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Seemingly unfazed at being ousted from the Asian Athletics Association, scam-tainted Suresh Kalmadi on Monday said losing the presidential re-election bid to Qatar’s Dahlan Jumaan Al-Hamad has actually given him a chance to work at the “grassroots” level.
“I have no issues today and I congratulate Mr Al-Hamad for being elected as President. I am rather relieved that I will be able to work at the grassroots level in athletics,” Mr. Kalmadi said after losing the vote during the ongoing AAA Congress in Pune.

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New World Bank report warns of 'four degree hotter planet this century'

Monday - Nov 19, 2012, 02:36pm (GMT+5.5)
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Sydney - The planet is on track to warm by four degrees Celsius this century, the World Bank has warned.

The bank further warned that the increase in temperature will result in increasingly extreme heat waves, lower crop yields and rising sea levels, unless significant action is taken to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

The bank said that changes associated with four degrees of warming would have dramatic and devastating effects on all parts of the world, but that the poor would be most vulnerable, The Sydney Morning Herald reports.

"A 4°C world is likely to be one in which communities, cities and countries would experience severe disruptions, damage, and dislocation, with many of these risks spread unequally," the report titled 'Turn Down the Heat', said.

The report, also said that if the world experiences four degrees of warming it would see a 150 per cent increase in ocean acidity, leading to the extinction of some sensitive coral reef ecosystems.

It will also result in sea-level rise of 0.5 to 1 metres by 2100, with more in following centuries, affecting low-lying islands and coastal communities, it added.

The warnings come as nations meet in Doha, Qatar next week for the next major round of international climate change negotiations.





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