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Ecologically Fragile State to Face Yet Another Flood

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

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

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

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China and India Adopt UK Tool to Map Green Futures

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

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

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

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

Jan 26th, 2015 | By




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

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Lahore Smog: It’s Not a Natural Phenomenon

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

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

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

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Chinese Premier Pledges Low-carbon Growth at World Economic Forum

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

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Pakistan Pushes Climate Change Back up Political Agenda

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

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

Jan 21st, 2015 | By




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

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Climate Change

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

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Planting More Trees Still Best Solution to Climate Change

Jan 18th, 2015 | By
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Dr. Qamar-Uz-Zaman Chaudhry, former director general of the Pakistan Meteorological Department, calls climate change a threat greater than terrorism for its ability to have a widespread effect on a country, even influencing economic policies and other plans for the future. Talking to members of the Parliamentary Task Force on Sustainable Development Goals, Chaudhry used Pakistan

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Climate Change: ‘Bad Climate Deprives Coastal Areas of Spring Season’

Jan 16th, 2015 | By




The climate in the coastal areas has changed so drastically in Sindh’s coastal areas that there has been no spring season in the last 10 years. These concerns were shared by Pakistan Fisherfolk Forum (PFF) chairperson Mohammad Ali Shah as he was speaking at a policy dialogue on ‘Food Security and Climate Change’ at Regent

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Climate Change Poses Major Security Threat to Pakistan

Jan 16th, 2015 | By
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With far-reaching consequences like food scarcity, climate change is a major security challenge and countries like Pakistan and Bangladesh can take lessons from the Arab Spring that was triggered by high food prices Could Pakistan become destabilised because of climate change? Could the continuous cycles of floods and droughts result in food scarcity, leading to

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Can We Fight The Floods? Yes, We Can!

Jan 15th, 2015 | By
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Year 2014 was indeed an eventful one especially in the realm of Climate Change and Natural Disasters. South Asia on a whole and Pakistan in particular once again had to face climate change debacle in the form of heavy floods across the region which not only resulted in loss of lives but also catastrophic damages

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Climate Confounds China’s Efforts to Ease Water Stress

Jan 14th, 2015 | By
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China, the world’s most populous nation, faces one of the planet’s most intractable water crises. And scientists say Beijing’s strategy for resolving the problem is simply making it worse. A team of international researchers say that water stress is only partially mitigated by China’s current two-pronged approach: transferring water physically to regions that are short

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Far From Rising Seas, Climate Change Plagues Kathmandu

Jan 14th, 2015 | By
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A month’s walk from the nearest sea, Kathmandu—elevation almost a mile—is as vulnerable to climate change as the world’s coastal megacities. The capital of the poorest Asian country after Afghanistan already is feeling the effect: Rising temperatures are crimping power and food supplies as rural migrants stream to a city of 1 million that’s among

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U.N. Chief Urges India to Play “Leadership” Role in Climate Change

Jan 14th, 2015 | By




(Xinhua) — United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon Tuesday urged India to take the lead in reaching a global climate change pact in Paris later this year. “I expect as one of the most critically important member state of the United Nations and as one of the fastest growing economy, India should be responsible to

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The Human Side of Climate Change

Jan 13th, 2015 | By
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Coming from Bangladesh, one of the countries worse-affected by climate change, this is an issue close to my heart. Both as a student and as a professional in the field of development, I have had the opportunity to engage with this issue in various ways – as an Ecological Representative planning and conducting awareness campaigns

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Obama’s India Visit Could Yield Progress on Climate Change and Solar Power

Jan 12th, 2015 | By
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There could be progress on US-India civil nuclear cooperation, solar power and climate change when US President Barack Obama visits India in two weeks, US officials said on Sunday. While stressing there were no guarantees that some of the most vexing economic issues between India and the United States would be resolved, the officials said

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‘Smallest Country’ Bhutan Makes a Big Splash at Vibrant Gujarat

Jan 12th, 2015 | By
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Even as some of the world’s most influential leaders spoke at the Vibrant Gujarat, it was Bhutan’s Prime Minister who stole the limelight and the maximum applause from the audience. Calling Bhutan one of the world’s “smallest countries, sandwiched between two of the world’s biggest powers India and China,” PM Tshering Tobgay, won both cheers

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Pakistan’s Coastal Villagers Retreat as Seas Gobble Land

Jan 11th, 2015 | By
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Reuters: For fisherman Sammar Dablo it was as if “the seawater stole our homes” when land erosion forced his village to relocate further inland on Pakistan’s south coast. The people of the fan-shaped Indus Delta, where the Indus River meets the Arabian Sea, are among the poorest of the poor, mostly illiterate and living in

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India Positive for Paris 2015 Climate Change Negotiations

Jan 11th, 2015 | By
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India was positive of a good outcome at the Paris 2015 climate change negotiations which must yield an agreement to keep the global temperatures from rising over two degrees Celsius, Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said Saturday. “We are very positive of the Paris 2015 outcome. We want it to come out with a good outcome

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Climate Change Threatens India’s Native Plants

Jan 9th, 2015 | By
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If India is to save hundreds of endemic plant species from extinction as a result of climate change it may need to resort to interventions such as assisted migration and expansion of existing protected areas, says a new study. Vishwas Sudhir Chitale, researcher at the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur and corresponding author of the

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Hydropower in Bhutan – Time For a Rethink?

Jan 9th, 2015 | By
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The first international visit undertaken by India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who came to power in May 2014 with a landslide electoral victory and a personal mandate for development and governance, was to India’s tiny neighbour to the north east, the landlocked Himalayan state of Bhutan. This indicates the importance this kingdom holds for India.

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Sun Shines on Union Between Solar Power and Electric Grid in Pakistan

Jan 7th, 2015 | By




(Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Amid a worsening energy crisis, Pakistan has approved the use of grid-connected solar energy, rooftop solar installations and mortgage financing for home solar panels to boost uptake of clean energy in the country. The government has also reversed course and eliminated a 32.5 percent tax imposed on imported solar equipment in

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Beijing Pollution Levels Fall Slightly in 2014

Jan 6th, 2015 | By
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(Reuters) – Beijing recorded a slight drop in smog levels in 2014, the municipal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said Sunday, though some pollutants remained at 150 percent above national minimum levels. The city government has restricted coal use, shut down factories and introduced new fuel standards for cars and trucks in a bid to limit

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Tibet’s Glaciers at Their Warmest

Jan 6th, 2015 | By




(Xinhuanet) — Recent decades have likely been the warmest and wettest on record in the Tibetan Plateau, known as the ‘Third Pole’ for its ice fields. A report on the region’s ecosystem published today shows climate change has been coming fast at the glaciers. The Tibetan Plateau and surrounding mountains represent one of the largest

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Scientists’ Role in Dealing with Climate Change Crucial: Experts

Jan 6th, 2015 | By
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Scientists have a greater role to play in climate change mitigation in the changing world. This was stated by Dr Ashwani Kumar, Director General, Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education (ICFRE), while speaking during the inaugural session of the five-day training programme for scientists and technologists working in the government sector on “climate change

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China Plans to Extend Green Vehicle Subsidies Until 2020

Jan 5th, 2015 | By
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(Reuters) – China will extend subsidies for new energy “green” vehicles to 2020, according to draft rules published on Tuesday, extending the current incentive scheme which expires at the end of 2015. The policy represents China’s latest effort to fight severe pollution and snarling traffic and is a boon to firms such as Warren Buffett-backed

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Chinese Case

Jan 5th, 2015 | By
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Nepali agriculture is still traditional, which is why productivity is so low. Most farmers grow crops and keep livestock for their own livelihood. Rarely do they adopt technology. Under such conditions, Nepal’s institutional capacity in agricultural research and extension is unable to transform traditional agriculture into competitive commercial production system. Nepali farmers can learn from

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India Engages with World Leaders on Phasing Down HFCs

Jan 4th, 2015 | By
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After six years of gridlock, India is stepping forward in discussions with over 180 countries on protecting our climate and moving forward with a global phasedown of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), super potent heat-trapping greenhouse gases. At the Montreal Protocol’s discussions today in Paris, India’s Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar made it clear that India was ready to take action

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With Climate Change, Himalayas’ Future Is Warmer, Not Necessarily Brighter

Jan 3rd, 2015 | By




(CNN) — As snow layered the trail before him, Hari Chaudhary thought it was odd. The veteran trekking guide had never seen snow on the trail in early October. The popular 21-day Annapurna Circuit takes trekkers in a horseshoe-shaped route around a majestic segment of the Himalayas in Nepal. On the 10th day of the

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World Bank Extends $508.4m Credit for Strengthening Power Infrastructure in Nepal and Ukraine

Dec 30th, 2014 | By
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The World Bank has approved two loans amounting to $508.4m for power projects in Nepal and Ukraine. The first one for $130m is for the Grid Solar and Energy Efficiency Project in Nepal. It has been allowed for a 38 year maturity period, which can be further extended for a six year grace period. The

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When the Sea Came Home

Dec 29th, 2014 | By




Ten years cannot wipe out memories of the wall of water that wrecked human life and property, with Banda Aceh on the Sumatran coast bearing the brunt of the earthquake and a series of tsunamis in the Indian Ocean region in 2004. The death of loved ones and the loss of livelihoods and homes still

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Why Russia Should Ally With China and India on Carbon Rules

Dec 26th, 2014 | By
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Russia, China and India, the world’s top three net carbon exporters, should unite and start putting pressure on the UN climate talks to adopt rules for sharing the burden of emissions associated with international trade in a more equitable way, Russian economists suggest. Today, a country’s annual greenhouse gas emissions are counted as the sum of all carbon

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Winter Rain Decoded by IITM Researchers

Dec 26th, 2014 | By
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The heavy downpour during the winter chill has been attributed to western disturbances coupled with changes in climate owing to global warming. Post-monsoon rain, winter rain in particular, has been witnessing a gradual increase over the decades. This December, it beat the earlier record of winter rain registered in the city on December 22, 1942.

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UNFCCC and India’s Interests

Dec 24th, 2014 | By
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The Climate Change Conference of Parties under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and its Kyoto Protocol was held in Lima (Peru) this year . In this regard, the minister of state for environment, forest and climate change, Prakash Javadekar, issued a Suo-muto statement in Loksabha. During the speech he said that

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China Confirms its Southern Glaciers are Disappearing

Dec 24th, 2014 | By
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Glaciers in China that are a critical source of water for drinking and irrigation in India are receding fast, according to a new comprehensive inventory. In the short term, retreating glaciers may release greater meltwater, “but it will be exhausted when glaciers disappear under a continuous warming,” says Liu Shiyin, who led the survey for

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The Case for Stronger Bhutanese-American Ties

Dec 24th, 2014 | By
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The November APEC summit in China concluded with “historic” news – on agreements about climate change, trade, visas, and other issues. But the triumphal headlines do not mask the cold reality: Beijing is moving steadily to supplant U.S. power in the region, and replace the American-led international system with one of its own. Nowhere is

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Lima Did Not Safeguard Interests of Less Developed Nations Like India

Dec 24th, 2014 | By




IANS: And the fissure nothing but deepened yet again! This is how experts would like to sum up the outcome of the 2014 Lima climate change talks where the developed and the developing countries supposedly sat across the table to strengthen the global partnership in combating climate change – that instead resulted in its dilution.

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China’s Farmers Face Major Challenges Adapting to Climate Change

Dec 21st, 2014 | By
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China’s mainly small-scale agricultural sector, where the average farm is less than a hectare, needs significant investment and capacity building to adapt to climate change. In an interview with chinadialogue, Xu Yinlong, who is a member of the Scientific Steering Committee leading UNEP’s ‘Programme of Research on Climate Change Vulnerability, Impacts and Adaptation’, explains the government’s

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Five Day Training Camp on ‘Global Warming & Environmental Hazard’ Concludes

Dec 21st, 2014 | By
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A five-day training programme on “Global Warming and Environmental Hazards” at Capital Development Authority (CDA) Training Academy was successfully completed. Participants from CDA Environment and students of environmental sciences from Iqra University, COMSATS University and Preston University joined the training courses, said a press release. The main focus of the training was that the world’s

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Would-Be Coders Are Studying India’s Glaciers to Learn About Climate Change

Dec 21st, 2014 | By
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The Himalayas consist of the world’s tallest mountains, constitute its third-largest storehouse of ice, and are the source of rivers that sustain about 800 million folks from China to Pakistan. The range is also among the least observed icy watersheds on earth, which indicates no one knows how a warming climate will change river flows, trigger

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Climate Change in Pakistan

Dec 19th, 2014 | By




A recent consultation held by International Alert on Climate Change, Security and Conflict in Islamabad, Pakistan acknowledged that poor resource management and changes in climate are crucial components of current and potential tensions in both the country and wider region. The discussion, which is part of an ongoing project commissioned by the G7, aimed to

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‘Climatic Changes Led to 7 pc Annual Rise in Met Disasters’

Dec 19th, 2014 | By
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There has been an annual increase in hydro meteorological disasters by 7.4 per cent due to climate change. Climate change is also resulting in reduced number of rainy days during rainy season, unseasonal thunderstorms/lightning and a rise in global temperatures. Indeed, winds, thunderstorms, floods and other atmospheric phenomena are similar experiences of hydro meteorological disasters,

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Mostly Cloudy

Dec 18th, 2014 | By
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Yet another depressing charade played out at Lima, Peru, where the 20th conference of the parties (COP) to the United Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) concluded on December 14, with a 43-page negotiating text, with several alternative formulations for virtually every provision. It is unlikely that, within the deadline set by the Paris COP

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THT 10 YEARS AGO: ADB Loan for Women Empowerment

Dec 17th, 2014 | By




Asian Development Bank (ADB) will promote greater economic, social, legal, and political empowerment of poor rural women in Nepal, particularly those from ethnic minorities and lower castes, through a $10 million loan approved today, states a press release issued here today. The loan, for the Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women Project, will target women

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US and India to Announce Joint Climate Change Action During Obama Visit

Dec 16th, 2014 | By
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America and India will unveil joint efforts to fight climate change when Barack Obama visits New Delhi next month, as the US tries to keep up the momentum of international negotiations. Obama’s visit – on the back of the United Nations talks in Lima – is seen as a key moment to persuade one of

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India Betters China in Climate-change Efforts

Dec 15th, 2014 | By




China and US are the biggest polluters in the world, with India ranking third, according to the 2015 Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI) report. The CCPI, put out by German Watch and the Climate Action Network, however offers some consolation — India has climbed five spots and is ranked 31st in the CCPI table. “India

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China’s Glaciers Shrink by a Fifth Since the 1950s

Dec 15th, 2014 | By
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China’s glaciers have retreated by 18 per cent over the past half century, a comprehensive survey has found, as some experts warn of “chain effects” that could have an impact on water supplies in the country’s western regions. An average of 244 sq km of glacial ice had disappeared every year since the late 1950s,

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Experts Stress Inclusive and Sustainable Development

Dec 15th, 2014 | By




Minister for Foreign Affairs Mahendra Bahadur Pandey has stressed that the Post 2015 Development Agenda should be built based on the achievements and experiences of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and said that they should address three dimensions — social, economic development and environment protection. So far, the MDGs, an initiative of the United Nations, have

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Nepal Raises Mountain Issue at Peru Meet

Dec 14th, 2014 | By




Nepal has called on global leaders to provide urgent and greater investments in the vulnerable communities in the mountains. In a statement presented on behalf of the Least Developed Countries (LDC) at the ongoing at the 20th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change at Lima, Peru, on Wednesday,

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‘India Playing a Proactive Role in Climate Discussions’

Dec 12th, 2014 | By




Union Environment and Forests Minister Prakash Javadekar stressed on India’s commitment to protecting the interests of the poor at the international climate community meeting in Lima this week. The meeting in Peru will discuss draft text of an agreement to be signed in Paris next year and countries are expected to come up with their

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‘Regional Cooperation Critical for Development’

Dec 11th, 2014 | By
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“Regional governments should not only focus on economic growth but also address the core issues of inequality, poverty, social justice and promote peace,” President Mamnoon Hussain said. He was addressing the opening session of the three-day conference on “Pathways to Sustainable Development,” organised by the Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI). “South Asia has achieved impressive

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‘Ensure Differently-abled’s Right to Sanitation’

Dec 11th, 2014 | By




Representatives from government and non-government agencies as well as social workers today laid emphasis on ensuring legal provisions for persons with disabilities to address their right to water and sanitation with accessible infrastructure, including taps and toilets in private houses, housing colonies and public places. The representatives said construction of water and sanitation facilities for

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India Against Keeping Poverty Reduction Priority Out of Climate Pact

Dec 11th, 2014 | By




India on Wednesday reiterated its commitment to “protecting the interests of the poor” at the Lima Climate Change talks, challenging rich nations who want to keep poverty eradication out of a list of priorities for developing countries in a new climate pact to be signed next year in Paris. At Lima, nations were expected to

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India Among Moderate-Performers on Climate Change

Dec 10th, 2014 | By
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India has been named as a moderate-performing country in combating climate change with Australia being the worst in this sphere, according to a report released at climate negotiations here. India was ranked 31 in terms of its performance in tackling climate change among the world’s top 58 emitters of greenhouse gases. “India climbs five places

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Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar to Highlight India’s Solar Push

Dec 9th, 2014 | By
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The recently-decided plan to go for a massive increase in solar power generation in the country will figure prominently in the statement of Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar when he tells the delegates at the Lima climate conference about the steps India is taking to combat climate change. Only last month, the government decided that it

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Adapting to a Warmer Climate Could Cost Almost Three Times as Much as Thought: UN report

Dec 7th, 2014 | By
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The Guardian: Adapting to a warmer world will cost hundreds of billions of dollars and up to three times as much as previous estimates, even if global climate talks manage to keep temperature rises below dangerous levels, warns a report by the UN. The first United Nations Environment Programme (Unep) ‘Adaptation Gap Report’ shows a

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