Climatic Changes in Himalayas

Melting Glaciers Giving Rise to New Lakes in Himachal Pradesh

Jul 23rd, 2014 | By

Times News Network: Melting of glaciers is resulting in the formation of smaller lakes in the high hills of Himachal Pradesh and is posing threat to the population living downstream. A recent visit to in Chokhang area of Lahaul-Spiti by MLA Ravi Thakur along with forest officials had revealed that around 6-7 smaller lakes have come

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Meet India’s Widows of Climate Change

Jul 22nd, 2014 | By

There is no good time to ask someone to relive a catastrophic flood. But a rainy day is the worst. It is early morning and Deoli-Benigram, a charming village sprawled over an eastern Himalayan peak, is drenched. It has been raining since the previous evening — a persistent drizzle that shows no sign of stopping.

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Ladakh Mulls Sustainable Development Models

Jul 11th, 2014 | By

Sci Dev Net:  It was inevitable that a conference on ‘Sustainable Resource Development’ should veer around sustainable practices in the host city of Leh, situated on the cold and dry Ladakh plateau 15,000 feet above sea level in the high Himalayas. Organised by the Geological Society of London in collaboration with the Institute of Energy Research & Training

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Will the Real Montologist Please Stand up?

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

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

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Arctic Warming Upsets Birds’ Breeding Calendar

Jul 8th, 2014 | By

Climate News Network: Arctic migrants are nesting up to seven days earlier as the world warms. The sandpiper makes a beeline for the Alaskan shores, to join the phalarope on the beach and the songbirds in the woods − and all because the winter snows are melting earlier. Conservation scientists Joe Liebezeit and Steve Zack –

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Lessons From the Success Story of Great Himalayan National Park

Jul 1st, 2014 | By

On 23 June, UNESCO decided to put the Great Himalayan National Park (GHNP) Conservation Area in Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh on the World Heritage List, acknowledging it as one of the world’s most important and significant natural habitats for conservation of biological diversity, containing threatened species of outstanding universal value. Set up in 1984,

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Climate Change Altering Rhododendron Bloom Time: Report

Jul 1st, 2014 | By

The Hindu: The blooming of rhododendrons heralds the onset of spring in the Himalayas, but thanks to climate change they are now flowering early in the winter itself, research shows. A study by a group of scientists of the G.B. Pant Institute of Himalayan Environment and Development, Almora, has generated evidences of changes in flowering phenology

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Need to Rewrite the Mountain Perspective!

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

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

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Coastal Warning for Vital Atlantic Habitats

Jun 26th, 2014 | By

Rising temperatures, increasingly acidic seas and human destruction will drastically change the nature of the coastal seas of the north-east Atlantic over the next century, scientists predict. According to new research in the journal Ecology and Evolution, it will completely alter the forests of kelp and the maerl beds of coralline algae that serve as shelter and

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Climate Change Will Increase Flow in Asia’s Big Rivers

Jun 22nd, 2014 | By

SciDev.Net: Climate change will cause water levels in Asia’s five major river systems, that are fed by Himalayan glaciers, to increase at least until 2050, a new study predicts. Led by Arthur Lutz, post-doctoral researcher at Utrecht University, the Netherlands, the study predicts an increase in water availability for the upstream basins of the Indus, Ganges, Brahmaputra, Salween

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Disaster-Struck Indian Himalaya Region Braces for Monsoon Season

Jun 20th, 2014 | By

In June last year, monsoon floodwaters in the Indian Himalayan region swept entire houses off their foundations, washing them downstream. NGOs said a lack of disaster preparedness caused more damage than the disaster itself. Now, one year later, NGOs are hurrying to prepare communities for what may come as the new monsoon season approaches. The

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Drones Zero In On Himalayan Glaciers

Jun 19th, 2014 | By

Drones or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are finding a role in the study of glaciers in the rugged and remote Himalayas. Using UAVs to study the Lirung glacier in Nepal’s Langtang region, scientists from the University of Utrecht, the Netherlands, and the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Research, Kathmandu, have shown that glacial melt water

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Flow Chart Unclear for Glacial Rivers

Jun 19th, 2014 | By

Climate News Network: A new study examining river basins in the Asia region suggests that amounts of water supplied to the area by glaciers and rainfall in the Himalayas will increase in the coming decades. At first reading, that looks like good news, as an estimated 1.3 billion people in Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Nepal, China and

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The Himalayas: Upstream but Downwind

Jun 9th, 2014 | By

The Hindu Kush Himalayan (HKH) region has received much attention as the source of rivers that supply water to 1.3 billion people downstream. It has received far less attention for its role as the recipient of air pollution originating in the plains. Across northern South Asia during the dry season, individual plumes from hundreds of

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Melting Glaciers, More Rain to Swell Himalayan Rivers

Jun 2nd, 2014 | By

The Hindu: As the climate warms, increased melting of glaciers and more rain along the Himalayas is likely to enhance the flow of water into the big rivers that arise in this vast mountain range, according to research just published. Researchers in The Netherlands and Nepal used high-resolution modelling to study how a warmer climate would

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Insects Get Light Relief From Warming

Jun 1st, 2014 | By

Climate News Network: Europe’s butterflies are fading in the sunlight as the summers warm − while some species of shrubs and trees in the southern hemisphere are growing less as winters become milder. Lead author Dirk Zeuss, of Philipps-University Marburg in Germany, and fellow researchers report in Nature Communications that as the climate of Europe begins to

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Glacier Feeding Indus Tributary Melting Fast, JNU Study Says

Jun 1st, 2014 | By

Times News Network:  This could be worrisome for Himalayan glaciers. A team from Jawaharlal Nehru University has found significantly accelerated ice melting on Chhota Shigri glacier in Lahaul and Spiti over the last 10 years. The JNU team, which has been studying the glacier for several years to understand the impact of climate change, has

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In the Himalayas, Drones Map Melting Glaciers

May 29th, 2014 | By

“Because it’s there,” George Mallory famously replied when asked in 1923 his motivation for challenging the world’s highest peak. Yet long before Mallory’s linguistic minimalism Everest was there, a Himalayan mountain above all others. In the early 20th century, however, climbing technology was too rudimentary to allow alpinists more than unfulfilled hopes and deadly dreams.

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Climate Change to Make Nepal Glaciers Shrink by Quarter in 30 Years – Scientist

May 25th, 2014 | By

Samjwal Ratna Bajracharya, lead author of the report, told AFP, “the shrinking of glaciers in Nepal is definitely connected to climate change, glacial melt is a huge indicator of rising temperatures. “The Norway-funded research project led by ICIMOD took three years to complete, as scientists mapped satellite imagery from several decades to see the extent

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Glaciers In Qinghai-Tibet Plateau Shrinking Due To Global Warming

May 23rd, 2014 | By

Glaciers in the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, home to several Himalayan rivers including the Brahamaputra, have shrunk 15% due to global warming, Chinese researchers said. Glaciers have shrunk from 53,000 to 45,000 sq km in the past 30 years, the scientists added. The Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, the highest place in the world’s mid-latitude regions, is more likely to

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Study Paints Alarming Picture of Glacial Retreat

May 22nd, 2014 | By

Nepal’s mountains lost a glacier area of 1,266 square kilometres, 24 percent of the total glaciated area of the country between 1977 and 2010, a study has shown. The findings of a new research made public last week blame rising temperatures caused by climate change to the colossal loss of ice deposits in the Himalayas.

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Unbridled Industrialisation Leading to Himalayan Eco-disaster: Study

May 20th, 2014 | By

In further evidence – if any were needed – that global warming is accelerating glacier melt in the Himalaya, a new research reveals that nearly 400 glaciers have come into existence in the last four decades alone. In terms of numbers, Himalaya glaciers are on the rise – but this does not help, as the

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Global Warming Melting Himalayan Glaciers

May 19th, 2014 | By

This is going to be immensely damning report about the impacts of the climate change in this part of the world. Global warming is melting Himalayan glaciers faster than anyone thought. A latest study says that global warming is killing Himalayan glaciers. The report says that in Nepal it has destroyed as much as one

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Global Warming Fragmenting Himalayan Glaciers

May 18th, 2014 | By

The second international conference on ‘Cryosphere of the Hindu Kush Himalayas: State of Knowledge’ organised by International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development with the support of the Royal Norwegian Embassy and the Embassy of the United States in Kathmandu has launched a publication titled Status and Decadal Glacier Change from 1980s to 2010 in Nepal

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Development Strategies for a Poor Himalayan Nation

May 16th, 2014 | By

Sometimes, there is a tendency to equate development with the presence of good infrastructure. Sure, that is part of the story but a better measure of development lies in the ability of a country’s citizens to carve out their own destiny. That is perhaps why not all countries with tremendous natural resources are prosperous, as

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International Conference Discusses Effects of Climate Change in the Himalayan Region

May 14th, 2014 | By

Press Trust of India: Representatives from 16 countries, including India, today started deliberations on the impact of climate change-induced disasters in the Hindu Kush Himalayan region and ways of mitigating them. The three-day international conference titled ‘Cryosphere of the Hindu Kush Himalaya: State of the Knowledge’ and the Hindu Kush Himalayan Cryosphere Data Sharing workshop began

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Study: Most Himalayan Glaciers Staying Stable

May 13th, 2014 | By

A new study has found that most Himalayan glaciers are stable and in a steady state compared to the results of other studies carried out for the period prior to 2001. The Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF) explained that in the last decade the period of monitoring almost corresponds to a hiatus in global warming. The study’s

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Climate Change to Make Everest Even Riskier

May 4th, 2014 | By

Climbing to the roof of the world is becoming less predictable and possibly more dangerous, scientists say, as climate change brings warmer temperatures that may eat through the ice and snow on Mount Everest. Nepal was left reeling when a sudden ice avalanche slammed down onto a group of Sherpa guides on April 18 and

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Consortia to Study Impacts of Climate Change in Asia, Africa

May 3rd, 2014 | By

Press Trust of India: A study on the impacts of climate change in Asia and Africa will be conducted by four new multi-partner research consortia and it will include case studies in India, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Nepal. The study which will find ways to adapt in some of the most vulnerable regions in Asia and Africa

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Climate Change and Pakistan

May 3rd, 2014 | By

Tribune: The recently released report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a group of experts formed by the United Nations, makes for some scary reading. The report concludes that the devastating effects of climate change are already visible. According to the report, polar ice caps are melting, water supplies around the world are shrinking,

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Climate Change Adaptation Perfumes Nepal’s Foothills

Apr 28th, 2014 | By

Reuters: Life is a daily challenge for the families of this village of terraced maize fields and tin-roofed homes tucked in the steep green foothills of Nepal’s Himalayas. Monkeys living in the forests around Majhthana carry away many of the vegetables the community grows, and the men who once chucked rocks at them to protect the

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China Scientists Blames Everest Shrinkage On Climate Change

Apr 25th, 2014 | By

Mt. Everest has shrunk by 10% over the last four decades and it is all because of melting ice caused by climate change, a Chinese scientist said on Thursday. Kang Shichang, a researcher at the Institute of Tibetan Plateau Research of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, said the data was based on long-term remote sensing

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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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Second Edition of The Expedition With The Maiden Clean Himalayan Journey

Apr 14th, 2014 | By

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

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

Apr 2nd, 2014 | By

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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The Dams of India: Boon or Bane?

Mar 17th, 2014 | By
Upper Brahmaputra also known as Siang River Arunachal Pradesh State, India

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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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

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
Brazil farmer loads trucks with soybeans

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

Mar 6th, 2014 | By

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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Climate Change Creating Further Complications For Nepal’s Mountain Farmers

Mar 2nd, 2014 | By

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

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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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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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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Half of Plants May Move in Warmer World

Feb 16th, 2014 | By

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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Warmth Spurs Plants to Move or Bloom Earlier

Feb 3rd, 2014 | By

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 Pushes Himalayan Honey Bees to Higher Altitudes

Feb 1st, 2014 | By

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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How the Threat to Lions, Leopards and Wolves Endangers Us All

Jan 28th, 2014 | By

They are the planet’s most prolific killers – and also some of nature’s most effective protectors. This is the stark conclusion of an international report that argues that lions, wolves, pumas, lynxes and other major carnivores play key roles in keeping ecosystems in balance. It also warns that the current depletion of numbers of major predators threatens

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Green Activist Slams Uttarakhand Govt.

Jan 21st, 2014 | By

The Hindu: Slamming the State government for encouraging industrial development in the ecologically sensitive Himalayan State, environmentalist Dr Anil Prakash Joshi opposed the proliferation of industries in the State, which, according to him, is “being promoted by the State government”. The criticism of the Bahuguna government by Dr Joshi, who is the founder of the Himalayan

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Climate Change’s New Menace: Mountain Tsunamis

Jan 20th, 2014 | By

The raging torrent hit in the morning, as Gopal Singh Bhist and his son, a cook and the leader of a pony train, prepared for work. In minutes, the Mandakini river had breached its banks, sending a crushing hammer of water, ice and rock through the Himalayan villages in this north Indian state of Uttarakhand.

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Climate Change Alters Land Map of India

Jan 19th, 2014 | By

Hindustan Times: The adverse effects of climate change are being felt on more than a fourth of India’s landmass over the last four decades. While some parts of the country have turned arid, others have witnessed more rainfall. A study by the Central Research Institute for Dryland Agriculture (CRIDA) at Hyderabad has revealed that about 27%

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Regulating Biodiversity in India and Nepal

Jan 15th, 2014 | By

In a world marked by climate change, biodiversity is important for food security. Several international treaties regulate adaptation, access to and sharing of plant genetic resources. However, the treaties must be implemented in the laws of individual countries if they are to have an effect ‘The diversity of plant varieties is under threat. For several

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Swiss Wildlife Heads Uphill Fast

Jan 13th, 2014 | By

Climate News Network: Alpine ecosystems are on the rise. Between 2003 and 2010, plants have managed to scramble up another eight metres of mountain slope. On the way up, they were overtaken by butterflies, which collectively gained another 38 metres of higher ground.  Alpine birds in turn fluttered an average of 42 metres higher. Tobias Roth

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Biodiversity Panel Gives Indigenous Knowledge Core Role

Jan 13th, 2014 | By

Sci Dev Net: Indigenous and local knowledge is set to play a major role in biodiversity and ecosystem management, a meeting of an intergovernmental body has heard. At its second meeting — held in Antalya in Turkey, last month (9-14 December) — the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity & Ecosystem Services (IPBES) decided to extend its focused assessments of such knowledge

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Brahmaputra-Salween Landscape Faces Development Challenges

Jan 10th, 2014 | By

Times News Network: A national consultation on delineation of boundary and preparation of a feasibility document on Brahmaputra-Salween Landscape (BSL) was convened by the GB Pant Institute of Himalayan Environment and Development, NE unit , here recently. Inaugurating the programme, state chief secretary H K Paliwal appreciated the efforts of the institute and the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development

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Himalayas Lost 13% of Glaciers in 40 Years

Jan 10th, 2014 | By

The Hindu: Amid controversy and debate over the precise impact of global warming on the Himalayas, glaciologists analysed a massive cache of data on the mountain range and have concluded that it lost 13 per cent of its glaciers in just four decades. Approximately 443 billion tonnes (Gt) of glacier ice was lost in this timeframe,

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UN Urged to Recognize Benefits Derived from Mountain Regions as Essential for Sustainable Development

Jan 10th, 2014 | By

UN News Center: As United Nations-led talks on outlining the future global development agenda continue to progress, UN agency officials joined representatives of mountain countries and organizations today at Headquarters to encourage mountain-specific policies in sustainable development strategies, with a particular focus on plans for adaptation and mitigation of climate change. In connection with 7th

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