Climatic Changes in Himalayas

Climate Change and Bangladesh

Jan 8th, 2014 | By
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The last 12 months have seen some important events and actions regarding climate change both globally as well as in Bangladesh. The article will review some of the key events and activities over the last year and point to important upcoming events. Science of climate change The most significant development on the science of climate change is

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Gangotri Glacier is Retreating

Jan 8th, 2014 | By
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The Hindu: “The Gangotri glacier is retreating like other glaciers in the Himalayas and its volume and size are shrinking as well,” a report, titled ‘Estimation of retreat rate of Gangotri glacier using rapid static and kinematic GPS survey’, by scientists from the Almora-based G.B. Pant Institute of Himalayan Environment and Development has stated. The institute

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No End To The Himalayan Blunder?

Jan 6th, 2014 | By
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The response to recent Uttarakhand disaster is seemingly inadequate, writes Dr. Sudhirendar Sharma. It has not only been a policy failure but institutional inadequacies lie exposed too. Mountain peculiarities have remained an exercise in academic deliberations. Often piecemeal and repetitive, several high level committees of the state have neither been able to foresee latent threats

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The Fight to Save the Western Ghats

Jan 5th, 2014 | By
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The Western Ghats, spread over six states in western and southern India, cover an area of approximately 165,000 sq. km. They are home to a unique ecosystem in the country that is under threat from human activities. Nearly 59% of this area has been exploited: habitation, plantation or agriculture. Only 41% of the area is

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Destruction of Mt K’njaro Ecosystem is Affecting Tourism, Caution Experts

Jan 2nd, 2014 | By
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The Guardian: The number of visitors to Mt Kilimanjaro, the country’s most popular attraction is likely to drop in the near future, experts have warned. Prof Willy R. Makundi, climate change expert and advisor to the United Nations issued the warning yesterday, urging the government to take serious measures to protect the forests from wild

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Knowing The ‘Who, What, Where And When’ of Climate Change

Dec 22nd, 2013 | By
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“We need more information on this subject. We need to understand what we are facing before we can take action” For most problems, particularly the emerging and difficult to solve ones like climate change, this is the valid response from policy-makers when faced with the question ‘so what shall we do’. As a result there

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Pakistan And Weather Disasters

Dec 19th, 2013 | By




The Express Tribune: Pakistan faces a range of threatening climate change impacts: sea water intrusion into the Indus Delta, valley glaciers melting in high mountain areas, the water scarcity/food security challenge and flooding caused by changing monsoon patterns. Things are getting so bad that for the past couple of years, Pakistan has been topping the list of the

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Training to Tackle Climate Change Impacts

Dec 19th, 2013 | By




Himalayan News Service: Samuhik Abhiyan, Rupantaran-Nepal and National Association of village development committees in Nepal (NAVIN) today launched an initiative to train district officials on integrating adaptation to climate change in local development plans. The programme — ‘District Training on Climate Change and Community-based Adaptation Planning’ — is a nationwide effort to increase the capacity of

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The Real Story Behind The Catastrophic Himalayan Disaster

Dec 18th, 2013 | By
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On the 16th and 17th of June, India declared a state of national crisis when Uttarakhand was struck by one of the worst flood hits in history. The catastrophe killed over 6,000 people, left 100,000 stranded and almost half of the state,ravaged by unprecedented floods. The tragic events also triggered one of the largest rescue

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Everest Glaciers Lose Mass in Winter Too, Says Study

Dec 17th, 2013 | By
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Sci Dev Net: Glaciers in the Everest region lose snow in winter as well, rather than accumulate it, says a new ground-based study. The study, conducted for five years since 2007 on Mera and Pokalde glaciers, is one with the longest field observations of annual glacial mass balance in the region and was published in November

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Flood-Resilient Streams Protect Mountain Farms, Villagers in North Pakistan

Dec 17th, 2013 | By
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Thomson Reuters Foundation – Flood-prone streams that until recently threatened the lives, incomes and properties of mountain communities in Pakistan’s Hunza-Nagar valley are now much less dangerous, and are even helping boost harvests, after work enabling them to better withstand weather extremes. The natural water channels have been reinforced and widened to allow more glacial

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Tech Incubator Scales Himalayas to Deliver Service

Dec 17th, 2013 | By




Business Line: How can a technology business incubator undertake corporate social responsibility in the flood-hit reaches of the mighty Himalayas? Piping in Internet and switching on Wi-Fi, according to the Technopark-Technology Business Incubator. Hirosh Hussain and Arun Raj, CEOs of incubated companies Creace Technologies and Orisys India, have visited Uttarakhand to explore these ideas. Draft plan

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Apple Orchards Dying As Hills Get Warmer

Dec 14th, 2013 | By




Times News Network: With apple trees failing to get required chill hours during winters and frequency of snowfall decreased over the years, many fatal diseases have gripped orchards in Kullu district, which has impacted annual apple production in the region. Total area under apple cultivation in Kullu district is 24,000 hectares and nearly 85% of the total

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Report Backlash May Have Contributed To Uttarakhand Disaster – Experts

Dec 13th, 2013 | By
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Thomson Reuters Foundation: A report warned a decade ago about the threat posed by a glacial lake that in June burst its banks and contributed to flooding that killed thousands in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. But fears that the report – and reporting about it – were too sensational may have contributed to a

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Climate Change: Experts Review Adaptation Plans For Keti Bunder, Kharo Chan

Dec 13th, 2013 | By
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Tribune: To help coastal communities adapt to the impact of climate change, the World Wildlife Fund-Pakistan (WWF-P) has prepared two union-council-level adaptation plans. To review these plans for the coastal communities of Keti Bunder and Kharo Chan of district Thatta, a three-day regional workshop is being held at the Avari Hotel from December 10 to December

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Environmental Impact Assessment Key to Sustainable Development

Dec 6th, 2013 | By
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The South Asian Environmental Assessment Conference (SAEAC13) kicked off Wednesday bringing together a wide range of national and international experts in the field of environmental impact assessment (EIA) from South Asia, Southeast Asia, Europe and North America to discuss and share best practices in EIA, and push forward the concept of Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA). Organized jointly

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Lack of Snowfall Turns Himalayan Peaks Into ‘Black Hills’

Dec 6th, 2013 | By
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The Himalayan Times: Having heard and talked about climate change for so long, many communities of the Himalayan region have recently started to feel the adverse impacts stirred up by environmental imbalance in their own lives. The realisation comes with the lack of snowfall even despite the intensifying winter the Himalayan settlements of Thukla, Jongla, Goraksep

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Climate Affected Himalayan Women Look for Income Guarantees

Dec 4th, 2013 | By
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Kashmir Times: What keeps women like Meena Bora, Rita Bora and Khasti Devi in Almora district of Uttarakhand up all night? Khasti from Silkhora village in Lamgara block, candidly reveals, “I get up at 4 am and then it’s non-stop work – there’s housework and children to be sent to school. Then my husband goes

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Himalayan Flowers Shed Light on Climate Change

Dec 3rd, 2013 | By
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Business Standard: Himalayan flowers have evolved to attract bees as pollinators, scientists have found for the first time. The study has implications for understanding the effects of climate change on plant pollination. Biologists from Monash University and RMIT University investigated the evolution of flower colours due to the bee’s colour vision. They researched in the understudied Nepalese steep

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International Poverty Conference Begins

Dec 3rd, 2013 | By




Republica: President Dr Ram Baran Yadav on Sunday stressed the need for regional cooperation to address the issues of poverty and vulnerability in the Hindu Kush Himalaya (HKH) region. Inaugurating the International Conference on Addressing Poverty and Vulnerability in the HKH region, jointly organized by the International Center for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) and the National

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Climate Changes Increasing Workload on Women

Nov 30th, 2013 | By
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Tribune: The impact of climate change is mostly discussed in terms of global warming, agriculture and health but on Thursday, a seminar organised by Shirkat Gah looked into how the women in Pakistan have been affected by the climatic change in Sindh’s coastal belt. “The lack of fresh water has severely affected the people, especially women,”

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Sharing Knowledge on Mountain Climate Still Lacking

Nov 23rd, 2013 | By
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There are thousands of policymakers, climate scientists, activists and journalists from all over the world gathered here in the Polish capital for the climate summit, officially known as the 19th Conference of the Parties (COP19) to discuss climate change. As every year, everything from global temperature rises, greenhouse gas emission, ocean acidification, biodiversity conservation, farming, to scarcity of natural resources is on

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India to Establish Climate Change Research Station in Himalayas

Nov 22nd, 2013 | By
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Times of India: India will soon establish a research station to carry out cryosphere studies in the Himalayas. Cryosphere is a term for the regions, which are covered in ice and snow either seasonally or all year round. Rasik Ravindra, Panikkar professor at the ministry of earth sciences, New Delhi and former director of Goa-based

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Farming Practices Critical To Preservation Of Endangered Bird Species

Nov 16th, 2013 | By
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In contrary to conventional beliefs that presence of human settlements within the Black Necked crane (BNC) habitat impedes conservation of the endangered bird, a research has found out that human settlement and farming practices are critical to its preservation. The research findings were recorded by a team of researchers from the agriculture ministry who recently

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Mainstreaming Climate Adaptation in Himalayan Region

Oct 8th, 2013 | By
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SDC/IHCAP: This report looks at the interventions that the Indian Himalayas Climate Adaptation programme can make in the policy sphere to advance the cause of adaptations to climate change effects and sustainable development in the Himalayas. The principal findings of this preliminary report are two: There are policy prescriptions at the Government of India and State Government levels

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Indian Himalayan States Discuss Climate Change Action Plan

Oct 8th, 2013 | By
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SDC/IHCAP: The state governments of the Indian Himalayan Region came together for the first ever regional  consultation meeting to discuss their State Action Plans on Climate Change (SAPCC) and specific linkages to the National Mission for Sustaining the Himalayan Ecosystem (NMSHE) on September 18-19, 2013. The regional consultation meeting was organised by the Indian Himalayas

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Look Climate Change Issues in Indian Perspective Rather Blindly Following IPCC

Oct 8th, 2013 | By
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Allvoices: Renowned environmental activist and Convener, Forum for a Sustainable Environment Dr. S Jeevananda Reddy suggested that there is a need to look in to climate change issues in Indian perspective rather than blindly following Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) model based hypothetical studies with low scientific integrity, which have their vested interests. In

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The Himalayas, A Special Report

Oct 8th, 2013 | By
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With one-fifth of the world’s population relying on seasonal Himalayan melting, the disappearance of the Third Pole is sending warning signs. Floods, droughts, wildfires, windstorms, water contamination and illnesses plague the 1.3 billion people who live in the watersheds directly supplied by glacial melt from the Hindu Kush-Himalaya (HKH) region. The waterways of Afghanistan, Bangladesh,

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The IPCC Report – Where Now?

Oct 7th, 2013 | By
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CNN: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has now published the first part of its Fifth Assessment Report, AR5. It says humanity is largely responsible for the recent warming of the Earth, it re-tells the Panel’s familiar story of rising temperatures and sea levels, of melting glaciers and ice sheets. Described by some as “conservative”

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Bubble May Burst for Fossil Fuel Giants

Oct 7th, 2013 | By
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CNN: The giant corporations powering the fossil fuel industry are warned that they face a damaging backlash if they try to resist the mounting pressures of climate change legislation and high-profile campaigning The financial and economic muscle of the global fossil fuel industry’s corporate behemoths will not protect them from the costly effects of negative

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Erratic Weather Threatens Livelihoods In Pakistan

Oct 7th, 2013 | By
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SciDevNet: In recent years, climatic stresses, particularly droughts and floods, have devastated yields and caused crops to fail for many farmers across Pakistan. Erratic rainfall — particularly in rain-fed areas like Taxila, 20 miles northwest of the capital, Islamabad — has further exacerbated farmers’ problems and led to a slump in yields. With four dry winters in

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Seti Flashflood Was Not Caused By Climate Change: Scientists

Oct 7th, 2013 | By
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Republica: Experts have concluded that a devastating flashflood in the Seti River last year was not caused by climate change. A report prepared after a yearlong by a panel of experts including scientists from National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) of the United States, concluded that the sudden deluge in the river on May 5,

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Himalayas Still Uphill For Climate Report

Oct 7th, 2013 | By
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BBC: Although the latest global update on climate change says the vast majority of glaciers worldwide have continued to shrink, scientists have admitted that the Himalayas remain an area where they still have very limited information. Glaciologists involved in the cryosphere chapter of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) first phase report, launched last week, said there

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Mountains And Climate Linked Disasters: Less Concerned Actors

Oct 1st, 2013 | By
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Climate Himalaya: Disaster related early warning systems are available in South Asian countries like Nepal, and neighbouring countries like India should learn and adopt such technologies in their region. A side event at 4th Global Meeting of Mountain Partnership was organized by Climate Himalaya and Centre for Environment Education India at Erzurum, Turkey on 18th

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4th Global Meeting Reaffirms Mountain Agenda In New Strategy

Sep 18th, 2013 | By
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In the fourth global meeting of ‘Mountain Partnership’ 17-20 September, at Erzurum in Turkey, over 100 members from around the globe endorsed a new improved sustainable mountain development strategy for 2014-2017. During 1992, at Rio Earth most of the world’s nations at the UN Conference on Environment and Development signed a plan for action, ‘Agenda

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India’s Law To Feed Poor Threatens To Gobble Up Climate Funding

Sep 13th, 2013 | By
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Thomson Reuters Foundation: India’s National Action Plan for Climate Change, a hugely ambitious programme requiring billions of dollars, is being starved of funds, officials say, as a new law aimed at giving food to the needy threatens to eat up a large chunk of government spending. In 2009, the government set up eight national missions

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Climate Change May Speed Up Forests’ Life Cycles

Sep 13th, 2013 | By
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Science Daily: Many climate studies have predicted that tree species will respond to global warming by migrating via seed dispersal to cooler climates. But a new study of 65 different species in 31 eastern states finds evidence of a different, unexpected response. Nearly 80 percent of the species aren’t yet shifting their geographic distributions to

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In India : Only 15 States Have Disaster Response Force

Sep 12th, 2013 | By
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Hindu: Only 15 states have so far set up their own respective State Disaster Response Force following direction from the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) earlier this year. Only 15 states have so far set up their respective state dedicated forces meant for immediate response to disaster and also involve in community capacity building and

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Environmentalists Observe Himalaya Day

Sep 12th, 2013 | By
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Hindu: A group of environmentalists and civil society activists observed Himalaya Day and demanded a comprehensive policy to protect the world’s longest and tallest range and its ecosystems on Thursday. Observing the Himalaya Day for the first time, members from about 22 organisations released a Himalayan people’s manifesto, urging the government to formulate a focused

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Bhutan Looks To Become World’s First 100% Organic Country

Sep 11th, 2013 | By
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Bhutan is renowned for espousing Gross National Happiness but now the isolated Himalayan nation is also looking to become known as a world leader in organic farming.  “We are nearly all Buddhists. Being kind to the environment and the planet has a central meaning for us,” says Kesang Tshomo, co-ordinator of the Ministry of Agriculture’s

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Research Needed To Understand Glaciers’ Complex Behaviour

Sep 11th, 2013 | By
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Tribune: The glaciers in Karakoram ranges are more stable than the ones worldwide but more data and research are needed to understand their complex behaviour. These views were expressed by local and foreign experts at a scientific conference on “Karakoram Resources and Climate Change: Glacier, Water and Ecosystem”, organised by EvK2-CNR — an Italian research

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Antarctic, Greenland Ice mMelt Accelerating: IPCC Leak

Sep 9th, 2013 | By
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SMH: Ice in Antarctica and Greenland is disappearing faster and may drive sea levels higher than predicted this century, according to leaked United Nations documents. Greenland’s ice added six times more to sea levels in the decade through 2011 than in the prior 10 years, according to a draft of the UN’s most comprehensive study

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Focus On Personal Expertise On Last Day Of Workshop

Sep 9th, 2013 | By
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ToI: The workshop on ‘Implementation of Thimphu Statement on Climate Change: Integration of Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction’ culminated on Saturday. On the last day of the workshop, the delegates focused on capacity building initiatives, developing institutional capacities, developing personal expertise and legislative basis need to support an institutional structure for addressing the

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Agreement Inked For Stimulating Biodiversity Friendly Products

Sep 9th, 2013 | By
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Pak Observer: IUCN Pakistan and the Climate Change Division, Government of Pakistan signed an Agreement in Islamabad during the GEF Global Environmental Facility Steering Committee meeting. Representatives from all provinces and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) were also present at the ceremony. Under this agreement, activities will focus on stimulating market demand for biodiversity friendly

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Indian Floods Highlight Dangers Of Rushed Development

Sep 9th, 2013 | By
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SciDevnet: The large-scale devastation and deaths caused by landslides and floods in the northern Himalayan state of Uttarakhand have highlighted gaps in India’s disaster preparedness, as well as a worrying neglect of environmental concerns in hilly areas. Scientists say a lake at the snout of the Chorabari Glacier was almost brimming over with glacial meltwater

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Pashmina Withers On The Roof Of The World

Sep 9th, 2013 | By
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IPS: The famed pashmina shawl that keeps the cold away – in style and at a price – could itself have become the victim of winter. Thousands of goats whose fine wool is weaved into pashmina have perished in extreme cold being associated with climate change. Pashmina is drawn from Changra goats found in Ladakh

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Focus On Migration: Slow Down Himalayan Construction

Sep 9th, 2013 | By
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Last month, India launched a satellite [1], INSAT 3D, that aims to improve early warnings of extreme weather events — such as the devastating floods and landslides that hit the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand in June — and aid search and rescue. Such a satellite could help mitigate future disasters. But along with technological improvements,

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The Heat Wave, The Arctic Melt And Climate Change

Sep 9th, 2013 | By
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Antonio M. Claparols (Philippines): I could not wait to write this when the news appeared in the July 24,2013 issue of The Financial Times that the airline company, Easy Jet, may be the next victim to global warming and climate change due to the extreme heat wave affecting Europe, the Middle East and the United

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Kedarnath Disaster: Facts And Plausible Causes

Jul 30th, 2013 | By
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Current Science: Recent climate changes have had significant impact on high-mountain glacial environment. Rapid melting of snow/ice and heavy rainfall has resulted in the formation and expansion of moraine-dammed lakes, creating a potential danger from dammed lake outburst floods1. On 16 and 17 June 2013, heavy rains together with moraine dammed lake (Chorabari Lake) burst

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Cultural And Social Exchange In Indian Mountains : SMD-III At Kohima, India

Jul 29th, 2013 | By
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Sustainable Development Forum Nagaland (SDFN) – is a registered not-for-profit forum where the Naga civil society, academia, entrepreneurs, government and the media collectively discuss and work in facilitating the state towards a sustainable development pathway. The SDFN aims to facilitate dialogues, research and sustainable policy making in mind the state’s economy, environment and issues of

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Early Recovery By UNDP-What It Means To Uttarakhand

Jul 29th, 2013 | By
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The UNDP  United Nations Development Programme, says that early recovery is a multidimensional process of recovery that begins in a humanitarian setting.  It is an integrated and coordinated approach, using humanitarian mechanisms, to gradually turn the dividends of humanitarian action into sustainable crisis recovery, resilience building and development opportunities. When a crisis strikes, UNDP works

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Disaster Relief: Avoid Old Mindset And Jargons

Jul 24th, 2013 | By
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Climate Himalaya: In this article it is argued that Disaster Management practice in India need to change the old mindset of disaster relief, to include quick planning and actions, using verifiable space data and avoid delay causing detailed assessments in deciding any government run relief package. We need to be cautions against the current jargons such

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Worse Floods Ahead As Climate Warms

Jul 24th, 2013 | By
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CNN: “Atmospheric rivers”, airborne corridors of concentrated moisture which carry huge volumes of water, are set to get wider and longer, causing more frequent and catastrophic floods as the atmosphere warms. Heavy and prolonged rainfall will cause both more frequent and more severe flooding across the United Kingdom and the rest of north-west Europe as

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यह तबाही तो होनी ही थी…

Jul 24th, 2013 | By
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Nainital Samachar: लगभग 10 महीने पहले केदारनाथ से लौटते हुए रामबाड़ा की एक चाय की दुकान में बैठे हुए एक सिख सैनिक की बात आज बार-बार याद आ रही है। केदारनाथ में उन दिनों मन्दिर का प्रबन्ध देखने वाली पंजाब रेजीमेंट का वह सैनिक अपने किसी साथी को लेने के लिए रामबाड़ा पहुँचा था बहुत

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Nepal Boosts Early Warning System For Climate Hazards

Jul 7th, 2013 | By
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TRF: Floods and landslides have hit Nepal hard this monsoon season, bringing high casualties in just the first few weeks. More than 40 people were killed in 17 districts during the second half of June, mainly in the hills of the mid-west and far-west regions, according to the Nepal Red Cross Society (NRCS), the country’s

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Q+A: The Impact Of The Deadly Floods In India’s Himalayas

Jul 5th, 2013 | By
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TR: Devastating floods have killed hundreds of people in India’s Himalayan region of Uttarakhand and left tens of thousands in need of aid and rehabilitation. The disaster, which was triggered by heavy pre-monsoon rains on June 15 and 16, has been dubbed a “Himalayan Tsunami” by local media due to the torrent of water that

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Uttarakhand: Warning Bells On Deaf Ears

Jul 5th, 2013 | By
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HT: The Himalayas are sick and will die unless there is massive forestation and a moratorium of at least ten years on tree felling. And if they die, the country will surely die in a chain of natural disasters.” Hindustan Times, 1977 Although written over 35 years ago, the warning sounds eerily relevant. A deadly

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Pakistan Close To Being ‘Water Scarce’ Country, Says Asian Bank

Jul 5th, 2013 | By
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The News: Pakistan is on the verge of being classified as a “water scarce” country, the Asian Development Bank has warned in a report. Pakistan, which has failed to construct any major water reservoir for the last over 40 years besides facing Indian aggression on the water front, is said to have the storage capacity

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Uttarakhand Disaster: National Green Tribunal Issues Notice To State Govt

Jul 5th, 2013 | By
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The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has issued a show-cause notice to the Uttarakhand government, Union environment ministry, National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) calling for data and information to justify construction and development activity in the hill state. Unchecked and unplanned construction is seen to have worsened the disaster caused by

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India Seeks World Bank, ADB Help To Rebuild After Killer Floods

Jul 5th, 2013 | By
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TRF: India has asked the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank for financial assistance to help rebuild roads and bridges after flash floods and landslides devastated its northern Himalayan region, a government statement said. Heavy monsoon rains caused rivers and lakes in the state of Uttarkhand to burst their banks more than two weeks ago,

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