Study: Integrating satellite and socioeconomic data to improve climate change policy

University of Illinois Re-Blogged From EurekAlert

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IMAGE: Atul Jain led a study that used a combination of satellite and census data to identify deforestation and expanding saltwater farming as the key physical and socioeconomic drivers of climate… view more 

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India’s Massive, Scary New Detention Camps, Explained

By – Re-Blogged From Vox

The Indian government stripped citizenship from 2 million people, mostly Muslims. Now it wants to put them in camps.

Four people sit at a table in front of an ornate window in India.
People check their names on the final list of the National Register of Citizens in an office in Assam.
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Wary of China, Modi Courts India’s Neighbors

Re-Blogged From Stratfor
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  • China’s Belt and Road Initiative will compel India to deepen its engagement with its neighbors under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “Neighborhood First” policy, as peripheral nations in South Asia seek to maximize their benefits from the competition between Beijing and New Delhi.
  • Because India wishes to maintain its regional influence to guarantee national security, it will prioritize investment and diplomatic overtures to countries like the Maldives, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Nepal and Bangladesh.
  • But as India seeks to cultivate its influence on the periphery, it will find it difficult to compete with China and its Belt and Road Initiative given Beijing’s superior access to capital through state-owned enterprises.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Maldivian President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih shake hands before a meeting on Dec. 17, 2018, in New Delhi.
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Life-Saving Golden Rice Finally Gets to Poor Farmers Despite Environmentalist Opposition

By Ronald Bailey – Re-Blogged From Reason

Bangladesh announces that it will allow its farmers to plant this genetically improved crop

Golden Rice which has been genetically engineered to have higher levels of the vitamin A precursor beta-carotene is finally about be to approved for planting by poor farmers in Bangladesh. This a big step toward improving the health of some of the poorest people on the planet. Vitamin A deficiency causes blindness in between 250,000 and 500,000 children each year, half of whom die within 12 months, according to the World Health Organization. A study by German researchers in 2014 estimated that activist opposition to the deployment of Golden Rice has resulted in the loss of 1.4 million life-years in just India alone.

Environmentalist ideologues have fought fiercely for two decades to prevent this crop from being offered to poor farmers in developing countries. Among other things, they hired thugs to rip up test fields of the grain at the International Rice Research Institute in the Phillippines.

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Paris Agreement Fan Laments Massive Fossil Fuel Powered Industrialisation in Bangladesh

By Eric Worrall – Re-Blogged From WUWT

Greens attacking Bangladeshis for trying to build a better future for their children.

From Paris to Bangladesh, how the climate change accord is imploding

By Divya Rajagopal

The onslaught of a new power plant on the fragile ecology of the Sunderbans is fresh proof of the futility of climate reforms. A ground report from ET.

Until two years ago, 28-year-old Sajjad Hossain Tuhin, a student of forestry, would walk up to the banks of the River Rupsa in Khulna, Bangladesh, to capture the moment of dusk, when the setting sun left the sky lit up like fireworks. In romantic Bengali literature, it is described as the moment to catch a glimpse of a new bride. But Tuhin doesn’t do this anymore. The sun now sets behind the boundary of an upcoming LNG power plant. The banks of the Rupsa are astir with vehicles ferrying rocks and cement to speed up the completion of the plant that will fire up Bangladesh’s economic growth.

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Coal Demand and Prices Surge… As Do U.S. Coal Exports!

By David Middleton – Re-Blogged From http://www.WattsUpWithThat.com

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Coal prices are on the rise again. With benchmark rates in Australia up over 30 percent since July — approaching the $100/t mark that prevailed in November 2016 after a massive run-up last year.

And a number of events the past week show that things could get even more heated in coal over the coming months.

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New List of Extreme Weather Mortality Events Shows Events of the Past Were Worse Than Today

By Anthony Watts – Re-Blogged From http://www.WattsUpWithThat.com

Measuring the human impact of weather – WMO issues new records of weather impacts in terms of lives lost

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The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has announced today world records for the highest reported historical death tolls from tropical cyclones, tornadoes, lightning and hailstorms. It marks the first time the official WMO Archive of Weather and Climate Extremes has broadened its scope from strictly temperature and weather records to address the impacts of specific events.

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