Chimps’ Survival Hopes Jeopardised by Climate Change

Jan 30th, 2015 | By

Climate change is a challenge for chimpanzees, too. New research warns that a primate subspecies – one of humanity’s closest animal relatives – could become endangered within five years The threatened subspecies of the common chimpanzee is Pan troglodytes ellioti, and there are only 6,000 remaining individuals, surviving in two populations in Cameroon. Field biologist

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Revisiting Mountain Perspective: Reasons And Challenges

Jan 19th, 2015 | By
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K N Vajpai: This article is in the series of responses to an article on ‘Mountain Perspective’ at Link. It looks in to the aspects of mountain perspective and specificities as mentioned by Dr. N. S. Jodha during 1992s, and compares them in present  context. However, there are a number of doubts upon the relevance

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Climate Change, Extinctions Signal Earth in Danger Zone: Study

Jan 18th, 2015 | By

(Reuters) – – Climate change and high rates of extinctions of animals and plants are pushing the Earth into a danger zone for humanity, a scientific report card about mankind’s impact on nature said on Thursday. An international team of 18 experts, expanding on a 2009 report about “planetary boundaries” for safe human use, also

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Climate Change May Halve Giant Panda’s Habitat by 2070

Jan 12th, 2015 | By

GIANT pandas, prepare to move out. Shifting these creatures to distant reserves may be essential if they are to survive the likely impacts of climate change. Pandas are well known for their pernickety bamboo diet and lacklustre sex lives. Wild populations have been reduced to a tiny gene pool and are under new pressure from

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Climate Change Threatens India’s Native Plants

Jan 9th, 2015 | By

If India is to save hundreds of endemic plant species from extinction as a result of climate change it may need to resort to interventions such as assisted migration and expansion of existing protected areas, says a new study. Vishwas Sudhir Chitale, researcher at the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur and corresponding author of the

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When COPs Converge: The Biodiversity And Climate Link

Dec 11th, 2014 | By

A key theme of the 12th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 12) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) that took place two months ago was integrating biodiversity targets into other parts of the United Nations development process. That theme has found voice at several side events at the 20th meeting of

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Biodiversity Protection is Key to REDD+ Success: Study

Dec 8th, 2014 | By

Protecting biodiversity may be crucial for successfully storing carbon in forests, scientists say. A recent publication on Oryx – The International Journal of Conservation suggests that biodiversity loss –especially through hunting – will hinder the success of Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) projects. As an initiative to combat climate change by storing

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Protecting Biodiversity With Rigour

Nov 25th, 2014 | By

The Prime Minister recently reorganised his National Council on Climate Change and called on an indigenous answer, yoga, to alter consciousness and tackle climate change. The Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) is currently working on the National Democratic Alliance’s position on climate change, with two major United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change meetings

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Push for Biodiversity to Have Deeper Role in SDGs

Nov 13th, 2014 | By

Biodiversity is moving up the global development agenda, following a major meeting of policymakers at the 12th Conference of Parties (COP12) to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in Pyeongchang, South Korea. With countries working on setting the next targets after the Millennium Development Goals, biodiversity is already included as one of the proposed

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India: Forests and Tigers vs Coal Mines

Oct 30th, 2014 | By

A hundred years ago there were hundreds of thousands of Bengal Tigers in the world, but now there are less than 2,000 left. The Bengal Tiger population has been reduced mainly due to hunting and destruction of their natural habitat. And now India is the Bengal Tiger’s stronghold. According to the International Union Conservation Network’s

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For Bhutan, it Takes a Community to Save the Snow Leopard

Oct 26th, 2014 | By
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First listed as globally endangered in 1972, snow leopards have declined by 20 percent over the past two decades throughout most of the 12 Central Asian countries they inhabit, from Afghanistan in the west to Mongolia in the east. Human activities – primarily habitat destruction, poaching and retaliatory killings to avenge livestock losses – present

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Governments Commit to Significant Funding Increase and Accelerated Action to Achieve Biodiversity Targets and Sustainable Development

Oct 21st, 2014 | By

UNEP News Center: The Convention on Biological Diversity closed the 12th meeting of the Conference of the Parties today with Governments committing to step up actions to achieve, by the end of the decade, the Aichi Biodiversity Targets agreed four years ago, and contribute to the sustainable development agenda. A key outcome was the agreement by

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Eradicating Poverty Goes ‘Hand in Hand’ With Biodiversity Protection – UN Officials

Oct 19th, 2014 | By

UN News Center: The protection of biodiversity is directly related to the eradication of poverty and stimulation of economic growth, senior United Nations officials stressed today at a meeting in Republic of Korea, calling on countries to take an integrated approach when it comes to development. “Maintaining biodiversity is related not only to direct conservation

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Environment Ministers Discuss Ways to Conserve Biodiversity

Oct 15th, 2014 | By

A global meeting of environment ministers and heads of related international organizations began in the eastern city of Pyeongchang on Wednesday to discuss ways to conserve biodiversity for sustainable development. The high-level meeting was organized as part of the 12th meeting of the Convention on Biological Diversity, which is underway in the city, 182 kilometers

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U.N. Biodiversity Convention Opens in Pyeongchang

Oct 6th, 2014 | By

The Korea Herald: A United Nations convention on biodiversity kicked off in the eastern city of Pyeongchang on Monday, bringing together government officials, environmentalists and business people from around the world. The 12th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity, also called the COP 12, will run until Oct.

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Global Biodiversity Targets Won’t be Met by 2020, Scientists Say

Oct 3rd, 2014 | By

The Guardian: World leaders are failing in their pledge to cut the rate at which wildlife lose their homes, according to the the first ever progress report on targets to slow biodiversity loss by the end of the decade. Conservationist called the lack of action a “troubling sign” and a “reality check”. Governments agreed on

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World Wildlife Populations Halved in 40 Years – Report

Sep 30th, 2014 | By

BBC News: The global loss of species is even worse than previously thought, the London Zoological Society (ZSL) says in its new Living Planet Index. The report suggests populations have halved in 40 years, as new methodology gives more alarming results than in a report two years ago. The report says populations of mammals, birds,

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U.N. Biodiversity Convention Opens in S. Korea

Sep 29th, 2014 | By

Some 20,000 government officials, environmentalists and business people from around the world gathered in the eastern city of Pyeongchang on Monday for a U.N. environmental convention on biodiversity, the environment ministry said. The 12th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity, dubbed COP 12, kicked off with a ceremony

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Access and Benefit-Sharing Treaty Receives Required Number of Ratifications to Enter into Force

Jul 16th, 2014 | By

UNEP News Center: The Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization will enter into force on 12 October 2014 following its ratification by 51 Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). In the last weeks, 12 countries have deposited their instruments including Belarus,

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Green Under Siege: World’s Biodiversity Hotspots 85 % Impacted

Jul 15th, 2014 | By

The world’s 35 biodiversity hotspots—which harbor 75 percent of the planet’s endangered land vertebrates—are in more trouble than expected, according to a sobering new analysis of remaining primary vegetation. In all less than 15 percent of natural intact vegetation is left in the these hotspots, which include well-known wildlife jewels such as Madagascar, the tropical

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Need to Rewrite the Mountain Perspective!

Jul 1st, 2014 | By
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Tagged as fragile, remote and marginal, these three aspects have featured prominently in discussions and deliberations concerning development in the mountains in our part of the world. Retired but active academician N S Jodha, a former senior staff with the Kathmandu-based Integrated Center for International Mountain Development, has been credited for using these three features

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We are Killing Species at 1000 Times the Natural Rate

May 30th, 2014 | By

New Scientist: First the bad news. Humans are driving species to extinction at around 1000 times the natural rate, at the top of the range of an earlier estimate. We also don’t know how many species we can afford to lose. Now the good news. Armed with your smartphone, you can help conservationists save them.

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If Climate Change May Sink These Islands, Should We Save Their Biodiversity?

Mar 4th, 2014 | By

It’s not news that as a result of climate change, oceans could literally swallow many low-lying islands if sea-level rise continues at its current pace. Four years ago, the small island nation of Maldives, population 393,988, held its cabinet meeting underwater to highlight the problem, hoping the backdrop of coral would raise alarm bells about a rising

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Climate Change ‘Raises Extinction Risk’

Feb 28th, 2014 | By

Climate News Network: Environmental scientists believe they have a blueprint for extinction. They report inNature Climate Change that they have identified those factors that might make a species more likely to slip away into eternal oblivion as the planet warms and climate conditions change. It turns out that they knew them all along. There is, the researchers

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Climate Change Causes High but Predictable Extinction Risks

Feb 26th, 2014 | By

Judging the effects of climate change on extinction may be easier than previously thought, according to a paper entitled, “Life history and spatial traits predict extinction risk due to climate change,” published today in the journal Nature Climate Change. Although widely used assessments of threatened species, such as the IUCN Red List, were not developed with

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Sri Lanka Gains Biodiversity Membership

Feb 24th, 2014 | By

Sri Lanka’s Business and Biodiversity (B&B) Platform has emerged as the first from South Asia to gain membership of the Global Partnership on Business and Biodiversity (GPBB) established under the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Netherlands and the European Union are the other initiatives that have joined the partnership. Australia, India,

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Bio-Diversity Strategy to Focus on Climate Change Issues

Feb 4th, 2014 | By

Republica: Focusing on the issue of climate change and its effects on bio-diversity, Ministry of Forestry and Soil Conservation (MoFSC) is planning to introduce a 15-year “Bio-diversity strategy and implementation plan.” According to the spokesperson of the ministry Krishna Prasad Acharya, the draft of the plan is already ready and is being reviewed by experts. “Necessary

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How the Threat to Lions, Leopards and Wolves Endangers Us All

Jan 28th, 2014 | By

They are the planet’s most prolific killers – and also some of nature’s most effective protectors. This is the stark conclusion of an international report that argues that lions, wolves, pumas, lynxes and other major carnivores play key roles in keeping ecosystems in balance. It also warns that the current depletion of numbers of major predators threatens

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Hundreds of Millions of Hectares, Nearly the Size of Brazil, Face Degradation Threat – UN Report Warns

Jan 25th, 2014 | By

Up to 849 million hectares of natural land – nearly the size of Brazil – may be degraded by 2050 should current trends of unsustainable land use continue, warns a report by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). The need to feed a growing number of people globally has led to more land being converted

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In 30 Years, India Loses 6% Forests

Jan 20th, 2014 | By

The loss of forest area in the country has been a high six per cent between 1975 and 2005, according to a study by the city-based National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC). The analysis also found that in all bio-geographic zones, like the Himalayas, Deccan Plateau and Eastern Ghats, more than 90 per cent of the

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Regulating Biodiversity in India and Nepal

Jan 15th, 2014 | By

In a world marked by climate change, biodiversity is important for food security. Several international treaties regulate adaptation, access to and sharing of plant genetic resources. However, the treaties must be implemented in the laws of individual countries if they are to have an effect ‘The diversity of plant varieties is under threat. For several

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Biodiversity Panel Gives Indigenous Knowledge Core Role

Jan 13th, 2014 | By

Sci Dev Net: Indigenous and local knowledge is set to play a major role in biodiversity and ecosystem management, a meeting of an intergovernmental body has heard. At its second meeting — held in Antalya in Turkey, last month (9-14 December) — the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity & Ecosystem Services (IPBES) decided to extend its focused assessments of such knowledge

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Destruction of Mt K’njaro Ecosystem is Affecting Tourism, Caution Experts

Jan 2nd, 2014 | By

The Guardian: The number of visitors to Mt Kilimanjaro, the country’s most popular attraction is likely to drop in the near future, experts have warned. Prof Willy R. Makundi, climate change expert and advisor to the United Nations issued the warning yesterday, urging the government to take serious measures to protect the forests from wild

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Vasant Vihar’s Biodiversity Park: From Wasteland to Paradise in Ten Years

Dec 27th, 2013 | By

Daily Mail: From a barren piece of land in 2004 to a lush-green sanctuary hosting birds, mammals, reptiles, rare ayurvedic plants, butterflies and other insects, the Aravalli Biodiversity Park is the most incredible ecological transformation that Delhi has seen so far. Spread across 692 acres of land, the park in Vasant Vihar is currently hosting 20

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Some Lose, Some Win in Warming World

Dec 25th, 2013 | By

Climate News Network: And now for the good news: climate change could actually make life better for some creatures. The ibex in the Swiss Alps may find an extra spring in its step. The roly-poly pika of the American northwest might find it has gained an edge over its predators because it is adapted to a

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India Faces Uphill Battle on Biodiversity

Dec 12th, 2013 | By

Nature: India’s Western Ghats are a tainted paradise. Running almost the length of the country’s western coast, the mountain range covers just 6% of India’s landmass but is home to more than 30% of its plant, fish, bird and mammal species, making it one of the world’s top ten biodiversity hotspots. But the mountains also

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Climate Research Provides Roadmap for Endangered Species Preservation

Dec 12th, 2013 | By

As the Endangered Species Act nears its 40th birthday at the end of December, conservation biologists are coming to terms with a danger not foreseen in the early 1970s: global climate change Federal fisheries scientists have published a special section in this month’s issue of Conservation Biology that outlines some considerations for coming decades. A University of

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‘Shocking’ Decline of UK Countryside Birds Revealed

Dec 10th, 2013 | By
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Guardian: Some of Britain’s most familiar countryside birds have plummeted in numbers since the 1990s, and some species have disappeared from parts of the UK, according to an authoritative annual report. Numbers of the farmland-dwelling grey partridge have halved since 1995, while the turtle dove has declined by 95%. The yellow wagtail, which inhabits farm and wetland,

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350+ Species Added to IUCN Red List’s Threatened Categories in Last Six Months

Nov 27th, 2013 | By

The number of threatened species on the IUCN Red List has grown by 352 since this summer, according to an update released today. Currently, 21,286 species are now listed as threatened with extinction out of the 71,576 that have been evaluated. The new update comes with both good and bad news for a number of

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4th Global Meeting Reaffirms Mountain Agenda In New Strategy

Sep 18th, 2013 | By

In the fourth global meeting of ‘Mountain Partnership’ 17-20 September, at Erzurum in Turkey, over 100 members from around the globe endorsed a new improved sustainable mountain development strategy for 2014-2017. During 1992, at Rio Earth most of the world’s nations at the UN Conference on Environment and Development signed a plan for action, ‘Agenda

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India’s Law To Feed Poor Threatens To Gobble Up Climate Funding

Sep 13th, 2013 | By
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Thomson Reuters Foundation: India’s National Action Plan for Climate Change, a hugely ambitious programme requiring billions of dollars, is being starved of funds, officials say, as a new law aimed at giving food to the needy threatens to eat up a large chunk of government spending. In 2009, the government set up eight national missions

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Climate Change May Speed Up Forests’ Life Cycles

Sep 13th, 2013 | By
Trees in rainforests, such as these in the Ecuadorian Amazon, might end up absorbing as much carbon as they release because of global warming.

Science Daily: Many climate studies have predicted that tree species will respond to global warming by migrating via seed dispersal to cooler climates. But a new study of 65 different species in 31 eastern states finds evidence of a different, unexpected response. Nearly 80 percent of the species aren’t yet shifting their geographic distributions to

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Bhutan Looks To Become World’s First 100% Organic Country

Sep 11th, 2013 | By
Lotto Zam, a Bhutanese woman farmer, sells tomatoes and other produce at a market in Shaba, Bhutan.

Bhutan is renowned for espousing Gross National Happiness but now the isolated Himalayan nation is also looking to become known as a world leader in organic farming.  “We are nearly all Buddhists. Being kind to the environment and the planet has a central meaning for us,” says Kesang Tshomo, co-ordinator of the Ministry of Agriculture’s

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Agreement Inked For Stimulating Biodiversity Friendly Products

Sep 9th, 2013 | By
A man clears a water channel at a cauliflower field on the outskirts of Quetta, Pakistan, on October 14, 2011. REUTERS/Naseer Ahmed

Pak Observer: IUCN Pakistan and the Climate Change Division, Government of Pakistan signed an Agreement in Islamabad during the GEF Global Environmental Facility Steering Committee meeting. Representatives from all provinces and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) were also present at the ceremony. Under this agreement, activities will focus on stimulating market demand for biodiversity friendly

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Syria’s Civil War-Is it One of Many Climate Wars to Come?

Sep 9th, 2013 | By

Climate change is already hurting the world’s most vulnerable populations. Those who live in areas hit hard by drought, severe storms or rising seas and can’t relocate because of economic or social factors bear the brunt of our planet’s increasing volatility. One way the changing climate has already made itself known is through a devastating

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Disaster Relief: Avoid Old Mindset And Jargons

Jul 24th, 2013 | By

Climate Himalaya: In this article it is argued that Disaster Management practice in India need to change the old mindset of disaster relief, to include quick planning and actions, using verifiable space data and avoid delay causing detailed assessments in deciding any government run relief package. We need to be cautions against the current jargons such

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Call For “No Regret” Climate Adaptation Strategies

Jun 16th, 2013 | By
Sujit Kumar Mondal and his wife Rupashi Mondal of Gopalgonj district in southern Bangladesh working in their floating garden

The absence of accurate climate prediction models should not dissuade countries from choosing the best ways to adapt to a changing climate, says a new report published in the Proceedings of the National Academies of Sciences. “Even when our knowledge is incomplete, we often have robust grounds for choosing best-bet adaptation actions and pathways, by

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Pakistan’s Dangerous Negligence Of Climate Change

Jun 11th, 2013 | By
From Balochistan to Sindh, Fishermen complained about the depleting fish resources in coastal areas. Photo by Reuters

Dawn: Pakistan is no stranger to being plagued by multiple crises. News headlines are usually dominated by issues like terrorism, extremism and power shortage but an even more alarming danger could affect the future of Pakistan if it is not tackled on a priority basis. The dangerous threat we all know as climate change has

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World Environment Day In Bhutan

Jun 11th, 2013 | By

Bhutan Observer: The day was observed coinciding with Her Majesty’s birthday from this year onwards, as a tribute to Her Majesty’s patronage of the environment sector in Bhutan. In an address at the commemoration, Her Majesty said that World Environment day is of great relevance and consequence to millions of people who understand the importance

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Climate Change Led To Decline Of Ice Age Trees: Study

Jun 11th, 2013 | By

One World SA: Sustained global warming will wipe out an uncountable number of plant and animal species, says a new report based on a path-breaking study of similar climatic changes through the ice age. In a study that could show how rapid changes in climate could devastate global ecosystems, a group of British scientists have

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Impact Of Climate Change On Sindh’s Date Production

Jun 3rd, 2013 | By
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Dailytimes: Sindh’s environment has been ideal for date cultivation with perfect soil and warm climate. But things are changing now. At time when dates are ready to be plucked, dried, processed and sold, Upper Sindh has witnessed radical and catastrophic climate change recently, within a month. As the fruit starts dropping compelling the growers to

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Nepal: Caterpillar Fungus Harvest Impacts Environment

Jun 3rd, 2013 | By
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IRIN: The seasonal influx of migrant harvesters into Nepal’s Himalaya Mountains seeking a caterpillar fungus used as a traditional medicine and believed to have aphrodisiac properties is causing environmental damage along the rural border with Tibet. When a parasitic fungus infects and kills caterpillars, the high value of the fungus drives tens of thousands of harvesters

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Centuries Old Frozen Plants Revived

May 30th, 2013 | By
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BBC: Plants that were frozen during the “Little Ice Age” centuries ago have been observed sprouting new growth, scientists say. Samples of 400-year-old plants known as bryophytes have flourished under laboratory conditions. Researchers say this back-from-the-dead trick has implications for how ecosystems recover from the planet’s cyclic long periods of ice coverage. The findings appear

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A Case Of Mediocre Mangoes

May 30th, 2013 | By

Dawn: Climate changes have continuously taken their toll on Pakistan over the last few years – whether it’s an increase in flooding or a change in weather patterns. As a result, mango lovers are still waiting for the arrival of this year’s full-fledged mango crop in the market, which has been delayed because of changes

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Washed Out By The Currents

May 27th, 2013 | By
Geo-tube: A contraption that helps to provide strength and stability to embankments.

The Hindu: The expensive geo-textile tube project to arrest embankment erosion in Brahmaputra’s Majuli is feared to do little to stop the river’s strong corrosive powers From a distance it looks like a corrugated astro-turf, adding a shade of green on a small patch of a rather long and dusty embankment (or dyke) for protection

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Why Are We Not Winning The War Against Climate Change

May 27th, 2013 | By
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Antonio M. Claparols (Philippines): Think about it. Ours is a country so rich with natural resources, strategically located at the center of the Coral Triangle and blessed with species of which only  10-20% are said to be discovered. Imagine how many of the undiscovered species may have gone extinct and how the discovered ones are

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Call To Protect Natural Resources To Sustain Life On Earth

May 23rd, 2013 | By

Online International NN: Federal Secretary of the Ministry of Climate Change, Syed Muhammad Ali Gardezi has said that providing and sustaining water for the needs of the surging population people has become a daunting challenge of the present time and achieving sustainable development in both the developed and developing countries and Pakistan is not exception

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The Ganges Water Machine

May 23rd, 2013 | By
Vladimir Smakhtin at Ganges Kanpur

CGIAR: Almost 40 years ago, Revelle and Lakshminarayana (1975) coined the term “Ganges Water Machine” trying to find a solution to the fundamental problem of land and water development in the Ganges, where 80% of the monsoon-driven river flow occurs during 4 months from July to October. The dry-season flow of the Ganges in the

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Bhutan-The Land Of Gross National Happiness

May 21st, 2013 | By
On the Druk Path Trek between Timphu and Paro in Bhutan

Buenos AH: The tiny Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan is the last surviving paradise on Earth. This legendary Shangri-La, now a member of the United Nations, is home to over 700,000 people. Until 1958, it was practically closed to visitors. When Nehru, the Indian Prime Minister, visited Bhutan during that year he rode in on a

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Fleeing Drought

May 17th, 2013 | By
Dheye Village in Nepal

D+C: The impacts of climate change make the poorest people on earth suffer more than others. This is evident in Mustang, a northern district of Nepal. Entire villages are thinking of relocating because water scarcity is getting worse. Swiss researchers assessed the options. Mustang is a tough place to live because of desert-like drought, freezing

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