Archive for June 2013

Need to Asses Climate Change..!

Jun 25th, 2013 | By
1009223_10151667287572071_1389174480_o




Times of India: Cautioning that the Uttarakhand disaster may be a warning towards “extreme weather”, National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) vice-chairman M Shashidhar Reddy on Monday said detailed assessment of impact of climate change is needed. Speaking at the inauguration of South Asia Regional Consultation on Climate Change Adaptation, Reddy said: “Nothing more serious could

[continue reading…]






Climate Adaptation Planning ‘Could Have Prevented’ Uttarakhand Deaths

Jun 25th, 2013 | By
Kedarnath On 17th after flood




RTCC: India’s vulnerability to extreme weather was exposed this week when floods killed at least 600 people with thousands reported missing. The monsoon arrived early in the northern state of Uttarakhand, bringing with it 375% more rain than in previous years. The sheer weight of water that hit an area known as India’s ‘holy land’

[continue reading…]






Undefined Role of Regional And National Agencies In Reducing Disasters

Jun 23rd, 2013 | By
Flood aftermath in Kedarnath, a huge land mass towards Mandakini cut of




Climate Himalaya: The Himalayan region consists of extremely fragile ecosystem, and source to 10 major Asian river systems, on which over 1.3 billion people rely for sustenance, water, livelihoods and prosperity. A recent flash flood on 16-17 June, affected over 50,000 people in the mountain state of Uttarakhand, while it is estimated that over 5000

[continue reading…]






Disaster In Uttarakhand, India: Huge Death Toll

Jun 19th, 2013 | By
Rescue operation in Gaurikund region of Rudraprayag




NDMA Drill Had Exposed Gaps in State’s Disaster Management Plan Uttarakhand government took no step to address shortcomings in three years. A mock drill organised by the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) in May-June 2011 in three districts of Uttarakhand had raised many crucial questions. After the drill, that was conducted in Dehradun on May

[continue reading…]






Mainstreaming Climate Change in Bhutan and Nepal: A Synthesis Report

Jun 16th, 2013 | By




This report is a synthesis of two studies that sought to understand the policy contexts for addressing climate change adaptation and key conservation issues in Nepal and Bhutan, which have many significant commonalities and differences. The purpose of this synthesis is to compare the policy contexts for mainstreaming climate change adaptation in Bhutan and Nepal,

[continue reading…]






Bhutanese Schools To Serve As Database For Climate Change Study

Jun 16th, 2013 | By
082012_0529_BhutansPove1.jpg




Ph.News Yahoo: Come July, students and teachers in 20 schools will get the opportunity to monitor climate change in the country using scientific instruments worth US$150,000 donated by Karuna Foundation in the United States. Schools using the instruments will serve as database for the climate change study, the first of its kind, carried out by

[continue reading…]






Call For “No Regret” Climate Adaptation Strategies

Jun 16th, 2013 | By
Sujit Kumar Mondal and his wife Rupashi Mondal of Gopalgonj district in southern Bangladesh working in their floating garden




The absence of accurate climate prediction models should not dissuade countries from choosing the best ways to adapt to a changing climate, says a new report published in the Proceedings of the National Academies of Sciences. “Even when our knowledge is incomplete, we often have robust grounds for choosing best-bet adaptation actions and pathways, by

[continue reading…]






The Himalayas Are Changing For The Worse

Jun 16th, 2013 | By




Business Mirror: Residents of Jhirpu Phulpingkatt, a village nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas, about 110 kilometers from Nepal’s capital Kathmandu, are on red alert. As the impacts of climate change batter the towering mountains above them, these villagers on the banks of the Bhote Koshi River have started to dread the sound of

[continue reading…]






Shimla Chosen For International Project To Lower Greenhouse Gases

Jun 12th, 2013 | By
shimla-HP




Times of India: The Queen of the Hills, as Shimla was fondly called by the British, has been shortlisted for a global project to lower greenhouse gas emissions on the pattern of European cities, a municipal official said. The Shimla Municipal Corporation is one of six Indian cities selected for implementing the “Promoting low emission

[continue reading…]






Pakistan’s Dangerous Negligence Of Climate Change

Jun 11th, 2013 | By
From Balochistan to Sindh, Fishermen complained about the depleting fish resources in coastal areas. Photo by Reuters




Dawn: Pakistan is no stranger to being plagued by multiple crises. News headlines are usually dominated by issues like terrorism, extremism and power shortage but an even more alarming danger could affect the future of Pakistan if it is not tackled on a priority basis. The dangerous threat we all know as climate change has

[continue reading…]






Solar Wars Threaten Climate Fight

Jun 11th, 2013 | By
092210_1802_SolarMissio1.png




ChinaDaily: Amid the gloomy news of the worsening impact of climate change is a bright spark: the dramatic fall in the cost of solar energy. This source of clean and renewable energy could help power the world without emitting greenhouse gases. Solar energy has traditionally been more expensive to use than carbon-intensive coal or oil.

[continue reading…]






Sino-India S&T Cooperation Set For August Launch

Jun 11th, 2013 | By
aerosols_india_bangladesg_nasa




Business Standard: India is all set to launch science and technology cooperation with China in August with thrust on areas like astronomy, management of natural disasters and technology research on climate change. A key element of the cooperation could be the National Large Solar Telescope (NLST), the world’s largest such facility that India plans to

[continue reading…]






NASA’s AirSWOT Program To Measure Planet’s Water Resources

Jun 11th, 2013 | By
r-NASA-AIRSWOT-large570




Huffingtonpost: NASA’s AirSWOT Program To Measure Planet’s Water Resources, Ocean’s Impact On Climate Change. When you think about NASA, water probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. But NASA knows that access to fresh water and the impacts of climate change will be two of this century’s biggest challenges. Their ongoing AirSWOT mission

[continue reading…]






Climate Models:Epic Failure or Spot on Consistent with Observed Warming?

Jun 11th, 2013 | By
NOAA-satellite




Global Warming: NASA scientist Roy Spencer recently posted on his Web site some startling graphs produced by John Christy, his colleague at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. The graph immediately below compares the linear-trend temperature projections of 73 climate models with the linear trend of observed temperatures for the bulk tropical atmosphere during 1979-2012. The 73 models are

[continue reading…]






Climate Change Calls For Localized Research, Technology, knowledge

Jun 11th, 2013 | By
nepal-agriculture




eKantipur: Where are the Nepali farmers? I might sound like I am asking the stupidest question ever. After all, unlike in Canada where I am residing currently and where only two percent of  the 33 million Canadians live and work in farms, farmers are everywhere in Nepal—tens of millions of them. To be precise, according

[continue reading…]






Green Warriors Turn To Engineering To Save The Earth

Jun 11th, 2013 | By
Global warming due to increased greenhouse gas emissions since the Industrial Revolution is a major global concern.




New Indian Express: The recent announcement by climate watchers that carbon dioxide level in the atmosphere has crossed a psychologically significant barrier of 400 parts per million raised all the intended alarm bells world over. In a field which has been continually consuming a lot of public attention, and where the public are fed bits

[continue reading…]






Climate-Smart Agriculture Sourcebook

Jun 11th, 2013 | By
cover-thumbnail




FAO: There has been a rapid uptake of the term Climate-Smart Agriculture (CSA) by the international community, national entities and local institutions, in the past years. However, implementing this approach is challenging, partly due to a lack of tools and experience. Climate-smart interventions are highly location-specific and knowledge-intensive. Considerable efforts are required to develop the

[continue reading…]






World Environment Day In Bhutan

Jun 11th, 2013 | By
WorldEnvDayBhutanL




Bhutan Observer: The day was observed coinciding with Her Majesty’s birthday from this year onwards, as a tribute to Her Majesty’s patronage of the environment sector in Bhutan. In an address at the commemoration, Her Majesty said that World Environment day is of great relevance and consequence to millions of people who understand the importance

[continue reading…]






Global Warming May Up Flood Risk In India, Southeast Asia

Jun 11th, 2013 | By
012512_0426_GlobalWarmi1.png




Economic Times: Unchecked global warming may increase the risk of flooding at the end of this century in 42 per cent of the Earth’s land surface, including parts of India, Southeast Asia and Africa, a new study has warned. According to a research team led by Yukiko Hirabayashi at the University of Tokyo’s Institute of

[continue reading…]






Bonn Climate Change Conference 3-13 June 2013

Jun 11th, 2013 | By
DSC_8889_redd-tn




The thirty-eighth sessions of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI 38) and the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA 38), as well as the second part of the second session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP 2-2) is taking place at Maritim Hotel from 3-14 June

[continue reading…]






Toolkit For Urban Government To Climate Resilience Building

Jun 11th, 2013 | By
ACCRN-Climate Resilience




ICLEI-ACCCRN Guide and Toolkit to help municipal governments in Asia build resilience to climate change. ICLEI has finalized a new guide and toolkit aimed at helping municipal governments in Asia build City Resilience Strategies to cope with the growing impacts of climate change as part of its engagement with the Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience

[continue reading…]






Climate Change Led To Decline Of Ice Age Trees: Study

Jun 11th, 2013 | By
090612_0438_WhyBiodiver1.jpg




One World SA: Sustained global warming will wipe out an uncountable number of plant and animal species, says a new report based on a path-breaking study of similar climatic changes through the ice age. In a study that could show how rapid changes in climate could devastate global ecosystems, a group of British scientists have

[continue reading…]






The Climate Skeptism And 450 Threshold

Jun 11th, 2013 | By
Carbon-graphic-001




Antonio M. Claparols (Philippines): The recent news is that the 450-ppm threshold of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere will be a reality soon. Is this cause for global alarm? Yes, and it must be prevented from happening at all costs because it will raise global temperatures by 2 degrees Centigrade and lead to extreme droughts,

[continue reading…]






Climate Information Services On Current Scenario

Jun 11th, 2013 | By
022012_0543_Information1.png




ci:grasp performs as a climate information service and provides sound knowledge on current and projected climate stimuli, climate impacts and adaptation options at the national, sub-national and regional level. The layer system The information in ci:grasp is organized via a layer structure. Layer 1: Stimuli Provides you with information regarding selected climate stimuli, sea-level rise,

[continue reading…]






Nepal: Green Grow The Rushes

Jun 6th, 2013 | By
Nepal Ilam




eKantipur: Nepal celebrates this World Environment Day with the great responsibility of being Chair of Least Developed Countries in the United Nation’s Framework Convention on Climate Change. Joint Secretary Prakash Mathema is Nepal’s representative in that distinguished platform. Recently, when asked what Nepal could do on the environment front to both make a bold international

[continue reading…]






Pakistan: Pull A Solution To Pollution

Jun 6th, 2013 | By
pull-a-solution-to-pollution pakistan




The Nations: The nation is observing another World Environment Day on Wednesday (today), but the authorities in the polluted country are taking least interest in tackling the situation. Like the previous year, events such as seminars and walks are on the cards at public and private level as a standard ritual that somehow skirts the

[continue reading…]






Climate Adapted Farming Systems For Dryland Agriculture In South Australia

Jun 6th, 2013 | By
Australia agriculture South




NCCARF: Australian dryland agriculture will be affected by climate change in a number of ways. First, higher temperatures and changes to rainfall are likely to create greater variability of crop yields and livestock productivity. Second, government policies introduced to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions are likely to influence production costs and commodity prices. Third, global trade

[continue reading…]






Climate Change And Human Rights: Nepal Taking The Lead

Jun 6th, 2013 | By
vignette.php




The Himalayan Times: Last week, on Friday, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) in Nepal took a bold step in declaring that Climate Change has a direct bearing on Human Rights, and in moving forward the NHRC would work in Nepal within that context too. Nepal would not be the first country to accept this

[continue reading…]






Nepal Urged To Take Measures To Address Climate Change

Jun 6th, 2013 | By
072612_0349_NepalsYouth3.jpg




Chinadaily: Nepal should adopt specific measures to mitigate adverse effects of climate change and environmental degradation rather than organizing ornamental programs to mark the World Environment Day (WED), conservation experts said Tuesday. Experts also stressed on the need to revise the country’s existing environmental law to bring it at par with the contemporary provisions implemented

[continue reading…]






Antarctic Ice Loss Less Severe Than Previous IPCC Estimates: Research

Jun 6th, 2013 | By
Photo: Antarctic ice loss less severe than previously thought, new research suggests. (Matt Low: AFP/Australian Antarctic Division)




The review – Ice-sheet mass balance and climate change, published in the journal Nature – confirms that Antarctica and Greenland are both losing ice and contributing to rising sea levels. But it found that Greenland is losing twice as much ice as Antarctica, and that Antarctic ice loss is likely to be less extreme than

[continue reading…]






Financing Climate Adaptation For Smallholder Farmers Is Critical – IFAD

Jun 3rd, 2013 | By
pakistan_farmland




Energy Bangla: Ahead of the United Nations climate change meeting in Germany, Kanayo F. Nwanze, President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) stresses the climate resilience needs of 500 million smallholder farms. With World Environment Day approaching next week, key negotiations within the UN’s climate change talks are to take place in Bonn.

[continue reading…]






A Local Solution To Global Warming

Jun 3rd, 2013 | By
Malé, the Maldives' capital, floods regularly




TheForeigner: Putting a label on people does not always explain the problem. If you don’t know, ask. What does the term “climate change refugee” really mean? My previous column looked at some of the current science, showing what is and is not known about people moving due to climate change. Significant potential exists for climate

[continue reading…]






Impact Of Climate Change On Sindh’s Date Production

Jun 3rd, 2013 | By
dates in pakistan




Dailytimes: Sindh’s environment has been ideal for date cultivation with perfect soil and warm climate. But things are changing now. At time when dates are ready to be plucked, dried, processed and sold, Upper Sindh has witnessed radical and catastrophic climate change recently, within a month. As the fruit starts dropping compelling the growers to

[continue reading…]






Kumrose Now On Its Way To Become Nepal’s First Fossil-free Village

Jun 3rd, 2013 | By
Nepal Stove-by Michael Yon 2009




Bernama: The construction of biogas plants in Kumrose village, Chitwan district in central plains of Nepal will make it the first village in the country to be free of fossil-fuel and become environment-friendly, China’s Xinhua news agency reported. “We started with a pilot project. In the beginning 14 biogas plants were installed with donation. Once

[continue reading…]






The Himalayas Are Changing-For The Worse

Jun 3rd, 2013 | By
photo-Himalaya




IPS: Residents of Jhirpu Phulpingkatt, a village nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas, about 110 km from Nepal’s capital Kathmandu, are on red alert. As the impacts of climate change batter the towering mountains above them, these villagers on the banks of the Bhote Koshi river have started to dread the sound of incoming

[continue reading…]






Nepal: Caterpillar Fungus Harvest Impacts Environment

Jun 3rd, 2013 | By
Himalayan viagra




IRIN: The seasonal influx of migrant harvesters into Nepal’s Himalaya Mountains seeking a caterpillar fungus used as a traditional medicine and believed to have aphrodisiac properties is causing environmental damage along the rural border with Tibet. When a parasitic fungus infects and kills caterpillars, the high value of the fungus drives tens of thousands of harvesters

[continue reading…]






Sustainable Tourism Strategy In Carpathians

Jun 3rd, 2013 | By
Carpathian mountains




MP: The development of a strategy focusing on sustainable tourism development is under way in the countries of the Carpathian Mountains – the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, and Ukraine. Consultations are planned with representatives from governments, tourism agencies and NGOs along with a series of stakeholder meetings and national consultations and 14

[continue reading…]






Old Data Reveals Warming Oceans

Jun 3rd, 2013 | By
040412_0446_OceansBegan1.png




CNN: Indications the rate of warming in oceans is greater than previously thought. In 1872 the H.M.S. Challenger, converted from a British fighting vessel to a floating laboratory, set off on what was to be the first scientific survey of life in the world’s oceans. Now scientists are using data collected during the Challenger’s four

[continue reading…]






Plant Growth Surges As CO2 Levels Rise

Jun 3rd, 2013 | By
mangrove-plants-flickr-apes_abroad




CNN: New study predicts a big jump in foliage growth in arid regions as carbon dioxide levels increase. Australian scientists have solved one piece of the climate puzzle. They have confirmed the long-debated fertilization effect. Plants build their tissues by using photosynthesis to take carbon from the air around them. So more carbon dioxide should

[continue reading…]






seo packagespress release submissionsocial bookmarking services