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New research highlights pipeline of investment opportunities in sustainable infrastructure across C40 cities

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Today, the C40 Financing Sustainable Cities Forum is being hosted in London by the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group and the Greater London Authority, with the support of the Citi Foundation and WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities.

The forum brings together cities, investors, national governments, academics, private sector experts, NGOs and technology providers to identify the key barriers in financing sustainable urban infrastructure. These partners will discuss and develop shared solutions for unlocking finance for low-carbon investments in cities. ... Read more about New research highlights pipeline of investment opportunities in sustainable infrastructure across C40 cities

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Ocean acidification may cause dramatic changes to phytoplankton

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Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office
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Oceans have absorbed up to 30 percent of human-made carbon dioxide around the world, storing dissolved carbon for hundreds of years. As the uptake of carbon dioxide has increased in the last century, so has the acidity of oceans worldwide. Since pre-industrial times, the pH of the oceans has dropped from an average of 8.2 to 8.1 today. Projections of climate change estimate that by the year 2100, this number will drop further, to around 7.8 — significantly lower than any levels seen in open ocean marine communities today. ... Read more about Ocean acidification may cause dramatic changes to phytoplankton

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Warmest Decade on Record Brings Record Temperatures and Weather Extremes

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Janet Larsen
Average Global Temperature, 1880-2012. Source: NASA GISS
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In recent years weather events have whiplashed between the extremes of heat and cold, flooding and drought. Carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases—largely from the burning of coal, oil, and natural gas—have loaded up in the atmosphere, heating the planet and pushing humanity onto a climatic seesaw of weather irregularities. High-temperature records in many places are already being broken with startling frequency, and hotter temperatures are in store. ... Read more about Warmest Decade on Record Brings Record Temperatures and Weather Extremes

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China and Australia top list of 'carbon bomb' projects

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Oliver Milman
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China and Australia top a global list of planned oil, gas and coal projects that will act as "carbon bombs" and push the planet towards catastrophic climate change, a Greenpeace report warned on Tuesday. ... Read more about China and Australia top list of 'carbon bomb' projects

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UCSD Researchers: Where International Climate Policy Has Failed, Grassroots Efforts Can Succeed

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Robert Monroe
Smog in Beijing. Photo: Steven Zhang
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The world can significantly slow the pace of climate change with practical efforts to control so-called “short-lived climate pollutants” and by bringing successful Western technologies to the developing world, according to three UC San Diego scientists in the journal Foreign Affairs.

For the last two decades global diplomatic talks on climate change have struggled to make progress. Part of the problem, the scientists say, is that diplomacy has focused almost exclusively on carbon dioxide—a pollutant that is expensive and difficult to control. ... Read more about UCSD Researchers: Where International Climate Policy Has Failed, Grassroots Efforts Can Succeed

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China burns half of coal consumption worldwide, figures show

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Adam Vaughan
China consumes nearly as much coal as the rest of the world combined Photograph: US Energy Information Administration U.S. Energy Information Administration
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China now burns nearly as much coal as the rest of the world combined.

The country's appetite for the carbon-intensive fuel rose by 9% in 2011, to 3.8bn tonnes, meaning it now accounts for 47% of worldwide coal consumption. ... Read more about China burns half of coal consumption worldwide, figures show

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Global Carbon Dioxide Emissions by Region, 1990-2011

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http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/science/indicators/ghg/global-ghg-emissions.html

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“This figure shows carbon dioxide emissions from 1990 to 2011 for different regions of the world. These totals do not include emissions or sinks related to land-use change or forestry. Inclusion of land-use change and forestry would increase the apparent emissions from some regions while decreasing the emissions from others.” – United States Environmental Protection Agency ... Read more about Global Carbon Dioxide Emissions by Region, 1990-2011

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