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Jun 10, 2015

Worldwide study finds high concern about fixing climate change

BONN, Germany (Reuters) – Almost 80 percent of people worldwide are perturbed about global warming and most want tough action to fix the problem, according to a new study that the United Nations touted as a spur to an international climate deal later this year.

The report, based on consultations with 10,000 people in 75 nations from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, also showed that 66 percent viewed measures to tackle warming, such as more wind or solar energy, as a chance to improve their quality of life.

Jun 5, 2015

New UN climate fund to take risks to promote green tech

OSLO, June 5 (Reuters) – A new United Nations fund set up to
help developing nations tackle climate change will take bigger
risks than many international lenders to promote innovative
green technologies, the head of the fund said on Friday.

Hela Cheikhrouhou, executive director of the Green Climate
Fund (GCF), told Reuters that donor pledges of $10.2 billion so
far were a good start but only a fraction of the sums needed to
curb greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to rising temperatures.

Jun 4, 2015

Study dismisses ‘hiatus’ in global warming, says temperatures up

OSLO (Reuters) – An apparent slowdown in the pace of global warming in recent years may be an illusion based on skewed data, according to a study on Thursday that found no break in a trend of rising temperatures.

In 2013, the U.N. panel of climate experts reported a “hiatus” in warming since about 1998, despite rising man-made emissions of greenhouse gases. That heartened skeptics who say the risks of climate change have been exaggerated.

Jun 4, 2015

IKEA pledges 1 billion euros to help slow climate change

OSLO (Reuters) – IKEA, the world’s biggest furniture retailer, plans to spend 1 billion euros ($1.13 billion) on renewable energy and steps to help poor nations cope with climate change, the latest example of firms upstaging governments in efforts to slow warming.

Chief Executive Peter Agnefjall said the measures would “absolutely not” push up prices at the Swedish group’s stores. The investments will be “good for customers, good for the climate and good for IKEA too,” he told Reuters.

Jun 2, 2015

“Radical transition” of economy needed to curb climate change-study

BONN, Germany, June 2 (Reuters) – Harmful impacts of global
warming such as heat waves and sea level rise are mounting and
show a need for a “radical transition” to a greener economy, a
study presented at U.N. climate talks said on Tuesday.

Damage is growing even though average temperatures have
risen only 0.85 degree Celsius (1.5 Fahrenheit) above
pre-industrial times, less than half the 2C set as a maximum
acceptable rise by almost 200 nations, it said.

Jun 2, 2015

Global CO2 pricing seen unlikely to be big part of Paris climate deal

LONDON/BONN, June 2 (Reuters) – A global carbon emissions
pricing system pushed by top energy companies is unlikely to be
a big part of any United Nations’ deal to curb global warming,
some experts say, because many countries have little faith in
such cross-border initiatives.

“All countries are relatively sceptical on international
market mechanisms,” said Niklas Hoehne, founding partner of
research group NewClimate Institute. “They are open to have
national trading mechanisms or national pricing, but to have
these mechanisms internationally, there is a lot of reluctance.”

Jun 1, 2015

France suggests world leaders at start, not end, of climate summit

OSLO, June 1 (Reuters) – France suggested on Monday that
world leaders should attend only the start of a summit on
climate change in Paris in six months, hoping to avoid a repeat
of the last failed attempt in 2009 when they came at the end and
left empty-handed.

Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius also said France hoped to
agree some elements of a U.N. climate deal by October, weeks
before the Nov. 30-Dec. 11 summit, which aims to agree a global
pact to cut rising greenhouse gas emissions.

Jun 1, 2015

Climate change boosts rain in Africa’s Sahel region: study

BONN, Germany (Reuters) – Rising greenhouse gases have boosted rainfall in the Sahel region of Africa, easing droughts that killed 100,000 people in the 1970s and 1980s, in a rare positive effect of climate change, a study said on Monday.

The report adds to debate about the causes of a greening of the Sahel region, south of the Sahara Desert from Senegal to Sudan. It said a continued rise in greenhouse gas emissions was likely to help more rainfall in the region in future.

Jun 1, 2015

Insight – U.N. climate deal in Paris may be graveyard for 2C goal

BONN/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.N.’s Paris climate conference, designed to reach a plan for curbing global warming, may instead become the graveyard for its defining goal: to stop temperatures rising more than 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.

Achieving the 2C (3.6 Fahrenheit) target has been the driving force for climate negotiators and scientists, who say it is the limit beyond which the world will suffer ever worsening floods, droughts, storms and rising seas.

Jun 1, 2015

U.N. climate deal in Paris may be graveyard for 2C goal

BONN/WASHINGTON, June 1 (Reuters) – The U.N.’s Paris climate
conference, designed to reach a plan for curbing global warming,
may instead become the graveyard for its defining goal: to stop
temperatures rising more than 2 degrees Celsius above
pre-industrial levels.

Achieving the 2C (3.6 Fahrenheit) target has been the
driving force for climate negotiators and scientists, who say it
is the limit beyond which the world will suffer ever worsening
floods, droughts, storms and rising seas.