Government Policies

Tiny Bhutan Redefines ‘Progress’

May 13th, 2013 | By
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My parents lived through the Great Depression of the 1930s and were profoundly affected by it. They taught us to work hard to earn a living, live within our means, save for tomorrow, share and not be greedy and help our neighbours because one day we might need their help. Those homilies and teachings seem

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Priority CCD Actions For Pakistan

May 2nd, 2013 | By
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CDKN: Pakistan is one of the lowest emitters of greenhouse gases (GHG) in the world: it accounts for just 0.8% of total global emissions, and ranks 135th in terms of per capita emissions.  Unfortunately, Pakistan is also one of the most climate vulnerable countries in the world.  Over the past 20 years, 141 extreme events

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How China’s Mountain Communities Better Adapt to Climate Change

May 2nd, 2013 | By
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From local knowledge to national policy: how can China’s mountain communities better adapt to climate change? Faced with increasing rainfall variability – especially continuous, four-year droughts – mountain farmers in Southwest China’s Yunnan province have developed innovative strategies to minimize water-related threats to their livelihoods. Yufang Su, Jianchu Xu and a team of World Agroforestry

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Is There Hope For Hydropower As The Climate Changes?

May 2nd, 2013 | By
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Hydropower is by far the most established form of renewable energy. Though not without environmental impact, either in terms of the local environment or, in the case of large dams, in terms of carbon emissions from the reservoirs behind the dams, hydro is here to stay. Unfortunately hydropower will be affected to a far greater

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Nepal Training Advances Local And Global Tactics To Tackle Climate Change

May 1st, 2013 | By
Many Asian countries are already manifesting the effects of climate change, like the climate-exacerbated Typhoon Bopha that struck the Philippines last year. Above, a mother and child navigate the resulting floods in Laguna, where ACT Alliance is assisting affected communities. 
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ACT Alliance members from eight Asian countries met last week in Nepal to share their experiences and develop strategies on how to better influence governments to address climate change. Some of the countries that suffer the most visible and tangible immediate effects of climate change are located in Asia. Foezullah from ACT Bangladesh explains that

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Climate Resilience And Disaster Risk Management

May 1st, 2013 | By
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CDKN, in collaboration with partners across Asia, Africa and Latin America, is pleased to announce a new publication on Climate resilience and disaster risk management. It presents recent results from CDKN-supported projects to assess vulnerability and mainstream climate resilience into development planning. Our stories from India, Ghana and Colombia illustrate the importance of involving diverse

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Reducing Green House Emission Indispensable: ADB

May 1st, 2013 | By
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Himalayan Times: Reducing green house emission is indispensable for attaining sustainable economic growth, an Asian Development Bank (ADB) report has pointed out. The report on green house gas emission of South Asian countries – Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Sri Lanka and Nepal, prepared recently has mentioned that negative impact has been made in economic growth by

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Conserve Glaciers For Water Supply, Say Experts

May 1st, 2013 | By
Glaciers in the mountains towering above Bagrote valley in northern Pakistan can cause dangerous flash floods when they melt. ALERTNET/Rina Saeed Khan




Daily Times: Speakers at the launch of the policy brief on water management in the Central Karakorum National Park (CKNP) emphasised the need for collaborative and synchronised efforts to research the impact of climatic changes in the highlands. They said only the integrated and collaborative approach would help conserve the large glaciers for smooth and

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Software Model To Assess Climate Change

May 1st, 2013 | By
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The Hindu: Development of a large-scale software model to examine the impact of climate change in Kerala is part of a forthcoming scientific study that will formulate an integrated climate change database and information system for the State. The proposal, estimated at Rs.80 crore, will map the impact of climate change on agriculture, fisheries, industries,

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Rains And Floods Due To Global Warming-Indian Minister

Apr 30th, 2013 | By
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PIB: There is no clear cause and effect established between global warming and excessive rains and floods. Monsoon rainfall varies on different spatial and temporal scales. Extreme rainfall events that occur at some isolated places (viz. heavy rainfall over Mumbai or in Rajasthan) are highly localized and are part of the natural variability of the

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28,000 Rivers Disappeared In China: What Happened?

Apr 30th, 2013 | By
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The Atlantic: Government officials say it’s been caused by statistical inaccuracies and climate change. But is that the whole story? As recently as 20 years ago, there were an estimated 50,000 rivers in China, each covering a flow area of at least 60 square miles. But now, according to China’s First National Census of Water,

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Strategic Changes: ‘Pakistan Has Complex Issues Due To Climate Change’

Apr 26th, 2013 | By
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Tribune: “We have suggested building several upstream water reservoirs in Pakistan to prevent floods. We are also examining reforestation as it slows down the process of floods and subsequent droughts,” Marius Keller, an adaptation consultant with the International Institute of Sustainable Development, said speaking to Lahore University of Management Sciences students on Monday. Keller presented

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Climate Change Adaptation: Preparing For An Alien Invasion

Apr 26th, 2013 | By
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SciDev.net: The opposition street protests that have been damaging Bangladesh’s key textile sector and threatening the forthcoming O and A-level examinations have claimed another scalp: the field trips which were to precede the annual International Conference on Community-Based Adaptation (CBA7). In order to ensure the safety of participants the visits to projects on 19-21 April,

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Guidelines For Making Vulnerable Investments Climate Resilient

Apr 26th, 2013 | By
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EU Climate Adaptation Platform: The preparation of these guidelines has benefited from useful inputs from a range of stakeholders, who had the opportunity to comment on a preliminary draft. Those include representatives from the European Investment Bank, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, KPMG, Network Rail, the European Institute for Environmental Policy, and KfW.

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Pakistan Farmers Grapple With Climate Change

Apr 25th, 2013 | By
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Aljazeera: Government attempts a new insurance scheme to protect farmers from floods and other worsening weather problems. After five consecutive dry winters, Abdul Qadeer was jubilant at the prospect of a plentiful harvest of wheat after December rains soaked his farmland. But the 39-year-old farmer’s hopes were destroyed last month by torrential spring rains and

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Fove Keys To Sustainable Development In Indian Cities

Apr 23rd, 2013 | By
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WRI: Indian cities are urbanizing at an unprecedented scale and pace. Over the next few decades, India’s urban population is expected to increase significantly, from 377 million in 2011 to 590 million by 2030. The problem is that the country’s existing urban transport infrastructure is already over-capacity. This fact–coupled with the alarmingly high rate of

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Climate Change And The Law

Apr 23rd, 2013 | By
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Springer: Climate Change and the Law is the first scholarly effort to systematically address doctrinal issues related to climate law as an emergent legal discipline. It assembles some of the most recognized experts in the field to identify relevant trends and common themes from a variety of geographic and professional perspectives. In a remarkably short

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Pakistan Revamps Climate Change Research Centre

Apr 22nd, 2013 | By
Staff members of the Pakistan Meteorological Department plant a weather monitoring station at Passu Glacier, south of Passu village on the Karakoram Highway in Gilgit-Baltistan province. Photo: PMD




Alertnet: Pakistan’s government has boosted the funding of a state institution that researches the impacts of climate change, and granted it autonomy, in an effort to increase the quality of its recommendations on climate resilience for government policy and programmes. The Global Change Impact Studies Centre (GCISC) will focus on research aimed at helping sectors

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Argentine Flooding: Climate Change And Poor Urban Planning

Apr 22nd, 2013 | By
A 6-inch rain in less than two hours earlier this month has Buenos Aires' politicians pointing at each other. Who caused this? Image: Flickr/Jonathan Evans




Scientific American: Rain began to fall over the Argentine capital of Buenos Aires late at night April 1. By the next morning, rainfall records for the month had been broken and the city woke up to find its streets covered with water. Torrential rains dumped more than 6 inches of water on the city in

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Nepal: Minister Urges For Change In Agro Evaluation System

Apr 22nd, 2013 | By
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Himalayan Times: Minister for Agriculture Development Tek Bahadur Thapa Gharti has directed ministry officials to evaluate the performance of projects based on the benefits that the projects have provided to people. Impact on livelihoods should be the base for evaluating the projects, he said during a performance review meeting of the Agriculture Ministry. “The traditional

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Himalayan Ski Village Still A Distant Dream

Apr 22nd, 2013 | By
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Despite the Himachal Pradesh (India) government recently proposing to withdraw a Special Leave Petition (SLP), filed by the previous BJP regime, against the Rs 1,600 crore Himalayan Ski Village project proposed by the earlier Congress government, the state is not planning any moves to revive the project. Chief Secretary Sudripta Roy, who only three days

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India: West Doing Little For Climate Change, Says Manmohan

Apr 22nd, 2013 | By
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HT: Voicing his concern on “painfully slow” progress in climate talks, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh hit at rich nations for not doing enough to fight climate change. Singh, while inaugurating the Fourth Clean Energy Ministerial, also made it clear that rich nations, who were responsible for a bulk of global warming causing greenhouse gas emissions,

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Vulnerable Communities Tackling Climate Change Best Teachers

Apr 22nd, 2013 | By
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IIED: The poorest communities (and poorest countries) are leading the world in learning about and practising adaptation to climate change. The rich would do well to learn from them. The flood plain of the Ganges river in southern Bangladesh is only around two metres higher than sea level. Rising floodwaters can wipe out crops and

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Is Bhutan’s Gross National Happiness Inclusive?

Apr 15th, 2013 | By
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Himalayan Times: Bhutan, a tiny Himalayan kingdom sandwiched between two super powers India and China, has gained popularity after introducing a new development measure, Gross National Happiness (GNH), in recent years. The fourth monarch of Bhutan, Jigme Singey Wangchuck, introduced it in the early 1990s along with his vision of establishing good governance, promoting sustainable

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Learning Curve Of Assessing Economics Of Climate Change In Nepal

Apr 15th, 2013 | By
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CDKN: Dr. Govinda Nepal, IDS-Nepal, reflects at the half way point of a project in Nepal which is calculating the economic cost of climate change in key sectors on what the team has learnt so far Which climate risk screening tool is the most appropriate for Nepal? What questions does an Investment and Financial Flow

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Bhutan’s National Happiness By Being World’s First Organic Country

Apr 14th, 2013 | By
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ABC Net: The small, landlocked country of Bhutan is aiming to increase its national happiness by becoming the first country in the world to completely shift to organic farming. About 80 per cent of Bhutan’s 800,000 residents depend on agriculture for their livelihoods. The country plans to use the organic status, which it hopes to

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Cool Response: Climate Change Adaptation

Apr 12th, 2013 | By
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My Republica: Despite having been identified as one of the most vulnerable countries in the world, Nepal was not among the first group of countries to write a National Adaptation Program of Action (NAPA)—a prerequisite for accessing international support for climate intervention. It stands 44th among the 47 LDCs that prepared a NAPA and submitted

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World Bank Funds Flood Project In NE India

Apr 12th, 2013 | By
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Telegraph India: World Bank, which is funding a $150-million project on integrated flood and erosion management in the Northeast, has called for a multi-sector approach towards management of water resources in the Brahmaputra basin. The bank’s suggestion is meant to ensure that the states involved benefit from the risks and opportunities associated with a multi-sector

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Better Business Environment Key To Growth: ADB Report

Apr 12th, 2013 | By
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Himalayan Times: Promoting an enabling business environment and political stability are key to improving economic performance in Nepal, according to a new Asian Development Bank (ADB) report. “We all agree Nepal has huge potential for growth but there are also substantial hurdles to overcome in triggering the high growth process,” said ADB’s country director for

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Climate Change Impacts And Adaptation Responses On Agriculture

Apr 11th, 2013 | By
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World Bank: Looking Beyond the Horizon: How Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation Responses Will Reshape Agriculture in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Food security remains a key development challenge across the globe, with some projections estimating the need for an increase in agricultural production of 70-100 percent by 2050. Shifts in temperature and precipitation are

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Hill Women Learn To Earn The Eco-Friendly Way

Apr 11th, 2013 | By
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The Better India: Puja Devi, 30, watches with satisfaction as her young son gulps down his glass of milk and then reaches for his satchel, ready to go to school. For some months now, the happy mother has been able to provide milk for her son every day, a far cry from earlier times when

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Holistic Approach To Climate Change Vulnerability And Adaptation Assessment-Study

Apr 11th, 2013 | By
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weAdapt: Climate change vulnerability and adaptation planning can be taken into consideration across many sectors and at different levels and scales. Different scales of planning have different contexts and may require different approaches. In a landscape context, inter-linkages between sectors within the landscape form the context of adaptation planning, as the response of any one sector may have consequences

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Learning How To Look At The Social Dimensions Of Climate Change In Peru

Apr 9th, 2013 | By
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EBA: The ecosystem-based adaptation in mountain ecosystems (EbA) project in Peru, among its activities, contributes to the enhancement of local and national capacities by providing training in analytical and decision-making tools that help better understand and address vulnerability of ecosystem services, through the use of ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA) and enhancing local livelihoods. In order to

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Scaling Up Climate Services for Farmers in Africa and South Asia

Apr 9th, 2013 | By
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A new output report from the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) has been published which is an outcome of an international workshop on “Scaling up Climate Services for Farmers in Africa and South Asia,”.  Jointly with USAID, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the Climate Services Partnership (CSP), CCAFS

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USD 3.3 Million Grant To Offset Climate Change Effects In Nepal

Apr 9th, 2013 | By
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EBA: The government of Nepal, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) jointly launched the ‘Ecosystem based Adaptation in mountain ecosystem in Nepal (EbA)’ Project on the 16th August 2012. The project aims at implementing an emerging approach to help people to adapt to

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What Happens In Nepal Doesn’t Stay In Nepal

Apr 8th, 2013 | By
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Life had been good for Sunyali Majhi, a farmer in Dolalghat, a small village about 50 kilometres from landlocked Nepal’s Kathmandu. She harvested enough rice to sell and feed her brood at home. But the portions have been getting smaller, the financial squeeze tighter. In the shade of a Peopaal tree, Sunyali and her children

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3 In 4 Asia-Pacific Nations Face Water Security Threat – Study

Apr 5th, 2013 | By
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Environment Expert: More than 75% of the countries in Asia and the Pacific are experiencing a serious lack of water security, with many of them facing an imminent water crisis unless immediate steps are taken to improve management of water resources, says a new study prepared jointly by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Asia-Pacific

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Innovation As Expression Of Adaptation To Change In Himalayan Farming

Apr 4th, 2013 | By
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BioOne: Recent studies of future food production in South Asia generally agree that the conditions for production will radically change in the years to come, in particular due to climate change and market variations. However, because we do not know how conditions will be modified and what adaptations will be required by farmers, the article

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Australians Told To Expect Worse Weather

Apr 3rd, 2013 | By
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CNN: Australia’s recent experience of more fierce and frequent floods, fires and droughts is likely only to intensify, a report says, unless the world moves fast to cut emissions of greenhouse gases. Australians have received a stark warning that climate change is already increasing the intensity and frequency of extreme weather, posing serious and growing

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Indo-Swiss Cooperation For Sustaining Himalayan Ecosystem Mission

Apr 3rd, 2013 | By
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IHCAP: A Capacity Building Programme on Himalayan Glaciology was inaugurated on 02 April 2013 at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi (India) in the presence of Swiss Ambassador to India Dr. Linus von Castelmur and Dr. T. Ramasami, Secretary, Department of Science & Technology, Government of India. The press release states that the Capacity Building Programme

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Biodegradable Bags Guarantee A Greener Future For Islamabad

Apr 3rd, 2013 | By
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Tribune: Since February, the Pakistan-Environment Protection Agency (Pak-EPA) has been negotiating with the business community and plastic bag manufacturers to shift to an eco-friendly alternative for plastic bags. The agency’s efforts began when the Ministry of Law and Justice notified the Prohibition of Non degradable Plastic Bags (Manufacture, Sale, Use) Regulation 2013 earlier this year.

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As Extreme Weather Drives Rustling, Pastoralists Turn To Farming

Apr 3rd, 2013 | By
Former pastoralists Joseph and Pauline Elila and their family thresh sorghum harvested from their fields in Nambeyo village in Kenya's semi-arid Isiolo County. ALERTNET/Isaiah Esipisu




Alertnet: In Nambeyo village in Kenya’s semi-arid Isiolo County, former pastoralist Joseph Elila and his wife Pauline are busy threshing sorghum to remove the grain from the stalks. The couple has been converted into smallholder dry-land farmers after they lost their entire animal stock to cattle rustlers two years ago. The area is well known

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Goats Are Going To Love Global Warming

Apr 3rd, 2013 | By
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Discovery: Something strange is happening on the Isle of Rum in Scotland. The wild goats in this nature preserve usually struggle to survive in the north. Now they’re poised to take over. Normally the goats on the island find themselves up against short daylight hours, cold temperatures, and increasingly poor quality vegetation to eat, Harriet

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One River, Two Countries, Too Many Dams

Apr 3rd, 2013 | By
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The Hindu: Chinese reticence about projects on its stretch of the Brahmaputra do not assuage Indian fears about diversion of the river’s waters. By raising the Brahmaputra dams construction issue during his first meeting with the new Chinese President Xi Jinping, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was following a two-pronged strategy. On the one hand, Dr.

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Initiative To Improve Bangladesh’s Resilience To Climate Change

Apr 2nd, 2013 | By
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USAID: U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Deputy Administrator Donald Steinberg and Bangladesh’s Minister of Environment and Forests Dr. Hasan Mahmud jointly announced the launch of the new USAID Climate-Resilient Ecosystems and Livelihoods (CREL) program.  U.S. Ambassador to Bangladesh, Dan Mozena and USAID Bangladesh Mission Director, Richard Greene also attended the launch. Since 1998, USAID has worked with the

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Tracking Adaptation And Measuring Development

Apr 2nd, 2013 | By
Street market in Pakistan, one of the pilot countries for the Tracking Adaptation and Measuring Development (TAMD) project. Photo: Fareena Chanda




IIED: Countries need new tools to check whether climate change adaptation is keeping development on-track, and whether costs and benefits are fairly distributed. IIED and partners are developing a framework that does this by assessing risk management and resilience at many levels. As countries increasingly focus on adapting to climate change, and more ‘climate finance’

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Climate Finance Options: World Bank

Apr 2nd, 2013 | By
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CFS: Policy makers and project planners in developing countries at national and city levels need access to information on potential sources of climate finance, inspiring best practice examples, research results and tools for better investment decision making. The global climate finance gap demands increasing levels of financial flows along with coordination at a level previously

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Poorest Nations Say Yes To Emissions Cuts

Apr 2nd, 2013 | By
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CNN: The Group of Least Developed Countries, a key partner in the long-running United Nations climate talks, has told the Climate News Network it is willing to agree a core demand of the industrialised world on cutting emissions of greenhouse gases. In what could be a far-reaching move, the world’s poorest countries say they are

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Biodiversity Community And Climate Change

Apr 1st, 2013 | By
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TERI: Recently the need for a greater understanding on linkages between biodiversity conservation, climate change mitigation and adaptation and the livelihoods of the local communities has increased the attention of the world leaders. The threat of climate change, which cuts across national and international boundaries, has further catalyzed the importance of the issues and facilitated

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Indo- Swiss Capacity Building Programme on Himalayan Glaciology

Apr 1st, 2013 | By
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The first meeting of the Indo-Swiss Joint Committee on Science and Technology on 23 September, 2011, at Bern, agreed to establish a development cooperation initiative for capacity building in the field of glaciology and related areas. It was agreed that the Capacity Building on Glaciology and related areas will be coordinated by the Swiss Agency

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20 Year HiatusIn Rising Temperatures-Climate Scientists Puzzled

Apr 1st, 2013 | By
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DEBATE about the reality of a two-decade pause in global warming and what it means has made its way from the sceptical fringe to the mainstream. In a lengthy article this week, The Economist magazine said if climate scientists were credit-rating agencies, then climate sensitivity – the way climate reacts to changes in carbon-dioxide levels

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The Past & Present Of Indian Environmentalism

Apr 1st, 2013 | By
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The Hindu: Polluted skies, dead rivers, disappearing forests and displacement of peasants and tribal are what we see around us 40 years after the Chipko movement started On the 27th of March 1973 — exactly 40 years ago — a group of peasants in a remote Himalayan village stopped a group of loggers from felling

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Climate Change: One More Problem For Pakistan

Apr 1st, 2013 | By
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Climate Central: The Indus river, originating on the Tibetan Plateau and flowing for nearly 2,000 miles through the disputed territory of Jammu and Kashmir and finally down to the province of Sindh and out into the Arabian Sea, is key to life in Pakistan. The majority of Pakistan’s 190 million people are involved in agriculture:

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UK-Indian Collaboration in Earth Sciences and Environmental Research

Apr 1st, 2013 | By
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The Natural Environment Research Council of the UK (NERC) and the Earth System Science Organization, Ministry of Earth Sciences of the Republic of India (ESSO-MoES) have agreed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to facilitate cooperation between the UK and Indian earth system science and environmental research communities. The UK and India have shared interests and

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Developed World Goes Stingy On Climate Fund

Apr 1st, 2013 | By
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Economic Times: More than 190 countries decided it would build up to a $100 billion kitty by 2020 to fight climate change globally but the Green Climate Fund looks set to remain an empty pot as the US and other developed countries have refused to commit the needed money or even set timelines for their

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Cheese Production To Climate Protection: Peruvian Case

Mar 29th, 2013 | By
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The first Swiss development experts arrived in Peru half a century ago, beginning a fruitful and multifaceted partnership. In late 2011, SDC brought traditional bilateral cooperation to a close and transferred on-going projects to its local partners. In the future, Peru will actively participate in a number of SDC global programmes, particularly in the area

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Impact Of Corruption On Climate Change

Mar 28th, 2013 | By
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This bulletin provides an overview of recent discussions about the impact of corruption on environmental governance, with a focus on emissions trading. It reviews new definitions and the latest corruption assessment methodologies in order to illuminate the broader challenges faced by GHG trading mechanisms and climate finance. Why is this issue important? The trading of

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Asia Cuts Its Carbon Faster Than Europe

Mar 26th, 2013 | By
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CNN: Producing more goods and services while emitting less carbon is the dream of many economists. In the race to see which countries can best manage to do this, East Asia is stealing a march on the US and Europe. And contrary to popular conceptions, China has now become more energy-efficient than Germany and the

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Resilient Agriculture Water Reservoirs Crucial For Pakistan Scientists

Mar 26th, 2013 | By
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Alertnet: Leading climate scientists in Pakistan have called for the development of high-temperature-tolerant, climate-resilient, genetically modified crops and the construction of huge water reservoirs to mitigate the effects of climate change. Speaking after the launch of Pakistan’s National Climate Change Policy (NCCP) last month, Ashfaq Ahmad Chattha warned that rising temperatures due to climate change

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Climate Change Now Seen As Security Threat Worldwide

Mar 25th, 2013 | By
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IPS News: Defence establishments around the world increasingly see climate change as posing potentially serious threats to national and international security, according to a review of high-level statements by the world’s governments released here Thursday. The review, “The Global Security Defense Index on Climate Change: Preliminary Results,” found that nearly three out of four governments

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