3 November, 2013: Climate Change News Updates

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.
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.
Assignment Scope
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.
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.



Author: Intercultural Resources

Intercultural Resources is a forum for research and political intervention on issues related to the impacts and alternatives to destructive development. Our effort draws upon the social, cultural, material and intellectual resources that have been generated in the course of dialogues between people of different cultures on questions of social justice, development and self-rule. We are of the view that dialogue can sustain plurality and open possibilities for recovery of the ground lost on account of inter-cultural alienation, which is manifest in a variety of forms of violence that we encounter everyday at different levels of social life. Intercultural Resources is based in Delhi, India. Email: ihpindia@gmail.com

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