Global Warming

Climate Change, Not Grazing, Destroying The Tibetan Plateau

Feb 1st, 2013 | By
In the last 50 years, the average annual temperature in Sanjiangyuan has increased by 0.88℃, and the rate of glacier-loss has accelerated. (Image by Greenpeace)




Chinadialogue: Forcing herders to abandon nomadic way of life failing to stop desertification near the source of the Yellow River, an investigation reveals. Sanjiangyuan – which literally translates as the ‘three river source area’ – feeds China’s mightiest rivers. The 300,000-square kilometre region, high on western China’s Qinghai-Tibetan plateau, provides a quarter of the Yangtze’s

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Leaked IPCC Climate Report Shows UN Overestimated Global Warming

Jan 31st, 2013 | By
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The New American: Not scheduled for publication until next year, a leaked report by the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) presents evidence that fear-mongering over the magnitude of global warming may be a little too ambitious. The preliminary report, which is available for download online, was leaked this month by an individual

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Wind Power: What Is It We Are Trying To Save?

Jan 31st, 2013 | By
Hundreds of birds are killed worldwide each year from collisions with wind turbines.




The Ecologist: Luke Dale-Harris questions whether our concern over climate change is actually driving us to invest in renewable technologies that negatively impact the very natural wonders we are aiming to preserve. Even if the naysayers are right and they produce little else, wind farms most certainly generate debate. Ever since they started to become

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Cost Of Ignoring Warning Signs-EEA Lessons From Early Warnings

Jan 30th, 2013 | By
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EEA: New technologies have sometimes had very harmful effects, but in many cases the early warning signs have been suppressed or ignored. The second volume of Late Lessons from Early Warnings investigates specific cases where danger signals have gone unheeded, in some cases leading to deaths, illness and environmental destruction. The first volume of Late

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Climate Science Has Already Proved Its Worth

Jan 30th, 2013 | By
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ABC: Research into Australia’s unique climate has proven invaluable in dealing with bushfires and other extreme weather threats, writes Fred Hilmer. Shouldn’t we also listen to what it says about global warming? The recent heatwaves and raging bushfires have been a stark reminder of Australia’s particular vulnerability to extreme weather events. But amid the chaos

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Climate Change Is Real, Yet The US Press Is Not Reporting On The Urgency

Jan 30th, 2013 | By
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Ethics and Climate: Climate Change Is  Real, Yet The US Press Is Not Reporting On The Urgency and Magnitude of the Problem. One can tell by how climate change policies are being debated around much of the world that few people, including many very educated people,  understand the scale and urgency of the problem now

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Global Warming Less Extreme Than Feared?

Jan 29th, 2013 | By
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Science Daily: Global Warming Less Extreme Than Feared? New Estimates from a Norwegian Project On Climate Calculations. Policymakers are attempting to contain global warming at less than 2°C. New estimates from a Norwegian project on climate calculations indicate this target may be more attainable than many experts have feared. Climate researcher Caroline Leck of Stockholm

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Nicholas Stern: ‘I Got It Wrong On Climate Change-It’s Far, Far Worse’

Jan 29th, 2013 | By
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Guardian: Author of 2006 review speaks out on danger to economies as planet absorbs less carbon and is ‘on track’ for 4C rise. Nicholas Stern, author of the government-commissioned review on climate change that became the reference work for politicians and green campaigners, now says he underestimated the risks, and should have been more “blunt”

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Davos 2013: Four Simple Environmental Ideas To Consider

Jan 29th, 2013 | By
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Prevention Web: The World Economic Forum 2013 has spawned an impressive collection of reports that build a strong case for prompt and substantial action on climate change, development and sustainability. The Global Risks Report 2013 warns that stresses on economic and environmental systems are on a “collision course” that could pose “unprecedented challenges” to global

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Werner: Arctic Ice Loss Speeds Warming (Video)

Jan 25th, 2013 | By
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Mount HolyOke: Melting Arctic sea ice is no longer just evidence of a rapidly warming planet—it’s also part of the problem. Alan Werner, professor of geology at Mount Holyoke College, said that decreasing amounts of Arctic snow and ice in summer will lead to a greater degree of heat absorption at the North Pole. The

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Climate Conversations – Low carbon Resilience – Clever Idea Or Climate Panacea?

Jan 25th, 2013 | By
China's population are set to become the world's biggest per capita polluters Photo: Global Warming Images / Alamy




Alertnet: Instead of talking about climate change mitigation or climate change adaptation, developed and developing national governments – including Laos, Cambodia, Rwanda, Afghanistan and Nepal – are making plans to simultaneously reduce carbon emissions and build up resilience to the impacts of climate change. Eight of the least developed countries (LDCs) have developed some kind

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Curbing Climate Change Will Cost $700 Billion a Year

Jan 24th, 2013 | By
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Scientific American: The world must spend an extra $700 billion a year to curb its addiction to fossil fuels blamed for worsening floods and heat waves and rising sea levels, a study issued by the World Economic Forum (WEF) showed on Monday. The world must spend an extra $700 billion a year to curb its

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The Climate Change Endgame

Jan 24th, 2013 | By
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NYTimes: WHETHER in Davos or almost anywhere else that leaders are discussing the world’s problems, they are missing by far the biggest issue: the rapidly deteriorating global environment and its ability to support civilization. The situation is pretty much an endgame. Unless pressing issues of the biology of the planet and of climate change generated

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Leaked UN Climate Report Slammed For Citing WWF, Greenpeace

Jan 24th, 2013 | By
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Fox News: Critics are blasting a draft U.N. climate change report that combines studies by advocacy groups like the World Wildlife Fund and Greenpeace alongside scientific research papers — the same issue that led independent auditors to slam the U.N.’s last report. “You’d think that the IPCC would have learned its lesson, that it would

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Andes Glaciers Melting With Climate Change

Jan 24th, 2013 | By
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GRENOBLE, France, Jan. 22 (UPI) — Glaciers in South America’s Andes have been retreating at an increasing rate, which could affect the region’s water supply in the near future, scientists say. Writing in the journal The Cryosphere of the European Geosciences Union, researchers blame the melting rate, which has been increasing since the 1970s, on

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NASA Climate Data Indicates That The Long-Term Global Warming Trend Is Continuing

Jan 24th, 2013 | By
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Scientific American: New measurements by NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies indicate that 2012 was the ninth warmest year since 1880, and that the past decade or so has seen some of the warmest years in the last 132 years. One way to illustrate changes in global atmospheric temperatures is by looking at how far

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The 2013 Climate Change Wake-up Call

Jan 21st, 2013 | By
Bureau map for January 8 shows area of deep purple over Australia. Shades of deep purple and magenta have been added to the forecast map for temperatures up to 54 degrees Celsius (Source: BoM)




ABC Science: Is an extreme heatwave enough for people to start taking the science of climate change seriously in Australia? Dr Paul Willis hopes so. The hot weather that has besieged the nation since the beginning of the year and the associated bushfire threat has, I hope, been something of a cathartic experience for Australia.

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Nepal: Pilot Programme For Climate Resilience By World Bank

Jan 21st, 2013 | By
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World Bank: The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors has approved funding of a project that aims to enhance government capacity to mitigate climate-related hazards in Nepal by improving the accuracy and timeliness of weather and flood forecasts and warnings for climate-vulnerable communities. Funded by a Strategic Climate Fund grant of US$16 million, and a

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The Big China Climate Threat

Jan 21st, 2013 | By
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Asia Sentinel: The world faces another 17 years of potentially growing emissions from China’s industries Despite having become the world’s biggest emitter of greenhouse gases nearly two years ago, China is at least another 17 years away from peak emissions, according to a new report by the HSBC Climate Change Team, issued late last year.

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Community Adaptation To Climate Change In Macedonia (Video)

Jan 21st, 2013 | By
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IFRC: In November 2012, the Macedonian Red Cross helped facilitate a group of community members and volunteers in Kriva Palanka, Macedonia, to produce a participatory video to highlight the Macedonian Red Cross undergoing work with communities on climate change adaptation, disaster risk reduction and preparedness.  The community producers conducted interviews in different mountain villages featuring

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Cloud Nein: Drought And Climate Change

Jan 21st, 2013 | By
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WHEN the worst drought in 60 years hit America’s corn belt this summer, many people wondered if it was caused by climate change. It is too early to say much about such a recent episode but various studies have attributed earlier individual heatwaves or drought to global warming, notably those in Europe in 2003, Russia

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Scientists Call For War On Climate Change, But Who On Earth Is Listening?

Jan 18th, 2013 | By
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Climate Code RED: When it’s too late for half measures, the only option is to be really honest.  And that’s what a number of brave climate scientists have just done. It’s been a week of startling news that has buried the idea that reasonable action will keep global warming to 2°C, with evidence that the

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Soot Second Biggest Contributor To Climate Change

Jan 18th, 2013 | By
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Yahoo News: Soot, the black carbon that triggers smog and bouts of coughing, is also the biggest contributor to global warming after carbon dioxide, says a four-year assessment by US researchers. The new study concludes that black carbon, the soot particles in smoke and smog, contributes about twice as much to global warming as previously

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Climate Conversations-A 4°C Warmer World “Will Be Catastrophic” For Forest BD-Expert

Jan 17th, 2013 | By
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Alternet: Global temperatures may be climbing at a rate too fast for our forests and its biodiversity to adapt, a scientist with the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) warned after the World Bank predicted a 4°C warming of the planet if policymakers continue to be apathetic about greenhouse gas emissions. “The long-term effects will

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Glaciers As Proxy To Quantify Spatial Distribution Of Precipitation In Hunza Basin

Jan 17th, 2013 | By
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BioOne:  Glaciers as a Proxy to Quantify the Spatial Distribution of Precipitation in the Hunza Basin. Abstract Accurate quantification of the spatial distribution of precipitation in mountain regions is crucial for assessments of water resources and for the understanding of high-altitude hydrology, yet it is one of the largest unknowns due to the lack of

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Pachauri On Doha, IPCC Leaks And His Optimism

Jan 17th, 2013 | By
Helen Clark arrives at the launch of a joint China-India Country Study on Low Carbon Development with Dr. Rajendra Pachauri of India, chair of the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, May 12, 2012 (Photo courtesy UNDP)




Alertnet: The international climate community suffered a rocky finish to 2012 with slow progress, lacklustre ambition and a leak of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) authoritative Fifth Assessment Report (AR5). At the centre of this is Dr Rajendra K. Pachauri, chair of the IPCC and director general of The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI). The

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Where There’s Smoke or Smog, There’s Climate Change

Jan 17th, 2013 | By
UW atmospheric scientists Sarah Doherty (left) and Stephen Warren (right) taking snow samples in Greenland in summer 2010. (Credit: Image courtesy of University of Washington)




Science Daily: In addition to causing smoggy skies and chronic coughs, soot — or black carbon — turns out to be the number two contributor to global warming. It’s second only to carbon dioxide, according to a four-year assessment by an international panel. The new study concludes that black carbon, the soot particles in smoke

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Climate Change Will Force Farmers To Adapt: CSIRO

Jan 16th, 2013 | By
Photo: The CSIRO says Australia's farming regions and crops will look different in a warmer future. (Tim Wimborne: Reuters)




ABC: What effect will climate change have on agriculture and food production? This is the second of a five-part series in which environment reporter Sarah Clarke sets out to provide answers. Australia’s farmers will need to adapt to cope with a potentially hotter and drier continent as the effects of climate change take hold, scientists

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Algal Biofuels Are No Energy Panacea

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

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

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

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Climate Change May Bring Bigger Waves For Down Under

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




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

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Domestic Climate Laws Are Essential, Says UN

Jan 15th, 2013 | By
At a conference in London on Monday, Christiana Figueres, the UN climate chief, is to urge countries to set emissions targets. Photograph: Henning Kaiser/AFP




Guardian: Legislation at national level essential because ‘it is linchpin between action on the ground and international agreement’. Governments must enact domestic laws on climate change and greenhouse gas emissions if international efforts to stall global warming are to succeed, according to the UN’s climate chief. Christiana Figueres, who is spearheading the push for a

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Could We Acclimatise To The Hotter Summers To Come?

Jan 14th, 2013 | By
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The Conversation: Acclimatising to heat is a tough gig. Since 1970, central Australian regions have warmed 1.2ᵒC and as the world continues to get warmer, increasingly common and increasingly intense heat waves will make acclimatising even tougher. Our physiology is fantastically clever. Humans have managed to successfully inhabit most of the earth’s land surface, from

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How American Cities Are Adapting To Climate Change

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

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What Will It Take to Solve Climate Change?

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

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Climate Change And Disasters In Pakistan

Jan 14th, 2013 | By
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Climate change is an emerging threat for our planet. It has manifested in disasters of impulsive frequency and intensity in different parts of the world. Pakistan is facing large number of impacts resulting from climate change. The floods of 2010 and cyclones of 1997 and 2007 are harsh reminders of the fact that we are

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Atmospheric Pollution In Hindu Kush Himalaya Region

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

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World Bank Focuses On Climate Change In Hunt For Fresh Strategy

Jan 11th, 2013 | By
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Bloomberg: The World Bank can make a difference in areas such as climate change, education and health, President Jim Yong Kim said, as he crafts a strategy for the poverty- fighting lender. Having spent his first six months in the job listening to the staff and board of directors, Kim said he is taking steps

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Plugging The Energy Efficiency Gap With Climate Finance

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

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Climate Model Forecast Is Revised

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

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Nepal: Melting Rate Of Glacier Has Gone Up In The Himalayas

Jan 10th, 2013 | By
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Dr. Dambaru Ballab Kattel was interviewed by representative from Telegraph Nepal about the Glaciers in this mountain countries and what is his reading about glacial related phenomena. TQ1: How closely are you following the unfolding political events of Nepal-your own motherland? Kattel: Thecitizens of Nepal  living far from their country for a certain time (months

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Biofuels Cause Pollution, Not As Green As Thought – Study

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

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Adapt or Die: Why The Environmental Buzzword Of 2013 Will Be Resilience

Jan 9th, 2013 | By
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TIME: Journalists and politicians have short memories. Just two months ago, Superstorm Sandy was everywhere on the news. And it wasn’t just weather porn — there was serious debate about the impact climate change had on the storm, and about the now-obvious need to prepare cities for worse to come. Bloomberg Businessweek put it on the

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What Is Climate Change Adaptation And Mitigation?

Jan 9th, 2013 | By
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Mitigation: Due to historic emissions of greenhouse gases, it is now too late for us to avoid climate change. However, humans can influence the degree of future changes by reducing our current rate of greenhouse gas emissions – this is referred to as climate change mitigation. Targets have been set globally under the Kyoto protocol

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Is Climate Change Causing The Rise In Freakish Weather Conditions?

Jan 8th, 2013 | By
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Daily Mail UK: The bone-chilling cold in the Capital and similar extreme weather events across the country over the past few years are more than just freak happenings. Consider the following: In July 2005, four days of continuous rain left Mumbai completely flooded. In 1999, a super cyclone ravaged Orissa, while the country came under

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2013 Smart Guide: Arctic Melt Will Spark Weird Weather

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

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Climate Change May Have Spurred Human Evolution

Jan 8th, 2013 | By
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Scientific American: A record of changing climate in the Olduvai Gorge suggests early humans had to adapt to shifting ecosystems. An ancient lake whose shores vacillated between lush forests and dry savannahs shows how the changing climate may have shaped humanity’s dawn in eastern Africa, according to new research. Scientists studying organic remains dating back

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Communities Key To Adaptation

Jan 8th, 2013 | By
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The Herald Online: Indigenous knowledge and active community participation will be critical in any strategy that seeks to deal effectively with the impacts of climate change in Zimbabwe. These are the findings from a report, “Climate Change Impacts, Vulnerability and Adaptation in Zimbabwe”, released last month by the International Institute for Environment and Development. The

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Climate Adaptation Framework Published

Jan 8th, 2013 | By
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IIEA: While climate mitigation (emissions reduction) has been the central focus of climate policy making to date, 2013 will see a greater focus on adaptation to climate change. It is becoming increasingly challenging to keep global warming to 2oC, according to the cacophony of warnings from scientific and policy organisations including the Intergovernmental Panel on

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IPCC Temperature Projections Have Been Exceptionally Accurate

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

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Siachen Glacier Shrinking, Says Study

Jan 4th, 2013 | By
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Dawn: The Siachen Glacier has been reduced by 5.9km in longitudinal extent between 1989 and 2009 because of rising temperatures, says a study published recently. Human presence at Siachen may also be affecting the neighbouring glaciers of Gangotri, Miyar, Milan and Janapa which feed Ganges, Chenab and Sutlej rivers. The study, Climate Data and Modeling

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Extent of Climate Change and Impact on Indian Agriculture (Presentation)

Jan 4th, 2013 | By
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Extent of climate change over India and its projected impact on Indian agriculture – A presentation by Dr Raj – The Kerala Environment Congress – Organised by the Centre for Environment and Development (2012)






Climatic Changes To Hit Pakistan Harder: Study

Jan 3rd, 2013 | By
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Dawn: As the Bay of Bengal is cooling down and the North Arabian Sea is warming up, the number of tropical cyclones has increased owing to the temperature shifting trend. Data collected from 56 meteorological stations in Pakistan shows a sharp rise in temperature during the first decade of the 21st century, except the year

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Ten Solar Energy Predictions For 2013

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

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Guide To Greener Electronics 18

Jan 3rd, 2013 | By
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Greenpeace: Every day, more people around the world rely on laptops, phones and tablets to make their lives more productive and fun. Electronic gadgets can make our lives better, but the rate at which we purchase and discard these devices is having a serious impact on our planet. Consumers have expressed their desire for greener

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Impact of Snow And Glacier Melt On Water: EU HighNoon Project

Jan 2nd, 2013 | By
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Impact of snow and glacier melt on the water security of users of the Ganges, India Ewout Zwolsman, an MSc student from Wageningen University, assessed for the HighNoon project the contribution of snow- and ice melt to the water demand in the Ganges basin as part of his final Masters thesis. The first challenge was

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Will US Move Forward To Address Climate Change Concerns?

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

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Doha Climate Change Conference Another Lost Opportunity To Enhance Ambition

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

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Costs Of Climate Change Adaptation In Europe: A Review

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

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Climate Data ‘Has Helped African Farmers Boost Production’

Dec 28th, 2012 | By
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SciDev.Net: Farming communities in Africa are benefitting from an exchange programme to improve access to, and understanding of, climate science, according to a report presented at a seminar. The seminar, held in in Dakar, Senegal, last month (20–21 November), discussed the results of the programme — which encompassed two demonstration studies in Kenya and Senegal —

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