Archive for April 2014

Fossil Fuel Subsidies Hamper Pathway to Inclusive Green Economy: Experts

Apr 29th, 2014 | By
viewimage




UNEP News Center: Fossil fuel subsidies are contributing to fiscal instability and undermining governments’ efforts to combat serious economic and environmental challenges, such as climate change, and the transition to an inclusive green economy, according to experts. “Reforming Fossil Fuel Subsidies for an Inclusive Green Economy” is the theme of the two-day event co-organized by UNEP,

[continue reading…]






Round-the-clock Solar Power Arrives

Apr 29th, 2014 | By
PS10_CSP1




Climate News Network: Solar power’s greatest drawback has always been that it is intermittent and, even in the sunniest climes, peak electricity demand is frequently in the evening when the Sun is going down. The engineering challenge has been to design a system in which enough of the Sun’s heat can be stored to produce full power continuously

[continue reading…]






Study: It is “Very Likely” That Scientists Are Confusing Us About Global Warming

Apr 29th, 2014 | By
630px-paris_tuileries_garden_facepalm_statue_0




The United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is a big, big production. Its reports, released roughly every five years, are considered the gold standard of climate science, and are always a major media event. Thousands of scientists contribute to the reports, all of them volunteering their expertise to make the world just a little bit better.

[continue reading…]






Global Effort Needed to Curb Rising Global Temperature

Apr 29th, 2014 | By
Global-Effort-Curb-Rising-Global-Temperature




The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s recent report on Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability has clearly unveiled that the world is unprepared for many of the impacts of climate change. Canadian researchers involved with the study said that Canadian government as an IPCC member is well aware of the dangers of climate change. But politicians in

[continue reading…]






UN Agency Brokering Carbon Credits Spends Millions on Staff Despite Drop in Projects

Apr 29th, 2014 | By
CHINA-CLIMATE-WARMING-ENVIRONMENT




The United Nations body tasked with channelling hundreds of billions of dollars to cutting emissions is under growing scrutiny as its once-booming investment program dries up, leaving most of its funds unspent while other climate initiatives are short of cash. The Kyoto Protocol’s Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) has helped funnel almost $400-billion into emission-cutting projects

[continue reading…]






Extreme Wet and Dry Events ‘Increasing Risk of Drought and Flood in Central India’

Apr 29th, 2014 | By




Researchers have identified significant changes in the patterns of extreme wet and dry events that are increasing the risk of drought and flood in central India, one of the most densely populated regions on Earth. The discoveries are the result of a new collaboration between climate scientists and statisticians that focused on utilizing statistical methods for

[continue reading…]






REDD+ Proposals From DRC, Ghana, Mexico and Nepal Approved by Carbon Fund

Apr 28th, 2014 | By
Kinshasa-Gombe_from_CCICv2-340x255




Participants from 11 public and private funds will support Emission Reduction Program Idea Notes (ER-PINs) in the selected countries. The DRC is aiming to tackle deforestation in its capital, Kinshasa (pictured right), where the forest has come under increasing pressure from demand for charcoal, timber and food from a growing population. The DRC proposed a model

[continue reading…]






Flat Denial Rejects ‘Very Likely’ Science

Apr 28th, 2014 | By
Stop_Global_Warming




Climate News Network: The odds that global warming of almost 1°C since 1880 is just a natural fluctuation are very low: less than one in a hundred and probably less than one in a thousand, according to a study in the journal Climate Dynamics. Shaun Lovejoy of McGill University in Canada didn’t play with computer simulations:

[continue reading…]






TERI Launches Service to Make Green Literature People-friendly

Apr 28th, 2014 | By




Times News Network: The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) has launched a feature service to make environmental literature easier to understand and more accessible to the common man. The service, launched last week, will publish news, views and analyses every fortnight on issues such as water, climate change, energy, air pollution, biodiversity and biotechnology When the

[continue reading…]






Nigeria: Nest Water Scheme to Ease Climate Stress in Kogi Community

Apr 28th, 2014 | By




Residents of Ofante Community in Olamaboro Local Government area in Kogi State rolled out their drums recently at the commissioning of a public water project implemented by the Nigeria Environmental Study/Action Team (NEST) under a climate change initiative tagged the Africa Adaptation Programme (AAP). A climate change and development expert, Samson, Samuel Ogallah, however warned

[continue reading…]






Climate Change Adaptation Perfumes Nepal’s Foothills

Apr 28th, 2014 | By




Reuters: Life is a daily challenge for the families of this village of terraced maize fields and tin-roofed homes tucked in the steep green foothills of Nepal’s Himalayas. Monkeys living in the forests around Majhthana carry away many of the vegetables the community grows, and the men who once chucked rocks at them to protect the

[continue reading…]






UN Climate Change Head Arriving

Apr 28th, 2014 | By
vignette




Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Christiana Figueres is arriving here in the Capital for a three-day official visit to Nepal tomorrow afternoon. During her brief stay in Kathmandu, she will meet Prime Minister Sushil Koirala, Chief Secretary Lila Mani Paudel and other government officials, according to UN Information

[continue reading…]






China Strengthens Environmental Laws

Apr 27th, 2014 | By
34a1996a-0975-408d-ae66-9c4b6923af80-620x372




The Guardian: Chinese legislators have passed the first amendments to the country’s environmental protection law in 25 years, promising greater powers for environmental authorities and harsher punishments for polluters. The amendments, which the Standing Committee of National People’s Congress passed on Thursday after two years of debate, will allow authorities to detain company bosses for 15 days if they

[continue reading…]






Be a Demitarian and Cool the Climate

Apr 27th, 2014 | By
1024px-Butcher_in_Morocco




Climate News Network: We are what we eat? Probably – and what’s true for us is, for better or worse, true for the atmosphere too. New evidence suggests that halving the amount of animal products people eat in Europe would not only make them much healthier: it would also cut climate emissions by at least a

[continue reading…]






Failure to meet deadline: Pakistan may lose $3.8 Million World Bank Fund

Apr 27th, 2014 | By




Pakistan has missed the deadline to sign a formal agreement with World Bank (WB) for 3.8 million dollars Readiness Fund of Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) due to bureaucratic hurdles. The FCPF is the World Bank-administered facility that has been set up to compensate developing countries for reductions in carbon dioxide emissions achieved by preserving

[continue reading…]






How Nepali Villagers are Dealing With Climate Change

Apr 27th, 2014 | By
22171




Republica: When he was a little boy, Ram Bahadur Gurung, a resident of Dharampani VDC-1 of Tanahun district, would have to walk downhill for an hour to fetch just a vessel of water. One day, while climbing up the hill carrying a vessel full of water, he accidently stumbled upon a stone; and fell to the

[continue reading…]






India’s Rain Woes Grow Bigger, Scientists Worried

Apr 27th, 2014 | By




Hindustan Times: Forecasting the June-to-September rains, which account for three-quarters of India’s annual rainfall, is becoming tougher. Last year, six states had to declare droughts despite predictions of a normal monsoon. Although India is scaling up its prediction techniques, including joint Indo-American forecasting under a bilateral agreement, too little is understood about how pollution and rising

[continue reading…]






Our Planet: Greening Business

Apr 25th, 2014 | By
-Our Planet- greening business-2014Cover_OP APRIL 2014-EN




The United Nations Environment Programme’s flagship magazine.






UN’s Carbon Role Questioned as $200 mln Cash Pile Sits Idle

Apr 25th, 2014 | By




Reuters: The U.N. body tasked with channelling hundreds of billions of dollars to cutting emissions is under growing scrutiny as its once booming investment programme dries up, leaving most of its funds unspent while other climate initiatives are short of cash. The Kyoto Protocol’s Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) has helped funnel almost $400 billion into

[continue reading…]






China Scientists Blames Everest Shrinkage On Climate Change

Apr 25th, 2014 | By
670px-everest_kalapatthar_crop




Mt. Everest has shrunk by 10% over the last four decades and it is all because of melting ice caused by climate change, a Chinese scientist said on Thursday. Kang Shichang, a researcher at the Institute of Tibetan Plateau Research of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, said the data was based on long-term remote sensing

[continue reading…]






Ocean Action: A Different Kind of Tipping Point

Apr 25th, 2014 | By




Recently you may have noticed the ever-increasing number of international conferences, talks, meetings and reports on the ocean and its declining health. Just in the last two years, we have had two excellent World Ocean Summits hosted by The Economist, which brought together a rich audience of politicians, business leaders, NGOs and experts to focus on the evidence,

[continue reading…]






Climate Change Could Make Everest Climb Even Riskier

Apr 25th, 2014 | By




Climbing to the roof of the world is becoming less predictable and possibly more dangerous, scientists say, as climate change brings warmer temperatures that may eat through the ice and snow on Mount Everest. Nepal was left reeling when a sudden ice avalanche slammed down onto a group of Sherpa guides on Friday and killed 16

[continue reading…]






Space Technology Aids Water Power

Apr 24th, 2014 | By
Windsor_Castle_-_geograph.org_.uk_-_1164352




Climate News Network: Space technology is to be used to help engineers make the most of humanity’s oldest form of renewable energy production, water power. There is vast potential for run-of-the-river hydropower schemes that use the natural flow of water to produce power without large-scale works. There are many thousand former mill sites around the world where the

[continue reading…]






Long-term Food Production Must Factor in Potential Impacts of Climate Change – UN Official

Apr 24th, 2014 | By
04-23-2014Climate_Cattle




UN News Center: Countries need to shift to more sustainable food systems to adapt to the effects of climate change, the Director-General of the United Nations Food and Drug Organization (FAO) José Graziano da Silva told a conference in Morocco today, warning that the phenomenon has the potential to reshape the planet’s food production scenario. “Everything

[continue reading…]






8th Conference on Climate Change Starts

Apr 24th, 2014 | By




Republica: The eighth International conference on Community Based Adaptation (CBA8) to Climate Change is being held in the capital from April 24. It is the first time that the week-long international level conference on climate change is being organized in the country. The government is hosting the international conference in collaboration with International Institute for Environment

[continue reading…]






Pakistan’s Farmers Counter Climate Change With Beekeeping

Apr 24th, 2014 | By
IMG_1664-430




Battered by erratic weather patterns with decreasing and delayed rainfall, thousands of farmers in Pakistan’s northeast Potohar plateau are moving to beekeeping as an alternative source of livelihood that is less vulnerable to climate change. A single flood, no or deficient rain in one cropping season, or lack of water in the river system due to delayed

[continue reading…]






Climatic Changes Affect Our Lives Directly Experts

Apr 24th, 2014 | By




In order to deliberate on the strategies required to adapt and mitigate the impacts of climate change in the state of Jammu and Kashmir Dept of Earth Sciences University of Kashmir organized a one-day workshop on ‘Climate Change & Adaptation Strategies’ which was held at the EMMRC auditorium here on Wednesday. During the workshop an

[continue reading…]






What Does it Take to Mainstream Disaster Risk Management in Key Sectors?

Apr 24th, 2014 | By
Shutterstock-asia-sea-wall-small-res-365x365




Climate-related disasters are becoming more frequent and negatively impacting development progress across the world.  People are already experiencing the impacts of climate change through slow onset changes, for example sea level rise and greater variability in the seasonality of rainfall, and through extreme weather events, particularly extremes of heat, rainfall and coastal storm surges. As

[continue reading…]






Wildlife Response to Climate Change is Likely Underestimated, Experts Warn

Apr 23rd, 2014 | By
140422113443-large




Analyzing thousands of breeding bird surveys sent in by citizen scientists across the western United States and Canada over 35 years, wildlife researchers report that most of the 40 songbird species they studied shifted either northward or toward higher elevation in response to climate change, but did not necessarily do both. This means that most

[continue reading…]






Climate Change is The Fight of Our Lives – Yet We Can Hardly Bear to Look At It

Apr 23rd, 2014 | By
Vocal sculptor Jason Singh records birdsong




The Guardian: This is a story about bad timing. One of the most disturbing ways that climate change is already playing out is through what ecologists call “mismatch” or “mistiming.” This is the process whereby warming causes animals to fall out of step with a critical food source, particularly at breeding times, when a failure to

[continue reading…]






Climate Change: Who Will Lead?

Apr 23rd, 2014 | By




With the latest warnings delivered by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) over the past few weeks, no world leader will ever be able to claim that they were caught off-guard by climate change. As former heads of state ourselves, we’ve experienced global crises from within the corridors of power. Some may take the

[continue reading…]






Vilsack: Agriculture Needs to Adapt to Climate Change

Apr 23rd, 2014 | By
535709d58ecd5.preview-620




Agriculture will need to adapt to the changing climate, which could present economic opportunities, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack said Tuesday. “We all have to be aware of the fact the climate is changing and the warmer temperatures will change the way in which we approach agriculture and we need to be prepared for

[continue reading…]






Climate Change May Hit Marine Sector, Says SAPCC

Apr 23rd, 2014 | By




The Hindu: The marine and inland fisheries sectors in Kerala are likely to take a major hit as climate change affects fish stocks, resulting in decreased yield and loss of livelihood of fishermen. According to the State Action Plan on Climate Change prepared by the Department of Environment and Climate Change, diseases and migration of species

[continue reading…]






Mitigating Climate Change

Apr 23rd, 2014 | By




Climate change is affecting Pakistan. The Global Climate Risk Index (CRI) for 2014, developed by the Germanwatch Institute (GI), ranked Pakistan number three after Haiti and the Philippines for countries most affected by climate change. Pakistan, however, contributes very little to greenhouse gas emissions, ranking 135th in the world on a per capita basis, despite

[continue reading…]






First Solar Bread Oven Takes a Bow

Apr 22nd, 2014 | By
Making_Injera_Mekele_9816380964




Climate News Network: Cooking using just the power of the Sun is not a new technology. Dozens of designs of solar cookers using mirrors and other shiny surfaces to concentrate the Sun’s rays are popular across the world, especially where electricity and wood for fires are in short supply. Many thousands are in use in Africa, and they

[continue reading…]






Sea-level Rise Could Reverse Africa’s development Gains

Apr 22nd, 2014 | By
604




Reuters: Climate change is no longer an abstract issue, thanks to the latest authoritative assessments from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). And the potential impacts of sea-level rise caused by warmer global temperatures are becoming clearer. Up to 600 million coastal people around the globe could face devastating consequences from rising seas. Some

[continue reading…]






Operational Rules Issued for Climate Plan

Apr 22nd, 2014 | By




The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment on Thursday issued details of its operational framework for implementing an ecosystem-based adaptation for climate change, and will encourage its use across the country. The operational framework was developed by the Institute of Strategy and Policy on Natural Resources and Environment (ISPONRE) — a research institution within MONRE –

[continue reading…]






Changing Climate Hits Rural Communities Hardest

Apr 22nd, 2014 | By
9762623




Climate change could be hitting rural communities the hardest. Rural communities are more vulnerable to extreme weather because cities have more management resources to deal with changes in climate, said Dave Sauchyn, a professor from the department of geology at the University of Regina and co-director of Vulnerability and Adaptation to Climate Extremes in the

[continue reading…]






India’s Renewable Energy Efforts Poised for Resurgence

Apr 22nd, 2014 | By
India-Wind-Generator_143955647_Getty-Images-395x450




National elections are underway and dominating headlines and conversations across India. In parallel, the timely release of the second new consensus report from the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) documenting the impacts of climate change, has confirmed again the current and growing risks to the economy, human health and food supply of India’s communities. This latest warning

[continue reading…]






Corn Biofuels Worse Than Gasoline on Global Warming in Short Term – Study

Apr 21st, 2014 | By
Close up of Sweet Corn USA




The Guardian: Biofuels made from the leftovers of harvested corn plants are worse than gasoline for global warming in the short term, a new study shows, challenging the Obama administration’s conclusions that they are a much cleaner oil alternative and will help combat climate change. A $500,000 study – paid for by the federal government and released Sunday

[continue reading…]






Western US Faces Worsening Wildfires

Apr 21st, 2014 | By
2011LasConchasFireNM_300dpi-1024x700




Climate News Network: Wildfires in the western United States are getting worse. In the last 30 years they have become both bigger and more frequent, according to a new study in Geophysical Research Letters. Philip Dennison of the University of Utah and colleagues found that the number of wildfires that burned more than 1,000 acres (405 hectares)

[continue reading…]






Climate Change Causes Hazards to Farmers

Apr 21st, 2014 | By




Mr. Adam Imoro, District Chief Executive (DCE) for East Mamprusi, has indicated that Climate Change poses serious business risks to farmers, especially those in the North. He pointed out that Climate Change was a serious threat to farming activities, with the potential of impacting negatively on businesses of the private sector and the socio-economic development

[continue reading…]






Drought Adds to Syria’s Misery

Apr 19th, 2014 | By
1024px-Cistern_Qanawat_NW_Syria




Climate News Network: The conflict in Syria has devastated much of the country’s agricultural sector. But while the fighting has left large tracts of farmland abandoned, irrigation systems smashed and livestock neglected, other forces have also been at work. Syria – and much of the Eastern Mediterranean region – is in the grip of one of

[continue reading…]






The Cost of Limiting Climate Change Could Double without Carbon Capture Technology

Apr 19th, 2014 | By
ipcc.carbon.capturex299




When it comes to technology for averting climate change, renewable energy often gets the limelight. But a relatively neglected technology—capturing carbon dioxide from power plants—could have a far bigger impact on the economics of dealing with climate change, according to a U.N. report released earlier this week. The report is the third in a series of major

[continue reading…]






India’s Worsening Water Crisis

Apr 19th, 2014 | By
Water-386x262




In northern India, groundwater supplies are being depleted faster than natural processes can replenish them. According to The World Bank, India is the largest user of ground water in the world, after China. If something is not done soon, an estimated 114 million Indians will soon face desperate domestic, agricultural and industrial shortages. What is causing

[continue reading…]






Deepening Challenge in Climate Change

Apr 19th, 2014 | By




Over the preceding months the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has released the fifth version of its assessment report (AR5), covering science, impacts and mitigation. In election season, there is a real risk that the messages of the IPCC will be crowded out by more immediate concerns. This would be a pity, because the

[continue reading…]






EU to host industry Talks Ahead of Setting 2030 Climate Goals

Apr 18th, 2014 | By
Smoke-from-chimneys-010-300x170




(Reuters) – The European Commission will hold three meetings this summer on how to ensure the bloc’s industries can compete in global markets while meeting goals to cut greenhouse gas emissions, it said on Wednesday. The meetings aim to gather views on rules determining if companies can continue to receive free carbon permits under the EU Emissions

[continue reading…]






The Energy Revolution is in Reverse

Apr 18th, 2014 | By
1024px-Anacortes_Refinery_31928




Climate News Network: Keeping the rise in global average temperatures to no more than 2°C above pre-industrial levels will not be prohibitively expensive, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) says, though it won’t be easy. There’s just one problem: the atmospheric facts show that the world is not simply ignoring the IPCC. It’s moving smartly

[continue reading…]






Five Years on, TERI Sits on State Climate Change Plan

Apr 18th, 2014 | By




Times News Network: Though faced with hailstorms, wet and dry droughts, and other indicators of climate change making life miserable for people and farmers, the Maharashtra government has failed to give priority to the phenomenon or its impacts on societies and ecosystems. Information sought by South Asia Network on Dams, Rivers & People (SANDRAP) under the

[continue reading…]






Nepal, India and Bhutan Agree on New Transboundary Landscape for Hindu Kush

Apr 18th, 2014 | By




Republica: Nepal, India and Bhutan have formally reached an agreement to include a new cross-boundary landscape covering parts of eastern Nepal, Sikkim and the northern parts of West Bengal in India as Kangchenjunga landscape in the Hindu Kush Himalayan Region. The cross-boundary landscape spans 16,000 square kilometers and it is one of the seven cross-boundary areas

[continue reading…]






Govt Fails to Meet Climate Change Policy Goals

Apr 18th, 2014 | By




The Himalayan Times: The government has failed to meet the specific objectives set in its climate change policy despite allocating billions of rupees annually to address an issue that has global ramifications. The climate change policy adopted by the government in 2011 has stated that 80 per cent of the climate change budget will be diverted

[continue reading…]






Headless Departments Unable to Look at Adverse Environmental Impacts

Apr 18th, 2014 | By




At a time when the Metro Bus Project worth Rs44.21 billion is moving ahead on fast-track basis, all relevant departments and parliamentary committees which are supposed to keep strict vigil over adverse environmental impacts of the development projects are either no more functional or being run without their bosses. Sources pointed out that the post

[continue reading…]






Ahead of Sendai Conference, Ban Pushes for 2015 Global Agreement on Disaster Risk

Apr 17th, 2014 | By
04-16-2014Sendai_Japan




UN News Center: Disaster risk reduction and climate change are closely linked, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today stressed, reiterating to the world community his key priorities through the next year as preparations continue for the 2015 world conference on reducing risk from natural disasters. “The aim is simple: to leave a more resilient world to future generations,” Mr. Ban

[continue reading…]






Science Finds New Routes to Energy

Apr 17th, 2014 | By
1024px-Glycine_max_003




Climate News Network: While politicians posture, and climate scientists sigh sadly, researchers in laboratories continue to devise ingenious new ways to save energy, increase efficiency, and make the most of solar power. Darren Drewry of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California and two colleagues from the University of Illinois have a computer model that could design

[continue reading…]






Indian Climate Experts Slam Latest IPCC Report

Apr 17th, 2014 | By
DF38081CF916B978501DDABCA534B977




Sci Dev Net: Climate policy experts from India have greeted the release of the latest report from the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) with ire. The draft report, a summary of which was released in Berlin, Germany, this week (13 April), is written by the IPCC’s third working group, which focuses on climate change mitigation.

[continue reading…]






IPCC: Bioenergy to Play Significant Role in Carbon Mitigation

Apr 17th, 2014 | By
IPCC_13976675154091-300x300-noup




Bioenergy plays a big role in the multiple mitigation scenarios examined in the AR5 report from the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and is expected to play a role in the future. “Bioenergy’s share of total regional electricity and liquid fuels is projected to be up to 35 percent and 75 percent, respectively,

[continue reading…]






The First Climate Justice Summit: a Pie in the Face for the Global North

Apr 17th, 2014 | By
Huaorani Indian children play with scarlet macaws in Yasuni National Park




The Guardian: Today it is accepted, but 20-30 years ago campaigners were struggling to even get an acknowledgement that climate change was happening, let alone that it was manmade. It would have been hard to imagine that one day we might hold the developed nations responsible and start talking about redress for victims of climate change, as we

[continue reading…]






Climate Costs ‘May Prove Much Higher’

Apr 16th, 2014 | By
1024px-Herschel_Island_4_AXW_0032




Climate News Network: Economists and scientists may have seriously underestimated the “social cost” of carbon emissions to future generations, according to a warning in Nature. Social cost is a calculation in US dollars of the future damage that might be done by the emission of one metric ton of carbon dioxide as greenhouse gas levels soar

[continue reading…]






What Role For Transformation in Climate Adaptation?

Apr 16th, 2014 | By
604




Reuters: Transformation is a word we use so often in our daily lives that it seems strange to stop and think about what it really means. But in adaptation circles, the definition and role of transformation has recently become a hot topic of conversation, in part because transformational change was an important theme of the recent IPCC Fifth

[continue reading…]






IPCC Findings: Create ‘Age Of Renewables’, Or Pay Higher Price Later

Apr 16th, 2014 | By
ipcc_wgiii




The latest report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), released Sunday in Berlin, shows that humanity still has time to solve the global crisis of global warming and climate change, but only if governments and industry are finally forced to make the political and financial decisions that will see the rapid reduction of CO2 emissions

[continue reading…]






seo packagespress release submissionsocial bookmarking services