Archive for October 2010

China on path to clean energy leadership

Oct 31st, 2010 | By




SINGAPORE — China is rapidly becoming a global colossus in renewable energy as it seeks to reduce reliance on polluting fossil fuels and establish itself as a leading clean power manufacturer and exporter. Its rise in some key sectors of the green energy business has been breathtaking. In 1999, China made around 1 percent of

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Climate change and agriculture: Are we getting to the heart of the matter?

Oct 30th, 2010 | By




This Sunday, the Netherlands, several other governments, the World Bank and the FAO are hosting a major six-day conference on agriculture, food security and climate in the Hague. Those closely following the climate talks believe that this conference is an attempt to include agriculture much more centrally within the climate negotiations of the U.N. Framework

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Why carbon management software is so crucial nowadays

Oct 30th, 2010 | By




The new carbon and energy management software enables companies to effectively monitor and manage carbon emissions, as a crucial indicator of business performance. A new type of software for enterprise carbon and energy management (ECEM), is enabling companies to monitor, manage, and report corporate carbon emissions, as well as the energy consumption which is their

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British scientist claims CCS is the solution of climate change

Oct 30th, 2010 | By




Oxford professor argues that climate change can be solved by forcing the fossil fuel industry to implement CCS to bury their waste products. Climate change can be solved by making all producers of carbon-based fuels accountable for the disposal of the carbon dioxide their fuels ultimately give off as a condition of remaining in business. This

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Financing the climate for change

Oct 30th, 2010 | By




Seed Capital Assistance Facility helping investors provide early stage financing to clean energy entrepreneurs in the developing world. The United Nations Environment Programme, the Asian Development Bank, the African Development Bank and the Global Environment Facility have launched a Seed Capital Assistance Facility (SCAF) to help stimulate renewable energy and energy efficiency ventures in the

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Vulnerable-Asia: Seeks To Reduce Disaster Risks

Oct 30th, 2010 | By




By Stanislaus Jude Chan: INCHEON, South Korea, Oct 29, 2010 (IPS) – Even as Asian ministers discussed ways to reduce disaster risks here, news broke of a twin tragedy in Indonesia – a tsunami triggered by a 7.7-magnitude earthquake, and the eruption of the country’s most active volcano, Mount Merapi, whose name means “mountain of

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The Value of Forests

Oct 30th, 2010 | By




There is no denying the fact that during the past two decades, there has been increased damage to forests and other wildlife havens by man. The forests are in a state of crisis never seen by humankind. Much of the damage that has been done will not be easily undone.  This exploitation has brought benefits

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Low elevations hold climate surprises

Oct 29th, 2010 | By




Contrary to expectations, climate change has had a significant effect on mountain plants at low elevations, says a new study led by a UC Davis researcher. The information could guide future conservation efforts at local scales by helping decision makers anticipate biological responses to climate changes, said lead author Susan Harrison, a UC Davis professor

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Scientists Push Forward on Third Pole Collaboration

Oct 29th, 2010 | By




Scientists from across the Himalayan region and beyond agreed to continue international collaboration to increase understanding of the environment of the Third Pole region at a workshop which concluded in Kathmandu yesterday. Collaboration includes efforts to establish flagship monitoring stations, developing an accessible platform for sharing data, and launching transboundary scientific expeditions. The 90 scientists,

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Climate change linked to increase in landslides

Oct 29th, 2010 | By




Thinning glaciers and loosening permafrost on volcanoes are destabilizing high mountain ranges, triggering collapses. LOTS OF ICE: Mount Cook in New Zealand, site of a warm temperature-influenced avalanche in 1991. (Photo: gemstone/Flickr) Around 10,000 years ago, the planet emerged from its most recent glacial age. Large parts of volcanic summit cones became destabilized from melting

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Approach to a new National Water Policy in India

Oct 29th, 2010 | By




By: Ramaswamy R. Iyer. In place of the current slogan of Integrated Water Resource Management, we should look at Responsible, Harmonious, Just and Wise Use of Water. The Union Ministry of Water Resources has undertaken a review and revision of the National Water Policy (NWP) 2002. Need for radical overhaul Ideally, a review at this

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The Commonality of Climate Change-Bhutan’s Take

Oct 29th, 2010 | By




During the 4h Asian Ministerial Conference 28 October, 2010, while addressing an audience of 900 participants that included ministers for disaster management from more than 40 nations in the Asian-Pacific region, Lyonchhoen Jigmi Y Thinley (Bhutanees Prime Minister) urged a greater sense of responsibility and solidarity towards reducing the risks of climate change induced disasters

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Asian meet in Korea on disaster risk reduction concludes

Oct 29th, 2010 | By




KOREA, Oct 28: The fourth Asian Ministerial Conference on disaster risk reduction (AMCDRR) concluded in South Korea on Thursday morning, adopting “Incheon Declaration” along with “Incheon Roadmap and Action Plan” for the next five years. Indonesia will organise the fifth AMCDRR. The declaration has mainly focused on the establishment of a climate resilient disaster risk

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Climate Change, Food Security and Resilience of Food and Agricultural Systems in Developing Countries: Mitigation and Adaptation Options

Oct 29th, 2010 | By




EVENT: In November 2010, the Food Security Center of the University of Hohenheim holds the 117 Seminar of the European Association of Agricultural Economics (EAAE) with the title: Climate Change, Food Security and Resilience of Food and Agricultural Systems in Developing Countries: Mitigation and Adaptation Options. The purpose of this seminar is to investigate the economics of

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IPCC vice-chair: Attacks on climate science echo tobacco industry tactics

Oct 28th, 2010 | By




Jean-Pascal van Ypersele says rows over ‘climategate’ emails and Himalayan glaciers were organised to undermine Copenhagen summit The attacks on climate science that were made ahead of the Copenhagen climate change summit were “organised” to undermine efforts to tackle global warming and mirror the earlier tactics of the tobacco industry, according to the vice-chair of

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Japan to give 60 million dollars in biodiversity aid

Oct 28th, 2010 | By




Japan plans to give about 60 million dollars to help developing countries protect species and habitats at a UN conference on biodiversity it is hosting, a government official said Tuesday. “The government is preparing to announce aid worth roughly five billion yen to developing countries,” an official with the Japanese environment ministry told AFP, without

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Urbanization aids Bhutan in protecting forests

Oct 28th, 2010 | By




NAIROBI (AlertNet) – Urbanisation – and targeted government policies – have helped the tiny mountain kingdom of Bhutan expand its area of forest cover, a move seen as key to helping the Himalayan nation ease the effects of climate change. While many countries struggle with deforestation, Bhutan is now 75 percent covered by trees, up

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Indian Minister Ramachandran presides over conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Incheon[Korea]

Oct 28th, 2010 | By




Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Mullappally Ramachandran on Wednesday presided over the High Level Round Table-3 on Promoting Integration of Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation into Development for Green Growth at the 4th Asian Ministerial Conference being held in Incheon city of Republic of Korea. Ramachandran, while initiating the discussion, said,

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India’s energy security, climate change action plan linked: PM

Oct 28th, 2010 | By




Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), Oct. 27 (ANI): Visiting Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh on Wednesday said that his government has formulated an ambitious National Action Plan on Climate Change that is intimately linked to our energy security. He also said that a National Solar Mission has been tasked with the responsibility of building a capacity

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New weather tool to help Scientists

Oct 27th, 2010 | By




Climate change scientists and organisations responding to natural disasters have a new tool to help them visualise weather and geography across Asia. A web-based geospatial information platform called Servir has established a new centre in Nepal to gather satellite images and other data. NASA administrator Charles F. Bolden launched the service at a function organised

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India, other emerging markets- more optimistic on tackling climate

Oct 27th, 2010 | By




NEW DELHI: Emerging market economies, including India and China, are more optimistic than the rest of the world in terms of concern, personal commitment and the belief that climate change can be stopped, a survey by HSBC Holdings Plc said. According to HSBC’s “Climate Confidence Monitor”, one in three people in Vietnam, India and China

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Hindu Kush-Himalayan region: Biodiversity management needs regional cooperation

Oct 26th, 2010 | By




Nagoya, Japan, 26 October: The Hindu Kush-Himalayan countries of Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, and Pakistan called on the global community to pay attention to the vulnerability of the region as a hotspot for biodiversity and climate change, and emphasised the importance of regional cooperation for the management of biodiversity. The countries were participating in a

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Climate change to hit Asia’s poor hardest: World Bank

Oct 26th, 2010 | By




SEOUL: Asia’s poor will bear the brunt of disasters sparked by climate change and rapid urbanisation, a World Bank expert told a regional conference Tuesday. “More than others, poor people pay for disaster with their lives,” the bank’s director for sustainable development in East Asia, John Roome, told the Asian ministerial conference on disaster risk

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Fuel cells for the future

Oct 26th, 2010 | By




At a time when energy resources are fast depleting, fuel cells raise new hopes, as research in this futuristic technology gathers momentum. For over a century, predictions have been that fuel cell technology could be the future. The advance in material sciences at present could make it a reality in specialised applications in the coming

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India: Pench Workshop to discuss Role of Protected Areas in Climate Change

Oct 26th, 2010 | By




Protected areas (PAs) like sanctuaries, national parks and reserves are not only homes for wildlife but they also contribute to reducing the risk of natural disasters by helping adapt to climate change. Around 40 experts, including 20 field directors, will gather at Pench Tiger Reserve (PTR), Madhya Pradesh, on November 2 and 3, to evolve

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Biodiversity, dollars and social sense-India Pioneer

Oct 26th, 2010 | By




GDP is too narrow a measure of national wealth. Environmental and social progress should be included too India’s decision to publish measurements of the changes – positive and negative – in its “natural wealth” including its plant, water and other environmental resources is a development of global significance. In future this index of environmental sustainability

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India: Centre now tries to save Valley of Flowers

Oct 26th, 2010 | By




After the Bhagirathi valley in Uttarakhand (India), the Centre has now turned its focus on the enigmatic Valley of Flowers in the state to save it from a power project. In a letter, Union Minster of State for Environment and Forests Jairam Ramesh asked the state government to stop the 24.3-Mw Bhyundar Ganga power project

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European Union announces 1 million euros to enhance capacity-building in developing countries

Oct 25th, 2010 | By




Nagoya, 25 October 2010 – The European Commission announced today its intention to contribute 1 million euros to the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) to organize regional and subregional capacity building workshops to strengthen implementation of the Convention’s programme of workon protected areas (PoWPA). The programme of work defines a comprehensive and

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Pakistan: Climate change enhances outbreak of health related issues-Experts

Oct 25th, 2010 | By




Climate change and globalisation have greatly enhanced the outbreak of health related issues associated with arthropods throughout the globe while the recent floods and the relatively less severe summer has further changed the overall distribution of mosquito and mosquito borne diseases, the experts of Faisalabad Agriculture University said. In a study on “mosquito borne diseases

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What will space tourism mean for climate change?

Oct 25th, 2010 | By




If space tourism ever becomes big business, as plenty of well-heeled backers hope, the danger of the enterprise might not be confined to those who book a ride to the edge of space. A robust suborbital spaceflight industry could deposit enough soot in the stratosphere to cause significant global climate change, according to a new

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Tracking Climate Change-Countrywise

Oct 24th, 2010 | By




A footprint comparison of total carbon dioxide emissions by nation and per capita shows there’s plenty of room for smaller countries to reduce their carbon footprints. As the international community tries to come to grips with climate change, the difficulties of reaching agreement on the regulation of carbon dioxide emissions worldwide are becoming ever more

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Global Network Needed for Ecological Research in Mountains

Oct 24th, 2010 | By




Conservation scientists emphasised the importance of biodiversity management in mountain regions at Nagoya in a side event on ‘Transboundary cooperation for biodiversity conservation — a strategy for an ecosystem approach and adaptation to climate change’. Developing a global network for long-term ecological research in mountain areas, combined with strong national institutions, is essential to reduce

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Norwegian Initiative in Himalayan Climate Impacts

Oct 23rd, 2010 | By




REPORT: Long  before the media blitz that engulfed the IPCC in misguided controversy over the Himalayan glacier error leading up to COP 15, the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) saw the need for more and better knowledge on the effects of climate change in the Hindu Kush-Himalaya (HKH) region.  Therefore, MFA tapped CICERO to

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INDIA: Not Part of Asia or Regional Adaptation Network?

Oct 23rd, 2010 | By




The geographical coverage of SIDA-Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency supported initiative ‘Adaptation Knowledge Platform‘ or (Regional Climate Change Adaptation Knowledge Platform ) with international partners like SEI-Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), the Swedish Environmental Secretariat for Asia (SENSA), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) includes: Cambodia, China, Lao PDR,

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India: A wild cat is dead, a changing face of Himalayan Ecology

Oct 23rd, 2010 | By




Nature has blessed us with an ample of good things which we should learn to tame and preserve it. Worldwide consortium for Climate Change in hand is reeling under a trouble due to global climate change and in other hand continues depletion of natural resources is not stopping. A modernisation due to rapidly growing industrialization

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Himalayan climate change threatens regional stability. Can India help?

Oct 23rd, 2010 | By




As the devastating floods in Pakistan showed, atmospheric pollutants are disturbing the Himalayan region’s weather patterns – and local economies. But India has a pivotal opportunity to cut ‘black carbon’ emissions and minimize the damage. New Delhi; Palo Alto and Orange, Calif. It is widely known from satellite imagery and on-the-ground intelligence that the Arctic

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Pak, India urged to face climate change together

Oct 22nd, 2010 | By




Islamabad—Speakers at a seminar urged Pakistan and India have been urged to cooperate with each others to cope with the challenges and threats posed by climate change in the world and the region. The seminar organized by joint organized by Planning Commission of Pakistan, Sustainable Policy Development Institute (SPDI) and German think-tank Heinrich Böll Foundation

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Japan should play a bigger role

Oct 22nd, 2010 | By




China’s rise and India’s advance are two of the most spectacular dynamics. The power shift to the Asia Pacific, however, will be a long transition, and Asia faces three major challenges over the next decade; first, the instability of the North Korean regime in the process of leadership succession and the eventual unification of the

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Asia Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Forum-21 October 2010-Key Messages

Oct 22nd, 2010 | By




The Asia-Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Forum (Adaptation Forum) started yesterday (21-22 Oct 2010) at United Nations Conference Center (UNCC) Bangkok, Thailand. The key messages of the first day deliberations are given below in various thematic areas: (1) Vertical Integration Multi‐level Governance, Science and Poverty Climate change adaptation can be considered as “development done right”, but

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Climate Change Threatens Emerging Superpowers, warns report: India among Extremely Vulnerable

Oct 21st, 2010 | By




Bangladesh and India are most at risk from growing climate risks, while large regions could be drought-stricken by 2030 Photo: Climate Change Vulnerability Index 2011 By: Maplecroft Some of the “big economies of the future” are the most vulnerable to the effects of climate change, according to a new study published today.UK consultancy Maplecroft identified

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China feels under the Weather

Oct 21st, 2010 | By




BEIJING – The alarming weather events of this year’s long, hot summer were almost like a visitation from Asia’s foreboding future. There were massive floods in Pakistan, caused by rivers that streamed from China’s Himalayan mountains. There were floods in China itself. Fires and unprecedented hot weather raged through Siberia and other parts of Russia,

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Biodiversity Champions in Southeast Asia

Oct 21st, 2010 | By




Nagoya, 21 October 2010 – While the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) region is home to 20 per cent of all known plant and animal species, it is losing biodiversity at alarming rates. Unfortunately, this threat has not attracted enough attention from leaders, the public and the media to generate a concerted effort to

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ICIMOD-Nepal; at the 10th Meeting of the Conference of Parties (COP-10) to CBD, Nagoya, Japan

Oct 21st, 2010 | By




The CBD COP-10 in Nagoya, Japan is expected to discuss current and emerging issues, explore effective strategies, and develop an international framework for conservation and management of biodiversity. The world leaders are expected to assess the achievements of the 2010 targets to reduce significantly the rate of biodiversity loss, adopt an international regime on access

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New Website on Mountain Biodiversity at COP 10

Oct 21st, 2010 | By




The new web site Mountain Biodiversity at COP 10 seeks to raise awareness among people about the importance of biodiversity in mountains and share relevant materials about this topic. This site cop10.mtnforum.org, which is in English and Spanish, has been launched in the framework of the tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP10)

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Asia-Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Forum 2010 –Kicks Off-Mountains not in Agenda

Oct 21st, 2010 | By




The Asia-Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Forum (Adaptation Forum) starts today (21-22 Oct 2010) at United Nations Conference Center (UNCC) Bangkok, Thailand. This forum intends providing opportunity to share practices, knowledge and experiences on mainstreaming adaptation to climate change into development planning in Asia and the Pacific region. This event is supposed one of the showcases

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Mobilizing Society to Support Biodiversity-CBD at Nagoya Japan

Oct 20th, 2010 | By




As Countdown 2010 initiative closes, local coordinated actions show way to solving the global biodiversity crisis Nagoya (Japan), 20 October 2010 – IUCN’s Countdown 2010 initiative officially closes today in Nagoya by revealing the best efforts of more than 1,000 organizations around the world to save biodiversity. The ceremony is being held on 20.10.2010 at

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Climate Change and landslides in Nagaland-India

Oct 20th, 2010 | By




The ‘Global Climate Change’ due to global warming by the formation of green house gases in the atmosphere, is currently considered the most alarming development to scientists. The global warming effects will affect climate change globally according the resource persons from ‘National Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM), New Delhi’, at the recently held training in

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PM (India), Bhutan King Discuss aid, Energy Cooperation

Oct 20th, 2010 | By




Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday met Bhutanese King Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuk and discussed a host of issues, including the possibility of expanding India’s development assistance to the Himalayan state and energy cooperation. Against the backdrop of reports about China stepping up its influence in Bhutan, the Bhutanese monarch arrived Wednesday morning on a

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Argentina Protects its Glaciers by Law

Oct 20th, 2010 | By




Argentina enacted a new law that protects the country’s glaciers, in a global context where climate change threatens the large bodies of ice and there are risks of different polluting activities.The law, enacted on September 30, aims to preserve the glaciers as “strategic reserves of water for human consumption, for agriculture and as suppliers of

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President Klaus (Czech Republic) Denounces “Global Warming Dogma”

Oct 20th, 2010 | By




The general acceptance of the “global warming dogma” is one of the costliest and least democratic mistakes of recent time, Czech President Vaclav Klaus said in a lecture at The Global Warming Policy Foundation in London yesterday. Klaus went on to criticise “powerful special interests” that advocated the “global warming doctrine.” Not climate, but governments,

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Asia’s Growing Crisis of Floods and Droughts

Oct 20th, 2010 | By




EVENT: The Greater Himalayas, whose glaciers supply crucial seasonal water flows to some 40 percent of the world’s population, are a climate change hot spot. The Tibetan Plateau has experienced a 1 degree Celsius temperature rise in the past decade alone and the 40,000+ glaciers in these mountains are in rapid retreat, posing grave environmental

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Tragedy of the Commons: Himalayan Glacier Melt

Oct 20th, 2010 | By




The tragedy of the commons is the idea that individuals all acting independently can out of their own self-interest in the short-term destroy valuable resources over the long-term. This idea is often used to explain how it’s very difficult to get individual people, communities, or even countries, to take the initiative on reducing their own adverse long-term impact on the environment — there’s

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Closing the Gaps: Disaster Risk Reduction and Adaptation to Climate Change in Developing Countries

Oct 20th, 2010 | By




REPORT: How has climate change highlighted the urgent need for the reform of governance approaches and institutions? In what ways does disaster risk reduction of climate change impacts require unparalleled international cooperation and new forms of local, national, regional and international governance? This chapter suggests how institutional architecture should be organised to fill ‘governance gaps’

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IPCC signs up for Reform

Oct 20th, 2010 | By




Panel agrees new guidelines and management restructure, with Pachauri still at the helm. It has been a hellish year for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and its beleaguered chairman, economist Rajendra Pachauri. In late 2009, as the world pored over e-mails taken from the University of East Anglia’s Climatic Research Unit in Norwich,

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South Asia world’s Most vulnerable Climate

Oct 20th, 2010 | By




South Asia is the world’s most climate-vulnerable region, its fast-growing populations badly exposed to flood, drought, storms and sea-level rise, according to a survey of 170 nations published on Wednesday. Of the 16 countries listed as being at ‘extreme’ risk from climate change over the next 30 years, five are from South Asia, with Bangladesh

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How Climate Warriors are Working Around the World

Oct 19th, 2010 | By









Former Madras HC Judge Nominated as Member of Green Tribunal-India

Oct 19th, 2010 | By




After appointing former supreme court judge L S Panta as chairperson, the Environment Ministry has nominated ex-Madras high court judge Prabha Sridevan as one of the members of the newly set-up National Green Tribunal, the country’s first environmental court. “The tribunal’s chairperson will take over charge of the tribunal onOctober 18, the same day when

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Study shows two species emerged from one due to climate Change

Oct 18th, 2010 | By




BANGALORE: How do changes in climate affect species and biodiversity? A study by scholars from Bangalore-based National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS) and National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS) has shown that climate change infact caused the emergence of two species from one in the case of some small birds in the mountains of western

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Climate change adaptation remains a dishearteningly familiar story

Oct 18th, 2010 | By




Failures of financing and thought continue to dog efforts to prepare vulnerable communities for climate change. At the House of Commons this week, the all-party parliamentary group on climate change gathered to view an exhibition showcasing the Community Based Adaptation (CBA) tools developed by the NGO Practical Action in partnership with the vulnerable communities with

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REPORT: Climate Smart Disaster Risk Management by IDS

Oct 18th, 2010 | By




This report presents a new approach to disaster risk management: ‘climate smart disaster risk management’ (CSDRM) approach. It is primarily for those working in disaster risk management and climate change adaptation. It will also be critical reading for those working more broadly on vulnerability and poverty reduction programmes within or outside government.    View the

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