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It’s Time To ‘Rebrand’ Climate Change – Panel

Dec 7th, 2011 | By




Business Live Zambia: Negative perceptions of business strategies toward climate change have hurt the potential for profit, said UNFCCC boss Christiana Figueres. A panel of business leaders and investors echoed this sentiment at the World Climate Summit (WCS), an industry-focused side event at COP17. “Over the years we’ve boxed ourselves in to a very difficult

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Glaciers Move From Himalayas To Closer Home- A Success Story

Dec 2nd, 2011 | By
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The WeekEnd Leader: He made the glaciers move from the Himalayas and come closer home. By bringing glaciers to his village, Norphel Chewang helped Ladakh farmers till the land in summer – a privilege nature denied them. While Mahesh Bhatt captures the fabulous images in his camera, Anita Pratap catches up with the engineer. Chewang

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Political Will And Money Needed For Disaster Management

Dec 1st, 2011 | By
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IPS: South Africa, Nov 30, 2011: Managing the impact of increased disasters due to climate change will only be possible if such efforts are led by local communities, say non-governmental organisations working in climate change. “We cannot use the excuse of money – or the lack of it – not to do anything. Yes, developed

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At Meeting On Climate Change, Urgent Issues But Low Expectations

Nov 28th, 2011 | By
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New York Times: With intensifying climate disasters and global economic turmoil as the backdrop, delegates from 194 nations will gather in Durban, South Africa, starting Monday to try to advance, if only incrementally, the world’s response to dangerous climate change. To those who have followed the negotiations of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate

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CLIMATE CHANGE: A Guide to The IPCC’s Take On Extreme Events

Nov 25th, 2011 | By
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IRIN- Did the heatwave of summer 2003, which killed at least 30,000 people in Europe, have anything to do with climate change? And were the 2010 floods in Pakistan, which affected more than 20 million people, linked to a warming climate? Various studies have attempted to examine the links between extreme weather events and climate

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Geoengineering: An Option Not A Solution For Global Warming

Nov 24th, 2011 | 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




Ground Report: Venus is the hottest planet in our solar system; it is not the nearest to the sun but it is so hot that it can melt hard metals if placed on its surface. Greenhouse effect from the action of Green House Gases (GHGs) is the chief factor for this hotness. Venus is next

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Pachauri’s Rhetoric vs Reality

Nov 23rd, 2011 | By
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MND: Rajendra Pachauri, chairman, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, 2008: we carry out an assessment of climate change based on peer-reviewed literature, so everything that we look at and take into account in our assessments has to carry [the] credibility of peer-reviewed publications, we don’t settle for anything less than that. [source – see bottom

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New Release Of Climate Emails

Nov 23rd, 2011 | By
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BBC: A new batch of emails and other documents from the University of East Anglia’s (UEA) Climatic Research Unit has been released on the internet. There are more than 5,000 emails, while other documents include working papers relating to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). A similar release in 2009 triggered the “ClimateGate” affair

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Human Induced Global Warming Requires Long-Term Study

Nov 22nd, 2011 | By
A glacier field is seen near K2 in the Chinese province of Xinjiang during the summer of 2000. Researchers in Beijing warned this week of "drastic" glacier melt in southwest China. Credit: Spigel Online Photo Gallery




Times of India: Isolating the human imprint on global warming amid natural climate fluctuations requires long-term analysis and not short term studies, satellite data reveals. The data indicates that the lower troposphere (up to eight km above the earth’s surface) has warmed roughly by 17 degrees Celsius since the beginning of satellite temperature records in

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Himalayan Nations Yet To Break The Ice

Nov 21st, 2011 | By
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IPS: Chungda Sherpa, a former herder from eastern Nepal, has a warning tale ahead of the United Nations climate change conference in Durban. At World Wildlife Fund-Japan’s ‘Climate Witness’ programme in Osaka and Tokyo this month, to apprise communities around the world how climate change is threatening lives and livelihoods, the 48-year-old described how the

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Pachauri-The Little Man Who Told Big Whoppers

Nov 21st, 2011 | By
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MSN: Rajendra Pachauri has been the chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change (IPCC) since 2002. In the words of an InterAcademy Council report released last year, he is “the leader and the face” of this organization. The behaviour of the IPCC’s chairman, therefore, tells us a great deal about whether the IPCC is

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India’s Climate Change Ground Zero

Nov 19th, 2011 | By
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One Earth: In India, extreme weather basically means the annual monsoon, and this season’s rains, which ended a few weeks ago, were a constant topic of conversation during the five days I’ve just spent traveling around the eastern part of Uttar Pradesh. U.P., as people call it here, is one of the poorest states in

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IPCC Chief Braced For Storm Of Denial

Nov 19th, 2011 | By
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Chairman, Rajendra Pachauri, is braced for a storm of denial over its extreme weather report. Photograph: Domonic Favre/AP




Guardian: IPCC chief braced for storms of denial over extreme weather report UN climate science panel chairman Rajendra Pachauri says he is ready for attacks from climate sceptics over the panel’s new extreme weather report. A major new report is due out on Friday from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change that will link an

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A Few Nations Doing Enough

Nov 19th, 2011 | By




Alertnet: Few nations doing enough to protect people from extreme weather – IPCC author Most countries are not acting fast enough to protect their people from extreme weather, and more major disasters will likely have to happen before governments start investing enough in safety, a leading climate change expert has warned. Tom Mitchell, one of

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IPCC Link Climate Change Extreme Weather

Nov 18th, 2011 | By
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Guardian: IPCC expected to confirm link between climate change and extreme weather. Report likely to conclude that man-made emissions are increasing the frequency of storms, floods and droughts.  Climate Change is likely to cause more storms, floods, droughts, heatwaves and other extreme weather events, according to the most authoritative review yet of the effects of global

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As Glaciers Melt, Bhutan Faces Increased Risk of Mountain Tsunamis

Nov 18th, 2011 | By
Bhutanese walk in front of the Gankar Punsun glacier in Bhutan on Nov. 18, 2009. The kingdom's glaciers are melting, which is blamed on global warming Adnan Abidi / Reuters




TIME: The Kingdom of Bhutan, tucked between India and China in the foothills of the Himalaya mountain range, is paying the price for global industrialization. Climate change is causing many Himalayan glaciers to melt in increasingly unstable ways, and there are concerns about the long term viability of the ice in a warmer world. Water

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New Paper: Chinese Scientists Vs IPCC Consensus

Nov 17th, 2011 | By
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The Global Warming Policy Foundation: For the mechanism of global warming, the IPCC report emphasizes the impact of human activities and the correlation between the CO2 concentration and temperature increase. However, the Earth is a complex dynamic system with various factors affecting each other; great uncertainties exist regarding causes and effects of the climate changes.

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BBC: A glimpse at IPCC’s upcoming report on weather extremes

Nov 16th, 2011 | By
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Knight Science:  We’ll get more of them soonish.. Not so sure, but pretty sure, they’re already here. A tip of the hat to Andrew C. Revkin, at the NY Times blog Dot Earth, for calling attention to a remarkable piece, an appreciation that I’d like to second. At the BBC its environmental reporter Richard Black

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A new, lower estimate of climate sensitivity

Nov 11th, 2011 | By
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World Climate Report: There is word circulating that a paper soon to appear in Science magazine concludes that the climate sensitivity—how much the earth’s average temperature will rise as a result of a doubling of the atmospheric concentration of carbon dioxide—likely (that is, with a 66% probability) lies in the range 1.7°C to 2.6°C, with

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Climate Economics the State of the Art

Nov 10th, 2011 | By
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SEI: Publication- Climate Economics the State of the Art by Frank Ackerman and Elizabeth A. Stanton Stockholm Environment Institute-U.S. Center November 2011 Climate science paints a bleak picture: The continued growth of greenhouse gas emissions is increasingly likely to cause irreversible and catastrophic effects. Urgent action is needed to prepare for the initial rounds of

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Nepal-Going to the grassroots

Nov 9th, 2011 | By
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Republica: limate change is considered the greatest environmental challenge faced by mankind in human history. Changed pattern and quantity of precipitation in concert with temperature extremes manifests itself in a number of catastrophic outcomes like drought, slides, snowmelts, floods, agricultural productivity loss, and upsurge in diseases which impact both the natural and the human systems

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Insanity, Death and Climate Change

Nov 8th, 2011 | By
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IISD: Insanity has famously been described as “doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.” Does this maxim apply to the UN climate negotiations? If so, are those of us flying to Durban later this month about to join an exercise in mass madness? THE MADNESS OF KING COP Since the Conference of

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Sceptic: one inclined to doubt accepted opinions

Nov 7th, 2011 | By
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The Sunday Morning Herald: ‘THE claim ‘the science is settled’ is plainly false due to the many problems with the AGW [anthropogenic global warming] hypothesis (e.g. global temperatures have not risen since 1998 despite rising CO2 levels; alarmism is based on flawed models that do not reflect empirical measurements.)” STEPHEN HARPER ”Why is the Australian

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IPCC Report Adds to Studies Tying Climate Change to Extreme Weather

Nov 5th, 2011 | By
Floodwater has arrived at the Lat Phrao intersection, inundating Vibhavadi Rangsit Road in front of the Energy Building complex that houses the Flood Relief Operations Centre (Froc). The government insists it will not move Froc HQ to a flood-free province. Photo by Chanat Katanyu.




WRI: East Coast snowstorms in October. The suburbs of Bangkok under water. Extreme droughts in the Horn of Africa. Such “freak” weather events have dominated headlines for over a year, and with good reason. Now, a new report from the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is making the connections between these extreme weather events

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Why I Remain a Global-Warming Skeptic

Nov 5th, 2011 | By
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Searching for scientific truth in the realm of climate. Last month the Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature Project released the findings of its extensive study on global land temperatures over the past century. Physics professor Richard Muller, who led the study, heralded the findings with a number of controversial statements in the press, including an op-ed

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Wetlands at a loss in India

Nov 4th, 2011 | By
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Asian Age: Wetlands consist of marshes, swamps, bogs and similar areas. The functions of wetlands are filtering out of sediments and nutrients from the surface water and support all life forms through extensive food webs and bio-diversity. Wetlands contribute to a number of important processes including movement of water into streams and rivers, decay of

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Beyond climategate: keeping politics and climate science separate

Nov 4th, 2011 | By
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The Ecologist: Beyond climategate-can we keep the politics and science of climate forecasting separate? The pressure is on climate forecasters to give us more accurate predictions of impacts, such as rising sea levels, but ahead of the Durban climate summit scientists say we still have much to learn When it comes to the environment, how

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Leaked new IPCC report focuses on increase of extreme weather events

Nov 4th, 2011 | By
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Bitsofscience: The image to the right wasn’t leaked, but neatly published in 2007 – the old IPCC report. It still does a good job explaining the logic. Most damage [ecological, economical] of climate change is not a direct consequence of a shift in mean temperatures. It is the result of the shift of the entire

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Climate change linked to extreme weather

Nov 2nd, 2011 | By
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Sunday Morning Herald: A draft UN report three years in the making concludes that man-made climate change has boosted the frequency or intensity of heat waves, wildfires, floods and cyclones and that such disasters are likely to increase in the future. The document being discussed by the world’s Nobel-winning panel of climate scientists says the

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Scientist who said climate change sceptics had been proved wrong

Oct 31st, 2011 | By
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Mail Online: Scientist who said climate change sceptics had been proved wrong accused of hiding truth by colleague. It was hailed as the scientific study that ended the global warming debate once and for all – the research that, in the words of its director, ‘proved you should not be a sceptic, at least not

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How to get the message across on climate change

Oct 29th, 2011 | By
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MIT News: As the science of climate change gets clearer, the public gets more confused. Are there ways to fix that?. For many scientists working in the field of climate research, one of the most alarming trends has nothing to do with the climate itself: It’s the poll numbers showing that even as scientific projections

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The Last Shangri-La? A Conversation With Bhutan’s Secretary

Oct 28th, 2011 | By
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Forbs: The Last Shangri-la? A Conversation with Bhutan’s Secretary of the National Environment Commission, Dr. Ugyen Tshewang. When flying to Paro, within the Kingdom of Bhutan, one is likely to see Chomolungma (Nepal’s Mount Everest, सगरमाथा) out the left side of the Drukair jet.  You might also view Kanchenjunga, the third highest mountain in the

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How we know we’re warming the planet

Oct 28th, 2011 | By
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Washingtonpost: Plenty of media outlets picked up the news last week that a team of skeptical Berkeley scientists tore through the 20th century temperature data and found… well, they found that the Earth has been warming significantly in the past century, just like NASA and the Climate Research Unit have been telling us all along.

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Mountain regions and IPCC AR5

Oct 28th, 2011 | By
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MRI: In April 2011, the MRI Coordination Office requested that manuscripts and publications on climate change and its impact on mountain regions be sent to the Technical Support Units of the IPCC Working Groups I and II (see the related information on the MRI website). A certain number of MRI researchers responded to that request, which was a

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One third of humanity faces biggest risks from climate change

Oct 27th, 2011 | By
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Telegraph: A third of humanity, mostly in Africa and South Asia, face the biggest risks from climate change while rich nations in northern Europe will be least exposed, according to a report released Wednesday. Bangladesh, India and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are among 30 countries with “extreme” exposure to climate shift, according to

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Public supports geo-engineering ideas, study suggests

Oct 25th, 2011 | By
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BBC: There is strong support among the public in the US, UK and Canada for more research on geo-engineering technology, a study has suggested. The survey focused on “solar radiation management”, which involves reflecting energy from the Sun away from the Earth’s surface, and received support from 72% of respondents. The internet survey was commissioned

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Little time left to halt warming

Oct 25th, 2011 | By
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The Independent: A lack of international will means the chances of bringing climate change under control may already be “slipping out of reach”, scientists have warned. A study by the Swiss science university ETH Zurich shows that without an early and steep cut in greenhouse gas emissions, global temperatures are not “likely” to remain less

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Community Based Adaptation: Exporting Upscale Pathways from NAPCC- India

Oct 24th, 2011 | By
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Suman K A : Community based adaptation – CBA as it is popularly called is just that!  What lies at the heart of CBA is reducing the vulnerabilities and improving the adaptive capacities of communities that are likely to be most impacted by climate variability and change. The current body of knowledge gained from the

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Climate change mitigation ‘out of reach’

Oct 24th, 2011 | By
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Sunday Morning Herald: A lack of international will means the chances of bringing climate change under control may already be “slipping out of reach”, scientists have warned. New research shows that without an early and steep cut in greenhouse gas emissions, global temperatures are not “likely” to remain less than 2C higher than pre-industrial levels.

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Climate change: now is not the time to renege on green pledges

Oct 24th, 2011 | By
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Guardian: The government is moving ever further away from its initial promise to be a friend of the environment. Charles Koch is a billionaire and a climate warming sceptic. At least, he was until last week when a study that he part-funded indicated that estimates of global temperature increases in the past century had not,

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New climate study deals blow to skeptics

Oct 22nd, 2011 | By
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An independent study of global temperature records has reaffirmed previous conclusions by climate scientists that global warming is real. ” This confirms that these studies were done carefully and that potential biases identified by climate change skeptics did not seriously affect their conclusions” Richard A. Muller, Berkeley Earth founder The new analysis by the Berkeley

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The heat is on

Oct 22nd, 2011 | By
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The Economist: A new analysis of the temperature record leaves little room for the doubters. The world is warming. FOR those who question whether global warming is really happening, it is necessary to believe that the instrumental temperature record is wrong. That is a bit easier than you might think. There are three compilations of

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Climate action a ‘moral responsibility

Oct 21st, 2011 | By
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Nature News: Chinese climatologist says the world must work together on global warming Global warming is causing changes in glaciers, permafrost and snow cover in Central Asia, threatening the livelihood of millions of people in the region. Nature spoke with Qin Dahe, a glaciologist at the Cold and Arid Regions Environment and Engineering Research Institute

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Professor Judith Curry: IPCC “WG2 And WG3 Reports Pretty Much Belong In The Dustbin”

Oct 20th, 2011 | By
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No Tricks Zone: And she used to be a big proponent of the IPCC! My how things are changing. I’m glad to see that Donna Laframboise’s new book is taking off well. I’ve ordered a copy myself and look forward to reading it. Sounds like it’s a real IPCC slammer. First off, hats off to

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No “big bang” expected from Durban climate talks: EU

Oct 19th, 2011 | By
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Reuters: Global climate talks in South Africa next month will not produce a “big bang” capable of producing a new and binding pact to slash greenhouse gases, but steady progress could be made, a senior European climate official said on Tuesday. Jos Delbeke, director general for climate action at the European Commission, told a news

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Sea Levels to Continue to Rise for 500 Years? Long-Term Climate Calculations Suggest So

Oct 19th, 2011 | By
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Science Daily (Oct. 17, 2011) — Rising sea levels in the coming centuries is perhaps one of the most catastrophic consequences of rising temperatures. Massive economic costs, social consequences and forced migrations could result from global warming. But how frightening of times are we facing? Researchers from the Niels Bohr Institute are part of a

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The Cascade Of Uncertainties Around Climate Change

Oct 17th, 2011 | By
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Anamika Barua: When in late 19th century Svate Arrhenius, a Swedish scientist, first suggested that increased atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide from burning fossil fuels could lead to global climate change, it was a radical claim. He was making a prediction about something that could happen in future, not a claim that climate change was

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New IPCC report, raised emissions scenarios?

Oct 17th, 2011 | By
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Bits of Science: If we can’t bring actual emissions down to within the IPCC projections range – than why don’t we bend the spectrum upwards. It’s easier. Does that sound terribly fatalistic? We’re not saying it is happening, but we wouldn’t be surprised to find out, at the planned release of IPCC AR5 in 2013.

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UN Exaggerates Extreme Weather

Oct 14th, 2011 | By
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The NewAmerican: he UN’s list of climate-change tricks continues to grow with news this week from the World Climate Report. It accuses the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) of predicting exaggerated risks of extreme weather attributed to anthropogenic global warming (AGW). In its 2007 Fourth Assessment Report (AR4), IPCC made the claim that

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Engineering the climate is last and scariest option, says US scientist

Oct 14th, 2011 | 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




Guardian: The lack of international action on cutting emissions highlights need to research geoengineering further, says Jane C S Long. Jane C. S. Long, associate director-at-large of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California, is convinced that the only sensible way to combat climate change is to work toward “a zero-emission energy system as fast

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Global Warning: Trust Scientists, Not Shamans

Oct 14th, 2011 | By
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Huffingtonpost: A couple of years after the academic and statistical skullduggery of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and other promoters of the global warming scare, and the shabby attempt at a comeback by the eco-centimillionaire, Nobel laureate and Oscar-winner, Al “Settled Science” Gore, it should be possible to develop a consensus for a

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Bhutan To Submit Its Climate Issues To UNFCCC In Durban

Oct 12th, 2011 | By
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Bhutan Observer: Bhutan will submit the Second National Communications (SNC) to United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) at the COP17 summit in Durban, South Africa, later this year. The national communications is an obligation that all parties to UNFCCC have to fulfill. It is a national report that communicates the actions parties are

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Global warning: climate sceptics are winning the battle

Oct 12th, 2011 | By
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The Independent: Father of the green movement says scientists lack PR skills to make public listen. Climate sceptics are winning the argument with the public over global warming, the world’s most celebrated climate scientist, James Hansen of NASA, said in London yesterday. It is happening even though climate science itself is becoming ever clearer in

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Chinese Sceptics See Global Warming As US Conspiracy

Oct 10th, 2011 | By
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The Sydney Morning Herald: BEIJING: It’s not only Western leaders like Julia Gillard and Barack Obama who face fierce resistance from climate sceptics as they try to lay out policies to tackle global warming. In China, where carbon emissions have surged despite tough government constraints and targets, President Hu Jintao is having to stare down

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Five Truths About Climate Change

Oct 7th, 2011 | By
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The Wall Street Journal: During the decade that Al Gore dominated the environmental debate, global carbon-dioxide emissions rose by 28.5%. Over the past two months, environmental activists have held protests at the White House and elsewhere hoping to convince the Obama administration to deny a permit for the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada

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10 misrepresentations about climate change

Oct 5th, 2011 | By
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South Fried Science: Few scientific fields generate as much controversy as climate change. Misunderstandings, misrepresentations, and outright lies are common. While environmentalists rightly criticize anti-global warming activists for not being truthful, neither side is innocent. Presented here are five common misrepresentations from both sides and the truth about those issues. Misrepresentations from Climate Change Deniers:

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WWF Influence at the Highest Levels of the IPCC

Oct 5th, 2011 | By
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MND: The 2007 report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is 3,000 pages long. Since most people will never wade through a document of that length, the IPCC has prepared a handy summary-of-summaries called the Synthesis Report. The final, specific wording of that document was hammered out via a political negotiation involving bureaucrats,

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Arctic Ice Loss: Portent of Doom or Reason to Rethink IPCC Climate Sensitivity Assumptions?

Oct 4th, 2011 | By
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Globalwarming.org: “Two ice shelves that existed before Canada was settled by Europeans diminished significantly this summer, one nearly disappearing altogether, Canadian scientists say in new research,” reports an Associated Press (AP) article in the San Francisco Chronicle. “The impact is significant and yet only a piece of the ongoing and accelerating response to warming of

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Why protecting the world’s wildlife is good for our wallets

Oct 3rd, 2011 | By
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Independent: New body aims to promote economic as well as ethical side of biodiversity. A new world body on wildlife and ecosystems protection being set up by the UN must avoid blaming developing nations, where most of the world’s biodiversity loss is occurring, says a top British scientist. Overconsumption by rich western nations is as

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A Conversation With Rajendra K. Pachauri

Sep 28th, 2011 | By
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New York Times: Rajendra K. Pachauri is the chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and head of The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) in New Delhi, a non-profit focusing on research in the field of energy efficiency and sustainable development. In 2007, under his leadership, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change was awarded

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