Archive for January 2011

Saving the living Himalayas

Jan 31st, 2011 | By




Despite seeing the impact of climate change, Bhutan still does not have a system to monitor changes in biodiversity it brings. Such an absence is one of the “national” issues Bhutan has identified for “ensuring biodiversity,” one of the four broad themes to address the impact of climate change. Food security, water security and energy

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Youth could play dynamic role to curb challenge of climate change

Jan 31st, 2011 | By




ISLAMABAD: Ozone Layer is essential for life on earth, but unfortunately it is being depleted due to a few man-made chemicals. Pakistan is fully committed to its international obligations towards protecting the earth and its fragile atmosphere, Minister for Environment Hameedullah Jan Afridi said here on Saturday. Afridi stated this while addressing a ‘Workshop for

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Looming crisis in the eastern Himalayas-Keya Acharya

Jan 31st, 2011 | By




A recent spate of dam-building in the eastern Himalayas has agitated an entire stretch of lower riparian regions over water-sharing issues. A recent spate of dam-building in the eastern Himalayas has agitated an entire stretch of lower riparian regions over water-sharing issues. China’s planned series of dams on the Yarlung Tsangpo — the upper catchment

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World Economic Forum: UN Chief Calls for ‘Clean Energy Revolution’

Jan 31st, 2011 | By




DAVOS, Switzerland- “Revolutionary action” is needed to achieve sustainable development, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today told the government and business leaders at World Economic Forum in Davos. The UN chief issued an urgent warning that the past century’s heedless consumption of resources is “a global suicide pact” and time is running out to ensure an

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Institute of Seismological Research-to map economic zones

Jan 31st, 2011 | By




AHMEDABAD: The Institute of Seismological Research (ISR) is profiling all economic zones in the state to predict their future sustainability. Suggestions given by the Raisan-based institute will help the state government and the Gujarat State Disaster Management Authority ( GSDMA) formulate construction policies. The ongoing construction work in Zone IV and V (places?) on seismic

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Food, land and freedoms

Jan 31st, 2011 | By




We bring you the best coverage, news and analysis from the development world, with reports on a wave of land grabs and global food fights – plus a trip to Pakistan six months after the flood. Rising food prices and land-grabbing have been the key topics of debate on the Global development site over the

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Will climate change burst the global ‘food bubble’?

Jan 31st, 2011 | By




Lester Brown argues the pressures of rising population, consumption, water stress and global warming will pose the first serious challenge to civilisation through our food. The world is in the midst of a “food bubble” that could burst at any time: that’s the conclusion of the eminent environmentalist Lester Brown, who I met yesterday to

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Basket Case

Jan 30th, 2011 | By




The unseasonal rain that has begun to fall on Karnataka every January and February hasn’t affected coffee production very much — there’s just a 5% dip in yield. But, it’s entirely possible there will be discernible change in the quality of the coffee bean… and the coffee that you drink. Blame global warming? There’s more.

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Aristotle on modern ethical dilemmas

Jan 30th, 2011 | By




Should companies pay to pollute? Great thinkers like Aristotle have mulled such questions for centuries, says philosopher Mark Vernon in the Magazine’s series on modern ethical dilemmas. Carbon credits allow organisations to pay to pollute. If you have a carbon credit, you can emit one tonne of carbon. The aim is to reduce carbon emissions

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Extra UN Climate talks set for April in Bangkok

Jan 30th, 2011 | By




(Reuters) – Climate negotiators from almost 200 nations will hold an extra session in Bangkok in April 2011 to try to unblock work on a successor to the U.N.’s Kyoto Protocol for slowing global warming, officials said on Friday. They said that 2011 is likely to mark a slowdown in the overall number of U.N.

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UN’s Ban to US: take the lead on climate change

Jan 30th, 2011 | By




DAVOS, Switzerland — UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Friday called on the United States and Europe to take the lead in combating climate change, rather than waiting for others to act. “This climate change campaign should be led, must be led by developed countries. This has started from industrial revolution, and the United States

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India: Collaborative effort needed for development of horticulture in Uttarakhand

Jan 30th, 2011 | By




A review meeting on Horticulture Technology Mission for North East and Himalayan states (MM-I) was held at the KVK, Dhakrani, Dehradun, under the chairmanship of horticulture commissioner Dr Gorakh Singh. Singh appreciated the efforts taken by the KVK Department of Horticulture & also the Govind Ballabh Pant University of Agriculture & Technology for Farmers, in

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Pakistan: Ministry of environment should stay at federal level

Jan 30th, 2011 | By




Islamabad—Climate Change has emerged as a major challenge for the global community and that Climate Change is an existential threat for Pakistan. Shakeel Ahmed Ramay, Head of Climate Change Study Centre and Arshad H. Abbasi, Advisor, Water and Energy was speaking at SDPI Seminar on “Institutional Arrangement for Climate Change: Role of the Ministry of

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Talking tactics

Jan 30th, 2011 | By




China’s performance in Cancún points to a new, more conciliatory climate diplomacy from a country that knows the sharp end of the blame game, write Angel Hsu and Zhao Yupu. Last month’s UN-led climate talks in Cancún, Mexico, were largely touted as a success, as countries reached near consensus on critical issues such as technology

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UN climate talks in focus at Davos forum

Jan 30th, 2011 | By




DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — U.S. businesses must do more to pressure Congress to act on climate change and realize that China is “winning the green race,” world leaders and climate change experts said Thursday at the World Economic Forum. In a panel discussion at Davos, where some 2,500 business leaders and politicans are gathered, U.N.

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Study urges broader look at cities and climate change

Jan 30th, 2011 | By




Hohoe (V/R), Jan 27, GNA – A forthcoming study in peer-reviewed journal “Environment and Urbanisation” has entreated policymakers to take a fresh look at the differences between greenhouse gas emissions from different cities to identify new opportunities to mitigate climate change. The study provides greenhouse gas emissions for over 100 cities in 33 countries and

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Himalayan glaciers spell trouble for climate scientists

Jan 30th, 2011 | By




The abject admission by the official Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) a year ago that it made a mistake, in its latest report, in predicting their disappearance by 2035 marked the lowest point in their reputation – and they have still far from recovered. And climate sceptics are bound to seize on today’s news

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Believe it or not – glaciers are growing!

Jan 29th, 2011 | By




London, Jan 28 (IANS) There is some good news regarding climate change – glaciers are actually growing! The reason being that hotter summer may actually slow down the flow of glaciers, according to researchers. Increased melting in the warmer summer is causing the internal drainage system of the ice sheet to accommodate more melt-water, without

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10th anniversary for Mountain Studies Centre

Jan 29th, 2011 | By




Perth Concert Hall hosted a milestone event to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the world-leading Centre for Mountain Studies. And with Perth College UHI set to secure official university status in the next few weeks, recently installed principal Dr Thomas Moore hailed the project spearheaded by Professor Martin Price as a major player on global

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Arctic current warmer than for 2,000 years: study

Jan 28th, 2011 | By




A North Atlantic current flowing into the Arctic Ocean is warmer than for at least 2,000 years in a sign that global warming is likely to bring ice-free seas around the North Pole in summers, a study showed. Scientists said that waters at the northern end of the Gulf Stream, between Greenland and the Norwegian

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New evidence on how much water is needed for animal products

Jan 28th, 2011 | By




A study carried out by researchers from the University of Twente, the Netherlands, provides a comprehensive account of the global green, blue and grey water footprints of different sorts of farm animals and animal products, distinguishing between different production systems and considering the conditions in all countries of the world separately. Some of the main

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Don’t blame climate change

Jan 27th, 2011 | By




The opening sentence of Chris Morris’s article in the Dec. 29 T-J, following the storms that battered the unfortunate east coast of the province, was completely predictable: “Weather experts say New Brunswick is already experiencing the punishing realities of climate change, particularly rising sea levels and damaging storm surges.” To blame the damage on “climate

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Climate Change workshop in Kathmandu

Jan 27th, 2011 | By




Kathmandu, Nepal – ‘Eastern Himalayas Regional Workshop on Forests and Climate Change’ is kicked off in Kathmandu from January 24th to 28th. The workshop was conducted jointly by the United States Forest Service (USFS) and International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD). The workshop is the first major contribution to the International Year of Forests

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Nepal: Climate change mitigation strategy

Jan 27th, 2011 | By




United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), entered into force in 1994, is the first and the most important agreement to address climate change issues from anthropogenic activities in which international community agreed and ratified it to stabilize Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emission in the atmosphere to a safe level. Continuous efforts in the climate

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Meeting Prepares Road Map for Climate Summit

Jan 27th, 2011 | By




It is already established that climate change is happening in the Himalayas. Rapid melting of glaciers, erratic and unpredictable weather, changing rainfall patterns and increasing temperatures impinge on the ability of mountain populace to sustain their livelihoods. The consequences of such changes on food, water and energy security increasingly feature as the most important concerns

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Learning & Sharing Seminar: Bridging the Gap – The Role for Business in Climate Change Adaptation

Jan 27th, 2011 | By




Climate change is likely to become a key component of sustainable business strategies in Asia and globally. Businesses have widely recognized and accepted the benefits of contributing to the global climate change mitigation agenda and have actively found ways to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The private sector’s engagement with adaptation strategies and measures however

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Humans kick-started climate change ‘at least 8000 years ago’

Jan 27th, 2011 | By




A new study has found that climate change is not a recent phenomena – in fact, humans began influencing climate at least 8000 years ago. “Humans didn’t wait for the industrial revolution to provoke environment and climate change. They have been having an influence for at least 8000 years,” said Jed Kaplan at Ecole polytechnique

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Cost of natural disasters $109 billion in 2010: U.N.

Jan 26th, 2011 | By




(Reuters) – Natural disasters caused $109 billion in economic damage last year, three times more than in 2009, with Chile and China bearing most of the cost, the United Nations said Monday. The 8.8-magnitude earthquake that struck Chile in February cost $30 billion. Landslides and floods last summer in China caused $18 billion in losses,

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Climate science must move on from email scandal

Jan 26th, 2011 | By




It is the fourth British review of a scandal dubbed “climategate” which had partly involved the University of East Anglia’s Climatic Research Unit. Leaked emails had appeared to show scientists sniping at climate change sceptics and trying to block publication of certain articles, and drew much media attention in the run-up to a major U.N.

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Some Himalayan glaciers advance, despite warming

Jan 26th, 2011 | By




(Reuters) – Some Himalayan glaciers are advancing despite an overall retreat, according to a study on Sunday that is a step toward understanding how climate change affects vital river flows from China to India. A blanket of dust and rock debris was apparently shielding some glaciers in the world’s highest mountain range from a thaw,

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Conservation Biology for All

Jan 25th, 2011 | By




Oxford University Press makes conservation biology textbook by some of the world’s most prominent ecologists and conservation biologists available as free download Conservation Biology for All provides cutting-edge but basic conservation science to a global readership. A series of authoritative chapters have been written by the top names in conservation biology with the principal aim

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Climate Policy in 2010: One Step Forward and Two Sideward

Jan 25th, 2011 | By




The year 2010 offered mixed results concerning global climate policy, with serious setbacks as well as some small victories. In the United States, plans on long-awaited domestic climate legislation were abandoned. In China and India, national climate legislation has made small advances, but expansion of fossil-based long-term infrastructure continues to rise steeply. International negotiators had

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Solar power enters the plastic age

Jan 25th, 2011 | By




London (CNN) — Cheaper and lighter compared to its more expensive, cumbersome silicon cousin, plastic photovoltaics (PV) could herald a revolution in the solar power market, according to a UK solar panel expert. “Plastics are much cheaper to process than silicon. In principle the devices we’ve been making might be very, very cheap and cover

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Do cosmic rays contribute 40 p.c. to global warming?

Jan 25th, 2011 | By




The politics of Science has messed up things so much that people have difficulty to believe one thing or the other; what is considered as gospel today may come to be considered as voodoo science tomorrow.  In this context is it not better that instead of relying completely on one man’s calculations, we wait for

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An Act of Negligence

Jan 24th, 2011 | By




Climate change is not a new phenomenon, and the dangers it poses to our society have been predicted and forewarned for decades. That’s what laces the tragedies we have seen unfold in the last few years with bitterness and frustration as well as grief. That’s why the question always hangs in the air “Could it

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Extreme weather: the reality of a warming world

Jan 24th, 2011 | By




RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil — In the past year, every continent except Antarctica has seen record-breaking floods. Rains submerged one-fifth of Pakistan, a thousand-year deluge swamped Nashville and storms just north of Rio caused the deadliest landslides Brazil has ever seen. Southern France and northern Australia had floods, too. Sri Lanka, South Africa, the list

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Climate change: Developed countries put world at risk

Jan 24th, 2011 | By




Huge rainfalls causing floods narrowly missed the climate change negotiators who met for another round of talks in Tianjin last October with disappointing results. Tianjin, a historical coastal town which is also China’s industrial centre, just a half-hour rapid train ride from Beijing, was the host of that session in the United Nations’ climate talks.

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Planet warms up to a record

Jan 23rd, 2011 | By




LAST year was equal to the hottest on record and the amount of sea ice in the Arctic shrank to the lowest level ever observed in December, the World Meteorological Organisation has confirmed. The 10 warmest years since modern measurement began in 1850 have now all occurred since 1998. The Queensland floods were cited by

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UN sets humanitarian agenda for 2011: save more lives, more quickly

Jan 23rd, 2011 | By




21 January 2011 – With climate change presaging natural mega-disasters, aid workers facing mounting attacks in conflict areas and the economic crisis crimping resources, the United Nations office coordinating the global humanitarian response announced its agenda for 2011 today: more lives saved, more rapidly, with fewer gaps and less duplication. “In a changing world there

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Time to act on forestry and climate change

Jan 22nd, 2011 | By




This statement is a summary of Forest Day 4 (FD4) held in parallel to COP16 at the Cancún Center on Sunday 5 December 2010. It highlights issues, quotes and outcomes of the day, and provides some key messages to the UNFCCC on how to move forward in the negotiations. Time to act on forestry and

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SAARC fails to reach goal

Jan 22nd, 2011 | By




Civil society members, academia, and development and women rights activists from South Asian countries participated in the conference. People’s Saarc organised it at the Jatiya Press Club in the city marking the two-day international seminar “Envisioning new South Asia: People’s perspective” held on January 18-19 in Dhaka. The speakers said regional unity can be a

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UN body confirms 2010 one of warmest years ever

Jan 22nd, 2011 | By




The World Meteorological Organisation says it has confirmed that 2010 was on average one of the three warmest years on record, along with 1998 and 2005. The United Nations organisation says the past decade was also the warmest ever, and that these statistics should lay to rest any doubt about the existence of climate change.

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Climate change helpful to grow more crops

Jan 21st, 2011 | By




A growing world population combined with the steady effects of climate change are forecast to create a global food shortage in the next 10 years, but the news isn’t all bad for some countries. The United States, China, Ethiopia and parts of northern Europe are among the select few that are expected to be able

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Cosmic rays contribute 40% to global warming: Study

Jan 21st, 2011 | By




A key belief of climate science theology — that a reduction in carbon emissions will take care of the bulk of global warming — has been questioned in a scientific paper released by the Environment Ministry on Monday. Physicist and the former ISRO chairman, U.R. Rao, has calculated that cosmic rays — which, unlike carbon

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Soot strategies

Jan 21st, 2011 | By




As the power of black carbon to accelerate ice-melt becomes clearer, climate-change policymakers are giving more time to this long overlooked pollutant. Jenny Johnson reports. Global efforts to mitigate climate change are beginning to take aim at a once-obscure pollutant called “black carbon” in a shift that may bring policies to cool the planet to

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ExxonMobil warns carbon emissions will rise by 25% in 20 years

Jan 21st, 2011 | By




Rise predicted in annual ExxonMobil energy outlook effectively dismisses hopes that runaway climate change can be prevented. ExxonMobil, the world’s largest oil company, expects global carbon emissions to rise by nearly 25% in the next 20 years, in effect dismissing hopes that runaway climate change can be arrested and massive loss of life prevented. According

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10 Trends Driving Action on Climate Change in 2011

Jan 20th, 2011 | By




Nobody expects the incoming Congress to take dramatic action on climate change, just as nobody was surprised that the international leaders meeting in Cancun couldn’t reach strong, binding agreements to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. And it’s no wonder – reinventing our whole relationship to energy and the environment is a major challenge, with profound moral

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Climate change, energy security two greatest challenges

Jan 20th, 2011 | By




Lalit K Jha Washington, Jan 20 (PTI) Noting that climate change and energy security are the two greatest challenges of the present time, US and China have vowed to work together to address the two issues affecting the mankind. “The two sides view climate change and energy security as two of the greatest challenges of

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Climate change study had ‘significant error’: Experts

Jan 20th, 2011 | By




A climate change study that projected a 2.4 degree Celsius increase in temperature and massive worldwide food shortages in the next decade was seriously flawed, scientists said Wednesday. The study was posted on the website of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and was written about by numerous international news agencies, including AFP.

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2010 ties 2005 for warmest year on record: US

Jan 20th, 2011 | By




Last year tied with 2005 as the warmest year on record for global surface temperature, US government scientists said in a report on Wednesday that offered the latest data on climate change. The Earth in 2010 experienced temperatures higher than the 20th century average for the 34th year in a row, the National Oceanic and

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Water shortage will increase to 108 maf by 2013: Pakistan Economic Watch

Jan 19th, 2011 | By




ISLAMABAD: Pakistan is rapidly marching towards a “water-deficit” country, as its availability has alarmingly dropped to about 1200 cubic meters now from 5650 cubic meters per person five decades ago, leading to the crises of energy, food supplies, high prices, climate change and troubled financial market. Water scarcity was a ‘potential threat’ to the agriculture

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Clinton: “No time to delay” for US-China climate agreement

Jan 19th, 2011 | By




Secretary of state argues US and China will set the pace and direction for the world’s “clean energy future” Climate change is expected to be near the top of the agenda as US president Barack Obama prepares to meet his Chinese counterpart Hu Jintao during Hu’s state visit to Washington. Speaking in a wide-ranging address

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Bhutan to monitor health hazards related to climate change

Jan 19th, 2011 | By




Surrounded by snow capped mountains, people of Lhasa in Tibet had never even seen a mosquito in their lives. Today, studies have shown that the parasites have started appearing in the high altitude city. Similarly, it has started appearing in Thimphu which did not have the parasites just about a decade ago. This is an

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Hotter, colder, wetter: it’s a new world of extremes

Jan 19th, 2011 | By




IN A land of droughts and flooding rains, it’s often hard to remember when you’re being scorched by one or submerged by the other. But lately Australia seems to be oscillating between increasingly regular and ruinous extreme weather events – and sometimes suffering the opposite ends of the extremes at the same time. So one

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Climate Change Impact Indicates more Severe in Himalayas Now

Jan 19th, 2011 | By




I’m as a mountain trekking guide what I have seen in the past 10 years in the Himalayan range of Nepal west to East and East to West. I have tried to collect my those witnessed about the impact of climate change over Himalayan diversity which given as following: The climate change impact has been indicating

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Warm day, cold night in plains; no respite for Himalayan towns

Jan 19th, 2011 | By




New Delhi, Jan 18 – The winter weather in the north Indian plains shifted to warm, sunny days and cold nights even as the Himalayan towns continued to reel under extreme cold conditions. While Srinagar saw another tap-freezing day Tuesday, it was a lot better in the national capital and cities in Punjab, Haryana and

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ADB Climate Change Programs: Facilitating Integrated Solutions in Asia and the Pacific

Jan 19th, 2011 | By




Over the past decade, Asia and the Pacific has made significant progress in achieving the Millennium Development Goals. However, accelerating climate change is threatening to reverse these gains, and those who are already economically and socially vulnerable are likely to suffer soonest and most. To enable member countries cope with the inevitable impacts already locked

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World food shortage in 10 years

Jan 19th, 2011 | By




A GLOBAL population explosion combined with the steady effects of climate change are forecast to create a worldwide food shortage in the next 10 years, but the news isn’t all bad for some countries. The United States, China, Ethiopia and parts of northern Europe are among the select few expected to be able to grow

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Battling a changing climate as flooding ruins vital food crop

Jan 19th, 2011 | By




WHEN the rain pours and the wind howls here in Merseyside, it’s easy to believe that the weather is dealing us a bad hand. But across the developing world, extreme weather conditions and a lack of basic infrastructure are leading to thousands of people losing their lives this winter. In Nepal, a lack of access

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Brahmaputra discharge at risk: experts

Jan 19th, 2011 | By




GUWAHATI, Jan 18 – The climate change-induced glacial melt in the Tibetan part of the Brahmaputra is unlikely to affect exceptionally the monsoon discharge of the river at Guwahati. However, there is a possibility of the climate change phenomenon affecting the base flow of the river, provided the climate change projections come true. The climate

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