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October 22, 2015

The White House Really Wants a Climate Deal in Paris

America's ability to ensure global warming is minimized will "hinge on" the Obama administration's ability to convince global leaders to commit to ambitious future targets, but even those targets "alone are not sufficient" to prevent the world from hitting the 2-degree Celsius mark, said a White House official during a Wednesday press briefing.

2015 on Track to Be Hottest Year Ever Recorded

Two new temperature records were recently set: last month was the hottest September on record and the 2015 January-to-September period also beat out the existing record, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

"The bottom line is that the world is warming," said NOAA climate scientist Jessica Blunden. "We're seeing it all across the Indian Ocean, in huge parts of the Atlantic Ocean, in parts of the Arctic oceans ...  It's just incredible to me. I've never seen anything like this before."

Study: The Warmer It Gets, the More the Economy Will Struggle

A new study predicts that as the world temperatures continue to rise, the economic gap between rich and poor countries will expand.

"What climate change is doing is basically devaluing all the real estate south of the United States and making the whole planet less productive," said Solomon Hsiang, co-author on a new paper in Nature. Hsiang is an economist and public policy professor at the University of California Berkeley.

Oil Companies: Our Climate Pledge Is Not Lip Service

Responding to critics, leaders of 10 oil and gas companies reaffirmed that they are taking their recent climate pledge seriously.

"This is not all blah, blah, blah," said Josu Jon Ima, head of Repsol. "We are fully convinced that we can reduce CO2 emissions. We could be part of the problem, but we are convinced we are part of the solution."

October 21, 2015

Japan a Stubborn Advocate of Coal

As most members of the Group of Seven (G7) transition their economies away from coal, Japan is moving in the opposite direction. 

"Japan finds itself isolated in clinging to coal, while its G7 peers are all moving towards a phase out," said Chris Littlecott from the U.K.-based think tank E3G.

October 20, 2015

Will Trudeau Be Canada's New Climate Champion? Maybe Not.

Stephen Harper is out. Justin Trudeau is in. But those hoping Canada's new prime minister will ramp up the country's climate efforts may be in for a surprise. In Trudeau's victory speech, for example, there was no mention of climate change and he remained vague on the issue during the campaign trail.

Momentum Builds for a Price on Carbon

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, as well as the leaders of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank, have all come out in support of a price on carbon.

"There has never been a global movement to put a price on carbon at this level and with this degree of unison," World Bank Group president Jim Yong Kim said in a statement.

Dalai Lama Urges Climate Action

The Dalai Lama on Tuesday called climate change is a "problem which human beings created" and urged the world to take strong action to limit global warming's impact on the Himalayan glaciers and Tibetan plateau.

October 19, 2015

Pres. Obama to Meet with CEOs to Build Support on Climate Action

President Barack Obama is hosting the top executives of major companies including Johnson & Johnson, Intel Corp. and Berkshire Hathaway Energy Co. at the White House on Monday to talk climate change action.

The meeting will target "carbon mitigation, sustainability and resiliency and how technologies are emerging to support and scale these efforts," according to the president's schedule.

Sec. of State Kerry: Climate Change, Food Security Key to Global Stability

Climate change-induced agricultural failure poses a global security threat, said U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry at the Milan Expo on Saturday.

"The hard truth is that unless the global community comes together to address climate change, every one of these challenges - droughts, floods, extreme weather, ocean acidification, hunger and malnutrition - will only become more pronounced," said Kerry.

Obama Administration Puts Arctic Drilling on Ice

The Obama administration just shut off two avenues for energy companies to pursue offshore drilling in Arctic waters.

The Interior Department canceled on Friday auctions of drilling rights in Arctic waters scheduled through 2017. Federal officials also formally rejected bids by two major oil companies, including Shell, for additional time to search for fossil fuel reserves under their existing leases.

October 16, 2015

Ahead of Canada's PM Elections, Stephan Harper Avoids Talking Energy

With the Canadian elections for prime minister looming, analysts say that incumbent Stephen Harper has been avoiding talking about energy and the economy on the campaign trail. Harper was elected into office in 2006, championing the expansion of the Alberta oil sands. But last year's crash in global oil prices, combined with Harper's failure to get the Keystone XL pipeline approved, have cast uncertainty over the long-term future of the region's fossil fuel development.

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