Himalayan Glaciers Will Shrink Despite Steady Climate

Nov 19th, 2012 | By
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Zee News: Some glaciers of the Himalayas will continue shrinking for many years to come, even if temperatures hold steady, a Brigham Young University geology professor has predicted. Professor Summer Rupper made her estimation after she conducted a research on Bhutan, a region in the bull’s-eye of the monsoonal Himalayas. Rupper’s most conservative findings indicate

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UMPI Professor Performs Research In Himalayas On Climate Change

Nov 16th, 2012 | By
OSING AT THE YEETSIN HOTEL - After their expedition, research team members returned to Bhutan’s capitol, Thimphu, and experienced the culture, including wearing these gho, traditional dress for men. Standing with UMPI faculty member David Putnam (center) are, from left, his son Aaron Putnam and Dr. Edward Cook, both of Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University. – Contributed image

Fiddlehead Focus: This fall, a University of Maine at Presque Isle faculty member was able to join his son on the trip of a lifetime: an international research expedition to Bhutan organized by Columbia University that could have far-reaching impacts on issues ranging from climate change to the future of water resources in southern Asia.

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Bhutan’s Agriculture Industry Goes 100% Organic

Nov 1st, 2012 | By
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World Crunch: The future of Bhutan‘s agriculture industry will be organic. The country, which mainly grows oranges, apples, rice and potatoes, had decided to become 100% organic in the next 10 years. Situated in the craggy foothills of the Himalayas, only 3% of the kingdom’s territory is actually farmland. However, 80% of the population of

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India Plays Crucial Role Protecting Sacred Himalayan Sites

Oct 22nd, 2012 | By
The Honourable Prime Minister of Bhutan (President of the Bhutan Climate Summit Secretariat) with the head of delegations

WWF: The birthplace of Lord Buddha in Nepal, a mountain revered as the centre of the universe in Tibet, long-standing monasteries in Bhutan, and majestic alpine lakes in India are among the many sacred natural sites in the Eastern Himalayas that have been preserved by traditional belief systems that place a high value on nature,

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Bhutan Struggles To Control Illegal Wildlife Trade

Oct 19th, 2012 | By

Bhutanclimatechange: Bhutan is increasingly serving as a conduit for illegal wildlife smuggling between India and China, undermining the country’s conservation efforts. Dawa Wangchuk reports Bhutan takes greats pains to conserve its rich biodiversity, evidenced by the fact that 70% of the country’s total land area remains under forest cover. But these efforts are now being

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Bhutan Goes For 100 Percent Organic: Challenges Abound

Oct 10th, 2012 | By
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Epoch Times: Last week, Bhutan Minister of Agriculture and Forests Pema Gyamtsho, announced an ambitious plan to turn food production 100 percent organic by 2020. In a country where 79 percent of the population is involved in agriculture, along with the people’s high spiritual aspirations, going organic sounds like an easy task. But challenges are

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Bhutan And Climate Change

Oct 5th, 2012 | By
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Adventure Cetre: In this day and age of technological developments that make the world feel like a smaller and smaller place, Bhutan is one of the few countries that maintains a sense of mystery and intrigue. This is mainly due to the country’s relative isolation up until the 1970s. Tucked between India and China, this

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Bhutan Aims To Be First 100% Organic Nation

Oct 4th, 2012 | By
A Bhutanese farmer puts her harvest of chilies on the roof of a shed to dry and protect it from wild boars, deer, and monkeys in 2006.

AFP: The Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan, famed for seeking “happiness” for its citizens, is aiming to become the first nation in the world to turn its home-grown food and farmers 100 percent organic. The tiny Buddhist-majority nation wedged between China and India has an unusual and some say enviable approach to economic development, centred on

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Bhutan’s Premier Highlights World’s Challenges And Aims For Security Council Seat

Sep 29th, 2012 | By
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UN News Centre: In his address to the United Nations General Assembly, the Prime Minister of Bhutan, Jigmi Y. Thinley, today highlighted a range of challenges and areas of progress before the international community, while also affirming his country’s intent to seek a seat on the Security Council. “As with most sessions of the General

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Finding the Keys to National Prosperity

Sep 27th, 2012 | By
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Project Syndicate: In many of history’s most successful economic reforms, clever countries have learned from the policy successes of others, adapting them to local conditions. In the long history of economic development, eighteenth-century Britain learned from Holland; early nineteenth-century Prussia learned from Britain and France; mid-nineteenth-century Meiji Japan learned from Germany; post-World War II Europe

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The Happiness Ticket

Sep 18th, 2012 | By

Huffington post: We’ve heard over and over that the Right wants to decrease the size of big government, to encourage America’s work ethic by decreasing welfare programs, and to bolster the military to protect national interests. We all know that the Left wants to increase environmental legislation, support individual liberties, and fund social support systems.

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Climate Change Threatens Bhutan’s Gross National Happiness

Sep 14th, 2012 | By

All Africa: Impressive economic and human development gains that contribute to Bhutan’s Gross National Happiness are threatened by changing climate conditions with the country’s poorest people likely to suffer the worst impact, according to the third National Human Development Report released today in Thimphu. Building resilience is key to the livelihoods of the one quarter

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Saving Natural Resources Need of The Hour: Bhutan PM

Sep 11th, 2012 | By

Bhutan Prime Minister Lyonchhen Jigmi Y Thinley stressed on the need to preserve the fast-depleting natural resources for future generations while speaking at the eighth convocation of KIIT University here on Sunday. “Continuous and limitless growth has depleted natural resources, which is limited. We have to understand that natural resources do not belong to us

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Bhutan: USD 12 Milion For Adaptation Programmes

Aug 29th, 2012 | By

Bhutan today: In what will be the biggest adaptation project to be implemented by Bhutan, the National Environment Commission (NEC) is developing the second phase of the National Adaptation Programme of Action (NAPA) which is estimated to cost about USD 12 million. NAPA is a mechanism under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

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Contrasting Patterns Of Early Twenty-First-Century Glacier Mass Change In The Himalayas

Aug 27th, 2012 | By
Nandi Kund 32 km track from Madmaheshwar

Nature: Glaciers are among the best indicators of terrestrial climate variability, contribute importantly to water resources in many mountainous regions1, 2 and are a major contributor to global sea level rise3, 4. In the Hindu Kush–Karakoram–Himalaya region (HKKH), a paucity of appropriate glacier data has prevented a comprehensive assessment of current regional mass balance5. There

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Bhutan’s Poverty Environment Initiative On The Right Track

Aug 20th, 2012 | By

Business Bhutan: A common understanding was that environment conservation and poverty reduction should not be left out at the cost of development.  To ensure that the existing Poverty Environment Initiative goal of sustainable development inclusion or poverty environment linkages is met in the region, participants from six countries (Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Philippines, Lao PDR, and

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Bhutan: Paving The Way For A Greener, Inclusive Economy

Aug 17th, 2012 | By

UNDP Bhutan: To ensure that the existing Poverty Environment Initiative goal of sustainable development inclusive of poverty environment linkages is met in the region, the Royal Government of Bhutan, United Nations Development Programme and United National Environment Programme, hosted the Regional Poverty Environment Initiative (PEI) Meeting from 9-11 August in Paro . The PEI event

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Bhutan: Environment In The Way Again

Aug 14th, 2012 | By

The Bhutanese: The Gasa-Tongchudrak farm road between Gasa and Laya was Lyonchhen Jigmi Y. Thinley’s promise to the people of Laya during the Mid-Term Review. It so happens, the PM just might not be able to keep his words, that is if the National Environment Commission (NEC) has its way. Conservationists through a recent Environment

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Bhutan: Assessment of Climate Change Vulnerabilities in Kangpara

Jul 23rd, 2012 | By

RSPN: The study was carried out using both primary and secondary data sources using different methods including structured questionnaire interviews, focus group discussions, literature review and field observations. Secondary data were collected through review of past studies on climate change, Bhutan’s Initial National Communication (INC) submitted in 2000, National Adaptation Plan of Action (NAPA), second

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Bhutan As A Model

Jul 16th, 2012 | By

Asia Times: Speaking Freely is an Asia Times Online feature that allows guest writers to have their say. Amid recent criticism of Scotland’s Environment Minister Stewart Stevenson’s unfavorable comparison of an independent Scotland to “impoverished” Bhutan, an argument about the unique nature and place of Bhutan in the world gets lost. Bhutan is indeed impoverished

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Sustainable Development Is Survival: Bhutan PM At Rio+20

Jul 5th, 2012 | By

Bhutan Observer: Lyonchhen Jigmi Y Thinley on Thursday urged some 100 heads of states and governments to work towards treading on a saner, safer and more sustainable path of development for the sake of humanity’s future at the opening session of Rio+20 conference on sustainable development in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. Sustainability, wellbeing and happiness

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Environmental Issues And Youth In The Mountains

Jun 18th, 2012 | By

Mountain Voice: In a series of our Mountain Voice, the Climate Himalaya team interacted with youth in western Himalayan region of India to understand that how aware and concerned they are about various environment issues and how involved the Youth’s are in various developmental processes. As per our interaction with Youth in western Himalayan region

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Bhutan: Outstanding Environment Stewardship Award

Jun 8th, 2012 | By

RSPN: Coinciding with the World Environment Day on June 5, 2012, Bhutan Ecological Society commemorated the day recognizing the individuals who have committed their activities in conservation of environment. The Second Jigme Singye Wangchuck Outstanding Environment Stewardship Award for Excellence in Field Leadership was conferred by Her Royal Highness Princess Chimi Yangzom Wangchuck, Honorable Chief

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Reflection: Climate Action Plans In Himalayas

Jun 6th, 2012 | By

During CoP 17 of UNFCCC with the representation of over 20,000 delegates from about 200 countries, the world discussed three major issues of climate change i.e.  commitment period of Kyoto protocol, the process of action on binding regime-as equity and, the future course of actions on Cancun and Bali action plans. As mountains are the

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Review: Glaciers As Climate Indicators

Jun 6th, 2012 | By

One of the study published in Nature, states that Fewer than 120 (0.075%) have had their mass balance (the sum of the annual mass gains and losses of the glacier) directly measured in Himalayan region, and for only 37 of these are there records extending beyond 30 years. Extrapolating this tiny sample of observations to

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Review: Actions By Governments For Climate Change

Jun 6th, 2012 | By

In our focus countries Bhutan, India, Nepal and Pakistan, it has been observed that the governments have shown their concerns about climatic changes in Himalayan regions. With its advocacy for national happiness index Bhutan is working on many of its glaciers and flood information systems. However, Bhutan’s Climate Summit during 2011 was not a very

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Time To Reduce Your Carbon Footprint: Bhutan

Jun 5th, 2012 | By

Kuenselonline: On Tuesdays, roads across the country will have more people walking than cars plying on them. In a move to remain carbon neutral, the Cabinet yesterday decided to observe Tuesdays throughout the country as Pedestrians’ Day starting June 5, to coincide with World Environment Day. “Tuesdays will be a day when Bhutanese citizens would

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In Search Of: Himalayan Ice Loss

Jun 4th, 2012 | By

Skeptical Science: The lofty mountains at the Roof of the World, the Himalayas, harbor many strange and mythical things.  From the Abominable Snowman (myth) to the magnificent Potala Palace (wondrously real), to the far horizon of lost Shambhala (mythical [?] Shangri-La) to the manifold tales of the Vedas (also real), many a fanciful tale emerge

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Bhutan Bans Driving On World Environment Day

Jun 4th, 2012 | By

Fox News and KuenselOnline: Tuesdays in the small Himalayan nation of Bhutan will become “Pedestrians’ Day” after the country’s cabinet approved a one-day-a-week ban on driving in town centers during business hours, the Kuensel newspaper reported Friday. “Tuesdays will be a day when Bhutanese citizens would seize the opportunity to contemplate the fragile nature of

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Funding Gap Stokes Interest In Market For Climate Adaptation

May 25th, 2012 | By

Alertnet: In southwest India, where farmers have suffered from drought, local development group Samuha is working on ways to boost soil moisture, extend the growing season and introduce new crops that can better survive dry periods.  In mountainous Bhutan, the Tarayana Foundation is exploring how to protect poor, remote communities from landslides which could increase

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Bhutan’s Tiger Protected Areas: How Safe?

May 24th, 2012 | By

Dawa T Wangchuk : Not many safe havens for the endangered big cats are safe enough, states a World Wildlife Fund assessment, posing significant challenges in increasing world tiger population to 6,000 by 2022. What might come as a blow to tiger conservation efforts, a recent preliminary assessment conducted by World Wildlife Fund (WWF) reveals

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Bhutan’s Environmental Policies Exemplary

May 22nd, 2012 | By

BBC-BT: Bhutan’s commitment to remain carbon neutral and environmental policies continues to collect international appreciation; and especially the country’s role and compliance under the Montreal Protocol. According to the United Nations Environment Programme, Bhutan’s effort in its global environmental issue continues to set a great example for rest of the world. It says the carbon

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Bhutan’s Four Pillars Still Stand …

May 19th, 2012 | By

Kuenselonline: … despite the UN ‘happiness’ conference on coming up with its own four dimensions21st Meet The four pillars that buttress Bhutan’s development philosophy will remain the same, even though the United Nation’s conference on happiness and wellbeing last month in New York had identified four dimensions for a new economic paradigm. Bhutan’s development is

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Bhutan: What Will The Weather Be Like Today?

May 14th, 2012 | By

The Bhutanese: Weather forecast is a piece of information that can be used by anyone, from a farmer to a tourist, or for construction projects, or to simply planning a picnic! Have you ever wondered where and how the country gets its weather forecast? The Department of Hydro-Met Services (DHMS) under the Ministry of Economic

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Bhutan Sends A Message On Sustainable Tourism

May 8th, 2012 | By

Bangkok Post: Mountain kingdom has inspired choice for conference on sustainable tourism. Few people would have pictured Bhutan as the site of an event staged by a large mainstream tourism organisation, given the mountain kingdom’s zealous attempts to guard against being overwhelmed by the outside world. But the choice of the picturesque town of Paro

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Mountain Perspective: Monism Of Ideas And Actions To Alternatives

May 7th, 2012 | By
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Dr. Sudhirendar Sharma: I’m indeed grateful to all the members who made written submissions to the discussions on ‘rewriting mountain perspective‘. At bilateral level, many others have contributed their unwritten thoughts and reflections. While many have gone public with their inputs, others have restricted themselves to drawing-room conversations such that they remain ‘unidentified’ in the

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Global Action On Climate Change Must Begin At Local Levels-Bhutan PM

Apr 30th, 2012 | By

Business Bhutan: A shared vision and collaborative efforts at public and the private sector level can mitigate the impact of climate change. Climate change affects everyone and while countries around the world are failing to reach a global agreement on the issue, it is at the local levels that global action must begin. This is

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What Will Happen When Glaciers Disappear?

Apr 16th, 2012 | By

KuenselOnline: This is the  last article on the GLOF research and mitigation project between May 2009 and March 2012.  The articles will highlight latest findings on glacier, glacial lakes condition and natural hazards in the Bhutan Himalayas. Experts from the department of geology and mines (DGM), Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and Japan Science and

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GLOF’s Risk: Lessons Learnt From TSUNAMI In Japan

Apr 9th, 2012 | By

KuenselOnline: This is the  sixteen article on the GLOF research and mitigation project between May 2009 and March 2012.  The articles will highlight latest findings on glacier, glacial lakes condition and natural hazards in the Bhutan Himalayas. Experts from the department of geology and mines (DGM), Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and Japan Science and

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Bhutan Rails Against World’s ‘Suicidal Path’

Apr 3rd, 2012 | By

Guardian (John Vidal, environment editor): Himalayan nation calls on heads of state to come to capital for summit on way countries measure progress. The tiny Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan, aghast at what it calls the world’s “suicidal path”, has called on heads of state and leading economists to come to the capital Thimphu for a

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Bhutan’s Development Model

Mar 28th, 2012 | By

Antonio M. Claparols , Journal on line: AS I write this, the weather seems to be bringing its worse to Europe early, inasmuch as drought has hit some of the European countries such as Spain and Italy. So early in the spring — and already severe drought is threatening that part of the world. This

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Climate Change The Mountain Agenda

Mar 27th, 2012 | By

Ramesh Parsad Bhushal, The Himalayan: “The government’s initiative to bring more than fifty countries to Nepal‚ and start a process for new alliance of mountain countries in the long run to hype the mountain agenda may have various implications in the future‚ but it depends on how the country deals with the challenges” From the

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The Population Factor and Ways to Cope with Climate Change and Migration

Mar 23rd, 2012 | By

By Suzanne York,,: A study just released by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) is warning that climate change could exacerbate environmental disasters in Asia and result in a surge of migration by people fleeing crises.  In its report, Addressing Climate Change and Migration in Asia and the Pacific, the ADB observed that more than

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Gross National Happiness in Bhutan: A Policy in Making

Mar 16th, 2012 | By

Gross National Happiness (GNH), a concept largely identified with Brand Bhutan, is set to become a key referent point in shaping Bhutan’s economic and development policies. This became evident during a recent speech delivered by Prime Minister Thinley on February 10, 2012. The speech was on the relevance of GNH and in response to the

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Debris-Free Glaciers And Their Climatic Reaction

Mar 4th, 2012 | By

This is the eleventh article of a 15-part series on the GLOF research and mitigation project between May 2009 and March 2012.  The articles will highlight latest findings on glacier, glacial lakes condition and natural hazards in the Bhutan Himalayas. Experts from the department of geology and mines (DGM), Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and Japan

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Encroaching Deserts Threaten Life Along Tibet’s Longest River

Feb 23rd, 2012 | By

Rising temperatures, reduced rainfall and excessive numbers of grazing animals are worsening desertification and drying up grasslands in western Tibet, says a Chinese geologist who has explored one of the region’s uncharted rivers. Yang Yong said he had observed desertification in parts of the upper reaches of the Yarlung Zangbo River, and believes this could

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Sacred Natural Sites And Climate Change Threat

Feb 23rd, 2012 | By

Sacred natural sites are areas of land or water having special spiritual significance. And the Eastern Himalayas is home to many such sites like Mount Kailash (Tibet), Lumbini (Nepal), Taksang (Bhutan), Gosaikunda (Nepal), Gurudongmar Lake (Sikkim). These sites besides having spiritual and religious significance also have biodiversity conservation value due to restrictions on cutting of

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Glaciers: Carbon Captured, Released To Aquatic Systems

Feb 22nd, 2012 | By

Glaciers around the world may hold clues about how Earth’s remote ecosystems have been influenced by the industrial revolution. They capture large amounts of carbon-containing dissolved organic matter (DOM) that is later released to downstream ecosystems where it provides food for microorganisms at the base of the aquatic food web. While many scientists believe the

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Climate Change Models May Help Spur Lawmakers To Implement Seed Treaty

Feb 18th, 2012 | By

A new climate change tool will not only help farmers to prepare for the future, it may also spur implementation of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture. Although 127 countries rushed to ratify the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture, far fewer have implemented it in

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Bhutan’s Glacial History

Jan 30th, 2012 | By

What was past glaciation in the Bhutan Himalayas like? Current mountain landscapes (i.e. glacier lakes, ancient lakes, water fall, and rock cliff etc.) relate largely to the past behaviour of Bhutan’s glaciers. Although it is reported that Bhutan’s mountain glaciers have shrunk in recent years, past behaviour of Bhutan’s glaciers has not been well studied,

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Norway Pledges $300 Million/Year To Green World’s power

Jan 19th, 2012 | By

Reuters: Norway will spend NOK 1.8 billion ($300 million) a year to devise ways to help some of the world’s poorest people get better access to energy and to develop a new market-based system to limit emissions from global energy production, a foreign ministry official said Wednesday. The Nordic nation expects to launch a plan

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Bhutan: High life in the Himalayas

Jan 13th, 2012 | By

NZ Herald: Bhutan is small and spectacularly isolated, tucked away in the eastern Himalayas between India and China. There are, of course, many ways to achieve enlightenment. For Yarab, my Bhutanese guide, the two-hour hike up to Tiger’s Nest was one of them. “The more I go,” he called down to me as I sweated

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Condition of Glacial Lake Formation

Jan 9th, 2012 | By

Kuenselonline: Environment Large types of glaciers in the Bhutan Himalaya are covered with rock debris at the lower part.  Terminus of those glaciers is surrounded by huge moraines, which were formed by rocks flowing down with glacier ice during the Little Ice Age.  Glaciers have expanded, and their surfaces have reached at the height of

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Cooperation Needed to Ensure Fair Use of Himalayan Waters

Jan 7th, 2012 | By

The Nation: Climate change is one thing and the lack of cooperation between affected countries quite another. Pakistan points the finger of blame at India, while others in the region are also suffering on account of no clear-cut policy on how Himalayan waters are to be shared and conserved. Accords and treaties may have been

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Thorthormi Lake: Bhutan’s Impending Climate Disaster

Jan 6th, 2012 | By

Mission to reduce chances of glacial lake’s outburst fails to achieve target. The Thorthormi glacial lake in northern Bhutan is considered the country’s likeliest climate-induced disaster. The lake, perched at a height of more than 4,400 metres, is swelling because of melting ice, and is in danger of bursting its wall. Efforts by the Bhutanese

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In Himalayas Assessing Climate Threats To Ice And Water Supply

Jan 4th, 2012 | By

The Earth Institute: In many ways, the tiny, landlocked eastern Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan sits apart from the modern world; its rugged landscapes cradle swift-flowing rivers, expansive old-growth forests and hundreds of glaciers. Combining selective modernization with ancient traditions, it is the only country that uses Gross National Happiness as a metric for success. But

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Glacier Districts In Bhutan

Jan 3rd, 2012 | By

Kuenselonline: Environment Most of the Bhutanese rivers flow down to the south from the glacierized headwaters. These glacierized areas consist of rocky peaks, streams, lakes, snow and ice, which are breathtakingly beautiful scenery and sometimes hazardous. However, it is difficult to see such landscapes from the foot of the mountain except a few of local

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Shared Waters And Glacial Melt

Jan 2nd, 2012 | By

Dawn: This month’s prospective meeting of the Abu Dhabi Dialogue Group comprising seven states sharing the rivers rising in the Greater Himalayas would be a watershed event as the group is expected to adopt a joint initiative to minimise the impact of glacial melt. The group comprises Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India and Nepal.

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Environment Research Centre In The Offing

Dec 26th, 2011 | By

Bhutan is soon expected to have a strong information database on environment with the establishment of Environment Research Centre by Royal Society for Protection of Nature (RSPN). Currently being planned, the research centre will provide researchers, students, government agencies and the public updated information and critical scientific data on environment. The programme manager of RSPN,

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Scaling Heights Across The Northern Frontiers

Dec 24th, 2011 | By

Bhutan Today: Spearheaded by the Department of Geology and Mines (DGM), the government, to cope up with the changing climate scenario, has carried out numerous mitigation measures to curb any disaster in waiting – including GLOFS. According to sources from DGM most of the major river basins in Bhutan are categorized as debris cover glacier

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