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Jul 2, 2014

UN green fund to seek cash in November; poor want $15 billion

OSLO, July 2 (Reuters) – A U.N. fund to help developing
nations fight global warming is on track to start raising cash
in November, with poor nations seeking $15 billion, officials
said on Wednesday.

“Now it’s time to mobilise money,” Hela Cheikhrouhou,
executive director of the Green Climate Fund, told Reuters after
two days of talks in Oslo among more than 20 nations about the
legal details of cash pledges.

Jun 29, 2014

Emperor penguin population to slide due Antarctic climate change

OSLO, (Reuters) – Global warming will cut Antarctica’s 600,000-strong emperor penguin population by at least a fifth by 2100 as the sea ice on which the birds breed becomes less secure, a study said on Sunday.

The report urged governments to list the birds as endangered, even though populations in 45 known colonies were likely to rise slightly by 2050 before declining. Such a listing could impose restrictions on tourism and fishing companies.

Jun 24, 2014

Sonar to help slow Bangladesh erosion in Ganges delta

By Alister Doyle

OSLO(Reuters) – Bangladesh will start using sonar to help slow erosion of its biggest island in the Ganges Delta where climate change and rising sea levels are adding to risks, a Dutch-Bangladeshi consortium said on Tuesday.

Floods constantly reshape low-lying Bhola island, which is 130 kms (80 miles) long and home to 1.7 million people. A 1776 map showed that it was oval but it is now more banana-shaped due to erosion by the Meghna River that is part of the delta.

Jun 24, 2014

Governments should set 5-year deadline to save oceans from over-fishing -experts

OSLO, June 24 (Reuters) – Governments should set a five-year
deadline to crack down on over-fishing and pollution or parts of
the oceans may have to be declared off-limits to industrial
fishing, an expert commission said on Tuesday.

The Global Ocean Commission, a group of senior politicians
formed in 2013, urged rescue measures including a phase-out of
damaging subsidies for fishing fleets and tougher regulations on
offshore oil and gas to limit pollution of the high seas.

Jun 22, 2014

U.N. enlists legal help to crack down on environmental crime

OSLO (Reuters) – The United Nations will seek ways to toughen environmental laws this week to crack down on everything from illegal trade in wildlife to mercury poisoning and hazardous waste.

The U.N. Environment Assembly (UNEA), a new forum of all nations including environment ministers, business leaders and civil society, will meet in Nairobi from June 23-27 to work on ways to promote greener economic growth.

Jun 17, 2014

Climate change threatens tourism as ski slopes thaw, seas rise

OSLO, June 17 (Reuters) – Climate change is a growing threat
to tourism, from thawing ski resorts to coral reefs hit by
warmer seas, and the industry itself should do more to curb its
soaring greenhouse gas emissions, a study showed on Tuesday.

Tourism’s greenhouse gas emissions, on current rising trends
buoyed by ever more travel, are set to reach about 10 percent of
the world total by 2025 from between 3.9 and 6 percent now, it
said.

Jun 12, 2014

Armadillo, World Cup mascot, threatened with extinction

OSLO, June 12 (Reuters) – The armadillo, mascot of the FIFA World Cup, is threatened with extinction in the wild because of hunting, loss of habitat and even from the soccer tournament itself, scientists said on Thursday.

Brazilian Three-Banded Armadillos defend themselves by rolling into a ball – making them attractive as a symbol of the World Cup.

Jun 11, 2014

Chinese hints, U.S. emission cuts fall far short of climate cure

OSLO/BONN (Reuters) – China’s hints that it will cap its soaring greenhouse gas emissions and a U.S. plan to cut emissions in the power sector, while representing a shift, do not add up to a strong cure for global warming by the world’s top two emitters.

Other nations have hailed Washington and Beijing for a newfound commitment to tackle climate change. Governments are working on a deal, due in Paris in late 2015, to slow rising temperatures to avert more heatwaves, floods and rising seas.

Jun 6, 2014

Rising seas wash Japanese war dead from Pacific island graves

BONN, Germany (Reuters) – Rising sea levels have washed the remains of at least 26 Japanese World War Two soldiers from their graves on a low-lying Pacific archipelago, the foreign minister of the Marshall Islands said on Friday.

“There are coffins and dead people being washed away from graves. It’s that serious,” Tony de Brum told reporters on the sidelines of U.N. climate change talks in Germany.

Jun 6, 2014

China says aid a key to climate deal, not just CO2 cuts

BONN, Germany, June 6 (Reuters) – China led calls by emerging economies on Friday for the rich to raise financial aid to the poor as a precondition for a United Nations deal to combat global warming.

Many countries at U.N. climate negotiations from June 4-15 have welcomed news this week that the United States plans to slash emissions from power plants, but emerging nations said cash was just as important to unlock progress.