Archive for February 2011

The water footprint assessment manual: Setting the global standard

Feb 28th, 2011 | By




The book offers a complete and up-to-date overview of the global standard on water footprint assessment as developed by the Water Footprint Network. More specifically it: Provides a comprehensive set of methods for water footprint assessment Shows how water footprints can be calculated for individual processes and products, as well as for consumers, nations and

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Joint Statement issued at the Conclusion of Sixth basic Ministerial meeting on Climate Change, New Delhi

Feb 28th, 2011 | By




The BASIC Ministers exchanged views on the outcome of the Cancun Conference and the approach to be taken to the future work in the run-up to Durban. The Ministers appreciated the role played by Mexico as President of COP-16 in achieving the outcome and noted several positive elements of the outcome. While agreeing that the

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Local Governments: Building on Cancun outcomes, Focusing on International Environmental Governance

Feb 28th, 2011 | By




Highlights of local governments achievements in Cancun outcomes include, • Introducing the Mexico City Pact and carbonn Cities Climate Registry (cCCR) as the global response of local governments to measurable, reportable, verifiable (MRV) climate action• Recognition of Local Governments (LGs): for the first time, States in Cancun recognize LGs as key governmental stakeholders in global

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Jairam Ramesh’s Rs46,000 crore afforestation plan okayed

Feb 28th, 2011 | By




Jairam Ramesh’s ambitious Rs46,000-crore 10-year afforestation plan has got the prime minister’s (PM’s) nod, the ministry of environment and forests (MoEF) said on Wednesday. Called ‘Green India Mission’, the project involves adding 10 million hectares to the nation’s 40-42 million hectares of good-quality forests, with the long-term target of increasing the ‘good’ forest cover from

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Models guiding climate policy are “dangerously optimistic”

Feb 28th, 2011 | By




Integrated assessment models (IAMs) used by researchers today – where climate change data is integrated with economic data – are dangerously flawed because they are based on naïve assumptions, according to Kevin Anderson from the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change at the University of Manchester, UK. Anderson told environmentalresearchweb: “The vast majority of IAMs assume

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Avoiding water wars

Feb 27th, 2011 | By




The US Senate report released the other day warned that the Indus Water Treaty may fail to avert water wars between India and Pakistan, acknowledging that dams India is building in occupied Kashmir will limit supply of water to Pakistan at crucial moments. “This report highlights how water security is vital in achieving our foreign

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China to slow GDP growth in bid to curb emissions

Feb 27th, 2011 | By




China will try to slow GDP growth to ease pressure on the environment following a series of unusually stark warnings from senior ministers about the country’s current mode of development. The announcement that economic growth targets will be lowered from 8% to 7% over the next five years may mark the end of China’s peak growth

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Designing Climate Change Adaptation Policies

Feb 26th, 2011 | By




Policy Research Working Paper 5568: Adaptation has long been neglected in the debate and policies surrounding climate change. However, increasing awareness of climate change has led many stakeholders to look for the best way to limit its consequences and has resulted in a large number of initiatives related to adaptation, particularly at the local level.

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Which Nations Are Most Vulnerable to Climate Change? The Daunting Politics of Choosing

Feb 26th, 2011 | By




Is it worse to be swallowed by the sea or racked by famine? As climate change tightens its grip on the world, institutions charged with protecting the most vulnerable nations could be faced with just such a question. Because there is no international consensus for ranking the possibilities of future devastation — and because there

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BASIC countries to meet in Delhi to discuss climate change

Feb 26th, 2011 | By




Environment Ministers from BASIC countries – Brazil, South Africa, India and China – will meet here on Saturday to assess the post Cancun climate change policy and actions at the global and national level and discuss coordination going forward. Minister of State for Environment and Forests, Jairam Ramesh said: “Over the last 15 months, BASIC

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UN report urges action on black carbon

Feb 26th, 2011 | By




Curbing sooty particles emitted by burning biomass and smog caused by traffic fumes would slow the onslaught of climate change and deliver many health benefits, a UN report said here on Wednesday. Removing these sources of pollution by 2030 would take 0.5 degrees Celsius off the expected 1.0 C rise in global warming by mid-century,

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Bryn Mawr Delegation Finds Inspiration, Opportunity, and Plenty of Traffic in Bangladesh

Feb 26th, 2011 | By




Bangladesh is one of the world’s most densely populated countries, and for the first-time visitor, the most immediate and striking impression of its capital city is often made by the traffic, Associate Professor of Political Science Jeremy Elkins told an audience in Bryn Mawr’s Campus Center on Wednesday, Feb. 23. Elkins was explaining the presence

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Bhutan’s experiment with happiness

Feb 26th, 2011 | By




By giving well-being a central role in policymaking, the tiny Kingdom of Bhutan has staged a trial that has gripped the world. Dipika Chhetri reports on the environmental impacts. In global discussions about climate change and environment, the word “happiness” is surprisingly rare. But in Bhutan, happiness rhetoric is uncommonly common. The phrase “Gross National

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Economic Survey: Climate solution must be based on equity

Feb 25th, 2011 | By




NEW DELHI: Any solution to climate change must involve all countries, with re-organisation of “common but differentiated responsibilities” and the principle of “equity”, according to the Economic Survey 2010-11 tabled in the Lok Sabha Friday. The survey tabled by Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee said in future climate change negotiations the developing countries need to ensure

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India: Climate change workshop for decision makers

Feb 25th, 2011 | By




Through interactive technical sessions, the workshop will discuss the global and national developments in climate change, significance of climate adaptation in policy and decision making. British Deputy High Commission, Mumbai along-with Department of Environment, Govt of Maharashtra are organising a capacity building workshop for the policy makers on ‘Climate Change Adaptation & Mitigation’ on 24

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Announcement of Data Release Glacial Lake Inventory of Bhutan using ALOS (Daichi) Data

Feb 25th, 2011 | By




The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) is cordially announcing public release of “Glacial Lake Inventory of Bhutan using the Advanced Land Observing Satellite (ALOS, nicknamed “Daichi”) Data” (evaluation version). In the Himalayan region, there are numerous lakes in the vicinity of glaciers. These glacial lakes impose potential risks for sudden outbursts and consequent floods. This

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Nepal: Carbon sequestration-To tackle climate change

Feb 25th, 2011 | By




An eco-thinker once quoted “we don’t inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children”. The conservation of the environment for future generation was the crux of his utterance. Paradoxically, we have come across the biggest environmental threat and challenge of the 21st century—the climate change. Climate change and carbon offsetting have

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Insurance Company Ranks 2010 among Worst Years Ever for Climate Disasters

Feb 25th, 2011 | By




Climate change is a culprit in the long list of catastrophic natural disasters in 2010, according to insurance company Munich Re Climate change is a culprit in the long list of catastrophic natural disasters in 2010, according to insurance company Munich Re, adding to trends pointing to more frequent and riskier events. “Fire, water, earth

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Twin challenges in agriculture-India

Feb 25th, 2011 | By




Productivity needs to be increased and food inflation checked The major challenge in the agriculture and food sector is to increase production and productivity (yield per hectare) so as to provide all citizens with food security and to contain domestic food inflation that has remained high for an entire year till November-December last when it

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India: Himachal Pradesh- Government to Establish Two Hydropower Engineering Colleges

Feb 25th, 2011 | By




Dharamshala: The Himachal Pradesh (HP) government would establish two hydropower engineering colleges in the state. As per sources, the move has been taken so as to meet the requirement of engineers in the hydropower projects. The colleges will be located in Shimla and Bilaspur districts of Himachal Pradesh, sources added. On Tuesday i.e. February 22,

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India named Global Host of World Environment Day 2011

Feb 25th, 2011 | By




The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) today announced that India would be for the first time ever the global host of World Environment Day 2011 (WED) on June 5 this year.A UNEP press release noted that India had one of the fastest growing economies in the world that is embracing the process of a transition

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How will Earth sustain two billion extra people?

Feb 24th, 2011 | By




The period 1800–1825 marked the arrival of the billionth human being on Earth, according to Joel Cohen of Columbia and Rockefeller Universities, New York, but “we added the most recent billion in 12 or 13 years”. Cohen anticipates a rise of roughly two billion more people by 2050, which poses the question, how will they

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Climate change halves Peru glacier: official

Feb 24th, 2011 | By




LIMA — A glacier on Peru’s Huaytapallana Moutain shed half its surface ice in just 23 years, officials said Wednesday, reinforcing concerns of climate change’s growing threat to fresh water resources. “Recent scientific studies indicate that between June 1983 and August 2006, the glacier has lost 50 percent of its surface ice,” Erasmo Meza, manager

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Environment Preservation Awareness Program in Nepal

Feb 24th, 2011 | By




The hot issues related to environment in this 21st century around the globe is a gradually changing climate and its negative effective to the human being is to be sensitized in global perspectives through experts and volunteers activities. The activities mainly happen in schools and community people about conserving environment in sustainable manner. In schools

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UNFCCC supports Pakistani firm to earn carbon credits

Feb 23rd, 2011 | By




LAHORE – The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) will support the private sector waste management company, Waste Busters, which has recently concluded the financial of a 10 million euros project to divert over 300,000 metric tonnes municipal solid waste from landfills and convert it into energy. It was disclosed in a seminar

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Micro-organisms to feed on Ganga pollutants-India

Feb 22nd, 2011 | By




VARANASI: The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) is thinking about introducing cost-effective and safe in-situ bio-remediation technology to lessen the burden of existing STPs. Presently, the ministry of environment and forests (MoEF) is currently applying six types of technologies in the sewage treatment plants in the country created under the Ganga Action Plan (GAP). During

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Food security in Nepal

Feb 22nd, 2011 | By




Recently, the Food and Agriculture Organization’s Food Price Index surpassed the upper bound reached during the peak of the food crisis in 2008. The World Bank says global food crisis has reached “dangerous levels”. In Nepal, the World Food Programme argues that about 3.7 million people are at risk of food insecurity. Rising food prices

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Women at the Center of Climate-friendly Approaches to Agriculture and Water – New IATP Paper

Feb 22nd, 2011 | By




Extreme weather events consistent with climate change are already playing havoc with the livelihoods and food security of much of the world’s poor. This is particularly true for arid and semi-arid areas of the global south. Yet, most proposals for agriculture being discussed at the U.N. global climate talks and elsewhere focus on new technological

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Draft of national climate change policy finalized-Pakistan

Feb 22nd, 2011 | By




Islamabad-The draft of National Climate Change Policy has been finalised after two years of deliberations and now the Environment Ministry would present it to the federal cabinet for final approval, the sources told ‘The News here on Sunday. The sources said the recommendations in the draft would certainly test the government’s commitment as it has

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Room for forests-Nepal

Feb 22nd, 2011 | By




Amidst the celebration of Nepal Tourism Year, 2011 is also being observed as International Year of Forests (IYFs) by United Nations to raise international awareness for conservation, management and sustainable development of forest resources. After the last agreement on Reducing Emission from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) in Cancun Climate meet, enthusiasm has ascended among

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World Bank to give Tk 250 crore for wildlife conservation-Bangladesh

Feb 22nd, 2011 | By




The World Bank would provide Tk 250 crore to Bangladesh as a grant for financing the strengthening of regional cooperation for wildlife conservation project. Supported by the World Bank, the project, which is awaiting the nod of the Planning Commission, will be implemented by four countries including Bangladesh. The three other countries are India, Nepal

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Korea to help restore Bangladesh river system

Feb 22nd, 2011 | By




South Korea on Tuesday offered Bangladesh to provide with necessary know-how for river training and management in the light of its experience of restoring four major river system- Han, Nakdong, Geum and Yeongsan, reports BSS. South Korean Environment Minister Lee Maanee extended the offer at a bilateral luncheon meeting with State Minister for Environment and

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Coping with climate change

Feb 22nd, 2011 | By




BANGLADESH has been identified as one of the countries to be worst affected by climate change for globally polluting activities of the rich and developed countries . From this recognition – and actions in fulfillment of those promises are entirely different things here — promises have come from such countries that they would be “willing”

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Implement Cancun accords, demand Least Developed Countries

Feb 22nd, 2011 | By




The Least Developed Countries (LDC) Saturday called for immediate disbursement of funds, agreed at the Cancun talks, for them to deal with the impact of climate change. ‘We call for immediate disbursement of fast start funds agreed under Cancun Agreements to the LDCs and special allocation of resources under the Green Climate Fund for LDCs

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Melting uncertainty

Feb 21st, 2011 | By




GLACIERS, reservoirs of fresh water on the earth, are assumed to be major indicators of climate change. Since their melting contributes to drinking water, water for agriculture and hydropower in densely populated regions in South and Central Asia, glaciers have become a major concern for these regions. Himalayan glaciers are important as they feed 10

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Prioritising actions for facilitating land accretion

Feb 21st, 2011 | By




SATELLITE images dating back to 1973 and old maps earlier than that showed some 1,000 square kilometres of land rose in the Bay of Bengal. Bangladesh has, otherwise, been reportedly increasing in size. This somewhat contradicts forecasts — made in recent years — that parts of this country would disappear under water due to global

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Lawmakers against climate change loan-Nepal

Feb 21st, 2011 | By




KATHMANDU: Parliamentary Committee on Finance and Labour Relations today directed the government to think twice before taking the much-hyped $ 60 million climate change loan. Lawmakers of the committee stressed on asking for a grant, not a loan. “There is no immediacy of the loan. Rather, we have to attempt for a grant and further

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1st International Conference on Climate Change Effects and Energy Development of Bangladesh-ICCEB

Feb 21st, 2011 | By




According to the 4th Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report (2007), world temperatures could rise by between 1.1 and 6.4 ºC (2.0 and 11.5 ºF) during the 21st century. Sea levels will probably rise by 18 to 59 cm (7.08 to 23.22 in). There will be more frequent warm spells, heat waves, and heavy

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Support of int’l community needs to combat climate change: PM Sheikh Hasina

Feb 21st, 2011 | By




Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina sought support of developed and developing countries, including South Korea, to help implement the 134-point action plan adopted by her government to combat the adverse impacts of climate change caused by global warming. The Prime Minister sought the support when visiting South Korean Environment Minister Maanee Lee paid a courtesy call

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Adaptation Knowledge Management Workshop-Harnessing Adaptation Knowledge in the Asia-Pacific Region

Feb 20th, 2011 | By




Scheduled on 28 February, Bangkok, Thailand: Adaptation to climate change is a complex process, which can be characterized as decision making under a pall of uncertainties. It entails an intelligent assessment of risks and opportunities associated with climate change for the natural environment as well as the human civilization, identification and appraisal of adaptation options

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International Conference on-Indian Monsoon and Himalayan Geodynamics-Nov 2011

Feb 20th, 2011 | By




The Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology-WIHG, will be organizing an International conference on Indian Monsoon and Himalayan Geodynamics on Nov 2-4, 2011 at WIHG Dehradun, India. The conference will be followed by one day post seminar field excursion on November 5, 2011. The themes will include continental and marine records of climate, source-sink relationship, extreme

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Tough action on climate change is ‘cost-effective’, EU report shows

Feb 20th, 2011 | By




Higher emissions targets are more efficient, according to a draft policy document setting out a low-carbon roadmap to 2050. Proposals to raise Europe’s ambitions on tackling climate change have been strongly boosted by a new analysis showing tougher action on greenhouse gases is “cost-effective” and already achievable in practice. Europe’s existing targets will be easily

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Youth gather for international conference on global warming-Indonesia

Feb 20th, 2011 | By




More than 100 young people from 37 countries will attend an international conference on global warming from Feb. 20 to 25 in Yogyakarta. The conference was organized by Gadjah Mada University (UGM), the Yogyakarta provincial administration and the Youth and Sports Ministry. Riorini Dyah Moehkarti of UGM’s international affairs office said there have been dozens

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Understanding the impact of Climate Change on Water Resources of Bhutan

Feb 20th, 2011 | By




With an objective to mitigate the impacts of climate change on water resources in the mountain ecosystem, three-day workshop (February 9-11) was held at Paro. Presentations on measures to fight such impacts were made by the participants from India and Nepal, which were relevant to Bhutan. Besides, participants were also briefed on the intact water

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New Studies Show That Climate Change Is the Culprit in Extreme Rain

Feb 19th, 2011 | By




Perhaps the biggest challenge facing climate scientists today is fingerprinting—proving that extreme weather events like droughts, heat waves and floods are actually being caused by manmade climate change. Climate scientists have a great deal of confidence about the impacts of global warming over a long period of time, decades to centuries—higher temperatures, changes in precipitation,

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World Bank corners climate funds?

Feb 19th, 2011 | By




As governments reached an agreement at the climate negotiations in Cancun in December 2010, the World Bank continued to stir controversy as it attained a role in a new global climate fund, launched new carbon market initiatives, and touted the success of the controversial Bank-housed Climate Investment Funds.  While some civil society groups applauded the

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Climate change in black and white

Feb 19th, 2011 | By




AN IDEAL fossil-fuel power-plant would produce power, carbon dioxide and nothing more. Less-than-ideal ones—not to mention other devices for the combustion of carbon, from diesel generators to brick kilns and stoves burning dung—also emit various gases and gunk. These often cause local environmental problems, damaging lungs, hurting crops and shortening lives. And some of the

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Man-made climate change doubling risk of extreme flooding

Feb 19th, 2011 | By




By allowing emissions to to rise humans may have doubled the likelihood of further floods like those that struck the UK in 2000, say climate scientists in first attempt to prove link between man-made climate change and extreme weather Humans are increasing the risk of dangerous flooding events by allowing greenhouse gas concentrations to continue

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Climate change doubled likelihood of devastating UK floods of 2000

Feb 18th, 2011 | By




Researchers have for the first time quantified the part climate change played in increasing the risk of a severe flood Global warming made the floods that devastated England and Wales in the autumn of 2000, costing £3.5bn, between two and three times more likely to happen, new research has found. This is the first time

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Floods linked to manmade climate change: studies

Feb 18th, 2011 | By




(Reuters) – Man-made greenhouse gas emissions are linked to more frequent heavy rainfall, two studies published found on Wednesday, portraying a clearer human fingerprint after a spate of floods around the world. Scientists agree that greenhouse gas emissions are warming the world and expect that in turn would lead in the future to more evaporation

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Investments worth trillions at risk from climate change: study

Feb 18th, 2011 | By




(Reuters) – Climate change could put trillions of investment dollars at risk over the next 20 years, a global study released on Wednesday said, calling for pension funds and other investors to overhaul how they allocate funds. Risks from more extreme weather, continued delay in climate policy by governments and uncertainty over the shape of

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Breaking Records in 2010: Air Quality, Climate Change and Transport in Asia-A Year in Review

Feb 18th, 2011 | By




As part of CAI-Asia mission to promote better air quality and livable cities, CAI-Asia conducted an annual review of main events relevant to air quality, climate change and transport in Asia. The review, which started on 2008 and initially focused on sustainable transport (http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/4029), has now expanded to include air quality and climate events. It

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India: New ministry guidelines for eco zones near sanctuaries

Feb 17th, 2011 | By




The Environment ministry on Tuesday issued new guidelines for declaring eco sensitive zones around National Parks and Wildlife Sanctuaries, imposing new restrictions on construction, industrial and some tourism activities. “The zones will work as shock absorbers for the protected areas,” the guidelines states. And its aim is to regulate certain activities,  such as mining around

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Climate politics

Feb 17th, 2011 | By




A Himalayan Times Editorial Article: The Climate Investment Fund (CIF), a multi-donor trust fund to be administered by the World Bank, has created a furore in Nepal. Currently the World Bank is planning to provide Nepal US $ 60 million in loan and another US $ 50 million as grant to mitigate the impact of

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Uttar Pradesh-India: drafting action plan to cut carbon footprint

Feb 17th, 2011 | By




Uttar Pradesh government is giving final shape to the State Action Plan on Climate Change, which aims at cutting carbon footprint with the formulation of eco-friendly policies. The Action Plan would encompass 8 missions dedicated to different sectors, such as agriculture, energy, housing etc. It will outline environment issues in UP, impact of climate change,

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Enhancing Climate Resilience and Adaptive Capacity in Nepal: Communicating Activities of ICIMOD and Its Nepalese Partners

Feb 17th, 2011 | By




The objective of this year’s Nepal – ICIMOD Day, to be held on 11th March, is to demonstrate and communicate the work ICIMOD is carrying out with and through its Nepalese partners in the field of climate change adaptation and resilience building in Nepal and the region. Over the past years, ICIMOD and its partners have strengthened their capacity in

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Mainstreaming Poverty Environment Linkages in National Plan, Sectoral Strategies and Implementation in Bhutan

Feb 16th, 2011 | By




For the rural poor in Bhutan, natural resources and ecosystem services are their direct and only sources of livelihood. Rural communities, which make up 69 percent of the country’s population, basically subsist on an integrated farming system of crop production, livestock rearing and use of a wide array of forest-based goods and services. Poverty is

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Indiscriminate handling of poisons

Feb 16th, 2011 | By




A peddler of poisons in Dhaka, when asked the names of the products which he claimed could immediately knock out and kill roaches and rats, had no answer. He knew nothing about the manufacturer either, simply having bought them off the shelf of a pesticide shop in Tongi. If ingested, how would the toxins affect

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Climate loan in the eye of the storm

Feb 15th, 2011 | By




KATHMANDU: The climate loan, it seems, is sure to be in eye of the storm. While the Ministry of Energy is dropping a hint that loan worth $60 million from the Climate Investment Fund through the World Bank will be signed sooner or later, lawmakers seem to be quite oblivious to the issue. Nonetheless, those

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Financing climate change

Feb 15th, 2011 | By




The news piece “Will climate change loan be able to weather opposition storm?’ (THT, Feb.11) raised a significant amount of interest, and even anger, among civil society oganisations and the general public. For a vulnerable country like Nepal, it is a critical issue to consider whether it should accept loans to help its poor and

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