User: Genecampaign Topic: Climate Change
Category: Global warming
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Indian signs Paris agreement along with over 170 world 23.4.2016 Rediff: News
India on Friday signed the historic Paris climate agreement in the United Nations along with more than 170 nations.
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PROVe, The Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV), developed by National Institute of Ocean Technology (NIOT), maps the coral reefs in Andaman & Nicobar Islands 22.4.2016 Govt of india: PIB
PROVe, The Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV), developed by National Institute of Ocean Technology (NIOT), maps the coral reefs in Andaman & Nicobar Islands
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Dr. Harsh Vardhan celebrates Earth Day by inaugurating India’s first Cellulosic Alcohol Technology Demonstration Plant at Kashipur, Uttarakhand 22.4.2016 Govt of india: PIB
Union Minister for Science & Technology and Earth Sciences, Dr. Harsh Vardhan, inaugurated India’s 1st Second-Generation (2G) Ethanol plant today at Kashipur in Uttarakhand.
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Global Warming: half-a-degree makes a huge difference 22.4.2016 DNA: Recent Columns
A jump in global temperature of two degrees Celsius would double the severity of crop failures, water shortages and heatwaves in many regions compared to a rise of 1.5 C, according to a study released today. An extra 0.5 C (0.9 degrees Fahrenheit) would also add 10 centimetres (4 inches) to the average ocean waterline, further imperilling dozens of small island nations and densely-populated, low-lying deltas, a team of researchers reported. In a 2 C scenario, impacts are amplified in certain climate "hot spots," said the study in Earth System Dynamics, a journal of the European Geosciences Union. In the Mediterranean basin, for example, a 2 C world would see its supply of fresh water diminish by 20 percent compared to the late 20th century -- double the loss forecast for a 1.5 C increase. "We found significant differences" between 1.5 C and 2 C projections for 11 different impact areas, said the study's lead author Carl Schleussner, a scientist at Climate Analytics in Germany. The world's first global ...
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Keep indigenous people on their land to protect forests, say activists 22.4.2016 DNA: Money
With world leaders converging in New York to sign a landmark climate deal, activists along with actor Alec Baldwin called on Thursday for a halt to deforestation, a contributor to global warming, by giving indigenous people rights to their land. Keeping indigenous tribes from being pushed off their land would help protect forests that absorb planet-warming greenhouse gases, they told reporters in New York City. The climate change agreement, which commits world nations to lower greenhouse emissions, is slated to be signed by leaders and key officials of more than 165 nations on Friday. Rapid deforestation threatens the goal of the climate deal, negotiated last fall in Paris, to limit warming, Baldwin said.  Alec Baldwin Actor If we keep chopping down tropical forests at the rate we're doing now, we're lost. People need to hear and understand that technology alone is not going to save us from climate disaster." The responsibility lies with governments to keep indigenous people on their land, said the ...
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Study reveals greater climate impacts of 2C temperature rise 21.4.2016 The Guardian -- Front Page

Analysis of difference between 1.5C and 2C of warming finds extra 0.5C would mean longer heatwaves, greater droughts and threats to crops and coral reefs

A difference of half a degree centigrade may be barely noticeable day to day, but the difference between 1.5C and 2C of global warming is a shift into a new, more dangerous climate regime, according to the first comprehensive analysis of the issue.

The scientists found the additional 0.5C would lead to longer heatwaves, greater droughts and, in the tropics, reduced crop yield and all coral reefs being put in grave danger.

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Infographic: Heat wave deaths on the rise 21.4.2016 TOI: Home
Global warming has seen India’s temperature rising 0.6° C over the last 110 years. The number of deaths too have risen alarmingly. The worst was 2015 — one of India’s three hottest years — which saw deaths jump 44% over the previous year. Weeks of sweltering heat wave has already caused over 150 deaths in southern and eastern India with temperatures crossing 45° C in some states. Time to be prepared and stay safe.
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Times's climate change coverage 'distorted' and 'poor quality' 21.4.2016 Guardian: Environment

Newspaper is losing people’s trust on its global warming coverage, say group of UK’s leading climate advisers and top scientists in letter to the editor

The Times newspaper has been criticised for “poor quality” and “distorted coverage” of global warming by a group including some of the UK’s most eminent scientists, the chair of the government’s official advisers on climate change and a former chair of oil giant Shell.

“If you lose trust, you lose everything; and on this issue, you are losing trust,” said the group, in a letter to the Times editor, John Witherow, seen by the Guardian.

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China sets its sights on the Northwest Passage as a potential trade boon 21.4.2016 The Guardian -- World Latest

Shipping guide published by maritime safety administration outlines nautical charts and descriptions of ice conditions despite country’s lack of territorial claim

China is looking to exploit the Northwest Passage, the fabled shortcut from the Pacific to the Atlantic, according to state-run media, with the world’s biggest trader in goods publishing a shipping guide to the route.

The seaway north of Canada, which could offer a quicker journey from China to the US east coast than via the Panama Canal or Cape Horn, was sought by European explorers for centuries, including by the doomed Franklin expedition of 1845.

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China to use Arctic route for shipping to cut down distance 20.4.2016 TOI: Intl Business
Due to the melting of Arctic ice, China is planning to use the sea route for shipping as opposed to the ocean passages traditionally used to connect the northern Atlantic and Pacific oceans through Panama Canal. This will also shorten the earlier distance by 30 per cent.
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Great Barrier Reef: 93% of reefs hit by coral bleaching 20.4.2016 The Guardian -- World Latest

Comprehensive aerial survey reveals full extent of the devastation caused by abnormally warm ocean temperatures

Almost 93% of reefs on the Great Barrier Reef have been hit by coral bleaching, according to a comprehensive survey revealing the full extent of the devastation caused by abnormally warm ocean temperatures sweeping the globe.

There have only been three mass bleaching events recorded on the reef , and all of them have happened since 1998. Scientists say this episode is the worst they’ve ever seen.

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8 ways to beat the summer heat 17.4.2016 Rediff: GetAhead
With scorcher days ahead, you must be looking for ways to avoid the heat. Here are few!
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Sarah Palin explains why we should question climate change - video 15.4.2016 Guardian: Environment

Sarah Palin has called on Americans to question the science behind climate change, saying people should not be afraid to challenge the scientific community. The Republican politician made the remarks at the Washington premiere for Climate Hustle, a film that dismisses global warming as an excuse for government takeover and claims that rising carbon emissions are beneficial

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March temperature smashes 100-year global record 15.4.2016 The Guardian -- Front Page

Average global temperature was 1.07C hotter - beating last month’s previous record increase

The global temperature in March has shattered a century-long record and by the greatest margin yet seen for any month.

February was far above the long-term average globally, driven largely by climate change, and was described by scientists as a “shocker” and signalling “a kind of climate emergency”. But data released by the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) shows that March was even hotter.

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Climate change denier Sarah Palin: 'Bill Nye is as much a scientist as I am' 15.4.2016 The Guardian -- World Latest

Ex-Alaska governor promotes Climate Hustle film and calls for intervention to stop the ‘peer pressure’ as world leaders agree global warming is a serious threat

Of all the causes Sarah Palin has embraced in her varied career as hockey mom, Alaska governor, Republican vice-presidential nominee, Fox television commentator and Donald Trump supporter, none perhaps may be as bold or – as she still likes to say, “rogue” – as trying to take down a much-beloved children’s television personality: Bill Nye the Science Guy.

But that was where hardcore climate change denial landed Palin on Thursday: a wood-panelled committee room in Congress where she disputed the credentials of a hugely popular science educator who has designed devices for Nasa and been awarded several honorary degrees.

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World's scientists to join forces on major 1.5C climate change report 14.4.2016 The Guardian -- World Latest

Special UN report will offer comprehensive assessment of impacts of 1.5C rise in global warming on sea level, coral bleaching and biodiversity

Scientists from around the world will contribute to a major UN report on how global temperatures can be held to a rise of 1.5C and what the impact might be on sea level rises, the bleaching of corals and biodiversity.

The special report, from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), will assess all the available peer-reviewed science along with other special reports on how land and oceans are being affected by climate change. These will look at the melting of ice in polar and mountain regions, as well as the impact of climate change on cities and food supplies.

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Poll: Who's the hottest cover girl? Vote Now! 14.4.2016 Rediff: GetAhead
Warning: These hot divas might just melt your screen.
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Can game theory help solve the problem of climate change? 13.4.2016 The Guardian -- Front Page
Applying the mathematical principle of studying models of conflict and cooperation between groups could help us rein in global warming Can’t we all just get along. Play nicely? Share? Such laments could be applied to many economic, political and social problems today. Perhaps the thorniest of them all is, climate change. Despite the relative success of the Paris COP21 in November, we are still far from effectively controlling greenhouse gas emissions. Could game theory help us rein in our impacts on the climate? Game theory is the mathematical study of conflict and cooperation between actors or groups: animals, people, businesses, countries or even computer algorithms. It became a formal topic of study in the 1950s and has since made significant impact on economics, political science and evolutionary biology and ecology ...
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IGI's triple jump: More solar power to save Rs 12 crore per year 13.4.2016 ET: Transportation
More than half of the power requirement of Terminal 1D is met by the airport's solar power plant, which became operational in October last year.
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Climate scientist James Hansen: 'I don't think I'm an alarmist' 12.4.2016 The Guardian -- Front Page
James Hansen has crossed the classic divide between research and activism. In an interview with Yale Environment 360 , he responds to critics and explains why he believes the reality of climate change requires him to speak out Climate scientist James Hansen has been a prominent figure in the global climate conversation for more than 40 years. His 1988 congressional testimony on climate change helped introduce the problem of rising greenhouse gas emissions to the American public, and he has led study after study examining exactly how our world will change as a result of global warming. Eight years ago, however, Hansen made the rare decision to begin engaging in climate activism, and he has since protested mountaintop removal in West Virginia and gotten arrested outside the White House in a rally against the Keystone XL pipeline. His actions have earned him both praise and criticism from the media and scientific community. Recent scientific endeavors of his — including a study last month that was ...
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