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Mar 23, 2014

Climate change to disrupt food supplies, brake growth – UN draft

OSLO (Reuters) – Global warming will disrupt food supplies, slow world economic growth and may already be causing irreversible damage to nature, according to a U.N. report due this week that will put pressure on governments to act.

A 29-page draft by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) will also outline many ways to adapt to rising temperatures, more heat waves, floods and rising seas.

Mar 21, 2014

Rising energy demand a threat to strained water supplies – UN

OSLO, March 21 (Reuters) – Rising demand for energy, from
biofuels to shale gas, is a threat to freshwater supplies that
are already under strain from climate change, the United Nations
said in a report on Friday.

It urged energy companies to do more to limit use of water
in everything from cooling coal-fired power plants to irrigation
for crops grown to produce biofuels.

Mar 9, 2014

Four new gases that harm ozone layer found, despite bans- study

OSLO, March 9 (Reuters) – Scientists have detected four new
man-made gases that damage the Earth’s protective ozone layer,
despite bans on almost all production of similar gases under a
1987 treaty, a study showed on Sunday.

The experts were trying to pinpoint industrial sources of
tiny traces of the new gases, perhaps used in making pesticides
or refrigerants, that were found in Greenland’s ice and in air
samples in Tasmania, Australia.

Mar 5, 2014

U.N. says China, US climate cooperation raises hopes for global deal

LONDON/OSLO (Reuters) – Closer cooperation between China and the United States, the top two greenhouse gas emitters, on combating global warming is boosting prospects for a U.N. deal meant to be agreed next year, the U.N.’s climate chief said on Wednesday.

Christiana Figueres also said a “global transformation” of the economy was needed to fight climate change and that time was short if nations were serious about the end-2015 deadline. Little progress has been made so far in negotiations since 2012.

Mar 3, 2014

Global diets get more similar in threat to food security: study

OSLO (Reuters) – Increasing similarity in diets worldwide is a threat to health and food security with many people forsaking traditional crops such as cassava, sorghum or millet, an international study showed on Monday.

The report, which said it detailed for the first time the convergence in crops towards a universal diet in more than 150 nations since the 1960s, showed rises for foods including wheat, rice, soybeans and sunflower.

Feb 27, 2014

Global warming slowdown likely to be brief – science academies

OSLO (Reuters) – A slowdown in the pace of global warming so far this century is likely to be only a pause in a longer-term trend of rising temperatures, the science academies of the United States and Britain said on Thursday.

Since an exceptionally warm 1998, there has been “a short-term slowdown in the warming of Earth’s surface,” Britain’s Royal Society and the U.S. National Academy of Sciences said in a report.

Feb 27, 2014

Global warming slowdown likely to be brief: U.S., UK science bodies

OSLO (Reuters) – A slowdown in the pace of global warming so far this century is likely to be only a pause in a longer-term trend of rising temperatures, the science academies of the United States and Britain said on Thursday.

Since an exceptionally warm 1998, there has been “a short-term slowdown in the warming of Earth’s surface,” Britain’s Royal Society and the U.S. National Academy of Sciences said in a report.

Feb 26, 2014

Heat extremes increase despite global warming hiatus: scientists

OSLO (Reuters) – Hot weather extremes have increased around the world in the past 15 years despite a slowdown in the overall pace of global warming, a study showed on Wednesday.

Heat extremes are among the damaging impacts of climate change as they can raise death rates, especially among the elderly, damage food crops and strain everything from water to energy supplies.

Feb 23, 2014

Global warming won’t cut winter deaths as hoped: UK study

OSLO (Reuters) – Global warming will fail to reduce high winter death rates as some officials have predicted because there will be more harmful weather extremes even as it gets less cold, a British study showed on Sunday.

A draft U.N. report due for publication next month says that, overall, climate change will harm human health, but adds:

Feb 23, 2014

Sun-dimming volcanoes partly explain global warming hiatus-study

OSLO (Reuters) – Small volcanic eruptions help explain a hiatus in global warming this century by dimming sunlight and offsetting a rise in emissions of heat-trapping gases to record highs, a study showed on Sunday.

Eruptions of at least 17 volcanoes since 2000, including Nabro in Eritrea, Kasatochi in Alaska and Merapi in Indonesia, ejected sulfur whose sun-blocking effect had been largely ignored until now by climate scientists, it said.