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The UK has allocated more than two thirds of its Fast Start Finance, which is helping the poorest and most vulnerable to adapt to climate change, putting it well on track to meet its £1.5bn commitment by the end of 2012

The results of a major new scientific assessment of climate change has been published today, highlighting the effects the world could face if global temperature changes are not limited to two degrees

The lives and livelihoods of millions of people around the world will be devastated by climate change within our lifetimes unless the EU leads the world to a legally-binding agreement to cut greenhouse gas emissions, Friends of the Earth is warning today (Monday 28 November 2011), as the latest round of UN climate negotiations gets underway in Durban, South Africa

 

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With the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Durban less than a month away, a new report from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) will outline a package of measures which could reduce global warming, avoid millions of premature deaths and reduce global crop yield losses by tackling black carbon, methane and ground-level ozone – substances known as short-term climate forcers

 

25 UK-based companies are amongst manyin Europe, Australia and Japan that are buying more certified sustainable palm oil than ever before, but urgent action is still needed to avoid the irreversible loss of tropical forests, according to WWF’s latest assessment of the industry that buys palm oil

 

Reacting to the World Meteorological Organisation report today (Monday 21 November), warning that the amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere reached a new high in 2010 and the rate of increase has accelerated, Friends of the Earth's Executive Director Andy Atkins said

 

Keeping a global, 21st century temperature rise under 2 degrees Celsius will require urgent action on a group of chemicals increasingly being used in products such as air conditioners, refrigerators, firefighting equipment and insulation foams

 

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has called on world leaders to create a multibillion dollar fund to ensure vulnerable nations are protected against increasing climate change devastation

 

In a new study launched Wednesday by the International Energy Agency (IEA), weeks ahead of the Durban Climate Change talks, scientists warn that if the current trend to build high-carbon generating infrastructures continues, the world's carbon budget will be swallowed up by 2017, leaving the planet more vulnerable than ever to the effects of irreversible climate change

 

MEPs said the EU must come up with concrete proposals before the UN summit on climate change in Durban at the end of the year. In a discussion, Commissioner for Climate Action Connie Hedegaard said, "Durban is an important opportunity to progress, but it's not the end of the road"

 

Development progress in the world’s poorest countries could be halted or even reversed by mid-century unless bold steps are taken now to slow climate change, prevent further environmental damage, and reduce deep inequalities within and among nations, according to projections in the 2011 Human Development Report, launched by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today

 

"The Prime Minister should promise to attend next year's Rio + 20 Earth Summit to show leadership on sustainability and strengthen global political will to tackle the environmental crisis," say MPs on the Commons Environmental Audit Committee in a report published on 26 October 2011

 

The Carbon Trust is announcing that it is the first organisation to offer a service certifying to the World Resources Institute (WRI) and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) new international standard for measuring and reporting product carbon footprints

 
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