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

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Hydropower Illuminates a Piece of History

Climate News Network: Hydropower is making its return to one of the UK’s grand houses, which almost 140 years ago pioneered the use of water to provide electricity. A modern version of an ancient device, the Archimedes screw, has been installed at the Cragside mansion, in north-east England, to harness the power of a stream

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Crossroads in Climate Negotiations When Adaptation and Mitigation Meet in Bonn

The June round of climate negotiations commenced with wide recognition amongst Parties of the need for deeper cuts in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and to be accelerating negotiations based on the outcomes of the 5thAssessment Report (AR5) released by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) this year. This session was the last opportunity for Parties to meet before

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UN Puts New Momentum Behind its Radical Green Agenda for ‘Climate Change’

The United Nations is putting new momentum behind the radical green effort to reduce global carbon emissions and drastically reshape the world’s economy — a campaign that is wobbling badly due to international defections and the huge cost of cutting back economic growth in the name of controlling “climate change.” The world organization is doubling

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Carbon Pricing – Is it Inevitable, Profitable?

Reuters: A dangerously warming planet is not just an environmental challenge – it is a fundamental threat to efforts to end poverty, and it threatens to put prosperity out of the reach of millions of people.  Read the recent Fifth Assessment Report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change if you need further evidence. If we agree it is

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Sahel Food Shortage as Studies Show Climate Risk to Crops

The United Nations is appealing for funds to fight hunger in the drought-hit Sahel, as scientific studies highlight climate change threats to food production. Some US$100 million is needed to make 7.5 million vulnerable people in the African region more resilient against food insecurity, according to the UN. A call for donations in February brought

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Path to Prosperity

Republica: Building up on the successful visit of Indian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sushma Swaraj, Nepal should seek to enhance the country’s role as a land-bridge between India and China by proposing Trans-Himalayan Economic Corridors during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit. China’s emergence as the “Factory of the World” based on its focus on exporting labor-intensive

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At UN-backed Meeting, World’s Least Developed Countries Urge Partnerships to Boost Productive Capacity

UN News Center: With the kick-off of the United Nations post-2015 sustainable development agenda fast approaching, ministers and senior Government officials from across the globe have gathered in Cotonou, Benin, today to discuss how to strengthen the world’s 48 least developed countries to produce more goods and trade in international markets more efficiently. “The conference is

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Adaptation Ideas

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Smarter Urban Water: How Spain’s Zaragoza Learned to Use Less

The Guardian: The drought, when it came two decades ago, was severe. As reservoirs across Spain dried up in the early 1990s, the number of forest fires soared, crops whittled and more than 11 million Spaniards faced water shortages. Scientists would go on to note that the five-year drought – the worst on record in the

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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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General Electric Invests in Wind Power in India as Part of $1bn Clean Energy Drive

GE has partnered with Atria Power and is aiming for the three projects to produce a combined annual capacity of 126 megawatt (MW). The sites include a 25.6 MW project in the Ananthapur district of Andhra Pradesh, located on India’s south eastern coast line. Another site – at Betul district of Madhya Pradesh – will

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Nepal

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New Seeds of Hope for Nepal’s Farmers

Climate News Network: Farmers badly affected by changing weather patterns in South Asia now have the opportunity to improve food security by planting new varieties of rice capable of withstanding the impact of both severe droughts and floods. This is particularly good news for countries such as Nepal, where around 65% of its more than 26

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Pakistan

When Not a Drop is Left

Climate change is the biggest threat the planet faces today, with the resources of the entire world getting affected. Water, the world’s largest natural resource, faces multiple threats as increasing temperatures lead to the melting of glaciers at a faster pace, causing mass-scale floods, devastating our plains and displacing millions of people. Climate change cannot

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Books

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UNEP Year Book 2014: Emerging Issues in Our Global Environment

Ten years after the first Year Book in this series appeared, a special e-book anniversary edition – UNEP Year Book 2014 – presents a fresh look at ten issues highlighted over the past decade. This UNEP Year Book 2014 takes advantage of the latest technology, providing a multi-media experience that helps illustrate the environmental challenges

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Glaciers

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New Zealand’s ‘Dramatic’ Ice Loss Could Lead to Severe Decline of Glaciers

The Guardian: New Zealand’s vast Southern Alps mountain range has lost a third of its permanent snow and ice over the past four decades, diminishing some of the country’s most spectacular glaciers, new research has found. A study of aerial surveys conducted by the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (Niwa) discovered that the Southern Alps’ ice

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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

Why the IPCC Exaggerates Greenhouse Warming of the Oceans by at Least 2.5 Times

A new paper finds the deep oceans have cooled contrary to alarmist claims of deep ocean warming by Trenberth’s “missing heat” from carbon dioxide. Trenberth’s theory, one of at least 14 excuses for the ~18 year ‘pause’ of global warming, now appears to be dead in the water. Data from the new paper can be used to derive that the world’s oceans have warmed

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Global Warming

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Human-induced Water Vapour Next Climate Threat

IANS: The rising levels of water vapour in the upper troposphere – a key amplifier of global warming – owing to greenhouse gases will intensify climate change impacts over the next decades, scientists said. “The study is the first to confirm that human activities have increased water vapour in the upper troposphere,” said Brian Soden, professor

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