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IPCC report shows action on climate change is critical

IPCC report shows action on climate change is critical | climate change | Scoop.it
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change just released the first of four chapters of its Fifth Assessment Report.
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Renewable Energy projects in India: Not a “Holy cow”! (Watch This! #5) - Carbon Market Watch

Renewable Energy projects in India: Not a “Holy cow”! (Watch This! #5) - Carbon Market Watch | climate change | Scoop.it
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The Himalayan Times : Sustainable development: Banking on an energy mix - Detail News : Nepal News Portal

The Himalayan Times : Sustainable development: Banking on an energy mix - Detail News : Nepal News Portal | climate change | Scoop.it
It is shocking to learn that there are people who pay more than Rs. 200 per month to light a 5W CFL lamp powered from the community generators during load shedding hours in Kathmandu. The cost of electricity in such schemes is Rs.
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BBC Nature - Adaptations and behaviours

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Excellent overview of animal and plant adaptations and behaviours. Contains short descriptions and links to videos.

 


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LOOK: Is This The Future Of Indoor Gardening?

LOOK: Is This The Future Of Indoor Gardening? | climate change | Scoop.it
Vertical gardens seem to be all the rage these days. We can't necessarily blame the trend for being so popular, considering they save on space, occupy an otherwise empty wall and can even anchor a room, in some cases.

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Mangrove in India

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Mangrove in India - Informative & researched article on Mangrove in India from Indianetzone, the largest free encyclopedia on India.
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Solar plane inspiration for sustainable development: UN chief - Zee News

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Zee News Solar plane inspiration for sustainable development: UN chief Zee News Solar plane inspiration for sustainable development: UN chief United Nations: Applauding the first cross US journey of the solar-powered plane, UN Secretary General Ban...
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Sustainable Development Starts With Children, Youth & Women - Scoop.co.nz (press release)

Sustainable Development Starts With Children, Youth & Women - Scoop.co.nz (press release) | climate change | Scoop.it
Sustainable Development Starts With Children, Youth & Women Scoop.co.nz (press release) First, the progress of children, youth and women is a major driver of sustainable development; second, children, youth and women are stakeholders in a...
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A brief history of climate change

A brief history of climate change | climate change | Scoop.it
BBC News environment correspondent Richard Black traces key milestones, scientific discoveries, technical innovations and political action.
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BioEnergy in India

BIOENERGY IN INDIAPrepared for International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) by The Energy and Resourc
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How big data can reduce our carbon footprint | BigDateStartups.com

How big data can reduce our carbon footprint | BigDateStartups.com | climate change | Scoop.it

Since the invention of the steam-machine in the 17th century we have come a long way in our energy supply and usage. We have created worldwide energy networks that deliver electricity to 75% of the world.

 

Due to big data we can now take the next step in the evolution of energy. Big data can turn the existing old energy network into smart networks that understand individual energy consumption. This will increase efficiencies, lower prices and reduce our carbon footprint.

 

In the (near) future, more and more appliances will have sensors. These sensors enable bi-directional communication between energy companies, smart meters and appliances in homes. When all appliances are connected to the internet via sensors, the energy consumption of individual devices can be monitored and adjusted if needed. More and more energy organisations are developing smart meters that already record consumption of electric energy in intervals. This information is returned to the energy company and it enables energy companies to understand and predict energy demand. It is only a matter of time before this is possible in real-time.

 

When more devices have sensors, products will be able to talk to each other as well as to the different networks. This will help energy companies to better understand and manage the energy utilization across their network. This is especially useful and important for the future of electric cars. Energy grids will not be able to cope with the peak in demand when consumers get home after work and plugin their electric cars all together. The more devices that have sensors and can talk to the energy network, the better energy companies can manage the distribution of energy across its network.

 

A true smart grid, however, is still far away. According to Bob Metcalfe (co-inventor of the Ethernet), a smart grid can deliver “squanderable abundance of cheap and clean energy.” He has created a vision for an internet-influenced smart grid called “Enernet”.

 

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Agricultural productivity and greenhouse gas emissions: trade-offs or synergies between mitigation and food security? - IOPscience

Agricultural productivity and greenhouse gas emissions: trade-offs or synergies between mitigation and food security? - IOPscience | climate change | Scoop.it

In this letter, we investigate the effects of crop yield and livestock feed efficiency scenarios on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from agriculture and land use change in developing countries. We analyze mitigation associated with different productivity pathways using the global partial equilibrium model GLOBIOM. Our results confirm that yield increase could mitigate some agriculture-related emissions growth over the next decades. Closing yield gaps by 50% for crops and 25% for livestock by 2050 would decrease agriculture and land use change emissions by 8% overall, and by 12% per calorie produced. However, the outcome is sensitive to the technological path and which factor benefits from productivity gains: sustainable land intensification would increase GHG savings by one-third when compared with a fertilizer intensive pathway. Reaching higher yield through total factor productivity gains would be more efficient on the food supply side but halve emissions savings due to a strong rebound effect on the demand side. Improvement in the crop or livestock sector would have different implications: crop yield increase would bring the largest food provision benefits, whereas livestock productivity gains would allow the greatest reductions in GHG emission. Combining productivity increases in the two sectors appears to be the most efficient way to exploit mitigation and food security co-benefits.


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Raj Parmar's comment, August 8, 2013 1:07 PM
what do you think about mitigating climate change along with fighting food security, possible?
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Raj, climate change and food security are inextricably connected. Agricultural activity is an enormous source of carbon pollution. Food systems must become more resilient and more sustainable. Plant breeding can go a long way toward the development of resilient sustainable agricultural systems, but of course food security is more complex than food production. I have hope in the possibilities.
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BBC Nature - Adaptations and behaviours

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We really, really want one of these gorgeous human-sized bird’s nests

We really, really want one of these gorgeous human-sized bird’s nests | climate change | Scoop.it
These "spirits nests" are often made out of Eucalyptus wood.

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Energy-Related CO2 Emissions Rose To Record High In 2012

Energy-Related CO2 Emissions Rose To Record High In 2012 | climate change | Scoop.it
STOCKHOLM (AP) — The world's energy-related carbon dioxide emissions rose 1.4 percent in 2012 to a record high of 31.6 billion tons, even though the U.S. posted its lowest emissions since the mid-1990s, the International Energy Agency said Monday.

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FirstEnergy's coal footprint declining - Pittsburgh Business Times (blog)

FirstEnergy's coal footprint declining - Pittsburgh Business Times (blog) | climate change | Scoop.it
FirstEnergy's coal footprint declining
Pittsburgh Business Times (blog)
And it's not likely to get any better for coal-fired plants, at least in FirstEnergy's footprint.
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Global Carbon Footprint by Country | IndexMundi Blog

Global Carbon Footprint by Country | IndexMundi Blog | climate change | Scoop.it
carbon footprint by country This original visualization by Stanford Kay shows total carbon emissions by country. Using different colors to differentiate each region, the size of the circle depicts the carbon footprint of each country ...
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