User: subbu Topic: Climate Change
Category: Impacts :: Floods n Droughts
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CCIP will help Odisha in tackling climate change: UK 27.8.2015 All Specials Stories
CCIP is funded by UK Department For International Development under 12 million pounds technical assistance and is spread across six states of India
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The day we stopped Europe’s biggest polluter in its tracks | John Jordan 27.8.2015 Guardian: Environment
Earlier this month, 1,500 protesters forced the temporary closure of a vast lignite mine in Germany. It was terrifiyng, exhilarating – and direct action at its best This month, I broke the law. I wasn’t alone; I was with 1,500 others, many of whom had never broken any law for their beliefs before. Together we managed to shut down Europe’s biggest source of CO2 emissions : RWE’s lignite mines in the Rhineland in Germany. In total, around 800 of us were arrested, and hundreds of us refused to cooperate with the authorities by withholding our names and IDs. This hampered the bureaucracy so badly that we were released without charge. It was the world’s largest act of disobedience against the mining of fossil fuels – and it might be the spark that ignites a rising, cross-border movement of disobedience for climate ...
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CCIP will help Odisha in tackling climate change: UK 27.8.2015 Zee News : Science and Technology
Affirming support to Odisha in tackling climate change, the UK today said the Climate Change Innovation Programme (CCPI) taken up in six Indian states under a 12 million pound technical assistance would ensure low-carbon and climate resilient development in the state.
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Brazil builds climate tower in pristine Amazon jungle 26.8.2015 Zee News : World
Deep in the pristine Amazon jungle, Brazil`s newest skyscraper has a mission unlike any other: to save the world.
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Bushfires, heatwaves and early deaths: the climate is changing before our eyes | Tim Flannery 26.8.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

In an exclusive extract from his new book, Atmosphere of Hope, Tim Flannery argues that recent events in Australia and around the world show how global warming is much more than a debate about scientific projections

When I wrote The Weather Makers, I laid out the state of climate science as it was understood in 2005. The book received much acclaim, but it was also criticised by climate-change sceptics as extremist and alarmist.

Since the book was published, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has completed two major summaries, in the form of its fourth and fifth assessment reports, and thousands of scientific publications have added to our understanding of how Earth’s climate system responds to carbon pollution.

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Our strategy to rebuild New Orleans for the threats it will face in 50 years' time 25.8.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest
Jeff Hebert was moved to return home to New Orleans by the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina. In the decade since, he has been at the heart of efforts to rebuild a stronger city, culminating in today’s launch of a future masterplan I’m from the New Orleans area, but in 2005 was living in New York doing neighbourhood redevelopment work. I watched Katrina unfold on television, and after seeing those shocking images, I felt passionately that I needed to come home and use my training to help rebuild the city. I didn’t get to New Orleans until about a month later. My brother picked me up and we drove around the city – we saw awful devastation. His house on Jena Street in Uptown, near the Baptist hospital, was flooded. The entire first floor was ruined; mould had begun to eat the walls. The wooden floors were buckled and the smell was putrid. There was debris all over the streets, and there had been many fires in that ...
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How India can cut short-term carbon emissions by 70% - Business Standard 25.8.2015 google news
How India can cut short-term carbon emissions by 70% Business Standard This requires imposition of standards, such as those introduced by the Bureau of Energy Efficiency. There can be incentives and penalties. This will also create a market for energy-efficient processes and products. Transport accounts for a tenth of ...
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Obama makes case for renewable energy 25.8.2015 Zee News : World
US President Barack Obama made a full-throated defense of renewable energy Monday, hitting coal-championing critics as free market hypocrites. 
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Kyoto protocol's carbon credit scheme ‘increased emissions by 600m tonnes’ 24.8.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page

Major UNFCCC carbon trading scheme hit by serious corruption allegations involving organised crime in Russia and Ukraine

A key carbon offsetting scheme was so open to abuse that three quarters of its allowances lacked environmental integrity, a new report says.

UN officials confirm the findings by the Stockholm Environment Institute that around 600m tonnes of carbon were wrongly emitted as a result, under the UNFCCC’s Joint Implementation (JI) scheme.

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Heatwaves are on the rise in Algeria due to climate change, says specialist 24.8.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

Mahi Tabet-Aoul says Algeria is not responsible for a large amount of greenhouse gases, but it will still suffer greatly from the impact of climate change, reports El Watan de Algerie

While there has been a gradual drop in temperatures, this summer Algerians experienced a heatwave over 40 days. Is this normal?

It’s unusual if you live in the northern, coastal Algerian cities, where maximum temperatures never drop below 36C; that’s our average body temperature, so it’s all related. However, 40C would be a more ‘normal’ temperature if you live in central Algeria or in the south.

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When firefighters speak out on climate change, we ought to listen up | Char Miller 24.8.2015 Guardian: Environment
Freak wild fires are becoming the new normal as global weather patters have changed dramatically but we still not have accepted that Climate change is worsening the fires that ravage many parts of America each year. Grime-streaked firefighters battling one of the 167 active wildfires currently scorching portions of the US west will tell you as much. What they have encountered on the firelines in the past few years is evidence that everything has changed as a result of global warming. In mid-August, the day after a quick-moving fire first exploded southwest of Boise, Idaho, the blaze more than doubled in size to nearly 79,000 acres in one four hour stretch. Along the way, it sparked a “firenado” that rained hot ash and dirt on firefighters. Or consider the disturbing talk surrounding the still-smoldering fire named Rocky that this month scorched 70,000 acres near Napa, California: “This fire wants to do whatever it wants,” Jason Shanley, a Cal Fire spokesman, observed, adding “It’s defying all odds. 30 ...
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July hottest month on record, 2015 to be warmest year: NOAA 21.8.2015 Zee News : Science and Technology
The month of July has been found as the hottest month on Earth since record keeping began.
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No more dependence 20.8.2015 Deccan Herald - Supplements
There are many things that can be done to make your home environmentally-friendly and sustainable. Bindu Gopal Rao explores how you can do so in a feasible manner, without compromising on the convenience and comfort factor. As we celebrated the 69th year of independence, did you give a thought to the independence of your most-prized possession, your home? Is it possible for your home not to be so dependent on the grid - for electricity, water and the like? The good news is that you can take small steps to make your home independent in the true sense of the word. Basic funda If you are looking to buy a home, consider a project that aims to build a community which is independent in terms of natural resources. The place must attempt to bring about a sense of belonging among the residents towards the welfare of the community. Given the alarming rate of global warming, floods and droughts have become regular phenomena. The need of the hour is to build homes and infrastructure that can mitigate the damages ...
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Matthew Herbert: ‘I can make music out of a banana or David Cameron or Belgium’ 20.8.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page
The experimental producer believes music is a political weapon, sampling everything from the sound of bullets to pigs. His new album The Shakes goes back to his house roots, but this is a pop record packed with serious ideas • Music with a message – Matthew Herbert’s political music playlist To say that politics plays on the mind of Matthew Herbert would be something of an understatement. When I arrive at his beachfront recording studio in Whitstable, Kent, he gives me a tour of his studio, pointing out that the mixing desk sits on a raised platform to safeguard it from global warming-related flooding. Next door is a venue that hosts wedding parties, which has had the unfortunate effect of forcing Herbert to view romance as he would any other industry: “Every couple ask for the same ‘individual touches’,” he notes. Earlier, Herbert had picked me and the Guardian’s photographer up from the station in his 1971 Mini van – the perfect vehicle in which to bemoan the way capitalism has conspired to diminish ...
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Erratic Weather causes continued troubles for J and K farmers 20.8.2015 New Kerala: India News
Poonch, August 20 : The erratic weather that has prevailed over Jammu and Kashmir has brought back all the dark memories of the flash floods that occurred last year.
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Concern over rapid warming of Indian Ocean 20.8.2015 Hindu: Thiruvananthapuram
The rapid warming of the Indian Ocean could be responsible for the uncertainties of the Asian monsoon and the reduced rainfall over the Indian sub continent, according to monsoon meteorologists and...
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Plan for Paris: looking beyond emission cuts 20.8.2015 Hindu: Opinion
Developing countries should focus on sustainable development targets, rather than legally binding committments to reduce emissions
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Cholera, climate change fuel Haiti`s humanitarian crisis: UN 19.8.2015 Zee News : World
Climate change, cholera and the return of thousands of emigrants from the neighboring Dominican Republican are fueling a humanitarian crisis in Haiti, the UN warned Tuesday.
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Mass migration is no ‘crisis’: it’s the new normal as the climate changes | Ellie Mae O’Hagan 18.8.2015 Guardian: Comment is Free
What’s the common factor between the tragic deaths of refugees in the Mediterranean and the Arab spring? Food shortages driven by global warming I’ve been interested in the way the migrant crisis is being debated in politics and the media. It’s that word – crisis – that is particularly striking. It suggests that what we’re seeing in across Europe is an aberration, a temporary disaster to be “solved” by politicians. Even the sight of ramshackle tents in Calais suggests a phenomenon that could be cleared away at any given moment. In The Concept of the Political, the philosopher Carl Schmitt argued that, when presented with crisis, liberal democracies will put aside constitutional niceties in order to survive. The public consents to its government violating liberal values because crisis is a state of exception, which requires desperate measures. One day there could be Italians and Greeks in camps in Calais, as their own countries become even hotter and more ...
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Central Asian glaciers thaw fast in threat to hydro power, farms 18.8.2015 Zee News : Science and Technology
Mountain glaciers in Central Asia have shrunk four times faster than the world average, threatening river flows vital for agriculture and hydro power from Uzbekistan to western China, scientists said on Monday.
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