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Germany’s G-20 Presidency May Prevent Backsliding on Climate Actions

The ECOreport reposts an OP-ED about Germany’s G-20 Presidency May Prevent Backsliding on Climate Actions

Originally published on Center for American Progress

By Gwynne Taraska, Pete Ogden, Nancy Alexander, and Howard Marano

This column previews a forthcoming report from the Center for American Progress and Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung North America.

To date, 17 countries of the G-20—which account for 67 percent of global greenhouse gas pollution—have officially joined the Paris Agreement, bringing it into effect far sooner than anyone expected. If these countries follow through with their commitments to reduce emissions, it will represent unprecedented progress in the global effort to curb climate change.

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Global Trade Deals Fight For Their Lives

The ECOreport reposts an OP-Ed explaining the who, what & how  as the four Global Trade Deals fight for their lives

Originally Published on Greenpeace Energydesk

by Zachary Davies Boren

Free trade deals around the world are in crisis, just as the UK is preparing to negotiate a clutch of new agreements that would replace its membership of the European Union. For the world’s fifth largest economy, Brexit couldn’t have come at a more turbulent time. The global free trade agenda has endured a nightmare 2016. Each of the big four deals in the pipeline – TTP, TTIP, TISA and CETA – has found itself in roughly the same position: Fighting for its life.

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South Australia Showed The Way

The ECOreport reposts an OP-ED on developing renewables, South Australia showed the way

From the David Suzuki Foundation

By David Suzuki

First-time visitors to Australia are often drawn to the big city attractions of Sydney and Melbourne or the fabulous beaches of Queensland’s Gold Coast. I’ve always had a soft spot for Adelaide in South Australia, a city built more on a human scale, where downtown can be easily navigated on bike, foot or tram. For me, Adelaide’s greatest attraction is a huge market right in the city’s centre.

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Climate Change’s First Mammal Extinction

The ECOreport reposts the  announcement of Climate Change’s First Mammal Extinction

Originally published on UQ News

University of Queensland and Queensland Government researchers have confirmed that the Bramble Cay melomys – the only mammal species endemic to the Great Barrier Reef – is the first mammal to go extinct due to human-induced climate change.

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Greening Commercial Leases

The ECOreport reposts the story of a growing trend in Australia & the UK: Greening of Commercial Leases

Originally Published on University of Oxford News

New opportunities to fight climate change in these properties are coming from an unlikely source: the commercial property lease. A new study finds that more than 60% of all leases signed in Sydney’s central business district contain ‘green’ clauses, a fourfold increase over five years since 2009.

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Fighting Climate Change On The Great Barrier Reef

The ECOreport reposts a story of coral bleaching & one university’s contribution to fighting climate change on the Great Barrier Reef

Originally Published on University of Queensland News

The University of Queensland has been tasked with helping fight climate change on the Great Barrier Reef, just days after government agencies revealed an increase in coral bleaching and mortality.

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The World’s Mosts Sustainable Country

Originally Published on Clean Technica

By James Ayre

The World’s Mosts Sustainable Country is Sweden, according to  last summer’s study/ranking from the investment company RobecoSAM.

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A Real Wake-Up Call For Oil Markets

Governments that depend on oil revenue are also not doing well, which some call A Real Wake-Up Call For Oil Markets

Originally Published on Oilprce.com

By Evan Kelly

Iran announced a decision to push back a key oil conference where it had planned to reveal new contracts for doing business in Iranian oil fields. The London conference, originally scheduled for December 2015, will instead be held in February 2016. The conference has already been postponed several times, but the decision to push it back another 2 months is intended to ensure that there is some clarity regarding western sanctions before the conference is held. For now, there is a decent chance that December will be a pivotal month for the removal of sanctions. The details of the new oil contracts will go a long way in determining how attractive Iran becomes as a new oil frontier for international companies. Iran has historically been a tough place to do business for foreign companies, but with Iranian oil production down more than 1 million barrels per day from its pre-sanctions level, the government has suggested that an overhaul of contracts would make investment much more attractive. Mark your calendars for February 2016.

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If The Paris Climate Talks Flop

Connie Hedegaard, chair of 2009 Copenhagen summit, said “I fear we will see radicalization” If the Paris Climate Talks Flop

Originally Published on the Conversation

By Nick Rowley

At the world’s last “blockbuster” climate summit, in Copenhagen in 2009, the person in the president’s chair was former EU climate commissioner and Danish environment minister Connie Hedegaard. As someone who has led many important international efforts to reduce the risks of climate change but who also presided over what many felt was a frustrating result in Copenhagen, she has a unique perspective on the hype and hopes for December’s crunch climate summit in Paris.

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America and Australia in Partnership to Save Tassie Devil

From San Diego Zoo Global 

 In the first initiative of its kind, an American zoo is partnering with an Australian university to save the Tasmanian devil in the wild. San Diego Zoo Global and the University of Sydney have joined together in a unique collaboration designed to assist the rare marsupial through reintroduction and careful management of a disease-free population. Tasmanian devils have become increasingly threatened in the wild by the spread of a fatal cancer.
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