Green House Gas Emissions

Global Effort Needed to Curb Rising Global Temperature

Apr 29th, 2014 | By
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The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s recent report on Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability has clearly unveiled that the world is unprepared for many of the impacts of climate change. Canadian researchers involved with the study said that Canadian government as an IPCC member is well aware of the dangers of climate change. But politicians in

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UN’s Carbon Role Questioned as $200 mln Cash Pile Sits Idle

Apr 25th, 2014 | By




Reuters: The U.N. body tasked with channelling hundreds of billions of dollars to cutting emissions is under growing scrutiny as its once booming investment programme dries up, leaving most of its funds unspent while other climate initiatives are short of cash. The Kyoto Protocol’s Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) has helped funnel almost $400 billion into

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Corn Biofuels Worse Than Gasoline on Global Warming in Short Term – Study

Apr 21st, 2014 | By
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The Guardian: Biofuels made from the leftovers of harvested corn plants are worse than gasoline for global warming in the short term, a new study shows, challenging the Obama administration’s conclusions that they are a much cleaner oil alternative and will help combat climate change. A $500,000 study – paid for by the federal government and released Sunday

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The Cost of Limiting Climate Change Could Double without Carbon Capture Technology

Apr 19th, 2014 | By
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When it comes to technology for averting climate change, renewable energy often gets the limelight. But a relatively neglected technology—capturing carbon dioxide from power plants—could have a far bigger impact on the economics of dealing with climate change, according to a U.N. report released earlier this week. The report is the third in a series of major

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IPCC: Bioenergy to Play Significant Role in Carbon Mitigation

Apr 17th, 2014 | By
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Bioenergy plays a big role in the multiple mitigation scenarios examined in the AR5 report from the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and is expected to play a role in the future. “Bioenergy’s share of total regional electricity and liquid fuels is projected to be up to 35 percent and 75 percent, respectively,

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Global Warming: Too Warm For Comfort

Apr 14th, 2014 | By
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CLIMATE change and global warming are here, no doubt about it,” an editorial by the BusinessMirror declares.  Sen. Loren Legarda agreed: “Climate change is now a clear and present danger and a national security concern for our country.” Climate change has become, in recent years, the most fashionable horror story of science.  Scientists, politicians and laymen are alarmed

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More CO2 Limits Plants’ Protein Output

Apr 13th, 2014 | By
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As global temperatures rise, more than one third of the land surface may become more arid. Although there will be changes in rainfall patterns, heat – and the attendant evaporation of the soil – could extend ever drier conditions to more and more farmland and cities, according to research in the journal Climate Dynamics. The new

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UN Dilemma Over ‘Cinderella’ Technology

Apr 13th, 2014 | By
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BBC News: Members of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) meeting here in Berlin, will shortly publish a key study on how to curb rising temperatures. One of the techniques they are considering is a little known method called Bio-Energy Carbon Capture and Storage (Beccs). But critics warn that the technology is unproven and could

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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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Camels are Frugal Methane Emitters

Apr 10th, 2014 | By
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Climate News Network: Never accuse science of neglecting the smallest and apparently least significant detail in its efforts to understand fully how the Earth and all that’s in it keeps going. One of the latest arcane revelations comes from scientists in Switzerland, who describe in the Public Library of Science journal PLOS One why we should not heap

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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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IPCC: World Can Curb Carbon Emissions

Apr 9th, 2014 | By
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The world, acting urgently, can curb carbon emissions enough to avert worst-case scenarios for climate change, UN experts said on Monday as envoys met in Berlin to weigh the options for action. “The literature here shows that deep cuts in greenhouse gas emissions to limit warming to 2°C remain possible”, said Ottmar Edenhofer, who helped

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Leaked IPCC Climate Plan to Worsen Global Warming – Ecologists

Apr 8th, 2014 | By
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The Guardian: A British environmental organisation that has reviewed the draft of a forthcoming UN IPCC report on mitigating climate change has questioned many of the document’s recommendations as deeply flawed. Dr Rachel Smolker, co-director of Biofuelwatch, said that the report’s embrace of “largely untested” and “very risky” technologies like bioenergy with carbon capture and sequestration (BECCS), will

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Rising Carbon Dioxide Level Affecting Food Quality

Apr 8th, 2014 | By




Press Trust of India: Rising carbon dioxide level in the atmosphere is lowering protein in key dietary crops which may affect the nutritious value of foods, a new study has warned. For the first time, a field test has demonstrated that elevated levels of carbon dioxide inhibit plants’ assimilation of nitrate into proteins, indicating that the

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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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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 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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An Answer to the Demand-Supply Challenge of Climate Change

Mar 31st, 2014 | By




As more and more companies get affected by environmental urgencies, tough environmental regulations and consumer pressures, India Inc is realising the urgent need to measure and mitigate the business impacts of these on nature and society. With this in the background, the CII-ITC Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Development organised the ‘Business Forum on Climate

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Adaption Crucial in Dealing With Climate Issues

Mar 30th, 2014 | By




Climate Change Minister Tim Groser welcomes a new Climate Change report from the Intergovernmental Panel that puts a focus on adapting to the impacts of climate change. “The latest IPCC report is another useful contribution to climate change science that will help inform our climate policy. We can use the information in the report to

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Should the World Flirt With a Biomass Solution?

Mar 27th, 2014 | By




Reuters: A little-known technology that may be able to take the equivalent of China’s greenhouse gas emissions out of the carbon cycle could be the radical policy shift needed to slow climate change this century, a draft UN report shows. Using the technology, power plants would burn biomass – wood, wood pellets, or plant waste

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Weather Extremes ‘Consistent’ With Man-made Climate Change: UN

Mar 25th, 2014 | By
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Zee News India: Extreme events of 2013 like the Philippines’ devastating Typhoon Haiyan and drought in Australia were consistent with man-made climate change, the UN’s weather agency said today. Michel Jarraud, secretary general of the World Meterological Organization (WMO), declared this as he released his agency’s annual climate report. “We saw heavier precipitation, more intense heat,

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UN Climate Scientists see Grim Future if no Action

Mar 24th, 2014 | By
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UN scientists are set to deliver their darkest report yet on the impacts of climate change, pointing to a future stalked by floods, drought, conflict and economic damage if carbon emissions go untamed. A draft of their report, seen by Agence France-Presse, is part of a massive overview by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

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Heat Extremes Threaten Crop Yields

Mar 21st, 2014 | By
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Climate News Network: Rampant climate change driven by ever-rising levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere poses a serious threat to world food supply, according to a new study in Environmental Research Letters. The hazard comes not from high average temperatures, but the likelihood of heat extremes at times when crops are most sensitive to stress. And the

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Climate Change Accelerates Greenland Ice Loss

Mar 21st, 2014 | By
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The Greenland ice sheet, and particularly glaciers in the southeast and northwest, has been a significant contributor to global sea-level rise over the past 20 years. However, the northeast ice stream, which drains 16% of the ice sheet, was not thought to contribute. Research now shows that all margins of the Greenland ice sheet are now unstable—and

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Warmer Freshwater Emits More Methane

Mar 20th, 2014 | By
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Climate News Network: British scientists have identified yet another twist to the threat of global warming. Any further rises in temperature are likely to accelerate the release of methane from rivers, lakes, deltas, bogs, swamps, marshlands and rice paddy fields. Methane or natural gas is a greenhouse gas. Weight for weight, it is more than 20 times more potent than

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Earth Will Cross the Climate Danger Threshold by 2036

Mar 20th, 2014 | By
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“Temperatures have been flat for 15 years—nobody can properly explain it,” the Wall Street Journal says. “Global warming ‘pause’ may last for 20 more years, and Arctic sea ice has already started to recover,” the Daily Mail says. Such reassuring claims about climate abound in the popular media, but they are misleading at best. Global warming continues unabated, and

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Climate Change is Putting World at Risk of Irreversible Changes, Scientists Warn

Mar 18th, 2014 | By
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The Guardian: The world is at growing risk of “abrupt, unpredictable and potentially irreversible changes” because of a warming climate, America’s premier scientific society warned on Tuesday. In a rare intervention into a policy debate, the American Association for the Advancement of Science urged Americans to act swiftly to reduce greenhouse gas emissions – and lower

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Post-2020 Emissions-Reduction Contribution: Which Time Frame Should We Choose?

Mar 14th, 2014 | By
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As countries negotiate a new international climate agreement for the post-2020 period—including at this week’s intersessional meeting in Bonn, Germany—the key choices for putting the world on a secure pathway to a low-carbon future should be front-of-mind. The new agreement will be essential for putting in place the policies beyond 2020 that ensure a shift

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EU Parliament Backs Law to Curb “Super” Greenhouse Gases

Mar 13th, 2014 | By




(Reuters) – The European Parliament on Wednesday backed a law to curb the use of “super” greenhouse gases used in fridges and air conditioners, which have a global warming potential thousands of times greater than carbon dioxide. Lawmakers meeting in Strasbourg, France voted 644 to 19 in favour of a European Commission proposal to cut the use

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New Round of Climate Talks Focuses on Setting Deadlines

Mar 12th, 2014 | By
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The latest round of United Nations climate talks began March 10 in Bonn with a call for “concrete action” from the UN’s top climate change official. Christiana Figueres, head of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, said during the opening plenary session that she has received support from local political leaders, nongovernmental groups, private

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Swiss Seek Precision as Nations Shape Carbon Market

Mar 10th, 2014 | By
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Nations setting up carbon markets must standardize their emission-reduction benchmarks to ensure international efforts to limit global warming stay on track, according to Switzerland’s climate envoy. At least 30 of 200 countries meeting at talks this week in Bonn are developing carbon trading systems to help meet emissions targets under a worldwide treaty to start in

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New Incentives to Encourage Investments in Renewable Energy

Mar 9th, 2014 | By
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Over the next decade, Britain will need £200 billion pounds is needed to reach its low-carbon energy investment. The European Union is legally binded by the Kyoto Protocol to reduce their emissions by 20 per cent from the levels of the 90’s by 2020. Since the launch of the Green Investment Bank (GIB) in 2012,

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China Tells Rich to do More to Lead Fight Against Climate Change

Mar 7th, 2014 | By
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(Reuters) – China, the top greenhouse gas emitter, urged rich nations on Thursday to do more to lead the fight against climate change and help avert heatwaves, floods and rising sea levels. In a submission to the United Nations before a March 10-14 meeting of governments in Germany, Beijing called on developed countries to make

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Focus on Low Carbon Technology, Says Former UN Climate Chief

Mar 7th, 2014 | By
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The Guardian: Efforts to tackle climate change must urgently focus on implementing low carbon technologies such as wind and solar power rather than discussions of the science and quarrels over policy, the former United Nations climate chief has said. Yvo de Boer headed the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change from 2006 to 2010, and was the chief mover

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New Climate Satellite for ESA to Track GHG’s for Key Data

Mar 5th, 2014 | By
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Airbus Defence and Space, Europe’s leading space company, will be pushing ahead with the preparation of CarbonSat, a new climate satellite for the European Space Agency (ESA), over the next 2 years. In December 2013, ESA kicked off the Phase A2 activities which will be followed by the Phase B1 starting in late summer to

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Soil as Carbon Storehouse: New Weapon in Climate Fight?

Mar 5th, 2014 | By
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In the 19th century, as land-hungry pioneers steered their wagon trains westward across the United States, they encountered a vast landscape of towering grasses that nurtured deep, fertile soils. Today, just three percent of North America’s tall grass prairie remains. Its disappearance has had a dramatic impact on the landscape and ecology of the U.S., but a key

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Human-caused Global Warming Theory Weakening

Mar 5th, 2014 | By
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The primary evidence linking human activity to global warming is getting shakier every year. There should have been about +0.4°C of surface warming since 1998 brought on by an accelerating rise in CO2 levels, according to IPCC models. There has not been. This is a big deal; the IPCC says earth’s temperature has risen only +0.85°C

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Global Climate Laws Now Cover Nearly 90% of Carbon Pollution

Feb 27th, 2014 | By
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Over 60 countries responsible for 88% of global greenhouse gas emissions now have legislation aimed at cutting carbon pollution and promoting green growth. The finding is part of a new study by the London-based NGO Globe International, which the UN says is the most comprehensive analysis to date of the reach and depth of national climate

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Geo-engineering No Holy Grail – Study

Feb 26th, 2014 | By
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Far from offering a simple fix, sci-fi solutions to global warming may in fact make the problem worse, a probe of “geo-engineering” options said on Tuesday. Once mocked as unscientific, geo-engineering proposals are gaining traction as carbon emissions soar, placing Earth on track for warming of maybe four degrees Celsius (7.2 degrees Fahrenheit) by 2100.

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Livestock Diet ‘Can Cut GHG Emissions’

Feb 25th, 2014 | By
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Climate News Network: Here’s a way to make cattle emit lower volumes of methane through their digestive tracts: give the beasts a higher-quality diet. That way, you get more stock on less grassland, get improved yields per hectare and at the same time reduce greenhouse gas emissions, according to new research in the Proceedings of the National

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Sun-Dimming Volcanoes Partly Explain Global Warming Hiatus

Feb 24th, 2014 | By




(Reuters) – Small volcanic eruptions help explain a hiatus in global warming this century by dimming sunlight and offsetting a rise in emissions of heat-trapping gases to record highs, a study showed on Sunday. Eruptions of at least 17 volcanoes since 2000, including Nabro in Eritrea, Kasatochi in Alaska and Merapi in Indonesia, ejected sulfur whose

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China Takes Steps Against Continuous Pollution

Feb 23rd, 2014 | By




Several regions took today measures to prevent a worsening of the current environmental pollution levels, including limiting the circulation of vehicles and suspending industrial production and construction works. Open air activities were also banned in kindergartens and elementary and secondary schools. According to official reports, in northern Hebei province, on orange alert, private cars with

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Govt to Clear Rs 13,000 Crore Fund for Green India Mission Tomorrow

Feb 20th, 2014 | By




Times News Network: Government may on Thursday clear Rs 13,000 crore fund for its much awaited ‘Green India Mission’ which aims at enhancing carbon sinks through large scale afforestation across the country. The Mission is part of the Centre’s plan to fight climate change by increasing the forest cover by 10 million hectare in the next

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U.S. Wants Poor and Rich Countries Alike to Cut Emissions Under Next Climate Treaty

Feb 14th, 2014 | By
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If the U.S. gets its way, developing countries will need to roll up their sleeves and do more to slow down global warming. The Obama administration is taking the position that poor and rich countries alike should be legally obligated to reduce the amount of climate-changing pollution that they produce after 2020, when a new

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The ‘Pause’ in Global Warming is Not Even a Thing

Feb 12th, 2014 | By
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The Guardian: The idea that global warming has “paused” or is currently chillaxing in a comfy chair with the words “hiatus” written on it has been getting a good run in the media of late. Much of this is down to a new study analysing why one single measure of climate change – the temperatures on

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Coastal Flooding ‘May Cost $100,000 bn a Year by 2100′

Feb 12th, 2014 | By
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Climate News Network: If global warming continues on its present ominous path, and if no significant adaptation measures are launched, then coastal flooding could be costing the planet’s economies $100,000 billion a year by 2100. And perhaps 5% of the people on the planet – up to 600 million people – could be hit by coastal

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IPCC Accepts GWP of R1234yf Refrigerant is ‘Lower Than CO2’

Feb 12th, 2014 | By




The UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has confirmed that the automotive HFO refrigerant R1234yf has a GWP of less than 1.0, making it lower than CO2 The UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has confirmed that the automotive HFO refrigerant R1234yf has a GWP of less than 1.0, making it lower than CO2. “The

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Tanzania: Low Carbon Development to Enhance Climate Adaptation, Reduce Poverty

Feb 12th, 2014 | By




TANZANIA is among countries that produce very low emissions of greenhouse gases with major emitting sectors being forestry through deforestation, transport and farming through crop production and livestock keeping. However the country’s emission of greenhouse gases is predicted to increase unless measures are taken to institute systems that enhance low carbon development in key sectors

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Carbon Output ‘Will climb 29% by 2035′

Feb 9th, 2014 | By
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Climate News Network: The good news, from the climate’s standpoint, is that while global demand for energy is continuing to grow, the growth is slowing. The bad news is that one energy giant predicts global carbon dioxide emissions will probably rise by almost a third in the next 20 years. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says

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Nepal: Measuring Resilience to Climate Change From the Community Up

Feb 9th, 2014 | By
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Nepal’s vulnerability to a warming climate became clear in May 2012 when the Seti river burst its banks during flash floods and landslides that killed more than 60 people. Scientists say such events are likely to become more common as the world warms, so communities need to adapt. The Government of Nepal is well aware of

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Stimulating Interim Demand for Emission Reductions From Forests and Land Use

Feb 9th, 2014 | By




A new report titled ‘Stimulating interim demand for REDD+ emission reductions: the need for a strategic intervention’ from the Interim Forest Finance project – a collaboration of the Global Canopy Programme, the Amazon Environmental Research Institute, Fauna & Flora International, and UNEP Finance Initiative  – has been launched and calls for a US$12bn boost for

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Global Climate Change: Who is Fooling Whom?

Feb 5th, 2014 | By
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Global warming is just a scientific theory with lots of scientists putting together some pieces of jigsaw that it may cause Climate Change (CC). Even though the theory is not completely accepted yet, the argument for or against scientific conclusions regarding anthropogenic CC is not the subject of this write-up. Identifying the key contributors to

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IPCC Report Finds Warming Unequivocal, Human Influence Dominant Cause

Feb 5th, 2014 | By




The past January 30th, The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released the full and finalized report of Working Group I’s contribution to the Fifth Assessment Report (AR5), titled ‘Climate Change 2013: The Physical Science Basis.’ The report concludes that: warming of the climate system is unequivocal; human influence on the climate system has been

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Global Warming is ‘Almost Definitely’ Caused by Humans, UN Report Claims

Feb 3rd, 2014 | By
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Global warming is unequivocal and human influence has been the dominant cause since the mid-20th century, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The IPCC’s full and final findings on the state of the planet’s climate have been published and the report, which was put together for the UN, says that limiting climate

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Delhi Beats Beijing to Become World’s Most Polluted City

Feb 2nd, 2014 | By
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India’s capital, Delhi, may have surpassed Beijing to become the city with the worst air pollution in the world. In “Delhi world’s most polluted city: Study” published Jan. 29, Hindustan Times, one of India’s highest circulated daily newspapers, cited the latest Environmental Performance Index (EPI) report by U.S.-based Yale and Columbia universities to substantiate claims

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China Unhappy with ‘Carbon Budget’ Reference in IPCC Review

Feb 2nd, 2014 | By
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Documents released yesterday show that China wanted references to a global “carbon budget” to be excluded from the latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Government officials told the UN’s top climate scientists last year that countries should not be told there is a fixed volume of carbon dioxide that can be burnt before the world

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Ireland’s Turf War Plan is ‘Bad News for Climate’

Jan 29th, 2014 | By
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Climate News Network: The cutting of turf or peat is one of the traditional images of life in Ireland. Many Irish households, particularly in rural areas, still rely on turf cut from the country’s bog lands for fuel – especially in these times of rising energy prices. Environmentalists have long argued that these turf bogs or

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Fungus Governs Soil’s Carbon Content

Jan 28th, 2014 | By
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Climate News Network: Most of the planet’s carbon is neither in the forests nor the atmosphere. It is in the soil under your feet. US scientists think that they have identified the mechanism that keeps most of this awesome treasury of carbon locked away in the soil – or surrenders much more of it back to

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Woodman, Spare That Tree!

Jan 27th, 2014 | By
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Climate News Network: Giant trees could play a giant role in fixing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. This counter-intuitive discovery – surely, young faster-growing trees would be more efficient at soaking up carbon?  – emerges from a study of more than 403 species by a consortium of 38 scientists in 16 countries who report in Nature.

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