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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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Extreme Weather More Persuasive On Climate Change Than Scientists

Dec 17th, 2012 | By
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Guardian: AP poll shows that events like superstorm Sandy are succeeding with climate sceptics where scientists have been failing. As one of the Marx brothers famously said: who do you believe, me or your own eyes? Climate sceptics, it turns out, are much more likely to believe direct evidence of a changing climate in the

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Major Climate Change Report Draft Leaked Online: IPCC

Dec 17th, 2012 | By
Rajendra Pachauri, chairman of the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, speaks on June 6, 2011, during the opening of a conference in Oslo. A major report on climate change being compiled by the panel was on Friday leaked online in what appeared to be an attempt by a climate sceptic to discredit the panel.




Bangkok Post: A major report on climate change being compiled by the United Nation’s climate science panel was on Friday leaked online in what appeared to be an attempt by a climate sceptic to discredit the panel. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) said the full draft of its Fifth Assessment Report, which is

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Climate Change Vulnerability Profiles For North East India

Dec 14th, 2012 | By
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IISC: Climate change vulnerability profiles are developed at the district level for agriculture, water and forest sectors for the North East region of India for the current and projected future climates. An index-based approach was used where a set of indicators that represent key sectors of vulnerability (agriculture, forest, water) is selected using the statistical

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Exposed To Global Warming: North East India

Dec 14th, 2012 | By
Children braving the Monsoon rain in Sikkim’s Himalayan mountains. © Joydip Mitra/Lineair




Dandc.eu: India is expected to feel severe impacts of climate change. The country’s northeastern region, for instance, is highly vulnerable. Anticipated impacts include melting of glaciers, more floods and extended droughts. At the same time, the region’s natural resources are under enormous pressure due to population growth and rising prosperity. Germany’s KfW Development Bank has

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Chinese Officials Say Panda’s Bamboo Won’t Run Out

Dec 13th, 2012 | By
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Asianscientist: Chinese experts disagree that climate change will cause bamboo die-offs in the Qinling Mountains. Chinese experts have disagreed with a recent Nature Climate Change report that climate change will cause bamboo die-offs in the Qinling Mountains, threatening the wild panda population there. In the report, scientists from Michigan State University and the Chinese Academy

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Reports Point To Growing Risks From Climate Change

Dec 12th, 2012 | By
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Scidev.net: As the UN climate change talks continue in Doha, Qatar, several reports over the past month have highlighted a sombre picture of the Earth’s changing climate, raising alarm bells in particular for the world’s poorest regions. A report from the World Bank launched last month (18 November) warns that the planet “is on track

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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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2012 Expected To Be Ninth Warmest Year On Record

Nov 29th, 2012 | By
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Guardian: World Meteorological Organisation data shows average global temperature to date is 14.45C, higher than long-term average. This year is likely to be the ninth warmest on record, with global temperatures in 2012 cooler than the average for the past decade owing to the effects of La Niña weather patterns early in the year. The

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Climate Change Impact, Adaptation Practices And Policy In Nepal Himalaya

Nov 26th, 2012 | By
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UNU: Adaptation to climate change (CC) impact is an emerging area of research and development in Nepal. Many households were deeply affected by climatic variability and natural disasters coupled with a decade-long conflict, leaving them with few options to cope with CC in Nepal. A study was conducted on people’s experience in CC and its

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Early Warning Of Disasters: Facts And Figures

Nov 26th, 2012 | By
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Scidev.net: Lucy Pearson looks at early warning systems for disasters, their uses and limits, and what accounts for the gap between warning and action. Through history disasters have destroyed lives and livelihoods, killing people and damaging homes and businesses. Disasters in the past 35 years have taken an estimated 2.5 million lives and cost more

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Climate Change Calls For Urgent Need To Adapt

Nov 23rd, 2012 | By
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  Resource: Two separate reports have been released this week showing that the world is seeing record highs in global temperatures and greenhouse gas emissions. The European Environment Agency (EEA) and the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) have both published studies into climate change ahead of the annual two-week UN climate conference, which starts on Monday

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Data Gaps Hamper Disaster Risk Reduction

Nov 23rd, 2012 | By
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Scidev.net: Reducing risks and losses from natural disasters calls for collaboration between social and natural scientists, who in turn must work with policy makers, communities and development groups, an international expert has said. For example, Bangladesh scientists had forecast the current devastating floods but local communities did not heed their warnings. In the 2010 Pakistan

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Transitioning Away From Large-Scale Power Projects: A Simple And Effective Fix For The CDM

Nov 21st, 2012 | By
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SEI: This policy brief, based on SEI research for the High-Level Panel of the CDM Policy Dialogue, shows how large-scale power supply projects may undermine the value and integrity of the CDM and proposes transitioning away from them. Despite years of development, experience, and revision, the Clean Development Mechanism’s method for assessing additionality remains controversial

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Turn Down The Heat: Why 4°C Warmer World Must Be Avoided

Nov 20th, 2012 | By
A glacier field is seen near K2 in the Chinese province of Xinjiang during the summer of 2000. Researchers in Beijing warned this week of "drastic" glacier melt in southwest China. Credit: Spigel Online Photo Gallery




World Bank: This report provides a snapshot of recent scientific literature and new analyses of likely impacts and risks that would be associated with a 4° Celsius warming within this century. It is a rigorous attempt to outline a range of risks, focusing on developing countries and especially the poor. A 4°C world would be

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Climate Change Seen As Threat To Global Water Supply

Nov 13th, 2012 | By
California is the world’s sixth largest agricultural exporter and is dependent on snowpack for those crops. (California Dept. of Water Resources)




The Truth Pursuit: Global warming over the next century could significantly reduce the amount of winter snowpack in mountainous areas in the northern hemisphere, according to a new study published in Nature Climate Change. Seasonal snowpack melt is an essential source of fresh water, and its loss could threaten drinking water supplies, agricultural irrigation and wildlife

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Integrated Power Policy-A People Centric Framework For India

Nov 8th, 2012 | By
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Mr. Shankar Sharma: Energy has become a crucial part of the modern society, so much so that per capita availability of energy is considered as an indicator of Human Development. However, the social, economic and environmental impacts of demand/supply of energy are so great that only a holistic and objective consideration of all the related

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Former UN Official Says Climate Report Will Shock Nations Into Action

Nov 7th, 2012 | By
"I'm confident those scientific findings will create new political momentum" ... Yvo De Boer. Photo: Bloomberg




The Sunday Morning Herald: THE next United Nations climate report will ”scare the wits out of everyone” and should provide the impetus needed for the world to finally sign an agreement to tackle global warming, the former head of the UN negotiations said. Yvo de Boer, the UN climate chief during the 2009 Copenhagen climate

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Adapting to Climate Change: Assessing World Bank Group Experience

Nov 3rd, 2012 | By
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IEG of World Bank: Developing countries are not yet well adapted even to current climate risks: floods, droughts and storm.  Yet those risks are becoming harsher as the world warms, climate extremes become more intense, and the oceans rise – the consequences of human-caused greenhouse gas emissions. This evaluation draws lessons from World Bank Group

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Food Switch Could Offset Climate Threat To Staples – Study

Nov 1st, 2012 | By
Myrna Bicera, who owns a two-hectare rice farm, walks in a drought-hit paddy field in Quirino province, north of Manila in the Philippines, March 2010. REUTERS/Cheryl Ravelo




Alertnet: Climate change could significantly depress yields of maize, wheat and rice, constrain supplies of animal protein, and force a rethink of diets and the crops farmers grow, researchers said on Wednesday. Yields of the world’s three biggest crops in terms of calories provided will decrease in many poorer countries as temperatures rise and rainfall

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Climate Change Adding Sting To Mosquito Bite, Says WHO Report

Oct 31st, 2012 | By
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Times of India: The warning is ominous — climate change and global warming will make vector-borne diseases like dengue and malaria– already causing havoc in the country more lethal. A landmark report on climate change and health, published by the World Health Organization on Monday, said that in the last 100 years, the world has

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Water Wealth and Energy in the Indian Himalayas

Oct 31st, 2012 | By
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Kelly D. Alley: The Himalayas is a place of majesty where glaciers hug the world’s tallest mountains, snow melt and precipitation combine to form the water of many vibrant river systems, and millennia of cultural and linguistic diversity guide human life ways. The Silk Roads of the past navigated this complex region and laid pathways

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Growing Greenhouse Gas Emissions Due to Meat Production

Oct 31st, 2012 | By
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UNEP: Both intensive (industrial) and non-intensive (traditional) forms of meat production result in the release of greenhouse gases (GHGs). As meat supply and consumption increase around the world, more sustainable food systems must be encouraged. Why is this issue important? For many thousands of years, mankind has lived in close proximity with numerous animal species,

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Extreme Weather Hits the Poor First – And Hardest

Oct 30th, 2012 | By
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IPS News: The old adage ‘nature is the great equaliser’ no longer holds true in countries like Sri Lanka, where the poor bear the brunt of extreme weather events. Gamhevage Dayananda, a farmer from the remote village of Pansalgolla in Sri Lanka’s north-central Polonnaruwa district, can attest to this reality, as he and his fellow

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Increased GHG Intensity Of Rice Production Under Future Atmospheric Conditions

Oct 26th, 2012 | By
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Nature: Increased atmospheric CO2 and rising temperatures are expected to affect rice yields and greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions from rice paddies1, 2, 3, 4. This is important, because rice cultivation is one of the largest human-induced sources of the potent GHG methane5 (CH4) and rice is the world’s second-most produced staple crop6. The need for meeting

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Could Visualizing Greenhouse-Gas Emissions Help Combat Climate Change?

Oct 19th, 2012 | By
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Huffingtonpost: One of the first steps in tackling climate change is to curb greenhouse-gas emissions. The trouble is, both the public and policymakers have been slow to act on a problem they cannot physically see. It’s easy to blame harmful emissions on China, coal companies or the next-door neighbor. But people would likely do more

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Report Finds Climate Change Poses Threat To Indian Farmers

Oct 18th, 2012 | By
A young man shields himself from the rain while behind him a woman looks concerned. The rains have come too late for summer grown crops leaving the population in a precarious situation.




IDS: A new synthesis report (pdf) about the challenges posed by climate change in India has found that changes in temperature and rainfall will have a serious effect on already fragile farming communities. The report is part of a joint project by the UK’s Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) and the Indian Ministry

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New Report On China’s Climate Action

Oct 17th, 2012 | By
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The Climate Institute: China has long been perceived as a laggard on climate action, and used as scapegoat by other countries, like Australia, to delay action. But this argument is increasingly difficult, if not impossible, to make given China’s recent policies. China will soon have the world’s second largest carbon trading scheme and is aggressively

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The Impact Of Global Land-Cover Change On The Terrestrial Water Cycle

Oct 16th, 2012 | By
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Nature: Floods and droughts cause perhaps the most human suffering of all climate-related events; a major goal is to understand how humans alter the incidence and severity of these events by changing the terrestrial water cycle. Here we use over 1,500 estimates of annual evapo-transpiration and a database of global land-cover change1 to project alterations

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Jatropha Can Revive degraded Land, Says Study

Oct 15th, 2012 | By
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Scidev.Net: Large-scale cultivation of Jatropha – known as a potential source of biofuel – can improve the soil quality of degraded lands and address climate change, says a new study. Jatropha curcas seeds yield oil that can be processed into biodiesel, but scientists at the International Crop Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), Hyderabad,

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Climate Change And Hydro: Mutually Damming

Oct 15th, 2012 | By
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Chinawaterrisk: At the 2009 climate summit in Copenhagen, China announced that it would reduce its carbon intensity at least 40% by 20201.Achieving this ambitious goal has become an overriding priority for the Chinese government ever since. As a result, the latest 12th Five-Year Plan 2011-2015 (12FYP) has been described as China’s “greenest” five-year plan to

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Population Dynamics, Changes In Land Management-Northern Caucasus

Oct 11th, 2012 | By
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University of Bonn: Population dynamics, changes in land management, and the future of mountain areas in Northern Caucasus: The example of North Ossetia: This study deals with population dynamics in the mountains of North Ossetia-Alania (Russian Federation) over the last 120 years. It documents the loss of mountain population over this period and analyses its

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Dealing With Reality:

Oct 11th, 2012 | By
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Journal of World Energy Law and Business, 2012: The Kyoto Protocol was intended to cut the greenhouse gas emissions of developed countries to 5 per cent less than they were in 1990, and this was to be achieved by the end of 2012. As that deadline approaches it is time to take stock of what

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Extreme Weather And Climate Change In American Mind: A Yale Project

Oct 10th, 2012 | By
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Yale Project: This report is based on findings from a nationally representative survey – Climate Change in the American Mind – conducted by the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication and the George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communication. Interview dates: August 31, 2012 – September, 2012. Interviews: 1,061 Adults (18+) Total average margin

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More Extreme Swings Of The South Pacific Convergence Zone Due To Greenhouse Warming

Oct 10th, 2012 | By
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Nature: The South Pacific convergence zone (SPCZ) is the Southern Hemisphere’s most expansive and persistent rain band, extending from the equatorial western Pacific Ocean southeastward towards French Polynesia1, 2. Owing to its strong rainfall gradient, a small displacement in the position of the SPCZ causes drastic changes to hydroclimatic conditions and the frequency of extreme

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Climate Change And Alpine Flora In Sikkim Himalaya

Oct 1st, 2012 | By
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.Sikenvis.nic.in: For the past three decades; there is a popular aphorism that “The global warming is the end result of climate change”. Melting of glaciers; rising of sea levels and increasing temperatures at global level have caused visible effects in the Himalayan region also and the subject of my study has been to identify the

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The Baltic Climate Toolkit-Empowering Knowledge Transfer

Sep 29th, 2012 | By
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Baltic Climate: The Baltic Climate toolkit is an empowering knowledge transfer instrument for actors on the local and regional level who are not necessarily the experts on climate change, but who have an important role to play in the preparation, financing and decision making related to the implementation of climate change measures. We are talking

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Measuring Glacier Change In The Himalayas

Sep 29th, 2012 | By
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UNEP (GEAS): A serious lack of reliable and consistent data severely hampers scientific knowledge about the state of Himalayan glaciers. As a result, the contribution of glacial melt to the Himalayan river basins remains uncertain. This is of grave importance because declining water availability could threaten the food security of more than 70 million people.

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The Global Challenge of Climate Change

Sep 25th, 2012 | By
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Alertnet: The Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) came up with some simple but far-reaching findings. It stated for instance, “Warming of the climate system is unequivocal, as is now evident from observations of increases in global average air and ocean temperatures, widespread melting of snow and ice and rising

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Food-Chain Length Alters Community Responses to Global Change in Aquatic Systems

Sep 19th, 2012 | By




Nature: Synergies between large-scale environmental changes, such as climate change1 and increased humic content (brownification)2, will have a considerable impact on future aquatic ecosystems. On the basis of modelling, monitoring and experimental data, we demonstrate that community responses to global change are determined by food-chain length and that the top trophic level, and every second

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Food Security Effects Of Climate Change Will Be Felt In 10 Years

Sep 18th, 2012 | By
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University of Leeds: Research released today shows that within the next 10 years large parts of Asia can expect increased risk of more severe droughts, which will impact regional and possibly even global food security. The report, led by the University of Leeds and published by the UK-based Centre for Low Carbon Futures, highlights China,

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Himalayan Glaciers: Climate Change, Water Resources, and Water Security 2012

Sep 14th, 2012 | By
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The National Academics: Scientific evidence shows that most glaciers in South Asia’s Hindu Kush Himalayan region are retreating, but the consequences for the region’s water supply are unclear, this report finds. The Hindu Kush Himalayan region is the location of several of Asia’s great river systems, which provide water for drinking, irrigation, and other uses

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On the Fate of Asia’s Great Rivers

Sep 13th, 2012 | By




New York Times (Green Blog): A new report from the National Research Council, a scientific arm of the United States government, brings some sobriety to the oft-heated discussion about melting Himalayan glaciers. Interest in the glaciers intensified in 2010 when the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the United Nations body that publishes periodic summaries of

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2 Hot, Too Soon: Multi-Model Climate Change Projections

Sep 12th, 2012 | By




Times of India: A new study to be published in the next issue of Current Science predicts upto 2 degrees rise in temperature in India as early as the 2030s. Climate change’s catastrophic effect, it seems, is here faster than anyone had expected. A two degrees rise in the average global temperature is considered the

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Climate Change a Mixed Blessing for Wheat, Say Experts

Sep 8th, 2012 | By




Scidevnet: Climate change may have a profound effect on the world’s ability to produce wheat — one of its staple crops — and adaptation efforts must take into account both the positive and negative effects of climate shifts, say wheat experts. Production in some regions, such as India and Mexico, is predicted to be negatively

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Wetter Arctic Could Influence Climate Change, Study Finds

Sep 7th, 2012 | By




Science Daily: Increased precipitation and river discharge in the Arctic has the potential to speed climate change, according to the results of a study led by Xiangdong Zhang, a scientist at the University of Alaska Fairbanks International Arctic Research Center. As the Earth’s climate continues to change, the high-latitude North is becoming even wetter than

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Asia Will Be Hit Hard By Drought In 2020s

Sep 7th, 2012 | By




Scidevnet: Asia’s wheat and maize production will be severely affected by climate change as early as the 2020s — with potentially devastating impacts on food security, a report warns. Previous climate change projections have covered long periods: for example, the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change focuses on predicting changes for the period 2050–2100. The

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Nepal: Bureaucracy Holds Up Climate Adaptation Finance

Sep 6th, 2012 | By




IRN News: A tortuous planning process in Nepal is preventing climate adaptation funding – earmarked under the country’s National Adaptation Programme of Action (NAPA) – from reaching local communities, experts say. “We are so engrossed in national processes,” Raju Pandit Chhetri, co-author of a 2011 Oxfam report on climate adaptation finance, told IRIN. “Let us

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Species Multiply As Earth Heats Up

Sep 5th, 2012 | By




Nature: Biodiversity increases with gentle warming. Rather than kicking off the expected cycles of extinction, periods of warming in Earth’s history were accompanied by increased biodiversity, according to a report published this week. But this does not mean that the mass extinctions that are taking place today, with Earth warming at an unprecedented rate, will

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Mapping Vulnerability To Climate Change And Its Repercussions On Human Health In Pakistan

Sep 5th, 2012 | By




Globalization and health: Pakistan is highly vulnerable to climate change due to its geographic location, high dependence on agriculture and water resources, low adaptive capacity of its people, and weak system of emergency preparedness. This paper is the first ever attempt to rank the agro-ecological zones in Pakistan according to their vulnerability to climate change

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Antarctic May Host Methane Stores

Sep 5th, 2012 | By




BBC: Large volumes of methane – a potent greenhouse gas – could be locked beneath the ice-covered regions of Antarctica, according to a new study. It says this methane could be released into the atmosphere as ice retreats, contributing to climate warming. The findings indicate that ancient deposits of organic matter may have been converted

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Shading The Earth Could Combat Global Warming: Study

Sep 3rd, 2012 | By




Times of India: Transporting materials into the stratosphere that can reduce the amount of sunlight hitting the Earth could lower the effects of global climate change, a new study has found. Researchers from the US found that the basic technology to transport solar geoengineering materials in the atmosphere currently exists and could be assembled and

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In Climate Landmark, Arctic Ice Melts To Record Low

Aug 29th, 2012 | By




Times of India: The sea ice in the Arctic Ocean has melted to its smallest point ever in a milestone that may show that worst-case forecasts on climate change are coming true, US scientists said on Monday. The extent of ice observed on Sunday broke a record set in 2007 and will likely melt further

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Increasing Drought Under Global Warming In Observations And Models

Aug 28th, 2012 | By




Nature: Historical records of precipitation, streamflow and drought indices all show increased aridity since 1950 over many land areas1, 2. Analyses of model-simulated soil moisture3, 4, drought indices1, 5, 6 and precipitation-minus-evaporation7 suggest increased risk of drought in the twenty-first century. There are, however, large differences in the observed and model-simulated drying patterns1, 2, 6.

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Contrasting Patterns Of Early Twenty-First-Century Glacier Mass Change In The Himalayas

Aug 27th, 2012 | By
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Nature: Glaciers are among the best indicators of terrestrial climate variability, contribute importantly to water resources in many mountainous regions1, 2 and are a major contributor to global sea level rise3, 4. In the Hindu Kush–Karakoram–Himalaya region (HKKH), a paucity of appropriate glacier data has prevented a comprehensive assessment of current regional mass balance5. There

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Himalayan Glacier Data Shift To The Middle Ground

Aug 23rd, 2012 | By




Nature: New satellite study sparks fresh debate about the melting of Himalayan glaciers. Satellites can be powerful tools to map complex changes across large, inaccessible areas — but only if researchers are able to interpret correctly what their measurements mean. A 2010 study using measurements taken by the Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) satellite

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Global Diversity Of Drought Tolerance And Grassland Climate-Change Resilience

Aug 21st, 2012 | By




Nature: Drought reduces plant productivity, induces widespread plant mortality and limits the geographic distribution of plant species1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. As climates warm and precipitation patterns shift in the future8, 9, understanding the distribution of the diversity of plant drought tolerance is central to predicting future ecosystem function and resilience to climate

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History Of Climatic Change Over The Last 1.5 Mn Years Revealed

Aug 13th, 2012 | By




Zee News: Scientists have made a major breakthrough in understanding the Earth’s climate machine by reconstructing highly accurate records of changes in ice volume and deep-ocean temperatures over the last 1.5 million years. he study, carried out by researchers in the University of Cambridge, Department of Earth Sciences, offers new insights into a decades-long debate

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Ground Water Crisis in India

Aug 10th, 2012 | By




Following are the important highlights of a publication titled “Ground Water Crisis in India” (By: Paul Wyrwoll, Australian National University, Australia, 30th July, 2012. The article is available at: http://www.globalwaterforum.org/2012/07/30/indias-groundwater-crisis/). It has been compiled by the Climate Change community of UN Solution Exchange India and reproduced here:   Important Highlights of Publication     The

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Climate Change to Blame for Extreme Heat: Report

Aug 8th, 2012 | By




ABC Science: Human-driven climate change is to blame for a series of increasingly hot summers and the situation is already worse than was expected just two decades ago, according to a top NASA scientist. James Hansen, who directs the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, wrote in the Washington Post that even his “grim” predictions

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