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Protecting Biodiversity With Rigour

Nov 25th, 2014 | By
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The Prime Minister recently reorganised his National Council on Climate Change and called on an indigenous answer, yoga, to alter consciousness and tackle climate change. The Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) is currently working on the National Democratic Alliance’s position on climate change, with two major United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change meetings

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Disaster Risk in South Asia

Nov 25th, 2014 | By
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South Asia has 1.7 billion people, of which more than 70 per cent live in poverty. Despite having tremendous natural resource base such as water, minerals, forest, productive fertile land and industrious people, this region remains underdeveloped primarily due to political instability, poor leadership, inability to utilize natural resources at optimum level and frequent disasters.

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We Need More Carbon Dioxide, Not Less

Nov 24th, 2014 | By




AUSTRALIAN politics has been more influenced by the climate debate than any other country. Yet Australia is responsible for only 1.5 per cent of global CO2 emissions. Perhaps this speaks of Australia’s extraordinary commitment to the international community. Yet Australia has threatened to hobble its own economy while much larger ­nations take a pass while

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Curtain Raiser for Himalayan Consensus Summit

Nov 24th, 2014 | By




Himalayan Consensus Institute and the Nepal Economic Forum organized a curtain raiser in Kathmandu on Sunday for the Himalayan Consensus Summit which will be held in Bhutan in July 2015. The program focuses on the Himalayan Consensus theme as an alternative development paradigm, focusing particularly on exploring new equations in ecological balance, conservation and entrepreneurship.

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Climate Change is Not Just About Science – It’s About the Future We Want to Create

Nov 23rd, 2014 | By
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Next December, 196 nations will meet in Paris to agree a course of action to respond to climate change. They will do so under the auspices of the UN framework convention on climate change. This is an international treaty negotiated at the Earth summit in Rio in 1992 with the objective to “stabilise greenhouse gas

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PC Recommends Bringing Down SAARC Centres From 11 to 5

Nov 23rd, 2014 | By




The process of the 18th Summit of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation started today with the 49th Programming Committee meeting of the regional bloc in Kathmandu. The PC discussion recommended reduction of the number of SAARC regional centres from the existing 11 to five. Joint-secretaries from the Ministry of Foreign/External Affairs of all eight

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Global Conference 2016 in Nepal

Nov 23rd, 2014 | By




The Nepal Unit of the Nature–Human Centric Peoples Movement is going to organize a global conference 2016 in Nepal. General Secretary at Nepal Unit, Dindaya Rijal, informed that the conference will discuss climate change effects, global warming, widening gulf between the rich and poor, unemployment, corruption, rule of law, and nuclear reactor. Before this, many

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Saving Forests Not Enough to Stop Carbon Imbalance

Nov 21st, 2014 | By
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Foresters may be guardians of the planet, but they may need to think about more than just the forests to reduce the threats from climate change. New research suggests that a policy that protects the planet’s forests from fire and the chainsaw must also deliver new ways of stopping the spread of agriculture into other

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UN: Cut CO2 Emissions to Zero by 2070, or Experience a ‘Global Catastrophe’

Nov 21st, 2014 | By
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The Guardian: The world must cut CO2 emissions to zero by 2070 at the latest to keep global warming below dangerous levels and prevent a global catastrophe, the UN warns. By 2100, all greenhouse gas emissions – including methane, nitrous oxide and ozone, as well as CO2 – must fall to zero, the United Nationals

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Investigative Climate Reporting Stressed

Nov 21st, 2014 | By




Speakers at a workshop on ‘Climate Change Communication’, jointly organised by the government, Nepal Forum of Environmental Journalists and the Department for International Development, urged journalists to report on investigative climate change information in a simple language to raise awareness among local communities of various developmental regions. Highlighting the lack of effective reporting to warn

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The Path to Climate Neutrality: UNEP Gap Report

Nov 20th, 2014 | By
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The UN’s top climate official today welcomed a report that underlines how the world can keep a global temperature rise under 2 degrees Celsius. The report, released today by the UN Environment programme (UNEP) in advance of the UN’s next climate conference in Lima, Peru sets out the pathways required to avoid dangerous climate change.

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Can New Global Fund Rescue Those Worst Hit by Climate Change?

Nov 20th, 2014 | By
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(Thomson Reuters Foundation) – When U.S. President Barack Obama announced a $3 billion pledge to a new international climate change fund, he made a point of highlighting how the money would help poor countries hit by worsening extreme weather and rising seas. Climate change adaptation – measures that protect people and assets, such as early

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Fall of Ancient Civilization Offers Climate Warning

Nov 19th, 2014 | By
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Two scholars have a new explanation for the collapse of one of the great Bronze Age civilizations. The Assyrian empire of the 7th century BC – based in Nineveh, in what is now northern Iraq – may have collapsed at least in part because of a population explosion and climate change in the form of

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Looking Beyond IPCC Reports in the Himalayas

Nov 19th, 2014 | By
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Moving beyond the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) assessment reports can help integrate scientific and traditional knowledge for effective adaptation action in the Hindu Kush Himalayan (HKH) region, an international gathering of climate experts in Kathmandu heard. Participants from 22 countries stressed at the 9-12 November conference in Kathmandu the need for increased knowledge

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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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Intl Meet Calls for Setting up EWS Stations Across Himalayas

Nov 13th, 2014 | By




Press Trust of India: An international conference on climate change, attended by experts from countries including India, today underlined the need to install more stations across Himalayas so as to receive benefits from the early warning system in case of climate-change induced disasters. “Mountains have not received due recognition in global and national development agenda,” Executive

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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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This Map Shows How Climate Change Will Screw The Whole World

Nov 10th, 2014 | By
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Some effects of climate change are obvious, such as warming temperatures, melting ice caps, and rising sea levels. But other impacts are more surprising. For example, climate change effects can harm food production and cause famines; alter habitats and cause mass die-offs of plants, animals and other organisms; and even threaten human health. The biggest

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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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IPCC’s Report on Climate Change Brings an Opportunity and Challenge for India

Nov 5th, 2014 | By
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India’s quest for high growth and efforts to ensure development and access to energy for its people has found recognition in the latest report of the United Nations-backed Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, or IPCC. The synthesis report of IPCC’s fifth assessment report (AR5) released on Sunday stresses that every effort to ensure that global

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IPPC Report – Fossil Fuels Should be ‘Phased Out by 2100’

Nov 4th, 2014 | By
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The unrestricted use of fossil fuels should be phased out by 2100 if the world is to avoid dangerous climate change, a UN-backed expert panel says. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says in a stark report that most of the world’s electricity can – and must – be produced from low-carbon sources by 2050.

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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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A Village Adapts to Climate Change in Myriad Ways

Oct 31st, 2014 | By
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Lapodiya, a village of 200 households in Rajasthan, is a shining example of how environment governance at the grassroots level can save a village from natural disasters. Here, people have adopted innovative water conservation practices and a culture which they have improvised and perfected over three decades. As a result, residents of this village around

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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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12 Ways Communities Will Have to Adapt to Handle Climate Change

Oct 30th, 2014 | By
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The Guardian: Climate change is making both droughts and flood more frequent and severe. Whether your area is suffering from too much water or too little, here are things you can do to adapt. Drought In the face of relentless droughts such as the historic one underway in California, we all want to help conserve.

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India: Forests and Tigers vs Coal Mines

Oct 30th, 2014 | By
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A hundred years ago there were hundreds of thousands of Bengal Tigers in the world, but now there are less than 2,000 left. The Bengal Tiger population has been reduced mainly due to hunting and destruction of their natural habitat. And now India is the Bengal Tiger’s stronghold. According to the International Union Conservation Network’s

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