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Economics Nobel winner’s work influenced IPCC report

Coincidentally, one of the two winners of the Nobel Prize for economics was William Nordhaus, whose work has been highly influential on the IPCC report. It draws heavily on Nordhaus’s “integrated assessment models” to show how energy and land use policies impact global warming.

Mammoth IPCC report sounds major climate alarm

The UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) published its intensely awaited global warming report as evidence that it would require heroic efforts by this generation to limit the temperature rise 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels to stave off a climate genocide. In terms of energy policy, this means a $24 trillion shift from coal to clean energy every year until 2035. A group of scientists even believes the report understates the threat.

Big chance for India to shift from coal: IPCC report
The IPCC report gives India a big opportunity to build its cities differently and make a smooth transition from coal, two professors, who were part of the technical support unit of the IPCC said. Campaigners pointed out that India was already being battered by climate extremes  at a little over 1.0 degrees Celsius, therefore 1.5 degrees Celsius will only worsen the situation.

Trump retracts ‘climate change is a hoax’ claim, wants to know ‘which group drew’ the IPCC report

US President Donald Trump retracted his claim that climate change is a hoax, but said the climate will “change back again.” The President’s claim is suspect because according to scientists the planet hasn’t had a cooler-than-average year since 1976. About the dire IPCC report Trump said, “Who drew it, which group drew it.” Experts say his reaction seems to indicate that the President had never heard of the IPCC.

60% districts in India affected by forest fires annually: Report

A new government study says 60% of the country’s districts witness man-made forest fires annually, and the number of forest fires may rise due to climate change. India plans to add a carbon sink of 2.5 to 3 billion tonnes of CO2 through additional forest cover by 2030.

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