Archive for May 2011

UNFCCC 2011- Durban in South Africa

May 31st, 2011 | By




It is with immense pride that the eThekwini Municipality announces that the Seventeenth Conference of the Parties (COP 17) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and CMP 7 will be held in Durban, South Africa, in December 2011.  This further confirms Durban’s status as the sporting and events capital of Africa

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REDD Light: Indigenous say offset plan threatens traditional title

May 31st, 2011 | By




Photo: Hector Rodriguez, posing defiantly in front of riot police, was among the thousands of Indigenous peoples, small farmers, women, environmental groups and other activists who took action and made their voices heard throughout the two-week COP 16 conference. “The market will not protect our rights,” reads a statement by the Indigenous Environmental Network, which

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Everest waste set to arrive in capital

May 31st, 2011 | By




NAMCHE: About five metric tonnes of waste dumped in the Everest region will be brought to Kathmandu by tomorrow. On the initiation of Everest Summiteers’ Association (ESA), the government, Eco Himal, Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA), Sagarmatha Pollution Control Committee were involved in the collection of the waste from April 17 to May 27. The government

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Great Himalaya Trail starts in Solukhumbu

May 31st, 2011 | By




KATHMANDU: The Great Himalaya Trail Development Programme was launched in the Solukhumbu district on the occasion of Everest Day and Solukhumbu Tourism Festival 2011 organised by Friendship Youth Club in association with District Development Committee and Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal yesterday. With the aim of developing tourism in this region, Great Himalaya Trail Development

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E-learning Course on Trade and Climate Change

May 31st, 2011 | By




The World Trade Institute (WTI) in partnership with the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) offers e-Learning courses in the field of international trade policy and regulation. The four week long courses are designed specifically for officials and professionals wishing to deepen their knowledge and understanding of international trade. The courses are entirely

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Climate change demands we re-engineer the world economy now

May 31st, 2011 | By




To break the link between growth and carbon emissions, we must adopt a top-down approach of binding climate goals The latest data from the IEA reveals a near-perfect correlation between global GDP and carbon emissions. Photograph: Corbis As an alarm call, the surge in emissions revealed by the International Energy Association is deafening. After the

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Global warming: Bleaker and bleaker

May 31st, 2011 | By




New figures show we are still hurtling towards dangerous climate change – at a time when policymakers are running out of ideas. Sometimes a quotation really does say it all. As chief economist of the International Energy Agency, Fatih Birol is not given to overstatement – so his comment in our paper today that the

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Pachauri calls for immediate pollution control

May 30th, 2011 | By




New Delhi, May 30 (ANI): Expressing concern over rising pollution in India, R. K Pachauri, chairman of UN International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) on Monday urged the public to minimise pollution, as the effects of global warming are looming large over the world. Addressing the ‘Sustainable Agriculture and Nutritional Security’ seminar here, Pachauri said:

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Brazil, SA, India and China want Kyoto Protocol extended

May 30th, 2011 | By




As Ministers of the Brazil, South Africa, India, China (Basic) grouping met to firm their position before further global climate change negotiating sessions, they reiterated that a second commitment period to the Kyoto Protocol was central to a comprehensive outcome at the 17th conference of the parties (COP17) in Durban in November, and December. They

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National policy for use of river water needed: conservationist

May 30th, 2011 | By




Magsaysay award-winning water conservationist Rajendra Singh, said on Sunday that the Ministry of Environment and Forests had become “pollutant protection ministry.” He was talking to The Hindu from Pune on the need for a national policy for sustainable use of river water. “The work of the MoEF should be the protection and conservation of forests

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Ministers prepare for climate talks

May 30th, 2011 | By




Times Live: Environmental ministers of developing countries held a two-day meeting in Durban at the weekend to prepare for the climate change Countries of the Parties 17 conference in November. The global COP17 conference is expected to provide financial and technological solutions to help developing countries grow their economies without damaging the environment. The environmental

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It’s political instability, not climate: in Bangladesh

May 30th, 2011 | By




British High Commissioner in Dhaka Stephen Evans yesterday said the biggest threat to Bangladesh is not climate change but political violence and instability. “The biggest threat is not climate change…biggest threat is violence and instability. Political mistrust and the threat of confrontation run deep. The country can not afford to return to the politics of

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India takes unique path to lower carbon emissions

May 30th, 2011 | By




With four times the population of the United States, an economy growing 8-9% a year and surging energy demand, India’s race to become an economic power has propelled it to No. 3 in the list of top carbon polluters. India’s greenhouse gas emissions will keep rising as it tries to lift millions out of poverty

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Gingrich recalls ‘global cooling’

May 30th, 2011 | By




Newt Gingrich doesn’t buy the established science of global warming, especially when there were warnings in the 1970s of a new Ice Age. “Now many of those scientists are still alive, and they were absolutely convinced,” the GOP presidential contender said Wednesday during a campaign visit to Manchester, N.H. “I mean, if Al Gore had

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Urban peaks in the Himalayas

May 29th, 2011 | By




Rampant city development in the world’s most ecologically fragile region will have disastrous consequences if left unchecked. Beth Walker introduces a new chinadialogue series on urbanisation in the Himalayas The Himalayas are the youngest, tallest and most unstable mountain range in the world. The geological forces that created its high peaks continue to push the

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Climate Change: Challenges in the Pakistani Context

May 29th, 2011 | By




The Institute of Strategic Studies organized a seminar on “Climate Change: Challenges in the Pakistani Context” on May 24th 2011. Ambassador (Retd) Shafqat KakaKhel, former deputy executive director of United Nations Environment Programme, began his speech by thanking the Institute of Strategic Studies and Director General of ISSI for the introductory comments. He discussed at

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Pakistan needs to invest in technology

May 29th, 2011 | By




Pakistan needs to invest in science and technology to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) through sustained and enhanced economic growth, according to Higher Education Commission (HEC) former chairman Professor Dr Atta ur Rehman. He was speaking at the inaugural ceremony of the first marketing and branding summit held on Saturday at a local hotel.

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Civil Society Forum on Climate Change formed

May 29th, 2011 | By




Civil society activists in Sindh have formed a forum to mobilise organisations to join hands to protect the environment from climate change. At a workshop held at a local hotel in Hyderabad, experts observed that Sindh is vulnerable to disasters like cyclones, floods and droughts hence they emphasized the need to mobilize those organizations working

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$26 billion needed to cope with climate change effects on energy sector

May 29th, 2011 | By




The United Nations Development Programme has estimated that Bangladesh’s energy sector would need $26.6 billion additional investment in the next 20 years to cope with the adverse impacts of climate change. The investment and financial flows will be required to lower carbon footprints of the energy sector in Bangladesh as it expands its supply of

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Climbing for change

May 29th, 2011 | By




When he was 12 years old, Apa Sherpa became a mountain porter. There was no other way he could support his family. He went on to become the living Everest legend, when he summated the world’s highest peak for the 21st time recently. Apa Sherpa, in his early 50s and Nepal’s ambassador to promote tourism,

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SAARC meeting on disaster response draft concludes

May 28th, 2011 | By




The Inter-governmental Meeting to finalise the text of the draft SAARC Agreement on Rapid Response to Natural Disasters concluded in Male on Thursday with a broad agreement on the issue that needed to be addressed. According to the global database on disasters, over the past forty years, South Asia faced as many as 1,333 disasters

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A Model for Optimizing Site Selection for Biomass Energy Systems in the Himalayas

May 28th, 2011 | By




Poverty alleviation over large parts of the isolated habitations in the Himalayas has been slow as many of these areas are still beyond the reach of electricity. Taking grid based energy to these far flung places is not always possible on account of prohibitive costs of carriage, high transmission losses and provision of technical services

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India to add 9th mission to climate change action plan-NAPCC

May 27th, 2011 | By




New Delhi: India is set to expand its domestic action plan to limit the growth of greenhouse gases by adding clean carbon initiatives to its eight-pronged response to tackle climate change. “We will soon add a ninth mission — clean coal or clean carbon initiatives — to our National Action Plan on Climate Change (NAPCC)

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Renewable Energies Failure

May 27th, 2011 | By




The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) shocked the world with its forecast of glaciers melting, rising oceans, flooded cities and widespread starvation. Now it has issued a stunning report on the difficulties of creating renewable energy. It is a killer for the Obama administration’s wildly optimistic promise of a future world of renewable energies.

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The Lessons from the three Gorges Dam for Northeast India

May 27th, 2011 | By




The Three Gorges Dam on the Yangtze River is the world’s largest hydropower project. It has often been touted as a model for dam building around the world. Now the Chinese government has officially acknowledged the project’s serious social, environmental and geological problems. What are the lessons from the Three Gorges experience for Northeast India?For

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Report questions ADB funded projects under the ‘Himachal Clean Energy Development Programme’

May 27th, 2011 | By




ADB loans for four hydroprojects at eco-fragile zone Livelihood concerns and environmental issues un-addressed Section 17/4 – Urgency clause being used by HPPCL for forced acquisition of land Poor EIA reports and non compliance to environmental norms Recently, a Public Hearing for the World Bank funded Luhri Hydro Electric had to be cancelled after public

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Be prepared for any monsoon disaster, states asked

May 26th, 2011 | By




New Delhi: Amid likelihood of monsoon to touch India at this month-end, the government Thursday sounded an alert and asked states to be prepared to tackle any possible disaster in the wake of floods triggered by heavy rains. Another advice from Home Secretary G.K. Pillai for the state governments was to keep a close vigil

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Brazil, SA, India and China climate meeting under way in Durban

May 26th, 2011 | By




Climate change experts and negotiators from Brazil, South Africa, India and China, the ‘Basic’ grouping, are meeting in Durban over the next two days, to discuss a common negotiating position for the 17th conference of the parties (COP17) in December. The meeting would be followed by a Ministerial meeting on Saturday 28 and Sunday 29,

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Climate Change: A Crisis for State Sovereignty

May 26th, 2011 | By




Robert Flawith examines the impact of global climate change on international order. While scientists are still trying to predict the full impact of greenhouse gas emissions on the earth’s climate, few now doubt the impending, manmade rise in global temperatures. Indeed, it is becoming apparent that the effects of climate change on global temperatures for

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World to lose forest area 27 times as big as Austria

May 26th, 2011 | By




The world stands to lose 230 million hectares of forest by 2050 with drastic consequences for the climate, biodiversity and the global economy, the WWF wildlife campaign group said on Wednesday. “Those responsible — policy-makers and industry — are sawing away at the branch we’re all sitting on,” WWF’s head of forests, Philipp Goeltenboth, said

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Pakistan’s first climate change policy ready

May 26th, 2011 | By




ISLAMABAD: After being devastated by the most severe flood in history, Pakistan has formally approved its first draft of the climate change policy. “In fact Pakistan is among the few developing countries which has prepared such a comprehensive national policy on a subject which is on top of the global priority agenda may be after

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Now use technology to know climate change

May 26th, 2011 | By




RHoK, a community of software developers and disaster risk management experts has come up with applications helpful during natural disasters and weather change. What do you do if a natural calamity strikes? How would you know if your near and dear ones are safe? How would you get in touch with your loved ones if

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The Global Energy Crisis: Opportunities and Challenges for Mountain Areas

May 26th, 2011 | By




Worldwide the demand for energy is increasing. The conventional sources such as oil and gas have reached their peak. There is a consensus that threats induced by climate change as well as risks associated with energy technology have to be significantly reduced. These needs, together with the alarming global signal triggered by the recent nuclear

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Pro-Poor Value Chain Development for High Value Products in Mountain Regions: Indian Bay Leaf

May 26th, 2011 | By




Production of high value products and services can help reduce poverty in mountain regions. Value chains can be used to describe the activities and benefits involved in bringing such a product from the producer to the market, and analysed to identify improvements along the chain which, if addressed, yield the highest positive outcome for small

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Forest communities in Nepal grappling with climate change

May 26th, 2011 | By




The rainfall pattern has changed in intensity and quality as a result of which paddy production is decreasing Communities that manage the forests in Nepal are grappling with the vagaries of erratic rainfall, drought and depleting water for drinking and agriculture. The rainfall pattern has changed in intensity and quality as a result of which

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Green projects with red results

May 26th, 2011 | By




Mini hydel projects, initially considered by environmentalists as green alternatives for power generation, have become threat to fragile ecosystems. The lure of high returns on investment, in addition to various incentives, created a mad rush among private players leading to destruction of natural forests. The growth of economy as well as maintaining high GDP growth

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Central China drought ‘worst in over 50 years’

May 26th, 2011 | By




Central China’s worst drought in more than 50 years is drying reservoirs, stalling rice planting, and threatens crippling power shortages as hydroelectric plants lie idle, state media said Wednesday. Rainfall levels from January to April in the drainage basin of the Yangtze, China’s longest and most economically important river, have been 40 percent lower than

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The Toll of Global Weirding

May 25th, 2011 | By




Climate change is happening and we are responsible for it. So say the UN, NASA, major insurance companies, the Pentagon and more than 97% of the researchers working in the field. While scientists are still reluctant to link individual weather events to climate change, they are increasingly able to do so by using mathematical techniques

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Climate change is a ‘gift’ of the developed world: expert

May 25th, 2011 | By




Shafqat Kakakhel, former deputy executive director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), has said that climate change is a ‘gift’ of western civilisation but all countries of the world will feel its effects. He was delivering a public talk on ‘Climate Change: Challenges in the Pakistani Context’ organised by the Institute of Strategic Studies

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IPCC: Half of Renewable Energy is Wood, Charcoal, and Animal Dung

May 25th, 2011 | By
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The IPCC recently released the Summary of a report about renewable energy. Both Pielke Jr. and Donna Laframboise have mentioned it, and once the final report comes out at the end of the month I’m sure we’ll hear more about it. However, in looking over the report I was stunned to find out what the

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India will remain sensitive to green concerns: PM

May 25th, 2011 | By




New Delhi: Amid a growing debate over environment and development, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Sunday said his government will “stay sensitive” towards green concerns but maintained that the pace of development should not suffer in the process. Observing that the environmental issues have “acquired a new urgency” in recent years, the Prime Minister emphasized

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UN Programmes and Partners Launch Online Platform for Adaptation and Mitigation Innovation and Technology

May 25th, 2011 | By




The UN Development Programme (UNDP), in collaboration with the UN Environment Programme Risoe Centre (UNEP Risoe), the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP), the Netherlands Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation, the Energy research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN) and the Joint Implementation Network (JIN, the Netherlands), have created ClimateTechWiki, an online platform to

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New Paper Lays Out Smart Policies for Renewable Energy Growth

May 25th, 2011 | By




A recent report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) said that 77 percent of the world’s energy could come from renewable sources by 2050, as long as governments adopt the right policies. A new working paper, Grounding Green Power, outlines the key components of smart renewable energy policy in developing countries, focusing on

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Glacial lakes, a potential threat

May 25th, 2011 | By




‘Climate change is the push factor for Glacial Lake Outburst Flood’. On the way to the China border from Kathmandu, in Sindhupalchowk district, a 19-metre-high rock sits in the middle of the Kosi river shadowed by the canopy of a giant tree growing out of it. It has become a tourist attraction and acquired a

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Groups meet for 2011 Zero Waste Himalaya Regional Workshop

May 25th, 2011 | By




Over centuries, pilgrims and explorers have been visiting the mountains and their numbers were few and the Himalayan ecosystem, fragile as it is, was able to cope with the effects of human exploration in the areas. But today, with improved network, there is a tremendous increase in the numbers of people visiting the Himalayan states.

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Renewable energy to meet 77% of demand by year 2050

May 25th, 2011 | By




The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) comprising representatives from 194 countries deliberated in Abu Dhabi for four days on a 900 page Special Report on Renewable Energy Sources and Climate Change Mitigation (SRREN) and unanimously endorsed a 25 page summary for policy makers which highlighted that by the year 2050 the world

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Youth Summit held on climate change at Gangtok

May 24th, 2011 | By




Youth Alliance for Climate (YAC) in association with Laya and Indian Network on Ethics and Climate Change organised a day-long programme on climate change for the youths of Sikkim at ICFAI University Campus on May 20. IN A bid to generate awareness on climate change amongst young people,Youth Alliance for Climate in association with Laya and Indian Network on Ethics

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India launches Biodiversity Decade for Asia and the Pacific

May 24th, 2011 | By




Montreal, 23 May 2011— With a guest list that included Ministers, Ambassadors, business leaders and celebrities, India held on 23 May 2011 in New Delhi the Asia and Pacific launch of the United Nations Decade on Biodiversity, with the goal of raising awareness of the importance of the variety of life on Earth to human

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Mountain tsunamis – a rising threat

May 24th, 2011 | By




Earthquakes could burst glacial lakes in the Himalayas, flooding populated areas downstream, scientists are warning. Navin Singh Khadka reports. Glacial lakes in the Himalayas could pose a major hazard to population centres if they are ruptured by earthquakes, scientists say. The true risk to settlements and infrastructure downstream in the Hindu Kush-Himalayan region is difficult to assess. But

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Glacial lakes a potential threat

May 24th, 2011 | By




‘Climate change is the push factor for Glacial Lake Outburst Flood’ These lakes are inherently unstable, subject to catastrophic drainage. Nepal has experienced 24 GLOF events in the recent past. Soft targets: The new arched bridge over the Bhote Kosi river at Phulping, near the Nepal-China border, which was built after the old stone bridge,

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Local knowledge can corroborate climate data

May 24th, 2011 | By




Knowledge held by communities about environmental shifts, such as temperature changes and species distribution, conforms closely to scientifically obtained data on climate change, new research shows. A study by Kamal Bawa, a biology professor at the University of Massachusets, United States, and graduate student Pasupati Chaudhary published online last month (27 April) in Biology Letters,

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India: PMO finds slippages in some missions under climate change plan

May 24th, 2011 | By




NEW DELHI: The Prime Minister’s Office has found that some of the missions under the National Action Plan on Climate Change seem to be slipping from course. The NAPCC, launched as part of India’s domestic action in limiting growth of climate changing greenhouse gases, has eight missions – on solar power, energy efficiency, sustainable habitat,

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Limit climate stresses in the Himalaya

May 24th, 2011 | By




World Wildlife Fund is taking on the greatest challenge humanity has ever seen: climate change. Climate change is the main factor responsible for the accelerated glacier retreat in the Himalayas. As this continues major changes in freshwater flows will have dramatic effects on biodiversity, people and their livelihoods. Glacial melting leads to an increase in

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UN-REDD Newsletter Highlights Cross-Regional REDD+ Learning and Exchange

May 24th, 2011 | By




The May 2011 edition of the UN-REDD Programme Newsletter features an article on Asia Pacific and Latin America cross-regional REDD+ exchange, which highlights that delegates from Viet Nam visited Mexico and Ecuador to learn from those countries’ experience of Payment for Environmental Services (PES) and community-led forest management, while Mexico and Ecuador learned from Viet

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CBD Announces TEMATEA Tool on Forest Biodiversity

May 24th, 2011 | By




The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), in consultation with members of the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF), has announced the launch of a web-based tool to support the conservation and sustainable use of forest biodiversity, based on the TEMATEA platform. The official launch on 22 May 2011 was timed to coincide with International Day for

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Inviting Disasters-in Himalayas

May 23rd, 2011 | By




Worldwide 214 river basins host 40 percent of the world’s population, and the Himalayas with huge stocks of water in the form of snow and ice, are the biggest source of surface fresh water in frozen form after the polar ice caps. The Himalayan region has an extremely fragile ecosystem and is source to 10

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ADB to invest in VC funds to address climate change issues

May 23rd, 2011 | By




NEW DELHI: Multilateral lending agency Asian Development Bank (ADB) today said it will invest USD 60 million in three venture capital funds targeted at companies combating the impact of climate change and promoting clean energy in India and China . “Climate change will hit Asia hard in coming decades. Investing in these venture capital funds

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Almighty Ganges-Can We!

May 23rd, 2011 | By




In south Asian region over 75 percent of the people live in rural areas, those have little access to safe potable water systems. Until, recently, people depended more on surface water which was exposed to microbial contamination resulting in water related disease like gastroenteritis, typhoid, dysentery, cholera, infectious hepatitis, infant diarrhoeas, and skin diseases and

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India: Summit Calls for Sustainable Mountain Development in Indian Himalayan Region

May 23rd, 2011 | By




A two day long Sustainable Mountain Development Summit of the Indian Mountain Initiative (IMI) concluded on 22 May in Nainital (Uttarakhand) India. The summit covered issues related to hydropower, climate change adaptation, rural tourism and community forestry. The summit was inaugurated by Mrs. Margaret Alva, Governor of Uttarakhand state in India. Mrs. Alva in her

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Himalayan Mountains are not only water towers but much more than that: Dr. Pachauri

May 23rd, 2011 | By
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In a sustainable mountain development summit of Indian Mountain Initiative (IMI), Dr. Rajendra Pachauri, Chairman of IPCC said that we should not only consider Himalayan Mountains as water towers, but, they are much more than that, in terms of biodiversity, culture, beautiful places, among others. He stated that given the mistake IPCC’s had earlier about

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