New York, Miami and Boston at risk of rising sea levels

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New York could be at greater risk from rising sea levels than previously thought. (Source: Kevin Dooley)

US: More than 1,700 American cities and towns – including Boston, New York, and Miami – are at greater risk from rising sea levels than previously feared, a new study has found. (The Guardian)

Tanzania: Minister of International Development Heikki Holmås has announced that Norway and Tanzania have signed an agreement under which Norway will provide NOK 700 million over a four-year period. The funds will be used for local solutions enabling the production of renewable energy in areas that are not covered by the electricity grid. (The Norway Post)

Philippines: An Asian Development Bank water pilot project will help make Sitio Pulo a small low-lying island in Barangay Tanza, a disaster-resilient community through locally designed innovations. (ADB)

Philippines: An officer of the Philippines Climate Change Commission urged local government chief executives to include climate change and seawater level-rise vulnerability to their development plans. (Philippine Information Agency)

Research: Nearly doubling the efficiency of a breakthrough photovoltaic cell they created last year, University of California researchers have developed a two-layer, see-through solar film that could be placed on windows, sunroofs, smartphone displays and other surfaces to harvest energy from the sun. (Science Daily)

India: Sustainable farming practices can help Indian farmers counter climate change without reducing their agricultural income by promoting farming techniques. (News Track India)

UK: An independent Scotland would be “at a deep strategic disadvantage” to Russia in the conflict that is expected to emerge from climate change, according to Icelandic academics. (The Courier)

US: High levels of pollution near US fracking sites point to the need for further research into shale gas extraction technology, say researchers. (RTCC)

Saudi Arabia: Billionaire Prince Alwaleed says global reliance on oil is falling, urging the government to invest in renewable energy. (RTCC)

Pacific: The Marshall Islands’ Vice President Tony de Brum says “big brother” Australia has a vital role to play in generating climate ambition in Pacific region. (RTCC)

US: EDF Renewable Energy is aggressively expanding its wind energy portfolio in Texas and may soon cross the milestone of 1,000MW operational capacity in the state. (Clean Technica)

US: Colorado laboratory is helping scientists to figure out how to incorporate renewable technology into the US electric grid. (RTCC)

UN: New offices are a “leap of faith” says CDM chair Stiansen, as the UN takes steps to revive interest in a flagship scheme. (RTCC)


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