Archive for January 2014

Tropics’ Climate Sensitivity Increases

Jan 30th, 2014 | By
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Climate News Network: Tropical ecosystems may be responding to global warming more energetically than anyone had expected. Scientists from China, Germany, France, the UK and the US report in Nature that the tropical carbon cycle – the uptake and release of carbon dioxide from and back into the atmosphere – has become twice as sensitive

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Disappearing Snow Increases Risk of Collapsing Ice Shelves in Antarctica

Jan 30th, 2014 | By




A number of floating ice shelves in Antarctica are at risk of disappearing entirely in the next 200 years, as global warming reduces their snow cover. Their collapse would enhance the discharge of ice into the oceans and increase the rate at which sea-level rises. A rapid reduction of greenhouse gas emissions could save a

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Climate Change is ‘Killing Argentina’s Magellanic Penguin Chicks’

Jan 30th, 2014 | By
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Penguin chicks in Argentina are dying as a direct consequence of climate change, according to new research. Drenching rainstorms and extreme heat are killing the young birds in significant numbers. The study, conducted over 27 years, looked at climate impacts on the world’s biggest colony of Magellanic penguins, which live on the arid Punta Tombo

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Motor Glider Rides Himalayan Waves

Jan 29th, 2014 | By
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A Stemme S10 motor glider launched from Nepal into the Himalayan heights on Jan. 23, capturing the first of many images that an international science team hopes will save lives. Mounted below the right wing, a sophisticated camera system developed for extreme environments by the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR)

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Forests Feature in Final UN Meeting for Framing Sustainable Development Goals

Jan 29th, 2014 | By
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How should we define forestry for sustainable development? On 3-7 February 2014, this will be debated in the UN General Assembly’s Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals. We are proud that CIFOR scientist Dr. Daju Resosudarmo has been invited to make a presentation and be on the expert panel at this important meeting. The

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Global Governance Key for Sustainable Development, Says Doha Bank Group CEO

Jan 29th, 2014 | By
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“Building green economies are the solution for climate change and for sustainable global growth. The practice will rebalance global growth and promote sustainability”, says Dr. R. Seetharaman, Group CEO, Doha Bank, the leading private commercial bank in Qatar. “Sustainable development meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet

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Ireland’s Turf War Plan is ‘Bad News for Climate’

Jan 29th, 2014 | By
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Climate News Network: The cutting of turf or peat is one of the traditional images of life in Ireland. Many Irish households, particularly in rural areas, still rely on turf cut from the country’s bog lands for fuel – especially in these times of rising energy prices. Environmentalists have long argued that these turf bogs or

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Pakistan Urges UN’s Body to Cooperate With SAARC for Boosting Development

Jan 29th, 2014 | By
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Pakistan has urged the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to work closely with regional organizations, including South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), as the UN body helps shape the post-2015 development agenda that will step up efforts to achieve a world of prosperity, equity, freedom and peace. “This year is an important year, a

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Black Carbon Pollution Is Two To Three Times Worse In India And China Than Previously Thought

Jan 29th, 2014 | By
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A new study has found that global estimates of black carbon emissions in certain areas of India and China could be two to three more times concentrated than previously thought. Black carbon, a major element of soot, is a particle that is generated by the incomplete combustion of fossil fuels, biofuel or biomass. Published in Proceedings of

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Fungus Governs Soil’s Carbon Content

Jan 28th, 2014 | By
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Climate News Network: Most of the planet’s carbon is neither in the forests nor the atmosphere. It is in the soil under your feet. US scientists think that they have identified the mechanism that keeps most of this awesome treasury of carbon locked away in the soil – or surrenders much more of it back to

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Climate Parliament Recommends Policy Integration for Renewable Energy Development to PM

Jan 28th, 2014 | By




Times News Network: The Centre aims to achieve ‘electricity for all’ by 2027 while 75 million households still don’t have access to electricity and only two percent of renewable energy into the grid by 2021. The gap doesn’t seem to occur to the planning commission at all. The Climate Parliament, a group of parliamentarians and experts

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Coping With Climate Change

Jan 28th, 2014 | By
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Even before filing his budget last week, Gov. Deval Patrick made clear that one of his final priorities in his final year is to help prepare Massachusetts for rising seas and increased storms. It may prove to be central to his legacy. Tuesday night, the governor will offer his state of the state address, in

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Is it Time to Axe GDP as the Key Measure of Prosperity?

Jan 28th, 2014 | By
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THE year was 1944. Tasked with an unprecedented rebuilding job amid the wreckage of a soon-to-end World War II, delegates from the Allied nations met in Bretton Woods, at New Hampshire in the US. Their mission? To draw up the new financial world order – one that satisfied their appetite for an open-market system. Among

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Heat Stress, Not Flooding, Drives Most Climate Migrants – Study

Jan 28th, 2014 | By
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Climate Wire: The images of Pakistan’s 2010 devastating flood still haunt. Women up to their necks in the waters of the swollen Indus River, carrying children to safety. Men wading through the brown currents with bags of rice on their heads and young ones on their backs. The numbers, too, were staggering. Triggered by unusually

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Thinking about Water Differently: Managing the Water-Food-Energy Nexus

Jan 28th, 2014 | By
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The water-food-energy nexus is emerging as a critical issue in Asia and the Pacific. It is clear that solutions must be found to assure water security, thereby eliminating the immediate–and increasing–risk to food security, energy security, and economic growth and stability: water must be recognized as an economic as well as a social good. Governments

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The Local Environmental, Economic and Social Tragedies of International Interventions on Community Based Forest Management for Global Environmental Conservation

Jan 28th, 2014 | By




This study reviewed the policies and outcomes of international support for forest management in Nepal and answered whether international support on forest management in developing countries resulted in positive socioeconomic and environmental outcomes at local communities. The evaluation is based on the socio-ecological theory and synergies-tradeoff model of forestry ecosystems goods and services. The study

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Iraq’s Environment, Water Supply in Severe Decline – Report

Jan 28th, 2014 | By
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(Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Iraq is losing between 5 and 8 percent of its gross domestic product to environmental degradation each year, while the amount of water available per person has dropped by more than half since the late 1970s, according to a new government study. Backed by the United Nations and the World Bank,

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The Dire Need to Support ‘Orphan Crop’ Research

Jan 28th, 2014 | By
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Sci Dev Net: In spite of debate over its definition, the term ‘orphan crops’ refers to crops that are under-researched and underfunded due to their limited importance in the global market. These include cereals, legumes, vegetables, root crops, fodder crops, oil crops, fibre crops and medicinal plants that are largely indigenous to Africa, Asia and Latin America. They are characterised by

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How the Threat to Lions, Leopards and Wolves Endangers Us All

Jan 28th, 2014 | By
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They are the planet’s most prolific killers – and also some of nature’s most effective protectors. This is the stark conclusion of an international report that argues that lions, wolves, pumas, lynxes and other major carnivores play key roles in keeping ecosystems in balance. It also warns that the current depletion of numbers of major predators threatens

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Climate Vulnerability and Preparedness: Planning for Resilience and Adaptation

Jan 28th, 2014 | By
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The world community now understands that humankind everywhere is likely to experience more severe and more frequent extreme weather events in the years, decades and, perhaps even, centuries to come. The consensus reports of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) have made this clear. Thousands of scientists have worked around the world to summarize the

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Woodman, Spare That Tree!

Jan 27th, 2014 | By
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Climate News Network: Giant trees could play a giant role in fixing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. This counter-intuitive discovery – surely, young faster-growing trees would be more efficient at soaking up carbon?  – emerges from a study of more than 403 species by a consortium of 38 scientists in 16 countries who report in Nature.

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On the Ground: Alaska’s National Parks Lead the Way in Planning for Climate Change

Jan 27th, 2014 | By
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Here in Alaska, the National Park Service has taken the first steps to plan for a changing climate where the consequences – like melting glaciers, migrating wildlife and thawing permafrost — are showing up earlier and proving more dramatic than those predicted for lower latitudes. With that in mind, Alaska’s regional park service became the first in the country to

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Climate Change Washing Away Pacific Villages

Jan 27th, 2014 | By




Standing on a remote coral atoll in the Pacific Ocean watching children play, it was deeply saddening to realise they will soon have to leave a place that has been home to their people for thousands of years. Ontong Java, the most northerly part of Solomon Islands, is on the frontline of climate change.  The

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Climate Change: Food Security Should be Top Priority for Pakistan

Jan 27th, 2014 | By
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The Dawn: Experts from various disciplines gathered at the Climate Change Conference in Karachi stressed a dire need for research on the issue in Pakistan as it ranked amongst countries highly vulnerable to the phenomena. The conference, organised by Habib University, highlighted the urgent need to incorporate climate change adaptation into the national climate policy. The

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PepsiCo and Unilever Launch Online Tool for Sustainable Agriculture

Jan 25th, 2014 | By
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Climate Action Programme: PepsiCo and Unilever with other members of the Cool Farm Institute have launched an online tool to help farmers improve the environmental and economic performance of their businesses. The carbon-management tool, which can help agricultural orgainsations asses and report their carbon emissions, is free for individual farmers and use by supply chain businesses

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Senator Mushahid Hussain Proposes Environment Action Plan for Islamabad

Jan 25th, 2014 | By




Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed, Chairman of the Senate sub-Committee on Environmental Degradation of Islamabad convened the first ever Public Hearing in the history of parliament on environment at Parliament House today. The Public Hearing was very well attended by the representatives of the government including the Cabinet Division, Climate Change Division, CDA and the Environmental

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Hundreds of Millions of Hectares, Nearly the Size of Brazil, Face Degradation Threat – UN Report Warns

Jan 25th, 2014 | By
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Up to 849 million hectares of natural land – nearly the size of Brazil – may be degraded by 2050 should current trends of unsustainable land use continue, warns a report by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). The need to feed a growing number of people globally has led to more land being converted

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Industry Awakens to Threat of Climate Change

Jan 25th, 2014 | By
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The New York Times: Coca-Cola has always been more focused on its economic bottom line than on global warming, but when the company lost a lucrative operating license in India because of a serious water shortage there in 2004, things began to change. Today, after a decade of increasing damage to Coke’s balance sheet as global

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Pushing Plants up the Climate Change Policy Agenda

Jan 25th, 2014 | By
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As flood warnings remain in place across many areas of the UK, the subject of urban cooling and the crucial role that plants can play in its support may not be uppermost in the minds of those concerned with the built environment. Nevertheless, the publication this week of research that proves the significant impact plant

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Global Cooling? The World is Still Warming Says US Agency

Jan 23rd, 2014 | By
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US scientists say 2013 was the fourth warmest year globally since records began in 1880. The National Climatic Data Center (NCDC), part of the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, says in its Global Analysis of the last year that 2013 ties with 2003 as globally the fourth warmest year on record. The annual global combined land

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Kerala Wins UN Award for Sustainable Tourism

Jan 23rd, 2014 | By




Kerala Tourism has been conferred the United Nations Award for creating innovative initiatives for sustainable tourism, the first time India has ever won the recognition. The state lifted the coveted honour for its sustainable development initiative in the world renowned backwater resort of Kumarakom, a Kerala tourism release said today. Kerala Tourism bagged the honour

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Centre Okays Plan to Assess Impact of Climate Change

Jan 23rd, 2014 | By




Amid all-round criticism from environmentalists for ignoring sensitive green issues under new environment minister M Veerappa Moily, the government has approved a pending Rs 290 crore scheme to build capacity at both central and state levels to assess impact of climate change in vulnerable areas and associated risks. Besides, it also cleared a proposal to set up an

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Climate Threatens Food Supply

Jan 23rd, 2014 | By
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Climate change will play havoc with farming, and policymakers and researchers aren’t fully aware of the significance for food supply, the World Bank says. The planet will warm by two degrees Celsius “in your lifetime,” Rachel Kyte, the World Bank’s vicepresident for climate change, said at a meeting of agriculture ministers in Berlin over the

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Scientists Team up for Climate Change Research

Jan 23rd, 2014 | By
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Scientists from developing countries gathered in Islamabad on Wednesday to deliberate on matters relating to climate change and called for fostering extensive international cooperation among the countries of the South for meeting common global challenges pertaining to this phenomenon. These consensus views were expressed during the third meeting of COMSATS’ International Thematic Research Group (ITRG)

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EU Plans a ‘Positive Signal’ for Climate Deal

Jan 23rd, 2014 | By




UN climate chief Christiana Figueres hailed the European Commission’s 2030 plans for carbon cuts on Wednesday as “a positive signal” for a “meaningful” global deal on climate. “EU on track by recommending Europe-wide 40% emissions cut target by 2030,” Figueres, head of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), said on Twitter. “Positive signal

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Pakistan Turns to Solar Energy As Power Shortfall Widens

Jan 22nd, 2014 | By




(Thomson Reuters Foundation) – After months of sleepless nights and uncomfortable days in sweltering heat, Hussain Raza has found relief. But it’s not just the cooler winter weather that is making Raza happier. It is, somewhat ironically, the sun. The 35-year-old banker and his family have bought a solar-powered electricity supply that kicks in during

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EU Outlines 2030 Climate Goals

Jan 22nd, 2014 | By
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BBC News: The European Commission has outlined its plans for climate and energy policy until 2030. The Commissioners want a binding target to reduce carbon emissions by 40% from 1990 levels. Renewables will need to provide 27% of EU energy by 2030, but while the target will be binding at EU level there will be no

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Air Pollution from Asia Affecting World’s Weather

Jan 22nd, 2014 | By
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Extreme air pollution in Asia is affecting the world’s weather and climate patterns, according to a study by Texas A&M University and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory researchers.  Yuan Wang, a former doctoral student at Texas A&M, along with Texas A&M atmospheric sciences professors Renyi Zhang and R. Saravanan, have had their findings published in the

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Centre Okays Plan to Assess Impact of Climate Change

Jan 22nd, 2014 | By




Times News Network: Amid all-round criticism from environmentalists for ignoring sensitive green issues under new environment minister M Veerappa Moily, the government has approved a pending Rs 290 crore scheme to build capacity at both central and state levels to assess impact of climate change in vulnerable areas and associated risks. Besides, it also cleared a proposal to

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Climate Model Predicts Where Crops Could Grow

Jan 22nd, 2014 | By
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A new land-use model could help conservationists predict which protected areas could, due to climate change, be profitable for agriculture. Humans have responded to climate throughout history. Take, for example, the Mayans, who, throughout the eighth and tenth centuries, had to move away from their major ceremonial centers after a series of multi-year droughts, bringing

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Farmers Apply Change in Climate Technology to Farm

Jan 22nd, 2014 | By




Some small holder farmers in five communities in the Savelugu Nanton Municipality have adapted to climate change effects such as low rains, often resulted in low crop yields. Some of the farmers explained that although the area recorded low rains in the last farming season, their yield increased by 100 per cent due to the

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China to Set Up Solar Power Station in Nepal’s Administrative Center

Jan 21st, 2014 | By




A team of Chinese experts have begun feasibility study from Monday to install solar power station in Nepal’s administrative center, officials said. The Nepal government has shown willingness to light Singh durbar and its peripheral area with solar panels after the Chinese government had extended technical and financial support towards this effect. “The team of

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Climate-Smart Agriculture: A Worm’s Eye View

Jan 21st, 2014 | By
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Thomson Reuters Foundation: The very first thing most farmers in Río Piedras proudly show visitors is a squirming, writhing handful of red wriggler worms. Although most would probably prefer to see a fresh cup of coffee, the importance of the humble earthworm to the people of this region takes precedence over conventional hospitality. Researchers from the

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Green Activist Slams Uttarakhand Govt.

Jan 21st, 2014 | By
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The Hindu: Slamming the State government for encouraging industrial development in the ecologically sensitive Himalayan State, environmentalist Dr Anil Prakash Joshi opposed the proliferation of industries in the State, which, according to him, is “being promoted by the State government”. The criticism of the Bahuguna government by Dr Joshi, who is the founder of the Himalayan

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Need Stressed to Address Effects of Climate Change

Jan 21st, 2014 | By




The inaugural session of the conference on ‘Asian Monsoon and Climate Change’ was held at a private hotel on Monday. Federal Minister for Science and Technology Zahid Hamid was the chief guest on the occasion, who also delivered the inaugural address. Speaking on the occasion, Zahid Hamid emphasised on the importance of climate change being

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Policymakers Aren’t Aware of Threat to Farming from Climate Change, World Bank Says

Jan 21st, 2014 | By




The Sydney Morning Herald: Climate change will play havoc with farming, and policy makers and researchers aren’t fully aware of the significance on food supply, according to the World Bank. Earth will warm by 2 degrees celsius “in your lifetime,” Rachel Kyte, the World Bank’s vice-president for climate change, said at a meeting of agriculture ministers

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Climate Scientist to US Senate: ‘Climate Change is a Clear and Present Danger’

Jan 21st, 2014 | By
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The Guardian: Last Thursday, the US Senate committee on environment & public works held a four-hour hearing to review President Obama’s Climate Action Plan. The hearing began with statements from the committee members, and then proceeded with two expert panels. The first was comprised of administrators of government agencies that are key to implementing President Obama’s Climate Action Plan,

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CO2 Emissions are Being ‘Outsourced’ by Rich Countries to Rising Economies

Jan 20th, 2014 | By
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The Guardian: The world’s richest countries are increasingly outsourcing their carbon pollution to China and other rising economies, according to a draft UN report. Outsourcing of emissions comes in the form of electronic devices such as smartphones, cheap clothes and other goods manufactured in China and other rising economies but consumed in the US and Europe. A draft

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World can Double Renewables Share at Low Cost, Says Report

Jan 20th, 2014 | By
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A strong carbon price and removal of subsidies could help double the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix to 30% at almost no extra net cost, supporters of solar, wind and hydro told a clean energy summit today. Buildings, industry and transport would offer the biggest potential for growth in renewables if

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In 30 Years, India Loses 6% Forests

Jan 20th, 2014 | By
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The loss of forest area in the country has been a high six per cent between 1975 and 2005, according to a study by the city-based National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC). The analysis also found that in all bio-geographic zones, like the Himalayas, Deccan Plateau and Eastern Ghats, more than 90 per cent of the

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Warming ‘Will Double Extreme El Niños’

Jan 20th, 2014 | By
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Climate News Network: An El Niño is part of a natural cycle: a huge blister of heat in the equatorial Pacific, usually around Christmastime, that periodically triggers non-seasonal floods in the western US, and extreme heat and forest fires in the Indonesian rainforest and the Australian bush. It happens and seems to have happened through human history. It

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Peru’s Farmers Fight Climate Change Using Modern and Inca Techniques

Jan 20th, 2014 | By
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The Guardian: When he is not watching his flock Silverio Chiquenayra-Quispe takes care of the Pumatalya weather station, located between the brightly coloured local council building, the chapel and the bovine artificial insemination centre. At 3,800 metres above sea level, on the high plateaus of the Andes, the little town is four hours by road from

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Climate Change’s New Menace: Mountain Tsunamis

Jan 20th, 2014 | By
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The raging torrent hit in the morning, as Gopal Singh Bhist and his son, a cook and the leader of a pony train, prepared for work. In minutes, the Mandakini river had breached its banks, sending a crushing hammer of water, ice and rock through the Himalayan villages in this north Indian state of Uttarakhand.

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UK has Made Largest Contribution to Global Warming Says Study

Jan 19th, 2014 | By
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The UK is more responsible for global warming than any other country – if global carbon dioxide emissions are allocated using  per capita calculations. Based on this formula, the UK is rated the world’s top carbon polluter, followed closely by the USA, Canada, Russia and Germany. China, currently the world’s leading emitter, lies in 19th position.

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EU to Ditch Transport Emissions Goals Beyond 2020

Jan 19th, 2014 | By




(Reuters) – The European Union’s climate and energy strategy for 2030 will not include a specific target on curbing emissions from transport, the fastest growing source of greenhouse gases in the bloc and the most expensive to cut. Many in industry and some member states have pushed hard for a simplified EU climate framework after

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Low-Flatulence Livestock Can Cool Planet

Jan 19th, 2014 | By
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Climate News Network: Stand by for a new breed of farm animal – the low-methane cow. European scientists are collaborating in a bid to find a cow that makes the same milk, but manages to do so while emitting lower levels of natural gas from the ruminant stomach. Methane is a fact of farm life: cows eat grass,

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Climate Change Alters Land Map of India

Jan 19th, 2014 | By




Hindustan Times: The adverse effects of climate change are being felt on more than a fourth of India’s landmass over the last four decades. While some parts of the country have turned arid, others have witnessed more rainfall. A study by the Central Research Institute for Dryland Agriculture (CRIDA) at Hyderabad has revealed that about 27%

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Impact of Climate Change on Agriculture Crops

Jan 19th, 2014 | By




According to media reports, the State Bank of Pakistan in its Annual Report for 2013 on the state of economy has stated that the climate change is a major threat to agriculture production and risk to food security in Pakistan. The expected increase in the level of temperature may lower production of wheat by 1.5-2.5

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Reading the Tea Leaves: Impact of Climate Change On World Favorite Drink

Jan 17th, 2014 | By




Climate change is reportedly affecting the cultivation of tea in China, with changes in temperatures and rainfall altering not only the taste, aroma, and potential health benefits of the popular beverage but also the lives of farmers who grow tea for a living. A research team headed by Tufts University biologist Colin Orians will study

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UN Climate Report Urges Quicker Switch to Low-Carbon Global Economy

Jan 17th, 2014 | By
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The Guardian: Delaying action on global warming will only increase the costs and reduce the options for dealing with its worst effects, according to a draft report by UN experts. The final draft of the report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says global warming will continue to increase unless countries shift quickly to clean

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