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Friends Coalition Calls for Phase Out of Fossil Fuel Subsidies

The Friends of Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform — the governments of Costa Rica, Denmark, Ethiopia, Finland, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland are calling on their counterparts to enact plans to phase out fossil fuel subsidies in the run-up to December’s Paris climate treaty summit.

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Sustainable Cities Coalition to Take Transformative Actions to Address Climate Change

Meeting in Seoul for the ICLEI World Congress 2015, the mayors of 36 major cities signed ICLEI’s new Compact of Mayors pledged to take greater action to mitigate and adapt to climate change. The new compact, and the launch of ICLEI’s Transformative Actions Program, takes on added significance as governments around the world prepare for the UNFCCC’s 2015 Climate Conference in Paris.

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Costa Rica Makes Use of New Climate-Smart Agriculture Tool

Tropical forest conservation has been a hallmark of Costa Rica’s ecosystems-based development model. Now, Costa Rican farmers are making use of a new climate-smart software tool developed by the World Bank and UN FAO to enhance output as well as enhance resiliency and reduce GHG emissions and environmental degradation.

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Catholics Mobilize, Take Action to Address Climate Change

Led by Pope Francis, Roman Catholics are calling on world leaders, as well as working on their own, to address climate change, social-environmental justice. Following on the success of a Lenten Climate Fast, the Global Catholic Climate Movement has launched a petition campaign that urges world leaders to agree to a decisive, meaningful global climate treaty at upcoming UN talks in Paris.

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Extreme Weather, Climate Controversy Set the Political Stage

The flow of news and developments directly and indirectly related to climate change has been fast and strong this past couple of weeks as government leaders in the U.S. and around the world prepare for U.N. climate treaty talks in Paris.

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Lofty Agricultural Ambitions Fall in Face of Political-Economic Realities

Broad-based international ambitions aimed at reorienting the globalized system of agricultural development are falling in the face of dominance of multinational enterprises. Nonetheless, taking a bottom-up, “grass roots” approach that supports small farms and farmers would be the best means of fostering positive, broad-based agricultural development and gains, as well as enhancing overall socioeconomic and ecological sustainability, according to the German League for Nature, Animal Protection and Environment.

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EPA Approves Five Low-GWP Refrigerant Alternatives

With significantly lower GWPs than refrigerants currently in use, the approval of ethane, isobutane, propane, R441A and HFC-32 as refrigerants in a range of refrigeration and air-conditioning applications is expected to reduce the risks of climate change as well as depletion of the ozone layer.