User: subbu Topic: Climate Change
Category: Impacts :: Floods n Droughts
Last updated: Apr 17 2014 16:12 IST RSS 2.0
 
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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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Loss Adjustment (Cached) 4.4.2014 International
Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability. IPCC
When people say we should adapt to climate change, do they have any idea what that means?
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Caroline Lucas: 'The Green movement has to talk about the positives' 4.4.2014 Guardian: Environment
The UK's first Green MP has plenty to be concerned about choking air pollution, the IPCC's climate-change warnings, scant progress on renewable energy, and her trial after the Balcombe anti-fracking protest but she's positively Pollyannaish Caroline Lucas was standing for parliament the last time we met, and this time round she's standing trial. As far as I can establish, she's the first sitting MP to be prosecuted over a matter of principle since a Labour member refused to pay the poll tax 25 years ago and she hasn't even been in the Commons for a full term yet. But her reason for risking arrest is exactly the same as the reason she ran for election: she is frightened that we're heading for environmental Armageddon. It's not exactly a reason to be cheerful and we meet in her Brighton constituency this week just as air pollution began swaddling the country, only hours after the latest IPCC report warned that climate change is already wreaking havoc on the planet, causing heatwaves and floods. But if ...
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Spike in smog raises questions over UK's air 3.4.2014 New Scientist: Health
In the wake of the severe smog that struck south-east England, New Scientist asks how harmful it is likely to be and whether it will ...
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The toxic truth about air pollution: a lethal scandal of British inaction 2.4.2014 Guardian: Comment is Free
The 'Saharan' smog is a crisis of our own making. But don't expect ministers to do anything sensible like restricting traffic on the roads Blame the Sahara desert for the present air pollution. Blame Europe. Blame climate change or even the spring sunshine, or the hole in the ozone layer. But if you are in government please don't mention the fact that the toxic air much of Britain has been breathing is mostly of our own making. Don't look on the front page of Defra's website for an explanation of its composition, or expect ministers to admit this is a public health emergency. And certainly don't expect local or central government to take action, such as reducing car numbers in the streets or closing down factories. That's what the Chinese and French governments do when the air in their cities is unbreathable and their people are choking. Not ...
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Early climate adapters show warming world how to cope 2.4.2014 New Scientist: Living World
We still cannot predict exactly how climate change will affect each part of the world, but the people on the front lines are showing others how to ...
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Planning for a climate-resilient city (Cached) 2.4.2014 India Together - Environment

Indian cities have been identified as among the most vulnerable to climate change impacts. Shrimoyee Bhattacharya and Sujaya Rathi explore how the envisioned plan for Bangalore can build in increased resilience to climatic variations and impact.

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Lok Sabha polls 2014: Why is climate change not an election issue? (Cached) 2.4.2014 DNA: Top News
In William Shakespeare’s play Julius Caesar, a series of bizarre events happen in Rome before Caesar’s assassination, leading a soothsayer to warn him: “Beware the ides of March”.  Did you notice something strange about the weather reports last week? In mid-March, we had hail storms in Maharashtra, heavy rains in Delhi and the highest snowfall in decades in Jammu and Kashmir. Just a week before that, sudden snow storms broke all records and shut down the entire East Coast of the United States. Can I please be blunt about it? Climate change is an existential issue for our country. Since the last century, the world has succeeded spectacularly at the cost of the environment, and we have only just begun to grapple with the consequences of our actions. However, between the trite arguments on secularism and corruption, the pre-election discourse in India has no time for a debate on an issue that is the single largest threat to our long term national well-being. When was the last time a major politician ...
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Gloomy picture for Indian agriculture, says UN panel 2.4.2014 deccanherald.com
India stares at an agriculture loss worth Rs 42,000 crore ($7 billion) by 2030, due to the dangerous consequences of climate change, says the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in its latest report. The loss will mostly be on account of a sharp drop in wheat productivity because of the heat stress in the Indo-Gangetic plains, which produce almost 90 million tonnes of wheat annually. Ranging from Punjab and Haryana to West Bengal, this belt account for almost 15 per cent of global wheat production. The productivity decline could be as high as 51 per cent in the most favourable and high yielding area due to heat stress and heavy carbon dioxide load in the atmosphere. Almost 200 million Indians, whose food intake relies on crop harvests, would experience adverse productivity. Sorghum yield too will drop whereas rice will remain unchanged. The IPCC report suggests an increase in extreme rainfall events in primarily in central India. Heavy precipitation would be seen in other regions too ...
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Delhi faces high flood risk: Report (Cached) 2.4.2014 TOI: Delhi Times
Environmentalists have been warning about growing encroachments on the Yamuna floodplains being a recipe for ...
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Rich Should Steer Battle against Climate Change 2.4.2014 newindianexpress.com
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warm regard (Cached) 1.4.2014 Telegraph: Opinion
More than 300 scientists from 115 countries, forming a Nobel-winning intergovernmental panel chaired by an Indian, have made some dire, but not hopeless, pronouncements on climate change from Japan. This is the second of three reports from the United Nations panel on climate change, specifically on the effect of global warming caused by greenhouse gas emissions on people and the planet. The first had made an erroneous prediction on the melting of Himalayan glaciers that had tarnished the panel's credibility. So it has made absolutely sure this time to deliver a foolproof report on state-of-the-art studies and opinions on exactly how bad, and how remediable, the effect of climate change will be on human, animal and natural lives. The threat, it seems, had been underestimated, both of the extent of warming and of predicted rise in sea-levels. The primary threat is to food security, with declining crop yields (especially wheat and corn) leading to inflation, migration and conflict. Human security would also ...
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Frame climate change as a food issue, experts say 1.4.2014 Guardian: Environment
As IPCC report warns of climate impact on food security, researchers are looking at whether talking about food could break political deadlock on global warming

Reframing climate change as a food issue as the world's leading scientists did this week could provide an opportunity to mobilise people, experts say.

Academics and campaigners were already looking at food as a way to better connect with public on climate change when the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released its finding on declining crop yields.

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Global warming may spread drought to a third of Earth (Cached) 1.4.2014 Zee News : Science and Technology
One third of the world may be at increased risk of drought by 2100 as warmer temperatures wring more moisture from the soil, a new study has warned.
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