Archive for April 2011

Climate change measures must be made corruption proof

Apr 30th, 2011 | By




As governments prepare to spend up to US$100 billion annually by 2020 to limit climate change and prepare for its impact, Transparency International (TI) warns of the corruption risks of climate finance flowing through new, untested channels and recommends strengthening governance systems to tackle them. The Global Corruption Report: Climate Change sets out practical guidelines

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Corruption and climate change – who is most at risk

Apr 30th, 2011 | By




The impacts of climate change will be felt all over the world, in developed and developing countries alike. At risk are billions of dollars but more importantly the lives and livelihoods of millions of people. Corruption cannot be allowed to jeopardise efforts to combat climate change. Many of those countries judged most vulnerable to the

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WWF Marks 50 Years With Urgent Call for Global Green Economy

Apr 30th, 2011 | By




ZURICH, Switzerland, April 29, 2011 (ENS) – Environmental leaders and politicians from around the world today called for an urgent move towards a global green economy in order to achieve sustainable development and wildlife conservation over the next 50 years. Low-carbon technology, green infrastructures, investment in renewable energy and sustainable agriculture are essential in combating

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Bright Asian future not pre-ordained, must be earned: ADB

Apr 30th, 2011 | By




(Reuters) – Asia needs to work to ensure the potential of its economic and political rise is realized, including fulfilling its responsibilities as a global player, the Asian Development Bank said ahead of its annual meeting next week in Vietnam. Home to 3.3 billion people, Asia has led the global economy in recent years, and

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UP ready with draft plan on climate change

Apr 30th, 2011 | By




The Uttar Pradesh government is ready with its draft action plan on climate change. A German government-owned corporation, GIZ, has formulated the draft plan and submitted it to the state’s Environment Department. After approval from the chief secretary, the draft plan will be finalised and sent to the Ministry of Environment and Forests. Environment officials

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Climate Risk and Business: Ports

Apr 29th, 2011 | By




IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, released a study yesterday that lays out a comprehensive framework for assessing the risks of climate change on port operations and options for adapting to the risks. Climate Risk and Business: Ports analyzes the climate-related risks and opportunities facing IFC client Terminal Maritimo Muelles el Bosque, a

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New warning on earthquake in Himalayan region

Apr 29th, 2011 | By




Pressure in the region’s crust is building up and could be released far more powerfully than previously imagined, the researchers warn. North India could experience a powerful earthquake, it could happen sooner than expected and wreak more damage than previously estimated, according to the findings of a research study by scientists at Bangalore’s respected Indian

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Review of Spencer’s ‘Great Global Warming Blunder’

Apr 29th, 2011 | By




A good writer knows their audience, and Roy Spencer knows his. There are plenty of people who would love to hear a compelling argument for why no action is needed to mitigate global warming, and Spencer’s book “The Great Global Warming Blunder: How Mother Nature Fooled the World’s Top Climate Scientists” will give uncritical readers

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World not prepared for climate conflicts – security experts

Apr 29th, 2011 | By




LONDON (AlertNet) – Accelerating climate change and competition for limited supplies of water, food and energy are poised to ignite long-simmering conflicts in fragile states, monopolising the world’s military resources and hampering development efforts, security experts say. Defusing these new 21st century conflicts – or at least preparing governments and citizens to cope with them

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Never-ending food scarcity in Nepal’s mountains

Apr 29th, 2011 | By




Dunai, Nepal – Dhnakumari Dangi and her family will probably have to wait another six months before they can get enough to eat. Dangi lives in Jhuphal village in Dolpa, one of Nepal’s poorest districts, at an altitude of 2,987 metres on the edge of the Tibetan plateau. The area is ranked one of the

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Course on Climate change governance: adaptation and mitigation as institutional change processes

Apr 29th, 2011 | By




A course on Climate Change Governance will be held from 21 November – 2 December 2011 in Wageningen, the Netherlands. The course builds on experiences in capacity building programmes on climate change adaptation in developing countries in which Wageningen UR collaborates with research institutions and development networks world wide. In the course climate change adaptation and

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Glacial Lakes and Glacial Lake Outburst Floods in Nepal (2011)

Apr 29th, 2011 | By




Glacier thinning and retreat in the Himalayas has resulted in the formation of new glacial lakes and the enlargement of existing lakes due to the accumulation of meltwater behind loosely consolidated end moraine dams. Such lakes are inherently unstable and can be subject to catastrophic drainage (glacial lake outburst flood or GLOF), which is a

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Bangladesh, India Most Threatened by Climate Change, Risk Study Finds

Apr 29th, 2011 | By




Bangladesh and India are the two countries most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change over the next 30 years, according to calculations by the British global risks analysis company Maplecroft. The same study determined that the countries least at risk from climate change are the Scandinavian nations and Ireland. The U.S. and much of Europe

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Hearts of poverty and climate change

Apr 29th, 2011 | By




Recently IFAD (International Fund for Agricultural Development) published the Rural Poverty Report 2011. It provides a coherent and comprehensive look at rural poverty. The report urged that we need more food and need it now. To meet the food needs of the 21st century, the nations of the world must make it easy to live

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Extending Kyoto Protocol critical – Molewa

Apr 29th, 2011 | By




South Africa does not want the next UN Climate Change Conference, which it will host in Durban in November, to be the “death” of the Kyoto Protocol, says Environment Minister Edna Molewa. Briefing the media at Parliament on Wednesday, ahead of debate on her department’s Budget vote, she said government viewed continuation of the protocol

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Awards Amrita Devi and Gaura Devi for environment protection Announced by Jairam Ramesh

Apr 29th, 2011 | By




Union Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh announced the two awards at the convention of the Vishnoi samaj at the Guru Jambeshwar Dham in Churu on April 12. He said the law would be amended to enhance punishment for wildlife poaching. The following is the text of his speech. “I come here not as a Minister but

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Government yet to foot bill for Kalapatthar climate meeting

Apr 28th, 2011 | By




A high on the hog Cabinet meeting at Kalapatthar in Mt Everest Base Camp in 2009 had hogged headlines in the country and abroad. But the meeting on climate change now has spoilt the environment in government ministries and among the stakeholders. While the government is yet to pay its dues, ministries and concerned stakeholders

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UN conference on LDCs to adopt climate change as major agenda

Apr 28th, 2011 | By




The fourth UN Conference on Least Developed Countries (LDCs) to be held in Istanbul, Turkey next month will adopt climate change as one of the major agenda in the Istanbul Plan of Action for LDCs. This is the first time the UN conference on LDCs is going to specifically incorporate the agenda of climate change

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The end of the world as we know it

Apr 28th, 2011 | By




As we face the possibility of a mass extinction, Carl Zimmer asks scientists how the threat should be handled. Over the past 540 million years, life on Earth has passed through five great mass extinctions. In each of those catastrophes, an estimated 75 per cent or more of all species disappeared in a few million

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Climate Conversations – Women must get their fair share of climate finance

Apr 28th, 2011 | By




At the end of April, a committee of countries chosen to work out the details of a U.N.-backed Green Climate Fund holds its first meeting in Mexico, to discuss how to get the fund up and running. It faces some important questions: How to ensure the money goes to those more vulnerable to climate change?

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South and Central Asia regional virtual consultation on youth perspectives on Rio +20

Apr 28th, 2011 | By




From Rio 1992 to Rio+20, 2012 and beyond: Where do we stand – How can we make a difference and promote green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication? The Earth Summit 1992, also known as Rio Summit was a landmark event in promoting sustainable development and penetrating effectively environmental concepts in social

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Crashes, Crises, and Calamities”: The new science of disaster prediction

Apr 28th, 2011 | By




Will it ever be possible to predict calamities? An expert explains why we might be close We’re never far from disaster. Just look at the current news cycle: While Japan reels from a tsunami and an earthquake, American states are being ravaged by tornadoes, and the U.S. economy is still limping along after the financial

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Official Says China Is Drafting Climate Change Law

Apr 28th, 2011 | By




China’s chief negotiator for United Nations climate change talks says the country is drafting a new climate change law and plans to explore a low-carbon development plan, news service Xinhua reports. Xie Zhenhua, vice chairman of the National Development and Reform Commission, indicated that the country considers climate change legislation very important. He added that

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Pakistan: Gurkhi approves Climate Change Policy draft

Apr 27th, 2011 | By




Federal Minister for Environment and Women Development Samina Khalid Ghurki on Tuesday, in principle, approved the draft of Climate Change Policy.She approved the policy while chairing Core Group Meeting on Climate Change held here. Samina Ghurki said that Pakistan was the most vulnerable country due to global warming and climate change and was a low

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Major polluters say 2011 climate deal “not doable”

Apr 27th, 2011 | By




The world’s biggest greenhouse gas emitters do not expect a legally-binding deal to tackle climate change at talks in South Africa in December, two leading climate envoys said on Wednesday. U.S. climate negotiator Todd Stern and European climate commissioner Connie Hedegaard played down the chance of a breakthrough after a meeting of the Major Economies

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Himachal C.M. Inaugurates 6th International Hydro-Power conference

Apr 27th, 2011 | By




Shimla: Prof. Prem Kumar Dhumal, Chief Minister, said that the Himachal Pradesh was providing reliable and quality supply of electricity to consumers to all in the State. He said that 100% revenue village of the State had been electrified long ago. Not only this, the consumers in the State had to pay of the lowest

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Nepal: Farmer Managed Irrigation System in the twenty first century: Coping with the climate change

Apr 27th, 2011 | By




The Himalayas, consist of several parallel ranges running from west to east and from the Indus River Valley to the Brahrnaputra River Valley. They form an arc of 2,500 kilometers long in length of which one third lies in Nepal. The Himalayan region has the most highly glaciated areas in the world outside of the

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India: National Research Conference on Climate Change

Apr 27th, 2011 | By




Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IITD), Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM), and the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) are organizing the Second National Research Conference on Climate Change to be held at IITM from July 11-13 2011.  The conference will cover major topics on scientific, technical, economic, and policy aspects of climate change

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Carbon cuts by developed countries cancelled out by imported goods

Apr 27th, 2011 | By




Kyoto protocol means carbon footprints are calculated for the countries producing goods, not those consuming them. Cuts in carbon emissions by developed countries since 1990 have been cancelled out many times over by increases in imported goods from developing countries such as China, according to the most comprehensive global figures ever compiled. Previous studies have

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World Bank Reports on Climate Sector Lending

Apr 27th, 2011 | By




The World Bank has reported that it closed its 2010 fiscal year (FY) with an all-time record in renewable energy and energy efficiency financing, as well as a new record in the Bank Group’s low-carbon financing. The Bank reported a 62% increase in low-carbon commitments, to US$5.5 billion, compared to FY 2009, while low-carbon energy financing accounted for

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Corruption risks and climate change

Apr 27th, 2011 | By




Bangladesh, Transparency International launches the Global Corruption Report: Climate Change, a comprehensive guide to corruption risks in measures to combat climate change.  With no less than US$100 billion per year earmarked for climate change mitigation and adaptation from 2012-2020, this landmark publication highlights potential corruption red flags for policy makers and civil society.  It includes

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Rising seas scariest climate impact: Nauru’s Moses

Apr 27th, 2011 | By




Sea level rise is the “most terrifying” impact of climate change and rich countries are showing scant leadership in addressing the threats, the incoming chair of a U.N. alliance of small island states said on Tuesday. Marlene Moses, the U.N. ambassador of the Pacific island state of Nauru, the world’s smallest republic, urged developed countries

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CLIMATE CHANGE: Community-based adaptation in action

Apr 27th, 2011 | By




 Nepal has become one of the first countries to consider scaling up community-based adaptation (CBA) to climate change and making it part of national development policy. Nepal is vulnerable to rising global temperatures and has already been dealing with the impact of erratic rainfall, frequent droughts and floods, which have been affecting food security. In

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Mini hydel projects need to be regulated

Apr 27th, 2011 | By




The red light shown by the Karnataka high court to those companies building mini hydel projects in Western Ghats is a historic verdict towards conservation of the fragile ecology of the region. Alarmed by the mushrooming mini hydel projects in the interior regions of Malenadu, the hill region of  Karnataka, the people as well as

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Collective conservation efforts boosted rhino population in Nepal

Apr 26th, 2011 | By




Chitwan, Nepal — After three rigorous weeks of conducting the National Rhino Census in Nepal, new data on the population of greater one-horned rhinoceros (Rhinoceros unicornis) was formally released today. According to the census, there are 534 rhinos in Nepal, marking an increase of 99 rhinos from the 435 recorded in the last census in

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EU Marie Curie Individual Fellowship-2011

Apr 26th, 2011 | By




The Bradford Centre for Sustainable Environments (BCSE) has extensive experience in the training and professional development of international researchers. In an attempt to further enhance cooperation with the international research community the BCSE is seeking qualified researchers to develop a Marie Curie Individual Fellowship proposal alongside one of the Centre’s leading scientists on sustainable development

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Watching Climate Change Through a Farmer’s Eyes

Apr 26th, 2011 | By




In the last few decades, farmers in the heavily-forested Darjeeling Hills of the Himalayas in India and Nepal have noticed something strange. Rivers and streams are drying up, crop yields are plummeting, and trees have begun to flower long before spring arrives. The experiences of these villagers match satellite data, according to a new study,

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Climate change to reduce US West water supply – report

Apr 26th, 2011 | By




Scarce water supplies in the western US will probably dwindle further as a result of climate change, causing problems for millions in the region, a government report has said. Climate change could cut water flow in several of the American West’s largest river basins by up to 20% this century, the interior department report said.

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Seven steps to prevent recurring food crises

Apr 26th, 2011 | By




Just three years after the 2007-2008 food crisis, food prices are again increasing and becoming more volatile amid expanding biofuel production, rising oil prices, US dollar depreciation, export restrictions and panic purchasing. In Indonesia, for example, food inflation rose by 14 percent between March 2010 and March 2011. The world’s poorest consumers, who spend some

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The Transnational Regime Complex for Climate Change

Apr 26th, 2011 | By




In climate change as in other issue areas, recent years have produced a “Cambrian explosion” of international and transnational institutions, rules, implementation mechanisms, financing arrangements and operational programs. This renders governance highly complex: climate governance is not only fragmented but decentralized, operating with little central coordination. It is more appropriate to view it as a

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Lobbyists who cleared ‘Climategate’ academics funded by taxpayers and the BBC

Apr 25th, 2011 | By




A shadowy lobby group which pushes the case that global warming is a real threat is being funded by the taxpayer and assisted by the BBC. The little-known not-for-profit company works behind the scenes at international conferences to further its aims. One of its key supporters headed the official investigation into the so-called “Climategate emails”,

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Climate-change planning should include family planning

Apr 25th, 2011 | By




The women of Kunderpara village are used to having water all around them. They live on an island in the middle of one of Bangladesh’s many large rivers. The women are even used to the occasional seasonal flood. But lately when the river floods, it takes on new, terrifying meaning. The women do all they

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Top scientists, dissects global warming theories by using real data rather than relying entirely on computer models

Apr 25th, 2011 | By




Professor Vincent Courtillot, one of France’s top scientists, dissects global warming theories by using real data rather than relying entirely on computer models. This excellent 32 minute lecture touches on global cooling, the role of the sun, Climategate, and the Hockey Stick graph. Most of this lecture is accessible to the science-oriented layman. Many without

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Disagreeing with the IPCC’s approach

Apr 25th, 2011 | By




There is a very interesting article on Nature.com that provides an example of something a bit uncommon in the climate wars: an intelligent and well reasoned disagreement with the IPCC. (h/t to Climate Etc.) The article is well worth the read in its entirety, but its central point is a relatively straightforward one. The smaller

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Climate change threatens our water

Apr 25th, 2011 | By




The impact of climate change on water resources has become a growing concern for the country’s water sector, a top official said on Friday. Chen Lei, minister of water resources, told a roundtable meeting on climate change in China that global warming has become an important environmental issue – with water being one of the

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People have strong will to conserve environment

Apr 25th, 2011 | By




Having lowest forest cover even among the developing countries of South Asia observance of Earth Day 2011 in Pakistan at least indicates that there is a strong will among the people to conserve environment and share responsibility to protect the planet Earth. This year s theme was A Billion Acts of Green and the goal

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Clueless New IPCC Policy Ignores Advocacy Literature

Apr 25th, 2011 | By




A few days ago Hilary Ostrov commented on how tone-deaf the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) continues to be. In her words, these people “sooooooooooooo don’t get it!” At a meeting next month, the IPCC will discuss proposed new guidelines regarding the use of non-peer-reviewed information sources. Now remember, the IPCC is supposed to

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Agriculture: The Unlikely Earth Day Hero

Apr 25th, 2011 | By




For over 40 years, Earth Day has served as a call to action, mobilizing individuals and organizations around the world to address these challenges. This year Nourishing the Planet highlights agriculture—often blamed as a driver of environmental problems—as an emerging solution. Agriculture is a source of food and income for the world’s poor and a primary

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Volunteers around the world put old weather data online

Apr 24th, 2011 | By




Detailed entries from old Royal Navy ship logs and colonial-era records could be a gold mine for scientists trying to understand climate change. Kathy Wendolkowski is a suburban mother of three with a secret life. When she is not busy in her kitchen or doing data entry at home as a contractor for the Environmental

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China risks civil strife with support for foreign dams: activists

Apr 24th, 2011 | By




(Reuters) – Chinese support for controversial dam-building schemes around the world risks a backlash from affected communities and even violence due to a lack of transparency and the ignoring of residents’ wishes, activists said. Chinese companies and banks are becoming deeply involved in such projects in Africa and Asia, and despite a growing awareness they

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Forest Carbon Asia Website Launch Announcement

Apr 24th, 2011 | By




The website aims www.forestcarbonasia.org to serve as an information and resource hub for forest carbon/REDD+ in Asia− providing current news and views from the media, a categorized library of relevant publications, vacancy and event announcements, directories of forest carbon players and links to other useful resources for convenient reference and networking. It also provides regularly-updated

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Sikkim CM to launch Sikkim Studies Programme in Jamia

Apr 24th, 2011 | By




The Chief Minister of Sikkim, Mr. Pawan Chamling, will launch a unique Sikkim Studies Programme at the Centre for North East Studies in Jamia Millia Islamia on Monday, 25 April at 11 AM. Mr. Chamling, a four-time Chief Minister of the Himalayan State, will speak on  “Regional Parties and their efficacy in advancing Nation Building”

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Voodoo Economics? How About Voodoo Climate Science?

Apr 24th, 2011 | By




When will our greener friends at the UN learn that it’s just not a good idea to make definite predictions about certain disasters? This time they have been called out on their 2005 prediction that by now there would be 50 million “climate refugees”—people choosing to emigrate because of bad weather.  The United Nations Environment

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Pollution monitoring infrastructure inadequate

Apr 24th, 2011 | By




The India Pollution Map, a website project at the Centre for Development Finance (CDF), has tracked the government pollution monitoring regime and has mapped aspects of air and water quality through an online mapping tool. Data and information directly received from the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) and State Pollution Control Boards (SPCBs) have raised

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Climate-Smart Agriculture: The future of global food security

Apr 24th, 2011 | By




Climate change has pronounced effects in agriculture, such as shifts in temperature and precipitation patterns, and prevalence of pests and diseases. Developing countries that get by with minimal productivity and limited technology are in danger of enduring lower and erratic production, aggravating both the farmers’ livelihood and the population’s food supply. As the Food and

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Digital Globe And Extreme Ice Survey The Ultimate In Cold Hi-Res

Apr 23rd, 2011 | By




DigitalGlobe (NYSE: DGI), provider of high-resolution Earth imagery solutions, has partnered with Extreme Ice Survey (EIS) to combine on-the-ground photography with satellite imagery to monitor the state of the world’s glaciers. The organizations have also issued a first report, “Worldwide Glacier Monitoring Report,” which includes black and white and natural color satellite images from the

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The dwindling forests-Social forestation is welcome

Apr 23rd, 2011 | By




WE learn it from no less a person than the finance minister that forest coverage has come down to only nine percent. He emphasized on social afforestation and massive tree plantation in each village to face the climate change impacts. His observations came at the inaugural session of the first Bangladesh Forestry Congress 2011 held

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Technology and Sustainability

Apr 23rd, 2011 | By




In ten essays, this book addresses a broad range of issues related to the interplay of sustainability and technology. How do population growth and technology relate to sustainable development? Can globalization be reconciled with sustainable development? Is sustainability a subjective or an objective concept? And how can we find a balance between technological risk and

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Scientists want climate change early-warning system

Apr 23rd, 2011 | By




LONDON (Reuters) – A better monitoring network for greenhouses gases is needed to warn of significant changes and to keep countries that have agreed to cut their emissions honest, scientists said in papers published. “What we’re hoping to do is see if the warming is feeding the warming, particularly in the Arctic,” said Euan Nisbet,

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Representation of women in decision-making process urged

Apr 22nd, 2011 | By




The speakers at a seminar unanimously agreed that women should be sufficiently represented in decision-making process on climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies. The seminar on ‘Climate Change and Gender: Prospects and Challenges’ was organised here by the Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI). Mome Saleem, Research Associate of SDPI, said that throughout the world, there

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