Sir David Attenborough Promotes Climate Action

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Naturalist Opens Climate Change Conference In Poland Sir David Attenborough announced the United Nations’ launch of a new campaign enabling people to unite in actions to battle climate change. In an address to the opening session of United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP24) in Katowice, Poland, Sir David Attenborough urged everyone to use the UN’s

UNDP Launches Program For Green Cities

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Cities A Massive Problem, Opportunity By Helen Clark, Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme On behalf of UNDP, welcome to the launch of the UNDP Sustainable Urbanization Strategy. As we meet here in Quito today for the Habitat III conference, we are also celebrating the International Day for Poverty Eradication. Many of the world’s poor

New Coal Deals Threaten Paris Climate Goals

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Greenhouse Gas Reductions Critical In Battle Against Climate Change The landmark global climate change deal brokered in Paris cleared an important hurdle this week when it secured enough official support to go into effect, but experts say the biggest hurdle — signatory countries turning their emissions, clean energy and climate adaptation financing goals from mere

Pope Francis Prepares To Tackle Climate Change

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Climate Changing At Vatican On Environmental, Social Issues He has been called the “superman pope,” and it would be hard to deny that Pope Francis has had a good December. Cited by President Barack Obama as a key player in the thawing relations between the US and Cuba, the Argentinian pontiff followed that by lecturing

Climate Talks Make Slow Progress In Peru

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Hot Air Adding To Hottest Year On Record Climate negotiators from around the world came up with a modest agreement early Sunday for every nation to do its part to address global warming — but the Obama administration’s aggressive environmental regulations and last month’s landmark deal with China weren’t enough to keep the talks from nearly

UN Appoints Bloomberg As Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change

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United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced today the appointment of Michael Bloomberg of the United States as his Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change. Mr. Bloomberg will assist the Secretary-General in his consultations with mayors and related key stakeholders, in order to raise political will and mobilize action among cities as part of his long-term

UN Asked To Make Sustainable Cities A Priority

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Sustainable Cities Critical In Fight Against Climate Change As chair of the Group of 77 and China, Fiji has called on world leaders to give urgent attention to the sustainability of cities. The message was relayed to world leaders at the United Nations in New York by Fiji’s Ambassador Peter Thomson in his address at the

Ban Ki-moon Applauds, Encourages Sustainable Cities

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Challenges, Opportunities Await Green Cities By UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon I thank you for your commitment to sustainable urbanization. By the middle of this century, 70 percent of all people will be living in cities. Almost all urban growth will be in developing countries. The challenges are immense. But the opportunities are even greater. Cities can be the

U.N. Launches Green Climate Fund With Little Support From Rich Nations

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Event Underscores Urgency Of Climate Change, Resiliency The Green Climate Fund, designed as the United Nations’ most important funding body in the battle on climate change in developing nations, launched its headquarters on Wednesday in South Korea, but uncertainty over finances clouded the event. The launch was largely symbolic, as the Fund, set up by