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04/17/2015 11:31 PM
China's struggle for water security

China's Qinghai-Tibetan plateau is essentially the world's largest water tank and the origin of some of Asia's most extensive river systems including the Indus, Brahmaputra and MekongWay back in 1999, before he became China's prime minister, Wen Jiabao warned that water scarcity posed one of the greatest threats to the "survival of the nation". The mounting pressure on China's scarce, unequally distributed and often highly polluted water supply was highlighted in a report released at the World Water Forum this week in Daegu, South Korea. Published by the Hong Kong-based NGO, China Water Risk (CWR), it underlined the complexity of the challenge facing China as it seeks to juggle inextricably linked and often competing concerns over water, energy supply and climate change. "There are no one-size-fits-all solutions to China's water-energy-climate nexus," the report said.

04/17/2015 09:10 PM
Stormy Weather Brings Dark Clouds To ACM Awards Events
Stormy weather on Friday night cast a dark cloud over the start of the 50th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards weekend in Arlington.
04/17/2015 06:35 PM
Dutch Citizens Are Taking Their Government To Court Over Climate Change

Dutch Citizens Are Taking Their Government To Court Over Climate ChangeA group of Dutch citizens headed to court this week in a bold effort to hold their government accountable for its inaction over climate change.The case, which opened at The Hague on Tuesday, was first filed by the Urgenda Foundation, a sustainability group, and 900 co-plaintiffs in the Netherlands in 2013.The plaintiffs' lawyers argue that the...

04/17/2015 06:18 PM
Canada revises upward CO2 emission data since 1990

The Syncrude oil sands mine on April 1, 2015 in Fort McMurray, AlbertaCanada revised its greenhouse gas emission data from 1990 to 2013 in a report Friday, showing it had higher carbon dioxide discharges each year, and a doubling of emissions from its oil sands. All previous years were revised upward by around 12 to 24 megatons, which left total emissions up by 18 percent since 1990, according to the national report made under new reporting guidelines of a UN climate change agreement. Emissions from oil and gas production -- driven by vast growth in oil sands extraction -- more than doubled from 1990 to 2013, according to the new data. Canada set a target for reducing emissions by 17 percent below their 2005 levels by 2020.

04/17/2015 05:38 PM
Green group praises Bush on climate remarks

Former Florida Governor and probable 2016 Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush speaks at the First in the Nation Republican Leadership Conference in NashuaBillionaire activist Tom Steyer's climate change advocacy group offered unexpected praise on Friday to Republican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush for saying the United States should work with the world to reduce carbon emissions. NextGen Climate, which launched a "war room" earlier this month to target presidential candidates that deny the existence of climate change, said Bush stood out from fellow Republican hopefuls for acknowledging the issue but called on him to offer ideas for tacking the problem. "In the coming weeks, we urge Jeb Bush to outline his specific plan to reduce carbon emissions," the group said in a statement.

04/17/2015 05:07 PM
Kerry to visit Arctic amid concern over ice melt

Secretary of State John Kerry will visit the Arctic Circle next week for key ministerial talks on climate change amid global concerns about rising seas and accelerating ice meltSecretary of State John Kerry will visit the Arctic Circle next week for key ministerial talks on climate change amid global concerns about rising seas and accelerating ice melt. Global warming is happening twice as fast in the Arctic than elsewhere on the planet and many fear not only devastating impacts of warming but also from an influx of people and industry on the pristine environment, wildlife and Inuit culture. Kerry will attend a meeting of the Arctic Council in the northwestern Canadian town of Iqaluit, on Baffin Island. The United States on April 24 formally takes over the two-year rotating membership of the intergovernmental forum -- comprising countries with territory within the Arctic -- Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Russia, Sweden and the United States.

04/17/2015 04:19 PM
India takes 'significant step' in HFC decision: U.S. envoy
By Valerie Volcovici WASHINGTON (Reuters) - India's surprise decision to agree to phase-down the use of a potent greenhouse gas after years of opposition is a "significant step" toward global action to address climate change, the U.S. State Department's climate change envoy said Friday. India on Thursday proposed an amendment to the United Nations' Montreal Protocol, which calls on countries to phase out their use of HFCs, gases used in refrigerators, air conditioners and insulating foams that are a highly potent form of greenhouse gas emissions. India's amendment calls for a 15-year transition period for developing countries to phase down their use of HFCs in appliances.
04/17/2015 01:35 PM
UN weather agency scratches 'Isis' from storm name list
BERLIN (AP) — The United Nations' weather agency has removed "Isis" from a list of future Pacific hurricane names, deeming it inappropriate given that the extremist Islamic State group has used ISIS as an acronym.
04/17/2015 11:19 AM
Climate plans put world on track for warming above agreed limits
By Alister Doyle OSLO (Reuters) - Plans by 34 nations for fighting climate change beyond 2020 would leave the world on track for warming well above the limits agreed with the U.N., and Moscow's strategy is especially weak because it lets Russia's greenhouse gas emissions rise, experts said on Friday. The United States, the 28-nation European Union, Russia, Mexico, Switzerland, Norway and Gabon have so far submitted strategies to the United Nations, meant as the building blocks of a global deal to be agreed in December at a summit in Paris. "We regret that so few ... have been submitted," said Miguel Arias Canete, European Climate Action and Energy Commissioner.
04/17/2015 09:46 AM
Is This Turtle Too Shy to Be Saved From Extinction?

Is This Turtle Too Shy to Be Saved From Extinction?The Western pond turtle may look like it has a permanent smile on its face, but perhaps it should be frowning instead. The turtles have vanished from their historical habitat in British Columbia and are rapidly disappearing in Washington, Oregon, and California, where up to 90 percent of their wetland habitat has been lost to agriculture and development. Last Friday, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service took notice and agreed that the turtle may need protection under the Endangered Species Act. The decision comes in response to a 2012 petition from the Center for Biological Diversity, which argued that habitat loss, disease, invasive species, and climate change have put the turtle on the fast track to extinction.

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