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Show Us The Money, Demand Developing Countries

Nov 18th, 2013 | By




The Jakarta Post: The first week of negotiations at the Climate Change Conference (COP19) in Warsaw, were dominated by how and when the US$100 billion, promised to tackle the effects of climate change, would be made available. The head of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Christiana Figueres said the ongoing discussions looked

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Canada’s Greenhouse Gas Stance Slammed as COP 19 Seeks Solutions

Nov 16th, 2013 | By
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The annual United Nations climate conference, known as the 19th Conference of the Parties or COP 19, is underway in Warsaw with considerably less fanfare than years past. Expectations for this one are even lower than usual, after the disappointments and plodding progress of the last few conferences. World leaders are backing away from the

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Comprehensive Plans to Deal With Impacts of Climate Change

Nov 16th, 2013 | By




Impacts of climate change – LDCs finalize comprehensive plans to deal with impacts of climate change. The poorest countries of the world, meeting here for the 19th UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of Parties, have finalized a comprehensive set of plans to deal with the inevitable impacts of climate change. UNFCCC disclosed

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Taiwan Bid For Observer Status At UNFCCC

Nov 14th, 2013 | By
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Although Taiwan has sought observer status in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change for years, its governmental representatives were absent from the meeting in Poland on Monday [11 november 2013]. Nearly all of the world’s nations have membership in the UNFCCC. Dignitaries from 195 member countries began meeting Monday [11 November 2013] until

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In CoP-19-Nepal Faces Greater Responsibility

Nov 13th, 2013 | By
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Republica: As the nineteenth UN climate talks, known as a Conference of the Parties (CoP) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC), began in Poland on Monday, Nepal faces a greater responsibility of securing climate finance not only for it but all the Least Developed Countries (LDCs). This is the first time that

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Look Climate Change Issues in Indian Perspective Rather Blindly Following IPCC

Oct 8th, 2013 | By
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Allvoices: Renowned environmental activist and Convener, Forum for a Sustainable Environment Dr. S Jeevananda Reddy suggested that there is a need to look in to climate change issues in Indian perspective rather than blindly following Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) model based hypothetical studies with low scientific integrity, which have their vested interests. In

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Scientific Advice Improved Outcome Of UN Climate Talks

Sep 9th, 2013 | By
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UN climate change policy negotiators need more access to expert advice on new technologies such as carbon storage and geoengineering, according to an expert whose study found that providing scientific information to negotiators before debates resulted in more productive discussions. The paper, published in Energy Procedia last month (5 August), says that the annual Conferences

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Early Recovery By UNDP-What It Means To Uttarakhand

Jul 29th, 2013 | By
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The UNDP  United Nations Development Programme, says that early recovery is a multidimensional process of recovery that begins in a humanitarian setting.  It is an integrated and coordinated approach, using humanitarian mechanisms, to gradually turn the dividends of humanitarian action into sustainable crisis recovery, resilience building and development opportunities. When a crisis strikes, UNDP works

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Bonn Climate Change Conference 3-13 June 2013

Jun 11th, 2013 | By
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The thirty-eighth sessions of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI 38) and the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA 38), as well as the second part of the second session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP 2-2) is taking place at Maritim Hotel from 3-14 June

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We’re In The Danger Zone

May 27th, 2013 | By
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CNN: The first scientist to warn the US Congress of the threat of climate change retired earlier this year. But that has not stopped him continuing to try to alert the world to the dangers he sees ahead. Professor James Hansen, often described as the world’s most prominent climate scientist, has also chosen to be

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Why Are We Not Winning The War Against Climate Change

May 27th, 2013 | By
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Antonio M. Claparols (Philippines): Think about it. Ours is a country so rich with natural resources, strategically located at the center of the Coral Triangle and blessed with species of which only  10-20% are said to be discovered. Imagine how many of the undiscovered species may have gone extinct and how the discovered ones are

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LDCs In UNFCCC To Confer In June

May 23rd, 2013 | By
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Himalayan times: Representatives of all 49 member countries in the Least Developed Countries Group (LDC Group) in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), are scheduled to gather in Bonn of Germany to discuss the upcoming framework of the 2015 protocol from June 3 to 14. Talking to this daily, Chair of the

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UNFCCC’s Report On Ecosystem-Based Approaches

May 23rd, 2013 | By
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The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a report on the technical workshop on ecosystem-based approaches for adaptation to climate change (FCC/SBSTA/2013/2), which was held in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, from 21-23 March 2013. The workshop sought to enhance parties’ and expert organizations’ understanding of ecosystem-based approaches for adaptation, share best practices and lessons learned, and identify areas for

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Forests and Climate Change After Doha: An Asia-Pacific Perspective

May 17th, 2013 | By
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Over the past three years RECOFTC – The Center for People and Forests and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) have brought together regional experts to reflect on the outcomes of the 15th, 16th and 17th Conference of the Parties (COP) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The resulting booklets “Forests

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Scientists Find Extensive Glacial Retreat In Mount Everest Region

May 15th, 2013 | By
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Cancún, Mexico — Researchers taking a new look at the snow and ice covering Mount Everest and the national park that surrounds it are finding abundant evidence that the world’s tallest peak is shedding its frozen cloak. The scientists have also been studying temperature and precipitation trends in the area and found that the Everest

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India: West Doing Little For Climate Change, Says Manmohan

Apr 22nd, 2013 | By
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HT: Voicing his concern on “painfully slow” progress in climate talks, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh hit at rich nations for not doing enough to fight climate change. Singh, while inaugurating the Fourth Clean Energy Ministerial, also made it clear that rich nations, who were responsible for a bulk of global warming causing greenhouse gas emissions,

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Vulnerable Communities Tackling Climate Change Best Teachers

Apr 22nd, 2013 | By
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IIED: The poorest communities (and poorest countries) are leading the world in learning about and practising adaptation to climate change. The rich would do well to learn from them. The flood plain of the Ganges river in southern Bangladesh is only around two metres higher than sea level. Rising floodwaters can wipe out crops and

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Cool Response: Climate Change Adaptation

Apr 12th, 2013 | By
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My Republica: Despite having been identified as one of the most vulnerable countries in the world, Nepal was not among the first group of countries to write a National Adaptation Program of Action (NAPA)—a prerequisite for accessing international support for climate intervention. It stands 44th among the 47 LDCs that prepared a NAPA and submitted

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10 Things To Know About Climate Finance

Apr 5th, 2013 | By
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Climatefundsupdates: The Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC is the largest event of the year for those working on climate change. This year attention turns to Qatar, the host of the 18th of these major conferences. Once again, the hot topic will be how to finance developing-country efforts to respond to climate change. 2013

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UNFCCC On Capacity Building Activities In Developing Countries

Apr 5th, 2013 | By
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The UNFCCC Secretariat has released a report to support the Subsidiary Body for Implementation’s (SBI) annual monitoring and evaluation of the implementation of the framework for capacity-building in developing countries. The report features sections on, inter alia: the overview of information reported by parties; capacity building activities under the Kyoto Protocol; and capacity building activities

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Developed World Goes Stingy On Climate Fund

Apr 1st, 2013 | By
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Economic Times: More than 190 countries decided it would build up to a $100 billion kitty by 2020 to fight climate change globally but the Green Climate Fund looks set to remain an empty pot as the US and other developed countries have refused to commit the needed money or even set timelines for their

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Impact Of Corruption On Climate Change

Mar 28th, 2013 | By
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This bulletin provides an overview of recent discussions about the impact of corruption on environmental governance, with a focus on emissions trading. It reviews new definitions and the latest corruption assessment methodologies in order to illuminate the broader challenges faced by GHG trading mechanisms and climate finance. Why is this issue important? The trading of

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Climate Change Now Seen As Security Threat Worldwide

Mar 25th, 2013 | By
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IPS News: Defence establishments around the world increasingly see climate change as posing potentially serious threats to national and international security, according to a review of high-level statements by the world’s governments released here Thursday. The review, “The Global Security Defense Index on Climate Change: Preliminary Results,” found that nearly three out of four governments

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Drought Hits Policies

Mar 14th, 2013 | By
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IPS: Drought has dramatically increased as a consequence of climate change. Most countries react to it only after it has occurred, but don’t have national policies to prevent it. The high-level meeting on national drought policies in Geneva this week is trying to match scientific knowledge with political awareness. “Drought is a natural phenomenon, but

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UN Family Agrees Plan For Disaster Risk Reduction

Mar 12th, 2013 | By
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Preventionweb: Representatives of UN agencies, funds and programmes completed an action plan this week that will accelerate the integration of disaster risk reduction into all UN country level operations in response to the rising levels of disruption to millions of lives each year from disasters. The United Nations Plan of Action Plan on Disaster Risk

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International Climate Finance

Mar 11th, 2013 | By
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The book is the first to provide a complete overview of international climate finance. In the Copenhagen Accord of 2009, developed countries jointly committed to mobilize US$100 billion per year to address climate change in developing countries. The book presents the best information available on this subject: an overview of current international climate finance, estimates

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Death Of Hugo Chávez Gives Venezuela A Choice On Climate Change

Mar 8th, 2013 | By
With the largest known oil reserves, Venezuela’s position on climate change is pivotal. Photograph: Miguel Gutierrez/EPA




Guardian: Will the oil-rich country become a key engineer in a new global climate deal, or will it sabotage progress? Regardless of one’s position on el Comandante Hugo Chávez, the death of the Venezuelan president opens the door for a policy debate on a critical issue for Venezuela and the world’s security: climate change. As

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Momentum for Change: Innovative Financing For Climate-Friendly Investment

Mar 7th, 2013 | By
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UNFCCC: Developing countries are forecast to represent over 60% of global GDP by 2030.  However, given growing environmental and resource challenges such as climate change and water security, the imperative for shifting development onto a resource-efficient growth pathway is increasingly clear. Governments can use strategically targeted public monies and policies to address the risks faced

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Framing Sustainable Development Goals With Mountain Perspectives: Post Rio+20 Actions

Mar 7th, 2013 | By
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Dr. Madhav Karki writes about the commitments made by the member countries during Rio+20 summit on various sustainable development goals (SDGs) on low carbon green economy principles and good governance practices, in socio-economic and environmental perspectives. He argues that post Rio+20 actions should be more cohesive, participatory, multi-disciplinary and simple in approach, so that they

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What If Climate Change Impacts Exceed Adaptation Capacities?

Mar 6th, 2013 | By
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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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Climate Change: Get Ready To Adapt!

Mar 1st, 2013 | By
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Huffingtonpost: WB President Jim Yong Kim’s recent Washington Post op-ed “Make Climate Change a Priority” warned that “global warming imperils all of the development gains we have made.” Jim Kim drew on a recent World Bank report that points to the possibility for global temperatures to rise by 4 degrees Celsius or more by the

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UN Sustainable Energy Initiative Could Put World On A Path To Climate Targets

Feb 27th, 2013 | By
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Sciencedaily: The UN’s Sustainable Energy for All initiative, if successful, could make a significant contribution to the efforts to limit climate change to target levels, according to a new analysis from IIASA and ETH Zurich. The study, published today in Nature Climate Change, showed that reaching the 3 energy-related objectives proposed by the United Nations

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World Can End Poverty And Limit Warming

Feb 25th, 2013 | By
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A United Nations scheme intended to guarantee everyone access to clean energy could help to keep global temperature rise below 2°C, researchers say, although it would not achieve this without sharp cuts in emissions of all the main greenhouse gases. LONDON, 24 February – Eradicating poverty by making modern energy supplies available to everyone is

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Climate Finance: Challenges And Responses

Feb 21st, 2013 | By
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CDKN: Embarking on a climate compatible development pathway now has a price tag. The cost of tackling climate change in developing countries could reach some hundreds of billions of dollars annually over the coming decades.i Low-emission and climate-resilient development options often require upfront investments that can be costlier than conventional solutions. It will require tremendous

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Thawing Permafrost May Be “Huge Factor” in Global Warming

Feb 18th, 2013 | By
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IPS: Thawing permafrost is emitting more climate-heating carbon faster than previously realised. Scientists have now learned that when the ancient carbon locked in the ice thaws and is exposed to sunlight, it turns into carbon dioxide 40 percent faster. “This really changes the trajectory of the debate” over when and how much carbon will be

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Putting Money Where The Green Is

Feb 18th, 2013 | By
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SunStar: PLACING economic value on environmental services might be politically incorrect for some environmentalists. That’s like “commodifying” natural resources, as Bolivian President Evo Morales warned. Morales’s warning is not limited to Bolivian mountains, however. They have found a home in the Philippines. I have had some heated debates with colleagues on the concept of the

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Secret Funding Helped Build Vast Network Of Climate Denial Thinktanks

Feb 15th, 2013 | By
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Guardian: Anonymous billionaires donated $120m to more than 100 anti-climate groups working to discredit climate change science. Conservative billionaires used a secretive funding route to channel nearly $120m (£77m) to more than 100 groups casting doubt about the science behind climate change, the Guardian has learned. The funds, doled out between 2002 and 2010, helped

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Climate Change Is Real, Experts Say

Feb 14th, 2013 | By
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News 24: Cape Town – Scientists and environmentalists have reacted with anger to emerging reports that dismiss the reality of climate change. While climate scepticism is a popular topic in fringe political groups, the evidence points to irreversible climate change with devastating impacts for poor communities if no action is taken. “No doubt, Africa is

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Where The Rain Falls: Climate Change, Food Security And Migration In The Global South

Feb 11th, 2013 | By
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UNEarthnews: “Where the Rain Falls,” a study released at COP18 on 29 November, in Doha, Qatar, explains how rainfall patterns affect food security, which in turn, implicates migration in the global south. Produced by CARE International and United Nations University, the study looked at eight countries in the global south: Guatemala, Peru, Ghana, Tanzania, Bangladesh,

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Maximizing Synergies: Climate Change Adaptation And Disaster Risk Reduction

Feb 11th, 2013 | By
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Climate Eval: The role of climate change in natural disasters is increasingly acknowledged, and reducing interrelated vulnerabilities is assuming ever greater significance. The Bali Action Plan negotiations have highlighted vulnerability and disaster risk reduction as key elements of climate change adaptation. Despite uncertainty over the exact magnitudes of changes in temperature and precipitation, climate change

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Decisions Adopted By COP 18 And CMP 8

Feb 6th, 2013 | By
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Decisions adopted by COP 18 and CMP 8 COP 18 CMP 8 Agreed outcome pursuant to the Bali Action Plan (216 kB) The Doha Amendment to the Kyoto Protocol pursuant to its Article 3, paragraph 9 Advancing the Durban Platform (63 kB) Addressing the Implications of decisions -2/CMP.7 to -5/CMP.7 on the previous decisions on

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Cross Section Of Climate Change And Women’s Rights

Feb 5th, 2013 | By
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UNEarth: Climate change is an issue affecting both women and men. Despite the surface similarities shared by both genders, women experience climate change more adversely than men due to fundamental inequalities and discrimination. Women make up a disproportionately large share of the poor worldwide.  The poor are being hit first by the impact of climate

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Awareness Key To Coping With Climate Change: Speakers

Feb 4th, 2013 | By
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The Tribune: Research, awareness campaigns and the integration of disaster risk reduction (DRR) strategies in planning and development are essential to help Pakistan cope with future climate change challenges. These were the recommendations of a recently conducted survey by Save the Children to assess the impacts of climate change on children and their families in

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Whither REDD+ After Doha?

Jan 31st, 2013 | By
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Forest Carbon Asia: Whither REDD+ after Doha? New realities for forest advocates Observations from UNFCCC COP 18. Is Doha the final stop for REDD+ negotiations? Where does REDD+ stand now and where does it go from here? What is its role in the proposed Landscape day? Andrea Tuttle, long-standing REDD observer at the COPs explores

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Global Warming Less Extreme Than Feared?

Jan 29th, 2013 | By
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Science Daily: Global Warming Less Extreme Than Feared? New Estimates from a Norwegian Project On Climate Calculations. Policymakers are attempting to contain global warming at less than 2°C. New estimates from a Norwegian project on climate calculations indicate this target may be more attainable than many experts have feared. Climate researcher Caroline Leck of Stockholm

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Nicholas Stern: ‘I Got It Wrong On Climate Change-It’s Far, Far Worse’

Jan 29th, 2013 | By
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Guardian: Author of 2006 review speaks out on danger to economies as planet absorbs less carbon and is ‘on track’ for 4C rise. Nicholas Stern, author of the government-commissioned review on climate change that became the reference work for politicians and green campaigners, now says he underestimated the risks, and should have been more “blunt”

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

Jan 25th, 2013 | By
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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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Public Funding Can Meet Climate Challenge, Says New Report

Jan 25th, 2013 | By
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Environmental Expert: Scaling up public sector funding by as little as US$ 36 billion in annual spending could unlock the private capital needed to close the green investment gap worldwide, leading to sustainable economic growth that attains global climate change goals. At a time when extreme weather events are increasingly frequent – and costly –

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Curbing Climate Change Will Cost $700 Billion a Year

Jan 24th, 2013 | By
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Scientific American: The world must spend an extra $700 billion a year to curb its addiction to fossil fuels blamed for worsening floods and heat waves and rising sea levels, a study issued by the World Economic Forum (WEF) showed on Monday. The world must spend an extra $700 billion a year to curb its

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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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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 Big China Climate Threat

Jan 21st, 2013 | By
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Asia Sentinel: The world faces another 17 years of potentially growing emissions from China’s industries Despite having become the world’s biggest emitter of greenhouse gases nearly two years ago, China is at least another 17 years away from peak emissions, according to a new report by the HSBC Climate Change Team, issued late last year.

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

Jan 18th, 2013 | By
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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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Farmers Seek New Income From Fairtrade Carbon Credits

Jan 18th, 2013 | By
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Alertnet: Palestinian olive growers make a living from trees that are, in some cases, 2,000 to 3,000 years old – proof that these farmers have been working in harmony with the environment for centuries, according to Nasser Abufarha, a representative of Fairtrade producers in the Middle East. Now the time may finally have come for

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Reforestation Pilot In China Is Earning Carbon Credits

Jan 18th, 2013 | By
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World Bank: A project that has reforested 3,000 hectares of previously barren land in China’s southwest Guangxi is issuing its first carbon credits under the Clean Development Mechanism. The Facilitating Reforestation for Guangxi Watershed Management in Pearl River Basin Project was the first reforestation project to be registered in the world under the United Nations

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Climate Conversations-A 4°C Warmer World “Will Be Catastrophic” For Forest BD-Expert

Jan 17th, 2013 | By
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Alternet: Global temperatures may be climbing at a rate too fast for our forests and its biodiversity to adapt, a scientist with the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) warned after the World Bank predicted a 4°C warming of the planet if policymakers continue to be apathetic about greenhouse gas emissions. “The long-term effects will

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Glaciers As Proxy To Quantify Spatial Distribution Of Precipitation In Hunza Basin

Jan 17th, 2013 | By
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BioOne:  Glaciers as a Proxy to Quantify the Spatial Distribution of Precipitation in the Hunza Basin. Abstract Accurate quantification of the spatial distribution of precipitation in mountain regions is crucial for assessments of water resources and for the understanding of high-altitude hydrology, yet it is one of the largest unknowns due to the lack of

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Making Policy Work For Grassroots: Climate Adaptation in Dryland

Jan 16th, 2013 | By
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WoTR: Recommendation to the Adaptation committee. Adaptation has been given short shrift – in terms of priority, focus, and resources, particularly finance. In spite of the much greater attention on mitigation, it has not delivered; nor is it likely that it will. This makes adaptation even more important an issue. Because of near-inaction on mitigation

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Domestic Climate Laws Are Essential, Says UN

Jan 15th, 2013 | By
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Guardian: Legislation at national level essential because ‘it is linchpin between action on the ground and international agreement’. Governments must enact domestic laws on climate change and greenhouse gas emissions if international efforts to stall global warming are to succeed, according to the UN’s climate chief. Christiana Figueres, who is spearheading the push for a

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What Will It Take to Solve Climate Change?

Jan 14th, 2013 | By
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Scientific American: Australia had to add a new color to its weather maps this week. Meteorologists used royal purple to denote an off-the-charts high temperature of 50 degrees Celsius (122 degrees Fahrenheit), part of an unprecedented heat wave and ongoing wildfires occurring down under this month. On the other side of the globe, 2012 proved

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