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M-20 CAMPAIGN

Will the Real Montologist Please Stand up?

Dr. Sudhirender Sharma, who studied in a mountain university and started his development interventions in the mountain villages, calls for a need to give ‘Montology’ a formal status in teaching and in research. Unless ‘Montology’ is developed as a subject, building a cadre of qualified people with empathy towards mountains may remain elusive. Though the issues

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Convener : K N Vajpai  vajpai@chimalaya.org Co-Convener: Gajendra Rautela  gajendra@chimalaya.org General/Ads: info@chimalaya.org Editor: editor@chimalaya.org Forum Team: forum@chimalaya.org Mountain Voice Team: mountainvoice@chimalaya.org

As an empirical climate networkCLIMATE HIMALAYA’ initiative innovates on closing knowledge gap through information sharing and networking on climate change impact in the Himalayan Mountains. Besides understanding climatic vulnerability we work towards developing pan-Himalayan climate resilient mountain communities through various climate adaptation actions and providing links between practice, science, policy and decision making. More>>

News

Melting Glaciers Giving Rise to New Lakes in Himachal Pradesh

Times News Network: Melting of glaciers is resulting in the formation of smaller lakes in the high hills of Himachal Pradesh and is posing threat to the population living downstream. A recent visit to in Chokhang area of Lahaul-Spiti by MLA Ravi Thakur along with forest officials had revealed that around 6-7 smaller lakes have come

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Loss and Damage: UN Receives New Climate Compensation Plans

Over the next two years, countries will draw up a framework that will shape the responses of the poorest countries to climate-caused catastrophes. This process is a crucial one for vulnerable nations, as it will essentially shape how equipped they are to deal with more hurricanes, rising sea levels, floods and heatwaves – some of

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UNEP and Climate Action Renew Partnership in Run Up to Paris 2015

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and Climate Action today announced a two year renewal of their ongoing partnership, building on over seven years of collaboration to increase awareness of climate change issues within the private sector. In the run up to COP 21 in Paris 2015 (where a binding climate agreement is expected) and

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The G20 Has the Muscle to Fight Climate Change

The time is right to place climate change at centre stage of the 2014 G20 leaders-group meeting in Australia. The G20 has a record of leadership on the international climate change agenda. With the world working toward a critical meeting of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Paris in December 2015,

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Montreal Protocol Parties Discuss Issues Related to the Protection of the Ozone Layer

UNEP News Center: The 197 Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer discussed various issues regarding the protection of the earth’s fragile ozone layer, during the 34th Meeting of the Open-Ended Working Group of the Parties, conducted from 14 to 18 July in Paris, France. The Parties considered the appropriate funding

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Great Barrier Reef ‘in Worst State Since Records Began’

The Guardian: The Great Barrier Reef is in the worst state it’s been in since records began and will be “pretty ugly” within 40 years, Australian scientists say. A Senate committee is investigating how the Australian and Queensland governments have managed the reef, with Unesco to decide next year whether to list it as a world

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Climate Models Accurately Predicted Global Warming When Reflecting Natural Ocean Cycles

Predicting global surface temperature changes in the short-term is a challenge for climate models. Temperature changes over periods of a decade or two can be dominated by influences from ocean cycles like El Niño and La Niña. During El Niño phases, the oceans absorb less heat, leaving more to warm the atmosphere, and the opposite

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Adaptation Ideas

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Win-win Way to Aid Food Security and Climate

Climate News Network: Imagine being able to contain greenhouse gas emissions, make fertilizer use more efficient, keep water waste to a minimum, and put food on the table for the 10 billion people crowded into the planet’s cities, towns and villages by the end of the century. An impossible dream? Not according to Paul West, co-director

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Bhutan

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Government to Pump Nu 2.2 Bn in Irrigation

Recognising that climate change is altering weather patterns, which in turn affect crop production in Bhutan, specifically paddy cultivation, the government will invest Nu 2.2B into irrigation in the next five years. Monsoon rains arriving later, and ending sooner than usual, is disrupting crop production and farm productivity, which, in Bhutan, mostly means rice. In

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India

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Training Modules Launched for Climate Compatible Construction in India

The construction sector is an important driver of growth in the Indian economy and contributor to employment. It also plays a vital and complicated role in efforts to tackle climate change. The sector emits about 22 per cent of India’s total annual CO2 emissions, which is expected to increase as the population grows. At the same time, buildings

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Nepal

Nepal to Generate Energy From its Holy River, Bagmati

(Xinhua) — The Nepal government is gearing up towards generating hydropower energy from Bagmati River, one of its most reverent and religiously significant river, officials said on Sunday. The decision was made as part of the government’s plan to end power crisis within three years. Nepal’s Energy Ministry has already announced to utilize all of

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Pakistan

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Climate change is badly affecting the poor rural population and the environment. According to media reports, the world is getting warmer as green house gases reach historic highs and arctic seas ice melts, making 2013 one of the hottest years on record. Global temperatures during 2013 were among the warmest on record world-wide according to

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Books

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The Millennium Development Goals Report 2014

The new Millennium Development Goals Report 2014 examines the latest progress made towards achieving the MDGs. It shows that millions of people’s lives have improved due to concerted global, regional, national and local efforts to achieve the MDGs, which serve as the foundation for the next global development agenda. The Report was released in India

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Glaciers

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Efforts on to Monitor Himalayan Glaciers

IANS: Efforts are underway for the regular monitoring of the dynamics and climate studies of Himalayan glaciers, minister of state for science and technology Jitendra Singh said on Wednesday. “Efforts are underway for regular monitoring of glacier dynamics, snow and glacier melting, geometrical changes and climate studies of the Himalayan glaciers,” Jitendra Singh said in reply

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Technologies

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Tackling Climate Change One Rock at a Time

The Guardian: Temples rise above mud-brick houses and castles. Prayer flags flutter from every roof and woollen-cloaked men and women with brightly coloured waist-sashes stand in the street gossiping. I’m in northern India’s remote Trans-Himalaya, in the ancient kingdom of Ladakh. Consisting entirely of mountains, this, the highest inhabited region on Earth, was settled by pilgrims and

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IPCC

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Intergovernmental Panel Report: Asia Faces 3 Climate Change Risks

A world where climate is changing the way it is presently doing poses three main risks for Asia, according to the scientists who studied impacts, adaptation, and vulnerability for the 5th Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Assessment Report (AR5), which was presented at the Dusit Hotel in Makati City on Wednesday. At the same

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Global Warming

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June 2014 was Hottest on Record Since 1880 – NOAA

The combined average temperature over land and sea was 0.72C (1.30F) above the 20th century average of 15.5C (59.9F), said  the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The data also revealed that every major ocean basin has heated, 0.64C (1.15F) above the 20th century average of 16.4C (61.5F). New temperature highs were recorded on every

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