Archive for August 2011

Indian Himalayas Climate Adaptation Programme Meet

Aug 31st, 2011 | By




In order to develop a programme, Embassy of Switzerland organized a consultation workshop on 30 Aug 2011 in New Delhi, India, with the key stakeholders including national and state governments on Indian Himalayas Climate Adaptation Programme (IHCAP). Among specific objectives of the programme it will look in to the resilience of vulnerable communities in the

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International Symposium on Mountain Resource Management in a Changing Environment

Aug 31st, 2011 | By




The Aquatic Ecology Centre, Kathmandu University, and Institute of Forestry, Tribhuvan University in collaboration with the Department of International Environment and Development Studies (Noragric), University of Life Sciences, Norway, invite papers and posters from scholars and researchers to be presented at the symposium on “Mountain Resource Management in a Changing Environment” to be held in

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Modeling Glacier Melt and Runoff in Greenland and in the Nepal Himalaya

Aug 31st, 2011 | By




The world’s population is projected to reach approximately 7 billion by 2012. Much of the growth will be in less economically developed countries in central Asia and South America where demands on water resources are already high and livelihoods are threatened. Many countries in these regions rely on glaciers for domestic, agricultural and industrial water

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Nepal’s hydro-power potential

Aug 31st, 2011 | By
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The economic progress of South Asia has accelerated. It is the outcome of the economic progress of East Asian countries that put the rest of the Asian countries under pressure for competition. In recent decades, the combined average economic growth rate of this region exceeds 6 per cent per year. This needs a large quantity

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India: EUR 200 million loan for climate change mitigation projects

Aug 31st, 2011 | By
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IEWY: The European Investment Bank (EIB) has granted a EUR 200 million loan to ICICI Bank of India for projects in the renewable energy sector supporting climate change mitigation. The main objective of this climate change framework loan is to make long-term finance available for investments in renewable energy projects that mitigate climate change by

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Climate change affects developing world most

Aug 31st, 2011 | By




While developed countries bear much historic responsibility for current levels of greenhouse gases, developing economies are at greater risk from the effects of these gases. This is according to Yannick Glemarec, director of environmental finance at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). He was addressing a media breakfast session in Johannesburg on Monday. “This is

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The Economics of Happiness

Aug 31st, 2011 | By




CNN-Globalpublicsquare: We live in a time of high anxiety. Despite the world’s unprecedented total wealth, there is vast insecurity, unrest, and dissatisfaction. In the United States, a large majority of Americans believe that the country is “on the wrong track.” Pessimism has soared. The same is true in many other places.   Against this backdrop,

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Global Warming not Considered a Major Threat by Many in Developed Nations

Aug 29th, 2011 | By




International Business Times: oncern over climate change has taken a back seat to economic concerns in developed nations, a recent poll indicates. The economy concerns and more immediate environmental issues, such as air and water pollution, water shortages, waste disposal and use of pesticides, have edged out climate change concerns among Internet users worldwide polld by Nielsen. Photo: Wim Hof

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NGOs Must Play Key Role in Rio+20 Summit on Sustainable Development

Aug 29th, 2011 | By




Jose Domingo Guariglia interviews MICHAEL RENNER, of Worldwatch Institute. IPS: As the United Nations readies for a major international conference on sustainable development next June in Brazil, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) are preparing to play a key role in the run-up to the summit meeting and are preparing a plan of action to be adopted by

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Kyoto Protocol to be BASIC’s priority

Aug 29th, 2011 | By




Economic Times: The BASIC quartet – Brazil, South Africa, India and China – have sent out the message that agreeing on the second commitment period for the Kyoto Protocol is “the central priority “for the year-end climate change meet at Durban, South Africa. At the recent BASIC ministerial meet at Inhotim in Brazil, the quartet

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Overall impact of climate change would be negative: Swaminathan

Aug 29th, 2011 | By




Times of India: Climate change will adversely affect the impact of pests, diseases and weeds. In addition the quality of grains and nutrient-use ability may be seriously affected. While some crops may benefit from the increase in carbon dioxide level in the atmosphere, overall impact will be negative. The views were expressed by father of

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Mapping ecologically sensitive, significant and salient areas of Western Ghats: proposed protocols and methodology

Aug 29th, 2011 | By




IAS-Current Science: The Western Ghats Ecology Expert Panel (WGEEP) of the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India (GOI) has been asked to identify ecologically sensitive areas (ESAs) along the Western Ghats, and to suggest how to manage them. The concept of ESAs has been extensively discussed in the literature. Several ESAs have been

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The resource economy

Aug 29th, 2011 | By




The battle for resources is growing fiercer across the globe, driven by rising demand coupled with rapidly dwindling sources. Businesses will need to take a long-term view by securing their future sources of supply and shifting to next-generation fuels and alternative energy sources. Seeking out creative ways to transform waste into profit and satisfying the

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State Action Plans to be Prepared on Climate Change

Aug 29th, 2011 | By




PIB: The Government has recently assessed the special needs of hilly areas in the North-East Region with respect to climate change adaptation. This assessment titled “Indian Network of Climate Change Assessment (INCCA): Climate Change and India: A 4×4 Assessment-A Regional and Sectoral Analysis for 2030s” by Ministry of Environment, Government of India has projected rise

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Value of REDD, CDM and VER schemes for Rural poor

Aug 29th, 2011 | By




   Dense Forest (ha) Open forest (ha) Total area (ha) Ha 3652 4554 8379 total current carbon stock in tCO2 373634 116470 490014 gross estimate CO2 emissions/ha of 5.6% forest loss p.a. in tCO2 20924 6522 27446 estimated reduction in CO2 emissions p.a. through ‘rural poor’ mitigation work in tCO2 12544 7104 19648 leakage (10%)

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Climate change impacting agriculture in India: Swaminathan

Aug 28th, 2011 | By




Livemint: Noted agricultural scientist M S Swaminathan on Friday said the impact of climate change on farm sector would be profound and one degree Celsius rise in temperature could lead to wheat yield losses of around 6 million tonnes per year in India. “Climate change is impacting agriculture in countries like India. For one degree

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PMD installs another glacier monitoring station at Baltoro

Aug 28th, 2011 | By




Nations: Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) in collaboration with Italian research organisation EV-K2-CNR, has installed another Automatic Weather Station (AWS) near Concordia at Baltoro glacier. The station will continuously record the parameters including precipitation, snow depth, wind speed and direction, temperature, relative humidity, incoming solar radiation (long and short wave) out-going terrestrial radiation (long and short

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Charting unknown Himalayan waters

Aug 28th, 2011 | By




  BBC News: In the wake of a recent controversy over the retreat of Himalayan glaciers in which the UN’s climate science body admitted that it was an error to assert that they would disappear by 2035, water availability has emerged as a key issue with even more uncertainty. Receding Himalayan glaciers grabbed headlines because

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Sustainable mountains: people, resources, community and environment

Aug 28th, 2011 | By




Winner-tips.org: If nature and ecology conservation concerns, in their many forms, seem not able to demonstrate an adequately sustainable global response paradigm, perhaps it is not so much for lack of effort or heart. It may be that the core of each problem in each situation has not been lanced, and the right moves simply

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Automatic Weather Stations in NE States of India

Aug 28th, 2011 | By




PIB India: Modern automatic weather stations have been set up in the North Eastern-States and Sikkim.They are given at Annexe below.To understand the nature of monsoon pattern in these areas, the government launched a high-priority Programme to address the Science issues of Global and Regional Climate Change with a well equipped state-of-the-art Center for Climate

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Science now settled

Aug 28th, 2011 | By




Financial Post: The science is now all-but-settled on global warming, convincing new evidence demonstrates, but Al Gore, the IPCC and other global warming doomsayers won’t be celebrating. The new findings point to cosmic rays and the sun – not human activities – as the controller of climate on Earth. The research, published with little fanfare

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Climate change may ruin Bhutan’s plans: PM

Aug 28th, 2011 | By
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Bhutan Today: The Prime Minister, Lyonchhen Jigmi Y Thinley, has issued a dire warning about the impact of Himalayan climate change, saying it could wreck Bhutan’s ambitious plans to be a world leader in hydropower. However, the country is powerless to prevent changes caused by shifting weather patterns that threaten regional water supplies and plans

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Asia-Pacific stakeholders call for including Mountain issues in Rio

Aug 27th, 2011 | By




A three-day workshop on Regional Sharing of Experiences, Challenges, and Opportunities in promoting sustainable mountain development in the context of the upcoming Rio+20 conference concluded today at ICIMOD Headquarters in Kathmandu. The meeting brought together more than 40 experts from the Hindu Kush-Himalayan (HKH) countries (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal, and Pakistan) as well

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Renewable Energy – Energy for future

Aug 27th, 2011 | By




MorungExpress: Global warming and its increasing effects have shed light on the many global environmental issues. Our planet’s fragile ecosystem is under attack on many fronts as a result of industrialization and our growing transportation and infrastructures. Change is needed in order to avert catastrophe, adaptation and development of alternative energy sources is absolutely necessary.

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Community-Based Adaptation to Climate Change — Equator Prize 2012

Aug 27th, 2011 | By




The Equator Initiative recently announced its call for nominations for the Equator Prize 2012, which will be awarded to 25 outstanding local initiatives that are working to advance sustainable development solutions for people, nature and resilient communities. One change of note to the Equator Prize 2012, is a thematic emphasis on Community-based Adaptation to Climate

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Nature: climate change leads to 67-84 percent intraspecific biodiversity loss

Aug 27th, 2011 | By




Bits of Science: Nature-climate change leads to 67-84 percent intraspecific biodiversity loss by 2080 – Holocene Mass Extinction within this century. The better we define the richness of life on Earth, the larger the percentage we are going to lose becomes. Life won’t go extinct. The number of domains and kingdoms will very-very likely remain

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Climate cycles drive civil war

Aug 27th, 2011 | By




Nature News: Natural climate cycles seem to have a striking influence on war and peace around the equator. Tropical countries face double the risk of armed conflict and civil war breaking out during warm, dry El Niño years than during the cooler La Niña phase of the El Niño/Southern Oscillation (ENSO), according to an analysis

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Cloud formation study casts a shadow over certain climate models

Aug 27th, 2011 | By




Guardian: One of the most detailed studies of the particles that seed clouds has revealed shortcomings in our picture of how they arise. Some climate models may need to be “substantially revised” in the light of new research into the airborne particles that seed clouds. One of the most detailed studies to date of the

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CDKN:Partnership with Eldis, Research Call and new Policy Brief

Aug 27th, 2011 | By




The Climate and Development Knowledge Network and Eldis have recently renewed their partnership to enhance access to a wide range of climate change research and policy resources. The Climate and Development Knowledge Network (www.cdkn.org) is an initiative designed to support developing countries in tackling the challenges posed by climate change. The network counts PwC, Fundación

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Bhutan: Government to go ahead

Aug 25th, 2011 | By




Kuenselonline: Works on the construction of the 67km Shingkhar-Gorgan secondary national highway will begin as soon as the monsoon is over. The cabinet decided this recently, irrespective of conservationists’ sounding alarm bells against such a move on the government’s part. The Bhutan Ecological Society, the Royal Society for Protection of Nature and the World Wildlife

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How many species on Earth? 8.7 million give or take

Aug 25th, 2011 | By




Reuters: Scientists have yet to discover, or classify, about 90 percent of the plant and animal species on Earth, which is estimated to be home to just under 9 million species, a study says. The study, published in the open-access journal PLoS Biology on Wednesday, vastly increases the estimated richness of life on the planet.

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Priority Environmental Problems of Himalaya: Govt. of India

Aug 25th, 2011 | By




PIB: Geodynamic ally active and ecologically sensitive Himalaya; apart from having the inherent environmental problems of natural occurrence such as, earthquakes, landslides, soil erosion and flash floods; is confronted with a range of other problems of anthropogenic origin. They include: accelerated soil erosion, rain water runoff, increasing incidence of landslides, siltation and pollution of water

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Nepal likely to achieve most MDGs targets: Report

Aug 25th, 2011 | By




Himalayan Times: Nepal is likely to achieve most of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) targets set for 2015, according to a report. However, reducing proportion of population below a minimum level of dietary energy consumption, proportion of underweight children aged 6-59 months, proportion of stunted children aged 6-59 months, survival rate to grade five, literacy

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New small hydro power project from HP accredited under REC scheme

Aug 25th, 2011 | By




Climate Connect News: A new small hydro power project has been accredited under the Renewable Energy Certificate scheme. The 5 MW was accredited by the Directorate of Energy, Himachal Pradesh. The project is owned by Ginni Global Limited of the Jaipuria Group.  This is the third project to be accredited from Himachal Pradesh. With this

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First issuance of 31,874 CERs to acclaimed biogas project in Nepal

Aug 25th, 2011 | By




Climate Connect News: The Biogas Support Program of Nepal has been issued 31,874 CERs by the UNFCCC. The project’s DOE is DNV and buyers of the CERs include KfW, Swiss RE and Community Development Carbon Fund among others.  The methodology adopted for the CDM project was AMS-I.C. The project activity had the Alternative Energy Promotion

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Permafrost Could Release Vast Amounts of Carbon and Accelerate Climate Change by End of Century

Aug 25th, 2011 | By




ScienceDaily: Billions of tons of carbon trapped in high-latitude permafrost may be released into the atmosphere by the end of this century as Earth’s climate changes, further accelerating global warming, a new computer modeling study indicates. The study also found that soil in high-latitude regions could shift from being a sink to a source of

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Happy’ Bhutan alarmed by Himalayan climate change

Aug 24th, 2011 | By




MYsinchew: Bhutan’s prime minister has issued a dire warning about the impact of Himalayan climate change, saying it could wreck the tiny kingdom’s ambitious plans to be a world leader in hydropower. The isolated, mountainous nation sandwiched between India and China is famed for pursuing “happiness” for its citizens instead of orthodox economic growth, with

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Significance of forests: Means for communities to adapt to climate-change

Aug 24th, 2011 | By




Himalayan Times: Gone are the days of talking only about timber and other forest product in the context of the forest. With these products as it is, another opportunity growing in the forests is carbon. Interestingly, the standing trees could deliver money without dying, and help communities invest on climate-change adaptation.At a time when everyone

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PES-Payments for Environment Services in Bhutan (Video)

Aug 24th, 2011 | By




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Himalaya village caught between culture and nature

Aug 24th, 2011 | By




BBC News Service: An ethnic community in Nepal’s remotest Himalayan district bordering Tibet says it has been struggling to save its unique Buddhism culture from being uprooted by floods from a glacial lake. The locals of Halji village in Humla district of western Nepal practise the Drikung Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism which has an

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Sustaining forests: investing in our common future

Aug 24th, 2011 | By




In this issue the focus is on the role of forests in a green economy and climate change . The paper discusses opportunities for innovative solutions to forest management that take into account economic values of forests to human well-being. The paper also stresses that degraded forests and insecure flows of forest ecosystem services can

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Global Warming: Media Bias and the Misinformation Pipeline

Aug 24th, 2011 | By
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Dr. J. C. Moore: Climate Himalaya takes pleasure in introducing Dr. Moore as our guest writer with this introductory article, which we republished from his website. The Scientific Consensus: All the major scientific organizations in the world have endorsed a  statement similar to that of the American Chemical Society: “Careful and comprehensive scientific assessments have clearly

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World Bank: Nepal dams won’t stop Indian floods

Aug 24th, 2011 | By




Chinadialogue: Indian planners need to radically rethink flood prevention strategies in the Ganges basin, as a new World Bank study debunks old myths. For decades, Indian planners working to harness the waters of the Ganges and its tributaries have believed building dams in Nepal will save Bihar and eastern Uttar Pradesh from the floods that

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Indo-Bangla study on Brahmaputra

Aug 24th, 2011 | By
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Telegraph India: Project to promote better understanding of management of natural resources. Scientists from India and Bangladesh have joined hands for an integrated understanding of the Brahmaputra and how river systems affect lives of people under an International Union for Conservation of Nature project. The project, Ecosystems for Life: A Bangladesh-India Initiative, is a civil

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Clues for Sustainable Farming Found in Ancient Hawaiian Techniques

Aug 24th, 2011 | By




ThinktoSustain: In a world facing numerous agricultural challenges, native Hawaiian agriculture provides a lesson in adaptation and sustainability, find scholars from Stanford. Along the south Kona coast of Hawaii, moisture gently sweeps in from the ocean. The looming volcanoes Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea protect fields from harsher weather patterns, making the landscape well-suited to

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Climate change will hit genetic diversity

Aug 24th, 2011 | By




Nature: Probable loss of ‘cryptic’ variation a challenge for conservationists. Climate change represents a threat not only to the existence of individual species, but also to the genetic diversity hidden within them, researchers say. The finding promises to complicate assessments of how climate change will affect biodiversity, as well as conservationists’ task in preserving it.

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Scientists pinpoint sources of four major international rivers

Aug 24th, 2011 | By




Xinhuanet: Chinese scientists have pinpointed the sources of four major rivers that flow through China and south Asia, and measured their lengths and size of drainage basins, information that will prove to be invaluable for future environmental research. The information about the Brahmaputra, Indus, Salween and Irrawaddy rivers was a result of expeditions and satellite

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National Ganga River Basin Authority (NGRBA): A Case for Ganga Innovation Mechanism

Aug 23rd, 2011 | By
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Image via Wikipedia Suman K: The river Ganga is sacred to India and holds immense spiritual, social, cultural, recreational, and economic value to Indians. It originates in the Himalayas and traverses through a stretch of 2500 km across the north and eastern plains of India serving as a life force for close to 40% of

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International Symposium on Costs and benefits of REDD plus

Aug 23rd, 2011 | By




IISD List: That humans depend on nature for their existence is an obvious fact. That in time, however, modern societies have come to act as if nature’s services could be fully substituted has also been well acknowledged. Indiscriminate use of resources and a propensity to wasteful consumption has led to the degradation of natural ecosystems

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Nepal: Govt likely to ban use of plastic bag form next week

Aug 23rd, 2011 | By




TheHimalayanTimes: Minister for Environment, Sunil Kumar Manandhar said the government was going to ban the use of plastic bags of less than 20 micron in the country to be effective from the next week. The offenders will be fined between Rs. 500 to Rs. 50,000, according to Minister Manandhar. Speaking at a program, “Disaster Risk

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Models show ‘global-warming crisis’ not really coming

Aug 23rd, 2011 | By




OnenewsNow: New NASA satellite data reveals that computer models relied upon by the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) have been predicting too much global warming. These computer models helped to support the IPCC’s claims that humans are causing a global-warming crisis. But now, James Taylor, senior fellow for environmental policy at The Heartland

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At the crossroads: climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction in Asia and the Pacific

Aug 23rd, 2011 | By




Preventionweb: This report was prepared to provide a snapshot of how disaster risk reduction (DRR) and climate change adaptation (CCA) are undertaken and integrated, if at all, in the Asia Pacific region. It does so by taking stock of past and ongoing regional initiatives and by looking into the role of certain organizations in the

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Big dam problem in Pakistan

Aug 23rd, 2011 | By




STLToday: Last week, the McClatchy newspapers reported that the Obama administration is considering providing seed money for a $12 billion hydroelectric dam on the Indus River in northernmost Pakistan. Just wait for Congress to get back from vacation. A lot of them, Republicans and Democrats alike, are going to hate this idea. It may be

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Ten Practical Policy Consequences of Acknowledging That Climate Change Is An Ethical Problem

Aug 23rd, 2011 | By




ClimateEthics: If climate change must be understood as essentially an ethical problem, several practical consequences for policy formation follow. Yet it would appear there is widespread failure of those engaged in climate change policy debates to understand the practical significance for policy formation of the acknowledgement that climate change is a moral issue. The evidence

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International Conference on Green Economy and SMD

Aug 22nd, 2011 | By




Conference: Green Economy and Sustainable Mountain Development Opportunities and Challenges in View of Rio+20 Dates: 5-7 Sep 2011 Key Questions to be addressed What is a green economy? Why are mountain systems important for the green economy? What are the important costs, benefits, and challenges of the green economy in the mountain context? What policies

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Call for Participation in the Regional Workshop on Linking Media and Climate Change

Aug 22nd, 2011 | By




Climate change has hit every component in the earth. The capacity to cope with climate hazards and adapt to impacts of climate change depends on the strength and diversity of peoples’ livelihood assets viz. natural, social, human, financial and physical assets. Adaptation to climate change impacts, on the other way, can be enhanced through increasing

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Fire On The Mountain

Aug 22nd, 2011 | By
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Pabitra Mukhopadhyay: The gentleman in the payment kiosk swiped the card and gave it back to me. Then he asked my wife for the carry bag to pack the month’s provision. Carry bags? What?? You are not packing this into plastic bags? My wife looked puzzled. No ma’am, we are not giving away plastic bags

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Cultural Conundrum of Climate Change

Aug 22nd, 2011 | By
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Sudhirendar Sharma: Even at the cost of being refuted, it wouldn’t be out of context to prophesize that globalization of climate change will convert the Himalaya into a new playground for capitalism! Not only will the Himalaya get converted into a repository of carbon to counter what others have voluntarily emitted but will charge for

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Climate change and cooperation

Aug 22nd, 2011 | By




Tribune: South Asia has a highly integrated ecology with shared mountains, rivers and monsoons. Therefore, the policy measures for addressing the socio-economic impact of climate change will have to be undertaken on the basis of cooperation between the nation states of South Asia. Let us briefly examine the vulnerability to, and the impact of, climate

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Watch all that waste!

Aug 22nd, 2011 | By




Truth Drive: Ladakh has been gradually climbing out of the devastation that struck in August last year when a cloudburst over Leh resulted in massive quantities of water pouring down from the sky on a sleeping population. What followed as was watched by the world in horror were massive mudslides destroying in its wake, homes,

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