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All Eyes On New York As Climate Change Debate Moves To The Big Apple

Sep 25th, 2012 | By
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RTCC: New York is the stage for a week of climate change debate starting at the United Nations General Assembly on Monday. The annual gathering brings together 123 world leaders, with a series of official and unofficial side events focusing on climate related issues. On Monday (24 Sep), UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon will make

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Tackling Global Warming

Sep 24th, 2012 | By




Times of Malta: Temperatures started being recorded in the late 1800s. Data collected over this time shows an increase in the average global temperature that experts in the field largely attribute to global warming caused by carbon emissions. Around the world, tackling climate change has, in recent years, moved up the list of policy priorities.

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Govt Starts ADS Consultation‚ To Be Launched Next Year

Sep 18th, 2012 | By




The Himalayan times: The government has started consultation for the planned Agricultural Development Strategy (ADS). “The strategy study has identified potential for the country’s agriculture sector to achieve higher productivity, competitiveness, inclusiveness, and sustainability while making it more resilient to climate change impacts,” said ADB’s country director for Nepal Kenichi Yokoyama during a workshop to

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What Is The State Of International Climate Talks?

Sep 18th, 2012 | By




Guardian: Despite near-collapse at each of the last three annual conferences of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the international negotiations always seem to pull back from the brink. Why? Because no country is willing to abandon the goal of an international regime which will effectively combat dangerous climate change. So the search

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NEPAL: Adaptation To Climate Change Goes Local

Sep 14th, 2012 | By




IRI News: In the next few months Nepal will start implementing local adaptation plans for climate vulnerable communities in its impoverished far-and mid-western region under the National Adaptation Programme of Action (NAPA). NAPAs, submitted to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, provide a process for Least Developed Countries to identify priority activities that respond

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EU May Eliminate Subsidies For Crop Based Biofuels

Sep 14th, 2012 | By




Mongabay: The European Union may cap the use of crop-based biofuels over fears they can drive up food prices and aren’t effective in reducing greenhouse gas emissions relative to conventional fuels, reports Reuters. The rules were spelled out in draft legislation seen by Reuters. They still need the approval of lawmakers to go into effect.

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Green Credits Concept Mooted To Tackle Climate Change

Sep 13th, 2012 | By




The Hindu Business line: A 25-30-year environmental insurance and third party monitoring of projects could be one way to mitigate the threat to bio-diversity, a senior Environment Ministry official has said. However, mitigation alone, regardless of who takes the initiative, cannot tackle climate change challenges, said T. Chatterjee, Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF),

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Climate Change: Climate Change Timeline, Bye-Bye Birdies, and More…

Sep 11th, 2012 | By




Huffingtonpost: Thanks — ? — for the 2012 Memories… so far: An interactive 2012 timeline of 36 extreme climate and weather events worldwide so far highlights the avalanche of extreme weather predicted under ongoing climate change and now being observed worldwide. Such events will shadow an upcoming UN climate meeting of ministers, reports Apilaporn Vechakij

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Carbon Credit Fraud: How Big Firms Faked Green To Mint Gold

Sep 11th, 2012 | By




DNA India: A global attempt to arrest climate change by providing firms with incentives to invest in green technology is being manipulated in India for profit. Instead of reducing carbon emissions, the Clean Development Mechanism, or CDM, has helped firms, mostly private corporations, raise huge sums virtually out of thin air. Worse, as this three-part

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Rich Nations Commit to Help Pacific Fight Climate Change

Sep 10th, 2012 | By




Scidevnet: The Pacific Islands have obtained commitments from developed countries to help them protect their marine environment, and stave off threats from climate change and rising sea levels. At the Pacific Islands Forum last month (27–31 August), United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced an investment of US$25 million over five years to make

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Nepal: Bureaucracy Holds Up Climate Adaptation Finance

Sep 6th, 2012 | By




IRN News: A tortuous planning process in Nepal is preventing climate adaptation funding – earmarked under the country’s National Adaptation Programme of Action (NAPA) – from reaching local communities, experts say. “We are so engrossed in national processes,” Raju Pandit Chhetri, co-author of a 2011 Oxfam report on climate adaptation finance, told IRIN. “Let us

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Bhutan: USD 12 Milion For Adaptation Programmes

Aug 29th, 2012 | By




Bhutan today: In what will be the biggest adaptation project to be implemented by Bhutan, the National Environment Commission (NEC) is developing the second phase of the National Adaptation Programme of Action (NAPA) which is estimated to cost about USD 12 million. NAPA is a mechanism under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

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Wanted: Better Bridges Between Science And Aid Efforts

Aug 24th, 2012 | By




Scidevnet: Aid innovators are calling for more interaction with research and development communities, ahead of World Humanitarian Day, reports Imogen Mathers. [LONDON] In the aftermath of the devastating bomb attack on the UN’s Baghdad headquarters on 19 August 2003, the UN General Assembly pushed through a resolution to hold an annual commemoration of those who

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Green Climate Fund to Discuss $100bn Pledged by Rich Countries

Aug 24th, 2012 | By




Guardian: UN body set up to be world’s single biggest source of financing for climate change mitigation faces complex and difficult task. The fate of billions of dollars of promised funding from rich countries to help the developing world adapt to climate change will be discussed on Thursday in Geneva, at the first meeting of

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Disaster Preparedness and Climate Change: A Role For The Private Sector

Aug 23rd, 2012 | By




CSR Asia: A recent report by Maplecroft highlights the fact that six Asian countries were among the 10 countries whose economies were most vulnerable to catastrophes. The list is headed by Bangladesh and the Philippines, which along with Burma are considered to be at ‘extreme’ risk. The other countries included India, Vietnam, and Laos. The

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US: Using Climate Finance To Kill The Indian Solar Panel Industry

Aug 22nd, 2012 | By




CSE India: The United States is using the climate ‘fast start financing’ to its pervert advantage for ruining the Indian domestic solar photo-voltaic (PV) manufacturing industry – says Centre for Science and Environment (CSE). Currently, 80 per cent of the Indian manufacturing capacity is in a state of forced closure and debt restructuring with no

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Crops, Cancer And Climate Change: The Corporate Hijack Of Science

Aug 22nd, 2012 | By




Countercurrent: When rich companies with well-positioned, politically-connected lobbyists fund their own research and distort outcomes for their own ends, like some giant pharmaceutical company tinkering with our food or using poisonous pesticide, we are in serious trouble. Due to the corporate takeover of science, our rights and freedoms are currently in the process of being

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As Green Climate Fund Finally Meets, Funding Remains Uncertain

Aug 22nd, 2012 | By




IPS News: Five months behind schedule, the board of the newest and largest international financing mechanism aimed at dealing with the effects of climate change, the Green Climate Fund, is finally slated to meet this week, just ahead of a late-summer deadline. On Monday, however, insiders admitted that funding plans for the ambitious initiative –

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Climate Change: Time Now For The Action Plan

Aug 20th, 2012 | By




IBN Live: With climate change becoming a reality for our world to contend with, a highly detailed assessment of the likely impacts of this phenomenon in Kochi will be undertaken soon by the project partners of the Asian Cities Adapt project. The ambitious project, funded by German Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety

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India Sets Up Pivotal Climate Change Financing Unit

Aug 9th, 2012 | By




The Climate Group: The Indian Government has set up a new climate change financing unit which will give guidance to the Environment Ministry, in a bid to amplify the nation’s voice in international climate talks. The new Climate Change Financing Unit was created by the Finance Ministry and will be led by Principal Economic Adviser

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Deciphering A Green Economy

Aug 6th, 2012 | By




IRN: Two consecutive power outages affecting at least 600 million people spelt out India’s energy crisis as August began. Caused in part by a coal shortage and in part by poor rains, the lack of power makes a strong case for an urgent global need to consider alternative sources of electricity. Electricity is the engine that

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Building Urban Resilience To Climate Change

Aug 4th, 2012 | By




Environmental Expert: Certain characteristics make the urban environment particularly vulnerable to heat, flooding and water scarcity. For example, buildings and road surfaces store heat and prevent water from draining away, while in times of water shortage, high population density and the demands of industry put pressure on water sourced from the surrounding regions. As climate

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Spending Over 2.6% To Tackle Climate Change: India Fin Min

Jul 26th, 2012 | By




Zee News: India is spending over 2.6 percent of it’s GDP to deal with challenges of climate change and wants rich countries to honour their financial commitments to address green issues, according to a Finance Ministry paper. Also, India is committed to spend large resources through its planning process on meeting the domestic mitigation goal

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Rich Nations Should Do More On Climate, Say Chinese

Jul 25th, 2012 | By




The Conversation: Greenhouse gas cuts pledged by developed countries will not be enough to stop temperatures rising by 2 degrees by 2100, according to Chinese researchers who argue wealthy nations should bear greater responsibility for tackling climate change. The controversial assertion is contained in a paper published today in the US Proceedings of the National

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Public Climate Finance: Systems to Monitor and Evaluate Effectiveness

Jul 20th, 2012 | By




Climate Policy Initiative: This paper examines the M&E systems applied by a selection of eight multilateral and bilateral intermediaries, as well as the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change reporting framework. It was originally developed as a background paper for ‘Improving the Effectiveness of Climate Finance: Key Lessons’, a joint study by a consortium

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Deciphering UNFCCC Decisions On National Forest Monitoring Systems For REDD+

Jul 19th, 2012 | By




UN-REDD: As a comprehensive agreement on REDD+ gets closer with each Conference of the Parties (COP) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). It is essential that stakeholders around the world – especially in developing countries – fully understand the content, context and implications of adopted decisions. This is not always easy,

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Like Coffee And Cocoa, Bonds To Get Green Certified

Jul 18th, 2012 | By




Alertnet: Investors will soon be able to buy corporate bonds with a ‘climate’ certification, much as consumers with strong social and environmental convictions now buy coffee and chocolate products with labels such as Fairtrade and Rainforest Alliance. Carrying such a certification will enable institutional investors and pension funds, which have been looking to make their

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Where Will The Money Come From To Pay For Climate Change?

Jul 12th, 2012 | By




RTCC: Day two of the UN climate change agency’s finance workshop turned its attention to identifying specific sources of finance. The issue is a political hot potato at the climate talks with its Green Climate Fund already behind schedule, the current system expiring this year and unilateral funding schemes attracting criticism. Delegates showed again how

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Who Will Foot The Bill For Climate Change?

Jul 9th, 2012 | By




Daily Pioneer: Rio+20 summit can be summed up as a conference where it was decided to have more conferences and where nobody put the money on the table. Even as the intent of the meet was noble, it was not backed by commitments on financing or transferring of green technologies from developed countries to make

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Rio’s Roadmap Falls Flat, Civil Society Groups Say

Jun 25th, 2012 | By




IPS: RIO DE JANEIRO,  Jun 19 (TerraViva) – “Very disappointing.” That was the term business and non-governmental organisations used to describe the formal intergovernmental negotiations at the Rio+20 Earth Summit Tuesday. With overwhelming scientific evidence showing that the Earth’s ability to support human life is at serious risk, the Rio+20 summit is being held to

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Rio+20 to Asean: Climate Change, Biodiversity In Green Economy

Jun 18th, 2012 | By




A RECORD 30.6 trillion kilograms of carbon dioxide poured into the atmosphere in 2010, while the biggest climate-change negotiations in history failed in Copenhagen 2009. Fifty thousand species are threatened by extinction, leaving the world’s 2010 Biodiversity Target, to significantly reduce the current rate of biodiversity loss, out of reach. Around 2 billion people lack

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Rio+20: Opportunity To Fast Track Transition to Green Economy

Jun 15th, 2012 | By




UNEP: New Report Presents Key Policies and Building Blocks to Unlock Prosperity, Reduce Poverty and Support Environmental Sustainability Rio de Janeiro,  14 June 2012— A transition to a green economy could lift millions of people out of poverty and transform the livelihoods of many of the 1.3 billion people earning just US$1.25 a day around

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New Paradigms And Challenges Push Donors To Align Efforts

Jun 12th, 2012 | By
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Devex: During the Asian Development Bank’s annual meeting last May, the ADB and Inter-American Development Bank pledged to strengthen Asian and Latin American ties by formally partnering to explore research and capacity-building opportunities in the areas of disaster risk reduction, urbanization, and infrastructure development. “In the area of development and all the impacts from development,

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Transfer Payments In Global Climate Policy

Jun 9th, 2012 | By




Nature: Many scientists and policymakers agree that large financial flows from richer to poorer countries will be necessary to reach an agreement on reducing greenhouse-gas emissions enough to keep global warming below 2 °C. But the required amounts of transfer payments and justifications for them remain contested. We contribute to this debate by developing an argument

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Review: Financing For A Reason

Jun 6th, 2012 | By
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There are set of local, national and regional agencies and institutions (actors) working upon various aspects of mountain development. Majority of the actions are targeted towards the security of human populace and environmental condition in Himalayas. During our interaction with various stakeholders in Himalayan region we asked about their views upon the role of such

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Asia–Pacific Analysis: Support For Adaptation Is A Must

Jun 4th, 2012 | By




Scidevnet: Forecast to be underwater by 2050, the Pacific island states must plan for climate adaptation, with global support, urges Crispin Maslog. An innocuous story in the ocean of online news recently caught my attention. It said that an entire Pacific island nation was considering an unusual back-up plan for survival: moving its entire population

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LDCs Call For A Quick Decision Of The Second Period On Kyoto Protocol

May 31st, 2012 | By




Bhutan and Climate Change: negotiators gather in Bonn for the latest round of talks this month, the LDC group has proposed a strong set of recommendations to achieve a legally binding agreement The least developed countries (LDC) including Bhutan are pushing for a decision on the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol in order

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Funding Gap Stokes Interest In Market For Climate Adaptation

May 25th, 2012 | By




Alertnet: In southwest India, where farmers have suffered from drought, local development group Samuha is working on ways to boost soil moisture, extend the growing season and introduce new crops that can better survive dry periods.  In mountainous Bhutan, the Tarayana Foundation is exploring how to protect poor, remote communities from landslides which could increase

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Green Economy: Experts Stress On Equal Gender Participation

May 21st, 2012 | By




Tribune Pakistan: After having provided recommendations to the government for formulating a national strategy on environment, the second day of the two-day conference on green economy concluded on Saturday. Industrialists and experts discussed challenges and possible solutions for environmental issues facing the country at the conference titled “National Consultation on Green Economy”. The subjects covered

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Rich Nations Stall Talks On Their Record Of Cutting Emissions

May 19th, 2012 | By




Times of India: On the second day of the Bonn climate change negotiations, the US, the EU and other developed countries tried to stall discussions on whether the rich countries had met their obligations on reducing emissions and financing the poor countries. Many developed countries pushed for talks to take place only on a new

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UN Talks Take First Steps On 2015 Climate Deal

May 19th, 2012 | By




AFP: UN members on Thursday took their first steps in a marathon to negotiate a new global pact by 2015 that for the first time will place rich and poor under a common legal regime to tackle climate change. Meeting in Bonn, the 195 parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) began

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Nobody Is Exempt From Climate Responsibility

May 17th, 2012 | By




New Scientist: Could Christiana Figueres have the world’s toughest job: getting all nations to agree how to tackle climate change? We talk to the UN’s climate chief. You are in charge of the United Nations climate negotiations – a notoriously tricky process. What would be considered a successful outcome?The governments need to put in place

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Bonn 2012 Climate Change Talks: Where Is The Ambition?

May 14th, 2012 | By




RTCC: Seasoned climate change activists will know that the annual UNFCCC Bonn Climate Change conference starts this coming Monday morning. It’s an important summit that will provide an idea of whether the ambitions of the Durban Platform can be achieved. You’ll recall that the agreement set the ball rolling towards a comprehensive global emissions limit

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Bright Side Of A Dim Scenario

May 14th, 2012 | By




Financial Express: Fight climate change with green energy. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has emphasised on the need for incorporating renewables in the energy matrix for climate change mitigation and for reducing greenhouse gasses. India’s national agenda on climate change is to reduce carbon emissions by 25% by 2020 in tune with its Copenhagen

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Peru’s Coffee Growers Turn Carbon Traders to Save Their Farms From Climate Change

May 14th, 2012 | By




Guardian: Global warming threatens the future of Peru’s poorest coffee farmers, but one brand thinks it has found an answer on the financial markets. In the foothills of the Andes, in the Sierra Piura region of Peru, the problems faced by coffee farmers are clear. Up to 6,600 farmers produce here for the Central Piurana

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Asia-Pacific Countries Must Respond To Climate Change: UNDP

May 11th, 2012 | By




The Hindu: Countries in Asia and the Pacific must strike a balance between rising prosperity and rising emission as their success or failure will have repercussions worldwide, a latest report of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has said. “The Asia-Pacific region must continue to grow economically to lift millions out of poverty, but it

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A Green Economy Without Poverty

May 10th, 2012 | By




China Daily: In June 2012, Brazil will host the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, known as Rio+20. The time is right: there are clear signs that the current development models must be reformulated. Countries – regardless of their wealth – face serious economic and financial crises, social inequality, hunger, unemployment, losses in biodiversity and

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Adaptation Finance: How To Get Out From Between A Rock And A Hard Place

May 4th, 2012 | By




Centre for Global Development: Adaptation to climate change in developing countries is to a large extent about building resilience, including social and institutional responsiveness to change. In that sense it is about “development.” However, adaptation finance is not development assistance. It is better thought of as a financial transfer based on the “causal responsibility” for

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UN Boosts Research On Ecosystem Services

May 1st, 2012 | By




Forbs: The island of Hispaniola is split between two countries – Haiti and the Dominican Republic – each with more than its share of problems.  Haiti’s are worse, and for myriad reasons, but one thing is clear: over its tumultuous history, Haiti has lost more of the living ecosystems that support its economy than its

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Six Nations Bid To Host Green Climate Fund

Apr 30th, 2012 | By




Financial Express: The green climate fund (GCF), established as a result of the Durban talks last year for easy access to funds for developing countries tackling climate change, has found interest from six countries—Germany, Switzerland, Namibia, Mexico, Korea and Poland. The six countries have expressed interest to host the fund referring to the ability to

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Agency Plea Over Climate Warning

Apr 26th, 2012 | By




BBC News: Leading energy ministers have been told the world is on track for a long-term temperature increase of 6C unless they change their priorities. The International Energy Agency (IEA) said on current trends, emissions would double from 2009 to 2050. The deputy director of the IEA, Richard Jones, urged ministers: “Please take our warning

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Private Sector Can Help Promote Agricultural Climate Change Mitigation

Apr 25th, 2012 | By




CGIAR: Corporate social responsibility (CSR) and supply agreements in the agricultural sector have a significant role to play to promote agricultural climate change mitigation and decrease pressure on the earth’s land and climate. Private sector engagement can also promote food security and positively affect the livelihoods of smallholder agricultural producers in developing countries. This states

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Undeveloped Nations Urged To Adapt To Climate Change

Apr 23rd, 2012 | By




Business Mirror: There is an urgent need to enhance the capacity of poorest communities to cope with climate change and minimize risk to natural disasters, particularly in Africa with 414 million people and Asia with 1.9 billion people, according to the Sixth International Conference on Community-based Adaptation on Climate Change. “Communities in poor countries are

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The Green Economy and Sustainable Hegemony

Apr 10th, 2012 | By
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IHDP (GEC): Shades of Green Global Perspectives on the Green Economy The capitalist system has since its emergence as a dominant economic model faced scrutiny and scepticism, which has in many parts of the world reached a zenith in the wake of a global economic crisis and after decades of environmental degradation. Some would consider

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Observing Nepal’s Steps For Climate Resilience

Apr 9th, 2012 | By




Telegraph Nepal: The Nepalese Ministry of Environment launched the Nepal Climate Change Support Programme at the International Conference of Mountain Countries on Climate Change in Kathmandu, April 5, 2012. The first phase of this Euro 16.5 m (NRs 1,800,000,000)  programme aims to reduce the vulnerability of 2 million women and men in the Mid and

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Indo-French Project To Study Effects Of Climate Change On Farming

Apr 8th, 2012 | By




Deccan Herald: The Indo-French Centre for the Promotion of Advanced Research (CEFIPRA) on Monday launched a multi-disciplinary Indo-French research project titled ‘Adaptation of Irrigated Agriculture to Climate Change (AICHA).’ The study aims at developing an integrated model for analysing the impact of climate change on ground water-irrigated agriculture in south India. Berambadi village and surrounding

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Farm Focus For Saving Trees

Mar 30th, 2012 | By




Nature-Jeff Tollefson: Round-table talks aim to slow climate warming by transforming agriculture. The principle is seductively simple: to reduce carbon emissions, leave tropical forests standing. But a widely heralded approach in which rich nations would pay poorer ones to keep their forests intact has proved trickier to deploy than many had hoped. Now a consortium

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Climate Change To Cost Pakistan Up To $14 Billion Annually

Mar 23rd, 2012 | By




Daily Times, ISLAMABAD: Climate change could cost the economy of Pakistan up to $14 billion each year for natural disasters and other losses, which is almost 5 percent of the country’s gross domestic product, this was stated by Former Federal State Minister for Environment Malik Amin Aslam. He was addressing a seminar titled ‘Outcomes of

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Sharper Tools For A Low Carbon Economy

Mar 20th, 2012 | By




Like 2011 before it, 2012 is shaping up to be another year of economic volatility, political instability and environmental challenges for Australia. It is easy to be distracted by short-term issues but against this backdrop, climate change mega-trends are continuing. Evidence of climate change driven by our economic dependence on polluting technologies continues to grow.

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Combating Climate Change: Net Benefits

Mar 20th, 2012 | By




The idea of pulling carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere is a beguiling one. Could it ever become real? THOSE who worry about global warming have a simple answer to the problem. Simple in theory, that is: stop pumping carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. In practice that is rather hard to do. But there is

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