Himalayan Nations at Climate Change Conference-CoP21

Dec 3rd, 2015 | By
HImalayan nations

Over 150 heads of state and government gathered in Paris at the UN climate change conference on Monday, 30 November, the largest group of leaders ever to attend a UN event in a single day. In speech after speech, they provided political leadership and support to reach an ambitious and effective climate change agreement by

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Changing Winds

Jan 29th, 2015 | By

Express News Service: US President Barack Obama could hardly have missed the irony of conducting talks on climate change in what is, according to some indices, the world’s most polluted city. But despite disappointing those awaiting major concessions on emissions-reduction targets like the one Obama brokered with China last year, the modest agreement that was

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We Should Not Surrender to Climate Change

Jan 27th, 2015 | By

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

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Japanese Technology to Boost Flood Warnings in South Asia

Jan 25th, 2015 | By

IANS: A sophisticated flood forecast model developed by Japanese scientists will enhance early warnings and help mitigate the impact of climate change in the flood-ravaged trans-boundary river basins of India, Pakistan and even China. Rainfall and snowfall data from the three countries located in the Indus and Mekong river basins will be fed into a

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

Jan 21st, 2015 | By

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

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Village Saves World From Climate Change

Jan 18th, 2015 | By

Having declared their region climate-caring in November 2014, farmers in Terong village, Bantul regency, Yogyakarta, have backed up their words with actions by not cutting down trees in the area before time. The postponement of the logging has been enacted in the hope that the trees will absorb carbon dioxide (CO2), thus mitigating the effects

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States, Donors Must do More to Tackle Rising Disaster Risk: U.N.

Jan 15th, 2015 | By

(Thomson Reuters Foundation) – As economic losses from disasters rise around the world, more effort is needed to reduce the risks from extreme weather and earthquakes in every area, from infrastructure to health, the United Nations disaster prevention chief said. Margareta Wahlström, head of the U.N. Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), said in an

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Obama to Slash Methane Emissions 45% by 2025

Jan 15th, 2015 | By

The White House laid out its long-awaited strategy to reduce emissions of methane from the oil and gas industry on Wednesday. Methane, a greenhouse gas that has 25 times the warming effect of carbon dioxide, must be reduced to 40-45% below 2012 levels by 2025, the government announced. The Environmental Protection Agency will issue proposed

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We Are the Last Generation That Can Fight Climate Change. We Have a Duty to Act

Jan 12th, 2015 | By

This year the UN marks its 70th anniversary. Sadly, there is little time for reflection or celebration. More pressing are the competing demands and challenges fuelled by an upsurge in conflict, disease and human suffering. These compel the international community to step up and provide the leadership needed to tackle them. Ebola continues to plague

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Knowledge Sharing Vital to Fight Climate Change

Jan 12th, 2015 | By

People will learn to effectively battle climate change once they pick up the idea of sharing knowledge, experience and good practices, experts and professionals told the concluding session of a four-day international conference yesterday. “Tackling climate change is inherently a learning-by-doing process,” said Dr Saleemul Huq, director of the International Centre for Climate Change and

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Poor Countries Shouldn’t Sacrifice Growth to Fight Climate Change

Jan 9th, 2015 | By

Last week, a draft of the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Transform report on the potential impact of increasing international temperatures was leaked to the press. According to news accounts, the panel is set to report that the globe may possibly quickly strategy a temperature exactly where the Greenland ice sheet begins irreversibly melting. More than

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China Plans to Extend Green Vehicle Subsidies Until 2020

Jan 5th, 2015 | By

(Reuters) – China will extend subsidies for new energy “green” vehicles to 2020, according to draft rules published on Tuesday, extending the current incentive scheme which expires at the end of 2015. The policy represents China’s latest effort to fight severe pollution and snarling traffic and is a boon to firms such as Warren Buffett-backed

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The 5 Most Important Developments in Climate Change in 2014

Dec 26th, 2014 | By

This year may go down as one of the more consequential years for action to prevent the worst effects of climate change. I have written in the past about why fighting climate change is proving to be such a challenge, but an end-of-the-year reflection on what we are getting right might make for a refreshing

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UN’s Technology Mechanism Launches First Project in Chile

Dec 14th, 2014 | By

The first research project to be funded under the UN’s Technology Mechanism, a process that supports the development of technologies that can help mitigate climate change, has kicked off. The project, which involves designing a network to monitor Chile’s biodiversity in the context of climate change, began the week before the UN’s COP 20 climate

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India Claims Plan for New Energy Mix is a Game-changer

Dec 10th, 2014 | By

India’s contribution to global carbon emissions was only 7% last year, yet there are fears being expressed in the western world that rapid population growth and development will mean this vast country will soon be a major polluter − like its neighbour, China. For the world, it is a continued worry that if the country

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India Calls for Strong Adaptation Measures at Lima Climate Talks

Dec 5th, 2014 | By

Members of the Indian delegation at the 20th session to the Conference of the Parties (COP20) made it clear that “adaptation is critical to the country’s development paradigm” in view of climate change. The new government under Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been a strong advocate of adaptation measures since coming to power in New

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EU Calls For Legally Binding Emissions Cuts At Lima COP20

Dec 4th, 2014 | By

At Tuesday’s Lima COP20 meeting, the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action opened its 13th session. The main event of the day, this ADP meeting started off with the preparations for next year’s Paris agreement. Co-chair Kishan Kumarsingh opened the main plenary of the Lima COP20 with negotiations on the

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UN: Cut CO2 Emissions to Zero by 2070, or Experience a ‘Global Catastrophe’

Nov 21st, 2014 | By
Global warming and greenhouse gas and carbon CO2 emissions : coal power plant

The Guardian: The world must cut CO2 emissions to zero by 2070 at the latest to keep global warming below dangerous levels and prevent a global catastrophe, the UN warns. By 2100, all greenhouse gas emissions – including methane, nitrous oxide and ozone, as well as CO2 – must fall to zero, the United Nationals

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Rich Countries ‘Backsliding’ on Climate Finance

Nov 18th, 2014 | By
Flooding in Dhaka continues

The $10bn (£6bn) in climate aid which Britain and other rich countries are expected to formally pledge this week represents a backsliding on earlier climate finance transfers, according to observers. Countries are together expected to offer around $10bn to the Green Climate Fund (GCF) at a meeting in Berlin on Thursday, with the UK becoming

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World on Track to Meet 2020 Goal for Protected Land, Sea, More Work Urgently Needed – UN

Nov 14th, 2014 | By

While the world is on track to meet a 2020 target on the expansion of protected areas, more work is needed to ensure areas of importance for biodiversity and ecosystem services are prioritized for protection under equitably managed conditions, according to a new United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) report released today. “Protected areas not only

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Why Warnings on Climate Spark Aggressive Denials

Nov 9th, 2014 | By
Polar Bears (Cubs), Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska

If you don’t like the message on climate change, it seems that the answer is to shoot the messenger. According to a new book by veteran environmentalist George Marshall, thousands of abusive emails − including demands that he commit suicide or be “shot, quartered and fed to the pigs, along with your family” – were

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Poor Nations Urged to Leapfrog Harmful HFC Refrigerants

Oct 13th, 2014 | By

SciDev.Net: Efforts to rid the world of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), a group of powerful greenhouse gases mainly used as refrigerants, may depend on developing nations being able to leapfrog these chemicals to less harmful alternatives, an environmental group has warned. HFCs were introduced following the 1989 Montreal Protocol as a replacement for chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), which deplete the ozone

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More Nations Commit to Fight Climate Change by Restoring Forests

Sep 25th, 2014 | By

UNEP News Center: World leaders announced new pledges to restore over 30 million hectares of degraded forest lands today at the UN Climate Summit in New York. The commitments come from Ethiopia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Guatemala, and Uganda, among others, and more than doubled the number of hectares contributing to achieving the Bonn Challenge

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Climate Change Remedies ‘Affordable’, Says Global Body

Sep 16th, 2014 | By

BBC: The body, a group of chief executives, former prime ministers and finance ministers, argues the cost of tackling climate change is modest. Its report says adding 5% to the $6 trillion (£3.7tn; 4.6tn euros) a year due to be spent on power and transport projects could buy clean technology. Critics say the report is

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Old Climate Change Formula no Longer Exists, Say Scientists

Sep 16th, 2014 | By

IANS: The traditional formula on climate change that says that regions that have a moist climate will experience additional rainfall is no longer valid, scientists say. The old formula that dry gets drier and wet gets wetter (DDWW) is less universally valid than previously assumed, stressed a team of climate researchers from the Swiss Federal Institute

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China Could Launch National Carbon Market in 2016

Sep 1st, 2014 | By

The market, once launched, will be the biggest in the world. China currently emits almost 30% of global emissions. The government is currently finalising rules for the scheme, which will harness the experience of the seven regional pilot markets already operating across the country, Reuters reports. “We will send over the national market regulations to the State Council

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ADB to Support Landslide Control Project in Myagdi

Sep 1st, 2014 | By

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has decided to provide financial support for the Lampata Landslide Control Project in Myagdi district. A mission team led by ADB Representative Laxmi Adhikari, who arrived in Myagdi to inspect the landslide in Babiyachaur VDC-5, has agreed to provide support through the Decentralized Rural Infrastructure and Livelihood Project (DRILIP) under the

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Glacial Melting: Data-sharing Needed to Mitigate Disasters

Aug 18th, 2014 | By

Tribune: Standing on a cliff, he pointed down at the Hopar Glacier, more than a thousand metres below, its surface covered by massive boulders it had swept out of its way as it carved a valley through the Karakoram Mountains. In the distance rises Mt Spantik, the snow-covered, 7,027 metre-high confluence of five major glaciers, including

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Pakistan’s Glaciers: Data-sharing Needed to Mitigate Disasters

Aug 13th, 2014 | By

“Our elders used to say this glacier was very high, so high there was no one living here. This was a giant glacial lake,” Sajjad Ali said. Standing on a cliffside, he pointed down at the Hopar Glacier, more than a 1,000 metres below, its surface covered by massive boulders it had swept out of

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World Bank Move to Boost Carbon Pricing

Aug 12th, 2014 | By

The World Bank Group, businesses groups, and investors have called on governments and corporations to support carbon pricing to cut green house gas (GHG) emissions and reduce the worsening impacts of climate change. The group has been organising a statement on carbon pricing and has consulted partner countries, governments, and business associations including the World

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Kiribati Calls for Global Action on Climate Change

Aug 6th, 2014 | By

Republic of Kiribati President Anote Tong yesterday called for cooperation among countries to tackle changes brought on by climate change, saying that it is a moral issue with responsibility shared by all nations. Delivering a speech at the 44th annual conference of the Asian-Pacific Parliamentarians’ Union (APPU) in Taipei, Tong said that “business as usual

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UNEP and Japan Announced Partnership to Tackle Air Pollution in Asia and the Pacific

Jul 27th, 2014 | By

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and Japan have announced a new partnership to tackle air pollution in Asia and the Pacific with 70 per cent of the estimated seven million air pollution-related premature deaths each year occurring in the region. The Asia Pacific Clean Air Partnership is an initiative launched by the UNEP Regional

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Deep Decarbonising Can Still Happen

Jul 24th, 2014 | By

The UN’s inspirational vision for climate change control is one that each and every one of us can share, says May East Take a deep breath. Take a deep breath and be aware of what you are breathing. For the first time in human history we are the first humans to breathe 400 parts per

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UN Initiative Strengthens Drought Monitoring and Early Warning in Asia-Pacific

Jul 4th, 2014 | By

UN News Center: Although drought is a “silent killer” in Asia and the Pacific, access to scientific information and knowledge remain a challenge for many countries in the region, the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP)said today at a milestone forum on drought monitoring and early warning. “Over the past three

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UN Gains New Powers to Tackle Air Pollution

Jun 30th, 2014 | By

The UN’s Environment Programme (UNEP) was mandated to step up its work on air quality by the UN Environment Assembly at a meeting last week in Nairobi. This means the international body now can support governments by helping to remove obstacles to tackling air pollution, as well as providing data and reporting on progress. “Many States already

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Bangladesh Uncovers the Crippling Cost of Climate Change Adaptation

Jun 23rd, 2014 | By

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

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Keep the Climate, Change the Economy

Jun 20th, 2014 | By

The Guardian: This month, the Obama administration announced new rules aimed at cutting carbon pollution from power stations by 30% from 2005 levels by 2030. Never before has a US president attempted to regulate carbon dioxide emissions from power stations and the move has been hailed by scientists and policymakers as an important step towards a global economy

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Fighting Desertification Will Reduce the Costs of Climate Change

Jun 18th, 2014 | By

From the Philippines, Pakistan and the United States to the Middle East and Horn of Africa; death, food shortages, loss of homes and incomes or damage to infrastructure has followed in their wake. As disasters travel from one region to the next, many of us watch helplessly wondering what we can do about it. Yet, everyone

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Show Us The Money if Countries are to Curb Climate Change: IEA

Jun 3rd, 2014 | By

In a major report highlighting trends in energy spending, the Paris-based agency said $53 trillion will need to be funnelled towards lower carbon energy and efficiency over the next two decades in order to limit a rise in global temperatures to below 2C. A total of $1.6 trillion was spent on all types of energy extraction, generation

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‘Great Opportunities’ in Agriculture, Forestry to Mitigate Climate Change: IPCC Chairman

May 12th, 2014 | By

Reuters: The agriculture and forestry sectors play a crucial role in climate change mitigation, the world’s top climate change expert said Tuesday, calling for action ahead of the next round of negotiations on a new agreement to replace the Kyoto Protocol. “The path we have to follow is very clear if the world wants to limit

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Climate Change Affects us All

May 7th, 2014 | By

The Guardian: Three decades from now the world is going to be a very different place. How it looks will depend on actions we take today. We have big decisions to make and little time to make them if we are to provide stability and greater prosperity to the world’s growing population. Top of the priority

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Waiting for Climate Change

May 4th, 2014 | By

The Brahmaputra river basin is considered as highly vulnerable to climate change impacts according to recently published scientific literature. The information and the knowledge base on the dynamics of causal factors and impacts are still emerging. Awareness about the climate change impacts, the means of mitigation or the need of adapting to the same is

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‘High Speed Mitigation Train Needs to Leave the Station,UN Climate Report

Apr 14th, 2014 | By

UN News Center: Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed the findings of a long-awaited United Nations report on the mitigation of climate change released earlier today in Berlin and urged all countries “to act swiftly and boldly” to reach a “global, ambitious and legal [climate] agreement in 2015.” The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s latest report, Climate Change 2014: Mitigation

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Corporates Weigh Risks, Opportunities of Changing Climate

Apr 6th, 2014 | By

Europe’s company board rooms are very much alive to the risks posed by climate change – and are also busy analysing business opportunities it might provide. That’s among the findings of a survey by the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), an EU-based non-profit organisation specialising in corporate environmental information, and Acclimatise, a consultancy group which gives business advice on

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Is APP’s Zero Deforestation Pledge a Green Villain’s Dramatic Turnaround?

Mar 26th, 2014 | By
App deforestation in Indonesia : Forest clearing in the Kerumutan area in Riau, Sumatra, Indonesia

The Guardian: When Ken dumped his long-term girlfriend Barbie via giant Greenpeace poster on the Mattel toy company HQ in Los Angeles in 2011, he said: “Barbie: It’s over. I don’t date girls that are into deforestation.” Mattel was one of over 130 global companies that bought paper packaging from the world’s biggest pulp and paper company, Asia Pulp and

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War for Water in Kithulgala

Mar 17th, 2014 | By

Kithulgala is Sri Lanka’s premier white-water rafting location but a hydro-power project threatens the future of this tourist attraction. The Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) is building the Broadland Hydropower Project on the Kelani River as a run-of-river (ROR) type power plant. ROR plants need little or no water storage but under this project the Maskeli

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Exploring Resilience in Climate Compatible Development

Mar 9th, 2014 | By

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

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Soil as Carbon Storehouse: New Weapon in Climate Fight?

Mar 5th, 2014 | By

In the 19th century, as land-hungry pioneers steered their wagon trains westward across the United States, they encountered a vast landscape of towering grasses that nurtured deep, fertile soils. Today, just three percent of North America’s tall grass prairie remains. Its disappearance has had a dramatic impact on the landscape and ecology of the U.S., but a key

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New Climate Hubs are a Critical Resource in Addressing Climate Change

Feb 21st, 2014 | By

There is sufficient scientific evidence to support the fact that climate change and its associated extreme events are happening now. With the recent historic drought conditions in California and little explanation as to why it is happening, climate change has been suggested as a potential cause. To address climate change impacts and help prepare the

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Climate Change Mitigation: Government Sets Out 10 Initiatives

Feb 4th, 2014 | By

The Express Tribune: A report titled “Work Programme for Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation in Pakistan: Priority Actions” was launched on Monday at the Planning Commission to implement the projects in partnership with LEAD Pakistan. The Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) is funding the initiatives to help the government cope with climate change issues, thus

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Climate-Smart Agriculture: A Worm’s Eye View

Jan 21st, 2014 | By

Thomson Reuters Foundation: The very first thing most farmers in Río Piedras proudly show visitors is a squirming, writhing handful of red wriggler worms. Although most would probably prefer to see a fresh cup of coffee, the importance of the humble earthworm to the people of this region takes precedence over conventional hospitality. Researchers from the

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Flood Defenders go Back to Nature to Keep Vulnerable Homes Dry

Jan 11th, 2014 | By
National Trust Holnicote Estate floods defences :  Nigel Hester and Robert Williams

The Guardian: After the torrential rain of Christmas Eve, logs stacked outside Helen Webber and John Hesp’s thatched cottage were washed away down the lane. The rust-red river that surges past their 400-year-old home in the north Somerset village of Bossington was rising rapidly, and automated alarm calls by phone had awoken them in the early

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Report Backlash May Have Contributed To Uttarakhand Disaster – Experts

Dec 13th, 2013 | By
Flood aftermath in Kedarnath, a huge land mass towards Mandakini cut of

Thomson Reuters Foundation: A report warned a decade ago about the threat posed by a glacial lake that in June burst its banks and contributed to flooding that killed thousands in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. But fears that the report – and reporting about it – were too sensational may have contributed to a

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MDBs Deliver $27bn in Climate Change Financing

Nov 18th, 2013 | By

Multilateral development banks (MDBs) provided almost $27 billion worldwide in financing to address the challenges of climate change in 2012, according to the second joint MDB report on climate finance. The report was released in line with the commitment by MDBs to enhance the transparency of their investments in climate change mitigation and adaptation. The

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Adapting to Climate Cchange in Bangladesh

Oct 7th, 2013 | By

SciDev.Net: Natural disasters — particularly tropical cyclones, tornadoes, storm surges and flooding — occur frequently in Bangladesh. With changing weather patterns, these disasters are predicted to become both more frequent and more intense. During the past century, over 400 tropical cyclones have struck Bangladesh’s coast, causing widespread devastation and death. Earlier this year, Cyclone Mohasen

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Mountains And Climate Linked Disasters: Less Concerned Actors

Oct 1st, 2013 | By

Climate Himalaya: Disaster related early warning systems are available in South Asian countries like Nepal, and neighbouring countries like India should learn and adopt such technologies in their region. A side event at 4th Global Meeting of Mountain Partnership was organized by Climate Himalaya and Centre for Environment Education India at Erzurum, Turkey on 18th

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In India : Only 15 States Have Disaster Response Force

Sep 12th, 2013 | By
Okhimath Disaster-Gajendra rautela-2

Hindu: Only 15 states have so far set up their own respective State Disaster Response Force following direction from the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) earlier this year. Only 15 states have so far set up their respective state dedicated forces meant for immediate response to disaster and also involve in community capacity building and

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UNEP Report: On Low Carbon Transport and City Planning

Sep 11th, 2013 | By

Three reports released by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) evaluate and summarize options for low carbon city planning, non-motorised transport (NMT) and infrastructure risks due to climate variability in India. The reports were published as part of the project on ‘Promoting Low Carbon Transport in India.’ The first report, titled ‘Low Carbon City: A Guidebook for

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Disaster Relief: Avoid Old Mindset And Jargons

Jul 24th, 2013 | By

Climate Himalaya: In this article it is argued that Disaster Management practice in India need to change the old mindset of disaster relief, to include quick planning and actions, using verifiable space data and avoid delay causing detailed assessments in deciding any government run relief package. We need to be cautions against the current jargons such

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Green Warriors Turn To Engineering To Save The Earth

Jun 11th, 2013 | By
Global warming due to increased greenhouse gas emissions since the Industrial Revolution is a major global concern.

New Indian Express: The recent announcement by climate watchers that carbon dioxide level in the atmosphere has crossed a psychologically significant barrier of 400 parts per million raised all the intended alarm bells world over. In a field which has been continually consuming a lot of public attention, and where the public are fed bits

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