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National Emissions Plans Fall Short to Limit Climate Change – UN Study

National plans for limiting greenhouse gas emissions fall short of tough action needed to slow climate change under a United Nations agreement due in Paris in December, European researchers said on Wednesday. The plans submitted so far to the UN …

G-7 Pushes for Zero Greenhouse Gas Emissions by End of This Century

Some of the world’s richest nations threw their weight behind a plan to stamp out fossil-fuel emissions by the end of the century in an unprecedented show of unity on climate change. The Group of Seven is pushing to “decarbonize,” …

Investors Must Factor Climate Change in Their Portfolio Risk: Mercer Study

Most investors need to make a significant behavioral shift and start factoring climate change into their portfolio risk management, a study on its impact on financial market returns found. Government officials are meeting in Germany this month to work on …

Connecticut Governor Creates Climate Change Panel

Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is creating a new council to make sure the state of Connecticut meets its goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Marking Earth Day on April 22, Malloy said Connecticut has already reduced emissions …

Study Finds Cooler Pacific Slowing Global Warming – Temporarily

A natural cooling of the Pacific Ocean has contributed to slow global warming in the past decade but the pause is unlikely to last much longer, U.S. scientists said on Thursday. The slowdown in the rate of rising temperatures, from …

Top Firms’ Greenhouse Gas Emissions Rise, Despite Call for Cuts

Greenhouse gas emissions by the world’s top 500 companies rose 3.1 percent from 2010 to 2013, far off the cuts urged by the United Nations to limit global warming, a study shows. The top 500 firms by capitalization accounted for 13.8 percent …

FACTBOX: What Was Agreed and What Wasn’t Agreed at Lima Climate Talks

U.N. climate negotiations wrapped up in Lima on Sunday with a modest agreement about the building blocks of a deal due to be agreed on in Paris in a year’s time. The following are details of the agreements: GREENHOUSE GAS …

Peru’s Melting Glaciers Pose Deadly Threat as Temperatures Rise

High in the Peruvian Andes, the glacier-fed lake Laguna 513 brims with meltwater atop a populated valley in a region prone to earthquakes. Scientists warn that if a giant chunk of ice from the Hualcan glacier breaks off it could …

Time Running Short to Avert Worst Effects of Climate Change

Governments can keep climate change in check at manageable costs but will have to cut greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2100 to limit risks of irreversible damage, a U.N. report said on Sunday. The 40-page synthesis, summing up 5,000 …

Human Factor, Culture Often Overlooked in Climate Debate, Expert Says

When Hurricane Sandy came, Deborah Star Reed stayed home. Irene, the year before, had been over- hyped. Her 1919 concrete house in New York was left unscathed by Donna in 1960 and the “Big One” of 1938. So, on Oct. …