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International Climate Adaptation Business Challenge – Submit your idea before 1 May! Impacts of climate change are already happening. How do we adapt? Adapting to climate change offers new opportunities for business and innovative entrepreneurs. The Dutch research programme Knowledge for Climate and EU climate innovation initiative Climate-KIC want to stimulate new climate business. Therefore they organise the second edition of the Climate Adaptation Business Challenge. The challenge is open to anybody with an innovative idea or interest in contributing to new climate business.
Knowledge for Climate and Climate-KIC, Wednesday 26 March 2014
Future heat waves pose risk for population of Greater London The effects of future heat waves on people living in Greater London in 2050 has been modeled in a study, which concludes that the risk of heat-related deaths could be significantly reduced if buildings were adapted properly for climate change. The model, which takes into account future changes to urban land use and human-made heat emissions, estimates an additional 800 heat-related deaths per year by 2050. / University of Oxford, Friday 18 April 2014
Innovative tools help communities, development practitioners and government officials build food systems resilient to climate change As the potentially disastrous effects of climate change become more apparent, the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) has developed two innovative tools to help communities and decision-makers around the world measure and safeguard the resilience of their food systems in the face of such change and uncertainty.
IISD, Tuesday 15 April 2014
'High speed mitigation train needs to leave the station,' concludes long-awaited UN climate report Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed the findings of a long-awaited United Nations report on the mitigation of climate change released earlier today in Berlin and urged all countries “to act swiftly and boldly” to reach a “global, ambitious and legal agreement in 2015.”
UN News Centre, Sunday 13 April 2014
Agriculture's greenhouse gas emissions on the rise, warns UN agency From farming to forestry and fisheries, agriculture greenhouse emissions have nearly doubled over the past 50 years and may increase by another 30 per cent by 2050, according to new estimates out today from the FAO.
UN News Centre, Friday 11 April 2014
Climate models underestimate costs to future generations Future generations will have to pay more for today's carbon emissions than what governments across the world currently understand. The climate models used by policymakers around the world to estimate the economic and social costs of CO2 emissions have to be improved according to experts. / University of Gothenburg, Tuesday 8 April 2014
The tiniest greenhouse gas emitters: Climate feedbacks from decomposition by soil microbes less dire than previously thought Climate feedbacks from decomposition by soil microbes are one of the biggest uncertainties facing climate modelers. A new study from the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) and the University of Vienna shows that these feedbacks may be less dire than previously thought. / International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, Monday 7 April 2014
UN climate report: Pricing of carbon dioxide emissions critical Despite climate change, most polluters still pay little or nothing when they release carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. A cost $0.15 US per kilo of carbon dioxide would be enough to solve the whole climate change problem, says an expert. / UN, Friday 4 April 2014
Scientists unmask the climate uncertainty monster Increasing uncertainty in the climate system compels a greater urgency for climate change mitigation, according to new research. Scientists have shown that as uncertainty in the temperature increase expected with a doubling of carbon dioxide from pre-industrial levels rises, so do the economic damages of increased climate change. Greater uncertainty also increases the likelihood of exceeding 'safe' temperature limits and the probability of failing to reach mitigation targets. The authors highlight this with the case of future sea level, as larger uncertainty in sea level rise requires greater precautionary action to manage flood risk. / University of Bristol, Friday 4 April 2014
Equality is key to effective climate change adaptation Climate change adaptation measures could improve the security of some groups of society at the expense of others, a new study concludes. Climate change adaptation policies should be based on genuine democracy and investment must be fairly distributed, to ensure that all at-risk groups benefit equally, its authors recommend.
"Science for Environment Policy": European Commission DG Environment News Alert Service, Thursday 3 April 2014
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