Climatic Changes in Himalayas

Himalayan Nations at Climate Change Conference-CoP21

Dec 3rd, 2015 | By
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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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Mountain events at climate change summit-CoP 21

Dec 2nd, 2015 | By
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Given that mountains regions of the world are facing huge impact of Climate Change, not much importance has been given to these regions and its people at major global forums including UN climate change conferences. It is evident that since last few decades the Himalayan mountain region faced major hydro meteorological disasters, leading to huge

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Time for Bhutan and the World to Give ‘Happiness’ a Second Look

Jan 29th, 2015 | By

If there is one thing that could describe the tiny Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan in international development terms, it would most likely be the introduction of a unique metric to measure development progress: the “gross national happiness” index. But more than 40 years after the index was introduced by the country’s former king, Jigme Wangchuck,

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Javadekar Seeks Transboundary Cooperation to Develop Himalayan Region

Jan 19th, 2015 | By

Increased transboundary cooperation was needed to transform mountain forestry in Hindu Kush Himalayan region, Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar, who addressed the inaugural session of the five-day symposium on ‘Transforming Mountain Forestry’ said, on Sunday. The symposium, which began on Sunday, aims at creating conducive transboundary conditions, politically and institutionally, to protect the forest ecosystems

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Revisiting Mountain Perspective: Reasons And Challenges

Jan 19th, 2015 | By
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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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Bar-headed Geese Enjoy Roller-coaster Ride Over Himalayas

Jan 16th, 2015 | By

Bar-headed geese make one of the most dramatic migrations on the planet. The species epic trek is more impressive than the march of the penguins; it puts the monarch’s winter jaunt to Mexico to shame. Every year as snow and ice descend upon the Mongolian plains, bar-headed geese leave their breeding grounds and fly over

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Scientists to Help Ganges Rice Farmers Handle Climate Threat

Jan 13th, 2015 | By

Research scientists are coming to the aid of 300 million people along the River Ganges who face a hungry future because their staple rice crop is threatened by climate change. The team of scientists and development practitioners from Australia, Bangladesh, India and Nepal plan to improve the productivity, profitability and sustainability of 7,000 small-scale farmers

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Giving a Voice to the ‘Missing’ Women in India’s Climate Plans

Jan 11th, 2015 | By

Women have the power to put India on the course to a green sustainable future:specifically, poor rural women working in the agriculture sector. India’s economy is predominately agrarian and increasingly female dominated.  80% of all economically-active women are employed by the agricultural sector. As men are migrating to urban areas for employment opportunities, partly as

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Climate Change Threatens India’s Native Plants

Jan 9th, 2015 | By

If India is to save hundreds of endemic plant species from extinction as a result of climate change it may need to resort to interventions such as assisted migration and expansion of existing protected areas, says a new study. Vishwas Sudhir Chitale, researcher at the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur and corresponding author of the

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Crowdfunded “Ice Stupas” Help Ladakh Adapt to Climate Change

Dec 30th, 2014 | By

“If you cannot stop it, adapt to it.” This is the mantra of a tiny village — situated on the slopes of breathtaking Himalayan desert mountains of Ladakh — to survive climate change in the extreme north of India. With the glaciers they depend on for water melting too fast in summer and not enough

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‘Nature-based Development Policies Can Bring Inclusive Growth in Himalayan Region’

Dec 22nd, 2014 | By

In  a recent policy dialogue held in Kolkata, representatives of four countries of the eastern Himalayas and the neighbourhood have stressed on the need to include the value of natural capital in national accounts. The dialogue, titled ‘Natural Capital for Inclusive Growth: Options and Tools for South Asia’, brought together more than 40 senior policy

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Apple Growers Shifting to Peach, Plum

Dec 22nd, 2014 | By

Tribune News Service: Climate changes such as less snowfall and temperature fluctuations seem to be taking their toll on apple production in Uttarakhand. Apple farmers in the higher reaches of the state are shifting to other fruits such as peach and plum that require lesser cold conditions. More than 98 per cent of the country’s

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Climate Change Mitigation: a Man’s World?

Dec 21st, 2014 | By

In three remote southern villages of Tanzania, six local women who were trained at the Barefoot College in India to install and maintain solar energy panels brought light and power to at least 200 households within a few months of returning home. Thanks to their new skills, the women also increased their voice and independence,

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Vulnerable to Climate Change: South Asia at Risk of Food, Water Insecurity

Dec 12th, 2014 | By

Environment and food security experts have said that better water management is essential to ensure food security in South Asia. They were speaking at a panel on “Water and Food Security in South Asia in the Era of Climate Change” as part of the three-day “Pathways to Sustainable Development” conference, organised by the Sustainable Development

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Government Admits Hydropower Projects Aggravated 2013 Uttarakhand Floods

Dec 11th, 2014 | By
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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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India Says Carbon Emissions Will Grow as it Drives to Beat Poverty

Dec 7th, 2014 | By

The world must accept that India’s per capita carbon emissions will need to rise rapidly if it is to eliminate poverty, the environment minister said on Friday, as delegates meet in Lima for key UN climate change talks. India, the world’s third largest carbon emitter, is under growing pressure to set out a strategy to

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Glacial Retreat at the source of the Ganges

Dec 2nd, 2014 | By

When it came, the collapse of the head of the Gomurkh glacier was sudden, loud and very frightening. I say that it was frightening not because I am a particularly timid soul, but because not two minutes before, I had been standing in the very spot that was now the new location of a mass

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Vehicles on Rohtang Should be Fuelled by CNG: Green Panel

Nov 28th, 2014 | By

IANS: The ice mass on high Himalayan mountain pass Rohtang, overlooking this tourist resort in Himachal Pradesh, is reducing rapidly due to air pollution and in the next 20 to 25 years it may vanish altogether, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) has said. This would create serious repercussions on ecology and the environment of the

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The Karakoram Glacier’s Secret to “Eternal Youth”

Nov 23rd, 2014 | By

You might call it the ultimate cold case. In a time when glaciers are quite literally melting before our very eyes, one glacier in the Himalayas has been doing quite the opposite. “It’s been a source of controversy that these glaciers haven’t been changing while other glaciers in the world have,” Sarah Kapnick, a postdoctoral

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Looking Beyond IPCC Reports in the Himalayas

Nov 19th, 2014 | By

Moving beyond the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) assessment reports can help integrate scientific and traditional knowledge for effective adaptation action in the Hindu Kush Himalayan (HKH) region, an international gathering of climate experts in Kathmandu heard. Participants from 22 countries stressed at the 9-12 November conference in Kathmandu the need for increased knowledge

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Involve Communities in Climate Resilient Development: Report

Nov 19th, 2014 | By

The participation and contribution of knowledge and practices of indigenous local communities is crucial to effectively implement long-term adaptation plans and programmes to climate change, according to the findings of a new report on ‘Indigenous Practices in Climate Change Adaptation’. The report said the country’s aim to become climate-resilient society by building resilience in major

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Climate Conference Calls for Unified Voice of Mountain People

Nov 14th, 2014 | By

(Xinhua) — The international conference on “mountain people adapting to change: solutions beyond boundaries” concluded in Kathmandu on Wednesday, developing a list of actions urgently needed to help the residents of the Hindu Kush Himalayas (HKH) deal with severe impacts of climate change. The four-day conference, jointly organized by the Nepali government and the International

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Intl Meet Calls for Setting up EWS Stations Across Himalayas

Nov 13th, 2014 | By

Press Trust of India: An international conference on climate change, attended by experts from countries including India, today underlined the need to install more stations across Himalayas so as to receive benefits from the early warning system in case of climate-change induced disasters. “Mountains have not received due recognition in global and national development agenda,” Executive

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The “Have-a-Mind-of-Their-Own” Glaciers of Asia’s Karakoram

Nov 12th, 2014 | By

Using new remote sensing methods to generate an updated glacier inventory for the Karakoram region of Asia – which is part of the Hindu Kush-Karakoram-Himalaya mountain range located between the borders of India, Pakistan, Afghanistan and China – Rankl et al. (2014) developed what they describe as “a new comprehensive dataset on the state of

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High up in the Himalayas, Villagers Live Under the Shadow of An Unpredictable Lake

Nov 10th, 2014 | By

As glacial lakes around the world grow bigger and deeper, high altitude communities are increasingly at risk from catastrophic flooding Chorabjor stared at me with gimlet eyes. Why had I come?, he asked through a translator. To learn about Lake Shako Cho, I replied. He signaled me to move closer. I sat down at his

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ASEAN Leaders Urged to Act on Climate Change

Nov 10th, 2014 | By

A coalition of NGOs has warned leaders attending the ASEAN Summit in Myanmar that a year after Typhoon Haiyan struck the region, causing massive destruction and many deaths, things will only get worse unless serious action is taken on climate change. Citing the latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the ASEAN

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Phewa Lake to Get Lost in 39 Years!

Oct 31st, 2014 | By

Phewa Lake will get completely covered in next 39 years if not looked after, experts said. At a programme organised by Pokhara Sub-Metropolitan City (PSMC) and Kaski District Development Committee (DDC), stakeholders have expressed their serious concern over conservation of the one of the most popular tourist destinations of the nation. Speaking at the function,

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Looking Into Chure Ecosystem

Oct 30th, 2014 | By

Nepal’s economy which is dominated by agriculture is heavily dependent upon the monsoon. Thus, we need to understand the processes of the monsoon and its importance before heading towards big chapters on climate change. But as we always want to catch a big mouse even though that mouse is not valuable still we love to

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Melting Glaciers, Changing Climate

Oct 29th, 2014 | By

At dawn, Mohd Soheb begins an arduous trek to the high camp at Chhota Shigri glacier in the Pir Panjal range in Spiti valley, Himachal Pradesh. From the PWD guesthouse at Chota Dara, he walks down to the Chandra river where he travels across in a small iron crate using an ingenious system of pulleys

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Clean India Call Remains Unheard, Himalayas Turning to be Dumping Yard

Oct 29th, 2014 | By

The higher reaches of the Himalayas are virtually turning into an open air garbage dump. And Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call for cleanliness seems yet to reach these lofty heights. “It’s surprising to see garbage littered here and there in this fragile ecosystem,” Aditya Gosh, a tourist from Kolkata, remarked. “It seems the tourists here

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Gangotri Glacier is ‘Rapidly Disintegrating’

Oct 28th, 2014 | By

The Hindu: The Gangotri glacier is rapidly disintegrating, states the latest observation of a team from the Almora-based G.B. Pant Institute of Himalayan Environment and Development. The team of the institute, which has been monitoring the Himalayan glaciers, particularly the Gangotri, since 1999, visited the glacier between June and October, this year. Kireet Kumar, Scientist

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Researchers Resolve the Karakoram Glacier Anomaly, a Cold Case of Climate Science

Oct 24th, 2014 | By

Researchers from Princeton University and other institutions may have hit upon an answer to a climate-change puzzle that has eluded scientists for years, and that could help understand the future availability of water for hundreds of millions of people. In a phenomenon known as the “Karakoram anomaly,” glaciers in the Karakoram mountains, a range within

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Asia’s Mountainous Regions Very in Climate Sensitivity

Oct 14th, 2014 | By

The high mountains of Asia, including the Karakoram, Himalayas, and Tibetan Plateau, combine to form a region of perplexing hydroclimate changes. Glaciers in the Karakoram region have exhibited mass stability or even expansion, contrasting with glacial mass loss across the nearby Himalayas and Tibetan Plateau. This suggests that different regional snowfall or temperature signals might

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Uttarakhand Floods Result of Climate Change: Report

Oct 13th, 2014 | By

The 2013 Uttarakhand floods were most probably a consequence of “human-induced” climate change, a new report by the American Meteorological Society has suggested. The extraordinary rainfall in Uttarakhand in June last year has found a place in a list of 16 extreme weather events that the report says were most likely a direct result of

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Himalayan Glaciers In Karakoram Adding Bulk, Not Losing Ice, Says Study

Oct 13th, 2014 | By

Reuters: Once again there is damning news against the Inter­governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), this time from a study of glaciers in the Karakoram region of the Himalayas. It finds that the glaciers here are stable and snowfall is actually increasing adding to their bulk. Even earlier, these glaciers have been a source of

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Can’t Take the Heat

Oct 12th, 2014 | By

As ocean temperatures rise over the next century, fish will migrate to cooler latitudes, according to projections by fisheries scientists at the University of British Columbia (UBC). As a result, many regions of the tropics could become “hotspots” for local fish extinctions, which could in turn threaten ecosystems and human livelihoods. The results, based on

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Himalayan Blunders at People’s Peril

Oct 12th, 2014 | By

I left Srinagar a week before the floods. Passing by the Zero Kadal, Srinagar’s oldest bridge across the Jhelum I had remarked that the river was reduced to a nallah and if this was its appearance in the monsoon season, the health of the river was grim. Then within days the waters swelled and the

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Tackling the Water-energy-food Nexus Without Reinventing the Wheel

Oct 9th, 2014 | By

The water, energy and food (WEF) nexus has become a key concept for understanding the complexities of and interdependencies among the water, energy and agricultural sectors. It has become so key that this year’s World Water Week, organised by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) in September, was centred around this theme. Given the known

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What Climate Change Means for Indigenous People

Sep 28th, 2014 | By

When I was born in an Indigenous Limbu village of Eastern Nepal, no one had heard of climate change. Our communities struggled to make their living from land amidst armed conflict, feudal hierarchies, strangling debt and disasters that were slowly increasing. It was impossible, then, for anyone in the village to imagine that I might

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Climate Change Worsens Gender Inequality in the Himalayas

Sep 25th, 2014 | By

In the Himalayas, when a flash flood rips through a village or when a glacial lake flood outburst wipes one out entirely, surviving families relocate to new settlements, where women are often burdened with more labor and kept away from school, or sent off to an early marriage. Climate impacts have made gender and ethnic

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Disaster Risk Management

Sep 24th, 2014 | By

The Himalayan Times: Every monsoon season, floods and landslides wreak havoc across the country and our effort is limited to responding after a disaster hits. The recent Jure landslide (rock avalanche) compelled us to think proactively about disaster risk management. This clearly shows we are very poor in disaster preparedness measures. The Kanchanpur flood in the

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Was Kashmir Flooding a Man-made Disaster?

Sep 24th, 2014 | By

India-administered Kashmir, located in the Himalayas in the country’s north, has been totally devastated by floods – the worst in more than 60 years. Even as the region grapples with the aftermath of the swirling waters, which have left more than 250 dead and millions homeless, the question is why this flood? Is this enormous

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Himalayan Glaciers Losing Ice by Thinning

Sep 18th, 2014 | By

The Hindu: The response of the Himalayan glaciers to climate change is very puzzling in many ways. Despite being subjected to similar climate changes, some of these glaciers appear to be stagnant as their fronts (or mouths) appear to be stationary. However, appearances can be deceptive and these glaciers are in one stage of development where

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Jammu and Kashmir Flood ‘Glimpse’ of Calamities Ahead

Sep 14th, 2014 | By

Said to be the state’s worst in over a century, the Jammu and Kashmir floods might just be the harbinger of bigger calamities. Amid the recent spate of ominous reports that have revealed how the government, both at the Centre and in Jammu and Kashmir, sat on information about an imminent disaster, three other warnings

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J&K Floods a Grim Reminder of Increasing Climate Change Impact in India: CSE

Sep 10th, 2014 | By

As Jammu and Kashmir continues to reel under its worst floods in 60 years, which have stranded over 6 lakh people and killed about 200, the attention is slowly veering towards the reasons and causes behind this unprecedented natural disaster. An analysis by Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) suggests that this could very well

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Mountain of Trash May be Driving Himalayas to Disaster

Sep 7th, 2014 | By

Times News Network: Lalpani, a reserve forest, lies four kilometres off Shimla. For all the protection it is supposed to get, there is a giant heap of rubbish festering in it, a proof of neglect and contempt for environmental laws. Lalpani is not an isolated pocket. It’s the same with the rest of the Himalayas. Tourists tend

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Development Disturbing Islamabad’s Ecology, Say Experts

Sep 5th, 2014 | By

APP: Environmentalists claim Pakistan is already among the top ten countries where unusual weather patterns are making major environment impacts, and the situation might further deteriorate in the coming years if attention was not paid to issues related to climate change. An environmentalist at the Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI), Kashif Salik, said the capital’s environment

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Govt Taking Multi-sectoral Approach to Tackle NCDs

Sep 3rd, 2014 | By

The Himalayan Times: The government says it has taken multi-sectoral approach to fight non-communicable diseases.NCDs are responsible for 42 per cent of death annually in the country and cause 63 per cent of deaths globally — nearly 80 per cent occur in low and middle income countries, according to the World Health Organisation.According to government’s Multi-Sectoral

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“Mountain People Unaware of Climate Change”

Aug 29th, 2014 | By

Republica: Mountain communities are unaware of and unconvinced about climate change that is posing threats to their lives and livelihood, said the first three Nepali women to successfully climb K2, the world´s second highest and most difficult mountain.Pasang Lhamu Sherpa, Maya Sherpa and Dawa Yangzum Sherpa, who set the record of being the first Nepali women

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Heat Wave Offers Glimpse Into Climate Change

Aug 25th, 2014 | By

An unprecedented marine heat wave that swept the Southeast Indian Ocean in 2011 has given FIU scientists a glimpse into the future of climate change. The heat wave caused the loss of more than 90 percent of the dominant seagrass in some regions of Shark Bay, Australia. Since seagrass meadows provide habitat for many ecologically

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Tibet Facing Double Environmental Disasters

Aug 21st, 2014 | By

Tibet is facing a double-whammy of disasters. China’s western so-called autonomous region is getting warmer and wetter, just as rampant population growth is creating pollution problems. The combination threatens to destroy fragile ecosystems and disrupt life for billions of people across Asia, according to a new environmental assessment by Chinese and Tibetan researchers. “It’s an environmental menace,”

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Future Crop Production Threatened by Extreme Heat

Aug 21st, 2014 | By

Climate change impacts on crop production are complex and diverse. Their assessment is challenging as the impacts result from a variety of biotic and abiotic stressors (and their interactions), diverse crop responses to stress, as well as farmers’ management adaptations made in response to changing socio-economic and climatic conditions. Further, farmers’ adaptations produce their own

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Tibet’s Glaciers at Their Warmest in 2,000 years: Report

Aug 15th, 2014 | By

The Tibetan plateau, whose glaciers supply water to hundreds of millions of people in Asia, were warmer over the past 50 years than at any stage in the past two millennia, a Chinese newspaper said, citing an academic report. Temperatures and humidity are likely to continue to rise throughout this century, causing glaciers to retreat and

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Nepal ‘Still Struggling’ to Harness Science for Development

Aug 11th, 2014 | By

SciDev.Net: Nepal’s science sector remains chronically underfunded— getting less than 0.4 per cent of the country’s GDP (gross domestic product) — and initially promising science policies have  failed to improve things, critics say. The country’s second national policy on science and technology (S&T) from 2005 aimed to underline the need for scientific research for Nepal’s development and to allocate

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Why Effective Climate Policy Needs Women – and Vice Versa

Aug 5th, 2014 | By
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Integrating a gender approach in the new climate agreement will be vital to provide the legal base for promoting gender responsive climate action both at international and national level. That will be necessary for the improvement of effectiveness of climate policies and its implementation, as both women and men can make considerable contributions to adaptation

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‘Himalayan Region Too Seismic for Big Dams’

Aug 3rd, 2014 | By

Geologists warn that a plan by the government of Uttarakhand, a state in the Indian Himalayas, to generate thousands of megawatts of hydropower ignores the region’s fragile ecology and vulnerability to earthquakes.The devastating floods that hit Uttarakhand in 2013 were widely blamed on ambitious development projects, but the state is still going ahead with a plan to generate more

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Path to Prosperity

Jul 30th, 2014 | By

Republica: Building up on the successful visit of Indian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sushma Swaraj, Nepal should seek to enhance the country’s role as a land-bridge between India and China by proposing Trans-Himalayan Economic Corridors during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit. China’s emergence as the “Factory of the World” based on its focus on exporting labor-intensive

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The Debate of Climate Change

Jul 29th, 2014 | By

Shafaat Rasool’s article “Climate Change and Kashmir’s Water Security” was an excellent read. Mr. Shafat highlighted how climate change is altering our water resources, especially glaciers. However, there is another aspect that needs to be addressed. A couple of research studies on glaciers cannot become baseline for predicting the ground situation. In recent times, it

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Desecration of Environment has Made Uttarakhand Prone to Floods, Landslides

Jul 27th, 2014 | By

It is clear that tampering with the state’s fragile ecology has led to the devastation. The India State of Forest Report (ISFR) 2013 shows how the new state’s eagerness to catch up with Himachal Pradesh, its better-off neighbour, in terms of development, has exposed it to nature’s fury. Uttarakhand is the only state in the

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Efforts on to Monitor Himalayan Glaciers

Jul 24th, 2014 | By

IANS: Efforts are underway for the regular monitoring of the dynamics and climate studies of Himalayan glaciers, minister of state for science and technology Jitendra Singh said on Wednesday. “Efforts are underway for regular monitoring of glacier dynamics, snow and glacier melting, geometrical changes and climate studies of the Himalayan glaciers,” Jitendra Singh said in reply

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