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Climate Change News Updates: 15 November, 2013

Climate Change News Updates: 15 November, 2013

India Specific Updates:

1. World’s climate change challenges are interlinked – The human condition, in the future, would depend on how we are able to visualise and quantify some of the threats that we are likely to witness in the supply of energy, water and food. It is only then that measures can be taken early enough to be able to devise adaptation measures and evolve new knowledge and technological solutions by which security can be enhanced and the risks of negative changes can be reduced.http://www.hindustantimes.com/Comment/RKPachauri/World-s-climate-change-challenges-are-interlinked/Article1-1151319.aspx

2. Eco-friendly village to save green cover – At a time when the threat of climate change induced by global warming is looming large over our eco-system, the local environmentalists of Etawah have come up with a noble concept of making villagers aware about the benefits of plantation to save the shrinking green cover. http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/kanpur/Eco-friendly-village-to-save-green-cover/articleshow/25782449.cms

International news updates:

3. United events for action on climate change – Residents of Cairns Regional Council will join thousands of Australians in towns and cities around the country on November 17 to call for action on dangerous climate change. http://www.tourismportdouglas.com.au/United-events-for-action-on-climate-chan.10598.0.html

4. Lesson of Typhoon Haiyan: Tackle climate change or it will tackle us –

Was man-made global warming responsible for Typhoon Haiyan? Or Superstorm Sandy? Or the recent flooding in Colorado? I don’t know. Neither do you. Neither do the scientists, really. It’s impossible to pin a specific weather event on climate change. But that doesn’t mean there’s not an important lesson to be learned from Haiyan: Too many people live in places that are vulnerable to extreme weather, and whether or not extreme events are tied to climate change, that’s going to be an expensive and deadly problem. http://www.nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/international/15-Nov-2013/lesson-of-typhoon-haiyan-tackle-climate-change-or-it-will-tackle-us

5. Vulnerable Countries Define Programs Against Climate Change –

Warsaw, Nov 14 (Prensa Latina) The most vulnerable countries are defining urgent programs to face the increasing impact of climate change, according to Cristiane Figueres, executive secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. Warsaw is currently hosting the UN Climate Change Conferencehttp://www.plenglish.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=2052601&Itemid=1

6. Talks on climate change and agriculture shelved at the UN conference – India, along with other developing countries has succeeded in ensuring that there is no discussion on agriculture at the current round of negotiations in Warsaw. While India and some other developing countries view this as a positive outcome, there is concern this could well prove to be a pyrrhic victory. http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/politics-and-nation/talks-on-climate-change-and-agriculture-shelved-at-the-un-conference/articleshow/25770142.cms

7. Warsaw Climate Conference: No discussion on agriculture in ongoing session – http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/economy/agriculture/warsaw-climate-conference-no-discussion-on-agriculture-in-ongoing-session/articleshow/25780934.cms

8. Rich nations must pay up if U.N. climate talks to succeed: China – Slow-moving U.N. negotiations on fighting climate change can advance only if rich nations fulfill their promise to provide billions of dollars in finance to developing countries, China’s chief climate negotiator Su Wei said Thursday. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/11/14/us-climate-talks-china-idUSBRE9AD0WZ20131114

9. Africa: Helping Small Farmers Adapt to Climate Change Could Pay for Itself – Report: Helping smallholder farmers adapt to changing climate conditions and lower their risks will be crucial to ensuring food security in the future – and could pay for itself, argues a new report looking at the cost-effectiveness of adaptation. http://allafrica.com/stories/201311140950.html

10. UF researcher: Southeast must prepare for wild weather from climate change – http://phys.org/news/2013-11-uf-southeast-wild-weather-climate.html

11. How Climate Change and Plate Tectonics Shaped Human Evolution: A new study links the emergence of new hominin species, expanding brain capacity and early human migration with the appearance of deep freshwater lakes. http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=how-climate-change-and-plate-tectonics-shaped-human-evolution

12. Poverty and Climate Change in the Philippines http://www.independent.com/news/2013/nov/14/poverty-and-climate-change-philippines/

 

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