Ecologically Fragile State to Face Yet Another Flood

Mar 31st, 2015 | By

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

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Japanese Technology to Boost Flood Warnings in South Asia

Jan 25th, 2015 | By

IANS: A sophisticated flood forecast model developed by Japanese scientists will enhance early warnings and help mitigate the impact of climate change in the flood-ravaged trans-boundary river basins of India, Pakistan and even China. Rainfall and snowfall data from the three countries located in the Indus and Mekong river basins will be fed into a

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Can We Fight The Floods? Yes, We Can!

Jan 15th, 2015 | By

Year 2014 was indeed an eventful one especially in the realm of Climate Change and Natural Disasters. South Asia on a whole and Pakistan in particular once again had to face climate change debacle in the form of heavy floods across the region which not only resulted in loss of lives but also catastrophic damages

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Government Admits Hydropower Projects Aggravated 2013 Uttarakhand Floods

Dec 11th, 2014 | By
Flood aftermath in Kedarnath, a huge land mass towards Mandakini cut of

The Centre on Monday admitted for the first time that hydropower projects had “direct and indirect impact in the aggravation of floods” that hit Uttarakhand in 2013, killing hundreds and leaving thousands homeless. It also said that the projects caused “irreversible damage” to the environment and enhanced landslides and other disasters. Filing its affidavit in

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Flooding Could Worsen Pakistan’s Water Shortage, Experts Warn

Nov 4th, 2014 | By
Flood victims sit by a damaged road as they look over floodwaters in Muzzafargarh

(Thomson Reuters Foundation) – In an ironic twist to Pakistan’s struggles with extreme weather, experts warn that the increasingly frequent and intense flooding in the country could lead to catastrophic water shortages. The problem, climate and water experts say, is a worsening lack of groundwater. Groundwater resources, used to supply Pakistan’s growing population with water

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Coastal Cities Need to be Climate-proof, Says Study

Oct 15th, 2014 | By

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

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Uttarakhand Floods Result of Climate Change: Report

Oct 13th, 2014 | By

The 2013 Uttarakhand floods were most probably a consequence of “human-induced” climate change, a new report by the American Meteorological Society has suggested. The extraordinary rainfall in Uttarakhand in June last year has found a place in a list of 16 extreme weather events that the report says were most likely a direct result of

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Was Kashmir Flooding a Man-made Disaster?

Sep 24th, 2014 | By

India-administered Kashmir, located in the Himalayas in the country’s north, has been totally devastated by floods – the worst in more than 60 years. Even as the region grapples with the aftermath of the swirling waters, which have left more than 250 dead and millions homeless, the question is why this flood? Is this enormous

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Pakistan’s Economy Battered by Floods and Political Unrest

Sep 18th, 2014 | By

Talks to end a month-long sit-in by anti-government protesters in Pakistan remain deadlocked after authorities arrested dozens of demonstrators. The South Asian country has been facing political turmoil over the past weeks ever since opposition politicians Imran Khan and Tahir-ul Qadri led mass demonstrations against the democratically elected government of PM Nawaz Sharif, whom they

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When Rain Breaks Loose

Sep 15th, 2014 | By

Morning of September 6, 2014 was nightmarish for Hasham Tariq, a resident of village Karamabad, situated near Wazirabad on the bank of Nullah Palkhu. Three days of continuous rain brought down the roof of his old house. Suspecting danger, he, along with his wife and two children, had moved to a relative’s house the night

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Jammu and Kashmir Flood ‘Glimpse’ of Calamities Ahead

Sep 14th, 2014 | By

Said to be the state’s worst in over a century, the Jammu and Kashmir floods might just be the harbinger of bigger calamities. Amid the recent spate of ominous reports that have revealed how the government, both at the Centre and in Jammu and Kashmir, sat on information about an imminent disaster, three other warnings

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Pakistan-India Monsoon Floods: Averting Future Disasters

Sep 13th, 2014 | By

It makes these annual disasters all the more tragic that for most of the year both countries have little rain. Yet after leaving more than 450 dead and a swathe of destruction on both sides of the border, much of the water dumped on the Kashmir and Punjab regions in the past 10 days will

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‘J&K Floods Grim Reminder of Climate Change’

Sep 11th, 2014 | By

The Hindu: The worst floods in Jammu and Kashmir in the past 60 years and the subsequent devastation are due to a combination of unprecedented and intense rain, mismanagement, unplanned urbanisation and a lack of preparedness, Sunita Narain, director-general, Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), said on Wednesday. A CSE analysis showed the floods were a

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No Lessons Learnt in Flood-hit Pakistan

Sep 8th, 2014 | By

Dawn: Recent monsoon rains and the destruction they have left in their wake in major cities of Punjab provide a grim picture of the inability of urban settlements to cope with intense downpours in a warming world. The television footage showed torrents of water gushing into homes, of people wading in at least four feet of

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Flood Risk for Hundreds of Thousands in India After Nepal Landslide

Aug 5th, 2014 | By

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

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Will Unprepared Countries be Able to Survive the Forthcoming Tragedies?

Jul 20th, 2014 | By

Extreme weather and other natural calamities do not have to claim tens of thousands of lives and millions in damages. The extent of damage does not only depend on the magnitude or frequency of disasters but also on a population’s vulnerability. The – 2014 Global Climate Risk Index by Germanwatch showed that poor and developing countries are

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Flooding in Nepal: Will the Economy Survive the Deluge?

Jun 17th, 2014 | By
A farmer covers himself from the rain during Asar Pandra festival in Bhaktapur

The Guardian: In Banke district along the West Rapti river basin in Nepal, farmers have noticed that floods are coming more often, and with greater intensity. Flooding has always been part of the annual cycle of life, but the past 40 years have seen 12 abnormally large floods that have eroded land and wiped out crops and buildings.

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Vermont Climate Change Report Warns of Catastrophic Flood Risk

Jun 11th, 2014 | By

(Reuters) – A warming world could pose a risk of more frequent catastrophic flooding but also be a long-term boon for Vermont farmers and a shorter-lived thrill for its skiers, according to a state report released on Tuesday. The Vermont Climate Assessment found that higher rates of precipitation expected to come with climate change could

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‘Mombasa to Sink in 20 Years’

Jun 9th, 2014 | By

Mombasa and other parts of the Kenyan Coast could disappear under the sea in the next 20 years. In a new report by the Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), experts have warned that the Coast as we know it today will be no more in two decades as a result of rising ocean waters

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To Reduce Flood Threats, Nepal Builds Climate Risk Into Planning

May 30th, 2014 | By

(Thomson Reuters Foundation) – It is nearly time for the monsoon, but there has not been even a drop of rain yet in this village on the fringes of Chitwan National Park, a deep worry for local farmers. Retired forest guard Potahariyu Chaudhary, 65, looks at his dry maize fields and says he doubts the

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Threat of Uttarakhand-like Disaster in Himachal Pradesh, Scientists Worried

May 28th, 2014 | By

Times News Network: Increased vulnerability of Himachal Pradesh to climate change has posed the threat of Uttarakhand like disaster. In 2013, bursting of a small lake in front of Chorabari glacier coupled with heavy rainfall had wreaked havoc in Uttarakhand and in Himachal Pradesh 249 glacial lakes exists of which 11 have been identified as having

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Extreme Wet and Dry Events ‘Increasing Risk of Drought and Flood in Central India’

Apr 29th, 2014 | By

Researchers have identified significant changes in the patterns of extreme wet and dry events that are increasing the risk of drought and flood in central India, one of the most densely populated regions on Earth. The discoveries are the result of a new collaboration between climate scientists and statisticians that focused on utilizing statistical methods for

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Asia’s Great Cities Face Rising Flooding Risks in Warming World

Mar 27th, 2014 | By

Some of Asia’s main cities could be under siege from rising sea levels by the end of the century, a UN panel of scientists is set to warn later this week. Kolkata, Mumbai, Dhaka, Ho Chi Minh City, Shanghai, Bangkok and Rangoon are among those most at risk, drafts of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate

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UN Climate Scientists see Grim Future if no Action

Mar 24th, 2014 | By

UN scientists are set to deliver their darkest report yet on the impacts of climate change, pointing to a future stalked by floods, drought, conflict and economic damage if carbon emissions go untamed. A draft of their report, seen by Agence France-Presse, is part of a massive overview by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

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If Climate Change May Sink These Islands, Should We Save Their Biodiversity?

Mar 4th, 2014 | By

It’s not news that as a result of climate change, oceans could literally swallow many low-lying islands if sea-level rise continues at its current pace. Four years ago, the small island nation of Maldives, population 393,988, held its cabinet meeting underwater to highlight the problem, hoping the backdrop of coral would raise alarm bells about a rising

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Frequency of Severe Flooding Across Europe ‘To Double by 2050’

Mar 3rd, 2014 | By

The frequency of severe flooding across Europe is set to double by 2050 and over the same period there could be a nearly five fold increase in the annual economic losses resulting from floods, a study has found. Climate change and an increase in rainfall will account for about a third of the losses by

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Sea-level Rise Could Bring Floods to 5% of the Population by Century End

Feb 28th, 2014 | By

By 2100, almost 5% of the world’s population could be affected by flooding each year as a result of sea-level rise, unless we boost coastal protection or mitigate climate change. That’s according to researchers in Germany, the UK, the Netherlands, Austria and Belgium who performed the first study to take into account different scenarios for population, climate,

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South Asia Needs To Enrich Regional Flood Information System Urgently – Analysis

Feb 17th, 2014 | By

Since a significant percentage of people are exposed to recurring riverine flood disasters mostly during rainy season an effective regional flood information system is needed urgently in South Asian heavily effected countries. People working with flood mitigation and climate change adaptation programs lay emphasis such a system which will avert flood catastrophes of transboundary scale effectively. The Pakistan floods

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Will Record Floods Finally Shift UK Climate Debate?

Feb 16th, 2014 | By

New Scientist: The wettest January in the UK in 250 years followed by a stormy February have brought misery to many thousands. Floods have submerged large chunks of the south-west of the country, a key stretch of railway collapsed into the sea, and the river Thames spectacularly burst its banks, deluging towns and villages. As a statement from

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UK Floods Making Climate Sceptics Hot Under the Collar

Feb 14th, 2014 | By
Global weather and climate change or global warming : Global temperature trend between 1950 and 2013

The Guardian: The UK floods are not just causing misery for thousands of people around the country whose lives and livelihoods have been disrupted. They are also making a few climate change sceptics hot beneath the collar. No doubt they are finding it an uncomfortable experience to realise that their misleading attempts to inform the public into believing

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Climate Change ‘Pakistan Suffered $15 Billion Loss Due to Floods in Three Years’

Feb 12th, 2014 | By

Pakistan has suffered an accumulative loss of $15 billion due to floods in recent three years while 22.8 percent area and 49.6 percent population of the country is at risk of climate change impact. Director General, Pak Environmental Protection Agency, Asif Shuja Khan, revealed this on Tuesday while briefing members of Senate Sub-committee of the

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Adapting to Sea Level Rise Could Save Trillions by 2100

Feb 4th, 2014 | By

Floods already pose major problems for coastal communities each year. Those issues are only likely to grow as oceans continue to rise, due in part to climate change, threatening millions of people and trillions of dollars in infrastructure. But new research suggests that building levees could stave off huge losses at a minimal cost. Coasts are home to more

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Heat Stress, Not Flooding, Drives Most Climate Migrants – Study

Jan 28th, 2014 | By

Climate Wire: The images of Pakistan’s 2010 devastating flood still haunt. Women up to their necks in the waters of the swollen Indus River, carrying children to safety. Men wading through the brown currents with bags of rice on their heads and young ones on their backs. The numbers, too, were staggering. Triggered by unusually

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Climate Change Washing Away Pacific Villages

Jan 27th, 2014 | By

Standing on a remote coral atoll in the Pacific Ocean watching children play, it was deeply saddening to realise they will soon have to leave a place that has been home to their people for thousands of years. Ontong Java, the most northerly part of Solomon Islands, is on the frontline of climate change.  The

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Climate Change’s New Menace: Mountain Tsunamis

Jan 20th, 2014 | By

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, sending a crushing hammer of water, ice and rock through the Himalayan villages in this north Indian state of Uttarakhand.

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Meltwater From Tibetan Glaciers Floods Pastures

Jan 17th, 2014 | By

Glaciers are important indicators of climate change. Global warming causes mountain glaciers to melt, which, apart from the shrinking of the Greenlandic and Antarctic ice sheets, is regarded as one of the main causes of the present global sea-level rise. Tibet’s glaciers are also losing mass clearly, as scientists from the universities of Zurich, Tubingen

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Worse Cyclones Will Hit East Asia

Jan 16th, 2014 | By

Climate News Network: It will be of little comfort to people in the southern and central Philippines repeatedly hit by tropical cyclones over the years, but a new study indicates that storm patterns might be shifting northwards. The study, by a team of scientists at Seoul National University and other South Korean scientific institutions, looks at tropical cyclone

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Rehabilitation for Victims of the Himalayan Tsunami Remains Slow

Dec 30th, 2013 | By

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

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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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Report Backlash May Have Contributed To Uttarakhand Disaster – Experts

Dec 13th, 2013 | By
Flood aftermath in Kedarnath, a huge land mass towards Mandakini cut of

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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EASAC Report Warns Europe on Extreme Weather Event Increase

Dec 4th, 2013 | By

Europe needs to plan for future probabilities of extreme weather. Heat waves, floods and storms do not respect national frontiers, so there is a need for action at both national and EU levels. The IPCC has advised that the frequency of many types of extreme weather events will continue to grow globally in coming years.

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Seti Flashflood Was Not Caused By Climate Change: Scientists

Oct 7th, 2013 | By
Seti in Nepal

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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Mountains And Climate Linked Disasters: Less Concerned Actors

Oct 1st, 2013 | By

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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4th Global Meeting Reaffirms Mountain Agenda In New Strategy

Sep 18th, 2013 | By

In the fourth global meeting of ‘Mountain Partnership’ 17-20 September, at Erzurum in Turkey, over 100 members from around the globe endorsed a new improved sustainable mountain development strategy for 2014-2017. During 1992, at Rio Earth most of the world’s nations at the UN Conference on Environment and Development signed a plan for action, ‘Agenda

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Indian Floods Highlight Dangers Of Rushed Development

Sep 9th, 2013 | By
Kedarnath On 17th after flood

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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What They Said: India’s Monsoon Disaster

Jul 7th, 2013 | By

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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Uttarakhand: Warning Bells On Deaf Ears

Jul 5th, 2013 | By
Kedarnath on 18th morning

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
Rescue between Kedarnath and Guptakashi

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
Collapse at Gaurikund

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
The Chorabari lake before, flood

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
Gaurikund on the way to Kedarnath after flood

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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Disaster In Uttarakhand, India: Huge Death Toll

Jun 19th, 2013 | By
Rescue operation in Gaurikund region of Rudraprayag

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

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Sino-India S&T Cooperation Set For August Launch

Jun 11th, 2013 | By

Business Standard: India is all set to launch science and technology cooperation with China in August with thrust on areas like astronomy, management of natural disasters and technology research on climate change. A key element of the cooperation could be the National Large Solar Telescope (NLST), the world’s largest such facility that India plans to

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Washed Out By The Currents

May 27th, 2013 | By
Geo-tube: A contraption that helps to provide strength and stability to embankments.

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

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Climate Disasters Displace Millions Of People Worldwide

May 23rd, 2013 | By
MDG : Disaster-induced dispacement worldwide in 2012

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

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Is There Hope For Hydropower As The Climate Changes?

May 2nd, 2013 | By

Hydropower is by far the most established form of renewable energy. Though not without environmental impact, either in terms of the local environment or, in the case of large dams, in terms of carbon emissions from the reservoirs behind the dams, hydro is here to stay. Unfortunately hydropower will be affected to a far greater

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Nepal Training Advances Local And Global Tactics To Tackle Climate Change

May 1st, 2013 | By
Many Asian countries are already manifesting the effects of climate change, like the climate-exacerbated Typhoon Bopha that struck the Philippines last year. Above, a mother and child navigate the resulting floods in Laguna, where ACT Alliance is assisting affected communities. 
ACT Alliance/Paul Jeffrey

ACT Alliance members from eight Asian countries met last week in Nepal to share their experiences and develop strategies on how to better influence governments to address climate change. Some of the countries that suffer the most visible and tangible immediate effects of climate change are located in Asia. Foezullah from ACT Bangladesh explains that

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..Accurate Technology To Identify Threats From Sea-Level Rise

May 1st, 2013 | By
RSET set-up and measurements. (Credit: US Geological Survey)

Science Daily: A team of researchers led by Associate Professor Edward L. Webb of the National University of Singapore (NUS) is calling for the global adoption of a method to identify areas that are vulnerable to sea-level rise. The method, which utilises a simple, low-cost tool, is financially and technically accessible to every country with

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Strategic Changes: ‘Pakistan Has Complex Issues Due To Climate Change’

Apr 26th, 2013 | By

Tribune: “We have suggested building several upstream water reservoirs in Pakistan to prevent floods. We are also examining reforestation as it slows down the process of floods and subsequent droughts,” Marius Keller, an adaptation consultant with the International Institute of Sustainable Development, said speaking to Lahore University of Management Sciences students on Monday. Keller presented

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Argentine Flooding: Climate Change And Poor Urban Planning

Apr 22nd, 2013 | By
A 6-inch rain in less than two hours earlier this month has Buenos Aires' politicians pointing at each other. Who caused this? Image: Flickr/Jonathan Evans

Scientific American: Rain began to fall over the Argentine capital of Buenos Aires late at night April 1. By the next morning, rainfall records for the month had been broken and the city woke up to find its streets covered with water. Torrential rains dumped more than 6 inches of water on the city in

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