Archive for November 2014

Progress Towards Ogoniland Clean-up following Geneva Talks

Nov 30th, 2014 | By
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Two-day stakeholder meetings held in Geneva on 24-25 November 2014 have carved a clear path forward for the implementation of environmental remediation measures proposed by UNEP in the Environmental Assessment of Ogoniland. Convened by Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, Nigeria’s Minister of Petroleum Resources, and facilitated by UNEP, the meetings mark a pivotal moment for the large-scale

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The Chinese Scientific Revolution Aims to Tackle Climate Change

Nov 30th, 2014 | By
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This article is about the future landscape of science in general, and climate science in particular. Just a few days ago, the Chinese Academy of Sciences hosted a small workshop which involved scientists from around the world that work on a device called the Expendable Bathythermograph, or XBT for short. The obscurity of the conference

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Dismantling Ski Lifts and Moving Villages: Alps Adapt to Climate Change

Nov 30th, 2014 | By
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With temperatures rising faster in the Alps than the rest of the world, alpine countries are working together to adapt to climate change and hope to set an example. A recent Austrian climate change report found that the country’s temperatures had risen twice as fast as the global average since 1880, with the number of

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Mumbai, Kolkata Most Vulnerable to Climate Change: Government

Nov 30th, 2014 | By
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India’s populous coastal cities Mumbai and Kolkata are most vulnerable to loss of life and properties due to coastal flooding in the second half of the century, the government has said quoting a UN report ahead of a key global climate conference in Peruvian capital Lima. The UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has warned

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Earthly Matters: Lighting Up the Delta

Nov 30th, 2014 | By
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The fisher folk of the Indus Delta are amongst the poorest of the poor in Pakistan. Many have to eke out a living on mud flats of the fan-shaped delta, where the river meets the Arabian Sea. They are completely dependent upon fishing for their survival, but now because of global climate change and the

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Hundreds of Millions of Dollars Committed to Developing Countries for Ozone Layer Protection

Nov 28th, 2014 | By
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Developing countries are to receive over US$507 million under the Montreal Protocol to ensure the continued phase-out of the ozone depleting substance hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs). The 197 parties to the Vienna Convention and Montreal Protocol also decided to further discuss in a special meeting all issues related to hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) management. HFCs have high greenhouse gas

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Rajendra Pachauri: Science Offers Clear Rationale for Climate Action

Nov 28th, 2014 | By
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On the basis of observations the AR5 has found that warming of the climate system is unequivocal, and since the 1950s, many of the observed changes are unprecedented over decades to millennia. The atmosphere and oceans have warmed, the amounts of snow and ice have diminished, and sea level has risen. Yet, despite a growing

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Common View on Climate Change, Disaster Mitigation

Nov 28th, 2014 | By




The leaders of Saarc member nations have called for cross-border information sharing and regional cooperation mechanism to fight climate change and to minimise the risks of natural disasters like floods and landslides in the region. Addressing the inaugural session of the 18th Saarc Summit at the City Hall in Kathmandu on Wednesday, the leaders highlighted

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Full Text of the Kathmandu Declaration

Nov 28th, 2014 | By
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1. (Regional Cooperation): The Heads of State or Government expressed their strong determination to deepen regional integration for peace, stability and prosperity in South Asia by intensifying cooperation, inter alia, in trade, investment, finance, energy, security, infrastructure, connectivity and culture; and implementing projects, programmes and activities in a prioritised, result-oriented and time-bound manner. 2. (South

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Vehicles on Rohtang Should be Fuelled by CNG: Green Panel

Nov 28th, 2014 | By




IANS: The ice mass on high Himalayan mountain pass Rohtang, overlooking this tourist resort in Himachal Pradesh, is reducing rapidly due to air pollution and in the next 20 to 25 years it may vanish altogether, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) has said. This would create serious repercussions on ecology and the environment of the

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India Court Slams Delhi’s Worsening Air Pollution

Nov 27th, 2014 | By
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India’s environment court has slammed the government over the capital’s horrendous air pollution, which it said was “getting worse” every day, and ordered a string of measures to bring it down. The National Green Tribunal directed all vehicles older than 15 years be taken off New Delhi roads, pollution checks undertaken for all state-run buses

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Prospects Rise for a 2015 U.N. Climate Deal, But Likely to be Weak

Nov 27th, 2014 | By
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(Reuters) – A global deal to combat climate change in 2015 looks more likely after promises for action by China, the United States and the European Union, but any agreement will probably be too weak to halt rising temperatures. Delegates from almost 200 nations will meet in Lima, Peru, from Dec. 1-12 to work on

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Cities Must Adapt to Climate Change, or Risk Disaster

Nov 27th, 2014 | By
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With a rise in natural disasters such as super storms, storm surges, landslides and floods, we are regularly reminded of the need to make our cities safer and stronger. Typhoon Haiyan last year killed more than 6,000 people and thousands more still live in temporary shelters. Climate change will only increase the frequency and intensity

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Deep Ocean Has no Role in Sea Level Rise

Nov 27th, 2014 | By




In these times of global warming, it is a well-known fact that the sea levels of the Earth’s oceans are rising due to melting icebergs and glaciers and thermal expansion due to ocean warming caused by the heat trapped in the atmosphere by greenhouse gases. A new study by NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration)

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India-Nepal Power Deal: Over $1 Billion For Hydroelectric Plant In Himalayan Country

Nov 27th, 2014 | By
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As different regional leaders met up in Kathmandu earlier this week, the newest development for the energy-starved Himalayan country becomes official: last Tuesday, an India-Nepal power deal was signed, which will end up providing electricity to the nation come 2020. In times of energetic crisis for the South Asian nation, it seems that the India-Nepal

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Geo-engineering: Climate Fixes ‘Could Harm Billions’

Nov 26th, 2014 | By
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Schemes to tackle climate change could prove disastrous for billions of people, but might be required for the good of the planet, scientists say. That is the conclusion of a new set of studies into what’s become known as geo-engineering. This is the so far unproven science of intervening in the climate to bring down

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ADB Provides Rs 6 Billion in Loan‚ Grant for Water Supply‚ Sanitation

Nov 26th, 2014 | By




The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has agreed to provide a loan assistance of SDR 38.921 million (equivalent to Rs 5.78 billion) and grant assistance of $1.3 million (equivalent to Rs 127.40 million) to the government for implementation of the Third Small Town Water Supply and Sanitation Project in Nepal. An agreement to this effect was

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Sun’s Finally Shining on India’s Climate Change Fight

Nov 26th, 2014 | By
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In India, fighting climate change means turning to the sun. In Baramati in the western state of Maharashtra, construction is under way on a solar power plant that will generate 50 megawatts (MW), enough to power a small town. The first phase, which is being built by Welspun Energy in partnership with the state power

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Kashmiris Urge India-Pakistan Cooperation to Head off Disasters

Nov 26th, 2014 | By
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(Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Since India’s Jammu and Kashmir state was hit in September by its worst-ever floods, which also affected people on Pakistan’s side of the disputed border, the two rival nations are under growing pressure to put aside their differences to protect Kashmiris from rising disaster threats. During the recent floods, a top

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Lima Talks to test Political Will for Global Climate Deal

Nov 25th, 2014 | By
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UN climate talks opening in Lima on 1 December will be pivotal to gauge political will for a new global climate deal.  Governments are expected to agree on the outline of an agreement to be approved in Paris in 2015. With overwhelming scientific evidence of the increased rate and impact of climate change, it is

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Can Global Warming be Limited to 1.5C?

Nov 25th, 2014 | By
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The world community has agreed a global warming limit of holding warming below 2C above preindustrial levels. Small island states and the least developed countries have called for warming to be brought back to below 1.5 by 2100. The 1.5C warming limit is now under review for consideration next year by the UN’s climate body

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Protecting Biodiversity With Rigour

Nov 25th, 2014 | By
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The Prime Minister recently reorganised his National Council on Climate Change and called on an indigenous answer, yoga, to alter consciousness and tackle climate change. The Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) is currently working on the National Democratic Alliance’s position on climate change, with two major United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change meetings

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Proofing Communities Against Glacial Melt Impact

Nov 25th, 2014 | By




Nepal will seek an opportunity to draw global attention towards the plight of the mountains that are retreating at an alarming rate and its impact on the lives and livelihoods of millions of people, in the upcoming global climate summit which takes place in Peru next month. During the 20th session of the Conference of

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Disaster Risk in South Asia

Nov 25th, 2014 | By
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South Asia has 1.7 billion people, of which more than 70 per cent live in poverty. Despite having tremendous natural resource base such as water, minerals, forest, productive fertile land and industrious people, this region remains underdeveloped primarily due to political instability, poor leadership, inability to utilize natural resources at optimum level and frequent disasters.

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We Need More Carbon Dioxide, Not Less

Nov 24th, 2014 | By




AUSTRALIAN politics has been more influenced by the climate debate than any other country. Yet Australia is responsible for only 1.5 per cent of global CO2 emissions. Perhaps this speaks of Australia’s extraordinary commitment to the international community. Yet Australia has threatened to hobble its own economy while much larger ­nations take a pass while

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India’s Coal Concerns

Nov 24th, 2014 | By
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Coal is India’s main energy source but we have to be very careful. After the historic Sino-US accord on climate change signed in Beijing between US President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping 12 days ago, China has unveiled further details on what it plans to do in regard to coal consumption, the primary

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Study of Melting Glaciers Worries Meteorologists

Nov 24th, 2014 | By
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Meteorologists worried at the depletion of glaciers in Pakistan studied six glaciers in the Karakorum Range recently, and the results have made them worry even more. “All of them were found melting at a faster rate. The changing climate is taking a heavy toll on our glaciers,” Chief Meteorologist of Pakistan Met Department (PMD) Dr

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Curtain Raiser for Himalayan Consensus Summit

Nov 24th, 2014 | By




Himalayan Consensus Institute and the Nepal Economic Forum organized a curtain raiser in Kathmandu on Sunday for the Himalayan Consensus Summit which will be held in Bhutan in July 2015. The program focuses on the Himalayan Consensus theme as an alternative development paradigm, focusing particularly on exploring new equations in ecological balance, conservation and entrepreneurship.

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Karachi Needs to Welcome its ‘Visitors’

Nov 24th, 2014 | By
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In Karachi, a critical cause for urban expansion and haphazard growth patterns has been our incapacity to accommodate, in terms of provision of services and integration, the large number of migrants that have found their way into Karachi, mainly from other parts of Pakistan. In many other highly populated cities worldwide, successful optimisation has taken

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The Emissions Gap Report 2014

Nov 23rd, 2014 | By
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Over the past four years the “emissions gap” series published by the United Nations Environment Program has analysed the size of the gap and has provided insights on options to close it. This fifth report provides an updated measure of the emissions gap. In addition, this year’s update of the analysis calculates an emissions gap

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The Karakoram Glacier’s Secret to “Eternal Youth”

Nov 23rd, 2014 | By
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You might call it the ultimate cold case. In a time when glaciers are quite literally melting before our very eyes, one glacier in the Himalayas has been doing quite the opposite. “It’s been a source of controversy that these glaciers haven’t been changing while other glaciers in the world have,” Sarah Kapnick, a postdoctoral

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Climate Change is Not Just About Science – It’s About the Future We Want to Create

Nov 23rd, 2014 | By
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Next December, 196 nations will meet in Paris to agree a course of action to respond to climate change. They will do so under the auspices of the UN framework convention on climate change. This is an international treaty negotiated at the Earth summit in Rio in 1992 with the objective to “stabilise greenhouse gas

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PC Recommends Bringing Down SAARC Centres From 11 to 5

Nov 23rd, 2014 | By




The process of the 18th Summit of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation started today with the 49th Programming Committee meeting of the regional bloc in Kathmandu. The PC discussion recommended reduction of the number of SAARC regional centres from the existing 11 to five. Joint-secretaries from the Ministry of Foreign/External Affairs of all eight

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Global Conference 2016 in Nepal

Nov 23rd, 2014 | By




The Nepal Unit of the Nature–Human Centric Peoples Movement is going to organize a global conference 2016 in Nepal. General Secretary at Nepal Unit, Dindaya Rijal, informed that the conference will discuss climate change effects, global warming, widening gulf between the rich and poor, unemployment, corruption, rule of law, and nuclear reactor. Before this, many

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Saving Forests Not Enough to Stop Carbon Imbalance

Nov 21st, 2014 | By
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Foresters may be guardians of the planet, but they may need to think about more than just the forests to reduce the threats from climate change. New research suggests that a policy that protects the planet’s forests from fire and the chainsaw must also deliver new ways of stopping the spread of agriculture into other

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Globe Sets 5th Hottest-month Record of 2014

Nov 21st, 2014 | By
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Despite a bitter U.S. cold snap, the globe is rushing hell-bent toward its warmest year on record with last month setting the fifth monthly heat record of the year. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Thursday that last month was the hottest October on record worldwide. The 58.43 degrees Fahrenheit (14.74 Celsius) beat out

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One Lakh Deaths Due to Pollution, India Needs to be Energy Efficient: UN Report

Nov 21st, 2014 | By
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PTI: Nearly one lakh premature deaths take place annually due to air pollution in India and some other countries which can be avoided by 2030 by improving energy efficiency measures in transport and industrial sectors, a UN report today said. The fifth Emissions Gap Report 2014 by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), which was

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UN: Cut CO2 Emissions to Zero by 2070, or Experience a ‘Global Catastrophe’

Nov 21st, 2014 | By
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The Guardian: The world must cut CO2 emissions to zero by 2070 at the latest to keep global warming below dangerous levels and prevent a global catastrophe, the UN warns. By 2100, all greenhouse gas emissions – including methane, nitrous oxide and ozone, as well as CO2 – must fall to zero, the United Nationals

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Investigative Climate Reporting Stressed

Nov 21st, 2014 | By




Speakers at a workshop on ‘Climate Change Communication’, jointly organised by the government, Nepal Forum of Environmental Journalists and the Department for International Development, urged journalists to report on investigative climate change information in a simple language to raise awareness among local communities of various developmental regions. Highlighting the lack of effective reporting to warn

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The Path to Climate Neutrality: UNEP Gap Report

Nov 20th, 2014 | By
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The UN’s top climate official today welcomed a report that underlines how the world can keep a global temperature rise under 2 degrees Celsius. The report, released today by the UN Environment programme (UNEP) in advance of the UN’s next climate conference in Lima, Peru sets out the pathways required to avoid dangerous climate change.

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Current Pledges Not Enough to Stop Global Warming: UN Report

Nov 20th, 2014 | By
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Pollution is still rising despite world pledges to cut carbon emissions, and more action is needed to rein in climate change in the coming years, a United Nations (UN) report said Wednesday. The Emissions Gap report is the fifth yearly analysis that examines how countries are doing and lays out the path toward keeping the

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Worldwide Retreat of Glaciers Confirmed in Unprecedented Detail

Nov 20th, 2014 | By
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The National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) is part of the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder. A new book from the international GLIMS (Global Land Ice Measurements from Space) initiative, an international collaboration including the National Snow and Ice Data Center at the University of Colorado

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Can New Global Fund Rescue Those Worst Hit by Climate Change?

Nov 20th, 2014 | By
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(Thomson Reuters Foundation) – When U.S. President Barack Obama announced a $3 billion pledge to a new international climate change fund, he made a point of highlighting how the money would help poor countries hit by worsening extreme weather and rising seas. Climate change adaptation – measures that protect people and assets, such as early

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Fall of Ancient Civilization Offers Climate Warning

Nov 19th, 2014 | By
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Two scholars have a new explanation for the collapse of one of the great Bronze Age civilizations. The Assyrian empire of the 7th century BC – based in Nineveh, in what is now northern Iraq – may have collapsed at least in part because of a population explosion and climate change in the form of

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Looking Beyond IPCC Reports in the Himalayas

Nov 19th, 2014 | By
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Moving beyond the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) assessment reports can help integrate scientific and traditional knowledge for effective adaptation action in the Hindu Kush Himalayan (HKH) region, an international gathering of climate experts in Kathmandu heard. Participants from 22 countries stressed at the 9-12 November conference in Kathmandu the need for increased knowledge

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Conversation with Bhutan’s Young “Dragon King”

Nov 19th, 2014 | By
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King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck is a young ruler connected deeply with the digital universe while remaining anchored in the teaching and wisdom handed down through generations. He surfs the Web to gauge the mood of the people, following the conversations of his subjects and engaging them through social media. He has his own Facebook page, and he knows about National

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Nepal Needs to Invest in Youth: UN Report

Nov 19th, 2014 | By




Nepal needs to invest more in youths to drive economic and social development, suggests the State of World Population 2014, released today by the United Nations Population Fund. Being home to more than nine million people between the ages of 10 and 24 years in 2014, Nepal’s transitional demographic shift opens a window for demographic

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Involve Communities in Climate Resilient Development: Report

Nov 19th, 2014 | By




The participation and contribution of knowledge and practices of indigenous local communities is crucial to effectively implement long-term adaptation plans and programmes to climate change, according to the findings of a new report on ‘Indigenous Practices in Climate Change Adaptation’. The report said the country’s aim to become climate-resilient society by building resilience in major

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Rich Countries ‘Backsliding’ on Climate Finance

Nov 18th, 2014 | By
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The $10bn (£6bn) in climate aid which Britain and other rich countries are expected to formally pledge this week represents a backsliding on earlier climate finance transfers, according to observers. Countries are together expected to offer around $10bn to the Green Climate Fund (GCF) at a meeting in Berlin on Thursday, with the UK becoming

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South Asian Experts’ Top Ten Recommendations for a Stronger Post-2015 Disasters Agreement

Nov 18th, 2014 | By
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The pre-zero and zero drafts of the Post-2015 Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) have now been released and the process to forge this global agreement in March 2015 is fast gaining momentum. It is therefore, increasingly important to ensure that the views of policy-makers and practitioners from countries at great risk of disaster losses

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Pakistan Tax on Solar Imports Threatens Clean Energy Push

Nov 18th, 2014 | By
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Dawn: At a time when many countries are offering financial incentives to promote the use of clean energy, Pakistan has imposed a 32.5 per cent tax on the import of solar panels, a move experts say is likely to hit demand for solar energy. Officials say the tax was imposed to encourage local manufacturing of

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India Must Lead Climate Fight for Developing Countries at UN Talks

Nov 18th, 2014 | By
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On November 12, 2014, US president Barack Obama and Chinese president Xi Jinping announced a joint plan to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The deal came as a big surprise to most. After all, it was a deal between the world’s top polluters – the US is the world’s biggest historical polluter while China is

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Coal Rush in India Could Tip Balance on Climate Change

Nov 18th, 2014 | By
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Decades of strip mining have left this town in the heart of India’s coal fields a fiery moonscape, with mountains of black slag, sulfurous air and sickened residents. But rather than reclaim these hills or rethink their exploitation, the government is digging deeper in a coal rush that could push the world into irreversible climate

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Up and About: A Tourist Destination That Does not Pinch the Pocket

Nov 17th, 2014 | By
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Tourists from the city who have dreamt of travelling to international destinations at Indian rates might just have gotten lucky. Bhutan fulfils the criterion. Tucked amidst the tall peaks of the Himalayas, Bhutan has been rated the ‘happiest country’ according to the World Happiness Report 2013, and it seems to be spreading happiness to cost-conscious

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Our Planet: Climate for Life

Nov 17th, 2014 | By
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The interaction between biodiversity, climate change and protected areas are the focus of this issue of Our Planet. Protected areas are important carbon storage facilities, so their maintenance and expansion is a key contributor to mitigating climate change. Protected areas also supply many essentials required to sustain humankind. By protecting biodiversity, we also protect ourselves.

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Floating Homes to Tackle Overcrowding in the Maldives

Nov 17th, 2014 | By
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The Maldives — one of the most densely populated nations in the world — has embarked on a series of floating developments that could take the pressure off a severe housing shortage and counter sea-level rises owing to climate change. The firm behind the project is also proposing to build cheaper floating platforms, made largely

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Focus on Developing Karnali‚ Panel Tells Govt

Nov 17th, 2014 | By




The Development Committee of the Parliament today issued directives to the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation to develop Karnali region as a major tourist destination. The Committee chaired by Rabindra Adhikari also instructed National Planning Commission to bring a seven-year medium plan and a 15-year master plan for development of Karnali region by

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Climate Change Pact and India’s Isolation

Nov 17th, 2014 | By
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If there is an area of policy-making that just involves hot air, it has to be climate change. The amount of rhetoric that is expended by countries on this issue would be amusing if it were not for the seriousness of the threat of climate change and the geopolitical manoeuvring behind the scenes to disadvantage

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China Asks Developing Countries to Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Nov 17th, 2014 | By




PTI: Promising to set ambitious goals to cut greenhouse gas emissions following a landmark agreement with the US, China has asked other developing countries to follow suit. China, which was part of the BASIC group — Brazil, South Africa, India and China — in the global climate negotiations to flag the concerns of the developing

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India Feels Heat as Pressure Mounts to Deliver Climate Target

Nov 17th, 2014 | By
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With the United States and China unveiling a potentially game-changing bilateral deal to whittle down their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and project a united front on the global fight against climate change, India is feeling the pressure to recalibrate its domestic climate strategy in the run up to Lima climate conference next month. According to the

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