Archive for August 2012

In Climate Landmark, Arctic Ice Melts To Record Low

Aug 29th, 2012 | By




Times of India: The sea ice in the Arctic Ocean has melted to its smallest point ever in a milestone that may show that worst-case forecasts on climate change are coming true, US scientists said on Monday. The extent of ice observed on Sunday broke a record set in 2007 and will likely melt further

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Bhutan: USD 12 Milion For Adaptation Programmes

Aug 29th, 2012 | By




Bhutan today: In what will be the biggest adaptation project to be implemented by Bhutan, the National Environment Commission (NEC) is developing the second phase of the National Adaptation Programme of Action (NAPA) which is estimated to cost about USD 12 million. NAPA is a mechanism under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

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Mountain Guides Face Climate Change Head On

Aug 29th, 2012 | By




Swissinfo: Rising temperatures, melting glaciers and thawing permafrost: the Swiss Alps are hard hit by the changing climate. A fact of life for the people who work there, mountain guides are doing what they can to adapt to the evolving environment. When mountain guide Walter von Ballmoos led a small group south of the Swiss

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China Seeks Mastery of Carbon Capture and Storage

Aug 29th, 2012 | By




Scientific American: China is investing in the technology in the hopes of garnering emissions reductions and exports Shenhua Group Corp., one of China’s coal giants, has built much of its success at the cost of climate change. Every year, the company digs hundreds of million of tons of coal out of the ground and sells

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China Acknowledges To Phase Out POPs: Chlordane And Mirex

Aug 29th, 2012 | By




GEF: together with its implementing partners celebrated the recently-completed GEF/China Project on Demonstration of Alternatives to Chlordane and Mirex in Termite Control Sector in Nanjing, China. This success story reveals the real impact of triggering China’s ban on all persistent organic pollutants (POPs) pesticides, and thanks to the funding support of the GEF and technical

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Increasing Drought Under Global Warming In Observations And Models

Aug 28th, 2012 | By




Nature: Historical records of precipitation, streamflow and drought indices all show increased aridity since 1950 over many land areas1, 2. Analyses of model-simulated soil moisture3, 4, drought indices1, 5, 6 and precipitation-minus-evaporation7 suggest increased risk of drought in the twenty-first century. There are, however, large differences in the observed and model-simulated drying patterns1, 2, 6.

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Climate Change ‘May Boost South-East Asian Agriculture’

Aug 28th, 2012 | By




Scidevnet: Increased rainfall and temperature due to climate change could bring benefits to South-East Asian agriculture, a study suggests, contradicting more common expectations that a warmer planet will reduce agricultural productivity in the region. Scientists from the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) have predicted that precipitation levels in vast areas of South-East Asia will remain

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Bats Threatened By Climate Change

Aug 28th, 2012 | By




BBC: Climate change threatens the future of a significant number of bat species. Bats have already suffered due to changing temperatures, according to a study published in Mammal Review. That change is “alarming” say the report’s authors, but worse is expected as temperatures rise further. The foraging and feeding, roosting, range sizes and reproduction of

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Scientists: Migrating Butterflies Mark Climate Change

Aug 28th, 2012 | By




Metrowest Daily News: A bird watcher whose childhood interest in butterflies was recently revived, Bruce deGraaf has noticed growing numbers of “painted ladies” laying eggs on the milkweed growing in his backyard. But nothing prepared him for the “unbelievable explosion of giant swallowtail butterflies” he’s seeing this summer. “You occasionally see them in warmer years.

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A Smart Answer To Future Energy Needs

Aug 28th, 2012 | By




The Hindu: Did you know that the amount of energy consumed in the world doubles every 20 years? Knowing how the world is running out of its energy sources, there is little chance that we would meet the demand in future. This demand for power is just one face of the problem; the other serious

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Contrasting Patterns Of Early Twenty-First-Century Glacier Mass Change In The Himalayas

Aug 27th, 2012 | By
Nandi Kund 32 km track from Madmaheshwar




Nature: Glaciers are among the best indicators of terrestrial climate variability, contribute importantly to water resources in many mountainous regions1, 2 and are a major contributor to global sea level rise3, 4. In the Hindu Kush–Karakoram–Himalaya region (HKKH), a paucity of appropriate glacier data has prevented a comprehensive assessment of current regional mass balance5. There

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Himalayan Resources: Issues and Challenges

Aug 27th, 2012 | By




Greater Kashmir: Mountains are essential energy sources for our state The Himalaya is vast mountain system extending in to eight developing countries in south Asia: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal and Pakistan. The fact that India is recognized as a mega diversity country and as one of the 10 most extensively forested areas

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Water Scarcity Looming Threat Across Country

Aug 27th, 2012 | By




Pakistan Observer: With the country slowly slipping down the scarcity bench mark, Pakistan will be facing severe water crisis in coming years. The alarm bells are ringing and in most of urban areas, the residents complain of water shortage, especially in summers. This situation will gradually extend to our agriculture sector – the backbone of

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Building Resilience In A Changing Climate

Aug 27th, 2012 | By




Countercurrent: Climate shocks are on the way. We’ve already spewed so much carbon into the atmosphere that a cascade of worsening crop failures, droughts, floods, and freak storms is virtually guaranteed. You, your family, and your community will feel the effects. Ironically, however, avoiding climate change also has its costs. It makes sense from a

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ICT Will Help Ugandan Farmers Cope With Climate Change

Aug 27th, 2012 | By




SciDevNet: Ugandan cattle farmers are set to benefit from the use of information and communications technology (ICT) tools and meteorological data to improve their ability to adapt to climate change-induced hazards such as water stress and prolonged droughts. Climate Change Adaptation and ICT (CHAI), a two-year project launched in Kampala earlier this month (3 August),

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Gauging the Impact of Warming On Asia’s Life-Giving Monsoons

Aug 27th, 2012 | By




In Mongolia, U.S. scientists are studying climate clues in ancient tree rings to help answer a crucial question: How will global warming affect Asia’s monsoon rains, which supply water for agriculture and drinking to half the world’s population? Bouncing along bad roads in a jeep through central Mongolia, with bright blue skies and high clouds

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Capably Communicating Science

Aug 24th, 2012 | By




Sciencemag: There is no shortage of topics where policy-makers or other members of the public seem to persistently misunderstand, misrepresent, or disregard the underlying science: climate change, genetically modified foods, vaccines, or evolution, among others. Consequently, the call for scientists to do a better job of communicating both the meaning and the nature of their

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Wanted: Better Bridges Between Science And Aid Efforts

Aug 24th, 2012 | By




Scidevnet: Aid innovators are calling for more interaction with research and development communities, ahead of World Humanitarian Day, reports Imogen Mathers. [LONDON] In the aftermath of the devastating bomb attack on the UN’s Baghdad headquarters on 19 August 2003, the UN General Assembly pushed through a resolution to hold an annual commemoration of those who

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Climate Change Link Cannot Be Overlooked

Aug 24th, 2012 | By




iOL Scitech: Heatwaves, drought and floods that have struck the northern hemisphere for the third summer running are narrowing doubts that man-made warming is disrupting Earth’s climate system, say some scientists. Climate experts as a group are reluctant to ascribe a single extreme event or season to global warming. Weather, they argue, has to be

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Green Climate Fund to Discuss $100bn Pledged by Rich Countries

Aug 24th, 2012 | By




Guardian: UN body set up to be world’s single biggest source of financing for climate change mitigation faces complex and difficult task. The fate of billions of dollars of promised funding from rich countries to help the developing world adapt to climate change will be discussed on Thursday in Geneva, at the first meeting of

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Scientific Disciplines Must Link Up To Serve Development

Aug 24th, 2012 | By




Scidevnet: A greater commitment to multidisciplinary research, and to local problem solving, is essential to achieving future development goals. Last week, UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon announced the members of the panel that has been given the challenge of defining the global development agenda after the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) expire in 2015. [1] The panel’s

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Water Problems Mount For South Asian Farmers

Aug 24th, 2012 | By




Scidevnet: The lack of rains in large, monsoon-dependent, agricultural areas of South Asia has compounded concerns expressed in a recent report about an impending global water crisis and its detrimental impact on agriculture. Poor monsoon rains have diminished the water available for agriculture and groundwater reservoir replenishment in South Asia, as well as making it

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Himalayan Glacier Data Shift To The Middle Ground

Aug 23rd, 2012 | By




Nature: New satellite study sparks fresh debate about the melting of Himalayan glaciers. Satellites can be powerful tools to map complex changes across large, inaccessible areas — but only if researchers are able to interpret correctly what their measurements mean. A 2010 study using measurements taken by the Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) satellite

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Assam Faces Worst Ever Floods In 10 Years

Aug 23rd, 2012 | By
Assam flood




India Water Portal: This article provides a brief background of the situation of floods in Assam, their impact and possible solutions, through a video interview with Dr. Partha J Das, Programme Head, ‘Water, Climate & Hazard (WATCH)’ Programme, Aaranyak. Background The north-eastern region of the country receives a large share of the summer south-west monsoon’s

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Disaster Preparedness and Climate Change: A Role For The Private Sector

Aug 23rd, 2012 | By




CSR Asia: A recent report by Maplecroft highlights the fact that six Asian countries were among the 10 countries whose economies were most vulnerable to catastrophes. The list is headed by Bangladesh and the Philippines, which along with Burma are considered to be at ‘extreme’ risk. The other countries included India, Vietnam, and Laos. The

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Bangladesh To Trial Weather Index-Based Crop Insurance

Aug 23rd, 2012 | By




Alertnet: Bangladesh is planning to introduce crop insurance based on a weather index to reduce farmers’ economic vulnerability to shifting climate patterns and extreme weather events. The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is helping the South Asian country develop the new insurance scheme. The bank considers climate change and weather variability as a big challenge for

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Climate Change, Deforestation Behind Collapse Of Ancient Maya

Aug 23rd, 2012 | By




Zee News: Washington: Multiple factors — some natural, like climate change; some human-made, including large-scale landscape alterations and shifts in trade routes — led to the 9th century collapse and abandonment of the Central Maya Lowlands in the Yucatan Peninsula. These findings, resulted from a new analysis of complex interactions between humans and the environment

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Invasive Species Provide Important Lessons For Surviving Climate Change

Aug 23rd, 2012 | By




Guardian: Species at the opposite ends of the lifespan/brood value spectrum will be most likely to survive climate change. They’re everywhere: Burmese pythons, tree rats, kudzu, cockroaches, zebra mussels, lantana, European starlings, purple loosestrife, house sparrows, house mice, house cats — even viruses, such as West Nile Virus and HIV. These exotics are some of

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US: Using Climate Finance To Kill The Indian Solar Panel Industry

Aug 22nd, 2012 | By




CSE India: The United States is using the climate ‘fast start financing’ to its pervert advantage for ruining the Indian domestic solar photo-voltaic (PV) manufacturing industry – says Centre for Science and Environment (CSE). Currently, 80 per cent of the Indian manufacturing capacity is in a state of forced closure and debt restructuring with no

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Food For Thought on Climate-Change Effects

Aug 22nd, 2012 | By




National Multimedia: Climatologist James Hansen has long been vilified as an alarmist by climate-change sceptics. Critics see work done by activists like him as providing scientific legitimacy to eco-fanatics who would bring modern economies to a standstill with their extreme demands on conservation and other pro-environmental measures. To the chagrin of his detractors, he has

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Crops, Cancer And Climate Change: The Corporate Hijack Of Science

Aug 22nd, 2012 | By




Countercurrent: When rich companies with well-positioned, politically-connected lobbyists fund their own research and distort outcomes for their own ends, like some giant pharmaceutical company tinkering with our food or using poisonous pesticide, we are in serious trouble. Due to the corporate takeover of science, our rights and freedoms are currently in the process of being

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Plan Panel Seeks to Rewrite India’s Climate Change Stance

Aug 22nd, 2012 | By




Times of India: The Planning Commission’s attempt to rewrite the international and domestic obligations of the government on climate change in the 12th five-year plan, with a push for greater commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, has miffed the environment ministry. The draft of the chapter on climate change finalized by the plan panel, accessed

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As Green Climate Fund Finally Meets, Funding Remains Uncertain

Aug 22nd, 2012 | By




IPS News: Five months behind schedule, the board of the newest and largest international financing mechanism aimed at dealing with the effects of climate change, the Green Climate Fund, is finally slated to meet this week, just ahead of a late-summer deadline. On Monday, however, insiders admitted that funding plans for the ambitious initiative –

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BBC Burnt Over Climate Change Claim UK Will Be As Hot As Madeira

Aug 22nd, 2012 | By




The Telegraph: The BBC has been accused by the Met Office, its own forecaster, of making “unrealistic” claims that climate change will make Britain like Madeira by the 2060s and allow farmers to grow pineapples. Tom Heap, the Countryfile presenter, said the Government’s own research suggests that in 50 years time “there is a pretty

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UNFCCC Report on Understanding of NAMAs by Developing Countries

Aug 21st, 2012 | By




IISD: The UNFCCC has released the report (FCCC/AWGLCA/2012/INF.2) of a workshop to further the understanding of Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) by developing countries, underlying assumptions, and support needed for implementation of these actions. The report contains a summary of the workshop presentations and the exchanges of views. The objective of the workshop, which was held in

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Global Diversity Of Drought Tolerance And Grassland Climate-Change Resilience

Aug 21st, 2012 | By




Nature: Drought reduces plant productivity, induces widespread plant mortality and limits the geographic distribution of plant species1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. As climates warm and precipitation patterns shift in the future8, 9, understanding the distribution of the diversity of plant drought tolerance is central to predicting future ecosystem function and resilience to climate

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For A Few Drops Of Water

Aug 21st, 2012 | By




The News on Sunday: People lose their lives in search of water in a village that has little or no drinking water facilities Wandering in Kachho, desert and hilly area of Dadu district of Sindh province, her tears have dried up in the searing dry winds. Whether it’s dawn or sizzling midday, the women of Kachho

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Biofuel Fails EU Sustainability Test, German Researchers Claim

Aug 21st, 2012 | By




Guardian: Study says EU-grown rapeseed biodiesel falls under 35% marker, adding weight to calls to end food biofuels. The growing row over biofuels is ready to flare up again with German researchers claiming to have found evidence that European-produced biodiesel does not meet the sustainability targets claimed by Brussels. Two experts at Friedrich Schiller University

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World Must Brace for Higher Food Prices, Experts Say

Aug 21st, 2012 | By




Jakarta Globe: With drought parching farms in the United States and near the Black Sea, weak monsoon rains in India and insidious hunger in Africa’s Sahel region, the world could be headed towards another food crisis. Asia should keep a catastrophe at bay with a strong rice harvest while the G20 group of industrialized and

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MPs: The Missing Pieces To National Action On Climate Change

Aug 21st, 2012 | By




IIED: Climate change is a global problem, and the current prevailing paradigm would have us think that the only solution is a global one. But many countries are forging ahead with their own plans in the meantime – and MPs are important actors in this process. People stand by a drought-stricken lake in Xinjiang Province,

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Why Species Stay or Go in Response to Climate Change

Aug 20th, 2012 | By




Zee News: Washington: In two new studies, researchers have provided a clearer picture of why some species move according to climate change, and where they go. UC Berkeley researchers found that the Ash-throated Flycatcher, a low-elevation species, shifted its range down slope in response to climate change. One study finds that changes in precipitation have

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Climate Change: Time Now For The Action Plan

Aug 20th, 2012 | By




IBN Live: With climate change becoming a reality for our world to contend with, a highly detailed assessment of the likely impacts of this phenomenon in Kochi will be undertaken soon by the project partners of the Asian Cities Adapt project. The ambitious project, funded by German Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety

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Access to Genetic Resources in Agriculture Key to Climate Change Adaptation

Aug 20th, 2012 | By




CCAFS-CGIAR: There’s one optimistic conclusion for agriculture under climate change: modelling the future suggests that for many places, the climate they face in 20 or 30 years is already present somewhere on Earth. Farmers and plant scientists can prepare for the future by using something like the Climate Analogues Tool to suggest places to look

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Food Insecurity Looms Large Due To Climate Change

Aug 20th, 2012 | By




The News: In the colonial era, August 15 was marked as the cut-off point before the authorities of the time declared a drought in areas that had not received any rainfall and people would start migrating to the barrage areas. However, despite the fact that Tharparkar has not experienced a single drop of rainfall during

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Bhutan’s Poverty Environment Initiative On The Right Track

Aug 20th, 2012 | By




Business Bhutan: A common understanding was that environment conservation and poverty reduction should not be left out at the cost of development.  To ensure that the existing Poverty Environment Initiative goal of sustainable development inclusion or poverty environment linkages is met in the region, participants from six countries (Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Philippines, Lao PDR, and

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Nepal’s Gritty Forest Conservationist

Aug 20th, 2012 | By




Himalayan Times: After forest encroachers attacked Nanda Devi Kunwar (40) with daggers, her right hand does not work, while the left pains severely. She cannot eat unless someone feeds her yet she is determined for conservation of the forests till the end of her life. Chairman of Madhuma-lati Nanda Proposed Community Forests, Malakheti VDC, Kailali,

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Agriculture – Soon A Key Component In Nepal’s Climate Change Agenda?

Aug 18th, 2012 | By




CCAFS-CGIAR: Persistence and diversification. Oddly enough, these two themes prove common between successful climate change adaptation, as well as getting to meet the Prime Minister of Nepal, Mr. Baburam Bhattarai. At least, this is the light-hearted lesson that The Adaptation to progressive climate change– and Oxford University Research Team drew from their recent meeting with the

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Has The Time Come To Try Geo-Engineering?

Aug 18th, 2012 | By




Scientific American: Earth’s average temperature has warmed by 0.8 degree Celsius over the last 100 years or so. The reason is increasing concentrations of greenhouse gases, particularly carbon dioxide, in the atmosphere. The concentration of CO2 has now reached 394 parts-per-million in the air we breathe—and would be even higher, roughly 450 ppm, if the

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Nepal: Government to Address Impact Of Climate Change

Aug 18th, 2012 | By




Himalayan Times: Ecosystem-based adaptation project to help people deal with challenges in Nepal. The government of Nepal, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) jointly launched the ‘Ecosystem based Adaptation in mountain ecosystem in Nepal (EbA)’ Project. The project aims at implementing an emerging

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Temperature Rise ‘Slows Economy In Poor Countries’

Aug 18th, 2012 | By




Scidevnet: Small increases in temperature may have reduced the industrial and agricultural production of poor countries, according to a study by US economists. Higher temperatures may also have contributed to political instability in these countries — defined as those with below-median per capita income, adjusted for the purchasing power of the country’s currency — according

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25 Tips For Climate Change Journalists

Aug 18th, 2012 | By




Underthebanyan: 1. Know your audience. When you sit down to write a story there is only one person that matters and it is not you, not your editor and not the person you just interviewed. It is the reader or listener or viewer – someone who are unlikely to ever meet. They are the most

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Plant a Pledge To Restore Earth Ecosystem: IUCN

Aug 18th, 2012 | By
Plant pledge




Mankind has removed more than half of the planet’s original forest cover. All the time this land stays barren and unrestored, the lives of millions of people and the survival of entire communities, cultures and ecosystems, remain under threat. We can restore many of these landscapes. A restored landscape can accommodate a mosaic of different

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International Indigenous Peoples Day: Radio and Climate Change in the Andes

Aug 17th, 2012 | By




Alertnet: Rural indigenous communities in the southern Andean highlands of Peru’s Cuzco and Apurímac regions have been hit hard by climate change. Endemic poverty has meant that these remote communities cannot afford a bad harvest. Yet in recent years sudden changes in weather are impacting traditional crops like potato, maize and quinoa, a grain high

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Implications of Climate Change

Aug 17th, 2012 | By




The Hindu: Climatic change can have serious implications on resources and livelihoods in the Indian subcontinent. Increases in temperature and changes in precipitation can directly impact agriculture, which is considered a backbone of the Indian economy. Intergovernmental Panel on Climatic Change (IPCC) has compiled extensive scientific information on the impacts of climatic change on the

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Traditional Knowledge and Technologies: Case from Latin American Mountains

Aug 17th, 2012 | By




How Traditional Knowledge And Technologies are contributing to Climate Change Adaptation in Latin America’s mountains . High climate variability has been a characteristic of mountain ecosystems, even before climate change concerns emerged. Indigenous cultures of Central America and the Andean region have been living in these unpredictable environments for centuries. As a result, they possess

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Climate Change A-Z: RTCC

Aug 17th, 2012 | By




RTCC: Whether it’s climate science, the dense wordings of international emissions policy or the even denser world of the carbon economy, our A-Z is designed to be a quick go-to guide for the mystifying terms and acronyms that the sector relies on. If all the talk of climate change is leaving you feeling a bit

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Climate Change: Countries That May Be Hit Hardest

Aug 17th, 2012 | By




Huffington post: Rising seas threaten to drown island countries such as the Maldives and Kiribati in the era of global warming — a dire scenario that has forced leaders to plan for floating cities or consider moving their entire populations to neighboring countries. Most countries won’t need to take such drastic steps to simply survive,

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Bhutan: Paving The Way For A Greener, Inclusive Economy

Aug 17th, 2012 | By




UNDP Bhutan: To ensure that the existing Poverty Environment Initiative goal of sustainable development inclusive of poverty environment linkages is met in the region, the Royal Government of Bhutan, United Nations Development Programme and United National Environment Programme, hosted the Regional Poverty Environment Initiative (PEI) Meeting from 9-11 August in Paro . The PEI event

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Scientists: Mars Rover Can Help Us Better Understand Climate Change on Earth

Aug 14th, 2012 | By




News Watch: NASA’s rover, Curiosity, made a successful landing on Mars earlier this week. Some scientists say the car-sized rover, the most high-tech ever designed by the space agency, could have a lot to tell us about our own climate. As Mother Jones reports, scientists have made great strides in predicting what will happen to our climate, but we only have one

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Climate: 2C or Not 2C?

Aug 14th, 2012 | By




BBC: Comments by the US climate envoy last week discussing the value of the 2C target in international climate change negotiations have provoked quite a response. Todd Stern, who leads the US negotiating team in the UN climate convention (UNFCCC) and performed the same role at the recent Rio+20 summit, told an audience at Dartmouth

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