User: Genecampaign Topic: Climate Change
Category: Global warming
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Tory MPs tell Cameron to accept steep cuts needed for UK's fifth carbon budget 5.5.2016 Guardian: Environment

Climate change is a problem that cannot wait, 20 backbenchers say in their statement to PM, urging him to accept cuts in greenhouse gas emissions

Twenty Conservative MPs have written to the prime minister urging him to accept the steep cuts in greenhouse gas emissions required by the UK’s ‘fifth carbon budget’.

On the eve of local elections in several regions, and the poll for the next London mayor, the MPs have made a strong statement that climate change is a problem that cannot wait.

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India's answer to global warming: Cows that belch less 4.5.2016 TOI: India
India's 280 million cows and 200 million more ruminant animals send 13 million tons of methane into the atmosphere every year. And thus, government scientists are working hard to reduce carbon emissions by making cows less flatulent.
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Economies could shrink by mid-century due to scarce water: World Bank 4.5.2016 Rediff: Top Stories (India)
Global warming can cause extreme floods and droughts and can mean snowfall is replaced by rain, with higher evaporation rates.
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Water scarcity could shrink economies across the globe by 2050: World Bank 4.5.2016 DNA: Mumbai
Economies across large swathes of the globe could shrink dramatically by mid-century as fresh water grows scarce due to climate change, the World Bank reported on Tuesday. The Middle East could be hardest hit, with its gross domestic product slipping as much as 14% by 2050 unless measures are taken to reallocate water significantly, the Washington-based institution said in a report. Such measures include efficiency efforts and investment in technologies such as desalination and water recycling, it said. Global warming can cause extreme floods and droughts and can mean snowfall is replaced by rain, with higher evaporation rates, experts say. It also can reduce mountain snow pack that provides water, and the melting of inland glaciers can deplete the source of runoff, they say. Also, a rise in sea level can lead to saltwater contaminating groundwater. "When we look at any of the major impacts of climate change, they one way or the other come through water, whether it's drought, floods, storms, sea level ...
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Economies could shrink by mid-century due to scarce water - World Bank 4.5.2016 Sify Finance
By Sebastien Malo
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Why today’s global warming has roots in Indonesia’s genocidal past | Joshua Oppenheimer 3.5.2016 The Guardian -- World Latest
The mass killings in 1965 live on in global emissions from forced forest fires – and through human rights abuses in the palm oil fields There has been tremendous concern over the ways climate change will affect human rights, but little attention to how human rights abuse affects our global climate. Fifty years ago, Indonesia went through a genocide. The massacres may be relatively unknown, but in a terrible way the destruction continues, and threatens us all. In 1965, the Indonesian army organised paramilitary death squads and exterminated between 500,000 and 1 million people who had hastily been identified as enemies of General Suharto’s new military dictatorship. Today, the killers and their protégés are comfortable establishment figures whose impunity, political power and capacity for intimidation ...
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The time has come to turn up the heat on those who are wrecking planet Earth 3.5.2016 The Guardian -- World Latest

Break free and join the biggest global action against fossil fuel companies the world has ever seen

An interesting question is, what are you waiting for?

Global warming is the biggest problem we’ve ever faced as a civilisation — certainly you want to act to slow it down, but perhaps you’ve been waiting for just the right moment.

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Half of world's leading investors ignoring climate change: Study 2.5.2016 Rediff: Personal Finance
However, 157 investors managing a total of $14.2 trillion were taking first steps towards addressing climate change
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Half of leading investors ignoring climate change - study 2.5.2016 Sify Finance
LONDON (Reuters) - Almost half of the world's top 500 investors are doing nothing to address climate change through their investments, a study showed on Monday.
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Clad in gold, girls outshine boys in agri varisty 30.4.2016 TOI: Bangalore Times
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Google faces European Commission over image search case 29.4.2016 DNA: Top News
US photo agency Getty Images filed a complaint today with the European Commission accusing Google Inc.'s web search of hurting its business, opening a new front in the Internet giant's anti-competition fight with Brussels. Brussels, which is already investigating Google over alleged anti-competitive practices linked to its Android smartphone operating software and its web search business, said it would look into the unfair competition complaint from Getty Images. "The commission has received a complaint, which it will assess," a European Commission spokeswoman told AFP. In the latest case, Getty Images accused Google of changing its search functions in 2013 to show galleries of copyrighted photos in high-resolution, large format. Until then, a Google search would only turn up low-resolution thumbnails of the pictures. Once people had seen the high resolution, large format Getty photo on Google, they no longer had a reason to visit Getty's own site to view the image, said a statement by the photo agency, ...
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Can the Republican Party solve its science denial problem? | Dana Nuccitelli 28.4.2016 The Guardian -- Front Page
Evolution and climate science denial are predominant on the political right; there is no equivalent on the left There’s a widespread misconception about science denial – that on issues like the safety vaccines and genetically modified foods (GMOs), denial is found predominantly on the political left, mirroring the denial of evolution and climate science on the political right. This assumption has even been presented on The Daily Show , but it’s supported by precious little evidence. In fact, as Chris Mooney documented in great detail in 2014 : [The data] do not support the idea that vaccine denial is a special left-wing cause. As for GMOs, while resistance may be strongest on the far left, worries on this issue are quite prominent across the spectrum as well. In neither case are these beliefs a mirror image, on the left, of climate change or evolution denial [on the political ...
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The story behind Prince’s low-profile generosity to green causes 27.4.2016 Guardian: Environment
An anonymous $50,000 check marked the start of the notoriously private star’s donations to climate change and clean energy causes, reports Grist In the outpouring of media coverage after Prince’s death at the age of 57 last week, fans around the globe began to learn more about the notoriously private star – including that he gave away a lot of money. Van Jones – the activist, author, former Obama administration official, and current CNN commentator – revealed that Prince had secretly funded causes from public radio to Black Lives Matter to the Harlem Children’s Zone. He also conceived of #YesWeCode , an initiative to train black kids for work in tech. And he supported Green For All , a group working to fight climate change and bring green jobs to underprivileged populations. Jones is in the leadership of the latter two organizations. “I was an Oakland activist giving speeches about the need for green jobs,” Jones told me over the phone, recalling how he first came into contact with the musician 10 years ...
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MPs urge parliament to approve 2030 carbon target 27.4.2016 Guardian: Environment

Committee says UK ‘cannot afford further delays’ in setting fifth carbon budget in the wake of the signing of the Paris agreement on climate change

The government should approve the UK’s 2030s carbon target in the wake of the signing of the Paris agreement on climate change, an influential committee of MPs has urged.

The so-called fifth carbon budget sets a limit on the quantity of greenhouse gases that can be produced across the country between 2028 and 2032, as a way of meeting national and international commitments on combating global warming.

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Investments in renewables outstripping inflows in conventional energy for the 1st time: Anand Mahindra 25.4.2016 ET: Power
It is the worst of times because our earth has experienced the three hottest months ever and is on course to experience the hottest year in a century.
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'Investments in renewables outstripping inflows in conventional energy 1st time' 25.4.2016 TOI: India Business
Charles Dickens dubbed the heady days of the French Revolution as the best of times and the worst of times.And so it is with us today.
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Climate deal won't stop Great Barrier Reef from getting 'cooked', say Greens 23.4.2016 The Guardian -- World Latest

Australia’s lack of action on pollution reduction targets has made the country a laughing stock on the international stage, according to senator Larissa Waters

Australia’s lack of follow-through on climate change will leave the Great Barrier Reef “completely cooked” despite it signing the Paris climate deal, the Greens say.

The federal environmental minister, Greg Hunt, has joined leaders from 170 other countries in New York to sign the Paris Agreement to limit global warming by at least 2C.

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Indian signs Paris agreement along with over 170 world 23.4.2016 Rediff: News
India on Friday signed the historic Paris climate agreement in the United Nations along with more than 170 nations.
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PROVe, The Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV), developed by National Institute of Ocean Technology (NIOT), maps the coral reefs in Andaman & Nicobar Islands 22.4.2016 Govt of india: PIB
PROVe, The Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV), developed by National Institute of Ocean Technology (NIOT), maps the coral reefs in Andaman & Nicobar Islands
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Dr. Harsh Vardhan celebrates Earth Day by inaugurating India’s first Cellulosic Alcohol Technology Demonstration Plant at Kashipur, Uttarakhand 22.4.2016 Govt of india: PIB
Union Minister for Science & Technology and Earth Sciences, Dr. Harsh Vardhan, inaugurated India’s 1st Second-Generation (2G) Ethanol plant today at Kashipur in Uttarakhand.
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