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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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Sep 5th, 2014 | By




Home Minister Bamdev Gautam should be given due credit for updating himself with minute weather details. Following ferocious floods in mid-western Nepal last month, he explained to the media the science behind the record rainfall: “There was a clash between the monsoon from the Arab Gulf and the one from the Bay of Bengal, it

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Development Disturbing Islamabad’s Ecology, Say Experts

Sep 5th, 2014 | By
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APP: Environmentalists claim Pakistan is already among the top ten countries where unusual weather patterns are making major environment impacts, and the situation might further deteriorate in the coming years if attention was not paid to issues related to climate change. An environmentalist at the Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI), Kashif Salik, said the capital’s environment

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China, India Take a Pass on UN Climate Summit

Sep 5th, 2014 | By




Discovery News: Effectively putting the kibosh on a global agreement this year on climate change, the Chinese and Indian heads of state announced recently they won’t attend a Sept. 23 United Nations meeting on global warming. Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently confirmed they won’t join the gathering of world

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Helping India Cope With Climate Change

Sep 5th, 2014 | By
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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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US to Provide $70 Million to Nepal for Disaster Resilience

Sep 4th, 2014 | By




The Himalayan Times: The United States’ Embassy in Nepal on Wednesday announced three new programmes with up to US Dollar 70 million to help Nepali communities recover from natural disasters. According to the Embassy, the projects will be implemented through the US Agency for International Development (USAID). The Embassy said two additional projects will be launched focusing on

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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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Govt Taking Multi-sectoral Approach to Tackle NCDs

Sep 3rd, 2014 | By




The Himalayan Times: The government says it has taken multi-sectoral approach to fight non-communicable diseases.NCDs are responsible for 42 per cent of death annually in the country and cause 63 per cent of deaths globally — nearly 80 per cent occur in low and middle income countries, according to the World Health Organisation.According to government’s Multi-Sectoral

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Upper Karnali a Three Billion Dollar Bonanza for Nepal

Sep 2nd, 2014 | By




The Himalayan Times: The much debated Upper Karnali hydroelectric project is expected to bring a windfall with the government standing to earn Rs 144 billion in dividend from equity extended by the developer of the 900-megawatt power project. This money is exclusive of Rs 121 billion that the project developer will provide to the government in royalty

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China Could Launch National Carbon Market in 2016

Sep 1st, 2014 | By
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The market, once launched, will be the biggest in the world. China currently emits almost 30% of global emissions. The government is currently finalising rules for the scheme, which will harness the experience of the seven regional pilot markets already operating across the country, Reuters reports. “We will send over the national market regulations to the State Council

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NPC Members to Monitor Dev Projects Across Nation

Sep 1st, 2014 | By




The Himalayan Times: The National Planning Commission (NPC) on Sunday formed five high-level teams to monitor development projects across the nation.A full meeting of the Commission held today at PM Sushil Koirala’s residence in Baluwatar this evening decided to its members including Vice-Chairman in monitoring of development projects.PM’s press coordinator Prakash Adhikari said Vice-Chairman Govinda Pokhrel

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Climate Change: Bhutan Farms Face Growing Dangers

Aug 31st, 2014 | By
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One of the most picturesque scenes from Bhutan is that of the snow-fed Phochu (male river) and Mochu (female river) merging to form the Punatsangchu. Thousands of padi farmers live in the fertile Punakha-Wangdue Phodrang valley, the rice bowl of western Bhutan. The peaceful, rustic image it presents is postcard pretty, but it also belies

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Israeli Envoy Stresses on Agriculture Development

Aug 31st, 2014 | By




The Himalayan Times: Newly appointed Ambassador of Israel to Nepal Yaron Mayer has said that economic progress of any country is possible through the development of agriculture and suggested Nepal to mobilise youth farmers for increasing agro production and productivity.Addressing an orientation programme for youth students selected for 10-month training under the Agricultural Trainee Programme jointly

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Climate Change and Underground Water: A Need to Link Science With People

Aug 27th, 2014 | By




Huffingtonpost: Water is life, however the way it is being used by humans and the scientific facts which informs how it is being diminished is no doubt a mystery for common people in Pakistan to be aware of. This is evident from the example of Rawalpindi city of Pakistan! Let’s see how this mystery prevails.

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

Aug 27th, 2014 | By
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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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Nepal at Risk as More Extreme Weather Events Loom

Aug 26th, 2014 | By
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Republica: The inhabitants of Surkhet, a district in Nepal´s mid-western region, were recently struck by what was arguably the worst flooding in living memory. The death toll from the Surkhet flood, caused by the downpour that continued for two days in the second week of August, has reached 33, excluding 99 people still missing and thereby feared

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Mountain Communities Form Climate Alliance

Aug 24th, 2014 | By




The Himalayan Times: Mountain communities in Nepal have joined hands to save mountain ecosystem which is more vulnerable to the adverse impacts of climate change.Formally announcing a 17-member ‘Climate Alliance of Himalayan Communities’, its chairman Ang Tshering Sherpa said that there was an urgent need to aware local communities of Himalaya region about the impacts

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

Aug 22nd, 2014 | By
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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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Tibet Facing Double Environmental Disasters

Aug 21st, 2014 | By
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Tibet is facing a double-whammy of disasters. China’s western so-called autonomous region is getting warmer and wetter, just as rampant population growth is creating pollution problems. The combination threatens to destroy fragile ecosystems and disrupt life for billions of people across Asia, according to a new environmental assessment by Chinese and Tibetan researchers. “It’s an environmental menace,”

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Climate Change Poses Grave Risk to Nepal’s Economy: ADB

Aug 20th, 2014 | By




Republica: Climate change-driven events like melting glaciers pose a grave risk to Nepal’s economy and could cause losses equal to almost 10 percent of the country’s annual gross domestic product (GDP) by 2100, according to a report by Asian Development Bank (ADB).Without changes to current global behavior, Nepal would see economic losses equivalent to up to

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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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China’s Environmental Woes Inspire Art

Aug 15th, 2014 | By
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The Guardian: A dilapidated wooden fishing boat laden down with animals who are just skin and bone, a sort of dystopian Noah’s ark trying to escape the end of the earth and an empty city devoid of human life that has been overtaken by nature. These nightmarish scenes are not science fiction but part of

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IPCC Warns of Widespread Impact of Climate Change in South Asia

Aug 15th, 2014 | By




The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in a latest report has warned that climate change will have widespread impacts on South Asian society and its interaction with the natural environment. The report indicates that waiting or doing nothing is no longer an option and makes a compelling case for immediate global action on climate change,

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Pakistan’s Glaciers: Data-sharing Needed to Mitigate Disasters

Aug 13th, 2014 | By
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“Our elders used to say this glacier was very high, so high there was no one living here. This was a giant glacial lake,” Sajjad Ali said. Standing on a cliffside, he pointed down at the Hopar Glacier, more than a 1,000 metres below, its surface covered by massive boulders it had swept out of

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Changing the Narrative on Bangladesh and Climate Change

Aug 12th, 2014 | By
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By now, Bangladesh has become known as being one of the most vulnerable countries to climate change. This refrain is now repeated endlessly by our leaders and representatives when talking about Bangladesh and climate change. It is also the way the international media sees Bangladesh.  For example, a recent series of documentaries on climate change

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Experts Call for Early Disaster Warning System

Aug 12th, 2014 | By




Experts say Sindhupalchowk landslide should serve as a wake-up call to the government and it should introduce an early warning system with effective implementation of national disaster management plan.Despite allocating millions of rupees annually to disaster risk management, the situation in Sindhupalchowk reveals total lack of preparedness on part of the government, they claimed.Stating that

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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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Findings of Most Comprehensive Climate Change Report to be Launched Today

Aug 11th, 2014 | By




The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) will present the findings of the Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) to government, civil society, the scientific community, media and other stakeholders at an outreach event to be held today (Monday) at Islamabad. The event titled ‘IPCC ‘s AR5 – What it means for a stronger and more inclusive Pakistan’,

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Govt to Plant Trees Along the Riverbanks

Aug 10th, 2014 | By




The Himalayan Times: The government is gearing up to make the capital city cleaner and greener is planning to plant trees on the banks of the Bagmati River from the Teku-Sanepa bridge to Teku Dobhan. An 11-member committee formed to implement, coordinate and supervise the task has already started the work. The committee is led by Purusottam

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Beijing’s Coal Ban May Herald the End of the Fuel

Aug 8th, 2014 | By
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New Scientist: Could the world be approaching peak coal production? It sounds unlikely, given that demand for the black stuff has surged in the past decade. But Beijing is planning to ban coal burning in its six central districts from 2020. If energy-hungry China backs away from coal, the demise of the world’s dirtiest fuel may be

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Good Governance for Economic Growth and Development in Nepal Himalaya

Aug 7th, 2014 | By




The official bilateral visit after 17 years of gap by the Indian Prime minister Narendra Modi and, especially, his address to the Nepalese parliament has further brought into discussions, debates and discourses in Nepalese politics/societies from smaller teashops to the bigger institutions whether Nepal has to promptly realize the importance of economic growth and development

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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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Pakistan’s Coal-based Economy Could Suffer After Climate Deal

Aug 6th, 2014 | By
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Qamar uz Zaman Chaudhry, a special envoy of the World Meteorological Organisation and lead author of Pakistan’s National Climate Change Policy, called on the government to  halt plans for a wave of new coal power plants across the country. “As soon as the new carbon-emission regime is agreed upon, the world will put carbon tax on

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Beijing to Ban Use of Coal in Main Districts by 2020

Aug 5th, 2014 | By
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Beijing is to ban the sale and use of coal in several regions including its six main districts by 2020 cut greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and reduce air pollution, according to an announcement by local authorities on Monday. The Beijing Municipal Environmental Protection Bureau detailed how the districts of Dongcheng, Xicheng, Chaoyang, Haidian, Fengtai and Shijingshan

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Time for Pakistan to Wake up to Climate Change

Aug 5th, 2014 | By




The Express Tribune: We are witnessing that global warming is leading to more volatile weather patterns in the world, which is causing many different kinds of humanitarian crises. The fifth assessment report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the UN body that advises governments on climate change, indicates that if the world continues to burn fossil

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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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Voices from Nepal: Promoting Women’s Climate Leadership

Aug 4th, 2014 | By
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The magnitude of the problem of climate change and environmental degradation in a mountainous and developing country like Nepal is very alarming. Rapid population growth and its consequent effect on over-exploitation of the depleting resources, migration, soil erosion, poor infrastructure, and ecological degradation is taking place everywhere in Nepal. Low economic strength, inadequate infrastructure, low

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Indigenous Seed Savers Gather in the Andes, Agree to Fight Climate Change with Biodiversity

Aug 4th, 2014 | By
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On top of a rugged Andean mountain situated high in Peru’s Cusco region, on 30,000 acres of conserved land known as Parque de la Papa (Spanish for “Potato Park”), indigenous farmers met in late April to discuss conditions they feared were threatening their ancestral lands. They came from as far as Bhutan and China, and

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Central India Seeing Long-term Climate Change

Aug 3rd, 2014 | By
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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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Pakistan Ill Prepared for Climate Crises

Aug 3rd, 2014 | By
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Climate News Network: Scientists and opposition politicians in Pakistan have strongly criticised the government for what they say is its neglectful attitude towards coping with the challenges posed by climate change. “The government’s insufficient response to shifting weather patterns continues to cost the national economy dearly and is depriving people of their livelihoods, particularly in the

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

Jul 31st, 2014 | By
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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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New Seeds of Hope for Nepal’s Farmers

Jul 30th, 2014 | By
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Climate News Network: Farmers badly affected by changing weather patterns in South Asia now have the opportunity to improve food security by planting new varieties of rice capable of withstanding the impact of both severe droughts and floods. This is particularly good news for countries such as Nepal, where around 65% of its more than 26

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Rising Heat Hits Indian Wheat Crop

Jul 29th, 2014 | By
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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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When Not a Drop is Left

Jul 27th, 2014 | By




Climate change is the biggest threat the planet faces today, with the resources of the entire world getting affected. Water, the world’s largest natural resource, faces multiple threats as increasing temperatures lead to the melting of glaciers at a faster pace, causing mass-scale floods, devastating our plains and displacing millions of people. Climate change cannot

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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
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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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‘Pakistan Lags Behind in Efforts to Curb Climate Change’

Jul 24th, 2014 | By




Dawn: Experts believe that Pakistan’s efforts towards preventing climate change are insufficient, which can translate into grave challenges for the economy, development and even the national security of the country. Addressing a seminar organised by Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) on climate change and its various dimensions in a global political economy on Wednesday, the speakers

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Temperature of Pakistan

Jul 23rd, 2014 | By




Climate change is badly affecting the poor rural population and the environment. According to media reports, the world is getting warmer as green house gases reach historic highs and arctic seas ice melts, making 2013 one of the hottest years on record. Global temperatures during 2013 were among the warmest on record world-wide according to

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Training Modules Launched for Climate Compatible Construction in India

Jul 23rd, 2014 | By
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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
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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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Nepal to Generate Energy From its Holy River, Bagmati

Jul 22nd, 2014 | By




(Xinhua) — The Nepal government is gearing up towards generating hydropower energy from Bagmati River, one of its most reverent and religiously significant river, officials said on Sunday. The decision was made as part of the government’s plan to end power crisis within three years. Nepal’s Energy Ministry has already announced to utilize all of

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Pakistan Ranked Eighth Most Vulnerable Country in the World

Jul 22nd, 2014 | By




Speakers at a consultative seminar on ‘Climate Risks and its Impacts on Markets and Growth: The Case of Pakistan’ has called for an immediate induction of social protection to help the country sustain and transit towards more eco-friendly approaches as Pakistan is ranked as the eighth most vulnerable country in the world to climate change.

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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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China and US Boost Search for CCS Solution

Jul 18th, 2014 | By
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For years, the energy companies have been telling us not to worry. Yes, mounting carbon emissions threaten to heat up the world – but technology, particularly carbon capture and storage (CCS), will come to the rescue. The trouble is that there’s been plenty of talk about CCS and little action, with few projects being implemented

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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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Government, IFAD Join Hands

Jul 18th, 2014 | By




The government has joined hands with the International Fund for Agricultural Development ( IFAD ) for the implementation of $37.6-million “ Adaptation for Smallholders in Hilly Areas ” (ASHA) programme for a new six-year period (2015-2018). The project aims at reducing climate change risks and vulnerabilities, and raising the resilience of smallholder farmers, strengthen the framework for local-level climate

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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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Indigenous Mountain Farmers Unite on Climate Change

Jul 16th, 2014 | By
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SciDev.Net: Farmers from 25 indigenous mountain communities in ten countries have come together to share traditional knowledge that could help them to mitigate climate change and to lobby governments for greater recognition of their unique knowledge. The International Network of Mountain Indigenous Peoples was formed at a workshop in Bhutan last month (26 May-1 June). It includes communities from Bhutan, China, India,

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