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>>

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Saving Forests Not Enough to Stop Carbon Imbalance

Foresters may be guardians of the planet, but they may need to think about more than just the forests to reduce the threats from climate change. New research suggests that a policy that protects the planet’s forests from fire and the chainsaw must also deliver new ways of stopping the spread of agriculture into other

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UN: Cut CO2 Emissions to Zero by 2070, or Experience a ‘Global Catastrophe’

The Guardian: The world must cut CO2 emissions to zero by 2070 at the latest to keep global warming below dangerous levels and prevent a global catastrophe, the UN warns. By 2100, all greenhouse gas emissions – including methane, nitrous oxide and ozone, as well as CO2 – must fall to zero, the United Nationals

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Investigative Climate Reporting Stressed

Speakers at a workshop on ‘Climate Change Communication’, jointly organised by the government, Nepal Forum of Environmental Journalists and the Department for International Development, urged journalists to report on investigative climate change information in a simple language to raise awareness among local communities of various developmental regions. Highlighting the lack of effective reporting to warn

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The Path to Climate Neutrality: UNEP Gap Report

The UN’s top climate official today welcomed a report that underlines how the world can keep a global temperature rise under 2 degrees Celsius. The report, released today by the UN Environment programme (UNEP) in advance of the UN’s next climate conference in Lima, Peru sets out the pathways required to avoid dangerous climate change.

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Can New Global Fund Rescue Those Worst Hit by Climate Change?

(Thomson Reuters Foundation) – When U.S. President Barack Obama announced a $3 billion pledge to a new international climate change fund, he made a point of highlighting how the money would help poor countries hit by worsening extreme weather and rising seas. Climate change adaptation – measures that protect people and assets, such as early

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Fall of Ancient Civilization Offers Climate Warning

Two scholars have a new explanation for the collapse of one of the great Bronze Age civilizations. The Assyrian empire of the 7th century BC – based in Nineveh, in what is now northern Iraq – may have collapsed at least in part because of a population explosion and climate change in the form of

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Looking Beyond IPCC Reports in the Himalayas

Moving beyond the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) assessment reports can help integrate scientific and traditional knowledge for effective adaptation action in the Hindu Kush Himalayan (HKH) region, an international gathering of climate experts in Kathmandu heard. Participants from 22 countries stressed at the 9-12 November conference in Kathmandu the need for increased knowledge

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Adaptation Ideas

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12 Ways Communities Will Have to Adapt to Handle Climate Change

The Guardian: Climate change is making both droughts and flood more frequent and severe. Whether your area is suffering from too much water or too little, here are things you can do to adapt. Drought In the face of relentless droughts such as the historic one underway in California, we all want to help conserve.

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Bhutan

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Conversation with Bhutan’s Young “Dragon King”

King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck is a young ruler connected deeply with the digital universe while remaining anchored in the teaching and wisdom handed down through generations. He surfs the Web to gauge the mood of the people, following the conversations of his subjects and engaging them through social media. He has his own Facebook page, and he knows about National

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India

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One Lakh Deaths Due to Pollution, India Needs to be Energy Efficient: UN Report

PTI: Nearly one lakh premature deaths take place annually due to air pollution in India and some other countries which can be avoided by 2030 by improving energy efficiency measures in transport and industrial sectors, a UN report today said. The fifth Emissions Gap Report 2014 by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), which was

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Nepal

Nepal Needs to Invest in Youth: UN Report

Nepal needs to invest more in youths to drive economic and social development, suggests the State of World Population 2014, released today by the United Nations Population Fund. Being home to more than nine million people between the ages of 10 and 24 years in 2014, Nepal’s transitional demographic shift opens a window for demographic

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Pakistan

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Pakistan Tax on Solar Imports Threatens Clean Energy Push

Dawn: At a time when many countries are offering financial incentives to promote the use of clean energy, Pakistan has imposed a 32.5 per cent tax on the import of solar panels, a move experts say is likely to hit demand for solar energy. Officials say the tax was imposed to encourage local manufacturing of

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Books

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Our Planet: Climate for Life

The interaction between biodiversity, climate change and protected areas are the focus of this issue of Our Planet. Protected areas are important carbon storage facilities, so their maintenance and expansion is a key contributor to mitigating climate change. Protected areas also supply many essentials required to sustain humankind. By protecting biodiversity, we also protect ourselves.

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Glaciers

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Worldwide Retreat of Glaciers Confirmed in Unprecedented Detail

The National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) is part of the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder. A new book from the international GLIMS (Global Land Ice Measurements from Space) initiative, an international collaboration including the National Snow and Ice Data Center at the University of Colorado

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Technologies

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Floating Homes to Tackle Overcrowding in the Maldives

The Maldives — one of the most densely populated nations in the world — has embarked on a series of floating developments that could take the pressure off a severe housing shortage and counter sea-level rises owing to climate change. The firm behind the project is also proposing to build cheaper floating platforms, made largely

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This Map Shows How Climate Change Will Screw The Whole World

Some effects of climate change are obvious, such as warming temperatures, melting ice caps, and rising sea levels. But other impacts are more surprising. For example, climate change effects can harm food production and cause famines; alter habitats and cause mass die-offs of plants, animals and other organisms; and even threaten human health. The biggest

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Global Warming

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Globe Sets 5th Hottest-month Record of 2014

Despite a bitter U.S. cold snap, the globe is rushing hell-bent toward its warmest year on record with last month setting the fifth monthly heat record of the year. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Thursday that last month was the hottest October on record worldwide. The 58.43 degrees Fahrenheit (14.74 Celsius) beat out

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