Environment

Toxic ‘E-waste’ Dumped in Poor Nations, Says UN

Dec 17th, 2013 | By
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The Guardian: Millions of mobile phones, laptops, tablets, toys, digital cameras and other electronic devices bought this Christmas are destined to create a flood of dangerous “e-waste” that is being dumped illegally in developing countries, the UN has warned. The global volume of electronic waste is expected to grow by 33% in the next four

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TERI Hosts Workshop On Implications Of Climate Change On Water & Sanitation

Dec 14th, 2013 | By
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India Education bureau: With the aim to develop a state level strategy in addressing the issues related to water and sanitation in the context of climate change in Karnataka, TERI in partnership with UNICEF and RDPR today organized a workshop on the ‘Implications of Climate Change on Water and Sanitation’. Speaking at the workshop, Honorable RD’PR

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China’s Coal Emissions Responsible For ‘Quarter of a Million Premature Deaths’

Dec 12th, 2013 | By
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The Guardian: Emissions from coal plants in China were responsible for a quarter of a million premature deaths in 2011 and are damaging the health of hundreds of thousands of Chinese children, according to a new study. The study by a US air pollution expert, commissioned by Greenpeace, comes as many areas in northern and eastern China have been experiencing hazardous levels

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Study Rebuts IPCC, Calls For More Severe Emissions Cuts

Dec 5th, 2013 | By
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Climate Central: The globally agreed upon political goal of limiting global warming to 3.6°F (2°C) above preindustrial levels would bring “potentially disastrous impacts,” and a far more ambitious plan to slash emissions of global warming gases is needed, according to a new study by an interdisciplinary group of scientists and economists. The study, published Tuesday in PLOS One,

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Pakistan Province Awaits New Environment Laws

Dec 2nd, 2013 | By
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Sci Dev Net: Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province which borders Afghanistan is seeing a rise in environmental pollution but lacks the infrastructure and proper legal mechanisms to deal with it. The country’s environment protection agency (EPA), set up in 1997 to oversee environment-related projects, has only 73 employees in the province and they are mostly deployed in Peshawar

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Roll on The Green Revolution

Dec 1st, 2013 | By
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TECHNOLOGY and greenery don’t mix well. Some greens are technophobes. Most environmental policies focus on prices, consumption and subsidies to solar and wind power, which are not at the cutting edge. The list of technological breakthroughs is short. One of the most promising is carbon capture and storage, which neutralises emissions of carbon dioxide from

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UK Waters Grow Cooler – And More Acid

Nov 29th, 2013 | By
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Climate News Network: A comprehensive report on the state of the seas around the United Kingdom says ocean acidification is probably increasing faster than for the last 300 million years. Dipping your toes in the waters around Britain has grown marginally less inviting: in the last few years the seas have grown slightly colder. Against the

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Acidifying Oceans Alarm Hundreds of Scientists

Nov 28th, 2013 | By
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Environment News Service: Climate change is causing the world’s oceans to acidify at rates not seen for the last 55 million years, and the only way to moderate this danger is to reduce human emissions of carbon dioxide, conclude 540 scientists from 37 countries in a new report. Their conclusion is the outcome of the Third

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Handle Asbestos Carefully: NGO

Nov 27th, 2013 | By




The Himalayan Times: A non-government organisation has drawn the attention of the government towards the mismanagement of asbestos in the Kathmandu Valley. The Centre for Public Health and Environmental Development, in a letter to the Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment, pointed at haphazard handling of the cancer-causing substance during the ongoing road construction work. According

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Polluted Ganges River Threatens People’s Livelihoods

Nov 23rd, 2013 | By
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The Ganges is India’s holiest river, considered a source of spiritual purification for devout Hindus. But today the river is among the world’s most polluted, struggling under the pressures of modern India. On the banks of the Ganges River in the Indian city of Varanasi, a man in his thirties is washing clothes by rhythmically

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The IPCC Report – Where Now?

Oct 7th, 2013 | By
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CNN: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has now published the first part of its Fifth Assessment Report, AR5. It says humanity is largely responsible for the recent warming of the Earth, it re-tells the Panel’s familiar story of rising temperatures and sea levels, of melting glaciers and ice sheets. Described by some as “conservative”

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Water in Earth’s Atmosphere May Cause Climate Warming

Oct 7th, 2013 | By
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ToI: Water vapour in Earth’s stratosphere contributes to warmer temperatures and likely plays an important role in the evolution of climate on our planet, a new study has found. Researchers found that increased surface temperatures, such as from the addition of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere, leads to increased humidity in the stratosphere. Because stratospheric water

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Bubble May Burst for Fossil Fuel Giants

Oct 7th, 2013 | By
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CNN: The giant corporations powering the fossil fuel industry are warned that they face a damaging backlash if they try to resist the mounting pressures of climate change legislation and high-profile campaigning The financial and economic muscle of the global fossil fuel industry’s corporate behemoths will not protect them from the costly effects of negative

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Erratic Weather Threatens Livelihoods In Pakistan

Oct 7th, 2013 | By
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SciDevNet: In recent years, climatic stresses, particularly droughts and floods, have devastated yields and caused crops to fail for many farmers across Pakistan. Erratic rainfall — particularly in rain-fed areas like Taxila, 20 miles northwest of the capital, Islamabad — has further exacerbated farmers’ problems and led to a slump in yields. With four dry winters in

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Mountains And Climate Linked Disasters: Less Concerned Actors

Oct 1st, 2013 | By
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Climate Himalaya: Disaster related early warning systems are available in South Asian countries like Nepal, and neighbouring countries like India should learn and adopt such technologies in their region. A side event at 4th Global Meeting of Mountain Partnership was organized by Climate Himalaya and Centre for Environment Education India at Erzurum, Turkey on 18th

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4th Global Meeting Reaffirms Mountain Agenda In New Strategy

Sep 18th, 2013 | By
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In the fourth global meeting of ‘Mountain Partnership’ 17-20 September, at Erzurum in Turkey, over 100 members from around the globe endorsed a new improved sustainable mountain development strategy for 2014-2017. During 1992, at Rio Earth most of the world’s nations at the UN Conference on Environment and Development signed a plan for action, ‘Agenda

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

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

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

Sep 11th, 2013 | By
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Bhutan is renowned for espousing Gross National Happiness but now the isolated Himalayan nation is also looking to become known as a world leader in organic farming.  “We are nearly all Buddhists. Being kind to the environment and the planet has a central meaning for us,” says Kesang Tshomo, co-ordinator of the Ministry of Agriculture’s

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UNEP Report: On Low Carbon Transport and City Planning

Sep 11th, 2013 | By
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Three reports released by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) evaluate and summarize options for low carbon city planning, non-motorised transport (NMT) and infrastructure risks due to climate variability in India. The reports were published as part of the project on ‘Promoting Low Carbon Transport in India.’ The first report, titled ‘Low Carbon City: A Guidebook for

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Agreement Inked For Stimulating Biodiversity Friendly Products

Sep 9th, 2013 | By
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Pak Observer: IUCN Pakistan and the Climate Change Division, Government of Pakistan signed an Agreement in Islamabad during the GEF Global Environmental Facility Steering Committee meeting. Representatives from all provinces and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) were also present at the ceremony. Under this agreement, activities will focus on stimulating market demand for biodiversity friendly

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Kedarnath Disaster: Facts And Plausible Causes

Jul 30th, 2013 | By
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Current Science: Recent climate changes have had significant impact on high-mountain glacial environment. Rapid melting of snow/ice and heavy rainfall has resulted in the formation and expansion of moraine-dammed lakes, creating a potential danger from dammed lake outburst floods1. On 16 and 17 June 2013, heavy rains together with moraine dammed lake (Chorabari Lake) burst

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Early Recovery By UNDP-What It Means To Uttarakhand

Jul 29th, 2013 | By
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The UNDP  United Nations Development Programme, says that early recovery is a multidimensional process of recovery that begins in a humanitarian setting.  It is an integrated and coordinated approach, using humanitarian mechanisms, to gradually turn the dividends of humanitarian action into sustainable crisis recovery, resilience building and development opportunities. When a crisis strikes, UNDP works

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Disaster Relief: Avoid Old Mindset And Jargons

Jul 24th, 2013 | By
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Climate Himalaya: In this article it is argued that Disaster Management practice in India need to change the old mindset of disaster relief, to include quick planning and actions, using verifiable space data and avoid delay causing detailed assessments in deciding any government run relief package. We need to be cautions against the current jargons such

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The Last Drop

Jul 8th, 2013 | By
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Antonio M. Claparols (Philippines): We were lucky enough to have grown up amidst the abundance of our natural resources. These were during the decades of ’50s to the ’70s. The rainforest then was pristine  while  most of the countrysides were unspoiled by man-made progress. Our  rivers teemed with fish as their waters flowed freely and

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Uttarakhand Disaster-Uncertain Future Awaits

Jul 3rd, 2013 | By
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In last few days the Climate Himalaya’s team has been visiting the affected areas, meeting the people, understanding the situation and knowing that how the affected are going to cope in future. We have also been interacting with officials and researchers, to understand the causes and plans for future. A Warning 18 Years Ago Kedarnath

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Undefined Role of Regional And National Agencies In Reducing Disasters

Jun 23rd, 2013 | By
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Climate Himalaya: The Himalayan region consists of extremely fragile ecosystem, and source to 10 major Asian river systems, on which over 1.3 billion people rely for sustenance, water, livelihoods and prosperity. A recent flash flood on 16-17 June, affected over 50,000 people in the mountain state of Uttarakhand, while it is estimated that over 5000

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Pakistan’s Dangerous Negligence Of Climate Change

Jun 11th, 2013 | By
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Dawn: Pakistan is no stranger to being plagued by multiple crises. News headlines are usually dominated by issues like terrorism, extremism and power shortage but an even more alarming danger could affect the future of Pakistan if it is not tackled on a priority basis. The dangerous threat we all know as climate change has

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Climate-Smart Agriculture Sourcebook

Jun 11th, 2013 | By
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FAO: There has been a rapid uptake of the term Climate-Smart Agriculture (CSA) by the international community, national entities and local institutions, in the past years. However, implementing this approach is challenging, partly due to a lack of tools and experience. Climate-smart interventions are highly location-specific and knowledge-intensive. Considerable efforts are required to develop the

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World Environment Day In Bhutan

Jun 11th, 2013 | By
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Bhutan Observer: The day was observed coinciding with Her Majesty’s birthday from this year onwards, as a tribute to Her Majesty’s patronage of the environment sector in Bhutan. In an address at the commemoration, Her Majesty said that World Environment day is of great relevance and consequence to millions of people who understand the importance

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Toolkit For Urban Government To Climate Resilience Building

Jun 11th, 2013 | By
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ICLEI-ACCCRN Guide and Toolkit to help municipal governments in Asia build resilience to climate change. ICLEI has finalized a new guide and toolkit aimed at helping municipal governments in Asia build City Resilience Strategies to cope with the growing impacts of climate change as part of its engagement with the Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience

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Pakistan: Pull A Solution To Pollution

Jun 6th, 2013 | By
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The Nations: The nation is observing another World Environment Day on Wednesday (today), but the authorities in the polluted country are taking least interest in tackling the situation. Like the previous year, events such as seminars and walks are on the cards at public and private level as a standard ritual that somehow skirts the

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Kumrose Now On Its Way To Become Nepal’s First Fossil-free Village

Jun 3rd, 2013 | By
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Bernama: The construction of biogas plants in Kumrose village, Chitwan district in central plains of Nepal will make it the first village in the country to be free of fossil-fuel and become environment-friendly, China’s Xinhua news agency reported. “We started with a pilot project. In the beginning 14 biogas plants were installed with donation. Once

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Centuries Old Frozen Plants Revived

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

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Has Everest Been Good For Nepal’s Development?

May 30th, 2013 | By
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Guardian: Dawa Steven Sherpa is the new face of Nepal. Born in Khumjung, a village just 12 miles from Everest, he is in his 20s, speaks five languages, has a business degree from a British university, and is the director of a highly successful trekking and guiding company based in Kathmandu. He has climbed Everest

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A Case Of Mediocre Mangoes

May 30th, 2013 | By
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Dawn: Climate changes have continuously taken their toll on Pakistan over the last few years – whether it’s an increase in flooding or a change in weather patterns. As a result, mango lovers are still waiting for the arrival of this year’s full-fledged mango crop in the market, which has been delayed because of changes

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Microsoft’s Interactive Everest Site Mapping On Climate Change

May 30th, 2013 | By
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The Verge: Microsoft is teaming up with GlacierWorks to launch Everest: Rivers of Ice, an interactive website that lets you explore the areas around the world’s tallest mountain. Built entirely in HTML5, Rivers of Ice contains gigapixel panoramas that capture life in the Himalayas, and depict the daunting task for mountaineers wishing to climb 29,000

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Washed Out By The Currents

May 27th, 2013 | By
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The Hindu: The expensive geo-textile tube project to arrest embankment erosion in Brahmaputra’s Majuli is feared to do little to stop the river’s strong corrosive powers From a distance it looks like a corrugated astro-turf, adding a shade of green on a small patch of a rather long and dusty embankment (or dyke) for protection

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NASA Helps Pinpoint Glaciers’ Role In Sea Level Rise

May 27th, 2013 | By
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NASA: A new study of glaciers worldwide using observations from two NASA satellites has helped resolve differences in estimates of how fast glaciers are disappearing and contributing to sea level rise. The new research found glaciers outside of the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets, repositories of 1 percent of all land ice, lost an average

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Why Are We Not Winning The War Against Climate Change

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

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Early Warning Technology Protects Nepali Villagers From Sudden Floods

May 23rd, 2013 | By
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TR Foundation: For years, Deepa Newar and her neighbours lived with the fear that their livelihoods – and even their lives – might be swept away without warning. Newar and her fellow residents of Jhirpu Phulpingkatti, a village some 112 km (70 miles) northeast of Kathmandu, Nepal’s capital, live perched on the bank of the

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Call To Protect Natural Resources To Sustain Life On Earth

May 23rd, 2013 | By
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Online International NN: Federal Secretary of the Ministry of Climate Change, Syed Muhammad Ali Gardezi has said that providing and sustaining water for the needs of the surging population people has become a daunting challenge of the present time and achieving sustainable development in both the developed and developing countries and Pakistan is not exception

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Climate Disasters Displace Millions Of People Worldwide

May 23rd, 2013 | By
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Guardian: More than 32 million people fled their homes last year because of disasters such as floods, storms and earthquakes – 98% of displacement related to climate change. Asia and west and central Africa bore the brunt. Some 1.3 million people were displaced in rich countries, with the US particularly affected. Floods in India and

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A Cooler Century? Wait And See

May 23rd, 2013 | By
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CNN: New research suggesting that the Earth may be warming a little more slowly than expected certainly does not  mean climate change is a false alarm, experts say. Several leading authorities on climate change have given a guarded welcome to research suggesting the Earth may warm more slowly than scientists had expected. An international research

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The Ganges Water Machine

May 23rd, 2013 | By
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CGIAR: Almost 40 years ago, Revelle and Lakshminarayana (1975) coined the term “Ganges Water Machine” trying to find a solution to the fundamental problem of land and water development in the Ganges, where 80% of the monsoon-driven river flow occurs during 4 months from July to October. The dry-season flow of the Ganges in the

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How Many Nepalis Know About Climate Change

May 21st, 2013 | By
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Stephen Bailey: You need a bit of height to appreciate the size of a brick factory. You need to get close to appreciate the human cost. From a hill over Duwakot you can see people labouring in the grey mud beneath the towering chimney.  Down in the factory you can see the weather beaten faces,

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Bhutan-The Land Of Gross National Happiness

May 21st, 2013 | By
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Buenos AH: The tiny Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan is the last surviving paradise on Earth. This legendary Shangri-La, now a member of the United Nations, is home to over 700,000 people. Until 1958, it was practically closed to visitors. When Nehru, the Indian Prime Minister, visited Bhutan during that year he rode in on a

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Glaciers Are Melting Slowly-But Surely

May 20th, 2013 | By
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CNN: Although hundreds of the world’s glaciers are shrinking fast, far more are losing ice much more slowly, new research has established. But it shows that, almost everywhere, the glaciers are in retreat. Forget, for the moment, the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets: what about all the other stuff? What kind of difference does the

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Finding Regional Perspective Of Climate Change Reporting

May 20th, 2013 | By
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With climate science evolving but remaining uncertain, how can journalists accurately communicate about climate change in the media? And, how can they break through the national perspective of their media outlet to give the regional story of climate change? The 24 journalists selected from Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka as the CDKN/Panos

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Time To Adapt To Climate Change in Biggest Cities

May 20th, 2013 | By
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RTCC: The world’s largest cities are feeling the effects of climate change and are leading efforts to adapt to them. That is according to the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group that includes London, New York, Cairo and Sao Paulo. Terri Wills, director of global initiatives at C40, told RTCC that the group has had to

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The Himalayas-Once Moaning, Now Groaning

May 20th, 2013 | By
As South Asian and Chinese governments felt the heat of electricity shortage, the Himalayan potential for hydro-power was ‘reassessed’ at 500,000 MWe [Megawatt of installed electricity generation capacity].




Hill post: The Himalayas are being pounded again. Timber was stolen first; medicinal and aromatic herbs next. Now power projects are stealing water, life line for 30 million mountain folks and 3 billion in the Himalayan-water-dependent nations, as far as Vietnam. [1] The reassessed country-wise potential is: Pakistan: 41,722 MW, India 108,143 MW; Nepal 83,000

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From ‘Potent’ Pollen To Double Whammy Allergy Seasons

May 20th, 2013 | By
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ABC News: Climate changes and rising carbon dioxide levels don’t just affect the environment. Experts say they also affect your nose. Warmer temperatures and higher carbon dioxide levels mean certain plants will thrive, and those are the plants that tend to make us sneeze during allergy season. Allergies may seem like a minor nuisance, but

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Global Warming Has Not Stalled

May 20th, 2013 | By
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Guardian: Global warming has not stalled, insists world’s best-known climate scientist. Prof James Hansen warns public not to be fooled by ‘diversionary tactic’ from deniers. from “deniers” who want the public to be confused over climate change, according to the world’s best-known climate scientist. Prof James Hansen, who first alerted the world to climate change

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Comprehensive Survey Of Scientific Consensus On Human Induced Global Warming

May 17th, 2013 | By
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EJNet: The most comprehensive survey of the scientific consensus on human-caused global warming ever done reveals a 97.1 per cent consensus. The research team surveyed the abstracts of over 12,000 scientific articles published between 1991 and 2011 on the subjects of “global climate change” or “global warming” to see to what extent they endorsed or

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Climate Change Shifted Locations Of Earth’s North And South Poles

May 17th, 2013 | By
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Scientific American: Increased melting of the Greenland Ice Sheet and other ice losses worldwide have helped to move the North Pole several centimeters east each year since 2005. Global warming is changing the location of Earth’s geographic poles, according to a new study in Geophysical Research Letters. Researchers at the University of Texas, Austin, report

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Climate Change Threatens Global Fish Stocks

May 17th, 2013 | By
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Science Alert: Ocean warming has already affected global fisheries in the past four decades, a new international study has found, driving up the proportion of warm-water fish being caught and posing a threat to food security worldwide. The new study, conducted by researchers from the University of Tasmania’s specialist Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies

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Rising Temperatures Ground Ducks

May 16th, 2013 | By
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CNN: As temperatures climb in parts of northern Europe, some bird species, unable to find other ways of adapting to the warmer conditions, are simply not migrating as they once did. Most birds are acutely sensitive to changes in temperature. Scientists now say that changes in climate and warmer temperatures in parts of Europe have

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Himalayan Dam-Building Threatens Endemic Species

May 16th, 2013 | By
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Indian Himalayan basins are earmarked for widespread dam building, but aggregate effects of these dams on terrestrial ecosystems are unknown. We mapped distribution of 292 dams (under construction and proposed) and projected effects of these dams on terrestrial ecosystems under different scenarios of land-cover loss. We analyzed land-cover data of the Himalayan valleys, where dams

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Tibet Glaciers Melting Due To South Asian Pollution : China

May 16th, 2013 | By
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ToI: About 90 per cent of glaciers in Tibet called the Third Pole region, are shrinking because of black carbon pollution “transferred from South Asia” to the Tibetan Plateau, a Chinese scientist has warned. The Third Pole region, which is centred on the Tibetan Plateau and concerns the interests of the surrounding countries and regions,

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400 PPM And Drought

May 16th, 2013 | By
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I thought that it would be time to stop writing about the environment, specifically about climate change, that my previous articles had  lambasted and even backed up with actions to mitigate,enhance,restore and rehabilitate our natural resources. However, today’s extreme heat prompted me back to writing. The day’s temperature was over 37-degrees  Centigrade. Frankly, without exaggeration,it

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Urbanization And Surface Warming In Eastern China

May 15th, 2013 | By
This shows moving spatial anomalies of seasonal mean surface air temperature trends for three types of filtering window sizes (Ⅰ: 8°×8°, Ⅱ: 12°×12°, Ⅲ: 16°×16°) for (a) summer and (b) winter (Unit: °C per decade)..




Sciencecodex: A recent study indicated that the urbanization in eastern China has significant impact on the observed surface warming and the temporal-spatial variations of urbanization effect have been comprehensively detected. This work was led by YANG XiuQun, professor of meteorology in the Institute for Climate and Global Change Research, School of Atmospheric Sciences at Nanjing

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