Archive for December 2012

Climate Data ‘Has Helped African Farmers Boost Production’

Dec 28th, 2012 | By
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SciDev.Net: Farming communities in Africa are benefitting from an exchange programme to improve access to, and understanding of, climate science, according to a report presented at a seminar. The seminar, held in in Dakar, Senegal, last month (20–21 November), discussed the results of the programme — which encompassed two demonstration studies in Kenya and Senegal —

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Everest Image: Creator Says More Must Be Done To Tackle Climate Change

Dec 28th, 2012 | By
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The Telegraph: The creator of the four billion pixel interactive image of Everest has warned that more must be done to tackle climate change in order to save world’s highest mountain. Since the image, made up of 477 individual photographs taken during the climbing season in spring 2012, went viral, David Breashears says he has

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Rising Emissions May Double Sweet Potato Size

Dec 28th, 2012 | By
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SciDev.Net: LIMA- Rising levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere caused by human-driven emissions might lead to larger sweet potatoes, a staple food for many African and Asian countries, research reveals. Sweet potatoes could double in size with the increase in CO2 levels currently forecasted for the end of this century, according to research

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20th Century Mean Global Sea Level Rise

Dec 27th, 2012 | By
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Climate Etc.: On the acceleration of sea level rise, the Gilligan effect, and the garbage solution. Summary: The IPCC should ask the authors of Ch 13 to take a look at the sea level rise part of Ch 3, they seem to have a much better handle on the complexity of the issue.  It looks

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Quicker Fix For Climate Change

Dec 27th, 2012 | By
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Nepal 24Hr: The Doha climate change conference this year was the most significant in nearly 20 years of gatherings under the U.N. Framework Convention process aimed at staving off future global warming disaster. Since carbon dioxide emission limits agreed to under the 1997 Kyoto Protocol were to expire at the stroke of midnight on December

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Addressing Climate Change in Asia and the Pacific: Priorities for Action

Dec 27th, 2012 | By
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ADB’s corporate mandate is to help achieve an Asia and Pacific region that is free from poverty. During more than 40 years of operation, ADB has successfully addressed this challenge by providing projects and programs to its DMCs focusing on economic growth as the foundation of poverty reduction efforts. As ADB’s development work in the

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Climate Change And Its Impact On Societies

Dec 27th, 2012 | By
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Daily Mirror: The key issue that climate change researchers must explore in Sri Lanka is to access conflict-affected sites to assess impacts of climate change on the highly vulnerable IDP communities so as to build their resilience through resettlement which is both sensitive and responsive to climate change. This will in turn significantly and positively

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Clean Cooking Forum 2013: Igniting Change, Fueling Markets & Sparking Adoption

Dec 27th, 2012 | By
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The goal of the Forum is to further a market-based approach to the global adoption of clean cooking solutions, and to continue to drive innovations in research, market development, standards and testing, project finance, and policy development. The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves is very excited to be holding the Forum in Southeast Asia –

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In Bhutan, Conserving The Natural Environment And Biodiversity

Dec 27th, 2012 | By
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DipNote: Do you know which country’s constitution promises that a minimum of 60 percent its land area will be maintained as forest for all time? Which country’s government pledges to protect, conserve, and improve the pristine environment and safeguard the biodiversity of the country; prevent pollution and ecological degradation; secure ecologically balanced sustainable development while

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Misleading And Uninformed Report Of ToI: Supposed Health Impact of CC

Dec 27th, 2012 | By
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The Global Warming Policy Foundation: A Times of India article perpetrates a fraud on its readers. It takes estimates of deaths from forces of nature and then ascribes it not just to climate but to climate change. A misleading report in the Times of India, purportedly based on the Global Burden of Disease 2010 (GBD) study published last week in the Lancet,

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New Planning Tool For Climate Adaptation In Cities

Dec 27th, 2012 | By
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A changing climate places great pressure on society, and creates many new challenges. To make city planning easier, a planning tool has been developed to support climate adaptation of cities and regions in Europe. The European research project SUDPLAN, co-ordinated by SMHI, has developed a planning tool for climate adaptation of European cities and regions

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Doha: One Step Forward and Two Steps Backward?

Dec 24th, 2012 | By
Connie Hedegaard and Xie Zhenhua talk during the last day of the Doha climate talks. Photograph: IISD




Suman K Apparusu: The warmth and the hospitality of Doha are truly unforgettable! A wonderful combination of the old and new, tradition and modernity, ambition and receptivity struck me in all that I experienced during my one week sojourn of COP18 at Doha. But as the plane touched the tarmac in India, I was left

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Doha COP 18, Global Warming and the Deepening Water Crisis in India

Dec 24th, 2012 | By
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Yale School of F&E: She’s welcome to stay for as long as she likes” my mother says when I ask her if I could bring a friend home to stay over for a few days “now we receive water supply everyday”, she adds triumphantly. Provision of water to households in Bangalore, India’s sixth largest city and my

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We And The Ancient Mayans Share The Same Environmental Concerns

Dec 24th, 2012 | By
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Guardian: We can (probably) ignore the Mayans’ prediction of the end of the world, but the way their society collapsed must be a lesson. According to the ancient Mayan calendar, on 21 December, 2012, the 13th baktun – a calendrical measure equivalent to 144,000 days – will conclude as the next one commences. Many have

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Met Office Says 2013 Likely To Be One Of Warmest Years On Record

Dec 24th, 2012 | By
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Guardian: Global temperatures are forecast to be 0.57C above the long-term average next year, making 2013 one of the warmest years on record, the Met Office said on Thursday. “It is very likely that 2013 will be one of the warmest 10 years in the record which goes back to 1850, and it is likely

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The Laws of Global Warming: How to Regulate Geo-Engineering Efforts to Fight Climate Change?

Dec 24th, 2012 | By
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Sciencedaily: With policymakers and political leaders increasingly unable to combat global climate change, more scientists are considering the use of manual manipulation of the environment to slow warming’s damage to the planet. But a University of Iowa law professor believes the legal ramifications of this kind of geo-engineering need to be thought through in advance

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Can Silicon Valley Adapt to Climate Change?

Dec 24th, 2012 | By
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Scientific American: The high-tech mecca will have to focus its short attention span on long-term planning for sea-level rise and other global warming impacts. The headquarters of Facebook sits on a sprawling campus beside San Francisco Bay, a scenic location with water bordering three sides. The 57-acre site features two- and three-story office buildings in

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Ups And Downs Of Biodiversity After Mass Extinction

Dec 22nd, 2012 | By
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Science Daily: The climate after the largest mass extinction so far 252 million years ago was cool, later very warm and then cool again. Thanks to the cooler temperatures, the diversity of marine fauna ballooned, as paleontologists from the University of Zurich have reconstructed. The warmer climate, coupled with a high CO2 level in the

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Can Technology Contribute To Happiness?

Dec 22nd, 2012 | By
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Practical Action: This short video was taken during a visit to the Ochola family, a poor family living on the outskirts of Kisumu in Kenya. The head of this family of 8 is Betty, a widow for the past two years.  The family make their living from farming a small plot of land they own and

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In Perspective: A Fatal Gap Between Science And Policy?

Dec 21st, 2012 | By
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Scidev.net: Journalists can help the developed world take responsibility for climate change by making it relevant to readers’ lives, says David Dickson. A little more than 30 years ago, a major UN conference on science and technology for development held in Vienna, Austria, ended on an upbeat note with an agreement in principle to set

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Agricultural Research ‘Key To Easing Climate-Change Impacts’

Dec 21st, 2012 | By
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Scidev.net: Agricultural research should be a strategic priority of the UN’s efforts to lessen the impacts of climate change, according to a report launched at a UN climate change conference in Doha, Qatar. The report, released by a group of leading international experts in climate change and agriculture last month (30 November), is intended to

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Climate Innovation Centre in Nairobi

Dec 21st, 2012 | By
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CIC: New business hub for Kenyan climate technology entrepreneurs was launched in Nairobi on 26th September to boost locally sourced green technologies in the East Africa region. The Kenya Climate Innovation Centre (CIC), a cutting-edge facility, will offer financing and other services to a growing network of climate innovators and entrepreneurs. The first of its

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Indigenous Biodiversity ‘Crucial’ To Forest Futures

Dec 21st, 2012 | By
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SciDev.Net: Forestry experts are calling for an increase in the use of native tree species in reforestation projects, arguing that they are better for biodiversity and can slow the pace of global warming. The recommendation appears in a report published by the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) that was presented during the UN

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Yamuna Faces Catastrophe, Apex Court Told

Dec 21st, 2012 | By
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Times of India: The Supreme Court on Tuesday sought expert help from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) after being told by Central Pollution Control Board that despite Rs 5,000 crore spent to reduce pollution, the Yamuna was staring at a catastrophe as over 2,400 million litres of untreated sewage flowed into it every day.

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Countries Use Innovation To Deal With Climate Change

Dec 20th, 2012 | By
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While we hear of the effect climate change is having around the world, it is refreshing to hear of innovative ways that EU countries are helping to reduce the damage. In a pan-European contest organised by the European Commission, more than 70 organisations from across Europe have taken part in a campaign called ‘A world

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Doha: Inaction In The Face Of Urgency

Dec 20th, 2012 | By
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Down to Earth: The Doha climate conference stretched beyond deadline but ended in what can best be described a nail-biting finish. This was the 18th conference of parties (COP) to the climate convention, which meets once a year to push for action to cut greenhouse gas emissions, which are so intertwined with economic growth that

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Nature Climate Change: Action By 2020 Key For Limiting Climate Change

Dec 20th, 2012 | By
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IIASA: Limiting climate change to target levels will become much more difficult to achieve, and more expensive, if action is not taken soon, according to a new analysis from IIASA, ETH Zurich, and NCAR. A new paper published today in Nature Climate Change  explores technological, policy, and social changes that would need to take place

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Does Disaster Risk Management Pay?

Dec 20th, 2012 | By
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IIASA research brings a new perspective to assessing whether and where disaster risk management provides for economic benefits. A new study, published last week in the journal Risk Analysis, provides a new methodology based on Cost-Benefit analysis to assess the economic efficiency of disaster risk reduction efforts in disaster hot spots in developing and emerging

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Frozen At Gateway: CSE Cover Story

Dec 20th, 2012 | By
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CSE: The Doha outcome is all talk no action. In 2007, the Bali Action Plan had called for an urgent reduction in carbon emissions by developed countries to keep the average global temperature rise below 2°C. The threat of extreme weather events has since increased. The next round of climate talks will be under the

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Scoping Assessment Of Knowledge Needs In Climate Change Adaptation In China

Dec 19th, 2012 | By
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ClimateAdaptAsia: This report scopes out knowledge gaps and unmet needs relating to climate change adaptation in China, and proposes ways to address them. It is the product of an international collaboration between Stockholm Environment Institute(SEI) Asia and Beijing Zhi Dao He Xie Management Consulting Co. Ltd., and their work with local and community development organisations.

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Effectiveness of Local-Level Adaptation to Climate Change: Case Studies

Dec 19th, 2012 | By
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ClimateAdaptAsia: Determinants and Effectiveness of Local-Level Adaptation to Climate Change: Case Studies of Two Bangladesh ministries, including the ministries of agriculture, environment and forest, water, health, rural development, food and disaster management, children and women affairs, relevant departments and NGOs have been implementing a number of local level adaptation (LLA) projects with their limited resources

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Effective Green Financing: What Have We Learned So Far?

Dec 19th, 2012 | By
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Climate Policy Initiative: There are many theories about how to use public resources to combat climate change, but few empirical cases examining whether steps taken by policy makers have worked or not. Drawing on the experience of the San Giorgio Group, the San Giorgio Group case studies provide observations about effective green financing and specifically,

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Climate change will mean more malnourished children, experts warn

Dec 19th, 2012 | By
Extreme events, such as this year's drought in the US, could contribute to food prices more than doubling. Photograph: John Sommers/Reuters




Guardian: Food prices set to more than double if climate change not checked and developing countries not helped to adapt farming. Food prices will more than double and the number of malnourished children spiral if climate change is not checked and developing countries are not helped to adapt their farming, food and water experts warned

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Climate Change Major Challenge For Developing Countries Like India

Dec 19th, 2012 | By
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Daily Pioneer: Climate change is a major challenge for developing countries like India which are exposed to greater risk from this phenomenon. The Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education (ICFRE) director general VK Bahuguna said this after inaugurating a training programme on climate change, forest ecosystem and biodiversity- vulnerabilities and adaptation strategies for scientists

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Climate Change: Tourism’s Roles in Promoting Climate Action

Dec 19th, 2012 | By
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TIES: The UN Climate Change Conference (COP18) in Qatar starts today, and in the next two weeks discussions will be held to assess progress in dealing with climate change. The UN climate talks shed light to the urgent needs for bold climate action, and this is a perfect time for all of us in the

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Upcoming Events

Dec 18th, 2012 | By
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Updated on 18 Dec 2012 The 3rd Asia-Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Forum will be held in Incheon, Republic of Korea, on 18-20 March 2013 www.asiapacificadapt.net/adaptationforum2013  South Asian Cities Summit; 17 – 18 April, 2013 at Hotel Imperial, New Delhi  www.southasiancitiessummit.com 12th International NCCR Climate Summer School “From Climate Reconstructions to Climate Predictionshttp://www.nccr-climate.unibe.ch/summer_school/2013/ Seventh International Conference

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Climate Change and Tourism

Dec 18th, 2012 | By
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The contribution of tourism to climate change, and the likely consequences of climate change for key tourist destinations, has been well reported and discussed. Yet, there is a lack of evidence-based systematic practical advice as to how the tourism industry should respond to the challenge of climate change. Building on a sound conceptual understanding of

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Loss And Damage: Doha Deal Signals Adaptation Is Not Enough

Dec 18th, 2012 | By
Typhoon Bopha slammed into the Philippines during the COP18 climate change talks in Doha. (Flickr/Greenpeace Southeast Asia)




RTCC: Much has been written about the inadequacies of the Doha Gateway – the outcome of COP18. Once again, decisions do not reflect the science of climate change, which says action is urgent and time is running out. And once again, financial pledges fell far short of documented needs, both for mitigation and adaptation. Yet

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Action by 2020 Key For Limiting Climate Change

Dec 18th, 2012 | By
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Science Daily: Limiting climate change to target levels will become much more difficult to achieve, and more expensive, if action is not taken soon, according to a new analysis from IIASA, ETH Zurich, and NCAR. The new paper, published today in Nature Climate Change, explores technological, policy, and social changes that would need to take

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Human Climate Link Firms

Dec 18th, 2012 | By
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EVIDENCE for climate change has grown stronger and it is now ”virtually certain” that human greenhouse gas emissions trap energy that warms the planet, according to a leaked draft of the next major Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report. Prepared on behalf of the United Nations every five or six years to summarise climate change

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Extreme Weather More Persuasive On Climate Change Than Scientists

Dec 17th, 2012 | By
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Guardian: AP poll shows that events like superstorm Sandy are succeeding with climate sceptics where scientists have been failing. As one of the Marx brothers famously said: who do you believe, me or your own eyes? Climate sceptics, it turns out, are much more likely to believe direct evidence of a changing climate in the

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Major Climate Change Report Draft Leaked Online: IPCC

Dec 17th, 2012 | By
Rajendra Pachauri, chairman of the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, speaks on June 6, 2011, during the opening of a conference in Oslo. A major report on climate change being compiled by the panel was on Friday leaked online in what appeared to be an attempt by a climate sceptic to discredit the panel.




Bangkok Post: A major report on climate change being compiled by the United Nation’s climate science panel was on Friday leaked online in what appeared to be an attempt by a climate sceptic to discredit the panel. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) said the full draft of its Fifth Assessment Report, which is

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How Climate Change Affects Indian Political Stability

Dec 17th, 2012 | By
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In July, The Economist published a piece describing the effects of climate change in India and discovered two prevailing trends: first, India is getting warmer, and second, the summer monsoons are coming later and later in the year. Time Magazine recently looked into the phenomenon and found that India’s energy supply and distribution problems may

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Insurance Industry Paying Increasing Attention to Climate Change

Dec 17th, 2012 | By
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Science Daily: The insurance industry, the world’s largest business with $4.6 trillion in revenues, is making larger efforts to manage climate change-related risks, according to a new study published December 13 in the journal Science. “Weather- and climate-related insurance losses today average $50 billion a year. These losses have more than doubled each decade since

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Chasing Ice: MediaGlobal Interview With Director Jeff Orlowski

Dec 15th, 2012 | By
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“Chasing Ice” is the new documentary that has been swaying the minds of disbelievers of climate change. The haunting photos and video of melting glaciers provides has been said to provide visual evidence of the effects global temperature has on glaciers in Alaska, Canada, and Greenland. Photographers James Balog and Jeff Orlowski joined forces to

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Doha: Keeping Hope Alive – Just

Dec 14th, 2012 | By
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World Bank: The UN climate conference in Doha this past week kept the fight to combat global warming alive – 194 countries agreed to extend the Kyoto Protocol and to put in place a new agreement by 2015. The extension avoids a major setback in climate negotiations, but it does not fully reflect the urgency

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Scientist Suggests Refreezing The Arctic To Stop Global Warming

Dec 14th, 2012 | By
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Times of India: A US scientist has offered a radical solution to global warming by suggesting that we could refreeze the Arctic using a few modified jets. David Keith, professor of applied physics at Harvard University, used climate models to suggest that injecting reflective particles into the atmosphere could reduce the amount of sunlight reaching

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COP18 Was Not Good Enough: Time To Rethink Green Sectors’ Approach For 2015

Dec 14th, 2012 | By
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CIFOR: The UNFCCC COP-18 in Doha worked overtime to finally agree not to disagree. The Secretariat was quick to make a release that declares success and highlights four results: Amendment of the Kyoto Protocol; Timetable for negotiating a 2015 agreement; Decisions on new UNFCCC institutions, including the Green Climate Fund; Reiterating the ambition for $100

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China’s Economy To Outgrow America’s By 2030 As World Faces ‘Tectonic Shift’

Dec 14th, 2012 | By
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Guardian: National Intelligence Council also sees water and food shortages and suggests world is at a ‘critical juncture in human history’ A US intelligence portrait of the world in 2030 predicts that China will be the largest economic power, climate change will create instability by contributing to water and food shortages, and there will be

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Climate Change Vulnerability Profiles For North East India

Dec 14th, 2012 | By
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IISC: Climate change vulnerability profiles are developed at the district level for agriculture, water and forest sectors for the North East region of India for the current and projected future climates. An index-based approach was used where a set of indicators that represent key sectors of vulnerability (agriculture, forest, water) is selected using the statistical

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Exposed To Global Warming: North East India

Dec 14th, 2012 | By
Children braving the Monsoon rain in Sikkim’s Himalayan mountains. © Joydip Mitra/Lineair




Dandc.eu: India is expected to feel severe impacts of climate change. The country’s northeastern region, for instance, is highly vulnerable. Anticipated impacts include melting of glaciers, more floods and extended droughts. At the same time, the region’s natural resources are under enormous pressure due to population growth and rising prosperity. Germany’s KfW Development Bank has

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Chinese Officials Say Panda’s Bamboo Won’t Run Out

Dec 13th, 2012 | By
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Asianscientist: Chinese experts disagree that climate change will cause bamboo die-offs in the Qinling Mountains. Chinese experts have disagreed with a recent Nature Climate Change report that climate change will cause bamboo die-offs in the Qinling Mountains, threatening the wild panda population there. In the report, scientists from Michigan State University and the Chinese Academy

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Asia Must Wake Up To The Reality Of Climate Change

Dec 13th, 2012 | By
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Canberratimes: Doha’s failure shows they must develop their own solutions, writes William Pesek New York’s brush with developing-nation status is an even bigger warning for Asia than it is for the United States.The city could be excused for wondering if it had suddenly been transported to Bangladesh in October. The deadly floods and crippling power

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Global Trends 2030 Predicts Water Struggles And Climate Change Challenges

Dec 13th, 2012 | By
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Huffingtonpost: The United States could see its standing as a superpower eroded and Asian economies will outstrip those of North America and Europe combined by 2030, according to the best guess of the U.S. intelligence community in its latest forecast. “The spectacular rise of Asian economies is dramatically altering … U.S. influence,” said Christopher Kojm,

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83-Seconds Video: History Of Climate Change Negotiations

Dec 13th, 2012 | By
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IPS News: To understand some of what is happening inside the UN climate talks here in Doha, watch this  83-second animation on the history of international climate change negotiations.   Source>>  






China And US Hold The Key To A New Global Climate Deal

Dec 13th, 2012 | By
Connie Hedegaard and Xie Zhenhua talk during the last day of the Doha climate talks. Photograph: IISD




Guardian: The world’s two biggest emitters face political problems that will make the talks for the next few years difficult. China and the US are to be the clear focus of the next year of climate change negotiations, following a hard-fought climate conference that ended in Doha on Saturday night. The world’s two biggest emitters

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How Climate Change Affected Livelihood Options In Assam-India

Dec 13th, 2012 | By
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First Post: Climate change leading to natural disasters, particularly flood and erosion, has affected the livelihood options of thousands of people across Assam, a study has found out. The impact of the climate change is most pronounced among marginalised women, but it has also pushed people from prosperous families into taking up work of domestic

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Doha talks: India Needs To Re-Think Climate Change Strategy

Dec 12th, 2012 | By
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Hindustan Times: India may have got what it wants from Doha climate talks but piggy-bagging China may not be of help in future with China’s emissions witnessing much higher growth than that of India. India was able to regain some lost ground by getting equity and common but differentiated responsibility (CBDR) with respective capabilities back

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Climate Science ‘Lost In Translation’

Dec 12th, 2012 | By
Early warning: models show that the global community needs to reduce carbon emissions now to reach agreed temperature targets by 2020.(Source: iStockphoto)




The Australian: POLICY-MAKERS are “hanging back” in their response to climate change while they wait for scientific certainty that might never come, a new study suggests. The report from the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility shows some decision-makers, from politicians to farmers, are delaying taking action on adaptation and risk planning until the uncertainties

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Reports Point To Growing Risks From Climate Change

Dec 12th, 2012 | By
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Scidev.net: As the UN climate change talks continue in Doha, Qatar, several reports over the past month have highlighted a sombre picture of the Earth’s changing climate, raising alarm bells in particular for the world’s poorest regions. A report from the World Bank launched last month (18 November) warns that the planet “is on track

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