Resilience

Uttarakhand Disaster-Uncertain Future Awaits

Jul 3rd, 2013 | By
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In last few days the Climate Himalaya’s team has been visiting the affected areas, meeting the people, understanding the situation and knowing that how the affected are going to cope in future. We have also been interacting with officials and researchers, to understand the causes and plans for future. A Warning 18 Years Ago Kedarnath

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Need to Asses Climate Change..!

Jun 25th, 2013 | By
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Times of India: Cautioning that the Uttarakhand disaster may be a warning towards “extreme weather”, National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) vice-chairman M Shashidhar Reddy on Monday said detailed assessment of impact of climate change is needed. Speaking at the inauguration of South Asia Regional Consultation on Climate Change Adaptation, Reddy said: “Nothing more serious could

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Undefined Role of Regional And National Agencies In Reducing Disasters

Jun 23rd, 2013 | By
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Climate Himalaya: The Himalayan region consists of extremely fragile ecosystem, and source to 10 major Asian river systems, on which over 1.3 billion people rely for sustenance, water, livelihoods and prosperity. A recent flash flood on 16-17 June, affected over 50,000 people in the mountain state of Uttarakhand, while it is estimated that over 5000

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Mainstreaming Climate Change in Bhutan and Nepal: A Synthesis Report

Jun 16th, 2013 | By




This report is a synthesis of two studies that sought to understand the policy contexts for addressing climate change adaptation and key conservation issues in Nepal and Bhutan, which have many significant commonalities and differences. The purpose of this synthesis is to compare the policy contexts for mainstreaming climate change adaptation in Bhutan and Nepal,

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Bhutanese Schools To Serve As Database For Climate Change Study

Jun 16th, 2013 | By
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Ph.News Yahoo: Come July, students and teachers in 20 schools will get the opportunity to monitor climate change in the country using scientific instruments worth US$150,000 donated by Karuna Foundation in the United States. Schools using the instruments will serve as database for the climate change study, the first of its kind, carried out by

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Call For “No Regret” Climate Adaptation Strategies

Jun 16th, 2013 | By
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The absence of accurate climate prediction models should not dissuade countries from choosing the best ways to adapt to a changing climate, says a new report published in the Proceedings of the National Academies of Sciences. “Even when our knowledge is incomplete, we often have robust grounds for choosing best-bet adaptation actions and pathways, by

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Shimla Chosen For International Project To Lower Greenhouse Gases

Jun 12th, 2013 | By
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Times of India: The Queen of the Hills, as Shimla was fondly called by the British, has been shortlisted for a global project to lower greenhouse gas emissions on the pattern of European cities, a municipal official said. The Shimla Municipal Corporation is one of six Indian cities selected for implementing the “Promoting low emission

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Pakistan’s Dangerous Negligence Of Climate Change

Jun 11th, 2013 | By
From Balochistan to Sindh, Fishermen complained about the depleting fish resources in coastal areas. Photo by Reuters




Dawn: Pakistan is no stranger to being plagued by multiple crises. News headlines are usually dominated by issues like terrorism, extremism and power shortage but an even more alarming danger could affect the future of Pakistan if it is not tackled on a priority basis. The dangerous threat we all know as climate change has

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Climate Models:Epic Failure or Spot on Consistent with Observed Warming?

Jun 11th, 2013 | By
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Global Warming: NASA scientist Roy Spencer recently posted on his Web site some startling graphs produced by John Christy, his colleague at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. The graph immediately below compares the linear-trend temperature projections of 73 climate models with the linear trend of observed temperatures for the bulk tropical atmosphere during 1979-2012. The 73 models are

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Climate Change Calls For Localized Research, Technology, knowledge

Jun 11th, 2013 | By
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eKantipur: Where are the Nepali farmers? I might sound like I am asking the stupidest question ever. After all, unlike in Canada where I am residing currently and where only two percent of  the 33 million Canadians live and work in farms, farmers are everywhere in Nepal—tens of millions of them. To be precise, according

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Climate-Smart Agriculture Sourcebook

Jun 11th, 2013 | By
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FAO: There has been a rapid uptake of the term Climate-Smart Agriculture (CSA) by the international community, national entities and local institutions, in the past years. However, implementing this approach is challenging, partly due to a lack of tools and experience. Climate-smart interventions are highly location-specific and knowledge-intensive. Considerable efforts are required to develop the

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World Environment Day In Bhutan

Jun 11th, 2013 | By
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Bhutan Observer: The day was observed coinciding with Her Majesty’s birthday from this year onwards, as a tribute to Her Majesty’s patronage of the environment sector in Bhutan. In an address at the commemoration, Her Majesty said that World Environment day is of great relevance and consequence to millions of people who understand the importance

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Toolkit For Urban Government To Climate Resilience Building

Jun 11th, 2013 | By
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ICLEI-ACCCRN Guide and Toolkit to help municipal governments in Asia build resilience to climate change. ICLEI has finalized a new guide and toolkit aimed at helping municipal governments in Asia build City Resilience Strategies to cope with the growing impacts of climate change as part of its engagement with the Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience

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The Climate Skeptism And 450 Threshold

Jun 11th, 2013 | By
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Antonio M. Claparols (Philippines): The recent news is that the 450-ppm threshold of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere will be a reality soon. Is this cause for global alarm? Yes, and it must be prevented from happening at all costs because it will raise global temperatures by 2 degrees Centigrade and lead to extreme droughts,

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Nepal: Green Grow The Rushes

Jun 6th, 2013 | By
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eKantipur: Nepal celebrates this World Environment Day with the great responsibility of being Chair of Least Developed Countries in the United Nation’s Framework Convention on Climate Change. Joint Secretary Prakash Mathema is Nepal’s representative in that distinguished platform. Recently, when asked what Nepal could do on the environment front to both make a bold international

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Climate Adapted Farming Systems For Dryland Agriculture In South Australia

Jun 6th, 2013 | By
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NCCARF: Australian dryland agriculture will be affected by climate change in a number of ways. First, higher temperatures and changes to rainfall are likely to create greater variability of crop yields and livestock productivity. Second, government policies introduced to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions are likely to influence production costs and commodity prices. Third, global trade

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Climate Change And Human Rights: Nepal Taking The Lead

Jun 6th, 2013 | By
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The Himalayan Times: Last week, on Friday, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) in Nepal took a bold step in declaring that Climate Change has a direct bearing on Human Rights, and in moving forward the NHRC would work in Nepal within that context too. Nepal would not be the first country to accept this

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Impact Of Climate Change On Sindh’s Date Production

Jun 3rd, 2013 | By
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Dailytimes: Sindh’s environment has been ideal for date cultivation with perfect soil and warm climate. But things are changing now. At time when dates are ready to be plucked, dried, processed and sold, Upper Sindh has witnessed radical and catastrophic climate change recently, within a month. As the fruit starts dropping compelling the growers to

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The Himalayas Are Changing-For The Worse

Jun 3rd, 2013 | By
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IPS: Residents of Jhirpu Phulpingkatt, a village nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas, about 110 km from Nepal’s capital Kathmandu, are on red alert. As the impacts of climate change batter the towering mountains above them, these villagers on the banks of the Bhote Koshi river have started to dread the sound of incoming

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People Aren’t Responsible For Climate Change

May 30th, 2013 | By
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DW: Climate change skeptics argue that humans are not to blame for climate change, and they often cherrypick scientific facts to support their argument. We asked researchers to counter three of the most common theories. Most scientists agree that climate change is a real and growing threat. From rising sea levels to melting glaciers and

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Has Everest Been Good For Nepal’s Development?

May 30th, 2013 | By
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Guardian: Dawa Steven Sherpa is the new face of Nepal. Born in Khumjung, a village just 12 miles from Everest, he is in his 20s, speaks five languages, has a business degree from a British university, and is the director of a highly successful trekking and guiding company based in Kathmandu. He has climbed Everest

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9.6m Bangladeshis Bound To Be Displaced By 2050

May 30th, 2013 | By
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AsiaOne: Around 9.6 million people in Bangladesh will be bound to migrate domestically or internationally due to climate change by 2050, said a study. Displacement and short-term internal migration are the most sensitive effects of climate change, according to the study, titled “Climate Change-Related Migration in Bangladesh”. People will migrate for longer periods to earn

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Watch The Weather To Know The Climate

May 30th, 2013 | By
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CNN: Leading climate scientist highlights the importance of regional data in understanding the effects of global climate change. If you want to know how climate change is going to affect us you really need to see what the weather is doing, a leading British climate scientist has told Climate News Network. The scientist is Martin

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Washed Out By The Currents

May 27th, 2013 | By
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The Hindu: The expensive geo-textile tube project to arrest embankment erosion in Brahmaputra’s Majuli is feared to do little to stop the river’s strong corrosive powers From a distance it looks like a corrugated astro-turf, adding a shade of green on a small patch of a rather long and dusty embankment (or dyke) for protection

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Why Are We Not Winning The War Against Climate Change

May 27th, 2013 | By
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Antonio M. Claparols (Philippines): Think about it. Ours is a country so rich with natural resources, strategically located at the center of the Coral Triangle and blessed with species of which only  10-20% are said to be discovered. Imagine how many of the undiscovered species may have gone extinct and how the discovered ones are

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Early Warning Technology Protects Nepali Villagers From Sudden Floods

May 23rd, 2013 | By
The Phulping bridge crosses the Bhote Koshi River in Jhirpu Phulpingkatti, a village near Nepal’s border with China. It replaced an old stone bridge, remnants of which can be seen to the left, which was washed away in the floods of 1981. THOMSON REUTERS FOUNDATION/Saleem Shaikh




TR Foundation: For years, Deepa Newar and her neighbours lived with the fear that their livelihoods – and even their lives – might be swept away without warning. Newar and her fellow residents of Jhirpu Phulpingkatti, a village some 112 km (70 miles) northeast of Kathmandu, Nepal’s capital, live perched on the bank of the

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LDCs In UNFCCC To Confer In June

May 23rd, 2013 | By
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Himalayan times: Representatives of all 49 member countries in the Least Developed Countries Group (LDC Group) in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), are scheduled to gather in Bonn of Germany to discuss the upcoming framework of the 2015 protocol from June 3 to 14. Talking to this daily, Chair of the

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UNFCCC’s Report On Ecosystem-Based Approaches

May 23rd, 2013 | By
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The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a report on the technical workshop on ecosystem-based approaches for adaptation to climate change (FCC/SBSTA/2013/2), which was held in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, from 21-23 March 2013. The workshop sought to enhance parties’ and expert organizations’ understanding of ecosystem-based approaches for adaptation, share best practices and lessons learned, and identify areas for

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Bhutan-The Land Of Gross National Happiness

May 21st, 2013 | By
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Buenos AH: The tiny Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan is the last surviving paradise on Earth. This legendary Shangri-La, now a member of the United Nations, is home to over 700,000 people. Until 1958, it was practically closed to visitors. When Nehru, the Indian Prime Minister, visited Bhutan during that year he rode in on a

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Glaciers Are Melting Slowly-But Surely

May 20th, 2013 | By
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CNN: Although hundreds of the world’s glaciers are shrinking fast, far more are losing ice much more slowly, new research has established. But it shows that, almost everywhere, the glaciers are in retreat. Forget, for the moment, the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets: what about all the other stuff? What kind of difference does the

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Climate Risk Vulnerability And Government Policy: Nepal

May 20th, 2013 | By
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Searchlight SA: Climate change causes severe damage to the most socio-economically exposed communities. South Asia is home to almost 40% of the worlds poorest, and therefore faces a double conundrum. Countries in the region must not only support their populations from negotiating the swift socio-economic changes that have come to characterize their economies, but must

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Time To Adapt To Climate Change in Biggest Cities

May 20th, 2013 | By
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RTCC: The world’s largest cities are feeling the effects of climate change and are leading efforts to adapt to them. That is according to the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group that includes London, New York, Cairo and Sao Paulo. Terri Wills, director of global initiatives at C40, told RTCC that the group has had to

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From ‘Potent’ Pollen To Double Whammy Allergy Seasons

May 20th, 2013 | By
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ABC News: Climate changes and rising carbon dioxide levels don’t just affect the environment. Experts say they also affect your nose. Warmer temperatures and higher carbon dioxide levels mean certain plants will thrive, and those are the plants that tend to make us sneeze during allergy season. Allergies may seem like a minor nuisance, but

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Climate Change Shifted Locations Of Earth’s North And South Poles

May 17th, 2013 | By
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Scientific American: Increased melting of the Greenland Ice Sheet and other ice losses worldwide have helped to move the North Pole several centimeters east each year since 2005. Global warming is changing the location of Earth’s geographic poles, according to a new study in Geophysical Research Letters. Researchers at the University of Texas, Austin, report

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Climate Change Threatens Global Fish Stocks

May 17th, 2013 | By
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Science Alert: Ocean warming has already affected global fisheries in the past four decades, a new international study has found, driving up the proportion of warm-water fish being caught and posing a threat to food security worldwide. The new study, conducted by researchers from the University of Tasmania’s specialist Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies

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How Do You Explain Climate Change To A Taxi Driver?

May 16th, 2013 | By
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BBC: “How do you explain climate change to a taxi driver?” This was our question to a panel of international journalists, as we led the opening session of the second annual climate communications day at the UN climate change talks in Doha. It wasn’t a gimmick. We genuinely want to know. Our research for BBC

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Rising Temperatures Ground Ducks

May 16th, 2013 | By
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CNN: As temperatures climb in parts of northern Europe, some bird species, unable to find other ways of adapting to the warmer conditions, are simply not migrating as they once did. Most birds are acutely sensitive to changes in temperature. Scientists now say that changes in climate and warmer temperatures in parts of Europe have

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400 PPM And Drought

May 16th, 2013 | By
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I thought that it would be time to stop writing about the environment, specifically about climate change, that my previous articles had  lambasted and even backed up with actions to mitigate,enhance,restore and rehabilitate our natural resources. However, today’s extreme heat prompted me back to writing. The day’s temperature was over 37-degrees  Centigrade. Frankly, without exaggeration,it

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Enhancing Disaster Resilience

May 14th, 2013 | By
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Himalayan Times: Summer monsoon is approaching and South Asia climate outlook has predicted above normal precipitation in Nepal. Recent data revealed by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MoHA) shows that at least 420 people are killed every year in different disaster events in Nepal. Injuries, disruptions and a range of impacts including losses and damage

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Aerosols Confirmed Rising Over India

May 14th, 2013 | By
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Scidev.net: While satellite data has shown aerosols — tiny polluting particles in the air — to be rising over India, a new study based on primary data gathered from measuring instruments installed in a network of stations confirms the trend. The study, by a team from the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, Thiruvananthapuram, and Indian Institute

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Mountain Agro-Ecosystem: Traditional Science to Cost Effective Solution

May 14th, 2013 | By
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Shalini Dhyani: Writes about hill agriculture, agro-forest and such ecosystem practices from Indian Himalayan region. She emphasizes on improving the socio-economic condition of mountain people by adopting a range of animal husbandry, agro-forestry and traditional agriculture practices through better scientific and technical inputs. Entire Himalayan ecosystem is undergoing rapid land-use and climatic changes in last

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Global Biodiversity Panel Urged To Heed Local Voices

May 13th, 2013 | By
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Reuters: A newly established global panel on biodiversity faces being sidetracked by niche interests and northern agendas if it does not tread carefully, a meeting has heard. The Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity & Ecosystem Services (IPBES) was formed in April 2012, with a mandate to assess the state of the planet’s biodiversity and ecosystems, and provide accessible scientific

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Climate Change Could Leave Hundreds Of Millions Homeless

May 13th, 2013 | By
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Zee News: It is increasingly likely that hundreds of millions of people will be displaced from their homelands in the near future as a result of global warming, according to an expert. That is the stark warning of economist and climate change expert Lord Stern following the news last week that concentrations of carbon dioxide

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Brazil’s Indigenous Harness The Wind

May 13th, 2013 | By
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CNN: While Brazil’s Government tends to favour a one-size-fits-all approach to energy provision, an indigenous group in the far north has come up with its own more sustainable solution, as our São Paulo correspondent reports. A few years ago I lay in a hammock in a mud and wattle hut in a Makuxi village, shining

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Climate Change May Reduce Crop Output By 18% In 2020

May 13th, 2013 | By
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Business Standard: Climate change is likely to bring down the production of key foodgrain crops like wheat and rice in the country by up to 18% in 2020, Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar said today. “Climate change is projected to reduce timely sown irrigated wheat production by about 6% in 2020. In case of late sown

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Successful Adaptation To Climate Change: Linking Science And Policy…

May 13th, 2013 | By
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What does successful adaptation look like? This is a question frequently asked by planners, policy makers and other professionals charged with the task of developing and implementing adaptation strategies. While adaptation is increasingly recognized as an important climate risk management strategy, and on-the-ground adaptation planning activity is becoming more common-place, there is no clear guidance

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Priority CCD Actions For Pakistan

May 2nd, 2013 | By
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CDKN: Pakistan is one of the lowest emitters of greenhouse gases (GHG) in the world: it accounts for just 0.8% of total global emissions, and ranks 135th in terms of per capita emissions.  Unfortunately, Pakistan is also one of the most climate vulnerable countries in the world.  Over the past 20 years, 141 extreme events

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As Climate Change Threatens, Water Cooperation Becomes Vital

May 2nd, 2013 | By
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World Bank: On World Water Day 2013: 85% of the world’s population lives on the driest half of the land, 783 million people do not have access to clean water, and 2.5 billion do not have access to adequate sanitation. The economic and health effects will be exacerbated by climate change and its effect on

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How China’s Mountain Communities Better Adapt to Climate Change

May 2nd, 2013 | By
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From local knowledge to national policy: how can China’s mountain communities better adapt to climate change? Faced with increasing rainfall variability – especially continuous, four-year droughts – mountain farmers in Southwest China’s Yunnan province have developed innovative strategies to minimize water-related threats to their livelihoods. Yufang Su, Jianchu Xu and a team of World Agroforestry

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Nepal Training Advances Local And Global Tactics To Tackle Climate Change

May 1st, 2013 | By
Many Asian countries are already manifesting the effects of climate change, like the climate-exacerbated Typhoon Bopha that struck the Philippines last year. Above, a mother and child navigate the resulting floods in Laguna, where ACT Alliance is assisting affected communities. 
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ACT Alliance members from eight Asian countries met last week in Nepal to share their experiences and develop strategies on how to better influence governments to address climate change. Some of the countries that suffer the most visible and tangible immediate effects of climate change are located in Asia. Foezullah from ACT Bangladesh explains that

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Conserve Glaciers For Water Supply, Say Experts

May 1st, 2013 | By
Glaciers in the mountains towering above Bagrote valley in northern Pakistan can cause dangerous flash floods when they melt. ALERTNET/Rina Saeed Khan




Daily Times: Speakers at the launch of the policy brief on water management in the Central Karakorum National Park (CKNP) emphasised the need for collaborative and synchronised efforts to research the impact of climatic changes in the highlands. They said only the integrated and collaborative approach would help conserve the large glaciers for smooth and

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Vulnerability To Climate Change In Mid Elevation Mountain Regions

Apr 30th, 2013 | By
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Spaceindustrynews: Mid-elevation forests – those between approximately 6,500 to 8,000 feet (1,981 to 2,438 meters) in elevation – are the most sensitive to rising temperatures and changes in precipitation and snowmelt associated with climate change, finds a new University of Colorado Boulder-led study co-funded by NASA. The study looked at how the greenness of Western

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Strategic Changes: ‘Pakistan Has Complex Issues Due To Climate Change’

Apr 26th, 2013 | By
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Tribune: “We have suggested building several upstream water reservoirs in Pakistan to prevent floods. We are also examining reforestation as it slows down the process of floods and subsequent droughts,” Marius Keller, an adaptation consultant with the International Institute of Sustainable Development, said speaking to Lahore University of Management Sciences students on Monday. Keller presented

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Climate Change Adaptation: Preparing For An Alien Invasion

Apr 26th, 2013 | By
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SciDev.net: The opposition street protests that have been damaging Bangladesh’s key textile sector and threatening the forthcoming O and A-level examinations have claimed another scalp: the field trips which were to precede the annual International Conference on Community-Based Adaptation (CBA7). In order to ensure the safety of participants the visits to projects on 19-21 April,

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Guidelines For Making Vulnerable Investments Climate Resilient

Apr 26th, 2013 | By
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EU Climate Adaptation Platform: The preparation of these guidelines has benefited from useful inputs from a range of stakeholders, who had the opportunity to comment on a preliminary draft. Those include representatives from the European Investment Bank, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, KPMG, Network Rail, the European Institute for Environmental Policy, and KfW.

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The Global Distribution And Burden Of Dengue

Apr 25th, 2013 | By
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Nature: Dengue is a systemic viral infection transmitted between humans by Aedes mosquitoes1. For some patients, dengue is a life-threatening illness2. There are currently no licensed vaccines or specific therapeutics, and substantial vector control efforts have not stopped its rapid emergence and global spread3. The contemporary worldwide distribution of the risk of dengue virus infection4

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Study Confirms Human Impact On Climate

Apr 24th, 2013 | By
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TckTckTck: A groundbreaking new study, published in Nature Geoscience, has found that global temperatures were warmer between 1970 and 2000 than any other 30-year period in the last 1,400 years. The research, compiled by 73 scientists from 28 institutions worldwide, is the most comprehensive reconstruction of global temperatures to date. It used corals, ice cores, tree rings, lake and

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Argentine Flooding: Climate Change And Poor Urban Planning

Apr 22nd, 2013 | By
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Scientific American: Rain began to fall over the Argentine capital of Buenos Aires late at night April 1. By the next morning, rainfall records for the month had been broken and the city woke up to find its streets covered with water. Torrential rains dumped more than 6 inches of water on the city in

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Identifying Low Risk Climate Change Adaptation

Apr 22nd, 2013 | By
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weAdapt: Inherent in every adaptation measure are risks, costs and benefits. A challenge for decision-makers is how to choose adaptations that reduce risks from climate change impacts and provide overwhelmingly beneficial outcomes. This project focused on three catchments in the Murray-Darling Basin to test a method for more integrative climate change adaptation that increased resilience and avoided maladaptation. Water management

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Vulnerable Communities Tackling Climate Change Best Teachers

Apr 22nd, 2013 | By
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IIED: The poorest communities (and poorest countries) are leading the world in learning about and practising adaptation to climate change. The rich would do well to learn from them. The flood plain of the Ganges river in southern Bangladesh is only around two metres higher than sea level. Rising floodwaters can wipe out crops and

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