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African Mayors Agree to Combat Climate Change

Article: African Mayors Agree to Combat Climate Change

NAIROBI, Kenya, March 2, 2009 (ENS) – Mayors from 33 capital and major cities across Africa pledged Friday to quicken climate change adaptation and mitigation plans for their cities. Concluding a two-day meeting in Nairobi, the mayors issued the Nairobi Declaration, in which they resolved to integrate these plans into city development strategies. Despite their…

Climate Could Cross Critical Threshold by 2100, Expert Warns

Article: Climate Could Cross Critical Threshold by 2100, Expert Warns

CHICAGO, Illinois, February 16, 2009 (ENS) – Without decisive action by governments, corporations and individuals, global warming in the 21st century is likely to accelerate at a much faster pace and cause more environmental damage than predicted, warns a leading member of the Nobel Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. In a business-as-usual world, higher…

Japan Launches World's First Greenhouse Gas Observing Satellite

Article: Japan Launches World's First Greenhouse Gas Observing Satellite

TOKYO, Japan, January 23, 2009 (ENS) – The first satellite dedicated to monitoring greenhouse gas emissions as part of global efforts to combat climate change was launched into space today from Japan. The IBUKI, which means “breath,” will circle the globe every 100 minutes at an altitude of some 670 kilometers (416 miles) and will…

Slow Progress in Poznan While Climate Threats Mount

Article: Slow Progress in Poznan While Climate Threats Mount

POZNAN, Poland, December 13, 2008 (ENS) – The annual UN climate change conference ended shortly before 3:00 am today in Poznan with a commitment from governments to shift into full negotiating mode next year in order to shape a effective international response to climate change, to be agreed in Copenhagen at the end of 2009.…

Construction Industry Could Trim Climate Emissions Cheaply

Article: Construction Industry Could Trim Climate Emissions Cheaply

POZNAN, Poland, December 8, 2008 (ENS) – Energy use in buildings accounts for one-third of global greenhouse gas emissions, but the potential of the construction sector to combat climate change has not been tapped, according to a new report issued by the United Nations Environment Programme. The report was released Saturday to governments meeting in…

U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions Rose by 1.4 Percent in 2007

Article: U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions Rose by 1.4 Percent in 2007

WASHINGTON, DC, December 3, 2008 (ENS) – Total U.S. greenhouse gas emissions were 7,282 million metric tons carbon dioxide equivalent in 2007 – an increase of 1.4 percent from the 2006 level, federal government figures show. The figures are contained in an annual report titled, “Emissions of Greenhouse Gases in the United States 2007,” released…

Environmental Defense Offices Occupied By Climate Activists

Article: Environmental Defense Offices Occupied By Climate Activists

WASHINGTON, DC, December 2, 2008 (ENS) – Grassroots climate activists took over the Washington, DC office of the nonprofit group Environmental Defense Monday. Led by Dr. Rachel Smolker, daughter of one of the group’s founders, the late Robert Smolker, the 20 activists were protesting Environmental Defense’s support of carbon trading as a solution to global…

Asia-Pacific Leaders Vow to Combat Climate Change, Food Scarcity

Article: Asia-Pacific Leaders Vow to Combat Climate Change, Food Scarcity

LIMA, Peru, November 24, 2008 (ENS) – Leaders of the Asia-Pacific countries expressed their willingness to work together to “confront the challenge of climate change,” which they agreed “will be crucial to the wellbeing of future generations.” At the close of their annual meeting Sunday in Lima, the heads of state and government belonging to…

UN: Industrial Countries' Greenhouse Gases Rose 2000-2006

Article: UN: Industrial Countries' Greenhouse Gases Rose 2000-2006

BONN, Germany, November 18, 2008 (ENS) – Climate change talks set for the Polish city of Poznan from 1 to 12 December come half-way through a two-year negotiating process to forge an international climate change deal in Copenhagen, Denmark next year. Talks are supposed to result in a replacement for the limited Kyoto Protocol with…

Climate Change Human Health Research Fast-Tracked for 2009

Article: Climate Change Human Health Research Fast-Tracked for 2009

MADRID, Spain, October 9, 2008 – World health experts will document the human health effects of climate change under a new high priority research agenda agreed Wednesday at the end of a three-day meeting here convened by the World Health Organization and hosted by Spain’s Ministry of Health. “This meeting has made clear that there…

UN: Tens of Millions of New Green Jobs on the Horizon

Article: UN: Tens of Millions of New Green Jobs on the Horizon

NEW YORK, New York, September 25, 2008 (ENS) – Efforts to tackle climate change could result in the creation of millions of new green jobs in the coming decades, according to a new report from the United Nations on the impact of the emerging global green economy. Green jobs reduce the environmental impact of enterprises…

U.S. and Canada Collaborate on Arctic Sea Bed Mapping

Article: U.S. and Canada Collaborate on Arctic Sea Bed Mapping

DAKAR, Senegal, September 4, 2008 (ENS) – To help Africa obtain its fair share of climate emissions reduction projects under the Kyoto Protocol’s Clean Development Mechanism and satisfy a growing interest in a carbon market on the continent, the International Emissions Trading Association on Wednesday launched the first all Africa Carbon Forum at Le Meridien…

Norwegian Music Festivals First in Climate-Friendly Network

Article: Norwegian Music Festivals First in Climate-Friendly Network

ARENDAL, Norway, July 21, 2008 (ENS) – Two top Norwegian music festivals are joining the international fight against climate change. The two festivals, run from the southern Norwegian city of Arendal, are the first music festivals to sign on to the UN Environment Programme’s Climate Neutral Network, known as CN Net. Canal Street, Norway’s biggest…

Florida Governor Talks Climate With Prince of Wales

Article: Florida Governor Talks Climate With Prince of Wales

LONDON, UK, July 16, 2008 (ENS) – Florida Governor Charlie Crist today met with the Prince of Wales to discuss strategies for addressing global climate change, particularly reducing the impacts of deforestation. They met at Clarence House in London. Governor Crist also met with the Duke of York, Prince Andrew. “I am deeply grateful to…

G8 Summit Opens With Climate Target Up in the Air

Article: G8 Summit Opens With Climate Target Up in the Air

TOYAKO, Japan, July 7, 2008 (ENS) – Climate change and world hunger, oil production and rice production, energy security and disaster reduction – all these environmental issues were discussed by leaders of the world’s wealthiest countries today, the opening day of the Group of Eight, G8, Summit at the Windsor Hotel Toya Resort and Spa…

Visiting Kyoto, UN Chief Urges New Climate Deal by 2009

Article: Visiting Kyoto, UN Chief Urges New Climate Deal by 2009

KYOTO, Japan, June 30, 2008 (ENS) – The world must galvanize its will and reach a new agreement on measures to fight climate change by the end of 2009, said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Sunday in the Japanese city where the Kyoto Protocol was finalized. The secretary-general arrived in Japan on Saturday, kicking off a…

Canada Sued for Ignoring Its Own Kyoto Protocol Law

Article: Canada Sued for Ignoring Its Own Kyoto Protocol Law

TORONTO, Ontario, Canada, June 18, 2008 (ENS) – Canada today became the first country ever to be brought to court for failing to comply with its legal commitments to combat global warming. Friends of the Earth Canada is suing the Conservative government led by Prime Minister Stephen Harper for following a strategy to reduce greenhouse…

Global Climate Change Treaty a 'Daunting' Challenge

Article: Global Climate Change Treaty a 'Daunting' Challenge

BONN, Germany, June 13, 2008 (ENS) – More than 2,000 participants from 170 countries are packing their bags and heading home this evening after winding up the latest round of UN-sponsored global climate change talks in Bonn with little substantive progress towards a seccessor treaty to the Kyoto Protocol. The protocol’s first commitment period expires…

G8 Environment Ministers Agree on 2050 Climate Goal

Article: G8 Environment Ministers Agree on 2050 Climate Goal

KOBE, Japan, May 27, 2008 (ENS) – Environment ministers from the Group of Eight industrialized nations concluded a three-day meeting in Kobe Monday with an agreement on the long-term goal of cutting greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2050. But the ministers failed to support specific emissions reduction targets for 2020, as recommended last year…

McCain Outlines His Plan to Confront Climate Change

Article: McCain Outlines His Plan to Confront Climate Change

PORTLAND, Oregon, May 12, 2008 (ENS) – Republican presidential nominee-in-waiting Senator John McCain of Arizona today offered his plan to combat global warming. Speaking at the Vestas wind turbine factory in Portland, McCain said what America needs is market-based cap and trade system to curb greenhouse gas emissions, mobilize innovative technologies, and strengthen the economy.…

Greenhouse Gas Cuts Easy on American Wallets: Analysis

Article: Greenhouse Gas Cuts Easy on American Wallets: Analysis

WASHINGTON, DC, April 22, 2008 (ENS) – The overall cost of capping greenhouse gases for the average American family will amount to less than one percent of household budgets over the next two decades, finds a new analysis released Monday by the nonprofit Environmental Defense Fund. The anticipated cost to the U.S. economy of reducing…

Seattle's First Green Festival Proves Popular

Article: Seattle's First Green Festival Proves Popular

SEATTLE, Washington, April 17, 2008 (ENS) – Spring festival season kicked off Saturday with Seattle’s inaugural Green Festival. More than 350 exhibits and 125 speakers on five stages filled the Washington State Convention Center and attracted thousands of people to the two day festival, produced by Seven Star Events. Green Festivals have been held since…

UK Greenhouse Gas Emissions On Track to Hit Kyoto Target

Article: UK Greenhouse Gas Emissions On Track to Hit Kyoto Target

LONDON, UK, March 27, 2008 (ENS) – Environment Secretary Hilary Benn today said that the UK is making progress on cutting greenhouse gas emissions, but there is still much work to do. Provisional statistics published today for total UK greenhouse gas emissions for 2007 showed a drop of two percent below the previous year, with…

Countries Agree to Write New Climate Action Pact

Article: Countries Agree to Write New Climate Action Pact

Success at the UN climate change conference in Bali. (Photo courtesy Earth Negotiations Bulletin) NUSA DUA, Bali, Indonesia, December 15, 2007 (ENS) – Governments meeting in Bali today agreed to launch negotiations towards a strengthened international climate change pact. The new treaty will be a successor to the Kyoto Protocol, which expires at the end…

UN Chief: World Expects Climate Change Breakthrough

Article: UN Chief: World Expects Climate Change Breakthrough

NUSA DUA, Bali, Indonesia, December 12, 2007 (ENS) – The world is counting on a breakthrough at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Bali, Indonesia, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has told delegates at the summit, calling the fight against global warming “the moral challenge of our generation.” In a speech delivered today at the opening…