Archive for March 2011

India: for 3 yrs, 100% of disaster reduction funds lay unspent

Mar 23rd, 2011 | By




NEW DELHI: At a time when Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) has become a key policy initiative worldwide in ensuring that there is better preparedness in dealing with calamities, India is still seriously lagging behind. Nearly 100% of the funds meant for modernization of weather forecast, ocean movement and prediction of other natural disasters have remained

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Climate change challenge

Mar 6th, 2011 | By




Climate change is one of the issues of crucial importance to the interests of human beings and the national development of every country. It requires the collaborative efforts of all countries. Thanks to the joint efforts of all parties, the Cancun Agreements were adopted at Cancun, Mexico, in December last year. They are of significant

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Major progress in resolving the climate change issue is still possible

Mar 6th, 2011 | By




Leading environmental economist sets out steps to accelerate clean energy transition, overcome obstacles to adaptation, and strengthen international cooperation on climate stabilization. What America does – or fails to do – in the next few years to solve the problem of climate change will largely determine the fate of the earth and humanity for centuries

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Govt. launches programme to fight climate change

Mar 6th, 2011 | By




The government was planning to introduce new varieties of food crops and cultivation methods to fight global climate change, officials said yesterday.  The new range of food crops would include the cultivation of several new paddy varieties, short term crops, inter seasonal crops, green house cultivation methods etc. Approximately 157,000 hectares of paddy, out of

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British aid to Bangladesh to double

Mar 6th, 2011 | By




The British government will double its aid to Bangladesh over the next four years. The decision came following a major review of UK’s global aid programmes, said a British High Commission press release on Wednesday. It said, “By 2015, it will increase its aid to Bangladesh to an average of 250 million pound sterling per

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Ecological adaptation likely to influence impacts of climate change

Mar 5th, 2011 | By




Animals’ capacity to adapt is a factor in how they are likely to respond to changing climate conditions. This conclusion of a new study published March 2 in the Proceedings of the Royal Academy B is not especially surprising, says author Brandon Barton, but confirms the importance of accounting for local adaptation when determining the

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Pakistan plans to impose 15 pct flood surcharge on tax

Mar 5th, 2011 | By




Pakistan will impose a flood surcharge of 15 percent on income tax in order to tackle the country’s widening budget deficit, a government source involved in talks with the IMF said on Wednesday. “Yes, we plan to impose the flood surcharge,” the source told Reuters, declining to give details of when the surcharge might be

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BASIC nations eye next climate meeting

Mar 5th, 2011 | By




The BASIC group of countries — India, China, Brazil and South Africa — called for specific issues to be addressed before December’s climate conference in Durban, South Africa. In a statement at the conclusion Sunday of a BASIC meeting in New Delhi on climate change, ministers from the four countries said the agreements made during

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REDD as a mechanism to combat deforestation and climate change impacts in Darel and Tangir Valleys in Pakistan: A Review

Mar 5th, 2011 | By




Gilgit – Baltistan previously named Northern Areas with an area of 72,496 sq kms  is a Federally administered territory sharing borders with China and Afghanistan. The  region where three highest mountain ranges (Karakoram, Himalya and Hidukush) converge is known for its spectacular geographical landscape, rocky and rugged mountains, glaciers, snow covered high mountain peaks including

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Has ‘Climate’ Become a Dirty Word?

Mar 5th, 2011 | By




When President Obama gave his State of the Union address in January, there seemed to be more commentary among environmentalists about what wasn’t said than what was: specifically, his failure to even mention the words “climate change” or “global warming” or “carbon” despite speaking effusively about the need for clean energy development. There has already

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More and more world leaders want happy nations, not just rich ones

Mar 5th, 2011 | By




In the years since the tiny Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan embraced the idea of measuring national progress by the happiness of its citizens, the idea has caught the imagination of leading economists and political leaders across the world. Bhutan‘s idea was taken up by the United Nations Development Programme and refined by economists like Mahbub

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Adaptation to Climate Change: Policy, Economics and Governance

Mar 4th, 2011 | By




Professor Judith Rees, CBE-One 22 March 2010, 4pm, JNU Auditorium, New Delhi: Whatever the outcomes of negotiations to curb greenhouse gas emissions, adaptation to climate change will be inevitable. This poses considerable challenges for decision makers in both the public and private sectors if countries are to minimize the costs imposed by climate change on

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Climate change and the growing Food Crisis

Mar 4th, 2011 | By




Australia in recent years has witnessed several extreme weather events from the droughts and floods in Queensland, Victoria, New South Wales, South Australia and in the Gascoyne and Murchison regions of Western Australia and the unrelenting drought in south-western Australia. While the extreme weather events have disrupted the lives of individuals and their communities, the

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China sets out disputes facing “arduous” climate talks

Mar 4th, 2011 | By




BEIJING (Reuters) – China, the world’s biggest greenhouse gas emitter, wants rich nations to vow bigger cuts to emissions as part of a new international deal on fighting global warming, Beijing’s top climate negotiator said on Tuesday. The negotiator, Xie Zhenhua, said he expects “arduous” wrangling about that and other issues facing governments seeking to

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Global losses from natural disasters may reach $185bn

Mar 4th, 2011 | By




KARACHI: The annual global losses caused by natural disasters may triple to $185 billion by the end of this century, even without calculating the impact of climate change. This was revealed in the joint report of the World Bank and the United Nations on “Natural Hazards, UnNatural Disasters: The Economics of Effective Prevention” launched at

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Himalayan Hope: Sustainable Development in India

Mar 3rd, 2011 | By




In Delhi, it’s easy to lose hope in the fight for environmental protection and climate mitigation – a thousand new cars every day; thousands of tons of garbage that make their way to the landfills coming from millions of homes, industries, and street sides; constant new construction of flyovers and widening of roads; and the

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Global Warming No Threat to Humanity

Mar 3rd, 2011 | By




“Global warming is no threat to humanity,” Madhav Khandekar, a former research scientist and an expert reviewer for the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change (IPCC) 2007 climate change documents, said on Friday. Speaking at a lecture organised by Mumbai University’s Centre for Extra-Mural Studies, Khandekar explained his bold stance by citing instances of extreme climate

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Diversifying crops may protect yields against a more variable climate

Mar 3rd, 2011 | By




Recommendations could suppress pest and pathogen outbreaks and benefit farmers economically A survey of how farmers could protect themselves by growing a greater diversity of crops, published in the March issue of BioScience, has highlighted economical steps that farmers could take to minimize the threat to crops from global climate change, including a greater frequency

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Towards a Climate Safe Common Future

Mar 3rd, 2011 | By




The two defining challenges of this century are climate change and poverty. Our challenge is to find a way to deal with both, at the same time. The most important challenge for today’s political leaders is to safeguard the human environment so that our species can survive on this planet. I think the following three

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Himachal govt vows to focus on social sector, green industries

Mar 3rd, 2011 | By




The Himachal Pradesh government today said it was focusing on growth in social sector and “environment friendly” industries, with special emphasis on development of tribal and backward areas of the hill state. “The government is committed to overall development of the entire state with focus on tribal and backward areas and was concentrating on growth

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BASIC countries to meet in Delhi

Mar 3rd, 2011 | By




NEW DELHI: CAUTIONED by the Economic Survey’s proposal to not to let the ‘increasing importance of climate-related issues shake the foundations of inclusive growth strategy,’ India will sit with the BASIC countries to assess the post-Cancun climate change policy and actions and future coordination on Saturday. The Environment Ministers from BASIC countries – Brazil, South

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FAO-MOSAICC for Modeling System for Agricultural Impacts of Climate Change

Mar 3rd, 2011 | By




FAO-MOSAICC for Modeling System for Agricultural Impacts of Climate Change is a system of models designed to carry out each step of the impact assessment from climate scenarios downscaling to economic impact analysis at national level. The four main components of the methodology are a statistical downscaling method for processing GCM (Global Circulation Models) output

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China Issues Warning on Climate and Growth

Mar 3rd, 2011 | By




BEIJING- China‘s environment minister on Monday issued an unusually stark warning about the effects of unbridled development on the country’s air, water and soil, saying the nation’s current path could stifle long-term economic growth and feed social instability. In an essay published on the agency’s Web site, the minister, Zhou Shengxian, said the government would

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New FAO study shows integrated food and energy crops work for poor farmers

Mar 3rd, 2011 | By




Bioenergy can be part of the solution to climate-smart agricultural development. In particular, liquid biofuels for transport, but also other types of biofuels have been promoted as means to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, boost rural development and ensure energy independence. However, increasing evidence clearly shows that this is the case only and if their production

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Uncertainty in Climate Change Prediction Encouraging Climate Scepticism

Mar 3rd, 2011 | By




It is close to 20 years since the Earth Summit in Rio and 17 years since the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) came into force in 1994. Thirteen years have passed since the Third Conference of Parties to UNFCCC (COP3) in Kyoto where, for the first time, a framework for defining emission

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Women at the Center of Climate-friendly Approaches to Agriculture and Water Use

Mar 3rd, 2011 | By




Global warming has already affected the world’s climate, and changed the type, timing, duration and intensity of water precipitation. There is either less or more snow and rain, affecting the amount of water that comes from snowmelts. There is increased frequency of extreme weather events across the world—cyclones, floods or droughts in populous regions. Some

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Greens do not harbour much hope

Mar 2nd, 2011 | By




NAGPUR: Amid concerns by the industry over green hurdles to development and the Economic Survey released on Friday too saying ecological concerns should not derail growth, conservationists do not expect much from Union finance minister Pranab Mukherjee.”The increasing importance of climate-related issues should not shake the foundations of our inclusive growth strategy,” the Economic Survey

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Nepal’s bid likely to suffer again

Mar 2nd, 2011 | By




KATHMANDU: The Mountain Alliance Initiative for Climate Change — Nepal’s bid to bring mountainous countries under one roof to tackle climate change issues — has hit a snag after it failed to get their support for a second time. In June 2010, the Cabinet had decided to host a ministerial meeting of the mountainous countries

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South Africa-a major global polluter

Mar 2nd, 2011 | By




South Africa is the world’s 13th biggest emitter of greenhouse gases that are causing human-induced global climate change, Parliament’s portfolio committee on water and environmental affairs has heard. Dr Peter Johnston, of UCT’s Climate Analysis Group, told the committee this week that China had recently overtaken the US as the world leader in greenhouse gas

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Climate change skeptic group accuses scientists of using selective temperature data

Mar 2nd, 2011 | By




Call it the mystery of the missing thermometers. Two months after “climategate” cast doubt on some of the science behind global warming, new questions are being raised about the reliability of a key temperature database, used by the United Nations and climate change scientists as proof of recent planetary warming. Two American researchers allege that

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Women are more vulnerable to climate disasters

Mar 2nd, 2011 | By




Women are more vulnerable to climate disasters than men through their socially constructed roles and responsibilities, and their relatively poorer and more economically vulnerable position especially, in the developing world. Gender inequalities with respect to enjoyment of human rights, political and economic status, land ownership, housing conditions and exposure to violence, education and health (in

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Pakistan: Govt wakes up to India’s hydel projects

Mar 2nd, 2011 | By




ISLAMABAD: The government has ordered three investigations into delays in raising timely objections over India’s efforts to secure international credit incentives to construct hydropower projects in violation of the Indus Waters Treaty of 1960. A senior government official told Dawn on Sunday that the ministry of water and power had taken up with the ministry

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Early Warming: The real life, in-progress consequences of climate change

Mar 1st, 2011 | By




FAIRBANKS – As much as many would like to deny it, the Earth’s climate is changing. And nowhere is this more apparent than in the polar regions, where the spike in temperatures has been more pronounced than elsewhere, and where its effects are more visible. Just this week it was announced that last month’s Arctic

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Cancun Agreements no substitute for Bali Road Map: BASIC

Mar 1st, 2011 | By




NEW DELHI: Just months after the Cancun talks, India and other BASIC nations today said that Cancun Agreements were not a “substitute” for the Bali Road Map and pledged to make efforts to bring the issues charted out in it to the mainstream of global climate change negotiations. “The Bali Road Map must, therefore, continue

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Fast start finance for climate change has not even passed double digit

Mar 1st, 2011 | By




With the so-called “fast start finance” for climate change completely missing over a year after it was promised at Copenhagen, major emerging economies have accused rich countries of trying to pass off existing funding to the wrong recipients as part of their pledges. Environment Ministers of the BASIC bloc — Brazil, South Africa, India and

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