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Climate-Battered South Asia Looks to Rio+20 Formula

Aug 8th, 2012 | By




IPS News: Far-flung South Asian communities, from the high Himalayan slopes to the Indian Ocean coasts, united in the face of extreme and uncertain weather, continue to hold on to the hope that the Rio+20 focus on disaster risk reduction (DRR) will positively influence national policies. “There is hope in India, the biggest country in

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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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Asia Won’t Achieve Climate, Poverty Goals Unless Women’s Rights Are Recognized

Jul 23rd, 2012 | By




Science Codex: New research released today by the Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) shows that despite more understanding, more resources, and policy recommendations, women continue to be largely marginalized and ignored or exploited in resource management processes throughout Asia – to the detriment of global climate and poverty reduction goals. This suite of analyses, released

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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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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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Kids To Take Part In Mountain Conservation Meet

Jul 9th, 2012 | By




The News International: As many as 120 children hailing from different parts of Pakistan left Monday for Abbottabad to take part in the 10-day long 11th National Children’s Mountain Conservation Meet (NCMCM), says a press release. Speaking on the occasion, Brigadier (r) Muhammad Akram, President of the Adventure Foundation Pakistan (AFP), said that children and

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After Rio+20, Developing Countries Must Take The Lead

Jul 9th, 2012 | By




SciDevnet: Last week’s summit has confirmed that sustainable development will only be achieved through the political leadership of developing countries. Two and a half years ago, the Copenhagen climate change conference (COP15) ended in rancorous and highly public disagreement between developed and developing nations on what was needed to prevent further global warming. The outcome

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Peoples’ Summit in Rio +20 for Social and Environmental Justice

Jul 9th, 2012 | By




Social and popular movements, trade unions, people, civil society organizations and environmentalists from around the world present at the Peoples’ Summit in Rio +20 for Social and Environmental Justice, lived in the camps, the mass mobilization, in the debates, the construction of the convergences and alternatives, conscious that we are subjects of a different relationship

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The Future We Want: Our Common Vision

Jul 6th, 2012 | By




Rio (UN): After years of preparations, the UN Conference on Sustainable Development, Rio+20, concluded in Brazil on 22 June 2012.  1. We, the Heads of State and Government and high-level representatives, having met at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 20 to 22 June 2012, with the full participation of civil society, renew our commitment to sustainable

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Sustainable Development Is Survival: Bhutan PM At Rio+20

Jul 5th, 2012 | By




Bhutan Observer: Lyonchhen Jigmi Y Thinley on Thursday urged some 100 heads of states and governments to work towards treading on a saner, safer and more sustainable path of development for the sake of humanity’s future at the opening session of Rio+20 conference on sustainable development in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. Sustainability, wellbeing and happiness

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Mountain Development Climbs Up the Global Agenda

Jul 4th, 2012 | By




Reuters: The future of mountains and mountain people got a much-needed boost at June’s U.N. Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) in Rio de Janeiro. The Rio+20 declaration, “Our Common Vision”, adopted by heads of state and top-level government representatives from around the world, recognises the global benefits of mountain ecosystems and the vital contributions of

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Cancun Adaptation Framework: UNFCCC

Jul 4th, 2012 | By




UNFCCC: Parties adopted the Cancun Adaptation Framework (CAF) as part of the Cancun Agreements at the 2010 Climate Change Conference in Cancun, Mexico (COP 16/ CMP 6). In the Agreements, Parties affirmed that adaptation must be addressed with the same level of priority as mitigation. The CAF is the result of three years of negotiations on

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Future Compromised

Jul 3rd, 2012 | By




Downtoearth(CSE): The Earth Summit was a historical opportunity to set the world on the correct development trajectory. Negotiators from 191 countries came together to chart a road map for sustainable development and poverty eradication. The theme was green economy. But developed and developing countries refused to bury their differences. Developed countries were not ready to

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Communities Not Companies: New Approach For Community Forestry Needed

Jul 3rd, 2012 | By




CIFOR: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (26 June, 2012) _ Models for smallholder and community forest management need to be rethought if certification – a key tool for ensuring sustainable forest management – is to succeed, according to scientists from the Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR). Presenting on the sidelines of the Rio+20 Conference in

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Peru Leads Mountain Countries In Rio+

Jul 2nd, 2012 | By




Business Bhutan: Challenged by harsh realities of climate change, the South American country is willing to do everything it takes to ensure that mountains are recognized as an important aspect of sustainable development. The western South American country of Peru has advised its official negotiators to take an uncompromising stand on mountain issues when deliberations

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Nagoya Protocol On Access Benefit-Sharing To CBD

Jul 2nd, 2012 | By




IISD: The second meeting of the Open-ended Ad Hoc Intergovernmental Committee for the Nagoya Protocol (ICNP) on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization (ABS) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) begins today in New Delhi, India. It was preceded by a capacity-building workshop on

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Rio+20 Concludes With Big Package Of Commitments For Action

Jun 28th, 2012 | By




UN: More than $500 billion mobilized with over 700 commitments made Rio de Janeiro, 22 June – World leaders finalized an agreement at Rio+20 today that will advance action on sustainable development, as businesses, governments, civil society and multilateral development banks announced  hundreds of voluntary commitments to shape a more sustainable future for the benefit

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Climate Change: Waiting for a Catastrophic Wake-Up Call

Jun 28th, 2012 | By




IPS News: Disasters are the new midwives of history. But in order to play this role, they need to be catastrophic, like the accidents in Chernobyl in 1986 and Fukushima in 2011 that led governments to suspend and even abolish their nuclear energy programs. Awareness of environmental deterioration is awakened by major disasters like the

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Pakistan Satisfied With The Final Document, Said Negotiators

Jun 27th, 2012 | By




The News: RIO DE JANEIRO: Pakistan’s negotiators during preparatory and final round of Rio+20 negotiations showed satisfaction on the final document. World leaders approved the outcome document for Rio+20, entitled “The Future We Want,” adopted by 193 members of the United Nations on June 22. The document calls for a wide range of action such

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Economic Climate Has Not Affected Views On Global Warming – Poll

Jun 27th, 2012 | By




Guardian: Guardian/ICM poll reveals public perception of climate change remains consistent despite political shift during financial crisis. A new Guardian/ICM poll reveals the public view of man-made climate change has remained consistent in the last three years, despite a change in Conservative party priorities in the financial climate. Photograph: Antonio Lacerda/EPA Photograph: Graphic The cold

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Regional Cooperation In Mountains: From Rio to Rio And Beyond

Jun 26th, 2012 | By




The international community recognized the importance of mountains at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 1992 through adoption of Chapter 13 in Agenda 21, the often referred to so-called “mountain agenda”. Chapter 13 underscored the role of mountains in global sustainable development. So far, the Alpine

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Rio+20 Summit Dubbed A Failure

Jun 26th, 2012 | By




The Hindu: The veil of mist hiding the Macico da Tijuca, the mountains that guard the Brazilian city of Rio, lifted as the Rio+20 summit concluded on Friday with the adoption of the outcome report on sustainable development. The report had been finalised by the heads of states and thousands of delegates after prolonged deliberation

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Scientists Criticise Lack Of Urgency In Rio+20 Accord

Jun 26th, 2012 | By




Scidevenet: The United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) ended last Friday (22 June) with an international agreement on the need for all countries to commit themselves to achieving sustainable development. The agreement immediately came under fire from several quarters for its lack of detail about how this will be done, and the absence of

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Climate-Smart Agriculture to Reduce Vulnerability

Jun 25th, 2012 | By




IPS: Agroforestry is gaining ground as a tool for climate change adaptation and mitigation in Central America, a region where global warming could generate losses equivalent to 19 percent of gross domestic product. Agroforestry is our only alternative to mitigate and adapt to climate change,” Alberto Chinchilla, executive director of the Central American Coordinating Association

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Rio+20: An Undesirable U-turn

Jun 25th, 2012 | By




Asian Age: Rio de Janeiro is a city of U-turns. The most frequent road sign in the city is “Retorno” — return. And Rio+20 or the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development followed that pattern. It was a great U-turn in terms of human responsibility towards protecting the life-sustaining processes of the planet. Twenty years

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Green Economy: Aggravates Migration Push-Factors

Jun 25th, 2012 | By




The attempts in Rio+20 by developed countries to downgrade agreements reached in the 1992 Earth Summit are acts that reveal the rapacious corporate agenda behind “Green Economy”. It is aimed at paving the way for further economic plunder by MNCs/TNCs of whatever that remains of the Earth’s natural and human resources, and to prop up

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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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Third Global Meeting of the Mountain Partnership at Rio+20

Jun 25th, 2012 | By




Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) Over 70 representatives of governments, IGOs and NGOs sat together as equals at the Third Global Meeting of the Mountain Partnership held on 19 June 2012, in the spirit of the type 2 initiative that was established 10 years ago in Johannesburg by the United Nations. Participants in the meeting filled

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To Fix The Climate, Take Meat Off The Menu: Rio+20

Jun 18th, 2012 | By




Washington Post: More than 50,000 U.N. officials, scientists, environmental advocates and a few heads of state will gather this coming week in Rio de Janeiro for a conference on sustainable development. They’re assembling 20 years after the first Earth Summit was held in the same city, and the goal now, as it was then, is

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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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Role of Mountains in Sustainable Development Strategies

Jun 18th, 2012 | By




MP Event at Rio: With their wealth of resources, their diverse cultural heritage, and the knowledge their populations have passed down through generations, mountain regions can make a major contribution to sustainable development and to a greener global economy. However, mountain ecosystems are enormously sensitive to global shifts, including those due to climate change. Therefore,

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Environmental Issues And Youth In The Mountains

Jun 18th, 2012 | By
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Mountain Voice: In a series of our Mountain Voice, the Climate Himalaya team interacted with youth in western Himalayan region of India to understand that how aware and concerned they are about various environment issues and how involved the Youth’s are in various developmental processes. As per our interaction with Youth in western Himalayan region

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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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Greening The Economy With Agriculture

Jun 14th, 2012 | By




FAO: The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), through Resolution 64/236 of 24 December 2009, decided to organize the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, Rio de Janeiro, 3 to 6 June 2012 (UNCSD, also referred to as Rio+20). The two main stated themes decided by the UNGA for UNCSD are: a green economy in the

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Developing World Regions ‘Should Drive Their Own Change’

Jun 14th, 2012 | By




Scidev.net: Researchers from across the developing world are attending a series of meetings to push forward the science and policy issues they have identified for inclusion in next week’s Rio+20 summit. Science and technology communities from five regions (Africa, the Arab States, Asia Pacific, Europe and Latin America) met during 2011, and some of their

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Pace Of The Talks Needs To Be Accelerated: Rio+20

Jun 13th, 2012 | By




UNCSD: Negotiators concluded the last round of Rio+20 preparatory talks in New York on Saturday,  making progress that will pave the way for many outcomes and initiatives on major global sustainability issues later this month at Rio+20, the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, to be held in Rio de Janeiro from 20 to 22

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Why We Need Rio+20?

Jun 13th, 2012 | By




Rio+20 — the short name for the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development to take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in June 2012 — is a historic opportunity to define pathways to a safer, more equitable, cleaner, greener and more prosperous world for all. Twenty years after the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio, where

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Sustainable Development Timeline

Jun 13th, 2012 | By




IISD: Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring was published in 1962. Many consider the book’s release a turning point in our understanding of the interconnections among the environment, the economy and social well-being. Since then, many milestones have marked the journey toward sustainable development. This timeline captures some of the key events.   From its inaugural edition

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Green Economies To Green Societies

Jun 12th, 2012 | By
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UNESCO: We must not miss the opportunity of the 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development to set a new agenda for a sustainable 21st century. In Rio, we must see where we stand, cast a cold eye on our successes and failures and draw a new road map for the future. We are not starting

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What Does Green Economy Mean To Nepal And Himalayan countries?

Jun 12th, 2012 | By
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My Republica: During the upcoming Rio+20 summit in Brazil, the main expectation of developing mountainous countries in the Hindu Kush Himalayan region is stronger political commitment. Nepal, for example, hopes that the Rio+20 outcome document will express concrete global support for greater synergy, balance, and integration of the pillars of sustainable development—environmental, economic, socio-political, and

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What Will Happen In Rio?

Jun 12th, 2012 | By
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UNCSD:  About the Rio+20 Conference At the Rio+20 Conference, world leaders, along with thousands of participants from governments, the private sector, NGOs and other groups, will come together to shape how we can reduce poverty, advance social equity and ensure environmental protection on an ever more crowded planet to get to the future we want.

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Rio+20 Deal Difficult But Necessary: UNEP

Jun 11th, 2012 | By




AlertNet: The world has to transition to a green economy for its survival but the current economic downturn will make it hard to strike a deal at this month’s Rio+20 sustainable development summit, a senior U.N. official said on Friday. The June 20-22 meeting in Brazil, which is expected to attract more than 50,000 participants

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Rio Green Summit: Poverty Pollutes

Jun 11th, 2012 | By




The Daily Beast: Bjorn Lomborg on the Rio Green Summit: Poverty Pollutes. A message from Bjørn Lomborg to organizers of the Rio+20 environmental summit: poverty pollutes. The upcoming United Nations green summit in Rio de Janeiro is in trouble—and with good reason. The planners of the mammoth event have been unable to agree on just

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Rio 1992- Environmental Goals: World Still On Unsustainable Path

Jun 11th, 2012 | By




UNCSD: The United Nations environment agency today warned that the world “continues to speed down” an unsustainable path in spite of hundreds of internationally agreed goals to protect the planet, and stressed that drastic actions and big-scale measures are needed to reverse this pattern. “If current trends continue, if current patterns of production and consumption

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Rio+20: Getting Global Governance to Work for Hunger and Climate Change

Jun 9th, 2012 | By




Huffingtonpost: Agriculture stands at the nexus of three of humankind’s greatest challenges in the 21st century: achieving food and nutritional security, adapting to a changing climate that will severely hit agricultural production, and making a significant contribution to reducing the environmental footprint of agriculture. As the Commission on Sustainable Agriculture and Climate Change has argued,

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Restoring Environmental Flows: In Indian River Systems

Jun 9th, 2012 | By
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Himmotthan Society: How do we see our rivers as? Are they merely conduits for water that is to be used to its fullest extent? Or are they valued and revered ecosystems? The Himmotthan Society, India with International Rivers, U.S.A. and WWF-India aimed to answer these questions by organizing a workshop on ‘Environmental Flows’ with the

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Pakistan Heading Towards Extreme Weather Conditions

Jun 8th, 2012 | By




The Nations: COMSATS organised an event to celebrate the World Environment Day, in collaboration with the Meteorology Department of COMSATS Institution of Information Technology. Dr Ishfaq Ahmad, Senior Advisor on Climate Change and Development, Planning Commission of Pakistan, graced the occasion as the chief guest. In his keynote address, Dr Ahmad appreciated the holding of

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Unsustainable Track In 20 Years: UNEP

Jun 8th, 2012 | By




UNEP: World Remains on Unsustainable Track Despite Hundreds of Internationally Agreed Goals and Objectives. Ambitious Set of Sustainability Targets Can be Met, But Only with Renewed Commitment and Rapid Scaling-Up of Successful Policies Rio, 6 June 2012 – The world continues to speed down an unsustainable path despite over 500 internationally agreed goals and objectives

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The IPCC At RIO+20

Jun 1st, 2012 | By




Leading scientists associated with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) will be present at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), which takes place in Rio de Janeiro from 20 to 22 June, 2012, with preparatory meetings starting the previous week. The task of the IPCC is “to assess on a comprehensive, objective,

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Real Science, Real Choices: International Climate Conference

Jun 1st, 2012 | By




The Heartland Institute’s Seventh International Conference on Climate Change (ICCC-7) took place in Chicago, Illinois from Monday, May 21 to Wednesday, May 23, 2012. Videos of the presentations are available at Heartland’s Climate Conference Archive Site.http://climateconferences.heartland.org/iccc7/ The conference ended on a high note, with speakers and attendees agreeing that realists have taken the lead in

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Towards Maintaining Natural Flows In Our Rivers

May 31st, 2012 | By




  Himmotthan: Natural flow patterns are the heartbeat of a river. Each component of a flow regime – ranging from low flows to floods play an important role in shaping a river ecosystem and livelihoods of river-dependent communities. While many rivers in Northern India are still in a pristine free-flowing state in the upper reaches,

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Mechanisms Needed To Address Water Scarcity, Crops Productivity

May 30th, 2012 | By




Tribune: Speakers at the conclusion of an international conference on Monday underscored the need to come up with mechanisms to cope with climate change and its impacts on water scarcity and crops productivity. During the conference, titled “Climate change: A challenge for agriculturists”, speakers revealed that Pakistan’s per capita water will reduce to 800 cubic

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Bonn Climate Talks End In Discord And Disappointment

May 30th, 2012 | By




Guardian: Climate crisis is not caused by lack of options and solutions, but lack of political action, says Greenpeace spokeswoman The latest round of international climate change talks finished on Friday in discord and disappointment, with some participants concerned that important progress made last year was being unpicked. At the talks, countries were supposed to

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Bonn UN Climate Change Meeting Delivers Progress On Key Issues

May 29th, 2012 | By




UN Zambia: Meeting in Bonn for the first time after the historic UN Climate Change Conference in Durban, governments made progress in ensuring that this year’s conference in Doha, at the end of 2012, can take the next essential steps towards meeting the long-term challenge of climate change. Progress was made notably in the areas of preparing for the

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Slow Progress Since Earth Summit 20 Years Ago

May 27th, 2012 | By




AFP: Twenty years after the Earth Summit in Rio pledged to save the environment for future generations, observers and policy makers agree swifter action is required to avert climate catastrophe. But even as new warnings were issued this week of impending disaster — more severe droughts, disease spread and land-effacing sea level rises — climate

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Local Action Critical to Help Farmers Adapt to Climate Change

May 27th, 2012 | By




Conservation.org: How the UNFCCC will address agriculture — an issue not only critical to our food security, but the future of life on our planet — hangs in the balance. After two weeks of negotiations here in Bonn, country delegates were unable to resolve their differences and decided to take the issue up again at

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Pakistan Is ‘Food Insecure’ Despite Agricultural Output Growth

May 27th, 2012 | By




The News: Despite growth of agricultural output Pakistan is still ‘food insecure’ and facing high level of ‘hunger and malnutrition”, and climate change is threat to this country that can be tackled by educating communities, said Vice Chancellor, Pakistan Institute of Development Economics (PIDE), Dr Rashid Amjad. He was addressing project inception workshop on ‘Climate

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Indian Mountain Initiative’s Summit-II Concludes

May 26th, 2012 | By




CHEA: Over 200 delegates from Indian eleven mountain States at Gangtok in Sikkim deliberated on mountain issues related to water, livelihoods and Communities & forests of the Indian Himalayan region. The delegates along with Parliamentarians and legislators from Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram and Manipur participated in a two-day ‘2nd Sustainable Mountain Development Summit’ of Indian Mountain

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Brazilians Top Biodiversity And Rio+20 Awareness Poll

May 24th, 2012 | By




Scidevnet: Brazilian consumers came out on top for their awareness and understanding of both biodiversity and the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), according to the results of a survey in eight countries released last week (19 May) in São Paulo. The survey has been carried out by the Union for Ethical BioTrade (UEBT), based

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Eco Warriors, Arise!

May 24th, 2012 | By




Asian Age: In June 2012, world leaders along with thousands of participants from governments, NGOs and environmental groups as well as the private sector will come together in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil for Rio+20, 20 years after the Earth Summit was organised by the UN in 1992, to address urgent ecological challenges such as

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