Green Activist Slams Uttarakhand Govt.

Jan 21st, 2014 | By

The Hindu: Slamming the State government for encouraging industrial development in the ecologically sensitive Himalayan State, environmentalist Dr Anil Prakash Joshi opposed the proliferation of industries in the State, which, according to him, is “being promoted by the State government”. The criticism of the Bahuguna government by Dr Joshi, who is the founder of the Himalayan

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Climate Change’s New Menace: Mountain Tsunamis

Jan 20th, 2014 | By

The raging torrent hit in the morning, as Gopal Singh Bhist and his son, a cook and the leader of a pony train, prepared for work. In minutes, the Mandakini river had breached its banks, sending a crushing hammer of water, ice and rock through the Himalayan villages in this north Indian state of Uttarakhand.

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Climate Change Alters Land Map of India

Jan 19th, 2014 | By

Hindustan Times: The adverse effects of climate change are being felt on more than a fourth of India’s landmass over the last four decades. While some parts of the country have turned arid, others have witnessed more rainfall. A study by the Central Research Institute for Dryland Agriculture (CRIDA) at Hyderabad has revealed that about 27%

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Forget Development Goals. Focus on Community Empowerment.

Jan 15th, 2014 | By

There is a lot of talk about “paradigm change” and “transformational change” these days, both in the context of climate change and the post-2015 process. Transformational change takes knowledge and courage. Do we and our governments (in both developed and developing countries) have the stomach for it? Currently, the system of global governance for sustainable development is

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India May Oppose Issues Outside Doha Mandate

Jan 13th, 2014 | By
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India is preparing to oppose any move by developed countries to include so-called “21st century issues” such as services, competition, investment and climate change in the post-Bali work programme of the World Trade Organization (WTO). India sees a scheduled discussion on the topic at the World Economic Forum (EF) meeting in Davos later this month

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Brahmaputra-Salween Landscape Faces Development Challenges

Jan 10th, 2014 | By

Times News Network: A national consultation on delineation of boundary and preparation of a feasibility document on Brahmaputra-Salween Landscape (BSL) was convened by the GB Pant Institute of Himalayan Environment and Development, NE unit , here recently. Inaugurating the programme, state chief secretary H K Paliwal appreciated the efforts of the institute and the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development

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To Meet CSR Targets, Go Green

Jan 8th, 2014 | By

nThe Hindu Business Line: Environmental sustainability is the need of the hour. The concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere has increased to unprecedented levels. From 1750 to 2011, deforestation and other land use changes are estimated to have released 660.06 gigatonnes of carbon dioxide (GtCO2), the second largest contributor to the 40 per cent increase

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Now, a Climate Model for Sunderbans

Jan 7th, 2014 | By

Times News Network: Will Sunderbans, the world’s largest tiger habitat, survive a century later? Will millions living in the Ganga-Brahmaputra-Meghna basin be forced to migrate? Will water that is now available in abundance in this belt become a scarce commodity? Will agricultural productivity in the catchment area decline alarmingly as salinity increases? Will the Sunderbans’ unique

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The Fight to Save the Western Ghats

Jan 5th, 2014 | By
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The Western Ghats, spread over six states in western and southern India, cover an area of approximately 165,000 sq. km. They are home to a unique ecosystem in the country that is under threat from human activities. Nearly 59% of this area has been exploited: habitation, plantation or agriculture. Only 41% of the area is

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Commission Reviews All the Eight Missions Under the NAPCC

Jan 1st, 2014 | By

A committee set up under the principal secretary to the prime minister is trying to streamline all the eight missions under the National Action Plan on Climate Change (NAPCC). The eight missions under the NAPCC include the national solar mission, the national mission for enhanced energy efficiency, national mission on sustainable habitat, national water mission,

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Water Wheel to Ease Burden on Women

Dec 29th, 2013 | By
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The Guardian: Girls and women carrying plastic jerry cans of water on their heads is a common sight in rural areas of poor countries. The WaterWheel eases that burden by storing water in a round 50-litre container that doubles as a wheel. Designed after consultations with villagers in the dry northern Indian state of Rajasthan, the WaterWheel is made from

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Vasant Vihar’s Biodiversity Park: From Wasteland to Paradise in Ten Years

Dec 27th, 2013 | By

Daily Mail: From a barren piece of land in 2004 to a lush-green sanctuary hosting birds, mammals, reptiles, rare ayurvedic plants, butterflies and other insects, the Aravalli Biodiversity Park is the most incredible ecological transformation that Delhi has seen so far. Spread across 692 acres of land, the park in Vasant Vihar is currently hosting 20

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Only Renewable Sources Can Help Meet India’s Rising Demand for Electricity

Dec 26th, 2013 | By

Economic Times: We all know that India is an energy-deficit country and our per-capita power consumption is a third of China’s and a fifth of the US’. There is a lot of latent demand and as India grows, our deficit — currently estimated at 10% on an installed base of 200 GW — will likely

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Uttarakhand Prepares Rs 9k-cr Action Plan on Climate Change

Dec 24th, 2013 | By

Business Standard: The Uttarakhand government is preparing an investment of Rs 9,000 crore to tackle climate change, said to be one of the causes of frequent natural disasters in the hill state. Floods in June in the state claimed thousands of lives. An action plan was presented at the first meeting of the State Council for Climate Change under

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India Struggles to Control Rising Vehicle Use, Pollution

Dec 22nd, 2013 | By

Thomson Reuters Foundation – Environmental and public health experts are warning that an explosion in the number of motorised vehicles on India’s roads is threatening the health and economic security of its population. Stricter standards are needed to control vehicular pollution and regulate traffic, they say, along with moves to popularise non-motorised transport. A survey on

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Mahbubnagar, Vijayawada to be Developed as Solar Cities

Dec 20th, 2013 | By

Press Trust of India: New and renewable energy minister Farooq Abdullah on Monday said that Vijayawada and Mahbubnagar will be developed as solar cities. “Vijayawada and Mahbubnagar have been identified for developing them as solar cities,” Abdullah informed the Rajya Sabha. He said a solar city aims to reduce a minimum of ten per cent of

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Environ Min Proposes Slew of Measures on Climate Change

Dec 19th, 2013 | By

Press Trust of India: In a bid to tackle global warming, a proposal has been mooted to launch a new scheme on climate change by implementing a slew of measures including setting up of an institute in the name of Rajiv Gandhi. The ‘Climate Change Action Programme’ will entail an estimated expenditure of Rs 290 crore during

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Climate change Puts 40% People at Risk of Water Scarcity

Dec 18th, 2013 | By

Press Trust of India: Climate change is likely to put 40 per cent more people worldwide at risk of absolute water scarcity, but parts of India and China may actually see increase in availability of water, a new study has found. Today, between one and two people out of a hundred live in countries with absolute water scarcity, researchers

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Tech Incubator Scales Himalayas to Deliver Service

Dec 17th, 2013 | By

Business Line: How can a technology business incubator undertake corporate social responsibility in the flood-hit reaches of the mighty Himalayas? Piping in Internet and switching on Wi-Fi, according to the Technopark-Technology Business Incubator. Hirosh Hussain and Arun Raj, CEOs of incubated companies Creace Technologies and Orisys India, have visited Uttarakhand to explore these ideas. Draft plan

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TERI Hosts Workshop On Implications Of Climate Change On Water & Sanitation

Dec 14th, 2013 | By

India Education bureau: With the aim to develop a state level strategy in addressing the issues related to water and sanitation in the context of climate change in Karnataka, TERI in partnership with UNICEF and RDPR today organized a workshop on the ‘Implications of Climate Change on Water and Sanitation’. Speaking at the workshop, Honorable RD’PR

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India Faces Uphill Battle on Biodiversity

Dec 12th, 2013 | By

Nature: India’s Western Ghats are a tainted paradise. Running almost the length of the country’s western coast, the mountain range covers just 6% of India’s landmass but is home to more than 30% of its plant, fish, bird and mammal species, making it one of the world’s top ten biodiversity hotspots. But the mountains also

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Climate Change Hits Bamboo Production in India

Dec 11th, 2013 | By

Thomson Reuters Foundation — Changing rainfall patterns are slashing bamboo production in northeast India, leading to losses of jobs and businesses. Erratic rainfall and dry spells have led bamboo to flower more frequently, then die back afterward, local people say. That has hurt families who are dependent on the grass for their livelihoods and even

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Climate Change Will Push Water, Energy Resources

Dec 8th, 2013 | By

The Hindu: Climate change would cast an adverse impact on water and energy resources and governments need to address these issues. This was the observation made by experts at a seminar on Climate change – Impact on Agriculture in India, held at National Institute of Nutrition here on Saturday. Though no clear trend had emerged with

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Surat Among 100 Resilient Cities of The World

Dec 5th, 2013 | By

The Times of India: The Diamond City’s preparedness to tackle natural disasters and effects of climate change has got a fillip with the Rockefeller Foundation identifying Surat as one of the 100 “resilient” cities. The Rockefeller Foundation on Tuesday released the first list of 33 cities to provide technical and financial support to identify and create urban indicators

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Climate Affected Himalayan Women Look for Income Guarantees

Dec 4th, 2013 | By

Kashmir Times: What keeps women like Meena Bora, Rita Bora and Khasti Devi in Almora district of Uttarakhand up all night? Khasti from Silkhora village in Lamgara block, candidly reveals, “I get up at 4 am and then it’s non-stop work – there’s housework and children to be sent to school. Then my husband goes

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India’s Dangerous ‘Food Bubble’

Nov 30th, 2013 | By
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Los Angeles Times: India is now the world’s third-largest grain producer after China and the United States. The adoption of higher-yielding crop varieties and the spread of irrigation have led to this remarkable tripling of output since the early 1960s. Unfortunately, a growing share of the water that irrigates three-fifths of India’s grain harvest is coming

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Polluted Ganges River Threatens People’s Livelihoods

Nov 23rd, 2013 | By

The Ganges is India’s holiest river, considered a source of spiritual purification for devout Hindus. But today the river is among the world’s most polluted, struggling under the pressures of modern India. On the banks of the Ganges River in the Indian city of Varanasi, a man in his thirties is washing clothes by rhythmically

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India to Establish Climate Change Research Station in Himalayas

Nov 22nd, 2013 | By

Times of India: India will soon establish a research station to carry out cryosphere studies in the Himalayas. Cryosphere is a term for the regions, which are covered in ice and snow either seasonally or all year round. Rasik Ravindra, Panikkar professor at the ministry of earth sciences, New Delhi and former director of Goa-based

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Himalayan Tsunami: Climate Change Triggers Deadly Floods Among World’s Highest Peaks

Nov 19th, 2013 | By
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Last summer more than 6,000 died after glacial melt cascaded through valleys. Scientists expect such disasters to become more common. The raging torrent hit in the morning, as Gopal Singh Bhist and his son, a cook and the leader of a pony train, prepared for work. In minutes, the Mandakini river had breached its banks,

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India Skips Mention of Natural Disasters at Climate Meet

Nov 18th, 2013 | By

World may be looking at India for its response to what had happened recently in Odisha and Uttarakhand due to natural disasters which were results of climatic extremes, but there was not a word on these two unfortunate incidents from Indian side, comprising official negotiators, here at the UN climate change conference during the first week of this mega event that

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Sikkim Revives Dying Mountain Springs, Lakes

Nov 16th, 2013 | By

Sikkim government has given a fresh lease of life to dying mountain springs and lakes for ensuring water security in the Himalayan region. In the last five years, a total of 400 hectares of land has been covered under spring shed development programme with a total investment of Rs 2.5 crore resulting in an annual ground water

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2013 One of the Worst Flooding Episodes on India-Nepal Border: WMO

Nov 14th, 2013 | By

We may have dismissed it as just a very lengthy monsoon but the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) says this year’s early onset brought the worst flooding and devastation in the past half century to regions near the India-Nepal border. In WMO’s provisional annual statement released on Wednesday in Geneva, it has commended improved meteorological early warning systems

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Indian Himalayan States Discuss Climate Change Action Plan

Oct 8th, 2013 | By
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SDC/IHCAP: The state governments of the Indian Himalayan Region came together for the first ever regional  consultation meeting to discuss their State Action Plans on Climate Change (SAPCC) and specific linkages to the National Mission for Sustaining the Himalayan Ecosystem (NMSHE) on September 18-19, 2013. The regional consultation meeting was organised by the Indian Himalayas

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Look Climate Change Issues in Indian Perspective Rather Blindly Following IPCC

Oct 8th, 2013 | By

Allvoices: Renowned environmental activist and Convener, Forum for a Sustainable Environment Dr. S Jeevananda Reddy suggested that there is a need to look in to climate change issues in Indian perspective rather than blindly following Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) model based hypothetical studies with low scientific integrity, which have their vested interests. In

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India’s Law To Feed Poor Threatens To Gobble Up Climate Funding

Sep 13th, 2013 | By
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Thomson Reuters Foundation: India’s National Action Plan for Climate Change, a hugely ambitious programme requiring billions of dollars, is being starved of funds, officials say, as a new law aimed at giving food to the needy threatens to eat up a large chunk of government spending. In 2009, the government set up eight national missions

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Environmentalists Observe Himalaya Day

Sep 12th, 2013 | By

Hindu: A group of environmentalists and civil society activists observed Himalaya Day and demanded a comprehensive policy to protect the world’s longest and tallest range and its ecosystems on Thursday. Observing the Himalaya Day for the first time, members from about 22 organisations released a Himalayan people’s manifesto, urging the government to formulate a focused

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Pashmina Withers On The Roof Of The World

Sep 9th, 2013 | By
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IPS: The famed pashmina shawl that keeps the cold away – in style and at a price – could itself have become the victim of winter. Thousands of goats whose fine wool is weaved into pashmina have perished in extreme cold being associated with climate change. Pashmina is drawn from Changra goats found in Ladakh

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यह तबाही तो होनी ही थी…

Jul 24th, 2013 | By

Nainital Samachar: लगभग 10 महीने पहले केदारनाथ से लौटते हुए रामबाड़ा की एक चाय की दुकान में बैठे हुए एक सिख सैनिक की बात आज बार-बार याद आ रही है। केदारनाथ में उन दिनों मन्दिर का प्रबन्ध देखने वाली पंजाब रेजीमेंट का वह सैनिक अपने किसी साथी को लेने के लिए रामबाड़ा पहुँचा था बहुत

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What They Said: India’s Monsoon Disaster

Jul 7th, 2013 | By

WSJ: A roundup of what the Indian media said after flash floods and landslides killed at least 800 people in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand last month. After flash floods and landslides killed at least 800 people in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand last month, disaster management authorities are planning to halt rescue

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Uttarakhand Disaster: National Green Tribunal Issues Notice To State Govt

Jul 5th, 2013 | By
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The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has issued a show-cause notice to the Uttarakhand government, Union environment ministry, National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) calling for data and information to justify construction and development activity in the hill state. Unchecked and unplanned construction is seen to have worsened the disaster caused by

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Climate Adaptation Planning ‘Could Have Prevented’ Uttarakhand Deaths

Jun 25th, 2013 | By
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RTCC: India’s vulnerability to extreme weather was exposed this week when floods killed at least 600 people with thousands reported missing. The monsoon arrived early in the northern state of Uttarakhand, bringing with it 375% more rain than in previous years. The sheer weight of water that hit an area known as India’s ‘holy land’

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Disaster In Uttarakhand, India: Huge Death Toll

Jun 19th, 2013 | By
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NDMA Drill Had Exposed Gaps in State’s Disaster Management Plan Uttarakhand government took no step to address shortcomings in three years. A mock drill organised by the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) in May-June 2011 in three districts of Uttarakhand had raised many crucial questions. After the drill, that was conducted in Dehradun on May

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Sino-India S&T Cooperation Set For August Launch

Jun 11th, 2013 | By

Business Standard: India is all set to launch science and technology cooperation with China in August with thrust on areas like astronomy, management of natural disasters and technology research on climate change. A key element of the cooperation could be the National Large Solar Telescope (NLST), the world’s largest such facility that India plans to

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The Himalayas-Once Moaning, Now Groaning

May 20th, 2013 | By
As South Asian and Chinese governments felt the heat of electricity shortage, the Himalayan potential for hydro-power was ‘reassessed’ at 500,000 MWe [Megawatt of installed electricity generation capacity].

Hill post: The Himalayas are being pounded again. Timber was stolen first; medicinal and aromatic herbs next. Now power projects are stealing water, life line for 30 million mountain folks and 3 billion in the Himalayan-water-dependent nations, as far as Vietnam. [1] The reassessed country-wise potential is: Pakistan: 41,722 MW, India 108,143 MW; Nepal 83,000

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Aerosols Confirmed Rising Over India

May 14th, 2013 | By
aerosols_india_bangladesg_nasa While satellite data has shown aerosols — tiny polluting particles in the air — to be rising over India, a new study based on primary data gathered from measuring instruments installed in a network of stations confirms the trend. The study, by a team from the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, Thiruvananthapuram, and Indian Institute

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Mountain Agro-Ecosystem: Traditional Science to Cost Effective Solution

May 14th, 2013 | By
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Shalini Dhyani: Writes about hill agriculture, agro-forest and such ecosystem practices from Indian Himalayan region. She emphasizes on improving the socio-economic condition of mountain people by adopting a range of animal husbandry, agro-forestry and traditional agriculture practices through better scientific and technical inputs. Entire Himalayan ecosystem is undergoing rapid land-use and climatic changes in last

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Climate Change May Reduce Crop Output By 18% In 2020

May 13th, 2013 | By
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Business Standard: Climate change is likely to bring down the production of key foodgrain crops like wheat and rice in the country by up to 18% in 2020, Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar said today. “Climate change is projected to reduce timely sown irrigated wheat production by about 6% in 2020. In case of late sown

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Rains And Floods Due To Global Warming-Indian Minister

Apr 30th, 2013 | By

PIB: There is no clear cause and effect established between global warming and excessive rains and floods. Monsoon rainfall varies on different spatial and temporal scales. Extreme rainfall events that occur at some isolated places (viz. heavy rainfall over Mumbai or in Rajasthan) are highly localized and are part of the natural variability of the

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India: West Doing Little For Climate Change, Says Manmohan

Apr 22nd, 2013 | By

HT: Voicing his concern on “painfully slow” progress in climate talks, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh hit at rich nations for not doing enough to fight climate change. Singh, while inaugurating the Fourth Clean Energy Ministerial, also made it clear that rich nations, who were responsible for a bulk of global warming causing greenhouse gas emissions,

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Heat Warning System For India’s Harsh Summer

Apr 15th, 2013 | By
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NRDC: I found it quite interesting that an Indian city should have a proper ‘action plan’ to tackle the effects of changing climate patterns that have resulted in some severe summer temperatures in the last decade. Living in India, the action plans by city or state administrations we have mostly seen are: close schools and

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Making A Difference: Indian Man Proves Power Of One

Apr 12th, 2013 | By
Will McMaster is making a documentary about the incredible story of Jadav Payeng, an Indian man who single handedly planted more than 1,300 acres of forest to save his island, Majuli. (Photo/via

In a world where it’s commonly believed that one person can’t make a difference, one Indian man is proving that argument to be false. Jadav Molai Payeng is a modern-day hero to those who fight to protect natural habitats around the world. He’s not a traditional activist, but a man who was motivated 30 years

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Hill Women Learn To Earn The Eco-Friendly Way

Apr 11th, 2013 | By
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The Better India: Puja Devi, 30, watches with satisfaction as her young son gulps down his glass of milk and then reaches for his satchel, ready to go to school. For some months now, the happy mother has been able to provide milk for her son every day, a far cry from earlier times when

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WP Looks At “Water Wars” in India- But Forgets Climate Change!

Apr 8th, 2013 | By

The Washington Post has updated the story to include climate as a reason for variability in water supplies. While the original did not discuss climate change, the addition of this in the fourth paragraph, plus the inclusion of a quote from former Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh now complete the story. We applaud them for updating the story. The

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Indo-Swiss Cooperation For Sustaining Himalayan Ecosystem Mission

Apr 3rd, 2013 | By
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IHCAP: A Capacity Building Programme on Himalayan Glaciology was inaugurated on 02 April 2013 at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi (India) in the presence of Swiss Ambassador to India Dr. Linus von Castelmur and Dr. T. Ramasami, Secretary, Department of Science & Technology, Government of India. The press release states that the Capacity Building Programme

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One River, Two Countries, Too Many Dams

Apr 3rd, 2013 | By

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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UK-Indian Collaboration in Earth Sciences and Environmental Research

Apr 1st, 2013 | By

The Natural Environment Research Council of the UK (NERC) and the Earth System Science Organization, Ministry of Earth Sciences of the Republic of India (ESSO-MoES) have agreed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to facilitate cooperation between the UK and Indian earth system science and environmental research communities. The UK and India have shared interests and

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India’s North East Gets Attention From Climate Change Scientists

Mar 25th, 2013 | By

Nature: The vulnerable north eastern states of India — which bear a significant brunt of the global climate change phenomena — have finally got some serious attention from climate scientists. The eight states, least studied so far, have been thoroughly analysed over a 34-year period in a new study.1 Based on the trends observed from

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India Needs Micro Level Data For Climate Action

Mar 11th, 2013 | By

SciDev.Net: India needs micro-level scientific assessment at the state, district and village levels for effective planning and implementation of measures to combat climate change, a national workshop has highlighted. The workshop on  climate-resilient development, organised last month (13 February), discussed integrating climate change into development programmes in semi-arid regions like Bundelkhand in central India. Participants

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Climate Change Takes Toll On Morel Mushroom

Mar 5th, 2013 | By

Times of India: GitaDevi of Kullu used to routinely visit apple orchards and jungles every morning, collect some guchhi ( morel mushroom, also known as common morel, morel or yellow morel) and leave it to dry near the tandoor and sell it for high prices to traders at her doorstep. She used to earn good

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Build Capacity At Panchayat Level To Fight Climate Change In India : Preeti Soni

Mar 1st, 2013 | By

Preeti Soni, Advisor (Climate Change), UNDP India, talks to OneWorld South Asia, on the sidelines of an international conference held in New Delhi earlier this month. OneWorld South Asia: How do the challenges brought by climate change present an opportunity for better management of natural resources in India? Preeti Soni: Climate change is of course

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