Climate Change

Gorillas, tigers at risk due to climate change-report

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* Animals most at risk on islands, mountains and coasts
* Global warming threatens 20-30 pct of plant, animal species Climate change hotspots in Africa

Several animal species including gorillas in Rwanda and tigers in Bangladesh could risk extinction if the impact of climate change and extreme weather on their habitats is not addressed, a UN report showed on Sunday. ... Read more about Gorillas, tigers at risk due to climate change-report

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NOAA: Autumn and November both warmer than average in the United States

Billion dollar weather/climate disasters 1980 - November 2011
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U.S. sets record with a dozen billion-dollar weather disasters in one year

November and the September-November autumn season were warmer than average across the contiguous U.S., according to scientists at NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) in Asheville, N.C. Precipitation totals across the country were also above average during November, but near the long-term average for the autumn season. ... Read more about NOAA: Autumn and November both warmer than average in the United States

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Greenhouse gases rise by record amount

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Associated Press
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The global output of heat-trapping carbon dioxide has jumped by a record amount, according to the US department of energy, a sign of how feeble the world's efforts are at slowing man-made global warming.

The figures for 2010 mean that levels of greenhouse gases are higher than the worst case scenario outlined by climate experts just four years ago.

"The more we talk about the need to control emissions, the more they are growing," said John Reilly, the co-director of MIT's Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change. ... Read more about Greenhouse gases rise by record amount

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World headed for irreversible climate change in five years, IEA warns

CLIMATE CHANGE: How rivers will behave

The outlook for the Limpopo is dry
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PRETORIA, 14 November 2011 (IRIN) - Soaring temperatures and erratic rains brought on by a changing climate may radically alter water flows in the world’s major river basins, including the Limpopo in southern Africa, forcing people to give up farming in some areas, says a new study.
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Urban planning failures putting lives at risk - expert

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alertnet // Katie Murray
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Failures of urban planning are putting lives, infrastructure and businesses at risk as weather shocks – like the floods now surging through Bangkok – become more frequent as a result of climate change, urban planning and climate experts say.

But focusing on improving building codes, land use regulation, public health and sanitation, and disaster response measures could help reduce risks, said David Dodman, leader of the cities and climate team at the London-based International Institute for Environment and Development, which works on sustainable development issues. ... Read more about Urban planning failures putting lives at risk - expert

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UN: failure to reduce environmental risks will set back human development

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Damian Carrington
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Droughts and rising sea levels could reverse efforts to improve living conditions of world's poorest people, report warns

Unchecked environmental destruction will halt – or even reverse – the huge improvements seen in the living conditions of the world's poorest people in recent decades, a major new UN report warned on Wednesday.

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Q&A with U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon

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BRYAN WALSH
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It's the hard-working demographers of the U.N. who have counted the global population and have selected Oct. 31 as the date of the 7 billionth person. That makes sense because population is a major part of international development — and that's the business of the U.N. Bryan Walsh of TIME spoke with U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his office in New York City about global population, the challenges of development and the lingering threat of climate change.

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Countries must plan for climate refugees - report

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Deborah Zabarenko
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WASHINGTON, Oct 27 (Reuters) - The world's governments and relief agencies need to plan now to resettle millions of people expected to be displaced by climate change, an international panel of experts said on Thursday.

Resettlement related to large infrastructure development projects has been occurring for decades, with some estimates of up to 10 million people a year, said the report's lead author, Alex de Sherbinin. ... Read more about Countries must plan for climate refugees - report

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Warming Could Exceed Safe Levels In This Lifetime

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Nina Chestney
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Global temperature rise could exceed "safe" levels of two degrees Celsius in some parts of the world in many of our lifetimes if greenhouse gas emissions continue to increase, two research papers published in the journal Nature warned. ... Read more about Warming Could Exceed Safe Levels In This Lifetime

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