Archive for July 2010

China: Where do we go from here on climate and energy?

Jul 31st, 2010 | By




China seems to “get it” on climate change and embracing a new energy paradigm. We don’t. Why do they have a sense of urgency while we dither? What useful lesson can we learn from the fact that as America fumbled the ball on energy and climate legislation, China announced its plans to begin carbon trading?

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Earth has 12 years to go before its ice melts

Jul 31st, 2010 | By




The world has less than 12 years to go before it faces major ice-melting and potentially catastrophic effects if nothing is done to reduce carbon emissions, a Thai environmental conservationist has warned. Energy and environmental conservationist Chirapol Sintunawa said it would take approximately that time for the carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere to reach

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e-Resilience: Rethinking the Potential of ICTs towards Climate Change Adaptation

Jul 30th, 2010 | By




The concept of Resilience occupies an increasingly prominent place within the climate change debate. Defined by the Resilience Alliance as “the capacity of socio-ecological systems to absorb disturbances, to be changed and re-organise while maintaining the same identity”, resilience means much more than just bouncing back after the occurrence of a climatic event. It entails the ability of

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Despite PM push, MoEF looks to block tribal rights in parks-India

Jul 30th, 2010 | By




NEW DELHI: Prime Minister of India Dr. Manmohan Singh might have talked of the importance of implementing the Forest Rights Act in its letter and spirit in the Naxal-effected tribal areas but the Union environment and forests ministry is instead trying to curtail the Act’s provisions. The MoEF has pitched for an amendment of the

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Economics of Adaptation to Climate Change Study Overview

Jul 30th, 2010 | By




As the world gears up to tackling climate change, the issue of how developing countries will cope with the ravages of a changing climate is rising to the forefront. The poorest in developing countries are most vulnerable to these changes as they have the least ability to adapt to the increasing frequency of floods, droughts

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Asian Chief Justices, Judges Propose Network to Promote Environment Justice

Jul 30th, 2010 | By




MANILA, PHILIPPINES – Asian judges proposed creation of an Asian Judges Network on the Environment to improve the quality of court rulings on environment and natural resource cases in the region at a seminar held at the Asian Development Bank (ADB). Around 120 senior judges, environment ministry officials and civil society participants attended the “Asian

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Floods kill 928, cost US$26 billion in China by July 28

Jul 29th, 2010 | By




BEIJING – China’s flood control authorities said on Wednesday that floods this year had left 928 people dead and 477 missing all over China as of 9 am July 28. Floods had affected a total of 134 million people in 28 provinces, municipalities and autonomous regions, resulting in direct economic losses of 176.5 billion yuan

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India’s poor set eyes on green cremations

Jul 28th, 2010 | By




Green cremation emerges as an alternative to elaborate and costly death rituals in India. Traditional cremation undertakers, state and international cooperation programmes are pushing it as an option to reduce the country’s carbon footprint and avoid expensive cremations. Unmindful of the monsoons lashing the Dehradun area in the Himalayan foothills in northern India, Girdhari Singh

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Have We Been Asking the Wrong Questions About Climate Change Science?

Jul 28th, 2010 | By




Are we asking climate change science some of the wrong questions? If what we do about the threat of climate change is an ethical issue, how does this affect how we talk about: (a) climate change science, (b) climate change “alarmists,”(d) the appropriate role of climate change skeptics, (e) what we mean when we make

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Elite runners gather for Himalayan climate action

Jul 26th, 2010 | By




CSM joined hands today with India’s foremost Ultrarunner, Dr Rajat Chauhan, to bring attention to the impact of climate change on the Himalayas through a feat of human endurance. Elite runners assembled for a 139-mile (222km) run over Himalayan peaks to raise attention to climate change. Called ‘The High’ this is certainly the highest and

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Water Dispute Increases India-Pakistan Tension

Jul 26th, 2010 | By




BANDIPORE, Kashmir: In this high Himalayan valley on the Indian-controlled side of Kashmir, the latest battle line between India and Pakistan has been drawn. This time it is not the ground underfoot, which has been disputed since the bloody partition of British India in 1947, but the water hurtling from mountain glaciers to parched farmers’

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Himalayas, within 20 years over a billion victims of climate change

Jul 26th, 2010 | By




Within the next 20 years more than 1.3 billion people will be affected by drought. The Himalayan reservoirs and rivers that cross Bangladesh, China, India and Nepal will suffer a depletion of 275 billion cubic meters of water, because of melting glaciers and pollution. This was revealed by a study of the Strategic Foresight Group,

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Researchers have questioned 2009 findings by the Forest Survey of India (FSI)

Jul 24th, 2010 | By




Researchers have questioned 2009 findings by the Forest Survey of India (FSI) that found that India’s forests were, unlike many tropical Asian nations’, on the rebound. According to the FSI, Indian forests had grown by almost five percent from the 1990s. Yet, were these finding too good to be true? According to Jean-Philippe Puyravaud and

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EU Pledges 8.5m Euros for Bangladesh to Fight Climate Change

Jul 24th, 2010 | By




The two-day Asia Regional Conference of Global Climate Change Alliance (GCCA) ended here on Monday adopting a joint declaration to help least developed countries (LDCs) and Small Island Developing Countries (SIDS) in Asia to cope with the climate change. Bangladesh, Cambodia and the Maldives signed the joint declaration at a city hotel. Under the agreement,

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Regional meet on combating climate change held

Jul 9th, 2010 | By




A regional consultation on ‘Combating climate change in the North Eastern and lower Himalayan regions of India’ was organized recently by Centre for Legislative Research and Advocacy (CLRA) and Oxfam India, in collaboration with Gauhati University and the North East Members of Parliament’s Forum. The consultation brought together all the important stakeholders in a dialogue

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Water shortage in Himalayas by 2030: Report

Jul 1st, 2010 | By




Himalayan river basins in China, Bangladesh, India and Nepal will face a massive water depletion within 20 years, leading to a decline in food and mass migration, a research group warned Monday. Due to natural reasons like glacial melting, the four countries would lose almost 275 billion cubic metres of annual renewable water in the

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