Archive for May 2010

Disburse Climate Funds quickly-Bangladesh PM

May 31st, 2010 | By




Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday lamented slow progress of climate negotiation, and the delay in disbursement of $30 billion pledged by the developed countries for the poor countries to combat climate change fallouts. “Unfortunately, the provisions and mechanisms in the existing framework have failed to secure resources required for financing adaptation actions on the ground,”

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Development of Hilly and Mountainous areas-A New Dimension Explored and its Implications

May 31st, 2010 | By




It is known that the geographical area calculations by the Surveyor General of India are based on the plane table assumptions. In the case of mountainous areas, therefore, this appreciation of the geographical area does not capture the area of the slopes. In this manner, the area estimates ignore the fact that the actual developmental

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The Year that Was: R.K.Pachauri’s Himalayan Blunder

May 31st, 2010 | By




An account of how a retired geologist took apart the alarmist climate claims of a Nobel Prize winning organisation. Vijay Kumar Raina is amused. The 76-year-old retired geologist has been blitzkrieged by the media, government, world scientist community and the average citizen since December 2009. Why? Because he blew the lid off the claimes of

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Canada Increases Funding for Global Effort to Fight Climate Change

May 30th, 2010 | By




OTTAWA, ONTARIO The Honourable Beverley J. Oda, Minister of International Cooperation, and the Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of the Environment, announced that Canada is increasing its help for developing countries that are actioning key global environmental agreements, including reducing emissions and adapting to climate change. The contribution of $238.4 million over the four-year period of

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Nepal Celebrates First historic Ascent of Mt. Qomolangma

May 30th, 2010 | By




Hundreds of Nepali including mountain summiteers, tourism entrepreneurs, government officials and trekking agencies marched on Saturday to mark the first historic ascent of Mt. Qomolangma. The march was organized in profound respect to the climbers and also to raise awareness about the national tourism campaign “Nepal Tourism Year” (NTY-2011). On the occasion, Nepali Minister for

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Provide adaptation fund for climate-hit nations soon-Bangladesh PM

May 30th, 2010 | By




Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday opened the Asia Conference of the Global Climate Change Alliance calling upon most vulnerable countries to forge greater unity to establish their rights in the international forums. Addressing the inaugural session at Hotel Sheraton in the morning, she urged the developed economies to provide adaptation fund and technical assistance

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Bangladesh PM Opens Two-day Asia Conference on Climate Change today

May 30th, 2010 | By




The government has finally cleared the cloud over control of the Multi-Donor Trust Fund (MDTF) on climate change, which will now be administered by Bangladesh with a new nomenclature, reports UNB. The MDTF was formed in London in 2008 to help Bangladesh cope with the adverse impact of the global warming. There was quiet a

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It takes time to Change Inertia… Dr. Pachauri

May 30th, 2010 | By




Chairman of the Nobel Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Rajendra Kumar Pachauri is unfazed by challenges to his crusade for arresting climate change, saving the environment and ensuring a sustainable future. Single-handedly responsible for adding an urgent push to preserving the planet for future generations, he’s criss-crossing the globe, building up a tidal wave

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River Training and Accreting New Lands-Bangladesh

May 30th, 2010 | By




BANGLADESH needs better water management. In order to do so, the country needs stronger planning and implementation agencies and capacities. But relevant organisations in Bangladesh are struggling due to lack of manpower and lack of resources. This needs to be addressed. Food security and climate change are staring us in the face. Bangladesh needs to

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Uncertain Science

May 30th, 2010 | By




Bickering and defensive, climate researchers have lost the public’s trust. Blame economic worries, another freezing winter, or the cascade of scandals emerging from the world’s leading climate-research body, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). But concern over global warming has cooled down dramatically. In über-green Germany, only 42 percent of citizens worry about global

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The Most Endangered Glaciers

May 30th, 2010 | By




New research shows a special threat to the Himalayas due to rising temperatures, latitude, altitude, and soot. There are only three major parts of the globe that are substantially covered with ice and snow all year round. The Arctic, the Antarctic, and the least well known, the Greater Himalayas, or “the abode of the snows”

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EU Lawmakers Hail CA Extension

May 30th, 2010 | By




The European parliamentarians’ delegation for Relations with South Asia has hailed the decision to extend Constituent Assembly (CA)’s term by one year and the three-point pact reached between the parties to end the protracted political stalemate. Ending its week-long Nepal visit, the nine-member delegation led by Ms Jean Lambert, said the consensus reached among the

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Weighing the Evidence

May 30th, 2010 | By




While those who deny climate change cling to any scrap of dubious evidence that ‘proves’ their position, the real scientific facts keep piling upSpend time among the columnists, bloggers, think-tankers, and others who deny the existence of man-made climate change and you will eventually encounter a damning piece of evidence. It’s a statement made in

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Rhetoric Grows Heated in Water Dispute Between India, Pakistan

May 28th, 2010 | By




By Karin Brulliard, Washington Post Foreign Service, Friday, May 28, 2010 The latest standoff between India and Pakistan features familiar elements: perceived Indian injustices, calls to arms by Pakistani extremists. But this dispute centers on something different: water. Militant organizations traditionally focused on liberating Indian-held Kashmir have adopted water as a rallying cry, accusing India

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The Desire for Peace –Ikram Sehgal

May 28th, 2010 | By




There is now a dire and immediate need to change old mindsets and give way to a new and positive thinking. Both Pakistan and India need to avoid shortsighted policies for political point-scoring or short-term gainsPeace and good relations between Pakistan and India will remain a dream unless two core issues are sorted out. Kashmir

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China Offers no Support for UNSC Seat to India

May 28th, 2010 | By




Indian officials on Thursday painted a positive picture of securing greater Chinese support, or at least more understanding, on the question of United Nations reforms and India’s bid for a permanent seat on the U.N. Security Council. China still stopped short of expressing outright support for India’s Security Council aspirations, even as Indian Foreign Secretary

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ICIMOD Announces the launch of the HKH Conservation Portal

May 28th, 2010 | By




ICIMOD launched a new HKH Conservation Portal on 24 May 2010 at an event at its Headquarters in Kathmandu, Nepal in celebration of the International Day for Biological Diversity, Saturday 22 May 2010. The portal will serve as a regional repository of biodiversity and conservation related information, including detailed information on the protected areas, corridors,

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MEPs see Nepal face stability and Climate Challenges

May 28th, 2010 | By




The Himalayan country of Nepal has endured years of violence and instability as Maoist rebels battled against the government. A peace accord and a new Republic in 2008 gave hope to its people, though a provisional Assembly will see its mandate expire 29 May amid uncertainty about whether peace will hold. MEPs were in Nepal

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Weighing the Evidence

May 28th, 2010 | By




While those who deny climate change cling to any scrap of dubious evidence that ‘proves’ their position, the real scientific facts keep piling upSpend time among the columnists, bloggers, think-tankers, and others who deny the existence of man-made climate change and you will eventually encounter a damning piece of evidence. It’s a statement made in

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The Coupling of Climate Change and Urbanization in India with a Focus on the Impact of Glacial Retreat, Part II

May 28th, 2010 | By




Health now and in the future The main climate-related risks in the Hindu Kush-Himalaya region include the expansion of vector-borne diseases as pathogens are able to reside in new habitats in altitudes that were formerly unsuitable. Indian cities have already become reservoirs of vector-borne diseases such as malaria and dengue fever because of overcrowding and

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Collaborate on Water, Himalayan Scientists Urged

May 28th, 2010 | By




Himalayan countries must set aside their differences and collaborate on science in order to avoid a common water crisis, says a report. Environmental pressures, including those from climate change, could have unprecedented effects on the livelihoods of millions of people in the Hindu-Kush Himalaya region, according to the study, published by the UK-based Humanitarian Futures

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World Warms, Public Cools to Climate Action

May 28th, 2010 | By




(Reuters) – This year is on track to be the warmest worldwide since records began in the 19th century yet voters seem to be cooling to strong action to combat climate change. Their doubts may be quietly sapping the will of governments and companies to cut greenhouse gas emissions after the Copenhagen summit in December

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Biodiversity Challenges Ahead

May 28th, 2010 | By




The world needs to act quickly to counter the erosion of species. The task is particularly important for India, one of the 12 mega-biodiversity centres. May 22 marked the International Day for Biological Diversity. It commemorates the adoption of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) that day in 1992. As of December 2009, exactly 192

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Jairam Ramesh (India’s Environment Minister) Ready to Clear NEPA Doubts

May 28th, 2010 | By




The proposed National Environment Protection Authority (Nepa) may take a while longer to be finalised. Environment minister Jairam Ramesh has said that his ministry is prepared to put off the Bill to the winter session for further consultations. Civil society members have raised objections to the proposed authority. Mr Ramesh had earlier said that he

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Mount Everest (Nepal) is Suffering from Climate Change

May 26th, 2010 | By




Three days after reaching the summit of Mount Everest for the 20th time Apa Sherpa has described Mount Everest as more dangerous to climb thanks to climate change. Apa Sherpa, nicknamed the “super Sherpa” for the apparent ease with which he makes the climb, helping him to break his own record by making a 20th

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Chinadialogue Publishes Third Pole Report

May 25th, 2010 | By




On 19 May, chinadialogue launched ‘The Waters of the Third Pole: Sources of threat, sources of survival in partnership its research partners’: University College London, King’s College London and the Australian National University. The report highlights the importance of water as both a vital resource and a potential cause of crisis in Asia. More than

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Apa to Continue Climate Change Campaign in Nepal

May 25th, 2010 | By




The 20-time Mt Everest Summiteer Apa Sherpa has said he will continue to lead social awareness campaigns in the interest of the people living in the high Himalayas. Apa reached atop Everest breaking his own record on Sunday. Speaking at a press meet on Tuesday after arriving in the capital, Apa said, “I experience increased

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Climate Spending Rises at Biggest Companies

May 25th, 2010 | By




Seven in 10 of the world’s biggest companies plan to increase their spending on programs to fight climate change, the accounting firm Ernst & Young said. Nearly 50 percent of executives surveyed at 300 businesses, from airlines and banks to chemical makers, said they intend to spend at least 0.5 percent of revenue on measures

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Indus Basin being hit hard by Climate change

May 25th, 2010 | By




Dr Ishfaq Ahmad, Advisor Science & Technology, Government of Pakistan, has said the crucially important Indus basin is being hit hard by the impacts of changing climate. He further said that the country is facing abnormal weather patterns in the form of late winter and spring rains that has negative effects on the agriculture sector

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END OF A DREAM

May 25th, 2010 | By




His email address was simply rhododel@: his magnificently wild and creatively cultivated hillside garden was less treacherous than Eden, and yet on the edge of every leaf was a timeless drop of suspense that one never expected would one day fall upon blood-sodden earth. No one knew more about Himalayan blossoms than he. No one

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Bhutan observed the International Biodiversity Day

May 25th, 2010 | By




On May 22nd 2010, Haa Dzongkhag had the honour of being the place where Bhutan observed the International Biodiversity Day which was being held all around the world. The one-day celebration of the International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB) was graced by the Dasho Dzongdag of Haa. In addition, this year has also been declared

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Is the flowering Cycle Changing due to Climate Change?

May 25th, 2010 | By




Climate change Researchers looked at familiar signs of spring in plants, and observed changes in butterflies, birds, and other species. Shifts in phenology are considered one of the clearest and most rapid signals of biological response to rising temperatures, writes S Ananthanarayanan Rising temperatures and extreme nature events such as floods, cold waves apart, other

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Pugh Makes (more) History-Draw Attention to the Melting of the Glaciers in the Himalayas

May 25th, 2010 | By




Endurance swimmer and environmental campaigner Lewis Pugh has become the first person to complete a long distance swim under the summit of Mount Everest, it was announced this weekend. Pugh used the icy swim to draw attention to the melting of the glaciers in the Himalayas and the impact of declining water supplies in the

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Climate Change Affecting Mountain People and their Livelihood- Nepal

May 25th, 2010 | By




Mount Sagarmatha (Everest) still remains the mountaineers delight. Foremost it is the highest peak in the world standing at 8,848 meters above the sea level. That it is in Nepal has added to the glory of the country. Now, world renowned Nepali mountaineer Apa Sherpa climbing Everest for a record 20 times has added another

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Scrap Public hearing of Lower Siang Hydro Project – Environment Ministry India

May 24th, 2010 | By




The Ministry of Environment and Forests has directed the Arunachal Pradesh State Pollution Control Board (APSPCB) to scrap the public hearing announced for the 2700 MW Lower Siang hydro project according to a letter on May 21. Further the MoEF has directed the state pollution control board to advice the project proponent to submit a

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Green INDIA Mission Draft Document Released, National Consultation to Follow

May 24th, 2010 | By




The Ministry today released a draft Mission document for the ‘National Mission for a Green India’, one of the eight missions under the National Action Plan on Climate Change (NAPCC),recognizes that climate change phenomena will seriously affect and alter the distribution, type and The Mission (henceforth referred to as GIM) acknowledges the influences that the

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Marriott International Launches Water Conservation Program in China

May 24th, 2010 | By




Company joins Conservation International and Government of Pingwu County to protect Asia water tower, source of fresh water to more than 2 billion people. Marriott International (NYSE: MAR) will invest $500,000 (approximately 3.4 million RMB) in seed money over the next two years to support a vital water conservation program that helps protect the largest

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Traditional Seeds vital for Climate Change Adoption

May 24th, 2010 | By




The continued use of modern seed varieties by small-scale farmers could eventually lead to the loss of traditional varieties that are more resilient to climate change. According to new research findings, indigenous communities in developing countries who lack adequate mitigation measures against the challenges of climate change are the most affected. The study was conducted

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National Consultative Workshop on-Impacts of Climate Change on Indus Basin: Coping Strategies for Pakistan

May 24th, 2010 | By




A national consultative workshop titled: ‘Impacts of Climate Change on Indus Basin: Coping Strategies for Pakistan’ was organized by IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature in collaboration with International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) with the support of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in Islamabad today. The workshop was organized under an initiative

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Exploring the Nexus between Climate change, Migration and Urban Poverty-Bangladesh

May 24th, 2010 | By




Dhaka, May 23 (UNB)- The link between climate change-induced migration and the spectre of urban poverty that has become more and more pronounced in recent years on the streets of capital Dhaka, emerged as a point of contention at a policy dialogue on ‘Environment, Climate Change and Migration’ at the Brac Centre on Sunday. The

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International Geosphere Biosphere Programme: Climate-Change Index

May 24th, 2010 | By




The IGBP Climate-Change Index brings together key indicators of global change: atmospheric carbon dioxide, temperature, sea level and sea ice. It will be released annually. The index gives an annual snapshot of how the planet’s complex systems – the ice, the oceans, the land surface and the atmosphere – are responding to the changing climate.

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Pull Hunza (Pakistan) Out of Death Trap

May 23rd, 2010 | By




A human and ecological disaster is in the making in the Northern Areas of Pakistan. The picturesque Hunza Valley is in the grip of death and destruction as a persistently rising lake is at the verge of overflowing. The accumulated watercourse, estimated to be more than 28 kilometers long upstream, is capable of annihilating the

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The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development Celebrates the International Year of Biodiversity

May 23rd, 2010 | By




This year ICIMOD joins the world in celebrating the variety of life on earth. The International Year of Biodiversity (IYB) is an opportunity to highlight the unique biodiversity richness of the landscapes in the Hindu Kush-Himalayan region and to acknowledge the contributions made by the more than 200 million people who live here. The people

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Japan, S Korea, China to further co-op in Environmental Protection

May 23rd, 2010 | By




Environmental ministers from Japan, South Korea and China met Sunday in Tomakomai City of Hokkaido, Japan to further cooperation in dealing with environmental challenges including climate change and cross-border pollution. During the two-day meeting, the ministers held bilateral and trilateral meetings to stress the importance of regional cooperation amid growing environment concerns facing the region

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Jairam Ramesh (India’s Minister) Calls for Convergence on Reducing Biodiversity Loss

May 23rd, 2010 | By




New Delhi, May 22 (ANI-Businesswire India): Minister of State for Environment and Forests Jairam Ramesh on saturday called for effective and coherent convergence of policies at the global, national and regional level to achieve significant reduction of biodiversity loss. Addressing participants at TERI-sponsored seminar on climate change at the India Habitat Centre here, Ramesh said

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Indian IPCC Climate-Biodiversity link-INCCCA

May 23rd, 2010 | By




Minister for forests and environment Jairam Ramesh believes India is building an important link between climate change and biodiversity by creating an Indian version of the IPCC.India has created its own indigenous Indian Network for Comprehensive Climate Change Assessment (INCCCA) that will measure the impact of climate change in the key areas of agriculture, forests,

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Agriculture can Potentially be Part of the Solution to Climate Change

May 22nd, 2010 | By




Agriculture can potentially be part of the solution to climate change in ways that respect and support the development and food security requirements of developing countries: development-smart responses to climate change. However to realize this potential, systematic and dedicated discussion and decisions within the AWG-LCA and SBSTA are needed to clarify options for action and

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The International Day for Biological Diversity

May 22nd, 2010 | By




The theme for the International Day for Biodiversity (IDB), which will be celebrated on 22 May 2010, is Biodiversity, Development and Poverty Alleviation. The planet’s species and habitats, and the goods and services they provide, form the basis of our wealth, our health and our well-being. Yet, despite repeated global commitments to protect this heritage,

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The International Day for Biological Diversity: Farmers Conserving Biodiversity, Aiding Development and Alleviating Poverty-IFAP

May 22nd, 2010 | By




The International Day for Biological Diversity, is observed annually and commemorates the adoption of the Convention on Biological Diversity on this day in 1992. This year we highlight the efforts farmers are making to conserve biodiversity, aid in global development and alleviate poverty in rural areas. IFAP and its member organizations worldwide celebrate this day

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Where the Dragon Meets the Angry River: Conservation Lessons from China

May 22nd, 2010 | By




Will China lead us to a greener future? The answers may be found in the roadless backcountry of Yunnan Province, a corner of China endowed with exceptional biodiversity and many ethnic nationalities. In Where the Dragon Meets the Angry River: Nature and Power in the People’s Republic of China, R. Edward Grumbine, Chair of the Masters in Environmental

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Through Green-Tinted Glasses-Environment Minister of India

May 22nd, 2010 | By




Jairam Ramesh as Environment and Forest minister transformed the ministry from being a rubber stamp to an independent think tank — but not without earning the wrath of many across the political class. As a junior minister in UPA-2, Ramesh got rebuked by his senior Cabinet colleagues, agriculture minister Sharad Pawar and science and technology

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Bordoichila Frequency higher this Year-Guwahati India

May 22nd, 2010 | By




The frequency of thunderstorm during the pre-monsoon season in the current year is not abnormally high even though the frequency of squall (in the instant case Bordoichila) days in April this year was higher compared to the previous years. However, to link these developments with the phenomenon of climate change we need to examine the

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Preserve Biodiversity through Community Initiatives

May 22nd, 2010 | By




The year 2010 has been declared by the United Nations as ‘The International Year of Biodiversity’. But the governments in most countries remain indifferent to the massive loss of species of trees, plants, insects, fish, birds and animals that balance the life-cycle on earth. Today, on May 22, 2010 as we celebrate the International Biodiversity

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‘Third Pole’ (Himalayas) Threatened by Growing Water crisis – Report

May 20th, 2010 | By




A fifth of the world’s population who depend on waters coming from the Himalayas face a humanitarian catastrophe as climate change and human activities threaten floods, drought, water contamination and the spread of disease, a new report says. More than 1.3 billion people, including the populations of Bangladesh, China, India and Pakistan, rely on water

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Climate Change Denial and the Climate of Fear

May 20th, 2010 | By




The issue began brewing around the time of the ill-fated Copenhagen Summit on Climate Change last December.  Shortly before then, in November 2009, climate change deniers received a windfall when a set of email correspondence from the Climatic Research Unit (CRU)) at East Anglia University in the UK was commandeered and its contents leaked.  The

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Scientists to Reclaim Lost Ground on Climate Change

May 19th, 2010 | By




While scientists say there is more evidence to support global warming, public awareness of the threat has not risen accordingly, due to the winter’s cold temperatures and the scandals involving the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The IPCC, an organization under the UN, is set to launch its fifth assessment report on climate change,

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Is Environment Ministry of India, Planning a ban on Tourism in Tiger Reserve?

May 19th, 2010 | By




The Ministry of Environment of Forest of Government of India through a Press Note on May 4, 2010 has clarified that the news related to ban on tourism in Tiger Reserves has no standing and there is no such proposal to ban it. The Ministry has further clarified that it believes that tourism is essential

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New Vision Required to Stave Off Dramatic Biodiversity Loss, Says UN Report

May 19th, 2010 | By




*Nairobi, 10 May 2010* – Natural systems that support economies, lives and livelihoods across the planet are at risk of rapid degradation and collapse unless there is swift, radical and creative action to conserve and sustainably use the variety of life on Earth. This is one principal conclusion of a major new assessment of the

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Hindu Kush-Himalayan Countries Agree to Collaborate on Access and Benefit Sharing of Biological Resources and Traditional Knowledge

May 18th, 2010 | By




Government representatives from Bhutan, China, India, Nepal and Pakistan agreed to collaborate on developing regional approaches to ‘access and benefit sharing of biological resources and associated traditional knowledge (ABS)’ at a side event at the 14th meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA-14) of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)

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ICCC 4 Opens with a Climategate Surprise

May 18th, 2010 | By




It’s Heartland’s fourth International Conference on Climate Change and the first since the November revelations of fraudulent behavior by leading AGW-preaching climate scientists at Britain’s Climate Research Unit (CRU).  And at its opening night dinner on Sunday, ICCC IV managed to add a surprising twist to the Climategate saga. After welcoming the 700-plus attendees, Senior Fellow

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