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Bloomberg BNA -- The rise of carbon markets across the world is driving increased interest from companies and governments to link those markets together, representatives from companies and a Harvard University researcher said Sept. 22.
About 40 countries and more than 20 cities, states and provinces have carbon pricing policies or plan to launch them. Together, these carbon pricing instruments cover about 12 percent of annual global greenhouse gas emissions.
Transcript of U.S. President Barack Obama's remarks at the UN Climate Summit in New York today:
For all the immediate challenges that we gather to address this week -- terrorism, instability, inequality, disease -- there’s one issue that will define the contours of this century more dramatically than any other, and that is the urgent and growing threat of a changing climate.
Five years have passed since many of us met in Copenhagen. And since then, our understanding of climate change has advanced -- both in the deepening science that says this once-distant threat has moved “firmly into the present,” and into the sting of more frequent extreme weather events that show us exactly what these changes may mean for future generations.
Tim Cook is the most important person at the world's biggest company, which just had its biggest product launch in history. Yesterday he was in New York to talk about one thing: climate change.
As CEO of Apple, Cook's job is to constantly be preparing the business for the future, which is why, still aglow from last week's launch of the iPhone 6, he graced the kick-off of Climate Week 2014 in New York.
With the United Nations Climate Summit underway in New York, Brazil's environment minister suggested world leaders take a page from the famously blunt locals.
"This is New York, so cut the crap," Izabella Teixeira said in an interview with Bloomberg News yesterday.
Bloomberg BNA -- Climate denial “will cost us billions and billions of dollars,” the director of the White House Office of Management and Budget said Sept. 19.
“Climate denial doesn't just fly in the face of the overwhelming judgment of science—it is fiscally foolish,” OMB Director Shaun Donovan said at a Center for American Progress event.
Wall Street has been flooded. Again.
Thousands of protesters demanding action against climate change staged a sit-in around the iconic Charging Bull statue near Wall Street today. Dubbed #FloodWallStreet, protesters clad in blue descended on the financial district in a human reproduction of the flooding caused by Hurricane Sandy in 2012. Today's event attracted 3,000 people, according to organizers. Click through the photos above for images of the protest.
“Two years ago, Superstorm Sandy literally flooded New York’s Financial District — but it didn’t phase Wall Street and their drive for the short term profits that flow from the cooking of the planet,” author and activist Naomi Klein said in a statement. “Which is why we’re going to flood them again.”
Read more: Climate Change Protest Clogs New York's Financial District
Full Coverage: Global Warming Is Here: Climate Week 2014
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To hear Secretary of State John Kerry tell it, climate change is the primary threat facing the Earth for the decades to come.
“It doesn’t cost more to deal with climate change; it costs more to ignore it,” Kerry told a forum in New York, the day before a United Nations Climate Summit. “But despite the scientific consensus we are collectively still allowing this problem to grow, not diminish. It is absolutely imperative that we decide to move and act now.”
The biggest climate protest in history kicked off a week of debate, disruption and aspiration in New York. Here are the latest updates:
9.23.14 | Tom Randall
Obama Addresses the UN Climate Summit:
"The alarm bells keep ringing, our citizens keep marching. We cannot pretend we do not hear them.
The Ebola crisis, the Alibaba IPO and the failed Scottish independence vote all fit in to what former President Bill Clinton said he sees as the defining trend of our time -- the need for effective, organic collaboration among nations, businesses and civil society to tackle challenges too complicated for anyone to deal with in isolation.
Clinton said the Scottish vote results should be "extremely reassuring all over Europe," where people have struggled to reconcile national identity and regional governance. The lesson to Clinton, if not to the 45 percent of Scots who voted for independence, is clear: "You can have your identity and be part of a larger whole."
The people are coming.
Tens (or hundreds?) of thousands of protesters are descending on Manhattan by bus, train and plane to rally against climate change this Sunday in an event dubbed “The People’s Climate March.”