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#106579
2015-12-14

Paris climate talks, day 12: What we’re reading

It may require working through the night on Friday, but negotiators seem to be close to hashing out a final deal. Nature closes its daily Paris digest with one last round of good reads on the climate talks.

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#106576
2015-12-14

UN and partners call for immediate measures to strengthen climate adaptation efforts in mountain regions

Paris, 11 December 2015 - By promoting policies in favour of ecosystem-based adaptation in mountain regions, countries could build resilience and reduce the vulnerability of communities living in these high-altitude areas as well as that of millions of others living downstream, concluded a serie ...

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#106577
2015-12-14

Paris climate deal is agreed – but is it really good enough?

History has been made in Paris – but perhaps not the kind of history we hoped. The climate summit in Paris may come to be remembered as the moment when the world’s leaders let the last hope of limiting warming to 2 °C slip away from us.

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#106578
2015-12-14

Climate change losses for Southeast Asia well above previous estimate

Economic losses from the impacts of climate change in Southeast Asia could be 60% higher than previously estimated, reducing the region's gross domestic product (GDP) by up to 11% by 2100, according to a new Asian Development Bank (ADB) study.

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#106580
2015-12-14

Nations approve historic global climate accord

Representatives of 195 countries approved a landmark plan to combat climate change on 12 December. The ambitious global agreement commits most countries to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions while seeking to protect low-lying islands from rising seas and helping poor nations develop their eco ...

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#106581
2015-12-14

Soil project seeks to soak up excess carbon

[PARIS] France is leading a worldwide push to increase the amount of carbon locked in soils through better farming practices.

News Headlines
#106582
2015-12-14

China promises boost to African bamboo expertise

[PARIS] China aims to increase Africa’s expertise in novel bamboo products through a new knowledge exchange network, it was announced at the COP 21 summit.

News Headlines
#106583
2015-12-14

COP21 agreement prominently addresses protection of earth’s forests

PARIS: At last, forests! — The final draft of the binding Paris Agreement on climate change directly and boldly addresses the necessary role of the world’s forests, working in concert with carbon emission cuts, to slow the march of rising global temperatures.

News Headlines
#106584
2015-12-14

Norway extends forest conservation initiative

At the Paris climate convention on Friday, Norwegian Minister of Environment and Climate Tine Sundtoft said the country would extend its International Climate and Forest Initiative through 2030.

News Headlines
#106585
2015-12-14

Paris Delivers Historic Climate Treaty, but Leaves Gender Untouched

PARIS, Dec 13 2015 (IPS) - After 2 weeks of intense negotiations, on Saturday evening, the 21st UN climate conference (COP21) in Paris finally delivered a historic agreement that, for the first time, promises to keep the global warming under 2 degrees Celsius. The treaty, consisting 31 pages and ...

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#106586
2015-12-14

Pacific Islands’ Marine Reserve: Safe Haven for Depleted Tuna and New Holiday Spot

KOROR, Palau, Dec 14 2015 (IPS) - President Tommy Remengesau Jr. of the Pacific island nation of Palau has cemented a legacy as the world’s most effective protector of marine life by creating a giant marine reserve that will directly benefit his people through increasing tourism and securing its ...

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#106587
2015-12-14

Paris Delivers the Promised Climate Deal to Resounding Cheer and Applause

PARÍS, Dec 13 2015 (IPS) - The impossible was made possible. Governments from 195 countries around the world emerged here with the first universal agreement to cut greenhouse gases emissions and reduce the negative impacts of climate change.

News Headlines
#106588
2015-12-14

Climate Change and Women Across Three Continents

PARIS, Dec 12 2015 (IPS) - The link between women in climate change is a cross-cutting issue that deserves greater recognition at climate negotiations. It is pervasive, touching everything; from health and agriculture to sanitation and education.

News Headlines
#106589
2015-12-14

Paris climate change agreement: the world's greatest diplomatic success

With all 196 nations having a say, the UN climate deal, with all its frustrations and drama, has proven that compromise works for the planet

News Headlines
#106590
2015-12-14

World Bank president celebrates 'game changer' Paris talks

The president of the World Bank has hailed the deal struck in Paris on climate change as a “game changer” that will set the world on a new course of economic growth and cooperation.

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#106591
2015-12-14

The Paris agreement marks an unprecedented political recognition of the risks of climate change

“HISTORY is here,” declared François Hollande, France’s president, on Saturday morning.

News Headlines
#106592
2015-12-14

Climate activists have mixed reactions to Paris agreement

While world leaders have unreservedly hailed this weekend's historic climate pact, environmentalists have often been more cautious. For many climate experts and activists, the agreement simply does not go far enough.

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#106593
2015-12-14

A Climate Deal, 6 Fateful Years in the Making

PARIS — It took almost two weeks for negotiators from 195 countries to finally pass the landmark climate accord this weekend after several espresso-fueled all-nighters and long, passionate debates over the meaning of a single word, such as “shall.”

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#106596
2015-12-14

The world, together, will fight climate change

Complicated problems do not generally yield to simple solutions. And few are more complex than the question of how to confront the challenge posed by anthropogenic global warming.

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#106597
2015-12-14

The Paris Climate Change Agreement – A Window for Africa’s Sustainable Development

“The Adoption of the Paris Agreement shows that the world understands that with climate change there are no winners and no losers. Either we all win together, or we all lose together”, the President of the African Development Bank Group, Akinwumi Adesina, said Sunday. “And yesterday we all comm ...

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#106600
2015-12-14

Four new protected marine areas proposed in Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland is to get four new protected marine areas to conserve important habitats and species, including one of the slowest growing shellfish in the world.

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#106601
2015-12-14

Africa Closer to a Cure for Banana Disease

BULAWAYO, Zimbabwe, Dec 14 2015 (IPS) - In one Ugandan dialect, ‘kiwotoka’, describes the steamed look of banana plants affected by the Banana Xanthomonas Wilt (BXW) – a virulent disease that is pushing African farmers out of business and into poverty.

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#106602
2015-12-14

Caribou still under threat despite changing political climate, report says

A report to be released later today by the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society shows the woodland caribou are still under threat across the country.

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#106604
2015-12-14

Naciones Unidas premia al Perú por conservación con proyecto REDD+

Destacando el éxito peruano de conservación de los bosques con desarrollo local, el Convenio Marco de las Naciones Unidas sobre el Cambio Climático otorgó al proyecto REDD+ del Parque Nacional Bahuaja Sonene y la Reserva Nacional Tambopata el premio Actividad Faro 2015 en la categoría “Financiam ...

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#106606
2015-12-14

Ban hails Paris climate accord as ‘health insurance policy for the planet’

14 December 2015 – Calling the Paris Agreement on climate change “a health insurance policy for the planet,” United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today he never lost faith over his nine years in office that the international community could rise to the challenge and take steps to cu ...

News Headlines
#106560
2015-12-11

COP21: 'Conditions never better' for climate change deal

Negotiators in Paris are again expected to work through the night in an effort to secure a new global climate deal.

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#106561
2015-12-11

Global climate talks face last hurdles, deal seen in reach

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said on Friday that an ambitious global climate deal was within reach, though political concessions were still required to get over some last hurdles.

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#106562
2015-12-11

Working from 'streamlined text,' officials race to finish global climate change deal

(CNN)—The United Nations' leader said Friday that a "cleaner, streamlined text" of a global climate change agreement has emerged, expressing hope that negotiators in Paris will resolve "several outstanding issues" and finalize a deal soon.

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#106563
2015-12-11

Paris climate change deal: new draft cuts through key sticking points

French foreign minister says Paris talks are ‘extremely close’ to agreement but negotiations will overrun into Saturday

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#106564
2015-12-11

Paris climate talks: Obama calls Xi Jinping in final push for a deal

US reaches out to China to smooth divisions and negotiations are taken behind closed doors as countries try to secure an agreement by Saturday

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#106565
2015-12-11

COP21: encouraged by climate talks, Ban urges negotiators to ‘make final decisions for humanity’

11 December 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said that he is encouraged by progress of the talks at the UN climate change conference (COP21) in Paris, where the negotiations under way are perhaps the most significant and complex ever attempted.

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#106566
2015-12-11

Tropical groundwater resources resilient to climate change

Tropical groundwater may prove to be a climate-resilient source of freshwater in the tropics as intense rainfall favors the replenishment of these resources, according to a new study.

News Headlines
#106567
2015-12-11

Paris climate talks, day 12: What we’re reading

A “high-ambition coalition” makes a final push, Fabius’s unusual responsibility, and a campaign to save ugly food.

News Headlines
#106568
2015-12-11

China promises boost to African bamboo expertise

[PARIS] China aims to increase Africa’s expertise in novel bamboo products through a new knowledge exchange network, it was announced at the COP 21 summit.

News Headlines
#106569
2015-12-11

Farmers to COP 21: Don’t Bite the Hand That Feeds You!

PARIS, France, Dec 10 2015 (IPS) - When Dr. Evelyn Nguleka says that the world’s people shouldn’t bite the hand that feeds them, she explains that she’s not only referring to protecting farmers, but also to safeguarding the environment.

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#106570
2015-12-11

Climate talks: anger over removal of human rights reference from final draft

US, UK and others accused of ‘cynical’ ploy in response to developing countries’ firm stance on holding rich nations accountable for climate change damage

News Headlines
#106571
2015-12-11

Ban Ki-moon calls Paris climate talks 'most complicated and difficult' ever

As summit enters closing stages, UN secretary general urges negotiators to set aside national interests to reach a strong global deal for all

News Headlines
#106572
2015-12-11

Chasing a Climate Deal in Paris

An agreement on a plan to slow global warming could come Saturday.

News Headlines
#106573
2015-12-11

COP21: UN chief hails new climate change agreement as 'monumental triumph'

12 December 2015 – Following the adoption of the new Paris Agreement on climate change, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said government representatives made history today.

News Headlines
#106534
2015-12-10

New UN Report Details Link between Climate Change and Human Rights

Paris, 10 December 2015 - Recognizing the link between climate change and human rights is an important step towards protecting the fundamental rights of communities across the planet, according to a new United Nations report presented at the Paris climate meeting today.

News Headlines
#106536
2015-12-10

Paris climate talks, day 11: What we’re reading

With two days of negotiations left, the Paris climate talks “are running suspiciously on time”. But big issues — such as agreeing on an actual warming target — still remain.

News Headlines
#106537
2015-12-10

Ocean data gap puts Pacific islands in peril

[PARIS] Pacific islands need to ensure that a goal to strengthen ocean data collection remains in the final UN climate deal now being negotiated so they can plan their survival, a meeting has heard.

News Headlines
#106538
2015-12-10

COP21: in Paris, Ban calls on civil society to keep their governments accountable

10 December 2015 – Meeting with civil society groups today at the United Nations climate change conference (COP21), UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he counts on these groups to help keep governments accountable, so they implement what they have committed to in words.

News Headlines
#106539
2015-12-10

Paris climate talks: delegates warn of flaws in ambitious proposals for deal

Nearly 200 governments honing in on a deal to fight climate change have set lofty aspirations for protecting vulnerable countries from rising seas, but delegates said there were still gaps in the latest draft of an agreement.

News Headlines
#106540
2015-12-10

One quarter of Alaska permafrost could melt by 2100 – US Geological Survey

Study raises concerns over accelerating climate change as the icy mass under state’s surface releases carbon into atmosphere

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#106541
2015-12-10

Gina McCarthy: US climate plan will stand test of time

The Obama administration’s climate centrepiece is bulletproof, the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) told Climate Home on Thursday.

News Headlines
#106542
2015-12-10

Paris climate talks ready to exorcise the ghosts of Copenhagen's failure

Key observers say the chances of failure at the Paris climate talks are diminishing, but red lines still remain between rich and poor countries

News Headlines
#106543
2015-12-10

Tuvalu Prime Minister on Global Warming: A Cry for Help from 'the Edge of the Cliff'

The Pacific atoll of Tuvalu is one of the countries most threatened by global warming. Already, people have begun leaving as sea levels rise. Prime Minister Enele Sopoaga fears that the world still doesn't care about the world's most threatened populations.

News Headlines
#106544
2015-12-10

What Is Driving The Loss Of Protected Areas?

The larger the protected area, the more likely it is to experience downgrading, downsizing and degazettement.

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#106545
2015-12-10

Delegates at Climate Talks Focus on Saving the World’s Forests

LE BOURGET, France — The climate deal being negotiated here is meant to begin a transformation of the world’s energy systems, but it has another goal that has received far less attention: a sweeping effort to save the world’s forests.

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