Archive for January 2013

Strengthening Capacities For Climate Change Adaptation in Mountain Ecosystems

Jan 31st, 2013 | By
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ELLA: Over 50% of the world’s population depends directly or indirectly on mountain ecosystems, which are already being impacted by climate change. So how are Latin Americans that live in mountain areas strengthening their resilience to climate change? Mountains provide a broad range of environmental services including water, energy, soils and biodiversity, and are of

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India Embraces The Climate Change Issue

Jan 31st, 2013 | By
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Dissident Voice: India is one of the world’s most vulnerable countries to climate change, and it is also a country full of contradictions. Economic growth rates have been a brisk 8% to 10%, but its roads are crumbling. The world’s fourth-richest man, Mukesh Ambani, just finished building a one billion dollar 27-floor skyscraper-home in Mumbai,

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Livestock Climate Change Vulnerability Study Tour For Communities

Jan 31st, 2013 | By
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LCCCRSP: Local communities in Nepal participate in livestock climate change vulnerability study and field tour. On January 2, 2012, local communities in the Thulokhola watershed in Nuwakot gave the SLPS project research team a heartfelt traditional welcome with garlands and red powder, as well as flowers, fruits, coconuts and water jars adorned with flowers as

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Moot On Climate Change, Disaster Risk Management Held

Jan 31st, 2013 | By
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Business Recorder: A two-day regional conference under the theme “climate change and disaster risk management in South Asia: exploring commonalities and realising joint frame works” will be held here on January 29 and 30. The conference is being organised by Pakistan Institute of Labour Education and Research (PILER) with the focus on engaging policy makers,

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Overharvesting Leaves ‘Himalayan Viagra’ Fungus Feeling Short

Jan 31st, 2013 | By
Aphrodisiac qualities — whether real or delusory — make a caterpillar fungus pricier than gold, potentially driving it toward extinction. Uttam Babu Shrestha




Nature: Rising demand for yarsagumba threatens to cause ecological damage. Yarsagumba, the world’s most expensive medicinal fungus, is in serious decline in Nepal because of over-harvesting, researchers warn in a study due to appear in the journal Biological Conservation1. Known as ‘Himalayan Viagra’ because of its supposed libido-boosting powers, the fungus can fetch as much

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Leaked IPCC Climate Report Shows UN Overestimated Global Warming

Jan 31st, 2013 | By
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The New American: Not scheduled for publication until next year, a leaked report by the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) presents evidence that fear-mongering over the magnitude of global warming may be a little too ambitious. The preliminary report, which is available for download online, was leaked this month by an individual

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Wind Power: What Is It We Are Trying To Save?

Jan 31st, 2013 | By
Hundreds of birds are killed worldwide each year from collisions with wind turbines.




The Ecologist: Luke Dale-Harris questions whether our concern over climate change is actually driving us to invest in renewable technologies that negatively impact the very natural wonders we are aiming to preserve. Even if the naysayers are right and they produce little else, wind farms most certainly generate debate. Ever since they started to become

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Whither REDD+ After Doha?

Jan 31st, 2013 | By
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Forest Carbon Asia: Whither REDD+ after Doha? New realities for forest advocates Observations from UNFCCC COP 18. Is Doha the final stop for REDD+ negotiations? Where does REDD+ stand now and where does it go from here? What is its role in the proposed Landscape day? Andrea Tuttle, long-standing REDD observer at the COPs explores

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Ganga Polluted

Jan 31st, 2013 | By
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The Ganga today is more polluted than when the Ganga Action Plan was launched in 1985. Dams, barrages, canals and extremely high pollution pose an ever-increasing threat to the health and life of the river, writes Brijesh Pandey IN THE upper reaches of the Ganga, numerous hydel projects threaten the river’s ecosystem. And in the

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Planning, Building And Insuring: Adaptation Of Built Environment

Jan 30th, 2013 | By
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NCCARF: This project examines the likely impacts on the built environment of increased intensities in weather-related natural hazard events, in order to identify the possibilities of using the regulatory mechanisms of building construction, housing insurance and planning in climate change adaptation. The research findings are restricted to these three aspects of the built environment, and

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Cost Of Ignoring Warning Signs-EEA Lessons From Early Warnings

Jan 30th, 2013 | By
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EEA: New technologies have sometimes had very harmful effects, but in many cases the early warning signs have been suppressed or ignored. The second volume of Late Lessons from Early Warnings investigates specific cases where danger signals have gone unheeded, in some cases leading to deaths, illness and environmental destruction. The first volume of Late

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Climate Science Has Already Proved Its Worth

Jan 30th, 2013 | By
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ABC: Research into Australia’s unique climate has proven invaluable in dealing with bushfires and other extreme weather threats, writes Fred Hilmer. Shouldn’t we also listen to what it says about global warming? The recent heatwaves and raging bushfires have been a stark reminder of Australia’s particular vulnerability to extreme weather events. But amid the chaos

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Climate Change And Health: Why Should India Be Concerned?

Jan 30th, 2013 | By
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Overwhelming evidence shows that climate change presents growing threats to public health security – from extreme weather-related disasters to wider spread of such vector-borne diseases as malaria and dengue. The impacts of climate on human health will not be evenly distributed around the world. The Third Assessment Report (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change-2001) concluded that

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Climate Change Is Real, Yet The US Press Is Not Reporting On The Urgency

Jan 30th, 2013 | By
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Ethics and Climate: Climate Change Is  Real, Yet The US Press Is Not Reporting On The Urgency and Magnitude of the Problem. One can tell by how climate change policies are being debated around much of the world that few people, including many very educated people,  understand the scale and urgency of the problem now

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Pakistan, UN Seek To Cut Risk Of Glacial Lake Floods (GLOF)

Jan 29th, 2013 | By
Glaciers in the mountains towering above Bagrote valley in northern Pakistan can cause dangerous flash floods when they melt. ALERTNET/Rina Saeed Khan




Alertnet: Abdul Jabbar was in his house in the Bindu Gol valley of Pakistan’s northern Chitral district when a glacial lake burst through the ridge holding it back high above. “We felt the ground shaking and heard the roar of the water, and we ran out of our homes,” he said. The 2010 flood destroyed

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Global Warming Less Extreme Than Feared?

Jan 29th, 2013 | By
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Science Daily: Global Warming Less Extreme Than Feared? New Estimates from a Norwegian Project On Climate Calculations. Policymakers are attempting to contain global warming at less than 2°C. New estimates from a Norwegian project on climate calculations indicate this target may be more attainable than many experts have feared. Climate researcher Caroline Leck of Stockholm

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Nicholas Stern: ‘I Got It Wrong On Climate Change-It’s Far, Far Worse’

Jan 29th, 2013 | By
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Guardian: Author of 2006 review speaks out on danger to economies as planet absorbs less carbon and is ‘on track’ for 4C rise. Nicholas Stern, author of the government-commissioned review on climate change that became the reference work for politicians and green campaigners, now says he underestimated the risks, and should have been more “blunt”

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Davos 2013: Four Simple Environmental Ideas To Consider

Jan 29th, 2013 | By
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Prevention Web: The World Economic Forum 2013 has spawned an impressive collection of reports that build a strong case for prompt and substantial action on climate change, development and sustainability. The Global Risks Report 2013 warns that stresses on economic and environmental systems are on a “collision course” that could pose “unprecedented challenges” to global

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Global Mercury Treaty Clinched in Geneva

Jan 29th, 2013 | By
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ICTSD: Delegates representing 140 countries have clinched a deal to establish an international binding treaty to curb mercury pollution. The 19 January deal is the result of four years of negotiations on the subject. The Minamata Convention on Mercury – named after the Japanese town whose residents suffered the consequences of mercury poisoning some 50

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Water Management And Climate Change Adaptation In Latin America’s Mountains

Jan 29th, 2013 | By
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ELLA: Water Basin Councils and citizen participation mechanisms, terracing and ‘water raising’, innovative tools for researching vulnerability: these are just a few of the strategies Latin American countries are using to strengthen adaptation to changing water availability in their mountain regions. Within mountain ecosystems across Latin America, Africa and Asia, increasing climate variability, gradual glacial

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Advancing Agricultural Adaptation And Mitigation

Jan 29th, 2013 | By
Methane released from flooded rice fields contributes to global warming
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Scidev.net: This policy brief, published by Science, examines how agricultural science can help improve policies for climate change adaptation and mitigation. Global food production must rise to meet global food needs, but predicted increases in extreme weather events — combined with stresses such as poverty, conflict and weak governance — threaten food security. At the

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India: Greening Agenda for Rural Development Schemes

Jan 29th, 2013 | By
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UNDP: The Ministry of Rural Development, with support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today released a report “Greening Rural Development in India”. The report presents strategies for inclusive rural development embodying the principles of environmental sustainability. The Report assumes particular significance in the light of the Twelfth Five Year Plan, which has as

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Damning Truths From New Study

Jan 25th, 2013 | By
India’s hydroelectric projects, such as this dam on the River Teesta, are raising environmental concerns. DIPTENDU DUTTA/AFP/GETTY




Sevensisterspost: A new study has confirmed the worst fears of Assam’s anti-dam activists who are opposed to building mega hydel projects in the highly-seismic Northeast, known for its rich biodiversity. Unprecedented dam building in the Indian Himalayas holds serious consequences for biodiversity and could pose a threat to human lives and livelihoods, a team of

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Werner: Arctic Ice Loss Speeds Warming (Video)

Jan 25th, 2013 | By
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Mount HolyOke: Melting Arctic sea ice is no longer just evidence of a rapidly warming planet—it’s also part of the problem. Alan Werner, professor of geology at Mount Holyoke College, said that decreasing amounts of Arctic snow and ice in summer will lead to a greater degree of heat absorption at the North Pole. The

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Climate Change Adaptation in Rural India: A Green Infrastructure Approach

Jan 25th, 2013 | By
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WRI: Water is a scarce resource in India, especially in the state of Maharashtra, where most rainfall is limited to the monsoon season from June through September. The Government of India has long promoted a Participatory Watershed Development (PWD) approach to deal with this scarcity, focusing on technical and social interventions to restore barren landscapes,

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Climate Conversations – Low carbon Resilience – Clever Idea Or Climate Panacea?

Jan 25th, 2013 | By
China's population are set to become the world's biggest per capita polluters Photo: Global Warming Images / Alamy




Alertnet: Instead of talking about climate change mitigation or climate change adaptation, developed and developing national governments – including Laos, Cambodia, Rwanda, Afghanistan and Nepal – are making plans to simultaneously reduce carbon emissions and build up resilience to the impacts of climate change. Eight of the least developed countries (LDCs) have developed some kind

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Sustainable Development After Rio+20 Is `In Limbo`

Jan 25th, 2013 | By
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Environmental Expert: The weak wording of the Rio+20 summit agreement and delays in setting up the UN working groups on sustainable development have left progress on some of the post Rio+20 agenda in limbo, according to a science officer at the International Council for Science (ICSU), which represented the scientific community at the summit. The

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Public Funding Can Meet Climate Challenge, Says New Report

Jan 25th, 2013 | By
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Environmental Expert: Scaling up public sector funding by as little as US$ 36 billion in annual spending could unlock the private capital needed to close the green investment gap worldwide, leading to sustainable economic growth that attains global climate change goals. At a time when extreme weather events are increasingly frequent – and costly –

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Unquiet Flows The Bagmati

Jan 25th, 2013 | By
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Book Review by Dr. Sudhirendar Sharma: The resolute perseverance with which Dinesh Kumar Mishra has chronicled major rivers, flowing through the flood plains of Bihar, during past three decades makes one realise if this civil engineer could have been anything but a ‘river biographer’. Meticulous with details, ranging from mythology to hydrology, the narrative weaves

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Curbing Climate Change Will Cost $700 Billion a Year

Jan 24th, 2013 | By
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Scientific American: The world must spend an extra $700 billion a year to curb its addiction to fossil fuels blamed for worsening floods and heat waves and rising sea levels, a study issued by the World Economic Forum (WEF) showed on Monday. The world must spend an extra $700 billion a year to curb its

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The Climate Change Endgame

Jan 24th, 2013 | By
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NYTimes: WHETHER in Davos or almost anywhere else that leaders are discussing the world’s problems, they are missing by far the biggest issue: the rapidly deteriorating global environment and its ability to support civilization. The situation is pretty much an endgame. Unless pressing issues of the biology of the planet and of climate change generated

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Climate Change And Population Growth Meet Along The Brahmaputra River

Jan 24th, 2013 | By
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NY Times: A multichannel mammoth stretching up to 10 kilometers (six miles) wide, the Brahmaputra River in Assam causes havoc every year when it floods. Now climate change is intensifying the hydrological cycle. Brian Orland, a Fulbright-Nehru Fellow, is starting a nine-month study on climate change adaptation along the Brahmaputra River, where the environment challenges

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Leaked UN Climate Report Slammed For Citing WWF, Greenpeace

Jan 24th, 2013 | By
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Fox News: Critics are blasting a draft U.N. climate change report that combines studies by advocacy groups like the World Wildlife Fund and Greenpeace alongside scientific research papers — the same issue that led independent auditors to slam the U.N.’s last report. “You’d think that the IPCC would have learned its lesson, that it would

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Andes Glaciers Melting With Climate Change

Jan 24th, 2013 | By
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GRENOBLE, France, Jan. 22 (UPI) — Glaciers in South America’s Andes have been retreating at an increasing rate, which could affect the region’s water supply in the near future, scientists say. Writing in the journal The Cryosphere of the European Geosciences Union, researchers blame the melting rate, which has been increasing since the 1970s, on

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Climate Change In Pakistan Turning Extreme

Jan 24th, 2013 | By
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SciDevnet: Data presented at a seminar on climate change in Pakistan highlighted trends where this South Asian country, which stretches from high, snow-capped mountains to a deltaic coast, could be in for a sharp rise in average temperatures and extremely erratic weather. The seminar, held last month (29 December), analysed data in a new report

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NASA Climate Data Indicates That The Long-Term Global Warming Trend Is Continuing

Jan 24th, 2013 | By
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Scientific American: New measurements by NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies indicate that 2012 was the ninth warmest year since 1880, and that the past decade or so has seen some of the warmest years in the last 132 years. One way to illustrate changes in global atmospheric temperatures is by looking at how far

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Flaw Of Big Aid

Jan 24th, 2013 | By
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The James Rinaldi article ‘Flaw of Big Aid’ raises questions about the efficiency and honesty of aid money pouring into mountain countries like Nepal, which, some feel, has been turned into a political playground by powerful neighbours in the north and the south and a holiday destination by far away interests in the west and

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India’s Dam Building Activities In Himalaya Threatening Human Lives And Biodiversity

Jan 21st, 2013 | By
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Zee News: Unprecedented dam building in the Indian Himalaya holds serious consequences for biodiversity and could pose a threat to human lives and livelihoods, researchers have found. The team was led by Professor Maharaj K. Pandit from the University Scholars Programme at the National University of Singapore (NUS). Prof Pandit, who also holds a courtesy

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The 2013 Climate Change Wake-up Call

Jan 21st, 2013 | By
Bureau map for January 8 shows area of deep purple over Australia. Shades of deep purple and magenta have been added to the forecast map for temperatures up to 54 degrees Celsius (Source: BoM)




ABC Science: Is an extreme heatwave enough for people to start taking the science of climate change seriously in Australia? Dr Paul Willis hopes so. The hot weather that has besieged the nation since the beginning of the year and the associated bushfire threat has, I hope, been something of a cathartic experience for Australia.

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Nepal: Pilot Programme For Climate Resilience By World Bank

Jan 21st, 2013 | By
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World Bank: The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors has approved funding of a project that aims to enhance government capacity to mitigate climate-related hazards in Nepal by improving the accuracy and timeliness of weather and flood forecasts and warnings for climate-vulnerable communities. Funded by a Strategic Climate Fund grant of US$16 million, and a

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The Big China Climate Threat

Jan 21st, 2013 | By
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Asia Sentinel: The world faces another 17 years of potentially growing emissions from China’s industries Despite having become the world’s biggest emitter of greenhouse gases nearly two years ago, China is at least another 17 years away from peak emissions, according to a new report by the HSBC Climate Change Team, issued late last year.

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Community Adaptation To Climate Change In Macedonia (Video)

Jan 21st, 2013 | By
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IFRC: In November 2012, the Macedonian Red Cross helped facilitate a group of community members and volunteers in Kriva Palanka, Macedonia, to produce a participatory video to highlight the Macedonian Red Cross undergoing work with communities on climate change adaptation, disaster risk reduction and preparedness.  The community producers conducted interviews in different mountain villages featuring

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Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management

Jan 21st, 2013 | By
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Springer: There has been some degree of reluctance in the past to consider disaster risk management within the mainstream of adaptation to climate variability and climate change. However, there is now wide recognition of the need to incorporate disaster risk management concerns in dealing with such phenomena. There is also a growing awareness of the

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Cloud Nein: Drought And Climate Change

Jan 21st, 2013 | By
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WHEN the worst drought in 60 years hit America’s corn belt this summer, many people wondered if it was caused by climate change. It is too early to say much about such a recent episode but various studies have attributed earlier individual heatwaves or drought to global warming, notably those in Europe in 2003, Russia

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Why Disaster Warning And Development Go Hand In Hand

Jan 18th, 2013 | By
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SciDev.net: To engage people in early action we must understand their experience, behaviour and constraints, says disaster policy expert Andrew Collins. Disaster predictions have significant uncertainty that tends to undermine efforts to act on early warnings. In Bangladesh, for example, where there are extensive climatic hazards, people risk their lives by not taking refuge in

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Scientists Call For War On Climate Change, But Who On Earth Is Listening?

Jan 18th, 2013 | By
Dr Daniel Pauly: time to prepare economy
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Climate Code RED: When it’s too late for half measures, the only option is to be really honest.  And that’s what a number of brave climate scientists have just done. It’s been a week of startling news that has buried the idea that reasonable action will keep global warming to 2°C, with evidence that the

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Disaster-Prone Kashmir Trains Communities To Respond

Jan 18th, 2013 | By
Shops damaged by floodwaters and mudslides in Muzaffarabad, the capital of Pakistani-administered Kashmir, September 2012. ALERTNET/Roshan Din Shad




Alertnet: Muhammad Mushtaq moved his family and several neighbours to safety last September when their homes in Muzaffarabad, the capital of Pakistani-administered Kashmir, were flooded by an overflowing stream during heavy monsoon rains. Mushtaq, who lives in a three-room tin-roofed house perched on a steep river bank at risk of landslides and floods, put into

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Farmers Seek New Income From Fairtrade Carbon Credits

Jan 18th, 2013 | By
A coffee producer and member of the Fair Trade Alliance Kerala (FTAK) shows off his crop in the southwest Indian state of Kerala. PHOTO/Fairtrade International/Razaq Kottakkal




Alertnet: Palestinian olive growers make a living from trees that are, in some cases, 2,000 to 3,000 years old – proof that these farmers have been working in harmony with the environment for centuries, according to Nasser Abufarha, a representative of Fairtrade producers in the Middle East. Now the time may finally have come for

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Upbeat Findings On Science Journalism In Developing World

Jan 18th, 2013 | By
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Science journalists in the developing world are more confident than their counterparts in Europe and North America that science journalism has a buoyant future, according to a global report. The study into the status of global science journalism was published by SciDev.Net in collaboration with the London School of Economics and Museo da Vida, in

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Soot Second Biggest Contributor To Climate Change

Jan 18th, 2013 | By
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Yahoo News: Soot, the black carbon that triggers smog and bouts of coughing, is also the biggest contributor to global warming after carbon dioxide, says a four-year assessment by US researchers. The new study concludes that black carbon, the soot particles in smoke and smog, contributes about twice as much to global warming as previously

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Himalayan Destruction

Jan 18th, 2013 | By
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CSE: Study quantifies the impact of hydel projects on the ecology of the mountain range. THE Himalayas are virtually under bombardment—of dams. They would have the highest dam density in the world, with over a thousand water reservoirs dotting the mountain range in India, Bhutan, Nepal and Pakistan, over the next few years. These projects

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Climate Change And Ecosystem-Based Adaptation A New Pragmatic Approach

Jan 18th, 2013 | By
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Science Direct: The changing climate is no longer an abstract issue, and the realities of its impacts are being felt across the globe. Climate change is affecting millions of people, and thwarting their efforts to escape poverty. Against this harsh reality, it will be imperative to speed up the integration of climate risk considerations into

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Reforestation Pilot In China Is Earning Carbon Credits

Jan 18th, 2013 | By
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World Bank: A project that has reforested 3,000 hectares of previously barren land in China’s southwest Guangxi is issuing its first carbon credits under the Clean Development Mechanism. The Facilitating Reforestation for Guangxi Watershed Management in Pearl River Basin Project was the first reforestation project to be registered in the world under the United Nations

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EU Auditors Criticise Energy Efficiency Projects

Jan 17th, 2013 | By
Home insulation in Berlin: Green investment varies widely across the EU




BBC: An audit has found that EU-funded energy efficiency projects are not cost-effective in EU member states. The projects examined by the Court of Auditors were in the Czech Republic, Italy and Lithuania. Those countries received the most EU funding for such projects in 2007-2013. National authorities used the funds to refurbish buildings, but the

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Climate Conversations-A 4°C Warmer World “Will Be Catastrophic” For Forest BD-Expert

Jan 17th, 2013 | By
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Alternet: Global temperatures may be climbing at a rate too fast for our forests and its biodiversity to adapt, a scientist with the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) warned after the World Bank predicted a 4°C warming of the planet if policymakers continue to be apathetic about greenhouse gas emissions. “The long-term effects will

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Climate Change Impacts On Glacier Hydrology And River Discharge In HKH

Jan 17th, 2013 | By
A new video shows how big dams affect river systems and factor into climate change.  Image courtesy Friends of the Earth/International Rivers/Google




MRD Journal: Abstract :Rising temperatures and changing precipitation patterns across the Hindu Kush–Himalaya (HKH) region resulting from climate change have an influence on water resource availability and food security for the downstream population. This review seeks to objectively assess the available evidence of the impacts of climate change on glacier hydrology and the wider implications

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Glaciers As Proxy To Quantify Spatial Distribution Of Precipitation In Hunza Basin

Jan 17th, 2013 | By
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BioOne:  Glaciers as a Proxy to Quantify the Spatial Distribution of Precipitation in the Hunza Basin. Abstract Accurate quantification of the spatial distribution of precipitation in mountain regions is crucial for assessments of water resources and for the understanding of high-altitude hydrology, yet it is one of the largest unknowns due to the lack of

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Pachauri On Doha, IPCC Leaks And His Optimism

Jan 17th, 2013 | By
Helen Clark arrives at the launch of a joint China-India Country Study on Low Carbon Development with Dr. Rajendra Pachauri of India, chair of the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, May 12, 2012 (Photo courtesy UNDP)




Alertnet: The international climate community suffered a rocky finish to 2012 with slow progress, lacklustre ambition and a leak of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) authoritative Fifth Assessment Report (AR5). At the centre of this is Dr Rajendra K. Pachauri, chair of the IPCC and director general of The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI). The

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Where There’s Smoke or Smog, There’s Climate Change

Jan 17th, 2013 | By
UW atmospheric scientists Sarah Doherty (left) and Stephen Warren (right) taking snow samples in Greenland in summer 2010. (Credit: Image courtesy of University of Washington)




Science Daily: In addition to causing smoggy skies and chronic coughs, soot — or black carbon — turns out to be the number two contributor to global warming. It’s second only to carbon dioxide, according to a four-year assessment by an international panel. The new study concludes that black carbon, the soot particles in smoke

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Climate Change Series: Where Science And Ethics Meet

Jan 17th, 2013 | By
In this Nov. 2, 2012 photo, a woman walks toward a well through clouds of dust raised by cattle in the Mao region of Chad. For generations, the people of this bone-dry region lived off their herds, but climate change has meant that the normally once-a-decade droughts are now coming every few years. (Rebecca Blackwell/AP)




Cognoscenti: What do we mean when we talk about the imminent threat of rapid and irreversible climate change? And what ethical responsibilities do we — especially those of us in the societies most responsible for the emission of destabilizing greenhouse gases — have in the face of that threat? Harvard chemist James Anderson and Northeastern

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