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What’s at Stake in the Bonn Climate Talks?

November 10, 2017

The talks in Bonn, Germany, will play a significant role in the world’s response to climate change. But what, exactly, is going on? Here are some answers. By BRAD PLUMER November 10 2017 NY Times Read full article here The Paris climate agreement of 2015 was a key moment in the battle against climate change: 195 countries […]


Ellie’s Bonn Report: CA Climate Policy Innovations Panel at UN Climate Conference and More

November 9, 2017

by Ellie Cohen, Bonn, Germany November 9 2017 I was honored to participate today on a panel about California’s climate leadership organized by The Nature Conservancy and held at the US Climate Action Center as part of the UN climate conference in Bonn, Germany.  I presented on recent CA policies that support improved land and […]


Human-caused warming increasing likelihood of record-breaking hot years

November 8, 2017 American Geophysical Union Read full ScienceDaily article here A new study finds human-caused global warming is significantly increasing the rate at which hot temperature records are being broken around the world. …The results show human influence has greatly increased the likelihood of record-breaking hot years occurring on a global scale. Without human-caused […]


Key issues of 23rd UN Climate Conference (COP 23) – Nov 7-18 Bonn Germany

Overview from Center for Climate and Energy Solutions including explanatory video of UNFCC’s (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change) Conference of the Parties (COP23) November 2017 Implementation and Compliance of the Paris Agreement Negotiators will continue to focus on developing the rules for implementing the Paris Agreement, including the reporting and review of countries’ […]


Huge carbon sink in soil minerals: New avenue for offsetting rising greenhouse gases

November 8, 2017  Washington State University read full ScienceDaily article here Soil holds more than three times the carbon found in the atmosphere, yet its potential in reducing atmospheric carbon-dioxide levels and mitigating global warming is barely understood. A researcher has discovered that vast amounts of carbon can be stored by soil minerals more than […]


City Climate Planner – training and certification- to help city staff advance local climate action globally

new training and rigorous certification program recognizes skill set required to best assess GHG emissions as well as to develop and implement climate action plans- more info here Nov 9 2017 ICLEI Sustainable Cities read article here The City Climate Planner training and certification program, launched on Thursday 9 November at the Cities & Regions […]


Warm air helped make 2017 ozone hole smallest since 1988

November 3, 2017

Scientists said the smaller ozone hole extent in 2016 and 2017 is due to natural variability and not a signal of rapid healing. November 2, 2017 NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Read full ScienceDaily article here Measurements from satellites this year showed the hole in Earth’s ozone layer that forms over Antarctica each September was the […]


Intensifying winds could increase east Antarctica’s contribution to sea level rise

November 1, 2017 University of Texas at Austin read full ScienceDaily article here Totten Glacier, the largest glacier in East Antarctica, is being melted from below by warm water that reaches the ice when winds over the ocean are strong, according to research. The new findings are a cause for concern because the glacier holds […]


Point Blue becomes official UN Observer Organization for global climate meetings; heading to Bonn next week

It’s official – Point Blue is selected as an Observer Organization for the UNFCCC by Ellie Cohen November 2 2017 Point Blue was honored to be accepted this summer as an NGO Observer Organization to the UN’s global body that addresses climate change—the UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change). The UNFCCC engages almost […]


Foraminifer shells- tiny marine plankton- much more susceptible to ocean acidification than previously thought

Foraminifiers are key part of ocean food web and more susceptible to acidification than previously thought November 2, 2017  GFZ GeoForschungsZentrum Potsdam, Helmholtz Read full ScienceDaily article here The carbonate shells of tiny marine plankton, foraminifers, are important archives of geochemical records of past climates. Now researchers have discovered that, contrary to long-standing textbook knowledge, […]