Pollution

Thimphu poisons river

Nov 15th, 2011 | By
Sanitation Situtation of Wangchu River in Bhutan Photo credit: Kuenselonline




Kuenselonline: The Wangchu river that runs through Thimphu city, Bhutan’s biggest and fastest growing urban centre, is more polluted as it passes through the main town and flows downstream, a report prepared by the National Environment Commission concludes. The report collected data between March last year and April this year, from monitoring sites set up

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Darjeeling – The Fallen Queen

Nov 14th, 2011 | By
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Pabitra Mukhopadhyay: Writes about the history of Darjeeling town in Indian Himalayan region, its ethnicity, the administrative setup and various social, economic and ecological aspects. He talks about the fragile ecology and increasing demand for environmental resources due to  growing tourist influx and poorly planned urbanization. He feels that hill town like Darjeeling has unique

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A new, lower estimate of climate sensitivity

Nov 11th, 2011 | By
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World Climate Report: There is word circulating that a paper soon to appear in Science magazine concludes that the climate sensitivity—how much the earth’s average temperature will rise as a result of a doubling of the atmospheric concentration of carbon dioxide—likely (that is, with a 66% probability) lies in the range 1.7°C to 2.6°C, with

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Climate Change’s Health Costs Projected To Be Enormous

Nov 9th, 2011 | By
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Huffingtonpost: A tally of lost lives and health care expenditures arising from just six recent weather-related or epidemiological events suggests that the economic toll of future climate change is likely to be even more staggering than previously thought, according to a study published Monday in the journal Health Affairs. The analysis, conducted by a team

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Last year’s greenhouse gas emissions topple worst-case scenario

Nov 8th, 2011 | By
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Mongabay: Global carbon emissions last year exceeded worst-case scenario predictions from just four years before, according to the US Department of Energy (DOE). A rise of 6 percent (564 million additional tons) over 2009 levels was largely driven by three nations: the US, India, and China. Emissions from burning coal jumped 8 percent overall. The

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Climate change gets left out in the cold

Nov 8th, 2011 | By
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Sunday Morning Herald: Amid the bullishness about Asia’s economic future, and the potential for Australia to benefit, there’s a nasty downside risk that can’t be ignored – climate change. With more than half the world’s population, Asia has more at stake than any other region. It has become the largest contributor to the global increase

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Clean stoves could save lives and maybe the climate too

Nov 7th, 2011 | By
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Earth Times: Flecks of soot from a smoky open stove in India blacken more than just the roofs of the hut it is smoldering in. Fine particles of such smoke lodge deep in the lungs of women preparing meals, gifting them a dark scourge of ill-health and premature death. That same black soot floats higher

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Biggest jump ever seen in global warming gases

Nov 7th, 2011 | By
China's population are set to become the world's biggest per capita polluters Photo: Global Warming Images / Alamy




Zee News: The global output of heat-trapping carbon dioxide jumped by the biggest amount on record, the U.S. Department of Energy calculated, a sign of how feeble the world’s efforts are at slowing man-made global warming. The new figures for 2010 mean that levels of greenhouse gases are higher than the worst case scenario outlined

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Pollution, Neglect and too much love killing once idyllic Himalayan lake

Nov 5th, 2011 | By
Photo: Pollution at Dal Lake.  Because of the high levels of nutrients, Dal Lake is prone to algal outbreaks, particularly during summer. Photo: Mukhtar Ahmed




Brisbane Times: Time is running out for Kashmir’s premier tourist attraction, writes Ben Doherty, in Srinagar. Through the dawn mist, Dal Lake is beautiful. As the first shafts of sunlight break over the Himalayan foothills that hug the lake’s perimeter, the still waters are slowly brought alive by the silent ferrying of the shikaras back

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300 Hands-On Field Activities for Community Based Adaptation Projects

Nov 5th, 2011 | By
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CSDi is presenting a compilation of Community Based Adaptation Field Activities—complete with links to source materials and technical information. The content of field activities is given broadly in following heads: 1. Agriculture a. Soil and water conservation for agriculture. b. Developing water for agriculture. c. Agriculture in flood-prone or waterlogged areas. d. CBA techniques for agriculture.

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The G20 must tackle climate change

Nov 5th, 2011 | By
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Guardian: Action cannot be put off until the economic storm has passed. The poor countries most vulnerable to the extreme weather associated with climate change need help now. Critics often accuse world leaders of being able to focus on no more than one problem at once. So with the economic crisis, and the eurozone’s problems

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Stop Climate Change: Together We Can!

Nov 3rd, 2011 | By
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Amrit Banstola: The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) stated that ―warming of the climate system is unequivocal, as is now evident from scientific observations of increases in global average temperature, melting of snow and ice, and rising of global average sea level. And from various evidences from recent studies, the climate change

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Indo-German Cooperation Project to Assess Role of Indian MSMEs

Nov 2nd, 2011 | By
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SMR: Indo-German Cooperation Project to Assess Role of Indian MSMEs in Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation. On behalf of the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH has launched a project jointly with the Indian Ministry of MSME to assess the impact of climate change on competitiveness, innovation

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Climate change linked to extreme weather

Nov 2nd, 2011 | By
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Sunday Morning Herald: A draft UN report three years in the making concludes that man-made climate change has boosted the frequency or intensity of heat waves, wildfires, floods and cyclones and that such disasters are likely to increase in the future. The document being discussed by the world’s Nobel-winning panel of climate scientists says the

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Mountain Waters – Elixir Or Envenom?

Oct 31st, 2011 | By
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Pabitra Mukhopadhyay: The pristine water quality of the mountains is under question despite bottled water manufacturers campaign to the contrary. This issue attempts to examine the dogma and the policy responses in India to protect environmental water quality of the mountains. Bottled water manufactures do a great job of enticing thirsty buyers to pick up

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NRDC and UNEP to celebrate global elimination of leaded gasoline

Oct 28th, 2011 | By
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NRDC Executive Director Peter Lehner and Director of Global Strategy & Advocacy Jacob Scherr joined UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner at the United Nations today to declare victory in the decades-long campaign to eliminate leaded gasoline worldwide. At the event, Dr. Thomas Hatfield of California State University, Northridge, released an independent, peer-reviewed study, which found

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No corporate social responsibility for plastic litter

Oct 24th, 2011 | By
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Kuenselonline: The Big Four ought to do their bit to reduce the waste created from consuming their products. Cold Drinks Companies It is a very common sight to find disposed plastic bottles littering an area almost anywhere in Bhutan. The most common brands on these disposed plastic bottles belong to four major companies of Bhutan Agro,

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Low Carbon Strategies; How Good Are They In India?

Oct 21st, 2011 | By
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Shankar Sharma:       Writes about the government of India’s low carbon emission policy and strategy in respect to climate change vulnerability. This discourse is about all relevant aspects of policy, development, poverty, industrialization, energy and carbon emission. He also gives specific recommendations to Government of India on sustainable use of natural resource, judicious use of energy,

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The Case Against Global-Warming Skepticism

Oct 21st, 2011 | By
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Wall Street Journal: There were good reasons for doubt, until now. Are you a global warming skeptic? There are plenty of good reasons why you might be. As many as 757 stations in the United States recorded net surface-temperature cooling over the past century. Many are concentrated in the southeast, where some people attribute tornadoes

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The Death of the Kyoto Process

Oct 20th, 2011 | By
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There seems little possibility that next month’s climate summit in Durban will produce an emissions reduction agreement — meaning the world will soon lack any binding CO2 targets. Europe may soon find itself alone in the fight against global warming. A climate catastrophe descended on the German Foreign Ministry in Berlin early last week. Politicians

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Scarce resources, climate biggest threats to world health

Oct 18th, 2011 | By
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Reuters: The Earth’s natural resources like food, water and forests are being depleted at an alarming speed, causing hunger, conflict, social unrest and species extinction, experts at a climate and health conference in London warned on Monday. Increased hunger due to food yield changes will lead to malnutrition; water scarcity will deteriorate hygiene; pollution will

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Environmentalists call for toilets on Everest

Oct 14th, 2011 | By
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Times of India: An environmental group is asking the Nepal government to consider installing portable toilets on Mount Everest for climbers caught short at the roof of the world. Eco Himal says the thousands of trekkers who set off from the South Base Camp in Nepal each year would do a better job of keeping

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Historic waterway a holy mess: Multi-million-dollar plan to rehabilitate polluted Yamuna River

Oct 7th, 2011 | By
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Vancouversun: India’s Yamuna River, one of the world’s most heavily polluted waterways, is to be transformed from an “open sewer” to a multi-million-dollar ecoholiday destination. Officials have released ambitious plans to turn the rank riverbanks into a playground for New Delhi’s increasingly affluent middle classes by 2015. For Hindus, the Yamuna is considered to be

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Black Soot Aerosols and Water Storage Concerns in Himalaya-Tibetan Plateau

Oct 6th, 2011 | By
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Syed Iqbal Hasnain:Climate change and black carbon are causing the glaciers in the Hindu Kush-Karakorum, Himalaya, and Tibetan plateau to melt.  Their waters feed the river systems throughout South Asia and Southeast Asia, and are essential for drinking water and for irrigating wheat, rice, and other crops throughout the region on which the local populations

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Q&A: Janez Potocnik, European Union

Oct 6th, 2011 | By
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Business Standard: ‘India must not repeat the mistakes that EU committed’. Rising demand around the globe is increasing pressure on the environment, and creating greater competition for natural resources. The only way out is green growth, according to European Union environment commissioner Janez Potocnik, on a visit to India. Talking to Piyali Mandal, he explains

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Water Woe In Himalayas

Oct 4th, 2011 | By
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Prakash Kumar: The impending crisis in India for water is very much foreseeable in next 5-10 years. The crisis is not going to happen because of shortage of water but its poor management. The same is true for the Himalayan region the “water kingdom” of the world. Slowly we are robbing this once mighty water

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Bhutan ‘happy’ to launch project to protect ozone layer and climate

Oct 4th, 2011 | By
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UNEP: The Royal Government of Bhutan, known worldwide as the architect of the philosophy of Gross National Happiness, committed to protect the ozone layer as Royal Bride-to-be, Jetsun Pema, launched the country’s HCFC Phase-out Management Plan (HPMP). Bhutan made a historic commitment to phase out hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs), which are both ozone-depleting substances (ODS) and powerful

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Analysis- World divided on new plan to combat global warming

Oct 3rd, 2011 | By
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Reuters: A new plan to curb global warming risks becoming a battleground between rich and poor nations and could struggle to get off the ground as negotiators battle over the fate of the ailing Kyoto climate pact. The 1997 Kyoto Protocol covers only emissions from rich nations that produce less than a third of mankind’s

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Global warming: New study challenges carbon benchmark

Sep 30th, 2011 | By
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AFP: The ability of forests, plants and soil to suck carbon dioxide (CO2) from the air has been under-estimated, according to a study on Wednesday that challenges a benchmark for calculating the greenhouse-gas problem. Like the sea, the land is a carbon “sink”, or sponge, helping to absorb heat-trapping CO2 disgorged by the burning of

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Increasing pollution levels choking India’s lakes

Sep 30th, 2011 | By
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Economic Times: Increasing pollution levels are threatening fresh water bodies worldwide, but the problem is assuming the shape of an environmental crisis in a developing country like India. A study of lakes in Thane, Maharashtra, undertaken by environmental chemist Pravin Singare of Bhavan’s College, Mumbai, and colleagues, shows how they are being contaminated by the

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China population to become world’s biggest polluters

Sep 29th, 2011 | By
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Telegraph: The prediction comes in a report which shows that the country’s carbon footprint is expanding far faster than predicted. A combination of an infrastructure building spree and the ramping up of carbon-intensive industries after the 2008 financial crisis means China is now being catapulted into the ranks of developed world countries when it comes

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Everest’s ice is retreating as climate change grips the Himalayas

Sep 26th, 2011 | By
Glacier AX010 in Shorong, Nepali Himalayas. AX has shrunk by 0.81 metres respectively per year in the 2000s, up from 0.68 and 0.72 metres per year between 1970 and 1990, according to Koji Fujita at the Graduate School of Environmental Studies in Nagoya University in Japan. Photograph: Koji Fujita/Nagoya University




Guardian: Climate change is altering the face of the Himalayas but research seeking to confirm this is yet to catch up with the mountain communities sounding the alarm. After an 18-day trek with scientists, Suzanne Goldenberg finds the warning signs hard to ignore. The climb to Everest base camp is a journey into a monochrome

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First-ever study to measure impact of soot on glaciers

Sep 22nd, 2011 | By
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Pioneer: For the first time in India, scientific tests will be conducted on the Himalayan glaciers in Uttarakhand to measure the impact of carbon soot on glaciers. Scientists from Indian Space Research Organisation, Uttarakhand Space Application Centre and Space Physics Laboratory, Thiruvananthapuram, will conduct these tests slated to begin September 24, USAC director MM Kimothi

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Climate Change: Global Warming May be Beneficial

Sep 15th, 2011 | By
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The New American: “Global warming is more likely to improve rather than harm human health,” according to a new study published by three non-profit climate research organizations. Climate Change Reconsidered: 2011 Interim Report directly challenges findings of the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which publishes regular assessment reportsused by governments worldwide, including

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Himalayas in danger of becoming a giant rubbish dump

Sep 14th, 2011 | By
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Guardian UK: Nepal wants to lift itself out of poverty by expanding its tourism industry but there is no strategy for waste disposal. There’s nothing like waking up to bright clear skies with spectacular views of the Lhotse and Amu Dablam ranges – and a rubbish dump. This heap of beer cans, mineral water bottles

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Carbon Capture Isn’t Dangerous. But Is It Worth It?

Sep 14th, 2011 | By
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TIME Ecocentric Blog: Solar, wind, biofuels and other renewable sources of energy get the hype, but there’s no getting around the fact that most of our electricity still comes from fossil fuels. About half the U.S.’s electricity and 40% of the world’s power comes from carbon-intensive coal. That’s bad news for the climate—coal is the

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Study: Reducing Soot is Fastest Way to Slow Climate Change

Sep 6th, 2011 | By
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Voice of America: Soot second only to carbon dioxide when it comes to global warming emissions. A new study finds that reducing carbon-rich soot emissions could be the fastest and most economical way to slow climate change and protect human health. Those dust-like particles released in the exhaust of diesel-powered vehicles and wood fires rank

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The question is, what earthly difference can we make?

Sep 6th, 2011 | By
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Sydney Morning Herald: Jason Fong’s question was the runaway winner of the OurSay climate agenda poll. The policy of both major parties is to reduce Australia’s carbon dioxide emissions by 5 per cent by 2020, even though both know that, in Jason Fong’s words, it will make ”negligible” difference to global temperatures. So the question

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Watch all that waste!

Aug 22nd, 2011 | By




Truth Drive: Ladakh has been gradually climbing out of the devastation that struck in August last year when a cloudburst over Leh resulted in massive quantities of water pouring down from the sky on a sleeping population. What followed as was watched by the world in horror were massive mudslides destroying in its wake, homes,

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Indian river’s pollution claims more lives than bomb blasts

Aug 20th, 2011 | By




IRNA: Indian river ‘Ganga’ claiming more lives than those caused by bomb blasts, said L K Advani expressing concerns over the increasing level of pollution in the river Ganga. In his latest blog posting, Advani, the leader of the Bhartiya Janata Party, quoted Swami Chidananda Saraswati of Parmarth Niketan, Rishikesh, to argue that the pollution

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Tackling climate change still a luxury in developing world

Aug 18th, 2011 | By




CNN: A few years ago I came across a newspaper article about illegal human trafficking into the EU. It was a number of personal anecdotes of people who had left their country of origin; mostly citing political oppression and poverty, but some also cited environmental reasons like flooding or drought. There were graphic descriptions of

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Improved Wood Stoves Save Health, Environment

Aug 10th, 2011 | By




IPS News: When Binita Lamichhane got married she was troubled by her husband’s bloodshot eyes. “What happened to your eyes?” the 18-year-old bride asked. “Smoke,” came the answer. Nakul Lamichhane, the young groom, was the son of landless agricultural labourers who had to cook the family meals while his parents were away tilling others’ fields.

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Oh, we’re the cleanest

Aug 8th, 2011 | By




HindustanTimes: The Ganga is the cleanest river in the world. Mumbai does not have slums. And Delhi is the politest city in the universe. Unless you are one of those ‘Mera Bharat Mahan’ t-shirt-wearing types (only statements, not action) who believe that the Golden Age of India is never-ending and the country is in an

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Extreme recycling in rural Japan little goes to waste in this environmentally conscious county

Aug 6th, 2011 | By




Environmental Expert: Imagine a community where residents voluntarily separate their household wastes into 24 discrete categories for recycling, where recycling centers are located in almost every neighborhood, and where local coordinators actively promote recycling and waste minimization. It’s happening now in Oizumi, a small rural community about 75 miles (120 km) northwest of Tokyo, Japan.

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Bangladesh set to receive carbon credits for composting

Aug 1st, 2011 | By




Alertnet: Bangladesh is getting involved in carbon credit trading with the certification of a recycling plant that converts organic waste into compost. “We collect some 100 tonnes of vegetable waste from two city markets daily and recycle it in our plant in the city’s suburbs through composting. If that waste had been dumped in the

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A dirty saga unfolds by the Indus in Kashmir

Jul 30th, 2011 | By




KerlaNext: You reach the banks of the historic Indus River, envisioning crystal clear waters and idyllic surroundings. But heaps of garbage, plastic bottles and remnants of food packets welcome you instead – it’s a sign of growing tourism in the Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir. ‘I have been working here for five years. I

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Don’t Flush It In Leh

Jul 28th, 2011 | By
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Pabitra Mukhopadhyay: Do you guys remember the school in Leh where Fungchook Wangdoo went back to – in the popular movie ‘3 Idiots’ by Amir Khan? I am talking about the Druk Padma Karpo School where the movie was partly shot and the school that was devastated in the 2010 cloud burst. I guess you

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Melting Arctic ice releasing banned toxins, warn scientists

Jul 26th, 2011 | By




Guardian: Unknown amount of trapped persistent organic pollutants poses threat to marine life and humans as temperatures rise. The warming of the Arctic is releasing a new wave of banned toxic chemicals that had been trapped in the ice and cold water, scientists have discovered. The researchers warn that the amount of the poisons stockpiled

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Kashmir Pays for Environmental Neglect

Jul 26th, 2011 | By




IPS: Years of poor policies and neglect are taking a toll on Kashmir’s unmatched ecological assets, that also happen to be international tourist attractions. Typical of damaging policy inconsistencies is the case of the Wullar lake – once regarded as Asia’s largest freshwater body – that has shrunk in size from its original 204 sq

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Sitting On A Rising Hill

Jul 25th, 2011 | By
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Pabitra Mukhopadhyay: For a young man or lady from the hills of Himalaya, it does not matter profoundly how unique their home is. Life draws them into the more immediate concerns of need, and I understand that there are many of those – basic infrastructure, healthcare, education and a much sought after peace from the

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Call for Abstracts – World Solid Waste Congress 2012

Jul 21st, 2011 | By




Scientific and technical presentations for the World Solid Waste Congress 2012 Academics, operators, public officials and operators in the waste industry are invited to submit a one page abstract in English before October 30th 2011, to participate in the World Solid Waste Congress. The proceedings as well as the template for submission are available on

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Global Warming and Global Cooling Report

Jul 21st, 2011 | By




RightsideNews: Philosophical Basis for Challenging the IPCC: In an interesting opinion piece in The New York Times entitled “On Experts and Global Warming,” Gary Gutting, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame, argues that the non-experts must accept the findings of the expert authorities in climate science. Though not named, no doubt the

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A billion dollars to clean up a filthy Ganges

Jul 16th, 2011 | By




AsiaNews.It: The river worshipped by Hindus and vital to India is now an open sewer, full of faecal bacteria, unfit for bathing or farming. Now the World Bank will fund a restoration project, but experts express doubts about its success. India is set to receive a US$ 1 billion loan from the World Bank to

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Tibetan writer urges protection of Asia’s holiest peak

Jul 15th, 2011 | By




M & C News: A prominent Tibetan writer on Tuesday appealed for better environmental and cultural protection of Asia’s holiest peak, Mount Kailash, from rapidly developing commercial tourism. ‘I think the current tourism model has destroyed Tibet, destroyed the environment,’ Tsering Woeser told the German Press Agency dpa by telephone. ‘There are two problems: mining

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Eco-friendly brick technique helps build a cleaner Bangladesh

Jul 13th, 2011 | By




UNDP: The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) have recently introduced energy efficient, smokeless brick-making technology to curb greenhouse gas emissions in Bangladesh. The new device, known as the Hybrid Hoffman Kiln, was originally developed in Germany to replace the older, highly pollutant brick-making technology. It was later modified in

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New lease of life to Bagmati?

Jul 12th, 2011 | By




MyRepublica: With monsoon peaking, Himalayan rivers are swelling. Most of the glacier-fed rivers are raging, unfortunately threatening human settlements and huge swathes of land right from the highlands to the mid-hills, and the Siwaliks or Churiyas to the Gangetic plains or the Tarai. Floods and landslides have already caused significant damage to human settlements and

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Sanitation Highlights from Himalaya

Jul 11th, 2011 | By
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As part of Climate Himalaya Initiative’s Policy Advocacy efforts on various Climate Change issues,  we  are highlighting the sanitation and pollution embedded scenario across Himalayan region. It includes the garbage coming from a house to one dumped by municipality/ urban local body, and from our various religious practices to tourist influx adding the muck. We

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Asian pollution slowed global warming: study

Jul 6th, 2011 | By




ABC Science: Smoke from Asia is largely responsible for a halt in global warming in the decade after 1998 because of sulphur’s cooling effect, even though greenhouse gas emissions soared, a US study claims. The paper, which appears this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, raises the prospect of more rapid,

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Murky realities in clean Ganges initiative

Jul 6th, 2011 | By




Asia Times: India has signed a deal for a US$1 billion loan from the World Bank that will go towards an ambitious project, Mission Clean Ganga, which aims at halting the discharge of untreated sewage and industrial effluents into the Ganga River (or Ganges) by 2020. Given the enormity of the challenge, many fear that

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Plenty of fishes in Ganga cheers consumers, worries experts

Jul 4th, 2011 | By




Times of India: The fish lovers are having a good time in the city as sudden increase of about 10 feet in Ganga water level has brought in a plenty of fishes in the river. It resulted in a sharp decline in fish price in the city (Varansi). Arvind Mishra, chief executive officer, fishery department,

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