Green House Gas Emissions

Global Cooling? The World is Still Warming Says US Agency

Jan 23rd, 2014 | By
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US scientists say 2013 was the fourth warmest year globally since records began in 1880. The National Climatic Data Center (NCDC), part of the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, says in its Global Analysis of the last year that 2013 ties with 2003 as globally the fourth warmest year on record. The annual global combined land

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EU Plans a ‘Positive Signal’ for Climate Deal

Jan 23rd, 2014 | By




UN climate chief Christiana Figueres hailed the European Commission’s 2030 plans for carbon cuts on Wednesday as “a positive signal” for a “meaningful” global deal on climate. “EU on track by recommending Europe-wide 40% emissions cut target by 2030,” Figueres, head of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), said on Twitter. “Positive signal

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EU Outlines 2030 Climate Goals

Jan 22nd, 2014 | By
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BBC News: The European Commission has outlined its plans for climate and energy policy until 2030. The Commissioners want a binding target to reduce carbon emissions by 40% from 1990 levels. Renewables will need to provide 27% of EU energy by 2030, but while the target will be binding at EU level there will be no

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Air Pollution from Asia Affecting World’s Weather

Jan 22nd, 2014 | By
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Extreme air pollution in Asia is affecting the world’s weather and climate patterns, according to a study by Texas A&M University and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory researchers.  Yuan Wang, a former doctoral student at Texas A&M, along with Texas A&M atmospheric sciences professors Renyi Zhang and R. Saravanan, have had their findings published in the

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Climate Scientist to US Senate: ‘Climate Change is a Clear and Present Danger’

Jan 21st, 2014 | By
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The Guardian: Last Thursday, the US Senate committee on environment & public works held a four-hour hearing to review President Obama’s Climate Action Plan. The hearing began with statements from the committee members, and then proceeded with two expert panels. The first was comprised of administrators of government agencies that are key to implementing President Obama’s Climate Action Plan,

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CO2 Emissions are Being ‘Outsourced’ by Rich Countries to Rising Economies

Jan 20th, 2014 | By
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The Guardian: The world’s richest countries are increasingly outsourcing their carbon pollution to China and other rising economies, according to a draft UN report. Outsourcing of emissions comes in the form of electronic devices such as smartphones, cheap clothes and other goods manufactured in China and other rising economies but consumed in the US and Europe. A draft

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UK has Made Largest Contribution to Global Warming Says Study

Jan 19th, 2014 | By
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The UK is more responsible for global warming than any other country – if global carbon dioxide emissions are allocated using  per capita calculations. Based on this formula, the UK is rated the world’s top carbon polluter, followed closely by the USA, Canada, Russia and Germany. China, currently the world’s leading emitter, lies in 19th position.

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Low-Flatulence Livestock Can Cool Planet

Jan 19th, 2014 | By
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Climate News Network: Stand by for a new breed of farm animal – the low-methane cow. European scientists are collaborating in a bid to find a cow that makes the same milk, but manages to do so while emitting lower levels of natural gas from the ruminant stomach. Methane is a fact of farm life: cows eat grass,

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UN Climate Report Urges Quicker Switch to Low-Carbon Global Economy

Jan 17th, 2014 | By
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The Guardian: Delaying action on global warming will only increase the costs and reduce the options for dealing with its worst effects, according to a draft report by UN experts. The final draft of the report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says global warming will continue to increase unless countries shift quickly to clean

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Global Warming’s “Biggest Offenders” Named

Jan 17th, 2014 | By
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The US and China are among the 7 countries most accountable for the world’s temperature increase, according to a new Concordia University study. When it comes to global warming, there are seven big contributors: the United States, China, Russia, Brazil, India, Germany and the United Kingdom. A new study published in Environmental Research Letters reveals that

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World May Have to Suck Gases: UN

Jan 16th, 2014 | By
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(Reuters) – Governments may have to extract vast amounts of greenhouse gases from the air by 2100 to achieve a target for limiting global warming, backed by trillion-dollar shifts towards clean energy, a draft U.N. report showed on Wednesday. A 29-page summary for policymakers, seen by Reuters, says most scenarios show that rising world emissions

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OECD States Cut Emissions Too Slowly

Jan 14th, 2014 | By
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Climate News Network: The world’s richest countries have made some progress since the 1990s in limiting environmental damage. But they have not done enough to prevent catastrophic climate change, according to the OECD, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. Scientists say that carbon dioxide emissions need to start going down in the next decade to

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Parts of Europe ‘ 5°C Warmer’ by 2100

Jan 12th, 2014 | By
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Climate News Network: With exquisite timing, as parts of Europe endure the worst storms for decades, researchers have issued a highly topical warning. By the end of this century, they say, summer temperatures in parts of southern Europe are expected to be up to 5°C higher than they were from 1961 to 1990, with droughts

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Study Finds Geoengineering Research ‘Free for All’

Jan 11th, 2014 | By
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The ‘plan B’ of using geoengineering to rescue humanity from the impact of climate change exists in a ‘vacuum’ of international regulations, according to a recent review. Proposals to counteract the effects of global warming by engineering the planet, with methods such as spraying chemicals into the atmosphere to block solar radiation, are largely theoretical

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Sidelining Science is Undermining Emission Cuts

Jan 11th, 2014 | By
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Sci Dev Net: Mitigation targets used to be dictated by science. Research would define the limits of atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations beyond which it was not safe to stray, and countries would then peg their commitments to this evidence. But agreements coming from the COP15 (Conference of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change) meeting

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Symbiotic Fungi Inhabiting Plant Roots Have Major Impact On Atmospheric Carbon, Scientists Say

Jan 10th, 2014 | By
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Microscopic fungi that live in plants’ roots play a major role in the storage and release of carbon from the soil into the atmosphere, according to a University of Texas at Austin researcher and his colleagues at Boston University and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute. The role of these fungi is currently unaccounted for in

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To Meet CSR Targets, Go Green

Jan 8th, 2014 | By
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nThe Hindu Business Line: Environmental sustainability is the need of the hour. The concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere has increased to unprecedented levels. From 1750 to 2011, deforestation and other land use changes are estimated to have released 660.06 gigatonnes of carbon dioxide (GtCO2), the second largest contributor to the 40 per cent increase

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Value of Global CO2 Markets Drops 38 pct in 2013

Jan 5th, 2014 | By
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Reuters – The value of global carbon markets dropped 38 percent to 38.4 billion euros ($52.9 billion) in 2013, as prices slid in the main EU and U.N. schemes and trade was limited in new programmes, analysts at Thomson Reuters Point Carbon said on Thursday. The value of carbon permits and credits traded was down

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A Case for Compensation for Climate Change Destruction

Jan 5th, 2014 | By
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CAN the countries of the Caribbean Community and Common Market (Caricom) take international legal action against the states that are warming the planet with devastating consequences, not only for their survival, but in some cases even their existence? This question comes into sharp focus in the wake of the damaging effects of flooding and landslides

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World Went on Warming in 2013

Jan 4th, 2014 | By
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Climate News Network: The global average temperature in 2014 is expected to make it one of the warmest years on record, according to the UK Met Office. It says in its annual global temperature forecast that 2014 will probably be between 0.43°C and 0.71°C warmer than the long-term (1961-1990) average of 14.0°C, with a central

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Single Stomachs Help to Cut the Carbon

Jan 3rd, 2014 | By
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Climate News Network: Quite probably, if you’re reading this, you try to find ways of reducing your carbon foot-print. Perhaps you’re also a meat-eater. So, for the sake of the planet, should you ditch meat altogether? Or just eat white meat? Or eat only animals produced close to home? The answer, says a new international

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Businesses Urge Kazakhstan to Halt Asia’s First Carbon Trading Scheme

Jan 2nd, 2014 | By
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Thomson Reuters Foundation – While Kazakhstan’s environment minister, Nurlan Kapparov, was promoting his country’s efforts to halt global warming at November’s U.N. climate talks in Warsaw, back home big business was piling pressure on the government to put a key green initiative on hold. On Nov. 20, the Kazakh national business chamber called on the government

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Warming Climate May Cut Cloud Cover

Dec 31st, 2013 | By
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Climate News Network:  Australian and French scientists believe they have cracked one of the great puzzles of climate change and arrived at a more accurate prediction of future temperatures. The news is not good, according to Steven Sherwood of Australia’s Centre for Excellence for Climate System Science at the University of New South Wales. If carbon

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2013 Will Mark Continued Rise of CO2′

Dec 30th, 2013 | By
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Climate News Network: Global carbon dioxide emissions are likely to hit 36 billion tonnes in 2013, according to new research from the University of East Anglia in the UK. This is a small rise – an estimated 2.1% – on 2012, but it will be 61% above the levels in 1990, which is the baseline

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Carbon Market Looks a Little Livelier

Dec 27th, 2013 | By
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Climate News Network: Don’t put any bets on it – but at long last the world-wide trade in carbon looks set to improve, if only just a little. In mid-December the European Union adopted an emergency law designed to  firm up prices in its Emissions Trading System (ETS). Many people see carbon trading as a key weapon in

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Nepal Maintains Low Greenhouse Emission

Dec 27th, 2013 | By




Republica: In a reassertion of the fact that Nepal´s contribution to the world´s total greenhouse gas emission is still negligible, a yet-to-be published report states that the Himalayan nation emits less than 0.1 per cent of what scientists say causes climate change. Nepal´s new report on National Greenhouse Gas Inventory, being finalized by the Ministry of

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Climate Imperils Peru’s Poverty Drive

Dec 26th, 2013 | By
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Climate News Network: Peru is the country chosen to host the 2014 UN climate conference, a key meeting for trying to advance an ambitious plan to rein in greenhouse emissions which is planned for agreement in 2015. But the country has recently earned a rather more dubious distinction. In 2012, for the first time, the

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Greenhouse-Gas Emissions Causing Rapid Glacier Loss in Iceland

Dec 26th, 2013 | By
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Iceland’s more than 300 glaciers are losing approximately 11 billion tons of ice per year due to climate change. The far-northern country is one of the fastest-warming regions on the planet, warming at a rate of up to four times the average of the entire Northern Hemisphere, according to an article published by The Daily Climate. The

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Global Warming Scientist Warns Florida Will Be Under Water

Dec 25th, 2013 | By
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A senior scientist at the Environmental Defense Fund, Jane Long, has warned Florida residents that global warming will lead to them being under water. The remarks were made at a recent three-day conference targeting journalists and addressing the issue of global warming and worldwide climate change at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Though there

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Beware of The Carbon Bubble: The Biggest Threat to Environment

Dec 23rd, 2013 | By
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While the year’s end saw an uptick in concern about a new tech bubble, the truth is that there’s a much different, scarier bubble we need to worry about: the carbon bubble. What is the carbon bubble? Basically, it’s just another way to describe the worrisome fact that many energy companies are hoarding oil and gas,

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India Struggles to Control Rising Vehicle Use, Pollution

Dec 22nd, 2013 | By
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Thomson Reuters Foundation – Environmental and public health experts are warning that an explosion in the number of motorised vehicles on India’s roads is threatening the health and economic security of its population. Stricter standards are needed to control vehicular pollution and regulate traffic, they say, along with moves to popularise non-motorised transport. A survey on

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Tax Meat to Cut Methane Emissions, Say Scientists

Dec 20th, 2013 | By
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The Guardian: Meat should be taxed to encourage people to eat less of it, so reducing the production of global warming gases from sheep, cattle and goats, according to a group of scientists. Several high-profile figures, from the chief of the UN’s climate science panel to the economist Lord Stern, have previously advocated eating less meat to tackle global

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2013 Climate Year in Review: ‘The Heat is On. Now We Must Act’

Dec 20th, 2013 | By
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The Guardian: On 10 May 2013, the concentration of climate-warming carbon dioxide in the atmosphere passed the milestone level of 400 parts per million for the first time in human history. The last time so much greenhouse gas was in the air was several million years ago, when the Arctic was ice-free, savannah spread across the Sahara desert

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Most companies Still Releasing Unsustainable Amounts of CO2

Dec 19th, 2013 | By
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Reuters: The majority of large global corporations that have reported their annual greenhouse gas emissions for several years now are still releasing more carbon dioxide than they should, a new study published on Wednesday showed. And most companies scrutinized in the study are still not using science-based thresholds to set emissions targets and to drive actions

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Lack of Greenhouse Emissions Data ‘Demands Action’

Dec 19th, 2013 | By
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Sci Dev Net: African countries are lagging behind in creating credible and up-to-date greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories as nearly all of them lack accurate data on the emissions that they produce, say scientists during a field tour of western Kenya last month (8 November). Most African countries have failed to meet the requirements on collecting and submitting

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Climate change Puts 40% People at Risk of Water Scarcity

Dec 18th, 2013 | By




Press Trust of India: Climate change is likely to put 40 per cent more people worldwide at risk of absolute water scarcity, but parts of India and China may actually see increase in availability of water, a new study has found. Today, between one and two people out of a hundred live in countries with absolute water scarcity, researchers

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Chinese Forest Project First to Seek Local Carbon Cash

Dec 17th, 2013 | By
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Reuters: A Chinese forestry firm has applied to receive offset credits under the nation’s nascent carbon market, the first to target domestic emissions trading schemes to fund reforestation projects. Plantation firm Cuifeng said it could store 18,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide a year over two decades in trees by planting 867 hectares of new forest across

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Greenhouse Gas Emissions Will Dry Up Water Resources

Dec 16th, 2013 | By




The Hindu: A leaked final draft of the UN scientific panel on climate change report has warned of the risks that the world faces from climate change impacts if the greenhouse gas emissions are not curtailed and countries do not adapt quickly enough. The report of the Working Group II of the UN Intergovernmental panel on

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Melting Ice a ‘Sleeping Giant’ That Will Push Sea Levels Higher

Dec 14th, 2013 | By
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NBC News Science: By the time today’s preschoolers are babysitting their grandkids, global sea levels are likely to be pushing 2 feet higher than they are now and on the way to topping 8 feet above current levels by the year 2200, according to a new study. The finding stems from geologic evidence that allowed scientists

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Ozone Hole Won’t Heal Until 2070, Says NASA

Dec 13th, 2013 | By
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The banning of ozone-depleting chemicals hasn’t yet caused detectable improvements in the Antarctic ozone hole, new research suggests. Instead, changes in the South Pole’s ozone hole from year-to-year are likely the result of natural variations in wind patterns, researchers said Wednesday (Dec. 11) in a press conference at the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union. “Ozone is produced in

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China’s Coal Emissions Responsible For ‘Quarter of a Million Premature Deaths’

Dec 12th, 2013 | By
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The Guardian: Emissions from coal plants in China were responsible for a quarter of a million premature deaths in 2011 and are damaging the health of hundreds of thousands of Chinese children, according to a new study. The study by a US air pollution expert, commissioned by Greenpeace, comes as many areas in northern and eastern China have been experiencing hazardous levels

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Newly Discovered Greenhouse Gas 7000 Times More Powerful Than CO2′

Dec 11th, 2013 | By
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The Guardian: A new greenhouse gas that is 7,000 times more powerful than carbon dioxide at warming the Earth has been discovered by researchers in Toronto. The newly discovered gas, perfluorotributylamine (PFTBA), has been in use by the electrical industry since the mid-20th century. The chemical, that does not occur naturally, breaks all records for potential

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The Ocean Thermometer Reveals Global Warming Lies

Dec 10th, 2013 | By




American Thinker: The UN IPCC and others with a vested interest in the global warming scare have not bothered to check what sea level evidence says about global temperature changes. Sea levels are very sensitive to temperature changes, and the oceanic indicators are currently reading “steady”. So are all other thermometers. Apart from bubbles of

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Reducing Sunlight ‘Will Not Cool Earth’

Dec 8th, 2013 | By
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Climate News Network: Two German scientists have just confirmed that you can’t balance the Earth’s rising temperatures by simply toning down the sunlight. It may do something disconcerting to the patterns of global rainfall. Earlier this year a US-led group of scientists ran sophisticated climate models of a geo-engineered world andproposed the same thing. Now

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Gambia: National Greenhouse Gas Inventory Workshop Underway

Dec 7th, 2013 | By




The Ministry of Environment, Parks and Wildlife, in collaboration with the Department of Water Resources and the UNFCCC Secretariat, on Tuesday kick-started a three-day national training forum with hands-on training on the execution of 2006 IPCC National Greenhouse Gas Emission inventories guideline for members of the inventory group and stakeholders of the national climate committee.

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Pouring Water on Coal Power

Dec 5th, 2013 | By
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New Straits Times: The latest findings of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) conclude that we are quickly using up our carbon “budget” — the amount of carbon that we can afford to emit while still having a good chance of limiting global warming to 2ºC.. According to the IPCC, keeping the global temperature

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Study Rebuts IPCC, Calls For More Severe Emissions Cuts

Dec 5th, 2013 | By
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Climate Central: The globally agreed upon political goal of limiting global warming to 3.6°F (2°C) above preindustrial levels would bring “potentially disastrous impacts,” and a far more ambitious plan to slash emissions of global warming gases is needed, according to a new study by an interdisciplinary group of scientists and economists. The study, published Tuesday in PLOS One,

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Help The People, Save The Trees

Dec 4th, 2013 | By
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IRIN News: Several issues around the UN mechanism that aims to curtail greenhouse gases by preventing forest loss were resolved in Warsaw at the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and the meeting is being described by many as the “Forest COP”. The decisions were mostly on how

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2C Rise Will Be A Disaster Say Leading Scientists

Dec 3rd, 2013 | By
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Climate News Network: Countries round the world have pledged to try and limit the average global temperature rise to 2C above pre industrial figures. That’s way too high and would threaten major dislocations for civilization say a group of prominent scientists. Governments have set the wrong target to limit climate change. The goal at present –

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Global Warming at Work: How Climate Change Affects The Economy and Labour

Dec 2nd, 2013 | By
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The Star: It is a sticky wicket and Hassan Yussuff knows it. The secretary-treasurer of the Canadian Labour Congress is talking about the labour force and its role in the environment, and Alberta’s oilsands crop up — the much-disparaged oilsands that also provide employment to tens of thousands of people. It’s a conundrum. “These things

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The ‘Heat Age’ is Fast Coming on Us

Dec 2nd, 2013 | By
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Times of Oman: In the last 100,000 years or so, our planet has endured an Ice Age and a few mini-ice ages. But now, with the earth on track to be four degrees Celsius warmer by 2100, a “Heat Age” is looming over us all. This is not fear-mongering. According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate

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The Choice May Be Global Warming or a New Ice Age

Dec 1st, 2013 | By
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The National: For many of us, the debate over the reality of climate change never goes beyond wondering if it can explain a recent bout of freakish weather Yet for many of the hundreds of thousands of Filipinos living in the UAE the debate has taken a tragically personal turn. Yeb Sano, leader of the Philippines

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$7 Trillion to Fight Climate Change?

Dec 1st, 2013 | By
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Today’s policies to combat climate change cost much more than the benefits they produce. Unfortunately, bad political choices often make these policies even less cost-effective. Consider the European Union’s 20-20 policy, which targets a 20 percent reduction in CO2 emissions below 1990 levels by 2020. It is important to examine this approach, not only because the EU

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Roll on The Green Revolution

Dec 1st, 2013 | By
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TECHNOLOGY and greenery don’t mix well. Some greens are technophobes. Most environmental policies focus on prices, consumption and subsidies to solar and wind power, which are not at the cutting edge. The list of technological breakthroughs is short. One of the most promising is carbon capture and storage, which neutralises emissions of carbon dioxide from

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The Reality Behind Europe’s Response To Climate Change

Nov 26th, 2013 | By




One in every three European cities studied have no plans yet to reduce greenhouse gas emissions British cities – unlike their counterparts on the mainland – are taking the lead in making plans to curb and handle the impact of climate change. So says Diana Reckien, of Columbia University in the US, in a study

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Even If Emissions Stop, Carbon Dioxide Could Warm Earth for Centuries

Nov 26th, 2013 | By
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Science Daily: Even if carbon dioxide emissions came to a sudden halt, the carbon dioxide already in Earth’s atmosphere could continue to warm our planet for hundreds of years, according to Princeton University-led research published in the journal Nature Climate Change. The study suggests that it might take a lot less carbon than previously thought to

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Glaciers Set to Halve in Next 100 Years

Nov 24th, 2013 | By




3 News New Zealand: Scientists at Victoria University say that glaciers in the central South Island are melting by 160 metres a year and will more than halve in size by 2100. Their findings have implications for tourism operators who rely on the frozen masses as their income. “The future looks very different. These glaciers will

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No Time for Delay in Cutting Greenhouse Gas Emissions : IPCC Scientists

Nov 24th, 2013 | By
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As the end of the second week of climate talks draws nigh in Warsaw, a group of high profile scientists have laid out what needs to happen to stay below two degrees of global warming. The answer? Deep greenhouse gas cuts, and no more excuses for delay. A matter of urgency In its latest report, the

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How China’s Action on Air Pollution is Slowing Its Carbon Emissions

Nov 23rd, 2013 | By
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The Guardian: It’s been a week of mostly bad news for the planet but there may be a small glimmer of hope as new research shows the growth of emissions from China, the world’s biggest emitter, may be slowing due to its efforts to clean up the air pollution problem in many of its cities. The United Nations climate

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UN Report on Laughing Gas Underlines Climate Risk

Nov 22nd, 2013 | By




Economic Times India: Laughing gas is, indeed, no laughing matter. The United Nation Environment Programme (UNEP) on Thursday released an eye-opening report on the sidelines of the ongoing climate talks, warning that nitrous oxide (N2O) — commonly known as laughing gas — with 300 times the global warming potential of carbon dioxide (CO2) poses a major global climate risk.

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