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Reducing Carbon Emissions: Increasing Forest Cover Nay Lead to Monetary Rewards

Nov 15th, 2013 | By
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Tribune: A national consultative meeting to discuss the mechanism — the United Nations Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation Plus (REDD+) — was held in Islamabad this week. Secretaries from all the provinces, federal government officials and representatives of nongovernment environmental organisations such as the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and International Union for the

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Why We’d be Mad to Rule Out Climate Engineering

Oct 9th, 2013 | By
Tests to see whether climate engineering work could see water droplets sprayed into the atmosphere.




The Guardian: If climate change continues then all options to lessen its impact, including geoengineering, must be considered as a last resort. The release of the report by the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) last month threw into stark relief the clear message on anthropogenic global warming and sounded the direst of warnings against our continued

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Bubble May Burst for Fossil Fuel Giants

Oct 7th, 2013 | By
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CNN: The giant corporations powering the fossil fuel industry are warned that they face a damaging backlash if they try to resist the mounting pressures of climate change legislation and high-profile campaigning The financial and economic muscle of the global fossil fuel industry’s corporate behemoths will not protect them from the costly effects of negative

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Himalayas Still Uphill For Climate Report

Oct 7th, 2013 | By
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BBC: Although the latest global update on climate change says the vast majority of glaciers worldwide have continued to shrink, scientists have admitted that the Himalayas remain an area where they still have very limited information. Glaciologists involved in the cryosphere chapter of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) first phase report, launched last week, said there

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Climate Change May Speed Up Forests’ Life Cycles

Sep 13th, 2013 | By
Trees in rainforests, such as these in the Ecuadorian Amazon, might end up absorbing as much carbon as they release because of global warming.




Science Daily: Many climate studies have predicted that tree species will respond to global warming by migrating via seed dispersal to cooler climates. But a new study of 65 different species in 31 eastern states finds evidence of a different, unexpected response. Nearly 80 percent of the species aren’t yet shifting their geographic distributions to

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Shimla Chosen For International Project To Lower Greenhouse Gases

Jun 12th, 2013 | By
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Times of India: The Queen of the Hills, as Shimla was fondly called by the British, has been shortlisted for a global project to lower greenhouse gas emissions on the pattern of European cities, a municipal official said. The Shimla Municipal Corporation is one of six Indian cities selected for implementing the “Promoting low emission

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Climate Models:Epic Failure or Spot on Consistent with Observed Warming?

Jun 11th, 2013 | By
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Global Warming: NASA scientist Roy Spencer recently posted on his Web site some startling graphs produced by John Christy, his colleague at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. The graph immediately below compares the linear-trend temperature projections of 73 climate models with the linear trend of observed temperatures for the bulk tropical atmosphere during 1979-2012. The 73 models are

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Green Warriors Turn To Engineering To Save The Earth

Jun 11th, 2013 | By
Global warming due to increased greenhouse gas emissions since the Industrial Revolution is a major global concern.




New Indian Express: The recent announcement by climate watchers that carbon dioxide level in the atmosphere has crossed a psychologically significant barrier of 400 parts per million raised all the intended alarm bells world over. In a field which has been continually consuming a lot of public attention, and where the public are fed bits

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The Climate Skeptism And 450 Threshold

Jun 11th, 2013 | By
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Antonio M. Claparols (Philippines): The recent news is that the 450-ppm threshold of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere will be a reality soon. Is this cause for global alarm? Yes, and it must be prevented from happening at all costs because it will raise global temperatures by 2 degrees Centigrade and lead to extreme droughts,

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Kumrose Now On Its Way To Become Nepal’s First Fossil-free Village

Jun 3rd, 2013 | By
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Bernama: The construction of biogas plants in Kumrose village, Chitwan district in central plains of Nepal will make it the first village in the country to be free of fossil-fuel and become environment-friendly, China’s Xinhua news agency reported. “We started with a pilot project. In the beginning 14 biogas plants were installed with donation. Once

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Plant Growth Surges As CO2 Levels Rise

Jun 3rd, 2013 | By
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CNN: New study predicts a big jump in foliage growth in arid regions as carbon dioxide levels increase. Australian scientists have solved one piece of the climate puzzle. They have confirmed the long-debated fertilization effect. Plants build their tissues by using photosynthesis to take carbon from the air around them. So more carbon dioxide should

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Centuries Old Frozen Plants Revived

May 30th, 2013 | By
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BBC: Plants that were frozen during the “Little Ice Age” centuries ago have been observed sprouting new growth, scientists say. Samples of 400-year-old plants known as bryophytes have flourished under laboratory conditions. Researchers say this back-from-the-dead trick has implications for how ecosystems recover from the planet’s cyclic long periods of ice coverage. The findings appear

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Mixed Views On Use Of Aerosols To Limit Climate Change

May 20th, 2013 | By
Injection of sulphate aerosols is designed to mimic the cooling effect of volcanic eruptions Source: NASA




PHYS: Few members of the UK public are comfortable with the idea of injecting aerosols high into the atmosphere to help slow down climate change, a study has found. People voiced concerns that this type of approach fails to address the basic problem of increasing greenhouse gas emissions. They are also nervous about any unintended

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Scientists Call For Action To Tackle CO2 Levels

May 20th, 2013 | By
The last time CO2 was regularly above 400ppm was three to five million years ago




BBC: Scientists are calling on world leaders to take action on climate change after carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere broke through a symbolic threshold. Daily CO2 readings at a US government agency lab on Hawaii have topped 400 parts per million for the first time. Sir Brian Hoskins, the head of climate change at

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Comprehensive Survey Of Scientific Consensus On Human Induced Global Warming

May 17th, 2013 | By
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EJNet: The most comprehensive survey of the scientific consensus on human-caused global warming ever done reveals a 97.1 per cent consensus. The research team surveyed the abstracts of over 12,000 scientific articles published between 1991 and 2011 on the subjects of “global climate change” or “global warming” to see to what extent they endorsed or

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Forests and Climate Change After Doha: An Asia-Pacific Perspective

May 17th, 2013 | By
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Over the past three years RECOFTC – The Center for People and Forests and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) have brought together regional experts to reflect on the outcomes of the 15th, 16th and 17th Conference of the Parties (COP) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The resulting booklets “Forests

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Urbanization And Surface Warming In Eastern China

May 15th, 2013 | By
This shows moving spatial anomalies of seasonal mean surface air temperature trends for three types of filtering window sizes (Ⅰ: 8°×8°, Ⅱ: 12°×12°, Ⅲ: 16°×16°) for (a) summer and (b) winter (Unit: °C per decade)..




Sciencecodex: A recent study indicated that the urbanization in eastern China has significant impact on the observed surface warming and the temporal-spatial variations of urbanization effect have been comprehensively detected. This work was led by YANG XiuQun, professor of meteorology in the Institute for Climate and Global Change Research, School of Atmospheric Sciences at Nanjing

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Dramatic Decline; Warning For Plants And Animals

May 15th, 2013 | By
In some regions, climate change could increase the area burned by wildfires




BBC: More than half of common plant species and a third of animals could see a serious decline in their habitat range because of climate change. New research suggests that biodiversity around the globe will be significantly impacted if temperatures rise more than 2C. But the scientists say that the losses can be reduced if

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India Must Develop Own Climate Model: US Expert

May 14th, 2013 | By
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Business Standard: India is amongst the countries most vulnerable to climate change and must develop its own model to study changes at the regional level and take necessary mitigation measures, a senior US scientist of Indian origin said. Anjuli S. Bamzai, program director of the Climate and Large Scale Dynamics Program of the National Science

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Aerosols Confirmed Rising Over India

May 14th, 2013 | By
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Scidev.net: While satellite data has shown aerosols — tiny polluting particles in the air — to be rising over India, a new study based on primary data gathered from measuring instruments installed in a network of stations confirms the trend. The study, by a team from the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, Thiruvananthapuram, and Indian Institute

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Nepal To Generate Electricity From Waste

May 14th, 2013 | By
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Scidev.net: Nepal is looking at waste-to-energy (WtE) technologies to address its huge energy deficit and also manage growing urban and industrial waste. Half of Nepal’s households are off the national grid while supply shortfalls and interrupted power cause industries losses worth 60 billion Nepali rupees (US$ 700 million) annually. Last month (26 April), the ‘Waste-to-Energy

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IPCC Models Underestimate Role Of CO2 In Warming

May 13th, 2013 | By
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The Earth’s climate is more sensitive to changes in CO2 than previously thought, according to new research. New data taken from an Arctic sediment core that has recorded the climate for the past 3.6m years, suggests climate models, including those used by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), have not given enough weighting to

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Brazil’s Indigenous Harness The Wind

May 13th, 2013 | By
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CNN: While Brazil’s Government tends to favour a one-size-fits-all approach to energy provision, an indigenous group in the far north has come up with its own more sustainable solution, as our São Paulo correspondent reports. A few years ago I lay in a hammock in a mud and wattle hut in a Makuxi village, shining

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Climate Change Sceptics Are Turning Earth Into Dying Patient

May 13th, 2013 | By
Prince Charles: ‘Climate change sceptics are turning Earth into dying patient’




Guardian: Heir to throne intervenes on issue dividing coalition, making outspoken criticism of attempts to tackle global warming. Prince Charles has attacked corporate lobbyists and climate change sceptics for turning the Earth into a “dying patient”, making his most outspoken criticism yet of the world’s failure to tackle global warming just when the heir to

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Climate Myths: How Climate Denialists Are Getting Away With Bad Science

May 1st, 2013 | By
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Mongabay: In Climate Myths: The Campaign Against Climate Science, Dr. John J. Berger deconstructs the climate change denialists’ myths in simple, easy-to-read terms. According to the Pew Research Center: “Nearly seven-in-ten (69%) [Americans] say there is solid evidence that the earth’s average temperature has been getting warmer over the past few decades, up six points

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Renewable Energy and the Energy Transition (Video)

May 1st, 2013 | By
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The world is driven by fossil fuels like oil and gas. This has some negative repercussions: Rising energy prices due to decreasing deposits, dependence on unstable oil and gas producing regimes and global warming. It becomes clear, that a revolution in the way how we produce and use energy is necessary. Central to this energy

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Reducing Green House Emission Indispensable: ADB

May 1st, 2013 | By
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Himalayan Times: Reducing green house emission is indispensable for attaining sustainable economic growth, an Asian Development Bank (ADB) report has pointed out. The report on green house gas emission of South Asian countries – Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Sri Lanka and Nepal, prepared recently has mentioned that negative impact has been made in economic growth by

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Plants Can Moderate Climate Warming, New Research Shows

Apr 30th, 2013 | By
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Science Daily: As temperatures warm, plants release gases that help form clouds and cool the atmosphere, according to research from IIASA and the University of Helsinki. The new study, published in Nature Geoscience, identified a negative feedback loop in which higher temperatures lead to an increase in concentrations of natural aerosols that have a cooling

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Innovator: Martin Riddiford’s Gravity-Powered Lamp

Apr 29th, 2013 | By
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Business week: Hazardous kerosene lamps, still used in many developing countries, are a major expense for many of the world’s estimated 1.5 billion families without electricity. Poor households typically spend at least 10 percent of their income on kerosene, as much as $36 billion a year worldwide, according to the World Bank. So far, efforts to use solar

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Does Past Climate Change Tell About Global Warming?

Apr 29th, 2013 | By
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Skeptical Science: Skeptic Argument: Climate is always changing. We have had ice ages and warmer periods when alligators were found in Spitzbergen. Ice ages have occurred in a hundred thousand year cycle for the last 700 thousand years, and there have been previous periods that appear to have been warmer than the present despite CO2

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Sea Level Rise And Global Warming

Apr 29th, 2013 | By
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UCSUSA: Sea level is rising — and at an accelerating rate — especially along the U.S. East Coast and Gulf of Mexico. Why are the East Coast and Gulf of Mexico hotspots of sea level rise? Global, regional, and local factors all affect the rate of local sea level rise. In the Gulf region, land

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What You Need to Know About Fighting Climate Change

Apr 26th, 2013 | By
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C4C: When Connect 4Climate asked me to speak at the Alcantara Dialogues during Milan Design Week, I jumped at the chance. After all, this was likely to be an audience made up of highly creative people, not the usual crowd of hard-core environmentalists and policy wonks that often participate in such discussions. Several years ago, my

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Benign E. Coli Makes Biodiesel

Apr 25th, 2013 | By
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CNN: Environmentally-friendly biofuel may have come a step closer with the news that scientists in the UK think they have found how a genetically-modified bacterium can produce diesel oil – on a very small scale so far.  British scientists may have found a new way to pump high quality diesel into the tractors, trucks and

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Antarctica Warming-Photo Gallery National Geographic

Apr 24th, 2013 | By
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National Geographic: Larsen B Ice Shelf Breakup Over a 35-day period in early 2002, Antarctica’s Larsen B ice shelf lost a total of about 1,255 square miles, one of the largest shelf retreats ever recorded. This image, captured by NASA’s MODIS satellite sensor on February 23, shows the shelf mid-disintegration, spewing a cloud of icebergs

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Clean Energy Progress Too Slow To Limit Global Warming, Warns IEA

Apr 23rd, 2013 | By
The development of low-carbon energy is progressing too slowly to limit global warming, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said. Photograph: Murdo Macleod




Guardian: With governments failing to promote green energy, top scientists say the drive to keep temperature rise below 2C has stalled. The development of low-carbon energy is progressing too slowly to limit global warming, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said on Wednesday. With power generation still dominated by coal and governments failing to increase investment

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China And India Talk Up Plans For National Climate Action

Apr 23rd, 2013 | By
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Business Green: China confirms it is moving forward with carbon market plan as India’s prime minister vows to double renewable energy capacity within four years. China and India have both signalled this week that they will deliver ambitious climate change policies within the next few years, including the creation of a Chinese national carbon market

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Is Climate Change Taking A Break?

Apr 22nd, 2013 | By
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DW: The cold start into spring has made people in parts of Europe wonder if the climate is really warming. Global temperatures have not been rising in recent years. Is the earth cooling instead of warming? Looking at the average temperature over five years during the last 15 years, global temperatures might appear to be

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India: West Doing Little For Climate Change, Says Manmohan

Apr 22nd, 2013 | By
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HT: Voicing his concern on “painfully slow” progress in climate talks, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh hit at rich nations for not doing enough to fight climate change. Singh, while inaugurating the Fourth Clean Energy Ministerial, also made it clear that rich nations, who were responsible for a bulk of global warming causing greenhouse gas emissions,

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Biofuels Cost Both Rich And Poor

Apr 15th, 2013 | By
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CNN: Using biofuels as the European Union demands will force up costs for British motorists, make food more expensive for poorer countries and may increase the greenhouse emissions they are meant to cut, a report says. Biofuels, widely seen as the green way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, may in some cases be worse for

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NAMA Tool: Steps From Idea Towards Implementation

Apr 14th, 2013 | By
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Mitigation Partnership: The NAMA-Tool provides developers and implementers of NAMA with brief step-by-step instructions on how to develop a NAMA. The tool navigates users to the relevant information, knowledge, instruments, and publications available. The process is structured into ten steps. The 10-step approach is designed to supply users with more data and accessible instruments for

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Cool Response: Climate Change Adaptation

Apr 12th, 2013 | By
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My Republica: Despite having been identified as one of the most vulnerable countries in the world, Nepal was not among the first group of countries to write a National Adaptation Program of Action (NAPA)—a prerequisite for accessing international support for climate intervention. It stands 44th among the 47 LDCs that prepared a NAPA and submitted

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How Lighter Than Air Carbon Can Help Cut Emissions

Apr 12th, 2013 | By
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RTCC: Scientists in China have revealed the world’s lightest material, a carbon gel six times lighter than air, could provide a boost to a number of emissions slashing technologies. From batteries to desalination, a new carbon aerogel derived from graphene, could have a big role to play in improving a number of existing low carbon

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Oceans May Explain Slowdown In Climate Change: Study

Apr 12th, 2013 | By
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Reuters: Climate change could get worse quickly if huge amounts of extra heat absorbed by the oceans are released back into the air, scientists said after unveiling new research showing that oceans have helped mitigate the effects of warming since 2000. Heat-trapping gases are being emitted into the atmosphere faster than ever, and the 10

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Making A Difference: Indian Man Proves Power Of One

Apr 12th, 2013 | By
Will McMaster is making a documentary about the incredible story of Jadav Payeng, an Indian man who single handedly planted more than 1,300 acres of forest to save his island, Majuli. (Photo/via Kickstarter.com)




In a world where it’s commonly believed that one person can’t make a difference, one Indian man is proving that argument to be false. Jadav Molai Payeng is a modern-day hero to those who fight to protect natural habitats around the world. He’s not a traditional activist, but a man who was motivated 30 years

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Fasten Seat Belts For Bumpier Flights: Climate Study

Apr 11th, 2013 | By
More than 180 countries have acknowledged and agreed that dangerous climate change poses a real and potentially irreversible threat to humanity and the planet. Photograph: Julian Stratenschulte/EPA




China Post: Flights will become bumpier as global warming destabilizes air currents at altitudes used by commercial airliners, climate scientists warned Monday. Already, atmospheric turbulence injures hundreds of airline passengers each year, sometimes fatally, damaging aircraft and costing the industry an estimated US$150 million, scientists said. “Climate change is not just warming the Earth’s surface,

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What Happens In Nepal Doesn’t Stay In Nepal

Apr 8th, 2013 | By
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Life had been good for Sunyali Majhi, a farmer in Dolalghat, a small village about 50 kilometres from landlocked Nepal’s Kathmandu. She harvested enough rice to sell and feed her brood at home. But the portions have been getting smaller, the financial squeeze tighter. In the shade of a Peopaal tree, Sunyali and her children

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Civilisation And Environment: Ashes To Ashes

Apr 3rd, 2013 | By
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Guardian: The citizens of Pompeii had no warning of the disaster about to befall them. Today, we do not have that excuse. The twin themes of the moment are death and rebirth. With the snow melting and the sun peeking through, the Easter story’s promise, that what’s gained through the latter will outweigh what was

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Poorest Nations Say Yes To Emissions Cuts

Apr 2nd, 2013 | By
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CNN: The Group of Least Developed Countries, a key partner in the long-running United Nations climate talks, has told the Climate News Network it is willing to agree a core demand of the industrialised world on cutting emissions of greenhouse gases. In what could be a far-reaching move, the world’s poorest countries say they are

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Kashmir’s Thermal Connection With Tibet Found

Mar 28th, 2013 | By
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Nature: Hot water springs and steam gushing out of the ground are familiar sights and tourist attractions in the Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir in northwest India. But what is the source of the heat and can it be exploited to generate power? A team of earth scientists from India, the United States and

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Dynamics of Indirect Land-Use Change: Empirical Evidence From Brazil

Mar 26th, 2013 | By
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ETH Zurich: The expansion of a given land use may affect deforestation directly if forests are cleared to free land for this use, or indirectly, via the displacement of other land-use activities from non-forest areas towards the forest frontier. Unlike direct land conversion, indirect land-use changes affecting deforestation are not immediately observable. They require the

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Asia Cuts Its Carbon Faster Than Europe

Mar 26th, 2013 | By
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CNN: Producing more goods and services while emitting less carbon is the dream of many economists. In the race to see which countries can best manage to do this, East Asia is stealing a march on the US and Europe. And contrary to popular conceptions, China has now become more energy-efficient than Germany and the

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Bio-Cement Solves Two Problems

Mar 25th, 2013 | By
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Researchers have come up with a neat solution to the problem of producing some forms of biofuel waste – add it to cement, and make concrete nearly a third stronger than other versions. LONDON, 23 March – Engineers are working on yet another way to deliver more energy and cut carbon dioxide emissions. The latest

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Denmark Tops First-Of-Its-Kind Global Cleantech Innovation Index

Mar 25th, 2013 | By
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WWF: Denmark, followed by Israel, Sweden, Finland and the US provide the best conditions today for clean technology start-up creation, with companies in the Asia Pacific region following closely behind when it comes to commercial success, the first Global Cleantech Innovation Index shows. In Coming Clean: The Global Cleantech Innovation Index 2012, Cleantech Group and

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Geoengineering Is A Dangerous SolutionTo Climate Change

Mar 25th, 2013 | By
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Huffingtonpost: As the realities of global climate change become ever more alarming, advocates of technological approaches to “geoengineer” the planet’s climate are gaining a following. But the technologies that are promoted — from spraying sulphate particles into the stratosphere, to dumping iron particles into the ocean, to stimulate carbon absorbing plankton, to burning millions of

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Norwegian Startup Launches Its Green Data Center Services

Mar 21st, 2013 | By
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GIGAOM: Fjord IT opens its first data center space in Oslo and is banking on a air cooling technology and cheap hydropower to attract European customers who want low-carbon cloud services. Norway, known for breathtaking glacier-carved valleys, fjords and abundant hydropower, is also increasingly the home to green data centers that can use the cold

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Solar Powered Concept Tent

Mar 20th, 2013 | By
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‘Adaptation Ideas’ is a new series of Climate Himalaya. Here we will be showcasing a number of simple, practical and innovative ideas those could be adopted by individuals, communities and organizations for various environment friendly adaptive practices at home, offices and in public places.  The purpose of this ongoing series is to disseminate and communicate

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Rules Needed For Geoengineering Research

Mar 19th, 2013 | By
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Climate Central: Rules Needed for Geoengineering Research, Experts Say. With no clear rules to guide new research, scientists are shying away from examining whether geoengineering technologies can effectively cool the planet, and at what cost. That’s the warning put forth by a pair of climate change experts in an essay published Thursday in the journal

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How to Make a Decorative Pond From Old Tires

Mar 19th, 2013 | By
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‘Adaptation Ideas’ is a new series of Climate Himalaya. Here we will be showcasing a number of simple, practical and innovative ideas those could be adopted by individuals, communities and organizations for various environment friendly adaptive practices at home, offices and in public places.  The purpose of this ongoing series is to disseminate and communicate

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China’s Climate Change Laws

Mar 14th, 2013 | By
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RTCC: The latest Globe Climate Legislation Study was published in January 2013, focusing on 33 countries from Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas. For the first time climate policymakers have a clear idea of how countries around the world are attempting to control their greenhouse gas emissions. We have selected the highlights from Globe’s analysis

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Biofuels Boom Threatens To Disrupt Global Biodiversity

Mar 14th, 2013 | By
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DW: The rush around the world to plant crops used to produce biofuel has not only sparked a global food vs. fuel debate, but it’s also putting biodiversity at risk. Last fall, a group of more than 200 American scientists banded together to protest a government decision allowing two potentially invasive species of grass to

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