User: Genecampaign Topic: Climate Change
Category: Global warming
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Paris climate deal offers flame of hope, says UN official 17.1.2016 The Guardian -- World Latest

Christiana Figueres says countries cleared multiple hurdles to reach accord, showing that ‘if we want to do something we can’

The Paris climate agreement kindled “a huge flame of hope”, establishing a new model of 21st-century diplomacy, the woman behind the deal has declared.

In her first public reflections on the climate accord signed in December, Christiana Figueres, the UN climate change official, said that after two decades of meandering negotiations, countries had at last discovered their “higher purpose” and risen to the challenge of dealing with global warming.

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Climate change: Heat waves and droughts will take a toll on electricity production 16.1.2016 ET: Power
Thermal power plants could become victims of their own actions as global warming dries up sources of water, which is needed to generate electricity.
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Climate change disaster is biggest threat to global economy in 2016, say experts 14.1.2016 Guardian: Environment

Global warming heads top economists’ concerns for first time but large-scale forced migration seen as most likely risk to materialise

A catastrophe caused by climate change is seen as the biggest potential threat to the global economy in 2016, according to a survey of 750 experts conducted by the World Economic Forum.

The annual assessment of risks conducted by the WEF before its annual meeting in Davos on 20-23 January showed that global warming had catapulted its way to the top of the list of concerns.

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Climate change advances wine grape harvest by two weeks 13.1.2016 ET: Agriculture
Samant added that the industry as well as wine growers are bearing the brunt of climate change and having to rapidly adapt their practices to cope.
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IMF calls for carbon tax on ships and planes 13.1.2016 Guardian: Environment

Influential financial body estimates $30/tonne tax on emissions from international transport could have raised $25bn in 2014, reports Climate Home

The International Monetary Fund is calling for a carbon tax on aviation and shipping to help deliver global climate goals.

A charge of $30 a tonne on carbon dioxide embedded in international transport fuels could have raised $25 billion in 2014, the influential Washington DC-based body estimates.

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Giant icebergs are slowing climate change, research reveals 11.1.2016 The Guardian -- World Latest

Known more as a symbol of global warming, the nutrient-rich plumes that trail melting giant icebergs are in fact sinking carbon deep into the ocean

Giant melting icebergs may be a symbol of climate change but new research has revealed that the plumes of nutrient-rich waters they leave in their wake lead to millions of tonnes of carbon being trapped each year.

Researchers examined 175 satellite photos of giant icebergs in the Southern Ocean which surrounds Antarctica and discovered green plumes stretching up to 1,000km behind them. The greener colour of the plumes is due to blooms of phytoplankton, which thrive on the iron and other nutrients shed by the icebergs.

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The solution for the melting polar ice caps may be hiding in the rainforest | Jessica Lee 11.1.2016 Guardian: Comment is Free
Reducing carbon emissions is truly important to mitigating climate change. But in the meantime, it’s faster and cheaper to save and regrow tropical trees There was already dramatic evidence that our planet is undeniably warming before 30 December 2015, when the world heard that the ice at the North Pole was melting. (The temperature on 30 December 2015 was, by some reports, 33ºF [0.7ºC], 50ºF above average). And yet one immediate, effective way to fight climate change and save polar ice caps is half a world away, in the tropics. Tropical forest conservation and restoration could constitute half of the global warming solution, according to a recent peer reviewed commentary in Nature Climate Change ...
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In 2016, let's hope for better trade agreements - and the death of TPP 10.1.2016 The Guardian -- World Latest
The Trans-Pacific Partnership may turn out to be the worst trade agreement in decades Last year was a memorable one for the global economy. Not only was overall performance disappointing, but profound changes – both for better and for worse – occurred in the global economic system. Most notable was the Paris climate agreement reached last month . By itself, the agreement is far from enough to limit the increase in global warming to the target of 2ºC above the pre-industrial level. But it did put everyone on notice: the world is moving, inexorably, toward a green economy. One day not too far off, fossil fuels will be largely a thing of the past. So anyone who invests in coal now does so at his or her peril. With more green investments coming to the fore, those financing them will, we should hope, counterbalance powerful lobbying by the coal industry, which is willing to put the world at risk to advance its shortsighted ...
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Lessons for India to curb global warming 8.1.2016 Rediff: Business
Emissions would still keep rising till 2030, and the path towards global warming would improve to 2.7°c.
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Trump's angry white men – and why there are more of them than you think 8.1.2016 The Guardian -- Front Page
Statistics point to conspiracy theories, mediocre wages and a deeply held belief that this group is anything but racist Michael has presumably had a rough day. Nine hours working as an exterminator takes a physical toll on the 45-year-old , who didn’t go to college, makes $33,000 a year, and relies on a steady swarm of pests to pester people in his 90% rural county. But home, with a glass of wine and Fox News , he’s excited to hear from the only candidate who’s making any sense these days: Donald ...
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Book on rhododendrons released 8.1.2016 The Assam Tribune
Book on rhododendrons released
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Earth is 'experiencing a global warming spurt' 6.1.2016 Guardian: Science
Climate Central : Scientists say cyclical changes in the Pacific Ocean have thrown Earth’s surface into what may be an unprecedented warming spurt, following a global warming slowdown that lasted about 15 years While El Niño is being blamed for an outbreak of floods, storms and unseasonable temperatures across the planet, a much slower-moving cycle of the Pacific Ocean has also been playing a role in record-breaking warmth. The recent effects of both ocean cycles are being amplified by climate change. A 2014 flip was detected in the sluggish and elusive ocean cycle known as the Pacific Decadal Oscillation, or PDO, which also goes by other names, including the Interdecadal Pacific Oscillation. Despite uncertainty about the fundamental nature of the PDO, leading scientists link its 2014 phase change to a rapid rise in global surface ...
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What does the Paris Agreement mean for the world's other 8 million species? 6.1.2016 Guardian: Environment
In December, the world’s nations agreed on the the most significant and aggressive plan yet to combat climate change. But what, if anything, will the landmark Paris Agreement do for thousands of species – named and unnamed, known and unknown – already under threat due to global warming? The word ‘biodiversity’ is employed once in the Paris Agreement’s 32 pages. ‘Forests’ appears a few times, but ‘oceans,’ like biodiversity, scores just a single appearance. There is no mention of extinction. Wildlife, coral reefs, birds, frogs, orchids, polar bears and pikas never show up anywhere in the document. This is hardly surprising: the landmark agreement in Paris – the boldest yet to tackle climate change (which is saying something, but not nearly enough) – was contrived by one species for the benefit of one species. It was never meant to directly address the undeniable impacts of global warming on the world’s eight million or so other species – most of them still unnamed. But many experts say this doesn’t mean ...
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Winter out cold: Dec '15 was India's hottest ever 6.1.2016 TOI: India
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) recorded hottest December in last 114 years in 2015 despite several parts of the country experiencing cold wave conditions in that ...
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Aliso Canyon leak is biggest contributor to climate change in California 5.1.2016 Guardian: Environment

The rupture of the natural gas well has released more than 77,000 metric tons of methane and refocused attention on America’s accident-prone infrastructure

The single biggest contributor to climate change in California is a blown-out natural gas well more than 8,700ft underground, state authorities and campaign groups said Monday.

The broken well at the Aliso Canyon natural gas storage site has released more than 77,000 metric tons of the powerful climate pollutant methane since the rupture was first detected on 23 October, according to a counter created by the Environmental Defense Fund.

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95% consensus of expert economists: cut carbon pollution | Dana Nuccitelli 4.1.2016 Guardian: Environment
A survey of economists with climate expertise finds a consensus that climate change is expensive and carbon pollution cuts are needed The Institute for Policy Integrity at the New York University (NYU) School of Law recently published a report summarizing a survey of economists with climate expertise. The report was a follow-up and expansion of a similar survey conducted in 2009 by the same institute. The key finding: there’s a strong consensus among climate economics experts that we should put a price on carbon pollution to curb the expensive costs of climate change. The survey participants included economists who have published papers related to climate change “in a highly ranked, peer-reviewed economics or environmental economics journal since 1994.” Overall, 365 participants completed the survey, which established the consensus of expert climate economists on a number of important ...
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Project on climate change gets green ministry’s nod 2.1.2016 TOI: Cities
An ambitious project for adaptation and mitigation of climate change on farmers in Madhya Pradesh is all set to be cleared by the ...
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Text of PM’s address at Centenary Celebrations of Jagadguru Dr. Sri Shivarathri Rajendra Mahaswami ji of Sri Suttur Math 2.1.2016 Govt of india: PIB
Text of PM’s address at Centenary Celebrations of Jagadguru Dr. Sri Shivarathri Rajendra Mahaswami ji of Sri Suttur Math
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UK floods and extreme global weather linked to El Niño and climate change 27.12.2015 Guardian: Environment
Scientists say flooding in Britain, record US temperatures and Australian wildfires linked to El Niño making effects of man-made climate change worse From some of the worst floods ever known in Britain, to record-breaking temperatures over the Christmas holiday in the US and and forest fires in Australia, the link between the tumultuous weather events experienced around the world in the last few weeks is likely to be down to the natural phenomenon known as El Niño making the effects of man-made climate change worse, say atmospheric scientists. El Niño occurs every seven to eight years and is caused by unusually warm water in the Pacific Ocean. This year’s event is now peaking and is one of the strongest on record, leading to record temperatures, rainfall and weather ...
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Russia 'warming 2.5 times quicker' than global average 25.12.2015 DNA: India
Russia is warming more than twice as fast as the average for the rest of the world, the environment ministry said on Friday, sounding an alarm on the rise in floods and wildfires nationwide. A government report on environmental protection said temperatures in Russia had warmed by 0.42 degrees Celsius per decade since 1976, or 2.5 times quicker than the global warming trend of 0.17 degrees. "Climate change leads to growth of dangerous meteorological phenomena," the ministry said in a comment to the report published today. There were 569 such phenomena in Russia in 2014, "the most since monitoring began," the ministry said, specifically mentioning last year's ravaging floods and this year's "water deficit" east of Lake Baikal, which led to a "catastrophic rise in fires." Fires around Lake Baikal, including the nearby Irkutsk and Buryatia regions, tore through hundreds of square miles in the pristine area, with locals and campers forced to dig ditches as state media at one point offered the theory that ...
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