Snow Loss Rate at Everest Less Than in Alps: Study

Dec 20th, 2013 | By

Republica: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), in its 2007 report, presented the startling projection that the Himalayan glaciers would disappear by 2035 if the earth keeps warming at the current rate. The IPCC report, which apparently lacked sufficient data to substantiate its projection, was criticized by scientists for what they said was an erroneous

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Alaska Glaciers Over The Decades Show Proof of Climate Change

Dec 18th, 2013 | By

Daily Mail: Alaska’s glaciers have radically changed over the past two centuries. One of the methods used to depict the change has been repeat photography – the art of taking a picture and the returning to the same place decades later to take the same picture. Repeat photography is a technique in which a historical

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Everest Glaciers Lose Mass in Winter Too, Says Study

Dec 17th, 2013 | By

Sci Dev Net: Glaciers in the Everest region lose snow in winter as well, rather than accumulate it, says a new ground-based study. The study, conducted for five years since 2007 on Mera and Pokalde glaciers, is one with the longest field observations of annual glacial mass balance in the region and was published in November

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Tree Find Confirms Italian Alpine Melt

Dec 17th, 2013 | By

Climate News Network: It was only a single, withered conifer needle, but it told a dramatic story of climate change. Glaciologists found it in a set of ice cores drilled through a glacier on top of Mount Ortles, in the Italian Alps. It lay about 80 metres below the glacial surface, encased in solid ice, and carbon

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Arctic Gets a Break in 2013, But Warming Still Ongoing

Dec 14th, 2013 | By

USA Today: Although the Arctic caught a break this year with a chilly summer, the region “continues to show evidence of a shift to new warmer, greener state” because of climate change, according to the annual Arctic Report Card issued Thursday by federal scientists. “The relatively cool year in some parts of the Arctic does

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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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Siachen: An Environmental Disaster in The Making

Dec 10th, 2013 | By

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

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Glaciers Set to Halve in Next 100 Years

Nov 24th, 2013 | By

3 News New Zealand: Scientists at Victoria University say that glaciers in the central South Island are melting by 160 metres a year and will more than halve in size by 2100. Their findings have implications for tourism operators who rely on the frozen masses as their income. “The future looks very different. These glaciers will

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Himalayan Tsunami: Climate Change Triggers Deadly Floods Among World’s Highest Peaks

Nov 19th, 2013 | By
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Last summer more than 6,000 died after glacial melt cascaded through valleys. Scientists expect such disasters to become more common. The raging torrent hit in the morning, as Gopal Singh Bhist and his son, a cook and the leader of a pony train, prepared for work. In minutes, the Mandakini river had breached its banks,

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Research Needed To Understand Glaciers’ Complex Behaviour

Sep 11th, 2013 | By
K2-Baltoro Muztagh, Central Karakoram, Pakistan

Tribune: The glaciers in Karakoram ranges are more stable than the ones worldwide but more data and research are needed to understand their complex behaviour. These views were expressed by local and foreign experts at a scientific conference on “Karakoram Resources and Climate Change: Glacier, Water and Ecosystem”, organised by EvK2-CNR — an Italian research

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Focus On Migration: Slow Down Himalayan Construction

Sep 9th, 2013 | By

Last month, India launched a satellite [1], INSAT 3D, that aims to improve early warnings of extreme weather events — such as the devastating floods and landslides that hit the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand in June — and aid search and rescue. Such a satellite could help mitigate future disasters. But along with technological improvements,

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Kedarnath Disaster: Facts And Plausible Causes

Jul 30th, 2013 | By
Chorabari disaster

Current Science: Recent climate changes have had significant impact on high-mountain glacial environment. Rapid melting of snow/ice and heavy rainfall has resulted in the formation and expansion of moraine-dammed lakes, creating a potential danger from dammed lake outburst floods1. On 16 and 17 June 2013, heavy rains together with moraine dammed lake (Chorabari Lake) burst

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The Himalayas Are Changing For The Worse

Jun 16th, 2013 | By

Business Mirror: Residents of Jhirpu Phulpingkatt, a village nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas, about 110 kilometers from Nepal’s capital Kathmandu, are on red alert. As the impacts of climate change batter the towering mountains above them, these villagers on the banks of the Bhote Koshi River have started to dread the sound of

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Microsoft’s Interactive Everest Site Mapping On Climate Change

May 30th, 2013 | By

The Verge: Microsoft is teaming up with GlacierWorks to launch Everest: Rivers of Ice, an interactive website that lets you explore the areas around the world’s tallest mountain. Built entirely in HTML5, Rivers of Ice contains gigapixel panoramas that capture life in the Himalayas, and depict the daunting task for mountaineers wishing to climb 29,000

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Mount Everest’s Glaciers Shrinking At Increasing Rate, Say Researchers

May 27th, 2013 | By
Researchers say they suspect that the decline of snow and ice in the Everest region is a result of changes in global climate. Photograph: Rafal Belzowski/Getty Images

Guardian: Glaciers on or around Everest have shrunk 13% in 50 years with the snow line 180 metres higher than it was 50 years ago. Global warming is melting snow and ice on the world’s highest mountain at an accelerating rate, researchers have claimed. A study by a team led by a Nepali scientist at

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Glaciers Are Melting Slowly-But Surely

May 20th, 2013 | By

CNN: Although hundreds of the world’s glaciers are shrinking fast, far more are losing ice much more slowly, new research has established. But it shows that, almost everywhere, the glaciers are in retreat. Forget, for the moment, the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets: what about all the other stuff? What kind of difference does the

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Scientists Find Extensive Glacial Retreat In Mount Everest Region

May 15th, 2013 | By
A new study finds a decline in snow and ice on Mount Everest (second peak from left) and the national park surrounding it. Credit: Pavel Novak

Cancún, Mexico — Researchers taking a new look at the snow and ice covering Mount Everest and the national park that surrounds it are finding abundant evidence that the world’s tallest peak is shedding its frozen cloak. The scientists have also been studying temperature and precipitation trends in the area and found that the Everest

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Vulnerability To Climate Change In Mid Elevation Mountain Regions

Apr 30th, 2013 | By

Spaceindustrynews: Mid-elevation forests – those between approximately 6,500 to 8,000 feet (1,981 to 2,438 meters) in elevation – are the most sensitive to rising temperatures and changes in precipitation and snowmelt associated with climate change, finds a new University of Colorado Boulder-led study co-funded by NASA. The study looked at how the greenness of Western

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Antarctica Warming-Photo Gallery National Geographic

Apr 24th, 2013 | By

National Geographic: Larsen B Ice Shelf Breakup Over a 35-day period in early 2002, Antarctica’s Larsen B ice shelf lost a total of about 1,255 square miles, one of the largest shelf retreats ever recorded. This image, captured by NASA’s MODIS satellite sensor on February 23, shows the shelf mid-disintegration, spewing a cloud of icebergs

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Antarctic Peninsula’s Thaw Speeds Up

Apr 15th, 2013 | By

CNN: Ice in parts of the Antarctic Peninsula is now melting during the summer faster than at any time in the last thousand years, and the most marked speed-up in the thaw has occurred since 1960, scientists say. Summer ice melt in the Antarctic Peninsula has increased almost 10-fold in the last 600 years,  weakening

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In Sign of Warming, 1,600 Years of Ice in Andes Melted in 25 Years

Apr 8th, 2013 | By
Qori Kalis glacier in Peru 2011

NYTimes: Glacial ice in the Peruvian Andes that took at least 1,600 years to form has melted in just 25 years, scientists reported Thursday, the latest indication that the recent spike in global temperatures has thrown the natural world out of balance. The evidence comes from a remarkable find at the margins of the Quelccaya

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Status Of Glaciers In Hindu Kush Himalayan Region

Apr 4th, 2013 | By
Photo: Glacier work

BioOne: The Hindu Kush–Himalayan (HKH) region encompasses a mountainous area of more than 4,192,000 km2 in the countries of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal, and Pakistan. The region is one of the most dynamic, fragile, and complex mountain systems in the world as a result of tectonic activity and the rich diversity of climates,

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Indo- Swiss Capacity Building Programme on Himalayan Glaciology

Apr 1st, 2013 | By
Glaciers gaining ice

The first meeting of the Indo-Swiss Joint Committee on Science and Technology on 23 September, 2011, at Bern, agreed to establish a development cooperation initiative for capacity building in the field of glaciology and related areas. It was agreed that the Capacity Building on Glaciology and related areas will be coordinated by the Swiss Agency

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How Will Climate Change Affect The Himalayas?

Mar 25th, 2013 | By
Rinchen Zoe plateau, Bhutan Himalaya.  David Putnam

CS Monitor: Almost half of the world gets its water from the Himalayas and other high mountains, but little is known about how global warming will affect these sources. A team of scientists ventured to the roof of the world to investigate. The distribution of water in Asia’s highest mountains and driest deserts tells an

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Why We Should Be Cooling, Not Warming

Mar 9th, 2013 | By
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CNN: Reconstructing the climate over the last 11,000 years shows that the Earth was once warmer than it is now – but that it would still be cooling today without the influence of greenhouse gases. LONDON, 7 March – US scientists have checked climate history for the past 11,300 years and come to one comforting

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Glaciers On The Slide

Mar 5th, 2013 | By
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CNN: If seeing really is believing, then James Balog’s film Chasing Ice is probably prompting a widespread outburst of faith. It shows the graphic evidence of how fast glaciers are melting worldwide. You’d have to worry about James Balog’s knees. He has an operation on one leg and then, for a bit of gentle recuperation,

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Glaciers In The Himalayas Are Retreating-But Why?

Mar 5th, 2013 | By
Mohan Bdr. Chand is at the sharp end of glacier research. A climate researcher at Kathmandu University, Chand is carrying out vital field work, looking at high mountain glaciers as indicators of climate change.
Credit: NASA

Climate Central: One of the Climate News Network’s editors, Kieran Cooke, was among a group of journalists recently investigating the impact of climate change in Nepal and the Himalayas. In the last of his reports from the region he describes the difficulties of establishing why so many of Nepal’s glaciers appear to be shrinking. Mohan

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Climate Change Enhances Risks Of Glacial Lakes Flooding Mountain Communities

Mar 1st, 2013 | By
Estela Pajuelo had to flee her home after a falling chunk of glacier triggered a massive flood. (Photo by Daniel Grossman.)

PRI: Lakes high in the world’s mountains are becoming increasingly dangerous to the towns that have sprouted up near them. The lakes are prone to floods, typically caused when the mountain glaciers that feed them shed a chunk of ice and rock, forcing thousands of gallons over the banks. The hamlet of Carhuaz, in Peru’s

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Climate Change Impact on Cryosphere in Central Southern Himalaya (Nepal)

Feb 11th, 2013 | By

MUW: With the aim of understanding the relation between climate and glacier dynamics, we analyse glacier changes from 1958 to 2011 and meteorological observations from 1992 to 2011, in Sagarmatha (Mt. Everest) National Park, using satellite imagery, maps and insitu field measurements. Multi-temporal satellite products and topographic maps were used for glacier terminus, surface and

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As Glaciers Melt In Himalayas, New Lakes Crop Up

Feb 7th, 2013 | By

The Hindu: Glacier melting over a 47-year period has led to formation of seven new glacial lakes in Chandra-Bagha Basin of western Himalayas Indicating the impact of global warming, glacier melting over a 47-year period has led to formation of seven new glacial lakes in Chandra-Bagha Basin of western Himalayas. Preliminary findings of an ongoing

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Himalayan Glaciers ‘Retreating Substantially’

Feb 4th, 2013 | By

One World SA: Most Himalayan glaciers in Bhutan, China, India and Nepal are retreating, Dr. Arun B. Shrestha, Climate Change Specialist at the Nepal-based inter-governmental regional organisation International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development , told OneWorld UK and this week. Shrestha’s comment comes in the wake of controversy over criticism of a claim made

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Climate Change, Not Grazing, Destroying The Tibetan Plateau

Feb 1st, 2013 | By
In the last 50 years, the average annual temperature in Sanjiangyuan has increased by 0.88℃, and the rate of glacier-loss has accelerated. (Image by Greenpeace)

Chinadialogue: Forcing herders to abandon nomadic way of life failing to stop desertification near the source of the Yellow River, an investigation reveals. Sanjiangyuan – which literally translates as the ‘three river source area’ – feeds China’s mightiest rivers. The 300,000-square kilometre region, high on western China’s Qinghai-Tibetan plateau, provides a quarter of the Yangtze’s

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Werner: Arctic Ice Loss Speeds Warming (Video)

Jan 25th, 2013 | By

Mount HolyOke: Melting Arctic sea ice is no longer just evidence of a rapidly warming planet—it’s also part of the problem. Alan Werner, professor of geology at Mount Holyoke College, said that decreasing amounts of Arctic snow and ice in summer will lead to a greater degree of heat absorption at the North Pole. The

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Glaciers As Proxy To Quantify Spatial Distribution Of Precipitation In Hunza Basin

Jan 17th, 2013 | By
Gangotri glacier-receding

BioOne:  Glaciers as a Proxy to Quantify the Spatial Distribution of Precipitation in the Hunza Basin. Abstract Accurate quantification of the spatial distribution of precipitation in mountain regions is crucial for assessments of water resources and for the understanding of high-altitude hydrology, yet it is one of the largest unknowns due to the lack of

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

Jan 10th, 2013 | By

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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2013 Smart Guide: Arctic Melt Will Spark Weird Weather

Jan 8th, 2013 | By

New Scientist: Melting, rather than warming, is likely to be the big climate issue of 2013. Predictions that a major El Niño warming event – and the coming solar maximum – would help make next year the warmest on record now seem wide of the mark. All eyes will probably be on the Arctic instead.

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Siachen Glacier Shrinking, Says Study

Jan 4th, 2013 | By

Dawn: The Siachen Glacier has been reduced by 5.9km in longitudinal extent between 1989 and 2009 because of rising temperatures, says a study published recently. Human presence at Siachen may also be affecting the neighbouring glaciers of Gangotri, Miyar, Milan and Janapa which feed Ganges, Chenab and Sutlej rivers. The study, Climate Data and Modeling

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

Dec 28th, 2012 | By

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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20th Century Mean Global Sea Level Rise

Dec 27th, 2012 | By

Climate Etc.: On the acceleration of sea level rise, the Gilligan effect, and the garbage solution. Summary: The IPCC should ask the authors of Ch 13 to take a look at the sea level rise part of Ch 3, they seem to have a much better handle on the complexity of the issue.  It looks

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1990 IPCC Report Successfully Predicted Warming, New Study Shows

Dec 11th, 2012 | By

Huffingtonpost: Time has proven that even 22 years ago climate scientists understood the dynamics behind global warming well enough to accurately predict warming, says an analysis that compares predictions in 1990 with 20 years of temperature records. After an adjustment to account for natural fluctuations, the predictions and the observed increases matched up, the current

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The Rivers and Glaciers In Himalaya: Glacier Works

Nov 21st, 2012 | By
Photo: Glacier work

“Once that drop was ice among the great peaks whence the river came; that very same drop may be one of the snow flakes which perhaps a hundred years ago alighted on the highest point of the valley, on the divide of the Zarafshan Pass, fifteen thousand feet above the plain. This is the end,

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Melting In The Andes: Goodbye Glaciers

Nov 8th, 2012 | By

Nature: Researchers are racing to determine how shrinking glaciers in the Andes will affect the water supply of millions of people. From the shade of an adobe house overlooking Peru’s Santa River, Jimmy Melgarejo squints at the dual peaks of Mount Huascarán looming against a cloudless sky. “The snow keeps getting farther away,” says Melgarejo,

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Laying Down Stakes to Measure Glacier Melt

Nov 6th, 2012 | By
Tshewang Rigzin with a newly implanted ablation stake, complete with a vertical array of temperature sensors (the black buttons affixed to the bamboo stake).

The New York Times: Finally, after months of planning, six days of trekking and days of reconnaissance work, on Oct. 5 we found ourselves poised to begin collecting important information that will help us to identify links among glaciers, climate and water resources in Bhutan. On the day after the successful scouting mission to the

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Water Wealth and Energy in the Indian Himalayas

Oct 31st, 2012 | By
Silk rout

Kelly D. Alley: The Himalayas is a place of majesty where glaciers hug the world’s tallest mountains, snow melt and precipitation combine to form the water of many vibrant river systems, and millennia of cultural and linguistic diversity guide human life ways. The Silk Roads of the past navigated this complex region and laid pathways

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Tracking Glaciers In Hindu Kush Himalayan Region

Oct 25th, 2012 | By

University of Dayton: NASA has awarded nearly $1 million to a team of researchers that includes University of Dayton geology professor Umesh Haritashya to study potential hazards caused by changes to glaciers in the Hindu Kush-Himalaya region. The University of Dayton will receive $358,542 of the grant, with the balance going to the University of

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Rewriting Himalayan History: Ancient Oceans On The Top Of The World

Oct 18th, 2012 | By
rewritinghim.phys org The Himalayas could be 20 million years younger than we think, according to ongoing research at the University of Sydney’s School of Geosciences. The Indian subcontinent may have collided with Eurasia and produced the Himalayas much later than geology textbooks currently claim, the University of Sydney’s Head of the School of Geosciences, Professor Jonathan

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Himalayan Glaciers Debate: Melting Or Growing?

Oct 18th, 2012 | By

Scidevnet: Satellite images are making the fate of the Himalayan glaciers clearer, but not that of the people who live downstream, finds Smriti Mallapaty. Satellite observations are providing a clearer picture of changes in the glaciers on the world’s tallest mountain range — but there’s still not enough information to answer a vital question: how

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Glaciers Cracking In The Presence Of Carbon Dioxide

Oct 12th, 2012 | By
Glacier antarctica telegraph

Eureka Alert: The well-documented presence of excessive levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) in our atmosphere is causing global temperatures to rise and glaciers and ice caps to melt. New research, published October 11, in IOP Publishing’s Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics, has shown that CO2 molecules may be having a more direct impact on

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Climate Change, Tourism Threatening Yunnan’s Mountains

Oct 10th, 2012 | By
Asia one-meilisnowmountains

Asia One News: A combination of climate change and booming tourism could cause famous mountain spots in Southwest China’s Yunnan province to lose their snow, authorities and experts have warned. Rising temperatures in recent years have steadily pushed the snow line on Meili Snow Mountain in the Diqing Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture to higher altitudes. Mingyong

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Himalayan Glaciers Melt Rate Is Uncertain – More Consistent Data Needed

Oct 8th, 2012 | By
Gangotri glacier-receding

Cabiblog: Around 1.3 billion people in the Himalayan river basins rely on both snowmelt water from glaciers and monsoon waters to sustain their livelihoods. In fact, seasonal snowmelt water from the Himalayan glaciers is one of the main sources of freshwater reserves that directly sustain people living in the region, especially in arid and semi-arid

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UN Urged To Create Global Fund For Disaster Prevention

Oct 5th, 2012 | By
MDG : NIGER :  Flooding in Niamey

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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Pakistan And Climate Change and Challange

Oct 2nd, 2012 | By
Pakistan CC-FP

DAWN/Foreign Policy: GLOBAL warming is the increase in the temperature of the earth’s near-surface air and that of the temperature of oceans. This rise in the temperature will cause the sea level to rise. This will increase the intensity of the occurrence of extreme weather events, leading to a change in agricultural productivity, trade, water

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Nepal: Country At The Top Of The World Has Had More Than Fair Share Of Tragedies

Oct 1st, 2012 | By
Nepal tragidy-telegraph

Telegraph UK: The high number of adventurers drawn to Nepal to climb the world’s highest mountains has led to more than its fair share of tragedies. The high number of adventurers drawn to Nepal to climb the world’s highest mountains has led to more than its fair share of tragedies.At least nine foreign tourists died

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Climate Change: Senators Alarmed By Deforestation In The Country

Oct 1st, 2012 | By
deforestion pakistan

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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Climate Change And Alpine Flora In Sikkim Himalaya

Oct 1st, 2012 | By
Corydalis meifolia-Sikkim For the past three decades; there is a popular aphorism that “The global warming is the end result of climate change”. Melting of glaciers; rising of sea levels and increasing temperatures at global level have caused visible effects in the Himalayan region also and the subject of my study has been to identify the

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Measuring Glacier Change In The Himalayas

Sep 29th, 2012 | By
Gangotri glacier

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
HKH photo

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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Building Resilience To Disaster In Western Balkans and Turkey

Sep 28th, 2012 | By
Kackar mountain turkey

Prevention Web: The United Nations, European Commission and national authorities have launched a new project in the Western Balkans and Turkey that will reduce disaster risks and increase resilience to climate change. The project launch is planned for 30 August in Zagreb, Croatia and it is aimed at high-level participants from disaster management authorities and

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The Global Challenge of Climate Change

Sep 25th, 2012 | By
Okhimath Disaster-Gajendra Rautela1

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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Nepal Avalanche Caused By Recent Heavy Snow Fall: Experts

Sep 25th, 2012 | By
Glaciers gaining ice Experts in climate change and the changing environment of the Himalayan region said Sunday’s avalanche that left at least nine dead and five others missing in northern Nepal was caused by large quantity of soft snow that had piled up since Sept. 14. “In the past three days, the mercury went on increasing in

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