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Energy For All: Empowering Poor Through Access To Energy-ADB

Jan 16th, 2013 | By
Access to modern energy and fuels like natural gas and LPG spares households from indoor air pollution and the tedious task of gathering fuel wood.




ADB: Empowering the poor through access to energy — ADB promotes new approaches for scaling up access to energy for the poor. Access to modern, cleaner energy is essential to human development. Yet the majority of the world’s energy poor are living in Asia and the Pacific: more than 700 million people still have no

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Algal Biofuels Are No Energy Panacea

Jan 16th, 2013 | By
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SciDev.net: Algal biofuels, like crops, demand land, water, fertilisers, pesticides and inputs that are costly for India, says Hoysall Chanakya Of late, there is heady euphoria over ‘green’ algal biofuels that are dangled as a panacea for developing countries such as India. While it is true that algal biofuels can contribute to a fossil fuel-free

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Australian Heatwave Part Of ‘Unmistakeable’ Global Warming Trend: IPCC Chair

Jan 15th, 2013 | By
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ABC: The United Nations’ chief climate science body says the global warming trend is “unmistakeable” and it’s defended the science behind the conclusion, saying it’s robust. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is due to hand down its next major report in September. More than 250 lead authors of the report who are in Hobart

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Climate Change May Bring Bigger Waves For Down Under

Jan 15th, 2013 | By
Australia's Gold Coast will see significant increases in wave heights in the next century.




Nature: Changes could affect shipping lanes and beach erosion — and make Australian surfers happy. Wave heights will increase in seas off Indonesia, Antarctica and Australia’s east coast, and will decrease in some other regions, an international collaboration reports today. The study looked into the effects of climate change on waves in the coming century,

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World Bank REDD+ Forest Carbon Fund Gets $180m Injection

Jan 15th, 2013 | By
Logging in Borneo. Some critics fear that without proper safeguards, REDD+ could provide subsidies for industrial activities in tropical forests. Photo by Rhett A. Butler
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Mongabay: The World Bank’s forest carbon fund got a $180 million injection from Finland, Germany and Norway, reports Point Carbon. The bank’s Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF), which is providing funding to develop and implement Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD+) projects in three dozen tropical countries, now had $650 in its coffers. According

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How American Cities Are Adapting To Climate Change

Jan 14th, 2013 | By
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Think Progress: A new report by the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives highlights twenty local government across the country that are taking the initiative to combat global warming. The report follows up an earlier survey ICLEI did of 298 American cities, which found that 74 percent had perceived changes in the climate — including

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What Will It Take to Solve Climate Change?

Jan 14th, 2013 | By
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Scientific American: Australia had to add a new color to its weather maps this week. Meteorologists used royal purple to denote an off-the-charts high temperature of 50 degrees Celsius (122 degrees Fahrenheit), part of an unprecedented heat wave and ongoing wildfires occurring down under this month. On the other side of the globe, 2012 proved

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Himalayan Innovation

Jan 14th, 2013 | By
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Mountain Excellence: Many readers are familiar with Jon Krakauer’s harrowing account of the climbing disaster on Mount Everest in May, 1996. Beyond Into Thin Air, there are many other interesting works on Himalayan mountaineering expeditions that chronicle the efforts of men and women who took on the ultimate challenge of attaining various great summits starting

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Atmospheric Pollution In Hindu Kush Himalaya Region

Jan 11th, 2013 | By
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MRD: This paper presents a detailed review of atmospheric pollution observed in the Hindu Kush–Himalaya (HKH) region and its implications for regional climate. Data from in situ measurements made at high-altitude stations in the HKH region, observations from satellitebased instruments, and global climate modeling study results are discussed. Experimental observations discussed include both atmospheric measurements

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Emerging Economists Envision Green South Asian Cities of the Future

Jan 10th, 2013 | By
Tahseen Sayed, World Bank country manager for Nepal, highlights the need for students' innovative ideas to be heard at the ninth South Asia Economic Students Meet.




World Bank: -While South Asia is among the most densely populated regions in the world, it is also one of the least urbanized. -Its cities across all countries increasingly face development stresses in terms of congestion, pollution, and quality-of-life issues. -Students shared their vision of green growth in South Asian cities of the future at

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Plugging The Energy Efficiency Gap With Climate Finance

Jan 10th, 2013 | By
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IEA: The role of International Financial Institutions (IFIs) and the Green Climate Fund to realise the potential of energy efficiency in developing countries. Improving energy efficiency (EE) can reduce energy demand and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and deliver a range of other benefits such as improved air quality, enhanced economic competitiveness and, at the national

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Climate Model Forecast Is Revised

Jan 10th, 2013 | By
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BBC: The UK Met Office has revised one of its forecasts for how much the world may warm in the next few years. It says the average temperature is likely to be 0.43 C above the long-term average by 2017, as opposed to an earlier forecast suggesting a difference of 0.54C. The explanation is that

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Biofuels Cause Pollution, Not As Green As Thought – Study

Jan 9th, 2013 | By
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Reuters: Green schemes to fight climate change by producing more bio-fuels could actually worsen a little-known type of air pollution and cause almost 1,400 premature deaths a year in Europe by 2020, a study showed on Sunday. The report said trees grown to produce wood fuel – seen as a cleaner alternative to oil and

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2013 Smart Guide: Arctic Melt Will Spark Weird Weather

Jan 8th, 2013 | By
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New Scientist: Melting, rather than warming, is likely to be the big climate issue of 2013. Predictions that a major El Niño warming event – and the coming solar maximum – would help make next year the warmest on record now seem wide of the mark. All eyes will probably be on the Arctic instead.

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GIZ’s Climate Related Publications

Jan 8th, 2013 | By
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Smart climate finance In order to achieve a 50 percent reduction in carbon dioxide emissions by 2050, total financing to 2050 of around EUR 30 trillion will be required. The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change has concluded that a significant majority of this investment will need to come from the private sector. Public

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IPCC Temperature Projections Have Been Exceptionally Accurate

Jan 7th, 2013 | By
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Think Progress: Contrary To Contrarian Claims, IPCC Temperature Projections Have Been Exceptionally Accurate. There is a new myth circulating in the climate contrarian blogosphere and mainstream media that a figure presented in the “leaked” draft Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fifth Assessment Report shows that the planet has warmed less than previous IPCC report

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India Should Make Its National Climate Plans Global

Jan 7th, 2013 | By
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SciDev.Net: Fast-developing countries such as India should offer up their domestic action plans as part of global efforts when the world gathers for the UN climate talks in Copenhagen this December, says Rajendra K. Pachauri, chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. India’s priority is not simply reducing global emissions as quickly as possible but

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Has The Kyoto Protocol Done More Harm Than Good?

Jan 4th, 2013 | By
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New Scientist: Fifteen years after its painful birth in Kyoto, Japan, the world’s first legally binding agreement to limit emissions of greenhouse gases ended this week. For some it is a victorious conclusion. The 37 industrial nations that stuck with the protocol after the US pulled out in 2005 say they exceeded their promises, cutting

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Global Temperature Goals Could Become Impossible With Climate Inaction, Study Finds

Jan 4th, 2013 | By
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Huffingtonpost: Delaying global action on climate change by 20 more years will put the goal of keeping the world relatively cool out of reach forever, no matter how much money humanity later spends to try to solve the problem, a new study finds. Since the 1990s, scientists and international negotiators have aimed to keep global

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A Safer Stove For The Developing World

Jan 4th, 2013 | By
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Fastcoexist: A Safer Stove For The Developing World, Created By Indian Student Entrepreneurs.. Having an open fire in your house is dangerous, and it’s not good to inhale the smoke. But it’s how billions of people cook and heat their houses. The Greenway Smart Stove aims to change that–with no moving parts and at a

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Ten Solar Energy Predictions For 2013

Jan 3rd, 2013 | By
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Renewable Energy World: We’ve been down so long almost anything starts to look like up. Be prepared for another few down years as the solar industry rationalizes production and figures out how to make money downstream; we’ve lost this profit-making capability upstream. Since I don’t have to worry about offending any customers, suppliers, competitors or

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Crop Yields Stall In China, India

Jan 2nd, 2013 | By
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SciDev.net: China and India, the world’s two most populous countries, are beset by stagnation in the production of staples like rice, wheat, soybean and maize (corn), says a new study on crop yield growth. Based on statistics from around the world during the 1951– 2008 period, the study ‘Recent patterns of crop yield growth and

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Will US Move Forward To Address Climate Change Concerns?

Jan 2nd, 2013 | By
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Forbes India: The richer world is no longer in charge, says Richard Muller. And the issue is not blame; it is to find a practical solution In the US Presidential debates, zero minutes were spent discussing climate change and global warming. The issue is no longer a high concern among the US population; perhaps not

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Doha Climate Change Conference Another Lost Opportunity To Enhance Ambition

Jan 2nd, 2013 | By
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Nations: Global climate change regime evolved out of the Earth Summit of 1992, which gave birth to three conventions including the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Since then 195 countries have become parties to the Convention including Pakistan that ratified the Convention in 1994. Parties to the Convention have met eighteen times

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Costs Of Climate Change Adaptation In Europe: A Review

Jan 2nd, 2013 | By
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Climate change is expected to have significant impacts on Europe that will affect its economic sectors and the distribution of  economic activity. While some of those climate-change impacts can be alleviated by mitigation action, some degree of climate change cannot be avoided anymore. This makes adaptation an essential component in addressing the impacts from climate

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Implications Of Climate Change On Indian Agriculture: Is It A Food Or Famine Situation?

Jan 2nd, 2013 | By
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Alertnet: It is a well acknowledged fact that the impacts of climate change will be more severe in regions wherein the dependency on climate sensitive sectors for securing livelihoods is high. People associated with these sectors have a great deal to lose from exposure to increased variability in the climate, its extremes and changing contours.

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Rising Emissions May Double Sweet Potato Size

Dec 28th, 2012 | By
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SciDev.Net: LIMA- Rising levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere caused by human-driven emissions might lead to larger sweet potatoes, a staple food for many African and Asian countries, research reveals. Sweet potatoes could double in size with the increase in CO2 levels currently forecasted for the end of this century, according to research

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Clean Cooking Forum 2013: Igniting Change, Fueling Markets & Sparking Adoption

Dec 27th, 2012 | By
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The goal of the Forum is to further a market-based approach to the global adoption of clean cooking solutions, and to continue to drive innovations in research, market development, standards and testing, project finance, and policy development. The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves is very excited to be holding the Forum in Southeast Asia –

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Ups And Downs Of Biodiversity After Mass Extinction

Dec 22nd, 2012 | By
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Science Daily: The climate after the largest mass extinction so far 252 million years ago was cool, later very warm and then cool again. Thanks to the cooler temperatures, the diversity of marine fauna ballooned, as paleontologists from the University of Zurich have reconstructed. The warmer climate, coupled with a high CO2 level in the

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Frozen At Gateway: CSE Cover Story

Dec 20th, 2012 | By
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CSE: The Doha outcome is all talk no action. In 2007, the Bali Action Plan had called for an urgent reduction in carbon emissions by developed countries to keep the average global temperature rise below 2°C. The threat of extreme weather events has since increased. The next round of climate talks will be under the

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Climate Change Major Challenge For Developing Countries Like India

Dec 19th, 2012 | By
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Daily Pioneer: Climate change is a major challenge for developing countries like India which are exposed to greater risk from this phenomenon. The Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education (ICFRE) director general VK Bahuguna said this after inaugurating a training programme on climate change, forest ecosystem and biodiversity- vulnerabilities and adaptation strategies for scientists

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Climate Change: Tourism’s Roles in Promoting Climate Action

Dec 19th, 2012 | By
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TIES: The UN Climate Change Conference (COP18) in Qatar starts today, and in the next two weeks discussions will be held to assess progress in dealing with climate change. The UN climate talks shed light to the urgent needs for bold climate action, and this is a perfect time for all of us in the

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Action by 2020 Key For Limiting Climate Change

Dec 18th, 2012 | By
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Science Daily: Limiting climate change to target levels will become much more difficult to achieve, and more expensive, if action is not taken soon, according to a new analysis from IIASA, ETH Zurich, and NCAR. The new paper, published today in Nature Climate Change, explores technological, policy, and social changes that would need to take

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COP18 Was Not Good Enough: Time To Rethink Green Sectors’ Approach For 2015

Dec 14th, 2012 | By
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CIFOR: The UNFCCC COP-18 in Doha worked overtime to finally agree not to disagree. The Secretariat was quick to make a release that declares success and highlights four results: Amendment of the Kyoto Protocol; Timetable for negotiating a 2015 agreement; Decisions on new UNFCCC institutions, including the Green Climate Fund; Reiterating the ambition for $100

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83-Seconds Video: History Of Climate Change Negotiations

Dec 13th, 2012 | By
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IPS News: To understand some of what is happening inside the UN climate talks here in Doha, watch this  83-second animation on the history of international climate change negotiations.   Source>>  






China And US Hold The Key To A New Global Climate Deal

Dec 13th, 2012 | By
Connie Hedegaard and Xie Zhenhua talk during the last day of the Doha climate talks. Photograph: IISD




Guardian: The world’s two biggest emitters face political problems that will make the talks for the next few years difficult. China and the US are to be the clear focus of the next year of climate change negotiations, following a hard-fought climate conference that ended in Doha on Saturday night. The world’s two biggest emitters

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Doha talks: India Needs To Re-Think Climate Change Strategy

Dec 12th, 2012 | By
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Hindustan Times: India may have got what it wants from Doha climate talks but piggy-bagging China may not be of help in future with China’s emissions witnessing much higher growth than that of India. India was able to regain some lost ground by getting equity and common but differentiated responsibility (CBDR) with respective capabilities back

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Reports Point To Growing Risks From Climate Change

Dec 12th, 2012 | By
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Scidev.net: As the UN climate change talks continue in Doha, Qatar, several reports over the past month have highlighted a sombre picture of the Earth’s changing climate, raising alarm bells in particular for the world’s poorest regions. A report from the World Bank launched last month (18 November) warns that the planet “is on track

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1990 IPCC Report Successfully Predicted Warming, New Study Shows

Dec 11th, 2012 | By
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Huffingtonpost: Time has proven that even 22 years ago climate scientists understood the dynamics behind global warming well enough to accurately predict warming, says an analysis that compares predictions in 1990 with 20 years of temperature records. After an adjustment to account for natural fluctuations, the predictions and the observed increases matched up, the current

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Polluters and Beggars’ at Climate Change Talks in Doha

Dec 11th, 2012 | By
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Huffingtonpost: During a public event at the United Nations climate change conference in Doha, India’s veteran environmentalist Sunita Narain told a senior negotiator from India, “The Indian government should take a principled stand and walk out of the Doha climate talks if equity is not made a part of the deal.” On the same evening,

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Doha Climate Change Deal Clears Way For ‘Damage Aid’ To Poor Nations

Dec 10th, 2012 | By
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Guardian: EU, Australia and Norway also sign up to new carbon-cutting targets as fortnight-long conference in Qatar closes. Poor countries have won historic recognition of the plight they face from the ravages of climate change, wringing a pledge from rich nations that they will receive funds to repair the “loss and damage” incurred. This is

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Climate Change: Snapshot Of Wins And Losses At The Doha Talks

Dec 10th, 2012 | By
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Like last year’s UN climate change talks, this year’s conference in Doha culminated in an all-night session to hammer out a deal on preventing further global warming and protecting people from the effects of climate change. While some promising compromises were made, the absence of a strong commitment to slash greenhouse gas emissions and help

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Climate Change: Is It In Our Hands?

Dec 7th, 2012 | By
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PTI/Rediff: Climate negotiators from 200 nations are currently locked in bitter and acrimonious discussions in an 11-day long conference being held in Doha, writes Rajni Bakshi. A report about rich countries cheating poor countries of about $30 billion in climate funds made headlines last week. Research by Oxfam, an international NGO, has shown that countries

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Doha Can Still Be A Success

Dec 7th, 2012 | By
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India Environment Portal: Very different global rules are needed for human wellbeing Averting climate change does not need emission reduction pledges, timetables and a common legal framework. Climate governance cannot be considered only in terms of environmental damage because it is now a part of the economic debate around the competition for scarce resources. The

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Climate Change: Agriculture Takes A Backseat Again

Dec 6th, 2012 | By
Climate change activists with banners greet negotiators on their way for the second week of climate change talks at COP18 in Doha. Photo: Jaspreet Kindra/IRIN




IRIN: Discussions about much-needed support for agriculture – which is seen both as a victim and a cause of climate change – at the UN’s climate change conference in Doha have been postponed until next year. Agriculture is a contentious and emotionally fraught issue. It results in the emission of major greenhouses gases, such as

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Reaching 2009 International Climate Change Goals Will Require Aggressive Measures

Dec 5th, 2012 | By
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Science Daily: Despite an international consensus reached in 2009 to limit climate change by reducing carbon dioxide emissions, scientists say the likelihood of meeting that goal is diminishing. The Global Carbon Project’s most recent analysis by scientists from the United States, Norway, Australia, France and the United Kingdom published in the current issue of the

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Climate Change: Dealing With Loss And Damage

Dec 4th, 2012 | By
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IRIN: In a formal letter to Qatar – host of the 18th conference of the parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) – a coalition of 40 NGOs, backed by academics, has called for urgent action on loss and damage caused by climate change. The NGOs have drawn up a framework to

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Climate Justice Ambassadors in Nepal’s

Dec 2nd, 2012 | By
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Global Youth Board member Abhisekh organized Nepal’s first Academy himself with the assistance from Integrated Effort for Development (IED), the Rotary Club of Dhulikhel and Dhulikhel Municipality. The Academy took place in Dhulikel on 27 November 2012 – the children of Plant-fpr-the-Planet welcome the 40 new Climate Justice Ambassadors who took part! Abhisekh declared: “Nepal

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COP18: Increased Support Needed for Climate Change Law and Policy Reform

Dec 2nd, 2012 | By
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IDLO: As the 18th Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) meets in Doha to move the international climate change agenda forward, the International Development Law Organization (IDLO) urges increased recognition of the vital role national legal and policy frameworks play in enabling effective climate change response. Despite

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Evidence For Man-Made Climate Change Getting Stronger-UN

Nov 30th, 2012 | By
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Reuters: Evidence that global warming is man-made is getting stronger, the head of a U.N. panel of climate scientists said, in a further blow to sceptics who argue rising temperatures can be explained by natural variations. Rajendra Pachauri spoke on the sidelines of a conference in Qatar where 200 nations are trying to reach a

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Pakistan Ranks Third In Climate-Risk Index 2013

Nov 29th, 2012 | By
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  Pakistan Today: Despite severe flooding in 2011, Pakistan managed to drop itself from first last year, to third position this year in the league table for countries that were worst hit by extreme weather events in 2011, according to a ‘climate risk index 2013’ published here on Tuesday. In 2011, the ranking of the

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International Group Displays Words Of ‘Unrepresented Youth’

Nov 29th, 2012 | By
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CoP18: Hopes of 1.5 billion young people not represented by UN Conference are displayed. An organisation of young activists concerned about climate change and the world’s concerted response to the problem has displayed what is says are the hopes of 1.5 billion young people not represented at the negotiations. “We demand the rights to a

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Qatar Pressured to Cut Emissions as New Climate Talks Begin

Nov 28th, 2012 | By
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Scientific American: The rich oil nation, host of the talks, should set more of an example, attendees say By Lisa Friedman and ClimateWire Climate change activists are pressing Qatar to pledge an emissions reduction target, money for vulnerable countries or some other significant contribution to the fight against global warming as it welcomes diplomats today

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Seas Rising 60 Percent Faster Than UN Forecast: Study

Nov 28th, 2012 | By
Rising sea levels could create millions of climate refugees as the land that sustains their lives disappears (AFP/File, Munir Uz Zaman)




AFP: Sea levels are rising 60-percent faster than the UN’s climate panel forecast in its most recent assessment, scientists reported on Wednesday. At present, sea levels are increasing at an average 3.2 millimetres (0.125 inches) per year, a trio of specialists reported in the journal Environmental Research Letters. This compares with a “best estimate” by

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Time Is Running Out: The Doha Climate Talks Must Put An End To Excuses

Nov 27th, 2012 | By
At the UN climate talks Doha negotiators from 194 countries are meeting in an atmosphere of mutual mistrust.' Photograph: Osama Faisal/AP




Guardian: The evidence of climate change is clearer than ever. The poor countries have done everything asked of them. Now the rich nations must face their responsibilities. Last month was the 333rd consecutive month that global temperatures were above the 20th century average, and 2012 will almost certainly be the hottest ever recorded in the

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Tomorrow Is Too Late for Adaptation to Climate Change

Nov 22nd, 2012 | By
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IPS News: You can still see broken plates, toys, books and some photographs among the rubble that was once the homes of Rey Antonio Acosta’s family and other families in Mar Verde, the beach community where Hurricane Sandy made landfall in this eastern Cuban city. “Come here and see what pain is,” the 12-year-old boy,

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Climate Change: To Save Trees, Save People

Nov 22nd, 2012 | By
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IRIN: Scientists are pushing for changes to a UN mechanism that aims to curtail greenhouse gases by preventing forest loss. Environmentalists have long argued the mechanism must also protect biodiversity and forest-dependent communities. Now, ahead of climate talks in Doha, this thinking is finding a broader audience. The mechanism, REDD (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and

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Transitioning Away From Large-Scale Power Projects: A Simple And Effective Fix For The CDM

Nov 21st, 2012 | By
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SEI: This policy brief, based on SEI research for the High-Level Panel of the CDM Policy Dialogue, shows how large-scale power supply projects may undermine the value and integrity of the CDM and proposes transitioning away from them. Despite years of development, experience, and revision, the Clean Development Mechanism’s method for assessing additionality remains controversial

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Writing Is On The Wall’ At Climate Summit

Nov 20th, 2012 | By
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Aljazeera: As climate talks approach, a new report finds most fossil fuels must stay in the ground to prevent dangerous warming. Two-thirds of the world’s proven fossil fuel reserves cannot be used without risking dangerous climate change, the International Energy Agency (IEA) warned this week. Preventing the consumption of those two-thirds will be the primary

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No Success For REDD+ Without Understanding Possible Impacts

Nov 19th, 2012 | By
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PHYS.org: No success for REDD+ without understanding possible impacts on forest biodiversity and people. The world’s rapidly dwindling forests should be valued as more than just “carbon warehouses” to mitigate climate change, according to a new report released today from the International Union of Forest Research Organizations(IUFRO), the world’s largest network of forest scientists. In

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