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Category: Impacts :: Floods n Droughts
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Philippines to raise 10m signatures for pope’s climate petition 22.7.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

The world’s third-largest Catholic country is plagued by natural disasters and church leaders say they will mobilise believers to join Pope Francis’s campaign

Asia’s largest Catholic country has mobilised after the pope’s warning to tackle climate change, promising to gather 10m signatures for a petition that will be handed to world leaders at a Paris climate summit in November.

The Catholic climate petition aims to pressure countries to drastically cut carbon emissions to keep the global temperature rise below the dangerous 1.5°C threshold, and to help the world’s poorest to cope with climate change.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger: climate change is not science fiction 21.7.2015 Guardian: Environment

Terminator star calls global warming a ‘battle in the real world’ that’s bigger than any movie, at the first summit of conscience for the climate in Paris

Arnold Schwarzenegger has been chosen by the French government to join Nobel prizewinners, philosophers, UN secretary generals, spiritual leaders and theologians to make the moral case for the world to act urgently on climate change.

Talking at the world’s first summit of conscience for the climate on Tuesday – ahead of the crucial UN climate change meeting in the city in December – the Terminator star and former California governor declared the science debate over, saying planetary catastrophe could only be avoided with ethical action:

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Permanent campus of ASTU opened 21.7.2015 The Assam Tribune
Permanent campus of ASTU opened
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Arunabha Ghosh & David King: Climate risks - the worst cases matter 20.7.2015 All Opinion Stories
When we think about the risks to a business's viability, or the threats to a nation's security, we normally ask, "What is the worst that could happen?" Having identified the greatest risks, we can then decide how much effort to spend on reducing or ...
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Gogoi Calls for Extensive Use of Science and Technology 20.7.2015 newindianexpress.com
The permanent campus of the university is located at a sprawling 10 bighas of land at Jalukbari to provide for instruction and research through its constituent and affiliated colleges and institutions.
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America must lead the climate change fight or our leadership record is toast | Senators Ben Cardin and Sheldon Whitehouse 20.7.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page

More prosperous countries have the largest carbon emissions and poorer countries bear the consequences

The atmosphere is warming. Ice is melting. Droughts are worsening; seas are warming, rising and acidifying. We’re past theory and well into measurement on those points. Pope Francis recently observed that “[n]ever have we so hurt and mistreated our common home as we have in the last 200 years.” The matter of climate change is urgent, and it commands a moral dimension.

Related: The Earth, our home, is beginning to look like an immense pile of filth

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Varsities should solve problems: Gogoi 20.7.2015 The Assam Tribune
Varsities should solve problems: Gogoi
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More global warming would make work outdoors impossible in India 19.7.2015 HBL: Home
Northern India will have to remain indoors during the hottest month
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4 degree rise in global temp may make outdoor work impossible in North India 19.7.2015 deccanherald.com
If the world warms up by 4 degrees Celsius, there is 30 per cent probability that temperatures will be so high that even moderate outdoor work cannot be carried out in the hottest month in northern India, a study on the risks of climate change has said. There would also be a 40 per cent chance that individuals in northern India will not be able to participate in competitive outdoor activities in summertime if global average temperature rises on an average by one degree. An international group of climate scientists, energy analysts and experts from finance and military recently released an independent assessment of the risks of climate change commissioned by the United Kingdoms Foreign and Commonwealth Office. "The most important decision any government has to make about climate change is one of priority - how much effort to expend on countering it, relative to the effort that must be spent on other issues. "This risk assessment aims to inform that decision. In a year when important climate negotiations ...
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Spread of the wildfire season 16.7.2015 The Hindu: Today's Paper
Spread of the wildfire season
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Smarter city needs better ecosystem 16.7.2015 Pune News, Pune City News | Cities News - Times of India
Urban planners and researchers have raised the pitch for an ecosystem restoration policy to compliment the Centre’s ambitious Smart City ...
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African agriculture needs more of the green stuff, says farming alliance chief | Clár Ní Chonghaile and Alon Mwesigwa 15.7.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest
With Africa’s food needs set to triple by 2050, the head of the Alliance for the Green Revolution in Africa is calling for greater investment in farmers Investing in African farmers is a moral necessity but also an economic imperative, according to the head of the Alliance for the Green Revolution in Africa (Agra) , who fears that recent progress in the continent’s agriculture sector could be eroded without further investment. As she prepared to travel to Ethiopia to participate in the UN summit on financing for development, Dr Agnes Kalibata said climate change was the biggest challenge to the estimated 530 million Africans who rely on ...
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California city sends its water wasters back to school as drought deepens 15.7.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

Santa Cruz is offering to waive fines for excessive consumption if the parched city’s sprinkler splurgers and prodigal bathers do penance at water school

Related: California conservation efforts cut water use by 29%

Some had turned a blind eye to gushy sprinklers. Others had ignored leaking toilets. One blamed an overzealous cleaning lady. Another blamed thieving neighbours.

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Warming linked to rise in excess rainfall 15.7.2015 The Hindu: Today's Paper
Warming linked to rise in excess rainfall
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Global warming may eat up $200bn crops globally by 2050: Study 14.7.2015 TOI: All Headlines
Global warming may eat up $200bn crops globally by 2050: Study
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Global warming is causing rain to melt the Greenland ice sheet | John Abraham 14.7.2015 Guardian: Environment
Higher temperatures are melting Greenland ice directly, but also indirectly via increased rainfall Greenland, one of the largest ice sheets in the world, is melting. In fact, it is melting ahead of schedule as the world warms. Scientists are working hard to deepen their understanding of this ice sheet’s behavior so that we can predict how fast and how much of the ice sheet will melt in the coming decades and centuries. It might seem obvious that in a warming world, the Greenland ice sheet will melt. But, what seems obvious and simple can be more complex when investigated more deeply. With respect to Greenland, it is expected that warmer temperatures increase melting but warmer temperatures can also mean more snowfall, as there is more moisture in warm air which can then fall as snow. So, it has been a question of which of these two competing processes would win out. Would Greenland get smaller because of melting or would it grow as more snow ...
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For climate change, India is a make-or-break player 14.7.2015 All Specials Stories
India has emerged as the world's fastest-growing major polluter and is the single most critical player when it comes to global climate change
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India may be hotter by 8 degrees, lose $200bn per year: Study 14.7.2015 Hindustan Times: Top Stories
Global warming is at a much faster pace than estimated The visible impact would be temperature crossing 50degree mark by the turn of the century and water stress in the northern part of India a new global study released on Monday in London and Mumbai ...
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'Serious flood risk in coastal cities if seas rise' 14.7.2015 TOI: Home
A 1-metre rise in global sea levels increases the probability of what is now a once-in-a-hundred-year flood by 1,000 times in Kolkata, 40 times in Shanghai and 200 times in New York.
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Global warming may eat up $200 billion crops globally by 2050: Study 14.7.2015 Zee News : Science and Technology
A whopping USD 200 billion worth of wheat, rice and maize crops could be lost by 2050 globally if the issues arising from global warming are not addressed on a war-footing, an independent study on the impact of climate change on crop yields has warned.
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