Archive for March 2014

How Climate Change Will Affect Where You Live

Mar 31st, 2014 | By




The latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change spells out how climate change will affect each part of the world, and what can be done about it. For many regions the IPCC only makes vague predictions, and in some cases the impacts are deeply uncertain. Here is our rough guide to the main impacts this

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Climate-hit Fisheries ‘Can Still Meet Demand in 2050’

Mar 31st, 2014 | By
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Sci Dev Net: Fish catches will need to increase by only 3.4 per cent to meet global dietary demand in 2050, according to a study predicting how climate change will affect marine ecosystems. The authors warn that achieving this will require the wider implementation of sustainable harvesting, such as technological developments to reduce dependence on wild stock for farmed fish feed,

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An Answer to the Demand-Supply Challenge of Climate Change

Mar 31st, 2014 | By




As more and more companies get affected by environmental urgencies, tough environmental regulations and consumer pressures, India Inc is realising the urgent need to measure and mitigate the business impacts of these on nature and society. With this in the background, the CII-ITC Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Development organised the ‘Business Forum on Climate

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Commercialisation of 30 GM Cotton, Corn/Maize Varieties Against Rules

Mar 31st, 2014 | By
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Dawn: The approved varieties of Bt (or genetically modified) cotton seeds contain such low levels of poison that not only do not kill pests that destroy crop production but also build resistance in worms, impacting biodiversity and human health. It may be noted that Pakistan does not have bio-safety laws, independent laboratories and trained staff to

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A Changing Climate Creates Pervasive Risks But Opportunities Exist for Effective Responses

Mar 31st, 2014 | By




The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issued a report today that says the effects of climate change are already occurring on all continents and across the oceans. The world, in many cases, is ill-prepared for risks from a changing climate. The report also concludes that there are opportunities to respond to such risks, though the risks will

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Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability

Mar 31st, 2014 | By
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IPCC Working Group II Contribution to AR5 The Working Group II contribution to the Fifth Assessment Report considers the vulnerability and exposure of human and natural systems, the observed impacts and future risks of climate change, and the potential for and limits to adaptation. The chapters of the report assess risks and opportunities for societies,

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Africa: Unep 2013 Annual Report Spotlights Action On Key Environmental Issues

Mar 30th, 2014 | By




Activities for the year ranged from climate change adaptation to a new global convention on mercury and beyond. The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in 2013 tackled a range of critical and emerging issues on the global environmental agenda, according to the organization’s 2013 Annual Report, which was released today. The report focuses on UNEP’s

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UK Seabirds Sound Climate Warning

Mar 30th, 2014 | By
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Climate News Network: Several familiar British birds are now showing drastic declines in numbers as the reality of climate change strikes home even at these temperate latitudes. Scientists believe climate change is the driving force behind a crash in the numbers of kittiwakes, a seabird species which used to thrive in northern Scotland. The birds are

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IPCC Report: Climate Change Felt ‘on all Continents and Across the Oceans’

Mar 30th, 2014 | By
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The Guardian: Climate change has already left its mark “on all continents and across the oceans”, damaging food crops, spreading disease, and melting glaciers, according to the leaked text of a blockbuster UN climate science report due out on Monday. Government officials and scientists are gathered in Yokohama this week to wrangle over every line of a summary of

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Adaption Crucial in Dealing With Climate Issues

Mar 30th, 2014 | By




Climate Change Minister Tim Groser welcomes a new Climate Change report from the Intergovernmental Panel that puts a focus on adapting to the impacts of climate change. “The latest IPCC report is another useful contribution to climate change science that will help inform our climate policy. We can use the information in the report to

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Arctic Sea Ice Melt: a Story of Winners and Losers, IPCC Scientist Says

Mar 30th, 2014 | By
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Arctic sea ice is expected to have melted enough to open up shipping lanes for four months of the year by the middle of the century, a new UN climate report is expected to say. The new conditions could open up opportunities for some,  but scientists tell us many are also likely to suffer as

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8 Reasons to Worry About Global Warming

Mar 30th, 2014 | By
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If you have already read “12 Pieces of Practical Advice from Housecats,” now you can move on to “8 Reasons to Worry about Global Warming.” A United Nations panel of scientists is joining the list craze with what they call eight “key risks” that are part of broader “reasons for concern” about climate change. It’s

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WMO Annual Climate Statement Highlights Extreme Events

Mar 28th, 2014 | By
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UNEP News Center: The year 2013 once again demonstrated the dramatic impact of droughts, heat waves, floods and tropical cyclones on people and property in all parts of the planet, according to the World Meteorological Organization’s Annual Statement on the Status of the Climate. The report confirmed that 2013 tied with 2007 as the sixth warmest

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Professor Investigates How Antarctic Glaciers Respond to Changing Climate

Mar 28th, 2014 | By
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From November 2013 to January 2014,Kate Swanger, an assistant professor in the Department of Environmental, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences (EEAS), led an expedition to Antarctica to investigate how the continent’s glaciers have responded to climate fluctuations in the past. Her work is supported by a three-year $124,070 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF), with Swanger as

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IPCC Author Brands Upcoming Climate Report ‘Alarmist’

Mar 28th, 2014 | By
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The Guardian: One of the 70 authors of a draft UN report on climate change said he had pulled out of the writing team because it was “alarmist” about the threat. Richard Tol told Reuters he disagreed with some findings of the summary to be issued in Japan on 31 March. “The drafts became too alarmist,”

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Engagement Plan: Pakistan, EU Agree to Boost Cooperation

Mar 28th, 2014 | By




Associated Press of Pakistan: Pakistan and European Union on Wednesday agreed to further broaden and deepen co-operation under the Engagement Plan. This could include a strengthened dialogue in areas such as energy, climate change, research and higher education. It was decided during the second round of Pak-EU Strategic Dialogue held at Brussels on Wednesday. The second

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Why Climate Change is Bad News for India Tea Producers

Mar 28th, 2014 | By
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BBC News: Growing India’s famed Assam tea now costs more and is becoming increasingly challenging because of changing weather, experts have said. They say coping with the changes in temperature and rainfall have meant added expenses to maintain production. But they cannot raise their tea price because of market competition. India is one of the world’s

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Asia’s Great Cities Face Rising Flooding Risks in Warming World

Mar 27th, 2014 | By
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Some of Asia’s main cities could be under siege from rising sea levels by the end of the century, a UN panel of scientists is set to warn later this week. Kolkata, Mumbai, Dhaka, Ho Chi Minh City, Shanghai, Bangkok and Rangoon are among those most at risk, drafts of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate

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7 Million Deaths Annually Linked to Air Pollution-WHO Report

Mar 27th, 2014 | By
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UNEP News Center: In new estimates released today, the World Health Organization (WHO) reports that in 2012 around 7 million people died – one in eight of total global deaths as a result of air pollution exposure. This finding more than doubles previous estimates and confirms that air pollution is now the world’s largest single environmental

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Should the World Flirt With a Biomass Solution?

Mar 27th, 2014 | By




Reuters: A little-known technology that may be able to take the equivalent of China’s greenhouse gas emissions out of the carbon cycle could be the radical policy shift needed to slow climate change this century, a draft UN report shows. Using the technology, power plants would burn biomass – wood, wood pellets, or plant waste

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IPCC Preview: Deep Trouble Brewing in Our Oceans

Mar 27th, 2014 | By
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Scientists are meeting this week in Yokohama, Japan, to finalise and approve the latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Working Group II – the part of the IPCC process that seeks consensus on the likely impacts of climate change, as well as how it might change the vulnerability of people and ecosystems, and how

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PHL is Best Example of Need for Climate Change Adaptation – UNDP

Mar 27th, 2014 | By
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Through the devastation it experienced after super typhoon Yolanda,  the Philippines can push the world to act on climate change. United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) administrator Helen Clark said Thursday that the Philippines is the best example of what climate change can do to people and countries and how actions to prevent it should be

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Climate Change and Indus Delta

Mar 27th, 2014 | By




Climate change is becoming threat to the country. Also, increasing population and decreasing resources may pose threat to our future generations. Pakistan is likely to be one of the victims of climate change. In addition, being a predominantly agricultural country, climate change is estimated to decrease crops\’ yields in Pakistan not only as a result

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Is APP’s Zero Deforestation Pledge a Green Villain’s Dramatic Turnaround?

Mar 26th, 2014 | By
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The Guardian: When Ken dumped his long-term girlfriend Barbie via giant Greenpeace poster on the Mattel toy company HQ in Los Angeles in 2011, he said: “Barbie: It’s over. I don’t date girls that are into deforestation.” Mattel was one of over 130 global companies that bought paper packaging from the world’s biggest pulp and paper company, Asia Pulp and

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China Says Polluting Industry Still Growing Too Fast, Heavy Smog Alert for Beijing

Mar 26th, 2014 | By
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(Reuters) – China’s energy-hungry, high-polluting industries continued to grow too fast in 2013, putting “huge pressures” on the environment and causing air quality to worsen, the country’s pollution agency said on Tuesday. Premier Li Keqiang “declared war” on pollution in a major policy address this month, but China has long struggled to strike a balance

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Crop Adaptation Seen as Key to Cope with Global Warming

Mar 26th, 2014 | By
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Adapting crops to resist the onslaught of global warming is one of the key themes of the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which opened a general meeting in Yokohama on Tuesday. In many parts of Japan, researchers are working to develop new varieties and cultivation methods to cope with heat waves and other

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Nepal Business Conclave Concludes

Mar 26th, 2014 | By




Republica: Nepal Business Conclave concluded on Monday with signing of some Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs) and business deals. The Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FNCCI) and China Chamber of Tourism signed a MoU for collaboration on tourism promotion. Suraj Vaidhya, president of FNCCI and Wang Ping, president of China Chamber of Tourism, signed

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India and Brazil “Stalling” on Global Climate Treaty Says UK Envoy

Mar 26th, 2014 | By
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India and Brazil are holding up the process of agreeing a global treaty to tackle climate change, says leading UK diplomat Sir David King. King, who regularly travels abroad to discuss the potential for a treaty with overseas leaders, told MPs at a Parliamentary hearing today that the negotiating positions of Brazil and India could

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Hydropower Needs ‘New Climate Knowledge’

Mar 25th, 2014 | By
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Sci Dev Net: In a region where on average more than 60 per cent of electricity is provided by hydropower facilities — in contrast to a less than 20 per cent globally — the future of water availability matters. So, this issue dominated the second day of the Conference for Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC): Developing, linking and applying

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Building Natural Capital: How REDD+ Can Support a Green Economy

Mar 25th, 2014 | By
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This report advocates placing REDD+ into a larger landscape scale planning framework that can, and should, involve multiple sectors (especially those that are driving deforestation, sometimes inadvertently). The summary report highlights key findings from the report of the international resource panel: building natural capital: How REDD+ can support a Green Economy. Source>>






Climate Change Could Leave Another 50 Million People Facing Hunger by 2050

Mar 25th, 2014 | By
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The Guardian: Just three days after my homeland was devastated by typhoon Haiyan, the biggest storm ever to hit land, I attended the opening of the UN climate change talks in Poland. With a deep sense of anxiety about the fate of my family and friends, I pleaded with delegates to recognise that vulnerable countries such as the Philippines cannot

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Weather Extremes ‘Consistent’ With Man-made Climate Change: UN

Mar 25th, 2014 | By
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Zee News India: Extreme events of 2013 like the Philippines’ devastating Typhoon Haiyan and drought in Australia were consistent with man-made climate change, the UN’s weather agency said today. Michel Jarraud, secretary general of the World Meterological Organization (WMO), declared this as he released his agency’s annual climate report. “We saw heavier precipitation, more intense heat,

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Toilet Tech Fair in India Tackles Global Sanitation Woes

Mar 25th, 2014 | By




The News International: Who would have expected a toilet to one day filter water, charge a cellphone or create charcoal to combat climate change? These are lofty ambitions beyond what most of the world’s 2.5 billion people with no access to modern sanitation would expect. Yet, scientists and toilet innovators around the world say these are

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The Fight for Food and Climate Justice

Mar 25th, 2014 | By
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Just three days after Typhoon Yolanda (known internationally as Haiyan), the biggest storm to ever make landfall, devastated my homeland, I attended the opening of the UN climate change talks in Poland. With a deep sense of anxiety about the fate of my family and friends, I pleaded with delegates to recognize that vulnerable countries,

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Post-2015 – Why Should Bhutan Care?

Mar 24th, 2014 | By
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If I told people that my position is called “Post-2015 National Coordinator”, majority wouldn’t have the faintest idea what such a person actually does. This article tries to explain what post-2015 means, and what is its relevance to Bhutan Today the world celebrates the UN International Day of Happiness, marked for the second time. Bhutan

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Stick Filters Out ‘99%’ of Bacteria From Water

Mar 24th, 2014 | By
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Sci Dev Net:  Scientists from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the United States are working with their counterparts in developing countries to produce an “economical and efficient” means of filtering out bacteria from water using plant xylem that normally transports water and nutrients from the soil. The novel technology could provide a solution to the burden of water-borne diseases in

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UN: We Can Save World’s Forests at a Fraction of Cost of Fossil Fuels Subsidies

Mar 24th, 2014 | By
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Investing $30 billion a year in forest conservation — less than seven percent of the $480 billion spent annually on fossil fuels subsidies — could help stop deforestation while accelerating a transition toward a greener global economy, asserts a new report published by the International Resource Panel (IRP) and the UN REDD Programme. The report,

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13 of 14 Warmest Years on Record Occurred in 21st Century – UN

Mar 24th, 2014 | By
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The Guardian: 13 of the 14 warmest years on record occurred this century, according to the UN. Publishing its annual climate report, the UN’s World Meteorological Organisation said that last year continued a long-term warming trend, with the hottest year ever in Australia and floods, droughts and extreme weather elsewhere around the world. Michel Jarraud, the WMO’s secretary-general,

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UN Climate Scientists see Grim Future if no Action

Mar 24th, 2014 | By
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UN scientists are set to deliver their darkest report yet on the impacts of climate change, pointing to a future stalked by floods, drought, conflict and economic damage if carbon emissions go untamed. A draft of their report, seen by Agence France-Presse, is part of a massive overview by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

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Speakers Underline Protection of Forests in Sindh

Mar 24th, 2014 | By




Forests are primary source of livelihoods for thousands of local communities and currently they were diminishing due to multiple threats. This was stated by speakers on occasion of World Forest Day observed by WWF-Pakistan under its Building Capacity on Climate Change Adaptation in Coastal Areas of Pakistan (CCAP) project at Baghan town near Keti Bunder,

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Warmer Winters Will Limit Olympic Snow

Mar 23rd, 2014 | By
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Climate News Network: The future looks cloudy for the Winter Olympics. If the world keeps on burning fossil fuels in the usual way, then of the 19 cities that have staged the event since 1924, only six are likely have enough natural snow and ice by the 2080s. Daniel Scott, a geographer at the University of

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Global Warming to Hit Asia Hardest, Warns New Report on Climate Change

Mar 23rd, 2014 | By
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The Guardian: People in coastal regions of Asia, particularly those living in cities, could face some of the worst effects of global warming, climate experts will warn this week. Hundreds of millions of people are likely to lose their homes as flooding, famine and rising sea levels sweep the region, one of the most vulnerable on

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Website Offers Global View of Small Hydroelectric Projects

Mar 23rd, 2014 | By
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It is now easier to access reliable data on small hydropower projects globally following the launch of a website designed to promote this technology, says a UN body. The UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the International Center on Small Hydro Power (ICSHP), a China-based, non-profit body that promotes this form of energy worldwide, launched the site last month (13

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Ban Hails Impact of UN Climate Change Treaty, Urges Renewed Commitment to Ideals

Mar 23rd, 2014 | By
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UN News Center: Over the past 20 years, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change has galvanized the world to seek multilateral solutions to the grave threat of climate change, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, urging stakeholders to use the occasion of its twentieth anniversary to “rediscover the commitment that brought the Convention to life.” Hailing the twentieth anniversary

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Climate Change and Tourism Workshop

Mar 23rd, 2014 | By
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The Nepali tourist industry has sustained itself for so long because the country’s natural beauty is a huge draw for tourists from all over the world. But many of these go-to destinations are also the places that are very vulnerable to the changes brought about by the effects of climate change. Many of the more

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Environmental Protection: ‘Policies to be Modified in Light of Climate Change’

Mar 23rd, 2014 | By
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The Express Tribune: Addressing a gathering held by the K-P Environment Department at the Pakistan Forest Institute on Friday to mark the International Day of Forests, Arbab said, “The provincial government is working on several important projects to revive and sustain forests. It is our aim to bring more area of the province under forest cover.”

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Heat Extremes Threaten Crop Yields

Mar 21st, 2014 | By
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Climate News Network: Rampant climate change driven by ever-rising levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere poses a serious threat to world food supply, according to a new study in Environmental Research Letters. The hazard comes not from high average temperatures, but the likelihood of heat extremes at times when crops are most sensitive to stress. And the

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Leaked UN Climate Change Report Paints Grim Picture of Philippines, Rest of Asia

Mar 21st, 2014 | By
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Millions of people in vulnerable areas, such as some parts of Asia, will have to deal with a worrying scenario of conflicts, food crises, flooding, droughts and huge economic losses caused by climate change by the end of the century, according to the leaked draft of a forthcoming international climate report. The latest report of the

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Climate Change Accelerates Greenland Ice Loss

Mar 21st, 2014 | By
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The Greenland ice sheet, and particularly glaciers in the southeast and northwest, has been a significant contributor to global sea-level rise over the past 20 years. However, the northeast ice stream, which drains 16% of the ice sheet, was not thought to contribute. Research now shows that all margins of the Greenland ice sheet are now unstable—and

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‘New Strategies Imperative to Ensure Food Security in Nepal’: Jamie McGoldrick

Mar 21st, 2014 | By
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Republica: UN Resident Coordinator in Nepal Jamie McGoldrick said at a seminar on Thursday that Nepal should implement new strategies to ensure sustainable food security. Speaking at the seminar on ´EU-ASIA Policy Dialogue on Food Security in the Context of Climate Change´, organized by the Center for South Asian Studies, McGoldrick urged the government and stakeholders

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Is Ireland Throwing in the Towel on Climate Change?

Mar 21st, 2014 | By
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While climate scientists and meteorologists are usually reluctant to assign causality of any particular weather event to global climate change, the recent extreme storms and flooding in Ireland are similar to those forecast for a warming world. However, it is disturbing that the changes needed to protect against the inevitable consequences of climate change, such

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How India is Building Asia’s Largest Secure Forest Network

Mar 20th, 2014 | By
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BBC News: It’s been all about connecting the green dots. Since 2012, the southern state of Karnataka has declared nearly 2,600 sq km (1,000 sq miles) of forests as protected areas, linking a series of national parks, tiger reserves and sanctuaries. Protected areas cover nearly 5% of India’s land mass and come under strict legal

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Heatwaves Could Threaten Food Crops, Study Warns

Mar 20th, 2014 | By
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The Guardian: Future heatwaves could threaten key global food crops if climate change is not addressed, according to a British study. Researchers came to the conclusion after estimating the effects of extreme temperatures and raised carbon dioxide levels on maize, wheat and soybean production. While more C02 in the atmosphere may boost plant growth, this effect is

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Warmer Freshwater Emits More Methane

Mar 20th, 2014 | By
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Climate News Network: British scientists have identified yet another twist to the threat of global warming. Any further rises in temperature are likely to accelerate the release of methane from rivers, lakes, deltas, bogs, swamps, marshlands and rice paddy fields. Methane or natural gas is a greenhouse gas. Weight for weight, it is more than 20 times more potent than

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Kenya to Showcase How to Measure Adaptation to Climate Change

Mar 20th, 2014 | By




Kenya is to release its initial findings from monitoring the effectiveness and development impacts of its efforts to adapt to climate change. The country has been one of several countries that have been testing a new framework and tools that aim to ensure that adaptation and development work in tandem. Developed by the International Institute

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Earth Will Cross the Climate Danger Threshold by 2036

Mar 20th, 2014 | By
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“Temperatures have been flat for 15 years—nobody can properly explain it,” the Wall Street Journal says. “Global warming ‘pause’ may last for 20 more years, and Arctic sea ice has already started to recover,” the Daily Mail says. Such reassuring claims about climate abound in the popular media, but they are misleading at best. Global warming continues unabated, and

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Climate Change Respects no Frontiers

Mar 20th, 2014 | By




Hindustan Times: The health of glaciers as an index of climate change, water storage and regulation has been a matter of concern in discussions on the changing hydrology of the Indus. An Indus Basin study group was benefited by a visit to Quito, Ecuador, to learn from the experience of the Andean glacier monitoring study,

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India Renewables Budget Takes Big Hit

Mar 20th, 2014 | By
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India’s Ministry for New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) is to have its budget for the coming year slashed. For the financial year of 2014-15 the MNRE has been budgeted INR441 crore (US$72 million). In the last financial year, the MNRE was provided a budget of INR1,500 crore for renewable energy initiatives (US$246 million), but only

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Reducing Risks to Urban Health and Building Climate Resilience

Mar 19th, 2014 | By
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Why are the health prospects for residents in informal urban settlements so poor, and what future issues will contribute to making these better or worse? These were among the questions discussed at the 11th International Conference on Urban Health held recently in Manchester. As part of this event, a group of participants grappled with the ways in which

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Companies Fail to Focus on Water-related Risks: Report

Mar 19th, 2014 | By




Times News Network: While most companies in India are aware of increasing water-related risks, actions to manage water issues at a corporate level are inadequate. More than half of Indian companies have a water policy, strategy or management plan in place, but only half of these policies include concrete quantitative goals or targets for water resource management, says a report

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