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Centre identifies 100 districts to help farmers cope with extreme weather conditions 17.4.2015 ET: Agriculture
Amid growing fears of the El Niño, agriculture minister has said that the govt has identified 100 districts in the country to help farmers who are grappling with extreme weather conditions.
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Cheap coal is a lie – stand up to the industry’s cynical fightback | Al Gore 16.4.2015 Guardian: Comment is Free
Vested interests are pushing the dirtiest fossil fuel as the energy solution in poor nations. In fact, the argument for investing in solar is overwhelming It is becoming increasingly difficult to avoid the reality that the days of coal as a source of energy are numbered. In a world where carbon emissions will increasingly have to be constrained, coal, as the dirtiest of the fossil fuels, is the energy asset most vulnerable to becoming “stranded” – the most vulnerable, in other words, to seeing its market value collapse well ahead of its previously anticipated useful life. This new economic and political reality is already being shaped by the fast-growing global support for the enforcement of a global “ carbon budget ”. This idea, first proposed six years ago and formally endorsed by the International Energy Agency in 2011, has been gaining traction because of the ever-stronger scientific consensus that carbon emissions from human activity is the principal driver of destructive climate change. The spewing ...
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How Iran's Khuzestan went from wetland to wasteland 16.4.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

Iran’s most south-westerly province is facing dust storms, dried-up rivers and mounting pollution

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Fossil fuel subsidies tempt us to burn more carbon, says World Bank chief 13.4.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

Jim Yong Kim calls for five-point plan to deliver low-carbon growth, including carbon tax and removal of incentives to exploit oil, gas and coal

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Can volcanoes tackle climate change? 10.4.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest
Two hundred years ago a volcanic eruption cooled the Earth. Could it help us tackle global warming today? Continue reading...
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Beyond economics: the real threats to global stability and security 9.4.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

Inequality, war or climate change? Female parliamentarians assess some of the greatest risks to global stability

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Unseasonal rains: Lessons to be learnt 8.4.2015 Deccan Herald - Opinion
Many parts of India, and indeed the world, are experiencing abnormal weather events such as extremes of rainfall, winter and summer heat. During March, this year, many states in India endured unseasonal and abnormal rains. This March was reported to be the wettest for the northern and central parts of the country in the past 100 years. The Southern Peninsula received an excess of 221 per cent rainfall, whereas North-western India and Central India received an excess of 270 per cent and 502 per cent respectively. Crop productivity is highly sensitive to distribution of rainfall during the cropping season. Intense rainfall during the harvest or post-harvest stage is extremely damaging to crops and livelihoods of farmers. The unseasonal rains in March wrecked havoc for the standing rabi crops such as wheat, mustard, and gram, as well as vegetable and fruit crops over 18 million hectares across 13 states. Is climate change responsible for the observed abnormal rainfall events or the occurrence of extreme ...
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Obama emphasises threat to public health as part of climate change push 8.4.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page

Roundtable with US surgeon general marks latest effort by Obama administration to raise spectre of climate change and defend steps taken to curb emissions

Barack Obama on Tuesday highlighted the impact of climate change on public health, hours after the White House unveiled an initiative targeting adverse health effects caused by extreme weather and greenhouse gas emissions.

“There are a whole host of public health impacts that are going to hit home,” Obama said at a roundtable discussion with health professionals at Howard University in Washington DC, citing rising asthma rates and the prospects of nontraditional insect-borne diseases soon moving to North America. “Ultimately ... all of our families are going to be vulnerable. You can’t cordon yourself off from air or from climate.”

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FEATURE-'Everyday disasters' driving flight from Sundarbans - TRFN 7.4.2015 Sify News
By Aditya Ghosh
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A revealing interview with top contrarian climate scientists 6.4.2015 Guardian: Environment

John Christy and Roy Spencer are pro-fossil fuel and anti-scientific consensus

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This sinking isle: the homeowners battling coastal erosion 2.4.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page
As sea levels rise, thousands of people on the coast of Britain have been forced to move inland. But a handful of hardy souls refuse to abandon their property to the ravages of the waves. After all, they say, we have fought off invaders before Bryony Nierop-Reading is being evicted by the sea. Since Cyclone Xaver struck the Norfolk coast in December 2013, threatening to destroy her bungalow atop the sandy cliffs of Happisburgh, she has been living in a ramshackle caravan perched on what is left of her small paddock. Beyond a temporary “road closed” sign, the asphalt comes to an abrupt end, hanging over a precipice. The bright yellow cliffs are pockmarked and slumping, constantly worried by the waves. A haphazard path to the beach drops over dark slabs of clay – which looks solid, but crumble to the touch. On the beach, decaying remnants of wooden sea defences offer no resistance to the waves. Severed water pipes stick out from the cliff face like broken limbs, the only remnants of a seaside suburb. “I’m ...
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Open letter to Shell's Ben van Beurden from John Ashton 30.3.2015 Guardian: Environment

The UK’s former top climate change diplomat urges the head of the oil company to become part of the solution to climate change

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California drought goes from bad to worse as state grapples with heat wave 29.3.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page
Experts say fix requires global effort going into an era of climate change in which ‘the temperature is essentially always conducive to ...
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Japan tsunami spurred global warming, ozone loss 28.3.2015 The Hindu: Today's Paper
Japan tsunami spurred global warming, ozone loss
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Japan's quake-tsunami disaster in 2011 triggered global warming, ozone loss 27.3.2015 Zee News : Science and Technology
A new study has recently revealed that Japan's quake-tsunami disaster in 2011 triggered global warming andozone loss , as it released tons of harmful chemical in the atmosphere.
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Japan tsunami spurred global warming, ozone loss 27.3.2015 All News-IANS Stories
Buildings destroyed by the 2011 Tohoku earthquake released thousands of tonnes of climate-warming and ozone-depleting chemicals into the atmosphere, finds a new study.
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Japan tsunami spurred global warming, ozone loss 27.3.2015 New Kerala: World News
Read Full story of 'Japan tsunami spurred global warming, ozone loss' at newkerala.com.
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Japan's quake-tsunami disaster in 2011 triggered global warming, ozone loss 27.3.2015 Sify Finance
A new study has recently revealed that Japan's quake-tsunami disaster in 2011 triggered global warming and ozone loss, as it released tons of harmful chemical in the atmosphere.
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Fossil fuel firms are still bankrolling climate denial lobby groups 25.3.2015 Guardian: Environment
BP has withdrawn support to Alec, a group known for misrepresenting climate science, but appearances can be deceptive. Oil, gas and coal companies remain firmly behind climate disinformation campaigns The oil giant BP has announced that they will no longer fund the American Legislative Exchange Council (Alec) , a lobbying group that routinely misrepresents climate science to US state legislators. It is the latest sign that some of the world’s largest fossil fuel companies appear to be warming to the overwhelming evidence that the unabated use of their products poses severe risks of disrupting the climate. Last month, BP and Royal Dutch Shell announced their support for shareholder resolutions calling on them to commit to reduce heat-trapping emissions, invest in renewable energy, and show how their current business model would hold up against the strict limits on future emissions needed to limit the risk of major climate ...
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One in six UK homes at risk from flooding, says MPs report 25.3.2015 Guardian: Environment

Current levels of flood protection for five million properties face ‘major risks’ due to lack of long-term defence maintenance budgets, MPs have warned

England’s ability to sustain current levels of flood protection for homes and businesses faces “major risks”, MPs have warned.

Some five million properties across the country, or around one in six, are at risk of flooding from coastal, river and surface water, and climate change is increasing the risks of extreme weather and floods, a report by the public accounts committee said.

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