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Does Past Climate Change Tell About Global Warming?

Apr 29th, 2013 | By
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Skeptical Science: Skeptic Argument: Climate is always changing. We have had ice ages and warmer periods when alligators were found in Spitzbergen. Ice ages have occurred in a hundred thousand year cycle for the last 700 thousand years, and there have been previous periods that appear to have been warmer than the present despite CO2

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Guidelines For Making Vulnerable Investments Climate Resilient

Apr 26th, 2013 | By
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EU Climate Adaptation Platform: The preparation of these guidelines has benefited from useful inputs from a range of stakeholders, who had the opportunity to comment on a preliminary draft. Those include representatives from the European Investment Bank, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, KPMG, Network Rail, the European Institute for Environmental Policy, and KfW.

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Benign E. Coli Makes Biodiesel

Apr 25th, 2013 | By
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CNN: Environmentally-friendly biofuel may have come a step closer with the news that scientists in the UK think they have found how a genetically-modified bacterium can produce diesel oil – on a very small scale so far.  British scientists may have found a new way to pump high quality diesel into the tractors, trucks and

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Clean Energy Progress Too Slow To Limit Global Warming, Warns IEA

Apr 23rd, 2013 | By
The development of low-carbon energy is progressing too slowly to limit global warming, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said. Photograph: Murdo Macleod




Guardian: With governments failing to promote green energy, top scientists say the drive to keep temperature rise below 2C has stalled. The development of low-carbon energy is progressing too slowly to limit global warming, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said on Wednesday. With power generation still dominated by coal and governments failing to increase investment

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Fove Keys To Sustainable Development In Indian Cities

Apr 23rd, 2013 | By
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WRI: Indian cities are urbanizing at an unprecedented scale and pace. Over the next few decades, India’s urban population is expected to increase significantly, from 377 million in 2011 to 590 million by 2030. The problem is that the country’s existing urban transport infrastructure is already over-capacity. This fact–coupled with the alarmingly high rate of

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China And India Talk Up Plans For National Climate Action

Apr 23rd, 2013 | By
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Business Green: China confirms it is moving forward with carbon market plan as India’s prime minister vows to double renewable energy capacity within four years. China and India have both signalled this week that they will deliver ambitious climate change policies within the next few years, including the creation of a Chinese national carbon market

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The Face of Climate Change

Apr 22nd, 2013 | By
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Business Recorder: On Sunday, billions of people around the world celebrated the International Earth Day. The main purpose of the day is to save our mother Earth from the challenges, which are threatening its existence. The global theme for Earth Day 2013 is “The Face of Climate Change”. Earth Day history Earth Day first celebrated

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India: West Doing Little For Climate Change, Says Manmohan

Apr 22nd, 2013 | By
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HT: Voicing his concern on “painfully slow” progress in climate talks, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh hit at rich nations for not doing enough to fight climate change. Singh, while inaugurating the Fourth Clean Energy Ministerial, also made it clear that rich nations, who were responsible for a bulk of global warming causing greenhouse gas emissions,

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Heat Warning System For India’s Harsh Summer

Apr 15th, 2013 | By
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NRDC: I found it quite interesting that an Indian city should have a proper ‘action plan’ to tackle the effects of changing climate patterns that have resulted in some severe summer temperatures in the last decade. Living in India, the action plans by city or state administrations we have mostly seen are: close schools and

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Biofuels Cost Both Rich And Poor

Apr 15th, 2013 | By
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CNN: Using biofuels as the European Union demands will force up costs for British motorists, make food more expensive for poorer countries and may increase the greenhouse emissions they are meant to cut, a report says. Biofuels, widely seen as the green way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, may in some cases be worse for

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Better Business Environment Key To Growth: ADB Report

Apr 12th, 2013 | By
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Himalayan Times: Promoting an enabling business environment and political stability are key to improving economic performance in Nepal, according to a new Asian Development Bank (ADB) report. “We all agree Nepal has huge potential for growth but there are also substantial hurdles to overcome in triggering the high growth process,” said ADB’s country director for

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Making A Difference: Indian Man Proves Power Of One

Apr 12th, 2013 | By
Will McMaster is making a documentary about the incredible story of Jadav Payeng, an Indian man who single handedly planted more than 1,300 acres of forest to save his island, Majuli. (Photo/via Kickstarter.com)




In a world where it’s commonly believed that one person can’t make a difference, one Indian man is proving that argument to be false. Jadav Molai Payeng is a modern-day hero to those who fight to protect natural habitats around the world. He’s not a traditional activist, but a man who was motivated 30 years

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Fasten Seat Belts For Bumpier Flights: Climate Study

Apr 11th, 2013 | By
More than 180 countries have acknowledged and agreed that dangerous climate change poses a real and potentially irreversible threat to humanity and the planet. Photograph: Julian Stratenschulte/EPA




China Post: Flights will become bumpier as global warming destabilizes air currents at altitudes used by commercial airliners, climate scientists warned Monday. Already, atmospheric turbulence injures hundreds of airline passengers each year, sometimes fatally, damaging aircraft and costing the industry an estimated US$150 million, scientists said. “Climate change is not just warming the Earth’s surface,

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One River, Two Countries, Too Many Dams

Apr 3rd, 2013 | By
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The Hindu: Chinese reticence about projects on its stretch of the Brahmaputra do not assuage Indian fears about diversion of the river’s waters. By raising the Brahmaputra dams construction issue during his first meeting with the new Chinese President Xi Jinping, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was following a two-pronged strategy. On the one hand, Dr.

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Poorest Nations Say Yes To Emissions Cuts

Apr 2nd, 2013 | By
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CNN: The Group of Least Developed Countries, a key partner in the long-running United Nations climate talks, has told the Climate News Network it is willing to agree a core demand of the industrialised world on cutting emissions of greenhouse gases. In what could be a far-reaching move, the world’s poorest countries say they are

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20 Year HiatusIn Rising Temperatures-Climate Scientists Puzzled

Apr 1st, 2013 | By
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DEBATE about the reality of a two-decade pause in global warming and what it means has made its way from the sceptical fringe to the mainstream. In a lengthy article this week, The Economist magazine said if climate scientists were credit-rating agencies, then climate sensitivity – the way climate reacts to changes in carbon-dioxide levels

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UK-Indian Collaboration in Earth Sciences and Environmental Research

Apr 1st, 2013 | By
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The Natural Environment Research Council of the UK (NERC) and the Earth System Science Organization, Ministry of Earth Sciences of the Republic of India (ESSO-MoES) have agreed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to facilitate cooperation between the UK and Indian earth system science and environmental research communities. The UK and India have shared interests and

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Geo Engineering Could Imperil Sahel

Apr 1st, 2013 | By
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CNN: Attempts to tackle climate change by altering the atmosphere – geo-engineering – may have unpredictable effects. They could even trigger disaster in a drought-prone region of Africa, a study suggests. Less than three weeks after two US researchers called for global agreement on the governance of geo-engineering research, British meteorologists have provided a case

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Kashmir’s Thermal Connection With Tibet Found

Mar 28th, 2013 | By
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Nature: Hot water springs and steam gushing out of the ground are familiar sights and tourist attractions in the Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir in northwest India. But what is the source of the heat and can it be exploited to generate power? A team of earth scientists from India, the United States and

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Impact Of Corruption On Climate Change

Mar 28th, 2013 | By
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This bulletin provides an overview of recent discussions about the impact of corruption on environmental governance, with a focus on emissions trading. It reviews new definitions and the latest corruption assessment methodologies in order to illuminate the broader challenges faced by GHG trading mechanisms and climate finance. Why is this issue important? The trading of

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Adaptation Inspiration Book: Cases Of Local Climate Adaptation

Mar 26th, 2013 | By
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This book provides a great overview of practical and early examples of actual adaptive actions already taking place across Europe. It provides detailed information on each identified measure: to which sector it belongs, (i.e. water safety, agriculture, cities), specific climate effects adapted to, length of the project and costs and benefits, including the proportion of

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Bio-Cement Solves Two Problems

Mar 25th, 2013 | By
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Researchers have come up with a neat solution to the problem of producing some forms of biofuel waste – add it to cement, and make concrete nearly a third stronger than other versions. LONDON, 23 March – Engineers are working on yet another way to deliver more energy and cut carbon dioxide emissions. The latest

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Denmark Tops First-Of-Its-Kind Global Cleantech Innovation Index

Mar 25th, 2013 | By
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WWF: Denmark, followed by Israel, Sweden, Finland and the US provide the best conditions today for clean technology start-up creation, with companies in the Asia Pacific region following closely behind when it comes to commercial success, the first Global Cleantech Innovation Index shows. In Coming Clean: The Global Cleantech Innovation Index 2012, Cleantech Group and

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Geoengineering Is A Dangerous SolutionTo Climate Change

Mar 25th, 2013 | By
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Huffingtonpost: As the realities of global climate change become ever more alarming, advocates of technological approaches to “geoengineer” the planet’s climate are gaining a following. But the technologies that are promoted — from spraying sulphate particles into the stratosphere, to dumping iron particles into the ocean, to stimulate carbon absorbing plankton, to burning millions of

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Climate Solver Awards

Mar 25th, 2013 | By
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WWF-India recognizes organizations contributing towards addressing climate change with Climate Solver Awards. While political will to tackle climate change is still weak, the will of creative and energetic entrepreneurs working in the field of climate innovation is on the increase. WWF is encouraging small and medium enterprises (SMEs) that are developing innovative technologies and processes

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Climate Summit Bearing Fruit-Really?

Mar 21st, 2013 | By
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WWF: Coordination Group of the Summit for a Living Himalayas (SLH) comprising of delegates from four countries (India, Bhutan, Nepal and Bangladesh) met again on 23 February 2013. For the WWF LHGI, decisions taken by this Group in this meeting are a big step towards large scale regional action in the Eastern Himalayas. For the

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Norwegian Startup Launches Its Green Data Center Services

Mar 21st, 2013 | By
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GIGAOM: Fjord IT opens its first data center space in Oslo and is banking on a air cooling technology and cheap hydropower to attract European customers who want low-carbon cloud services. Norway, known for breathtaking glacier-carved valleys, fjords and abundant hydropower, is also increasingly the home to green data centers that can use the cold

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Inequality Climate Change Threaten Historic Gains: HDR 2013

Mar 21st, 2013 | By
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UN Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark today launched UNDP’s 2013 Human Development Report, which charts the unprecedented rise of developing countries to create a new “global middle class.” “The development landscape is very different today from when the first Human Development Report was launched 23 years ago,” Helen Clark said, releasing UNDP’s 22nd flagship

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Solar Powered Concept Tent

Mar 20th, 2013 | By
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‘Adaptation Ideas’ is a new series of Climate Himalaya. Here we will be showcasing a number of simple, practical and innovative ideas those could be adopted by individuals, communities and organizations for various environment friendly adaptive practices at home, offices and in public places.  The purpose of this ongoing series is to disseminate and communicate

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United Nations: Developing Countries Imperiled By Climate Change

Mar 19th, 2013 | By
In this Nov. 2, 2012 photo, a woman walks toward a well through clouds of dust raised by cattle in the Mao region of Chad. For generations, the people of this bone-dry region lived off their herds, but climate change has meant that the normally once-a-decade droughts are now coming every few years. (Rebecca Blackwell/AP)




RawStory: The rise of developing nations has cut poverty while the combined economies of Brazil, China and India are on a path to overtake wealthy nations, but failure to act on climate change could reverse those gains, a UN report said Thursday. Developing nations are now driving economic growth, helping to lift hundreds of millions

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Updated Water Wheels Power India’s Rural Mountain Economy

Mar 18th, 2013 | By
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Alertnet: Wooden water wheels have long captured energy from mountain streams. New versions work even better, helping provide a local, sustainable source of energy to Indian villages high in the Himalayas. Living in an isolated Himalayan hamlet, 2,500 meters (5,600 feet) above sea level, Govind Singh Rana seems an unlikely candidate for wealth. But by

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Call To Action For Water, Energy, And Food Security

Mar 15th, 2013 | By
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IUCN and the International Water Association (IWA)  launch the Nexus Dialogue on Water Infrastructure Solutions.The goal is to building partnerships for innovation in water, food, and energy security. The Dialogue recognises how the close interaction between water, energy and food – the nexus – has led to new demands for water infrastructure and technology solutions. Water, energy and food security

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Mainstreaming Of Climate Change

Mar 14th, 2013 | By
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Himalayan Times: Climate change refers to any significant change in the measures of climate lasting for an extended period of time. It includes major changes in climatic parameters like temperature, precipitation, or wind patterns, among other effects, that occur over several decades or longer. The longevity of transportation infrastructure, the long-term nature of climate change,

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Thinkdifferent Ideas For Offices

Mar 13th, 2013 | By
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Thinkdifferent: We have uploaded a number of photos (ideas) from Think Different facebook page.    They could be used in our offices towards  ‘carbon neutral’ and ‘eco-friendly’ working to reduce our carbon foot prints. We strongly feel that these ideas will help in reducing the ongoing impact of climate change due to various human induced

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Ecoinventos Ideas For Offices

Mar 12th, 2013 | By
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Ecoinventos: Here we have uploaded a number of ideas taken from Econinventos those could be used in our offices towards ‘carbon neutral’ living and reducing our carbon foot prints. These ideas will help in reducing the impact of climate change and also the global warming phenomena that we now days hear from our climate scientists.

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Bhutan’s Picture Of Gross National Happiness Blurs

Mar 11th, 2013 | By
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IRN: Bhutan fires the imagination of an ideal mountain country with many snow-clad peaks, where people go about their daily chores in serenity, dressed in their national dress, wearing a smile and with a song on their lips. The image of the Gross National Happiness (GNH) that it portrays is ever present. The four pillars

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Cool Heads Needed By Geo-engineers

Mar 9th, 2013 | By
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CNN: The world may need to turn to geo-engineering in order to tackle climate change effectively, scientists think – and that would raise a whole lot of tricky questions. Geo-engineering of the climate is fraught with all manner of technical, ethical and governance issues but needs to be taken into consideration if targets for limiting

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Burning Biofuels Could Be Worse Than Coal

Mar 8th, 2013 | By
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The Voice of Russia: The increasing use of biofuel to help meet the UKs commitment to renewable energy – is being hotly debated. Members of the Department for Energy and Climate Change are considering whether to accept plans – for new subsidies to burn trees in British power plants. But some scientists believe renewable energy

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Death Of Hugo Chávez Gives Venezuela A Choice On Climate Change

Mar 8th, 2013 | By
With the largest known oil reserves, Venezuela’s position on climate change is pivotal. Photograph: Miguel Gutierrez/EPA




Guardian: Will the oil-rich country become a key engineer in a new global climate deal, or will it sabotage progress? Regardless of one’s position on el Comandante Hugo Chávez, the death of the Venezuelan president opens the door for a policy debate on a critical issue for Venezuela and the world’s security: climate change. As

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Sand Dams’ Bank Water For Dry Season In Semi-Arid Kenya

Mar 7th, 2013 | By
Paul Masila, a member of the Woni Wa Mbee self-help group, shows off a sand dam his community built on the Kaiti River in Makueni County, in semi-arid eastern Kenya. ALERTNET/Isaiah Esipisu




Alertnet: Barely a month after heavy rains pounded Kenya, many seasonal rivers in the country’s semi-arid east are already drying up, and residents are preparing for the months-long dry season. But some, like Paul Masila and other members of  the Woni Wa Mbee self-help group, are not worried about the looming dry spell. Instead, they

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Framing Sustainable Development Goals With Mountain Perspectives: Post Rio+20 Actions

Mar 7th, 2013 | By
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Dr. Madhav Karki writes about the commitments made by the member countries during Rio+20 summit on various sustainable development goals (SDGs) on low carbon green economy principles and good governance practices, in socio-economic and environmental perspectives. He argues that post Rio+20 actions should be more cohesive, participatory, multi-disciplinary and simple in approach, so that they

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Is Climate Change Really A Business Opportunity?

Mar 6th, 2013 | By
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Green Biz: When writing anything about climate change — and particularly about climate risk — I often hear back about the need to mention “opportunities.” The same goes for sustainability. Apparently, the only risks we can hope to manage, and the only things we should consider “sustainable” from a business perspective, are things that make or save companies money.

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Why You Should Sweat Climate Change

Mar 6th, 2013 | By
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USA Today:Weathering the change. Human activities are affecting the Earth’s climate and warming the atmosphere and oceans in ways that cannot be explained just by nature. A look at how the Earth’s climate has changed. More American children are getting asthma and allergies, and more seniors are suffering heat strokes. Food and utility prices are

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Climate Change Scince: A Modern Synthesis

Mar 5th, 2013 | By
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Around 2 years ago, I was honoured to be invited by geologist and long-time educator Tom Farmer to collaborate on a textbook that expounded on the principles of climate science as well as put climate change denial in perspective. That collaboration has now been published by Springer; the textbook is Climate Change Science: A Modern

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Environmental Issues: For Compilation Of Reliable Data, New System On The Cards

Mar 5th, 2013 | By
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The Tribune: The state of compilation of environmental data in Pakistan remained extremely poor, but with the introduction of the $2.1 million National Environment Information Management System (NEIMS), things might improve. The NEIM, a collaborative project of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the climate change ministry, with the support from the Netherlands government,

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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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Calls On World’s Youth To Take Lead On Global Issues

Feb 28th, 2013 | By
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses youth event at the Fifth Global Forum of the UN Alliance of Civilizations, in Vienna, Austria. Photo: UNIS Vienna




The world’s youth must take the helm in steering the international community through its turbulent period of economic and political transition and towards a more “prosperous, equitable and peaceful future,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged today, adding that the United Nations was increasing its focus on global youth action to support this cause. Speaking at a

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UN Sustainable Energy Initiative Could Put World On A Path To Climate Targets

Feb 27th, 2013 | By
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Sciencedaily: The UN’s Sustainable Energy for All initiative, if successful, could make a significant contribution to the efforts to limit climate change to target levels, according to a new analysis from IIASA and ETH Zurich. The study, published today in Nature Climate Change, showed that reaching the 3 energy-related objectives proposed by the United Nations

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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
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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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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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Green Ilam Gets Greener

Feb 21st, 2013 | By
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Nepal Times: Eastern Nepal’s model township is on its way to becoming the country’s first Green City. Nepal’s easternmost district of Ilam is known for its diligent citizens and scenic tea gardens, but it is also showing the way about how towns can be cleaner and greener with community participation and competent leadership. The main

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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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Ex-IPCC Chief: 5°C Warming?

Feb 15th, 2013 | By
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DW: The former chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says global average temperatures could reach five degrees centigrade above their pre-industrial level. British scientist Sir Robert Watson, who chaired the panel from 1997 until 2002, said the world had missed its chance to keep emissions below the level needed to keep to the

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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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