International Agencies

Toxic ‘E-waste’ Dumped in Poor Nations, Says UN

Dec 17th, 2013 | By
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The Guardian: Millions of mobile phones, laptops, tablets, toys, digital cameras and other electronic devices bought this Christmas are destined to create a flood of dangerous “e-waste” that is being dumped illegally in developing countries, the UN has warned. The global volume of electronic waste is expected to grow by 33% in the next four

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UN Head Calls For Climate Smart Agriculture

Dec 17th, 2013 | By
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Climate Action Programme: Ban Ki-moon, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, spoke at a global conference earlier this month and highlighted the crucial role of agroforestry and diversification of crops in the battle to achieve food security and mitigate climate change. The Third Global Conference on Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Security and Climate Change took

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Greenhouse Gas Emissions Will Dry Up Water Resources

Dec 16th, 2013 | By




The Hindu: A leaked final draft of the UN scientific panel on climate change report has warned of the risks that the world faces from climate change impacts if the greenhouse gas emissions are not curtailed and countries do not adapt quickly enough. The report of the Working Group II of the UN Intergovernmental panel on

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Pollination and Land Degradation: Top Priorities for New Intergovernmental Body

Dec 16th, 2013 | By
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UNEP News Center: The groundbreaking Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) today agreed to develop a set of assessments on pollination and food production, land degradation and invasive species aimed at providing policymakers with the tools to tackle pressing environmental challenges. Around 400 delegates from over 100 governments, scientific organizations, civil society and the

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Forests Preservation: Pakistan Upbeat About World Bank funding

Dec 16th, 2013 | By




Business Recorder: As Pakistan pleads its case at Geneva for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (REDD) funds, forest owners, government officials and experts on environment appeared hopeful to preserve forests. The REDD is about getting dollars for the carbon saved in forests by not cutting trees. The tons of carbon

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When Is a Forest No Longer a Forest?

Dec 14th, 2013 | By
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Center For International Forestry Research: As countries ponder incentives to slow the degradation of their tropical forests, a huge, unanswered question looms: What exactly is a degraded forest? Programs that provide such incentives, such as REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation), a U.N.-backed initiative, face the challenge of accurate measurements of deforestation and degradation. New

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The US And China Must Show Leadership on Climate Change

Dec 13th, 2013 | By
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The Guardian: The world is approaching a watershed moment in its battle to limit the risks posed by global climate change, and international leadership from the United States is needed now more than ever before. A report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in September warned that emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases are

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Ozone Hole Won’t Heal Until 2070, Says NASA

Dec 13th, 2013 | By
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The banning of ozone-depleting chemicals hasn’t yet caused detectable improvements in the Antarctic ozone hole, new research suggests. Instead, changes in the South Pole’s ozone hole from year-to-year are likely the result of natural variations in wind patterns, researchers said Wednesday (Dec. 11) in a press conference at the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union. “Ozone is produced in

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Climate Change: Experts Review Adaptation Plans For Keti Bunder, Kharo Chan

Dec 13th, 2013 | By
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Tribune: To help coastal communities adapt to the impact of climate change, the World Wildlife Fund-Pakistan (WWF-P) has prepared two union-council-level adaptation plans. To review these plans for the coastal communities of Keti Bunder and Kharo Chan of district Thatta, a three-day regional workshop is being held at the Avari Hotel from December 10 to December

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IPCC Officials Keen to Remake the World

Dec 13th, 2013 | By
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The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) website claims that it is a “policy-neutral, never policy-prescriptive” organization. But that is not how its senior personnel behave. Not even close. One possible response to climate change is to do nothing in the short term. After all, scientific authority is looking rather bedraggled at the moment. It seems that

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Regional Workshop on Energy Cooperation on Dec 12

Dec 11th, 2013 | By




Republica: Government officials, private sector representatives and experts of South Asian Associatoin of Regional Cooperation (SAARC) countries are to converge in Kathmandu on December 12 to discuss on issues of energy cooperation in the regional level as well as deliberate on climate change and water management issues. The participants include policymakers on energy, hydro power producers,

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World Bank Approves Rules Unlocking $390 Million For Forest Conservation

Dec 11th, 2013 | By




Less than a month after the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) approved the seven decisions that comprise the “REDD Rulebook”, the World Bank’s Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) today signed off on a new Methodological Framework for its Carbon Fund. Finalized during a meeting of Carbon Fund Participants in Paris, the new

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The Ocean Thermometer Reveals Global Warming Lies

Dec 10th, 2013 | By




American Thinker: The UN IPCC and others with a vested interest in the global warming scare have not bothered to check what sea level evidence says about global temperature changes. Sea levels are very sensitive to temperature changes, and the oceanic indicators are currently reading “steady”. So are all other thermometers. Apart from bubbles of

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Does the IPCC Do Science?

Dec 8th, 2013 | By
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The deadline for submissions to the UK House of Commons committee examining the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report is early next week. For the past several days, the bulk of my attention has been devoted to writing my submission. In more than one PowerPoint presentation, I have called attention to the 300-word self-description on the IPCC’s

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World Must Sustainably Produce 70% More Food by Mid-Century – UN Report

Dec 6th, 2013 | By
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UN News Center: The world will need 70 per cent more food, as measured by calories, to feed a global population of 9.6 billion in 2050, and must achieve this through improvements in the way people produce and consume, according to a report released today by the United Nations and its partners. “Over the next several

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UN-Backed Green Fund Hailed As ‘Milestone’ in Global Effort to Tackle Climate Change

Dec 6th, 2013 | By
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UN News Center: Senior United Nations officials hailed the opening in the Republic of Korea today of the UN-backed Green Climate Fund as a significant step in the collective effort to support mitigation, adaptation and resilience measures in developing countries. “Today’s opening of the secretariat – combined with the advances by the Conference of Parties

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Environmental Impact Assessment Key to Sustainable Development

Dec 6th, 2013 | By
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The South Asian Environmental Assessment Conference (SAEAC13) kicked off Wednesday bringing together a wide range of national and international experts in the field of environmental impact assessment (EIA) from South Asia, Southeast Asia, Europe and North America to discuss and share best practices in EIA, and push forward the concept of Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA). Organized jointly

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NASA App Shows Effects of Climate Change on Earth

Dec 5th, 2013 | By
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Business Line: NASA has launched a new app that gives users a glimpse into how climate change and natural disasters are quickly transforming the landscape of the Earth. Human activities, a changing climate and natural disasters are rapidly altering the face of our planet, NASA said. Now, with NASA’s Images of Change iPad application, users

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UNESCO & UNWTO Work Together to Promote Sustainable Tourism

Dec 5th, 2013 | By
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Climate Action Programme: The United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) and the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) are collaborating to promote sustainable tourism and protect heritage sites. The two agencies have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU), which will address the safeguarding of natural and cultural heritage and combine efforts on national, regional

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€2.2bn “Green Bond” Push Launched

Nov 27th, 2013 | By
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The Bank of America, EDF and Vasakronan are among those issuing bonds intended to heighten investment in clean energy and water projects. Last week a series of ‘green bonds’ were launched by corporates that could provide €2.2bn of investment in renewable energy, energy efficiency, water and green building projects. An increasing number of companies are

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Asians Are Feeling Climate Change And Want To Adapt

Oct 9th, 2013 | By
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Asian Scientist: Extreme weather and hotter temperatures are reducing crop production, and Asia is struggling to adapt to climate change. Most people in Asia are experiencing the impact of climate change and are keen on changing their lifestyles, a study says. The ‘Climate Asia’ study, published by BBC Media Action, the UK media organization’s international

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Look Climate Change Issues in Indian Perspective Rather Blindly Following IPCC

Oct 8th, 2013 | By
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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
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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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Special Report on Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation (SREX)

Oct 7th, 2013 | By
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IPCC: This Summary for Policymakers presents key findings from the Special Report on Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation (SREX). The SREX approaches the topic by assessing the scientific literature on issues that range from the relationship between climate change and extreme weather and climate events (‘climate extremes’) to the

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The IPCC Report – Where Now?

Oct 7th, 2013 | By
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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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IPCC Report More Certain About Global Warming

Oct 7th, 2013 | By
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Scientists are 95 per cent certain that humans have caused recent temperature rises The seas are set to reach higher-than-expected levels by the end of the century But experts fear the report will fail to spur serious government action Development experts and scientists have reacted cautiously to leaked versions of the first part of the

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Adapting to Climate Cchange in Bangladesh

Oct 7th, 2013 | By
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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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Himalayas Still Uphill For Climate Report

Oct 7th, 2013 | By
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BBC: Although the latest global update on climate change says the vast majority of glaciers worldwide have continued to shrink, scientists have admitted that the Himalayas remain an area where they still have very limited information. Glaciologists involved in the cryosphere chapter of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) first phase report, launched last week, said there

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Mountains And Climate Linked Disasters: Less Concerned Actors

Oct 1st, 2013 | By
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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
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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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Climate Asia Data Portal Launched By BBC

Sep 17th, 2013 | By
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BBC Media Action has launched Asia’s largest study of people’s daily experience of climate change. Climate Asia provides the first comprehensive picture of how people are impacted by and responding to changes in their environment across seven countries and maps where communities are struggling and adapting. The study took place in Bangladesh, China, India, Indonesia,

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India’s Law To Feed Poor Threatens To Gobble Up Climate Funding

Sep 13th, 2013 | By
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Thomson Reuters Foundation: India’s National Action Plan for Climate Change, a hugely ambitious programme requiring billions of dollars, is being starved of funds, officials say, as a new law aimed at giving food to the needy threatens to eat up a large chunk of government spending. In 2009, the government set up eight national missions

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$10 Billion For Climate Resilience?

Sep 13th, 2013 | By
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Trust: The World Meteorological Organization branded 2001-2010 as “a decade of climate extremes”. Over that decade, the yearly average number of severe storms with ‘names’ was 25 percent more than the average of 1981-2010. This surely indicates a severe decade ahead of us. The United Nations’ Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction (GAR) 2013

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Climate Change May Speed Up Forests’ Life Cycles

Sep 13th, 2013 | By
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Science Daily: Many climate studies have predicted that tree species will respond to global warming by migrating via seed dispersal to cooler climates. But a new study of 65 different species in 31 eastern states finds evidence of a different, unexpected response. Nearly 80 percent of the species aren’t yet shifting their geographic distributions to

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Italian Move Revives Interest In K2

Sep 13th, 2013 | By
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Pak Observer: Islamabad—Reviving Italy’s hundred years love for K2 which first began with Filippo De Filippi’s 1913 expedition to the majestic mountain, an enlightening event was held here at National Art Gallery in Islamabad that comprised of a photo exhibit, film festival and a scientific conference. “The Karakorum range and the K2 have been familiar

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Study Provides Insights On Protecting World’s Poor From Climate Change

Sep 12th, 2013 | By
Climate change is already putting pressure on fishers who depend on nature for their livelihoods. In a new study by the Wildlife Conservation Society and James Cook University, scientists found large differences in the potential of poor Kenyan fishing communities to adapt to climate change, requiring a variety of management approaches for each community due to different social and environmental factors. Credit: Austin Humphries




PHYS: The worst impacts of climate change on the world’s poorest fishing communities can likely be avoided by careful management of the local environment and investing in the diversification of options for local people, according to the Wildlife Conservation Society and James Cook University. Climate change is already putting pressure on fishers who depend on

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Environmentalists Observe Himalaya Day

Sep 12th, 2013 | By
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Hindu: A group of environmentalists and civil society activists observed Himalaya Day and demanded a comprehensive policy to protect the world’s longest and tallest range and its ecosystems on Thursday. Observing the Himalaya Day for the first time, members from about 22 organisations released a Himalayan people’s manifesto, urging the government to formulate a focused

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UNEP Report: On Low Carbon Transport and City Planning

Sep 11th, 2013 | By
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Three reports released by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) evaluate and summarize options for low carbon city planning, non-motorised transport (NMT) and infrastructure risks due to climate variability in India. The reports were published as part of the project on ‘Promoting Low Carbon Transport in India.’ The first report, titled ‘Low Carbon City: A Guidebook for

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Research Needed To Understand Glaciers’ Complex Behaviour

Sep 11th, 2013 | By
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Tribune: The glaciers in Karakoram ranges are more stable than the ones worldwide but more data and research are needed to understand their complex behaviour. These views were expressed by local and foreign experts at a scientific conference on “Karakoram Resources and Climate Change: Glacier, Water and Ecosystem”, organised by EvK2-CNR — an Italian research

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Antarctic, Greenland Ice mMelt Accelerating: IPCC Leak

Sep 9th, 2013 | By
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SMH: Ice in Antarctica and Greenland is disappearing faster and may drive sea levels higher than predicted this century, according to leaked United Nations documents. Greenland’s ice added six times more to sea levels in the decade through 2011 than in the prior 10 years, according to a draft of the UN’s most comprehensive study

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Climate Chage: Our Present, Their Future

Sep 9th, 2013 | By
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TR: The impact of climate change is all too apparent to I gen, a schoolboy from a village in Lembata, Indonesia. Harvest seasons are increasingly unpredictable across Indonesia and the sea level appears to be rising around his community. “Now from the field we can only harvest one or two sacks of corn. Many crop

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Earth Is Warming Up But Not As Rapidly As Predicted

Sep 9th, 2013 | By
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The Hindu: New IPCC report raises questions over urgency or seriousness of climate change The climate has not been warming over the past 15 years at rates predicted earlier, the latest report of the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), to be released September end, is going to say. The report is also going

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Scientific Advice Improved Outcome Of UN Climate Talks

Sep 9th, 2013 | By
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UN climate change policy negotiators need more access to expert advice on new technologies such as carbon storage and geoengineering, according to an expert whose study found that providing scientific information to negotiators before debates resulted in more productive discussions. The paper, published in Energy Procedia last month (5 August), says that the annual Conferences

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This Change Is Here To Stay

Sep 9th, 2013 | By
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The Hindu: The U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in its latest report warns that that a large part of the changes that occur on the planet cannot be reversed even after the next few centuries unless carbon dioxide emissions are brought down fast, substantially and kept extremely low for a very long time.

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Enhancing Regional Distribution of CDM and Post 2012 Market the Pacific

Sep 9th, 2013 | By
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The 4th workshop for enhancing the regional distribution of CDM projects in the Asia and the Pacific-Opportunities for the CDM and Carbon Markets post 2012,  organised by Asian Development Bank (ADB), the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) and the UNFCCC Secretariat, has successfully concluded. The workshop took place 4-5 September 2013 at the headquarters

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Early Recovery By UNDP-What It Means To Uttarakhand

Jul 29th, 2013 | By
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The UNDP  United Nations Development Programme, says that early recovery is a multidimensional process of recovery that begins in a humanitarian setting.  It is an integrated and coordinated approach, using humanitarian mechanisms, to gradually turn the dividends of humanitarian action into sustainable crisis recovery, resilience building and development opportunities. When a crisis strikes, UNDP works

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Disaster Relief: Avoid Old Mindset And Jargons

Jul 24th, 2013 | By
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Climate Himalaya: In this article it is argued that Disaster Management practice in India need to change the old mindset of disaster relief, to include quick planning and actions, using verifiable space data and avoid delay causing detailed assessments in deciding any government run relief package. We need to be cautions against the current jargons such

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Worse Floods Ahead As Climate Warms

Jul 24th, 2013 | By
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CNN: “Atmospheric rivers”, airborne corridors of concentrated moisture which carry huge volumes of water, are set to get wider and longer, causing more frequent and catastrophic floods as the atmosphere warms. Heavy and prolonged rainfall will cause both more frequent and more severe flooding across the United Kingdom and the rest of north-west Europe as

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What Climate Change Means for Africa, Asia and the Coastal Poor

Jul 24th, 2013 | By
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World Bank: A new climate report looks at likely impacts of present day, 2°C, and 4°C warming across Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia and South East Asia. It describes the risks to agriculture and livelihood security in Sub-Saharan Africa; the rise in sea-level, loss of coral reefs and devastation to coastal areas likely in South East

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The Last Drop

Jul 8th, 2013 | By
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Antonio M. Claparols (Philippines): We were lucky enough to have grown up amidst the abundance of our natural resources. These were during the decades of ’50s to the ’70s. The rainforest then was pristine  while  most of the countrysides were unspoiled by man-made progress. Our  rivers teemed with fish as their waters flowed freely and

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Nepal Boosts Early Warning System For Climate Hazards

Jul 7th, 2013 | By
A local community on the Rapti River of west Nepal checks the depth of water in the river during training on early warning alerts. Photo: Practical Action




TRF: Floods and landslides have hit Nepal hard this monsoon season, bringing high casualties in just the first few weeks. More than 40 people were killed in 17 districts during the second half of June, mainly in the hills of the mid-west and far-west regions, according to the Nepal Red Cross Society (NRCS), the country’s

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What They Said: India’s Monsoon Disaster

Jul 7th, 2013 | By
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WSJ: A roundup of what the Indian media said after flash floods and landslides killed at least 800 people in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand last month. After flash floods and landslides killed at least 800 people in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand last month, disaster management authorities are planning to halt rescue

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Report Says Recent Extremes Of Climate, Temperatures Unprecedented

Jul 5th, 2013 | By
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UPI: Climate extremes experienced in the decade 2001-2010 were unprecedented, the World Meteorological Organization in Geneva, Switzerland, says in a report. More national temperature records were reported broken around the world than in any previous decades, the report said, and there was an increase in deaths from heatwaves, particularly pronounced during the extreme summers in

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Uttarakhand Disaster-Uncertain Future Awaits

Jul 3rd, 2013 | By
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In last few days the Climate Himalaya’s team has been visiting the affected areas, meeting the people, understanding the situation and knowing that how the affected are going to cope in future. We have also been interacting with officials and researchers, to understand the causes and plans for future. A Warning 18 Years Ago Kedarnath

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Need to Asses Climate Change..!

Jun 25th, 2013 | By
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Times of India: Cautioning that the Uttarakhand disaster may be a warning towards “extreme weather”, National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) vice-chairman M Shashidhar Reddy on Monday said detailed assessment of impact of climate change is needed. Speaking at the inauguration of South Asia Regional Consultation on Climate Change Adaptation, Reddy said: “Nothing more serious could

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Climate Models:Epic Failure or Spot on Consistent with Observed Warming?

Jun 11th, 2013 | By
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Global Warming: NASA scientist Roy Spencer recently posted on his Web site some startling graphs produced by John Christy, his colleague at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. The graph immediately below compares the linear-trend temperature projections of 73 climate models with the linear trend of observed temperatures for the bulk tropical atmosphere during 1979-2012. The 73 models are

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Climate-Smart Agriculture Sourcebook

Jun 11th, 2013 | By
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FAO: There has been a rapid uptake of the term Climate-Smart Agriculture (CSA) by the international community, national entities and local institutions, in the past years. However, implementing this approach is challenging, partly due to a lack of tools and experience. Climate-smart interventions are highly location-specific and knowledge-intensive. Considerable efforts are required to develop the

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Bonn Climate Change Conference 3-13 June 2013

Jun 11th, 2013 | By
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The thirty-eighth sessions of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI 38) and the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA 38), as well as the second part of the second session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP 2-2) is taking place at Maritim Hotel from 3-14 June

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Climate Information Services On Current Scenario

Jun 11th, 2013 | By
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ci:grasp performs as a climate information service and provides sound knowledge on current and projected climate stimuli, climate impacts and adaptation options at the national, sub-national and regional level. The layer system The information in ci:grasp is organized via a layer structure. Layer 1: Stimuli Provides you with information regarding selected climate stimuli, sea-level rise,

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