CLIMATE SCIENCE

Greater Political Imagination is Vital in Order to Face Climate Challenge

Aug 24th, 2014 | By
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Efforts to reduce global warming are gaining political ground at the international level, despite systematic resistance to change. This global dynamic should renew the economic and political debate in our countries. Finally, Obama has decided to put the brakes on domestic emissions from electric generation plants despite the resistance from said industry, Republicans and even

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What Would a Fair UN Climate Change Deal Look Like?

Aug 24th, 2014 | By
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The problem comes when you ask negotiators or civil society representatives what that actually means. What, using UN parlance, does an equitable solution to prevent dangerous levels of global warming look like on a country-by-country level? Policy wonks will talk of historical responsibility, climate justice, the right to development, political will and economic capacity. This

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Nepal, Maldives & Bhutan Could Lose Around 2% G.D.P. Due to Climate Change – A.D.B. Report

Aug 24th, 2014 | By
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Nepal, the Maldives, and Bhutan could be looking at economic losses of around 2 percent of their annual gross domestic product by 2050 due to climate change, according to Asian Development Bank report. The recently released A.D.B. report, titled “Assessing the Costs of Climate Change and Adaptation in South Asia,” found that Nepal, the Maldives,

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UN Expects Upcoming Samoa Small Island Conference to Generate Vital Partnerships

Aug 22nd, 2014 | By
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UNEP News Center: The United Nations expects over 300 initiatives to be announced two weeks from now at a major world conference aimed at fostering partnerships with small island developing States, a top UN organizing official today said. Speaking to reporters in New York before he leaves for the Samoan capital, Apia, the Conference’s Secretary-General,

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

Aug 22nd, 2014 | By
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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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Atlantic Heat Sink Explains Global Warming “Pause” – Study

Aug 22nd, 2014 | By
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Seized on by climate sceptics as proof the whole thing is a hoax, the global warming “pause” has many possible explanations. The latest data analysis locates most of that missing heat deep in the Atlantic Ocean. While average surface temperatures hold steady, deep seawater is warming up. Scientists at the University of Washington (UW) and

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Building REDD+ Expertise to Address Climate Change Challenges

Aug 22nd, 2014 | By
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UNEP News Center: While significant efforts are underway to better understand the role that forests play in climate change, the field of study remains relatively new. This is especially true when considering the complex policy, governance and technical requirements associated with managing climate change mitigation services provided by forests. Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation

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Crack in the House is Widening

Aug 21st, 2014 | By




A crack in a house’s foundation, if not repaired, can continue to grow, ultimately destabilizing the structure and rendering it uninhabitable. Its occupants must then move to another home. But the world’s population cannot move somewhere else. Houses, while not cheap, are replaceable; our planet is not.Climate change, as we have known for years, is

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Tackling Climate Change as a Single SDG Could Backfire

Aug 20th, 2014 | By
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SciDev.Net: Climate change is a major challenge — and it sits among many other major challenges targeted by the post-2015 development goals.Biodiversity, health, education, energy and others influence and are influenced by climate change. So goals about them will also mean action on climate change. Development goals that focus on the root causes of sustainability challenges bring people together; they also minimise the

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Scientists Find “Unambiguous” Proof of Global Warming

Aug 20th, 2014 | By
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This isn’t local but its effects affect us all. The information was sent to us by Trent University. Dr. Graham Cogley, professor of geography at Trent University, and an international team of scientists led by Dr. Ben Marzeion, of the University of Innsbruck, have found unambiguous evidence for an increase in the loss of glacier

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South Asia’s Growth to Fall 9% by 2100 Thanks to Climate Change: ADB

Aug 20th, 2014 | By
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Climate change will cut South Asia’s growth almost 9 percent by the end of the century unless world governments try harder to counter global warming, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) said on Tuesday. The region is home to a fifth of the world’s population and is already vulnerable to climate extremes: seasonal floods, cyclones and

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Arctic Warming Blamed for Dangerous Heat Waves

Aug 18th, 2014 | By
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Climate News Network: Few people have heard of Rossby waves and even less understand them, but if you are sweltering in an uncomfortably long heat wave, then they could be to blame. New discoveries about what is going on in the atmosphere are helping to explain why heat waves are lasting longer and causing serious

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IPCC Warns of massive Climate Changes

Aug 18th, 2014 | By
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The latest IPCC report warns that the major greenhouse gas emissions should be cut during the next 15 years or the planet will face catastrophic climate changes. Environment experts have also suggested a solution that can make emissions come down and through which even economy can be improved at the same time. A carbon pollution fee on fossil fuels that returns that

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Climate Change Made Classic Civilisations to Collapse

Aug 18th, 2014 | By
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In barely six months since a group of scientists and archaeologists found that the Indus Valley Civilization had collapsed due to monsoon hiatus that resulted in prolonged drought, a new study came out with evidences confirming that the ancient civilisation of Mesopotamia too had collapsed due to years of drought resulted by climate change. A

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Doing More on Climate

Aug 15th, 2014 | By




Climate change talks are poised at a critical stage before the Conference of Parties meets in Paris in 2015 to finalise a new treaty, and India’s alliances with developing countries assume significance at this point. Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar has been stressing on funds from the first world for the Green Climate Fund (GCF) and

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‘Poor’ Outlook for Australia’s Great Barrier Reef as Climate Change Threatens

Aug 13th, 2014 | By
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AFP: Climate change remains the most serious threat to the Great Barrier Reef and the outlook for the natural wonder is “poor”, an Australian government report has warned. The World Heritage site on the north-east coast is “under pressure” and its capacity to recover could be weakening, said the report from the Great Barrier Marine Park

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World Bank Move to Boost Carbon Pricing

Aug 12th, 2014 | By
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The World Bank Group, businesses groups, and investors have called on governments and corporations to support carbon pricing to cut green house gas (GHG) emissions and reduce the worsening impacts of climate change. The group has been organising a statement on carbon pricing and has consulted partner countries, governments, and business associations including the World

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Extreme Weather Becoming More Common, Study Says

Aug 12th, 2014 | By
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The Guardian: Extreme weather like the drought currently scorching the western USand the devastating floods in Pakistan in 2010 is becoming much more common, according to new scientific research. The work shows so-called “blocking patterns”, where hot or wet weather remains stuck over a region for weeks causing heatwaves or floods, have more than doubled in summers over

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Nepal ‘Still Struggling’ to Harness Science for Development

Aug 11th, 2014 | By
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SciDev.Net: Nepal’s science sector remains chronically underfunded— getting less than 0.4 per cent of the country’s GDP (gross domestic product) — and initially promising science policies have  failed to improve things, critics say. The country’s second national policy on science and technology (S&T) from 2005 aimed to underline the need for scientific research for Nepal’s development and to allocate

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How Are the World’s Poorest Preparing for Climate Change?

Aug 11th, 2014 | By
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For the last decade or so, we have known that human induced climate change will bring adverse impacts around the world. This is likely to hit the poorest countries and communities hardest. Their adaptive capacity is lowest, but some countries have been moving ahead on first planning and then implementing adaptation actions around the world.

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State Climate Action Plans Lack Innovation, Study Finds

Aug 11th, 2014 | By




The Hindu: An analysis of State action plans to combat climate change reveal a lack of innovative approaches and a high variation in budgets apart from the fact that many did not move ahead from the business as usual scenario. However, the exercise in sheer numbers by 27 States is one of the largest sub-national action

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Keystone Climate Impact ‘Four Times’ Greater Than US Govt Estimate

Aug 10th, 2014 | By
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Running from Canada to Texas, the future of the US$5.4 billion pipeline, which would carry oil from the Alberta tar sands, has become a key test of the White House’s “green” credentials. Earlier this year the State Department declared Keystone’s possible environmental impacts to be negligible, carrying bitumen that would simply replace oil produced elsewhere. But

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Draft UN Support Says Drastic Emissions Cuts Needed By 2050 To Curb Global Warming

Aug 10th, 2014 | By
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Deep cuts in greenhouse gas emissions of 40 to 70 per cent by mid-century will be needed to avert the worst of global warming that is already harming all continents, a draft UN report shows. The 26-page draft sums up three UN scientific reports published over the past year as a guide for almost 200

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Rise in Flights Will Outweigh Carbon Cuts

Aug 8th, 2014 | By
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Climate News Network: The aviation industry insists that it is making only a tiny contribution to global warming, with just 2% of global carbon dioxide emissions coming from its aircraft. The problem is the speed at which aviation itself is growing. One aircraft builder believes the number of planes in service in 2011 will have doubled

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Time for Action by Developing Nations on Climate Change, Says India

Aug 8th, 2014 | By




Press Trust of India: Noting that the response of many countries is not adequate to combat climate change, Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar today said the time has come for “enhanced action” by developing nations.“We are at a very critical stage in our effort to combat climate change. While science prompts towards greater action, we find that

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Global Warming Pause Puts ‘Crisis’ In Perspective

Aug 8th, 2014 | By
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Much has been written and argued, from all sides in the global warming debate, about the meaning of the asserted 17-year pause in global warming. Is a 17-year pause significant? Is a pause even occurring? Does the pause signal a longer-term halt to global warming or even a long-term cooling trend? Would a resumption of global warming

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Why A New Study Thinks Next Year’s Climate Talks Won’t Keep The World Under 2°C

Aug 7th, 2014 | By
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The hopes that the world will do something meaningful to reduce its carbon emissions now hang on the next big round of international climate talks in Paris in 2015. And according to a new analysis from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, it’s probably going to be a letdown. The Paris talks will be the twenty-first gathering of nations under

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Global Warming is Man-made Phenomenon: Singh

Aug 7th, 2014 | By




Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Science & Technology and Earth Sciences, MoS in Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, Space & Atomic Energy Jitendra Singh on Wednesday said that global warming and climate change are man-made phenomena and therefore the remedy also lies to a large extent on greater public

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For Most of Us, Global Warming Has Become ‘Normal’ Climate

Aug 6th, 2014 | By
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(Reuters) – Global warming has been going on for so long that most people were not even born the last time the Earth was cooler than average in 1985 in a shift that is altering perceptions of a “normal” climate, scientists said. Decades of climate change bring risks that people will accept higher temperatures, with

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India Not Bound to Cut Greenhouse Gas Emission Levels: Government

Aug 6th, 2014 | By




Press Trust of India: Environment, forests and climate change minister Prakash Javadekar on Wednesday stuck to the government’s position of agreeing to no binding greenhouse gas emission cuts, even as India voluntarily does what it can to reduce them. He also said the country wants a growth window till 2040 or beyond, before it can start

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Pakistan’s Coal-based Economy Could Suffer After Climate Deal

Aug 6th, 2014 | By
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Qamar uz Zaman Chaudhry, a special envoy of the World Meteorological Organisation and lead author of Pakistan’s National Climate Change Policy, called on the government to  halt plans for a wave of new coal power plants across the country. “As soon as the new carbon-emission regime is agreed upon, the world will put carbon tax on

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Beijing to Ban Use of Coal in Main Districts by 2020

Aug 5th, 2014 | By
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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 Damages Europe’s Forests

Aug 5th, 2014 | By
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Climate News Network: Climate change is here, it’s happening now, and for the last few decades it has been demonstrably bad news for many of Europe’s forests. An international team of researchers say in a report from the European Forest Institute that climate change is altering the environment, and it is long-lived ecosystems like forests that are particularly

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Lakes Raise New Question on Arctic Warming

Aug 4th, 2014 | By
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Climate News Network: Scientists say there is uncertainty over a previously unquestioned assumption about the way in which temperatures are rising in the Arctic. New research, supported by the US National Science Foundation (NSF), suggests that a rethink is required on the widely-held scientific view that thawing permafrost uniformly accelerates atmospheric warming. Instead, the scientists say, their findings

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Face Up to Climate Change Challenges

Aug 3rd, 2014 | By




“Climate change is the most serious global challenge of our time.” So states the Kenya National Climate Change Action Plan. Kenya has to face climate change head-on, in a bi-partisan manner and with relentless zeal. Although our nation has in the recent past been beset by insecurity, it has various climate-change induced problems lurking on

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Central India Seeing Long-term Climate Change

Aug 3rd, 2014 | By
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Central India, an area that covers Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and parts of Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra, are seeing a long-term pattern of climate change involving rainfall intensity, the government of India said. “Heavy rain events (>10 cm/day) over central India are increasing at about 1%/year while weak and moderate events are decreasing at about the

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Pakistan Ill Prepared for Climate Crises

Aug 3rd, 2014 | By
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Climate News Network: Scientists and opposition politicians in Pakistan have strongly criticised the government for what they say is its neglectful attitude towards coping with the challenges posed by climate change. “The government’s insufficient response to shifting weather patterns continues to cost the national economy dearly and is depriving people of their livelihoods, particularly in the

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Adapting to Climate Change: The Next Generation

Aug 2nd, 2014 | By




AT this time all the countries on the planet have come to accept that human induced climate change is real and, if not tackled, may become the greatest weapon of mass destruction the world has seen. Even the United States of America has now finally come to accept this reality and is beginning to take

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Crossroads in Climate Negotiations When Adaptation and Mitigation Meet in Bonn

Jul 31st, 2014 | By
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The June round of climate negotiations commenced with wide recognition amongst Parties of the need for deeper cuts in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and to be accelerating negotiations based on the outcomes of the 5thAssessment Report (AR5) released by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) this year. This session was the last opportunity for Parties to meet before

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UN Puts New Momentum Behind its Radical Green Agenda for ‘Climate Change’

Jul 31st, 2014 | By
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The United Nations is putting new momentum behind the radical green effort to reduce global carbon emissions and drastically reshape the world’s economy — a campaign that is wobbling badly due to international defections and the huge cost of cutting back economic growth in the name of controlling “climate change.” The world organization is doubling

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Carbon Pricing – Is it Inevitable, Profitable?

Jul 30th, 2014 | By
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Reuters: A dangerously warming planet is not just an environmental challenge – it is a fundamental threat to efforts to end poverty, and it threatens to put prosperity out of the reach of millions of people.  Read the recent Fifth Assessment Report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change if you need further evidence. If we agree it is

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Rising Heat Hits Indian Wheat Crop

Jul 29th, 2014 | By
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Climate News Network: Researchers in the UK have established a link between changing climate and agriculture that could have significant consequences for food supplies in South Asia. They have found evidence of a relationship between rising average temperatures in India and reduced wheat production, which was increasing until about a decade ago but has now stopped.

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Human-induced Water Vapour Next Climate Threat

Jul 29th, 2014 | By
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IANS: The rising levels of water vapour in the upper troposphere – a key amplifier of global warming – owing to greenhouse gases will intensify climate change impacts over the next decades, scientists said. “The study is the first to confirm that human activities have increased water vapour in the upper troposphere,” said Brian Soden, professor

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To Cut Carbon Emissions, Give Communities Rights to Forest Land

Jul 29th, 2014 | By
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(Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Giving forest communities secure rights to their land is an effective but underused way to limit carbon emissions from deforestation, a report showed on Thursday. Communities are far more likely to stop trees being cut down than governments or business, found the research issued by the World Resources Institute (WRI), a U.S.-based research

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Jul 29th, 2014 | By




Climate change, researchers at Stanford University and the US National Center for Atmospheric Research claim, would cause a massive drop in food crop yields over the next 20 years. A study by these scientists finds that the odds of a reduction in production of foodgrains are 20 times greater than the odds of such an

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When Not a Drop is Left

Jul 27th, 2014 | By




Climate change is the biggest threat the planet faces today, with the resources of the entire world getting affected. Water, the world’s largest natural resource, faces multiple threats as increasing temperatures lead to the melting of glaciers at a faster pace, causing mass-scale floods, devastating our plains and displacing millions of people. Climate change cannot

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India Wants Upscaling of Ambition in Kyoto Protocol Period

Jul 27th, 2014 | By




Press Trust of India: India today emphasised the need for immediate upscaling of ambition in the Kyoto Protocol second Commitment period and its early ratification by all Kyoto Protocol Parties. It is the urgent need of the hour, Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said during his meeting with UK Secretary of State for Energy and Climate

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Concerns Over carbon Emissions From Burning Wood

Jul 26th, 2014 | By
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BBC News: UK taxpayers subsidise energy firms to burn wood to meet EU renewables targets. But the report from the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) shows sometimes much bigger carbon savings would be achieved by leaving the wood in the forests. This suggests power firms may be winning subsidies for inadvertently making climate change

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Private Sector and Civil Society Declaration on Tackling Deforestation and Forest Degradation & Sustainable Management of Forests

Jul 26th, 2014 | By




Tackling deforestation must be a key component of an effective and comprehensive global agreement if dangerous climate change is to be avoided and global warming kept below 2 degrees Celsius. Supporting the sustainable use of forests is also a key component of securing livelihoods and value chains for communities and corporations worldwide, and is vital for

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Global Warming: Who Will Do the Dishes?

Jul 25th, 2014 | By




Times News Network: The problems that will affect future generations have roots in the actions we take today. Whether we keep exploiting our environment or turn towards sustainable development, it will have an effect on the environmental legacy that future generations receive. An ethical decision or the lack of it can turn the tide on future

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Climate Change and Kashmir’s Water Security

Jul 25th, 2014 | By
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As blood is to body, water is to life. Have we ever contemplated from where the water comes to the tap in our kitchens and bathrooms? Have we pondered that there is a direct link between our tap and some glacier high on the mountains somewhere around Pahalgam or Sonamarg. If something untoward happens to

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Climate Data Shows Clear Signs of Warming

Jul 24th, 2014 | By
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Climate News Network: owever you view the evidence, whatever set of measurements you examine, the picture that emerges is consistent: the Earth is heating up. The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reports: “In 2013, the vast majority of worldwide climate indicators − greenhouse gases, sea levels, global temperatures, etc − continued to reflect trends of a

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Deep Decarbonising Can Still Happen

Jul 24th, 2014 | By
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The UN’s inspirational vision for climate change control is one that each and every one of us can share, says May East Take a deep breath. Take a deep breath and be aware of what you are breathing. For the first time in human history we are the first humans to breathe 400 parts per

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Melting Glaciers Giving Rise to New Lakes in Himachal Pradesh

Jul 23rd, 2014 | By




Times News Network: Melting of glaciers is resulting in the formation of smaller lakes in the high hills of Himachal Pradesh and is posing threat to the population living downstream. A recent visit to in Chokhang area of Lahaul-Spiti by MLA Ravi Thakur along with forest officials had revealed that around 6-7 smaller lakes have come

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June 2014 was Hottest on Record Since 1880 – NOAA

Jul 22nd, 2014 | By
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The combined average temperature over land and sea was 0.72C (1.30F) above the 20th century average of 15.5C (59.9F), said  the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The data also revealed that every major ocean basin has heated, 0.64C (1.15F) above the 20th century average of 16.4C (61.5F). New temperature highs were recorded on every

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Pakistan Ranked Eighth Most Vulnerable Country in the World

Jul 22nd, 2014 | By




Speakers at a consultative seminar on ‘Climate Risks and its Impacts on Markets and Growth: The Case of Pakistan’ has called for an immediate induction of social protection to help the country sustain and transit towards more eco-friendly approaches as Pakistan is ranked as the eighth most vulnerable country in the world to climate change.

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Montreal Protocol Parties Discuss Issues Related to the Protection of the Ozone Layer

Jul 21st, 2014 | By
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UNEP News Center: The 197 Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer discussed various issues regarding the protection of the earth’s fragile ozone layer, during the 34th Meeting of the Open-Ended Working Group of the Parties, conducted from 14 to 18 July in Paris, France. The Parties considered the appropriate funding

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Climate Models Accurately Predicted Global Warming When Reflecting Natural Ocean Cycles

Jul 21st, 2014 | By
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Predicting global surface temperature changes in the short-term is a challenge for climate models. Temperature changes over periods of a decade or two can be dominated by influences from ocean cycles like El Niño and La Niña. During El Niño phases, the oceans absorb less heat, leaving more to warm the atmosphere, and the opposite

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Combat Global Warming by Taxing Carbon

Jul 21st, 2014 | By




This month, energy experts from the United States, China, and 13 other nations released a report to the United Nations called “Pathways to Deep Decarbonization” offering practical paths for transitioning their countries away from fossil fuels. This is a response to the message relentlessly championed by the world’s climate scientists: Stop burning things that release

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It’s the Greenhouse Gases, Stupid!

Jul 20th, 2014 | By
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Climate News Network: Australia, one of the world’s principal emitters of carbon dioxide, has voted to cancel its carbon tax in what has been described as “the perfect storm of stupidity”. The decision had cross-party support in the Senate vote, passing by 39 votes to 32, with only the Labor and Green parties voting against repealing

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