Climate change is affecting Antarctica’s penguin population

ANTARCTICA: 5 MAY 2017: Climate change is affecting Antarctica’s penguin population, which is reducing rapidly, especially in regions where the impact of global warming is felt the most. The population is expected to plummet by 60 percent at the end of this century. The main reason for their plummeting population is the warming of sea water. Even though the penguins cannot survive extremely cold temperatures, the warmer places too cannot let them live, explain experts, relying on global climate model projections and satellite data for their study. About 30 percent of Adélie colonies in Antarctica may be wiped out by 2060, and 60 percent by 2099.

Climate change warming Asian waters, altering monsoon

NEW DELHI: 1 MAY 2017:  Each year as temperatures rise across India, farmers look to the sky and pray for rain. The all-important monsoon forecast becomes a national priority, with more than 70% of India’s 1.25 billion citizens engaged in agriculture and relying on weather predictions to decide when they will sow their seeds and harvest their crops. But getting the forecast right remains a challenge, thanks to the complex – and still poorly understood – ways in which South Asia’s monsoon rains are influenced by everything from atmospheric and ocean temperatures to air quality and global climate trends. And it’s only getting harder to figure out, scientists say, as the monsoon becomes increasingly erratic. A new study released on Friday in the journal Science Advances helps clear up a bit of the mystery, by showing that man-made climate change is responsible for most of the change seen in ocean surface temperatures near the equator across Asia, which in turn affect regional rainfall patterns including the Indian monsoon. By showing that link, the study indicates future ocean warming in the region, which could in turn increase the amount of rainfall during monsoons, strengthen cyclones and increase precipitation over East Asia.

ECLAC wants continued development assistance to middle-income countries in the Caribbean

 SANTIAGO, Chile, 2 MAY 2017: The Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), Alicia Bárcena, says middle-income countries in the region should continue receiving official development assistance (ODA) to be able to make progress on closing the gaps that persist in diverse areas. In addressing the Latin America and Caribbean Dialogue on Development Cooperation here, Bárcena said development levels should be evaluated using a comprehensive approach and not solely on the basis of per capita income. In a presentation on the role of cooperation in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in Latin America and the Caribbean, Bárcena said that 28 of the region’s 33 countries are considered to be middle income according to their per capita income levels. She, however, said “notable disparities remain with regard to other development variables, both among nations and within each of them.”“It is not possible to equate a country’s income level with its development level, which implies evaluating other gaps,” said Bárcena, alluding to differences in terms of poverty and inequality, investment and savings, infrastructure, productivity and innovation, education, health and social security, financing and taxation, gender equality and environmental sustainability, among others.

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