Archive for February 2013

Mongolia Named As Global Host of World Environment Day 2013

Feb 28th, 2013 | By
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WED celebrations began in 1972 and have grown to become the one of the main vehicles through which the UN stimulates worldwide awareness of the environment and encourages political attention and action. Mongolia, which is prioritizing a Green Economy shift across its big economic sectors such as mining and promoting environmental awareness among  youth, is

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IPCC Head Pachauri Acknowledges Global Warming Standstill

Feb 28th, 2013 | By
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The GWPF: The UN’s climate change chief, Rajendra Pachauri, has acknowledged a 17-year pause in global temperature rises, confirmed recently by Britain’s Met Office, but said it would need to last “30 to 40 years at least” to break the long-term global warming trend. Dr Pachauri, the chairman of the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate

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Calls On World’s Youth To Take Lead On Global Issues

Feb 28th, 2013 | By
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses youth event at the Fifth Global Forum of the UN Alliance of Civilizations, in Vienna, Austria. Photo: UNIS Vienna




The world’s youth must take the helm in steering the international community through its turbulent period of economic and political transition and towards a more “prosperous, equitable and peaceful future,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged today, adding that the United Nations was increasing its focus on global youth action to support this cause. Speaking at a

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Small Climate Change May Aid Wheat

Feb 27th, 2013 | By
The world-first study found that when wheat is exposed to more CO2 it's better able to cope with high temperatures and water restrictions. The study will help develop climate ready wheat for the future.  Image: Zeljko Radojko/Shutterstock




Sciencealert: Increased carbon dioxide levels caused by climate change may help wheat cope with drought, according to researchers at The University of Western Australia. In a world-first study, PhD student Eduardo Dias de Oliveira found that when wheat is exposed to more CO2, it is better able to cope with high temperatures and water restrictions.

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UN Sustainable Energy Initiative Could Put World On A Path To Climate Targets

Feb 27th, 2013 | By
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Sciencedaily: The UN’s Sustainable Energy for All initiative, if successful, could make a significant contribution to the efforts to limit climate change to target levels, according to a new analysis from IIASA and ETH Zurich. The study, published today in Nature Climate Change, showed that reaching the 3 energy-related objectives proposed by the United Nations

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Stakeholder Focused Cost-Benefit Analysis: Synthesis Report

Feb 27th, 2013 | By
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IIED: Accurate cost benefit analysis of climate change adaptation actions is not only critical in designing effective local-level adaptation strategies, but also for generating information that feeds into national and global climate policy agreements. One of the main challenges of this type of CBA is accommodating the wide-ranging impacts of climate change on diverse individuals

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Guidelines On Free, Prior And Informed Consent: UN-REDD

Feb 27th, 2013 | By
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The UN-REDD Programme is pleased to launch the UN-REDD Programme Guidelines on Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) (Working Final version). Recognizing the critical role of indigenous peoples and other forest-dependent communi­ties to the long-term sustainability and effectiveness of REDD+, the UN-REDD Programme has prioritized stakeholder engagement from its inception. Recognizing that a key component

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Mountains: Key To A Global Green Economy

Feb 27th, 2013 | By
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International Mountain Day 2013, Proposed theme: Mountains – Key to a Global Green Economy The United Nations General Assembly has designated 11 December, from 2003 onwards, as “International Mountain Day”. FAO is the U.N. Organization mandated to lead the observance of International Mountain Day each year. In the follow-up to Rio +20 we would like

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Climate Change Poses Threats To Agrarian Countries

Feb 25th, 2013 | By
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Thenews: Global climate change is posing serious threats to agrarian countries despite the facts that majority of them are not the major contributor in global warming. However, they are facing decline in agricultural productivity and water resources.  Speakers, during presentations in a seminar to the Agricultural Journalists Association (AJA), said the climate change cannot be

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Social Innovation: Organic Farming, Climate Change and Bhutan

Feb 25th, 2013 | By
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Justmean: Over the next 50 years, we will need to face global food and farming realities. We will need to meet the challenges of providing better nutrition for more people in spite of rapid environmental change while cutting back our overuse of natural resources, ecosystems and the climate. All this calls for social innovation in

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Climate change preparedness could leave the poor out in the rain

Feb 25th, 2013 | By
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MNSBC: When the next Hurricane Sandy hits New York City, Wall Street will be prepared. According to a Monday report in The New York Times, the landlords for some of the city’s ritziest office spaces have shelled out millions of dollars to upgrade electrical systems, install floodgates, and generally make their buildings resilient to what have become

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1.5C Rise In Temperature Enough To Start Permafrost Melt, Scientists Warn

Feb 25th, 2013 | By
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Guardian: Team of scientists use radiometric dating techniques on Russian cave formations to measure historic melting rates. A global temperature rise of 1.5C would be enough to start the melting of permafrost in Siberia, scientists warned on Thursday. Any widespread thaw in Siberia’s permanently frozen ground could have severe consequences for climate change. Permafrost covers

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Deforestation, Wetlands Loss In Brazil And Indonesia Generated 45BT CO2

Feb 25th, 2013 | By
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Mongabay: The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has launched a global set of statistics on carbon emissions from deforestation, agriculture and other forms of land use for the 1990-2010 period. The dataset, which is part of the FAO’s database of statistics known as FAOSTAT, is based on FAO estimates of forest biomass, deforestation,

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World Can End Poverty And Limit Warming

Feb 25th, 2013 | By
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A United Nations scheme intended to guarantee everyone access to clean energy could help to keep global temperature rise below 2°C, researchers say, although it would not achieve this without sharp cuts in emissions of all the main greenhouse gases. LONDON, 24 February – Eradicating poverty by making modern energy supplies available to everyone is

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Arunachal Apples Losing Taste Due To Climate Change

Feb 25th, 2013 | By
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Times of India: Popular for its sweetness, apples produced in the Himalayan state of Arunachal Pradesh are now gradually losing their taste and even turning sour as a result of climate change. With the weather becoming erratic and a clear variation in temperature, snowfall and rainfall pattern being recorded, apple crops are no more getting

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Guide For REDD Plus Negotiators

Feb 25th, 2013 | By
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FIELD: The purpose of this guide is to assist developing country negotiators and others who are working on REDD-plus*. FIELD provides this information on a neutral basis. The guide is available in English, French and Spanish. Electronic versions can be found at www.field.org.uk This version has been updated in February 2013. Please note that final

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Safeguarding The Sanctity Of Developmental Aid

Feb 22nd, 2013 | By
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Dr. Sudhirendar Sharma’s opinion piece on an an ongoing discourse on ‘Flaw of Big Aid‘ at Climate Himalaya’s discussion platform . There are reasons why James Rinaldi article ‘Flaw of Big Aid’ did not provoke strong emotions from either those who provide ‘aid’ or those who are its recipients. Most of those to whom the

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New Green Economy Partnership Responds To RIO+20 Call For Action

Feb 22nd, 2013 | By
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Environmental Expert: Four UN Agencies to Assist 30 Countries in Transition to a Green Economy.  Nairobi — A new partnership launched today by four UN agencies aims to support 30 countries over the next seven years in building national green economy strategies that will generate new jobs and skills, promote clean technologies, and reduce environmental

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Drivers And Challenges For Climate Compatible Development

Feb 22nd, 2013 | By
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CDKN has announce the publication of a new Working Paper by Karen Ellis, Ali Cambray and Alberto Lemma, entitled Drivers and Challenges for Climate Compatible Development. The paper sets out CDKN’s initial thinking on the drivers and challenges affecting climate compatible development (CCD) policy processes, based largely on the programme’s own national and subnational-level experiences.

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Climate Finance: Challenges And Responses

Feb 21st, 2013 | By
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CDKN: Embarking on a climate compatible development pathway now has a price tag. The cost of tackling climate change in developing countries could reach some hundreds of billions of dollars annually over the coming decades.i Low-emission and climate-resilient development options often require upfront investments that can be costlier than conventional solutions. It will require tremendous

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Case Studies On Flash Flood Risk Management In The Himalayas

Feb 21st, 2013 | By
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ICIMOD: The Hindu Kush Himalayas (HKH) is a mountain system of extremes with great influence over the Asian continent. The system stretches 3,500 km over eight countries, from Afghanistan in the west to Myanmar in the east. It is the world’s largest and highest mountain system, with more than 30 peaks measuring over 7,600 m.

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Weather Changes Frustrate Nepal’s Farmers

Feb 21st, 2013 | By
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ClimateNewsNetwork: One of the Climate News Network’s editors, Kieran Cooke, was among a group of journalists recently investigating the impact of climate change in Nepal and the Himalayas. He reports on some of the problems facing farmers in the region. KATHMANDU, 15 February – Life has been good in the past few years for Saraswati

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Year Of Quinoa’ With Focus On World Nutrition

Feb 21st, 2013 | By
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UN News Centre: Top officials from the United Nations and the Andean community of Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru today launched the ‘International Year of Quinoa’ to raise awareness of the nutritional, economic, environmental and cultural value of a food that has been traditionally cultivated for thousands of years. “I hope this International Year will

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Green Ilam Gets Greener

Feb 21st, 2013 | By
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Nepal Times: Eastern Nepal’s model township is on its way to becoming the country’s first Green City. Nepal’s easternmost district of Ilam is known for its diligent citizens and scenic tea gardens, but it is also showing the way about how towns can be cleaner and greener with community participation and competent leadership. The main

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The GLOBE Climate Legislation Study

Feb 21st, 2013 | By
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The GLOBE Climate Legislation Study THIRD EDITION. A Review of Climate Change Legislation in 33 Countries. On 14 January 2013 the Global Legislators Organisation (GLOBE International) released the 3rd Climate Legislation Study – produced in partnership with the Grantham Research Institute at the London School of Economics. This is the most comprehensive research project that

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India’s climate change laws

Feb 21st, 2013 | By
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RTCC: The latest Globe Climate Legislation Study was published in January 2013, focusing on 33 countries from Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas. For the first time climate policymakers have a clear idea of how countries around the world are attempting to control their greenhouse gas emissions. We have selected the highlights from Globe’s analysis

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Himalayan Rivers: Time For Transboundary Management

Feb 18th, 2013 | By
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East Asia Forum: If one were on the lookout for the region with the most meagre potential for cooperative management of its transboundary river basins, South Asia would be a strong contender. Merely to mention the larger co-riparian states sharing the region’s two biggest and most important Himalayan river basins — India, Pakistan, Afghanistan and

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Snowfall Decreasing, Temperature Rising In Arunachal

Feb 18th, 2013 | By
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Zee News: Posing serious threats to the survival of ecosystem in Arunachal Pradesh and having deeper socio-economic impacts, large parts of the eastern Himalayas may become devoid of snow if temperature continues to rise due to climate change, experts say. “In the event of an increase in temperature by 0.5 degree Celsius about 912 sq

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Thawing Permafrost May Be “Huge Factor” in Global Warming

Feb 18th, 2013 | By
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IPS: Thawing permafrost is emitting more climate-heating carbon faster than previously realised. Scientists have now learned that when the ancient carbon locked in the ice thaws and is exposed to sunlight, it turns into carbon dioxide 40 percent faster. “This really changes the trajectory of the debate” over when and how much carbon will be

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Migration Myths Hold Back Successful Climate Adaptation

Feb 18th, 2013 | By
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Scidev.net: Policies should be designed to support internal movements as a form of adaptation to climate change, write Dominic Kniveton and Max Martin. What do farmers in the tropics do when their land remains parched for years, or the delta islands on which they live are flooded more frequently because of a changing climate? If you think, like many

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Bhutan: The Last Shangri-la

Feb 18th, 2013 | By
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The Nation: With the visit of Crown Prince Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck of Bhutan to Thailand in June 2006 to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of His Majesty the King, the Thais suddenly became aware of their fascinating neighbour to the northwest and its “Prince Charming” who became an instant fan of a legion of Thai

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Putting Money Where The Green Is

Feb 18th, 2013 | By
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SunStar: PLACING economic value on environmental services might be politically incorrect for some environmentalists. That’s like “commodifying” natural resources, as Bolivian President Evo Morales warned. Morales’s warning is not limited to Bolivian mountains, however. They have found a home in the Philippines. I have had some heated debates with colleagues on the concept of the

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Climate change: ‘More Efforts Needed For Provision Of Clean Drinking Water’

Feb 18th, 2013 | By
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Tribune: Speakers at a seminar held on Thursday called for tangible steps to fight climate change and provide potable water to as many as 1.2 billion people who, they said, lacked access to clean drinking water. The event was organised at the Government College University Faisalabad (GCUF) by its Department of Applied Chemistry and the

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Secret Funding Helped Build Vast Network Of Climate Denial Thinktanks

Feb 15th, 2013 | By
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Guardian: Anonymous billionaires donated $120m to more than 100 anti-climate groups working to discredit climate change science. Conservative billionaires used a secretive funding route to channel nearly $120m (£77m) to more than 100 groups casting doubt about the science behind climate change, the Guardian has learned. The funds, doled out between 2002 and 2010, helped

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Ex-IPCC Chief: 5°C Warming?

Feb 15th, 2013 | By
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DW: The former chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says global average temperatures could reach five degrees centigrade above their pre-industrial level. British scientist Sir Robert Watson, who chaired the panel from 1997 until 2002, said the world had missed its chance to keep emissions below the level needed to keep to the

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Climate Change Affects the Flight Period of Butterflies in Massachusetts

Feb 15th, 2013 | By
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ScienceDaily: In a new study, Boston University researchers and collaborators have found that butterflies show signs of being affected by climate change in a way similar to plants and bees, but not birds, in the Northeast United States. The researchers focused on Massachusetts butterfly flight periods, comparing current flight periods with patterns going back more

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Wetland Trees a Significant Overlooked Source of Methane

Feb 14th, 2013 | By
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Science Daily: Wetland trees are a significant overlooked source of the potent greenhouse gas methane, according to a new study by researchers at The Open University and the Universities of Bristol and Oxford. The study, led by Dr Vincent Gauci of The Open University and published in the journal New Phytologist, may help to resolve

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Climate Change Is Real, Experts Say

Feb 14th, 2013 | By
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News 24: Cape Town – Scientists and environmentalists have reacted with anger to emerging reports that dismiss the reality of climate change. While climate scepticism is a popular topic in fringe political groups, the evidence points to irreversible climate change with devastating impacts for poor communities if no action is taken. “No doubt, Africa is

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Greening Rural Development In India

Feb 14th, 2013 | By
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UNDP: Poverty reduction and economic growth can be sustained only if natural resources are managed on a sustainable basis. Greening rural development can stimulate rural economies, create jobs and help maintain critical ecosystem services and strengthen and strengthen climate resilience of the rural poor. Conversely, environmental challenges can limit the attainment of development goals. The

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Climate Change Causing Heavy Rains, Snowfall

Feb 13th, 2013 | By
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The News: Widespread rains and snowfall that claimed more than 33 precious lives in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and Islamabad was essentially due to climate change, experts told The News. “If you look at the weather in the last six to eight weeks in Islamabad and the northern parts of the country, you will find

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Impact of Climate Change On Biodiversity Of Gilgit Baltistan

Feb 13th, 2013 | By
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Heavengb: Climate is not a stationary phenomenon, it varies from time to time. It is a product of weather which always experiences variations over space and time (Rasul, 2012). Climate change is resulting from a growing concentration of Greenhouse Gases (GHGs) and uses of fossil fuels and other anthropogenic activities has become a major worldwide

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Energy Access As Millennium Development Goal

Feb 13th, 2013 | By
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SciDev.net: A sustainable development summit in India has endorsed the idea of making access to energy a new millennium development goal (MDG) after 2015. The Delhi Sustainable Development Summit, held 31January – 2 February, ended with the hope that a report resulting from the online consultations and meetings will be presented to the UN General

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China’s Relentless Hydro-hegemony Causes Anxiety Across Asia

Feb 13th, 2013 | By
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Deccanherald: Asia is the world’s most water-stressed continent, a situation compounded by China’s hydro-supremacy in the region. Beijing’s recent decision to build a slew of giant new dams on rivers flowing to other countries is thus set to roil riparian relations. China – which already boasts more large dams than the rest of the world

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How Bhutan Is Grappling With Climate Change

Feb 13th, 2013 | By
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Down to Earth: Ugyen Tshewang, secretary, National Environment Commission of Bhutan, speaks to Ankur Paliwal on the effects on climate change and how the country is trying to cope with it. Tshewang was in the New Delhi to attend the recently concluded Delhi Sustainable Development Summit. How is Climate Change is affecting Bhutan? Our contribution

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A Nepalese Perspective On Climate Change

Feb 13th, 2013 | By
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RTCC: Nepal nestles beneath one of the greatest wonders of the world – the Himalayas – and this gives Nepalese a unique perspective on the effects of climate change. As the world warms our vast glaciers will melt, causing torrents of flood water to cascade through our country. We are sandwiched between China and India,

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Wind Power Is Now Cheaper Than Coal In Some Countries

Feb 12th, 2013 | By
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New Scientist: When many countries are choosing their next generation of power stations, they will be tempted to pick wind turbines. Thanks to better design, building wind farms can now be cheaper than building new coal or gas power stations. Figures from Bloomberg New Energy Finance show that this is already the case in Australia.

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Crying Wolf Over Disasters Undermines Future Warnings

Feb 12th, 2013 | By
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Scedev.net: Disaster warnings can be fast, but how can we also ensure their accuracy and credibility, ask Rohan Samarajiva and Nalaka Gunawardene. The challenge with disaster warnings is to make the best possible decisions quickly using imperfect information. With lives and livelihoods at stake, there is much pressure to get it right. But one can’t

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Predictions Of The Human Cost Of Climate Change

Feb 12th, 2013 | By
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Science Daily: A new book, “Overheated: The Human Cost of Climate Change,” predicts a grim future for billions of people in this century. It is a factual account of a staggering human toll, based on hard data. Author Andrew Guzman, an authority on international law and economics, is a professor and associate dean at UC

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Bhutan Set To Plough Lone Furrow As World’s First Wholly Organic Country

Feb 12th, 2013 | By
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Guardian: By shunning all but organic farming techniques, the Himalayan state will cement its status as a paradigm of sustainability. Bhutan plans to become the first country in the world to turn its agriculture completely organic, banning the sales of pesticides and herbicides and relying on its own animals and farm waste for fertilisers. But

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Disasters In Mountains: Increasing Catastrophes In Indian Himalayas (Video)

Feb 12th, 2013 | By
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CHI: In recent disasters in Indian Himalayan region we lost many human lives, livestock population, agriculture land, livelihood opportunities and huge infrastructure overnight.  The most affected states due to these calamities in India are Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Assam, Sikkim and part of West Bengal. The flood in Kosi and Indus basins in Nepal and Pakistan

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Preparing For Disaster: How Rich And Poor Countries Cope

Feb 11th, 2013 | By
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UNEarthNews: I was in the midst of writing an article on disaster preparedness when disaster struck. Hurricane Sandy was barreling up the East Coast. Living right by a river, I had to get ready. Fortunately, my affluent coastal Connecticut town had lots of resources. Instructions were issued often on multiple media platforms. It was easy

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Where The Rain Falls: Climate Change, Food Security And Migration In The Global South

Feb 11th, 2013 | By
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UNEarthnews: “Where the Rain Falls,” a study released at COP18 on 29 November, in Doha, Qatar, explains how rainfall patterns affect food security, which in turn, implicates migration in the global south. Produced by CARE International and United Nations University, the study looked at eight countries in the global south: Guatemala, Peru, Ghana, Tanzania, Bangladesh,

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NASA To Launch New Earth-Observing Satellite

Feb 11th, 2013 | By
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Climate Central: If the weather holds, NASA will launch its newest Earth-observing satellite from Vandenberg Air Force Base in southern California late Monday morning. An Atlas V rocket is scheduled to carry Landsat 8 into space just after 2 p.m. Eastern time. Once in orbit, the $855 million probe will begin capturing detailed images of

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Climate Change Could Impact Wave Height, Says Study

Feb 11th, 2013 | By
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Average wave size will increase in many parts of the southern hemisphere over the twenty-first century, but decrease in the north, according to an international study on the impact of climate change on oceanic activity. The study, published in Nature Climate Change last month (13 January), predicts a wave height increase of between 20 and

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Carbon Release, Storage By Rainforests May Increase By 50bt

Feb 11th, 2013 | By
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Maongabay: Carbon release, storage by rainforests may increase by 50b tons for each degree of climate warming in the tropics. Faster plant growth due to higher concentrations of carbon dioxide may offset increased emissions from forest die-off in the tropics, asserts a new study based on climate modeling. The research, published this week in the

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Does Arctic Climate Impact Indian Monsoon?

Feb 11th, 2013 | By
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Zee News: How does climatic change in polar region impact Indian monsoon? To understand this, India is planning a major initiative with 10 other nations. “India is planning a major programme on impact of changes in polar regions on the Indian monsoon,” Ministry of Earth Sciences secretary Shailesh Nayak said in an interview. He said

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Maximizing Synergies: Climate Change Adaptation And Disaster Risk Reduction

Feb 11th, 2013 | By
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Climate Eval: The role of climate change in natural disasters is increasingly acknowledged, and reducing interrelated vulnerabilities is assuming ever greater significance. The Bali Action Plan negotiations have highlighted vulnerability and disaster risk reduction as key elements of climate change adaptation. Despite uncertainty over the exact magnitudes of changes in temperature and precipitation, climate change

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Impact Of Climate Change On Agriculture Will Be Mixed: USDA

Feb 11th, 2013 | By
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RedOrbit: Over the next 25 years, increasing temperatures will have a “generally detrimental” impact on most types of crops and livestock, according to one of two reports detailing climate change and adaptation strategies released earlier this week by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). The report, entitled “Climate Change and Agriculture in the United States:

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Climate Change Impact on Cryosphere in Central Southern Himalaya (Nepal)

Feb 11th, 2013 | By
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MUW: With the aim of understanding the relation between climate and glacier dynamics, we analyse glacier changes from 1958 to 2011 and meteorological observations from 1992 to 2011, in Sagarmatha (Mt. Everest) National Park, using satellite imagery, maps and insitu field measurements. Multi-temporal satellite products and topographic maps were used for glacier terminus, surface and

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As Glaciers Melt In Himalayas, New Lakes Crop Up

Feb 7th, 2013 | By
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The Hindu: Glacier melting over a 47-year period has led to formation of seven new glacial lakes in Chandra-Bagha Basin of western Himalayas Indicating the impact of global warming, glacier melting over a 47-year period has led to formation of seven new glacial lakes in Chandra-Bagha Basin of western Himalayas. Preliminary findings of an ongoing

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