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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.

Katherine Jefferts Schori calls for climate leadership among fellow Christians

The Climate Leadership of the Most Powerful Women in the Christian World

As explained recently by Katherine Jefferts Schori, the presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church, those who deny the science of climate change are both blind and immoral. Jefferts Schori is not only a religious authority, she also has some serious scientific credentials. She holds a doctorate in oceanography and worked as a marine biologist before becoming a priest. At a…

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The United States sends an important message with the announcement of its emissions reduction target

U.S. Announces Climate Target, Sends Important Message for COP 21 Talks

The following article originally published in the NRDC Switchboard blog and is republished here with the author’s permission Today the U.S. formally proposed that it would cut its emissions 26-28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025. This emission reduction target shows a commitment to strong action from the U.S. to cut its carbon pollution and sends a powerful signal to…

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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.

Can the world come together on climate change at COP 21 in Paris?

EarthTalk: COP 21 – Prospects for a Climate Agreement in Paris

EarthTalk® is a weekly environmental column made available to our readers from the editors of E/The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: What are the prospects for reaching an international agreement to rein in carbon emissions significantly at the upcoming Paris climate talks at the end of the 2015?  – Jason Cervantes, Los Angeles, CA All eyes will be on Paris this…

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No rain in California. The warmest winter on record for the state as well as the rest of the globe

Warmest Winter on Record

December 2014-February 2015: Warmest winter on record – Despite the headline-grabbing record cold and snowfall in the eastern U.S., spring comes to the northern hemisphere on the heels of the warmest winter on record. According to the latest report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the average global land and sea surface temperature for the period of December…

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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.