Archive for July 2014

General Electric Invests in Wind Power in India as Part of $1bn Clean Energy Drive

Jul 31st, 2014 | By
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GE has partnered with Atria Power and is aiming for the three projects to produce a combined annual capacity of 126 megawatt (MW). The sites include a 25.6 MW project in the Ananthapur district of Andhra Pradesh, located on India’s south eastern coast line. Another site – at Betul district of Madhya Pradesh – will

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Hydropower Illuminates a Piece of History

Jul 31st, 2014 | By
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Climate News Network: Hydropower is making its return to one of the UK’s grand houses, which almost 140 years ago pioneered the use of water to provide electricity. A modern version of an ancient device, the Archimedes screw, has been installed at the Cragside mansion, in north-east England, to harness the power of a stream

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Crossroads in Climate Negotiations When Adaptation and Mitigation Meet in Bonn

Jul 31st, 2014 | By
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The June round of climate negotiations commenced with wide recognition amongst Parties of the need for deeper cuts in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and to be accelerating negotiations based on the outcomes of the 5thAssessment Report (AR5) released by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) this year. This session was the last opportunity for Parties to meet before

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UN Puts New Momentum Behind its Radical Green Agenda for ‘Climate Change’

Jul 31st, 2014 | By
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The United Nations is putting new momentum behind the radical green effort to reduce global carbon emissions and drastically reshape the world’s economy — a campaign that is wobbling badly due to international defections and the huge cost of cutting back economic growth in the name of controlling “climate change.” The world organization is doubling

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Carbon Pricing – Is it Inevitable, Profitable?

Jul 30th, 2014 | By
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Reuters: A dangerously warming planet is not just an environmental challenge – it is a fundamental threat to efforts to end poverty, and it threatens to put prosperity out of the reach of millions of people.  Read the recent Fifth Assessment Report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change if you need further evidence. If we agree it is

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Sahel Food Shortage as Studies Show Climate Risk to Crops

Jul 30th, 2014 | By
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The United Nations is appealing for funds to fight hunger in the drought-hit Sahel, as scientific studies highlight climate change threats to food production. Some US$100 million is needed to make 7.5 million vulnerable people in the African region more resilient against food insecurity, according to the UN. A call for donations in February brought

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New Seeds of Hope for Nepal’s Farmers

Jul 30th, 2014 | By
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Climate News Network: Farmers badly affected by changing weather patterns in South Asia now have the opportunity to improve food security by planting new varieties of rice capable of withstanding the impact of both severe droughts and floods. This is particularly good news for countries such as Nepal, where around 65% of its more than 26

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Smarter Urban Water: How Spain’s Zaragoza Learned to Use Less

Jul 30th, 2014 | By
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The Guardian: The drought, when it came two decades ago, was severe. As reservoirs across Spain dried up in the early 1990s, the number of forest fires soared, crops whittled and more than 11 million Spaniards faced water shortages. Scientists would go on to note that the five-year drought – the worst on record in the

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Path to Prosperity

Jul 30th, 2014 | By
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Republica: Building up on the successful visit of Indian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sushma Swaraj, Nepal should seek to enhance the country’s role as a land-bridge between India and China by proposing Trans-Himalayan Economic Corridors during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit. China’s emergence as the “Factory of the World” based on its focus on exporting labor-intensive

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UNEP Year Book 2014: Emerging Issues in Our Global Environment

Jul 29th, 2014 | By
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Ten years after the first Year Book in this series appeared, a special e-book anniversary edition – UNEP Year Book 2014 – presents a fresh look at ten issues highlighted over the past decade. This UNEP Year Book 2014 takes advantage of the latest technology, providing a multi-media experience that helps illustrate the environmental challenges

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Rising Heat Hits Indian Wheat Crop

Jul 29th, 2014 | By
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Climate News Network: Researchers in the UK have established a link between changing climate and agriculture that could have significant consequences for food supplies in South Asia. They have found evidence of a relationship between rising average temperatures in India and reduced wheat production, which was increasing until about a decade ago but has now stopped.

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At UN-backed Meeting, World’s Least Developed Countries Urge Partnerships to Boost Productive Capacity

Jul 29th, 2014 | By
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UN News Center: With the kick-off of the United Nations post-2015 sustainable development agenda fast approaching, ministers and senior Government officials from across the globe have gathered in Cotonou, Benin, today to discuss how to strengthen the world’s 48 least developed countries to produce more goods and trade in international markets more efficiently. “The conference is

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Human-induced Water Vapour Next Climate Threat

Jul 29th, 2014 | By
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IANS: The rising levels of water vapour in the upper troposphere – a key amplifier of global warming – owing to greenhouse gases will intensify climate change impacts over the next decades, scientists said. “The study is the first to confirm that human activities have increased water vapour in the upper troposphere,” said Brian Soden, professor

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Why are Indigenous People Sidelined at UN Climate Talks?

Jul 29th, 2014 | By
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Indigenous people are one of the most vulnerable groups to the impacts of climate change. They stand to lose so much because, as well as relying on the natural environment and biodiversity for their livelihoods (often in fragile ecosystems), their entire worldview or ‘cosmo-vision’ is intertwined with and based on complex interactions with nature and the environment.

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New Zealand’s ‘Dramatic’ Ice Loss Could Lead to Severe Decline of Glaciers

Jul 29th, 2014 | By
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The Guardian: New Zealand’s vast Southern Alps mountain range has lost a third of its permanent snow and ice over the past four decades, diminishing some of the country’s most spectacular glaciers, new research has found. A study of aerial surveys conducted by the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (Niwa) discovered that the Southern Alps’ ice

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To Cut Carbon Emissions, Give Communities Rights to Forest Land

Jul 29th, 2014 | By
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(Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Giving forest communities secure rights to their land is an effective but underused way to limit carbon emissions from deforestation, a report showed on Thursday. Communities are far more likely to stop trees being cut down than governments or business, found the research issued by the World Resources Institute (WRI), a U.S.-based research

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Why the IPCC Exaggerates Greenhouse Warming of the Oceans by at Least 2.5 Times

Jul 29th, 2014 | By




A new paper finds the deep oceans have cooled contrary to alarmist claims of deep ocean warming by Trenberth’s “missing heat” from carbon dioxide. Trenberth’s theory, one of at least 14 excuses for the ~18 year ‘pause’ of global warming, now appears to be dead in the water. Data from the new paper can be used to derive that the world’s oceans have warmed

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Change Agents

Jul 29th, 2014 | By




Climate change, researchers at Stanford University and the US National Center for Atmospheric Research claim, would cause a massive drop in food crop yields over the next 20 years. A study by these scientists finds that the odds of a reduction in production of foodgrains are 20 times greater than the odds of such an

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The Debate of Climate Change

Jul 29th, 2014 | By
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Shafaat Rasool’s article “Climate Change and Kashmir’s Water Security” was an excellent read. Mr. Shafat highlighted how climate change is altering our water resources, especially glaciers. However, there is another aspect that needs to be addressed. A couple of research studies on glaciers cannot become baseline for predicting the ground situation. In recent times, it

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UNEP and Japan Announced Partnership to Tackle Air Pollution in Asia and the Pacific

Jul 27th, 2014 | By
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The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and Japan have announced a new partnership to tackle air pollution in Asia and the Pacific with 70 per cent of the estimated seven million air pollution-related premature deaths each year occurring in the region. The Asia Pacific Clean Air Partnership is an initiative launched by the UNEP Regional

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Data Adds to Confusion Over Polar Sea Ice

Jul 27th, 2014 | By
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Climate News Network: Scientists believe they may have found explanations for two inconsistencies in their understanding of global warming. One cause for head scratching is in the Antarctic, where the sea ice seems to be getting bigger when it ought to be shrinking, and another has been the apparent slowdown overall in the rate of global

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When Not a Drop is Left

Jul 27th, 2014 | By




Climate change is the biggest threat the planet faces today, with the resources of the entire world getting affected. Water, the world’s largest natural resource, faces multiple threats as increasing temperatures lead to the melting of glaciers at a faster pace, causing mass-scale floods, devastating our plains and displacing millions of people. Climate change cannot

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India Wants Upscaling of Ambition in Kyoto Protocol Period

Jul 27th, 2014 | By




Press Trust of India: India today emphasised the need for immediate upscaling of ambition in the Kyoto Protocol second Commitment period and its early ratification by all Kyoto Protocol Parties. It is the urgent need of the hour, Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said during his meeting with UK Secretary of State for Energy and Climate

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UNEP and Climate Action Extend Partnership Ahead of 2015 Climate Talks

Jul 27th, 2014 | By
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For the last seven years, the London-based Climate Action has worked with UNEP to build cooperation between the public and private sectors in tackling climate change. By extending this contract beyond 2015, the two organisations hope they can build momentum ahead of next year’s crucial UN negotiations in Paris. It is hoped that world leaders

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Desecration of Environment has Made Uttarakhand Prone to Floods, Landslides

Jul 27th, 2014 | By
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It is clear that tampering with the state’s fragile ecology has led to the devastation. The India State of Forest Report (ISFR) 2013 shows how the new state’s eagerness to catch up with Himachal Pradesh, its better-off neighbour, in terms of development, has exposed it to nature’s fury. Uttarakhand is the only state in the

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Concerns Over carbon Emissions From Burning Wood

Jul 26th, 2014 | By
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BBC News: UK taxpayers subsidise energy firms to burn wood to meet EU renewables targets. But the report from the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) shows sometimes much bigger carbon savings would be achieved by leaving the wood in the forests. This suggests power firms may be winning subsidies for inadvertently making climate change

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Private Sector and Civil Society Declaration on Tackling Deforestation and Forest Degradation & Sustainable Management of Forests

Jul 26th, 2014 | By




Tackling deforestation must be a key component of an effective and comprehensive global agreement if dangerous climate change is to be avoided and global warming kept below 2 degrees Celsius. Supporting the sustainable use of forests is also a key component of securing livelihoods and value chains for communities and corporations worldwide, and is vital for

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Landmark Climate Change Project Launched in Sri Lanka

Jul 25th, 2014 | By
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Economic Development Ministry and UNDP Sri Lanka on Wednesday (23) marked the official launch of its project under the Environmental Sustainability and Disaster Resilience Program, ‘Strengthening the Resilience of Post Conflict Recovery and Development to Climate Change Risks in Sri Lanka’. The occasion was graced by Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa, Resident Representative a.i., UNDP

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Global Warming: Who Will Do the Dishes?

Jul 25th, 2014 | By




Times News Network: The problems that will affect future generations have roots in the actions we take today. Whether we keep exploiting our environment or turn towards sustainable development, it will have an effect on the environmental legacy that future generations receive. An ethical decision or the lack of it can turn the tide on future

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Climate Change and Kashmir’s Water Security

Jul 25th, 2014 | By
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As blood is to body, water is to life. Have we ever contemplated from where the water comes to the tap in our kitchens and bathrooms? Have we pondered that there is a direct link between our tap and some glacier high on the mountains somewhere around Pahalgam or Sonamarg. If something untoward happens to

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Climate Data Shows Clear Signs of Warming

Jul 24th, 2014 | By
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Climate News Network: owever you view the evidence, whatever set of measurements you examine, the picture that emerges is consistent: the Earth is heating up. The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reports: “In 2013, the vast majority of worldwide climate indicators − greenhouse gases, sea levels, global temperatures, etc − continued to reflect trends of a

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Brazil Could Meet all Its Food Demand by 2040 Without Cutting Down Another Tree

Jul 24th, 2014 | By
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Better utilization of its vast areas of pasturelands could enable Brazil to dramatically boost agricultural production without the need to clear another hectare of Amazon rainforest, cerrado, or Atlantic forest, argues a new study published in the journal Global Environmental Change. Modeling agricultural yield potential, Brazilian researchers from the International Institute for Sustainability, Brazil’s agricultural research

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Efforts on to Monitor Himalayan Glaciers

Jul 24th, 2014 | By




IANS: Efforts are underway for the regular monitoring of the dynamics and climate studies of Himalayan glaciers, minister of state for science and technology Jitendra Singh said on Wednesday. “Efforts are underway for regular monitoring of glacier dynamics, snow and glacier melting, geometrical changes and climate studies of the Himalayan glaciers,” Jitendra Singh said in reply

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Temperature Rise Affecting India’s Wheat Production: Study

Jul 24th, 2014 | By
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IANS: The recent rise in temperatures is taking a toll on India’s wheat production, an alarming study by geographers at the University of Southampton in Britain said. A rise in night time temperatures is negatively affecting crop yield the most, the findings showed. “Our findings highlight the vulnerability of India’s wheat production system to temperature rise,

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Deep Decarbonising Can Still Happen

Jul 24th, 2014 | By
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The UN’s inspirational vision for climate change control is one that each and every one of us can share, says May East Take a deep breath. Take a deep breath and be aware of what you are breathing. For the first time in human history we are the first humans to breathe 400 parts per

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‘Pakistan Lags Behind in Efforts to Curb Climate Change’

Jul 24th, 2014 | By




Dawn: Experts believe that Pakistan’s efforts towards preventing climate change are insufficient, which can translate into grave challenges for the economy, development and even the national security of the country. Addressing a seminar organised by Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) on climate change and its various dimensions in a global political economy on Wednesday, the speakers

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Efforts on to Monitor Himalayan Glaciers

Jul 23rd, 2014 | By
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IANS: Efforts are underway for the regular monitoring of the dynamics and climate studies of Himalayan glaciers, minister of state for science and technology Jitendra Singh said on Wednesday. “Efforts are underway for regular monitoring of glacier dynamics, snow and glacier melting, geometrical changes and climate studies of the Himalayan glaciers,” Jitendra Singh said in reply

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Melting Glaciers Giving Rise to New Lakes in Himachal Pradesh

Jul 23rd, 2014 | By




Times News Network: Melting of glaciers is resulting in the formation of smaller lakes in the high hills of Himachal Pradesh and is posing threat to the population living downstream. A recent visit to in Chokhang area of Lahaul-Spiti by MLA Ravi Thakur along with forest officials had revealed that around 6-7 smaller lakes have come

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Loss and Damage: UN Receives New Climate Compensation Plans

Jul 23rd, 2014 | By
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Over the next two years, countries will draw up a framework that will shape the responses of the poorest countries to climate-caused catastrophes. This process is a crucial one for vulnerable nations, as it will essentially shape how equipped they are to deal with more hurricanes, rising sea levels, floods and heatwaves – some of

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UNEP and Climate Action Renew Partnership in Run Up to Paris 2015

Jul 23rd, 2014 | By
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The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and Climate Action today announced a two year renewal of their ongoing partnership, building on over seven years of collaboration to increase awareness of climate change issues within the private sector. In the run up to COP 21 in Paris 2015 (where a binding climate agreement is expected) and

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Win-win Way to Aid Food Security and Climate

Jul 23rd, 2014 | By
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Climate News Network: Imagine being able to contain greenhouse gas emissions, make fertilizer use more efficient, keep water waste to a minimum, and put food on the table for the 10 billion people crowded into the planet’s cities, towns and villages by the end of the century. An impossible dream? Not according to Paul West, co-director

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Temperature of Pakistan

Jul 23rd, 2014 | By




Climate change is badly affecting the poor rural population and the environment. According to media reports, the world is getting warmer as green house gases reach historic highs and arctic seas ice melts, making 2013 one of the hottest years on record. Global temperatures during 2013 were among the warmest on record world-wide according to

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Training Modules Launched for Climate Compatible Construction in India

Jul 23rd, 2014 | By
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The construction sector is an important driver of growth in the Indian economy and contributor to employment. It also plays a vital and complicated role in efforts to tackle climate change. The sector emits about 22 per cent of India’s total annual CO2 emissions, which is expected to increase as the population grows. At the same time, buildings

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June 2014 was Hottest on Record Since 1880 – NOAA

Jul 22nd, 2014 | By
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The combined average temperature over land and sea was 0.72C (1.30F) above the 20th century average of 15.5C (59.9F), said  the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The data also revealed that every major ocean basin has heated, 0.64C (1.15F) above the 20th century average of 16.4C (61.5F). New temperature highs were recorded on every

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Meet India’s Widows of Climate Change

Jul 22nd, 2014 | By
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There is no good time to ask someone to relive a catastrophic flood. But a rainy day is the worst. It is early morning and Deoli-Benigram, a charming village sprawled over an eastern Himalayan peak, is drenched. It has been raining since the previous evening — a persistent drizzle that shows no sign of stopping.

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Nepal to Generate Energy From its Holy River, Bagmati

Jul 22nd, 2014 | By




(Xinhua) — The Nepal government is gearing up towards generating hydropower energy from Bagmati River, one of its most reverent and religiously significant river, officials said on Sunday. The decision was made as part of the government’s plan to end power crisis within three years. Nepal’s Energy Ministry has already announced to utilize all of

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The G20 Has the Muscle to Fight Climate Change

Jul 22nd, 2014 | By




The time is right to place climate change at centre stage of the 2014 G20 leaders-group meeting in Australia. The G20 has a record of leadership on the international climate change agenda. With the world working toward a critical meeting of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Paris in December 2015,

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Pakistan Ranked Eighth Most Vulnerable Country in the World

Jul 22nd, 2014 | By




Speakers at a consultative seminar on ‘Climate Risks and its Impacts on Markets and Growth: The Case of Pakistan’ has called for an immediate induction of social protection to help the country sustain and transit towards more eco-friendly approaches as Pakistan is ranked as the eighth most vulnerable country in the world to climate change.

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Montreal Protocol Parties Discuss Issues Related to the Protection of the Ozone Layer

Jul 21st, 2014 | By
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UNEP News Center: The 197 Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer discussed various issues regarding the protection of the earth’s fragile ozone layer, during the 34th Meeting of the Open-Ended Working Group of the Parties, conducted from 14 to 18 July in Paris, France. The Parties considered the appropriate funding

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Great Barrier Reef ‘in Worst State Since Records Began’

Jul 21st, 2014 | By
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The Guardian: The Great Barrier Reef is in the worst state it’s been in since records began and will be “pretty ugly” within 40 years, Australian scientists say. A Senate committee is investigating how the Australian and Queensland governments have managed the reef, with Unesco to decide next year whether to list it as a world

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Climate Models Accurately Predicted Global Warming When Reflecting Natural Ocean Cycles

Jul 21st, 2014 | By
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Predicting global surface temperature changes in the short-term is a challenge for climate models. Temperature changes over periods of a decade or two can be dominated by influences from ocean cycles like El Niño and La Niña. During El Niño phases, the oceans absorb less heat, leaving more to warm the atmosphere, and the opposite

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Himalayan Geothermal Potential Untapped

Jul 21st, 2014 | By
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SciDev.Net: Thousands of megawatts of geothermal energy remain locked up in the Himalayas because of environmental considerations and lack of investment in research, say international geologists. “I hope lessons from elsewhere in the world can help harness these resources in the Himalayas,” Geo Moore, a geologist at the Energy and Geosciences Institute, University of Utah, told a conference on sustainable resource

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Combat Global Warming by Taxing Carbon

Jul 21st, 2014 | By




This month, energy experts from the United States, China, and 13 other nations released a report to the United Nations called “Pathways to Deep Decarbonization” offering practical paths for transitioning their countries away from fossil fuels. This is a response to the message relentlessly championed by the world’s climate scientists: Stop burning things that release

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The Millennium Development Goals Report 2014

Jul 20th, 2014 | By
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The new Millennium Development Goals Report 2014 examines the latest progress made towards achieving the MDGs. It shows that millions of people’s lives have improved due to concerted global, regional, national and local efforts to achieve the MDGs, which serve as the foundation for the next global development agenda. The Report was released in India

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It’s the Greenhouse Gases, Stupid!

Jul 20th, 2014 | By
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Climate News Network: Australia, one of the world’s principal emitters of carbon dioxide, has voted to cancel its carbon tax in what has been described as “the perfect storm of stupidity”. The decision had cross-party support in the Senate vote, passing by 39 votes to 32, with only the Labor and Green parties voting against repealing

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Will Unprepared Countries be Able to Survive the Forthcoming Tragedies?

Jul 20th, 2014 | By
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Extreme weather and other natural calamities do not have to claim tens of thousands of lives and millions in damages. The extent of damage does not only depend on the magnitude or frequency of disasters but also on a population’s vulnerability. The – 2014 Global Climate Risk Index by Germanwatch showed that poor and developing countries are

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Sustainable Development: An Agenda for India

Jul 20th, 2014 | By




Over the next 18 months, the world is set to witness three major international events that could be potentially game-changing in efforts aimed at addressing global warming. The first would be the UN Summit next September revolving around the post 2015 development agenda; the second would be centered on the climate negotiations, which are supposed

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Knowledge Amid a Changing Climate

Jul 20th, 2014 | By




There are three main choices: People can try to adapt to climate change, prevent it or deny it. Denial has so far mostly been the province of certain politicians and their moneymen, leaving everybody else to find ways to deal with the impact of the rising seas. A group of scientists from the Virginia Institute

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China and US Boost Search for CCS Solution

Jul 18th, 2014 | By
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For years, the energy companies have been telling us not to worry. Yes, mounting carbon emissions threaten to heat up the world – but technology, particularly carbon capture and storage (CCS), will come to the rescue. The trouble is that there’s been plenty of talk about CCS and little action, with few projects being implemented

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‘Will Use Bio-diversity Act to Enforce Nagoya Protocol in India’

Jul 18th, 2014 | By




Press Trust of India: The Nagoya Protocol, which is a crucial feature of global attempts at conserving biodiversity, will be implemented inIndia through the Biological Diversity Act, Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar told Rajya Sabha today. Making a suo motu statement in the Upper House a day after he told Lok Sabha that the Protocol has received the required 50th instrument of

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