Archive for August 2014

Warming Aids Arctic Economies But far Short of ‘Cold Rush’

Aug 31st, 2014 | By
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(Reuters) – Climate change is aiding shipping, fisheries and tourism in the Arctic but the economic gains fall short of a “cold rush” for an icy region where temperatures are rising twice as fast as the world average. A first cruise ship will travel the icy Northwest Passage north of Canada in 2016, Iceland has unilaterally set

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Countries Need an Incentive to Bid Ambitious Climate Plans

Aug 31st, 2014 | By
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Instead negotiators are focusing on a “bottom-up” approach based on nationally determined contributions  (NDCs). That means each country decides what it is willing to do as part of the global effort to fight climate change. The toughest problem is how to bridge the gap, expected to be massive, between the contributions that each country is willing to

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Climate Change: Bhutan Farms Face Growing Dangers

Aug 31st, 2014 | By
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One of the most picturesque scenes from Bhutan is that of the snow-fed Phochu (male river) and Mochu (female river) merging to form the Punatsangchu. Thousands of padi farmers live in the fertile Punakha-Wangdue Phodrang valley, the rice bowl of western Bhutan. The peaceful, rustic image it presents is postcard pretty, but it also belies

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Israeli Envoy Stresses on Agriculture Development

Aug 31st, 2014 | By




The Himalayan Times: Newly appointed Ambassador of Israel to Nepal Yaron Mayer has said that economic progress of any country is possible through the development of agriculture and suggested Nepal to mobilise youth farmers for increasing agro production and productivity.Addressing an orientation programme for youth students selected for 10-month training under the Agricultural Trainee Programme jointly

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Knowledge is Power: Measuring Knowledge to Assess Adaptive Capacity

Aug 31st, 2014 | By




Climate change and its effects – swollen seas, stronger storms, saltier soil – have already disrupted thousands of lives across Bangladesh. Preventing widespread and lasting damage remains a top priority, but significant changes to the country’s climate and geography may be inevitable. Our ability to adapt to those changes – to ready ourselves for the

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Food Security Faces Growing Pest Advance

Aug 29th, 2014 | By
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Climate News Network: Coming soon to a farm near you: just about every possible type of pest that could take advantage of the ripening harvest in the nearby fields. By 2050, according to new research in the journal Global Ecology and Biogeography, those opportunistic viruses, bacteria, fungi, blights, mildews, rusts, beetles, nematodes, flies, mites, spiders and caterpillars

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Help Small Island States Win Their Battle Against Climate Change

Aug 29th, 2014 | By
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The Guardian: Many of the planet’s most prized destinations, places considered exquisite and idyllic, where nature seems bountiful and people appear at ease, are under threat. In less than a decade, climate change-induced sea level rise could force thousands of people to migrate from some of the world’s 52 small island developing states (Sids). How

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Earth Systems: Model Human adaptation to Climate Change

Aug 29th, 2014 | By
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Nature: Current models of Earth’s climate capture physical and biophysical processes. But the planet has entered a new state: humans are adapting to, as well as causing, environmental changes. This major feedback must be modelled. Projections of the future climate based on simple economic narratives — from cuts in greenhouse-gas emissions to unmitigated growth — are

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“Mountain People Unaware of Climate Change”

Aug 29th, 2014 | By
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Republica: Mountain communities are unaware of and unconvinced about climate change that is posing threats to their lives and livelihood, said the first three Nepali women to successfully climb K2, the world´s second highest and most difficult mountain.Pasang Lhamu Sherpa, Maya Sherpa and Dawa Yangzum Sherpa, who set the record of being the first Nepali women

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‘3for2’ Concept in Singapore Signals New Phase in Green Building

Aug 28th, 2014 | By
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Singapore-ETH Centre Future Cities Laboratory (SEC FCL) and the United World College South East Asia (UWCSEA) have formed a new partnership and are looking to develop the first commercial project to use the new concept ‘3for2’. The concept enables developers to construct three floors in the space normally occupied by two, through the use of

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Committed Carbon Emissions are Rising Fast

Aug 28th, 2014 | By
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Challenging news for those climate campaigners who believe that renewable sources of energy are on the increase: they may be, but so are carbon dioxide emissions. Steven Davis of the University of California, Irvine and Robert Socolow of Princeton University in the US report in the journal Environmental Research Letters that existing power plants will emit 300 billion tons of

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Dams Versus Rivers – the Global Battle

Aug 28th, 2014 | By
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International Rivers has launched ‘The State of the World’s Rivers’, an interactive online database that illustrates the role that dams have played in impoverishing the health of the world’s river basins. The database shows how river fragmentation due to decades of dam-building is highly correlated with poor water quality and low biodiversity. Many of the

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Learning From Communities: Natural Resource Management and Climate Change Adaptation Best Practices

Aug 28th, 2014 | By
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Climate change impacts are likely to hit Africa, especially the vulnerable population, hard. In arid and semi-arid regions in East and Southern Africa, it is projected to produce a rise in crop failures, stress on livestock and inland fisheries, pest and disease outbreaks and the degradation of land and water resources. The climatic context for

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Do Not Delay

Aug 28th, 2014 | By




The Himalayan Times: Almost every year disasters take place due to floods and landslides during the monsoon killing hundreds, displacing thousands and destroying properties worth millions of rupees in Nepal. However, we find that the response of the government in providing relief to the affected is often too little and very late. The government clearly stands

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Climate Change and Underground Water: A Need to Link Science With People

Aug 27th, 2014 | By




Huffingtonpost: Water is life, however the way it is being used by humans and the scientific facts which informs how it is being diminished is no doubt a mystery for common people in Pakistan to be aware of. This is evident from the example of Rawalpindi city of Pakistan! Let’s see how this mystery prevails.

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Irreversible Damage Seen From Climate Change in UN Leak

Aug 27th, 2014 | By
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Humans risk causing irreversible and widespread damage to the planet unless there’s faster action to limit the fossil fuel emissions blamed for climate change, according to a leaked draft United Nations report. Global warming already is affecting “all continents and across the oceans,” and further pollution from heat-trapping gases will raise the likelihood of “severe,

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Climate Crisis Connects Us, Climate Justice Demands Unity

Aug 27th, 2014 | By
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What do rigged corporate trade agreements like the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Paris Treaty, an international climate agreement to be signed in 2015, have in common? They are both tools being pushed by the power elite to rip away our hopes for democracy and to commodify all things to monetize them for profit. It is

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Africa: Higher Profile for Climate Change in New SDGs

Aug 27th, 2014 | By




Following months of lobbying by poor island states and NGOs, action on climate change is to be a stand-alone goal among the 17 newly agreed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs, a successor to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) which expire at the end of 2015, are to be formally adopted at the 69th session

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Clegg and Davey Aim to Help Put Clean Tech on Front Foot in India

Aug 27th, 2014 | By
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Deputy prime minister Nick Clegg has told India’s new prime minister that he is keen to drive UK investment in India’s emerging green economy to tackle climate change and other environmental challenges the country faces. On a trade delegation to India yesterday, Clegg and UK energy and climate secretary Ed Davey met with India’s recently

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Think Tanks Seek Synergies in Methodologies to Address Climate Change Concerns

Aug 27th, 2014 | By




Think Tank from across South Asia are working aggressively to address the various issues which are evolving on the climate change front and how societies can adapt to this mercurial situation. Three think tanks – Center for Science Technology and Policy (CSTEP), Public Affairs Centre (PAC) and Institute for Social and Environmental Transition, Nepal recently completed a project

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6 Ways Climate Change Threatens Health – and One Way it Probably Doesn’t

Aug 26th, 2014 | By
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And while global warming may mean fewer cold-related deaths in some parts of the world, it is also set to spread exotic diseases to new areas. A major study in the Lancet described climate change as “the biggest global health threat of the 21st century”. The World Health Organization is hosting a global conference on the links between climate

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U.N. Conference Set to Bypass Climate Change Refugees

Aug 26th, 2014 | By
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An international conference on small island developing states (SIDS), scheduled to take place in Samoa next week, will bypass a politically sensitive issue: a proposal to create a new category of “environmental refugees” fleeing tiny island nations threatened by rising seas. “It’s not on the final declaration called the outcome document,” a SIDS diplomat told

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Nepal at Risk as More Extreme Weather Events Loom

Aug 26th, 2014 | By
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Republica: The inhabitants of Surkhet, a district in Nepal´s mid-western region, were recently struck by what was arguably the worst flooding in living memory. The death toll from the Surkhet flood, caused by the downpour that continued for two days in the second week of August, has reached 33, excluding 99 people still missing and thereby feared

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Majority of Glacial Melting Manmade

Aug 26th, 2014 | By
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More than two-thirds of the recent rapid melting of the world’s glaciers can be blamed on humans, a new study finds. Scientists looking at glacier melt since 1851 didn’t see a human fingerprint until about the middle of the 20th century. Even then only one-quarter of the warming wasn’t from natural causes. But since 1991,

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Climate Change: Adapt Now or Perish

Aug 26th, 2014 | By
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Climate change will sow confusion and concern as it unfolds across South Asia in coming decades. Home to a quarter of the world’s population, this vast region will be hit harder than just about anywhere else. Sudden flooding, storms, droughts and other hazards will upend lives, livelihoods, and economies. As this grim future takes shape,

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Scientists Say World’s Primary Forests at Risk

Aug 25th, 2014 | By
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A new study by an international team of conservationist scientists has warned that only five percent of the world’s pre-agricultural primary forest cover is now found in protected areas. Warning about the precarious state of the primary forests, the study, which was published in the journal Conservation Letters, stresses on the importance of protecting these areas. “International

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Small Island States, Facing Rising Seas, Seek Economic Overhaul

Aug 25th, 2014 | By
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Reuters: Small island states facing a “frightening” rise in sea levels will seek investments in everything from solar energy to fisheries to boost their economies at a U.N. summit next week. Leaders will meet in Samoa in the Pacific from Sept. 1-4 to drum up partnerships with companies, development banks and donors on projects that bring in

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Heat Wave Offers Glimpse Into Climate Change

Aug 25th, 2014 | By
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An unprecedented marine heat wave that swept the Southeast Indian Ocean in 2011 has given FIU scientists a glimpse into the future of climate change. The heat wave caused the loss of more than 90 percent of the dominant seagrass in some regions of Shark Bay, Australia. Since seagrass meadows provide habitat for many ecologically

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‘Incredible’ Rate of Polar Ice Loss Alarms Scientists

Aug 25th, 2014 | By
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The Guardian: The planet’s two largest ice sheets – in Greenland and Antarctica – are now being depleted at an astonishing rate of 120 cubic miles each year. That is the discovery made by scientists using data from CryoSat-2, the European probe that has been measuring the thickness of Earth’s ice sheets and glaciers since it was launched by

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No Time to Lose

Aug 25th, 2014 | By
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Republica: In recent weeks, Nepal has confronted alarming floods and landslides. These extreme events have taken hundreds of lives and displaced thousands of others in Tarai and hills. The country continues to face heavy and erratic rainfall, signifying more risks ahead. The distorted monsoon pattern has left many people in a lurch. Given its topography, Nepal already

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Greater Political Imagination is Vital in Order to Face Climate Challenge

Aug 24th, 2014 | By
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Efforts to reduce global warming are gaining political ground at the international level, despite systematic resistance to change. This global dynamic should renew the economic and political debate in our countries. Finally, Obama has decided to put the brakes on domestic emissions from electric generation plants despite the resistance from said industry, Republicans and even

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What Would a Fair UN Climate Change Deal Look Like?

Aug 24th, 2014 | By
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The problem comes when you ask negotiators or civil society representatives what that actually means. What, using UN parlance, does an equitable solution to prevent dangerous levels of global warming look like on a country-by-country level? Policy wonks will talk of historical responsibility, climate justice, the right to development, political will and economic capacity. This

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Pre-history Proof of Climate’s See-saw Sensitivity

Aug 24th, 2014 | By
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Climate News Network: It doesn’t take much to change a planet’s climate – just a little shift in the Northern hemisphere glacial ice sheet and a bit more carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. After that, the response is rapid. The tropical rain belt moves north and the southern hemisphere cools a bit, in some sort of

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Nepal, Maldives & Bhutan Could Lose Around 2% G.D.P. Due to Climate Change – A.D.B. Report

Aug 24th, 2014 | By
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Nepal, the Maldives, and Bhutan could be looking at economic losses of around 2 percent of their annual gross domestic product by 2050 due to climate change, according to Asian Development Bank report. The recently released A.D.B. report, titled “Assessing the Costs of Climate Change and Adaptation in South Asia,” found that Nepal, the Maldives,

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Mountain Communities Form Climate Alliance

Aug 24th, 2014 | By




The Himalayan Times: Mountain communities in Nepal have joined hands to save mountain ecosystem which is more vulnerable to the adverse impacts of climate change.Formally announcing a 17-member ‘Climate Alliance of Himalayan Communities’, its chairman Ang Tshering Sherpa said that there was an urgent need to aware local communities of Himalaya region about the impacts

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Atlantic Depths May Hold Key to Heat Hiatus

Aug 23rd, 2014 | By
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Climate News Network: For years, researchers have puzzled over the temperature rises that haven’t happened – but scientists in China and the US believe they have cracked the mystery of the missing heat. While calculations indicate that global average temperatures should be rising predictably, the planetary thermometers tell a different story. But now Xianyao Chen, an

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UN Expects Upcoming Samoa Small Island Conference to Generate Vital Partnerships

Aug 22nd, 2014 | By
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UNEP News Center: The United Nations expects over 300 initiatives to be announced two weeks from now at a major world conference aimed at fostering partnerships with small island developing States, a top UN organizing official today said. Speaking to reporters in New York before he leaves for the Samoan capital, Apia, the Conference’s Secretary-General,

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How Climate Change Will Alter Life in India in 2030: Hotter Weather, More Dengue

Aug 22nd, 2014 | By
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Monsoon floods over the past couple of weeks have killed at least 28 people in north India, more than a 100 in Nepal and displaced thousands of people living in the region.  And in coming years, climate change is only going to make water-related hazards in the Himalayas much worse, the latest Asian Development Bank report

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World’s Largest Ice Sheets Melting At Fastest Rate Ever Recorded

Aug 22nd, 2014 | By
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The Huffington Post: Greenland and Antarctica are home to the two largest ice sheets in the world, and a new report released Wednesday says that they are contributing to sea level rise twice as much as they were just five years ago. Using the European Space Agency’s CryoSat 2 satellite, the Alfred Wegener Institute from

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Atlantic Heat Sink Explains Global Warming “Pause” – Study

Aug 22nd, 2014 | By
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Seized on by climate sceptics as proof the whole thing is a hoax, the global warming “pause” has many possible explanations. The latest data analysis locates most of that missing heat deep in the Atlantic Ocean. While average surface temperatures hold steady, deep seawater is warming up. Scientists at the University of Washington (UW) and

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Building REDD+ Expertise to Address Climate Change Challenges

Aug 22nd, 2014 | By
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UNEP News Center: While significant efforts are underway to better understand the role that forests play in climate change, the field of study remains relatively new. This is especially true when considering the complex policy, governance and technical requirements associated with managing climate change mitigation services provided by forests. Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation

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Tibet Facing Double Environmental Disasters

Aug 21st, 2014 | By
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Tibet is facing a double-whammy of disasters. China’s western so-called autonomous region is getting warmer and wetter, just as rampant population growth is creating pollution problems. The combination threatens to destroy fragile ecosystems and disrupt life for billions of people across Asia, according to a new environmental assessment by Chinese and Tibetan researchers. “It’s an environmental menace,”

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Future Crop Production Threatened by Extreme Heat

Aug 21st, 2014 | By
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Climate change impacts on crop production are complex and diverse. Their assessment is challenging as the impacts result from a variety of biotic and abiotic stressors (and their interactions), diverse crop responses to stress, as well as farmers’ management adaptations made in response to changing socio-economic and climatic conditions. Further, farmers’ adaptations produce their own

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Crack in the House is Widening

Aug 21st, 2014 | By




A crack in a house’s foundation, if not repaired, can continue to grow, ultimately destabilizing the structure and rendering it uninhabitable. Its occupants must then move to another home. But the world’s population cannot move somewhere else. Houses, while not cheap, are replaceable; our planet is not.Climate change, as we have known for years, is

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Forests in a Changing Climate: A Sourcebook for Integrating REDD+ into Academic Programmes

Aug 20th, 2014 | By
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‘Forests in a Changing Climate: Sourcebook for REDD+’ is designed to give an overview of the key topics related to forests and climate change, under the overarching and evolving REDD+ narrative. The purpose is to facilitate the integration of this new knowledge domain into multi-disciplinary University programmes. The sourcebook provides case studies and detailed references

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Antarctic Warming Could Accelerate Sea Level Rise

Aug 20th, 2014 | By
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Climate News Network: The effect of climate change on the world’s two polar regions looks like a stark contrast: the Arctic is warming faster than most of the rest of the Earth, while most of Antarctica appears to remain reassuringly locked in a frigid embrace. But an international scientific team says the reality is quite

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Tackling Climate Change as a Single SDG Could Backfire

Aug 20th, 2014 | By
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SciDev.Net: Climate change is a major challenge — and it sits among many other major challenges targeted by the post-2015 development goals.Biodiversity, health, education, energy and others influence and are influenced by climate change. So goals about them will also mean action on climate change. Development goals that focus on the root causes of sustainability challenges bring people together; they also minimise the

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Scientists Find “Unambiguous” Proof of Global Warming

Aug 20th, 2014 | By
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This isn’t local but its effects affect us all. The information was sent to us by Trent University. Dr. Graham Cogley, professor of geography at Trent University, and an international team of scientists led by Dr. Ben Marzeion, of the University of Innsbruck, have found unambiguous evidence for an increase in the loss of glacier

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Climate Change Poses Grave Risk to Nepal’s Economy: ADB

Aug 20th, 2014 | By




Republica: Climate change-driven events like melting glaciers pose a grave risk to Nepal’s economy and could cause losses equal to almost 10 percent of the country’s annual gross domestic product (GDP) by 2100, according to a report by Asian Development Bank (ADB).Without changes to current global behavior, Nepal would see economic losses equivalent to up to

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South Asia’s Growth to Fall 9% by 2100 Thanks to Climate Change: ADB

Aug 20th, 2014 | By
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Climate change will cut South Asia’s growth almost 9 percent by the end of the century unless world governments try harder to counter global warming, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) said on Tuesday. The region is home to a fifth of the world’s population and is already vulnerable to climate extremes: seasonal floods, cyclones and

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Arctic Warming Blamed for Dangerous Heat Waves

Aug 18th, 2014 | By
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Climate News Network: Few people have heard of Rossby waves and even less understand them, but if you are sweltering in an uncomfortably long heat wave, then they could be to blame. New discoveries about what is going on in the atmosphere are helping to explain why heat waves are lasting longer and causing serious

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Glacial Melting: Data-sharing Needed to Mitigate Disasters

Aug 18th, 2014 | By
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Tribune: Standing on a cliff, he pointed down at the Hopar Glacier, more than a thousand metres below, its surface covered by massive boulders it had swept out of its way as it carved a valley through the Karakoram Mountains. In the distance rises Mt Spantik, the snow-covered, 7,027 metre-high confluence of five major glaciers, including

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IPCC Warns of massive Climate Changes

Aug 18th, 2014 | By
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The latest IPCC report warns that the major greenhouse gas emissions should be cut during the next 15 years or the planet will face catastrophic climate changes. Environment experts have also suggested a solution that can make emissions come down and through which even economy can be improved at the same time. A carbon pollution fee on fossil fuels that returns that

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28 States Prepare Climate Action Plans

Aug 18th, 2014 | By




The Hindu: An analysis of state action plans to combat climate change reveal a lack of innovative approaches and a high variation in budgets apart from the fact that many did not move ahead from the business as usual scenario. However, the exercise by 28 Indian states is one of the largest sub-national action plans in

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Climate Change Made Classic Civilisations to Collapse

Aug 18th, 2014 | By
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In barely six months since a group of scientists and archaeologists found that the Indus Valley Civilization had collapsed due to monsoon hiatus that resulted in prolonged drought, a new study came out with evidences confirming that the ancient civilisation of Mesopotamia too had collapsed due to years of drought resulted by climate change. A

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Human Factor Speeds up Glacial Melting

Aug 18th, 2014 | By
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Climate News Network: The impact of human activity is melting the glaciers in the world’s mountain regions, and is doing so at an accelerating rate. Ben Marzeion, a climate scientist at the University of Innsbruck’s Institute of Meteorology and Geophysics, Austria, reports with colleagues in the journal Science that they used computer models to simulate changes in the world’s

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China’s Environmental Woes Inspire Art

Aug 15th, 2014 | By
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The Guardian: A dilapidated wooden fishing boat laden down with animals who are just skin and bone, a sort of dystopian Noah’s ark trying to escape the end of the earth and an empty city devoid of human life that has been overtaken by nature. These nightmarish scenes are not science fiction but part of

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Tibet’s Glaciers at Their Warmest in 2,000 years: Report

Aug 15th, 2014 | By
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The Tibetan plateau, whose glaciers supply water to hundreds of millions of people in Asia, were warmer over the past 50 years than at any stage in the past two millennia, a Chinese newspaper said, citing an academic report. Temperatures and humidity are likely to continue to rise throughout this century, causing glaciers to retreat and

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Doing More on Climate

Aug 15th, 2014 | By




Climate change talks are poised at a critical stage before the Conference of Parties meets in Paris in 2015 to finalise a new treaty, and India’s alliances with developing countries assume significance at this point. Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar has been stressing on funds from the first world for the Green Climate Fund (GCF) and

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UNEP and DNV GL Announce Climate Change Partnership

Aug 15th, 2014 | By




Climate change mitigation The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and DNV GL have announced a new strategic partnership, designed to assist the Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN), hosted by UNEP, to improve access to climate change mitigation and adaptation technologies in developing countries. The Norwegian government will support the CTCN with NOK 60 million in

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