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President Biden’s Ambitious Earth Day Climate Summit

President Joe Biden is hosting world leaders from countries large and small in a virtual global meeting on Earth Day, April 22, 2021. Photo date: February 25, 2021 (Photo courtesy National Governors Assn.) Creative Commons license via Flickr

President Joe Biden has invited 40 world leaders to participate in a virtual Leaders Summit on Climate he is hosting today, Earth Day April 22, and on April 23. His goal – to inspire agreement among the global community of nations on how to address the planet’s rising temperature, which is causing extreme weather events, glacial melt, sea-level rise, drought and wildfires around the world.

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A Balancing Act: Climate Change Control Without Water Stress

A bioenergy field trial in Wisconsin is evaluating how switchgrass, Miscanthus, corn stover, poplar trees, and native prairie grasses stack up against each other. (Photo by Gregg Sanford / Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center) Creative Commons License via Flickr

To avoid serious water scarcity, future biomass plantations for energy production and carbon emissions control will need sustainable water management, researchers from Germany’s Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research show in a new study. Otherwise, irrigation of biomass plantations may increase global water stress more than climate change.

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Communities Cope With a New Climate Reality, Naturally

A community group in Kisangani, Democratic Republic of Congo makes plans for a fish farming project that will help with water management. February 7, 2020 (Photo by Axel Fassio courtesy CIFOR) Creative Commons license via Flickr

A new climate reality is here, now. The year 2020 was one of the three warmest on record, and rivalled 2016 for the top spot, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) concludes after consolidating five international datasets. A naturally occurring climate phenomenon, La Niña, cooled things off only at the very end of the year.

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2021: World Turns to Clean Energy as Prices Fall

Mecktilda and Stefano became local agents for Global Cycle Solutions, a solar energy provider, in their village near Mwanza, Tanzania.  A year later, they had sold over 200 solar kits and earned enough to cover their children's school fees. August 25, 2015 Tanzania (Photo by Russell Watkins courtesy UK Department for International Development) Creative Commons license via Flickr

The Rockefeller Foundation has announced the formation of a global coalition aimed at providing sustainable energy for one billion people within this decade. Announcing the global sustainable energy coalition, Dr. Rajiv Shah, president of The Rockefeller Foundation, said, “Our success will empower millions of people to participate in a modern economy, growing economic opportunity for us all.”

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Sustainability: Megacity Mayors Map a ‘Future That Works for Everyone’

Mayor of Los Angeles Eric Garcetti speaks with the media at the Moving America Forward Forum hosted by United for Infrastructure, University of Nevada, Las Vegas. February 16, 2020 (Photo by Gage Skidmore) Creative Commons license via Flickr

The mayors of 97 of the world’s largest cities, members of the C40 global network of cities, have agreed to revitalize the post-pandemic world by creating green jobs, investing in public services, supporting essential workers, greening public spaces, and protecting struggling mass transit systems until the virus recedes and riders return.

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Weak COP25 Outcome Disappoints, Despite Achievements

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres addresses thousands of delegates from around the world, opening the UN’s annual climate conference, COP25, Dec. 2, Madrid, Spain (Photo courtesy Earth Negotiations Bulletin)

Climate negotiations lasting 16 days have failed to find common ground on international carbon trading rules, one of the important issues at the UN’s COP25 climate summit in Madrid, which wrapped Sunday with a weak accord despite urging from the United Nations and civil society groups to address the climate emergency with “ambition.”

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UN Climate Action Summit 2019

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Climate change is one of the most pressing issues of our time, and the time to act is now if there is any chance of combatting and reversing its effects. The 2019 Climate Action Summit will unite global key players to meet the climate challenge and put the Paris Agreement into action.

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EU Drafts New Rules for Impact Investing

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The Council of the European Union is taking steps to encourage financial companies to increase awareness of the impact of their investments on the environment by requiring them to disclose how they integrate environmental, social and governance factors in their investment decisions.

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Wallets Open for Climate at Poland’s COP24

Heads of state and government, diplomats and climate scientists, economists and bankers have gathered in Katowice for the UN’s annual climate conference, and this one is anything but routine. Known as COP24, it has a daunting task.

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Nations Step Up Climate Action Ambitions

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“We need to dramatically increase our ambitions. We are witnessing the severe impacts of climate change throughout the world,” said Executive Secretary of UN Climate Change Patricia Espinosa of Brazil, at a news conference in Bonn.

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Sustainable Finance European Style

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An EU-wide label for green investment funds, a European standard for green bonds, and a classification system to provide market clarity on what is sustainable are recommended in the final report of the High-Level Expert Group on Sustainable Finance, published this week.

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Permafrost Not So Permanent Any More

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Global warming will thaw about 20 percent more permafrost than previously thought, scientists are warning, potentially releasing large amounts of greenhouse gases into the Earth’s atmosphere.

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