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Nov 5, 2015

Afghan asylum seekers overtake Syrians on Arctic route to Europe

OSLO, Nov 5 (Reuters) – Afghans have overtaken Syrians as
the biggest group of asylum seekers crossing Norway’s remote
Arctic frontier from Russia, even though many risk being sent
back to Kabul, Norway’s top immigration official said on

Many other European nations have also seen a surge in
arrivals from Afghanistan, adding to Europe’s biggest migrant
crisis since World War Two. On Tuesday, Austria’s cabinet
proposed a tough new bill to deter Afghans.

Nov 5, 2015

Energy efficient cars, fridges seen aiding climate, GDP

OSLO (Reuters) – Tougher energy efficiency standards ranging from cars to fridges could cut annual world greenhouse gas emissions by about a tenth by 2030 while also spurring economic growth, an international report said on Thursday.

The study, by the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate, urged the Group of 20 to do more to improve the energy use of vehicles, buildings, factories, power plants and household appliances as a way to limit global warming.

Oct 30, 2015

Climate curbs will slow temperature rise; more needed for 2C goal – UN

OSLO (Reuters) – Plans by about 150 countries to curb greenhouse gas emissions will slow climate change this century and keep alive a goal of limiting a rise in temperatures to two degrees Celsius (3.6 Fahrenheit), the United Nations said on Friday.

The national strategies would restrict a rise in world emissions to the equivalent of 56.7 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide a year by 2030 – four billion less than expected without the extra action – from 49.0 billion in 2010, it said.

Oct 29, 2015

Water too warm for cod in U.S. Gulf of Maine; stock near collapse

OSLO (Reuters) – A rapid warming of the Gulf of Maine off the eastern United States has made the water too hot for cod, pushing stocks toward collapse despite deep reductions in the number of fish caught, a U.S. study showed on Thursday.

The Gulf of Maine had warmed faster than 99 percent of the rest of the world’s oceans in the past decade, influenced by shifts in the Atlantic Gulf Stream, changes in the Pacific Ocean and a wider trend of climate change, it said.

Oct 23, 2015

Climate finance row slows U.N. talks as time runs short for Paris

BONN, Germany (Reuters) – Disputes over financing for poor nations hampered negotiations on Friday among almost 200 nations racing against the clock to seal an accord on combating global warming before a U.N. climate summit in Paris in December.

Some delegates said they feared a repeat of the 2009 summit in Copenhagen when governments last tried, and failed, to seal a deal, though others said they remained confident of reaching an accord at the Nov. 30-Dec. 11 meeting in Paris.

Oct 22, 2015

OPEC nations plan to join UN climate drive

BONN, Germany Oct 22 (Reuters) – OPEC members Iran and Saudi
Arabia, the top greenhouse gas emitters yet to submit national
strategies for tackling climate change, say they will do so
before a U.N. summit in December in a sign of widening
participation even by oil producers.

More than 150 governments of almost 200 nations worldwide
have issued plans to curb greenhouse gas emissions – mainly from
fossil fuels – and adapt to changes such as more heatwaves,
floods, or storms, meant as the building blocks for a deal at
the summit in Paris from Nov. 30-Dec. 11.

Oct 22, 2015

Paris climate summit will hinge on climate aid: poor nations

BONN, Germany (Reuters) – More funds to help poor nations cope with climate change will be the make-or-break issue when a Paris summit seeks a U.N. deal in December to slow global warming, the main group of developing nations said on Thursday.

Poor nations say they are far more vulnerable than the rich to powerful hurricanes, heat waves, droughts and rising sea levels and want clear promises that aid will rise from an existing goal of $100 billion a year by 2020.

Oct 21, 2015

U.S. leads industrialised nations in shift from coal: study

BONN, Germany (Reuters) – The United States is leading a shift away from using coal among leading industrialized democracies, with Japan the main laggard in policies that will help to combat climate change, according to a study on Wednesday.

Behind the United States in the Group of Seven (G7) came France, Britain, Canada, Italy, Germany and Japan, the London-based E3G environmental think-tank said in a report issued during U.N. negotiations on a deal to slow global warming.

Oct 21, 2015

Dispute over rigged ship engine tests adds to Volkswagen’s woes

OSLO, Oct 21 (Reuters) – Norwegian shipowner I.M. Skaugen
has disclosed it is seeking $50 million in compensation from a
marine unit of Volkswagen for rigging performance
tests of ship engines produced over a decade ago.

I.M. Skaugen alleges that the specifications of the six
engines it bought from MAN were misleading and it is seeking
compensation for higher fuel use than specified over the
expected 30-year lifetimes of the engines.

Oct 20, 2015

France hopeful on climate deal after rocky start to U.N. talks

BONN, Germany (Reuters) – Prospects for a U.N. deal in Paris in December meant to mark a “turning point” in slowing climate change have brightened after an acrimonious start to the final preparatory talks in Germany, France said on Tuesday.

Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said there was a growing consensus that national pledges for curbing greenhouse gas emissions beyond 2020, the building blocks of a deal in Paris, should be reviewed and toughened every five years.