Monthly Archives: November 2013

Typhoon Haiyan: climate change is increasing the intensity of extreme weather events

Guardian: Three weeks ago the most powerful typhoon ever recorded to hit land destroyed parts of the Philippines. The devastation has been catastrophic, flattening homes, schools and hospitals and leaving thousands dead and 5.5 million children affected. Unicef has worked in the Philippines since 1948 and experienced staff returning from the […] Read the original […]

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China: Desert lake shrinking faster than ever

Guardian: The rate at which China’s largest desert freshwater lake is shrinking has accelerated dramatically in the past four years, figures show. Hongjiannao Lake, several hundred kilometres to the west of Beijing, has been disappearing since the 1970s, due to a combination of coal mining and climate change. But the speed […] Read the original […]

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Reefs may help in fight against ocean acidity

Royal Gazette: While many scientists have been warning about potentially dire consequences of the ocean’s increasing acidity, a recent scientific paper suggested that coral reefs — such as those around Bermuda — might actually help offset ocean acidification. They point out the ocean is the largest natural sink for […] Read the original post by […]

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Pakistan: ‘Climate changes increasing workload on women’

Express Tribune: The impact of climate change is mostly discussed in terms of global warming, agriculture and health but on Thursday, a seminar organised by Shirkat Gah looked into how the women in Pakistan have been affected by the climatic change in Sindh’s coastal belt. “The lack of fresh […] Read the original post by […]

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Top EU powers retreat further on aviation emission plans

Reuters: Britain, France and Germany want to curtail further a European Union plan to regulate CO2 emissions from flights, setting up a clash with Brussels keen to maintain the bloc’s climate policy which has sparked threats of a global trade war. The EU’s three biggest economies want to regulate emissions from […] Read the original […]

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The paper industry and climate change: Roll on the green revolution

Economist: TECHNOLOGY and greenery don’t mix well. Some greens are technophobes. Most environmental policies focus on prices, consumption and subsidies to solar and wind power, which are not at the cutting edge. The list of technological breakthroughs is short. One of the most promising is carbon capture and storage, which […] Read the original post […]

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China desert lake shrinks by one-third in 13 years

Agence France-Presse: China’s largest desert freshwater lake has shrunk by one-third in the last 13 years, state media said Thursday, as the country’s breakneck modernisation continues to damage the environment. Northern China’s Hongjiannao Lake covers 32.16 square kilometres (12.86 sq miles), less than half its size in 1969 and […] Read the original post by […]

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Destroying greenhouse gases in environmentally-friendly way

ScienceDaily: Researchers at the Universitat Jaume I (UJI) have developed a new catalyst for the “activation” of carbon-fluorine bonds. This process has many industrial applications, among which stands out the possibility to be used to reduce existing stocks of CFCs (chloro-fluoro-carbonated compounds), known as “greenhouse gases.” CFCs experienced a huge […] Read the original post […]

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World Bank says no to nuclear as it lays out universal energy plan

Grist: The leaders of the United Nations and World Bank have hatched a plan to make sure everybody in the world has access to electricity by 2030. It would involve a huge ramp-up in electricity generation, including continued growth in renewables, and vast improvements in energy efficiency. It would also […] Read the original post […]

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Government awards record number of offshore oil and gas licences

Reuters: The government has awarded a record number of offshore oil and gas licences in its latest round of tenders, it said on Friday, as the country scrambles to attract new exploration before existing infrastructure is decommissioned. The energy ministry awarded 52 exploration licences under the second and final tranche of […] Read the original […]

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