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India Says Carbon Emissions Will Grow as it Drives to Beat Poverty

Dec 7th, 2014 | By
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The world must accept that India’s per capita carbon emissions will need to rise rapidly if it is to eliminate poverty, the environment minister said on Friday, as delegates meet in Lima for key UN climate change talks. India, the world’s third largest carbon emitter, is under growing pressure to set out a strategy to

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China Outlines Vision for 2015 UN Climate Change Deal

Dec 5th, 2014 | By
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As the world’s biggest greenhouse gas emitter, China is critical to the success of international efforts to tackle climate change. When softly spoken lead negotiator Su Wei held a press briefing on day four of UN climate talks in Lima, journalists hung on his every word. China will publish its national contribution “if not in

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A Conference Expands the Debate Over Hydropower in Bhutan

Dec 4th, 2014 | By
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Hydropower is the mainstay of the Bhutanese economy, but how is the country moving ahead in its development? Is the present method of constructing hydropower projects conducive to economic development? Does it make sense for Bhutan to build 10,000 megawatts of hydropower by 2020, as some have suggested? These were some of the questions that

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Climate Smart Villages Help Women Farmers in Nepal

Dec 2nd, 2014 | By
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Seven years ago, Tanka Maya Magar, who lives on the outskirts of Belbari, a town in Morang district in eastern Nepal, suddenly had to do something she had never done before. Her husband had moved to Qatar to earn money and so it was now up to her to run their family farm, a job

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What are the Centre and States Doing to Curb Climate Change

Dec 2nd, 2014 | By
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The National Green Tribunal on Monday sought response from the Centre, States and Union Territories about the measures they have been adopting to check climate change and how the governments have implemented the National Action Plan on Climate Change (NAPCC). A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar issued notices to the Ministry of

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TIB Urges Govt to Raise Voice at COP 20

Dec 1st, 2014 | By




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

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The Chinese Scientific Revolution Aims to Tackle Climate Change

Nov 30th, 2014 | By
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This article is about the future landscape of science in general, and climate science in particular. Just a few days ago, the Chinese Academy of Sciences hosted a small workshop which involved scientists from around the world that work on a device called the Expendable Bathythermograph, or XBT for short. The obscurity of the conference

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Mumbai, Kolkata Most Vulnerable to Climate Change: Government

Nov 30th, 2014 | By
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India’s populous coastal cities Mumbai and Kolkata are most vulnerable to loss of life and properties due to coastal flooding in the second half of the century, the government has said quoting a UN report ahead of a key global climate conference in Peruvian capital Lima. The UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has warned

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Earthly Matters: Lighting Up the Delta

Nov 30th, 2014 | By
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The fisher folk of the Indus Delta are amongst the poorest of the poor in Pakistan. Many have to eke out a living on mud flats of the fan-shaped delta, where the river meets the Arabian Sea. They are completely dependent upon fishing for their survival, but now because of global climate change and the

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India Court Slams Delhi’s Worsening Air Pollution

Nov 27th, 2014 | By
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India’s environment court has slammed the government over the capital’s horrendous air pollution, which it said was “getting worse” every day, and ordered a string of measures to bring it down. The National Green Tribunal directed all vehicles older than 15 years be taken off New Delhi roads, pollution checks undertaken for all state-run buses

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India-Nepal Power Deal: Over $1 Billion For Hydroelectric Plant In Himalayan Country

Nov 27th, 2014 | By
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As different regional leaders met up in Kathmandu earlier this week, the newest development for the energy-starved Himalayan country becomes official: last Tuesday, an India-Nepal power deal was signed, which will end up providing electricity to the nation come 2020. In times of energetic crisis for the South Asian nation, it seems that the India-Nepal

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ADB Provides Rs 6 Billion in Loan‚ Grant for Water Supply‚ Sanitation

Nov 26th, 2014 | By




The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has agreed to provide a loan assistance of SDR 38.921 million (equivalent to Rs 5.78 billion) and grant assistance of $1.3 million (equivalent to Rs 127.40 million) to the government for implementation of the Third Small Town Water Supply and Sanitation Project in Nepal. An agreement to this effect was

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Sun’s Finally Shining on India’s Climate Change Fight

Nov 26th, 2014 | By
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In India, fighting climate change means turning to the sun. In Baramati in the western state of Maharashtra, construction is under way on a solar power plant that will generate 50 megawatts (MW), enough to power a small town. The first phase, which is being built by Welspun Energy in partnership with the state power

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Proofing Communities Against Glacial Melt Impact

Nov 25th, 2014 | By




Nepal will seek an opportunity to draw global attention towards the plight of the mountains that are retreating at an alarming rate and its impact on the lives and livelihoods of millions of people, in the upcoming global climate summit which takes place in Peru next month. During the 20th session of the Conference of

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India’s Coal Concerns

Nov 24th, 2014 | By
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Coal is India’s main energy source but we have to be very careful. After the historic Sino-US accord on climate change signed in Beijing between US President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping 12 days ago, China has unveiled further details on what it plans to do in regard to coal consumption, the primary

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Karachi Needs to Welcome its ‘Visitors’

Nov 24th, 2014 | By
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In Karachi, a critical cause for urban expansion and haphazard growth patterns has been our incapacity to accommodate, in terms of provision of services and integration, the large number of migrants that have found their way into Karachi, mainly from other parts of Pakistan. In many other highly populated cities worldwide, successful optimisation has taken

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One Lakh Deaths Due to Pollution, India Needs to be Energy Efficient: UN Report

Nov 21st, 2014 | By
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PTI: Nearly one lakh premature deaths take place annually due to air pollution in India and some other countries which can be avoided by 2030 by improving energy efficiency measures in transport and industrial sectors, a UN report today said. The fifth Emissions Gap Report 2014 by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), which was

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Conversation with Bhutan’s Young “Dragon King”

Nov 19th, 2014 | By
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King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck is a young ruler connected deeply with the digital universe while remaining anchored in the teaching and wisdom handed down through generations. He surfs the Web to gauge the mood of the people, following the conversations of his subjects and engaging them through social media. He has his own Facebook page, and he knows about National

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Nepal Needs to Invest in Youth: UN Report

Nov 19th, 2014 | By




Nepal needs to invest more in youths to drive economic and social development, suggests the State of World Population 2014, released today by the United Nations Population Fund. Being home to more than nine million people between the ages of 10 and 24 years in 2014, Nepal’s transitional demographic shift opens a window for demographic

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Rich Countries ‘Backsliding’ on Climate Finance

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

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Pakistan Tax on Solar Imports Threatens Clean Energy Push

Nov 18th, 2014 | By
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Dawn: At a time when many countries are offering financial incentives to promote the use of clean energy, Pakistan has imposed a 32.5 per cent tax on the import of solar panels, a move experts say is likely to hit demand for solar energy. Officials say the tax was imposed to encourage local manufacturing of

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India Must Lead Climate Fight for Developing Countries at UN Talks

Nov 18th, 2014 | By
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On November 12, 2014, US president Barack Obama and Chinese president Xi Jinping announced a joint plan to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The deal came as a big surprise to most. After all, it was a deal between the world’s top polluters – the US is the world’s biggest historical polluter while China is

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Coal Rush in India Could Tip Balance on Climate Change

Nov 18th, 2014 | By
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Decades of strip mining have left this town in the heart of India’s coal fields a fiery moonscape, with mountains of black slag, sulfurous air and sickened residents. But rather than reclaim these hills or rethink their exploitation, the government is digging deeper in a coal rush that could push the world into irreversible climate

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Up and About: A Tourist Destination That Does not Pinch the Pocket

Nov 17th, 2014 | By
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Tourists from the city who have dreamt of travelling to international destinations at Indian rates might just have gotten lucky. Bhutan fulfils the criterion. Tucked amidst the tall peaks of the Himalayas, Bhutan has been rated the ‘happiest country’ according to the World Happiness Report 2013, and it seems to be spreading happiness to cost-conscious

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Focus on Developing Karnali‚ Panel Tells Govt

Nov 17th, 2014 | By




The Development Committee of the Parliament today issued directives to the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation to develop Karnali region as a major tourist destination. The Committee chaired by Rabindra Adhikari also instructed National Planning Commission to bring a seven-year medium plan and a 15-year master plan for development of Karnali region by

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Climate Change Pact and India’s Isolation

Nov 17th, 2014 | By
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If there is an area of policy-making that just involves hot air, it has to be climate change. The amount of rhetoric that is expended by countries on this issue would be amusing if it were not for the seriousness of the threat of climate change and the geopolitical manoeuvring behind the scenes to disadvantage

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China Asks Developing Countries to Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Nov 17th, 2014 | By




PTI: Promising to set ambitious goals to cut greenhouse gas emissions following a landmark agreement with the US, China has asked other developing countries to follow suit. China, which was part of the BASIC group — Brazil, South Africa, India and China — in the global climate negotiations to flag the concerns of the developing

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India Feels Heat as Pressure Mounts to Deliver Climate Target

Nov 17th, 2014 | By
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With the United States and China unveiling a potentially game-changing bilateral deal to whittle down their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and project a united front on the global fight against climate change, India is feeling the pressure to recalibrate its domestic climate strategy in the run up to Lima climate conference next month. According to the

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Pakistan Has to Deal With Climate Change Challenges

Nov 17th, 2014 | By




Pakistan may lose foreign investment in different sectors if it fails to deal with the challenges of climate change because multinational companies will then prefer to invest in India, Bangladesh and other developing countries that are investing heavily in their natural environment. Tahir Mir, an environmentalist, said Pakistan launched its National Climate Change Policy to

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India Can’t Follow China’s Emissions Pledge, Says Negotiator

Nov 14th, 2014 | By
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India will not be able to follow China into a firm commitment on peaking emissions, a senior Indian negotiator has said in the wake of a major Sino-US announcement on climate change today. At the close of the Asia-Pacific Economic (APEC) summit in Beijing, China pledged to peak emissions around 2030 and to increase non-fossil

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Climate Change Spurs Tourism in Nepal, But Will it Last?

Nov 14th, 2014 | By
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Possessing eight of the ten highest mountains in the world, Nepal has attracted mountaineers from around the globe. Currently, there are 326 peaks open to mountaineering in the country, while 112 peaks remain unclimbed. Trekking and mountaineering, the most popular tourism activities in Nepal, bring substantial profits to the country. In 2013, travel and tourism

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Climate Change Centre to Help Farmers Adapt to New Challenges

Nov 13th, 2014 | By
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Dawn: The University of Agriculture Peshawar has recently established the Climate Change Centre to conduct studies and research on climate change and cope with the challenges posed by changing weather patterns. “Climate change is defining human development challenges of our time because the earth’s climate is changing and its manifestation is changes in weather systems,

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Nepal Government Creating New Disaster Management Arm

Nov 13th, 2014 | By
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Amid criticism it has been slow and ineffective in dealing with deadly natural disasters, Nepal’s government is moving to establish a National Disaster Management Centre (NDMC) to orchestrate preparations for and responses to such emergencies. A spate of natural disasters struck the Himalayan nation this year with lethal effect. In August,landslides in Sindhupal chowk district

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UNFCCC Welcomes US China Emissions Deal

Nov 12th, 2014 | By
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Agreement between China and the US on limiting future carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions has been welcomed by the head of the United Nations body charged with implementing a global emissions reduction treaty. The China US deal was hailed as “Clear leadership” in a tweet following the announcement of the agreement by Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary

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Pakistan Faces Major Risks From Climate Change: PARC

Nov 11th, 2014 | By




The agriculture sector of Pakistan has still the potential to push the economy upwards, said Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) founding chairman Dr Amir Muhammed who is also Rector of FAST. He was speaking as chief gust on the occasion of inaugural session of a seminar on “Impact of Climate Change on Agriculture in Pakistan:

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Govt Working to Minimise Climate Risks

Nov 11th, 2014 | By




Minister for Information and Communications Minendra Rijal said that the government was committed to minimising the risk posed by the global warming. Speaking at an interaction programme on Glacial Lake Outburst Flood here, Minister Rijal underlined the increasing threat posed by Climate Change on the Himalayas and the natural heritage reflecting Nepal’s unique identity. Rijal

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Natural Disaster Destroys Property Worth Over Rs 50 m

Nov 10th, 2014 | By




Property worth over Rs 50 million was destroyed in agriculture and livestock sectors due to natural disaster in Darchula district this year. According to the District Livestock Service Office, Darchula, mostly the natural disaster including floods, landslides and lightning destroyed the properties. As per the data collected by the Office, property worth Rs 52 million

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Pakistan Lags Behind S Korea, Vietnam in Carbon Reduction

Nov 9th, 2014 | By
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Due to the lacklustre performance of a cell at the Climate Change Division, Pakistan lags far behind China and India in approving projects for carbon credits in the international market. Carbon credits and carbon markets are a component of national and international attempts to cap greenhouse gas emissions and to allow market mechanisms to drive

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‘India Firming up Stand it Will Present at Lima Conference’

Nov 9th, 2014 | By
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PTI: India was firming up its stand which it will present in the crucial UN conference on climate change to be held in Peruvian capital Lima next month, Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said today. The minister also ruled out there was any “confusion” in the government over the stand to be taken at the upcomingUnited

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Climate Change: no Confusion in India’s Stand on China, Says Javadekar

Nov 7th, 2014 | By




Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar on Friday said there was no confusion in India’s position vis-à-vis China on climate change. Responding to questions after India’s ‘sherpa” for the G20, Suresh Prabhu, called for India and China to go their own ways on climate issues in a media report, Mr. Javadekar said the matter was clarified and

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IPCC’s Report on Climate Change Brings an Opportunity and Challenge for India

Nov 5th, 2014 | By
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India’s quest for high growth and efforts to ensure development and access to energy for its people has found recognition in the latest report of the United Nations-backed Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, or IPCC. The synthesis report of IPCC’s fifth assessment report (AR5) released on Sunday stresses that every effort to ensure that global

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NOC to Propose Integrated Project

Nov 5th, 2014 | By




Nepal Oil Corporation (NOC) — the state-owned petroleum supply monopoly — is planning to propose integrated project for Raxaul-Amlekhgunj cross border petroleum pipeline and Amlekhgunj depot expansion with its Indian counterpart, Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) during the bilateral talks to finalise financial modality of the project, going to be held on Friday and Saturday. IOC

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India at Risk, Can’t Undermine Sustainable Development: UN Report

Nov 4th, 2014 | By
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A crucial United Nations report on climate change released on Sunday telling governments to cut greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2100 is “both an opportunity and a challenge for India”, said an expert from India involved in preparing the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Synthesis Report. Another Indian in the report’s core writing team

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Flooding Could Worsen Pakistan’s Water Shortage, Experts Warn

Nov 4th, 2014 | By
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(Thomson Reuters Foundation) – In an ironic twist to Pakistan’s struggles with extreme weather, experts warn that the increasingly frequent and intense flooding in the country could lead to catastrophic water shortages. The problem, climate and water experts say, is a worsening lack of groundwater. Groundwater resources, used to supply Pakistan’s growing population with water

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Infrastructure Development: We Can no Longer Sit Back and Wait

Nov 4th, 2014 | By




Nepal is primarily a mountainous country. To most people, this conjures up postcard-perfect pictures of trekking, tourism and natural beauty. But for the half of 28 million Nepalis who live in scattered settlements across the hills of Nepal, this means harsh terrain with no easy road and bridge access. It also means difficult geography, across

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Climatescope Report Shows China, Brazil, South Africa Have Boosted Clean Energy Investments

Nov 3rd, 2014 | By
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For the first time this year, emerging economies such as China, Brazil and South Africa have made a larger investment on green energy than richer countries, according to a new government study. On behalf of the UK and US governments, Bloomberg New Energy Finance compiled an annual Climatescope report on clean energy investment trends across

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MDGs: Climate Change Hampering Pakistan from Achieving Targets

Nov 3rd, 2014 | By
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Achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) remains a challenge for Pakistan with the effects of climate change in the form of increasing floods, droughts and erratic storms. MDGs are a set of goals adopted by the UN in 2000 which aim to focus on improving lives of the poorest people in the world as well

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Sunderbans’ Water Getting Toxic: Scientists

Nov 3rd, 2014 | By




IANS: Climate change is causing toxic metals trapped in the sediment beds of the Hooghly estuary in the Indian Sunderbans to leach out into the water system due to changes in ocean chemistry, say scientists, warning of potential human health hazards. They predict that after about 30 years, increasing ocean acidification – another dark side of

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It’s Time to Get Serious About Climate Change

Nov 2nd, 2014 | By
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Pakistan is among the top countries that will be adversely affected by climate change, as stated by the German Watch Institute. This year, floods impacted our eastern rivers, and devastated the entire country, especially Punjab which is already undergoing deforestation. As the number of trees decreases due to deforestation, rainfall will reduce. Speaking to The

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Govt Forms Five-member Mechanism on Extreme Weather Forecasting

Nov 2nd, 2014 | By




The Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment has decided to constitute ‘Extreme Weather Forecasting and information Dissemination Mechanism’ headed by Rishi Ram Sharma, Director General at the Department of Hydrology and Meteorology to prevent human casualties caused by severe weather induced by tropical cyclones. The mechanism will have five members. On October 14, a blizzard

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Phewa Lake to Get Lost in 39 Years!

Oct 31st, 2014 | By




Phewa Lake will get completely covered in next 39 years if not looked after, experts said. At a programme organised by Pokhara Sub-Metropolitan City (PSMC) and Kaski District Development Committee (DDC), stakeholders have expressed their serious concern over conservation of the one of the most popular tourist destinations of the nation. Speaking at the function,

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A Village Adapts to Climate Change in Myriad Ways

Oct 31st, 2014 | By
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Lapodiya, a village of 200 households in Rajasthan, is a shining example of how environment governance at the grassroots level can save a village from natural disasters. Here, people have adopted innovative water conservation practices and a culture which they have improvised and perfected over three decades. As a result, residents of this village around

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Looking Into Chure Ecosystem

Oct 30th, 2014 | By
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Nepal’s economy which is dominated by agriculture is heavily dependent upon the monsoon. Thus, we need to understand the processes of the monsoon and its importance before heading towards big chapters on climate change. But as we always want to catch a big mouse even though that mouse is not valuable still we love to

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India: Forests and Tigers vs Coal Mines

Oct 30th, 2014 | By
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A hundred years ago there were hundreds of thousands of Bengal Tigers in the world, but now there are less than 2,000 left. The Bengal Tiger population has been reduced mainly due to hunting and destruction of their natural habitat. And now India is the Bengal Tiger’s stronghold. According to the International Union Conservation Network’s

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Nilofar Intensifies Into ‘Very Severe’ Cyclone

Oct 29th, 2014 | By
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Cyclone Nilofar in the Arabian Sea has intensified into a ‘very severe’ tropical cyclone, said the Pakistan Meteorological Department. Section 144, which prohibits bathing in the sea, has been imposed in the coastal areas including Karachi and Badin. Speaking to the media, Chief Meteorologist Tauseef Alam said the cyclone is currently 1,100 kilometers away from

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Clean India Call Remains Unheard, Himalayas Turning to be Dumping Yard

Oct 29th, 2014 | By




The higher reaches of the Himalayas are virtually turning into an open air garbage dump. And Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call for cleanliness seems yet to reach these lofty heights. “It’s surprising to see garbage littered here and there in this fragile ecosystem,” Aditya Gosh, a tourist from Kolkata, remarked. “It seems the tourists here

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Climate-induced Disasters

Oct 28th, 2014 | By
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The Himalayan Times: Three weeks ago, I visited Madi area of Chitwan. Forty-year-old Ganga Devi Sunwar was among the many people I met—and who have been affected by extreme weather events. Every year Ganga feels that she has seen the worst flood of her life, only to be proven wrong in frequent intervals with more floods

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Gross National Happiness in Bhutan: Is it Working?

Oct 28th, 2014 | By
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Nation Multimedia Group chairman Suthichai Yoon interviewed Bhutan’s Ambassador to Thailand Kesang Wangdi after a trip to the remote Himalayan kingdom famed for its notion of “GNH”. Excerpts: Ambassador Wangdi, I was in Bhutan two weeks ago. It was beautiful. And of course I asked everybody, ‘What is happiness?’, because Bhutan has told the whole

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India Wants Focus on Adaptation, CBDR to Tackle Climate Change

Oct 27th, 2014 | By




PTI: Ahead of UN Climate Conference, India on Monday made a strong pitch for focusing on adaptation and common but differentiated responsibilities (CBDR) as part of the new global order on climate change, saying it cannot “only be about mitigation and emission cuts”. Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said adaptation to the adverse effects of climate

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Karachi Has a Lot on Its Plate, But it is Still Food Insecure

Oct 27th, 2014 | By
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The World Food Summit defines food security as: “when all people at all times have access to sufficient, safe, nutritious food to maintain a healthy and active life”. At present, in total, around three billion people are malnourished out of a total global population of 7.2 billion people, which implies that around 40 per cent

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