Himalayan Nations at Climate Change Conference-CoP21

Dec 3rd, 2015 | By
HImalayan nations

Over 150 heads of state and government gathered in Paris at the UN climate change conference on Monday, 30 November, the largest group of leaders ever to attend a UN event in a single day. In speech after speech, they provided political leadership and support to reach an ambitious and effective climate change agreement by

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$248 USD million pledged to GEF climate fund for most vulnerable countries

Dec 2nd, 2015 | By

UNFCC 30 Nov 2015: New financing for Least Developed Countries Fund sends strong signal of commitment as Paris talks get underway PARIS – Monday November 30, 2015 – Eleven donors have pledged close to $250 USD million in new money for adaptation support to the most vulnerable countries on the planet giving a welcome boost

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Ecologically Fragile State to Face Yet Another Flood

Mar 31st, 2015 | By

BILAL PANDOW writes about ‘Kashmir Flood on 30 March’ in Kashmir valley, another consecutive flood  since September 2014, which devastated the valley. He discusses about policies, ecological imbalance and increasing encroachment in the natural waterways and insufficient preparedness measures in place. As flood situation in Kashmir valley is looming, the water level in Jhelum river

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Renewed Vigor in 2015

Jan 25th, 2015 | By

Dear Readers, When it was launched in 2010 there was a dire need to bring relevant and credible information on Climate Change close to scientists, practitioners, activists and the media. Through its daily bulletin ‘Climate Himalaya’ has been successful in making its present felt, nationally, regionally and globally. With our limited resources we have tried

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Revisiting Mountain Perspective: Reasons And Challenges

Jan 19th, 2015 | By
Van Mundoli in Chamoli-Photo Samvedi Dehradun-1

K N Vajpai: This article is in the series of responses to an article on ‘Mountain Perspective’ at Link. It looks in to the aspects of mountain perspective and specificities as mentioned by Dr. N. S. Jodha during 1992s, and compares them in present  context. However, there are a number of doubts upon the relevance

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Government Admits Hydropower Projects Aggravated 2013 Uttarakhand Floods

Dec 11th, 2014 | By
Flood aftermath in Kedarnath, a huge land mass towards Mandakini cut of

The Centre on Monday admitted for the first time that hydropower projects had “direct and indirect impact in the aggravation of floods” that hit Uttarakhand in 2013, killing hundreds and leaving thousands homeless. It also said that the projects caused “irreversible damage” to the environment and enhanced landslides and other disasters. Filing its affidavit in

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Why Unborn Children Must be Part of the UN Climate Deal

Dec 7th, 2014 | By

In terms of climate change, youth are the future, and therefore will see the worsening of climate impacts. We will see sea level rising, ecosystems changing, populations moving. We will be the ones to feel its impacts on economy and society: we will fear for our children, for our jobs, and for our lives. Without

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Will the Real Montologist Please Stand up?

Jul 11th, 2014 | By
Vinay-in Lumgaundi 2011

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

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Need to Rewrite the Mountain Perspective!

Jul 1st, 2014 | By
Dhol-Keshar singh Bisht-a

Tagged as fragile, remote and marginal, these three aspects have featured prominently in discussions and deliberations concerning development in the mountains in our part of the world. Retired but active academician N S Jodha, a former senior staff with the Kathmandu-based Integrated Center for International Mountain Development, has been credited for using these three features

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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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Report Backlash May Have Contributed To Uttarakhand Disaster – Experts

Dec 13th, 2013 | By
Flood aftermath in Kedarnath, a huge land mass towards Mandakini cut of

Thomson Reuters Foundation: A report warned a decade ago about the threat posed by a glacial lake that in June burst its banks and contributed to flooding that killed thousands in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. But fears that the report – and reporting about it – were too sensational may have contributed to a

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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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The Heat Wave, The Arctic Melt And Climate Change

Sep 9th, 2013 | By
Australian Heat wave

Antonio M. Claparols (Philippines): I could not wait to write this when the news appeared in the July 24,2013 issue of The Financial Times that the airline company, Easy Jet, may be the next victim to global warming and climate change due to the extreme heat wave affecting Europe, the Middle East and the United

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Kedarnath Disaster: Facts And Plausible Causes

Jul 30th, 2013 | By
Chorabari disaster

Current Science: Recent climate changes have had significant impact on high-mountain glacial environment. Rapid melting of snow/ice and heavy rainfall has resulted in the formation and expansion of moraine-dammed lakes, creating a potential danger from dammed lake outburst floods1. On 16 and 17 June 2013, heavy rains together with moraine dammed lake (Chorabari Lake) burst

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Disaster Relief: Avoid Old Mindset And Jargons

Jul 24th, 2013 | By

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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The Last Drop

Jul 8th, 2013 | By
Ladakh region

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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Uttarakhand Disaster-Uncertain Future Awaits

Jul 3rd, 2013 | By
Gaurikund on the way to Kedarnath after flood

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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Undefined Role of Regional And National Agencies In Reducing Disasters

Jun 23rd, 2013 | By
Flood aftermath in Kedarnath, a huge land mass towards Mandakini cut of

Climate Himalaya: The Himalayan region consists of extremely fragile ecosystem, and source to 10 major Asian river systems, on which over 1.3 billion people rely for sustenance, water, livelihoods and prosperity. A recent flash flood on 16-17 June, affected over 50,000 people in the mountain state of Uttarakhand, while it is estimated that over 5000

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Disaster In Uttarakhand, India: Huge Death Toll

Jun 19th, 2013 | By
Rescue operation in Gaurikund region of Rudraprayag

NDMA Drill Had Exposed Gaps in State’s Disaster Management Plan Uttarakhand government took no step to address shortcomings in three years. A mock drill organised by the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) in May-June 2011 in three districts of Uttarakhand had raised many crucial questions. After the drill, that was conducted in Dehradun on May

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The Climate Skeptism And 450 Threshold

Jun 11th, 2013 | By

Antonio M. Claparols (Philippines): The recent news is that the 450-ppm threshold of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere will be a reality soon. Is this cause for global alarm? Yes, and it must be prevented from happening at all costs because it will raise global temperatures by 2 degrees Centigrade and lead to extreme droughts,

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Why Are We Not Winning The War Against Climate Change

May 27th, 2013 | By
Okhimath Disaster-Jagdish kohli-6

Antonio M. Claparols (Philippines): Think about it. Ours is a country so rich with natural resources, strategically located at the center of the Coral Triangle and blessed with species of which only  10-20% are said to be discovered. Imagine how many of the undiscovered species may have gone extinct and how the discovered ones are

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How Many Nepalis Know About Climate Change

May 21st, 2013 | By

Stephen Bailey: You need a bit of height to appreciate the size of a brick factory. You need to get close to appreciate the human cost. From a hill over Duwakot you can see people labouring in the grey mud beneath the towering chimney.  Down in the factory you can see the weather beaten faces,

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Mountain Agro-Ecosystem: Traditional Science to Cost Effective Solution

May 14th, 2013 | By
Planing-Shalini's article

Shalini Dhyani: Writes about hill agriculture, agro-forest and such ecosystem practices from Indian Himalayan region. She emphasizes on improving the socio-economic condition of mountain people by adopting a range of animal husbandry, agro-forestry and traditional agriculture practices through better scientific and technical inputs. Entire Himalayan ecosystem is undergoing rapid land-use and climatic changes in last

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Mountain Perspective Framework In Post Rio+20 Scenarios: A Discussion Paper

Mar 18th, 2013 | By
Mountain mix farming Dr. Karki

Dr. Madhav Karki discusses about sustainable mountain development- SMD agenda that was adopted during 1992 Rio Earth summit, and how the socio-economic and environmental issues were taken by countries in the Hindu Kush Himalayan- HKH region during last 20 years in terms of achieving the goals as envisioned in SMD document. He argues that mountain

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Framing Sustainable Development Goals With Mountain Perspectives: Post Rio+20 Actions

Mar 7th, 2013 | By
Rio-CHI-The future of mountains

Dr. Madhav Karki writes about the commitments made by the member countries during Rio+20 summit on various sustainable development goals (SDGs) on low carbon green economy principles and good governance practices, in socio-economic and environmental perspectives. He argues that post Rio+20 actions should be more cohesive, participatory, multi-disciplinary and simple in approach, so that they

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Safeguarding The Sanctity Of Developmental Aid

Feb 22nd, 2013 | By

Dr. Sudhirendar Sharma’s opinion piece on an an ongoing discourse on ‘Flaw of Big Aid‘ at Climate Himalaya’s discussion platform . There are reasons why James Rinaldi article ‘Flaw of Big Aid’ did not provoke strong emotions from either those who provide ‘aid’ or those who are its recipients. Most of those to whom the

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Flaw Of Big Aid

Jan 24th, 2013 | By
ICIMOD's Office in Kathmandu Nepal

The James Rinaldi article ‘Flaw of Big Aid’ raises questions about the efficiency and honesty of aid money pouring into mountain countries like Nepal, which, some feel, has been turned into a political playground by powerful neighbours in the north and the south and a holiday destination by far away interests in the west and

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Climate Change And Gender: Innovations For Change And Results On The Anvil?

Jan 2nd, 2013 | By
Women in Pithoragarh

Suman K Apparusu: COP18, Doha participation and interfacing with several constituencies; especially the gender and women constituency was a great learning as well as a humbling experience. There were some women who braved difficult circumstances to make it to the COP18 and make their voices heard; some were there to push hard for climate justice;

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Doha: One Step Forward and Two Steps Backward?

Dec 24th, 2012 | By
Connie Hedegaard and Xie Zhenhua talk during the last day of the Doha climate talks. Photograph: IISD

Suman K Apparusu: The warmth and the hospitality of Doha are truly unforgettable! A wonderful combination of the old and new, tradition and modernity, ambition and receptivity struck me in all that I experienced during my one week sojourn of COP18 at Doha. But as the plane touched the tarmac in India, I was left

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Project Affected Population And Livelihood Issues In Indian Himalayan Region

Nov 13th, 2012 | By
The water at THDP

Taylor Wilmot: In the twentieth century big dams and other development projects were often associated with progress and prosperous economic development for many countries, including India (Khagram, 2005). Dam development projects entice governments with the promise of hydroelectricity, irrigation, and drinking water for their growing populations. They represent an abundant resource to developing countries (Khagram,

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Community Adaption Practices In Uttarakhand Himalayas Of India: Case Study

Oct 26th, 2012 | By

Cassie Denbow: The Hindu-Kush Himalayas (HKH) is one of the most diverse ecological regions in the world. Stretching from Afghanistan to Myanmar, the mountainous region encompasses the world’s highest peaks, 30% of the world’s glaciers[1], and provides between 1.3-1.8 billion[2] people with water and other natural resources. The Western Indian Himalayas are the segment of

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Science Policy Interface: Climate Adaptation In Indian Himalayan Region

Oct 15th, 2012 | By

Mountain Voice: In the series of Mountain Voice project the Climate Himalaya’s team interviewed Dr. T Ramasamy, Secretary, Department of Science and Technology (DST) who heads the National Mission for Himalayan Ecosystem (NMSHE) and National Knowledge Mission under the National Action Plan for Climate Change (NAPCC) of Government of India. Dr. Ramasamy talked about the

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Connecting Dots: Communicating Climate Science In Himalayas

Oct 12th, 2012 | By

Mountain Voice: In the series of Mountain Voice project the Climate Himalaya team interviewed Dr. David J Molden, Director General of International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD, Nepal) and discussed about the climate related issues in Himalayan region and about scientific communications and policy making processes. Climate Himalaya: Barring exceptions, it is business as

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Coordinated Climate Proofing Efforts In Indian Himalayan Region: Workshop Concludes

Oct 8th, 2012 | By
NMSHE Workshop

A two days stakeholders workshop that was attended by over 130 stakeholders from 37 different institutes of 12 Indian Himalayan states, representatives of 7 State Governments, 27 Experts from various national and State level institutions, members of DST’s Expert and Steering committees, representatives of NGOs/Civil Society organizations, Senior officers of Central Ministries concluded at CSIR-

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Testimonies Of Livelihood And Agriculture Losses In The Mountains

Sep 28th, 2012 | By
Aunty-in jungle

Mountain Voice: In a series of Mountain Voice, the Climate Himalaya team captured the voices of mountain people from the western Himalayan region of India. Our team came across the real situation while interacting with various people in this region.  The team witnessed that the people are not aware about the statistics on the level

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Landslides, Floods Claim 27 Lives In Sikkim, Assam Displaces 7 Lakhs

Sep 24th, 2012 | By
assam flood megamedianews

Flood situation in the state remain unchanged. The Brahmaputra River is above the danger level at Dibrugarh, Nematighat, Tezpur, Dhubri, Guwahati and Goalpara. Similarly, the Burhidehing is flowing above danger level at Khowang in Dibrugarh district, the Subansiri at Badatighat in Lakhimpur, the Dhansiri at Numaligarh in Golaghat and the Jia Bharali at N T

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Cloud Burst: Disaster in Uttarakhand India-Updates and Photos

Sep 14th, 2012 | By
Okhimath Disaster-SV3

On 13th September 2012 night in Chwanni, Mangoli and Kimana villages of Okhimath block in Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand (India), heavy rains completely inundated over 4 villages and eroded 2 more villages, while there are no clues about 20-25 families in these villages. One can see the aftermath of erratic rainfall over the night in

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Contrasting Patterns Of Early Twenty-First-Century Glacier Mass Change In The Himalayas

Aug 27th, 2012 | By
Nandi Kund 32 km track from Madmaheshwar

Nature: Glaciers are among the best indicators of terrestrial climate variability, contribute importantly to water resources in many mountainous regions1, 2 and are a major contributor to global sea level rise3, 4. In the Hindu Kush–Karakoram–Himalaya region (HKKH), a paucity of appropriate glacier data has prevented a comprehensive assessment of current regional mass balance5. There

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Assam Faces Worst Ever Floods In 10 Years

Aug 23rd, 2012 | By
Assam flood

India Water Portal: This article provides a brief background of the situation of floods in Assam, their impact and possible solutions, through a video interview with Dr. Partha J Das, Programme Head, ‘Water, Climate & Hazard (WATCH)’ Programme, Aaranyak. Background The north-eastern region of the country receives a large share of the summer south-west monsoon’s

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Updates On Uttarkashi Cloudburst and Flashflood 2012

Aug 9th, 2012 | By
Rope bridge (foot) connecting two parts of Uttarkashi city got damaged

  Plan India/ SBMA:  On August 3rd and 4th night incidences of cloudbursts occurred in Uttarkashi area. It was around midnight when suddenly people noticed increasing water level with debris in the local rivers. People immediately started shifting from their houses  and tried to move to the safer locations. Some people were able to shift

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The Reality Of Climate Change In Our Hills

Aug 7th, 2012 | By

On an article published on 6 Aug 2012 at Livemint (reproduced below), Dr. Sudhirendar Sharma raises a few questions. He says, “whether or not the trend co-relates to climate change, it is clear that there has virtually been an absence of a well thought-out strategy to overcome it. Job opportunities and local markets haven’t been

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The Disaster Emergencies in the Indian Mountains

Aug 4th, 2012 | By

We are updating the News on Daily Basis on this page. The heavy and erratic rains in western Himalayan region of India is taking toll in its form. Thousands of pilgrims and Tourists are stuck in places due to huge landslides that has blown road networks..! The life in the region is at stand still,

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Energy Security In The Mountains: Issues and Economic Opportunities

Jul 11th, 2012 | By

Mountain Voice: In a series of Mountain Voice, the Climate Himalaya team interacted with authorities working on energy renewable energy issues in the western Himalayan region of India, to understand that how much scope such mountain states have in energy security and how people could be involved in such processes. What is the scope of

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Agriculture And Adapting To Climate Change In Himalayan Mountains Of India

Jul 6th, 2012 | By
agiculture UKI

Mountain Voice: We interviewed a number of farmers in one of the most backward and remote district Uttarkashi in Uttarakhand state of India, about the kind of changes they now face in agriculture production and how they are adapting to it. The farmers mentioned that they feel climatic change for last 10-20 years in the

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Do Mountain People Have Access to Land and Forest Resources?

Jul 4th, 2012 | By
Anup Sah-Uttarakhand

Mountain Voice: During this series we interacted with a youth journalist working for an Indian news daily for over 10 years in Indian mountains.  He writes on issues related to natural resources, people’s rights, environment and developmental issues in the region on regular basis. We interviewed Mr. Deepak Benjwal on issues related to climate change

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Environmental Issues And Youth In The Mountains

Jun 18th, 2012 | By

Mountain Voice: In a series of our Mountain Voice, the Climate Himalaya team interacted with youth in western Himalayan region of India to understand that how aware and concerned they are about various environment issues and how involved the Youth’s are in various developmental processes. As per our interaction with Youth in western Himalayan region

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Climate Vulnerability And Mountain Women

Jun 2nd, 2012 | By

Mountain Voice TV: Ms. Geeta Gairola of Mahila Samakhaya, India talks about. A community in the mountains that is dependent on forest will be quite stressed due to climatic changes, as their livelihood and life support system revolve around mountains, forests and rivers. The changes will increases their vulnerability and directly affects the lives of

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Economic Growth And Mountain Footprints

Jun 2nd, 2012 | By
Dr. Anil P Joshi

Mountain Voice TV:  Dr. Anil Joshi of HESCO, India talks about. Majority of the land in the mountains is under forest cover, therefore the present economic model doesn’t apply to the mountains. Due to present economic model mountain people have major suffering to compete with urban dwellers in terms infrastructure and lesser income. It’s also

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Science And Policy Disconnect In Himalayas

Jun 2nd, 2012 | By

Mountain Voice TV: Dr. Amba Jamir of The Missing Link, India talks about. There is a disconnect between science and policy making with fact that the policy whichever exist many of them are not informed. Like Shifting cultivation is an issues in North Eastern mountain states of India, which has never ever been supported by

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Education And Livelihood Disconnect In Mountains

Jun 2nd, 2012 | By
Cyril R Raphael

Mountain Voice TV: Mr. Cyril R. Raphel of SBMA, Uttarakhand India talks about. It’s evident that despite the higher rates of literacy and better indices of primary, secondary and higher education, the economic growth in the mountains are not matching.There is a disconnect between the quality of education and measures we adopt in judging the

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Climate Impact And Interventions In Mountains

Jun 2nd, 2012 | By
Kashmir Agriculture

Mountain Voice TV: Mr. Pankaj Kumar Srivastava of Oxfam South Asia Regional centre talks about. To design climate adaptation related interventions one needs to first understand various kinds of natural flows in terms of hydrological, energy, bio-mass, among others in the mountain agriculture. The interventions should go in integrated manner, while mountain people should develop

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Mountain Women And Climate Adaptation

Jun 2nd, 2012 | By
Women in Pithoragarh

Mountain Voice-TV: Dr. Malvika Chauhan of Himmothan Society in India talks about. How resilient the mountain women are towards climatic changes in the Himalayan region and the kind of adaptation focus should be their in this region of South Asia. Though women in this region are facing such changes for years, but there are areas

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Mountain Perspective: Monism Of Ideas And Actions To Alternatives

May 7th, 2012 | By
Rudranath Dwar-Ved Badola-featured

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

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Bits and pieces 10: Global Warming in Pictures

Mar 26th, 2012 | By

J.C.Moore: Science is about using observation and reason to understand the physical world. Some people are suspicious of computer models and theories; so here is some of the the basic data in pictures and graphs. Ice core data gives a good picture of what has happened to the Earth in the last several ice ages. Please

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Getting Some Basics Right In The Mountains….

Feb 28th, 2012 | By
Cyril R Article-Sanjay Joshi Photo

Mr. Cyril R Raphael: In this article Mr. Raphael writes the agony of mountains in general by taking an example of overall development in one of the Indian mountain states called Uttarakhand. His discourse covers the social and economic development, governance, leadership, availability of basic amenities, health, education, livelihood, effectiveness of information and communication, role

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Remote, Fragile And Marginal: On Mountain Perspective

Feb 2nd, 2012 | By

Benedicto Q Sánchez: And so our Kathmandu dinner discussions continue, but this time virtually and through the internet. Five days ago, Dr. Sudhirendar Sharma asked me for my comments on his article “Need to rewrite the mountain perspective” that was posted at Climate Himalaya’s website. Mountains are described as “fragile, remote and marginal,” these three

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

Jan 24th, 2012 | By

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

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Costly Chocolate, Dearer Diapers And The Durban Dilemma

Jan 2nd, 2012 | By
Green Ghanaian

Sudhirendar Sharma: By strange coincidence two unrelated developments had surfaced at the time when environment ministers from several countries were mulling over reams of text to resolve the climate conundrum at the port city of Durban in early December  – one, that the branded chocolates were getting costly and two, diapers sales were plummeting across

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

Dec 9th, 2011 | By
Momentum for change

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

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