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Dec 3, 2014

This year may be hottest on record; adds urgency to climate talks-UN

LIMA, Dec 3 (Reuters) – This year is on track to be the
hottest on record, or at least among the very warmest, the
United Nations said on Wednesday in new evidence of long-term
warming that adds urgency to 190-nation talks under way in Lima
on slowing climate change.

Including this year, 14 of the 15 most sweltering years on
record will have been in the 21st century, the U.N.’s World
Meteorological Organization said of the findings presented
during the Dec. 1-12 climate negotiations in Peru.

Dec 3, 2014

This year may be warmest on record as oceans heat up – WMO

LIMA (Reuters) – Record high ocean temperatures will make 2014 the hottest year on record, or at least among the very warmest, in evidence of a long-term trend of global warming, the U.N.’s weather agency said on Wednesday.

Including this year, 14 of the 15 most sweltering years on record will have been in the 21st century, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said of the findings issued during 190-nation talks in Lima on ways to fight climate change.

Dec 2, 2014

Developing nations urge deeper climate cuts to zero emissions

LIMA (Reuters) – Developing nations called on the rich on Tuesday to do more to lead the fight against climate change in line with scientific findings that global greenhouse gas emissions should fall to net zero by 2100 to avert the worst impacts.

About 190 nations are meeting in Lima from Dec. 1-12 to decide elements of a deal, due to be agreed in Paris in a year’s time, to reverse a steady rise in greenhouse gases to limit risks of more floods, droughts, heat waves and rising sea levels.

Dec 2, 2014

At climate talks, UN calls fossil fuels ‘high risk’ investment

LIMA, Dec 1 (Reuters) – Falling oil prices show the “high
risk” of fossil fuel investments compared with renewable
energies, the U.N.’s climate chief said on Monday at the start
of 190-nation talks on a deal to slow global warming.

The Dec. 1-12 meeting in Lima opened with hopes that a U.N.
deal to slow climate change is in reach for 2015, helped by
goals set by China, the United States and the European Union to
cut greenhouse emissions, mainly from burning fossil fuels.

Dec 1, 2014

UN climate talks open with hopes for deal, warning time short

LIMA, Dec 1 (Reuters) – About 190 governments met in Lima on
Monday amid hopes that a U.N. deal to slow climate change is
within reach for 2015 despite warnings that time is fast running
out to keep global warming within safe limits.

Cooperation between China and the United States, the top two
greenhouse gas emitters, and a decision by the European Union to
cut its emissions have given a new sense of momentum to United
Nations talks that have failed produce agreement on a global
deal in two decades.

Nov 27, 2014

U.S., British data show 2014 could be hottest year on record

OSLO, Nov 27 (Reuters) – This year may eclipse 2010 as the hottest since records began in the 19th century, a sign long-term global warming is being stoked by rising greenhouse gas emissions, scientists said.

The period of January to October 2014 is already among the warmest ever recorded, and a warm ending to the year could easily make it top, according to U.S. and British data.

Nov 25, 2014

Norway oil fund’s coal exposure bigger than claimed -environment groups

OSLO, Nov 25 (Reuters) – Norway’s $860 billion sovereign
wealth fund, the world’s biggest, has more exposure to coal than
it said earlier and should sell out, three environmental groups
said, potentially re-igniting calls for the fund to revamp its
portfolio.

The fund had investments worth 82 billion crowns at the
start of the year in companies that are either major producers
or consumers of coal, and the investment rose in 2013, contrary
to the fund’s claims that coal exposure was falling, Germany’s
Urgewald, Greenpeace and Norway’s Framtiden said on Tuesday.

Nov 25, 2014

Extreme El Nino weather stunted growth of Peruvian children

OSLO, Nov 25 (Reuters) – Children in Peru on the front line of a severe cyclical warming of the Pacific Ocean in 1997-98 suffered stunted growth, showing how extreme weather can cause lasting damage to health, a study said on Tuesday.

The study of 2,095 children born between 1991 and 2001 in villages around Tumbes in northern Peru found that those born during or just after the El Nino weather system, which caused floods, damaged crops and triggered illnesses such as malaria and diarrhoea, grew less than normal.

Nov 23, 2014

Some climate change impacts unavoidable – World Bank

OSLO, Nov 23 (Reuters) – Some future impacts of climate
change, such as more extremes of heat and sea level rise, are
unavoidable even if governments act fast to cut greenhouse gas
emissions, the World Bank said on Sunday.

Past and predicted emissions from power plants, factories
and cars have locked the globe on a path towards an average
temperature rise of almost 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 Fahrenheit)
above pre-industrial times by 2050, it said.

Nov 23, 2014

Prospects rise for a 2015 U.N. climate deal, but likely to be weak

OSLO, (Reuters) – A global deal to combat climate change in 2015 looks more likely after promises for action by China, the United States and the European Union, but any agreement will probably be too weak to halt rising temperatures.

Delegates from almost 200 nations will meet in Lima, Peru, from Dec. 1-12 to work on the accord due in Paris in a year’s time, also spurred by new scientific warnings about risks of floods, heatwaves, ocean acidification and rising seas.