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New MSc Environment, Politics and Development

By Wed, Mar 26, 2014 12:44AM UTC Comments Off Northern Thailand

  SOAS, University of London launches an exciting new MSc programme in Environment, Politics and Development. Taught by leading political ecologists, the MSc offers a critical analysis of key contemporary issues including water, forestry, climate, fisheries, agricultural production, biodiversity, conflicts and energy supply. The programme explores challenging questions, including: • How does the environment intersect...

UN says 2013 ‘extreme events’ due to warming earth

By Tue, Mar 25, 2014 10:29AM UTC Comments Off Typhoon Haiyan survivors walk through the ruins in the streets of Tacloban in November last year. Pic: AP.

GENEVA (AP) — The U.N. weather agency blames human impact on the global climate for much of last year's extreme weather that wreaked havoc in Asia and the Pacific region and in Europe. The World Meteorological Organization's annual assessment says 2013 was the sixth-warmest year on record. Thirteen of the 14 warmest years have occurred in the 21st century....

Australia’s carbon tax repeal faces major hurdle

By Mon, Mar 03, 2014 5:56PM UTC Comments Off Australia's carbon tax puts price on industrial carbon emissions.

When Australia’s Prime Minister Tony Abbott won the election last year his priority agenda included the repeal of the carbon tax laws put in place by the previous government. Following his oath-taking, he wasted no time abolishing the Australian Climate Council. Climate-related projects introduced by the Labor Government were scheduled to be scrapped shortly after. On Monday, his Government’s...

Australia dumps carbon tax, snubs Warsaw climate summit

By Fri, Nov 08, 2013 3:40PM UTC 8 Comments The Coalition Government of Tony Abbott (middle) to repeal the carbon tax. (Photo: Courrier Mail)

It is official: Australia’s new government denies global warming.  The Coalition Government will not send its environment minister to the 19th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 19) at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) which will kick off  in Warsaw, Poland from 11-22 November 2013. Environment Minister Greg Hunt will stay at home...

Australia: Abbott dumps climate watchdog, deniers rejoice

By Fri, Sep 20, 2013 4:32PM UTC 5 Comments Australia's new Prime Minister Tony Abbott attends the first meeting of the full ministry at Parliament House in Canberra, Wednesday. Pic: AP.

Climate deniers are rejoicing over the abolition of Australia’s Climate Commission, along with the sacking of its commissioner, Professor Tim Flannery. New Prime Minister Tony Abbott wasted no time in disbanding the nation’s climate watchdog on Thursday in order to deliver his election promise right after he was sworn into office. Plans to scrap other climate-related...

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