Disasters and Climate Change

Climate Change And Disasters In Pakistan

Jan 14th, 2013 | By
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Climate change is an emerging threat for our planet. It has manifested in disasters of impulsive frequency and intensity in different parts of the world. Pakistan is facing large number of impacts resulting from climate change. The floods of 2010 and cyclones of 1997 and 2007 are harsh reminders of the fact that we are

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Himalayan Innovation

Jan 14th, 2013 | By
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Mountain Excellence: Many readers are familiar with Jon Krakauer’s harrowing account of the climbing disaster on Mount Everest in May, 1996. Beyond Into Thin Air, there are many other interesting works on Himalayan mountaineering expeditions that chronicle the efforts of men and women who took on the ultimate challenge of attaining various great summits starting

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Emerging Economists Envision Green South Asian Cities of the Future

Jan 10th, 2013 | By
Tahseen Sayed, World Bank country manager for Nepal, highlights the need for students' innovative ideas to be heard at the ninth South Asia Economic Students Meet.




World Bank: -While South Asia is among the most densely populated regions in the world, it is also one of the least urbanized. -Its cities across all countries increasingly face development stresses in terms of congestion, pollution, and quality-of-life issues. -Students shared their vision of green growth in South Asian cities of the future at

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Study Finds Glaciers In Himalayas Will Continue To Melt

Jan 10th, 2013 | By
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Deseret News: Many Himalayan glaciers are melting and will keep melting whether climate changes continue or are replaced by consistent temperatures, according to research done by BYU geology professor Summer Rupper. “The results of the study clearly showed the magnitude of glacier changes over the coming decades is likely to be very large and that

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Nepal: Melting Rate Of Glacier Has Gone Up In The Himalayas

Jan 10th, 2013 | By
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Dr. Dambaru Ballab Kattel was interviewed by representative from Telegraph Nepal about the Glaciers in this mountain countries and what is his reading about glacial related phenomena. TQ1: How closely are you following the unfolding political events of Nepal-your own motherland? Kattel: Thecitizens of Nepal  living far from their country for a certain time (months

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Rogue Geoengineering Could ‘Hijack’ World’s Climate

Jan 9th, 2013 | By
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Guardian: Techniques aimed at averting global warming could lead to an unpredictable international crisis, a report has warned. The world’s climate could be hijacked by a rogue country or wealthy individual firing small particles into the stratosphere, claims a warning that comes not from a new Hollywood movie trailer but a sober report from the

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Sankosh To Have Serious Implications On Environment

Jan 8th, 2013 | By
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Business Bhutan: Considered one of the biggest hydropower projects in the country, the 2,560 megawatt Sankosh hydropower project, is all set to get a green signal from the Indian government, but the commencement of the joint venture project will mean serious implications on the environment. According to the Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) report for Sankosh

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Is Climate Change Causing The Rise In Freakish Weather Conditions?

Jan 8th, 2013 | By
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Daily Mail UK: The bone-chilling cold in the Capital and similar extreme weather events across the country over the past few years are more than just freak happenings. Consider the following: In July 2005, four days of continuous rain left Mumbai completely flooded. In 1999, a super cyclone ravaged Orissa, while the country came under

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Climate Adaptation Framework Published

Jan 8th, 2013 | By
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IIEA: While climate mitigation (emissions reduction) has been the central focus of climate policy making to date, 2013 will see a greater focus on adaptation to climate change. It is becoming increasingly challenging to keep global warming to 2oC, according to the cacophony of warnings from scientific and policy organisations including the Intergovernmental Panel on

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GIZ’s Climate Related Publications

Jan 8th, 2013 | By
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Smart climate finance In order to achieve a 50 percent reduction in carbon dioxide emissions by 2050, total financing to 2050 of around EUR 30 trillion will be required. The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change has concluded that a significant majority of this investment will need to come from the private sector. Public

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India Should Make Its National Climate Plans Global

Jan 7th, 2013 | By
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SciDev.Net: Fast-developing countries such as India should offer up their domestic action plans as part of global efforts when the world gathers for the UN climate talks in Copenhagen this December, says Rajendra K. Pachauri, chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. India’s priority is not simply reducing global emissions as quickly as possible but

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Pakistan Pushes Ahead On Climate Policy But Action Still Lags

Jan 7th, 2013 | By
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AlertNet: Pakistan faces a range of threatening climate change impacts: changing monsoon patterns, melting glaciers, seasonal flooding, rising sea levels, desertification and increasing water scarcity. How bad are things? For the past two years, Pakistan has topped the list of the Global Climate Risk Index produced by Germanwatch, a non-governmental organisation that works on global

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Fair-Weather Friends?

Jan 7th, 2013 | By
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My Republica: Nepal is chairing the Least Developed Countries (LDC) group under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) for the year 2013 and 2014. Recently, in one of the programs organised at the side-lines of the 18th Conference of Parties (COP 18) meeting held in Doha, Qatar, the outgoing chair Gambia handed

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Nepal Government Publishes Plan For Assessment On Climate Change

Jan 7th, 2013 | By
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CDKN: The inception period of a CDKN supported project in Nepal has concluded with the Government of Nepal publishing an Inception Report and Implementation Plan for carrying out economic impact assessment of climate change in key sectors in Nepal. The project will provide headline and sectoral estimates of the impacts and economic costs of climate change for

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Climatic Changes To Hit Pakistan Harder: Study

Jan 3rd, 2013 | By
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Dawn: As the Bay of Bengal is cooling down and the North Arabian Sea is warming up, the number of tropical cyclones has increased owing to the temperature shifting trend. Data collected from 56 meteorological stations in Pakistan shows a sharp rise in temperature during the first decade of the 21st century, except the year

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Let Nature Be Your Teacher: Bhutan Takes Conservation Into The Classroom

Jan 3rd, 2013 | By
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Guardian: Bhutan’s green schools project is an attempt to bring its revolutionary ‘happiness’ model to all young people. The Jigme Losel primary school in the Bhutanese capital, Thimphu, is a riot of green. Plants cover most surfaces and are piled precariously on walls and stairwells. On the wall behind the school’s vegetable patch a hand-painted

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Gross National Happiness Grades Well Being

Jan 3rd, 2013 | By
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The Star Phonix: I had an opportunity to chat with David Suzuki last fall, and after we had commiserated awhile about how bad everything is, he told me the thing that gives him the most hope. It was Bhutan’s efforts to develop using Gross Domestic Happiness as its measure of well-being. Most countries, including Canada,

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Crop Yields Stall In China, India

Jan 2nd, 2013 | By
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SciDev.net: China and India, the world’s two most populous countries, are beset by stagnation in the production of staples like rice, wheat, soybean and maize (corn), says a new study on crop yield growth. Based on statistics from around the world during the 1951– 2008 period, the study ‘Recent patterns of crop yield growth and

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Impact of Snow And Glacier Melt On Water: EU HighNoon Project

Jan 2nd, 2013 | By
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Impact of snow and glacier melt on the water security of users of the Ganges, India Ewout Zwolsman, an MSc student from Wageningen University, assessed for the HighNoon project the contribution of snow- and ice melt to the water demand in the Ganges basin as part of his final Masters thesis. The first challenge was

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Doha Climate Change Conference Another Lost Opportunity To Enhance Ambition

Jan 2nd, 2013 | By
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Nations: Global climate change regime evolved out of the Earth Summit of 1992, which gave birth to three conventions including the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Since then 195 countries have become parties to the Convention including Pakistan that ratified the Convention in 1994. Parties to the Convention have met eighteen times

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Costs Of Climate Change Adaptation In Europe: A Review

Jan 2nd, 2013 | By
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Climate change is expected to have significant impacts on Europe that will affect its economic sectors and the distribution of  economic activity. While some of those climate-change impacts can be alleviated by mitigation action, some degree of climate change cannot be avoided anymore. This makes adaptation an essential component in addressing the impacts from climate

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Everest Image: Creator Says More Must Be Done To Tackle Climate Change

Dec 28th, 2012 | By
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The Telegraph: The creator of the four billion pixel interactive image of Everest has warned that more must be done to tackle climate change in order to save world’s highest mountain. Since the image, made up of 477 individual photographs taken during the climbing season in spring 2012, went viral, David Breashears says he has

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Quicker Fix For Climate Change

Dec 27th, 2012 | By
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Nepal 24Hr: The Doha climate change conference this year was the most significant in nearly 20 years of gatherings under the U.N. Framework Convention process aimed at staving off future global warming disaster. Since carbon dioxide emission limits agreed to under the 1997 Kyoto Protocol were to expire at the stroke of midnight on December

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Misleading And Uninformed Report Of ToI: Supposed Health Impact of CC

Dec 27th, 2012 | By
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The Global Warming Policy Foundation: A Times of India article perpetrates a fraud on its readers. It takes estimates of deaths from forces of nature and then ascribes it not just to climate but to climate change. A misleading report in the Times of India, purportedly based on the Global Burden of Disease 2010 (GBD) study published last week in the Lancet,

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Doha COP 18, Global Warming and the Deepening Water Crisis in India

Dec 24th, 2012 | By
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Yale School of F&E: She’s welcome to stay for as long as she likes” my mother says when I ask her if I could bring a friend home to stay over for a few days “now we receive water supply everyday”, she adds triumphantly. Provision of water to households in Bangalore, India’s sixth largest city and my

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We And The Ancient Mayans Share The Same Environmental Concerns

Dec 24th, 2012 | By
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Guardian: We can (probably) ignore the Mayans’ prediction of the end of the world, but the way their society collapsed must be a lesson. According to the ancient Mayan calendar, on 21 December, 2012, the 13th baktun – a calendrical measure equivalent to 144,000 days – will conclude as the next one commences. Many have

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Doha: Inaction In The Face Of Urgency

Dec 20th, 2012 | By
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Down to Earth: The Doha climate conference stretched beyond deadline but ended in what can best be described a nail-biting finish. This was the 18th conference of parties (COP) to the climate convention, which meets once a year to push for action to cut greenhouse gas emissions, which are so intertwined with economic growth that

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Does Disaster Risk Management Pay?

Dec 20th, 2012 | By
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IIASA research brings a new perspective to assessing whether and where disaster risk management provides for economic benefits. A new study, published last week in the journal Risk Analysis, provides a new methodology based on Cost-Benefit analysis to assess the economic efficiency of disaster risk reduction efforts in disaster hot spots in developing and emerging

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Effectiveness of Local-Level Adaptation to Climate Change: Case Studies

Dec 19th, 2012 | By
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ClimateAdaptAsia: Determinants and Effectiveness of Local-Level Adaptation to Climate Change: Case Studies of Two Bangladesh ministries, including the ministries of agriculture, environment and forest, water, health, rural development, food and disaster management, children and women affairs, relevant departments and NGOs have been implementing a number of local level adaptation (LLA) projects with their limited resources

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Climate change will mean more malnourished children, experts warn

Dec 19th, 2012 | By
Extreme events, such as this year's drought in the US, could contribute to food prices more than doubling. Photograph: John Sommers/Reuters




Guardian: Food prices set to more than double if climate change not checked and developing countries not helped to adapt farming. Food prices will more than double and the number of malnourished children spiral if climate change is not checked and developing countries are not helped to adapt their farming, food and water experts warned

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How Climate Change Affects Indian Political Stability

Dec 17th, 2012 | By
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In July, The Economist published a piece describing the effects of climate change in India and discovered two prevailing trends: first, India is getting warmer, and second, the summer monsoons are coming later and later in the year. Time Magazine recently looked into the phenomenon and found that India’s energy supply and distribution problems may

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Insurance Industry Paying Increasing Attention to Climate Change

Dec 17th, 2012 | By
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Science Daily: The insurance industry, the world’s largest business with $4.6 trillion in revenues, is making larger efforts to manage climate change-related risks, according to a new study published December 13 in the journal Science. “Weather- and climate-related insurance losses today average $50 billion a year. These losses have more than doubled each decade since

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Asia Must Wake Up To The Reality Of Climate Change

Dec 13th, 2012 | By
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Canberratimes: Doha’s failure shows they must develop their own solutions, writes William Pesek New York’s brush with developing-nation status is an even bigger warning for Asia than it is for the United States.The city could be excused for wondering if it had suddenly been transported to Bangladesh in October. The deadly floods and crippling power

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China And US Hold The Key To A New Global Climate Deal

Dec 13th, 2012 | By
Connie Hedegaard and Xie Zhenhua talk during the last day of the Doha climate talks. Photograph: IISD




Guardian: The world’s two biggest emitters face political problems that will make the talks for the next few years difficult. China and the US are to be the clear focus of the next year of climate change negotiations, following a hard-fought climate conference that ended in Doha on Saturday night. The world’s two biggest emitters

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How Climate Change Affected Livelihood Options In Assam-India

Dec 13th, 2012 | By
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First Post: Climate change leading to natural disasters, particularly flood and erosion, has affected the livelihood options of thousands of people across Assam, a study has found out. The impact of the climate change is most pronounced among marginalised women, but it has also pushed people from prosperous families into taking up work of domestic

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Doha talks: India Needs To Re-Think Climate Change Strategy

Dec 12th, 2012 | By
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Hindustan Times: India may have got what it wants from Doha climate talks but piggy-bagging China may not be of help in future with China’s emissions witnessing much higher growth than that of India. India was able to regain some lost ground by getting equity and common but differentiated responsibility (CBDR) with respective capabilities back

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Reports Point To Growing Risks From Climate Change

Dec 12th, 2012 | By
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Scidev.net: As the UN climate change talks continue in Doha, Qatar, several reports over the past month have highlighted a sombre picture of the Earth’s changing climate, raising alarm bells in particular for the world’s poorest regions. A report from the World Bank launched last month (18 November) warns that the planet “is on track

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Reviewing Partners Role In Sustainable Mountain Development

Dec 12th, 2012 | By
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MP: The Mountain Partnership is a United Nations voluntary alliance of partners dedicated to improving the lives of mountain people and protecting mountain environments around the world.  The Task Force meeting took place in the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs during 29-31 October 2012 of Mountain Partnership that is coordinated UN’s FAO based in Rome,

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Doha Climate Conference Closes on ‘Weak Deal’

Dec 11th, 2012 | By
Activists march to demand action on climate change during the UN's 18th climate change conference in Doha, Qatar. photograph: mohammed dabbous/reuters




Irishtimes: Doha climate conference closes on ‘weak deal’ unlikely to stem emissions. After marathon negotiations at the weekend, the UN’s 18th conference on climate change in Doha, Qatar, finally produced an agreement that would see the Kyoto Protocol continuing for a further seven years. But the deal was denounced by climate activists as inadequate to

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Nepal: Turn On The Heat

Dec 10th, 2012 | By
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My Republica: The lead up to this year’s UN Conference on Climate Change was pretty bland. The meetings got underway in Doha on November 26 without the prelude of the picturesque Cabinet meetings near the top of world. In the lead up to the annual UN Conference on Climate Change three years ago, Nepal’s government

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Forests, Water And Food Dominate Day 11 Of COP18

Dec 8th, 2012 | By
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CoP 18: Participants look past conference to future challenges and solutions. Forests, water and food topped the agenda on Day 11 of COP18/CMP8 as a number of events put the focus firmly on the future. These included highlighting some of the mitigation and adaptation projects already underway or planned in the region and across the

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Informing About climate change adaptation?

Dec 7th, 2012 | By
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  IIED: How do we tell whether climate change adaptation is making headway? IIED and partners Garama 3C ltd and Adaptify are developing tailored frameworks to help developing countries evaluate their climate adaptation investments: not just the ‘outputs’ these produce, but the ‘outcomes’ they deliver. Climate change adaptation is “a journey, not a destination”, as

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Climate Change: Is It In Our Hands?

Dec 7th, 2012 | By
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PTI/Rediff: Climate negotiators from 200 nations are currently locked in bitter and acrimonious discussions in an 11-day long conference being held in Doha, writes Rajni Bakshi. A report about rich countries cheating poor countries of about $30 billion in climate funds made headlines last week. Research by Oxfam, an international NGO, has shown that countries

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Flood Of Protest Hits Indian Dams

Dec 6th, 2012 | By
India’s hydroelectric projects, such as this dam on the River Teesta, are raising environmental concerns. DIPTENDU DUTTA/AFP/GETTY




Nature: Himalayan plans pose ecological threat, researchers warn. The days when the gigantic Indian rivers — the Ganges, Indus and Brahmaputra — roar freely down the steep slopes of the Himalayas may be numbered. Roughly 300 dams are proposed or under construction in the deeply cut valleys of India’s mountainous north, part of a massive

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€10,000,000 Rural Livelihood and Climate Adaptation Programme in Himalayan Region

Dec 6th, 2012 | By
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ICIMOD : European Union & ICIMOD launch €11 million Rural Livelihood and Climate Change Adaptation programme in the Himalayan region. Five year programme spans Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Pakistan, and Nepal The European Union (EU) and the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) today (4 Dec 2012) signed a €11 million agreement

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Climate Change Impacts On Mountains: Time For Action Now

Dec 6th, 2012 | By
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MP Press Release: Mainstreaming Rio+20 outcomes in the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) processes for prosperous, resilient, and sustainable mountain ecosystems and communities” was held in Doha, Qatar, on 3 December 2012, on the sidelines of the 2012 UN Climate Change Conference.   The strong negative impact of climate change on the life

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Launch of UNEARTH News By UN-Based Media Organization

Dec 6th, 2012 | By
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UNEARTH News: Award-winning MediaGlobal News – an independent news organization based at United Nations Headquarters in New York City – is proud to announce the online launch of UNEARTH News, a new and distinct voice reporting on the human dimensions of climate change, and the prime source of comprehensive coverage on the impact of global

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Leaders In Doha Commit To Addressing Water And Food Security Risks From Climate Change

Dec 5th, 2012 | By
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UN (DPI): Leaders from across the United Nations system and the State of Qatar gathered at a side event during the Doha Climate Conference to highlight how the UN is working to help people across the world live with the increasing impacts of climate change, particularly threats to water and food security. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

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Climate Forecasts Boosted West African Floods Response

Dec 5th, 2012 | By
The early warning, early action strategy improved flood responses in West Africa-Flickr/Stig Nygaard




Scidev.net: Climate forecasting in an early-warning strategy led to fewer deaths and more efficient disaster management for floods that took place in West Africa in 2008, a study reports. It was the first time seasonal climate data in an ‘early warning, early action’ (EWEA) system had been deployed for flood response in the region, enabling

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Climate Change: Dealing With Loss And Damage

Dec 4th, 2012 | By
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IRIN: In a formal letter to Qatar – host of the 18th conference of the parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) – a coalition of 40 NGOs, backed by academics, has called for urgent action on loss and damage caused by climate change. The NGOs have drawn up a framework to

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A Conversation With: India’s Chief Climate Change Negotiator

Dec 4th, 2012 | By
India’s chief climate change negotiator, Meera Mehrishi. Photo: Betwa Sharma




The NewYork Times: With one week left for the U.N. climate change talks to conclude, developed and developing countries remain at odds on how to solve the crisis being linked to the recent spate of extreme weather events that have claimed lives and destroyed property worth billions of dollar. India has agreed to a take

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What the Doha Climate Talks Could Do for Sustainable Development

Dec 4th, 2012 | By
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IHT Rendezvous: While participants at last year’s climate meeting in Durban agreed on an extension of the troubled Kyoto Protocol, it is at this year’s meeting in Doha that policy makers have to agree on the pesky details, including long-term emission reduction goals. As my colleague John Broder reported last week, the outlook is not

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Climate Himalaya Wins Prestigious Manthan eNGO Challenge Award 2012

Dec 3rd, 2012 | By
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Climate Himalaya, an initiative of Prakriti group wins prestigious Manthan eNGO Challenge Award for its outreach knowledge networking work on climate adaptation and mountain development issues in Himalayan region. Indian External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid was also present during the award ceremony at New Delhi, India. The eNGO Challenge aspires to create an ecosystem of

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We Have to Be on Guard About False Solutions for Climate Change

Dec 3rd, 2012 | By
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San Diago Free Press: As the world’s governments gather yet once more for a global climate summit, the prospects for the future look more ominous than ever. Regardless of the outcome of this year’s COP 18 climate change negotiations in Doha, many now fear it is too late to prevent global temperature rise exceeding 2°C

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Climate Justice Ambassadors in Nepal’s

Dec 2nd, 2012 | By
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Global Youth Board member Abhisekh organized Nepal’s first Academy himself with the assistance from Integrated Effort for Development (IED), the Rotary Club of Dhulikhel and Dhulikhel Municipality. The Academy took place in Dhulikel on 27 November 2012 – the children of Plant-fpr-the-Planet welcome the 40 new Climate Justice Ambassadors who took part! Abhisekh declared: “Nepal

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How Climate Change is Affecting the Children of Bhutan

Nov 30th, 2012 | By
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Huffingtonpost: Growing up in Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan, I would often see crows perched on nearby trees and on the rooftops of our homes. We would chase them as they tried to pick up food that was kept to dry out in the sun. Ten years on, it has become rare to hear the

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Evidence For Man-Made Climate Change Getting Stronger-UN

Nov 30th, 2012 | By
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Reuters: Evidence that global warming is man-made is getting stronger, the head of a U.N. panel of climate scientists said, in a further blow to sceptics who argue rising temperatures can be explained by natural variations. Rajendra Pachauri spoke on the sidelines of a conference in Qatar where 200 nations are trying to reach a

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Shepherding Old Ways Into New Solutions To Help The Environment

Nov 30th, 2012 | By
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CoP18: Pastoralists explain significance of ancient practice to the modern world. The ancient practice of pastoralism is alive and well today and present in developing and developed countries alike across the globe, according to experts. Pastoralism, which involves shepherding and husbandry of animals such as camels, goats and cattle, can be adapted with proper management

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Pakistan Ranks Third In Climate-Risk Index 2013

Nov 29th, 2012 | By
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  Pakistan Today: Despite severe flooding in 2011, Pakistan managed to drop itself from first last year, to third position this year in the league table for countries that were worst hit by extreme weather events in 2011, according to a ‘climate risk index 2013’ published here on Tuesday. In 2011, the ranking of the

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2012 Expected To Be Ninth Warmest Year On Record

Nov 29th, 2012 | By
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Guardian: World Meteorological Organisation data shows average global temperature to date is 14.45C, higher than long-term average. This year is likely to be the ninth warmest on record, with global temperatures in 2012 cooler than the average for the past decade owing to the effects of La Niña weather patterns early in the year. The

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