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Brazil looks to swap World Cup publicity for carbon credits

By Marcelo Teixeira SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Brazil, looking to offset the carbon emissions generated by construction, travel and other activities related to hosting the 2014 Soccer World Cup, said on Tuesday it wants holders of United Nations-backed carbon credits to swap them for publicity during the games. The World Cup begins June 12 and Brazil's Environment Ministry said it has launched a program to convince owners of credits to exchange them for publicity in official documents of the event.

U.S. greenhouse gas emissions fall 10 pct since 2005: EPA

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. greenhouse gas emissions fell nearly 10 percent from 2005 to 2012, more than halfway toward the United States' 2020 target pledged at United Nations climate talks, according to the latest national emissions inventory. The report showed that emissions dropped 3.4 percent from 2012 to 2011, mostly due to a decrease in energy consumption and fuel switching from coal to natural gas.

Ex-U.N. climate chief installed as new head of GGGI

SEOUL, April 15 (Yonhap) -- A former head of the United Nations' climate change agency began his term on Tuesday as the new director-general of the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), the Seoul-initiated international green growth entity said. Yvo de Boer, who served as the executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the deputy director general of the Dutch environment ministry, succeeds Howard Bamsey for a four-year term, the institute said in a statement.

IMF, World Bank push for price on carbon

The IMF and World Bank on Friday urged finance ministers to impose a price on carbon, warning that time was running out for the planet to avoid worst-case climate change. The heads of the two global economic institutions convened ministers from 46 countries -- including the United States, China, India and European powers -- on the sidelines of spring meetings in Washington to press the case for urgent climate action.

IMF, World Bank push for price on carbon

The IMF and World Bank on Friday urged finance ministers to impose a price on carbon, warning that time was running out for the planet to avoid worst-case climate change. The heads of the two global economic institutions convened ministers from 46 countries -- including the United States, China, India and European powers -- on the sidelines of spring meetings in Washington to press the case for urgent climate action.

Time is now to decide planet's future: UN climate chief

The world has come to a fork in the road on climate change, the UN's climate chief said Monday after a new expert report warned starkly about the consequences of inaction. "The path of tomorrow is undoubtedly determined by our choices today," Christiana Figueres said after the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change said soaring carbon emissions will amplify the risk of conflict, hunger, floods and mass migration this century.

Enforcement seen key to success of China's new environmental markets

By Stian Reklev BEIJING (Reuters) - China's plan for a market in air pollution permits promises to help clean up its air cheaply, but the move could prove just as useless as previous environmental policies unless the government stamps out lax enforcement and spotty data. Smog regularly blankets the country's major urban centers and kills half a million people each year.

Britain's greenhouse gas emissions down 1.9 percent in 2013: government

By Susanna Twidale LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's greenhouse gas emissions fell 1.9 percent in 2013 due to a decline in fossil-fuel power generation, preliminary government data showed on Thursday. Output of the heat-trapping gases in Europe's second-largest emitter dipped to 569.9 million metric tons compared to 581.1 million metric tons in 2012, data from the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) showed.

EU leaders to set October deadline to agree 2030 climate goals

By Barbara Lewis and Ben Garside BRUSSELS/LONDON (Reuters) - European Union leaders are preparing to set an October deadline for agreeing on the bloc's 2030 climate and energy goals, a draft document seen by Reuters shows. At a meeting this Thursday and Friday, according to the draft, "The European Council will take stock of progress made on these issues at its meeting in June ... with a view to taking a final decision on the new policy framework as quickly as possible and no later than October 2014."

China vows to clean up 60 percent of cities by 2020

BEIJING (Reuters) - China pledged on Sunday that it will make sure that 60 percent of its cities meet national pollution standards by 2020, with pressure growing to make cities liveable as hundreds of millions of migrants are expected to relocate from the countryside. China's environmental problems such as pollution and water scarcity are expected to intensify as rapid migration pushes urban infrastructures to the limit. Almost all Chinese cities monitored for pollution last year failed to meet the standards.
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