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Climate protesters clash with police in Paris


Agence France-Presse: Police in Paris fired teargas Sunday in clashes with climate change activists who pelted them with objects during a demonstration ahead of the COP21 climate talks in the French capital. About two hundred protesters, some wearing masks, fought with police on a street leading to the Place de la République, which has become a gathering place for Parisians since the terror attacks in the capital that killed 130 people earlier this month. Protesters could be heard chanting "State of emergency, police...

Climate protesters clash with police as activists defy Paris ban – video


Associated Press: Hundreds of protesters demonstrate near the Place de la Republique in Paris on Sunday despite a ban imposed by the French authorities. Activists clash with riot police who use teargas to try and disperse the crowds. The march, planned for Sunday to coincide with the global climate change talks in the city on Monday, had been cancelled for security reasons in the wake of recent terror attacks in the French capital

Global climate march 2015 – in pictures


Guardian: On the eve of the opening of the UN climate change conference in Paris, campaigners around the world from Melbourne to London are marching to demand action

Peaceful Paris climate gathering descends into clashes with police


Guardian: A day of celebration and hope in Paris disintegrated into rioting and clashes with police on Sunday, after anti-capitalists and anarchists hijacked a peaceful event organised by climate activists earlier in the day. About 200 protesters, some wearing masks, fought with police on a street leading to la place de la République, which has become a gathering place for Parisians since the terror attacks on 13 November that killed 130 people. Witnesses said floral and other tributes were trampled in...

Cancelled climate march in Paris leads to shoe protest


Telegraph: Empty shoes were lined up in downtown Paris, France, ahead of the start of international climate negotiations Sunday, filling in for global warming protesters who were not permitted to march because of security after this month's attacks. Instead environmental advocacy groups held marches outside of Paris and around the world. A nearly empty conference center seemed to have more security guards than negotiators as country delegations and media started dribbling into the venue where two weeks of...


The World Mourns One of its Greats: Maurice Strong Dies, His Legacy Lives On


Maurice Strong was a visionary and a pioneer of global sustainable development.

UNEP Research Presented at World Forum on Natural Capital Finds Economic, Social Benefits from Efficient Water Use in Morocco and Kazakhstan


The project has developed a tool for mainstreaming ecosystem service valuation that helps understand (and measure) the impact of policies on natural asset wealth.

Portfolio Decarbonization Coalition Overseeing Decarbonization of $230bn Assets under Management, Far above Target


UK, Dutch and French Investment Firms Join Coalition Ahead of COP21, with More to Follow

Low Carbon Transport Transition Can Shave 13 Billion Tonnes off India's CO2 Emissions by 2050


The Promoting Low Carbon Transport in India project concluded today with a workshop held as part of the 8th Urban Mobility India conference in New Delhi.

Pope Francis Calls for Strong Climate Agreement during Visit to UN Environment Programme Headquarters


Transforming Current Development Models "Political and Economic Obligation", Says Pontiff


U.S. gasoline prices this Thanksgiving are the lowest in seven years


U.S. retail regular-grade gasoline prices continue to decline, averaging $2.09 per gallon as of November 23, 73 cents lower than this time last year and the lowest heading into a Thanksgiving holiday weekend since 2008.

U.S. energy-related CO2 emissions up 1% in 2014 as buildings, transport energy use rises


U.S. energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions were 5,406 million metric tons (MMmt) in 2014, 1% (51 MMmt) above their 2013 level. Energy-related emissions also increased in 2013, but because of declines in earlier years, the 2014 emissions were still roughly 10% below their 2005 level.

Energy-related carbon dioxide emissions decreased in nearly every state from 2005 to 2013


The United States has a diverse energy landscape that is reflected in differences in state-level emissions profiles. Since 2005, energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions fell in 48 states (including the District of Columbia) and rose in 3 states. EIA's latest analysis of state-level energy-related CO2 emissions includes data in both absolute and per capita terms, including details by fuel and by sector.

China and India drive recent changes in world coal trade


Global trade of coal grew dramatically from 2008 to 2013, but in 2014, it declined for the first time in 21 years. China and India accounted for 98% of the increase in world coal trade from 2008 to 2013, but declines in China's import demand have led to declines in total world coal trade in 2014 and, based on preliminary data, in 2015 as well.

Passenger travel accounts for most of world transportation energy use


The transportation of people and goods accounts for about 25% of all energy consumption in the world. Passenger transportation, in particular light-duty vehicles, accounts for most transportation energy consumption—light-duty vehicles alone consume more than all freight modes of transportation, such as heavy trucks, marine, and rail.

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