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The leaders of California and Mexico agree to cooperate in combating climate change and wildfires

California, Mexico Sign Climate Change-Green Trade Pact

Signed by CA Gov. Brown and officials from Mexico’s environment and natural resources ministry and national forest commission, the MoU aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, combat climate change and forest fires, and spur bilateral clean energy and clean tech trade and investment.

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Germany Pledges $1 Billion to UN Green Climate Fund

Germany’s is the first national GCF commitment, with Chancellor Merkel pledging the funds during the fifth Petersberg Climate Dialogue in Berlin last week. Some 35 national ministers met in Berlin for the two-day conference, paving the way forward toward a new global climate treaty.

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China Issues EV, New Energy Vehicle Mandate

Instituting another measure to reduce carbon emissions and toxic air quality, China’s national government is requiring that at least 30%, of new cars purchased by local government bodies, public institutions and publicly funded organizations’ between 2014-2016 be EVs or “new energy” vehicles.

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Four British Columbia Professional Associations Issue Joint Statement on Climate Change

Representing 9,000 foresters, biologists and planners, members of the Association of BC Forest Professionals, Association of Professional Biology, College of Applied Biology and Planning Institute of BC (PIBC) Representing 9,000 foresters, biologists and planners will integrate climate science throughout their memberships and call on government to support strong action on climate change mitigation and adaptation.

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EPA Proposes New Climate-Friendly Refrigerants

In accordance with Pres. Obama’s National Climate Change Action Plan, the EPA is proposing new refrigerants with lower global warming potential that also don’t harm the ozone layer.

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First UN Environment Assembly Marks Environmental Coming of Age

The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) is taking on a higher profile in multilateral efforts to spur ecosystems-based approaches to governance and development. This includes broad-based, far reaching efforts to craft and implement climate change mitigation and adaptation plans.

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$11.9 Trillion: Price Tag on Climate Change Coral Reef Impacts

Small island developing states (SIDS) are being affected disproportionately by sea level rise and the effects of climate change. They’re calling for change, releasing two research studies and urging drastic changes to reduce fossil fuel use and greenhouse gas emissions.