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Nepal, India and Bhutan Agree on New Transboundary Landscape for Hindu Kush

Apr 18th, 2014 | By

Republica: Nepal, India and Bhutan have formally reached an agreement to include a new cross-boundary landscape covering parts of eastern Nepal, Sikkim and the northern parts of West Bengal in India as Kangchenjunga landscape in the Hindu Kush Himalayan Region. The cross-boundary landscape spans 16,000 square kilometers and it is one of the seven cross-boundary areas

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Ahead of Sendai Conference, Ban Pushes for 2015 Global Agreement on Disaster Risk

Apr 17th, 2014 | By
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UN News Center: Disaster risk reduction and climate change are closely linked, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today stressed, reiterating to the world community his key priorities through the next year as preparations continue for the 2015 world conference on reducing risk from natural disasters. “The aim is simple: to leave a more resilient world to future generations,” Mr. Ban

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City Experts Leading Project to Save Communities at Risk of Climate Change

Apr 16th, 2014 | By
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Experts in Southampton are leading a project to help save communities that could be in jeopardy because of the devastating effects of climate change. Researchers at the University of Southampton are at the forefront of an international £13m project to understand the effects of climate change on people living in deltas in South Asia and Africa. It

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Second Edition of The Expedition With The Maiden Clean Himalayan Journey

Apr 14th, 2014 | By
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Global Himalayan Expedition will commence its 2nd Edition of the expedition across Leh, the solar region of India, by flagging off the maiden Clean Himalayan Journey from Delhi to Leh covering 1300 kilometers, in an Electric Vehicle (EV), running completely on solar charged batteries. Global Himalayan Expedition team also joins forces with Ladakh Renewable Energy

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Climate Change Risks

Apr 12th, 2014 | By
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The effects of global warming could spiral ‘out of control’ if the world does not cut pollution of heat-trapping gases, a United Nations scientific panel warned in a new report on March 31. Climate change projections for Nepal as a whole, which have been mentioned in National Adaptation Plan of Action, 2010, indicate that temperatures

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Pakistan Vulnerable to Climate Change, Natural Disasters

Apr 10th, 2014 | By
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Dawn: This information was shared during the two-day Climate Change Adaptation Conference held here on Wednesday, says a press release. The conference was organised by the Focus Humanitarian Assistance programme in collaboration with Karakoram International University (KIU) to discuss the impact of global warming and ways to decrease risks at community and institutional levels. According to

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Urbanization Provides Unprecedented Opportunities to Transition to a Green Economy: Report

Apr 9th, 2014 | By
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UNEP News Center: With over half of the global population now living in urban areas, cities are increasingly facing the challenge of ensuring decent standards of living for their inhabitants. Demand for a higher quality of life is increasing despite growing pressures on natural resources and ecosystems. In this context, a new report launched jointly today

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Bumpy Start For the Warsaw Mechanism on Climate Change ‘Loss & Damage’

Apr 4th, 2014 | By
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Reuters: Last year’s U.N. climate talks in Warsaw, Poland, may well be remembered for giving a human face to the once abstract concept of climate change “loss and damage”. The annual conference of 195 countries began in Poland just a few days after Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines, leaving a trail of destruction in its wake.

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Op-ed: Himalayan Glacier Error Was ‘Really Serious’, Admits Climate Panel

Apr 2nd, 2014 | By
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Amidst the doomsday scenario presented by the United Nations panel on climate change, there is one silver lining. The glaciers in the Himalayas are not disappearing for at least a couple of centuries. The billion plus people who inhabit the fertile flood plains of the Ganga, Indus and Brahmaputra can breathe easy that the rivers

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Himalaya Glaciers Could Lose Half of Its Mass by 2100

Apr 1st, 2014 | By

The UN climate panel on Monday said Himalayan glaciers, whose meltwater is vital for hundreds of millions of people, could lose between half and two-thirds of their mass by 2100. US Secretary of State John Kerry has warned that failing to act immediately and decisively on climate change will have “catastrophic” and wide-ranging consequences. The

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Climate Change Causing Faster Glacier Melting

Apr 1st, 2014 | By
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Ice glaciers in West Antarctica are melting much faster than they were 40 years ago, according to a new study. Researchers have found that the amount of ice draining from the large glaciers increased between the years 1973 and 2010 by as much as 77 per cent, possibly due to the impact of climate change. This

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WMO Annual Climate Statement Highlights Extreme Events

Mar 28th, 2014 | By
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UNEP News Center: The year 2013 once again demonstrated the dramatic impact of droughts, heat waves, floods and tropical cyclones on people and property in all parts of the planet, according to the World Meteorological Organization’s Annual Statement on the Status of the Climate. The report confirmed that 2013 tied with 2007 as the sixth warmest

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Asia’s Great Cities Face Rising Flooding Risks in Warming World

Mar 27th, 2014 | By
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Some of Asia’s main cities could be under siege from rising sea levels by the end of the century, a UN panel of scientists is set to warn later this week. Kolkata, Mumbai, Dhaka, Ho Chi Minh City, Shanghai, Bangkok and Rangoon are among those most at risk, drafts of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate

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UN Climate Scientists see Grim Future if no Action

Mar 24th, 2014 | By
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UN scientists are set to deliver their darkest report yet on the impacts of climate change, pointing to a future stalked by floods, drought, conflict and economic damage if carbon emissions go untamed. A draft of their report, seen by Agence France-Presse, is part of a massive overview by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

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Climate Change Accelerates Greenland Ice Loss

Mar 21st, 2014 | By
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The Greenland ice sheet, and particularly glaciers in the southeast and northwest, has been a significant contributor to global sea-level rise over the past 20 years. However, the northeast ice stream, which drains 16% of the ice sheet, was not thought to contribute. Research now shows that all margins of the Greenland ice sheet are now unstable—and

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Rs 47.3 Billion Being Spent on Sanitation, Water Programmes

Mar 19th, 2014 | By
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Federal Minister for Finance Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar chaired a meeting regarding participation of Pakistan in Sanitation and Water for All (SWA) high level meeting to be held on 11th Aprilin Washington DC. Secretary Climate Change Raja Hasan Abbas briefed the minister on enhanced commitments of the provincial governments in water and sanitation sectors. He

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Pakistan Water Summit

Mar 18th, 2014 | By

The Frontier Post: “The ruins of Harappa, a vibrant urban centre during the days of the Indus Valley Civilization, lies in a world that seems to have forgotten lessons from history. Archaeological research shows the city was devastated as result of climate change- water supply dwindled till the city became unsustainable.” This was stated by DRR

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The Dams of India: Boon or Bane?

Mar 17th, 2014 | By
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The Guardian: Assam, the northeastern Indian state, east of Bangladesh and bordering China to the north, is an area described by politicians as India’s ‘future powerhouse’ and is a key focus point of the country’s dam building programme. The ambition of planners in New Delhi is not in doubt. So far plans for more than 160

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Glaciers in Western Canada Still Receding Despite Cold, Snow

Mar 17th, 2014 | By
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Despite cold and snowy winters for the past few years, scientists say it hasn’t helped to slow the retreat of the glaciers in Western Canada. Experts from Natural Resources Canada and several universities monitor annual fluctuations of glaciers in the western and northern Cordillera, which includes the iconic icefields in the Rocky Mountains. Shawn Marshall,

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Talks on Climate Change Being Held at NAC

Mar 16th, 2014 | By

Republica: As part of Climate+Change, an exhibition going on at Nepal Art Council (NAC) in Babarmahal, a talk-series called HAAT bazaar is being organized. On the first day of the talk series on Friday, agriculture scientists and agro-forestry students made presentations on how climate change could affect agro-production in Nepal. On the second day of

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S Asia Urged to Integrate to Deal With Challenges

Mar 14th, 2014 | By

Experts have pointed out that cooperation within South Asia can help address many of the challenges impeding the region’s inclusive and sustainable growth . Speaking at a conference entitled Regional Cooperation on Trade, Climate Change and Food Security in South Asia: Some Reflection and Way Forward which opened on Thursday, they said that sufficient food, climate change,

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Miles to Go

Mar 12th, 2014 | By
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Republica: Nepal has adopted Sustainable Development Agenda for Nepal (SDAN), 2003. The agenda is developed with support from the UNDP and WWF. It is a major policy tool for all development plans, policies, and strategies. Specifically, the Sustainable Development Agenda for Nepal (2003), and the Sustainable Community Development Program (Nepal Capacity 21) guide periodic plans and

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Food System That Fails Poor Countries Needs Urgent Reform: UN Expert

Mar 11th, 2014 | By
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The Guardian: The existing food system has failed and needs urgent reform, according to a UN expert who argues there should be a greater emphasis on local food production and an overhaul of trade policies that have led to overproduction in rich countries while obliging poor countries – which are often dependent on agriculture – to

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India Pollution Linked to Himalaya Glacier Melt

Mar 11th, 2014 | By
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According to a 2012 report by the New Delhi-based Centre for Science and Environment on air quality in Kolkata, seven out of every ten people in the city suffer from some form of respiratory ailment: not surprisingly, traffic policemen and the city’s thousands of street dwellers are among the high risk groups. Air pollution, particularly

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Arctic Melt Speeding Up

Mar 9th, 2014 | By
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Climate News Network: Ice in the Arctic continues to retreat. The season without ice is getting longer by an average of five days every 10 years, according to a new study in Geophysical Research Letters.  And in some regions of the Arctic, the autumn freeze is now up to 11 days later every decade. This means that

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REPORT: Mind the Gap – New Disasters Agreement Must be More Proactive on Gender

Mar 9th, 2014 | By
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To mark International Women’s Day, 8th March, the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) and Overseas Development Institute (ODI) are highlighting the need for specific gender-related measures to be included in the new global framework to reduce disaster risk. The lack of attention to, and misunderstanding of, gender inequality prevent the effective reduction of disaster

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Cities Need to be Planned Differently: TERI Study

Mar 7th, 2014 | By

The Hindu (Business Line): India’s economic growth may be falling prey to a new predator: climate change. It is estimated that the country suffered a loss of ₹1,000 crore due to adverse winter in January 2013 alone, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) said in a report, urging for policy changes to make Indian cities climate

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Extreme Weather is ‘Silver Lining’ for Climate Action: Christiana Figueres

Mar 6th, 2014 | By
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The Guardian: Devastating extreme weather including recent flooding in England,Australia’s hottest year on record and the US being hit by a polar vortex have a “silver lining” of boosting climate change to the highest level of politics and reminding politicians that climate change is not a partisan issue, according to the UN’s climate chief. Christiana Figueres said that it was amoral

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Keene State College Grad Taking Science Study to New Heights on Mount Everest

Mar 6th, 2014 | By
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Keene State College graduate Jake St. Pierre has been invited to join a small team of climbers and scientists tasked with studying climate change on Mount Everest. “It’s a cool earth-friendly project, and I’m happy to be a part of it,” St. Pierre said Monday. St. Pierre of Concord will join the Lhotse Snow Science

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Before the Next Storm: Helping People and Nature Adapt

Mar 4th, 2014 | By
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National Geographic: Major hurricanes like Sandy (New Jersey in 2012) and Ivan (Eastern Caribbean in 2004) and Typhoon Haiyan (the Philippines 2013) make global headlines as they hit coastal communities, appropriately drawing attention to the human, financial, and community losses. While some smaller communities may not make global headlines, their risk from even minor storms is

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If Climate Change May Sink These Islands, Should We Save Their Biodiversity?

Mar 4th, 2014 | By
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It’s not news that as a result of climate change, oceans could literally swallow many low-lying islands if sea-level rise continues at its current pace. Four years ago, the small island nation of Maldives, population 393,988, held its cabinet meeting underwater to highlight the problem, hoping the backdrop of coral would raise alarm bells about a rising

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Peru’s Quelccaya Ice Cap Is Melting, Thanks To Climate Change

Mar 3rd, 2014 | By
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For decades now scientists have observed rapid melting in the Quelccaya Ice Cap in Peru. The glacier ebbs and flows each year, as do all glaciers, but each year it also shrinks a little bit more than the previous year. A 2006 study concluded with the ice cap had lost 20% of its area since 1978 and

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Frequency of Severe Flooding Across Europe ‘To Double by 2050′

Mar 3rd, 2014 | By
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The frequency of severe flooding across Europe is set to double by 2050 and over the same period there could be a nearly five fold increase in the annual economic losses resulting from floods, a study has found. Climate change and an increase in rainfall will account for about a third of the losses by

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Climate Change Creating Further Complications For Nepal’s Mountain Farmers

Mar 2nd, 2014 | By
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With little or no support from authorities, mountain farmers of Nepal have been using traditional knowledge to come up with temporary home-grown solutions while combating climate change problems. While some of their ideas have worked, others have not been adequate to protect their crops from unpredictable changes in weather. Some farmers have had to abandon

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Climate Change ‘Raises Extinction Risk’

Feb 28th, 2014 | By
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Climate News Network: Environmental scientists believe they have a blueprint for extinction. They report inNature Climate Change that they have identified those factors that might make a species more likely to slip away into eternal oblivion as the planet warms and climate conditions change. It turns out that they knew them all along. There is, the researchers

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Sea-level Rise Could Bring Floods to 5% of the Population by Century End

Feb 28th, 2014 | By

By 2100, almost 5% of the world’s population could be affected by flooding each year as a result of sea-level rise, unless we boost coastal protection or mitigate climate change. That’s according to researchers in Germany, the UK, the Netherlands, Austria and Belgium who performed the first study to take into account different scenarios for population, climate,

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Climate Politics: a Melting Glacier

Feb 28th, 2014 | By
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The great floods across parts of southern England may have abated, but questions over their linkage to climate change are among the most powerful residues. For scientists, experts and citizens the evidence may be compelling, but many parliamentarians and some cabinet ministers in the governing Conservative Party remain unyielding members of the climate-change-denial community (see “A

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Climate Change: Experts for National Migration Policy

Feb 28th, 2014 | By
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The Express Tribune: Pakistan urgently requires a national migration policy to pre-empt and mitigate any significant migration trends caused by changes in climate, according to climate experts. They were speaking on Wednesday at the launch of a study conducted by LEAD Pakistan, an environmental and development NGO, said a press release A large number of

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Global Climate Laws Now Cover Nearly 90% of Carbon Pollution

Feb 27th, 2014 | By
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Over 60 countries responsible for 88% of global greenhouse gas emissions now have legislation aimed at cutting carbon pollution and promoting green growth. The finding is part of a new study by the London-based NGO Globe International, which the UN says is the most comprehensive analysis to date of the reach and depth of national climate

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The Massive, Melting Pine Island Glacier Is Just Getting Started

Feb 23rd, 2014 | By

Scientists have watched with awe the deterioration of the Pine Island Glacier, one of the major outlets of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet and the fastest moving glacier on the continent. Last summer, the glacier deposited an iceberg eight times the size of Manhattan into the Amundsen Sea. According to data gleaned via NASA’s Ice

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Climate Change Threatens Philippines

Feb 21st, 2014 | By
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On 8. November 2013, Typhoon Haiyan, which also goes by the name Yolanda struck Estancia, a small town in the north of the Philippine island Panay. Hanna Martin and her family were able to survive by taking shelter with an uncle who lived in a concrete building on the edge of the city. When she

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Scientists: Antarctic Ice Melt ‘Top Threat’

Feb 21st, 2014 | By
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The researchers focused on the Pine Island Glacier in Antarctica, which has been thinning at an increasingly rapid pace for about the past 20 years, as the waters beneath get warmer along with the rest of the ocean. Based on new geological surveys and advanced dating techniques on rocks that have been exposed by the retreating ice, the

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Canada’s Arctic ice Caps Melting Rapidly Since 2005, According to Documents

Feb 19th, 2014 | By
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Glacier monitoring conducted by the federal government in Canada’s High Arctic shows the shrinking of ice caps that started in the late 1980s “has accelerated rapidly since 2005” and is part of a “strongly negative trend,” according to internal government documents. The federal government data raise a number of questions about climate change in Canada’s

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Population of Migratory Water Birds Declines in India

Feb 18th, 2014 | By

Press Trust of India: The population of migratory water birds has been decreasing in India every year and their migratory pattern has also seen a change due to global climate changes, a census has revealed. The migratory pattern of these birds has been changing due to global climate changes, declining wetland habitats, various local threats and

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A Sneak Preview of Post-Hyogo Disaster Risk Reduction

Feb 17th, 2014 | By
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Sci Dev Net: Technology not only helps nations deal with disasters, but it also makes them more vulnerable to their impacts, according to Margareta Wahlström, the UN secretary-general’s special representative for disaster risk reduction. She told a meeting in London last week (14 February) that a better recognition of this vulnerability is likely to be one of three top agenda

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South Asia Needs To Enrich Regional Flood Information System Urgently – Analysis

Feb 17th, 2014 | By
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Since a significant percentage of people are exposed to recurring riverine flood disasters mostly during rainy season an effective regional flood information system is needed urgently in South Asian heavily effected countries. People working with flood mitigation and climate change adaptation programs lay emphasis such a system which will avert flood catastrophes of transboundary scale effectively. The Pakistan floods

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Climate Change: Tibet Wettest in 2010 in 3,500 Years

Feb 17th, 2014 | By

Recent decades have likely been the wettest on record in the semi-arid Tibetan plateau, researchers say, warning that any further large-scale warming might lead to even greater rainfall in Tibet, the birthplace for Asia’s great rivers. The wettest individual year reconstructed in 3,500 years in northeastern Tibet is 2010, say climate researchers at the University

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Will Record Floods Finally Shift UK Climate Debate?

Feb 16th, 2014 | By
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New Scientist: The wettest January in the UK in 250 years followed by a stormy February have brought misery to many thousands. Floods have submerged large chunks of the south-west of the country, a key stretch of railway collapsed into the sea, and the river Thames spectacularly burst its banks, deluging towns and villages. As a statement from

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Half of Plants May Move in Warmer World

Feb 16th, 2014 | By
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Climate News Network: By 2100, vegetation patterns will be shifting in almost half the land area of the planet, according to new research in the journal Global and Planetary Change. Song Feng of the University of Arkansas in the US and colleagues in Nebraska, China and South Korea have taken a long cool look at what the

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Melting Antarctic Glacier in State of ‘Irreversible Retreat’ Experts Say

Feb 16th, 2014 | By
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A colossal Antarctic glacier has been rapidly receding and now scientists say it has likely reached a point of uncontrollable retreat. Continued melting of the glacier and the surrounding ice sheet could trigger a dangerous rise in Earth’s sea level. Researchers at the French National Center for Scientific Research in Grenoble have built an ice-flow

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UK Floods Making Climate Sceptics Hot Under the Collar

Feb 14th, 2014 | By
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The Guardian: The UK floods are not just causing misery for thousands of people around the country whose lives and livelihoods have been disrupted. They are also making a few climate change sceptics hot beneath the collar. No doubt they are finding it an uncomfortable experience to realise that their misleading attempts to inform the public into believing

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New Global Coalitions for Green Tech Solutions

Feb 14th, 2014 | By
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Sci Dev Net: The global community needs three kinds of new ‘coalitions’ of countries that can spur innovations and cut down costs in green technologies, and deliver affordable energy to all people, says Kandeh Yumkella, chief executive officer of the UN Sustainable Energy for All initiative. Yumkella told the 14th Delhi Sustainable Development Summit last week (6—8 February), that the proposed

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Climate Change ‘Pakistan Suffered $15 Billion Loss Due to Floods in Three Years’

Feb 12th, 2014 | By

Pakistan has suffered an accumulative loss of $15 billion due to floods in recent three years while 22.8 percent area and 49.6 percent population of the country is at risk of climate change impact. Director General, Pak Environmental Protection Agency, Asif Shuja Khan, revealed this on Tuesday while briefing members of Senate Sub-committee of the

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Coastal Flooding ‘May Cost $100,000 bn a Year by 2100′

Feb 12th, 2014 | By
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Climate News Network: If global warming continues on its present ominous path, and if no significant adaptation measures are launched, then coastal flooding could be costing the planet’s economies $100,000 billion a year by 2100. And perhaps 5% of the people on the planet – up to 600 million people – could be hit by coastal

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This Fastest Moving Glacier On The Planet Is Telling Us A Whole Lot About Climate Change

Feb 4th, 2014 | By
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The Jakobshavn Glacier in Greenland has been clocked as the fastest in the world. The glacier hit a speed of more than 17 kilometres per year, or over 46 metres per day, the fastest recorded. “We are now seeing summer speeds more than 4 times what they were in the 1990s,” says Ian Joughin, a

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Adapting to Sea Level Rise Could Save Trillions by 2100

Feb 4th, 2014 | By
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Floods already pose major problems for coastal communities each year. Those issues are only likely to grow as oceans continue to rise, due in part to climate change, threatening millions of people and trillions of dollars in infrastructure. But new research suggests that building levees could stave off huge losses at a minimal cost. Coasts are home to more

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Warmth Spurs Plants to Move or Bloom Earlier

Feb 3rd, 2014 | By
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Climate News Network: Scientists are one step closer to solving one of the puzzles of the natural world’s response to climate change: why one species migrates and another does not. Tatsuya Amano of the University of Cambridge in the UK and colleagues report in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B that there could be a relatively simple

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Climate Change and Growth in Africa: Challenges and the Way Forward

Feb 1st, 2014 | By
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The recent trends of increasing global temperatures and incidences of extreme climate events in Africa—mainly droughts and floods—are likely to continue. These severe climate events demonstrate the level and depth of the impact that climate change has on African economies. African policymakers should prioritize climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies in the development agenda of

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Climate Change Pushes Himalayan Honey Bees to Higher Altitudes

Feb 1st, 2014 | By
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Republica: Himalayan cliff honey bee, the insect known for its ingenuity in making its colonies in places where humans and predators do not have easy access, has lately started to prefer higher altitudes for habitat. According to apiarists, the stinging winged insect heavily searched after, mostly by humans, for the sweet nectar called honey it

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Coping With Climate Change

Jan 28th, 2014 | By
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Even before filing his budget last week, Gov. Deval Patrick made clear that one of his final priorities in his final year is to help prepare Massachusetts for rising seas and increased storms. It may prove to be central to his legacy. Tuesday night, the governor will offer his state of the state address, in

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