More consensuses on climate change-Bhutan

Dec 29th, 2010 | By

The recent Cancun summit restored flailing confidence on the need to counter climate change following the recent conference of the parties (COP15). The summit held in Cancun, Mexico, the agriculture minister-led Bhutanese delegation felt, had a more positive outcome and was of high relevance for Bhutan. In a press conference, agriculture minister (Dr) Pema Gyamtsho

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Cancun fails to unite the world to combat climate change

Dec 18th, 2010 | By

Most of the developing countries have described the recent world summit on climate change called, COP16, at Cancun, Mexico, a failure while developed countries say some results were achieved. One positive result was that the countries have agreed to keep the negotiation process on track with the parties to the convention agreeing to a general

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Sea level rise to continue for centuries: RK Pachauri

Dec 16th, 2010 | By

Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) chief Dr RK Pachauri has asked the coastal states to fix their infrastructure and programmes to meet the sea level rise, a phenomenon that he says is likely to continue for centuries. Pachauri said the sea level rise cannot be controlled now with the measures like reduction in emission

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Agriculture Minister leads Bhutanese delegation to the UN Climate Change Conference

Dec 12th, 2010 | By

Lyonpo Pema Gyamtsho, Minister for Agriculture and Forests and, Minister-in-Charge, National Environment Commission, led the delegation from Bhutan to the “United Nations Climate Change Conference” in Cancun, Mexico, where the 16th Conference of Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP16) and the 6th Meeting of Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP6) is

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South Asian bloc active at climate meeting

Dec 11th, 2010 | By

Criticised for doing little for years now, a regional bloc of South Asian countries has shown signs of trying to become active at the Cancun summit. But will it mean anything for the region that many scientists believe hosts some of the most vulnerable countries to climate change with one of the poorest populations? The

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Human health at center of climate change

Dec 3rd, 2010 | By

Poonam Khetrapal Singh, New Delhi : As the global community deliberates at the 16th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Cancun, Mexico, countries from Southeast Asia are faced with the task of ensuring that regional concerns are addressed in discussions of the impact of climate change

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SAARC to be climate talks observer

Dec 1st, 2010 | By

CANCUN: The 16th Conference of 194 Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change kicked off here today with a plea to commit and compromise for tackling climate change. As in the past, the speakers urged the countries to come up with specific and clear solutions to check degradation of the environment. However,

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Focused Action: Priorities for Addressing Climate Change in Asia and the Pacific

Aug 17th, 2010 | By

Continued poverty reduction in Asia and the Pacific will not be possible without proactive efforts to mitigate the causes of global warming and help the region—especially its most vulnerable citizens in both rural and urban settings, the poor, women, children, and the elderly—adapt to the impacts of climate change. In response to the dire social

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Himalayan Meltdown

Jun 8th, 2010 | By

The earth’s surface warms up due to the greenhouse effect caused by the buildup of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere caused by fossil-fuel burning. The result is most visible in the Arctic Circle: the north polar icecap is melting as is Greenland. But the Himalayan mountains are melting even faster, and the mountains are melting

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Hydropower, Spirituality, Ecology Nexus

Apr 10th, 2010 | By

By Rabi C Dahal, 9 April 2010 Bhutan Power Corporation’s 20 mw hydropower plant in Begana-Dodena area in Thimphu has raised environmental and spiritual concerns among the public. The power plant, which will be built in the sacred vicinity of Chari Monastery, overlaps Jigme Dorji National Park (JDNP). The diversion dam will be located about

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Global Warming — Fact or Myth?

Apr 10th, 2010 | By

4.9.2010 9:37 AM, By Dan Shapley 6 Common Misunderstandings About Global Warming. Or is that Climate Change? Myth or fact? There are a lot of misconceptions about global warming that have cropped up in recent months. Here’s a look at some of them: Fact or Myth? “Snowmageddon” and all those other weird U.S. snowstorms this

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Melting Himalayan Glaciers Threaten Major Asian Rivers

Apr 8th, 2010 | By

Thana Poopat, Asia News Network, Publication Date : 01-04-2010 Of all the adverse impacts of climate change that are being played out in the high mountains of the Greater Himalayan Region, the most ominous and potentially devastating is the rapidly melting glaciers that threaten to disrupt the flow of major rivers that provide a lifeline

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Himalayan Glaciers Shrank 16% in 50 yrs: Indian Space Research Organization ISRO

Apr 5th, 2010 | By

BANGALORE: 28 Mar 2010, 0101 hrs IST,PTI Himalayan glaciers retreated by 16% in the last nearly five decades due to climate change, investigations by India’s scientists in selected basins in four states has revealed. The retreat of Himalayan glaciers and loss in a real extent were monitored in selected basins in J&K, Himachal Pradesh, Uttaranchal

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Mountains are Early Indicator of Climate Change

Apr 1st, 2010 | By

The environmental change, which may be induced by those phenomena also known as “climate change” in different regions of the world, has become a primary item on the global agenda. Much attention has been recently devoted to this modification in the climate, many studies started and several environmental cooperation initiatives launched. Still, a growing attention

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Melting Himalayas – ICIMOD’s Comments on a Turbulent Debate

Mar 31st, 2010 | By

21 January 2010, ICIMOD, Nepal The debate on the rate of melting of the Himalayan glaciers has gained momentum in recent days. The debate has centred on the statement made in the IPCC AR4 Working Group II report that the Himalayan glaciers are retreating faster than in any other part of the world and at the

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Climate Himalaya-the Changing Scenario of Himalayan Mountains

Mar 9th, 2010 | By

The blog is about the ongoing variability in climate condition and extremes in the Western Himalayan Mountains. This blog will contain information related to the phenomena affecting the climatic conditions in Himalayan Mountains, various influencing factors, the variability aspects, extremes, various pollution sources in the region and initiatives as mitigation and adaptive measures for sustainable mountain development by

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