Scientists Report Climate Impact on Animals, Ecosystems

Jan 4th, 2013 | By
Alaskan whale

Santiago: Animals and plants are moving up mountainsides seeking cooler temperatures. Some fish species have smaller ranges and less abundance. Other species are diminishing in their numbers, unable to adjust to climate change, with extinction being a possible outcome. These findings come from a wide-ranging study — Impacts of Climate Change on Biodiversity, Ecosystems and

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A Safer Stove For The Developing World

Jan 4th, 2013 | By

Fastcoexist: A Safer Stove For The Developing World, Created By Indian Student Entrepreneurs.. Having an open fire in your house is dangerous, and it’s not good to inhale the smoke. But it’s how billions of people cook and heat their houses. The Greenway Smart Stove aims to change that–with no moving parts and at a

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Everest Image: Creator Says More Must Be Done To Tackle Climate Change

Dec 28th, 2012 | By

The Telegraph: The creator of the four billion pixel interactive image of Everest has warned that more must be done to tackle climate change in order to save world’s highest mountain. Since the image, made up of 477 individual photographs taken during the climbing season in spring 2012, went viral, David Breashears says he has

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Can Technology Contribute To Happiness?

Dec 22nd, 2012 | By

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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Yamuna Faces Catastrophe, Apex Court Told

Dec 21st, 2012 | By
Yamuna-Delhi-the Hindu

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

Dec 14th, 2012 | By
Chinese economy

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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83-Seconds Video: History Of Climate Change Negotiations

Dec 13th, 2012 | By

IPS News: To understand some of what is happening inside the UN climate talks here in Doha, watch this  83-second animation on the history of international climate change negotiations.   Source>>  

Polluters and Beggars’ at Climate Change Talks in Doha

Dec 11th, 2012 | By
Water scarcity India

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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Global Water Crisis: Seen From The First Himalayan Glacial Trickle

Dec 3rd, 2012 | By

Global water crisis: Reporter William Wheeler talks about water stress from the effects of climate change high in the Himalayas where India and Pakistan’s great rivers start to Haiti’s fresh-water pollution. In the Nepalese Himalayas in 2009, I trekked into the Langtang Valley, just short of the Tibetan border, and to a village of empty

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Solar Mama Shines As Beacon Of Hope For Her Community’s Future

Nov 28th, 2012 | By
solar mama-cop18

CoP18: Illiterate Grandmothers Become Solar Engineers: Incredible Story of Solar Mamas. Rafea Anadi appears almost lost within her long, black veil. Short of stature and slightly bowed, she seems she could be blown away by the wind. But one look in her dark brown eyes – unflinching, unafraid – and you know that Ms. Anadi

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Qatar Pressured to Cut Emissions as New Climate Talks Begin

Nov 28th, 2012 | By

Scientific American: The rich oil nation, host of the talks, should set more of an example, attendees say By Lisa Friedman and ClimateWire Climate change activists are pressing Qatar to pledge an emissions reduction target, money for vulnerable countries or some other significant contribution to the fight against global warming as it welcomes diplomats today

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Polluted Ganges A Major Source Of Cancer In India

Nov 26th, 2012 | By
Ganga basin-IIT D

Ganga is considered the sacred river and the deep bond that the people of India share with this spiritual entity is immense. Now this bond is making many pay a high price, after being diagnosed with cancer. The river was placed on the list of five most polluted rivers back in 2007. Adding to the

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

Nov 21st, 2012 | By

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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Integrated Power Policy-A People Centric Framework For India

Nov 8th, 2012 | By
Dr. Shankar Sharma

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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GHG Emissions For Agriculture Must Be Addressed

Nov 3rd, 2012 | By

The Fish Site: Amid population growth and escalating food demands, two global analyses have determined that climate change mitigation and adaptation are equally critical for global food security. The study by the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) has determined that feeding the world releases up to 17,000 megatonnes of

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UN’s Clean Development Mechanism Set For 2013 Revamp

Nov 1st, 2012 | By

The Sunday Morning Herald: The Clean Development Mechanism, the United Nations program designed to lower greenhouse-gas emissions in developing countries, is set to be revamped next year as initial commitments under the Kyoto Protocol expire. “Everything is on the table” for making the program more effective, Niclas Svenningsen, manager of strategy and policy development at

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Bhutan’s Agriculture Industry Goes 100% Organic

Nov 1st, 2012 | By
Bhutan photo

World Crunch: The future of Bhutan‘s agriculture industry will be organic. The country, which mainly grows oranges, apples, rice and potatoes, had decided to become 100% organic in the next 10 years. Situated in the craggy foothills of the Himalayas, only 3% of the kingdom’s territory is actually farmland. However, 80% of the population of

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Climate Change Adding Sting To Mosquito Bite, Says WHO Report

Oct 31st, 2012 | By

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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Growing Greenhouse Gas Emissions Due to Meat Production

Oct 31st, 2012 | By

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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Teaching Climate Change, Recycling And Natural Resources: Ideas And Activities

Oct 30th, 2012 | By
Roadside recycling

Guardian: Emma Drury delves into the Guardian Teacher Network resource bank goody bag to deliver some eco lesson treats. Coming back after the half-term break attentions will soon start to focus on the inevitable excesses of Christmas – parties, presents and food. So it’s an ideal time to look at how, as individuals, schools and

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Doubling Hydropower Output Could Cut CO2 Emissions

Oct 30th, 2012 | By
Hydropower China

China.org.cn: Doubling hydroelectricity production by 2050 could prevent annual emissions of up to 3 billion tons of CO2 from fossil-fuel plants, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said in a report released here on Monday. The report entitled “Technology Roadmap: Hydropower,” which is jointly published by the IEA and Brazil’s Mines Ministry, outlined detailed actions “needed

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Technology Is Key To A Low-Carbon Future

Oct 26th, 2012 | By

ITU: New Broadband Commission climate report confirms technology is the key to a low-carbon future: Governments urged to harness the power of information and communication  technologies to dramatically cut emissions. Broadband can help transition the world towards a low carbon-economy and address the causes and effects of climate change, according to a new report just

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Tracking Glaciers In Hindu Kush Himalayan Region

Oct 25th, 2012 | By

University of Dayton: NASA has awarded nearly $1 million to a team of researchers that includes University of Dayton geology professor Umesh Haritashya to study potential hazards caused by changes to glaciers in the Hindu Kush-Himalaya region. The University of Dayton will receive $358,542 of the grant, with the balance going to the University of

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Nepal: Bagmati River Basin Improvement Project

Oct 22nd, 2012 | By
Bagmati Nepal

ADB: The Bagmati River Basin Improvement Project aims to improve water security and resilience to potential climate change impact in the Bagmati River Basin. It will build on the general public’s desire to restore the river environment in the Kathmandu Valley and the Government’s efforts to improve irrigation development and mitigate the impact of water-induced

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Climate Change Challenges For Hong Kong: An Agenda For Adaptation

Oct 19th, 2012 | By
Climate adaptive city Hongkong

CSR Asia: Climate change is inevitable and therefore there is a need to examine adaptation measures that can manage the challenges presented by changes in the climate that we will experience in Hong Kong. Climate change will mean that Hong Kong will experience a warmer climate, at times with significantly more rainfall but will also

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New Report On China’s Climate Action

Oct 17th, 2012 | By
China pollution

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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Jatropha Can Revive degraded Land, Says Study

Oct 15th, 2012 | By
Jatropha tree

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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Glaciers Cracking In The Presence Of Carbon Dioxide

Oct 12th, 2012 | By
Glacier antarctica telegraph

Eureka Alert: The well-documented presence of excessive levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) in our atmosphere is causing global temperatures to rise and glaciers and ice caps to melt. New research, published October 11, in IOP Publishing’s Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics, has shown that CO2 molecules may be having a more direct impact on

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A Way To Assess The Carbon Emissions Of Your Building

Oct 10th, 2012 | By
Carbon emission reader-newscientist

New Scientist: How much CO2 does the building you live in give off? What about your office? For the most part, mapping urban carbon emissions has been based on broad figures that don’t home in on specific buildings or streets. A computer program called Hestia can now record and map carbon emissions with a new

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Asymmetric Effects Of Economic Growth And Decline On CO2 Emissions

Oct 9th, 2012 | By

Nature: Estimating the trajectory of CO2 emissions, an important part of planning for climate change mitigation and adaptation, depends in part on understanding how these emissions are influenced by the economy. Although researchers have developed sophisticated models of the connections between the economy and CO2 emissions, prominently used modelling approaches implicitly assume that the effect

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Death By Climate Change?

Oct 2nd, 2012 | By
MNN Photo-CC

Huffington Post: The recent headline that 100 million people will die by 2030 if climate change is not addressed doubtlessly had people around the world imagining doomsday catastrophes. Don’t panic just yet, as this figure is perhaps a textbook example of how to lie with statistics. DARA, the Spain-based humanitarian NGO that released the report

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Species Loss, Climate Change Linked

Sep 29th, 2012 | By
Species loss photo

UPI.com: Species loss and reduced biodiversity make nature more sensitive to climate change, Swedish researchers say. This is especially true for species that sustain important functions such as water purification and crop pollination in a changing environment, they said. Scientists at the University of Gothenberg say high biodiversity acts as an insurance policy as it

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Can The Kathmandu Valley Be Saved?

Sep 28th, 2012 | By
Kathmandu valley

The Ecologist: The once bustling Bagmati river has become the focal point of Nepal’s struggle to bring modernity to this once isolated region. And the environment is struggling to survive, writes Joseph Mayton. KATHMANDU: It is “clean-up” day on Nepal’s major river, the Bagmati. Uniformed military personnel troll the banks of the river, picking up

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Think Twice Before Imposing Carbon Tariffs: Researchers

Sep 25th, 2012 | By

Economic Times: Calls for carbon taxes to tackle global warming often dodge the complexity of this issue, with the risk that hasty action could damage the world economyand fuel the greenhouse-gas problem, experts warned today. Carbon taxes – levies that would be imposed on goods according to the carbon dioxide (CO2) emitted in making them

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PBS NewsHour’s Climate Change Report Raises Eyebrows (VIDEO)

Sep 20th, 2012 | By

Huffington Post: A recent report from “PBS NewsHour” on climate change has drawn sharp criticism from climate groups that feel it provides a false sense of debate around the facts of climate change. The segment, which aired on September 16, features interviews with “converted skeptic” and University of California, Berkeley professor Richard Muller, along with

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Geophysical Limits to Global Wind Power

Sep 18th, 2012 | By

Nature: There is enough power in Earth’s winds to be a primary source of near-zero-emission electric power as the global economy continues to grow through the twenty-first century. Historically, wind turbines are placed on Earth’s surface, but high-altitude winds are usually steadier and faster than near-surface winds, resulting in higher average power densities1. Here, we

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Urgent Action’ Needed on Clean Development Mechanism

Sep 18th, 2012 | By

Scidevnet: A high-level panel has called for “urgent action” to safeguard the UN’s Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) by providing extra support to under-represented developing countries and focusing on sustainable development priorities. CDM allows developing economies to earn credits for projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, such as renewable energy production. These credits, known as Certified

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Brahmaputra Valley Pushing ‘Glacier-Melting Pollutants’ Into Himalayas

Sep 10th, 2012 | By

Nature: Alarmingly high pollution levels in the Brahmaputra river valley in the northeast of India might be resulting in an outflow of pollutants into the Himalayas, probably melting the glaciers and interfering with India’s monsoon cycle, a new study warns1. A team led by a climate change researcher at the Desert Research Institute in Nevada

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China Seeks Mastery of Carbon Capture and Storage

Aug 29th, 2012 | By

Scientific American: China is investing in the technology in the hopes of garnering emissions reductions and exports Shenhua Group Corp., one of China’s coal giants, has built much of its success at the cost of climate change. Every year, the company digs hundreds of million of tons of coal out of the ground and sells

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China Acknowledges To Phase Out POPs: Chlordane And Mirex

Aug 29th, 2012 | By

GEF: together with its implementing partners celebrated the recently-completed GEF/China Project on Demonstration of Alternatives to Chlordane and Mirex in Termite Control Sector in Nanjing, China. This success story reveals the real impact of triggering China’s ban on all persistent organic pollutants (POPs) pesticides, and thanks to the funding support of the GEF and technical

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Water Scarcity Looming Threat Across Country

Aug 27th, 2012 | By

Pakistan Observer: With the country slowly slipping down the scarcity bench mark, Pakistan will be facing severe water crisis in coming years. The alarm bells are ringing and in most of urban areas, the residents complain of water shortage, especially in summers. This situation will gradually extend to our agriculture sector – the backbone of

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Why Species Stay or Go in Response to Climate Change

Aug 20th, 2012 | By

Zee News: Washington: In two new studies, researchers have provided a clearer picture of why some species move according to climate change, and where they go. UC Berkeley researchers found that the Ash-throated Flycatcher, a low-elevation species, shifted its range down slope in response to climate change. One study finds that changes in precipitation have

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Plant a Pledge To Restore Earth Ecosystem: IUCN

Aug 18th, 2012 | By
Plant pledge

Mankind has removed more than half of the planet’s original forest cover. All the time this land stays barren and unrestored, the lives of millions of people and the survival of entire communities, cultures and ecosystems, remain under threat. We can restore many of these landscapes. A restored landscape can accommodate a mosaic of different

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The 5 Most Dangerous Climate Change Myths

Aug 14th, 2012 | By

Huffington post: Reality can be profoundly persuasive. As Americans sweat out one of the hottest summers on record, we’ve watched in dismay as drought has withered endless acres of crops and pushed the federal government to declare “natural” disasters in more than half the nation’s counties. As temperatures have shot up, so has the number

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New Atmospheric Compound Tied to Climate Change, Human Health

Aug 10th, 2012 | By

Science Daily: An international research team led by the University of Colorado Boulder and the University of Helsinki has discovered a surprising new chemical compound in Earth’s atmosphere that reacts with sulfur dioxide to form sulfuric acid, which is known to have significant impacts on climate and health. The new compound, a type of carbonyl

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European Commission Reaffirms Climate Change Goals

Aug 9th, 2012 | By

Huffingtonpost: The European Commission urged the world on Tuesday to stick with a goal of limiting climate change to a maximum temperature rise of 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 F) after Washington said the target could not be guaranteed. “World leaders pledged in Copenhagen to stay below the 2C temperature increase. What leaders promised must now

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Chinese Eco Pilots Find Habits Hard To Change

Aug 8th, 2012 | By

Guardian: Low-carbon city programmes are doing well on public awareness, but survey finds little evidence of greener habits. Only a small proportion of people in China‘s low-carbon pilot cities are living “low-carbon lives” in spite of widespread knowledge of the green agenda, a year-long survey of household energy consumption carried out by Beijing-based NGO Green

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Green Your Transport!

Aug 4th, 2012 | By

Planetsave: Green your transport, not only for the environment, but for your health, happiness, personal finances, and time…. I discussed the environmental impact of eating meat and dairy a bit in the previous Going Green Tips post, due to it being a leading contributor to global climate change, air pollution, and water pollution. Another clear

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Call To Eliminate Fossil Fuel Subsidies in UK- EU Takes Action

Jul 27th, 2012 | By

RTCC: Climate Live: MPs call on UK to eliminate fossil fuel subsidies, EU takes action against emission trading surplus & NASA reports ‘extreme melt’ in Greenland Latest news – Wednesday 25 July 1700 Military veterans and former lawmakers in the US have urged Congress to continue funding the Pentagon’s biofuel programme, saying US dependence on foreign

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Dirty Snow’ Hastens Glacial Melt in Himalayas

Jul 24th, 2012 | By

IPS News: Every morning, as Gian Pietro Verza walks up the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier in this Himalayan country’s north-east to take measurements, the wind makes colourful prayer flags flutter noisily. That same wind carries soot particles that are causing the snow on the mountains to melt faster. Photo: The Imja Glacier below

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Carbon Emissions From Aviation: Issues And Options

Jul 24th, 2012 | By

India Environment Portal: The underlying issue is not trade rules but the global climate regime The concerted opposition to the EU push towards forcing foreign airlines landing in Europe to become a part of its emissions trading scheme has led to an unexpected development, whose implications extend to setting the global climate agenda. The US,

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Impure Flows The Ganga

Jul 20th, 2012 | By

IPS News: Every year Yogesh Mudgal treks miles through the mountainous roads of the Indian Himalayas during the holy Hindu month of Shravan, in July. The 54-year-old pilgrim hails from Alwar in northern India’s Rajasthan state. For the last 27 years, he has joined the millions of other Kanwarias – devotees of Lord Shiva –entering

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Carbon Mitigation Technologies For Emerging Economies

Jul 19th, 2012 | By

Mountain Partnership: This report provides a review of the various options being pursued to reduce carbon intensities in five developing countries, namely Brazil, China, India, Indonesia and South Africa. These are major emerging economies, all of which are vulnerable to adverse effects from climate change, with their governments having to balance economic, environmental and social

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Understanding Climate Change: Through the Eyes of Chinese Youth

Jul 16th, 2012 | By

The Mantle: Recently the headlines read that the CO2 emissions of China may actually be 20% greater than previously thought, essentially equal adding the emissions of #5 emitter Japan to China’s total (see article). The difference lies in how the central and local government authorities measure energy use as a means of calculating greenhouse gas emissions.

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Greenhouse Gas Levels At Highest Point In 800,000 Years

Jul 11th, 2012 | By

Rabble.ca: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) held its 35th session recently in Geneva, on the northern shore of Lac Leman. Across the water from the UN quadrant where the IPCC’s decision-making body met lies Mont Blanc. At 4,800 metres Mont Blanc is the highest peak in the Alps. Like nearly all alpine glaciers,

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India: Guwahati One Of The Most Polluted City In The World

Jun 28th, 2012 | By

The northeastern Indian city Guwahati must have contributed to the Black Carbon (BC) pollutants which is responsible for glacier melting in the Himalayas. Guwahati, the capital city of Assam, adjacent to Bhutan as well as the eastern Himalayas probably accelerated BC concentration to melt glaciers in the region, scientists say. The city is situated on

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China’s Emissions Estimates Don’t Add Up

Jun 15th, 2012 | By

Nature: When Dabo Guan was studying the sources of carbon dioxide that were driving China to become the world’s top emitter of global-warming gases, he came across a puzzling mismatch: adding up the emissions estimates from China’s 30 provinces and municipalities gave a figure much higher than those reported for the nation as a whole1.

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Climate Change Rate Could Be Faster Than Thought, Study Suggests

Jun 13th, 2012 | By

Guardian: Data indicate China’s carbon emissions could be 20% higher, prompting fears Earth is warming at a much faster rate. China‘s carbon emissions could be nearly 20% higher than previously thought, a new analysis of official Chinese data showed on Sunday, suggesting the pace of global climate change could be even faster than currently predicted.

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Remote Sensing of Suspended Particulate Matter in Himalayan Lakes

Jun 11th, 2012 | By

Bio-One: This study presents satellite data and in situ measurements to estimate the concentration of suspended solids in high altitude and remote lakes of the Himalayas. Suspended particulate matter (SPM) concentrations measured in 13 lakes to the south of Mount Everest (Nepal) in October 2008 and reflectance values of the Advanced Visible and Near Infrared

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Biomass Cooking Stoves Linked To Depression

Jun 9th, 2012 | By

Scidevnet: Indoor air pollution caused by cooking with biomass fuels could be a risk factor in depression among women in their child-bearing years, a new study shows. The study covered 952 women, between 25 and 46 years of age, from 15 villages in West Bengal state, who cooked with wood, dung cakes, crop residues and

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