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The Emissions Gap Report 2014: A UNEP Synthesis Report

Categories: Climate Change,Energy,Environment,Headlines,Science/Technology,United Nations

Examines whether the pledges of carbon emissions limitations made by countries are on track to meet the internationally agreed upon 2 degree Centigrade target.  Argue for a halving of all greenhouse gas emissions by mid-century followed by movement toward carbon neutrality and net zero total greenhouse gas emissions by century’s end.  From the UN Environment Programme


President Obama’s November 2014 Visit to China: The Bilateral Agreements

Reviews the major agreements on limiting greenhouse gas emissions, products to be covered under a new information technology agreement, a military confidence building measure to reduce military tensions, and extension of student, business, and tourist visas.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


International Climate Change Financing: The Green Climate Fund (GCF)

Categories: Climate Change,Congress,Environment,Govt Finance,United Nations

Discusses mechanisms for aiding developing countries in their climate change activities and focuses on the proposed United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Green Climate Fund.  Reviews operational details that would need to be clarified and the role a skeptical Congress might have to play.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Keystone XL Pipeline: Overview and Recent Developments

Categories: Climate Change,Energy,Environment,Headlines,Laws/Regulations

Reviews the economic, energy, and environmental controversies surrounding the proposed pipeline project and recent developments involving litigation and permit reviews. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Effect of Sea Level Rise on Energy Infrastructure in Four Major Metropolitan Areas

Categories: Climate Change,Energy,Environment,Urban Issues

Covers New York, Houston, Miami, and Los Angeles to help establish a baseline understanding of the specific threat SLR poses to coastal energy infrastructure.  From the Energy Department


U.S. and China Announce Important New Actions to Reduce Carbon Pollution

Categories: China,Climate Change,Environment,Headlines,Presidency,Science/Technology

Presents a summary of actions announced by China and the U.S. to control carbon emissions in the post 2020 period.  From the White House


Climate Change and Dead Zones

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,Headlines,Natural Resources,Science/Technology

Investigates the relationship between global warming and oxygen-depleted dead zones in estuaries and coastal zones.  The Chesapeake Bay has been particularly affected by the emergence of such dead zones.  From the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute


Climate Change 2014 Synthesis Report: Longer Report

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,Headlines,Science/Technology,United Nations

Final report of the IPCC Fifth Assessment on the state of knowledge concerning the science of climate change.  Focuses on new results since the publication of the Fourth Assessment in 2007.  Covers observed changes and their causes, future climate change risks and impacts, and adaptation/mitigation options. From the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change


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