climate change

Climate Summit 2014

Climate Summit 2014

UN Climate Summit 2014 Climate change is not a far-off problem. It is happening now and is having very real consequences on people’s lives. Climate change is disrupting national economies, costing us dearly today and even more tomorrow. But there is a growing recognition that affordable, scalable solutions are available now that will enable us all to leapfrog to cleaner, more resilient...

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Climate change report

Climate change report

IPCC Report: A changing climate creates pervasive risks but opportunities exist for effective responses Responses will face challenges with high warming of the climate YOKOHAMA, Japan, 31 March – The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issued a report today that says the effects of climate change are already occurring on all continents and across the oceans. The world, in many...

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Climate Change

Climate Change

Human Effects on Climate Human activities are continuing to affect the Earth’s energy budget by changing the emissions and resulting atmospheric concentrations of radiatively important gases and aerosols and by changing land surface properties. Previous assessments have already shown through multiple lines of evidence that the climate is changing across our planet, largely as a result of human...

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Climate Change

Climate Change

Increasing greenhouse gas concentrations will have many effects Greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere will continue to increase unless the billions of tons of our annual emissions decrease substantially. Increased concentrations are expected to:     Increase Earth’s average temperature Influence the patterns and amounts of precipitation Reduce ice and snow cover, as...

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Avoiding biodiversity loss

Avoiding biodiversity loss

Quantifying the benefit of early climate change mitigation in avoiding biodiversity loss Climate change is expected to have significant influences on terrestrial biodiversity at all system levels, including species-level reductions in range size and abundance, especially amongst endemic species1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. However, little is known about how mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions could reduce...

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Energy Revolution 2012

Energy Revolution 2012

Energy [R]evolution 2012 provides a consistent fundamental pathway for how to protect our climate: getting the world from where we are now to where we need to be by phasing out fossil fuels and cutting CO2 emissions while ensuring energy security. The Energy [R]evolution Scenario has became a well known and well respected energy analysis since it was first published for Europe in 2005. This is...

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Bacteria & Climate Change

Bacteria & Climate Change

Genetically Engineered Bacteria Could Help Fight Climate Change   As humans warm the planet by releasing carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, some researchers believe that capturing CO2 and trapping it in buried rocks could lower the risk of catastrophic climate change. Now a team of researchers has shown that bacteria can help the process along. They can even be genetically modified to trap...

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Google Earth: Climate Change

Google Earth: Climate Change

Explore the potential impacts of climate change on our planet Earth and learn about solutions for adaptation and mitigation, in the context of the United Nations’s Climate Climate Conference (COP15) in Copenhagen. With Google Earth you can view climate change scenarios, interact with narrated tours, investigate deforestation, and even dive into the depths of the...

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Capturing CO2 Too Costly?

Capturing CO2 Too Costly?

Capturing CO2 Too Costly to Combat Climate Change? Since a buildup of humanmade carbon dioxide is causing the planet to warm, why not just suck this greenhouse gas straight out of the atmosphere? That’s one strategy scientists have proposed to combat climate change. But a new analysis suggests that the approach may be neither economical nor practical. Before widespread industrial activity...

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Unprecedented Arctic ozone loss in 2011

Chemical ozone destruction occurs over both polar regions in local winter–spring. In the Antarctic, essentially complete removal of lower-stratospheric ozone currently results in an ozone hole every year, whereas in the Arctic, ozone loss is highly variable and has until now been much more limited. Here we demonstrate that chemical ozone destruction over the Arctic in early 2011 was – for...

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Climate Change Trends

Climate Change Trends

Climate Change Trends: Carbon Emissions Giants Right now, 10 countries — including the U.S., China and Russia — are responsible for 80 percent of the world’s carbon dioxide emissions. The United States is the world’s second largest emitter (China ranks no. 1), sending around 5.8 million metric tons of CO2 into the atmosphere a year. That’s the equivalent to a year’s...

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Emissions trading

Preparations for the transition to the single registry of the EU Emissions Trading System have reached their final stages. Software testing is in progress and trial runs of essential aspects of the migration to the Union registry have started. The Commission is working closely with the Member States and is committed to a smooth transition for registry account holders. More information and the...

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If Life in the Ocean Perishes…

If Life in the Ocean Perishes…

Recently, I’ve become obsessed with our planet’s five mass extinctions, those rare events when three-quarters of the planet’s species vanish in a geological heartbeat. The one that comes most readily to mind is the most recent, the Cretaceous, which ended 65 million years ago and took out the dinosaurs. But there were four before that–the Ordovician, Devonian, Permian, and Triassic–that...

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Textile Exchange adds ‘Detox’ workshop

Barcelona – Textile Exchange has added an additional workshop session to this year’s Sustainable Textiles Conference, which takes place in Barcelona, Spain, immediately prior to the ITMA exhibition. Ecotextile News Source:...

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Earth losing its climate change defenses

Like your body, the planet can heal itself a little bit. Some places, like forests and oceans, are carbon sinks — they absorb carbon from the atmosphere, slowing down the rate at which everything goes to hell. But climate change is no papercut, and as it gets worse, it’s actually breaking the planet’s immune system. Two new studies in Nature argue that two types of carbon sinks —...

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Threats to Oceans and Reefs

Threats to Oceans and Reefs

A new report on the state of the world’s oceans is gaining considerable attention this week. The report by the International Programme on the State of the Ocean (IPSO) and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature warns that combined threats to oceans are creating conditions where there is “a high risk of entering a phase of extinction of marine species unprecedented in human...

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Blue Carbon Certification

Blue Carbon Certification

Flainox s.r.l. has completed the environmental certification on the emission of carbon dioxide and greenhouse gases. The study commissioned to REXIZON was conducted in January 2011. It has been calculated the carbon foot print (total absolute emissions) of CO ₂ and GHG produced by the company in 2008, 2009 and 2010 according to ISO 14064-1 and 2 / 2006 and (PAS) 2050:2008. They were...

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Africa’s cotton and textile

Africa’s cotton and textile

The outlook is bright for Africa’s cotton, textile and apparel sector. The industry is undergoing a renaissance fueled by a global demand for cotton, diversification of sourcing and manufacturing locations around the world and an African middle class that is stimulating demand for African-made apparel. To capitalize on these trends, USAID East Africa’s Competitiveness and Trade Expansion...

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Ongoing climate change

Ongoing climate change following a complete cessation of carbon dioxide emissions A threat of irreversible damage should prompt action to mitigate climate change, according to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, which serves as a basis for international climate policy. CO2-induced climate change is known to be largely irreversible on timescales of many centuries1, as...

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Green fund approved in Cancun

A UN climate conference on Saturday approved a deal to create a ‘green’ fund for developing countries and to take other small steps to address global warming, over heated objections from Bolivia that the pact doesn’t go far enough. The agreement in Cancun went a long way to restoring faith in the unwieldy UN process after the letdown a year ago at a much-anticipated summit in...

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