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What could David Beckhams BBC film say about the Brazilian Amazon? | David Hill 12.4.2014 Guardian: Environment
Documentary starring ex-footballer is an excellent opportunity to portray the reality of life in the rainforest The news of ex-footballer David Beckham going to Brazil might once have conjured images of him sprinting out across the hallowed Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro. Not this time, though, now that hes hung up his playing boots. As BBC Worldwide recently announced, the former England star travelled to the Brazilian Amazon last month to make a 90 minute documentary film to explore the isolation of the rainforest, to experience life there, and to discover the real Brazil. This is an unforgettable documentary set in the heart of the dense Amazon rainforest following David Beckham, a BBC Worldwide statement reported Helen Jackson, the Managing Director for Content, saying. Through his eyes, audiences will experience life in the jungle, something so distant from Davids life on and off the pitch and in the glare of the worlds media. The Amazon was the object of treaties, armed incursions, and roving ...
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The quiet IPCC warning 12.4.2014 Hindu: Opinion
The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has given its starkest warning of the likely impact of climate change. The IPCC’s March 31 report, the most comprehensive yet, s...
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Hollywood stars to 'put human face on climate change' in ambitious TV series 11.4.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page
Producers hope 'emotion' of celebrities like Harrison Ford and Arnold Schwarzenegger will connect with ordinary Americans

A star-studded cast of Hollywood actors will for the first time "put a human face on climate change" in an ambitious new US television series, the show's executive producer says.

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Why US fracking companies are licking their lips over Ukraine 10.4.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page
From climate change to Crimea, the natural gas industry is supreme at exploiting crisis for private gain what I call the shock doctrine The way to beat Vladimir Putin is to flood the European market with fracked-in-the-USA natural gas, or so the industry would have us believe. As part of escalating anti-Russian hysteria, two bills have been introduced into the US Congress one in the House of Representatives ( H.R. 6 ), one in the Senate ( S. 2083 ) that attempt to fast-track liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports, all in the name of helping Europe to wean itself from Putin's fossil fuels, and enhancing US national security. According to Cory Gardner, the Republican congressman who introduced the House bill, "opposing this legislation is like hanging up on a 911 call from our friends and allies". And that might be true as long as your friends and allies work at Chevron and Shell, and the emergency is the need to keep profits up amid dwindling supplies of conventional oil and ...
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World not ready for climate change 8.4.2014 Deccan Herald - Opinion
The world is not ready for climate change, which poses a number of serious risks, says the planet's leading body of climate scientists. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) at its conference in Yokohama, Japan recently released a major report on the impact of climate change, with the goal of spurring world leaders to act more decisively to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The report warns of serious impacts from changing climate on agriculture and human civilization and argues that governments are ill prepared for its effects. The thousands of scientists who wrote the report argue that world leaders have only a few years left to reduce carbon emissions enough to avoid catastrophic warming. At the same time, governments must step up efforts to protect vulnerable communities from increased natural hazards associated with climate change. "Observed impacts of climate change are widespread and consequential," the scientists of the IPCC write in the report. The new report shows that "today's ...
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Arid areas absorb unexpectedly high amounts of atmospheric carbon (Cached) 7.4.2014 New Kerala: Technology
Washington, April 7 : A new research, conducted over a period of ten years in Mojave Desert, has found that arid areas absorb an unexpectedly large amount of carbon as levels of carbon dioxide increase in the atmosphere.
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Sustaining farm sector growth amid fall in water availability 7.4.2014 Latest News
Had late winter rains not damaged some standing crops in northern states, India would have had record foodgrain production of 263 million tonnes (mt) in 2013-14. Whatever the loss of rabi crops, the good southwest monsoon allowed India to record the ...
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Can our agriculture tackle climate change? 7.4.2014 HBL: Opinion
The latest report of the inter-governmental panel points to the impact of extreme weather events on farming in India
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Arid areas absorb unexpectedly high amounts of atmospheric carbon (Cached) 7.4.2014 Zee News : Science and Technology
A new research, conducted over a period of ten years in Mojave Desert, has found that arid areas absorb an unexpectedly large amount of carbon as levels of carbon dioxide increase in the atmosphere.
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Call climate change what it is: violence 7.4.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page
Social unrest and famine, superstorms and droughts. Places, species and human beings none will be spared. Welcome to Occupy Earth If you're poor, the only way you're likely to injure someone is the old traditional way: artisanal violence, we could call it by hands, by knife, by club, or maybe modern hands-on violence, by gun or by car. But if you're tremendously wealthy, you can practice industrial-scale violence without any manual labor on your own part. You can, say, build a sweatshop factory that will collapse in Bangladesh and kill more people than any hands-on mass murderer ever did, or you can calculate risk and benefit about putting poisons or unsafe machines into the world, as manufacturers do every day. If you're the leader of a country, you can declare war and kill by the hundreds of thousands or millions. And the nuclear superpowers the US and Russia still hold the option of destroying quite a lot of life on Earth. We are confident that none of our hydrocarbon reserves are now or will ...
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NCP releases poll manifesto, opposes Uniform Civil Code (Cached) 7.4.2014 CNN-IBN: Politics
The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) on Monday released its manifesto for the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. Monday being an election day, the party put up its manifesto on its website.
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Full text: BJP manifesto for 2014 Lok Sabha elections (Cached) 7.4.2014 CNN-IBN: India
The Bharatiya Janata Party released its manifesto for the 2014 Lok Sabha elections on Monday, the day the first phase of the polls began in the states of Assam and Tripura. The BJP manifesto pledges 'Ek Bharat, Shreshta Bharat - Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas' (One India, Best India - Unity and Development for everyone). The highlights of the BJP manifesto are that it pledges to tackle inflation and corruption and also reiterates its stand to explore all possibilities within the framework of the Constitution to facilitate the construction of the Ram Temple in Ayodhya.
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BJP manifesto: Strong growth, zero tolerance on terror, Ram Temple (Cached) 7.4.2014 CNN-IBN Top Stories
The BJP in its manifesto also says that barring multi-brand retail, it is open to Foreign Direct Investment in all other sectors.
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Clock ticks on fossil fuel race (Cached) 7.4.2014 Telegraph: International
Oslo, April 6 (Reuters): World powers are running out of time to slash their use of high-polluting fossil fuels and stay below agreed limits on global warming, a draft UN study to be approved this week shows.
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Subir Gokarn: Thirsty, hungry and sick 6.4.2014 Latest News
The impact assessment by the IPCC highlights risks to water, food and health in Asia
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Five signs that the global economic recovery may be an illusion 6.4.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page
Many policymakers believe the worst is over, but is this just 'groupthink'? And which warnings might the IMF miss this time? The global economy seemed to be on the mend when the International Monetary Fund met for its spring meeting in Washington 10 years ago. Alan Greenspan had cut official interest rates in the US to 1% after the collapse of the dotcom boom and the world's biggest economy had responded to the treatment. Gordon Brown was chancellor of the exchequer and the UK was in its 12th year of uninterrupted growth. Companies in the west were flocking to China now that it was part of the World Trade Organisation . The talk was of offshoring, just-in-time global supply chains and integrated capital markets. The expectation was that the good times would last for ever. No serious thought was given to the notion that total system failure was just around the corner. Faith in the self-correcting properties of open markets was ...
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Messing with nature 5.4.2014 Deccan Herald - Supplements
Today, there is a lot of information out there about various phenomena of the earth and sky. We take these phenomena for granted, for they are acts of God. But we seldom stop to think: what if we can change them? That is what the Discovery programme called Hacking The Planet aims to do. It is the brainchild of John Rennie, a science writer (credentials). An interview with him brought up a lot of interesting ideas. Rennie spoke of how the programme had come about. Rennie says, being a science writer meant that he learnt not only about new discoveries being made about various natural phenomena, but also speculations of what might happen if this kind of knowledge could be put to use to stop the destructive phenomena. So he had an idea about a show, which focused on what might happen if we start interfering with acts of nature, using it as a hook to talk about the underlying science, and then speculate about how far this understanding can be used to actually prevent destruction due to them. Christopher ...
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Ban congratulates Prague on climate change preparedness (Cached) 5.4.2014 New Kerala: World News
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Global warming calls for timely action (Cached) 5.4.2014 ET: Opinion
Weather patterns are complex systems in which a tiny change in one parameter, say, average temperature, can mean large, unforeseen outcomes.
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JG Ballard: five years on a celebration 4.4.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page
Disaster zones, warped modernity, fetishised sex welcome to the world of JG Ballard, who died five years ago this month. His complete works are being reissued: here seven admiring writers explore what makes particular books so memorable, and so strange To anyone who thinks of JG Ballard as a dystopian writer obsessed by images of catastrophe this book will come as a surprise. One of his least-known novels, it is also one of the most powerfully lyrical. Ballard's stories depict disaster zones: London drowned by the effects of climate change, an ultra-modern high-rise in which human beings struggle to survive, an American continent covered by desert and rainforest that a ragged band of explorers must cross. Yet the central thrust of his work is that disaster is not always an entirely negative experience. A seemingly destructive alteration in the outer world geophysical or sociopolitical may be the trigger for a process of psychological breakthrough. Instead of being destroyed, Ballard's characters are ...
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