COP 20 and the Lima Call For Climate Action

COP 20 Underway in Lima

The 20th Conference of the Parties – COP 20 – opened yesterday in Lima, Peru. The meeting builds on the work done over the past 5 years in the aftermath of the disappointing Copenhagen Accord of COP 15 in Copenhagen. The major hurdles of building an international post-Kyoto Protocol climate treaty, primarily the issues between developing and developed countries, scuttled…

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U.S. pledges $3 billion for Green Climate Fund

U.S Commits $3 Billion to Green Climate Fund

Last week signaled two potentially significant advances in the international effort to deal with climate change. On Wednesday China and the United States, the world’s two largest greenhouse gas emitters, announced a “historic” agreement to limit emissions. Then on Friday sources revealed the Obama administration’s intention to pledge $3 billion to the Green Climate Fund (GCF) as a “call to arms” focusing attention on climate…

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First High-Fidelity Maps of Carbon Stocks in Mexico, Peru

Researchers and governments in Mexico and Peru collaborated to produce quickly and cheaply produce national inventories of carbon stocks that could prove invaluable to reducing deforestation and carbon emissions, and charting sustainable development pathways.

Scientists urge "Smart" submarine cable network

Task Force Sees Great Value in Smart Submarine Cables

A U.N. task force advocates equipping new undersea fiber-optic cables with inexpensive sensors that could provide invaluable information, including enhanced monitoring of tsunamis and undersea earthquakes.

coffe leaf rust

Scientists Sequence Coffee Genomes in Bid to Thwart Leaf Rust

Now in the public domain, genome maps for Coffee arabica and coffee eugenioides could boost climate change adaptation efforts across the world’s coffee belt. That includes breeding coffee plants resistant to coffee leaf rust, which is decimating production, as well as the livelihoods of farmers, their families and communities.


Floridians Want Dialogue on Clean Power Plan

Ninety-two percent of Floridians say the public should be involved in helping craft the Sunshine State’s plan to meet limits on carbon pollution from power plants proposed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), according to a poll conducted by SurveyUSA for the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).


Risk of Southwest Megadrought Higher than Thought

The risks of prolonged “megadrought” across the U.S. Southwest, as well as arid/semi-arid regions around the world are substantially higher than believed, according to scientists from Cornell, the University of Arizona and the U.S. Geological Survey.