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Tussle Over Phasing Out Ozone-depleting Gases

Jul 15th, 2014 | By
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If it is serious about phasing out ozone-depleting gases by 2030, India needs to evolve a clear stand against persisting with those that have global warming potential and evaluate environmentally-friendly technologies. This is easier said than done as both the Indian government and the industry are hesitant to make some hard choices. The tussle is

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China Could Reveal Carbon Cap by First Quarter of 2015

Jul 14th, 2014 | By
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Recent reports have suggested China, the world’s biggest carbon polluter, could shortly reveal when its emissions will peak. Addressing the media at the Petersberg Climate Dialogue in Berlin, an annual gathering of environment ministers, Xie Zhenhua said this could be announced as part of China’s proposed contribution to a proposed UN climate change agreement. “Study and research

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Pakistan’s Urban Air Pollution Off the Charts: World Bank

Jul 14th, 2014 | By
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Dawn: Released by the World Bank, the report calls upon the government to make urban air quality improvement a priority in the country’s policy agenda, noting that the issue has received little attention despite strong evidence indicating an urgent need to tackle pollution in major cities. Current industrialisation, urbanisation and motorisation trends suggest that the air

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

Jul 13th, 2014 | By




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

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

Jul 11th, 2014 | By
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The future of climate change is largely about China and India. Their populations are gigantic, their economies are growing fast, and their potential emissions growth could completely swamp anything else that happens in the world. The United States must act as well, but as I’ve argued before, it’s mainly in the service of obtaining an international

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

Jul 10th, 2014 | By




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

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India Races Through Environmental Approvals

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

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US and China Set for Latest Climate Change Discussions

Jul 8th, 2014 | By
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The US and China will discuss climate change during a high-level talks taking place this week in Beijing. How the US and China plan to reduce their carbon footprints could unusually prove one of the more harmonious topics during the sixth Strategic and Economic Dialogue, the most important annual discussion between the world’s two largest

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Only BD Taking Climate Change Seriously in S Asia: Study

Jul 8th, 2014 | By
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Even before this year’s delayed and inadequate monsoon recently brought some relief to the Indian subcontinent, researchers discovered widespread concern by local experts that their governments are mismanaging the water supplies on which a billion people depend for survival, and giving insufficient attention to climate change. A new report, Attitudes to Water in South Asia

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Workshop on Climate Resilient Communities in Sindh Coastal areas Held

Jul 7th, 2014 | By




Leading development professionals, policy makers and community representatives gathered in Thatta district of Sindh to attend the inception workshop on “Climate Resilient Communities in Coastal Lying Areas of Sindh project” organised by Aga Khan Planning and Building Service, Pakistan (AKPBS,P), an agency of the Aga Khan Development Network. The interventions planned as part of the

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Now, India to Give 10 Yearly Forecast Too

Jul 7th, 2014 | By
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With their weather predictions improving, a confident Union earth sciences ministry is now set to launch the ‘decadal forecasts’ which would enable government to plan well in advance in case of poor monsoon, drought or excess rainfall. Decadal forecasts in simple terms means climate predictions – mainly temperature and rainfall – for a decade ahead.

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India Expects 100 New Smart Cities

Jul 5th, 2014 | By
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As Indian citizens await the 2014 budget, the inclusion of the decision to build 100 new smart cities is one of the most hotly anticipated moves. Although the smart city model is relatively new in India, they are receiving increased support – both from within India and from other countries extending an arm of assistance. 

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Untimely Monsoon

Jul 4th, 2014 | By
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Republica: Monsoon rain patterns in South Asia including Nepal are fast changing. There are many examples of longer dry spells and shorter sudden heavy showers, replacing the three month continuous rain which has characterized Nepali monsoon. The rainfall pattern is inconsistent with higher intensities of rain and less number of rainy days creating long drought for

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France to Partner India on Climate Change

Jul 3rd, 2014 | By
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French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius yesterday called for greater cooperation between France and India to tackle climate change and offered a proposed credit line of ¤1bn to enable sustainable urban development. “In order to boost our cooperation, I am happy to announce that France has decided to propose a credit line of up to ¤1bn

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Chinese Coal Consumption to Peak in 2024 – Bloomberg

Jul 2nd, 2014 | By
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Coal power generation in China will peak in 2024 as the country shifts to renewables, analysts at Bloomberg New Energy Finance predict. As China considers an emissions cap and amid rising concern over smog in its large cities, the country’s plans to expand polluting coal power generation are under scrutiny. One Chinese energy expert told RTCC he hoped peak

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Pakistan and Climate Change

Jul 2nd, 2014 | By




Tribune: While our prime minister is intent on switching over to coal, one of the dirtiest fossil fuels in the world, by converting the country’s oil plants to coal power, in the US and China (both considered the top polluters in the world when it comes to carbon dioxide emissions) something interesting is happening. Last month, both the

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Climate Change: India Says Will Play Proactive Role

Jul 2nd, 2014 | By




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

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Nepal Wins Hearts and Minds With Biogas Boom

Jul 2nd, 2014 | By
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Climate News Network: Sunita Bote, a 30-year-old housewife from the small village of Kumroj in eastern Nepal, was far from convinced when energy specialists from the capital city, Kathmandu, talked about the benefits of constructing a small biogas plant near her house. “At first, I shuddered at the thought of connecting my cooking stove with a toilet’s

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Here Comes Climate-smart Paddy

Jul 1st, 2014 | By
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Republica: The negligible rainfall even one week after the officially announced arrival of the monsoon has not bothered the farmers of Sonpur VDC in Siraha district. They are busy planting the paddy in their parched land with no trace of anxiety — thanks to the new climate-smart paddy species that can resist adverse climate and yet

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Lessons From the Success Story of Great Himalayan National Park

Jul 1st, 2014 | By
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On 23 June, UNESCO decided to put the Great Himalayan National Park (GHNP) Conservation Area in Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh on the World Heritage List, acknowledging it as one of the world’s most important and significant natural habitats for conservation of biological diversity, containing threatened species of outstanding universal value. Set up in 1984,

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Steady Drop in Seasonal Rain in India: Stanford Study

Jun 30th, 2014 | By




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

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Climate Change and Vector-borne Diseases in Pakistan

Jun 30th, 2014 | By




The earth’s climate has always been changing. The impacts of climate change include biodiversity losses, rise in sea levels, shifts in weather patterns, changes in freshwater supply and an increase in extreme weather events such as floods and droughts as well as glacial melting and various health impacts. Major concerns are the threats to food,

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Government to Pump Nu 2.2 Bn in Irrigation

Jun 29th, 2014 | By
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Recognising that climate change is altering weather patterns, which in turn affect crop production in Bhutan, specifically paddy cultivation, the government will invest Nu 2.2B into irrigation in the next five years. Monsoon rains arriving later, and ending sooner than usual, is disrupting crop production and farm productivity, which, in Bhutan, mostly means rice. In

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India and China Farmers Back New Climate Adaptation Alliance

Jun 27th, 2014 | By
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A network of 25 indigenous communities from 10 countries has come together to share traditional knowledge on how to adapt to climate change. Countries in the network include China, Peru, Bhutan, Kyrgyzstan, India, Tajikistan and Papua New Guinea. Seed sharing between the groups will ensure that farmers grow crops that are resilient and diverse enough to withstand

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Heat Has Deadly Impact on Nepal’s Gulf Workers

Jun 27th, 2014 | By
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Sabin is a 22-year-old from a small town in eastern Nepal, in the foothills of the Himalayas. But he isn’t living there now. To support his family, he’s been working as a truck driver in Qatar for the last five years. “When I arrived in Qatar I could not believe the heat,” he says. “I

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‘There’s Food Shortage in Sindh But no Policy to Fix It’

Jun 27th, 2014 | By
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Tribune: More than 71% of Sindh’s population does not have enough food to eat even though nearly 14 million acres are being cultivated for crops. This food storage has caused Oxfam, Pakistan Fisher Folk (PFF) and others to put their heads together and do something. On Thursday, they launched a campaign, ‘Harvesting Food Security and Justice

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US, India Launch a New Clean Energy Initiative

Jun 26th, 2014 | By
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Press Trust of India: The US has launched a new large scale off-grid clean energy initiative with India to bring clean energy to the country and help it deploy “advanced space cooling technology”. The initiative is a part of Obama administration’s effort to engage major economies on climate change, the White House said today. Releasing a

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Keti Bunder

Jun 26th, 2014 | By




Climate change is affecting Pakistan. According to the Global Climate Risk Index (CRI) 2014 developed by the German Watch Institute, Pakistan is ranked number three after Haiti and the Philippines as one of those countries that are most affected by climate change. This goes to show that the ecologically vulnerable areas of Pakistan are badly

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

Jun 25th, 2014 | By




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

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Monsoon Brings Late Relief to Scorched India

Jun 24th, 2014 | By
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Climate News Network: At last, the rains have come. The summer monsoon arrived in West Bengal last week – almost two weeks later than usual − and brought relief to Kolkata and other cities and states across India that have been enduring an unusually hot summer. A temperature of 41.5˚C was recorded in Kolkata in late May –

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It’s Buses Versus Trees in Islamabad as ‘Green’ Priorities Collide

Jun 24th, 2014 | By
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(Thomson Reuters Foundation) —  For over two decades, Hussain Ali’s house sat in the shade of a strip of greenbelt, one of many that were planted along Islamabad’s avenues to help reduce pollution levels and bring some natural beauty to the sprawling city. Now, however, the street in front of Ali’s house is bare. The

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Japan to Help Improve Bhutan’s ‘Happiness’ Index

Jun 24th, 2014 | By
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The tiny Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan is known throughout the world for its unusual approach to development, which includes measuring progress through the Gross National Happiness index. But beyond the “happiness,” the country is still mired in extreme poverty and chronic unemployment. About a quarter of the population lives below the poverty line and around

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Bangladesh Uncovers the Crippling Cost of Climate Change Adaptation

Jun 23rd, 2014 | By
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UNEP News Center: With a population of 140 million, Bangladesh is one of the world’s most populated countries. It is also one of the most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. Cyclones, floods and droughts have long been part of the country’s history but they have intensified in recent years. As a result of the

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

Jun 23rd, 2014 | By
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The worsening quality of air around the world is set to become the leading cause illness and death of over half of the world’s population by end of the century, a study published in Nature Climate Change said. Smog caused by climate change that give off stagnant “dead” air will lead to the illnesses and deaths of

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Disaster-Struck Indian Himalaya Region Braces for Monsoon Season

Jun 20th, 2014 | By
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In June last year, monsoon floodwaters in the Indian Himalayan region swept entire houses off their foundations, washing them downstream. NGOs said a lack of disaster preparedness caused more damage than the disaster itself. Now, one year later, NGOs are hurrying to prepare communities for what may come as the new monsoon season approaches. The

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Japan to Offer Green Tech to India to Cut Carbon Emissions

Jun 19th, 2014 | By
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Japan is set to offer its cutting-edge green technologies to India to combat climate change and help reduce emissions which would earn Japanese firms carbon credits, a report has said. Japan plans to sign an agreement on green technologies with India at next month’s summit meeting in Tokyo between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and

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Why There’s a Need to Step up the Worry in Pakistan

Jun 19th, 2014 | By
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Stepping outside the hotel on my first day in Mexico for the recent World Summit of Legislators in Mexico City, I noticed rows of rental bicycles parked in a designated area. Lots of bikers could be seen along the Paseo de la Reforma, casually picking up bicycles to borrow and then park at another public cycle stand

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Flaws in Climate Change Policy

Jun 18th, 2014 | By




Pakistan is considered one of the most vulnerable countries to climate change. Global Climate Risk Index 2014 indicated that Pakistan is included in the list of top 3 countries which were affected most in 2012 due to climate change. In order to manage the issue of climate change, government of Pakistan formulated National Climate Change the Policy (NCCP) in 2012

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Don’t Blame Us for Carbon Emissions: India

Jun 18th, 2014 | By




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

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Bangladesh to Slash Its Own Climate Adaptation Fund

Jun 18th, 2014 | By
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(Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Bangladesh plans to cut spending from its own budget on climate change adaptation and rely more in the future on funds from donors, government officials said. The low-lying South Asian nation, considered one of the countries most at risk from climate impacts such as sea level rise, worsening erosion and erratic

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Flooding in Nepal: Will the Economy Survive the Deluge?

Jun 17th, 2014 | By
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The Guardian: In Banke district along the West Rapti river basin in Nepal, farmers have noticed that floods are coming more often, and with greater intensity. Flooding has always been part of the annual cycle of life, but the past 40 years have seen 12 abnormally large floods that have eroded land and wiped out crops and buildings.

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Central Water Commission to Help States Monitor Himalayan Water Bodies

Jun 17th, 2014 | By




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

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China CO2 Emissions Growth Slows Sharply

Jun 16th, 2014 | By
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China’s carbon dioxide emissions last year grew at their slowest rate for more than a decade, after removing the effect of the financial crisis in 2008, showed energy data published by the energy company BP. The data suggested that a crackdown on air pollution was starting to have an effect. China’s carbon emissions grew by

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

Jun 15th, 2014 | By




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

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Delhi Threatened by Ozone Pollution

Jun 12th, 2014 | By
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After experiencing the soaring temperature this summer, bad news follows Delhites once again. According to a recent study conducted by the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), the ground-level ozone, a highly reactive and harmful gas, has far been exceeded the permissible limit. The report, released on Monday, said that the ozone layer has increased

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Chinese Hints, U.S. Emission Cuts Fall Far Short of Climate Cure

Jun 12th, 2014 | By
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(Reuters) – China’s hints that it will cap its soaring greenhouse gas emissions and a U.S. plan to cut emissions in the power sector, while representing a shift, do not add up to a strong cure for global warming by the world’s top two emitters. Other nations have hailed Washington and Beijing for a newfound

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Climate Change Could Lead to China-India Water Conflict

Jun 11th, 2014 | By
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They say droughts or extreme rains linked to climate change could place growing populations in China, India and Pakistan under increased stress. Based on latest research by the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the study has been published by the Global Military Advisory Council on Climate Change and Cambridge University. “There are concerns that tensions will increase

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India to Work With Global Community to Tackle Climate Change

Jun 10th, 2014 | By
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Press Trust of India: India will work with global community to meet the challenges of climate change, Government today said and spelt out local action plans to tackle the warming. The steps included conservation of Himalayan ecology,regeneration of forest and promotion of cleaner fuels to bring down carbon emission. “Conservation of Himalyan ecology will be a priority area

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Varsities Join in to Promote Rational Use and Conservation of Water

Jun 10th, 2014 | By




Global research indicates that Pakistan has become a hotspot for climate change and there is an imperative need for serious measures to address this threat. This warning was issued by experts at the launch of a think tank and the ‘Universities’ Network on Water’ focused on the rational use of water on Saturday. The event,

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Chinese Official Plays Down Emission Cut Expectations

Jun 9th, 2014 | By
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The Guardian: Any near-term regulation of China’s greenhouse gas emissions would likely allow for future emissions growth, a senior government official said on Monday, discounting any suggestion of imminent carbon cuts by the biggest-emitting nation. Sun CuihuaSun Cuihua, deputy director of the climate change office at the National Development and Reform Commission, said it would be

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Once Upon a Time in Hajamro Creek

Jun 9th, 2014 | By




There was a time when people living in Hajamro Creek used to rely on farming and other marginal enterprises including poultry farming, betel leaf, bananas, and coconuts orchards and grow melons in the area. They used to earn good money by exporting bananas and red rice to other countries. It was a port city in

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Bangladeshi Farmers Caught in Row Over $600,000 GM Aubergine Trial

Jun 8th, 2014 | By
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The Guardian: Farmers growing a landmark genetically modified food crop in Bangladesh – Bt brinjal, or aubergine – have found themselves at the centre of a power struggle between the government and activists trying to prevent the technology getting a hold in the region. The growers say they have been subjected to intimidation and misinformation about the safety of

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Concern Voiced Over Depletion of Mangrove Forests

Jun 8th, 2014 | By




World Environment Day is the opportunity for everyone to realise not only the responsibility to care for the earth and to become agents of change but also to raise a call for solidarity with the global earth climate change and sea level. Professor Dr Tariq Masood Ali Khan, Director Institute of Environmental Studies, University of

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Weeklong Clean-up Campaign

Jun 6th, 2014 | By




World Environment Day was observed in Nepal by launching a weeklong cleanliness campaign across the country with the theme ‘Raise your Voice, not the Sea Level’. The Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment, the focal ministry for the International Convention on Climate Change, organised the main official event at the Nepal Academy in the capital.

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Changing Crops With Changing Climate: Can Pakistan Learn From Nepal?

Jun 6th, 2014 | By
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Dawn: With no irrigation canal near her village, she says, she would just sit back after the sowing and wait for the rains. In a good year she earned as much as 15,000 Nepali rupees (PKR 15,834). That year, Draupadi turned her paddy into a banana plantation. “Climate induced her to change,” says Atiq Rahman, executive

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Large Emission of Carbon in Kullu Worries Environmentalists

Jun 6th, 2014 | By




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

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China Set to Launch Chongqing Emissions Trading Scheme

Jun 5th, 2014 | By
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This will be the seventh and final pilot ETS set up by the government in the last year, with a national market scheduled for 2018. The south western city of Chongqing is responsible for 1.76% China’s emissions, and hosts heavy polluting industries including aluminium, cement and steel factories. Around 240 firms with annual emissions beyond 20,000

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A Consensus for Action

Jun 5th, 2014 | By
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Over the years, on World Environment Day, we have regularly used this space to share our positions on environment issues that we considered key for that particular year. And throughout the year, we went on to pursue those ideas at a policy level and to bring them to public discourse from our respective capacities as

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Coping With Climate Change

Jun 4th, 2014 | By
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Communities in India, as across the world, need to adapt to climate change. A recent World Bank report suggests that the nation is set to experience more extreme, unpredictable weather. For families already stretched to their limits, monsoons, floods and drought add to the immense strain of survival. Extreme weather also increases competition for natural

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City at Risk

Jun 4th, 2014 | By
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Republica: Kathmandu is a natural disaster-prone city. Nepal itself is ranked fourth at risk country for climate change. Due to these potential risks, Nepal has no other option than adopt measures of Disaster Risk Management (DRM) and Climate Change Adaptation. Among many problems in Kathmandu, the noteworthy are bad structures, limited and narrow road access, stop

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