Ballard and Anglo American Platinum partner on a range of fuel cell applications in South Africa

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Ballard Power Systems and Anglo American Platinum Limited, the world’s leading primary producer of platinum group metals, are working in partnership on a number of early-stage stationary and motive power applications of fuel cells in the South African market. The companies deployed and demonstrated a 150 kW fuel cell system near the 17 th Conference of the Parties (COP17) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change held in Durban, South Africa in late-2011.

Nielsen global survey finds concerns about climate change slipping behind concerns over other environmental issues; air and water pollution top worries, pesticide use #3

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Other environmental concerns have pushed ahead of climate change on a global average basis. There are many possible reasons for declines in concern about climate change/global warming. Climate Change Market Background Surveys Water

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Group of 285 global investors with more than $20T in assets under management calls for urgent action on investment-grade climate change and energy policies; guidelines for governments

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Saying that “ investment-grade climate change and clean energy policy is required to shift private sector investment from high-carbon to low-carbon assets ”, a group of 285 investors has urged governments and international policy makers to take new and meaningful steps in the fight against climate change. Climate change presents major long-term risks to the global economy and to the assets in which we invest. Climate Change Policy

PwC analysis finds meeting 2 C warming target would require “unprecedented and sustained” reductions over four decades

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—Leo Johnson, Partner, Sustainability and Climate Change, PwC. Resilience will become a watch word in the boardroom—to policy responses as well as to the climate. —Jonathan Grant, director, sustainability and climate change, PwC.

Electric cars head to UN Durban climate change talks

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As climate talks in Durban, South Africa get underway today, a host of electric cars will be on hand to give COP17 delegates the chance to try out the cleaner future in the automotive industry. A dozen electric cars from the Renault-Nissan Alliance will be on hand for the United Nation’s Climate Change Conference which [.]. Green credentials Africa climate conference COP17 Electric cars

WHO report urges greater attention to improved land use, rapid transit, cycling and walking to achieve health co-benefits from transport GHG emissions mitigation

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The review is the latest product of WHO’s Health in the Green Economy initiative, which is considering available evidence on health impacts from climate mitigation strategies for key economic sectors, as reviewed by the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

Fast action on black carbon, ozone and methane could help limit global temperature rise to 2 degrees C

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The climate change benefit is estimated for a given year (2050) and human health and crop benefits are. °F), according to a new assessment released today in Bonn, Germany, during a meeting of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

Study finds rising temperatures increase risk of unhealthy ozone levels absent sharp cuts in precursors

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The RCPs were chosen to represent a broad range of climate outcomes, based on a literature review. Warmer temperatures and other changes in the atmosphere related to a changing climate, including higher atmospheric levels of methane, spur the chemical reactions that lead to ozone. To examine the impacts of climate change on ozone pollution, NCAR scientist Gabriele Pfister and her colleagues looked at two scenarios.

Copenhagen summit concludes: what was and was not achieved?

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The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change 15 Conference of Parties (COP 15) came to its conclusion after an all-night session that sent two weeks of climate talks into overtime. The result was the tentative approval of a non-biding, three-page political statement hashed out between the leaders of Brazil, China, France, Germany, India, South Africa, [.].

Climate Talks End In Copenhagen Accord; Countries Settle On Non- Binding 2 ºC Warming Limit

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Following an all-night session that sent two weeks of climate talks into overtime, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) 15 th Conference Of Parties (COP 15) yesterday tentatively approved a non-binding, three-page political statement that had been hashed out the previous night in face-to-face meetings between leaders of Brazil, China, France, Germany, India, South Africa, the UK, and the United States at the Bella Centre near the Copenhagen airport.

Devil in the Details: World Leaders Scramble To Salvage and Shape Copenhagens UNFCCC Climate Summit

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Although most countries have already revealed their opening emissions reduction proposals, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer pointed out Thursday that “ we still await clarity from industrialized nations on the provision of large-scale finance to developing countries for immediate and long-term climate action. Climate Change And The IPCC Fourth Assessment Report. Australia is considered to be one of the most vulnerable developed nations to climate change.

US, China, and G-20 agree to work to global phase down of HFCs

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The US reached separate agreements with the G-20 and with China to address the rapid growth in the use and release of climate-damaging hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). This was agreed by: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Turkey,the United Kingdom, the United States, and the European Union, as well as Ethiopia, Spain, Senegal, Brunei, Kazakhstan, and Singapore.

Elements of the Cancun Agreements

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The UN Climate Change Conference in Cancun, Mexico, ended on Saturday with the adoption of a package of decisions that set all governments more firmly on the path towards a low-emissions future and support enhanced action on climate change in the developing world, according to the UN Environment Programme. The next Conference of the Parties is scheduled to take place in South Africa, from 28 November to 9 December 2011.

Summary of decisions from Durban climate conference

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Countries meeting in Durban, South Africa, managed to deliver an agreement after an extension to negotiations. Governments at the COP17 meeting decided to adopt some form of a universal legal agreement on climate change as soon. markets all remain in action as effective tools to leverage global climate action and as models to inform. Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Green Climate Fund. existing climate change.

Shipping industry, Oxfam and WWF call on COP 17 delegates to provide IMO with clear guidance on reducing shipping GHG emissions; potential for contributing to Green Climate Fund

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At the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Durban, South Africa (COP 17), the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS, which represents more than 80% of the world merchant fleet), Oxfam and WWF called on delegates to give the International Maritime Organization (IMO) clear guidance on continuing its work on reducing shipping emissions through the development of Market Based Measures (MBMs).

Indo-US task force to study HFC phase-down

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HFCs are chemicals are potential substitutes for ozone-depleting and climate-warming CFCs and HCFCs currently being phased out under the Montreal Protocol treaty to protect the ozone layer. Although they don’t harm the ozone layer, HFCs are powerful climate warming gases and their emissions are expected to rise sharply over the next few decades without aggressive action, significantly contributing to climate change.

InterAcademy Council to Conduct Independent Review of the UN IPCC’s Processes and Procedures at Request of United Nations and IPCC

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The United Nations Secretary General and the Chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) announced have asked the InterAcademy Council (IAC) to conduct an independent review of the IPCC’s processes and procedures to further strengthen the quality of the Panel’s reports on climate change. If anything, more recent data indicate that the IPCC’s 2007 assessment underestimated the degree to which human activity is changing our climate.

G20 Leaders Agree to Phase Out Fossil Fuel Subsidies

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Inefficient fossil fuel subsidies encourage wasteful consumption, distort markets, impede investment in clean energy sources and undermine efforts to deal with climate change. The G20 is made up of the finance ministers and central bank governors of 19 countries: Argentina; Australia; Brazil; Canada; China; France; Germany; India; Indonesia; Italy; Japan; Mexico; Russia; Saudi Arabia; South Africa; South Korea; Turkey; United Kingdom; and the United States of America.