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Climate Change: Food Crisis And Future Hunger Wars

Nov 13th, 2012 | By
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Countercurrent: Climate Change and its Effects on Food Production In a recent post I wrote about Overpopulation: Food Crisis and future Hunger Wars. The article focused on the impact of the population explosion on food supplies – will there be enough food for a population of 9 billion in 2050? There are many interrelated and

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A World Of Life In A Single Cubic Foot

Nov 13th, 2012 | By
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Guardian: Photographer David Liittschwager captures the beauty of biodiversity by placing a cube in a variety of habitats and recording whatever moves through it. The fate of humanity may depend on these micro-environments. Long live the creepy crawlies, the bugs, the tiny wigglers and wrigglers, the minuscule parasites and nematodes, the mites and oribatids and

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Mountain Prospects

Nov 7th, 2012 | By
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Sunstar/MP: I wish I could call it bringing home the bacon. Maybe it is, if we call prospects of projects becoming reality the promise of becoming bacon. What has my Rome trip to meet with my Mountain Partnership colleagues from Switzerland, the European Union, EU and Russia, North America, Latin America, South and Southeast Asia

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Nepal’s Development Results Impressive Despite Headwinds: UN

Nov 6th, 2012 | By
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Nepal News: Untied Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator Robert Piper Friday said that Nepal’s development indicators have been impressive despite challenges. “Significant results have been achieved and Nepal’s development indicators continue to improve. These results are all the more impressive given the headwinds development efforts have faced over the last decade in this country,” Piper

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A Future Without Potatoes: Will Climate Change Force Us To Change What We Eat?

Nov 5th, 2012 | By
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TIME: The United Nations committee on world food security has issued an alarming new report on the impact of global warming: we may have to stop eating potatoes and get used to bananas instead. Based on research by the CGIAR agricultural partnership, the committee published a policy briefing this October explaining that given the diverse impacts

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Biodiversity Protection Needs Community Input

Nov 5th, 2012 | By
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Scidevnet: A pledge to increase support for biodiversity targets in developing countries is welcome, but care for indigenous people is vital too. This month’s meeting of the 11th Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), held in Hyderabad in India, came as a reality check on the capacity of

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Q&A: Food Production Accounts for 29 Percent of Greenhouse Gases

Nov 3rd, 2012 | By
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IPS News: Food production, including agriculture, represent 29 percent of the greenhouse gases that are causing global warming, say scientists with the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). Feeding the global population today involves the release of 10,000 to 16,000 megatonnes of CO2 equivalent into the atmosphere annually, say two reports published Wednesday Oct.

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Food Switch Could Offset Climate Threat To Staples – Study

Nov 1st, 2012 | By
Myrna Bicera, who owns a two-hectare rice farm, walks in a drought-hit paddy field in Quirino province, north of Manila in the Philippines, March 2010. REUTERS/Cheryl Ravelo




Alertnet: Climate change could significantly depress yields of maize, wheat and rice, constrain supplies of animal protein, and force a rethink of diets and the crops farmers grow, researchers said on Wednesday. Yields of the world’s three biggest crops in terms of calories provided will decrease in many poorer countries as temperatures rise and rainfall

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Bhutan’s Agriculture Industry Goes 100% Organic

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

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Climate Change Adding Sting To Mosquito Bite, Says WHO Report

Oct 31st, 2012 | By
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Times of India: The warning is ominous — climate change and global warming will make vector-borne diseases like dengue and malaria– already causing havoc in the country more lethal. A landmark report on climate change and health, published by the World Health Organization on Monday, said that in the last 100 years, the world has

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Social Forestry, Again

Oct 31st, 2012 | By
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RECOFTC: Celeste Lacuna-Richman, Environmental Policy Lecturer at the University of Eastern Finland (UEF), discusses the importance of designing forestry programs that take into account the realities faced by communities on-the-ground. In Finland, the forestry sector is so well-integrated into the larger society that the concept of “social forestry” seems to be superfluous.  Thus, for more

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Growing Greenhouse Gas Emissions Due to Meat Production

Oct 31st, 2012 | By
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UNEP: Both intensive (industrial) and non-intensive (traditional) forms of meat production result in the release of greenhouse gases (GHGs). As meat supply and consumption increase around the world, more sustainable food systems must be encouraged. Why is this issue important? For many thousands of years, mankind has lived in close proximity with numerous animal species,

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Small Organisms Could Dramatically Impact World’s Climate

Oct 30th, 2012 | By
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PHYS.org: In the future, warmer waters could significantly change ocean distribution of populations of phytoplankton, tiny organisms that could have a major effect on climate change. Reporting in this week’s online journal Science Express, researchers show that by the end of the 21st century, warmer oceans will cause populations of these marine microorganisms to thrive

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The Politics Of ‘Climate Silence’

Oct 29th, 2012 | By
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Huffingtonpost: As has been noted relentlessly this week, Monday evening’s third and final presidential debate marked the first time since the 1980s that American presidential or vice presidential contenders were neither asked about, nor inclined to offer up on their own, opinions on climate change and what ought to be done about it. For environmentalists

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New Business Model Offers Fresh Approach for Valuing Nature

Oct 29th, 2012 | By
Forest and Black Pines in Crna Poda Natural Reserve in Tara Canyon




Conservation International: Over the past few years, CI [Conservation International] has had the good fortune to work with — and ultimately bring onto our board — natural capital thought leader Pavan Sukhdev. Our relationship with Pavan initially centered around his efforts as lead author on “The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB)” study, but has

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Community Adaption Practices In Uttarakhand Himalayas Of India: Case Study

Oct 26th, 2012 | By
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Cassie Denbow: The Hindu-Kush Himalayas (HKH) is one of the most diverse ecological regions in the world. Stretching from Afghanistan to Myanmar, the mountainous region encompasses the world’s highest peaks, 30% of the world’s glaciers[1], and provides between 1.3-1.8 billion[2] people with water and other natural resources. The Western Indian Himalayas are the segment of

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Climate Variability And Extrement Weather Events

Oct 26th, 2012 | By
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  Climate Expert: Climate variability refers to the variations in the mean state of the climate. Variations are per se a natural feature of a climate system, but recent trends show a massive increase in global mean temperature and a linkage between temperature increase and CO2 concentration in the atmosphere. And as data continue to

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Technology Is Key To A Low-Carbon Future

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

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New Ways To Communicate Climate Change And Adaptation…

Oct 25th, 2012 | By
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IIED: We know that real change takes place when we learn by doing, and as development specialists we are all very good at telling people what to do. But as researchers and practitioners engaged in a shared learning process for change we still have a very long way to go. Recent work was done by

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Tracking Glaciers In Hindu Kush Himalayan Region

Oct 25th, 2012 | By
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University of Dayton: NASA has awarded nearly $1 million to a team of researchers that includes University of Dayton geology professor Umesh Haritashya to study potential hazards caused by changes to glaciers in the Hindu Kush-Himalaya region. The University of Dayton will receive $358,542 of the grant, with the balance going to the University of

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Climate Researchers Blaze An Uncertain Trail

Oct 25th, 2012 | By
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Tanzanian farmers use cell phones to document climate change, keeping track of how new pests and weather patterns affect their crops. Their work is the product of a unique climate change research method pioneered by Swiss-based scientists. “Our first slightly naïve idea was that we would need to communicate climate change information to the farmers,”

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Climate Crisis: Palm Trees In The Antarctic, 540% Increase

Oct 25th, 2012 | By
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Countercurrent: Climate crisis is going to bring in anomalies that at first glance appear “amazing”. But there is apprehension of increase in the number of heat related deaths and reduced size of fishes, possibilities of growth of palm trees in the Antarctic. The poor people are suffering. Palm trees could grow in the Antarctic, just

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India Expands Its Biodiversity Databases

Oct 23rd, 2012 | By
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Scidev.net: India is expanding its biodiversity databases and linking them in a network so that policymakers for programmes that address biodiversity, climate changeand socio-economic concerns have ready access to information. An Indian Bioresources Information Network (IBIN) was launched this month (11 October) by M. S. Swaminathan, eminent crop scientist and founder of the M.S. Swaminathan

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India Plays Crucial Role Protecting Sacred Himalayan Sites

Oct 22nd, 2012 | By
The Honourable Prime Minister of Bhutan (President of the Bhutan Climate Summit Secretariat) with the head of delegations




WWF: The birthplace of Lord Buddha in Nepal, a mountain revered as the centre of the universe in Tibet, long-standing monasteries in Bhutan, and majestic alpine lakes in India are among the many sacred natural sites in the Eastern Himalayas that have been preserved by traditional belief systems that place a high value on nature,

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Pakistan Should Take Strong Position On Global Climate Change Issues

Oct 22nd, 2012 | By
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Business Recorder: A renowned Climate Scientist, Professor Dr Qamar-Uz-Zaman Chaudhry remained the director general of Pakistan Meteorological Department between 1996 and 2010. He is a research scientist in the fields of Global Warming & Climate Change, Meteorology, Atmospheric Sciences, Hydrology and Seismology. He has produced more than 70 research papers and articles, published in national

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REDD+ Actions Can Have Varying Impacts

Oct 22nd, 2012 | By
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Sciedev.Net: Impacts of actions under Reduction of Deforestation and Degradation (REDD+) – a UN mechanism to stem deforestation and degradation – on biodiversity and carbon vary across forest types and landscape conditions, a new global assessment shows. Key findings of the preliminary assessment of links between biodiversity, carbon, forests and people, prepared by the International Union

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Bhutan Struggles To Control Illegal Wildlife Trade

Oct 19th, 2012 | By
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Bhutanclimatechange: Bhutan is increasingly serving as a conduit for illegal wildlife smuggling between India and China, undermining the country’s conservation efforts. Dawa Wangchuk reports Bhutan takes greats pains to conserve its rich biodiversity, evidenced by the fact that 70% of the country’s total land area remains under forest cover. But these efforts are now being

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Welcome To The UN’s Secret Climate Adaptation Summit

Oct 19th, 2012 | By
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COP11 in Hyderabad is probably the biggest climate adaptation conference you have never heard of. Representatives from 192+ countries have travelled to India, drawing a crowd of 14,000 delegates to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity’s (CBD) bi-annual summit. But aside from a solitary New York Times journalist who arrived on Monday, media coverage outside

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Report Finds Climate Change Poses Threat To Indian Farmers

Oct 18th, 2012 | By
A young man shields himself from the rain while behind him a woman looks concerned. The rains have come too late for summer grown crops leaving the population in a precarious situation.




IDS: A new synthesis report (pdf) about the challenges posed by climate change in India has found that changes in temperature and rainfall will have a serious effect on already fragile farming communities. The report is part of a joint project by the UK’s Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) and the Indian Ministry

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Rewriting Himalayan History: Ancient Oceans On The Top Of The World

Oct 18th, 2012 | By
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Phys.org: The Himalayas could be 20 million years younger than we think, according to ongoing research at the University of Sydney’s School of Geosciences. The Indian subcontinent may have collided with Eurasia and produced the Himalayas much later than geology textbooks currently claim, the University of Sydney’s Head of the School of Geosciences, Professor Jonathan

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Scientists Have ‘Limited Knowledge’ Of How Climate Change Causes Extinction

Oct 18th, 2012 | By
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Guardian: Review finds loss of plants and animals due to global warming is already widespread, but the causes are poorly understood A Major review into the impact of climate change on plants and animalshas found that scientists have almost no idea how it drives various species to extinction. Though some organisms struggle to cope physiologically

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Climate Change: Kenyan Women Demand Differentiated Adaptation, Mitigation Policies

Oct 17th, 2012 | By
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Africa Science News: Despite existing evidence of the impact of climate change on women, there is a very poor gender aspect in the Kenya government responses in terms of policies and legal framework. The threat of climate change, manifested in the increase of extreme weather conditions such as, droughts, storms or floods is a sustainable

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The Impact Of Global Land-Cover Change On The Terrestrial Water Cycle

Oct 16th, 2012 | By
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Nature: Floods and droughts cause perhaps the most human suffering of all climate-related events; a major goal is to understand how humans alter the incidence and severity of these events by changing the terrestrial water cycle. Here we use over 1,500 estimates of annual evapo-transpiration and a database of global land-cover change1 to project alterations

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Jatropha Can Revive degraded Land, Says Study

Oct 15th, 2012 | By
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Scidev.Net: Large-scale cultivation of Jatropha – known as a potential source of biofuel – can improve the soil quality of degraded lands and address climate change, says a new study. Jatropha curcas seeds yield oil that can be processed into biodiesel, but scientists at the International Crop Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), Hyderabad,

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Ecological Restoration, Meet Climate Change

Oct 15th, 2012 | By
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Decoded Science: Ecological restoration is a worthy cause. It’s a process of healing the land, restoring water flow and building soil. It’s also focused on the reintroduction of native species, generally because these species are well adapted to the climate and soil conditions of a particular area. Native planting to restore native ecosystems sounds very

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CBD Failed In Protecting India’s Rivers And Riverine Biodiversity

Oct 12th, 2012 | By
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CBD has been of no help for the Indian rivers, riverine biodiversity and dependent communities. On the contrary, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), another UN Convention, certifies hydropower projects of all sizes as climate-friendly projects under the CDM mechanism. All of these projects have severe adverse impacts on biodiversity and related livelihoods.”

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Population Dynamics, Changes In Land Management-Northern Caucasus

Oct 11th, 2012 | By
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University of Bonn: Population dynamics, changes in land management, and the future of mountain areas in Northern Caucasus: The example of North Ossetia: This study deals with population dynamics in the mountains of North Ossetia-Alania (Russian Federation) over the last 120 years. It documents the loss of mountain population over this period and analyses its

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Global Warming Will Wipe Species Off Earth

Oct 11th, 2012 | By
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Deccan Chronical: Climate change and global warming will result in the death of a number of plant and animal species, affecting the earth’s vast biological diversity. The UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) estimates that a rise of each degree in temperature will place an additional 10 per cent of species at increased risks of

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Dealing With Reality:

Oct 11th, 2012 | By
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Journal of World Energy Law and Business, 2012: The Kyoto Protocol was intended to cut the greenhouse gas emissions of developed countries to 5 per cent less than they were in 1990, and this was to be achieved by the end of 2012. As that deadline approaches it is time to take stock of what

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Bhutan Goes For 100 Percent Organic: Challenges Abound

Oct 10th, 2012 | By
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Epoch Times: Last week, Bhutan Minister of Agriculture and Forests Pema Gyamtsho, announced an ambitious plan to turn food production 100 percent organic by 2020. In a country where 79 percent of the population is involved in agriculture, along with the people’s high spiritual aspirations, going organic sounds like an easy task. But challenges are

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Climate Change, Tourism Threatening Yunnan’s Mountains

Oct 10th, 2012 | By
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Asia One News: A combination of climate change and booming tourism could cause famous mountain spots in Southwest China’s Yunnan province to lose their snow, authorities and experts have warned. Rising temperatures in recent years have steadily pushed the snow line on Meili Snow Mountain in the Diqing Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture to higher altitudes. Mingyong

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Coordinated Climate Proofing Efforts In Indian Himalayan Region: Workshop Concludes

Oct 8th, 2012 | By
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A two days stakeholders workshop that was attended by over 130 stakeholders from 37 different institutes of 12 Indian Himalayan states, representatives of 7 State Governments, 27 Experts from various national and State level institutions, members of DST’s Expert and Steering committees, representatives of NGOs/Civil Society organizations, Senior officers of Central Ministries concluded at CSIR-

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Action In Support Of Biodiversity Urgently Needed: CoP 11 CBD

Oct 8th, 2012 | By
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CBD: Representatives from over 170 countries today began deliberations in Hyderabad, India, on the way forward to protect the planet’s biodiversity. The eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), known as COP 11 for short, follows on the historic outcomes of the 2010 Nagoya biodiversity

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Nepal: Go Green

Oct 8th, 2012 | By
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The Republica: The green economy is emerging as an important concept in the field of development. Though this is a relatively new concept, defined and interpreted in a different context, it has primarily been on the global agenda since the launch of a report titled “Towards a Green Economy- Pathways to Sustainable Development and Poverty

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Working Towards A Green Economy After Rio+20

Oct 5th, 2012 | By
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On 2 October 2012, the International Labour Organization (ILO), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and Members of the European Parliament, Mr. Gerbrandy and Ms. Schroedter, organised a joint event at the European Parliament in Brussels to discuss the future of green jobs in the context of the Rio+20outcomes. Entitled “Working towards a green economy

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Farmer-Led Innovation Can Help Solve Food Security Challenges

Oct 4th, 2012 | By
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ANU News: Since the 1960s, Nepal has registered 62 new high-yielding rice varieties. The method for developing new varieties has evolved in those years, to a method where farmers are now at the hub of the technological innovation process and work closely with scientists and policymakers. This innovative approach was the subject of a recently

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Climate Change…Saanu ki?

Oct 4th, 2012 | By
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The News: Even though Pakistan lies among the 20 most vulnerable countries impacted by climate change, according to the Maplecroft Climate Change Vulnerabilities Index, most of us living here go “Saanu ki?” when we hear the word climate change. I mean what possibly could go wrong with our lives in terms of the climate changing.

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Bhutan Aims To Be First 100% Organic Nation

Oct 4th, 2012 | By
A Bhutanese farmer puts her harvest of chilies on the roof of a shed to dry and protect it from wild boars, deer, and monkeys in 2006.




AFP: The Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan, famed for seeking “happiness” for its citizens, is aiming to become the first nation in the world to turn its home-grown food and farmers 100 percent organic. The tiny Buddhist-majority nation wedged between China and India has an unusual and some say enviable approach to economic development, centred on

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Earth’s Arbon Sink Downsized

Oct 4th, 2012 | By
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Nature: Abundance of soil nutrients a limiting factor in plants’ ability to soak up carbon dioxide. As carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere continue to climb, most climate models project that the world’s oceans and trees will keep soaking up more than half of the extra CO2. But researchers report this week that the capacity

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Let’s Add Climate Knowledge To Agroforestry Plans

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

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Pakistan And Climate Change and Challange

Oct 2nd, 2012 | By
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DAWN/Foreign Policy: GLOBAL warming is the increase in the temperature of the earth’s near-surface air and that of the temperature of oceans. This rise in the temperature will cause the sea level to rise. This will increase the intensity of the occurrence of extreme weather events, leading to a change in agricultural productivity, trade, water

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UNFCCC Workshop On Long-Term Finance And Climate Finanance Platform

Oct 2nd, 2012 | By
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IISD/CFO: On the first day of the Second Workshop on Long-term Finance, held in Cape Town, South Africa, participants first heard keynote speeches. Via videolink, Sizwe Nxasana, CEO, FirstRand Limited, noted that governments alone cannot make the shift to a low-carbon economy and underlined the importance of involving all stakeholders. He called for regulations and

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Climate Change: Senators Alarmed By Deforestation In The Country

Oct 1st, 2012 | By
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Express Tribune: With flash floods cutting a trail of destruction across some districts of Balochistan and Sindh, the Senate standing committee on climate change raised alarm on Monday at the rapid deforestation in the country and directed the government to take immediate steps to rehabilitate forest land. Highlighting the role of trees in curbing flash

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Climate Change And Alpine Flora In Sikkim Himalaya

Oct 1st, 2012 | By
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.Sikenvis.nic.in: For the past three decades; there is a popular aphorism that “The global warming is the end result of climate change”. Melting of glaciers; rising of sea levels and increasing temperatures at global level have caused visible effects in the Himalayan region also and the subject of my study has been to identify the

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The Baltic Climate Toolkit-Empowering Knowledge Transfer

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

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Climate Change May Cause Severe Loss In The Economic Value Of European Forest Land

Sep 29th, 2012 | By
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Nature: European forests, covering more than 2 million km2 or 32% of the land surface1, are to a large extent intensively managed and support an important timber industry. Climate change is expected to strongly affect tree species distribution within these forests2, 3. Climate and land use are undergoing rapid changes at present4, with initial range shifts already

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Species Loss, Climate Change Linked

Sep 29th, 2012 | By
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UPI.com: Species loss and reduced biodiversity make nature more sensitive to climate change, Swedish researchers say. This is especially true for species that sustain important functions such as water purification and crop pollination in a changing environment, they said. Scientists at the University of Gothenberg say high biodiversity acts as an insurance policy as it

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Women Are The Foot Soldiers Of Climate Change Adaptation – Expert

Sep 29th, 2012 | By
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Alertnet: In 2006, when the Asian Development Bank (ADB)  decided to launch a multi-million dollar rural water project in eastern and north central regions of Sri Lanka, there was one overriding requirement – women would be placed in key positions. As a result, experts say, the $263 million program, aimed at providing drinking water to

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Focus On Climate Change Resilience Of Tuber Crops

Sep 28th, 2012 | By
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The Hindu: Agricultural scientists across the country are joining hands in a research project to assess the potential of tuber crops like tapioca and yam to withstand climate change. Scientists from 18 States are being equipped to take up the project. As many as 35 delegates representing different agricultural universities are participating in a training

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North India, Himalayas To Be Worst Hit By Climate Change: Report

Sep 28th, 2012 | By
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DNA: Northern parts of the country and the Himalayan region will be the worst hit by climate change in India and warming will be greater over land than sea, according to a latest report. “In the 2020s, the projected warming is of the order of 0.5-1.5 degree Celsius , by the 2050s, 3 degree celsius

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