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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.

A new type of cement could reduce emissions from cement production by 97 percent

Cement and CO2 Emissions

One ton of portland cement produces a ton of CO2 emissions; can alternatives reduce that by 97 percent? This summer, if you’re thinking of mixing two parts of pozzalona with one-part lime and water as a tropical drink to serve to your guests, it will surely make their their throats go dry…really dry: these are the ingredients the Romans used…

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Renewable Energy the Focus as UN Climate Investment Funds Expands

CIF member countries gathered in Montego Bay to share knowledge and experiences as the international community ramps up efforts to spur low-carbon development pathways.

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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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.