Thomson Reuters Foundation together with the United Nations Foundation is seeking applications to train over 500 journalists, government and non-governmental leaders worldwide ahead of landmark United Nations Summits on sustainable development and climate change by mid-August 2015.The intensive training programme aims to provide professionals from 33 countries with information, tools and strategies to understand the complex issues surrounding the next set of UN global development goals. The programme will enable reporters, editors and spokespeople to better understand, report and communicate around some of the issues related to two crucial upcoming UN conferences: the UN Summit in New York in September that will see the adoption of the new Global Goals, and the UN Climate Change Conference in December in Paris, which is aimed at reaching a universal climate agreement.

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Brazil, the United States and China — three of the world’s top 10 greenhouse gas emitters — all announced new goals Tuesday to curb climate change.

President Obama and Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, leaders of the Western Hemisphere’s two most populous countries, released a statement Tuesday pledging each country to get 20 percent of its electricity by 2030 from renewable sources, not including hydro-power. In addition, Brazil pledged to restore 12 million hectares, or 46,332 square miles, of its forests — about the size of England — by 2030 while it also pursues “policies aimed at eliminating illegal deforestation.”

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Anyone age 18 to 30 can submit a video on an inspiring climate change action to this competition.

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and Television for the Environment (TVE) are organizing the 2015 Global Youth Video Competition on Climate Change. The contest is part of tvebiomovies, a film competition open to people around the world with access to a camera.

Young people are invited to make a 3-minute video about an action they are taking to combat climate change. Videos may be recorded in any language, but English subtitles must be provided.

Two winners will receive a trip to the 21st Session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (COP21/CMP11) Nov. 30 to Dec. 11 in Paris. During the event, they will work as youth reporters, responsible for assisting the UN Climate Change Newsroom team with videos, articles and social media posts.

The deadline is Aug. 17.

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China’s long-awaited climate plan gets broad welcome but there are few clues on the extent of post-2030 GHG emissions cuts

China has mapped out how it will try and peak greenhouse emissions by 2030 or before, details that could have a major bearing on UN climate talks aimed at delivering a deal in Paris later this year.

The world’s largest emitter of greenhouse gases “will work hard” to peak its CO2 emissions before 2030, Premier Li Keqiang said at a summit meeting with the French government in Paris ahead of the climate plan’s publication in Beijing and submission to the UN’s climate arm.

Read more: China aims to cut carbon intensity 60-65% in national climate plan

Climate change and large dam projects are putting natural World Heritage sites at risk, says IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature, the official advisory body on nature to UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee, meeting this Sunday in Bonn, Germany.

 This year, for the first time in many years, climate change will be brought to the attention of the World Heritage Committee as a major threat affecting World Heritage sites. Climate change impact is already evident in 35 of 228 sites inscribed on the World Heritage list for their natural values, according to the IUCN World Heritage Outlook – the first global assessment of natural World Heritage. Climate change could also become the most widespread threat to World Heritage sites in the future.

Read more: Climate change and dams threaten natural World Heritage, warns IUCN