UN Climate Panel Chief Rajendra Pachauri resigns over sex scandal

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Rajendra Pachauri, director of think-tank The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) and chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), has resigned as chief of the United Nations (UN) panel of climate scientists today after allegations of sexual harassment, which he has denied. vice-president Al Gore has expressed his strong belief that the Paris climate talks will be game-changing.

Greenhouse Gases Peak at Record Levels for 2012, Highest in 800,000 Years

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Just in case you thought that UN’s 95 percent certainty that climate change is happening is a gimmick, the same United Nations body assessing our fate and its connection to greenhouse gas emissions released last week another shocker that’s no big surprise: last year 2012, saw the greatest amount of emissions to our planet yet. Green Prophet received the update from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

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The Green Buzz: Wednesday, January 15

Conservancy Talk

Climate change illustrated haiku, exponential tree growth, and disappearing sea cows–all in today’s green news. A scientist uses very creative means to communicate the main points of the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report. ( Sightline Daily ). A study in California finds that trees’ growth rates actually increase over their lifetime.

Nature’s Climate Solutions

Conservancy Talk

Climate change is one of the most pressing challenges facing our planet today. As we race to solve the climate challenge with technology—innovating clean energy solutions that lessen our reliance on fossil fuels—we often overlook the fact that nature has worked as a carbon store for hundreds of millions of years. The way we manage our lands can either accelerate or slow the rate of climate change.

Certainer

Environmental Economics

In its "synthesis report," the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change said that the hundreds of authors involved in the study were even more certain than before that the planet is warming and humans are the cause. via www.cnn.com. The founder of the Weather Channel disagrees:   See? I'm fair and balanced

We can't claim to be Nobel Prize winners, but I did sleep in a Holiday Inn Express last night

Environmental Economics

Hey John, looks like we have some competition for our FORTHCOMING encyclopedia titled "Environmental and Natural Resource Economics, available for pre-order on Amazon for the low price of $71.20 (with a picture above). "the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change was awarded a Nobel Peace. on the panel

Beloved climate change scientist Konrad “Koni” Steffen loses life falling through melting glacier

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” Glaciologist Konrad “Koni” Steffen passed away at aged 68 on August 8 in an accident in Greenland. Steffan was a renowned researcher on rising sea levels, and died after falling into the kind of crevasse that global warming has created. “It Konrad Steffen: “Immense man.

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'It Is Not Hopeless,' says World's Chief Climate Scientist

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As Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change opens meeting to finalize latest report to the world, head of agency says meeting challenge of global warming will not be easy, but that it can be done "It is not hopeless." "The Synthesis Report will provide the roadmap by which policymakers will hopefully find their way to a global agreement to finally reverse course on climate change," said Pachauri.

IPCC 5 in Haiku.

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International climate scientist Gregory Johnson, who co-authored the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change''s 5th report, which came out in September, has simplified the 2000 page preview report into 19 illustrated haiku. Amazing what the bout of the flu can do.

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What they said

Environmental Economics

Mark Thoma: Robert Stavins: Climate Realities : It is true that, in theory, we can avoid the worst consequences of climate change with an intensive global effort over the next several decades. The world is now on track to more than double current greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere by the end of the century. Of course, the political climate in the United States presents its own challenges.

There is nothing funny about climate change

Environmental Economics

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warned Monday that global warming is likely to become completely irreversible if no successful effort is made to slow down the trend before 2006. "If we wait until 1998 or even 1995 to really start doing something about climate change, our planet's rising temperature will already have set in motion a series of devastating and irreparable long-term consequences.

The American Meteorological Society-Warming of the Climate System is Unequivocal

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Background This statement provides a brief overview of how and why global climate has changed over the past century and will continue to change in the future. It is based on the peer-reviewed scientific literature and is consistent with the vast weight of current scientific understanding as expressed in assessments and reports from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the U.S. Global Change Research Program.

Sea Level Rise Could be more than twice as high as 2007 IPPC Projection

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This is more than two and a half times higher than the 2007 projection of a half to two feet by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

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Do People Care About Climate Change ?

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The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change states that scientists are now 95 percent sure that global warming has been set in motion as a direct result of human actions, and the planet has already begun to feel these effects. The United States experienced the hottest year on record in 2012, polar ice caps have melted faster in the past 20 years than in the past 10,000, and extreme weather events have become more frequent.

Yes. We Can Avoid Climate Catastrophe. Time to Grunt Up the Renewables Big Time

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So says the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. 450 parts per million is the level that scientists have generally agreed on as the level beyond which we enter catastrophic feedback loops that make climate change catastrophic and irreversible.

Watch out for a Warmer World - So Prepare for More Frequent, More Extreme Weather

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Limiting climate change will require “substantial and sustained” GHG reductions says a new report from the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Global warming, it states , is “unequivocal” and humans are turning up the heat — but somewhat more slowly since 1998, according to a released today.

Climate Change Means Floods and Heat Ahead and Almost Certainly Caused by Human Activity

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The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change also said there was a 95 per cent likelihood that global warming is caused by human activities. That was the highest assessment so far from the IPCC, which put the figure at 90 per cent in a previous report in 2007, 66 per cent in 2001, and just over 50 per cent in 1995. A report in the Telegraph about a leaked IPCC report makes chilling reading.

Is Global Warming in a Hiatus

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On September 27 2013 the 5th Assessment Report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) will be released. It is a fact, based on observations of air temperature, that the rate of global warming measured as surface air temperature has slowed over the past 15 years.

Permafrost Thawing May Cause Major Increase in Global Warming Feedback Loop

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UNEP’s permafrost report recommends that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change assess permafrost emissions Should permafrost thawing accelerate as expected, resulting carbon dioxide and methane emissions will significantly amplify global warming, according to a report published today by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) titled Policy Implications of Warming Permafrost.

The 10 things you need to know from the new IPCC climate report

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The chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Rajendra Pachauri, called the report the “strongest, most robust and most comprehensive” to come out of the IPCC, which has been tracking climate change since 1988. The report’s language is stronger than in years past: Warming is “unequivocal,” and the changes we’re seeing are pervasive, it states clearly. We must take action quickly to cut our dependence on fossil fuels, it warns.

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U.N. Panel Issues Its Starkest Warning Yet on Global Warming

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COPENHAGEN — The gathering risks of climate change are so profound that they could stall or even reverse generations of progress against poverty and hunger if greenhouse emissions continue at a runaway pace, according to a major new United Nations report. In the starkest language it has ever used, the expert panel made clear how far society remains from having any serious policy to limit global warming. climate change green living IPCC

Climate projections for the US revealed.

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For the first time, maps and summaries of historical and projected temperature and precipitation changes for the 21 st century for the continental U.S. are accessible at a county-by-county level on a website developed by the U.S. The maps and summaries are based on NASA downscaling of the 33 climate models used in the 5 th Climate Model Intercomparison Project and the current Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Assessment Report.

Global Response to Climate Change Urged

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“The heat is on. Now we must act,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said at the launch of the report of the UN-backed Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). “This new report will be essential for Governments as they work to finalize an ambitious, legal agreement on climate change in 2015,” Mr. Ban said.

The Past and Future of the IPCC

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As the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) finalizes its latest climate-assessment report, a News Feature in Nature explains that since the panel’s last report in 2007, researchers have greatly improved their understanding of the factors that contribute to rising sea levels. The article is part of a special issue of Nature , examining how the IPCC and climate science have evolved over the past 25 years.

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Tackling climate change presents a ‘golden opportunity’ for public health

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For Carol Kelly, biking to and from work is a no-brainer: She doesn’t have to deal with the notorious Seattle traffic, she can exercise without visiting the dreary gym, and she saves money on gas. And, of course, she acknowledges that her swap of a tailpipe for pedals contributes — at least in a small way — to tackling climate change. “I If everyone were on bikes, it wouldn’t be as much of a problem.”

Faith and science leaders unite to save our planet – on Indiegogo!

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We report on news, and on the ground organizations like the Interfaith Center for Sustainable Development , based in Jerusalem, physically unites people of faith to spark change in local communities. The project aims to unite religious and science leaders to speak out on ecological sustainability. UPFSI is a joint project of The Interfaith Center for Sustainable Development and the Interfaith Declaration on Climate Change.

UN Blames People for Global Warming, Warns of Dire Consequences

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Just when the weather was cooling down in the Middle East a little, we get woke up again with the usual alarm and this time from a United Nations panel: humankind is to blame for global warming, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warns in a new report just out. Rising temperatures could have devastating effects on our people and planet as the risk carries with it new heat waves, floods, and drought.

Asian Flood Crisis Only Just Beginning- The Solution May Lie in Trees

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The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) predicts that by the year 2050 around 60 percent The humanitarian emergency caused by the last few months’ devastating floods in Asia is a warning that the situation could get worse, The people affected by this crisis have lost everything, and their difficulties are only just beginning. Two countries, Pakistan and Thailand, have been very badly hit by the disaster.

Studies Forecast More Extreme Weather Due to Global Warming

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According to a report by the Nobel Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) , the weather for the future continues to be stormy. A draft summary of an international report from the world’s top climate scientists says that there is at least a 2-in-3 probability that climate extremes have worsened due to climate change.

Human Role in Climate Change Now Virtually Certain -Leaked IPCC Report

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A leaked draft report by the world’s top climate scientists has found that is virtually certain that humans are causing climate change but parts of it have been wildly misinterpreted by climate change deniers, experts said. The fifth assessment report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) was prematurely published on a blog called Stop Green Suicide by blogger Alec Rawls , who obtained the document as a reviewer.

Sea Level Rise Outpaces Expert Predictions

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The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) projected an annual sea level rise last year in 2011 of 2 millimeters per year. Global temperatures, on the other hand, are continuing to rise at the consistent pace which IPCC predicted. The study shows that the increased rate in sea-level rise is not significantly affected by internal variability in Earth's climate system, but is rather reflective of

IPCC New Report on Extreme Weather Events - Take Action or Get More

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The Summary for Policymakers of the Special Report on Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation (SREX) was approved Yesterday by member governments of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate. Change (IPCC).

Massive solar panel factory opens in Qatar, long overdue

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Qatar Solar Energy has unveiled a massive factory that will produce high quality solar panels that make the most of the desert sun, a boon not just for the emirate, but potentially for the entire Middle East. Qatar is the sixth largest producer of natural gas , and many of its citizens are among the world’s wealthiest, but the emirate has long recognized the need to bring more renewable energy on board to cope with such difficulties as water scarcity and finite fossil fuels.

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Where Do You Rank on Climate Change Vulnerability Index?

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The earth’s climate has been evolving continuously over millennia but the last two centuries have witnessed the development of the greenhouse problem, which threatens to change climate in an unprecedented manner. Maplecroft's tool, the Climate Change Vulnerability Index (CCVI), looks at exposure to extreme weather events such as drought, cyclones, wildfires and storm surges, which translate into water stress, loss of crops and land lost to the sea.

Go mushroom, go mushroom! Fungi catching more climate change carbon?

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When we think of climate change, we tend to think about greenhouse gases, fossil fuels and pollution. Treseder, an ecologist at the University of California, Irvine, studies how fungi can affect climate and vice-versa. New research from her lab shows that fungi can have different lifestyles in response to climate change. We may be able to better predict shifts in atmospheric carbon dioxide levels and climate change,” says Treseder.

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Green Facts' Papers

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[link] Facts on Agriculture & Development 6 pages, 0.9 Web version Facts on Arctic Climate Change 6 pages, 0.7 MB GreenFacts summary of the Arctic Climate Impact Assessment ( ACIA ). Web version Facts on Climate Change: 2007 Update 6 pages, 0.7

Dispatch from inside Masdar

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Solar energy generated by a 10-megawatt solar photovoltaic plant as well as panels mounted on the institute’s buildings provide nearly all of the electricity. With fossil fuels as the lead emitter of greenhouse gases and the biggest contributor to Climate Change, the Arab World will be a key player this December, when the world will turn its eyes towards COP21 negotiations in Paris. The effects of man-made Climate Change will not spare this region.

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UN To Create New Panel On Biodiversity

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The report began negotiations into creating a group concerning the planet’s biodiversity, much like the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change for global warming. The new panel will be called the Intergovernmental Science Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). The panel is hoping to be able to take scientific research and transfer it to political policies around the world.

Tol's JEP and JEDC papers on climate change impacts are corrected

Environmental Economics

Retraction Watch ( “Gremlins” caused errors in climate change paper showing gains from global warming ): The author of a controversial 2009 paper arguing that at least some amount of global warming could lead to economic gains has corrected the paper, along with a later article in a different journal. The 2009 article, “ The Economic Effects of Climate Change ,” was written by Richard Tol , of the University of Sussex, and appeared in the Journal of Economic Perspectives.

Invest in “climate nice” rice bonds

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But if you invest in climate-nice rice production, the cornerstone of global food security you will be doing a better thing for this planet. . New reports suggest climate change is worse than we thought (we’ve made Greta real mad ). 3 global reports on climate change we can’t ignore. I (holding hand on heart) pledge to support rice, in bonds! . You might invest in coffee or gold.

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IPCC On Global Warming: It’s Happening, And It’s Our Fault

Eco Friendly Daily

Last Friday, a report released by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) resolved the debate forever: the Earth is warming, and humans are the cause. Extreme weather, drought in some places, more precipitation in others, changes in the ocean’s acidity… the chant has become familiar. Source: Panel Issues Bleak Report On Climate Change , New York Times, February 2, 2007.

Climate change means unexpected rain increase for Iran and Iraq?

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The prospect of climate change sparking food and water shortages in the Middle East is less likely than previously thought, with new research by an Australian climate scientist suggesting that rainfall will be significantly higher in key parts of the region. Recent projections from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) raised fears that storm activity in the eastern Mediterranean would decline this century if global warming continues on present trends.

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Maldives’ ‘Green’ Golf Island Not So Green

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A floating ‘green’ golf course Island is planned for the climate change-vulnerable nation of the Maldives but how green is it really? The Maldives is a small archipelago nation that is extremely vulnerable to climate change due to the risk of rising sea levels.