Archive for October 2012

Was Hurricane Sandy supersized By Climate Change?

Oct 31st, 2012 | By
Yellow cabs line a flooded street in Queens, New York in hurricane Sandy's wake. Photograph: KeystoneUSA-ZUMA / Rex Features




  Guardian: Hurricane Sandy cannot be attributed to climate change, but warming does mean there is more moisture in the atmosphere. As I write this, Hurricane Sandy’s minimum central pressure has dropped to a stunning 940 millibars, meaning that air is rising in this storm in a way similar to a Category 4 hurricane. Sandy

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UN Publishes Atlas Of Health And Climate

Oct 31st, 2012 | By
On this map from the Atlas of Health and Climate, red areas show global distribution of fire occurrences over a 10-day period from August 8 to September 8, 2012. (Map courtesy WMO/WHO) Environment News Service (http://s.tt/1ricH)




Medical News Today: Climate information can help nations reduce risk of disease and poor health. With this in mind, two UN agencies have produced an atlas of health and climate that illustrates some of the most pressing challenges, both now and in the future. The aim is to help national leaders and agencies concerned with

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Climate Change Adding Sting To Mosquito Bite, Says WHO Report

Oct 31st, 2012 | By
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Times of India: The warning is ominous — climate change and global warming will make vector-borne diseases like dengue and malaria– already causing havoc in the country more lethal. A landmark report on climate change and health, published by the World Health Organization on Monday, said that in the last 100 years, the world has

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Social Forestry, Again

Oct 31st, 2012 | By
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RECOFTC: Celeste Lacuna-Richman, Environmental Policy Lecturer at the University of Eastern Finland (UEF), discusses the importance of designing forestry programs that take into account the realities faced by communities on-the-ground. In Finland, the forestry sector is so well-integrated into the larger society that the concept of “social forestry” seems to be superfluous.  Thus, for more

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Water Wealth and Energy in the Indian Himalayas

Oct 31st, 2012 | By
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Kelly D. Alley: The Himalayas is a place of majesty where glaciers hug the world’s tallest mountains, snow melt and precipitation combine to form the water of many vibrant river systems, and millennia of cultural and linguistic diversity guide human life ways. The Silk Roads of the past navigated this complex region and laid pathways

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Growing Greenhouse Gas Emissions Due to Meat Production

Oct 31st, 2012 | By
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UNEP: Both intensive (industrial) and non-intensive (traditional) forms of meat production result in the release of greenhouse gases (GHGs). As meat supply and consumption increase around the world, more sustainable food systems must be encouraged. Why is this issue important? For many thousands of years, mankind has lived in close proximity with numerous animal species,

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Teaching Climate Change, Recycling And Natural Resources: Ideas And Activities

Oct 30th, 2012 | By
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Guardian: Emma Drury delves into the Guardian Teacher Network resource bank goody bag to deliver some eco lesson treats. Coming back after the half-term break attentions will soon start to focus on the inevitable excesses of Christmas – parties, presents and food. So it’s an ideal time to look at how, as individuals, schools and

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Extreme Weather Hits the Poor First – And Hardest

Oct 30th, 2012 | By
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IPS News: The old adage ‘nature is the great equaliser’ no longer holds true in countries like Sri Lanka, where the poor bear the brunt of extreme weather events. Gamhevage Dayananda, a farmer from the remote village of Pansalgolla in Sri Lanka’s north-central Polonnaruwa district, can attest to this reality, as he and his fellow

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Bangladesh Resistant Rice May Not Fill Food Gap – Experts

Oct 30th, 2012 | By
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Alertnet: Bangladesh is about to release five new drought- and salt-tolerant rice varieties to help farmers cope with rising salinity and more frequent droughts – but some scientists and researchers say the yields are little better than those of current types and will not be sufficient to meet rising demand in the face of climate

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Small Organisms Could Dramatically Impact World’s Climate

Oct 30th, 2012 | By
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PHYS.org: In the future, warmer waters could significantly change ocean distribution of populations of phytoplankton, tiny organisms that could have a major effect on climate change. Reporting in this week’s online journal Science Express, researchers show that by the end of the 21st century, warmer oceans will cause populations of these marine microorganisms to thrive

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Doubling Hydropower Output Could Cut CO2 Emissions

Oct 30th, 2012 | By
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China.org.cn: Doubling hydroelectricity production by 2050 could prevent annual emissions of up to 3 billion tons of CO2 from fossil-fuel plants, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said in a report released here on Monday. The report entitled “Technology Roadmap: Hydropower,” which is jointly published by the IEA and Brazil’s Mines Ministry, outlined detailed actions “needed

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Poverty Food Security And Climate Change In Nepal

Oct 30th, 2012 | By
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One World South Asia: The rate of poverty in Nepal fell from 31% in 2003 to 25% in 2010. The reduction would have been greater but for the decision to upgrade the standard basket of food that is valued as the core component of the national poverty line. The measure of inequality also improved, the

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Disaster Risk Reduction In Nepal

Oct 29th, 2012 | By
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  Himalayan Times: The United Nations observes the Disaster Risk Reduction Day every year on the 13th of October. The United Nations is focusing on urban disaster risk reduction this year because of the higher contribution of the urban areas to the GDP of the country compared to their rural counterpart. In Nepal, the urban

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The Politics Of ‘Climate Silence’

Oct 29th, 2012 | By
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Huffingtonpost: As has been noted relentlessly this week, Monday evening’s third and final presidential debate marked the first time since the 1980s that American presidential or vice presidential contenders were neither asked about, nor inclined to offer up on their own, opinions on climate change and what ought to be done about it. For environmentalists

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Climate Change Mitigation ‘Far Cheaper Than Inaction’

Oct 29th, 2012 | By
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Nature: Tackling the global climate crisis could reap significant economic benefits for both developed and developing countries, according to a new report. The impacts of climate change and a carbon-intensive economy cost the world around US$1.2 trillion a year — 1.6 per cent of the total global GDP (gross domestic product), states ‘Climate Vulnerability Monitor:

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New Business Model Offers Fresh Approach for Valuing Nature

Oct 29th, 2012 | By
Forest and Black Pines in Crna Poda Natural Reserve in Tara Canyon




Conservation International: Over the past few years, CI [Conservation International] has had the good fortune to work with — and ultimately bring onto our board — natural capital thought leader Pavan Sukhdev. Our relationship with Pavan initially centered around his efforts as lead author on “The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB)” study, but has

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Flood-Hit Pakistan Moves Toward Disaster Insurance

Oct 29th, 2012 | By
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Alertnet: Hussain Khan lost everything in the 2010 floods that swept through Pakistan: His two children, his home on the banks of the Swat River, his dozens of cattle, sheep and goats, and his six-acre cherry crop. Today the 43-year-old farmer, the sole breadwinner for a family of 10, works as a motel waiter in

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It May Be Too Late to Stop Global Warming

Oct 29th, 2012 | By
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ABC News: Here’s a dark secret about the earth’s changing climate that many scientists believe, but few seem eager to discuss: It’s too late to stop global warming. Greenhouse gasses pumped into the planet’s atmosphere will continue to grow even if the industrialized nations cut their emissions down to the bone. Furthermore, the severe measures

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Community Adaption Practices In Uttarakhand Himalayas Of India: Case Study

Oct 26th, 2012 | By
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Cassie Denbow: The Hindu-Kush Himalayas (HKH) is one of the most diverse ecological regions in the world. Stretching from Afghanistan to Myanmar, the mountainous region encompasses the world’s highest peaks, 30% of the world’s glaciers[1], and provides between 1.3-1.8 billion[2] people with water and other natural resources. The Western Indian Himalayas are the segment of

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Climate Variability And Extrement Weather Events

Oct 26th, 2012 | By
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  Climate Expert: Climate variability refers to the variations in the mean state of the climate. Variations are per se a natural feature of a climate system, but recent trends show a massive increase in global mean temperature and a linkage between temperature increase and CO2 concentration in the atmosphere. And as data continue to

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Adaptation From A Business Perspective-GIZ

Oct 26th, 2012 | By
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GIZ: An interview with Max Schön, Director, 2° Foundation. The 2° Foundation is named after its principal goal: to limit average global warming to a maximum of 2 degrees. It is an initiative undertaken by 12 leading figures in the German business community. Its aim is to support politicians in their efforts to establish market-based

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Increased GHG Intensity Of Rice Production Under Future Atmospheric Conditions

Oct 26th, 2012 | By
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Nature: Increased atmospheric CO2 and rising temperatures are expected to affect rice yields and greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions from rice paddies1, 2, 3, 4. This is important, because rice cultivation is one of the largest human-induced sources of the potent GHG methane5 (CH4) and rice is the world’s second-most produced staple crop6. The need for meeting

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Asian Children Want Greater Involvement In Disaster Risk Reduction

Oct 26th, 2012 | By
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 Alertnet: Governments across Asia must involve children when they plan and implement projects to help disaster-prone communities mitigate risks and the impact, youth participants at a regional ministerial meeting said. The young representatives said children must be engaged as active agents of change in their communities, instead of being seen as helpless victims. “Including children

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Technology Is Key To A Low-Carbon Future

Oct 26th, 2012 | By
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ITU: New Broadband Commission climate report confirms technology is the key to a low-carbon future: Governments urged to harness the power of information and communication  technologies to dramatically cut emissions. Broadband can help transition the world towards a low carbon-economy and address the causes and effects of climate change, according to a new report just

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Will Climate Change Lead To More Droughts?

Oct 26th, 2012 | By
FAQ on drought :  Historic Drought Cripples Farms And Ranches In American West




Guardian: Although climate change is expected to lead to slightly more rainfall at the global level, the timing and distribution of that rain is likely to change, increasing the chance of drought in some regions. The details are very difficult to predict, however. This is partly because regional climate impacts are strongly dependent on large-scale

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New Ways To Communicate Climate Change And Adaptation…

Oct 25th, 2012 | By
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IIED: We know that real change takes place when we learn by doing, and as development specialists we are all very good at telling people what to do. But as researchers and practitioners engaged in a shared learning process for change we still have a very long way to go. Recent work was done by

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Tracking Glaciers In Hindu Kush Himalayan Region

Oct 25th, 2012 | By
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University of Dayton: NASA has awarded nearly $1 million to a team of researchers that includes University of Dayton geology professor Umesh Haritashya to study potential hazards caused by changes to glaciers in the Hindu Kush-Himalaya region. The University of Dayton will receive $358,542 of the grant, with the balance going to the University of

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Climate Researchers Blaze An Uncertain Trail

Oct 25th, 2012 | By
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Tanzanian farmers use cell phones to document climate change, keeping track of how new pests and weather patterns affect their crops. Their work is the product of a unique climate change research method pioneered by Swiss-based scientists. “Our first slightly naïve idea was that we would need to communicate climate change information to the farmers,”

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10 Lessons From 10 Years of The CDM

Oct 25th, 2012 | By
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Climate Report: The Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) is the first and by far the largest carbon offset instrument in the world. To date, it is the only market based on an environmental commodity which managed to attract several billions of euros of private capital on an annual basis. Being the first-of-a-kind climate change mitigation instrument,

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Climate Crisis: Palm Trees In The Antarctic, 540% Increase

Oct 25th, 2012 | By
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Countercurrent: Climate crisis is going to bring in anomalies that at first glance appear “amazing”. But there is apprehension of increase in the number of heat related deaths and reduced size of fishes, possibilities of growth of palm trees in the Antarctic. The poor people are suffering. Palm trees could grow in the Antarctic, just

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Flood Disasters, Environmental Policy And Sustainable Development

Oct 25th, 2012 | By
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  Leadership: There were floods. Lives were lost. Property was destroyed. Victims are still living on a wing and a prayer.  The government threw N17.6billion at them. Curiously, throughout the recent national broadcast on measures being put in place to stem the tide, climate change – the primary cause of the problem – was not

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From Climate Antagonists To Low-Carbon Protagonists

Oct 23rd, 2012 | By
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The Changing Role of the Gulf OPEC States in the UNFCCC. Surging domestic energy consumption in the Gulf region is increasingly threatening oil and gas export revenues. The United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Saudi Arabia are initiating multiple experiments to improve energy efficiency and introduce renewable energy, prompting the emergence of new domestic actors. Still,

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Extreme Weather Creating Urgent Need For Better Forecasts

Oct 23rd, 2012 | By
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Alertnet: Since returning to farming after decades of displacement during Sri Lanka’s long civil war, Kusmalatha Tammitta has faced a new enemy: extreme weather, particularly long droughts followed by bursts of heavy rain. “There are 22 wells in this village. All are dry,” Tammitta told AlertNet. After an eight-month drought, she said, she had lost

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Hydroclimatic Shifts Driven By Human Water Use For Food And Energy Production

Oct 23rd, 2012 | By
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Nature: Hydrological change is a central part of global change1, 2, 3. Its drivers in the past need to be understood and quantified for accurate projection of disruptive future changes4. Here we analyse past hydro-climatic, agricultural and hydropower changes from twentieth century data for nine major Swedish drainage basins, and synthesize and compare these results

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India Expands Its Biodiversity Databases

Oct 23rd, 2012 | By
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Scidev.net: India is expanding its biodiversity databases and linking them in a network so that policymakers for programmes that address biodiversity, climate changeand socio-economic concerns have ready access to information. An Indian Bioresources Information Network (IBIN) was launched this month (11 October) by M. S. Swaminathan, eminent crop scientist and founder of the M.S. Swaminathan

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Acting On Disaster Warnings: Don’t Miss The Human Factor

Oct 23rd, 2012 | By
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SciDev.Net: We need to understand why some people act on early warnings while others ignore them, says disaster preparedness specialist Sudhir Kumar. The Great East Japan Earthquake and subsequent tsunami of 11 March 2011 challenged global ideas about responding to disasters. It showed that structural defences alone, such as breakwaters, coastal dykes and tidal barriers,

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India Plays Crucial Role Protecting Sacred Himalayan Sites

Oct 22nd, 2012 | By
The Honourable Prime Minister of Bhutan (President of the Bhutan Climate Summit Secretariat) with the head of delegations




WWF: The birthplace of Lord Buddha in Nepal, a mountain revered as the centre of the universe in Tibet, long-standing monasteries in Bhutan, and majestic alpine lakes in India are among the many sacred natural sites in the Eastern Himalayas that have been preserved by traditional belief systems that place a high value on nature,

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Pakistan Should Take Strong Position On Global Climate Change Issues

Oct 22nd, 2012 | By
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Business Recorder: A renowned Climate Scientist, Professor Dr Qamar-Uz-Zaman Chaudhry remained the director general of Pakistan Meteorological Department between 1996 and 2010. He is a research scientist in the fields of Global Warming & Climate Change, Meteorology, Atmospheric Sciences, Hydrology and Seismology. He has produced more than 70 research papers and articles, published in national

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Climate Change: Journalism’s Never-Ending Fight For Facts

Oct 22nd, 2012 | By
Leo blog : DJ Allan Jones during anti-carbon tax rally in Australia




Guardian: An Australian DJ must undergo ‘accuracy’ training after saying falsehoods about climate change. But will this improve journalism? The debate about climate change is dogged – possibly even defined – by its interminable, intractable tug of war over the “facts”. A hand grenade is lobbed into no-man’s land triggering a volley of return fire.

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South Korea To Host Giant Climate Change Fund

Oct 22nd, 2012 | By
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The Sunday Morning Herald: A new UN fund meant to manage billions of dollars to help developing nations combat climate change will be based in South Korea, leaders of the fund agreed on Saturday. The Green Climate Fund is to be sited in Songdo, Incheon City, South Korea, the board of the fund said. Germany,

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REDD+ Actions Can Have Varying Impacts

Oct 22nd, 2012 | By
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Sciedev.Net: Impacts of actions under Reduction of Deforestation and Degradation (REDD+) – a UN mechanism to stem deforestation and degradation – on biodiversity and carbon vary across forest types and landscape conditions, a new global assessment shows. Key findings of the preliminary assessment of links between biodiversity, carbon, forests and people, prepared by the International Union

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Nepal: Bagmati River Basin Improvement Project

Oct 22nd, 2012 | By
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ADB: The Bagmati River Basin Improvement Project aims to improve water security and resilience to potential climate change impact in the Bagmati River Basin. It will build on the general public’s desire to restore the river environment in the Kathmandu Valley and the Government’s efforts to improve irrigation development and mitigate the impact of water-induced

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Climate Change Challenges For Hong Kong: An Agenda For Adaptation

Oct 19th, 2012 | By
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CSR Asia: Climate change is inevitable and therefore there is a need to examine adaptation measures that can manage the challenges presented by changes in the climate that we will experience in Hong Kong. Climate change will mean that Hong Kong will experience a warmer climate, at times with significantly more rainfall but will also

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Could Visualizing Greenhouse-Gas Emissions Help Combat Climate Change?

Oct 19th, 2012 | By
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Huffingtonpost: One of the first steps in tackling climate change is to curb greenhouse-gas emissions. The trouble is, both the public and policymakers have been slow to act on a problem they cannot physically see. It’s easy to blame harmful emissions on China, coal companies or the next-door neighbor. But people would likely do more

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Adaptation To Climate Change’ Should Be Focus

Oct 19th, 2012 | By
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Business Day live: Attempts to control or curb the emission of greenhouse gases, linked by science to the overall rise in global temperatures, were “probably too late to arrest the inevitable trend of global warming”, two scientists, one from South Africa’s University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), said in an opinion piece published in the peer

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Bhutan Struggles To Control Illegal Wildlife Trade

Oct 19th, 2012 | By
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Bhutanclimatechange: Bhutan is increasingly serving as a conduit for illegal wildlife smuggling between India and China, undermining the country’s conservation efforts. Dawa Wangchuk reports Bhutan takes greats pains to conserve its rich biodiversity, evidenced by the fact that 70% of the country’s total land area remains under forest cover. But these efforts are now being

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Welcome To The UN’s Secret Climate Adaptation Summit

Oct 19th, 2012 | By
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COP11 in Hyderabad is probably the biggest climate adaptation conference you have never heard of. Representatives from 192+ countries have travelled to India, drawing a crowd of 14,000 delegates to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity’s (CBD) bi-annual summit. But aside from a solitary New York Times journalist who arrived on Monday, media coverage outside

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Climate Change Fiction Melts Away Just When It’s Needed

Oct 19th, 2012 | By
Icebergs and Ice Bits Near Kangilerngata Sermia Glacier, Disko Bugt (Disko Bay), West Greenland




Guardian: It’s the most urgent problem of our era, but novelists appear singularly reluctant to address it. “Guys, the ice caps are melting now,” wrote Chris Ross in the Guardian Review last year. “Where are those stories?” Photo: Climate change … disintegrating iceberg near west Greenland. Photograph: Jenny E Ross/Corbis The review’s subject was a

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Report Finds Climate Change Poses Threat To Indian Farmers

Oct 18th, 2012 | By
A young man shields himself from the rain while behind him a woman looks concerned. The rains have come too late for summer grown crops leaving the population in a precarious situation.




IDS: A new synthesis report (pdf) about the challenges posed by climate change in India has found that changes in temperature and rainfall will have a serious effect on already fragile farming communities. The report is part of a joint project by the UK’s Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) and the Indian Ministry

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Rewriting Himalayan History: Ancient Oceans On The Top Of The World

Oct 18th, 2012 | By
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Phys.org: The Himalayas could be 20 million years younger than we think, according to ongoing research at the University of Sydney’s School of Geosciences. The Indian subcontinent may have collided with Eurasia and produced the Himalayas much later than geology textbooks currently claim, the University of Sydney’s Head of the School of Geosciences, Professor Jonathan

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South Asian Children Abused, Put To Work After Climate Disasters

Oct 18th, 2012 | By
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Alertnet: South Asian children suffer physical violence and sexual abuse in the wake of climate-related disasters, and some are sent out to work or to beg for food and money, according to new research that includes firsthand accounts from children. Interviews, group discussions and consultations with more than 3,400 disaster-affected children and nearly 1,200 adults

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Scientists Have ‘Limited Knowledge’ Of How Climate Change Causes Extinction

Oct 18th, 2012 | By
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Guardian: Review finds loss of plants and animals due to global warming is already widespread, but the causes are poorly understood A Major review into the impact of climate change on plants and animalshas found that scientists have almost no idea how it drives various species to extinction. Though some organisms struggle to cope physiologically

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Climate Change Awareness In Africa And Asia ‘Varies Greatly’

Oct 18th, 2012 | By
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Scidenet: For women living in rural areas of developing countries, levels of vulnerability to climate change and the capacity to adapt to its impacts varies greatly — with some even more resilient than men, three pilot studies in Africa and Asia has revealed. Researchers found that women’s abilities to cope with various climate change impacts

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Himalayan Glaciers Debate: Melting Or Growing?

Oct 18th, 2012 | By
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Scidevnet: Satellite images are making the fate of the Himalayan glaciers clearer, but not that of the people who live downstream, finds Smriti Mallapaty. Satellite observations are providing a clearer picture of changes in the glaciers on the world’s tallest mountain range — but there’s still not enough information to answer a vital question: how

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The Battle For Water – India’s Food Insecurity Compounded By Water Scarcity

Oct 17th, 2012 | By
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Alertnet: Since India’s independence, the mammoth task of feeding its hundreds of millions, most of whom are extremely poor, has been a major challenge to policymakers. In the coming decades, the issue of food insecurity is likely to affect almost all Indians. However, for the poorest amongst us, it could be catastrophic. India ranks 65

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New Report On China’s Climate Action

Oct 17th, 2012 | By
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The Climate Institute: China has long been perceived as a laggard on climate action, and used as scapegoat by other countries, like Australia, to delay action. But this argument is increasingly difficult, if not impossible, to make given China’s recent policies. China will soon have the world’s second largest carbon trading scheme and is aggressively

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Women On The Frontline Of Climate Change-Pakistan

Oct 17th, 2012 | By
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The News: In a tattered mud-and-twigs hut, some 16 kilometers away from Jati Tehsil in Thatta district, Hanifa lights up her cigarette confidently telling us she can handle a natural disaster if it comes. She sounds pretty brave as she narrates her tales of survival from a series of natural disasters in the last two

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Global Climate Change-In The News Again

Oct 17th, 2012 | By
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Huffington post: It seems like every few weeks another scientific study or report comes out about global warming and the political spectrum goes crazy with their own interpretations of the scientific study. This week it is a report discussing that Antarctic ice is increasing. The scientists claim it is a result of changing ocean currents

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Climate Change: Kenyan Women Demand Differentiated Adaptation, Mitigation Policies

Oct 17th, 2012 | By
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Africa Science News: Despite existing evidence of the impact of climate change on women, there is a very poor gender aspect in the Kenya government responses in terms of policies and legal framework. The threat of climate change, manifested in the increase of extreme weather conditions such as, droughts, storms or floods is a sustainable

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New Gore Twist To Fire Footage

Oct 16th, 2012 | By
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NT NEws: AN Alice Springs filmmaker has refused to sell footage of a firestorm to former US vice-president Al Gore – to use in Mr Gore’s climate presentations – because the event was unrelated to climate change. Chris Tangey from Alice Springs Film and Television recorded the phenomenon on Curtin Springs Station, 360km southwest of

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