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'We might not exist anymore' -- island nations push for urgent action on climate at U.N.

Climate change is fundamentally redefining national security for island nations, leaders told the United Nations Security Council yesterday.

The daylong debate convened by New Zealand also delved into piracy, terrorism and illegal fishing. But it was the threat of rising temperatures that island leaders said has topped all other concerns. Collectively, they called for a legally binding global climate accord that keeps global temperatures from rising more than 2 degrees Celsius above preindustrial levels, and demanded the United Nations' security apparatus make meaningful changes to address island issues.


World Bank pushes rich countries to deliver on climate finance pledges

America and other wealthy countries have a responsibility to help vulnerable nations adapt to the ravages of climate change, said Rachel Kyte, World Bank vice president and special envoy for climate change.

She said countries are "working furiously" to show how they will deliver on a pledge to mobilize $100 billion annually in public and private dollars by 2020. Proving that money will materialize is considered key to getting poor countries to agree to a global climate change accord expected to be signed in Paris in December.


China is urged to lead the world by tightening its pledge to lower CO2 emissions

China is at a clean energy tipping point and can bend the scales in favor of global decarbonization by putting an aggressive cap on coal and peaking its own greenhouse gas emissions earlier than promised, a new study finds.

In a briefing released yesterday by the Center for International Governance Innovation in Ontario, a panel of energy experts from the Natural Resources Defense Council argued that the Chinese government should take advantage of dropping coal consumption and an economy increasingly moving away from heavy industry.


Republicans tell Washington's diplomatic corps that U.S. climate pledge is 'shaky'

Republicans have started to take their fight against a global climate change agreement directly to the international community.

In a briefing yesterday aimed at members of Washington, D.C.'s diplomatic corps, leaders from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, former Bush administration officials and GOP Senate aides said the Obama administration's commitment to slash greenhouse gas emissions cannot be achieved, is on "shaky legal ground" and won't be honored by Congress.

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E&E tracks work on a post-Kyoto agreement for curbing emissions of heat-trapping gases.


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