Green House Gas Emissions

India Among Biggest Emitters of Greenhouse Gases

Nov 22nd, 2013 | By
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Zee News India: India and China are among the world’s biggest contributors to fossil fuel emissions with India’s carbon dioxide discharge increasing by a whopping 7.7 per cent last year, a new study said today. “Based on estimates of economic activity in 2013, emissions are set to rise 2.1 per cent in 2013 to reach

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India Sticks to Stand on Refrigerant Gas

Nov 21st, 2013 | By




Economic Times: India is not going to dilute its stand over the controversial HFCs, or climate-damaging refrigerant gas, issue and will strongly oppose any move by the US or other developed countries during the ongoing climate talks in view of the domestic concerns. New Delhi is clear that any change in its position will not only

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Just 90 Companies Caused Two-Thirds of Man-Made Global Warming Emissions

Nov 21st, 2013 | By
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The Guardian: The climate crisis of the 21st century has been caused largely by just 90 companies, which between them produced nearly two-thirds of the greenhouse gas emissions generated since the dawning of the industrial age, new research suggests. The companies range from investor-owned firms – household names such as Chevron, Exxon and BP – to state-owned and

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Cheap But Imperfect: Can Geoengineering Slow Climate Change?

Nov 21st, 2013 | By
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Canadian environmental scientist David Keith wants to change the world’s climate by creating a type of sun filter in the sky to halt global warming. In an interview, he argues the technology is effective and inexpensive, but critics liken it to a nuclear bomb. While delegates meeting in Warsaw at the United Nations climate talks

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Historic CO2 Emissions Require Cuts Now

Nov 21st, 2013 | By




Two scientists urge the world to start reducing greenhouse emissions right now. There’s no time to be lost, they argue in Nature Climate Change. Future global temperatures depend on how much carbon dioxide has accumulated in the atmosphere, so as emissions increase, so does the rate of warming. The reasoning by Myles Allen, of the

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Billions Needed to Reverse Damage From CO2 Emissions

Nov 18th, 2013 | By
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Annual rate of deforestation in Pakistan ranges from 4-6 percent, while carbon dioxide emissions are increasing annually at the rate of 8-10 percent which is an alarming trend. The annual cost of restoring environment degraded as a result of this is up to US$ 5.2 billion. Ministry of Science and Technology will support the programmes and projects

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Climate Change: IPCC Background Report

Nov 16th, 2013 | By




Global warming is shorthand for “climate change,” and the term is correct if you realize that it’s referring to the average temperature of the Earth over years and decades; not to the temperatures at particular times and places. “Climate change” is a much better term because much more than warming is involved, although the changes

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Developing World Pushes for Rescue of U.N. Carbon Credit Fund

Nov 15th, 2013 | By
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Negotiators from Least Developed Countries are calling for the United Nations climate body to urgently establish a rescue fund to save Kyoto Protocol’s Clean Development Mechanism from collapse. Delegates, mostly from Africa and developing countries, fear that the CDM will fail if a special fund is not established to help it overcome the effects of the European

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Warsaw Talks to Thrash Out UN Climate Roadmap

Nov 14th, 2013 | By
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At a major United Nations climate summit in Warsaw this week, a plan is being hammered out for negotiations on a new climate treaty to be finalized in Paris in two years’ time. Delegates from 195 nations are also seeking to obtain commitments from countries to limit their greenhouse-gas emissions between now and 2020. But

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Asians Are Feeling Climate Change And Want To Adapt

Oct 9th, 2013 | By
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Asian Scientist: Extreme weather and hotter temperatures are reducing crop production, and Asia is struggling to adapt to climate change. Most people in Asia are experiencing the impact of climate change and are keen on changing their lifestyles, a study says. The ‘Climate Asia’ study, published by BBC Media Action, the UK media organization’s international

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Water in Earth’s Atmosphere May Cause Climate Warming

Oct 7th, 2013 | By
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ToI: Water vapour in Earth’s stratosphere contributes to warmer temperatures and likely plays an important role in the evolution of climate on our planet, a new study has found. Researchers found that increased surface temperatures, such as from the addition of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere, leads to increased humidity in the stratosphere. Because stratospheric water

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Climate Chage: Our Present, Their Future

Sep 9th, 2013 | By
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TR: The impact of climate change is all too apparent to I gen, a schoolboy from a village in Lembata, Indonesia. Harvest seasons are increasingly unpredictable across Indonesia and the sea level appears to be rising around his community. “Now from the field we can only harvest one or two sacks of corn. Many crop

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The Heat Wave, The Arctic Melt And Climate Change

Sep 9th, 2013 | By
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Antonio M. Claparols (Philippines): I could not wait to write this when the news appeared in the July 24,2013 issue of The Financial Times that the airline company, Easy Jet, may be the next victim to global warming and climate change due to the extreme heat wave affecting Europe, the Middle East and the United

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Earth Is Warming Up But Not As Rapidly As Predicted

Sep 9th, 2013 | By
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The Hindu: New IPCC report raises questions over urgency or seriousness of climate change The climate has not been warming over the past 15 years at rates predicted earlier, the latest report of the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), to be released September end, is going to say. The report is also going

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This Change Is Here To Stay

Sep 9th, 2013 | By
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The Hindu: The U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in its latest report warns that that a large part of the changes that occur on the planet cannot be reversed even after the next few centuries unless carbon dioxide emissions are brought down fast, substantially and kept extremely low for a very long time.

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Enhancing Regional Distribution of CDM and Post 2012 Market the Pacific

Sep 9th, 2013 | By
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The 4th workshop for enhancing the regional distribution of CDM projects in the Asia and the Pacific-Opportunities for the CDM and Carbon Markets post 2012,  organised by Asian Development Bank (ADB), the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) and the UNFCCC Secretariat, has successfully concluded. The workshop took place 4-5 September 2013 at the headquarters

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The Himalayas Are Changing For The Worse

Jun 16th, 2013 | By




Business Mirror: Residents of Jhirpu Phulpingkatt, a village nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas, about 110 kilometers from Nepal’s capital Kathmandu, are on red alert. As the impacts of climate change batter the towering mountains above them, these villagers on the banks of the Bhote Koshi River have started to dread the sound of

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Shimla Chosen For International Project To Lower Greenhouse Gases

Jun 12th, 2013 | By
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Times of India: The Queen of the Hills, as Shimla was fondly called by the British, has been shortlisted for a global project to lower greenhouse gas emissions on the pattern of European cities, a municipal official said. The Shimla Municipal Corporation is one of six Indian cities selected for implementing the “Promoting low emission

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Solar Wars Threaten Climate Fight

Jun 11th, 2013 | By
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ChinaDaily: Amid the gloomy news of the worsening impact of climate change is a bright spark: the dramatic fall in the cost of solar energy. This source of clean and renewable energy could help power the world without emitting greenhouse gases. Solar energy has traditionally been more expensive to use than carbon-intensive coal or oil.

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Green Warriors Turn To Engineering To Save The Earth

Jun 11th, 2013 | By
Global warming due to increased greenhouse gas emissions since the Industrial Revolution is a major global concern.




New Indian Express: The recent announcement by climate watchers that carbon dioxide level in the atmosphere has crossed a psychologically significant barrier of 400 parts per million raised all the intended alarm bells world over. In a field which has been continually consuming a lot of public attention, and where the public are fed bits

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Pakistan: Pull A Solution To Pollution

Jun 6th, 2013 | By
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The Nations: The nation is observing another World Environment Day on Wednesday (today), but the authorities in the polluted country are taking least interest in tackling the situation. Like the previous year, events such as seminars and walks are on the cards at public and private level as a standard ritual that somehow skirts the

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Kumrose Now On Its Way To Become Nepal’s First Fossil-free Village

Jun 3rd, 2013 | By
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Bernama: The construction of biogas plants in Kumrose village, Chitwan district in central plains of Nepal will make it the first village in the country to be free of fossil-fuel and become environment-friendly, China’s Xinhua news agency reported. “We started with a pilot project. In the beginning 14 biogas plants were installed with donation. Once

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Plant Growth Surges As CO2 Levels Rise

Jun 3rd, 2013 | By
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CNN: New study predicts a big jump in foliage growth in arid regions as carbon dioxide levels increase. Australian scientists have solved one piece of the climate puzzle. They have confirmed the long-debated fertilization effect. Plants build their tissues by using photosynthesis to take carbon from the air around them. So more carbon dioxide should

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People Aren’t Responsible For Climate Change

May 30th, 2013 | By
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DW: Climate change skeptics argue that humans are not to blame for climate change, and they often cherrypick scientific facts to support their argument. We asked researchers to counter three of the most common theories. Most scientists agree that climate change is a real and growing threat. From rising sea levels to melting glaciers and

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Sustainable Living Challenges The Swiss

May 30th, 2013 | By
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CNN: An experiment to see whether people in one of the world’s richest countries, Switzerland, could live sustainably by drastically reducing their energy consumption has found that very few could meet the challenge. Mr and Mrs Swiss, archetypal if fictional citizens of the Swiss city of Zurich, voted five years ago to demonstrate to the

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NASA Helps Pinpoint Glaciers’ Role In Sea Level Rise

May 27th, 2013 | By
The Aletschglacier in Switzerland is the largest valley glacier in the Alps. Its volume loss since the middle of the 19th century is well visible from the trimlines to the right of the image. Credit: Frank Paul, University of Zurich




NASA: A new study of glaciers worldwide using observations from two NASA satellites has helped resolve differences in estimates of how fast glaciers are disappearing and contributing to sea level rise. The new research found glaciers outside of the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets, repositories of 1 percent of all land ice, lost an average

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We’re In The Danger Zone

May 27th, 2013 | By
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CNN: The first scientist to warn the US Congress of the threat of climate change retired earlier this year. But that has not stopped him continuing to try to alert the world to the dangers he sees ahead. Professor James Hansen, often described as the world’s most prominent climate scientist, has also chosen to be

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Global Climate Time Bomb Will Go Off By 2040

May 23rd, 2013 | By
WWF Russia's Alexei Kokorin.




Bellona: The upcoming fifth climate change report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is believed to reveal new, and gruesome, scientific data: Natural and anthropogenic factors contributing to global climate change will escalate in the 2040s, causing ever more devastating effects on the planet. The “climate time bomb” is set to go off

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LDCs In UNFCCC To Confer In June

May 23rd, 2013 | By
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Himalayan times: Representatives of all 49 member countries in the Least Developed Countries Group (LDC Group) in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), are scheduled to gather in Bonn of Germany to discuss the upcoming framework of the 2015 protocol from June 3 to 14. Talking to this daily, Chair of the

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Glaciers Are Melting Slowly-But Surely

May 20th, 2013 | By
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CNN: Although hundreds of the world’s glaciers are shrinking fast, far more are losing ice much more slowly, new research has established. But it shows that, almost everywhere, the glaciers are in retreat. Forget, for the moment, the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets: what about all the other stuff? What kind of difference does the

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Mixed Views On Use Of Aerosols To Limit Climate Change

May 20th, 2013 | By
Injection of sulphate aerosols is designed to mimic the cooling effect of volcanic eruptions Source: NASA




PHYS: Few members of the UK public are comfortable with the idea of injecting aerosols high into the atmosphere to help slow down climate change, a study has found. People voiced concerns that this type of approach fails to address the basic problem of increasing greenhouse gas emissions. They are also nervous about any unintended

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Time To Adapt To Climate Change in Biggest Cities

May 20th, 2013 | By
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RTCC: The world’s largest cities are feeling the effects of climate change and are leading efforts to adapt to them. That is according to the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group that includes London, New York, Cairo and Sao Paulo. Terri Wills, director of global initiatives at C40, told RTCC that the group has had to

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Global Warming Has Not Stalled

May 20th, 2013 | By
James Hansen: 'The deniers want the public to be confused.' Photograph: Murdo Macleod for the Guardian




Guardian: Global warming has not stalled, insists world’s best-known climate scientist. Prof James Hansen warns public not to be fooled by ‘diversionary tactic’ from deniers. from “deniers” who want the public to be confused over climate change, according to the world’s best-known climate scientist. Prof James Hansen, who first alerted the world to climate change

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Scientists Call For Action To Tackle CO2 Levels

May 20th, 2013 | By
The last time CO2 was regularly above 400ppm was three to five million years ago




BBC: Scientists are calling on world leaders to take action on climate change after carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere broke through a symbolic threshold. Daily CO2 readings at a US government agency lab on Hawaii have topped 400 parts per million for the first time. Sir Brian Hoskins, the head of climate change at

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Tibet Glaciers Melting Due To South Asian Pollution : China

May 16th, 2013 | By
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ToI: About 90 per cent of glaciers in Tibet called the Third Pole region, are shrinking because of black carbon pollution “transferred from South Asia” to the Tibetan Plateau, a Chinese scientist has warned. The Third Pole region, which is centred on the Tibetan Plateau and concerns the interests of the surrounding countries and regions,

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Sea Level Rises To Exceed IPCC Estimates: Study

May 15th, 2013 | By
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SMH: Sea levels may rise as much as 69 centimeters through 2100 as water temperatures rise, glaciers melt in the Andes and Himalayas and ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica shed water, European scientists said. The new estimate exceeds a previous forecast of as much as 59 centimeters by the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on

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Urbanization And Surface Warming In Eastern China

May 15th, 2013 | By
This shows moving spatial anomalies of seasonal mean surface air temperature trends for three types of filtering window sizes (Ⅰ: 8°×8°, Ⅱ: 12°×12°, Ⅲ: 16°×16°) for (a) summer and (b) winter (Unit: °C per decade)..




Sciencecodex: A recent study indicated that the urbanization in eastern China has significant impact on the observed surface warming and the temporal-spatial variations of urbanization effect have been comprehensively detected. This work was led by YANG XiuQun, professor of meteorology in the Institute for Climate and Global Change Research, School of Atmospheric Sciences at Nanjing

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Dramatic Decline; Warning For Plants And Animals

May 15th, 2013 | By
In some regions, climate change could increase the area burned by wildfires




BBC: More than half of common plant species and a third of animals could see a serious decline in their habitat range because of climate change. New research suggests that biodiversity around the globe will be significantly impacted if temperatures rise more than 2C. But the scientists say that the losses can be reduced if

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Aerosols Confirmed Rising Over India

May 14th, 2013 | By
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Scidev.net: While satellite data has shown aerosols — tiny polluting particles in the air — to be rising over India, a new study based on primary data gathered from measuring instruments installed in a network of stations confirms the trend. The study, by a team from the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, Thiruvananthapuram, and Indian Institute

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Nepal To Generate Electricity From Waste

May 14th, 2013 | By
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Scidev.net: Nepal is looking at waste-to-energy (WtE) technologies to address its huge energy deficit and also manage growing urban and industrial waste. Half of Nepal’s households are off the national grid while supply shortfalls and interrupted power cause industries losses worth 60 billion Nepali rupees (US$ 700 million) annually. Last month (26 April), the ‘Waste-to-Energy

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IPCC Models Underestimate Role Of CO2 In Warming

May 13th, 2013 | By
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The Earth’s climate is more sensitive to changes in CO2 than previously thought, according to new research. New data taken from an Arctic sediment core that has recorded the climate for the past 3.6m years, suggests climate models, including those used by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), have not given enough weighting to

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Brazil’s Indigenous Harness The Wind

May 13th, 2013 | By
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CNN: While Brazil’s Government tends to favour a one-size-fits-all approach to energy provision, an indigenous group in the far north has come up with its own more sustainable solution, as our São Paulo correspondent reports. A few years ago I lay in a hammock in a mud and wattle hut in a Makuxi village, shining

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Climate Change Sceptics Are Turning Earth Into Dying Patient

May 13th, 2013 | By
Prince Charles: ‘Climate change sceptics are turning Earth into dying patient’




Guardian: Heir to throne intervenes on issue dividing coalition, making outspoken criticism of attempts to tackle global warming. Prince Charles has attacked corporate lobbyists and climate change sceptics for turning the Earth into a “dying patient”, making his most outspoken criticism yet of the world’s failure to tackle global warming just when the heir to

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Priority CCD Actions For Pakistan

May 2nd, 2013 | By
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CDKN: Pakistan is one of the lowest emitters of greenhouse gases (GHG) in the world: it accounts for just 0.8% of total global emissions, and ranks 135th in terms of per capita emissions.  Unfortunately, Pakistan is also one of the most climate vulnerable countries in the world.  Over the past 20 years, 141 extreme events

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Is There Hope For Hydropower As The Climate Changes?

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

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Climate Resilience And Disaster Risk Management

May 1st, 2013 | By
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CDKN, in collaboration with partners across Asia, Africa and Latin America, is pleased to announce a new publication on Climate resilience and disaster risk management. It presents recent results from CDKN-supported projects to assess vulnerability and mainstream climate resilience into development planning. Our stories from India, Ghana and Colombia illustrate the importance of involving diverse

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Renewable Energy and the Energy Transition (Video)

May 1st, 2013 | By
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The world is driven by fossil fuels like oil and gas. This has some negative repercussions: Rising energy prices due to decreasing deposits, dependence on unstable oil and gas producing regimes and global warming. It becomes clear, that a revolution in the way how we produce and use energy is necessary. Central to this energy

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Reducing Green House Emission Indispensable: ADB

May 1st, 2013 | By
Nepal Stove-by Michael Yon 2009




Himalayan Times: Reducing green house emission is indispensable for attaining sustainable economic growth, an Asian Development Bank (ADB) report has pointed out. The report on green house gas emission of South Asian countries – Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Sri Lanka and Nepal, prepared recently has mentioned that negative impact has been made in economic growth by

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Vulnerability To Climate Change In Mid Elevation Mountain Regions

Apr 30th, 2013 | By
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Spaceindustrynews: Mid-elevation forests – those between approximately 6,500 to 8,000 feet (1,981 to 2,438 meters) in elevation – are the most sensitive to rising temperatures and changes in precipitation and snowmelt associated with climate change, finds a new University of Colorado Boulder-led study co-funded by NASA. The study looked at how the greenness of Western

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The Scientific Guide To Global Warming Skepticism

Apr 29th, 2013 | By
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Scientific skepticism is healthy. In fact, science by its very nature is skeptical. Genuine skepticism means considering the full body of evidence before coming to a conclusion. However, when you take a close look at arguments expressing climate ‘skepticism’, what you often observe is cherry picking of pieces of evidence while rejecting any data that

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Innovator: Martin Riddiford’s Gravity-Powered Lamp

Apr 29th, 2013 | By
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Business week: Hazardous kerosene lamps, still used in many developing countries, are a major expense for many of the world’s estimated 1.5 billion families without electricity. Poor households typically spend at least 10 percent of their income on kerosene, as much as $36 billion a year worldwide, according to the World Bank. So far, efforts to use solar

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Another Climate Change Warning, Written In The Shells Of Crabs

Apr 29th, 2013 | By
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We’ve all heard about rising sea levels and the possibility of more frequent, stronger storms. But oyster death? The Post’s Darryl Fears on Monday highlighted one of the many consequences of carbon dioxide emissions that scientists are only just beginning to detect — and most Americans have probably never considered — in Washington’s nearby Chesapeake Bay.

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Iron Lady” Took Strong Stance on Climate Change

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

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Does Past Climate Change Tell About Global Warming?

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

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Sea Level Rise And Global Warming

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

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Guidelines For Making Vulnerable Investments Climate Resilient

Apr 26th, 2013 | By
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EU Climate Adaptation Platform: The preparation of these guidelines has benefited from useful inputs from a range of stakeholders, who had the opportunity to comment on a preliminary draft. Those include representatives from the European Investment Bank, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, KPMG, Network Rail, the European Institute for Environmental Policy, and KfW.

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Pakistan Farmers Grapple With Climate Change

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

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The Global Distribution And Burden Of Dengue

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

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Benign E. Coli Makes Biodiesel

Apr 25th, 2013 | By
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CNN: Environmentally-friendly biofuel may have come a step closer with the news that scientists in the UK think they have found how a genetically-modified bacterium can produce diesel oil – on a very small scale so far.  British scientists may have found a new way to pump high quality diesel into the tractors, trucks and

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Warmer Seas Dim Antarctic Clams’ Ardour

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

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