Disaster and Emergency

Why Small Hydropower Beats Big Dams

Dec 1st, 2011 | By
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Good Environment: This graph from the  Energy Information Administration communicates the reality of renewable energy in America better than any other single source. Renewable energy covers only a small slice, 8 percent, of the country’s needs. And despite the focus on biofuels and solar power, the chart shows that more than a third of that slice

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Political Will And Money Needed For Disaster Management

Dec 1st, 2011 | By
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IPS: South Africa, Nov 30, 2011: Managing the impact of increased disasters due to climate change will only be possible if such efforts are led by local communities, say non-governmental organisations working in climate change. “We cannot use the excuse of money – or the lack of it – not to do anything. Yes, developed

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UN’s Weather Agency Warns Of Rapidly-Warming World

Nov 30th, 2011 | By
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DW-World.De: Despite the cooling effects of a La Nina event, 2011 is likely to end among the 10 hottest years on record, according to a World Meteorological Organization report released on the sidelines of climate talks in Durban. The past decade has been the hottest on record, according to a report released on the sidelines

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Local Leadership, ICTs, And Climate Change Adaptation

Nov 29th, 2011 | By
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NICCD: Leadership plays a crucial role within processes of change and transformation, particularly those associated with the impacts of climate change and variability. In vulnerable developing contexts affected by more frequent and intense climatic events, local leaders are key in the adoption of innovation and learning, as well as in the capacity of vulnerable groups

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Glacier Lakes: Growing Danger Zones In The Himalayas

Nov 24th, 2011 | By
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Guardian: Fears rise of huge outburst flooding in the Himalayas as glaciers melt due to climate change. It’s strangely calming to watch the Imja glacier lake grow, as chunks of ice part from black cliffs and fall into the grey-green lake below. But the lake is a high-altitude disaster in the making – one of

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Low Emission Capacity Building Programme-Mitigation Action

Nov 24th, 2011 | By
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The EU-UNDP Low Emission Capacity Building Programme (LECBP) was launched in January 2011 as part of a joint collaboration between the European Union (European Commission and Member States) and the United National Development Programme. This collaborative, country driven programme aims to strengthen technical and institutional capacities at the country level, while at the same time

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Pachauri’s Rhetoric vs Reality

Nov 23rd, 2011 | By
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MND: Rajendra Pachauri, chairman, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, 2008: we carry out an assessment of climate change based on peer-reviewed literature, so everything that we look at and take into account in our assessments has to carry [the] credibility of peer-reviewed publications, we don’t settle for anything less than that. [source – see bottom

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A Little Piece Of Heaven-The Naran Valley

Nov 21st, 2011 | By
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Noreen Haider: Writes from her visit to the beautiful Naran valley of Khyber Pakhtunkwa province in Pakistan, where she observes various dimensions of social and environment development. Noreen came across various developmental projects and activities in the region and finds that poor education and poorly planned social and environmental projects lead to acute poverty natural

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Shattered Himalayas-Dying Ganges

Nov 19th, 2011 | By
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NDTV India (Video): The video not only raises important questions about one of the Indian Himalayan States, its few Tributaries (Rivers) or about saving the lives of a few Mountain Dwellers, but, it is about status of Himalayas and Hindustan (India) itself. This very interesting video was released by NDTV India on 18 November 2011 

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SMS alert of Climate Variation on Crops

Nov 18th, 2011 | By
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Hindustan Times: Real-time SMS alert for farmers on impact of climate variation on crops. Farmers now get an alert on their mobile phones of sudden climate variations that can harm their crops. This is one of the innovative projects taken up by the central government to help farmers adapt to climate change in the country’s

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Is Pakistan ready to face severe warming?

Nov 14th, 2011 | By
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Pak Observer: The International Energy Agency (IEA) in its annual World Energy Outlook Report has warned that the world has just five years to avoid being trapped in a scenario of perilous climate change and extreme weather events. It warned that the current trends of rising fossil energy use will lead to irreversible and potentially

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How to spot a dodgy study in flood of studies

Nov 11th, 2011 | By
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This has been an eventful year for natural calamities – drought in the Horn of Africa, floods yet again in Pakistan, and now also in Thailand. NGOs, think-tanks and scientific organizations eager to share their insights or shed some light on what could be causing these events have tried to keep pace with nature by

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INR 8.35-cr Anti-erosion project for Brahmaputra

Nov 11th, 2011 | By
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Assam Tribune: The Planning Commission has accorded investment clearance to implement anti-erosion works to protect Brahmaputra dykes. This project is estimated to cost Rs 8.35 crore. The dyke works relate to 69 km (Uluberi) and 78 km (Borigaon). The proposed scheme envisages anti-erosion measures for a 9000-m long reach on the south bank of the

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We see India as an opportunity, says Bhutan PM

Nov 10th, 2011 | By
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Deccanchronical: At a time when the world recognises that mere GDP growth as a development goal is a false promise, and with the UN now making “happiness” a development goal, a number of countries are turning to the little Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan for lessons. Bhutan pioneered the concept of Gross National Happiness some 35

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Last year’s greenhouse gas emissions topple worst-case scenario

Nov 8th, 2011 | By
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Mongabay: Global carbon emissions last year exceeded worst-case scenario predictions from just four years before, according to the US Department of Energy (DOE). A rise of 6 percent (564 million additional tons) over 2009 levels was largely driven by three nations: the US, India, and China. Emissions from burning coal jumped 8 percent overall. The

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India loses nearly $18 bn to disasters: UN Expert

Nov 8th, 2011 | By
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Economic Times: India is paying a high price for its lack of disaster management practices — Rs.86,000 crore ($17.5 billion) every year to be precise, says a UN expert. “India is vulnerable, in varying degrees, to a large number of natural as well as manmade disasters,” J. Radhakrishnan, head of UNDP India’s Disaster Management wing,

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Climate change gets left out in the cold

Nov 8th, 2011 | By
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Sunday Morning Herald: Amid the bullishness about Asia’s economic future, and the potential for Australia to benefit, there’s a nasty downside risk that can’t be ignored – climate change. With more than half the world’s population, Asia has more at stake than any other region. It has become the largest contributor to the global increase

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Biggest jump ever seen in global warming gases

Nov 7th, 2011 | By
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Zee News: The global output of heat-trapping carbon dioxide jumped by the biggest amount on record, the U.S. Department of Energy calculated, a sign of how feeble the world’s efforts are at slowing man-made global warming. The new figures for 2010 mean that levels of greenhouse gases are higher than the worst case scenario outlined

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Working Group on Indian Mountain Ecosystem Meets- Suggestions Invited

Nov 5th, 2011 | By
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The minutes of First meeting of the Working Group on “Mountain Eco-systems and Challenges Faced by the People living in the Hilly Areas” for formulation of the 12th Five year Plan” is given below, that was held on 28 October 2011 at Yojana Bhavan in New Delhi. It was chaired by Shri B.K. Chaturvedi, Member,

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Leaked new IPCC report focuses on increase of extreme weather events

Nov 4th, 2011 | By
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Bitsofscience: The image to the right wasn’t leaked, but neatly published in 2007 – the old IPCC report. It still does a good job explaining the logic. Most damage [ecological, economical] of climate change is not a direct consequence of a shift in mean temperatures. It is the result of the shift of the entire

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Nepal: Durban climate change conference

Nov 3rd, 2011 | By
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Himalayan Times: The United Nations Climate Change Conference, Durban 2011, is now warming up, and preparations are taking place. It will bring together representatives of the world’s governments, international organizations and civil society. The discussions will seek to advance the implementation of the Convention and the Kyoto Protocol, as well as the Bali Action Plan,

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Nepal-UN envoy Acharya woos stronger support to combat poverty

Nov 3rd, 2011 | By
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Himalayan Times: Nepal’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Gyan Chandra Acharya has stressed on the strong need for providing continued support for strengthened and effective voice and participation of Least Developed Countries (LDCs) in decision- and rule-making and standard- and norm-setting areas in all relevant international forums. Delivering a speech on behalf of LDCs

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Uncertain global climate negotiation

Nov 2nd, 2011 | By
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Republica: Climate change has drawn global attention. Enunciation of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC, 1992) is testimony to this, which is desperately trying to save the world from impending climate catastrophe through deliberations at annual Convention of Parties (COP) meetings. This is conceived both through mitigation (direct reduction of green house

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The living and the dead

Nov 2nd, 2011 | By
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Opinion Inquirer: There’s a horror story to scare us out of our wits today. No, it’s not any movie that’s currently showing in our movie houses. And no, it’s not the ongoing bloodletting in the South if you want a horror story from real life, even if the faces of the Muslim women that appeared

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Pakistan most environmentally engendered country of region

Nov 1st, 2011 | By
Haji Sharif stands in the floodwater outside his home in Kando Khan Bozdar village. ?Last night the flood came. It was very frightening, and we decided to send our children to somewhere safer. My house has fallen down. I'd built it myself with a lot of effort, and now I can't live in it. As for the future, we don't know at all what we will do. We are just sitting here waiting, relying on God's mercy. It will take almost two months for the water to start receding. We will face food shortages because the fields won't be able to produce any crops.? This area was flooded after the walls of Manchar Lake were breached to control the rising water levels to ensure that floodwaters did not engulf nearby towns. The floods in Pakistan have affected 20 million people, destroying around 1.8 million homes. More than seven million people remain in need of emergency shelter.




DAWN: A safe environment is prerequisite for healthy life. Major environmental issues currently confronting Pakistan include water, energy, pollution and waste management, salinity and water logging, irrigated agriculture, biodiversity and climate change. Pakistan being one of the most urbanized countries of the region is facing overall deterioration in all these areas. Environmental hazards have become

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Mega Dams in the Himalayas: An Assessment of Environmental Degradation and Global Warming

Nov 1st, 2011 | By
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Mega dams have the multipurpose applications and considered as the greener energy source than most alternatives. But as compensation to this development it may result a wide range of environmental degradation. This study aims to search the fact of environmental impacts due to the existing and proposed mega dams of the Himalayas and also to

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Bangladesh, India vulnerable to climate change

Oct 29th, 2011 | By
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All Headlines News: Bangladesh as the most at risk due to extreme levels of poverty and a high dependency on agriculture, while its government has the lowest capacity of all countries to adapt to predicted changes in the climate. A new global ranking of climate change finds most Asian countries including Bangladesh, India, Philippines, Vietnam

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Whose Flood Is It Anyway!

Oct 28th, 2011 | By
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Noreen Haider: On the night of eighth September 2011 unusual amount rain started lashing the districts of southern Sindh including Badin, Mithi, Mirpur Khas and Saanghar and continued unrelentingly for the next two days before it took a break. Its immediate effect was that large areas became inundated and communication was broken down.  The rain

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Population growth taxing planet’s resources

Oct 25th, 2011 | By
India, which is on track to become the world’s most populous country by 2025, hopes to transform its demographic boom into an engine for growth, but the country faces many challenges, including educating its young.




Washingtonpost: Humans have mined resources from the remote and rocky coast of Peru and Chile for more than a century and a half, gathering the guano deposits of seabirds for fertilizer and gunpowder. Those seabirds flourished on anchoveta in the coastal waters, while Peruvians in the highlands ate the same fish as dried snacks. Now

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Climate change could trap hundreds of millions in disaster areas, report claims

Oct 21st, 2011 | By
Climate change could cause extreme weather leaving millions of people trapped, a new report claims. Photograph: Rizwan Tabassum/AFP/Getty Images




Guardian: Report says refugees forced to leave homes by weather caused by global warming may end up in even worse afflicted areas. Hundreds of millions of people may be trapped in inhospitable environments as they attempt to flee from the effects of global warming, worsening the likely death toll from severe changes to the climate,

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Reporting climate change in India-CDKN

Oct 20th, 2011 | By
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CDKN Blog: In Malkangiri, one of eastern India’s poorest provinces, lives Mangu Adari. The year before last, Mangu planted paddy, millets, lentils and beans on his two hectares of somewhat unproductive rain-fed farmland. The monsoons arrived early in June, a month in advance, and then the rains stopped for weeks; most seedlings wilted. Last year, once again, the

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Scarce resources, climate biggest threats to world health

Oct 18th, 2011 | By
Greenpeace activists dressed as tigers to highlight the condition of deforestation in Indonesia arrive in the concession area of PT Arara Abadi, pulp division of Sinar Mas Group in Pelalawan district, Riau September 28, 2011.  Credit: Reuters/Handout/Greenpeace/Files




Reuters: The Earth’s natural resources like food, water and forests are being depleted at an alarming speed, causing hunger, conflict, social unrest and species extinction, experts at a climate and health conference in London warned on Monday. Increased hunger due to food yield changes will lead to malnutrition; water scarcity will deteriorate hygiene; pollution will

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The Water Hegemon

Oct 17th, 2011 | By
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Project Syndicate: International discussion about China’s rise has focused on its increasing trade muscle, growing maritime ambitions, and expanding capacity to project military power. One critical issue, however, usually escapes attention: China’s rise as a hydro-hegemon with no modern historical parallel. No other country has ever managed to assume such unchallenged riparian preeminence on a

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If Kyoto dies in Durban, it will be a death knell for the climate fight

Oct 15th, 2011 | By
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Guardian: The politics of climate change negotiations are as difficult as they come but allowing Kyoto to lapse would be a disaster. At the opening ceremony of Climate Week New York last month, Tony Blair drew a laugh from the crowd when he quipped: “It’s a relief after the weeks I’ve spent deep in the

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UN climate talks ‘stupid and endless’ – Maldives

Oct 15th, 2011 | By
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AFP: The UN’s talks on climate change are daft and crippled by finger-pointing and the need for consensus, the president of the Maldives, Mohamed Nasheed, was quoted on Thursday by Le Monde as saying. Nasheed also said emerging economies were as much to blame for global warming as rich nations. In an interview with the

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UN Exaggerates Extreme Weather

Oct 14th, 2011 | By
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The NewAmerican: he UN’s list of climate-change tricks continues to grow with news this week from the World Climate Report. It accuses the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) of predicting exaggerated risks of extreme weather attributed to anthropogenic global warming (AGW). In its 2007 Fourth Assessment Report (AR4), IPCC made the claim that

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Engineering the climate is last and scariest option, says US scientist

Oct 14th, 2011 | By
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Guardian: The lack of international action on cutting emissions highlights need to research geoengineering further, says Jane C S Long. Jane C. S. Long, associate director-at-large of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California, is convinced that the only sensible way to combat climate change is to work toward “a zero-emission energy system as fast

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Pakistan floods show Asia’s vulnerability to climate change

Oct 12th, 2011 | By
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Reuters: It is more than a year since the devastating July and August 2010 floods in Pakistan that affected about 20 million people and killed an estimated 2,000. Many believe that the disaster was partially fuelled by global warming, and that there is a real danger that Pakistan, and the Indian subcontinent in general, could

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Bangladesh 5th most vulnerable country

Oct 11th, 2011 | By
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Bangladesh among 28 developing countries ranked fifth most vulnerable to climate change and hunger, said a new report. The ActionAid research report styled ‘On the Brink: Who’s Best Prepared for a Climate Change and Hunger Crisis?” reveals that Bangladesh is more vulnerable than its neighbours India, Pakistan and Nepal, who ranked 7, 14 and 16

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Pakistan now more vulnerable to climate change

Oct 11th, 2011 | By
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Maha Mussadaq , The Express Tribune : ISLAMABAD:  In the list of countries most vulnerable to disasters due to climate change, Pakistan’s ranking has been downgraded to 16 in 2010-2011 from its previous position at 29 a year earlier, according to the Climate Change Vulnerability Index by Maple Croft, an organisation which maps over 100

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Land Of Yellow Moon

Oct 10th, 2011 | By
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Noreen Haider: Nature strikes with mind blowing force at the most pristine of places and with no compassion for people or property. The Hunza Valley of Gilgit Batlistan, a paradise on earth, turned into a chaos with a catastrophic land slide. Noreen makes a personal connection in this passionate essay with suffering of her childhood

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Pakistan: UN official calls for ‘quantum leap’ in disaster risk reduction measures

Oct 7th, 2011 | By
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UNNC: The head of the United Nations disaster risk reduction agency arrives tomorrow (6 Oct) in Pakistan to discuss possible measures to reduce the impact and recurrence of major floods, which have inundated much of the Asian country in the past two years. Margareta Wahlström, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction, is scheduled

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A nation of 335 million?

Oct 6th, 2011 | By
Aid officials say more than two million people in Pakistan's Sindh and Balochistan provinces are affected by flood-related diseases. (Faisal Mahmood/Reuters)




DAWN: More than climate change, more than the depletion of fresh water supply, a fast population growth rate is the key element which will determine the survival of humankind. Of these three, population growth requires the least complex planning in a way but the most challenging strategy. On the one hand, its success does not

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Future of Freshwater Supply: Himalayan Glacier and River Systems (Video)

Oct 4th, 2011 | By
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Kavli Frontiers of Science:   The pattern of glacier changes across the Himalayas and Tibetan Plateau has often been cited as direct evidence of patterns of climate change. At face value, glaciers appear to be among the most straightforward natural indicators of climate change: a glacier simply reflects the difference between accumulation of snow and

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Quake triggers dam debate

Oct 3rd, 2011 | By
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Times of India: The earthquake that ravaged Sikkim on September 18 has had a welcome side-effect. It has sparked a serious debate among people on the issue of dams. Most Sikkimese today have turned against mega dams being built to harness the Teesta river for generating 20,000 MW of power through as many as 28

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Pakistan’s Flood Redux: Need for Institutional Disaster Preparedness

Oct 3rd, 2011 | By
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IDSA: Institutions are often assessed on the basis of their response to crises. The unfolding flood crisis in Sindh draws attention to the state of institutional response to disasters in Pakistan. Ms. Maurvi Memon, a former PML-Q legislator, has alleged that the flood crisis in Sindh was manmade and that the Meteorological Department and Climate

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Consultation mulls on impacts of dam construction on people

Oct 1st, 2011 | By
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Kanglaonline: A one day consultation on dams and development in Manipur was organized by the Citizen Concern for Dams and Development (CCDD) at Manipur Press Club to review the trend of introducing of policies and mega development projects in Manipur. The first session of the consultation was marked by the sharing of views among representatives

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Bad governance has accentuated the environment crisis

Oct 1st, 2011 | By
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Friday Times: What role has climate change played in this year’s flooding? Climate change is the multiplier only – it is bad for everyone, especially the poor but it is even worse for the poor under bad governance. The present flooding in Sindh has affected all 23 districts, almost the entire province. The damage is

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Fatal flaws in climate change policy

Oct 1st, 2011 | By
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Friday Times: With several inherent flaws, the draft National Climate Change Policy is likely to suffer the same fate as its predecessors A man asked a neighbourhood grocer for 25 kilogrammes of grain and said he would pay later. The grocer agreed and started weighing five portions of five kilos each. Each time he weighed,

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Earthquakes: Valley Faces Shaky Future

Sep 30th, 2011 | By
Figure above shows locations of major events along the Himalayan arc. The pink areas are the rupture zones of damaging earthquakes (magnitudes 7.3-8.6) in the past two centuries, and the grey areas are the inferred enormous rupture zones of Medieval megaquakes.




Kashmir Observer: Estimates of the magnitudes of past seismic events foretell a very shaky future for this pastoral Valley writes Dr Afroz Ahmad Shah. The earthquake studies in the state of Jammu of Kashmir, and primarily in the valley is still quite juvenile. Any kind of conclusion or opinion at this point of time will

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Pakistan: Another Victim of Climate Change

Sep 29th, 2011 | By
Women from Sultan-Abad Mughal village fetch drinking water from a pump surrounded by flood waters in Dadu district, Sindh province. (Photo by Asad Zaidi © UNICEF Pakistan)




Environment News Services: Environmentalists are blaming climate change for the unprecedented massive monsoon rains in Pakistan, which so far this year have affected eight million people, claiming 350 lives and damaging 1.3 million homes. Over the past month, the country’s southern region has received the highest monsoon rains ever recorded, local metrological experts confirm. In

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India needs more public-private participation

Sep 28th, 2011 | By
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Times of India: India is at the forefront in using wireless technology, but lack of government participation is preventing the country from achieving the true growth it deserves, said Dr Subhas Chandra Mukhopadhyay, editor in chief of International Journal on Smart Sensing and intelligent Systems. An expert in the field of sensors and sensing technology,

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A Dangerous Flood is Coming

Sep 28th, 2011 | By
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KashmirLife: Week the rains stopped just before the water could spill over the banks of  river Jhelum and flood Kashmir. But we are facing the danger of a devastating flood. Can Kashmir save itself? A Kashmir Life report. Given the behavior of the Jhelum river, hydrologists and engineers at the Irrigation and Flood Control would

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Climate change may leave Mount Everest ascent ice-free, say climbers

Sep 27th, 2011 | By
Climate change may soon leave Mount Everest a rock climb, rather than an ice climb, experts suggest. Photograph: Steve Satushek/Getty Images




Guardian: Mission launched to measure change in Himalayas as anecdotal evidence grows of melting ice on mountain’s southern approach. Climbers and custodians of Everest say that rapid climate change could soon make for an ice-free ascent of the world’s tallest mountain. Their warning comes come amid a new international effort to gauge the effects of

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Killer earthquakes on the rise

Sep 27th, 2011 | By
People repair their house damaged in Sunday's 6.9-magnitude earthquake inorth of Gangtok, India, Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2011. Indian soldiers managed to reach a hydroelectric project in the northeastern Wednesday where many people were killed in a series of landslides triggered by a powerful earthquake. (AP Photo)




Deccan Chronical: The last decade has seen an intensification in earthquake activities. The 2004 Sumatra quake in Indonesia, which registered 9.3 on the Richter scale, has triggered stress in many areas. The Sikkim earthquake could be a manifestation of this stress. Earthquakes, some scientists believe, are on the rise. The earthquake in Fukushima in Japan

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Climate change to affect hills in bigger way

Sep 27th, 2011 | By
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Express India: Noted environmentalist Sunita Narain said on Sunday that climate change and pollution will affect the hills in a bigger way and for this, Himalayan states like Himachal Pradesh should invent a new model of sustainable development. Hailing the state’s initiatives like rainwater harvesting for every household and complete ban on polythene carry bags,

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Himalayan quake a wake-up call for unprepared S.Asia-Analysis

Sep 26th, 2011 | By
A man stands in front of his house, which was damaged by the Sept. 18 6.9 magnitude earthquake, at the Mangan village north of the northeastern Indian city of Gangtok September 20, 2011. REUTERS/Stringer




Alertnet: The earth moves and across a metropolis, the schools and offices come crashing down, bridges snap sending cars smashing below, and fallen power lines set off fires. In seconds, the quake has left a world capital with mass casualties and economic losses. That could be the scenario in many of South Asia’s populous cities

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The Pioneers of our Climate, Water and Food Security

Sep 26th, 2011 | By
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International Rivers: When the World Commission on Dams reviewed the development effectiveness of dams, multipurpose projects with large dams, power plants and irrigation schemes had the worst social, environmental and economic track record. As the world is grappling for appropriate answers to climate change, influential actors such as the World Bank want to give these

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Need for preparedness stressed Floods termed a wake-up call

Sep 26th, 2011 | By
Aid officials say more than two million people in Pakistan's Sindh and Balochistan provinces are affected by flood-related diseases. (Faisal Mahmood/Reuters)




Dawn: Speakers at a seminar on flood relief measures have said that in the wake of climate change reports, it has become crucial for Pakistan to make special efforts to meet the challenges posed by natural disasters whose frequency has increased over the past few years. They added that this could be done by identifying

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When the earth pushed west

Sep 26th, 2011 | By
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The Pioneer: The Sikkim earthquake has thrown both a challenge and an opportunity. UTPAL KUMAR, however, is not too sure if we will go for the right option It was one calamitous September morning that changed Japan forever. On September 1, 1923, a massive earthquake shook that country’s Kanto Plain, killing at least 100,000 people

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