A Himalayan Disaster Awaits India

Sep 22nd, 2014 | By

Many of the 200-odd glacial lakes in Nepal, Sikkim and Bhutan are unstable and, in the event of an earthquake in the Himalayas, could burst and cause catastrophe in northern and eastern India. Celebrated mountain climber Maya Sherpa and Nepali environmentalist Kunda Dixit, while sounding this alarm, said that the lakes have been formed by

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Over 2 Million Displaced in India Due to Natural Disasters in 2013

Sep 21st, 2014 | By

About 2.14 million people were displaced in India last year due to natural disasters, according to a United Nations-backed report which said the country was third after the Philippines and China to record the highest levels of displacement in 2013. The report ‘Global Estimates 2014: people displaced by disasters’ said 22 million people worldwide were

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‘Improper Use of Clean Energy Fund Weakening India’

Sep 17th, 2014 | By

India’s leveraging strength in climate finance will be “weakened” globally after the central government’s failure to properly plan state-wise sharing of revenue generated from the coal cess-driven National Clean Energy Fund (NCEF), an expert said. According to Joyashree Roy, a member of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), India is taking a “major wrong step”

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Kedarnath to Kashmir, The Tragedy of Development

Sep 16th, 2014 | By

This week’s flood in Kashmir, the worst in half a century, has left a trail of devastation so extensive that from the aerial pictures it is hard to imagine there was ever life below the watery landscape. With river embankments breached, agriculture eroded, cities flooded, roads and bridges washed away, the flood was too devastating

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Indian City of Surat Anticipates Worst Effects of Climate Change

Sep 15th, 2014 | By

The Guardian: According to the climate change experts, it is only a matter of time. The city of Surat (population 4.5 million), in the state of Gujarat on the west coast of India, will soon be exposed to recurrent flooding, with the risk of malaria and dengue fever epidemics in its aftermath. It also faces

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‘Himachal Pradesh Keen on Green Growth, Sustainable Development’

Sep 14th, 2014 | By

Times News Network: Himachal Pradesh has embarked on the path of green growth and sustainable development, keeping in view its location in the fragile western Himalayan region and the need to undertake development without disturbing the delicate ecological balance.This was stated by Himachal Pradesh chief secretary P Mitra while addressing a brainstorming session on “Green growth

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J&K Floods a Grim Reminder of Increasing Climate Change Impact in India: CSE

Sep 10th, 2014 | By

As Jammu and Kashmir continues to reel under its worst floods in 60 years, which have stranded over 6 lakh people and killed about 200, the attention is slowly veering towards the reasons and causes behind this unprecedented natural disaster. An analysis by Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) suggests that this could very well

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India, Malaysia to Strengthen Partnership in Climate Change

Sep 9th, 2014 | By

IANS: India and Malaysia Monday stressed the need to strengthen their bilateral strategic partnership in environment and climate change, an official statement said. This was agreed at the meeting of Environment, Forests and Climate Change Minister Prakash Javadekar with visiting Malaysian Minister Datuk Seri G. Palanivel. They reiterated the need to work closely in the domain

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To Be Counted During Paris Summit, India Must Cut its Carbon Footprint

Sep 8th, 2014 | By

Former Union environment minister Jairam Ramesh set a cat among the pigeons, in his inimitable style, at a recent national conference on climate and sustainable development at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) in Mumbai. He asserted that India would be “the last man standing at Paris”, referring to the United Nations climate negotiations

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India’s Smog Destroyed Enough Crops In A Year To Feed 94 Million People: Study

Sep 7th, 2014 | By
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India’s smog problem could be preventing tens of millions of the country’s poorest people from getting the food they desperately need. According to a new study published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, ground-level ozone, the main component of smog, damages about 6.7 million tons of India’s staple crops, including wheat and rice, in a single

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Helping India Cope With Climate Change

Sep 5th, 2014 | By

In his inaugural speech as India’s environment minister, Prakash Javadekar laid out the new government’s strategy when it comes to the environment. “We believe that growth and environment protection is possible. After all, poverty is the biggest impediment for environment.” The message is remarkably similar to the one given by former Indian Prime Minister Indira

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Agri Minister Calls for Green & Socially Inclusive Growth

Sep 4th, 2014 | By

Nagaland minister for Agriculture, Dr. Benjonliba Aier, at the 16th general conference of Agriculture Students’ Association of Nagaland (ASAN) held at SASRD, Medziphema Campus, on the theme ‘Agriculture in the Emerging Scenario of Climate Change in Nagaland,’ said, “a realistic response to climate change in the sense of a climate-smart, green and socially inclusive growth,

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Himachal Making Efforts for Environment Conservation

Sep 3rd, 2014 | By

Known for its lush green meadows and the salubrious climate, Himachal Pradesh is a well recognised tourist destination in the country but along with tourism is coming to the litter and pollution to state due to which now state has taken initiatives for the preservation of its environs have been acclaimed by many International and

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Clegg and Davey Aim to Help Put Clean Tech on Front Foot in India

Aug 27th, 2014 | By

Deputy prime minister Nick Clegg has told India’s new prime minister that he is keen to drive UK investment in India’s emerging green economy to tackle climate change and other environmental challenges the country faces. On a trade delegation to India yesterday, Clegg and UK energy and climate secretary Ed Davey met with India’s recently

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How Climate Change Will Alter Life in India in 2030: Hotter Weather, More Dengue

Aug 22nd, 2014 | By

Monsoon floods over the past couple of weeks have killed at least 28 people in north India, more than a 100 in Nepal and displaced thousands of people living in the region.  And in coming years, climate change is only going to make water-related hazards in the Himalayas much worse, the latest Asian Development Bank report

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28 States Prepare Climate Action Plans

Aug 18th, 2014 | By

The Hindu: An analysis of state action plans to combat climate change reveal a lack of innovative approaches and a high variation in budgets apart from the fact that many did not move ahead from the business as usual scenario. However, the exercise by 28 Indian states is one of the largest sub-national action plans in

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State Climate Action Plans Lack Innovation, Study Finds

Aug 11th, 2014 | By

The Hindu: An analysis of State action plans to combat climate change reveal a lack of innovative approaches and a high variation in budgets apart from the fact that many did not move ahead from the business as usual scenario. However, the exercise in sheer numbers by 27 States is one of the largest sub-national action

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India Not Bound to Cut Greenhouse Gas Emission Levels: Government

Aug 6th, 2014 | By

Press Trust of India: Environment, forests and climate change minister Prakash Javadekar on Wednesday stuck to the government’s position of agreeing to no binding greenhouse gas emission cuts, even as India voluntarily does what it can to reduce them. He also said the country wants a growth window till 2040 or beyond, before it can start

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ICAR Plan for Drought-hit North-East

Aug 5th, 2014 | By

Times News Network: In view of the drought-like situation in North Eastern Hills (NEH) due to climate change, Indian Council for Agricultural Research (ICAR), Meghalaya, recently organized a day-long awareness-cum-training programme to highlight various issues regarding adaptation and mitigation strategies under climate resilient agriculture, and to recommend a contingency plan to face drought like situations in

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Central India Seeing Long-term Climate Change

Aug 3rd, 2014 | By

Central India, an area that covers Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and parts of Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra, are seeing a long-term pattern of climate change involving rainfall intensity, the government of India said. “Heavy rain events (>10 cm/day) over central India are increasing at about 1%/year while weak and moderate events are decreasing at about the

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General Electric Invests in Wind Power in India as Part of $1bn Clean Energy Drive

Jul 31st, 2014 | By

GE has partnered with Atria Power and is aiming for the three projects to produce a combined annual capacity of 126 megawatt (MW). The sites include a 25.6 MW project in the Ananthapur district of Andhra Pradesh, located on India’s south eastern coast line. Another site – at Betul district of Madhya Pradesh – will

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Rising Heat Hits Indian Wheat Crop

Jul 29th, 2014 | By

Climate News Network: Researchers in the UK have established a link between changing climate and agriculture that could have significant consequences for food supplies in South Asia. They have found evidence of a relationship between rising average temperatures in India and reduced wheat production, which was increasing until about a decade ago but has now stopped.

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India Wants Upscaling of Ambition in Kyoto Protocol Period

Jul 27th, 2014 | By

Press Trust of India: India today emphasised the need for immediate upscaling of ambition in the Kyoto Protocol second Commitment period and its early ratification by all Kyoto Protocol Parties. It is the urgent need of the hour, Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said during his meeting with UK Secretary of State for Energy and Climate

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Temperature Rise Affecting India’s Wheat Production: Study

Jul 24th, 2014 | By

IANS: The recent rise in temperatures is taking a toll on India’s wheat production, an alarming study by geographers at the University of Southampton in Britain said. A rise in night time temperatures is negatively affecting crop yield the most, the findings showed. “Our findings highlight the vulnerability of India’s wheat production system to temperature rise,

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Training Modules Launched for Climate Compatible Construction in India

Jul 23rd, 2014 | By

The construction sector is an important driver of growth in the Indian economy and contributor to employment. It also plays a vital and complicated role in efforts to tackle climate change. The sector emits about 22 per cent of India’s total annual CO2 emissions, which is expected to increase as the population grows. At the same time, buildings

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Meet India’s Widows of Climate Change

Jul 22nd, 2014 | By

There is no good time to ask someone to relive a catastrophic flood. But a rainy day is the worst. It is early morning and Deoli-Benigram, a charming village sprawled over an eastern Himalayan peak, is drenched. It has been raining since the previous evening — a persistent drizzle that shows no sign of stopping.

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Sustainable Development: An Agenda for India

Jul 20th, 2014 | By

Over the next 18 months, the world is set to witness three major international events that could be potentially game-changing in efforts aimed at addressing global warming. The first would be the UN Summit next September revolving around the post 2015 development agenda; the second would be centered on the climate negotiations, which are supposed

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‘Will Use Bio-diversity Act to Enforce Nagoya Protocol in India’

Jul 18th, 2014 | By

Press Trust of India: The Nagoya Protocol, which is a crucial feature of global attempts at conserving biodiversity, will be implemented inIndia through the Biological Diversity Act, Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar told Rajya Sabha today. Making a suo motu statement in the Upper House a day after he told Lok Sabha that the Protocol has received the required 50th instrument of

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India, Brazil Ink Deal on Cooperation in Environment

Jul 17th, 2014 | By

IANS: New Delhi: India and Brazil Wednesday signed an agreement in Brasilia on cooperation in the field of environment, the external affairs ministry said. The two countries mutually agreed to extend cooperation on climate change, biodiversity, afforestation in arid areas, water conservation and protection of wetlands, waste management including agricultural waste and electronic waste, waste water

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Active Planning Needed to Tackle Climate Change Impact on Agri

Jul 16th, 2014 | By

Press Trust of India: With climate change casting a shadow on the behaviour of monsoon, the country should put in place pro-active plans to meet any contingency and maximise benefits of a good rainfall to soften the blow of any deficit, eminent agriculture scientist M S Swaminathan has said. “El Nino is at the moment unpredictable…Both

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Tussle Over Phasing Out Ozone-depleting Gases

Jul 15th, 2014 | By

If it is serious about phasing out ozone-depleting gases by 2030, India needs to evolve a clear stand against persisting with those that have global warming potential and evaluate environmentally-friendly technologies. This is easier said than done as both the Indian government and the industry are hesitant to make some hard choices. The tussle is

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India Urgently Needs ‘Green Buildings’: R.K.Pachauri

Jul 13th, 2014 | By

Internationally acclaimed environmentalist R.K. Pachauri saysIndia urgently needs ‘green buildings’ to ensure unsustainable use of energy and water and is happy the government is sharing his TERI’s knowhow in building infrastructure. Explaining the Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment (GRIHA) of The Energy Resources and Energy Institute (TERI), Pachauri said it is estimated that most of

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Why India is The Key to the World’s Climate Future

Jul 11th, 2014 | By

The future of climate change is largely about China and India. Their populations are gigantic, their economies are growing fast, and their potential emissions growth could completely swamp anything else that happens in the world. The United States must act as well, but as I’ve argued before, it’s mainly in the service of obtaining an international

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India’s Green Area Grows 5,871 sq km in 2 Years

Jul 10th, 2014 | By

Times News Network: India recorded an increase of 5,871 sq km in its forest cover in the past two years with West Bengal contributing over 60% of the total rise in green area. Odisha, Kerala, Jharkhand and Bihar were the other states which contributed to this marginal increase. Hilly and tribal districts of the country registered

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India Races Through Environmental Approvals

Jul 9th, 2014 | By
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India’s new government certainly seems to be cracking on with its job. Within two weeks of taking office, environment minister Prakash Javadekar had rolled out an online system to speed up approvals for development projects that might have environ­mental impacts. And a system for clearing permits for projects in forests is hot on its heels.

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Now, India to Give 10 Yearly Forecast Too

Jul 7th, 2014 | By

With their weather predictions improving, a confident Union earth sciences ministry is now set to launch the ‘decadal forecasts’ which would enable government to plan well in advance in case of poor monsoon, drought or excess rainfall. Decadal forecasts in simple terms means climate predictions – mainly temperature and rainfall – for a decade ahead.

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India Expects 100 New Smart Cities

Jul 5th, 2014 | By

As Indian citizens await the 2014 budget, the inclusion of the decision to build 100 new smart cities is one of the most hotly anticipated moves. Although the smart city model is relatively new in India, they are receiving increased support – both from within India and from other countries extending an arm of assistance. 

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France to Partner India on Climate Change

Jul 3rd, 2014 | By

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius yesterday called for greater cooperation between France and India to tackle climate change and offered a proposed credit line of ¤1bn to enable sustainable urban development. “In order to boost our cooperation, I am happy to announce that France has decided to propose a credit line of up to ¤1bn

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Climate Change: India Says Will Play Proactive Role

Jul 2nd, 2014 | By

Outlook: Ahead of the UN Climate Change conference, India today said it will play a proactive role to battle global warming but it expected the developed world to “walk the talk” on this crucial issue. Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar, who discussed climate change issues with visiting French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, also said he “welcomed” France’s

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Lessons From the Success Story of Great Himalayan National Park

Jul 1st, 2014 | By

On 23 June, UNESCO decided to put the Great Himalayan National Park (GHNP) Conservation Area in Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh on the World Heritage List, acknowledging it as one of the world’s most important and significant natural habitats for conservation of biological diversity, containing threatened species of outstanding universal value. Set up in 1984,

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Steady Drop in Seasonal Rain in India: Stanford Study

Jun 30th, 2014 | By

A recent study by the climate scientists from Stanford University in the Nature Climate Change Journal, claims that difficult times are ahead for Indians with increasing risk of drought and floods. The study has analysed precipitation data of India from 1951 to 2011. After reading the rainfall pattern of the last 16 years, the scientists

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India and China Farmers Back New Climate Adaptation Alliance

Jun 27th, 2014 | By

A network of 25 indigenous communities from 10 countries has come together to share traditional knowledge on how to adapt to climate change. Countries in the network include China, Peru, Bhutan, Kyrgyzstan, India, Tajikistan and Papua New Guinea. Seed sharing between the groups will ensure that farmers grow crops that are resilient and diverse enough to withstand

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US, India Launch a New Clean Energy Initiative

Jun 26th, 2014 | By

Press Trust of India: The US has launched a new large scale off-grid clean energy initiative with India to bring clean energy to the country and help it deploy “advanced space cooling technology”. The initiative is a part of Obama administration’s effort to engage major economies on climate change, the White House said today. Releasing a

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Urgent Steps Needed to Tackle Environment Challenges: J&K Guv

Jun 25th, 2014 | By

Press Trust of India: Voicing concern over rapid depletion of ground water and receding glaciers due to climate change and global warming, Jammu and Kashmir Governor NN Vohra today stressed the need for urgent initiatives to tackle the emerging environmental challenges. “There is a need for well considered initiatives being immediately taken for tackling emerging environmental challenges which

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Monsoon Brings Late Relief to Scorched India

Jun 24th, 2014 | By

Climate News Network: At last, the rains have come. The summer monsoon arrived in West Bengal last week – almost two weeks later than usual − and brought relief to Kolkata and other cities and states across India that have been enduring an unusually hot summer. A temperature of 41.5˚C was recorded in Kolkata in late May –

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Millions to Die from Worsening Air Pollution, Smog; India Most at Risk

Jun 23rd, 2014 | By

The worsening quality of air around the world is set to become the leading cause illness and death of over half of the world’s population by end of the century, a study published in Nature Climate Change said. Smog caused by climate change that give off stagnant “dead” air will lead to the illnesses and deaths of

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Disaster-Struck Indian Himalaya Region Braces for Monsoon Season

Jun 20th, 2014 | By

In June last year, monsoon floodwaters in the Indian Himalayan region swept entire houses off their foundations, washing them downstream. NGOs said a lack of disaster preparedness caused more damage than the disaster itself. Now, one year later, NGOs are hurrying to prepare communities for what may come as the new monsoon season approaches. The

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Japan to Offer Green Tech to India to Cut Carbon Emissions

Jun 19th, 2014 | By

Japan is set to offer its cutting-edge green technologies to India to combat climate change and help reduce emissions which would earn Japanese firms carbon credits, a report has said. Japan plans to sign an agreement on green technologies with India at next month’s summit meeting in Tokyo between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and

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Don’t Blame Us for Carbon Emissions: India

Jun 18th, 2014 | By

Press Trust of India: Sending out a signal to the developed world on the issue of climate change, India today said developing countries like it have “a right to grow” and in the process “our net emission may increase.” Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar underlined that the problem of carbon emission has not been created by

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Central Water Commission to Help States Monitor Himalayan Water Bodies

Jun 17th, 2014 | By

The Central Water Commission (CWC) is to share details of all medium and big lakes in upper Himalayas with the states so that the local authorities can constantly monitor water level of these natural bodies to prevent disasters like what struck Uttarakhand last year. On the anniversary of the Uttarakhand tragedy, Union minister for water

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India’s Plant, Animal Species Under Severe Threat: Govt Report

Jun 15th, 2014 | By

India’s plant and animal species, particularly in the global biodiversity hotspots of Himalayas, Western Ghats, Northeast and the Nicobar Islands, are under severe threat due to overexploitation, forest fires and climate change, says an official report. The Environment Ministry report, came out in the midst of raging debate between environmental protection and industrial growth, rings

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Delhi Threatened by Ozone Pollution

Jun 12th, 2014 | By

After experiencing the soaring temperature this summer, bad news follows Delhites once again. According to a recent study conducted by the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), the ground-level ozone, a highly reactive and harmful gas, has far been exceeded the permissible limit. The report, released on Monday, said that the ozone layer has increased

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Climate Change Could Lead to China-India Water Conflict

Jun 11th, 2014 | By

They say droughts or extreme rains linked to climate change could place growing populations in China, India and Pakistan under increased stress. Based on latest research by the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the study has been published by the Global Military Advisory Council on Climate Change and Cambridge University. “There are concerns that tensions will increase

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India to Work With Global Community to Tackle Climate Change

Jun 10th, 2014 | By

Press Trust of India: India will work with global community to meet the challenges of climate change, Government today said and spelt out local action plans to tackle the warming. The steps included conservation of Himalayan ecology,regeneration of forest and promotion of cleaner fuels to bring down carbon emission. “Conservation of Himalyan ecology will be a priority area

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Large Emission of Carbon in Kullu Worries Environmentalists

Jun 6th, 2014 | By

The emission of large amount of carbon in environment in Kullu district has been worrying the environmentalists these days. Talking to Hindustan Times, environmentalist of GB Pant Institute of Himalayan Environmental and Development Himachal unit, Mohal Kullu, JC Kuniyal said that 4 microgram of black carbon found in the environment at Mohal Kullu will affect

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Coping With Climate Change

Jun 4th, 2014 | By

Communities in India, as across the world, need to adapt to climate change. A recent World Bank report suggests that the nation is set to experience more extreme, unpredictable weather. For families already stretched to their limits, monsoons, floods and drought add to the immense strain of survival. Extreme weather also increases competition for natural

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Melting Glaciers, More Rain to Swell Himalayan Rivers

Jun 2nd, 2014 | By

The Hindu: As the climate warms, increased melting of glaciers and more rain along the Himalayas is likely to enhance the flow of water into the big rivers that arise in this vast mountain range, according to research just published. Researchers in The Netherlands and Nepal used high-resolution modelling to study how a warmer climate would

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Monsoon Disrupted By El Nino + Climate Change as India Suffers Deaths, Crop Losses from Extreme Heat

Jun 1st, 2014 | By

May is the month when the massive rainstorm that is the Asian Monsoon begins to gather and advance. This year, as in many other years, the monsoon gradually formed along the coast of Myanmar early in the month. It sprang forward with gusto reaching the Bay of Bengal by last week. And there it has

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Can India Go 100% Renewable by 2050?

May 29th, 2014 | By

In the coming years, India will face seemingly insurmountable challenges to its economy, environment and energy security.  To overcome these challenges India needs to shift to non-polluting sources of energy.  As Jeremy Rifkin, an economist and activist, said in New Delhi in January 2012,  “India is the Saudi Arabia of renewable energy sources and, if

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Threat of Uttarakhand-like Disaster in Himachal Pradesh, Scientists Worried

May 28th, 2014 | By

Times News Network: Increased vulnerability of Himachal Pradesh to climate change has posed the threat of Uttarakhand like disaster. In 2013, bursting of a small lake in front of Chorabari glacier coupled with heavy rainfall had wreaked havoc in Uttarakhand and in Himachal Pradesh 249 glacial lakes exists of which 11 have been identified as having

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