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Climate Change: Countries that Contributed Less are Most Vulnerable

Jun 13th, 2014 | By
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While most of the dangerous gases that had built up in the atmosphere over the years may have come from countries in the Earth’s northern hemisphere, it is the countries however in the south that will bear the impact of the planet’s global warming and climate change, a report released by ratings agency Standard &

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‘Mombasa to Sink in 20 Years’

Jun 9th, 2014 | By




Mombasa and other parts of the Kenyan Coast could disappear under the sea in the next 20 years. In a new report by the Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), experts have warned that the Coast as we know it today will be no more in two decades as a result of rising ocean waters

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Risk of Becoming Food, Water Insecure if Environmental Damage Continues

Jun 3rd, 2014 | By
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Tribune: This was stated in the Pakistan Economic Survey 2013-14 released by Finance Minister Ishaq Dar on Monday. According to some environmental experts, the actual cost may be as high as Rs450 billion. Besides monetary costs, there are serious consequences of climate change and environmental degradation for people.  According to the economic survey, climate change has

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We are Killing Species at 1000 Times the Natural Rate

May 30th, 2014 | By
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New Scientist: First the bad news. Humans are driving species to extinction at around 1000 times the natural rate, at the top of the range of an earlier estimate. We also don’t know how many species we can afford to lose. Now the good news. Armed with your smartphone, you can help conservationists save them.

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Threat of Uttarakhand-like Disaster in Himachal Pradesh, Scientists Worried

May 28th, 2014 | By




Times News Network: Increased vulnerability of Himachal Pradesh to climate change has posed the threat of Uttarakhand like disaster. In 2013, bursting of a small lake in front of Chorabari glacier coupled with heavy rainfall had wreaked havoc in Uttarakhand and in Himachal Pradesh 249 glacial lakes exists of which 11 have been identified as having

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Unbridled Industrialisation Leading to Himalayan Eco-disaster: Study

May 20th, 2014 | By




In further evidence – if any were needed – that global warming is accelerating glacier melt in the Himalaya, a new research reveals that nearly 400 glaciers have come into existence in the last four decades alone. In terms of numbers, Himalaya glaciers are on the rise – but this does not help, as the

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Ocean Winds Put Heat on Australia

May 16th, 2014 | By
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Climate News Network: The answer to one of the enduring puzzles of global warming − the apparently sluggish response of the Antarctic continent to rising greenhouse gas levels − may have been settled by Australian scientists. And, in the course of doing so, they may also have solved another problem: the parching of Australia itself. Nerilie Abram, of the Australian National University’s Research

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World is Unprepared for Major El Niño Later This Year

May 15th, 2014 | By
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New Scientist: The weather is preparing to go wild, and will wreak havoc and death around the globe later this year. An El Niño, a splurge of warm water in the Pacific Ocean, is coming. It will unleash floods in the Americas, while South-East Asia and Australia face drought. Yet little is being done to address

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200000 Glaciers Mapped To Estimate Sea Level Rise

May 7th, 2014 | By
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An international team led by glaciologists from the University of Colorado Boulder and Trent University in Ontario, Canada has completed the first mapping of virtually all of the world’s glaciers — including their locations and sizes — allowing for calculations of their volumes and ongoing contributions to global sea rise as the world warms. The

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East Antarctic Ice Basin ‘May Be At Risk’

May 6th, 2014 | By
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Part of the East Antarctic ice sheet may be less stable than anyone had realised, researchers based in Germany have found. Writing in Nature Climate Change, two scientists from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) say the melting of quite a small volume of ice on the East Antarctic shore could ultimately trigger

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Climate Change Could Make Everest Climb Even Riskier

Apr 25th, 2014 | By




Climbing to the roof of the world is becoming less predictable and possibly more dangerous, scientists say, as climate change brings warmer temperatures that may eat through the ice and snow on Mount Everest. Nepal was left reeling when a sudden ice avalanche slammed down onto a group of Sherpa guides on Friday and killed 16

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The Future Is Evaporating: Climate Change Could Dry Out 30 Percent of the Earth

Apr 16th, 2014 | By




Sure, scientists expect the changing climate to bring on more drought. There’s going to be less rainfall in already arid regions, that’s fairly certain. And that alone would be bad news for denizens of the planet’s dry zones—in some places in North Africa, the American Southwest, India, and the Middle East, water shortages could well become

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Climate Change Clouds Farmers

Apr 15th, 2014 | By




Indian farmers are keeping fingers crossed. Will the monsoon this kharif (south-west monsoon season) be normal, above normal (like last year), or sub-normal? One has received ominous reports of an El Nino, which means, India will receive much less rainfall, and that, could be a repeat of 2009 when we had a severe drought. India,

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IMF, World Bank Push for Price on Carbon

Apr 12th, 2014 | By




The Sydney Morning Herald: The IMF and World Bank have urged finance ministers to impose a price on carbon, warning that time is running out for the planet to avoid worst-case climate change. The heads of the two global economic institutions convened ministers from 46 countries – including the US, China, India and European powers –

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Expect More Extreme Climate Events in India

Apr 9th, 2014 | By
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Down to Earth: With over 1.2 billion people, India is deemed one of the nations most vulnerable to climate change impacts. According to the new report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, India’s agricultural sector would be worst hit. Change in rainfall patterns would put millions of lives at stake, the IPCC report says. It

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Climate Change – Lanka Among the Most Affected

Apr 6th, 2014 | By
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South Asia has been warned. The launch of the Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) of Working Group (WG) II by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, (IPCC) which focused on climate impacts, vulnerability and adaptation has indicated that the region is in greater danger of sea-level rise and severe impact to countries agricultural sector.  Key findings

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The Impending Crisis in Aryavarta

Apr 4th, 2014 | By
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From the age of the Vedas—Hinduism’s oldest scripture—to modern graphic novels which revisit that idealized past, the word Aryavarta has come to define India. As an area, Aryavarta stretches from the western frontiers of modern Pakistan to India’s eastern edges, watered by three mighty rivers, the Indus, the Ganga and the Brahmaputra. This vast alluvial

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Disaster in the Making

Apr 2nd, 2014 | By
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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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IPCC Preview: Deep Trouble Brewing in Our Oceans

Mar 27th, 2014 | By
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Scientists are meeting this week in Yokohama, Japan, to finalise and approve the latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Working Group II – the part of the IPCC process that seeks consensus on the likely impacts of climate change, as well as how it might change the vulnerability of people and ecosystems, and how

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PHL is Best Example of Need for Climate Change Adaptation – UNDP

Mar 27th, 2014 | By
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Through the devastation it experienced after super typhoon Yolanda,  the Philippines can push the world to act on climate change. United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) administrator Helen Clark said Thursday that the Philippines is the best example of what climate change can do to people and countries and how actions to prevent it should be

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UN Climate Scientists see Grim Future if no Action

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

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East African Countries are Dealing With the Impacts of Climate Change

Mar 18th, 2014 | By
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The Guardian: As I have written before, I have a particular interest in smart energy sources for the developing world. Issues of climate change and energy supply meet as countries try to provide basic services for their populace. Some contrarian climate scientists have claimed that developing clean energy sources is unwise for these countries – insisting incorrectly that

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Warmer Years Linked to More Malaria in Tropical Highlands

Mar 14th, 2014 | By
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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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High Temperature, Climatic Changes to Affect Coffee Output

Mar 13th, 2014 | By
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Business Standard: Changing climatic conditions and rising global temperatures is likely to affect world coffee production in the coming years. The threat is significantly higher in arabica coffee, which requires specific ecological and meteorological conditions in order to produce quality beans, said theInternational Coffee Organisation (ICO). Arabica coffee requires an optimum mean temperature range of 15 to 23 degrees Celsius. “A

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Pacific Island States Pushed Aside in Race for UN funds: Kiribati

Mar 12th, 2014 | By
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(Reuters) – Tiny Pacific island nations, among those hardest hit by climate change, are being outmuscled by larger states in the race to get U.N. funds earmarked for climate change adaptation, Kiribati’s agriculture minister said on Wednesday. At a meeting in the Mongolian capital Ulan Bator where land-locked developing countries and small island states debated

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Warm, too Warm, and Warmer Still

Mar 11th, 2014 | By
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At a sustainability conference earlier this month in New Delhi, a senior representative of India’s Ministry of Petroleum stood up to give a speech (fun fact: the Petroleum Minister in India doubles as the Environment Minister). Among his sleep-inducing bureaucrat-speak, he squeezed-in a bizarre tirade against clean energy, which according to him, must be evaluated

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Conservation Cooperation a ‘Matter of Survival’ for Arabs

Mar 7th, 2014 | By
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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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Great Barrier Reef Faces Irreversible Damage by 2030

Mar 7th, 2014 | By




Press Trust of India: Australia’s iconic Great Barrier Reef may be irreversibly damaged by climate change in just 16 years unless immediate action is taken, scientists have warned. A new report by Selina Ward from University of Queensland highlights the potential ecological and economic damage to the reef from global warming. “One of the most important

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Indian Cities Face ‘Huge’ Risks Without Climate Planning

Mar 6th, 2014 | By
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(Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Continuing failure to plan ahead for more extreme weather in India’s cities could lead to huge economic and health costs, and hit India’s most vulnerable particularly hard, experts say. What is needed is a comprehensive strategy to develop resilience in cities, including a “paradigm shift” in how modern cities are planned

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If Climate Change May Sink These Islands, Should We Save Their Biodiversity?

Mar 4th, 2014 | By
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It’s not news that as a result of climate change, oceans could literally swallow many low-lying islands if sea-level rise continues at its current pace. Four years ago, the small island nation of Maldives, population 393,988, held its cabinet meeting underwater to highlight the problem, hoping the backdrop of coral would raise alarm bells about a rising

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Govt to Come up With Contingency Plan to Tackle Possible El Nino Effect

Feb 25th, 2014 | By
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Times News Network: Amid grim prediction that El Nino conditions may possibly impact Monsoon this year, triggering drought in parts of India, the government plans to ask agricultural institutions, farm scientists, water resource managers and policy makers to come out with a contingency plan to tackle below-normal rain situation during June-August. Government’s precautionary approach for the

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

Feb 17th, 2014 | By
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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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Climate Change: Tibet Wettest in 2010 in 3,500 Years

Feb 17th, 2014 | By




Recent decades have likely been the wettest on record in the semi-arid Tibetan plateau, researchers say, warning that any further large-scale warming might lead to even greater rainfall in Tibet, the birthplace for Asia’s great rivers. The wettest individual year reconstructed in 3,500 years in northeastern Tibet is 2010, say climate researchers at the University

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Equatorial Fish Feel the Heat

Feb 12th, 2014 | By
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Climate News Network: Lying in a hot bath may be a pleasant experience, because you can always get out when you’ve had enough. For some of the fish that swim in equatorial seas, though, that is not an option: climate change threatens to make the water not just uncomfortable, but unendurable. An international team of researchers

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

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

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At Tufts, Going Far North to Look at Climate Change

Feb 10th, 2014 | By




Perhaps the most insidious aspect of climate change is that it can’t be seen. The effects of poverty, pollution, and pestilence are all too readily apparent. In contrast, the incremental nature of climate change, its global scale, its sweeping duration, render it — for now — invisible. Except that it isn’t. Climate change can be

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Perception of Risk For Climate Change

Feb 7th, 2014 | By
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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
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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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Adapting to Sea Level Rise Could Save Trillions by 2100

Feb 4th, 2014 | By
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Floods already pose major problems for coastal communities each year. Those issues are only likely to grow as oceans continue to rise, due in part to climate change, threatening millions of people and trillions of dollars in infrastructure. But new research suggests that building levees could stave off huge losses at a minimal cost. Coasts are home to more

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Penguins Feel Climate Change’s Impacts

Feb 2nd, 2014 | By
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Climate News Network: Climate change is bad for penguin chicks. If rain doesn’t soak their feathers and kill them with cold, then extremes of heat could finish them off with hyperthermia. Over a 27-year research project in the world’s largest colony of Magellanic penguins, on the arid Argentine coast, researchers have seen a greater number

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‘Nature is Ringing the Door Bell’: UN Climate Change Chief

Feb 1st, 2014 | By




As the global community takes steps toward protecting itself from extreme weather conditions, a high-ranking UN climate change official is calling on international leaders to re-evaluate their response to environmental reform as nature rings the “door bell” loud and clear. In a recent interview with Xinhua, Christiana Figueres, the executive secretary of the United Nations

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Coping With Climate Change

Jan 28th, 2014 | By
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Even before filing his budget last week, Gov. Deval Patrick made clear that one of his final priorities in his final year is to help prepare Massachusetts for rising seas and increased storms. It may prove to be central to his legacy. Tuesday night, the governor will offer his state of the state address, in

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Climate Vulnerability and Preparedness: Planning for Resilience and Adaptation

Jan 28th, 2014 | By
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The world community now understands that humankind everywhere is likely to experience more severe and more frequent extreme weather events in the years, decades and, perhaps even, centuries to come. The consensus reports of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) have made this clear. Thousands of scientists have worked around the world to summarize the

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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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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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Will Fleeing Home be the Last Resort as the Climate Changes?

Jan 15th, 2014 | By
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Salustiano Albert has lived in Palau, an archipelago in the western Pacific Ocean comprising over 500 islands, for more than three decades. Part of his family home, where three generations live, used to be flooded regularly by the tides, but in the past few years his entire house has been inundated. They survive by selling

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52% of Global Population to Live in ‘Water-stressed Areas’ by 2050

Jan 15th, 2014 | By
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Around 5 billion – or 52% – of the world’s projected 9.7 billion people will live in areas where fresh water supply is under pressure by 2050, the study suggested. Researchers also expect 1 billion more people to be living in areas where water demand exceeds surface-water supply. Large portions of these regions are already

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Giant Antarctic Glacier Beyond Point of No Return

Jan 13th, 2014 | By
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AFP: Antarctica’s Pine Island Glacier, one of the biggest single contributors to world sea-level rise, is melting irreversibly and could add as much as a centimetre to ocean levels in 20 years, say scientists. The glacier “has started a phase of self-sustained retreat and will irreversibly continue its decline,” says Gael Durand, a glaciologist with France’s Grenoble

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Climate Prediction Tools Show Role of Oceans in Amazon Drought

Jan 12th, 2014 | By
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(Thomson Reuters Foundation) The best place to look for clues about potential drought in the Amazon forests of Peru is on the other side of South America, off the shores of Brazil in the Atlantic Ocean, according to scientists. During the past 10 years, rising sea surface temperatures in the tropical Atlantic have corresponded with

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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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No End To The Himalayan Blunder?

Jan 6th, 2014 | By
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The response to recent Uttarakhand disaster is seemingly inadequate, writes Dr. Sudhirendar Sharma. It has not only been a policy failure but institutional inadequacies lie exposed too. Mountain peculiarities have remained an exercise in academic deliberations. Often piecemeal and repetitive, several high level committees of the state have neither been able to foresee latent threats

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The Fight to Save the Western Ghats

Jan 5th, 2014 | By
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The Western Ghats, spread over six states in western and southern India, cover an area of approximately 165,000 sq. km. They are home to a unique ecosystem in the country that is under threat from human activities. Nearly 59% of this area has been exploited: habitation, plantation or agriculture. Only 41% of the area is

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Climate Change Will Hit Seafloor Life

Jan 1st, 2014 | By
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Climate News Network: Creatures which live deep beneath the ocean surface are likely to be badly hit by climate change over the next century, a new study says. The study, by an international research team from the UK, Canada, Australia and France, is the first to quantify future losses in deep-sea marine life, using advanced

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Report Warns of Looming Food Insecurity Next Year

Dec 29th, 2013 | By
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The Guardian: Intense food insecurity by 20 per cent has been projected to hit the East African countries, including Tanzania in the coming year 2014, The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) has reported. The report has indicated massive climate change, steady rising temperatures, unpredictable humidity and precipitation patterns as the major factors generating expected long-term

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Global Warming Will Intensify Drought, Says New Study

Dec 23rd, 2013 | By
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The Guardian: When scientists think about climate change, we often focus on long term trends and multi-year averages of various climate measures such as temperature, ocean heat, sea level, ocean acidity, and ice loss. But, what matters most in our day-to-day lives is extreme weather. If human-caused climate change leads to more extreme weather, it would make

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Climate Change – And It’s For Free

Dec 22nd, 2013 | By
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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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Knowing The ‘Who, What, Where And When’ of Climate Change

Dec 22nd, 2013 | By
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“We need more information on this subject. We need to understand what we are facing before we can take action” For most problems, particularly the emerging and difficult to solve ones like climate change, this is the valid response from policy-makers when faced with the question ‘so what shall we do’. As a result there

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Snow Loss Rate at Everest Less Than in Alps: Study

Dec 20th, 2013 | By
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Republica: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), in its 2007 report, presented the startling projection that the Himalayan glaciers would disappear by 2035 if the earth keeps warming at the current rate. The IPCC report, which apparently lacked sufficient data to substantiate its projection, was criticized by scientists for what they said was an erroneous

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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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