Archive for October 2011

Mountain Waters – Elixir Or Envenom?

Oct 31st, 2011 | By
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Pabitra Mukhopadhyay: The pristine water quality of the mountains is under question despite bottled water manufacturers campaign to the contrary. This issue attempts to examine the dogma and the policy responses in India to protect environmental water quality of the mountains. Bottled water manufactures do a great job of enticing thirsty buyers to pick up

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Caterpillar mushroom under climate threat in Himalaya

Oct 31st, 2011 | By
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Digital Journal: Of late, all is not well with the world’s most wanted caterpillars: the Cordyceps mushrooms, grown exclusively in the Himalayan region. Cordyceps is a rare species of mushroom widely used both in clinical medicine and as a household remedy. There are few countries where Cordyceps grow in the wild. These are Nepal, Bhutan

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India: Himachal carbon credit project to be replicated in other states

Oct 31st, 2011 | By
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Indian Express: After getting the Mid-Himalayan Watershed Development Project registered with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Himachal Pradesh has become the first state in India to implement the clean development mechanism (CDM) project. Under the project, world’s largest, the World Bank will buy carbon credits from the new forests being developed

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The Adaptation Fund and Applying for it

Oct 31st, 2011 | By
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The Adaptation Fund has been established by the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to finance concrete adaptation projects and programmes in developing countries that are Parties to the Kyoto Protocol. The Fund is financed with 2% of the Certified Emission Reduction (CERs) issued for projects of

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BASIC countries meet in China for climate talks

Oct 31st, 2011 | By
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Z News: With barely a month left for the global climate change negotiations in Durban, ministers from BASIC countries (Brazil, South Africa, India and China) will hold a crucial meeting in Beijing Monday to discuss their perspectives on key issues. China will host the ninth BASIC ministerial meet Oct 31-Nov 1. A meeting of experts

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Scientist who said climate change sceptics had been proved wrong

Oct 31st, 2011 | By
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Mail Online: Scientist who said climate change sceptics had been proved wrong accused of hiding truth by colleague. It was hailed as the scientific study that ended the global warming debate once and for all – the research that, in the words of its director, ‘proved you should not be a sceptic, at least not

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Local Communities Learn Goat Production for Adaptation in Nepal

Oct 31st, 2011 | By
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In central Nepal, where rugged terrain and widespread poverty limit veterinary care, more than two in ten goats will succumb to parasites and disease. Goats are a source of food and a living bank account that can be cashed in for school fees or a medical emergency. For a woman who tends goats, the loss

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Climate Conversations – Green the economy to check environmental degradation

Oct 29th, 2011 | By
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Alertnet: In Pakistan, environmental degradation is both a cause and consequence of different socio-economic problems including deepening poverty, declining performance of different crops and worsening problems with human and crop diseases. Environmentalists say that a fragile and damaged resource base is a key cause of rising poverty. Degraded land affects agricultural yields and forest resources

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How to get the message across on climate change

Oct 29th, 2011 | By
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MIT News: As the science of climate change gets clearer, the public gets more confused. Are there ways to fix that?. For many scientists working in the field of climate research, one of the most alarming trends has nothing to do with the climate itself: It’s the poll numbers showing that even as scientific projections

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A mess we made: The biofuels fiasco

Oct 29th, 2011 | By
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CBS News: A food versus fuel debate has raged for the past few years as ethanol consumes more and more of the U.S. corn supply. Ethanol will use about 40 percent of the U.S. corn crop this year, and for the first time ever, more corn will go into motor fuel production than into feed

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Climate change adaptation and mitigation: just do it

Oct 29th, 2011 | By
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CCAF has just published under CCAFS a paper in the journal Environmental Science and Policy which outlines the entry points for adaptation and mitigation in agriculture.  The paper essentially presents the CCAFS research for development framework, consisting of adaptation to short- and long- term climate variability and mitigation opportunities for smallholders.  Some of the key

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Earth-observing satellite boosted into orbit to start dual weather, climate change mission

Oct 29th, 2011 | By
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Washingtonpost: After a years-long delay, an Earth-observing satellite blasted into space early Friday on a dual mission to improve weather forecasts and monitor climate change. A Delta 2 rocket carrying the NASA satellite lifted off shortly before 3 a.m. from the central California coast. The satellite was boosted into an orbit 500 miles above Earth

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Bangladesh, India vulnerable to climate change

Oct 29th, 2011 | By
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All Headlines News: Bangladesh as the most at risk due to extreme levels of poverty and a high dependency on agriculture, while its government has the lowest capacity of all countries to adapt to predicted changes in the climate. A new global ranking of climate change finds most Asian countries including Bangladesh, India, Philippines, Vietnam

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Whose Flood Is It Anyway!

Oct 28th, 2011 | By
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Noreen Haider: On the night of eighth September 2011 unusual amount rain started lashing the districts of southern Sindh including Badin, Mithi, Mirpur Khas and Saanghar and continued unrelentingly for the next two days before it took a break. Its immediate effect was that large areas became inundated and communication was broken down.  The rain

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Tibet, A Culture on the Edge

Oct 28th, 2011 | By
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National Geographic: As I approached Tibet’s capital, Lhasa, the highway divided. What I remembered as a rough two-lane road that ran through town and hosted an occasional vehicle was now a six-lane divided highway full of taxis, SUVs, trucks and buses.  Huge shopping centers, ubiquitous cellular coverage and a train that facilitates the arrival of

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The Last Shangri-La? A Conversation With Bhutan’s Secretary

Oct 28th, 2011 | By
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Forbs: The Last Shangri-la? A Conversation with Bhutan’s Secretary of the National Environment Commission, Dr. Ugyen Tshewang. When flying to Paro, within the Kingdom of Bhutan, one is likely to see Chomolungma (Nepal’s Mount Everest, सगरमाथा) out the left side of the Drukair jet.  You might also view Kanchenjunga, the third highest mountain in the

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How we know we’re warming the planet

Oct 28th, 2011 | By
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Washingtonpost: Plenty of media outlets picked up the news last week that a team of skeptical Berkeley scientists tore through the 20th century temperature data and found… well, they found that the Earth has been warming significantly in the past century, just like NASA and the Climate Research Unit have been telling us all along.

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NRDC and UNEP to celebrate global elimination of leaded gasoline

Oct 28th, 2011 | By
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NRDC Executive Director Peter Lehner and Director of Global Strategy & Advocacy Jacob Scherr joined UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner at the United Nations today to declare victory in the decades-long campaign to eliminate leaded gasoline worldwide. At the event, Dr. Thomas Hatfield of California State University, Northridge, released an independent, peer-reviewed study, which found

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Temperature targets slipping away: study

Oct 28th, 2011 | By
Early warning: models show that the global community needs to reduce carbon emissions now to reach agreed temperature targets by 2020.(Source: iStockphoto)




ABC Science: The international community will not meet agreed temperature targets unless it puts the brakes on current levels of carbon emissions now, warn climate scientists. The team of scientists led by Dr Joeri Rogelj from the Institute for Atmospheric and Climate Science in Zurich, analysed emission scenarios to identify the likelihood of limiting global

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Mountain regions and IPCC AR5

Oct 28th, 2011 | By
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MRI: In April 2011, the MRI Coordination Office requested that manuscripts and publications on climate change and its impact on mountain regions be sent to the Technical Support Units of the IPCC Working Groups I and II (see the related information on the MRI website). A certain number of MRI researchers responded to that request, which was a

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World Bank-Scholarship

Oct 27th, 2011 | By




WBI’s Scholarship and Fellowships Programs are vehicles for knowledge sharing and capacity building in the developing world.The Programs provide opportunities for graduate and postgraduate studies leading to masters and doctoral degrees in development-related fields for mid-career professionals from eligible developing countries.WBI supplements its training programs by managing three programs: Robert S. McNamara Fellowships Program (RSM)The RSM

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Doctoral Program in Energy Efficiency and Systems (EES)

Oct 27th, 2011 | By




The Academy of Finland has granted funding for a new doctoral program for Energy Efficiency and Systems (EES) during 2012-2015. Improving the energy and material efficiency in communities and industry is technologically feasible and economically feasible way to dramatically reduce the environmental impacts. The EES program educates researchers and experts for the needs of universities,

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2nd International Conference UNESCO Chair Technologies for Development | May 29-31, 2012

Oct 27th, 2011 | By




CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: DEADLINE DECEMBER 15, 2011 http://cooperation.epfl.ch/2012Tech4Dev As a UNESCO Chair in Technologies for Development, the Cooperation and Development Center (CODEV) will host an international conference concerning Technologies for Sustainable Development: A Way to Reduce Poverty? at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland on 29-31 May, 2012.  The UNESCO Chair intends this

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IISD: Climate Change Policy and Practice Consolidation of Job Listings-October 2011

Oct 27th, 2011 | By




Multiple positions – http://impactcarbon.org/get-involved/job-opportunities/– Carbon Project Development Manager (San Francisco, CA)– Project Manager (San Francisco, CA)– Program Associate (San Francisco, CA)– Office Manager (San Francisco, CA)– Uganda Project Manager (Kampala, Uganda)– Program Intern (San Francisco, CA) Duty Station: San Francisco, CA (USA) and Kampala, UgandaDeadline for Applications: Applications accepted until the position is filled; preference given to those who apply before

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Call for papers: Enhancing forest related governance for development

Oct 27th, 2011 | By




There is general recognition that good governance is critical for the sustainable and equitable management and conservation of forests for sustainable development. Yet, many aspects of governance, such as awareness and participation of civil society, procedures to promote transparency and accountability, and capacities and skills to implement and enforce laws and regulations have not yet

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Watch The Shades Of `Green Economy’

Oct 27th, 2011 | By
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Sudhirendar Sharma: Writes about the potential of mountain states in India in terms of their natural wealth and kind of benchmark for the services provided by them. By taking examples from developed countries his doubts are about insignificant valuation of tangible ecosystem services, therefore the unlikely transaction of such payments in near future. His discourse

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Water use rising faster than world population

Oct 27th, 2011 | By
A woman drinks water as she waits for her turn to draw water from a well near the banks of the dried-up Dharji lake at Dharji village, west of Ahmedabad, May 14, 2011.  Credit: Reuters/Amit Dave/Files




Reuters: Like oil in the 20th century, water could well be the essential commodity on which the 21st century will turn. Human beings have depended on access to water since the earliest days of civilization, but with 7 billion people on the planet as of Oct. 31, exponentially expanding urbanization and development are driving demand

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Chinese Scientists Warn of Significant Glacier Melt

Oct 27th, 2011 | By
A glacier field is seen near K2 in the Chinese province of Xinjiang during the summer of 2000. Researchers in Beijing warned this week of "drastic" glacier melt in southwest China. Credit: Spigel Online Photo Gallery




Spiegel Online: Glaciers are shrinking worldwide — some of them rapidly. Now Chinese researchers have sounded the alarm in their country too, where they say warmer weather and increased precipitation are reducing the size of glaciers. Water shortages and floods could result. Chinese scientists are not known for fearmongering, particularly when it comes to dangers that could

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Pakistan tackles water crisis with rainwater harvesting

Oct 27th, 2011 | By
Women from Morry-je-Wadh village in Pakistan's arid Tharparkar district pull up buckets of water from a well. ALERTNET/Saleem Shaikh




AlertNet: Wearing colourful traditional dresses with silver jewellery and bangles on their arms, the women of Tharparkar district look festive. But the empty earthen pots they carry tell a different story. “Walking for three miles and (hoisting) a … bucket filled with water through a wooden pulley from a 130-feet-deep well twice a day is

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Biogas Offers Poor Country’s a Cleaner, Safer Fuel

Oct 27th, 2011 | By
Fig: Jeet Bhadur Tharu, a farmer in Dalla, Nepal, in his backyard in front of the family latrine, which is connected to an air-tight pit of dung and human excrement that produces biogas for cooking. Credit: Amy Yee for The International Herald Tribune




New York Times: Nepalganj (Nepal)-Here’s an unlikely starting point for clean energy: No toilets, and plenty of dung. In developing countries where domestic animals are ubiquitous and sewage systems rare, biogas technology — in this case methane derived from feces — can provide both valuable fuel and improved sanitation. Unlike directly burning animal dung, the

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One third of humanity faces biggest risks from climate change

Oct 27th, 2011 | By
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Telegraph: A third of humanity, mostly in Africa and South Asia, face the biggest risks from climate change while rich nations in northern Europe will be least exposed, according to a report released Wednesday. Bangladesh, India and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are among 30 countries with “extreme” exposure to climate shift, according to

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Asia, Africa megacities top climate change risk survey

Oct 27th, 2011 | By
People wade through knee-deep water on the outskirts of Dhaka, Aug. 10, 2011. REUTERS/Andrew Biraj




Reuters: Rapidly growing megacities in Africa and Asia face the highest risks from rising sea levels, floods and other climate change impacts, says a global survey aimed at guiding city planners and investors. The study by risk analysis and mapping firm Maplecroft, released on Wednesday, comes as the United Nations says the world’s population will

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Public supports geo-engineering ideas, study suggests

Oct 25th, 2011 | By
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BBC: There is strong support among the public in the US, UK and Canada for more research on geo-engineering technology, a study has suggested. The survey focused on “solar radiation management”, which involves reflecting energy from the Sun away from the Earth’s surface, and received support from 72% of respondents. The internet survey was commissioned

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Little time left to halt warming

Oct 25th, 2011 | By
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The Independent: A lack of international will means the chances of bringing climate change under control may already be “slipping out of reach”, scientists have warned. A study by the Swiss science university ETH Zurich shows that without an early and steep cut in greenhouse gas emissions, global temperatures are not “likely” to remain less

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Population growth taxing planet’s resources

Oct 25th, 2011 | By
India, which is on track to become the world’s most populous country by 2025, hopes to transform its demographic boom into an engine for growth, but the country faces many challenges, including educating its young.




Washingtonpost: Humans have mined resources from the remote and rocky coast of Peru and Chile for more than a century and a half, gathering the guano deposits of seabirds for fertilizer and gunpowder. Those seabirds flourished on anchoveta in the coastal waters, while Peruvians in the highlands ate the same fish as dried snacks. Now

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Climate change adaptation – finding new opportunities for private sector engagement

Oct 25th, 2011 | By
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GIZ: How are business and production affected by climate change impacts? And in which situations are investments in adaptation measures cost-effective and sustainable? Efforts to understand the opportunities and challenges that climate change adaptation presents for the private sector are relatively new, but urgently needed. In many developing countries, local small and medium-sized enterprises (SME),

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Crop scientists now fret about heat not just water

Oct 25th, 2011 | By
Haze from forest fires engulfs La Paz city, August 23, 2010. REUTERS/David Mercado




News Daily: Crop scientists in the United States, the world’s largest food exporter, are pondering an odd question: could the danger of global warming really be the heat? For years, as scientists have assembled data on climate change and pointed with concern at melting glaciers and other visible changes in the life-giving water cycle, the

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Bhutan Climate Summit- limited to adaptation measures

Oct 25th, 2011 | By
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Kuenselonline: The summit next month will not discuss complex climate change issues. Climate change being closely linked by geography, history, culture, economy and ecology, the impact of climate change would be felt by all four countries of Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, and Nepal. To discuss concerns and fine-tune the framework of cooperation, the delegates of the

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No corporate social responsibility for plastic litter

Oct 24th, 2011 | By
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Kuenselonline: The Big Four ought to do their bit to reduce the waste created from consuming their products. Cold Drinks Companies It is a very common sight to find disposed plastic bottles littering an area almost anywhere in Bhutan. The most common brands on these disposed plastic bottles belong to four major companies of Bhutan Agro,

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Recommendations for Working group on Indian Mountains: Suggestions Invited

Oct 24th, 2011 | By
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Following is a letter from one of the members of the ‘Working Group constituted by Planning Commission of India’ for the Mountains of India’s 12th Five Year Plan (2012-2017). It contains the brief about the working group and its terms of references. The  first meeting the working group is scheduled on 28th October 2011, so

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Community Based Adaptation: Exporting Upscale Pathways from NAPCC- India

Oct 24th, 2011 | By
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Suman K A : Community based adaptation – CBA as it is popularly called is just that!  What lies at the heart of CBA is reducing the vulnerabilities and improving the adaptive capacities of communities that are likely to be most impacted by climate variability and change. The current body of knowledge gained from the

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SERVIR scientist to discuss water impacts at Bhutan Climate Change Summit

Oct 24th, 2011 | By
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SERVIR lead scientist Dr. Ashutosh Limaye, will be presenting a report on preliminary climate study that shows temperature, precipitation, and runoff changes in the Wangchu Basin, site of a major dam in Bhutan. The area SERVIR studied in cooperation with the University of Oklahoma is the Wangchu Basin in western Bhutan. The basin is a

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Glaciers on China’s Qinghai-Tibet Plateau melting fast due to global warming

Oct 24th, 2011 | By
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Xinhuanet: Glaciers in southwest China’s Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau, the major source of the country’s largest rivers, are melting faster than ever under the influence of global warming, researchers said. Experts have been conducting research on the waters, geology, glaciers, and wetlands in the headwaters of the Yangtze, Yellow and Lancang rivers in northwest China’s Qinghai Province

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Climate change mitigation ‘out of reach’

Oct 24th, 2011 | By
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Sunday Morning Herald: A lack of international will means the chances of bringing climate change under control may already be “slipping out of reach”, scientists have warned. New research shows that without an early and steep cut in greenhouse gas emissions, global temperatures are not “likely” to remain less than 2C higher than pre-industrial levels.

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Climate change: now is not the time to renege on green pledges

Oct 24th, 2011 | By
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Guardian: The government is moving ever further away from its initial promise to be a friend of the environment. Charles Koch is a billionaire and a climate warming sceptic. At least, he was until last week when a study that he part-funded indicated that estimates of global temperature increases in the past century had not,

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People of the forest

Oct 22nd, 2011 | By
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HIMAL South Asia: The loss of their nomadic lifestyles is pushing the Van Gujjars, traditional herders of the Himalaya, into poverty and cultural alienation. For centuries the Van Gujjar community has been practising ‘transhumance’, moving between two distinct ecozones of the Himalaya. Every summer, the Van Gujjars move from the forests of the Shivalik range

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U.N. completes draft of green climate fund: official

Oct 22nd, 2011 | By
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Reuters: A U.N. committee has completed the draft design of a fund to help developing countries tackle climate change, paving the way for its launch in 2013, the U.N.’s climate chief said on Friday. Last year, countries agreed to create the ‘Green Climate Fund’ to channel up to $100 billion a year by 2020 to

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New climate study deals blow to skeptics

Oct 22nd, 2011 | By
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An independent study of global temperature records has reaffirmed previous conclusions by climate scientists that global warming is real. ” This confirms that these studies were done carefully and that potential biases identified by climate change skeptics did not seriously affect their conclusions” Richard A. Muller, Berkeley Earth founder The new analysis by the Berkeley

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The heat is on

Oct 22nd, 2011 | By
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The Economist: A new analysis of the temperature record leaves little room for the doubters. The world is warming. FOR those who question whether global warming is really happening, it is necessary to believe that the instrumental temperature record is wrong. That is a bit easier than you might think. There are three compilations of

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Improving information for community-based adaptation

Oct 22nd, 2011 | By
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IIED: Community-based adaptation aims to empower local people to cope with and plan for the impacts of climate change. In a world where knowledge equals power, you could be forgiven for thinking that enabling this type of adaptation boils down to providing local people with information. Conventional approaches to planning adaptation rely on ‘expert’ advice

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Doctors warn climate change is `greatest threat to public health

Oct 22nd, 2011 | By
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Business Green: As doctors warn of rising climate impacts new research predicts sea levels will rise 75cm by 2100 Medical experts have urged policy makers to take concrete steps to tackle climate change, warning that failure to do so poses an immediate, grave and escalating threat to the health and security of billions of people

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Low Carbon Strategies; How Good Are They In India?

Oct 21st, 2011 | By
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Shankar Sharma:       Writes about the government of India’s low carbon emission policy and strategy in respect to climate change vulnerability. This discourse is about all relevant aspects of policy, development, poverty, industrialization, energy and carbon emission. He also gives specific recommendations to Government of India on sustainable use of natural resource, judicious use of energy,

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The Case Against Global-Warming Skepticism

Oct 21st, 2011 | By
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Wall Street Journal: There were good reasons for doubt, until now. Are you a global warming skeptic? There are plenty of good reasons why you might be. As many as 757 stations in the United States recorded net surface-temperature cooling over the past century. Many are concentrated in the southeast, where some people attribute tornadoes

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Climate Change Threatens Tea Production In India

Oct 21st, 2011 | By
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Ground Report: Production of tea in Assam – one of the world’s largest tea producing regions – is on a slow decline, thanks to changing climate in the Brahmaputra river basin. This has been revealed by Prof Chandan Mahanta, a leading scientist from Assam who has been studying climate change effect in the river basin

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Climate action a ‘moral responsibility

Oct 21st, 2011 | By
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Nature News: Chinese climatologist says the world must work together on global warming Global warming is causing changes in glaciers, permafrost and snow cover in Central Asia, threatening the livelihood of millions of people in the region. Nature spoke with Qin Dahe, a glaciologist at the Cold and Arid Regions Environment and Engineering Research Institute

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Climate change could trap hundreds of millions in disaster areas, report claims

Oct 21st, 2011 | By
Climate change could cause extreme weather leaving millions of people trapped, a new report claims. Photograph: Rizwan Tabassum/AFP/Getty Images




Guardian: Report says refugees forced to leave homes by weather caused by global warming may end up in even worse afflicted areas. Hundreds of millions of people may be trapped in inhospitable environments as they attempt to flee from the effects of global warming, worsening the likely death toll from severe changes to the climate,

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UN-REDD Programme Draft Social and Environmental Principles and Criteria-Comments Invited

Oct 21st, 2011 | By
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UN-REDD Drafting Committee invites you to comment on a new version of the UN-REDD Programme Draft Social and Environmental Principles and Criteria. REDD+ has the potential to deliver substantial benefits beyond carbon. However, fulfilling this potential depends on careful planning and implementation that effectively address such issues as monitoring, transparent and effective governance, participation, inclusiveness

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Andes and Himalayas could be solar energy hotspots

Oct 21st, 2011 | By
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Science Dev Net: The freezing heights of the Himalaya region in South Asia, and the highest mountains in the Andes in South America, are two of the best places to produce solar energy, according to a study. So far, hot and sunny regions, such as North Africa have been hailed as the best for large-scale

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Climate Change Research Grant-Nepal

Oct 20th, 2011 | By




Nepal Climate Change Knowledge Management Center (NCCKMC) at NAST has announced research grants for young researchers (Master’s Degree students in second year; discipline: Environmental Science, Geography, Botany, Zoology, Economics, Rural Development, Hydrology/Meteorology, Sociology, Forestry, Agriculture or any relevant subject). Announcement notice and ToR are attached herewith. TERMS OF REFERENCE: Support to Strengthening the Nepal Climate

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Call for Application​: Civil Society Organization Observers to the Climate Investment Funds (CIFs)

Oct 20th, 2011 | By




RESOLVE is pleased to announce a call for applications for non-profit Civil Society Organization (CSO) Observers to the Climate Investment Funds (CIFs). The call for applications is of interest to large and small CSOs from around the world who are working on climate change issues. Application materials – including links to the electronic application form,

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