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Reuters: Costa Rica`s leading opposition group, PAC, expected to win a four-year presidential term next month, will drop the country`s commitment to carbon neutrality by 2021, an official said.
The leftist group`s candidate, Luis Guillermo Solis, should be elected president in an April 6 runoff vote after ruling party candidate Johnny Araya announced on Wednesday that he was abandoning the campaign.
"We don`t think it would be possible to reach carbon neutrality by 2021, because the most important tasks...
Posted: March 10, 2014, 11:46 am
RTCC: The main tool that funnels finance to developing countries could get a new lease of life from a possible global climate deal at the end of next year, as deeper carbon targets will mean more demand for offsets, the head of the UN`s main carbon offset scheme said.
Hugh Sealy, who was recently elected as chair of a panel that overseas carbon reduction projects in developing countries, said the Kyoto Protocol’s Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) would remain relevant for policymakers despite chronic...
Posted: March 10, 2014, 11:21 am
Nature World News: Researchers have found four new man-made gases that are depleting the ozone blanket.
University of East Anglia researchers say that more than 74,000 metric tons of these gases have been released in the atmosphere. The gases include three new chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) and one hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC).
For the study, researchers looked at air samples obtained from polar firm snow- which is like a catalogue of atmospheric conditions that existed a century ago. They compared these air samples...
Posted: March 10, 2014, 11:07 am
Guardian: Virgin Group chairman and founder, Sir Richard Branson, has said businesses should "stand up" to climate change deniers and they should "get out of our way".
Branson said he was "enormously impressed" with Apple's chief executive for telling climate change sceptics to ditch shares in the technology company.
At Apple's annual meeting last month, Tim Cook responded angrily to questions from a rightwing thinktank, the National Center for Public Policy Research (NCPPR), about the profitability...
Posted: March 10, 2014, 11:05 am
BusinessGreen: The ozone layer over Antarctica is being attacked by four previously unidentified man-made gases, scientists from the University of East Anglia (UAE) have warned.
New research published in Nature Geoscience yesterday found that more than 74,000 tonnes of three new chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) and one new hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC) have been released into the atmosphere, despite a ban on CFCs since 1989.
UEA's team, led by Dr Johannes Laube, compared samples of air from 100 years ago, 36 years...
Posted: March 10, 2014, 11:04 am
Blue and Green: Four new manmade gases, possibly derived from chemicals in insecticides and solvents, have been found to be damaging the ozone layer, which helps filter harmful ultraviolet rays.
Three of the gases are chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) and one is a hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC). Two are accumulating at worrying rates in the atmosphere, but scientists have not identified the exact sources yet.
“The identification of these four new gases is very worrying as they will contribute to the destruction of...
Posted: March 10, 2014, 10:46 am
Guardian: More than two dozen Democratic senators will take to the Senate floor on Monday for an all-night session of speeches on climate change.
The marathon session will get underway after the last vote on Monday night and could last until 9am on Tuesday, Senate staff said.
The high visibility all-nighter was organised by a new initiative, the Climate Action Task Force, which is trying to galvanise support for Barack Obama's climate change agenda.
The Senators said they would be tweeting throughout...
Posted: March 10, 2014, 10:44 am
Guardian: Fracking might be a controversial proposition, but there is no need to panic just yet. It may be that shale is indeed the solution to our energy crisis, but many are unaware of the complex and tangled web of legal issues to be picked through before anyone puts a drill in the ground.
Fracking involves the extraction of methane gas from layers of shale by pumping high pressure water down a well. But shale gas stocks are legally owned by the Crown, and it is the Crown (via the Department for Energy...
Posted: March 10, 2014, 10:16 am
BusinessGreen: The Chinese government is poised to further strengthen a host of green regulations, raising the prospect of major new environmental taxes or fines for polluters.
A new report published yesterday confirmed long-anticipated plans to revise the country's 1989 Environmental Law to give regulators more teeth and potentially impose significant new financial penalties on those firms that contribute most to the country's ongoing smog crisis.
According to Reuters' reports, the revised law would make...
Posted: March 10, 2014, 10:12 am
Point: Saving the forest is extremely important to mitigate climate change and for environmental sanitation and soil retention, says Lengja Guenther, chairperson, GreenTech Vision. She said Gambia has a lot of problems, ranging from soil degradation, decertification and loss of biodiversity. "So if we can protect our forest with less use of firewood and charcoal then we can have generally healthier environment," she said at a daylong training of co-group members in Tanji on sales and micro-credit. Funded...
Posted: March 10, 2014, 10:03 am
BBC: The world's financial markets could be creating a "carbon bubble" by over valuing the fossil fuel assets of large companies say MPs.
Much of this coal and oil may have to be left in the ground to combat climate change, according to the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC)
The Committee also hits out at the lack of green finance.
Less than half the £200bn needed to deliver emissions cuts by 2020 is in place they say.
A number of studies in recent years have warned that stock markets around...
Posted: March 10, 2014, 9:28 am
Climate Progress: The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative had its first auction this week since lowering its cap -- and the results suggest the system is once again effectively reducing carbon emissions.
Encompassing nine states in the northeast, RGGI is a cap-and-trade system that started operating in 2008. It sets an overall cap on the amount of carbon dioxide that can be emitted by the participating states. Then it breaks that amount into permits -- each allowing for one ton of emissions in a given year -- and...
Posted: March 10, 2014, 8:00 am
Bloomberg: Nations setting up carbon markets must standardize their emission-reduction benchmarks to ensure international efforts to limit global warming stay on track, according to Switzerland’s climate envoy.
At least 30 of 200 countries meeting at talks this week in Bonn are developing carbon trading systems to help meet emissions targets under a worldwide treaty to start in 2020. Nations should measure greenhouse-gas cuts as tons of carbon dioxide even if they pursue hard-to-quantify policies such as...
Posted: March 10, 2014, 8:00 am
AzerNews: For many people around the world this year, the weather has become anything but a topic for small talk. Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, America's record-breaking freeze, California's year-long drought, and flooding in Europe have put the long-term dangers of climate change back on the political agenda. In response, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has sent an urgent letter to government, business, civil society, and finance leaders, urging them to attend a special Climate Summit in...
Posted: March 10, 2014, 8:00 am
Guardian: Bangladesh needs $5bn (£3bn) over the next five years to adapt to current climate changes, and the cost is rising each year, according to a lead negotiator for developing countries in the UN climate talks, which resume in Bonn on Monday.
It, and other developing countries, may have been promised $30bn as "fast-start finance" before $100bn a year is theoretically mobilised for developing countries in 2020, but the global recession and reluctance by rich countries to match their pledges with money...
Posted: March 10, 2014, 7:01 am
Reuters: There is a greater possibility of an El Nino weather pattern emerging this summer, Japan's weather bureau said on Monday, after previously forecasting a 50 percent chance of the phenomenon that is often linked to heavy rainfall and droughts.
El Nino - a warming of sea-surface temperatures in the Pacific - can trigger drought in Southeast Asia and Australia and floods in South America, hitting production of key foods such as rice, wheat and sugar.
The potential disruption to supply would come...
Posted: March 10, 2014, 6:04 am
BusinessGreen: Radical right-wing groups may rail against action on climate change and renewable energy subsidies, but not even UKIP and America's Tea Party are immune to the lure of solar power.
UKIP energy spokesman and MEP Roger Helmer quietly installed solar panels on his roof and started to collect the government's feed-in tariff, while on the other side of the Atlantic a new "green" faction of the Tea Party is calling for an expansion of solar as a means of competing with monopoly power of traditional...
Posted: March 10, 2014, 5:00 am
Reuters: Australia's lofty ambitions to become a "food bowl" for a rapidly growing middle-class in Asia are in danger of falling at the farm gate due to the country's harsh, drought-prone climate and a lack of investment in agricultural innovation.
The federal government has touted the food bowl plan as one way of diversifying the economy as a decade-long mining boom that brought the country riches wanes.
But the industry says it has been left between a rock and a hard place - with state grants denied...
Posted: March 10, 2014, 4:27 am
Guardian: More than 150 temperature records were broken in Australia during “another angry summer” that highlighted the need for deep reductions in greenhouse gases, a new report has said.
The analysis, by the Climate Council, found that Sydney experienced its driest summer in 27 years, while Melbourne sweltered through its hottest ever 24-hour period, averaging 35.5C. The Victorian capital also had four days in a row above 41C.
Elsewhere, Adelaide had a record of 11 days at 42C or hotter during the...
Posted: March 10, 2014, 1:30 am
Reuters: Some of the smallest children in Koriyama, a short drive from the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, barely know what it's like to play outside -- fear of radiation has kept them in doors for much of their short lives.
Though the strict safety limits for outdoor activity set after multiple meltdowns at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant in 2011 have now been eased, parental worries and ingrained habit mean many children still stay inside.
And the impact is now starting to show, with children...
Posted: March 10, 2014, 12:47 am