climate change

Climate Deal Comes One Step Closer to Effect at United Nations

By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS, Sept 21  – An agreement to fight global warming came one step closer to taking effect on Wednesday when dozens of countries deposited their ratification of the deal at the United Nations, taking the total to 60, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said. The deal, agreed by nearly 200 countries in

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More Than 100 Feared Dead in India Heat Wave

By Jatindra Dash and Syed Raza Hassan BHUBANESWAR, India/KARACHI, Pakistan, April 21 – More than 100 people are feared dead in India in an early-summer heat wave which forced schools to close and halted outdoor work like construction, government officials said on Thursday. Neighbouring Pakistan, which suffered its hottest spell in decades last year, plans

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Witnessing OPEC’s Demise

BY Dr. Nasser Saidi With oil prices down by some 70 percent from mid-2014 and touching multi-year lows, economies across the globe are gradually adjusting to the New Oil Normal and the massive transfer of real income from oil producers to oil consumers, with Middle East oil exporters losing $390 billion in export revenues in

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U.N. Panel to Study a Cap on Global Warming That May Be Out of Reach

By Alister Doyle and Nina Chestney OSLO/LONDON, April 11 – Top climate scientists will launch a study this week of how hard it would be to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 Fahrenheit), although many of them fear it might be too late to reach that level. The world’s average surface temperatures reached

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Nations Seek Rapid Ratification of Paris Climate Deal, 4-Year Lock

By Alister Doyle OSLO, April 10  – Many nations are pushing for swift ratification of a Paris agreement to slow climate change and lock it in place for four years before a change in the White House next year that might bring a weakening of Washington’s long-term commitment. More than 130 nations with 60 leaders

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Can Imams Drive Action on Climate Change in Pakistan?

By Saleem Shaikh ISLAMABAD, March 31 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Imams and other religious leaders are an under-used means of pushing action to combat climate change, experts and religious scholars say. Religious leaders have the moral standing to call on people and businesses to consider the environmental impact of their activities and take a bigger

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Climate Impact Predicted to Cause 500,000 Extra Deaths in 2050

By Magdalena Mis LONDON, March 3 – Climate change could cause significant changes to global diets, leading to more than half a million extra deaths in 2050 from illnesses such as stroke, cancer and heart disease, experts said on Wednesday. As extreme weather such as floods and heat waves wreaks havoc with harvests and crop yields,

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Grain Elevator

Scientists are genetically modifying rice to withstand the ravages of climate change BY Oscar Lopez “I’ve never had so many students want to take part in a project,” says Jane Langdale. “They want to save the world.” Langdale, a professor of plant development at the University of Oxford, is part of a team of scientists

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Weather-Weary Indian Farmers Resort to New Cash Crop: Blood

By Shuriah Niazi JHANSI, India, Feb 17 – Karna, a farmer from Badgaon village in northern India, has few options but to sell his blood for money, after persistent drought left him unable to live off his land. The farmer, now 60, began commuting an hour and a half from his village to Jhansi town

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Climate Change Summit Forges Landmark Accord

By Alister Doyle and Barbara Lewis PARIS, Dec 13 – The global climate summit in Paris forged a landmark agreement on Saturday, setting the course for a historic transformation of the world’s fossil fuel-driven economy within decades in a bid to arrest global warming. After four years of fraught U.N. talks often pitting the interests

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