In eight weeks, world officials will elect a new head of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change from a list of five candidates. That person will be responsible for shepherding the final version of United Nations climate change pact.
Improved vehicle fuel efficiency could be negated in terms of pollution by an increase in vehicles on the road, according to a draft report of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
The United Nations Security Council has begun work on a resolution to authorize a UN peacekeeping force for the Central African Republic that could be deployed by Sept. 15. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is seeking sanctions for individuals fostering violence in CAR, and he warned that armed groups won't be tolerated. Meanwhile, the UN refugee agency is trying to move 19,000 Muslims in the country to safety.
The World Bank will increase over 10 years annual loans for middle-income countries such as Brazil and China from $15 billion to $28 billion. "If we are going to help developing countries end extreme poverty and boost shared prosperity, we have to provide them with more financial resources, more solutions-based knowledge, and help leverage more private-sector investment," says Jim Yong Kim, head of the World Bank.
Renewable energy sources such as solar and wind power can produce enough supply to power the world and help fight global warming, according to a report from the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Building capacity and use of renewables would cost only 1% of global GDP and help keep greenhouse-gas concentrations below levels where scientists predict climate change would become irreversible.