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2009-09-25 18:04:00

PITTSBURGH, Sept. 25 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is a statement from Samuel A. Worthington, InterAction President and CEO: "Although we are encouraged by the tone of urgency regarding climate change by the world's leaders both today at the G20 and earlier this week at the UN General Assembly, we have long passed the point of rhetoric and instead must begin the process of putting concrete commitments on the table. Dismantling the log jam that is preventing progress within the...

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2009-09-25 15:01:58

Group of 20 leaders in Pittsburgh has agreed in principal to phase out oil subsidies, while giving no deadline for doing so, a group statement said. In a communique, national leaders Friday agreed to a November deadline to come up with a range of possible options for funding climate change mitigation efforts, but it did not come up with a concrete deadline to begin funding, The Wall Street Journal reported. The directive concerning subsidies is to phase out programs over the medium term,...

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2009-09-24 05:55:00

The global financial crisis and how to deal with it in the future is the overriding discussion topic as the Group of 20 economic summit begins in Pittsburgh. Leaders representing 85 percent of the world's economic output traveled to Pittsburgh Thursday for the two-day summit. The White House is showcasing the host city, which U.S. President Barack Obama says exhibited a 21st century rise from the ashes after a well-documented plunge following the closing of much of the city's steel industry,...

2009-09-22 03:26:00

COPENHAGEN and NEW YORK, September 22 /PRNewswire/ -- The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark, on behalf of the Danish government as hosts of the UN Climate Change Conference 2009 (COP15), today announced a new collaboration with the global internet company Google. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20090922/360553 ) The aim of the collaboration is to increase global engagement in climate change in the run-up to and during COP15 in Copenhagen in December. The...

2009-09-21 14:47:00

NEW YORK, Sept. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Citizens of the world were called on today to join Hopenhagen, an international movement to drive action on climate change at the United Nations' Climate Change Conference (COP15) in Copenhagen this December. Global Climate Week (Sept. 21-26) will mark the official launch of the Hopenhagen movement, less than 80 days before the COP15 meeting. Hopenhagen will allow citizens to become active participants in the climate change dialogue and make their...

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2009-09-21 12:45:00

A report citing an International Energy Agency study shows that greenhouse gas emissions have fallen thanks to the global downturn, handing the world a chance to move away from high-carbon growth, AFP reported. Carbon emissions from burning fossil fuels had dropped significantly this year -- further than in any year in the past four decades, according to the unpublished IEA study. While falling industrial output was largely responsible for the emissions plunge, other factors such as shelving...

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2009-09-17 13:07:34

A series of climate talks in Washington, New York and Pittsburgh next week could determine the future of climate legislation before world leaders meet in Copenhagen in December. Representatives of 17 countries arrived Thursday to begin two days of talks at the State Department, after which they will meet in New York and then Pittsburgh to discuss a new globally climate treaty to replace Kyoto. "It is absolutely and crucially important for the leaders to demonstrate their political will,...

2009-09-16 07:32:47

Editorial: Health and climate change An editorial and letter, published simultaneously by the BMJ and Lancet today, warn that failure to agree radical cuts in carbon dioxide emissions at the UN climate change conference in Copenhagen this December spells a global health catastrophe. The scientific evidence that global temperatures are rising and that man is responsible has been widely accepted since the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's report in 2007, write Lord Michael Jay and...

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2009-08-31 13:10:00

Officials from the United Nations met on Monday to discuss setting up a worldwide weather surveillance system that would see all nations receiving earlier and more accurate warnings about hurricanes, droughts and floods, the Associated Press reported. The weeklong meeting in Geneva attracted around 1,500 officials, diplomats and scientists interested in helping the world better adapt to climate change. Some 15 heads of state, including those from Cameroon, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Slovenia,...

2009-08-25 15:13:28

Based on current reduction targets, the world's largest companies are on track to reach the scientifically-recommended level of greenhouse gas cuts by 2089 "“ 39 years too late to avoid dangerous climate change, reveals a research report "“ The Carbon Chasm "“ released today by the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP).It shows that the Global 100 firms (92 of which participated in the study) are currently on track for an annual reduction of just 1.9% per annum which is below the...


Word of the Day
siliqua
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'
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