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Carbon Release, Storage By Rainforests May Increase By 50bt

Feb 11th, 2013 | By
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Maongabay: Carbon release, storage by rainforests may increase by 50b tons for each degree of climate warming in the tropics. Faster plant growth due to higher concentrations of carbon dioxide may offset increased emissions from forest die-off in the tropics, asserts a new study based on climate modeling. The research, published this week in the

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Online Global Renewable Energy Atlas Launched

Feb 7th, 2013 | By
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Scidev.net: An online atlas of global renewable energy potential has been launched to try to identify the most promising places for investment and to help guide governments’ energy policies and planning. The open access ‘Global Atlas for Solar and Wind’ was launched last month (13 January) at the annual general assembly of the International Renewable

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Online Tools ‘Decentralising Disaster Relief Efforts’

Feb 7th, 2013 | By
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SciDev.net: Disaster response and relief efforts are becoming more dynamic and decentralised with the development of web-based geospatial technologies, says a study. Researchers writing in Disasters evaluated the experiences of Harvard University’s Center for Geographic Analysis (CGA) during the Sichuan and Haiti earthquake responses in 2008 and 2010, respectively. They found that the conventional ‘top-down’

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Climate Adaptation: Survival Of The Flexible

Feb 7th, 2013 | By
A mayfly from Ecuador could shed light on climate-change effects.

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Nature: Many tropical species never experience extreme heat or cold. That may doom them in a warming world. Up in the foothills of the Rockies last summer, researchers from Colorado State University in Fort Collins fanned out along the banks of a stream. Some took the water’s temperature and measured its speed and chemistry. Others

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Finance For Emergency Preparedness: Links To Resilience

Feb 7th, 2013 | By
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ODI: An increasing number of policy statements claim that investing in resilience is cost effective when compared with approaches that rely exclusively on ex-post response and recovery. Yet very little funding goes towards disaster prevention and preparedness, which can build the resilience of communities to cope with emergencies. Resilience is perhaps best conceptualised as a

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Decisions Adopted By COP 18 And CMP 8

Feb 6th, 2013 | By
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Decisions adopted by COP 18 and CMP 8 COP 18 CMP 8 Agreed outcome pursuant to the Bali Action Plan (216 kB) The Doha Amendment to the Kyoto Protocol pursuant to its Article 3, paragraph 9 Advancing the Durban Platform (63 kB) Addressing the Implications of decisions -2/CMP.7 to -5/CMP.7 on the previous decisions on

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Himalayan Glaciers ‘Retreating Substantially’

Feb 4th, 2013 | By
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One World SA: Most Himalayan glaciers in Bhutan, China, India and Nepal are retreating, Dr. Arun B. Shrestha, Climate Change Specialist at the Nepal-based inter-governmental regional organisation International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development , told OneWorld UK and OneClimate.net this week. Shrestha’s comment comes in the wake of controversy over criticism of a claim made

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Nepal Climate Public Expenditure And Institutional Review

Feb 4th, 2013 | By
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Book: This paper examines the public financingof climate change actions in Nepal, including the role played by communities, civil society, the private sector and international support. The objective of the study has been to develop an appropriate methodology and then conduct an exploratory Climate Public Expenditure and Institutional Review (CPEIR), at both the national and

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Warmer Earth Will Be Drier Model Predicts

Feb 1st, 2013 | By
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ABC: A new study adds to evidence that future warming will produce lower average rainfall around the world, even though Earth’s past warming episodes led to more precipitation. A team of Chinese and US scientists modelled climate data over the last millennium. Their work may help resolve intense debate surrounding palaeoclimatic records and model projections

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Leaked IPCC Climate Report Shows UN Overestimated Global Warming

Jan 31st, 2013 | By
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The New American: Not scheduled for publication until next year, a leaked report by the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) presents evidence that fear-mongering over the magnitude of global warming may be a little too ambitious. The preliminary report, which is available for download online, was leaked this month by an individual

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Whither REDD+ After Doha?

Jan 31st, 2013 | By
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Forest Carbon Asia: Whither REDD+ after Doha? New realities for forest advocates Observations from UNFCCC COP 18. Is Doha the final stop for REDD+ negotiations? Where does REDD+ stand now and where does it go from here? What is its role in the proposed Landscape day? Andrea Tuttle, long-standing REDD observer at the COPs explores

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Planning, Building And Insuring: Adaptation Of Built Environment

Jan 30th, 2013 | By
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NCCARF: This project examines the likely impacts on the built environment of increased intensities in weather-related natural hazard events, in order to identify the possibilities of using the regulatory mechanisms of building construction, housing insurance and planning in climate change adaptation. The research findings are restricted to these three aspects of the built environment, and

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Climate Change And Health: Why Should India Be Concerned?

Jan 30th, 2013 | By
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Overwhelming evidence shows that climate change presents growing threats to public health security – from extreme weather-related disasters to wider spread of such vector-borne diseases as malaria and dengue. The impacts of climate on human health will not be evenly distributed around the world. The Third Assessment Report (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change-2001) concluded that

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Nicholas Stern: ‘I Got It Wrong On Climate Change-It’s Far, Far Worse’

Jan 29th, 2013 | By
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Guardian: Author of 2006 review speaks out on danger to economies as planet absorbs less carbon and is ‘on track’ for 4C rise. Nicholas Stern, author of the government-commissioned review on climate change that became the reference work for politicians and green campaigners, now says he underestimated the risks, and should have been more “blunt”

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Water Management And Climate Change Adaptation In Latin America’s Mountains

Jan 29th, 2013 | By
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ELLA: Water Basin Councils and citizen participation mechanisms, terracing and ‘water raising’, innovative tools for researching vulnerability: these are just a few of the strategies Latin American countries are using to strengthen adaptation to changing water availability in their mountain regions. Within mountain ecosystems across Latin America, Africa and Asia, increasing climate variability, gradual glacial

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Advancing Agricultural Adaptation And Mitigation

Jan 29th, 2013 | By
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Scidev.net: This policy brief, published by Science, examines how agricultural science can help improve policies for climate change adaptation and mitigation. Global food production must rise to meet global food needs, but predicted increases in extreme weather events — combined with stresses such as poverty, conflict and weak governance — threaten food security. At the

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India: Greening Agenda for Rural Development Schemes

Jan 29th, 2013 | By
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UNDP: The Ministry of Rural Development, with support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today released a report “Greening Rural Development in India”. The report presents strategies for inclusive rural development embodying the principles of environmental sustainability. The Report assumes particular significance in the light of the Twelfth Five Year Plan, which has as

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Werner: Arctic Ice Loss Speeds Warming (Video)

Jan 25th, 2013 | By
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Mount HolyOke: Melting Arctic sea ice is no longer just evidence of a rapidly warming planet—it’s also part of the problem. Alan Werner, professor of geology at Mount Holyoke College, said that decreasing amounts of Arctic snow and ice in summer will lead to a greater degree of heat absorption at the North Pole. The

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Sustainable Development After Rio+20 Is `In Limbo`

Jan 25th, 2013 | By
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Environmental Expert: The weak wording of the Rio+20 summit agreement and delays in setting up the UN working groups on sustainable development have left progress on some of the post Rio+20 agenda in limbo, according to a science officer at the International Council for Science (ICSU), which represented the scientific community at the summit. The

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Unquiet Flows The Bagmati

Jan 25th, 2013 | By
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Book Review by Dr. Sudhirendar Sharma: The resolute perseverance with which Dinesh Kumar Mishra has chronicled major rivers, flowing through the flood plains of Bihar, during past three decades makes one realise if this civil engineer could have been anything but a ‘river biographer’. Meticulous with details, ranging from mythology to hydrology, the narrative weaves

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Curbing Climate Change Will Cost $700 Billion a Year

Jan 24th, 2013 | By
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Scientific American: The world must spend an extra $700 billion a year to curb its addiction to fossil fuels blamed for worsening floods and heat waves and rising sea levels, a study issued by the World Economic Forum (WEF) showed on Monday. The world must spend an extra $700 billion a year to curb its

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Climate Change And Population Growth Meet Along The Brahmaputra River

Jan 24th, 2013 | By
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NY Times: A multichannel mammoth stretching up to 10 kilometers (six miles) wide, the Brahmaputra River in Assam causes havoc every year when it floods. Now climate change is intensifying the hydrological cycle. Brian Orland, a Fulbright-Nehru Fellow, is starting a nine-month study on climate change adaptation along the Brahmaputra River, where the environment challenges

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Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management

Jan 21st, 2013 | By
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Springer: There has been some degree of reluctance in the past to consider disaster risk management within the mainstream of adaptation to climate variability and climate change. However, there is now wide recognition of the need to incorporate disaster risk management concerns in dealing with such phenomena. There is also a growing awareness of the

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Himalayan Destruction

Jan 18th, 2013 | By
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CSE: Study quantifies the impact of hydel projects on the ecology of the mountain range. THE Himalayas are virtually under bombardment—of dams. They would have the highest dam density in the world, with over a thousand water reservoirs dotting the mountain range in India, Bhutan, Nepal and Pakistan, over the next few years. These projects

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Climate Change And Ecosystem-Based Adaptation A New Pragmatic Approach

Jan 18th, 2013 | By
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Science Direct: The changing climate is no longer an abstract issue, and the realities of its impacts are being felt across the globe. Climate change is affecting millions of people, and thwarting their efforts to escape poverty. Against this harsh reality, it will be imperative to speed up the integration of climate risk considerations into

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Climate Conversations-A 4°C Warmer World “Will Be Catastrophic” For Forest BD-Expert

Jan 17th, 2013 | By
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Alternet: Global temperatures may be climbing at a rate too fast for our forests and its biodiversity to adapt, a scientist with the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) warned after the World Bank predicted a 4°C warming of the planet if policymakers continue to be apathetic about greenhouse gas emissions. “The long-term effects will

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Climate Change Impacts On Glacier Hydrology And River Discharge In HKH

Jan 17th, 2013 | By
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MRD Journal: Abstract :Rising temperatures and changing precipitation patterns across the Hindu Kush–Himalaya (HKH) region resulting from climate change have an influence on water resource availability and food security for the downstream population. This review seeks to objectively assess the available evidence of the impacts of climate change on glacier hydrology and the wider implications

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Glaciers As Proxy To Quantify Spatial Distribution Of Precipitation In Hunza Basin

Jan 17th, 2013 | By
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BioOne:  Glaciers as a Proxy to Quantify the Spatial Distribution of Precipitation in the Hunza Basin. Abstract Accurate quantification of the spatial distribution of precipitation in mountain regions is crucial for assessments of water resources and for the understanding of high-altitude hydrology, yet it is one of the largest unknowns due to the lack of

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Pachauri On Doha, IPCC Leaks And His Optimism

Jan 17th, 2013 | By
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Alertnet: The international climate community suffered a rocky finish to 2012 with slow progress, lacklustre ambition and a leak of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) authoritative Fifth Assessment Report (AR5). At the centre of this is Dr Rajendra K. Pachauri, chair of the IPCC and director general of The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI). The

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Where There’s Smoke or Smog, There’s Climate Change

Jan 17th, 2013 | By
UW atmospheric scientists Sarah Doherty (left) and Stephen Warren (right) taking snow samples in Greenland in summer 2010. (Credit: Image courtesy of University of Washington)




Science Daily: In addition to causing smoggy skies and chronic coughs, soot — or black carbon — turns out to be the number two contributor to global warming. It’s second only to carbon dioxide, according to a four-year assessment by an international panel. The new study concludes that black carbon, the soot particles in smoke

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Toward Resilience: A Guide to Disaster Risk Reduction And Climate Adaptation

Jan 16th, 2013 | By
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Toward Resilience: A Guide to Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) is an introductory resource for staff of development and humanitarian organizations working with people whose live and rights are threatened by disasters and climate change. The guide provides essential introductory information, principals of effective practice, guidelines for action in a range

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Solar Forcing Effect On Climate Change ‘Extremely Small’: IPCC Scientist

Jan 16th, 2013 | By
The effect of solar forcing on climate change is ‘extremely small’, an IPCC scientist said today. Credit: https://theconversation.edu.au/theres-always-the-sun-solar-forcing-and-climate-change-1878

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PHYS.org: Changes in solar radiation, known as solar forcing, have had only a very small effect on climate change, a member of the UN’s top panel of climate scientists said today. The comment, made by a member of the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), followed the leak of a draft IPCC report late

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Energy For All: Empowering Poor Through Access To Energy-ADB

Jan 16th, 2013 | By
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ADB: Empowering the poor through access to energy — ADB promotes new approaches for scaling up access to energy for the poor. Access to modern, cleaner energy is essential to human development. Yet the majority of the world’s energy poor are living in Asia and the Pacific: more than 700 million people still have no

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Algal Biofuels Are No Energy Panacea

Jan 16th, 2013 | By
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SciDev.net: Algal biofuels, like crops, demand land, water, fertilisers, pesticides and inputs that are costly for India, says Hoysall Chanakya Of late, there is heady euphoria over ‘green’ algal biofuels that are dangled as a panacea for developing countries such as India. While it is true that algal biofuels can contribute to a fossil fuel-free

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Top Tech Breakthroughs Of 2012

Jan 16th, 2013 | By
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SciDev.Net: Potato batteries, wind-powered mine detectors, smart waterpumps… SciDev.Net revisits some of the best inventions of 2012. Fascinating innovations come from around the world, and aim to tackle a range of development issues, from cutting the risk of disasters and disease, to helping people with disabilities access information and bringing energy to remote areas. Phase-changing

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Classifying Knowledge For Policymaking

Jan 16th, 2013 | By
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SciDev.net: This policy brief, published by the Overseas Development Institute, explores how different types of knowledge feed into policymaking processes — based on case-studies in three South-East Asian countries — and suggests that classifying knowledge can be a useful way of promoting evidence-based decisions. The complexity of policy processes means there is no simple way

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Climate Change May Bring Bigger Waves For Down Under

Jan 15th, 2013 | By
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Nature: Changes could affect shipping lanes and beach erosion — and make Australian surfers happy. Wave heights will increase in seas off Indonesia, Antarctica and Australia’s east coast, and will decrease in some other regions, an international collaboration reports today. The study looked into the effects of climate change on waves in the coming century,

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Adaptation In Action: FAO On Climate Change Adaptation

Jan 15th, 2013 | By
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FAO’s vision for the future is a world free of hunger and malnutrition where food and agriculture improve the living standards of all people. To make this vision a reality, food production must increase to feed a rising global population – a population expected to grow from 6.7 billion to more than 9 billion in

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Atmospheric Pollution In Hindu Kush Himalaya Region

Jan 11th, 2013 | By
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MRD: This paper presents a detailed review of atmospheric pollution observed in the Hindu Kush–Himalaya (HKH) region and its implications for regional climate. Data from in situ measurements made at high-altitude stations in the HKH region, observations from satellitebased instruments, and global climate modeling study results are discussed. Experimental observations discussed include both atmospheric measurements

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Climate Change Impacts On Glacier Hydrology and River Discharge In HKH

Jan 11th, 2013 | By
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MRD Journal: Rising temperatures and changing precipitation patterns across the Hindu Kush–Himalaya (HKH) region resulting from climate change have an influence on water resource availability and food security for the downstream population. This review seeks to objectively assess the available evidence of the impacts of climate change on glacier hydrology and the wider implications upon

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Plugging The Energy Efficiency Gap With Climate Finance

Jan 10th, 2013 | By
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IEA: The role of International Financial Institutions (IFIs) and the Green Climate Fund to realise the potential of energy efficiency in developing countries. Improving energy efficiency (EE) can reduce energy demand and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and deliver a range of other benefits such as improved air quality, enhanced economic competitiveness and, at the national

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Study Finds Glaciers In Himalayas Will Continue To Melt

Jan 10th, 2013 | By
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Deseret News: Many Himalayan glaciers are melting and will keep melting whether climate changes continue or are replaced by consistent temperatures, according to research done by BYU geology professor Summer Rupper. “The results of the study clearly showed the magnitude of glacier changes over the coming decades is likely to be very large and that

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Nepal: Melting Rate Of Glacier Has Gone Up In The Himalayas

Jan 10th, 2013 | By
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Dr. Dambaru Ballab Kattel was interviewed by representative from Telegraph Nepal about the Glaciers in this mountain countries and what is his reading about glacial related phenomena. TQ1: How closely are you following the unfolding political events of Nepal-your own motherland? Kattel: Thecitizens of Nepal  living far from their country for a certain time (months

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Costa Rica Presents Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Model Initiatives

Jan 9th, 2013 | By
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IISD: During the Doha Climate Change Conference, Costa Rica, with assistance from the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), presented seven examples of how agriculture can both mitigate and adapt to climate change. The presentations were made by Costa Rica’s Environment and Agriculture Ministers at a side event to COP 18. Agriculture Minister Gloria Abraham Peralta

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2013 Smart Guide: Arctic Melt Will Spark Weird Weather

Jan 8th, 2013 | By
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New Scientist: Melting, rather than warming, is likely to be the big climate issue of 2013. Predictions that a major El Niño warming event – and the coming solar maximum – would help make next year the warmest on record now seem wide of the mark. All eyes will probably be on the Arctic instead.

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Climate Adaptation Framework Published

Jan 8th, 2013 | By
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IIEA: While climate mitigation (emissions reduction) has been the central focus of climate policy making to date, 2013 will see a greater focus on adaptation to climate change. It is becoming increasingly challenging to keep global warming to 2oC, according to the cacophony of warnings from scientific and policy organisations including the Intergovernmental Panel on

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GIZ’s Climate Related Publications

Jan 8th, 2013 | By
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Smart climate finance In order to achieve a 50 percent reduction in carbon dioxide emissions by 2050, total financing to 2050 of around EUR 30 trillion will be required. The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change has concluded that a significant majority of this investment will need to come from the private sector. Public

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Field Guide To Community Based Adaptation

Jan 8th, 2013 | By
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CSD-I: Tim Magee, and his colleagues at CSDi, are to be commended for producing a book which should change the way development is practiced, and so directly contribute to the improvement of millions of lives around the world.’ – Howard White, Executive Director, 3ie, USA ‘A fascinating and informative guide to a subject of growing

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IPCC Temperature Projections Have Been Exceptionally Accurate

Jan 7th, 2013 | By
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Think Progress: Contrary To Contrarian Claims, IPCC Temperature Projections Have Been Exceptionally Accurate. There is a new myth circulating in the climate contrarian blogosphere and mainstream media that a figure presented in the “leaked” draft Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fifth Assessment Report shows that the planet has warmed less than previous IPCC report

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Nepal Government Publishes Plan For Assessment On Climate Change

Jan 7th, 2013 | By
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CDKN: The inception period of a CDKN supported project in Nepal has concluded with the Government of Nepal publishing an Inception Report and Implementation Plan for carrying out economic impact assessment of climate change in key sectors in Nepal. The project will provide headline and sectoral estimates of the impacts and economic costs of climate change for

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Siachen Glacier Shrinking, Says Study

Jan 4th, 2013 | By
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Dawn: The Siachen Glacier has been reduced by 5.9km in longitudinal extent between 1989 and 2009 because of rising temperatures, says a study published recently. Human presence at Siachen may also be affecting the neighbouring glaciers of Gangotri, Miyar, Milan and Janapa which feed Ganges, Chenab and Sutlej rivers. The study, Climate Data and Modeling

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A Safer Stove For The Developing World

Jan 4th, 2013 | By
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Fastcoexist: A Safer Stove For The Developing World, Created By Indian Student Entrepreneurs.. Having an open fire in your house is dangerous, and it’s not good to inhale the smoke. But it’s how billions of people cook and heat their houses. The Greenway Smart Stove aims to change that–with no moving parts and at a

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Impact of Snow And Glacier Melt On Water: EU HighNoon Project

Jan 2nd, 2013 | By
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Impact of snow and glacier melt on the water security of users of the Ganges, India Ewout Zwolsman, an MSc student from Wageningen University, assessed for the HighNoon project the contribution of snow- and ice melt to the water demand in the Ganges basin as part of his final Masters thesis. The first challenge was

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Costs Of Climate Change Adaptation In Europe: A Review

Jan 2nd, 2013 | By
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Climate change is expected to have significant impacts on Europe that will affect its economic sectors and the distribution of  economic activity. While some of those climate-change impacts can be alleviated by mitigation action, some degree of climate change cannot be avoided anymore. This makes adaptation an essential component in addressing the impacts from climate

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Addressing Climate Change in Asia and the Pacific: Priorities for Action

Dec 27th, 2012 | By
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ADB’s corporate mandate is to help achieve an Asia and Pacific region that is free from poverty. During more than 40 years of operation, ADB has successfully addressed this challenge by providing projects and programs to its DMCs focusing on economic growth as the foundation of poverty reduction efforts. As ADB’s development work in the

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Agricultural Research ‘Key To Easing Climate-Change Impacts’

Dec 21st, 2012 | By
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Scidev.net: Agricultural research should be a strategic priority of the UN’s efforts to lessen the impacts of climate change, according to a report launched at a UN climate change conference in Doha, Qatar. The report, released by a group of leading international experts in climate change and agriculture last month (30 November), is intended to

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Scoping Assessment Of Knowledge Needs In Climate Change Adaptation In China

Dec 19th, 2012 | By
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ClimateAdaptAsia: This report scopes out knowledge gaps and unmet needs relating to climate change adaptation in China, and proposes ways to address them. It is the product of an international collaboration between Stockholm Environment Institute(SEI) Asia and Beijing Zhi Dao He Xie Management Consulting Co. Ltd., and their work with local and community development organisations.

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Effectiveness of Local-Level Adaptation to Climate Change: Case Studies

Dec 19th, 2012 | By
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ClimateAdaptAsia: Determinants and Effectiveness of Local-Level Adaptation to Climate Change: Case Studies of Two Bangladesh ministries, including the ministries of agriculture, environment and forest, water, health, rural development, food and disaster management, children and women affairs, relevant departments and NGOs have been implementing a number of local level adaptation (LLA) projects with their limited resources

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Effective Green Financing: What Have We Learned So Far?

Dec 19th, 2012 | By
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Climate Policy Initiative: There are many theories about how to use public resources to combat climate change, but few empirical cases examining whether steps taken by policy makers have worked or not. Drawing on the experience of the San Giorgio Group, the San Giorgio Group case studies provide observations about effective green financing and specifically,

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Climate Change and Tourism

Dec 18th, 2012 | By
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The contribution of tourism to climate change, and the likely consequences of climate change for key tourist destinations, has been well reported and discussed. Yet, there is a lack of evidence-based systematic practical advice as to how the tourism industry should respond to the challenge of climate change. Building on a sound conceptual understanding of

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