Archive for March 2012

Status Of Climate Change Policy And Programmes In Nepal

Mar 31st, 2012 | By




Climate Change Network Nepal: A roundtable discussion on Progress and Implementation Status of Climate Change Policy and Programmes in Nepal was held successfully with participation of around 60 representatives from different government and non government organizations including development activists from 9 districts outside Kathmandu.Mr. Batu Krishna Uprety, Ministry of Environment (MoEnv.) shared the implementation status

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Concerns Over India Rivers Order

Mar 31st, 2012 | By




BBC (Navin Singh Khadka Environment reporter): A supreme court order in India asking the government to link more than 30 rivers and divert waters to parched areas has sparked concerns in neighbouring countries. Bangladesh says it would be hardest hit because it is a downstream country to two major rivers that flow from India. New

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Adapt to Climate Change, Now

Mar 31st, 2012 | By




Indian country today media network: Mother Earth is in for a destructive ride into the future, according to the full report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released this week called “Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation,” or SREX for short. Tribal nations and Indigenous Peoples, who

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Developing Countries ‘Need A Say In geo-engineering Debates’

Mar 31st, 2012 | By




SciDevNet: Decisions on whether and how to use massive technical solutions known as ‘geoengineering’ to mitigate or reverse climate change must involve developing countries, a session on geoengineering governance at the Planet Under Pressure conference agreed yesterday (28 March).   Geoengineering proposals have included reflecting sunlight away from the Earth by spraying ocean water into

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Science-Policy Relations ‘Stuck In Outdated Era’

Mar 31st, 2012 | By




SciDevNet: Scientists and policymakers need to shed outdated concepts about how they should interact and communicate with each other and other stakeholders, to make any dent in global progress in sustainable development, an international conference heard yesterday. The science-policy interface needs to abandon habits that are rooted in the post-World War theories on economic and

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Report Suggests Ways To Manage Water Resources

Mar 31st, 2012 | By




Times of India, Dipannita Das: Climate change presents a unique opportunity to revisit our plans to develop and manage water resources, besides helping frame policies and practices, says a report titled ‘water sector options for India in a changing climate,’ published recently by South Asia Network on Dams, Rivers and People (SANDRP). The SANDRP is

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Climate Change Impacts On Reservoir Based Hydropower Generation in Nepal

Mar 30th, 2012 | By




Manjeet’s Blog (Negotiating Everyday): In principle Nepal’s hydropower potential is impressive due to rugged mountain terrain from which snow and rain fed rivers produce significant amount of seasonal water flow. Owing to this natural hydrological processes, Nepal projected an image since 1970s that this country has one of the richest hydropower potential in the world

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New Map Overlays Conflict, Climate Change And Aid In Africa

Mar 30th, 2012 | By




SciDevNet-(Bernard Appiah): A pilot version of an online mapping tool has been launched in Africa which enables researchers and policymakers to identify how climate change vulnerability, conflict, and aid intersect. Researchers from the Strauss Center’s Climate Change and African Political Stability (CCAPS) programme, United States, integrated data from areas of climate change vulnerability and active

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Greenhouse Gases Changing Global Climate

Mar 30th, 2012 | By




Livemint (Jacob P Koshy) : Scientists reaffirm that climate change has led to heat waves, record high temperatures and heavy rainfall. Although greenhouse gases released by human activities are changing global climate, it’s not yet clear if that has an effect on monsoon patterns, a report said on Thursday. The report on extreme events and

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The New Beast In The Forest Brings Hope And Threats To Indigenous Peoples

Mar 30th, 2012 | By




National Geographic: “REDD is the new beast in the forest,” said Patrick Anderson of the Forest Peoples Programme in Indonesia here at Climate Change Mitigation with Local Communities and Indigenous peoples workshop in Cairns, Australia. Deforestation gobbles up an area the size of Greece (13 million hectares) every year. As if that loss wasn’t bad

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Plan Now For Climate-Related Disasters: UN Report

Mar 30th, 2012 | By




Reuters (David Fogarty and Deborah Zabarenko): A future on Earth of more extreme weather and rising seas will require better planning for natural disasters to save lives and limit deepening economic losses, the United Nations said on Wednesday in a major report on the effects of climate change. The U.N. climate panel said all nations

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Farm Focus For Saving Trees

Mar 30th, 2012 | By




Nature-Jeff Tollefson: Round-table talks aim to slow climate warming by transforming agriculture. The principle is seductively simple: to reduce carbon emissions, leave tropical forests standing. But a widely heralded approach in which rich nations would pay poorer ones to keep their forests intact has proved trickier to deploy than many had hoped. Now a consortium

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Climate Change Panel Warns Of Severe Storms, Heatwaves And Floods

Mar 29th, 2012 | By




Guardian- Associated Press in Washington: Prepare for unprecedented onslaught of deadly weather disasters, report says, claiming global warming causing crisis. Global warming is leading to such severe storms, droughts and heatwaves that nations should prepare for an unprecedented onslaught of deadly and costly weather disasters, an international panel of scientists has said. The greatest danger

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Ten Asian Cities Leading The Way In Climate-Proofing

Mar 29th, 2012 | By




SciDevNet: Ten cities in South and South-East Asia will be the first in the world to use indicators to assess how resilient they are to climate change, a speaker at the Planet Under Pressure conference has told SciDev.Net. The indicators are the work of the Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network (ACCCRN), set up in

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Permafrost Thawing Fast, Alert Scientists

Mar 29th, 2012 | By




CORDIS: When permafrost thaws, it releases greenhouse gases into parts of the Arctic, exacerbating the effects of climate change. And now, detailed satellite images have picked up on changes in land surfaces at northern latitudes, indicating that there are worrying levels of thawing permafrost. The findings were made by European Space Agency (ESA) scientists using

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International Commission Offers Road Map to Sustainable Agriculture

Mar 29th, 2012 | By




Newswise — MADISON – An independent commission of scientific leaders from 13 countries today released a detailed set of recommendations to policymakers on how to achieve food security in the face of climate change. In their report, the Commission on Sustainable Agriculture and Climate Change proposes specific policy responses to the global challenge of feeding

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ICTs, Climate Change And Water: Need For Local Adaptation Strategies

Mar 29th, 2012 | By




APC- Alan Finlay, Shawna Finnegan, Johannesburg: In collaboration with the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), APC is releasing a series of reports discussing opportunities for information and communication technology (ICT) to help individuals and communities adapt to water scarcity as a result of climate change. Climate change is having a profound and worsening effect on

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Farming Needs ‘Climate-Smart’ Revolution, Says Report

Mar 29th, 2012 | By




BBC News– By Richard Black Environment correspondent: Major changes are needed in agriculture and food consumption around the world if future generations are to be adequately fed, a major report warns. Farming must intensify sustainably, cut waste and reduce greenhouse gas emissions from farms, it says. The Commission on Sustainable Agriculture and Climate Change spent

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Satellites ‘signalling’ thawing permafrost

Mar 28th, 2012 | By




ANI, Washington: Satellites are observing changes in land surfaces in high detail at northern latitudes, pointing towards thawing permafrost. This releases greenhouse gases into parts of the Arctic, exacerbating the effects of climate change. Permafrost is ground that remains at or below 0°C for at least two consecutive years and usually appears in areas at

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Population adds to planet’s pressure cooker, but few options

Mar 28th, 2012 | By




PTI, London: The world’s surging population is a big driver of environmental woes but the issue is complex and solutions are few, experts at a major conference here say. Answers lie with educating women in poorer countries and widening access to contraception but also with reforming consumption patterns in rich economies, they say. The four-day

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CLIMATE CHANGE: A three-degree warmer world by 2050?

Mar 28th, 2012 | By




IRIN, JOHANNESBURG, 27 March 2012 (IRIN) – The apocalyptic vision presented on cinema screens of a world devoid of food (Hunger Games) or with too much water (Waterworld) as a result of climate change, is not as far-fetched as some may think. The results of a new study by the world’s biggest climate modelling system

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Climate Change Threatens the Poor in Cities

Mar 28th, 2012 | By




AlertNet, BANGKOK, Mar 27 (IPS) – India, like other Asian countries, has focused its climate change adaptation strategies on rural and urban areas while neglecting the urban fringes, say experts.Peri-urban areas are characterised by haphazard, accelerated expansion and are farthest from basic urban services and infrastructure, according to United Nations-Habitat’s ‘The State of Asian Cities

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Pakistan for adaptation, mitigation projects

Mar 28th, 2012 | By




Pakistan Observer, Islamabad—Chairman Intellectual Property Organization Pakistan, Hameedullah Jan Afridi, has emphasised on initiating adaptation and mitigation projects in Pakistan to combat the climate change reactions. Afridi MNA participated in International Meeting of Parliamentarians on Climate Change held in Dhaka, Bangladesh. He had detailed bilateral talks with the parliamentarians of most vulnerable countries and discussed

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Bhutan’s Development Model

Mar 28th, 2012 | By




Antonio M. Claparols , Journal on line: AS I write this, the weather seems to be bringing its worse to Europe early, inasmuch as drought has hit some of the European countries such as Spain and Italy. So early in the spring — and already severe drought is threatening that part of the world. This

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An activist’s passion and a scholar’s rigour

Mar 27th, 2012 | By




Shyam Saran, The Hindu: Praful Bidwai’s latest book on The Politics of Climate Change and the Global Crisis – Mortgaging our Future, gives us a good and well-informed perspective on the current status of multilateral climate change negotiations under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). There is also a detailed critique of India’s

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India in grip of drought: Expert

Mar 27th, 2012 | By




Droughts will be more regular said Dr P.V. Joseph, atmospheric scientist and former director of the Indian meteorological department. Presenting a paper on the role of the Indian Ocean in climate change,’ Dr Joseph said that droughts in the country were increasing and the country would face frequent droughts in the coming years. The two-day

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BRICS Summit: Terrorism, Climate Change to dominate agenda

Mar 27th, 2012 | By




Prasar Bharati, India:Global challenges to tackle international terrorism, climate change, food and energy security, developmental issues and the international financial crisis will dominate the agenda of the fourth BRICS Summit taking place in New Delhi next week. Presidents of the BRICS countries including Russian President Dimitry Medvedev, Chinese President Hu Jin Tao, President Dilma Rousseff

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The International Trade Climate Change Interface is emerging as a ‘new issue’

Mar 27th, 2012 | By




FAISAL AHMED, The Economic Times, India :The Conference of Parties (COP 17) Climate Conference held in Durban in November-December 2011 placed due impetus on some critical issues that emanate when climate change concerns intersect with trade policy issues. In fact, the interface between international trade and climate change is fast emerging as a ‘new issue’

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Impact of Climate Change may be underestimated

Mar 27th, 2012 | By




By David Mark, ABC News: A new study suggests climate scientists may have underestimated the effect of greenhouse gases, with global temperatures now predicted to rise by between 1.4 and 3 degrees Celsius by 2050. The study was published in the journal Nature Geoscience by a team of international scientists who ran 10,000 computer simulations

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Climate Change The Mountain Agenda

Mar 27th, 2012 | By




Ramesh Parsad Bhushal, The Himalayan: “The government’s initiative to bring more than fifty countries to Nepal‚ and start a process for new alliance of mountain countries in the long run to hype the mountain agenda may have various implications in the future‚ but it depends on how the country deals with the challenges” From the

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Most sea level rise due to melting polar ice, study confirms

Mar 26th, 2012 | By




Researchers report that Earth’s polar regions are losing 502 billion tons of water annually out of the total amount 536 billion tons lost annually worldwide. Scientists published results in a February 2012 issue of Nature that reveal a detailed picture of how Earth’s glacier regions have changed over the last eight years. In previous publications,

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Climate Change: Africa urged to play critical role in Climate Change Negotiations

Mar 26th, 2012 | By




Afrique en ligne: Africa has been urged to play an enhanced role in further negotiations on climate change to aid quick consensus building on a number of issues that still needs to be resolved following the Durban Climate Conference last December. Of important concern to Africa is the review of the long-term temperature goal agreed

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Development Deficit Compounds Indian Sundarbans Crisis

Mar 26th, 2012 | By




By Sujoy Dhar, IPSNews, KOLKATA – Sahara Bibi, a 47-year-old poor Muslim woman living on one of the climate- impacted islands of Eastern India’s fragile Sundarbans archipelago in West Bengal state, was forced to pull her two young sons out of school and send one of them to the Southern state of Kerala to earn

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Pakistan Fails to Store Water in Past 45 years: Experts

Mar 26th, 2012 | By




The Nation, ISLAMABAD  – On the concluding session of a three-day workshop on the occasion of World Water Day, experts said that Pakistan has done nothing to store water in past 45 years. The workshop titled Framing Responses: Journalists’ Workshop on Climate Change Impacts and Challenges was organised by Leadership for Environment and Development (LEAD)

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Bits and pieces 10: Global Warming in Pictures

Mar 26th, 2012 | By
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J.C.Moore: Science is about using observation and reason to understand the physical world. Some people are suspicious of computer models and theories; so here is some of the the basic data in pictures and graphs. Ice core data gives a good picture of what has happened to the Earth in the last several ice ages. Please

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Do you believe in Climate Change?

Mar 24th, 2012 | By




Vicky Pope guardian.co.uk : That’s not a question you should be asking – it’s a matter of empirical evidence, not belief. This may seem like an odd question for a climate scientist to ask, but it is one I am constantly asked now. The typical discussion starts: “I know that the climate is changing, but

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The Per Capita Myopia

Mar 24th, 2012 | By




Tehelka, India: Praful Bidwai brings lucid scholarship and a fresh perspective to issues of climate change, says Nagraj Adve There are two dominant trends in literature among those who agree that global warming is ongoing and serious: those who think, wrongly, that technological solutions will work in isolation (George Monbiot’s Heat: How to Stop the

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Parched Pakistan

Mar 24th, 2012 | By




The News, Islamabad: While the United Nations announced this March 6 that the international target to halve the number of people without access to safe drinking water has been met five years before the 2015 deadline, in Pakistan water worries are rapidly growing. While the UN estimates that more than one in six people worldwide

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IWMI Nepal Wins World-level Prize for Water

Mar 24th, 2012 | By




The Himalayan, KATHMANDU: The International Water Management Institute (IWMI), Nepal office, has been named for the Stockholm Water Prize Laureate for 2012. Awarded by the Stockholm International Water Institute, this prestigious prize honors individuals, institutions or organisations whose work contributes broadly to the conservation and protection of water resources and to the improved health of

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BRICS must redefine Growth, Sustainability and Reform to Change the Global System

Mar 24th, 2012 | By




The Economic Times, Mukul Sanwal, Former Civil Servant :The Brics summit, to be held in Delhi at the end of March, is an opportunity to begin a discussion on the global governance deficit. Looking ahead to 2050, the major challenges for growth stem from the availability of global ecosystem services, or sustainability , with climate

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Tackling the Global Water Challenge

Mar 23rd, 2012 | By




NASA: In a speech on March 22, 2012, marking World Water Day, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton launched a new partnership to improve water security. The U.S. Water Partnership is a public-private partnership that seeks to mobilize U.S.-based knowledge, expertise and resources to improve water security around the world, particularly in those countries most

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Climate Change in Western Ghats to Hit Water Supply

Mar 23rd, 2012 | By




By Subir Ghosh, DNA: It’s bad news for all – from farmers to policymakers. Yields of tea, coffee and cardamom from high altitude plantations in the Western Ghats are falling because of the changing regional climate. Worse, the region is likely to see a 1.7-1.8 degrees C rise in temperature by 2030. Rainfall may increase

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The Population Factor and Ways to Cope with Climate Change and Migration

Mar 23rd, 2012 | By




By Suzanne York, HowMany.org,: A study just released by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) is warning that climate change could exacerbate environmental disasters in Asia and result in a surge of migration by people fleeing crises.  In its report, Addressing Climate Change and Migration in Asia and the Pacific, the ADB observed that more than

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Climate Change To Cost Pakistan Up To $14 Billion Annually

Mar 23rd, 2012 | By




Daily Times, ISLAMABAD: Climate change could cost the economy of Pakistan up to $14 billion each year for natural disasters and other losses, which is almost 5 percent of the country’s gross domestic product, this was stated by Former Federal State Minister for Environment Malik Amin Aslam. He was addressing a seminar titled ‘Outcomes of

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India worst in Water Delivery

Mar 23rd, 2012 | By




By Rashme Sehgal, Deccan Chronicle: India has the world’s largest water infrastructure, but the poorest water delivery system in the world.On World Water Day 2012, water experts are demanding a dramatic revamp of the present water management strategy. Unlike the US and Australia, which have built over 500 cubic meters of water storage per capita,

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Mammoth New Green Climate Fund Wants United Nations-style Diplomatic Immunity

Mar 23rd, 2012 | By




By George Russell ,FoxNews.com: The Green Climate Fund, which is supposed to help mobilize as much as $100 billion a year to lower global greenhouse gases, is seeking a broad blanket of U.N.-style immunity that would shield its operations from any kind of legal process, including civil and criminal prosecution, in the countries where it

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Creating An ‘Energy Internet’ For The Poor

Mar 22nd, 2012 | By
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The world’s poorest countries can jump directly from the pre-electricity era into a new industrial revolution through an “energy Internet” — the uptake of renewable energy shared through communication technologies, argues economist Jeremy Rifkin. “The great economic revolutions in history occur when new communication technologies converge with new energy systems”, writes Rifkin. And now —

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Address Climate Change With Science, Not Opinion Polls

Mar 22nd, 2012 | By
Early warning: models show that the global community needs to reduce carbon emissions now to reach agreed temperature targets by 2020.(Source: iStockphoto)




To develop an effective approach to climate change, don’t rely on public opinion polls; pay attention to those who are “voting with their feet” — the fish and wildlife that must adapt to or migrate from changing habitat or die, says guest columnist William Geer. SHOULD elected officials and policymakers let public-opinion polls decide our

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Green Power: Wind Power Does Not Help To Avert Climate Change

Mar 22nd, 2012 | By
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Efforts to stem global warming have nurtured a strong urge worldwide to deploy renewable energy. As a result, the use of wind turbines has increased 10-fold over the past decade, with wind power often touted as the most cost-effective green opportunity. According to Connie Hedegaard, the European Union’s commissioner for climate action, “People should believe

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Climate Change Could Wipe Out Rarest Forests

Mar 22nd, 2012 | By
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Many of the world’s rarest and richest forests, located in high-altitudes, could be all but wiped out by the combined impact of man-made climate change and habitat destruction. An international scientific team has warned of the near-total loss of one of the world’s most delicate ecosystems, the Mexican cloud forest, along with 70 percent of

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The Future We Want: At Rio+20

Mar 22nd, 2012 | By
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100 days to go to a conference and a summit that UN Secretary-General Ban ki-Moon has described as a “once in a life time opportunity”. Whether this event, coming 20 years after the historic Rio Earth Summit of 1992, delivers transformational change will depend on governments, but it also depends on you. If the UN

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India: National Mission For Sustaining The Himalayan Ecosystem

Mar 21st, 2012 | By
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The Himalayan ecosystem is fragile and diverse. It includes over 51 million people who practice hill agriculture and remains vulnerable The Himalayan ecosystem is vital to the ecological security of the Indian landmass, through providing forest cover, feeding perennial rivers that are the source of drinking water, irrigation, and hydropower, conserving biodiversity, providing a rich

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Adapt Or Die: Is New Message

Mar 21st, 2012 | By




The big question after the COP17 climate change conference was how adaptation could work with ongoing development, experts said at a recent feedback session held at the University of Cape Town. Adapting to the effects of climate change was imperative for poor people in developing countries, whose lives would be most affected. It was important

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ICTs And Climate Change Adaptation: Enabling Innovative Strategies

Mar 21st, 2012 | By




This publication “ICTs & Climate Change Adaptation: Enabling Innovative Strategies” has been published by Cambridge University Press and written by Angelica V. Ospina & Richard Heeks This publication covers information regarding the impacts of climate change intensification, developing countries must implement innovative strategies to adapt to changing climatic conditions and uncertainty.  Information and communication technologies (ICTs) can play a significant role in strengthening adaptive capacity. This Brief identifies ICTs’ contribution to national adaptation strategies including NAPAs and to

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Studying Climate Change In The Himalayas

Mar 21st, 2012 | By




Studying climate change in the Himalayas: the Missouri Botanical Garden’s Jan Salick The Himalayan mountain range in Asia is one of the highest places in the world, with several peaks rising above 8,000 meters. It’s also one of the most vulnerable to climate change. Seven years ago, Missouri Botanical Garden senior curator of ethnobotany Jan

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2010, Not 1998, Warmest Year On Record

Mar 21st, 2012 | By




An updated temperature analysis by the Met Office and the University of East Anglia’s Climatic Research Unit has confirmed that 2010, not 1998, was the warmest year since record keeping began in the late 19th Century. The new analysis adds in temperature data from 400 stations across northern Canada, Russia, and the Arctic, which is

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Swiss Soil Reveals Climate Change In Mountain Ecosystems

Mar 21st, 2012 | By




Low-tech experiment produces accurate data on threat to plant biodiversity and may also help with carbon capture. The fresh snow covers the Aubonne valley overlooking Lake Geneva. Clumps of beech, maple and juniper trees cling to the slopes of the Jura highlands. Scientists from Lausanne Polytechnic (EPFL) and Switzerland‘s Forest, Snow and Landscape Research Institute

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Climate Change Expert Calls Global Warming Scare ‘Absurdity’

Mar 21st, 2012 | By




As I approach my 90th birthday next week I thought I would provide a more personal newsletter which summarized the state of play on Global Warming/Climate Change or whatever is the current euphemism to cover up the failure of the theory that the climate is exclusively controlled by human emissions of “greenhouse gases” The pressure

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Water Vapor And The Climate, Why Carbon Dioxide Is A Very Minor Player

Mar 20th, 2012 | By




Water vapor is a powerful greenhouse gas, but its net effect in the atmosphere is to lower temperatures.  Proponents of anthropogenic global warming (AGW) and most IPCC climate models assume the opposite: AGW hypothesis: Carbon dioxide, a weak greenhouse gas, begins warming the planet.  This warming evaporates water and so puts water vapor into the

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Sharper Tools For A Low Carbon Economy

Mar 20th, 2012 | By




Like 2011 before it, 2012 is shaping up to be another year of economic volatility, political instability and environmental challenges for Australia. It is easy to be distracted by short-term issues but against this backdrop, climate change mega-trends are continuing. Evidence of climate change driven by our economic dependence on polluting technologies continues to grow.

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