Migration Merits Place in Mainstream of Climate Debate

Dec 24th, 2014 | By

Among all the statistics about temperature increase, polar melting and sea level rise associated with a warming world, the impact on hundreds of millions of people forced to leave their homes due to climate change is often not fully considered. But the International Organization for Migration (IOM), an intergovernmental body set up in the early

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Tackling Global Warming: Climate Change Driving Migration to Urban Areas, Says Speakers

Dec 14th, 2014 | By

The Pathways to Resilience in Semi-Arid Economies (PRISE) countries have poor healthcare and educational conditions and high population growth, poverty and urbanisation rates. Rural-urban migration is becoming one of the most obvious factors induced by climate change, which is profoundly changing the society as whole in Pakistan. These views were expressed by speakers at a

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Migration Seen Through the Prism of Climate Change

Sep 4th, 2014 | By

Dawn: Sounding alarm bells of almost apocalyptic magnitude, scientists and climatologists are saying that it would impact natural resources directly, making some parts of the world virtually uninhabitable. This, inevitably, would result in mass movement of human tide. Norwegian minister of foreign affairs, Jonas Gahr Støre affirmed that back in 2011 at theNansen Conference on Climate

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Adapt or Survive? How Migration Creates Climate Resilience

Jun 27th, 2014 | By

International Refugee Day last weekend marked the end of a week of tragedy. A Roma teenager beaten to within an inch of his life, and a woman stabbed to death in Essex for being a Muslim. The UN Refugee agency announced that Refugee numbers are now the highest they’ve been since World War II. The

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City Experts Leading Project to Save Communities at Risk of Climate Change

Apr 16th, 2014 | By

Experts in Southampton are leading a project to help save communities that could be in jeopardy because of the devastating effects of climate change. Researchers at the University of Southampton are at the forefront of an international £13m project to understand the effects of climate change on people living in deltas in South Asia and Africa. It

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Climate Change: Experts for National Migration Policy

Feb 28th, 2014 | By

The Express Tribune: Pakistan urgently requires a national migration policy to pre-empt and mitigate any significant migration trends caused by changes in climate, according to climate experts. They were speaking on Wednesday at the launch of a study conducted by LEAD Pakistan, an environmental and development NGO, said a press release A large number of

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Focus on Migration: How Best to Rebuild After Disaster

Jan 11th, 2014 | By

Sci Dev Net: For the millions of Filipinos displaced by Typhoon Haiyan, the New Year is a time to rebuild their houses and livelihoods. Many people are returning to their ravaged neighbourhoods to erect “weaker, leakier and sometimes rotting versions” of their old homes, as The Washington Postreports. Due to its location in the Pacific Ocean, the Philippines

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Migration is a Solution to Climate Change, Not a Threat to Security

Nov 24th, 2013 | By

How to deal with the impact of climate change is front and centre at international climate talks in Warsaw, with a fund for “losses and damages” caused by climate change to developing nations on the table. As climate action shifts away from mitigation to adaptation, we need to look at all the options. One option

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$10 Billion For Climate Resilience?

Sep 13th, 2013 | By

Trust: The World Meteorological Organization branded 2001-2010 as “a decade of climate extremes”. Over that decade, the yearly average number of severe storms with ‘names’ was 25 percent more than the average of 1981-2010. This surely indicates a severe decade ahead of us. The United Nations’ Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction (GAR) 2013

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Agreement Inked For Stimulating Biodiversity Friendly Products

Sep 9th, 2013 | By
A man clears a water channel at a cauliflower field on the outskirts of Quetta, Pakistan, on October 14, 2011. REUTERS/Naseer Ahmed

Pak Observer: IUCN Pakistan and the Climate Change Division, Government of Pakistan signed an Agreement in Islamabad during the GEF Global Environmental Facility Steering Committee meeting. Representatives from all provinces and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) were also present at the ceremony. Under this agreement, activities will focus on stimulating market demand for biodiversity friendly

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Pashmina Withers On The Roof Of The World

Sep 9th, 2013 | By
Pashmina in Kashmir

IPS: The famed pashmina shawl that keeps the cold away – in style and at a price – could itself have become the victim of winter. Thousands of goats whose fine wool is weaved into pashmina have perished in extreme cold being associated with climate change. Pashmina is drawn from Changra goats found in Ladakh

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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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Has Everest Been Good For Nepal’s Development?

May 30th, 2013 | By

Guardian: Dawa Steven Sherpa is the new face of Nepal. Born in Khumjung, a village just 12 miles from Everest, he is in his 20s, speaks five languages, has a business degree from a British university, and is the director of a highly successful trekking and guiding company based in Kathmandu. He has climbed Everest

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9.6m Bangladeshis Bound To Be Displaced By 2050

May 30th, 2013 | By
Photo credit: Srabani Roy's  trip to Bangladesh

AsiaOne: Around 9.6 million people in Bangladesh will be bound to migrate domestically or internationally due to climate change by 2050, said a study. Displacement and short-term internal migration are the most sensitive effects of climate change, according to the study, titled “Climate Change-Related Migration in Bangladesh”. People will migrate for longer periods to earn

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Why Are We Not Winning The War Against Climate Change

May 27th, 2013 | By
Okhimath Disaster-Jagdish kohli-6

Antonio M. Claparols (Philippines): Think about it. Ours is a country so rich with natural resources, strategically located at the center of the Coral Triangle and blessed with species of which only  10-20% are said to be discovered. Imagine how many of the undiscovered species may have gone extinct and how the discovered ones are

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Climate Disasters Displace Millions Of People Worldwide

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

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

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How Many Nepalis Know About Climate Change

May 21st, 2013 | By

Stephen Bailey: You need a bit of height to appreciate the size of a brick factory. You need to get close to appreciate the human cost. From a hill over Duwakot you can see people labouring in the grey mud beneath the towering chimney.  Down in the factory you can see the weather beaten faces,

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Time To Adapt To Climate Change in Biggest Cities

May 20th, 2013 | By

RTCC: The world’s largest cities are feeling the effects of climate change and are leading efforts to adapt to them. That is according to the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group that includes London, New York, Cairo and Sao Paulo. Terri Wills, director of global initiatives at C40, told RTCC that the group has had to

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Fleeing Drought

May 17th, 2013 | By
Dheye Village in Nepal

D+C: The impacts of climate change make the poorest people on earth suffer more than others. This is evident in Mustang, a northern district of Nepal. Entire villages are thinking of relocating because water scarcity is getting worse. Swiss researchers assessed the options. Mustang is a tough place to live because of desert-like drought, freezing

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Learning Curve Of Assessing Economics Of Climate Change In Nepal

Apr 15th, 2013 | By
Namche Bazaar, Nepal Source: Wikipedia

CDKN: Dr. Govinda Nepal, IDS-Nepal, reflects at the half way point of a project in Nepal which is calculating the economic cost of climate change in key sectors on what the team has learnt so far Which climate risk screening tool is the most appropriate for Nepal? What questions does an Investment and Financial Flow

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USD 3.3 Million Grant To Offset Climate Change Effects In Nepal

Apr 9th, 2013 | By

EBA: The government of Nepal, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) jointly launched the ‘Ecosystem based Adaptation in mountain ecosystem in Nepal (EbA)’ Project on the 16th August 2012. The project aims at implementing an emerging approach to help people to adapt to

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What Happens In Nepal Doesn’t Stay In Nepal

Apr 8th, 2013 | By
Nepal status

Life had been good for Sunyali Majhi, a farmer in Dolalghat, a small village about 50 kilometres from landlocked Nepal’s Kathmandu. She harvested enough rice to sell and feed her brood at home. But the portions have been getting smaller, the financial squeeze tighter. In the shade of a Peopaal tree, Sunyali and her children

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The Past & Present Of Indian Environmentalism

Apr 1st, 2013 | By

The Hindu: Polluted skies, dead rivers, disappearing forests and displacement of peasants and tribal are what we see around us 40 years after the Chipko movement started On the 27th of March 1973 — exactly 40 years ago — a group of peasants in a remote Himalayan village stopped a group of loggers from felling

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Developing Nations To Pioneer System To Track Climate Adaptation

Mar 26th, 2013 | By
A school boat in Bangladesh – an innovative response to rising sea levels? IIED is helping develop new systems for tracking efforts to adapt to climate change. Photo: G.M.B. Akash/PANOS

IIED: New systems for tracking the social impacts of efforts to adapt to climate change could soon be in place in Africa and South Asia. Working with policy and research partners in these regions, the International Institute for Environment and Development (with partners Adaptify and Garama 3C Ltd) has designed a framework and tools that

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Climate Change Now Seen As Security Threat Worldwide

Mar 25th, 2013 | By
Courtesy of the American Security Project

IPS News: Defence establishments around the world increasingly see climate change as posing potentially serious threats to national and international security, according to a review of high-level statements by the world’s governments released here Thursday. The review, “The Global Security Defense Index on Climate Change: Preliminary Results,” found that nearly three out of four governments

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Pakistan-Italy Join Hands To Identify Adaptive Measures

Mar 19th, 2013 | By
Pakistani flood affected villagers carry relief supplies through floodwaters in Ghozo village, Sindh province on September 24, 2010. Torrential rain began falling in northern Pakistan in July and the floods have since moved slowly south, wiping out villages and farmland, and affecting an area roughly the size of England. The UN estimates that there are currently 1.2 million people in 6,300 camps and settlements across Pakistan with more than 80 percent of them in Sindh. Some 21 million people have been affected by floods that have ravaged Pakistan, according to UN figures, including 12 million who need emergency food aid. AFP PHOTO/RIZWAN TABASSUM (Photo credit - RIZWAN TABASSUM/AFP/Getty Images)

Tribune: Pakistan’s only dedicated climate change research centre is going to partner with Italian experts to identify climate change adaptation measures. The Global Change Impact Studies Centre (GCISC), which recently became an autonomous body by act of parliament, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Ev-K2-CNR, an Italian research organisation that has worked in Pakistan’s

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Ancient Waterways Bend To Climate Change

Mar 19th, 2013 | By
Arunachal Pradesh river community of Dirang. Climate change has caused some rivers in the Indian state to shift by up to a mile.

Earthweek: Climate change has caused some villages in northeastern India to become flooded, and in some cases, washed away entirely due to more extreme rainfall over the last few decades. The trend has caused some rivers across the region to migrate from their established channels that humans have used for thousands of years. These roving

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Mountain Perspective Framework In Post Rio+20 Scenarios: A Discussion Paper

Mar 18th, 2013 | By
Mountain mix farming Dr. Karki

Dr. Madhav Karki discusses about sustainable mountain development- SMD agenda that was adopted during 1992 Rio Earth summit, and how the socio-economic and environmental issues were taken by countries in the Hindu Kush Himalayan- HKH region during last 20 years in terms of achieving the goals as envisioned in SMD document. He argues that mountain

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Updated Water Wheels Power India’s Rural Mountain Economy

Mar 18th, 2013 | By
A steel water wheel operates in northern India's Himalayan Uttarakhand state. ALERTNET/Archita Bhatta

Alertnet: Wooden water wheels have long captured energy from mountain streams. New versions work even better, helping provide a local, sustainable source of energy to Indian villages high in the Himalayas. Living in an isolated Himalayan hamlet, 2,500 meters (5,600 feet) above sea level, Govind Singh Rana seems an unlikely candidate for wealth. But by

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Could A New Treaty Help Millions Of Climate Migrants?

Mar 15th, 2013 | By
Around 80% of the Maldives lies less than one metre above sea level (Image by:Commonwealth Secretariat)

Chinadialogue: An international network of lawyers wants countries to commit funds to helping people forced from their homes by climate change. Villagers in the harsh landscapes of northwestern Alaska face a formidable journey. Sea ice and permafrost, the frozen subsoil that makes the land hospitable to humans, are melting. Flooding and erosion are blighting lives.

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Who Will Speak Up For Climate Change Adaptation?

Mar 12th, 2013 | By
Australians are largely under-prepared for the threats posed by future global warming. AAP Image/Raymond Keyworth

Conversation: As with the federal elections of 2007 and 2010, climate change appears set to feature again in the forthcoming September poll. Yet one of the most important aspects of the issue, that of adaptation to climate change, is again unlikely to garner any attention. Climate change and its associated global changes (prominently sea level

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Promotion Of Micro And Small Enterprises In Tajikistan Mountains

Mar 9th, 2013 | By
MSDSP facilitates the promotion and development of micro and small enterprises, while remaining vigilant to not distort the market and impede existing enterprises.

AKF: At independence, Tajikistan faced a variety of rural development challenges precipitated by the collapse of the Soviet Union and the ensuing civil war from 1992 to 1997. The mountainous regions of the country were especially affected, as both events left these areas cut-off from previous supply routes and desperately short of food. The dependency

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Dragonflies As Climate Change Indicators

Mar 8th, 2013 | By

PHYS.Org: Monitoring communities of climate sensitive species, such as insects, could enable scientists to develop indicators for climate change effects on biodiversity and help devise policies to protect it. With climate change, flora and fauna shift their seasonal inner clock. For example, fruit tree blossom earlier than previous years. But many species may not be

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Climate Change Causing Heavy Rains, Snowfall

Feb 13th, 2013 | By

The News: Widespread rains and snowfall that claimed more than 33 precious lives in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and Islamabad was essentially due to climate change, experts told The News. “If you look at the weather in the last six to eight weeks in Islamabad and the northern parts of the country, you will find

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Crying Wolf Over Disasters Undermines Future Warnings

Feb 12th, 2013 | By
ICTs and social media mean many people learn of distant hazards outside of official sources

Scedev.net: Disaster warnings can be fast, but how can we also ensure their accuracy and credibility, ask Rohan Samarajiva and Nalaka Gunawardene. The challenge with disaster warnings is to make the best possible decisions quickly using imperfect information. With lives and livelihoods at stake, there is much pressure to get it right. But one can’t

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Disasters In Mountains: Increasing Catastrophes In Indian Himalayas (Video)

Feb 12th, 2013 | By

CHI: In recent disasters in Indian Himalayan region we lost many human lives, livestock population, agriculture land, livelihood opportunities and huge infrastructure overnight.  The most affected states due to these calamities in India are Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Assam, Sikkim and part of West Bengal. The flood in Kosi and Indus basins in Nepal and Pakistan

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Online Tools ‘Decentralising Disaster Relief Efforts’

Feb 7th, 2013 | By
Okhimat Disaster-LR1

SciDev.net: Disaster response and relief efforts are becoming more dynamic and decentralised with the development of web-based geospatial technologies, says a study. Researchers writing in Disasters evaluated the experiences of Harvard University’s Center for Geographic Analysis (CGA) during the Sichuan and Haiti earthquake responses in 2008 and 2010, respectively. They found that the conventional ‘top-down’

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Finance For Emergency Preparedness: Links To Resilience

Feb 7th, 2013 | By
Finance for Emergecy ODI

ODI: An increasing number of policy statements claim that investing in resilience is cost effective when compared with approaches that rely exclusively on ex-post response and recovery. Yet very little funding goes towards disaster prevention and preparedness, which can build the resilience of communities to cope with emergencies. Resilience is perhaps best conceptualised as a

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Moot On Climate Change, Disaster Risk Management Held

Jan 31st, 2013 | By
Okhimath Disaster-SV5

Business Recorder: A two-day regional conference under the theme “climate change and disaster risk management in South Asia: exploring commonalities and realising joint frame works” will be held here on January 29 and 30. The conference is being organised by Pakistan Institute of Labour Education and Research (PILER) with the focus on engaging policy makers,

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Disaster-Prone Kashmir Trains Communities To Respond

Jan 18th, 2013 | By
Shops damaged by floodwaters and mudslides in Muzaffarabad, the capital of Pakistani-administered Kashmir, September 2012. ALERTNET/Roshan Din Shad

Alertnet: Muhammad Mushtaq moved his family and several neighbours to safety last September when their homes in Muzaffarabad, the capital of Pakistani-administered Kashmir, were flooded by an overflowing stream during heavy monsoon rains. Mushtaq, who lives in a three-room tin-roofed house perched on a steep river bank at risk of landslides and floods, put into

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Emerging Economists Envision Green South Asian Cities of the Future

Jan 10th, 2013 | By
Tahseen Sayed, World Bank country manager for Nepal, highlights the need for students' innovative ideas to be heard at the ninth South Asia Economic Students Meet.

World Bank: -While South Asia is among the most densely populated regions in the world, it is also one of the least urbanized. -Its cities across all countries increasingly face development stresses in terms of congestion, pollution, and quality-of-life issues. -Students shared their vision of green growth in South Asian cities of the future at

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Promoting Climate Resilient Rural Infrastructure In Northern Mountain Provinces

Jan 10th, 2013 | By
ProjectBrief - VIETNAM-SCCF - Nov2010

ADB: Strategy 2020 identifies infrastructure and climate change as two of ADB’s five core operational foci. The rehabilitation of rural infrastructure has been a component of ADB s lending program to Vietnam through the past three country strategies and, in view of the status given RI in Strategy 2020 will remain a component of the

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Climate Change May Have Spurred Human Evolution

Jan 8th, 2013 | By
human evolution

Scientific American: A record of changing climate in the Olduvai Gorge suggests early humans had to adapt to shifting ecosystems. An ancient lake whose shores vacillated between lush forests and dry savannahs shows how the changing climate may have shaped humanity’s dawn in eastern Africa, according to new research. Scientists studying organic remains dating back

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Let Nature Be Your Teacher: Bhutan Takes Conservation Into The Classroom

Jan 3rd, 2013 | By
MDG : Bhutan : Green Schools

Guardian: Bhutan’s green schools project is an attempt to bring its revolutionary ‘happiness’ model to all young people. The Jigme Losel primary school in the Bhutanese capital, Thimphu, is a riot of green. Plants cover most surfaces and are piled precariously on walls and stairwells. On the wall behind the school’s vegetable patch a hand-painted

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Quicker Fix For Climate Change

Dec 27th, 2012 | By

Nepal 24Hr: The Doha climate change conference this year was the most significant in nearly 20 years of gatherings under the U.N. Framework Convention process aimed at staving off future global warming disaster. Since carbon dioxide emission limits agreed to under the 1997 Kyoto Protocol were to expire at the stroke of midnight on December

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Misleading And Uninformed Report Of ToI: Supposed Health Impact of CC

Dec 27th, 2012 | By

The Global Warming Policy Foundation: A Times of India article perpetrates a fraud on its readers. It takes estimates of deaths from forces of nature and then ascribes it not just to climate but to climate change. A misleading report in the Times of India, purportedly based on the Global Burden of Disease 2010 (GBD) study published last week in the Lancet,

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New Planning Tool For Climate Adaptation In Cities

Dec 27th, 2012 | By

A changing climate places great pressure on society, and creates many new challenges. To make city planning easier, a planning tool has been developed to support climate adaptation of cities and regions in Europe. The European research project SUDPLAN, co-ordinated by SMHI, has developed a planning tool for climate adaptation of European cities and regions

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Effectiveness of Local-Level Adaptation to Climate Change: Case Studies

Dec 19th, 2012 | By

ClimateAdaptAsia: Determinants and Effectiveness of Local-Level Adaptation to Climate Change: Case Studies of Two Bangladesh ministries, including the ministries of agriculture, environment and forest, water, health, rural development, food and disaster management, children and women affairs, relevant departments and NGOs have been implementing a number of local level adaptation (LLA) projects with their limited resources

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China’s Economy To Outgrow America’s By 2030 As World Faces ‘Tectonic Shift’

Dec 14th, 2012 | By
Chinese economy

Guardian: National Intelligence Council also sees water and food shortages and suggests world is at a ‘critical juncture in human history’ A US intelligence portrait of the world in 2030 predicts that China will be the largest economic power, climate change will create instability by contributing to water and food shortages, and there will be

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Climate Change Vulnerability Profiles For North East India

Dec 14th, 2012 | By

IISC: Climate change vulnerability profiles are developed at the district level for agriculture, water and forest sectors for the North East region of India for the current and projected future climates. An index-based approach was used where a set of indicators that represent key sectors of vulnerability (agriculture, forest, water) is selected using the statistical

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Exposed To Global Warming: North East India

Dec 14th, 2012 | By
Children braving the Monsoon rain in Sikkim’s Himalayan mountains. © Joydip Mitra/Lineair

Dandc.eu: India is expected to feel severe impacts of climate change. The country’s northeastern region, for instance, is highly vulnerable. Anticipated impacts include melting of glaciers, more floods and extended droughts. At the same time, the region’s natural resources are under enormous pressure due to population growth and rising prosperity. Germany’s KfW Development Bank has

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Chinese Officials Say Panda’s Bamboo Won’t Run Out

Dec 13th, 2012 | By

Asianscientist: Chinese experts disagree that climate change will cause bamboo die-offs in the Qinling Mountains. Chinese experts have disagreed with a recent Nature Climate Change report that climate change will cause bamboo die-offs in the Qinling Mountains, threatening the wild panda population there. In the report, scientists from Michigan State University and the Chinese Academy

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Asia Must Wake Up To The Reality Of Climate Change

Dec 13th, 2012 | By
Assam flood india blooms

Canberratimes: Doha’s failure shows they must develop their own solutions, writes William Pesek New York’s brush with developing-nation status is an even bigger warning for Asia than it is for the United States.The city could be excused for wondering if it had suddenly been transported to Bangladesh in October. The deadly floods and crippling power

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How Climate Change Affected Livelihood Options In Assam-India

Dec 13th, 2012 | By

First Post: Climate change leading to natural disasters, particularly flood and erosion, has affected the livelihood options of thousands of people across Assam, a study has found out. The impact of the climate change is most pronounced among marginalised women, but it has also pushed people from prosperous families into taking up work of domestic

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Reviewing Partners Role In Sustainable Mountain Development

Dec 12th, 2012 | By
MP Taskforce meet

MP: The Mountain Partnership is a United Nations voluntary alliance of partners dedicated to improving the lives of mountain people and protecting mountain environments around the world.  The Task Force meeting took place in the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs during 29-31 October 2012 of Mountain Partnership that is coordinated UN’s FAO based in Rome,

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Nepal: Turn On The Heat

Dec 10th, 2012 | By
Nepal Govt. Everest-Republica

My Republica: The lead up to this year’s UN Conference on Climate Change was pretty bland. The meetings got underway in Doha on November 26 without the prelude of the picturesque Cabinet meetings near the top of world. In the lead up to the annual UN Conference on Climate Change three years ago, Nepal’s government

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Forests, Water And Food Dominate Day 11 Of COP18

Dec 8th, 2012 | By

CoP 18: Participants look past conference to future challenges and solutions. Forests, water and food topped the agenda on Day 11 of COP18/CMP8 as a number of events put the focus firmly on the future. These included highlighting some of the mitigation and adaptation projects already underway or planned in the region and across the

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Climate Change Impacts On Mountains: Time For Action Now

Dec 6th, 2012 | By

MP Press Release: Mainstreaming Rio+20 outcomes in the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) processes for prosperous, resilient, and sustainable mountain ecosystems and communities” was held in Doha, Qatar, on 3 December 2012, on the sidelines of the 2012 UN Climate Change Conference.   The strong negative impact of climate change on the life

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Climate Change: Dealing With Loss And Damage

Dec 4th, 2012 | By
Stuck with looming natural disasters

IRIN: In a formal letter to Qatar – host of the 18th conference of the parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) – a coalition of 40 NGOs, backed by academics, has called for urgent action on loss and damage caused by climate change. The NGOs have drawn up a framework to

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