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      Climate change: CO2 emissions rising for first time in four years Tue, 27th Nov 2018 11:49:00
      Global efforts to tackle climate change are way off track says the UN, as it details the first rise in CO2 emissions in four years. The emissions gap report says that economic growth is responsible for a rise in 2017 while national efforts to cut carbon have faltered. To meet the goals of the Paris climate pact, the study says it's crucial that global emissions peak by 2020. But the analysis says that this is now not likely even by 2030.
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      Trump on climate change report: 'I don't believe it' Mon, 26th Nov 2018 10:13:00
      US President Donald Trump has cast doubt on a report by his own government warning of devastating effects from climate change. Asked outside the White House about the findings that unchecked global warming would wreak havoc on the US economy, he said: "I don't believe it." The report found that climate change will cost the US hundreds of billions of dollars annually and damage health. The Trump administration has pursued a pro-fossil fuels agenda. The world's leading scientists agree that climate change is human-induced and warn that natural fluctuations in temperature are being exacerbated by human activity.
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      Climate change: Report warns of growing impact on US life Sat, 24th Nov 2018 16:00:00
      Unchecked climate change will cost the US hundreds of billions of dollars and damage human health and quality of life, a US government report warns. "Future risks from climate change depend... on decisions made today," the 4th National Climate Assessment says. The report says climate change is "presenting growing challenges to human health and safety, quality of life, and the rate of economic growth". The warning is at odds with the Trump administration's fossil fuels agenda.
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      Amazon rainforest deforestation 'worst in 10 years', says Brazil Sat, 24th Nov 2018 9:33:02
      Deforestation of the Amazon rainforest in Brazil has hit its highest rate in a decade, according to official data. About 7,900 sq km (3,050 sq miles) of the world's largest rainforest was destroyed between August 2017 and July 2018 - an area roughly five times the size of London. Environment Minister Edson Duarte said illegal logging was to blame. The figures come amid concerns about the policies of Brazil's newly elected president, Jair Bolsonaro. During the 2018 election campaign, Mr Bolsonaro pledged to limit fines for damaging forestry and to weaken the influence of the environmental agency. An aide for the president-elect has also announced the administration will merge the agriculture and environment ministries, which critics say could endanger the rainforest.
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      China-backed coal projects prompt climate change fears Wed, 21st Nov 2018 19:40:12
      As levels of greenhouse gases reach a new record, concerns are growing about the role of China in global warming. For years, the increase in the number of Chinese coal-fired power stations has been criticised. Now environmental groups say China is also backing dozens of coal projects far beyond its borders. Coal is the most damaging of the fossil fuels because of the quantity of carbon dioxide it releases when it's burned. Last year, the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere reached its highest level for the past 3-5 million years, according to the latest research by the UN's weather agency, the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO).
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      Spain plans switch Tue, 13th Nov 2018 15:13:41
      Spain has launched an ambitious plan to switch its electricity system entirely to renewable sources by 2050 and completely decarbonise its economy soon after. By mid-century greenhouse gas emissions would be slashed by 90% from 1990 levels under Spain's draft climate change and energy transition law. To do this, the country's social democratic government is committing to installing at least 3,000MW of wind and solar power capacity every year in the next 10 years ahead. New licences for fossil fuel drills, hydrocarbon exploitation and fracking wells, will be banned, and a fifth of the state budget will be reserved for measures that can mitigate climate change. This money will ratchet upwards from 2025.
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      Legal & General targets climate change laggards Mon, 11th Jun 2018 12:55:00
      Legal and General Investment Management (LGIM) has said it will take action against companies that are not addressing the risks of climate change. LGIM, one of the biggest investment funds in Europe, said it would exclude offending firms from its Future World index fund.
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      Climate change: Pope urges action on clean energy Sat, 9th Jun 2018 15:30:00
      Pope Francis has said climate change is a challenge of "epochal proportions" and that the world must convert to clean fuel.
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      Spain’s new PM signals change of tack on climate change Wed, 6th Jun 2018 10:50:00
      The new Socialist prime minister of Spain, Pedro Sánchez, has informed Brussels about his plans to change the country’s policy on renewable energy and climate change.
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      China leads as the largest investor in renewable solar energy, investing $126.6 billion in 2017 Tue, 5th Jun 2018 19:00:00
      China is on a mission to become the next green superpower. Currently the largest investor in renewable energy, China invested a total of $126.6 billion into clean energy in 2017 - a 30% increase from the previous year.

    Solar is a big part of those investments. In a plan to curb its carbon emissions, by 2020, China plans to generate 110 gigawatts of solar power - enough to power more than 30 million homes. Additionally, China commits to increase the amount of all clean energy to 20% of the current total (about 13%).

    China has developed several massive solar farms in the past few years, and it seems they are just getting started.
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      The unprecedented decline of coral in the Great Barrier Reef continues Tue, 5th Jun 2018 7:08:00
      As reported by the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS), a steep decline in coral cover (the proportion of reef surface covered by live stony coral instead of sponges, algae, or other organisms) across the Great Barrier Reef is a phenomenon that “has not been observed in the historical record.”

    AIMS´ long-term reef monitoring program visits each reef along the Queensland coast every two years to examine its conditions.

    Released Tuesday, major bleaching events in 2016 and 2017 have impacted various sections of the reef, unprecedented bleaching events reported by AIMS in successive years.
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      The Welsh government failing to reduce greenhouse gas emissions Fri, 25th May 2018 9:25:04
      The Welsh Government ministers set a 10-year target in 2010 to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40% below levels of 1990. Still shy of its commitment, in 2015, only a 19% drop has been reached. Additionally, an added target of an 80% reduction by 2050 was added in 2016 with a set commitment by ministers of 10-yearly interim targets by the end of 2018.

    Though the assembly's climate change committee suggests Wales' industrial profile and cold winters should have been been better considered when setting its target, Chairman Mike Hedges recognizes its ambitious goal as attainable while another Welsh government spokesman assures its commitment is "long standing."
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      Disappointment over climate change target in Scotland Thu, 24th May 2018 16:10:22
      The Scottish government stops short to reach its expected target carbon-neutrality by 2050. Its drafted Climate Change Bill, recently published, only reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 90% by the middle of the century. The bill has set no date for its target to reach a 100% cut and environmental groups say ministers are missing a huge opportunity as global leaders.
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      The challenges and rewards of transitioning to CSP to desalinate seawater Mon, 21st May 2018 15:56:00
      Freshwater shortages are projected to increase in our hotter and more crowded future. Already, 150 countries desalinate seawater, using fossil fuels.

    But supplying an ever-increasing basic need with non-renewable fuels creates a growing threat, according to Dr. Diego-César Alarcón-Padilla, who heads up SolarPACES Task VI at the Solar Desalination Unit at Plataforma Solar de Almería (PSA).
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      Egypt’s new solar power plant to train African scientists Fri, 18th May 2018 13:24:00
      [ALEXANDRIA] The first training programme in the field of solar power for researchers from Africa and the Middle East is set to launch next September.

    The programme, offered by the Academy of Scientific Research and Technology in Egypt, will take place at the Multipurpose Applications by Thermodynamic Solar (MATS) plant. The plant, which produces electricity and desalinates water, has been built over an area of 12 acres in the city of Borg El-Arab near Alexandria, and opened in February.
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      Trump White House axes Nasa research into greenhouse gas cuts Thu, 10th May 2018 21:30:00
      President Donald Trump's administration has ended US space agency Nasa's monitoring system into greenhouse gases, a US journal has revealed. The Carbon Monitoring System (CMS), a $10m (£7m)-a-year project which remotely tracks the world's flow of carbon dioxide, is to lose funding. Science magazine reports that its loss jeopardises the ability to measure national emission cuts - as agreed to by nations in the Paris climate deal.
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      UN climate stalemate sees extra week of talks added Thu, 10th May 2018 9:15:00
      UN negotiations in Bonn are set to end in stalemate today as delegates have become bogged down in technical arguments about the Paris climate pact.

    Poorer nations say they are fed up with foot dragging by richer countries on finance and carbon cutting commitments.

    Some countries, led by China are now seeking to renegotiate key aspects of the Paris agreement.

    An extra week of talks in September has been scheduled to try and get the process back on track.
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      Rising levels of 'frustration' at UN climate stalemate Tue, 1st May 2018 13:02:01
      Old divisions between rich and poor over money and ambition are again threatening to limit progress in UN climate negotiations.

    Discussions between negotiators from nearly 200 countries have resumed in Germany, aiming to flesh out the rules on the Paris climate pact.

    But developing countries say they are "frustrated" with the lack of leadership from the developed world.
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      Macron hits at US saying one day will re-join Paris Agreement, denouncing nationalism and isolationism Wed, 25th Apr 2018 11:42:53
      French President Emmanuel Macron has used his speech to the joint houses of the US Congress to denounce nationalism and isolationism.

    Mr Macron said such policies were a threat to global prosperity.

    The speech was widely interpreted as a thinly veiled attack on President Donald Trump's America First agenda.

    Mr Macron also raised differences on global trade, Iran and the environment, seemingly in contrast to the warm bonhomie of his visit so far.

    The French president was given a three-minute standing ovation as he took his place in the chamber for his speech.
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      Solar farm means 'I can breathe more easily', says ex-miner Tue, 24th Apr 2018 16:55:00
      Wenhui giggles as he shares some banter with his friend Xiaosi. They've got used to walking on water. It's a fresh, misty morning. They move between the gently rocking solar panels fixing them to pontoon floats.

    "It's about the air. I can breathe more easily," says Wenhui

    A few years ago, his life was quite different - he worked 800 metres beneath this lake as a coal miner. Now one firm, Sungrow, has turned it into the world's biggest floating solar farm.

    "I am so much happier," says Wenhui.
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      Thwaites Glacier: Biggest ever Antarctic field campaign Fri, 30th Mar 2018 12:22:21
      It is going to be one of the biggest projects ever undertaken in Antarctica.

    UK and US scientists will lead a five-year effort to examine the stability of the mighty Thwaites Glacier.

    This ice stream in the west of the continent is comparable in size to Britain. It is melting and is currently in rapid retreat, accounting for around 4% of global sea-level rise - an amount that has doubled since the mid-1990s.
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      Spanish government freezes Clean Energy funds Tue, 13th Mar 2018 8:38:00
      The biggest R&D (Research & Development) center for renewable energy in Spain is currently in dire circumstances. Although Spain is holding millions of euros in EU grants to spend on its solar thermal energy initiatives, it is impeded by spending restrictions imposed by the Spanish Treasury in 2016...
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      The 11 cities most likely to run out of drinking water - like Cape Town Sat, 27th Jan 2018 10:10:00
      Cape Town is in the unenviable situation of being the first major city in the modern era to face the threat of running out of drinking water.

    However, the plight of the drought-hit South African city is just one extreme example of a problem that experts have long been warning about - water scarcity.

    Despite covering about 70% of the Earth's surface, water, especially drinking water, is not as plentiful as one might think. Only 3% of it is fresh.
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      Will Cape Town be the first city to run out of water? Tue, 23rd Jan 2018 22:16:13
      Cape Town, home to Table Mountain, African penguins, sunshine and sea, is a world-renowned tourist destination. But it could also become famous for being the first major city in the world to run out of water.

    Most recent projections suggest that its water could run out as early as March. The crisis has been caused by three years of very low rainfall, coupled with increasing consumption by a growing population.

    The local government is racing to address the situation, with desalination plants to make sea water drinkable, groundwater collection projects, and water recycling programmes.
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      UN releases warning about 'catastrophic' lack of action on climate change Tue, 31st Oct 2017 11:53:00
      Donald Trump might be about to make a decision that would make the situation 'even bleaker', the report warns

    There is a "catastrophic" gap between what needs to be done on climate change and what governments and companies are actually doing, the UN has warned.

    Despite pledges to work to mitigate and deal with climate change, current plans still lead to a 3-degree Celsius rise in temperatures by the end of the decade, a major new report warns. If that happens, it will not only break through the 2-degrees target set in the Paris agreement, but also lead to deadly changes in the climate across the world.
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      Planet has just 5% chance of reaching Paris climate goal, study says Mon, 31st Jul 2017 16:00:00
      Researchers find that economic, emissions and population trends point to very small chance Earth will avoid warming more than 2C by century's end

    There is only a 5% chance that the Earth will avoid warming by at least 2C come the end of the century, according to new research that paints a sobering picture of the international effort to stem dangerous climate change.
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      Diesel and petrol car ban: Clean air strategy not enough Wed, 26th Jul 2017 16:00:00
      The government's £3bn clean air strategy does not go "far enough or fast enough", campaigners have said.

    Moves including banning the sale of new diesel and petrol cars from 2040 and £255m for councils to tackle air pollution locally have been welcomed.

    Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said the government was determined to deliver a "green revolution".

    But environmental groups criticised the decision not to include a scrappage scheme or immediate clean air zones.
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      Spanish government attempts to reclassify Clean Energy Mon, 30th Dec 2013 16:22:48
      Two large clean energy investment funds, RREEF an investment vehicle by Deutsche Bank and Antin a French investment firm, have taken the Spanish government to the World Bank's International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID).

    The dispute is over plans to reduce the guaranteed purchase price for electricity generated from their Spanish base concentrated solar farms over the next 25 years. The Spanish government has announced a series of changes with a new system to determine the electricity price. Plus a reduction in the amount of energy deemed at renewable energy at these specific solar plants as they use natural gas to allow quick start up and reduce the effect of transient clouds.

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