Mitigation

Nepal To Share Micro Hydel Skills In Region

Nov 5th, 2012 | By
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Ekantipur: The Nepali expertise in developing micro-hydropower projects to help rural communities meet their energy demands will soon be imparted to other countries in the region and beyond. Experts with the Alternative Energy Promotion Centre (AEPC), under the Ministry of Environment, Science and Technology, will be offering technical assistance and training in developing micro-hydropower projects

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Why Businesses Must Focus On Climate Change Mitigation And Adaptation

Nov 5th, 2012 | By
Adaptation means recognizing and preparing for impacts like water stress, coastal flooding, or supply chain disruptions. Photo credit: Flickr/dachalan




WRI: This week, Hurricane Sandy drew attention to the increasing climate-related risks for communities and businesses. More and more companies are recognizing and reporting on actions they’re taking to “mitigate” climate change, reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions through energy efficiency, renewable power, and cleaner vehicles. Now, businesses are finding they’ll also need to “adapt” to

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Biodiversity Protection Needs Community Input

Nov 5th, 2012 | By
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Scidevnet: A pledge to increase support for biodiversity targets in developing countries is welcome, but care for indigenous people is vital too. This month’s meeting of the 11th Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), held in Hyderabad in India, came as a reality check on the capacity of

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Kaira For Regional Cooperation To Manage Climate Change, Risks

Nov 3rd, 2012 | By
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AP of Pakistan: Minister for Information and Broadcasting Qamar Zaman Kaira said on Thursday that Pakistan realizes that managing climate change and the accompanying risks were not possible without regional cooperation and coordinated efforts. Speaking at a meeting on “Engaging SAARC for Disaster Resilience” here he said that disaster risk reduction needs to be a

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Adapting to Climate Change: Assessing World Bank Group Experience

Nov 3rd, 2012 | By
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IEG of World Bank: Developing countries are not yet well adapted even to current climate risks: floods, droughts and storm.  Yet those risks are becoming harsher as the world warms, climate extremes become more intense, and the oceans rise – the consequences of human-caused greenhouse gas emissions. This evaluation draws lessons from World Bank Group

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Towns in Argentina Unite to Confront Climate Change

Nov 3rd, 2012 | By
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IPS News: Through everyday practices like avoiding the use of disposable products and sorting garbage for recycling, communities in the Argentine interior are joining forces to implement more effective environmental policies. Over 30 small and medium-sized municipalities in Argentina are jointly developing policies for climate change adaptation and mitigation. The idea is to raise awareness

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UN’s Clean Development Mechanism Set For 2013 Revamp

Nov 1st, 2012 | By
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The Sunday Morning Herald: The Clean Development Mechanism, the United Nations program designed to lower greenhouse-gas emissions in developing countries, is set to be revamped next year as initial commitments under the Kyoto Protocol expire. “Everything is on the table” for making the program more effective, Niclas Svenningsen, manager of strategy and policy development at

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Growing Greenhouse Gas Emissions Due to Meat Production

Oct 31st, 2012 | By
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UNEP: Both intensive (industrial) and non-intensive (traditional) forms of meat production result in the release of greenhouse gases (GHGs). As meat supply and consumption increase around the world, more sustainable food systems must be encouraged. Why is this issue important? For many thousands of years, mankind has lived in close proximity with numerous animal species,

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Poverty Food Security And Climate Change In Nepal

Oct 30th, 2012 | By
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One World South Asia: The rate of poverty in Nepal fell from 31% in 2003 to 25% in 2010. The reduction would have been greater but for the decision to upgrade the standard basket of food that is valued as the core component of the national poverty line. The measure of inequality also improved, the

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Climate Change Mitigation ‘Far Cheaper Than Inaction’

Oct 29th, 2012 | By
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Nature: Tackling the global climate crisis could reap significant economic benefits for both developed and developing countries, according to a new report. The impacts of climate change and a carbon-intensive economy cost the world around US$1.2 trillion a year — 1.6 per cent of the total global GDP (gross domestic product), states ‘Climate Vulnerability Monitor:

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It May Be Too Late to Stop Global Warming

Oct 29th, 2012 | By
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ABC News: Here’s a dark secret about the earth’s changing climate that many scientists believe, but few seem eager to discuss: It’s too late to stop global warming. Greenhouse gasses pumped into the planet’s atmosphere will continue to grow even if the industrialized nations cut their emissions down to the bone. Furthermore, the severe measures

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Adaptation From A Business Perspective-GIZ

Oct 26th, 2012 | By
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GIZ: An interview with Max Schön, Director, 2° Foundation. The 2° Foundation is named after its principal goal: to limit average global warming to a maximum of 2 degrees. It is an initiative undertaken by 12 leading figures in the German business community. Its aim is to support politicians in their efforts to establish market-based

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Asian Children Want Greater Involvement In Disaster Risk Reduction

Oct 26th, 2012 | By
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 Alertnet: Governments across Asia must involve children when they plan and implement projects to help disaster-prone communities mitigate risks and the impact, youth participants at a regional ministerial meeting said. The young representatives said children must be engaged as active agents of change in their communities, instead of being seen as helpless victims. “Including children

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Technology Is Key To A Low-Carbon Future

Oct 26th, 2012 | By
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ITU: New Broadband Commission climate report confirms technology is the key to a low-carbon future: Governments urged to harness the power of information and communication  technologies to dramatically cut emissions. Broadband can help transition the world towards a low carbon-economy and address the causes and effects of climate change, according to a new report just

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Will Climate Change Lead To More Droughts?

Oct 26th, 2012 | By
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Guardian: Although climate change is expected to lead to slightly more rainfall at the global level, the timing and distribution of that rain is likely to change, increasing the chance of drought in some regions. The details are very difficult to predict, however. This is partly because regional climate impacts are strongly dependent on large-scale

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10 Lessons From 10 Years of The CDM

Oct 25th, 2012 | By
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Climate Report: The Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) is the first and by far the largest carbon offset instrument in the world. To date, it is the only market based on an environmental commodity which managed to attract several billions of euros of private capital on an annual basis. Being the first-of-a-kind climate change mitigation instrument,

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From Climate Antagonists To Low-Carbon Protagonists

Oct 23rd, 2012 | By
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The Changing Role of the Gulf OPEC States in the UNFCCC. Surging domestic energy consumption in the Gulf region is increasingly threatening oil and gas export revenues. The United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Saudi Arabia are initiating multiple experiments to improve energy efficiency and introduce renewable energy, prompting the emergence of new domestic actors. Still,

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Extreme Weather Creating Urgent Need For Better Forecasts

Oct 23rd, 2012 | By
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Alertnet: Since returning to farming after decades of displacement during Sri Lanka’s long civil war, Kusmalatha Tammitta has faced a new enemy: extreme weather, particularly long droughts followed by bursts of heavy rain. “There are 22 wells in this village. All are dry,” Tammitta told AlertNet. After an eight-month drought, she said, she had lost

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Pakistan Should Take Strong Position On Global Climate Change Issues

Oct 22nd, 2012 | By
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Business Recorder: A renowned Climate Scientist, Professor Dr Qamar-Uz-Zaman Chaudhry remained the director general of Pakistan Meteorological Department between 1996 and 2010. He is a research scientist in the fields of Global Warming & Climate Change, Meteorology, Atmospheric Sciences, Hydrology and Seismology. He has produced more than 70 research papers and articles, published in national

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Adaptation To Climate Change’ Should Be Focus

Oct 19th, 2012 | By
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Business Day live: Attempts to control or curb the emission of greenhouse gases, linked by science to the overall rise in global temperatures, were “probably too late to arrest the inevitable trend of global warming”, two scientists, one from South Africa’s University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), said in an opinion piece published in the peer

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Welcome To The UN’s Secret Climate Adaptation Summit

Oct 19th, 2012 | By
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COP11 in Hyderabad is probably the biggest climate adaptation conference you have never heard of. Representatives from 192+ countries have travelled to India, drawing a crowd of 14,000 delegates to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity’s (CBD) bi-annual summit. But aside from a solitary New York Times journalist who arrived on Monday, media coverage outside

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Report Finds Climate Change Poses Threat To Indian Farmers

Oct 18th, 2012 | By
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IDS: A new synthesis report (pdf) about the challenges posed by climate change in India has found that changes in temperature and rainfall will have a serious effect on already fragile farming communities. The report is part of a joint project by the UK’s Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) and the Indian Ministry

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South Asian Children Abused, Put To Work After Climate Disasters

Oct 18th, 2012 | By
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Alertnet: South Asian children suffer physical violence and sexual abuse in the wake of climate-related disasters, and some are sent out to work or to beg for food and money, according to new research that includes firsthand accounts from children. Interviews, group discussions and consultations with more than 3,400 disaster-affected children and nearly 1,200 adults

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New Gore Twist To Fire Footage

Oct 16th, 2012 | By
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NT NEws: AN Alice Springs filmmaker has refused to sell footage of a firestorm to former US vice-president Al Gore – to use in Mr Gore’s climate presentations – because the event was unrelated to climate change. Chris Tangey from Alice Springs Film and Television recorded the phenomenon on Curtin Springs Station, 360km southwest of

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Floods In India’s North State Displaced 1.8 Million Children

Oct 16th, 2012 | By
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China.org.cn: The three waves of devastating floods in India’s north state of Assam this year have left nearly 1.8 million children, along with their families, displaced, an assessment done by an NGO Save the Children, said Monday. The NGO found that the first round of flooding affected the districts of Barpeta, Nalbari, Morigaon, Jorhat, Tinsukia

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Expert Voices: Rotterdam Climate Proof, City of Rotterdam

Oct 15th, 2012 | By
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National Geographic: A new digital platform bolsters efforts of nine global cities at the leading-edge of climate adaptation. Situated where the mouth of a river meets a larger body of water, delta cities are particularly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, such as storm surges and flooding. This urgent issue sparked the first conversations

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Report Calls For Using Ecosystems In Disaster Prevention

Oct 12th, 2012 | By
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SciDev.Net: More research is needed to understand how ecosystems can help reduce disaster risks around the world, according to a report launched in Brussels, Belgium, today. The World Risk Report 2012 says that human development activities have “massively raised the hazard potential”. It cites the destruction of coral reefs and mangrove forests in South-East Asia

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Land Use, Climate Change Adaptation And Indigenous Peoples

Oct 11th, 2012 | By
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Energy Bulletin: For indigenous peoples, resilience is rooted in traditional knowledge, as their capacity to adapt to environmental change is based first and foremost on in-depth understanding of the land. As climate change increasingly impacts indigenous landscapes, communities are responding and adapting in unique ways. In a recent statement to the Conference of Parties to

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Climate Change: Tackling The Information Void

Oct 11th, 2012 | By
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IRIN: Services to inform communities about the climate are available in higher-income countries, but are not reaching the people most in need of them in developing countries due to lack of government investment and a disconnect between experts and communities facing extreme weather. “Those parts [that] are worst covered are some of the most disaster

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Dealing With Reality:

Oct 11th, 2012 | By
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Journal of World Energy Law and Business, 2012: The Kyoto Protocol was intended to cut the greenhouse gas emissions of developed countries to 5 per cent less than they were in 1990, and this was to be achieved by the end of 2012. As that deadline approaches it is time to take stock of what

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Disaster Prevention Needs Far More Investment, Say Experts

Oct 9th, 2012 | By
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Scidevnet: A major global relief and development agency has called upon world governments to make binding commitments to reduce risks from climate change-related disasters such as drought and flooding. Islamic Relief, which currently works in 26 disaster-afflicted countries across the world, appealed to the UN to create a global contingency fund to finance drought and

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Asymmetric Effects Of Economic Growth And Decline On CO2 Emissions

Oct 9th, 2012 | By
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Nature: Estimating the trajectory of CO2 emissions, an important part of planning for climate change mitigation and adaptation, depends in part on understanding how these emissions are influenced by the economy. Although researchers have developed sophisticated models of the connections between the economy and CO2 emissions, prominently used modelling approaches implicitly assume that the effect

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Coordinated Climate Proofing Efforts In Indian Himalayan Region: Workshop Concludes

Oct 8th, 2012 | By
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A two days stakeholders workshop that was attended by over 130 stakeholders from 37 different institutes of 12 Indian Himalayan states, representatives of 7 State Governments, 27 Experts from various national and State level institutions, members of DST’s Expert and Steering committees, representatives of NGOs/Civil Society organizations, Senior officers of Central Ministries concluded at CSIR-

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Governments, Private Sector And Civil Society Deepen Common Understanding on Climate Financing

Oct 4th, 2012 | By
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UNFCCC: Meeting at a transparent and interactive workshop in Cape Town, South Africa, representatives of governments, major financial institutions, civil society and private sector entities have deepened their common understanding of what is required in terms of financial resources for developing countries to curb greenhouse gas emissions and to build their resilience to deal with

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Climate Events Are Not Proof Of Global Warming

Oct 3rd, 2012 | By
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Hurriyetdailynews: Extreme weather does not prove the existence of global warming, but climate change is likely to exaggerate it by messing with ocean currents, providing extra heat to form tornadoes, bolstering heat waves, lengthening droughts and causing more precipitation and flooding, according to a recent article in Scientific American. “A changing climate leads to changes

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Let’s Add Climate Knowledge To Agroforestry Plans

Oct 2nd, 2012 | By
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Scidevnet: We need to know more about how smallholder agroforestry can help farmers adapt to climate change, write James Roshetko and Rodel Lasco. [BOGOR] Much is known about agroforestry — the mixing of tree species with crops and livestock to enrich farmers’ livelihoods. But less is known about how it can help farmers adapt to

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UNFCCC Workshop On Long-Term Finance And Climate Finanance Platform

Oct 2nd, 2012 | By
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IISD/CFO: On the first day of the Second Workshop on Long-term Finance, held in Cape Town, South Africa, participants first heard keynote speeches. Via videolink, Sizwe Nxasana, CEO, FirstRand Limited, noted that governments alone cannot make the shift to a low-carbon economy and underlined the importance of involving all stakeholders. He called for regulations and

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Flood Havoc In Himalayan Foothills

Oct 2nd, 2012 | By
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Thirdpole: Floods and their associated misery are an annual phenomenon in Assam. But even by those standards, 2012 is turning out to be a particularly bad year. From mid-September, the Brahmaputra and its tributaries overflowed their banks, for the third time during the May to September monsoon season. The surging waters broke through embankments in

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Climate Migrant Remittances Could Help Adaptation – Experts

Oct 1st, 2012 | By
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Alertnet: Migration linked with climate change is more likely to involve a steady step-up in existing patterns of movement around the world than the sudden surges of desperate refugees many governments fear, climate and migration experts say. Many argue, in fact, that migration – if prepared for and managed – could prove one of the

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Climate Change May Cause Severe Loss In The Economic Value Of European Forest Land

Sep 29th, 2012 | By
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Nature: European forests, covering more than 2 million km2 or 32% of the land surface1, are to a large extent intensively managed and support an important timber industry. Climate change is expected to strongly affect tree species distribution within these forests2, 3. Climate and land use are undergoing rapid changes at present4, with initial range shifts already

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Measuring Glacier Change In The Himalayas

Sep 29th, 2012 | By
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UNEP (GEAS): A serious lack of reliable and consistent data severely hampers scientific knowledge about the state of Himalayan glaciers. As a result, the contribution of glacial melt to the Himalayan river basins remains uncertain. This is of grave importance because declining water availability could threaten the food security of more than 70 million people.

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Climate Change Policy Should Pass A ‘Human Rights Test’

Sep 28th, 2012 | By
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Scidevnet: Using the human rights framework to tackle challenging ethical questions can guide climate policy, argues political philosopher Simon Caney. The international community recognises climate change as one of the largest problems facing humanity. But while the impacts are often framed in purely economic terms, the challenging ethical questions climate change raises are often overlooked. These

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Get Used To ‘Extreme’ Weather, It’s The New Normal

Sep 27th, 2012 | By
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Guardian: Scientists have been warning us for years that a warmer planet would lead to more extreme weather, and now it’s arrived. It has been a summer full of reports of extreme weather, of unparalleled scope and severity. Among the highlights: one of the warmest years on record in the US, record-high temperatures in central

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The Global Challenge of Climate Change

Sep 25th, 2012 | By
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Alertnet: The Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) came up with some simple but far-reaching findings. It stated for instance, “Warming of the climate system is unequivocal, as is now evident from observations of increases in global average air and ocean temperatures, widespread melting of snow and ice and rising

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Flash Floods Are Man-Made: Prof. Valdia

Sep 20th, 2012 | By




CSE: Environmental geologist K S Valdiya lives in Uttarakhand and keeps a tab on the changing geological processes in the Himalayan region. He was recently conferred with the G M Modi Award for Innovative Science and Technology for his contribution in the fields of Himalayan geology and neotectonics. Formerly a member of the prime minister’s

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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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Geophysical Limits to Global Wind Power

Sep 18th, 2012 | By




Nature: There is enough power in Earth’s winds to be a primary source of near-zero-emission electric power as the global economy continues to grow through the twenty-first century. Historically, wind turbines are placed on Earth’s surface, but high-altitude winds are usually steadier and faster than near-surface winds, resulting in higher average power densities1. Here, we

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Urgent Action’ Needed on Clean Development Mechanism

Sep 18th, 2012 | By




Scidevnet: A high-level panel has called for “urgent action” to safeguard the UN’s Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) by providing extra support to under-represented developing countries and focusing on sustainable development priorities. CDM allows developing economies to earn credits for projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, such as renewable energy production. These credits, known as Certified

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Himachal Pradesh Emerging as Model of Green Development: RK Pachauri

Sep 17th, 2012 | By




Jagaran post: Buoyed by the green initiatives taken by Himachal Pradesh, noted environmentalist and Nobel laureate R K Pachauri on Tuesday said the state could be “projected internationally” as India’s emerging model of sustainable development. Releasing the book titled ‘The Real Action-Green Growth Development Story of Himachal Pradesh,’ Pachauri, director general of TERI, offered multi-sectoral

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Cut Down on Red Meat, Save the Planet!

Sep 13th, 2012 | By




Times of India: Cutting out on consumption of red and processed meat consumption would not only prompt a fall in chronic diseases, but our carbon footprint would shrink by 28 million tonnes a year, a study suggests. Food and drink accounts for a third of all greenhouse gas emissions attributable to UK consumers, with livestock

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Wind Power Can Meet Global Energy Demands: Scientists

Sep 12th, 2012 | By




Times of India: With oil, gas and coal depleting fast, US scientists say that available wind power is enough to fuel all of the world’s energy demands. The atmospheric wind turbines in high altitude areas generate even more power than ground-and ocean-based units. Near-surface winds could provide more than 20 times global power demand and

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Could We Geoengineer The Climate With CO2?

Sep 6th, 2012 | By




New Scientist: Schemes for artificially cooling the planet can often seem wild and woolly. The latest such geoengineering scheme is no different: it involves frozen carbon dioxide, Antarctica and a whole lot of freezers. While the proposal is not as daft as it sounds, the numbers may not stack up. Ernest Agee and colleagues of

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CDM Key To Climate Change Mitigation, Adaptation

Sep 5th, 2012 | By




The Nations: The country can immensely benefit from the clean development mechanism (CDM) for climate change mitigation and adaptation, said Minister for Climate Change, Rana Farooq Saeed Khan, as he launched the CDM Guide Book for Pakistan, and inaugurated a CDM cell at the Climate Change Ministry. United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNDIO) representative for

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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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Has The Time Come To Try Geo-Engineering?

Aug 18th, 2012 | By




Scientific American: Earth’s average temperature has warmed by 0.8 degree Celsius over the last 100 years or so. The reason is increasing concentrations of greenhouse gases, particularly carbon dioxide, in the atmosphere. The concentration of CO2 has now reached 394 parts-per-million in the air we breathe—and would be even higher, roughly 450 ppm, if the

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Nepal: Government to Address Impact Of Climate Change

Aug 18th, 2012 | By




Himalayan Times: Ecosystem-based adaptation project to help people deal with challenges in Nepal. The government of Nepal, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) jointly launched the ‘Ecosystem based Adaptation in mountain ecosystem in Nepal (EbA)’ Project. The project aims at implementing an emerging

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Is Mitigation of Climate Change in Agriculture Necessary?

Aug 10th, 2012 | By




India water Portal: India like many other developing countries has focused its agricultural policies on increasing agricultural production to meet food security. While climate change mitigation has been included into its agricultural sector, the developed world argues that if it does not reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from agriculture, these emissions are expected to increase

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European Commission Reaffirms Climate Change Goals

Aug 9th, 2012 | By




Huffingtonpost: The European Commission urged the world on Tuesday to stick with a goal of limiting climate change to a maximum temperature rise of 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 F) after Washington said the target could not be guaranteed. “World leaders pledged in Copenhagen to stay below the 2C temperature increase. What leaders promised must now

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Updates On Uttarkashi Cloudburst and Flashflood 2012

Aug 9th, 2012 | By
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  Plan India/ SBMA:  On August 3rd and 4th night incidences of cloudbursts occurred in Uttarkashi area. It was around midnight when suddenly people noticed increasing water level with debris in the local rivers. People immediately started shifting from their houses  and tried to move to the safer locations. Some people were able to shift

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Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation in Community Managed Forests

Aug 8th, 2012 | By




RECOFTC Blog: Regan Suzuki highlights key points from a new RECOFTC publication that explores the potential links between climate change adaptation and mitigation.   The women proudly show off the now verdant forest surrounding the Chapini River. As one of the few female-led community forestry user groups (CFUGs) in this conservative area of Nepal close

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