Disasters and Climate Change

Climate-Induced Disasters: Strategies for Nepal

Jan 14th, 2014 | By
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The Himalayan Times: According to the various researches on the temperature changes, the increase in the temperature has been found to be 0.090 C in the Himalayas and 0.040C in the Terai region annually. This increasing temperature is the main proof for the changing climate in the Himalayas. So, rapid global and anthropogenically-driven climate change is

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Climate Prediction Tools Show Role of Oceans in Amazon Drought

Jan 12th, 2014 | By
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(Thomson Reuters Foundation) The best place to look for clues about potential drought in the Amazon forests of Peru is on the other side of South America, off the shores of Brazil in the Atlantic Ocean, according to scientists. During the past 10 years, rising sea surface temperatures in the tropical Atlantic have corresponded with

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Pakistan Moves to Introduce Flood-Tolerant Rice Varieties

Jan 12th, 2014 | By
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(Thomson Reuters Foundation) – For the first time in years, Pakistani farmer Zulfiqar Ali cannot afford to sow winter wheat. Damage to his standing rice crop from heavy monsoon rains has left him penniless. “My rice crop on 18 hectares was flattened by lashing rains in July,” said Ali, standing next to his paddy field

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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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Climate Change Issues Not Sexy But Deadly to Ignore

Jan 6th, 2014 | By
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Jamaica Observer: We hope that during the revelry of the Christmas holidays, enough of us took time to share the grief of our brothers and sisters in St Vincent and the Grenadines, St Lucia, and Dominica, who suffered great damage from deadly floods. We extend our sympathies with the full knowledge that Jamaica could easily have

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No End To The Himalayan Blunder?

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

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2014 Preview: The Key to Surviving Climate Change

Dec 27th, 2013 | By
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New Scientist: Be prepared – for anything. That will be the message of the next report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), its first attempt in seven years to forecast the impact of climate change on specific geographical regions. Due out in March, it will emphasise versatility over any fine-tuned mitigation measures. Building on the IPCC’s

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Sea Level Likely to Rise by 0.45 to 0.82 mts in Late 21st Century

Dec 27th, 2013 | By




Times News Network: The sea level is likely to rise in the range of 0.45 to 0.82 metre towards the late 21st century, as per projections for the highest emission scenario, defined as representative concentration pathways (RCP) 8.5. This has been stated in the synthesis report for policy makers (SPM) of the fifth assessment report (AR5) drawn up

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Uttarakhand Prepares Rs 9k-cr Action Plan on Climate Change

Dec 24th, 2013 | By




Business Standard: The Uttarakhand government is preparing an investment of Rs 9,000 crore to tackle climate change, said to be one of the causes of frequent natural disasters in the hill state. Floods in June in the state claimed thousands of lives. An action plan was presented at the first meeting of the State Council for Climate Change under

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

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

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Pakistan And Weather Disasters

Dec 19th, 2013 | By




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

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The Real Story Behind The Catastrophic Himalayan Disaster

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

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UN Outlines Plans for 2015 Global Disaster Risk Reduction Deal

Dec 17th, 2013 | By
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The UN hopes to seal a global agreement on reducing the risks from extreme weather events, earthquakes and tsunamis at a 2015 summit in the Japanese city of Sendai. The new deal – set to be brokered by the UN’s office for disaster risk reduction (UNISDR) – is likely to focus heavily on climate change

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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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Siachen: An Environmental Disaster in The Making

Dec 10th, 2013 | By




The Nation: Advisor to the Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz has pointed out that presence of Indian forces on Siachen Glacier is harmful to the environment. Pakistan is facing a water shortage and Indian forces are damaging the virgin snow of Siachen on a daily basis‚ which is one of

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Climate Change Will Push Water, Energy Resources

Dec 8th, 2013 | By
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The Hindu: Climate change would cast an adverse impact on water and energy resources and governments need to address these issues. This was the observation made by experts at a seminar on Climate change – Impact on Agriculture in India, held at National Institute of Nutrition here on Saturday. Though no clear trend had emerged with

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Tipping Points: Where May Abrupt Impacts from Climate Change Occur?

Dec 5th, 2013 | By
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Science Daily: Climate change has increased concern over possible large and rapid changes in the physical climate system, which includes Earth’s atmosphere, land surfaces, and oceans. Some of these changes could occur within a few decades or even years, leaving little time for society and ecosystems to adapt. A new report from the National Research Council

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Climate Affected Himalayan Women Look for Income Guarantees

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

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2C Rise Will Be A Disaster Say Leading Scientists

Dec 3rd, 2013 | By
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Climate News Network: Countries round the world have pledged to try and limit the average global temperature rise to 2C above pre industrial figures. That’s way too high and would threaten major dislocations for civilization say a group of prominent scientists. Governments have set the wrong target to limit climate change. The goal at present –

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The Choice May Be Global Warming or a New Ice Age

Dec 1st, 2013 | By
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The National: For many of us, the debate over the reality of climate change never goes beyond wondering if it can explain a recent bout of freakish weather Yet for many of the hundreds of thousands of Filipinos living in the UAE the debate has taken a tragically personal turn. Yeb Sano, leader of the Philippines

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Climate Change is Increasing The Intensity of Extreme Weather Events

Nov 30th, 2013 | By
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The Guardian: Three weeks ago the most powerful typhoon ever recorded to hit land destroyed parts of the Philippines. The devastation has been catastrophic, flattening homes, schools and hospitals and leaving thousands dead and 5.5 million children affected. Unicef has worked in the Philippines since 1948 and experienced staff returning from the worst affected areas such as Leyte are

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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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Pakistan Severely Hit by Climate Change

Nov 19th, 2013 | By
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Dawn: The Global Climate Risk Index 2014 has ranked Pakistan among the three most affected countries worldwide for three consecutive years by climate-related catastrophes. The Germanwatch climate risk index shows that the most severe weather-related catastrophes occurred in Haiti, the Philippines and Pakistan. The ninth annual index was released at the onset of the Climate

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India Skips Mention of Natural Disasters at Climate Meet

Nov 18th, 2013 | By
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World may be looking at India for its response to what had happened recently in Odisha and Uttarakhand due to natural disasters which were results of climatic extremes, but there was not a word on these two unfortunate incidents from Indian side, comprising official negotiators, here at the UN climate change conference during the first week of this mega event that

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World’s 48 Poorest Countries Publish Climate Adaptation Plans

Nov 16th, 2013 | By
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The 48 Least Developed Countries (LDCs)  submitted their climate change adaptation programmes to the UN’s climate change department yesterday, and say they will require $1.4bn to implement the plans. “The preparation of these plans has served as a major catalyst for climate change action in the poorest countries, helping them to systematically undertake various activities towards climate

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2013 One of the Worst Flooding Episodes on India-Nepal Border: WMO

Nov 14th, 2013 | By




We may have dismissed it as just a very lengthy monsoon but the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) says this year’s early onset brought the worst flooding and devastation in the past half century to regions near the India-Nepal border. In WMO’s provisional annual statement released on Wednesday in Geneva, it has commended improved meteorological early warning systems

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In CoP-19-Nepal Faces Greater Responsibility

Nov 13th, 2013 | By
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Republica: As the nineteenth UN climate talks, known as a Conference of the Parties (CoP) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC), began in Poland on Monday, Nepal faces a greater responsibility of securing climate finance not only for it but all the Least Developed Countries (LDCs). This is the first time that

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

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

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$10 Billion For Climate Resilience?

Sep 13th, 2013 | By
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Trust: The World Meteorological Organization branded 2001-2010 as “a decade of climate extremes”. Over that decade, the yearly average number of severe storms with ‘names’ was 25 percent more than the average of 1981-2010. This surely indicates a severe decade ahead of us. The United Nations’ Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction (GAR) 2013

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In India : Only 15 States Have Disaster Response Force

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

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Environmentalists Observe Himalaya Day

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

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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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The Heat Wave, The Arctic Melt And Climate Change

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

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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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Early Recovery By UNDP-What It Means To Uttarakhand

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

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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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Nepal Boosts Early Warning System For Climate Hazards

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

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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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