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M-20 CAMPAIGN

Renewed Vigor in 2015

Dear Readers, When it was launched in 2010 there was a dire need to bring relevant and credible information on Climate Change close to scientists, practitioners, activists and the media. Through its daily bulletin ‘Climate Himalaya’ has been successful in making its present felt, nationally, regionally and globally. With our limited resources we have tried

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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

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New-generation Solar Panels Far Cheaper, More Efficient: Scientists

(Thomson Reuters Foundation) – A new generation of solar panels made from a mineral called perovskite has the potential to convert solar energy into household electricity more cheaply than ever before, according to a study from Briain’s Exeter University. Super-thin, custom-colored panels attached to a building’s windows may become a “holy grail” for India and

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Changing Winds

Express News Service: US President Barack Obama could hardly have missed the irony of conducting talks on climate change in what is, according to some indices, the world’s most polluted city. But despite disappointing those awaiting major concessions on emissions-reduction targets like the one Obama brokered with China last year, the modest agreement that was

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China and India Adopt UK Tool to Map Green Futures

The UK is responsible for less than 2% of global greenhouse gas emissions. Its actions to cut emissions, however ambitious, can only have a limited impact on the path of climate change. But a tool developed by the UK government is helping to inspire and inform low carbon policies in some 20 countries and regions,

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‘World Can Cut Carbon Emissions and Live Well’

Forests around the world will need to be expanded by 5-15% to limit global temperature rises to 2C. And crop yields must rise by 40-60%. These are just two predictions for 2050 of an online tool developed by the government to consider options for cutting carbon emissions. The Global Calculator uses data reviewed by international

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We Should Not Surrender to Climate Change

This month a team of scientists reported that melting ice caps and glaciers due to climate change are causing oceans to rise more drastically than previously calculated. The news is particularly troubling for my country, the Maldives — the world’s lowest lying island chain — and for other coastal and island nations that sit just

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La Niñas on the Rise in Climate Change Double Whammy

Talk about a left-right jab. One of the world’s biggest sources of climate variability is set to develop a devastating double blow. The El Niño Southern Oscillation is a natural fluctuation of ocean temperatures in the equatorial Pacific that can give rise to El Niño and La Niña, which drive droughts and floods from South

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Financial Pledges for REDD+ Slow to be Disbursed, Finds Report

Only a small fraction of the $7.3 billion pledged under the Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD+) program has actually been disbursed, find a new report that tracked REDD+ finance in seven countries. The REDD+ eXpenditures Tracking Initiative (REDDX) initiative, led by Forest Trends, analyzed REDD+ financial flows between 2009 and 2012 in Brazil,

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Adaptation Ideas

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Copenhagen Unveils First Climate-change Adapted Neighborhood

Come hell or high water, the residents of St. Kjeld, a Copenhagen neighborhood, will be ready. Actually, skip the hell part. But when the next megastorm hits the Danish capital, St. Kjeld’s residents will be safe and dry. That’s because as of December, they live in the world’s first climate-change-adapted neighborhood. “St. Kjeld’s transformation shows

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Bhutan

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Time for Bhutan and the World to Give ‘Happiness’ a Second Look

If there is one thing that could describe the tiny Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan in international development terms, it would most likely be the introduction of a unique metric to measure development progress: the “gross national happiness” index. But more than 40 years after the index was introduced by the country’s former king, Jigme Wangchuck,

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India

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US-India Deal Boosts Nuclear and Solar But is Quiet on Coal

International and national media competed to feed minute-by-minute gestures of Obama and India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi. There was much anticipation that this meeting would be unprecedented and game-changing for Indo-US relations, shifting the dynamics of global politics. So, what did we get to see apart from bromance, Obama trying his luck with Hindi, a

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Nepal

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Far From Rising Seas, Climate Change Plagues Kathmandu

A month’s walk from the nearest sea, Kathmandu—elevation almost a mile—is as vulnerable to climate change as the world’s coastal megacities. The capital of the poorest Asian country after Afghanistan already is feeling the effect: Rising temperatures are crimping power and food supplies as rural migrants stream to a city of 1 million that’s among

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Pakistan

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Lahore Smog: It’s Not a Natural Phenomenon

Every December, thick fog descends upon Lahore, blocking out the winter sunshine, closing off the motorway after dusk and preventing flights from landing at the international airport at night. The problem has grown worse over the last five years due to the high levels of pollution and poor air quality in the city, created by

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Books

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Measuring Success: Indicators For the Regional Seas Conventions and Action Plans

This report collates information on ecosystem-based indicators and indices currently being measure by regional entities and seeks to identify common elements. From this analysis the report postulates whether a limited generic set of indicators can be derived. A series of case studies are used to exemplify the diversity of ways indicators have been applied. For

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Glaciers

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Increased Carbon Spill From Glaciers Sets New Puzzle

Researchers in the US have calculated that, thanks to climate change, melting glaciers will have spilled an extra 15 million tonnes of organic carbon into the seas by 2050. The consequences for the ecosystems that depend on glacial meltwater are uncertain, but this burden of biological soot and sediment has potential implications for the global carbon

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Technologies

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How Renewables can Come to the Rescue in Disaster Zones

When people’s lives are thrown into chaos by war, famine or natural disaster, using renewable energy may not seem like an obvious response. However, a group of UK entrepreneurs believes that decentralised renewable energy could provide a cheap and immediate source of power to those who need it most. John Hingley, founder of Renovagen, a

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IPCC

IPCC Should go Prescriptive at Lower Levels of Governance

Science is central in understanding precise nature of the risks climate change poses. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the prime body reviewing and synthesising latest scientific knowledge on multiple dimensions of climate change has been pivotal in elevating the status of climate change as the key development and environmental policy agenda at international

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Global Warming

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Global Warming Spells Disaster for Tropical Andes Glaciers

As components of the global cryosphere, mountain glaciers are known for their high sensitivity to climate change. Glaciers are the result of solid precipitation and reflect its variability from one year to the next. The ablation process – by which glaciers lose snow and ice, converting it into water and vapor – depends directly on

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