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Oct 30, 2011

Risks remain despite Indonesian forest moratorium: study

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – A two-year ban on new licenses to clear peatlands and primary forests in Indonesia risks being undermined by the small area protected by the scheme and a host of exemptions, shows a review that calls for the program to be revised.

The ban is the centerpiece of an important climate deal with Norway, signed last year, worth up to $1 billion. A major goal is to cut greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation, by far the largest source of emissions in Indonesia.

Oct 26, 2011

Delhi faces high risk from global warming – study

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Rapidly growing megacities in Africa and Asia face the highest risks from rising sea levels, floods and other climate change impacts, says a global survey aimed at guiding city planners and investors.

The study by risk analysis and mapping firm Maplecroft, released on Wednesday, comes as the United Nations says the world’s population will hit seven billion next week and as huge floods inundate areas of Thailand and the capital Bangkok.

Oct 26, 2011

Asia, Africa megacities top climate change risk survey

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Rapidly growing megacities in Africa and Asia face the highest risks from rising sea levels, floods and other climate change impacts, says a global survey aimed at guiding city planners and investors.

The study by risk analysis and mapping firm Maplecroft, released on Wednesday, comes as the United Nations says the world’s population will hit seven billion next week and as huge floods inundate areas of Thailand and the capital Bangkok.

Oct 9, 2011

Solar dimming can trigger freezing winters: study

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – A cyclical drop in the sun’s radiation can trigger unusually cold winters in parts of North America and Europe, scientists say, a finding that could improve long-range forecasts and help countries prepare for blizzards.

Scientists have known for a long time that the sun has an 11-year cycle during which radiation measured by sunspots on the surface reaches a peak then falls. But pinning down a clear link to weather has proved harder.

Oct 2, 2011

World divided on new plan to combat global warming

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – A new plan to curb global warming risks becoming a battleground between rich and poor nations and could struggle to get off the ground as negotiators battle over the fate of the ailing Kyoto climate pact.

The 1997 Kyoto Protocol covers only emissions from rich nations that produce less than a third of mankind’s carbon pollution and its first phase is due to expire end-2012. Poorer nations want it extended, while many rich countries say a broader pact is needed to include all big polluters.

Oct 2, 2011

Analysis: World divided on new plan to combat global warming

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – A new plan to curb global warming risks becoming a battleground between rich and poor nations and could struggle to get off the ground as negotiators battle over the fate of the ailing Kyoto climate pact.

The 1997 Kyoto Protocol covers only emissions from rich nations that produce less than a third of mankind’s carbon pollution and its first phase is due to expire end-2012. Poorer nations want it extended, while many rich countries say a broader pact is needed to include all big polluters.

Sep 28, 2011

Plants take in more CO2 than thought, study finds

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Scientists might be able to predict climate change with more accuracy after discovering that plants consume carbon dioxide 25 percent faster than previously thought.

The finding, by an international team of researchers, could help refine efforts to fight global warming just at a time when U.N. talks are struggling to agree on a broader climate pact that will be the focus of a major meeting in December in South Africa.

Sep 14, 2011

Australia adds opt-in rule for polluters in CO2 scheme

SINGAPORE, Sept 14 (Reuters) – Big fuel users such as
airlines, miners and rail transport firms may opt-in to
Australia’s carbon pricing scheme to help manage their carbon
costs, the government said on Wednesday.

The rule change, included in a suite of carbon pricing laws
introduced into the lower house of parliament on Tuesday, was
made at the request of major companies such as Qantas
to improve risk management.

Sep 13, 2011

Special Report: How Indonesia hurt its climate change project

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – In July 2010, U.S. investor Todd Lemons and Russian energy giant Gazprom believed they were just weeks from winning final approval for a landmark forest preservation project in Indonesia.

A year later, the project is close to collapse, a casualty of labyrinthine Indonesian bureaucracy, opaque laws and a secretive palm oil company.

Aug 24, 2011

How many species on Earth? 8.7 million give or take

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Scientists have yet to discover, or classify, about 90 percent of the plant and animal species on Earth, which is estimated to be home to just under 9 million species, a study says.

The study, published in the open-access journal PLoS Biology on Wednesday, vastly increases the estimated richness of life on the planet. More than 1.2 million species have been formally described and named so far.

    • About David

      "I report on climate policy, climate science and the carbon market (CDM, emissions trading) in Asia. I'm based in Singapore. It's a great story in a fast-growing and fast-changing region. I've been writing about climate change since university in Canberra, where I did a life sciences degree, with a communications major on the side. I started writing science articles for newspapers and, soon after completing my studies, joined as a cadet on The Canberra Times. After a few years there, it was off to London and then Hong Kong."
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