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The US-China climate deal is a model for world diplomacy: too small to fail | David G Victor 13.11.2014 Guardian: Comment is Free
The Eco audit: What does China need to do to meet its carbon pledge? This time next year, foreign ministers and secretaries of state and climate advisers from around the world even scientists like me will be booking their tickets for France, with the hope of signing what could become known as the Paris Accords. These agreements are meant to replace the Kyoto Protocol before it expires in 2020. This is supposed to be the big one: the global deal on global warming. For decades, most environmental diplomacy on even close to this scale focused on huge multilateral forums that were prone to gridlock . The room was too big, so the talks tended to fail and threatened the ...
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Interstellar: magnificent film, insane fantasy 12.11.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page
Movies about abandoning Earth reflect the political defeatism of our age: that adapting to climate breakdown is preferable to stopping it

Its like weve forgotten who we are, the hero of Interstellar complains. Explorers, pioneers, not caretakers ... Were not meant to save the world. Were meant to leave it. This could be the epigraph of our age.

Dont get me wrong. Interstellar is a magnificent film, true to the richest traditions of science fiction, visually and auditorily astounding. See past the necessary silliness and you will find a moving exploration of parenthood, separation and ageing. It is also a classic exposition of two of the great themes of our age: technological optimism and political defeatism.

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National Grids £500m plan to move biggest and ugliest pylons underground 9.11.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page
Shortlisted sites include national parks and areas of outstanding natural beauty; £24m fund set aside for measures in other areas

The biggest and ugliest electricity pylons slicing through some of the nations most treasured beauty spots are set to be torn down.

National Grid has shortlisted eight of the countrys most beautiful rural areas blighted by pylons and will investigate ways to remove them and put them underground.

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Climate change is disrupting flower pollination, research shows 6.11.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page

New research reveals that rising temperatures are causing bees to fly before flowers have bloomed, making pollination less likely

Sexual deceit, pressed flowers and Victorian bee collectors are combined in new scientific research which demonstrates for the first time that climate change threatens flower pollination, which underpins much of the worlds food production.

The work used museum records stretching back to 1848 to show that the early spider orchid and the miner bee on which it depends for reproduction have become increasingly out of sync as spring temperatures rise due to global warming.

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Climate denier Jim Inhofe in line for Senate's top environmental job 6.11.2014 Guardian: Environment

Obamas faces a fight to protect his climate change agenda after midterm results suggest Senates top environmental post will fall to Republican stalwart of climate denial

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PM shuffles climate panel 6.11.2014 Telegraph: Nation
New Delhi, Nov 5: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has reconstituted his climate council, retaining much of the earlier structure of the advisory panel that guides India's response to global warming.
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Narendra Modi re-constitutes climate panel; RK Pachauri remains, Sunita Narain and Ratan Tata dropped 5.11.2014 DNA: Urban Tales
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday re-constituted a high-level advisory group on climate change, days ahead of a crucial UN meet on global warming in Peru. While the government retained TERI chairperson R K Pachauri, Nitin Desai and retired diplomat Chandrasekhar Dasgupta as the non-government members of the 18-member 'Prime Minister's Council on Climate Change', environmentalist and director general of Centre for Science and Environment Sunita Narain and industrialist Ratan Tata have been dropped. Both Tata and Narain were members of the high-level panel on climate change constituted by the UPA government in 2007. The advisory body had not met for the past three years. Asked about Narain's absence in the newly-constituted panel, Environment Ministry officials said there is a provision in the notification that the chairman can invite any other minister/officer/expert to any meeting of the committee depending upon the context of the meeting. Pachauri, chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on ...
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Subsidy cuts and weak EU targets cloud German solar energy revolution 5.11.2014 Guardian: Environment

Germany is home to solar-powered football stadiums and funfairs but the countrys renewable energy future still faces obstacles

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Air pollution reduced wheat crop in India by 50% 4.11.2014 Rediff: Business
Up to 90 per cent of the decrease in potential food production is linked to smog, made up of black carbon and other pollutants.
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Fossil fuels 'must be phased out by 2100', says UN 3.11.2014 Sify News
United Nation's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warned that use of fossil fuels should be phased out by 2100, otherwise it will dangerous to the climate change.
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People living near windfarms to be offered stakes from £5 to counter opposition 3.11.2014 Guardian: Environment

Report for government says windfarm communities will be able to invest in new projects in a shared-ownership scheme designed to win over opponents of the turbines

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IPCC report warns governments on failure to check climate change 3.11.2014 ET: Policy
The report sends a clear message to governments that failure to check climate change will have disastrous consequences.
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IPCC: rapid carbon emission cuts vital to stop 'severe' impact of climate change 2.11.2014 Guardian: Environment

Most important assessment of global warming yet warns carbon emissions must be cut sharply and soon, but UNs IPCC says solutions are available and affordable

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UN adopts new landmark climate change report 2.11.2014 Sify News
The United Nations' expert panel on climate science has finally adopted a report on global warming after all-night talks that will be later issued to public.
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Research claims glaciers melting at a faster rate 2.11.2014 TOI: India
In the past during winters, rivers in Himachal Pradesh used to witness very less discharge of water due to extreme cold freezing the glaciers from where rivers ...
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8 foods you're about to lose due to climate change 29.10.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page

As worsening drought and extreme weather devastate crops, you may begin seeing global warming when you open your fridge

What does climate change taste like?

Its an odd question, but an increasingly pertinent one. After all, as temperatures rise and extreme weather becomes the norm, many food production systems are becoming threatened. As that trend increases, its worth asking which foods consumers will have to cut back on or abandon entirely.

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Climate rescue mission 'not hopeless', says UN climate panel head Rajendra Pachauri 27.10.2014 DNA: Top News
The head of the United Nations's climate science panel urged national policymakers on Monday not to lose heart in the face of a mighty challenge to tackle global warming. "It is not hopeless," Rajendra Pachauri, chairman of the Nobel-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), said on opening a five-day IPCC meeting in Copenhagen to complete a landmark report. Policymakers should "avoid being overcome by the seeming hopelessness of addressing climate change," Pachauri said. The meeting must approve a synthesis report encapsulating the three massive volumes, released over the past 13 months, of the IPCC's Fifth Assessment Report on the available climate science. Meeting behind closed doors, scientists and government representatives are to hammer out a "summary for policymakers" and approve a main document on Friday. These will be unveiled on Sunday. Governments should make decisions "informed by the science", Pachauri said in a speech relayed on the IPCC website. "I do not envy them. Their ...
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Global warming has doubled risk of harsh winters in Eurasia, research finds 26.10.2014 Guardian: Environment

Severe winters are more likely over the next few decades due to climate change melting Arctic ice and sending freezing air south, according to new research

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Population growth far outpaces food supply in conflict-ravaged Sahel 22.10.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page
Researchers say conflict and climate change mean the regions resources will be unable to sustain the increasing population

The Sahels ability to produce food is not keeping pace with its growing population, and global warming will only exacerbate the imbalance, according to a new study.

Among the 22 countries making up the arid region in northern Africa, the population grew to 471 million in 2010 from 367 million in 2000, a jump of nearly 30%. As the population grew rapidly, the production of crops remained essentially unchanged, said researchers from Lund University in Sweden.

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Another global warming contrarian paper found to be unrealistic and inaccurate 21.10.2014 Guardian: Environment

Abraham et al. show that a paper by sceptics Spencer & Braswell is rife with unrealistic assumptions in an overly simple model

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