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Doctors should take lead in push to curb climate change: experts

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Doctors should take the lead in supporting political efforts to cut the pace of climate change and encouraging more people to see the problem as a crucial issue for public health, experts say.

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Switzerland first to submit climate plan for Paris U.N. deal

OSLO (Reuters) - Switzerland became the first nation on Friday to submit a plan for cutting greenhouse gas emissions beyond 2020 as a basis for a U.N. deal to limit climate change due to be sealed in December.

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France's Hollande promises Philippine storm survivors a climate deal

GUIUAN, Philippines (Reuters) - French President Francois Hollande on Friday met victims of the biggest-ever typhoon to make landfall and promised them he would secure an international agreement to limit climate change.







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Most Americans see combating climate change as a moral duty

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A significant majority of Americans say combating climate change is a moral issue that obligates them – and world leaders - to reduce carbon emissions, a Reuters/IPSOS poll has found.

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China's top climate negotiator removed from leadership list

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's top climate change negotiator has been removed from the nation's leadership list, appearing to confirm media reports he has retired, but the move has left it unclear who will lead China at crucial climate talks in Paris at the end of the year.







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Cooler Pacific has slowed global warming, briefly: study

OSLO (Reuters) - A natural cooling of the Pacific Ocean has contributed to slow global warming in the past decade but the pause is unlikely to last much longer, U.S. scientists said on Thursday.







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Krill-gotten gains to fund Antarctic research

Scientific research and conservation need more cash. That's sadly usually true. It's especially the case in the Antarctic where research is expensive but absolutely essential given the massive environmental changes happening there.

But although new streams of funding should welcomed for Antarctic research, it's also important to question where that funding comes from. After all, there's just a sliver of a chance that some seemingly good PR is actually a mind-bogglingly cynical act of greenwashing.

Step forward Aker Biomarine, one of the world's biggest and brashest krill-hoovering companies. Aker are behind the now-ubiquitous krill supplement pills that are being sold worldwide as a cure to... well, I could insert just about any ailment here. Their deadly efficient fishing technology allows them to literally vacuum up swarms of tiny plankton from the Southern Ocean. And they have just announced a new fund for Antarctic research.

Adelie penguins eat so much krill it can turn their poo pink. They'd probably like us not to eat any.

Krill, as most kids know, is penguin and whale food. It's a tiny shrimp-like crustacean. Vast swarms live in cold polar waters, and are mostly found in large numbers in the Southern Ocean. And the numbers are HUGE. Mind-bogglingly big numbers of these little critters exist around the Antarctic sea ice, efficiently turning the sun's energy and plant plankton into crunchy crustacean morsels. But krill is not just whale food. It's also penguin, fish, albatross and seal food. Basically almost every animal that feeds in Antarctic waters either directly eats krill, or eats something that does. Massive baleen whales, like blue, fin, and minkes, trek thousands of miles each year to feast on Antarctic krill. Two of the three resident Antarctic penguin species, the Gentoo and Adélies eat krill. Adélies eat so much it turns their poo pink. And there are even amazingly-adapted seals with teeth designed to filter the little creatures out of the water.

Krill are the Southern Ocean's keystone species. That's an ecological term for a species that the entire ecosystem depends on. Remove the keystone, and the whole thing might collapse.

So when it comes to hoovering up krill, I'm already a sceptic. When you take into account the massive fluctuations and potentially catastrophic impact that warming polar waters is having on krill populations, then it's even more of a worry. Adélie and Gentoo penguin populations are already struggling to find food, but the broader impacts to other species might not be so easy to see. In a world where polar regions are suffering most from climate change, and ocean acidification, removing a huge chunk of the very basis of the food web is a seriously silly move. A few years ago Greenpeace's Science Unit produced a paper which set out very clearly why the Aker krill fishery should not be certified as sustainable by the Marine Stewardship Council.  The arguments presented in that paper are just as valid today.

Krill capsules, sold as such a wonder drug that makes you think there might be an actual genie in the bottle, are already ubiquitous. But there's more to come. As well as 'essential' supplements, krill is also being used to make meal for feeding farmed fish and livestock. And the industry is poised to expand. It's seen as an 'as yet untapped resource' which is there to be had in world where traditional fish populations are under so much stress elsewhere. But hey, what could go wrong? Well, the last time there was a Southern Ocean goldrush we almost exterminated the world's great whales. A century on and we are back in the same ocean, but at the opposite end of the food chain.

I'm in Australia at the moment, where Aker have announced their shiny new deal at a swanky event with the Australian Environment Minister, and the Norwegian Royal Family. I've seen krill marketed in supermarkets and pharmacies everywhere here, just as it is in the US and UK. Some of it is even marketed as 'EcoKrill' which frankly broke my irony-meter. I wonder if the Adélie penguins, crabeater seals or blue whales think it's 'eco'?

I'm all for more funds for scientific research, and conservation is notoriously poorly valued or prioritised. But for the industry hoovering-up the most important part of the Antarctic food web to be putting its krill-gotten gains into this greenwash really is a pill that's hard to swallow.

Willie Mackenzie is an Oceans Campaigner at Greenpeace UK.


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Head of U.N. Climate Panel Resigns Amid Harassment Accusations

New York Times: The head of the United Nations panel on climate science resigned on Tuesday after allegations of sexual harassment were filed against him in India, where he lives and works. Rajendra K. Pachauri, whose 13 years as chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change had made him one of the world’s most important voices on the risks of global warming, had been scheduled to leave the post in October. But he tendered his resignation early after news that a woman employed at an institute that he...
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The remote Alaskan village that needs to be relocated due to climate change

Washington Post: This tiny and isolated town of 400 cannot be reached by road. It lies on a fragile barrier island along the Chukchi Sea, 83 miles above the Arctic circle. And for generations, the Iñupiat people of the region have hunted gigantic bowhead whales from camps atop the sea ice that stretches out from the town’s icy shores. But in recent years, climate change has thinned the ice so much that it has become too dangerous to hunt the whales. Soon, the U.S. government says, it may be too dangerous to live...
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3 reasons give a damn about deep sea

Grist: It`s not news that the ocean plays a role in climate change. It absorbs heat, sequesters carbon, releases carbon, impacts local weather patterns, etc. Hell, the ocean covers about 70 percent of the Earth`s surface, so it would be kind of shocking if it didn`t have a big role to play. But we are still literally in the dark about some of the deepest, darkest parts of the ocean - they might as well be in outer space given how much we know about them. Fortunately, scientists are working hard to remedy...
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Climate Change Will Hit America in Breadbasket, Scientists Say

NBC: Climate experts have seen the future of America's breadbasket — and from their perspective, it doesn't look pretty. "I don't want to be a wheat farmer in Kansas in the future," said Harold Brooks, a senior scientist at the National Severe Storms Laboratory in Norman, Oklahoma. Brooks isn't a wheat farmer. He's a researcher who has analyzed how climate change could affect the weather in America's midsection, based on historical data and computer modeling. Last year, he and his colleagues found...
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On Rajendra Pachauri’s Resignation from the U.N. Climate Panel

New York Times: Rajendra K. Pachauri, the chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change since 2002, resigned today amid allegations of sexual harassment by a 29-year-old female employee of the Indian energy institute he has long run. Bloomberg Business discusses the complaint: Last week, a 29-year-old researcher accused the 74-year-old Pachauri of making physical advances and sending lewd text messages and e-mails, according to a copy of the complaint and her lawyer. The female researcher had joined...
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UN refuses to conduct probe against Pachauri in sexual harassment case

India Tv: The United Nations on Wednesday made it clear that it will not conduct any inquiry into accusations of sexual harassment against RK Pachauri, who resigned as the chairman of the Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), as the case is being probed by national authorities. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's spokesperson Stephane Dujarric told reporters that the UN chief received a letter from Pachauri informing him of his decision to step down as the chairman of the panel with immediate...
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Mobile technology helps Sri Lanka cope with climate change

ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Floods and landslides linked to climate change have battered parts of Sri Lanka in the past two years, disrupting food output, but scientists believe a new program to install low-cost weather stations based on open-source technology could help farmers adapt to increasingly wild weather.







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By the Numbers: Economic Impacts of Climate Change in the Lower Mekong Basin

The Lower Mekong River Basin (LMB) spans Laos, Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam, and supports 60 million people. The region is also widely recognized as highly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. As the world continues to warm, what will be the economic toll of climate change impacts in the Mekong region? New research shows that climate change could damage $18 billion worth of infrastructure and decrease economic productivity by $16 billion annually by 2050. In a new report completed...

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EU calls for 60% emission cut by 2050

Blue and Green: The European Union has said it wants to see a legally binding emissions cut of 60% by mid-century and reviews every five years agreed at the UN climate summit in Paris later this year, according to a leaked document. The treaty set to be agreed in Paris will replace the Kyoto Protocol and aims to avoid dangerous levels of climate change. The leaked document has been published ahead of the European Commission publishing a blueprint for tackling climate change on Wednesday. The paper states,...
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UN climate panel head steps down amid sex claims

Agence France Press: The head of the UN's climate science panel, Rajendra Pachauri, stepped down Tuesday in the wake of sexual harassment claims against him that have surfaced at a crucial time on the climate agenda. Pachauri, chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) since 2002, has denied any wrongdoing, claiming his email account and mobile phone were hacked. But the 74-year-old Indian tendered his resignation with immediate effect on Tuesday in a letter to UN chief Ban Ki-moon. "The...
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Earth Hour renews the charge to change climate change

Singapore - WWF's Earth Hour takes on its biggest challenge ever this year by strengthening focus on the globe's most stubborn environmental challenge – climate change. As the opportunity for action on climate change peaks in 2015, the world's largest grassroots movement will raise its voice to change climate change.


 
The ninth edition of Earth Hour rolls across the globe at 8:30 pm local time on Saturday, 28 March 2015, only months before a new global climate deal is expected to be agreed. When Earth Hour does arrive, it will range across six continents and the world's twenty-four time zones to unify a global community bound by individual actions on climate.
 
Even before the hour, Earth Hour organizers are already working with citizens, policymakers and businesses to drive progress on climate in over 120 countries, including advising the government in Nepal on policy to facilitate access to solar power for urban residential use, raising climate awareness in schools in Europe and Africa, and working with farmers and fishermen from Australia to Colombia.
 
"Climate change is not just the issue of the hour, it's the issue of our generation," said Sudhanshu Sarronwala, Chair, Board of Directors, Earth Hour Global. "Earth Hour is the world's most enduring people's movement focused on climate. The lights may go out for one hour, but the actions of millions throughout the year will inspire the solutions required to change climate change." 
 
The world's most famous landmarks will once again go dark during Earth Hour, and supporters worldwide will also use Earth Hour to promote climate change solutions. From 'Earth Hour Loans' that support solar power installation to 'Earth Hour Forests' aimed at fighting deforestation, Earth Hour is at the centre of global grassroots efforts supporting renewable energy, climate-friendly legislation, education and environmentally-responsible business practices.
 
In 2014 alone, Earth Hour supporters raised funds to plant millions of trees, promote the use of fuel-efficient stoves and reduce the carbon footprint of thousands of schools.
 
"Climate change knows no borders and neither does the crowd. WWF's climate movement is powered by people, has massive reach and is pursuing an urgent purpose in demanding climate action," added Sarronwala.
 
Since 2007, Earth Hour has mobilised businesses, organizations, governments and hundreds of millions of individuals in over 7,000 cities and 162 countries to act for a sustainable future. As the window of opportunity for climate action narrows, Earth Hour is the universal platform that powers innovative, people-driven solutions to change climate change.

Earth Hour 2015 will be celebrated on Saturday 28th March 2015 between 8:30 and 9:30 PM in your local time zone. Visit http://ehour.me/EHtracker​ to see events happening near you or to create your own Earth Hour activity. Log on to our website www.earthhour.org for more stories and articles on using the power of the crowd to change climate change.

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US oyster, clam farms face economic blow from acidification: study

OSLO (Reuters) - U.S. shellfish producers in the Northeast and the Gulf of Mexico will be most vulnerable to an acidification of the oceans linked to climate change that makes it harder for clams and oysters to build shells, a study said on Monday.







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Here’s Where Ocean Acidification Will Hit the U.S. Hardest

Climate Central: U.S. coastal communities better start preparing for ocean acidification now, especially if we want scallops, oysters and other shellfish to keep appearing on our dinnerplates. That's the message of a new study that shows that shellfisheries across the U.S. are more vulnerable to climate change's less considered counterpart than previously thought. That vulnerability is due to more than changing ocean chemistry. Social and economic factors, local and more distant pollution and natural ocean processes...
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As ocean acid grows, coasts and fisheries vulnerable, study says

McClatchey: The gradual increase of acid in the oceans threatens coastal communities in 15 states, although the reason for the impact – and what to do about it – varies widely, according to a new study. Writing in the journal Nature Climate Change, a group of researchers declared ocean acidification “a complex and seemingly overwhelming problem.” That’s partly because of its varied nature, and partly because of big gaps in what is known about it. States are at risk, according to the study, because of straight...
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European grain yield stagnation related to climate change, says researcher

PhysOrg: The European Union led the world in wheat production and exports in 2014-15. Yet Europe is also the region where productivity has slowed the most. Yields of major crops have not increased as much as would be expected over the past 20 years, based on past productivity increases and innovations in agriculture. Finding the causes of that stagnation is key to understanding the trajectory of the global food supply. Logically, it would seem that climate change would affect crops. But in the overall...
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Greenpeace on NY Times Sunday front page - #Fakexpert Willie Soon

Extra Extra! Read all about climate denial scientist Willie Soon's dirty money from petrochemical billionaire Charles Koch, coal utility Southern Company, oil giant ExxonMobil and other fossil fuel companies to deny the science of climate change!

The last time I bumped into Willie Soon, I asked him if there was any explanation for some of the information in our latest round of documents indicating that his employer was eager to take money from ExxonMobil:

The questions I tried asking Dr. Soon (who won't talk to me, after a few of these encounters went bad for him) are based on seemed to show that despite all the embarrassment Soon has caused his employer, the Smithsonian Institution, private communications with ExxonMobil indicate that Smithsonian was all too happy to take Exxon's money for their general operating budget.

Is that why the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics allowed Dr. Soon to conduct what essentially is a lobbying and public relations campaign for fossil fuel companies, all in their name? From the documents Greenpeace obtained, here's the Harvard-Smithsonian Center thanking Exxon:

To their credit, Smithsonian officials say they are doing an internal review of Dr. Soon. We'll see how that goes, but it's not encouraging to see that Soon's coworkers may have been complicit in peddling influence for ExxonMobil and the other polluters financing Dr. Soon.

For years, we at Greenpeace have been working to make public the secret paper trails that show what everyone already knows: climate science deniers – #Fakexperts – are few and far between, and most of them are paid by companies most responsible for global warming to downplay the problem.

Willie Soon's payments from Koch, Exxon, Southern Company and the American Petroleum Institute aren't news – we've known he took over $1 million from these interests since 2011. But the level of detail and the implications from this latest round of research is shocking. From the New York Times:

He has accepted more than $1.2 million in money from the fossil-fuel industry over the last decade while failing to disclose that conflict of interest in most of his scientific papers. At least 11 papers he has published since 2008 omitted such a disclosure, and in at least eight of those cases, he appears to have violated ethical guidelines of the journals that published his work.

The documents show that Dr. Soon, in correspondence with his corporate funders, described many of his scientific papers as "deliverables" that he completed in exchange for their money. He used the same term to describe testimony he prepared for Congress.

For Greenpeace, this raises both legal and ethical questions. From The Guardian:

In letters to the Internal Revenue Service and Congress, Greenpeace said Soon may have misused the grants from the Koch foundation by trying to influence legislation.

Our executive director Annie Leonard just sent a letter to the U.S. Internal Revenue Service, and two letters to the U.S. House Committee on Science, Space and Technology (here and here) in pursuit of answers.

Is the IRS okay with Charles Koch's nonprofit foundation funding research that appears to have directly influenced state and national politicians? Did ExxonMobil violate any Congressional rules by giving Soon a grant just two months after Soon told Congress he had no financial conflicts of interest, after telling them that climate change isn't a crisis? And Southern Company?

We will keep you posted as things unfold – keep track yourself on the Climate Investigations Center, where our former colleague Kert Davies is busy trying to answer the same questions. For disclosure – know that Kert helped start this work when he still was Greenpeace's Research Director. We have continued to partner with him on this since his amicable split from our team.

After you read the Times, check out more on the story…just about everywhere. The Boston Globe writes that Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) plans on opening an investigation on climate science deniers. InsideClimate News notes how Soon has been part of a game plan detailed by the American Petroleum Institute in a leaked memo from 1998. Gawker, Discover Magazine, and STGIST have more. Gizmodo wins for the most brazen headline.

UPDATE: More from Mother Jones, ThinkProgress, Singapore TODAY, Hillsboro OH Times-Gazette, Common Dreams, Wall Street Hedge,

The Koch-funded climate denial "news" outlet Daily Caller isn't pleased.

Connor Gibson is a Researcher for Greenpeace USA.


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Chimps' survival of little concern to agribusiness

The chimpanzee is one of mankind's closest relatives. However there are many of us who do not treat them with what could be called familial affection.

Chimps and other primates in Africa face an increasing number of threats to their very existence. They are traded and eaten as bush meat, have their homes destroyed by illegal loggers, are likely to be highly affected by climate change and there are reports that their numbers suffered greatly because of Ebola.

On top of it all, they are also seeing their homes destroyed by unscrupulous agribusiness companies – many foreign-owned – who are clearing vast tracts of rainforest throughout west and central Africa to make way for plantations producing palm oil, rubber and other commodities.

New evidence from Greenpeace Africa, publicized today, reveals that several projects in Cameroon are destroying and threatening ape habitat. Satellite images show that the Chinese-owned Hevea Sud rubber and palm oil project in the country's South region has already resulted in over 3,000 hectares of rainforest destroyed with many thousands more to come.

The concession borders the Dja Faunal reserve, a UNESCO world heritage site that is teeming with rare and endangered wildlife including the chimpanzee, the western lowland gorilla and the forest elephant. UNESCO asked for an inspection to be carried out some time ago to determine if the reserve had been impacted by the operations, but was refused by local authorities on "security grounds".

The destruction mirrors that caused by US-owned Herakles Farms for a palm oil project in the country's South West region. The deforestation carried out by the company – much of it illegally – destroyed vital corridors of forest used by chimpanzees and other mammals to move around the four protected areas between which the concession is sandwiched.

Indeed such projects and the resultant damage to habitat are being seen increasingly throughout the Congo Basin and throughout west and central Africa.

As Dr Joshua Linder, an assistant professor of anthropology at James Madison University, says: "Agro-industrial developments will soon emerge as a top threat to biodiversity in the African tropical forest zone. If proactive strategies to mitigate the effects of large-scale habitat conversion are not soon implemented, we can expect a rapid decline in African primate diversity."

One project that can yet be challenged is by local Cameroonian company Azur. A Greenpeace Africa investigation in December last year showed that they have their sights set on a concession covering dense natural forest close to the Ebo forest, a proposed national park. The area is home to chimpanzees and other highly endangered primates such as drills.

The Nigerian-Cameroon chimpanzee sub species is one of the most endangered primates in the world while the lesser known but no less magnificent drill is extremely rare, with more than 80% of the world's remaining population calling Cameroon home, in particular the south west of the country.

Greenpeace has written to Azur on several occasions, asking that they provide evidence to allay the growing environmental concerns over their project. There has been no response.

It is a stretch to believe that Cameroon's authorities are blissfully unaware of the controversy these type of projects are causing. The Hevea Sud concession even lies within the home district of the country's president Paul Biya.

More believable is that such controversy is willfully neglected, downplayed or ignored. While it is easy to understand how a chimpanzee or gorilla can fail to be consulted over the future of its home, less so is how a human community can.

Yet throughout Cameroon and the region in general there are numerous cases where projects are started and forests destroyed with little or no consultation with residents let alone their prior consent. Often they are paid a fraction of that their land is truly worth and many people are deprived of the forest and land that is not only their home but their livelihood.

Governments need to urgently develop a participatory land use planning process prior to the allocation of industrial concessions. Projects that are being developed without adequate community consultation and are located in areas of high ecological value should not be allowed to proceed and risk further social conflict and environmental damage.

If such measures are not introduced and effectively enforced then the forests, communities and wildlife of one the most biodiversity-rich regions on the entire planet will continue to be under threat.

Irene Wabiwa-Betoko is the forest campaign leader with Greenpeace Africa.


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Climate change bill faces uphill battle

CNN: With Republicans in control of both houses of Congress, the odds of passing a climate change bill this year are virtually non-existent. But Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Maryland, plans to reintroduce legislation to cap carbon emissions this week, anyway, due in part to the impact it could have on the 2016 election. "Our goal is to keep attention focused on this issue as we head into this congressional session, and also into the presidential election in 2016," Van Hollen told CNN, explaining the bill...
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Al Gore on Pollution in Delhi

Wall Street Journal: Climate change crusader and former United States Vice-President Al Gore is in Delhi to warn the country about the dangers of pollution and rising global temperatures. "Indians must know that this is a life or death issue," Mr. Gore said in an interview with the television channel NDTV. While many Indians in Delhi - which according to some measures is the world's most-polluted city - are acutely aware of the problems of air pollution, the rest of the country is only just beginning to wake up...
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Malaysian-born astrophysicist paid write 'doubtful' climate change reports

Asia One: A Kangar-born astrophysicist took money in exchange for writing allegedly doubtful reports on climate change, the international media has claimed. In a New York Times report, Dr Willie Wei-Hock Soon was alleged to have received more than US$1.2mil (RM4.36mil) from the fossil fuel industry over the past decade. The report added that Dr Soon, who claimed that global warming was linked more to the sun than human factors, failed to report these contributions in his research. "At least 11 papers...
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Noted climate-change skeptic linked to corporate money

Seattle Times: For years, politicians wanting to block legislation on climate change have bolstered their arguments by pointing to the work of a handful of scientists who claim that greenhouse gases pose little risk to humanity. One of the names they invoke most often is Wei-Hock Soon, known as Willie, a scientist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics who claims that variations in the sun’s energy can largely explain recent global warming. He has often appeared on conservative news programs, testified...
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Climate Change Denier Wei-Hock Soon Took Over $1 Million Oil Industry

Saving Advice: There is an ongoing debate about how humans are affecting the global climate and subsequently, what governments and policy makers should do to stem the effects of climate change. According to Wikipedia, no scientific body disagrees with the view that global surface temperatures have increased primarily due to human-induced emissions of greenhouse gases and as such, there should be political pressure to prevent continued changes. However, there is a small group of scientists who disagree with this...
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Q+A: Prioritize food security, not conflict, wheat scientist advises

Reuters: Heat and drought are a major cause of wheat yield losses worldwide, problems that scientists predict will worsen due to climate change. As a wheat physiologist, Matthew Reynolds works to bolster crop yields and improve the capacity of wheat to survive hot temperatures, particularly in developing countries. "Climate change puts farmer livelihoods at risk and can lead to vast food-crop losses in vulnerable environments,' said Reynolds, who was recently named a distinguished scientist at the International...
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Leading climate change denier was paid by energy companies

Verge: Wei-Hock Soon, a leading climate change denier whose work has fortified right-wing political arguments for years, was paid more than $1.2 million by energy companies, The New York Times reports. New documents uncovered by Greenpeace via the Freedom of Information Act show that over the last decade, Soon received sizable funding from oil and gas corporations, which he failed to disclose in scientific papers he published. This is not the first time Soon has been found receiving compensation for...
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Climate Change Deniers Take Yet Another Hit

Mother Jones: Climate change deniers don't have a lot of credible scientists who support their view. But they have a few, and one of the busiest and most prolific is Wei-Hock Soon, who insists that global warming is caused by variations in the sun's output, not by anything humans are doing. Soon's doctorate is in aerospace engineering, not atmospheric science or geophysics or some more relevant discipline, but he's nonetheless an actual scientist and a reliable ally for the climate deniers. Unfortunately, the...
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UN climate chief to miss key meeting after sex harassment claim

Daily Star: A top United Nations climate change official has pulled out of a key meeting in Kenya next week as Indian police investigate a sexual harassment complaint against him, officials have said. Rajendra Pachauri, chairman of the Nobel Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), withdrew due to "issues demanding his attention," the U.N. body said in a statement late Saturday. The allegations come at a crucial time as Pachauri tries to set the table for a key climate change summit...
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At Geneva, India opposes dilution of tasks

Hindu: India`s position underscoring the historical responsibilities of developing countries in the context of climate change was up against proposed dilutions to that concept notably by the U.S. and the European Union at the recent climate talks in Geneva. An Indian official said the meeting did not have any high ambition on targets though all countries took an active part in including various points in the draft treaty for Paris. The U.S. suggested doing away with the differences between developed...
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India: Union Budget: Sowing sustainable agriculture

Financial Express: Increasing climate change threat and deteriorating soil and water health are posing serious challenge to Indian agriculture. With growing number of smallholders and their declining areas of operations, the problem becomes more complex for their viability. Therefore, future policies and resource allocation should focus on sustainable and resilient agriculture that enhances income of smallholders and reduces their risks. With the budget around the corner, the finance ministry may be allocating resources...
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Climate change panel warns New York seas and temperatures will rise destructive level

National Monitor: The end of the century could see a six-foot rise in water level and cause the number of heat waves to triple Although it may seem ludicrous to think about heat waves while the northeast continues to get battered by snowstorms, scientists have revealed new predictions that indicate that the drastic weather across the country will only get worse as climate change gathers steam in the years to come. According to the New York City Panel on Climate Change, an independent organization of climate...
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Indian IPCC chair pulls out of chairing session

Agence France-Presse: The chairman of the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) will not chair one of its sessions next week due to "issues demanding his attention" in his home country of India, it said Saturday. Rajendra Pachauri will not be in charge of the plenary session in Nairobi of the IPCC, a scientific body under United Nations auspices which assesses climate change. The Financial Times newspaper reported that he had been accused of sexual harassment. The FT quoted a spokesman for Pachauri as...
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Global 'green club' of companies will fight climate change and poverty

Independent: One of Britain’s leading environmental entrepreneurs, Jeremy Leggett, is setting up a “club” of companies that will reserve five per cent of their profits for causes that fight climate change and alleviate global poverty. Mr Leggett, who has advised the World Economic Forum on green energy, said that he has already had unsolicited emails of interest from a dozen companies, including some of the biggest in the US, interested in the 5 per cent For-Climate-and-Development Club, which will be launched...
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Head of UN climate change panel skips Nairobi meet amid sexual harassment allegations in India

Associated Press: The Indian leader of the U.N.'s expert panel on climate change has pulled out of a key meeting in Nairobi while pledging to cooperate with New Delhi police investigating allegations of sexual harassment. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change said its chairman, R.K. Pachauri, would skip next week's plenary session in the Kenyan capital "because of issues demanding his attention in India." While the organization refused to elaborate, Pachauri is being investigated after a 29-year-old...
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Ties to Corporate Cash for Climate-Change Researcher

New York Times: For years, politicians wanting to block legislation on climate change have bolstered their arguments by pointing to the work of a handful of scientists who claim that greenhouse gases pose little risk to humanity. One of the names they invoke most often is Wei-Hock Soon, known as Willie, a scientist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics who claims that variations in the sun's energy can largely explain recent global warming. He has often appeared on conservative news programs, testified...
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United Kingdom: Climate change not just an environmental issue

Guardian: The general election means 2015 is a critical year for Britain. It is also a critical year for the world on climate change. Within months of Britain voting, the UN is holding a summit in Paris to agree a binding global agreement to tackle climate change. But there is a real danger that this great chance to achieve action is going to slip by, without the world even noticing. That might suit some politicians at home but it will be a disaster for our country and the world. Over recent months the EU,...
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RK Pachauri to skip Nairobi climate meet after woman complains of sexual harassment

Deccan Chronicle: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change or IPCC has said its chairman RK Pachauri has expressed his inability to go to Nairobi next week for chairing its plenary session in the wake of a complaint of sexual harassment against him. "The Chairman of the IPCC, Rajendra K Pachauri, has informed the IPCC that he will be unable to chair the plenary session of the IPCC in Nairobi next week because of issues demanding his attention in India," IPCC said in a statement in Delhi. This comes after...
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UN climate panel head to miss key meeting due sex harassment complaint

Reuters: A top United Nations climate official, Rajendra Pachauri, has pulled out of a high-level meeting in Kenya next week, a spokesman said on Saturday, as Indian police investigate a sexual harassment complaint against him. Delhi police said Pachauri, 74, chairman of the U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), is accused of sexually harassing a 29-year-old female researcher from his Delhi-based thinktank The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI). The woman claims the Indian scientist...
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UN climate panel chief Rajendra Pachauri accused of sexual harassment

Sydney Morning Herald: Rajendra Pachauri, chairman of the United Nation's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, has been accused of sexually harassing a woman colleague at a New Delhi-based research institute headed by him. The 29-year-old researcher accused 74-year-old Pachauri of making physical advances and sending lewd text messages and e-mails since she joined The Energy and Research Institute in September 2013, according to a copy of the complaint and her lawyer. The preliminary complaint has been registered...
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Harvard faces court over fossil fuel divestment

Blue and Green: Harvard, the world’s richest university, is set to appear in court over calls to divest from fossil fuels, Harvard is asking the court to dismiss the case against it. A group of students filed a lawsuit against Harvard for “mismanagement of charitable funds”. The suit, filed by seven students, argues that fossil fuel investments are damaging to the university’s reputation and its students future prospects. The group also accuses Harvard of putting profit ahead of the threats that climate change...
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U.N. climate panel chief Pachauri accused of sexual harassment

Reuters: Police are investigating claims that the one of world's top climate change officials, Rajendra K. Pachauri, chairman of the U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, sexually harassed a 29-year-old woman, police and lawyers said on Friday. The woman, who is a researcher at Pachauri's Delhi-based The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), claims the 74-year-old Indian scientist began harassing her soon after she joined the non-profit think-tank in September 2013. Pachauri has denied...
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New York City Set for Major Sea Level Rise By 2050s, Report Concludes

Yale Environment 360: The waters surrounding New York City are on track to rise 11 to 21 inches by the 2050s, according to an analysis based on NASA climate change models. The city's average temperature, which has increased by 3.4 degrees F since 1900, is set to rise another 5 degrees F by the 2050s, the report says, and annual precipitation is also likely to rise significantly over that period. New York City has already seen sea levels rise by over 1 foot since 1900 — nearly twice the average global rate, according to...
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INDCs: Bridging the Gap Between National and International Climate Action

As the world marches toward December’s United Nations Conference of the Parties (COP21) Paris climate summit, governments are determining what effort they will make to reduce emissions and address climate change. Countries are in the midst of implementing commitments through 2020, and they are now turning their attention to preparing what they will commit to for the post-2020 period. These post-2020 pledges are known as intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs). Post-2020 INDCs,...

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Sea ice still declining, despite Antarctica’s gains

Climate Central: When Antarctica grabbed headlines last year because of record-high sea ice levels circling the southernmost continent, it created confusion. Its increase was so at odds with the trend of dwindling sea ice, particularly in the Arctic, that it prompted those skeptical of the science of climate change to suggest it meant ocean ice is not disappearing. But research shows that ice lost in the Arctic dwarfs any gains around Antarctica, as a recent study in the Journal of Climate clearly illustrates...
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State Department, EPA Launch Effort to Monitor Air Pollution Globally

Hill: The Obama administration announced on Wednesday the expansion of pollution monitoring at diplomatic posts across the world. The State Department and the Environmental Protection Agency unveiled the joint endeavor on Wednesday in a signing ceremony, which highlighted the administration's climate change agenda. Secretary of State John Kerry identified air pollution as a "serious and growing health threat worldwide" and said he hopes the new program will encourage international cooperation to...
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