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Tropical Deforestation Could Cause 0.7C Temperature Rise

Dec 18th, 2014 | By
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Cutting down rainforest has long been known to release carbon dioxide, contributing to global warming. It also has direct impacts on rainfall and temperature, US researchers have found, which could wreak havoc with farming worldwide. In the Amazon, deforestation is already shifting once-predictable rainfall patterns, a report published in Nature Climate Change on Thursday showed.

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More Nations Commit to Fight Climate Change by Restoring Forests

Oct 6th, 2014 | By




World leaders announced new pledges to restore over 30 million hectares of degraded forest lands today at the UN Climate Summit in New York. The commitments come from Ethiopia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Guatemala, and Uganda, among others, and more than doubled the number of hectares contributing to achieving the Bonn Challenge—a global goal

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Forest Users Learning to Cope With Climate Stress on Water

Sep 15th, 2014 | By
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Republica: In June this year, thousands of farmers, especially in Nepal´s western region, were wrestling with rain deficit, constantly gazing toward the sky devoid of monsoon clouds. In some areas badly affected by the weak monsoon, farmers were seen irrigating their parched crop fields with water supplied through pipes.But, in Hapur village of Dang district, the

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Need to Rewrite the Mountain Perspective!

Jul 1st, 2014 | By
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Tagged as fragile, remote and marginal, these three aspects have featured prominently in discussions and deliberations concerning development in the mountains in our part of the world. Retired but active academician N S Jodha, a former senior staff with the Kathmandu-based Integrated Center for International Mountain Development, has been credited for using these three features

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Is APP’s Zero Deforestation Pledge a Green Villain’s Dramatic Turnaround?

Mar 26th, 2014 | By
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The Guardian: When Ken dumped his long-term girlfriend Barbie via giant Greenpeace poster on the Mattel toy company HQ in Los Angeles in 2011, he said: “Barbie: It’s over. I don’t date girls that are into deforestation.” Mattel was one of over 130 global companies that bought paper packaging from the world’s biggest pulp and paper company, Asia Pulp and

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UN: We Can Save World’s Forests at a Fraction of Cost of Fossil Fuels Subsidies

Mar 24th, 2014 | By
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Investing $30 billion a year in forest conservation — less than seven percent of the $480 billion spent annually on fossil fuels subsidies — could help stop deforestation while accelerating a transition toward a greener global economy, asserts a new report published by the International Resource Panel (IRP) and the UN REDD Programme. The report,

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Speakers Underline Protection of Forests in Sindh

Mar 24th, 2014 | By




Forests are primary source of livelihoods for thousands of local communities and currently they were diminishing due to multiple threats. This was stated by speakers on occasion of World Forest Day observed by WWF-Pakistan under its Building Capacity on Climate Change Adaptation in Coastal Areas of Pakistan (CCAP) project at Baghan town near Keti Bunder,

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How India is Building Asia’s Largest Secure Forest Network

Mar 20th, 2014 | By
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BBC News: It’s been all about connecting the green dots. Since 2012, the southern state of Karnataka has declared nearly 2,600 sq km (1,000 sq miles) of forests as protected areas, linking a series of national parks, tiger reserves and sanctuaries. Protected areas cover nearly 5% of India’s land mass and come under strict legal

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West Sumatra Joins Indonesia’s REDD+ Program

Mar 13th, 2014 | By
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West Sumatra has officially joined Indonesia’s effort to cut forest loss as a pilot province under the country’s REDD+ program. The agreement, announced today, means that regencies, towns, and villages are now placed to receive funding to support REDD+ projects and initiatives. “West Sumatra have shown the same vision and commitment to reducing deforestation,” said

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Asia-Pacific Countries Failing to Stop Forest Loss, UN Warns

Mar 12th, 2014 | By
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The Guardian: Asia-Pacific nations are failing to halt the loss of natural forests and grasslands, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said on Tuesday, robbing people of their livelihoods and worsening environmental problems like desertification and climate change. Forests and grasslands make up 58% of the region’s land mass, but each year 2 million hectares

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Forgetting Forests

Mar 3rd, 2014 | By




Business Standard: Astonishingly, it has taken the government close to a decade to sanction funds for the Green India Mission, which was one of the eight missions under the National Action Plan on Climate Change. The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has, at long last, approved an outlay of Rs 46,000 crore for this ambitious programme to

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New Online Tool Tracks Tree Loss in ‘Near Real Time’

Feb 21st, 2014 | By
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A new global monitoring system has been launched that promises “near real time” information on deforestation around the world. Global Forest Watch (GFW) is backed by Google and over 40 business and campaigning groups. It uses information from hundreds of millions of satellite images as well as data from people on the ground. Businesses have welcomed

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Tree Roots ‘Are Natural Thermostat’

Feb 18th, 2014 | By
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Climate News Network: Trees have become a source of continuous surprise. Only weeks after researchers demonstrated that old forest giants actually accumulate more carbon than younger, fast-growing trees, British scientists have discovered that the great arbiters of long-term global temperatures may not be the leaves of an oak, a pine or a eucalyptus, but the roots. The argument,

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Warmth Spurs Plants to Move or Bloom Earlier

Feb 3rd, 2014 | By
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Climate News Network: Scientists are one step closer to solving one of the puzzles of the natural world’s response to climate change: why one species migrates and another does not. Tatsuya Amano of the University of Cambridge in the UK and colleagues report in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B that there could be a relatively simple

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In 30 Years, India Loses 6% Forests

Jan 20th, 2014 | By
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The loss of forest area in the country has been a high six per cent between 1975 and 2005, according to a study by the city-based National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC). The analysis also found that in all bio-geographic zones, like the Himalayas, Deccan Plateau and Eastern Ghats, more than 90 per cent of the

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Amazon Forest Loss Threatens Five States

Dec 29th, 2013 | By
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Climate News Network: The continued destruction of the Amazon to exploit its resources for mining, agriculture and hydro-power is threatening the future of the South American continent, according to a report by campaigning groups using the latest scientific data. Five countries – Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru – share the Amazon, and for all of

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Madagascar’s Forests Vanish to Feed Taste For Rosewood in West And China

Dec 25th, 2013 | By
An illegal logger fells a 300-400-year-old rosewood trees in Madagascar's Masoala national park,.




The Guardian: Blood-red sawdust coats every surface in the small carpentry workshop, where Primo Jean Besy is at the lathe fashioning vases out of ruby-coloured logs. Besy and his father are small-scale carpenters in Antalaha in north-eastMadagascar, and are taking advantage of a recent resurgence in demand for wood from the bois de rose tree, prized

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Uttarakhand Prepares Rs 9k-cr Action Plan on Climate Change

Dec 24th, 2013 | By




Business Standard: The Uttarakhand government is preparing an investment of Rs 9,000 crore to tackle climate change, said to be one of the causes of frequent natural disasters in the hill state. Floods in June in the state claimed thousands of lives. An action plan was presented at the first meeting of the State Council for Climate Change under

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Grow Money With Living Trees

Dec 24th, 2013 | By




Huffington Post: Growing money over trees is now possible. Pakistan just made it to the list of countries who will earn money from the World Bank’s Readiness Fund for preserving their forests. After a tough competition at Geneva, Switzerland, Pakistan successfully defended its case of Readiness Preparation Proposal (R-PP) and secured $3.8 million from the

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Asia Pacific Bucks World Trend in Forest Cover

Dec 23rd, 2013 | By
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UNEP News Center: While global forest cover is moving on a downward spiral with a loss of nearly 130 million hectares of forest worldwide, Asia Pacific’s forest cover has grown by some 24 million hectares over 20 years. Seven million of Asia’s forests have been certified by the Forest Stewardship Council, according a new UNEP report

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Time to ‘Connect The Dots’ Among Gender, Forests, REDD+, Experts Say

Dec 20th, 2013 | By
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Despite the large quantity of climate-change research focused on adaptation, mitigation and gender, not much of it is leading to transformative action on the ground, said a top forestry expert at the recent U.N. climate talks in Warsaw, Poland. Improving technology, generating political will, crafting gender sensitive policies and promoting strong women’s networks could help

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Funding Boost for Forests and Climate Protection

Dec 17th, 2013 | By
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In a boost for global efforts to combat climate change and tropical deforestation, Norway has pledged $100 million to the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF), the World Bank administered facility that was set up to compensate developing countries for reductions in carbon dioxide emissions achieved by preserving their forests. The FCPF consists of two funds:

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When Is a Forest No Longer a Forest?

Dec 14th, 2013 | By
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Center For International Forestry Research: As countries ponder incentives to slow the degradation of their tropical forests, a huge, unanswered question looms: What exactly is a degraded forest? Programs that provide such incentives, such as REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation), a U.N.-backed initiative, face the challenge of accurate measurements of deforestation and degradation. New

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Climate Change Hits Bamboo Production in India

Dec 11th, 2013 | By
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Thomson Reuters Foundation — Changing rainfall patterns are slashing bamboo production in northeast India, leading to losses of jobs and businesses. Erratic rainfall and dry spells have led bamboo to flower more frequently, then die back afterward, local people say. That has hurt families who are dependent on the grass for their livelihoods and even

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More Logging, Deforestation May Better Serve Climate in Some Areas

Dec 10th, 2013 | By




Science Daily: Replacing forests with snow-covered meadows may provide greater climatic and economic benefits than if trees are left standing in some regions, according to a Dartmouth College study that for the first time puts a dollar value on snow’s ability to reflect the sun’s energy. The findings suggest more frequent logging or deforestation may better

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Help The People, Save The Trees

Dec 4th, 2013 | By
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IRIN News: Several issues around the UN mechanism that aims to curtail greenhouse gases by preventing forest loss were resolved in Warsaw at the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and the meeting is being described by many as the “Forest COP”. The decisions were mostly on how

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Sharing Knowledge on Mountain Climate Still Lacking

Nov 23rd, 2013 | By
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There are thousands of policymakers, climate scientists, activists and journalists from all over the world gathered here in the Polish capital for the climate summit, officially known as the 19th Conference of the Parties (COP19) to discuss climate change. As every year, everything from global temperature rises, greenhouse gas emission, ocean acidification, biodiversity conservation, farming, to scarcity of natural resources is on

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Agroforestry Can Transform Rural Economies – Climate Experts

Nov 16th, 2013 | By
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Smallholder farmers in developing countries can improve their lives and reduce emissions of planet-warming gases by making better use of trees on agricultural land, experts said at the U.N. climate talks in Warsaw. Agricultural policy has been too heavily focused on boosting farm productivity, overlooking the importance of forest conservation, which helps protect biodiversity and

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Deforestation in Amazon Jungle Increases A Third in 1 Year

Nov 15th, 2013 | By
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Deforestation in the Amazon increased by nearly a third over the past year, according to Brazilian government figures released on Thursday. The data confirms a feared reversal in what had been steady progress over the past decade against destruction of the world’s largest rainforest. Satellite data for the 12 months through the end of July

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Climate Change May Speed Up Forests’ Life Cycles

Sep 13th, 2013 | By
Trees in rainforests, such as these in the Ecuadorian Amazon, might end up absorbing as much carbon as they release because of global warming.




Science Daily: Many climate studies have predicted that tree species will respond to global warming by migrating via seed dispersal to cooler climates. But a new study of 65 different species in 31 eastern states finds evidence of a different, unexpected response. Nearly 80 percent of the species aren’t yet shifting their geographic distributions to

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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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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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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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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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Fleeing Drought

May 17th, 2013 | By
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D+C: The impacts of climate change make the poorest people on earth suffer more than others. This is evident in Mustang, a northern district of Nepal. Entire villages are thinking of relocating because water scarcity is getting worse. Swiss researchers assessed the options. Mustang is a tough place to live because of desert-like drought, freezing

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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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Mountain Agro-Ecosystem: Traditional Science to Cost Effective Solution

May 14th, 2013 | By
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Shalini Dhyani: Writes about hill agriculture, agro-forest and such ecosystem practices from Indian Himalayan region. She emphasizes on improving the socio-economic condition of mountain people by adopting a range of animal husbandry, agro-forestry and traditional agriculture practices through better scientific and technical inputs. Entire Himalayan ecosystem is undergoing rapid land-use and climatic changes in last

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Reviving The River

May 2nd, 2013 | By
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An amendment to the old treaty between the US and Mexico promises to bring back life to the dry Colorado delta. ‘Minute 319’, apart from sending water down the river and restoring the native habitat, also calls for more water sharing between the two countries, writes Henry Fountain. German Munoz looked out at the river

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Conserve Glaciers For Water Supply, Say Experts

May 1st, 2013 | By
Glaciers in the mountains towering above Bagrote valley in northern Pakistan can cause dangerous flash floods when they melt. ALERTNET/Rina Saeed Khan




Daily Times: Speakers at the launch of the policy brief on water management in the Central Karakorum National Park (CKNP) emphasised the need for collaborative and synchronised efforts to research the impact of climatic changes in the highlands. They said only the integrated and collaborative approach would help conserve the large glaciers for smooth and

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Biofuels Cost Both Rich And Poor

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

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Making A Difference: Indian Man Proves Power Of One

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




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

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The Past & Present Of Indian Environmentalism

Apr 1st, 2013 | By
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The Hindu: Polluted skies, dead rivers, disappearing forests and displacement of peasants and tribal are what we see around us 40 years after the Chipko movement started On the 27th of March 1973 — exactly 40 years ago — a group of peasants in a remote Himalayan village stopped a group of loggers from felling

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Adaptation Inspiration Book: Cases Of Local Climate Adaptation

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

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Dynamics of Indirect Land-Use Change: Empirical Evidence From Brazil

Mar 26th, 2013 | By
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ETH Zurich: The expansion of a given land use may affect deforestation directly if forests are cleared to free land for this use, or indirectly, via the displacement of other land-use activities from non-forest areas towards the forest frontier. Unlike direct land conversion, indirect land-use changes affecting deforestation are not immediately observable. They require the

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Inequality Climate Change Threaten Historic Gains: HDR 2013

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

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Connecting Poverty Eradication And Environmental Sustainability

Mar 21st, 2013 | By
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UNDP: Connecting poverty eradication and environmental sustainability is the ‘make or break’ for our future. The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Costa Rica, Mr. Carlos Roverssi, Special Envoy of the French President for the Protection of the Planet Nicolas Hulot, the Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Helen Clark, and the Executive Director

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Mountain Perspective Framework In Post Rio+20 Scenarios: A Discussion Paper

Mar 18th, 2013 | By
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Dr. Madhav Karki discusses about sustainable mountain development- SMD agenda that was adopted during 1992 Rio Earth summit, and how the socio-economic and environmental issues were taken by countries in the Hindu Kush Himalayan- HKH region during last 20 years in terms of achieving the goals as envisioned in SMD document. He argues that mountain

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Warming May Harm Rainforests Less

Mar 14th, 2013 | By
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CCN: Scientists think they have found some good news for the Amazon and other tropical forests. They say they appear more able to withstand the effects of climate change than previous studies had suggested. The research team, including climate scientists and tropical ecologists from the UK, USA, Australia and Brazil, concluded that the forests are

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Tropical Forests Unexpectedly Resilient To Climate Change

Mar 12th, 2013 | By
Trees in rainforests, such as these in the Ecuadorian Amazon, might end up absorbing as much carbon as they release because of global warming.




Nature: Tropical forests are unlikely to die off as a result of the predicted rise in atmospheric greenhouse gases this century, a new study finds. The analysis refutes previous work that predicted the catastrophic loss of the Amazon rainforest as one of the more startling potential outcomes of climate change. In the most extensive study

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Mountains Through Children’s Eyes

Mar 9th, 2013 | By
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The Association ‘Mountain territories of Dagestan’, Mountain Partnership member from Russian Federation, has organized the drawing competition ‘Mountains through children’s eyes’, under the support of Mountain Partnership Secretariat, within its celebration acivities of the International Mountain Day 2012. More than 300 drawings were received from the children and the best ones were selected for the

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Dragonflies As Climate Change Indicators

Mar 8th, 2013 | By
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PHYS.Org: Monitoring communities of climate sensitive species, such as insects, could enable scientists to develop indicators for climate change effects on biodiversity and help devise policies to protect it. With climate change, flora and fauna shift their seasonal inner clock. For example, fruit tree blossom earlier than previous years. But many species may not be

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Indian Man Single-Handedly Plants Forest

Mar 8th, 2013 | By
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Yahoo (Ca): Jadav Payeng, known as “Mulai” to his friends and neighbours, has spent the last 30 years single-handedly planting and caring for a huge 550-hectare forest on a sandbar in the middle of the Brahmaputra River in Assam, India. In 1980, Assam’s Jorhat district’s social forestry division launched a tree-planting initiative on 200 hectares

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

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

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Climate Change Is Far From Abstract As Frost Kills Off Local Farmers’ Crops

Mar 6th, 2013 | By
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IRISH Times: They look like rice terraces, neat steps of land carved all the way up the steep hillsides, the mighty snow-capped Himalayan mountain range in the distance. But go closer and it’s not rice but potatoes that are growing in this lush valley about an hour’s journey north of Kathmandu, Nepal’s capital. “We used

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Climate Change Takes Toll On Morel Mushroom

Mar 5th, 2013 | By
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Times of India: GitaDevi of Kullu used to routinely visit apple orchards and jungles every morning, collect some guchhi ( morel mushroom, also known as common morel, morel or yellow morel) and leave it to dry near the tandoor and sell it for high prices to traders at her doorstep. She used to earn good

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Pakistan’s Climate Change Policy

Mar 1st, 2013 | By
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Tribune: A report commissioned by the government in conjunction with the World Wildlife Fund found last year that Pakistan was among the 10 countries likely to be most badly hit by global climate change. Pakistan is in a region where temperature increases are higher, which will affect precipitation and vegetation. Already we have seen the

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Mountains: Key To A Global Green Economy

Feb 27th, 2013 | By
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International Mountain Day 2013, Proposed theme: Mountains – Key to a Global Green Economy The United Nations General Assembly has designated 11 December, from 2003 onwards, as “International Mountain Day”. FAO is the U.N. Organization mandated to lead the observance of International Mountain Day each year. In the follow-up to Rio +20 we would like

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Deforestation, Wetlands Loss In Brazil And Indonesia Generated 45BT CO2

Feb 25th, 2013 | By
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Mongabay: The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has launched a global set of statistics on carbon emissions from deforestation, agriculture and other forms of land use for the 1990-2010 period. The dataset, which is part of the FAO’s database of statistics known as FAOSTAT, is based on FAO estimates of forest biomass, deforestation,

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Arunachal Apples Losing Taste Due To Climate Change

Feb 25th, 2013 | By
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Times of India: Popular for its sweetness, apples produced in the Himalayan state of Arunachal Pradesh are now gradually losing their taste and even turning sour as a result of climate change. With the weather becoming erratic and a clear variation in temperature, snowfall and rainfall pattern being recorded, apple crops are no more getting

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