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Global Warming and Consequences: a Global conspiracy?

The skeptics contend that uncertainties do not warrant alarm or huge investments to launch a transition away from fossil fuels.

Aishwarya Gupta

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Although the consequences of global warming are painfully vivid, some scholars still question whether it requires urgent action. In January, a group of scientists, including those from the United States, Australia, France and the Netherlands, summarized reasons for their skepticism and opposition to findings of the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

The skeptics contend that uncertainties do not warrant alarm or huge investments to launch a transition away from fossil fuels.

They insist that evidence is lacking to show the world is warming. Citing research of William D. Nordhaus, Yale professor of economics, they maintain that delaying action on climate change for 50 years would impose no serious economic consequences and could even offer benefits to less developed nations as they catch up with developed economies. In part one of this YaleGlobal series, Nordhaus responds to the essay, pointing out faults in the skeptics’ review of climate modeling, temperature trends and basic cost-benefit analysis.

The skeptics contend that uncertainties do not warrant alarm or huge investments to launch a transition away from fossil fuels.

Nordhaus counters that taking steps to slow climate change won’t result in economic catastrophe, concluding,

“The claim that cap-and-trade legislation or carbon taxes would be ruinous to our society does not stand up to serious economic analysis.”

– YaleGlobal

via Global Warming Is Real And Has Consequences – Part I.

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Southeast Asia has emerged as a hot spot for plastic pollution because of rapid urbanization and a rising middle class , whose consumption of plastic products and packaging is growing due to their convenience and versatility.

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Diamonds are forever but “James Bond Island” in Phang Nga Bay may not

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Thailand’s Department of Mineral Resources will assess the stability of the limestone karst towers, which make up the chain of islands, after several similar rock formations, in both the Gulf of Thailand and the Andaman Sea, have collapsed.

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Climate Change: how Asia-Pacific will affect the whole planet

Pursuing a green recovery in the aftermath of COVID-19 might sound daunting, but it’s actually a great opportunity to direct recovery spending into stimulating sustainable jobs and growth and fight climate change.

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Forget the poetic flap of a butterfly’s wings in Beijing causing rain in Central Park. Climate change issues in Asia-Pacific are measured in superlatives. The world’s biggest population. Two of the three largest carbon dioxide-emitting countries and the largest share of emissions globally.

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