Opinion

Himalayan Destruction

Jan 18th, 2013 | By
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CSE: Study quantifies the impact of hydel projects on the ecology of the mountain range. THE Himalayas are virtually under bombardment—of dams. They would have the highest dam density in the world, with over a thousand water reservoirs dotting the mountain range in India, Bhutan, Nepal and Pakistan, over the next few years. These projects

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Climate Conversations-A 4°C Warmer World “Will Be Catastrophic” For Forest BD-Expert

Jan 17th, 2013 | By
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Alternet: Global temperatures may be climbing at a rate too fast for our forests and its biodiversity to adapt, a scientist with the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) warned after the World Bank predicted a 4°C warming of the planet if policymakers continue to be apathetic about greenhouse gas emissions. “The long-term effects will

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Australian Heatwave Part Of ‘Unmistakeable’ Global Warming Trend: IPCC Chair

Jan 15th, 2013 | By
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ABC: The United Nations’ chief climate science body says the global warming trend is “unmistakeable” and it’s defended the science behind the conclusion, saying it’s robust. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is due to hand down its next major report in September. More than 250 lead authors of the report who are in Hobart

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Domestic Climate Laws Are Essential, Says UN

Jan 15th, 2013 | By
At a conference in London on Monday, Christiana Figueres, the UN climate chief, is to urge countries to set emissions targets. Photograph: Henning Kaiser/AFP




Guardian: Legislation at national level essential because ‘it is linchpin between action on the ground and international agreement’. Governments must enact domestic laws on climate change and greenhouse gas emissions if international efforts to stall global warming are to succeed, according to the UN’s climate chief. Christiana Figueres, who is spearheading the push for a

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How American Cities Are Adapting To Climate Change

Jan 14th, 2013 | By
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Think Progress: A new report by the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives highlights twenty local government across the country that are taking the initiative to combat global warming. The report follows up an earlier survey ICLEI did of 298 American cities, which found that 74 percent had perceived changes in the climate — including

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The Psychological Pulse Of A Nation

Jan 11th, 2013 | By
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The Sunday Daily: MEASURING happiness or finding happiness seems to be the ‘in’ thing at the moment. While individuals declutter in the New Year, leaders seem to be venturing into measuring the happiness levels of their country. Of course, Bhutan has been doing this for many years when their 4th King, Jigme Singye Wangchuck, decided

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Indian Minister’s Advisor Calls For Year-Long UN Climate Talks

Jan 11th, 2013 | By
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Varad Pande, Officer on Special Duty to Jairam Ramesh, the rural development minister and former environment minister says more work is needed to break through the deadlocks. “We need to make negotiations an ongoing, rather than an episodic, process, with at least 120 to 150 days of active negotiations every year,” Pande wrote in India’s

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Improving Communication First Step To Enhance Climate Change Adaptation In West Africa

Jan 9th, 2013 | By
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CGAIR: West Africa is one of the most affected regions by climate change due to its dependency on rain-fed agriculture. Agriculture is a mainstay for most countries and a potential way out of poverty for millions of small-scale farmers. Policies and strategies therefore need to effectively address climate change adaptation within the agriculture sector, so

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Africa Analysis: Filling Climate Data Gaps Is Only The First Step

Jan 9th, 2013 | By
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SciDev.net: Africa is often blamed for having scarce and unreliable weather records that hold back predictions of how climate change will affect the continent. This has led to calls over the years for better climate-change science and record-keeping, with the most recent coming from African science academies last November. In a statement entitled ‘Climate change

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Adapt or Die: Why The Environmental Buzzword Of 2013 Will Be Resilience

Jan 9th, 2013 | By
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TIME: Journalists and politicians have short memories. Just two months ago, Superstorm Sandy was everywhere on the news. And it wasn’t just weather porn — there was serious debate about the impact climate change had on the storm, and about the now-obvious need to prepare cities for worse to come. Bloomberg Businessweek put it on the

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What Is Climate Change Adaptation And Mitigation?

Jan 9th, 2013 | By
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Mitigation: Due to historic emissions of greenhouse gases, it is now too late for us to avoid climate change. However, humans can influence the degree of future changes by reducing our current rate of greenhouse gas emissions – this is referred to as climate change mitigation. Targets have been set globally under the Kyoto protocol

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Is Climate Change Causing The Rise In Freakish Weather Conditions?

Jan 8th, 2013 | By
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Daily Mail UK: The bone-chilling cold in the Capital and similar extreme weather events across the country over the past few years are more than just freak happenings. Consider the following: In July 2005, four days of continuous rain left Mumbai completely flooded. In 1999, a super cyclone ravaged Orissa, while the country came under

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GIZ’s Climate Related Publications

Jan 8th, 2013 | By
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Smart climate finance In order to achieve a 50 percent reduction in carbon dioxide emissions by 2050, total financing to 2050 of around EUR 30 trillion will be required. The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change has concluded that a significant majority of this investment will need to come from the private sector. Public

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India Should Make Its National Climate Plans Global

Jan 7th, 2013 | By
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SciDev.Net: Fast-developing countries such as India should offer up their domestic action plans as part of global efforts when the world gathers for the UN climate talks in Copenhagen this December, says Rajendra K. Pachauri, chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. India’s priority is not simply reducing global emissions as quickly as possible but

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Fair-Weather Friends?

Jan 7th, 2013 | By
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My Republica: Nepal is chairing the Least Developed Countries (LDC) group under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) for the year 2013 and 2014. Recently, in one of the programs organised at the side-lines of the 18th Conference of Parties (COP 18) meeting held in Doha, Qatar, the outgoing chair Gambia handed

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Nepal Government Publishes Plan For Assessment On Climate Change

Jan 7th, 2013 | By
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CDKN: The inception period of a CDKN supported project in Nepal has concluded with the Government of Nepal publishing an Inception Report and Implementation Plan for carrying out economic impact assessment of climate change in key sectors in Nepal. The project will provide headline and sectoral estimates of the impacts and economic costs of climate change for

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Back From The Climate Cliff

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

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Let Nature Be Your Teacher: Bhutan Takes Conservation Into The Classroom

Jan 3rd, 2013 | By
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Guardian: Bhutan’s green schools project is an attempt to bring its revolutionary ‘happiness’ model to all young people. The Jigme Losel primary school in the Bhutanese capital, Thimphu, is a riot of green. Plants cover most surfaces and are piled precariously on walls and stairwells. On the wall behind the school’s vegetable patch a hand-painted

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Ten Solar Energy Predictions For 2013

Jan 3rd, 2013 | By
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Renewable Energy World: We’ve been down so long almost anything starts to look like up. Be prepared for another few down years as the solar industry rationalizes production and figures out how to make money downstream; we’ve lost this profit-making capability upstream. Since I don’t have to worry about offending any customers, suppliers, competitors or

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Gross National Happiness Grades Well Being

Jan 3rd, 2013 | By
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The Star Phonix: I had an opportunity to chat with David Suzuki last fall, and after we had commiserated awhile about how bad everything is, he told me the thing that gives him the most hope. It was Bhutan’s efforts to develop using Gross Domestic Happiness as its measure of well-being. Most countries, including Canada,

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Climate Change And Gender: Innovations For Change And Results On The Anvil?

Jan 2nd, 2013 | By
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Suman K Apparusu: COP18, Doha participation and interfacing with several constituencies; especially the gender and women constituency was a great learning as well as a humbling experience. There were some women who braved difficult circumstances to make it to the COP18 and make their voices heard; some were there to push hard for climate justice;

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Will US Move Forward To Address Climate Change Concerns?

Jan 2nd, 2013 | By
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Forbes India: The richer world is no longer in charge, says Richard Muller. And the issue is not blame; it is to find a practical solution In the US Presidential debates, zero minutes were spent discussing climate change and global warming. The issue is no longer a high concern among the US population; perhaps not

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Doha Climate Change Conference Another Lost Opportunity To Enhance Ambition

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

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Implications Of Climate Change On Indian Agriculture: Is It A Food Or Famine Situation?

Jan 2nd, 2013 | By
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Alertnet: It is a well acknowledged fact that the impacts of climate change will be more severe in regions wherein the dependency on climate sensitive sectors for securing livelihoods is high. People associated with these sectors have a great deal to lose from exposure to increased variability in the climate, its extremes and changing contours.

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20th Century Mean Global Sea Level Rise

Dec 27th, 2012 | By
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Climate Etc.: On the acceleration of sea level rise, the Gilligan effect, and the garbage solution. Summary: The IPCC should ask the authors of Ch 13 to take a look at the sea level rise part of Ch 3, they seem to have a much better handle on the complexity of the issue.  It looks

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Climate Change And Its Impact On Societies

Dec 27th, 2012 | By
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Daily Mirror: The key issue that climate change researchers must explore in Sri Lanka is to access conflict-affected sites to assess impacts of climate change on the highly vulnerable IDP communities so as to build their resilience through resettlement which is both sensitive and responsive to climate change. This will in turn significantly and positively

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In Bhutan, Conserving The Natural Environment And Biodiversity

Dec 27th, 2012 | By
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DipNote: Do you know which country’s constitution promises that a minimum of 60 percent its land area will be maintained as forest for all time? Which country’s government pledges to protect, conserve, and improve the pristine environment and safeguard the biodiversity of the country; prevent pollution and ecological degradation; secure ecologically balanced sustainable development while

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Misleading And Uninformed Report Of ToI: Supposed Health Impact of CC

Dec 27th, 2012 | By
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The Global Warming Policy Foundation: A Times of India article perpetrates a fraud on its readers. It takes estimates of deaths from forces of nature and then ascribes it not just to climate but to climate change. A misleading report in the Times of India, purportedly based on the Global Burden of Disease 2010 (GBD) study published last week in the Lancet,

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Doha: One Step Forward and Two Steps Backward?

Dec 24th, 2012 | By
Connie Hedegaard and Xie Zhenhua talk during the last day of the Doha climate talks. Photograph: IISD




Suman K Apparusu: The warmth and the hospitality of Doha are truly unforgettable! A wonderful combination of the old and new, tradition and modernity, ambition and receptivity struck me in all that I experienced during my one week sojourn of COP18 at Doha. But as the plane touched the tarmac in India, I was left

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We And The Ancient Mayans Share The Same Environmental Concerns

Dec 24th, 2012 | By
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Guardian: We can (probably) ignore the Mayans’ prediction of the end of the world, but the way their society collapsed must be a lesson. According to the ancient Mayan calendar, on 21 December, 2012, the 13th baktun – a calendrical measure equivalent to 144,000 days – will conclude as the next one commences. Many have

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Can Silicon Valley Adapt to Climate Change?

Dec 24th, 2012 | By
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Scientific American: The high-tech mecca will have to focus its short attention span on long-term planning for sea-level rise and other global warming impacts. The headquarters of Facebook sits on a sprawling campus beside San Francisco Bay, a scenic location with water bordering three sides. The 57-acre site features two- and three-story office buildings in

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Can Technology Contribute To Happiness?

Dec 22nd, 2012 | By
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Practical Action: This short video was taken during a visit to the Ochola family, a poor family living on the outskirts of Kisumu in Kenya. The head of this family of 8 is Betty, a widow for the past two years.  The family make their living from farming a small plot of land they own and

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In Perspective: A Fatal Gap Between Science And Policy?

Dec 21st, 2012 | By
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Scidev.net: Journalists can help the developed world take responsibility for climate change by making it relevant to readers’ lives, says David Dickson. A little more than 30 years ago, a major UN conference on science and technology for development held in Vienna, Austria, ended on an upbeat note with an agreement in principle to set

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Yamuna Faces Catastrophe, Apex Court Told

Dec 21st, 2012 | By
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Times of India: The Supreme Court on Tuesday sought expert help from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) after being told by Central Pollution Control Board that despite Rs 5,000 crore spent to reduce pollution, the Yamuna was staring at a catastrophe as over 2,400 million litres of untreated sewage flowed into it every day.

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Frozen At Gateway: CSE Cover Story

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

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Human Climate Link Firms

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




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

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How Climate Change Affects Indian Political Stability

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

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Insurance Industry Paying Increasing Attention to Climate Change

Dec 17th, 2012 | By
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Science Daily: The insurance industry, the world’s largest business with $4.6 trillion in revenues, is making larger efforts to manage climate change-related risks, according to a new study published December 13 in the journal Science. “Weather- and climate-related insurance losses today average $50 billion a year. These losses have more than doubled each decade since

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Chasing Ice: MediaGlobal Interview With Director Jeff Orlowski

Dec 15th, 2012 | By
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“Chasing Ice” is the new documentary that has been swaying the minds of disbelievers of climate change. The haunting photos and video of melting glaciers provides has been said to provide visual evidence of the effects global temperature has on glaciers in Alaska, Canada, and Greenland. Photographers James Balog and Jeff Orlowski joined forces to

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Doha: Keeping Hope Alive – Just

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

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Scientist Suggests Refreezing The Arctic To Stop Global Warming

Dec 14th, 2012 | By
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Times of India: A US scientist has offered a radical solution to global warming by suggesting that we could refreeze the Arctic using a few modified jets. David Keith, professor of applied physics at Harvard University, used climate models to suggest that injecting reflective particles into the atmosphere could reduce the amount of sunlight reaching

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

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

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Asia Must Wake Up To The Reality Of Climate Change

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

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

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




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

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Climate Science ‘Lost In Translation’

Dec 12th, 2012 | By
Early warning: models show that the global community needs to reduce carbon emissions now to reach agreed temperature targets by 2020.(Source: iStockphoto)




The Australian: POLICY-MAKERS are “hanging back” in their response to climate change while they wait for scientific certainty that might never come, a new study suggests. The report from the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility shows some decision-makers, from politicians to farmers, are delaying taking action on adaptation and risk planning until the uncertainties

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Youth Call for ‘Change of Course’ to Solve Climate Crisis

Dec 12th, 2012 | By
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IPS: While world leaders were wrapping up the United Nations conference on climate change (COP 18) in Doha, Qatar this past weekend with the annual vague promise to tackle the enormous crises brought on by extreme weather and global warming, a delegation of youth gathered far from the high-level conference halls to say “no” to

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Doha Summit Launches Climate Damage Aid

Dec 11th, 2012 | By
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NewsScientist: The latest summit to stop climate change, held in Doha, Qatar, over the past two weeks has been roundly slammed. Little was agreed to curb greenhouse gas emissions and the latest modelling, carried out by the Climate Action Tracker consortium shows global averages temperatures are still set to rise by at least 3 °C

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Climate Talks Dead As A Doha

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




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

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Polluters and Beggars’ at Climate Change Talks in Doha

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

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

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

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Nepal: Turn On The Heat

Dec 10th, 2012 | By
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My Republica: The lead up to this year’s UN Conference on Climate Change was pretty bland. The meetings got underway in Doha on November 26 without the prelude of the picturesque Cabinet meetings near the top of world. In the lead up to the annual UN Conference on Climate Change three years ago, Nepal’s government

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Forests, Water And Food Dominate Day 11 Of COP18

Dec 8th, 2012 | By
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CoP 18: Participants look past conference to future challenges and solutions. Forests, water and food topped the agenda on Day 11 of COP18/CMP8 as a number of events put the focus firmly on the future. These included highlighting some of the mitigation and adaptation projects already underway or planned in the region and across the

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Doha Climate Talks Stall Over Draft Text Wording

Dec 8th, 2012 | By
UN secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, and UNFCCC executive secretary, Christiana Figueres, during an informal ministerial round table in Doha, Qatar. Photograph: UNFCCC




Guardian: Delegates on the crucial final day of a fortnight-long UN conference report ‘frustratingly slow progress’. Talks aimed at a global agreement on climate change appeared stalled on Friday, with countries failing to agree on the wording of the draft texts that will form the outcome of the fortnight-long UN conference in Doha. Delegates reported

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Climate Change: Is It In Our Hands?

Dec 7th, 2012 | By
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PTI/Rediff: Climate negotiators from 200 nations are currently locked in bitter and acrimonious discussions in an 11-day long conference being held in Doha, writes Rajni Bakshi. A report about rich countries cheating poor countries of about $30 billion in climate funds made headlines last week. Research by Oxfam, an international NGO, has shown that countries

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A Storm Brews In Doha

Dec 7th, 2012 | By
Youth delegates find it "incredibly frustrating" that so little is being accomplished at the Doha climate talks. Credit: Stephen Leahy/IPS




IPS News: While the Philippines copes with the aftermath of powerful super-typhoon Bopha, which killed more than 300 people this week, tempers flared at the U.N. climate summit here. Developing countries are angry the U.S. and European Union and other rich industrialised countries refuse to increase their carbon emission reduction targets or agree to additional

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Doha Can Still Be A Success

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

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Flood Of Protest Hits Indian Dams

Dec 6th, 2012 | By
India’s hydroelectric projects, such as this dam on the River Teesta, are raising environmental concerns. DIPTENDU DUTTA/AFP/GETTY




Nature: Himalayan plans pose ecological threat, researchers warn. The days when the gigantic Indian rivers — the Ganges, Indus and Brahmaputra — roar freely down the steep slopes of the Himalayas may be numbered. Roughly 300 dams are proposed or under construction in the deeply cut valleys of India’s mountainous north, part of a massive

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Climate Funds Must Help Integrate Climate Into Policy

Dec 6th, 2012 | By
African countries are investing in renewable sources of electricity as part of development planning. Flickr/PRI's The World




SciDev.net: Developing countries deserve more support for their efforts to prioritise climate change in development, writes climate expert Simon Anderson. At last year’s conference of parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), countries decided that “comprehensive, iterative assessments of development needs and climate vulnerabilities” should form the basis for national climate adaptation

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Climate Change Impacts On Mountains: Time For Action Now

Dec 6th, 2012 | By
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MP Press Release: Mainstreaming Rio+20 outcomes in the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) processes for prosperous, resilient, and sustainable mountain ecosystems and communities” was held in Doha, Qatar, on 3 December 2012, on the sidelines of the 2012 UN Climate Change Conference.   The strong negative impact of climate change on the life

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Developing Countries Seek Commitment On Climate Funds

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

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