IPCC Officials Keen to Remake the World

Dec 13th, 2013 | By

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) website claims that it is a “policy-neutral, never policy-prescriptive” organization. But that is not how its senior personnel behave. Not even close. One possible response to climate change is to do nothing in the short term. After all, scientific authority is looking rather bedraggled at the moment. It seems that

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Does the IPCC Do Science?

Dec 8th, 2013 | By

The deadline for submissions to the UK House of Commons committee examining the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report is early next week. For the past several days, the bulk of my attention has been devoted to writing my submission. In more than one PowerPoint presentation, I have called attention to the 300-word self-description on the IPCC’s

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EASAC Report Warns Europe on Extreme Weather Event Increase

Dec 4th, 2013 | By

Europe needs to plan for future probabilities of extreme weather. Heat waves, floods and storms do not respect national frontiers, so there is a need for action at both national and EU levels. The IPCC has advised that the frequency of many types of extreme weather events will continue to grow globally in coming years.

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IPCC Has Produced A Video On its Fifth Assessment Report

Nov 29th, 2013 | By

Nanowerk News: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has produced a video on its Fifth Assessment Report (AR5). The first part on the Working Group I contribution to AR5 is now available. The other parts will be released with the successive approvals of the other two Working Group contributions and the Synthesis Report in the course of 2014.

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Faith-Based IPCC Turns Science Into Sin

Nov 28th, 2013 | By

The Fifth Assessment Report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) makes clear that climate alarmism is now and has always been a matter of faith, and not science. The just-released report includes remarkable revelations. Contrary to previous IPCC reports, this report shows that planet Earth’s mean temperature is not directly tied to the concentration of

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India Sticks to Stand on Refrigerant Gas

Nov 21st, 2013 | By

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

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UN Climate Change Summit Framed By Landmark IPCC Study

Nov 21st, 2013 | By

The Huffington Post: The annual UN Annual Climate Change Summit began in Poland on November 11th and continues until the 22nd. This major international conference is a key stepping stone towards the goal of securing by end-2015 a comprehensive global climate change treaty to take effect from 2020 onward. The summit has been framed, in

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Climate Change: IPCC Background Report

Nov 16th, 2013 | By

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

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Himalayas Still Uphill For Climate Report

Oct 7th, 2013 | By

BBC: Although the latest global update on climate change says the vast majority of glaciers worldwide have continued to shrink, scientists have admitted that the Himalayas remain an area where they still have very limited information. Glaciologists involved in the cryosphere chapter of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) first phase report, launched last week, said there

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This Change Is Here To Stay

Sep 9th, 2013 | By

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

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Climate Models:Epic Failure or Spot on Consistent with Observed Warming?

Jun 11th, 2013 | By

Global Warming: NASA scientist Roy Spencer recently posted on his Web site some startling graphs produced by John Christy, his colleague at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. The graph immediately below compares the linear-trend temperature projections of 73 climate models with the linear trend of observed temperatures for the bulk tropical atmosphere during 1979-2012. The 73 models are

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Global Climate Time Bomb Will Go Off By 2040

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

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

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More Research On Climate Change Needed, But Too Late!

May 21st, 2013 | By
Just how severe will the predicted severe weather, from IPCC and others ,become- or are they being "conservative" in their attitudes and their reaction to new methods?; Climate image; Credit: © Shutterstock

Earthtimes: The University of Oxford’s Alexander Otto and the old Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)have stirred and issued a prediction about climate, based on how the earth is currently warming. Unfortunately, since the IPCC last said anything, people have realised that trends are accelerating and the future will probably have more pollutants than at

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IPCC Models Underestimate Role Of CO2 In Warming

May 13th, 2013 | By

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

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Sea Level Rise And Global Warming

Apr 29th, 2013 | By

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

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Continental Climate Changes Vary Widely

Apr 22nd, 2013 | By
Last year’s US drought stretched from Arizona to Florida and brought misery to many
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CNN: Work by an international scientific team has disclosed what the patterns of climate change have been across almost all the Earth’s continents over the past millennium. and sometimes longer. LONDON, 21 April – A worldwide consortium of 70 scientists has completed the most detailed climatic history of the planet so far during the last

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Rising Sea Levels Threat: Says RK Pachauri

Apr 8th, 2013 | By

First Post: Rising sea levels due to climate change are threatening the survival of big cities located near coastal areas like Kolkata, Shanghai and Dhaka, said Dr RK Pachauri, chairperson of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). “There is a very high risk in delta cities like Kolkata, Shanghai and Dhaka. They are very

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20 Year HiatusIn Rising Temperatures-Climate Scientists Puzzled

Apr 1st, 2013 | By

DEBATE about the reality of a two-decade pause in global warming and what it means has made its way from the sceptical fringe to the mainstream. In a lengthy article this week, The Economist magazine said if climate scientists were credit-rating agencies, then climate sensitivity – the way climate reacts to changes in carbon-dioxide levels

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Contribute To IPCC WG-II: Fifth Assessment Report

Mar 26th, 2013 | By
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The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is inviting experts to take part in a second round of comments on the Working Group II contribution to the Fifth Assessment Report that starts on Thursday, 28 March. For the second round of expert reviews, Working Group II, which covers climate change impacts, adaptation, and vulnerability, is

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Warming May Harm Rainforests Less

Mar 14th, 2013 | By
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CCN: Scientists think they have found some good news for the Amazon and other tropical forests. They say they appear more able to withstand the effects of climate change than previous studies had suggested. The research team, including climate scientists and tropical ecologists from the UK, USA, Australia and Brazil, concluded that the forests are

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IPCC Urges Obama To Raise Awareness Of Science Behind Climate Change

Mar 7th, 2013 | By

Guardian: Barack Obama should spread awareness of the “scientific realities of climate change” in the US, the head of the UN’s climate science panel has told the Guardian. Rajendra Pachauri, chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, said that one of the president’s priorities should be “awareness creation” on the public’s understanding of the

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What If Climate Change Impacts Exceed Adaptation Capacities?

Mar 6th, 2013 | By

During 25-27 February 2013, more than 40 international scholars and experts – among them authors from the IPCC SREX and AR5 reports – convened in Bonn for the scientific conference “Perspectives on loss and damage: Society, Climate Change, and Decision Making”. Participants grappled with the consequences of climate change impacts for human society and natural

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IPCC Head Pachauri Acknowledges Global Warming Standstill

Feb 28th, 2013 | By

The GWPF: The UN’s climate change chief, Rajendra Pachauri, has acknowledged a 17-year pause in global temperature rises, confirmed recently by Britain’s Met Office, but said it would need to last “30 to 40 years at least” to break the long-term global warming trend. Dr Pachauri, the chairman of the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate

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Ex-IPCC Chief: 5°C Warming?

Feb 15th, 2013 | By

DW: The former chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says global average temperatures could reach five degrees centigrade above their pre-industrial level. British scientist Sir Robert Watson, who chaired the panel from 1997 until 2002, said the world had missed its chance to keep emissions below the level needed to keep to the

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Leaked IPCC Climate Report Shows UN Overestimated Global Warming

Jan 31st, 2013 | By

The New American: Not scheduled for publication until next year, a leaked report by the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) presents evidence that fear-mongering over the magnitude of global warming may be a little too ambitious. The preliminary report, which is available for download online, was leaked this month by an individual

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Climate Change Is Real, Yet The US Press Is Not Reporting On The Urgency

Jan 30th, 2013 | By
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Ethics and Climate: Climate Change Is  Real, Yet The US Press Is Not Reporting On The Urgency and Magnitude of the Problem. One can tell by how climate change policies are being debated around much of the world that few people, including many very educated people,  understand the scale and urgency of the problem now

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Werner: Arctic Ice Loss Speeds Warming (Video)

Jan 25th, 2013 | By

Mount HolyOke: Melting Arctic sea ice is no longer just evidence of a rapidly warming planet—it’s also part of the problem. Alan Werner, professor of geology at Mount Holyoke College, said that decreasing amounts of Arctic snow and ice in summer will lead to a greater degree of heat absorption at the North Pole. The

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Climate Conversations – Low carbon Resilience – Clever Idea Or Climate Panacea?

Jan 25th, 2013 | By
China's population are set to become the world's biggest per capita polluters Photo: Global Warming Images / Alamy

Alertnet: Instead of talking about climate change mitigation or climate change adaptation, developed and developing national governments – including Laos, Cambodia, Rwanda, Afghanistan and Nepal – are making plans to simultaneously reduce carbon emissions and build up resilience to the impacts of climate change. Eight of the least developed countries (LDCs) have developed some kind

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The Climate Change Endgame

Jan 24th, 2013 | By
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NYTimes: WHETHER in Davos or almost anywhere else that leaders are discussing the world’s problems, they are missing by far the biggest issue: the rapidly deteriorating global environment and its ability to support civilization. The situation is pretty much an endgame. Unless pressing issues of the biology of the planet and of climate change generated

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Leaked UN Climate Report Slammed For Citing WWF, Greenpeace

Jan 24th, 2013 | By

Fox News: Critics are blasting a draft U.N. climate change report that combines studies by advocacy groups like the World Wildlife Fund and Greenpeace alongside scientific research papers — the same issue that led independent auditors to slam the U.N.’s last report. “You’d think that the IPCC would have learned its lesson, that it would

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NASA Climate Data Indicates That The Long-Term Global Warming Trend Is Continuing

Jan 24th, 2013 | By
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Scientific American: New measurements by NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies indicate that 2012 was the ninth warmest year since 1880, and that the past decade or so has seen some of the warmest years in the last 132 years. One way to illustrate changes in global atmospheric temperatures is by looking at how far

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The 2013 Climate Change Wake-up Call

Jan 21st, 2013 | By
Bureau map for January 8 shows area of deep purple over Australia. Shades of deep purple and magenta have been added to the forecast map for temperatures up to 54 degrees Celsius (Source: BoM)

ABC Science: Is an extreme heatwave enough for people to start taking the science of climate change seriously in Australia? Dr Paul Willis hopes so. The hot weather that has besieged the nation since the beginning of the year and the associated bushfire threat has, I hope, been something of a cathartic experience for Australia.

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Cloud Nein: Drought And Climate Change

Jan 21st, 2013 | By
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WHEN the worst drought in 60 years hit America’s corn belt this summer, many people wondered if it was caused by climate change. It is too early to say much about such a recent episode but various studies have attributed earlier individual heatwaves or drought to global warming, notably those in Europe in 2003, Russia

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Scientists Call For War On Climate Change, But Who On Earth Is Listening?

Jan 18th, 2013 | By
Dr Daniel Pauly: time to prepare economy
for a climate change 'war':

Climate Code RED: When it’s too late for half measures, the only option is to be really honest.  And that’s what a number of brave climate scientists have just done. It’s been a week of startling news that has buried the idea that reasonable action will keep global warming to 2°C, with evidence that the

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Pachauri On Doha, IPCC Leaks And His Optimism

Jan 17th, 2013 | By
Helen Clark arrives at the launch of a joint China-India Country Study on Low Carbon Development with Dr. Rajendra Pachauri of India, chair of the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, May 12, 2012 (Photo courtesy UNDP)

Alertnet: The international climate community suffered a rocky finish to 2012 with slow progress, lacklustre ambition and a leak of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) authoritative Fifth Assessment Report (AR5). At the centre of this is Dr Rajendra K. Pachauri, chair of the IPCC and director general of The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI). The

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Solar Forcing Effect On Climate Change ‘Extremely Small’: IPCC Scientist

Jan 16th, 2013 | By
The effect of solar forcing on climate change is ‘extremely small’, an IPCC scientist said today. Credit: https://theconversation.edu.au/theres-always-the-sun-solar-forcing-and-climate-change-1878

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2013-01-solar-effect-climate-extremely-small.html#jCp

PHYS.org: Changes in solar radiation, known as solar forcing, have had only a very small effect on climate change, a member of the UN’s top panel of climate scientists said today. The comment, made by a member of the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), followed the leak of a draft IPCC report late

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Australian Heatwave Part Of ‘Unmistakeable’ Global Warming Trend: IPCC Chair

Jan 15th, 2013 | By
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ABC: The United Nations’ chief climate science body says the global warming trend is “unmistakeable” and it’s defended the science behind the conclusion, saying it’s robust. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is due to hand down its next major report in September. More than 250 lead authors of the report who are in Hobart

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2013 Smart Guide: Arctic Melt Will Spark Weird Weather

Jan 8th, 2013 | By

New Scientist: Melting, rather than warming, is likely to be the big climate issue of 2013. Predictions that a major El Niño warming event – and the coming solar maximum – would help make next year the warmest on record now seem wide of the mark. All eyes will probably be on the Arctic instead.

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Climate Adaptation Framework Published

Jan 8th, 2013 | By
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IIEA: While climate mitigation (emissions reduction) has been the central focus of climate policy making to date, 2013 will see a greater focus on adaptation to climate change. It is becoming increasingly challenging to keep global warming to 2oC, according to the cacophony of warnings from scientific and policy organisations including the Intergovernmental Panel on

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IPCC Temperature Projections Have Been Exceptionally Accurate

Jan 7th, 2013 | By

Think Progress: Contrary To Contrarian Claims, IPCC Temperature Projections Have Been Exceptionally Accurate. There is a new myth circulating in the climate contrarian blogosphere and mainstream media that a figure presented in the “leaked” draft Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fifth Assessment Report shows that the planet has warmed less than previous IPCC report

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India Should Make Its National Climate Plans Global

Jan 7th, 2013 | By
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SciDev.Net: Fast-developing countries such as India should offer up their domestic action plans as part of global efforts when the world gathers for the UN climate talks in Copenhagen this December, says Rajendra K. Pachauri, chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. India’s priority is not simply reducing global emissions as quickly as possible but

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20th Century Mean Global Sea Level Rise

Dec 27th, 2012 | By

Climate Etc.: On the acceleration of sea level rise, the Gilligan effect, and the garbage solution. Summary: The IPCC should ask the authors of Ch 13 to take a look at the sea level rise part of Ch 3, they seem to have a much better handle on the complexity of the issue.  It looks

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The Laws of Global Warming: How to Regulate Geo-Engineering Efforts to Fight Climate Change?

Dec 24th, 2012 | By

Sciencedaily: With policymakers and political leaders increasingly unable to combat global climate change, more scientists are considering the use of manual manipulation of the environment to slow warming’s damage to the planet. But a University of Iowa law professor believes the legal ramifications of this kind of geo-engineering need to be thought through in advance

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Human Climate Link Firms

Dec 18th, 2012 | By
A leaked report says carbon dioxide is the biggest cause of climate change, far outweighing natural causes. Photo: Reuters

EVIDENCE for climate change has grown stronger and it is now ”virtually certain” that human greenhouse gas emissions trap energy that warms the planet, according to a leaked draft of the next major Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report. Prepared on behalf of the United Nations every five or six years to summarise climate change

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Major Climate Change Report Draft Leaked Online: IPCC

Dec 17th, 2012 | By
Rajendra Pachauri, chairman of the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, speaks on June 6, 2011, during the opening of a conference in Oslo. A major report on climate change being compiled by the panel was on Friday leaked online in what appeared to be an attempt by a climate sceptic to discredit the panel.

Bangkok Post: A major report on climate change being compiled by the United Nation’s climate science panel was on Friday leaked online in what appeared to be an attempt by a climate sceptic to discredit the panel. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) said the full draft of its Fifth Assessment Report, which is

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1990 IPCC Report Successfully Predicted Warming, New Study Shows

Dec 11th, 2012 | By

Huffingtonpost: Time has proven that even 22 years ago climate scientists understood the dynamics behind global warming well enough to accurately predict warming, says an analysis that compares predictions in 1990 with 20 years of temperature records. After an adjustment to account for natural fluctuations, the predictions and the observed increases matched up, the current

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Geo-Engineering Wins Scant Enthusiasm At UN Climate Talks

Dec 4th, 2012 | By
One of the geoengineering solutions to climate change: marine cloud whitening (spraying seawater droplets into marine clouds to make them reflect more sunlight). Photograph: NASA

Alertnet: Cheap, short-cut ideas to cool the planet such as shading sunlight are failing to win support from U.N. delegates looking to improve on the slow progress made by existing technologies. Many scientists say the proposed solutions, known as geo-engineering, are little understood and might have side effects more damaging than global warming, which is

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Evidence For Man-Made Climate Change Getting Stronger-UN

Nov 30th, 2012 | By
Smoke billows from chimneys at a chemical factory in Tianjin Municipality December 23, 2008. REUTERS/Stringer/Files

Reuters: Evidence that global warming is man-made is getting stronger, the head of a U.N. panel of climate scientists said, in a further blow to sceptics who argue rising temperatures can be explained by natural variations. Rajendra Pachauri spoke on the sidelines of a conference in Qatar where 200 nations are trying to reach a

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2012 Expected To Be Ninth Warmest Year On Record

Nov 29th, 2012 | By
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Guardian: World Meteorological Organisation data shows average global temperature to date is 14.45C, higher than long-term average. This year is likely to be the ninth warmest on record, with global temperatures in 2012 cooler than the average for the past decade owing to the effects of La Niña weather patterns early in the year. The

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Climate Change: To Save Trees, Save People

Nov 22nd, 2012 | By
A growing tree absorbs carbon dioxide from the atmosphere - the carbon stays in the tree until it is destroyed. Photo: Charles Akena/IRIN

IRIN: Scientists are pushing for changes to a UN mechanism that aims to curtail greenhouse gases by preventing forest loss. Environmentalists have long argued the mechanism must also protect biodiversity and forest-dependent communities. Now, ahead of climate talks in Doha, this thinking is finding a broader audience. The mechanism, REDD (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and

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Climate Change: Drought Benchmark Is Flawed – Study

Nov 20th, 2012 | By
Sunflowers in Toulouse, France, in September 2012, dried out due to a lack of rain (AFP/File, Remy Gabalda)

  AFP: A scientific method used in a landmark UN report that said warming was intensifying global drought is badly flawed, a study published on Wednesday said. Contrary to what the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) suggested in 2007, there is little evidence that global droughts have become longer or more extreme in

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UNDP: Doha Talks Could Help Avert Climate Disaster

Nov 16th, 2012 | By
Helen Clark arrives at the launch of a joint China-India Country Study on Low Carbon Development with Dr. Rajendra Pachauri of India, chair of the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, May 12, 2012 (Photo courtesy UNDP)

Environment News Service: “The devastation wrought by Hurricane Sandy in the United States and the Caribbean in recent weeks reminds us how destructive extreme and volatile weather can be. The costs of inaction are increasingly clear to all, as extreme weather inflicts loss of life and livelihoods and the destruction of property and infrastructure on

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Link Between Global Warming And Drought Questioned

Nov 16th, 2012 | By

New Scientist: THE world has been suffering more droughts in recent decades, and climate change will bring many more, according to received wisdom. Now it is being challenged by an analysis that questions a key index on which it is based. Predictions of megadroughts affecting Africa and the western side of North America may be

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Former UN Official Says Climate Report Will Shock Nations Into Action

Nov 7th, 2012 | By
"I'm confident those scientific findings will create new political momentum" ... Yvo De Boer. Photo: Bloomberg

The Sunday Morning Herald: THE next United Nations climate report will ”scare the wits out of everyone” and should provide the impetus needed for the world to finally sign an agreement to tackle global warming, the former head of the UN negotiations said. Yvo de Boer, the UN climate chief during the 2009 Copenhagen climate

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Aquatic Species Shrink With Warming

Nov 7th, 2012 | By
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UPI: Warming temperatures cause greater reduction in the adult sizes of aquatic animal species than in land-dwellers, British researchers say. Scientists at Queen Mary, University of London and the University of Liverpool said body size of both marine and freshwater species is more significantly affected by warmer temperatures, with possible impacts on aquatic food webs

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Global Warming Threatens Agricultural Productivity In Africa And South Asia

Nov 3rd, 2012 | By

Environmental Research Web: The Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC; Christensen et al. 2007) has, with greater confidence than previous reports, warned the international community that the increase in anthropogenic greenhouse-gas emissions will result in global climate change. One of the most direct and threatening impacts it may have on

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It May Be Too Late to Stop Global Warming

Oct 29th, 2012 | By

ABC News: Here’s a dark secret about the earth’s changing climate that many scientists believe, but few seem eager to discuss: It’s too late to stop global warming. Greenhouse gasses pumped into the planet’s atmosphere will continue to grow even if the industrialized nations cut their emissions down to the bone. Furthermore, the severe measures

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Global Climate Change-In The News Again

Oct 17th, 2012 | By

Huffington post: It seems like every few weeks another scientific study or report comes out about global warming and the political spectrum goes crazy with their own interpretations of the scientific study. This week it is a report discussing that Antarctic ice is increasing. The scientists claim it is a result of changing ocean currents

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New Gore Twist To Fire Footage

Oct 16th, 2012 | By

NT NEws: AN Alice Springs filmmaker has refused to sell footage of a firestorm to former US vice-president Al Gore – to use in Mr Gore’s climate presentations – because the event was unrelated to climate change. Chris Tangey from Alice Springs Film and Television recorded the phenomenon on Curtin Springs Station, 360km southwest of

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Climate Scientist Loses Faith In The IPCC

Oct 12th, 2012 | By

The Sunday Morning Herald: AS THE world’s elite global warming experts begin poring over the drafts of the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report this week, one leading scientist doesn’t believe the process should be happening at all. Fig (Left): Climate expert Kevin Trenberth is frustrated that bureaucracy is hindering the UN body’s efforts.

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