Mitigation

Back From The Climate Cliff

Jan 4th, 2013 | By
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Nepali Times: The climate conference in Doha last month was another missed opportunity to stop the catastrophic warming of the planet. Known by its wordy official name, the 18th Conference of Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), was also confined to just that: words.The Doha Climate Summit failed to set

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Guide To Greener Electronics 18

Jan 3rd, 2013 | By
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Greenpeace: Every day, more people around the world rely on laptops, phones and tablets to make their lives more productive and fun. Electronic gadgets can make our lives better, but the rate at which we purchase and discard these devices is having a serious impact on our planet. Consumers have expressed their desire for greener

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Doha Climate Change Conference Another Lost Opportunity To Enhance Ambition

Jan 2nd, 2013 | By
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Nations: Global climate change regime evolved out of the Earth Summit of 1992, which gave birth to three conventions including the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Since then 195 countries have become parties to the Convention including Pakistan that ratified the Convention in 1994. Parties to the Convention have met eighteen times

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Climate Data ‘Has Helped African Farmers Boost Production’

Dec 28th, 2012 | By
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SciDev.Net: Farming communities in Africa are benefitting from an exchange programme to improve access to, and understanding of, climate science, according to a report presented at a seminar. The seminar, held in in Dakar, Senegal, last month (20–21 November), discussed the results of the programme — which encompassed two demonstration studies in Kenya and Senegal —

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New Planning Tool For Climate Adaptation In Cities

Dec 27th, 2012 | By
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A changing climate places great pressure on society, and creates many new challenges. To make city planning easier, a planning tool has been developed to support climate adaptation of cities and regions in Europe. The European research project SUDPLAN, co-ordinated by SMHI, has developed a planning tool for climate adaptation of European cities and regions

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The Laws of Global Warming: How to Regulate Geo-Engineering Efforts to Fight Climate Change?

Dec 24th, 2012 | By
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Sciencedaily: With policymakers and political leaders increasingly unable to combat global climate change, more scientists are considering the use of manual manipulation of the environment to slow warming’s damage to the planet. But a University of Iowa law professor believes the legal ramifications of this kind of geo-engineering need to be thought through in advance

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Climate Innovation Centre in Nairobi

Dec 21st, 2012 | By
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CIC: New business hub for Kenyan climate technology entrepreneurs was launched in Nairobi on 26th September to boost locally sourced green technologies in the East Africa region. The Kenya Climate Innovation Centre (CIC), a cutting-edge facility, will offer financing and other services to a growing network of climate innovators and entrepreneurs. The first of its

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Indigenous Biodiversity ‘Crucial’ To Forest Futures

Dec 21st, 2012 | By
Experts strongly emphasise need to include local people in forest planning

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SciDev.Net: Forestry experts are calling for an increase in the use of native tree species in reforestation projects, arguing that they are better for biodiversity and can slow the pace of global warming. The recommendation appears in a report published by the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) that was presented during the UN

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Does Disaster Risk Management Pay?

Dec 20th, 2012 | By
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IIASA research brings a new perspective to assessing whether and where disaster risk management provides for economic benefits. A new study, published last week in the journal Risk Analysis, provides a new methodology based on Cost-Benefit analysis to assess the economic efficiency of disaster risk reduction efforts in disaster hot spots in developing and emerging

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Frozen At Gateway: CSE Cover Story

Dec 20th, 2012 | By
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CSE: The Doha outcome is all talk no action. In 2007, the Bali Action Plan had called for an urgent reduction in carbon emissions by developed countries to keep the average global temperature rise below 2°C. The threat of extreme weather events has since increased. The next round of climate talks will be under the

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Human Climate Link Firms

Dec 18th, 2012 | By
A leaked report says carbon dioxide is the biggest cause of climate change, far outweighing natural causes. Photo: Reuters




EVIDENCE for climate change has grown stronger and it is now ”virtually certain” that human greenhouse gas emissions trap energy that warms the planet, according to a leaked draft of the next major Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report. Prepared on behalf of the United Nations every five or six years to summarise climate change

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How Climate Change Affects Indian Political Stability

Dec 17th, 2012 | By
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In July, The Economist published a piece describing the effects of climate change in India and discovered two prevailing trends: first, India is getting warmer, and second, the summer monsoons are coming later and later in the year. Time Magazine recently looked into the phenomenon and found that India’s energy supply and distribution problems may

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Doha: Keeping Hope Alive – Just

Dec 14th, 2012 | By
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World Bank: The UN climate conference in Doha this past week kept the fight to combat global warming alive – 194 countries agreed to extend the Kyoto Protocol and to put in place a new agreement by 2015. The extension avoids a major setback in climate negotiations, but it does not fully reflect the urgency

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COP18 Was Not Good Enough: Time To Rethink Green Sectors’ Approach For 2015

Dec 14th, 2012 | By
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CIFOR: The UNFCCC COP-18 in Doha worked overtime to finally agree not to disagree. The Secretariat was quick to make a release that declares success and highlights four results: Amendment of the Kyoto Protocol; Timetable for negotiating a 2015 agreement; Decisions on new UNFCCC institutions, including the Green Climate Fund; Reiterating the ambition for $100

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China’s Economy To Outgrow America’s By 2030 As World Faces ‘Tectonic Shift’

Dec 14th, 2012 | By
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Guardian: National Intelligence Council also sees water and food shortages and suggests world is at a ‘critical juncture in human history’ A US intelligence portrait of the world in 2030 predicts that China will be the largest economic power, climate change will create instability by contributing to water and food shortages, and there will be

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Exposed To Global Warming: North East India

Dec 14th, 2012 | By
Children braving the Monsoon rain in Sikkim’s Himalayan mountains. © Joydip Mitra/Lineair




Dandc.eu: India is expected to feel severe impacts of climate change. The country’s northeastern region, for instance, is highly vulnerable. Anticipated impacts include melting of glaciers, more floods and extended droughts. At the same time, the region’s natural resources are under enormous pressure due to population growth and rising prosperity. Germany’s KfW Development Bank has

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Asia Must Wake Up To The Reality Of Climate Change

Dec 13th, 2012 | By
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Canberratimes: Doha’s failure shows they must develop their own solutions, writes William Pesek New York’s brush with developing-nation status is an even bigger warning for Asia than it is for the United States.The city could be excused for wondering if it had suddenly been transported to Bangladesh in October. The deadly floods and crippling power

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China And US Hold The Key To A New Global Climate Deal

Dec 13th, 2012 | By
Connie Hedegaard and Xie Zhenhua talk during the last day of the Doha climate talks. Photograph: IISD




Guardian: The world’s two biggest emitters face political problems that will make the talks for the next few years difficult. China and the US are to be the clear focus of the next year of climate change negotiations, following a hard-fought climate conference that ended in Doha on Saturday night. The world’s two biggest emitters

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Reports Point To Growing Risks From Climate Change

Dec 12th, 2012 | By
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Scidev.net: As the UN climate change talks continue in Doha, Qatar, several reports over the past month have highlighted a sombre picture of the Earth’s changing climate, raising alarm bells in particular for the world’s poorest regions. A report from the World Bank launched last month (18 November) warns that the planet “is on track

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Reviewing Partners Role In Sustainable Mountain Development

Dec 12th, 2012 | By
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MP: The Mountain Partnership is a United Nations voluntary alliance of partners dedicated to improving the lives of mountain people and protecting mountain environments around the world.  The Task Force meeting took place in the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs during 29-31 October 2012 of Mountain Partnership that is coordinated UN’s FAO based in Rome,

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Doha Climate Conference Closes on ‘Weak Deal’

Dec 11th, 2012 | By
Activists march to demand action on climate change during the UN's 18th climate change conference in Doha, Qatar. photograph: mohammed dabbous/reuters




Irishtimes: Doha climate conference closes on ‘weak deal’ unlikely to stem emissions. After marathon negotiations at the weekend, the UN’s 18th conference on climate change in Doha, Qatar, finally produced an agreement that would see the Kyoto Protocol continuing for a further seven years. But the deal was denounced by climate activists as inadequate to

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Doha Delivers Little For Poor, Climate-Hit States

Dec 11th, 2012 | By
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Alertnet: Aid and environment groups have criticised the outcome of the U.N. climate talks in Dohaas a betrayal of the poorest people who are suffering the worst impacts of more extreme weather and rising seas. But negotiators from developing states have singled out an agreement to advance work on loss and damage from climate change

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Doha Summit Launches Climate Damage Aid

Dec 11th, 2012 | By
The need for aid to deal with climate disasters looks set to grow (Image: Ted Aljibe/AFP/Getty Images)




NewsScientist: The latest summit to stop climate change, held in Doha, Qatar, over the past two weeks has been roundly slammed. Little was agreed to curb greenhouse gas emissions and the latest modelling, carried out by the Climate Action Tracker consortium shows global averages temperatures are still set to rise by at least 3 °C

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Climate Talks Dead As A Doha

Dec 11th, 2012 | By
UN secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, and UNFCCC executive secretary, Christiana Figueres, during an informal ministerial round table in Doha, Qatar. Photograph: UNFCCC




The Australian: WE mean no disrespect to the denizens of Doha when we say their city has become the international capital for dashed hopes.  For 11 years, the interminable search for a new World Trade Organisation agreement has edged its way forward at a snail’s pace in what has become known as the Doha Round.

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Polluters and Beggars’ at Climate Change Talks in Doha

Dec 11th, 2012 | By
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Huffingtonpost: During a public event at the United Nations climate change conference in Doha, India’s veteran environmentalist Sunita Narain told a senior negotiator from India, “The Indian government should take a principled stand and walk out of the Doha climate talks if equity is not made a part of the deal.” On the same evening,

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Doha Climate Change Deal Clears Way For ‘Damage Aid’ To Poor Nations

Dec 10th, 2012 | By
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Guardian: EU, Australia and Norway also sign up to new carbon-cutting targets as fortnight-long conference in Qatar closes. Poor countries have won historic recognition of the plight they face from the ravages of climate change, wringing a pledge from rich nations that they will receive funds to repair the “loss and damage” incurred. This is

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Climate Change: Snapshot Of Wins And Losses At The Doha Talks

Dec 10th, 2012 | By
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Like last year’s UN climate change talks, this year’s conference in Doha culminated in an all-night session to hammer out a deal on preventing further global warming and protecting people from the effects of climate change. While some promising compromises were made, the absence of a strong commitment to slash greenhouse gas emissions and help

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Greater Ambition And Action On Climate Change-Doha’s Final Text

Dec 10th, 2012 | By
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UNFCCC: Countries have successfully launched a new commitment period under the Kyoto Protocol, agreed a firm timetable to adopt a universal climate agreement by 2015 and agreed a path to raise necessary ambition to respond to climate change. They also endorsed the completion of new institutions and agreed ways and means to deliver scaled-up climate

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Doha Can Still Be A Success

Dec 7th, 2012 | By
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India Environment Portal: Very different global rules are needed for human wellbeing Averting climate change does not need emission reduction pledges, timetables and a common legal framework. Climate governance cannot be considered only in terms of environmental damage because it is now a part of the economic debate around the competition for scarce resources. The

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€10,000,000 Rural Livelihood and Climate Adaptation Programme in Himalayan Region

Dec 6th, 2012 | By
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ICIMOD : European Union & ICIMOD launch €11 million Rural Livelihood and Climate Change Adaptation programme in the Himalayan region. Five year programme spans Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Pakistan, and Nepal The European Union (EU) and the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) today (4 Dec 2012) signed a €11 million agreement

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Climate Change: Agriculture Takes A Backseat Again

Dec 6th, 2012 | By
Climate change activists with banners greet negotiators on their way for the second week of climate change talks at COP18 in Doha. Photo: Jaspreet Kindra/IRIN




IRIN: Discussions about much-needed support for agriculture – which is seen both as a victim and a cause of climate change – at the UN’s climate change conference in Doha have been postponed until next year. Agriculture is a contentious and emotionally fraught issue. It results in the emission of major greenhouses gases, such as

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Leaders In Doha Commit To Addressing Water And Food Security Risks From Climate Change

Dec 5th, 2012 | By
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UN (DPI): Leaders from across the United Nations system and the State of Qatar gathered at a side event during the Doha Climate Conference to highlight how the UN is working to help people across the world live with the increasing impacts of climate change, particularly threats to water and food security. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

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Himalayas Get Climate Funds

Dec 5th, 2012 | By
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Nature (blog): Some respite for the people of the Hindu Kush-Himalayas (HKH) grappling with the effects of climate change.A new grant of 11 million euros announced today will go into livelihood development and mitigation of climate change impacts for people in the region. The European Union (EU) and the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development

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Developing Countries Seek Commitment On Climate Funds

Dec 5th, 2012 | By
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  Solution Exchange (Bangladesh): Developing countries are planning to propose a mid-term finance target for 2015, to ensure that the climate finance pledge made by developed countries is guaranteed. However, it still remains an internal discussion, and the specific number is yet to be decided. At the 2009 Copenhagen talks, developed countries made a commitment

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Reaching 2009 International Climate Change Goals Will Require Aggressive Measures

Dec 5th, 2012 | By
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Science Daily: Despite an international consensus reached in 2009 to limit climate change by reducing carbon dioxide emissions, scientists say the likelihood of meeting that goal is diminishing. The Global Carbon Project’s most recent analysis by scientists from the United States, Norway, Australia, France and the United Kingdom published in the current issue of the

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Eco Talks Enter New Round In UN Climate Conference

Dec 4th, 2012 | By
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CoP18: Second week of COP18/CMP8 begins with talk of progress and calls for pledges. A thumbs up by top officials on the progress so far at COP18/CMP8, an ambitious Qatari recycling programme in the world of sport and a small and colourful demonstration by tax activists were some of the highlights of the eighth day

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Climate Change: Dealing With Loss And Damage

Dec 4th, 2012 | By
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IRIN: In a formal letter to Qatar – host of the 18th conference of the parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) – a coalition of 40 NGOs, backed by academics, has called for urgent action on loss and damage caused by climate change. The NGOs have drawn up a framework to

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Geo-Engineering Wins Scant Enthusiasm At UN Climate Talks

Dec 4th, 2012 | By
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Alertnet: Cheap, short-cut ideas to cool the planet such as shading sunlight are failing to win support from U.N. delegates looking to improve on the slow progress made by existing technologies. Many scientists say the proposed solutions, known as geo-engineering, are little understood and might have side effects more damaging than global warming, which is

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Global Water Crisis: Seen From The First Himalayan Glacial Trickle

Dec 3rd, 2012 | By
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Global water crisis: Reporter William Wheeler talks about water stress from the effects of climate change high in the Himalayas where India and Pakistan’s great rivers start to Haiti’s fresh-water pollution. In the Nepalese Himalayas in 2009, I trekked into the Langtang Valley, just short of the Tibetan border, and to a village of empty

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We Have to Be on Guard About False Solutions for Climate Change

Dec 3rd, 2012 | By
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San Diago Free Press: As the world’s governments gather yet once more for a global climate summit, the prospects for the future look more ominous than ever. Regardless of the outcome of this year’s COP 18 climate change negotiations in Doha, many now fear it is too late to prevent global temperature rise exceeding 2°C

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Why Climate Change Is Not An Issue With Muslim Preachers

Dec 2nd, 2012 | By
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Dunya News: At Friday prayers in Qatar s most popular mosque, the imam discussed the civil war in Syria, the unrest in Egypt and the UN endorsement of an independent state of Palestine. Not a word about climate change, even though the Middle Eastern nation of Qatar is hosting a UN conference where nearly 200 countries

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President Eager To Take Climate Change Debate Forward

Dec 2nd, 2012 | By
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COP18/CMP8 President says Qatar is working hard on its sustainable initiatives. The President of COP18/CMP8 Doha said he is working “day and night” in an effort to ensure the climate change debate moves forward. Abdullah Bin Hamad Al-Attiyah spent an hour and a half speaking to representatives from NGOs and answering questions from the audience.

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How Climate Change is Affecting the Children of Bhutan

Nov 30th, 2012 | By
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Huffingtonpost: Growing up in Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan, I would often see crows perched on nearby trees and on the rooftops of our homes. We would chase them as they tried to pick up food that was kept to dry out in the sun. Ten years on, it has become rare to hear the

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International Group Displays Words Of ‘Unrepresented Youth’

Nov 29th, 2012 | By
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CoP18: Hopes of 1.5 billion young people not represented by UN Conference are displayed. An organisation of young activists concerned about climate change and the world’s concerted response to the problem has displayed what is says are the hopes of 1.5 billion young people not represented at the negotiations. “We demand the rights to a

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Local ‘Wisdom’ Offers Global Solutions On Climate Change

Nov 28th, 2012 | By
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CoP18: The benefits of using traditional techniques to tackle problems of climate change were discussed at COP18/CMP8’s second Hikma session. The Hikma events – named after the Arabic word for “wisdom” – are a series of talks which showcase the work of Arab and Middle Eastern civil society organisations and bring to the fore the

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Women Take Centre Stage On First-Ever Gender Day

Nov 28th, 2012 | By
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CoP18: Conference hears from women on their role in tackling climate change and poverty. Women were the focus at the UN Climate Change Conference with the first-ever Gender Day of the yearly event at COP18/CMP8 today. It was also a day when the Chairman of the Organising Sub-Committee for COP18/CMP8 held the first of what

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Qatar Pressured to Cut Emissions as New Climate Talks Begin

Nov 28th, 2012 | By
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Scientific American: The rich oil nation, host of the talks, should set more of an example, attendees say By Lisa Friedman and ClimateWire Climate change activists are pressing Qatar to pledge an emissions reduction target, money for vulnerable countries or some other significant contribution to the fight against global warming as it welcomes diplomats today

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What Women Want From Doha

Nov 27th, 2012 | By
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Outreach: Dr. Lindiwe Majele Sibanda, CEO of Food Agriculture Natural Resources Policy Advocacy Network and spokesperson for global agriculture coalition Farming First Women are the fountain of life. They are mothers, innovators, educators, farmers and custodians of the environment, particularly rural women. In Africa, 70% of the population – of which a significant portion are

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Using Disaster Warning Tools To Their Best Potential

Nov 27th, 2012 | By
A communication gap between scientists and decision-makers was revealed during the Horn of Africa's 2011 drought. Source: Flickr/ Oxfam International




Scidev.net: Stronger links between scientific tools and the environment in which they operate can improve the effectiveness of early warning. To say there is a lot riding on disaster management is an understatement. The lives and livelihoods lost, as well as extensive damage, underscore the human, environmental, social and economic cost of extreme events that

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Climate Change Impact, Adaptation Practices And Policy In Nepal Himalaya

Nov 26th, 2012 | By
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UNU: Adaptation to climate change (CC) impact is an emerging area of research and development in Nepal. Many households were deeply affected by climatic variability and natural disasters coupled with a decade-long conflict, leaving them with few options to cope with CC in Nepal. A study was conducted on people’s experience in CC and its

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Climate Talks Factbox: Major Nations’ Positions

Nov 26th, 2012 | By
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The Sydney Morning Herald: More than 190 countries are meeting in Doha, Qatar, from November 26 to December 7 to make progress on a new deal to fight climate change, due to be agreed by 2015 and come into force in 2020. The current emissions-cutting pact, the Kyoto Protocol, commits most developed states to binding

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Tomorrow Is Too Late for Adaptation to Climate Change

Nov 22nd, 2012 | By
Rey Antonio: "I had never seen such high waves." Credit: Jorge Luis Baños/IPS




IPS News: You can still see broken plates, toys, books and some photographs among the rubble that was once the homes of Rey Antonio Acosta’s family and other families in Mar Verde, the beach community where Hurricane Sandy made landfall in this eastern Cuban city. “Come here and see what pain is,” the 12-year-old boy,

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Glacial-Paced UN Climate Talks Need Overhaul-Researchers

Nov 21st, 2012 | By
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Alertnet: Nations working on a deal to fight climate change should cap the size of delegations and use majority voting to overhaul negotiating rules that stifle progress and harm the interests of the poorest nations, researchers said on Sunday. Almost 200 nations will meet in Doha, Qatar, from Nov. 26 to Dec. 7 to try

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Transitioning Away From Large-Scale Power Projects: A Simple And Effective Fix For The CDM

Nov 21st, 2012 | By
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SEI: This policy brief, based on SEI research for the High-Level Panel of the CDM Policy Dialogue, shows how large-scale power supply projects may undermine the value and integrity of the CDM and proposes transitioning away from them. Despite years of development, experience, and revision, the Clean Development Mechanism’s method for assessing additionality remains controversial

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Writing Is On The Wall’ At Climate Summit

Nov 20th, 2012 | By
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Aljazeera: As climate talks approach, a new report finds most fossil fuels must stay in the ground to prevent dangerous warming. Two-thirds of the world’s proven fossil fuel reserves cannot be used without risking dangerous climate change, the International Energy Agency (IEA) warned this week. Preventing the consumption of those two-thirds will be the primary

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Watching Global Warming From The Roof Of The World

Nov 20th, 2012 | By
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Worldcrunch: Sometimes described as the engine of the global climate system because of its role in climate and water systems, the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau in western China, with its fragile and sensitive ecosystem, is considered a “canary-in-the-mine” for global climate change. The Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, also called the Tibetan Plateau, covers about 25% of China’s surface area

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UN Climate Change Conference Doha 2012: Facts And Way Forward

Nov 20th, 2012 | By
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DAILY UPDATES ON: The 2012 United Nations Climate Change Conference : COP18/CMP8 DOHA QATAR Overview – Doha’s largest ever conference About 17,000 people (delegates and visitors) will attend COP18/CMP8 – making it Doha’s largest ever conference. Delegates from 194 nations will be present. There will be about 1,500 journalists from Qatar, the region and the

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World Climate Summit To Address Major Challenges

Nov 19th, 2012 | By
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Gulf Times: The third annual World Climate Summit, running alongside the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP18/CMP8) in Doha, is taking place on December 2. The aim of the event, which has Gulf Times as a media partner, is to bring together business, finance and government representatives to attempt to solve and progress major challenges

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Asia and Pacific Countries Receive $ 160 Million for Climate Change Action

Nov 13th, 2012 | By
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Schneider Electric: The Climate Investment Funds (CIF) wrapped up week-long meetings with more than $ 160 million allocated for developing countries in Asia and the Pacific to expand access to renewable energy, manage forests to conserve their carbon, and build resilience to the adverse impacts of climate change. “At a time when demand for climate

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Climate Change Adaptation Needs To Be Part Of National Development Planning

Nov 6th, 2012 | By
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IIED: Policymakers need to better integrate strategies for dealing with climate change into their country’s development plans, rather than leaving them isolated as stand-alone policies and projects. At last year’s Conference of Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, countries decided that “comprehensive, iterative assessments of development needs and climate vulnerabilities”[1] should form

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