Archive for September 2012

Bhutan’s Premier Highlights World’s Challenges And Aims For Security Council Seat

Sep 29th, 2012 | By
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UN News Centre: In his address to the United Nations General Assembly, the Prime Minister of Bhutan, Jigmi Y. Thinley, today highlighted a range of challenges and areas of progress before the international community, while also affirming his country’s intent to seek a seat on the Security Council. “As with most sessions of the General

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The Baltic Climate Toolkit-Empowering Knowledge Transfer

Sep 29th, 2012 | By
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Baltic Climate: The Baltic Climate toolkit is an empowering knowledge transfer instrument for actors on the local and regional level who are not necessarily the experts on climate change, but who have an important role to play in the preparation, financing and decision making related to the implementation of climate change measures. We are talking

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Climate Change May Cause Severe Loss In The Economic Value Of European Forest Land

Sep 29th, 2012 | By
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Nature: European forests, covering more than 2 million km2 or 32% of the land surface1, are to a large extent intensively managed and support an important timber industry. Climate change is expected to strongly affect tree species distribution within these forests2, 3. Climate and land use are undergoing rapid changes at present4, with initial range shifts already

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Measuring Glacier Change In The Himalayas

Sep 29th, 2012 | By
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UNEP (GEAS): A serious lack of reliable and consistent data severely hampers scientific knowledge about the state of Himalayan glaciers. As a result, the contribution of glacial melt to the Himalayan river basins remains uncertain. This is of grave importance because declining water availability could threaten the food security of more than 70 million people.

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Species Loss, Climate Change Linked

Sep 29th, 2012 | By
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UPI.com: Species loss and reduced biodiversity make nature more sensitive to climate change, Swedish researchers say. This is especially true for species that sustain important functions such as water purification and crop pollination in a changing environment, they said. Scientists at the University of Gothenberg say high biodiversity acts as an insurance policy as it

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Women Are The Foot Soldiers Of Climate Change Adaptation – Expert

Sep 29th, 2012 | By
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Alertnet: In 2006, when the Asian Development Bank (ADB)  decided to launch a multi-million dollar rural water project in eastern and north central regions of Sri Lanka, there was one overriding requirement – women would be placed in key positions. As a result, experts say, the $263 million program, aimed at providing drinking water to

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Climate Change Policy Should Pass A ‘Human Rights Test’

Sep 28th, 2012 | By
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Scidevnet: Using the human rights framework to tackle challenging ethical questions can guide climate policy, argues political philosopher Simon Caney. The international community recognises climate change as one of the largest problems facing humanity. But while the impacts are often framed in purely economic terms, the challenging ethical questions climate change raises are often overlooked. These

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Focus On Climate Change Resilience Of Tuber Crops

Sep 28th, 2012 | By
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The Hindu: Agricultural scientists across the country are joining hands in a research project to assess the potential of tuber crops like tapioca and yam to withstand climate change. Scientists from 18 States are being equipped to take up the project. As many as 35 delegates representing different agricultural universities are participating in a training

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Climate Change Research, Results, Reporting and Responsibility In India- The Role Of 4 ‘Rs

Sep 28th, 2012 | By
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Alone the national and the international mass media could not tackle the climate change issue sufficiently, until they are assisted by the regional mass media for the bottom line reporting. The weather based services and information is about 200 years old in India. But India’s entry into global climate change arena had begun in 1990

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Can The Kathmandu Valley Be Saved?

Sep 28th, 2012 | By
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The Ecologist: The once bustling Bagmati river has become the focal point of Nepal’s struggle to bring modernity to this once isolated region. And the environment is struggling to survive, writes Joseph Mayton. KATHMANDU: It is “clean-up” day on Nepal’s major river, the Bagmati. Uniformed military personnel troll the banks of the river, picking up

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North India, Himalayas To Be Worst Hit By Climate Change: Report

Sep 28th, 2012 | By
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DNA: Northern parts of the country and the Himalayan region will be the worst hit by climate change in India and warming will be greater over land than sea, according to a latest report. “In the 2020s, the projected warming is of the order of 0.5-1.5 degree Celsius , by the 2050s, 3 degree celsius

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Building Resilience To Disaster In Western Balkans and Turkey

Sep 28th, 2012 | By
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Prevention Web: The United Nations, European Commission and national authorities have launched a new project in the Western Balkans and Turkey that will reduce disaster risks and increase resilience to climate change. The project launch is planned for 30 August in Zagreb, Croatia and it is aimed at high-level participants from disaster management authorities and

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Testimonies Of Livelihood And Agriculture Losses In The Mountains

Sep 28th, 2012 | By
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Mountain Voice: In a series of Mountain Voice, the Climate Himalaya team captured the voices of mountain people from the western Himalayan region of India. Our team came across the real situation while interacting with various people in this region.  The team witnessed that the people are not aware about the statistics on the level

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Finding the Keys to National Prosperity

Sep 27th, 2012 | By
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Project Syndicate: In many of history’s most successful economic reforms, clever countries have learned from the policy successes of others, adapting them to local conditions. In the long history of economic development, eighteenth-century Britain learned from Holland; early nineteenth-century Prussia learned from Britain and France; mid-nineteenth-century Meiji Japan learned from Germany; post-World War II Europe

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How To Relate Climate Extremes To Climate Change

Sep 27th, 2012 | By
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Think Progress: The answer to the oft-asked question of whether an event is caused by climate change is that it is the wrong question. All weather events are affected by climate change because the environment in which they occur is warmer and moister than it used to be…. The air is on average warmer and

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Pakistan: Cabinet Approved Climate Policy Amidst Threats Of Global Warming

Sep 27th, 2012 | By
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Business Recorder: Amidst threats of worst climatic changes, the federal cabinet on Wednesday approved National Climate Change Policy to mitigate impacts of climate related disasters and adaptation to new strategies for sustainable growth in the country. The new policy has elaborated concerted measures focusing all related areas as it bears the input by all stakeholders

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Accessing Science As A Human Right To Development

Sep 27th, 2012 | By
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Scidevnet: Making access to science a human right is a worthy goal, but how can it be enshrined? And will it really deliver? Jan Piotrowski investigates. [PARIS] Access to science, as well as an equitable share of its benefits, is a universal human right, as inalienable as the right to water, justice or even life.

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Climate Change Is Already Damaging Global Economy, Report Finds

Sep 27th, 2012 | By
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Guardian: Economic impact of global warming is costing the world more than $1.2 trillion a year, wiping 1.6% annually from global GDP Climate change is already contributing to the deaths of nearly 400,000 people a year and costing the world more than $1.2 trillion, wiping 1.6% annually from global GDP, according to a new study.

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Get Used To ‘Extreme’ Weather, It’s The New Normal

Sep 27th, 2012 | By
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Guardian: Scientists have been warning us for years that a warmer planet would lead to more extreme weather, and now it’s arrived. It has been a summer full of reports of extreme weather, of unparalleled scope and severity. Among the highlights: one of the warmest years on record in the US, record-high temperatures in central

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Climate Likely To Cut Crop Yields In Africa And South Asia

Sep 25th, 2012 | By
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Environmental Research Web: Crops in Africa and South Asia could see average yield decreases of up to 8% by the 2050s. That’s according to UK researchers who have completed the first systematic review of evidence on the impact of climate change in the regions. “Systematic reviews are a well established technique in other science domains,

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The Global Challenge of Climate Change

Sep 25th, 2012 | By
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Alertnet: The Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) came up with some simple but far-reaching findings. It stated for instance, “Warming of the climate system is unequivocal, as is now evident from observations of increases in global average air and ocean temperatures, widespread melting of snow and ice and rising

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A Risky Climate For Big Dams In Africa

Sep 25th, 2012 | By
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Huffington post: Climate change is bringing many uncertainties, especially to the world of water. No continent will be harder hit by climate change than Africa. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has stated that African river basins will be especially affected by climate change, and are expected to face worse droughts and more extreme floods

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Nepal Avalanche Caused By Recent Heavy Snow Fall: Experts

Sep 25th, 2012 | By
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China.org: Experts in climate change and the changing environment of the Himalayan region said Sunday’s avalanche that left at least nine dead and five others missing in northern Nepal was caused by large quantity of soft snow that had piled up since Sept. 14. “In the past three days, the mercury went on increasing in

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All Eyes On New York As Climate Change Debate Moves To The Big Apple

Sep 25th, 2012 | By
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RTCC: New York is the stage for a week of climate change debate starting at the United Nations General Assembly on Monday. The annual gathering brings together 123 world leaders, with a series of official and unofficial side events focusing on climate related issues. On Monday (24 Sep), UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon will make

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Think Twice Before Imposing Carbon Tariffs: Researchers

Sep 25th, 2012 | By
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Economic Times: Calls for carbon taxes to tackle global warming often dodge the complexity of this issue, with the risk that hasty action could damage the world economyand fuel the greenhouse-gas problem, experts warned today. Carbon taxes – levies that would be imposed on goods according to the carbon dioxide (CO2) emitted in making them

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Tackling Global Warming

Sep 24th, 2012 | By




Times of Malta: Temperatures started being recorded in the late 1800s. Data collected over this time shows an increase in the average global temperature that experts in the field largely attribute to global warming caused by carbon emissions. Around the world, tackling climate change has, in recent years, moved up the list of policy priorities.

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Climate Change: The Inside Story

Sep 24th, 2012 | By




Sydney Morning Herald: The figures speak for themselves. Earth’s veil of atmosphere has warmed by 0.8 degrees since the middle of the 18th century when smoke billowing from furnaces of the Industrial Revolution began. The temperature rise might not sound like a great deal, but make no mistake: the carbon dioxide being churned out today

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Climate Conversations – Is progress on Climate Change An Illusion?

Sep 24th, 2012 | By




Alertnet: The world is not organised to deal with the climate change problem. Climate change is a global problem, but there is, of course, no global government with the interests of the earth as a whole at heart. Rather, there are sovereign states, the interests and concerns of which are very different. This difference is

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Landslides, Floods Claim 27 Lives In Sikkim, Assam Displaces 7 Lakhs

Sep 24th, 2012 | By
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Flood situation in the state remain unchanged. The Brahmaputra River is above the danger level at Dibrugarh, Nematighat, Tezpur, Dhubri, Guwahati and Goalpara. Similarly, the Burhidehing is flowing above danger level at Khowang in Dibrugarh district, the Subansiri at Badatighat in Lakhimpur, the Dhansiri at Numaligarh in Golaghat and the Jia Bharali at N T

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Arctic Shrinks 18% Against Record, Sounding Climate Change Alarm Bells

Sep 21st, 2012 | By




Guardian: Scientists and environment groups say the fall is unprecedented and the clearest signal yet of global warming. Sea ice in the Arctic shrank a dramatic 18% this year on the previous record set in 2007 to a record low of 3.41m sq km, according to the official US monitoring organisation the National Snow and

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The Atmosphere’s Shift Of State And The Origin Of Extreme Weather Events

Sep 21st, 2012 | By




The Conversation: The linear nature of global warming trends projected by the IPCC since 1990 and as late as 2007 (see Figure 1) has given the public and policy makers an impression there is plenty of time for economies to convert from carbon-emitting industries to non-polluting utilities. Paleo-climate records suggest otherwise. They display abrupt shifts

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Multi-Stakeholder Action to Mainstream DRR and Climate Adaptation

Sep 21st, 2012 | By




CDKN: This study is based on the premise that policy actions happen not just because of the existence of a linear relationship between problems and their solutions but comes about in  ‘windows of opportunity’ setting that occurs when problems and solutions come together in a particular political environment that is not necessarily defined by the

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Changes in Snowfall Pattern Worry Scientists

Sep 21st, 2012 | By




Times of India: Heavy snowfall in peak summers and no snow in extreme winters on Himalayan mountains have become a matter of serious concern for scientists and ecologists. Seasons are fluctuating and magnitude of weather vagaries is increasing fast, warn scientists. Snowfall on mountains below 12,000 feet height in the summer months of May, June

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How Will Climate Change Affect Food Production?

Sep 20th, 2012 | By




Guardian: Food is one of society’s key sensitivities to climate. A year of not enough or too much rainfall, a hot spell or cold snap at the wrong time, or extremes, like flooding and storms, can have a significant effect on local crop yields and livestock production. While modern farming technologies and techniques have helped

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Environmental Degradation ‘Has Become a National Emergency’

Sep 20th, 2012 | By




The News: Environmental degradation has become a national emergency and a non-traditional security threat. Enhanced research capacities should be developed to cope with the daunting challenges of environmental degradation, climate change and recurrent disasters, said participants of a research-writing workshop on ‘Environmental and Natural Resource Economics.’ The workshop was jointly organised by the Sustainable Development

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Flash Floods Are Man-Made: Prof. Valdia

Sep 20th, 2012 | By




CSE: Environmental geologist K S Valdiya lives in Uttarakhand and keeps a tab on the changing geological processes in the Himalayan region. He was recently conferred with the G M Modi Award for Innovative Science and Technology for his contribution in the fields of Himalayan geology and neotectonics. Formerly a member of the prime minister’s

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Global Warming Can Intensify Tropical Rainfall

Sep 20th, 2012 | By




Times of India: With every 1 degree Celsius rise in temperature, tropical regions will see 10 percent heavier rainfall extremes, with possible impacts for flooding in populous regions. This is an estimate given by a MIT study based on model simulations and observations. Extreme precipitation in the tropics comes in many forms: thunderstorm complexes, flood-inducing

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PBS NewsHour’s Climate Change Report Raises Eyebrows (VIDEO)

Sep 20th, 2012 | By




Huffington Post: A recent report from “PBS NewsHour” on climate change has drawn sharp criticism from climate groups that feel it provides a false sense of debate around the facts of climate change. The segment, which aired on September 16, features interviews with “converted skeptic” and University of California, Berkeley professor Richard Muller, along with

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Disaster-Proofing Your Village Before The Floods-The Case Of Sindh, Pakistan

Sep 20th, 2012 | By




CDKN: Sindh, a province in the South of Pakistan is suffering multiple effects of climate change. The IPCC Special Report on managing the risks of extreme climate events (SREX)(2012) highlighted the growing tendency for climate-change induced disasters. Sindh has suffered droughts, floods and cyclones on many occasions in the last ten years, and they are

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Spatially-Managed Cities Reduce Ozone Depletion, Global Warming

Sep 19th, 2012 | By




The Poineer: The United Nations’ (UN) International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer is celebrated on September 16 every year. This event commemorates the date of the signing of the Montreal protocol on substances that deplete the ozone layer in 1987. States were invited to devote the day to promote activities in accordance

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Food-Chain Length Alters Community Responses to Global Change in Aquatic Systems

Sep 19th, 2012 | By




Nature: Synergies between large-scale environmental changes, such as climate change1 and increased humic content (brownification)2, will have a considerable impact on future aquatic ecosystems. On the basis of modelling, monitoring and experimental data, we demonstrate that community responses to global change are determined by food-chain length and that the top trophic level, and every second

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Climate Scientists Put Predictions to the Test

Sep 19th, 2012 | By




University of Arizona: A new study has found that climate-prediction models are good at predicting long-term climate patterns on a global scale but lose their edge when applied to time frames shorter than three decades and on sub-continental scales. Photo: These maps show the observed (left) and model-predicted (right) air temperature trend from 1970 to

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European Biofuel Targets Contributing to Global Hunger, Says Oxfam

Sep 19th, 2012 | By




Guardian: Report says 10% objective competes with food production and should be scrapped in effort to reduce food price spikes European targets to replace fossil fuels with biofuels are contributing to spikes in food prices and global hunger, according to the latest analyis by Oxfam. The aid organisation is calling for EU energy ministers meeting

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Fruit Flies Can’t Adapt to Climate

Sep 19th, 2012 | By




Science Alert: Many species of fruit fly lack the ability to adapt effectively to predicted increases in global temperatures and may face extinction in the near future, according to new research. In a study published today in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers from Monash University, The University of Melbourne and Danish collaborators

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Corals Can Die in Great Numbers if Climate Change is Not Checked Soon

Sep 19th, 2012 | By




Times of India: Two thirds of corals could be saved only under a scenario with strong action on mitigating greenhouse-gas emissions and the assumption that corals can adapt at extremely rapid rates, suggests a study. Otherwise all coral reefs are expected to be subject to severe degradation. Coral reefs house almost a quarter of the

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Food Security Effects Of Climate Change Will Be Felt In 10 Years

Sep 18th, 2012 | By
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University of Leeds: Research released today shows that within the next 10 years large parts of Asia can expect increased risk of more severe droughts, which will impact regional and possibly even global food security. The report, led by the University of Leeds and published by the UK-based Centre for Low Carbon Futures, highlights China,

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Govt Starts ADS Consultation‚ To Be Launched Next Year

Sep 18th, 2012 | By




The Himalayan times: The government has started consultation for the planned Agricultural Development Strategy (ADS). “The strategy study has identified potential for the country’s agriculture sector to achieve higher productivity, competitiveness, inclusiveness, and sustainability while making it more resilient to climate change impacts,” said ADB’s country director for Nepal Kenichi Yokoyama during a workshop to

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Arctic Expert Predicts Final Collapse Of Sea Ice Within Four Years

Sep 18th, 2012 | By




Guardian: As sea ice shrinks to record lows, Prof Peter Wadhams warns a ‘global disaster’ is now unfolding in northern latitudes One of the world’s leading ice experts has predicted the final collapse of Arctic sea ice in summer months within four years. In what he calls a “global disaster” now unfolding in northern latitudes

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What Is The State Of International Climate Talks?

Sep 18th, 2012 | By




Guardian: Despite near-collapse at each of the last three annual conferences of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the international negotiations always seem to pull back from the brink. Why? Because no country is willing to abandon the goal of an international regime which will effectively combat dangerous climate change. So the search

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Geophysical Limits to Global Wind Power

Sep 18th, 2012 | By




Nature: There is enough power in Earth’s winds to be a primary source of near-zero-emission electric power as the global economy continues to grow through the twenty-first century. Historically, wind turbines are placed on Earth’s surface, but high-altitude winds are usually steadier and faster than near-surface winds, resulting in higher average power densities1. Here, we

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Urgent Action’ Needed on Clean Development Mechanism

Sep 18th, 2012 | By




Scidevnet: A high-level panel has called for “urgent action” to safeguard the UN’s Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) by providing extra support to under-represented developing countries and focusing on sustainable development priorities. CDM allows developing economies to earn credits for projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, such as renewable energy production. These credits, known as Certified

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The Happiness Ticket

Sep 18th, 2012 | By




Huffington post: We’ve heard over and over that the Right wants to decrease the size of big government, to encourage America’s work ethic by decreasing welfare programs, and to bolster the military to protect national interests. We all know that the Left wants to increase environmental legislation, support individual liberties, and fund social support systems.

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Climate Change: Farmers Too Hungry To Adapt

Sep 17th, 2012 | By




IRIN News: Small farmers in the developing world who are going hungry for long periods of time – in some cases for up to half the year in Ethiopia’s Borana region – are failing to find ways to adapt to an increasingly erratic climate, a new survey has found. The survey, which was conducted just

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Himalayan Glaciers Retreating at Accelerated Rate in Some Regions but Not Others

Sep 17th, 2012 | By




Planet Save: The consequences for the Himalayan water supply depend heavily on the region’s thousands of glaciers, that in the east and central areas of the region are retreating at accelerating rates similar to those seen in other glacier-clusters around the world, but that in the western Himalayas are more stable and could in fact

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Himachal Pradesh Emerging as Model of Green Development: RK Pachauri

Sep 17th, 2012 | By




Jagaran post: Buoyed by the green initiatives taken by Himachal Pradesh, noted environmentalist and Nobel laureate R K Pachauri on Tuesday said the state could be “projected internationally” as India’s emerging model of sustainable development. Releasing the book titled ‘The Real Action-Green Growth Development Story of Himachal Pradesh,’ Pachauri, director general of TERI, offered multi-sectoral

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We Saved The Ozone Layer: We Can Save the Climate

Sep 17th, 2012 | By




NRDC: Climate change is not the first planetary pollution crisis we have faced.  That distinction belongs to the depletion of the earth’s protective ozone layer. This Sunday marks the 25th anniversary of the signing of the world’s most successful environmental treaty, the Montreal Protocol.  That’s the treaty that saved the ozone layer, saved millions of

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What I learnt on the Nepal ‘Climate Smart Trek’

Sep 17th, 2012 | By




CDKN (blog): Nepali journalist Saroj Dhakal interviews British Council Climate Champion, Saurav Dhakal on his experience of completing the Great Himalayan Trail and what he thinks is needed to promote climate compatible development in the region. I recently had the opportunity to discuss, over a cup of ‘chai’, with the British Council Climate Champion, Saurav

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India: Plan Panel for Revamping National Action Plan on Climate Change

Sep 17th, 2012 | By




Economic Times: With carbon markets at an all time low and prospects of international long-term finance dim, the Planning Commission has suggested reworking the Rs 23,000 crore National Action Plan on climate change. It has reduced the number of missions and refocused them in line with “priorities”. In 2008, the government had laid out a

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Review: An Effective Climate Action Plan For Karnataka-India

Sep 15th, 2012 | By
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Review of SAPCC by Mr. Shankar Sharma: The draft of “Karnataka State Action Plan on Climate Change”, as prepared by Environmental Management and Policy Research Institute and The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) released in Sept. 2011 has not found adequate publicity for the much required feedback from the public. A good look at the

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Fifth South Asia Economic Summit Concludes

Sep 15th, 2012 | By




Himalayan Times: Ends with calls for enhanced regional cooperation to address the region’s woes. The fifth South Asia Economic Summit concluded today with participants calling for enhanced regional cooperation to address South Asia’s woes by building on the recent positive developments that have taken place in the region, mainly improvement in relationship between India and

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