11. April 2014 - 15:59
Source: Himalayan Times - President Ram Baran Yadav today expressed grave concern about the destruction of the Chure region in Siraha. Inaugurating World Welfare Peace Mahayagya today on the banks of the Kamala River in Saraswor of Siraha, President Yadav said the plain land in the Tarai was gradually transforming into a desert due to destruction of the Chure.

New model to project climate change impact

New from UNFCCC - 11. April 2014 - 15:59
Source: eKantipur - The government is preparing a new model to help project the impacts of climate change on temperature, rainfall and other climatic conditions in eight districts.

Hollywood heavyweights put climate change manifesto on TV

New from UNFCCC - 11. April 2014 - 15:59
Source: Reuters - As temperatures continue to rise and habitats come under threat, a group of Hollywood heavyweights is seeking to bring the spotlight back on climate change with a new documentary.

U.N. climate report seeks clearer economics to guide action

New from UNFCCC - 11. April 2014 - 15:59
Source: Reuters - A U.N. report about ways to fix global warming due on Sunday is likely to disappoint investors seeking clear-cut economic calculations about the benefits and costs of curbing rising greenhouse gas emissions.

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