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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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How Much Fuel We Need To Leave Buried To Beat Climate Change

Jan 8th, 2015 | By




In 2010, United Nations member states agreed to try to hold the planet’s temperatures to 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial levels. It was a goal that acknowledged it was too late to stop the planet from warming, so instead we aimed to cap the potential damage from rising temperatures and sea levels.

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Crucial Year for Tackling Climate Change

Jan 8th, 2015 | By




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

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Five Reasons Why Local Government Should Influence Climate Change Plans

Jan 7th, 2015 | By
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Unless we, as an international community, significantly reduce our carbon emissions by the year 2100, temperatures could soar by 4.8°C. The impact is unimaginable. This is why all eyes are on the next UN climate talks in Paris in 2015 and expectations are high. During the UN preparatory talks in Lima in December 2014, I

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Just Banking Seeds Won’t Guarantee Our Future Food

Jan 6th, 2015 | By
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Climate change is the biggest challenge farming has ever faced – to survive it we need to learn much more about plants, warns agriculturalist Cary Fowler Why are seed banks important? I call them an insurance policy for the globe. Without crop diversity, farming isn’t going to adapt to climate change, and neither are we.

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Beijing Pollution Levels Fall Slightly in 2014

Jan 6th, 2015 | By
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(Reuters) – Beijing recorded a slight drop in smog levels in 2014, the municipal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said Sunday, though some pollutants remained at 150 percent above national minimum levels. The city government has restricted coal use, shut down factories and introduced new fuel standards for cars and trucks in a bid to limit

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Paris Climate Talks the Most Significant Task Ahead of us in 2015

Jan 6th, 2015 | By




23 months and counting This year’s almost mythic, defining task is to roll the boulder of a new climate agreement uphill to Paris. There’s a whole sack of new sustainable development goals to sign-off as well. Intended to allow the whole human population to thrive within planetary boundaries, these 17 principal goals were meant to

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China Plans to Extend Green Vehicle Subsidies Until 2020

Jan 5th, 2015 | By
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(Reuters) – China will extend subsidies for new energy “green” vehicles to 2020, according to draft rules published on Tuesday, extending the current incentive scheme which expires at the end of 2015. The policy represents China’s latest effort to fight severe pollution and snarling traffic and is a boon to firms such as Warren Buffett-backed

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How Laos’s Major Dam on the Mekong is Taking Shape

Jan 5th, 2015 | By
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The Xayaburi Dam now being built on the Mekong River is part of the Laos government’s strategy to become the ‘battery of South-East Asia’. A further eight dams are proposed along the river in Laos, with two more planned on this lower part of the river in other countries. When operational, the Xayaburi Dam will

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DMRC comes under UN’s Clean Development Mechanism

Jan 5th, 2015 | By
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PTI: The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has been registered as the world’s first transport sector project under the Programme of Activities (PoA) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), enabling it to quantify climate change benefit from all metro operations in India, a statement said on Sunday. The move will also

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Deep Sea Gardening Holds Answers for Climate Adaptation

Jan 4th, 2015 | By
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  (Indian Ocean Observatory) – At his offices in the second floor of Kibaki Flats in Bamburi Beach on Kenya’s coastal region of Mombasa, Dr David Obura has a commanding view of the Indian Ocean. Sounds of waves lapping on the beach, Indian crows on the nearby trees are a constant companion. The sea breeze

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Four New Missions to Boost Response to Climate Change

Jan 4th, 2015 | By
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Seeking to broaden India’s response to climate change, the government will soon add at least four new ‘missions’ to the National Action Plan on Climate Change (NAPCC), including one to promote wind energy, and another to build preparedness to deal with impacts on human health. A programme for more effective management of India’s coastal resources

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Optimism Over-supply, Action Short-supply

Jan 4th, 2015 | By
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IANS: I sent New Year greetings to all my friends who are prominent members of the climate negotiating teams of their governments. It ran thus: “CO2operation and Not CO2nflicts! Let 2015 be year of Paris ProtoCO2l on Climate. Happy New Year!” One of the friends from a large emerging economy immediately shot back: “Why do

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Warming World Already Causing Dramatic Changes, Say Scientists

Jan 3rd, 2015 | By
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Lumberjacks are selecting different trees, US fishermen are sailing further north to catch black sea bass, desert birds are nesting later in California and Arizona, and one kind of wildflower is changing shape in the Rocky Mountains − and all in response to climate change, according to new research. None of these responses is simple,

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Useful UN Climate Treaty Unlikely in 2015

Jan 3rd, 2015 | By
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There will not be a meaningful United Nations climate agreement signed in Paris in 2015, even if a treaty is cobbled together. The reason is simple: The United Nations basic approach, created in 1992, cannot work. Data shows the UN’s operational framework, on which all UN decisions are based, is ineffective and fundamentally flawed. The

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All Leaders Must Rise to the Challenge for December 2015, Warns Outgoing EU Climate Chief

Jan 3rd, 2015 | By




Climate change talks next year will be make or break for international efforts to curb global warming, with the credibility of the UN-backed process at stake, the outgoing EU climate chief, Connie Hedegaard, has warned. World leaders are expected to sign an agreement to limit greenhouse gas emissions from 2020 onwards at a Paris conference

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Climate talks: Optimism Over-supply, Action Short-supply

Jan 3rd, 2015 | By
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I sent New Year greetings to all my friends who are prominent members of the climate negotiating teams of their governments. It ran thus: “CO2operation and Not CO2nflicts! Let 2015 be year of Paris ProtoCO2l on Climate. Happy New Year!” One of the friends from a large emerging economy immediately shot back: “Why do you

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Peru’s Indigenous Uros People Turn to Solar Power

Dec 30th, 2014 | By
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Living on artificial floating islands on Lake Titicaca, Peru’s Uros people lead simple lives of fishing and craftsmanship. Some say that this indigenous race dates back some 3,700 years to when the central Andes were first settled. Forced onto the islands of totora reeds by colonising Incas, they have since spent their days rebuilding and

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Crowdfunded “Ice Stupas” Help Ladakh Adapt to Climate Change

Dec 30th, 2014 | By
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“If you cannot stop it, adapt to it.” This is the mantra of a tiny village — situated on the slopes of breathtaking Himalayan desert mountains of Ladakh — to survive climate change in the extreme north of India. With the glaciers they depend on for water melting too fast in summer and not enough

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World Bank Extends $508.4m Credit for Strengthening Power Infrastructure in Nepal and Ukraine

Dec 30th, 2014 | By
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The World Bank has approved two loans amounting to $508.4m for power projects in Nepal and Ukraine. The first one for $130m is for the Grid Solar and Energy Efficiency Project in Nepal. It has been allowed for a 38 year maturity period, which can be further extended for a six year grace period. The

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Pachauri: IPCC Future Not Tied to Paris Climate Deal

Dec 30th, 2014 | By




The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the leading UN body for the assessment of climate change, will continue its work, no matter whether countries arrive at a global climate deal next year in Paris or not. Its successive science-based reports had always been key inputs for negotiators in the past over two decades. The

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

Dec 29th, 2014 | By
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The year 2015 is burned into climate watchers’ brains, and internal satnavs set to Paris. In December, this is where negotiators from around the world are set to strike a global deal to tackle climate change. What happens in the next 12 months politically, economically and environmentally could make or break that deal. Parallel efforts on

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Adaptation, Not Mitigation, the Realistic Climate Change Debate

Dec 29th, 2014 | By
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Since 2014 has been globally recorded the warmest year for the past 135 years, 2015 could be the year of serious climate changes. The coming year of 2015 is raising the big question of whether the nations’ leaders will take serious measures to reduce global warming and gas emissions. Next December, Paris will be hosting

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Interconnected World: Banuri Links Growth With Social Justice, Climate Issues

Dec 29th, 2014 | By
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The idea of sustainable development remains to be incomplete without addressing growth, social justice and environmental issues simultaneously as they all are interlinked and can’t be taken in isolation, Professor Dr Tariq Banuri, a pioneer development expert and academic says. “Other issues will not be resolved if we simply focus on growth as we did

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The Switch to Renewable Power is a Battle we Cannot Afford to Lose

Dec 26th, 2014 | By
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Since the final gavel fell at the Lima climate talks earlier this month, discussions have centred on one question: what did the talks actually accomplish? After two weeks of intense negotiation, governments settled on a draft text that will hopefully lead to a successful global climate deal in Paris next December. While opinions vary regarding

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Why Russia Should Ally With China and India on Carbon Rules

Dec 26th, 2014 | By
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Russia, China and India, the world’s top three net carbon exporters, should unite and start putting pressure on the UN climate talks to adopt rules for sharing the burden of emissions associated with international trade in a more equitable way, Russian economists suggest. Today, a country’s annual greenhouse gas emissions are counted as the sum of all carbon

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Winter Rain Decoded by IITM Researchers

Dec 26th, 2014 | By
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The heavy downpour during the winter chill has been attributed to western disturbances coupled with changes in climate owing to global warming. Post-monsoon rain, winter rain in particular, has been witnessing a gradual increase over the decades. This December, it beat the earlier record of winter rain registered in the city on December 22, 1942.

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The 5 Most Important Developments in Climate Change in 2014

Dec 26th, 2014 | By
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This year may go down as one of the more consequential years for action to prevent the worst effects of climate change. I have written in the past about why fighting climate change is proving to be such a challenge, but an end-of-the-year reflection on what we are getting right might make for a refreshing

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Rapid Increase in Arctic Temperature is Spreading South

Dec 25th, 2014 | By
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Climate scientists are confident that the Arctic is warming more than twice as fast as any other part of the planet, but now comes evidence from researchers in Finland that the rising temperatures are being felt further south than the polar regions. Most governments have agreed that the global temperature should not be allowed to

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

Dec 25th, 2014 | By
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The recovery of the ozone layer – the shield that protects life on Earth from harmful levels of ultraviolet rays – would come sooner if we were to fast-track the elimination of the production of the ozone-depleting substance (ODS)hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) and manage otherODSs that remain in equipment, building walls and chemical stockpiles, according to the

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Review of National Targets Must for Climate Action: Pachauri

Dec 25th, 2014 | By
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While India and other countries have been opposing a review of their national contributions to tackle climate change, chairperson of the Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Dr. R. K. Pachauri is firm that unless there is a process of review in place, the direction the world is taking to tackle climate change will not

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The Pit Stop at Lima

Dec 25th, 2014 | By
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It is now common knowledge that the countries at the negotiating table on climate change are actually negotiating the mother of all economic treaties, one whose implications may dwarf those of the WTO agreements. This is because, at the bottom, the countries are largely deciding on a global rationing scheme of affordable energy resources, and

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Migration Merits Place in Mainstream of Climate Debate

Dec 24th, 2014 | By
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Among all the statistics about temperature increase, polar melting and sea level rise associated with a warming world, the impact on hundreds of millions of people forced to leave their homes due to climate change is often not fully considered. But the International Organization for Migration (IOM), an intergovernmental body set up in the early

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Global Warming Will Cut Wheat Yields, Research Shows

Dec 24th, 2014 | By
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Global wheat yields are likely to fall significantly as climate change takes hold, new research has shown . The researchers found that wheat production would fall by 6% for every 1C increase in temperatures. The world is now nearly certain to warm by up to 2C compared with pre-industrial levels, with political efforts concentrated on

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Peru: ‘Cultivation’ Of Lakes Project Recognized

Dec 24th, 2014 | By
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The practice of “growing and harvesting rainwater to face declining soil moisture and recharge rate of headwater aquifers,” promoted by the Bartolomé Aripaylla Association (ABA) and the rural community of Quispillaccta, in the southern Andean department of Ayacucho, has been awarded first place in the Contest for Best Practices in Facing Climate Change in rural

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Top Firms’ Greenhouse Gas Emissions Rise, Despite Call for Cuts

Dec 24th, 2014 | By
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(Reuters) – Greenhouse gas emissions by the world’s top 500 companies rose 3.1 percent from 2010 to 2013, far off the cuts urged by the United Nations to limit global warming, a study showed on Monday. The top 500 firms by capitalization accounted for 13.8 percent of world greenhouse gas emissions and 28 percent of

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Climate’s Impact on Agriculture Could Lead to Calamity

Dec 24th, 2014 | By
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New research predicts that climate change will transform agriculture, with a drop in yields of up to 18% by 2050 in terms of calories harvested. By then, the global population will have risen by more than 18%, so the consequences could be calamitous. That’s the worst projected outcome. By the same date, the researchers say, yields

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NASA CO2 Map Reveals Impact of Forest Clearance

Dec 22nd, 2014 | By
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Early data has come in from the first satellite dedicated to monitoring levels of carbon dioxide in the air – with some surprising results. The patch of dense carbon dioxide above China was to be expected, as factories churn out emissions. But the biggest swathes of red – signifying a high concentration of the greenhouse

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Fast-Tracking Elimination of Production of Remaining Ozone-Depleting Substances Could Speed Up Ozone Layer Recovery by 11 Years

Dec 22nd, 2014 | By
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The recovery of the ozone layer – the shield that protects life on Earth from harmful levels of ultraviolet rays – would come sooner if we were to fast-track the elimination of the production of the ozone-depleting substance (ODS)hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) and manage otherODSs that remain in equipment, building walls and chemical stockpiles, according to the

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INFORM Tool Aims for Objective Disaster Risk Assessment

Dec 22nd, 2014 | By
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A global, open-source risk assessment tool has been launched to identify where crises requiring international assistance may occur so they can be better managed. INFORM is a collaboration between the European Commission (EC), the part of the European Union that proposes legislation, and the Inter-Agency Standing Committee, a forum for coordinating humanitarian assistance between UN

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‘Nature-based Development Policies Can Bring Inclusive Growth in Himalayan Region’

Dec 22nd, 2014 | By




In  a recent policy dialogue held in Kolkata, representatives of four countries of the eastern Himalayas and the neighbourhood have stressed on the need to include the value of natural capital in national accounts. The dialogue, titled ‘Natural Capital for Inclusive Growth: Options and Tools for South Asia’, brought together more than 40 senior policy

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Apple Growers Shifting to Peach, Plum

Dec 22nd, 2014 | By




Tribune News Service: Climate changes such as less snowfall and temperature fluctuations seem to be taking their toll on apple production in Uttarakhand. Apple farmers in the higher reaches of the state are shifting to other fruits such as peach and plum that require lesser cold conditions. More than 98 per cent of the country’s

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Loss of Rainforests is Double Whammy Threat to Climate

Dec 21st, 2014 | By
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Tropical rainforests do more than just soak up carbon dioxide and renew atmospheric oxygen, they affect the weather in the rest of the world as well. And if the Amazon rainforest disappeared, the US Midwest could begin to dry up during the growing season. In what is claimed as the most comprehensive analysis to date,

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China’s Farmers Face Major Challenges Adapting to Climate Change

Dec 21st, 2014 | By
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China’s mainly small-scale agricultural sector, where the average farm is less than a hectare, needs significant investment and capacity building to adapt to climate change. In an interview with chinadialogue, Xu Yinlong, who is a member of the Scientific Steering Committee leading UNEP’s ‘Programme of Research on Climate Change Vulnerability, Impacts and Adaptation’, explains the government’s

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Climate Change Mitigation: a Man’s World?

Dec 21st, 2014 | By




In three remote southern villages of Tanzania, six local women who were trained at the Barefoot College in India to install and maintain solar energy panels brought light and power to at least 200 households within a few months of returning home. Thanks to their new skills, the women also increased their voice and independence,

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NASA Reveals the Complex Hidden Secrets of Greenland’s ice Sheets

Dec 19th, 2014 | By




Using satellites and airborne missions, scientists are delving into the secrets of Greenland’s glacial ice, and this revealing the most detailed look yet at how the ice sheet flows and how much of it is lost every year. For decades, scientists have been monitoring the ice sheets covering Greenland, noting changes in the ice elevation

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Asia-Pacific LDCs Meeting Vows Sustainable Graduation by 2020

Dec 19th, 2014 | By




Least developed countries (LDCs) of Asia-Pacific region have envisaged sustainable graduation of the LDCs of the region during the ministerial meeting that concluded here today by issuing a 24-point declaration, which is fully focused on meeting the graduation criteria by 2020 as per their commitment in Istanbul Programme of Action (IPoA). The fourth United Nations

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Change the System, Not the Climate!

Dec 19th, 2014 | By




The latest round of United Nations climate change negotiations known as COP 20 (Conference of Parties) was held in Lima, Peru from December 1-14. Delegates from 196 countries gathered and deliberated on the agenda to be presented at the United Nations climate treaty conference to be held in Paris in December 2015. Notwithstanding all the

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How Will Climate Change Transform Agriculture? 20 Hours Ago

Dec 19th, 2014 | By




Climate change impacts will require major but very uncertain transformations of global agriculture systems by mid-century, according to new research from the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis. Climate change will require major transformations in agricultural systems, including increased irrigation and moving production from one region to another, according to the new study, published in

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UNEP Climate Action Report Released at COP20

Dec 18th, 2014 | By
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The 8th edition of Climate Action, supported by UNEP, was launched at COP20 in Lima last week with ministers of environment, heads of key UN bodies and leaders of the world’s top NGO’s participating. The publication was first launched in Bali for the UN Climate Change Conference in December 2007 (COP13) as a platform for

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How Much Should be Invested to Beat Climate Change?

Dec 18th, 2014 | By
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Last week’s climate conference in Lima ended with countries agreeing to a framework for setting national pledges to be submitted next year. Although viewed by some as a compromise, the Lima agreement sets the stage for a global deal when the Paris climate conference is held in 2015. How much investment would be needed to

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Taiwan’s UNFCCC Partaking Scores Great Results

Dec 18th, 2014 | By
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The ROC is deeply concerned with global negotiations on climate change issues, and will respond to related developments in a timely manner, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Dec. 16. “Although Taiwan is not a member of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the country is committed to joining international efforts and

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Nations’ Climate Laws Key to Global Pact

Dec 17th, 2014 | By
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The annual United Nations climate summit of 194 nations finally finished in overtime on Sunday. The modest agreement reached averted the talks’ collapse and keeps the process alive. However, while a deal was concluded, including agreement for the first time that all countries (not just developed states) must cut greenhouse gas emissions, many of the hard

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UN Chief Positive After Lima Climate Conference

Dec 17th, 2014 | By
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Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations, has hailed the outcome of the Lima climate conference that concluded on the weekend in Peru and praised officials for setting the groundwork for a binding agreement to be reached in Paris next year 2015, according to a UN statement. The annual UN Climate Change Conference, also known

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Deal on Climate Change

Dec 17th, 2014 | By
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On Sunday, two days into overtime after a fortnight of talks that at one point seemed almost on the verge of collapse, some 190 countries agreed on the building blocks of a new-style global deal, due in 2015, to combat the phenomenon. China and India, which had expressed concern over earlier drafts of the deal

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