New York’s Bloomberg proposes $20bn climate adaptation plan

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USA: NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg has called for the reshaping of New York City’s 520 miles of coastline with storm barriers, flood walls, levies and sand dunes, as part of a $20bn plan to strengthen the city’s defences against climate change. (Financial Times)

Bloomberg’s plan involves new levees, wetlands, fortified beaches and flood gates (Pic: NY Mayor’s Office)

India: The government in Delhi has made it clear that it will not support a global climate change regime that simply links commitment to reduce carbon emissions to a country’s financial resources. (Economic Times)

UK: The government remains on target to meet carbon emission reductions, Energy and Climate Change minister Baroness Verma has told the House of Lords. (BBC)

EU: Air pollution from Europe’s 300 largest coal power stations causes 22,300 premature deaths a year and costs companies and governments billions of pounds in disease treatment and lost working days, says a major study of the health impacts of burning coal to generate electricity. (Guardian)

North Africa: Ethiopia has refused to halt work on a controversial giant dam across the river Nile that Egypt fears will severely curb its water supply. The refusal came after the Egyptian president, Mohamed Morsi, promised to “defend each drop of Nile water with our blood” and other senior Egyptian politicians called for the dam’s destruction. (Guardian)

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