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Dec 2nd, 2015 | By
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Given that mountains regions of the world are facing huge impact of Climate Change, not much importance has been given to these regions and its people at major global forums including UN climate change conferences. It is evident that since last few decades the Himalayan mountain region faced major hydro meteorological disasters, leading to huge

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Global Agricultural Transition Under Way to Boost Resilience to Climate Change and Reduce Emissions

Dec 2nd, 2015 | By




Paris 30 Nov: Six Cooperative Initiatives Driving Climate Resilient, Productive and Low Emissions Agriculture Paris, 1 December 2015 – Governments and food and agriculture organizations join today at the LPAA Focus on Agriculture to respond to the urgent climate challenges facing agriculture with six cooperative initiatives that will protect the long-term livelihoods of millions of

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New $500 million initiative for climate action in Developing Countries

Dec 2nd, 2015 | By




PARIS, Nov. 30, 2015 – Four European countries – Germany, Norway, Sweden, and Switzerland – today announced a new $500 million initiative that will find new ways to create incentives aimed at large scale cuts in greenhouse gas emissions in developing countries to combat climate change. The World Bank Group worked with the countries to

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Pressure on to Finish Draft Paris Climate Deal in February

Jan 30th, 2015 | By
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The co-chairs of the UN climate talks have told diplomats that they must finalise the draft version of a 2015 Paris deal this February. Diplomats from around the world will meet in Geneva 8-13 February for the first time since Lima, where they crafted a sprawling 38-page text laying out the various options for the

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Chimps’ Survival Hopes Jeopardised by Climate Change

Jan 30th, 2015 | By
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Climate change is a challenge for chimpanzees, too. New research warns that a primate subspecies – one of humanity’s closest animal relatives – could become endangered within five years The threatened subspecies of the common chimpanzee is Pan troglodytes ellioti, and there are only 6,000 remaining individuals, surviving in two populations in Cameroon. Field biologist

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Air Pollution Hits Crops More Than Climate Change

Jan 30th, 2015 | By
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Atmospheric pollutants may impact India’s major crops like wheat and rice more than temperature rise, says a new study based on a ‘regression model’ that predicts future events with information on past or present events. The study by Jennifer Burney and V. Ramanathan, scientists at the University of California, project that a one degree centigrade

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Climate Negotiations Reveal New Alliances in the Global South

Jan 30th, 2015 | By
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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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New-generation Solar Panels Far Cheaper, More Efficient: Scientists

Jan 29th, 2015 | By
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(Thomson Reuters Foundation) – A new generation of solar panels made from a mineral called perovskite has the potential to convert solar energy into household electricity more cheaply than ever before, according to a study from Briain’s Exeter University. Super-thin, custom-colored panels attached to a building’s windows may become a “holy grail” for India and

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Changing Winds

Jan 29th, 2015 | By




Express News Service: US President Barack Obama could hardly have missed the irony of conducting talks on climate change in what is, according to some indices, the world’s most polluted city. But despite disappointing those awaiting major concessions on emissions-reduction targets like the one Obama brokered with China last year, the modest agreement that was

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China and India Adopt UK Tool to Map Green Futures

Jan 29th, 2015 | By
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The UK is responsible for less than 2% of global greenhouse gas emissions. Its actions to cut emissions, however ambitious, can only have a limited impact on the path of climate change. But a tool developed by the UK government is helping to inspire and inform low carbon policies in some 20 countries and regions,

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‘World Can Cut Carbon Emissions and Live Well’

Jan 29th, 2015 | By
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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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We Should Not Surrender to Climate Change

Jan 27th, 2015 | By
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This month a team of scientists reported that melting ice caps and glaciers due to climate change are causing oceans to rise more drastically than previously calculated. The news is particularly troubling for my country, the Maldives — the world’s lowest lying island chain — and for other coastal and island nations that sit just

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La Niñas on the Rise in Climate Change Double Whammy

Jan 27th, 2015 | By
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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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Financial Pledges for REDD+ Slow to be Disbursed, Finds Report

Jan 27th, 2015 | By
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Only a small fraction of the $7.3 billion pledged under the Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD+) program has actually been disbursed, find a new report that tracked REDD+ finance in seven countries. The REDD+ eXpenditures Tracking Initiative (REDDX) initiative, led by Forest Trends, analyzed REDD+ financial flows between 2009 and 2012 in Brazil,

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Concern Over Climate, Compromise on Nature

Jan 27th, 2015 | By
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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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Climate Pushes Doomsday Clock Close to Midnight

Jan 26th, 2015 | By
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The two main “extraordinary and undeniable threats to the continued existence of humanity” are more acute than at any time in the last 30 years, according to scientists in the US. One is the possibility of nuclear war − even a limited one. The other is climate change, which the scientists say “looms over all

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Climate Change Could Impact the Poor Much More Than Previously Thought

Jan 26th, 2015 | By
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It’s widely accepted that climate change will have bigger negative impacts on poorer countries than wealthy ones. However, a new economic modeling study finds that the economic impacts on these poorer countries could be much larger than previous estimates. As a result, they suggest that we should be aiming to limit global warming to near,

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Japanese Technology to Boost Flood Warnings in South Asia

Jan 25th, 2015 | By




IANS: A sophisticated flood forecast model developed by Japanese scientists will enhance early warnings and help mitigate the impact of climate change in the flood-ravaged trans-boundary river basins of India, Pakistan and even China. Rainfall and snowfall data from the three countries located in the Indus and Mekong river basins will be fed into a

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Earthly Matters: Climate Smart Agriculture

Jan 25th, 2015 | By
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For a water stressed agro-based country like Pakistan, climate-smart agriculture is the need of the hour. Today, Pakistan is just about self-sufficient in food production as agricultural areas have expanded and yields increased although distribution is a problem. But in the near future, experts like Dr Mac Kirby of the Australian government’s aid programme say

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Chinese Premier Pledges Low-carbon Growth at World Economic Forum

Jan 23rd, 2015 | By
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China’s Premier has pledged to cut the percentage of fossil fuel in China’s energy mix while scaling up the use of renewable energy and clean technologies. Li Keqiang was speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland and outlined his commitment to increase the share of non-fossil fuels in primary energy consumption to around

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The Climate vs The Weather

Jan 23rd, 2015 | By
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On September 2, 2014, it began to rain heavily in Kashmir. Over the next few weeks, the excessive rain translated to flooding that left over 500 people dead in India and Pakistan. A little more than a year earlier, in June 2013, intense rain battered Uttaranchal, causing landslides and exacerbating glacier melt, leaving thousands dead.

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Time For a Fruitful Climate Treaty

Jan 23rd, 2015 | By




The United Nations framework convention on climate change (UNFCCC) is an international environmental tr­eaty negotiated at the United Nations conference on environment and development (UNCED), informally known as the Earth Summit, held in Rio de Janeiro in 1992. The objective of the treaty is to “stabilise greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level

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New Report Identifies Key Innovations to Bridge Sustainable Development Investment Gap

Jan 22nd, 2015 | By
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A new report released today by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) identifies critical innovations in the US$300+ trillion global financial system, which, if brought to scale, could help close the widening sustainable development investment gap. The report is being launched at the World Economic Forum at Davos – at the outset of what promises

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Scientists Say Rise in Sea Levels is Faster Than Feared

Jan 22nd, 2015 | By
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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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Next-generation Sequencing Offers Insight Into How Species Adapt to Climate Change

Jan 22nd, 2015 | By




American Institute of Biological Sciences: Environmental scientists have a new tool for studying the responses of species to climate change. Next-generation sequencing (NGS) has made it possible to analyze enormous numbers of short pieces of DNA very quickly, and this technology is already revolutionizing the biomedical sciences. The hope is that NGS may prove similarly

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UN Climate Chief: Carbon Bubble is Now a Reality

Jan 21st, 2015 | By
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Green groups have warned that huge reserves of oil, gas and coal are overvalued and could lead to a “carbon bubble”. This is because increasingly stringent climate policies will require around half of known fossil fuels to stay in the ground, instead of returning a profit to investors. Many, including oil giant Exxon Mobil, have

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Water Crises Seen as a Top Threat in Next Decade

Jan 21st, 2015 | By
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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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FAO: Genetic Diversity a Hidden Tool in Coping With Climate Change

Jan 21st, 2015 | By




Genetic resources have a critical role to play in feeding the world — especially as climate change advances faster than expected — and much more needs to be done to study, preserve and utilize the biological diversity that underpins world food production, according to a new book released by FAO today. “Time is not on

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Putting a Price on Nature Can Benefit the Poor if Done Right

Jan 20th, 2015 | By
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You don’t have to go far in Bolivia to find treasure. It’s everywhere: in the vast Amazonian forests; in Lake Titicaca, which lies nearly four kilometres above sea level in the Andes; in the peaks and rain-gathering waterways of the Andes mountains; or in Bolivia’s 2,000 animal species. And to call all this treasure is

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Pakistan, Trade, Emissions Issues Could Frustrate Closer Indian-US Ties

Jan 20th, 2015 | By




In a few days, Barack Obama will become the first sitting US president to visit India twice while in office. The two countries are undoubtedly getting closer, but, it might be not as wonderful as it appears, because they both build their ties by taking advantage of each other. The US, frankly speaking, has never

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Urban Transport and Climate Change

Jan 20th, 2015 | By
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Climate change is one of the biggest challenges to sustainable development. It is pertinent that policies emphasise on measures that are conducive to mitigating Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions and to facilitating adaptation to changes that are likely to take place. Transport sector is a key contributor to global GHG emissions. According to IPCC AR5 (2014),

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Call For Nation To Be Forceful On Climate Change

Jan 20th, 2015 | By
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THE College of the Bahamas’ Climate Change Initiative group is calling on The Bahamas to forcefully put forward its position on protecting the country’s rights and interest in global climate change negotiation meetings. CCI members Lisa Benjamin and Dr Adelle Thomas made the plea following reports that 2014 was recorded as the hottest year since

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Climate’s Threat to Wheat is Rising by Degrees

Jan 19th, 2015 | By
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Climate change threatens dramatic price fluctuations in the price of wheat and potential civil unrest because yields of one of the world’s most important staple foods are badly affected by temperature rise. An international consortium of scientists have been testing wheat crops in laboratory and field trials in many areas of the world in changing

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Montreal Protocol Averts Threat of Large Increases in Skin Cancers

Jan 19th, 2015 | By
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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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Davos Can Set the Tone

Jan 19th, 2015 | By
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On current trends, according to Oxfam, just 1% of the world’s population will by next year own more than half of the world’s wealth, up from 44% in 2009. This sharp acceleration in inequality is likely to frame the agenda at the annual World Economic Forum this week, and it will make the informal conversations

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Javadekar Seeks Transboundary Cooperation to Develop Himalayan Region

Jan 19th, 2015 | By




Increased transboundary cooperation was needed to transform mountain forestry in Hindu Kush Himalayan region, Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar, who addressed the inaugural session of the five-day symposium on ‘Transforming Mountain Forestry’ said, on Sunday. The symposium, which began on Sunday, aims at creating conducive transboundary conditions, politically and institutionally, to protect the forest ecosystems

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Climate Change, Extinctions Signal Earth in Danger Zone: Study

Jan 18th, 2015 | By




(Reuters) – – Climate change and high rates of extinctions of animals and plants are pushing the Earth into a danger zone for humanity, a scientific report card about mankind’s impact on nature said on Thursday. An international team of 18 experts, expanding on a 2009 report about “planetary boundaries” for safe human use, also

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Ban Appoints Climate Change Official Ahead of December UN Climate Conference

Jan 18th, 2015 | By
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United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Janos Pasztor of Hungary as the first-ever UN Assistant Secretary-General on Climate Change, the Organization’s Spokesperson’s office announced today. According to a press release, Mr. Pasztor will serve as the Senior Adviser of the Secretary-General on climate change until the critical 21st UN Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC) scheduled

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Village Saves World From Climate Change

Jan 18th, 2015 | By




Having declared their region climate-caring in November 2014, farmers in Terong village, Bantul regency, Yogyakarta, have backed up their words with actions by not cutting down trees in the area before time. The postponement of the logging has been enacted in the hope that the trees will absorb carbon dioxide (CO2), thus mitigating the effects

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Bar-headed Geese Enjoy Roller-coaster Ride Over Himalayas

Jan 16th, 2015 | By
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Bar-headed geese make one of the most dramatic migrations on the planet. The species epic trek is more impressive than the march of the penguins; it puts the monarch’s winter jaunt to Mexico to shame. Every year as snow and ice descend upon the Mongolian plains, bar-headed geese leave their breeding grounds and fly over

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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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States, Donors Must do More to Tackle Rising Disaster Risk: U.N.

Jan 15th, 2015 | By
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(Thomson Reuters Foundation) – As economic losses from disasters rise around the world, more effort is needed to reduce the risks from extreme weather and earthquakes in every area, from infrastructure to health, the United Nations disaster prevention chief said. Margareta Wahlström, head of the U.N. Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), said in an

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Obama to Slash Methane Emissions 45% by 2025

Jan 15th, 2015 | By
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The White House laid out its long-awaited strategy to reduce emissions of methane from the oil and gas industry on Wednesday. Methane, a greenhouse gas that has 25 times the warming effect of carbon dioxide, must be reduced to 40-45% below 2012 levels by 2025, the government announced. The Environmental Protection Agency will issue proposed

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Sea Level Rise Quickens More Than Thought in Threat to Coasts

Jan 15th, 2015 | By
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(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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On the Ethics of Adapting to Climate Change

Jan 15th, 2015 | By




Along with many other economists, my view on global warming-associated climate change is that the world is most unlikely to be able to agree and coordinate globally, and then sustain for the centuries required, the growth-denying policies that would be needed if we were to limit human-induced global warming to any material effect beyond the

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Scientists Concerned Over Impact of Climate Change on Agriculture

Jan 15th, 2015 | By




Scientists and researchers struck a note of concern over the projected impact of climate change on Indian agriculture, especially coastal areas, and livestock at the just-concluded international conference on Bio-resource and Stress Management here. Laxman Singh Rathore, Director-General, Indian Meteorological Department, set the tone for the discussions by pointing out that mean warming in India

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Single SDG Targets are Impractical and Unrealistic

Jan 14th, 2015 | By
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Numbers should be used to engage stakeholders, not benchmark nations’ progress, say David Sumpter and colleagues. Weather forecasts and predictions for changes to the global climate have greatly improved over the last 20 years. Scientists have also improved at communicating these predictions, including any uncertainty. For example, a rain forecast may be assigned a 30

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Climate Confounds China’s Efforts to Ease Water Stress

Jan 14th, 2015 | By
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China, the world’s most populous nation, faces one of the planet’s most intractable water crises. And scientists say Beijing’s strategy for resolving the problem is simply making it worse. A team of international researchers say that water stress is only partially mitigated by China’s current two-pronged approach: transferring water physically to regions that are short

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South Korea Launches Asia’s First National Carbon Market

Jan 13th, 2015 | By
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Asia’s first national carbon market began trading in South Korea this week. Second in size only to Europe’s, the carbon market forms part of South Korea’s strategy to cut emissions 30% in 2020, compared to business as usual. The first permits changed hands on the Korea Exchange at US$7-8 a tonne on Monday, similar to

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Scientists to Help Ganges Rice Farmers Handle Climate Threat

Jan 13th, 2015 | By
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Research scientists are coming to the aid of 300 million people along the River Ganges who face a hungry future because their staple rice crop is threatened by climate change. The team of scientists and development practitioners from Australia, Bangladesh, India and Nepal plan to improve the productivity, profitability and sustainability of 7,000 small-scale farmers

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The Human Side of Climate Change

Jan 13th, 2015 | By
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Coming from Bangladesh, one of the countries worse-affected by climate change, this is an issue close to my heart. Both as a student and as a professional in the field of development, I have had the opportunity to engage with this issue in various ways – as an Ecological Representative planning and conducting awareness campaigns

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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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Climate Change May Halve Giant Panda’s Habitat by 2070

Jan 12th, 2015 | By
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GIANT pandas, prepare to move out. Shifting these creatures to distant reserves may be essential if they are to survive the likely impacts of climate change. Pandas are well known for their pernickety bamboo diet and lacklustre sex lives. Wild populations have been reduced to a tiny gene pool and are under new pressure from

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Knowledge Sharing Vital to Fight Climate Change

Jan 12th, 2015 | By




People will learn to effectively battle climate change once they pick up the idea of sharing knowledge, experience and good practices, experts and professionals told the concluding session of a four-day international conference yesterday. “Tackling climate change is inherently a learning-by-doing process,” said Dr Saleemul Huq, director of the International Centre for Climate Change and

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Giving a Voice to the ‘Missing’ Women in India’s Climate Plans

Jan 11th, 2015 | By
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Women have the power to put India on the course to a green sustainable future:specifically, poor rural women working in the agriculture sector. India’s economy is predominately agrarian and increasingly female dominated.  80% of all economically-active women are employed by the agricultural sector. As men are migrating to urban areas for employment opportunities, partly as

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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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Poor Countries Shouldn’t Sacrifice Growth to Fight Climate Change

Jan 9th, 2015 | By
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Last week, a draft of the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Transform report on the potential impact of increasing international temperatures was leaked to the press. According to news accounts, the panel is set to report that the globe may possibly quickly strategy a temperature exactly where the Greenland ice sheet begins irreversibly melting. More than

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NASA Takes Climate Change Study to the Air

Jan 9th, 2015 | By
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With the goal of shedding more light on a number of Earth system processes whose effect on our climate is incompletely understood, NASA will this year launch five new airborne field campaigns. These studies will look at long-range air pollution, warming ocean waters, melting Greenland glaciers, greenhouse gas sources, fires in Africa and clouds over

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Underworld Holds Vital Clues to Carbon Cycle Puzzle

Jan 8th, 2015 | By
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More trees and more vigorous vegetation growth may not soak up atmospheric carbon, according to new research. Instead, more lusty tree roots could goad the soil microbe population into releasing as carbon dioxide so much more old carbon stored in the soil. And since the planet’s store of soil carbon is at least twice the quantity locked

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