Opinion

Climate Change: Kenyan Women Demand Differentiated Adaptation, Mitigation Policies

Oct 17th, 2012 | By
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Africa Science News: Despite existing evidence of the impact of climate change on women, there is a very poor gender aspect in the Kenya government responses in terms of policies and legal framework. The threat of climate change, manifested in the increase of extreme weather conditions such as, droughts, storms or floods is a sustainable

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New Gore Twist To Fire Footage

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

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Floods In India’s North State Displaced 1.8 Million Children

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

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Science Policy Interface: Climate Adaptation In Indian Himalayan Region

Oct 15th, 2012 | By
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Mountain Voice: In the series of Mountain Voice project the Climate Himalaya’s team interviewed Dr. T Ramasamy, Secretary, Department of Science and Technology (DST) who heads the National Mission for Himalayan Ecosystem (NMSHE) and National Knowledge Mission under the National Action Plan for Climate Change (NAPCC) of Government of India. Dr. Ramasamy talked about the

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World Bank’s Head Wants To Address Climate Change

Oct 15th, 2012 | By
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Science Mag: Jim Yong Kim, the new president of the World Bank, said in Tokyo today that dealing with climate change will be one of his priorities. “Since becoming president of the World Bank, I have looked deeply into the data on climate change, and I have to say I was surprised that even in

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CBD Failed In Protecting India’s Rivers And Riverine Biodiversity

Oct 12th, 2012 | By
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CBD has been of no help for the Indian rivers, riverine biodiversity and dependent communities. On the contrary, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), another UN Convention, certifies hydropower projects of all sizes as climate-friendly projects under the CDM mechanism. All of these projects have severe adverse impacts on biodiversity and related livelihoods.”

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Climate Scientist Loses Faith In The IPCC

Oct 12th, 2012 | By
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The Sunday Morning Herald: AS THE world’s elite global warming experts begin poring over the drafts of the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report this week, one leading scientist doesn’t believe the process should be happening at all. Fig (Left): Climate expert Kevin Trenberth is frustrated that bureaucracy is hindering the UN body’s efforts.

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Connecting Dots: Communicating Climate Science In Himalayas

Oct 12th, 2012 | By
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Mountain Voice: In the series of Mountain Voice project the Climate Himalaya team interviewed Dr. David J Molden, Director General of International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD, Nepal) and discussed about the climate related issues in Himalayan region and about scientific communications and policy making processes. Climate Himalaya: Barring exceptions, it is business as

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Land Use, Climate Change Adaptation And Indigenous Peoples

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

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Environmentally Correct: Nepal

Oct 11th, 2012 | By
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My Republica: It has taken some steps, but Nepal has a long way to go to address climate change Climate change has increasingly been understood as a real threat to human life and our support system. In the late 1970s, climate change discussions were the main focus of the scientific community. After 30 years, people

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Bhutan Goes For 100 Percent Organic: Challenges Abound

Oct 10th, 2012 | By
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Epoch Times: Last week, Bhutan Minister of Agriculture and Forests Pema Gyamtsho, announced an ambitious plan to turn food production 100 percent organic by 2020. In a country where 79 percent of the population is involved in agriculture, along with the people’s high spiritual aspirations, going organic sounds like an easy task. But challenges are

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Extreme Weather And Climate Change In American Mind: A Yale Project

Oct 10th, 2012 | By
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Yale Project: This report is based on findings from a nationally representative survey – Climate Change in the American Mind – conducted by the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication and the George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communication. Interview dates: August 31, 2012 – September, 2012. Interviews: 1,061 Adults (18+) Total average margin

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Age-Old Fixes For India’s Water

Oct 10th, 2012 | By
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Newyork Times: INDIA’S monsoon rains are retreating this week, a delayed end to a yearly wet season that has become ever more unpredictable as a result of global warming. Of all the challenges that face India, few are more pressing than how it manages water. In vast cities like New Delhi, where showers and flush

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Action In Support Of Biodiversity Urgently Needed: CoP 11 CBD

Oct 8th, 2012 | By
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CBD: Representatives from over 170 countries today began deliberations in Hyderabad, India, on the way forward to protect the planet’s biodiversity. The eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), known as COP 11 for short, follows on the historic outcomes of the 2010 Nagoya biodiversity

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UN Urged To Create Global Fund For Disaster Prevention

Oct 5th, 2012 | By
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Islamic Relief calls for fund to give poor nations ‘fighting chance’ against climate change with investment before disaster strikes. The NGO Islamic Relief has urged the UN to establish a global contingency fund for disaster prevention as it is cheaper to help prepare for floods and drought than spend billions on emergencies. In a report

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Climate Change…Saanu ki?

Oct 4th, 2012 | By
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The News: Even though Pakistan lies among the 20 most vulnerable countries impacted by climate change, according to the Maplecroft Climate Change Vulnerabilities Index, most of us living here go “Saanu ki?” when we hear the word climate change. I mean what possibly could go wrong with our lives in terms of the climate changing.

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Climate Events Are Not Proof Of Global Warming

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

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Death By Climate Change?

Oct 2nd, 2012 | By
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Huffington Post: The recent headline that 100 million people will die by 2030 if climate change is not addressed doubtlessly had people around the world imagining doomsday catastrophes. Don’t panic just yet, as this figure is perhaps a textbook example of how to lie with statistics. DARA, the Spain-based humanitarian NGO that released the report

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Pakistan And Climate Change and Challange

Oct 2nd, 2012 | By
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DAWN/Foreign Policy: GLOBAL warming is the increase in the temperature of the earth’s near-surface air and that of the temperature of oceans. This rise in the temperature will cause the sea level to rise. This will increase the intensity of the occurrence of extreme weather events, leading to a change in agricultural productivity, trade, water

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Nepal: Country At The Top Of The World Has Had More Than Fair Share Of Tragedies

Oct 1st, 2012 | By
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Telegraph UK: The high number of adventurers drawn to Nepal to climb the world’s highest mountains has led to more than its fair share of tragedies. The high number of adventurers drawn to Nepal to climb the world’s highest mountains has led to more than its fair share of tragedies.At least nine foreign tourists died

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Climate Change: Senators Alarmed By Deforestation In The Country

Oct 1st, 2012 | By
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Express Tribune: With flash floods cutting a trail of destruction across some districts of Balochistan and Sindh, the Senate standing committee on climate change raised alarm on Monday at the rapid deforestation in the country and directed the government to take immediate steps to rehabilitate forest land. Highlighting the role of trees in curbing flash

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Climate Migrant Remittances Could Help Adaptation – Experts

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

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Bhutan’s Premier Highlights World’s Challenges And Aims For Security Council Seat

Sep 29th, 2012 | By
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UN News Centre: In his address to the United Nations General Assembly, the Prime Minister of Bhutan, Jigmi Y. Thinley, today highlighted a range of challenges and areas of progress before the international community, while also affirming his country’s intent to seek a seat on the Security Council. “As with most sessions of the General

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Climate Change Policy Should Pass A ‘Human Rights Test’

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

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Climate Change Research, Results, Reporting and Responsibility In India- The Role Of 4 ‘Rs

Sep 28th, 2012 | By
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Alone the national and the international mass media could not tackle the climate change issue sufficiently, until they are assisted by the regional mass media for the bottom line reporting. The weather based services and information is about 200 years old in India. But India’s entry into global climate change arena had begun in 1990

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Finding the Keys to National Prosperity

Sep 27th, 2012 | By
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Project Syndicate: In many of history’s most successful economic reforms, clever countries have learned from the policy successes of others, adapting them to local conditions. In the long history of economic development, eighteenth-century Britain learned from Holland; early nineteenth-century Prussia learned from Britain and France; mid-nineteenth-century Meiji Japan learned from Germany; post-World War II Europe

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Accessing Science As A Human Right To Development

Sep 27th, 2012 | By
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Scidevnet: Making access to science a human right is a worthy goal, but how can it be enshrined? And will it really deliver? Jan Piotrowski investigates. [PARIS] Access to science, as well as an equitable share of its benefits, is a universal human right, as inalienable as the right to water, justice or even life.

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Nepal Avalanche Caused By Recent Heavy Snow Fall: Experts

Sep 25th, 2012 | By
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China.org: Experts in climate change and the changing environment of the Himalayan region said Sunday’s avalanche that left at least nine dead and five others missing in northern Nepal was caused by large quantity of soft snow that had piled up since Sept. 14. “In the past three days, the mercury went on increasing in

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Climate Conversations – Is progress on Climate Change An Illusion?

Sep 24th, 2012 | By




Alertnet: The world is not organised to deal with the climate change problem. Climate change is a global problem, but there is, of course, no global government with the interests of the earth as a whole at heart. Rather, there are sovereign states, the interests and concerns of which are very different. This difference is

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Changes in Snowfall Pattern Worry Scientists

Sep 21st, 2012 | By




Times of India: Heavy snowfall in peak summers and no snow in extreme winters on Himalayan mountains have become a matter of serious concern for scientists and ecologists. Seasons are fluctuating and magnitude of weather vagaries is increasing fast, warn scientists. Snowfall on mountains below 12,000 feet height in the summer months of May, June

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Environmental Degradation ‘Has Become a National Emergency’

Sep 20th, 2012 | By




The News: Environmental degradation has become a national emergency and a non-traditional security threat. Enhanced research capacities should be developed to cope with the daunting challenges of environmental degradation, climate change and recurrent disasters, said participants of a research-writing workshop on ‘Environmental and Natural Resource Economics.’ The workshop was jointly organised by the Sustainable Development

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Flash Floods Are Man-Made: Prof. Valdia

Sep 20th, 2012 | By




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

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PBS NewsHour’s Climate Change Report Raises Eyebrows (VIDEO)

Sep 20th, 2012 | By




Huffington Post: A recent report from “PBS NewsHour” on climate change has drawn sharp criticism from climate groups that feel it provides a false sense of debate around the facts of climate change. The segment, which aired on September 16, features interviews with “converted skeptic” and University of California, Berkeley professor Richard Muller, along with

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Spatially-Managed Cities Reduce Ozone Depletion, Global Warming

Sep 19th, 2012 | By




The Poineer: The United Nations’ (UN) International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer is celebrated on September 16 every year. This event commemorates the date of the signing of the Montreal protocol on substances that deplete the ozone layer in 1987. States were invited to devote the day to promote activities in accordance

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The Happiness Ticket

Sep 18th, 2012 | By




Huffington post: We’ve heard over and over that the Right wants to decrease the size of big government, to encourage America’s work ethic by decreasing welfare programs, and to bolster the military to protect national interests. We all know that the Left wants to increase environmental legislation, support individual liberties, and fund social support systems.

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Himachal Pradesh Emerging as Model of Green Development: RK Pachauri

Sep 17th, 2012 | By




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

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We Saved The Ozone Layer: We Can Save the Climate

Sep 17th, 2012 | By




NRDC: Climate change is not the first planetary pollution crisis we have faced.  That distinction belongs to the depletion of the earth’s protective ozone layer. This Sunday marks the 25th anniversary of the signing of the world’s most successful environmental treaty, the Montreal Protocol.  That’s the treaty that saved the ozone layer, saved millions of

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Review: An Effective Climate Action Plan For Karnataka-India

Sep 15th, 2012 | By
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Review of SAPCC by Mr. Shankar Sharma: The draft of “Karnataka State Action Plan on Climate Change”, as prepared by Environmental Management and Policy Research Institute and The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) released in Sept. 2011 has not found adequate publicity for the much required feedback from the public. A good look at the

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Climate Change Severely Impacting Food Prices

Sep 15th, 2012 | By




Indepth News: While there are hardly any signs of substantive and forward-looking agreements being reached at the United Nations climate change conference from November 26 to December 7, 2012 in Doha, latest research cautions that impact of climate change on future food prices is being underestimated. “By the end of the most recent round of

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Transparency Is At The Heart Of Solving UN Climate Talks Deadlock

Sep 14th, 2012 | By




RTCC: Climate change is an ever-increasing concern for business leaders despite a lack of effective policy direction at a national and international level. The Carbon Disclosure Project’s (CDP) latest Global 500 report says a growing number of high-level executives are taking direct control of their business’s climate change strategy – in a response to concerns

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Green Credits Concept Mooted To Tackle Climate Change

Sep 13th, 2012 | By




The Hindu Business line: A 25-30-year environmental insurance and third party monitoring of projects could be one way to mitigate the threat to bio-diversity, a senior Environment Ministry official has said. However, mitigation alone, regardless of who takes the initiative, cannot tackle climate change challenges, said T. Chatterjee, Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF),

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A Bleak Future For The World’s Glaciers

Sep 12th, 2012 | By




DW: As the world’s glaciers melt, the ice pulls back, revealing crashed aircrafts and the bodies of missing climbers. But glaciologist Samuel Nussbaumer says the process of melting is the darkest tale of all. Swiss glaciologist Samuel Nussbaumer from the World Glacier Monitoring Service (WGMS) in Zurich analyzes the development of glaciers around the world.

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Global Warming’s Terrifying New Math

Sep 12th, 2012 | By




Rolling stone politics: Three simple numbers that add up to global catastrophe – and that make clear who the real enemy is.. If the pictures of those towering wildfires in Colorado haven’t convinced you, or the size of your AC bill this summer, here are some hard numbers about climate change: June broke or tied

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Key Global Warming Report Was Fudged

Sep 12th, 2012 | By




Winnipage free press: Peter Lilley, MP in the British Parliament and a former cabinet minister under both Baroness Thatcher and Sir John Major, is an economist by training. He is not a climate skeptic — indeed, he has accepted the fourth assessment of the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) as “founded on science” and

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Climate Change: Climate Change Timeline, Bye-Bye Birdies, and More…

Sep 11th, 2012 | By




Huffingtonpost: Thanks — ? — for the 2012 Memories… so far: An interactive 2012 timeline of 36 extreme climate and weather events worldwide so far highlights the avalanche of extreme weather predicted under ongoing climate change and now being observed worldwide. Such events will shadow an upcoming UN climate meeting of ministers, reports Apilaporn Vechakij

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Loss And Damage From Climate Change: After Adaptation

Sep 11th, 2012 | By




The Daily Star: The climate talks under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Bangkok ended on September 5 in preparation for the eighteenth conference of parties (COP18) which will be held in Doha, Qatar in December 2012. Although not much moved forward in the Bangkok talks, one new topic that gained

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Carbon Credit Fraud: How Big Firms Faked Green To Mint Gold

Sep 11th, 2012 | By




DNA India: A global attempt to arrest climate change by providing firms with incentives to invest in green technology is being manipulated in India for profit. Instead of reducing carbon emissions, the Clean Development Mechanism, or CDM, has helped firms, mostly private corporations, raise huge sums virtually out of thin air. Worse, as this three-part

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Gaping Holes In India’s Climate Change Policy

Sep 10th, 2012 | By




Nature: India’s best known climate change strategy – the National Action Plan on Climate Change (NAPCC) – has come in for sharp criticism by leading domain experts who say it not just lacks vision but also allows glaring lack of cohesion between the eight grand mitigation missions launched by the government five years back. The

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New Growth Measures in Himalayan Region: Himalayan Day 2012

Sep 10th, 2012 | By
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HESCO: Himalayas have been soul of the country by virtue of cultural, ethnic, ecological and economical values. It has not been guarding country’s border only but constantly serving its human by enriching soil, air, water etc. Unfortunately importance of Himalayas was always underestimated for its integral role in overall development of the Nation. Deterioration of

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Climate Change Adaptation in Nepal

Sep 8th, 2012 | By




Nepal News: Managing climate change has been one of the most serious challenges of the twenty-first century. Most scientific bodies have projected that if the global temperature rises 2 degrees Celsius above the level of 1990, it will cause drastic changes in weather patterns, extinct several species, and introduce new diseases among others. Countries of

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India: Time for Farm Offsets

Sep 8th, 2012 | By




Times of India: India can cut agricultural emissions and subsidies by creating a market for farm offsets India has committed to a non-binding target to cut its emission intensity by 20-25 % (from 2005 levels) by 2020.This does not include agriculture. To meet this target and to adapt to climate change without sacrificing growth, India

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Nepal Views: China’s Water Resources and Pak-India Water Brawl

Sep 7th, 2012 | By




Telegraph Nepal: China also has tremendous water resources. More than 2700 cubic meters of water flow from the country every day. Out of this, 6, 67,000 MW hydroelectricity can be produced. Of which 3, 00, 080 MW can be produced comfortably. China has already produced 80,000 MW of hydro power. By constructing 7 dams in

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Climate Threat To World’s Poor Is Underestimated: Oxfam

Sep 6th, 2012 | By




Times of India: Climate change may pose a much more serious threat to the world’s poor than existing research has suggested because of spikes in food prices as extreme weather becomes more common, Oxfam said on Wednesday. More frequent extreme weather events will create shortages, destabilise markets and precipitate price spikes on top of projected

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India: Historical Conflicts In Assam-Climate Change Could Make It Worse

Sep 4th, 2012 | By




Think Progress: Understanding The Historical Conflicts Behind Violence In Assam, And How Climate Change Could Make It Worse.Recent violence between the Bodo tribe and immigrant minorities in the northeastern Indian state of Assam has cost the lives of at least 96 people and caused more than 300,000 residents to flee their homes for refugee camps.

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A Smart Answer To Future Energy Needs

Aug 28th, 2012 | By




The Hindu: Did you know that the amount of energy consumed in the world doubles every 20 years? Knowing how the world is running out of its energy sources, there is little chance that we would meet the demand in future. This demand for power is just one face of the problem; the other serious

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Climate Change Link Cannot Be Overlooked

Aug 24th, 2012 | By




iOL Scitech: Heatwaves, drought and floods that have struck the northern hemisphere for the third summer running are narrowing doubts that man-made warming is disrupting Earth’s climate system, say some scientists. Climate experts as a group are reluctant to ascribe a single extreme event or season to global warming. Weather, they argue, has to be

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Scientific Disciplines Must Link Up To Serve Development

Aug 24th, 2012 | By




Scidevnet: A greater commitment to multidisciplinary research, and to local problem solving, is essential to achieving future development goals. Last week, UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon announced the members of the panel that has been given the challenge of defining the global development agenda after the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) expire in 2015. [1] The panel’s

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Assam Faces Worst Ever Floods In 10 Years

Aug 23rd, 2012 | By
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India Water Portal: This article provides a brief background of the situation of floods in Assam, their impact and possible solutions, through a video interview with Dr. Partha J Das, Programme Head, ‘Water, Climate & Hazard (WATCH)’ Programme, Aaranyak. Background The north-eastern region of the country receives a large share of the summer south-west monsoon’s

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Climate Change, Deforestation Behind Collapse Of Ancient Maya

Aug 23rd, 2012 | By




Zee News: Washington: Multiple factors — some natural, like climate change; some human-made, including large-scale landscape alterations and shifts in trade routes — led to the 9th century collapse and abandonment of the Central Maya Lowlands in the Yucatan Peninsula. These findings, resulted from a new analysis of complex interactions between humans and the environment

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US: Using Climate Finance To Kill The Indian Solar Panel Industry

Aug 22nd, 2012 | By




CSE India: The United States is using the climate ‘fast start financing’ to its pervert advantage for ruining the Indian domestic solar photo-voltaic (PV) manufacturing industry – says Centre for Science and Environment (CSE). Currently, 80 per cent of the Indian manufacturing capacity is in a state of forced closure and debt restructuring with no

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