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No-Till Farming Holds The Key To Food Security

Mar 5th, 2013 | By
No-till farming could save the Caribbean from the impacts of climate change. Credit: Wadner Pierre/IPS




Alertnet: No-till farming is a response to climate change that fits well with the needs of the Caribbean: it increases the ability to capture water, while withstanding both drought and excessive rains, says expert Theodor Friedrich, representative of the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) in Cuba. The Caribbean islands are in dire need

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In Tibet, Change Comes To The Once-Pristine Roof Of The World

Mar 5th, 2013 | By
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360 Yale: Renowned biologist George Schaller has been traveling to the Tibetan Plateau for nearly three decades, studying its unique wildlife. But with climate change and overgrazing taking a toll on the landscape, he reports, scientists and the Chinese government are working to preserve one of the planet’s wildest places. Chang Tang. It is a

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Build Capacity At Panchayat Level To Fight Climate Change In India : Preeti Soni

Mar 1st, 2013 | By
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Preeti Soni, Advisor (Climate Change), UNDP India, talks to OneWorld South Asia, on the sidelines of an international conference held in New Delhi earlier this month. OneWorld South Asia: How do the challenges brought by climate change present an opportunity for better management of natural resources in India? Preeti Soni: Climate change is of course

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A Better Way to Fight Climate Change Read

Mar 1st, 2013 | By
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Project Syndication: Of all major world regions, Europe has worked the hardest to implement policies aimed at countering human-caused climate change. Yet the cornerstone of Europe’s approach – a continent-wide emissions trading system for the greenhouse gases that cause climate change – is in trouble. That experience suggests a better strategy for both Europe and

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Mongolia Named As Global Host of World Environment Day 2013

Feb 28th, 2013 | By
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WED celebrations began in 1972 and have grown to become the one of the main vehicles through which the UN stimulates worldwide awareness of the environment and encourages political attention and action. Mongolia, which is prioritizing a Green Economy shift across its big economic sectors such as mining and promoting environmental awareness among  youth, is

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IPCC Head Pachauri Acknowledges Global Warming Standstill

Feb 28th, 2013 | By
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The GWPF: The UN’s climate change chief, Rajendra Pachauri, has acknowledged a 17-year pause in global temperature rises, confirmed recently by Britain’s Met Office, but said it would need to last “30 to 40 years at least” to break the long-term global warming trend. Dr Pachauri, the chairman of the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate

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Small Climate Change May Aid Wheat

Feb 27th, 2013 | By
The world-first study found that when wheat is exposed to more CO2 it's better able to cope with high temperatures and water restrictions. The study will help develop climate ready wheat for the future.  Image: Zeljko Radojko/Shutterstock




Sciencealert: Increased carbon dioxide levels caused by climate change may help wheat cope with drought, according to researchers at The University of Western Australia. In a world-first study, PhD student Eduardo Dias de Oliveira found that when wheat is exposed to more CO2, it is better able to cope with high temperatures and water restrictions.

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Stakeholder Focused Cost-Benefit Analysis: Synthesis Report

Feb 27th, 2013 | By
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IIED: Accurate cost benefit analysis of climate change adaptation actions is not only critical in designing effective local-level adaptation strategies, but also for generating information that feeds into national and global climate policy agreements. One of the main challenges of this type of CBA is accommodating the wide-ranging impacts of climate change on diverse individuals

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Mountains: Key To A Global Green Economy

Feb 27th, 2013 | By
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International Mountain Day 2013, Proposed theme: Mountains – Key to a Global Green Economy The United Nations General Assembly has designated 11 December, from 2003 onwards, as “International Mountain Day”. FAO is the U.N. Organization mandated to lead the observance of International Mountain Day each year. In the follow-up to Rio +20 we would like

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Climate Change Poses Threats To Agrarian Countries

Feb 25th, 2013 | By
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Thenews: Global climate change is posing serious threats to agrarian countries despite the facts that majority of them are not the major contributor in global warming. However, they are facing decline in agricultural productivity and water resources.  Speakers, during presentations in a seminar to the Agricultural Journalists Association (AJA), said the climate change cannot be

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Social Innovation: Organic Farming, Climate Change and Bhutan

Feb 25th, 2013 | By
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Justmean: Over the next 50 years, we will need to face global food and farming realities. We will need to meet the challenges of providing better nutrition for more people in spite of rapid environmental change while cutting back our overuse of natural resources, ecosystems and the climate. All this calls for social innovation in

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1.5C Rise In Temperature Enough To Start Permafrost Melt, Scientists Warn

Feb 25th, 2013 | By
Frost crystals at the entrance of Ledyanaya Lenskaya cave, Siberia. Photograph: Vladimir V Alexioglo




Guardian: Team of scientists use radiometric dating techniques on Russian cave formations to measure historic melting rates. A global temperature rise of 1.5C would be enough to start the melting of permafrost in Siberia, scientists warned on Thursday. Any widespread thaw in Siberia’s permanently frozen ground could have severe consequences for climate change. Permafrost covers

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Deforestation, Wetlands Loss In Brazil And Indonesia Generated 45BT CO2

Feb 25th, 2013 | By
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Mongabay: The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has launched a global set of statistics on carbon emissions from deforestation, agriculture and other forms of land use for the 1990-2010 period. The dataset, which is part of the FAO’s database of statistics known as FAOSTAT, is based on FAO estimates of forest biomass, deforestation,

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Arunachal Apples Losing Taste Due To Climate Change

Feb 25th, 2013 | By
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Times of India: Popular for its sweetness, apples produced in the Himalayan state of Arunachal Pradesh are now gradually losing their taste and even turning sour as a result of climate change. With the weather becoming erratic and a clear variation in temperature, snowfall and rainfall pattern being recorded, apple crops are no more getting

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Guide For REDD Plus Negotiators

Feb 25th, 2013 | By
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FIELD: The purpose of this guide is to assist developing country negotiators and others who are working on REDD-plus*. FIELD provides this information on a neutral basis. The guide is available in English, French and Spanish. Electronic versions can be found at www.field.org.uk This version has been updated in February 2013. Please note that final

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New Green Economy Partnership Responds To RIO+20 Call For Action

Feb 22nd, 2013 | By
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Environmental Expert: Four UN Agencies to Assist 30 Countries in Transition to a Green Economy.  Nairobi — A new partnership launched today by four UN agencies aims to support 30 countries over the next seven years in building national green economy strategies that will generate new jobs and skills, promote clean technologies, and reduce environmental

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Climate Finance: Challenges And Responses

Feb 21st, 2013 | By
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CDKN: Embarking on a climate compatible development pathway now has a price tag. The cost of tackling climate change in developing countries could reach some hundreds of billions of dollars annually over the coming decades.i Low-emission and climate-resilient development options often require upfront investments that can be costlier than conventional solutions. It will require tremendous

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Weather Changes Frustrate Nepal’s Farmers

Feb 21st, 2013 | By
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ClimateNewsNetwork: One of the Climate News Network’s editors, Kieran Cooke, was among a group of journalists recently investigating the impact of climate change in Nepal and the Himalayas. He reports on some of the problems facing farmers in the region. KATHMANDU, 15 February – Life has been good in the past few years for Saraswati

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Year Of Quinoa’ With Focus On World Nutrition

Feb 21st, 2013 | By
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UN News Centre: Top officials from the United Nations and the Andean community of Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru today launched the ‘International Year of Quinoa’ to raise awareness of the nutritional, economic, environmental and cultural value of a food that has been traditionally cultivated for thousands of years. “I hope this International Year will

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Snowfall Decreasing, Temperature Rising In Arunachal

Feb 18th, 2013 | By
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Zee News: Posing serious threats to the survival of ecosystem in Arunachal Pradesh and having deeper socio-economic impacts, large parts of the eastern Himalayas may become devoid of snow if temperature continues to rise due to climate change, experts say. “In the event of an increase in temperature by 0.5 degree Celsius about 912 sq

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Bhutan: The Last Shangri-la

Feb 18th, 2013 | By
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The Nation: With the visit of Crown Prince Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck of Bhutan to Thailand in June 2006 to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of His Majesty the King, the Thais suddenly became aware of their fascinating neighbour to the northwest and its “Prince Charming” who became an instant fan of a legion of Thai

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Putting Money Where The Green Is

Feb 18th, 2013 | By
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SunStar: PLACING economic value on environmental services might be politically incorrect for some environmentalists. That’s like “commodifying” natural resources, as Bolivian President Evo Morales warned. Morales’s warning is not limited to Bolivian mountains, however. They have found a home in the Philippines. I have had some heated debates with colleagues on the concept of the

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Wetland Trees a Significant Overlooked Source of Methane

Feb 14th, 2013 | By
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Science Daily: Wetland trees are a significant overlooked source of the potent greenhouse gas methane, according to a new study by researchers at The Open University and the Universities of Bristol and Oxford. The study, led by Dr Vincent Gauci of The Open University and published in the journal New Phytologist, may help to resolve

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Greening Rural Development In India

Feb 14th, 2013 | By
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UNDP: Poverty reduction and economic growth can be sustained only if natural resources are managed on a sustainable basis. Greening rural development can stimulate rural economies, create jobs and help maintain critical ecosystem services and strengthen and strengthen climate resilience of the rural poor. Conversely, environmental challenges can limit the attainment of development goals. The

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Climate Change Causing Heavy Rains, Snowfall

Feb 13th, 2013 | By
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The News: Widespread rains and snowfall that claimed more than 33 precious lives in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and Islamabad was essentially due to climate change, experts told The News. “If you look at the weather in the last six to eight weeks in Islamabad and the northern parts of the country, you will find

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Impact of Climate Change On Biodiversity Of Gilgit Baltistan

Feb 13th, 2013 | By
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Heavengb: Climate is not a stationary phenomenon, it varies from time to time. It is a product of weather which always experiences variations over space and time (Rasul, 2012). Climate change is resulting from a growing concentration of Greenhouse Gases (GHGs) and uses of fossil fuels and other anthropogenic activities has become a major worldwide

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How Bhutan Is Grappling With Climate Change

Feb 13th, 2013 | By
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Down to Earth: Ugyen Tshewang, secretary, National Environment Commission of Bhutan, speaks to Ankur Paliwal on the effects on climate change and how the country is trying to cope with it. Tshewang was in the New Delhi to attend the recently concluded Delhi Sustainable Development Summit. How is Climate Change is affecting Bhutan? Our contribution

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A Nepalese Perspective On Climate Change

Feb 13th, 2013 | By
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RTCC: Nepal nestles beneath one of the greatest wonders of the world – the Himalayas – and this gives Nepalese a unique perspective on the effects of climate change. As the world warms our vast glaciers will melt, causing torrents of flood water to cascade through our country. We are sandwiched between China and India,

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Bhutan Set To Plough Lone Furrow As World’s First Wholly Organic Country

Feb 12th, 2013 | By
Stooping to conquer … Already an overwhelmingly agrarian state, Bhutan is aiming to become the world's first completely organic country. Photograph: Alamy




Guardian: By shunning all but organic farming techniques, the Himalayan state will cement its status as a paradigm of sustainability. Bhutan plans to become the first country in the world to turn its agriculture completely organic, banning the sales of pesticides and herbicides and relying on its own animals and farm waste for fertilisers. But

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Disasters In Mountains: Increasing Catastrophes In Indian Himalayas (Video)

Feb 12th, 2013 | By
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CHI: In recent disasters in Indian Himalayan region we lost many human lives, livestock population, agriculture land, livelihood opportunities and huge infrastructure overnight.  The most affected states due to these calamities in India are Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Assam, Sikkim and part of West Bengal. The flood in Kosi and Indus basins in Nepal and Pakistan

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Carbon Release, Storage By Rainforests May Increase By 50bt

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

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Maximizing Synergies: Climate Change Adaptation And Disaster Risk Reduction

Feb 11th, 2013 | By
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Climate Eval: The role of climate change in natural disasters is increasingly acknowledged, and reducing interrelated vulnerabilities is assuming ever greater significance. The Bali Action Plan negotiations have highlighted vulnerability and disaster risk reduction as key elements of climate change adaptation. Despite uncertainty over the exact magnitudes of changes in temperature and precipitation, climate change

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Impact Of Climate Change On Agriculture Will Be Mixed: USDA

Feb 11th, 2013 | By
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RedOrbit: Over the next 25 years, increasing temperatures will have a “generally detrimental” impact on most types of crops and livestock, according to one of two reports detailing climate change and adaptation strategies released earlier this week by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). The report, entitled “Climate Change and Agriculture in the United States:

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Climate Adaptation: Survival Of The Flexible

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

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

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Mountains And Climate Change: A Global Concern (Video)

Feb 6th, 2013 | By
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Mountain Partnership: Whether we live at sea level or higher, we are connected to mountains and affected by them in more ways than we can imagine. Mountains provide most of the world’s freshwater, harbour a rich variety of plants and animals, and are home to one in ten people. Yet, each day, environmental degradation, the

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Birds in Asia May Need a Hand to Weather Climate Change

Feb 6th, 2013 | By
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Science Daily: Birds in Asia may need a helping hand to adapt to climate change, according to scientists. A new study led by Durham University and BirdLife International, shows that many bird species are likely to suffer under future climate change, and will require enhanced protection of important sites, better management of the wider countryside,

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Europe: New Regulation Protecting Mountain Products Into Force

Feb 5th, 2013 | By
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Euromontana: Regulation 1151/2012, expected for so long by representatives from mountains of Europe (and the world!) had been officially published on December 14th 2012 and entered into force on 3rd January 2013. Its article 31 introduces the optional quality term “mountain product” and recognises officially the specificity of these mountains and the necessity of specific

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Cross Section Of Climate Change And Women’s Rights

Feb 5th, 2013 | By
With her child close at hand, a Zimbabwean woman tends to her family’s land. She is a participant in a UN-supported irrigation project for small farmers. Photo credit: UN Photo/Milton Grant




UNEarth: Climate change is an issue affecting both women and men. Despite the surface similarities shared by both genders, women experience climate change more adversely than men due to fundamental inequalities and discrimination. Women make up a disproportionately large share of the poor worldwide.  The poor are being hit first by the impact of climate

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Indias Climate Change Challenge

Feb 4th, 2013 | By
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Climate News Network: India has made giant strides in increasing rice production, both to feed its own people and for export. But the price has been massive water consumption, and rising greenhouse gas emissions. LONDON, 30 January – India has to find a new model of development if the twin challenges of job creation and

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Virus Study May Signal Trouble for Animal Populations Facing Climate Change

Feb 4th, 2013 | By
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Science Daily: Aside from rising sea levels, many climate change models predict that in the future, the planet’s temperature and weather will become increasingly erratic with wild, unpredictable storms and fluctuating conditions. A new study from researchers at the University of Florida and Yale University and published today by the journal Evolution investigated how an

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Feeding Its People, India Also Confronts Huge Climate Change Challenge

Feb 1st, 2013 | By
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Daily Climate: India has made giant strides in increasing rice production, both to feed its own people and for export. But the price has been massive water consumption, and rising greenhouse gas emissions. India has to find a new model of development if the twin challenges of job creation and climate change are to be

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Warming Said Making Trees Leaf Earlier

Feb 1st, 2013 | By
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UPI: Trees in the continental United States could send out spring leaves many days earlier in the future than they did before global warming, researchers say. Princeton University geoscientists report these climate-driven differences could lead to changes in the composition of northeastern forests and give a boost to their ability to take up carbon dioxide.

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Strengthening Capacities For Climate Change Adaptation in Mountain Ecosystems

Jan 31st, 2013 | By
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ELLA: Over 50% of the world’s population depends directly or indirectly on mountain ecosystems, which are already being impacted by climate change. So how are Latin Americans that live in mountain areas strengthening their resilience to climate change? Mountains provide a broad range of environmental services including water, energy, soils and biodiversity, and are of

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Livestock Climate Change Vulnerability Study Tour For Communities

Jan 31st, 2013 | By
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LCCCRSP: Local communities in Nepal participate in livestock climate change vulnerability study and field tour. On January 2, 2012, local communities in the Thulokhola watershed in Nuwakot gave the SLPS project research team a heartfelt traditional welcome with garlands and red powder, as well as flowers, fruits, coconuts and water jars adorned with flowers as

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Overharvesting Leaves ‘Himalayan Viagra’ Fungus Feeling Short

Jan 31st, 2013 | By
Aphrodisiac qualities — whether real or delusory — make a caterpillar fungus pricier than gold, potentially driving it toward extinction. Uttam Babu Shrestha




Nature: Rising demand for yarsagumba threatens to cause ecological damage. Yarsagumba, the world’s most expensive medicinal fungus, is in serious decline in Nepal because of over-harvesting, researchers warn in a study due to appear in the journal Biological Conservation1. Known as ‘Himalayan Viagra’ because of its supposed libido-boosting powers, the fungus can fetch as much

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Wind Power: What Is It We Are Trying To Save?

Jan 31st, 2013 | By
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The Ecologist: Luke Dale-Harris questions whether our concern over climate change is actually driving us to invest in renewable technologies that negatively impact the very natural wonders we are aiming to preserve. Even if the naysayers are right and they produce little else, wind farms most certainly generate debate. Ever since they started to become

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Whither REDD+ After Doha?

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

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Ganga Polluted

Jan 31st, 2013 | By
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The Ganga today is more polluted than when the Ganga Action Plan was launched in 1985. Dams, barrages, canals and extremely high pollution pose an ever-increasing threat to the health and life of the river, writes Brijesh Pandey IN THE upper reaches of the Ganga, numerous hydel projects threaten the river’s ecosystem. And in the

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Cost Of Ignoring Warning Signs-EEA Lessons From Early Warnings

Jan 30th, 2013 | By
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EEA: New technologies have sometimes had very harmful effects, but in many cases the early warning signs have been suppressed or ignored. The second volume of Late Lessons from Early Warnings investigates specific cases where danger signals have gone unheeded, in some cases leading to deaths, illness and environmental destruction. The first volume of Late

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Climate Change And Health: Why Should India Be Concerned?

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

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

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

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Climate Change Adaptation in Rural India: A Green Infrastructure Approach

Jan 25th, 2013 | By
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WRI: Water is a scarce resource in India, especially in the state of Maharashtra, where most rainfall is limited to the monsoon season from June through September. The Government of India has long promoted a Participatory Watershed Development (PWD) approach to deal with this scarcity, focusing on technical and social interventions to restore barren landscapes,

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Sustainable Development After Rio+20 Is `In Limbo`

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

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The 2013 Climate Change Wake-up Call

Jan 21st, 2013 | By
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ABC Science: Is an extreme heatwave enough for people to start taking the science of climate change seriously in Australia? Dr Paul Willis hopes so. The hot weather that has besieged the nation since the beginning of the year and the associated bushfire threat has, I hope, been something of a cathartic experience for Australia.

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Nepal: Pilot Programme For Climate Resilience By World Bank

Jan 21st, 2013 | By
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World Bank: The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors has approved funding of a project that aims to enhance government capacity to mitigate climate-related hazards in Nepal by improving the accuracy and timeliness of weather and flood forecasts and warnings for climate-vulnerable communities. Funded by a Strategic Climate Fund grant of US$16 million, and a

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Cloud Nein: Drought And Climate Change

Jan 21st, 2013 | By
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WHEN the worst drought in 60 years hit America’s corn belt this summer, many people wondered if it was caused by climate change. It is too early to say much about such a recent episode but various studies have attributed earlier individual heatwaves or drought to global warming, notably those in Europe in 2003, Russia

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Farmers Seek New Income From Fairtrade Carbon Credits

Jan 18th, 2013 | By
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Alertnet: Palestinian olive growers make a living from trees that are, in some cases, 2,000 to 3,000 years old – proof that these farmers have been working in harmony with the environment for centuries, according to Nasser Abufarha, a representative of Fairtrade producers in the Middle East. Now the time may finally have come for

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Himalayan Destruction

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

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Climate Change And Ecosystem-Based Adaptation A New Pragmatic Approach

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

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Reforestation Pilot In China Is Earning Carbon Credits

Jan 18th, 2013 | By
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World Bank: A project that has reforested 3,000 hectares of previously barren land in China’s southwest Guangxi is issuing its first carbon credits under the Clean Development Mechanism. The Facilitating Reforestation for Guangxi Watershed Management in Pearl River Basin Project was the first reforestation project to be registered in the world under the United Nations

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