Resilience

Climate Change Adaptation And Development Case Studies

Apr 22nd, 2013 | By
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C4D: Climate change is increasingly intersecting with the challenges faced by people seeking to emerge from poverty, and changing the way Canadian development organizations – and their partners in the global south – must design their programs to ensure resiliency and continued sustainability. Climate change not only permeates the entire development process, it threatens many

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Bhutan’s National Happiness By Being World’s First Organic Country

Apr 14th, 2013 | By
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ABC Net: The small, landlocked country of Bhutan is aiming to increase its national happiness by becoming the first country in the world to completely shift to organic farming. About 80 per cent of Bhutan’s 800,000 residents depend on agriculture for their livelihoods. The country plans to use the organic status, which it hopes to

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Cool Response: Climate Change Adaptation

Apr 12th, 2013 | By
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My Republica: Despite having been identified as one of the most vulnerable countries in the world, Nepal was not among the first group of countries to write a National Adaptation Program of Action (NAPA)—a prerequisite for accessing international support for climate intervention. It stands 44th among the 47 LDCs that prepared a NAPA and submitted

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More Research Stations Planned For Antarctica

Apr 11th, 2013 | By
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China Daily: China plans to increase its presence in Antarctica with two more research stations, an official in charge of the country’s scientific programs in the polar regions said on Tuesday. The two new facilities are expected to join the existing three Chinese stations on Antarctica — Changcheng (Great Wall), Zhongshan, and Kunlun — by

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Climate Change Impacts And Adaptation Responses On Agriculture

Apr 11th, 2013 | By
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World Bank: Looking Beyond the Horizon: How Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation Responses Will Reshape Agriculture in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Food security remains a key development challenge across the globe, with some projections estimating the need for an increase in agricultural production of 70-100 percent by 2050. Shifts in temperature and precipitation are

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Holistic Approach To Climate Change Vulnerability And Adaptation Assessment-Study

Apr 11th, 2013 | By
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weAdapt: Climate change vulnerability and adaptation planning can be taken into consideration across many sectors and at different levels and scales. Different scales of planning have different contexts and may require different approaches. In a landscape context, inter-linkages between sectors within the landscape form the context of adaptation planning, as the response of any one sector may have consequences

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Learning How To Look At The Social Dimensions Of Climate Change In Peru

Apr 9th, 2013 | By
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EBA: The ecosystem-based adaptation in mountain ecosystems (EbA) project in Peru, among its activities, contributes to the enhancement of local and national capacities by providing training in analytical and decision-making tools that help better understand and address vulnerability of ecosystem services, through the use of ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA) and enhancing local livelihoods. In order to

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USD 3.3 Million Grant To Offset Climate Change Effects In Nepal

Apr 9th, 2013 | By
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EBA: The government of Nepal, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) jointly launched the ‘Ecosystem based Adaptation in mountain ecosystem in Nepal (EbA)’ Project on the 16th August 2012. The project aims at implementing an emerging approach to help people to adapt to

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Potatoes For Food Security In The Andes

Apr 9th, 2013 | By
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MP: A project to improve food security among vulnerable rural groups coordinated by Mountain Partnership member the International Potato Centre (CIP) is underway in four Latin American countries. In the Andes, the potato is one of the most important crops in the agricultural sector. However, in areas where the tuber is produced, chronic malnutrition in

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WP Looks At “Water Wars” in India- But Forgets Climate Change!

Apr 8th, 2013 | By
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The Washington Post has updated the story to include climate as a reason for variability in water supplies. While the original did not discuss climate change, the addition of this in the fourth paragraph, plus the inclusion of a quote from former Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh now complete the story. We applaud them for updating the story. The

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Rising Sea Levels Threat: Says RK Pachauri

Apr 8th, 2013 | By
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First Post: Rising sea levels due to climate change are threatening the survival of big cities located near coastal areas like Kolkata, Shanghai and Dhaka, said Dr RK Pachauri, chairperson of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). “There is a very high risk in delta cities like Kolkata, Shanghai and Dhaka. They are very

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Forests And Synergies Between Adaptation And Mitigation

Apr 5th, 2013 | By
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WeAdapt: What are mitigation and adaptation? Mitigation and adaptation are the two strategies for addressing climate change. Mitigation is an intervention to reduce the emissions sources or enhance the sinks of greenhouse gases. Adaptation is an ‘adjustment in natural or human systems in response to actual or expected climatic stimuli or their effects, which moderates

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3 In 4 Asia-Pacific Nations Face Water Security Threat – Study

Apr 5th, 2013 | By
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Environment Expert: More than 75% of the countries in Asia and the Pacific are experiencing a serious lack of water security, with many of them facing an imminent water crisis unless immediate steps are taken to improve management of water resources, says a new study prepared jointly by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Asia-Pacific

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Centre For Mountain Studies Works On Sustainable Mountain Development

Apr 4th, 2013 | By
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CMS: The Centre for Mountain Studies (CMS) is located at Perth College, University of the Highlands and Islands, Scotland. Since its establishment in 2000, staff and students at the CMS have been active in research and knowledge exchange activities at all scales, from the local, in Scotland, to the global. Projects in Scotland have focused

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Innovation As Expression Of Adaptation To Change In Himalayan Farming

Apr 4th, 2013 | By
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BioOne: Recent studies of future food production in South Asia generally agree that the conditions for production will radically change in the years to come, in particular due to climate change and market variations. However, because we do not know how conditions will be modified and what adaptations will be required by farmers, the article

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As Extreme Weather Drives Rustling, Pastoralists Turn To Farming

Apr 3rd, 2013 | By
Former pastoralists Joseph and Pauline Elila and their family thresh sorghum harvested from their fields in Nambeyo village in Kenya's semi-arid Isiolo County. ALERTNET/Isaiah Esipisu




Alertnet: In Nambeyo village in Kenya’s semi-arid Isiolo County, former pastoralist Joseph Elila and his wife Pauline are busy threshing sorghum to remove the grain from the stalks. The couple has been converted into smallholder dry-land farmers after they lost their entire animal stock to cattle rustlers two years ago. The area is well known

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Create Tiny Terrace For Upper Floor Apartments

Apr 2nd, 2013 | By
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Barreau & Charbonnet came up with a framework that has three pivoted container holders positioned within. Into these are placed plastic window boxes, each containing a layer of clay balls and another of loam, and then topped by mesh that the plants will grow through for harvesting. Barreau & Charbonnet told that “gravity and the

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Initiative To Improve Bangladesh’s Resilience To Climate Change

Apr 2nd, 2013 | By
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USAID: U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Deputy Administrator Donald Steinberg and Bangladesh’s Minister of Environment and Forests Dr. Hasan Mahmud jointly announced the launch of the new USAID Climate-Resilient Ecosystems and Livelihoods (CREL) program.  U.S. Ambassador to Bangladesh, Dan Mozena and USAID Bangladesh Mission Director, Richard Greene also attended the launch. Since 1998, USAID has worked with the

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Tracking Adaptation And Measuring Development

Apr 2nd, 2013 | By
Street market in Pakistan, one of the pilot countries for the Tracking Adaptation and Measuring Development (TAMD) project. Photo: Fareena Chanda




IIED: Countries need new tools to check whether climate change adaptation is keeping development on-track, and whether costs and benefits are fairly distributed. IIED and partners are developing a framework that does this by assessing risk management and resilience at many levels. As countries increasingly focus on adapting to climate change, and more ‘climate finance’

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Biodiversity Community And Climate Change

Apr 1st, 2013 | By
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TERI: Recently the need for a greater understanding on linkages between biodiversity conservation, climate change mitigation and adaptation and the livelihoods of the local communities has increased the attention of the world leaders. The threat of climate change, which cuts across national and international boundaries, has further catalyzed the importance of the issues and facilitated

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Climate Change: One More Problem For Pakistan

Apr 1st, 2013 | By
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Climate Central: The Indus river, originating on the Tibetan Plateau and flowing for nearly 2,000 miles through the disputed territory of Jammu and Kashmir and finally down to the province of Sindh and out into the Arabian Sea, is key to life in Pakistan. The majority of Pakistan’s 190 million people are involved in agriculture:

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How to Make Low Cost Terrace Garden Sprinkling System

Mar 29th, 2013 | By
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‘Adaptation Ideas’ is a new series of Climate Himalaya. Here we will be showcasing a number of simple, practical and innovative ideas those could be adopted by individuals, communities and organizations for various environment friendly adaptive practices at home, offices and in public places.  The purpose of this ongoing series is to disseminate and communicate

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Cheese Production To Climate Protection: Peruvian Case

Mar 29th, 2013 | By
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The first Swiss development experts arrived in Peru half a century ago, beginning a fruitful and multifaceted partnership. In late 2011, SDC brought traditional bilateral cooperation to a close and transferred on-going projects to its local partners. In the future, Peru will actively participate in a number of SDC global programmes, particularly in the area

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A Community Of Practice To Support Adaptation To Climate Change

Mar 25th, 2013 | By
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GIZ: Adaptation to climate change is much about ‘doing things differently because of climate change’ (Bo Lim), or making the right decision in light of climate change. Adaptation has the ultimate goal of avoiding harm and costs that can arise from doing business as usual without taking climate change into consideration. It often tries to

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India’s North East Gets Attention From Climate Change Scientists

Mar 25th, 2013 | By
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Nature: The vulnerable north eastern states of India — which bear a significant brunt of the global climate change phenomena — have finally got some serious attention from climate scientists. The eight states, least studied so far, have been thoroughly analysed over a 34-year period in a new study.1 Based on the trends observed from

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Pakistan Revamps Climate Study Centre

Mar 25th, 2013 | By
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Scidev.Net: With extra funding and empowering legislation Pakistan’s autonomous Global Climate Change Impact Centre (GCCIC) is set to take on a regional and international role in climate research. Legislation passed this month (6 March) is expected to transform the GCCIC into a centre capable of providing data for decision making and formulating policy in areas

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How To Make A Hanging Gutter Garden

Mar 21st, 2013 | By
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‘Adaptation Ideas’ is a new series of Climate Himalaya. Here we will be showcasing a number of simple, practical and innovative ideas those could be adopted by individuals, communities and organizations for various environment friendly adaptive practices at home, offices and in public places.  The purpose of this ongoing series is to disseminate and communicate

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Inequality Climate Change Threaten Historic Gains: HDR 2013

Mar 21st, 2013 | By
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UN Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark today launched UNDP’s 2013 Human Development Report, which charts the unprecedented rise of developing countries to create a new “global middle class.” “The development landscape is very different today from when the first Human Development Report was launched 23 years ago,” Helen Clark said, releasing UNDP’s 22nd flagship

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Connecting Poverty Eradication And Environmental Sustainability

Mar 21st, 2013 | By
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UNDP: Connecting poverty eradication and environmental sustainability is the ‘make or break’ for our future. The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Costa Rica, Mr. Carlos Roverssi, Special Envoy of the French President for the Protection of the Planet Nicolas Hulot, the Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Helen Clark, and the Executive Director

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Living Within A Fair Share Ecological Footprint

Mar 20th, 2013 | By
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According to many authorities the impact of humanity on the earth is already overshooting the earth’s capacity to supply humanity’s needs. This is an unsustainable position. This book does not focus on the problem but on the solution, by showing what it is like to live within a fair earth share ecological footprint. The authors

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Solar Powered Concept Tent

Mar 20th, 2013 | By
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‘Adaptation Ideas’ is a new series of Climate Himalaya. Here we will be showcasing a number of simple, practical and innovative ideas those could be adopted by individuals, communities and organizations for various environment friendly adaptive practices at home, offices and in public places.  The purpose of this ongoing series is to disseminate and communicate

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United Nations: Developing Countries Imperiled By Climate Change

Mar 19th, 2013 | By
In this Nov. 2, 2012 photo, a woman walks toward a well through clouds of dust raised by cattle in the Mao region of Chad. For generations, the people of this bone-dry region lived off their herds, but climate change has meant that the normally once-a-decade droughts are now coming every few years. (Rebecca Blackwell/AP)




RawStory: The rise of developing nations has cut poverty while the combined economies of Brazil, China and India are on a path to overtake wealthy nations, but failure to act on climate change could reverse those gains, a UN report said Thursday. Developing nations are now driving economic growth, helping to lift hundreds of millions

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Pakistan-Italy Join Hands To Identify Adaptive Measures

Mar 19th, 2013 | By
Pakistani flood affected villagers carry relief supplies through floodwaters in Ghozo village, Sindh province on September 24, 2010. Torrential rain began falling in northern Pakistan in July and the floods have since moved slowly south, wiping out villages and farmland, and affecting an area roughly the size of England. The UN estimates that there are currently 1.2 million people in 6,300 camps and settlements across Pakistan with more than 80 percent of them in Sindh. Some 21 million people have been affected by floods that have ravaged Pakistan, according to UN figures, including 12 million who need emergency food aid. AFP PHOTO/RIZWAN TABASSUM (Photo credit - RIZWAN TABASSUM/AFP/Getty Images)




Tribune: Pakistan’s only dedicated climate change research centre is going to partner with Italian experts to identify climate change adaptation measures. The Global Change Impact Studies Centre (GCISC), which recently became an autonomous body by act of parliament, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Ev-K2-CNR, an Italian research organisation that has worked in Pakistan’s

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Mountain Perspective Framework In Post Rio+20 Scenarios: A Discussion Paper

Mar 18th, 2013 | By
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Dr. Madhav Karki discusses about sustainable mountain development- SMD agenda that was adopted during 1992 Rio Earth summit, and how the socio-economic and environmental issues were taken by countries in the Hindu Kush Himalayan- HKH region during last 20 years in terms of achieving the goals as envisioned in SMD document. He argues that mountain

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Nature Adapts To Survive Climate Change

Mar 18th, 2013 | By
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Reuters: While the climate change discussion in Washington is moving at a glacial pace, nature is responding to climate change at record speed. The animal, plant and insect kingdoms aren’t interested in public policy. They don’t read political blogs. They adapt because they have to. They must change to survive. We would be wise to

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Updated Water Wheels Power India’s Rural Mountain Economy

Mar 18th, 2013 | By
A steel water wheel operates in northern India's Himalayan Uttarakhand state. ALERTNET/Archita Bhatta




Alertnet: Wooden water wheels have long captured energy from mountain streams. New versions work even better, helping provide a local, sustainable source of energy to Indian villages high in the Himalayas. Living in an isolated Himalayan hamlet, 2,500 meters (5,600 feet) above sea level, Govind Singh Rana seems an unlikely candidate for wealth. But by

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Himalaya: Mountains Of Life

Mar 15th, 2013 | By
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PR Web: University of Massachusetts Boston professor and leading conservation biologist Kamal Bawa and conservation photographer Sandesh Kadur announce the release of their book Himalaya: Mountains of Life. Five years in the making, the book focuses on the Eastern Himalaya—the first time the region’s threatened biodiversity and cultures have been documented together by a preeminent

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Call To Action For Water, Energy, And Food Security

Mar 15th, 2013 | By
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IUCN and the International Water Association (IWA)  launch the Nexus Dialogue on Water Infrastructure Solutions.The goal is to building partnerships for innovation in water, food, and energy security. The Dialogue recognises how the close interaction between water, energy and food – the nexus – has led to new demands for water infrastructure and technology solutions. Water, energy and food security

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Could A New Treaty Help Millions Of Climate Migrants?

Mar 15th, 2013 | By
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Chinadialogue: An international network of lawyers wants countries to commit funds to helping people forced from their homes by climate change. Villagers in the harsh landscapes of northwestern Alaska face a formidable journey. Sea ice and permafrost, the frozen subsoil that makes the land hospitable to humans, are melting. Flooding and erosion are blighting lives.

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Four Ways The Green Climate Fund Can Support

Mar 15th, 2013 | By
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4 Ways the Green Climate Fund Can Support “Readiness” for Climate Finance. Research shows that developing countries will need about $531 billion of additional investments in clean energy technologies each year in order to limit global temperature rise to 2° C above pre-industrial levels, thus preventing climate change’s worst impacts. While developed countries have pledged

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Warming May Harm Rainforests Less

Mar 14th, 2013 | By
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CCN: Scientists think they have found some good news for the Amazon and other tropical forests. They say they appear more able to withstand the effects of climate change than previous studies had suggested. The research team, including climate scientists and tropical ecologists from the UK, USA, Australia and Brazil, concluded that the forests are

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Mainstreaming Of Climate Change

Mar 14th, 2013 | By
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Himalayan Times: Climate change refers to any significant change in the measures of climate lasting for an extended period of time. It includes major changes in climatic parameters like temperature, precipitation, or wind patterns, among other effects, that occur over several decades or longer. The longevity of transportation infrastructure, the long-term nature of climate change,

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Climate Change Affecting Growing Seasons

Mar 13th, 2013 | By
Of the 10 million square miles of northern vegetated lands, 34 to 41 percent showed increases in plant growth (green and blue), 3 to 5 percent showed decreases in plant growth (orange and red), and 51 to 62 percent showed no changes (yellow) over the past 30 years. Credit: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio

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UPI: Growing seasons in Earth’s northern latitudes are shifting and vegetation increasingly resembles lusher latitudes to the south, scientists say. With climate change, temperatures and vegetation in northern latitudes resemble those found 4 degrees to 6 degrees of latitude farther south as recently as 1982, they said. NASA scientists along with U.S. and international researchers

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Changing Weather Changing Fortunes

Mar 13th, 2013 | By
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ISP: Sri Lanka has paused for breath after the extreme weather conditions last year that many associate with climate change. The reservoirs had hit new lows after a dry spell. That has now changed. “Thank god the weather has helped, all the reservoirs are at spill level,” finance secretary P. B. Jayasundera announced last month.

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Adaptation And Risk Reduction-IISD Publications

Mar 13th, 2013 | By
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IISD: Reports summarizing the risks associated with climate variability and change in selected sectors, ecosystems and/or regions in three African and four Latin American and Caribbean countries are now available. African reports: Kenya: Climate risk management for malaria control in Kenya: the case of the western Kenyan highlands Niger: Sustainable wetland management in the face

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Bhutan: The World’s First Wholly Organic Nation?

Mar 12th, 2013 | By
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Triple Pundit: The tiny nation of Bhutan attracted worldwide attention recently when it announced that it intends to convert its agriculture to 100 percent organic farming in the coming years.  For many, its claim is no surprise; the Kingdom of Bhutan has been incorporating sustainable growing methods into many of its agricultural practices for years.

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Who Will Speak Up For Climate Change Adaptation?

Mar 12th, 2013 | By
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Conversation: As with the federal elections of 2007 and 2010, climate change appears set to feature again in the forthcoming September poll. Yet one of the most important aspects of the issue, that of adaptation to climate change, is again unlikely to garner any attention. Climate change and its associated global changes (prominently sea level

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Tropical Forests Unexpectedly Resilient To Climate Change

Mar 12th, 2013 | By
Trees in rainforests, such as these in the Ecuadorian Amazon, might end up absorbing as much carbon as they release because of global warming.




Nature: Tropical forests are unlikely to die off as a result of the predicted rise in atmospheric greenhouse gases this century, a new study finds. The analysis refutes previous work that predicted the catastrophic loss of the Amazon rainforest as one of the more startling potential outcomes of climate change. In the most extensive study

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UN Family Agrees Plan For Disaster Risk Reduction

Mar 12th, 2013 | By
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Preventionweb: Representatives of UN agencies, funds and programmes completed an action plan this week that will accelerate the integration of disaster risk reduction into all UN country level operations in response to the rising levels of disruption to millions of lives each year from disasters. The United Nations Plan of Action Plan on Disaster Risk

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Climate Change And Mosquito-Borne Diseases In China: A Review

Mar 12th, 2013 | By
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Globalizationandhealth: China has experienced noticeable changes in climate over the past 100 years and the potential impact climate change has on transmission of mosquito-borne infectious diseases poses a risk to Chinese populations. The aims of this paper are to summarize what is known about the impact of climate change on the incidence and prevalence of

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Understanding Resilience

Mar 12th, 2013 | By
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IRIN: No one working in the aid community in recent years could have avoided the buzzword “resilience” – but what does the term mean practically, and how has it helped shape action on the ground? In fact, there is no standard definition of the term, points out a draft paper by the UN Development Programme

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India Needs Micro Level Data For Climate Action

Mar 11th, 2013 | By
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SciDev.Net: India needs micro-level scientific assessment at the state, district and village levels for effective planning and implementation of measures to combat climate change, a national workshop has highlighted. The workshop on  climate-resilient development, organised last month (13 February), discussed integrating climate change into development programmes in semi-arid regions like Bundelkhand in central India. Participants

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Bhutan’s Picture Of Gross National Happiness Blurs

Mar 11th, 2013 | By
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IRN: Bhutan fires the imagination of an ideal mountain country with many snow-clad peaks, where people go about their daily chores in serenity, dressed in their national dress, wearing a smile and with a song on their lips. The image of the Gross National Happiness (GNH) that it portrays is ever present. The four pillars

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Participatory Wideos In Nepal: Voicing Women’s Perceptions On Climate Change

Mar 11th, 2013 | By
Participatory videos have the potential to bridge the communication gap between non- or less literate individuals and policy-makers due to its non-written form. Photo: Pawan Kumar




CCAFS: International climate change debates are often based upon simplistic assumptions of how men and women perceive and address risks and uncertainty. For instance, women are commonly portrayed as a homogenous group who are always more vulnerable than men to climate change simply because they are women. Yet the relationship between gender, poverty and vulnerability

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International Climate Finance

Mar 11th, 2013 | By
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The book is the first to provide a complete overview of international climate finance. In the Copenhagen Accord of 2009, developed countries jointly committed to mobilize US$100 billion per year to address climate change in developing countries. The book presents the best information available on this subject: an overview of current international climate finance, estimates

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Promotion Of Micro And Small Enterprises In Tajikistan Mountains

Mar 9th, 2013 | By
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AKF: At independence, Tajikistan faced a variety of rural development challenges precipitated by the collapse of the Soviet Union and the ensuing civil war from 1992 to 1997. The mountainous regions of the country were especially affected, as both events left these areas cut-off from previous supply routes and desperately short of food. The dependency

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Why We Should Be Cooling, Not Warming

Mar 9th, 2013 | By
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CNN: Reconstructing the climate over the last 11,000 years shows that the Earth was once warmer than it is now – but that it would still be cooling today without the influence of greenhouse gases. LONDON, 7 March – US scientists have checked climate history for the past 11,300 years and come to one comforting

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Major Methane Release Is Almost Inevitable

Mar 8th, 2013 | By
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New Scientist: We are on the cusp of a tipping point in the climate. If the global climate warms another few tenths of a degree, a large expanse of the Siberian permafrost will start to melt uncontrollably. The result: a significant amount of extra greenhouse gases released into the atmosphere, and a threat – ironically

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Sand Dams’ Bank Water For Dry Season In Semi-Arid Kenya

Mar 7th, 2013 | By
Paul Masila, a member of the Woni Wa Mbee self-help group, shows off a sand dam his community built on the Kaiti River in Makueni County, in semi-arid eastern Kenya. ALERTNET/Isaiah Esipisu




Alertnet: Barely a month after heavy rains pounded Kenya, many seasonal rivers in the country’s semi-arid east are already drying up, and residents are preparing for the months-long dry season. But some, like Paul Masila and other members of  the Woni Wa Mbee self-help group, are not worried about the looming dry spell. Instead, they

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Lizards Facing Mass Extinction From Climate Change

Mar 7th, 2013 | By
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Science Daily: Climate change could see dozens of lizard species becoming extinct within the next 50 years, according to new research published today. The often one-directional evolutionary adaptation of certain lizard species’ reproductive modes could see multiple extinctions as the global temperature increases. Globally it has been observed that lizards with viviparous reproduction (retention of

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