Archive for April 2010

Indonesia Hosts World’s biggest Geothermal Energy Forum

Apr 28th, 2010 | By




By Karishma Vaswani, BBC News, Jakarta Indonesia is hosting what is being called the world’s biggest geothermal energy conference. The congress in Bali is an attempt to look at how to better develop geothermal power as an environmentally friendly fuel for the future. Geothermal power is energy extracted from the heat stored in the Earth,

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IPCC’s River Of Lies

Apr 28th, 2010 | By




Posted 07:01 PM ET Global Warming: Another shoe has dropped from the IPCC centipede as scientists in Bangladesh say their country will not disappear below the waves. As usual, the U.N.’s climate charlatans forgot one tiny detail. It keeps getting worse for the much-discredited Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which seems to have built its

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SAARC Journalists Vow to Save Planet from Climate Change

Apr 28th, 2010 | By




LAHORE: The journalists of South Asia, after having met at the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Journalists Summit-V on Tuesday vowed to save the planet, the South Asian region and its natural resources and eco-systems from climatic and environmental degradation. Issuing the Bhutan Declaration on Climate Change, journalists from SAARC countries expressed grave

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Is climate change South Asia’s Deadliest Threat?

Apr 28th, 2010 | By




BBC NEWS: Tuesday, 27 April 2010 13:07 UK Tackling climate change is one of the most pressing issues facing South Asia. Regional leaders are meeting in Bhutan this week, but are they any nearer agreeing to an action plan? The BBC’s Navin Singh Khadka reports. Photo: The climate change issue urgently demands a meeting of

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Scientists Predict a Bad Year for the Monarch Butterfly

Apr 28th, 2010 | By




BOB DOUGHTY: This is SCIENCE IN THE NEWS, in VOA Special English. I’m Bob Doughty. STEVE EMBER: And I’m Steve Ember. This week, we will tell about North America’s monarch butterfly. We will tell about a British investigation of information stolen from climate researchers. And, we will tell about an honor for the largest eye

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South Asia must Lead in Reversing Climatic Change: Bhutanese PM

Apr 28th, 2010 | By




* Jigme Thinley says people need to realise high GDP targets are achieved at cost of social dislocation, environmental devastation Staff Report, PARO: South Asia must take a leading role in reversing the adverse climate changes of the past century, Bhutanese Prime Minister Jigme Y Thinley said on Monday. He made these comments after inaugurating

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Glaciergate: A Pyrrhic Victory for Climate Skeptics

Apr 28th, 2010 | By




Melting glaciers are the most visible impacts of global warming. Their slow disappearance will affect freshwater reserves for hundreds of millions of people . Unfortunately, all this got lost over a lamentable scientific error.     Mount Everest, the highest peak in the world, is part of the Himalayan mountain range. Glaciers in these mountains

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The Greening of SAARC

Apr 28th, 2010 | By




By Saleem H Ali, April 27, 2010 This week the kingdom of Bhutan is hosting the summit of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) for the first time and the country’s capital city is all decked up to receive the luminaries from the region. Tiny Thimpu is the only capital in the world

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Linking Climate Change to Health

Apr 28th, 2010 | By




RSPN Manual 26 April, 2010 , By Dipika Chhetri If the movers and shakers of South Asia are all set to discuss climate change during the 16th SAARC summit, Bhutanese youth could learn a few things about climate change and why Bhutan chose it as a Summit theme.  The royal society for protection of nature

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India-Pakistan Cloud Hangs Over South Asia Summit

Apr 28th, 2010 | By




  Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Pakistani counterpart Yousuf Raza Gilani will both be attending the two-day gathering of the eight-nation South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), which begins Wednesday. Published: 26/04/2010 at 10:50 AM Online news: Asia familiar game of “will they-won’t they” centred on a possible meeting between the leaders of

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Climate Debate Gets Ugly as World Moves to Curb CO2

Apr 28th, 2010 | By




TRUTH AND TRUST, ABC NEWS Skeptics also accused the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change of supporting flawed science after several errors in a major 2007 report surfaced. The errors, including a reference to a non-peer reviewed study that Himalayan glaciers would melt by 2035, represent a fraction of the conclusions in the report, the

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Saving Himalayas from Climate Catastrophe

Apr 28th, 2010 | By




JAGADISH C BARAL PHD Climate change is affecting the Arctic and the Himalayas more severely than other places of the globe. Though lately drawn into controversy, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 4th assessment report predicted that the Himalayas would lose its entire snow by 2035. Yet, the precise date to this effect might be

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A New Climate Movement in Bolivia

Apr 28th, 2010 | By




By Naomi Klein COCHABAMBA, Bolivia — It was 11 am and Evo Morales had turned a football stadium into a giant classroom, marshaling an array of props: paper plates, plastic cups, disposable raincoats, handcrafted gourds, wooden plates and multicolored ponchos. All came into play to make his main point: to fight climate change, “we need

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Unite to Fight-Bangladesh

Apr 28th, 2010 | By




THE Bhutanese capital Thimphu is all set for hosting the 16th Summit of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc), slated for April 28-29, aiming to set up a green South Asia. The theme of this year’s summit is “Conservation of Environment and Climate,” which was decided during Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s visit

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Bhutan for Common Climate Strategy

Apr 28th, 2010 | By




Kamran Reza Chowdhury, Sat, Apr 24th, 2010 Thimphu, April 24 (bdnews24.com)—Bhutan will call for a common SAARC position on climate change at the upcoming summit scheduled for April 28-29. The host would further like to strengthen that call with a proposal for a roadmap to implement the measures. Daw Panjo, Bhutanese foreign secretary, said this

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Why all the fuss?

Apr 24th, 2010 | By




SOURCE>>> Professor Glover (‘Response from Professor Ann Glover,’ SN 17/4/10) introduces a new version of the “hockey stick” global temperature graph from the Met Office, whose Hadley Centre supplies temperature data to Phil Jones’ “Climategate” CRU at University of East Anglia, where it is processed and sent to IPCC. The Hadley Centre has been accused

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Bangladesh’s Landmass Increased Due to Sedimentation in Rivers

Apr 24th, 2010 | By




IANS Bangladesh’s landmass has increased in recent years, thanks to sedimentation in its southern rivers, a study has revealed. The study shows that the country has actually grown in landmass equal to five times the size of Dhaka city. The new land has emerged in the Meghna estuary. The 8.5-magnitude earthquake that struck Assam in

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ADB to Support Alternative, Renewal Energy Development

Apr 24th, 2010 | By




Himalayan News Service KATHMANDU: Asian Development Bank (ADB) has shown interest to support develop alternative and renewal energy in Nepal. “ADB is ready to support alternative energy development in Nepal as the sector has been given priority by the Nepal government”, said vice-president Zhao Xiaoyu here today. “It is very encouraging to see the government

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Power Crisis Dispute-Pakistan

Apr 24th, 2010 | By




Dawn Editorial Saturday, 24 Apr, 2010 The ongoing power crisis has sparked a new inter-provincial dispute over the use of resources. It is believed the recent energy conference in Islamabad produced widely differing views on how the power shortage that is crippling the economy ought to be tackled, with Sindh emphasising the development of Thar’s

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U.K. Experts Resolve Himalayan Riddle

Apr 24th, 2010 | By




PTI, The Hindu Scientists from the University of Reading have helped to explain why heavy snowfall over the Himalayas in winter and spring can lead to drought over India, especially in the early part of the summer monsoon – an issue that has defied experts for years. A university release said that as far back

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China says its dam on River Tsangpo will not affect India

Apr 24th, 2010 | By




Energy Environment New, Earth Times News New Delhi – Indian Foreign Minister S.M.Krishna told parliament Thursday that China had assured New Delhi that the giant hydroelectric dam it is constructing on River Tsangpo in Tibet will not impact the downstream water flow in to River Brahmaputra in India. “It is a fact that when we

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Tibet: The Fight to Keep Nu River Flowing

Apr 23rd, 2010 | By




Friday, 23 April 2010 Chinese damming of the Nu River in Tibet may have a devastating impact on the Tibetan environment and its inhabitants. Below is an article published by globalpost: On a drizzling afternoon in this village in northwest Yunnan province, a Chinese New Year party is underway at He Bao Shang’s earth-walled home.

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Networks Hide the Decline in Credibility of Climate Change Science

Apr 23rd, 2010 | By




Written by Julia A. Seymour    Friday, 23 April 2010 05:01, ABC, CBS and NBC ignore ClimateGate scandal and still advance left-wing global warming agenda. Business & Media Institute Executive Summary For years the global warming alarmists’ mantra has been “the science is settled.” But a recent series of shocking disclosures about climate science has

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SAARC to Sign pacts on Environment, Trade

Apr 23rd, 2010 | By




23 Apr 2010, 1542 hrs IST,IANS NEW DELHI: In its silver jubilee year, the eight-nation South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) will focus on climate change and sign two pacts on environment and trade at its 16th summit to be held in Bhutan’s capital Thimphu April 28-29. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will join other

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UK Experts Resolve Himalayan Climate Riddle

Apr 23rd, 2010 | By




Scientists from the University of Reading have helped to explain why heavy snowfall over the Himalayas in winter and spring can lead to drought over India [ Images ], especially in the early part of the summer monsoon an issue that has defied experts for years. A university release said that as far back as

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The Cleanest Countries in The World

Apr 23rd, 2010 | By




Iceland is the cleanest country in the world. This may be hard to believe right now, what with the clouds of volcanic ash grounding flights across northern Europe, but according to researchers at Yale and Columbia universities, the Nordic island ranks first out of 163 countries on their Environmental Performance Index. Researchers ranked countries based

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Pachauri: Despite attacks from critics, climate science will prevail

Apr 23rd, 2010 | By




Rajendra K.Pachauri for Yale Environment 360, part of the Guardian Environment Network, guardian.co.uk, Thursday 22 April 2010 12.03 BST The chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change acknowledges it has been a rough few months for his organization. But, he argues, no amount of obfuscation and attacks by conspiracy theorists will alter the basic

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Challenge to IPCC’s Bangladesh Climate Predictions

Apr 23rd, 2010 | By




By Shafiq Alam (AFP) DHAKA — Scientists in Bangladesh posed a fresh challenge to the UN’s top climate change panel Thursday, saying its doomsday forecasts for the country in the body’s landmark 2007 report were overblown. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), already under fire for errors in the 2007 report, had said a

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Dispatch from Mount Everest Base Camp 22 April Earth Day 2010

Apr 23rd, 2010 | By




David Breashears, Executive Director, GlacierWorks, Mount Everest Base Camp, 17,600 ft. Earth Day 2010 I arrived at Base Camp on April 11 after a seven-day trek. Our trek was comprised of ten local porters, two Sherpa camera assistants and Expedition Manager Lia Layton. We enjoyed good weather and spectacular mountain views along the way. Upon

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Asian Monsoon Failure and Megadrought During the Last Millennium

Apr 23rd, 2010 | By




REPORT: Edward R. Cook,1,* Kevin J. Anchukaitis,1 Brendan M. Buckley,1 Rosanne D. D’Arrigo,1 Gordon C. Jacoby,1 William E. Wright1,2 The Asian monsoon system affects more than half of humanity worldwide, yet the dynamical processes that govern its complex spatiotemporal variability are not sufficiently understood to model and predict its behavior, due in part to inadequate

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Climate Science’s Chinese whispers: The books that Separate Global Warming Fact from Fiction

Apr 23rd, 2010 | By




SOURCE: Independent UK The culture shock of the moment is that scientists have joined politicians and footballers as figures deemed to be worth hacking. So long as science produced technological marvels and a deeper understanding of life’s processes, scientists were generally allowed to potter in the laboratory and to police themselves. Wasn’t science supposed to

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Heavy Snowfall Over Himalayas Makes Drought Over India More Likely

Apr 23rd, 2010 | By




Friday, April 23, 2010 EurasiaReview Scientists from the Walker Institute at the University of Reading have helped to explain why heavy snowfall over the Himalayas in winter and spring can lead to drought over India, especially in the early part of the summer monsoon. This work forms part of the Climate Programme of the National

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Why April 22 is Celebrated as Earth Day?

Apr 22nd, 2010 | By




Sushmita Dutta The Sun with its family of eight planets – now that the distant ice-covered Pluto is no more a ‘planet’–make our galaxy, the Milky Way; but of all the planets the Earth turned out to be the luckiest. This is because it is the only planet where life became possible, at least far

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Climate Change and Economy-In search of a fine balance

Apr 22nd, 2010 | By




Stanly Johny “The most vulnerable country in the world to climate change is India,” said Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh a few days ahead of the Copenhagen Summit on Climate Change held in December 2009. This was more than a candid statement of an “emerging power”. The government of India seems fully convinced of the danger

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No Specific Study on Origin of Ganges!

Apr 22nd, 2010 | By




Press Release of Press Information Bureau Government of India, Wednesday, April 21, 2010 Estimates of rate of recession and date for the disappearance of Himalayan Glaciers have recently been the subject matter of some of the news reports appearing in the media. In this context Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has stated subsequently that

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Will Singh (Prime Minister) Preside Over Wreckage of India’s Farms?

Apr 22nd, 2010 | By




This article appears in the April 23, 2010 issue of Executive Intelligence Review. by Ramtanu Maitram, [A PDF version of this article is available here] India’s unwillingness to rejuvenate its vast agricultural sector, by not pushing through water management programs, power, education, etc., verges on criminal neglect. But, there is a lesson in India’s story

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FAO: Dairy accounts for 4% of GHG emissions

Apr 22nd, 2010 | By




Wednesday, 21 April 2010 14:09 Brownfield Ag Network, By Ken Anderson, April 20, 2010, www.brownfieldagnews.com The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has issued a new report that claims the dairy sector accounts for around four percent of all global greenhouse gas emissions. That figure includes emissions associated with the production, processing and transportation of

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Independent Review Challenges IPCC Science

Apr 22nd, 2010 | By




Written by James Heiser    Wednesday, 21 April 2010 07:39 What grade would you give climate change science? A year ago, most Americans probably would have given it fairly high marks; scientific minds are understandably well-respected in our culture, and we are habituated to giving the prognostications of scientists the benefit of the doubt. Of

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Villagers Oppose Hydel Projects-HP India

Apr 21st, 2010 | By




Shimla, April 19, TRIBUNE Over 2,000 tribals of Kinnaur today came out strongly against the hydroelectric projects on the Sutlej and termed these as a threat to environment and also a cause of concern for national security, being close to the Chinese border. A joint conference of project-affected people held a meeting at Akpa village

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Youth Climate Movement in Nepal

Apr 21st, 2010 | By




Going back the memory lane few years ago, youth involvement in climate change issue was very scanty, though Nepal has already been discovered as climate hotspot in terms of climate sensitivity in the world map. As the world was being involved in more hot dialogs and negotiations and adapting different agreement and protocols, in the

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The Global Climate Change Regime

Apr 21st, 2010 | By




This page is part of the multimedia Global Governance Monitor from the International Institutions and Global Governance program. Scope of the Challenge Strengths and Weaknesses U.S. Climate Change Policy Issues Recent Developments Options for Strengthening the Climate Change Regime Scope of the Challenge Climate change is one of the most significant threats facing the world

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Everest Expedition to Clean World’s Highest Garbage Dump

Apr 21st, 2010 | By




By Kimberley D. Mok, Montreal, Canada Mission to clean “Death Zone”An expedition of twenty Nepali climbers will head out this week to clean what’s known as the world’s highest garbage dump. Located above 8,000 meters (26,246 feet) in the “death zone” of Mount Everest, it’s named for its notoriously oxygen-poor air, freezing temperatures and dangerous

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1/3rd of IPCC Claims were Not Peer-Reviewed

Apr 21st, 2010 | By




It’s science, the smug tell us. But of course, it isn’t. The IPCC and Al Gore won the Nobel Prize for PR, er, Peace — not for any science. Now, 3 years later, skeptics are finally giving it the review it got and they are finding more holes than in a ton of Swiss cheese.

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First SAARC Level Micro Hydropower Center Set up in Nepal

Apr 20th, 2010 | By




Tuesday, April 20, 2010 1:11 AM KATHMANDU, Apr. 20, 2010 (Xinhua News Agency) — The first South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) level micro hydropower center has been set up in Nepal, the National News Agency RSS reported on Tuesday. Set up with the help of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID),

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A Paper Victory

Apr 20th, 2010 | By




Liu Jianqiang, A CHINADILOGUE NEWS SERVICE , April 20, 2010, Revelations about the extent of China’s pollution problems have undermined cries of victory from the environment ministry – and raised questions about its clout, argues Liu Jianqiang. In early February, the results of a national pollution survey released by the Chinese Ministry of Environmental Protection

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Meeting Again-SAARC?

Apr 20th, 2010 | By




Harun ur Rashid, The Daily Net THE South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) Summit will take place in the Bhutan’s capital, Thimpu, on April 28-29, and Bhutan has completed all preparations to host the sixteenth summit-level meeting, according to the Bhutanese Ambassador to Bangladesh, Dasho Bap Kesang. The pre-summit meetings of the Saarc programming

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Despite Attacks from Critics, Climate Science Will Prevail

Apr 20th, 2010 | By




The chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change acknowledges it has been a rough few months for his organization. But, he argues, no amount of obfuscation and attacks by conspiracy theorists will alter the basic facts — global warming is real and intensifying. By Rajendra K. Pachauri Science thrives on debate. Only by challenging

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Climate Skeptics Smell Victory in Parliament

Apr 20th, 2010 | By




Tuesday 20 April 2010, Dutch News The parliamentary committee meeting called to discuss errors in the UN climate report has left climate change sceptics feeling vindicated, writes the Financieele Dagblad on Tuesday. ‘The panel on climate change is irrelevant’. ‘This organisation has put us on the wrong track.’ Scientists Arthur Rörsch (formerly at TNO) and

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Bhutan to Host South Asian Summit

Apr 20th, 2010 | By




Nava Thakuria: The tiny Himalayan country, Bhutan will host the next South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation summit in its capital Thimphu. The two day meeting, starting on April 28 next, will witness the participation of the ‘heads of state or government’ of India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, the Maldives with the host

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Climate Consensus in Small Measures?

Apr 20th, 2010 | By




Posted on April 20, 2010 | Author: Urmi A Goswami Plurilateral forums are being seen as the platform to sort out differences. Just seven months away from the cancun climate conference, logjam between the rich industrialised nations and developing countries mars the prospect of an agreement on climate. There appears to be no bridging of

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Poor Water Quality, a Serious Threat-India

Apr 20th, 2010 | By




Of 1.42 million villages in India, 1,96,813 are affected by chemical contamination of water. A recent United Nations report says that more than three million people in the world die of water-related diseases due to contaminated water, which includes 1.2 million children. In India, over one lakh people die of water-borne diseases annually. It is

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Massive Projects Add to Natural Disasters

Apr 20th, 2010 | By




By Wang Dan 王丹, Tuesday, Apr 20, 2010, Page 8 The drought in southwestern China has attracted much attention lately. Almost every year, the Chinese government lists investment in construction projects for hydraulic facilities used by farmlands as one of its major policies. In reality, however, they have been unsuccessful in effectively carrying out this

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Dollars, Sense and Climate Change

Apr 20th, 2010 | By




19 April 2010, The myriad facets of climate change denial are thrown into relief, as dollars and sense ally, Claudio Guler writes for ISN Security Watch. By Claudio Guler for ISN Security Watch With all the hysteria, all the fear, all the phony science, could it be that manmade global warming is the greatest hoax

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Coming Famine: Risks and Solutions for Global Food Security

Apr 19th, 2010 | By




Sunday, 18 April 2010 By Julian Cribb. Most of us have by now heard the forecast there will be 9.2 billion people in the world of 2050. But current projections suggest human numbers will not stop there – but will keep on climbing, to at least 11.4 billion, by the mid 2060s Growing scarcities of

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NO: Shaky Science Leading to More Debt

Apr 19th, 2010 | By




Ellen Swensen I am not a scientist. Importantly, I’m an American citizen who will be significantly impacted by climate legislation. I believe that man pollutes locally and we must strictly protect our air, land and water. However, I don’t buy the idea that man’s CO² impacts the earth’s overall climate, because it’s still unproven and

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Climategate: a Scandal That Won’t go Away

Apr 18th, 2010 | By




By Christopher Booker Published: 7:22PM BST 17 Apr 2010 From Macbeth to Watergate, it’s not the act that leads to nemesis, but the attempts to ‘trammel up the consequence’ , writes Christopher Booker. If you were faced with by far the biggest bill of your life, would you not want to be confident that there

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Climate Change Must be Handled with Care

Apr 18th, 2010 | By




Bob Doyle, Columnist Cumberland Times-News, There are some important scientific issues covered by the media (both science magazines and widely circulated outlets such as newspapers, television, websites). Some key issues include evolution (especially new hominid fossil finds), new ways of regarding matter (dark energy, dark matter and superstring theory) and climate change. An important difference

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Himalayan Growth Package, Not Industrial Package

Apr 18th, 2010 | By




HIM VANI-Shimla: Himalaya Niti Abhiyan (HNA), a pro-environment NGO, has sought a special ‘Himalayan Growth Package’ to Himachal Pradesh by reshaping the industrial package which ended recently. While talking to media person, HNA state convener Gumman Singh said that the industrial package being demanded by Himachal government is not in favor of a fragile agricultural

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Himalayan Glaciers Retreating at Rapid Rate

Apr 18th, 2010 | By




KOCHI: Contrary to the findings of the Union Environment Ministry, the Himalayan glaciers are retreating at a rapid rate, environmental activist and scientist (???) Vandana Shiva has said. Though it will not be possible to pinpoint the exact timing of glacier melting as 2035, as suggested by the Inter-Governmental Panel for Climate Change, it is

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National Geographic Guilt-Inducing

Apr 18th, 2010 | By




FULL NEWS The trouble, as if I didn’t know it, is that 97.5 percent of the world’s water is salty or brackish. Only 2.5 percent of the water on Earth is fresh. And much of that is locked up in ice. That’s not all bad. It’s the monster glaciers in the Himalayan Mountains that send

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