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Cloud Burst: Disaster in Uttarakhand India-Updates and Photos

Sep 14th, 2012 | By
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On 13th September 2012 night in Chwanni, Mangoli and Kimana villages of Okhimath block in Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand (India), heavy rains completely inundated over 4 villages and eroded 2 more villages, while there are no clues about 20-25 families in these villages. One can see the aftermath of erratic rainfall over the night in

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NEPAL: Adaptation To Climate Change Goes Local

Sep 14th, 2012 | By




IRI News: In the next few months Nepal will start implementing local adaptation plans for climate vulnerable communities in its impoverished far-and mid-western region under the National Adaptation Programme of Action (NAPA). NAPAs, submitted to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, provide a process for Least Developed Countries to identify priority activities that respond

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Mapping Vulnerability To Climate Change And Its Repercussions On Human Health In Pakistan

Sep 5th, 2012 | By




Globalization and health: Pakistan is highly vulnerable to climate change due to its geographic location, high dependence on agriculture and water resources, low adaptive capacity of its people, and weak system of emergency preparedness. This paper is the first ever attempt to rank the agro-ecological zones in Pakistan according to their vulnerability to climate change

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India: Historical Conflicts In Assam-Climate Change Could Make It Worse

Sep 4th, 2012 | By




Think Progress: Understanding The Historical Conflicts Behind Violence In Assam, And How Climate Change Could Make It Worse.Recent violence between the Bodo tribe and immigrant minorities in the northeastern Indian state of Assam has cost the lives of at least 96 people and caused more than 300,000 residents to flee their homes for refugee camps.

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Water Scarcity Looming Threat Across Country

Aug 27th, 2012 | By




Pakistan Observer: With the country slowly slipping down the scarcity bench mark, Pakistan will be facing severe water crisis in coming years. The alarm bells are ringing and in most of urban areas, the residents complain of water shortage, especially in summers. This situation will gradually extend to our agriculture sector – the backbone of

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Capably Communicating Science

Aug 24th, 2012 | By




Sciencemag: There is no shortage of topics where policy-makers or other members of the public seem to persistently misunderstand, misrepresent, or disregard the underlying science: climate change, genetically modified foods, vaccines, or evolution, among others. Consequently, the call for scientists to do a better job of communicating both the meaning and the nature of their

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Food For Thought on Climate-Change Effects

Aug 22nd, 2012 | By




National Multimedia: Climatologist James Hansen has long been vilified as an alarmist by climate-change sceptics. Critics see work done by activists like him as providing scientific legitimacy to eco-fanatics who would bring modern economies to a standstill with their extreme demands on conservation and other pro-environmental measures. To the chagrin of his detractors, he has

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World Must Brace for Higher Food Prices, Experts Say

Aug 21st, 2012 | By




Jakarta Globe: With drought parching farms in the United States and near the Black Sea, weak monsoon rains in India and insidious hunger in Africa’s Sahel region, the world could be headed towards another food crisis. Asia should keep a catastrophe at bay with a strong rice harvest while the G20 group of industrialized and

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Temperature Rise ‘Slows Economy In Poor Countries’

Aug 18th, 2012 | By




Scidevnet: Small increases in temperature may have reduced the industrial and agricultural production of poor countries, according to a study by US economists. Higher temperatures may also have contributed to political instability in these countries — defined as those with below-median per capita income, adjusted for the purchasing power of the country’s currency — according

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International Indigenous Peoples Day: Radio and Climate Change in the Andes

Aug 17th, 2012 | By




Alertnet: Rural indigenous communities in the southern Andean highlands of Peru’s Cuzco and Apurímac regions have been hit hard by climate change. Endemic poverty has meant that these remote communities cannot afford a bad harvest. Yet in recent years sudden changes in weather are impacting traditional crops like potato, maize and quinoa, a grain high

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The 5 Most Dangerous Climate Change Myths

Aug 14th, 2012 | By




Huffington post: Reality can be profoundly persuasive. As Americans sweat out one of the hottest summers on record, we’ve watched in dismay as drought has withered endless acres of crops and pushed the federal government to declare “natural” disasters in more than half the nation’s counties. As temperatures have shot up, so has the number

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New Atmospheric Compound Tied to Climate Change, Human Health

Aug 10th, 2012 | By




Science Daily: An international research team led by the University of Colorado Boulder and the University of Helsinki has discovered a surprising new chemical compound in Earth’s atmosphere that reacts with sulfur dioxide to form sulfuric acid, which is known to have significant impacts on climate and health. The new compound, a type of carbonyl

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Agricultural Intensification Promotes Gender Equity In Nepal

Aug 9th, 2012 | By




CCAFS (CGIAR): In Nepal, the involvement of men and women in agriculture is starting to change. “Before, women used to tend to the household work, while the men engaged themselves in the agricultural labor,” explained Nani Raut, a researcher who last year received a gender grant from the CGIAR Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security

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Updates On Uttarkashi Cloudburst and Flashflood 2012

Aug 9th, 2012 | By
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  Plan India/ SBMA:  On August 3rd and 4th night incidences of cloudbursts occurred in Uttarkashi area. It was around midnight when suddenly people noticed increasing water level with debris in the local rivers. People immediately started shifting from their houses  and tried to move to the safer locations. Some people were able to shift

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Chinese Eco Pilots Find Habits Hard To Change

Aug 8th, 2012 | By




Guardian: Low-carbon city programmes are doing well on public awareness, but survey finds little evidence of greener habits. Only a small proportion of people in China‘s low-carbon pilot cities are living “low-carbon lives” in spite of widespread knowledge of the green agenda, a year-long survey of household energy consumption carried out by Beijing-based NGO Green

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The Reality Of Climate Change In Our Hills

Aug 7th, 2012 | By
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On an article published on 6 Aug 2012 at Livemint (reproduced below), Dr. Sudhirendar Sharma raises a few questions. He says, “whether or not the trend co-relates to climate change, it is clear that there has virtually been an absence of a well thought-out strategy to overcome it. Job opportunities and local markets haven’t been

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Climate Change To Blame For Extreme Heat: NASA Scientist

Aug 6th, 2012 | By




AFP: Human-driven climate change is to blame for a series of increasingly hot summers and the situation is already worse than was expected just two decades ago, a top NASA scientist said on Saturday. James Hansen, who directs the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, wrote in the Washington Post that even his “grim” predictions

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Climate Conversations – Helping Women Gain a Voice on Climate Change

Aug 4th, 2012 | By




Alertnet: What are the gender dimensions of climate change? As a starting point, we know that women and men do not experience climate change equally. In many developing countries economic constraints and cultural norms that restrict women’s access to employment mean that their livelihoods are particularly dependent on climate-sensitive sectors, such as subsistence agriculture or

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How Climate Change and The Monsoons Affect India’s Blackouts

Aug 3rd, 2012 | By




Blame it on the rain—at least partially. Northern India has been plagued by prolonged blackouts over the past few days that have left some 600 million people without regular power. The electrical grid has never covered the entire country—around 300 million of India’s 1.2 billion citizens lack access to regular electricity—and isolated blackouts are common

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Climate Change Study Forces Sceptical Scientists To Change Minds

Aug 1st, 2012 | By




Guardian: Earth’s land shown to have warmed by 1.5C over past 250 years, with humans being almost entirely responsible. The Earth’s land has warmed by 1.5C over the past 250 years and “humans are almost entirely the cause”, according to a scientific study set up to address climate change sceptics’ concerns about whether human-induced global

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Climate Risks Heat Up As World Switches On To Air Conditioning

Jul 31st, 2012 | By




Guardian: The US has long used more energy for air conditioning than all other nations combined – but that’s about to change. The world is warming, incomes are rising, and smaller families are living in larger houses in hotter places. One result is a booming market for air conditioning — world sales in 2011 were

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Analysis: Evidence for Climate Extremes, Costs, Gets More Local

Jul 31st, 2012 | By




Reuters – Scientists are finding evidence that man-made climate change has raised the risks of individual weather events, such as floods or heatwaves, marking a big step towards pinpointing local costs and ways to adapt to freak conditions. “We’re seeing a great deal of progress in attributing a human fingerprint to the probability of particular

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Fragile States: Adapting And Enhancing Commitment

Jul 26th, 2012 | By




SDC: Approximately 1.5 billion human beings live in states which are fragile or affected by conflict. They number among the most disadvantaged populations on our planet. The complexity of the situation in which these people find themselves makes it necessary for development cooperation to modify and adapt its mode of action. If the Swiss Parliament

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Climate Change And Household Water Insecurity In India: A Case Of Gender Inequalities

Jul 24th, 2012 | By




CGIAR: Many regions in India are characterized by water scarcity which affects the well-being of millions of the poorest people. In India as well as many other developing countries, 20% households still do not have provision of adequate water for domestic use. This has resulted in a significant loss of time and effort, especially on

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Asia Won’t Achieve Climate, Poverty Goals Unless Women’s Rights Are Recognized

Jul 23rd, 2012 | By




Science Codex: New research released today by the Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) shows that despite more understanding, more resources, and policy recommendations, women continue to be largely marginalized and ignored or exploited in resource management processes throughout Asia – to the detriment of global climate and poverty reduction goals. This suite of analyses, released

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Population Growth And Climate Change: No Clear Link

Jul 23rd, 2012 | By




Hindustan Times: An interesting sidelight to the Family Planning Summit in London last week was that it was held amidst a double-dip recession. This was symbolic because a recession of course means a slump in demand and consumption. And that neatly links up to a view that I heard from some key delegates – that

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Like Coffee And Cocoa, Bonds To Get Green Certified

Jul 18th, 2012 | By




Alertnet: Investors will soon be able to buy corporate bonds with a ‘climate’ certification, much as consumers with strong social and environmental convictions now buy coffee and chocolate products with labels such as Fairtrade and Rainforest Alliance. Carrying such a certification will enable institutional investors and pension funds, which have been looking to make their

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Understanding Climate Change: Through the Eyes of Chinese Youth

Jul 16th, 2012 | By




The Mantle: Recently the headlines read that the CO2 emissions of China may actually be 20% greater than previously thought, essentially equal adding the emissions of #5 emitter Japan to China’s total (see article). The difference lies in how the central and local government authorities measure energy use as a means of calculating greenhouse gas emissions.

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Climate Scientists And Communities Can Find Common Ground

Jul 13th, 2012 | By




Scidevnet: Fruitful dialogue in Africa shows the gap between climate scientists and decision makers can be bridged, says adaptation specialist Arame Tall. African countries face a growing threat of hydro-meteorological disasters such as droughts, floods, pest infestations, water-related epidemics, storms and cyclones. Whether correlated with anthropogenic climate change, a result of increased human vulnerability or

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Greenhouse Gas Levels At Highest Point In 800,000 Years

Jul 11th, 2012 | By




Rabble.ca: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) held its 35th session recently in Geneva, on the northern shore of Lac Leman. Across the water from the UN quadrant where the IPCC’s decision-making body met lies Mont Blanc. At 4,800 metres Mont Blanc is the highest peak in the Alps. Like nearly all alpine glaciers,

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Extreme Weather: Get Ready To See More Of It, Scientists Say

Jul 11th, 2012 | By




CNN: A map of significant climate events for the United States in June looks almost apocalyptic: hellish heat, ferocious fires and severe storms leaving people injured, homeless and even dead. That followed a warm winter and early season droughts. News came Monday that the mainland United States experienced its warmest 12 months since the dawn

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Scientists Attribute Extreme Weather to Man-Made Climate Change

Jul 11th, 2012 | By




Guardian: Researchers have for the first time attributed recent floods, droughts and heatwaves, to human-induced climate change Climate change researchers have been able to attribute recent examples of extreme weather to the effects of human activity on the planet’s climate systems for the first time, marking a major step forward in climate research. The findings

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The Ghost Villages Of Uttarakhand-A Story On Migration By Tehlka

Jul 10th, 2012 | By




Tehlka: Over a decade after the state was founded, nine of its 13 districts are facing a crisis of migration. More than 1,000 villages have been deserted for the comforts of the plains, reports Baba Umar. IN THE picturesque village of Chandauli, deep inside the forests of Uttarakhand’s Pauri district, an old couple is silently

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Agriculture And Adapting To Climate Change In Himalayan Mountains Of India

Jul 6th, 2012 | By
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Mountain Voice: We interviewed a number of farmers in one of the most backward and remote district Uttarkashi in Uttarakhand state of India, about the kind of changes they now face in agriculture production and how they are adapting to it. The farmers mentioned that they feel climatic change for last 10-20 years in the

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Participatory Gender Sensitive Approaches To Address Climate Change: Evidences

Jul 5th, 2012 | By




CGIAR: Getting a better understanding of how climate variability affects rural men and women differently, and in different regions, is challenging. Since their ability to respond to change and take action that will make them more resilient and able to adapt to a changing climate (alongside all the other social and economic change they are

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Mountain Development Climbs Up the Global Agenda

Jul 4th, 2012 | By




Reuters: The future of mountains and mountain people got a much-needed boost at June’s U.N. Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) in Rio de Janeiro. The Rio+20 declaration, “Our Common Vision”, adopted by heads of state and top-level government representatives from around the world, recognises the global benefits of mountain ecosystems and the vital contributions of

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Do Mountain People Have Access to Land and Forest Resources?

Jul 4th, 2012 | By
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Mountain Voice: During this series we interacted with a youth journalist working for an Indian news daily for over 10 years in Indian mountains.  He writes on issues related to natural resources, people’s rights, environment and developmental issues in the region on regular basis. We interviewed Mr. Deepak Benjwal on issues related to climate change

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A Public Health Frame Arouses Hopeful Emotions About Climate Change

Jul 2nd, 2012 | By




Springerlink: Communication researchers and practitioners have suggested that framing climate change in terms of public health and/or national security may make climate change more personally relevant and emotionally engaging to segments of the public who are currently disengaged or even dismissive of the issue. To evaluate these assumptions, using a nationally representative online survey of

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Cuba Develops Crops Adapted to Climate Change

Jun 30th, 2012 | By




IPS: Cabbage, broccoli, carrots, onions and other resistant vegetables are being grown by researchers in Cuba, who for decades have been working to design plants adapted to the tropical conditions in the Caribbean region. “We are now focused on trying to develop new varieties, with a view to climate change,” Laura Muñoz, the researcher who

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Rio+20 Concludes With Big Package Of Commitments For Action

Jun 28th, 2012 | By




UN: More than $500 billion mobilized with over 700 commitments made Rio de Janeiro, 22 June – World leaders finalized an agreement at Rio+20 today that will advance action on sustainable development, as businesses, governments, civil society and multilateral development banks announced  hundreds of voluntary commitments to shape a more sustainable future for the benefit

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India: Guwahati One Of The Most Polluted City In The World

Jun 28th, 2012 | By




The northeastern Indian city Guwahati must have contributed to the Black Carbon (BC) pollutants which is responsible for glacier melting in the Himalayas. Guwahati, the capital city of Assam, adjacent to Bhutan as well as the eastern Himalayas probably accelerated BC concentration to melt glaciers in the region, scientists say. The city is situated on

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Regional Cooperation In Mountains: From Rio to Rio And Beyond

Jun 26th, 2012 | By




The international community recognized the importance of mountains at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 1992 through adoption of Chapter 13 in Agenda 21, the often referred to so-called “mountain agenda”. Chapter 13 underscored the role of mountains in global sustainable development. So far, the Alpine

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Rio+20: An Undesirable U-turn

Jun 25th, 2012 | By




Asian Age: Rio de Janeiro is a city of U-turns. The most frequent road sign in the city is “Retorno” — return. And Rio+20 or the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development followed that pattern. It was a great U-turn in terms of human responsibility towards protecting the life-sustaining processes of the planet. Twenty years

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Environmental Issues And Youth In The Mountains

Jun 18th, 2012 | By
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Mountain Voice: In a series of our Mountain Voice, the Climate Himalaya team interacted with youth in western Himalayan region of India to understand that how aware and concerned they are about various environment issues and how involved the Youth’s are in various developmental processes. As per our interaction with Youth in western Himalayan region

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Rivers Will Generate A Quarter Of GDP By 2050, Study Shows

Jun 13th, 2012 | By




Guardian: The world’s 10 most populous river basins will be vital for economic growth – but only if water shortage threat is tackled. River is the very stuff of life, yet billions of people do not have access to a clean, reliable source. Changing that takes investment – public and private – so winning the

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Green Economies To Green Societies

Jun 12th, 2012 | By
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UNESCO: We must not miss the opportunity of the 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development to set a new agenda for a sustainable 21st century. In Rio, we must see where we stand, cast a cold eye on our successes and failures and draw a new road map for the future. We are not starting

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Nepal: Protecting Communities From Rising Lakes

Jun 11th, 2012 | By




Cockrell School of Engineering: Professor Daene McKinney is part of a group of more than 30 scientists from 15 countries around the world who are studying Nepal, Peru and other places affected by rising glacial lake levels. High above a community of villagers, Nepal’s Imja Lake rises quietly each year, expanding its reach in both

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Rio Green Summit: Poverty Pollutes

Jun 11th, 2012 | By




The Daily Beast: Bjorn Lomborg on the Rio Green Summit: Poverty Pollutes. A message from Bjørn Lomborg to organizers of the Rio+20 environmental summit: poverty pollutes. The upcoming United Nations green summit in Rio de Janeiro is in trouble—and with good reason. The planners of the mammoth event have been unable to agree on just

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Biomass Cooking Stoves Linked To Depression

Jun 9th, 2012 | By




Scidevnet: Indoor air pollution caused by cooking with biomass fuels could be a risk factor in depression among women in their child-bearing years, a new study shows. The study covered 952 women, between 25 and 46 years of age, from 15 villages in West Bengal state, who cooked with wood, dung cakes, crop residues and

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Evidence Of Impending Tipping Point For Earth Uncovered

Jun 7th, 2012 | By




PHYS.org: The Earth may be approaching a tipping point due to climate change and increasing population. Credit: Cheng (Lily) Li. A prestigious group of scientists from around the world is warning that population growth, widespread destruction of natural ecosystems, and climate change may be driving Earth toward an irreversible change in the biosphere, a planet-wide

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Reflection: Climate Action Plans In Himalayas

Jun 6th, 2012 | By
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During CoP 17 of UNFCCC with the representation of over 20,000 delegates from about 200 countries, the world discussed three major issues of climate change i.e.  commitment period of Kyoto protocol, the process of action on binding regime-as equity and, the future course of actions on Cancun and Bali action plans. As mountains are the

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Review: Financing For A Reason

Jun 6th, 2012 | By
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There are set of local, national and regional agencies and institutions (actors) working upon various aspects of mountain development. Majority of the actions are targeted towards the security of human populace and environmental condition in Himalayas. During our interaction with various stakeholders in Himalayan region we asked about their views upon the role of such

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Where Have All The Hummingbirds Gone?

Jun 5th, 2012 | By




ScienceDaily: The glacier lily as it’s called, is a tall, willowy plant that graces mountain meadows throughout western North America. It flowers early in spring, when the first bumblebees and hummingbirds appear. Or did. The lily, a plant that grows best on subalpine slopes, is fast becoming a hothouse flower. In Earth’s warming temperatures, its first

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World Environment Day in Kashmir-Opinion

Jun 5th, 2012 | By




Kashmir watch: Since its inception/establishment (in 1973) the annual celebration of environment day on June 5th is observed in (almost) every corner of the world. The theme of the World Environment Day (WED) 2012 is : “Green Economy: Does it include you? ” which speaks of taking eco-friendly initiatives at the grassroots level. But mostly

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Sun Shines On Energy In Nepal

Jun 1st, 2012 | By




IPS News: After years of working out of a small, dimly-lit office in a crowded bazaar here, Yug Tamrakar has just moved up a gravel road to occupy five floors of a new building, where sunlight pours through large glass windows. The light in the new premises of the 52-year-old’s company is a glistening reminder

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Pollution In Paradise

May 31st, 2012 | By




Chinadialogue: The idyll of Kashmir is ill prepared for an influx of tourists, writes Athar Parvaiz from north-east India. Environmentalists fear the features that attract visitors could prove the region’s undoing. India’s seventeenth century Moghul emperor Jahangir is probably best known for his comment on the valley of Kashmir: “If there is paradise on earth,

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Climate Change Wiped Out Civilization 4,000 Years Ago

May 29th, 2012 | By




Dailymail UK: Climate change wiped out one of the world’s first, great civilisations more than 4,000 years ago Ancient ‘Indus’ civilisation was one of first great urban cultures Stretched for a million square kilometres Climate change altered routes of rivers Climate change led to the collapse of the ancient Indus civilization more than 4,000 years

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Awareness Of Climate Change Must Go Mainstream

May 23rd, 2012 | By




Alertnet: Addressing a group of journalists during a workshop in Bangkok, Ali Raza Rizvi, Asia head of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN)�s regional climate change and resilience programme, noted that many Asian countries have become �disaster friendly�.Describing a region prone to more frequent and deadly natural disasters, Rizvi lamented that, despite

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Green Economy: Experts Stress On Equal Gender Participation

May 21st, 2012 | By




Tribune Pakistan: After having provided recommendations to the government for formulating a national strategy on environment, the second day of the two-day conference on green economy concluded on Saturday. Industrialists and experts discussed challenges and possible solutions for environmental issues facing the country at the conference titled “National Consultation on Green Economy”. The subjects covered

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Nepal: Steps To Sustainable Development

May 18th, 2012 | By




IIED: The Vice-President of Nepal — His Excellency Parmanand Jha — hosted the launch of a new report that details how the country can benefit from bringing its environment and development policies into harmony. The report, by the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) and the Kathmandu-based Asian Centre for Environment Management and Sustainable

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