User: subbu Topic: Climate Change
Category: Impacts :: Floods n Droughts
Last updated: Jan 16 2018 17:41 IST RSS 2.0
 
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China sees warmest winter in 2017 due to global warming:Report 16.1.2018 General News
China's average winter temperature reached a historic high in 2017, when temperatures for all four seasons were higher than normal due to global warming, a new report said today. The average temperature in China was 10.39 degrees Celsius last year, 0.84 degrees above normal and the third highest since 1951, according to the annual climate report released by the China Meteorological Administration. The rise showed continued global warming partly due to a rise in greenhouse gas emissions, said Song Lianchun, head of the National Climate Centre under the administration. Average precipitation rose 1.8 per cent from the normal amount to 641.3 millimeters, with a 7-per cent drop in winter and an 8-per cent drop in autumn. Total precipitation last year rose 121.4 billion cubic meters from normal to 6.09 trillion cubic meters, the report said. There were fewer droughts, typhoons and severe convective storms than normal last year, and the total area of disaster- hit farmland ...
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State lacks inclusive list of flora, fauna: EPTRI 13.1.2018 Hindu: Hyderabad
Report also blames State’s fossil fuel-based economy for climate change
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UN hails India, China for fighting climate change 13.1.2018 General News
India and China are "strongly committed" to the leadership in fighting climate change and ensuring they do not suffer its "devastating" impacts at a time when others are "failing", the UN has said. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said the UN has a "very solid commitment" for climate action, pointing out that African nations were the biggest victims of the globally changing weather patterns. "Of the largest economies of the world, the two largest economies of the G77 are strongly committed to the leadership in climate action - and I refer to China and India," Guterres said on the occasion of handover ceremony of the Chairmanship of the 'Group of 77 (G77) and China' in New York yesterday. Egypt took over the chairmanship of the group from Ecuador. "In a moment when others are failing, I see the largest economies of the Group of 77 and China to be assuming the leadership in climate action to make sure that we don't suffer the dramatic and devastating impacts of climate ..
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UN Secy-General hails India, China's climate change fight when 'others are failing' 13.1.2018 DNA: Money
The United Nations has hailed India and China for their leadership role and strong commitment in fighting climate change at a time when "others are failing". Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said the UN has a "very solid commitment" for climate action, pointing out that African nations were the biggest victims of the globally changing weather patterns. "We cannot be defeated by climate change and we are not yet winning this battle," he said yesterday at a ceremony in which Egypt took over the chairmanship of the 'Group of 77 (or G77) and China' from Ecuador. "And it is clear to me that the biggest victims of climate change are members of the G77, namely African countries affected by drought or small island countries affected by the kind of hurricanes that we have seen or the rising levels of waters. "But at the same time, of the largest economies of the world the two largest economies of the G77 are strongly committed to the leadership in climate action - and I refer to China and India," Guterres was ...
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New Dams in Africa Could Add Risk to Power Supplies Along the Way 13.1.2018 The Wire

A majority of planned dams are in the same river basins and will rely on similar patterns of rainfall. Thus, they will be vulnerable at the same time to drought and dry years.

The post New Dams in Africa Could Add Risk to Power Supplies Along the Way appeared first on The Wire.

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UN hails India, China for leadership role over climate change 13.1.2018 General News
The United Nations has hailed India and China for their leadership role and strong commitment in fighting climate change at a time when "others are failing". Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said that the UN has a "very solid commitment" for climate action, pointing out that African nations were the biggest victims of the globally changing weather patterns. "We cannot be defeated by climate change and we are not yet winning this battle," he said yesterday at a ceremony in which Egypt took over the chairmanship of the 'Group of 77 (or G77) and China' from Ecuador. "And it is clear to me that the biggest victims of climate change are members of the G77, namely African countries affected by drought or small island countries affected by the kind of hurricanes that we have seen or the rising levels of waters. "But at the same time, of the largest economies of the world the two largest economies of the G77 are strongly committed to the leadership in climate action - and I ..
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Take a grain check: There’s more to the Indian diet than polished rice and wheat 12.1.2018 Hindu: Agriculture
It is now forgotten that before the Green Revolution, millets made up 40% of all cultivated grains
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Floods due to global warming will put humanity at risk in coming 20 years 12.1.2018 Zee News : Science and Technology
Already today, fluvial floods are among the most common and devastating natural disasters, researchers said.
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Alert! Global warming to put millions at risk due to floods by 2040 12.1.2018 News
The study is based on comprehensive computer simulations using existing data on rivers from a great number of sources
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Warming will put millions more at flood risk in next 20 years 12.1.2018 General News
Global warming will put millions more people at the risk of severe river flooding in the next 20 years, particularly in the US and parts of India, Africa and central Europe, a study has warned. Already today, fluvial floods are among the most common and devastating natural disasters, researchers said. Now, scientists from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) in Germany have calculated the required increase in flood protection until the 2040s worldwide, breaking it down to single regions and cities. They found that the need for adaptation is greatest in the US, parts of India and Africa, Indonesia, and in central Europe. Inaction would expose many millions of people to severe flooding, the researchers said. "More than half of the US must at least double their protection level within the next two decades if they want to avoid a dramatic increase in river flood risks," said Sven Willner from PIK, lead author of the study published in the journal Science ..
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Climate change has profound effect on human health, says expert 11.1.2018 Hindu: Cities
‘Drought, increase in pests and infectious diseases will be the result’
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Study: Warming puts millions more at risk from river floods 11.1.2018 General News
Scientists say millions more people around the world are threatened by river floods in coming decades due to climate change. Researchers in Germany say greater flood defenses are particularly needed in the United States, parts of India and Africa, Indonesia and Central Europe. River floods are already one of the most widespread and damaging forms of natural disasters around the world. Using computer simulations, scientists at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research say the number of people affected by the worst 10 percent of river flooding will increase by up to 156 million in Asia alone by 2040. The study published today in the journal Science Advances concludes that flood risks will rise regardless of efforts to curb climate change because of greenhouse gases already emitted in past decades.
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Ladakh Floods: A Timeline of Disaster 11.1.2018 The Wire

This region has always shared a complex relationship with water, and water has always had its way.

The post Ladakh Floods: A Timeline of Disaster appeared first on The Wire.

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New York City sues oil companies over climate change 11.1.2018 General News
New York City on Wednesday announced that it has filed a lawsuit against the five largest oil companies for contributing to global warming.
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2017 'costliest' year in US: Report 9.1.2018 All News-IANS Stories
Last year will be remembered as the "costliest" one for the US with losses from hurricanes, wildfires and extremely cold weather reaching a record $306 billion, according to a government report.
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Wetland rentals for migrating birds 8.1.2018 Deccan Herald - Supplements
As the worlds population grows, so does demand for land. One upshot is that setting aside big tracts to protect endangered species and carbon-rich forests is increasingly expensive. Enter the Airbnb economic model. While its not a panacea, it provides attractive solutions for conservation as well as housing. Much as homeowners can use Airbnb and other services to turn their living space into pop-up hotels when demand warrants it, conservationists are creating pop-up nature reserves on idle land. In environments as different as North America and Africa, new programmes are preserving land through short- and long-term deals that pay people to protect nature on their own land. The innovation makes it possible to transform a binary approach to land use into something in between. Consider how Airbnb works. Think of Minneapolis, USA during the upcoming Super Bowl, when hotel rooms are scarce and residents will be enticed to rent their homes to football fans. Something like that happens in the environmental ...
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Heavy rain, snowmelt, breaching of lake devastated Kedarnath 5.1.2018 General News
The combined effect of heavy rainfall, snowmelt and breaching of the Chaurabari lake could have resulted in an water outflow with large amount of debris which devastated the Kedarnath valley, the Lok Sabha was told today. Minister of State for Environment Mahesh Sharma, in a his reply to a question, said the devastation in the Kedarnath area is not mainly due to the glacier melt. "The devastation in the Kedarnath area is not mainly due to the glacier melt. The combined effect of very heavy rainfall, heavy snowmelt and breaching of the Chaurabari lake in the upstream could have resulted in a gushing outflow with large amounts of debris which devastated the entire valley," he said. Sharma pointed out that very heavy rainfall in the entire catchment area further increased the magnitude of floods. Uttarakhand had witnessed massive devastation in the June 2013 flash floods. To a question whether natural sources of water, such as lakes, waterfalls and glaciers are shrinking ...
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World's reefs under siege from global warming: study 5.1.2018 General News
The window for saving the world's coral reefs from the effects of global warming is rapidly closing, according to a study. For the first time, researchers have measured the escalating rate of coral bleaching at locations throughout the tropics over the past four decades. The study published in the journal Science documents a dramatic shortening of the gap between pairs of bleaching events, threatening the future existence of these iconic ecosystems and the livelihoods of many millions of people. "The time between bleaching events at each location has diminished five-fold in the past 3-4 decades, from once every 25-30 years in the early 1980s to an average of just once every six years since 2010," said Terry Hughes, Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies (Coral CoE) in Australia. "Before the 1980s, mass bleaching of corals was unheard of, even during strong El Nino conditions, but now repeated bouts of regional-scale bleaching and mass mortality ..
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Rural debt, distress, death to be in focus as 8 states go to polls in 2018 4.1.2018 News
A key manifestation of farm distress is rising rate at which farmers are committing suicides and its association with their inability to repay loans
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Warming may turn quarter of Earth arid 2.1.2018 Hindu: Energy & Environment
‘Threat could be curbed if temperature is limited to 1.5 degrees’
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