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Government Admits Hydropower Projects Aggravated 2013 Uttarakhand Floods

The Centre on Monday admitted for the first time that hydropower projects had “direct and indirect impact in the aggravation of floods” that hit Uttarakhand in 2013, killing hundreds and leaving thousands homeless. It also said that the projects caused “irreversible damage” to the environment and enhanced landslides and other disasters. Filing its affidavit in

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News

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UNEP Climate Action Report Released at COP20

The 8th edition of Climate Action, supported by UNEP, was launched at COP20 in Lima last week with ministers of environment, heads of key UN bodies and leaders of the world’s top NGO’s participating. The publication was first launched in Bali for the UN Climate Change Conference in December 2007 (COP13) as a platform for

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How Much Should be Invested to Beat Climate Change?

Last week’s climate conference in Lima ended with countries agreeing to a framework for setting national pledges to be submitted next year. Although viewed by some as a compromise, the Lima agreement sets the stage for a global deal when the Paris climate conference is held in 2015. How much investment would be needed to

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Taiwan’s UNFCCC Partaking Scores Great Results

The ROC is deeply concerned with global negotiations on climate change issues, and will respond to related developments in a timely manner, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Dec. 16. “Although Taiwan is not a member of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the country is committed to joining international efforts and

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Nations’ Climate Laws Key to Global Pact

The annual United Nations climate summit of 194 nations finally finished in overtime on Sunday. The modest agreement reached averted the talks’ collapse and keeps the process alive. However, while a deal was concluded, including agreement for the first time that all countries (not just developed states) must cut greenhouse gas emissions, many of the hard

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UN Chief Positive After Lima Climate Conference

Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations, has hailed the outcome of the Lima climate conference that concluded on the weekend in Peru and praised officials for setting the groundwork for a binding agreement to be reached in Paris next year 2015, according to a UN statement. The annual UN Climate Change Conference, also known

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Deal on Climate Change

On Sunday, two days into overtime after a fortnight of talks that at one point seemed almost on the verge of collapse, some 190 countries agreed on the building blocks of a new-style global deal, due in 2015, to combat the phenomenon. China and India, which had expressed concern over earlier drafts of the deal

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Why Aren’t Climate Models Better at Predicting Arctic Sea ice Loss?

Climate models generally do a poor job of capturing how rising temperatures in the Arctic are affecting sea ice. Most underestimate the rapid pace at which sea ice is diminishing. Why is that? Scientists at the massive science conference hosted by the American Geophysical Union (AGU) taking place now in San Francisco have been discussing

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Adaptation Ideas

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Cities Could be the Secret to Fighting Climate Change

The world’s population could reach almost 10 billion by 2050. Most people will live in cities. To accommodate an additional 3 billion people, we’ll need to build the equivalent of one new city, that can support one million people, every five days between now and 2050. Currently cities consume 78% of the world’s energy and

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Bhutan

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A Conference Expands the Debate Over Hydropower in Bhutan

Hydropower is the mainstay of the Bhutanese economy, but how is the country moving ahead in its development? Is the present method of constructing hydropower projects conducive to economic development? Does it make sense for Bhutan to build 10,000 megawatts of hydropower by 2020, as some have suggested? These were some of the questions that

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India

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Yet another depressing charade played out at Lima, Peru, where the 20th conference of the parties (COP) to the United Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) concluded on December 14, with a 43-page negotiating text, with several alternative formulations for virtually every provision. It is unlikely that, within the deadline set by the Paris COP

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Nepal

THT 10 YEARS AGO: ADB Loan for Women Empowerment

Asian Development Bank (ADB) will promote greater economic, social, legal, and political empowerment of poor rural women in Nepal, particularly those from ethnic minorities and lower castes, through a $10 million loan approved today, states a press release issued here today. The loan, for the Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women Project, will target women

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Pakistan

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‘Regional Cooperation Critical for Development’

“Regional governments should not only focus on economic growth but also address the core issues of inequality, poverty, social justice and promote peace,” President Mamnoon Hussain said. He was addressing the opening session of the three-day conference on “Pathways to Sustainable Development,” organised by the Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI). “South Asia has achieved impressive

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Books

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The Emissions Gap Report 2014: a UNEP Synthesis Report

Over the past four years the “emissions gap” series published by the United Nations Environment Programme has analysed the size of the gap and has provided insights on options to close it. This fifth report provides an updated measure of the emissions gap. In addition, this year’s update of the analysis calculates an emissions gap

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Glaciers

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China’s Glaciers Shrink by a Fifth Since the 1950s

China’s glaciers have retreated by 18 per cent over the past half century, a comprehensive survey has found, as some experts warn of “chain effects” that could have an impact on water supplies in the country’s western regions. An average of 244 sq km of glacial ice had disappeared every year since the late 1950s,

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Technologies

Hydro Nano Gas could be the Answer for Neutralizing Carbon Fuel Emissions

Hydro Infra Technologies (HIT), a Swedish clean tech company based in Stockholm, has developed an innovative patent pending approach for neutralizing carbon fuel emissions by generating a novel gas called Hydro Nano Gas (HNG). In spite of all the advancement happening in the energy sector, global economies are still dependent on fossil fuels as the

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IPCC

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IPCC: A whopping $500 Billion Will be Needed Annually by 2050 to Adapt to Climate Change

International Business Times: As much as $500 billion per year may be needed by 2050 to help developing nations adapt to climate change, according to the United Nations — a significant increase over the $100 billion estimated previously by the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The new figures were part of the first

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Global Warming

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Tropical Deforestation Could Cause 0.7C Temperature Rise

Cutting down rainforest has long been known to release carbon dioxide, contributing to global warming. It also has direct impacts on rainfall and temperature, US researchers have found, which could wreak havoc with farming worldwide. In the Amazon, deforestation is already shifting once-predictable rainfall patterns, a report published in Nature Climate Change on Thursday showed.

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