Government Policies

Foreign Policy: Continuity, Not Change

May 12th, 2014 | By

On the last day of polling in India’s 16th general elections—the final phase of which witnessed vicious, communal and extremely local campaigning in one corner of a single state—one could be forgiven for concluding that foreign policy has no role in India’s future direction. Nothing could be further from reality. Any party or alliance that

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India, Bhutan and Nepal Unite to Protect Kangchenjunga Landscape

May 4th, 2014 | By

India has agreed on a plan to jointly protect and conserve the whole of the Kangchenjunga landscape in the Hindu Kush Himalayan region with Bhutan and Nepal. The initiative – which will cover about 22,000 sq km spread across Sikkim; northern parts of West Bengal, including Darjeeling and Jalpaiguri; Nepal and western Bhutan – is

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China and Nepal Agree to Cooperate on Mountain Science

May 1st, 2014 | By

Sci Dev Net: China has agreed to share scientific knowledge with Nepal on the effects of climate and environmental changes on the Tibetan plateau in order to spur sustainable development. The Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) signed memorandums of understanding earlier this month (7 April) with Nepalese research institutions the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) and Tribhuvan University. The

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China Strengthens Environmental Laws

Apr 27th, 2014 | By

The Guardian: Chinese legislators have passed the first amendments to the country’s environmental protection law in 25 years, promising greater powers for environmental authorities and harsher punishments for polluters. The amendments, which the Standing Committee of National People’s Congress passed on Thursday after two years of debate, will allow authorities to detain company bosses for 15 days if they

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How Nepali Villagers are Dealing With Climate Change

Apr 27th, 2014 | By

Republica: When he was a little boy, Ram Bahadur Gurung, a resident of Dharampani VDC-1 of Tanahun district, would have to walk downhill for an hour to fetch just a vessel of water. One day, while climbing up the hill carrying a vessel full of water, he accidently stumbled upon a stone; and fell to the

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EU to host industry Talks Ahead of Setting 2030 Climate Goals

Apr 18th, 2014 | By

(Reuters) – The European Commission will hold three meetings this summer on how to ensure the bloc’s industries can compete in global markets while meeting goals to cut greenhouse gas emissions, it said on Wednesday. The meetings aim to gather views on rules determining if companies can continue to receive free carbon permits under the EU Emissions

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Nepal, India and Bhutan Agree on New Transboundary Landscape for Hindu Kush

Apr 18th, 2014 | By

Republica: Nepal, India and Bhutan have formally reached an agreement to include a new cross-boundary landscape covering parts of eastern Nepal, Sikkim and the northern parts of West Bengal in India as Kangchenjunga landscape in the Hindu Kush Himalayan Region. The cross-boundary landscape spans 16,000 square kilometers and it is one of the seven cross-boundary areas

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Govt Fails to Meet Climate Change Policy Goals

Apr 18th, 2014 | By

The Himalayan Times: The government has failed to meet the specific objectives set in its climate change policy despite allocating billions of rupees annually to address an issue that has global ramifications. The climate change policy adopted by the government in 2011 has stated that 80 per cent of the climate change budget will be diverted

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Nepal, China Join Hands in Tackling Climate Change

Apr 8th, 2014 | By

China and Nepal on Monday signed several memorandums of understanding (MoUs) in the framework of the Third Pole Environment program. The Third Pole Environment (TPE) program, launched by the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) in 2009, was dedicated to the study of regions on the Tibetan Plateau; home to millions of people and thousands of

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Engagement Plan: Pakistan, EU Agree to Boost Cooperation

Mar 28th, 2014 | By

Associated Press of Pakistan: Pakistan and European Union on Wednesday agreed to further broaden and deepen co-operation under the Engagement Plan. This could include a strengthened dialogue in areas such as energy, climate change, research and higher education. It was decided during the second round of Pak-EU Strategic Dialogue held at Brussels on Wednesday. The second

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Nepal Business Conclave Concludes

Mar 26th, 2014 | By

Republica: Nepal Business Conclave concluded on Monday with signing of some Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs) and business deals. The Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FNCCI) and China Chamber of Tourism signed a MoU for collaboration on tourism promotion. Suraj Vaidhya, president of FNCCI and Wang Ping, president of China Chamber of Tourism, signed

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Environmental Protection: ‘Policies to be Modified in Light of Climate Change’

Mar 23rd, 2014 | By

The Express Tribune: Addressing a gathering held by the K-P Environment Department at the Pakistan Forest Institute on Friday to mark the International Day of Forests, Arbab said, “The provincial government is working on several important projects to revive and sustain forests. It is our aim to bring more area of the province under forest cover.”

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India Renewables Budget Takes Big Hit

Mar 20th, 2014 | By

India’s Ministry for New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) is to have its budget for the coming year slashed. For the financial year of 2014-15 the MNRE has been budgeted INR441 crore (US$72 million). In the last financial year, the MNRE was provided a budget of INR1,500 crore for renewable energy initiatives (US$246 million), but only

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Rs 47.3 Billion Being Spent on Sanitation, Water Programmes

Mar 19th, 2014 | By

Federal Minister for Finance Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar chaired a meeting regarding participation of Pakistan in Sanitation and Water for All (SWA) high level meeting to be held on 11th Aprilin Washington DC. Secretary Climate Change Raja Hasan Abbas briefed the minister on enhanced commitments of the provincial governments in water and sanitation sectors. He

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The Dams of India: Boon or Bane?

Mar 17th, 2014 | By
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The Guardian: Assam, the northeastern Indian state, east of Bangladesh and bordering China to the north, is an area described by politicians as India’s ‘future powerhouse’ and is a key focus point of the country’s dam building programme. The ambition of planners in New Delhi is not in doubt. So far plans for more than 160

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Latin American and Caribbean: Decisions to Advance Sustainable Development in Region

Mar 17th, 2014 | By

UNEP News Center: The high-level political dialogue of Latin American and Caribbean Environment Ministers and international experts produced an agreement to advance a regional cooperation framework on the global sustainable development agenda, climate change, biodiversity, chemicals, waste, Small Island Developing States (SIDS), among other crucial areas of action. Acknowledging the need and opportunities for global-scale leadership

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Chemicals, Waste, Biodiversity and Climate Change Top Agenda

Mar 14th, 2014 | By

UNEP News Center: Climate change, chemicals and waste management, and biodiversity conservation are top of the agenda as ministers and high-level officials from 31 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean gather for major environmental forum aimed at strengthening regional cooperation. The 19th Meeting of the Forum of Ministers of the Environment of Latin America and

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NA Likely to Pass Law on Copy Right of New Crop Varieties

Mar 11th, 2014 | By

The Nation: Senate Standing Committee on National Food Security and Research (NFS&R) Chairman Syed Muzaffar Hussain Shah has said that National Assembly might pass a law regarding copy rights of new crop varieties. While addressing National Seminar on “Impact of Climate Change on Agriculture and Livestock; Challenges and Opportunities” he said, “There is not any Copyright

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New Incentives to Encourage Investments in Renewable Energy

Mar 9th, 2014 | By

Over the next decade, Britain will need £200 billion pounds is needed to reach its low-carbon energy investment. The European Union is legally binded by the Kyoto Protocol to reduce their emissions by 20 per cent from the levels of the 90’s by 2020. Since the launch of the Green Investment Bank (GIB) in 2012,

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Mount Everest Litter Targeted by Nepalese Authorities

Mar 3rd, 2014 | By
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The Guardian: Climbers scaling Mount Everest will have to bring back 8kg (17.6lb) of rubbish under rules designed to clean up the world’s highest peak. The rule, one of several new measures for mountaineering in Nepal, will apply to climbers ascending beyond Everest’s base camp from April, said tourism ministry official Madhusudan Burlakoti. “The government has decided, in order to clean

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Govt to Come up With Contingency Plan to Tackle Possible El Nino Effect

Feb 25th, 2014 | By

Times News Network: Amid grim prediction that El Nino conditions may possibly impact Monsoon this year, triggering drought in parts of India, the government plans to ask agricultural institutions, farm scientists, water resource managers and policy makers to come out with a contingency plan to tackle below-normal rain situation during June-August. Government’s precautionary approach for the

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Govt to Clear Rs 13,000 Crore Fund for Green India Mission Tomorrow

Feb 20th, 2014 | By

Times News Network: Government may on Thursday clear Rs 13,000 crore fund for its much awaited ‘Green India Mission’ which aims at enhancing carbon sinks through large scale afforestation across the country. The Mission is part of the Centre’s plan to fight climate change by increasing the forest cover by 10 million hectare in the next

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U.S., China Pledge Cooperation on Climate Change

Feb 16th, 2014 | By

Washington Post: The United States and China said Saturday they have agreed to intensify efforts to address climate change and to work together on forging a common platform ahead of a global summit on the issue at the end of next year. The agreement was announced during a visit by U.S. Secretary of State John F.

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U.S. Wants Poor and Rich Countries Alike to Cut Emissions Under Next Climate Treaty

Feb 14th, 2014 | By

If the U.S. gets its way, developing countries will need to roll up their sleeves and do more to slow down global warming. The Obama administration is taking the position that poor and rich countries alike should be legally obligated to reduce the amount of climate-changing pollution that they produce after 2020, when a new

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Nations Will Face Big Political Question in Lima: Marcin Korolec

Feb 10th, 2014 | By

Times News Network: President of the Warsaw climate conference (COP19) and Poland’s secretary of state, Marcin Korolec, has said the “nature of contributions” from countries to deal with menace of global warming would be the “main political questions” in Peruvian capital Lima where leaders\negotiators from across the globe assemble for the next marathon meeting in December.

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Pakistan Urges UN’s Body to Cooperate With SAARC for Boosting Development

Jan 29th, 2014 | By

Pakistan has urged the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to work closely with regional organizations, including South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), as the UN body helps shape the post-2015 development agenda that will step up efforts to achieve a world of prosperity, equity, freedom and peace. “This year is an important year, a

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Climate Parliament Recommends Policy Integration for Renewable Energy Development to PM

Jan 28th, 2014 | By

Times News Network: The Centre aims to achieve ‘electricity for all’ by 2027 while 75 million households still don’t have access to electricity and only two percent of renewable energy into the grid by 2021. The gap doesn’t seem to occur to the planning commission at all. The Climate Parliament, a group of parliamentarians and experts

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Is it Time to Axe GDP as the Key Measure of Prosperity?

Jan 28th, 2014 | By

THE year was 1944. Tasked with an unprecedented rebuilding job amid the wreckage of a soon-to-end World War II, delegates from the Allied nations met in Bretton Woods, at New Hampshire in the US. Their mission? To draw up the new financial world order – one that satisfied their appetite for an open-market system. Among

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Senator Mushahid Hussain Proposes Environment Action Plan for Islamabad

Jan 25th, 2014 | By

Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed, Chairman of the Senate sub-Committee on Environmental Degradation of Islamabad convened the first ever Public Hearing in the history of parliament on environment at Parliament House today. The Public Hearing was very well attended by the representatives of the government including the Cabinet Division, Climate Change Division, CDA and the Environmental

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Centre Okays Plan to Assess Impact of Climate Change

Jan 22nd, 2014 | By

Times News Network: Amid all-round criticism from environmentalists for ignoring sensitive green issues under new environment minister M Veerappa Moily, the government has approved a pending Rs 290 crore scheme to build capacity at both central and state levels to assess impact of climate change in vulnerable areas and associated risks. Besides, it also cleared a proposal to

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Green Activist Slams Uttarakhand Govt.

Jan 21st, 2014 | By

The Hindu: Slamming the State government for encouraging industrial development in the ecologically sensitive Himalayan State, environmentalist Dr Anil Prakash Joshi opposed the proliferation of industries in the State, which, according to him, is “being promoted by the State government”. The criticism of the Bahuguna government by Dr Joshi, who is the founder of the Himalayan

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Few Would Welcome Geo-Engineering

Jan 17th, 2014 | By

Climate News Network: Geo-engineering – the frustrated climate scientist’s last-ditch solution to global warming – is not likely to be a very popular choice. Members of the public have “a negative view” of deliberate large-scale manipulation of the environment to counteract climate change, according to new research in Nature Climate Change. Geo-engineering has been repeatedly proposed as

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Global Investment in Clean Energy Falls for Second Year Running

Jan 15th, 2014 | By
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The Guardian: Global investment in clean energy fell for the second year in a row to $254bn last year, with green investment in Europe crashing by 41%, new figures showed on Wednesday. The drop casts a pall over a high-profile investor summit at the United Nations on Wednesday. The summit, organised by the Ceres investor network, was supposed to build

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India May Oppose Issues Outside Doha Mandate

Jan 13th, 2014 | By
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India is preparing to oppose any move by developed countries to include so-called “21st century issues” such as services, competition, investment and climate change in the post-Bali work programme of the World Trade Organization (WTO). India sees a scheduled discussion on the topic at the World Economic Forum (EF) meeting in Davos later this month

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India Conveys Full Support for Bhutan’s Development

Jan 11th, 2014 | By

Business Standard: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has conveyed to Bhutan King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck India’s full commitment and support to the Himalayan kingdom’s socio-economic development and also for development of its hydropower resources. The meeting with the Bhutan king were held in a very warm and friendly atmosphere, reflecting the spirit of trust, cooperation and understanding that

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Brahmaputra-Salween Landscape Faces Development Challenges

Jan 10th, 2014 | By

Times News Network: A national consultation on delineation of boundary and preparation of a feasibility document on Brahmaputra-Salween Landscape (BSL) was convened by the GB Pant Institute of Himalayan Environment and Development, NE unit , here recently. Inaugurating the programme, state chief secretary H K Paliwal appreciated the efforts of the institute and the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development

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Now, a Climate Model for Sunderbans

Jan 7th, 2014 | By

Times News Network: Will Sunderbans, the world’s largest tiger habitat, survive a century later? Will millions living in the Ganga-Brahmaputra-Meghna basin be forced to migrate? Will water that is now available in abundance in this belt become a scarce commodity? Will agricultural productivity in the catchment area decline alarmingly as salinity increases? Will the Sunderbans’ unique

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No End To The Himalayan Blunder?

Jan 6th, 2014 | By

The response to recent Uttarakhand disaster is seemingly inadequate, writes Dr. Sudhirendar Sharma. It has not only been a policy failure but institutional inadequacies lie exposed too. Mountain peculiarities have remained an exercise in academic deliberations. Often piecemeal and repetitive, several high level committees of the state have neither been able to foresee latent threats

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A Case for Compensation for Climate Change Destruction

Jan 5th, 2014 | By

CAN the countries of the Caribbean Community and Common Market (Caricom) take international legal action against the states that are warming the planet with devastating consequences, not only for their survival, but in some cases even their existence? This question comes into sharp focus in the wake of the damaging effects of flooding and landslides

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Climate Change: State Department Submits Climate Action Report to United Nations

Jan 4th, 2014 | By

The U.S. Department of State submitted the 2014 U.S. Climate Action Report on Thursday to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). “Climate change is one of the most urgent and profoundly complex challenges we face,” Secretary of State John Kerry wrote in the report. “That’s why, everywhere I travel as Secretary of

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Commission Reviews All the Eight Missions Under the NAPCC

Jan 1st, 2014 | By

A committee set up under the principal secretary to the prime minister is trying to streamline all the eight missions under the National Action Plan on Climate Change (NAPCC). The eight missions under the NAPCC include the national solar mission, the national mission for enhanced energy efficiency, national mission on sustainable habitat, national water mission,

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2013 Will Mark Continued Rise of CO2′

Dec 30th, 2013 | By

Climate News Network: Global carbon dioxide emissions are likely to hit 36 billion tonnes in 2013, according to new research from the University of East Anglia in the UK. This is a small rise – an estimated 2.1% – on 2012, but it will be 61% above the levels in 1990, which is the baseline

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Uttarakhand Prepares Rs 9k-cr Action Plan on Climate Change

Dec 24th, 2013 | By

Business Standard: The Uttarakhand government is preparing an investment of Rs 9,000 crore to tackle climate change, said to be one of the causes of frequent natural disasters in the hill state. Floods in June in the state claimed thousands of lives. An action plan was presented at the first meeting of the State Council for Climate Change under

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Pakistan, India Need to Cooperate in Energy: Ahsan

Dec 22nd, 2013 | By

The Nation: Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms, Prof Ahsan Iqbal on Saturday said that Pakistan and India need to cooperate in different sectors particular energy. He said this while chairing the third day of the 29th Annual General Meeting and Conference of the Pakistan Society of Development Economists (PSDE). Commenting on the energy and

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Civil Society Meeting Report

Dec 22nd, 2013 | By

On November 4, 2013, the WGC hosted a closed-door meeting on geoengineering for Washington, DC-based civil society actors. More than 40 individuals registered to attend, from 30 different organizations. The day was based around an opening panel discussion, followed by two breakout discussion sessions. During the first breakout session, participants were invited to look at

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Mahbubnagar, Vijayawada to be Developed as Solar Cities

Dec 20th, 2013 | By

Press Trust of India: New and renewable energy minister Farooq Abdullah on Monday said that Vijayawada and Mahbubnagar will be developed as solar cities. “Vijayawada and Mahbubnagar have been identified for developing them as solar cities,” Abdullah informed the Rajya Sabha. He said a solar city aims to reduce a minimum of ten per cent of

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Environ Min Proposes Slew of Measures on Climate Change

Dec 19th, 2013 | By

Press Trust of India: In a bid to tackle global warming, a proposal has been mooted to launch a new scheme on climate change by implementing a slew of measures including setting up of an institute in the name of Rajiv Gandhi. The ‘Climate Change Action Programme’ will entail an estimated expenditure of Rs 290 crore during

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Govt Launches New Initiative for Climate Change Adaptation

Dec 17th, 2013 | By

Republica: The government has undertaken a new initiative to integrate climate change adaptation into local development plans. As part of Mainstreaming Climate Change Risk Management in Development Project, initiated by the Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment (MoSTE) and administered by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) with financing from the Climate Investment Fund (CIF), the government

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Indo-Pak Dialogue on Climate Change Held

Dec 16th, 2013 | By

The News: Ram Kishan, Regional Emergency Manager-South Asia, Christian Aid, has said that climate change increased migration as a result of which there was displacement of agricultural producers having implications for national food security. Mr Kishan was speaking at ‘India-Pakistan Dialogue on Climate Change and Energy’ organised here by the Sustainable Development Policy Institute and

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TERI Hosts Workshop On Implications Of Climate Change On Water & Sanitation

Dec 14th, 2013 | By

India Education bureau: With the aim to develop a state level strategy in addressing the issues related to water and sanitation in the context of climate change in Karnataka, TERI in partnership with UNICEF and RDPR today organized a workshop on the ‘Implications of Climate Change on Water and Sanitation’. Speaking at the workshop, Honorable RD’PR

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India Faces Uphill Battle on Biodiversity

Dec 12th, 2013 | By

Nature: India’s Western Ghats are a tainted paradise. Running almost the length of the country’s western coast, the mountain range covers just 6% of India’s landmass but is home to more than 30% of its plant, fish, bird and mammal species, making it one of the world’s top ten biodiversity hotspots. But the mountains also

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Comprehensive Plans to Deal With Impacts of Climate Change

Nov 16th, 2013 | By

Impacts of climate change – LDCs finalize comprehensive plans to deal with impacts of climate change. The poorest countries of the world, meeting here for the 19th UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of Parties, have finalized a comprehensive set of plans to deal with the inevitable impacts of climate change. UNFCCC disclosed

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Indian Himalayan States Discuss Climate Change Action Plan

Oct 8th, 2013 | By
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SDC/IHCAP: The state governments of the Indian Himalayan Region came together for the first ever regional  consultation meeting to discuss their State Action Plans on Climate Change (SAPCC) and specific linkages to the National Mission for Sustaining the Himalayan Ecosystem (NMSHE) on September 18-19, 2013. The regional consultation meeting was organised by the Indian Himalayas

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Look Climate Change Issues in Indian Perspective Rather Blindly Following IPCC

Oct 8th, 2013 | By

Allvoices: Renowned environmental activist and Convener, Forum for a Sustainable Environment Dr. S Jeevananda Reddy suggested that there is a need to look in to climate change issues in Indian perspective rather than blindly following Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) model based hypothetical studies with low scientific integrity, which have their vested interests. In

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The Himalayas, A Special Report

Oct 8th, 2013 | By

With one-fifth of the world’s population relying on seasonal Himalayan melting, the disappearance of the Third Pole is sending warning signs. Floods, droughts, wildfires, windstorms, water contamination and illnesses plague the 1.3 billion people who live in the watersheds directly supplied by glacial melt from the Hindu Kush-Himalaya (HKH) region. The waterways of Afghanistan, Bangladesh,

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The IPCC Report – Where Now?

Oct 7th, 2013 | By

CNN: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has now published the first part of its Fifth Assessment Report, AR5. It says humanity is largely responsible for the recent warming of the Earth, it re-tells the Panel’s familiar story of rising temperatures and sea levels, of melting glaciers and ice sheets. Described by some as “conservative”

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Adapting to Climate Cchange in Bangladesh

Oct 7th, 2013 | By

SciDev.Net: Natural disasters — particularly tropical cyclones, tornadoes, storm surges and flooding — occur frequently in Bangladesh. With changing weather patterns, these disasters are predicted to become both more frequent and more intense. During the past century, over 400 tropical cyclones have struck Bangladesh’s coast, causing widespread devastation and death. Earlier this year, Cyclone Mohasen

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Erratic Weather Threatens Livelihoods In Pakistan

Oct 7th, 2013 | By
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SciDevNet: In recent years, climatic stresses, particularly droughts and floods, have devastated yields and caused crops to fail for many farmers across Pakistan. Erratic rainfall — particularly in rain-fed areas like Taxila, 20 miles northwest of the capital, Islamabad — has further exacerbated farmers’ problems and led to a slump in yields. With four dry winters in

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Mountains And Climate Linked Disasters: Less Concerned Actors

Oct 1st, 2013 | By

Climate Himalaya: Disaster related early warning systems are available in South Asian countries like Nepal, and neighbouring countries like India should learn and adopt such technologies in their region. A side event at 4th Global Meeting of Mountain Partnership was organized by Climate Himalaya and Centre for Environment Education India at Erzurum, Turkey on 18th

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4th Global Meeting Reaffirms Mountain Agenda In New Strategy

Sep 18th, 2013 | By

In the fourth global meeting of ‘Mountain Partnership’ 17-20 September, at Erzurum in Turkey, over 100 members from around the globe endorsed a new improved sustainable mountain development strategy for 2014-2017. During 1992, at Rio Earth most of the world’s nations at the UN Conference on Environment and Development signed a plan for action, ‘Agenda

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