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New UNEP Report Outlines Blue-Green Economy and Island Innovation Opportunities in Small Island Developing States

Sep 2nd, 2014 | By

UNEP News Center: Today, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) launched the GEO SIDS Outlook, part of its flagship Global Environment Outlook (GEO) series. The report, based on the findings of a broad range of SIDS scientists, experts and policy makers, provides four integrated themes for action to support SIDS become the environmental economies of the future – building

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Dams Versus Rivers – the Global Battle

Aug 28th, 2014 | By

International Rivers has launched ‘The State of the World’s Rivers’, an interactive online database that illustrates the role that dams have played in impoverishing the health of the world’s river basins. The database shows how river fragmentation due to decades of dam-building is highly correlated with poor water quality and low biodiversity. Many of the

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Scientists Say World’s Primary Forests at Risk

Aug 25th, 2014 | By

A new study by an international team of conservationist scientists has warned that only five percent of the world’s pre-agricultural primary forest cover is now found in protected areas. Warning about the precarious state of the primary forests, the study, which was published in the journal Conservation Letters, stresses on the importance of protecting these areas. “International

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‘Incredible’ Rate of Polar Ice Loss Alarms Scientists

Aug 25th, 2014 | By
An artist’s impression of CryoSat-2,  the European satellite which has revealed dramatic ice loss.

The Guardian: The planet’s two largest ice sheets – in Greenland and Antarctica – are now being depleted at an astonishing rate of 120 cubic miles each year. That is the discovery made by scientists using data from CryoSat-2, the European probe that has been measuring the thickness of Earth’s ice sheets and glaciers since it was launched by

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Atlantic Depths May Hold Key to Heat Hiatus

Aug 23rd, 2014 | By

Climate News Network: For years, researchers have puzzled over the temperature rises that haven’t happened – but scientists in China and the US believe they have cracked the mystery of the missing heat. While calculations indicate that global average temperatures should be rising predictably, the planetary thermometers tell a different story. But now Xianyao Chen, an

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South Asia’s Growth to Fall 9% by 2100 Thanks to Climate Change: ADB

Aug 20th, 2014 | By

Climate change will cut South Asia’s growth almost 9 percent by the end of the century unless world governments try harder to counter global warming, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) said on Tuesday. The region is home to a fifth of the world’s population and is already vulnerable to climate extremes: seasonal floods, cyclones and

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Meeting Water and Energy Challenges in Agri-food Sector With Technology

Aug 13th, 2014 | By
A farmer sits on a heap of sugarcane at roadside jaggery factory at Bhoothgarh village

The Guardian: Worldwide, the overall growth in demand for agricultural products will require a 140% increase (pdf) in the supply of water over the next 20 years compared to the past 20 years. While the bulk of this demand will be from irrigation, food processing plants can also be water intensive. So, any technological innovations in the

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Lakes Raise New Question on Arctic Warming

Aug 4th, 2014 | By

Climate News Network: Scientists say there is uncertainty over a previously unquestioned assumption about the way in which temperatures are rising in the Arctic. New research, supported by the US National Science Foundation (NSF), suggests that a rethink is required on the widely-held scientific view that thawing permafrost uniformly accelerates atmospheric warming. Instead, the scientists say, their findings

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‘Himalayan Region Too Seismic for Big Dams’

Aug 3rd, 2014 | By

Geologists warn that a plan by the government of Uttarakhand, a state in the Indian Himalayas, to generate thousands of megawatts of hydropower ignores the region’s fragile ecology and vulnerability to earthquakes.The devastating floods that hit Uttarakhand in 2013 were widely blamed on ambitious development projects, but the state is still going ahead with a plan to generate more

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Melting Glaciers Giving Rise to New Lakes in Himachal Pradesh

Jul 23rd, 2014 | By

Times News Network: Melting of glaciers is resulting in the formation of smaller lakes in the high hills of Himachal Pradesh and is posing threat to the population living downstream. A recent visit to in Chokhang area of Lahaul-Spiti by MLA Ravi Thakur along with forest officials had revealed that around 6-7 smaller lakes have come

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June 2014 was Hottest on Record Since 1880 – NOAA

Jul 22nd, 2014 | By
Peacekeeping - UNMIT

The combined average temperature over land and sea was 0.72C (1.30F) above the 20th century average of 15.5C (59.9F), said  the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The data also revealed that every major ocean basin has heated, 0.64C (1.15F) above the 20th century average of 16.4C (61.5F). New temperature highs were recorded on every

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Climate Models Accurately Predicted Global Warming When Reflecting Natural Ocean Cycles

Jul 21st, 2014 | By

Predicting global surface temperature changes in the short-term is a challenge for climate models. Temperature changes over periods of a decade or two can be dominated by influences from ocean cycles like El Niño and La Niña. During El Niño phases, the oceans absorb less heat, leaving more to warm the atmosphere, and the opposite

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New IUCN and WBCSD Initiatives to Build the Business Case for Sustainability

Jul 16th, 2014 | By

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) are spearheading new initiatives to educate the private sector on environmental impacts. The Natural Capital Coalition (NCC), a global, multi stakeholder platform that supports the development of methods for natural and social capital valuation in business, has announced

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Atlases Reveal Climate and Weather Impacts

Jul 13th, 2014 | By

Climate News Network: For people who find it hard to believe the Earth really is warming, new visual evidence will soon be available – two atlases, one showing graphically the retreat of Arctic ice, the other the human and economic price exacted by extreme weather. The 10th edition of the National Geographic Atlas of the World is

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COP20: “Don’t Come to Peru if You Don’t Want to Change the World”

Jul 9th, 2014 | By

In 2015, the most important climate change decisions will be made with the design and launch of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This year, in December, Peru will host the 20th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC – COP 20), during which a draft text will be

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Climate Change Having a Dire Impact on Health

Jul 8th, 2014 | By

The impact of climate change is often looked upon as a solely environmental one, with less consideration given to the detrimental health implications it is already having. At a recent Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) Congress, entitled ‘Future Directions in Health’, climate change was highlighted as the number one threat to health this century,

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South Asia Slow to Act on Water Threats

Jul 7th, 2014 | By

Climate News Network: Even before this year’s delayed and inadequate monsoon recently brought some relief to the Indian sub-continent, researchers discovered widespread concern by local experts that their governments are mismanaging the water supplies on which a billion people depend for survival, and giving insufficient attention to climate change. A new report, Attitudes to Water in

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Land Taken Over by Foreign Investors Could Feed 550m People: Study

Jun 29th, 2014 | By
Land grabbing in Ethiopia : an employee at Saudi Star rice farm, Gambella

The Guardian: The land grabbed in some of the world’s hungriest countries by foreign governments and corporations could feed up to 550m people, according to new research. The crops grown on grabbed land are frequently exported, or used to produce biofuel, but the new work shows it could end malnourishment in those countries if used to feed local

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Ponds ‘Predict Arctic Sea-ice Melt’

Jun 22nd, 2014 | By

BBC News: The scientists say the amount of water ponding on top of the floes as they warm in the spring has been shown to be an excellent indicator. Using their technique, the Reading University researchers reckon the minimum ice extent this September will be about 5.4 million square km. It is about the same as

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Kenya: Climate Change Takes Toll On Mt Kili Ice Cap

Jun 17th, 2014 | By

DEPUTY Minister in the Vice-President’s Office (Environment), Ms Ummy Mwalimu, has said that Mount Kilimanjaro has from 1912 to date lost almost 30 per cent of its ice. Ms Mwalimu told the National Assembly that ice melting at the cap of the mountain was attributed to global warming, according to a research conducted by the

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It’s Not Just Delhi, the Anomaly in Temperature is Now Worldwide!

Jun 10th, 2014 | By

Extended winters, super scorching summers and extreme rainfall, deviance in temperature is getting common for the country with every passing season. On Sunday when Delhi broke its 62 year old heat record the anomaly in temperature gave a yet another signal and a deeper dig in the issue shows that not just Delhi but the

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Carbon Emission: Know All About It

Jun 5th, 2014 | By

What is it?  As the name suggests, it is mainly the amount of Carbon dioxide (CO2) emitted into the atmosphere including many gases that negatively influence the quality of the air subsequently increasing the greenhouse effect. Though the greenhouse gases are extremely important to sustain life on Earth by maintaining a comfortable atmospheric temperature but

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‘Bright Spots’ can Help Islands Navigate Towards Sustainable Future: UN Biodiversity Chief

May 23rd, 2014 | By

UN News Center: Tiny though some may be, islands play a huge role in sustaining life on the planet – making up less than 5 per cent of Earth’s landmass, they are home to 20 per cent of all bird, reptile and plant species – and protecting their fragile ecosystems from ill-considered development, polluted waters and

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Antarctic Ice Loss Has Doubled in Less Than a Decade

May 20th, 2014 | By

Measurements taken from the European Space Agency’s CryoSat-2 spacecraft over three years, now published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, show that each of the three Antarctic regions – the West Antarctic, the East Antarctic, and the Antarctic Peninsula – are losing ice to the sea. CryoSat-2 found that, as expected, much of the loss came

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Ozone Rise Will Choke US Cities

May 18th, 2014 | By

Climate News Network: Stand by for long, hot North American summers of smarting eyes, tickling throats, asthma, bronchitis and emphysema. And crops could also suffer, because ground-level ozone pollution is likely to increase in the US. Gabriele Pfister, an atmospheric scientist at the US National Center for Atmosphere Research in Colorado, and research colleagues report in

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Cutting CO2 Emissions Can Yield Benefits Worth Billions: Report

May 16th, 2014 | By

Reuters: Investing in projects to cut greenhouse gas emissions in poor countries can yield billions of dollars worth of additional benefits in areas ranging from employment to health, a report published on Thursday said. In the peer-reviewed study, economists from Australia-based Net Balance analysed the environmental and socio-economic benefits from clean energy or carbon-cutting projects approved by carbon

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Back to The Future to Determine if Sea Level Rise is Accelerating

May 11th, 2014 | By

The international team of researchers, led by the University of Southampton and including scientists from the National Oceanography Centre, the University of Western Australia, the University of South Florida, the Australian National University and the University of Seigen in Germany, analysed data from 10 long-term sea level monitoring stations located around the world. They looked

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Climate Change is Clear and Present Danger, Says Landmark US Report

May 5th, 2014 | By

The Guardian: Climate change has moved from distant threat to present-day danger and no American will be left unscathed, according to a landmark report due to be unveiled on Tuesday. The National Climate Assessment, a 1,300-page report compiled by 300 leading scientists and experts, is meant to be the definitive account of the effects of climate

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Wetland Emissions Mean More Methane

May 1st, 2014 | By

Climate News Network: The bad news is that global emissions of methane appear to be rising. The worse news is that scientists believe there’s much more to come in the form of releases from many of the world’s wetlands. Methane is emitted from agriculture and fossil fuel use, as well as natural sources such as microbes in saturated

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Ocean Action: A Different Kind of Tipping Point

Apr 25th, 2014 | By

Recently you may have noticed the ever-increasing number of international conferences, talks, meetings and reports on the ocean and its declining health. Just in the last two years, we have had two excellent World Ocean Summits hosted by The Economist, which brought together a rich audience of politicians, business leaders, NGOs and experts to focus on the evidence,

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EU to host industry Talks Ahead of Setting 2030 Climate Goals

Apr 18th, 2014 | By

(Reuters) – The European Commission will hold three meetings this summer on how to ensure the bloc’s industries can compete in global markets while meeting goals to cut greenhouse gas emissions, it said on Wednesday. The meetings aim to gather views on rules determining if companies can continue to receive free carbon permits under the EU Emissions

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WMO Annual Climate Statement Highlights Extreme Events

Mar 28th, 2014 | By

UNEP News Center: The year 2013 once again demonstrated the dramatic impact of droughts, heat waves, floods and tropical cyclones on people and property in all parts of the planet, according to the World Meteorological Organization’s Annual Statement on the Status of the Climate. The report confirmed that 2013 tied with 2007 as the sixth warmest

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Warmer Years Linked to More Malaria in Tropical Highlands

Mar 14th, 2014 | By

Sci Dev Net:  People in densely populated highlands of Africa and South America — who have so far been protected from malaria by cooler temperatures — may be seeing more of the disease as the climate changes, according to a study in Science (6 March). Mountainous regions with relatively cold climates that are unsuitable for the malaria parasite and the mosquitoes that transmit

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Denying Climate Change isn’t Scepticism – it’s ‘Motivated Reasoning’

Feb 6th, 2014 | By

The Guardian: The grim findings of the IPCC last year reiterated what climatologists have long been telling us: the climate is changing at an unprecedented rate, and we’re to blame. Despite the clear scientific consensus, a veritable brigade of self-proclaimed, underinformed armchair experts lurk on comment threads the world over, eager to pour scorn on climate

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This Fastest Moving Glacier On The Planet Is Telling Us A Whole Lot About Climate Change

Feb 4th, 2014 | By

The Jakobshavn Glacier in Greenland has been clocked as the fastest in the world. The glacier hit a speed of more than 17 kilometres per year, or over 46 metres per day, the fastest recorded. “We are now seeing summer speeds more than 4 times what they were in the 1990s,” says Ian Joughin, a

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Climate Threatens Food Supply

Jan 23rd, 2014 | By

Climate change will play havoc with farming, and policymakers and researchers aren’t fully aware of the significance for food supply, the World Bank says. The planet will warm by two degrees Celsius “in your lifetime,” Rachel Kyte, the World Bank’s vicepresident for climate change, said at a meeting of agriculture ministers in Berlin over the

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UN General Assembly Proclaims 3 March as World Wildlife Day

Dec 27th, 2013 | By

UNEP News Center: On 20 December 2013, the Sixty-eighth session of the United Nations General Assembly decided to proclaim 3 March, the day of the adoption of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), as World Wildlife Day, to celebrate and raise awareness of the world’s wild fauna and

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Asia Pacific Bucks World Trend in Forest Cover

Dec 23rd, 2013 | By

UNEP News Center: While global forest cover is moving on a downward spiral with a loss of nearly 130 million hectares of forest worldwide, Asia Pacific’s forest cover has grown by some 24 million hectares over 20 years. Seven million of Asia’s forests have been certified by the Forest Stewardship Council, according a new UNEP report

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Vast Water Store Beneath Greenland’s Ice: Scientists

Dec 23rd, 2013 | By

Times of India: A vast store of water equivalent in area to Ireland lies beneath Greenland’s icesheet, and it may provide answers to one of the big riddles of climate change, scientists reported on Sunday. In 2011, US scientists crossed the southern Greenland icesheet on an expedition to drill ice cores, a benchmark of annual snowfall. They were

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What Do Computer Models Reveal about Likely Impacts of Climate Change?

Dec 19th, 2013 | By

Climate Wire: The underlying science behind climate models has greatly improved in the past couple of decades, partly due to a concerted research effort known as the Coupled Model Intercomparison Project. Through that work, scientists have improved the accuracy of climate models and their representation of Earth’s physical processes. Another type of model used to

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Report Backlash May Have Contributed To Uttarakhand Disaster – Experts

Dec 13th, 2013 | By
Flood aftermath in Kedarnath, a huge land mass towards Mandakini cut of

Thomson Reuters Foundation: A report warned a decade ago about the threat posed by a glacial lake that in June burst its banks and contributed to flooding that killed thousands in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. But fears that the report – and reporting about it – were too sensational may have contributed to a

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Climate Research Provides Roadmap for Endangered Species Preservation

Dec 12th, 2013 | By

As the Endangered Species Act nears its 40th birthday at the end of December, conservation biologists are coming to terms with a danger not foreseen in the early 1970s: global climate change Federal fisheries scientists have published a special section in this month’s issue of Conservation Biology that outlines some considerations for coming decades. A University of

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Is It Time to Stop Worrying About Global Warming?

Dec 7th, 2013 | By

New Scientist: CLIMATE sceptics are finding it ever harder to persuade the public that the climate isn’t changing. So now some are turning to a more last-ditch line of attack: even if climate change is happening, it’s not worth worrying about. They have been emboldened by scientists’ acknowledgment that temperatures on the planet’s surface have

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World Must Sustainably Produce 70% More Food by Mid-Century – UN Report

Dec 6th, 2013 | By

UN News Center: The world will need 70 per cent more food, as measured by calories, to feed a global population of 9.6 billion in 2050, and must achieve this through improvements in the way people produce and consume, according to a report released today by the United Nations and its partners. “Over the next several

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Is There Reason For Asia To Be Cheerful?

Dec 1st, 2013 | By

The Daily Star: Negotiations at the Warsaw Climate Change Conference in November culminated in a compromise deal that commits the parties to a new international mechanism to address losses and damages linked to climate change. Under this plan rich nations are to pay compensation for the consequences of global warming to poorer countries suffering from the

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Asians Are Feeling Climate Change And Want To Adapt

Oct 9th, 2013 | By

Asian Scientist: Extreme weather and hotter temperatures are reducing crop production, and Asia is struggling to adapt to climate change. Most people in Asia are experiencing the impact of climate change and are keen on changing their lifestyles, a study says. The ‘Climate Asia’ study, published by BBC Media Action, the UK media organization’s international

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Why We’d be Mad to Rule Out Climate Engineering

Oct 9th, 2013 | By
Tests to see whether climate engineering work could see water droplets sprayed into the atmosphere.

The Guardian: If climate change continues then all options to lessen its impact, including geoengineering, must be considered as a last resort. The release of the report by the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) last month threw into stark relief the clear message on anthropogenic global warming and sounded the direst of warnings against our continued

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Mainstreaming Climate Adaptation in Himalayan Region

Oct 8th, 2013 | By
IHCAP policy report

SDC/IHCAP: This report looks at the interventions that the Indian Himalayas Climate Adaptation programme can make in the policy sphere to advance the cause of adaptations to climate change effects and sustainable development in the Himalayas. The principal findings of this preliminary report are two: There are policy prescriptions at the Government of India and State Government levels

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Indian Himalayan States Discuss Climate Change Action Plan

Oct 8th, 2013 | By
IHCAP region consultation

SDC/IHCAP: The state governments of the Indian Himalayan Region came together for the first ever regional  consultation meeting to discuss their State Action Plans on Climate Change (SAPCC) and specific linkages to the National Mission for Sustaining the Himalayan Ecosystem (NMSHE) on September 18-19, 2013. The regional consultation meeting was organised by the Indian Himalayas

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Look Climate Change Issues in Indian Perspective Rather Blindly Following IPCC

Oct 8th, 2013 | By

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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The Himalayas, A Special Report

Oct 8th, 2013 | By

With one-fifth of the world’s population relying on seasonal Himalayan melting, the disappearance of the Third Pole is sending warning signs. Floods, droughts, wildfires, windstorms, water contamination and illnesses plague the 1.3 billion people who live in the watersheds directly supplied by glacial melt from the Hindu Kush-Himalaya (HKH) region. The waterways of Afghanistan, Bangladesh,

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General Adaptations For Farmers And Growers

Oct 8th, 2013 | By
Adaptation ideas

The climate is changing and reacting to these changes is crucial for the future of farming. Farmers can take advantage of the opportunities offered by climate change  by being ahead of the game and taking early action to adapt their businesses to the changes ahead. Collect rainwater for use in dry periods for crop irrigation and drinking

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The IPCC Report – Where Now?

Oct 7th, 2013 | By

CNN: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has now published the first part of its Fifth Assessment Report, AR5. It says humanity is largely responsible for the recent warming of the Earth, it re-tells the Panel’s familiar story of rising temperatures and sea levels, of melting glaciers and ice sheets. Described by some as “conservative”

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Water in Earth’s Atmosphere May Cause Climate Warming

Oct 7th, 2013 | By
water vapour

ToI: Water vapour in Earth’s stratosphere contributes to warmer temperatures and likely plays an important role in the evolution of climate on our planet, a new study has found. Researchers found that increased surface temperatures, such as from the addition of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere, leads to increased humidity in the stratosphere. Because stratospheric water

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IPCC Report More Certain About Global Warming

Oct 7th, 2013 | By

Scientists are 95 per cent certain that humans have caused recent temperature rises The seas are set to reach higher-than-expected levels by the end of the century But experts fear the report will fail to spur serious government action Development experts and scientists have reacted cautiously to leaked versions of the first part of the

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Bubble May Burst for Fossil Fuel Giants

Oct 7th, 2013 | By
coal mines

CNN: The giant corporations powering the fossil fuel industry are warned that they face a damaging backlash if they try to resist the mounting pressures of climate change legislation and high-profile campaigning The financial and economic muscle of the global fossil fuel industry’s corporate behemoths will not protect them from the costly effects of negative

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Adapting to Climate Cchange in Bangladesh

Oct 7th, 2013 | By

SciDev.Net: Natural disasters — particularly tropical cyclones, tornadoes, storm surges and flooding — occur frequently in Bangladesh. With changing weather patterns, these disasters are predicted to become both more frequent and more intense. During the past century, over 400 tropical cyclones have struck Bangladesh’s coast, causing widespread devastation and death. Earlier this year, Cyclone Mohasen

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Seti Flashflood Was Not Caused By Climate Change: Scientists

Oct 7th, 2013 | By
Seti in Nepal

Republica: Experts have concluded that a devastating flashflood in the Seti River last year was not caused by climate change. A report prepared after a yearlong by a panel of experts including scientists from National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) of the United States, concluded that the sudden deluge in the river on May 5,

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Himalayas Still Uphill For Climate Report

Oct 7th, 2013 | By

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

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Mountains And Climate Linked Disasters: Less Concerned Actors

Oct 1st, 2013 | By

Climate Himalaya: Disaster related early warning systems are available in South Asian countries like Nepal, and neighbouring countries like India should learn and adopt such technologies in their region. A side event at 4th Global Meeting of Mountain Partnership was organized by Climate Himalaya and Centre for Environment Education India at Erzurum, Turkey on 18th

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