Archive for December 2011

In China There Are No Hockey Sticks

Dec 30th, 2011 | By




Watts Up With That: Chinese 2485 year tree ring study shows sun or ocean controls climate, temps will cool till 2068. A blockbuster Chinese study of Tibetan Tree rings by Lui et al 2011 shows, with detail, that the modern era is a dog-standard normal climate when compared to the last 2500 years. The temperature,

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Development At The Cost of Environment Regretted

Dec 30th, 2011 | By




Dawn: Development projects in the country are often executed without considering their human and environmental impact and sustainable development can only be achieved by putting people and environment at the heart of development process. This was stated by experts and social scientists belonging to Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI), here Wednesday in a meeting with

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Nepal Does Not Need World Bank, IMF

Dec 30th, 2011 | By




My Republica: Laurence Brahm, lawyer, political-economist and author of dozens of books, founded the Himalayan Consensus and African Consensus movements. A vocal critic to the policies of World Bank and International Monetary Fund and the very notion of globalization, Brahm has been embedded with Wall Street Protestors. Born and educated in the US, Brahm has

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Climate Change Endangers Millions in South Asia

Dec 30th, 2011 | By




Eurasia Review: Millions of people in South Asia are vulnerable to climate change because of depleting glaciers, increasing coastal erosion, frequent floods and other natural disasters associated with global warming, warn environmentalists and development agencies. “We are extremely vulnerable to climate change threats.” Says Dr. Durga Poudel, Head of Department of Renewable Resources, University of

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Ground-Level Research On Global Warming: Nepal

Dec 30th, 2011 | By




Nepali Times: Since 2007, Jean Marc Hero has been bringing students from Griffith University in Australia to Nepal to take part in expeditions that focus on learning about environmental research and teaching methods. The Program for Planned Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research (PPBio) aims to establish an international monitoring system that measures biodiversity and the long

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Reality Check: Glaciers Of The Karakoram Himalaya

Dec 30th, 2011 | By




Since the late 1990s Karakoram Himalayan glaciers have stabilized and, in the high Karakoram, advanced while total snow cover has also been increasing in the high Karakoram. Reference Hewitt, K. 2011. Glacier change, concentration, and elevation effects in the Karakoram Himalaya, upper Indus Basin. Mountain Research and Development 31: 188-200. Background The author writes that “in

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Citizen Scientists’ Climate-Impact Survey Wraps Up

Dec 30th, 2011 | By




Nature: Forest-monitoring project has measured 150,000 trees and provided researchers with reams of data. One of the biggest citizen-science projects ever conducted concludes this monthafter five years of data collection. The wealth of information gathered will help researchers to understand how climate change is affecting forests. The effort has been coordinated by Earthwatch, an environmental

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Local Biogas Initiatives Open Virtuous Circle

Dec 29th, 2011 | By




A growing number of municipalities in Argentina are joining a movement aimed at tackling the problem of waste disposal while producing clean, inexpensive energy. Since 2006, more than 650 people have taken part in biogas production courses offered by the Fundación Proteger (Protect Foundation) in the municipality of Cerrito, in the eastern Argentine province of

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Success in Durban Cannot Disguise Need for Climate Adaptation

Dec 29th, 2011 | By




Business Green: Earlier this month, the world’s heads of state, government, industry and NGOs met in Durban, South Africa, to discuss our common future. These climate negotiations were more successful than many people had feared. A new international climate agreement will enter into force in 2020. This agreement makes life more predictable for industry and

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Meeting Planned on Himalayan Rivers

Dec 29th, 2011 | By




The Dawn: The Abu Dhabi Dialogue Group comprising seven states sharing the rivers rising in the Greater Himalayas is expected to meet early next month to adopt a joint initiative to minimise the impact of melting of glaciers. The group comprising Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India and Nepal was set up in 2006 in

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State of Fearful Climate Science

Dec 29th, 2011 | By




Washington Examiner: In his 2004 bestseller, “State of Fear,” the late Michael Crichton introduced a skeptical climate science character, Professor Hoffman, who said: “I study the ecology of thought…. And how it has led to a State of Fear.” The professor went on to explain that the government practices “social control [which is] best managed

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Be Risktrictive-Pachauri

Dec 29th, 2011 | By




Pioneer: Natural disasters have caused major economic losses and severe destruction since the beginning of civilisation. However, with increase in population and the growth of human habitat which are prone to disasters in several parts of the world, the frequency and intensity of such occurrences have grown. So also has the vulnerability of large numbers

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Changing Context for Mountain Development –A Five-Year Perspective

Dec 29th, 2011 | By




It is a pleasure to be asked to give my personal opinion at the end of my assignment with ICIMOD. I take this opportunity to make some personal remarks. I want to highlight the importance of the framework conditions for mountains during the past five years – first in general, then for ICIMOD, and finally

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Bhutan+10 – International Conference – Gender and Sustainable Mountain Development in a Changing World

Dec 27th, 2011 | By




Gender and Sustainable Mountain Development in a Changing World Conference Vision In 2002, ICIMOD organised the international conference ‘Celebrating Mountain Women’, as the only global event during the International Year of Mountains to focus on mountain women in the context of sustainable mountain development. It brought together 250 participants from 35 countries around the world.

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Understanding and Resolving Water Conflicts in The North East India-23-26 January 2012

Dec 27th, 2011 | By




I am pleased to inform you that the Forum for Policy Dialogue on Water Conflicts in India (Forum to be brief), in collaboration with  Aaranyak(Guwahati);  Centre for the Environment, IIT ( Guwahati); Arghyam (Bangalore); SaciWATERs-CapNet Network (SCaN) and Cap-Net, is organizing a Training Programme on Understanding and Resolving Water Conflicts  in the North East India’

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Taking the Pulse of Ngozumpa

Dec 27th, 2011 | By




BBC: Ngozumpa Glacier in Nepal snakes away from the sixth highest mountain in the world, Cho Oyo. It’s not the greatest glacier to look at – far from it. It’s smothered in a layer of rocky debris that’s fallen from the surrounding cliffs, giving it a very grey, dirty appearance. But Ngozumpa is generating a

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Climate Change Poses Serious Threat to Food Security

Dec 27th, 2011 | By




The Hindu: Area of dry land will increase by 11 per cent, says ICRISAT expert. Climate change poses the most serious threat to agriculture world over and to the food security, with countries like India facing the most unfavourable crop prospects, according to Chief Operating Officer of NutriPlus Knowledge Programme of ICRISAT Saikatdatta Mazumdar. Area

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Going Deeper On What Happened In Durban: An Ethical Critique of Durban Outcomes

Dec 27th, 2011 | By




Climate Ethics: I. Introduction: What Is Missing In Reporting About The Durban Outcome? It has now been two weeks since negotiations at the 17th Conference of the Parties (COP-17) under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) were completed in the early morning of Sunday, December 11, 2011 in Durban, South Africa. We

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Pakistan Weather Portal to go Green-Climate Day 28 Dec!

Dec 27th, 2011 | By




Since Pakistan Weather Portal (PWP)’s creation on March 6, 2011, our aim is to help and create awareness among the Pakistani public and we have been successful in doing so. PWP has created an independent weather community in Pakistan that was never seen before in the country. Our next aim is ‘climate change’, a controversy

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Are Climate Change Reporters an Endangered Species?

Dec 27th, 2011 | By




Huffingtonpost: Why aren’t we seeing more coverage of climate change in the media? The issue is hardly going away. And now that world governments after Durban are not planning to take action ’til 2020, we need more coverage, not less. Yet environmentalists reported a drop off in climate change reporting in 2009 and 2010, and

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Call for papers – 7th Conference on Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems – Ohrid 2012

Dec 26th, 2011 | By




Abstract submission deadline extended to January 15th 2012! If you submit your abstract before the aforementioned extended deadline, it will be eligible for publication in one of the conference dedicated special issues of international partner journals. Probably the most important conference on sustainability brings breaking news. Due to huge interest in the topic we move

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International Conference on Sustainable Development 2012

Dec 26th, 2011 | By




The International Conference on Sustainable Development 2012 is jointly presented by the International Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Law (ICIRL), the Centre for Research in Social Justice and Policy (CRSJP) at Laurentian University and the Ontario International Development Agency (OIDA) in Canada, and PSEG Institute for Sustainability Studies, Montclair State University, New Jersey, USA.  This

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Position of Editor at ICIMOD-IKM

Dec 26th, 2011 | By




Title: Editor Programme: Integrated Knowledge Management (IKM)Division: Publishing and Communications Apply Now BackgroundThe International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) is a regional knowledge development and learning centre serving the eight regional member countries of the Hindu Kush-Himalayas (HKH) – Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal, and Pakistan. We’re working to develop an economically

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PARTICIPATE: German-watch Poster Contest on Climate Justice-Deadline 15 February 2012

Dec 26th, 2011 | By




Poster Contest: Climate Justice : Germanwatch calls for a poster contest presenting prizes for the most origi-nal, artistically high qualitative and meaningful poster on climate justice. The three winners will be awarded a total prize money of 1800€. Closing date is the 15 February 2012. The poster contest shall call the attention of a wider

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Call for Nomination From the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF)

Dec 26th, 2011 | By




GBIF invites nominations for the 2012 Ebbe Nielsen Prize, awarded annually to a person or team who demonstrates excellence in combining biodiversity informatics and biosystematics research.   The €30,000 award is intended to allow the recipient(s) to engage in biosystematics/biodiversity informatics research outside his/her/their country of residence for a period of 3-6 months. Nominations are due by 15 March

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Research Manager at Earthwatch Institute – India office

Dec 26th, 2011 | By




Earthwatch Institute is seeking for a Research Manger for scientific research projects in the Himalayan region in the field of biodiversity, ecosystem services and sustainable agriculture. The ideal candidate will have prior experience of working in environmental projects in Himachal Pradesh and Uttrakhand. The position will be based at Delhi NCR with frequent travel to

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Retreat of Glaciers Makes Some Climbs Tougher

Dec 26th, 2011 | By




The New York Times: Three decades ago, when Mick Fowler climbed the north face of the Eiger in the Swiss Alps, he used crampons and ice axes to haul himself up sheer walls of snow and ice. Nowadays, during a hot summer, “you’ll find virtually no snow and ice on its face — none,” he

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The Green Apple: How Can Cities Adapt to Climate Change?

Dec 26th, 2011 | By




New York City–and other major metropolises around the globe–face an epic challenge in coping with the impacts of global warming. Here is how climate change could shut down a city: On the morning of August 8, 2007, a thunderstorm paralyzed the largest rail transit system in the U.S.—New York City’s subway—during morning rush hour. Flash

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Should The Media Pay for Nature Conservation?

Dec 26th, 2011 | By




Scientific American: Given the profits made from filming the natural world, can a scheme be worked out to pay for this ecosystem service? David Biello reports. Entire television channels broadcast the wonders of the natural world. To gain viewers and sell ads, they rely on lions hauling down zebras, aerial tracking shots of the icy

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Environment Research Centre In The Offing

Dec 26th, 2011 | By




Bhutan is soon expected to have a strong information database on environment with the establishment of Environment Research Centre by Royal Society for Protection of Nature (RSPN). Currently being planned, the research centre will provide researchers, students, government agencies and the public updated information and critical scientific data on environment. The programme manager of RSPN,

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Nepal: Climate Change and Security, Demands Holistic Approach

Dec 26th, 2011 | By




Telegraph Nepal: Combating global warming and achieving UN’s 2 degree Celsius goal by 2020 require collective political action of the rich and the poor nations. Without this, small, island and least developed countries like Nepal would remain vulnerable to climate changes causing droughts, floods, rise of sea level causing coastal tragedies, fast melting Himalayan ice,

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Can You Fight Climate Change with a Coat of Paint?

Dec 26th, 2011 | By




Chikagoist: Notre Dame researchers want to turn your house into a power plant. No, not like the Fisk coal plant in Pilsen. In fact, their vision is quite the opposite, turning every building into a passive solar collector with little more than a paintbrush. And in Chicago, with our monumental skyline and sprawling neighborhoods, the

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Aid Worker From High Wycombe Helps Nepal Cope with Climate Change

Dec 26th, 2011 | By




SIMON Lucas is spending another Christmas without real ale and Stilton cheese – which he is still unable to find in any of Kathmandu’s shops. It is nearly a decade since the 45-year-old and his family left High Wycombe to live in Asia – so they are used to doing the festive season in a

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Time To Learn Some Lessons From The Bangkok Floods

Dec 26th, 2011 | By




Bangkok Post: A city once famous for its extensive network of canals, known locally as khlongs, Bangkok had long since been filled over to make way for an ever-expanding network of roads in this rapidly modernising city of 12 million people. Across the developing world, the pressure on cities to build new industrial, commercial, residential

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Scaling Heights Across The Northern Frontiers

Dec 24th, 2011 | By




Bhutan Today: Spearheaded by the Department of Geology and Mines (DGM), the government, to cope up with the changing climate scenario, has carried out numerous mitigation measures to curb any disaster in waiting – including GLOFS. According to sources from DGM most of the major river basins in Bhutan are categorized as debris cover glacier

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Climate Adaptation for Ganga River Ecosystem

Dec 24th, 2011 | By




OneWorld SA: A recent report For a Living Ganga: Working with people and aquatic speciesby World Wildlife Fund emphasises on locally developed climate adaptation strategies to improve the Ganga ecosystem. The report focuses on improving the status of Ganga river ecosystem in India. It highlights the adaptation strategies by WWF-India, like river bank restoration, alternate

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Environment World Review of The Year: ‘2011 Rewrote The Record Books’

Dec 24th, 2011 | By




Guardian: The ecologically tumultuous year saw record greenhouse gas emissions, melting Arctic sea ice, natural disasters and extreme weather – and the world’s second worst nuclear disaster. The year 2011 was another ecologically tumultuous year with greenhouse gases rise to record levels, Arctic sea ice nearly equalling 2007’s record melt, and temperatures the 11th highest

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Rajendra Pachauri: Ever the Activist

Dec 24th, 2011 | By




Mens News Daily: A few weeks ago I wrote about Rajendra Pachauri, who has been the chairman of the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) for the past nine years. I observed that it is impossible to take seriously claims that the IPCC is a neutral, objective, scientific body because Pachauri’s behaviour isn’t remotely

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Wake Up And Take Over! Before Global Warming Does

Dec 24th, 2011 | By




Pakistan Today: The need of the hour is to ensure policy planning and proper implementation to mitigate the adverse effects of climate change while pursuing an ambitious agenda to tackle climate change impacts on the country. This was observed at a day-long Climate Change Conference held on Thursday at the Makli Gymkhana in the coastal

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Rajagopalan: Climate-Change Waiting Game

Dec 24th, 2011 | By




It’s the end of another year, a time to look back and take stock, maybe even make a resolution or two for the future. And there’s no bigger future to contend with than that of the planet. Unfortunately, after two weeks of intense negotiations at the 17th United Nations conference on climate change earlier this

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Durban Climate Talks Exposed the Need for System Change

Dec 23rd, 2011 | By




IndepthNews: Somebody must be mistaken: leaders of rich, industrialised countries congratulate themselves on reaching an agreement to tackle climate change, but civil society calls the ‘Durban Package’ a disaster for the planet and the world’s poor. After two weeks of intense negotiations over the future of the climate regime, who was right? What do we

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Cold Conditions Raise Hope for White Xmas

Dec 23rd, 2011 | By




Times of India: With the Queen of hills reeling under severe cold conditions since the onset of December, expectations of a white Christmas have started floating amongst locals as well as visitors here. Nerve-cracking cold has forced people to wrap up in heavy woolens in Shimla and the plummeting morning and evening temperatures have raised

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Earth Systems Disruption: Does 2011 Indicate the New Normal of Climate Chaos and Conflict?

Dec 23rd, 2011 | By




Mongabay: The year 2011 has presented the world with a shocking increase in irregular weather and disasters linked to climate change. Just as the 2007 “big melt” of summer arctic sea ice sent scientists and environmentalists scrambling to re-evaluate the severity of climate change, so have recent events forced major revisions and updates in climate

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Use of Forest Resources by Residents of Jigme Singye Wangchuck National Park, Bhutan

Dec 23rd, 2011 | By




BioOne: This paper examines the use of forest resources by local residents in Jigme Singye Wangchuck National Park, Bhutan. It also inquires into local residents’ knowledge and perceptions of park management interventions. The data were collected through a questionnaire survey, group discussions, and observations. The results show that local people depend on forest resources for

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The Role of Gender and Caste in Climate Adaptation Strategies in Nepal

Dec 23rd, 2011 | By




BioOne: Despite the growing number of studies and research projects on climate change adaptation, only a few have examined the gender and cultural dynamics of the adaptation process. Inequality has been identified as a major indicator of the vulnerability of individuals and groups; nevertheless, the gender and cultural aspects of inequality have not received much

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Offsetting Greenhouse Gas Emissions in the Himalaya?

Dec 23rd, 2011 | By




BioOne: Offsetting Greenhouse Gas Emissions in the Himalaya? Clean Development Dams in Himachal Pradesh, India. The carbon-offsetting scheme Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) has evolved into one of the most important instruments for the funding of renewable energy projects in mountain regions in developing and newly industrializing countries. The CDM allows industrialized states to compensate for

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China Launches US$265 Million Ozone and Climate Change Project

Dec 22nd, 2011 | By




UNEP: China is the largest producer, consumer and exporter of HCFCs in the world. China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection today launched the HCFC Phase-out Management Plan (HPMP), a US$270 million project to cut consumption of Hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) by 1 January 2015. The HCFC-phaseout in China is impacting chemical production, foam, industrial and commercial refrigeration, air

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New Study Adds Twist To Himalayan Glacier Row

Dec 22nd, 2011 | By




Livemint (Republished from Dec 2010 Report): In what could revive controversy over the state of glaciers in the Himalayas, researchers associated with the Indian Space Research Organisation​ (Isro) and the government-run Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology suggest that aerosols such as soot—tiny particles that are often the result of insufficiently burnt gases—may be playing a

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In Himalayas, Assessing Climate Threats to Water

Dec 22nd, 2011 | By




The Earth Institute Columbia University: Bhutan’s Melting Glaciers May Affect Farming, Hydropower, Floods In many ways, the tiny, landlocked eastern Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan sits apart from the modern world; its rugged landscapes cradle swift-flowing rivers, expansive old-growth forests and hundreds of glaciers. Combining selective modernization with ancient traditions, it is the only country that

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Durban Platform for a New Climate Change Agreement: An Assessment

Dec 22nd, 2011 | By




IDSA: Was the 17th Meeting of the Conference of Parties (COP 17) of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC) a success or a failure? Shorn of rhetoric, there was no urgent action to ensure that the global mean temperature does not rise beyond the critical 2 degree Celsius above pre-industrial levels. There was

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The Mother of All Treks And Climate Change

Dec 22nd, 2011 | By




Hindustan Times: Nepal is known for its beautiful and challenging treks like the one to the Everest Base Camp and attracts thousands of adventure seekers from across the globe every year. But a new one hopes to test both skill and endurance limits of even the most diehard trekkers. Nepal’s prominent mountaineers will embark on

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Pakistan Faces Flood Threat: Study

Dec 22nd, 2011 | By




Pakistan has been warned of frequent floods of disastrous nature like the ones that battered the country in 2010 and 2011 in the Indus river owing to rapid glacier retreat and shifting of monsoonal zones by about 100 kilometres towards northwest regions. In a recent communication it sent to the government, the Asian Development Bank

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New Data-Driven Methods For Understanding Climate Change

Dec 21st, 2011 | By




National Science Foundation: In February 2012, the journal Nature Climate Change will publish a paper on rainfall extremes in India by principal investigator Vipin Kumar of the University of Minnesota’s computer science and engineering department and co-principal investigator Auroop Ganguly of the civil and environmental engineering department at Northeastern University in Boston, members of the

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Solar Power-A Ray Of Hope

Dec 21st, 2011 | By




The Hindu: Today the solar industry is just how IT was in the early 1980s. It is peak hour traffic in Mumbai and your car stops at a signal. A bunch of kids run to your window. Guess what they are selling? Not selling newspapers or toys. They are selling solar panels. This picture, envisioned

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NASA: Climate Change Leads to Enormous Ecosystem Shifts – 40% of Biomes Flip This Century

Dec 21st, 2011 | By




Bits of Science: The results of studies that try to quantify the effects of climate change on biodiversity loss which include damage to the micro scale level of subspecies and genetic variation are perhaps most shocking. When however you focus on the response to climate change at the macro level, the ecosystem level, you get

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Is Rajendra Pachauri Making Things worse?

Dec 21st, 2011 | By




Andy Revkin thinks so. In a recent Dot Earth post, he writes that the head of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change should either stop straying from a “just the facts” communications strategy or step down. The offense, in Revkin’s mind, is Pachauri’s participation in a not-all-that-funny attempt at a joke begun by Richard Branson

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Adaptation to Climate Change – Any Real Progress?

Dec 21st, 2011 | By




Green Conduct: The last COP in Durban ended in a success for the UNFCCC process, but has more nebulous implications for the climate itself, with Kyoto put on artificial respirator and a more comprehensive agreement being pushed back to a later date. The most significant progress at Durban for climate change adaptation came in the

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Climate Change Publications and COP 17

Dec 21st, 2011 | By
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GIZ: As we prepare the last edition of the newsletter for this year, COP 17 in Durban and its protracted finale are still very fresh in our minds. All of us who witnessed the summit were quite relieved when it did – two days after the scheduled end – finally yield the agreement of a

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Why Invest In Sustainable Mountain Development

Dec 20th, 2011 | By
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Book: Because of the importance of mountains and the many services they provide, sustainable mountain development does not only regard mountain communities, but is a global concern.. Climate change, increasing natural disasters, food and energy crises, population growth, water scarcity and desertification, loss of biodiversity, degradation of ecosystems, migration, and growth of cities – the

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An Uncertain Climate After Durban

Dec 20th, 2011 | By




Industrialized countries are still against the idea of bearing their share of burden in tackling climate change. The 17th Conference of Parties (COP) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) was convened in Durban when the membership of this multilateral body faced two exceptional challenges. First, a critical component of the convention,

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