User: Genecampaign Topic: Climate Change
Category: Greenhouse Gases
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Change in Environment is Key Factor for Emergence of New Races of Pathogen, Minor Diseases of Insect-Pests become Major Biotic Stresses: Shri Radha Mohan Singh 15.12.2016 Govt of india: PIB
The Union Agriculture & Farmers Welfare Minister, Shri Radha Mohan Singh today chaired the In- Session meeting of the Consultative Committee
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Cabinet approves India’s approach to Climate Change Negotiations at the Conference of Parties (COP) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC) 14.12.2016 Govt of india: PIB
The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given its ex-post facto approval to India’s approach to Climate Change Negotiations
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Donald Trump picks former Texas Governor Rick Perry as energy secretary 13.12.2016 DNA: Recent Columns
President-elect Donald Trump has chosen former Texas Governor Rick Perry to head the U.S. Department of Energy, a source close to the transition said, putting him in charge of an agency he proposed eliminating during his bid for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination. The department is responsible for U.S. energy policy and oversees the nation's nuclear weapons program. Perry has advocated lighter regulation on the fossil fuel industry, and has called the science around climate change "unsettled." The selection of Perry, who also had been mentioned as a candidate for agriculture secretary, was disclosed on Monday night after Perry met the president-elect at Trump Tower in New York. Perry's proposal to get rid of the Energy Department caused what has become known as his "oops" moment during a November 2011 Republican presidential candidate debate when he could not remember all the Cabinet-level departments he wanted to eliminate. "It's three agencies of government when I get there that are gone: ...
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Polar sea ice the size of India vanishes in record heat 6.12.2016 DNA: India
Sea ice off Antarctica and in the Arctic is at record lows for this time of year, after declining by twice the size of Alaska, in a sign of rising global temperatures, climate scientists say. Against a trend of global warming and a steady retreat of ice at earth's northern tip, ice floating on the Southern Ocean off Antarctica has tended to expand in recent years. But now it is shrinking at both ends of the planet, a development alarming scientists and to which a build-up of man-made greenhouse gases, an El Nino weather event that this year unlocked heat from the Pacific Ocean and freak natural swings may all be contributing. "There are some really crazy things going on," said Mark Serreze, director of the US National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) in Boulder, Colorado, saying temperatures in parts of the Arctic were 20 degrees Celsius above normal some days in November. Worldwide, this year is on track to be the warmest on record. Combined, the extent of polar sea ice on December 4 was about 3.84 ...
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New way to create fuel from water 1.12.2016 DNA: Mumbai
In a breakthrough, scientists have found an economically viable way to create fuel from water by splitting it into oxygen and hydrogen, using an ultrathin catalyst. Just as solar light can generate electricity, the water splitting process could do the same via the generation of clean chemical fuel such as hydrogen, said Huijin Zhao, Director of Griffith University's Centre for Clean Environment and Energy (CCEE) in Australia. While it is already scientifically possible to split water in this way, highly efficient catalysts are the key to moving the system to one that is economically viable, researchers said. "The world is now facing five major issues for humanity - energy, environment, water, food security and public health," Zhao said.  "Global warming is ranked first and it is all resulting from burning fossil fuels because that is where carbon dioxide comes from," he said. "To reduce this and to make the global temperature not rise beyond 2 degrees Celsius you have to find clean, renewable energy and ...
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Pakistan to soon set up world's largest solar park 30.11.2016 Sify Finance
[Pakistan], Nov.30 (ANI): Pakistan will soon have the world's largest solar park of 1,000 megawatts, the country's Minister of Climate Change Zahid Hamid has said.
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Donald Trump’s presidency casts doubt on US renewable energy prospects, says GlobalData 25.11.2016 ET: Power
The company’s latest analysis states that clean energy investors are worried that the new president will put renewable energy sources in jeopardy by moving away from Obama’s Clean Power Plan and exiting the Paris agreement.
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Researchers convert waste carbon dioxide into biofuel 22.11.2016 DNA: Top News
Carbon dioxide, the most troublesome greenhouse gas, cannot harm the climate anymore as a recent study uncovers new ways to turn the gas into biofuel. The article has been published in Applied Catalysis B Environmental journal. Climate change is one of the most serious threats facing the world today. With the effectuation of the Paris Agreement, there has been a rising interest on carbon capture and utilization (CCU). The study, led by Professor Jae Sung Lee of Energy and Chemical Engineering at UNIST uncovers new ways to make biofuel from carbon dioxide (CO2). In their paper published in the journal Applied Catalysis B, Environmental, the team presented direct CO2 conversion to liquid transportation fuels by reacting with renewable hydrogen (H2) generated by solar water splitting. The currently existing catalysts, used for the reactions of H2 with CO2 are limited, mostly to low molecular weight substances, such as methane or methanol. Besides, due to the low value of these catalysts, the reduction ...
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Factbox - Obama business rules that may not last 19.11.2016 Sify Finance
REUTERS - U.S. Republican congressional leaders have taken several opportunities in recent days to warn Obama administration regulators not to finish any more rulemaking, but some agency heads,
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Countries come together to tackle climate change in UN-sponsored climate talks in Marrakech 18.11.2016 ET: Policy
Hosts Morocco drafted an initial four page declaration, which they shared with the various regional groups and major countries for comments on Friday.
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US must respect 'irreversible' climate deal, says French President Hollande 15.11.2016 DNA: Recent Columns
French President Francois Hollande on Tuesday urged the United States to respect the "irreversible" Paris Agreement on climate change, and said France will lead a dialogue on the topic with President-elect Donald Trump "on behalf of the 100 countries that have ratified" the deal. Speaking to a UN climate conference in Morocco, Hollande praised US President Barack Obama for his role in getting the landmark pact adopted in the French capital last year. "The United States, the most powerful economy in the world, the second-largest emitter of greenhouse gases, must respect the commitments that were made," he said. "It's not simply their duty, it's in their interest." Scientists say oil and other fossil fuels are the biggest contributors to man-made warming. Trump, however, has called global warming a "hoax" and pledged during his campaign to "cancel" the Paris deal. "The agreement was historic," Hollande said. "But what we must say here is that this agreement is irreversible." Earlier, UN Secretary-General ...
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International body pats India for its transition to combat climate change 10.11.2016 Sify Finance
India's growth story in renewable energy sector is being monitored globally and organisations are confident that India will exceed its National Determined Contribution (NDC) targets.
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Sessions at COP 22 Focus on Afforestation, Ecosystem and Climate Change 10.11.2016 Govt of india: PIB
On the third day of Conference of Parties (COP-22) on Wednesday, being held at Marrakech in Morocco, the India Pavilion witnessed three side-events that focused on the initiatives in afforestation and REDD+ in India, ecosystem and climate change and sustainable transportation.
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No doubt world will shift to low emissions, says UN climate chief 7.11.2016 DNA: Urban Tales
Climate negotiators started work on Monday on implementing the Paris Agreement on global warming amid uncertainty over how the US election will impact the landmark deal as temperatures and greenhouse gases soar to new heights. UN climate chief Patricia Espinosa told delegates in the rain-soaked Moroccan city of Marrakech that "no politician or citizen, no business manager or investor" can doubt that the world is determined to shift toward a "low-emission, resilient society." So far, 100 countries have formally joined the agreement adopted last year in Paris, including top polluters China, the United States, the European Union and India. However, US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has said he would "cancel" the deal if he wins the election this week. His opponent, Hillary Clinton, backs the climate policies of President Barack Obama's government. "Achieving the aims and ambitions of the Paris Agreement is not a given," Espinosa said. "The peaking of global emissions is urgent, as is ...
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Big Oil pledges $1 bln for gas technologies to fight climate change 4.11.2016 Sify Finance
By Karolin Schaps and Ron Bousso
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Historic Paris climate deal enters into force 4.11.2016 DNA: Top News
A worldwide pact to battle global warming entered into force on Friday, just a week before nations reassemble to discuss how to make good on their promises to cut planet-warming greenhouse gases. Dubbed the Paris Agreement, it is the first-ever deal binding all the world's nations, rich and poor, to a commitment to cap global warming caused mainly from the burning of coal, oil and gas. "A historic day for the planet," said the office of President Francois Hollande of France, host to the 2015 negotiations that yielded the breakthrough pact. "Humanity will look back on November 4, 2016, as the day that countries of the world shut the door on inevitable climate disaster," UN climate chief Patricia Espinosa and Moroccan Foreign Minister Salaheddine Mezouar said in a joint statement. Mezouar will preside over the UN meeting opening in Marrakesh on Monday. "It is also a moment to look ahead with sober assessment and renewed will over the task ahead," they said. This meant drastically and urgently cutting ...
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The Candidates on Climate Change 2.11.2016 FactCheck
We delve into the presidential candidates' stances and claims on an issue that has received little attention in this campaign.
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Climate change makes fish swim towards predators 25.10.2016 DNA: Opinion
Climate change may impair survival instincts of fish and can make them swim towards their predators, according to a new study which found that high levels of carbon dioxide disrupts their sense of smell, hearing and vision. According to the scientists at University of Exeter in the UK, these abnormal behaviours have been linked to the effect of carbon dioxide (CO2) on how the brain processes signals from sensory organs. High CO2 levels can impair the way fish behave making them swim towards predator smells instead of away and even ignoring the sounds that normally deter them from risky habitats. CO2 levels are predicted to be 2.5 times higher in the oceans by the end of this century, researchers said. They believe that fish farms may be the key to establishing the long-term impact of CO2 on marine life. In the study, researchers show that farmed fish often live in CO2 conditions 10 times higher than their wild cousins. The scientists believe that further study of farmed fish - which already provides as ...
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Company climate change plans too weak to meet Paris goals - survey 25.10.2016 Sify Finance
OSLO (Reuters) - Plans to cut greenhouse gas emissions by big companies represent only a quarter of the amounts needed to limit global warming under targets agreed last year by almost 200 nations,
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Scientists find 500 U.S. seabed vents of powerful greenhouse gas 20.10.2016 DNA: Recent Columns
Scientists have found 500 seabed vents bubbling methane into the Pacific Ocean off the United States, roughly doubling the number of known U.S. seeps of the powerful greenhouse gas, a study showed on Wednesday. Methane naturally escapes from the seafloor in many places around the world and can stoke global warming if it reaches the atmosphere. Worldwide, scientists are trying to see if rising ocean temperatures cause more leaks. "It appears that the entire coast of Washington, Oregon and California is a giant methane seep," Robert Ballard, who is famed for finding the wreck of the Titanic and has now discovered the 500 new seeps, said in a statement. "The discoveries double to about 1,000 the number of such events now known to exist along the continental margins of the USA," the statement said. Nicole Raineault, Director of Science Operations with Ballard's Ocean Exploration Trust, said it was unknown how long the seeps had been active, what triggered them and how much, if any of the gas, reached the ...
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