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Category: Emissions
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Singapore to impose carbon tax from 2019 to cut on greenhouse gas emissions 19.2.2018 All International Stories
The tax would be levied on all facilities producing 25,000 tonnes or more of greenhouse gas emissions a year
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Singapore to impose carbon tax from 2019 19.2.2018 General News
Singapore said today it would impose a carbon tax from next year to cut its greenhouse gas emissions and make companies more competitive as global agreements on climate change take effect. Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat said the tax would be levied on all facilities producing 25,000 tonnes or more of greenhouse gas emissions a year. The tax, to be applied to all sectors, will be Sg$5.0 ($3.8) per tonne of greenhouse gas emissions from 2019 to 2023, after which the levy will be reviewed and possibly raised to between Sg$10 and Sg$15 per tonne by 2030. "Singapore produces less carbon emissions per dollar of GDP than most countries," he said, as he unveiled the measure as part of the city-states 2018 budget. "We intend to further reduce our emissions intensity to make a bigger effort to combat climate change." Major economies have been scrambling to cut greenhouse gas emissions amid warnings from scientists about the potentially devastating impacts of climate change. The most notable ...
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Extreme weather events more likely despite climate deal 15.2.2018 General News
Events of extreme weather are likely to increase despite the UN Paris Agreement to limit the global temperature rise to less than two degrees Celsius, a study warns. Researchers found that emissions consistent with the commitments countries have made are likely to result in a more than fivefold increase in probability of record-breaking warm nights over approximately 50 per cent of Europe, and more than 25 per cent of East Asia. This two to three degrees of global warming would also likely result in a greater than threefold increase in record-breaking wet days over more than 35 per cent of North America, Europe and East Asia. Researchers from Stanford University and Columbia University in the US expanded on previous work analysing historical climate data, which demonstrated how greenhouse gas emissions have increased the probability of recording-breaking hot, wet and dry events in the present climate. They analysed similar models to estimate the probability of extreme weather events ..
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In Trump's first year, U.S. agency doubles solar investments abroad 15.2.2018 General News
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The United States government doubled its financial support for solar power projects overseas during President Donald Trump's first year in office under a climate-friendly investment policy inherited from the Obama administration, according to a Reuters review of government documents.
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'Extreme weather events more likely if Paris goals aren't met' 14.2.2018 Zee News : Science and Technology
Meeting the Paris Agreement's goal of keeping the global-scale warming to less than two degrees is likely to reduce the area of the globe that experiences greater than threefold increases in the probability of record-setting events.
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OECD says energy taxes in developed economies too low to fight climate change 14.2.2018 General News
LONDON (Reuters) - Energy taxes in major advanced economies are not doing enough to reduce energy use, improve energy efficiency and drive a shift towards low-carbon sources, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) said on Wednesday.
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After Cape Town, Bengaluru set to face major water crisis: Atrocious state of Bellandur Lake a result of apathy by authorities 14.2.2018 Latest News India on Firstpost
In the 1970s, Bengaluru boast of about 285 lakes; today there are just a little over 190, most of which are polluted with raw sewage.
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'Extreme weather events more likely if Paris goals aren't met' 14.2.2018 General News
The UN Paris Agreement that aims to limit the global temperature rise to less than two degrees Celsius is unlikely to be met, and could increase the likelihood of extreme weather, a study warns. Researchers found that emissions consistent with the commitments countries have made are likely to result in a more than fivefold increase in probability of record-breaking warm nights over approximately 50 per cent of Europe, and more than 25 per cent of East Asia. This two to three degrees of global warming would also likely result in a greater than threefold increase in record-breaking wet days over more than 35 per cent of North America, Europe and East Asia. Researchers from Stanford University and Columbia University in the US expanded on previous work analysing historical climate data, which demonstrated how greenhouse gas emissions have increased the probability of recording-breaking hot, wet and dry events in the present climate. They analysed similar models to estimate the ...
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Wyoming, Utah explore funding legal challenges to West Coast coal policies 14.2.2018 General News
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Lawmakers in coal-producing Utah and Wyoming, faced by a shrinking market for the fuel, this week introduced laws to fund legal challenges in California and Washington of policies that they believe hurt coal sales.
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Climate change causing global sea levels to rise rapidly every year 13.2.2018 Zee News : Science and Technology
Continuous emissions of greenhouse gases are warming the Earth's atmosphere and oceans and melting its ice, causing the rate of sea level rise to increase.
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Climate change speeding up sea level rise, satellites show 13.2.2018 All News-IANS Stories
Climate change has accelerated sea level rise and the rate at which it is rising is increasing every year, a study citing satellite data has revealed.
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Adapting better to climate change 13.2.2018 Hindu: Opinion
In addition to vulnerabilities and costs, adaptation projects should also consider issues around equity.
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'Warm' winter may thaw Scottish skiing industry: Report 9.2.2018 General News
The Scottish skiing industry could collapse within as little as 50 years as winters become too mild for regular snowfall, a new international report warns.
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Reports of coal's terminal decline are premature 8.2.2018 General News
While less new coal-fired power plants are now being built in China and India, the planned expansion in the use of coal in fast-growing emerging economies, such as Turkey, Indonesia and Vietnam, will in part cancel out the reduction.Only if the countries of the world actively counteract this trend, they can achieve the climate goals agreed in the Paris Agreement.These are the results of the study "Reports of coal's terminal decline may be exaggerated," authored by researchers from the Potsdam Institute on Climate Impact Research (PIK) and the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC), published in the journal Environmental Research Letters."The coal problem is by no means self-defeating, despite all the advances in renewable energy. If the international community wants to achieve its greenhouse gas emission reduction goals to avoid the greatest climate risks, then it must act decisively," says PIK's Chief Economist Ottmar Edenhofer, who is also Director of
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Australia tourism industry under climate change threat - study 8.2.2018 General News
Australia's multi-billion dollar tourism industry is under increasing threat from climate change with some of the nation's top natural wonders in the firing line as temperatures and sea levels rise, a study warned today. The report by environmental advocacy group the Climate Council said the government needed to do more to reduce carbon emissions harming Australia's beaches, national parks and the Great Barrier Reef. Tourism is the nation's second-largest export industry, valued at USD 31 billion and employing more than 580,000 people, it said. But popular visitor destinations were at risk, with major cities in coastal areas expected to face more frequent flooding in coming years, while Australia's "Red Centre" region could experience more than 100 days annually above 35 degrees Celsius (95 degrees Fahrenheit) by 2030, it found. "Tourists travel across the globe to see Australia's remarkable natural wonders. But these icons are in the climate firing line as extreme ...
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Cabinet approves Ratification of the Minamata Convention on Mercury 7.2.2018 Govt of india: PIB
          The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved the proposal for ratification of Minamata Convention on Mercury and depositing the instrument of ratification enabling India to become a Party of the Convention.
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Massive reserves of mercury found in Arctic permafrost 6.2.2018 Cinema-Showbiz
Scientists have discovered that permafrost in the northern hemisphere stores massive amounts of natural mercury and a warming climate could release large amounts of this dangerous toxin that may cause neurological effects in humans and animals, ranging from motor impairment to birth defects.
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Scientists discover enormous reserves of mercury in permafrost 6.2.2018 General News
Scientists have discovered massive reserves of mercury hidden in permafrost.Permafrost is a thick subsurface layer of soil that remains below freezing point throughout the year, occurring chiefly in polar regions.Researchers have discovered permafrost in the northern hemisphere stores massive amounts of natural mercury, a finding with significant implications for human health and ecosystems worldwide as exposure to mercury - even small amounts - can cause serious health problems.The study reveals the northern permafrost soils are the largest reservoir of mercury on the planet, storing nearly twice as much mercury as all other soils, the ocean and the atmosphere combined.In a new study, scientists measured mercury concentrations in permafrost cores from Alaska and estimated how much mercury has been trapped in permafrost north of the equator since the last Ice Age."This discovery is a game-changer," said Paul Schuster, a hydrologist at the U.S. Geological Survey in Boulder, Colorado ...
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Environmentalists appeal ruling over Norway's Arctic oil 5.2.2018 General News
Environmental groups today said they were appealing to Norway's supreme court a ruling allowing the Nordic nation, western Europe's largest oil and gas producer, to grant exploration licenses in the Arctic. In early January, the Oslo district court dismissed a first case by the Norwegian branch of Greenpeace and Natur og Ungdom (Nature and Youth) which had sued the government for granting exploration licenses in the Barents Sea in May 2016. "It is crystal clear that the state is violating the Constitution and our right to a healthy environment by allocating new oil deposits," Natur og Ungdom leader Gaute Eiterjord said in a statement. "The Norwegian oil policy is betraying my generation and threatening our future, which is why we are appealing," he added. The environmentalists accuse Norway of violating a new article of the country's constitution that guarantees since 2014 the right to a healthy environment. But the Oslo court said the state could not be held responsible
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Extend-and-Pretend model can't work forever: former banker Satyajit Das 5.2.2018 News
In politics, extend and pretend has become standard procedure. Underinvestment in health, education and training saves money today but creates future costs and problems that may exceed any current ben
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