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updated: 26 April 2012 09:32 More headlines >>
Swedish conference calls for action at UN Rio meet
A conference of international experts and environment ministers in the Swedish capital on Wednesday urged world leaders gathering later this year in Brazil to discuss world’s sustainable development to “stop talking and start acting.”
AP
Earth faces a century of disasters, report warns
Economic and environmental catastrophes unavoidable unless rich countries cut consumption and global population stabilises
Guardian
Scientists call for rethink on consumption, population
Scientists have called for a radical rethink of our relationship with the planet to head off what they warn could be economic and environmental catastrophe.
Reuters
Green energy ‘must be affordable’ – Cameron
Renewable energy sources must become “financially sustainable” if they are to meet the world’s needs, David Cameron is to say.
BBC
Zambia: Women Pushed Into ‘Tight Corner’ By Climate Change
Women are likely to bear the heaviest brunt of the impacts of climate change due to their dependence on agriculture for their livelihoods, gender roles that increase their responsibilities for providing water, fuel and good sanitation for their families, and their limited access to information on climate change.
AllAfrica
U.N. Struggles to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions
While striving to secure an agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions globally, the international organization has seen pollution from its own activities, particularly flying, rise
Scientific American
Southern Africa: Gender and Local Govt Summit Goes Green
When the 280 participants entered the plenary session of the third annual Gender Justice and Local Government summit on Tuesday (April 24), they got off to a healthy start with a few aerobics before moving into discussions on “Gender, Climate Change and Sustainable Development.”
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The “press headlines” is a daily compilation providing a general overview of international media coverage of climate change-related issues, that does not purport to be exhaustive. The information contained in the compilation is taken as is from sources external to the UNFCCC secretariat, that are freely available on the Internet. No evaluation on the part of the UNFCCC secretariat has been done in terms of the information that they contain. The UNFCCC secretariat makes no warranty, either express or implied, as to the accuracy, reliability or content of such information.
updated: 25 April 2012 09:22 More headlines >>
Governments failing to avert catastrophic climate change, IEA urges
Ministers attending clean energy summit in London to be gravely warned about continuing global addiction to fossil fuels
Guardian
Civil Society Determined to Have an Impact on Río+20
Innovating and stepping up the pressure on governments are the bywords for civil society participation in the run-up to Rio+20, a conference with the ambitious goal of changing the way humankind relates with the planet.
IPS Tierramérica
Small Island States Tackle Climate Change
Experts from more than 50 small island countries are meeting this week in Mauritius to discuss climate change and food security. The so-called Small Island Developing States are home to more than 50 million people.
Voice of America
South Asian network to tackle ‘massive’ challenge of climate adaptation
Researchers including one of Indian origin have unveiled a novel learning platform to improve agricultural resilience to changing weather patterns and to reduce emissions footprint.
ANI
Bulgaria to focus on small renewable power projects
Bulgaria will now focus on small renewable energy projects, Energy Minister Delyan Dobrev said on Tuesday, as the Balkan country tries to avoid a jump in power prices and prevent its grid from overloading due to a surge in bigger projects.
Reuters
Climate change to exacerbate freshwater problems: Report
Climate change will exacerbate water stress in Pacific Islands, particularly small islands that rely on seasonal rain for their freshwater needs, according to a United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) report, issued in Bangkok, Thailand, Monday.
IBNS
Ukraine, Japan agree on renovating heating facilities using Kyoto protocol money
The National Environmental Investment Agency of Ukraine and Japan’s New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) have signed an agreement approving 319 projects to renovate heating facilities of public buildings.
Kyiv Post
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The “press headlines” is a daily compilation providing a general overview of international media coverage of climate change-related issues, that does not purport to be exhaustive. The information contained in the compilation is taken as is from sources external to the UNFCCC secretariat, that are freely available on the Internet. No evaluation on the part of the UNFCCC secretariat has been done in terms of the information that they contain. The UNFCCC secretariat makes no warranty, either express or implied, as to the accuracy, reliability or content of such information.
updated: 24 April 2012 08:55 More headlines >>
Three Tasks Await Climate Negotiators on Road to Doha Summit 
Governments will focus on three main areas in preparation for the year-end Doha climate summit, amending the Kyoto Protocol, operationalizing institutions that can benefit developing countries, and negotiating a path toward a universal agreement, the UN climate chief said.
Xinhua
UN report: climate change to exacerbate freshwater problems of Pacific Islands
Climate change will exacerbate water stress in Pacific Islands, particularly small islands that rely on seasonal rain for their freshwater needs, according to a United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) report, issued in Bangkok, Thailand, today.
UN News Centre
EU mulls use of global carbon permits from 2020
The European Commission could discuss the possibility of allowing Europe’s emitters to use some government-held Kyoto carbon permits to meet caps under the European Union’s emissions trading scheme (ETS), an EU official said on Monday.
Reuters
Norway’s former PM cautions Canada not to take a naive position on climate change
Gro Harlem Brundtland, former prime minister of Norway, was keynote speaker on Monday at the International Polar Year conference in Montreal. Dr. Brundtland has headed the World Health Organization and served as a UN climate change envoy.
Globe and Mail
Gloomy outlook on summit for earth
WITH two months left before leaders assemble for the United Nations Rio Summit, prospects for a radical fix of the planet’s worsening environmental ills and poverty seem remote.
AFP
Earth Day’s ups and downs reflect changing environmental movement
The 42nd Earth Day, held April 22, may not be a round milestone anniversary for those celebrating the annual event devoted to raising awareness about environmental issues, but it will come closer than any in recent memory to the spirit of the first Earth Day held across the U.S. in 1970.
CBC
Rio+20: Earth talks ‘in need of vision and direction’
There is no reason to suppose that yet another global conference will solve the world’s environmental woes. But for three days in June, the UN is to hold a meeting in Rio de Janeiro where more than 100 leaders are expected to go at least some way towards doing that.
Financial Times
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The “press headlines” is a daily compilation providing a general overview of international media coverage of climate change-related issues, that does not purport to be exhaustive. The information contained in the compilation is taken as is from sources external to the UNFCCC secretariat, that are freely available on the Internet. No evaluation on the part of the UNFCCC secretariat has been done in terms of the information that they contain. The UNFCCC secretariat makes no warranty, either express or implied, as to the accuracy, reliability or content of such information.
updated: 23 April 2012 09:20 More headlines >>
Germany: ‘UN City’ To Host Yet Another Global Secretariat
The international community acknowledged Germany’s commitment to sustainable development as representatives of about 100 countries, gathered in Panama City at the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), decided on April 19 to base the global research body’s Secretariat in Bonn.
IDN
Carbon cutting projects to qualify for UN-backed interest-free loans
UNFCCC unveils scheme to help fund green projects in the world’s least developed countries
BusinessGreen
Xinhua, UN institutions launch global media campaign on environment protection 
A global media campaign aimed at alerting the public across the world to the need for environment protection was launched here Sunday.
Xinhua
UN calls for doubling renewable energy by 2030
UN chief Ban Ki-moon made a call to double global consumption of renewable energy over the next two decades in order to ensure sustainable economic development.
AFP
Qatar ‘committed to the cause of development’
HE the Minister of Business and Trade, Sheikh Jassim bin Abdul Aziz al-Thani said yesterday that the UN Conference on Trade and Development was furnishing an ample opportunity to continue contribution to global efforts towards sustained development.
Gulf Times
Gujarat Clean Development Mechanism fails to achieve goal
The civil society members came down heavily on the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), which was agreed upon under the United Nations Framework Convention of Climate Change (UNFCCC) Kyoto Protocol, saying it had failed to achieve its dual objectives of reducing emissions and contributing to sustainable development.
DNA
Southern African countries collaborate on plans for climate research centre
Windhoek-based facility to open in August after South Africa, Angola, Botswana, Zambia and Namibia commit to project
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The “press headlines” is a daily compilation providing a general overview of international media coverage of climate change-related issues, that does not purport to be exhaustive. The information contained in the compilation is taken as is from sources external to the UNFCCC secretariat, that are freely available on the Internet. No evaluation on the part of the UNFCCC secretariat has been done in terms of the information that they contain. The UNFCCC secretariat makes no warranty, either express or implied, as to the accuracy, reliability or content of such information.
updated: 20 April 2012 09:19 More headlines >>
UN chief to meet with World Bank finance ministers
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is to travel to Washington D.C. to attend a meeting on Friday with World Bank finance ministers, UN spokesman told reporters here Thursday.
Xinhua
Climate policy needs local voice
Communities, despite playing a vital role in climate change adaptation, did not have their own voice in major dialogues, prompting a change in the way we should communicate about climate change.
Viet Nam News
China hopes for end to Kyoto negotiations at Doha conference
A Foreign Ministry spokesman said Thursday that China hopes negotiations for the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol will be completed at the year-end Conference of the Parties meeting in Doha.
Xinhua
U.N. in Last Ditch Bid to Finalise Rio+20 Action Plan
The Rio+20 sustainable development summit, scheduled to take place in Brazil in June, is billed as a key meeting of world leaders who are expected to renew their political commitment and approve a wide-ranging plan for a greener future.
IPS
Mexican senate clears way for climate bill
Mexico’s Senate on Thursday passed a climate change bill aimed at encouraging a voluntary carbon emissions trading market, clearing the way for President Felipe Calderon to sign it, as expected, into law.
Reuters
EU Climate Chief Aims To Slow New Emissions Credits 
The European Union’s executive body will seek to slow the release of new permits on to the EU carbon market, the EU Climate Chief said Thursday, a move that could boost the sagging EU emissions trading market.
Dow Jones
EU investigating Chinese aviation emissions plan
The EU is investigating whether a Chinese plan to funnel revenues from a passenger tax on international flights towards emissions reduction initiatives is sufficient to exempt the country’s airlines from the bloc’s own carbon reduction laws.
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The “press headlines” is a daily compilation providing a general overview of international media coverage of climate change-related issues, that does not purport to be exhaustive. The information contained in the compilation is taken as is from sources external to the UNFCCC secretariat, that are freely available on the Internet. No evaluation on the part of the UNFCCC secretariat has been done in terms of the information that they contain. The UNFCCC secretariat makes no warranty, either express or implied, as to the accuracy, reliability or content of such information.
updated: 19 April 2012 08:51 More headlines >>
What the UNFCCC’s Christiana Figueres is Looking to Get Out of Rio+20
You have probably heard, by now, of Rio+20. This is a major conference on sustainable development being hosted by the United Nations in Rio de Janeiro on the 20th anniversary of the historic “Earth Summit.” There is a lot on the agenda.
UN Dispatch
EU’s green fuel ranking would cost little-report
Proposed EU law requiring fuel suppliers to report the carbon intensity of their product, and which also rank oil from tar sands as particularly polluting, would only cost vehicle drivers around one euro cent per oil barrel, a report said on Thursday.
Reuters
Why business leaders should lobby politicians to lead on sustainability
Business leaders complain that political inaction is the main barrier to investing in a green economy, but they are not prepared to show leadership themselves
Guardian
Governments must stop short-term outlook, warns UN development head
Helen Clark says that 20 years on from Rio Earth summit, sustainable development is still not mainstream policy
Guardian
UN Biodiversity Boss Dias Sees More Engagement With Cities, Private Sector
The Tenth Conference of the Parties (COP 10) to the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) took place towards the end of 2010 in Nagoya, Japan, and yielded five Strategic Goals to be achieved by 2020.
Ecosystem Marketplace
Caribbean to Take Strong Stance at Rio+20 Summit
The mandate will be very clear. Caribbean Community (CARICOM) delegates are going to Brazil in June for the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development determined to show that it will not be business as usual.
IPS
U.S. Caps Emissions in Drilling for Fuel
Oil and gas companies will have to capture toxic and climate-altering gases from wells, storage sites and pipelines under new air quality standards issued on Wednesday by the Environmental Protection Agency.
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The “press headlines” is a daily compilation providing a general overview of international media coverage of climate change-related issues, that does not purport to be exhaustive. The information contained in the compilation is taken as is from sources external to the UNFCCC secretariat, that are freely available on the Internet. No evaluation on the part of the UNFCCC secretariat has been done in terms of the information that they contain. The UNFCCC secretariat makes no warranty, either express or implied, as to the accuracy, reliability or content of such information.
updated: 17 April 2012 09:10 More headlines >>
Six nations volunteer to host Green Climate Fund: UN
Germany, Mexico, Namibia, Poland, South Korea and Switzerland have volunteered to host the Green Climate Fund that will help poor countries fight global warming, the UN climate forum said on Monday.
AFP
Poland, Namibia enter fray to host Green Climate Fund
Six countries have bid to host a fund designed to help raise up to $100 billion a year for the world’s poorest countries, the vehicle’s interim secretariat said in a press release on Monday.
Reuters
Namibia joins race to host Green Climate Fund
Namibia is the only African country to have applied to host the Green Climate Fund. According to information from the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change UNFCCC , five other countries applied to do the same.
Africa Science News
Six countries bid to host the Green Climate Fund
The Interim Secretariat of the Green Climate Fund received six expressions of interest to the Fund’s Board for hosting the Fund from the following Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)
Emirates News Agency (WAM)
EU makes €50m pledge for clean energy schemes in developing countries
EU commission president announces plans to provide access to sustainable energy services for 500 million people by 2030
Guardian
Qatar Airways chief criticizes EU emissions law
The head of fast-growing Gulf carrier Qatar Airways has criticized a new European policy charging airlines for their carbon pollution as an unfair tax aimed at shoring up the continent’s finances.
Bloomberg
US greenhouse gases back up after decline
US emissions of greenhouse gases blamed for climate change rose in 2010, ending a brief downward turn as the world’s largest economy gradually recovers from recession, official data showed Monday.
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The “press headlines” is a daily compilation providing a general overview of international media coverage of climate change-related issues, that does not purport to be exhaustive. The information contained in the compilation is taken as is from sources external to the UNFCCC secretariat, that are freely available on the Internet. No evaluation on the part of the UNFCCC secretariat has been done in terms of the information that they contain. The UNFCCC secretariat makes no warranty, either express or implied, as to the accuracy, reliability or content of such information.
updated: 16 April 2012 09:25 More headlines >>
Mexico poised to pass landmark climate change act
Latin American country poised to become second nation to pass binding climate change act after UK
BusinessGreen
Pure-play carbon credit companies in crisis
The crash in carbon credit prices globally has served a crushing blow to companies operating in this space in India. Firms, whose business models were based purely on profit from sale of carbon credits, have either closed down or substantially downsized their operations
Times of India
Qatar belongs to the world’
The United Nations flag was raised at the Qatar’s National Convention Centre (QNCC) yesterday in a symbolic ceremony marking the beginning of activities for the 13th session of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (Unctad XIII).
Gulf Times
Energy: Changing climate, a challenge for islanders
Climate change is re-writing the way Pacific Islands communities live their life.
Islands Business
Green deal under fire from climate change sceptics
Environment policies under attack include the green deal incentive that offers insulation to homeowners
Guardian
Green Climate Fund to be set up in VN 
A national Green Climate Fund will soon be set up to facilitate future financial flow from the global Green Climate Fund into Viet Nam.
Viêt Nam News
Carr takes climate change to the world on his grand tour
”THAT was more fun than addressing the shires association,” said Bob Carr, standing in the corridor outside conference room 2 in the North Lawn Building at the United Nations headquarters in New York.
Sydney Morning Herald
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The “press headlines” is a daily compilation providing a general overview of international media coverage of climate change-related issues, that does not purport to be exhaustive. The information contained in the compilation is taken as is from sources external to the UNFCCC secretariat, that are freely available on the Internet. No evaluation on the part of the UNFCCC secretariat has been done in terms of the information that they contain. The UNFCCC secretariat makes no warranty, either express or implied, as to the accuracy, reliability or content of such information.
updated: 13 April 2012 09:28 More headlines >>
Qatari Bright Lights Prompt EU’s Hedegaard to Urge Climate Plan
European Union Climate Commissioner Connie Hedegaard said she’s pushing Qatar to adopt a green growth program before it hosts the annual round of United Nations climate treaty talks in November.
Bloomberg
Equity to be the base of negotiations on climate change: Govt
Ahead of the Rio+20 Earth Summit, India today said the principle of “equity” – equal per capita rights to the atmospheric space – should be the “base” for future negotiations on climate change.
PTI
India among top green economies 
With India receiving $10.2 billion investments in clean energy, the country has emerged as one of the top performing clean energy economies in the 21st century, an eminent American non-profit organisation said in a report.
PTI
Private funding of clean energy rises 54%
The flow of private investments into India’s clean energy sector rose 54% to over $10 billion in 2011, marking the second-highest growth rate for such investments among the G-20 nations
Times of India
Clean energy investment stalls in Q1
Clean energy investment in the first quarter of the year was at its weakest level since the global financial crisis, according to new figures from Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) that will raise fresh questions about the impact of policy uncertainty on green business confidence.
Guardian
China ‘set to remain’ global clean energy hub
China invested $45.5 billion in clean energy in 2011, causing the country to cede its top ranking in such expenditures to the United States for the first time since 2009.
China Daily
Rising Pacific seas linked to climate change: study
Sea levels in the southwest Pacific started rising drastically in the 1880s, with a notable peak in the 1990s thought to be linked to human-induced climate change, according to a new study.
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The “press headlines” is a daily compilation providing a general overview of international media coverage of climate change-related issues, that does not purport to be exhaustive. The information contained in the compilation is taken as is from sources external to the UNFCCC secretariat, that are freely available on the Internet. No evaluation on the part of the UNFCCC secretariat has been done in terms of the information that they contain. The UNFCCC secretariat makes no warranty, either express or implied, as to the accuracy, reliability or content of such information.
updated: 12 April 2012 09:11 More headlines >>
US grabs lead over China in clean energy race
The United States has regained the lead in the clean energy race, investing $48 billion last year to surpass China, which held the world’s top spending spot since 2009, said a study Wednesday.
AFP
Qatar ‘can lead world on climate change’
European Commissioner Connie Hedegaard, a representative responsible for climate change action, is visiting Qatar to tour the country and meet with key officials, including HE Abdullah bin Hamad al-Attiyah, chairman of the Administrative Control and Transparency Authority, to discuss the upcoming COP 18 climate change summit to be held in Doha in December.
Gulf Times
EU CO2 law could scupper global climate talks
A European Union law that charges airlines for carbon emissions is “a deal-breaker” for global climate change talks, India’s environment minister said, hardening her stance on a scheme that has drawn fierce opposition from non-EU governments.
Reuters
Renewable energy investment bounces back after 2010 slump
UK came 7th in global ranking for investment in clean energy last year, spending $9.4bn – up from $3.3bn in 2010
Guardian
New data shows Canada to miss emissions goal 
Although Canada’s output of greenhouse gases was almost unchanged in 2010 from 2009, the major oil producer will find it tough to meet its 2020 emissions-cut target, government figures signaled on Wednesday.
Reuters
Greenhouse gas report touts progress on emissions
The federal government is nearly one-third of the way to reaching its new, easier-to-hit 2020 greenhouse gas targets, according to Environment Canada’s 2010 GHG inventory released today.
CBC
Canada emissions figures put 2020 target in doubt
Canadian greenhouse gas emissions may not be dropping fast enough to hit self-imposed 2020 targets, government figures show.
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The “press headlines” is a daily compilation providing a general overview of international media coverage of climate change-related issues, that does not purport to be exhaustive. The information contained in the compilation is taken as is from sources external to the UNFCCC secretariat, that are freely available on the Internet. No evaluation on the part of the UNFCCC secretariat has been done in terms of the information that they contain. The UNFCCC secretariat makes no warranty, either express or implied, as to the accuracy, reliability or content of such information.
updated: 11 April 2012 09:23 More headlines >>
India min says EU tax deal breaker for global climate talks
A European Union law that charges airlines for carbon emissions is “unacceptable” and would be a “deal breaker” for global climate change negotiations, India’s environment minister said on Wednesday.
Reuters
Brazil stresses need for world consensus at Rio+20 meet
The upcoming Rio conference on sustainable development must yield a commitment to manage the world economy in a way that respects the environment and fights poverty, a Brazilian official says.
AFP
EU official to visit Doha to prepare for UN climate conf
EU Commissioner for Climate Action, Connie Hedegaard, will visit Qatar on Wednesday and Thursday for talks on preparations for this year’s UN conference on climate change, which will take place in Doha at the end of November. Qatar is the first OPEC member to host the annual conference, noted a statement by the European Commission.
KUNA
Consultation under way on ETS changes 
The Government today released a consultation document setting out proposed changes to the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme.
Voxy News Engine
Rwanda: Govt Ratifies Key Environment Protocol
Rwanda became the third country in the world, after Angola and Jordan, to ratify the Nagoya Protocol that seek to equitably distribute amongst member states benefits arising from the proper conservation of environment resources.
The New Times
Corobrik could double earnings from Lawley CDM project 
The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has agreed to change the registered carbon credit project for South African brick manufacturer Corobrik to double the carbon credits earned from the Fuel Switch project at its Lawley factory, in Johannesburg.
Engineering News
Water Risk Threatens Businesses, National Security
One of climate change’s biggest impacts is on water systems. Unreliable water can impact both corporate bottom lines and jeopardize natural security, as two recent reports point out.
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The “press headlines” is a daily compilation providing a general overview of international media coverage of climate change-related issues, that does not purport to be exhaustive. The information contained in the compilation is taken as is from sources external to the UNFCCC secretariat, that are freely available on the Internet. No evaluation on the part of the UNFCCC secretariat has been done in terms of the information that they contain. The UNFCCC secretariat makes no warranty, either express or implied, as to the accuracy, reliability or content of such information.
updated: 10 April 2012 10:08 More headlines >>
Climate scientists are losing the public debate on global warming
Dr James Hansen, director of the Nasa Goddard Institute for Space Studies, who first made warnings about climate change in the 1980s, said that public scepticism about the threat of man-made climate change has increased despite the growing scientific consensus.
Telegraph.co.uk
Geo-engineering ‘a risk’ in climate change battle
Attemps to slow down climate change by large-scale geo-engineering present ”serious risks” and are unlikely to replace the need to cut greenhouse gas emissions, Australia’s chief scientist has warned.
In an overview of schemes proposed by scientists, researchers at the Office of the Chief Scientist say the main methods of planetary-scale engineering would confront big problems with technical feasibility, political co-operation and cost. But research should be pursued in the hope of developing last-ditch methods to slow climate change.
eco-business.com
Private Members’ Bill on climate change presented
NEW DELHI: It is highly unlikely that a bill to seek a comprehensive legislation on climate change introduced by a young MP in Parliament would become a law in India, but the initiative of proposing such a measure may have an impact on the government’s thinking in this regard.
Economic Times
Mountain countries seek to unite, air concerns about climate change
Kathmandu, Nepal (CNN) — Mountain countries from around the world are seeking a common voice in global climate change negotiations to draw attention to the vulnerabilities of mountain areas.
CNN
Call to develop green economy‎
Doha Bank Group CEO R.Seetharaman was a speaker at an international conference on renewable energy and climate change held in the south Indian city of Madurai recently.
Gulf Times
What happens when all the wells run dry?
ISN’T it interesting that the Arab awakening began in Tunisia with a fruit vendor who was harassed by police for not having a permit to sell food – just at the moment when world food prices hit record highs?

Sydney Morning Herald
(Opinion) It’s Time for Interfaith Moral Action on Climate Change
There are lots of types of people who have been taking action on climate change over the last several years: environmentalists (of course), students and young people, community-based groups, labor activists, indigenous peoples, Appalachian and Gulf Coast residents, ranchers and more.
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The “press headlines” is a daily compilation providing a general overview of international media coverage of climate change-related issues, that does not purport to be exhaustive. The information contained in the compilation is taken as is from sources external to the UNFCCC secretariat, that are freely available on the Internet. No evaluation on the part of the UNFCCC secretariat has been done in terms of the information that they contain. The UNFCCC secretariat makes no warranty, either express or implied, as to the accuracy, reliability or content of such information.
updated: 05 April 2012 09:25 More headlines >>
Ice age data bolsters greenhouse gas, warming link
The dramatic temperature increases that thawed the last ice age followed spikes in carbon dioxide levels in the air, a new study finds. Researchers say that further strengthens the scientific case explaining current man-made global warming.
AP
Study suggests rising CO2 in the past caused global warming
A paper in Nature shows how increased CO2 in the atmosphere led to warming – rather than the other way round
Guardian
CO2 ‘drove end to last ice age’
A new, detailed record of past climate change provides compelling evidence that the last ice age was ended by a rise in temperature driven by an increase in atmospheric carbon dioxide.
BBC
In blow for sceptics, carbon dioxide ended last Ice Age
Carbon dioxide (CO2) was the big driver that ended the last Ice Age, scientists said on Wednesday in a study that undermines a key argument by global-warming sceptics.
AFP
Chance for India to back LDCs in their submissions to UN on emission reduction
After the differences at Durban over carbon reduction, India has an opportunity to mend fences with the least developed countries.
Economic Times
Austria to spend 160 mln euros to close Kyoto gap
Austria will invest 160 million euros ($213.4 million) in climate protection projects in Europe to cover the gap it faces to meet commitments under the Kyoto Protocol, Environment Minister Nikolaus Berlakovich said on Wednesday.
Reuters
Brazil wants Rio+20 meet to impose sustainable development
Brazil wants the upcoming Rio summit on sustainable development to impose the concept as a development model for the world, one of the organizers said Tuesday.
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The “press headlines” is a daily compilation providing a general overview of international media coverage of climate change-related issues, that does not purport to be exhaustive. The information contained in the compilation is taken as is from sources external to the UNFCCC secretariat, that are freely available on the Internet. No evaluation on the part of the UNFCCC secretariat has been done in terms of the information that they contain. The UNFCCC secretariat makes no warranty, either express or implied, as to the accuracy, reliability or content of such information.
updated: 04 April 2012 09:07 More headlines >>
U.N.: Linked world good for green world
Making Internet connections between regulatory bodies and various economic sectors denser can help a low-carbon economy, a U.N. report said.
UPI
London clean energy talks to draw 22 countries
U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu, now seeking to coordinate a release of oil from emergency reserves to subdue prices, will co-chair a meeting of energy ministers from 22 big economies in London later this month on developing cleaner technologies.
Reuters
Denmark to lead carbon price talks
Crashing prices in the European Union’s carbon market have prompted the bloc’s environment ministers to hold a meeting to discuss the future of the troubled scheme in Denmark this month, it emerged on Tuesday.
Financial Times
United Nations to appoint a chief scientific adviser
The United Nations (UN) could soon have its own chief scientist or panel of science advisers, the Planet Under Pressure conference in London heard last week.
Nature
Climate: UN climate chief urges negotiations on future climate treaty 
UN’s top climate change official on Monday called on African environment ministers to engage in negotiating the final texts to form the basis of the upcoming climate talks in Doha, the United Arab Emirates.
Pana
EU Ministers to Discuss CO2 Market Future After Price Slump
European Union ministers will discuss the need to improve the bloc’s emissions trading system on April 19, two weeks after carbon prices fell to a record low, a planning document obtained by Bloomberg shows.
Bloomberg
Chile, FAO Discuss Tackling Climate Change Effects
Chile’s Agriculture Minister and the United Nations (UN) Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) director met here Tuesday to discuss solutions to problems caused by climate change.
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updated: 03 April 2012 09:18 More headlines >>
Bridge differences on climate change negotiations, urges Kenya’s environment Minister
Kenya’s minister of environment and mineral resources Chirau Ali Mwakwere urged Monday in Nairobi that countries need to come together and begin bridging issues that have so far denied the global community a new climate change deal.
Africa Science News
EU energy savings plan too weak: green campaigners
The latest proposal from the Danish EU presidency on how to improve the European Union’s record on energy efficiency is far too weak to close the gap between savings so far and its goal for 2020, a coalition of campaigners said on Monday.
Reuters
EU carbon price plumbs new depths on weak emissions data
Carbon prices in the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) hit a new record low of €6.14 a tonne yesterday afternoon, following the release of new EU data showing the greenhouse gas emissions covered by the scheme were lower than expected last year.
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U.S., Canada, Mexico Vow ‘Continental’ Energy Grid 
The leaders of the United States, Mexico, and Canada today pledged to develop “continental energy, including electricity generation and interconnection” across national borders and welcomed “increasing North American energy trade.”
ENS
US, ASEAN cooperate on environment
The United States is reaching out to ASEAN countries once again. This time, they are offering the assistance of their armed forces in dealing with environmental issues.
Jakarta Post
Jamaica to Galvanise Public on Climate Adaptation
A public awareness project that aims to foster wider understanding among locals about the linkages between the global climate and their social and economic wellbeing is Jamaica’s newest adaptation strategy.
IPS
Payments for Environmental Services Skip Rural Women in Mexico
Despite the key role they play in caring for natural resources in the face of climate change, rural women in Mexico do not benefit from payments for environmental services, say activists and experts.
IPS
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The “press headlines” is a daily compilation providing a general overview of international media coverage of climate change-related issues, that does not purport to be exhaustive. The information contained in the compilation is taken as is from sources external to the UNFCCC secretariat, that are freely available on the Internet. No evaluation on the part of the UNFCCC secretariat has been done in terms of the information that they contain. The UNFCCC secretariat makes no warranty, either express or implied, as to the accuracy, reliability or content of such information.
updated: 02 April 2012 09:27 More headlines >>
World landmarks dimmed for Earth Hour to highlight climate change
Hundreds of world landmarks from Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate to the Great Wall of China went dark Saturday, part of a global effort to highlight climate change.
AP
Spotlighting sustainability, the UN goes dark for Earth Hour 2012
The United Nations will today turn off the lights for one hour at its Headquarters in New York and other facilities around the world in observance of “Earth Hour”, an annual global event that seeks to raise awareness on the need to take action on climate change.
UN News Centre
After aviation tax, EU mulls carbon levy on shipping
After a carbon tax was levied on aviation by the European Union (EU), the government is now preparing for a possible trade war with the European Commission (EC) imposing a similar tax on shipping business as well. The move can increase freight rates by 3%-15%.
Times of India
Zimbabwe: COP17 Post-Mortem
A WEEK ago, the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Management gathered together key stakeholders in the climate change arena to ruminate on, provide and receive feedback on COP17, long after its conclusion.
The Herald
Rio+20 suffers leadership void weeks ahead of summit 
When a landmark UN conference on sustainable development kicks off in Brazil in mid-June, more than 120 world leaders are expected to participate in the much-ballyhooed talkfest on the future of the global environment.
BusinessMirror
Is Climate Change a Mental Health Emergency?
Tornadoes and wildfires, floods and droughts have caused people mental anguish since time eternal. If climate change makes storms more powerful and disrupts weather patterns that have existed for millennia, will it fray our mental health?
Forbes
Arab world has an opportunity to change climate change perceptions Zawya
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The “press headlines” is a daily compilation providing a general overview of international media coverage of climate change-related issues, that does not purport to be exhaustive. The information contained in the compilation is taken as is from sources external to the UNFCCC secretariat, that are freely available on the Internet. No evaluation on the part of the UNFCCC secretariat has been done in terms of the information that they contain. The UNFCCC secretariat makes no warranty, either express or implied, as to the accuracy, reliability or content of such information.
updated: 30 March 2012 10:29 More headlines >>
Scientists warn of ’emergency on global scale’
Leading scientists on Thursday called on the upcoming Rio Summit to grapple with environmental ills that they said pointed to “a humanitarian emergency on a global scale.”
AFP
Developing countries ‘need a say in geoengineering debates’
Decisions on whether and how to use massive technical solutions known as ‘geoengineering’ to mitigate or reverse climate change must involve developing countries, a session on geoengineering governance at the Planet Under Pressure conference agreed yesterday
SciDev.Net
Africa Urged to Play Critical Role in Climate Change Negotiations
Africa has been urged to play an enhanced role in further negotiations on climate change to aid quick consensus building on a number of issues that still need to be resolved following the Durban Climate Conference last December.
Daily Trust
Science under fire from ‘merchants of doubt’: US historian
Scientists are facing an uphill battle to warn the public about pressing issues due to dissenters in their ranks who intentionally sow uncertainty, says a US historian.
AFP
Ghana has more opportunities to tackle climate change
Mr Matthew McKinnon, Head of Climate Change Vulnerability Initiative, DARA, on Thursday said Ghana has a lot of opportunities to tackle issues of climate change.
GhanaWeb
British greenhouse gas emissions down 7 percent in 2011
Britain’s greenhouse gas emissions fell 7 percent in 2011, putting one of the European Union’s biggest emitters further ahead of its internationally binding target under the Kyoto Protocol, provisional government data showed on Thursday.
Reuters
Scientists Call for Practical Steps to Smooth Humanity’s Journey
Planet Under Pressure, a four-day conference exploring how science can identify and limit risks in the face of increasing human impacts on the Earth, has ended* with a call for “urgent action” against the the unrelenting buildup of greenhouse gases.
NY Times/Dot Earth
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The “press headlines” is a daily compilation providing a general overview of international media coverage of climate change-related issues, that does not purport to be exhaustive. The information contained in the compilation is taken as is from sources external to the UNFCCC secretariat, that are freely available on the Internet. No evaluation on the part of the UNFCCC secretariat has been done in terms of the information that they contain. The UNFCCC secretariat makes no warranty, either express or implied, as to the accuracy, reliability or content of such information.
updated: 30 March 2012 10:29 More headlines >>
Scientists warn of ’emergency on global scale’
Leading scientists on Thursday called on the upcoming Rio Summit to grapple with environmental ills that they said pointed to “a humanitarian emergency on a global scale.”
AFP
Developing countries ‘need a say in geoengineering debates’
Decisions on whether and how to use massive technical solutions known as ‘geoengineering’ to mitigate or reverse climate change must involve developing countries, a session on geoengineering governance at the Planet Under Pressure conference agreed yesterday
SciDev.Net
Africa Urged to Play Critical Role in Climate Change Negotiations
Africa has been urged to play an enhanced role in further negotiations on climate change to aid quick consensus building on a number of issues that still need to be resolved following the Durban Climate Conference last December.
Daily Trust
Science under fire from ‘merchants of doubt’: US historian
Scientists are facing an uphill battle to warn the public about pressing issues due to dissenters in their ranks who intentionally sow uncertainty, says a US historian.
AFP
Ghana has more opportunities to tackle climate change
Mr Matthew McKinnon, Head of Climate Change Vulnerability Initiative, DARA, on Thursday said Ghana has a lot of opportunities to tackle issues of climate change.
GhanaWeb
British greenhouse gas emissions down 7 percent in 2011
Britain’s greenhouse gas emissions fell 7 percent in 2011, putting one of the European Union’s biggest emitters further ahead of its internationally binding target under the Kyoto Protocol, provisional government data showed on Thursday.
Reuters
Scientists Call for Practical Steps to Smooth Humanity’s Journey
Planet Under Pressure, a four-day conference exploring how science can identify and limit risks in the face of increasing human impacts on the Earth, has ended* with a call for “urgent action” against the the unrelenting buildup of greenhouse gases.
NY Times/Dot Earth
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The “press headlines” is a daily compilation providing a general overview of international media coverage of climate change-related issues, that does not purport to be exhaustive. The information contained in the compilation is taken as is from sources external to the UNFCCC secretariat, that are freely available on the Internet. No evaluation on the part of the UNFCCC secretariat has been done in terms of the information that they contain. The UNFCCC secretariat makes no warranty, either express or implied, as to the accuracy, reliability or content of such information.
updated: 29 March 2012 09:06 More headlines >>
Climate change panel warns of severe storms, droughts and heatwaves on global scale 
Global warming is leading to such severe storms, droughts and heatwaves that nations should prepare for an unprecedented onslaught of deadly and costly weather disasters, an international panel of climate scientists says in a report issued Wednesday.
AP
Climate change causing extreme weather conditions: IPCC report
Evidence suggests that climate change has led to extreme weather conditions such as heat waves, record high temperatures and, in many regions, heavy precipitation in the past half century, according to a report released Wednesday by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
IANS
U.N. report editor – Managing risk in a warming world
One of the most interesting facets of a new United Nations climate change report is what’s not in it: much mention of curbing the greenhouse gas emissions that trap heat in Earth’s atmosphere and in turn can spur some natural disasters.
Reuters
Scientists tell governments to commit to agriculture funding at Rio+20
Governments in the world’s richest nations must cough up the US$20 billion they promised in 2009 for agricultural development in poor countries as a starting point for helping to feed the world’s burgeoning population, a group of leading scientist say.
Nature
Rising Powers Mull Bank for Developing Nations
Developing nations again seem unlikely to propel one of their own citizens to the World Bank presidency. It may not matter. A group of rising powers is mulling its own alternative to Western-dominated lending institutions.
NY Times/AP
Climate change report: time to start preparing for the worst
It’s time to start protecting people from the impact of severe-weather events, a panel says. The report offers further evidence of how the climate change conversation is shifting.
Christian Science Monitor
EU seeks to decide who gets U.N. climate fund seats
European Union ambassadors were due to meet on Wednesday in an effort to settle a dispute over the allocation of seats to member states on the United Nations’ Green Climate Fund (GCF) board, sources close to the matter said.
Reuters
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The “press headlines” is a daily compilation providing a general overview of international media coverage of climate change-related issues, that does not purport to be exhaustive. The information contained in the compilation is taken as is from sources external to the UNFCCC secretariat, that are freely available on the Internet. No evaluation on the part of the UNFCCC secretariat has been done in terms of the information that they contain. The UNFCCC secretariat makes no warranty, either express or implied, as to the accuracy, reliability or content of such information.
updated: 28 March 2012 09:04 More headlines >>
For New Generation of Power Plants, a New Emission Rule From the E.P.A.
The Obama administration’s proposed rule to control greenhouse gas emissions from new power plants — the first ever — could go far toward closing out the era of old-fashioned coal-burning power generation.
NY Times
Sprawling cities pressure environment, planning
Expanding cities threaten to eat up a swath of land the size of France, Germany and Spain combined in less than 20 years, putting the world under even more environmental pressure, experts said at a climate conference on Tuesday.
Reuters
Climate Change Threatens the Poor in Cities
India, like other Asian countries, has focused its climate change adaptation strategies on rural and urban areas while neglecting the urban fringes, say experts.
IPS
2C warming target ‘out of reach’ – ex UN climate chief
The UN’s former climate chief on Tuesday said the global warming pledge he helped set at the Copenhagen Summit little more than two years ago was already unattainable.
AFP
Bahrain mulls law to regulate greenhouse gases 
Bahrain is preparing to introduce comprehensive laws to regulate greenhouse gases, said a senior government official, adding that a draft proposal to bring in new legislation has been sent to the Cabinet for approval.
TradeArabia News Service
Turkmenistan takes inventory of greenhouse gas emissions
An inventory of greenhouse gas emissions was made in Turkmenistan, local media reported on Tuesday.
McClatchy-Tribune Regional News
Why Natural Gas Will Be the Big Winner in New Greenhouse Gas Regulations
Ever since comprehensive climate legislation died of neglect in the U.S. Senate in 2010, environmentalists have looked to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to step in and save the day.
TIME
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