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More Nations Commit to Fight Climate Change by Restoring Forests

Oct 6th, 2014 | By

World leaders announced new pledges to restore over 30 million hectares of degraded forest lands today at the UN Climate Summit in New York. The commitments come from Ethiopia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Guatemala, and Uganda, among others, and more than doubled the number of hectares contributing to achieving the Bonn Challenge—a global goal

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Washington Consensus on HFCs

Oct 6th, 2014 | By
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Here are two remarkably similar excerpts from two statements signed between President Barack Obama with two successive Indian Prime Ministers in Washington within a space of just a year. The first is from a statement signed on 27 September 2013 with Manmohan Singh and reads thus: “The two leaders agreed to immediately convene the India-US

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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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India, US Ramp up Efforts for Tackling Climate Change

Oct 2nd, 2014 | By

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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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: Experts Call for Proactive Approach to Manage Disasters

Sep 26th, 2014 | By

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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More Nations Commit to Fight Climate Change by Restoring Forests

Sep 25th, 2014 | By

UNEP News Center: World leaders announced new pledges to restore over 30 million hectares of degraded forest lands today at the UN Climate Summit in New York. The commitments come from Ethiopia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Guatemala, and Uganda, among others, and more than doubled the number of hectares contributing to achieving the Bonn Challenge

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

Sep 24th, 2014 | By

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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Panama Breaking New Ground on Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation

Sep 21st, 2014 | By

UNEP News Center: Environmental sustainability is gaining traction on Panama’s political agenda. The announcement of the upgrade of the National Environmental Authority (ANAM) to ministerial status is being followed by a public debate on how to better integrate environmental considerations into public policies. With presence in Panama since 2007, UNEP, as the leading global environmental authority,

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Pakistan’s Economy Battered by Floods and Political Unrest

Sep 18th, 2014 | By

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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‘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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‘Put Disaster Risk Management in Place’

Sep 11th, 2014 | By

The Himalayan Times: Climate experts from six different countries, including Nepal, have called for integration of climate and disaster risks management into national development policies and programmes. The calls has come against the backdrop of increasing instances of climate-induced disasters in Nepal.The experts, during deliberations on ‘Climate Risk Management Experts Working Group Meeting’ September 8-9, urged

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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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Experts Call For Out-of-box Climate Solutions

Sep 8th, 2014 | By

Times News Network: India is a country that’s most vulnerable to climate change due to its unique geographical position and burgeoning population, warned former Union environment minister Jairam Ramesh. Speaking at a seminar on ‘Global Warming—Its Cause & Effect on Economy’ here Saturday evening, Ramesh said development and high GDP growth can go hand in

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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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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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Indian Negotiators in the Dark as Informal Climate Summit Approaches

Sep 3rd, 2014 | By

The absence of India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi and China’s President Xi Jinping from the informal climate summit convened by the UN Secretary General on September 23 is likely to cast its shadow on formal climate negotiations as well. Moreover, Indian bureaucrats conducting those negotiations have still not been told by the country’s new government the

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China Could Launch National Carbon Market in 2016

Sep 1st, 2014 | By

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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Countries Need an Incentive to Bid Ambitious Climate Plans

Aug 31st, 2014 | By

Instead negotiators are focusing on a “bottom-up” approach based on nationally determined contributions  (NDCs). That means each country decides what it is willing to do as part of the global effort to fight climate change. The toughest problem is how to bridge the gap, expected to be massive, between the contributions that each country is willing to

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What Would a Fair UN Climate Change Deal Look Like?

Aug 24th, 2014 | By

The problem comes when you ask negotiators or civil society representatives what that actually means. What, using UN parlance, does an equitable solution to prevent dangerous levels of global warming look like on a country-by-country level? Policy wonks will talk of historical responsibility, climate justice, the right to development, political will and economic capacity. This

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UN Expects Upcoming Samoa Small Island Conference to Generate Vital Partnerships

Aug 22nd, 2014 | By

UNEP News Center: The United Nations expects over 300 initiatives to be announced two weeks from now at a major world conference aimed at fostering partnerships with small island developing States, a top UN organizing official today said. Speaking to reporters in New York before he leaves for the Samoan capital, Apia, the Conference’s Secretary-General,

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Doing More on Climate

Aug 15th, 2014 | By

Climate change talks are poised at a critical stage before the Conference of Parties meets in Paris in 2015 to finalise a new treaty, and India’s alliances with developing countries assume significance at this point. Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar has been stressing on funds from the first world for the Green Climate Fund (GCF) and

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How Are the World’s Poorest Preparing for Climate Change?

Aug 11th, 2014 | By
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For the last decade or so, we have known that human induced climate change will bring adverse impacts around the world. This is likely to hit the poorest countries and communities hardest. Their adaptive capacity is lowest, but some countries have been moving ahead on first planning and then implementing adaptation actions around the world.

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Keystone Climate Impact ‘Four Times’ Greater Than US Govt Estimate

Aug 10th, 2014 | By

Running from Canada to Texas, the future of the US$5.4 billion pipeline, which would carry oil from the Alberta tar sands, has become a key test of the White House’s “green” credentials. Earlier this year the State Department declared Keystone’s possible environmental impacts to be negligible, carrying bitumen that would simply replace oil produced elsewhere. But

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World’s Top Emerging Economies Talk Climate in Delhi

Aug 7th, 2014 | By

Environment ministers from four of the world’s leading emerging economies meet in Delhi on Thursday to discuss plans to address climate change. The BASIC group, made up of India, China, Brazil and South Africa, usually meet two to three times a year in an effort to coordinate their negotiating strategy at UN climate meetings. Together

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Kiribati Calls for Global Action on Climate Change

Aug 6th, 2014 | By

Republic of Kiribati President Anote Tong yesterday called for cooperation among countries to tackle changes brought on by climate change, saying that it is a moral issue with responsibility shared by all nations. Delivering a speech at the 44th annual conference of the Asian-Pacific Parliamentarians’ Union (APPU) in Taipei, Tong said that “business as usual

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Beijing to Ban Use of Coal in Main Districts by 2020

Aug 5th, 2014 | By

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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Path to Prosperity

Jul 30th, 2014 | By

Republica: Building up on the successful visit of Indian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sushma Swaraj, Nepal should seek to enhance the country’s role as a land-bridge between India and China by proposing Trans-Himalayan Economic Corridors during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit. China’s emergence as the “Factory of the World” based on its focus on exporting labor-intensive

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At UN-backed Meeting, World’s Least Developed Countries Urge Partnerships to Boost Productive Capacity

Jul 29th, 2014 | By

UN News Center: With the kick-off of the United Nations post-2015 sustainable development agenda fast approaching, ministers and senior Government officials from across the globe have gathered in Cotonou, Benin, today to discuss how to strengthen the world’s 48 least developed countries to produce more goods and trade in international markets more efficiently. “The conference is

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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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Landmark Climate Change Project Launched in Sri Lanka

Jul 25th, 2014 | By

Economic Development Ministry and UNDP Sri Lanka on Wednesday (23) marked the official launch of its project under the Environmental Sustainability and Disaster Resilience Program, ‘Strengthening the Resilience of Post Conflict Recovery and Development to Climate Change Risks in Sri Lanka’. The occasion was graced by Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa, Resident Representative a.i., UNDP

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Loss and Damage: UN Receives New Climate Compensation Plans

Jul 23rd, 2014 | By

Over the next two years, countries will draw up a framework that will shape the responses of the poorest countries to climate-caused catastrophes. This process is a crucial one for vulnerable nations, as it will essentially shape how equipped they are to deal with more hurricanes, rising sea levels, floods and heatwaves – some of

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The G20 Has the Muscle to Fight Climate Change

Jul 22nd, 2014 | By

The time is right to place climate change at centre stage of the 2014 G20 leaders-group meeting in Australia. The G20 has a record of leadership on the international climate change agenda. With the world working toward a critical meeting of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Paris in December 2015,

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Montreal Protocol Parties Discuss Issues Related to the Protection of the Ozone Layer

Jul 21st, 2014 | By

UNEP News Center: The 197 Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer discussed various issues regarding the protection of the earth’s fragile ozone layer, during the 34th Meeting of the Open-Ended Working Group of the Parties, conducted from 14 to 18 July in Paris, France. The Parties considered the appropriate funding

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It’s the Greenhouse Gases, Stupid!

Jul 20th, 2014 | By

Climate News Network: Australia, one of the world’s principal emitters of carbon dioxide, has voted to cancel its carbon tax in what has been described as “the perfect storm of stupidity”. The decision had cross-party support in the Senate vote, passing by 39 votes to 32, with only the Labor and Green parties voting against repealing

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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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Environment Ministers From 29 Countries to Meet in Berlin to Discuss Long-term Goals

Jul 15th, 2014 | By

Environment ministers and their representatives from 29 countries representing the entire spectrum of interests in climate negotiations will meet in Berlin for two days starting July 14 even as increasing instances of unprecedented heat waves and cold winters illuminate the urgent need for a global plan to counter climate change. The meeting in Berlin, Petersberg

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India’s New Policy Puts Roads Ahead of Wildlife Concerns

Jul 11th, 2014 | By
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The Guardian: A fortnight after Prakash Javadekar was sworn in as India’s minister for environment, forests, and climate change on 26 May, he announced a new policy. Any defence-related project within 62 miles (100 km) of the border with China will get environmental approval fast. Five states – Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Sikkim, and

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Will the Real Montologist Please Stand up?

Jul 11th, 2014 | By
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‘Since its dictionary existence hasn’t caught on, expecting ‘montology’ as a possible new academic discipline to work its way through could only be preposterous. Isn’t it risking one’s own career path in already established disciplines in favor of a yet-to-be-created discipline? Will it not subsume some of the current dominant areas of ‘expertise’ concerning mountains?There

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Poland a Challenge to EU 2030 Climate Goals, Warns Ed Davey

Jul 10th, 2014 | By
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The Guardian: Poland is “the real challenge” to a European agreement on carbon cutting targets for 2030, the UK energy secretary has warned. Brussels is aiming to agree a 2030 climate and energy package by October, that can contribute to global negotiations in Lima scheduled for December. Draft proposals published by the European Commission in January

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U.N. Climate Talks More Advanced Second Time Around, Says Former Head

Jul 9th, 2014 | By

Reuters: U.N. climate negotiations have made greater progress towards agreeing a 2015 deal to bind all nations to cut greenhouse gas emissions than the lead-up to the previous attempt in 2009, former U.N. climate chief Yvo de Boer told Reuters. Envoys from almost 200 nations are aiming to agree this year on the main elements

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US and China Set for Latest Climate Change Discussions

Jul 8th, 2014 | By

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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Montreal Protocol: Refrigeration Sector May Face the Heat

Jul 7th, 2014 | By

A decision by the environment, forests and climate change secretary to not send the top-level negotiating team for a meeting on the United Nations (UN) Montreal Protocol on ozone-depleting substances, to be held in Paris in July, has sent the Indian refrigeration sector scurrying to the national capital to protect its interests. The sector, growing at a compounded annual

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France to Partner India on Climate Change

Jul 3rd, 2014 | By

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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France to Partner India on Climate Change, Proposes 1 bn Euro Credit Line

Jul 2nd, 2014 | By

IANS: French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius Tuesday called for greater cooperation between France and India to tackle climate change and offered a proposed credit line of 1 billion Euro to enable sutainable 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 1

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Government to Pump Nu 2.2 Bn in Irrigation

Jun 29th, 2014 | By

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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Adapt or Survive? How Migration Creates Climate Resilience

Jun 27th, 2014 | By

International Refugee Day last weekend marked the end of a week of tragedy. A Roma teenager beaten to within an inch of his life, and a woman stabbed to death in Essex for being a Muslim. The UN Refugee agency announced that Refugee numbers are now the highest they’ve been since World War II. The

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US, India Launch a New Clean Energy Initiative

Jun 26th, 2014 | By

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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UNDP to Support Sri Lanka’s Rural Livelihood Development Programs to Withstand Climate-related Shocks

Jun 26th, 2014 | By

Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Economic Development Wednesday signed an agreement with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to support the Government’s rural livelihood development programs to withstand climate-related shocks. Secretary to the Ministry of Economic Development Dr. Nihal Jayathilaka and Resident Representative of UNDP in Sri Lanka Ms. Razina Bilgrami signed the agreement in Colombo

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Japan to Help Improve Bhutan’s ‘Happiness’ Index

Jun 24th, 2014 | By

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 to Slash Its Own Climate Adaptation Fund

Jun 18th, 2014 | By

(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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India to Work With Global Community to Tackle Climate Change

Jun 10th, 2014 | By

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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A Consensus for Action

Jun 5th, 2014 | By

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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China Expects to Launch National Carbon Market in 2018

Jun 1st, 2014 | By

China expects to launch a national carbon market in 2018, based on regional schemes it is presently piloting, a senior official at the country’s planning ministry told a World Bank conference. The National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) has previously said that its pilot schemes could provide useful experience for a national carbon market. The

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Climate Pact May Depend on Side Deals by Poor Nations

May 29th, 2014 | By

SciDev.Net: The interests of rich countries can seem to dominate climate change negotiations, but a study that models such talks as a ‘bargaining game’ shows that side deals among poorer nations could boost chances of an international agreement. Cooperation among countries that emit little green house gasses — mainly developing nations — could bring success when world leaders try

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Bangladesh Uncovers the Crippling Cost of Climate Change Adaptation

May 23rd, 2014 | By

UNEP News Center: With a population of 140 million, Bangladesh is one of the world’s most populated countries in the world. 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

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