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U.N. chief meets with financial institutions for climate talks

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon met with various financial institutions and finance ministers to discuss how to combat climate change. Mr. Ban, along with the leaders of the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund, sat down with finance ministers to discuss the way forward to a low-carbon way while focusing on jobs, growth, and competitiveness. In the meeting, carbon pricing, as...

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Greenpeace urges governments to transition to clean, renewable energy

Environmental organization Greenpeace is urging governments to accelerate their transition to 100 percent clean, safe, renewable energy. The call to accelerate transition to green energy was made ahead of the third part of the Fifth Assessment Report by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change on April 13.“We expect the I.P.C.C.’s conclusion to reflect breakthroughs with...

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U.N. chief urges international community to speed up environmental efforts

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged the international community to speed up its environmental efforts and stressed the importance of climate change solutions. Mr. Ban, in his lecture at the Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic, stressed that the world is faced in a crossroads moment that will shape people’s lives for generations to come. “I am urging the international com...

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Greenpeace stresses renewable energy as way out of climate change

Environmental organization Greenpeace stresses that renewable energy is key to getting out of the climate change “mess” – a statement made ahead of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change meeting in Japan. Greenpeace pointed out that climate change is already devastating nations, destroying lives, and costing billions of dollars in damage, and that renewable energy is the key against cli...

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Large numbers of countries have climate change plans in place – U.N.

A large number of countries already have legislation governing climate mitigation and adaptation plans. In a study was co-authored by the United Nations, Global Legislators Organization, or GLOBE, and the Grantham Research Institute at the London School of Economics, found that 66 countries have legislation concerning climate change. The new study covers countries that are responsible for 88 percent...

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U.N. secretary-general reiterates Bloomberg’s vital role against climate change

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and reiterated his vital role as Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change. “It is a great pleasure to welcome Mayor Michael Bloomberg to the United Nations Headquarters, this time as United Nations Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change,” Mr. Ban said. The secretary-ge...

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Former N.Y. mayor is U.N. special envoy for Cities and Climate Change

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg was appointed by United Nation Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change. The appointment was made to promote urban action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions ahead of the United Nations climate summit on September 23, 2014. The summit gathers together leaders from governments, businesses, finance and civil society organizations to...

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Green your portfolios – U.N.F.C.C. head urges investors

United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres urged investors to move away from investing in high-carbon assets and to start investing more on assets that lean towards a low-carbon economy. Ms. Figueres called on investors to accelerate the greening of their portfolios so as to better cope with the threat of climate change as well as seize the op...

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Europe facing worsening droughts due to climate change

Storms and cold snaps are not the only extreme weather events that can be brought on by climate change. Longer, hotter summers and droughts are also a possible climate risk. According to researchers from the European Commission’s Joint Research Center and the University of Kassel in Germany, Europe will be facing more frequent and intense droughts by the end of the century due to cli...

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Climate change cost: Economic loss in the Pacific region

A new study by the Asian Development Bank finds that countries in the Pacific region could suffer economic losses of up to one-sixth of their gross domestic product by 2100 due to climate change. According to the report, “Economics of Climate Change in the Pacific,” countries in the Pacific region face economic losses ranging from 2.9 percent to 12.7 percent of their annual G.D.P. by 2100...

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