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Sep 24, 2015

Indonesia to curb rising greenhouse gas emissions; details thin

OSLO (Reuters) – Indonesia promised on Thursday to curb its rising greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, but a lack of detail made it hard to judge the magnitude of Jakarta’s plan or how much it would help a U.N. push to combat climate change.

Indonesia, among the world’s top 10 emitters of greenhouse gases, called the plan a “fair share” for a developing nation.

Sep 21, 2015

Nobel Peace Prize committee says ex-insider violated trust

OSLO (Reuters) – The committee that awards the Nobel Peace Prize accused its former secretary on Monday of a breach of trust for publishing a book that gives behind-the-scenes details of recent awards, including the one given to U.S. President Barack Obama in 2009.

Geir Lundestad’s book, “Secretary of Peace”, also describes personalities who decided the prize during his time as director of the Nobel Institute from 1990-2015. He attended meetings of the five-strong committee but did not have a vote.

Sep 21, 2015

Syrian war spurs first withdrawal from doomsday Arctic seed vault

OSLO (Reuters) – Syria’s civil war has prompted the first withdrawal of crop seeds from a “doomsday” vault built in an Arctic mountainside to safeguard global food supplies, officials said on Monday.

The seeds, including samples of wheat, barley and grasses suited to dry regions, have been requested by researchers in the Middle East to replace a collection in the Syrian city of Aleppo that has been damaged by the war.

Sep 21, 2015

Progress on cutting fossil fuel subsidies “alarmingly slow”-OECD

OSLO, Sept 21 (Reuters) – Major nations are “alarmingly
slow” in keeping pledges to cut fossil fuel subsidies despite
signs of a decline in support worth up to $200 billion a year,
the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)
said on Monday.

Reductions in damaging subsidies for oil, coal and natural
gas would reduce air pollution, save cash and help a shift to
greener energies before a Nov. 30-Dec. 11 U.N. summit in Paris
on limiting climate change, it said.

Sep 21, 2015

Fossil fuel subsidies down; ‘ample scope’ for more cuts: OECD

OSLO (Reuters) – Major nations seem to be reducing fossil fuel subsidies but still have “ample scope” for deeper cuts in recent support of up to $200 billion a year, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) said on Monday.

Reductions in damaging subsidies for oil, coal and natural gas would reduce air pollution, save cash and help a shift to greener energies before a Nov. 30-Dec. 11 U.N. summit in Paris on limiting climate change, it said.

Sep 20, 2015

Carbon pricing schemes double since 2012 in climate fight – World Bank

OSLO, Sept 20 (Reuters) – The number of carbon pricing
schemes worldwide has almost doubled since 2012 but most taxes
or markets have prices too low to prevent damaging global
warming, the World Bank said on Sunday.

Carbon pricing, including emissions trading schemes from
California to China, now covers about 12 percent of all
greenhouse gas emissions in a sign of momentum before a U.N.
summit on climate change in Paris in December, it said.

Sep 17, 2015

Obama’s Nobel Prize fell short of hopes: committee insider

OSLO (Reuters) – The effect of giving the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize to U.S. President Barack Obama fell short of the nominating committee’s hopes, and several awards in the past 25 years were even more questionable, the committee’s former secretary says in a new book.

Geir Lundestad, lifting a veil on the secretive five-member panel, also reveals that former German chancellor Helmut Kohl, late Czech president Vaclav Havel and several rock stars were among those who were considered for the award but never won.

Sep 16, 2015

Ocean fish numbers on ‘brink of collapse': WWF

OSLO (Reuters) – The amount of fish in the oceans has halved since 1970, in a plunge to the “brink of collapse” caused by over-fishing and other threats, the WWF conservation group said on Wednesday.

Populations of some commercial fish stocks, such as a group including tuna, mackerel and bonito, had fallen by almost 75 percent, according to a study by the WWF and the Zoological Society of London (ZSL).

Sep 15, 2015

Exclusive: Chinese coal data cast doubt on historic stalling of world CO2

OSLO/BEIJING (Reuters) – When the International Energy Agency reported in March that global carbon emissions had stayed flat in 2014, even as the world economy grew, the news was hailed as a turning point in the struggle to curb climate change.

But more recent data about Chinese coal consumption, seen by Reuters, raise doubts about whether that historic decoupling of economic growth and carbon emissions from energy use actually occurred.

Sep 15, 2015

Chinese coal data cast doubt on historic stalling of world CO2

OSLO/BEIJING, Sept 15 (Reuters) – When the International
Energy Agency reported in March that global carbon emissions had
stayed flat in 2014, even as the world economy grew, the news
was hailed as a turning point in the struggle to curb climate
change.

But more recent data about Chinese coal consumption, seen by
Reuters, raise doubts about whether that historic decoupling of
economic growth and carbon emissions from energy use actually
occurred.