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Shelter from the storm. The World Bank reports progress from the Clean Investment Funds in protecting the world's most vulnerable nations from climate change

World Bank Touts Achievements of Clean Investment Funds

Those least responsible for the greenhouse gas emissions that continue to accumulate in the atmosphere are and will continue to be hit hardest by a warming global climate. They’re also the least capable of coping with it. A recently released video from the World Bank (see below) highlights the progress being made as a result of the activities of UN Climate…

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French government proposes law to reduce nuclear power by 25 percent

France Poised to Turn Away from Nuclear to Renewables

France’s National Assembly is poised to pass a new energy law that will transform the French power industry and the way electricity is produced, distributed and consumed. Up for a vote Wednesday, July 22, the new law calls for nuclear power to meet 50 percent of electricity needs by around 2025, which would be 25 percent less than a current…

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Drought, Climate Change Exacts Heavy Toll In Central America

From Panama on up, the greenhouse effect and the onset of El Niño is leading to more in the way of drought and extreme variability in weather patterns. Drought across El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua displaced some 2 million rural residents, mostly smallholder farmers and their families this year. In Panama, rainfall this spring has set a new record low and residents have been coping with a heat wave.

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Global Commission Puts Forth 10 Actions to Spur Economies and Reduce Emissions

Releasing a broad-based and far-ranging new research report entitled, “Seizing the Global Opportunity: Partnerships for Better Growth and a Better Climate,” the Global Commission for the Economy and the Climate identifies ten economic growth opportunities that “could close up to 96 percent of the gap between business-as-usual emissions and the level needed to limit dangerous climate change.”

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Arctic Sea Ice Loss Raises Prospect of a Colder Europe

Arctic warming and sea ice loss is reducing ocean-atmosphere heat exchange and the flow of ocean waters that fuel the Gulf Stream and Atlantic Meridional Overtuning Circulation, according to groundbreaking new oceanographic climate research. That raises the prospect of a much colder Europe,

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Analysis Shows Benefits, Costs of Climate Change Action, Inaction

12,000 deaths a year in 49 US cities could be avoided if strong actions to reduce GHG emissions and address climate warming, according to a peer-reviews analysis released Monday by the EPA’s Climate Change Impacts and Risk Analysis project. That’s just one benefit. Compared to a scenario of inaction, taking strong climate action would avoid approximately 13,000 deaths in 2050 and 57,000 deaths annually in 2100 from poor air quality. Delay will result in these costs rising over the course of the 21st century, the report says.

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Renewable Energy and Efficiency in Southern Med and Eurasian Nations

A new research report from the IEA reveals the challenges holding back investment in and deployment of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies across southern Mediterranean nations and aspiring EU member nations in Eurasia.