Archive for November 2012

How Climate Change is Affecting the Children of Bhutan

Nov 30th, 2012 | By
A Bhutanese farmer puts her harvest of chilies on the roof of a shed to dry and protect it from wild boars, deer, and monkeys in 2006.




Huffingtonpost: Growing up in Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan, I would often see crows perched on nearby trees and on the rooftops of our homes. We would chase them as they tried to pick up food that was kept to dry out in the sun. Ten years on, it has become rare to hear the

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Evidence For Man-Made Climate Change Getting Stronger-UN

Nov 30th, 2012 | By
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Reuters: Evidence that global warming is man-made is getting stronger, the head of a U.N. panel of climate scientists said, in a further blow to sceptics who argue rising temperatures can be explained by natural variations. Rajendra Pachauri spoke on the sidelines of a conference in Qatar where 200 nations are trying to reach a

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Shepherding Old Ways Into New Solutions To Help The Environment

Nov 30th, 2012 | By
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CoP18: Pastoralists explain significance of ancient practice to the modern world. The ancient practice of pastoralism is alive and well today and present in developing and developed countries alike across the globe, according to experts. Pastoralism, which involves shepherding and husbandry of animals such as camels, goats and cattle, can be adapted with proper management

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Mountain Day At Doha

Nov 30th, 2012 | By
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ICIMOD: Mountain Day is organized each year during the Conference of the Parties (COP) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to: Bring attention to the vulnerability of mountain ecosystems and mountain people to climate change impacts and discuss the options for adaptation and resilience building; Promote better understanding of the role

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Pakistan Ranks Third In Climate-Risk Index 2013

Nov 29th, 2012 | By
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  Pakistan Today: Despite severe flooding in 2011, Pakistan managed to drop itself from first last year, to third position this year in the league table for countries that were worst hit by extreme weather events in 2011, according to a ‘climate risk index 2013’ published here on Tuesday. In 2011, the ranking of the

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2012 Expected To Be Ninth Warmest Year On Record

Nov 29th, 2012 | By
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Guardian: World Meteorological Organisation data shows average global temperature to date is 14.45C, higher than long-term average. This year is likely to be the ninth warmest on record, with global temperatures in 2012 cooler than the average for the past decade owing to the effects of La Niña weather patterns early in the year. The

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Space Age Science Used To Help Sustain Earth

Nov 29th, 2012 | By
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CoP18: Technology used to search for water on Mars is being used to search for reserves. Space technology that was used to search for water on Mars is now being used closer to home. The Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research and NASA have used equipment designed to search for signs of life on Mars to

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International Group Displays Words Of ‘Unrepresented Youth’

Nov 29th, 2012 | By
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CoP18: Hopes of 1.5 billion young people not represented by UN Conference are displayed. An organisation of young activists concerned about climate change and the world’s concerted response to the problem has displayed what is says are the hopes of 1.5 billion young people not represented at the negotiations. “We demand the rights to a

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Arab World To Share Unique Perspective On Climate Change

Nov 29th, 2012 | By
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CoP18: Hikma’ sessions discuss traditional methods of societies in extreme climates. While climate change is a relatively modern phenomenon for much of the world, people living in Arab regions have coped with similar conditions for thousands of years. COP18/CMP8 Doha, which will be the first time that the annual climate change conference has been held

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Solar Mama Shines As Beacon Of Hope For Her Community’s Future

Nov 28th, 2012 | By
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CoP18: Illiterate Grandmothers Become Solar Engineers: Incredible Story of Solar Mamas. Rafea Anadi appears almost lost within her long, black veil. Short of stature and slightly bowed, she seems she could be blown away by the wind. But one look in her dark brown eyes – unflinching, unafraid – and you know that Ms. Anadi

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How To Build Consensus In Climate Change Negotiations

Nov 28th, 2012 | By
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CDKN: The international climate talks are proceeding slowly, perhaps too slowly to limit warming to 2°C. The talks are based upon a holistic approach to a deal (nothing is achieved until everything is achieved) and consensus-based agreements. Reaching consensus entails understanding the multiple dimensions inherent in a negotiation process: the dynamics of politics, negotiations and

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Local ‘Wisdom’ Offers Global Solutions On Climate Change

Nov 28th, 2012 | By
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CoP18: The benefits of using traditional techniques to tackle problems of climate change were discussed at COP18/CMP8’s second Hikma session. The Hikma events – named after the Arabic word for “wisdom” – are a series of talks which showcase the work of Arab and Middle Eastern civil society organisations and bring to the fore the

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Women Take Centre Stage On First-Ever Gender Day

Nov 28th, 2012 | By
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CoP18: Conference hears from women on their role in tackling climate change and poverty. Women were the focus at the UN Climate Change Conference with the first-ever Gender Day of the yearly event at COP18/CMP8 today. It was also a day when the Chairman of the Organising Sub-Committee for COP18/CMP8 held the first of what

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Qatar Pressured to Cut Emissions as New Climate Talks Begin

Nov 28th, 2012 | By
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Scientific American: The rich oil nation, host of the talks, should set more of an example, attendees say By Lisa Friedman and ClimateWire Climate change activists are pressing Qatar to pledge an emissions reduction target, money for vulnerable countries or some other significant contribution to the fight against global warming as it welcomes diplomats today

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Seas Rising 60 Percent Faster Than UN Forecast: Study

Nov 28th, 2012 | By
Rising sea levels could create millions of climate refugees as the land that sustains their lives disappears (AFP/File, Munir Uz Zaman)




AFP: Sea levels are rising 60-percent faster than the UN’s climate panel forecast in its most recent assessment, scientists reported on Wednesday. At present, sea levels are increasing at an average 3.2 millimetres (0.125 inches) per year, a trio of specialists reported in the journal Environmental Research Letters. This compares with a “best estimate” by

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Vital UN Climate Change Talks Open In Doha With Call For Action

Nov 27th, 2012 | By
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CoP 18: Participants from 194 nations hear urgent plea for progress on climate change. The 18th United Nations Climate Change Conference has opened in Doha, with a call for action from the President of the sessions. Abdullah Bin Hamad Al-Atttiyah told participants at the opening ceremony of the 18th Conference of the Parties to the

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What Women Want From Doha

Nov 27th, 2012 | By
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Outreach: Dr. Lindiwe Majele Sibanda, CEO of Food Agriculture Natural Resources Policy Advocacy Network and spokesperson for global agriculture coalition Farming First Women are the fountain of life. They are mothers, innovators, educators, farmers and custodians of the environment, particularly rural women. In Africa, 70% of the population – of which a significant portion are

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Time Is Running Out: The Doha Climate Talks Must Put An End To Excuses

Nov 27th, 2012 | By
At the UN climate talks Doha negotiators from 194 countries are meeting in an atmosphere of mutual mistrust.' Photograph: Osama Faisal/AP




Guardian: The evidence of climate change is clearer than ever. The poor countries have done everything asked of them. Now the rich nations must face their responsibilities. Last month was the 333rd consecutive month that global temperatures were above the 20th century average, and 2012 will almost certainly be the hottest ever recorded in the

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Climate Change Talks: What Are The Goals In Qatar

Nov 27th, 2012 | By
Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) at the opening session of the climate change conference in Doha, Qatar, Monday, Nov. 26, 2012. (AP Photo/Osama Faisal)




The Christian Science Monitor: UN talks for a new pact to curb greenhouse emissions and slow climate change are underway in Qatar. Negotiators hope to extend the Kyoto Protocol. The concentration of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide has jumped 20 percent since 2000, according to a U.N. report released last week. United Nations talks

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The Planet’s Thermostat Moves To Doha

Nov 27th, 2012 | By
A family walks along the beach in the North Atlantic Autonomous Region, in northeastern Nicaragua. Credit: Germán Miranda/IPS




IPS: Qatar, a major oil-producing country, is hosting the latest round of UN climate talks, where the world’s countries will need to negotiate measurable targets to keep global warming under control. The upcoming United Nations climate talks may have a renewed sense of urgency with a new World Bank report warning that the planet is

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Using Disaster Warning Tools To Their Best Potential

Nov 27th, 2012 | By
A communication gap between scientists and decision-makers was revealed during the Horn of Africa's 2011 drought. Source: Flickr/ Oxfam International




Scidev.net: Stronger links between scientific tools and the environment in which they operate can improve the effectiveness of early warning. To say there is a lot riding on disaster management is an understatement. The lives and livelihoods lost, as well as extensive damage, underscore the human, environmental, social and economic cost of extreme events that

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Climate Change Impact, Adaptation Practices And Policy In Nepal Himalaya

Nov 26th, 2012 | By
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UNU: Adaptation to climate change (CC) impact is an emerging area of research and development in Nepal. Many households were deeply affected by climatic variability and natural disasters coupled with a decade-long conflict, leaving them with few options to cope with CC in Nepal. A study was conducted on people’s experience in CC and its

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Strengthening Disaster Risk Reduction In CCA At COP18

Nov 26th, 2012 | By
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UNISDR: This paper provides key messages on climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction with the intent of strengthening disaster risk reduction in key climate change adaptation agendas at the UNFCCC COP18. Previous COPs have adopted a number of decisions linking disaster risk reduction to climate change adaptation. These decisions include the Adaptation Committee and

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Pakistan: Climate Change Ministry To Miss Global Event

Nov 26th, 2012 | By
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Dawn: The Prime Minister rejected a summary by the Ministry of Climate Change to attend the biggest environmental gathering in the world, due to shortage of funds. Officials in the Ministry of Climate Change confirmed that the eight to ten member delegation, made up of government officials, was not allowed to present Pakistan’s case on

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Early Warning Of Disasters: Facts And Figures

Nov 26th, 2012 | By
Disaster risk reduction has focused, in part, on developing early warning systems to help communities respond to disasters Flickr/ ccwg




Scidev.net: Lucy Pearson looks at early warning systems for disasters, their uses and limits, and what accounts for the gap between warning and action. Through history disasters have destroyed lives and livelihoods, killing people and damaging homes and businesses. Disasters in the past 35 years have taken an estimated 2.5 million lives and cost more

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Climate Talks Factbox: Major Nations’ Positions

Nov 26th, 2012 | By
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The Sydney Morning Herald: More than 190 countries are meeting in Doha, Qatar, from November 26 to December 7 to make progress on a new deal to fight climate change, due to be agreed by 2015 and come into force in 2020. The current emissions-cutting pact, the Kyoto Protocol, commits most developed states to binding

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Bhutanese Delegation Ready For The 2012 UN Climate Change Conference

Nov 26th, 2012 | By
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The Bhutanese: One of the key issues to be considered during the Doha Climate Change Conference is the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol, which sets binding obligations on industrialized countries as the foundation for any future climate regimes. The first commitment periods of the Kyoto Protocol is scheduled to expire at the end

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Polluted Ganges A Major Source Of Cancer In India

Nov 26th, 2012 | By
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Ganga is considered the sacred river and the deep bond that the people of India share with this spiritual entity is immense. Now this bond is making many pay a high price, after being diagnosed with cancer. The river was placed on the list of five most polluted rivers back in 2007. Adding to the

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Climate Change Calls For Urgent Need To Adapt

Nov 23rd, 2012 | By
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  Resource: Two separate reports have been released this week showing that the world is seeing record highs in global temperatures and greenhouse gas emissions. The European Environment Agency (EEA) and the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) have both published studies into climate change ahead of the annual two-week UN climate conference, which starts on Monday

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Why Disaster Warning And Development Go Hand In Hand

Nov 23rd, 2012 | By
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Scidev.net: To engage people in early action we must understand their experience, behaviour and constraints, says disaster policy expert Andrew Collins. Disaster predictions have significant uncertainty that tends to undermine efforts to act on early warnings. In Bangladesh, for example, where there are extensive climatic hazards, people risk their lives by not taking refuge in

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Climate Change: Believing and Seeing Implies Adapting

Nov 23rd, 2012 | By
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ScienceDaily: To communicate climate change and adaptation to stakeholders such as European forest owners is a challenge. A capacity to adapt to climate change has, until now, mainly been understood as how trees and forest ecosystems can adapt to climate change and which socio-economic factors determine the implementation of adaptive measures. The new study lead

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Why A Global Climate Treaty Remains Worth Fighting For

Nov 23rd, 2012 | By
Little is expected of the upcoming COP 18 meeting in Doha – so is it time to abandon the idea of a climate treaty altogether? Photograph: Mikhail Mordasov/AFP/Getty Images




Guardian: Governments, businesses and civil society have much to gain from a spirit of determination within the international community. Progress towards an international agreement on tackling climate change has been painfully slow, dogged by fundamental disagreements between the countries involved and exacerbated by the financial crisis. Little is expected of the upcoming COP 18 meeting

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Data Gaps Hamper Disaster Risk Reduction

Nov 23rd, 2012 | By
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Scidev.net: Reducing risks and losses from natural disasters calls for collaboration between social and natural scientists, who in turn must work with policy makers, communities and development groups, an international expert has said. For example, Bangladesh scientists had forecast the current devastating floods but local communities did not heed their warnings. In the 2010 Pakistan

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Climate Impacts Cost Pakistan Up To $14bn A Year

Nov 23rd, 2012 | By
Photo: Last year's floods were the worst in Pakistan's history. Credit: Green Left Australia




The News: The ever-increasing roles of the private sector and businesses in protecting coastal areas and maintaining their ecological integrity were the main topics of discussion at a learning event of the ninth regional meeting of the Mangroves for the Future initiative titled “Resilience, Climate Change and the Private Sector in Sustainable Coastal Management”. Leading

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Pakistan’s Vulnerability To Flooding, Droughts To Continue: UN Expert

Nov 22nd, 2012 | By
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The News: In an interview with The News on Monday evening, the regional adviser-environment of the United Nations Development Programme, Asia-Pacific Regional Centre, Joseph D’Cruz, talked about how far Pakistan was vulnerable to droughts and floods, global climate change and other related issues. Joseph D’Cruz is based in Bangkok. He is here to attend the

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Tomorrow Is Too Late for Adaptation to Climate Change

Nov 22nd, 2012 | By
Rey Antonio: "I had never seen such high waves." Credit: Jorge Luis Baños/IPS




IPS News: You can still see broken plates, toys, books and some photographs among the rubble that was once the homes of Rey Antonio Acosta’s family and other families in Mar Verde, the beach community where Hurricane Sandy made landfall in this eastern Cuban city. “Come here and see what pain is,” the 12-year-old boy,

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India’s Nexus Between Resources, Climate Change – And Stability

Nov 22nd, 2012 | By
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NATO Review Magazine: Few would predict that growing populations, decreasing resources and climate change will have an effect on security. But what could they be? And how will they affect heavily-populated areas of the world? Michael Kugelman looks at the potential changes for South Asia in general, and India in particular. Few regions are more

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Outcome Of UN Climate Talks ‘Lies In Hands Of Rich Nations’

Nov 22nd, 2012 | By
The Basic bloc says responsibility for the outcome of the latest round of UN climate talks in Doha lies in the hands of rich countries. Photograph: Nadine Rupp/Getty Images




Guardian: Brazil, China, India and South Africa say developed nations must produce more ambitious emissions targets for Doha summit. Talks on a new climate change treaty in Qatar next week will not advance unless rich countries promise more ambitious cuts to greenhouse gas emissions, four major developing nations said. The four nations, Brazil, China, India

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Effectiveness Of Ecosystem‐Based Approaches To Adaptation

Nov 22nd, 2012 | By
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Cambridge Conservation Initiative: Planned adaptation to climate change may be achieved in many different ways. One approach is ecosystem-based approaches to adaptation. Such adaptation may include sustainable management, conservation and restoration of ecosystems, as part of an overall adaptation strategy that takes into account the multiple social, economic and cultural co-benefits for local communities. Building

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Climate Change: To Save Trees, Save People

Nov 22nd, 2012 | By
A growing tree absorbs carbon dioxide from the atmosphere - the carbon stays in the tree until it is destroyed. Photo: Charles Akena/IRIN




IRIN: Scientists are pushing for changes to a UN mechanism that aims to curtail greenhouse gases by preventing forest loss. Environmentalists have long argued the mechanism must also protect biodiversity and forest-dependent communities. Now, ahead of climate talks in Doha, this thinking is finding a broader audience. The mechanism, REDD (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and

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Bias in Ecology and Climate Studies? How Leaves Shrink as They Dry out Is Often Overlooked

Nov 21st, 2012 | By
How much a leaf shrinks once it dries out varies with the species. The leaves of the Colorado ragwort lose nearly half their size. (Credit: Ben Blonder)




ScienceDaily: Leaves shrink when they dry out. What sounds straightforward has far-reaching consequences for scientists studying how ecosystems work or reconstructing past climates, a team of 40 middle school students led by a UA graduate student has discovered. Students at Miles Exploratory Learning Center place a leaf on a precision scale encased in a transparent

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The Latest Predictions On Climate Change Should Shock Us Into Action

Nov 21st, 2012 | By
A villager walks next to a dried Amrapur branch canal near Santalpur village in the western Indian state of Gujarat. Photograph: Ahmad Masood/Reuters




Guardian: A world four degrees warmer could be too hot to handle, but the exciting prospect of low-carbon living could stop it happening. The question about climate change is no longer whether it is real. The question is what the world is going to look like for our children as they grow up. I have

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The Rivers and Glaciers In Himalaya: Glacier Works

Nov 21st, 2012 | By
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“Once that drop was ice among the great peaks whence the river came; that very same drop may be one of the snow flakes which perhaps a hundred years ago alighted on the highest point of the valley, on the divide of the Zarafshan Pass, fifteen thousand feet above the plain. This is the end,

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Biodiversity Protection Needs Community Input

Nov 21st, 2012 | By
REDD+ has been criticised for leading to commercial monocultures of fast-growing alien trees .Flickr/ kalimantan




Scidev.net: A pledge to increase support for biodiversity targets in developing countries is welcome, but care for indigenous people is vital too. This month’s (October 2012) meeting of the 11th Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), held in Hyderabad in India, came as a reality check on the

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Glacial-Paced UN Climate Talks Need Overhaul-Researchers

Nov 21st, 2012 | By
Vehicles are seen in a traffic jam at Doha's corniche on February 15, 2012. REUTERS/Mohammed Dabbous




Alertnet: Nations working on a deal to fight climate change should cap the size of delegations and use majority voting to overhaul negotiating rules that stifle progress and harm the interests of the poorest nations, researchers said on Sunday. Almost 200 nations will meet in Doha, Qatar, from Nov. 26 to Dec. 7 to try

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Transitioning Away From Large-Scale Power Projects: A Simple And Effective Fix For The CDM

Nov 21st, 2012 | By
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SEI: This policy brief, based on SEI research for the High-Level Panel of the CDM Policy Dialogue, shows how large-scale power supply projects may undermine the value and integrity of the CDM and proposes transitioning away from them. Despite years of development, experience, and revision, the Clean Development Mechanism’s method for assessing additionality remains controversial

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Climate Change: Drought Benchmark Is Flawed – Study

Nov 20th, 2012 | By
Sunflowers in Toulouse, France, in September 2012, dried out due to a lack of rain (AFP/File, Remy Gabalda)




  AFP: A scientific method used in a landmark UN report that said warming was intensifying global drought is badly flawed, a study published on Wednesday said. Contrary to what the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) suggested in 2007, there is little evidence that global droughts have become longer or more extreme in

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Maplecroft’s Climate Change Vulnerability Index 2013: Cities Face Risks

Nov 20th, 2012 | By
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Reliefweb: Cities of Dhaka, Manila, Bangkok, Yangon and Jakarta face highest climate change risks – Maplecroft New York at ‘medium risk’ despite exposure to natural hazards Multinational companies operating in the Asian growth economies will be exposed to spiralling environmental risks over the coming decades, according to Maplecroft’s 5th annual Climate Change and Environmental Risk

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Writing Is On The Wall’ At Climate Summit

Nov 20th, 2012 | By
Scientists say warming temperatures boost the likelihood of extreme weather events such as hurricanes [EPA]




Aljazeera: As climate talks approach, a new report finds most fossil fuels must stay in the ground to prevent dangerous warming. Two-thirds of the world’s proven fossil fuel reserves cannot be used without risking dangerous climate change, the International Energy Agency (IEA) warned this week. Preventing the consumption of those two-thirds will be the primary

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Watching Global Warming From The Roof Of The World

Nov 20th, 2012 | By
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Worldcrunch: Sometimes described as the engine of the global climate system because of its role in climate and water systems, the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau in western China, with its fragile and sensitive ecosystem, is considered a “canary-in-the-mine” for global climate change. The Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, also called the Tibetan Plateau, covers about 25% of China’s surface area

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Turn Down The Heat: Why 4°C Warmer World Must Be Avoided

Nov 20th, 2012 | By
A glacier field is seen near K2 in the Chinese province of Xinjiang during the summer of 2000. Researchers in Beijing warned this week of "drastic" glacier melt in southwest China. Credit: Spigel Online Photo Gallery




World Bank: This report provides a snapshot of recent scientific literature and new analyses of likely impacts and risks that would be associated with a 4° Celsius warming within this century. It is a rigorous attempt to outline a range of risks, focusing on developing countries and especially the poor. A 4°C world would be

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UN Climate Change Conference Doha 2012: Facts And Way Forward

Nov 20th, 2012 | By
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DAILY UPDATES ON: The 2012 United Nations Climate Change Conference : COP18/CMP8 DOHA QATAR Overview – Doha’s largest ever conference About 17,000 people (delegates and visitors) will attend COP18/CMP8 – making it Doha’s largest ever conference. Delegates from 194 nations will be present. There will be about 1,500 journalists from Qatar, the region and the

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Indigenous People Are Direct Victims Of Climate Change

Nov 19th, 2012 | By
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Daily Times: Speakers at a seminar on ‘Climate change: Impacts on Livelihood, Marine and Coastal Resources’ said on Saturday that indigenous people are direct victims of climate change and the state has failed to provide required protection to the people during calamities. The seminar was jointly organised by Pakistan Fisherfolk Forum (PFF), Pakistan Institute of

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Nepal Prepares For CoP 18: A Consultation Workshop

Nov 19th, 2012 | By
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CNN: Government of Nepal, Ministry of Environment, Science and Technology in collaboration with Climate Change Network Nepal/Clean Energy Nepal organized a consultation workshop on “Nepal’s Preparation for COP 18” at Lalitpur on November 12, 2012. The aim of the workshop was to share the issues to be considered in COP 18 to the concerned stakeholders

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No Success For REDD+ Without Understanding Possible Impacts

Nov 19th, 2012 | By
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PHYS.org: No success for REDD+ without understanding possible impacts on forest biodiversity and people. The world’s rapidly dwindling forests should be valued as more than just “carbon warehouses” to mitigate climate change, according to a new report released today from the International Union of Forest Research Organizations(IUFRO), the world’s largest network of forest scientists. In

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Himalayan Glaciers Will Shrink Despite Steady Climate

Nov 19th, 2012 | By
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Zee News: Some glaciers of the Himalayas will continue shrinking for many years to come, even if temperatures hold steady, a Brigham Young University geology professor has predicted. Professor Summer Rupper made her estimation after she conducted a research on Bhutan, a region in the bull’s-eye of the monsoonal Himalayas. Rupper’s most conservative findings indicate

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World Climate Summit To Address Major Challenges

Nov 19th, 2012 | By
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Gulf Times: The third annual World Climate Summit, running alongside the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP18/CMP8) in Doha, is taking place on December 2. The aim of the event, which has Gulf Times as a media partner, is to bring together business, finance and government representatives to attempt to solve and progress major challenges

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Coal Blooded-Putting Profits Before People

Nov 19th, 2012 | By
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Shankar Sharma: A survey report of a large number of coal power plants in US (as forwarded below) has a huge relevance to Indian power sector. A 2000 report on power plant pollution in US is reported to have found that all power plants in the U.S. (both coal and other fuel sources) are responsible

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UNDP: Doha Talks Could Help Avert Climate Disaster

Nov 16th, 2012 | By
Helen Clark arrives at the launch of a joint China-India Country Study on Low Carbon Development with Dr. Rajendra Pachauri of India, chair of the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, May 12, 2012 (Photo courtesy UNDP)




Environment News Service: “The devastation wrought by Hurricane Sandy in the United States and the Caribbean in recent weeks reminds us how destructive extreme and volatile weather can be. The costs of inaction are increasingly clear to all, as extreme weather inflicts loss of life and livelihoods and the destruction of property and infrastructure on

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It Is Time For The Judiciary To Step In And Avert Climate Catastrophe

Nov 16th, 2012 | By
More than 180 countries have acknowledged and agreed that dangerous climate change poses a real and potentially irreversible threat to humanity and the planet. Photograph: Julian Stratenschulte/EPA




Guardian: Judicial intervention would de-politicise climate change, restore democracy and protect citizens from human right violations. Military reports warn our governments of the impending problem of oil decline, endangering western society. Science informs our politicians that we have only a few years left to avert dangerous climate change. Still, the public is largely unaware and

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