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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A Global To Region Perspective: Raising Mountain Voice At Durban !

Nov 29th, 2011 | By
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K N Vajpai: Writes on the expected outcomes from Durban Climate Change Conference (CoP 17)in terms of growing momentum of action and alarm bells from new researches. His discourse is about the meager role played by the leaders from most vulnerable regions like Himalayas and Andes during this important global conference.   With the representation

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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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Solar Innovations In India: Making A Cut With The Momentum For Change Initiative?

Nov 28th, 2011 | By

Suman K A: The UNFCCC Secretariat in partnership with Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will create a series of platforms to encourage adaptation and mitigation projects that have promise to deliver high resilience and low carbon growth. This will be done through the Momentum for Change Initiative to be launched in Durban at CoP17. The

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A Little Piece Of Heaven-The Naran Valley

Nov 21st, 2011 | By

Noreen Haider: Writes from her visit to the beautiful Naran valley of Khyber Pakhtunkwa province in Pakistan, where she observes various dimensions of social and environment development. Noreen came across various developmental projects and activities in the region and finds that poor education and poorly planned social and environmental projects lead to acute poverty natural

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Smokey Village Of Chidipani (Nepal)

Nov 19th, 2011 | By
Nepal Stove-by Michael Yon 2009

Amrit Banstola: It is surprising to see that after 61 years of initiation of improved cook stove (ICS) by Government of Nepal (such initiative dates as far back as 1950 with the introduction of Indian models of Hyderabad and Magan stoves) traditional and primitive chulas (stoves) are still in extensive use in Chidipani rural community.

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Darjeeling – The Fallen Queen

Nov 14th, 2011 | By

Pabitra Mukhopadhyay: Writes about the history of Darjeeling town in Indian Himalayan region, its ethnicity, the administrative setup and various social, economic and ecological aspects. He talks about the fragile ecology and increasing demand for environmental resources due to  growing tourist influx and poorly planned urbanization. He feels that hill town like Darjeeling has unique

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Mountains As Door-Openers

Nov 2nd, 2011 | By
Himalayan convension

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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Mountain Waters – Elixir Or Envenom?

Oct 31st, 2011 | By

Pabitra Mukhopadhyay: The pristine water quality of the mountains is under question despite bottled water manufacturers campaign to the contrary. This issue attempts to examine the dogma and the policy responses in India to protect environmental water quality of the mountains. Bottled water manufactures do a great job of enticing thirsty buyers to pick up

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Whose Flood Is It Anyway!

Oct 28th, 2011 | By
Flood Pakistan-centre dome

Noreen Haider: On the night of eighth September 2011 unusual amount rain started lashing the districts of southern Sindh including Badin, Mithi, Mirpur Khas and Saanghar and continued unrelentingly for the next two days before it took a break. Its immediate effect was that large areas became inundated and communication was broken down.  The rain

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Watch The Shades Of `Green Economy’

Oct 27th, 2011 | By
window-Dr. Piyush

Sudhirendar Sharma: Writes about the potential of mountain states in India in terms of their natural wealth and kind of benchmark for the services provided by them. By taking examples from developed countries his doubts are about insignificant valuation of tangible ecosystem services, therefore the unlikely transaction of such payments in near future. His discourse

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Community Based Adaptation: Exporting Upscale Pathways from NAPCC- India

Oct 24th, 2011 | By
CBA-Dr. Piyush Rautela

Suman K A : Community based adaptation – CBA as it is popularly called is just that!  What lies at the heart of CBA is reducing the vulnerabilities and improving the adaptive capacities of communities that are likely to be most impacted by climate variability and change. The current body of knowledge gained from the

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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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Increasing Pressure In Himalayas: PES A Solution

Oct 19th, 2011 | By

Shalini Dhyani: Writes about the increasing pressure on the Himalayan ecosystem in Indian Himalayan region due to tourist influx, immigrants from neighboring country, environmental degradation and increasing population pressure. She suggests Payment for Environmental Services- PES a way forward through appropriate planning.   “The most striking feature of earth is the existence of life, and the

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The Cascade Of Uncertainties Around Climate Change

Oct 17th, 2011 | By

Anamika Barua: When in late 19th century Svate Arrhenius, a Swedish scientist, first suggested that increased atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide from burning fossil fuels could lead to global climate change, it was a radical claim. He was making a prediction about something that could happen in future, not a claim that climate change was

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The National Mission on Enhanced Energy Efficiency: A Market Transforming Platform – Really?

Oct 12th, 2011 | By
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Suman K A: The National Mission on Enhanced Energy Efficiency, one of the key missions, of the National Action Plan for Climate Change has at its core – unlocking staggering INR 74,000 crore energy efficiency opportunities, reducing annual fuel savings by 23 mtoe, avoiding energy capacity addition worth 19000 MW, and achieving 98 million tCO2-e

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Land Of Yellow Moon

Oct 10th, 2011 | By
gilgit batlistan

Noreen Haider: Nature strikes with mind blowing force at the most pristine of places and with no compassion for people or property. The Hunza Valley of Gilgit Batlistan, a paradise on earth, turned into a chaos with a catastrophic land slide. Noreen makes a personal connection in this passionate essay with suffering of her childhood

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Black Soot Aerosols and Water Storage Concerns in Himalaya-Tibetan Plateau

Oct 6th, 2011 | By
Photo by Dr. Hasnain in Sikkim Himalaya

Syed Iqbal Hasnain:Climate change and black carbon are causing the glaciers in the Hindu Kush-Karakorum, Himalaya, and Tibetan plateau to melt.  Their waters feed the river systems throughout South Asia and Southeast Asia, and are essential for drinking water and for irrigating wheat, rice, and other crops throughout the region on which the local populations

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Water Woe In Himalayas

Oct 4th, 2011 | By

Prakash Kumar: The impending crisis in India for water is very much foreseeable in next 5-10 years. The crisis is not going to happen because of shortage of water but its poor management. The same is true for the Himalayan region the “water kingdom” of the world. Slowly we are robbing this once mighty water

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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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Mountain Waters-Uneasy Questions

Sep 26th, 2011 | By
Mountain Waters

Pabitra Mukhopadhyay:Water as a resource from management perspective needs to be managed in the mountains very differently as compared to plains. This requires handling few uneasy questions. This essay attempts to see water management of the HKH debunked from global culture] If you live in Hindu Kush Himalayas, most likely you have grown stoic to

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National Mission on Sustainable Agriculture- Averting Climate Refugee Class Creation!

Sep 23rd, 2011 | By
Aunty-in jungle

Suman K A: The National Mission for Sustainable Agriculture (NMSA), one of the eight missions under the NAPCC, lays emphasis on four key functional areas and ten important dimensions. Through these, the mission seeks to target both; the imminent challenges from the likely impacts of climate change on Indian agriculture and the more fundamental ones

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Himalayan Mission: Creating Network of Stakeholders

Sep 21st, 2011 | By

Dr. Akhilesh Gupta: The Government of India launched the National Action Plan on Climate Change (NAPCC) in 2008 which comprises of eight major national missions. The “National Mission for Sustaining the Himalayan Ecosystem (NMSHE)” is one among them. The Department of Science & Technology, Ministry of Science & Technology, Government of India has been entrusted

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Writing on Water and Sanitation- More Challenging Aspects in Himalayas

Sep 20th, 2011 | By
Keith Bosak-Photo

Pabitra Mukhopadhyay: The importance of Climate Himalaya’s knowledge banking and outreach building efforts, one expects, should be portrayed in our essays. An appeal for a pan Himalayan co-operation is already expressed by Noreen, which apart from making good sense for Himalayan people shines a hope for redemption of the long troubled relationship of two neighboring

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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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Does Green Matter?

Sep 16th, 2011 | By
Niyamgiri-Green economy

Sudhirendar Sharma:  Why is the developed world, that is obsessed with the idea of `greed economy’, thrusting its new capitalist variant – green economy – on the growing economies? Is it a calculated move to pin down the growing differences between the north and the south with a green business model?  Henk Manschot, a Professor

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Agroforestry Balances Hill Agriculture And PES Stewardship

Sep 15th, 2011 | By

Shalini Dhyani: Well developed agro-forestry systems have been integral to traditional hill agro-ecosystem for the innumerable techno-socio-economic benefits that they provide. Farmers in the rural areas of Indian Himalayan Region have integrated and practiced agro-forestry based agriculture, reaping rich benefits, individually and for the community as well. Therefore, agro-forestry has been a part of peasants’

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A Carte Blanche To China In Gilgit-Baltistan

Sep 13th, 2011 | By
K2-Baltoro Muztagh, Central Karakoram, Pakistan

Syed Iqbal Hasnain: China’s high-stake poker game in Gilgit-Baltistan, a mountainous area that is part of the Kashmir dispute between India and Pakistan, will have disastrous environmental consequences for the entire South Asia region and beyond. Reports in the local and international media indicate that, over the past few years, Beijing has been steadily undertaking

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National Mission on Strategic Knowledge for Climate Change (NMSKCC): Priorities and Challenges

Sep 12th, 2011 | By

Suman K A: The National Mission on Strategic Knowledge for Climate Change (NMSKCC) seeks to build a dynamic knowledge system that would inform and support national policy and action in addressing the climate change challenges while not compromising on the nation’s growth goals. This, it seeks to achieve through a combination of knowledge infrastructure, institutional

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River Returns- The Harbinger Of Prosperity

Sep 8th, 2011 | By
Photo Credit: Matthew Herschmann

Noreen Haider: It was an amazing sight for me as I reached Kasur District on the Indo Pak border.  After fifteen years the gorgeous River Sutlej had returned, full force, to run in its native course with around eighty thousands cusecs of water flowing in its bed. For most people in Kasur this Sutlej was

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Climatic Vulnerabilities- Leading To Health Concerns In Rural Nepal

Sep 5th, 2011 | By

Amrit Banstola: Harsh weather and extreme climatic events are expected to become more common as a result of climate change in Nepal (LI-BIRD, 2006). Extreme weather events such as floods, landslides, heat waves, storms, extreme cold, fires, and droughts are among the well-established consequences of climate change in Nepal. Health conditions like heat stroke, injuries,

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Climate Information and Communication Backbone: A sine qua non for the NAPCC success

Sep 3rd, 2011 | By

Suman K A : In the earlier article series we saw a strong case for synthesis thinking to draw upon and integrate the perspectives of vulnerability, adaptive social protection and climate smart disaster management approaches to concrete ground level action – both short and long term. Is this thinking being taken seriously and put into

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Himalaya Specific Climate Data-Where Do We Stand?

Sep 2nd, 2011 | By

Anamika Barua: The significance of Himalayan waters cannot be underestimated as it is the lifeline of a huge section of  people which include people from countries like Nepal, India, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Tibet and China. In spite of such a huge dependency on Himalayan water unfortunately our understanding and knowledge regarding the impact of climate

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Global Warming: Media Bias and the Misinformation Pipeline

Aug 24th, 2011 | By
Media Bias and Global Warming

Dr. J. C. Moore: Climate Himalaya takes pleasure in introducing Dr. Moore as our guest writer with this introductory article, which we republished from his website. The Scientific Consensus: All the major scientific organizations in the world have endorsed a  statement similar to that of the American Chemical Society: “Careful and comprehensive scientific assessments have clearly

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National Ganga River Basin Authority (NGRBA): A Case for Ganga Innovation Mechanism

Aug 23rd, 2011 | By
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Image via Wikipedia Suman K: The river Ganga is sacred to India and holds immense spiritual, social, cultural, recreational, and economic value to Indians. It originates in the Himalayas and traverses through a stretch of 2500 km across the north and eastern plains of India serving as a life force for close to 40% of

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Fire On The Mountain

Aug 22nd, 2011 | By

Pabitra Mukhopadhyay: The gentleman in the payment kiosk swiped the card and gave it back to me. Then he asked my wife for the carry bag to pack the month’s provision. Carry bags? What?? You are not packing this into plastic bags? My wife looked puzzled. No ma’am, we are not giving away plastic bags

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Cultural Conundrum of Climate Change

Aug 22nd, 2011 | By
Cultural conundrum

Sudhirendar Sharma: Even at the cost of being refuted, it wouldn’t be out of context to prophesize that globalization of climate change will convert the Himalaya into a new playground for capitalism! Not only will the Himalaya get converted into a repository of carbon to counter what others have voluntarily emitted but will charge for

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Agro-Forestry: A Futuristic Solution In Mountains!

Aug 19th, 2011 | By
Dr. Shalini Dhyani

Shalini Dhyani: With depletion of agricultural lands due to shift in monsoon patterns, landslides, run off, regular leaching of nutrients, and drying up of natural springs and lack of irrigation facilities has resulted into uneconomical agriculture in the mountain regions of India. Most of the villages in mountains are witnessing migration at a very large

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Knowledge Disconnect In Himalaya

Aug 17th, 2011 | By
Knowledge Disconnect

K N Vajpai: Much has been said about Himalayas and its beautiful mountains, rich biodiversity and rich culture. But, sometime it seems that the inhabitants in the region are not cognizant about this richness. Are they? Let me take one of the factors that contributed to such situation in Hindu Kush Himalayan region and that

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Climate Smart: Adaptive Social Protection in Hindu Kush Himalaya

Aug 16th, 2011 | By
Ms.Suman K A

Suman K: The Hindu Kush Himalayan Region spans eight countries of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Pakistan, India, Myanmar, Nepal and China. It is home to around 1000 living languages, 4 global biodiversity hotspots, 60 eco regions, 27 Ramsar wetland sites, and as many as 13 UNESCO heritage sites. The region covers 10 major river basins from

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GLOF Part 2-Call For Innovations

Aug 15th, 2011 | By
Imja Glacial Lake

Pabitra Mukhopadhyay: When it becomes clear that the increasing risk of GLOFs is the outcome of a global trend in climate change and when it is known that the Hindu Kush Himalayan Region has far too many retreating glaciers leaving far too many glacial lakes that may turn into GLOFs, two realities emerge:  No single

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Our Waterways: Learning from Failure in Mountains!

Aug 10th, 2011 | By
Ms. Noreen Haider

Noreen Haider: Disaster are far more dependent on the processes surrounding vulnerability, including asset depletion, deforestation, soil erosion, population growth, poor planning, coping capacities of population, climate change, bad governance and corruption to state a few. The flood effectively proved once again that unless Risk Reduction strategies are incorporated in the overall planning at the

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GLOF Part 1– A Threat Present And Real: Indian Summary

Aug 9th, 2011 | By
Pabitra Mukhopadhyay

Pabitra Mukhopadhyay: On August 4, 1985 the Dig Tsho (Tsho-lake), in the western section of the Sagarmatha (Mt. Everest) National Park, Khumbu Himal, Nepal breached the moraine releasing 8 million cubic meters of water that rushed downstream. The lake burst destroyed the Namche Small Hydel Project on its wake and claimed 5 lives. The world

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Mountain Women- Key Drivers of Change

Aug 8th, 2011 | By
Dr. Shalini Dhyani

Shalini Dhyani: Changes in the fragile mountain ecosystems affect local people who are very much dependent on agriculture and forests. The economy in major mountain regions of the world is mostly dependent on women, and they are among the important actors of change and holders of significant knowledge and skills, which makes them crucial actors

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Building Resilience In Mountains

Aug 6th, 2011 | By
Dr. Anamika Barua

Anamika Barua: Liverman (1994), who is a Professor of Geography and Development, in University of Arizona, once stated that “The most vulnerable people may not be living in the most vulnerable places-poor people can live in productive biophysical environments and be vulnerable and wealthy people can live in fragile physical environment and live relatively well”

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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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International Year of Youth

Aug 5th, 2011 | By
Youth Leaders Speak

In December 2009, the United Nations General Assembly adopted resolution 64/134 proclaiming the International Year of Youth from 12 August 2010 to 11 August 2011. By doing so, the international community demonstrated the importance it places on integrating youth-related issues into global, regional, and national development agendas. Under the theme “Dialogue and Mutual Understanding”, the

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Mountain Development Learning Alliance- A Must!

Aug 4th, 2011 | By
Mountain Learning Alliance

Suman K A: Sustainable Mountain Development (SMD) we believe is fraught with significant challenges despite increased recognition of the mountain issues and concrete results in the direction of their resolution. Predominant among these are mountain communities vulnerability to growing scarcity of water, expanding tourism, climate change , increased incidence of natural disasters, out-migration, food insecurity,

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GCR link of Global warming – a new Contrarian twist?

Aug 3rd, 2011 | By
Pabitra Mukhopadhyay

Pabitra Mukhopadhyay: Dr. Kelvin Klemm’s post Indian study shows climate change is probably caused by natural factors is what scientists call false positive. It apparently praises an Indian perspective and may turn out to be quite popular for Indian readers but I have few reservations about the enthusiasm it apparently invokes. I feel that it

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More Sign of Warming, but Cold Negotiations

Aug 1st, 2011 | By
Prof. Syed Iqbal Hasnain

Syed iqbal Hasnain: The world seems to have taken a step backward in combating climate change in the past year, even though more signs of warming are evident across the globe. In the roughly 12 months between the two United Nations climate change conferences, the Copenhagen summit in December 2009 and Cancun 2010, regrettably the

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History Of Hills In Dancing Feet

Jul 31st, 2011 | By
Pabitra Mukhopadhyay

Pabitra Mukhopadhyay: When the jungle safari of Chapramari National Park organized by Forest Department of West Bengal concluded without a sight of Gaur or (thankfully) Royal Bengal Tiger and our Land Rover cruised into the disembarkation point, I was up for a pleasant surprise. The tourists were given a complementary tea with a throw-in tribal

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A Fable of Siamese Twins

Jul 31st, 2011 | By
Ms. Noreen Haider

Noreen Haider: The rivers more than any other physical feature demonstrate how nature knows no boundaries. The rivers are the lifeline of civilizations, custodians of cultures, song, music, dance, food, dress and poetry. Rivers are like the eternal guardians of cities, of cultivation and growth, of sustenance and hope, of joys and sorrow, of ebb

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Reform-The Way Forward!

Jul 29th, 2011 | By
Dr. Shalini Dhyani

Shalini Dhyani: The Indian Himalayan Region (IHR) is home to 40 million people, which is 3.8% of the total population of India. Since independence, the system of democratic governance ushered in new institutional arrangements with some specific arrangements to protect and maintain socio-cultural identities of the mountain societies in the Indian Himalayan Region. A wide

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Trans-Boundary Famine

Jul 29th, 2011 | By
K N Vajpai

K N Vajpai: In one of recently held international seminar in Pakistan, experts from various institutions of the world highlighted concerns related to various developmental processes, natural resource crisis and ignorance towards local governance system in the mountainous part of Himalaya. The experts highlighted the dependence of over 1.5 billion people in South Asia region

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Lost Himalayas

Jul 28th, 2011 | By
K N Vajpai

K N Vajpai: We boast, we host, and we are lost! It sounds the legacy of mighty Himalaya and its people. Here, agencies seem boasting the urgency and the welfare of mountain ecosystem (!), while people in the region are hosting their dialogues with utmost care, and then they are lost somewhere. The remains of

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Cleansing Ganges

Jul 28th, 2011 | By
Dr. Shankar Sharma

Shankar Sharma: As per media reports Indian officials have recently signed an agreement with the World Bank (WB) to use a $1 billion loan to finance the first major new effort in more than 20 years to cleanse river Ganga. While the decision by the concerned authorities to cleanse river Ganga is wholly welcome, what

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Don’t Flush It In Leh

Jul 28th, 2011 | By
Pabitra Mukhopadhyay

Pabitra Mukhopadhyay: Do you guys remember the school in Leh where Fungchook Wangdoo went back to – in the popular movie ‘3 Idiots’ by Amir Khan? I am talking about the Druk Padma Karpo School where the movie was partly shot and the school that was devastated in the 2010 cloud burst. I guess you

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Sitting On A Rising Hill

Jul 25th, 2011 | By
Er. Pabitra Mukhopadhyay

Pabitra Mukhopadhyay: For a young man or lady from the hills of Himalaya, it does not matter profoundly how unique their home is. Life draws them into the more immediate concerns of need, and I understand that there are many of those – basic infrastructure, healthcare, education and a much sought after peace from the

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