Bangladesh

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

Dec 7th, 2014 | By
Cost of Climate change: Coatal erosion in Bangladesh as Padma River continues to devour banks




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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TIB Urges Govt to Raise Voice at COP 20

Dec 1st, 2014 | By




Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) has urged the government to raise a strong voice in the upcoming international climate conference to ensure more transparency and accountability in climate financing. The 20th Conference of the Parties (COP 20) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) will take place from today till the 12th of

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Rich Countries ‘Backsliding’ on Climate Finance

Nov 18th, 2014 | By
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The $10bn (£6bn) in climate aid which Britain and other rich countries are expected to formally pledge this week represents a backsliding on earlier climate finance transfers, according to observers. Countries are together expected to offer around $10bn to the Green Climate Fund (GCF) at a meeting in Berlin on Thursday, with the UK becoming

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UK, France, Germany Joint Climate Diplomacy in BD

Sep 15th, 2014 | By
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Consulates of UK, France and Germany have visited three climate adaptation projects in Dhamrai of Dhaka to emphasise on joint climate diplomacy in Bangladesh.British High Commissioner Robert W Gibson, French Chargé Babou Kamichetty and German Chargé Dr Ferdinand von Weyhe visited Dhamrai on Monday.They visited a solar home system, solar irrigation systems and a domestic

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Changing the Narrative on Bangladesh and Climate Change

Aug 12th, 2014 | By
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By now, Bangladesh has become known as being one of the most vulnerable countries to climate change. This refrain is now repeated endlessly by our leaders and representatives when talking about Bangladesh and climate change. It is also the way the international media sees Bangladesh.  For example, a recent series of documentaries on climate change

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Only BD Taking Climate Change Seriously in S Asia: Study

Jul 8th, 2014 | By
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Even before this year’s delayed and inadequate monsoon recently brought some relief to the Indian subcontinent, researchers discovered widespread concern by local experts that their governments are mismanaging the water supplies on which a billion people depend for survival, and giving insufficient attention to climate change. A new report, Attitudes to Water in South Asia

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Bangladesh Uncovers the Crippling Cost of Climate Change Adaptation

Jun 23rd, 2014 | By
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UNEP News Center: With a population of 140 million, Bangladesh is one of the world’s most populated countries. It is also one of the most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. Cyclones, floods and droughts have long been part of the country’s history but they have intensified in recent years. As a result of the

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Bangladesh to Slash Its Own Climate Adaptation Fund

Jun 18th, 2014 | By
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(Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Bangladesh plans to cut spending from its own budget on climate change adaptation and rely more in the future on funds from donors, government officials said. The low-lying South Asian nation, considered one of the countries most at risk from climate impacts such as sea level rise, worsening erosion and erratic

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Bangladeshi Farmers Caught in Row Over $600,000 GM Aubergine Trial

Jun 8th, 2014 | By
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The Guardian: Farmers growing a landmark genetically modified food crop in Bangladesh – Bt brinjal, or aubergine – have found themselves at the centre of a power struggle between the government and activists trying to prevent the technology getting a hold in the region. The growers say they have been subjected to intimidation and misinformation about the safety of

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Bangladesh Uncovers the Crippling Cost of Climate Change Adaptation

May 23rd, 2014 | By
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UNEP News Center: With a population of 140 million, Bangladesh is one of the world’s most populated countries in the world. It is also one of the most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. Cyclones, floods and droughts have long been part of the country’s history but they have intensified in recent years. As a

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Bangladesh Warns of Rising Climate Change Costs as Donations Plummet

Mar 10th, 2014 | By
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The Guardian: Bangladesh needs $5bn (£3bn) over the next five years to adapt to current climate changes, and the cost is rising each year, according to a lead negotiator for developing countries in the UN climate talks, which resume in Bonn on Monday. It, and other developing countries, may have been promised $30bn as “fast-start finance” before

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Bangladesh Asks BIMSTEC to Take ‘Unified’ Stand on Climate Change

Mar 4th, 2014 | By




Bangladesh on Tuesday asked BIMSTEC countries to take a “unified” stand and seriously consider the adverse impact of climate change keeping in mind global assessments that indicate an increase in the frequency and intensity of natural disasters in the region. Addressing the 3rd BIMSTEC Summit here, Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said that to ensure

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The Disappearing Rivers of Bangladesh

Feb 3rd, 2014 | By




Sci Dev Net: Bangladesh is a land of rivers, but changing climate has caused a third of the country’s more than 300 large rivers to disappear. The rivers are drying out as a result of barriers built upstream to divert water and protect people from floods that have become more frequent as the weather becomes more erratic.

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Climate Change and Bangladesh

Jan 8th, 2014 | By
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The last 12 months have seen some important events and actions regarding climate change both globally as well as in Bangladesh. The article will review some of the key events and activities over the last year and point to important upcoming events. Science of climate change The most significant development on the science of climate change is

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Hydropower Import From Nepal, Bhutan

Jan 5th, 2014 | By
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Energy Bangla: The Bangladesh government has invited its Indian counterpart to hold the seventh Dhaka-Delhi secretary level meeting here between January 11 and January 12, 2014 aiming to focus on regional interconnectivity through sharing hydroelectric potentiality with Nepal and Bhutan, bangladesh power division’s official said. He said, “We have already invited Indian counterpart to expedite power

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Seek Climate Assistance From Dev Partners

Dec 8th, 2013 | By




The Daily Star: As the release of the UN climate change fund for vulnerable countries is being delayed, Bangladesh should implement adaptation programmes with assistances from its development partners through bilateral arrangements, according to experts. At the same time, it should continue to play a leading role at the negotiation table during the global climate

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Migration is a Solution to Climate Change, Not a Threat to Security

Nov 24th, 2013 | By
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How to deal with the impact of climate change is front and centre at international climate talks in Warsaw, with a fund for “losses and damages” caused by climate change to developing nations on the table. As climate action shifts away from mitigation to adaptation, we need to look at all the options. One option

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Bangladesh Advances in Climate Risk Index

Nov 18th, 2013 | By
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Even though Bangladesh had been ranked as the fifth risky country to adverse climate change impacts during 1993-2012, it was not on the top 10 list as of last year, a new study says. The Global Climate Risk Index (CRI) 2014, released on Tuesday at the UN Climate Conference in Warsaw of Poland, identifies Honduras,

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Adapting to Climate Cchange in Bangladesh

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

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$10 Billion For Climate Resilience?

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

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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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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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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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One River, Two Countries, Too Many Dams

Apr 3rd, 2013 | By
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The Hindu: Chinese reticence about projects on its stretch of the Brahmaputra do not assuage Indian fears about diversion of the river’s waters. By raising the Brahmaputra dams construction issue during his first meeting with the new Chinese President Xi Jinping, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was following a two-pronged strategy. On the one hand, Dr.

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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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Developing Nations To Pioneer System To Track Climate Adaptation

Mar 26th, 2013 | By
A school boat in Bangladesh – an innovative response to rising sea levels? IIED is helping develop new systems for tracking efforts to adapt to climate change. Photo: G.M.B. Akash/PANOS




IIED: New systems for tracking the social impacts of efforts to adapt to climate change could soon be in place in Africa and South Asia. Working with policy and research partners in these regions, the International Institute for Environment and Development (with partners Adaptify and Garama 3C Ltd) has designed a framework and tools that

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Migration Myths Hold Back Successful Climate Adaptation

Feb 18th, 2013 | By
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Scidev.net: Policies should be designed to support internal movements as a form of adaptation to climate change, write Dominic Kniveton and Max Martin. What do farmers in the tropics do when their land remains parched for years, or the delta islands on which they live are flooded more frequently because of a changing climate? If you think, like many

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Effectiveness of Local-Level Adaptation to Climate Change: Case Studies

Dec 19th, 2012 | By
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ClimateAdaptAsia: Determinants and Effectiveness of Local-Level Adaptation to Climate Change: Case Studies of Two Bangladesh ministries, including the ministries of agriculture, environment and forest, water, health, rural development, food and disaster management, children and women affairs, relevant departments and NGOs have been implementing a number of local level adaptation (LLA) projects with their limited resources

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Data Gaps Hamper Disaster Risk Reduction

Nov 23rd, 2012 | By
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Scidev.net: Reducing risks and losses from natural disasters calls for collaboration between social and natural scientists, who in turn must work with policy makers, communities and development groups, an international expert has said. For example, Bangladesh scientists had forecast the current devastating floods but local communities did not heed their warnings. In the 2010 Pakistan

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Bangladesh Resistant Rice May Not Fill Food Gap – Experts

Oct 30th, 2012 | By
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Alertnet: Bangladesh is about to release five new drought- and salt-tolerant rice varieties to help farmers cope with rising salinity and more frequent droughts – but some scientists and researchers say the yields are little better than those of current types and will not be sufficient to meet rising demand in the face of climate

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Climate Change Is Already Damaging Global Economy, Report Finds

Sep 27th, 2012 | By
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Guardian: Economic impact of global warming is costing the world more than $1.2 trillion a year, wiping 1.6% annually from global GDP Climate change is already contributing to the deaths of nearly 400,000 people a year and costing the world more than $1.2 trillion, wiping 1.6% annually from global GDP, according to a new study.

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Loss And Damage From Climate Change: After Adaptation

Sep 11th, 2012 | By




The Daily Star: The climate talks under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Bangkok ended on September 5 in preparation for the eighteenth conference of parties (COP18) which will be held in Doha, Qatar in December 2012. Although not much moved forward in the Bangkok talks, one new topic that gained

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Climate Change a Mixed Blessing for Wheat, Say Experts

Sep 8th, 2012 | By




Scidevnet: Climate change may have a profound effect on the world’s ability to produce wheat — one of its staple crops — and adaptation efforts must take into account both the positive and negative effects of climate shifts, say wheat experts. Production in some regions, such as India and Mexico, is predicted to be negatively

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India: Historical Conflicts In Assam-Climate Change Could Make It Worse

Sep 4th, 2012 | By




Think Progress: Understanding The Historical Conflicts Behind Violence In Assam, And How Climate Change Could Make It Worse.Recent violence between the Bodo tribe and immigrant minorities in the northeastern Indian state of Assam has cost the lives of at least 96 people and caused more than 300,000 residents to flee their homes for refugee camps.

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Assam Faces Worst Ever Floods In 10 Years

Aug 23rd, 2012 | By
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India Water Portal: This article provides a brief background of the situation of floods in Assam, their impact and possible solutions, through a video interview with Dr. Partha J Das, Programme Head, ‘Water, Climate & Hazard (WATCH)’ Programme, Aaranyak. Background The north-eastern region of the country receives a large share of the summer south-west monsoon’s

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Bangladesh To Trial Weather Index-Based Crop Insurance

Aug 23rd, 2012 | By




Alertnet: Bangladesh is planning to introduce crop insurance based on a weather index to reduce farmers’ economic vulnerability to shifting climate patterns and extreme weather events. The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is helping the South Asian country develop the new insurance scheme. The bank considers climate change and weather variability as a big challenge for

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Green Economy: Debate or Destiny?

Aug 3rd, 2012 | By




New Age: There has been very little discussion on the potential negative social and environmental consequences of promoting a green economy. Furthermore, nothing is being said about the need to reduce demand and over-consumption by wealthy nations. The sceptics are therefore defining ‘green economy’ as repacking of consumption-oriented neo-liberal economics, Mohammed Abdul Baten and Humayun

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Climate Conversations – Malnutrition Increases On The Horizon In South Asia

May 30th, 2012 | By




Alertnet: Malnutrition is worsening in developing countries like Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal and India because of the impacts of climate change – particularly on water resources, a key input for producing food for more than a billion people in the region. Climate change and rising temperatures have now badly disturbed food production patterns and have deepened

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Ready or Not: Can Bangladesh Cope with Climate Change?

May 9th, 2012 | By




New Internationalist: At the frontline of climate change, the people of Bangladesh are using every ounce of their creativity to adapt. Hazel Healy assesses whether it will be enough. It is hard to believe the village was built from scratch. It looks as if it has always been here. Tidy kitchen gardens sit next to thatched

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Third UNECE Workshop: Water And Adaptation To Climate Change In Trans-boundary Basins

Apr 26th, 2012 | By




UNECE: The Third workshop on water and climate change in transboundary basins: Making adaptation work will bring together more than 140 participants from all over the world on 25 and 26 April 2012 in Geneva to discuss how to prevent conflict in transboundary basins over dwindling water resources by cooperating at the transboundary level in

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Call To Form South Asian Climate Platform

Apr 19th, 2012 | By




The Daily Star: South Asian nations should converge on stronger climate change negotiations in the global levels to protect hundreds of millions of people being affected in this region, suggested experts. They also recommended that South Asian countries actively collaborate among themselves in sharing knowledge and technologies to increase food productivity, energy efficiency and reduce

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New Coalition to Curb ‘Short-Lived’ Climate Pollution

Feb 18th, 2012 | By




Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton Thursday announced a new global initiative to reduce short-lived climate pollutants. Working together as the Climate and Clean Air Coalition, Bangladesh, Canada, Ghana, Mexico, Sweden, and the United States will conduct what Secretary Clinton described as “a targeted, practical, and highly energetic global campaign to spread solutions to the

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The Ill Wind that Blew Bainpara towards a More Climate Resilient Future

Jan 25th, 2012 | By




Guardian: Three years after it was decimated by cyclone Aila, Bainpara in south-west Bangladesh is being rebuilt with UK assistance. On 25 May 2009, the village of Bainpara, in the district of Khulna on Bangladesh’s south-west coast, was wiped off the map. Driven by the 120km/h winds of cyclone Aila, a 12ft wall of sea

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Come Hell With High Water

Jan 23rd, 2012 | By




Earlier this month, Bangladesh’s foreign minister chided the world’s developed nations for failing to honor their pledge to help this low-lying, water-logged nation adapt to the effects of climate change. Of the $30 billion that poor countries were promised three years ago, just $2.5 billion have been disbursed. “Our achievements — social, economic, environmental —

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Cut Back on Methane’ to Slow Climate Change

Jan 17th, 2012 | By




IOL Scitech: There are simple, inexpensive ways to cut back on two major pollutants – soot and methane – and taking action now could slow climate change for years to come, international scientists said on Thursday. When it comes to fending off global warming, the focus often is on harmful carbon emissions from burning fossil

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Developed World Failing on Climate Funds Pledge, Says Bangladeshi Minister

Jan 4th, 2012 | By




Guardian: Efforts by developed countries to redistribute promised funds to help poorer parts of the world avoid environmental disasters have been described as “dismal” by the foreign minister of Bangladesh. Dipu Moni said wealthier nations must begin immediately delivering the billions of pounds’ worth of aid they have earmarked for climate change projects. “Our achievements

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Working In The Himalayas To Prevent Disastrous Flooding

Nov 29th, 2011 | By
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The New York Times: With its massive chalk-white face of ice and snow, Thorthormi glacier in northern Bhutan looms high against a bright blue sky, nearly 4,450 meters above sea level. At the glacier’s base, a wide lake of murky water completes the dramatic scene at the rooftop of the world. But the beauty of

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Four Himalayan Nations Agree On Climate Adaptation Plan

Nov 21st, 2011 | By
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The Bhutan Climate Summit for A Living Himalayas was successfully convened in Thimphu on 19 Nov 2011. Presided over by the Honourable Prime Minister of Bhutan, Lyonchhoen Jigmi Y Thinley; Environment Ministers from the four countries of Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal adopted a declaration on behalf of their Governments wherein a regional ‘framework of

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Review-Climate Change Adaptation In Asia

Nov 19th, 2011 | By
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Oxfam: Review of Climate Change Adaptation Practices in South Asia. Climate change is predicted to have severe consequences for South Asia, particularly in agriculture, which employs more than 60 per cent of the region’s labor force. Some of the predicted impacts of climate change include: increased variability in both monsoon and winter rainfall patterns; increases

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Only 4 of 7 Himalayan Nations Meet For Climate Summit

Nov 19th, 2011 | By
(Channi Anand/Associated Press) - FILE - In this July 19, 2011 file photograph, Indian army soldiers returning from border posts get a briefing at the Siachen Glacier base camp, in Indian Kashmir on the border with Pakistan. Four Himalayan nations, faced with erratic weather and the threat of melting glaciers and catastrophic floods, are hashing out a plan for preserving the vast mountain range and helping millions living in the foothills




Washington Post: Amid regional tensions, only 4 of 7 Himalayan nations meet for climate summit on the mountains. Four Himalayan nations, faced with erratic weather and the threat of melting glaciers and catastrophic floods, are hashing out a plan for preserving the vast mountain range and helping millions living in the foothills cope with climate

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The Importance of Riverbed Carbon Storage Capacity

Nov 14th, 2011 | By
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Environmental News Network: The soils and sediments at the bottom of rivers are rich in organic material. They can store carbon for thousands of years according to a study from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI). Despite often high rates of erosion and sediment transport, the riverbed can hold organic carbon for 500 to 17,000

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Focus on climate, food security

Nov 14th, 2011 | By
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Daily Star: 17th Saarc Summit ends in Maldives with 20-point Addu Declaration; South Asian leaders also agree to forge effective cooperation for full implementation of Safta, better connectivity and steps towards Saarc Market for Electricity. The 17th Saarc summit ended at Addu in the Maldives yesterday with the adoption of a 20-point Addu Declaration to

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Environmental Performance and Vulnerability to Climate Change: A Case Study

Nov 12th, 2011 | By
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CLIMATE 2011: Relatively little scholarly work has focused on comparative evaluation of South Asian countries’ environmental performance (EP) in addressing issues of vulnerability to climate change. It is an accepted fact that climate change induced problems in South Asia have been increasing over many years, but their effects largely have been blamed on extreme poverty

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Himalayan Nations: Need to build Resilience to Climate Change Impact

Nov 10th, 2011 | By
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WWF: Himalayan nations must move rapidly to commit to efforts that build resilience to the impacts of climate change and generate resources for adaptation, capacity building and technology transfer. The Himalayan glaciers are the water towers of Asia, and the source of many of the world’s great rivers: The Yangtze, the Ganges, the Indus and

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Countries Most Vulnerable To Climate Change To Meet Ahead Of CoP17

Nov 8th, 2011 | By
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Business Bhutan: As the global summit for climate talks approaches, vulnerable countries make a point to form a united voice. A group of 32 vulnerable countries, which created the Climate Change Vulnerable Forum, including Bhutan is set to meet in Dhaka, two weeks ahead of UN climate talks (the 17th Conference of Parties) in Durban,

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Mega Dams in the Himalayas: An Assessment of Environmental Degradation and Global Warming

Nov 1st, 2011 | By
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Mega dams have the multipurpose applications and considered as the greener energy source than most alternatives. But as compensation to this development it may result a wide range of environmental degradation. This study aims to search the fact of environmental impacts due to the existing and proposed mega dams of the Himalayas and also to

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Bangladesh, India vulnerable to climate change

Oct 29th, 2011 | By
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All Headlines News: Bangladesh as the most at risk due to extreme levels of poverty and a high dependency on agriculture, while its government has the lowest capacity of all countries to adapt to predicted changes in the climate. A new global ranking of climate change finds most Asian countries including Bangladesh, India, Philippines, Vietnam

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One third of humanity faces biggest risks from climate change

Oct 27th, 2011 | By
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Telegraph: A third of humanity, mostly in Africa and South Asia, face the biggest risks from climate change while rich nations in northern Europe will be least exposed, according to a report released Wednesday. Bangladesh, India and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are among 30 countries with “extreme” exposure to climate shift, according to

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Bhutan Climate Summit- limited to adaptation measures

Oct 25th, 2011 | By
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Kuenselonline: The summit next month will not discuss complex climate change issues. Climate change being closely linked by geography, history, culture, economy and ecology, the impact of climate change would be felt by all four countries of Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, and Nepal. To discuss concerns and fine-tune the framework of cooperation, the delegates of the

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