Resilience

Time Presses as Climate Talks Head for Penultimate Day

Dec 11th, 2014 | By
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 AFP/ec: Environment ministers from around the world face mounting time pressure on Thursday (Dec 11) to shape a blueprint for a global pact on climate change with ground-breaking carbon curbs at its core. There are concerns over an unwieldy draft text, intended to guide negotiations that by Dec 2015 must forge the most ambitious environmental

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UN Climate Talks Set Sights on Historic Paris Pact

Dec 2nd, 2014 | By
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AFP/ir/ec: To fresh warnings and appeals to seize the political momentum, UN talks opened in Lima on Monday (Dec 1) tasked with drawing the outlines of a 2015 deal to roll back climate change. Gathering 195 states, the 12-day meeting also has to agree on the pact’s heart – a format for nations to make

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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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Tackling Climate Change as a Single SDG Could Backfire

Aug 20th, 2014 | By
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SciDev.Net: Climate change is a major challenge — and it sits among many other major challenges targeted by the post-2015 development goals.Biodiversity, health, education, energy and others influence and are influenced by climate change. So goals about them will also mean action on climate change. Development goals that focus on the root causes of sustainability challenges bring people together; they also minimise the

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Need to Rewrite the Mountain Perspective!

Jul 1st, 2014 | By
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Tagged as fragile, remote and marginal, these three aspects have featured prominently in discussions and deliberations concerning development in the mountains in our part of the world. Retired but active academician N S Jodha, a former senior staff with the Kathmandu-based Integrated Center for International Mountain Development, has been credited for using these three features

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No REDD+ Program Is an Island: Integrating Gender Into Forest Conservation Efforts

Jun 26th, 2014 | By
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Since 2005, the Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation program (REDD+) has functioned as a mechanism to financially incentivize the preservation of forestlands in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. But beyond its original use, some organizations have also started exploring ways it can help with other development initiatives, like women’s empowerment. Last month, the International Union

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Fighting Desertification Will Reduce the Costs of Climate Change

Jun 18th, 2014 | By
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From the Philippines, Pakistan and the United States to the Middle East and Horn of Africa; death, food shortages, loss of homes and incomes or damage to infrastructure has followed in their wake. As disasters travel from one region to the next, many of us watch helplessly wondering what we can do about it. Yet, everyone

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Is it Time For a Climate Change Peace and Reconciliation Process?

May 9th, 2014 | By
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Reuters: Could a peace and reconciliation process between big climate polluters and their victims be one way to move forward action on climate change? At the U.N. climate negotiations, countries like the United States that are responsible for the bulk of the climate-changing emissions have long resisted cutting them without other nations joining in, and have

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How a Few Species Are Hacking Climate Change

May 7th, 2014 | By
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National Geographic: As the Earth heats up, animals and plants are not necessarily helpless. They can move to cooler climes; they can stay put and adapt as individuals to their warmer environment, and they can even adapt as a species, by evolving. The big question is, will they be able to do any of that quickly

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UN Chief Calls for Greater Action on Climate

May 5th, 2014 | By




AP: The United Nations secretary-general is calling on world policymakers to show greater effort in addressing the threat of climate change as negotiators attempt to forge a new global warming pact next year. Ban Ki-moon told delegates at a gathering in Abu Dhabi on Sunday that efforts to improve global prosperity and security could be undone

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Long-term Food Production Must Factor in Potential Impacts of Climate Change – UN Official

Apr 24th, 2014 | By
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UN News Center: Countries need to shift to more sustainable food systems to adapt to the effects of climate change, the Director-General of the United Nations Food and Drug Organization (FAO) José Graziano da Silva told a conference in Morocco today, warning that the phenomenon has the potential to reshape the planet’s food production scenario. “Everything

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‘High Speed Mitigation Train Needs to Leave the Station,UN Climate Report

Apr 14th, 2014 | By
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UN News Center: Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed the findings of a long-awaited United Nations report on the mitigation of climate change released earlier today in Berlin and urged all countries “to act swiftly and boldly” to reach a “global, ambitious and legal [climate] agreement in 2015.” The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s latest report, Climate Change 2014: Mitigation

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War for Water in Kithulgala

Mar 17th, 2014 | By
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Kithulgala is Sri Lanka’s premier white-water rafting location but a hydro-power project threatens the future of this tourist attraction. The Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) is building the Broadland Hydropower Project on the Kelani River as a run-of-river (ROR) type power plant. ROR plants need little or no water storage but under this project the Maskeli

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In Nepal, Measuring Climate Change Resilience From the Community Up

Feb 12th, 2014 | By
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Nepal’s vulnerability to a warming climate became clear in May 2012 when the Seti River burst its banks during flash floods and landslides that killed more than 60 people. Scientists say such events are likely to become more common as the world warms, so communities need to adapt. The government of Nepal is well aware

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Nepal: Measuring Resilience to Climate Change From the Community Up

Feb 9th, 2014 | By
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Nepal’s vulnerability to a warming climate became clear in May 2012 when the Seti river burst its banks during flash floods and landslides that killed more than 60 people. Scientists say such events are likely to become more common as the world warms, so communities need to adapt. The Government of Nepal is well aware of

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Dams May Provide Resilience to Climate Change

Feb 2nd, 2014 | By
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It’s official: Last year was Australia’s hottest on record. As temperatures go up Down Under, so do concerns about how to keep rivers cool in a warming world. Ironically, the soundest solution could mean tapping into what has long been considered a pollutant. Until recently, scientists only studied how cold water releases from dams can

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Climate Vulnerability and Preparedness: Planning for Resilience and Adaptation

Jan 28th, 2014 | By
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The world community now understands that humankind everywhere is likely to experience more severe and more frequent extreme weather events in the years, decades and, perhaps even, centuries to come. The consensus reports of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) have made this clear. Thousands of scientists have worked around the world to summarize the

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Climate Change Is a Challenge For Sustainable Development

Jan 16th, 2014 | By




Climate change is the most significant challenge to achieving sustainable development, and it threatens to drag millions of people into grinding poverty. At the same time, we have never had better know-how and solutions available to avert the crisis and create opportunities for a better life for people all over the world. Climate change is

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Flood Defenders go Back to Nature to Keep Vulnerable Homes Dry

Jan 11th, 2014 | By
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The Guardian: After the torrential rain of Christmas Eve, logs stacked outside Helen Webber and John Hesp’s thatched cottage were washed away down the lane. The rust-red river that surges past their 400-year-old home in the north Somerset village of Bossington was rising rapidly, and automated alarm calls by phone had awoken them in the early

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UN Outlines Plans for 2015 Global Disaster Risk Reduction Deal

Dec 17th, 2013 | By
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The UN hopes to seal a global agreement on reducing the risks from extreme weather events, earthquakes and tsunamis at a 2015 summit in the Japanese city of Sendai. The new deal – set to be brokered by the UN’s office for disaster risk reduction (UNISDR) – is likely to focus heavily on climate change

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Report Backlash May Have Contributed To Uttarakhand Disaster – Experts

Dec 13th, 2013 | By
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Thomson Reuters Foundation: A report warned a decade ago about the threat posed by a glacial lake that in June burst its banks and contributed to flooding that killed thousands in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. But fears that the report – and reporting about it – were too sensational may have contributed to a

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Warning System Needed To Spot Abrupt Climate Change

Dec 7th, 2013 | By
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Climate change has increased concern over possible large and rapid changes in the physical climate system, which includes the Earth’s atmosphere, land surfaces, and oceans.  Some of these changes could occur within a few decades or even years, leaving little time for society and ecosystems to adapt.  A new report from the National Research Council extends this

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Africa’s Action Plan For Climate Change

Dec 7th, 2013 | By
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In a first ever report, presented by the United Nations Environment Programme, the challenges of adapting to the changing climate in Africa are pinpointed. The report titled “Africa Adaptation Gap Report” confirmed that Africa is already committed to spending $7-15bn to adapt to climate change each year as a result of historical emissions. The finding

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UN-Backed Green Fund Hailed As ‘Milestone’ in Global Effort to Tackle Climate Change

Dec 6th, 2013 | By
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UN News Center: Senior United Nations officials hailed the opening in the Republic of Korea today of the UN-backed Green Climate Fund as a significant step in the collective effort to support mitigation, adaptation and resilience measures in developing countries. “Today’s opening of the secretariat – combined with the advances by the Conference of Parties

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Natural Defences Can Best Protect Coasts

Dec 6th, 2013 | By
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Climate News Network: Many shorelines around the world are at risk – not just from extreme weather, but from far more gradual threats. And often the best protection comes from nature. It isn’t just the catastrophic storms and tropical cyclones that threaten disaster for the world’s coastal cities. Simple, insidious things like sea level rise, coastal

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Surat Among 100 Resilient Cities of The World

Dec 5th, 2013 | By




The Times of India: The Diamond City’s preparedness to tackle natural disasters and effects of climate change has got a fillip with the Rockefeller Foundation identifying Surat as one of the 100 “resilient” cities. The Rockefeller Foundation on Tuesday released the first list of 33 cities to provide technical and financial support to identify and create urban indicators

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5 Steps to Disaster-Ready, Climate-Resilient Communities

Nov 26th, 2013 | By
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MANILA, Philippines – Local government units (LGUs) are on the front lines during disasters. By law, LGUs have a mechanism that ensures the most basic form of preparedness. Under Republic Act 10121, or the Disaster Risk Reduction Management Act, the government must create and implement a comprehensive plan to make local governments and the nation as

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Assessment of Climate Vulnerability : Report for Capital by December

Nov 24th, 2013 | By




Daily Times: The Climate Change and Vulnerability Adaptation Assessment for Capital residents will be finalised by the end of December to make Islamabad a model resilient city against emerging climatic challenges. Officials at Climate Change Division informed APP that the initiative has been launched as part of the government efforts to equip Pakistani cities with facilities

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Asians Are Feeling Climate Change And Want To Adapt

Oct 9th, 2013 | By
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Asian Scientist: Extreme weather and hotter temperatures are reducing crop production, and Asia is struggling to adapt to climate change. Most people in Asia are experiencing the impact of climate change and are keen on changing their lifestyles, a study says. The ‘Climate Asia’ study, published by BBC Media Action, the UK media organization’s international

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Why We’d be Mad to Rule Out Climate Engineering

Oct 9th, 2013 | By
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The Guardian: If climate change continues then all options to lessen its impact, including geoengineering, must be considered as a last resort. The release of the report by the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) last month threw into stark relief the clear message on anthropogenic global warming and sounded the direst of warnings against our continued

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Mainstreaming Climate Adaptation in Himalayan Region

Oct 8th, 2013 | By
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SDC/IHCAP: This report looks at the interventions that the Indian Himalayas Climate Adaptation programme can make in the policy sphere to advance the cause of adaptations to climate change effects and sustainable development in the Himalayas. The principal findings of this preliminary report are two: There are policy prescriptions at the Government of India and State Government levels

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Look Climate Change Issues in Indian Perspective Rather Blindly Following IPCC

Oct 8th, 2013 | By
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Allvoices: Renowned environmental activist and Convener, Forum for a Sustainable Environment Dr. S Jeevananda Reddy suggested that there is a need to look in to climate change issues in Indian perspective rather than blindly following Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) model based hypothetical studies with low scientific integrity, which have their vested interests. In

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The Himalayas, A Special Report

Oct 8th, 2013 | By
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With one-fifth of the world’s population relying on seasonal Himalayan melting, the disappearance of the Third Pole is sending warning signs. Floods, droughts, wildfires, windstorms, water contamination and illnesses plague the 1.3 billion people who live in the watersheds directly supplied by glacial melt from the Hindu Kush-Himalaya (HKH) region. The waterways of Afghanistan, Bangladesh,

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General Adaptations For Farmers And Growers

Oct 8th, 2013 | By
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The climate is changing and reacting to these changes is crucial for the future of farming. Farmers can take advantage of the opportunities offered by climate change  by being ahead of the game and taking early action to adapt their businesses to the changes ahead. Collect rainwater for use in dry periods for crop irrigation and drinking

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Special Report on Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation (SREX)

Oct 7th, 2013 | By
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IPCC: This Summary for Policymakers presents key findings from the Special Report on Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation (SREX). The SREX approaches the topic by assessing the scientific literature on issues that range from the relationship between climate change and extreme weather and climate events (‘climate extremes’) to the

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Water in Earth’s Atmosphere May Cause Climate Warming

Oct 7th, 2013 | By
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ToI: Water vapour in Earth’s stratosphere contributes to warmer temperatures and likely plays an important role in the evolution of climate on our planet, a new study has found. Researchers found that increased surface temperatures, such as from the addition of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere, leads to increased humidity in the stratosphere. Because stratospheric water

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Adapting to Climate Cchange in Bangladesh

Oct 7th, 2013 | By
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SciDev.Net: Natural disasters — particularly tropical cyclones, tornadoes, storm surges and flooding — occur frequently in Bangladesh. With changing weather patterns, these disasters are predicted to become both more frequent and more intense. During the past century, over 400 tropical cyclones have struck Bangladesh’s coast, causing widespread devastation and death. Earlier this year, Cyclone Mohasen

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Erratic Weather Threatens Livelihoods In Pakistan

Oct 7th, 2013 | By
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SciDevNet: In recent years, climatic stresses, particularly droughts and floods, have devastated yields and caused crops to fail for many farmers across Pakistan. Erratic rainfall — particularly in rain-fed areas like Taxila, 20 miles northwest of the capital, Islamabad — has further exacerbated farmers’ problems and led to a slump in yields. With four dry winters in

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Mountains And Climate Linked Disasters: Less Concerned Actors

Oct 1st, 2013 | By
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Climate Himalaya: Disaster related early warning systems are available in South Asian countries like Nepal, and neighbouring countries like India should learn and adopt such technologies in their region. A side event at 4th Global Meeting of Mountain Partnership was organized by Climate Himalaya and Centre for Environment Education India at Erzurum, Turkey on 18th

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Climate Asia Data Portal Launched By BBC

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

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

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

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$10 Billion For Climate Resilience?

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

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

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




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

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In India : Only 15 States Have Disaster Response Force

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

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Focus On Personal Expertise On Last Day Of Workshop

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

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Climate Chage: Our Present, Their Future

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

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Indian Floods Highlight Dangers Of Rushed Development

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

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Pashmina Withers On The Roof Of The World

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

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Focus On Migration: Slow Down Himalayan Construction

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

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The Heat Wave, The Arctic Melt And Climate Change

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

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Coastal Cities To Pay High Price For Climate Change

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

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Earth Is Warming Up But Not As Rapidly As Predicted

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

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Kedarnath Disaster: Facts And Plausible Causes

Jul 30th, 2013 | By
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Current Science: Recent climate changes have had significant impact on high-mountain glacial environment. Rapid melting of snow/ice and heavy rainfall has resulted in the formation and expansion of moraine-dammed lakes, creating a potential danger from dammed lake outburst floods1. On 16 and 17 June 2013, heavy rains together with moraine dammed lake (Chorabari Lake) burst

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Early Recovery By UNDP-What It Means To Uttarakhand

Jul 29th, 2013 | By
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The UNDP  United Nations Development Programme, says that early recovery is a multidimensional process of recovery that begins in a humanitarian setting.  It is an integrated and coordinated approach, using humanitarian mechanisms, to gradually turn the dividends of humanitarian action into sustainable crisis recovery, resilience building and development opportunities. When a crisis strikes, UNDP works

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Disaster Relief: Avoid Old Mindset And Jargons

Jul 24th, 2013 | By
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Climate Himalaya: In this article it is argued that Disaster Management practice in India need to change the old mindset of disaster relief, to include quick planning and actions, using verifiable space data and avoid delay causing detailed assessments in deciding any government run relief package. We need to be cautions against the current jargons such

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Worse Floods Ahead As Climate Warms

Jul 24th, 2013 | By
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CNN: “Atmospheric rivers”, airborne corridors of concentrated moisture which carry huge volumes of water, are set to get wider and longer, causing more frequent and catastrophic floods as the atmosphere warms. Heavy and prolonged rainfall will cause both more frequent and more severe flooding across the United Kingdom and the rest of north-west Europe as

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यह तबाही तो होनी ही थी…

Jul 24th, 2013 | By
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Nainital Samachar: लगभग 10 महीने पहले केदारनाथ से लौटते हुए रामबाड़ा की एक चाय की दुकान में बैठे हुए एक सिख सैनिक की बात आज बार-बार याद आ रही है। केदारनाथ में उन दिनों मन्दिर का प्रबन्ध देखने वाली पंजाब रेजीमेंट का वह सैनिक अपने किसी साथी को लेने के लिए रामबाड़ा पहुँचा था बहुत

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The Last Drop

Jul 8th, 2013 | By
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Antonio M. Claparols (Philippines): We were lucky enough to have grown up amidst the abundance of our natural resources. These were during the decades of ’50s to the ’70s. The rainforest then was pristine  while  most of the countrysides were unspoiled by man-made progress. Our  rivers teemed with fish as their waters flowed freely and

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Nepal Boosts Early Warning System For Climate Hazards

Jul 7th, 2013 | By
A local community on the Rapti River of west Nepal checks the depth of water in the river during training on early warning alerts. Photo: Practical Action




TRF: Floods and landslides have hit Nepal hard this monsoon season, bringing high casualties in just the first few weeks. More than 40 people were killed in 17 districts during the second half of June, mainly in the hills of the mid-west and far-west regions, according to the Nepal Red Cross Society (NRCS), the country’s

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What They Said: India’s Monsoon Disaster

Jul 7th, 2013 | By
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WSJ: A roundup of what the Indian media said after flash floods and landslides killed at least 800 people in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand last month. After flash floods and landslides killed at least 800 people in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand last month, disaster management authorities are planning to halt rescue

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