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Managing climate risks: a glass half-full?

Almost half of the world’s largest investors are not managing climate risks, finds a new rating by the Asset Owners Disclosure Project (AODP).  This, after five massive assessments since 1990 of state-of-the-art climate science, and twenty-one international conferences to forge a global climate agreement. One might think that climate change is high on every decision-makers […]

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Coal is a climate killer, whatever its efficiency

The argument that high-efficiency coal-fired power plants are a viable solution for reducing CO2 emissions, the main cause of climate change, is still defended with vigour by the coal industry – and by governments that have a stake in the coal industry, in particular Japan, Germany, South Korea, Australia and Poland. Japan even goes as […]

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The ozone is recovering – can the climate be next?

In 1995, Mario Molina and Frank Sherwood Rowland received the Nobel Prize for the work he did in 1974 which showed that Chlorofluorocarbons (CFC) destroy ozone, a fragile shield of gas which protects the Earth from harmful ultraviolet rays of the sun. CFC – the non-flammable, non-toxic and easy-to-use gaseous chemical – suddenly became a […]

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A defining moment: time to pledge to the Green Climate Fund

By November of this year, developed countries are expected to commit substantial funds to the newly operational Green Climate Fund, which over the coming years is expected to play a central role in supporting actions in developing countries get on a low emissions development pathway and build resilience to climate impacts. Contributions to the Green […]

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solar power

Solar PV power in harmony with nature – new report says land requirements are insignificant

Abu Dhabi, UAE  –  A new report released on the sidelines of the World Future Energy Summit here today, shows that even if all electricity is to be generated through renewable energy (RE) sources, and with solar photovoltaics (PV) alone,  it would  take up only an insignificant amount of total land area, contrary to common […]

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climate change

Obama plan calls for renewable transition

Gland, Switzerland – Today, US President Barack Obama delivered a plan of action on climate change in a speech that called for citizens, business and local governments to move away from fossil fuels and invest in a renewable future. Samantha Smith, Leader of WWF’s Global Climate and Energy Initiative, says President Obama’s plan won’t reduce […]

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Stockholm, Sweden – Climate change is happening faster, more intensely and, in many cases, at an unprecedented rate of change, according to the Fifth Assessment Working Group 1 report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. This demands action. “There are few surprises in this report but the increase in the confidence around many observations […]

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WWF: Global system to curb aircraft emissions could easily take flight

A global system to regulate runaway greenhouse gas emissions from aviation is technically and economically feasible and could help address climate change, according to a new WWF report. The report comes ahead of a critical meeting of the High Level Group established by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) in Montreal this week, where governments […]

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