‘Ensure Differently-abled’s Right to Sanitation’

Dec 11th, 2014 | By

Representatives from government and non-government agencies as well as social workers today laid emphasis on ensuring legal provisions for persons with disabilities to address their right to water and sanitation with accessible infrastructure, including taps and toilets in private houses, housing colonies and public places. The representatives said construction of water and sanitation facilities for

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Air Pollution – A Silent Killer

Jun 19th, 2014 | By

The world is under attack from a silent killer with impacts four times that of HIV and AIDS, and most people don’t even seem to know it. In March this year, the World Health Organization (WHO) released a report estimating that air pollution caused the premature deaths of seven million people in 2012, equivalent to

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Toilet Tech Fair in India Tackles Global Sanitation Woes

Mar 25th, 2014 | By

The News International: Who would have expected a toilet to one day filter water, charge a cellphone or create charcoal to combat climate change? These are lofty ambitions beyond what most of the world’s 2.5 billion people with no access to modern sanitation would expect. Yet, scientists and toilet innovators around the world say these are

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Rs 47.3 Billion Being Spent on Sanitation, Water Programmes

Mar 19th, 2014 | By

Federal Minister for Finance Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar chaired a meeting regarding participation of Pakistan in Sanitation and Water for All (SWA) high level meeting to be held on 11th Aprilin Washington DC. Secretary Climate Change Raja Hasan Abbas briefed the minister on enhanced commitments of the provincial governments in water and sanitation sectors. He

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Beijing Issues Pollution Alert Ahead of Three Days of Heavy Smog

Feb 20th, 2014 | By

(Reuters) – China’s capital Beijing issued an emergency pollution alert for the first time on Thursday, warning residents to reduce outdoor activities and construction sites to control dust given a forecast of heavy smog over the next three days. Pollution is an increasing concern for China’s leaders, keen to douse potential unrest as affluent city

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Tackling Water, Sanitation, Energy Nexus Key to Sustainable Future – UN Officials

Feb 19th, 2014 | By

UN News Center: The water, sanitation and sustainable energy crises are the among the world’s pre-eminent development challenges, senior United Nations officials warned today, urging Member States to adopt coherent integrated policies and innovative strategies to tackle these issues, which take a tragic toll on the lives of millions of poor people, especially women and young

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

Dec 14th, 2013 | By

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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UNEP Report: On Low Carbon Transport and City Planning

Sep 11th, 2013 | By

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

Jun 3rd, 2013 | By
Nepal Stove-by Michael Yon 2009

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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Has Everest Been Good For Nepal’s Development?

May 30th, 2013 | By

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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Comprehensive Survey Of Scientific Consensus On Human Induced Global Warming

May 17th, 2013 | By

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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Reducing Green House Emission Indispensable: ADB

May 1st, 2013 | By
Nepal Stove-by Michael Yon 2009

Himalayan Times: Reducing green house emission is indispensable for attaining sustainable economic growth, an Asian Development Bank (ADB) report has pointed out. The report on green house gas emission of South Asian countries – Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Sri Lanka and Nepal, prepared recently has mentioned that negative impact has been made in economic growth by

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28,000 Rivers Disappeared In China: What Happened?

Apr 30th, 2013 | By

The Atlantic: Government officials say it’s been caused by statistical inaccuracies and climate change. But is that the whole story? As recently as 20 years ago, there were an estimated 50,000 rivers in China, each covering a flow area of at least 60 square miles. But now, according to China’s First National Census of Water,

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Biodegradable Bags Guarantee A Greener Future For Islamabad

Apr 3rd, 2013 | By
Shopkeepers, manufacturers could face charges for defying new regulation.

Tribune: Since February, the Pakistan-Environment Protection Agency (Pak-EPA) has been negotiating with the business community and plastic bag manufacturers to shift to an eco-friendly alternative for plastic bags. The agency’s efforts began when the Ministry of Law and Justice notified the Prohibition of Non degradable Plastic Bags (Manufacture, Sale, Use) Regulation 2013 earlier this year.

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

Mar 5th, 2013 | By
Disaster flood in pakistan

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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Climate change: ‘More Efforts Needed For Provision Of Clean Drinking Water’

Feb 18th, 2013 | By

Tribune: Speakers at a seminar held on Thursday called for tangible steps to fight climate change and provide potable water to as many as 1.2 billion people who, they said, lacked access to clean drinking water. The event was organised at the Government College University Faisalabad (GCUF) by its Department of Applied Chemistry and the

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Greening Rural Development In India

Feb 14th, 2013 | By
UNDP-Greening Rural Development India

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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Ban On Junk Food In Plastic Bags

Feb 5th, 2013 | By
At shop-DT-Meeta Ahlawat

Down to Earth: Himachal court tells state to stop sale of non-essential items in non-biodegradable packs TAKING a strong stance on the adverse effects of plastic on health and the environment, the Himachal Pradesh High Court has ordered a statewide ban on the sale of junk food in non-biodegradable packets. The ban, effective from April

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In Deep Waters

Feb 4th, 2013 | By
River Ganges at Varansi (May 2012)

The Hindu: South Asians share a common historical lineage, of revering and desecrating their rivers with equal impunity at the same time. No wonder, major rivers across the sub-continent are at various stages of neglect. Add legacy of failed institutions to this neglect and you get an all-pervasive picture of environmental callousness, of which polluted

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Ganga Polluted

Jan 31st, 2013 | By

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

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Unquiet Flows The Bagmati

Jan 25th, 2013 | By

Book Review by Dr. Sudhirendar Sharma: The resolute perseverance with which Dinesh Kumar Mishra has chronicled major rivers, flowing through the flood plains of Bihar, during past three decades makes one realise if this civil engineer could have been anything but a ‘river biographer’. Meticulous with details, ranging from mythology to hydrology, the narrative weaves

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Energy For All: Empowering Poor Through Access To Energy-ADB

Jan 16th, 2013 | By
Access to modern energy and fuels like natural gas and LPG spares households from indoor air pollution and the tedious task of gathering fuel wood.

ADB: Empowering the poor through access to energy — ADB promotes new approaches for scaling up access to energy for the poor. Access to modern, cleaner energy is essential to human development. Yet the majority of the world’s energy poor are living in Asia and the Pacific: more than 700 million people still have no

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Everest Image: Creator Says More Must Be Done To Tackle Climate Change

Dec 28th, 2012 | By

The Telegraph: The creator of the four billion pixel interactive image of Everest has warned that more must be done to tackle climate change in order to save world’s highest mountain. Since the image, made up of 477 individual photographs taken during the climbing season in spring 2012, went viral, David Breashears says he has

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Misleading And Uninformed Report Of ToI: Supposed Health Impact of CC

Dec 27th, 2012 | By

The Global Warming Policy Foundation: A Times of India article perpetrates a fraud on its readers. It takes estimates of deaths from forces of nature and then ascribes it not just to climate but to climate change. A misleading report in the Times of India, purportedly based on the Global Burden of Disease 2010 (GBD) study published last week in the Lancet,

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Yamuna Faces Catastrophe, Apex Court Told

Dec 21st, 2012 | By
Yamuna-Delhi-the Hindu

Times of India: The Supreme Court on Tuesday sought expert help from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) after being told by Central Pollution Control Board that despite Rs 5,000 crore spent to reduce pollution, the Yamuna was staring at a catastrophe as over 2,400 million litres of untreated sewage flowed into it every day.

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Global Water Crisis: Seen From The First Himalayan Glacial Trickle

Dec 3rd, 2012 | By

Global water crisis: Reporter William Wheeler talks about water stress from the effects of climate change high in the Himalayas where India and Pakistan’s great rivers start to Haiti’s fresh-water pollution. In the Nepalese Himalayas in 2009, I trekked into the Langtang Valley, just short of the Tibetan border, and to a village of empty

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Polluted Ganges A Major Source Of Cancer In India

Nov 26th, 2012 | By
Ganga basin-IIT D

Ganga is considered the sacred river and the deep bond that the people of India share with this spiritual entity is immense. Now this bond is making many pay a high price, after being diagnosed with cancer. The river was placed on the list of five most polluted rivers back in 2007. Adding to the

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Water Wealth and Energy in the Indian Himalayas

Oct 31st, 2012 | By
Silk rout

Kelly D. Alley: The Himalayas is a place of majesty where glaciers hug the world’s tallest mountains, snow melt and precipitation combine to form the water of many vibrant river systems, and millennia of cultural and linguistic diversity guide human life ways. The Silk Roads of the past navigated this complex region and laid pathways

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Teaching Climate Change, Recycling And Natural Resources: Ideas And Activities

Oct 30th, 2012 | By
Roadside recycling

Guardian: Emma Drury delves into the Guardian Teacher Network resource bank goody bag to deliver some eco lesson treats. Coming back after the half-term break attentions will soon start to focus on the inevitable excesses of Christmas – parties, presents and food. So it’s an ideal time to look at how, as individuals, schools and

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Nepal: Bagmati River Basin Improvement Project

Oct 22nd, 2012 | By
Bagmati Nepal

ADB: The Bagmati River Basin Improvement Project aims to improve water security and resilience to potential climate change impact in the Bagmati River Basin. It will build on the general public’s desire to restore the river environment in the Kathmandu Valley and the Government’s efforts to improve irrigation development and mitigate the impact of water-induced

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Can The Kathmandu Valley Be Saved?

Sep 28th, 2012 | By
Kathmandu valley

The Ecologist: The once bustling Bagmati river has become the focal point of Nepal’s struggle to bring modernity to this once isolated region. And the environment is struggling to survive, writes Joseph Mayton. KATHMANDU: It is “clean-up” day on Nepal’s major river, the Bagmati. Uniformed military personnel troll the banks of the river, picking up

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Ma (Mother) Ganga Needs Scientist Bhagirath!

Jul 3rd, 2012 | By

The Hindu: Scientific management of the glacial rivers and lakes of the Himalayas is the only way to take care of the irrigation and drinking water needs of millions of people in the Gangetic plains. There is no traditional or spiritual method available to us to meet the 21st century demands for water and power.

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Using ICT To Protect Citizens Against Natural Disasters

Jul 2nd, 2012 | By

World Bank: In February 2000, intense flooding left hundreds of thousands of people homeless in the African nation of Mozambique. The cause: a tropical cyclone and heavy rainfall which many experts attributed to the effects of climate change. More than a decade later, February 2012 turned out to be a turbulent month for the island

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Water: The Means To End Poverty

May 19th, 2012 | By

Devex: It is difficult to change people’s perceptions of international development, especially when TV reports from the Horn of Africa and Niger seem to hark back to the famines and droughts of the 1980s. Despite three decades of increased funding and global campaigns, such as Make Poverty History, people are asking: What has changed? Since

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India Seeks Israeli Technology To Clean Ganges River

May 9th, 2012 | By

Environment News Service: India is considering integrating Israeli water technologies into a national initiative to clean up the polluted Ganges River, which provides water for 40 percent of India’s population in 11 states through which it flows. Indian engineers, scientists and officials from water technology companies visited Israel late last month to explore the possibilities.

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The Himalayas And The Old Man: How Much Do We Care?

May 8th, 2012 | By
Rohtang-Hill Post

Hill Post: Ignorance is not always bliss; not when the climate and pristine ecology is at stake. A change in the climate that has served millions of life forms from the beginning of time does not just affect our surroundings. It ropes in our future generations too. 2 years ago, I crossed the Rohtang Pass

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Global Warming: Welcome to the Age of Mankind

Jan 25th, 2012 | By

The Gazette: For the last 11,700 years, mankind has lived in what geologists refer to as the Holocene epoch. This interglacial period has been defined by its stable warm climatic conditions that have allowed Homo sapiens to populate the Earth and become its dominant species. Many scientists now believe that over the last 200 years,

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River, Lake Conservation Plans Ineffective: CAG (India)

Dec 19th, 2011 | By

Financial Express: The ambitious plans of the ministry of environment and forests (MoEF) of Government of India to conserve lakes and rivers in the country have failed to deliver, with more than 80% of the projects not being completed on time and others not being utilised despite being constructed. These are the findings of a

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Kathmandu: The Dirty Capital

Dec 19th, 2011 | By

Nepal News: Within a decade, air pollution has grown at an alarming rate in the Kathmandu Valley. The capital has turned into as one of the dirtiest cities in the world. Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal, is located at an elevation of approximately 1,400 meters in the bowl-shaped basin. Known for its exquisite environment

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A Buddhist Leader’s Thoughts On Conservation

Nov 23rd, 2011 | By
Representatives from the Khoryug monasteries working to clean the Bodh Gaya Main Temple and nearby street

Science 2.0: Although the fundamental tenets of many religions may have some bearing on conservation activities, the relationship between spiritualism and environmentalism is perhaps most obvious in the case of Buddhism. The close ties between Buddhism and conservation-mindedness were recently described by His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, in an essay published

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Saving The Ganga

Nov 18th, 2011 | By
Ganga at Deprayag

Eurasia Review: Time has come to become serious about the future of the river. There is a growing perception that the Ganga might completely dry in next fifty years if no effective action is taken to purify the river, keep the flow of its water intact and control the global warming. There cannot be a

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Minimising methane emissions-Bhutan

Nov 17th, 2011 | By
Photo Credit: Mark Tobis

Kuenselonline: While world over livestock population is experiencing an alarming increase to cater to as alarming an increase in demand for meat and diary products, Bhutan is headed the other way. That is quite befitting of the country’s emphasis and priority for environmental protection that draws its essence from its guiding philosophy of Gross National

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Crores spent, but Ganga flows maili (polluted)

Nov 16th, 2011 | By
Ganga at Patna

Deccan Herald: The government has earmarked Rs 15,000 crore more to make the river pollution free. Thousands of people took a holy dip in the Ganga river at Patna on the occasion of one of the most auspicious festival Chhath this year, but an equal number avoided the sacred river in the wake of reports

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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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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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No corporate social responsibility for plastic litter

Oct 24th, 2011 | By
bottel-150x150 Kunsel online

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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Scarce resources, climate biggest threats to world health

Oct 18th, 2011 | By
Greenpeace activists dressed as tigers to highlight the condition of deforestation in Indonesia arrive in the concession area of PT Arara Abadi, pulp division of Sinar Mas Group in Pelalawan district, Riau September 28, 2011.  Credit: Reuters/Handout/Greenpeace/Files

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

Oct 7th, 2011 | By
Let's dump their

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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Water Woe In Himalayas

Oct 4th, 2011 | By

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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Writing on Water and Sanitation- More Challenging Aspects in Himalayas

Sep 20th, 2011 | By
Keith Bosak-Photo

Pabitra Mukhopadhyay: The importance of Climate Himalaya’s knowledge banking and outreach building efforts, one expects, should be portrayed in our essays. An appeal for a pan Himalayan co-operation is already expressed by Noreen, which apart from making good sense for Himalayan people shines a hope for redemption of the long troubled relationship of two neighboring

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Climatic Vulnerabilities- Leading To Health Concerns In Rural Nepal

Sep 5th, 2011 | By

Amrit Banstola: Harsh weather and extreme climatic events are expected to become more common as a result of climate change in Nepal (LI-BIRD, 2006). Extreme weather events such as floods, landslides, heat waves, storms, extreme cold, fires, and droughts are among the well-established consequences of climate change in Nepal. Health conditions like heat stroke, injuries,

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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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Don’t Flush It In Leh

Jul 28th, 2011 | By
Pabitra Mukhopadhyay

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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Sanitation Highlights from Himalaya

Jul 11th, 2011 | By
Sanitation Quest in Himalaya

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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GIS and Mapping tools for Water and Sanitation infrastructure

Jun 10th, 2011 | By

Continuing developments in GIS software are opening up a number of possibilities for capturing and processing geographical data, and then presenting it via the internet. The ability to manage information on water and sanitation services and then overlay it onto Google Earth images has wide-ranging benefits for project planning and design, and for monitoring, advocacy and

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The sadhu who clicks

Jun 6th, 2011 | By

Times of India: The sun glares down at the Himalayan temple town of Gangotri, located at an altitude of 10,300 ft in the Garhwal Himalayas. This is the home of the Ganga, India’s holiest river, whose physical source at Gaumukh lies just 19 km away. Looking at the river as it bounds off smoothly polished

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Bhutan’s modern face

Jun 1st, 2011 | By

Thimphu, the fast-developing capital of the Kingdom of Bhutan, is one of the cities most vulnerable to climate change in the world. But it is unprepared for the crisis, reports Dawa T Wangchuk. Over the past few decades, Thimphu – the capital of Bhutan – has transformed from a beautiful little town into a modern,

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Almighty Ganges-Can We!

May 23rd, 2011 | By

In south Asian region over 75 percent of the people live in rural areas, those have little access to safe potable water systems. Until, recently, people depended more on surface water which was exposed to microbial contamination resulting in water related disease like gastroenteritis, typhoid, dysentery, cholera, infectious hepatitis, infant diarrhoeas, and skin diseases and

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The devolution disaster

May 14th, 2011 | By

The past decade can be termed as the decade of disastrous devolution in Pakistan. First, it was the unchecked grassroots devolution which wreaked havoc with the district management systems under the garb of responsive local governance and now it is the constitutionally driven devolution which is demolishing various federal structures in the name of provincial

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