La Niñas on the Rise in Climate Change Double Whammy

Jan 27th, 2015 | By

Talk about a left-right jab. One of the world’s biggest sources of climate variability is set to develop a devastating double blow. The El Niño Southern Oscillation is a natural fluctuation of ocean temperatures in the equatorial Pacific that can give rise to El Niño and La Niña, which drive droughts and floods from South

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Lahore Smog: It’s Not a Natural Phenomenon

Jan 25th, 2015 | By

Every December, thick fog descends upon Lahore, blocking out the winter sunshine, closing off the motorway after dusk and preventing flights from landing at the international airport at night. The problem has grown worse over the last five years due to the high levels of pollution and poor air quality in the city, created by

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Sea Level Rise Quickens More Than Thought in Threat to Coasts

Jan 15th, 2015 | By
Women walk through a coastal ghost forest believed to be caused by sea level rise on Assateague Island in Virginia

(Reuters) – Sea level rise in the past two decades has accelerated faster than previously thought in a sign of climate change threatening coasts from Florida to Bangladesh, a study said on Wednesday. The report, reassessing records from more than 600 tidal gauges, found that readings from 1901-90 had over-estimated the rise in sea levels.

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Far From Rising Seas, Climate Change Plagues Kathmandu

Jan 14th, 2015 | By

A month’s walk from the nearest sea, Kathmandu—elevation almost a mile—is as vulnerable to climate change as the world’s coastal megacities. The capital of the poorest Asian country after Afghanistan already is feeling the effect: Rising temperatures are crimping power and food supplies as rural migrants stream to a city of 1 million that’s among

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Pakistan’s Coastal Villagers Retreat as Seas Gobble Land

Jan 11th, 2015 | By

Reuters: For fisherman Sammar Dablo it was as if “the seawater stole our homes” when land erosion forced his village to relocate further inland on Pakistan’s south coast. The people of the fan-shaped Indus Delta, where the Indus River meets the Arabian Sea, are among the poorest of the poor, mostly illiterate and living in

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When the Sea Came Home

Dec 29th, 2014 | By

Ten years cannot wipe out memories of the wall of water that wrecked human life and property, with Banda Aceh on the Sumatran coast bearing the brunt of the earthquake and a series of tsunamis in the Indian Ocean region in 2004. The death of loved ones and the loss of livelihoods and homes still

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Winter Rain Decoded by IITM Researchers

Dec 26th, 2014 | By

The heavy downpour during the winter chill has been attributed to western disturbances coupled with changes in climate owing to global warming. Post-monsoon rain, winter rain in particular, has been witnessing a gradual increase over the decades. This December, it beat the earlier record of winter rain registered in the city on December 22, 1942.

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Extreme Weather Becoming More Common, Study Says

Aug 12th, 2014 | By

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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Central India Seeing Long-term Climate Change

Aug 3rd, 2014 | By

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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Active Planning Needed to Tackle Climate Change Impact on Agri

Jul 16th, 2014 | By

Press Trust of India: With climate change casting a shadow on the behaviour of monsoon, the country should put in place pro-active plans to meet any contingency and maximise benefits of a good rainfall to soften the blow of any deficit, eminent agriculture scientist M S Swaminathan has said. “El Nino is at the moment unpredictable…Both

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Raining Risks

Jul 14th, 2014 | By

That the monsoon this year could be affected by El Nino, the warming of the western Pacific Ocean waters affecting weather patterns worldwide, was known well beforehand. Many countries, therefore, have braced up in whatever way they can. Farmers in Indonesia now have a calendar for early planting dates. Their government is also helping them

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Atlases Reveal Climate and Weather Impacts

Jul 13th, 2014 | By

Climate News Network: For people who find it hard to believe the Earth really is warming, new visual evidence will soon be available – two atlases, one showing graphically the retreat of Arctic ice, the other the human and economic price exacted by extreme weather. The 10th edition of the National Geographic Atlas of the World is

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Intergovernmental Panel Report: Asia Faces 3 Climate Change Risks

Jul 13th, 2014 | By

A world where climate is changing the way it is presently doing poses three main risks for Asia, according to the scientists who studied impacts, adaptation, and vulnerability for the 5th Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Assessment Report (AR5), which was presented at the Dusit Hotel in Makati City on Wednesday. At the same

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Now, India to Give 10 Yearly Forecast Too

Jul 7th, 2014 | By

With their weather predictions improving, a confident Union earth sciences ministry is now set to launch the ‘decadal forecasts’ which would enable government to plan well in advance in case of poor monsoon, drought or excess rainfall. Decadal forecasts in simple terms means climate predictions – mainly temperature and rainfall – for a decade ahead.

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El Nino Draws Attention to Asia Pacific Drought Monitoring Systems

Jul 3rd, 2014 | By

It has recently been confirmed that there is a strong possibility that an El Nino event is going to impact global weather this year for the first time since the turn of the decade. Coming as the result of weakening trade winds over the tropical pacific, the result is heavy rains in some regions and

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Monsoon Brings Late Relief to Scorched India

Jun 24th, 2014 | By

Climate News Network: At last, the rains have come. The summer monsoon arrived in West Bengal last week – almost two weeks later than usual − and brought relief to Kolkata and other cities and states across India that have been enduring an unusually hot summer. A temperature of 41.5˚C was recorded in Kolkata in late May –

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Climate Change: Countries that Contributed Less are Most Vulnerable

Jun 13th, 2014 | By

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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It’s Not Just Delhi, the Anomaly in Temperature is Now Worldwide!

Jun 10th, 2014 | By

Extended winters, super scorching summers and extreme rainfall, deviance in temperature is getting common for the country with every passing season. On Sunday when Delhi broke its 62 year old heat record the anomaly in temperature gave a yet another signal and a deeper dig in the issue shows that not just Delhi but the

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Europe Faces Cereals Crop Crash

Jun 2nd, 2014 | By

Climate News Network: Harvests of wheat and barley across Europe could be 20% lower by 2040 as average temperatures rise by 2°C. And by 2060, European farmers could be facing very serious losses. As the likelihood of weather extremes increases with temperature, the consequences of lower yields will be felt around the world. Europe produces, for

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El Niño Blows Hot and Cold

May 26th, 2014 | By

Climate News Network: El Niño, the mysterious meteorological phenomenon that periodically upsets global weather patterns, bringing catastrophic flooding to the arid lands of North and South America, and forest fires to South-east Asia, turns out to be more complicated than anyone had thought. Sandra Banholzer and Simon Donner, environmental scientists at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver,

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Coastal Areas Bearing the Brunt of Changing Weather Patterns

May 23rd, 2014 | By

Rising temperatures and level of seawater were directing affecting weather patterns in coastal areas of the country and this was why extreme natural disasters such as wind storms and tropical cyclones had become more frequent and dangerous over the years. This was expressed by leading climate change researchers, policy makers and disaster response experts who

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Migrating Cyclones Pose New Threat

May 20th, 2014 | By

Climate News Network: Tropical cyclones – hurricanes in the Caribbean, typhoons in the South China Sea – are moving further north and south, threatening to create new havoc in unsuspecting coastal areas. New research published in the journal Nature reveals that, on average, the storms have been migrating towards the poles at the rate of 53 kilometres a decade

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Agriculture Must Get Climate Smart

May 19th, 2014 | By

With the Indian Met department having recently warned of weak monsoons this year due to the El Nino effect, there will be serious implications on agricultural production and food prices. More than 60% of the area under cropping in India is rain-fed. Low and erratic monsoon will severely affect the livelihood of those dependent on

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Project Mixes Local, Expert Know-how to Predict Weather

May 18th, 2014 | By

Sci Dev Net: Combining meteorology and traditional methods of weather prediction could increase uptake of weather information by local communities in rural areas of Tanzania, experts say. Scientists from Tanzania Meteorological Agency (TMA), Hakikazi Catalyst — a non-profit organisation in Tanzania that empowers people with information — and the UK-based International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), indicate

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Ocean Winds Put Heat on Australia

May 16th, 2014 | By

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

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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Faced with Erratic Weather, Pakistan Farmers go Organic

May 9th, 2014 | By

(Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Pakistani growers are turning to organic farming as a way to adapt to climate change, boost food security for their families and increase their income. Durez Khan, 45, a farmer in the Chakwal district of Pakistan’s Punjab province, has been cultivating organic wheat for the last eight years to cope with

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South Asian Monsoon is on The Change

May 1st, 2014 | By

Climate News Network: Climate change may be having an effect on one of the world’s most important weather systems. A study of the monsoon season over the last sixty years reveals that the intensity of extremes of precipitation and the number of very dry spells have both been increasing. The Indian subcontinent gets more than four-fifths of its

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Extreme Wet and Dry Events ‘Increasing Risk of Drought and Flood in Central India’

Apr 29th, 2014 | By

Researchers have identified significant changes in the patterns of extreme wet and dry events that are increasing the risk of drought and flood in central India, one of the most densely populated regions on Earth. The discoveries are the result of a new collaboration between climate scientists and statisticians that focused on utilizing statistical methods for

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India’s Rain Woes Grow Bigger, Scientists Worried

Apr 27th, 2014 | By

Hindustan Times: Forecasting the June-to-September rains, which account for three-quarters of India’s annual rainfall, is becoming tougher. Last year, six states had to declare droughts despite predictions of a normal monsoon. Although India is scaling up its prediction techniques, including joint Indo-American forecasting under a bilateral agreement, too little is understood about how pollution and rising

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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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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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Climate Change – Lanka Among the Most Affected

Apr 6th, 2014 | By

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

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

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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Weather Extremes ‘Consistent’ With Man-made Climate Change: UN

Mar 25th, 2014 | By

Zee News India: Extreme events of 2013 like the Philippines’ devastating Typhoon Haiyan and drought in Australia were consistent with man-made climate change, the UN’s weather agency said today. Michel Jarraud, secretary general of the World Meterological Organization (WMO), declared this as he released his agency’s annual climate report. “We saw heavier precipitation, more intense heat,

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Warmer Winters Will Limit Olympic Snow

Mar 23rd, 2014 | By

Climate News Network: The future looks cloudy for the Winter Olympics. If the world keeps on burning fossil fuels in the usual way, then of the 19 cities that have staged the event since 1924, only six are likely have enough natural snow and ice by the 2080s. Daniel Scott, a geographer at the University of

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Climate Change Respects no Frontiers

Mar 20th, 2014 | By

Hindustan Times: The health of glaciers as an index of climate change, water storage and regulation has been a matter of concern in discussions on the changing hydrology of the Indus. An Indus Basin study group was benefited by a visit to Quito, Ecuador, to learn from the experience of the Andean glacier monitoring study,

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East African Countries are Dealing With the Impacts of Climate Change

Mar 18th, 2014 | By

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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Thar to Get Warmer, Water Scarcity to Worsen

Mar 17th, 2014 | By

Dawn: The already existing water scarcity in Thar will exacerbate in the next three decades as the desert is going to become hotter and rainfalls are unlikely to improve remarkably, says a recent study. Titled Climate Change Scenario in Pakistan: A Case Study of Thar, Sindh, the research is part of a series of documents and

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UCLA Study Yields More Accurate Data on Thousands of Years of Climate Change

Mar 14th, 2014 | By

Using a cutting-edge research technique, UCLA researchers have reconstructed the temperature history of a region that plays a major role in determining climate around the world. The findings, published online Feb. 27 in the journal Nature Geoscience, will help inform scientists about the processes influencing global warming in the western tropical Pacific Ocean. The study analyzes

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Indian Scientists Warn of More Intense Freak Weather in Coming Days

Mar 12th, 2014 | By

Times News Network: India’s states will see more intense unpredictable freak weather in the coming days, warned climate change scientists, days after huge chunks of hail killed at least 10 people and wounded scores in Andhra Pradesh and hail storms this week destroyed cropland across Karnataka and Maharashtra. “The key word is these extreme events will increase under climate change

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Warm, too Warm, and Warmer Still

Mar 11th, 2014 | By

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

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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Climate Change to Take Toll on Indus Delta Region

Mar 7th, 2014 | By

Oman Tribune: The Indus Delta is the most vulnerable area to the challenges of climate change as it may face increased requirements of irrigation water due to higher vaporisation at elevated temperatures in the face of limited availability of water. The data prepared by Research and Development Division of Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) showed that the

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Crazy Weather is Sign of Climate Change: Experts

Mar 5th, 2014 | By

The odd weather patterns in Mumbai and rest of the country — extremely harsh summers, prolonged monsoon and now a delayed winter accompanied by rain – signal a short-term climate change, said weather experts, but added that the disruption in established weather patterns cannot be labeled. Officials at the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said the

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Bulgaria’s Climate Will Change Drastically by End of 21st Century

Feb 25th, 2014 | By

By the end of the 21st century the climate of Bulgaria will change drastically. According to experts, levels of drought and warming will increase substantially by the end of the century. This supposition is based on information from the Chambers of Accounts, which conducted an audit of the execution of adaptation measurements of the government

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

Feb 25th, 2014 | By

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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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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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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Climate Change

Feb 7th, 2014 | By

You know when a social issue has ballooned to dangerous levels when box standard macroeconomists start talking about it. Otherwise, why would people, who generally argue about real effective exchange rate, inflation-adjusted terms of trade and what not in their dreams, suddenly start talking about something like climate? Anyhow, its good that they do talk

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The Disappearing Rivers of Bangladesh

Feb 3rd, 2014 | By

Sci Dev Net: Bangladesh is a land of rivers, but changing climate has caused a third of the country’s more than 300 large rivers to disappear. The rivers are drying out as a result of barriers built upstream to divert water and protect people from floods that have become more frequent as the weather becomes more erratic.

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Penguins Feel Climate Change’s Impacts

Feb 2nd, 2014 | By

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

Feb 1st, 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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EU Outlines 2030 Climate Goals

Jan 22nd, 2014 | By

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

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Air Pollution from Asia Affecting World’s Weather

Jan 22nd, 2014 | By

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

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Warming ‘Will Double Extreme El Niños’

Jan 20th, 2014 | By

Climate News Network: An El Niño is part of a natural cycle: a huge blister of heat in the equatorial Pacific, usually around Christmastime, that periodically triggers non-seasonal floods in the western US, and extreme heat and forest fires in the Indonesian rainforest and the Australian bush. It happens and seems to have happened through human history. It

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Peru’s Farmers Fight Climate Change Using Modern and Inca Techniques

Jan 20th, 2014 | By
Llama farmer in Peru

The Guardian: When he is not watching his flock Silverio Chiquenayra-Quispe takes care of the Pumatalya weather station, located between the brightly coloured local council building, the chapel and the bovine artificial insemination centre. At 3,800 metres above sea level, on the high plateaus of the Andes, the little town is four hours by road from

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Heat Wave ‘Predictable’ Result of Climate Change

Jan 17th, 2014 | By

The current extreme heat wave conditions across southern Australia – with Parkes experiencing high 30s and low 40s – should be no surprise, according to climate change commentator and Charles Sturt University academic, Professor Kevin Parton. “As a species we seem to have made the decision to continue along the path of climate change. “Two

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