Development and Climate Change

EU Reaches Consensus on Climate Change Targets

Oct 24th, 2014 | By




PTI: European Union leaders have reached a deal on a comprehensive package of climate targets, including a binding 40 per cent reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from the level of 1990 by 2030. They also agreed at a summit in Brussels yesterday to increase the share of renewable energy consumed in the EU to at least

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Prakash Mathema: Poorest Countries Have the Most to Lose at UN Climate Talks

Oct 21st, 2014 | By
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Nepal’s Prakash Mathema is leading the UN climate change negotiations for the group of Least Developed Countries Group (LDC). According to him, an ambitious outcome at the 2015 Paris UN summit can only be reached if vulnerability to climate change impacts of poorest countries are taken into consideration. Prakash Mathema is joint secretary at Nepal’s

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Europe Emission Targets ‘Will Fail to Protect Climate’

Oct 20th, 2014 | By
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BBC: Prof Jim Skea, a vice-chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, says the EU’s plan to cut CO2 emissions 40% by 2030 is too weak. He says it will commit future governments to “extraordinary and unprecedented” emissions cuts. The Commission rejected the claim, saying the 40% target puts Europe on track for long-term

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Indian Companies Decouple Growth From Carbon Emissions: CDP Report

Oct 19th, 2014 | By
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The Hindu: Indian companies have already embarked on their journey towards a low carbon economy and a high number have demonstrated that it is possible to decouple business growth from carbon emissions, according to a new report released on Wednesday. The India 200 Climate Change Report 2014 by CDP, an international non profit organisation, says

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Solar Dimming Reflects Complexity of Climate Change

Oct 13th, 2014 | By
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Climate News Network: Two separate studies have confirmed the extent of human influence on climate change – and, for once, carbon dioxide is not the usual suspect. One team has just found that air pollution dimmed the skies of northern Europe, reflected sunlight back into space, reduced evaporation, and increased river flow. The second group reports

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Uttarakhand Floods Result of Climate Change: Report

Oct 13th, 2014 | By




The 2013 Uttarakhand floods were most probably a consequence of “human-induced” climate change, a new report by the American Meteorological Society has suggested. The extraordinary rainfall in Uttarakhand in June last year has found a place in a list of 16 extreme weather events that the report says were most likely a direct result of

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Himalayan Blunders at People’s Peril

Oct 12th, 2014 | By




I left Srinagar a week before the floods. Passing by the Zero Kadal, Srinagar’s oldest bridge across the Jhelum I had remarked that the river was reduced to a nallah and if this was its appearance in the monsoon season, the health of the river was grim. Then within days the waters swelled and the

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Proposed SDGs Won’t Capture the Imagination

Oct 10th, 2014 | By
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Last week, leaders of U.N. member states began talks on the Sustainable Development Goals. Beginning 2016, the SDGs will guide the efforts of governments, international organizations, non government organizations and others on some of our largest collective challenges — reducing poverty and disease, and protecting our natural resources and environment. However, the current draft SDGs

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UN Sets Six Month Deadline for Delivery of Draft Climate Agreement

Oct 9th, 2014 | By
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Countries have less than six months left to agree on the rough outline of a global climate change agreement, according to the two UN officials coordinating the process. Artur Runge Metzger and  Kishan Kumarsingh say they are “greatly encouraged” by progress on developing a draft text, but warn time for negotiations is running out. “October

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India’s Climate Change Strategy: Expanding Differentiated Responsibility – Analysis

Oct 9th, 2014 | By
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As the world prepares for the upcoming climate change negotiations in Lima in 2014 and Paris in 2015, there is an expectation that the talks be more decisive than previous attempts at consensus from Kyoto to Copenhagen. Yet the assumption that the undeniable science of climate change will by itself compel action on an issue

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World Falling Behind 2020 Plan for Nature Protection: U.N. Report

Oct 7th, 2014 | By




Guardian Newspapers Limited: International efforts to meet targets to stem the loss of wildlife and habitats are failing miserably, according to a United Nations report. The Global Biodiversity Outlook 4, published as nearly 200 countries meet on Monday in South Korea in a bid to tackle biodiversity loss, paints a damning picture of governments’ efforts

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Talking About Local Challenges Makes Climate Change Real

Oct 7th, 2014 | By
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Apple farmers in Indonesia’s highlands have seen harvests plummet due to warmer temperatures and shifting rainfall patterns. In Mongolia, where many make a living from animal husbandry, this age-old tradition is threatened by shrinking grasslands and desertification. Meanwhile, floods in Assam in northeast India regularly wash away homes and sources of income, but local people

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Changing Climate Demands a Change in Thinking

Oct 6th, 2014 | By




Many countries in the Asia and the Pacific region are experiencing frequent and intense flooding, droughts and storms. Regional climate change trends include an average temperature increase of 0.76 degrees C and a 1-3 mm rise in sea levels annually. To address this, international experts held a discussion on how local communities are adapting to

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Berlin to Host UN Climate Finance Summit in November

Oct 3rd, 2014 | By
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Developed and developing countries have been invited to the meeting, which will take place in Berlin on November 19-20, two weeks before high level UN climate talks start in Lima. The GCF is on record as wanting US$10 billion of backing from governments by the end of 2014, but so far it has just $2.3

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India, US Ramp up Efforts for Tackling Climate Change

Oct 2nd, 2014 | By
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PTI: Ramping up efforts to combat climate change, India and US have concluded an MoU providing for up to USD one billion in helping India’s transition to a low-carbon and climate-resilient energy economy. Both Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Barack Obama, during their summit-level talks, welcomed the firming up of the pact between the

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Despite the UN Climate Summit, Fossil Fuel Firms are Still in For the Long-term

Sep 30th, 2014 | By
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The Guardian: More than 300,000 people marched in New York a week ago, with tens of thousands more in cities across the globe. More than 120 heads of state and government convened in New York, renewing their commitment to a global climate deal to be forged next year. France pledged $1bn in climate aid to

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Faced With Existential Climate Threat, Small Island Nations Sound Climate Alarm at UN

Sep 29th, 2014 | By
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UN News Center: In their addresses to the United Nations General Assembly today, King Tupou IV of Tonga, Fijian Prime Minister Josaia V. Bainimarama, and Prime Minister Enele Sosene Sopoaga of Tuvalu, all reaffirmed their commitment to the fight against climate change and for sustainable development amid growing environmental challenges for small island developing States

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Development Sins and Climate Change

Sep 29th, 2014 | By




While the death toll has risen to 358, millions homeless, standing crops destroyed covering millions of acres of land, the floods continue to cause more losses. Though bad, the situation is not worse than that of the 2010 super flood when 20 million people were affected. When asked about flood warnings and preparedness measures, we

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How Did Leaders Respond to the People’s Climate March?

Sep 28th, 2014 | By
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About 400,000 people went to the streets on September 21st to ask for real action to address climate change. It was the greatest climate march in history. The UN Climate Summit organized by Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon took place two days later with the participation of 100 heads of state and 800 leaders from business. How did this Summit react

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The UN Climate Summit Reveals India’s Hypocrisy on Saving Forests

Sep 26th, 2014 | By
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The Guardian: On Tuesday, India’s minister for environment, forests, and climate change, Prakash Javadekar, scoffed at the idea of the country reducing emissions to counter climate change. He held the US chiefly responsible for the climate crisis, and therefore it had to bear the responsibility for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. That has been India’s position

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It’s Time to Recognise Threats of Climate Change

Sep 26th, 2014 | By




Prime Minister Sushil Koirala brought the attention of world leaders to the climate change impacts faced by Nepal and other Least Developed Countries (LDC)  during his address to the UN Climate Change Summit-2014 in New York on Tuesday. Noting that Nepal is the fifth most vulnerable country in terms of climate change, Koirala gave an

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Global Summit: Youth’s Role in Combating Climate Change Stressed

Sep 23rd, 2014 | By
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The Express Tribune: Environmental experts have stressed urgent action and the youth’s involvement to cope with the effects of climate change. They were speaking at the Climate Summit Pakistan on Monday for a consultative session organised by the COMSATS Centre for Climate Research and Development (CCRD) and the United Nations in the run up to the

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Climate Change Remedies ‘Affordable’, Says Global Body

Sep 16th, 2014 | By
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BBC: The body, a group of chief executives, former prime ministers and finance ministers, argues the cost of tackling climate change is modest. Its report says adding 5% to the $6 trillion (£3.7tn; 4.6tn euros) a year due to be spent on power and transport projects could buy clean technology. Critics say the report is

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Old Climate Change Formula no Longer Exists, Say Scientists

Sep 16th, 2014 | By
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IANS: The traditional formula on climate change that says that regions that have a moist climate will experience additional rainfall is no longer valid, scientists say. The old formula that dry gets drier and wet gets wetter (DDWW) is less universally valid than previously assumed, stressed a team of climate researchers from the Swiss Federal Institute

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‘Himachal Pradesh Keen on Green Growth, Sustainable Development’

Sep 14th, 2014 | By




Times News Network: Himachal Pradesh has embarked on the path of green growth and sustainable development, keeping in view its location in the fragile western Himalayan region and the need to undertake development without disturbing the delicate ecological balance.This was stated by Himachal Pradesh chief secretary P Mitra while addressing a brainstorming session on “Green growth

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Ozone Layer Showing Signs of Recovery: UN

Sep 13th, 2014 | By
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The Hindu: The Earth’s protective ozone layer is well on track to recovery in the next few decades thanks to concerted international action against ozone depleting substances, the latest assessment by scientists across the world has said. According to the assessment, carried out by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO),

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Climate Change and the SDGs: Where Do We Go From Here?

Sep 11th, 2014 | By
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In less than two weeks, world leaders will travel to New York for the U.N. secretary-general’s widely anticipated climate summit. On Sept. 23, they will have a unique opportunity to take stock of the latest warnings about climate change, and commit to work harder than ever to tackle rising emissions and growing climate impacts. At

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As Climate Change Debate Heats Up, UN Experts Warn ‘We Are Running Out of Time’

Sep 10th, 2014 | By
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UN News Center: The United Nations weather agency today voiced concerns over the surge of carbon dioxide concentration in the atmosphere, which has reached a new record high in 2013, amid worrying sings that oceans and biosphere seem unable to soak up emissions as quickly as they used to. According to the World Meteorological Organization

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Experts Call For Out-of-box Climate Solutions

Sep 8th, 2014 | By




Times News Network: India is a country that’s most vulnerable to climate change due to its unique geographical position and burgeoning population, warned former Union environment minister Jairam Ramesh. Speaking at a seminar on ‘Global Warming—Its Cause & Effect on Economy’ here Saturday evening, Ramesh said development and high GDP growth can go hand in

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Development Disturbing Islamabad’s Ecology, Say Experts

Sep 5th, 2014 | By
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APP: Environmentalists claim Pakistan is already among the top ten countries where unusual weather patterns are making major environment impacts, and the situation might further deteriorate in the coming years if attention was not paid to issues related to climate change. An environmentalist at the Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI), Kashif Salik, said the capital’s environment

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Peru Env’ Min Says Financing Should be Key Issue in COP20 Draft Text

Sep 3rd, 2014 | By
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Peru’s Environment Minister Manuel Pulgar-Vidal encouraged COP 20 parties to pay special attention when discussing climate financing as it is important to included in the draft text of the 2015 agreement to be signed in Paris, France. Peru views the issue of financing as critical and “including financing in the draft is definitely the objective,”

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New UNEP Report Outlines Blue-Green Economy and Island Innovation Opportunities in Small Island Developing States

Sep 2nd, 2014 | By
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UNEP News Center: Today, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) launched the GEO SIDS Outlook, part of its flagship Global Environment Outlook (GEO) series. The report, based on the findings of a broad range of SIDS scientists, experts and policy makers, provides four integrated themes for action to support SIDS become the environmental economies of the future – building

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Nearly Half the World’s Trash Is Burned, and That’s Worsening Climate Change

Sep 2nd, 2014 | By
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Nearly half the world’s trash is burned in the open, spewing pollutants into the atmosphere that contribute to climate change and affect human health, according to a new study. Since such burning is largely unregulated and unreported, emissions of some pollutants have been underestimated by as much as 40 percent, said the researchers, who published their findings in the

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On Climate Change, Much Work is Needed to Save Our Globe

Sep 1st, 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,

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Nepal ‘Still Struggling’ to Harness Science for Development

Aug 11th, 2014 | By
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SciDev.Net: Nepal’s science sector remains chronically underfunded— getting less than 0.4 per cent of the country’s GDP (gross domestic product) — and initially promising science policies have  failed to improve things, critics say. The country’s second national policy on science and technology (S&T) from 2005 aimed to underline the need for scientific research for Nepal’s development and to allocate

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How Are the World’s Poorest Preparing for Climate Change?

Aug 11th, 2014 | By
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For the last decade or so, we have known that human induced climate change will bring adverse impacts around the world. This is likely to hit the poorest countries and communities hardest. Their adaptive capacity is lowest, but some countries have been moving ahead on first planning and then implementing adaptation actions around the world.

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Keystone Climate Impact ‘Four Times’ Greater Than US Govt Estimate

Aug 10th, 2014 | By
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Running from Canada to Texas, the future of the US$5.4 billion pipeline, which would carry oil from the Alberta tar sands, has become a key test of the White House’s “green” credentials. Earlier this year the State Department declared Keystone’s possible environmental impacts to be negligible, carrying bitumen that would simply replace oil produced elsewhere. But

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Time for Action by Developing Nations on Climate Change, Says India

Aug 8th, 2014 | By




Press Trust of India: Noting that the response of many countries is not adequate to combat climate change, Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar today said the time has come for “enhanced action” by developing nations.“We are at a very critical stage in our effort to combat climate change. While science prompts towards greater action, we find that

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Why A New Study Thinks Next Year’s Climate Talks Won’t Keep The World Under 2°C

Aug 7th, 2014 | By
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The hopes that the world will do something meaningful to reduce its carbon emissions now hang on the next big round of international climate talks in Paris in 2015. And according to a new analysis from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, it’s probably going to be a letdown. The Paris talks will be the twenty-first gathering of nations under

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Climate Change Damages Europe’s Forests

Aug 5th, 2014 | By
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Climate News Network: Climate change is here, it’s happening now, and for the last few decades it has been demonstrably bad news for many of Europe’s forests. An international team of researchers say in a report from the European Forest Institute that climate change is altering the environment, and it is long-lived ecosystems like forests that are particularly

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Lakes Raise New Question on Arctic Warming

Aug 4th, 2014 | By
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Climate News Network: Scientists say there is uncertainty over a previously unquestioned assumption about the way in which temperatures are rising in the Arctic. New research, supported by the US National Science Foundation (NSF), suggests that a rethink is required on the widely-held scientific view that thawing permafrost uniformly accelerates atmospheric warming. Instead, the scientists say, their findings

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Face Up to Climate Change Challenges

Aug 3rd, 2014 | By




“Climate change is the most serious global challenge of our time.” So states the Kenya National Climate Change Action Plan. Kenya has to face climate change head-on, in a bi-partisan manner and with relentless zeal. Although our nation has in the recent past been beset by insecurity, it has various climate-change induced problems lurking on

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Adapting to Climate Change: The Next Generation

Aug 2nd, 2014 | By




AT this time all the countries on the planet have come to accept that human induced climate change is real and, if not tackled, may become the greatest weapon of mass destruction the world has seen. Even the United States of America has now finally come to accept this reality and is beginning to take

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Change Agents

Jul 29th, 2014 | By




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

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Climate Change and Kashmir’s Water Security

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

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Climate Models Accurately Predicted Global Warming When Reflecting Natural Ocean Cycles

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

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Will Unprepared Countries be Able to Survive the Forthcoming Tragedies?

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

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Knowledge Amid a Changing Climate

Jul 20th, 2014 | By




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

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

Jul 18th, 2014 | By




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

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Climate Changing More Rapidly Than at Any Point on Record

Jul 18th, 2014 | By
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A new look at the “vital signs” of Earth’s climate reveals a stark picture of declining health. As global temperatures rise, so do sea level and the amount of heat trapped in the ocean’s upper layers. Meanwhile, mountain glaciers and Arctic sea ice are melting away beneath an atmosphere where concentrations of three key planet-warming

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Climate Inaction Could Cost Europe 200,000 Lives a Year

Jul 17th, 2014 | By
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Inaction over climate change costs lives. And in the case of European inaction, it is estimated that this could one day cost 200,000 lives a year. That is the warning in a new European Commission (EC) study, which also says that failing to take the necessary action could burn 8,000 square kilometres of forest, and commit

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