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France launches website to lure foreign brainpower on climate change

France launches website to lure foreign brainpower on climate change
Written by Reuters on 2017-06-10


PARIS The French presidency launched on Thursday a website to lure international scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs to France following U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to pull out of a global climate change deal.The website - makeourplanetgreatagain.fr - went live just a week after President Emmanuel Macron's speech that criticized Trump's decision to leave the Paris agreement on climate...(Read More)

Climate fund criticized by Trump has slow, complex start

Climate fund criticized by Trump has slow, complex start
Written by Reuters on 2017-06-14


SEOUL/OSLO The $10 billion Green Climate Fund that U.S. President Donald Trump said was a waste of tax dollars has fallen behind on its goals, with a biggest payout so far of just $5 million for a U.S.-led solar energy project.Work at the international fund, which aims to help poor nations cut greenhouse gas emissions and adapt their economies to heatwaves, storms and rising seas has been slowed...(Read More)

Heavy rains in Ivory Coast raise fears for cocoa mid-crop

Heavy rains in Ivory Coast raise fears for cocoa mid-crop
Written by Reuters on 2017-06-06


ABIDJAN Heavy rains and overcast weather last week in most of Ivory Coast's main cocoa regions fueled fears that flooding and disease could cut into production in the last stage of the mid-crop, farmers said on Tuesday.Ivory Coast, the world's top cocoa producer, is in its rainy season and regular downpours are expected until next month, damaging the April-to-September mid-crop."This kind of heavy...(Read More)

World

World's energy system not on track to meet climate goals: IEA
Written by Reuters on 2017-06-07


LONDON Barely one tenth of renewable energy technology is ready to meet long-term climate change targets as governments have failed to adequately support large-scale deployment, a report by the International Energy Agency showed on Tuesday.Under a global climate pact, called the Paris Agreement, nearly 200 countries agreed last year to phase out greenhouse gas emissions this century and to limit...(Read More)

Most Americans want

Most Americans want 'aggressive' action on climate change: Reuters/Ipsos poll
Written by Reuters on 2017-06-07


NEW YORK Most Americans believe the United States should take "aggressive action" to fight climate change, but few see it as a priority issue when compared with the economy or security, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Tuesday.The June 2-4 opinion poll suggests American voters may not penalize President Donald Trump too harshly for walking away from the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement,...(Read More)

France vows to go beyond Paris climate commitments

France vows to go beyond Paris climate commitments
Written by Reuters on 2017-06-08


PARIS France will go beyond its initial international commitments to combat climate change following U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to pull out of last year's Paris accord, a government spokesman said on Wednesday.France's new President Emmanuel Macron is leading the charge to keep the momentum on the landmark accord that was reached in the French capital in 2015, after a pullout decision...(Read More)

Up to 10,000 moved as fires rage near South Africa

Up to 10,000 moved as fires rage near South Africa's oyster capital
Written by Reuters on 2017-06-09


CAPE TOWN Up to 10,000 people in the South African coastal resort of Knysna have been evacuated as wildfires fanned by strong winds ripped through the town, razing homes and other properties, officials said on Thursday.Eight people have been killed, three of them in the Knysna area, as the worst storm to hit Cape Town in three decades made landfall late on Tuesday before hurtling eastwards along...(Read More)

China, ADB launch green financing platform to fight pollution

China, ADB launch green financing platform to fight pollution
Written by Reuters on 2017-06-16


SHANGHAI China and the Asia Development Bank (ADB) have launched a green financing platform to support efforts by small- and medium-sized enterprises to cut pollution in the smog-hit Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region, ADB said on Friday.The area, home to six of China's 10 smoggiest cities in the first quarter of this year, has promised to upgrade or shut vast swathes of polluting industry as it tries...(Read More)

Australian review calls for

Australian review calls for 'fuel-neutral' clean energy target
Written by Reuters on 2017-06-11


MELBOURNE Australia should adopt a "fuel-neutral" clean energy target to cut carbon emissions, cap soaring power prices and keep the lights on, the nation's chief scientist said in a report on Friday.Recommendations in the highly-anticipated review, aimed at ending a decade of political warfare over climate policy, mean that coal-fired power generation using carbon-capture technology could potentially...(Read More)


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