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With accomplishments in Peru, ‘the stars are aligned’ for action on climate change

New York – UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon praised the outcome of the climate meeting that ended last Sunday in Lima, Peru, as one that advanced the effort to stem global warming on several fronts.

“Governments […]

Coal remains king, but growth in demand predicted to slow in coming five years

The growth in demand for coal has been slowing in recent years, and that trend will continue over the next five years, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said this week.

Coal demand globally will grow […]

John Kerry appeals to climate negotiators in Lima to focus on reaching a deal

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry delivered an impassioned plea on Thursday to climate negotiators meeting in Lima, Peru, to put aside their concerns over individual responsibility, and to focus instead on pitching in […]

Coalition aims to fight climate change by measuring emissions reductions

Press release from the United Nations Environment Programme:

Lima — A coalition launched Wednesday at the climate talks in Lima aims to boost efforts to save billions of dollars and billions of tonnes of CO2 emissions […]

Notes from Lima, part 2

8 December—The limelight shifted today to higher-level officials. Conference President and Peruvian Minister of the Environment Manuel Pulgar-Vidal opened the session saying that the signals were good for the Conference to conclude with a […]

Air of optimism that Lima will make history

Lima—With the announcement of new pledges to the Green Climate Fund, bringing the total to more than $10 billion, negotiators at the Lima Climate Conference said Wednesday they were optimistic that a successful outcome […]

Green Climate Fund exceeds initial capitalization target of $10 billion

Lima, Peru – The Green Climate Fund’s initial capitalization target of $10 billion has been exceeded.

Governments of Australia and Belgium on Tuesday joined other nations in pledging to the Green Climate Fund, committing AU$ […]

Women must be partners and drivers of climate change decision-making

This post originally appeared on the LinkedIn account belonging to Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, the UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women:

As leaders from around the world gather in Lima, Peru this week to discuss […]

Report: Mangroves’ economic potential untapped

Lima, December 9, 2014 –– The economic and social benefits of mangroves – which are estimated to run into the hundreds of billions worldwide – remain largely untapped due to a lack of carbon […]

Major Companies to Help Set the Stage for Ambitious Climate Agreement in 2015

Building on UN Climate Summit, 2nd Annual Caring for Climate Business Forum to share solutions, commitments and plans on key corporate climate issues from carbon pricing to responsible lobbying

(Lima, 8 December 2014) – On […]

Transforming the Economy to Achieve Zero Net Emissions

A year from now, climate negotiators representing countries worldwide will be in Paris finalizing an international agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and begin slowing the impacts of climate change. Their success will depend […]

UNEP report: developing countries’ adaptation costs likely to far surpass previous estimates

Lima, Peru, 5 December 2014
Even if global greenhouse gas emissions are cut to the level required to keep global temperature rise below 2°C this century, the cost of adapting to climate change in developing […]