VATICAN: Suggest elimination of Six Billion People will balance the Earth’s resources ‘

#AceNewsReport – VATICAN:June.18: The Vatican has just suggested that to get #climatechange in order we should reduce the populous by just 6-billion and leave the 1-billion to continue to ravage our resources still further.

According to (NaturalNews) The depopulationists are on the move again, pushing hard for the elimination of six billion people on planet Earth in order to bring the planet down to what’s being touted as its “sustainable carrying capacity of one billion people.”

But this time, the depopulation agenda may be codified by the Vatican. Professor John Schellnhuber has been chosen as a speaker for the Vatican’s rolling out of a Papal document on climate change. He’s the professor who previously said the planet is overpopulated by at least six billion people. Now, the Vatican is giving him a platform which many expect will result in an official Church declaration in support of radical depopulation in the name of “climate science.”

“The teaching document, called an encyclical, is scheduled for release on June 18 at Vatican City,” reports Breitbart.com. “Perhaps with the exception of the 1968 encyclical on contraception, no Vatican document has been greeted with such anticipation.”

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#BREAKING144 ‘ EPA Aircraft emissions endanger peoples lives ‘

#AceBreakingNews – WASHINGTON:June.10: (WASHINGTON EXAMINER) The Environmental Protection Agency announced Wednesday that emissions from commercial jets cause climate change, endangering the public’s health and welfare.

“Today’s action supports the goals of the President’s Climate Action Plan to reduce emissions from large sources of carbon pollution,” the EPA said in a press release.

The announcement is the first step in regulating the emissions from commercial airlines that most scientists say are to blame for manmade climate change. The regulations fall in step with the agency’s efforts to regulate the emissions from cars, trucks and power plants.

The EPA says it is excluding military and smaller aircraft from the regulations.

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‘ UNITED NATIONS IPCC CLIMATE CHANGE REPORT FINAL SYNTHESIS RELEASED ‘

#AceNewsServices – 03 – November 2014 – The UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has today released the final synthesis report for its Fifth Assessment Report on the current scientific knowledge around our changing climate.

' Landmark report on climate change finalised '

‘ Landmark report on climate change finalised ‘

Distilling and integrating material from the three Working Group reports on the science, impacts and mitigation of climate change, the Synthesis Report will be a vital document for policymakers.

Hundreds of leading scientists, including many from the Met Office, and thousands of expert reviewers have been involved in compiling the Fifth Assessment Report (AR5), and this final report marks the end of the process.

The Synthesis Report is available to download from the IPCC’s website.

While it is already well established that increasing concentrations of greenhouse gases from human emissions have been contributing to global temperature rise, the report focuses on how much warming we may see, where it will warm fastest and what the implications are for people all over the world.

Key conclusions include:

  • There is more confidence than ever before that the world is warming because we can see changes across our climate system – including temperatures, sea level rise, shrinking glaciers and reducing Arctic sea ice;

  • There is mounting evidence that human activity has altered extremes of weather and will cause further changes in the future;

  • Climate change is having an impact on the natural world and we expect those impacts to become greater in future – with species changing locations and responding to changes in seasons;

  • Concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere have risen by more than 40% since pre-industrial times, and manmade greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise;

  • It is inevitable that we will see some further warming, but reducing greenhouse gas emissions would substantially reduce the risks of climate change later this century.

Professor Dame Julia Slingo, Chief Scientist at the Met Office, said: “This important report from the IPCC provides a science basis for global policymakers to make key decisions in the coming months and years.

“The next challenge for climate science is to accelerate our understanding of regional and local impacts to help society manage the risks associated with future climate changes and weather extremes.

“This will involve using advances in supercomputing to understand better how the climate system will continue to change both in the UK and around the world. By doing this we can provide a solid evidence base to ensure UK investment decisions, and our future prosperity, remain resilient to future climate risk.”

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‘ Protecting Our Planet and Inspiring People Over Climate Change ‘

#AceWorldNews20 September 2014 – In the lead-up to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Climate Summit, the United Nations lit up its iconic Headquarters complex in New York with a spectacular 30-story architectural projection show aimed to inspire global citizens to take climate action.

' Climate Change Conference '

‘ Climate Change Conference ‘

Entitled “illUmiNations: Protecting Our Planet”, and organized in partnership with the Oceanic Preservation Society (OPS) and Obscura Digital, the projections were shown on the white marble west facade of the UN General Assembly Hall and north facade of the Secretariat building from 7:30 to 11 p.m. Saturday evening.

With its striking scenes, the display provided a breathtaking visual reminder of what is at stake as Member States, as well leaders from finance, businesses, civil society, and the public and private sectors, prepare to gather at the UN Tuesday, 23 September.

The Secretary-General’s Climate Summit aims to catalyse ambitious action on the ground to reduce emissions, strengthen climate resilience and mobilize political action toward a meaningful, robust, universal, and legal climate agreement by 2015.

We must make our voices heard. These exceptional projections being shown at the United Nations will help draw attention to the need to make climate action a reality in every community and every society,” Mr. Ban urged in a press release on the event, which was organized in partnership with UN Department of Public Information

The OPS was expected to kick off illUmiNations with the arrival of professional racecar driver and environmental activist, Leilani Münter, in a specially-designed electric Tesla vehicle outfitted with a high-tech mobile projection unit.

I think it’s the biggest story on the planet,” said Louis Psihoyos, who founded the OPS Society and directed the 12-minute piece, which will be shown in a loop on Saturday night, then be dismantled.

A video of the event will be posted on YouTube next week.

This event is all about inspiring people,” he added about the display, which was expected to include a 3 minute solutions segment with the photographic works of Yann Arthulic Informatoins-Bertrand, telling the story of climate change and highlighting actions that Governments, businesses, industry and civil society can take to shift toward a low-carbon economy and strengthen adaptation strategies.

The finale of the projection show was set to included the photographic works of Sebastião Salgado.

There’s no bigger billboard on the planet,” says Academy Award-winning producer Fisher Stevens, who produced the work. “The projections that will stream across the UN General Assembly Hall and north Secretariat building are a call to action on the most urgent issue of our times.”

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” Americans Global Warming Beliefs and Attitudes”

#AceEnvironmentNews says this was sent to my news-desk today and is really worth reading and  you can download the report at the bottom of the post.

climatechange-report-cvr1-nov13_copyWe are releasing the first report from our latest national survey. In Americans’ Global Warming Beliefs and Attitudes in November 2013, we report that there has been an increase in the proportion of Americans who believe global warming is not happening (23%, up 7 percentage points since April 2013). The proportion of Americans who say they “don’t know” whether or not global warming is happening has dropped 6 points – from 20% to 14% – since spring of 2013. Finally, a majority of Americans (63%) believe global warming is happening, a number that has been consistent since spring 2013.

Other findings:

  • Nearly half of Americans (47%) believe global warming – if it is happening – is caused mostly by human activities, while 37% believe that global warming is due mostly to natural changes in the environment.
  • More Americans believe that most scientists think global warming is happening than believe there is a lot of disagreement among scientists (42% versus 33% respectively). However, few Americans (22%) correctly estimate that more than 80% of climate scientists think global warming is happening (in reality, more than 97% of climate scientists agree).
  • About half of Americans (53%) say they are “somewhat” (38%) or “very worried” (15%) about global warming.
  • Asked how strongly they feel specific emotions when thinking about global warming, a majority says they are strongly or moderately interested in the subject (59%).
  • Fewer than half strongly or moderately feel any of the other emotions asked about, and relatively few say they feel angry (35%), afraid (35%), guilty (26%), or depressed (24%) when thinking about global warming.
  • Global warming evokes the strongest emotional responses among the Alarmed and Concerned. Large majorities within both groups say they feel “moderately” or “very” interested in global warming (96% and 81% respectively).
  • Majorities of the Alarmed report that they feel afraid (85%), sad (81%), angry(79%), and disgusted (76%), while the Concerned feel primarily helpless (61%),sad (59%), and disgusted (56%), but also hopeful (56%).
  • The Dismissive also report negative emotions regarding global warming, including disgusted (30%) and angry (24%), though this is likely due to their frustration that the topic – which many of them view as a hoax – receives so much attention.

The report includes an Executive Summary and reports trends in key indicators over the past several years. It can be downloaded here:

Climate Change in the American Mind: Americans’ Global Warming Beliefs and Attitudes in November 2013 

 

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EPA’s TOP CLIMATE CHANGE EXPERT, John C. Beale, CONVICTED of fraud “of massive proportion”

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poor richards newsPoor Richard’s News – EPA’s top climate change expert convicted of fraud “of massive proportion”.

And you thought Ben Stiller’s new movie The Secret Life of Walter Mitty was just fiction, an overproduced remake of the Danny Kaye classic. Actually, it appears to be the inspiration for the legal defense that the EPA’s top climate change expert is using to get out of jail for cheating the taxpayers out of over $1 million.

from NBC News:

The EPA’s highest-paid employee and a leading expert on climate change deserves to go to prison for at least 30 months for lying to his bosses and saying he was a CIA spy working in Pakistan so he could avoid doing his real job, say federal prosecutors.

John C. Beale, who pled guilty in September to bilking the government out of nearly $1 million in salary and other benefits over a decade, will be…

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Scientists’ vs. Public Understanding of Human-Caused Global Warming A New Report by Cook et al. (2013)

A new report by Cook et al. (2013) examined nearly 12,000 peer-reviewed papers in the climate science literature; the analysis found that 97% of the papers that stated a position on the reality of human-caused global warming said that global warming is happening and human-caused, at least in part. By contrast, only 41% of Americans say global warming is happening and human-caused. Assuming the scientific literature reflects climate scientists’ conclusions about global warming, Americans’ belief in human-caused global warming is about 56 percentage points lower than that of the climate science community.

Public Perceptions of the Degree of Scientific Agreement

Despite nearly unanimous agreement among climate scientists that the Earth’s climate is warming due to fossil fuel burning and other human causes, only 42% of Americans believe that most scientists think global warming is happening. One third (33%) of Americans believe that “There is a lot of disagreement among scientists about whether global warming is happening” (Leiserowitz et al. 2013).

Further, in May 2011, we found that only 15% of Americans correctly understand that over 80% of climate scientists think global warming is human caused (Leiserowitz et al. 2011).

English: Graphic illustrating the percentages ...

English: Graphic illustrating the percentages of public opinions on the likelihood of some scientists falsifying global warming research. Based on Rasmussen polling of 1,000 American adults conducted July 29-30, 2011. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Tropical Storm Keith 1988 Came in Like a Lion and Left Like a Lamb with No Fatalities Reported – Travel Forward to Now and it is a Different Story

Tropical Storm Keith at Mexican landfall

Tropical Storm Keith at Mexican landfall (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

#AceWeatherNews says in 1988 according to the records a tropical storm named Keith arrived like a lion with winds reaching 70 miles per hour, then dissipated and left like a lamb. The resultant casualties were a few trees and power lines and damage to was fairly minor ,it cost overall for all subsequent repairs $7.3 million. The best thing was “No Fatalities Were Reported” and l thank God !

In the years preceding this until the last one only a month ago ,winds have reached upward of 200 miles per hour ,casualties are numbered in hundreds and sometimes even in thousands and the damage is measured not as slight, severe or even catastrophic ,but devastating! The fact is our weather is getting worst, we would like to say “Global Warming” is or is not to blame, or even “Climate Change” is not really causing it, or we are told this occurred years ago by certain scientists.

Though al we know is that by the time we have finished clearing up after “Super Typhoon Haiyan” , it will not matter what caused it, but how many families will have lost their loved ones ,leaving them homeless, starving and in desperate need. These are the things that really matter, not what we call the storm or its ferocity ,but how many people suffer.

All l can say is God willing one day we can return to the days of ” Tropical Storms” like Keith and eventually to a slight blow over the Atlantic, or Pacific.

English: Keith rainfall across Mexico. David R...

English: Keith rainfall across Mexico. David Roth, Hydrometeorological Prediction Center, Camp Springs, MD. http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/tropical/rain/keith2000filledrainblk.gif (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Extract Courtesy of Wikipedia:   

Tropical Storm Keith, the eleventh tropical storm of the 1988 season, was the latest North Atlantic tropical cyclone in the calendar year to strike the Continental United States since the 1925 season. Keith developed out of a tropical wave in the Caribbean Sea on November 17 and reached a peak intensity of 70 mph (110 km/h) shortly before striking the northeastern tip of the Yucatán Peninsula. It turned northeastward in the Gulf of Mexico, and made landfall near Sarasota, Florida, on November 23. Keith became extratropical near Bermuda on November 24. The extra tropical remnant persisted for two more days.
Keith produced moderate to heavy rainfall in Honduras, Jamaica, and Cuba. Minimal damage was reported in Mexico. The last of four named North Atlantic hurricanes to hit the United States during the season, Keith produced moderate rainfall, rough storm surge, and gusty winds across central Florida. Overall damage was fairly minor but widespread, totaling $7.3 million. Near the coast of Florida, damage occurred mainly from storm surge and beach erosion. Further inland there were floods, downed trees and power lines.

No fatalities were reported.

Read more: <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tropical_Storm_Keith_(1988)>

 

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2012 Greenhouse Gases in the Atmosphere Reached All Time High Driving Forward Climate Change

Global Warming 1/2

Global Warming 1/2 (Photo credit: lamazone)

The amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere reached a record high in 2012, continuing an upward trend which is driving climate change and which will shape the future of the planet for hundreds and thousands of years, according to the United Nations World Meteorological Organization (WMO).

The agency’s annual Greenhouse Gas Bulletin shows that between 1990 and 2012, there was a 32 per cent increase in radiative forcing – the warming effect on the climate – because of carbon dioxide (CO2) and other heat-trapping long-lived gases such as methane and nitrous oxide.

Carbon dioxide, mainly from fossil fuel-related emissions, accounted for 80 per cent of this increase, WMO stated in a news release. The atmospheric increase of CO<sub>2</sub> from 2011 to 2012 was higher than its average growth rate over the past 10 years.

What is happening in the atmosphere, said the Geneva-based WMO, is “one part of a much wider picture.” Only about half of the CO2 emitted by human activities remains in the atmosphere, with the rest being absorbed in the biosphere and in the oceans.

The latest findings “highlight yet again how heat-trapping gases from human activities have upset the natural balance of our atmosphere and are a major contribution to climate change,” <“http://www.wmo.int/pages/mediacentre/press_releases/pr_980_en.html“>said WMO Secretary-General Michel Jarraud.

He recalled that the UN-backed Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) stressed in its recent Fifth Assessment Report that atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide have increased to levels unprecedented in at least the last 800,000 years.

“As a result of this, our climate is changing, our weather is more extreme, ice sheets and glaciers are melting and sea levels are rising,” said Mr. Jarraud.

He underscored that limiting climate change will require large and sustained reductions of greenhouse gas emissions. “We need to act now, otherwise we will jeopardize the future of our children, grandchildren and many future generations,” said Mr. Jarraud. “Time is not on our side,” he added.

Greenhouse Gases

Greenhouse Gases (Photo credit: CECAR – Climate and Ecosystems Change Adaptation R)

The Greenhouse Gas Bulletin reports on atmospheric concentrations – and not emissions – of greenhouse gases. Emissions represent what goes into the atmosphere, the agency pointed out. Concentrations represent what remains in the atmosphere after the complex system of interactions between the atmosphere, biosphere and the oceans.

At the same time, the Emissions Gap Report 2013, involving 44 scientific groups coordinated by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), urges wide-ranging global action to close the emissions gap.
If the international community fails to take action, the report warned, the chances of remaining on the least-cost path to keeping global temperature rise below 2 degrees Celsius this century will quickly diminish and open the door to a range of challenges.

Under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), governments have agreed to limit the global temperature rise to 2 degrees Celsius to avoid the worst impacts of climate change.

The report, which was released yesterday as leaders prepare to meet for the upcoming UN Climate Change Conference in Warsaw, finds that although pathways exist that could reach the 2-degree Celsius target with higher emissions, not narrowing the gap will exacerbate mitigation challenges after 2020.

This will mean much higher rates of global emission reductions in the medium term; greater lock-in of carbon-intensive infrastructure; greater dependence on often unproven technologies in the medium term; greater costs of mitigation in the medium and long-term; and greater risks of failing to meet the 2-degree Celsius target.

“As the report highlights, delayed actions mean a higher rate of climate change in the near term and likely more near-term climate impacts, as well as the continued use of carbon-intensive and energy-intensive infrastructure,” said UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner.

“This ‘lock-in’ would slow down the introduction of climate-friendly technologies and narrow the developmental choices that would place the global community on the path to a sustainable, green future.

“However,” he added, “the stepping stone of the 2020 target can still be achieved by strengthening current pledges and by further action, including scaling up international cooperation initiatives in areas such as energy efficiency, fossil fuel subsidy reform and renewable energy.”

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New Academic Study Shows Benefits For: food security, resource efficiency, economic stability, improved biodiversity, climate-change mitigation

Humboldt University of Berlin

Humboldt University of Berlin (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

New academic study shows that productive agriculture brings significant benefits for food security, resource efficiency, economic stability, improved biodiversity, climate-change mitigation. Productive agriculture delivers important benefits to Europe and the world from increased food security and more efficient land use to climate change mitigation, biodiversity protection and economic and social stability – according to a landmark academic study released today.

The new report, “The social, economic and environmental value of agricultural productivity in the European Union“, has been published by the Humboldt Forum for Food and Agriculture, an international non-profit think tank based in Berlin.

The study assesses data on the economic, social and environmental effects of productive agriculture (which uses modern technologies such as agricultural machinery, new seed varieties, organic and/or mineral fertilizers, and plant protection products and solutions) in the EU.

According to the findings, each percentage point increase in agricultural productivity in the EU:

1. Feeds more than 10 million humans per year.
2. Increases the annual social welfare generated in European agriculture by approximately 500 million.
3. Contributes EUR 500 to the annual income of an average EU farmer and reduces our net virtual land imports by about 1.2 million hectares.
4. Acts to save 220 million tons in CO2 emissions preserves global biodiversity, equivalent to fauna and flora of up to 600,000 hectares of     rainforest
5. Switching to low input agricultural methods, with average 31 per cent lower yields than productive agriculture in the EU, would come at the cost of these benefits, according to the report’s authors.

“This study – the first scientific analysis of its kind – quantifies the various benefits of productive agriculture in the EU,” said one of the study’s authors, Dr.Steffen Noleppa of agripol GbR, an agricultural policy research firm based in Berlin. Harald von Witzke from Humboldt University Berlin, president of the Humboldt Forum forFood and Agriculture and also an author of the study, adds: “Clearly, when it comes to agriculture, productivity matters.”

ecpa 2012 grade 8 diversity

ecpa 2012 grade 8 diversity (Photo credit: mosaic36)

Dr. Friedhelm Schmider, Director General of ECPA, the European Crop Protection Association, said: “This study reminds us all that productive agriculture, which incorporates pesticide use and other modern agricultural technologies, has contributed to improve our way of life in many ways. The benefits pesticides bring to the table are often taken for granted, and the reasons for their use in agriculture are rarely discussed.
Nevertheless, we are hopeful that this new research will serve as base for increasing the understanding of the accomplishments which have already been achieved in agriculture. Innovation in crop protection has delivered a lot and for this to continue we need policy and regulatory frameworks that foster innovation and help Europe’s farmers to stay competitive, in order to meet the challenges of tomorrow and to continue to deliver affordable and healthy food available for all, whist protecting environment and consumer health.”

To download the study, visit this link: http://www.hffa.info/index.php/resources/download-publications/publications/working-paper-5.html

For the online version please follow the link: http://www.ecpa.eu/news-item/agriculture-today/10-31-2013/817/why-europe-needs-more-productive-agriculture

For comment from the study’s authors, contact: office@hffa.info

The European Crop Protection Association (ECPA) represents the crop protection industry interests at European level. Its members include all major companies and national associations across Europe.

For more information: http://www.ecpa.eu

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UN Call in Copenhagen for Clean Energy for a Sustainable Future

United Nations United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called for a clean energy transformation to help put the world on a more sustainable path, stressing that this will require innovation, investment and collaboration by all partners.

“Achieving a clean energy transformation will need the joint efforts of governments, multilateral investment banks, private finance, civil society, the knowledge community and the private sector,” Mr. Ban said in a keynote <“http://www.un.org/sg/statements/index.asp?nid=7218“>address at the Third Global Green Growth Forum in Copenhagen. “We are partners on a path to sustainability… But we have no time to waste.”

He noted that the way energy is produced and used is “the dominant cause” of climate change. “The impact on our global economy is increasingly clear. We count the cost in human lives and economic loss,” he stated. “But, we are forging solutions together all over the world.”

In September 2011, the Secretary-General launched the Sustainable Energy for All initiative, which aims to achieve three inter-linked global targets by 2030: universal access to modern energy services; the doubling of energy efficiency; and the doubling of the share of renewable energy in the world’s energy mix.

“Each of these objectives serves a common end: clean, low-carbon growth. This is critical for sustainable development,” said Mr. Ban.

He highlighted the world is fast approaching a triple deadline. The target date for achieving the global anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) falls at end of 2015. World leaders have also agreed on 2015 as the year for establishing a new sustainable development framework and reaching an agreement on climate change.

“2015 thus represents a historic opportunity to set the world on a sustainable path,” Mr. Ban stated. “To do that we must eradicate extreme poverty and hold global temperature rise below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.

“These objectives are mutually reinforcing and interdependent. Achieving them will require significant global momentum – beginning with a concerted push to accelerate progress towards the MDGs.

“On that foundation we must agree an inclusive post-2015 development framework with poverty reduction at its core and sustainable development as its guide. And to support these efforts, we must increase action and ambition on climate change.”

To that end, Mr. Ban has proposed convening a Climate Summit next September to bring together government, business, finance and civil society leaders from around the world to mobilize political will for the climate negotiations, deliver concrete new commitments and spark “a race to the top” in climate action.

He asked leaders to bring solutions and initiatives with targets, deliverables and investment plans. He also urged them to raise their level of ambition by scaling up the investments and financial flows necessary for making the transformation to a low-carbon economy.

“We need large amounts of capital for the rapid development of low-carbon infrastructure,” he stated. “We are seeing progress – but not fast enough; and not at sufficient scale.

“Climate change is the single greatest threat to sustainable development. Yet, too often, one important fact gets lost amid the fear: addressing climate change is one of our greatest opportunities,” he noted.

UN-Energy“With enlightened action, we can create jobs, improve public health, protect the environment and spur sustainable green growth. In the coming year we should all do our utmost to unlock the barriers to climate finance that exist across the global economy.”

The Secretary-General said he is personally engaged in trying to move the financial actors, regularly meeting with financial actors and investors. Today he attended a meeting with pension fund executives, at which he <“http://www.un.org/sg/offthecuff/index.asp?nid=3143“>asked them to help in unlocking new opportunities for capital investment in climate and development.

He also noted, in the meeting, his intention to include pension fund leaders in the Climate Summit, and discussed the possibilities for using the event as a unique opportunity to leverage unprecedented financial, political and organizational capital.

“I will continue to engage and challenge pension funds, insurance companies and sovereign wealth funds to look beyond the fossil-related segments of the global economy. Less than 1 per cent of pension fund assets are currently invested in sustainable infrastructure projects,” Mr. Ban told the forum.

“Our hope is that greater investment can move towards low-carbon assets, for the good of the world and the long-term financial health of investors. At the same time, development and commercial banks can and should unlock capital to enable low-carbon investments. And regulators can break barriers to facilitating these flows.

“There are enormous untapped investment opportunities in developing countries. All financial actors have to work together to create the mechanisms for making these investments possible. Companies and countries have to make sure that bankable projects are ready, when the money is available.

“With focus, resolve and ambition, we can lower the global thermostat and raise the level of economic opportunity for all – from the poorest households to the largest enterprises.”

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PACIFIC NATIONS AT UN CALL FOR URGENT GLOBAL APPROACH TO MITIGATE CLIMATE CHANGE

PACIFIC NATIONS AT UN CALL FOR URGENT GLOBAL APPROACH TO MITIGATE CLIMATE CHANGE
New York, Sep 28 2013 8:00PM
Pacific countries, some of them threatened with extinction from rising sea levels, took to the podium of the United Nations General Assembly today to call for an urgent global approach to mitigate climate change, voicing concern at the lack of progress so far.

“Climate change is no longer an environmental or political issue,” said Deputy Prime Minister Vete Palakua Sakaio of Tuvalu, a low-lying country of atolls in the direct line of onslaught from rising oceans.

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It’s not perhaps quite as dramatic as it…

It’s not, perhaps, quite as dramatic as it sounds. April saw the ninth heaviest snow cover on record measured in the Arctic, covering the Pole in more of the white stuff than it’s seen in a long ol’ time. But by May, temperatures increased and almost half the cover melted.

http://gizmodo.com/the-north-pole-is-now-a-lake-907239981

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