User: subbu Topic: Climate Change
Category: Impacts :: Floods n Droughts
Last updated: Jul 24 2014 10:55 IST RSS 2.0
 
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Nobel Laureate RK Pachauri calls upon youth to save environment 16.7.2014 DNA: India
Noted environmentalist and Nobel Laureate RK Pachauri on Wednesday called upon youths to come forward to save the environment. Delivering a lecture on "Climate Change - Impacts and Adaptation" at Himachal Pradesh University here, Pachauri said checking environmental degradation was vital for ecological health of the country. He said there should be a balance between the human being and the nature. Pachauri said "continued emissions of greenhouse gases would cause further warming and changes in the climate system, oceans would continue to warm during the 21st century and it is likely that the Arctic sea ice cover will continue to shrink and Global sea level will continue to rise". He further cautioned that the length, frequency or intensity of warm spells or heat waves will increase over most land areas and a 1-in-20 year hottest day is likely to become a 1-in-2 year event in most regions. "It is also likely that the frequency of heavy precipitation or the proportion of total rainfall from heavy falls ...
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Special campaign to reduce emissions launched in Shimla 16.7.2014 TOI: India
A special folk media campaign “Forest-PLUS” was inaugurated in Shimla on Wednesday that aims to reduce the emissions from deforestation and forest degradation and enhance sequestration through afforestation, conservation, and sustainable management of ...
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Dams without responsibility 16.7.2014 The Hindu: Today's Paper
Dams without responsibility
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Active planning needed to tackle climate change impact on agriculture 16.7.2014 ET: Agriculture
India should put in place pro-active plans to meet any contingency and maximise benefits of good rain to soften the blow of any deficit, Swaminathan said.
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Need pro-active planning to deal with climate change, says Swaminathan 16.7.2014 FirstPost: India

To deal with climate change, the country needs a pro-active plan, says eminent agriculture scientist M S Swaminathan.

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Rising tides pose a threat to sinking island in Sunderbans 16.7.2014 Hindu: Home
Over 2,000 families affected, acres of farm land submerged
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History will condemn climate change denialists | Robert Manne 16.7.2014 Guardian: Comment is Free
Tony Abbott was elected by the right-wing of his party for a single purpose: to destroy any meaningful action in Australia against the threat of climate change The argument for radical action on climate change which Australia will soon at least temporarily reject with the shameful decision to repeal the carbon tax is embarrassingly simple. For the past 200 years, western culture has granted science pre-eminent cultural authority. A quarter century ago, a consensus formed among contemporary scientists specialising in the study of the climate. The consensus comprised one principal idea: the primary source of energy on which industrial civilisation relied the burning of fossil fuels was dangerously increasing the temperature of the ...
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Dams without responsibility 16.7.2014 Hindu: Lead
Uttarakhand has to ensure that the quest for hydropower cannot come without a responsibility to preserve a region that is limping back to life after a calamity aggravated by unplanned human interventions neither scientifically assessed nor endorsed by the people of the region
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Germany pledges $1bn to UN climate change fund 15.7.2014 Guardian: Environment

Green Climate Fund, designed to help poorer countries deal with global warming, receives boost from Angela Merkel, reports AlertNet

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Will UK reshuffle boost science and environment? 15.7.2014 New Scientist: Sex and Cloning
New environment secretary Liz Truss may prove more eco-friendly than her predecessor. Meanwhile Greg Clark is made minister for universities and ...
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David Cameron's reshuffle gets rid of the 'green crap' 15.7.2014 Guardian: Environment

Liz Truss replaces Owen Paterson as environment secretary, while William Hague and Greg Barker rare strong green voices in the Conservative party also leave government

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Rupert Murdoch doesn't understand climate change basics, and that's a problem 14.7.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page
The man whose media empire is the main source of global warming misinformation displays an awful misunderstanding of climate science in a Sky News interview Rupert Murdoch has a vast media empire. In the UK, his News Corp assets include The Times and The Sun. In the USA, he has Fox News, The New York Post, and The Wall Street Journal. In Australia, he's got The Australian and a multitude of local newspapers . Many of Murdoch's news outlets are also among the worst when it comes to getting climate science wrong and disseminating climate myths and misinformation. Inaccurate media coverage is in turn the primary reason why the public is so misinformed about global warming. In terms of the world's temperature going up, the worst, the most alarmist things have said ... 3°C in 100 years. At the very most one of those will come from man-made, be man-made. Climate change has been going on as long as the planet is here, and there will always be a little bit of it. At the moment the north pole is melting, but the ...
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8 charts that show how climate change is making the world more dangerous 14.7.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page

Disasters including storms, floods and heatwaves have increased fivefold since the 1970s, UN finds

Forget the future. The world already is nearly five times as dangerous and disaster prone as it was in the 1970s, because of the increasing risks brought by climate change, according to a new report from the World Meteorological Organisation.

The first decade of the 21st century saw 3,496 natural disasters from floods, storms, droughts and heat waves. That was nearly five times as many disasters as the 743 catastrophes reported during the 1970s and all of those weather events are influenced by climate change.

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Tree plantation cum awareness prog held 14.7.2014 Manipur: E-Pao
Tree plantation cum awareness prog held
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Australia is drying out thanks to our emissions 13.7.2014 New Scientist: Sex and Cloning
South-west Australia can expect to see annual rainfall drop by 40 per cent compared with the mid-20th century, and it seems humans are to ...
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Miami, the great world city, is drowning while the powers that be look away 11.7.2014 The Guardian -- World Latest
Low-lying south Florida, at the front line of climate change in the US, will be swallowed as sea levels rise. Astonishingly, the population is growing, house prices are rising and building goes on. The problem is the city is run by climate change deniers Continue reading...
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Rs 500 Crore Price Stabilisation Fund a Boost for Agriculture Sector 11.7.2014 newindianexpress.com
New initiative of NDA is aimed at mitigating the worries of farmers and ushering in growth
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Improves on closer reading 10.7.2014 Telegraph: Opinion
As far as I am concerned, the tensions in the pre-budget days this year were similar to the level of excitement generated before the Brazil-Germany semi-final. While the football game result came as a shock to everyone, the budget speech was no less of a shock to me. Note, I say the budget speech, as opposed to the budget. The finance minister was, often, inarticulate and, most importantly, never laid out the thought process that had gone behind the budget. It was necessary to do so because there were enough pre-budget tremors warning us of having to tighten our belts to revive the economy. In other words, everyone was expecting to be told what the new government's plan is to bring the economy back on track and how this budget is the first step in the implementation of that plan. The finance minister, unfortunately, did not describe, even in passing, what the plans were and fell back on the established and boring template of listing all the 100 crore ideas that the ministry has come up with, mixed up ...
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Govt announces Rs 7,500 crore agri-schemes; vows to reform food market 10.7.2014 Asian Age: Business
Image for representational purpose only (Photo: visualphotos) Government proposed long-term rural credit fund with an initial corpus of Rs 5,000 crore With a drought-like situation looming large and food prices remaining high, government on July 10 announced various agri-programmes with an outlay of about Rs 7,500 crore to improve irrigation, soil health, research activities besides promising steps to revamp mandis. It said it will provide cheaper food grains through ration shops even if there is marginal decline in farm production due to inadequate rainfall this year, and also restructure Food Corporation of India (FCI) to improve efficiency of PDS. While committing to achieve 4 per cent farm growth, the new government advocated use of new farm technologies to boost crop yields to achieve the 'second Green Revolution' and 'Protein Revolution' amid challenges of climate change. On farm credit front, the government, however, continued interest subvention of 3 per cent for those making timely repayment, ...
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Global warming requires more frequent rethink of "normal" weather – U.N 10.7.2014 FirstPost: World

OSLO (Reuters) - The baseline for "normal" weather used by everyone from farmers to governments to plan ahead needs to be updated more frequently to account for the big shifts caused by global warming, the U.N.'s World Meteorological Organization said on Wednesday. The WMO's Commission for Climatology believes rising temperatures and more heatwaves and heavy rains mean the existing baseline, based on the climate averages of 1961-90, is out of date as a guide, the WMO said in a statement. "For water resources, agriculture and energy, the old averages no longer reflect the current realities," Omar Baddour, head of the data management applications at the WMO, told Reuters

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