Archive for May 2012

Compendium Of Legal Best Practices on Climate Change Policy

May 31st, 2012 | By




IDLO: Climate change is an immense environmental and socio-economic challenge. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has made it clear that climate change will impact geophysical and biological as well as social systems, including food supply, health, water resources, infrastructure and the foundations of our economic system. Although the effects of climate change vary

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Nepal Marks The First Ascent Of Mt. Everest Amid Worry Of Glacier Melting

May 31st, 2012 | By




Chinadaily: Amid the mounting tensions of melting Himalayas, Nepal marked the first ascent of the Mt. Everest amid various activities here on Tuesday. Also known as ‘International Everest Day” , the day commemorates the first successful ascent of Mt. Qomolangma by Tenzing Norgay Sherpa of Nepal and Sir Edmund Hillary of New Zealand on May

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Climate Engineering: Avoiding Pandora’s Box through Research and Governance

May 31st, 2012 | By




FNI: The gap between the emissions reductions required by the 2°C target and those actually undertaken is growing. Thus, climate engineering as an alternative proposition to mitigate climate change is expected to become increasingly relevant and likely to enter the mainstream discourse on climate mitigation within a decade. The term ‘climate change mitigation’ should be

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LDCs Call For A Quick Decision Of The Second Period On Kyoto Protocol

May 31st, 2012 | By




Bhutan and Climate Change: negotiators gather in Bonn for the latest round of talks this month, the LDC group has proposed a strong set of recommendations to achieve a legally binding agreement The least developed countries (LDC) including Bhutan are pushing for a decision on the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol in order

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Pollution In Paradise

May 31st, 2012 | By




Chinadialogue: The idyll of Kashmir is ill prepared for an influx of tourists, writes Athar Parvaiz from north-east India. Environmentalists fear the features that attract visitors could prove the region’s undoing. India’s seventeenth century Moghul emperor Jahangir is probably best known for his comment on the valley of Kashmir: “If there is paradise on earth,

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Towards Maintaining Natural Flows In Our Rivers

May 31st, 2012 | By




  Himmotthan: Natural flow patterns are the heartbeat of a river. Each component of a flow regime – ranging from low flows to floods play an important role in shaping a river ecosystem and livelihoods of river-dependent communities. While many rivers in Northern India are still in a pristine free-flowing state in the upper reaches,

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Mechanisms Needed To Address Water Scarcity, Crops Productivity

May 30th, 2012 | By




Tribune: Speakers at the conclusion of an international conference on Monday underscored the need to come up with mechanisms to cope with climate change and its impacts on water scarcity and crops productivity. During the conference, titled “Climate change: A challenge for agriculturists”, speakers revealed that Pakistan’s per capita water will reduce to 800 cubic

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Rio+20: A Green Industrial Revolution Or Climate Change Diplomacy?

May 30th, 2012 | By




Aljazeera: Diplomats at climate change talks this week appear unlikely to draft a workable legal document on CO2 reduction. Santa Barbara, CA – Last week in Bonn, Germany, where the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) secretariat is located, diplomats from member states were negotiating to prepare a workable legal document for the next annual

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Linking National and Local Adaptation Planning: Lessons from Nepal

May 30th, 2012 | By




IDS: Nepal’s National Adaptation Plan of Action (NAPA) provides a clear guideline for the disbursement of at least 80 per cent of adaptation funds on implementation at the local level. To support implementation the government of Nepal has recently developed a national framework for a Local Adaptation Plan for Action (LAPA). The LAPA framework aims

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Climate Conversations – Malnutrition Increases On The Horizon In South Asia

May 30th, 2012 | By




Alertnet: Malnutrition is worsening in developing countries like Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal and India because of the impacts of climate change – particularly on water resources, a key input for producing food for more than a billion people in the region. Climate change and rising temperatures have now badly disturbed food production patterns and have deepened

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The More Science You Know: The Less Worried You Are About Climate

May 30th, 2012 | By




The Register: Abandon focus on sound science’, say trick-cyclists. A US government-funded survey has found that Americans with higher levels of scientific and mathematical knowledge are more sceptical regarding the dangers of climate change than their more poorly educated fellow citizens. The results of the survey are especially remarkable as it was plainly not intended

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Bonn Climate Talks End In Discord And Disappointment

May 30th, 2012 | By




Guardian: Climate crisis is not caused by lack of options and solutions, but lack of political action, says Greenpeace spokeswoman The latest round of international climate change talks finished on Friday in discord and disappointment, with some participants concerned that important progress made last year was being unpicked. At the talks, countries were supposed to

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Bonn UN Climate Change Meeting Delivers Progress On Key Issues

May 29th, 2012 | By




UN Zambia: Meeting in Bonn for the first time after the historic UN Climate Change Conference in Durban, governments made progress in ensuring that this year’s conference in Doha, at the end of 2012, can take the next essential steps towards meeting the long-term challenge of climate change. Progress was made notably in the areas of preparing for the

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Vulnerability To Climate Change: Adaptation Strategies & Layers Of Resilience

May 29th, 2012 | By




ICRISAT: Climate change has emerged as the biggest threat to livelihood sustainability of our times, posing an imminent danger to our food security and a challenge for improving agricultural productivity. Presently, scientists are identifying and refi ning the projections of future location specifi c climate scenarios that farmers might have to deal with. In India,

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The Polarizing Impact Of Science Literacy And Numeracy On Perceived Climate Change Risks

May 29th, 2012 | By




Nature: Seeming public apathy over climate change is often attributed to a deficit in comprehension. The public knows too little science, it is claimed, to understand the evidence or avoid being misled1. Widespread limits on technical reasoning aggravate the problem by forcing citizens to use unreliable cognitive heuristics to assess risk2. We conducted a study

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Weather Extremes: Hindsight On Foresight

May 29th, 2012 | By




News Day: Debate over the agenda of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) talks is often much more than a procedural fight; its about the content, context and paradigm for the negotiations. At the Bonn talks which concluded after two bitter weeks of negotiations at the weekend, there were divisions over whether mitigation

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Climate Change Wiped Out Civilization 4,000 Years Ago

May 29th, 2012 | By




Dailymail UK: Climate change wiped out one of the world’s first, great civilisations more than 4,000 years ago Ancient ‘Indus’ civilisation was one of first great urban cultures Stretched for a million square kilometres Climate change altered routes of rivers Climate change led to the collapse of the ancient Indus civilization more than 4,000 years

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Cold-Blooded Climate Change Surprise

May 29th, 2012 | By




ABC Science: Climate change may have a more unpredictable effect on the distribution of cold-blooded animals than scientists had previously thought, a new analysis shows. Marine biologist Dr Amanda Bates and colleagues set out to explore how global warming will affect the distribution of animals such as fish, frogs and lizards. “Although people had assumed

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Slow Progress Since Earth Summit 20 Years Ago

May 27th, 2012 | By




AFP: Twenty years after the Earth Summit in Rio pledged to save the environment for future generations, observers and policy makers agree swifter action is required to avert climate catastrophe. But even as new warnings were issued this week of impending disaster — more severe droughts, disease spread and land-effacing sea level rises — climate

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Local Action Critical to Help Farmers Adapt to Climate Change

May 27th, 2012 | By




Conservation.org: How the UNFCCC will address agriculture — an issue not only critical to our food security, but the future of life on our planet — hangs in the balance. After two weeks of negotiations here in Bonn, country delegates were unable to resolve their differences and decided to take the issue up again at

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Pakistan Is ‘Food Insecure’ Despite Agricultural Output Growth

May 27th, 2012 | By




The News: Despite growth of agricultural output Pakistan is still ‘food insecure’ and facing high level of ‘hunger and malnutrition”, and climate change is threat to this country that can be tackled by educating communities, said Vice Chancellor, Pakistan Institute of Development Economics (PIDE), Dr Rashid Amjad. He was addressing project inception workshop on ‘Climate

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Fending Off The Climate Attack

May 27th, 2012 | By




Time of India: Global warming and climate change have gone beyond being just catchphrases in large parts of India. But the people, especially in the interiors, are striking back – adapting, altering and improvising to beat back the assault. Climate change has come home. And those hit the hardest are India’s millions in its countryside.

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How To Deal With Extreme Climatic Disasters In Future?

May 27th, 2012 | By




Daily Pioneer: Since 1998, Odisha has been a victim of severity in climate extremes like heat waves, cyclones, floods and droughts. Over 30,000 people have lost their lives, millions rendered homeless, trees uprooted, crops damaged, and people lost wealth, resources and livelihoods. Despite all the tall talks about disaster risk reduction, early warning system and

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Climate Change Adaptation: Where Does Global Health Fit In The Agenda?

May 27th, 2012 | By




Human-induced climate change will affect the lives of most populations in the next decade and beyond. It will have greatest, and generally earliest, impact on the poorest and most disadvantaged populations on the planet. Changes in climatic conditions and increases in weather variability affect human wellbeing, safety, health and survival in many ways. Some impacts

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Indian Mountain Initiative’s Summit-II Concludes

May 26th, 2012 | By




CHEA: Over 200 delegates from Indian eleven mountain States at Gangtok in Sikkim deliberated on mountain issues related to water, livelihoods and Communities & forests of the Indian Himalayan region. The delegates along with Parliamentarians and legislators from Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram and Manipur participated in a two-day ‘2nd Sustainable Mountain Development Summit’ of Indian Mountain

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Funding Gap Stokes Interest In Market For Climate Adaptation

May 25th, 2012 | By




Alertnet: In southwest India, where farmers have suffered from drought, local development group Samuha is working on ways to boost soil moisture, extend the growing season and introduce new crops that can better survive dry periods.  In mountainous Bhutan, the Tarayana Foundation is exploring how to protect poor, remote communities from landslides which could increase

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Asian Cities Develop New Indicators For ‘Climate Resilience’

May 25th, 2012 | By




AlertNet – Ten Asian cities prone to floods, droughts or soaring temperatures are developing a set of key indicators to assess their vulnerability to the effects of climate change and improve urban planning to boost resilience. Municipalities and environmental groups in India, Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam will analyse indicators such as capacity of their water

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Mount Everest Suffers From Too Many Climbers and Deteriorating Conditions

May 25th, 2012 | By




The Daily Beast: More deaths on Everest underscore its problems with overcrowding and unstable weather and geography, writes Nick Heil. By now, everyone has seen the startling photos and video of the conga line of climbers ascending Everest earlier this month. If you’ve ever wondered what a human traffic jam looks like at the roof

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Bark Beetle May Impact Air Quality, Climate

May 25th, 2012 | By




ScienceDaily: If you’ve traveled to a forested national park out West in recent years, you may have noticed two things. First, a growing number of lodgepole pine trees are dying, victims of the bark beetle. And secondly, atmospheric haze, caused in part by tiny solid particles suspended in the air, is becoming a problem. A

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Environmental Change, Water Security: Adaptation Initiatives Sikkim Himalaya

May 25th, 2012 | By




IMI-Paper: The Himalayan water resources in the form of glaciers, rivers, lakes, springs and streams are under increasing threat from environmental and land use change. The problem of drinking water scarcity is being felt across the Himalayan region due to climate change impacts on precipitation patterns such as rise in rainfall intensity, reduction in its

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New Paper Finds Water Vapor Feedback Is Strongly Negative

May 25th, 2012 | By




The Hockey Schtick: The IPCC manufactures climate alarm by assuming CO2 controls water vapor to produce a runaway positive feedback system. Physicist Clive Best has posted his new paper showing that water vapor feedback is instead strongly negative, based on both the Faint Sun Paradox and a comparison of 5600 weather stations in the global

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Brazilians Top Biodiversity And Rio+20 Awareness Poll

May 24th, 2012 | By




Scidevnet: Brazilian consumers came out on top for their awareness and understanding of both biodiversity and the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), according to the results of a survey in eight countries released last week (19 May) in São Paulo. The survey has been carried out by the Union for Ethical BioTrade (UEBT), based

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Local To Regional Climatic Effects Of Deforestation

May 24th, 2012 | By




CO2Science:The authors write that “deforestation exerts a number of regional and local climate effects,” including “a decrease in water vapor mixing ratio (Sen et al., 2004), reduced precipitation (Werth and Avissar, 2005), and a change in the water cycle (Houghton, 1990),” along with “an increase in near-surface air temperature (Sampaio et al., 2007).” What was

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Bhutan’s Tiger Protected Areas: How Safe?

May 24th, 2012 | By




Dawa T Wangchuk : Not many safe havens for the endangered big cats are safe enough, states a World Wildlife Fund assessment, posing significant challenges in increasing world tiger population to 6,000 by 2022. What might come as a blow to tiger conservation efforts, a recent preliminary assessment conducted by World Wildlife Fund (WWF) reveals

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Pakistan Needs To Re-orient Its Economy On Green Discourse

May 24th, 2012 | By




Pak observer: Green economy is vital for inclusive and sustainable growth. Eminent international experts and senior Pakistani officials and business representatives unanimously said it at the opening day of two-day ‘National consultation on green economy’ jointly organized by Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI), One UN Joint Programme on Environment, Ministry of Climate Change, Heinrich Boll

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Eco Warriors, Arise!

May 24th, 2012 | By




Asian Age: In June 2012, world leaders along with thousands of participants from governments, NGOs and environmental groups as well as the private sector will come together in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil for Rio+20, 20 years after the Earth Summit was organised by the UN in 1992, to address urgent ecological challenges such as

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Trees Absorb Less Carbon in Warming World Than Experts Have Assumed

May 24th, 2012 | By




Inside Climate News: A new study says trees are absorbing 3.4 percent less carbon than has been assumed, including in models used to prepare the IPCC reports. Trees may not be the planetary saviors people have been counting on in a warming climate. A new study shows that while trees certainly help counteract rising temperatures,

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Study Finds Permafrost Thaw, Glacier Melt Releasing Methane

May 23rd, 2012 | By




Reuters (MSNBC)- Methane from underground reservoirs is streaming from thawing permafrost and receding glaciers, contributing to the greenhouse gas load in the atmosphere, a study led by scientists at the University of Alaska Fairbanks has found. The study, published online on Sunday in the journal Nature Geoscience, is the first to document leakage of deep

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Awareness Of Climate Change Must Go Mainstream

May 23rd, 2012 | By




Alertnet: Addressing a group of journalists during a workshop in Bangkok, Ali Raza Rizvi, Asia head of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN)�s regional climate change and resilience programme, noted that many Asian countries have become �disaster friendly�.Describing a region prone to more frequent and deadly natural disasters, Rizvi lamented that, despite

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Scientists Unravel Climate Patterns From Glacial Debris

May 23rd, 2012 | By




Zee News: (Sydney) Scientists have developed a new diagnostic tool that will enable better understanding of global climate patterns. By distinguishing whether debris in glacial deposits originates from climatic or rock avalanche processes, the scientists would be able to glean more accurate data to inform paleoclimate reconstructions of climate models. The development represents a breakthrough

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Pakistan Needs A New Crop Forecasting System

May 23rd, 2012 | By




Scidevnet: Pakistan’s outdated crop yield forecasting system needs a revamp, says Ibrar ul Hassan Akhtar. Like most developing countries, Pakistan is staring at the spectre of food insecurity, with its food production out of sync with population growth. The food availability scenario is further complicated by changing weather patterns with recurring severe droughts and floods

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No Single Country Can Forecast Climate Change Alone

May 23rd, 2012 | By




IPS News: Patricia Grogg interviews ABEL CENTELLA of the Cuban Meteorological Institute. Cuban climate change scientists have been sharing their research findings and experience over the past few years with the rest of the Caribbean islands, using PRECIS, a regional climate modelling system, to help design adaptation policies. PRECIS (Providing Regional Climates for Impacts Studies),

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Biofuels Goals ‘May Lead To Food Shortages’

May 23rd, 2012 | By




SciDevnet: Parts of the developing world, particularly India and countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, will suffer food shortages if their planned biofuels targets are implemented by 2020, a study has warned. The study, which looked at 25 countries and geographical regions, including Latin American and the Caribbean, Sub-Saharan Africa and the United States, found that the

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IPCC Special Report On Disasters And Adaptation: More Than Just Climate Science

May 22nd, 2012 | By




OxfamBlogs: Guest post from one time Oxfam research team member Arabella Fraser, who is currently in the Department for International Development, London School of Economics, writing a PhD on climate risk and vulnerability in informal urban settlements. She is also a consultant on climate adaptation and development issues, working most recently on urban adaptation planning in

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Climate Change And Its Affect On Conquering Mt Everest

May 22nd, 2012 | By




Future Path: Mount Everest at approximately 29,092 feet or 8,845 metres stands as a moumental challenge for mountain climbers world wide. Climbers have been ascending Everest for decades. Hundreds of climbers have ascended Everest since the first successful expedition by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay in 1951. Everest stands as a omnipresent sentinel standing

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Rise Of Temperature Not A Cause Of Worry For Agriculture

May 22nd, 2012 | By




Times of India: Though no immediate adverse impact of global warming is visible in India as manifested by rise in output of foodgrains and milk, experts feel the country should draw sharp strategy to deal with its long-term effect. Despite increase in climatic variabilities attributed to global warming, the production of foodgrains in the country

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Bhutan’s Environmental Policies Exemplary

May 22nd, 2012 | By




BBC-BT: Bhutan’s commitment to remain carbon neutral and environmental policies continues to collect international appreciation; and especially the country’s role and compliance under the Montreal Protocol. According to the United Nations Environment Programme, Bhutan’s effort in its global environmental issue continues to set a great example for rest of the world. It says the carbon

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Mystery Behind Rising Sea Levels Unlocked

May 22nd, 2012 | By




Zee News: (London): Researches have identified the gap, which could be an important missing piece of the puzzle in estimates for past and current sea-level changes and for projections of future rises. Global sea levels rose by an average of 1.8mm per year from 1961-2003, according to data from tide gauges. But the main question

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Work With Indigenous Peoples To Benefit Global Environment-GEF

May 22nd, 2012 | By




GEF: Global Environment Facility CEO Monique Barbut today said that success in initiatives to improve the global environment depends on consistently involving local communities and particularly indigenous groups in environmental strategies and projects. Speaking at the Congress of the International Society of Ethnobiology, Barbut, CEO and Chairperson of the world’s largest public funder of projects to

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Only Awareness Can Help Save Environment

May 21st, 2012 | By




The Daily Star: For the last three decades scientists and world leaders have been trying to cope with the consequences of exponential growth of humans and their increasing demand for resources that only nature can provide. They have been working to save threatened species from extinction and give nature’s process the chance to maintain a

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Climate Change An Afterthought

May 21st, 2012 | By




Bangkok Post: As beneficial as a general international framework for emissions cuts might be for the planet, there seems almost no chance at this stage that such a framework will be agreed upon, and even if it were the problems in enforcing it would be enormous. As the leaders of the G8 and other invited

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Cities ‘Going It Alone’ On Climate Change Adaptation

May 21st, 2012 | By




ResponseNET: A new survey by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, shows that 68% of cities are pursuing adaption planning for climate change but “only 7 per cent of cities surveyed believe that their national governments fully understand the realities of adaptation planning at the local level.”  The global

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Pakistan Among The Most Vulnerable Countries

May 21st, 2012 | By




DAWN: Pakistan is among the most vulnerable countries facing climate-related risks revealed an Asia-Pacific Human Development report launched here on Wednesday. The report further suggested the Asia-Pacific region must continue to grow economically to lift millions out of poverty but it must also respond to changes in climate to survive. “Growing first and cleaning up

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Green Economy: Experts Stress On Equal Gender Participation

May 21st, 2012 | By




Tribune Pakistan: After having provided recommendations to the government for formulating a national strategy on environment, the second day of the two-day conference on green economy concluded on Saturday. Industrialists and experts discussed challenges and possible solutions for environmental issues facing the country at the conference titled “National Consultation on Green Economy”. The subjects covered

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Himalayas Warming Faster, Says Report

May 21st, 2012 | By




eKantipur: Himalayas are warming about three times faster than the global average temperature during the last 25 year period, says a new study. The report made public on Wednesday states the average annual precipitation during the same period has increased by 6.52 millimetre per year in the region. Authored by Uttam Babu Shrestha, Shiva Gautam

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The ‘Carbon Footprint’ Of Power Generation News

May 19th, 2012 | By




Domain B: We are all aware of global warming; but fewer of us realise what exactly the notorious ‘carbon footprint’ implies. Prakash Nayak, chairman, IET Power Panelexplains, outlining activities which generate the biggest and smallest carbon footprints Most of us have heard of the ‘carbon footprint’; that notorious culprit responsible for the accumulation of greenhouse

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Water: The Means To End Poverty

May 19th, 2012 | By




Devex: It is difficult to change people’s perceptions of international development, especially when TV reports from the Horn of Africa and Niger seem to hark back to the famines and droughts of the 1980s. Despite three decades of increased funding and global campaigns, such as Make Poverty History, people are asking: What has changed? Since

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Bhutan’s Four Pillars Still Stand …

May 19th, 2012 | By




Kuenselonline: … despite the UN ‘happiness’ conference on coming up with its own four dimensions21st Meet The four pillars that buttress Bhutan’s development philosophy will remain the same, even though the United Nation’s conference on happiness and wellbeing last month in New York had identified four dimensions for a new economic paradigm. Bhutan’s development is

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Nepal: Villages Nepal Prepare For Weather Extremes

May 19th, 2012 | By




IDRC: The main threats from climate change vary across an ecologically diverse country. Researchers are working with villagers to identify and meet the local challenges in six Nepali communities. Research focusTo assess the vulnerability of rural communities in Nepal’s diverse ecological regions to help them develop their own climate change adaptation plans. The challengeNepal’s fame

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Rich Nations Stall Talks On Their Record Of Cutting Emissions

May 19th, 2012 | By




Times of India: On the second day of the Bonn climate change negotiations, the US, the EU and other developed countries tried to stall discussions on whether the rich countries had met their obligations on reducing emissions and financing the poor countries. Many developed countries pushed for talks to take place only on a new

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