Saturday, September 20, 2014

ClimateWire

The politics and business of climate change
  1. NATIONS: Austrian Alps at risk from climate change
    A new report compiled by over 200 scientists says the average temperature in Austria has gone up by almost 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) since 1880.
  2. EMISSIONS: E.U. officials propose investment funds for carbon reductions from eastern bloc
    The European Union is planning to establish two investment funds in an effort to prompt Eastern European members of the bloc to back an agreement to cut greenhouse gas emissions.
  3. NEGOTIATIONS: ClimateWire's Friedman previews N.Y. climate summit meeting
    As the world's leaders head to New York City next week for the United Nations' climate summit, how will the meeting advance the discussion toward the next binding treaty, which is slated to be signed in Paris next year? On today's The Cutting Edge, ClimateWire deputy editor Lisa Friedman gives details on who is expected to attend the meeting and the role the United States could play in the discussions. Today's The Cutting Edge will air on E&ETV at 12:30 p.m. EDT.
  4. SCIENCE: NASA launches 3 programs to study climate change effects in Alaska, Arctic
    NASA is turning its attention to how climate change is affecting Alaska and other areas of the Arctic.
  5. PEOPLE: U.S. climate negotiator's chief of staff takes OPIC job
    U.S. Special Envoy Todd Stern's chief of staff, Kareem Saleh, has moved on to the Overseas Private Investment Corp. (OPIC) as a senior adviser to the president for Europe, the Middle East and Latin America.
  6. NEGOTIATIONS: Ban to 'link arms' with climate marchers this weekend
    United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is set to join a public march calling for steps to combat climate change in New York City on Sunday, a rare decision for any high-ranking official.
  7. TECHNOLOGY: 'Flood' of used EV batteries could help Calif. store more renewable energy -- study
    Used batteries from plug-in electric vehicles could help California meet its goals for energy storage, a report from the University of California, Los Angeles, and UC Berkeley law schools said.
  8. STATES: Fla.'s climate scientists send another letter to Gov. Scott as race heats up
    Climate scientists are making a renewed push to bring climate change into the Florida governor's race and revamp state policy so it more aggressively addresses sea-level rise and warming temperatures.
  9. RENEWABLE ENERGY: U.S. schools quickly climbing learning curve in solar power
    America's K-12 schools are among the fastest adopters of solar power in the United States, with an estimated 3,000 new solar installations coming online between 2008 and 2012, a fivefold increase, according to a new study from the Solar Foundation and the Solar Energy Industries Association.
  10. MARKETS: As climate risks grow, current policies keep investments to deal with them flat, groups assert
    A large and diverse group of institutional investors warned yesterday that failure by the world's governments to establish "stable, reliable and economically meaningful" carbon pricing mechanisms will increase investment risk in a variety of sectors and potentially lose trillions of dollars in new future investment.