Archive for September 2011

Global warming: New study challenges carbon benchmark

Sep 30th, 2011 | By
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AFP: The ability of forests, plants and soil to suck carbon dioxide (CO2) from the air has been under-estimated, according to a study on Wednesday that challenges a benchmark for calculating the greenhouse-gas problem. Like the sea, the land is a carbon “sink”, or sponge, helping to absorb heat-trapping CO2 disgorged by the burning of

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Earthquakes: Valley Faces Shaky Future

Sep 30th, 2011 | By
Figure above shows locations of major events along the Himalayan arc. The pink areas are the rupture zones of damaging earthquakes (magnitudes 7.3-8.6) in the past two centuries, and the grey areas are the inferred enormous rupture zones of Medieval megaquakes.




Kashmir Observer: Estimates of the magnitudes of past seismic events foretell a very shaky future for this pastoral Valley writes Dr Afroz Ahmad Shah. The earthquake studies in the state of Jammu of Kashmir, and primarily in the valley is still quite juvenile. Any kind of conclusion or opinion at this point of time will

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Increasing pollution levels choking India’s lakes

Sep 30th, 2011 | By
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Economic Times: Increasing pollution levels are threatening fresh water bodies worldwide, but the problem is assuming the shape of an environmental crisis in a developing country like India. A study of lakes in Thane, Maharashtra, undertaken by environmental chemist Pravin Singare of Bhavan’s College, Mumbai, and colleagues, shows how they are being contaminated by the

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Al Gore: clear proof that climate change causes extreme weather

Sep 30th, 2011 | By
Al Gore's online program called Climate Reality reached millions of viewers last week. Photo Credit: Time




Guardian: Former US vice president tells Scottish green conference that evidence from floods in Pakistan and China is compelling. Al Gore, has warned that there is now clear proof that climate changeis directly responsible for the extreme and devastating floods, storms and droughts that displaced millions of people this year. Speaking to an audience of

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Council women Fight Climate Change in Land of Melting Glaciers

Sep 30th, 2011 | By
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IPS News: Some symbolic acts are powerful reflections of a broader struggle. In March some 300 women planted trees in the Santa River basin in northwest Peru to demonstrate their determination to preserve the environment and help adapt to climate change. Now a network of councilwomen have organised to that end. The organiser of the

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Climate change will show which animals can take the heat

Sep 30th, 2011 | By
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Eureka Alert: Species’ ability to overcome adversity goes beyond Darwin’s survival of the fittest. Climate change has made sure of that. In a new study based on simulations examining species and their projected range, researchers at Brown University argue that whether an animal can make it to a final, climate-friendly destination isn’t a simple matter

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Mountain Environment and Human Security Concerns

Sep 29th, 2011 | By
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Vimal Khawas: Mountains form one of the most important bio-geographical resource zones of the world. They are remote areas covering 52 per cent of Asia, 36 percent of North America, 25 per cent of Europe, 22 per cent of South America, 17 per cent of Australia, and 3 per cent of Africa making up, in

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China population to become world’s biggest polluters

Sep 29th, 2011 | By
China's population are set to become the world's biggest per capita polluters Photo: Global Warming Images / Alamy




Telegraph: The prediction comes in a report which shows that the country’s carbon footprint is expanding far faster than predicted. A combination of an infrastructure building spree and the ramping up of carbon-intensive industries after the 2008 financial crisis means China is now being catapulted into the ranks of developed world countries when it comes

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Carbon-Credits System Tarnished by WikiLeaks Revelation

Sep 29th, 2011 | By
INDIAN CARBON-CREDIT CLAIMS, such as those for the Baglihar Dam, are under scrutiny. Image: A. Gupta/Reuters/Corbis




Scientific American: Emissions trading is the foundation of climate policy, but documents further reveal how problematic it is. As the world gears up for the next round of United Nations climate-change negotiations in Durban, South Africa, in November, evidence has emerged that a cornerstone of the existing global climate agreement, the international greenhouse-gas emissions-trading system,

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200 Million Depend on Melting Glaciers for Water

Sep 29th, 2011 | By
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IPS News: At least 200 million people in the world are in danger of being left without water, because they depend for their supply on glaciers that are melting, although paradoxically the process creates the illusion of plentiful water resources. While the average global temperature has risen by 0.6 degrees Celsius in the last 100

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Healthy Rivers, Healthy Planet

Sep 29th, 2011 | By
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International Rivers: It’s hot in here, it’s hot in here, there’s too much carbon in the atmosphere!” As I heard this chant led through a megaphone this past Saturday, I had to smile. For those of you who attended sporting events at a US high school or college, or, like me, were a cheerleader, this

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Pakistan: Another Victim of Climate Change

Sep 29th, 2011 | By
Women from Sultan-Abad Mughal village fetch drinking water from a pump surrounded by flood waters in Dadu district, Sindh province. (Photo by Asad Zaidi © UNICEF Pakistan)




Environment News Services: Environmentalists are blaming climate change for the unprecedented massive monsoon rains in Pakistan, which so far this year have affected eight million people, claiming 350 lives and damaging 1.3 million homes. Over the past month, the country’s southern region has received the highest monsoon rains ever recorded, local metrological experts confirm. In

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Report details how global warming may affect Mass

Sep 29th, 2011 | By
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Boston.Com: A state-mandated report on global warming and Massachusetts, released Tuesday, predicts more ice storms and droughts and endangered coastal development in the decades to come, but also details ways the state can prevent or adapt to predicted changes. The Massachusetts Climate Change Adaptation Report was required under a 2008 law aimed at sharply curbing

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Honorable Mention’ for Bhutan’s forest policy

Sep 28th, 2011 | By
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Bhutan Times: Bhutan didn’t bag the much coveted Future Policy Award (FPA) 2011 on environment conservation, but its forest policy did receive an ‘Honorable Mention’ during the international award ceremony at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on Thursday.Honorable Mention was bestowed to Bhutan for the Constitution of the Kingdom of Bhutan, especially Article

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A Conversation With Rajendra K. Pachauri

Sep 28th, 2011 | By
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New York Times: Rajendra K. Pachauri is the chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and head of The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) in New Delhi, a non-profit focusing on research in the field of energy efficiency and sustainable development. In 2007, under his leadership, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change was awarded

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India needs more public-private participation

Sep 28th, 2011 | By
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Times of India: India is at the forefront in using wireless technology, but lack of government participation is preventing the country from achieving the true growth it deserves, said Dr Subhas Chandra Mukhopadhyay, editor in chief of International Journal on Smart Sensing and intelligent Systems. An expert in the field of sensors and sensing technology,

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Health and Climate Change: 7 Ways You Are Being Harmed

Sep 28th, 2011 | By
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The Atlantic: From the increase in frequency of heatwaves to the spread of infectious diseases, changing weather patterns are already affecting us all. The consequences of climate change sometimes appear far off. But warming and changing weather patterns are already driving changes in public health. The following are seven ways in which climate change affects

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The Quiet Indian: A man to match his mountains

Sep 28th, 2011 | By
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The Telegraph: The importance of the India International Centre in New Delhi is gauged, in part, by the number of armed security men who pass through its portals. These come to accompany — and, one supposes, protect — the big shots, the fat cats, the ministers and MPs and ambassadors and generals who wish to

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A Dangerous Flood is Coming

Sep 28th, 2011 | By
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KashmirLife: Week the rains stopped just before the water could spill over the banks of  river Jhelum and flood Kashmir. But we are facing the danger of a devastating flood. Can Kashmir save itself? A Kashmir Life report. Given the behavior of the Jhelum river, hydrologists and engineers at the Irrigation and Flood Control would

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Climate change threatens Bhutan’s unique wildlife

Sep 27th, 2011 | By
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Business Bhutan: The impact of climate change on the forests of the alpine zone in Bhutan will have a detrimental effect on the habitat of threatened species including the snow leopard, takin and red panda, claims a World Wildlife Fund report. One of the most enigmatic cats to rule the snow capped mountains in Bhutan,

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Declaration on Green Economy and Sustainable Mountain Development

Sep 27th, 2011 | By
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Recalling the recognition of the importance of mountains at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 1992 through adoption of Chapter 13 in Agenda 21, and realising the need to revisit the mountain agenda in the upcoming United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in June 2012 (commonly

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Climate change may leave Mount Everest ascent ice-free, say climbers

Sep 27th, 2011 | By
Climate change may soon leave Mount Everest a rock climb, rather than an ice climb, experts suggest. Photograph: Steve Satushek/Getty Images




Guardian: Mission launched to measure change in Himalayas as anecdotal evidence grows of melting ice on mountain’s southern approach. Climbers and custodians of Everest say that rapid climate change could soon make for an ice-free ascent of the world’s tallest mountain. Their warning comes come amid a new international effort to gauge the effects of

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Killer earthquakes on the rise

Sep 27th, 2011 | By
People repair their house damaged in Sunday's 6.9-magnitude earthquake inorth of Gangtok, India, Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2011. Indian soldiers managed to reach a hydroelectric project in the northeastern Wednesday where many people were killed in a series of landslides triggered by a powerful earthquake. (AP Photo)




Deccan Chronical: The last decade has seen an intensification in earthquake activities. The 2004 Sumatra quake in Indonesia, which registered 9.3 on the Richter scale, has triggered stress in many areas. The Sikkim earthquake could be a manifestation of this stress. Earthquakes, some scientists believe, are on the rise. The earthquake in Fukushima in Japan

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UN mediation must to avoid environmental hazards

Sep 27th, 2011 | By
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The News: With Pakistan and India preparing to have next round of talks on Siachen area, the experts opined that both countries need United Nations’ mediation to at least find ways and means to cope with growing environmental challenges in the highest battlefield that have started posing grave threats to people living in this region.

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Climate change to affect hills in bigger way

Sep 27th, 2011 | By
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Express India: Noted environmentalist Sunita Narain said on Sunday that climate change and pollution will affect the hills in a bigger way and for this, Himalayan states like Himachal Pradesh should invent a new model of sustainable development. Hailing the state’s initiatives like rainwater harvesting for every household and complete ban on polythene carry bags,

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Mountain Waters-Uneasy Questions

Sep 26th, 2011 | By
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Pabitra Mukhopadhyay:Water as a resource from management perspective needs to be managed in the mountains very differently as compared to plains. This requires handling few uneasy questions. This essay attempts to see water management of the HKH debunked from global culture] If you live in Hindu Kush Himalayas, most likely you have grown stoic to

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Himalayan quake a wake-up call for unprepared S.Asia-Analysis

Sep 26th, 2011 | By
A man stands in front of his house, which was damaged by the Sept. 18 6.9 magnitude earthquake, at the Mangan village north of the northeastern Indian city of Gangtok September 20, 2011. REUTERS/Stringer




Alertnet: The earth moves and across a metropolis, the schools and offices come crashing down, bridges snap sending cars smashing below, and fallen power lines set off fires. In seconds, the quake has left a world capital with mass casualties and economic losses. That could be the scenario in many of South Asia’s populous cities

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The Pioneers of our Climate, Water and Food Security

Sep 26th, 2011 | By
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International Rivers: When the World Commission on Dams reviewed the development effectiveness of dams, multipurpose projects with large dams, power plants and irrigation schemes had the worst social, environmental and economic track record. As the world is grappling for appropriate answers to climate change, influential actors such as the World Bank want to give these

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Need for preparedness stressed Floods termed a wake-up call

Sep 26th, 2011 | By
Aid officials say more than two million people in Pakistan's Sindh and Balochistan provinces are affected by flood-related diseases. (Faisal Mahmood/Reuters)




Dawn: Speakers at a seminar on flood relief measures have said that in the wake of climate change reports, it has become crucial for Pakistan to make special efforts to meet the challenges posed by natural disasters whose frequency has increased over the past few years. They added that this could be done by identifying

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Everest’s ice is retreating as climate change grips the Himalayas

Sep 26th, 2011 | By
Glacier AX010 in Shorong, Nepali Himalayas. AX has shrunk by 0.81 metres respectively per year in the 2000s, up from 0.68 and 0.72 metres per year between 1970 and 1990, according to Koji Fujita at the Graduate School of Environmental Studies in Nagoya University in Japan. Photograph: Koji Fujita/Nagoya University




Guardian: Climate change is altering the face of the Himalayas but research seeking to confirm this is yet to catch up with the mountain communities sounding the alarm. After an 18-day trek with scientists, Suzanne Goldenberg finds the warning signs hard to ignore. The climb to Everest base camp is a journey into a monochrome

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When the earth pushed west

Sep 26th, 2011 | By
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The Pioneer: The Sikkim earthquake has thrown both a challenge and an opportunity. UTPAL KUMAR, however, is not too sure if we will go for the right option It was one calamitous September morning that changed Japan forever. On September 1, 1923, a massive earthquake shook that country’s Kanto Plain, killing at least 100,000 people

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Climate change influences disease pattern

Sep 26th, 2011 | By
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Daily Star: Heaving seas, scorching summers, dying forests and watery end to the coastal areas are some of the penalties people around the globe have to pay, scientists believe, for failing to do something about global warming fueling climate change in the last one decade. Climate change will have wide-ranging and mostly damaging impacts on

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National Mission on Sustainable Agriculture- Averting Climate Refugee Class Creation!

Sep 23rd, 2011 | By
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Suman K A: The National Mission for Sustainable Agriculture (NMSA), one of the eight missions under the NAPCC, lays emphasis on four key functional areas and ten important dimensions. Through these, the mission seeks to target both; the imminent challenges from the likely impacts of climate change on Indian agriculture and the more fundamental ones

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Film Personalizes Climate ‘Weathering’ on Women

Sep 23rd, 2011 | By
Sarada Chaudhry. Photo Credit: Nathan Golon




Womens eNews: The documentary “Weathering Change,” released today, shows how climate change is disproportionately impacting women. In one Nepali woman’s village, the forest has been depleted and only a quarter of the inhabitants have enough to eat. Walking into the forest near her home, Sarada Chaudhary likes to look up. Above her head, branches weave

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Once bitten: Amid harsher climate realities, govt senses need for permanent fix

Sep 23rd, 2011 | By
Navy soldiers drop bags of relief goods in rain affected areas. This method of distribution is particularly effective in inaccessible areas marooned in flood water. PHOTO: PPI




Tribune Pakistan: The government is waking up to the need for permanent solutions to tackle malaria, dengue and flooding given that the country “may have to learn to live with heavy rains and floods due to global climate change”. According to President Asif Ali Zardari’s spokesperson Farhatullah Babar, this was the outcome after a slew

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Damage to peaks worries Everesters

Sep 23rd, 2011 | By
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Times of India: The Everest climbers of Himachal are concerned about the impact of global warming and blurring charm of Himalayas. Having no obvious purpose, the frequent, unplanned and “commercial” expeditions to the Himalayan peaks are ruining their beauty, they said. With over 19 successful Everest climbers, Himachal being the prime producer of mountaineers, more

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Quake puts lens on Siliguri highrises-Death toll 106

Sep 23rd, 2011 | By
People repair their house damaged in Sunday's 6.9-magnitude earthquake inorth of Gangtok, India, Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2011. Indian soldiers managed to reach a hydroelectric project in the northeastern Wednesday where many people were killed in a series of landslides triggered by a powerful earthquake. (AP Photo)




Times of India:The mushrooming highrises along Hill Cart Road, Bidhan Road, or Sevoke Road in Siliguri were touted till the other day as a breakaway from the vanishing light one-storey houses with tin roofs in Ashrampara or Hakimpara that dotted the town some two decades ago. The tremor on Sunday that damaged apartments, malls, power

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A Sherpa’s View of the Melting of the Himalayan Glaciers

Sep 23rd, 2011 | By
Namche Bazaar, Nepal Source: Wikipedia




The NewYork Times: At 79, he is the last man living among the 103 guides who accompanied the famous mountaineer Sir Edmund Hillary on the first successful 1953 expedition to Everest. Come peak tourist season in this ancient village of Internet cafes, Nepali crafts and gear shops that serves as the gateway to Mount Everest

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Sea Level: Another Thing The IPCC Got Wrong

Sep 23rd, 2011 | By
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GWPF: Our current rising sea level is often given as evidence of anthropogenic influence on the oceans, though usually when data from only the past decade or two are taken into consideration. An example is frequent comments by the UK government’s Chief Scientific Adviser, Professor Sir John Beddington, who has said that global sea level

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Wake-up call

Sep 22nd, 2011 | By
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Times of India: With the death toll climbing to at least 80, the recent Himalayan earthquake is an urgent wake-up call for all concerned — the government, policymakers and law enforcers. The effects of the 6.8 magnitude earthquake were felt across as many as six northern and eastern Indian states. The scale of devastation in

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First-ever study to measure impact of soot on glaciers

Sep 22nd, 2011 | By
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Pioneer: For the first time in India, scientific tests will be conducted on the Himalayan glaciers in Uttarakhand to measure the impact of carbon soot on glaciers. Scientists from Indian Space Research Organisation, Uttarakhand Space Application Centre and Space Physics Laboratory, Thiruvananthapuram, will conduct these tests slated to begin September 24, USAC director MM Kimothi

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Al Gore and the Alternate Realities of Climate Change

Sep 22nd, 2011 | By
Al Gore's online program called Climate Reality reached millions of viewers last week. Photo Credit: Time




Time: When will we face up to reality? That was the question Al Gore asked with his 24-hour, worldwide presentations on global warming last week in an online program he called Climate Reality. In the day’s last speech — presented in person in New York City — Gore delivered a passionate condemnation of efforts by

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Himalayan quake rescuers move to epicentre

Sep 22nd, 2011 | By
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NineMSN: Rescue teams backed by army engineers using explosives are trying to reach the remote epicentre of a powerful Himalayan earthquake that killed 83 people in India, Nepal and Tibet. Before the grim search for more victims can begin, the main challenge after Sunday’s 6.9-magnitude quake is to reach the isolated, mountainous impact zone on

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Forest officials slammed for shoddy evaluation of project sites

Sep 22nd, 2011 | By
Himachal Mountains in India. Photo Credit: Yajneesh Kumar




Down to Earth: Advisory panel members want independent experts to assess large projects. An evaluation report on the Niyamgiri Hills in Odisha by a retired forest official could not differentiate between a tiger and a hyena. The report relates to Vedanta’s controversial bauxite mining bid and is one of the instances of shoddy evaluations quoted

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Times Atlas ice error was a lesson in how scientists should mobilise

Sep 22nd, 2011 | By
The new Times map of Greenland (left), and the satellite image from August 2011. The contours on the satellite image show ice thickness at 500-metre intervals (red – 0 metres, blue – 500 metres). In the atlas, the unit commonly used is altitude, but here, the margin of the ice sheet is outlined using the blue contour. Scientists question this definition, as a large area mapped as ice-free is clearly ice-covered. Photograph: Times Atlas/NASA/Modis




Guardian: Scientists know after ‘Himalayagate’ that one big error can cloud a thousand truths. Over the past few days, climate scientists and polar researchers from across the world have rallied, mobilised and responded to a massively incorrect press statement by HarperCollins, the publisher of the Times Comprehensive Atlas of the World. According to HarperCollins, the

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Himalayan Mission: Creating Network of Stakeholders

Sep 21st, 2011 | By
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Dr. Akhilesh Gupta: The Government of India launched the National Action Plan on Climate Change (NAPCC) in 2008 which comprises of eight major national missions. The “National Mission for Sustaining the Himalayan Ecosystem (NMSHE)” is one among them. The Department of Science & Technology, Ministry of Science & Technology, Government of India has been entrusted

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UN Appeals for Pakistan flood aid

Sep 21st, 2011 | By
Photo: Last year's floods were the worst in Pakistan's history. Credit: Green Left Australia




UPI: The United Nations appealed for $357 million for flood-ravaged southern Pakistan. An estimated 5.4 million people have been affected by the floods stemming from heavy monsoon rains. Nearly 1 million homes have been destroyed and 72 percent of crops lost in the worst affected areas in Sindh and Balochistan. In launching its Rapid Response

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Sikkim quake unusual, say geologists

Sep 21st, 2011 | By
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Hindustan Times: The earthquake that rocked Sikkim on Sunday is unusual in terms of its magnitude and nature of origin, say leading geologists. “There is nothing surprising in this earthquake as the region north of Sikkim, which forms the outliers of Tibetan tectonics, is known for moderate earthquakes in the past,” C P Rajendran at

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Global Adaptation Index: How prepared your country is?

Sep 21st, 2011 | By
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The Global Adaptation Index (GaIn) summarizes a country’s Vulnerability to climate change and other global challenges on the one hand and its Readiness to improve resilience on the other hand. It aims to help businesses and the public sector better prioritize investments for a more efficient response to the immediate global challenges ahead. Countries of

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What does a glacier sound like?

Sep 21st, 2011 | By
The Khumbu glacier at Everest-Khumbu region one of the longest glaciers in the world. Photograph: Subel Bhandari/AFP/Getty Images




Guardian: An anthropologist from Harvard, who has made a collection of awe-inspiring sounds, says it is like ‘the belly of the Earth groaning’ . Stephanie Spray, a PhD candidate in social anthropology from Harvard, has joined the Mountain Institute expeditionwith the hope of producing a sound installation of the people and landscapes along the way.

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Bugging Out: Could Climate Change Make the Insect Instinct Go Haywire?

Sep 21st, 2011 | By
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Huffington Post: Gardening in a suburban area is more difficult than most people imagine. There are problems with soil quality and plot space, water and weather. But nothing is more menacing than the docile deer. Decades of development left the deer virtually unthreatened by natural predators, and the arrival of humans and their gardens provided

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Kings of the Forest: The Cultural Resilience of Himalayan Hunter–Gatherers

Sep 21st, 2011 | By
Horn Bill Festive in North East India. Photo Credit: Rakesh Sood




MRD Journal: Several months ago, my colleagues at Utah State University began discussing how anthropology could better contribute to the popular discourse on climate change, particularly in mountain areas of the world. So much of the climate science, it seemed to us, focuses on fairly technical measures of irregular weather patterns or isotopic variation in

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Writing on Water and Sanitation- More Challenging Aspects in Himalayas

Sep 20th, 2011 | By
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Pabitra Mukhopadhyay: The importance of Climate Himalaya’s knowledge banking and outreach building efforts, one expects, should be portrayed in our essays. An appeal for a pan Himalayan co-operation is already expressed by Noreen, which apart from making good sense for Himalayan people shines a hope for redemption of the long troubled relationship of two neighboring

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More than 30 million climate migrants in Asia in 2010, report finds

Sep 20th, 2011 | By
A family displaced by floods shelters under a tarp during a monsoon downpour at a makeshift camp for flood victims in the Badin district in Pakistan's Sindh province, September 2011. Photograph: Akhtar Soomro/Reuters




Guardian: Numbers of people displaced by environmental and weather-related disasters likely to increase, Asian Development Bank warns. More than 30 million people were displaced last year by environmental and weather-related disasters across Asia, experts have warned, and the problem is only likely to grow worse as climate change exacerbates such problems. Tens of millions more

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Missing-Global Heat May Hide in Deep Oceans

Sep 20th, 2011 | By
"Missing" Global Heat May Hide in Deep Oceans A fisherman carries a fish near Chitthu Island at Ngwesaung Beach February 14, 2010. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun Image:




Scientific American: The mystery of Earth’s missing heat may have been solved: it could lurk deep in oceans, temporarily masking the climate-warming effects of greenhouse gas emissions, researchers reported on Sunday. Climate scientists have long wondered where this so-called missing heat was going, especially over the last decade, when greenhouse emissions kept increasing but world

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Climate change worry for farmers

Sep 20th, 2011 | By
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Daily Nations: Small-scale tea farmers are highly vulnerable to climate change due to their dependence on one crop, the Tea Research Foundation of Kenya has said. It is urging farmers to consider crop diversification to reduce the danger of complete harvest loss due to weather extremes and pests. According to a joint study by TRFK

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Exaggerations about climate change

Sep 20th, 2011 | By
Map of Greenland from the 13th edition of The Times Atlas of the World (left) and a mosaic of MODIS satellite images of the same area acquired on the 14th and 15th August 2011




Telegraph: Scientists claim that the new Times Atlas has got it wrong on the melting of the Greenland icesheet. What other exaggerations have been made about climate change? The Himalayan glaciers will melt by 2035   In 2010, the United Nations’ climate science panel admitted that it made a mistake by claiming that the Himalayan

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Pakistan seeks to track flood risk from melting glaciers

Sep 20th, 2011 | By
Women living near a lake created after a landslide in Hunza district cut barley in a field in Seeshghat village, northern Pakistan, May 24, 2010. Officials evacuated thousands amid fears the lake could burst and flood communities downstream. Photo credit-REUTERS/Abrar Tanoli




Alertnet: Pakistan is expanding its network of glacier monitoring stations in the Himalayas, in an effort to improve understanding of glacier melt and provide better warning of floods. But some experts say it’s not happening fast enough, as the country continues to be hit by disasters. Massive flooding in mid-2010 affected some 20 million people

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Sikkim earthquake: Rescue opeartions in full swing, death toll 72

Sep 20th, 2011 | By
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Economic Times: Even as the government authorities assessed the extent of damage to life and property on account of Sunday’s earthquake epicentred in Sikkim, the death toll touched 72 on Monday, with over 100 reportedly injured. The dead include 10 employees of the Sikkim-based Teesta Hydel Project, whose bodies were recovered on Monday. While the

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Changing niche: climatic changes recorded in Sikkim Himalaya

Sep 19th, 2011 | By
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Vimal Khawas: With the impacts of global warming becoming more apparent, Sikkim Himalaya is perhaps most in tune to the signs of change brought about by climate warming. The people across the towns and villages of Sikkim narrate revealing insights on how global warming is affecting their lives and livelihood. Those who are searching for

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