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Dec 2nd, 2015 | By
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Given that mountains regions of the world are facing huge impact of Climate Change, not much importance has been given to these regions and its people at major global forums including UN climate change conferences. It is evident that since last few decades the Himalayan mountain region faced major hydro meteorological disasters, leading to huge

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We Should Not Surrender to Climate Change

Jan 27th, 2015 | By

This month a team of scientists reported that melting ice caps and glaciers due to climate change are causing oceans to rise more drastically than previously calculated. The news is particularly troubling for my country, the Maldives — the world’s lowest lying island chain — and for other coastal and island nations that sit just

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FAO: Genetic Diversity a Hidden Tool in Coping With Climate Change

Jan 21st, 2015 | By

Genetic resources have a critical role to play in feeding the world — especially as climate change advances faster than expected — and much more needs to be done to study, preserve and utilize the biological diversity that underpins world food production, according to a new book released by FAO today. “Time is not on

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Revisiting Mountain Perspective: Reasons And Challenges

Jan 19th, 2015 | By
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K N Vajpai: This article is in the series of responses to an article on ‘Mountain Perspective’ at Link. It looks in to the aspects of mountain perspective and specificities as mentioned by Dr. N. S. Jodha during 1992s, and compares them in present  context. However, there are a number of doubts upon the relevance

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Planting More Trees Still Best Solution to Climate Change

Jan 18th, 2015 | By

Dr. Qamar-Uz-Zaman Chaudhry, former director general of the Pakistan Meteorological Department, calls climate change a threat greater than terrorism for its ability to have a widespread effect on a country, even influencing economic policies and other plans for the future. Talking to members of the Parliamentary Task Force on Sustainable Development Goals, Chaudhry used Pakistan

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Scientists to Help Ganges Rice Farmers Handle Climate Threat

Jan 13th, 2015 | By

Research scientists are coming to the aid of 300 million people along the River Ganges who face a hungry future because their staple rice crop is threatened by climate change. The team of scientists and development practitioners from Australia, Bangladesh, India and Nepal plan to improve the productivity, profitability and sustainability of 7,000 small-scale farmers

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Just Banking Seeds Won’t Guarantee Our Future Food

Jan 6th, 2015 | By

Climate change is the biggest challenge farming has ever faced – to survive it we need to learn much more about plants, warns agriculturalist Cary Fowler Why are seed banks important? I call them an insurance policy for the globe. Without crop diversity, farming isn’t going to adapt to climate change, and neither are we.

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Deep Sea Gardening Holds Answers for Climate Adaptation

Jan 4th, 2015 | By

  (Indian Ocean Observatory) – At his offices in the second floor of Kibaki Flats in Bamburi Beach on Kenya’s coastal region of Mombasa, Dr David Obura has a commanding view of the Indian Ocean. Sounds of waves lapping on the beach, Indian crows on the nearby trees are a constant companion. The sea breeze

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Adaptation, Not Mitigation, the Realistic Climate Change Debate

Dec 29th, 2014 | By

Since 2014 has been globally recorded the warmest year for the past 135 years, 2015 could be the year of serious climate changes. The coming year of 2015 is raising the big question of whether the nations’ leaders will take serious measures to reduce global warming and gas emissions. Next December, Paris will be hosting

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China’s Farmers Face Major Challenges Adapting to Climate Change

Dec 21st, 2014 | By

China’s mainly small-scale agricultural sector, where the average farm is less than a hectare, needs significant investment and capacity building to adapt to climate change. In an interview with chinadialogue, Xu Yinlong, who is a member of the Scientific Steering Committee leading UNEP’s ‘Programme of Research on Climate Change Vulnerability, Impacts and Adaptation’, explains the government’s

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Earth at ‘Tipping Point,’ UN General Assembly President Warns, Urging Climate Reform

Dec 10th, 2014 | By

Planet earth is “moving towards the tipping point” warned the President of the United Nations General Assembly at UN climate talks in Peru, where he called for world leaders to take urgent action towards a climate agreement that promotes socio-economic development in a sustainable manner. Briefing reporters in Lima ahead of his address to the

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UN Lima Climate Talks Hit by Rift Over Funding and Adaptation Commitments

Dec 8th, 2014 | By

Negotiators at the UN climate talks in Lima have encountered yet another stumbling block with nations divided over including finance and adaptation commitments in national action plans. The European Union and Japan want national offers to be focused only on mitigation actions to reduce planet-warming emissions. Brazil, on the other hand, wants countries to be able

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Adapting to a Warmer Climate Could Cost Almost Three Times as Much as Thought: UN report

Dec 7th, 2014 | By
Cost of Climate change: Coatal erosion in Bangladesh as Padma River continues to devour banks

The Guardian: Adapting to a warmer world will cost hundreds of billions of dollars and up to three times as much as previous estimates, even if global climate talks manage to keep temperature rises below dangerous levels, warns a report by the UN. The first United Nations Environment Programme (Unep) ‘Adaptation Gap Report’ shows a

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Dismantling Ski Lifts and Moving Villages: Alps Adapt to Climate Change

Nov 30th, 2014 | By

With temperatures rising faster in the Alps than the rest of the world, alpine countries are working together to adapt to climate change and hope to set an example. A recent Austrian climate change report found that the country’s temperatures had risen twice as fast as the global average since 1880, with the number of

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Cities Must Adapt to Climate Change, or Risk Disaster

Nov 27th, 2014 | By

With a rise in natural disasters such as super storms, storm surges, landslides and floods, we are regularly reminded of the need to make our cities safer and stronger. Typhoon Haiyan last year killed more than 6,000 people and thousands more still live in temporary shelters. Climate change will only increase the frequency and intensity

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Audacious Ideas and Actions for a Zero Carbon World

Nov 9th, 2014 | By

Policy-makers, academics, business and civil society leaders gathered in London this week for the fifth annual Chatham House Climate Change Conference. In the hallways and audience chamber and on the podium, the mood was one of ambition – even audacity – around the possibilities for moving swiftly towards a zero net carbon world. As one

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El Salvador Restores Biodiversity in the Face of Climate Change

Nov 6th, 2014 | By

Carlos Menjívar has been ferrying people in his boat for 20 years in this fishing village in western El Salvador surrounded by ocean, mangroves and wetlands, which is suffering the effects of environmental degradation. Siltation in the main channel leading to the town has hurt his income, because the buildup of sediment has reduced the

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A Village Adapts to Climate Change in Myriad Ways

Oct 31st, 2014 | By

Lapodiya, a village of 200 households in Rajasthan, is a shining example of how environment governance at the grassroots level can save a village from natural disasters. Here, people have adopted innovative water conservation practices and a culture which they have improvised and perfected over three decades. As a result, residents of this village around

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India Wants Focus on Adaptation, CBDR to Tackle Climate Change

Oct 27th, 2014 | By

PTI: Ahead of UN Climate Conference, India on Monday made a strong pitch for focusing on adaptation and common but differentiated responsibilities (CBDR) as part of the new global order on climate change, saying it cannot “only be about mitigation and emission cuts”. Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said adaptation to the adverse effects of climate

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Rising to “the Greatest Challenge in Human History”

Oct 21st, 2014 | By

Different obstacles to food security need different solutions. Experience shows that a combination of actions is needed to reduce hunger and guarantee food security in the longer run. They include shifting towards more sustainable food systems, facilitating access and strengthening social protection. Within this framework, to sustainably rise to “The Greatest Challenge in Human History,”

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Adapting to Climate Change Can’t be Left to the Wild West of the Markets

Sep 11th, 2014 | By
Waves crash over the bow of a tugboat as Hurricane Sandy approaches New York.

The Guardian: If the 20th century was the “age of extremes”, to quote Eric Hobsbawm’s famous title, the 21st may well be the age of the combined effects of debt and climate change. And it will, no doubt, witness its share of extreme events. Debt and climate change are nothing new, of course. As David Graeberhas

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Earth Systems: Model Human adaptation to Climate Change

Aug 29th, 2014 | By

Nature: Current models of Earth’s climate capture physical and biophysical processes. But the planet has entered a new state: humans are adapting to, as well as causing, environmental changes. This major feedback must be modelled. Projections of the future climate based on simple economic narratives — from cuts in greenhouse-gas emissions to unmitigated growth — are

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Climate Change: Adapt Now or Perish

Aug 26th, 2014 | By

Climate change will sow confusion and concern as it unfolds across South Asia in coming decades. Home to a quarter of the world’s population, this vast region will be hit harder than just about anywhere else. Sudden flooding, storms, droughts and other hazards will upend lives, livelihoods, and economies. As this grim future takes shape,

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Small Island States, Facing Rising Seas, Seek Economic Overhaul

Aug 25th, 2014 | By

Reuters: Small island states facing a “frightening” rise in sea levels will seek investments in everything from solar energy to fisheries to boost their economies at a U.N. summit next week. Leaders will meet in Samoa in the Pacific from Sept. 1-4 to drum up partnerships with companies, development banks and donors on projects that bring in

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Climate Resilience: Why Slow and Spread Beats Pave and Pipe

Jul 3rd, 2014 | By

When it comes to climate change impacts, estuaries are the proverbial canaries in the coal mine. These unique habitats, which are also home to 22 of the world’s 32 largest cities and are essential hubs for global commerce, face not just the threat posed by rising sea levels, but also a complex nexus of increasing

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10 things You Need to Know About Sustainable Agriculture

Jul 2nd, 2014 | By

The Guardian: In a recent live chat, a panel of experts joined readers online to discuss the future of sustainable agriculture in the face of changing weather driven by climate change and increasing competition for food. Here are 10 things we learned: 1. We shouldn’t just “accept” climate change Just because climate change is happening and its

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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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Bangladesh Uncovers the Crippling Cost of Climate Change Adaptation

Jun 23rd, 2014 | By

UNEP News Center: With a population of 140 million, Bangladesh is one of the world’s most populated countries. It is also one of the most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. Cyclones, floods and droughts have long been part of the country’s history but they have intensified in recent years. As a result of the

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Climate Change Prompts Creative Uses of Solar Power

Jun 22nd, 2014 | By

With the climate change threatening the integrity of Earth’s atmosphere, oceans and terrain, innovators have been prompted to find creative uses for solar power today. Terrestrial sources of energy, such as fossil fuels, struggle to meet the demands of economy with a very finite supply. In addition, such traditional sources of power come with the

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Coping With Climate Change

Jun 4th, 2014 | By

Communities in India, as across the world, need to adapt to climate change. A recent World Bank report suggests that the nation is set to experience more extreme, unpredictable weather. For families already stretched to their limits, monsoons, floods and drought add to the immense strain of survival. Extreme weather also increases competition for natural

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Study Shows Importance of European Farmers Adapting to Climate Change

May 23rd, 2014 | By

A new Stanford study finds that due to an average 3.5 degrees Fahrenheit of warming expected by 2040, yields of wheat and barley across Europe will drop more than 20 percent. New Stanford research reveals that farmers in Europe will see crop yields affected as global temperatures rise, but that adaptation can help slow the decline for

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How Green Spaces Could Stop Cities From Overheating

May 22nd, 2014 | By

The Guardian: Most city-dwellers are big fans of green spaces, with the benefits to health and community well-being evident in the data. There’s more to it though – adding more commons, parks and greens could also shelter British cities from the full effect of global warming. Since the beginning of the 20th century global temperature has increased by

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How a Few Species Are Hacking Climate Change

May 7th, 2014 | By

National Geographic: As the Earth heats up, animals and plants are not necessarily helpless. They can move to cooler climes; they can stay put and adapt as individuals to their warmer environment, and they can even adapt as a species, by evolving. The big question is, will they be able to do any of that quickly

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World Must Adapt to Unknown Climate Future, Says IPCC

May 5th, 2014 | By

New Scientist: There is still great uncertainty about the impacts of climate change, according to the latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, released today. So if we are to survive and prosper, rather than trying to fend off specific threats like cyclones, we must build flexible and resilient societies. Today’s report is the second

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How Nepali Villagers are Dealing With Climate Change

Apr 27th, 2014 | By

Republica: When he was a little boy, Ram Bahadur Gurung, a resident of Dharampani VDC-1 of Tanahun district, would have to walk downhill for an hour to fetch just a vessel of water. One day, while climbing up the hill carrying a vessel full of water, he accidently stumbled upon a stone; and fell to the

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Long-term Food Production Must Factor in Potential Impacts of Climate Change – UN Official

Apr 24th, 2014 | By

UN News Center: Countries need to shift to more sustainable food systems to adapt to the effects of climate change, the Director-General of the United Nations Food and Drug Organization (FAO) José Graziano da Silva told a conference in Morocco today, warning that the phenomenon has the potential to reshape the planet’s food production scenario. “Everything

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Pakistan’s Farmers Counter Climate Change With Beekeeping

Apr 24th, 2014 | By

Battered by erratic weather patterns with decreasing and delayed rainfall, thousands of farmers in Pakistan’s northeast Potohar plateau are moving to beekeeping as an alternative source of livelihood that is less vulnerable to climate change. A single flood, no or deficient rain in one cropping season, or lack of water in the river system due to delayed

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Vilsack: Agriculture Needs to Adapt to Climate Change

Apr 23rd, 2014 | By

Agriculture will need to adapt to the changing climate, which could present economic opportunities, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack said Tuesday. “We all have to be aware of the fact the climate is changing and the warmer temperatures will change the way in which we approach agriculture and we need to be prepared for

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What Role For Transformation in Climate Adaptation?

Apr 16th, 2014 | By

Reuters: Transformation is a word we use so often in our daily lives that it seems strange to stop and think about what it really means. But in adaptation circles, the definition and role of transformation has recently become a hot topic of conversation, in part because transformational change was an important theme of the recent IPCC Fifth

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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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New Study Shows Kenya’s Shift to Green Economy Should Generate USD 45 Billion by 2030

Apr 15th, 2014 | By

UNEP News Center: Kenya’s transition to a green economy could produce major economic benefits – equivalent to an estimated USD 45 billion by 2030 – as well as greater food security, a cleaner environment and higher productivity of natural resources, according to a new study launched Tuesday by the Government of Kenya and the UN Environment

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Farmers Schooled on Climate Change Adaptation

Apr 10th, 2014 | By

Some 3,000 smallholder farmers from 16 communities in the Upper East, Upper West and the Northern regions have benefited from a training programme on climate change adaptation measures. The training was in a form of community durbars and radio discussions, sponsored by Oxfam-Ghana to ensure that the farmers adhered to best farming practices by adapting

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Has Climate Change Adaptation Lost Its Way?

Apr 7th, 2014 | By

Reuters: Poor farmers regrow trees on their land in the Sahel for food, animal fodder, fuel and crop protection. Communities threatened by rising seas on the Carteret atoll in Papua New Guinea move permanently to Bougainville, the country’s main island. The Netherlands devises coastal and river-flood protection schemes with a planning horizon of two centuries. Scientists

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Adaption Crucial in Dealing With Climate Issues

Mar 30th, 2014 | By

Climate Change Minister Tim Groser welcomes a new Climate Change report from the Intergovernmental Panel that puts a focus on adapting to the impacts of climate change. “The latest IPCC report is another useful contribution to climate change science that will help inform our climate policy. We can use the information in the report to

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Crop Adaptation Seen as Key to Cope with Global Warming

Mar 26th, 2014 | By

Adapting crops to resist the onslaught of global warming is one of the key themes of the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which opened a general meeting in Yokohama on Tuesday. In many parts of Japan, researchers are working to develop new varieties and cultivation methods to cope with heat waves and other

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Kenya to Showcase How to Measure Adaptation to Climate Change

Mar 20th, 2014 | By

Kenya is to release its initial findings from monitoring the effectiveness and development impacts of its efforts to adapt to climate change. The country has been one of several countries that have been testing a new framework and tools that aim to ensure that adaptation and development work in tandem. Developed by the International Institute

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Reducing Risks to Urban Health and Building Climate Resilience

Mar 19th, 2014 | By

Why are the health prospects for residents in informal urban settlements so poor, and what future issues will contribute to making these better or worse? These were among the questions discussed at the 11th International Conference on Urban Health held recently in Manchester. As part of this event, a group of participants grappled with the ways in which

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Exploring Resilience in Climate Compatible Development

Mar 9th, 2014 | By

What is resilience and what implications does it have for climate compatible development (CCD) in South Asia? This important question was raised by excellent presentations from CDKN’s partners carrying out action research on achieving climate-smart disaster risk reduction in South Asia during a CDKN/START session on February 8, 2014 at the Delhi Sustainable Development Summit

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Cities Need to be Planned Differently: TERI Study

Mar 7th, 2014 | By

The Hindu (Business Line): India’s economic growth may be falling prey to a new predator: climate change. It is estimated that the country suffered a loss of ₹1,000 crore due to adverse winter in January 2013 alone, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) said in a report, urging for policy changes to make Indian cities climate

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Climate Change Pushes Indian Farmers To Adopt Water-Resistant Rice Variety

Mar 6th, 2014 | By

Joyram Das, a poor Indian farmer of Kamrup district of Assam, has collected a few kilograms of Swarna Sub-1 (SS-1) rice seeds very carefully. Farmers call it ‘Kothia’ to be used as seed for next cultivation season that usually starts from April-May. He had a good harvest last year. Despite a devastating flood, this particular

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Before the Next Storm: Helping People and Nature Adapt

Mar 4th, 2014 | By

National Geographic: Major hurricanes like Sandy (New Jersey in 2012) and Ivan (Eastern Caribbean in 2004) and Typhoon Haiyan (the Philippines 2013) make global headlines as they hit coastal communities, appropriately drawing attention to the human, financial, and community losses. While some smaller communities may not make global headlines, their risk from even minor storms is

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Indoor Mini-farms to Beat Climate Change

Feb 28th, 2014 | By

Industrial engineer Ancel Bhagwandeen thinks that growing your food indoors is a great way to protect crops from the stresses of climate change. So he developed a hydroponic system that “leverages the nanoclimates in houses so that the house effectively protects the produce the same way it protects us,” he says. Bhagwandeen told IPS that

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Influencing Change: What Matters for Farmers’ Ability to Adapt to Climate Change?

Feb 26th, 2014 | By

Down to Earth: Farmers all over the world need to adopt improved agricultural practices if they are to adapt to our changing climate. So what are the factors influencing this behaviour change? Does access to weather information matter? Or the asset base of the household? And does participation in groups help? With the ambition to better

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IYFF: Climate-Smart Villages Will Help Farmers Adapt to Climate Change

Feb 25th, 2014 | By

Smallholder farmers in Nepal will have the opportunity to learn how to adopt climate-smart agricultural and farming techniques through the climate-smart village models pioneered in South Asia by the Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS). The project features a collaboration between the private sector and research and development organizations to link smallholder farmers to

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Livestock Diet ‘Can Cut GHG Emissions’

Feb 25th, 2014 | By

Climate News Network: Here’s a way to make cattle emit lower volumes of methane through their digestive tracts: give the beasts a higher-quality diet. That way, you get more stock on less grassland, get improved yields per hectare and at the same time reduce greenhouse gas emissions, according to new research in the Proceedings of the National

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Green Climate Fund Board Hails Success Despite Slow Progress

Feb 24th, 2014 | By

The Green Climate Fund board says last week’s planning meeting made progress, despite only agreeing two of the eight requirements essential for the fund to become operational. A three day gathering in Bali ended with a decision to split funding equally between mitigation and adaptation efforts, devoting 50% of adaptation monies to climate vulnerable regions.

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Preparing to Adapt

Feb 18th, 2014 | By

There is no doubt that the increasingly warming climate will have tremendous impacts on Nepali society. During the last few years, Nepal experienced more frequent extreme monsoon rainfalls—bringing devastating floods like in Darchula in 2013, Pokhara in 2012 and Koshi in 2008—than ever before. Small-scale droughts, glacial lake outburst floods, avalanches, landslides and slope failures

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Plants Adapt to the Weather

Feb 14th, 2014 | By

As gardeners observe their heat and cold zones shift, they wonder how plants and animals can possibly adapt to all the changes that have happened to climate over time. Locally, the USDA hardiness zone moved from 6 to 7 and gardeners around the country report similar trends. In school, we learned about the era of

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Start With Local

Feb 12th, 2014 | By

Republica: There is now a clear evidence of increasing impacts of climate change in Nepal. An average annual temperature rise of 0.06 0 C has been observed for the past few years, which is much higher in the high altitudes resulting in rapid glacier melting. We also are experiencing more extreme monsoon rains, causing flash flood

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With Climate Change, What’s Better For The Farm Is Better For The Planet

Feb 7th, 2014 | By

Climate change is no longer a doomsday theory about our distant future – it’s here.  Farmers around the world are already dealing with more variable climates and dramatic weather events, like the drought in California and gigantic typhoons in Asia. So what can be done? In light of the fact that today so few of

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