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New Paper Predicts Less 21st Century Warming Than IPCC

Jan 11th, 2012 | By




Hockystick: A paper published today in Geophysical Research Letters predicts less 21st century ‘greenhouse’ warming than the IPCC [transient climate response of 1.3-1.8C with a midpoint of 1.5C vs. IPCC’s 1-3C with a midpoint of 2C]. GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH LETTERS, VOL. 39, L01704, 5 PP., 2012 doi:10.1029/2011GL050226 Key Points Estimates of TCR and 21st century warming are

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Sceptic Offers Top Dollar For Climate Change Deniers

Jan 9th, 2012 | By




Himalayan Times: Claims glacial retreat is not happening. Ask a question about melting glaciers and pocket $500. “Glacier-hard cash in your pocket… all you have to do is attend a movie screening, ask a question and send us a video,” Steven Milloy, climate change denier wrote on the US-based website junkscience.com. After the US Department

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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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Himalayan Blunder: Perils of Relying on ‘Grey Literature’

Jan 5th, 2012 | By




Deccan Herald: Because of the high political and economic stakes involved in climate change, the research limitations that lead to an erroneous conclusion like the vanishing of Himalayan glaciers, won’t be taken lightly. But these are only natural in research process. As an editorial in the January 21 issue of ‘Nature’ suggests, “Climate science like

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Longest Himalayan Glacier Melting Away at Rapid Pace

Jan 4th, 2012 | By




Everest Journal: Ngozumpa glacier in Nepal is melting away at a rapid pace and retreating at its edges because of global warming. The Nepalese Himalayas have been warming considerably more than the global mean temperature in recent decades. Glaciers in most of the region are showing signs of shrinking, thinning, and retreating, which is giving

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In Himalayas Assessing Climate Threats To Ice And Water Supply

Jan 4th, 2012 | By




The Earth Institute: In many ways, the tiny, landlocked eastern Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan sits apart from the modern world; its rugged landscapes cradle swift-flowing rivers, expansive old-growth forests and hundreds of glaciers. Combining selective modernization with ancient traditions, it is the only country that uses Gross National Happiness as a metric for success. But

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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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Shared Waters And Glacial Melt

Jan 2nd, 2012 | By




Dawn: This month’s prospective meeting of the Abu Dhabi Dialogue Group comprising seven states sharing the rivers rising in the Greater Himalayas would be a watershed event as the group is expected to adopt a joint initiative to minimise the impact of glacial melt. The group comprises Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India and Nepal.

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In China There Are No Hockey Sticks

Dec 30th, 2011 | By




Watts Up With That: Chinese 2485 year tree ring study shows sun or ocean controls climate, temps will cool till 2068. A blockbuster Chinese study of Tibetan Tree rings by Lui et al 2011 shows, with detail, that the modern era is a dog-standard normal climate when compared to the last 2500 years. The temperature,

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Reality Check: Glaciers Of The Karakoram Himalaya

Dec 30th, 2011 | By




Since the late 1990s Karakoram Himalayan glaciers have stabilized and, in the high Karakoram, advanced while total snow cover has also been increasing in the high Karakoram. Reference Hewitt, K. 2011. Glacier change, concentration, and elevation effects in the Karakoram Himalaya, upper Indus Basin. Mountain Research and Development 31: 188-200. Background The author writes that “in

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Taking the Pulse of Ngozumpa

Dec 27th, 2011 | By




BBC: Ngozumpa Glacier in Nepal snakes away from the sixth highest mountain in the world, Cho Oyo. It’s not the greatest glacier to look at – far from it. It’s smothered in a layer of rocky debris that’s fallen from the surrounding cliffs, giving it a very grey, dirty appearance. But Ngozumpa is generating a

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Retreat of Glaciers Makes Some Climbs Tougher

Dec 26th, 2011 | By




The New York Times: Three decades ago, when Mick Fowler climbed the north face of the Eiger in the Swiss Alps, he used crampons and ice axes to haul himself up sheer walls of snow and ice. Nowadays, during a hot summer, “you’ll find virtually no snow and ice on its face — none,” he

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Scaling Heights Across The Northern Frontiers

Dec 24th, 2011 | By




Bhutan Today: Spearheaded by the Department of Geology and Mines (DGM), the government, to cope up with the changing climate scenario, has carried out numerous mitigation measures to curb any disaster in waiting – including GLOFS. According to sources from DGM most of the major river basins in Bhutan are categorized as debris cover glacier

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New Study Adds Twist To Himalayan Glacier Row

Dec 22nd, 2011 | By




Livemint (Republished from Dec 2010 Report): In what could revive controversy over the state of glaciers in the Himalayas, researchers associated with the Indian Space Research Organisation​ (Isro) and the government-run Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology suggest that aerosols such as soot—tiny particles that are often the result of insufficiently burnt gases—may be playing a

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In Himalayas, Assessing Climate Threats to Water

Dec 22nd, 2011 | By




The Earth Institute Columbia University: Bhutan’s Melting Glaciers May Affect Farming, Hydropower, Floods In many ways, the tiny, landlocked eastern Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan sits apart from the modern world; its rugged landscapes cradle swift-flowing rivers, expansive old-growth forests and hundreds of glaciers. Combining selective modernization with ancient traditions, it is the only country that

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NASA: Climate Change Leads to Enormous Ecosystem Shifts – 40% of Biomes Flip This Century

Dec 21st, 2011 | By




Bits of Science: The results of studies that try to quantify the effects of climate change on biodiversity loss which include damage to the micro scale level of subspecies and genetic variation are perhaps most shocking. When however you focus on the response to climate change at the macro level, the ecosystem level, you get

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Ecosystems Shift as Climate Changes

Dec 20th, 2011 | By




TG Daily: By 2100, nearly 40 percent of land-based ecosystems – forest, grassland or tundra, for example – will have moved from one type to another. According to a modeling study from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the California Institute of Technology, global climate change will modify plant communities covering almost half of Earth’s land

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Colorado University Researchers Wade Into Effect Of Shrinking Himalayan Glaciers on Asia’s Water Supply

Dec 19th, 2011 | By




Denverpost: The U.S. government is deploying Colorado scientists to lead a $5.4 million effort to gauge the impact of shrinking Himalayan glaciers on water supplies across Asia. The question: Are rivers that sustain more than 2 billion people fed primarily by water from rainfall, by seasonal snowmelt or by the glaciers that are vulnerable to

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Caught on Video: A Himalayan Glacier Deflates

Dec 16th, 2011 | By




Scientific American: Interior lakes drain and refill with melting ice in mere days. Himalayan glaciers are melting and retreating at their edges because of global warming. But they also conceal a more ominous effect of climate change: they are deflating. They are losing internal ice mass to melting, which can substantially hasten their disappearance. Scientists

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High Glaciers Safe From Warming

Dec 16th, 2011 | By




IPS- Global warming will melt far less of the glaciers of Central Asia than of those in other mountain ranges, shielding the people who depend on them for water from the effects of climate change for several decades at least, scientists say. The mountains in and around the Himalayas are so high, unlike in the

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History Vanishes with Melting Himalayan Glacier

Dec 16th, 2011 | By




A half-century record of history has melted away from the Naimona’nyi glacier in southwestern Tibet, highlighting the changes coming to glaciers across the Himalayas. Ice cores from glaciers capture a detailed history of the atmosphere and climate from the time when the snow and ice fell. They record dust, ash and even minute amounts of

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Studying Glaciers At The Top Of The World

Dec 15th, 2011 | By




SciDevNet: A string of high-altitude research stations across Asia could shed light on how climate change is affecting one of the world’s largest ice masses. Spearheaded by the Institute of Tibetan Plateau Research, part of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the initiative is building state-of-the-art research facilities across South Asia, including in Nepal, Pakistan and

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Kashmir’s Abandoned Glaciers

Dec 15th, 2011 | By




Chinadialogue: Shelving a vital project to monitor melting Himalayan ice will impede our ability to understand these changes and prepare for the consequences, argues Athar Parvaiz. “The news comes in spite of a consensus among climate scientists that, for reliable information to be gathered, Himalayan glaciers need to be monitored for at least two decades.”

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Rivers of Ice: Vanishing Glaciers (Photo)

Dec 15th, 2011 | By




BBC News SA: 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. Between 2007 and 2010, David Breashears retraced the steps of early photographic pioneers such as

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Half Century Of History Melts With Glacier’s Passing

Dec 14th, 2011 | By




CBS News: A half-century record of history has melted away from the Naimona’nyi glacier in southwestern Tibet, highlighting the changes coming to glaciers across the Himalayas. Ice cores from glaciers capture a detailed history of the atmosphere and climate from the time when the snow and ice fell. They record dust, ash and even minute

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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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Climate Change A Reality: Durban Takes On Equity And Glaciers In Himalaya

Dec 9th, 2011 | By
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K N Vajpai: This UN conference on climate change (COP) remained a place where the people from around the world discuss, debate and come to a conclusion on various confronting issues our communities  face around the world on climate change. In this note I am  trying to discuss three important aspects of this conference on

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Global Warming Has No Impact on Himalayas Claims Wadia Director

Dec 9th, 2011 | By




Hindustan Times: Senior scientists at the Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology (WITG), Dehradun, Uttarakhand (India) has rejected the Global Warming Theory and told that the Himalayas are quite safer zone on earth, where Global Warming has no role in controlling the conditions. In an exclusive chat with HT, Director WIHG Dr AK Dubey has said

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IPCC’s Dr Pachauri: Himalayan Glaciers Are Undoubtedly Melting

Dec 8th, 2011 | By




The Telegraph: Dr Rajendra Pachauri, the head of the international scientific body on climate change, has said the Himalayan glaciers were “undoubtedly” melting. Speaking at the latest round of UN talks on tackling global warming, Dr Pachauri, chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), said more research was needed on the state of

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Three Quarters Of Climate Change Is Man-Made

Dec 7th, 2011 | By




Nature: Independent study quantifies human influence on global warming. Natural climate variability is extremely unlikely to have contributed more than about one-quarter of the temperature rise observed in the past 60 years, reports a pair of Swiss climate modellers in a paper published online today. Most of the observed warming — at least 74 %

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Climate Research Bolsters ‘Action’ Call To UN Talks

Dec 5th, 2011 | By




BBC News: As ministers begin arriving at the UN climate talks in South Africa, new science is showing the challenges they face in trying to curb global warming. Using a new methodology, a Swiss team has calculated that about three-quarters of the warming seen since 1950 is down to human influences. A second report says

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Climate Change Impact on World’s Highest Mountains-Report

Dec 5th, 2011 | By




ICIMOD Nepal (Durban): Findings from the most comprehensive assessment to date on climate change, snow and glacier melt in Asia’s mountainous Hindu Kush-Himalayan (HKH) region—site of Mount Everest and many of the world’s tallest peaks—highlight the region’s extreme vulnerability to climate change, as rising temperatures disturb the balance of snow, ice and water, threatening millions

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Durban Climate Conference: Analysis of the Coming Failure

Dec 3rd, 2011 | By
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Consider the following: In October the Berkeley Earth project released the comprehensive results of a scientific study illustrating how temperature has changed since the 1800’s.  The study, backed in part by arch climate-deniers Koch Industries, was a systematic attempt to allay any doubts anyone might have that climate change is happening and is a direct

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Climate Change: Kashmiri Farmers Left High And Dry

Dec 2nd, 2011 | By
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Reuters: Sammad Sheikh of Tangchekh village in north Kashmir cannot understand why the rice fields that his family cultivated for generations are drying up. “It is a mystery as to why water is getting scarcer in summers,” he says. “This has been happening for the past few years though there have been one or two

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Cabinet Nod To India’s Tough Stance At Climate Talks

Dec 2nd, 2011 | By
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Hindustan Times: The union cabinet on Thursday approved India’s tough stance on climate change issues despite rural development minister Jairam Ramesh cautioning against the country being seen as a “deal breaker” at the Durban climate talks. Environment minister Jayanthi Natarajan had proposed at the cabinet headed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh that India should not

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Glaciers Move From Himalayas To Closer Home- A Success Story

Dec 2nd, 2011 | By
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The WeekEnd Leader: He made the glaciers move from the Himalayas and come closer home. By bringing glaciers to his village, Norphel Chewang helped Ladakh farmers till the land in summer – a privilege nature denied them. While Mahesh Bhatt captures the fabulous images in his camera, Anita Pratap catches up with the engineer. Chewang

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UN Climate Talks See ‘Delayer Countries’ Throw Away The 2C Goal

Dec 2nd, 2011 | By
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The goal of holding global warming to 2C will be missed if the world’s largest economies insist on delaying negotiations. When psychologists identified the phenomenon of cognitive dissonance – the ability to believe two contradictory things at the same time – they might have been describing the world of international climate change negotiations. Only this

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Efforts To Preserve Nature: Soham Baba Takes Himalaya

Dec 1st, 2011 | By
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Soham Baba, leader of the Soham Baba Mission Foundation, says more efforts are needed to preserve nature than to destroy it. Speaking at the Inkosi Luthuli International Convention Centre, he stressed that climate change effects have drastically changed the livelihoods of the Himalayas. He vows to continue fighting on behalf of the indigenous people, saying

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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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Europe Starts Climate Talks With Kyoto Doublespeak

Nov 30th, 2011 | By
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Hindustan Times: As new reports highlighted devastating impact of climate change and record increase in global warming causing carbon emissions, the divide between the developed and developing nations became apparent as global climate talks kick-started in Durban on Monday. At the onset of conferencecoined as ‘Momentum of Change’, South African President Jacob Zuma pointed out

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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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Politics Of Climate Change: Sunita Narain (Video)

Nov 29th, 2011 | By
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Sunita Narain of Centre for Science and Environment, talks about Climate Change and the global politics that is taking place in ongoing meetings like Durban (CoP 17). Her discourse is about the government actions, regional issues and further marginalization of the poor in developing countries of South Asia. She also talks about the actions underway

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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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Tibet Vulnerable To Climate Change, Says Karmapa

Nov 29th, 2011 | By
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Two Circles: Tibet is highly vulnerable to climate change and what happens there matters greatly to the rest of mainland Asia, the 17th Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje, who is the third most important Tibetan religious head, says in a yet-to-be-published write-up. “It’s an unfortunate fact that the temperature of the Tibetan plateau is increasing faster

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Climate Change- India’s Stand

Nov 25th, 2011 | By
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Zee News: Global climate change and its profound implication on the biological system- is much more evident than ever before – the extreme weather conditions like scorching heat, floods, droughts, storms, epidemics, extinction of species validates the fact that climate change as a phenomenon can no more be ignored – and that, it’s because of

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CLIMATE CHANGE: A Guide to The IPCC’s Take On Extreme Events

Nov 25th, 2011 | By
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IRIN- Did the heatwave of summer 2003, which killed at least 30,000 people in Europe, have anything to do with climate change? And were the 2010 floods in Pakistan, which affected more than 20 million people, linked to a warming climate? Various studies have attempted to examine the links between extreme weather events and climate

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Glacier Lakes: Growing Danger Zones In The Himalayas

Nov 24th, 2011 | By
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Guardian: Fears rise of huge outburst flooding in the Himalayas as glaciers melt due to climate change. It’s strangely calming to watch the Imja glacier lake grow, as chunks of ice part from black cliffs and fall into the grey-green lake below. But the lake is a high-altitude disaster in the making – one of

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Developing Solutions For sustainable Water Management

Nov 23rd, 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




SciDevNet: This policy brief, published by the International Project Office of the Global Water System Project and produced to inform the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), outlines how scientists and policymakers can advance water security by focusing on interdisciplinary research, and ensuring that all stakeholders are involved in developing sustainable solutions to water problems.

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India’s Urgent Need for Climate Adaptation Measures

Nov 23rd, 2011 | By




NRDC: The highly anticipated report by the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) directly linking climate change and extreme weather was released on Friday.  This report follows last month’s release of a statement from medical experts worldwide warning that climate change, and its resulting extreme weather, poses the “greatest threat to public health.” Both

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Pachauri’s Rhetoric vs Reality

Nov 23rd, 2011 | By
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MND: Rajendra Pachauri, chairman, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, 2008: we carry out an assessment of climate change based on peer-reviewed literature, so everything that we look at and take into account in our assessments has to carry [the] credibility of peer-reviewed publications, we don’t settle for anything less than that. [source – see bottom

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New Release Of Climate Emails

Nov 23rd, 2011 | By
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BBC: A new batch of emails and other documents from the University of East Anglia’s (UEA) Climatic Research Unit has been released on the internet. There are more than 5,000 emails, while other documents include working papers relating to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). A similar release in 2009 triggered the “ClimateGate” affair

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Human Induced Global Warming Requires Long-Term Study

Nov 22nd, 2011 | By
A glacier field is seen near K2 in the Chinese province of Xinjiang during the summer of 2000. Researchers in Beijing warned this week of "drastic" glacier melt in southwest China. Credit: Spigel Online Photo Gallery




Times of India: Isolating the human imprint on global warming amid natural climate fluctuations requires long-term analysis and not short term studies, satellite data reveals. The data indicates that the lower troposphere (up to eight km above the earth’s surface) has warmed roughly by 17 degrees Celsius since the beginning of satellite temperature records in

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Painting A Mountain To Save The Planet

Nov 22nd, 2011 | By
The mountain near Parco's village, 100 km west of the town of Ayacucho in Peru. (Photo: Nick Pattinson)




Deccan Herald: Some time back, a lot of heat was generated over the controversial UN panel report on the melting of the Himalayan glaciers.  This case study is from Andes, where a project on Painting mountains with White is going to be considered as solution. While the report on climate change warned that Himalayan glaciers

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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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Himalaya – Interactive Web Maps By SERVIR

Nov 21st, 2011 | By
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The SERVIR Web Mapper allows you to access and display data or functionality from several external sources to create a new service. Using the Web Mapper interface, you can choose specific data sets and information products by type and date, display them on a base map, and further manipulate them for analysis. If a layer

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Four Himalayan Nations Agree On Climate Adaptation Plan

Nov 21st, 2011 | By
The Honourable Prime Minister of Bhutan (President of the Bhutan Climate Summit Secretariat) with the head of delegations




The Bhutan Climate Summit for A Living Himalayas was successfully convened in Thimphu on 19 Nov 2011. Presided over by the Honourable Prime Minister of Bhutan, Lyonchhoen Jigmi Y Thinley; Environment Ministers from the four countries of Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal adopted a declaration on behalf of their Governments wherein a regional ‘framework of

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Pachauri-The Little Man Who Told Big Whoppers

Nov 21st, 2011 | By
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MSN: Rajendra Pachauri has been the chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change (IPCC) since 2002. In the words of an InterAcademy Council report released last year, he is “the leader and the face” of this organization. The behaviour of the IPCC’s chairman, therefore, tells us a great deal about whether the IPCC is

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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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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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