Climate Change news updates: 31 October, 2013

1 October 2013
Climate Change News Updates

1. India among world economies at risk of climate change impact
India is among the “extreme risk” countries of the world where economic impacts of climate change will be most keenly felt by 2025, according to new research released on Wedesday.

2. Climate Change Alters Timing Of Spring Growth In Forests
In a recently published study, researchers at the Technische Universitaet Muenchen (TUM) investigated 36 tree and shrub species. Their work delivered a surprising result, as lead author Julia Laube explains: “Contrary to previous assumptions, the increasing length of the day in spring plays no big role in the timing of budding. An ample ‘cold sleep’ is what plants need in order to wake up on time in the spring.”

3. US ends most financing of overseas coal projects
The United States has said it would end most financing of coal projects overseas, taking a potentially significant step to curbing carbon emissions blamed for climate change.

4. These Countries Face The Biggest Threats From Climate Change
The expected costs of climate change are painting a grimmer and grimmer picture of the future for people around the world.
In its sixth annual Climate Change Vulnerability Index, risk consultancy firm Maplecroft revealed the countries most likely to suffer from the effects of warming climates by 2025.

5. Climate Change Destroyed the Bible’s Ancient Kingdoms, Study Finds
Between 1250 and 1100 B.C.E., all the great civilizations of the eastern Mediterranean – pharaonic Egypt, Mycenaean Greece and Crete, Ugarit in Syria and the large Canaanite city-states – were destroyed, ushering in new peoples and kingdoms including the first Kingdom of Israel. Now scientists are suggesting a climatic explanation for this great upheaval: A long dry period caused droughts, hunger and mass migration. Such is the conclusion of a three-year study published this week in Tel Aviv: Journal of the Institute of Archaeology of Tel Aviv University.

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Climate change news Updates: 30 October, 2013

30 October 2013: Climate Change News updates:

1. Accelerating Rate Of Climate Change Will Challenge Farmers
Climate change is forcing farmers to adapt, but the accelerating rate of change will present bigger challenges to food production. That was one of the messages conveyed during a day long symposium at the Vermont Law School sponsored by the Vermont Journal of Environmental Law last week.

2. Lessons on adapting to climate change
Representatives from 20 cities from  across South Asia will come together in Kochi on Wednesday to learn from each other on the issue of adaptation to climate change at the seminar on  Asian Cities Adapt: Learning Exchange, co-organised by ICLEI South Asia and Kochi Corporation. The two-day workshop, will present an impressive line-up of high-level local representatives from India, the Philippines, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Maldives and Nepal, who will discuss solutions on how cities can adapt to climate change, together with climate experts and other practitioners from India, Southeast Asia and Europe. The civic representatives from other cities include Male city (Maldives) Mayor Maizan Ali Manik, Mongla Mayor Zulfikar Ali, and Singra (Bangladesh) Mayor Shamim Al Razi, and Shimla Deputy Mayor Tikender S Panwar.

3. Indonesians Unaware of Climate Change
A new survey has revealed that information on climate change is failing to reach people who are most prone to the environmental changes in Indonesia. BBC Media Action which launched Survey Climate Asia said that the survey, which studied how people deal with effects of climate change, found campaigns related to the global phenomenon did not reach suburban areas in Indonesia and that they failed to inform the public on how to adapt to the changes they were facing. The survey involved more than 33,500 respondents in Bangladesh, China, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Pakistan and Vietnam.

4. Climate change may make coastal flooding like Sandy’s more frequent
Beyond coastal flooding events, climate change is leading to other extreme weather patterns. In 2003 and 2004, a series of summer heat waves in Central Europe and Russia took more than 30,000 lives, by some estimates. A 2010 heat wave killed 11,000 in Moscow alone. These are related to rising global land temperatures, as well as decreasing air quality….



Fukushima Earthquake Sets Off Tsunami Warning in Japan |

A 7.3 magnitude earthquake hit near the Fukushima area of Japan on Saturday at 2:10 a.m. local time, the U.S. Geological survey said, according to the Associated Press.  Japan’s emergency agencies have issued a tsunami warning for the region.

Fukushima Earthquake Sets Off Tsunami Warning in Japan |

Permanent land acquisition on cards

District collector Vilas Patil is in favour acquiring land on the outskirts of Nashik to not only develop the area into parking spaces for the forthcoming Kumbh mela, but also to put it to use for other services in the future as the city grows.

via Permanent land acquisition on cards – The Times of India.

Freak weather offshoot of climate change: Experts – The Times of India

Intermittent showers in Hyderabad have flummoxed Met officials, while climate change experts said it is increasingly becoming difficult to predict future weather events in the country, considering how ambiguous the weather systems are turning out to be.

via Freak weather offshoot of climate change: Experts – The Times of India.

Only Woman Running for Afghan President Gets Disqualified |

Khadija Ghaznawi says she knows exactly how to end the long-simmering conflict in Afghanistan: build more factories. A logistics company owner by profession and peace activist on the side, Ghaznawi says that if the government had been diligent about creating more jobs for Afghans, militants would ha…

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