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Climate Negotiations Reveal New Alliances in the Global South

Jan 30th, 2015 | By

The economic divides between developing countries are widening. In order to defend their interests at the climate negotiations, large emerging economies, small island states and the less advanced countries are forming alliances based on common concerns. EurActiv France reports. The previously clear demarcation between North and South used in past climate negotiations is becoming blurred. The

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‘World Can Cut Carbon Emissions and Live Well’

Jan 29th, 2015 | By

Forests around the world will need to be expanded by 5-15% to limit global temperature rises to 2C. And crop yields must rise by 40-60%. These are just two predictions for 2050 of an online tool developed by the government to consider options for cutting carbon emissions. The Global Calculator uses data reviewed by international

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La Niñas on the Rise in Climate Change Double Whammy

Jan 27th, 2015 | By

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

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Concern Over Climate, Compromise on Nature

Jan 27th, 2015 | By

On his visit to India, U.S. President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Narendra Modi have announced a landmark civil nuclear deal, which will give India access to generating nuclear power. This follows on the heels of several announcements made by Mr. Modi on making India a hub for producing clean or non-conventional energy, posited as

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Scientists Say Rise in Sea Levels is Faster Than Feared

Jan 22nd, 2015 | By

Sea level rise for most of the 20th century may have been over-estimated by as much as 30%. But the less welcome news is that, if that’s the case, then sea levels since 1990 have started to accelerate more sharply than anyone had ever expected. Scientists at Harvard University, in the US, report in the

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Water Crises Seen as a Top Threat in Next Decade

Jan 21st, 2015 | By

Pressure on fresh water resources may be the main global threat in the next decade, but the world is failing to mitigate the risk and avoid a crisis, according to a survey of leaders from business, government, universities, international organisations and NGOs by non-profit foundation the World Economic Forum (WEF). Published in its Global Risks

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Montreal Protocol Averts Threat of Large Increases in Skin Cancers

Jan 19th, 2015 | By

The threat of large increases in skin cancers has been avoided due to the success of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer in controlling ozone depletion, according to the newly published “Environmental Effects of Ozone Depletion and its Interactions with Climate Change: 2014 Assessment” report, produced by the Environmental Effects Assessment

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Revisiting Mountain Perspective: Reasons And Challenges

Jan 19th, 2015 | By
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K N Vajpai: This article is in the series of responses to an article on ‘Mountain Perspective’ at Link. It looks in to the aspects of mountain perspective and specificities as mentioned by Dr. N. S. Jodha during 1992s, and compares them in present  context. However, there are a number of doubts upon the relevance

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Graphic Clearly Shows Human Pressure on Earth Reaching Critical Level

Jan 16th, 2015 | By

Using 24 key social, economic, and environmental indicators, our friend Félix Pharand-Deschênes has created a dashboard that shows how human pressure on planet Earth is reaching critical level. Fast. The acceleration shown over the last 60 years is absolutely crazy. Zoom in. Freak out. Just look at those curves-some of them exponential. World population and

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Sea Level Rise Quickens More Than Thought in Threat to Coasts

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

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

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Refreeze the Arctic?

Jan 13th, 2015 | By

According to AMEG, an Arctic meltdown is nearly upon us, and the consequences will be brutal for everybody alive today. “In fact, the September sea ice volume is already down 75% with a trend to zero by September 2016, suggests that the Arctic is heading for complete meltdown, which would be a planetary catastrophe,” Ibid.

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We Are the Last Generation That Can Fight Climate Change. We Have a Duty to Act

Jan 12th, 2015 | By

This year the UN marks its 70th anniversary. Sadly, there is little time for reflection or celebration. More pressing are the competing demands and challenges fuelled by an upsurge in conflict, disease and human suffering. These compel the international community to step up and provide the leadership needed to tackle them. Ebola continues to plague

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Latin American Countries at COP20

Jan 11th, 2015 | By

According to Guy Edwards and Timmons Roberts of the Brookings Institution, the Latin American countries have played a key role in the advance of the UN climate change negotiations. The results of the Lima climate conference (COP20) last December are generally considered a success, albeit a very limited one. A last minute agreement was reached

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Crucial Year for Tackling Climate Change

Jan 8th, 2015 | By

The following is the sixth in a series of articles on the prospects for the world economy in 2015 ― Ed. Toward the end of 2014, there was incremental progress in global efforts to tackle the fallout of climate change. It is now expected that all countries will reach a broad consensus when they meet

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Deep Sea Gardening Holds Answers for Climate Adaptation

Jan 4th, 2015 | By

  (Indian Ocean Observatory) – At his offices in the second floor of Kibaki Flats in Bamburi Beach on Kenya’s coastal region of Mombasa, Dr David Obura has a commanding view of the Indian Ocean. Sounds of waves lapping on the beach, Indian crows on the nearby trees are a constant companion. The sea breeze

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Warming World Already Causing Dramatic Changes, Say Scientists

Jan 3rd, 2015 | By

Lumberjacks are selecting different trees, US fishermen are sailing further north to catch black sea bass, desert birds are nesting later in California and Arizona, and one kind of wildflower is changing shape in the Rocky Mountains − and all in response to climate change, according to new research. None of these responses is simple,

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2015: A Year for Carbon Pricing, Peer Pressure and Paris

Dec 29th, 2014 | By

The year 2015 is burned into climate watchers’ brains, and internal satnavs set to Paris. In December, this is where negotiators from around the world are set to strike a global deal to tackle climate change. What happens in the next 12 months politically, economically and environmentally could make or break that deal. Parallel efforts on

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Fast-Tracking Elimination of Ozone-Depleting Substances Could Speed Up Ozone Layer Recovery

Dec 25th, 2014 | By

The recovery of the ozone layer – the shield that protects life on Earth from harmful levels of ultraviolet rays – would come sooner if we were to fast-track the elimination of the production of the ozone-depleting substance (ODS)hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) and manage otherODSs that remain in equipment, building walls and chemical stockpiles, according to the

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Why Aren’t Climate Models Better at Predicting Arctic Sea ice Loss?

Dec 17th, 2014 | By

Climate models generally do a poor job of capturing how rising temperatures in the Arctic are affecting sea ice. Most underestimate the rapid pace at which sea ice is diminishing. Why is that? Scientists at the massive science conference hosted by the American Geophysical Union (AGU) taking place now in San Francisco have been discussing

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Critics Warn Over COP 20’s ‘Vague’ Final Agreement

Dec 16th, 2014 | By

After running two days over its anticipated schedule, the 20th UN Conference of the Parties on climate change (COP 20) concluded yesterday with an agreement that reiterates some of last year’s commitments towards more vulnerable countries, such as the ‘loss-and-damage mechanism’ — but many believe a far bolder approach to climate change response is urgently

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Climate Change Deal Agreed At UN Negotiations In Peru

Dec 14th, 2014 | By

United Nations member states have agreed an agreement on tackling climate change at negotiations in Peru, that ran days longer than scheduled. The deal will see each country set a target to reduce carbon emissions by next year. It also significantly departs from one of the core principles of recent international climate change negotiations —

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Lima Climate Talks: South American Diplomats Hopeful of Progress on Deal

Dec 10th, 2014 | By

South American diplomats expect to make progress towards a global climate deal at this week’s UN talks in Lima, despite growing criticism from NGOs that governments in the region are backtracking on pledges to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and protect the environment. Senior officials from the host, Peru, and biggest regional emitter, Brazil, told the

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Daunting Tasks at UN Climate Change Conference in Lima

Dec 9th, 2014 | By

Ministers from dozens of countries, including Minister for Energy and Natural Resources Alex White, arriving in Lima for the final week of UN climate negotiations face the daunting task of bridging wide gaps on the shape and content of a global deal. These divisions between developed and developing countries resurfaced as the Philippines was hit

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UN Secretary General Says no Plans to Reduce Sustainable Development Goals

Dec 8th, 2014 | By
Ban Ki-moon

The UN secretary general has ruled out any immediate cut in the number of proposed sustainable development goals with the launch on Thursday of his synthesis report, The Road to Dignity by 2030 (pdf). In the report, Ban Ki-moon reaffirmed the 17 goals and 169 targets proposed by the UN open working group that will

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Finance for Climate Action Flowing Globally

Dec 4th, 2014 | By

Hundreds of billions of dollars of climate finance may now be flowing across the globe annually according to a landmark assessment presented today to governments meeting in Lima, Peru at the UN Climate Convention meeting. The assessment – which includes a summary and recommendations by the UNFCCC Standing Committee on Finance and a technical report

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UN Climate Talks Set Sights on Historic Paris Pact

Dec 2nd, 2014 | By

AFP/ir/ec: To fresh warnings and appeals to seize the political momentum, UN talks opened in Lima on Monday (Dec 1) tasked with drawing the outlines of a 2015 deal to roll back climate change. Gathering 195 states, the 12-day meeting also has to agree on the pact’s heart – a format for nations to make

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Climate Change Adaptation Comes of Age in U.N. Talks: TRFN

Dec 1st, 2014 | By
People walk near the Hualcan glacier in the Huascaran natural reserve in Ancash

(Thomson Reuters Foundation) – In Peru, where two weeks of U.N. climate talks begin Monday, melting glaciers and more extreme weather such as hot spells and flash frosts are already harming crops and incomes, and keeping people in poverty, aid workers say. “From the Andes to the jungles, communities are doing what they can, but

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Geoengineering Could Worsen Climate Change

Dec 1st, 2014 | By

Geoengineering – which sometimes seems to be the despairing climate scientist’s Plan B – simply won’t work. It won’t offer a quick fix to the planet’s burden of global warming, and it will be difficult to convince anybody that it could work at all. Geoengineering is any deliberate, large-scale intervention in the workings of the

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The Chinese Scientific Revolution Aims to Tackle Climate Change

Nov 30th, 2014 | By
Chinese icebreaker Xuelong, or Snow Dragon

This article is about the future landscape of science in general, and climate science in particular. Just a few days ago, the Chinese Academy of Sciences hosted a small workshop which involved scientists from around the world that work on a device called the Expendable Bathythermograph, or XBT for short. The obscurity of the conference

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Deep Ocean Has no Role in Sea Level Rise

Nov 27th, 2014 | By

In these times of global warming, it is a well-known fact that the sea levels of the Earth’s oceans are rising due to melting icebergs and glaciers and thermal expansion due to ocean warming caused by the heat trapped in the atmosphere by greenhouse gases. A new study by NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration)

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Geo-engineering: Climate Fixes ‘Could Harm Billions’

Nov 26th, 2014 | By

Schemes to tackle climate change could prove disastrous for billions of people, but might be required for the good of the planet, scientists say. That is the conclusion of a new set of studies into what’s become known as geo-engineering. This is the so far unproven science of intervening in the climate to bring down

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Lima Talks to test Political Will for Global Climate Deal

Nov 25th, 2014 | By

UN climate talks opening in Lima on 1 December will be pivotal to gauge political will for a new global climate deal.  Governments are expected to agree on the outline of an agreement to be approved in Paris in 2015. With overwhelming scientific evidence of the increased rate and impact of climate change, it is

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Protecting Biodiversity With Rigour

Nov 25th, 2014 | By

The Prime Minister recently reorganised his National Council on Climate Change and called on an indigenous answer, yoga, to alter consciousness and tackle climate change. The Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) is currently working on the National Democratic Alliance’s position on climate change, with two major United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change meetings

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Climate Change is Not Just About Science – It’s About the Future We Want to Create

Nov 23rd, 2014 | By

Next December, 196 nations will meet in Paris to agree a course of action to respond to climate change. They will do so under the auspices of the UN framework convention on climate change. This is an international treaty negotiated at the Earth summit in Rio in 1992 with the objective to “stabilise greenhouse gas

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Saving Forests Not Enough to Stop Carbon Imbalance

Nov 21st, 2014 | By

Foresters may be guardians of the planet, but they may need to think about more than just the forests to reduce the threats from climate change. New research suggests that a policy that protects the planet’s forests from fire and the chainsaw must also deliver new ways of stopping the spread of agriculture into other

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The Path to Climate Neutrality: UNEP Gap Report

Nov 20th, 2014 | By

The UN’s top climate official today welcomed a report that underlines how the world can keep a global temperature rise under 2 degrees Celsius. The report, released today by the UN Environment programme (UNEP) in advance of the UN’s next climate conference in Lima, Peru sets out the pathways required to avoid dangerous climate change.

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Looking Beyond IPCC Reports in the Himalayas

Nov 19th, 2014 | By

Moving beyond the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) assessment reports can help integrate scientific and traditional knowledge for effective adaptation action in the Hindu Kush Himalayan (HKH) region, an international gathering of climate experts in Kathmandu heard. Participants from 22 countries stressed at the 9-12 November conference in Kathmandu the need for increased knowledge

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India Must Lead Climate Fight for Developing Countries at UN Talks

Nov 18th, 2014 | By

On November 12, 2014, US president Barack Obama and Chinese president Xi Jinping announced a joint plan to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The deal came as a big surprise to most. After all, it was a deal between the world’s top polluters – the US is the world’s biggest historical polluter while China is

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Groundwater Warming up Due to Climate Change

Nov 12th, 2014 | By

Groundwater has not escaped global warming, says a study, suggesting that the warming stages observed in the atmosphere are replicated down below as well. “Global warming is reflected directly in the groundwater, albeit damped and with a certain time lag,” said Peter Bayer, senior assistant at ETH Zurich’s Geological Institute in Switzerland. The data reveals

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SAARC Workshop Begins

Nov 11th, 2014 | By

A two-day workshop has begun here from today to hold discussions on common problems to be raised by the 18 the SAARC Summit. The Summit is going to be held in Kathmandu from November 26 and 27. Different issues including natural disaster, climate change, agriculture, land and food security, to be addressed by the SAARC

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This Map Shows How Climate Change Will Screw The Whole World

Nov 10th, 2014 | By
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Some effects of climate change are obvious, such as warming temperatures, melting ice caps, and rising sea levels. But other impacts are more surprising. For example, climate change effects can harm food production and cause famines; alter habitats and cause mass die-offs of plants, animals and other organisms; and even threaten human health. The biggest

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International Conference on Climate Change Begins in Nepal

Nov 10th, 2014 | By

PTI: An international conference on climate change began here today with the participation of more than 200 scientists, policy makers, government officials and parliamentarians from countries including India. The four-day conference on “Mountain People Adapting to Change” is being organised with the goal of exploring holistic solutions for adaptation to change in the Hindu Kush Himalaya

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India Set to Defy Warnings on Coal’s Climate Impact

Nov 7th, 2014 | By

Climate News Network: The man responsible for maintaining India’s power supply says he wants the country’s coal production to double within the next five years. Piyush Goyal, Minister of State for Power, Coal, New and Renewable energy, says India needs to dig twice as much coal as it does today if it is to meet

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When Thawing Glaciers Release Pollutants

Nov 4th, 2014 | By

As glaciers increasingly melt in the wake of climate change, it is not only the landscape that is affected. Thawing glaciers also release many industrial pollutants stored in the ice into the environment. Now, within the scope of a Swiss National Science Foundation project, researchers from the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI), Empa, ETH Zurich and

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Climatescope Report Shows China, Brazil, South Africa Have Boosted Clean Energy Investments

Nov 3rd, 2014 | By

For the first time this year, emerging economies such as China, Brazil and South Africa have made a larger investment on green energy than richer countries, according to a new government study. On behalf of the UK and US governments, Bloomberg New Energy Finance compiled an annual Climatescope report on clean energy investment trends across

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On First-ever World Cities Day, UN Spotlights Need for Sustainable Urban Planning

Oct 31st, 2014 | By

As the world’s urban areas inevitably expand, growing both in size and in population, they will also need to transition into better planned and better managed environments or risk exacerbating negative trends, the United Nations warned today. Marking the inaugural edition of World Cities Day, a global event aimed at promoting sustainable urban development in

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India: Forests and Tigers vs Coal Mines

Oct 30th, 2014 | By

A hundred years ago there were hundreds of thousands of Bengal Tigers in the world, but now there are less than 2,000 left. The Bengal Tiger population has been reduced mainly due to hunting and destruction of their natural habitat. And now India is the Bengal Tiger’s stronghold. According to the International Union Conservation Network’s

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Gangotri Glacier is ‘Rapidly Disintegrating’

Oct 28th, 2014 | By

The Hindu: The Gangotri glacier is rapidly disintegrating, states the latest observation of a team from the Almora-based G.B. Pant Institute of Himalayan Environment and Development. The team of the institute, which has been monitoring the Himalayan glaciers, particularly the Gangotri, since 1999, visited the glacier between June and October, this year. Kireet Kumar, Scientist

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Climate Linked to Shrink in Size of Alpine Chamois

Oct 26th, 2014 | By

Climate News Network: The Alpine chamois is getting smaller. Researchers have found that climate change and a gradual rise in average temperatures over the last 35 years mean that young chamois now weigh about 25% less than animals of the same age did in the 1980s. The latest find, reported in Frontiers in Zoology, is

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No Concrete Result Reached in UN Climate Talks in Bonn

Oct 26th, 2014 | By

(Xinhua) — The third round of United Nations’ 2014 climate talks wrapped up in Bonn, Germany, on Saturday, reaching no concrete result and leaving heavy workload to climate conference in Lima, Peru, in December. In the past six days, nearly 1,200 negotiators from 176 countries and organizations gathered in the city which hosts the secretariat

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Geologist Seeks Clues About the Most Rapid and Dramatic Climate Change in Earth’s History

Oct 24th, 2014 | By

This past summer, not long after collecting her degree from Caltech and thanks to the support of a Watson Fellowship, Hima Hassenruck-Gudipati (BS ’14) found herself walking alone along a creek near the northern Italian town of Feltre, about 50 miles north of Venice. She was not vacationing, but instead was on the hunt for

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Loss and Damage: a Guide for the Confused

Oct 21st, 2014 | By

At the nineteenth Conference of Parties (COP19) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) held in Warsaw, Poland in December 2013, all parties agreed to set up a new Warsaw International Mechanism (WIM) on Loss and Damage with an Executive Committee and three year mandate to report back at COP22 in December

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The IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report: What Does it Mean For the Caribbean?

Oct 14th, 2014 | By

Dr Kenrick Leslie, CBE, Director of the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre, reflects on the implications of the IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report for the region, as he prepares to welcome representatives of the IPCC and Caribbean governments and businesses to a special launch event, co-sponsored by CDKN, in Barbados this evening. The Caribbean’s response to

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Dwindling Antarctic Ice Messing With Earth’s Gravity: Blame Climate Change

Oct 5th, 2014 | By

The Earth’s gravity is messing up and global warming appears to be responsible. The warming climate has caused massive ice loss in West Antarctica in recent years and this phenomenon has caused the Earth’s gravity to be weaker there. The findings were based on measurements made by the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Gravity Field and

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Pyeongchang is Hosting Biodiversity Convention

Oct 1st, 2014 | By

The city of Pyeongchang in Gangwon, host of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games, will provide the backdrop for the 12th Conference of Parties (COP 12) to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) this October. Twenty thousand participants, including representatives from the CBD’s 193 member states, other international organizations and civil society, are expected to

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Despite the UN Climate Summit, Fossil Fuel Firms are Still in For the Long-term

Sep 30th, 2014 | By
Climate Summit, UN headquarters, New York, America - 23 Sep 2014

The Guardian: More than 300,000 people marched in New York a week ago, with tens of thousands more in cities across the globe. More than 120 heads of state and government convened in New York, renewing their commitment to a global climate deal to be forged next year. France pledged $1bn in climate aid to

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Destruction of Carbon-Rich Mangroves Costs up to US$42 billion in Economic Damages Annually – UNEP Report

Sep 29th, 2014 | By

UNEP News Center: Mangroves are being destroyed at a rate 3 – 5 times greater than the average rates of forest loss, costing billions in economic damages and denying millions of people the ecosystem services they need to survive, according to a new report launched today by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). The Importance of

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Ban Hails ‘Bold’ Announcements on Tackling Climate Change as Historic UN Summit Closes

Sep 24th, 2014 | By

UN News Center: Bold new actions to immediately tackle climate change were announced today by Government, business, finance and civil society leaders attending a historic Climate Summit convened by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who has long urged workable solutions based on “clear vision anchored in domestic and multinational actions.” “Today was a great day

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REDD+ Progress is Possible — Just Look at Indonesia

Sep 17th, 2014 | By

SciDev.Net: In the global drive to cut greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, REDD+ transactions have become prominent. REDD+ stands for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation plus safeguards, such as transparent governance and respect for indigenous peoples’ rights and knowledge. REDD+ transactions agree ways for governments, communities and private entities to reward each other for storing carbon in tropical forests and

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Ozone Layer Showing Signs of Recovery: UN

Sep 13th, 2014 | By

The Hindu: The Earth’s protective ozone layer is well on track to recovery in the next few decades thanks to concerted international action against ozone depleting substances, the latest assessment by scientists across the world has said. According to the assessment, carried out by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO),

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