Monday 19 November
Last updated: 0900
Worldwide: The world is barreling down a path to heat up by 4 degrees at the end of the century if the global community fails to act on climate change, triggering a cascade of cataclysmic changes that include extreme heat-waves, declining global food stocks and a sea-level rise affecting hundreds of millions of people, according to a new scientific report released today that was commissioned by the World Bank.
US: Environmental protesters have once again been putting pressure on President Obama to reject the Keystone XL Pipeline, by marching around the Whitehouse. The campaigners, who chanted, ‘hey Obama, we don’t want no climate drama’ said they were concerned the pipeline would contribute to accelerated climate change. (Guardian)
UN: Nations working on a deal to fight climate change should cap delegation sizes and use majority voting to overhaul the negotiating system which currently blocks progress and disproportionately favours rich nations over poorer ones, climate researchers have warned. (Reuters)
India: As countries prepare to meet in Doha in a week’s time, India and other developing countries say they will try to ensure an agreement is reached on a second commitment of the Kyoto Protocol, and that legal amendments are made to make it operational. (Eco News)
Qatar: The Qatar National Convention Center, where the UN negotiations are set to take place, is the first building in the Gulf region to receive the US Green Building Council’s Gold certification in the LEED rating system. The building houses 3,500 square meters of solar panels which will provide 12.5% of the its overall energy demand. (Green Prophet)
UK: Policy uncertainty at the top of government is driving the cost of capital for investment in green energy up by as much as 6-7%. Former energy minister Charles Hendry told the FT that Prime Minister David Cameron: “needs to take control of energy policy, to ensure there is one settled policy agreed across the whole of government”.