Technologies

Reaching 2009 International Climate Change Goals Will Require Aggressive Measures

Dec 5th, 2012 | By
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Science Daily: Despite an international consensus reached in 2009 to limit climate change by reducing carbon dioxide emissions, scientists say the likelihood of meeting that goal is diminishing. The Global Carbon Project’s most recent analysis by scientists from the United States, Norway, Australia, France and the United Kingdom published in the current issue of the

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Citizen Scientists Help Map Mangroves From Qatar To Brazil

Dec 4th, 2012 | By
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CoP 18: Smartphone technology brings public and researchers together to study nature. It came from a simple idea to help exchange students communicate effectively with each other. When a group of students on a Qatar Foundation International (QFI) exchange programme to Doha had difficulty communicating with their Qatari counterparts, the programme organisers came up with

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A Conversation With: India’s Chief Climate Change Negotiator

Dec 4th, 2012 | By
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The NewYork Times: With one week left for the U.N. climate change talks to conclude, developed and developing countries remain at odds on how to solve the crisis being linked to the recent spate of extreme weather events that have claimed lives and destroyed property worth billions of dollar. India has agreed to a take

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Information Is Power, But Is it Powerful Enough to Halt Climate Change?

Dec 2nd, 2012 | By
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Huffingtonpost: In a world where almost one billion people are chronically hungry and the current and future state of food security is beset by challenges such as climate change, knowledge and information are powerful. Powerful in terms of understanding the problems, in terms of deriving solutions and in terms of advocating where, how and when

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President Eager To Take Climate Change Debate Forward

Dec 2nd, 2012 | By
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COP18/CMP8 President says Qatar is working hard on its sustainable initiatives. The President of COP18/CMP8 Doha said he is working “day and night” in an effort to ensure the climate change debate moves forward. Abdullah Bin Hamad Al-Attiyah spent an hour and a half speaking to representatives from NGOs and answering questions from the audience.

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2012 Expected To Be Ninth Warmest Year On Record

Nov 29th, 2012 | By
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Guardian: World Meteorological Organisation data shows average global temperature to date is 14.45C, higher than long-term average. This year is likely to be the ninth warmest on record, with global temperatures in 2012 cooler than the average for the past decade owing to the effects of La Niña weather patterns early in the year. The

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Space Age Science Used To Help Sustain Earth

Nov 29th, 2012 | By
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CoP18: Technology used to search for water on Mars is being used to search for reserves. Space technology that was used to search for water on Mars is now being used closer to home. The Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research and NASA have used equipment designed to search for signs of life on Mars to

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International Group Displays Words Of ‘Unrepresented Youth’

Nov 29th, 2012 | By
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CoP18: Hopes of 1.5 billion young people not represented by UN Conference are displayed. An organisation of young activists concerned about climate change and the world’s concerted response to the problem has displayed what is says are the hopes of 1.5 billion young people not represented at the negotiations. “We demand the rights to a

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Arab World To Share Unique Perspective On Climate Change

Nov 29th, 2012 | By
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CoP18: Hikma’ sessions discuss traditional methods of societies in extreme climates. While climate change is a relatively modern phenomenon for much of the world, people living in Arab regions have coped with similar conditions for thousands of years. COP18/CMP8 Doha, which will be the first time that the annual climate change conference has been held

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Solar Mama Shines As Beacon Of Hope For Her Community’s Future

Nov 28th, 2012 | By
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CoP18: Illiterate Grandmothers Become Solar Engineers: Incredible Story of Solar Mamas. Rafea Anadi appears almost lost within her long, black veil. Short of stature and slightly bowed, she seems she could be blown away by the wind. But one look in her dark brown eyes – unflinching, unafraid – and you know that Ms. Anadi

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Local ‘Wisdom’ Offers Global Solutions On Climate Change

Nov 28th, 2012 | By
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CoP18: The benefits of using traditional techniques to tackle problems of climate change were discussed at COP18/CMP8’s second Hikma session. The Hikma events – named after the Arabic word for “wisdom” – are a series of talks which showcase the work of Arab and Middle Eastern civil society organisations and bring to the fore the

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Qatar Pressured to Cut Emissions as New Climate Talks Begin

Nov 28th, 2012 | By
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Scientific American: The rich oil nation, host of the talks, should set more of an example, attendees say By Lisa Friedman and ClimateWire Climate change activists are pressing Qatar to pledge an emissions reduction target, money for vulnerable countries or some other significant contribution to the fight against global warming as it welcomes diplomats today

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Early Warning Of Disasters: Facts And Figures

Nov 26th, 2012 | By
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Scidev.net: Lucy Pearson looks at early warning systems for disasters, their uses and limits, and what accounts for the gap between warning and action. Through history disasters have destroyed lives and livelihoods, killing people and damaging homes and businesses. Disasters in the past 35 years have taken an estimated 2.5 million lives and cost more

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Climate Talks Factbox: Major Nations’ Positions

Nov 26th, 2012 | By
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The Sydney Morning Herald: More than 190 countries are meeting in Doha, Qatar, from November 26 to December 7 to make progress on a new deal to fight climate change, due to be agreed by 2015 and come into force in 2020. The current emissions-cutting pact, the Kyoto Protocol, commits most developed states to binding

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Climate Change Calls For Urgent Need To Adapt

Nov 23rd, 2012 | By
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  Resource: Two separate reports have been released this week showing that the world is seeing record highs in global temperatures and greenhouse gas emissions. The European Environment Agency (EEA) and the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) have both published studies into climate change ahead of the annual two-week UN climate conference, which starts on Monday

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India’s Nexus Between Resources, Climate Change – And Stability

Nov 22nd, 2012 | By
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NATO Review Magazine: Few would predict that growing populations, decreasing resources and climate change will have an effect on security. But what could they be? And how will they affect heavily-populated areas of the world? Michael Kugelman looks at the potential changes for South Asia in general, and India in particular. Few regions are more

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Transitioning Away From Large-Scale Power Projects: A Simple And Effective Fix For The CDM

Nov 21st, 2012 | By
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SEI: This policy brief, based on SEI research for the High-Level Panel of the CDM Policy Dialogue, shows how large-scale power supply projects may undermine the value and integrity of the CDM and proposes transitioning away from them. Despite years of development, experience, and revision, the Clean Development Mechanism’s method for assessing additionality remains controversial

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Nepal To Share Micro Hydel Skills In Region

Nov 5th, 2012 | By
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Ekantipur: The Nepali expertise in developing micro-hydropower projects to help rural communities meet their energy demands will soon be imparted to other countries in the region and beyond. Experts with the Alternative Energy Promotion Centre (AEPC), under the Ministry of Environment, Science and Technology, will be offering technical assistance and training in developing micro-hydropower projects

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GHG Emissions For Agriculture Must Be Addressed

Nov 3rd, 2012 | By
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The Fish Site: Amid population growth and escalating food demands, two global analyses have determined that climate change mitigation and adaptation are equally critical for global food security. The study by the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) has determined that feeding the world releases up to 17,000 megatonnes of

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When The Chips Are Down: Potato, Maize And Rice Crop Yields Set To Fall

Nov 1st, 2012 | By
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Guardian: Farmers in developing world will have to grow different food to prevent world going hungry in changing climate, says report. Farmers will need to grow different crops as rising temperatures and unpredictable rainfall lead to a drop in yields of maize, rice and wheat in developing countries, according to agricultural experts. The three crops

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UN’s Clean Development Mechanism Set For 2013 Revamp

Nov 1st, 2012 | By
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The Sunday Morning Herald: The Clean Development Mechanism, the United Nations program designed to lower greenhouse-gas emissions in developing countries, is set to be revamped next year as initial commitments under the Kyoto Protocol expire. “Everything is on the table” for making the program more effective, Niclas Svenningsen, manager of strategy and policy development at

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Bhutan’s Agriculture Industry Goes 100% Organic

Nov 1st, 2012 | By
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World Crunch: The future of Bhutan‘s agriculture industry will be organic. The country, which mainly grows oranges, apples, rice and potatoes, had decided to become 100% organic in the next 10 years. Situated in the craggy foothills of the Himalayas, only 3% of the kingdom’s territory is actually farmland. However, 80% of the population of

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Doubling Hydropower Output Could Cut CO2 Emissions

Oct 30th, 2012 | By
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China.org.cn: Doubling hydroelectricity production by 2050 could prevent annual emissions of up to 3 billion tons of CO2 from fossil-fuel plants, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said in a report released here on Monday. The report entitled “Technology Roadmap: Hydropower,” which is jointly published by the IEA and Brazil’s Mines Ministry, outlined detailed actions “needed

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Technology Is Key To A Low-Carbon Future

Oct 26th, 2012 | By
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ITU: New Broadband Commission climate report confirms technology is the key to a low-carbon future: Governments urged to harness the power of information and communication  technologies to dramatically cut emissions. Broadband can help transition the world towards a low carbon-economy and address the causes and effects of climate change, according to a new report just

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10 Lessons From 10 Years of The CDM

Oct 25th, 2012 | By
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Climate Report: The Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) is the first and by far the largest carbon offset instrument in the world. To date, it is the only market based on an environmental commodity which managed to attract several billions of euros of private capital on an annual basis. Being the first-of-a-kind climate change mitigation instrument,

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Acting On Disaster Warnings: Don’t Miss The Human Factor

Oct 23rd, 2012 | By
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SciDev.Net: We need to understand why some people act on early warnings while others ignore them, says disaster preparedness specialist Sudhir Kumar. The Great East Japan Earthquake and subsequent tsunami of 11 March 2011 challenged global ideas about responding to disasters. It showed that structural defences alone, such as breakwaters, coastal dykes and tidal barriers,

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Nepal: Bagmati River Basin Improvement Project

Oct 22nd, 2012 | By
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ADB: The Bagmati River Basin Improvement Project aims to improve water security and resilience to potential climate change impact in the Bagmati River Basin. It will build on the general public’s desire to restore the river environment in the Kathmandu Valley and the Government’s efforts to improve irrigation development and mitigate the impact of water-induced

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Climate Change Challenges For Hong Kong: An Agenda For Adaptation

Oct 19th, 2012 | By
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CSR Asia: Climate change is inevitable and therefore there is a need to examine adaptation measures that can manage the challenges presented by changes in the climate that we will experience in Hong Kong. Climate change will mean that Hong Kong will experience a warmer climate, at times with significantly more rainfall but will also

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Expert Voices: Rotterdam Climate Proof, City of Rotterdam

Oct 15th, 2012 | By
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National Geographic: A new digital platform bolsters efforts of nine global cities at the leading-edge of climate adaptation. Situated where the mouth of a river meets a larger body of water, delta cities are particularly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, such as storm surges and flooding. This urgent issue sparked the first conversations

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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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A Way To Assess The Carbon Emissions Of Your Building

Oct 10th, 2012 | By
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New Scientist: How much CO2 does the building you live in give off? What about your office? For the most part, mapping urban carbon emissions has been based on broad figures that don’t home in on specific buildings or streets. A computer program called Hestia can now record and map carbon emissions with a new

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Let’s Add Climate Knowledge To Agroforestry Plans

Oct 2nd, 2012 | By
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Scidevnet: We need to know more about how smallholder agroforestry can help farmers adapt to climate change, write James Roshetko and Rodel Lasco. [BOGOR] Much is known about agroforestry — the mixing of tree species with crops and livestock to enrich farmers’ livelihoods. But less is known about how it can help farmers adapt to

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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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The Baltic Climate Toolkit-Empowering Knowledge Transfer

Sep 29th, 2012 | By
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Baltic Climate: The Baltic Climate toolkit is an empowering knowledge transfer instrument for actors on the local and regional level who are not necessarily the experts on climate change, but who have an important role to play in the preparation, financing and decision making related to the implementation of climate change measures. We are talking

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Can The Kathmandu Valley Be Saved?

Sep 28th, 2012 | By
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The Ecologist: The once bustling Bagmati river has become the focal point of Nepal’s struggle to bring modernity to this once isolated region. And the environment is struggling to survive, writes Joseph Mayton. KATHMANDU: It is “clean-up” day on Nepal’s major river, the Bagmati. Uniformed military personnel troll the banks of the river, picking up

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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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Climate Scientists Put Predictions to the Test

Sep 19th, 2012 | By




University of Arizona: A new study has found that climate-prediction models are good at predicting long-term climate patterns on a global scale but lose their edge when applied to time frames shorter than three decades and on sub-continental scales. Photo: These maps show the observed (left) and model-predicted (right) air temperature trend from 1970 to

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What Is The State Of International Climate Talks?

Sep 18th, 2012 | By




Guardian: Despite near-collapse at each of the last three annual conferences of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the international negotiations always seem to pull back from the brink. Why? Because no country is willing to abandon the goal of an international regime which will effectively combat dangerous climate change. So the search

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Geophysical Limits to Global Wind Power

Sep 18th, 2012 | By




Nature: There is enough power in Earth’s winds to be a primary source of near-zero-emission electric power as the global economy continues to grow through the twenty-first century. Historically, wind turbines are placed on Earth’s surface, but high-altitude winds are usually steadier and faster than near-surface winds, resulting in higher average power densities1. Here, we

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The Sky Is the Limit for Wind Power

Sep 13th, 2012 | By




Scientific American: The amount of power to be reaped from tapping low- and high-altitude winds dwarfs global demand. Wind turbines on land and offshore could readily provide more than four times the power that the world as a whole currently uses. Throw in kites or robot aircraft generating electricity from sky-high winds and the world

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Wind Power Can Meet Global Energy Demands: Scientists

Sep 12th, 2012 | By




Times of India: With oil, gas and coal depleting fast, US scientists say that available wind power is enough to fuel all of the world’s energy demands. The atmospheric wind turbines in high altitude areas generate even more power than ground-and ocean-based units. Near-surface winds could provide more than 20 times global power demand and

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India: Himachal Builds Automated Weather Station At 15,000 Feet Above Sea Level

Sep 10th, 2012 | By




Hindustan Times: With its glaciers retreating at a rapid pace, the Himalayas – youngest folded mountains in the world – are feeling the heat of global warming. In order to study the impact of climate change on glaciers, a first-of-its-kind automated weather station has been set up at an altitude of 15,552 feet (4,860 metre)

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ICFRE, Chinese Academy Sign Pact

Sep 7th, 2012 | By




Business Standard: The Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education (ICFRE) and the Chinese Academy of Forestry (CAF) have singed an agreement to foster cooperation between India and China in identified fields of research and develop action plan on industrial bamboo products. The MoU was signed in Beijing by V K Bahuguna, director general, ICFRE,

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Could We Geoengineer The Climate With CO2?

Sep 6th, 2012 | By




New Scientist: Schemes for artificially cooling the planet can often seem wild and woolly. The latest such geoengineering scheme is no different: it involves frozen carbon dioxide, Antarctica and a whole lot of freezers. While the proposal is not as daft as it sounds, the numbers may not stack up. Ernest Agee and colleagues of

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ICT Will Help Ugandan Farmers Cope With Climate Change

Aug 27th, 2012 | By




SciDevNet: Ugandan cattle farmers are set to benefit from the use of information and communications technology (ICT) tools and meteorological data to improve their ability to adapt to climate change-induced hazards such as water stress and prolonged droughts. Climate Change Adaptation and ICT (CHAI), a two-year project launched in Kampala earlier this month (3 August),

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Capably Communicating Science

Aug 24th, 2012 | By




Sciencemag: There is no shortage of topics where policy-makers or other members of the public seem to persistently misunderstand, misrepresent, or disregard the underlying science: climate change, genetically modified foods, vaccines, or evolution, among others. Consequently, the call for scientists to do a better job of communicating both the meaning and the nature of their

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Wanted: Better Bridges Between Science And Aid Efforts

Aug 24th, 2012 | By




Scidevnet: Aid innovators are calling for more interaction with research and development communities, ahead of World Humanitarian Day, reports Imogen Mathers. [LONDON] In the aftermath of the devastating bomb attack on the UN’s Baghdad headquarters on 19 August 2003, the UN General Assembly pushed through a resolution to hold an annual commemoration of those who

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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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Has The Time Come To Try Geo-Engineering?

Aug 18th, 2012 | By




Scientific American: Earth’s average temperature has warmed by 0.8 degree Celsius over the last 100 years or so. The reason is increasing concentrations of greenhouse gases, particularly carbon dioxide, in the atmosphere. The concentration of CO2 has now reached 394 parts-per-million in the air we breathe—and would be even higher, roughly 450 ppm, if the

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Temperature Rise ‘Slows Economy In Poor Countries’

Aug 18th, 2012 | By




Scidevnet: Small increases in temperature may have reduced the industrial and agricultural production of poor countries, according to a study by US economists. Higher temperatures may also have contributed to political instability in these countries — defined as those with below-median per capita income, adjusted for the purchasing power of the country’s currency — according

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Climate Change Adaptations: How To Prepare For Global Warming

Aug 13th, 2012 | By




Huffington post: Wild geoengineering schemes may aim to reverse global warming by reflecting sunlight into space or storing excess carbon dioxide, but they won’t spare humanity from living through climate change in the next several decades. That means humans must adapt to life in a world where droughts hit harder, floodwaters rise higher and entire

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Is Mitigation of Climate Change in Agriculture Necessary?

Aug 10th, 2012 | By




India water Portal: India like many other developing countries has focused its agricultural policies on increasing agricultural production to meet food security. While climate change mitigation has been included into its agricultural sector, the developed world argues that if it does not reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from agriculture, these emissions are expected to increase

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Study Finds City Vulnerable to Climate Change Impact

Aug 8th, 2012 | By




DAWN: The fundamental challenge facing Karachi is a disorganised, ill-coordinated institutional and governance framework with substantial capacity deficits, according to a recent study assessing the city’s vulnerability to possible climate change impacts. The 65-page study, Karachi city climate change adaptation strategy a road map, is conducted by Shehri-Citizens for a Better Environment, with the support

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Adaptive Collaborative Approaches in Natural Resource Governance

Aug 7th, 2012 | By




RECOFTC: Hemant Ojha reflects on his new book Adaptive Collaborative Approaches in Natural Resource Governance: Rethinking Participation, Learning and Innovation, Edited by Hemant R Ojha, Andy Hall, and Rasheed Sulaiman V. Why this book? Are stakeholders in natural resource management sufficiently adaptive and collaborative in addressing the issues of equity, sustainability and productivity? This book

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Green Your Transport!

Aug 4th, 2012 | By




Planetsave: Green your transport, not only for the environment, but for your health, happiness, personal finances, and time…. I discussed the environmental impact of eating meat and dairy a bit in the previous Going Green Tips post, due to it being a leading contributor to global climate change, air pollution, and water pollution. Another clear

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Nepal: Understanding Dynamics of Institutional Change and Irrigation Support

Aug 3rd, 2012 | By




Telegraph Nepal: It was in 1991 when I first visited Nepal as a graduate student at Indiana University, working on a research project on the management of common pool resources under the leadership of Professor Elinor Ostrom. To get myself prepared for the visit, I had been reading case studies of irrigation management in Nepal

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We Can Improve Climate Information For Africa

Aug 3rd, 2012 | By




Scidevnet: A collaborative project in Ethiopia that has created climate data and tools can be applied in much of Africa, says climate scientist Tufa Dinku. Famine in the Horn of Africa is a reminder of how fluctuations in climate can destroy the lives and livelihoods of vulnerable people on the continent, and why the management

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Carbon Mitigation Technologies For Emerging Economies

Jul 19th, 2012 | By




Mountain Partnership: This report provides a review of the various options being pursued to reduce carbon intensities in five developing countries, namely Brazil, China, India, Indonesia and South Africa. These are major emerging economies, all of which are vulnerable to adverse effects from climate change, with their governments having to balance economic, environmental and social

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Ten Point Technology Plan to Tackle Climate Change: China

Jul 18th, 2012 | By




The Climate Group: China announced another important plan last week, under its 12th Five-Year Plan – the Specially Designated National Plan on Science and Technology Development in Tackling Climate Change. The most critical element of the newly released Plan is the Ten Most Critical Mitigation Technologies and Ten Most Critical Adaption Technologies that have been

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Energy Security In The Mountains: Issues and Economic Opportunities

Jul 11th, 2012 | By
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Mountain Voice: In a series of Mountain Voice, the Climate Himalaya team interacted with authorities working on energy renewable energy issues in the western Himalayan region of India, to understand that how much scope such mountain states have in energy security and how people could be involved in such processes. What is the scope of

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