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Spain hosts WMO Sand and Dust Storm Operational Centre

New Delhi (ABC Live): The World Meteorological Organization has been established a new international centre to improve predictions and provide operational forecasts of sand and dust storms which have a major impact on the economy, the environment and people’s health and which are expected to worsen as a result of climate change and land degradation. The Barcelona Dust Forecast Centre was …

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Himachal Pradesh Gets World Bank US$ 100 Million Loan for Sustainable Development

New Delhi (ABC Live):Credit Agreement for World Bank DPL Loan of US$ 100 million for promoting Inclusive Growth and Sustainable Development has been signed between the Government of India, the World Bank and the Government of Himachal Pradesh here today. This Agreement was signed by Ms. Usha Titus, Joint Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs on behalf of the Government of India and …

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UNFCCC Meets in Bonn to Plan Action on Urban Environment, Land Use

Bonn (ABC Live): The second round of climate change negotiations in 2014 is taking place from 4 to 15 June in Bonn, encompassing the fortieth sessions of the subsidiary bodies SBI and SBSTA, as well as the resumed second session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP). For the first time at a June …

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Feels Climate Change Impact in Greenland Visit

26 March 2014 (ABC Live): UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon saw first-hand the impacts of climate change during a visit today to Greenland, where the melting of ice sheets is accelerating. “I am just overwhelmed by the majestic beauty of this great land, with over 2 million square kilometres of ice cap and with such vast land covered with snow and ice – …

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China, India Releases Joint Study Report on in Low Carbon Development

New Delhi (ABC Live): China and India, two of the top three carbon emitters in the world, have released a joint report on the practical measures that can be taken to address climate change. A new collaborative report has provided practical recommendations for greater cooperation between China and India in addressing climate change. “The China India Low Carbon Study,” the …

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Contracting Parties to the Convention on Nuclear Safety Endorses Action Plan on Nuclear Safety

Vienna (ABC Live): The Sixth Review Meeting of the Contracting Parties (CPs) to the Convention on Nuclear Safety (CNS) commenced at the IAEA Headquarters in Vienna on Monday, 24 March 2014. For the next two weeks (24 March to 4 April 2014), the Contracting Parties to the Convention on Nuclear Safety will report on the implementation of their obligations under the Convention and will discuss how …

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WMO Releases Extreme Weather Data for December, January, February

New Delhi (ABC Live): The recently ended meteorological summer/winter (December, January, February) witnessed many extreme weather conditions. The World Meteorological Organization has put together a compilation of highlights, based on reports from National Meteorological and Hydrological Services and WMO Regional Climate Centres. This round-up is meant to serve as an information guide and is in response to media enquiries. It …

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Atmospheric Carbon dioxide All Set to Remain above 400 ppm during 2014

New Delhi (ABC Live): Last year, atmospheric carbon dioxide briefly crossed 400 parts per million for the first time in human history. However, it didn’t cross that threshold until mid-May. This year’s first 400 ppm reading came a full two months earlier this past week and the seeming inexorable upward march is likely to race past another milestone next month. …

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World Meteorological Organization Signs MoUs with UNITAR, EUMETNET

New Delhi (ABC Live):The World Meteorological Organization and the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) have agreed to boost cooperation as part of a wider international initiative to strengthen links between providers and users of climate services as well as the education and research community. The two organizations signed a Memorandum of Understanding on 7 March to strengthen …

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India to Assist Sudan for Promoting Renewable Energy

New Delhi (ABC Live):Union Minister of New and Renewable Energy, Dr. Farooq Abdullah held a bilateral meeting for promoting cooperation in renewable energy with a delegation from Sudan. The Sudanese delegaton was led by Mr Al Simah Al Siddiq Al Nour, Minister of Industry. He along with other members including Mr Magdi Hassan Yasin, State Minister of Finance and National …

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