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Himalayan Nations at Climate Change Conference-CoP21

Dec 3rd, 2015 | By
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Over 150 heads of state and government gathered in Paris at the UN climate change conference on Monday, 30 November, the largest group of leaders ever to attend a UN event in a single day. In speech after speech, they provided political leadership and support to reach an ambitious and effective climate change agreement by

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Mountain events at climate change summit-CoP 21

Dec 2nd, 2015 | By
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Given that mountains regions of the world are facing huge impact of Climate Change, not much importance has been given to these regions and its people at major global forums including UN climate change conferences. It is evident that since last few decades the Himalayan mountain region faced major hydro meteorological disasters, leading to huge

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Global Agricultural Transition Under Way to Boost Resilience to Climate Change and Reduce Emissions

Dec 2nd, 2015 | By




Paris 30 Nov: Six Cooperative Initiatives Driving Climate Resilient, Productive and Low Emissions Agriculture Paris, 1 December 2015 – Governments and food and agriculture organizations join today at the LPAA Focus on Agriculture to respond to the urgent climate challenges facing agriculture with six cooperative initiatives that will protect the long-term livelihoods of millions of

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New $500 million initiative for climate action in Developing Countries

Dec 2nd, 2015 | By




PARIS, Nov. 30, 2015 – Four European countries – Germany, Norway, Sweden, and Switzerland – today announced a new $500 million initiative that will find new ways to create incentives aimed at large scale cuts in greenhouse gas emissions in developing countries to combat climate change. The World Bank Group worked with the countries to

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$248 USD million pledged to GEF climate fund for most vulnerable countries

Dec 2nd, 2015 | By
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UNFCC 30 Nov 2015: New financing for Least Developed Countries Fund sends strong signal of commitment as Paris talks get underway PARIS – Monday November 30, 2015 – Eleven donors have pledged close to $250 USD million in new money for adaptation support to the most vulnerable countries on the planet giving a welcome boost

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Ecologically Fragile State to Face Yet Another Flood

Mar 31st, 2015 | By
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BILAL PANDOW writes about ‘Kashmir Flood on 30 March’ in Kashmir valley, another consecutive flood  since September 2014, which devastated the valley. He discusses about policies, ecological imbalance and increasing encroachment in the natural waterways and insufficient preparedness measures in place. As flood situation in Kashmir valley is looming, the water level in Jhelum river

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Pressure on to Finish Draft Paris Climate Deal in February

Jan 30th, 2015 | By
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The co-chairs of the UN climate talks have told diplomats that they must finalise the draft version of a 2015 Paris deal this February. Diplomats from around the world will meet in Geneva 8-13 February for the first time since Lima, where they crafted a sprawling 38-page text laying out the various options for the

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Previous Climatic Shifts Deprived Oceans of Oxygen

Jan 30th, 2015 | By
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Dead zones — massive stratified columns of oxygen-deprived water — could become the new normal in oceans around the world as global temperatures continue to rise. New research, published this week in the journal PLOS ONE, links ancient climate change to dead zone expansion. “Our modern ocean is moving into a state that has no

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Chimps’ Survival Hopes Jeopardised by Climate Change

Jan 30th, 2015 | By
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Climate change is a challenge for chimpanzees, too. New research warns that a primate subspecies – one of humanity’s closest animal relatives – could become endangered within five years The threatened subspecies of the common chimpanzee is Pan troglodytes ellioti, and there are only 6,000 remaining individuals, surviving in two populations in Cameroon. Field biologist

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Air Pollution Hits Crops More Than Climate Change

Jan 30th, 2015 | By
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Atmospheric pollutants may impact India’s major crops like wheat and rice more than temperature rise, says a new study based on a ‘regression model’ that predicts future events with information on past or present events. The study by Jennifer Burney and V. Ramanathan, scientists at the University of California, project that a one degree centigrade

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Climate Negotiations Reveal New Alliances in the Global South

Jan 30th, 2015 | By
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The economic divides between developing countries are widening. In order to defend their interests at the climate negotiations, large emerging economies, small island states and the less advanced countries are forming alliances based on common concerns. EurActiv France reports. The previously clear demarcation between North and South used in past climate negotiations is becoming blurred. The

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How Renewables can Come to the Rescue in Disaster Zones

Jan 29th, 2015 | By
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When people’s lives are thrown into chaos by war, famine or natural disaster, using renewable energy may not seem like an obvious response. However, a group of UK entrepreneurs believes that decentralised renewable energy could provide a cheap and immediate source of power to those who need it most. John Hingley, founder of Renovagen, a

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New-generation Solar Panels Far Cheaper, More Efficient: Scientists

Jan 29th, 2015 | By
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(Thomson Reuters Foundation) – A new generation of solar panels made from a mineral called perovskite has the potential to convert solar energy into household electricity more cheaply than ever before, according to a study from Briain’s Exeter University. Super-thin, custom-colored panels attached to a building’s windows may become a “holy grail” for India and

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Time for Bhutan and the World to Give ‘Happiness’ a Second Look

Jan 29th, 2015 | By
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If there is one thing that could describe the tiny Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan in international development terms, it would most likely be the introduction of a unique metric to measure development progress: the “gross national happiness” index. But more than 40 years after the index was introduced by the country’s former king, Jigme Wangchuck,

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Changing Winds

Jan 29th, 2015 | By




Express News Service: US President Barack Obama could hardly have missed the irony of conducting talks on climate change in what is, according to some indices, the world’s most polluted city. But despite disappointing those awaiting major concessions on emissions-reduction targets like the one Obama brokered with China last year, the modest agreement that was

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China and India Adopt UK Tool to Map Green Futures

Jan 29th, 2015 | By
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The UK is responsible for less than 2% of global greenhouse gas emissions. Its actions to cut emissions, however ambitious, can only have a limited impact on the path of climate change. But a tool developed by the UK government is helping to inspire and inform low carbon policies in some 20 countries and regions,

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Increased Carbon Spill From Glaciers Sets New Puzzle

Jan 29th, 2015 | By
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Researchers in the US have calculated that, thanks to climate change, melting glaciers will have spilled an extra 15 million tonnes of organic carbon into the seas by 2050. The consequences for the ecosystems that depend on glacial meltwater are uncertain, but this burden of biological soot and sediment has potential implications for the global carbon

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‘World Can Cut Carbon Emissions and Live Well’

Jan 29th, 2015 | By
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Forests around the world will need to be expanded by 5-15% to limit global temperature rises to 2C. And crop yields must rise by 40-60%. These are just two predictions for 2050 of an online tool developed by the government to consider options for cutting carbon emissions. The Global Calculator uses data reviewed by international

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Global Warming Spells Disaster for Tropical Andes Glaciers

Jan 28th, 2015 | By
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As components of the global cryosphere, mountain glaciers are known for their high sensitivity to climate change. Glaciers are the result of solid precipitation and reflect its variability from one year to the next. The ablation process – by which glaciers lose snow and ice, converting it into water and vapor – depends directly on

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We Should Not Surrender to Climate Change

Jan 27th, 2015 | By
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This month a team of scientists reported that melting ice caps and glaciers due to climate change are causing oceans to rise more drastically than previously calculated. The news is particularly troubling for my country, the Maldives — the world’s lowest lying island chain — and for other coastal and island nations that sit just

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La Niñas on the Rise in Climate Change Double Whammy

Jan 27th, 2015 | By
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Talk about a left-right jab. One of the world’s biggest sources of climate variability is set to develop a devastating double blow. The El Niño Southern Oscillation is a natural fluctuation of ocean temperatures in the equatorial Pacific that can give rise to El Niño and La Niña, which drive droughts and floods from South

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US-India Deal Boosts Nuclear and Solar But is Quiet on Coal

Jan 27th, 2015 | By
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International and national media competed to feed minute-by-minute gestures of Obama and India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi. There was much anticipation that this meeting would be unprecedented and game-changing for Indo-US relations, shifting the dynamics of global politics. So, what did we get to see apart from bromance, Obama trying his luck with Hindi, a

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Financial Pledges for REDD+ Slow to be Disbursed, Finds Report

Jan 27th, 2015 | By
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Only a small fraction of the $7.3 billion pledged under the Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD+) program has actually been disbursed, find a new report that tracked REDD+ finance in seven countries. The REDD+ eXpenditures Tracking Initiative (REDDX) initiative, led by Forest Trends, analyzed REDD+ financial flows between 2009 and 2012 in Brazil,

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Concern Over Climate, Compromise on Nature

Jan 27th, 2015 | By
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On his visit to India, U.S. President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Narendra Modi have announced a landmark civil nuclear deal, which will give India access to generating nuclear power. This follows on the heels of several announcements made by Mr. Modi on making India a hub for producing clean or non-conventional energy, posited as

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Climate Pushes Doomsday Clock Close to Midnight

Jan 26th, 2015 | By
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The two main “extraordinary and undeniable threats to the continued existence of humanity” are more acute than at any time in the last 30 years, according to scientists in the US. One is the possibility of nuclear war − even a limited one. The other is climate change, which the scientists say “looms over all

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Climate Change Could Impact the Poor Much More Than Previously Thought

Jan 26th, 2015 | By
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It’s widely accepted that climate change will have bigger negative impacts on poorer countries than wealthy ones. However, a new economic modeling study finds that the economic impacts on these poorer countries could be much larger than previous estimates. As a result, they suggest that we should be aiming to limit global warming to near,

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Copenhagen Unveils First Climate-change Adapted Neighborhood

Jan 26th, 2015 | By
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Come hell or high water, the residents of St. Kjeld, a Copenhagen neighborhood, will be ready. Actually, skip the hell part. But when the next megastorm hits the Danish capital, St. Kjeld’s residents will be safe and dry. That’s because as of December, they live in the world’s first climate-change-adapted neighborhood. “St. Kjeld’s transformation shows

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Give India IPR-free Technology to Fight Climate Change: Prakash Javadekar

Jan 26th, 2015 | By




Environment minister Prakash Javadekar on Sunday urged rich nations to provide India technology “free of IPRs (Intellectual Property Rights)” to help it tackle climate change, saying it can be a “win-win situation for all”. “If the developed world is ready to provide technology free of IPRs, it can be a win-win situation for all. We’ll

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Japanese Technology to Boost Flood Warnings in South Asia

Jan 25th, 2015 | By




IANS: A sophisticated flood forecast model developed by Japanese scientists will enhance early warnings and help mitigate the impact of climate change in the flood-ravaged trans-boundary river basins of India, Pakistan and even China. Rainfall and snowfall data from the three countries located in the Indus and Mekong river basins will be fed into a

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U.N. Asks Countries for Climate Plans After Record Warm 2014

Jan 25th, 2015 | By
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(Reuters) – The United Nations asked governments on Thursday to submit plans to cut greenhouse gas emissions as the building blocks of a deal due in Paris in December to limit global warming, after scientists said 2014 was the hottest year on record. Governments have agreed an informal deadline of March 31 to submit plans

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Earthly Matters: Climate Smart Agriculture

Jan 25th, 2015 | By
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For a water stressed agro-based country like Pakistan, climate-smart agriculture is the need of the hour. Today, Pakistan is just about self-sufficient in food production as agricultural areas have expanded and yields increased although distribution is a problem. But in the near future, experts like Dr Mac Kirby of the Australian government’s aid programme say

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Lahore Smog: It’s Not a Natural Phenomenon

Jan 25th, 2015 | By
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Every December, thick fog descends upon Lahore, blocking out the winter sunshine, closing off the motorway after dusk and preventing flights from landing at the international airport at night. The problem has grown worse over the last five years due to the high levels of pollution and poor air quality in the city, created by

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Obama’s India Visit: Hopes for Clean Energy and Climate Deals

Jan 25th, 2015 | By
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Barack Obama was advised, only half-jokingly, to wear a gas mask when he appears as guest of honour at India’s Republic Day parade on Monday. The air pollution in Delhi and other Indian cities has become that bad. Providing a fix for that very unhealthy air – 13 of the world’s most polluted cites are

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Renewed Vigor in 2015

Jan 25th, 2015 | By
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Dear Readers, When it was launched in 2010 there was a dire need to bring relevant and credible information on Climate Change close to scientists, practitioners, activists and the media. Through its daily bulletin ‘Climate Himalaya’ has been successful in making its present felt, nationally, regionally and globally. With our limited resources we have tried

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Chinese Premier Pledges Low-carbon Growth at World Economic Forum

Jan 23rd, 2015 | By
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China’s Premier has pledged to cut the percentage of fossil fuel in China’s energy mix while scaling up the use of renewable energy and clean technologies. Li Keqiang was speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland and outlined his commitment to increase the share of non-fossil fuels in primary energy consumption to around

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Energy Poured in to Cutting-edge Conservation Ideas

Jan 23rd, 2015 | By
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Here’s a plan for cutting your carbon footprint: fit your electric car with a high-performance lithium sulphur battery that can treble the mileage for a much lower cost. That’s just one of many examples of innovative energy conservation solutions that scientists are currently on the brink of turning into reality. Others include fitting your clothes

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The Climate vs The Weather

Jan 23rd, 2015 | By
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On September 2, 2014, it began to rain heavily in Kashmir. Over the next few weeks, the excessive rain translated to flooding that left over 500 people dead in India and Pakistan. A little more than a year earlier, in June 2013, intense rain battered Uttaranchal, causing landslides and exacerbating glacier melt, leaving thousands dead.

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Time For a Fruitful Climate Treaty

Jan 23rd, 2015 | By




The United Nations framework convention on climate change (UNFCCC) is an international environmental tr­eaty negotiated at the United Nations conference on environment and development (UNCED), informally known as the Earth Summit, held in Rio de Janeiro in 1992. The objective of the treaty is to “stabilise greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level

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New Report Identifies Key Innovations to Bridge Sustainable Development Investment Gap

Jan 22nd, 2015 | By
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A new report released today by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) identifies critical innovations in the US$300+ trillion global financial system, which, if brought to scale, could help close the widening sustainable development investment gap. The report is being launched at the World Economic Forum at Davos – at the outset of what promises

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Scientists Say Rise in Sea Levels is Faster Than Feared

Jan 22nd, 2015 | By
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Sea level rise for most of the 20th century may have been over-estimated by as much as 30%. But the less welcome news is that, if that’s the case, then sea levels since 1990 have started to accelerate more sharply than anyone had ever expected. Scientists at Harvard University, in the US, report in the

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Next-generation Sequencing Offers Insight Into How Species Adapt to Climate Change

Jan 22nd, 2015 | By




American Institute of Biological Sciences: Environmental scientists have a new tool for studying the responses of species to climate change. Next-generation sequencing (NGS) has made it possible to analyze enormous numbers of short pieces of DNA very quickly, and this technology is already revolutionizing the biomedical sciences. The hope is that NGS may prove similarly

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Pakistan Pushes Climate Change Back up Political Agenda

Jan 22nd, 2015 | By
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(Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Pakistan has reinstated its ministry for climate change, suggesting the government plans to pay more attention to the issue as countries prepare a new international deal to curb global warming. In 2013, when the same government came to power, it downgraded the ministry to a division, removing its ability to make

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UN Climate Chief: Carbon Bubble is Now a Reality

Jan 21st, 2015 | By
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Green groups have warned that huge reserves of oil, gas and coal are overvalued and could lead to a “carbon bubble”. This is because increasingly stringent climate policies will require around half of known fossil fuels to stay in the ground, instead of returning a profit to investors. Many, including oil giant Exxon Mobil, have

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Water Crises Seen as a Top Threat in Next Decade

Jan 21st, 2015 | By
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Pressure on fresh water resources may be the main global threat in the next decade, but the world is failing to mitigate the risk and avoid a crisis, according to a survey of leaders from business, government, universities, international organisations and NGOs by non-profit foundation the World Economic Forum (WEF). Published in its Global Risks

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India to Focus on Green Energy and Efficiency Instead of Emission Reductions

Jan 21st, 2015 | By




The first meeting of India’s reconstituted Prime Minister’s Council on Climate Change called for a shift in global attitudes from emission cuts to adopting green energy and improving energy efficiency. The meeting that comes a few days before US President Barack Obama is to visit India reiterated the country’s stand declared at the Lima climate

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Climate: Melting Glaciers Adding Dissolved Carbon to World’s Oceans

Jan 21st, 2015 | By
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As if rising sea levels aren’t enough to worry about, U.S. Geological Survey scientists say melting glaciers may also adding significant amounts of carbon to the oceans, where it’s readily available to microscopic organisms at the base of the food chain. By 2050, that carbon could total as much as 17 million tons, equal to

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FAO: Genetic Diversity a Hidden Tool in Coping With Climate Change

Jan 21st, 2015 | By




Genetic resources have a critical role to play in feeding the world — especially as climate change advances faster than expected — and much more needs to be done to study, preserve and utilize the biological diversity that underpins world food production, according to a new book released by FAO today. “Time is not on

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Putting a Price on Nature Can Benefit the Poor if Done Right

Jan 20th, 2015 | By
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You don’t have to go far in Bolivia to find treasure. It’s everywhere: in the vast Amazonian forests; in Lake Titicaca, which lies nearly four kilometres above sea level in the Andes; in the peaks and rain-gathering waterways of the Andes mountains; or in Bolivia’s 2,000 animal species. And to call all this treasure is

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Pakistan, Trade, Emissions Issues Could Frustrate Closer Indian-US Ties

Jan 20th, 2015 | By




In a few days, Barack Obama will become the first sitting US president to visit India twice while in office. The two countries are undoubtedly getting closer, but, it might be not as wonderful as it appears, because they both build their ties by taking advantage of each other. The US, frankly speaking, has never

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Urban Transport and Climate Change

Jan 20th, 2015 | By
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Climate change is one of the biggest challenges to sustainable development. It is pertinent that policies emphasise on measures that are conducive to mitigating Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions and to facilitating adaptation to changes that are likely to take place. Transport sector is a key contributor to global GHG emissions. According to IPCC AR5 (2014),

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IPCC Should go Prescriptive at Lower Levels of Governance

Jan 20th, 2015 | By




Science is central in understanding precise nature of the risks climate change poses. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the prime body reviewing and synthesising latest scientific knowledge on multiple dimensions of climate change has been pivotal in elevating the status of climate change as the key development and environmental policy agenda at international

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Call For Nation To Be Forceful On Climate Change

Jan 20th, 2015 | By
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THE College of the Bahamas’ Climate Change Initiative group is calling on The Bahamas to forcefully put forward its position on protecting the country’s rights and interest in global climate change negotiation meetings. CCI members Lisa Benjamin and Dr Adelle Thomas made the plea following reports that 2014 was recorded as the hottest year since

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Climate’s Threat to Wheat is Rising by Degrees

Jan 19th, 2015 | By
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Climate change threatens dramatic price fluctuations in the price of wheat and potential civil unrest because yields of one of the world’s most important staple foods are badly affected by temperature rise. An international consortium of scientists have been testing wheat crops in laboratory and field trials in many areas of the world in changing

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Montreal Protocol Averts Threat of Large Increases in Skin Cancers

Jan 19th, 2015 | By
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The threat of large increases in skin cancers has been avoided due to the success of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer in controlling ozone depletion, according to the newly published “Environmental Effects of Ozone Depletion and its Interactions with Climate Change: 2014 Assessment” report, produced by the Environmental Effects Assessment

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Davos Can Set the Tone

Jan 19th, 2015 | By
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On current trends, according to Oxfam, just 1% of the world’s population will by next year own more than half of the world’s wealth, up from 44% in 2009. This sharp acceleration in inequality is likely to frame the agenda at the annual World Economic Forum this week, and it will make the informal conversations

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Javadekar Seeks Transboundary Cooperation to Develop Himalayan Region

Jan 19th, 2015 | By




Increased transboundary cooperation was needed to transform mountain forestry in Hindu Kush Himalayan region, Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar, who addressed the inaugural session of the five-day symposium on ‘Transforming Mountain Forestry’ said, on Sunday. The symposium, which began on Sunday, aims at creating conducive transboundary conditions, politically and institutionally, to protect the forest ecosystems

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Climate Change

Jan 19th, 2015 | By
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SUCH is the ferocious immediacy of the threat of terrorism that a whole host of other issues, some that may in the long term prove perhaps equally debilitating for the country, have ended up being pushed into the shadows. The battle against polio springs immediately to mind. Another such area is climate change, the effects

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Last Year Was Earth’s Hottest on Record, U.S. Scientists Say

Jan 18th, 2015 | By
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(Reuters) – Last year was Earth’s hottest on record in a new sign that people are disrupting the climate by burning fossil fuels that release greenhouse gases to the air, two U.S. government agencies said on Friday. The White House said the studies, by the U.S. space agency NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric

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Climate Change, Extinctions Signal Earth in Danger Zone: Study

Jan 18th, 2015 | By




(Reuters) – – Climate change and high rates of extinctions of animals and plants are pushing the Earth into a danger zone for humanity, a scientific report card about mankind’s impact on nature said on Thursday. An international team of 18 experts, expanding on a 2009 report about “planetary boundaries” for safe human use, also

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Ban Appoints Climate Change Official Ahead of December UN Climate Conference

Jan 18th, 2015 | By
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United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Janos Pasztor of Hungary as the first-ever UN Assistant Secretary-General on Climate Change, the Organization’s Spokesperson’s office announced today. According to a press release, Mr. Pasztor will serve as the Senior Adviser of the Secretary-General on climate change until the critical 21st UN Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC) scheduled

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