Climate Change News Updates on 3 November 2013
1. View climate changes locally, feels conference held at Kochi, Kerala
The two-day learning exchange conference jointly organised by the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI) and Kochi Corporation on the impact of climate change, highlighted the current challenges faced by the cities, due to changing climate. The conference was organised as a prelude to the closing of a two year study called ‘AsianCitiesAdapt – Impact of Climate Change in Target Cities in India and Philippines and Local Adaptation Strategies’, conducted in four Indian cities including Kochi and four cities in Philippines. Howrah, Madurai, Visakhapatnam were the other Indian cities selected for the project.
2. Week-long school workshop on climate change
In order to discuss the changing environmental patterns, Nansen Environmental Research Centre (NERCI), a joint venture between Indian and Norwegian partners, will conduct a week-long school workshop on ‘Indo-Mareclim winter school on climate change and variability, marine ecosystems and coastal zone management’ from Saturday.
3. Job Opportunity: CONSULTANT – DEVELOPING AFGHANISTAN CLIMATE CHANGE STRATEGY AND ACTION PLAN (SDU)
Purpose of the Assignment
The purpose of this assignment is to develop a comprehensive Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan (CCSAP) for Afghanistan in response to the request made by the Government of Afghanistan. As a part of this, NAMA will also be prepared. While CCSAP will be focusing on medium and long terms requirements and strategies, this assignment will also aid in updating the National Adaptation Programme of Action (NAPA) which focuses on urgent adaptation requirements.
The Consultant will work closely with government and SDU, under the overall guidance and supervision of the Head of Sustainable Development Unit. The consultant will also work closely with the relevant Regional Technical Advisors of UNDP Asia Pacific Regional Office. The International Consultant will be assisted by one National consultant.
4. 15 World Landmarks Threatened by Climate Change
From places like Virginia’s historic Jamestown, the first permanent English settlement in America, to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, warming temperatures and rising sea levels are slowly eating away at many of the world’s most cherished sites and structures, both natural and man-made.
5. CLIMATE CHANGE GREATEST THREAT TO SMALL ISLAND STATES, DELEGATE TELLS SECOND COMMITTEE, URGING CRITICAL INTERNATIONAL SUPPORT FOR SURVIVAL
Climate change was the greatest threat to the livelihoods, security and well-being of her region and it was time to act, the representative of Kiribati told the Second Committee (Economic and Financial) today.
6. Animals could shrink with climate change
Global warming could lead to dwarfism in animals, according to new international research. Fossil evidence shows many mammals became significantly smaller during ancient warming events, and now scientists are predicting the same thing could happen in response to climate change caused by humans.
7. Koch Pipeline Spills 400 Barrels Of Crude Oil In Texas
The crude oil spill is the latest in a string of pipeline incidents that have occurred in multiple U.S. states.