User: Genecampaign Topic: Climate Change
Category: Global warming
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Global warming could be accelerated by permafrost thawing (Cached) 8.4.2014 DNA: Money
Researchers have found new evidence that permafrost thawing is releasing large quantities of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere via plants, which could accelerate warming trends. Suzanne Hodgkins, the lead author on the paper and a doctoral student in chemical oceanography at Florida State, said they've known for a while now that permafrost is thawing, asserting what they've found is that the associated changes in plant community composition in the polar regions could lead to way more carbon being released into the atmosphere as methane. Permafrost is soil that is frozen year round and is typically located in polar regions. As the world has gotten slightly warmer, that permafrost is thawing and decomposing, which is producing increased amounts of methane. Relative to carbon dioxide, methane has a disproportionately large global warming potential. Methane is 33 times more effective at warming the Earth on a mass basis and a century time scale relative to carbon dioxide. As the plants break down, they ...
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Shale gas boom leaves US wind power developers gasping for air (Cached) 8.4.2014 ET: Power
Wind power industry may not recover, and the US may lose ground in its race to reduce dependence on the fossil fuels driving global warming, say wind-power advocates.
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BJP for sustainable development, transparent green clearances  8.4.2014 India News, Latest News in India, Live News India, India Breaking News - Times of India
The BJP’s manifesto promised to "take climate change mitigation initiatives with all seriousness" and pledged to work with the global community and ...
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How progressive is BJP's election manifesto in foreign, nuclear, and defence policies? (Cached) 7.4.2014 DNA: India
The Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP’s) long-awaited manifesto was finally released on Monday as the first phase of polls for the 2014 general elections opened in India’s northeast. Though delayed, the BJP’s guiding document has revealed itself to be quite impressive in terms of new thinking and foci of the party. Moving beyond staid 20th century mantras, the BJP promises to explore the implementation of carbon credits, green technology, and participate in international efforts to reduce global warming. Overzealous analysts need to be reminded at times that a manifesto is not a policy document but a declaration of guiding principles; a manifesto does not usually dwell on intricate field-specific details but states broad outlines of a vision. To expect more is not just foolish but a failure to understand the medium and platform. Nuclear Policy The BJP’s manifesto declares that the party’s government will pursue nuclear power as a part of India’s energy mix. In conjunction with the section on environmental ...
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BJP election manifesto thorough in foreign, nuclear, and defence policies (Cached) 7.4.2014 DNA: India
The Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP’s) long-awaited manifesto was finally released on Monday as the first phase of polls for the 2014 general elections opened in India’s northeast. Though delayed, the BJP’s guiding document has revealed itself to be quite impressive in terms of new thinking and foci of the party. Moving beyond staid 20th century mantras, the BJP promises to explore the implementation of carbon credits, green technology, and participate in international efforts to reduce global warming. Overzealous analysts need to be reminded at times that a manifesto is not a policy document but a declaration of guiding principles; a manifesto does not usually dwell on intricate field-specific details but states broad outlines of a vision. To expect more is not just foolish but a failure to understand the medium and platform. Nuclear Policy The BJP’s manifesto declares that the party’s government will pursue nuclear power as a part of India’s energy mix. In conjunction with the section on environmental ...
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IPCC report proposes sucking carbon out of the air as climate fix 7.4.2014 Guardian: Environment
Technique of burning biomass then pumping released carbon underground included in leaked draft from UN climate panel

An upcoming UN report suggests that unproven technologies to suck carbon out of the air might be a fix for climate change, according to a leaked draft obtained by the Guardian.

Scientists and government officials gather in Berlin this week ahead of Sunday's publication of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's third part of its series of blockbuster climate change reports, which deals with policies addressing the emissions that drive global warming.

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Clock ticks on fossil fuel race (Cached) 7.4.2014 Telegraph: International
Oslo, April 6 (Reuters): World powers are running out of time to slash their use of high-polluting fossil fuels and stay below agreed limits on global warming, a draft UN study to be approved this week shows.
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Fracking firm to drill on former explosives site 4.4.2014 Guardian: Environment
Dart Energy says the site is safe, but opponents warn of unexploded bombs and incomplete safety tests A leading fracking firm is to start drilling on the former site of a huge explosive factory, in a decision described as "beyond comprehension" by the local MP. Dart Energy, which is expected to begin drilling this weekend, says the site is "absolutely" safe. But opponents say there is a risk of unexploded bombs and that safety tests have not yet been completed. The revelations add to concerns about the regulation of "unconventional" gas exploration in the UK, which has seen deformed wells go unreported , planning rules breached and trespassing ...
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Climate change will 'lead to battles for food', says head of World Bank 4.4.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page
Jim Yong Kim urges campaigners and scientists to work together to form a coherent plan in the fight against climate change

Battles over water and food will erupt within the next five to 10 years as a result of climate change, the president of the World Bank said as he urged those campaigning against global warming to learn the lessons of how protesters and scientists joined forces in the battle against HIV.

Jim Yong Kim said it was possible to cap the rise in global temperatures at 2C but that so far there had been a failure to replicate the "unbelievable" success of the 15-year-long coalition of activists and scientists to develop a treatment for HIV.

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Producers of An Inconvenient Truth moot sequel 3.4.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page
Lawrence Bender, producer of the successful environmental documentary narrated by Al Gore, has said he's had discussions about a follow-up film

An Inconvenient Truth, the documentary featuring Al Gore's attempts to alert people to the dangers of climate change, triggered a global conversation when it was released in 2006, and earned $50m at the box office. Now the film's producers are talking up a potential sequel.

"We have had conversations," Lawrence Bender told the Hollywood Reporter. "We've met; we've discussed. If we are going to make a movie, we want it to have an impact." Fellow producer Scott Z. Burns added that he "would only support doing a follow-up if we have a really, really amazing way of attacking the issue and reinvigorating it."

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UN's latest climate change report has put India on high alert (Cached) 2.4.2014 Rediff: Business
India is among the most vulnerable countries. It could lose 1.7 per cent of its GDP even if the annual mean temperature rises by just a degree.
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warm regard (Cached) 1.4.2014 Telegraph: Opinion
More than 300 scientists from 115 countries, forming a Nobel-winning intergovernmental panel chaired by an Indian, have made some dire, but not hopeless, pronouncements on climate change from Japan. This is the second of three reports from the United Nations panel on climate change, specifically on the effect of global warming caused by greenhouse gas emissions on people and the planet. The first had made an erroneous prediction on the melting of Himalayan glaciers that had tarnished the panel's credibility. So it has made absolutely sure this time to deliver a foolproof report on state-of-the-art studies and opinions on exactly how bad, and how remediable, the effect of climate change will be on human, animal and natural lives. The threat, it seems, had been underestimated, both of the extent of warming and of predicted rise in sea-levels. The primary threat is to food security, with declining crop yields (especially wheat and corn) leading to inflation, migration and conflict. Human security would also ...
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Frame climate change as a food issue, experts say 1.4.2014 Guardian: Environment
As IPCC report warns of climate impact on food security, researchers are looking at whether talking about food could break political deadlock on global warming

Reframing climate change as a food issue as the world's leading scientists did this week could provide an opportunity to mobilise people, experts say.

Academics and campaigners were already looking at food as a way to better connect with public on climate change when the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released its finding on declining crop yields.

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Warming climate may spread drought to a third of earth (Cached) 1.4.2014 New Kerala: Technology
New York, April 1 : Around one third of the earth may be at the greater risk of drought by 2100 as warmer temperatures extract more moisture from the soil, says a study.
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Telegraph and Mail concede on climate change 1.4.2014 Guardian: Environment

Newspapers critical of climate change science tell MPs global warming is happening and humans play a role in it

One is home to some of the UK's best known commentators casting doubt on climate change science, while the other claims "climate change is on ice" and "huge uncertainties surround the science of climate change".

But both the Daily Telegraph and Daily Mail have now told MPs they believe climate change is happening and humans play a role in it.

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At 92, I was arrested for protesting against mining. I'm glad I took a stand 1.4.2014 Guardian: Comment is Free
The people worried about climate change have got to take action, because the government has completely ignored them. So Ill continue to protest I owe it to all children Yesterday, I joined about 150 others in a demonstration to occupy parts of the area being developed by Whitehaven Coal, who have set up amazing machinery to destroy the Leard State Forest. We left early in the morning in a convoy with the intention of getting into the site so we could stop work for the day. It was a rough ride to the worksite, but we survived it, and eventually were able to get in. They had a very strong contingent of security people, but we managed to occupy the site for hours. Eventually the police arrived, and starting arresting people, including me. I was taken into police custody and charged with trespassing. ...
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Global warming will lead to food insecurity: IPCC - Economic Times (Cached) 1.4.2014
Global warming will lead to food insecurity: IPCC Economic Times Unchecked global warming will exacerbate fresh-water scarcity as well as hurt food production, driving up prices and increasing food insecurity. ET SPECIAL: Save precious time tracking your investments. NEW DELHI: Unseasonal rains in India and ... World close to tipping point on global warming, UN body warns Irish Times We're taking strong steps on climate: PM The Australian World ill-prepared to face new climate threats Irish Examiner New Zealand Herald ABC Online (blog) MSNBC all 1,664 news ...
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So, after the IPCC report, which bit of the world are you prepared to lose? 1.4.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page
To understand what is happening to the living planet, the great conservationist Aldo Leopold remarked, is to live "in a world of wounds An ecologist must either harden his shell and make believe that the consequences of science are none of his business, or he must be the doctor who sees the marks of death in a community that believes itself well and does not want to be told otherwise." The metaphor suggests that he might have seen Henrik Ibsen's play, An Enemy of the People . Thomas Stockmann is a doctor in a small Norwegian town, and medical officer at the public baths whose construction has been overseen by his brother, the mayor. The baths, the mayor boasts, "will become the focus of our municipal life! Houses and landed property are rising in value every day." ...
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Think the new climate report is scary? The food-pocalypse is already upon us 31.3.2014 Guardian: Comment is Free
Riots. Towns gone dry. Soaring prices. Crushing starvation. If this sounds like fear-mongering from scientists, talk to the farmers IPCC: climate 'already affecting food supply' and the poor Plus: complete updates from Japan and our new road map Simon Jenkins: IPCC takes us from alarmism to adaptation The mother of all climate reports is so scary that one of its authors resigned from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in protest. "Farmers are not stupid," the Sussex University economist Richard Tol said this past week , as hundreds of researchers cloistered away in Yokohama, Japan, hammering out the final wording of a document that he called "alarmist" when it comes to the many threats of global warming. The people who grow our food will find ways to adapt, said the rogue climate scientist at the most important climate science meeting in seven years. But change isn't easy especially not tectonic changes to the Earth. The final wording arrived today , ...
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Clock on climate change ticking: Kerry (Cached) 31.3.2014 Rediff: Business
Unless we act dramatically and quickly, science tells us our climate and our way of life are literally in jeopardy, says Kerry.
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