User: Genecampaign Topic: Climate Change
Category: Global warming
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Historic deal reached to cut greenhouse gas emissions 17.10.2016 Rediff: Business
According to the amendment adopted by nations, developed countries will reduce HFCs use first, followed by China along with a large number of countries.
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31 countries join Paris Climate Change agreement 22.9.2016 DNA: Wide Angle
31 countries formally joined the Paris climate change pact on Wednesday, bringing the total number of countries ratifying the treaty to 60 and raising hopes that it will enter into effect by the end of the year. The number is higher than the 55-country threshold needed for the treaty to enter into force. But because together those countries account for just under 48% of total global emissions short of the 55% threshold the agreement isn't expected to take effect until later this year. "I am convinced that the Paris Agreement will enter into force before the end of 2016," Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said at an event on the sidelines of the high-level UN General Assembly gathering. US Secretary of State John Kerry said he is confident of reaching the magic number before the next UN climate conference, which starts November 7 in Marrakech, Morocco. He urged people everywhere "to become warriors for the planet." The world's two biggest emitters, the United States and China, have already ratified the deal. ...
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Britain records hottest September day in over 100 years 15.9.2016 DNA: Money
Britain recorded its warmest September day in more than 100 years on Tuesday with temperatures rising to over 34 degrees Celsius in the southern county of Kent. The Met Office said on its Twitter page the town of Gravesend recorded a temperature of 34.4 degrees Celsius (93.92°Fahrenheit), making it the hottest day of the year. "This makes it the warmest September day since 1911," it said. London's Heathrow airport and Kew Gardens recorded temperatures of 32.8 Celsius, The Met said earlier. Londoners took to the city's numerous parks to make the most of the sunshine while in the southern city of Brighton, swimmers headed to the beach. At London Zoo, keepers sought to cool animals down from the heat, such as giving ice cubes packed with tasty morsels to the meerkats.  "They come from the Kalahari desert in southern Africa so it can get very warm during the day but they weren't born in the Kalahari desert so they are quite acclimatised to the UK weather," zookeeper Grant Kother said. "So although they are ...
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Rising ocean temperature could impact India's food production 13.9.2016 DNA: Urban Tales
Food security of India and several other major key food producing countries are threatened by changing weather patterns due to warming of the oceans, which may well be the "greatest" hidden challenge for the present generation, according to a study. Changes in ocean-focused atmospheric patterns have direct implications on food production as the yield is impacted. "The consequences for society of changing weather patterns due to the warming of the oceans are considerable," said the report titled "Explaining ocean warming: causes, scale, effects and consequences". The report released by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) said they involve a mix of food and water factors, and the evolution of various types of risk. Noting that there have already been changes to precipitation patterns in a number of areas of the planet resulting from large-scale atmospheric teleconnections with ocean warming, the report said there can be increased rainfall in some mid-latitude and monsoon areas and ...
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Climate change could lead to more violent typhoons for China, Japan: study 6.9.2016 DNA: Mumbai
China, Taiwan, Japan and the Koreas will experience more violent typhoons under climate change, said researchers today, presenting evidence for a recent rise in storm intensity caused by ocean warming. Scientists have struggled to identify changes in the intensity and frequency of typhoons over the northwest Pacific ocean -- never mind trying to pinpoint a role for global warming. Contradictory trends emerge from records such as the Joint Typhoon Warning Center​ and the Japan Meteorological Agency -- the two most widely-used data sets in typhoon research, according to the US-based study authors Wei Mei and Shang-Ping Xie. They have now corrected the available data for differences in methodology and discovered a single, clear trend. "Over the past 37 years, typhoons that strike east and southeast Asia have intensified by 12-15 percent," they wrote in the journal Nature Geoscience. And the data showed this intensification, in turn, was linked to ocean surface warming -- possibly caused by climate change, ...
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Tissue culture tea lab in Silchar 5.9.2016 The Assam Tribune
Tissue culture tea lab in Silchar
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Urjit Patel could herald climate change-financial world links 1.9.2016 ET: Policy
The three years that Rajan spent at the IMF as Chief Economist had been a period of intense debate on the economics of climate change.
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When Amitav Ghosh issues a warning, it's time to listen 30.8.2016 Rediff: News
'We know many things are going to happen.'
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Rising temperatures could increase Antarctica's snowfall, says study 28.8.2016 DNA: Urban Tales
Rising temperatures could increase the amount of snowfall over Antarctica which may help reduce the rise in global sea level, a new study has found. When Antarctica's air temperature rises, moisture in the atmosphere increases. That should mean more snowfall on the frozen continent, researchers said. However, as climate models predict, that trend has not become evident in Antarctica's surface mass balance. Scientists from Columbia University in the US used historical records and climate simulations to examine that trend. They found that the effect of rising temperatures on snowfall has so far been overshadowed by Antarctica's large natural climate variability, which comes from random, chaotic variations in the polar weather. By mid-century, however, as temperatures continue to rise, the study shows how the effect of human-induced warming on Antarctica's net snow accumulation should emerge above the noise. The expectation of more snowfall is something of a silver lining as temperatures rise. Global ...
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Scientists find way to convert carbon dioxide to fossil fuels 26.8.2016 DNA: Top News
Climate change is problem and with humans advancing it, along with global warming by injecting about 30 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide every year, things just look murky. Given that the ideal amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is 0.03 per cent, we need alternatives and fast. Fortunately, there have been groups across the world battling this problem, with the most recent paper published by a group of scientists from the University of Toronto in Canada. They have found a way that they believe will turn the gas into an energy-rich fuel using silicon. Silicon, readily available in sand, is the seventh most-abundant element in the universe and the second most-abundant element in the earth's crust. Not a new idea The idea of converting carbon dioxide emissions to energy isn't new: there's been a global race to discover a material that can efficiently convert sunlight, carbon dioxide and water or hydrogen to fuel for decades. However, the chemical stability of carbon dioxide has made it difficult to ...
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La Nina: China likely to be hit by 5-6 typhoons next month 25.8.2016 DNA: Wide Angle
China is set to be hit by at least five or six typhoons next month due to the La Nina phenomenon, bringing storms on land and sea, authorities said on Thursday. The National Marine Environmental Forecasting Centre (NMEFC) said that up to six typhoons are expected to hit China next month, more than in previous years. Three or four will affect coastal areas. Last week, China upgraded its warning for ocean waves triggered by Typhoon Dianmu to a yellow alert from blue on a four-colour warning system. The typhoon dumped heavy rainfall across the Leizhou peninsula in southeastern Guangdong Province, leaving entire villages submerged in places.  Affected by global warming and La Nina, China's coastal sea level is higher than the same period in recent years. The NMEFC called on coastal departments to follow forecasts and be prepared for ocean disasters. La Nina is an ocean atmosphere phenomenon characterised by low sea temperatures across the equatorial eastern central Pacific. It often occurs after a strong El ...
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Eco campaign in schools imparts new life skills - What did you learn in school today? waste management. 22.8.2016 ET: Education
Each chapter has exercises: bury a banana peel, plastic bag and a paper cup in separate pots and check their state of decomposition after a week
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dna Tech Reads: From the new Huawei P9 to Intel's Project Alloy VR headset 18.8.2016 DNA: India
1. New graphene-based sensor can detect single molecule of explosives The new sensor is capable of detecting even single molecule of explosive materials and toxic chemicals. Read more here . 2. Huawei P9 vs LG G5: Battle of the dual-wielders Which is the better dual rear camera smartphone? Read more here . 3. July was Earth's hottest month in modern times: NOAA A national body that monitors global warming states that July was the hotter than the 20th century highest. Read more here . 4. New technique may help detect Martian life MIT scientists have developed a non-destructive technique to analyse samples from the Mars Rover on the fly. Read more here . 5. Intel's Project Alloy is a new standalone VR headset The headset uses Intel RealSense to map your confines, as well as let you use your hands as controllers. Read more here ...
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July was Earth's hottest month in modern times: NOAA 17.8.2016 DNA: Urban Tales
Soaring temperatures worldwide made July the Earth's hottest month in modern times, setting a new high mark for global heat in 137 years of record-keeping, US government scientists said today. The report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration came just two days after the US space agency NASA released its climate data, which also found July was a record-breaking month. "July is typically the hottest month for the globe, and last month didn't disappoint," said a summary of the monthly report by NOAA. "July 2016 was 1.57 degrees Fahrenheit above the 20th-century average, breaking last year's record for the warmest July on record by 0.11 degrees." Scientists say the heating trend is being driven by fossil-fuel burning, and is made worse by the ocean warming phenomenon known as El Nino, which came to an end last month. July's global average of temperatures taken over land and ocean surfaces were the "highest for any month in the NOAA global temperature dataset record, which dates back to ...
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Global warming making Siachen riskier for soldiers 14.8.2016 Rediff: News
The death of 10 soldiers earlier this year in an avalanche in the critical Sonam post, located close to the Line of Control with Pakistan, was due to global warming.
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India summons Basit to protest cross-border terror 9.8.2016 TOI: Home
India on Tuesday summoned Pak envoy Abdul Basit and issued a strong demarche on continuing crossborder terrorism from Pakistan. Foreign secretary Jaishankar told Basit that India strongly protests the continued infiltration from Pakistan of trained terrorists with instructions to carry out attacks.
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Rio Olympics off to a colourful start 7.8.2016 The Assam Tribune
Rio Olympics off to a colourful start
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Rio 2016: 206 countries, over 11,000 athletes - 31st Olympic Games begins after glittering opening ceremony! 6.8.2016 DNA: Opinion
Brazil showcased its rich history and cultural heritage, combined with Rio's famous 'Samba' dance, as the 31st Olympic Games was officially launched with a subtle yet powerful message of global warming plaguing the world in a glittering opening ceremony here.  Brazil organisers put their passion for football aside and made climate change and depletion of natural resources as the central theme in a thought-provoking nearly four-hour long ceremony to signal the opening of the 17-day extravaganza which will be competed by more than 11,000 athletes from 209 countries, including India, and a refugee Olympic team. Brazil's Acting President Michel Temer declared open the Games, the first to be held in South America, in the presence of International Olympic Committee chief Thomas Bach, who gave a lengthy speech, and United Nations head, Ban-Ki Moon. "I declare the Rio Olympics open, and celebrate the 31st Olympic Games of the modern era," Temer said to formally signal the commencement of competitions as the Rio ...
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Global Warming: Sea levels hit record high in 2015 4.8.2016 DNA: Wide Angle
Global heat, greenhouse gases and sea levels all climbed to record highs last year, making 2015 the worst in modern times across a range of key environmental indicators, international scientists said today. A dire picture of the Earth's health is painted in the State of the Climate report, a peer-reviewed 300-page tome that comes out once a year and is compiled by 450 scientists from around the world. The record heat that the planet experienced last year was driven partially by global warming, and was exacerbated by the ocean heating trend known as El Nino, it said. El Nino, which just ended in July, was one of the strongest the Earth has seen "since at least 1950," said the report, led by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Centers for Environmental Information. "This 'annual physical' of Earth's climate system showed us that 2015's climate was shaped both by long-term change and an El Nino event," said Thomas Karl, director of the NOAA division. "Last year's El Nino was ...
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Democrats unload on Trump; call him fraud, hypocrite 28.7.2016 Rediff: News
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is a fraud, a liar and a hypocrite, top Democratic leaders and speakers at the party's national convention said as they lashed out at the billionaire from New York.
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