Technologies

CIA Installed Nuclear Surveillance Device Atop Himalayas Mountains

Jan 3rd, 2012 | By




IntelNews: The United States Central Intelligence Agency tried at least twice to install a nuclear-powered surveillance device atop the Indian Himalayas, in an effort to spy on China. The decision to plant the device was taken in 1964, soon after communist China detonated its first nuclear bomb. In 1965, a team of CIA operatives attempted

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Science In 2011: Revolutions And Disasters

Jan 2nd, 2012 | By




SciDevNet: Science and technology can seem remote from the unfolding dramas of the world but they were never far from the front line in the first months of the Arab Spring. When revolution broke out in Egypt’s Tahrir Square in January, scientists were there in force, helping to plant the seeds of change. When dictatorship

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Local Biogas Initiatives Open Virtuous Circle

Dec 29th, 2011 | By




A growing number of municipalities in Argentina are joining a movement aimed at tackling the problem of waste disposal while producing clean, inexpensive energy. Since 2006, more than 650 people have taken part in biogas production courses offered by the Fundación Proteger (Protect Foundation) in the municipality of Cerrito, in the eastern Argentine province of

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Environment Research Centre In The Offing

Dec 26th, 2011 | By




Bhutan is soon expected to have a strong information database on environment with the establishment of Environment Research Centre by Royal Society for Protection of Nature (RSPN). Currently being planned, the research centre will provide researchers, students, government agencies and the public updated information and critical scientific data on environment. The programme manager of RSPN,

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Can You Fight Climate Change with a Coat of Paint?

Dec 26th, 2011 | By




Chikagoist: Notre Dame researchers want to turn your house into a power plant. No, not like the Fisk coal plant in Pilsen. In fact, their vision is quite the opposite, turning every building into a passive solar collector with little more than a paintbrush. And in Chicago, with our monumental skyline and sprawling neighborhoods, the

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Offsetting Greenhouse Gas Emissions in the Himalaya?

Dec 23rd, 2011 | By




BioOne: Offsetting Greenhouse Gas Emissions in the Himalaya? Clean Development Dams in Himachal Pradesh, India. The carbon-offsetting scheme Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) has evolved into one of the most important instruments for the funding of renewable energy projects in mountain regions in developing and newly industrializing countries. The CDM allows industrialized states to compensate for

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China Launches US$265 Million Ozone and Climate Change Project

Dec 22nd, 2011 | By




UNEP: China is the largest producer, consumer and exporter of HCFCs in the world. China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection today launched the HCFC Phase-out Management Plan (HPMP), a US$270 million project to cut consumption of Hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) by 1 January 2015. The HCFC-phaseout in China is impacting chemical production, foam, industrial and commercial refrigeration, air

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New Data-Driven Methods For Understanding Climate Change

Dec 21st, 2011 | By




National Science Foundation: In February 2012, the journal Nature Climate Change will publish a paper on rainfall extremes in India by principal investigator Vipin Kumar of the University of Minnesota’s computer science and engineering department and co-principal investigator Auroop Ganguly of the civil and environmental engineering department at Northeastern University in Boston, members of the

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Solar Power-A Ray Of Hope

Dec 21st, 2011 | By




The Hindu: Today the solar industry is just how IT was in the early 1980s. It is peak hour traffic in Mumbai and your car stops at a signal. A bunch of kids run to your window. Guess what they are selling? Not selling newspapers or toys. They are selling solar panels. This picture, envisioned

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Adaptation to Climate Change – Any Real Progress?

Dec 21st, 2011 | By




Green Conduct: The last COP in Durban ended in a success for the UNFCCC process, but has more nebulous implications for the climate itself, with Kyoto put on artificial respirator and a more comprehensive agreement being pushed back to a later date. The most significant progress at Durban for climate change adaptation came in the

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An Uncertain Climate After Durban

Dec 20th, 2011 | By




Industrialized countries are still against the idea of bearing their share of burden in tackling climate change. The 17th Conference of Parties (COP) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) was convened in Durban when the membership of this multilateral body faced two exceptional challenges. First, a critical component of the convention,

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Durban Consensus: Funding Climate Affected

Dec 20th, 2011 | By




Dawn: There is now near consensus in the international climate community that Asia will be the most severely affected continent because of the changes associated with global warming. And Bangladesh, the Maldives, parts of India and almost all of Pakistan are likely to suffer the most. Bangladesh and the Maldives will be hurt because of

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Positive And Negative Facts About Wind Energy

Dec 19th, 2011 | By




National Geographic: Wind is a form of solar energy created by interactions between atmospheric heating, irregularities in the earth’s surface and the earth’s rotation. Wind is a clean energy source that is endlessly renewable and remarkably reliable. It does not pollute the air or cause acid rain like fossil fuels. (See References 1) Advances in

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NASA – Climate Change May Bring Big Ecosystem Changes

Dec 15th, 2011 | By




NASA: By 2100, global climate change will modify plant communities covering almost half of Earth’s land surface and will drive the conversion of nearly 40 percent of land-based ecosystems from one major ecological community type – such as forest, grassland or tundra – toward another, according to a new NASA and university computer modeling study.

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Climate Deal Leaves Questions On green Fund And Tech Transfer

Dec 13th, 2011 | By




SciDevNet: The UN Climate Change Conference (COP 17) in Durban, South Africa, ended yesterday (11 December) with an agreement that all major polluting countries would work towards legally binding targets for reducing carbon emissions. But the bitter showdowns and high drama which preceded the last-minute agreement sidelined two key issues for developing countries — the

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Climate Change A Reality: Durban Takes On Equity And Glaciers In Himalaya

Dec 9th, 2011 | By
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K N Vajpai: This UN conference on climate change (COP) remained a place where the people from around the world discuss, debate and come to a conclusion on various confronting issues our communities  face around the world on climate change. In this note I am  trying to discuss three important aspects of this conference on

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Equitable Development: A Challenge For The World At Durban

Dec 7th, 2011 | By
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Durban Post by Dr.C. S. Silori*: This note is on the major happening during COP 17 at Durban in South Africa during UN Climate Change Conference on December 4-5, and how the ‘equity’ issues has emerged as major challenge for the world leaders in context to future development and climate change.  December 4, Sunday, was

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Kyoto Protocol On Life Support

Dec 7th, 2011 | By




IPS News: DURBAN- The United States has become the major stumbling block to progress at the mid point of negotiations over a new international climate regime say civil society and many of the 193 nations attending the United Nations climate change conference here in Durban.“The U.S. position leads us to three or four degrees Celsius

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Climate Change: India To Kick Off Negotiations

Dec 6th, 2011 | By
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NDTV: Durban- India today kicks off its high-level political negotiations as Environment Minister, Jayanthi Natrajan, takes control of the talks with other nations at the high level United Nations talks at Durban, South Africa on climate change. India has criticised the Developed Nations, especially the United States of America, for not making firm commitments to

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Himachal Hydro Trading Local Environment For Climate Change-German Study

Dec 4th, 2011 | By
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Hydropower dams in Himalayas, marketed as clean energy that will earn developers cash credits under carbon-offsetting Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) scheme, appear to fall well short of their goals in Himachal Pradesh where global climate change mitigation goals conflicts with local sustainable development, as a study by German researchers has found out. Recently published in

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Observing Deforestation From Space

Dec 2nd, 2011 | By
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IPS News-DURBAN: Global climate change can now be observed from space. The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) launched a new technology that can survey the world’s forests via satellites and provide a more accurate, global picture of common threats to the environment, such as deforestation, degradation or illegal logging. Using a remote sensing surveying

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Glaciers Move From Himalayas To Closer Home- A Success Story

Dec 2nd, 2011 | By
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The WeekEnd Leader: He made the glaciers move from the Himalayas and come closer home. By bringing glaciers to his village, Norphel Chewang helped Ladakh farmers till the land in summer – a privilege nature denied them. While Mahesh Bhatt captures the fabulous images in his camera, Anita Pratap catches up with the engineer. Chewang

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Why Small Hydropower Beats Big Dams

Dec 1st, 2011 | By
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Good Environment: This graph from the  Energy Information Administration communicates the reality of renewable energy in America better than any other single source. Renewable energy covers only a small slice, 8 percent, of the country’s needs. And despite the focus on biofuels and solar power, the chart shows that more than a third of that slice

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Kyoto Protocol Will Be On Life Support After Durban Summit

Dec 1st, 2011 | By
South African mounted police provide security during the Durban climate conference. Photograph: Schalk Van Zuydam/AP




Guardian: US environmental research centre predicts no agreement to keep climate change treaty in place beyond 2012.One of the most respected environmental research centres in the US has written off the chances that the UN climate summit in Durban will extend the life of the world’s only legal climate change treaty in any meaningful way.

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How Safe Are The Safeguards? Durban Highlights

Dec 1st, 2011 | By
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Durban Post: Dr. C. S. Silori* writing from Durban on Day-II & III, 29-30 November 2011 I had promised to come back, and here I am again with a short report of what happened on day 3 of the ongoing conference of the parties (COP 17) in Durban. It was a hectic day, as I

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Wrong Climate For Damming River

Nov 30th, 2011 | By
A new video shows how big dams affect river systems and factor into climate change.  Image courtesy Friends of the Earth/International Rivers/Google




National Geographic: Google Earth Shows How Dams Could Worsen Climate Change. A project of two NGOs highlights far-ranging effects of damming rivers which is a new interactive Google Earth video tour aims to teach people how damming rivers around the world can exacerbate climate change. The video, created by the nonprofit conservation groups International Rivers

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Local Leadership, ICTs, And Climate Change Adaptation

Nov 29th, 2011 | By
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NICCD: Leadership plays a crucial role within processes of change and transformation, particularly those associated with the impacts of climate change and variability. In vulnerable developing contexts affected by more frequent and intense climatic events, local leaders are key in the adoption of innovation and learning, as well as in the capacity of vulnerable groups

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Solar Innovations In India: Making A Cut With The Momentum For Change Initiative?

Nov 28th, 2011 | By
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Suman K A: The UNFCCC Secretariat in partnership with Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will create a series of platforms to encourage adaptation and mitigation projects that have promise to deliver high resilience and low carbon growth. This will be done through the Momentum for Change Initiative to be launched in Durban at CoP17. The

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Climate Smart Agriculture

Nov 28th, 2011 | By
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New Agriculturist: As a major user of freshwater and fossil fuels, a significant producer of greenhouse gases and a frequent trigger to deforestation, agriculture has tended to be seen as part of the climate change problem rather than an agent of mitigation. The concept of Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) seeks to reverse that pattern, albeit

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Cool Roofs: Technique Viable Option To Save Energy

Nov 24th, 2011 | By
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The News: The Building Code of Pakistan (Energy Provisions 2011) already approved by the Steering Committee will soon be finalised by the Task Force of Pakistan Engineering Council. National Energy Conservation Centre (Enercon) Assistant Chief (Buildings) Abrar Malik stated this at a seminar on ‘Cool Roofs: Solar Radiation Management (SRM) Techniques to Combat Climate Change

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Low Emission Capacity Building Programme-Mitigation Action

Nov 24th, 2011 | By
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The EU-UNDP Low Emission Capacity Building Programme (LECBP) was launched in January 2011 as part of a joint collaboration between the European Union (European Commission and Member States) and the United National Development Programme. This collaborative, country driven programme aims to strengthen technical and institutional capacities at the country level, while at the same time

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Geoengineering: An Option Not A Solution For Global Warming

Nov 24th, 2011 | By
One of the geoengineering solutions to climate change: marine cloud whitening (spraying seawater droplets into marine clouds to make them reflect more sunlight). Photograph: NASA




Ground Report: Venus is the hottest planet in our solar system; it is not the nearest to the sun but it is so hot that it can melt hard metals if placed on its surface. Greenhouse effect from the action of Green House Gases (GHGs) is the chief factor for this hotness. Venus is next

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Himalayan Climate Change Adaptation Programme-HICAP

Nov 22nd, 2011 | By
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The Hindu Kush-Himalayan (HKH) region is highly dynamic as there are many socioeconomic and environmental drivers of change at play, including climate change. The impacts of these changes challenge the resilience of natural and human capacities and environments in the region. Climate change is believed to contribute to extreme weather events and possibly to increase

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Painting A Mountain To Save The Planet

Nov 22nd, 2011 | By
The mountain near Parco's village, 100 km west of the town of Ayacucho in Peru. (Photo: Nick Pattinson)




Deccan Herald: Some time back, a lot of heat was generated over the controversial UN panel report on the melting of the Himalayan glaciers.  This case study is from Andes, where a project on Painting mountains with White is going to be considered as solution. While the report on climate change warned that Himalayan glaciers

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Himalayan Nations Yet To Break The Ice

Nov 21st, 2011 | By
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IPS: Chungda Sherpa, a former herder from eastern Nepal, has a warning tale ahead of the United Nations climate change conference in Durban. At World Wildlife Fund-Japan’s ‘Climate Witness’ programme in Osaka and Tokyo this month, to apprise communities around the world how climate change is threatening lives and livelihoods, the 48-year-old described how the

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Himalaya – Interactive Web Maps By SERVIR

Nov 21st, 2011 | By
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The SERVIR Web Mapper allows you to access and display data or functionality from several external sources to create a new service. Using the Web Mapper interface, you can choose specific data sets and information products by type and date, display them on a base map, and further manipulate them for analysis. If a layer

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Shattered Himalayas-Dying Ganges

Nov 19th, 2011 | By
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NDTV India (Video): The video not only raises important questions about one of the Indian Himalayan States, its few Tributaries (Rivers) or about saving the lives of a few Mountain Dwellers, but, it is about status of Himalayas and Hindustan (India) itself. This very interesting video was released by NDTV India on 18 November 2011 

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Smokey Village Of Chidipani (Nepal)

Nov 19th, 2011 | By
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Amrit Banstola: It is surprising to see that after 61 years of initiation of improved cook stove (ICS) by Government of Nepal (such initiative dates as far back as 1950 with the introduction of Indian models of Hyderabad and Magan stoves) traditional and primitive chulas (stoves) are still in extensive use in Chidipani rural community.

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SMS alert of Climate Variation on Crops

Nov 18th, 2011 | By
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Hindustan Times: Real-time SMS alert for farmers on impact of climate variation on crops. Farmers now get an alert on their mobile phones of sudden climate variations that can harm their crops. This is one of the innovative projects taken up by the central government to help farmers adapt to climate change in the country’s

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IPCC Link Climate Change Extreme Weather

Nov 18th, 2011 | By
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Guardian: IPCC expected to confirm link between climate change and extreme weather. Report likely to conclude that man-made emissions are increasing the frequency of storms, floods and droughts.  Climate Change is likely to cause more storms, floods, droughts, heatwaves and other extreme weather events, according to the most authoritative review yet of the effects of global

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Climate change: there is no plan B

Nov 16th, 2011 | By
A voluntary framework will not be enough to keep us within the 2C limit of manageable climate change'. Photograph: Toru Hanai/Reuters




Guardian: Time is almost up. It is critical we secure a legally binding approach on climate change in Durban. The lesson the world is learning the hard way from the financial crisis is that there is only one boat and we are all in it. To stay afloat, we need rules tough enough to stop

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How should society pay for services ecosystems provide?

Nov 15th, 2011 | By
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University of Minnesota: Over the past 50 years, 60 percent of all ecosystem services have declined as a direct result of the conversion of land to the production of foods, fuels and fibers. This should come as no surprise, say seven of the world’s leading environmental scientists, who met to collectively study the pitfalls of

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Climate Smart Agriculture Suggested To Reduce GHG Emissions

Nov 14th, 2011 | By
Women living near a lake created after a landslide in Hunza district cut barley in a field in Seeshghat village, northern Pakistan, May 24, 2010. Officials evacuated thousands amid fears the lake could burst and flood communities downstream. Photo credit-REUTERS/Abrar Tanoli




Commodity Online: The implementation of climate smart agricultural practices will go a long in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The theme has now become the main agenda of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC) scheduled to start later in November at Durban, according to carbon-investments.co.uk. The importance of the reduction of greenhouse gas

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Perception-based effect on Bhutan

Nov 14th, 2011 | By
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Kuenselonline: Lack of equipment and trained personnel impedes analysis of available met data Climate Change A major part of the Eastern Himalayas, where  Bhutan is located, is undergoing a warming trend of about one-degree Celsius per year. The director of department of hydro meteorology services, Karma Tshering, yesterday in his presentation  “climate change over Bhutan from

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Connecting from Space to Village

Nov 12th, 2011 | By
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Coinciding with Bhutan’s ‘Climate Summit for a Living Himalayas’, the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development and the Ministry of Agriculture and Forests, Royal Government of Bhutan, will hold a series of events to draw the attention of policy makers, government agencies, development agencies, community workers, youth and children to the potential for using remote

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How to spot a dodgy study in flood of studies

Nov 11th, 2011 | By
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This has been an eventful year for natural calamities – drought in the Horn of Africa, floods yet again in Pakistan, and now also in Thailand. NGOs, think-tanks and scientific organizations eager to share their insights or shed some light on what could be causing these events have tried to keep pace with nature by

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Emission Sequestration and Storage of Carbon-Video

Nov 11th, 2011 | By
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This videos shows that whether the Agriculture practices are carbon emitter, remover, or protector of soil carbon store? Agriculture emits greenhouse gases, but also sequesters carbon in soil, and can protect carbon already in the soil. This short film outlines these issues for farms in the English Peak District National Park from UK.






“Green” Green Revolution: Agriculture in the perspective of Climate Change

Nov 10th, 2011 | By
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Publication: Globalization is the process through which rich becomes richer and poor becomes poorer, irrespective of where they live. The degree of this effect varies with the strengths in the areas of technology, logistics, infrastructures, and finally on the quality of governance. This process is amplified further by economic reforms in India. The process of

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Bhutan’s Moving Gold: How water is powering the country

Nov 9th, 2011 | By
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CNN: Bhutan is the last of the Himalayan kingdoms. The small country is situated in the nooks and crannies of the highest mountain range on earth. It’s a special place that didn’t have paved roads until the 1960s, was off-limits to foreign tourists until the 1970’s, and didn’t have television until 1999, the last country

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The Kyoto Accords-and Hope — Are Expiring

Nov 9th, 2011 | By
Smoke billows from a chemical factory in the Chinese city of Nanjing. China is an engine of both global economic growth and new carbon emissions for the past 15 years Color China Photo / AP




Times Science: There’s one absolutely foolproof way to cut carbon emissions: economic collapse. After the fall of communism in the early 1990s led to economic depression in much of Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, carbon output in those countries fell like a stone. In fact, greenhouse-gas emissions in Russia didn’t return to 1990

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Climate change gets left out in the cold

Nov 8th, 2011 | By
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Sunday Morning Herald: Amid the bullishness about Asia’s economic future, and the potential for Australia to benefit, there’s a nasty downside risk that can’t be ignored – climate change. With more than half the world’s population, Asia has more at stake than any other region. It has become the largest contributor to the global increase

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Clean stoves could save lives and maybe the climate too

Nov 7th, 2011 | By
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Earth Times: Flecks of soot from a smoky open stove in India blacken more than just the roofs of the hut it is smoldering in. Fine particles of such smoke lodge deep in the lungs of women preparing meals, gifting them a dark scourge of ill-health and premature death. That same black soot floats higher

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Biggest jump ever seen in global warming gases

Nov 7th, 2011 | By
China's population are set to become the world's biggest per capita polluters Photo: Global Warming Images / Alamy




Zee News: The global output of heat-trapping carbon dioxide jumped by the biggest amount on record, the U.S. Department of Energy calculated, a sign of how feeble the world’s efforts are at slowing man-made global warming. The new figures for 2010 mean that levels of greenhouse gases are higher than the worst case scenario outlined

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Sceptic: one inclined to doubt accepted opinions

Nov 7th, 2011 | By
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The Sunday Morning Herald: ‘THE claim ‘the science is settled’ is plainly false due to the many problems with the AGW [anthropogenic global warming] hypothesis (e.g. global temperatures have not risen since 1998 despite rising CO2 levels; alarmism is based on flawed models that do not reflect empirical measurements.)” STEPHEN HARPER ”Why is the Australian

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Role of ICTs for community based adaptations to climate change

Nov 4th, 2011 | By
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E Agriculture: In her paper, “The role of ICTs for community-based adaptations to climate change” Simone Sala studied the potential impact of ICTs in Climate Change and development. It Explains that ICTs can be a more than valuable asset if integrated intelligently in the information and communication flow. She underlines that “ A systematic approach

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Compendium on methods and tools to evaluate impacts of, and vulnerability and adaptation to, climate change

Nov 4th, 2011 | By
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The UNFCCC Compendium on methods and tools to evaluate impacts of, and vulnerability and adaptation to, climate change is designed to assist Parties and other potential users in selecting the most appropriate methodology for assessments of impacts and vulnerability, and preparing for adaptation to climate change. The Compendium was developed in 1999 and updated in

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Stop Climate Change: Together We Can!

Nov 3rd, 2011 | By
Nepali Chulha




Amrit Banstola: The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) stated that ―warming of the climate system is unequivocal, as is now evident from scientific observations of increases in global average temperature, melting of snow and ice, and rising of global average sea level. And from various evidences from recent studies, the climate change

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Indo-German Cooperation Project to Assess Role of Indian MSMEs

Nov 2nd, 2011 | By
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SMR: Indo-German Cooperation Project to Assess Role of Indian MSMEs in Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation. On behalf of the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH has launched a project jointly with the Indian Ministry of MSME to assess the impact of climate change on competitiveness, innovation

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Climate change linked to extreme weather

Nov 2nd, 2011 | By
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Sunday Morning Herald: A draft UN report three years in the making concludes that man-made climate change has boosted the frequency or intensity of heat waves, wildfires, floods and cyclones and that such disasters are likely to increase in the future. The document being discussed by the world’s Nobel-winning panel of climate scientists says the

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Think Tank Map: a new project of the ICCG

Nov 1st, 2011 | By
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ICCG: The International Center for Climate Governance has launched today the Think Tank Map, a new observatory that provides an overview on the think tanks active in the field of climate change governance. Through an interactive world map, this tool makes it possible to see which organizations are working in the main fields related to

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