User: Genecampaign Topic: Climate Change
Category: Greenhouse Gases
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US unveils first federal methane regulations 13.5.2016 TOI: Intl Business
Washington, May 12, 2016 (AFP) -The United States on Thursday unveiled the first federal regulations on methane -- a powerful greenhouse gas that accelerates global warming -- aimed at reducing emissions from new oil and gas operations.
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Bhutan global role model on climate change: US 12.5.2016 DNA: Recent Columns
Bhutan is a global role model on issues like climate change and environmental conversation as the country absorbs three times more carbon dioxide than it emits, the US has said. Bhutan is investing in clean energy and its constitution requires the country to maintain at least 60% forest cover and it now boasts 72% coverage, Indian-American Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia, Nisha Desai Biswal told lawmakers during a Congressional hearing on South Asia, convened by the House Foreign Affairs Committee. "Bhutan is a global role model on issues like climate change and environmental conservation" Biswal said. It actually absorbs three times more carbon dioxide than it emits, making the country carbon negative and it has pledged to remain carbon neutral in perpetuity, she said. "Despite its small size, Bhutan also contributes to global peacekeeping operations, with a small number of personnel that serve in eight different UN missions worldwide - and it looks to expand its contributions ...
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See Earth’s temperature spiral toward 2C rise - graphic 10.5.2016 Guardian: Environment

Climate Central: A new graphic shows Earth’s temperatures spiralling toward the 2C global warming limit

The steady rise of Earth’s temperature as greenhouse gases accumulate in the atmosphere and trap more and more heat is sending the planet spiraling closer to the point where warming’s catastrophic consequences may be all but assured.

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Plans for coal-fired power in Asia are 'disaster for planet' warns World Bank 5.5.2016 Guardian: Environment

Experts have offered stark warnings that proposed power plants in India, China, Vietnam and Indonesia would blow Paris climate deal if they move ahead

Plans to build more coal-fired power plants in Asia would be a “disaster for the planet” and overwhelm the deal forged at Paris to fight climate change, the president of the World Bank said on Thursday.

In an unusually stark warning, the World Bank president, Jim Yong Kim, noted that countries in south and south-east Asia were on track to build hundreds more coal-fired power plants in the next 20 years – despite promises made at Paris to cut greenhouse gas emissions and pivot to a clean energy future.

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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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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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Phasing out coal, oil and gas extraction in US would drastically cut emissions 3.5.2016 Guardian: Environment

The reduction would slash greenhouse gas emissions by 100m tonnes a year by 2030 and even more after that, comparing well to other proposed measures

Phasing out coal, oil and gas extraction on US federal land would cut greenhouse gas emissions by 100m tonnes a year by 2030 and even more after then, providing a useful brake to careening climate change, according to a new study.

A quarter of all fossil fuel extraction in the US occurs on the 650m acres of land under federal management. The outer shelf of the US’ marine territory, used for oil and gas drilling, is also under federal control.

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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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Government walks the talk on Climate Change, Distributes over 10 Crore Led Bulbs under Ujala 26.4.2016 Govt of india: PIB
The Government of India has distributed over 10 crore LED bulbs across the country under the UnnatJyoti by Affordable LEDs for All (UJALA) scheme today.
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Paris climate deal: countries with about half of global emissions to join this year 26.4.2016 The Guardian -- World Latest

At least 34 countries representing 49% of greenhouse gas emissions formally joined the agreement, bringing it ‘within striking distance’ of entering into force

The White House has said countries accounting for about half of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions would join the Paris climate agreement this year, bringing the agreement “within striking distance” of entering into force.

At least 34 countries representing 49% of greenhouse gas emissions formally joined the agreement, or committed to joining the agreement as early as possible this year at a high-profile signing ceremony at the United Nations last Friday.

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India has made strides in tackling climate change: TERI chief 23.4.2016 TOI: Cities
New Delhi, Apr 23 () India has made strides towards providing "real solutions" to tackle climate change, TERI Director General Ajay Mathur said today, a day after the country signed the Paris accord along with more than 170 nations.
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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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World governments vow to end fossil fuel era at UN climate signing ceremony 22.4.2016 The Guardian -- World Latest

Representatives of more than 170 countries endorse Paris agreement to cut carbon emissions, with France’s president saying: ‘There is no turning back’

More than 170 governments declared an end to the fossil fuel era on Friday, using the signing ceremony for the landmark Paris agreement as an occasion to renew their vows to fight climate change.

The outpouring of support – the largest ever single-day turn-out for a signing ceremony – underscored strong international commitment to deliver on the promises made in Paris last December to avoid a climate catastrophe, the leaders said.

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India among 175 countries to sign historic Paris climate deal 22.4.2016 TOI: India
Prakash Javadekar signed the agreement on behalf of India. The agreement aims to take multiple measures to save the world from disastrous consequences of climate change and was adopted by 195 countries in Paris on December 12, 2015.
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Paris climate deal set to be signed by record number of states 22.4.2016 The Guardian -- Front Page

More than 165 countries are expected to sign today in a move the UN hopes will ensure early ratification of the deal

A Paris deal to slow climate change is set to be signed by more than 165 countries at the United Nations on Friday, the most states to endorse an international agreement on day one – a record backers hope will inspire swift implementation.

Many states still need a parliamentary vote to formally approve the agreement. It will only enter into force when ratified by at least 55 nations representing 55% of man-made greenhouse gas emissions.

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Leonardo DiCaprio and Fred Krupp: Five ways we can deliver on the promise of Paris climate talks 22.4.2016 Guardian: Environment
Leonardo DiCaprio and Fred Krupp: The Paris agreement was a breakthrough, but it is up to all of us to act as guardians of these new standards – and of our future Last December, world leaders convened in Paris in an extraordinary effort to find a global solution for reducing destructive carbon emissions – the indisputable driver of climate change – and to prevent our planet from a destructive 2C increase in global temperatures. Today, leaders gather again – this time at the United Nations in New York – to sign the landmark ...
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Record day-one signatures expected for Paris climate deal: UN 22.4.2016 DNA: Money
A Paris deal to slow climate change is set to be signed by more than 165 countries at the United Nations (UN) on Friday, the most states to endorse an international agreement on day one, a record backers hope will inspire swift implementation. Many states still need a parliamentary vote to formally approve the agreement. It will only enter into force when ratified by at least 55 nations representing 55% of man-made greenhouse gas emissions. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon "wants to use the event to generate momentum around implementation and early entry into force of the Paris agreement," said Selwin Hart, director of Ban's climate change support team. Some experts predict the 55% thresholds can be reached this year. The United Nations said 13 countries, mostly small island developing states, are due to deposit instruments of ratification on Friday. The signing ceremony The United Nations expects some 60 heads of state and government at the signing ceremony. French President Francois Hollande and ...
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Keep indigenous people on their land to protect forests, say activists 22.4.2016 DNA: Money
With world leaders converging in New York to sign a landmark climate deal, activists along with actor Alec Baldwin called on Thursday for a halt to deforestation, a contributor to global warming, by giving indigenous people rights to their land. Keeping indigenous tribes from being pushed off their land would help protect forests that absorb planet-warming greenhouse gases, they told reporters in New York City. The climate change agreement, which commits world nations to lower greenhouse emissions, is slated to be signed by leaders and key officials of more than 165 nations on Friday. Rapid deforestation threatens the goal of the climate deal, negotiated last fall in Paris, to limit warming, Baldwin said.  Alec Baldwin Actor If we keep chopping down tropical forests at the rate we're doing now, we're lost. People need to hear and understand that technology alone is not going to save us from climate disaster." The responsibility lies with governments to keep indigenous people on their land, said the ...
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Nearly 170 countries likely to sign Paris climate change agreement today 22.4.2016 DNA: Money
As many as 170 countries, including India, are expected to sign the Paris Agreement on climate change on Friday, in a symbolic triumph for a landmark deal that once seemed unlikely but now appears on track to enter into force years ahead of schedule. UN officials say the signing ceremony will set a record for international diplomacy: Never before have so many countries inked an agreement on the first day of the signing period. That could help pave the way for the pact to become effective long before the original 2020 deadline possibly this year though countries must first formally approve it through their domestic procedures. "We are within striking distance of having the agreement start years earlier than anyone anticipated," Brian Deese, an adviser to President Barack Obama, said in a speech last week at Reed College in Portland, Oregon. The US and China, which together account for nearly 40% of global emissions, have said they intend to formally join the agreement this year. It will enter into force ...
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