Monthly Archives: September 2012

Maldives world’s most vulnerable country to climate-change related impacts on food security

Minivan News: The Maldives is the world’s most vulnerable country to the food-security related impacts of climate change, a new report has found. According to ‘Ocean-Based Food Security Threatened in a High CO2 World’, produced by global ocean protection NGO Oceana, the Maldives ranks alongside Togo and Comoros as the most […] Read the original […]

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Agricultural climatologist helps farmers with climate change, saves cows

Red and Black: It’s all in a day’s work at her job as the University’s Cooperative Extension agricultural climatologist. In her new position, under two different grants, she is responsible for communicating with other extension climatologists and farmers about the potential repercussions of climate change on crop and livestock industries in […] Read the original […]

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Are we wrong about climate change?

Record-Searchlight: Naomi Oreskes, “an American science historian, and Professor of History and Science Studies at the University of California San Diego” is one of my heroes. Dr. Oreskes is known for her famous proof regarding a consensus on climate change. Imagine you are a scientist back in 2004 and you are […] Read the original […]

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The Agenda: Romney Energy Agenda Shifted

New York Times: Mitt Romney, true to his roots as the son of an auto executive, was talking about cars. It was May 2006. Mr. Romney, the Massachusetts governor, was chatting up his Montana counterpart about his vision for an energy-efficient car of the future — lightweight and narrow, […] Read the original post by […]

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The role of forests in combating climate change

RTCC: Forests cover 30% of the world’s land surface, and are home to around 90% of the world’s land-based animals, plants, insects and birds. They are also one of the world’s largest carbon sinks, absorbing 2.4 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide each year and storing billions more. Around 6 million hectares of […] Read the […]

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Ethiopia: NGO Calls for Dams to Take Climate Change Into Account

AllAfricacom: The international non-governmental organisation International Rivers has called for the effects of climate change to be taken into account when planning for new dams in sub-Saharan Africa. In its report entitled “A Risky Climate for Southern African Hydro”, International Rivers looks at the Zambezi Basin, which is home […] Read the original post by […]

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Renewable energy: the chancellor is misguided to back a new dash for gas

Observer: It has become an axiom for the British right wing to claim that renewable energy will only work through the provision of vast subsidies. Stick to fossil fuels instead, runs the argument and we will maintain an economic power source that has supported our industry for centuries and should […] Read the original post […]

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Flash floods kill 10 in Spain as torrential rain causes havoc

Guardian: At least 10 people, three of them children, died after torrential rain triggered flash floods across a swath of southern Spain and another 35 were injured when a tornado swept through a fairground, knocking down a ferris wheel. The strength of the torrents washed away cars, turned roads to rivers, […] Read the original […]

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‘Axing the British Antarctic Survey would mean the end of Scott’s legacy’

Guardian: A century ago this year, Robert Falcon Scott and his group of fellow explorers reached the south pole. Although ending in tragedy their story inspired generations, setting in motion 100 years of polar exploration and a century of scientific research. I am an ornithologist and for me the most memorable […] Read the original […]

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Antarctic research at risk as government cuts back on science

Guardian: In the early 1980s British meteorologist Joe Farman, based at the British Antarctic Survey, was studying measurements of ozone levels in the stratosphere. The gas, which protects Earth from deadly solar ultraviolet radiation, had been surveyed by instruments at the BAS’s Halley base in the Antarctic since 1957 to […] Read the original post […]

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