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Apr 30, 2015

US and Japan miss deadline on cash for UN green climate fund

OSLO/BARCELONA, April 30 (Reuters) – The United States and
Japan will miss a U.N. deadline on Thursday to firm up promises
to provide billions of dollars for a new U.N. fund intended to
help developing nations tackle global warming, the fund said.

The Green Climate Fund (GCF), which wants to decide on a
first set of projects to aid developing nations before a Paris
U.N. climate summit in December, said donors had signed deals of
almost $4 billion, 42 percent of a total promised in late 2014.

Apr 27, 2015

Global warming to blame for most heat extremes – study

OSLO (Reuters) – Global warming is to blame for most extreme hot days and almost a fifth of heavy downpours, according to a scientific study on Monday that gives new evidence of how rising man-made greenhouse gases are skewing the weather.

“Already today 75 percent of the moderate hot extremes and about 18 percent of the moderate precipitation extremes occurring worldwide are attributable to warming,” the climate scientists, at the Swiss university ETH Zurich, wrote.

Apr 24, 2015

After diplomatic blitz, EU sees progress by June towards U.N. climate deal

OSLO (Reuters) – The European Union expects that countries emitting more than half of world greenhouse gases will publish plans for fighting global warming by mid-year to help build a U.N. deal due in December, according to an EU document obtained by Reuters.

The internal document, reviewing an EU diplomatic push involving 60 nations, also indicates the bloc will fall short of a goal of persuading all top emitters to detail their climate strategies beyond 2020 by June 30.

Apr 22, 2015

Ocean output rivals big nations’ GDP, but resources eroding

OSLO (Reuters) – Economic output by the world’s oceans is worth $2.5 trillion a year, rivaling nations such as Britain or Brazil, but marine wealth is sinking fast because of over-fishing, pollution and climate change, a study said on Thursday.

“The deterioration of the oceans has never been so fast as in the last decades,” Marco Lambertini, director general of the WWF International conservation group, told Reuters of the study entitled “Reviving the Ocean Economy”.

Apr 22, 2015

Special Report: How Denmark’s unexpected killer slipped through the net

COPENHAGEN (Reuters) – On Valentine’s Day, two weeks after his release from prison, Omar Abdel Hamid El-Hussein walked up to a Copenhagen cafe hosting a debate on freedom of speech and sprayed it with bullets.

As a manhunt began, the 22-year-old went to ground. Nine hours later he launched a second assault, this time on a synagogue. Police eventually shot him dead, ending a rampage that left Danish filmmaker Finn Noergaard and security guard Dan Uzan dead, and six people wounded.

Apr 19, 2015

U.S., China top dumping of electronic waste; little recycled

OSLO (Reuters) – The United States and China contributed most to record mountains of electronic waste such as cellphones, hair dryers and fridges in 2014 and less than a sixth ended up recycled worldwide, a U.N. study said on Sunday.

Overall, 41.8 million tonnes of “e-waste” — defined as any device with an electric cord or battery — were dumped around the globe in 2014 and only an estimated 6.5 million tonnes were taken for recycling, the United Nations University (UNU) said.

Apr 17, 2015

Climate plans put world on track for warming above agreed limits

OSLO (Reuters) – Plans by 34 nations for fighting climate change beyond 2020 would leave the world on track for warming well above the limits agreed with the U.N., and Moscow’s strategy is especially weak because it lets Russia’s greenhouse gas emissions rise, experts said on Friday.

The United States, the 28-nation European Union, Russia, Mexico, Switzerland, Norway and Gabon have so far submitted strategies to the United Nations, meant as the building blocks of a global deal to be agreed in December at a summit in Paris.

Apr 15, 2015

Carbon emissions from new cars in EU fall 2.6 pct in 2014 – report

OSLO, April 15 (Reuters) – Average carbon dioxide emissions
from new cars sold in the European Union fell 2.6 percent last
year, beating goals set for 2015 as part of efforts to slow
climate change, the European Environment Agency (EEA) said on
Wednesday.

Average emissions slipped to 123.4 grams of carbon dioxide
per kilometre, below a 2015 goal of 130 grams that was already
reached in 2013 with 126.7 grams, the Copenhagen-based EEA said
in a report.

Apr 13, 2015

China to surpass US as top cause of modern global warming

OSLO, April 13 (Reuters) – China is poised to overtake the United States as the main cause of man-made global warming since 1990, the benchmark year for U.N.-led action, in a historic shift that may raise pressure on Beijing to act.

China’s cumulative greenhouse gas emissions since 1990, when governments were becoming aware of climate change, will outstrip those of the United States in 2015 or 2016, according to separate estimates by experts in Norway and the United States.

Mar 26, 2015

Limit U.N. development goals for 2030, get more value for money: study

COPENHAGEN (Reuters) – Focusing on a few global U.N. targets for 2030, such as cutting child malnutrition or phasing out fossil fuel subsidies, will give better value for money than a scattergun list, an expert panel said on Thursday.

The group, comprising two Nobel economics laureates and a U.S. professor, estimated that the best 19 policies would yield $20 to $40 in benefits per dollar spent against less than $10 on average from 169 proposed U.N. development targets for 2030.