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  • Swedish 2nd AP Fund: Important 1st step, a long way to go

    350.org - Movement Dispatches and Climate News
    Olivia Linander
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:07 pm
    On Monday, one of the Swedish national pension funds called “Second AP fund” announced that they are divesting from 20 fossil fuel companies. They ditched all their investments in coal (12 companies) and pulled their investments out of eight oil and gas companies, citing the financial risk associated with these assets. CEO Eva Halvarsson said: By not investing in a number of companies, we are reducing our exposure to risk constituted by fossil-fuel based energy. This decision will help to protect the Fund’s long-term return on investment. The fund also states  that they do not…
  • Europe commits economic suicide – agrees to massive emission cuts

    Watts Up With That?
    Anthony Watts
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:42 am
    Eric Worrall writes: The European Union has just committed economic suicide, by agreement a landmark deal, to cut CO2 emissions by 40% by 2030. Given that European emissions, by any rational measure, have been rising steadily, this would at first seem to be an impossible goal. But anyone who is expecting a rational re-appraisal of…
  • Gavin Schmidt and the EPA Denial Decision

    Climate Audit
    Steve McIntyre
    18 Oct 2014 | 11:04 am
    About eight weeks ago, Jean S postulated that Gavin Schmidt had been involved in writing the documents supporting EPA’s decision denying various petitions for reconsideration of the Endangerment Finding (the “RTP documents“), documents that Mann had cited to the D.C. Court as a supposedly  “independent” investigation into allegations against him. Obviously, if Schmidt had been involved in the evaluation of evidence for EPA, any claim to “independence” of the EPA’s supposed investigation would be risible. Jean S directly asked Schmidt, but…
  • Desert streams: Deceptively simple

    Earth & Climate News -- ScienceDaily
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:23 am
    Volatile rainstorms drive complex landscape changes in deserts, particularly in dryland channels, which are shaped by flash flooding. Paradoxically, such desert streams have surprisingly simple topography with smooth, straight and symmetrical form that until now has defied explanation.
  • Physics Envy

    Climate Sanity
    tommoriarty
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:42 pm
    I have marveled through the years as quacks and charlatans justify their nonsense with vague references to quantum mechanics.  But today I saw something that takes the cake. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised.  Where could you find more quacks and charlatans than in the present administration of the United States. Today the embarrassing White House press secretary, Josh Earnest, was confronted by CBS News correspondent Mark Knoller about the The Most Transparent Administration In History’s  lack of transparency when it comes to President Obama’s fundraisers.  First, it…
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  • Swedish 2nd AP Fund: Important 1st step, a long way to go

    Olivia Linander
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:07 pm
    On Monday, one of the Swedish national pension funds called “Second AP fund” announced that they are divesting from 20 fossil fuel companies. They ditched all their investments in coal (12 companies) and pulled their investments out of eight oil and gas companies, citing the financial risk associated with these assets. CEO Eva Halvarsson said: By not investing in a number of companies, we are reducing our exposure to risk constituted by fossil-fuel based energy. This decision will help to protect the Fund’s long-term return on investment. The fund also states  that they do not…
  • A climate activist’s reflection of Ferguson October

    Yong Jung
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:40 am
    For 73 nights, young people from Ferguson and St. Louis have led nightly protests demanding justice for the killing of Mike Brown. A local tragedy had re-ignited the movement to fight systemic racism, and as the world was watching Ferguson, Hands Up United, Organization for Black Struggle, Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment, Millennial Activists United, Lost Voices and many local groups invited people to join them in St. Louis for a “Weekend of Resistance”. I went to Ferguson as part of a contingent of climate activists. I’m convinced that if we’re going to create the…
  • Indigenous peoples were at the frontlines of crisis, so they sounded the alarm. And wow, was it powerful.

    Zoë Wong-Weissman
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:38 am
    One month ago, 400,000 people took to the streets of Manhattan to demand action on climate, and among them were communities that will be first and most impacted. Not only are these people at the frontlines of crisis; they’re also at the forefront of change. Watch these powerful videos by our friends at Idle No More to get a glimpse of indigenous communities sounding the alarm and leading the change at the People’s Climate March in New York.
  • This fight is for real.

    The 350.org Team
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:25 am
    We just sent out this email to our friends in the USA. Not on our email list yet? Sign up here to receive crucial updates from the climate movement.  Dear friends, For those of us lucky enough to be in Manhattan exactly one month ago today, perhaps the greatest moment of a great day was the surge of sound that followed our moment of silence. The “People’s Climate Roar” began on Central Park West and then pulsed down Sixth Avenue and crashed through Times Square. That wave of sound symbolized two things: 1) We are sounding the alarm on climate change, the…
  • Sweden’s national pension fund to divest from 20 fossil fuel companies

    Louise Hazan
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:53 am
    GÖTEBORG, Sweden- The international divestment movement and the Swedish fair pension campaign #schysstapensioner campaign are celebrating a major win today as the Second AP Fund – one of several Swedish national pension funds – announced it would begin divesting from fossil fuels. In a move designed to reduce the financial risks of its investments in fossil fuel-based energy, the Second AP Fund announced today it will no longer have investments in 12 coal and 8 oil-and-gas production companies. This represents a divestment of holdings with a total market value of about SEK 840 million…
 
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    Watts Up With That?

  • Europe commits economic suicide – agrees to massive emission cuts

    Anthony Watts
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:42 am
    Eric Worrall writes: The European Union has just committed economic suicide, by agreement a landmark deal, to cut CO2 emissions by 40% by 2030. Given that European emissions, by any rational measure, have been rising steadily, this would at first seem to be an impossible goal. But anyone who is expecting a rational re-appraisal of…
  • Newsbytes: World food production at record levels

    Anthony Watts
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Despite all the gloom and doom from people like Paul Ehrlich and the warmers who say global warming will stunt food production, the reality is far different. It seems the increase in CO2 along with adaptive crop genetics may have combined to produce this bonanza. Based on the latest forecasts for production and utilization, world…
  • Sanity: Subsidies for solar farms to be cut to help safeguard farmland

    Anthony Watts
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:53 pm
    From:Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs and The Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss MP New rules will ensure more agricultural land is dedicated to growing crops and food Farmers will lose their right to claim subsidies for fields filled with solar panels under new plans to ensure more agricultural land is dedicated to growing crops…
  • Weather Channel Founder John Coleman: There is no significant man-made global warming at this time

    Anthony Watts
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:30 am
    John Coleman, the founder of Weather Channel, has written an open letter, in which he claims the theory of anthropogenic climate change is no longer scientifically credible. So far The Express, a major British newspaper, and the American news service WND, have provided favorable coverage of the letter. The Express article has also been linked…
  • Finally Some Reality from RealClimate – But, Unfortunately, They Remained Unreal about Some Things

    Bob Tisdale
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:25 am
    Guest Post by Bob Tisdale The post Ocean heat storage: a particularly lousy policy target + Update at RealClimate finally presented a few realities of the global-warming metric known as ocean heat content—realities we have discussed numerous times.  But they weren’t completely open about it and the other ocean temperature-related dataset, sea surface temperature. That…
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    Climate Audit

  • Gavin Schmidt and the EPA Denial Decision

    Steve McIntyre
    18 Oct 2014 | 11:04 am
    About eight weeks ago, Jean S postulated that Gavin Schmidt had been involved in writing the documents supporting EPA’s decision denying various petitions for reconsideration of the Endangerment Finding (the “RTP documents“), documents that Mann had cited to the D.C. Court as a supposedly  “independent” investigation into allegations against him. Obviously, if Schmidt had been involved in the evaluation of evidence for EPA, any claim to “independence” of the EPA’s supposed investigation would be risible. Jean S directly asked Schmidt, but…
  • Millennial Quebec Tree Rings

    Steve McIntyre
    13 Oct 2014 | 8:55 am
    In today’s post, I’m going to discuss an important new 1000-year chronology from northern treeline spruce in Quebec (Gennaretti et al 2014, PNAS here).  The chronology is interesting on multiple counts.  This is the first Quebec northern treeline chronology to include the medieval warm period.  Second, it provides a long overdue crosscheck against the Jacoby-D’Arrigo chronologies (including Gaspe) that have been embedded in a number of canonical reconstructions.  Its results are very different.  Third, the Quebec (and Labrador) northern treeline is the closest…
  • Decomposing Paico

    Steve McIntyre
    11 Oct 2014 | 12:51 pm
    In today’s post, Jean S and I are going to show that the paico reconstruction, as implemented in the present algorithm, is very closely approximated by a weighted average of the proxies, in which the weights are proportional to the number of measurements.  Paico is a methodology introduced in Hanhijarvi et al 2013 (pdf here) and applied in PAGES2K (2013). It was discussed in several previous CA posts. We are able to show this because we noticed that the contributions of each proxy to the final reconstruction can be closely estimated by half the difference between the reconstruction and…
  • New Article on Igaliku

    Steve McIntyre
    11 Oct 2014 | 6:28 am
    Shortly after the publication of PAGES2K, I pointed out that the Igaliku lake sediment proxy, had been contaminated by modern agricultural runoff. The post attracted many comments. Nick Stokes vigorously opposed the surmise that the Igaliku series had been contaminated by modern agriculture and/or that such contamination should have been taken into account by Kaufman and associates. Stokes: I see earlier demands that selection criteria be declared for proxies. Kaufman has done that, and appears to have stuck with them. But when a spike appears, suddenly the CA throng has a thousand a…
  • PAGES2K vs the Hanhijarvi Reconstruction

    Steve McIntyre
    7 Oct 2014 | 9:04 pm
    The PAGES2K (2013) Arctic reconstruction of Kaufman et al has attracted considerable attention as a non-Mannian hockey stick. However, it’s been fraught with problems since day one, including a major re-statement of results in August 2014 (McKay and Kaufman, 2014 pdf), in which Kaufman conceded (without direct acknowledgement) Climate Audit criticism that their results had been impacted by the use of contaminated data and upside-down data.  But there’s a lot more. In March 2013, almost exactly contemporaneous with PAGES2K, Hanhijarvi et al, pdf here, the originators of the paico…
 
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    Earth & Climate News -- ScienceDaily

  • Desert streams: Deceptively simple

    23 Oct 2014 | 11:23 am
    Volatile rainstorms drive complex landscape changes in deserts, particularly in dryland channels, which are shaped by flash flooding. Paradoxically, such desert streams have surprisingly simple topography with smooth, straight and symmetrical form that until now has defied explanation.
  • How ferns adapted to one of Earth's newest and most extreme environments

    23 Oct 2014 | 11:23 am
    Ferns are believed to be 'old' plant species -- some of them lived alongside the dinosaurs, over 200 million years ago. However, a group of Andean ferns evolved much more recently: their completely new form and structure (morphology) arose and diversified within the last 2 million years. This novel morphology seems to have been advantageous when colonising the extreme environment of the high Andes.
  • Florida lizards evolve rapidly, within 15 years and 20 generations

    23 Oct 2014 | 11:23 am
    Scientists working on islands in Florida have documented the rapid evolution of a native lizard species -- in as little as 15 years -- as a result of pressure from an invading lizard species, introduced from Cuba.
  • Highest altitude archaeological sites in the world explored in the Peruvian Andes: Survival in extreme environments

    23 Oct 2014 | 11:23 am
    Research conducted at the highest-altitude Pleistocene archaeological sites yet identified in the world sheds new light on the capacity of humans to survive in extreme environments. The findings were taken from sites in the Pucuncho Basin, located in the Southern Peruvian Andes.
  • Helping sweet cherries survive the long haul

    23 Oct 2014 | 10:22 am
    Research into the effectiveness of hydrocooling of sweet cherries at commercial packing houses determined the need for post-packing cooling. Analyses determined that core temperatures achieved by in-line hydrocoolers during packing did not reduce temperatures sufficiently to ensure good quality retention over the longer periods of time required for container shipping to export markets. The study recommends forced-air cooling to further reduce sweet cherry temperatures in the box before shipping.
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    Climate Sanity

  • Physics Envy

    tommoriarty
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:42 pm
    I have marveled through the years as quacks and charlatans justify their nonsense with vague references to quantum mechanics.  But today I saw something that takes the cake. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised.  Where could you find more quacks and charlatans than in the present administration of the United States. Today the embarrassing White House press secretary, Josh Earnest, was confronted by CBS News correspondent Mark Knoller about the The Most Transparent Administration In History’s  lack of transparency when it comes to President Obama’s fundraisers.  First, it…
  • Plain Speaking from John Coleman

    tommoriarty
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:52 pm
    John Coleman, co-founder of the Weather Channel, knows a thing or two about the climate.  He recently had plenty to say about global warming hysteria.  In an open letter to the UCLA Hammer Forum he said… The ocean is not rising significantly. The polar ice is increasing, not melting away. Polar Bears are increasing in number. Heat waves have actually diminished, not increased. There is not an uptick in the number or strength of storms (in fact storms are diminishing). I have studied this topic seriously for years. It has become a political and environment agenda item, but the science…
  • In Defense of Solar Thermal

    tommoriarty
    15 Oct 2014 | 9:32 pm
    Is the sacrifice of 28,000 birds in order to offset the energy needs of 57,000 Californians for a year really asking all that much? “Solar thermal” energy is the concentration of light to heat which can be used to generate electricity or for other purposes.  This is different, of course, from solar photovoltaics (my field). I like to be realistic about energy sources, staying clear of the abundant quasi-religious nonsense.  Because of this I am not a great enthusiast for massive solar thermal projects.  They may have their place, but they are still expensive.  For example,…
  • Editorial Leakage at NPR

    tommoriarty
    17 Sep 2014 | 8:15 pm
    When I was in college I worked for Phytofarms of America, which produced the highest quality leafy vegetables in a hydroponic environment.  The environment was completely artificial, high-powered lamps, nutrient controlled water and CO2 at three times the atmospheric level. Years later when I was working at NREL I received incredulous guffaws from some co-workers when I mentioned the growing advantages of high CO2.  They were certain, of course, that any deviation from the “normal” CO2 level was bad. We’ve now had two decades of dire predictions of…
  • 10 to 1 odds for Prof. David Barber

    tommoriarty
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:37 pm
    Background Back in 2008 University of Manitoba Professor David Barber made two rediculous statements.  First, National Geographic reported on June 20th, 2008, that Barber said “We’re actually projecting this year that the North Pole may be free of ice for the first time [in history].” Of course, that did not happen.  At the low point for the year there were still 3 million square kilometers of ice in the Arctic and 2.25 million square kilometers in the Arctic Basin.   But Barber wasn’t done sharing his insight.   That year the Star Pheonix (Saskatoon) reported The ice…
 
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    Climate War Room

  • Micropower’s Quiet Takeover

    23 Oct 2014 | 10:04 am
    In a cover story and article 14 years ago about the emergent disruption of utilities, The Economist’s Vijay Vaitheeswaran coined the umbrella term “micropower” to mean sources of electricity that are relatively small, modular, mass-producible, quick-to-deploy, and hence rapidly scalable—the opposite of cathedral-like power plants that cost billions of dollars and take about a decade to license and build.His term combined two kinds of micropower: renewables other than big hydroelectric dams, and cogeneration of electricity together with useful heat in factories or buildings (also known…
  • Mismanaging Climate Change

    22 Oct 2014 | 3:11 pm
    Pakistan’s extreme vulnerability to climate change is not a scientific secret but is, in fact, a logical certainty owing to its geographic location, inclined elevation, as well as demographics.Former Minister Malik Amin Aslam Khan The issue directly impacts upon the country’s already volatile water dynamics driven by the northern glaciers and the seasonal monsoon rains and, if not managed properly, could burden our economy to the tune of $6-14 billion per year (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change NEEDS study 2010). In response to this challenge, Pakistan’s National…
  • Turks & Caicos Joins The Caribbean's Renewable Energy Race

    20 Oct 2014 | 5:55 pm
    Governor Peter BeckinghamNew York, October 16,2014— Tlirks & Caicos fTCI) deepened its commitment to advancing renewable energy by joining the Carbon War Room's Ten Island Challenge today.The Premier of Turks and Caicos, the Honorable Doctor Rufus Ewing, and Carbon War Room Operation Director, Justine Locke, signed a Memorandum of Understanding, committing to work together to reduce the island's dependence on fossil fuels through increased renewable energy production and improved energy efficiency."With the addition of Turks & Caicos, the Ten Island Challenge continues to expand its efforts…
  • The Smithsonian Institution Announces an Official Climate Change Statement

    17 Oct 2014 | 3:42 pm
    Living in the Anthropocene: Prospects for Climate, Economics, Health, and SecurityIn conjunction with the one-day symposium "Living in the Anthropocene: Prospects for Climate, Economics, Health, and Security," the Smithsonian has released the following statement on climate change:Rapid and long-lasting climate change is a topic of growing concern as the world looks to the future. Scientists, engineers and planners are seeking to understand the impact of new climate patterns, working to prepare our cities against the perils of rising storms and anticipating threats to our food, water supplies…
  • Ebola and Climate Change: ‘We Are Running Out of Time,’ says World Bank President

    14 Oct 2014 | 12:24 pm
    Not acting on climate change could have the same results as the inaction on Ebola with significant human and economic impact, warned World Bank Group president Jim Yong Kim in a speech Friday to the International Monetary Fund/World Bank Group annual meeting. He said that addressing both would further the World Bank’s goal of ending extreme poverty by 2030.Jim Yong Kim President World Bank“In a world where natural disasters, conflict, financial shocks and epidemics are becoming more frequent and destructive, we at the World Bank Group must do everything we can to become even more…
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    Jennifer Marohasy

  • Open Thread

    jennifer
    18 Oct 2014 | 5:04 am
    Lots of stories in the Weekend Australian about climate change and related issues… the editorial includes commentary about Graham Lloyd’s reporting on ‘the pause’. Also comment by John Ferguson, Victorian Political Editor, that: “THE consumer bill for the nation’s largest desalination plant is set to rise to more than $2 billion, as heavy rain and [...]
  • The Secret is To Keep Thinking

    jennifer
    10 Oct 2014 | 6:52 pm
    ACCORDING to a Marxist, and good friend of mine, ‘the left’ has lost its way because too many adopt the ‘correct line’ on issues without any need to investigate first. In essence, they have stopped thinking. All this is explained in his first post at ‘C21st Left’ with the slogan/subheading, ‘Sous les paves, la plage!’ [...]
  • Opera House Still Above Sea Level: Despite Homogenisation

    jennifer
    5 Oct 2014 | 6:13 am
    ONE of the longest continuous sea level measuring gauges is not far from the Sydney Opera House at Fort Denison. The mean sea level trend is 0.65 millimetres per year based on monthly sea level data from 1886 to 2010. Except that sea levels haven’t trended consistently up each year but rather follow 50-60 year [...]
  • Open Thread

    jennifer
    30 Sep 2014 | 3:31 am
    Sophie C. Lewis and David J. Karoly have just had a paper published by the American Meteorological Society. Its starts on page 31 of a special edition, ‘Explaining Extreme Events of 2013: From a Climate Perspective’ that is a special supplement to the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, Volume 95, Number 9, September 2014. [...]
  • Sydney Morning Herald not balanced, not fair, not factual

    jennifer
    28 Sep 2014 | 5:09 am
    ON 10th September 2014, the Sydney Morning Herald published an article suggesting that I was an amateur, hostile to climate science and in denial. When I attempted to respond by way of an opinion piece, I was told there was no space. That I would not be published. I’ve just lodged a complaint with the [...]
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  • Toy Math vs. ‘Lew’ math: Toy wins.

    lucia
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:03 am
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  • No Lew. We don’t need that level of flood defenses.

    lucia
    18 Oct 2014 | 12:01 pm
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  • Lew: Curry’s paper suggest LESS uncertainty, not MORE!

    lucia
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:40 am
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  • Open thread: Climate related.

    lucia
    8 Oct 2014 | 10:36 am
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  • Chan V. Ellis: 1st amendment / stalking / copyright trolling.

    lucia
    8 Oct 2014 | 10:36 am
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    RealClimate

  • Ocean heat storage: a particularly lousy policy target + Update

    stefan
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:45 am
    The New York Times, 12 December 2027: After 12 years of debate and negotiation, kicked off in Paris in 2015, world leaders have finally agreed to ditch the goal of limiting global warming to below 2 °C. Instead, they have agreed to the new goal of limiting global ocean heat content to 1024 Joules. The decision was widely welcomed by the science and policy communities as a great step forward. “In the past, the 2 °C goal has allowed some governments to pretend that they are taking serious action to mitigate global warming, when in reality they have achieved almost nothing. I’m sure…
  • New developments: Climate services for health

    rasmus
    13 Oct 2014 | 11:35 am
    I recently received a joint email from the World Meteorological and Health organisations (WMO & WHO) which I like to bring to the attention of our readers. Both because it shows the direction of some new developments, but also because the WMO and WHO are inviting people to share their experience with health and climate. We wrote a post on the subject climate and health in 2011, based on a book by Paul Epstein (who sadly pased away in November 2011) and Dan Ferber (Health on a Changing Planet), and are glad to see an increased emphasis on this topic. The call from WMO/WHO goes as follows:…
  • Climate response estimates from Lewis & Curry

    group
    6 Oct 2014 | 3:51 am
    Guest commentary from Richard Millar (U. Oxford) The recent Lewis and Curry study of climate sensitivity estimated from the transient surface temperature record is being lauded as something of a game-changer – but how much of a game-changer is it really? The method at the heart of the new study is essentially identical to that used in the much discussed Otto et al. (2013) study. This method uses a simple equation of the energy balance of the climate and observations of global temperature change and estimated ocean heat uptake anomalies along with a time series of historical radiative…
  • Unforced variations: Oct 2014

    group
    4 Oct 2014 | 10:06 am
    This month’s open thread.
  • Limiting global warming to 2 °C – why Victor and Kennel are wrong + update

    stefan
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:27 am
    In a comment in Nature titled Ditch the 2 °C warming goal, political scientist David Victor and retired astrophysicist Charles Kennel advocate just that. But their arguments don’t hold water. It is clear that the opinion article by Victor & Kennel is meant to be provocative. But even when making allowances for that, the arguments which they present are ill-informed and simply not supported by the facts. The case for limiting global warming to at most 2°C above preindustrial temperatures remains very strong. Let’s start with an argument that they apparently consider especially…
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    Powwownow Blog

  • Powwownow takes on the Cabbage Patch 10

    Jacqui Keep
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:44 am
    Sunday 19 October saw a strong team of 24 take on the 10 mile Cabbage Patch run in aide of Clarendon House, raising £609. The run which has been in place since 1982 is one of the flattest ten mile races in the country (shouldn’t have been too difficult then!). Starting in Twickenham town centre and following a loop course crossing the river in Kingston and Richmond. Wyn going for the win! With past winners including Mo Farah and with Richard Nerukar setting an all-time British record on the course in 1993 finishing it in 46 minutes and two seconds, our team had some stiff competition. John…
  • Paul Lees handing over the reins at Powwownow

    Jacqui Keep
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:18 am
    Jason Downes appointed as General Manager Paul Lees, Founder and CEO of the UK’s leading free conference call company, Powwownow, has today announced that he will be stepping down from his position as CEO to take up a consultancy role within the company. Paul, who co-founded the company in 2004 after spotting a gap in the market for an affordable conference call service highly accessible to SMEs, has built the company up to the size it is today. The company, which currently has a turnover of £13.1million, employs 65 staff and operates in 15 countries, will now be run by Jason Downes. …
  • Why you work in sales

    Robert Gorby
    16 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    ‘Anytime you are tempted to up-sell someone, stop what you are doing and up-serve instead – Dan Pink, ‘To Sell Is Human’ Mention to most people that you meet at the Bar that you work in ‘sales’ and you are likely to get at best a polite smile and at worst you’ll find yourself drinking your pint alone. If we are honest the image of a sales person is not a great one. For many of us, it still conjures up the notion of a pressured and intense individual determined to foster their product, service or views upon us, whether we like it or need it or not. We may think of the foul…
  • To what extent does on-hold music have an effect on people?

    Jacqui Keep
    25 Sep 2014 | 4:10 am
    As the UK’s leading free conference call provider, we have launched a new on-hold music campaign this week in a bid to better the music our customers hear whilst waiting for other participants to join their call. Check out the new music now or take our fun quiz to see which type of music suits you best.  With the belief that music can play a large part in altering people’s moods, boosting people’s confidence and preparing people for certain situations we have surveyed the nation to find out exactly what extent music has on individuals and the relationships people have with different…
  • Are Your Meetings About Logos, Pathos or Ethos?

    Robert Gorby
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:44 am
    No matter the profession, an ability to run meetings and persuade people to follow your lead is often the difference between whether your project moves forward in the fast lane or stalls on the hard shoulder. Whilst some meetings are set to share information and updates, in many cases we need them because we need to persuade people to buy from us, supply us better, support our plan or give us something we need. Good meetings are often about persuasion. But how much time do we take to think about how we persuade? What are the ingredients of being persuasive in a meeting? From ancient Greek…
 
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    Claimer.org

  • Complete overview list of all climate change litigation articles on the news section of Claimer.org

    claimer.org
    19 Oct 2014 | 8:50 pm
    ul li {list-style: none outside none;} Canadian big five possibly liable for 2.4 billion USD per year via foreign jurisdictions - Friday, July 28, 2014 Multi-national NGOs finally turning towards climate change liability? - FRIDAY, JULY 28, 2014 A new role for insurers in climate change compensation? - Monday, June 16, 2014 Recent articles on climate change litigation - 
  • Canadian big five possibly liable for 2.4 billion USD per year via foreign jurisdictions

    claimer.org
    17 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
     the five biggest Canadian oil and gas companies could be held liable for 2.4 billion US-Dollars  The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and the West Coast Environmental Law Foundation claim, in a study elaborated by two of their staff, that the five biggest Canadian oil and gas companies could be held liable for 2.4 billion US-Dollars per year due to their contribution to climate
  • Multi-national NGOs finally turning towards climate change liability?

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  • A new role for insurers in climate change compensation?

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    16 Jun 2014 | 5:09 am
    New role for insurance companies in Climate Change Litigation So far insurance companies were mainly on the passive side of climate change litigation lawsuits. However, this might change. The Article “Responding to Litigation Risk from Climate Change – Informed Decision making“ of Mark Baker-Jones and a more detailed blog entry about climatelawyers.com report referring to a lawsuit of an
  • Recent articles on climate change litigation

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    29 May 2014 | 7:49 am
    Current state of climate change litigation  “Legal avenues to fight climate change are limited, but growing”, says Sharon Turner. She stresses “the injustices of climate change”, for which she assumes that the victims of climate change will ultimately get compensation from greenhouse gas emitters. Ever new research demonstrates causality between CO2 emissions and climate change. “Legal rulings
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  • Blog: Drought risks adding a toxic mix to Lebanon’s security crisis

    Ross Mountain
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:21 am
    This commentary article is part of a blog series dealing with climate vulnerability sponsored by the CVF and developed in partnership with Responding to Climate Change (RTCC.org), esglobal.org and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The themed blog series focuses on perspectives of communities that are particularly vulnerable and how they are responding to the challenge of a changing climate. Lebanon’s humanitarian crisis is also part of a regional climate frontline argues UN’s Ross Mountain Responding to Climate Change By Ross Mountain Lebanon is at the forefront of…
  • Blog Launch: Costa Rica is green and growing despite climate concerns

    Edgar Gutiérrez
    24 Sep 2014 | 9:38 am
    This is the first of a blog series dealing with climate vulnerability sponsored by the CVF and developed in partnership with Responding to Climate Change (RTCC.org), esglobal.org and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The themed blog series focuses on perspectives of communities that are particularly vulnerable and how they are responding to the challenge of a changing climate. Costa Rica’s Environment & Energy Minister Explains how the Country’s Climate Actions Support Socioeconomic Prosperity and the Environment Responding to Climate Change By Edgar…
  • Climate, Migration & Displacement Event

    CVF Editor
    22 Sep 2014 | 1:55 pm
    In the outskirts of Thata in Pakistan, women displaced by the 2010 flooding line up to fetch water. Source: Asian Development Bank. Licence: CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 Climate Change, Displacement & Migration: Ensuring Effective Adaptation Policies and Solutions Thursday 25 September 2014 Please join the Permanent Mission of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh to the UN, the Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF), the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the International Organization on Migration (IOM), Refugees International, and other partners for a breakfast…
  • UN SIDS Conference Kicks Off in Samoa

    CVF Editor
    31 Aug 2014 | 7:32 pm
    2014 UN SIDS Conference in Samoa The Third International Conference on Small Island States (SIDS) was opened today in Apia, Samoa with a strong focus on climate change. For more information on the UN SIDS conference, see: http://www.sids2014.org/ CVF Side Event The CVF Side Event at the UN SIDS conference, “The Post-2015 Climate Change Regime We Need: SIDS working together with other vulnerable groups”, is taking place tomorrow on Tuesday 2nd September at 9am at Room CR1 of the Faleata Conference Centre – more information is found here. The post UN SIDS Conference Kicks Off…
  • CVF Side Event at the 2014 UN SIDS Conference in Samoa

    CVF Editor
    25 Aug 2014 | 9:11 am
    The Post-2015 Climate Change Regime We Need – SIDS working together with other vulnerable groups Official CVF Side Event at the Third UN Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) 09:00Am – 10:30AM, TUESDAY 2nd SEPTEMBER 2014 CONFERENCE ROOM ONE (CR1), FALEATA SPORTS COMPLEX, APIA, SAMOA TO REGISTER OR FOR MORE INFO CONTACT: info (at) thecvf.org As the 2014 UN SIDS conference in Samoa aims to promote the sustainable development of Small Islands through partnership with other countries and institutions, the CVF Side Event explores: How countries vulnerable to climate change…
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