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Published on 22 April 2014 Global
But the United Kingdom is still a long way behind other European countries in using solar technology. To power the whole country we'd need solar panels on every rooftop. The problem is that it is still quite expensive and over the past few years the incentives have been reduced. The "feed-in-tariff" rates - or the money paid for electricity generated - have been reduced year…
Published on 22 April 2014 Vietnam
"Children generally have low awareness and limited capacity to adapt to impacts of climate change," Nhue said at conference attended by experts from various non-governmental organisations in Hanoi this week. "They have limited access to assets, information and government resources," he said. At the conference, experts shared their experiences and measures taken to cope with climate change. Statistics released by Plan in Vietnam showed that…
Published on 22 April 2014 Philippines
Haiyan, one of the strongest storms ever to make landfall, slammed into the central Philippines on Nov. 8 last year with record wind strength of 235 kilometers per hour and gusts of up to 275 kph. It has been suggested its unusual strength and rapid intensification were fueled by warming of subsurface waters of Pacific waters east of the Philippines in recent decades. It left…
Published on 22 April 2014 Feature
That may be a futile attempt, as the ball has already been set in motion with the only choice left now is “surviving” and lessening these consequences, according to a recent U.N. report on what the devastating effects of climate change will be if actions are not taken immediately. In the paper released on March 31 by the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, experts…
Published on 22 April 2014 Global
However, the IPCC, a UN panel, also said that "in a low crop productivity scenario, producers in food exporting countries, such as Indonesia, the Philippines and Thailand, would benefit from global food price rises and reduce poverty." The Philippines mainly exports coconut oil, banana, tuna, and pineapple. However, the country also imports rice, wheat, soy bean, and milk products. The threat: climate change without adaptation…
Published on 22 April 2014 Philippines
“Local governments play an important role in adaptation because they directly communicate with affected communities. For the past several years, leading practices have begun in New York City, Mexico City, Toronto, Albay Province in the Philippines, and elsewhere,” the final draft of the "Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability" report said. “These achievements were possible because of elected and local leadership; cooperation among national…
Published on 22 April 2014 Global
The report, sadly, is massive and excruciatingly hard to digest. Our hats go off to the good folks at the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), who summarized it with easy-to-read infographics on what to expect over the next several decades. The bottom line: Climate change probably will hurt food production, raise food prices and increase hunger, especially in the tropics. At the same…
Published on 22 April 2014 Feature
In 2012, typhoon Haikui battered the megacity of 12mn people for eight days, but when tropical storm Ondoy hit Manila in 2009 and a month’s worth of rain fell in a few hours, the city came close to catastrophe. Nearly 80% was flooded, 246 people died and hundreds of thousands had to be evacuated. According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the UN’s…
Published on 22 April 2014 Global
"We were astonished that biodiversity changes were so strongly affected by soil texture and that it was such an overriding factor," said Thomas Crowther, a postdoctoral fellow at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies and lead author of the study. "Texture overrode the effects of all the other variables that we thought might be important, including temperature, moisture, nutrient concentrations, and soil pH."…
Published on 22 April 2014 Global
Below are some of the costliest impacts, according to a 49-page summary from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change which met in Yokohama near Tokyo this week. — ENERGY Demand for residential air conditioning in the summer will rise from 300 terawatt hours a year in 2000 to about 4,000 terawatt hours in 2050 and more than 10,000 terawatt hours in 2100. Rising incomes will…
Published on 2 April 2014 Global
Greenpeace demands governments to come to the climate summit of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in September with serious offers that will help achieve a 100-percent RE system. Solar, wind and other clean energy are already challenging the old system, but governments must accelerate the transition, the group said. The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), for its part, said the latest IPCC report “gives…
Published on 2 April 2014 Philippines
In 2012, typhoon Haikui battered the megacity of 12 million people for eight days, but when tropical storm Ondoy hit Manila in 2009 and a month’s worth of rain fell in a few hours, the city came close to catastrophe. Nearly 80 per cent was flooded, 246 people died and hundreds of thousands had to be evacuated. According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change…
Published on 2 April 2014 Global
In that time, climate change has ceased to be a distant threat and made an impact much closer to home, the report's authors say. "It's about people now," said Virginia Burkett, the chief scientist for global change at the US geological survey and one of the report's authors. "It's more relevant to the man on the street. It's more relevant to communities because the impacts…
Published on 2 April 2014 Feature
These are some of the vulnerable groups who will feel the brunt of climate change as its effects become more pronounced in the coming decades, according to a game-changing report from the UN's climate panel released on Monday. Climate change is occurring on all continents and in the oceans, the authors say, driving heatwaves and other weather-related disasters. And the changes to the Earth's climate…
Published on 2 April 2014 Global
While rising carbon dioxide levels have led to 'global greening' in past decades and improved agricultural technology has increased crop yields, research has indicated that both of these trends are already beginning to reverse. While plants like carbon dioxide, they don't like heat waves, droughts, and floods. Likewise, economist Richard Tol has argued that farmers can adapt to climate change, but adaptation has its costs…
Published on 2 April 2014 Singapore
It's part of a massive report on how global warming is affecting humans and the planet and how the future will be worse unless something is done about it. The report is being finalized at a meeting this weekend by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. They assembled the list to "make it understandable and to illustrate the issues that have the greatest potential to…
Published on 2 April 2014 Global
The report analyzes ten "gap areas" that measure a country's capability or incapability to fend for itself in a warming environment. These areas include: social protection, food crisis aid, food stocks, gender, crop irrigation, crop insurance, weather monitoring, public agricultural investment, adaptation finance, and agricultural research. "Climate change is the biggest threat to our chances of winning the fight against hunger," Winnie Byanyima, executive director…
Published on 2 April 2014 Philippines
She will be asking President Benigno Aquino III to make a pitch during a leader-level climate change summit in New York in September. The summit will be convened by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. "This is a very important platform for President Aquino and the Philippines because you bring such direct experience of what a wild climate does to people and lives," Clark said Thursday…
Published on 2 April 2014 Global
A rise in sea levels is leading to increasing damage from storm surges and coastal flooding, as demonstrated by Typhoon Haiyan, the agency's Secretary-General Michel Jarraud said. The typhoon in November killed at least 6,100 people and caused $13 billion in damage to the Philippines and Vietnam. Australia, meanwhile, had its hottest year on record. "Many of the extreme events of 2013 were consistent with…
Published on 2 April 2014 Global
In its yearly climate report, the World Meteorological Organization said that 2013 was the warmest year in Australia ever recorded, furthering an alarming trend of global warming. "Many of the extreme events of 2013 were consistent with what we would expect as a result of human-induced climate change," said WMO Secretary-General Michel Jarraud, as reported by the AP and other media. One example is Typhoon…
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