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BIOFUELS:

IPCC strikes reference to a controversial land-use factor

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change removed a reference to indirect land-use change, a point that provoked sharp disagreement in the final Working Group III "Summary for Policymakers" report released yesterday.

An earlier version of the report seen by ClimateWire indicates that there is medium evidence in the existing body of scientific studies that "the scientific debate about the marginal emissions of most bioenergy pathways ... such as indirect land use change, remains unresolved."

POLICY:

U.N. panel says next 15 years will be critical for affordable climate change actions

Averting a climate catastrophe won't be cheap, but it will be affordable as long as countries act urgently to set the wheels of a low-carbon transition into motion, the United Nations declared yesterday.

The report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change found greenhouse gas emissions steadily on the rise, growing more quickly between 2000 and 2010 than in any of the three previous decades. That's despite the global economic crisis, the creation of carbon markets and reams of city- and state-level policies worldwide aimed at curbing carbon.

FINANCE:

World Bank chief says fighting climate change and fighting poverty are linked

World Bank President Jim Kim yesterday put climate change at the center of the fight against extreme poverty, part of an effort since he began his tenure to link the two looming global problems.

Speaking at the opening of the bank's spring meetings, he noted that fewer than 100 people control as much of the world's wealth as the poorest 3.5 billion combined. Meanwhile, about 1 billion people earn less than $1.25 per day. In 16 countries, according to a new report released yesterday, more than half the population lives in such dire straits.

RESEARCH:

IPCC authors find transportation emissions on track to double by 2050

On the current trajectory, greenhouse gas emissions from cars, trains, ships and airplanes may become one of the greatest drivers of human-induced climate change, according to a draft of the forthcoming U.N. fifth assessment report on mitigation of climate change.

Authors project with high confidence that continued growth in emissions from global passenger and freight activity could "outweigh future mitigation measures," says a preliminary version of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change study obtained by ClimateWire.

Comparison of 2020 Targets and Ranges Pledged

Industrialized nations have put a variety of pledges on the table ahead of the U.N. climate talks in Copenhagen. For a rundown of the pledges, click here. (Updated: Dec. 15, 2009)

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