Development and Climate Change

Environment Ministers From 29 Countries to Meet in Berlin to Discuss Long-term Goals

Jul 15th, 2014 | By
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Environment ministers and their representatives from 29 countries representing the entire spectrum of interests in climate negotiations will meet in Berlin for two days starting July 14 even as increasing instances of unprecedented heat waves and cold winters illuminate the urgent need for a global plan to counter climate change. The meeting in Berlin, Petersberg

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Public Opinion on Climate Change: Is The Glass Half-full or Half-empty for Policymakers?

Jul 13th, 2014 | By
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In all the discussion about the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) new climate change rule and power plants, there has not been much thought given to the poll numbers. Since policymakers are presumably in office to represent the public, let’s take a look at the numbers from a variety of polls and see what they say.

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India’s New Policy Puts Roads Ahead of Wildlife Concerns

Jul 11th, 2014 | By
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The Guardian: A fortnight after Prakash Javadekar was sworn in as India’s minister for environment, forests, and climate change on 26 May, he announced a new policy. Any defence-related project within 62 miles (100 km) of the border with China will get environmental approval fast. Five states – Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Sikkim, and

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207 Cities Identify Climate Change Risks

Jul 11th, 2014 | By
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A report released today by the London-based carbon reporting NGO CDP said that a 100% increase on the number of cities reporting on climate adaptation activities last year, indicating the seriousness with which local governments are approaching the dangers posed by rising sea levels, heat waves and resource scarcity. Cities reporting on their vulnerability to

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U.N. Climate Talks More Advanced Second Time Around, Says Former Head

Jul 9th, 2014 | By




Reuters: U.N. climate negotiations have made greater progress towards agreeing a 2015 deal to bind all nations to cut greenhouse gas emissions than the lead-up to the previous attempt in 2009, former U.N. climate chief Yvo de Boer told Reuters. Envoys from almost 200 nations are aiming to agree this year on the main elements

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US and China Set for Latest Climate Change Discussions

Jul 8th, 2014 | By
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The US and China will discuss climate change during a high-level talks taking place this week in Beijing. How the US and China plan to reduce their carbon footprints could unusually prove one of the more harmonious topics during the sixth Strategic and Economic Dialogue, the most important annual discussion between the world’s two largest

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Could Global Warming be Creating More Ice?

Jul 8th, 2014 | By
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Last week, climate change computer models indicated that Antarctic sea ice coverage had reached a record high. This went completely against the projected correlation, which suggests that they should be reducing. The NASA-funded Data Centre revealed that an area of 16 million sq km is now being covered – more than two million above expected

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Stopping Harmful Climate Change is Surprisingly Cheap

Jul 5th, 2014 | By
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New Scientist: Saving our skins might be surprisingly cheap. To avoid dangerous climate change, the world needs to boost spending on green energy by $1 trillion a year. That sounds scarily large, but we could cover a lot of it using the subsidies currently handed to fossil fuels. Governments have agreed to limit global warming to 2°C,

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Warming Antarctic Leaves Iconic Emperor Penguin on Brink

Jul 4th, 2014 | By
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There are now 45 colonies of this wonderful bird, but by 2100 the populations of two-thirds of these colonies will have fallen by half or more. Stéphanie Jenouvrier, a biologist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in the US, and colleagues from France and the Netherlands report in Nature Climate Change that changes in the extent and

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Australia Sees Limited G20 Appetite on New Climate Change Steps

Jul 3rd, 2014 | By
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(Reuters) – Australia, this year’s G20 chair, sees little consensus among the Group of 20 leading economies to take major new steps on climate change, senior official Heather Smith said on Wednesday. Smith, the personal representative or G20 sherpa of Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, is helping shape the agenda for November’s G20 summit in Brisbane, and spoke of the

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Global Warming, Aging to Hit Global Growth: OECD

Jul 3rd, 2014 | By
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An aging population combined with a slowdown in emerging markets and pressure on the environment will lead to lower global growth and rising income inequality, a new OECD report warns. The organization expects global growth is to slow from 3.6 percent in 2010-2020 to 2.4 percent in 2050- 2060. Such growth rates will still mean

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No Country Will Escape Climate Impacts, Warns Ministry of Defence

Jul 1st, 2014 | By
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Compiled by the Development, Concepts and Doctrine Centre, a department within the MOD, Global Strategic Trends – Out to 2045 aims to inform government officials developing long term plans. Few countries will escape the consequences of extreme weather events, with water and food shortages combined with a soaring global population highlighted as a specific concern. The Arctic

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Tackling Climate Change One Rock at a Time

Jun 29th, 2014 | By
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The Guardian: Temples rise above mud-brick houses and castles. Prayer flags flutter from every roof and woollen-cloaked men and women with brightly coloured waist-sashes stand in the street gossiping. I’m in northern India’s remote Trans-Himalaya, in the ancient kingdom of Ladakh. Consisting entirely of mountains, this, the highest inhabited region on Earth, was settled by pilgrims and

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US, India Launch a New Clean Energy Initiative

Jun 26th, 2014 | By
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Press Trust of India: The US has launched a new large scale off-grid clean energy initiative with India to bring clean energy to the country and help it deploy “advanced space cooling technology”. The initiative is a part of Obama administration’s effort to engage major economies on climate change, the White House said today. Releasing a

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Tackling Climate Change Would Grow Global Economy, World Bank Says

Jun 24th, 2014 | By
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The Guardian: Fighting climate change would help grow the world economy, according to the World Bank, adding up to $2.6tn (£1.5tn) a year to global GDP in the coming decades. The findings, made available in a report on Tuesday, offer a sharp contrast with claims by the Australian government that fighting climate change would “clobber” the economy. The report

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Optimism After Bonn Climate Talks

Jun 24th, 2014 | By
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The UN climate change talks held from June 4-15 in Bonn, Germany, was an instrumental opportunity in laying the building blocks of the legally-binding 2015 climate change agreement. There was a sense of positivity as countries moved to advance the negotiations towards drafting a text for Paris, where the deal is expected to be finalized.

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Dishonest Industrialised Countries Stalling Progress

Jun 23rd, 2014 | By




INDUSTRIALISED countries must show improved political and financial will to effectively deal with climate change, a problem historically manufactured in Europe and America’s emitting economies, but predominantly affecting poor developing countries, particularly in Africa. The grounds – ethical or otherwise – on which developed nations continue to ask those in the developing world to undertake

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Global and National Finance to Tackle Climate Change

Jun 22nd, 2014 | By




The developed countries have pledged to provide $100 billion each year, starting from 2020, to the developing countries to help them tackle climate change. The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has set up a new Green Climate Fund (GCF) to handle the money. The GCF is a separate entity with its own

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May Days’ Heat Sets up Record El Niño

Jun 20th, 2014 | By
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Climate News Network: Last month was the third warmest May since NASA satellites began taking the temperature of the planet 35 years ago, and was also the warmest May that did not fall within an El Niño Pacific warming event – which could mean a record-breaking appearance this year by the fearsome “Child”. Scientists in the US says the

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Disaster-Struck Indian Himalaya Region Braces for Monsoon Season

Jun 20th, 2014 | By
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In June last year, monsoon floodwaters in the Indian Himalayan region swept entire houses off their foundations, washing them downstream. NGOs said a lack of disaster preparedness caused more damage than the disaster itself. Now, one year later, NGOs are hurrying to prepare communities for what may come as the new monsoon season approaches. The

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Flow Chart Unclear for Glacial Rivers

Jun 19th, 2014 | By
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Climate News Network: A new study examining river basins in the Asia region suggests that amounts of water supplied to the area by glaciers and rainfall in the Himalayas will increase in the coming decades. At first reading, that looks like good news, as an estimated 1.3 billion people in Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Nepal, China and

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Don’t Blame Us for Carbon Emissions: India

Jun 18th, 2014 | By




Press Trust of India: Sending out a signal to the developed world on the issue of climate change, India today said developing countries like it have “a right to grow” and in the process “our net emission may increase.” Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar underlined that the problem of carbon emission has not been created by

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Climate Change: Countries that Contributed Less are Most Vulnerable

Jun 13th, 2014 | By
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While most of the dangerous gases that had built up in the atmosphere over the years may have come from countries in the Earth’s northern hemisphere, it is the countries however in the south that will bear the impact of the planet’s global warming and climate change, a report released by ratings agency Standard &

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UK Chief Scientist Calls for Urgent Debate on Climate Change Mitigation

Jun 13th, 2014 | By
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The Guardian: Britain’s chief scientist has called for researchers to speak out about the risks and benefits of strategies for tackling climate change before national policies are set by the government. Sir Mark Walport, the government’s top science adviser, said the climate change debate had to move on from arguments over the reality of global warming

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The Bonn UN Climate Talks: What’s at Stake and What’s Next?

Jun 12th, 2014 | By
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Bonn’s hotels are full of climate officials this week. They’re in town to complete another step toward a deal to cut global emissions that can replace 1997’s Kyoto Protocol. The Bonn talks are a relatively small affair, but they still play an important role in inching countries toward an accord to limit climate change by reducing

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Vermont Climate Change Report Warns of Catastrophic Flood Risk

Jun 11th, 2014 | By




(Reuters) – A warming world could pose a risk of more frequent catastrophic flooding but also be a long-term boon for Vermont farmers and a shorter-lived thrill for its skiers, according to a state report released on Tuesday. The Vermont Climate Assessment found that higher rates of precipitation expected to come with climate change could

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Greenhouse Gas Emissions Will Cause Warming: Pachauri

Jun 11th, 2014 | By




Press Trust of India: Continuous emissions of greenhouse gases will cause further warming and changes in the climate system, R K Pachauri, the head of the UN body of climate change has said and called for effective risk management to mitigate global warming. Speaking at a knowledge sharing session on “Sustainable Development in the Global

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It’s Not Just Delhi, the Anomaly in Temperature is Now Worldwide!

Jun 10th, 2014 | By
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Extended winters, super scorching summers and extreme rainfall, deviance in temperature is getting common for the country with every passing season. On Sunday when Delhi broke its 62 year old heat record the anomaly in temperature gave a yet another signal and a deeper dig in the issue shows that not just Delhi but the

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The Himalayas: Upstream but Downwind

Jun 9th, 2014 | By




The Hindu Kush Himalayan (HKH) region has received much attention as the source of rivers that supply water to 1.3 billion people downstream. It has received far less attention for its role as the recipient of air pollution originating in the plains. Across northern South Asia during the dry season, individual plumes from hundreds of

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Peru UN Climate Talks Chair Admits Time Running Out for Deal

Jun 9th, 2014 | By




“Eighteen months it is not enough time to finish with all this discussion,” said Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, who will take over as president of the talks in December, in an interview with RTCC. “So probably in Lima what we’re going to have is some very realistic narrative, to try to lift to Paris a draft agreement

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‘Glass is Half Full’ for Sustainable Development in Asia: Experts

Jun 8th, 2014 | By
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Asia’s urban population is set to soar from 1.9 billion in 2011 to 3.3 billion by 2050, a shift that is expected to place considerable strain on the continent’s physical infrastructure – roads, energy, food and water resources, waste management capabilities – as well as the ability of leaders to manage this urbanisation effectively. Despite this daunting challenge,

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Building Blocks Missing for 2015 Climate Pact: Ministers

Jun 8th, 2014 | By
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AFP: The clock is ticking for countries to lay the foundations of a 2015 deal to tackle dangerous climate change, ministers warned in Bonn on Friday. A special UN summit in September, followed by a round of talks in Lima in December, must lay the first bricks of a highly complex accord due to be sealed

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Coping With Climate Change

Jun 4th, 2014 | By
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Communities in India, as across the world, need to adapt to climate change. A recent World Bank report suggests that the nation is set to experience more extreme, unpredictable weather. For families already stretched to their limits, monsoons, floods and drought add to the immense strain of survival. Extreme weather also increases competition for natural

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Battling Climate Impacts in low-lying Maldives

Jun 3rd, 2014 | By
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SciDev.Net: ‘Raise your voice, not the sea level’ is the theme for this year’s World Environment Day, which falls on 5 June. The theme resonates with the United Nations designating 2014 as the International Year of Small Island Developing States (SIDS), to express solidarity with the world’s 51 small island states, many of which are on

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On Shrinking Glaciers

Jun 2nd, 2014 | By




The valley is gifted by nature with large reservoirs of water in the shape of glaciers.  We Humans have not been able to tap our resources to its hilt. Instead due to pollutants in the atmosphere and emission of poisonous gases, harmful seasonal changes have been brought upon us. Rising temperatures resulting in shrinking of

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Monsoon Disrupted By El Nino + Climate Change as India Suffers Deaths, Crop Losses from Extreme Heat

Jun 1st, 2014 | By
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May is the month when the massive rainstorm that is the Asian Monsoon begins to gather and advance. This year, as in many other years, the monsoon gradually formed along the coast of Myanmar early in the month. It sprang forward with gusto reaching the Bay of Bengal by last week. And there it has

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First UN Environment Assembly in Nairobi Heralds New Era in Global Efforts to Address Environmental Sustainability

May 30th, 2014 | By
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UNEP News Center: The First UN Environment Assembly (UNEA) will convene in Nairobi, Kenya, from 23 to 27 June 2014. This marks a historic milestone in UNEP’s 43-year history and is expected to be attended by high-level delegations from over 160 UN Member and Observer States. UN Secretary-General Mr. Ban Ki-moon, the President of the UN

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Carbon Dioxide Levels Rise Above 400 Parts Per Million

May 30th, 2014 | By
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The World Meteorological Organization has warned that carbon dioxide concentrations in the atmosphere have gone higher than 400 parts per million (ppm) in the Northern Hemisphere. The readings were measured for the entire month of April and it has happened for the first time when such a level has been reached by carbon dioxide an

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Efforts to Tackle Effects of Climate in South Asia

May 30th, 2014 | By
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IANS: How does a warming environment affect rainfall, cropping patterns, livelihoods? What could be the alternatives that people whose livelihoods are hit by the effects of climate change do to cope? An initiative by Britain and Canada seeks to study and tackle the effects of climate change in South Asia, in tandem with TERI and Jadavpur

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Center for Clean Energy Innovation Proposes New Approach to Global Climate

May 28th, 2014 | By




The world faces two often contradictory energy challenges: mitigating global climate change and expanding affordable energy access in low-income countries. Unfortunately, the dominant approaches to international climate policies, including carbon targets and pricing, regulatory mandates, and subsidies for deployment, have failed to achieve either goal. Carbon emissions have grown faster since 2000 than in the

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Why do Next Week’s UN Climate Talks in Bonn Matter?

May 26th, 2014 | By
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Coming off the back of the Abu Dhabi Ascent, and the jubilation at the recently announced agreement in the Green Climate Fund (GCF) meeting, Bonn looks to be just another stage post en route to Paris in 2015. But the Bonn intercessional this June is more than just a normal negotiation.  Ministers have no sooner

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Q&A: Peru’s Environment Minister on COP20 Climate Summit

May 26th, 2014 | By
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SciDev.Net: The next UN climate summit, which will take place in Latin America, in Lima, Peru, is on the horizon (1-12 December). It is the last step towards the potentially pivotal 2015 summit in Paris, France, where a new international climate agreement to replace the Kyoto Protocol that was adopted in 1997 is expected to take shape. In

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Climate Change to Make Nepal Glaciers Shrink by Quarter in 30 Years – Scientist

May 25th, 2014 | By
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Samjwal Ratna Bajracharya, lead author of the report, told AFP, “the shrinking of glaciers in Nepal is definitely connected to climate change, glacial melt is a huge indicator of rising temperatures. “The Norway-funded research project led by ICIMOD took three years to complete, as scientists mapped satellite imagery from several decades to see the extent

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No Way Back for West Antarctic Glaciers

May 22nd, 2014 | By
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Climate News Network: The glaciers of the West Antarctic may be in irreversible retreat, according to the evidence of satellite data analysed by scientists at the US space agency Nasa. The study of 19 years of data, due to be reported in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, confirms the ominous news that the southern hemisphere is not

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Environmental Protection a Must as ASEAN Heads for Integration

May 20th, 2014 | By
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As ASEAN nations head for economic integration, environmental protection becomes an imperative. “More than 500 million ASEAN citizens are dependent for their food, livelihood and other needs on the resource base of forests, seas, rivers, lands, and other ecosystems. Their protection must therefore be reconciled with the growth rate targets of the ASEAN economic integration,

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Can Peru Deliver a Successful UN Climate Summit?

May 19th, 2014 | By
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Figueres was vocal in her comments that the Lima conference needs to secure a draft agreement before the deadline summit in Paris next year to create a new climate agreement. The chief of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change commented that government efforts to confront climate change arewoefully inadequate. She also cited recent research by

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African Climate Adaptation Projects Starved of Cash, Says UN Chief

May 19th, 2014 | By
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Monique Barbut, Executive Secretary of the UNCCD, says millions of lives will be at risk unless countries take the threat of soil erosion and desertification more seriously. In an interview with RTCC, she called on the board members of the UN-backed Green Climate Fund, which meets this week in South Korea, to ensure adequate flows of

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Ozone Rise Will Choke US Cities

May 18th, 2014 | By
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Climate News Network: Stand by for long, hot North American summers of smarting eyes, tickling throats, asthma, bronchitis and emphysema. And crops could also suffer, because ground-level ozone pollution is likely to increase in the US. Gabriele Pfister, an atmospheric scientist at the US National Center for Atmosphere Research in Colorado, and research colleagues report in

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Development Strategies for a Poor Himalayan Nation

May 16th, 2014 | By




Sometimes, there is a tendency to equate development with the presence of good infrastructure. Sure, that is part of the story but a better measure of development lies in the ability of a country’s citizens to carve out their own destiny. That is perhaps why not all countries with tremendous natural resources are prosperous, as

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Japan, Australia Urge Developing Countries to do More on Climate

May 15th, 2014 | By
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The two developed countries made remarks under the UN framework convention on climate change (UNFCCC), following similar comments made by countries including the United States, Russia and China. The UNFCCC process is presently gearing up for a climate deal meant to be agreed at the end of next year in Paris, for implementation from 2020, leading

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UN Chief to Discuss Climate Change in China

May 15th, 2014 | By




AFP: United Nations: UN chief Ban Ki-moon will leave for China at the end of the week to discuss the nation’s role in combating climate change. During his trip to Beijing and Shanghai, which begins Saturday, Ban will meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping, Premier Li Keqiang and Foreign Minister Wang Yi. He will also participate

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Facing Similar Risks, Africa and Asia Coordinate Research on Climate Change

May 14th, 2014 | By
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(Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Scientists from Africa and Asia will collaborate on research into climate risks in order to share knowledge between regions and help vulnerable communities adapt. Speaking at the launch of the Collaborative Adaptation Research Initiative in Africa and Asia (CARIAA) in Kathmandu on April 30, leaders of the organisations involved in the

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Banning HFCs From 2020 Could Make Big Climate Impact – Study

May 13th, 2014 | By
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Banning potent global warming gases used in air conditioners and fridges by 2020 would avoid the cumulative release into the atmosphere by the middle of the century equivalent to at least three times present, total annual greenhouse gas emissions, a study has found. Proposals made by the United States, Canada and Mexico last weekfell far short

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Sense and Climate Sensitivity – More Evidence We’re in For a Hot Future

May 13th, 2014 | By
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The Guardian: Arguments that the climate is relatively insensitive to the increased greenhouse effect have become the last best chance for climate contrarians, but a new study from Texas A&M University hammers a big nail in the coffin of that argument. With overwhelming evidence that humans are the main cause of global warming, and with arguments that modest warming

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Climate Impacts are Here. Time to Talk?

May 13th, 2014 | By
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Reuters: Climate change impacts are being felt all over the United States, and there’s a need for the country to adapt to them, said the new U.S. National Climate Assessment, presented recently in front of President Obama in the White House. At the same time, across the globe in Kathmandu, Nepal, an international conference on community-based climate adaptation was

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Ban Ki-moon’s UN Climate Summit: Starting to Take Shape?

May 12th, 2014 | By
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It is rare that the world of climate policy offers an opportunity for novelty. Climate change negotiations are a stage upon which the same lines, the same disputes, have been rehearsed to exhaustion since they began in 1992. But Ban Ki-moon’s request that world leaders come to him personally and deliver “bold pledges” on how they intend to

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Farmers Skeptical About Validity of Climate Change

May 11th, 2014 | By
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The recently released National Climate Assessment, reported by a team of 300 experts, including a panel from the National Academy of Sciences, asserts that climate change is already impacting the United States, and that the warming of the past 50 years is “primarily due to human-induced emissions of heat-trapping gases.” Ask American farmers about climate change

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OECD Nations Agree to Combat Climate Change

May 9th, 2014 | By




The 34 member countries of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development have agreed to work towards a deal on combating climate change at the United Nations Climate Change Conference, known as COP21*, to be held in Paris in December 2015. Those attending the organisation’s annual two-day ministerial council meeting that began in Paris last

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El Niño Forecasters Must Rot Repeat Mistakes of 1997

May 8th, 2014 | By




New Scientist: climate researchers warned that extreme El Niño events are likely to become more common as the planet warms. It now seems that the world will have a chance to rehearse for the future as early as the end of this year. A major El Niño is massing in the Pacific Ocean and is likely to cause

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Climate Change Affects us All

May 7th, 2014 | By
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The Guardian: Three decades from now the world is going to be a very different place. How it looks will depend on actions we take today. We have big decisions to make and little time to make them if we are to provide stability and greater prosperity to the world’s growing population. Top of the priority

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