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Climate Change/Carbon Emissions/Asia – ADB, fin firms draw plan to close Asia coal-fired power plants (Al Jazeera)

Al Jazeera writes: Financial firms, including British insurer Prudential, lenders Citi and HSBC and BlackRock Real Assets are devising plans to speed up the closure of Asia’s coal-fired power plants in order to reduce the biggest source of carbon emissions, five people with knowledge of the initiative said. The novel proposal, which is being driven by the Asian Development Bank, offers a potentially workable model and early talks with Asian governments and multilateral banks are promising, the sources told Reuters.

go to Al Jazeera: ADB, fin firms draw plan to close Asia coal-fired power plants | Banks News | Al Jazeera

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Europe/Climate Change – EU creates checklist for ‘climate proof’ infrastructure projects (Euractiv, Reuters)

Euractiv writes: The European Commission on Thursday (29 July) published a guide to assess whether planned infrastructure projects are equipped to cope with climate change impacts like floods and heatwaves, a condition that must be met to receive certain EU funds.

go to Euractiv: EU creates checklist for ‘climate proof’ infrastructure projects – EURACTIV.com

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Climate Change/British Air Force – British Air Force aims to be world’s first service with certified zero-carbon aircraft (Defense News)

writes: Britain’s Royal Air Force has set a goal of becoming the first military service in the world to register and certify a zero-carbon aircraft.

go to Defense News: British Air Force aims to be world’s first service with certified zero-carbon aircraft (defensenews.com)

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Arctic/Permafrost/Climate Change – Uranium isotopes may point to fresh water reserves in Pre-Volga region, scientists say (TASS)

TASS writes: Scientific studies into the permafrost thawing will be used to find fresh water in the Pre-Volga region. Specialists from the Laverov Federal Center for Integrated Arctic Research (FECIAR, Arkhangelsk) and the St. Petersburg State University have discovered a connection between the rate of uranium isotopes in water and the share of salt in it, FECIAR’s press service told TASS.

go to TASS: Uranium isotopes may point to fresh water reserves in Pre-Volga region, scientists say – Science & Space – TASS

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Climate Change – Thousands of scientists warn climate tipping points ‘imminent’ (Al Jazeera)

Al Jazeera writes: Thousands of scientists have repeated calls for urgent action to tackle the climate emergency, warning that several tipping points are now imminent. The researchers, part of a group of more than 14,000 scientists who have signed on to an initiative declaring a worldwide climate emergency, said in an article published in the journal BioScience on Wednesday that governments had consistently failed to address “the overexploitation of the Earth”, which they described as the root cause of the crisis.

go to Al Jazeera: Thousands of scientists warn climate tipping points ‘imminent’ | Climate News | Al Jazeera

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Europe/Energy Poverty/Climate Change – Critics warn carbon price proposal would exacerbate energy poverty (Euractiv)

Nikolaus J. Kurmayer writes for Euractiv: Energy poverty could be exacerbated as prices rise under the European Commission’s proposed revamped emissions trading scheme, the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) has warned, with other stakeholders raising similar misgivings. 

go to Euractiv: Critics warn carbon price proposal would exacerbate energy poverty – EURACTIV.com

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USA/Campus Sustainability/Climate Change – Higher Education Webinar: Campus Sustainability and Climate Change Mitigation (CFR)

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Director of Sustainability and Associate Director of the Miller Worley Center for the Environment, Mount Holyoke College

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China/Europe/Climate Change – EU carbon border tax will hurt trade, jeopardize efforts to fight climate change: Chinese ministry (Global Times)

Global Times writes: Lowering trade tariffs and barriers and promoting liberalization of cross-border trade and investment are important measures to address climate change, and facilitate sustainable development, according to a spokesperson from the Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE) on Monday in response to the carbon border tax being considered by the EU.

go to Global Times: EU carbon border tax will hurt trade, jeopardize efforts to fight climate change: Chinese ministry – Global Times

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Climate Change – Tracking and Reporting Finance for Locally Led Adaptation to Climate Change (World Resources Institute)

Tamara CogerAyesha DinshawNisha Krishnan, Mitchell Cook, Anna Brown, Eric Chu and Emma Illick-Frank write for World Resources Institute: This working paper discusses how governments can use practical, flexible approaches to determine if and how finance is supporting locally led adaptation (LLA) to climate change. As national governments invest in building resilience to climate impacts, many are recognizing the importance of LLA. LLA recognizes that people closest to the effects of climate change are often best placed to identify adaptation solutions and must have financing and decision-making power to ensure that adaptation investments reflect their priorities.

go to World Resources Institute: Tracking and Reporting Finance for Locally Led Adaptation to Climate Change | World Resources Institute (wri.org)

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