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Adaptation to Climate Change will Cost Plenty

Jan 10th, 2012 | By




Japan Times: Rising, warming and increasingly acidic seas threaten the very survival of Pacific island countries. The retreat of glaciers and snowfields in the Himalaya and Tibetan Plateau jeopardize these “water towers” on which 1 billion Asians depend for flows during the dry season and drought years. More than 450 million Asians live within the

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Condition of Glacial Lake Formation

Jan 9th, 2012 | By




Kuenselonline: Environment Large types of glaciers in the Bhutan Himalaya are covered with rock debris at the lower part.  Terminus of those glaciers is surrounded by huge moraines, which were formed by rocks flowing down with glacier ice during the Little Ice Age.  Glaciers have expanded, and their surfaces have reached at the height of

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Thorthormi Lake: Bhutan’s Impending Climate Disaster

Jan 6th, 2012 | By




Mission to reduce chances of glacial lake’s outburst fails to achieve target. The Thorthormi glacial lake in northern Bhutan is considered the country’s likeliest climate-induced disaster. The lake, perched at a height of more than 4,400 metres, is swelling because of melting ice, and is in danger of bursting its wall. Efforts by the Bhutanese

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Rise in Global Disasters Means Rise In Data Backup Solutions

Jan 6th, 2012 | By




On November 18, the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a report, Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters, claiming that scientists are “virtually certain” the world will have more extreme heat spells. By 2050, heat waves could be in the range of 5 degrees hotter, and 9 degrees by 2100. This increase

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Everest Must Be Put on Danger List

Jan 3rd, 2012 | By




Everestindanger: UNESCO committee meets in SA Sir Edmund Hillary has joined environmental campaigners and lawyers in urging the UNESCO World Heritage Committee, who are meeting in Durban, South Africa this week (10-17 July), to place Mount Everest on the UN endangered list because of the impacts of climate change [1]. The World Heritage Convention legally

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Glacier Districts In Bhutan

Jan 3rd, 2012 | By




Kuenselonline: Environment Most of the Bhutanese rivers flow down to the south from the glacierized headwaters. These glacierized areas consist of rocky peaks, streams, lakes, snow and ice, which are breathtakingly beautiful scenery and sometimes hazardous. However, it is difficult to see such landscapes from the foot of the mountain except a few of local

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Climate Debate Takes New Angle

Jan 2nd, 2012 | By




Sunday Morning Herald: CLIMATE change was supposed to be ”the greatest moral challenge of our time”, as the former prime minister Kevin Rudd put it, but it was pigeon excrement that caused headaches for Nigel Jamieson. Inspired by the 2009 Copenhagen climate change conference, Jamieson’s As The World Tipped features a stage that slowly becomes

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How To Head Off Climate-Change Ruin In Asia

Jan 2nd, 2012 | By




Bangkok Post: Rising, warming and increasingly acidic seas threaten the very survival of Pacific island countries. The retreat of glaciers and snowfields in the Himalaya and Tibetan Plateau jeopardise these “water towers” on which one billion Asians depend for dry season and drought year flows. More than 450 million Asians live within the low-elevation coastal

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The Green Apple: How Can Cities Adapt to Climate Change?

Dec 26th, 2011 | By




New York City–and other major metropolises around the globe–face an epic challenge in coping with the impacts of global warming. Here is how climate change could shut down a city: On the morning of August 8, 2007, a thunderstorm paralyzed the largest rail transit system in the U.S.—New York City’s subway—during morning rush hour. Flash

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Time To Learn Some Lessons From The Bangkok Floods

Dec 26th, 2011 | By




Bangkok Post: A city once famous for its extensive network of canals, known locally as khlongs, Bangkok had long since been filled over to make way for an ever-expanding network of roads in this rapidly modernising city of 12 million people. Across the developing world, the pressure on cities to build new industrial, commercial, residential

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Earth Systems Disruption: Does 2011 Indicate the New Normal of Climate Chaos and Conflict?

Dec 23rd, 2011 | By




Mongabay: The year 2011 has presented the world with a shocking increase in irregular weather and disasters linked to climate change. Just as the 2007 “big melt” of summer arctic sea ice sent scientists and environmentalists scrambling to re-evaluate the severity of climate change, so have recent events forced major revisions and updates in climate

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Pakistan Faces Flood Threat: Study

Dec 22nd, 2011 | By




Pakistan has been warned of frequent floods of disastrous nature like the ones that battered the country in 2010 and 2011 in the Indus river owing to rapid glacier retreat and shifting of monsoonal zones by about 100 kilometres towards northwest regions. In a recent communication it sent to the government, the Asian Development Bank

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Pakistan: Universities Must Tackle National Problems

Dec 20th, 2011 | By




University world News: Pakistan has been hit by massive floods many times and once by a severe earthquake that killed more than 100,000 people. These, and numerous other problems the country faces, have raised questions about the role of universities. Concern is growing that most courses taught at universities are irrelevant to Pakistan’s social and

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Migrants Globally Facing Multiple Problems

Dec 17th, 2011 | By




The Nations: Over one billion migrants across the globe have remitted an estimated $ 404 billion in the ongoing year while they face a plethora of problems amid largely negative public opinion and related social, political and economic factors, says an annual report. The World Migration Report 2011, released by the International Organisation for Migration

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Glaciers and Glacial Lakes under Changing Climate in Pakistan

Dec 14th, 2011 | By
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Pakistan Journal of Meteorology: The Himalayas, Karakoram and Hindukush lofty mountain ranges meet each other in Pakistan hosting more than 5000 glaciers in Pakistani geographical limits which feed snow/ice melt water to the Indus River System together with summer monsoon. Due to global warming, frozen water resources have been losing their reserves at an unprecedented

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Himachal Hydro Trading Local Environment For Climate Change-German Study

Dec 4th, 2011 | By
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Hydropower dams in Himalayas, marketed as clean energy that will earn developers cash credits under carbon-offsetting Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) scheme, appear to fall well short of their goals in Himachal Pradesh where global climate change mitigation goals conflicts with local sustainable development, as a study by German researchers has found out. Recently published in

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Why Small Hydropower Beats Big Dams

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

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Political Will And Money Needed For Disaster Management

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

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Wrong Climate For Damming River

Nov 30th, 2011 | By
A new video shows how big dams affect river systems and factor into climate change.  Image courtesy Friends of the Earth/International Rivers/Google




National Geographic: Google Earth Shows How Dams Could Worsen Climate Change. A project of two NGOs highlights far-ranging effects of damming rivers which is a new interactive Google Earth video tour aims to teach people how damming rivers around the world can exacerbate climate change. The video, created by the nonprofit conservation groups International Rivers

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Local Leadership, ICTs, And Climate Change Adaptation

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

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Working In The Himalayas To Prevent Disastrous Flooding

Nov 29th, 2011 | By
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The New York Times: With its massive chalk-white face of ice and snow, Thorthormi glacier in northern Bhutan looms high against a bright blue sky, nearly 4,450 meters above sea level. At the glacier’s base, a wide lake of murky water completes the dramatic scene at the rooftop of the world. But the beauty of

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Himalayan Nations Yet To Break The Ice

Nov 21st, 2011 | By
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IPS: Chungda Sherpa, a former herder from eastern Nepal, has a warning tale ahead of the United Nations climate change conference in Durban. At World Wildlife Fund-Japan’s ‘Climate Witness’ programme in Osaka and Tokyo this month, to apprise communities around the world how climate change is threatening lives and livelihoods, the 48-year-old described how the

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Shattered Himalayas-Dying Ganges

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

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Only 4 of 7 Himalayan Nations Meet For Climate Summit

Nov 19th, 2011 | By
(Channi Anand/Associated Press) - FILE - In this July 19, 2011 file photograph, Indian army soldiers returning from border posts get a briefing at the Siachen Glacier base camp, in Indian Kashmir on the border with Pakistan. Four Himalayan nations, faced with erratic weather and the threat of melting glaciers and catastrophic floods, are hashing out a plan for preserving the vast mountain range and helping millions living in the foothills




Washington Post: Amid regional tensions, only 4 of 7 Himalayan nations meet for climate summit on the mountains. Four Himalayan nations, faced with erratic weather and the threat of melting glaciers and catastrophic floods, are hashing out a plan for preserving the vast mountain range and helping millions living in the foothills cope with climate

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SMS alert of Climate Variation on Crops

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

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Saving The Ganga

Nov 18th, 2011 | By
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Eurasia Review: Time has come to become serious about the future of the river. There is a growing perception that the Ganga might completely dry in next fifty years if no effective action is taken to purify the river, keep the flow of its water intact and control the global warming. There cannot be a

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Climate Change Adaptation Project in Bhutan

Nov 18th, 2011 | By
Glacial lakes in Bhutan's Himalayas as seen from space, from left: Raphstreng Lake, Thorthormi Lake, Luggye Lake, October 2009. (Image by Robert Simmon courtesy NASA Earth Observatory)




UNDP Regional Centre: As a matter of national urgency, the Bhutanese Government – with assistance from an international climate change adaptation fund that was established by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and partner organizations such as the United Nations Development Programme, the Global Environment Facility, the World Wildlife Fund and the Government

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Thimphu poisons river

Nov 15th, 2011 | By
Sanitation Situtation of Wangchu River in Bhutan Photo credit: Kuenselonline




Kuenselonline: The Wangchu river that runs through Thimphu city, Bhutan’s biggest and fastest growing urban centre, is more polluted as it passes through the main town and flows downstream, a report prepared by the National Environment Commission concludes. The report collected data between March last year and April this year, from monitoring sites set up

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Glacier Change, Concentration, and Elevation Effects in the Karakoram Himalaya, Upper Indus Basin

Nov 15th, 2011 | By
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MRD Journal: The Indus River Basin is characterized by downstream areas with the world’s largest irrigation system, providing food and energy security to more than 215 million people. The arid to semiarid basin is classified as a net water deficit area, but it also suffers from devastating floods. Among the four basin countries, Pakistan is

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Promoting adaptation to climate change in Nepal

Nov 12th, 2011 | By
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Practical Action: This briefing focuses on the impact of climate change on Nepal’s rural poor. A great deal has been written  on the challenges of providing clean energy and the risks to urban populations but, as this paper outlines, climate change also has many other consequences. Rural communities, whose livelihoods are intimately tied to the

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Plantation of trees only solution to Asian floods

Nov 12th, 2011 | By
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Business Recorder: The humanitarian emergency caused by the few last months’ devastating floods in Asia is a warning that the situation could get worse, The people affected by this crisis have lost everything, and their difficulties are only just beginning. Two countries Pakistan and Thailand have been badly hit by the disaster. Hundreds of thousands

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How to spot a dodgy study in flood of studies

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

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INR 8.35-cr Anti-erosion project for Brahmaputra

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

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Himalayan Nations: Need to build Resilience to Climate Change Impact

Nov 10th, 2011 | By
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WWF: Himalayan nations must move rapidly to commit to efforts that build resilience to the impacts of climate change and generate resources for adaptation, capacity building and technology transfer. The Himalayan glaciers are the water towers of Asia, and the source of many of the world’s great rivers: The Yangtze, the Ganges, the Indus and

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Climate-Vulnerable Nepal to benefit from ambitious new initiative

Nov 9th, 2011 | By
Women cutting grass. The grasslands are managed by the Community Co-ordination Forest Committee (CFCC). The land was previously grazed on, leaving it barren and bereft of life. Through sustainable management the area has now been regenerated. The CFCC was established with the help of WWF and allows communities to manage their own forests/grasslands in a sustainable manner. Khata, Royal Bardia National Park buffer zone, western Terai, Nepal.




WWF-Nepal: A five-year program to reduce the adverse impacts of climate change and threats to biodiversity in Nepal, was officially launched at a ceremony in Kathmandu on 8 Nov 2011. The Hariyo Ban program is a new investment in biodiversity conservation in Nepal, funded by the US Agency for International Development​ (USAID). The program will

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India loses nearly $18 bn to disasters: UN Expert

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

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Climate change gets left out in the cold

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

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Climate change affects the seasons: autumn doesn’t know if it’s coming or going

Nov 7th, 2011 | By
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Telegraph: And why?” my wife Lucy demanded yesterday as she peeled off her gardening gloves, “are my clematis and roses in full bloom on November 1, and why am I still being bitten by gnats and midges?” Standing in shirt sleeves and muddy-kneed cords, brandishing a pair of secateurs, she sounded cross. “I’m supposed to

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IPCC Report Adds to Studies Tying Climate Change to Extreme Weather

Nov 5th, 2011 | By
Floodwater has arrived at the Lat Phrao intersection, inundating Vibhavadi Rangsit Road in front of the Energy Building complex that houses the Flood Relief Operations Centre (Froc). The government insists it will not move Froc HQ to a flood-free province. Photo by Chanat Katanyu.




WRI: East Coast snowstorms in October. The suburbs of Bangkok under water. Extreme droughts in the Horn of Africa. Such “freak” weather events have dominated headlines for over a year, and with good reason. Now, a new report from the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is making the connections between these extreme weather events

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Leaked new IPCC report focuses on increase of extreme weather events

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

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Climate change linked to extreme weather

Nov 2nd, 2011 | By
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Sunday Morning Herald: A draft UN report three years in the making concludes that man-made climate change has boosted the frequency or intensity of heat waves, wildfires, floods and cyclones and that such disasters are likely to increase in the future. The document being discussed by the world’s Nobel-winning panel of climate scientists says the

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Climate Conversations – Green the economy to check environmental degradation

Oct 29th, 2011 | By
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Alertnet: In Pakistan, environmental degradation is both a cause and consequence of different socio-economic problems including deepening poverty, declining performance of different crops and worsening problems with human and crop diseases. Environmentalists say that a fragile and damaged resource base is a key cause of rising poverty. Degraded land affects agricultural yields and forest resources

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Whose Flood Is It Anyway!

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

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Temperature targets slipping away: study

Oct 28th, 2011 | By
Early warning: models show that the global community needs to reduce carbon emissions now to reach agreed temperature targets by 2020.(Source: iStockphoto)




ABC Science: The international community will not meet agreed temperature targets unless it puts the brakes on current levels of carbon emissions now, warn climate scientists. The team of scientists led by Dr Joeri Rogelj from the Institute for Atmospheric and Climate Science in Zurich, analysed emission scenarios to identify the likelihood of limiting global

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Water use rising faster than world population

Oct 27th, 2011 | By
A woman drinks water as she waits for her turn to draw water from a well near the banks of the dried-up Dharji lake at Dharji village, west of Ahmedabad, May 14, 2011.  Credit: Reuters/Amit Dave/Files




Reuters: Like oil in the 20th century, water could well be the essential commodity on which the 21st century will turn. Human beings have depended on access to water since the earliest days of civilization, but with 7 billion people on the planet as of Oct. 31, exponentially expanding urbanization and development are driving demand

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Asia, Africa megacities top climate change risk survey

Oct 27th, 2011 | By
People wade through knee-deep water on the outskirts of Dhaka, Aug. 10, 2011. REUTERS/Andrew Biraj




Reuters: Rapidly growing megacities in Africa and Asia face the highest risks from rising sea levels, floods and other climate change impacts, says a global survey aimed at guiding city planners and investors. The study by risk analysis and mapping firm Maplecroft, released on Wednesday, comes as the United Nations says the world’s population will

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SERVIR scientist to discuss water impacts at Bhutan Climate Change Summit

Oct 24th, 2011 | By
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SERVIR lead scientist Dr. Ashutosh Limaye, will be presenting a report on preliminary climate study that shows temperature, precipitation, and runoff changes in the Wangchu Basin, site of a major dam in Bhutan. The area SERVIR studied in cooperation with the University of Oklahoma is the Wangchu Basin in western Bhutan. The basin is a

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Pakistan: United we stand!

Oct 19th, 2011 | By
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PakObserver: WHILE Pakistan was still grappling with last year’s devastating floods that marooned one-fifth of the country, it has again been hit by the natural calamity causing devastation of enormous magnitude. According to National Disaster Management Authority, 5.3 million people have been affected by this summer’s heavy rains in 23 districts of Sindh. Of these,

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Slip sliding away: Pakistan declining fast

Oct 18th, 2011 | By
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The Nations: A total lack of seriousness when it comes down to the necessary nitty-gritty of dealing with both the existing and potential catastrophic effects of climate change has pushed Pakistan into a fast descending spiral of utter hopelessness right across the board: A situation exacerbated by political shenanigans, human greed and a dangerously escalating

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The Water Hegemon

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

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Climate change impact and health issues

Oct 17th, 2011 | By
hoals are being submerged under climate change impact. Photo: Emdadul Islam Bitu (L). Growing health hazards are predicted (R).




The Daily Star: Climate Change is ‘increasingly recognized as a public health priority’ according to WHO (2009) and Lancet (2011). Lancet, mentioned that climate change will have its greatest impact on those who already are the poorest in the world, and it will deepen inequities, and the effects of global warming will shape the future

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UN climate talks ‘stupid and endless’ – Maldives

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

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Rivers of ice: Vanishing glaciers

Oct 14th, 2011 | By
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BBC: Stunning images from high in the Himalayas – showing the extent by which many glaciers have shrunk in the past 80 years or so – have gone on display at the Royal Geographical Society in central London. Rivers of Ice: Vanishing Glaciers of the Greater Himalaya can be seen at the RGS in London

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Pakistan floods show Asia’s vulnerability to climate change

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

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Bangladesh 5th most vulnerable country

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

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

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

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A nation of 335 million?

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




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

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

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

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Tibetan Waters: A Source of Cooperation or Conflict?

Oct 4th, 2011 | By
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IDSA: In recent times, the world has witnessed a major surge in regional unrests caused primarily by the shortage of water. Tension builds up between two or more countries when an effort is made by any upper riparian country to control the waterways of transboundary rivers. Factors like population surge, industrialization and other development activities

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The Climate Conundrum: Where does Pakistan stand?

Oct 4th, 2011 | By
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FutureChallanges: Unstable climatic patterns, natural disasters, water scarcity, agricultural destruction and other evidence of environmental degradation is widespread today in most countries of the world. But the high impact of the deadly side of climate change has become much too common in the countries of the deprived. Among the countries worst affected by Climate Change,

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