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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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Four British Columbia Professional Associations Issue Joint Statement on Climate Change

Representing 9,000 foresters, biologists and planners, members of the Association of BC Forest Professionals, Association of Professional Biology, College of Applied Biology and Planning Institute of BC (PIBC) Representing 9,000 foresters, biologists and planners will integrate climate science throughout their memberships and call on government to support strong action on climate change mitigation and adaptation.

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First UN Environment Assembly Marks Environmental Coming of Age

The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) is taking on a higher profile in multilateral efforts to spur ecosystems-based approaches to governance and development. This includes broad-based, far reaching efforts to craft and implement climate change mitigation and adaptation plans.

More renewable energy development will be one result from the new US rules for power plant emissions

 Implications of the New US Rules Curbing Power Plant Emissions

The new rules curbing power plant emissions in the U.S. will have far reaching impacts both within the U.S. and around the world.  Curbing emissions from power plants is part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan which he announced in 2013. Last September, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released proposed standards to curb U.S. greenhouse gas (GHG) from new power plants. On June 2nd of this…

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The EPA proposes new power plant emissions standards

EPA Proposes New Power Plant Emissions Standards

Earlier this week the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced proposed plans to limit carbon emissions from power plants. The new rules fall under the Clean Air Act, mandating the EPA to reduce air pollution that harms public health. In the 2007 case Massachusetts v. EPA the Supreme Court ruled that the EPA had authority and obligation to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles….

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GCF proposes yet another climate finance program. Is this really what is needed?

GCF Board Meets to Launch Yet Another Climate Finance Vehicle

The 24-member board of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change’s (UNFCCC) Green Climate Fund (GCF) is meeting at its recently established headquarters in Songdo, South Korea this week to hammer out the details that will see the climate fund become fully operational. Over four years in the making and with a goal of raising $100 billion in capital…

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We must somehow engage with the GOP to move forward and deal effectively with climate change

Helping Republicans to Get Real on Climate Change

We will never be able to pass climate and energy legislation in the US without engaging conservatives. So it is crucial that we understand their opposition to the science of climate and develop strategies that are consistent with their ideological bent. Although modern-day Republicans have a reputation for being anti-environment, it has not always been this way. Historically, some of the most environmentally oriented Presidents…

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