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2010-11-21 11:05:00

MEXICO CITY, Nov. 21, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Mayors from around the world today signed an agreement to address climate change at the World Mayors Summit on Climate, hosted by the Government of Mexico City and Marcelo Ebrard, mayor of Mexico City and chair of the World Mayors Council on Climate. During the summit, representatives from 135 global cities signed the Mexico City Pact, which establishes a monitoring and verification mechanism for cities to address climate change. The Mexico City...

2010-11-15 06:08:00

WASHINGTON, Nov. 15, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The new climate group "Global Adaptation Institute" hosted fifteen prominent experts at its First International Workshop on Global Adaptation Metrics. (www.GlobalAdaptationInstitute.org) Amid estimates that climate change adaptation may require US$150-200 billion annually in public and private investment, Global Adaptation Institute gathered scientists, researchers and economists from top international universities, consultancies, and...

2010-11-05 05:15:00

- Montreal Protocol Actions Would Exceed UNFCCC/Kyoto Reductions WASHINGTON, Nov. 5, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- While most of the world is focused on the UNFCCC climate negotiations leading up to the December meeting in Cancun, next week's Montreal Protocol meeting will consider three distinct decisions, each of which would produce greater emission reductions than those resulting from the first commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol or any near-term options being considered in the...

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2010-09-29 12:07:52

A global temperature increase of up to 4.2 º C and the end of coral reefs could become reality by 2100 if national targets are not revised in the Copenhagen Accord, the international pledge which was agreed at last year's Copenhagen's COP15 climate change conference. Just ahead of the next United Nations Climate Change Conference, which starts on October 4 in Tianjin, China, a new report published today, Wednesday, September 29, in IOP Publishing's Environmental Research...

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2010-09-17 06:37:42

The UN's climate chief on Thursday urged the air transport industry to continue its strategies in curbing emissions, highlighting that it held "critical keys" to confronting global warming. The aviation industry produces nearly two percent of the global emissions from human activity which "if left unchecked, will have further impacts on climate change," UN climate chief Christiana Figueres told an industry conference on aviation and the environment. Figueres, the executive secretary of the...

2010-09-10 15:13:00

WASHINGTON, Sept. 10 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- "Global Adaptation Institute," a new non-profit focused on adaptation to climate change, announced that the former second in command at the World Bank, Dr. Juan Jose Daboub, will be its founding CEO, amid estimates that climate adaptation could require US$ 150-200 billion annually in public and private investment. The climate NGO (http://www.GlobalAdaptationInstitute.org), to be based in Washington and launching later this year, seeks to...

2010-08-26 11:22:00

New Report Reveals Fatal Flaws in Bank's Justification for Business as Usual WASHINGTON and LONDON, Aug. 26 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In an effort to justify its participation in perhaps the biggest carbon market scandal to date, the World Bank has dismissed concerns that the UN Clean Development Mechanism's (CDM) HFC-23 projects are generating millions of fake carbon credits. An analysis released today by the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA), Ethically Bankrupt: World Bank...

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2010-08-22 09:55:00

A U.N. board that oversees a $2.7 billion market intended to cut heat-trapping gases has agreed to take steps that could lead to reining in what European and U.S. environmentalists call a gigantic scam. The executive board of the U.N.'s Clean Development Mechanism said that five chemical plants in China do not qualify for funding. The "CDM" credits have been widely used in the carbon trading markets of the European Union (EU), Japan and other nations that signed the 1997 Kyoto Protocol that...

2010-08-20 10:34:00

LONDON and WASHINGTON, Aug. 20 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In a series of unprecedented moves, the Executive Board of the UN Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) is halting issuance of carbon credits from the destruction of HFC-23 pending a comprehensive investigation to ensure the projects do not result in fake emissions offsets. Certified Emissions Reduction Units (CERs) for HFC-23 destruction account for 51% of the almost 430 million CDM credits issued to date and have been extensively...

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2010-08-02 12:25:00

A climate bill failing in the U.S. Senate could cause a strain on international negotiations that began today on a new agreement to try and maintain the global warming crisis. Climate activists say that the Senate's decision has deepened the distrust among poor countries about the intentions of the U.S. and other industrial countries to cut greenhouse gas emissions that power their wealthy economies, but risk causing the Earth to dangerously overheat. The split between rich and poor nations...


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