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Published on 27 February 2018
Per capita data from ref. 2 In response, the science of cities is evolving. Urban planners and decision-makers need evidence to help them manage risks and develop strategies for climate mitigation and adaptation. Scientists are increasingly thinking of cities as complex systems and working more closely with communities. New concepts are emerging, such as smart cities. Yet the scope and applicability of urban research is…
Published on 21 February 2018
The activists also delivered a letter to Shell demanding they own up to their responsibility for contributions to the climate crisis and show up at the first hearing taking place in March. The hearings are part of a world-first investigation led by the Commission on Human Rights of the Philippines into how climate-related human rights harms are fuelled by their business of extracting and marketing…
Published on 15 February 2018
An agricultural system that combines trees with crops and livestock on the same plot of land, agroforestry is especially popular in developing countries because it allows small shareholder farmers -- who have little land available to them -- to maximize their resources. They can plant vegetable and grain crops around trees that produce fruit, nuts, and wood for cooking fires, and the trees provide shade…
Published on 15 February 2018
Cleared trees in a forest located in the concession of Karya Makmur Abadi, Borneo, which is being developed for a palm oil plantation (Picture: Getty Images) So what is it, and how is it so destructive? The oil palm tree, originally from Western Africa, flourishes wherever there is heat and lots of rainfall – meaning that rainforests in Africa, Asia, North America and South…
Published on 13 February 2018
The past annual rate of sea level rise -- about three millimeters (0.1 inches) per year -- may more than triple to 10millimetresper year by 2100, said the report in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), a peer-reviewed US journal. The findings are "roughly in agreement with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 5th Assessment Report (AR5) model projections," said the…
Published on 13 February 2018
Do you recall the 2009 and 2012 Nadi or Western Division floods when Nadi, Ba and Rakiraki were under so much water boats were seen where cars, buses and trucks usually ran? We have made this far without much adverse conditions for our nation as would be expected in a La Nina phase of the cycle but let us hope for the best in the…
Published on 29 January 2018
In 1991, when Mount Pinatubo erupted, 20 million tonnes of sulphur dioxide was propelled into the stratosphere. In the two years that followed, the global average temperate fell by half a degree. The cooling effect of the eruption is something scientists theorize could be replicated by planes regularly spreading sulphate aerosol. Spread high enough, the tiny particles absorb and reflect sunlight back into space for…
Published on 26 January 2018
Global emissions of greenhouse gases amounted to the equivalent of some 30 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide a year — excluding those from deforestation and land use. Worried about its accumulation, the scientists and policymakers called on the world to cut CO² emissions by a fifth. That didn’t happen, of course. By 1997, when climate diplomats from the world’s leading nations gathered to negotiate a…
Published on 25 January 2018
Researchers and environmentalists have been sounding the alarm about the 4.8 to 12.7 million metric tons of plastic that lands in the oceans every year. Still, says Douglas Rader, chief oceans scientist at the Environmental Defense Fund and one of the study’s co-leaders, the strong connection between coral disease and plastic was extremely surprising. “This is striking, particularly in the context of all the other…
Published on 22 January 2018
The technology, known as bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS), comes in many variations. But the core idea is burning trees or other plants for energy while pulling in the resulting carbon dioxide and storing it below ground. When the plants grow back again, they would pull more carbon dioxide from the air, resulting in a net removal of the greenhouse gas from the…
Published on 22 January 2018
From cookies and chips to the makeup you wear, the cleaners in your bathroom and the fuel in your car, palm oil is everywhere. But a little bit of oil never hurt anyone, right? Wrong. The production of palm oil is one of the leading causes of global deforestation, along with other detrimental environmental and socioeconomic impacts. Palm oil is extracted from the fruit of…
Published on 2 January 2018
Source: Scientific American | 2 January 2018…
Published on 29 December 2017
Lawsuits in the United States brought by young activists and several Californian cities are most likely to make waves, but legal action by a Peruvian farmer in Germany and Greenpeace in Norway could also cause ripples, said lawyers and academics. “There is a trend towards more litigation around climate change, and probably the lack of political action in the United States may increase that trend,”…
Published on 10 December 2017
“I strongly hope that this summit, as well as other initiatives that go in the same direction, will foster a clear awareness of the need to adopt genuinely effective measures to counteract climate change and, at the same time, to combat poverty and promote integral human development,” he added. The Pope also took advantage of the occasion to tie climate change to recent extreme weather…
Published on 26 November 2017
In a trial at the reef’s Heron Island off Australia’s east coast, the researchers collected a large amount of coral spawn and eggs late last year, grew them into larvae and then transplanted them into areas of damaged reef. When they returned eight months later, they found the juvenile coral that had survived and grown, aided by underwater mesh tanks. “The success of this new…
Published on 18 November 2017
While each country has its own, individual Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC), collaboration among these countries will be essential to achieve NDC targets and tackle global climate change challenges across a region with a quarter of the Earth’s population. A new report by The Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI), “Impact of Climate Change on ASEAN International Affairs,” is one of the first to focus on…
Published on 15 November 2017
http://business.inquirer.net/240827/asian-country-suffered-financial-loss-due-climate-change Source: Inquirer.Net | 15 November 2017
Published on 10 November 2017
This study reveals that some allegations of rights abuses arise from REDD+ implementation itself, while others emerge from the pre-existing context in which REDD+ is unfolding, and which it may exacerbate. Despite these concerns, the study also highlights the opportunities for a rights-based approach to REDD+. Researchers remind that promoting and strengthening the rights of Indigenous Peoples will contribute to achieve REDD+ targets. "Indigenous and…
Published on 8 November 2017
Governments must fulfill their commitment to act on climate change on all fronts, even as they continue to ramp up disaster risk reduction and mitigation efforts. They must address loss and damage associated with climate impacts, which are related not just to extreme weather events or rapid onset events but also slow onset events (SOEs). Slow onset events are a more silent but equal —…
Published on 7 November 2017
Clean drinking water and decent toilets are among the first things required in a disaster, and essential components of a community’s economic development. We also know the ability to preserve and expand these services is under increasingly grave threat. We know 844 million people in the world do not have clean water close to home, and 2.3 billion do not have decent household toilets…
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