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Apr 6, 2014

Time running out to meet global warming target: U.N. report

OSLO (Reuters) – World powers are running out of time to slash their use of high-polluting fossil fuels and stay below agreed limits on global warming, a draft U.N. study to be approved this week shows.

Government officials and top climate scientists will meet in Berlin from April 7-12 to review the 29-page draft that also estimates the needed shift to low-carbon energies would cost between two and six percent of world output by 2050.

Apr 3, 2014

UN climate chief urges radical clean-up of oil, gas industry

OSLO, April 3 (Reuters) – The U.N.’s climate chief called on
the oil and gas industry on Thursday to make a drastic shift to
a clean, low-carbon future or risk having to leave
three-quarters of fossil fuel reserves in the ground.

“The time for experimentation, for marginal changes and for
conditional response is now over,” Christiana Figueres told the
International Petroleum Industry Environmental Conservation
Association (IPIECA) in a speech in London.

Apr 2, 2014

A quarter of Europe’s bumblebees, vital to crops, face extinction: study

OSLO (Reuters) – Almost a quarter of Europe’s bumblebees are at risk of extinction due to loss of habitats and climate change, threatening pollination of crops worth billions of dollars, a study showed on Wednesday.

Sixteen of 68 bumblebee species in Europe are at risk, the Red List of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) said. It is preparing a global study of the bees, whose honeybee cousins are in steep decline because of disease.

Apr 1, 2014

U.N. draft sounds alarm as world looks set to miss emissions target

OSLO, March 31 (Reuters) – By Alister Doyle, Environment

OSLO, April 1 (Reuters) – The world will need far tougher
curbs on greenhouse gases, by both developed nations and
emerging economies, to keep global warming from exceeding a
promised ceiling, a draft U.N. report shows.

Rich nations led by the United States would have to halve
their emissions by 2030 from 2010 levels to keep warming below
an agreed 2 degree Celsius (3.6 Fahrenheit) ceiling above
pre-industrial times, according to the draft obtained by

Mar 28, 2014

At U.N. climate talks, many seek sterner warnings of GDP losses

OSLO (Reuters) – By Alister Doyle, Environment Correspondent

OSLO, March 28 (Reuters) – Many governments want sterner warnings of probable economic damage from global warming in a draft U.N. report due on Monday, saying that existing estimates of trillions of dollars in losses are only part of the picture.

A final draft before talks this week among governments and scientists in Japan projected that warming would cut economic output by between 0.2 and 2.0 percent a year by damaging human health, disrupting water supplies and raising sea levels.

Mar 27, 2014

UN author says draft climate report alarmist, pulls out of team

OSLO (Reuters) – One of the 70 authors of a draft U.N. report on climate change said he had pulled out of the writing team because it was “alarmist” about the threat.

Richard Tol told Reuters he disagreed with some findings of the summary to be issued in Japan on March 31.

Mar 26, 2014

Extracting carbon from nature can aid climate but will be costly-UN

OSLO, March 26 (Reuters) – A little-known technology that
may be able to take the equivalent of China’s greenhouse gas
emissions out of the carbon cycle could be the radical policy
shift needed to slow climate change this century, a draft U.N.
report shows.

Using the technology, power plants would burn biomass -
wood, wood pellets, or plant waste like from sugar cane – to
generate electricity while the carbon dioxide in the biomass is
extracted, piped away and buried deep underground.

Mar 23, 2014

Shifts in rainfall, not warming pause, slow sea level rise

OSLO (Reuters) – Heavy rains from the Amazon to Australia have curbed sea level rise so far this century by shifting water from the oceans to land, according to a study that rejects theories that the slowdown is tied to a pause in global warming.

Sea level rise has been one of the clearest signs of climate change – water expands as it warms and parts of Greenland and Antarctica are thawing, along with glaciers from the Himalayas to the Alps.

Mar 23, 2014

Climate change to disrupt food supplies, brake growth – UN draft

OSLO (Reuters) – Global warming will disrupt food supplies, slow world economic growth and may already be causing irreversible damage to nature, according to a U.N. report due this week that will put pressure on governments to act.

A 29-page draft by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) will also outline many ways to adapt to rising temperatures, more heat waves, floods and rising seas.

Mar 21, 2014

Rising energy demand a threat to strained water supplies – UN

OSLO, March 21 (Reuters) – Rising demand for energy, from
biofuels to shale gas, is a threat to freshwater supplies that
are already under strain from climate change, the United Nations
said in a report on Friday.

It urged energy companies to do more to limit use of water
in everything from cooling coal-fired power plants to irrigation
for crops grown to produce biofuels.