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Pakistan Needs A New Crop Forecasting System

May 18th, 2012 | By




SciDevNet: Pakistan’s outdated crop yield forecasting system needs a revamp, says Ibrar ul Hassan Akhtar. Like most developing countries, Pakistan is staring at the spectre of food insecurity, with its food production out of sync with population growth. The food availability scenario is further complicated by changing weather patterns with recurring severe droughts and floods

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Reviving the Valley

May 17th, 2012 | By




Chinadialogue: Tourism offers an opportunity to rebuild the local economy of Pakistan’s Swat Valley, ravaged by conflicts and floods. But can it also restore its rivers and forests? Rina Saeed Khan reports. For years, Pakistan’s former princely state of Swat, famous for its fruit orchards, snow-clad mountains, Buddhist stupas and trout-filled rivers, was a popular

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Climate Change – The Global Issue With Its Local Impact-Pakistan

May 11th, 2012 | By




The Tribune: A collective scientific approach is required for mitigating the impact of climate change which is one of the most serious social, economic and environmental challenges facing humanity. This was discussed at an international conference on “Climate Change: Opportunities and Challenges” held at the National University of Science and Technology here on Wednesday. The

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Local Communities Can Help Improve Disaster Management

May 8th, 2012 | By
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The News Pakistan: A Bangladeshi disaster management expert, Khurshid Alam, on Friday emphasised the need for training the local community in playing an effective role in recovering from natural calamities and minimising the adverse effects of an emergency. Local knowledge should be incorporated in designing a disaster management plan. It is very important to learn

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Mountain Perspective: Monism Of Ideas And Actions To Alternatives

May 7th, 2012 | By
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Dr. Sudhirendar Sharma: I’m indeed grateful to all the members who made written submissions to the discussions on ‘rewriting mountain perspective‘. At bilateral level, many others have contributed their unwritten thoughts and reflections. While many have gone public with their inputs, others have restricted themselves to drawing-room conversations such that they remain ‘unidentified’ in the

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South Asia Has Catching Up To Do On Climate Change Research

May 7th, 2012 | By




One World South Asia: At an outreach event in New Delhi, India, climate experts said that South Asian countries will have to work hard on climate change related issues not just because the region is vulnerable but also because there is not much research and data collection. By: Rahul Kumar/OneWorld South Asia New Delhi: Even though

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Pakistan: Study About Climate Change Impacts On Forests Completed

May 2nd, 2012 | By




Dawn (PESHAWAR): To offset the effects of climatic change and global warming in the country, the Pakistan Forests Institute (PFI), Peshawar has completed a comprehensive study to determine the climatic change scenarios in Pakistan’s various ecological zones and its impact on forests resources. “It is the first professional attempt to address the emerging issues of

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Can This Ice Melt?

May 2nd, 2012 | By




Kashmir Life: After Sichaen Glacier devoured more than 130 men in a single avalanche early this month, Islamabad is again seeking a way out from the inhuman, refrigerated battleground it is sharing with India for the last 28 years. In the apparent spring of relations, if the two countries warm up to undo their glaciated

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Glacial Outburst- GLOF Poses Threat To Chitral

Apr 28th, 2012 | By




Dawn Pakistan: Speakers at a workshop here on Thursday said that glacier lake outburst floods (GLOF) were posing threat to Hindukush-Himalya region that could play havoc with human settlements. They stressed the need for taking steps to reduce the risk. The workshop titled ‘Reducing risks and vulnerabilities from glacier outburst floods in northern Pakistan’ was

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Environmentalists Call For Military Free Himalayan Glaciers

Apr 27th, 2012 | By




Eurasia Review: Environmentalists and scientists have urged India and Pakistan to free the world’s highest battleground‎ of Himalayan Siachen glaciers from military forces to avoid devastating ecological disasters. “From human and environmental perspective, it is an expensive and tragic standoff on Siachen between two countries where either is too proud to back off unilaterally as

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Climate Change: Long-Term Policy, Political Commitment Needed

Apr 25th, 2012 | By




Express Tribune: Struck by worst natural disasters in recent years, Pakistan needs resources, long-term policy and political commitment to cope with climate change. This was said by Strengthening Participatory Organisation (SPO) Chief Executive Naseer Memon during a workshop on climate change on Monday. A group of journalists attended the session, which was organised by a

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Siachen Melt: Pak, India Experts Spar

Apr 24th, 2012 | By




Deccan Chronical: Indian and Pakistani glaciologists have crossed swords over whether the Siachen glacier is melting or not. Leading Indian glaciologist Dr Vijay Kumar Raina, formerly of the Geological Survey of India and author of a report on glaciers prepared for the ministry of environment and forests (MoEF) in 2010 has stated categorically that the

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Brain Storming Climate Change Adaptation Measures

Apr 24th, 2012 | By




Environmental and Civil News: Climate change impacts are likely to affect societies in complex and broad-ranging ways as technological, economic, social and ecological changes take place across regions, groups and sectors. Climate Change impacts have cascading effects on social and health concerns.  Adaptation, Mitigation and Sustainable development are often developed separately at the local as

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Melting Of Siachen Glacier-Don’t Blame Global Warming

Apr 23rd, 2012 | By




The News: Siachen is the only Glacier of Karakorum range melting with unprecedented rate, the cause of which is the military presence in the area and not global warming. The high-resolution images of the Siachen glacier show deep cracks every 10 feet (crevasses), both in longitudinal and transverse directions. The retreat of the glacier is

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Pakistan’s First Climate Change Adaptation Plan To Tackle “Mountain Tsunamis”

Apr 19th, 2012 | By




RTCC: Pakistan has launched its first climate change adaptation project aimed at tackling the threats communities face from bursting glacier lakes in the country’s northern mountains. With Northern Pakistan being home to 5,218 glaciers and 2420 glacial lakes – 52 of which have been classified as potentially dangerous – the two year pilot project is

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Water Wars: Why India And Pakistan Are Squaring Off Over Their Rivers

Apr 18th, 2012 | By




Time: India’s Wular Lake, a popular picnic and tourist spot nestled in the Kashmir Valley, is an unlikely site for conflict. But India’s plan to build a structure on the Jhelum River at the mouth of the lake that will allow it to release water during the river’s lean winter months has outraged neighboring Pakistan,

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Experts Warn Of More Attabad Lake, Gayari-Like Disasters

Apr 18th, 2012 | By




Daily Times: Say 52 glaciers in mountainous regions have dangerous tendencies ISLAMABAD: Speaking at a seminar, environment experts highlighted that 52 glaciers in mountainous regions of Pakistan have dangerous tendencies and warned of more disasters like Attabad Lake and recent avalanche in Gayari area of Siachen. They were expressing their views at the media launch

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Climate Conversations – How Can Pakistan Ensure Water Security?

Apr 13th, 2012 | By




Alertnet: Water is key to food security. Meeting mounting food needs of a burgeoning population increasingly depends on efficient use of the water. That is possible if people are educated about its prudent use. According to the a UN Water, “Food security exists when all people, at all times, have physical, social and economic access

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Pakistan for adaptation, mitigation projects

Mar 28th, 2012 | By




Pakistan Observer, Islamabad—Chairman Intellectual Property Organization Pakistan, Hameedullah Jan Afridi, has emphasised on initiating adaptation and mitigation projects in Pakistan to combat the climate change reactions. Afridi MNA participated in International Meeting of Parliamentarians on Climate Change held in Dhaka, Bangladesh. He had detailed bilateral talks with the parliamentarians of most vulnerable countries and discussed

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Pakistan Fails to Store Water in Past 45 years: Experts

Mar 26th, 2012 | By




The Nation, ISLAMABAD  – On the concluding session of a three-day workshop on the occasion of World Water Day, experts said that Pakistan has done nothing to store water in past 45 years. The workshop titled Framing Responses: Journalists’ Workshop on Climate Change Impacts and Challenges was organised by Leadership for Environment and Development (LEAD)

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Parched Pakistan

Mar 24th, 2012 | By




The News, Islamabad: While the United Nations announced this March 6 that the international target to halve the number of people without access to safe drinking water has been met five years before the 2015 deadline, in Pakistan water worries are rapidly growing. While the UN estimates that more than one in six people worldwide

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Climate Change To Cost Pakistan Up To $14 Billion Annually

Mar 23rd, 2012 | By




Daily Times, ISLAMABAD: Climate change could cost the economy of Pakistan up to $14 billion each year for natural disasters and other losses, which is almost 5 percent of the country’s gross domestic product, this was stated by Former Federal State Minister for Environment Malik Amin Aslam. He was addressing a seminar titled ‘Outcomes of

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Pakistan Cabinet Approves Natural Disaster Management Policy

Mar 16th, 2012 | By




Federal cabinet has approved national policy on natural disaster management. Under the policy, effective measures will be taken and arrangements made to cope with natural calamities. Session of the cabinet was held in the PM Secretariat, Islamabad. Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani chaired the meeting. The cabinet approved the national disaster management policy which

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Girls’ Life In The Changing Climate: Stories From The North Of Pakistan

Mar 14th, 2012 | By




As the world celebrated International Women’s Day, my thinking goes back to the time of my childhood I spent in my remote village — a beautiful green and mountainous land in the north of Pakistan. I remember women and little children getting up before sunrise and help their families in fields during the sowing and

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Brick Kiln Emissions Affect Crop Yields, Study Finds

Mar 7th, 2012 | By




Hydrogen fluoride emissions from brick kilns have been found to damage trees and crops in new studies conducted by an international team of scientists in the Peshawar area of northern Pakistan. Peshawar has 450 brick kilns and hydrogen fluoride is also released by factories making aluminium, ceramics, and phosphate fertilisers. Reporting their findings in the

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Pakistan – India Track II, (Climate) Change for Peace

Mar 6th, 2012 | By




As a follow-up of the Pakistan – India Dialogue; Climate Change and Sustainable Development in October 2010, the Pakistan – India Track II, (Climate) Change for Peace offered another opportunity to enhance the dialogue between the two neighboring countries. The participants resolved that India and Pakistan share the same eco-system and therefore the impacts of

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Where’s The Water?

Feb 20th, 2012 | By




It is a commonly held view that future wars in the world will be fought over that most basic of necessities, which is fast becoming scarce: Water. Only 2.75 percent of the world’s water is fresh – and soon to be the most sought after (and fought after) commodity in the world. The last century

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Climate Change: A Reality For Pakistan

Feb 17th, 2012 | By




The climate change is no more a myth as scientific evidences as well as occurrence of frequent floods, cyclones and droughts around the world have proved beyond doubt that it is real. The fluctuations that occur from year to year, and the statistics of extreme conditions such as severe storms or unusually hot seasons, are

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Climate Change: A Gift Of Progress

Feb 13th, 2012 | By




Global warming and climate change are the biggest threats the world has ever faced and they need to be tackled on emergency basis by forming and implementing policies to counter the adverse effects of our everyday activities on the climate. This was observed at a seminar on “Climate Change-Consequences and Mitigation Measure” organised by the

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Pakistan: Climate Change Study Center

Feb 9th, 2012 | By




Climate Change Study Center in Islamabad: Pakistan is situated in one of the most vulnerable regions to the impacts of climate change. Better governance system with sufficient policy interventions coupled with support from the international community can help minimize the adverse impacts of climate change. In Pakistan the policy responses to climate change in some

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Pakistan’s Prime Minister Addresses Climate Risk

Jan 30th, 2012 | By




Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani Thursday called for a global approach to respond to climate risks in view of vulnerability and inability of developing nation to cope with the challenge. Participating in an interactive Session on “Adapting to Climate Risk” that focused on how the communities, companies and countries were adapting to the risks posed

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India Has the Most Toxic Air: Study

Jan 30th, 2012 | By




It is official: India has the world’s most toxic air. In a study by Yale and Columbia Universities, India holds the very last rank among 132 nations in terms of air quality with regard to its effect on human health. India scored a miniscule 3.73 out of a possible 100 points in the analysis, lagging

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Dealing With Pakistan’s Fears on Water

Jan 30th, 2012 | By




The best reassurance that Pakistan can have is full Indian compliance with the provisions of the Indus Waters Treaty. This article is not about the complex political or strategic reasons that the water establishment in the government and/or the army in Pakistan may have for projecting water as a new core issue between that country

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Pakistan Wants to Work With India on Climate Change: Yousuf Raza Gilani

Jan 27th, 2012 | By




DAVOS: Pointing out that Pakistan has “excellent” relationship with India, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani on Thursday said cooperation between the two to tackle climate change was “doable”. He said Islamabad wants to work with New Delhi on this front. “Yes, certainly there can be cooperation. We have excellent relationship with India and we want

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Life after Death: Looking at Adaptation in Mountains After 2005 Earthquake

Jan 24th, 2012 | By
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Noreen Haider: It has been more than six years when the Northern areas of Pakistan were hit by one of the most devastating earthquake in the history of the region. The earthquake measured 7.6 on the Richter scale and within the very few first seconds created an unimaginable devastation in an area of more than

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Are We Integrating Climate Adaptation Practices in Disaster Risk Reduction

Jan 24th, 2012 | By




CDKN: Disasters and Climate Change Disasters can be sudden, such as earthquakes or floods, or may build up gradually, such as a drought.  An important consequence of climate change will be the increase in the frequency and magnitude of extreme events such as floods, droughts, windstorms and heat waves. Whether hazards become disasters depends on

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The Rising Cost of Climate Change

Jan 20th, 2012 | By




DAWN: In Pakistan, 3.57 billion dollars need to be spent in the coming 18 years to deal with the affects of climate change Pakistan, Guatemala and Russia have been the countries worst hit by climate change in the recent past, with thousands of lives lost to extreme weather events. In addition to being the worst-affected,

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Pakistan Losing $1 Billion Per Day Due to Environmental Degradation

Jan 19th, 2012 | By




Business Recorder: Pakistan is losing cumulatively $1 billion per day due to the environmental degradation while the successive governments have never given serious attention to the issue. This was the crux of the seminar on “Strategic Environmental Assessment – in the context of Framework for Economic Growth – Taking the bull by the horns” organised

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Policy Draft to Mitigate Climate Effects

Jan 17th, 2012 | By




Dawn: PAKISTAN’S climate change policy whose draft took more than a year to be readied is now under print and may be presented to the federal cabinet for approval in a few weeks. The draft will unveil an action plan to mitigate adverse effects of extreme weather events as witnessed in 2010 and again in

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Indian, Pak Experts Call on Govts to Declare Himalayan Glaciers “Protected Areas”

Jan 13th, 2012 | By




Pakistani and Indian experts have urged their respective governments to declare all Himalayan glaciers as “protected areas”, and demanded immediate demilitarisation of Siachen to preserve the world’s second longest glacier.  “Glaciers are important and a major source of the Indus Rivers System. To preserve these glaciers; there is an immediate need to declare all Himalayan

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2011 Impact of Climate Change Massive

Jan 12th, 2012 | By




Throughout 2011 we have seen  some of the extreme weather effects of climate change stinging. Global warming means killer storms more worse than Katrina and Gustav, unexpected flooding in Asia, drought in Eastern Europe, unseasonal heavy rains in western Africa. These events  have also reduced crop yields, further hampering the chances of relief. 2012 will

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Cooperation Needed to Ensure Fair Use of Himalayan Waters

Jan 7th, 2012 | By




The Nation: Climate change is one thing and the lack of cooperation between affected countries quite another. Pakistan points the finger of blame at India, while others in the region are also suffering on account of no clear-cut policy on how Himalayan waters are to be shared and conserved. Accords and treaties may have been

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Pakistan to Challenge UN Decision in World Court

Jan 3rd, 2012 | By




DAWN: Pakistan has decided to challenge in the international court of arbitration a decision of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to grant carbon credits to India on a controversial hydropower project without mandatory clearance of its trans-boundary environmental impact assessment. Simultaneously, the water and power ministry has sought the opinion from the

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Shared Waters And Glacial Melt

Jan 2nd, 2012 | By




Dawn: This month’s prospective meeting of the Abu Dhabi Dialogue Group comprising seven states sharing the rivers rising in the Greater Himalayas would be a watershed event as the group is expected to adopt a joint initiative to minimise the impact of glacial melt. The group comprises Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India and Nepal.

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Development At The Cost of Environment Regretted

Dec 30th, 2011 | By




Dawn: Development projects in the country are often executed without considering their human and environmental impact and sustainable development can only be achieved by putting people and environment at the heart of development process. This was stated by experts and social scientists belonging to Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI), here Wednesday in a meeting with

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Meeting Planned on Himalayan Rivers

Dec 29th, 2011 | By




The Dawn: The Abu Dhabi Dialogue Group comprising seven states sharing the rivers rising in the Greater Himalayas is expected to meet early next month to adopt a joint initiative to minimise the impact of melting of glaciers. The group comprising Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India and Nepal was set up in 2006 in

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Pakistan Weather Portal to go Green-Climate Day 28 Dec!

Dec 27th, 2011 | By




Since Pakistan Weather Portal (PWP)’s creation on March 6, 2011, our aim is to help and create awareness among the Pakistani public and we have been successful in doing so. PWP has created an independent weather community in Pakistan that was never seen before in the country. Our next aim is ‘climate change’, a controversy

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Wake Up And Take Over! Before Global Warming Does

Dec 24th, 2011 | By




Pakistan Today: The need of the hour is to ensure policy planning and proper implementation to mitigate the adverse effects of climate change while pursuing an ambitious agenda to tackle climate change impacts on the country. This was observed at a day-long Climate Change Conference held on Thursday at the Makli Gymkhana in the coastal

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Pakistan Faces Flood Threat: Study

Dec 22nd, 2011 | By




Pakistan has been warned of frequent floods of disastrous nature like the ones that battered the country in 2010 and 2011 in the Indus river owing to rapid glacier retreat and shifting of monsoonal zones by about 100 kilometres towards northwest regions. In a recent communication it sent to the government, the Asian Development Bank

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Why Invest In Sustainable Mountain Development

Dec 20th, 2011 | By
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Book: Because of the importance of mountains and the many services they provide, sustainable mountain development does not only regard mountain communities, but is a global concern.. Climate change, increasing natural disasters, food and energy crises, population growth, water scarcity and desertification, loss of biodiversity, degradation of ecosystems, migration, and growth of cities – the

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Climate Change And Green Governance-Book Review

Dec 17th, 2011 | By
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The Friday Times: As Pakistan and its citizens reel under the impact of two devastating floods within two consecutive years, the realization that climate change is upon us has begun to sink in – what with over 20 million people displaced from the northern tip of the country to the southernmost in 2010, and another

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A New Climate Change Road-Map

Dec 17th, 2011 | By




Daily Times: Millions of people are affected in the Himalayan Indian-Tibetan border country because of reduced rainfall and crops. Combining surface and satellite data, and high resolution computer climate models, it is clear that these trends will become progressively more serious The main aim of the UN Climate Summit at Durban, which concluded unsuccessfully, was

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Half Century Of History Melts With Glacier’s Passing

Dec 14th, 2011 | By




CBS News: A half-century record of history has melted away from the Naimona’nyi glacier in southwestern Tibet, highlighting the changes coming to glaciers across the Himalayas. Ice cores from glaciers capture a detailed history of the atmosphere and climate from the time when the snow and ice fell. They record dust, ash and even minute

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Glaciers and Glacial Lakes under Changing Climate in Pakistan

Dec 14th, 2011 | By
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Pakistan Journal of Meteorology: The Himalayas, Karakoram and Hindukush lofty mountain ranges meet each other in Pakistan hosting more than 5000 glaciers in Pakistani geographical limits which feed snow/ice melt water to the Indus River System together with summer monsoon. Due to global warming, frozen water resources have been losing their reserves at an unprecedented

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Climate Change A Reality: Durban Takes On Equity And Glaciers In Himalaya

Dec 9th, 2011 | By
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K N Vajpai: This UN conference on climate change (COP) remained a place where the people from around the world discuss, debate and come to a conclusion on various confronting issues our communities  face around the world on climate change. In this note I am  trying to discuss three important aspects of this conference on

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Equitable Development: A Challenge For The World At Durban

Dec 7th, 2011 | By
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Durban Post by Dr.C. S. Silori*: This note is on the major happening during COP 17 at Durban in South Africa during UN Climate Change Conference on December 4-5, and how the ‘equity’ issues has emerged as major challenge for the world leaders in context to future development and climate change.  December 4, Sunday, was

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UN Climate Conference: In Durban, Pakistan Wins ‘Robin Hood’ Award

Dec 5th, 2011 | By




Tribune Pak: Pakistan won the ‘Robin Hood’ award at the UN climate talks for proposing financial transaction tax (FTT) as an innovative source of financing the Green Climate Fund (GCF), on Saturday. The award was given to Pakistan by the youth constituency of the UNFCCC, known as YOUNGO. “The Green Climate Fund is very important

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Ecosystem Based Adaptation In Mountains: A Futuristic Approach From Durban

Dec 3rd, 2011 | By
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Durban Post by Dr. C. S. Silori direct from United Nations Climate Change Conference at Durban 2011. “We don’t’ understand the message God has sent us…..”, this is how the mountain communities of Peru react to the recent signs of climate change they observe in their day to day life. There is enough to indicate

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Efforts To Preserve Nature: Soham Baba Takes Himalaya

Dec 1st, 2011 | By
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Soham Baba, leader of the Soham Baba Mission Foundation, says more efforts are needed to preserve nature than to destroy it. Speaking at the Inkosi Luthuli International Convention Centre, he stressed that climate change effects have drastically changed the livelihoods of the Himalayas. He vows to continue fighting on behalf of the indigenous people, saying

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Why Small Hydropower Beats Big Dams

Dec 1st, 2011 | By
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Good Environment: This graph from the  Energy Information Administration communicates the reality of renewable energy in America better than any other single source. Renewable energy covers only a small slice, 8 percent, of the country’s needs. And despite the focus on biofuels and solar power, the chart shows that more than a third of that slice

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