Archive for July 2012

Analysis Of Climate Impacts On Food Security And Livelihoods In Nepal

Jul 31st, 2012 | By




CCAFS: Nepal is one of the most vulnerable countries to climate risks, and food security is especially sensitive to climate variability. For example, over the last decade, around 30,845 hectares of land owned by almost 5% of households became uncultivable due to climate-related hazards. In the Eastern Terai, too, the unusually low rains of 2005/2006

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Pakistan’s Sustainable Development Conundrum

Jul 31st, 2012 | By




From the lush green north to the colourful coast in the south; Pakistan’s landscape of 340, 130 square miles presents sights and sounds that enchant the senses. But with a worsening situation of pollution and depletion of the environment, it is not for certain that the country’s future generations will witness the sunset on Hunza’s

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Deny This: Contested Himalayan Glaciers Really Are Melting

Jul 31st, 2012 | By




Scientific American: Deny This: Contested Himalayan Glaciers Really Are Melting, and Doing So at a Rapid Pace–Kind of Like Climate Change Remember when climate change contrarians professed outrage over a few errors in the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s last report? One of their favorite such mistakes involved an overestimation of the pace at

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Climate Risks Heat Up As World Switches On To Air Conditioning

Jul 31st, 2012 | By




Guardian: The US has long used more energy for air conditioning than all other nations combined – but that’s about to change. The world is warming, incomes are rising, and smaller families are living in larger houses in hotter places. One result is a booming market for air conditioning — world sales in 2011 were

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Scientists Unlock Ocean CO2 Secrets Key To Climate: Study

Jul 31st, 2012 | By




Reuter: From giant whirlpools to currents 1,000 km wide, scientists said on Monday they have uncovered how vast amounts of carbon are locked away in the depths of the Southern Ocean, boosting researchers ability to detect the impact of climate change. Oceans curb the pace of climate change by absorbing carbon dioxide emissions from burning

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Analysis: Evidence for Climate Extremes, Costs, Gets More Local

Jul 31st, 2012 | By




Reuters – Scientists are finding evidence that man-made climate change has raised the risks of individual weather events, such as floods or heatwaves, marking a big step towards pinpointing local costs and ways to adapt to freak conditions. “We’re seeing a great deal of progress in attributing a human fingerprint to the probability of particular

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Is Today’s Climate Warmer than the Medieval and Roman Warm Periods?

Jul 27th, 2012 | By




Globalwarming.org: In 2001, the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) featured a graph of Northern Hemisphere temperature history from a 1999 study by Profs. Michael Mann, Raymond Bradley, and Malcolm Hughes. Because of its shape, the graph became known as the “hockey stick.” From A.D. 1,000 to about 1915, the graph depicts a gradual decline in Northern Hemisphere temperatures (the hockey

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Examining Environmental Flows Critical for River Ecosystems in India

Jul 27th, 2012 | By




International Rivers: It’s no secret that in South Asia, dam building is on the rise. India alone has already constructed over 5,000 large dams with many more in the pipeline. The Himalayas have already been targeted by the Indian government, along with the governments of Pakistan, Nepal and Bhutan, to construct hundreds of mega-dams on

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Climate Change

Jul 27th, 2012 | By




Science 20: In recent years, international climate  policy has increasingly focused  on limiting temperature rise,as opposed  to achieving greenhouse-gas-concentration-related  objectives.  The agreements reached at the United Nations  Framework Convention on Climate Change conference in Cancunin 2010  recognize that countries  should take urgent action to limit the increase in global  average temperature  to less  than  2

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Call To Eliminate Fossil Fuel Subsidies in UK- EU Takes Action

Jul 27th, 2012 | By




RTCC: Climate Live: MPs call on UK to eliminate fossil fuel subsidies, EU takes action against emission trading surplus & NASA reports ‘extreme melt’ in Greenland Latest news – Wednesday 25 July 1700 Military veterans and former lawmakers in the US have urged Congress to continue funding the Pentagon’s biofuel programme, saying US dependence on foreign

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India-National Mission on Sustaining the Himalayan Ecosystem: Assessment Card

Jul 27th, 2012 | By




India Climate Mission: An kind of analysis of India’s NAPCC and its sub mission called Sustaining Himalayan Ecosystem Mission. The following text contains the part of NMSHE part only. For other details you may like to get the document from source website. Goals and Targets The mission recognises that ecosystem goods and services from the

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Ice Age To Interglacial Period: Greatest Climate Change

Jul 27th, 2012 | By




The greatest climate change ever recorded by the world over the last 100,000 years has been the transition from the ice age to the warm interglacial period. New research from the Niels Bohr Institute at the University of Copenhagen indicates that, contrary to previous opinion, the rise in temperature and the rise in the atmospheric

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Nepal’s Youth Fight To Save Himalayas From Pollution And Climate change

Jul 26th, 2012 | By




RTCC: Nepal is on the front line of climate change. While the country’s greenhouse gas emissions are negligible, Nepal’s various communities are already feeling the impacts of a changing climate. Rising temperatures, flash floods, droughts, retreating glaciers and glacier lake outbursts are all increasingly dangerous occurrences. Nepal is also one of the poorest countries in the

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Spending Over 2.6% To Tackle Climate Change: India Fin Min

Jul 26th, 2012 | By




Zee News: India is spending over 2.6 percent of it’s GDP to deal with challenges of climate change and wants rich countries to honour their financial commitments to address green issues, according to a Finance Ministry paper. Also, India is committed to spend large resources through its planning process on meeting the domestic mitigation goal

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What We Know About Climate Change And Drought

Jul 26th, 2012 | By




Washington post: As farmers in the United States slog through the country’s largest drought in 50 years, a lot of people are asking about the connection between global warming and the arid landscape in the Midwest. Is climate change causing this drought? Didn’t the United States suffer worse droughts in the past? And what will

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Fragile States: Adapting And Enhancing Commitment

Jul 26th, 2012 | By




SDC: Approximately 1.5 billion human beings live in states which are fragile or affected by conflict. They number among the most disadvantaged populations on our planet. The complexity of the situation in which these people find themselves makes it necessary for development cooperation to modify and adapt its mode of action. If the Swiss Parliament

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India’s Hydropower Project: Future Demand For Water May Spark Conflict

Jul 26th, 2012 | By




Huffington post: India-Pakistan Line of Control, July 23 (AlertNet) – A s the silver waters of the Kishanganga rush through this north Kashmir valley, Indian labourers are hard at work on a hydropower project that will dam the river just before it flows across one of the world’s most heavily militarised borders into Pakistan. The

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Research Academics Review India’s National Action Plan on Climate Change: NAPCC

Jul 25th, 2012 | By




Times of India: IIT-Madras, Institute for Financial Management and Research academics review India’s National Action Plan on Climate Change The National Mission for Sustainable Agriculture does not address the needs and challenges of marginal and poor farmers, finds a new study by academics from IIT Madras and IFMR’s Centre for Development Finance. The document, titled

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Watch: A Climate Change Photo Exhibit Atop Mount Everest

Jul 25th, 2012 | By




Last September, the documentary photography exhibition COAL+ICE, a project of Asia Society’s Center on U.S.-China Relations, opened at Three Shadows Photography Art Centre in Beijing to widespread international acclaim. The show features 30 photographers from around the world and collectively tells the story of the consequences our earth faces due to mankind’s continued use of

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Methane-Eating Microbes of Tibetan-Plateau Meadows

Jul 25th, 2012 | By




CO2 Science: The authors write that “methane (CH4) is the second most important greenhouse gas contributing roughly 20% to observed global warming (IPCC, 2007),” while adding that “oxidation of CH4 in soil by methane-oxidizing bacteria (methanotrophs) currently removes 30 Tg annually from the atmosphere, which equals 5.4% of the global CH4 sink (IPCC, 2007).” Thus,

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South Asia’s Water Woes

Jul 25th, 2012 | By




Dawn: KANZALWAN, India-Pakistan Line of Control (AlertNet): As the silver waters of the Kishanganga rush through this north Kashmir valley, Indian laborers are hard at work on a hydropower project that will dam the river just before it flows across one of the world’s most heavily militarised borders into Pakistan. The hum of excavators echoes

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Climate Emergency: A Five-Part Action Plan

Jul 25th, 2012 | By




Huffingtonpost: The extreme heat, storms and drought sweeping most of the nation are finally convincing a large majority of Americans that climate change is upon us. According to Bloomberg News, 70 percent of Americans now believe the climate is changing. It’s late to be getting to solutions, but now, perhaps, we’re finally ready to take

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Rich Nations Should Do More On Climate, Say Chinese

Jul 25th, 2012 | By




The Conversation: Greenhouse gas cuts pledged by developed countries will not be enough to stop temperatures rising by 2 degrees by 2100, according to Chinese researchers who argue wealthy nations should bear greater responsibility for tackling climate change. The controversial assertion is contained in a paper published today in the US Proceedings of the National

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Dirty Snow’ Hastens Glacial Melt in Himalayas

Jul 24th, 2012 | By




IPS News: Every morning, as Gian Pietro Verza walks up the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier in this Himalayan country’s north-east to take measurements, the wind makes colourful prayer flags flutter noisily. That same wind carries soot particles that are causing the snow on the mountains to melt faster. Photo: The Imja Glacier below

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A New Approach-Weather Uncertainty

Jul 24th, 2012 | By




My Republica: When monsoon arrives on time, nobody feels happier and more liberated than the farmer. This year, however, the late arrival of monsoon around the country has left the farmers anxious and troubled. By mid July, fields should have turned green with recently planted paddy but this has not happened yet. In many parts

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Carbon Emissions From Aviation: Issues And Options

Jul 24th, 2012 | By




India Environment Portal: The underlying issue is not trade rules but the global climate regime The concerted opposition to the EU push towards forcing foreign airlines landing in Europe to become a part of its emissions trading scheme has led to an unexpected development, whose implications extend to setting the global climate agenda. The US,

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Climate Change And Household Water Insecurity In India: A Case Of Gender Inequalities

Jul 24th, 2012 | By




CGIAR: Many regions in India are characterized by water scarcity which affects the well-being of millions of the poorest people. In India as well as many other developing countries, 20% households still do not have provision of adequate water for domestic use. This has resulted in a significant loss of time and effort, especially on

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Information for Climate Change Adaptation: Lessons and Needs in South Asia

Jul 24th, 2012 | By




WRI: Governments, businesses, and citizens in South Asia all need access to good information to make decisions in a changing climate. However, the uncertainty of climate change’s impacts, complexity associated with climate vulnerability, and the lengthy time-frame along which global warming will unfold make the “adaptation information agenda” unclear. This paper, which served as background

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Searching For Clues To Calamity

Jul 24th, 2012 | By




The New York Times: SO far 2012 is on pace to be the hottest year on record. But does this mean that we’ve reached a threshold — a tipping point that signals a climate disaster? For those warning of global warming, it would be tempting to say so. The problem is, no one knows if

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Economics of Climate Change in South Asia

Jul 23rd, 2012 | By




CDKN’s Elizabeth Colebourn and Ram Chandra Khanal report from Asian Development Bank (ADB) workshops on the Economics of Climate Change held across South Asia in July where they showcased lessons from CDKN’s work in Nepal. New research and evidence is published every week on the impact of climate change in South Asia: changing rainfall patterns,

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Is Agricultural System Adapting To Climate Change In South Asia?

Jul 23rd, 2012 | By




CGIAR: Studies show that agriculture is highly affected by climate change and variabilities. But there is a big black hole in our knowledge on the capacity of agricultural systems to adapt to climate change, as the effects cannot be estimated through bio-physical impact modeling alone.  Human beings have always learned to adapt to various forms

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Pakistan: Climate Change Poses Real Threat-Study

Jul 23rd, 2012 | By




Dawn: A study conducted by the Karachi Water and Sewerage Board (KWSB) in collaboration with the World Bank has raised many concerns about climatic change in our region and its repercussions. The experts, who carried out the study, warn that if Pakistan does not build dams while finding other ways to salvage the existing water

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Bhutan: Assessment of Climate Change Vulnerabilities in Kangpara

Jul 23rd, 2012 | By




RSPN: The study was carried out using both primary and secondary data sources using different methods including structured questionnaire interviews, focus group discussions, literature review and field observations. Secondary data were collected through review of past studies on climate change, Bhutan’s Initial National Communication (INC) submitted in 2000, National Adaptation Plan of Action (NAPA), second

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Asia Won’t Achieve Climate, Poverty Goals Unless Women’s Rights Are Recognized

Jul 23rd, 2012 | By




Science Codex: New research released today by the Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) shows that despite more understanding, more resources, and policy recommendations, women continue to be largely marginalized and ignored or exploited in resource management processes throughout Asia – to the detriment of global climate and poverty reduction goals. This suite of analyses, released

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Population Growth And Climate Change: No Clear Link

Jul 23rd, 2012 | By




Hindustan Times: An interesting sidelight to the Family Planning Summit in London last week was that it was held amidst a double-dip recession. This was symbolic because a recession of course means a slump in demand and consumption. And that neatly links up to a view that I heard from some key delegates – that

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Greendex Survey 2012: India Ranks First, USA Last in Sustainable Behavior

Jul 20th, 2012 | By




Cleantechnica: According to a recent National Geographic survey, Americans rank last compared to the rest of the world in sustainable behavior, and they are least likely to feel guilt for the implications of their choices regarding the environment. The survey was conducted by the National Geographic Society and research consultancy GlobalScan. The results of the survey

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Fertilizing Oceans With Iron Dust Helps Sink Carbon-Study

Jul 20th, 2012 | By




Alertnet: Dumping iron in the seas can help transfer carbon from the atmosphere and bury it on the ocean floor for centuries, helping to fight climate change, according to a study released on Wednesday. The report, by an international team of experts, provided a boost for the disputed use of such ocean fertilisation for combating

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Towards Climate Change

Jul 20th, 2012 | By




Indian Express: A slow trickle of reforms won’t do. Nor can government follow a policy of ‘do no harm’ The change of guard at the finance ministry has brought in a cautious optimism among investors. In the first few days of the month, stock prices moved up and $1.3 billion of portfolio investment came into

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Public Climate Finance: Systems to Monitor and Evaluate Effectiveness

Jul 20th, 2012 | By




Climate Policy Initiative: This paper examines the M&E systems applied by a selection of eight multilateral and bilateral intermediaries, as well as the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change reporting framework. It was originally developed as a background paper for ‘Improving the Effectiveness of Climate Finance: Key Lessons’, a joint study by a consortium

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Impure Flows The Ganga

Jul 20th, 2012 | By




IPS News: Every year Yogesh Mudgal treks miles through the mountainous roads of the Indian Himalayas during the holy Hindu month of Shravan, in July. The 54-year-old pilgrim hails from Alwar in northern India’s Rajasthan state. For the last 27 years, he has joined the millions of other Kanwarias – devotees of Lord Shiva –entering

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Ecological Foot Pint And Investment In Natural Capital In Asia and The Pacific

Jul 20th, 2012 | By




ADB: The Asia and Pacific region has some of the largest and most diverse ecosystems on earth. The Coral Triangle boasts an astonishing 3,000 species of fish and harbours 76% of the world’s coral species. Maintaining natural capital such as forests, biodiversity, freshwater, and coastal and marine ecosystems is essential to making “green economies” a

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Adapt or Die, Outback Towns Warned

Jul 19th, 2012 | By




IoL Scitech: Climate change could transform the Australian outback, wiping dozens of small towns off the map, according to a new report commissioned by the federal government. With many rural towns struggling to survive, climate change – expected to make much of inland Australia hotter and drier – could be the final straw, warns the

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Weathering Uncertainty: Traditional Knowledge For Climate Change Assessment & Adaptation

Jul 19th, 2012 | By
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Adaptasiapacific: Turning tables on climate change: indigenous and local community assessments of impacts and adaptation In recent years there has been a growing awareness that scientific knowledge alone is inadequate for solving the climate crisis. The knowledge of local and indigenous peoples is increasingly recognized as an important source of climate knowledge and adaptation strategies.

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In The Front Line Of Climate Change

Jul 19th, 2012 | By




Business Standard: India’s agricultural research system seems well poised to tackle climate change head-on. Apart from gearing itself up for meeting the immediate challenges with the available technologies and knowledge, it is also putting in place a hi-tech, multi-disciplinary research infrastructure to provide the research-and-development backing required for combating climate extremes in the future. Some

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Carbon Mitigation Technologies For Emerging Economies

Jul 19th, 2012 | By




Mountain Partnership: This report provides a review of the various options being pursued to reduce carbon intensities in five developing countries, namely Brazil, China, India, Indonesia and South Africa. These are major emerging economies, all of which are vulnerable to adverse effects from climate change, with their governments having to balance economic, environmental and social

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Deciphering UNFCCC Decisions On National Forest Monitoring Systems For REDD+

Jul 19th, 2012 | By




UN-REDD: As a comprehensive agreement on REDD+ gets closer with each Conference of the Parties (COP) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). It is essential that stakeholders around the world – especially in developing countries – fully understand the content, context and implications of adopted decisions. This is not always easy,

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Why Big Dams Don’t Work

Jul 19th, 2012 | By




Mike Muller argued that China’s investment in dams is good news for Africa. Here, Lori Pottinger writes that large dams are costly and destructive, but Chinese experience in renewables still has a lot to offer. The record of Africa’s large dams is one of widespread environmental destruction to the continent’s major river systems, upon which millions

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Rural Dwellers Must Adapt To Climate Change

Jul 18th, 2012 | By




Scidevnet: Researchers in Côte d’Ivoire have called for villagers across the region to be made aware of the negative effects of climate change and encouraged to pursue adaptation measures. The calls came at a workshop held at the Regional Unit of Higher Education of Korhogo, in the north of the country earlier this year (18

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Like Coffee And Cocoa, Bonds To Get Green Certified

Jul 18th, 2012 | By




Alertnet: Investors will soon be able to buy corporate bonds with a ‘climate’ certification, much as consumers with strong social and environmental convictions now buy coffee and chocolate products with labels such as Fairtrade and Rainforest Alliance. Carrying such a certification will enable institutional investors and pension funds, which have been looking to make their

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Ten Point Technology Plan to Tackle Climate Change: China

Jul 18th, 2012 | By




The Climate Group: China announced another important plan last week, under its 12th Five-Year Plan – the Specially Designated National Plan on Science and Technology Development in Tackling Climate Change. The most critical element of the newly released Plan is the Ten Most Critical Mitigation Technologies and Ten Most Critical Adaption Technologies that have been

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When The Brahmaputra Flooded

Jul 18th, 2012 | By




Indian Express: Climate change effects are likely to continue to cause intense flood and drought in Assam The recent unprecedented floods, accompanied by the erosion of the Brahmaputra, has brought the influencing factors of flood and erosion processes in Assam into focus. First, recent research indicates the likely impact of climate change, with the temperature

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Climate Change Threatens Isolated Towns

Jul 18th, 2012 | By




Weeklytimesnow: REMOTE inland communities will be more vulnerable to the impacts of climate change than other country centres, according to research. The report, Australia’s Country Towns 2050: What will a climate adapted settlement pattern look like, by University of Adelaide researchers state towns closest to capital cities and with more diverse workforces beyond agriculture appear

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Climate Change Threatens Nepal Snow Leopard: Study

Jul 18th, 2012 | By




Deccan Chronical: Nepal’s elusive snow leopards, thought to number just 500 in the wild, are under threat from warmer and wetter weather in the Himalayas that is reducing their habitat, a new study says. Changing weather patterns are pushing forests further into the leopards’ territory and they could lose 40 per cent of their hunting

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Tibetan Glaciers Shrinking Rapidly

Jul 16th, 2012 | By




Nature: Comprehensive survey reveals influence of prevailing winds. The majority of glaciers on the Tibetan plateau and in the surrounding region are retreating rapidly, according to a study based on 30 years of satellite and field measurements. The research by Yao Tandong, a glaciologist at the Chinese Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Tibetan Research in

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Bhutan As A Model

Jul 16th, 2012 | By




Asia Times: Speaking Freely is an Asia Times Online feature that allows guest writers to have their say. Amid recent criticism of Scotland’s Environment Minister Stewart Stevenson’s unfavorable comparison of an independent Scotland to “impoverished” Bhutan, an argument about the unique nature and place of Bhutan in the world gets lost. Bhutan is indeed impoverished

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Understanding Climate Change: Through the Eyes of Chinese Youth

Jul 16th, 2012 | By




The Mantle: Recently the headlines read that the CO2 emissions of China may actually be 20% greater than previously thought, essentially equal adding the emissions of #5 emitter Japan to China’s total (see article). The difference lies in how the central and local government authorities measure energy use as a means of calculating greenhouse gas emissions.

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Change Is Here: Climate Change!

Jul 16th, 2012 | By




Huffingtonpost: DEAR Barack Obama and Mitt Romney–if I may be so familiar, as you are with me in your fund-raising emails. You are campaigning for our nation’s highest office in a year of record-breaking heat waves, droughts, floods, and monster storms. More than half the contiguous U.S. is under drought conditions. In June wildfires destroyed

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Climate Change Boosts Odds Of Extreme Weather

Jul 16th, 2012 | By




Times of India: Severe droughts, floods and heat waves rocked the world last year as greenhouse gas levels climbed, boosting the odds of some extreme weather events, international scientists said. The details are contained in the annual State of the Climate report, compiled by nearly 400 scientists from 48 countries and published in the peer-reviewed

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Bio-Fuels And Climate Change Mitigation

Jul 16th, 2012 | By




Science20.com: Global climate change has stimulated efforts to reduce CO2 emissions. Photosynthetic organisms use solar energy to generate reducing equivalents and incorporate atmospheric CO2 into organic molecules. Cellular phenotype is a manifestation of gene expression levels, metabolic demand, resource availability, and cellular stresses. The variation in raw material for production of biofuels ranges from hydrocarbon

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Floods Due To Climate Change: Expert

Jul 13th, 2012 | By




Assam Tribune: The possible reason for the recent floods in Assam is the changes taking place in climate, observes Prof Nayan Sarma of the IIT, Roorkee, who is involved in an Indo-German project BRAHMATWINN, with its focus on the impact of climate change on the Brahmaputra. He also warned, while talking to this correspondent, against

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