Global Warming

Women Are ‘Key Drivers’ In Climate Change Adaptation

May 13th, 2013 | By
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Thomson Reuters Foundation: Plans to protect ecosystems and help people adapt to climate change ― also known as ecosystem-based adaptation (EBA) ― must involve vulnerable groups, including women and communities greatly hit by global warming if they are to succeed, according to scientists who met in Tanzania last month (21-23 March). Scientists and policymakers at the UN-ledinternational

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As Climate Change Threatens, Water Cooperation Becomes Vital

May 2nd, 2013 | By
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World Bank: On World Water Day 2013: 85% of the world’s population lives on the driest half of the land, 783 million people do not have access to clean water, and 2.5 billion do not have access to adequate sanitation. The economic and health effects will be exacerbated by climate change and its effect on

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Is There Hope For Hydropower As The Climate Changes?

May 2nd, 2013 | By
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Hydropower is by far the most established form of renewable energy. Though not without environmental impact, either in terms of the local environment or, in the case of large dams, in terms of carbon emissions from the reservoirs behind the dams, hydro is here to stay. Unfortunately hydropower will be affected to a far greater

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Plants Can Moderate Climate Warming, New Research Shows

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

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Iron Lady” Took Strong Stance on Climate Change

Apr 29th, 2013 | By
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Scientific American: Margaret Thatcher, who passed away on April 8, saw global warming as a threat. Margaret Thatcher, the “Iron Lady” of British politics who died Monday at the age of 87, is being lionized as the woman who tilted British domestic and economic policy to the right. Less noted is how seriously she viewed

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Does Past Climate Change Tell About Global Warming?

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

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Sea Level Rise And Global Warming

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

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What You Need to Know About Fighting Climate Change

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

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Pakistan Farmers Grapple With Climate Change

Apr 25th, 2013 | By
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Aljazeera: Government attempts a new insurance scheme to protect farmers from floods and other worsening weather problems. After five consecutive dry winters, Abdul Qadeer was jubilant at the prospect of a plentiful harvest of wheat after December rains soaked his farmland. But the 39-year-old farmer’s hopes were destroyed last month by torrential spring rains and

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The Global Distribution And Burden Of Dengue

Apr 25th, 2013 | By
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Nature: Dengue is a systemic viral infection transmitted between humans by Aedes mosquitoes1. For some patients, dengue is a life-threatening illness2. There are currently no licensed vaccines or specific therapeutics, and substantial vector control efforts have not stopped its rapid emergence and global spread3. The contemporary worldwide distribution of the risk of dengue virus infection4

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Warmer Seas Dim Antarctic Clams’ Ardour

Apr 24th, 2013 | By
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CNN: They may be small and live in some of the most inaccessible regions on the planet, but the behaviour of Antarctic clams could be key to understanding how ocean life adapts to changes in climate. Antarctic clams (Laternula elliptica) play a vital role in the ocean ecosystem, drawing down carbon into sea-bed sediments and

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Antarctica Warming-Photo Gallery National Geographic

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

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China And India Talk Up Plans For National Climate Action

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

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Pakistan Revamps Climate Change Research Centre

Apr 22nd, 2013 | By
Staff members of the Pakistan Meteorological Department plant a weather monitoring station at Passu Glacier, south of Passu village on the Karakoram Highway in Gilgit-Baltistan province. Photo: PMD




Alertnet: Pakistan’s government has boosted the funding of a state institution that researches the impacts of climate change, and granted it autonomy, in an effort to increase the quality of its recommendations on climate resilience for government policy and programmes. The Global Change Impact Studies Centre (GCISC) will focus on research aimed at helping sectors

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Climate Models Fail To ‘Predict’ US Droughts

Apr 22nd, 2013 | By
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Scientific American: Most of my day job involves simulating the behavior of molecules like drugs and proteins using computer models. The field is more an art than a science, partially because the systems that are being modeled are too complex and ill-understood to succumb to exact solutions. Success often depends on experience and intuition gained

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Continental Climate Changes Vary Widely

Apr 22nd, 2013 | By
Last year’s US drought stretched from Arizona to Florida and brought misery to many
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CNN: Work by an international scientific team has disclosed what the patterns of climate change have been across almost all the Earth’s continents over the past millennium. and sometimes longer. LONDON, 21 April – A worldwide consortium of 70 scientists has completed the most detailed climatic history of the planet so far during the last

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Is Climate Change Taking A Break?

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

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Argentine Flooding: Climate Change And Poor Urban Planning

Apr 22nd, 2013 | By
A 6-inch rain in less than two hours earlier this month has Buenos Aires' politicians pointing at each other. Who caused this? Image: Flickr/Jonathan Evans




Scientific American: Rain began to fall over the Argentine capital of Buenos Aires late at night April 1. By the next morning, rainfall records for the month had been broken and the city woke up to find its streets covered with water. Torrential rains dumped more than 6 inches of water on the city in

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Nepal: Minister Urges For Change In Agro Evaluation System

Apr 22nd, 2013 | By
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Himalayan Times: Minister for Agriculture Development Tek Bahadur Thapa Gharti has directed ministry officials to evaluate the performance of projects based on the benefits that the projects have provided to people. Impact on livelihoods should be the base for evaluating the projects, he said during a performance review meeting of the Agriculture Ministry. “The traditional

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India: West Doing Little For Climate Change, Says Manmohan

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

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Millions Face Starvation As World Warms, Say Scientists

Apr 15th, 2013 | By
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Guardian: World is unprepared for changes that will see parts of Africa turned into disaster areas, say food experts. Millions of people could become destitute in Africa and Asia as staple foods more than double in price by 2050 as a result of extreme temperatures, floods and droughts that will transform the way the world

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Heat Warning System For India’s Harsh Summer

Apr 15th, 2013 | By
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NRDC: I found it quite interesting that an Indian city should have a proper ‘action plan’ to tackle the effects of changing climate patterns that have resulted in some severe summer temperatures in the last decade. Living in India, the action plans by city or state administrations we have mostly seen are: close schools and

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Antarctic Peninsula’s Thaw Speeds Up

Apr 15th, 2013 | By
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CNN: Ice in parts of the Antarctic Peninsula is now melting during the summer faster than at any time in the last thousand years, and the most marked speed-up in the thaw has occurred since 1960, scientists say. Summer ice melt in the Antarctic Peninsula has increased almost 10-fold in the last 600 years,  weakening

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Biofuels Cost Both Rich And Poor

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

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NAMA Tool: Steps From Idea Towards Implementation

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

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Climate Change To Hit Saudi’s Agriculture, Water

Apr 12th, 2013 | By
Climate change will cause hotter weather and run-off in differing areas of Saudi Arabia

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Scidev.net: Scientists in Saudi Arabia say that by the end of 2050 parts of the country will be hotter and have reduced precipitation, which could affect agricultural productivity. The work was published in February’s issue of the Arabian Journal for Science and Engineering. [1] It predicts that average temperatures in Saudi Arabia could increase by

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How Lighter Than Air Carbon Can Help Cut Emissions

Apr 12th, 2013 | By
Professor Gao Chao of Zhejiang University who led the study photographs a limp of his carbon aerogel balancing on a blade of grass (Gao Chao)




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

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Oceans May Explain Slowdown In Climate Change: Study

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

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Making A Difference: Indian Man Proves Power Of One

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




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

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Fasten Seat Belts For Bumpier Flights: Climate Study

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




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

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More Research Stations Planned For Antarctica

Apr 11th, 2013 | By
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China Daily: China plans to increase its presence in Antarctica with two more research stations, an official in charge of the country’s scientific programs in the polar regions said on Tuesday. The two new facilities are expected to join the existing three Chinese stations on Antarctica — Changcheng (Great Wall), Zhongshan, and Kunlun — by

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Climate Change Impacts And Adaptation Responses On Agriculture

Apr 11th, 2013 | By
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World Bank: Looking Beyond the Horizon: How Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation Responses Will Reshape Agriculture in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Food security remains a key development challenge across the globe, with some projections estimating the need for an increase in agricultural production of 70-100 percent by 2050. Shifts in temperature and precipitation are

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Mekong Region Facing 6 Degree-Warming, Climate Extremes

Apr 11th, 2013 | By
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Asian Scientist: Temperatures in South-East Asia’s Lower Mekong Basin are set to rise by up to three times the global average temperature increase, according to a USAID-funded study. By Alexander Hotz – Temperatures in South-East Asia’s Lower Mekong Basin are set to rise by up to three times the global average temperature increase, according to

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Scaling Up Climate Services for Farmers in Africa and South Asia

Apr 9th, 2013 | By
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A new output report from the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) has been published which is an outcome of an international workshop on “Scaling up Climate Services for Farmers in Africa and South Asia,”.  Jointly with USAID, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the Climate Services Partnership (CSP), CCAFS

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Earth’s Interior Cycles Contributed To Long-Term Sea-Level & Climate Change

Apr 9th, 2013 | By
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ANI: Cyclical activity below the Earth’s surface does indeed play a part in rising sea levels and global warming, a new study has found. However, the article’s authors, New York University’s Michael Rampino and Carleton University’s Andreas Prokoph, note that changes spurred by the earth’s interior are gradual, taking place in periods ranging from 60

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What Happens In Nepal Doesn’t Stay In Nepal

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

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Rising Sea Levels Threat: Says RK Pachauri

Apr 8th, 2013 | By
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First Post: Rising sea levels due to climate change are threatening the survival of big cities located near coastal areas like Kolkata, Shanghai and Dhaka, said Dr RK Pachauri, chairperson of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). “There is a very high risk in delta cities like Kolkata, Shanghai and Dhaka. They are very

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10 Things To Know About Climate Finance

Apr 5th, 2013 | By
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Climatefundsupdates: The Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC is the largest event of the year for those working on climate change. This year attention turns to Qatar, the host of the 18th of these major conferences. Once again, the hot topic will be how to finance developing-country efforts to respond to climate change. 2013

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28,000 Rivers Wiped Off The Map Of China

Apr 5th, 2013 | By
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The Australian: ABOUT 28,000 rivers have disappeared from China’s state maps, an absence seized upon by environmentalists as evidence of the irreversible natural cost of developmental excesses. More than half of the rivers previously thought to exist in China appear to be missing, according to the 800,000 surveyors who compiled the first national water census,

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Green Walls To Cut Pollution In Cities

Apr 4th, 2013 | By
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‘Adaptation Ideas’ is a new series of Climate Himalaya. Here we will be showcasing a number of simple, practical and innovative ideas those could be adopted by individuals, communities and organizations for various environment friendly adaptive practices at home, offices and in public places. The purpose of this ongoing series is to disseminate and communicate

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Status Of Glaciers In Hindu Kush Himalayan Region

Apr 4th, 2013 | By
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BioOne: The Hindu Kush–Himalayan (HKH) region encompasses a mountainous area of more than 4,192,000 km2 in the countries of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal, and Pakistan. The region is one of the most dynamic, fragile, and complex mountain systems in the world as a result of tectonic activity and the rich diversity of climates,

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Civilisation And Environment: Ashes To Ashes

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

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Goats Are Going To Love Global Warming

Apr 3rd, 2013 | By
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Discovery: Something strange is happening on the Isle of Rum in Scotland. The wild goats in this nature preserve usually struggle to survive in the north. Now they’re poised to take over. Normally the goats on the island find themselves up against short daylight hours, cold temperatures, and increasingly poor quality vegetation to eat, Harriet

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Poorest Nations Say Yes To Emissions Cuts

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

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20 Year HiatusIn Rising Temperatures-Climate Scientists Puzzled

Apr 1st, 2013 | By
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DEBATE about the reality of a two-decade pause in global warming and what it means has made its way from the sceptical fringe to the mainstream. In a lengthy article this week, The Economist magazine said if climate scientists were credit-rating agencies, then climate sensitivity – the way climate reacts to changes in carbon-dioxide levels

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Climate Change: One More Problem For Pakistan

Apr 1st, 2013 | By
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Climate Central: The Indus river, originating on the Tibetan Plateau and flowing for nearly 2,000 miles through the disputed territory of Jammu and Kashmir and finally down to the province of Sindh and out into the Arabian Sea, is key to life in Pakistan. The majority of Pakistan’s 190 million people are involved in agriculture:

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Climate Change Is Here, Ready or Not. So What Now?

Apr 1st, 2013 | By
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The Daily Beast: Welcome to a warmer, wilder world! We need to stop debating and start accepting that climate change is happening. Eugene Linden on how adaptation and market forces (hint: insurance companies) might temper the coming catastrophe. To paraphrase Hemingway, climate change first comes gradually and then all at once. Now that the negative

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Geo Engineering Could Imperil Sahel

Apr 1st, 2013 | By
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CNN: Attempts to tackle climate change by altering the atmosphere – geo-engineering – may have unpredictable effects. They could even trigger disaster in a drought-prone region of Africa, a study suggests. Less than three weeks after two US researchers called for global agreement on the governance of geo-engineering research, British meteorologists have provided a case

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Warming Increases Antarctic Ice

Apr 1st, 2013 | By
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CNN: The amount of ice in the Antarctic is increasing, scientists say – as a strange consequence of global warming. But at the other end of the world melting is proceeding apace. The Arctic may be shrinking as the world warms but Antarctic sea ice is expanding. Blame global warming for that, too, say Dutch

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Sustainable Happy Efficient:Toward Comprehensive Indicator Of Well Being

Mar 29th, 2013 | By
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Policy Innovations: Historically, Gross Domestic Product (GDP) has been accepted as a proxy measurement of well-being in society, though its faults and flaws when used for this purpose are legion and increasingly apparent. GDP measures the volume of monetary exchange within the economy—the commotion of money and nothing more. That makes it an infinite planet

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Asia Cuts Its Carbon Faster Than Europe

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

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Bio-Cement Solves Two Problems

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

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

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

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Geoengineering Is A Dangerous SolutionTo Climate Change

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

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Climate Solver Awards

Mar 25th, 2013 | By
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WWF-India recognizes organizations contributing towards addressing climate change with Climate Solver Awards. While political will to tackle climate change is still weak, the will of creative and energetic entrepreneurs working in the field of climate innovation is on the increase. WWF is encouraging small and medium enterprises (SMEs) that are developing innovative technologies and processes

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How Will Climate Change Affect The Himalayas?

Mar 25th, 2013 | By
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CS Monitor: Almost half of the world gets its water from the Himalayas and other high mountains, but little is known about how global warming will affect these sources. A team of scientists ventured to the roof of the world to investigate. The distribution of water in Asia’s highest mountains and driest deserts tells an

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Norwegian Startup Launches Its Green Data Center Services

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

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Inequality Climate Change Threaten Historic Gains: HDR 2013

Mar 21st, 2013 | By
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UN Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark today launched UNDP’s 2013 Human Development Report, which charts the unprecedented rise of developing countries to create a new “global middle class.” “The development landscape is very different today from when the first Human Development Report was launched 23 years ago,” Helen Clark said, releasing UNDP’s 22nd flagship

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Living Within A Fair Share Ecological Footprint

Mar 20th, 2013 | By
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According to many authorities the impact of humanity on the earth is already overshooting the earth’s capacity to supply humanity’s needs. This is an unsustainable position. This book does not focus on the problem but on the solution, by showing what it is like to live within a fair earth share ecological footprint. The authors

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United Nations: Developing Countries Imperiled By Climate Change

Mar 19th, 2013 | By
In this Nov. 2, 2012 photo, a woman walks toward a well through clouds of dust raised by cattle in the Mao region of Chad. For generations, the people of this bone-dry region lived off their herds, but climate change has meant that the normally once-a-decade droughts are now coming every few years. (Rebecca Blackwell/AP)




RawStory: The rise of developing nations has cut poverty while the combined economies of Brazil, China and India are on a path to overtake wealthy nations, but failure to act on climate change could reverse those gains, a UN report said Thursday. Developing nations are now driving economic growth, helping to lift hundreds of millions

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