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For Bhutan, it Takes a Community to Save the Snow Leopard

Oct 26th, 2014 | By
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First listed as globally endangered in 1972, snow leopards have declined by 20 percent over the past two decades throughout most of the 12 Central Asian countries they inhabit, from Afghanistan in the west to Mongolia in the east. Human activities – primarily habitat destruction, poaching and retaliatory killings to avenge livestock losses – present

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Access to Electricity in India Has no Impact on Climate Change

Oct 20th, 2014 | By
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Press Trust of India: Improving household electricity access in India over the last 30 years contributed only marginally to the country’s total carbon emissions growth during that time, according to a new study. While increased energy access is widely agreed to be an important goal for development efforts, such as the UN Sustainable Energy for

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Pakistan at War With Climate Change

Oct 19th, 2014 | By




Having faced with problems of war on terror and chronic loadshedding, the incumbent government has to encounter the climate change question mark now. The policy framework, called the National Climate Change Policy, might be seen as reasonable but international cooperation necessary for adjusting to climate change is non-existent. The machinations of the present industrial scenario

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Indian Companies Decouple Growth From Carbon Emissions: CDP Report

Oct 19th, 2014 | By
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The Hindu: Indian companies have already embarked on their journey towards a low carbon economy and a high number have demonstrated that it is possible to decouple business growth from carbon emissions, according to a new report released on Wednesday. The India 200 Climate Change Report 2014 by CDP, an international non profit organisation, says

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WB Suspends Grant Assistance to Nepal

Oct 15th, 2014 | By




The Himalayan Times: The World Bank Group has suspended its grant assistance to Nepal citing the country falls in the group of nations with low risk of debt distress, but has pledged to provide soft loan of Rs 700 billion. Of the total soft loan of Rs 700 billion, the country has already received commitment

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Coastal Cities Need to be Climate-proof, Says Study

Oct 15th, 2014 | By




The Hindu: mate resilient in terms of extreme events with respect to preparation and infrastructure. Recent studies indicate that there is a long way to go in achieving this. Both the Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in 2007 and the Environment Ministry had said there would be a high likelihood of increase in the

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Nepal’s Progress on MDGs Exemplary

Oct 14th, 2014 | By




Shoko Noda has witnessed major changes in Nepal during her tenure as UNDP Country Director for Nepal. Noda, who leaves for the Maldives as the island nation’s UN chief, commends Nepal’s progress in achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Manish Gautam caught up with Noda to discuss her reflections on the time she spent in

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Response to Climate Change Impacts

Oct 13th, 2014 | By
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Dawn: Sensitising participants of the UN Climate Summit in New York last month about how Pakistan is suffering multiple natural disasters, adviser on national security and foreign affairs Sartaj Aziz said his country requires $5bn annually to undertake adaptation measures to fight climate change impacts. At present, Pakistan receives about $3m for a climate adaptation fund

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Uttarakhand Floods Result of Climate Change: Report

Oct 13th, 2014 | By




The 2013 Uttarakhand floods were most probably a consequence of “human-induced” climate change, a new report by the American Meteorological Society has suggested. The extraordinary rainfall in Uttarakhand in June last year has found a place in a list of 16 extreme weather events that the report says were most likely a direct result of

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‘Cities Contributing to Climate Change’

Oct 12th, 2014 | By
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Ruing the lack of understanding of climate change in cities, GHMC commissioner Somesh Kumar has called for a better adaptation of strategies related to flood management, water supply and waste disposal and energy efficiency,etc. “There is lack of understanding of climate change in cities. Little attempt has been made to adhere to climate change. Implementation

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Global Warming: No Let-up in Floods Till 2022, Says Ex-minister

Oct 10th, 2014 | By
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The Express Tribune: “The 2014 floods are classical example of bad government response which converted a natural disaster into a man-made one,” said Halim Adil Sheikh, chairman Pakistan Relief Foundation (PRF). Talking to The Express Tribune, Sheikh, who had also served as minister for relief for Sindh, underlined the need for a national climate change policy

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Cities Need Sustained Urbanization: Experts

Oct 10th, 2014 | By




As the Union government unfolds its long-term plans for planned development of urban centres, experts warn that poorly managed urbanization can be detrimental to sustainable development of cities like Pune. The United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) and The Forum of Environmental Journalists in India (FEJI) held a brainstorming session on climate change in New Delhi

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India’s Climate Change Strategy: Expanding Differentiated Responsibility – Analysis

Oct 9th, 2014 | By
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As the world prepares for the upcoming climate change negotiations in Lima in 2014 and Paris in 2015, there is an expectation that the talks be more decisive than previous attempts at consensus from Kyoto to Copenhagen. Yet the assumption that the undeniable science of climate change will by itself compel action on an issue

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MoAD to Compensate Disaster Affected Farmers

Oct 8th, 2014 | By




The Himalayan Times: The Ministry of Agricultural Development (MoAD) has sought an additional budget of Rs 4.5 billion from the Ministry of Finance (MoF) to compensate flood and landslide affected farmers across the country. Floods and landslides destroyed agricultural output worth Rs 4.35 billion and livestock valued at Rs 148 million, according to MoAD. Floods and

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Three-year Plan to Make Dodhara Child-friendly VDC

Oct 6th, 2014 | By




A three-year strategic plan has been formulated to make Dodhara as a child-friendly VDC. The three-year plan has incorporated infrastructure development, identification of the bodies concerned and implementation of national and international law related to child rights. The District Child Welfare Committee has assisted the plan to make the VDC as child-friendly VDC within 2073

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India’s Mixed Climate Change Forecast

Oct 5th, 2014 | By




At the start of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s trip to the United States, the signals weren’t good that the world’s third-largest emitter of greenhouse gases would change its tone on climate change. In the end,there was a little more room for encouragement . Mr. Modi, who won a crushing electoral victory in May, declined

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Pakistan Hails US-Afghan Agreement

Oct 3rd, 2014 | By
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Dawn: “As regards BSA, Afghanistan is a sovereign country. It is their right to conclude agreements with any country,” Foreign Office spokesperson Tasnim Aslam said at the weekly media briefing. She further said that Pakistan government wished “Afghanistan the best and we will continue to facilitate all efforts, to the extent possible, for creating stability,

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India, US Ramp up Efforts for Tackling Climate Change

Oct 2nd, 2014 | By
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PTI: Ramping up efforts to combat climate change, India and US have concluded an MoU providing for up to USD one billion in helping India’s transition to a low-carbon and climate-resilient energy economy. Both Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Barack Obama, during their summit-level talks, welcomed the firming up of the pact between the

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Climate+Change Exhibition Reopens in Nepal With Strong Educational and Outreach Programs

Oct 2nd, 2014 | By
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After a successful run in Kathmandu’s Nepal Art Council between December 2013 and April 2014, the Climate+Change exhibition opened its second edition in Pokhara’sInternational Mountain Museum on Saturday, September 27, World Tourism Day. The scenic lake-city is a major tourist destination and a starting point of several high-profile treks. Pokhara also attracts migrants and students

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Neglected Disaster Plan Deepens Pakistan’s Climate Vulnerability

Oct 1st, 2014 | By
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(Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Pakistan has yet to implement a national plan to deal with natural disasters, experts say, leaving the country struggling to cope with its fourth major floods in five years. Hammered out at a meeting of the National Disaster Management Commission (NDMC) in 2012, the ambitious 10-year blueprint for tackling disasters has

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India Will be Renewables Superpower, Says Energy Minister

Oct 1st, 2014 | By
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The Guardian: India will be a “renewables superpower” according to its new energy minister, but its coal-fired electricity generation will also undergo “very rapid” expansion. However, Piyush Goyal dismissed criticism of the impact of India’s coal rush on climate change , as western governments giving “homilies and pontificating, having enjoyed themselves the fruits of ruining

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ADB to Fund USD 120 Million for Bhutan’s Hydropower Project

Sep 30th, 2014 | By




IANS: The Asian Development Bank will fund $120 million towards Bhutan’s 118 MW Nikachu hydropower project, whose total estimated project cost is $200 million dollars. The project is modelled on public-private partnership (PPP) lines, with Druk Green Power Corporation (DGPC), and the debt to equity ratio of 65:35. Nikachu is the second project to be

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Prime Minister Meets EU President

Sep 30th, 2014 | By




After wrapping up his week-long hectic schedule in the 69th Session of the UN General Assembly, Prime Minister Sushil Koirala today reached Brussels, Belgium. In Brussels, the Headquarters of the European Union, PM Koirala held a meeting with the European Council President Herman Van Rompuy and discussed various aspects of Nepal-EU relations. He appreciated EU’s

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A Development-Savvy Climate Strategy for India

Sep 30th, 2014 | By




During his first official visit to the United States this week, India’s popular Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, will meet with President Obama, as well as with CEOs of top U.S corporations, to encourage investment to support India’s development goals, which include providing renewable energy for the 400 million citizens who lack access today. Mr. Obama

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Climate Change: Two Mustang Villages Deserted

Sep 29th, 2014 | By
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The Himalayan Times: Inhabitants of two villages in the mountain district of Mustang have abandoned their homes and migrated to lower regions, thanks to climate change. With rapidly increasing temperatures in the region, sources of water have dried up in Samjung and Ghey villages of the district, compelling people to find a more inhabitable place down

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Development Sins and Climate Change

Sep 29th, 2014 | By




While the death toll has risen to 358, millions homeless, standing crops destroyed covering millions of acres of land, the floods continue to cause more losses. Though bad, the situation is not worse than that of the 2010 super flood when 20 million people were affected. When asked about flood warnings and preparedness measures, we

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The UN Climate Summit Reveals India’s Hypocrisy on Saving Forests

Sep 26th, 2014 | By
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The Guardian: On Tuesday, India’s minister for environment, forests, and climate change, Prakash Javadekar, scoffed at the idea of the country reducing emissions to counter climate change. He held the US chiefly responsible for the climate crisis, and therefore it had to bear the responsibility for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. That has been India’s position

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Climate Change: Experts Call for Proactive Approach to Manage Disasters

Sep 26th, 2014 | By
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The Express Tribune: They were speaking at a conference on “Climate Change and Disaster Management” organised by the Ministry of Planning, Development and Reforms on Thursday. The speakers stressed the need for a comprehensive disaster management policy. Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms Ahsan Iqbal admitted to the government’s inability to face such catastrophes alone

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It’s Time to Recognise Threats of Climate Change

Sep 26th, 2014 | By




Prime Minister Sushil Koirala brought the attention of world leaders to the climate change impacts faced by Nepal and other Least Developed Countries (LDC)  during his address to the UN Climate Change Summit-2014 in New York on Tuesday. Noting that Nepal is the fifth most vulnerable country in terms of climate change, Koirala gave an

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National Agricultural Economy Facing Climate Change Risks: Experts

Sep 25th, 2014 | By




Senior Environmental experts said on Wednesday that national agricultural economy was being affected by five major risks related to climate change. Talking to APP senior researcher, Kashif Salik working with Sustainable Policy Development Institute (SDPI) said that being a predominantly agricultural economy, climate change is estimated to decrease crop yields in Pakistan not only as

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India, China Serious About Climate Change: UN official

Sep 25th, 2014 | By
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gePTI: A top UN official has played down the absence of the heads of state of India and China from the Climate Summit in New York this week, saying the two countries are very serious about an agreement on global warming. UN Secretary-General Special Envoy on Climate Change Mary Robinson said: “China believes that a very

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Developed World Must ‘Walk The Talk’ on Climate Change: India

Sep 24th, 2014 | By
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Press Trust of India: India has told a high-powered summit on climate change convened by UN chief Ban ki-Moon that if the developed world “walks the talk”, the international community can certainly achieve the targets it has set to tackle climate change. India’s Minister of State for Environment, Forests and Climate Change Prakash Javadekar told

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Disaster Risk Management

Sep 24th, 2014 | By
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The Himalayan Times: Every monsoon season, floods and landslides wreak havoc across the country and our effort is limited to responding after a disaster hits. The recent Jure landslide (rock avalanche) compelled us to think proactively about disaster risk management. This clearly shows we are very poor in disaster preparedness measures. The Kanchanpur flood in the

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India Has a Fever, and the Culprit Is Climate Change

Sep 23rd, 2014 | By
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The subtropical Indian subcontinent has a very long human history and a very large human population, both sustained by a peculiar climate phenomenon called the “monsoon.” It is well understood that human economy is a wholly owned subsidiary of the planetary climate, and this is completely true of India’s with respect to the monsoon. Recent

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U.S. Providing USD 402mln to Nepal

Sep 23rd, 2014 | By




The U.S. has agreed to provide a financial support of USD 402 million to Nepal in the next five years. The funds, which will be channelised through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), will be used to reinforce recent gains in democratic processes such as elections, improving governance, expanding proven health interventions in maternal

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Farmers to Get Climate Change Info Through SMS

Sep 22nd, 2014 | By




Republica: An outline of environmental and social management framework is to be prepared to draw attraction of small farmers towards adopting modern agriculture through dissemination of climate change related information. The Department of Hydrology and Meteorology has put in place the initiative, first of its kind, to inform small farmers of climate change through SMS. The

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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
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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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Dragging Feet: Pakistan Misses Deadline for $3.8m Grant

Sep 21st, 2014 | By
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The Express Tribune: Pakistan missed the deadline to sign a formal agreement with the World Bank Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) fund worth $3.8 million because of the bureaucracy’s lethargy. FCPF is a World Bank facility set up to support developing countries in carbon emission reduction by preserving their forests. The closing date to sign the

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Pakistan’s Economy Battered by Floods and Political Unrest

Sep 18th, 2014 | By
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Talks to end a month-long sit-in by anti-government protesters in Pakistan remain deadlocked after authorities arrested dozens of demonstrators. The South Asian country has been facing political turmoil over the past weeks ever since opposition politicians Imran Khan and Tahir-ul Qadri led mass demonstrations against the democratically elected government of PM Nawaz Sharif, whom they

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Negligence, the Biggest Disaster in Pakistan

Sep 17th, 2014 | By




The Express Tribune: As if the ongoing political crisis was not enough, we are in the middle of a natural disaster, once again. As before, the state appears to be woefully unprepared. More than 23 districts in Punjab, 10 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir and five in Gilgit-Baltistan have been affected by the September rains killing more

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Development-oriented Relief

Sep 17th, 2014 | By
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The Himalayan Times: Disaster has manifested as a double-headed hydra in the form of floods and landslides throughout Nepal since the last few months. Whilst the mountains and the hills have been rocked by the landslides, the Terai has been submerged in deep flood waters. This has put the country in general and the Home Ministry,

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‘Improper Use of Clean Energy Fund Weakening India’

Sep 17th, 2014 | By
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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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How Many Disasters Does Pakistan Need to Focus on Climate Change?

Sep 16th, 2014 | By
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Dawn: The media is all eyes and ears for the fiery speeches, debates and discussions in the power play, and the awareness definitely plays an important role in stabilising the situation. But what about the section of the populace greatly affected and displaced by the current war in north west Pakistan and the floods? At

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Kedarnath to Kashmir, The Tragedy of Development

Sep 16th, 2014 | By
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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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Forest Users Learning to Cope With Climate Stress on Water

Sep 15th, 2014 | By
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Republica: In June this year, thousands of farmers, especially in Nepal´s western region, were wrestling with rain deficit, constantly gazing toward the sky devoid of monsoon clouds. In some areas badly affected by the weak monsoon, farmers were seen irrigating their parched crop fields with water supplied through pipes.But, in Hapur village of Dang district, the

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Indian City of Surat Anticipates Worst Effects of Climate Change

Sep 15th, 2014 | By
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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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When Rain Breaks Loose

Sep 15th, 2014 | By
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Morning of September 6, 2014 was nightmarish for Hasham Tariq, a resident of village Karamabad, situated near Wazirabad on the bank of Nullah Palkhu. Three days of continuous rain brought down the roof of his old house. Suspecting danger, he, along with his wife and two children, had moved to a relative’s house the night

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UK, France, Germany Joint Climate Diplomacy in BD

Sep 15th, 2014 | By
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Consulates of UK, France and Germany have visited three climate adaptation projects in Dhamrai of Dhaka to emphasise on joint climate diplomacy in Bangladesh.British High Commissioner Robert W Gibson, French Chargé Babou Kamichetty and German Chargé Dr Ferdinand von Weyhe visited Dhamrai on Monday.They visited a solar home system, solar irrigation systems and a domestic

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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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Include Disaster Risk Mgmt in Natl Policies: Experts

Sep 13th, 2014 | By




The Himalayan Times: In a bid to control increasing instances of climate induced disasters in Nepal, climate experts from six different countries, including Nepal have called for integration of climate and disaster risks management into national development policies and programmes.During the meeting held on September 8-9, experts urged , experts urged countries to have a national

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Floods: a Fateful, Familiar Story

Sep 11th, 2014 | By




Pakistan has suffered through around two dozen floods since its inception. The frequency of floods has increased lately as the country has constantly faced natural calamity in the form of riverine floods or flash floods every year for last five years. Climate change is no myth and Pakistan is amongst the top-ranked countries in the world affected

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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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A Monsoon Catastrophe

Sep 10th, 2014 | By




Pakistan is highly vulnerable to devastating climate change, but the matter is at the lowest priority for the government. For the last three years, the country has topped the list of the worldwide Climate Risk Index measured by German Watch, an organisation that works on world equity problems. In the past few years, Pakistan has been

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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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No Lessons Learnt in Flood-hit Pakistan

Sep 8th, 2014 | By
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Dawn: Recent monsoon rains and the destruction they have left in their wake in major cities of Punjab provide a grim picture of the inability of urban settlements to cope with intense downpours in a warming world. The television footage showed torrents of water gushing into homes, of people wading in at least four feet of

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Development Panel Seeks Better Plans for Local Bodies

Sep 8th, 2014 | By




The Himalayan Times: The Development Committee of the Parliament today issued directives to the Ministry of Federal Affairs and Local Development to ensure that metropolis, sub-metropolis and village development committees have better action plans for human settlements, service centres, market places, schools, hospitals and bus parks with gardens. The Parliamentary panel also told the ministry to

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Efforts to Strengthen Disaster Preparedness

Sep 7th, 2014 | By




The Himalayan Times: Sophie Kemkhadze, Deputy Country Director of UNDP, emphasised on better understanding of climate change and how it has triggered the number and nature of natural disasters, while speaking at a half-day workshop on KOICA ‘Fast Tracking Millennium Development Goals and Safeguarding Development Gains’.“Better preparedness for and better response in post-disaster situations by strengthening

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Deadly Monsoon: Pakistan’s Climate Change Policy Remains Stagnant

Sep 7th, 2014 | By
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Dawn: As deaths mount and cities continue to flood, experts are once again sounding the alarm bells over the impacts of climate change in Pakistan. More than 110 have been killed in Punjab, Azad Kashmir, Gilgit-Baltistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa due to the heavy torrential rain since Thursday. A number of cities have received over 130mm

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