Guest Speak

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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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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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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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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Equitable Development: A Challenge For The World At Durban

Dec 7th, 2011 | By

Durban Post by Dr.C. S. Silori*: This note is on the major happening during COP 17 at Durban in South Africa during UN Climate Change Conference on December 4-5, and how the ‘equity’ issues has emerged as major challenge for the world leaders in context to future development and climate change.  December 4, Sunday, was

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Ecosystem Based Adaptation In Mountains: A Futuristic Approach From Durban

Dec 3rd, 2011 | By
Photo-Bablu Janglee-Uttarakhand India

Durban Post by Dr. C. S. Silori direct from United Nations Climate Change Conference at Durban 2011. “We don’t’ understand the message God has sent us…..”, this is how the mountain communities of Peru react to the recent signs of climate change they observe in their day to day life. There is enough to indicate

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How Safe Are The Safeguards? Durban Highlights

Dec 1st, 2011 | By
Durban Day-2

Durban Post: Dr. C. S. Silori* writing from Durban on Day-II & III, 29-30 November 2011 I had promised to come back, and here I am again with a short report of what happened on day 3 of the ongoing conference of the parties (COP 17) in Durban. It was a hectic day, as I

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Understanding to Commitments

Nov 29th, 2011 | By
Inaugural Session by Dr. Silori

Durban Post: Dr. C. S. Silori* writing from Durban on Day-I, 28 November 2011 The 17th Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the 7th Session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties (CMP 7) to the Kyoto Protocol,

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Mountains As Door-Openers

Nov 2nd, 2011 | By
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Dr. R. S. Tolia: Writes this article as his ‘Third Inning’,  days those have been happily spent on reflecting over and about mountains and mountain people. This has taken him to various mountainous parts of India, neighbouring Nepal and recently to the beautiful city and canton of Switzerland, Luzern, in the northern Alps.  Besides learning

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Low Carbon Strategies; How Good Are They In India?

Oct 21st, 2011 | By
helpus in global warming india

Shankar Sharma:       Writes about the government of India’s low carbon emission policy and strategy in respect to climate change vulnerability. This discourse is about all relevant aspects of policy, development, poverty, industrialization, energy and carbon emission. He also gives specific recommendations to Government of India on sustainable use of natural resource, judicious use of energy,

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Mountain Environment and Human Security Concerns

Sep 29th, 2011 | By

Vimal Khawas: Mountains form one of the most important bio-geographical resource zones of the world. They are remote areas covering 52 per cent of Asia, 36 percent of North America, 25 per cent of Europe, 22 per cent of South America, 17 per cent of Australia, and 3 per cent of Africa making up, in

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Changing niche: climatic changes recorded in Sikkim Himalaya

Sep 19th, 2011 | By

Vimal Khawas: With the impacts of global warming becoming more apparent, Sikkim Himalaya is perhaps most in tune to the signs of change brought about by climate warming. The people across the towns and villages of Sikkim narrate revealing insights on how global warming is affecting their lives and livelihood. Those who are searching for

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Beyond Chipko!

Aug 5th, 2011 | By
Dr. Manish Semwal

Manish Semwal: I wish to share with you that how the local actions could make difference at global level and the overall scenario of our forest. As we observe various environmental issues around the world those need to be focused immediately, keeping in mind that what we do locally affect globally. The environmental concerns related

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