Himalayan Glaciers Melt Rate Is Uncertain – More Consistent Data Needed

Oct 8th, 2012 | By
Gangotri glacier-receding

Cabiblog: Around 1.3 billion people in the Himalayan river basins rely on both snowmelt water from glaciers and monsoon waters to sustain their livelihoods. In fact, seasonal snowmelt water from the Himalayan glaciers is one of the main sources of freshwater reserves that directly sustain people living in the region, especially in arid and semi-arid

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Climate Change…Saanu ki?

Oct 4th, 2012 | By

The News: Even though Pakistan lies among the 20 most vulnerable countries impacted by climate change, according to the Maplecroft Climate Change Vulnerabilities Index, most of us living here go “Saanu ki?” when we hear the word climate change. I mean what possibly could go wrong with our lives in terms of the climate changing.

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Why The UN Still Matters On Climate Change

Oct 3rd, 2012 | By

Huffintonpost: John Bolton, the former U.S. Ambassador to the UN, once quipped: “There is no United Nations. There is an international community that occasionally can be led by the only real power left in the world — that’s the United States — when it suits our interests and when we can get others to go

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Climate: Some Caution About Aerosols

Oct 3rd, 2012 | By

Science 20: Thanks to science journalism that primarily exists to be cheerleaders and rehash IPCC press releases, the public thinks if we just banned carbon dioxide our climate issues would go away. Of course, to scientists outside the media spotlight or well-funded advocacy groups like Union of Concerned Scientists, climate reality is much more nuanced

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Multi-Model Climate Change Projections For India

Oct 1st, 2012 | By

Multi-model climate change projections for India under representative concentration pathways Climate projections for the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) are made using the newly developed representative concentration pathways (RCPs) under the Coupled Model Inter-comparison Project 5 (CMIP5). This article provides multi-model and multi-scenario temperature and precipitation projections for India

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How To Relate Climate Extremes To Climate Change

Sep 27th, 2012 | By
Think progress

Think Progress: The answer to the oft-asked question of whether an event is caused by climate change is that it is the wrong question. All weather events are affected by climate change because the environment in which they occur is warmer and moister than it used to be…. The air is on average warmer and

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Get Used To ‘Extreme’ Weather, It’s The New Normal

Sep 27th, 2012 | By
Okhimath Rautela3

Guardian: Scientists have been warning us for years that a warmer planet would lead to more extreme weather, and now it’s arrived. It has been a summer full of reports of extreme weather, of unparalleled scope and severity. Among the highlights: one of the warmest years on record in the US, record-high temperatures in central

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The Global Challenge of Climate Change

Sep 25th, 2012 | By
Okhimath Disaster-Gajendra Rautela1

Alertnet: The Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) came up with some simple but far-reaching findings. It stated for instance, “Warming of the climate system is unequivocal, as is now evident from observations of increases in global average air and ocean temperatures, widespread melting of snow and ice and rising

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PBS NewsHour’s Climate Change Report Raises Eyebrows (VIDEO)

Sep 20th, 2012 | By

Huffington Post: A recent report from “PBS NewsHour” on climate change has drawn sharp criticism from climate groups that feel it provides a false sense of debate around the facts of climate change. The segment, which aired on September 16, features interviews with “converted skeptic” and University of California, Berkeley professor Richard Muller, along with

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Climate Scientists Put Predictions to the Test

Sep 19th, 2012 | By

University of Arizona: A new study has found that climate-prediction models are good at predicting long-term climate patterns on a global scale but lose their edge when applied to time frames shorter than three decades and on sub-continental scales. Photo: These maps show the observed (left) and model-predicted (right) air temperature trend from 1970 to

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Contrasting Patterns Of Early Twenty-First-Century Glacier Mass Change In The Himalayas

Aug 27th, 2012 | By
Nandi Kund 32 km track from Madmaheshwar

Nature: Glaciers are among the best indicators of terrestrial climate variability, contribute importantly to water resources in many mountainous regions1, 2 and are a major contributor to global sea level rise3, 4. In the Hindu Kush–Karakoram–Himalaya region (HKKH), a paucity of appropriate glacier data has prevented a comprehensive assessment of current regional mass balance5. There

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Scientists Scurry to Figure Out The Status Of Glaciers On The Roof Of The World

Aug 14th, 2012 | By

The Augustine News: Mercury in this mountainous region has been climbing, with more warming there in recent decades than in most other places on Earth. “Temperatures are rising fast at high elevations,” says David Molden, director general of the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development in Kathmandu, Nepal. But the heat-up isn’t limited to temperatures.

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Is Today’s Climate Warmer than the Medieval and Roman Warm Periods?

Jul 27th, 2012 | By

Globalwarming.org: In 2001, the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) featured a graph of Northern Hemisphere temperature history from a 1999 study by Profs. Michael Mann, Raymond Bradley, and Malcolm Hughes. Because of its shape, the graph became known as the “hockey stick.” From A.D. 1,000 to about 1915, the graph depicts a gradual decline in Northern Hemisphere temperatures (the hockey

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Climate Change

Jul 27th, 2012 | By

Science 20: In recent years, international climate  policy has increasingly focused  on limiting temperature rise,as opposed  to achieving greenhouse-gas-concentration-related  objectives.  The agreements reached at the United Nations  Framework Convention on Climate Change conference in Cancunin 2010  recognize that countries  should take urgent action to limit the increase in global  average temperature  to less  than  2

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Informing Climate Adaptation: A Review of the Economic Costs of Natural Disasters

Jul 12th, 2012 | By

This paper reviews the empirical literature on the economic impacts of natural disasters to inform both climate adaptation policy and the estimation of potential climate damages. It covers papers that estimate the short- and long-run economic impacts of weather-related extreme events as well as studies regarding the determinants of the magnitude of those damages (including

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Changing Climate: Kathmandu No Far From It…

Jul 9th, 2012 | By

Nepaleseteacher: Inter governmental Panel for Climate Change (IPCC) defines climate change as a change in the state of the climate that can be identified (e.g using statistical tests) by changes in the mean and/or the variability of its properties, and that persists for an extended period, typically decades or longer. It refers to any change

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IPCC Completes Review of Processes and Procedures

Jun 30th, 2012 | By

UNEP: Over the past two years, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) undertook a complete review of its processes and procedures – effectively the IPCC’s “constitution”. Decisions on governance and management, conflict of interest, and procedures were taken by a meeting of the Panel, the IPCC’s governing body, at its 35th session in Geneva

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UN Panel Rejects Political Claim By ‘New Scientist’

Jun 25th, 2012 | By

THE UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has defended itself against charges by New Scientist that it was “putting politics before science” by imposing geographical and even gender quotas in the selection of its contributing scientists. In a statement, the panel said it “has always sought, among other considerations, to achieve geographical representation, including representation

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Climate Models At Their Limit: Limitless Possibilities

Jun 14th, 2012 | By

Allmodelsarewrong: Mark Maslin and Patrick Austin at University College London have just had a comment published in Nature called “Climate models at their limit?”. This builds on the emerging evidence that the latest, greatest climate predictions, which will be summarised in the next assessment report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC AR5, 2013) are not going to tell us

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Human-Induced Global Ocean Warming On Multidecadal Timescales

Jun 12th, 2012 | By

Nature: Large-scale increases in upper-ocean temperatures are evident in observational records1. Several studies have used well-established detection and attribution methods to demonstrate that the observed basin-scale temperature changes are consistent with model responses to anthropogenic forcing and inconsistent with model-based estimates of natural variability2, 3, 4, 5. These studies relied on a single observational data

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Are There Errors In The IPCC Reports?

Jun 7th, 2012 | By

Guardian: Every five to seven years, the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) produces a detailed and influential report summarising the science of climate change. The accuracy of these documents came under scrutiny in early 2010, after two highly publicised errors were discovered in the ‘Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability’ part of the Fourth Assessment

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Progress Report Of IPCC By Dr. R. K. Pachauri

Jun 1st, 2012 | By

IPCC (2011) : Fourth Assessment Report (AR4) “Climate Change 2007”. The IPCC released in 2007 the Fourth Assessment Report (AR4) after thorough review by governments and experts. This includes the three Working Group Reports and the Synthesis Report adopted in Valencia in November 2007. All the reports are complemented by a “Summary for Policy Makers”

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The IPCC At RIO+20

Jun 1st, 2012 | By

Leading scientists associated with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) will be present at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), which takes place in Rio de Janeiro from 20 to 22 June, 2012, with preparatory meetings starting the previous week. The task of the IPCC is “to assess on a comprehensive, objective,

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Bright Side Of A Dim Scenario

May 14th, 2012 | By

Financial Express: Fight climate change with green energy. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has emphasised on the need for incorporating renewables in the energy matrix for climate change mitigation and for reducing greenhouse gasses. India’s national agenda on climate change is to reduce carbon emissions by 25% by 2020 in tune with its Copenhagen

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Do Nothing, Let Plants Flourish

May 10th, 2012 | By

The Gisborne Herald: SORRY Mr Hughes, I did indeed mislead readers. The concession by the IPCC that there is unlikely to be any warming wasn’t in the draft of the fifth report that was released to reviewers in late 2011. It was actually in the draft of the report mentioned by you. This, however, does

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Climate Impact On Plants Could Be Underestimated – Study

May 4th, 2012 | By

AFP: Experiments that try to simulate global warming’s impact on plants badly underestimate what happens in the real world, according to a study published on Wednesday in the journal Nature. The investigation backs anecdotal evidence from farmers and gardeners, especially in the northern hemisphere, who say seasonal plants are stirring into life far earlier than

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Himalayan Glaciers Expand, Challenging IPCC’s Credibility

Apr 20th, 2012 | By

The American: A new scientific study of the Himalayan glaciers is raising fresh doubts about the troubled theory of manmade climate change, and could renew interest in a debacle that shook the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) several years ago. When the “Climategate” scandal erupted in 2009, the global warming theory faced widespread ridicule.

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Tackling Climate Change: Adapt To Changes At Local Levels

Apr 16th, 2012 | By

The Economic Times: (R K Pachauri) Tackling climate change: Adapt to changes at local levels but mitigate release of greenhouse gases Much has been written and discussed recently on the subject of climate change in response to growing scientific evidence that has been assessed and disseminated in recent years by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate

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Disasters And The IPCC

Apr 12th, 2012 | By

MND: Will a load-of-nonsense IPCC press release be corrected? A little more than two years ago the UK’s Sunday Times ran a headline that read: UN wrongly linked global warming to natural disasters. (A screenshot may be seen here. The full text of the article is backed up here.) The very next day, the UN’s

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Are Himalayan Glaciers Headed To Hell In A Hand Basket?

Apr 4th, 2012 | By

CO2 Science: Bali et al. (2011) introduce their review of what we know about Himalayan glaciers by noting that a “glacial inventory carried out by the Geological Survey of India reveals the existence of over 9,000 valley glaciers in India and at least about 2,000 glaciers in Nepal and Bhutan,” citing Raina (2006). And they

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Climate Change: Coping Versus Adapting

Apr 3rd, 2012 | By

IRIN: JOHANNESBURG – People often use “coping” and “adapting” interchangeably in the context of disaster response – an issue the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) seeks to address in its new report. Disaster risk management includes both coping and adapting, and the two concepts are central for adaptation to climate change in both research

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Evidence Suggests Climate Change Has Led To Climate Extremes

Apr 2nd, 2012 | By

DI-VE: Evidence suggests that climate change has led to changes in climate extremes such as heat waves, record high temperatures and, in many regions, heavy precipitation in the past half century. A Special Report on Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation published by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate

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Impact of Climate Change may be underestimated

Mar 27th, 2012 | By

By David Mark, ABC News: A new study suggests climate scientists may have underestimated the effect of greenhouse gases, with global temperatures now predicted to rise by between 1.4 and 3 degrees Celsius by 2050. The study was published in the journal Nature Geoscience by a team of international scientists who ran 10,000 computer simulations

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The Hockey Stick Chronicles: An Insider’s Look at the ‘Climate Wars’

Mar 16th, 2012 | By

Very few faces are as closely linked with the American debate over climate change as Michael Mann’s. The Pennsylvania State University climate scientist is one of the authors of the famous “hockey stick” graph, a chart showing reconstructed temperature records stretching back 1,000 years. The graph swings upward sharply post-industrial revolution, looking a bit like

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Forecasters Look Back In Time

Mar 14th, 2012 | By

Nature: As the next IPCC assessment nears, scientists use palaeoclimatic data to hone their models. It is hard to imagine beaches in northern Greenland or driftwood washing up on islands of Canada’s Arctic archipelago, but both were a reality some 6,000 years ago. “At least seasonally, those areas must have been ice-free,” says Gavin Schmidt,

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It Rains In The Village, But Fields Remain dry

Mar 12th, 2012 | By

Small farmers and crop production are under stress in the face of climate change. The impact of climate change is unfolding at a pace that is much quicker than predicted by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), stated a new research study released here in the Capital recently. The study conducted by Action Aid

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The IPCC May Have Outlived its Usefulness – An Interview with Judith Curry

Feb 28th, 2012 | By

As the global warming debate increases in its intensity we find both sides deeply entrenched, hurling accusations and lies at one another in an attempt to gain the upper hand. This divide within the scientific community has left the public wondering who can be trusted to provide them with accurate information and answers. The IPCC,

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Concerned Scientists Reply on Global Warming

Feb 21st, 2012 | By

The authors of the Jan. 27 Wall Street Journal op-ed, ‘No Need to Panic about Global Warming,’ respond to their critics. The authors of the following letter, listed below, are also the signatories of “No Need to Panic About Global Warming,” an op-ed that appeared in the Journal on January 27. This letter responds to

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Skeptical Science Takes a Look at NIPCC in Midst of Heartland Hoopla

Feb 20th, 2012 | By

Skeptical Science has done what it does so well this week and taken an opportunity to look into a scientific matter related to a current hot topic, the Heartland Institute leak. Dana Nuccitelli, in the piece reposted in full below, discusses the “climate-skeptic” NIPCC report and how it differs from the Nobel-prize-winning IPCC’s widely cited

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The Inside Story On climate Scientists Under Siege

Feb 18th, 2012 | By

Michael Mann reveals his account of attacks by entrenched interests seeking to undermine his ‘hockey stick’ graph. It is almost possible to dismiss Michael Mann’s account of a vast conspiracy by the fossil fuel industry to harrass scientists and befuddle the public. His story of that campaign, and his own journey from naive computer geek

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Pachauri’s 5-Star Sustainability Summit

Feb 2nd, 2012 | By

Sustainable. That word is everywhere these days. So is Rajendra Pachauri, the discredited chairman of the discredited Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). This week he’s in India for the 12th Delhi Sustainable Development Summit, which begins on Thursday. The summit is organized by TERI, an institute led by Pachauri. In other words, he isn’t

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What Pachauri Means by ‘Sustainable’

Feb 1st, 2012 | By

Yesterday I wrote about the 3-day sustainability summit being held at an opulent 5-star hotel, over which Rajendra Pachauri will preside later this week. Since then Hilary Ostrov has dug a bit deeper into the program for that event. You can read about her findings here. The website for this annual summit tells us a

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No Need to Panic About Global Warming

Jan 27th, 2012 | By

WSJ: There’s no compelling scientific argument for drastic action to ‘decarbonize’ the world’s economy. A candidate for public office in any contemporary democracy may have to consider what, if anything, to do about “global warming.” Candidates should understand that the oft-repeated claim that nearly all scientists demand that something dramatic be done to stop global

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The Biodiversity Crisis: Worse Than Climate Change

Jan 20th, 2012 | By

PHYSORG: Biodiversity is declining rapidly throughout the world. The challenges of conserving the world’s species are perhaps even larger than mitigating the negative effects of global climate change. Dealing with the biodiversity crisis requires political will and needs to be based on a solid scientific knowledge if we are to ensure a safe future for

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Global Warming? No, Natural, Predictable Climate Change

Jan 12th, 2012 | By

An extensively peer-reviewed study published last December in the Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics indicates that observed climate changes since 1850 are linked to cyclical, predictable, naturally occurring events in Earth’s solar system with little or no help from us. The research was conducted by Nicola Scafetta, a scientist at Duke University and at

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New Paper Predicts Less 21st Century Warming Than IPCC

Jan 11th, 2012 | By

Hockystick: A paper published today in Geophysical Research Letters predicts less 21st century ‘greenhouse’ warming than the IPCC [transient climate response of 1.3-1.8C with a midpoint of 1.5C vs. IPCC’s 1-3C with a midpoint of 2C]. GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH LETTERS, VOL. 39, L01704, 5 PP., 2012 doi:10.1029/2011GL050226 Key Points Estimates of TCR and 21st century warming are

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Sceptic Offers Top Dollar For Climate Change Deniers

Jan 9th, 2012 | By

Himalayan Times: Claims glacial retreat is not happening. Ask a question about melting glaciers and pocket $500. “Glacier-hard cash in your pocket… all you have to do is attend a movie screening, ask a question and send us a video,” Steven Milloy, climate change denier wrote on the US-based website junkscience.com. After the US Department

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IPCC-Lies The USA Pays For

Jan 9th, 2012 | By

Daily Mail: Nearly half the money the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change spends comes from U.S. taxpayers, despite the fact that Americans are the most skeptical Westerners (after Canadians) of the dubious theory that man is causing the Earth to burn up uncontrollably. The IPCC, which shared a Nobel Peace Prize with Al Gore, who

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Rise in Global Disasters Means Rise In Data Backup Solutions

Jan 6th, 2012 | By

On November 18, the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a report, Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters, claiming that scientists are “virtually certain” the world will have more extreme heat spells. By 2050, heat waves could be in the range of 5 degrees hotter, and 9 degrees by 2100. This increase

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Himalayan Blunder: Perils of Relying on ‘Grey Literature’

Jan 5th, 2012 | By

Deccan Herald: Because of the high political and economic stakes involved in climate change, the research limitations that lead to an erroneous conclusion like the vanishing of Himalayan glaciers, won’t be taken lightly. But these are only natural in research process. As an editorial in the January 21 issue of ‘Nature’ suggests, “Climate science like

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Shared Waters And Glacial Melt

Jan 2nd, 2012 | By

Dawn: This month’s prospective meeting of the Abu Dhabi Dialogue Group comprising seven states sharing the rivers rising in the Greater Himalayas would be a watershed event as the group is expected to adopt a joint initiative to minimise the impact of glacial melt. The group comprises Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India and Nepal.

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State of Fearful Climate Science

Dec 29th, 2011 | By

Washington Examiner: In his 2004 bestseller, “State of Fear,” the late Michael Crichton introduced a skeptical climate science character, Professor Hoffman, who said: “I study the ecology of thought…. And how it has led to a State of Fear.” The professor went on to explain that the government practices “social control [which is] best managed

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Rajendra Pachauri: Ever the Activist

Dec 24th, 2011 | By

Mens News Daily: A few weeks ago I wrote about Rajendra Pachauri, who has been the chairman of the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) for the past nine years. I observed that it is impossible to take seriously claims that the IPCC is a neutral, objective, scientific body because Pachauri’s behaviour isn’t remotely

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New Study Adds Twist To Himalayan Glacier Row

Dec 22nd, 2011 | By

Livemint (Republished from Dec 2010 Report): In what could revive controversy over the state of glaciers in the Himalayas, researchers associated with the Indian Space Research Organisation​ (Isro) and the government-run Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology suggest that aerosols such as soot—tiny particles that are often the result of insufficiently burnt gases—may be playing a

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Is Rajendra Pachauri Making Things worse?

Dec 21st, 2011 | By

Andy Revkin thinks so. In a recent Dot Earth post, he writes that the head of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change should either stop straying from a “just the facts” communications strategy or step down. The offense, in Revkin’s mind, is Pachauri’s participation in a not-all-that-funny attempt at a joke begun by Richard Branson

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Himalayan Blunder: Perils of Relying on ‘Grey Literature’

Dec 20th, 2011 | By

Deccan Herald: The recent retraction of its doomsday prediction on the melting of the Himalayan glacier by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is actually a pointer to the gaping holes that exist in the fabric of climate change science. Because of the high political and economic stakes involved in climate change, the

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IPCC Statement On Durban Outcome

Dec 14th, 2011 | By

Go-Green: The series of agreements reached on Sunday by nearly 200 countries in Durban lays a foundation for the global community to tackle climate change.   Governments meeting at the annual climate conference of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) decided to adopt a universal legal agreement on climate change as soon

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Climate Change A Reality: Durban Takes On Equity And Glaciers In Himalaya

Dec 9th, 2011 | By
Momentum for change

K N Vajpai: This UN conference on climate change (COP) remained a place where the people from around the world discuss, debate and come to a conclusion on various confronting issues our communities  face around the world on climate change. In this note I am  trying to discuss three important aspects of this conference on

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Global Carbon Emissions Reach Record 10 Billion Tons, Threatening 2 Degree Target

Dec 8th, 2011 | By

Science Daily: Global carbon dioxide emissions from burning fossil fuels have increased by 49 per cent in the last two decades, according to the latest figures by an international team, including researchers at the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, University of East Anglia. Published December 4 in the journal Nature Climate Change, the new

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What Is The IPCC?

Dec 7th, 2011 | By

Guardian: This Q&A is part of the Guardian’s ultimate climate change FAQ The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is a United Nations body, founded in 1988, which evaluates climate change science. The IPCC assesses research on climate change and synthesises it into major ‘assessment’ reports every 5–7 years. The most fourth assessment report –

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