Archive for September 2014

World Wildlife Populations Halved in 40 Years – Report

Sep 30th, 2014 | By
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BBC News: The global loss of species is even worse than previously thought, the London Zoological Society (ZSL) says in its new Living Planet Index. The report suggests populations have halved in 40 years, as new methodology gives more alarming results than in a report two years ago. The report says populations of mammals, birds,

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ADB to Fund USD 120 Million for Bhutan’s Hydropower Project

Sep 30th, 2014 | By




IANS: The Asian Development Bank will fund $120 million towards Bhutan’s 118 MW Nikachu hydropower project, whose total estimated project cost is $200 million dollars. The project is modelled on public-private partnership (PPP) lines, with Druk Green Power Corporation (DGPC), and the debt to equity ratio of 65:35. Nikachu is the second project to be

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Prime Minister Meets EU President

Sep 30th, 2014 | By




After wrapping up his week-long hectic schedule in the 69th Session of the UN General Assembly, Prime Minister Sushil Koirala today reached Brussels, Belgium. In Brussels, the Headquarters of the European Union, PM Koirala held a meeting with the European Council President Herman Van Rompuy and discussed various aspects of Nepal-EU relations. He appreciated EU’s

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Despite the UN Climate Summit, Fossil Fuel Firms are Still in For the Long-term

Sep 30th, 2014 | By
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The Guardian: More than 300,000 people marched in New York a week ago, with tens of thousands more in cities across the globe. More than 120 heads of state and government convened in New York, renewing their commitment to a global climate deal to be forged next year. France pledged $1bn in climate aid to

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A Development-Savvy Climate Strategy for India

Sep 30th, 2014 | By




During his first official visit to the United States this week, India’s popular Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, will meet with President Obama, as well as with CEOs of top U.S corporations, to encourage investment to support India’s development goals, which include providing renewable energy for the 400 million citizens who lack access today. Mr. Obama

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Destruction of Carbon-Rich Mangroves Costs up to US$42 billion in Economic Damages Annually – UNEP Report

Sep 29th, 2014 | By
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UNEP News Center: Mangroves are being destroyed at a rate 3 – 5 times greater than the average rates of forest loss, costing billions in economic damages and denying millions of people the ecosystem services they need to survive, according to a new report launched today by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). The Importance of

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U.N. Biodiversity Convention Opens in S. Korea

Sep 29th, 2014 | By




Some 20,000 government officials, environmentalists and business people from around the world gathered in the eastern city of Pyeongchang on Monday for a U.N. environmental convention on biodiversity, the environment ministry said. The 12th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity, dubbed COP 12, kicked off with a ceremony

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Faced With Existential Climate Threat, Small Island Nations Sound Climate Alarm at UN

Sep 29th, 2014 | By
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UN News Center: In their addresses to the United Nations General Assembly today, King Tupou IV of Tonga, Fijian Prime Minister Josaia V. Bainimarama, and Prime Minister Enele Sosene Sopoaga of Tuvalu, all reaffirmed their commitment to the fight against climate change and for sustainable development amid growing environmental challenges for small island developing States

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Climate Change: Two Mustang Villages Deserted

Sep 29th, 2014 | By
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The Himalayan Times: Inhabitants of two villages in the mountain district of Mustang have abandoned their homes and migrated to lower regions, thanks to climate change. With rapidly increasing temperatures in the region, sources of water have dried up in Samjung and Ghey villages of the district, compelling people to find a more inhabitable place down

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Development Sins and Climate Change

Sep 29th, 2014 | By




While the death toll has risen to 358, millions homeless, standing crops destroyed covering millions of acres of land, the floods continue to cause more losses. Though bad, the situation is not worse than that of the 2010 super flood when 20 million people were affected. When asked about flood warnings and preparedness measures, we

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What Climate Change Means for Indigenous People

Sep 28th, 2014 | By
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When I was born in an Indigenous Limbu village of Eastern Nepal, no one had heard of climate change. Our communities struggled to make their living from land amidst armed conflict, feudal hierarchies, strangling debt and disasters that were slowly increasing. It was impossible, then, for anyone in the village to imagine that I might

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Climate Not as Sensitive to Carbon Dioxide

Sep 28th, 2014 | By




The findings have generated vigorous international debate about an issue that remains a key area of uncertainty in climate ­science. The paper, published in the journal Climate Dynamics, was prepared by US climate scientist Judith Curry and climate ­researcher Nic Lewis. Dr Curry said the sensitivity of climate to increasing concentrations of CO2 was at

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Climate Change: More Disasters Needed to Motivate Individual Behavior Change?

Sep 28th, 2014 | By
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Over 310,000 people marched last Sunday to call for action on climate change. ThePeople’s Climate March aimed to press policymakers that would meet two days later at the UN Climate Summit, a preparation for the next Conference of the Parties(COP). Hundreds of thousands showing that despite of political slow action, awareness on climate change has

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How Did Leaders Respond to the People’s Climate March?

Sep 28th, 2014 | By
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About 400,000 people went to the streets on September 21st to ask for real action to address climate change. It was the greatest climate march in history. The UN Climate Summit organized by Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon took place two days later with the participation of 100 heads of state and 800 leaders from business. How did this Summit react

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The UN Climate Summit Reveals India’s Hypocrisy on Saving Forests

Sep 26th, 2014 | By
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The Guardian: On Tuesday, India’s minister for environment, forests, and climate change, Prakash Javadekar, scoffed at the idea of the country reducing emissions to counter climate change. He held the US chiefly responsible for the climate crisis, and therefore it had to bear the responsibility for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. That has been India’s position

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Climate Change: Experts Call for Proactive Approach to Manage Disasters

Sep 26th, 2014 | By
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The Express Tribune: They were speaking at a conference on “Climate Change and Disaster Management” organised by the Ministry of Planning, Development and Reforms on Thursday. The speakers stressed the need for a comprehensive disaster management policy. Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms Ahsan Iqbal admitted to the government’s inability to face such catastrophes alone

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It’s Time to Recognise Threats of Climate Change

Sep 26th, 2014 | By




Prime Minister Sushil Koirala brought the attention of world leaders to the climate change impacts faced by Nepal and other Least Developed Countries (LDC)  during his address to the UN Climate Change Summit-2014 in New York on Tuesday. Noting that Nepal is the fifth most vulnerable country in terms of climate change, Koirala gave an

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Ice Melt Dilutes Arctic Sea’s CO2 Clean-up Role

Sep 26th, 2014 | By
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Climate News Network: The Arctic ice cap has just passed its summer minimum – and it’s the sixth lowest measure of sea ice recorded since 1978, according to scientists at the US space agency NASA. For three decades, the shrinking Arctic ice – and the growing area of clear blue water exposed each summer – has

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7 Areas of Climate Action at the UN Climate Summit

Sep 25th, 2014 | By
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We’ve summarised some of the main action areas where governments, business and civil society have pledged new action on climate change. 1. Food security Over 20 governments and 30 organisations have announced new actions to ensure food security by joining the UN’s Global Alliance for Climate-Smart Agriculture. This coalition seeks to create food systems that

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More Nations Commit to Fight Climate Change by Restoring Forests

Sep 25th, 2014 | By
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UNEP News Center: World leaders announced new pledges to restore over 30 million hectares of degraded forest lands today at the UN Climate Summit in New York. The commitments come from Ethiopia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Guatemala, and Uganda, among others, and more than doubled the number of hectares contributing to achieving the Bonn Challenge

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Africa Rising: Leaders Discuss Sustainable Development That Leaves No one Behind

Sep 25th, 2014 | By
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How to realize Africa’s potential for the future of all its peoples and build international support for the continent’s development were key questions explored in the first session of the Africa Rising Forum held this week in New York. Taking place at the Africa Center and organized by the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, the 22 September

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National Agricultural Economy Facing Climate Change Risks: Experts

Sep 25th, 2014 | By




Senior Environmental experts said on Wednesday that national agricultural economy was being affected by five major risks related to climate change. Talking to APP senior researcher, Kashif Salik working with Sustainable Policy Development Institute (SDPI) said that being a predominantly agricultural economy, climate change is estimated to decrease crop yields in Pakistan not only as

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Climate Change Worsens Gender Inequality in the Himalayas

Sep 25th, 2014 | By
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In the Himalayas, when a flash flood rips through a village or when a glacial lake flood outburst wipes one out entirely, surviving families relocate to new settlements, where women are often burdened with more labor and kept away from school, or sent off to an early marriage. Climate impacts have made gender and ethnic

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India, China Serious About Climate Change: UN official

Sep 25th, 2014 | By
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gePTI: A top UN official has played down the absence of the heads of state of India and China from the Climate Summit in New York this week, saying the two countries are very serious about an agreement on global warming. UN Secretary-General Special Envoy on Climate Change Mary Robinson said: “China believes that a very

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Clean Urban Transport Can Drive Emissions Cuts

Sep 24th, 2014 | By
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Climate News Network: Here’s a way to save $100 trillion and stop 1,700 million tonnes of carbon dioxide from getting into the atmosphere every year by 2050: cycle, walk or take public transport. A new report by the University of California Davis and the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP) estimates that such a

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Ban Hails ‘Bold’ Announcements on Tackling Climate Change as Historic UN Summit Closes

Sep 24th, 2014 | By
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UN News Center: Bold new actions to immediately tackle climate change were announced today by Government, business, finance and civil society leaders attending a historic Climate Summit convened by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who has long urged workable solutions based on “clear vision anchored in domestic and multinational actions.” “Today was a great day

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Developed World Must ‘Walk The Talk’ on Climate Change: India

Sep 24th, 2014 | By
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Press Trust of India: India has told a high-powered summit on climate change convened by UN chief Ban ki-Moon that if the developed world “walks the talk”, the international community can certainly achieve the targets it has set to tackle climate change. India’s Minister of State for Environment, Forests and Climate Change Prakash Javadekar told

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Disaster Risk Management

Sep 24th, 2014 | By
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The Himalayan Times: Every monsoon season, floods and landslides wreak havoc across the country and our effort is limited to responding after a disaster hits. The recent Jure landslide (rock avalanche) compelled us to think proactively about disaster risk management. This clearly shows we are very poor in disaster preparedness measures. The Kanchanpur flood in the

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Was Kashmir Flooding a Man-made Disaster?

Sep 24th, 2014 | By
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India-administered Kashmir, located in the Himalayas in the country’s north, has been totally devastated by floods – the worst in more than 60 years. Even as the region grapples with the aftermath of the swirling waters, which have left more than 250 dead and millions homeless, the question is why this flood? Is this enormous

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Climate Change Takes Front and Center at United Nations Summit

Sep 23rd, 2014 | By
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The first item on the long list of issues to be addressed at the United Nations General Assembly in New York this week: Climate change. On Tuesday President Barack Obama will address a group of world leaders at the U.N. Climate Summit, a one-day meeting hosted by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and open to leaders

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Global Summit: Youth’s Role in Combating Climate Change Stressed

Sep 23rd, 2014 | By
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The Express Tribune: Environmental experts have stressed urgent action and the youth’s involvement to cope with the effects of climate change. They were speaking at the Climate Summit Pakistan on Monday for a consultative session organised by the COMSATS Centre for Climate Research and Development (CCRD) and the United Nations in the run up to the

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New Momentum Needed to Reduce CO2 Emissions

Sep 23rd, 2014 | By
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Twenty-two years after the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change was adopted in a bid to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide, CO2 emissions continue to rise as international negotiations over how to implement reductions in the discharge of climate-changing gases drag on. On Tuesday, world leaders will assemble in New York

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India Has a Fever, and the Culprit Is Climate Change

Sep 23rd, 2014 | By
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The subtropical Indian subcontinent has a very long human history and a very large human population, both sustained by a peculiar climate phenomenon called the “monsoon.” It is well understood that human economy is a wholly owned subsidiary of the planetary climate, and this is completely true of India’s with respect to the monsoon. Recent

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U.S. Providing USD 402mln to Nepal

Sep 23rd, 2014 | By




The U.S. has agreed to provide a financial support of USD 402 million to Nepal in the next five years. The funds, which will be channelised through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), will be used to reinforce recent gains in democratic processes such as elections, improving governance, expanding proven health interventions in maternal

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Record CO2 Levels Fuel Urgent Calls for Emissions Cuts

Sep 22nd, 2014 | By
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Climate News Network: Global carbon dioxide emissions will this year reach a new record as power stations, cars, buses, trains, aircraft, tractors, factories, farms and cement works continue to burn fossil fuels − releasing an estimated 40 billion tonnes of the greenhouse gas into the atmosphere. And the world’s chances of limiting global average surface warming

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UN Summit to Test Commitment to Climate Fund

Sep 22nd, 2014 | By




AFP: A global fund created to spearhead climate change financing faces a key test at a UN summit this week when it looks to the leaders of the industrialised world to stump up billions of dollars to fill its underflowing coffers. For the South Korea-based Green Climate Fund, the climate summit in New York on

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Farmers to Get Climate Change Info Through SMS

Sep 22nd, 2014 | By




Republica: An outline of environmental and social management framework is to be prepared to draw attraction of small farmers towards adopting modern agriculture through dissemination of climate change related information. The Department of Hydrology and Meteorology has put in place the initiative, first of its kind, to inform small farmers of climate change through SMS. The

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World on Course to Overshoot 2 Degrees Target: Study

Sep 22nd, 2014 | By
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As world leaders prepare to meet in New Yorkto reinvigorate global efforts to tackle climate change, a new study shows carbon dioxide emissions are set to hit record levels. Again. The Global Carbon Project’s (GCP) annual report warns that if emissions continue to climb, the world will soon pass the point at which it’s likely global

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A Himalayan Disaster Awaits India

Sep 22nd, 2014 | By




Many of the 200-odd glacial lakes in Nepal, Sikkim and Bhutan are unstable and, in the event of an earthquake in the Himalayas, could burst and cause catastrophe in northern and eastern India. Celebrated mountain climber Maya Sherpa and Nepali environmentalist Kunda Dixit, while sounding this alarm, said that the lakes have been formed by

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Panama Breaking New Ground on Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation

Sep 21st, 2014 | By
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UNEP News Center: Environmental sustainability is gaining traction on Panama’s political agenda. The announcement of the upgrade of the National Environmental Authority (ANAM) to ministerial status is being followed by a public debate on how to better integrate environmental considerations into public policies. With presence in Panama since 2007, UNEP, as the leading global environmental authority,

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Political Will is Only Barrier to 100% Renewables

Sep 21st, 2014 | By
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Climate News Network: A new handbook shows how forward-looking communities around the world are already moving away from reliance on fossil fuels and generating their own power with 100% renewables − while also becoming more prosperous and creating jobs. The report, How to Achieve 100% Renewable Energy, is being released today, ahead of the UN Climate

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Over 2 Million Displaced in India Due to Natural Disasters in 2013

Sep 21st, 2014 | By
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About 2.14 million people were displaced in India last year due to natural disasters, according to a United Nations-backed report which said the country was third after the Philippines and China to record the highest levels of displacement in 2013. The report ‘Global Estimates 2014: people displaced by disasters’ said 22 million people worldwide were

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Dragging Feet: Pakistan Misses Deadline for $3.8m Grant

Sep 21st, 2014 | By
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The Express Tribune: Pakistan missed the deadline to sign a formal agreement with the World Bank Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) fund worth $3.8 million because of the bureaucracy’s lethargy. FCPF is a World Bank facility set up to support developing countries in carbon emission reduction by preserving their forests. The closing date to sign the

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Climate Change: Major Global Shift to Public Transport Can Cut Emissions by 40%

Sep 21st, 2014 | By
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A shift from car-centric transport to one based on public transport, walking and cycling can reduce carbon dioxide emissions by as much as 1542 megatonnes (1700 megatons) by 2050. This amounts to a 40% reduction in emissions from the business-as-usual scenario, which can go up to 55% reductions when fuel economy contributions are added. Besides

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Worlds Leading Institutional Investors Managing $24 Trillion Call for Carbon Pricing, Ambitious Global Climate Deal

Sep 18th, 2014 | By
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UNEP News Center: Days before UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon convenes the Climate Summit at the United Nations to spur climate action and facilitate a global climate agreement in 2015, more than 340 global institutional investors representing over $24 trillion in assets have called on government leaders to provide stable, reliable and economically meaningful carbon pricing that

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REDD+ Needs to Protect Forests and Boost Rural Development

Sep 18th, 2014 | By
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Under the UN climate treaty REDD+ (Reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation) involves reducing greenhouse gas emissions by protecting forests in developing countries and providing finance to make it possible. Tropical deforestation and degradation is estimated to be responsible for roughly 15% of global emissions. Making REDD+ work on the ground is challenging. Careful

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Climate Summit Previews Push for New Global Treaty

Sep 18th, 2014 | By
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Nature: When the United Nations Climate Summit begins on 23 September in New York City, US President Barack Obama will be there. But many of his counterparts from other major greenhouse-gas-emitting countries — including China, India, Germany and Australia — plan to stay at home. Still, the meeting could offer important clues to how a UN push

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Pakistan’s Economy Battered by Floods and Political Unrest

Sep 18th, 2014 | By
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Talks to end a month-long sit-in by anti-government protesters in Pakistan remain deadlocked after authorities arrested dozens of demonstrators. The South Asian country has been facing political turmoil over the past weeks ever since opposition politicians Imran Khan and Tahir-ul Qadri led mass demonstrations against the democratically elected government of PM Nawaz Sharif, whom they

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Himalayan Glaciers Losing Ice by Thinning

Sep 18th, 2014 | By
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The Hindu: The response of the Himalayan glaciers to climate change is very puzzling in many ways. Despite being subjected to similar climate changes, some of these glaciers appear to be stagnant as their fronts (or mouths) appear to be stationary. However, appearances can be deceptive and these glaciers are in one stage of development where

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Tackling Climate Change and Promoting Development: A “Win-Win”

Sep 17th, 2014 | By
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A widespread perception exists that developing countries must make a choice between tackling climate change and fighting poverty. This assumption is incorrect, according to the authors of a new report on green growth. The New Climate Economy (NCE) report was launched on Tuesday at the United Nations by the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate, which

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REDD+ Progress is Possible — Just Look at Indonesia

Sep 17th, 2014 | By
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SciDev.Net: In the global drive to cut greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, REDD+ transactions have become prominent. REDD+ stands for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation plus safeguards, such as transparent governance and respect for indigenous peoples’ rights and knowledge. REDD+ transactions agree ways for governments, communities and private entities to reward each other for storing carbon in tropical forests and

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Negligence, the Biggest Disaster in Pakistan

Sep 17th, 2014 | By




The Express Tribune: As if the ongoing political crisis was not enough, we are in the middle of a natural disaster, once again. As before, the state appears to be woefully unprepared. More than 23 districts in Punjab, 10 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir and five in Gilgit-Baltistan have been affected by the September rains killing more

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Development-oriented Relief

Sep 17th, 2014 | By
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The Himalayan Times: Disaster has manifested as a double-headed hydra in the form of floods and landslides throughout Nepal since the last few months. Whilst the mountains and the hills have been rocked by the landslides, the Terai has been submerged in deep flood waters. This has put the country in general and the Home Ministry,

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‘Improper Use of Clean Energy Fund Weakening India’

Sep 17th, 2014 | By
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India’s leveraging strength in climate finance will be “weakened” globally after the central government’s failure to properly plan state-wise sharing of revenue generated from the coal cess-driven National Clean Energy Fund (NCEF), an expert said. According to Joyashree Roy, a member of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), India is taking a “major wrong step”

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Climate Finance for Cities and Buildings: a Handbook for Local Governments

Sep 16th, 2014 | By
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The objectives of this Handbook are to help raise awareness among local stakeholders regarding climate finance and its potential in the built environment, given the important role that this sector has to play in climate change mitigation. It also aims to help local governments to use climate finance mechanisms as an opportunity to increase the

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Climate Change Remedies ‘Affordable’, Says Global Body

Sep 16th, 2014 | By
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BBC: The body, a group of chief executives, former prime ministers and finance ministers, argues the cost of tackling climate change is modest. Its report says adding 5% to the $6 trillion (£3.7tn; 4.6tn euros) a year due to be spent on power and transport projects could buy clean technology. Critics say the report is

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Old Climate Change Formula no Longer Exists, Say Scientists

Sep 16th, 2014 | By
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IANS: The traditional formula on climate change that says that regions that have a moist climate will experience additional rainfall is no longer valid, scientists say. The old formula that dry gets drier and wet gets wetter (DDWW) is less universally valid than previously assumed, stressed a team of climate researchers from the Swiss Federal Institute

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How Many Disasters Does Pakistan Need to Focus on Climate Change?

Sep 16th, 2014 | By
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Dawn: The media is all eyes and ears for the fiery speeches, debates and discussions in the power play, and the awareness definitely plays an important role in stabilising the situation. But what about the section of the populace greatly affected and displaced by the current war in north west Pakistan and the floods? At

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Kedarnath to Kashmir, The Tragedy of Development

Sep 16th, 2014 | By
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This week’s flood in Kashmir, the worst in half a century, has left a trail of devastation so extensive that from the aerial pictures it is hard to imagine there was ever life below the watery landscape. With river embankments breached, agriculture eroded, cities flooded, roads and bridges washed away, the flood was too devastating

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Forest Users Learning to Cope With Climate Stress on Water

Sep 15th, 2014 | By
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Republica: In June this year, thousands of farmers, especially in Nepal´s western region, were wrestling with rain deficit, constantly gazing toward the sky devoid of monsoon clouds. In some areas badly affected by the weak monsoon, farmers were seen irrigating their parched crop fields with water supplied through pipes.But, in Hapur village of Dang district, the

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