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Green Economy: Experts Stress On Equal Gender Participation

May 21st, 2012 | By




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

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Water: The Means To End Poverty

May 19th, 2012 | By




Devex: It is difficult to change people’s perceptions of international development, especially when TV reports from the Horn of Africa and Niger seem to hark back to the famines and droughts of the 1980s. Despite three decades of increased funding and global campaigns, such as Make Poverty History, people are asking: What has changed? Since

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Rich Nations Stall Talks On Their Record Of Cutting Emissions

May 19th, 2012 | By




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

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Forest-Sourced Biofuel Is Bad For The Environment, New Study Warns

May 16th, 2012 | By




Click Green: A new study from the University of California, Davis, provides a deeper understanding of the complex global impacts of deforestation on greenhouse gas emissions. The study, published this week in the journal Nature Climate Change, reports that the volume of greenhouse gas released when a forest is cleared depends on how the trees

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Bonn 2012 Climate Change Talks: Where Is The Ambition?

May 14th, 2012 | By




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

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Climate Change – The Global Issue With Its Local Impact-Pakistan

May 11th, 2012 | By




The Tribune: A collective scientific approach is required for mitigating the impact of climate change which is one of the most serious social, economic and environmental challenges facing humanity. This was discussed at an international conference on “Climate Change: Opportunities and Challenges” held at the National University of Science and Technology here on Wednesday. The

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A Green Economy Without Poverty

May 10th, 2012 | By




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

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Mountain Perspective: Monism Of Ideas And Actions To Alternatives

May 7th, 2012 | By
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Dr. Sudhirendar Sharma: I’m indeed grateful to all the members who made written submissions to the discussions on ‘rewriting mountain perspective‘. At bilateral level, many others have contributed their unwritten thoughts and reflections. While many have gone public with their inputs, others have restricted themselves to drawing-room conversations such that they remain ‘unidentified’ in the

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Green Growth Sounds Nice, But Can It Deliver Climate Change Mitigation?

May 1st, 2012 | By




ICTSD: In this article, Ulrich Hoffmann calls into question the notion of “green growth,” asserting that economic growth cannot be decoupled from a related rise in greenhouse gas emissions. Many economists and policymakers advocate a fundamental shift towards “green growth” as the new, qualitatively-different growth paradigm, based on enhanced material/resource/energy (MRE) efficiency and drastic changes

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The Legacy And The Promise, Of Rio

May 1st, 2012 | By




GEF: This June the world community returns to Rio de Janeiro for the Rio+20 Summit. It is hard to believe that 20 years have passed since the first Earth Summit. So much has been accomplished as a result of that historic meeting; so much has changed; and so much remains to be done. It was

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Himalayan Glaciers Not Shrinking Alarmingly

Apr 30th, 2012 | By




The Himalayan glaciers are not shrinking at an alarming rate under the influence of the global warming syndrome. This was the assertion made by Dr Akhilesh Gupta, Advisor and Head of the Climate Change Programme of the Government of India (GoI). He was delivering the keynote address at a consultation workshop organised by the Assam

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Climate Science ‘Needs Greater Social Science Input’

Apr 28th, 2012 | By




SciDevnet: Climate researchers pay too little attention to social sciences, delegates at the International Conference of Mountain Countries on Climate Change have heard. The meeting in Nepal (5–6 April) was attended by around 30 country representatives, and concluded with a ‘Kathmandu Call for Action’, with a view to highlighting the specific needs of mountain countries

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Focus On Communication: Sixth Community-Based Adaptation Conference

Apr 27th, 2012 | By




IISD: The International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) Sixth International Conference on Community-Based Adaptation (CBA6) brought stakeholders and practitioners together to discuss community-based adaptation (CBA) planning and practices. The conference focused on communicating how communities are adapting to climate change, and addressed the following themes: scaling-up CBA; water resources; biodiversity and forests; coastal zones;

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Indigenous People Can Show Us How To Adapt To Climate Change-Experts

Apr 25th, 2012 | By




Alertnet: Indigenous communities around the world are highly vulnerable to climate change but instead of seeing them as victims, policy-makers should tap into their centuries-old knowledge of adapting to extreme weather patterns, aid workers say. In Iran, which has some 700 nomadic tribes, pastoralists have been successfully adapting to climate fluctuations for 12,000 years, development

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Undeveloped Nations Urged To Adapt To Climate Change

Apr 23rd, 2012 | By




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

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Politicking On Mountains

Apr 18th, 2012 | By




Himalayan Times: The government of Nepal recently hosted a high level international conference of mountain countries on climate change. Nepal extended invitation to 55 countries, however, only nine ministers attended and less than 30 countries sent their representatives. Regardless of the attendance, one must praise the courage shown by the government in hosting such a

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Indian PM Talks about: National Water Mission of Climate Action Plan

Apr 11th, 2012 | By




Press Information Bureau (GoI): The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh addressed the inaugural ceremony of India Water Week today in New Delhi. Following is the text of Prime Minister’s address on the occasion: “I am very happy to have this opportunity to inaugurate the India Water Week that is focussing this year on the important

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NASA Scientist: Climate Change Is A Moral Issue On A Par With Slavery

Apr 10th, 2012 | By




Guardian UK: Prof Jim Hansen to use lecture at Edinburgh International Science Festival to call for worldwide tax on all carbon emissions. Averting the worst consequences of human-induced climate change is a “great moral issue” on a par with slavery, according to the leading Nasa climate scientist Prof Jim Hansen. He argues that storing up

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South Asian Parliamentarian Workshop on Climate Change

Apr 10th, 2012 | By




CAN South Asia: South Asian countries, particularly the poorest people, are most at risk from the changing climate. The impacts of higher temperatures, more variable precipitation, extreme weather events, glacier melting and sea level rise are felt in South Asia and will continue to intensify. These changes are already having major impacts on the economic

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Planet Is In Critical State, Warns Science Declaration

Apr 6th, 2012 | By




SciDevnet: Earth has only one decade to pull itself back from various environmental ‘tipping points’ — points at which the damage becomes irreversible, scientists have said. If it fails to do so, it is likely to witness a series of breakdowns in the systems that sustain people, such as oceans and soil, according to a

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Climate Change: Understanding Rio+20

Apr 5th, 2012 | By




IRIN News: JOHANNESBURG- A Nobel laureate, a Swedish environmentalist’s idea, the “doughnut” concept, Scandinavia’s sense of social capital, measuring the quality of life, and valuing the oceans are just some of the things trending in the run-up to the Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development due to be held on 20-22 June 2012. Rio+20 will

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Mountain Partnership Meeting Addresses Sustainable Development in Argentine Andes

Apr 5th, 2012 | By




IISD (Biodiversity Policy and Practice): Argentina held a national committee meeting and workshop in the context of the Mountain Partnership’s “Strengthening participatory governance for sustainable development of the Andes” project. Participants examined a national mountain assessment report, and outlined an action plan and set of goals for strengthening participatory management in the Argentine Andes over

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SASE to Organise International Symposium On Cryosphere And Climate Change

Apr 3rd, 2012 | By




Himvani: Snow and Avalanche Study Establishment (SASE) of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) is organizing an International Symposium on Cryosphere and Climate Change (C3) at Manali from April 2 to 4, 2012. Official release issued by Director SASE, Mr Ashwagosha Ganju here today said that experts of international repute will present their papers in

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Status Of Climate Change Policy And Programmes In Nepal

Mar 31st, 2012 | By




Climate Change Network Nepal: A roundtable discussion on Progress and Implementation Status of Climate Change Policy and Programmes in Nepal was held successfully with participation of around 60 representatives from different government and non government organizations including development activists from 9 districts outside Kathmandu.Mr. Batu Krishna Uprety, Ministry of Environment (MoEnv.) shared the implementation status

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Science-Policy Relations ‘Stuck In Outdated Era’

Mar 31st, 2012 | By




SciDevNet: Scientists and policymakers need to shed outdated concepts about how they should interact and communicate with each other and other stakeholders, to make any dent in global progress in sustainable development, an international conference heard yesterday. The science-policy interface needs to abandon habits that are rooted in the post-World War theories on economic and

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Population adds to planet’s pressure cooker, but few options

Mar 28th, 2012 | By




PTI, London: The world’s surging population is a big driver of environmental woes but the issue is complex and solutions are few, experts at a major conference here say. Answers lie with educating women in poorer countries and widening access to contraception but also with reforming consumption patterns in rich economies, they say. The four-day

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The International Trade Climate Change Interface is emerging as a ‘new issue’

Mar 27th, 2012 | By




FAISAL AHMED, The Economic Times, India :The Conference of Parties (COP 17) Climate Conference held in Durban in November-December 2011 placed due impetus on some critical issues that emanate when climate change concerns intersect with trade policy issues. In fact, the interface between international trade and climate change is fast emerging as a ‘new issue’

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Climate Change The Mountain Agenda

Mar 27th, 2012 | By




Ramesh Parsad Bhushal, The Himalayan: “The government’s initiative to bring more than fifty countries to Nepal‚ and start a process for new alliance of mountain countries in the long run to hype the mountain agenda may have various implications in the future‚ but it depends on how the country deals with the challenges” From the

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IWMI Nepal Wins World-level Prize for Water

Mar 24th, 2012 | By




The Himalayan, KATHMANDU: The International Water Management Institute (IWMI), Nepal office, has been named for the Stockholm Water Prize Laureate for 2012. Awarded by the Stockholm International Water Institute, this prestigious prize honors individuals, institutions or organisations whose work contributes broadly to the conservation and protection of water resources and to the improved health of

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The Future We Want: At Rio+20

Mar 22nd, 2012 | By
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100 days to go to a conference and a summit that UN Secretary-General Ban ki-Moon has described as a “once in a life time opportunity”. Whether this event, coming 20 years after the historic Rio Earth Summit of 1992, delivers transformational change will depend on governments, but it also depends on you. If the UN

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Anxious Wait For Scientists On Rio+20 Talks

Mar 20th, 2012 | By




Science campaigners find out today whether they have managed to get more attention paid to science and technology in negotiations leading up to the Rio+20 summit later this year (20-22 June). National delegations begin informal discussions in New York today (19–23 March) on the text that will form the outcome of the UN Conference on

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Preparation: UN Conference On Sustainable Development Rio 2012

Mar 19th, 2012 | By




Delegates continue to negotiate the outcome document for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) during back-to-back meetings from 19-27 March 2012, at UN Headquarters in New York, US. The first “informal informal” consultations to negotiate the draft outcome document will take place from 19-23 March, and will be followed by the Third

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Asia Leads The World In Adaptation To Climate Change

Mar 16th, 2012 | By




I have just returned from attending the second Asia-Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Forum in Bangkok on March 12-13. It was supposed to have been held in October 2011 but had to be cancelled at the last minute due to the floods that devastated Bangkok at that time. It was jointly organised by the United Nations

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Asia Needs $40 Billion A Year For ‘Climate Proofing’: Asian Development Bank

Mar 13th, 2012 | By




The Asia-Pacific region needs to spend about $40 billion a year to “climate proof” its economies against the impact of global warming, Asian Development Bank vice president Bindu Lohani said on Monday. Countries need to undergo “transformational change” to build resilience to climate change disasters, Lohani told the Asia-Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Forum in Bangkok.

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Forget Kyoto – Climate Bonds Will Drive The Green Revolution

Mar 9th, 2012 | By




If no-one argues against the proposition that it was capitalism that created the global warming problem, then no one can argue that it must therefore be capitalism that will solve the problem. But how can capitalism solve the problem of global warming? The answer: by financing the transition to a clean energy economy. This is

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Pakistan – India Track II, (Climate) Change for Peace

Mar 6th, 2012 | By




As a follow-up of the Pakistan – India Dialogue; Climate Change and Sustainable Development in October 2010, the Pakistan – India Track II, (Climate) Change for Peace offered another opportunity to enhance the dialogue between the two neighboring countries. The participants resolved that India and Pakistan share the same eco-system and therefore the impacts of

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Water Security And Climate Change: Challenges And Strategies

Mar 2nd, 2012 | By




Global warming and the subsequent climatic change over the Himalayas, South Asia’s major water source is a topic of intense debate and scientific researches as it has huge ramification for both security and socio economic scenario in future. With global warming altering weather patterns and affecting fresh water availability, it has been often stressed that

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Climate Change Adaptation Consultation

Mar 1st, 2012 | By




A consultation meeting bringing together Pacific Island climate change focal points and experts opened this morning in Apia, Samoa. The meeting is a collaboration between the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and the Asia Pacific Adaptation Network (APAN) and aims to discuss the role of SPREP as a sub-regional node for APAN.

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Getting Some Basics Right In The Mountains….

Feb 28th, 2012 | By
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Mr. Cyril R Raphael: In this article Mr. Raphael writes the agony of mountains in general by taking an example of overall development in one of the Indian mountain states called Uttarakhand. His discourse covers the social and economic development, governance, leadership, availability of basic amenities, health, education, livelihood, effectiveness of information and communication, role

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Chasing Ice: The Climate Change Debate Is Over

Feb 27th, 2012 | By




Sometimes people question whether or not Climate Change is real. After viewing the feature documentary, Chasing Ice, I can assure you that the debate is over. On Monday, January 23, 2012 — Chasing Ice, had its world premiere at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival featuring documentary director Jeff Orlowski and his Academy Awarding winning production

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Nations Commit to Scaling up Environmental Sustainability

Feb 27th, 2012 | By




Summary for Policy Makers of Global Environment Outlook-5 Spurs Urgency for Action: President of the 12th Special Session of the UNEP Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum Says “Time is Not on Our Side” In Nairobi on 22 February 2012, the world’s environment ministers ended their annual meeting by committing to make the upcoming UN Conference

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Rio+20 – Will We All Be There For The Same Reason?

Feb 25th, 2012 | By




On behalf of the Centre for Ethics and Value Inquiry of the University of Ghent (Belgium), I invite you to join a reflection on ‘the need for a common understanding of the principle of the green economy as a criterion for sustainable development’. Since the beginning of the global negotiations on sustainable development, their central

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Asian News Editors Meet For Climate Change

Feb 21st, 2012 | By




Kuenselonline: News editors from 18 Asian countries deliberated media’s role in fighting climate change in a two-day conference “Himalayan system in a changing climate future and media’s role” which ended yesterday in Kathmandu, Nepal.The receding Himalayan glaciers, rising temperatures, glacial lake outburst flood, and rapid urbanisations were some of the critical issues the 21 editors

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Calling All Citizens of Earth To Do Something For Earth: Earth Day

Feb 21st, 2012 | By




April 22, 1970 marked the first Earth Day. The Day activated 20 million people from all walks of life to do something to save their common heritage – Earth. Today, more than one billion people worldwide participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance anywhere in the world. Earth Day

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Climate Stakeholders: Pak-India Resolution

Feb 17th, 2012 | By




Climate stakeholders of SDPI-HBS Pak-India Track II Dialogue adopt unanimous resolution. Deliberating on water, energy, adaptation, gender equity and livelihoods, the climate stakeholders adopted a resolution on the concluding day of ‘Track-II Dialogue on (Climate) Change for peace’ which was jointly organized by Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) and Heinrich Boll Stiftung (HBS). They stressed

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Climate Change: A Gift Of Progress

Feb 13th, 2012 | By




Global warming and climate change are the biggest threats the world has ever faced and they need to be tackled on emergency basis by forming and implementing policies to counter the adverse effects of our everyday activities on the climate. This was observed at a seminar on “Climate Change-Consequences and Mitigation Measure” organised by the

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How Rio+20 May Boost The Science In Sustainability

Feb 10th, 2012 | By




Yojana Sharma describes various proposals for a new panel to monitor progress towards sustainable development after Rio+20.[LONDON] One of the most likely outcomes of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) taking place in Brazil in June will be a high-level intergovernmental panel charged with monitoring the planet’s progress towards sustainability. A key function of

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India Needs Green Muscle at Rio+20

Feb 10th, 2012 | By




Rio de Janeiro in Brazil will have a different kind of carnival this year. From June 20 to 22, the city will host the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, which is expected to bring together heads of states, ministers, senior officials, representatives from international organisations, civil society leaders and environmentalists. Since the conference is

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Gender Responsive Policies to Combat Climate Change

Feb 10th, 2012 | By




The government in support with the World Conservation Union is working to formulate a gender and climate change strategy to stress the need of gender-responsive policies and strategies in combating the climate change impact. A three-day workshop titled ‘Linking gender and climate change’ is being organised from Tuesday by the Ministry of Environment (MoE) in

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Pakistan: Climate Change Study Center

Feb 9th, 2012 | By




Climate Change Study Center in Islamabad: Pakistan is situated in one of the most vulnerable regions to the impacts of climate change. Better governance system with sufficient policy interventions coupled with support from the international community can help minimize the adverse impacts of climate change. In Pakistan the policy responses to climate change in some

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Businesses Invested in Mountain Ecosystem Management

Feb 6th, 2012 | By




The mountain ecosystems of the Hindu Kush–Himalayas have a pivotal role in protecting the environment and in providing goods and services essential for human wellbeing and prosperity. Yet while government, research and development institutions, and civil society groups have frequently convened to discuss approaches to sustainable development in mountains, the private sector has not often

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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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Himachal Pradesh in India To Be Carbon Neutral By 2020-DSDS 2012

Feb 3rd, 2012 | By




Himachal Pradesh will be the first state in the country to become carbon neutral by 2020 by undertaking “carbon smart growth”, Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal said here Thursday. “The government has inventorised greenhouse gas emission for assessing the carbon footprints. The carbon footprint per capita in the state has been assessed at 1.4 tonne

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Remote, Fragile And Marginal: On Mountain Perspective

Feb 2nd, 2012 | By
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Benedicto Q Sánchez: And so our Kathmandu dinner discussions continue, but this time virtually and through the internet. Five days ago, Dr. Sudhirendar Sharma asked me for my comments on his article “Need to rewrite the mountain perspective” that was posted at Climate Himalaya’s website. Mountains are described as “fragile, remote and marginal,” these three

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Solutions Evade Impending Water Crisis

Feb 2nd, 2012 | By




New Delhi: Farmers in the South-Indian state of Tamil Nadu are switching from paddy cultivation to panning for salt. On the other extreme of the sub-continent, hundreds of thousands of people live in harm’s way in the event of a glacial lake outburst-triggered flood, or GLOFs as they are called.   Something sinister connects the

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Pachauri’s 5-Star Sustainability Summit

Feb 2nd, 2012 | By




Sustainable. That word is everywhere these days. So is Rajendra Pachauri, the discredited chairman of the discredited Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). This week he’s in India for the 12th Delhi Sustainable Development Summit, which begins on Thursday. The summit is organized by TERI, an institute led by Pachauri. In other words, he isn’t

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What Pachauri Means by ‘Sustainable’

Feb 1st, 2012 | By




Yesterday I wrote about the 3-day sustainability summit being held at an opulent 5-star hotel, over which Rajendra Pachauri will preside later this week. Since then Hilary Ostrov has dug a bit deeper into the program for that event. You can read about her findings here. The website for this annual summit tells us a

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Davos Forum Debates Adaptation to Climate Risk

Jan 31st, 2012 | By




Participating in a session on Adapting to Climate Risk, held at the annual World Economic Forum, in Davos, Switzerland, Lord Nicholas Stern, Chair, Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, UK, noted that the world is heading towards a 3°C increase in global average temperature, and warned that this situation “will bring temperatures not seen

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Climate Synthesis Report for the UNFCCC COP17 in Durban

Jan 24th, 2012 | By
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APN: The adverse effects of climate change and natural climate variability pose a significant threat to humanity, with the poorest communities being the most vulnerable. Scientific understanding of our climate is advancing at a significant rate, with new information emerging about the likely impacts of climate change, the options to adapt to these changes, and

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Laser-Powered Study on Climate Change

Jan 23rd, 2012 | By




The National Atmospheric Research Laboratory (NARL) attached to the Department of Space, government of India, is planning to set up a network of LIDAR (Laser Radar System) with the help of indigenously developed sensor tools in ten locations across the country in the first phase to study the aerosol distribution over India. This was disclosed

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