Archive for November 2010

Cancun summit’s success hinges on ICA

Nov 30th, 2010 | By




For the second successive year, the success of the annual climate change conference — the two-week meetings began in the Mexican resort town on Monday — seems to hinge on how much major developing countries like India are willing to let the international community scrutinize the actions they are taking to tackle the problem. Unlike

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Time for compromise, troubled UN climate talks told

Nov 30th, 2010 | By




A new round of UN climate talks got under way on Monday to appeals for action and compromise after the squabbles that drove last year’s global summit in Copenhagen close to disaster. “A richer tapestry of efforts is needed,” UN climate chief Christiana Figueres warned, as she spelt out the tasks facing the 12-day conference

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Cancún climate talks: In search of the holy grail of climate change policy

Nov 30th, 2010 | By




Although Copenhagen fell short of delivering a legally binding global treaty, Cancún is another step towards that ultimate goal Let’s get the bad news out of the way first – there isn’t going to be a legally binding global climate treaty for at least three years, even as negotiators from 193 countries gather once again

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Windmill will supply energy for COP16/CMP6

Nov 30th, 2010 | By




It will generate 1.5 MW to reduce CO2 emissions produced at the Conference Cancun’s windmill will produce 1.5 megawatts on a daily bases, which equals the energy needed by 1,500 houses, explained Felipe Calderón Hinojosa, President of Mexico. “Mexico can generate up to 71 megawatts due to its geographic conditions. This will mean a reduction

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COP16 is a historic chance to save the planet

Nov 30th, 2010 | By




The 16th Conference of the Parties on Climate Change (COP16) represents a historic opportunity to move from discourse to actions on climate change, stated Patricia Espinosa Cantellano, Mexico’s Foreign Relations Secretary and new President of the Conference, after taking office. “At this juncture, we should make concrete, verifiable and viable commitments. These commitments will necessarily

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The Key to Cancún

Nov 29th, 2010 | By




For the U.S. to get what it wants in climate talks, says Michael Levi, it must stop obsessing about China As the United Nations climate talks open today in Cancún, here’s my advice for Washington: Stop focusing on China. If fact, I’d go a step beyond that, and suggest the U.S. focus on everyone but

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Nepal Calls for Global Partnership on Himalayan Biodiversity Protection

Nov 29th, 2010 | By




Following the event that Nepal’s Prime Ministers including other 23 cabinet ministers held a cabinet meeting at the base camp of the Mt. Everest on December 4, 2009 in a bid of drawing world’s attention for the safety of Mt. Everest, legal luminaries and conservation workers here in Nepal are calling for a global and

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Climate change conference begins today in Cancun

Nov 29th, 2010 | By




CANCUN (MEXICO): This beach resort, swarming with tourists and sports utility vehicles and having opulent hotels and evident unsustainability, may not be the ideal place for a climate change conference but the real issues of climate change are too critical not to be debated anywhere. The United Nations Climate Change Conference that gets under way

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Traditional Ecological Knowledge Can Guide Community Adaptation and Resilience

Nov 29th, 2010 | By




Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) is the collection of botanical, zoological, hydrological, cultural, and geographical knowhow rooted in the spirit, culture and language of a given community that has developed over time, and that continues to develop. A sound indicator that TEK works, write Mark Dowie in his book, Conservation Refugees, is the fact that ancient

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Climate change Scientists warn of 4⁰ C global temperature Rise

Nov 29th, 2010 | By




Team of experts say such an increase would cause severe droughts and see millions of migrants seeking refuge. The hellish vision of a world warmed by 4C within a lifetime has been set out by an international team of scientists, who say the glacial progress of the global climate change talks that restart in Mexico

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Cancun Conference is also about Poverty Eradication

Nov 29th, 2010 | By




By Ramesh Jaura at IDN-InDepth NewsAnalysis BERLIN (IDN) – The United Nations is refraining from setting a high expectation bar when it points out that the Cancun climate change conference is “not intended to establish the ultimate framework for comprehensive global action”. This is the plain message the secretariat of the UN Framework Convention on

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Studies on Himalayan Caves to help in Climate Forecast

Nov 29th, 2010 | By




Himalayan limestone caves will be an effective instrument of forecasting the climate of the region in future with the help of studies being conducted on the climatic trend of the last 3,000 years, says a geologists working on it. “We will not only be able to find the climatic trends in Himalayan region during last

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Stalled on treaty, climate talks turn to money

Nov 29th, 2010 | By




CANCUN: Facing another year without a global deal to curb climate change, the world’s nations will spend the next two weeks debating how to mobilize money to cope with what’s coming — as temperatures climb, ice melts, seas rise and the climate that nurtured man shifts in unpredictable ways. Beginning Monday, 15,000 government delegates, environmentalists,

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India’s Supreme Court Urged to push Government for Setting up a Green Authority

Nov 29th, 2010 | By




Further, he added, FAC functions in secrecy, no public hearings are held, no one but the user agency (the environment ministry) has any right to be heard in these proceedings. Similarly, the National Green Tribunals , passed by parliament earlier this year, cannot perform that supervisory role. They have no original jurisdiction to issue directions.

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Water and Climate Change: Stats and Facts on Climate Change Impacts on Water Resources

Nov 28th, 2010 | By




The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change states that ‘water and its availability and quality, will be the main pressures on, and issues for, societies and the environment under climate change’. People will feel the impact of climate change most strongly through changes in the distribution of water around the world and its seasonal and annual

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Nepal: Helena Christensen calls for action on climate change

Nov 28th, 2010 | By




Climate change is like ‘groundhog day’ for poor people suffering floods and droughts year after year as the temperature rises, Helena Christensen has said after visiting communities hit by extreme weather. The supermodel, who is a global ambassador for Oxfam, visited villages in the foothills of the Himalayas to see first hand the effect of

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India seeks to resolve climate disputes in Cancun

Nov 28th, 2010 | By




NEW DELHI – India is making two proposals for the U.N. climate summit in Cancun in hopes of redefining its global image as a constructive negotiator by helping to resolve disputes that have stymied agreement on curbing greenhouse gas emissions. The two proposals, obtained by The Associated Press, address the monitoring of national emissions cuts

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Jairam Ramesh suggests international partnerships in sea buckthorn cultivation

Nov 28th, 2010 | By




Highlighting concern over melting of Himalayan glaciers, environment minister Jairam Ramesh today suggested expanding sea buckthorn cultivation by tying up with China and Russia as part of mitigating strategies against climate change. Referring to a scientific study which argued that blacksoot of army vehicles was also contributing to the melting of glaciers, the minister said,

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The year of collapse

Nov 27th, 2010 | By




Next week, international climate-change negotiations begin in Cancún following 12 months of setbacks. Tan Copsey explains why chances of serious progress towards a global climate treaty are looking slim. The need for action on climate change has never been more urgent. Greenhouse-gas emissions for 2010 are likely to be some of the highest ever recorded.

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Nepal: Position Paper Of Nepal Federation Of Indigenous Nationalities On Climate Change And REDD

Nov 27th, 2010 | By




  Paying attention to the ratification of Indigenous Tribal Peoples Convention (ILO C 169) and adoption of UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples ( UNDRIP) by the government of Nepal,Realizing the Anchorage Declaration of the Indigenous Peoples Global Summit on Climate Change held in Anchorage Alaska in the United States of America, Considering

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COP16: A Stepping-Stone to Real Climate Action

Nov 27th, 2010 | By




With the disappointment of Copenhagen firmly fixed in the minds of many, the expectations as to what may be achieved from Cancun in 2010 seem to be more realistic (if not a little pessimistic). With the international climate change negotiations taking place later this month, we look at some of the areas where progress could

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Water, Health and Climate Change – How to Adapt Water Supply and Sanitation to the Changing Climate?

Nov 26th, 2010 | By




Climate change clearly has health impacts which are mostly related to water. Health hazards may be caused by extreme temperatures, an increase in water temperature, water scarcity, and chemical and biological contamination of water used for different purposes (including food production and processing). Increasing water scarcity may limit access to water for drinking water and

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Equitable Sharing of Biodiversity Benefits

Nov 26th, 2010 | By




New Publication: Two instructive examples of ‘benefit sharing’ cited in ‘Protection of Himalayan Biodiversity: International environmental law and a regional legal framework’ by Ananda Mohan Bhattarai (www.sagepublications.com) are about Costa Rica and Cameroon. Extracts from Costa Rica: The first is the story of agreements signed in the late 1980s and early 1990s between Costa Rica’s

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Most wanted list of climate change culprits rewritten

Nov 26th, 2010 | By




China is the new number one cause of global warming, yes? It just got ahead of the US, right? Maybe not. It all depends how you look at the numbers, says a new analysis that finds new heroes and villains in the story of global warming. China’s annual carbon dioxide emissions have indeed recently surpassed

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Review of climate change strategies

Nov 26th, 2010 | By




COUNTRIES need to put comprehensive and specific national strategies in place to tackle climate change COUNTRIES need to put comprehensive and specific national strategies in place to tackle climate change, according to the first combined international audit on the subject. SA is one of the 14 countries taking part in an audit on efforts to

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Saving the planet is everybody’s job

Nov 25th, 2010 | By




China’s admission that it is the world’s biggest emitter of greenhouse gases, just ahead of the climate change talks at Cancun next week is significant because it means that China enters the talks knowing that climate change is not a matter it can ignore any more on the plea that it is still a relatively

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Mountains in Peril: Mainstreaming the sustainable mountain development agenda into climate change agreements

Nov 25th, 2010 | By




ICIMOD Event, 2 December 2010, at Cancun Messe; Room: Águila: This side event is being held to highlight mountain issues and challenges in the light of climate change, and to link these to the debate on how to mainstream the sustainable development agenda while planning adaptation and mitigation activities in mountain areas, including the management

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India’s Big Green Wrecking Machine

Nov 25th, 2010 | By




It would be easy to dismiss Jairam Ramesh as a buffoon. The Indian minister for environment and forests likes to talk big, as when he recently declared that driving SUVs was “criminal” and called for “a penalty on the type of cars you don’t want to see on the roads.” This week he fulminated against

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Avoid US route: Indian minister says American way is ‘recipe for disaster’

Nov 24th, 2010 | By




Politician who has hit headlines for green interventions warns of ‘grave development risks’ The Indian environment minister, Jairam Ramesh, has attacked the growing Indian taste for the American lifestyle, which he called the “most unsustainable in the world today”. In an interview with the Guardian, Ramesh, who will travel this weekend to Cancun in Mexico

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Environmentalist cautions on development projects in Himalayas

Nov 24th, 2010 | By




Changes in the Himalayan region can greatly impact its surroundings, particularly in South Asia, so it is imperative to protect it from potential environmental damage especially those caused by development activities, an environmentalist said. Chandi Prasad Bhatt, a pioneer of the Chipko movement for the conservation of the Himalayan environment, said damage incurred by the

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Private sector involvement is no silver bullet to the climate crisis

Nov 24th, 2010 | By




The private sector has a role to play in tackling climate change, but governments must not lose sight of the reality that only grant-based public funding can reach the most vulnerable communities, says Sarah Best, from Oxfam The international development secretary, Andrew Mitchell, has rightly identified that the private sector has a crucial role to

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Climate Change Policy to be landmark achievement of Pakistan

Nov 24th, 2010 | By




ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Environment Hameed Ullah Jan Afridi has said that it is matter of pride that Ministry of Environment has taken strong initiative for preparing Climate Change Policy Draft. He said that Sixteenth Conference of Parties (COP-16) would provide an important platform to express Pakistan’s affective point of view to meet the challenges

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GEF Council Approves Proposal to Strengthen Network and Expand Access to Resources

Nov 24th, 2010 | By




Funding: The governing body of the world’s largest public environmental fund, the Global Environment Facility (GEF), this week took action towards broadening and strengthening its network so developing countries will have more tools to meet climate change, biodiversity and other global challenges. Specifically the GEF Council agreed to establish a pilot process with the goal

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Water as a ‘Divine Gift’

Nov 24th, 2010 | By




GUATEMALA CITY, Nov 23, 2010 (Tierramérica) – “Many people still believe that water is a gift from God.” This statement from a Guatemalan scientist alludes to Central America’s neglect of its water resources – – and the subsequent impact on agriculture.Because it is a divine gift, “they feel they don’t have to pay for it,”

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Next climate warming report will be dramatically worse: UN

Nov 23rd, 2010 | By




UNITED NATIONS (AFP) – United Nations leaders will demand “concrete results” from the looming Cancun climate summit as global warming is accelerating, a top UN organizer of the event said Monday. Robert Orr, UN under secretary general for planning, said the next Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report on global warming will be much worse

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International Mountain Day 2010

Nov 23rd, 2010 | By




International Mountain Day is an opportunity to create awareness about the importance of mountains to life, to highlight the opportunities and constraints in mountain development and to build partnerships that will bring positive change to the world’s mountains and highlands. The United Nations General Assembly has designated 11 December, from 2003 onwards, as “International Mountain

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Cancun climate summit garners hope of balanced outcome

Nov 23rd, 2010 | By




NEW DELHI: Just a week ahead of the climate change summit in Cancun, there appears to be some resurgence of hope that the UN sponsored process will result in a balanced outcome, which could result in a global agreement at a later date. India appears to have played a pro-active and constructive role in laying

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US climate scientists fight back after year of skepticism

Nov 23rd, 2010 | By




Rapid response website to improve public understanding of global warming, while Republicans speak out against party line. Two new campaigns have been launched by scientists that aim to improve the communication of climate science. One effort is the American Geophysical Union’s 700 scientists who are on staff to answer questions centered around the Cancún climate

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Switching on India’s solar future

Nov 22nd, 2010 | By




India is confronted with the triple challenges of climate change, energy security and economic development with political will and technological prowess. But will that be enough to bring in the capital it needs to ensure a transition to green growth? India already has a head start in the race for renewables, ranking fifth in the

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The Environments of the Poor in the Context of Climate Change and the Green Economy- Making Sustainable Development Inclusive

Nov 22nd, 2010 | By




ADB Conference 24-26 Nov 2010 in New Delhi: Over the past decade, the Asia and Pacific region has shown a rapid decline in income-based poverty as a result of broad-based and largely pro-poor economic growth. Social indicators of poverty in the region, as expressed in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), have also substantially improved. Asia

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Fragile adaptation in Ladakh-India

Nov 22nd, 2010 | By




Destructive floods have led farmers to question their ability to survive in the arid reaches of the Himalayas. Arthar Parvaiz reports from north-west India. The devastating flood that struck the normally arid desert of Ladakh, north-west India, in August has multiplied the worries of local farmers, already struggling with water shortages and harsh climatic conditions.

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US, China launch clean energy research initiative

Nov 22nd, 2010 | By




US Energy Secretary Steven Chu said Wednesday the United States and China had launched a joint clean energy initiative – one of the largest research collaborations between two countries in the world. The scheme aims to enable joint research and development of clean energy technologies, including carbon capture, electric vehicles and energy-efficient buildings. “This is

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Time to Take Action on Climate Communication

Nov 22nd, 2010 | By




According to broad international agreement, a global warming increase beyond 2°C is unacceptable (1). Because of the physics of the climate system, we must ensure that global emissions of greenhouse gases peak and start to decline rapidly within a decade in order to have a reasonable chance of meeting the 2°C goal (2). Humankind has

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Bangladesh hopes consensus on climate fund in Cancun

Nov 22nd, 2010 | By




Bangladesh hopes to reach a consensus in the upcoming United Nations (UN) climate change conference in Cancun to disburse money from the climate change fund, said Dr Mihir Kanti Majumder, secretary to the Ministry of Environment and Forests. “The UN climate change fund was formed in the Copenhagen climate change conference. But no money has

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Climate pledge purse fails to open up

Nov 20th, 2010 | By




Special Correspondent: New Delhi, Nov. 19: The developed countries appear to be failing to keep their promise made last year to provide fast-track finance to help the world’s poor countries adapt to the impacts of climate change, a UK-based non-government research organisation said on Thursday. The International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) said “the

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Need to speed up process of fighting global warming: Al Gore

Nov 20th, 2010 | By




Former US Vice President and Nobel Peace Prize winner Al Gore has been spreading the message of climate change, but his own country the United States, which is the world’s second largest polluter, has failed to pass a law to fight global warming. He spoke to Chetan Chauhan on wide range of issues including the

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The final climate frontiers- Scientists aim to improve and localize their predictions

Nov 20th, 2010 | By




Science News: Modern explorers have pushed into nearly every nook and cranny of the globe, from polar Antarctica to the depths of the Amazonian jungle. Yet there’s land still to explore, and regularly comes news of unexpected and wondrous findings — a mongooselike carnivore spotted in Madagascar, a massive waterfall discovered in Peru. Such is

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Countries have ‘common duty’ on climate change-China

Nov 20th, 2010 | By




HONG KONG -China said countries have a “common duty” to tackle global warming, pointing to a rift between rich and developing nations on climate change policy. Governments of industrialized and developing countries — including the world’s biggest polluters China and the US — have been battling over who should carry the burden for curbing the

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China Rules out linking Climate aid to Transparency

Nov 20th, 2010 | By




China said on Friday it will not agree to any deal tying climate change aid from rich nations to its acceptance of tighter international checks of its greenhouse gas emissions, which it said will grow for some time. Huang Huikang, the Chinese Foreign Ministry’s special representative for climate change talks, laid bare rifts between Beijing

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The Third pole is melting, too

Nov 20th, 2010 | By




“The impact of climate change on some Himalayan glaciers is much worse than previously thought.” Tian Lide, a glaciologist with the Chinese Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Tibetan Plateau Research (ITP) And you thought the world was bipolar. Turns out it is tripolar. After the North and South Poles, there is one more that researchers

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India: North-East vulnerable to climate change

Nov 20th, 2010 | By




A new directive of the Ministry of Environment and Forest (MEF) report has categorised Northeastern States and three other regions – Himalayan, Coastal and Western Ghats of the country as vulnerable regions to climate change. It termed the region as “vulnerable to water-induced disasters because of its location in the eastern Himalayan periphery, fragile geo-environmental

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Pollution in the Himalayas: Time to call the sweep?

Nov 19th, 2010 | By




Study: Soot gets everywhere. Even into the world’s highest mountains Kathmandu: THE Himalayas and the adjacent Tibetan plateau are sometimes referred to as the Earth’s third pole, because of the amount of ice they host. They are also known as Asia’s water tower. Their glaciers feed the continent’s largest rivers—and those, in turn, sustain some

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Co-Benefits of Sustainable Forest Management in Biodiversity Conservation and Carbon Sequestration

Nov 19th, 2010 | By




Study: Sustainable forest management (SFM), which has been recently introduced to tropical natural production forests, is beneficial in maintaining timber resources, but information about the co-benefits for biodiversity conservation and carbon sequestration is currently lacking. The application of SFM to degraded natural production forests could result in greater diversity and abundance of vertebrate species as

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India’s Climate Bet: an Emerging Giant’s Alternative Route to Power

Nov 19th, 2010 | By




A native of Chicago, I spent my childhood summers with family in Udaipur, Rajasthan, then a verdant oasis in India’s most arid state. With each successive year, I witnessed with dismay the surrounding forests and lakes shrinking and drying up as factories and mines sprouted outside the city. My family, however, took it in stride

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Nepal: Climate change meets: Concrete action plan proves elusive

Nov 19th, 2010 | By




In the context of climate change, Friday seems to be the choice for some or the other climate change programme being organized either at home or abroad. But, no programme is any different from the other, that is, concentrated on buffet lunch/dinner and power-point presentations. Repetition and reiteration are the formulas used by the business-holders

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Tibet: Sandstorms on the Plateau

Nov 18th, 2010 | By




Human activity is accelerating the desertification of the Qinghai-Tibet plateau. Now a major source of water for Asia, the Qinghai-Tibet plateau may well become one of the world’s major sources of sand in the future, Shanghai Morning Post’s Ge Zhihao reports. “Erratic rainfall coupled with serious desertification; these may both be the ‘root cause’ of

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How to Live with Climate Change

Nov 18th, 2010 | By




Opinion: One of the scarier predictions about global warming is the suggestion that melting glaciers and ice caps could cause sea levels to rise as much as 15 to 20 feet over the next century. Set aside the fact that the best research we have – from the United Nations climate panel – says that

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India: Delhi Demonstration Demands Compensation from Developed Nations for Climate Change

Nov 18th, 2010 | By




People’s Voice: Scores of farmers, workers, migrants, fisher folk, and tribals from all over the country participated in a ‘National Peoples Tribunal on Climate Crisis’ held here on Tuesday, where they narrated stories on how climate change has affected their lives, and sought compensation from the developed countries for climate crisis. The climate demanded justice

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Dependence on borrowed research has cost us, says Jairam Ramesh-India’s Environment Minister

Nov 18th, 2010 | By




Even as the Indian Network for Climate Change Assessment — dubbed “the Indian Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)” — released its first report on the impact of climate change in four regions of the country, it admitted that significant research gaps and lack of extensive databases were hampering Indian climate science. Long-term localised data

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USAID Study Says Climate Impact on Himalayas Remains Unknown, but Worrisome

Nov 18th, 2010 | By




Study: Glaciers in the Himalayas are shrinking slowly, but their retreat still presents major risks for more than a billion people who rely on glacier-fed rivers, says a new report by the U.S. Agency for International Development. The agency says more information about the glaciers’ behavior is needed to help communities adapt to climate change-driven

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