Health and Climate Change

Climate Change Could Impact the Poor Much More Than Previously Thought

Jan 26th, 2015 | By

It’s widely accepted that climate change will have bigger negative impacts on poorer countries than wealthy ones. However, a new economic modeling study finds that the economic impacts on these poorer countries could be much larger than previous estimates. As a result, they suggest that we should be aiming to limit global warming to near,

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The Best Ways to Track the SDGs

Dec 5th, 2014 | By

The indicators to measure the success of the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) were an afterthought devised by UN officials “in a dark room in New York and thrust down countries’ throats” and, as such, were a lost opportunity, says Guido Schmidt-Traub, executive director of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN). To ensure the

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India Court Slams Delhi’s Worsening Air Pollution

Nov 27th, 2014 | By

India’s environment court has slammed the government over the capital’s horrendous air pollution, which it said was “getting worse” every day, and ordered a string of measures to bring it down. The National Green Tribunal directed all vehicles older than 15 years be taken off New Delhi roads, pollution checks undertaken for all state-run buses

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One Lakh Deaths Due to Pollution, India Needs to be Energy Efficient: UN Report

Nov 21st, 2014 | By

PTI: Nearly one lakh premature deaths take place annually due to air pollution in India and some other countries which can be avoided by 2030 by improving energy efficiency measures in transport and industrial sectors, a UN report today said. The fifth Emissions Gap Report 2014 by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), which was

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Rising to “the Greatest Challenge in Human History”

Oct 21st, 2014 | By

Different obstacles to food security need different solutions. Experience shows that a combination of actions is needed to reduce hunger and guarantee food security in the longer run. They include shifting towards more sustainable food systems, facilitating access and strengthening social protection. Within this framework, to sustainably rise to “The Greatest Challenge in Human History,”

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Tackling Global Warming Will Improve Health, Save Lives, and Save Money

Oct 8th, 2014 | By

The Guardian: A very recent study released in JAMA (Climate Change: Challenges and Opportunities for Global Health) provides a very thorough review showing how climate change affects human health. Perhaps more importantly, the paper also describes how tackling climate change leads to many health and economic benefits. Authors Jonathan Patz, Howard Frumkin and colleagues combined

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6 Ways Climate Change Threatens Health – and One Way it Probably Doesn’t

Aug 26th, 2014 | By

And while global warming may mean fewer cold-related deaths in some parts of the world, it is also set to spread exotic diseases to new areas. A major study in the Lancet described climate change as “the biggest global health threat of the 21st century”. The World Health Organization is hosting a global conference on the links between climate

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How Climate Change Will Alter Life in India in 2030: Hotter Weather, More Dengue

Aug 22nd, 2014 | By

Monsoon floods over the past couple of weeks have killed at least 28 people in north India, more than a 100 in Nepal and displaced thousands of people living in the region.  And in coming years, climate change is only going to make water-related hazards in the Himalayas much worse, the latest Asian Development Bank report

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Beijing to Ban Use of Coal in Main Districts by 2020

Aug 5th, 2014 | By

Beijing is to ban the sale and use of coal in several regions including its six main districts by 2020 cut greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and reduce air pollution, according to an announcement by local authorities on Monday. The Beijing Municipal Environmental Protection Bureau detailed how the districts of Dongcheng, Xicheng, Chaoyang, Haidian, Fengtai and Shijingshan

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Climate Change Having a Dire Impact on Health

Jul 8th, 2014 | By

The impact of climate change is often looked upon as a solely environmental one, with less consideration given to the detrimental health implications it is already having. At a recent Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) Congress, entitled ‘Future Directions in Health’, climate change was highlighted as the number one threat to health this century,

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The New World of Climate Suffering

Jul 5th, 2014 | By

To date, there have been two proposed responses to climate change: mitigation, aimed at stopping the buildup of greenhouse gases, and adaptation, focused on accommodating ourselves to a warmer world. There is a third option, however, that is increasingly relevant: suffering. No matter how much the world mitigates or takes measures to adapt, increasingly large

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Climate Change and Vector-borne Diseases in Pakistan

Jun 30th, 2014 | By

The earth’s climate has always been changing. The impacts of climate change include biodiversity losses, rise in sea levels, shifts in weather patterns, changes in freshwater supply and an increase in extreme weather events such as floods and droughts as well as glacial melting and various health impacts. Major concerns are the threats to food,

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Heat Has Deadly Impact on Nepal’s Gulf Workers

Jun 27th, 2014 | By

Sabin is a 22-year-old from a small town in eastern Nepal, in the foothills of the Himalayas. But he isn’t living there now. To support his family, he’s been working as a truck driver in Qatar for the last five years. “When I arrived in Qatar I could not believe the heat,” he says. “I

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Most of World’s Population Will Breathe Stagnant, Sooty Air by 2099

Jun 25th, 2014 | By

Climate change is poised to worsen air quality in many parts of the globe, according to a study published today in Nature Climate Change. By the end of the century, more than half of the world’s population will be exposed to increasingly stagnant atmospheric conditions, with the tropics and subtropics bearing the brunt of the poor

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Millions to Die from Worsening Air Pollution, Smog; India Most at Risk

Jun 23rd, 2014 | By

The worsening quality of air around the world is set to become the leading cause illness and death of over half of the world’s population by end of the century, a study published in Nature Climate Change said. Smog caused by climate change that give off stagnant “dead” air will lead to the illnesses and deaths of

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Air Pollution – A Silent Killer

Jun 19th, 2014 | By

The world is under attack from a silent killer with impacts four times that of HIV and AIDS, and most people don’t even seem to know it. In March this year, the World Health Organization (WHO) released a report estimating that air pollution caused the premature deaths of seven million people in 2012, equivalent to

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UN Calls for Eco-awareness on World Oceans Day

Jun 9th, 2014 | By

The UN has urged the international community to commit itself to keeping the oceans healthy and productive for current and future generations. “We have to ensure that oceans continue to meet our needs without compromising those of future generations,” said Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Sunday in a message on the occasion of World Oceans Day, observed

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Tianjin, China to Limit Vehicles on the Road to Curb Pollution

May 20th, 2014 | By

On days of heavy smog, the government will halve the number of vehicles allowed on roads by restricting licence plate numbers, limiting construction and manufacturing activities, closing schools for the day, and postponing large-scale outdoor activities, the official Xinhua news agency said. The government in China is aiming to reverse some of the damage done to

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India Admits Delhi Matches Beijing for Air Pollution Threatening Public Health

May 8th, 2014 | By

The Guardian: India’s state air monitoring centre has admitted that pollution in Delhi is comparable to that of Beijing, but disputed a World Health Organisation (WHO) finding that the Indian capital had the dirtiest atmosphere in the world. A study of 1,600 cities across 91 countries released on Wednesday by the WHO showed Delhi had the

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Climate Change Adaptation Perfumes Nepal’s Foothills

Apr 28th, 2014 | By

Reuters: Life is a daily challenge for the families of this village of terraced maize fields and tin-roofed homes tucked in the steep green foothills of Nepal’s Himalayas. Monkeys living in the forests around Majhthana carry away many of the vegetables the community grows, and the men who once chucked rocks at them to protect the

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Drought Adds to Syria’s Misery

Apr 19th, 2014 | By

Climate News Network: The conflict in Syria has devastated much of the country’s agricultural sector. But while the fighting has left large tracts of farmland abandoned, irrigation systems smashed and livestock neglected, other forces have also been at work. Syria – and much of the Eastern Mediterranean region – is in the grip of one of

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City Experts Leading Project to Save Communities at Risk of Climate Change

Apr 16th, 2014 | By

Experts in Southampton are leading a project to help save communities that could be in jeopardy because of the devastating effects of climate change. Researchers at the University of Southampton are at the forefront of an international £13m project to understand the effects of climate change on people living in deltas in South Asia and Africa. It

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Inconvenient Truths

Apr 16th, 2014 | By

The key message from the recently released Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report is that climate change is real, humans are the main culprits for the dramatic change and the cost of inaction will be catastrophic. The accelerated warming of our earth is the clearest manifestation of human-caused climate change. The risks to both

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Viral Diseases to Surge in Coming Years Due to Climate Change, Report Says

Apr 15th, 2014 | By

Times News Network: US scientists have warned India of increased incidence of infectious and vector-borne diseases in coming years due to climate change. According to a report on climate change and infectious diseases in India authored by top scientists from Environment Safety and Health Compliance Office of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Climate and

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Provinces Refuse to Share Powers With Climate Change Division

Apr 13th, 2014 | By

All the four provinces have refused to share their powers with the Climate Change Division and are insisting on formulating their own strategies to deal with the challenge of climate change in their respective areas. Two legislation bills, Climate Change and Bio-safety Act, formulated by the Climate Change Division in December last year hit a

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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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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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CCAC Invests $10 Million in New Work to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants, Focuses on Human Health

Apr 6th, 2014 | By

UNEP News Center: The Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) has agreed to expand actions in cleaner transport, alternative refrigeration, agriculture, municipal solid waste management and methane reduction in the oil and gas sector. Citing recent data from the World Health Organization (WHO) showing that approximately 7 million people die each year because of indoor and

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Climate Change to Leave India Hot and Hungry

Apr 4th, 2014 | By
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The latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report not only provides new evidence but also sounds an alarm over the impact climate change is having on compounding hunger and significantly disrupting food grain production. Apart from leaving the world hungry and hot, the changing climate will also offset gains against poverty and hunger, especially

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Disaster in the Making

Apr 2nd, 2014 | By

The latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has once again brought forth the reality about climate change. Compared to earlier reports, the evidence presented is robust since it is based on a larger body of scientific, technical and socioeconomic evidence of climate change. The evidence of climate change impacts is “strongest

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How Climate Change Will Affect Where You Live

Mar 31st, 2014 | By

The latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change spells out how climate change will affect each part of the world, and what can be done about it. For many regions the IPCC only makes vague predictions, and in some cases the impacts are deeply uncertain. Here is our rough guide to the main impacts this

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Africa: Unep 2013 Annual Report Spotlights Action On Key Environmental Issues

Mar 30th, 2014 | By

Activities for the year ranged from climate change adaptation to a new global convention on mercury and beyond. The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in 2013 tackled a range of critical and emerging issues on the global environmental agenda, according to the organization’s 2013 Annual Report, which was released today. The report focuses on UNEP’s

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7 Million Deaths Annually Linked to Air Pollution-WHO Report

Mar 27th, 2014 | By

UNEP News Center: In new estimates released today, the World Health Organization (WHO) reports that in 2012 around 7 million people died – one in eight of total global deaths as a result of air pollution exposure. This finding more than doubles previous estimates and confirms that air pollution is now the world’s largest single environmental

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Reducing Risks to Urban Health and Building Climate Resilience

Mar 19th, 2014 | By

Why are the health prospects for residents in informal urban settlements so poor, and what future issues will contribute to making these better or worse? These were among the questions discussed at the 11th International Conference on Urban Health held recently in Manchester. As part of this event, a group of participants grappled with the ways in which

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Climate Change Like ‘100-Year War’ Says US Army Expert

Mar 19th, 2014 | By

Brigadier General (ret) Chris King, chief academic officer for the United States Army’s Command and General Staff College, warned that failed states, extreme weather events and mass migration could be “debilitating” and represented real dangers to global stability in the coming years. “This is like getting embroiled in a war that lasts 100 years. That’s the

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

Mar 18th, 2014 | By

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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The Dams of India: Boon or Bane?

Mar 17th, 2014 | By
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The Guardian: Assam, the northeastern Indian state, east of Bangladesh and bordering China to the north, is an area described by politicians as India’s ‘future powerhouse’ and is a key focus point of the country’s dam building programme. The ambition of planners in New Delhi is not in doubt. So far plans for more than 160

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Warmer Years Linked to More Malaria in Tropical Highlands

Mar 14th, 2014 | By

Sci Dev Net:  People in densely populated highlands of Africa and South America — who have so far been protected from malaria by cooler temperatures — may be seeing more of the disease as the climate changes, according to a study in Science (6 March). Mountainous regions with relatively cold climates that are unsuitable for the malaria parasite and the mosquitoes that transmit

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Nine Chinese Cities Suffered More Days of Severe Smog Than Beijing

Mar 13th, 2014 | By

The Guardian: Photographs of a smog-wreathed Tiananmen Square and the iconic headquarters of China Central Television dominated reports of Chinese pollution last year, but analysis shows nine other Chinese cities suffered more days of severe smog than the capital in 2013. The worst was Xingtai, a city of more than 7 million people south-west of Beijing,

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Conservation Cooperation a ‘Matter of Survival’ for Arabs

Mar 7th, 2014 | By

Sci Dev Net: The Arab region’s best chance of facing the challenges of food insecurity, water scarcity and natural disasters lies in collaborating on environmental preservation, a study says. The study, published in The Lancet (20 January), argues that current academic discussions about health, population and development in the Arab region fail to convey the true level of urgency. Rather than speaking about security

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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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Climate Change and Growth in Africa: Challenges and the Way Forward

Feb 23rd, 2014 | By

The recent trends of increasing global temperatures and incidences of extreme climate events in Africa—mainly droughts and floods—are likely to continue. These severe climate events demonstrate the level and depth of the impact that climate change has on African economies. African policymakers should prioritize climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies in the development agenda of

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Responsibility and Progress: Making Eco-Friendly Development Realisable

Feb 18th, 2014 | By

Tribune: An increased level of development in line with the prevalent neo-liberal practices comes at the cost of a healthy environment. Although this truism has found manifestation in various forms around the world, an environment-friendly mode of development is conceivable. To familiarise this notion, a report on ‘Work Programme for Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation in

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Kerry: Climate Change is World’s ‘Most Fearsome’ Weapon

Feb 17th, 2014 | By

Climate change may be the world’s “most fearsome” weapon of mass destruction and urgent global action is needed to combat it, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday, comparing those who deny its existence or question its causes to people who insist the Earth is flat. In a speech to Indonesian students, civic

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China Smog Makes Capital “Barely Suitable” for Living – Report

Feb 14th, 2014 | By

(Reuters) – Severe pollution in Beijing has made the Chinese capital “barely suitable” for living, according to an official Chinese report, as the world’s second-largest economy tries to reduce often hazardous levels of smog caused by decades of rapid growth. Pollution is a rising concern for China’s stability-obsessed leaders, keen to douse potential unrest as

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

Feb 12th, 2014 | By

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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Malaria May Head For the Hills by 2080

Feb 10th, 2014 | By

Press Trust of India: Malaria will increasingly be found in upland areas by the end of the century due to climate change – exposing millions in previously unaffected areas of Asia and Africa to the deadly disease, new research has warned. The researchers found that the changing climate will allow malaria to move into higher altitudes

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African Monsoon Project to Benefit Crops and Healthcare

Feb 7th, 2014 | By

Sci Dev Net: Researchers unravelling the complexities of the West African monsoon say they are set to bring major agricultural and health benefits to people in the region — despite setbacks caused by terrorist threats and wars in the Sahel region. The African Monsoon Multidisciplinary Analysis (AMMA) programme, a consortium of over 400 researchers from 30 countries that was started 14 years ago, has gathered a

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Perception of Risk For Climate Change

Feb 7th, 2014 | By

Unlike other global problems with risky outcomes (poverty, education, and war among others), climate change is unique. It affects us all alike, and its future consequences might be costly, delayed, and uncertain. Climate change is a serious problem needing immediate attention. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the Joint Science Academies (JSA), and the

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U.S. to Launch ‘Climate Hubs’ to Help Farmers Face Climate Change

Feb 5th, 2014 | By

Reuters: President Barack Obama’s administration will announce on Wednesday the formation of seven “climate hubs” to help farmers and rural communities adapt to extreme weather conditions and other effects of climate change, a White House official said. The hubs will act as information centers and aim to help farmers and ranchers handle risks, including fires, pests,

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Heat-Related Deaths Will Rise 257% by 2050 Because of Climate Change

Feb 4th, 2014 | By
People try to cool off in Brighton during the current heatwave

The Guardian: Deaths as a result of hot weather are to soar over the next four decades as a result of climate change, researchers have predicted. The number of annual deaths in the UK that occur as a result of the heat will rise by 257% by 2050, they said. Elderly people are most at risk,

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Flying Wild at Mansagar Lake

Feb 3rd, 2014 | By

Times News Network: In the times of climate change and global warming a new initiative to create awareness is gathering momentum among the young ones who would be the most affected by the actions of their parents today. The program to pass the responsibility to concerned citizens and reduce the environmental degradation responsibility on the government aims

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Iraq’s Environment, Water Supply in Severe Decline – Report

Jan 28th, 2014 | By

(Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Iraq is losing between 5 and 8 percent of its gross domestic product to environmental degradation each year, while the amount of water available per person has dropped by more than half since the late 1970s, according to a new government study. Backed by the United Nations and the World Bank,

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Climate Change Is a Challenge For Sustainable Development

Jan 16th, 2014 | By

Climate change is the most significant challenge to achieving sustainable development, and it threatens to drag millions of people into grinding poverty. At the same time, we have never had better know-how and solutions available to avert the crisis and create opportunities for a better life for people all over the world. Climate change is

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Health, Climate Change to Get Special Focus at Davos: WEF

Jan 10th, 2014 | By

Press Trust of India: World Economic Forum (WEF) today said health and environment will figure prominently in its upcoming Davos Annual Meeting, which is expected to be attended by a large Indian delegation along with top business and political leaders from across the world. Those expected at this annual congregation of rich and powerful from across

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Talking Climate Change

Jan 10th, 2014 | By

Air pollution is considered to be the defining climate change issue in Nepal. To bring climate-change problems to light, an extensive talk programme was launched at the Nepal Art Council, Baber Mahal, on January 8. Arnico Panday, senior atmosphere scientist at ICIMOD, started the panel discussion with a presentation on the issue of air pollution

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More Than Half of Pakistanis are Food Insecure

Jan 6th, 2014 | By

The Express Tribune: Food insecurity affects 60 per cent of Pakistan’s population, University of Agriculture Vice Chancellor Iqrar Ahmad Khan said on Saturday. Khan urged agricultural scientists to help increase food production to feed the rapidly growing population. The world’s population would reach nine billion by the year 2050, a threat to food insecurity, he added.

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Climate Change will Reduce Population of Many Marine Organisms by 2100, Researchers Say

Dec 31st, 2013 | By

Nature World News: Researchers are expecting to see a huge decline in the population of marine creatures that dwell on the ocean surface by the next century. According to estimates by a team of researchers led by National Oceanography Center scientists, the number of marine creatures in North Atlantic will decrease by about 38 percent. Around the world,

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China Struggling to Meet 2011-2015 Environment Goals

Dec 25th, 2013 | By

Reuters: China is struggling to meet its 2011-2015 targets to reduce pollution, cut greenhouse gas growth and introduce cleaner sources of energy, a report submitted to the country’s parliament said on Wednesday. The report, which covers the 2011-2012 period, said faster-than-expected economic growth was to blame for China’s failure to meet environmental targets ranging from energy

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Climate Change – And It’s For Free

Dec 22nd, 2013 | By

Climate News Network: Having trouble explaining the impact of greenhouse gases on the atmosphere? Puzzled by talk of the acidification of the seas? Interested to learn the effect global warming will have on food supplies? Then step this way. Or rather, enrol on a course being run online by the UK’s Exeter University in partnership with the UK Met

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