Lessons

Warmer Seas Dim Antarctic Clams’ Ardour

Apr 24th, 2013 | By
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CNN: They may be small and live in some of the most inaccessible regions on the planet, but the behaviour of Antarctic clams could be key to understanding how ocean life adapts to changes in climate. Antarctic clams (Laternula elliptica) play a vital role in the ocean ecosystem, drawing down carbon into sea-bed sediments and

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Clean Energy Progress Too Slow To Limit Global Warming, Warns IEA

Apr 23rd, 2013 | By
The development of low-carbon energy is progressing too slowly to limit global warming, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said. Photograph: Murdo Macleod




Guardian: With governments failing to promote green energy, top scientists say the drive to keep temperature rise below 2C has stalled. The development of low-carbon energy is progressing too slowly to limit global warming, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said on Wednesday. With power generation still dominated by coal and governments failing to increase investment

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Fove Keys To Sustainable Development In Indian Cities

Apr 23rd, 2013 | By
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WRI: Indian cities are urbanizing at an unprecedented scale and pace. Over the next few decades, India’s urban population is expected to increase significantly, from 377 million in 2011 to 590 million by 2030. The problem is that the country’s existing urban transport infrastructure is already over-capacity. This fact–coupled with the alarmingly high rate of

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Climate Alters Global Vegetation

Apr 23rd, 2013 | By
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CNN: Climate change is responsible for more than half the changes detected in the world’s vegetation, researchers say, and human activities for only about a third. The amount of vegetation in the world, and the way it is spread across the planet, has changed significantly in the last three decades, researchers say. They attribute more

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Climate Change And The Law

Apr 23rd, 2013 | By
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Springer: Climate Change and the Law is the first scholarly effort to systematically address doctrinal issues related to climate law as an emergent legal discipline. It assembles some of the most recognized experts in the field to identify relevant trends and common themes from a variety of geographic and professional perspectives. In a remarkably short

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China And India Talk Up Plans For National Climate Action

Apr 23rd, 2013 | By
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Business Green: China confirms it is moving forward with carbon market plan as India’s prime minister vows to double renewable energy capacity within four years. China and India have both signalled this week that they will deliver ambitious climate change policies within the next few years, including the creation of a Chinese national carbon market

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Pakistan Revamps Climate Change Research Centre

Apr 22nd, 2013 | By
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Alertnet: Pakistan’s government has boosted the funding of a state institution that researches the impacts of climate change, and granted it autonomy, in an effort to increase the quality of its recommendations on climate resilience for government policy and programmes. The Global Change Impact Studies Centre (GCISC) will focus on research aimed at helping sectors

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Continental Climate Changes Vary Widely

Apr 22nd, 2013 | By
Last year’s US drought stretched from Arizona to Florida and brought misery to many
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CNN: Work by an international scientific team has disclosed what the patterns of climate change have been across almost all the Earth’s continents over the past millennium. and sometimes longer. LONDON, 21 April – A worldwide consortium of 70 scientists has completed the most detailed climatic history of the planet so far during the last

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Is Climate Change Taking A Break?

Apr 22nd, 2013 | By
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DW: The cold start into spring has made people in parts of Europe wonder if the climate is really warming. Global temperatures have not been rising in recent years. Is the earth cooling instead of warming? Looking at the average temperature over five years during the last 15 years, global temperatures might appear to be

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Argentine Flooding: Climate Change And Poor Urban Planning

Apr 22nd, 2013 | By
A 6-inch rain in less than two hours earlier this month has Buenos Aires' politicians pointing at each other. Who caused this? Image: Flickr/Jonathan Evans




Scientific American: Rain began to fall over the Argentine capital of Buenos Aires late at night April 1. By the next morning, rainfall records for the month had been broken and the city woke up to find its streets covered with water. Torrential rains dumped more than 6 inches of water on the city in

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Nepal: Minister Urges For Change In Agro Evaluation System

Apr 22nd, 2013 | By
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Himalayan Times: Minister for Agriculture Development Tek Bahadur Thapa Gharti has directed ministry officials to evaluate the performance of projects based on the benefits that the projects have provided to people. Impact on livelihoods should be the base for evaluating the projects, he said during a performance review meeting of the Agriculture Ministry. “The traditional

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Himalayan Ski Village Still A Distant Dream

Apr 22nd, 2013 | By
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Despite the Himachal Pradesh (India) government recently proposing to withdraw a Special Leave Petition (SLP), filed by the previous BJP regime, against the Rs 1,600 crore Himalayan Ski Village project proposed by the earlier Congress government, the state is not planning any moves to revive the project. Chief Secretary Sudripta Roy, who only three days

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The Face of Climate Change

Apr 22nd, 2013 | By
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Business Recorder: On Sunday, billions of people around the world celebrated the International Earth Day. The main purpose of the day is to save our mother Earth from the challenges, which are threatening its existence. The global theme for Earth Day 2013 is “The Face of Climate Change”. Earth Day history Earth Day first celebrated

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Identifying Low Risk Climate Change Adaptation

Apr 22nd, 2013 | By
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weAdapt: Inherent in every adaptation measure are risks, costs and benefits. A challenge for decision-makers is how to choose adaptations that reduce risks from climate change impacts and provide overwhelmingly beneficial outcomes. This project focused on three catchments in the Murray-Darling Basin to test a method for more integrative climate change adaptation that increased resilience and avoided maladaptation. Water management

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India: West Doing Little For Climate Change, Says Manmohan

Apr 22nd, 2013 | By
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HT: Voicing his concern on “painfully slow” progress in climate talks, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh hit at rich nations for not doing enough to fight climate change. Singh, while inaugurating the Fourth Clean Energy Ministerial, also made it clear that rich nations, who were responsible for a bulk of global warming causing greenhouse gas emissions,

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Vulnerable Communities Tackling Climate Change Best Teachers

Apr 22nd, 2013 | By
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IIED: The poorest communities (and poorest countries) are leading the world in learning about and practising adaptation to climate change. The rich would do well to learn from them. The flood plain of the Ganges river in southern Bangladesh is only around two metres higher than sea level. Rising floodwaters can wipe out crops and

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Climate Change Adaptation And Development Case Studies

Apr 22nd, 2013 | By
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C4D: Climate change is increasingly intersecting with the challenges faced by people seeking to emerge from poverty, and changing the way Canadian development organizations – and their partners in the global south – must design their programs to ensure resiliency and continued sustainability. Climate change not only permeates the entire development process, it threatens many

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Is Bhutan’s Gross National Happiness Inclusive?

Apr 15th, 2013 | By
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Himalayan Times: Bhutan, a tiny Himalayan kingdom sandwiched between two super powers India and China, has gained popularity after introducing a new development measure, Gross National Happiness (GNH), in recent years. The fourth monarch of Bhutan, Jigme Singey Wangchuck, introduced it in the early 1990s along with his vision of establishing good governance, promoting sustainable

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Millions Face Starvation As World Warms, Say Scientists

Apr 15th, 2013 | By
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Guardian: World is unprepared for changes that will see parts of Africa turned into disaster areas, say food experts. Millions of people could become destitute in Africa and Asia as staple foods more than double in price by 2050 as a result of extreme temperatures, floods and droughts that will transform the way the world

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Learning Curve Of Assessing Economics Of Climate Change In Nepal

Apr 15th, 2013 | By
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CDKN: Dr. Govinda Nepal, IDS-Nepal, reflects at the half way point of a project in Nepal which is calculating the economic cost of climate change in key sectors on what the team has learnt so far Which climate risk screening tool is the most appropriate for Nepal? What questions does an Investment and Financial Flow

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Heat Warning System For India’s Harsh Summer

Apr 15th, 2013 | By
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NRDC: I found it quite interesting that an Indian city should have a proper ‘action plan’ to tackle the effects of changing climate patterns that have resulted in some severe summer temperatures in the last decade. Living in India, the action plans by city or state administrations we have mostly seen are: close schools and

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Antarctic Peninsula’s Thaw Speeds Up

Apr 15th, 2013 | By
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CNN: Ice in parts of the Antarctic Peninsula is now melting during the summer faster than at any time in the last thousand years, and the most marked speed-up in the thaw has occurred since 1960, scientists say. Summer ice melt in the Antarctic Peninsula has increased almost 10-fold in the last 600 years,  weakening

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Biofuels Cost Both Rich And Poor

Apr 15th, 2013 | By
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CNN: Using biofuels as the European Union demands will force up costs for British motorists, make food more expensive for poorer countries and may increase the greenhouse emissions they are meant to cut, a report says. Biofuels, widely seen as the green way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, may in some cases be worse for

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Bhutan’s National Happiness By Being World’s First Organic Country

Apr 14th, 2013 | By
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ABC Net: The small, landlocked country of Bhutan is aiming to increase its national happiness by becoming the first country in the world to completely shift to organic farming. About 80 per cent of Bhutan’s 800,000 residents depend on agriculture for their livelihoods. The country plans to use the organic status, which it hopes to

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Cool Response: Climate Change Adaptation

Apr 12th, 2013 | By
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My Republica: Despite having been identified as one of the most vulnerable countries in the world, Nepal was not among the first group of countries to write a National Adaptation Program of Action (NAPA)—a prerequisite for accessing international support for climate intervention. It stands 44th among the 47 LDCs that prepared a NAPA and submitted

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Climate Knowledge Exchange: An Antidote To “Death By Power Point”

Apr 12th, 2013 | By
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IDS: Recently, Oxfam’s Duncan Green wrote a very engaging blog on what he termed ‘conflirting’ – that is, notionally going to an academic conference, but ducking out for most of it and finding other things to do. The reason why ‘conflirting’ is becoming more common, he suggested, was because most conferences are just too boring

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How Lighter Than Air Carbon Can Help Cut Emissions

Apr 12th, 2013 | By
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RTCC: Scientists in China have revealed the world’s lightest material, a carbon gel six times lighter than air, could provide a boost to a number of emissions slashing technologies. From batteries to desalination, a new carbon aerogel derived from graphene, could have a big role to play in improving a number of existing low carbon

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World Bank Funds Flood Project In NE India

Apr 12th, 2013 | By
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Telegraph India: World Bank, which is funding a $150-million project on integrated flood and erosion management in the Northeast, has called for a multi-sector approach towards management of water resources in the Brahmaputra basin. The bank’s suggestion is meant to ensure that the states involved benefit from the risks and opportunities associated with a multi-sector

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Making A Difference: Indian Man Proves Power Of One

Apr 12th, 2013 | By
Will McMaster is making a documentary about the incredible story of Jadav Payeng, an Indian man who single handedly planted more than 1,300 acres of forest to save his island, Majuli. (Photo/via Kickstarter.com)




In a world where it’s commonly believed that one person can’t make a difference, one Indian man is proving that argument to be false. Jadav Molai Payeng is a modern-day hero to those who fight to protect natural habitats around the world. He’s not a traditional activist, but a man who was motivated 30 years

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Fasten Seat Belts For Bumpier Flights: Climate Study

Apr 11th, 2013 | By
More than 180 countries have acknowledged and agreed that dangerous climate change poses a real and potentially irreversible threat to humanity and the planet. Photograph: Julian Stratenschulte/EPA




China Post: Flights will become bumpier as global warming destabilizes air currents at altitudes used by commercial airliners, climate scientists warned Monday. Already, atmospheric turbulence injures hundreds of airline passengers each year, sometimes fatally, damaging aircraft and costing the industry an estimated US$150 million, scientists said. “Climate change is not just warming the Earth’s surface,

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More Research Stations Planned For Antarctica

Apr 11th, 2013 | By
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China Daily: China plans to increase its presence in Antarctica with two more research stations, an official in charge of the country’s scientific programs in the polar regions said on Tuesday. The two new facilities are expected to join the existing three Chinese stations on Antarctica — Changcheng (Great Wall), Zhongshan, and Kunlun — by

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Climate Change Impacts And Adaptation Responses On Agriculture

Apr 11th, 2013 | By
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World Bank: Looking Beyond the Horizon: How Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation Responses Will Reshape Agriculture in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Food security remains a key development challenge across the globe, with some projections estimating the need for an increase in agricultural production of 70-100 percent by 2050. Shifts in temperature and precipitation are

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Hill Women Learn To Earn The Eco-Friendly Way

Apr 11th, 2013 | By
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The Better India: Puja Devi, 30, watches with satisfaction as her young son gulps down his glass of milk and then reaches for his satchel, ready to go to school. For some months now, the happy mother has been able to provide milk for her son every day, a far cry from earlier times when

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Holistic Approach To Climate Change Vulnerability And Adaptation Assessment-Study

Apr 11th, 2013 | By
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weAdapt: Climate change vulnerability and adaptation planning can be taken into consideration across many sectors and at different levels and scales. Different scales of planning have different contexts and may require different approaches. In a landscape context, inter-linkages between sectors within the landscape form the context of adaptation planning, as the response of any one sector may have consequences

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Learning How To Look At The Social Dimensions Of Climate Change In Peru

Apr 9th, 2013 | By
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EBA: The ecosystem-based adaptation in mountain ecosystems (EbA) project in Peru, among its activities, contributes to the enhancement of local and national capacities by providing training in analytical and decision-making tools that help better understand and address vulnerability of ecosystem services, through the use of ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA) and enhancing local livelihoods. In order to

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Scaling Up Climate Services for Farmers in Africa and South Asia

Apr 9th, 2013 | By
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A new output report from the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) has been published which is an outcome of an international workshop on “Scaling up Climate Services for Farmers in Africa and South Asia,”.  Jointly with USAID, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the Climate Services Partnership (CSP), CCAFS

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Potatoes For Food Security In The Andes

Apr 9th, 2013 | By
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MP: A project to improve food security among vulnerable rural groups coordinated by Mountain Partnership member the International Potato Centre (CIP) is underway in four Latin American countries. In the Andes, the potato is one of the most important crops in the agricultural sector. However, in areas where the tuber is produced, chronic malnutrition in

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Kyrgyzstan And USA Strengthen Cooperation In Sustainable Mountain Development

Apr 9th, 2013 | By
Deputy of the Zhogorku Kenesh (Parliament) Kurmanbek Dyikanbayev ( Second Left) and the adviser to the city court of Bishkek Sultangazy Kasymov ( L ), with President Interim of University of Utah Dr. Michael Hardman (Second Right) and Dr. Ray Beckett, coordinator of programs of cooperation between UofU and Kyrgyzstan ( R )




Kabar: Bishkek-Kyrgyzstan and the State of Utah (USA) strengthen cooperation in order to facilitate sustainable mountain development (SMD). A delegation from Kyrgyzstan, comprised of the deputy of the Zhogorku Kenesh (Parliament), the vice-chairman of the Parliamentary committee on budget and finance Kurmanbek Dyikanbayev and the adviser to the city court of Bishkek Sultangazy Kasymov, as

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Earth’s Interior Cycles Contributed To Long-Term Sea-Level & Climate Change

Apr 9th, 2013 | By
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ANI: Cyclical activity below the Earth’s surface does indeed play a part in rising sea levels and global warming, a new study has found. However, the article’s authors, New York University’s Michael Rampino and Carleton University’s Andreas Prokoph, note that changes spurred by the earth’s interior are gradual, taking place in periods ranging from 60

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Melting Of Ice In Arctic And Himalayas To Affect India, China

Apr 9th, 2013 | By
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Indian Express: Himalayan nations, including India and China, will be affected in a big way by the melting of the ice in Arctic and the glaciers in Himalayas, Iceland President Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson today warned as he asked parties and organisations to hold dialogue to deal with the issue. Noting that the Arctic, the Himalayas

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WP Looks At “Water Wars” in India- But Forgets Climate Change!

Apr 8th, 2013 | By
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The Washington Post has updated the story to include climate as a reason for variability in water supplies. While the original did not discuss climate change, the addition of this in the fourth paragraph, plus the inclusion of a quote from former Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh now complete the story. We applaud them for updating the story. The

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What Happens In Nepal Doesn’t Stay In Nepal

Apr 8th, 2013 | By
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Life had been good for Sunyali Majhi, a farmer in Dolalghat, a small village about 50 kilometres from landlocked Nepal’s Kathmandu. She harvested enough rice to sell and feed her brood at home. But the portions have been getting smaller, the financial squeeze tighter. In the shade of a Peopaal tree, Sunyali and her children

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Rising Sea Levels Threat: Says RK Pachauri

Apr 8th, 2013 | By
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First Post: Rising sea levels due to climate change are threatening the survival of big cities located near coastal areas like Kolkata, Shanghai and Dhaka, said Dr RK Pachauri, chairperson of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). “There is a very high risk in delta cities like Kolkata, Shanghai and Dhaka. They are very

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In Sign of Warming, 1,600 Years of Ice in Andes Melted in 25 Years

Apr 8th, 2013 | By
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NYTimes: Glacial ice in the Peruvian Andes that took at least 1,600 years to form has melted in just 25 years, scientists reported Thursday, the latest indication that the recent spike in global temperatures has thrown the natural world out of balance. The evidence comes from a remarkable find at the margins of the Quelccaya

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Forests And Synergies Between Adaptation And Mitigation

Apr 5th, 2013 | By
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WeAdapt: What are mitigation and adaptation? Mitigation and adaptation are the two strategies for addressing climate change. Mitigation is an intervention to reduce the emissions sources or enhance the sinks of greenhouse gases. Adaptation is an ‘adjustment in natural or human systems in response to actual or expected climatic stimuli or their effects, which moderates

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28,000 Rivers Wiped Off The Map Of China

Apr 5th, 2013 | By
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The Australian: ABOUT 28,000 rivers have disappeared from China’s state maps, an absence seized upon by environmentalists as evidence of the irreversible natural cost of developmental excesses. More than half of the rivers previously thought to exist in China appear to be missing, according to the 800,000 surveyors who compiled the first national water census,

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UNFCCC On Capacity Building Activities In Developing Countries

Apr 5th, 2013 | By
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The UNFCCC Secretariat has released a report to support the Subsidiary Body for Implementation’s (SBI) annual monitoring and evaluation of the implementation of the framework for capacity-building in developing countries. The report features sections on, inter alia: the overview of information reported by parties; capacity building activities under the Kyoto Protocol; and capacity building activities

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3 In 4 Asia-Pacific Nations Face Water Security Threat – Study

Apr 5th, 2013 | By
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Environment Expert: More than 75% of the countries in Asia and the Pacific are experiencing a serious lack of water security, with many of them facing an imminent water crisis unless immediate steps are taken to improve management of water resources, says a new study prepared jointly by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Asia-Pacific

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Green Walls To Cut Pollution In Cities

Apr 4th, 2013 | By
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‘Adaptation Ideas’ is a new series of Climate Himalaya. Here we will be showcasing a number of simple, practical and innovative ideas those could be adopted by individuals, communities and organizations for various environment friendly adaptive practices at home, offices and in public places. The purpose of this ongoing series is to disseminate and communicate

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Upland Agriculture And The Environment

Apr 4th, 2013 | By
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BioOne: This comprehensive textbook on upland management in the British Isles combines a critical understanding of upland agriculture and related environmental issues with an assessment of the political decisions that have affected these regions over the past 50 years. Lois Mansfield, an agricultural geographer, has delivered this well, in a detailed and well-illustrated textbook suitable for

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Innovation As Expression Of Adaptation To Change In Himalayan Farming

Apr 4th, 2013 | By
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BioOne: Recent studies of future food production in South Asia generally agree that the conditions for production will radically change in the years to come, in particular due to climate change and market variations. However, because we do not know how conditions will be modified and what adaptations will be required by farmers, the article

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Australians Told To Expect Worse Weather

Apr 3rd, 2013 | By
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CNN: Australia’s recent experience of more fierce and frequent floods, fires and droughts is likely only to intensify, a report says, unless the world moves fast to cut emissions of greenhouse gases. Australians have received a stark warning that climate change is already increasing the intensity and frequency of extreme weather, posing serious and growing

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Indo-Swiss Cooperation For Sustaining Himalayan Ecosystem Mission

Apr 3rd, 2013 | By
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IHCAP: A Capacity Building Programme on Himalayan Glaciology was inaugurated on 02 April 2013 at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi (India) in the presence of Swiss Ambassador to India Dr. Linus von Castelmur and Dr. T. Ramasami, Secretary, Department of Science & Technology, Government of India. The press release states that the Capacity Building Programme

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Civilisation And Environment: Ashes To Ashes

Apr 3rd, 2013 | By
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Guardian: The citizens of Pompeii had no warning of the disaster about to befall them. Today, we do not have that excuse. The twin themes of the moment are death and rebirth. With the snow melting and the sun peeking through, the Easter story’s promise, that what’s gained through the latter will outweigh what was

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As Extreme Weather Drives Rustling, Pastoralists Turn To Farming

Apr 3rd, 2013 | By
Former pastoralists Joseph and Pauline Elila and their family thresh sorghum harvested from their fields in Nambeyo village in Kenya's semi-arid Isiolo County. ALERTNET/Isaiah Esipisu




Alertnet: In Nambeyo village in Kenya’s semi-arid Isiolo County, former pastoralist Joseph Elila and his wife Pauline are busy threshing sorghum to remove the grain from the stalks. The couple has been converted into smallholder dry-land farmers after they lost their entire animal stock to cattle rustlers two years ago. The area is well known

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Goats Are Going To Love Global Warming

Apr 3rd, 2013 | By
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Discovery: Something strange is happening on the Isle of Rum in Scotland. The wild goats in this nature preserve usually struggle to survive in the north. Now they’re poised to take over. Normally the goats on the island find themselves up against short daylight hours, cold temperatures, and increasingly poor quality vegetation to eat, Harriet

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One River, Two Countries, Too Many Dams

Apr 3rd, 2013 | By
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The Hindu: Chinese reticence about projects on its stretch of the Brahmaputra do not assuage Indian fears about diversion of the river’s waters. By raising the Brahmaputra dams construction issue during his first meeting with the new Chinese President Xi Jinping, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was following a two-pronged strategy. On the one hand, Dr.

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Tracking Adaptation And Measuring Development

Apr 2nd, 2013 | By
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IIED: Countries need new tools to check whether climate change adaptation is keeping development on-track, and whether costs and benefits are fairly distributed. IIED and partners are developing a framework that does this by assessing risk management and resilience at many levels. As countries increasingly focus on adapting to climate change, and more ‘climate finance’

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Climate Finance Options: World Bank

Apr 2nd, 2013 | By
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CFS: Policy makers and project planners in developing countries at national and city levels need access to information on potential sources of climate finance, inspiring best practice examples, research results and tools for better investment decision making. The global climate finance gap demands increasing levels of financial flows along with coordination at a level previously

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Biodiversity Community And Climate Change

Apr 1st, 2013 | By
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TERI: Recently the need for a greater understanding on linkages between biodiversity conservation, climate change mitigation and adaptation and the livelihoods of the local communities has increased the attention of the world leaders. The threat of climate change, which cuts across national and international boundaries, has further catalyzed the importance of the issues and facilitated

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