Archive for November 2013

Mandarin Production Sours

Nov 30th, 2013 | By
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Kuensel News: For the last three years, mandarin business has been declining in Gomdhar, Wangphu, Orong and Samdrupcholing dungkhag in Samdrupjongkhar. Mandarin is the main cash crop to farmers of Gomdhar, Wangphu, Orong and gewogs in Samdrupcholing dungkhag, including Martshala.  The dependence on mandarin for livelihood, however, has become inconsistent, with its production plummeting by

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Extreme Weather Could Become Norm Around Indian Ocean

Nov 30th, 2013 | By
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New Scientist: What do the torrential rains that swept across a swathe of East Africa in 1997 have in common with the record-breaking drought that Australia has just emerged from? Both can be blamed on El Niño’s Indian Ocean sibling. A study looking at how climate change will affect this ocean oscillation pattern has predicted that if the world

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Climate Changes Increasing Workload on Women

Nov 30th, 2013 | By
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Tribune: The impact of climate change is mostly discussed in terms of global warming, agriculture and health but on Thursday, a seminar organised by Shirkat Gah looked into how the women in Pakistan have been affected by the climatic change in Sindh’s coastal belt. “The lack of fresh water has severely affected the people, especially women,”

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Climate Change is Increasing The Intensity of Extreme Weather Events

Nov 30th, 2013 | By
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The Guardian: Three weeks ago the most powerful typhoon ever recorded to hit land destroyed parts of the Philippines. The devastation has been catastrophic, flattening homes, schools and hospitals and leaving thousands dead and 5.5 million children affected. Unicef has worked in the Philippines since 1948 and experienced staff returning from the worst affected areas such as Leyte are

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New study on Climate Clubs

Nov 30th, 2013 | By
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Oscar Widerberg, IVM Vrije Universitet Amsterdam and Daniel Engström Stenson, Swedish think tank Fores, yesterday launched a new study on Climate Clubs and its relation to the UNFCCC. A short summary reads: UN-led negotiations on Climate change are to deliver an agreement in Paris in 2015. In parallel to the efforts within the UNFCCC some

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India’s Dangerous ‘Food Bubble’

Nov 30th, 2013 | By
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Los Angeles Times: India is now the world’s third-largest grain producer after China and the United States. The adoption of higher-yielding crop varieties and the spread of irrigation have led to this remarkable tripling of output since the early 1960s. Unfortunately, a growing share of the water that irrigates three-fifths of India’s grain harvest is coming

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UK Waters Grow Cooler – And More Acid

Nov 29th, 2013 | By
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Climate News Network: A comprehensive report on the state of the seas around the United Kingdom says ocean acidification is probably increasing faster than for the last 300 million years. Dipping your toes in the waters around Britain has grown marginally less inviting: in the last few years the seas have grown slightly colder. Against the

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Focus on Gender: Women Are More Than Agricultural Victims

Nov 29th, 2013 | By
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SciDevNet: The editor of a recent UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) report has concluded that smallholder farmers must be involved in biotechnology and innovation research to reduce poverty. In doing this, one challenge will be to include female farmers without resorting to tired, traditional gender assumptions that women are the victims in the context of agriculture. It is well reported that female farmers

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More Money For Climate Change: Will Warsaw Deliver?

Nov 29th, 2013 | By
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The Guardian: Following Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, there have been increasing calls for more financial investment to prevent climate change. Scientists warn that climate-related disasters such as the Philippines typhoon willbecome more frequent and intense in a warmer world. Ministers attending the UN Climate Change Conference in Warsaw last week were urged to make concrete pledges to increase funding to tackle

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IPCC Has Produced A Video On its Fifth Assessment Report

Nov 29th, 2013 | By




Nanowerk News: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has produced a video on its Fifth Assessment Report (AR5). The first part on the Working Group I contribution to AR5 is now available. The other parts will be released with the successive approvals of the other two Working Group contributions and the Synthesis Report in the course of 2014.

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Africa’s Best Hope of Combating Climate Change is to Share Knowledge

Nov 29th, 2013 | By
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The Guardian: Climate Change is one of the defining issues of our time, and Africa is the most vulnerable continent to its impact. A crucial determinant of the continent’s future is how well adaptation strategies are developed and implemented throughout the region. Adaptation is knowledge intensive, and there is an urgent need for improved access to relevant and

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VP Jha Seeks Special Efforts for Reducing Climate Change Impact

Nov 29th, 2013 | By




The Himalayan Times: Vice President Parmananda Jha has stressed on the need for the industrial nations to make special efforts to reduce climate change impact and for protection of environment. Vice President Jha was inaugurating a three-day international conference on climate change, water resource and disasters in mountainous regions, building resilience to climate change, organised

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The India Problem

Nov 28th, 2013 | By
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Why is it thwarting every international climate agreement? A powerful but unpredictable force is rising in the battle over the future of the climate. It’s the type of powerful force that’s felt when 1.2 billion people clamor for more electricity—many of them trying to light, heat, and refrigerate their ways out of poverty; others throwing rupees

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From Pastapur to Senegal, Widening the Network of Millets

Nov 28th, 2013 | By
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The Hindu: The Deccan Development Society (DDS), which is working on various crop improvement programmes, has succeeded in forging alliance with several African nations for research and development of millet cultivation. The DDS, headquartered at Pastapur in Medak district, along with 10 African nations, is actively participating for the realisation of the Afro-Indian Millet Alliance

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Who Should Pay for Climate Change Disasters?

Nov 28th, 2013 | By
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New Scientist: To a casual observer of the latest round of United Nations climate talks in Warsaw, Poland, last week, it was a battle between Polish coal miners determined to hang on to their jobs, and the people of the Philippines, who would rather not lose their lives to the tempests likely unleashed by climate change. In the corridors, the

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Acidifying Oceans Alarm Hundreds of Scientists

Nov 28th, 2013 | By
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Environment News Service: Climate change is causing the world’s oceans to acidify at rates not seen for the last 55 million years, and the only way to moderate this danger is to reduce human emissions of carbon dioxide, conclude 540 scientists from 37 countries in a new report. Their conclusion is the outcome of the Third

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Faith-Based IPCC Turns Science Into Sin

Nov 28th, 2013 | By




The Fifth Assessment Report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) makes clear that climate alarmism is now and has always been a matter of faith, and not science. The just-released report includes remarkable revelations. Contrary to previous IPCC reports, this report shows that planet Earth’s mean temperature is not directly tied to the concentration of

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UNEP Six Priority Areas Factsheets – Ecosystem management

Nov 27th, 2013 | By
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Factsheets in this series: Climate change, Resource efficiency, Disasters and conflicts, Environmental governance, Harmful substances and hazardous waste, Ecosystem management       Source>>






Handle Asbestos Carefully: NGO

Nov 27th, 2013 | By




The Himalayan Times: A non-government organisation has drawn the attention of the government towards the mismanagement of asbestos in the Kathmandu Valley. The Centre for Public Health and Environmental Development, in a letter to the Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment, pointed at haphazard handling of the cancer-causing substance during the ongoing road construction work. According

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350+ Species Added to IUCN Red List’s Threatened Categories in Last Six Months

Nov 27th, 2013 | By
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The number of threatened species on the IUCN Red List has grown by 352 since this summer, according to an update released today. Currently, 21,286 species are now listed as threatened with extinction out of the 71,576 that have been evaluated. The new update comes with both good and bad news for a number of

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€2.2bn “Green Bond” Push Launched

Nov 27th, 2013 | By
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The Bank of America, EDF and Vasakronan are among those issuing bonds intended to heighten investment in clean energy and water projects. Last week a series of ‘green bonds’ were launched by corporates that could provide €2.2bn of investment in renewable energy, energy efficiency, water and green building projects. An increasing number of companies are

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Progress on Loss-and-Damage and Tech Transfer at COP19

Nov 27th, 2013 | By
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The UN climate talks in Warsaw, Poland, have made progress in several areas, including the contentious issue of loss-and-damage as well as the opening of the Climate Technology Centre and Network, which can now respond to requests from developing countries for advice and assistance on the transfer of technology. “As nations put in the foundations, walls and

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The Reality Behind Europe’s Response To Climate Change

Nov 26th, 2013 | By




One in every three European cities studied have no plans yet to reduce greenhouse gas emissions British cities – unlike their counterparts on the mainland – are taking the lead in making plans to curb and handle the impact of climate change. So says Diana Reckien, of Columbia University in the US, in a study

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Indian Social Enterprise Wins UN Award

Nov 26th, 2013 | By
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On November 7, the secretariat of United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Bonn, Germany, declared Patanka the winner of the 2013 Momentum of Change Lighthouse Award. Patanka, a Delhi-based social business enterprise of non-governmental organisation (NGO) SEEDS, was one of the 17 contenders of the 250 entries that were screened. The enterprise

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Bhutan Wants to Transform Itself Into an Electric Car “Hot Spot”

Nov 26th, 2013 | By
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A tiny Himalayan kingdom that’s long been fiercely protective of its ancient Buddhist traditions wants to transform its capital into an electric car city. Tshering Tobgay, prime minister of Bhutan, said this week that the city of Thimpu would start replacing all official government vehicles (paywall) with the Nissan Leaf. Taxis and private cars will eventually be replaced with

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5 Steps to Disaster-Ready, Climate-Resilient Communities

Nov 26th, 2013 | By
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MANILA, Philippines – Local government units (LGUs) are on the front lines during disasters. By law, LGUs have a mechanism that ensures the most basic form of preparedness. Under Republic Act 10121, or the Disaster Risk Reduction Management Act, the government must create and implement a comprehensive plan to make local governments and the nation as

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‘Signature’ Achievement on Forests at UN Climate Talks

Nov 26th, 2013 | By
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BBC News: A package of measures has been agreed here that will give “results-based” payments to developing nations that cut carbon by leaving trees standing. One observer told the BBC that this was the “signature achievement” of these talks. Deforestation accounts for about 20% of global emissions of carbon dioxide. Earlier this week the UK, US,

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Even If Emissions Stop, Carbon Dioxide Could Warm Earth for Centuries

Nov 26th, 2013 | By
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Science Daily: Even if carbon dioxide emissions came to a sudden halt, the carbon dioxide already in Earth’s atmosphere could continue to warm our planet for hundreds of years, according to Princeton University-led research published in the journal Nature Climate Change. The study suggests that it might take a lot less carbon than previously thought to

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UN Climate Change Deal Breaks Deadlock

Nov 26th, 2013 | By
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CBC News: Avoiding a last-minute breakdown, annual UN climate talks limped forward Saturday with a modest set of decisions meant to pave the way for a new pact to fight global warming. More than 190 countries agreed in Warsaw to start preparing “contributions” for the new deal, which is supposed to be adopted in 2015.

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Warsaw Climate Conference Ends by Giving India and China Another Break

Nov 26th, 2013 | By




Two of the fastest growing economies in the world — China and India — got a “Get out of Carbon Jail Free Card” from the 200 countries taking part in the climate conference in Warsaw. The two countries received vastly reduced goals for emissions as a price for their support of the final agreement.Todd Stern,

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Migration is a Solution to Climate Change, Not a Threat to Security

Nov 24th, 2013 | By
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How to deal with the impact of climate change is front and centre at international climate talks in Warsaw, with a fund for “losses and damages” caused by climate change to developing nations on the table. As climate action shifts away from mitigation to adaptation, we need to look at all the options. One option

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Boost Grain Preservation Before Production

Nov 24th, 2013 | By




Better grain storage would save money and feed over a billion, says Digvir S. Jayas. It deserves more attention. Annually over 2.6 billion tonnes of grains — cereals, oilseeds and pulses — are grown and then stored along the chain from producers to consumers. Most countries do not systematically report how much grain becomes unfit

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Acid Rain, Ozone Depletion Led to Mass Extinction 250 Million Years Ago

Nov 24th, 2013 | By
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NDTV News: Acid rain and ozone depletion fuelled extinction of 90 per cent of marine species and 70 per cent terrestrial species around 250 million years ago, a new study has found. At the end of the Permian period, there was a mass extinction so severe that it remains the most traumatic known species die-off

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Glaciers Set to Halve in Next 100 Years

Nov 24th, 2013 | By




3 News New Zealand: Scientists at Victoria University say that glaciers in the central South Island are melting by 160 metres a year and will more than halve in size by 2100. Their findings have implications for tourism operators who rely on the frozen masses as their income. “The future looks very different. These glaciers will

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No Time for Delay in Cutting Greenhouse Gas Emissions : IPCC Scientists

Nov 24th, 2013 | By
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As the end of the second week of climate talks draws nigh in Warsaw, a group of high profile scientists have laid out what needs to happen to stay below two degrees of global warming. The answer? Deep greenhouse gas cuts, and no more excuses for delay. A matter of urgency In its latest report, the

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France to Host 2015 Summit to Finalise Deal on Global Warming

Nov 24th, 2013 | By




Zee News India: France was Friday officially named as the host of the next climate conference in 2015 designed to seal a deal to tackle global warming. France was designated as the host at the ongoing UN Climate Change summit here by the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) was widely expected. The 2015 conference

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Assessment of Climate Vulnerability : Report for Capital by December

Nov 24th, 2013 | By




Daily Times: The Climate Change and Vulnerability Adaptation Assessment for Capital residents will be finalised by the end of December to make Islamabad a model resilient city against emerging climatic challenges. Officials at Climate Change Division informed APP that the initiative has been launched as part of the government efforts to equip Pakistani cities with facilities

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Warsaw : All Nations Accept CO2 Targets

Nov 24th, 2013 | By
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Climate News Network: Paul Brown, one of the editors of the Climate News Network, has reported from the UN climate talks in Warsaw since the start. In his final dispatch on the unscheduled last day, he reports how compromises have kept the talks on track – but only just. For the first time, all countries

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Europe Announces Free, Open Access to Environmental Satellite Data

Nov 23rd, 2013 | By
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The European Commission has announced it will allow free, full and open access to a wealth of vital environmental data gathered by Europe’s Earth observation system, Copernicus. Launching next month, the new open data distribution system, will support the critical task of monitoring the environment and will also help create new jobs and business opportunities.

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Polluted Ganges River Threatens People’s Livelihoods

Nov 23rd, 2013 | By
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The Ganges is India’s holiest river, considered a source of spiritual purification for devout Hindus. But today the river is among the world’s most polluted, struggling under the pressures of modern India. On the banks of the Ganges River in the Indian city of Varanasi, a man in his thirties is washing clothes by rhythmically

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How China’s Action on Air Pollution is Slowing Its Carbon Emissions

Nov 23rd, 2013 | By
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The Guardian: It’s been a week of mostly bad news for the planet but there may be a small glimmer of hope as new research shows the growth of emissions from China, the world’s biggest emitter, may be slowing due to its efforts to clean up the air pollution problem in many of its cities. The United Nations climate

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Tanzania to Pioneer Climate Change Adaptation Scheme

Nov 23rd, 2013 | By
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The Guardian: Tanzania has been selected to pioneer a Climate Services Adaptation Programme with US$10 million set aside for the purpose, WMO Secretary-General, Michel Jarraud told President Jakaya Kikwete at a meeting in Warsaw, Poland where the COP 19 is being held. Malawi will also take part in the program. According to a State House

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Sharing Knowledge on Mountain Climate Still Lacking

Nov 23rd, 2013 | By
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There are thousands of policymakers, climate scientists, activists and journalists from all over the world gathered here in the Polish capital for the climate summit, officially known as the 19th Conference of the Parties (COP19) to discuss climate change. As every year, everything from global temperature rises, greenhouse gas emission, ocean acidification, biodiversity conservation, farming, to scarcity of natural resources is on

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UN Report on Laughing Gas Underlines Climate Risk

Nov 22nd, 2013 | By




Economic Times India: Laughing gas is, indeed, no laughing matter. The United Nation Environment Programme (UNEP) on Thursday released an eye-opening report on the sidelines of the ongoing climate talks, warning that nitrous oxide (N2O) — commonly known as laughing gas — with 300 times the global warming potential of carbon dioxide (CO2) poses a major global climate risk.

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COP19: 2013 Lighthouse Activities Honoured at Gala Event

Nov 22nd, 2013 | By
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Seventeen projects that serve as glowing examples of the climate change action underway across the globe were honoured last night at the United Nations Climate Change Conference, in an Oscar-like ceremony. The projects were chosen as 2013 Lighthouse Activities under the Momentum for Change initiative of the United Nations Climate Change secretariat. The projects took

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Climate Fund for Developing Nations to be Launched Soon: UN

Nov 22nd, 2013 | By
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Zee News India: The Green Climate Fund pledged by developed nations to foster climate-friendly development in poor and developing countries would be operationalised soon, as demanded by emerging economies like India and China. Speaking at the UN Climate Conference, Co-Chair of the Green Climate Fund board, Manfred Konukiewitz today said that the Fund is on

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India Among Biggest Emitters of Greenhouse Gases

Nov 22nd, 2013 | By
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Zee News India: India and China are among the world’s biggest contributors to fossil fuel emissions with India’s carbon dioxide discharge increasing by a whopping 7.7 per cent last year, a new study said today. “Based on estimates of economic activity in 2013, emissions are set to rise 2.1 per cent in 2013 to reach

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India to Establish Climate Change Research Station in Himalayas

Nov 22nd, 2013 | By
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Times of India: India will soon establish a research station to carry out cryosphere studies in the Himalayas. Cryosphere is a term for the regions, which are covered in ice and snow either seasonally or all year round. Rasik Ravindra, Panikkar professor at the ministry of earth sciences, New Delhi and former director of Goa-based

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Climate Change: Chitral Needs Special Attentions

Nov 22nd, 2013 | By




Ground Report: Chitral , the northern mountain district of Pakistan, experienced the worst flooding during the previous few years. Seeing the environmental disasters environmental specialists have been warning that the frequency of floods, droughts, storms, avalanche will go up due to climate change. The large number of flash floods across the district last summer appears to be proving their point. So how should

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India Sticks to Stand on Refrigerant Gas

Nov 21st, 2013 | By




Economic Times: India is not going to dilute its stand over the controversial HFCs, or climate-damaging refrigerant gas, issue and will strongly oppose any move by the US or other developed countries during the ongoing climate talks in view of the domestic concerns. New Delhi is clear that any change in its position will not only

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Just 90 Companies Caused Two-Thirds of Man-Made Global Warming Emissions

Nov 21st, 2013 | By
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The Guardian: The climate crisis of the 21st century has been caused largely by just 90 companies, which between them produced nearly two-thirds of the greenhouse gas emissions generated since the dawning of the industrial age, new research suggests. The companies range from investor-owned firms – household names such as Chevron, Exxon and BP – to state-owned and

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Cheap But Imperfect: Can Geoengineering Slow Climate Change?

Nov 21st, 2013 | By
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Canadian environmental scientist David Keith wants to change the world’s climate by creating a type of sun filter in the sky to halt global warming. In an interview, he argues the technology is effective and inexpensive, but critics liken it to a nuclear bomb. While delegates meeting in Warsaw at the United Nations climate talks

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UN Climate Change Summit Framed By Landmark IPCC Study

Nov 21st, 2013 | By




The Huffington Post: The annual UN Annual Climate Change Summit began in Poland on November 11th and continues until the 22nd. This major international conference is a key stepping stone towards the goal of securing by end-2015 a comprehensive global climate change treaty to take effect from 2020 onward. The summit has been framed, in

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Historic CO2 Emissions Require Cuts Now

Nov 21st, 2013 | By




Two scientists urge the world to start reducing greenhouse emissions right now. There’s no time to be lost, they argue in Nature Climate Change. Future global temperatures depend on how much carbon dioxide has accumulated in the atmosphere, so as emissions increase, so does the rate of warming. The reasoning by Myles Allen, of the

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World Energy Scenarios Report: More Must Be Done

Nov 21st, 2013 | By
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COP-19 is taking place in Warsaw, Poland and today the World Energy Council (WEC) released a new report, “World Energy Scenarios: Composing energy futures in 2050.” The world is set to face several significant challenges in balancing global energy needs in addressing the triple challenge of the energy trilemma. The WEC study assesses two policy scenarios:

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Climate Change: IIM Don PR Shukla Urges India to Look Beyond Coal

Nov 21st, 2013 | By
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Economic Times: As the world looks at ways to restrict global temperature rise to 2 degrees above pre-industrial levels, IIM don PR Shukla urges India to look beyond coal to address its development needs. Scientists from across the world have came together to refute the coal industry’s claim that ‘high efficiency coal’ is a solution to climate woes. This

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COP 19 Climate Conference Sees Little Progress Even as Global Warming Wreaks Devastation

Nov 20th, 2013 | By
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Despite the devastation wrought by Typhoon Haiyan in the Phillipines, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate change happening in Warsaw, Poland has seen little progress, now in its second week. The usual tense dynamics between the group of Least Developed Countries (LDCs), Developed nations like the US, and Emerging Economies like India and China

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Predicting Glacial Movement Made Easier

Nov 20th, 2013 | By




Scientists are able to more accurately predict sea level rise thanks to new research into how glaciers respond to climate change. The study was conducted by a team of University of Tasmania researchers, who accumulated GPS ice flow data and ice surface melt rates in Greenland. They compared data from 2009 (an average melt year)

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UN Negotiators Ditch Climate-Friendly Agriculture Plan

Nov 20th, 2013 | By
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NewScientist: Controversy has dogged the UN climate talks this week. Japan downgraded its 2020 target for emissions cuts from 25 per cent below 2005 levels to 3.8 per cent below; a newly belligerent Australia has refused to help fund adaptation measures in developing countries; and the Polish hosts were pilloried for their ongoing support of coal. But

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Social Sciences Must Respond to Environmental Change

Nov 20th, 2013 | By
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The social and natural sciences must be more closely integrated to respond to the transformation in society due to global environmental change, according to a major report launched today in Paris, France. Social sciences should more effectively research “human causes,vulnerabilities and impacts” of environmental change given that it affects people’s livelihoods, chances of survival, and ways of life,

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