Archive for January 2012

Davos Forum Debates Adaptation to Climate Risk

Jan 31st, 2012 | By




Participating in a session on Adapting to Climate Risk, held at the annual World Economic Forum, in Davos, Switzerland, Lord Nicholas Stern, Chair, Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, UK, noted that the world is heading towards a 3°C increase in global average temperature, and warned that this situation “will bring temperatures not seen

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One Climate Change Solution

Jan 31st, 2012 | By




A recent article in Science Magazine demonstrates how controlling methane and soot can have positive effects in a relatively short time on global warming, the Arctic, human health and agricultural productivity. It should be mandatory reading for all of the Republican presidential hopefuls and for President Barack Obama. If the next president refocuses international climate

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US, China and the Rest – Is the Global Order Really Changing?

Jan 31st, 2012 | By




This year, the elites in Davos – debating the future of capitalism – faced a little more self-doubt than usual as to whether they have the best ideas to run the world, not least in the face of the intractable euro crisis. But the future of capitalism is just one big global challenge among many

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Environment Cell Row over Control Continues

Jan 31st, 2012 | By




A cold war has been going on among government departments over control of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) cell for the last four months. The devolved Ministry of Environment became the National Designated Authority (NDA) of the United Nations Framework Conference on Climate Change after it established the cell and placed it under Enercon back

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Local Communities in Nepal Participate in Livestock Climate Change Vulnerability Study

Jan 31st, 2012 | By




On January 2, 2012, local communities in the Thulokhola watershed in Nuwakot gave the SLPS project research team a heartfelt traditional welcome with garlands and red powder, as well as flowers, fruits, coconuts and water jars adorned with flowers as they proceeded up the hill. The team was first greeted by the local communities at

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Climate Change in Himalayas: Quantification and Mitigation

Jan 31st, 2012 | By




Based on decades of research by the scientific community, there is now wide recognition that emissions of greenhouse gases are changing the climate in the Himalayan region and that the future impacts from such changes will harmful, especially to the rural population of Uttarakhand. In response, policymakers across India are beginning to consider what actions

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Food-Water-Energy Nexus Approaches: On the Right Road to Rio+20?

Jan 30th, 2012 | By
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Suman K A : Close to a billion population on this planet lack access to safe drinking water, modern energy services and food to lead healthy and productive lives; a great majority of them residing in the SSA and South Asian regions. The problem is likely to be exacerbated with ever growing population, climate change,

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Call for Pre-Proposals for MRI Synthesis Workshops

Jan 30th, 2012 | By




The Mountain Research Initiative promotes and coordinates research on global change in mountain regions around the world.  As part of that mission, MRI funds workshops that bring together global change researchers from around the world to address specific topics of interest to the mountain research community with the objective of producing a synthesis article for

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Call for Papers Contributions: “IUFRO and Information: Direction 2012”, IUFRO Division 9 Conference

Jan 30th, 2012 | By




Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina,  8-10 May 2012————-IUFRO and Information: Direction 2012 Information has been central to IUFRO’s brief since its foundation in the nineteenth century, and it has maintained a specialist research group dealing with information in various forms for well over a century. Following the latest re-organisation, this role is now held by  the

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Vacancy Announcement, Postdoctoral Research Fellows in 2012

Jan 30th, 2012 | By




  International Ecosystem Management Partnership (IEMP), co-sponsored by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), was officially launched on Nov 18th 2011 in Beijing. IEMP is the first UNEP collaborative programme in the south and for the south. The core mandate of IEMP is to synthesis science findings for

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Wheat Will Age Prematurely in a Warmer World

Jan 30th, 2012 | By




It could be much more difficult than we thought to feed everyone in a warmer world. Satellite images of northern India have revealed that extreme temperatures are cutting wheat yields. What’s more, models used to predict the effects of global warming on food supply may have underestimated the problem by a third. In India’s breadbasket,

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Pakistan’s Prime Minister Addresses Climate Risk

Jan 30th, 2012 | By




Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani Thursday called for a global approach to respond to climate risks in view of vulnerability and inability of developing nation to cope with the challenge. Participating in an interactive Session on “Adapting to Climate Risk” that focused on how the communities, companies and countries were adapting to the risks posed

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Monster Rules Nepal Village on Climate Frontline

Jan 30th, 2012 | By




Looking at the swirling grey waters of the Bhote Koshi River, Ratna Kaji remembers when it turned into a “monster,” leaving behind a trail of death and destruction. “It came down roaring, washed away homes and people when they were sleeping,” the 77-year-old said of the 1996 flood, caused by a massive landslide that blocked

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The Himalaya Stove Project Nepal

Jan 30th, 2012 | By




The Himalayan Stove Project is dedicated to preserving the Himalayan environment and improving the health of the people living in the trans-Himalayan region.  We provide clean cookstoves to individuals and  families living in the Himalayas who now cook with traditional, rudimentary cookstoves or over open fire pits inside their homes, consuming excessive amounts of precious

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Bhutan’s Glacial History

Jan 30th, 2012 | By




What was past glaciation in the Bhutan Himalayas like? Current mountain landscapes (i.e. glacier lakes, ancient lakes, water fall, and rock cliff etc.) relate largely to the past behaviour of Bhutan’s glaciers. Although it is reported that Bhutan’s mountain glaciers have shrunk in recent years, past behaviour of Bhutan’s glaciers has not been well studied,

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Reviewing NASA’s Latest Study

Jan 30th, 2012 | By




Climate change has long-since ceased to be a scientific curiosity, and is no more just one of many environmental and regulatory concerns. It is the major, overriding environmental issue of our time, and the single greatest challenge facing environmental regulators. It is a growing crisis with economic, health and safety, food production, security, and other

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India Has the Most Toxic Air: Study

Jan 30th, 2012 | By




It is official: India has the world’s most toxic air. In a study by Yale and Columbia Universities, India holds the very last rank among 132 nations in terms of air quality with regard to its effect on human health. India scored a miniscule 3.73 out of a possible 100 points in the analysis, lagging

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Dealing With Pakistan’s Fears on Water

Jan 30th, 2012 | By




The best reassurance that Pakistan can have is full Indian compliance with the provisions of the Indus Waters Treaty. This article is not about the complex political or strategic reasons that the water establishment in the government and/or the army in Pakistan may have for projecting water as a new core issue between that country

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UEA Courses on Climate Change & Development and Impact Evaluation

Jan 27th, 2012 | By




Climate Change and Development short course: 5 – 18 September 2012:  The purpose of this course is to equip non-specialists with a broad understanding of what climate change may mean for low-income populations and what the scope and prospects are for adapting to change in the context of development issues and poverty reduction. The course

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Announcement – Earth Care Awards – South Asia – SAARC Region

Jan 27th, 2012 | By




The 4th edition of the Earth Care Awards has been launched Earth Care Award For Excellence in Climate Change Mitigation & Adaptation for SAARC Region Countries  Eligible countries – Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nepal, India, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Maldives  To highlight activities emanating from different sectors in response to the call for local level action

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Looking for Project Mentors: Support to Improve Climate Change and Information Services in South Asia (SICRISA)

Jan 27th, 2012 | By




Through fellowships and residential writing workshops, a new project ‘Support to Improve Climate Change and Information Services in South Asia’ (SICRISA) is providing training and support to South Asian scientists and social scientists. We are now looking for mentors who will be able to help the participants to:  Publish in peer reviewed journals  And where

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How Climate Change, Urbanisation are Changing Disaster Aid

Jan 27th, 2012 | By




Reuters: Picture this: a terrible drought forces you to abandon your meagre plot of farmland, so you migrate to a city where the jobs are, only to end up living in a slum regularly submerged by floods. It’s a scenario that’s going to become more and more familiar in coming years as climate change and

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Climate Change Takes Malaria to the Hills

Jan 27th, 2012 | By




The days when doctors used to advise the sick a visit to the pristine hills may soon be over as trends indicate that higher altitudes would be more susceptible to diseases caused by an erratic weather pattern attributed to climate change. The draft of the first of its kind compilation of various studies aimed at

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Himalayan Universities to Work Together on Knowledge Generation

Jan 27th, 2012 | By




Universities and research institutions working in the mountain and hilly regions of Bangladesh, China, India, Nepal, and Pakistan have agreed to work together as a network for mountain-focused teaching, research, and outreach in the Hindu Kush–Himalayan (HKH) region. The collaboration was cemented at a conference of more than two dozen university vice chancellors, deans, professors,

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No Need to Panic About Global Warming

Jan 27th, 2012 | By




WSJ: There’s no compelling scientific argument for drastic action to ‘decarbonize’ the world’s economy. A candidate for public office in any contemporary democracy may have to consider what, if anything, to do about “global warming.” Candidates should understand that the oft-repeated claim that nearly all scientists demand that something dramatic be done to stop global

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Adapting to Climate Change: Learning From The Grassroots

Jan 27th, 2012 | By




The significant negative impacts of climate change have become an interest shared not only on an international and national level but also on a local community level. Farmers in rural areas face the negative impacts of climate change in the form of harvest failure, the reduction of farming production and also the degradation of the

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Does Fighting Climate Change Need to Focus on CO2 Emissions?

Jan 27th, 2012 | By




There are many forces at work making it difficult to stop global warming. Many assume that the cost of creating a healthy planet will be astronomical in comparison to the results it will yield — partially because the benefits will be far in the future. The old standby of restricting carbon dioxide (CO2) and other

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Pakistan Wants to Work With India on Climate Change: Yousuf Raza Gilani

Jan 27th, 2012 | By




DAVOS: Pointing out that Pakistan has “excellent” relationship with India, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani on Thursday said cooperation between the two to tackle climate change was “doable”. He said Islamabad wants to work with New Delhi on this front. “Yes, certainly there can be cooperation. We have excellent relationship with India and we want

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Climate Science Uncertainty Impacts Discourse

Jan 27th, 2012 | By




If public interest in climate change can be measured by political speeches, the issue has fallen on hard times haunted by uncertainty in the science and a continuing economic downturn which demands attention. In his 7,000-word, annual State of the Union address, U.S. President Barack Obama on Tuesday mentioned the words “climate change” once, while

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Melting Himalayan Glaciers can Threaten Animals, Humans

Jan 25th, 2012 | By




DNA: The melting down of the Himalayan glaciers due to climate change may be solving the current water crisis, but can also have a devastating effect on animal and human lives in the long run, environmentalist and polar explorer Robert Swan has said. “What scares me is that people think that it is fine for

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Advancing Agricultural Adaptation and Mitigation

Jan 25th, 2012 | By




SciDevNet: This policy brief, published by Science, examines how agricultural science can help improve policies for climate change adaptation and mitigation. Global food production must rise to meet global food needs, but predicted increases in extreme weather events — combined with stresses such as poverty, conflict and weak governance — threaten food security. At the

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Politics and Climate Change

Jan 25th, 2012 | By




The Diplomat: Earlier this month, the Doomsday Clock – popularized by the graphic novel Watchmen – was moved a minute closer to midnight, leaving it set at five minutes to midnight, or “Doomsday.” This isn’t the closest it has been (that was back in 1953, when the United States and Soviet Union tested thermonuclear devices

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The Ill Wind that Blew Bainpara towards a More Climate Resilient Future

Jan 25th, 2012 | By




Guardian: Three years after it was decimated by cyclone Aila, Bainpara in south-west Bangladesh is being rebuilt with UK assistance. On 25 May 2009, the village of Bainpara, in the district of Khulna on Bangladesh’s south-west coast, was wiped off the map. Driven by the 120km/h winds of cyclone Aila, a 12ft wall of sea

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Climate Change and Farming: How Not to Go Hungry in a Warmer World

Jan 25th, 2012 | By




TIME: Climate change might hit us in the most vital place of all — the dinner plate Why do we care about climate change? Obviously we worry about what warming temperatures might do to the geography of the planet — particularly melting polar ice and raising global sea levels. We fear the impact that climate

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Global Warming: Welcome to the Age of Mankind

Jan 25th, 2012 | By




The Gazette: For the last 11,700 years, mankind has lived in what geologists refer to as the Holocene epoch. This interglacial period has been defined by its stable warm climatic conditions that have allowed Homo sapiens to populate the Earth and become its dominant species. Many scientists now believe that over the last 200 years,

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Life after Death: Looking at Adaptation in Mountains After 2005 Earthquake

Jan 24th, 2012 | By
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Noreen Haider: It has been more than six years when the Northern areas of Pakistan were hit by one of the most devastating earthquake in the history of the region. The earthquake measured 7.6 on the Richter scale and within the very few first seconds created an unimaginable devastation in an area of more than

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The Future of Food

Jan 24th, 2012 | By




By 2050 there will be another 2.5 billion people on the planet. How to feed them? Science’s answer: a diet of algae, insects and meat grown in a lab. How can we feed the 2.5 billion more people – an extra China and India – likely to be alive in 2050? The UN says we

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Climate Scientists Back call for Sceptic Thinktank To Reveal Backers

Jan 24th, 2012 | By




Guardian: Leading experts lend support to Freedom of Information request concerning climate sceptic foundation chaired by Lord Lawson. Leading climate scientists have given their support to a Freedom of Information request seeking to disclose who is funding the Global Warming Policy Foundation, a London-based climate sceptic thinktank chaired by the former Conservative chancellor Lord Lawson.

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Agriculture and Climate Change in India

Jan 24th, 2012 | By




CDKN: India is a large country with a diverse climate. Diverse seasons mean diverse crops and farming systems. There is a high dependency of agriculture on the monsoon rains and a close link exists between climate and water resources. Two thirds of the area is rain dependent. Add to this picture the small land holdings, poor

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An Illustrated Guide to Climate Change in 2011

Jan 24th, 2012 | By




Climate Progress: A few simple and clear pictures (and links) showing how the planet continued to warm and change around us in 2011 by Peter Gleick, water and climate scientist, in a Forbes repost These facts are just part of why all national academies of science on the planet and every major geophysical scientific society agree that

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Are We Integrating Climate Adaptation Practices in Disaster Risk Reduction

Jan 24th, 2012 | By




CDKN: Disasters and Climate Change Disasters can be sudden, such as earthquakes or floods, or may build up gradually, such as a drought.  An important consequence of climate change will be the increase in the frequency and magnitude of extreme events such as floods, droughts, windstorms and heat waves. Whether hazards become disasters depends on

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Climate Synthesis Report for the UNFCCC COP17 in Durban

Jan 24th, 2012 | By
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APN: The adverse effects of climate change and natural climate variability pose a significant threat to humanity, with the poorest communities being the most vulnerable. Scientific understanding of our climate is advancing at a significant rate, with new information emerging about the likely impacts of climate change, the options to adapt to these changes, and

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Come Hell With High Water

Jan 23rd, 2012 | By




Earlier this month, Bangladesh’s foreign minister chided the world’s developed nations for failing to honor their pledge to help this low-lying, water-logged nation adapt to the effects of climate change. Of the $30 billion that poor countries were promised three years ago, just $2.5 billion have been disbursed. “Our achievements — social, economic, environmental —

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Copenhagenize Index: The Measure for Bicycle Friendliness in Major Cities

Jan 23rd, 2012 | By




Greenfudge: One European bicycle culture consulting firm, Copenhagenize Consulting, released there results for a study exploring the world’s most bicycle friendly cities.  By no coincidence, this index is named after the world capital for bicycle culture, Copenhagen.  The index takes 20 major cities and analyzes them on 13 categories, including; advocacy, bicycle culture, bicycle infrastructure, perception

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Enhancing Participation of Women in the Green Economy

Jan 23rd, 2012 | By




Through Climate Change community of UN Solution Exchange India the Earth Day Network has floated query on Women and the Green Economy for its Campaign (http://www.earthday.org/wage) to increase the opportunities for women’s leadership in designing and advancing the new Green Economy. It finds that there is limited participation of women in the discussions, planning, and leadership of the newly

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Better Scientific Understanding of Link Between Climate Change, Food Security Needed

Jan 23rd, 2012 | By




Scientists should increasingly make critical contributions to ensure food security and environmental sustainability, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) systems ecologist Dr Bob Scholes said on Friday, adding that there was a need to better understand the link between climate change and food production. More attention should be given to developing agricultural practices that

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Laser-Powered Study on Climate Change

Jan 23rd, 2012 | By




The National Atmospheric Research Laboratory (NARL) attached to the Department of Space, government of India, is planning to set up a network of LIDAR (Laser Radar System) with the help of indigenously developed sensor tools in ten locations across the country in the first phase to study the aerosol distribution over India. This was disclosed

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Earth Child Institute: Nepal’s Green School Campaign 2012

Jan 23rd, 2012 | By




Earth Child Institute (ECI) Nepal officially inaugurated its first initiative “Global School Campaign” on Jan 21, Saturday, to inform and empower children on global environmental issues, and encourage them to adopt green, healthy and sustainable lifestyles in their schools and communities. To achieve the goal, they are envisioning to collaborate with 200 schools around the

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The Canary in the Himalayas

Jan 21st, 2012 | By
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Scientific American Blog: Kanchha, our Sherpa guide, took off at an unexpectedly fast pace along what seemed little more than a dry and dusty yak track.  We chased after him as best we could, affected as we were by the combination of altitude and the large lunch we had just consumed at the teahouse at

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Scientists: Agriculture Major Player in Climate Change

Jan 21st, 2012 | By




Voice of America: A team of scientists is urging that agriculture be a top priority in climate change negotiations, saying it’s vital for global food security and for reducing carbon emissions. The recommendations appear in the January 20th issue of Science magazine. The international team was led by Sir John Beddington, Britain’s chief scientific advisor.

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India: National Action Plan on Climate Change (NAPCC)

Jan 21st, 2012 | By




UPSC Portal: 1. Overview India is faced with the challenge of sustaining its rapid economic growth while dealing with the global threat of climate change. This threat emanates from accumulated greenhouse gas emissions in the atmosphere, anthropogenically generated through long-term and intensive industrial growth and high consumption lifestyles in developed countries. While engaged with the

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Infrastructure Sector Highly Vulnerable to Climate Change

Jan 21st, 2012 | By




BEN: Australia’s infrastructure is not prepared to withstand the consequences of catastrophic climate change events such as floods, droughts, coastal erosion, tropical cyclones, fires and seal level rise. The report released today calls on all stakeholders to address regulatory frameworks gaps, which are acting as barriers towards effective climate adaptation. It analyses the extent to

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World Future Energy Summit (WFES) 2012 Highlights of 16th January, 2012

Jan 20th, 2012 | By




We are pleased to share the main points highlighted in “World Future Energy Summit (WFES) 2012 Highlights of 16th January, 2012”: (By: Linkages, International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) Reporting Services, 18th January, 2012. The highlights is available at: http://www.iisd.ca/ymb/energy/wfes/wfes2012/html/ymbvol187num8e.html#top) The fifth World Future Energy Summit (WFES) 2012 opened in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE), on

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2012 International Conference on Geological and Environmental Sciences(ICGES 2012)

Jan 20th, 2012 | By




2012 International Conference on Geological andEnvironmental Sciences(ICGES 2012)29 to 30 June 2012Jeju Island, Korea (South) ICGES 2012 will be published as conferenceproceeding, and all papers in the proceedingswill be included in the E&T Digital Library, andindexed by EBSCO, CNKI, WorldCat, Google Scholar. The deadline for abstracts/proposals is 10 March2012. Enquiries: icges@cbees.orgWeb address: http://www.icges.org/cfp.htmSponsored by: CBEES






DISCCRS VII Interdisciplinary Climate Change Research Symposium

Jan 20th, 2012 | By




http://disccrs.org/disccrsposter.pdf Dates: October 13-20, 2012 Location: La Foret Conference and Retreat CenterColorado Springs, CO Application Deadline: February 29, 2012Participation limited to 30 early-career Ph.D. scholarsAirfare and on-site expenses are supported through grants from NSF and NASAhttp://disccrs.org Eligibility: Ph.D. requirements completed between August 1, 2009 – February 29, 2012 in any natural or social science field

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NASA Finds 2011 Ninth-Warmest Year on Record

Jan 20th, 2012 | By




NASA: Hubble Solves Mystery on Source of Supernova in Nearby Galaxy 01.12.12   Using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers have solved a longstanding mystery on the type of star, or so-called progenitor, which caused a supernova seen in a nearby galaxy. The finding yields new observational data for pinpointing one of several scenarios that trigger

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Agriculture and Climate Change, Revisited

Jan 20th, 2012 | By




NewYork Times: Agriculture has long been a stepchild in global negotiations over the climate. Hopes had risen that this might change at the latest big global climate session, in Durban, South Africa, in December. It did not. Now, a group of experts led by John Beddington, the chief science adviser of the British government, is

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Researchers Outline Food Security-Climate Change Road Map in Science

Jan 20th, 2012 | By




EurekaAlert: Modest advances for agriculture in Durban signal need for scientific input While last month’s climate negotiations in Durban made incremental progress toward helping farmers adapt to climate change and reduce agriculture’s climate footprint, a group of international agriculture experts, writing in the January 20 issue of Science magazine, urges scientists to lay the groundwork

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The Biodiversity Crisis: Worse Than Climate Change

Jan 20th, 2012 | By




PHYSORG: Biodiversity is declining rapidly throughout the world. The challenges of conserving the world’s species are perhaps even larger than mitigating the negative effects of global climate change. Dealing with the biodiversity crisis requires political will and needs to be based on a solid scientific knowledge if we are to ensure a safe future for

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The Rising Cost of Climate Change

Jan 20th, 2012 | By




DAWN: In Pakistan, 3.57 billion dollars need to be spent in the coming 18 years to deal with the affects of climate change Pakistan, Guatemala and Russia have been the countries worst hit by climate change in the recent past, with thousands of lives lost to extreme weather events. In addition to being the worst-affected,

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