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Restored plant diversity not an indicator of koalas returning

If the flora returns, it doesn’t mean the koala’s will. A study from the University of New South Wales found that the “build it and they will come paradigm,” the idea that if a disturbed landscape – such as a mine site – is restored so that plant diversity returns, the animals that once lived there will return too is not necessarily the case. According to the researchers, their findings show that mining...

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Arctic ice shrinking in volume, not just size

The CryoSat-2, a satellite launched by the European Space Agency just two years ago, has confirmed that not only has Arctic sea ice been declining, it’s been losing in volume as well. While other satellites have already shown drops in the area covered by Arctic sea ice, the CyroSat-2 is the first to measure the volume of sea ice, a much more accurate indicator of the changes taking place in the Arctic. The CryoSat-2, which...

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U.S. challenges India’s solar scheme restriction at W.T.O.

The United States has filed dispute settlement consultations at the World Trade Organization, questioning elements in India’s national solar program that purportedly discriminate the U.S. solar products. India’s Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission requires solar energy producers to use homegrown solar cells and modules, and offers subsidies to those developers for using domestic equipment instead of imports. According to...

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Scotland reveals ambitious climate targets

Scotland has set out a new climate change plan which includes ambitious emissions reduction targets stretching over the next 14 years. Scotland aims to cut its greenhouse gas emissions from electricity generation by 50 grams per kilowatt hour by 2030, according to the white paper released at the Scottish Renewables-Scottish Enterprise Offshore Wind & Supply Chain Conference in Aberdeen. This represents an 83 percent reduction...

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NRW pioneers climate change bill in Germany

North Rhine-Westphalia is Germany’s first state to adopt a pioneering climate change bill, setting legally-binding greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets. The state, the most populous in Germany with four of the country's ten largest cities, is now committed to cut its emissions by 25 percent by 2020 and by at least 80 percent by 2050, compared to 1990 levels. “We are now at the Climate Change Bill, one of the most important...

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Renewables can be cost competitive with fossil fuels - Irena

Dramatic decline in costs allows renewable energy to become more and more competitive with fossil fuels worldwide, according to a recent study by the International Renewable Energy Agency. The report, released during the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi, projected that costs of various types of renewables will continue to fall rapidly over the coming years. Specifically, technologies with the largest cost reduction...

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China to join International Renewable Energy Agency

In an effort to double the share of renewable energy worldwide by 2030, China has announced it will join the International Renewable Energy Agency. The country’s accession marks Irena’s 160th state membership. “China looks forward to becoming a full member of Irena soon, as well as working alongside all countries for greater achievements in global renewable energy development,” said Liu Qi, Vice-Minister...

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Irena launches first world atlas on renewable energy

The International Renewable Energy Agency on Sunday (Jan 13) unveiled the world’s first-ever atlas on clean energy, which will provide open-access information on the renewable energy potential of different countries across the globe. Touted as the largest initiative to aid countries gauge their renewable energy potential, the Global Atlas is aimed at raising awareness of the world’s renewable energy...

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Poor economic conditions hinder climate change actions – W.E.F.

Poor economic conditions delay efforts to address climate change, putting the world at a greater risk, according to the latest report of the World Economic Forum. Wealth gaps and unsustainable government debt are the two most prevalent economic dangers that the world faces over the next decade, found the Global Risks 2013 report. The report covered 50 prevalent global risks in five categories, including economic,...

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High costs, poor policies slow down C.C.S. deployment - IEA

High costs coupled with poor policies hamper the widespread adoption of carbon capture and storage technology, according to the International Energy Agency. With fossil fuels consumption continuing to surge, C.C.S. is a “critical element to limiting climate change” as it allows the burning of fossil fuels without pumping more greenhouse gasses to the atmosphere. In order to boost C.C.S. deployment, the I.E.A suggests that national governments must come up...

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