User: subbu Topic: Climate Change
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Last updated: Apr 18 2014 13:12 IST RSS 2.0
 
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Climate change: An upcoming threat with little political traction during Lok Sabha elections 18.4.2014 DNA: Popular News
As more than 850 million Indians went to poll amidst a hotly contested pre-election period, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) setup under the United Nations released the first part of its much anticipated report in Berlin, Germany, detailing where the world exactly stood on climate change.  The topic of global warming, an unfolding event which may be the catalyst of driving much of mankind’s governmental and economic policies in the future has found only fleeting mentions in the manifestos released by the BJP, the Congress and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). In fact, the AAP did not mention the issue even once as part of its political aims. However, the fact remains that India’s population has already experienced freak weather patterns which have been tied to global warming, such as the recent hailstorms experienced in Maharashtra last month where farmers of the region have put their losses at a massive Rs 20,000 crore due to this unseasonal natural event.  The irony over the lack of emphasis ...
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Ban pushes for 2015 global agreement on disaster risk (Cached) 17.4.2014 New Kerala: World News
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Political rifts slow US efforts on climate laws 15.4.2014 Deccan Herald - Analysis
The United States needs to enact a major climate change law, such as a tax on carbon pollution, by the end of this decade to stave off the most catastrophic impacts of global warming, according to the authors of a report released this week by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. But aggressive efforts to tackle climate change have repeatedly collided with political reality in Washington, where some Republicans question the underlying science of global warming and lawmakers' ties to the fossil fuel industry have made them resistant to change. The rise of the Tea Party in recent years has also made a tax increase unlikely. This week's report makes clear, however, that the window is rapidly narrowing to forge new policies that will protect the globe from a future of serious food and water shortages, a drastic sea level rise, increased poverty and disease and other profound risks. "What would be required is a nationwide carbon pricing policy," said Robert Stavins, director of ...
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Better resilience in a hotter world 14.4.2014 Deccan Herald - Supplements
Chain reaction Climate change not only changes the environment but it also has effects on companies that rely on both renewable and non-renewable resources. So what is the solution for this?, asks Andrew Winston. It's impossible to pin any one weather event on climate change, but the scientific consensus is that as the planet gets hotter, the frequency and severity of destructive weather will only increase. Along with and often because of these weather patterns, we're seeing increases in the prices of most commodities that business and society rely on. Major storms, droughts and floods are cutting the supply of some renewable commodities, such a s crops and clean water. Nonrenewable resources, such as oil and some metals, are also becoming scarcer. Though companies today face many global-scale challenges, extreme weather caused by climate change and increasing limits on resources are both having an unprecedented impact. Pivot strategy: A new framework An extreme world calls for extreme change. Companies ...
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Climate change pill: pool cars, eat local and save energy (Cached) 14.4.2014 Telegraph: Nation
New Delhi, April 13: An international panel today warned that the world hadn't done enough to curb greenhouse gas emissions but said that changes in lifestyles and energy technologies could yet help avert the most devastating impacts of global warming.
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`Leaked` IPCC report warns of `devastating rise of 4-5 C` (Cached) 14.4.2014 Zee News : Science and Technology
A new leaked report of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change ( IPCC) reportedly warns that the temperature could increase by about 4 to 5 degree C, compared with pre-industrial levels, if no action is taken to halt it.
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Climate change may hit migratory animals 13.4.2014 Deccan Herald - Opinion
Plans to reduce our impact on climate and mitigate the damage we've already done are important... There are few experiences more frustrating than a delay in travel plans caused by bad weather. According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), this may be something we will have to get used to in the future. In March 2014, the IPCC released the 5th assessment of the impacts, adaptation strategies, and vulnerabilities related to global climate change. The report makes it clear that travelling in the future will become more of an ordeal. Extreme weather events related to climate change, such as heat waves, storms and coastal flooding, are predicted to increase in frequency with only a 1°C increase in average global temperature - and current trends indicate even higher rises in average temperature. Besides the more serious effects, this is a recipe for more travel delays, larger numbers of travellers stranded and a greater overall risk associated with travelling. And the news gets worse ...
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Network on coastal vulnerability on anvil 13.4.2014 Hindu: Home
Frequency and intensity of tropical cyclones is impacted by the Climate Change, Akhilesh Gupta, advisor and head of Climate Change Programme of Department of Science and Technology (DST), has said...
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Future-proof UK coastal areas against rising sea levels, says National Trust 11.4.2014 Guardian: Environment

Charity says many of its sites have been battered by storms and hit hard by high tides this winter

A clear national strategy is "urgently needed" to help future-proof coastal areas from rising sea levels and extreme weather, according to a report published by the National Trust on Friday.

The trust, one of the UK's biggest coastal owners, says many of its sites have been "battered" by storms and "hit hard" by high tides this winter.

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World not ready for climate change 8.4.2014 Deccan Herald - Opinion
The world is not ready for climate change, which poses a number of serious risks, says the planet's leading body of climate scientists. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) at its conference in Yokohama, Japan recently released a major report on the impact of climate change, with the goal of spurring world leaders to act more decisively to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The report warns of serious impacts from changing climate on agriculture and human civilization and argues that governments are ill prepared for its effects. The thousands of scientists who wrote the report argue that world leaders have only a few years left to reduce carbon emissions enough to avoid catastrophic warming. At the same time, governments must step up efforts to protect vulnerable communities from increased natural hazards associated with climate change. "Observed impacts of climate change are widespread and consequential," the scientists of the IPCC write in the report. The new report shows that "today's ...
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Can our agriculture tackle climate change? 7.4.2014 HBL: Opinion
The latest report of the inter-governmental panel points to the impact of extreme weather events on farming in India
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Call climate change what it is: violence 7.4.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page
Social unrest and famine, superstorms and droughts. Places, species and human beings none will be spared. Welcome to Occupy Earth If you're poor, the only way you're likely to injure someone is the old traditional way: artisanal violence, we could call it by hands, by knife, by club, or maybe modern hands-on violence, by gun or by car. But if you're tremendously wealthy, you can practice industrial-scale violence without any manual labor on your own part. You can, say, build a sweatshop factory that will collapse in Bangladesh and kill more people than any hands-on mass murderer ever did, or you can calculate risk and benefit about putting poisons or unsafe machines into the world, as manufacturers do every day. If you're the leader of a country, you can declare war and kill by the hundreds of thousands or millions. And the nuclear superpowers the US and Russia still hold the option of destroying quite a lot of life on Earth. We are confident that none of our hydrocarbon reserves are now or will ...
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March had lowest air pollution in 4 years 7.4.2014 Delhi News, Delhi City News - Cities News - Times of India
This March recorded the lowest particulate matter (PM2.5) levels-fine, respirable pollutants-in the past four ...
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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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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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UN environment panel chairman urges nations to look beyond politics to fight climate change (Cached) 3.4.2014 TOI: Home
R K Pachauri wants the countries across the globe to look beyond “politics” while arriving at a universal climate deal.
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Producers of An Inconvenient Truth moot sequel 3.4.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page
Lawrence Bender, producer of the successful environmental documentary narrated by Al Gore, has said he's had discussions about a follow-up film

An Inconvenient Truth, the documentary featuring Al Gore's attempts to alert people to the dangers of climate change, triggered a global conversation when it was released in 2006, and earned $50m at the box office. Now the film's producers are talking up a potential sequel.

"We have had conversations," Lawrence Bender told the Hollywood Reporter. "We've met; we've discussed. If we are going to make a movie, we want it to have an impact." Fellow producer Scott Z. Burns added that he "would only support doing a follow-up if we have a really, really amazing way of attacking the issue and reinvigorating it."

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Front-line climate action should inspire us all 3.4.2014 New Scientists HIV
People whose livelihoods are affected by climate change have already started to act, and the rest of the world doesn't have long to decide what 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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UN's latest climate change report has put India on high alert (Cached) 2.4.2014 Rediff: Business
India is among the most vulnerable countries. It could lose 1.7 per cent of its GDP even if the annual mean temperature rises by just a degree.
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