Disaster and Emergency

Ecologically Fragile State to Face Yet Another Flood

Mar 31st, 2015 | By
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BILAL PANDOW writes about ‘Kashmir Flood on 30 March’ in Kashmir valley, another consecutive flood  since September 2014, which devastated the valley. He discusses about policies, ecological imbalance and increasing encroachment in the natural waterways and insufficient preparedness measures in place. As flood situation in Kashmir valley is looming, the water level in Jhelum river

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How Renewables can Come to the Rescue in Disaster Zones

Jan 29th, 2015 | By
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When people’s lives are thrown into chaos by war, famine or natural disaster, using renewable energy may not seem like an obvious response. However, a group of UK entrepreneurs believes that decentralised renewable energy could provide a cheap and immediate source of power to those who need it most. John Hingley, founder of Renovagen, a

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Pakistan’s Coastal Villagers Retreat as Seas Gobble Land

Jan 11th, 2015 | By
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Reuters: For fisherman Sammar Dablo it was as if “the seawater stole our homes” when land erosion forced his village to relocate further inland on Pakistan’s south coast. The people of the fan-shaped Indus Delta, where the Indus River meets the Arabian Sea, are among the poorest of the poor, mostly illiterate and living in

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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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Disaster Risk in South Asia

Nov 25th, 2014 | By
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South Asia has 1.7 billion people, of which more than 70 per cent live in poverty. Despite having tremendous natural resource base such as water, minerals, forest, productive fertile land and industrious people, this region remains underdeveloped primarily due to political instability, poor leadership, inability to utilize natural resources at optimum level and frequent disasters.

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12 Ways Communities Will Have to Adapt to Handle Climate Change

Oct 30th, 2014 | By
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The Guardian: Climate change is making both droughts and flood more frequent and severe. Whether your area is suffering from too much water or too little, here are things you can do to adapt. Drought In the face of relentless droughts such as the historic one underway in California, we all want to help conserve.

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Coastal Cities Need to be Climate-proof, Says Study

Oct 15th, 2014 | By




The Hindu: mate resilient in terms of extreme events with respect to preparation and infrastructure. Recent studies indicate that there is a long way to go in achieving this. Both the Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in 2007 and the Environment Ministry had said there would be a high likelihood of increase in the

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A Himalayan Disaster Awaits India

Sep 22nd, 2014 | By




Many of the 200-odd glacial lakes in Nepal, Sikkim and Bhutan are unstable and, in the event of an earthquake in the Himalayas, could burst and cause catastrophe in northern and eastern India. Celebrated mountain climber Maya Sherpa and Nepali environmentalist Kunda Dixit, while sounding this alarm, said that the lakes have been formed by

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Jammu and Kashmir Flood ‘Glimpse’ of Calamities Ahead

Sep 14th, 2014 | By
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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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Do Not Delay

Aug 28th, 2014 | By




The Himalayan Times: Almost every year disasters take place due to floods and landslides during the monsoon killing hundreds, displacing thousands and destroying properties worth millions of rupees in Nepal. However, we find that the response of the government in providing relief to the affected is often too little and very late. The government clearly stands

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Flood Risk for Hundreds of Thousands in India After Nepal Landslide

Aug 5th, 2014 | By
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AFP: The Indian government says more than 400,000 people in the east of the country are at risk of flooding after a landslide that killed at least nine people in neighbouring Nepal. The landslide, triggered by heavy rains, has left scores of people missing and has created a mud damn blocking the Sunkoshi River which runs

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What Does it Take to Mainstream Disaster Risk Management in Key Sectors?

Apr 24th, 2014 | By
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Climate-related disasters are becoming more frequent and negatively impacting development progress across the world.  People are already experiencing the impacts of climate change through slow onset changes, for example sea level rise and greater variability in the seasonality of rainfall, and through extreme weather events, particularly extremes of heat, rainfall and coastal storm surges. As

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

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

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

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

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Focus on Migration: How Best to Rebuild After Disaster

Jan 11th, 2014 | By
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Sci Dev Net: For the millions of Filipinos displaced by Typhoon Haiyan, the New Year is a time to rebuild their houses and livelihoods. Many people are returning to their ravaged neighbourhoods to erect “weaker, leakier and sometimes rotting versions” of their old homes, as The Washington Postreports. Due to its location in the Pacific Ocean, the Philippines

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Rehabilitation for Victims of the Himalayan Tsunami Remains Slow

Dec 30th, 2013 | By




The Himalayan Tsunami, as it has been described, brought with it massive loss of lives, property, crops and infrastructure. The state believes its development clock heads been set back by many years. SFX: Village voices KRISHNAN: For five months, Gauri Lal, a small farmer has been looking for work. He lost his house and his

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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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Surat Among 100 Resilient Cities of The World

Dec 5th, 2013 | By




The Times of India: The Diamond City’s preparedness to tackle natural disasters and effects of climate change has got a fillip with the Rockefeller Foundation identifying Surat as one of the 100 “resilient” cities. The Rockefeller Foundation on Tuesday released the first list of 33 cities to provide technical and financial support to identify and create urban indicators

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Disaster-Prone Villages In South Pakistan Trained in Early Warning

Dec 4th, 2013 | By
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Thomson Reuters Foundation: Thanks to training in how to keep safe from storms, fisherman Muhammad Siddique and his colleagues in southern Pakistan’s Thatta district now know when they should stay on dry land. “The early warning teams update us daily on the sea’s condition, and we avoid going fishing if it is rough and dangerous,” said

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Indian Social Enterprise Wins UN Award

Nov 26th, 2013 | By
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On November 7, the secretariat of United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Bonn, Germany, declared Patanka the winner of the 2013 Momentum of Change Lighthouse Award. Patanka, a Delhi-based social business enterprise of non-governmental organisation (NGO) SEEDS, was one of the 17 contenders of the 250 entries that were screened. The enterprise

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5 Steps to Disaster-Ready, Climate-Resilient Communities

Nov 26th, 2013 | By
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MANILA, Philippines – Local government units (LGUs) are on the front lines during disasters. By law, LGUs have a mechanism that ensures the most basic form of preparedness. Under Republic Act 10121, or the Disaster Risk Reduction Management Act, the government must create and implement a comprehensive plan to make local governments and the nation as

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Climate Change: Chitral Needs Special Attentions

Nov 22nd, 2013 | By




Ground Report: Chitral , the northern mountain district of Pakistan, experienced the worst flooding during the previous few years. Seeing the environmental disasters environmental specialists have been warning that the frequency of floods, droughts, storms, avalanche will go up due to climate change. The large number of flash floods across the district last summer appears to be proving their point. So how should

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Himalayan Tsunami: Climate Change Triggers Deadly Floods Among World’s Highest Peaks

Nov 19th, 2013 | By
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Last summer more than 6,000 died after glacial melt cascaded through valleys. Scientists expect such disasters to become more common. 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,

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Eight Lakh People May Die if 8 Magnitude Quake Hits: NDMA VC

Nov 15th, 2013 | By
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More than eight lakh people may die if an earthquake measuring 8 on the Richter scale occurs in the seismically-active Himalayan states from Jammu and Kashmir to Arunachal Pradesh, National Disaster Management Authority’s Vice Chairman M Shashidhar Reddy Thursday warned. Inaugurating a stall on disaster management at India International Trade Fair here, Reddy said people

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Typhoon Haiyan: China Gives Less Aid to Philippines Than Ikea

Nov 15th, 2013 | By
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  The Swedish furniture chain Ikea is giving more financial aid to thePhilippines than China following the category 5 typhoon that hit the country last week.   The world’s second-largest economy has pledged less than $2m in cash and materials, compared to $20m provided by the United States, which also launched a massive military-driven rescue operation that includes an aircraft

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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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Special Report on Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation (SREX)

Oct 7th, 2013 | By
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IPCC: This Summary for Policymakers presents key findings from the Special Report on Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation (SREX). The SREX approaches the topic by assessing the scientific literature on issues that range from the relationship between climate change and extreme weather and climate events (‘climate extremes’) to the

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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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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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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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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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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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Coastal Cities To Pay High Price For Climate Change

Sep 9th, 2013 | By
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SciDevNet: Global damage from flooding could cost coastal cities as much as US$1 trillion per year — and developing countries will be hardest hit, a study warns. According to the paper published today in Nature Climate Change, a “risk sensitive planning” strategy is needed to protect coastal cities, which are increasingly at risk because of

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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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Melting of glaciers, rains responsible for natural disaster: Union ministry

Jul 29th, 2013 | By
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Tribune: Melting of glaciers coupled with monsoon rains, triggering overflow of rivers, were responsible for the Uttarakhand tragedy, a top official of the Ministry of Earth Sciences said here today. “The flood was not only due to the rains but also because of the melting of snow. Rains came almost two weeks early in the state.

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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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What They Said: India’s Monsoon Disaster

Jul 7th, 2013 | By
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WSJ: A roundup of what the Indian media said after flash floods and landslides killed at least 800 people in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand last month. After flash floods and landslides killed at least 800 people in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand last month, disaster management authorities are planning to halt rescue

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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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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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Report Says Recent Extremes Of Climate, Temperatures Unprecedented

Jul 5th, 2013 | By
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UPI: Climate extremes experienced in the decade 2001-2010 were unprecedented, the World Meteorological Organization in Geneva, Switzerland, says in a report. More national temperature records were reported broken around the world than in any previous decades, the report said, and there was an increase in deaths from heatwaves, particularly pronounced during the extreme summers in

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Uttarakhand Disaster-Uncertain Future Awaits

Jul 3rd, 2013 | By
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In last few days the Climate Himalaya’s team has been visiting the affected areas, meeting the people, understanding the situation and knowing that how the affected are going to cope in future. We have also been interacting with officials and researchers, to understand the causes and plans for future. A Warning 18 Years Ago Kedarnath

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Need to Asses Climate Change..!

Jun 25th, 2013 | By
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Times of India: Cautioning that the Uttarakhand disaster may be a warning towards “extreme weather”, National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) vice-chairman M Shashidhar Reddy on Monday said detailed assessment of impact of climate change is needed. Speaking at the inauguration of South Asia Regional Consultation on Climate Change Adaptation, Reddy said: “Nothing more serious could

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Climate Adaptation Planning ‘Could Have Prevented’ Uttarakhand Deaths

Jun 25th, 2013 | By
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RTCC: India’s vulnerability to extreme weather was exposed this week when floods killed at least 600 people with thousands reported missing. The monsoon arrived early in the northern state of Uttarakhand, bringing with it 375% more rain than in previous years. The sheer weight of water that hit an area known as India’s ‘holy land’

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Undefined Role of Regional And National Agencies In Reducing Disasters

Jun 23rd, 2013 | By
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Climate Himalaya: The Himalayan region consists of extremely fragile ecosystem, and source to 10 major Asian river systems, on which over 1.3 billion people rely for sustenance, water, livelihoods and prosperity. A recent flash flood on 16-17 June, affected over 50,000 people in the mountain state of Uttarakhand, while it is estimated that over 5000

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Disaster In Uttarakhand, India: Huge Death Toll

Jun 19th, 2013 | By
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NDMA Drill Had Exposed Gaps in State’s Disaster Management Plan Uttarakhand government took no step to address shortcomings in three years. A mock drill organised by the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) in May-June 2011 in three districts of Uttarakhand had raised many crucial questions. After the drill, that was conducted in Dehradun on May

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Hurricane Warning Is Linked To Climate

May 30th, 2013 | By
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CNN: One of the factors which has prompted US scientists to warn of intensified hurricane activity in the Atlantic this year is warmer water temperatures, linking storm frequency with climate change. US scientists have warned Americans that they can expect more and perhaps fiercer hurricanes than usual from the Atlantic Ocean this year. The Climate

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Washed Out By The Currents

May 27th, 2013 | By
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The Hindu: The expensive geo-textile tube project to arrest embankment erosion in Brahmaputra’s Majuli is feared to do little to stop the river’s strong corrosive powers From a distance it looks like a corrugated astro-turf, adding a shade of green on a small patch of a rather long and dusty embankment (or dyke) for protection

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Why Are We Not Winning The War Against Climate Change

May 27th, 2013 | By
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Antonio M. Claparols (Philippines): Think about it. Ours is a country so rich with natural resources, strategically located at the center of the Coral Triangle and blessed with species of which only  10-20% are said to be discovered. Imagine how many of the undiscovered species may have gone extinct and how the discovered ones are

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Early Warning Technology Protects Nepali Villagers From Sudden Floods

May 23rd, 2013 | By
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TR Foundation: For years, Deepa Newar and her neighbours lived with the fear that their livelihoods – and even their lives – might be swept away without warning. Newar and her fellow residents of Jhirpu Phulpingkatti, a village some 112 km (70 miles) northeast of Kathmandu, Nepal’s capital, live perched on the bank of the

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Climate Disasters Displace Millions Of People Worldwide

May 23rd, 2013 | By
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Guardian: More than 32 million people fled their homes last year because of disasters such as floods, storms and earthquakes – 98% of displacement related to climate change. Asia and west and central Africa bore the brunt. Some 1.3 million people were displaced in rich countries, with the US particularly affected. Floods in India and

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How Many Nepalis Know About Climate Change

May 21st, 2013 | By
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Stephen Bailey: You need a bit of height to appreciate the size of a brick factory. You need to get close to appreciate the human cost. From a hill over Duwakot you can see people labouring in the grey mud beneath the towering chimney.  Down in the factory you can see the weather beaten faces,

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Understanding Climate Change: In Nepal

May 13th, 2013 | By
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Himalayan Times: Climate change has always remained as one of the hot topics of discussion amongst the environmentalists, governments, policymakers as well as other bodies concerned. As per Intergovermental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), warming of the climate system is unequivocal, as is now evident from observations of increase in global average air and ocean

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Priority CCD Actions For Pakistan

May 2nd, 2013 | By
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CDKN: Pakistan is one of the lowest emitters of greenhouse gases (GHG) in the world: it accounts for just 0.8% of total global emissions, and ranks 135th in terms of per capita emissions.  Unfortunately, Pakistan is also one of the most climate vulnerable countries in the world.  Over the past 20 years, 141 extreme events

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