Capacity Development

Who Will Speak Up For Climate Change Adaptation?

Mar 12th, 2013 | By
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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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Major Shifts In Crops Ecosystems: Mekong Climate Study

Mar 11th, 2013 | By
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MARCC: Results from a landmark climate study for the Mekong region will be released at a press conference here Mar. 29, forecasting dramatic changes in growing conditions and yields for major crops like rice, maize, coffee, and rubber, and impacting fisheries and livestock productivity. “Our study is producing very shocking results. We’ve found that this

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India Needs Micro Level Data For Climate Action

Mar 11th, 2013 | By
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SciDev.Net: India needs micro-level scientific assessment at the state, district and village levels for effective planning and implementation of measures to combat climate change, a national workshop has highlighted. The workshop on  climate-resilient development, organised last month (13 February), discussed integrating climate change into development programmes in semi-arid regions like Bundelkhand in central India. Participants

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Bhutan’s Picture Of Gross National Happiness Blurs

Mar 11th, 2013 | By
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IRN: Bhutan fires the imagination of an ideal mountain country with many snow-clad peaks, where people go about their daily chores in serenity, dressed in their national dress, wearing a smile and with a song on their lips. The image of the Gross National Happiness (GNH) that it portrays is ever present. The four pillars

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International Climate Finance

Mar 11th, 2013 | By
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The book is the first to provide a complete overview of international climate finance. In the Copenhagen Accord of 2009, developed countries jointly committed to mobilize US$100 billion per year to address climate change in developing countries. The book presents the best information available on this subject: an overview of current international climate finance, estimates

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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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Cool Heads Needed By Geo-engineers

Mar 9th, 2013 | By
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CNN: The world may need to turn to geo-engineering in order to tackle climate change effectively, scientists think – and that would raise a whole lot of tricky questions. Geo-engineering of the climate is fraught with all manner of technical, ethical and governance issues but needs to be taken into consideration if targets for limiting

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Mainstreaming Women’s Perspectives In Climate Change And REDD+

Mar 7th, 2013 | By
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RECOFTC’s Grassroots Capacity Building for REDD+ project team shares highlights from the recent national level expert seminar on Gender, Forestry, Climate Change and REDD+, organized jointly by RECOFTC – The Center for People and Forests and the Department of Forestry, Lao PDR. Despite some well documented studies on the extensive knowledge, skills, and hands-on experience

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IPCC Urges Obama To Raise Awareness Of Science Behind Climate Change

Mar 7th, 2013 | By
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Guardian: Barack Obama should spread awareness of the “scientific realities of climate change” in the US, the head of the UN’s climate science panel has told the Guardian. Rajendra Pachauri, chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, said that one of the president’s priorities should be “awareness creation” on the public’s understanding of the

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Climate Change Takes Toll On Morel Mushroom

Mar 5th, 2013 | By
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Times of India: GitaDevi of Kullu used to routinely visit apple orchards and jungles every morning, collect some guchhi ( morel mushroom, also known as common morel, morel or yellow morel) and leave it to dry near the tandoor and sell it for high prices to traders at her doorstep. She used to earn good

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In Tibet, Change Comes To The Once-Pristine Roof Of The World

Mar 5th, 2013 | By
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360 Yale: Renowned biologist George Schaller has been traveling to the Tibetan Plateau for nearly three decades, studying its unique wildlife. But with climate change and overgrazing taking a toll on the landscape, he reports, scientists and the Chinese government are working to preserve one of the planet’s wildest places. Chang Tang. It is a

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Climate Change: Get Ready To Adapt!

Mar 1st, 2013 | By
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Huffingtonpost: WB President Jim Yong Kim’s recent Washington Post op-ed “Make Climate Change a Priority” warned that “global warming imperils all of the development gains we have made.” Jim Kim drew on a recent World Bank report that points to the possibility for global temperatures to rise by 4 degrees Celsius or more by the

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Pakistan’s Climate Change Policy

Mar 1st, 2013 | By
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Tribune: A report commissioned by the government in conjunction with the World Wildlife Fund found last year that Pakistan was among the 10 countries likely to be most badly hit by global climate change. Pakistan is in a region where temperature increases are higher, which will affect precipitation and vegetation. Already we have seen the

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Mongolia Named As Global Host of World Environment Day 2013

Feb 28th, 2013 | By
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WED celebrations began in 1972 and have grown to become the one of the main vehicles through which the UN stimulates worldwide awareness of the environment and encourages political attention and action. Mongolia, which is prioritizing a Green Economy shift across its big economic sectors such as mining and promoting environmental awareness among  youth, is

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Stakeholder Focused Cost-Benefit Analysis: Synthesis Report

Feb 27th, 2013 | By
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IIED: Accurate cost benefit analysis of climate change adaptation actions is not only critical in designing effective local-level adaptation strategies, but also for generating information that feeds into national and global climate policy agreements. One of the main challenges of this type of CBA is accommodating the wide-ranging impacts of climate change on diverse individuals

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Climate Change Poses Threats To Agrarian Countries

Feb 25th, 2013 | By
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Thenews: Global climate change is posing serious threats to agrarian countries despite the facts that majority of them are not the major contributor in global warming. However, they are facing decline in agricultural productivity and water resources.  Speakers, during presentations in a seminar to the Agricultural Journalists Association (AJA), said the climate change cannot be

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Social Innovation: Organic Farming, Climate Change and Bhutan

Feb 25th, 2013 | By
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Justmean: Over the next 50 years, we will need to face global food and farming realities. We will need to meet the challenges of providing better nutrition for more people in spite of rapid environmental change while cutting back our overuse of natural resources, ecosystems and the climate. All this calls for social innovation in

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Guide For REDD Plus Negotiators

Feb 25th, 2013 | By
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FIELD: The purpose of this guide is to assist developing country negotiators and others who are working on REDD-plus*. FIELD provides this information on a neutral basis. The guide is available in English, French and Spanish. Electronic versions can be found at www.field.org.uk This version has been updated in February 2013. Please note that final

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Climate Finance: Challenges And Responses

Feb 21st, 2013 | By
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CDKN: Embarking on a climate compatible development pathway now has a price tag. The cost of tackling climate change in developing countries could reach some hundreds of billions of dollars annually over the coming decades.i Low-emission and climate-resilient development options often require upfront investments that can be costlier than conventional solutions. It will require tremendous

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India’s climate change laws

Feb 21st, 2013 | By
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RTCC: The latest Globe Climate Legislation Study was published in January 2013, focusing on 33 countries from Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas. For the first time climate policymakers have a clear idea of how countries around the world are attempting to control their greenhouse gas emissions. We have selected the highlights from Globe’s analysis

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Himalayan Rivers: Time For Transboundary Management

Feb 18th, 2013 | By
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East Asia Forum: If one were on the lookout for the region with the most meagre potential for cooperative management of its transboundary river basins, South Asia would be a strong contender. Merely to mention the larger co-riparian states sharing the region’s two biggest and most important Himalayan river basins — India, Pakistan, Afghanistan and

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A Nepalese Perspective On Climate Change

Feb 13th, 2013 | By
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RTCC: Nepal nestles beneath one of the greatest wonders of the world – the Himalayas – and this gives Nepalese a unique perspective on the effects of climate change. As the world warms our vast glaciers will melt, causing torrents of flood water to cascade through our country. We are sandwiched between China and India,

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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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Maximizing Synergies: Climate Change Adaptation And Disaster Risk Reduction

Feb 11th, 2013 | By
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Climate Eval: The role of climate change in natural disasters is increasingly acknowledged, and reducing interrelated vulnerabilities is assuming ever greater significance. The Bali Action Plan negotiations have highlighted vulnerability and disaster risk reduction as key elements of climate change adaptation. Despite uncertainty over the exact magnitudes of changes in temperature and precipitation, climate change

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Energy Innovation And Traditional Knowledge

Feb 7th, 2013 | By
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National Geographic: Widespread heatwaves. Spiking temperatures. Uncontrollable wildfires. Unforeseen floods. Oppressive droughts. These kinds of extreme events are becoming the norm and, according to a growing body of scientific literature, are obvious signs of ongoing climate change. This literature includes the “State of the Climate in 2011” report released by the United States’ National Climatic Data

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India’s Farmers Are Highly Vulnerable To Climate Change Impacts

Feb 5th, 2013 | By
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OWSA: The potential of the Mahatama Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA), can be tapped to increase the adaptive capacities of communities to fight climate change, says Ilona Porsché, Project Director, GIZ, on the sidelines of a DSDS-2013 conference organised by The Energy and Resources Institute. Excerpts… OneWorld South Asia: How can the Indian

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Indias Climate Change Challenge

Feb 4th, 2013 | By
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Climate News Network: India has made giant strides in increasing rice production, both to feed its own people and for export. But the price has been massive water consumption, and rising greenhouse gas emissions. LONDON, 30 January – India has to find a new model of development if the twin challenges of job creation and

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Strengthening Capacities For Climate Change Adaptation in Mountain Ecosystems

Jan 31st, 2013 | By
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ELLA: Over 50% of the world’s population depends directly or indirectly on mountain ecosystems, which are already being impacted by climate change. So how are Latin Americans that live in mountain areas strengthening their resilience to climate change? Mountains provide a broad range of environmental services including water, energy, soils and biodiversity, and are of

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Livestock Climate Change Vulnerability Study Tour For Communities

Jan 31st, 2013 | By
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LCCCRSP: Local communities in Nepal participate in livestock climate change vulnerability study and field tour. On January 2, 2012, local communities in the Thulokhola watershed in Nuwakot gave the SLPS project research team a heartfelt traditional welcome with garlands and red powder, as well as flowers, fruits, coconuts and water jars adorned with flowers as

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Climate Change And Health: Why Should India Be Concerned?

Jan 30th, 2013 | By
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Overwhelming evidence shows that climate change presents growing threats to public health security – from extreme weather-related disasters to wider spread of such vector-borne diseases as malaria and dengue. The impacts of climate on human health will not be evenly distributed around the world. The Third Assessment Report (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change-2001) concluded that

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Climate Change Is Real, Yet The US Press Is Not Reporting On The Urgency

Jan 30th, 2013 | By
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Ethics and Climate: Climate Change Is  Real, Yet The US Press Is Not Reporting On The Urgency and Magnitude of the Problem. One can tell by how climate change policies are being debated around much of the world that few people, including many very educated people,  understand the scale and urgency of the problem now

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Davos 2013: Four Simple Environmental Ideas To Consider

Jan 29th, 2013 | By
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Prevention Web: The World Economic Forum 2013 has spawned an impressive collection of reports that build a strong case for prompt and substantial action on climate change, development and sustainability. The Global Risks Report 2013 warns that stresses on economic and environmental systems are on a “collision course” that could pose “unprecedented challenges” to global

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Water Management And Climate Change Adaptation In Latin America’s Mountains

Jan 29th, 2013 | By
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ELLA: Water Basin Councils and citizen participation mechanisms, terracing and ‘water raising’, innovative tools for researching vulnerability: these are just a few of the strategies Latin American countries are using to strengthen adaptation to changing water availability in their mountain regions. Within mountain ecosystems across Latin America, Africa and Asia, increasing climate variability, gradual glacial

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India: Greening Agenda for Rural Development Schemes

Jan 29th, 2013 | By
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UNDP: The Ministry of Rural Development, with support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today released a report “Greening Rural Development in India”. The report presents strategies for inclusive rural development embodying the principles of environmental sustainability. The Report assumes particular significance in the light of the Twelfth Five Year Plan, which has as

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Climate Change Adaptation in Rural India: A Green Infrastructure Approach

Jan 25th, 2013 | By
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WRI: Water is a scarce resource in India, especially in the state of Maharashtra, where most rainfall is limited to the monsoon season from June through September. The Government of India has long promoted a Participatory Watershed Development (PWD) approach to deal with this scarcity, focusing on technical and social interventions to restore barren landscapes,

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Climate Conversations – Low carbon Resilience – Clever Idea Or Climate Panacea?

Jan 25th, 2013 | By
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Alertnet: Instead of talking about climate change mitigation or climate change adaptation, developed and developing national governments – including Laos, Cambodia, Rwanda, Afghanistan and Nepal – are making plans to simultaneously reduce carbon emissions and build up resilience to the impacts of climate change. Eight of the least developed countries (LDCs) have developed some kind

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Public Funding Can Meet Climate Challenge, Says New Report

Jan 25th, 2013 | By
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Environmental Expert: Scaling up public sector funding by as little as US$ 36 billion in annual spending could unlock the private capital needed to close the green investment gap worldwide, leading to sustainable economic growth that attains global climate change goals. At a time when extreme weather events are increasingly frequent – and costly –

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Climate Change And Population Growth Meet Along The Brahmaputra River

Jan 24th, 2013 | By
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NY Times: A multichannel mammoth stretching up to 10 kilometers (six miles) wide, the Brahmaputra River in Assam causes havoc every year when it floods. Now climate change is intensifying the hydrological cycle. Brian Orland, a Fulbright-Nehru Fellow, is starting a nine-month study on climate change adaptation along the Brahmaputra River, where the environment challenges

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Flaw Of Big Aid

Jan 24th, 2013 | By
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The James Rinaldi article ‘Flaw of Big Aid’ raises questions about the efficiency and honesty of aid money pouring into mountain countries like Nepal, which, some feel, has been turned into a political playground by powerful neighbours in the north and the south and a holiday destination by far away interests in the west and

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Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management

Jan 21st, 2013 | By
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Springer: There has been some degree of reluctance in the past to consider disaster risk management within the mainstream of adaptation to climate variability and climate change. However, there is now wide recognition of the need to incorporate disaster risk management concerns in dealing with such phenomena. There is also a growing awareness of the

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Why Disaster Warning And Development Go Hand In Hand

Jan 18th, 2013 | By
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SciDev.net: To engage people in early action we must understand their experience, behaviour and constraints, says disaster policy expert Andrew Collins. Disaster predictions have significant uncertainty that tends to undermine efforts to act on early warnings. In Bangladesh, for example, where there are extensive climatic hazards, people risk their lives by not taking refuge in

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Disaster-Prone Kashmir Trains Communities To Respond

Jan 18th, 2013 | By
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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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Farmers Seek New Income From Fairtrade Carbon Credits

Jan 18th, 2013 | By
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Alertnet: Palestinian olive growers make a living from trees that are, in some cases, 2,000 to 3,000 years old – proof that these farmers have been working in harmony with the environment for centuries, according to Nasser Abufarha, a representative of Fairtrade producers in the Middle East. Now the time may finally have come for

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Himalayan Destruction

Jan 18th, 2013 | By
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CSE: Study quantifies the impact of hydel projects on the ecology of the mountain range. THE Himalayas are virtually under bombardment—of dams. They would have the highest dam density in the world, with over a thousand water reservoirs dotting the mountain range in India, Bhutan, Nepal and Pakistan, over the next few years. These projects

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Climate Change And Ecosystem-Based Adaptation A New Pragmatic Approach

Jan 18th, 2013 | By
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Science Direct: The changing climate is no longer an abstract issue, and the realities of its impacts are being felt across the globe. Climate change is affecting millions of people, and thwarting their efforts to escape poverty. Against this harsh reality, it will be imperative to speed up the integration of climate risk considerations into

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Reforestation Pilot In China Is Earning Carbon Credits

Jan 18th, 2013 | By
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World Bank: A project that has reforested 3,000 hectares of previously barren land in China’s southwest Guangxi is issuing its first carbon credits under the Clean Development Mechanism. The Facilitating Reforestation for Guangxi Watershed Management in Pearl River Basin Project was the first reforestation project to be registered in the world under the United Nations

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EU Auditors Criticise Energy Efficiency Projects

Jan 17th, 2013 | By
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BBC: An audit has found that EU-funded energy efficiency projects are not cost-effective in EU member states. The projects examined by the Court of Auditors were in the Czech Republic, Italy and Lithuania. Those countries received the most EU funding for such projects in 2007-2013. National authorities used the funds to refurbish buildings, but the

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Climate Conversations-A 4°C Warmer World “Will Be Catastrophic” For Forest BD-Expert

Jan 17th, 2013 | By
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Alternet: Global temperatures may be climbing at a rate too fast for our forests and its biodiversity to adapt, a scientist with the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) warned after the World Bank predicted a 4°C warming of the planet if policymakers continue to be apathetic about greenhouse gas emissions. “The long-term effects will

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Top Tech Breakthroughs Of 2012

Jan 16th, 2013 | By
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SciDev.Net: Potato batteries, wind-powered mine detectors, smart waterpumps… SciDev.Net revisits some of the best inventions of 2012. Fascinating innovations come from around the world, and aim to tackle a range of development issues, from cutting the risk of disasters and disease, to helping people with disabilities access information and bringing energy to remote areas. Phase-changing

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Classifying Knowledge For Policymaking

Jan 16th, 2013 | By
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SciDev.net: This policy brief, published by the Overseas Development Institute, explores how different types of knowledge feed into policymaking processes — based on case-studies in three South-East Asian countries — and suggests that classifying knowledge can be a useful way of promoting evidence-based decisions. The complexity of policy processes means there is no simple way

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Making Policy Work For Grassroots: Climate Adaptation in Dryland

Jan 16th, 2013 | By
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WoTR: Recommendation to the Adaptation committee. Adaptation has been given short shrift – in terms of priority, focus, and resources, particularly finance. In spite of the much greater attention on mitigation, it has not delivered; nor is it likely that it will. This makes adaptation even more important an issue. Because of near-inaction on mitigation

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Domestic Climate Laws Are Essential, Says UN

Jan 15th, 2013 | By
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Guardian: Legislation at national level essential because ‘it is linchpin between action on the ground and international agreement’. Governments must enact domestic laws on climate change and greenhouse gas emissions if international efforts to stall global warming are to succeed, according to the UN’s climate chief. Christiana Figueres, who is spearheading the push for a

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Adaptation In Action: FAO On Climate Change Adaptation

Jan 15th, 2013 | By
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FAO’s vision for the future is a world free of hunger and malnutrition where food and agriculture improve the living standards of all people. To make this vision a reality, food production must increase to feed a rising global population – a population expected to grow from 6.7 billion to more than 9 billion in

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International Prize For The SDC’s Papa Andina Project

Jan 15th, 2013 | By
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SDC: Improving market access for small Andean farmers and making more out of the biodiversity of their crops – that is the basic challenge underlying the Papa Andina regional project, launched in 1998 by the SDC and the International Potato Center (CIP). This innovative and sustainable solution won a prize announced on the occasion of

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Could We Acclimatise To The Hotter Summers To Come?

Jan 14th, 2013 | By
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The Conversation: Acclimatising to heat is a tough gig. Since 1970, central Australian regions have warmed 1.2ᵒC and as the world continues to get warmer, increasingly common and increasingly intense heat waves will make acclimatising even tougher. Our physiology is fantastically clever. Humans have managed to successfully inhabit most of the earth’s land surface, from

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The Climate Change Conundrum: What the Future Is Beginning tT Look Like For Wildlife

Jan 14th, 2013 | By
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Contributing Editor Dr. Jordan Schaul and distinguished wildlife biologist and professor Dr. Michael Hutchins discuss the current and anticipated impact of climate change on wildlife species around the globe in an exclusive Nat Geo News Watch interview. Jordan: In collaboration with the National Wildlife Federation, and Arizona State University scientists, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) recently

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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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Plugging The Energy Efficiency Gap With Climate Finance

Jan 10th, 2013 | By
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IEA: The role of International Financial Institutions (IFIs) and the Green Climate Fund to realise the potential of energy efficiency in developing countries. Improving energy efficiency (EE) can reduce energy demand and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and deliver a range of other benefits such as improved air quality, enhanced economic competitiveness and, at the national

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Adapting To Climate Change In China-ACCC

Jan 10th, 2013 | By
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ACCC: The Adapting to Climate Change in China project is designed to develop and share internationally China’s experience of integrating climate change adaptation into the development process, in order to reduce China and other countries’ vulnerability to climate change. The project aims to improve global knowledge on the assessment of climate impacts and risks, develop

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Biofuels Cause Pollution, Not As Green As Thought – Study

Jan 9th, 2013 | By
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Reuters: Green schemes to fight climate change by producing more bio-fuels could actually worsen a little-known type of air pollution and cause almost 1,400 premature deaths a year in Europe by 2020, a study showed on Sunday. The report said trees grown to produce wood fuel – seen as a cleaner alternative to oil and

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