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Mar 30, 2012

EU fails to resolve dispute over UN climate fund seats

LONDON/BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European Union ambassadors failed to resolve a dispute over the allocation of seats on the United Nations’ Green Climate Fund (GCF) board on Friday, possibly undermining the bloc’s credibility in international climate talks.

The EU envoys were meeting for the second time in a week to decide which European nations will be represented on the governing board. This has 12 seats for developing countries and another 12 for developed countries.

Mar 28, 2012

Include natural assets for measuring India, Brazil growth: scientists

LONDON (Reuters) – Traditional measures showing strong economic growth in Brazil and India over nearly two decades fail to take account of the depletion of their natural resources, scientists and economists at a climate conference said on Wednesday.

Scientists and environment groups have been pressuring governments to include the value of their countries’ natural resources – and use or loss of them – into future measurements of economic activity, rather than relying solely on the gross domestic product calculation.

Mar 28, 2012

True economic measure includes natural assets: scientists

LONDON (Reuters) – Traditional measures showing strong economic growth in Brazil and India over nearly two decades fail to take account of the depletion of their natural resources, scientists and economists at a climate conference said on Wednesday.

Scientists and environment groups have been pressuring governments to include the value of their countries’ natural resources – and use or loss of them – into future measurements of economic activity, rather than relying solely on the gross domestic product calculation.

Mar 28, 2012

EU seeks to decide who gets U.N. climate fund seats

LONDON (Reuters) – European Union ambassadors were due to meet on Wednesday in an effort to settle a dispute over the allocation of seats to member states on the United Nations’ Green Climate Fund (GCF) board, sources close to the matter said.

U.N. climate talks in Durban last year agreed on the design of the fund, which is aimed at channeling up to $100 billion a year to help developing countries adapt to climate change.

Mar 27, 2012

Scarce resources to slow low-carbon growth: study

LONDON (Reuters) – Dwindling supplies of metals, water and biomass could slow the deployment of clean energy technologies by 2035, a study by research organization the Stockholm Environment Institute and by business initiative 3C showed on Tuesday.

Governments and companies are increasingly developing low-carbon technologies to reduce their dependency on fossil fuel-based energy sources and to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

Mar 27, 2012

Sprawling cities pressure environment, planning

LONDON (Reuters) – Expanding cities threaten to eat up a swath of land the size of France, Germany and Spain combined in less than 20 years, putting the world under even more environmental pressure, experts said at a climate conference on Tuesday.

Cities are growing to accommodate a rising global population and as countries like China, India and Brazil pursue fast economic growth.

Mar 26, 2012

Global warming close to becoming irreversible-scientists

LONDON, March 26 (Reuters) – The world is close to reaching
tipping points that will make it irreversibly hotter, making
this decade critical in efforts to contain global warming,
scientists warned on Monday.

Scientific estimates differ but the world’s temperature
looks set to rise by six degrees Celsius by 2100 if greenhouse
gas emissions are allowed to rise uncontrollably.

Mar 26, 2012

EU push for ocean energy set to fall short

LONDON/MADRID (Reuters) – Europe’s wave and tidal power technology is likely to disappoint EU expectations for 2020 and take over a decade to contribute to energy supply in a significant way, even though it is chalking up rapid growth and drawing in big industrial investors.

The nascent industry has attracted a flurry of investor activity over the past year, securing an estimated few hundred million euros from companies such as Siemens and Vattenfall.

Mar 25, 2012

Link builds between weather extremes and warming

LONDON (Reuters) – Extreme weather events over the past decade have increased and were “very likely” caused by manmade global warming, a study in the journal Nature Climate Change said on Sunday.

Scientists at Germany’s Potsdam Institute for Climate Research used physics, statistical analysis and computer simulations to link extreme rainfall and heat waves to global warming. The link between warming and storms was less clear.

Mar 21, 2012

Damage to world’s oceans ‘to reach $2 trillion a year’

LONDON, March 21 (Reuters) – The cost of damage to the
world’s oceans from climate change could reach $2 trillion a
year by 2100 if measures to cut greenhouse gas emissions are not
stepped up, a study by marine experts said on Wednesday.

The study found that without action to limit rising
greenhouse gas emissions, the global average temperature could
rise by 4 degrees Celsius by the end of the century causing
ocean acidification, sea level rise, marine pollution, species
migration and more intense tropical cyclones. It would also
threaten coral reefs, disrupt fisheries and deplete fish stocks.

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      "Based in London, Nina helps coordinate Reuters' coverage of European power, gas, coal and renewables markets with a focus on policies, investment and trading. She also covers environment, climate change and new clean energy technologies. Nina has twelve years of journalistic experience. Previously at Reuters Nina covered carbon markets in London and EU energy policy and competition in Brussels. Before joining Reuters, Nina worked as a journalist in the European pulp and paper sector in Brussels and for Japanese newspaper The Yomiuri Shimbun, covering everything from UK politics and the Iraq War to sport and entertainment. Nina holds a first class ..."
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