Financing

India: Research On Climate Change Gets Rs 200 Crore

Mar 19th, 2012 | By




With climate change posing one of the biggest challenges, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee Friday announced Rs.200 crore for research to develop plant and seed varieties that yield more and can resist climate change. “Food security and agricultural development in the coming decades would depend upon scientific and technological breakthroughs in raising productivity. We have to

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Golbal Funding Vital To Take On Climate Change: Survey

Mar 17th, 2012 | By




Global funding is vital for countries like India to address concerns related to climate change as mitigation efforts ultimately involve costs, says the Economic Survey 2011-12, which for the first time has made a pointed reference to the challenge posed by climate change. Global funding through the multilateral mechanism of the Convention will enhance domestic

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Nepal: 40‚000 Biogas Plants Registered For Carbon Trading

Mar 6th, 2012 | By




Himalayan Times: Nepal’s 40,000 biogas plants have been registered with the Clean Development Mechanism of the United Nations Climate Change Convention (UNFCC) for carbon trading. According to the Alternative Energy Promotion Centre (AEPC) under the Ministry of Environment, the executive board of UNFCCC has approved 40,602 biogas plants so far. “Now, biogas use helps us

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Strengthening Social Resilience to Climate Change

Mar 4th, 2012 | By




The World Bank Board of Executive Directors approved a US$300.75 million Development Policy Loan  to support the institutionalization of policies aimed at strengthening social resilience to extreme situations — in particular those caused by climate change — and overcoming them. According to the World Bank , to this end, it promotes State-level climate change action

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Financing Climate Actions In Developing Countries: What Role Is There For NAMAs?

Mar 2nd, 2012 | By




The Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) framework has emerged as a result of the Copenhagen and Cancún Agreements and is used to encourage developing countries to reduce their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Theses NAMAs can be part of more comprehensive domestic low-carbon development strategies. However, new projects and policies, eligible to be considered as NAMAs,

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A New Way To Foster Climate Technologies In The Developing World

Mar 1st, 2012 | By
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This was commissioned by infoDev in collaboration with DFID and UNIDO to develop practical recommendations on the design of Climate Innovation Centres (CICs) in 2010. Based on rigorous analysis by Professor Ambuj Sagar and Bloomberg New Energy Finance, the report shows how CICs can: develop and deploy appropriate technologies to mitigate and adapt to climate

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Will CO2 Pricing Worsen The Climate Crisis?

Feb 29th, 2012 | By




A new report from the Nordic Council of Ministers highlights the potential consequences of acting as frontrunners in the global climate mitigation effort. Should the Nordic countries take the lead in the fight against climate changes and increase their carbon pricing unilaterally? Or will this simply result in the displacement of a number of high-emission

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New Study Highlights Need For REDD+ To Look Beyond Carbon

Feb 29th, 2012 | By




A new study on rubber plantations highlights the need for the REDD+ climate change scheme to further consider biodiversity and rural livelihoods. Agricultural policies worldwide have traditionally favoured the conversion of rotating crops to homogenous, permanent rubber plantations because they are often perceived to be more beneficial for local development and better sequesters of carbon.

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What Are The Options For Financing Climate Change Adaptation?

Feb 29th, 2012 | By




Although there is widespread agreement on the need for adaptation measures to limit the risks posed by climate change, there is no clear consensus on how much adaptation will cost or how it will be paid for. A recent World Bank report suggested that the price of adaptation in developing countries alone will be $70–100

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Leaked: Conservative Group Plans Anti-Climate Education Program

Feb 17th, 2012 | By




The Heartland Institute funds climate skeptics, including Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change founder Craig Idso, physicist Fred Singer and geologist Robert Carter. Leaked documents from the free-market conservative organization The Heartland Institute reveal a plan to create school educational materials that contradict the established science on climate change. The documents,

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Leak Exposes How Heartland Institute Works to Undermine Climate Science

Feb 16th, 2012 | By




Libertarian thinktank keeps prominent sceptics on its payroll and relies on millions in funding from carbon industry, papers suggest. The inner workings of a libertarian thinktank working to discredit the established science on climate change have been exposed by a leak of confidential documents detailing its strategy and fundraising networks. DeSmogBlog, which broke the story, said

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Rio+20: WEF Addresses Energy Poverty

Feb 3rd, 2012 | By




IISD: The World Economic Forum (WEF) held its annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, from 25-29 January 2012, gathering industry, business, government and other world leaders to discuss current issues. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon participated in two panels, on ending energy poverty and on the perspectives for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), warning “we

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New Soil Carbon Sequestration Methodology Approved

Feb 2nd, 2012 | By




World Bank and partners help smallholder farmers increase productivity and revenue A new methodology to encourage smallholder farmers in Kenya –and potentially worldwide — to adopt improved farming techniques, boost productivity, increase their resilience to climate change, and earn carbon credits, has been given international approval. The Verified Carbon Standard approved this first methodology on

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How Climate Change, Urbanisation are Changing Disaster Aid

Jan 27th, 2012 | By




Reuters: Picture this: a terrible drought forces you to abandon your meagre plot of farmland, so you migrate to a city where the jobs are, only to end up living in a slum regularly submerged by floods. It’s a scenario that’s going to become more and more familiar in coming years as climate change and

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The Ill Wind that Blew Bainpara towards a More Climate Resilient Future

Jan 25th, 2012 | By




Guardian: Three years after it was decimated by cyclone Aila, Bainpara in south-west Bangladesh is being rebuilt with UK assistance. On 25 May 2009, the village of Bainpara, in the district of Khulna on Bangladesh’s south-west coast, was wiped off the map. Driven by the 120km/h winds of cyclone Aila, a 12ft wall of sea

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Norway Pledges $300 Million/Year To Green World’s power

Jan 19th, 2012 | By




Reuters: Norway will spend NOK 1.8 billion ($300 million) a year to devise ways to help some of the world’s poorest people get better access to energy and to develop a new market-based system to limit emissions from global energy production, a foreign ministry official said Wednesday. The Nordic nation expects to launch a plan

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Ensuring Adaptation and Mitigation Measures in National Plans to Access Finance

Jan 19th, 2012 | By




India’s 12th Five-Year Plan seeks to sustain high rates of growth and improve human development outcomes for the country’s poor, while further reducing the carbon intensity of its GDP. However, adoption of strategies to achieve lower carbon intensity may require high levels of investment. Approaches to financing climate change were the focus of a day-long

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EU-DFID Programme Helps Nepal: EU Ambassador

Jan 17th, 2012 | By




Gorakhpatra: Dr Alexander Spachis was appointed as the first fully accredited European Union Ambassador to Nepal in November 2009. He joined the European Commission in 1981 and has over the years worked with various EU institutions, including the European Parliament and the Council. He has also served in the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs as

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Trees Near Homes Boost Incomes, Sequester Carbon

Jan 17th, 2012 | By




Sciedevnet: A form of small-holder agroforestry in which trees are planted around the home, maximising the land left available for cash crops, may prove the best balance between sequestering carbon and making money by farming other crops, a study has found. There has been a proliferation of projects that encourage small-scale farmers to adopt tree

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Nepal Government Tets Rs 1.8 Billion Grant for Climate Change

Jan 13th, 2012 | By




The Nepal government will be receiving Rs 1.8 billion grant from European Union (EU) and the British government’s Department for International Development (DFID) for the implementation of the Nepal Climate Change Support Programme (NCCSP)  The EU will be providing Euro 8.6 million and DFID will contribute Euro 7.9 million (total of Euro 16.5 million) to

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Himalayan Region to Adopt Environment-Friendly Technologies

Jan 11th, 2012 | By




We are republishing this news article that was published in 2008 Sep about the MoU between ICIMOD and GB Pant Institute of Himalayan Environment and Development Almora (Uttarakhand India) a nodal agency of Ministry of Environment and Forest, Government of India for research, technical and knowledge support in Indian Himalayan region. The MoU was signed

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Climate Change Risk Now Better Managed by Insurers

Jan 10th, 2012 | By




Business Insurance: Insurers and reinsurers are becoming more involved in managing risks related to climate change, though more work needs to be done, recent research concludes. In addition, the outcome of the recent U.N. Climate Change Conference in Durban, South Africa, was disappointing for the industry, according to a leading reinsurer. In a recent report

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Adaptation to Climate Change will Cost Plenty

Jan 10th, 2012 | By




Japan Times: Rising, warming and increasingly acidic seas threaten the very survival of Pacific island countries. The retreat of glaciers and snowfields in the Himalaya and Tibetan Plateau jeopardize these “water towers” on which 1 billion Asians depend for flows during the dry season and drought years. More than 450 million Asians live within the

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Sceptic Offers Top Dollar For Climate Change Deniers

Jan 9th, 2012 | By




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

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IPCC-Lies The USA Pays For

Jan 9th, 2012 | By




Daily Mail: Nearly half the money the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change spends comes from U.S. taxpayers, despite the fact that Americans are the most skeptical Westerners (after Canadians) of the dubious theory that man is causing the Earth to burn up uncontrollably. The IPCC, which shared a Nobel Peace Prize with Al Gore, who

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Developed World Failing on Climate Funds Pledge, Says Bangladeshi Minister

Jan 4th, 2012 | By




Guardian: Efforts by developed countries to redistribute promised funds to help poorer parts of the world avoid environmental disasters have been described as “dismal” by the foreign minister of Bangladesh. Dipu Moni said wealthier nations must begin immediately delivering the billions of pounds’ worth of aid they have earmarked for climate change projects. “Our achievements

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Going Green: Top 10 Bilateral Climate Change Donors In 2010-2012

Jan 3rd, 2012 | By




Devex: The world’s major bilateral donors continue to invest in climate change programming, primarily to comply with the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change $30 billion Fast Start Finance mechanism for enhanced action on mitigation, adaptation, REDD+, technology development and transfer and capacity building.The chart above and corresponding analysis shed light on the financial commitments

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AusAid seeks Proposals for Community-based Climate Change Action Grants

Jan 2nd, 2012 | By




AusAid is currently inviting proposals from Australian and international NGOs for the community-based climate change action grants, a funding scheme for NGOs to develop and implement community-based climate change responses in one or more Pacific Island countries or in a single country in South East Asia. Grant proposals can be submitted under any one of

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Climate Dawn

Jan 2nd, 2012 | By




Huffingtonpost: And not by eastern windows only,When daylight comes, comes in the light,In front the sun climbs slow, how slowly,But westward, look, the land is bright.  –Arthur Hugh Clough You might be surprised to learn that I think climate protection may have posted its best quarterly results ever in the last three months of 2011.

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Prioritizing Climate Change Efforts

Jan 2nd, 2012 | By




Korea Herald: Rising, warming and increasingly acidic seas threaten the very survival of Pacific island countries. The retreat of glaciers and snowfields in the Himalaya and Tibetan Plateau jeopardize these “water towers” on which one billion Asians depend for dry season and drought year flows. More than 450 million Asians live within the low-elevation coastal

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Nepal Does Not Need World Bank, IMF

Dec 30th, 2011 | By




My Republica: Laurence Brahm, lawyer, political-economist and author of dozens of books, founded the Himalayan Consensus and African Consensus movements. A vocal critic to the policies of World Bank and International Monetary Fund and the very notion of globalization, Brahm has been embedded with Wall Street Protestors. Born and educated in the US, Brahm has

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Success in Durban Cannot Disguise Need for Climate Adaptation

Dec 29th, 2011 | By




Business Green: Earlier this month, the world’s heads of state, government, industry and NGOs met in Durban, South Africa, to discuss our common future. These climate negotiations were more successful than many people had feared. A new international climate agreement will enter into force in 2020. This agreement makes life more predictable for industry and

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Going Deeper On What Happened In Durban: An Ethical Critique of Durban Outcomes

Dec 27th, 2011 | By




Climate Ethics: I. Introduction: What Is Missing In Reporting About The Durban Outcome? It has now been two weeks since negotiations at the 17th Conference of the Parties (COP-17) under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) were completed in the early morning of Sunday, December 11, 2011 in Durban, South Africa. We

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China Launches US$265 Million Ozone and Climate Change Project

Dec 22nd, 2011 | By




UNEP: China is the largest producer, consumer and exporter of HCFCs in the world. China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection today launched the HCFC Phase-out Management Plan (HPMP), a US$270 million project to cut consumption of Hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) by 1 January 2015. The HCFC-phaseout in China is impacting chemical production, foam, industrial and commercial refrigeration, air

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Adaptation to Climate Change – Any Real Progress?

Dec 21st, 2011 | By




Green Conduct: The last COP in Durban ended in a success for the UNFCCC process, but has more nebulous implications for the climate itself, with Kyoto put on artificial respirator and a more comprehensive agreement being pushed back to a later date. The most significant progress at Durban for climate change adaptation came in the

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An Uncertain Climate After Durban

Dec 20th, 2011 | By




Industrialized countries are still against the idea of bearing their share of burden in tackling climate change. The 17th Conference of Parties (COP) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) was convened in Durban when the membership of this multilateral body faced two exceptional challenges. First, a critical component of the convention,

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Durban Consensus: Funding Climate Affected

Dec 20th, 2011 | By




Dawn: There is now near consensus in the international climate community that Asia will be the most severely affected continent because of the changes associated with global warming. And Bangladesh, the Maldives, parts of India and almost all of Pakistan are likely to suffer the most. Bangladesh and the Maldives will be hurt because of

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River, Lake Conservation Plans Ineffective: CAG (India)

Dec 19th, 2011 | By




Financial Express: The ambitious plans of the ministry of environment and forests (MoEF) of Government of India to conserve lakes and rivers in the country have failed to deliver, with more than 80% of the projects not being completed on time and others not being utilised despite being constructed. These are the findings of a

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Durban Summit Set To Reshape Climate Financing

Dec 13th, 2011 | By




Business Green: Support for $100bn Green Climate Fund will help overhaul the UN’s carbon market and financing for forestry projects While reactions have been mixed as to the overall success of the Durban climate summit, some progress has been made in terms of agreeing a fund to help poor countries combat climate change, reform of

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US Says 2 Degree Limit Only ‘Guidance’

Dec 8th, 2011 | By




Zee News: (Durban) The US today shocked observers at the climate change conference here by saying that the 2 degree Celsius limit for increase in the Earth’s temperature is not like a “national target” but only a “guidance”. The 2 degree limit to global temperature rise was agreed in previous climate talks in Bali in

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It’s Time To ‘Rebrand’ Climate Change – Panel

Dec 7th, 2011 | By




Business Live Zambia: Negative perceptions of business strategies toward climate change have hurt the potential for profit, said UNFCCC boss Christiana Figueres. A panel of business leaders and investors echoed this sentiment at the World Climate Summit (WCS), an industry-focused side event at COP17. “Over the years we’ve boxed ourselves in to a very difficult

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Negotiations Must Deliver A Work Programme On Agriculture

Dec 6th, 2011 | By
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IPS (Durban): Negotiators at the 17th Conference of Parties owe it to the world’s more than seven billion people to deliver a deal with a work plan for agriculture, a sector that is expected to be the worst affected by climate change. Lindiwe Majele Sibanda, CEO of Food Agriculture Natural Resources Policy Advocacy Network told

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Forests Are Not For Carbon Stocks: Activists Condemn REDD at Durban

Dec 5th, 2011 | By




December 4, 2011 — Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal — “Bolivia came out swinging at its first press conference of the climate change conference” on December 1, reported the Durban Mercury’s Yusuf Omar on December 2. Head of the Bolivian delegation Rene Orellana criticised the Green Climate Fund “– which is meant to help

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UN Climate Conference: In Durban, Pakistan Wins ‘Robin Hood’ Award

Dec 5th, 2011 | By




Tribune Pak: Pakistan won the ‘Robin Hood’ award at the UN climate talks for proposing financial transaction tax (FTT) as an innovative source of financing the Green Climate Fund (GCF), on Saturday. The award was given to Pakistan by the youth constituency of the UNFCCC, known as YOUNGO. “The Green Climate Fund is very important

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Kyoto Protocol And Climate Fund On Shaky Ground

Dec 2nd, 2011 | By
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IPS: Just a few days into the United Nations climate change negotiations, deep divides on the conference’s key issues have arisen. Serious doubts about the adoption of the Green Climate Fund have cropped up, while a second period of the Kyoto- Protocol looks more and more unlikely. A number of South American countries, the United

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

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

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How Safe Are The Safeguards? Durban Highlights

Dec 1st, 2011 | By
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Durban Post: Dr. C. S. Silori* writing from Durban on Day-II & III, 29-30 November 2011 I had promised to come back, and here I am again with a short report of what happened on day 3 of the ongoing conference of the parties (COP 17) in Durban. It was a hectic day, as I

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A Global To Region Perspective: Raising Mountain Voice At Durban !

Nov 29th, 2011 | By
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K N Vajpai: Writes on the expected outcomes from Durban Climate Change Conference (CoP 17)in terms of growing momentum of action and alarm bells from new researches. His discourse is about the meager role played by the leaders from most vulnerable regions like Himalayas and Andes during this important global conference.   With the representation

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Understanding to Commitments

Nov 29th, 2011 | By
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Durban Post: Dr. C. S. Silori* writing from Durban on Day-I, 28 November 2011 The 17th Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the 7th Session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties (CMP 7) to the Kyoto Protocol,

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At Meeting On Climate Change, Urgent Issues But Low Expectations

Nov 28th, 2011 | By
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New York Times: With intensifying climate disasters and global economic turmoil as the backdrop, delegates from 194 nations will gather in Durban, South Africa, starting Monday to try to advance, if only incrementally, the world’s response to dangerous climate change. To those who have followed the negotiations of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate

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Solar Innovations In India: Making A Cut With The Momentum For Change Initiative?

Nov 28th, 2011 | By
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Suman K A: The UNFCCC Secretariat in partnership with Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will create a series of platforms to encourage adaptation and mitigation projects that have promise to deliver high resilience and low carbon growth. This will be done through the Momentum for Change Initiative to be launched in Durban at CoP17. The

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UNDP and NIAR Signed $500,000 Agreement For Training Of Officials-India

Nov 27th, 2011 | By
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United Nations Development Programme and National Institute of Administrative Research sign USD500, 000 agreement to strengthen training of officials on climate change issues. The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the National Institute of Administrative Research (NIAR), Government of India,  signed a partnership in support of national efforts to address climate change through strengthening the

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UN Report Cites Alarming Rise of Greenhouse Gas Levels

Nov 24th, 2011 | By
Polar ice sheets have accelerated their retreat while global temperatures added up 1.4 degrees Fahrenheit since the onset of frenetic industrial activities, prompting scientists to suggest that time may be running out to arrest the ill-effects of climate change.




International Business Times: Polar ice sheets have accelerated their retreat while global temperatures added up 1.4 degrees Fahrenheit since the onset of frenetic industrial activities, prompting scientists to suggest that time may be running out to arrest the ill-effects of climate change. This according to the latest report issued on Monday by the U.N. World

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India’s Urgent Need for Climate Adaptation Measures

Nov 23rd, 2011 | By




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

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Pachauri’s Rhetoric vs Reality

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

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IPCC Link Climate Change Extreme Weather

Nov 18th, 2011 | By
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Guardian: IPCC expected to confirm link between climate change and extreme weather. Report likely to conclude that man-made emissions are increasing the frequency of storms, floods and droughts.  Climate Change is likely to cause more storms, floods, droughts, heatwaves and other extreme weather events, according to the most authoritative review yet of the effects of global

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Winter Tourism and Climate Change: A case

Nov 15th, 2011 | By
Ski piste with artificial snow in Davos where snow melts more than two weeks later than adjacent to the piste. (Photo by Christian Rixen)




MRD Journal: Winter Tourism and Climate Change in the Alps: An Assessment of Resource Consumption, Snow Reliability, and Future Snow making Potential The winter tourism industry is facing considerable challenges with climate change; it is increasingly responding with investments in snow making facilities. We present a study on 3 tourism destinations in the Swiss Alps

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Perception-based effect on Bhutan

Nov 14th, 2011 | By
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Kuenselonline: Lack of equipment and trained personnel impedes analysis of available met data Climate Change A major part of the Eastern Himalayas, where  Bhutan is located, is undergoing a warming trend of about one-degree Celsius per year. The director of department of hydro meteorology services, Karma Tshering, yesterday in his presentation  “climate change over Bhutan from

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Focus on climate, food security

Nov 14th, 2011 | By
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Daily Star: 17th Saarc Summit ends in Maldives with 20-point Addu Declaration; South Asian leaders also agree to forge effective cooperation for full implementation of Safta, better connectivity and steps towards Saarc Market for Electricity. The 17th Saarc summit ended at Addu in the Maldives yesterday with the adoption of a 20-point Addu Declaration to

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INR 8.35-cr Anti-erosion project for Brahmaputra

Nov 11th, 2011 | By
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Assam Tribune: The Planning Commission has accorded investment clearance to implement anti-erosion works to protect Brahmaputra dykes. This project is estimated to cost Rs 8.35 crore. The dyke works relate to 69 km (Uluberi) and 78 km (Borigaon). The proposed scheme envisages anti-erosion measures for a 9000-m long reach on the south bank of the

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