User: Genecampaign Topic: Climate Change
Category: Global warming
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World has to combat global warming as it is seeking to do with terrorism, says PM Modi 11.3.2015 DNA: Mumbai
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said the world needs to combat the ill-effects of climate change in the same way as it is combating terrorism. "The world has to combat the ill-effects of climate change on the same level as combating terrorism," Prime Minister Modi said at a civic reception here. "People living in small islands are scared of survival due to global warming. It is the world's responsibility to work on climate change," he added. Concerned about the adverse effects of global warming, he said, "We are from a country that refers to a river as mother. We aren't taught to destroy the environment. We understand your concerns." "We are modernizing the railways, because efficient public transport will reduce global warming and it will benefit you too," he added. Earlier in the day, the Prime Minister was accorded a rousing civic reception by the expatriate Indian community here that was similar to the reception that he had received at New York's Madison Square Garden when he visited that ...
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Text of PM’s address at the Civic Reception in Seychelles 11.3.2015 Govt of india: PIB
Text of PM’s address at the Civic Reception in Seychelles
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Climate sceptics attempt to block Merchants of Doubt film 11.3.2015 Guardian: Environment
Climate denier Fred Singer lobbied fellow sceptics to create a backlash, and proposed legal action, against the film that exposes industry’s role in manipulating US debate on climate change On screen, the man widely regarded as the grandfather of climate denial appears a genial participant in a newly-released expose about industry’s efforts to block action on global warming. But behind the scenes, Fred Singer has lobbied fellow climate deniers to try to block the film, Merchants of Doubt , and raised the prospect of legal action against the ...
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Mark Carney defends Bank of England over climate change study 11.3.2015 Guardian: Environment

Governor hits back at Nigel Lawson’s description of research into effects of global warming on insurance industry as ‘green claptrap’

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Keep fossil fuels in the ground to stop climate change 10.3.2015 Guardian: Environment
In the fourth piece in the Guardian’s major series on climate change , George Monbiot argues that once coal, oil and gas are produced, they will be used. And yet, after 23 years of UN negotiations there have been almost no steps taken to stop the production – rather than the use of – fossil fuels You can read previous pieces here If you visit the website of the UN body that oversees the world’s climate negotiations , you will find dozens of pictures, taken across 20 years, of people clapping . These photos should be of interest to anthropologists and psychologists. For they show hundreds of intelligent, educated, well-paid and elegantly-dressed people wasting their lives. The celebratory nature of the images testifies to the world of make-believe these people inhabit. They are surrounded by objectives, principles, commitments, instruments and protocols, which create a reassuring phantasm of progress while the ship on which they travel slowly founders. Leafing through these photos, I imagine I can almost ...
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Florida denies official ban on 'climate change' and 'global warming' 10.3.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page
But former government employees and others continue to insist that state’s environmental protection department would not allow terms to be used The office of Florida’s governor, Rick Scott, and the state’s environmental protection department (DEP) have denied the state banned the phrases “climate change” and “global warming” from educational materials and other products. But the president of the south Florida Audubon society has insisted to the Guardian that the agency charged with setting Florida’s environmental policy had indeed banned those phrases , and that the ban probably came “from the ...
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Global warming 'set to speed up to rates not seen for 1,000 years' 9.3.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page

By 2020 the average temperature rise per decade will be 0.25C in the northern hemisphere, more than double the 900 years preceding the 20th century

People need to brace themselves for accelerating climate change that could alter the way we live even over short time scales, scientists have warned.

New evidence suggests the rate at which temperatures are rising in the northern hemisphere could be 0.25C per decade by 2020 - a level not seen for at least 1,000 years.

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Climate fight won't wait for Paris: vive la résistance 9.3.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page
In the third piece in the Guardian’s major series on climate change , Bill McKibben describes how relentless climate movements have shifted the advantage towards fossil fuel resistance for the first time in 25 years. But he argues triumph is not certain – we must not rest till the industry is forced to keep the carbon in the ground. You can read previous pieces here The official view: all eyes are on Paris , where negotiators will meet in December for a climate conference that will be described as “the most important diplomatic gathering ever” and “a last chance for humanity.” Heads of state will jet in, tense closed-door meetings will be held, newspapers will report that negotiations are near a breaking point, and at the last minute some kind of agreement will emerge, hailed as “a start for serious action”. The actual story: what happens at Paris will be, at best, one small part of the climate story, one more skirmish in the long, hard-fought road to climate sanity. What comes before and after will ...
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The Guardian view on climate change and social disruption: how one form of chaos breeds another | Editorial 9.3.2015 Guardian: Comment is Free
Swings in temperature and rainfalls have often led to war and population displacement in the past. They may already be doing so again In 2014, around 3,500 boat people died trying to cross the Mediterranean to enter Europe. They risked their lives and lost. According to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees around 218,000 people got to Europe “by irregular means” last year. They took a chance and survived. Among them were those fleeing the violence in Syria, and of these, a proportion must be counted as climate refugees. Possibly because of global warming, the years 2007 to 2010 saw the most sustained drought on record in the Fertile Crescent. Agriculture collapsed, and around 1.5 million people abandoned failing farms in the countryside for Damascus and other cities. That is, they became climate refugees. Livestock was obliterated, cereal prices doubled, and children started to sicken with nutrition-related illnesses. The 2011 Syrian uprising against the Assad regime began in the crowded settlements of ...
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Climate summit’s pledges on carbon cuts ‘won’t avert global disaster’ 8.3.2015 Guardian: Environment
Government targets leave emission levels too high to prevent a big temperature rise, warns team of experts led by economist Nicholas Stern Continue reading...
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Fast rise in sea level in 20 years, faster in Bengal 7.3.2015 Telegraph: Nation
The sea level along India's coastline has risen by about 3.2mm per year over the past two decades, more than double the rate of rise during the 20th century but in sync with global trends, Indian oceanographers have said.
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Climate activism is doomed if it remains a left-only issue | Jonathan Freedland 7.3.2015 Guardian: Comment is Free
Faced with collective catatonia, environmentalists need to learn from successful political campaigns In all those sci-fi horror stories foretelling the end of the world, the imagined reaction was never boredom. Panic and hysteria, yes. Sex with strangers, most certainly. We could picture all that at the moment doomsday loomed. But inertia, inattention and a shrugging desire to turn over to the other channel – well, HG Wells never foresaw that. Yet that is the collective reaction of our species to the warnings that we are frying our planet. People barely discuss climate change. Research shows that most have never mentioned it outside their immediate family; one in three have never talked about it all. When asked to list the issues that matter most, voters put global warming at or near the bottom of the league – and that’s only if prompted. Most wouldn’t even think of it. Faced with a climate catastrophe, our response is catatonia. If the threat is a preoccupation confined to only one half of the political ...
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Don't look away now, the climate crisis needs you 6.3.2015 Guardian: Environment

The Guardian is embarking on a major series of articles on the climate crisis and how humanity can solve it. In the first, an extract taken from the Introduction to THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING by Naomi Klein, the author argues that if we treat climate change as the crisis it is, we don’t just have the potential to avert disaster but could improve society in the process

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Concern over growing man-nature conflicts 3.3.2015 The Assam Tribune
Concern over growing man-nature conflicts
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Global warming contributed to Syria's 2011 uprising, scientists claim 3.3.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

US study claims regime’s unsustainable agricultural policies meant drought led to collapse of farming in north-eastern region and triggered mass migration to cities and added to feelings of discontent

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British public thinks wind power subsidies are 14 times higher than reality 2.3.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page

Polling for renewable energy trade body finds misconceptions around wind power despite popular support for the technology

The UK public believes that wind power subsidies paid by consumers are many times higher than they actually are, according to polling for the industry.

A survey questioned 2,000 people for industry body RenewableUK about what they thought payments for wind farms added to fuel bills, and found the average estimate was £259 for a typical £1,300 dual-fuel energy bill.

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Antarctica today: -30 and perfect for penguins, unlike last ice age, study finds 2.3.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

Current sea ice conditions may be optimal for emperor penguin population, which is estimated to be seven times larger than during ice age, researchers say

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Congress demands package for Maharashtra farmers hit by untimely rains 1.3.2015 India News, Latest News in India, Live News India, India Breaking News - Times of India
With unseasonal rains causing damage to crops in several districts of Maharashtra, the Congress on Sunday demanded a comprehensive package for the affected farmers even as chief minister Devendra Fadnavis said he has asked for an assessment of the ...
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Switzerland becomes first country to submit Paris climate deal pledge 27.2.2015 Guardian: Environment

Swiss government says it will cut greenhouse gas emissions 50% by 2030 as part of a UN deal on global warming later this year, reports RTCC

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What happened to the lobbyists who tried to reshape the US view of climate change? 27.2.2015 Guardian: Environment
In 1998 major fossil fuel companies put $2m behind a plan that would effectively fuel the fires of climate science scepticism among the American public. We reveal where the 12 people behind that plan are now In early 1998, some of the biggest fossil fuel companies in the world were hatching a plan to hijack the science of human-caused global warming. Representatives from major fossil fuel corporations and industry groups had joined forces with operatives from major conservative think tanks and public relations experts to draft what they called their Global Climate Science Communications (GCSC) plan ...
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