US east coast vulnerable to extreme weather events

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Wednesday 16 January

USA: Cities on the United States east coast are “sitting ducks” for the next big storm because of the destruction wrought by hurricane Sandy, one of Barack Obama’s top scientists warned (Guardian)

UNFCCC: The 2015 climate change deal is likely to be the last chance for the UN process to avert dangerous levels of climate change, according to the lead US negotiator Todd Stern (RTCC)

Science: 2012 was the tenth warmest year on record, according to new data released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and NASA. (RTCC)

Pacific: Increasing incidences of heat and drought are likely to cause more heart attacks, more strokes, exhaustion and more heat-related deaths, according to Australia’s Climate Commission (ABC)

Tea: BusinessGreen report a new initiative is being launched by Tea companies ‘designed to assess the challenges faced by the sector as a result of rising temperatures, changing land use, and increased demand for green and ethical products’.

Business: Private equity companies and venture capitalists reduced their investment in clean energy projects in 2012, according to Bloomberg. The drop was part of an 11% drop to $268.7 billion in investment from $302.3 billion in 2011.

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