Archive for September 2013

4th Global Meeting Reaffirms Mountain Agenda In New Strategy

Sep 18th, 2013 | By
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In the fourth global meeting of ‘Mountain Partnership’ 17-20 September, at Erzurum in Turkey, over 100 members from around the globe endorsed a new improved sustainable mountain development strategy for 2014-2017. During 1992, at Rio Earth most of the world’s nations at the UN Conference on Environment and Development signed a plan for action, ‘Agenda

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Climate Asia Data Portal Launched By BBC

Sep 17th, 2013 | By
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BBC Media Action has launched Asia’s largest study of people’s daily experience of climate change. Climate Asia provides the first comprehensive picture of how people are impacted by and responding to changes in their environment across seven countries and maps where communities are struggling and adapting. The study took place in Bangladesh, China, India, Indonesia,

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India’s Law To Feed Poor Threatens To Gobble Up Climate Funding

Sep 13th, 2013 | By
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Thomson Reuters Foundation: India’s National Action Plan for Climate Change, a hugely ambitious programme requiring billions of dollars, is being starved of funds, officials say, as a new law aimed at giving food to the needy threatens to eat up a large chunk of government spending. In 2009, the government set up eight national missions

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$10 Billion For Climate Resilience?

Sep 13th, 2013 | By
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Trust: The World Meteorological Organization branded 2001-2010 as “a decade of climate extremes”. Over that decade, the yearly average number of severe storms with ‘names’ was 25 percent more than the average of 1981-2010. This surely indicates a severe decade ahead of us. The United Nations’ Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction (GAR) 2013

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Climate Change May Speed Up Forests’ Life Cycles

Sep 13th, 2013 | By
Trees in rainforests, such as these in the Ecuadorian Amazon, might end up absorbing as much carbon as they release because of global warming.




Science Daily: Many climate studies have predicted that tree species will respond to global warming by migrating via seed dispersal to cooler climates. But a new study of 65 different species in 31 eastern states finds evidence of a different, unexpected response. Nearly 80 percent of the species aren’t yet shifting their geographic distributions to

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Italian Move Revives Interest In K2

Sep 13th, 2013 | By
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Pak Observer: Islamabad—Reviving Italy’s hundred years love for K2 which first began with Filippo De Filippi’s 1913 expedition to the majestic mountain, an enlightening event was held here at National Art Gallery in Islamabad that comprised of a photo exhibit, film festival and a scientific conference. “The Karakorum range and the K2 have been familiar

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Mountain Caucus Summit On State Action Plans in India

Sep 12th, 2013 | By
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Nagaland Post: In 2008, India’s first National Action Plan on Climate Change (NAPCC) was launched, stating the country’s contribution towards combating climate change. The plan seeks to outline existing and future policies and programs addressing climate mitigation and adaptation while identifying eight core “national missions” running through 2017, which can be identified as the National

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Study Provides Insights On Protecting World’s Poor From Climate Change

Sep 12th, 2013 | By
Climate change is already putting pressure on fishers who depend on nature for their livelihoods. In a new study by the Wildlife Conservation Society and James Cook University, scientists found large differences in the potential of poor Kenyan fishing communities to adapt to climate change, requiring a variety of management approaches for each community due to different social and environmental factors. Credit: Austin Humphries




PHYS: The worst impacts of climate change on the world’s poorest fishing communities can likely be avoided by careful management of the local environment and investing in the diversification of options for local people, according to the Wildlife Conservation Society and James Cook University. Climate change is already putting pressure on fishers who depend on

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In India : Only 15 States Have Disaster Response Force

Sep 12th, 2013 | By
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Hindu: Only 15 states have so far set up their own respective State Disaster Response Force following direction from the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) earlier this year. Only 15 states have so far set up their respective state dedicated forces meant for immediate response to disaster and also involve in community capacity building and

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Environmentalists Observe Himalaya Day

Sep 12th, 2013 | By
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Hindu: A group of environmentalists and civil society activists observed Himalaya Day and demanded a comprehensive policy to protect the world’s longest and tallest range and its ecosystems on Thursday. Observing the Himalaya Day for the first time, members from about 22 organisations released a Himalayan people’s manifesto, urging the government to formulate a focused

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Bhutan Looks To Become World’s First 100% Organic Country

Sep 11th, 2013 | By
Lotto Zam, a Bhutanese woman farmer, sells tomatoes and other produce at a market in Shaba, Bhutan.




Bhutan is renowned for espousing Gross National Happiness but now the isolated Himalayan nation is also looking to become known as a world leader in organic farming.  “We are nearly all Buddhists. Being kind to the environment and the planet has a central meaning for us,” says Kesang Tshomo, co-ordinator of the Ministry of Agriculture’s

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UNEP Report: On Low Carbon Transport and City Planning

Sep 11th, 2013 | By
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Three reports released by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) evaluate and summarize options for low carbon city planning, non-motorised transport (NMT) and infrastructure risks due to climate variability in India. The reports were published as part of the project on ‘Promoting Low Carbon Transport in India.’ The first report, titled ‘Low Carbon City: A Guidebook for

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Research Needed To Understand Glaciers’ Complex Behaviour

Sep 11th, 2013 | By
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Tribune: The glaciers in Karakoram ranges are more stable than the ones worldwide but more data and research are needed to understand their complex behaviour. These views were expressed by local and foreign experts at a scientific conference on “Karakoram Resources and Climate Change: Glacier, Water and Ecosystem”, organised by EvK2-CNR — an Italian research

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Antarctic, Greenland Ice mMelt Accelerating: IPCC Leak

Sep 9th, 2013 | By
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SMH: Ice in Antarctica and Greenland is disappearing faster and may drive sea levels higher than predicted this century, according to leaked United Nations documents. Greenland’s ice added six times more to sea levels in the decade through 2011 than in the prior 10 years, according to a draft of the UN’s most comprehensive study

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Focus On Personal Expertise On Last Day Of Workshop

Sep 9th, 2013 | By
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ToI: The workshop on ‘Implementation of Thimphu Statement on Climate Change: Integration of Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction’ culminated on Saturday. On the last day of the workshop, the delegates focused on capacity building initiatives, developing institutional capacities, developing personal expertise and legislative basis need to support an institutional structure for addressing the

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Climate Chage: Our Present, Their Future

Sep 9th, 2013 | By
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TR: The impact of climate change is all too apparent to I gen, a schoolboy from a village in Lembata, Indonesia. Harvest seasons are increasingly unpredictable across Indonesia and the sea level appears to be rising around his community. “Now from the field we can only harvest one or two sacks of corn. Many crop

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Agreement Inked For Stimulating Biodiversity Friendly Products

Sep 9th, 2013 | By
A man clears a water channel at a cauliflower field on the outskirts of Quetta, Pakistan, on October 14, 2011. REUTERS/Naseer Ahmed




Pak Observer: IUCN Pakistan and the Climate Change Division, Government of Pakistan signed an Agreement in Islamabad during the GEF Global Environmental Facility Steering Committee meeting. Representatives from all provinces and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) were also present at the ceremony. Under this agreement, activities will focus on stimulating market demand for biodiversity friendly

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Syria’s Civil War-Is it One of Many Climate Wars to Come?

Sep 9th, 2013 | By
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Climate change is already hurting the world’s most vulnerable populations. Those who live in areas hit hard by drought, severe storms or rising seas and can’t relocate because of economic or social factors bear the brunt of our planet’s increasing volatility. One way the changing climate has already made itself known is through a devastating

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Indian Floods Highlight Dangers Of Rushed Development

Sep 9th, 2013 | By
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SciDevnet: The large-scale devastation and deaths caused by landslides and floods in the northern Himalayan state of Uttarakhand have highlighted gaps in India’s disaster preparedness, as well as a worrying neglect of environmental concerns in hilly areas. Scientists say a lake at the snout of the Chorabari Glacier was almost brimming over with glacial meltwater

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Pashmina Withers On The Roof Of The World

Sep 9th, 2013 | By
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IPS: The famed pashmina shawl that keeps the cold away – in style and at a price – could itself have become the victim of winter. Thousands of goats whose fine wool is weaved into pashmina have perished in extreme cold being associated with climate change. Pashmina is drawn from Changra goats found in Ladakh

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Focus On Migration: Slow Down Himalayan Construction

Sep 9th, 2013 | By
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Last month, India launched a satellite [1], INSAT 3D, that aims to improve early warnings of extreme weather events — such as the devastating floods and landslides that hit the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand in June — and aid search and rescue. Such a satellite could help mitigate future disasters. But along with technological improvements,

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The Heat Wave, The Arctic Melt And Climate Change

Sep 9th, 2013 | By
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Antonio M. Claparols (Philippines): I could not wait to write this when the news appeared in the July 24,2013 issue of The Financial Times that the airline company, Easy Jet, may be the next victim to global warming and climate change due to the extreme heat wave affecting Europe, the Middle East and the United

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Coastal Cities To Pay High Price For Climate Change

Sep 9th, 2013 | By
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SciDevNet: Global damage from flooding could cost coastal cities as much as US$1 trillion per year — and developing countries will be hardest hit, a study warns. According to the paper published today in Nature Climate Change, a “risk sensitive planning” strategy is needed to protect coastal cities, which are increasingly at risk because of

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Earth Is Warming Up But Not As Rapidly As Predicted

Sep 9th, 2013 | By
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The Hindu: New IPCC report raises questions over urgency or seriousness of climate change The climate has not been warming over the past 15 years at rates predicted earlier, the latest report of the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), to be released September end, is going to say. The report is also going

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Scientific Advice Improved Outcome Of UN Climate Talks

Sep 9th, 2013 | By
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UN climate change policy negotiators need more access to expert advice on new technologies such as carbon storage and geoengineering, according to an expert whose study found that providing scientific information to negotiators before debates resulted in more productive discussions. The paper, published in Energy Procedia last month (5 August), says that the annual Conferences

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This Change Is Here To Stay

Sep 9th, 2013 | By
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The Hindu: The U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in its latest report warns that that a large part of the changes that occur on the planet cannot be reversed even after the next few centuries unless carbon dioxide emissions are brought down fast, substantially and kept extremely low for a very long time.

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Enhancing Regional Distribution of CDM and Post 2012 Market the Pacific

Sep 9th, 2013 | By
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The 4th workshop for enhancing the regional distribution of CDM projects in the Asia and the Pacific-Opportunities for the CDM and Carbon Markets post 2012,  organised by Asian Development Bank (ADB), the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) and the UNFCCC Secretariat, has successfully concluded. The workshop took place 4-5 September 2013 at the headquarters

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