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>>



Antarctic Warming Could Accelerate Sea Level Rise

Climate News Network: The effect of climate change on the world’s two polar regions looks like a stark contrast: the Arctic is warming faster than most of the rest of the Earth, while most of Antarctica appears to remain reassuringly locked in a frigid embrace. But an international scientific team says the reality is quite

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Tackling Climate Change as a Single SDG Could Backfire

SciDev.Net: Climate change is a major challenge — and it sits among many other major challenges targeted by the post-2015 development goals.Biodiversity, health, education, energy and others influence and are influenced by climate change. So goals about them will also mean action on climate change. Development goals that focus on the root causes of sustainability challenges bring people together; they also minimise the

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South Asia’s Growth to Fall 9% by 2100 Thanks to Climate Change: ADB

Climate change will cut South Asia’s growth almost 9 percent by the end of the century unless world governments try harder to counter global warming, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) said on Tuesday. The region is home to a fifth of the world’s population and is already vulnerable to climate extremes: seasonal floods, cyclones and

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Glacial Melting: Data-sharing Needed to Mitigate Disasters

Tribune: Standing on a cliff, he pointed down at the Hopar Glacier, more than a thousand metres below, its surface covered by massive boulders it had swept out of its way as it carved a valley through the Karakoram Mountains. In the distance rises Mt Spantik, the snow-covered, 7,027 metre-high confluence of five major glaciers, including

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Climate Change Made Classic Civilisations to Collapse

In barely six months since a group of scientists and archaeologists found that the Indus Valley Civilization had collapsed due to monsoon hiatus that resulted in prolonged drought, a new study came out with evidences confirming that the ancient civilisation of Mesopotamia too had collapsed due to years of drought resulted by climate change. A

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China’s Environmental Woes Inspire Art

The Guardian: A dilapidated wooden fishing boat laden down with animals who are just skin and bone, a sort of dystopian Noah’s ark trying to escape the end of the earth and an empty city devoid of human life that has been overtaken by nature. These nightmarish scenes are not science fiction but part of

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Tibet’s Glaciers at Their Warmest in 2,000 years: Report

The Tibetan plateau, whose glaciers supply water to hundreds of millions of people in Asia, were warmer over the past 50 years than at any stage in the past two millennia, a Chinese newspaper said, citing an academic report. Temperatures and humidity are likely to continue to rise throughout this century, causing glaciers to retreat and

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Adaptation Ideas

A farmer sits on a heap of sugarcane at roadside jaggery factory at Bhoothgarh village

Meeting Water and Energy Challenges in Agri-food Sector With Technology

The Guardian: Worldwide, the overall growth in demand for agricultural products will require a 140% increase (pdf) in the supply of water over the next 20 years compared to the past 20 years. While the bulk of this demand will be from irrigation, food processing plants can also be water intensive. So, any technological innovations in the

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Indigenous Seed Savers Gather in the Andes, Agree to Fight Climate Change with Biodiversity

On top of a rugged Andean mountain situated high in Peru’s Cusco region, on 30,000 acres of conserved land known as Parque de la Papa (Spanish for “Potato Park”), indigenous farmers met in late April to discuss conditions they feared were threatening their ancestral lands. They came from as far as Bhutan and China, and

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28 States Prepare Climate Action Plans

The Hindu: An analysis of state action plans to combat climate change reveal a lack of innovative approaches and a high variation in budgets apart from the fact that many did not move ahead from the business as usual scenario. However, the exercise by 28 Indian states is one of the largest sub-national action plans in

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Climate Change Poses Grave Risk to Nepal’s Economy: ADB

Republica: Climate change-driven events like melting glaciers pose a grave risk to Nepal’s economy and could cause losses equal to almost 10 percent of the country’s annual gross domestic product (GDP) by 2100, according to a report by Asian Development Bank (ADB).Without changes to current global behavior, Nepal would see economic losses equivalent to up to

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IPCC Warns of Widespread Impact of Climate Change in South Asia

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in a latest report has warned that climate change will have widespread impacts on South Asian society and its interaction with the natural environment. The report indicates that waiting or doing nothing is no longer an option and makes a compelling case for immediate global action on climate change,

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Forests in a Changing Climate: A Sourcebook for Integrating REDD+ into Academic Programmes

‘Forests in a Changing Climate: Sourcebook for REDD+’ is designed to give an overview of the key topics related to forests and climate change, under the overarching and evolving REDD+ narrative. The purpose is to facilitate the integration of this new knowledge domain into multi-disciplinary University programmes. The sourcebook provides case studies and detailed references

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Human Factor Speeds up Glacial Melting

Climate News Network: The impact of human activity is melting the glaciers in the world’s mountain regions, and is doing so at an accelerating rate. Ben Marzeion, a climate scientist at the University of Innsbruck’s Institute of Meteorology and Geophysics, Austria, reports with colleagues in the journal Science that they used computer models to simulate changes in the world’s

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Geoengineering the Earth’s Climate Sends Policy Debate Down a Curious Rabbit Hole

The Guardian: There’s a bit in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland where things get “curiouser and curiouser” as the heroine tries to reach a garden at the end of a rat-hole sized corridor that she’s just way too big for. She drinks a potion and eats a cake with no real clue what the consequences might

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IPCC Warns of massive Climate Changes

The latest IPCC report warns that the major greenhouse gas emissions should be cut during the next 15 years or the planet will face catastrophic climate changes. Environment experts have also suggested a solution that can make emissions come down and through which even economy can be improved at the same time. A carbon pollution fee on fossil fuels that returns that

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Global Warming


Scientists Find “Unambiguous” Proof of Global Warming

This isn’t local but its effects affect us all. The information was sent to us by Trent University. Dr. Graham Cogley, professor of geography at Trent University, and an international team of scientists led by Dr. Ben Marzeion, of the University of Innsbruck, have found unambiguous evidence for an increase in the loss of glacier

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