Development and Climate Change

Help Mother Earth Combat Climate Change

May 6th, 2014 | By
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Climate change is a rapidly growing phenomenon which is mainly affecting developing countries, global cooperation and serious brainstorming necessary for its mitigation, said speakers of a seminar at International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI) on Monday. The seminar titled “Climate Change and Politics” was organised by Department of Environmental Sciences. The activity was part of first

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New Report Aims to Help Navajo Nation Cope With Climate Change

May 6th, 2014 | By
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Climate change presents both challenges and opportunities for the Navajo Nation, and a new report from the University of Colorado at Boulder outlines what some of those are. Many tribes are seeing direct results of climate change, or are preparing for its projected effect on their communities. But the Navajo Nation’s 27,000 square miles of varied

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Climate Change is Clear and Present Danger, Says Landmark US Report

May 5th, 2014 | By
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The Guardian: Climate change has moved from distant threat to present-day danger and no American will be left unscathed, according to a landmark report due to be unveiled on Tuesday. The National Climate Assessment, a 1,300-page report compiled by 300 leading scientists and experts, is meant to be the definitive account of the effects of climate

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Council to Discuss Local Effects of Climate Change

May 5th, 2014 | By
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The latest findings on the predicted effects of climate change will be discussed by Hastings District councillors at a meeting tomorrow.. The council’s district development committee will consider a staff report prepared following the release of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Working Group I and II Fifth Assessment Reports, with particular reference to how

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UN Chief Calls for Greater Action on Climate

May 5th, 2014 | By




AP: The United Nations secretary-general is calling on world policymakers to show greater effort in addressing the threat of climate change as negotiators attempt to forge a new global warming pact next year. Ban Ki-moon told delegates at a gathering in Abu Dhabi on Sunday that efforts to improve global prosperity and security could be undone

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India, Bhutan and Nepal Unite to Protect Kangchenjunga Landscape

May 4th, 2014 | By
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India has agreed on a plan to jointly protect and conserve the whole of the Kangchenjunga landscape in the Hindu Kush Himalayan region with Bhutan and Nepal. The initiative – which will cover about 22,000 sq km spread across Sikkim; northern parts of West Bengal, including Darjeeling and Jalpaiguri; Nepal and western Bhutan – is

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Climate Change to Make Everest Even Riskier

May 4th, 2014 | By
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Climbing to the roof of the world is becoming less predictable and possibly more dangerous, scientists say, as climate change brings warmer temperatures that may eat through the ice and snow on Mount Everest. Nepal was left reeling when a sudden ice avalanche slammed down onto a group of Sherpa guides on April 18 and

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Consortia to Study Impacts of Climate Change in Asia, Africa

May 3rd, 2014 | By




Press Trust of India: A study on the impacts of climate change in Asia and Africa will be conducted by four new multi-partner research consortia and it will include case studies in India, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Nepal. The study which will find ways to adapt in some of the most vulnerable regions in Asia and Africa

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UN’s Abu Dhabi Climate Meeting Marks Start of Ascent to 2015

May 3rd, 2014 | By
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This weekend, ministers and advisors to leaders will come together in Abu Dhabi to discuss the preparations for the Climate Summit hosted by Ban Ki-moon.  The Summit will take place on September 23rd this year, and will be the first time that world leaders have come together to discuss climate change since Copenhagen. Those of

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China and Nepal Agree to Cooperate on Mountain Science

May 1st, 2014 | By
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Sci Dev Net: China has agreed to share scientific knowledge with Nepal on the effects of climate and environmental changes on the Tibetan plateau in order to spur sustainable development. The Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) signed memorandums of understanding earlier this month (7 April) with Nepalese research institutions the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) and Tribhuvan University. The

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South Asian Monsoon is on The Change

May 1st, 2014 | By
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Climate News Network: Climate change may be having an effect on one of the world’s most important weather systems. A study of the monsoon season over the last sixty years reveals that the intensity of extremes of precipitation and the number of very dry spells have both been increasing. The Indian subcontinent gets more than four-fifths of its

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Fossil Fuel Subsidies Hamper Pathway to Inclusive Green Economy: Experts

Apr 29th, 2014 | By
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UNEP News Center: Fossil fuel subsidies are contributing to fiscal instability and undermining governments’ efforts to combat serious economic and environmental challenges, such as climate change, and the transition to an inclusive green economy, according to experts. “Reforming Fossil Fuel Subsidies for an Inclusive Green Economy” is the theme of the two-day event co-organized by UNEP,

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Study: It is “Very Likely” That Scientists Are Confusing Us About Global Warming

Apr 29th, 2014 | By
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The United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is a big, big production. Its reports, released roughly every five years, are considered the gold standard of climate science, and are always a major media event. Thousands of scientists contribute to the reports, all of them volunteering their expertise to make the world just a little bit better.

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Nigeria: Nest Water Scheme to Ease Climate Stress in Kogi Community

Apr 28th, 2014 | By




Residents of Ofante Community in Olamaboro Local Government area in Kogi State rolled out their drums recently at the commissioning of a public water project implemented by the Nigeria Environmental Study/Action Team (NEST) under a climate change initiative tagged the Africa Adaptation Programme (AAP). A climate change and development expert, Samson, Samuel Ogallah, however warned

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Climate Change Adaptation Perfumes Nepal’s Foothills

Apr 28th, 2014 | By




Reuters: Life is a daily challenge for the families of this village of terraced maize fields and tin-roofed homes tucked in the steep green foothills of Nepal’s Himalayas. Monkeys living in the forests around Majhthana carry away many of the vegetables the community grows, and the men who once chucked rocks at them to protect the

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China Strengthens Environmental Laws

Apr 27th, 2014 | By
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The Guardian: Chinese legislators have passed the first amendments to the country’s environmental protection law in 25 years, promising greater powers for environmental authorities and harsher punishments for polluters. The amendments, which the Standing Committee of National People’s Congress passed on Thursday after two years of debate, will allow authorities to detain company bosses for 15 days if they

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Ocean Action: A Different Kind of Tipping Point

Apr 25th, 2014 | By




Recently you may have noticed the ever-increasing number of international conferences, talks, meetings and reports on the ocean and its declining health. Just in the last two years, we have had two excellent World Ocean Summits hosted by The Economist, which brought together a rich audience of politicians, business leaders, NGOs and experts to focus on the evidence,

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Space Technology Aids Water Power

Apr 24th, 2014 | By
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Climate News Network: Space technology is to be used to help engineers make the most of humanity’s oldest form of renewable energy production, water power. There is vast potential for run-of-the-river hydropower schemes that use the natural flow of water to produce power without large-scale works. There are many thousand former mill sites around the world where the

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What Does it Take to Mainstream Disaster Risk Management in Key Sectors?

Apr 24th, 2014 | By
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Climate-related disasters are becoming more frequent and negatively impacting development progress across the world.  People are already experiencing the impacts of climate change through slow onset changes, for example sea level rise and greater variability in the seasonality of rainfall, and through extreme weather events, particularly extremes of heat, rainfall and coastal storm surges. As

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Climate Change: Who Will Lead?

Apr 23rd, 2014 | By




With the latest warnings delivered by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) over the past few weeks, no world leader will ever be able to claim that they were caught off-guard by climate change. As former heads of state ourselves, we’ve experienced global crises from within the corridors of power. Some may take the

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Vilsack: Agriculture Needs to Adapt to Climate Change

Apr 23rd, 2014 | By
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Agriculture will need to adapt to the changing climate, which could present economic opportunities, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack said Tuesday. “We all have to be aware of the fact the climate is changing and the warmer temperatures will change the way in which we approach agriculture and we need to be prepared for

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Climate Change May Hit Marine Sector, Says SAPCC

Apr 23rd, 2014 | By




The Hindu: The marine and inland fisheries sectors in Kerala are likely to take a major hit as climate change affects fish stocks, resulting in decreased yield and loss of livelihood of fishermen. According to the State Action Plan on Climate Change prepared by the Department of Environment and Climate Change, diseases and migration of species

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Sea-level Rise Could Reverse Africa’s development Gains

Apr 22nd, 2014 | By
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Reuters: Climate change is no longer an abstract issue, thanks to the latest authoritative assessments from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). And the potential impacts of sea-level rise caused by warmer global temperatures are becoming clearer. Up to 600 million coastal people around the globe could face devastating consequences from rising seas. Some

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Changing Climate Hits Rural Communities Hardest

Apr 22nd, 2014 | By
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Climate change could be hitting rural communities the hardest. Rural communities are more vulnerable to extreme weather because cities have more management resources to deal with changes in climate, said Dave Sauchyn, a professor from the department of geology at the University of Regina and co-director of Vulnerability and Adaptation to Climate Extremes in the

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Western US Faces Worsening Wildfires

Apr 21st, 2014 | By
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Climate News Network: Wildfires in the western United States are getting worse. In the last 30 years they have become both bigger and more frequent, according to a new study in Geophysical Research Letters. Philip Dennison of the University of Utah and colleagues found that the number of wildfires that burned more than 1,000 acres (405 hectares)

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Climate Change Causes Hazards to Farmers

Apr 21st, 2014 | By




Mr. Adam Imoro, District Chief Executive (DCE) for East Mamprusi, has indicated that Climate Change poses serious business risks to farmers, especially those in the North. He pointed out that Climate Change was a serious threat to farming activities, with the potential of impacting negatively on businesses of the private sector and the socio-economic development

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Deepening Challenge in Climate Change

Apr 19th, 2014 | By




Over the preceding months the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has released the fifth version of its assessment report (AR5), covering science, impacts and mitigation. In election season, there is a real risk that the messages of the IPCC will be crowded out by more immediate concerns. This would be a pity, because the

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Headless Departments Unable to Look at Adverse Environmental Impacts

Apr 18th, 2014 | By




At a time when the Metro Bus Project worth Rs44.21 billion is moving ahead on fast-track basis, all relevant departments and parliamentary committees which are supposed to keep strict vigil over adverse environmental impacts of the development projects are either no more functional or being run without their bosses. Sources pointed out that the post

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The First Climate Justice Summit: a Pie in the Face for the Global North

Apr 17th, 2014 | By
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The Guardian: Today it is accepted, but 20-30 years ago campaigners were struggling to even get an acknowledgement that climate change was happening, let alone that it was manmade. It would have been hard to imagine that one day we might hold the developed nations responsible and start talking about redress for victims of climate change, as we

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Climate Costs ‘May Prove Much Higher’

Apr 16th, 2014 | By
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Climate News Network: Economists and scientists may have seriously underestimated the “social cost” of carbon emissions to future generations, according to a warning in Nature. Social cost is a calculation in US dollars of the future damage that might be done by the emission of one metric ton of carbon dioxide as greenhouse gas levels soar

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The Future Is Evaporating: Climate Change Could Dry Out 30 Percent of the Earth

Apr 16th, 2014 | By




Sure, scientists expect the changing climate to bring on more drought. There’s going to be less rainfall in already arid regions, that’s fairly certain. And that alone would be bad news for denizens of the planet’s dry zones—in some places in North Africa, the American Southwest, India, and the Middle East, water shortages could well become

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Inconvenient Truths

Apr 16th, 2014 | By
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The key message from the recently released Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report is that climate change is real, humans are the main culprits for the dramatic change and the cost of inaction will be catastrophic. The accelerated warming of our earth is the clearest manifestation of human-caused climate change. The risks to both

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Changing Earth: ‘We Need Climate Change Projects’

Apr 15th, 2014 | By
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Tribune: “Several neighbours of Pakistan are working on projects to mitigate climate change and receiving aid from international donors. Pakistan, however, has not been investing in climate change projects,” Farhan Anwar, an expert on strategic planning, said on Sunday. He was speaking on the concluding day of a two-day workshop on Understanding Sustainable Cities orgnaised

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‘High Speed Mitigation Train Needs to Leave the Station,UN Climate Report

Apr 14th, 2014 | By
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UN News Center: Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed the findings of a long-awaited United Nations report on the mitigation of climate change released earlier today in Berlin and urged all countries “to act swiftly and boldly” to reach a “global, ambitious and legal [climate] agreement in 2015.” The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s latest report, Climate Change 2014: Mitigation

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Global Warming, Rising Costs Hurting Indian Tea Growers

Apr 14th, 2014 | By
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India produces one-third of the world’s total tea production. And now tea growers in India are suffering, thanks to changes in temperature and rainfall caused by climate change. Consider the north-eastern states (one of the largest tea-growing regions), for instance. Temperatures in the region have gone up, dry spells are now longer and rainfall patterns

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At Risk Cities Hold Solutions to Climate Change: UN report

Apr 12th, 2014 | By
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The Guardian: It is already taking shape as the 21st century urban nightmare: a big storm hits a city like Shanghai, Mumbai, Miami or New York, knocking out power supply and waste treatment plants, washing out entire neighbourhoods and marooning the survivors in a toxic and foul-smelling swamp. Now the world’s leading scientists are suggesting that

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IMF, World Bank Push for Price on Carbon

Apr 12th, 2014 | By




The Sydney Morning Herald: The IMF and World Bank have urged finance ministers to impose a price on carbon, warning that time is running out for the planet to avoid worst-case climate change. The heads of the two global economic institutions convened ministers from 46 countries – including the US, China, India and European powers –

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Climate Change: Artificial Cooling Tricky Topic for Panel

Apr 12th, 2014 | By
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It’s Plan B in the fight against climate change: cooling the planet by sucking heat-trapping CO2 from the air or reflecting sunlight back into space. Called geoengineering, it’s considered mad science by opponents. Supporters say it would be foolish to ignore it, since plan A — slashing carbon emissions from fossil fuels — is moving

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Waterloo Researcher Warns of Potential ‘Carbon Bubble’

Apr 12th, 2014 | By
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A University of Waterloo researcher says a shift towards a reduced carbon economy could expose Canada to a bubble similar to the U.S. mortgage crisis that helped cripple the global economy. Jason Thistlethwaite, a postdoctoral researcher in climate change risk in the department of environment and resource studies at UW, said the rising cost of

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Farmers Schooled on Climate Change Adaptation

Apr 10th, 2014 | By




Some 3,000 smallholder farmers from 16 communities in the Upper East, Upper West and the Northern regions have benefited from a training programme on climate change adaptation measures. The training was in a form of community durbars and radio discussions, sponsored by Oxfam-Ghana to ensure that the farmers adhered to best farming practices by adapting

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Cars Biggest Threat to Climate Change?

Apr 10th, 2014 | By




A comprehensive UN study whose results are yet to be disclosed warn that vehicles have emerged as the biggest source of threat to global climate change. Citing a “leaked” draft of the report, Bloomberg said the huge demand of consumer goods from countries like China, Brazil and India – which have to be delivered by

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Is Now the Time for Urgent Action?

Apr 10th, 2014 | By
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The Guardian: Over the last decade, awareness of how climate change is threatening the livelihoods of millions of the world’s citizens has spread rapidly. Ten years ago, comments from a senior scientist comparing the threat of climate change to international terrorism provoked outrage from the White House and Whitehall. A decade later and Secretary of State John Kerry

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Urbanization Provides Unprecedented Opportunities to Transition to a Green Economy: Report

Apr 9th, 2014 | By
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UNEP News Center: With over half of the global population now living in urban areas, cities are increasingly facing the challenge of ensuring decent standards of living for their inhabitants. Demand for a higher quality of life is increasing despite growing pressures on natural resources and ecosystems. In this context, a new report launched jointly today

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Expect More Extreme Climate Events in India

Apr 9th, 2014 | By
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Down to Earth: With over 1.2 billion people, India is deemed one of the nations most vulnerable to climate change impacts. According to the new report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, India’s agricultural sector would be worst hit. Change in rainfall patterns would put millions of lives at stake, the IPCC report says. It

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Nepal, China Join Hands in Tackling Climate Change

Apr 8th, 2014 | By




China and Nepal on Monday signed several memorandums of understanding (MoUs) in the framework of the Third Pole Environment program. The Third Pole Environment (TPE) program, launched by the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) in 2009, was dedicated to the study of regions on the Tibetan Plateau; home to millions of people and thousands of

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Has Climate Change Adaptation Lost Its Way?

Apr 7th, 2014 | By
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Reuters: Poor farmers regrow trees on their land in the Sahel for food, animal fodder, fuel and crop protection. Communities threatened by rising seas on the Carteret atoll in Papua New Guinea move permanently to Bougainville, the country’s main island. The Netherlands devises coastal and river-flood protection schemes with a planning horizon of two centuries. Scientists

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Climate Change to Adversely Affect People’s Health

Apr 7th, 2014 | By




Times News Network: There will be a serious risk of severe ill-health in the country soon. The risk of mortality and morbidity is also going to go up during periods of extreme heat, a major consequence of the ongoing climate change. “Climate change is certain to impact human health adversely. Many diseases which were only heard

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Corporates Weigh Risks, Opportunities of Changing Climate

Apr 6th, 2014 | By
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Europe’s company board rooms are very much alive to the risks posed by climate change – and are also busy analysing business opportunities it might provide. That’s among the findings of a survey by the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), an EU-based non-profit organisation specialising in corporate environmental information, and Acclimatise, a consultancy group which gives business advice on

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World Needs a Major Shift From Fossil Fuels to Renewable Energy: IPCC

Apr 6th, 2014 | By
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After concluding that global warming almost certainly is man-made and poses a grave threat to humanity, the U.N.-sponsored expert panel on climate change is moving on to the next phase: what to do about it. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, or IPCC, will meet next week in Berlin to chart ways in which the

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Climate Change – Lanka Among the Most Affected

Apr 6th, 2014 | By
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South Asia has been warned. The launch of the Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) of Working Group (WG) II by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, (IPCC) which focused on climate impacts, vulnerability and adaptation has indicated that the region is in greater danger of sea-level rise and severe impact to countries agricultural sector.  Key findings

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Farmers Need To Get ‘Climate Smart’ To Prep For What’s Ahead

Apr 4th, 2014 | By
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The planet’s top experts on global warming released their latest predictions this week for how rising temperatures will change our lives, and in particular, what they mean for the production of food. The report, sadly, is massive and excruciatingly hard to digest. Our hats go off to the good folks at the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research

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The Impending Crisis in Aryavarta

Apr 4th, 2014 | By
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From the age of the Vedas—Hinduism’s oldest scripture—to modern graphic novels which revisit that idealized past, the word Aryavarta has come to define India. As an area, Aryavarta stretches from the western frontiers of modern Pakistan to India’s eastern edges, watered by three mighty rivers, the Indus, the Ganga and the Brahmaputra. This vast alluvial

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Bumpy Start For the Warsaw Mechanism on Climate Change ‘Loss & Damage’

Apr 4th, 2014 | By
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Reuters: Last year’s U.N. climate talks in Warsaw, Poland, may well be remembered for giving a human face to the once abstract concept of climate change “loss and damage”. The annual conference of 195 countries began in Poland just a few days after Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines, leaving a trail of destruction in its wake.

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IPCC Warning on Climate Risk: Worst is Yet to Come

Apr 4th, 2014 | By
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Note that the Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), in its Article 1, defines climate change as: ‘a change of climate which is attributed directly or indirectly to human activity that alters the composition of the global atmosphere and which is in addition to natural climate variability observed over comparable time periods.’ The UNFCCC thus

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Climate Change is More Than Just Hot Air

Apr 3rd, 2014 | By
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The Globe & Mail: For those who believe that the threat of global warming is overstated, the conclusions of the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change should serve as a jolt of reality. According to hundreds of scientists who authored the report, the future appears perilous if nothing is done. The panel warns that climate change

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Ban Praises Small Islands’ Commitment to Address Climate Change

Apr 3rd, 2014 | By
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UN News Center: United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today praised the commitment by small islands in the Pacific to low-carbon development and urged them to continue their ambitious efforts to combat climate change and spur other nations to come to a binding agreement on this issue next year. “Because you are on the front lines, you know that

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The IPCC Rings the Warning Bell Louder. Is Anyone Listening?

Apr 3rd, 2014 | By
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I have just spent a gruelling week in Yokohama, Japan at the plenary meeting of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). There the summary for policymakers on climate impacts, adaptation and vulnerability was adopted a day after the official closing, after an all-night marathon of work. The co-chairs of the working group crafting the

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Now or Never

Apr 2nd, 2014 | By




Republica: The new report of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) puts the dire consequences of human-induced climate change in sharp relief. The report, prepared with the help of 436 contributing authors and 1,729 experts and government reviewers drawn from 70 countries—making it the most comprehensive report of its kind—minces no words in

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Climate Change Threatens India’s Food Security

Apr 2nd, 2014 | By




High levels of warming resulting from continued growth in greenhouse gas emissions may have an adverse impact on India’s food security especially on rice and maize production, said a report on climate change. Press Trust of India (PTI) reports the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) as saying that India’s fisheries could also be negatively

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US Cools on States’ Climate Action

Apr 1st, 2014 | By
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In the last five years – five years marked by heat waves that broke all temperature records, an unprecedented superstorm that devastated New York, catastrophic blizzards in the north-eastern states and sustained drought in the south-west – American citizens have become more divided in their views on climate change. In 2008 seven out of 10

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