Disaster Prevention Needs Far More Investment, Say Experts

Oct 9th, 2012 | By
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Scidevnet: A major global relief and development agency has called upon world governments to make binding commitments to reduce risks from climate change-related disasters such as drought and flooding. Islamic Relief, which currently works in 26 disaster-afflicted countries across the world, appealed to the UN to create a global contingency fund to finance drought and

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New Survey On Climate Change Adaptation In Europe

Oct 8th, 2012 | By

UN ISDR: There are strong links between climate change adaptation (CCA) and disaster risk reduction (DRR) across several European countries according to the results of a survey presented by a Working Group on Climate Change Adaptation, chaired by Norway, at the European Forum on Disaster Risk Reduction in Croatia this week. Out of 23 survey

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UN Urged To Create Global Fund For Disaster Prevention

Oct 5th, 2012 | By
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Islamic Relief calls for fund to give poor nations ‘fighting chance’ against climate change with investment before disaster strikes. The NGO Islamic Relief has urged the UN to establish a global contingency fund for disaster prevention as it is cheaper to help prepare for floods and drought than spend billions on emergencies. In a report

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Climate Change…Saanu ki?

Oct 4th, 2012 | By

The News: Even though Pakistan lies among the 20 most vulnerable countries impacted by climate change, according to the Maplecroft Climate Change Vulnerabilities Index, most of us living here go “Saanu ki?” when we hear the word climate change. I mean what possibly could go wrong with our lives in terms of the climate changing.

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Climate Events Are Not Proof Of Global Warming

Oct 3rd, 2012 | By
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Hurriyetdailynews: Extreme weather does not prove the existence of global warming, but climate change is likely to exaggerate it by messing with ocean currents, providing extra heat to form tornadoes, bolstering heat waves, lengthening droughts and causing more precipitation and flooding, according to a recent article in Scientific American. “A changing climate leads to changes

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Death By Climate Change?

Oct 2nd, 2012 | By
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Huffington Post: The recent headline that 100 million people will die by 2030 if climate change is not addressed doubtlessly had people around the world imagining doomsday catastrophes. Don’t panic just yet, as this figure is perhaps a textbook example of how to lie with statistics. DARA, the Spain-based humanitarian NGO that released the report

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Flood Havoc In Himalayan Foothills

Oct 2nd, 2012 | By
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Thirdpole: Floods and their associated misery are an annual phenomenon in Assam. But even by those standards, 2012 is turning out to be a particularly bad year. From mid-September, the Brahmaputra and its tributaries overflowed their banks, for the third time during the May to September monsoon season. The surging waters broke through embankments in

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Climate Change: Senators Alarmed By Deforestation In The Country

Oct 1st, 2012 | By
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Express Tribune: With flash floods cutting a trail of destruction across some districts of Balochistan and Sindh, the Senate standing committee on climate change raised alarm on Monday at the rapid deforestation in the country and directed the government to take immediate steps to rehabilitate forest land. Highlighting the role of trees in curbing flash

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Measuring Glacier Change In The Himalayas

Sep 29th, 2012 | By
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UNEP (GEAS): A serious lack of reliable and consistent data severely hampers scientific knowledge about the state of Himalayan glaciers. As a result, the contribution of glacial melt to the Himalayan river basins remains uncertain. This is of grave importance because declining water availability could threaten the food security of more than 70 million people.

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North India, Himalayas To Be Worst Hit By Climate Change: Report

Sep 28th, 2012 | By
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DNA: Northern parts of the country and the Himalayan region will be the worst hit by climate change in India and warming will be greater over land than sea, according to a latest report. “In the 2020s, the projected warming is of the order of 0.5-1.5 degree Celsius , by the 2050s, 3 degree celsius

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Climate Change Is Already Damaging Global Economy, Report Finds

Sep 27th, 2012 | By

Guardian: Economic impact of global warming is costing the world more than $1.2 trillion a year, wiping 1.6% annually from global GDP Climate change is already contributing to the deaths of nearly 400,000 people a year and costing the world more than $1.2 trillion, wiping 1.6% annually from global GDP, according to a new study.

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The Global Challenge of Climate Change

Sep 25th, 2012 | By
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Alertnet: The Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) came up with some simple but far-reaching findings. It stated for instance, “Warming of the climate system is unequivocal, as is now evident from observations of increases in global average air and ocean temperatures, widespread melting of snow and ice and rising

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A Risky Climate For Big Dams In Africa

Sep 25th, 2012 | By

Huffington post: Climate change is bringing many uncertainties, especially to the world of water. No continent will be harder hit by climate change than Africa. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has stated that African river basins will be especially affected by climate change, and are expected to face worse droughts and more extreme floods

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Landslides, Floods Claim 27 Lives In Sikkim, Assam Displaces 7 Lakhs

Sep 24th, 2012 | By
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Flood situation in the state remain unchanged. The Brahmaputra River is above the danger level at Dibrugarh, Nematighat, Tezpur, Dhubri, Guwahati and Goalpara. Similarly, the Burhidehing is flowing above danger level at Khowang in Dibrugarh district, the Subansiri at Badatighat in Lakhimpur, the Dhansiri at Numaligarh in Golaghat and the Jia Bharali at N T

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Landslide Kills 68 in Indian Himalayas

Sep 15th, 2012 | By

Thirdpole: A landslide that followed a cloudburst killed at least 68 people in India’s Uttarakhand state. At least 68 people were killed in a landslide in the Indian Himalayas late yesterday night. Four villages were seriously affected and two more partially affected in the landslide that followed a cloudburst in the upper reaches of the

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Cloud Burst: Disaster in Uttarakhand India-Updates and Photos

Sep 14th, 2012 | By
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On 13th September 2012 night in Chwanni, Mangoli and Kimana villages of Okhimath block in Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand (India), heavy rains completely inundated over 4 villages and eroded 2 more villages, while there are no clues about 20-25 families in these villages. One can see the aftermath of erratic rainfall over the night in

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Assam Faces Worst Ever Floods In 10 Years

Aug 23rd, 2012 | By
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India Water Portal: This article provides a brief background of the situation of floods in Assam, their impact and possible solutions, through a video interview with Dr. Partha J Das, Programme Head, ‘Water, Climate & Hazard (WATCH)’ Programme, Aaranyak. Background The north-eastern region of the country receives a large share of the summer south-west monsoon’s

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For A Few Drops Of Water

Aug 21st, 2012 | By

The News on Sunday: People lose their lives in search of water in a village that has little or no drinking water facilities Wandering in Kachho, desert and hilly area of Dadu district of Sindh province, her tears have dried up in the searing dry winds. Whether it’s dawn or sizzling midday, the women of Kachho

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Updates On Uttarkashi Cloudburst and Flashflood 2012

Aug 9th, 2012 | By
Rope bridge (foot) connecting two parts of Uttarkashi city got damaged

  Plan India/ SBMA:  On August 3rd and 4th night incidences of cloudbursts occurred in Uttarkashi area. It was around midnight when suddenly people noticed increasing water level with debris in the local rivers. People immediately started shifting from their houses  and tried to move to the safer locations. Some people were able to shift

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The Reality Of Climate Change In Our Hills

Aug 7th, 2012 | By

On an article published on 6 Aug 2012 at Livemint (reproduced below), Dr. Sudhirendar Sharma raises a few questions. He says, “whether or not the trend co-relates to climate change, it is clear that there has virtually been an absence of a well thought-out strategy to overcome it. Job opportunities and local markets haven’t been

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Pakistan ‘Nowhere Near Prepared For Another Major Disaster’

Aug 6th, 2012 | By

Guardian: Major shortcomings in risk reduction system leave Pakistan vulnerable to floods and earthquakes, says Disasters Emergency Committee report. Measures introduced by the Pakistan government to reduce the risk and impact of disasters may look good on paper, but the reality is markedly different, according to a research study commissioned by the Disasters Emergency Committee

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The Disaster Emergencies in the Indian Mountains

Aug 4th, 2012 | By

We are updating the News on Daily Basis on this page. The heavy and erratic rains in western Himalayan region of India is taking toll in its form. Thousands of pilgrims and Tourists are stuck in places due to huge landslides that has blown road networks..! The life in the region is at stand still,

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Climate Change Boosts Odds Of Extreme Weather

Jul 16th, 2012 | By

Times of India: Severe droughts, floods and heat waves rocked the world last year as greenhouse gas levels climbed, boosting the odds of some extreme weather events, international scientists said. The details are contained in the annual State of the Climate report, compiled by nearly 400 scientists from 48 countries and published in the peer-reviewed

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Floods Due To Climate Change: Expert

Jul 13th, 2012 | By

Assam Tribune: The possible reason for the recent floods in Assam is the changes taking place in climate, observes Prof Nayan Sarma of the IIT, Roorkee, who is involved in an Indo-German project BRAHMATWINN, with its focus on the impact of climate change on the Brahmaputra. He also warned, while talking to this correspondent, against

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Pakistan: Don’t Panic About A ‘Super Flood’, Says Government Adviser

Jul 12th, 2012 | By

Tribune Pakistan: While government officials are expecting a flood in Sindh, environment experts didn’t sound an alarmist note at a conference on Monday. According to environment experts and officials of the meteorological department, there was no chance of a ‘super flood’ in Pakistan, and that hardly five to 15% more rains than the normal monsoon

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Extreme Weather: Get Ready To See More Of It, Scientists Say

Jul 11th, 2012 | By

CNN: A map of significant climate events for the United States in June looks almost apocalyptic: hellish heat, ferocious fires and severe storms leaving people injured, homeless and even dead. That followed a warm winter and early season droughts. News came Monday that the mainland United States experienced its warmest 12 months since the dawn

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Agriculture And Adapting To Climate Change In Himalayan Mountains Of India

Jul 6th, 2012 | By
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Mountain Voice: We interviewed a number of farmers in one of the most backward and remote district Uttarkashi in Uttarakhand state of India, about the kind of changes they now face in agriculture production and how they are adapting to it. The farmers mentioned that they feel climatic change for last 10-20 years in the

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India: Early Warning System To Alert Citizens About Floods

Jun 15th, 2012 | By

Times of India: Citizens will soon get to know well in advance how much water would gush into their locality or apartments if there is a heavy release from Ukai dam into Tapi during monsoon. The Surat Climate Change Trust and Surat Municipal Corporation are setting up a mechanism to building an identification system to

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Human-Induced Global Ocean Warming On Multidecadal Timescales

Jun 12th, 2012 | By

Nature: Large-scale increases in upper-ocean temperatures are evident in observational records1. Several studies have used well-established detection and attribution methods to demonstrate that the observed basin-scale temperature changes are consistent with model responses to anthropogenic forcing and inconsistent with model-based estimates of natural variability2, 3, 4, 5. These studies relied on a single observational data

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Nepal: Protecting Communities From Rising Lakes

Jun 11th, 2012 | By

Cockrell School of Engineering: Professor Daene McKinney is part of a group of more than 30 scientists from 15 countries around the world who are studying Nepal, Peru and other places affected by rising glacial lake levels. High above a community of villagers, Nepal’s Imja Lake rises quietly each year, expanding its reach in both

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Review: Actions By Governments For Climate Change

Jun 6th, 2012 | By

In our focus countries Bhutan, India, Nepal and Pakistan, it has been observed that the governments have shown their concerns about climatic changes in Himalayan regions. With its advocacy for national happiness index Bhutan is working on many of its glaciers and flood information systems. However, Bhutan’s Climate Summit during 2011 was not a very

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Nepal Marks The First Ascent Of Mt. Everest Amid Worry Of Glacier Melting

May 31st, 2012 | By

Chinadaily: Amid the mounting tensions of melting Himalayas, Nepal marked the first ascent of the Mt. Everest amid various activities here on Tuesday. Also known as ‘International Everest Day” , the day commemorates the first successful ascent of Mt. Qomolangma by Tenzing Norgay Sherpa of Nepal and Sir Edmund Hillary of New Zealand on May

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Towards Maintaining Natural Flows In Our Rivers

May 31st, 2012 | By

  Himmotthan: Natural flow patterns are the heartbeat of a river. Each component of a flow regime – ranging from low flows to floods play an important role in shaping a river ecosystem and livelihoods of river-dependent communities. While many rivers in Northern India are still in a pristine free-flowing state in the upper reaches,

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How To Deal With Extreme Climatic Disasters In Future?

May 27th, 2012 | By

Daily Pioneer: Since 1998, Odisha has been a victim of severity in climate extremes like heat waves, cyclones, floods and droughts. Over 30,000 people have lost their lives, millions rendered homeless, trees uprooted, crops damaged, and people lost wealth, resources and livelihoods. Despite all the tall talks about disaster risk reduction, early warning system and

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Pakistan Among The Most Vulnerable Countries

May 21st, 2012 | By

DAWN: Pakistan is among the most vulnerable countries facing climate-related risks revealed an Asia-Pacific Human Development report launched here on Wednesday. The report further suggested the Asia-Pacific region must continue to grow economically to lift millions out of poverty but it must also respond to changes in climate to survive. “Growing first and cleaning up

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Climate Change – The Global Issue With Its Local Impact-Pakistan

May 11th, 2012 | By

The Tribune: A collective scientific approach is required for mitigating the impact of climate change which is one of the most serious social, economic and environmental challenges facing humanity. This was discussed at an international conference on “Climate Change: Opportunities and Challenges” held at the National University of Science and Technology here on Wednesday. The

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Connecting The Dots: Understanding Climate Impacts On Food Security And Hunger

May 2nd, 2012 | By
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Alertnet: At present, close to one billion people suffer from hunger. Experts agree that there is a high risk of climate change affecting food security at the global level, with the most negative impacts in the poorest and most vulnerable countries. The additional risk of climate change could put several hundred million at risk of

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Glacial Outburst- GLOF Poses Threat To Chitral

Apr 28th, 2012 | By

Dawn Pakistan: Speakers at a workshop here on Thursday said that glacier lake outburst floods (GLOF) were posing threat to Hindukush-Himalya region that could play havoc with human settlements. They stressed the need for taking steps to reduce the risk. The workshop titled ‘Reducing risks and vulnerabilities from glacier outburst floods in northern Pakistan’ was

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Low-Cost Adaptation Measures Needed

Apr 27th, 2012 | By

IPS News: As a result of climate change-related extreme weather events like a rise in the sea level and increasingly intense storms alternating with drought, Caribbean island nations are facing the challenge of adopting adaptation measures that could be too costly for their budgets. One important message from the report is that costly investments are

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Flood Resistant Tree Crops For Ensuring Food Security

Apr 26th, 2012 | By

UN Solution Exchange: The query on ‘Flood resistant tree crops for ensuring food security’ was floated by UN Solution Exchange India to its members. The responses got are interesting one and could be replicated in the mountains as well. The UNSE members opined that though India has rich traditional knowledge and wisdom to mitigate disasters,

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Pakistan’s First Climate Change Adaptation Plan To Tackle “Mountain Tsunamis”

Apr 19th, 2012 | By

RTCC: Pakistan has launched its first climate change adaptation project aimed at tackling the threats communities face from bursting glacier lakes in the country’s northern mountains. With Northern Pakistan being home to 5,218 glaciers and 2420 glacial lakes – 52 of which have been classified as potentially dangerous – the two year pilot project is

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Experts Warn Of More Attabad Lake, Gayari-Like Disasters

Apr 18th, 2012 | By

Daily Times: Say 52 glaciers in mountainous regions have dangerous tendencies ISLAMABAD: Speaking at a seminar, environment experts highlighted that 52 glaciers in mountainous regions of Pakistan have dangerous tendencies and warned of more disasters like Attabad Lake and recent avalanche in Gayari area of Siachen. They were expressing their views at the media launch

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52 Glacial Lakes Termed Dangerous

Apr 13th, 2012 | By

DAWN (Islamabad): At least 52 glacial lakes in Gilgit and Astore districts have been identified as ‘potentially dangerous’ by a project sponsored by the European Union and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The project report titled “Managing climate risks in the Himalayas: A community-centric approach” says that in the sub-basins of Swat, Chitral, Gilgit, Hunza,

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GLOF’s Risk: Lessons Learnt From TSUNAMI In Japan

Apr 9th, 2012 | By

KuenselOnline: This is the  sixteen article on the GLOF research and mitigation project between May 2009 and March 2012.  The articles will highlight latest findings on glacier, glacial lakes condition and natural hazards in the Bhutan Himalayas. Experts from the department of geology and mines (DGM), Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and Japan Science and

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Wheat Yields May Fall By 6-18 Percent: By 2020 On Climate Change

Apr 2nd, 2012 | By

Times of India And Business Recorder: The productivity of staple grain wheat could decline by upto 18% by 2020 due to adverse impact of climate change which is causing rise in temperature, Parliament was informed today. The yield of another major food crop rice might also fall by up to 6 per cent by 2020,

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Climate Change Panel Warns Of Severe Storms, Heatwaves And Floods

Mar 29th, 2012 | By

Guardian- Associated Press in Washington: Prepare for unprecedented onslaught of deadly weather disasters, report says, claiming global warming causing crisis. Global warming is leading to such severe storms, droughts and heatwaves that nations should prepare for an unprecedented onslaught of deadly and costly weather disasters, an international panel of scientists has said. The greatest danger

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India: National Mission For Sustaining The Himalayan Ecosystem

Mar 21st, 2012 | By

The Himalayan ecosystem is fragile and diverse. It includes over 51 million people who practice hill agriculture and remains vulnerable The Himalayan ecosystem is vital to the ecological security of the Indian landmass, through providing forest cover, feeding perennial rivers that are the source of drinking water, irrigation, and hydropower, conserving biodiversity, providing a rich

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Climate Disasters Displaced 42.5 Million in Asia in Last 2 Years

Mar 17th, 2012 | By

The claim that global warming and climate change aren’t real gets increasingly ridiculous each year. For one, the science just makes it so much more obvious as it develops (but, truthfully, it’s been obvious for years). Additionally, the real-world climate disasters just keep increasing. In the past two years, for example, 42 million Asians have

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Water and Glacial Lake Outburst Floods-Adaptation

Mar 9th, 2012 | By

UNDP (2010) Why water, including GLOFs, is a key sector for the country-Nepal? Water resources play an important role in the overall development of Nepal. Nepal has a theoretical hydropower potential of about 83,000 MW. The source of livelihoods of majority of the population is agriculture. Both of these sectors are heavily dependent on water

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Sacred Natural Sites And Climate Change Threat

Feb 23rd, 2012 | By

Sacred natural sites are areas of land or water having special spiritual significance. And the Eastern Himalayas is home to many such sites like Mount Kailash (Tibet), Lumbini (Nepal), Taksang (Bhutan), Gosaikunda (Nepal), Gurudongmar Lake (Sikkim). These sites besides having spiritual and religious significance also have biodiversity conservation value due to restrictions on cutting of

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Solutions Evade Impending Water Crisis

Feb 2nd, 2012 | By

New Delhi: Farmers in the South-Indian state of Tamil Nadu are switching from paddy cultivation to panning for salt. On the other extreme of the sub-continent, hundreds of thousands of people live in harm’s way in the event of a glacial lake outburst-triggered flood, or GLOFs as they are called.   Something sinister connects the

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ASIA: Natural Disasters Becoming Costlier Than Ever

Feb 2nd, 2012 | By

Natural disasters in Asia in 2011 could well prove to be the costliest ever, experts say. “Never before has this world suffered so much economic loss due to natural disaster, most of which has been in Asia and the Pacific,” Sanjay Srivastava, UN regional adviser for disaster risk reduction, told IRIN in Bangkok. Of the

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Life after Death: Looking at Adaptation in Mountains After 2005 Earthquake

Jan 24th, 2012 | By

Noreen Haider: It has been more than six years when the Northern areas of Pakistan were hit by one of the most devastating earthquake in the history of the region. The earthquake measured 7.6 on the Richter scale and within the very few first seconds created an unimaginable devastation in an area of more than

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Come Hell With High Water

Jan 23rd, 2012 | By

Earlier this month, Bangladesh’s foreign minister chided the world’s developed nations for failing to honor their pledge to help this low-lying, water-logged nation adapt to the effects of climate change. Of the $30 billion that poor countries were promised three years ago, just $2.5 billion have been disbursed. “Our achievements — social, economic, environmental —

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Infrastructure Sector Highly Vulnerable to Climate Change

Jan 21st, 2012 | By

BEN: Australia’s infrastructure is not prepared to withstand the consequences of catastrophic climate change events such as floods, droughts, coastal erosion, tropical cyclones, fires and seal level rise. The report released today calls on all stakeholders to address regulatory frameworks gaps, which are acting as barriers towards effective climate adaptation. It analyses the extent to

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The Rising Cost of Climate Change

Jan 20th, 2012 | By

DAWN: In Pakistan, 3.57 billion dollars need to be spent in the coming 18 years to deal with the affects of climate change Pakistan, Guatemala and Russia have been the countries worst hit by climate change in the recent past, with thousands of lives lost to extreme weather events. In addition to being the worst-affected,

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Pakistan Losing $1 Billion Per Day Due to Environmental Degradation

Jan 19th, 2012 | By

Business Recorder: Pakistan is losing cumulatively $1 billion per day due to the environmental degradation while the successive governments have never given serious attention to the issue. This was the crux of the seminar on “Strategic Environmental Assessment – in the context of Framework for Economic Growth – Taking the bull by the horns” organised

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Latest Models `Could Give Asia Ten-Day Flood Warnings

Jan 13th, 2012 | By

Environmental Expert: An ensemble of climate and weather simulations could help developing countries better prepare for extreme events such as tropical cyclones, droughts and floods, scientists have said. Many poorer countries rely on traditional weather forecasting techniques, in which an initial set of weather conditions is fed into a single model to predict future adverse

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List of Natural Disasters and Extreme Weather Makes 2011 the Worst on Record

Jan 13th, 2012 | By

Click Green: A sequence of devastating earthquakes and a large number of weather-related catastrophes made 2011 the costliest year ever in terms of natural catastrophe losses. Estimates of around US$380bn in global economic losses were nearly two-thirds higher than in 2005, the previous record year with losses of $220bn. The earthquakes in Japan in March

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2011 Impact of Climate Change Massive

Jan 12th, 2012 | By

Throughout 2011 we have seen  some of the extreme weather effects of climate change stinging. Global warming means killer storms more worse than Katrina and Gustav, unexpected flooding in Asia, drought in Eastern Europe, unseasonal heavy rains in western Africa. These events  have also reduced crop yields, further hampering the chances of relief. 2012 will

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