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Involve Communities in Climate Resilient Development: Report

Nov 19th, 2014 | By




The participation and contribution of knowledge and practices of indigenous local communities is crucial to effectively implement long-term adaptation plans and programmes to climate change, according to the findings of a new report on ‘Indigenous Practices in Climate Change Adaptation’. The report said the country’s aim to become climate-resilient society by building resilience in major

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Rich Countries ‘Backsliding’ on Climate Finance

Nov 18th, 2014 | By
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The $10bn (£6bn) in climate aid which Britain and other rich countries are expected to formally pledge this week represents a backsliding on earlier climate finance transfers, according to observers. Countries are together expected to offer around $10bn to the Green Climate Fund (GCF) at a meeting in Berlin on Thursday, with the UK becoming

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South Asian Experts’ Top Ten Recommendations for a Stronger Post-2015 Disasters Agreement

Nov 18th, 2014 | By
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The pre-zero and zero drafts of the Post-2015 Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) have now been released and the process to forge this global agreement in March 2015 is fast gaining momentum. It is therefore, increasingly important to ensure that the views of policy-makers and practitioners from countries at great risk of disaster losses

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India Must Lead Climate Fight for Developing Countries at UN Talks

Nov 18th, 2014 | By
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On November 12, 2014, US president Barack Obama and Chinese president Xi Jinping announced a joint plan to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The deal came as a big surprise to most. After all, it was a deal between the world’s top polluters – the US is the world’s biggest historical polluter while China is

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China Asks Developing Countries to Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Nov 17th, 2014 | By




PTI: Promising to set ambitious goals to cut greenhouse gas emissions following a landmark agreement with the US, China has asked other developing countries to follow suit. China, which was part of the BASIC group — Brazil, South Africa, India and China — in the global climate negotiations to flag the concerns of the developing

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Lightning Strikes Will Increase Due to Climate Change

Nov 17th, 2014 | By
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The Guardian: Lightning will strike far more frequently in a world under climate change – but researchers can still not predict exactly where or when those strikes will occur. New research from the University of California, Berkeley, published on Thursday in the journal Science, found warming conditions would result in 50% more lightning strikes by

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The North-South Divide

Nov 17th, 2014 | By
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Dawn: Every year the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), the NGO based in New Delhi that brings out Down to Earth magazine and has been steadily campaigning against air pollution in the city, hosts their annual “Climate Change Media Briefing” at the India Habitat Centre. The CSE believes in a global climate deal based

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When Every Breath Counts

Nov 17th, 2014 | By




Seated on a chair, Ashmina Ranjit wore a white gown and a cream-coloured sleeveless coat made out of lokta. There were two tables placed before and beside her. One with a computer with a count-down timer on its display and another that had a bowl filled with stainless-steel pins. Pins were scattered on the floor,

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World on Track to Meet 2020 Goal for Protected Land, Sea, More Work Urgently Needed – UN

Nov 14th, 2014 | By
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While the world is on track to meet a 2020 target on the expansion of protected areas, more work is needed to ensure areas of importance for biodiversity and ecosystem services are prioritized for protection under equitably managed conditions, according to a new United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) report released today. “Protected areas not only

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Climate Conference Calls for Unified Voice of Mountain People

Nov 14th, 2014 | By




(Xinhua) — The international conference on “mountain people adapting to change: solutions beyond boundaries” concluded in Kathmandu on Wednesday, developing a list of actions urgently needed to help the residents of the Hindu Kush Himalayas (HKH) deal with severe impacts of climate change. The four-day conference, jointly organized by the Nepali government and the International

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Climate Risks

Nov 14th, 2014 | By




THE HIMALAYAN TIMES: Though Nepal’s contribution to greenhouse gases is almost negligible‚ it is facing the adverse consequences of climate change Climate change as a result of enhanced greenhouse gas emissions induced global warming is said to be the prime reason for many woes that the people in general and the mountain people, in particular,

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Push for Biodiversity to Have Deeper Role in SDGs

Nov 13th, 2014 | By
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Biodiversity is moving up the global development agenda, following a major meeting of policymakers at the 12th Conference of Parties (COP12) to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in Pyeongchang, South Korea. With countries working on setting the next targets after the Millennium Development Goals, biodiversity is already included as one of the proposed

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Paris Climate Deal Could be Based on Carbon Budget – UN

Nov 13th, 2014 | By
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UN negotiations on climate change could end up imposing an overall cap on the volume of carbon dioxide that countries can emit. The notion of a “carbon budget” has been seen as too politically sensitive to be included in the UN’s forthcoming climate agreement, despite its increasing prominence in scientific discussions. But a new document

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Peru: COP20 Must Succeed

Nov 12th, 2014 | By
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The international community “cannot allow” the major 2014 UN climate change conference – scheduled for December in Lima – to end in failure, according to a key adviser to the Peruvian government. The twentieth conference of the Parties (COP20) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) will be held from 1 to

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Groundwater Warming up Due to Climate Change

Nov 12th, 2014 | By




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

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UNFCCC Welcomes US China Emissions Deal

Nov 12th, 2014 | By
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Agreement between China and the US on limiting future carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions has been welcomed by the head of the United Nations body charged with implementing a global emissions reduction treaty. The China US deal was hailed as “Clear leadership” in a tweet following the announcement of the agreement by Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary

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UNEP signs Landmark Agreement to Strengthen Partnership on Environment and Sustainable Development

Nov 11th, 2014 | By
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Efforts to address environmental challenges across the 22 countries of the Arab region were today enhanced with the signing of a new agreement between the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the League of Arab States (LAS). UNEP Deputy Executive Director Ibrahim Thiaw and the Head of Department of Environment, Housing and Water Ressources and

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SAARC Workshop Begins

Nov 11th, 2014 | By




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

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High up in the Himalayas, Villagers Live Under the Shadow of An Unpredictable Lake

Nov 10th, 2014 | By
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As glacial lakes around the world grow bigger and deeper, high altitude communities are increasingly at risk from catastrophic flooding Chorabjor stared at me with gimlet eyes. Why had I come?, he asked through a translator. To learn about Lake Shako Cho, I replied. He signaled me to move closer. I sat down at his

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ASEAN Leaders Urged to Act on Climate Change

Nov 10th, 2014 | By




A coalition of NGOs has warned leaders attending the ASEAN Summit in Myanmar that a year after Typhoon Haiyan struck the region, causing massive destruction and many deaths, things will only get worse unless serious action is taken on climate change. Citing the latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the ASEAN

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International Conference on Climate Change Begins in Nepal

Nov 10th, 2014 | By
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PTI: An international conference on climate change began here today with the participation of more than 200 scientists, policy makers, government officials and parliamentarians from countries including India. The four-day conference on “Mountain People Adapting to Change” is being organised with the goal of exploring holistic solutions for adaptation to change in the Hindu Kush Himalaya

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Audacious Ideas and Actions for a Zero Carbon World

Nov 9th, 2014 | By
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Policy-makers, academics, business and civil society leaders gathered in London this week for the fifth annual Chatham House Climate Change Conference. In the hallways and audience chamber and on the podium, the mood was one of ambition – even audacity – around the possibilities for moving swiftly towards a zero net carbon world. As one

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Why Warnings on Climate Spark Aggressive Denials

Nov 9th, 2014 | By
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If you don’t like the message on climate change, it seems that the answer is to shoot the messenger. According to a new book by veteran environmentalist George Marshall, thousands of abusive emails − including demands that he commit suicide or be “shot, quartered and fed to the pigs, along with your family” – were

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India Set to Defy Warnings on Coal’s Climate Impact

Nov 7th, 2014 | By
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Climate News Network: The man responsible for maintaining India’s power supply says he wants the country’s coal production to double within the next five years. Piyush Goyal, Minister of State for Power, Coal, New and Renewable energy, says India needs to dig twice as much coal as it does today if it is to meet

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Millions of Asians Exposed to Big Climate Disasters – Oxfam

Nov 7th, 2014 | By
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(Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Millions of people in Asia, the world’s most disaster-prone region, face the threat of major climate-linked disasters and food crises because government policies fail to protect them, Oxfam warned on Thursday. A year after Typhoon Haiyan wreaked havoc in the Philippines, the aid and development charity warned that governments needed to

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New Carbon Scheme in South Korea Unlikely to Achieve Targets

Nov 6th, 2014 | By
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A new carbon market in South Korea is unlikely to deliver the country’s emissions reduction targets as heavy emitters are being oversupplied with carbon credits from the outset, according to reports. South Korea’s trading market launches on 1 January 2015, and according to Thomson Reuters Point Carbon report, it will allocate 53 mega tonnes of

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Meet the Climate Sleuths Keeping Carbon Reporting Honest

Nov 6th, 2014 | By
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In a world of unlimited funds, addressing climate change would be fairly easy. Governments could splash the cash on fancy clean energy projects, and pay fossil fuel companies to find alternative avenues for their energy. Back on Planet Earth, money is tight and donors need evidence their money is being used wisely and effectively. This

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El Salvador Restores Biodiversity in the Face of Climate Change

Nov 6th, 2014 | By
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Carlos Menjívar has been ferrying people in his boat for 20 years in this fishing village in western El Salvador surrounded by ocean, mangroves and wetlands, which is suffering the effects of environmental degradation. Siltation in the main channel leading to the town has hurt his income, because the buildup of sediment has reduced the

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Amplifying Women’s Voices in Climate Change Solutions Focus of UN Conference

Nov 6th, 2014 | By
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UN News Center: Aiming to develop more gender-sensitive services, a United Nations-led conference kicking off in Geneva today is spearheading a drive to ensure that weather and climate services reduce women’s vulnerability to disasters and climate change, and help them realize their potential as champions of community resilience. Hosted by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO),

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New Heat Wave Index Developed

Nov 6th, 2014 | By




JRC scientists have developed a new index to measure the magnitude of heat waves, in cooperation with colleagues from five research organisations. According to the index projections, under the worst climate scenario of temperature rise nearing 4.8⁰C, extreme heat waves will become the norm by the end of the century. Heat waves like the one

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IPCC Urged Again to Fill Regional Research Gaps

Nov 5th, 2014 | By
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The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) should do practical research that can help mitigate global warming effects and advance knowledge in regions such as Africa where climate systems are little understood, a UN official has said. “We have to get much better at reshaping the research so that it doesn’t stay in a high

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When Thawing Glaciers Release Pollutants

Nov 4th, 2014 | By
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As glaciers increasingly melt in the wake of climate change, it is not only the landscape that is affected. Thawing glaciers also release many industrial pollutants stored in the ice into the environment. Now, within the scope of a Swiss National Science Foundation project, researchers from the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI), Empa, ETH Zurich and

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

Nov 3rd, 2014 | By
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For the first time this year, emerging economies such as China, Brazil and South Africa have made a larger investment on green energy than richer countries, according to a new government study. On behalf of the UK and US governments, Bloomberg New Energy Finance compiled an annual Climatescope report on clean energy investment trends across

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Climate Change Fight Affordable: United Nations

Nov 3rd, 2014 | By




Governments can keep climate change in check at manageable costs but will have to cut greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2100 to limit fast-worsening risks, a UN report showed today. The 40-page synthesis, summing up 5,000 pages of work by 800 scientists already published since September 2013, said global warming was now causing more

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UN Climate Report Offers Stark Warnings‚ Hope

Nov 3rd, 2014 | By
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Climate change is happening, it’s almost entirely man’s fault and limiting its impacts may require reducing greenhouse gas emissions to zero this century, the U.N.’s panel on climate science said Sunday. The fourth and final volume of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s giant climate assessment didn’t offer any surprises, nor was it expected to

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Ban Ki-moon: World Leaders are Ready to Sign Climate Deal

Nov 2nd, 2014 | By
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World leaders are ready to sign an international agreement to combat climate change, says UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon. In contrast to their failed efforts five years ago in Copenhagen, politicians will head to Paris in 2015 prepared to sign a meaningful climate deal, said Ban, speaking at the launch of the UN’s latest climate

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Climate Change Threatens Irreversible and Dangerous Impacts, But Options Exist to Limit its Effects

Nov 2nd, 2014 | By
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UNEP News Center: Human influence on the climate system is clear and growing, with impacts observed on all continents. If left unchecked, climate change will increase the likelihood of severe, pervasive and irreversible impacts for people and ecosystems. However, options are available to adapt to climate change and implementing stringent mitigations activities can ensure that the

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

Oct 31st, 2014 | By
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As the world’s urban areas inevitably expand, growing both in size and in population, they will also need to transition into better planned and better managed environments or risk exacerbating negative trends, the United Nations warned today. Marking the inaugural edition of World Cities Day, a global event aimed at promoting sustainable urban development in

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Threat to Rivers as Hydropower Gets Set for Global Boom

Oct 30th, 2014 | By
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Climate News Network: Hydropower, the renewable technology that sets gravity to work and harnesses the energy of rivers, is about to double its output. The growth will be mostly in the developing world − but the construction of new dams on rivers in South America, South-east Asia and Africa comes at a cost. Around a

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Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Oct 29th, 2014 | By




The commercial shipping sector is responsible for a billion tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions a year, a little more than Germany, and its contribution is set to skyrocket, according to a new pressure group report. Bill Hemmings, of pressure group Transport Environment, says that emissions by commercial shipping globally will increase 250 per cent between

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World Has Decided Not to do More to Fight Climate Change Till 2020

Oct 29th, 2014 | By
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Do not expect any country to up its fight against climate change between now and 2020. That is the plain reading of the diplomatic gobbledygook produced at the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change’s recently concluded negotiations. The EU was once a leader on climate change. It is now trying hard to come down to the

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Research: Asia Most Vulnerable to Climate Change

Oct 28th, 2014 | By
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Populations living in low-lying, coastal Asian cities are at most risk from the effects of climate change, according to a report titled “Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability,” presented last March at the climate talks in Yokohama Japan. The report warns that Asia’s coastline is the region of the globe most vulnerable to future flooding,

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Gangotri Glacier is ‘Rapidly Disintegrating’

Oct 28th, 2014 | By
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The Hindu: The Gangotri glacier is rapidly disintegrating, states the latest observation of a team from the Almora-based G.B. Pant Institute of Himalayan Environment and Development. The team of the institute, which has been monitoring the Himalayan glaciers, particularly the Gangotri, since 1999, visited the glacier between June and October, this year. Kireet Kumar, Scientist

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Climate Change Fact or Fiction

Oct 27th, 2014 | By
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Climate change facts abound, and those who doubt the authenticity of claims from climate change scientists see these statistics as fiction rather than fact. The Climate Change / Global Warming debate has been going on for decades now, with mixed results. Believers on the left, naysayers on the right. Climate change is back in the

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Rising Temperatures Threaten Farm Output

Oct 27th, 2014 | By
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Temperatures will go up and the productivity of farmlands will come down in future. This could lead to a food crisis, warned the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) fifth assessment report. With increasing temperatures IPCC has also cautioned that in the rice bowls of South India heat stress on the rice crop is

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Climate Linked to Shrink in Size of Alpine Chamois

Oct 26th, 2014 | By
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Climate News Network: The Alpine chamois is getting smaller. Researchers have found that climate change and a gradual rise in average temperatures over the last 35 years mean that young chamois now weigh about 25% less than animals of the same age did in the 1980s. The latest find, reported in Frontiers in Zoology, is

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EU Set to Allow Car Emissions Into Carbon Trading Market

Oct 26th, 2014 | By
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(Reuters) – The European Union is set to make it easier to bring road transport emissions into the carbon trading market, a move that critics say could empower carmakers to push back against more effective curbs on greenhouse gases. EU leaders will attempt to agree on energy policy for 2030 when they meet in Brussels

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No Concrete Result Reached in UN Climate Talks in Bonn

Oct 26th, 2014 | By




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

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Researchers Resolve the Karakoram Glacier Anomaly, a Cold Case of Climate Science

Oct 24th, 2014 | By
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Researchers from Princeton University and other institutions may have hit upon an answer to a climate-change puzzle that has eluded scientists for years, and that could help understand the future availability of water for hundreds of millions of people. In a phenomenon known as the “Karakoram anomaly,” glaciers in the Karakoram mountains, a range within

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

Oct 24th, 2014 | By
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This past summer, not long after collecting her degree from Caltech and thanks to the support of a Watson Fellowship, Hima Hassenruck-Gudipati (BS ’14) found herself walking alone along a creek near the northern Italian town of Feltre, about 50 miles north of Venice. She was not vacationing, but instead was on the hunt for

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EU Reaches Consensus on Climate Change Targets

Oct 24th, 2014 | By




PTI: European Union leaders have reached a deal on a comprehensive package of climate targets, including a binding 40 per cent reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from the level of 1990 by 2030. They also agreed at a summit in Brussels yesterday to increase the share of renewable energy consumed in the EU to at least

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Rising to “the Greatest Challenge in Human History”

Oct 21st, 2014 | By




Different obstacles to food security need different solutions. Experience shows that a combination of actions is needed to reduce hunger and guarantee food security in the longer run. They include shifting towards more sustainable food systems, facilitating access and strengthening social protection. Within this framework, to sustainably rise to “The Greatest Challenge in Human History,”

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Governments Commit to Significant Funding Increase and Accelerated Action to Achieve Biodiversity Targets and Sustainable Development

Oct 21st, 2014 | By
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UNEP News Center: The Convention on Biological Diversity closed the 12th meeting of the Conference of the Parties today with Governments committing to step up actions to achieve, by the end of the decade, the Aichi Biodiversity Targets agreed four years ago, and contribute to the sustainable development agenda. A key outcome was the agreement by

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Loss and Damage: a Guide for the Confused

Oct 21st, 2014 | By
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At the nineteenth Conference of Parties (COP19) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) held in Warsaw, Poland in December 2013, all parties agreed to set up a new Warsaw International Mechanism (WIM) on Loss and Damage with an Executive Committee and three year mandate to report back at COP22 in December

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Prakash Mathema: Poorest Countries Have the Most to Lose at UN Climate Talks

Oct 21st, 2014 | By
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Nepal’s Prakash Mathema is leading the UN climate change negotiations for the group of Least Developed Countries Group (LDC). According to him, an ambitious outcome at the 2015 Paris UN summit can only be reached if vulnerability to climate change impacts of poorest countries are taken into consideration. Prakash Mathema is joint secretary at Nepal’s

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Climate Renews Famine Risk to Africa’s Sahel

Oct 21st, 2014 | By
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Climate News Network: The Sahel, the arid belt of land that stretches from the Atlantic to the Red Sea and separates the Sahara desert from the African savanna, is no stranger to drought and famine. Now scientists in Sweden say the Sahel faces another humanitarian crisis even than in the recent past − with the changing

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Europe Emission Targets ‘Will Fail to Protect Climate’

Oct 20th, 2014 | By
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BBC: Prof Jim Skea, a vice-chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, says the EU’s plan to cut CO2 emissions 40% by 2030 is too weak. He says it will commit future governments to “extraordinary and unprecedented” emissions cuts. The Commission rejected the claim, saying the 40% target puts Europe on track for long-term

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Eradicating Poverty Goes ‘Hand in Hand’ With Biodiversity Protection – UN Officials

Oct 19th, 2014 | By
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UN News Center: The protection of biodiversity is directly related to the eradication of poverty and stimulation of economic growth, senior United Nations officials stressed today at a meeting in Republic of Korea, calling on countries to take an integrated approach when it comes to development. “Maintaining biodiversity is related not only to direct conservation

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U.N. Meeting Emphasizes Border Area Biodiversity

Oct 19th, 2014 | By




Environment-related officials from 124 countries agreed to widen the scope of global coordination on preserving biodiversity worldwide during the 12th meeting of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity, which closed on Friday in Pyeongchang, Gangwon Province. Reaching a consensus through senior-level gatherings, participants said they adopted the “Gangwon Declaration” and “Pyeongchang Road Map,” both

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Environment Ministers Discuss Ways to Conserve Biodiversity

Oct 15th, 2014 | By
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A global meeting of environment ministers and heads of related international organizations began in the eastern city of Pyeongchang on Wednesday to discuss ways to conserve biodiversity for sustainable development. The high-level meeting was organized as part of the 12th meeting of the Convention on Biological Diversity, which is underway in the city, 182 kilometers

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