User: Genecampaign Topic: Climate Change
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Kriti or Dips? Who's the hottest cover girl? 14.12.2016 Rediff: GetAhead
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Stress on quality products to survive severe competition 13.12.2016 The Assam Tribune
Stress on quality products to survive severe competition
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Polar bear numbers to plunge a third as Arctic sea ice melts: Study 8.12.2016 DNA: Mumbai
Polar bear numbers could drop a third by mid-century, according to the first systematic assessment, released today, of how dwindling Arctic sea ice affects the world's largest bear. There is a 70 percent chance that the global polar bear population -- estimated at 26,000 -- will decline by more than 30 percent over the next 35 years, a period corresponding to three generations, the study found. Other assessments have reached similar conclusions, notably a recent review by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), which tracks endangered species on its Red List. The IUCN classified the sea-faring polar bear -- aka Ursus maritimus -- as "vulnerable", or at high risk of extinction in the wild. But the new study, published in the Royal Society's Biology Letters, is the most comprehensive to date, combining 35 years of satellite data on Arctic sea ice with all known shifts in 19 distinct polar bears groupings scattered across four ecological zones in the Arctic. "Polar bears depend on sea ...
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Polar sea ice the size of India vanishes in record heat 6.12.2016 DNA: India
Sea ice off Antarctica and in the Arctic is at record lows for this time of year, after declining by twice the size of Alaska, in a sign of rising global temperatures, climate scientists say. Against a trend of global warming and a steady retreat of ice at earth's northern tip, ice floating on the Southern Ocean off Antarctica has tended to expand in recent years. But now it is shrinking at both ends of the planet, a development alarming scientists and to which a build-up of man-made greenhouse gases, an El Nino weather event that this year unlocked heat from the Pacific Ocean and freak natural swings may all be contributing. "There are some really crazy things going on," said Mark Serreze, director of the US National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) in Boulder, Colorado, saying temperatures in parts of the Arctic were 20 degrees Celsius above normal some days in November. Worldwide, this year is on track to be the warmest on record. Combined, the extent of polar sea ice on December 4 was about 3.84 ...
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Climate change helps Mizoram emerge a muga producer 5.12.2016 The Assam Tribune
Climate change helps Mizoram emerge a muga producer
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Science Society’s biennial session held 5.12.2016 The Assam Tribune
Science Society’s biennial session held
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New way to create fuel from water 1.12.2016 DNA: Mumbai
In a breakthrough, scientists have found an economically viable way to create fuel from water by splitting it into oxygen and hydrogen, using an ultrathin catalyst. Just as solar light can generate electricity, the water splitting process could do the same via the generation of clean chemical fuel such as hydrogen, said Huijin Zhao, Director of Griffith University's Centre for Clean Environment and Energy (CCEE) in Australia. While it is already scientifically possible to split water in this way, highly efficient catalysts are the key to moving the system to one that is economically viable, researchers said. "The world is now facing five major issues for humanity - energy, environment, water, food security and public health," Zhao said.  "Global warming is ranked first and it is all resulting from burning fossil fuels because that is where carbon dioxide comes from," he said. "To reduce this and to make the global temperature not rise beyond 2 degrees Celsius you have to find clean, renewable energy and ...
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Cabinet approves the negotiating position adopted by the Government at the Meeting of Parties to the Montreal Protocol of the Vienna Convention for Protection of Ozone Layer held at Kigali, Rwanda 1.12.2016 Govt of india: PIB
The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given its ex-post facto approval to the negotiating position adopted by the Government of India at the recent Meeting of Parties (MoP)
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Global warming force muga farmers to change 30.11.2016 The Assam Tribune
Global warming force muga farmers to change
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Pakistan to soon set up world's largest solar park 30.11.2016 Sify Finance
[Pakistan], Nov.30 (ANI): Pakistan will soon have the world's largest solar park of 1,000 megawatts, the country's Minister of Climate Change Zahid Hamid has said.
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Flatlining global carbon emissions highlight slowdown in power demand: GlobalData 21.11.2016 ET: Power
Its latest report states that this stall in global carbon emissions can be attributed to a slowdown in demand for power and a shift in fuel mix from coal to low carbon fuels such as natural gas.
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Climate-threatened nations aim for 100 percent renewable energy 21.11.2016 DNA: Urban Tales
A group of the countries most at risk from climate change said they would strive to make their energy production 100 percent renewable "as rapidly as possible", as part of efforts to limit global warming to below 1.5 degrees Celsius. The Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF), which numbers 48 nations, also committed to update their climate action plans submitted as part of the U.N. climate pact agreed in Paris last year and prepare low-carbon development strategies for mid-century, both before 2020. But they emphasised they would need additional funding for more ambitious steps to reduce emissions and protect their people from extreme weather and rising seas. "Today's commitment by the member countries of the Climate Vulnerable Forum to move toward powering their economies entirely with renewable energy is a bold vision that sets the pace for the world's efforts to implement the Paris Agreement and move even more quickly to solve the climate crisis," former U.S. Vice President Al Gore said in a ...
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New NASA report says sea ice has hit record low at poles 20.11.2016 DNA: Top News
Sea ice in the Arctic and the Antarctic has reduced to a record low levels since 1979, a new NASA report has found. "It looks like, since the beginning of October, that for the first time we are seeing both the Arctic and Antarctic sea ice running at record low levels," said Walt Meier, researcher at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Centre which tracked sea ice data since 1979. Although record low sea ice is not new for the Arctic, it is a surprising event for the Antarctic. Even as sea ice in the Arctic has seen a rapid and consistent decline over the past decade, Antarctic on the other hand has seen its extent increasing. From 2012 through 2014, each year it has reached a record high for its sea ice extent. It is too early to know if the recent, rapid decline in Antarctic sea ice is going to be a regular occurrence like in the Arctic, researchers said. However it "certainly puts the kibosh on everyone saying that Antarctica's ice is just going up and up," Meier told the CNN. This sea ice decline has been a ...
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India, other emerging markets investing more in clean energy: John Kerry 17.11.2016 DNA: India
The renewable energy boom is not limited to industrialised countries as emerging economies like India have invested more in such technologies than developed world, US Secretary of State John Kerry today said. Stressing on adoption of clean technologies by nations, Kerry, speaking at the UN climate talks here, said nearly 20 million new asthma cases a year in India linked to coal-related air pollution. "Now, significantly, the renewable energy boom isn't limited to industrialised countries, and that's important to note. In fact, emerging economies like China, India, and Brazil invested even more in renewable technologies last year than the developed world," he said. "China alone invested more than 100 billion dollars. Ultimately, clean energy is expected to be a multi-trillion dollar market the largest market the world has ever known. And no nation will do well if it sits on the sidelines, handicapping its new businesses from reaping the benefits of the clean-tech explosion," he said in his speech. Noting ...
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Big companies urge Donald Trump to uphold Paris climate pact 16.11.2016 DNA: Money
 More than 360 mostly American companies and investors, including a dozen Fortune 500 firms, on Wednesday called on Donald Trump to uphold the 196-nation Paris climate pact. An open letter released at high-level UN climate talks in the Moroccan city of Marrakesh called on the US president-elect to back "continued US participation in the Paris Agreement, in order to provide the long-term direction needed to keep global temperature rise below 2C," or two degrees Celsius. Trump has called global warming a "hoax", and said he would "cancel" the agreement. Implementing the Paris deal, which entered into force earlier this month, would help businesses "turn the billions of dollars in existing low-carbon investments into the trillions of dollars the world needs to bring clean energy and prosperity to all," the letter read. DuPont, Gap Inc, Hewlett Packard, Hilton and Nike were among the multi-billion dollar companies supporting the appeal. Starbucks, General Mills, Kellogg Company, and Levi Strauss & Co, along ...
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US must respect 'irreversible' climate deal, says French President Hollande 15.11.2016 DNA: Recent Columns
French President Francois Hollande on Tuesday urged the United States to respect the "irreversible" Paris Agreement on climate change, and said France will lead a dialogue on the topic with President-elect Donald Trump "on behalf of the 100 countries that have ratified" the deal. Speaking to a UN climate conference in Morocco, Hollande praised US President Barack Obama for his role in getting the landmark pact adopted in the French capital last year. "The United States, the most powerful economy in the world, the second-largest emitter of greenhouse gases, must respect the commitments that were made," he said. "It's not simply their duty, it's in their interest." Scientists say oil and other fossil fuels are the biggest contributors to man-made warming. Trump, however, has called global warming a "hoax" and pledged during his campaign to "cancel" the Paris deal. "The agreement was historic," Hollande said. "But what we must say here is that this agreement is irreversible." Earlier, UN Secretary-General ...
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What India can expect from President Trump 11.11.2016 Rediff: Columns
'A bit of marketing, a bit of positioning, and a lot of strategic thinking is required, and all this should be in aid of India's strategic intent: Becoming the third pole in a global G3 and aiming for Numero Uno,' says Rajeev Srinivasan.
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No doubt world will shift to low emissions, says UN climate chief 7.11.2016 DNA: Urban Tales
Climate negotiators started work on Monday on implementing the Paris Agreement on global warming amid uncertainty over how the US election will impact the landmark deal as temperatures and greenhouse gases soar to new heights. UN climate chief Patricia Espinosa told delegates in the rain-soaked Moroccan city of Marrakech that "no politician or citizen, no business manager or investor" can doubt that the world is determined to shift toward a "low-emission, resilient society." So far, 100 countries have formally joined the agreement adopted last year in Paris, including top polluters China, the United States, the European Union and India. However, US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has said he would "cancel" the deal if he wins the election this week. His opponent, Hillary Clinton, backs the climate policies of President Barack Obama's government. "Achieving the aims and ambitions of the Paris Agreement is not a given," Espinosa said. "The peaking of global emissions is urgent, as is ...
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Historic Paris climate deal enters into force 4.11.2016 DNA: Top News
A worldwide pact to battle global warming entered into force on Friday, just a week before nations reassemble to discuss how to make good on their promises to cut planet-warming greenhouse gases. Dubbed the Paris Agreement, it is the first-ever deal binding all the world's nations, rich and poor, to a commitment to cap global warming caused mainly from the burning of coal, oil and gas. "A historic day for the planet," said the office of President Francois Hollande of France, host to the 2015 negotiations that yielded the breakthrough pact. "Humanity will look back on November 4, 2016, as the day that countries of the world shut the door on inevitable climate disaster," UN climate chief Patricia Espinosa and Moroccan Foreign Minister Salaheddine Mezouar said in a joint statement. Mezouar will preside over the UN meeting opening in Marrakesh on Monday. "It is also a moment to look ahead with sober assessment and renewed will over the task ahead," they said. This meant drastically and urgently cutting ...
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We are going GAGA over these National Geographic photos 4.11.2016 Rediff: News
National Geographic has released a final selection of entries from the magazine's 2016 Nature Photographer of the Year contest and, as you might expect, they're breathtaking.
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