Archive for April 2012

Warming Hole’ Delayed Climate Change

Apr 30th, 2012 | By




Harvard Science: 50-year model suggests regional pollution obscured a global trend Climate scientists at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) have discovered that particulate pollution in the late 20th century created a “warming hole” over the eastern United States — that is, a cold patch where the effects of global warming were

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Empowering Women Improves Human Development-Nepal

Apr 30th, 2012 | By




Sudan Vision: The timely, thought-provoking essays of this book provide valuable evidence of the impact of different gender and faith perspectives on practical development issues while also highlighting the complexities and ambiguities of religious influences. Development workers, researchers and social activists will gain from these studies a greater awareness and more critical understanding of how

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Be Aware Of Resources We Consume

Apr 30th, 2012 | By




Times of India: When biologist Kamal Bawa talks of global well-being on a sunny April morning in Bangalore, he draws attention to how every human, animal and tree in the ecosystem is enmeshed in the rhythm of life. The recent Gunnerus Sustainability Award from the Royal Norwegian Society of Sciences and Letters (DKNVS) and election

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Global Action On Climate Change Must Begin At Local Levels-Bhutan PM

Apr 30th, 2012 | By




Business Bhutan: A shared vision and collaborative efforts at public and the private sector level can mitigate the impact of climate change. Climate change affects everyone and while countries around the world are failing to reach a global agreement on the issue, it is at the local levels that global action must begin. This is

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Six Nations Bid To Host Green Climate Fund

Apr 30th, 2012 | By




Financial Express: The green climate fund (GCF), established as a result of the Durban talks last year for easy access to funds for developing countries tackling climate change, has found interest from six countries—Germany, Switzerland, Namibia, Mexico, Korea and Poland. The six countries have expressed interest to host the fund referring to the ability to

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Himalayan Glaciers Not Shrinking Alarmingly

Apr 30th, 2012 | By




The Himalayan glaciers are not shrinking at an alarming rate under the influence of the global warming syndrome. This was the assertion made by Dr Akhilesh Gupta, Advisor and Head of the Climate Change Programme of the Government of India (GoI). He was delivering the keynote address at a consultation workshop organised by the Assam

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Landslide Mitigation Housing

Apr 28th, 2012 | By




Institute of Hazard Risks and Resilience: Last week Archinect website carried a slightly intriguing design concept for ‘Landslide Mitigation Housing‘ by Jared Winchester and Viktor Ramos, which are residential units to be intentionally constructed on a landslide site.  The inspiration is a location in California at Rancho de Palos Verdes , near to Los Angeles,

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Glacial Outburst- GLOF Poses Threat To Chitral

Apr 28th, 2012 | By




Dawn Pakistan: Speakers at a workshop here on Thursday said that glacier lake outburst floods (GLOF) were posing threat to Hindukush-Himalya region that could play havoc with human settlements. They stressed the need for taking steps to reduce the risk. The workshop titled ‘Reducing risks and vulnerabilities from glacier outburst floods in northern Pakistan’ was

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Communicating The Climate Challenge

Apr 28th, 2012 | By




Prevention Web: Using new ways to confront persistent challenges is one of MIT’s greatest strengths, and an idea reinforced this week in regard to climate change by the New York Times writer Andrew Revkin, author of the Dot Earth blog. “There’s never been a better time to share and shape and collaborate” to help communicate

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Climate Change Speeding Up Water Cycle

Apr 28th, 2012 | By




ABC Science (Anna Salleh ): The greenhouse effect is accelerating the global water cycle almost twice the rate predicted by climate change models, say researchers. Oceanographer Dr Susan Wijffels of the CSIRO and colleagues report their findings today in the journal Science. “The models predict a 4 to 5 per cent amplification of the global

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Climate Science ‘Needs Greater Social Science Input’

Apr 28th, 2012 | By




SciDevnet: Climate researchers pay too little attention to social sciences, delegates at the International Conference of Mountain Countries on Climate Change have heard. The meeting in Nepal (5–6 April) was attended by around 30 country representatives, and concluded with a ‘Kathmandu Call for Action’, with a view to highlighting the specific needs of mountain countries

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Tribal Farming Beats Climate Change

Apr 28th, 2012 | By




RAYAGADA, India, Apr 27, 2012 (IPS) – Tribal farmer Harish Saraka has rediscovered the key to sustainable farming in this rain-dependent hinterland of eastern Odisha state – mixed cropping. Saraka, 38, is careful not to take credit for helping to turn around farming in this area, in the news just a decade ago for starvation

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Climate Change: Linking Adaptation And Mitigation Through Agroforestry

Apr 27th, 2012 | By




WorldAgroforestry: Agriculture is the human enterprise that is most vulnerable to climate change. Tropical agriculture, particularly subsistence agriculture is particularly vulnerable, as smallholder farmers do not have adequate resources to adapt to climate change. While agroforestry may play a significant role in mitigating the atmospheric accumulation of greenhouse gases (GHG), it also has a role

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Interview With Nobel Prize Winner Elinor Ostrom On Climate Change

Apr 27th, 2012 | By




IRIN: The governance of natural resources like land, the oceans, rivers and the atmosphere, can affect the impact of some of the world’s biggest crises caused by natural events like droughts and floods. How best to manage those resources has been at the heart of the work by Nobel Prize winner (economics) Elinor Ostrom. She

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Economy Must Adapt In Face Of Climate Change

Apr 27th, 2012 | By




Canberratimes: Adapting to inevitable global warming will need changes across the Australian economy, including ditching property taxes that discourage people from moving out of areas prone to extreme weather events, the government’s independent research arm says. In a draft report released overnight, the Productivity Commission also calls for a close examination of federal disaster relief,

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Focus On Communication: Sixth Community-Based Adaptation Conference

Apr 27th, 2012 | By




IISD: The International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) Sixth International Conference on Community-Based Adaptation (CBA6) brought stakeholders and practitioners together to discuss community-based adaptation (CBA) planning and practices. The conference focused on communicating how communities are adapting to climate change, and addressed the following themes: scaling-up CBA; water resources; biodiversity and forests; coastal zones;

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Environmentalists Call For Military Free Himalayan Glaciers

Apr 27th, 2012 | By




Eurasia Review: Environmentalists and scientists have urged India and Pakistan to free the world’s highest battleground‎ of Himalayan Siachen glaciers from military forces to avoid devastating ecological disasters. “From human and environmental perspective, it is an expensive and tragic standoff on Siachen between two countries where either is too proud to back off unilaterally as

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Low-Cost Adaptation Measures Needed

Apr 27th, 2012 | By




IPS News: As a result of climate change-related extreme weather events like a rise in the sea level and increasingly intense storms alternating with drought, Caribbean island nations are facing the challenge of adopting adaptation measures that could be too costly for their budgets. One important message from the report is that costly investments are

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Agency Plea Over Climate Warning

Apr 26th, 2012 | By




BBC News: Leading energy ministers have been told the world is on track for a long-term temperature increase of 6C unless they change their priorities. The International Energy Agency (IEA) said on current trends, emissions would double from 2009 to 2050. The deputy director of the IEA, Richard Jones, urged ministers: “Please take our warning

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It Can Spy And Also Do A Hundred Humdrum Things

Apr 26th, 2012 | By




The Hindu: India’s space and security capabilities are poised for a big leap with the launch of an entirely indigenous radar imaging satellite, RISAT-1. In the popular mind, radar satellites have a swashbuckling image that is often associated with covertly watching over other countries and tracking their military hardware. These satellites can certainly serve that

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Mexico Puts Climate Change Action Into Law

Apr 26th, 2012 | By




New Scientist: [Michael Marshall ]Europe is doing it, Brazil is doing it, and now Mexico is doing it too. The country has passed a package of laws committing it to act on climate change. It is only the second developing nation to set greenhouse gas emissions cuts in the letter of the law. The package

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Enhancing The Impact Of The Community Of CBA Practitioners

Apr 26th, 2012 | By




CDKN [Sam Bickersteth, CEO]: The Government of Vietnam, IIED and BCAS (Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies) have just hosted the Sixth annual Community Based Adaptation (CBA) conference in Hanoi, Vietnam, 16-22 April. I participated, together with CDKN’s Asia Director, Ali Tauqeer Sheikh, many members of CDKN network and some 300 others from 61 countries: it

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Third UNECE Workshop: Water And Adaptation To Climate Change In Trans-boundary Basins

Apr 26th, 2012 | By




UNECE: The Third workshop on water and climate change in transboundary basins: Making adaptation work will bring together more than 140 participants from all over the world on 25 and 26 April 2012 in Geneva to discuss how to prevent conflict in transboundary basins over dwindling water resources by cooperating at the transboundary level in

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Flood Resistant Tree Crops For Ensuring Food Security

Apr 26th, 2012 | By




UN Solution Exchange: The query on ‘Flood resistant tree crops for ensuring food security’ was floated by UN Solution Exchange India to its members. The responses got are interesting one and could be replicated in the mountains as well. The UNSE members opined that though India has rich traditional knowledge and wisdom to mitigate disasters,

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Melt Or Grow? Fate Of Himalayan Glaciers Unknown

Apr 25th, 2012 | By




NPR (by Richard Harris) : The Himalayas are sometimes called the world’s “third pole” because they are covered with thousands of glaciers. Water from those glaciers helps feed some of the world’s most important rivers, including the Ganges and the Indus. And as those glaciers melt, they will contribute to rising sea levels. So a

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Private Sector Can Help Promote Agricultural Climate Change Mitigation

Apr 25th, 2012 | By




CGIAR: Corporate social responsibility (CSR) and supply agreements in the agricultural sector have a significant role to play to promote agricultural climate change mitigation and decrease pressure on the earth’s land and climate. Private sector engagement can also promote food security and positively affect the livelihoods of smallholder agricultural producers in developing countries. This states

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Climate Change: Long-Term Policy, Political Commitment Needed

Apr 25th, 2012 | By




Express Tribune: Struck by worst natural disasters in recent years, Pakistan needs resources, long-term policy and political commitment to cope with climate change. This was said by Strengthening Participatory Organisation (SPO) Chief Executive Naseer Memon during a workshop on climate change on Monday. A group of journalists attended the session, which was organised by a

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Indigenous People Can Show Us How To Adapt To Climate Change-Experts

Apr 25th, 2012 | By




Alertnet: Indigenous communities around the world are highly vulnerable to climate change but instead of seeing them as victims, policy-makers should tap into their centuries-old knowledge of adapting to extreme weather patterns, aid workers say. In Iran, which has some 700 nomadic tribes, pastoralists have been successfully adapting to climate fluctuations for 12,000 years, development

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Appa To Announce Climate Alliance For Himalayas

Apr 25th, 2012 | By




Himalayan Times: Ace mountaineer Appa Sherpa, who has conquered Mount Everest for 21 times, is planning to announce a greater alliance for the preservation of Himalayan region in the country and taking an initiative to form an international support group for the overall development of the region. “With an aim to preserve the entire Himalayan

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New South Asia Network To Tackle ‘Massive’ Climate Adaptation Challenge

Apr 25th, 2012 | By




Sciencecodex: Recognizing the knowledge gap between the existing evidence of climate change and adaptation on the ground, researchers in Asia launched a novel learning platform to improve agricultural resilience to changing weather patterns, and to reduce emissions footprint. The Climate Smart Agriculture Learning Platform for South Asia, established by the CGIAR Research Program on Climate

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Fox Cherry-Picks Glaciers To Hide Global Melt

Apr 24th, 2012 | By




Media Matters: As the Earth’s climate warms, glaciers are shrinking worldwide. But Fox News is using a recent study showing stable glaciers in one region of the Himalayas to obscure the global melting trend and cast doubt on climate change. Study: One Mountain Range Is Bucking The Global Melting Trend Study: Karakoram Range In Himalayas “Is Holding Steady, And May Even Be

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Siachen Melt: Pak, India Experts Spar

Apr 24th, 2012 | By




Deccan Chronical: Indian and Pakistani glaciologists have crossed swords over whether the Siachen glacier is melting or not. Leading Indian glaciologist Dr Vijay Kumar Raina, formerly of the Geological Survey of India and author of a report on glaciers prepared for the ministry of environment and forests (MoEF) in 2010 has stated categorically that the

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Climate Change Mitigation And Adaptation Options in Agriculture Sector

Apr 24th, 2012 | By




EVI: The changing dynamics of agriculture sector and the emerging threat of climate change The agriculture sector and its remarkable advances during the middle of 20th century is considered to be the basis for securing the food supply of a rapidly expanding human population especially in the developing countries that was enjoying the fruits of

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Brain Storming Climate Change Adaptation Measures

Apr 24th, 2012 | By




Environmental and Civil News: Climate change impacts are likely to affect societies in complex and broad-ranging ways as technological, economic, social and ecological changes take place across regions, groups and sectors. Climate Change impacts have cascading effects on social and health concerns.  Adaptation, Mitigation and Sustainable development are often developed separately at the local as

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Arctic Methane Leaks Threaten Climate

Apr 24th, 2012 | By




New Scientist: As Arctic sea ice breaks apart, massive amounts of methane could be released into the atmosphere from the cold waters beneath. High concentrations of the greenhouse gas have been recorded in the air above cracks in the ice. This could be evidence of yet another positive feedback on the warming climate – leading

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UNDP’s Himalayan Meltdown Wins Top Prize At International Film Festival

Apr 24th, 2012 | By




United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) film Himalayan Meltdown won the prestigious Platinum Award in the broadcast documentary category last weekend at the 45th Annual Worldfest International Film Festival, the oldest independent film festival in the world. The one-hour film examines the shrinking glaciers of the Himalayas and the effects they have on the lives and

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Undeveloped Nations Urged To Adapt To Climate Change

Apr 23rd, 2012 | By




Business Mirror: There is an urgent need to enhance the capacity of poorest communities to cope with climate change and minimize risk to natural disasters, particularly in Africa with 414 million people and Asia with 1.9 billion people, according to the Sixth International Conference on Community-based Adaptation on Climate Change. “Communities in poor countries are

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Melting Of Siachen Glacier-Don’t Blame Global Warming

Apr 23rd, 2012 | By




The News: Siachen is the only Glacier of Karakorum range melting with unprecedented rate, the cause of which is the military presence in the area and not global warming. The high-resolution images of the Siachen glacier show deep cracks every 10 feet (crevasses), both in longitudinal and transverse directions. The retreat of the glacier is

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MIT Exhibit Exposes The Cold Truth About Glacial Melting

Apr 23rd, 2012 | By




Enterprise and Glacierworks: After 30 years climbing majestic Himalayan peaks, mountaineering filmmaker David Breashears has seen the vast glaciers that feed Asia’s rivers melting beneath his boots. The Emmy Award-winning cinematographer, who has climbed to the summit of Mount Everest five times, is showing his revelatory photographs in a cautionary exhibition at the MIT Museum

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The Ultimate Climate Change FAQ

Apr 23rd, 2012 | By




The Guardian: is setting out to create world’s best layman-friendly guide to all aspects of climate change – and we need your help. Take one arcane and evolving scientific discipline. Add the future of energy security, economics and geopolitics. Throw in a handful of ideological baggage from across the political spectrum, season with ulterior motives,

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Capacity Building for Addressing Climate Change

Apr 23rd, 2012 | By




UNDP (India): To ensure that national climate change policies are modified/adapted to meet needs of states, in partnership with the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India this project aims to strengthen the capacities of state governments and other stakeholders both nationally, and across states address climate change challenges. The project will support national

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Himalayan Scare May Impact Water Availability In Asia

Apr 23rd, 2012 | By




India Today: Naysayers notwithstanding, new studies show that Himalayan glaciers are indeed melting possibly due to climate change. The rate of their melting is not as alarming as projected by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in 2007 but is significant enough to seriously impact water availability in Asia in future. The warning comes

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As Threats to Biodiversity Grow, Can We Save World’s Species?

Apr 20th, 2012 | By




Yale 360: With soaring human populations and rapid climate change putting unprecedented pressure on species, conservationists must look to innovative strategies — from creating migratory corridors to preserving biodiversity hotspots — if we are to prevent countless animals and plants from heading to extinction. By Lee Hannah Throughout much of the Pleistocene era, which began

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Andes To Amazon Rainforest: Peru Educational Journey

Apr 20th, 2012 | By




International Eco-tourism Society: Peru is so much more than its well-known lost city of Machu Picchu. A large part of the country’s territory lies within the Amazon basin rainforest east of the Andes. With the goal of highlighting educational experiences, the 18-day journey “From the Andes to the Amazon“, by Worldwide Ecotours and InkaNatura Travel

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State of Himalayan Glaciers Less Alarming Than Feared

Apr 20th, 2012 | By




Science Daily: Several hundreds of millions of people in Southeast Asia depend, to varying degrees, on the freshwater reservoirs of the Himalayan glaciers. Consequently, it is important to detect the potential impact of climate changes on the Himalayan glaciers at an early stage. Together with international researchers, glaciologists from the University of Zurich now reveal

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Climate Change Doubles Cost Of Conserving Nature

Apr 20th, 2012 | By




PHYS.ORG: Climate change will make conservation of biodiversity, and all the associated human benefits such as clean water and clean air, more challenging and expensive, with costs increasing by more than 100 percent in some cases, according to three new studies by a group of international researchers convened by Conservation International. Researchers called the studies

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Himalayan Glaciers Expand, Challenging IPCC’s Credibility

Apr 20th, 2012 | By




The American: A new scientific study of the Himalayan glaciers is raising fresh doubts about the troubled theory of manmade climate change, and could renew interest in a debacle that shook the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) several years ago. When the “Climategate” scandal erupted in 2009, the global warming theory faced widespread ridicule.

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UNFCCC Releases Progress Report On Nairobi Work Programme

Apr 20th, 2012 | By




IISD: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the report on progress made in implementing activities under the Nairobi work programme on impacts, vulnerability and adaptation to climate change (FCCC/SBSTA/2012/INF.1). The overall objective of the Nairobi work programme is to assist all Parties, in particular developing countries, including the least developed countries (LDCs) and small island developing States (SIDS),

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International Team of Scientists to Study Third Pole

Apr 19th, 2012 | By




Planet Save: Information regarding the health and fate of glaciers across the planet is rare and often misunderstood, causing some experts to make claims that bear no weight in fact. Now, an international team of scientists is planning a long-term campaign to monitor 25 glaciers in Tibet. The region contains some 46,000 glaciers and has

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Call To Form South Asian Climate Platform

Apr 19th, 2012 | By




The Daily Star: South Asian nations should converge on stronger climate change negotiations in the global levels to protect hundreds of millions of people being affected in this region, suggested experts. They also recommended that South Asian countries actively collaborate among themselves in sharing knowledge and technologies to increase food productivity, energy efficiency and reduce

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The Weekend of 100 Tornadoes: Are Killer Storms Being Fueled by Climate Change?

Apr 19th, 2012 | By




TIME Science: It could have been so much worse. Over 100 tornadoes ripped through several Plains states in just 24 hours over the weekend. Cars were tossed through the air and houses were pulverized. Hail the size of baseballs fell from the sky, crushing anything left in the open. More than what is ordinarily a

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Transformational Adaptation: When Incremental Adaptations To Climate Change Are Insufficient

Apr 19th, 2012 | By




PNAS: All human–environment systems adapt to climate and its natural variation. Adaptation to human-induced change in climate has largely been envisioned as increments of these adaptations intended to avoid disruptions of systems at their current locations. In some places, for some systems, however, vulnerabilities and risks may be so sizeable that they require transformational rather

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Climate Change Targets Should Include Emissions From Goods Manufactured Abroad

Apr 19th, 2012 | By




Telegraph UK: Carbon emissions from goods imported and consumed in the UK are rising more quickly than greenhouse gases are being cut domestically, MPs have warned. The Energy and Climate Change Committee warned that “outsourcing” of pollution to other countries meant the UK’s record on cutting greenhouse gases was not as good as official figures

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Pakistan’s First Climate Change Adaptation Plan To Tackle “Mountain Tsunamis”

Apr 19th, 2012 | By




RTCC: Pakistan has launched its first climate change adaptation project aimed at tackling the threats communities face from bursting glacier lakes in the country’s northern mountains. With Northern Pakistan being home to 5,218 glaciers and 2420 glacial lakes – 52 of which have been classified as potentially dangerous – the two year pilot project is

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Politicking On Mountains

Apr 18th, 2012 | By




Himalayan Times: The government of Nepal recently hosted a high level international conference of mountain countries on climate change. Nepal extended invitation to 55 countries, however, only nine ministers attended and less than 30 countries sent their representatives. Regardless of the attendance, one must praise the courage shown by the government in hosting such a

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Extreme Rainfall Events Throughout The Himalayas

Apr 18th, 2012 | By




CO2Science: The authors write that “currently there is much discussion regarding the impact of climate change and the vagaries of the weather, in particular extreme weather events,” which climate alarmists generally contend will increase in both frequency and severity in response to global warming. And in light of this significant climate of interest, plus the

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Global Warming Mystery: Why Are Some Glaciers Growing?

Apr 18th, 2012 | By




The Week: Around the world, ice caps are melting due to climate change, scientists say. But a few icy masses in the Himalayas are, weirdly enough, getting bigger Glaciers around the world are slowly melting, and scientists are quick to point their fingers at manmade climate change. But new research suggests that a few glaciers

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Water Wars: Why India And Pakistan Are Squaring Off Over Their Rivers

Apr 18th, 2012 | By




Time: India’s Wular Lake, a popular picnic and tourist spot nestled in the Kashmir Valley, is an unlikely site for conflict. But India’s plan to build a structure on the Jhelum River at the mouth of the lake that will allow it to release water during the river’s lean winter months has outraged neighboring Pakistan,

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Experts Warn Of More Attabad Lake, Gayari-Like Disasters

Apr 18th, 2012 | By




Daily Times: Say 52 glaciers in mountainous regions have dangerous tendencies ISLAMABAD: Speaking at a seminar, environment experts highlighted that 52 glaciers in mountainous regions of Pakistan have dangerous tendencies and warned of more disasters like Attabad Lake and recent avalanche in Gayari area of Siachen. They were expressing their views at the media launch

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Managing Climate Extremes And Disasters In Asia

Apr 18th, 2012 | By




CDKN: The Special Report on Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation (SREX) was commissioned by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in response to a recognised need to provide specific advice on climate change, extreme weather and climate events (‘climate extremes’). The SREX report was written over

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