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No Success For REDD+ Without Understanding Possible Impacts

Nov 19th, 2012 | By
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PHYS.org: No success for REDD+ without understanding possible impacts on forest biodiversity and people. The world’s rapidly dwindling forests should be valued as more than just “carbon warehouses” to mitigate climate change, according to a new report released today from the International Union of Forest Research Organizations(IUFRO), the world’s largest network of forest scientists. In

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A World Of Life In A Single Cubic Foot

Nov 13th, 2012 | By
One of the green cubic-foot frames was placed over a decaying log in Central park, New York. Photograph: David Liittschwager




Guardian: Photographer David Liittschwager captures the beauty of biodiversity by placing a cube in a variety of habitats and recording whatever moves through it. The fate of humanity may depend on these micro-environments. Long live the creepy crawlies, the bugs, the tiny wigglers and wrigglers, the minuscule parasites and nematodes, the mites and oribatids and

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EU Grants 1.2m Euros For Climate Change Study: Pakistan

Nov 7th, 2012 | By
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Tribune: The European Union has provided a grant of 1.2 million euros for conducting a climate change impact assessment study in Swat basin in the wake of Munda Dam multi-purpose project in Mohmand Agency of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata). For the study, a joint venture comprising two renowned firms – AHT of Germany

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Mountain Meadows Dwindling in U.S. Due to Climate Change, Study

Nov 6th, 2012 | By
Debris flow. Conditions for a dense tree invasion are even more favorable near a 1934 debris flow off Mount Jefferson, compared to the islands of old trees dispersed in the meadow. (Credit: Photo by Harold Zald, courtesy of Oregon State University)




Science Daily: Some high mountain meadows in the Pacific Northwest are declining rapidly due to climate change, a study suggests, as reduced snowpacks, longer growing seasons and other factors allow trees to invade these unique ecosystems that once were carpeted with grasses, shrubs and wildflowers. The process appears to have been going on for decades,

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Biodiversity Protection Needs Community Input

Nov 5th, 2012 | By
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Scidevnet: A pledge to increase support for biodiversity targets in developing countries is welcome, but care for indigenous people is vital too. This month’s meeting of the 11th Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), held in Hyderabad in India, came as a reality check on the capacity of

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Social Forestry, Again

Oct 31st, 2012 | By
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RECOFTC: Celeste Lacuna-Richman, Environmental Policy Lecturer at the University of Eastern Finland (UEF), discusses the importance of designing forestry programs that take into account the realities faced by communities on-the-ground. In Finland, the forestry sector is so well-integrated into the larger society that the concept of “social forestry” seems to be superfluous.  Thus, for more

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New Business Model Offers Fresh Approach for Valuing Nature

Oct 29th, 2012 | By
Forest and Black Pines in Crna Poda Natural Reserve in Tara Canyon




Conservation International: Over the past few years, CI [Conservation International] has had the good fortune to work with — and ultimately bring onto our board — natural capital thought leader Pavan Sukhdev. Our relationship with Pavan initially centered around his efforts as lead author on “The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB)” study, but has

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Community Adaption Practices In Uttarakhand Himalayas Of India: Case Study

Oct 26th, 2012 | By
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Cassie Denbow: The Hindu-Kush Himalayas (HKH) is one of the most diverse ecological regions in the world. Stretching from Afghanistan to Myanmar, the mountainous region encompasses the world’s highest peaks, 30% of the world’s glaciers[1], and provides between 1.3-1.8 billion[2] people with water and other natural resources. The Western Indian Himalayas are the segment of

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New Ways To Communicate Climate Change And Adaptation…

Oct 25th, 2012 | By
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IIED: We know that real change takes place when we learn by doing, and as development specialists we are all very good at telling people what to do. But as researchers and practitioners engaged in a shared learning process for change we still have a very long way to go. Recent work was done by

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Climate Crisis: Palm Trees In The Antarctic, 540% Increase

Oct 25th, 2012 | By
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Countercurrent: Climate crisis is going to bring in anomalies that at first glance appear “amazing”. But there is apprehension of increase in the number of heat related deaths and reduced size of fishes, possibilities of growth of palm trees in the Antarctic. The poor people are suffering. Palm trees could grow in the Antarctic, just

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India Expands Its Biodiversity Databases

Oct 23rd, 2012 | By
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Scidev.net: India is expanding its biodiversity databases and linking them in a network so that policymakers for programmes that address biodiversity, climate changeand socio-economic concerns have ready access to information. An Indian Bioresources Information Network (IBIN) was launched this month (11 October) by M. S. Swaminathan, eminent crop scientist and founder of the M.S. Swaminathan

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Bhutan Struggles To Control Illegal Wildlife Trade

Oct 19th, 2012 | By
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Bhutanclimatechange: Bhutan is increasingly serving as a conduit for illegal wildlife smuggling between India and China, undermining the country’s conservation efforts. Dawa Wangchuk reports Bhutan takes greats pains to conserve its rich biodiversity, evidenced by the fact that 70% of the country’s total land area remains under forest cover. But these efforts are now being

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Report Finds Climate Change Poses Threat To Indian Farmers

Oct 18th, 2012 | By
A young man shields himself from the rain while behind him a woman looks concerned. The rains have come too late for summer grown crops leaving the population in a precarious situation.




IDS: A new synthesis report (pdf) about the challenges posed by climate change in India has found that changes in temperature and rainfall will have a serious effect on already fragile farming communities. The report is part of a joint project by the UK’s Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) and the Indian Ministry

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Rewriting Himalayan History: Ancient Oceans On The Top Of The World

Oct 18th, 2012 | By
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Phys.org: The Himalayas could be 20 million years younger than we think, according to ongoing research at the University of Sydney’s School of Geosciences. The Indian subcontinent may have collided with Eurasia and produced the Himalayas much later than geology textbooks currently claim, the University of Sydney’s Head of the School of Geosciences, Professor Jonathan

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Scientists Have ‘Limited Knowledge’ Of How Climate Change Causes Extinction

Oct 18th, 2012 | By
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Guardian: Review finds loss of plants and animals due to global warming is already widespread, but the causes are poorly understood A Major review into the impact of climate change on plants and animalshas found that scientists have almost no idea how it drives various species to extinction. Though some organisms struggle to cope physiologically

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Climate Change: Kenyan Women Demand Differentiated Adaptation, Mitigation Policies

Oct 17th, 2012 | By
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Africa Science News: Despite existing evidence of the impact of climate change on women, there is a very poor gender aspect in the Kenya government responses in terms of policies and legal framework. The threat of climate change, manifested in the increase of extreme weather conditions such as, droughts, storms or floods is a sustainable

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CBD Failed In Protecting India’s Rivers And Riverine Biodiversity

Oct 12th, 2012 | By
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CBD has been of no help for the Indian rivers, riverine biodiversity and dependent communities. On the contrary, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), another UN Convention, certifies hydropower projects of all sizes as climate-friendly projects under the CDM mechanism. All of these projects have severe adverse impacts on biodiversity and related livelihoods.”

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Connecting Dots: Communicating Climate Science In Himalayas

Oct 12th, 2012 | By
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Mountain Voice: In the series of Mountain Voice project the Climate Himalaya team interviewed Dr. David J Molden, Director General of International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD, Nepal) and discussed about the climate related issues in Himalayan region and about scientific communications and policy making processes. Climate Himalaya: Barring exceptions, it is business as

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Land Use, Climate Change Adaptation And Indigenous Peoples

Oct 11th, 2012 | By
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Energy Bulletin: For indigenous peoples, resilience is rooted in traditional knowledge, as their capacity to adapt to environmental change is based first and foremost on in-depth understanding of the land. As climate change increasingly impacts indigenous landscapes, communities are responding and adapting in unique ways. In a recent statement to the Conference of Parties to

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Environmentally Correct: Nepal

Oct 11th, 2012 | By
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My Republica: It has taken some steps, but Nepal has a long way to go to address climate change Climate change has increasingly been understood as a real threat to human life and our support system. In the late 1970s, climate change discussions were the main focus of the scientific community. After 30 years, people

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Global Warming Will Wipe Species Off Earth

Oct 11th, 2012 | By
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Deccan Chronical: Climate change and global warming will result in the death of a number of plant and animal species, affecting the earth’s vast biological diversity. The UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) estimates that a rise of each degree in temperature will place an additional 10 per cent of species at increased risks of

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Dealing With Reality:

Oct 11th, 2012 | By
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Journal of World Energy Law and Business, 2012: The Kyoto Protocol was intended to cut the greenhouse gas emissions of developed countries to 5 per cent less than they were in 1990, and this was to be achieved by the end of 2012. As that deadline approaches it is time to take stock of what

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Bhutan Goes For 100 Percent Organic: Challenges Abound

Oct 10th, 2012 | By
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Epoch Times: Last week, Bhutan Minister of Agriculture and Forests Pema Gyamtsho, announced an ambitious plan to turn food production 100 percent organic by 2020. In a country where 79 percent of the population is involved in agriculture, along with the people’s high spiritual aspirations, going organic sounds like an easy task. But challenges are

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Age-Old Fixes For India’s Water

Oct 10th, 2012 | By
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Newyork Times: INDIA’S monsoon rains are retreating this week, a delayed end to a yearly wet season that has become ever more unpredictable as a result of global warming. Of all the challenges that face India, few are more pressing than how it manages water. In vast cities like New Delhi, where showers and flush

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Coordinated Climate Proofing Efforts In Indian Himalayan Region: Workshop Concludes

Oct 8th, 2012 | By
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A two days stakeholders workshop that was attended by over 130 stakeholders from 37 different institutes of 12 Indian Himalayan states, representatives of 7 State Governments, 27 Experts from various national and State level institutions, members of DST’s Expert and Steering committees, representatives of NGOs/Civil Society organizations, Senior officers of Central Ministries concluded at CSIR-

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Action In Support Of Biodiversity Urgently Needed: CoP 11 CBD

Oct 8th, 2012 | By
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CBD: Representatives from over 170 countries today began deliberations in Hyderabad, India, on the way forward to protect the planet’s biodiversity. The eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), known as COP 11 for short, follows on the historic outcomes of the 2010 Nagoya biodiversity

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Nepal: Go Green

Oct 8th, 2012 | By
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The Republica: The green economy is emerging as an important concept in the field of development. Though this is a relatively new concept, defined and interpreted in a different context, it has primarily been on the global agenda since the launch of a report titled “Towards a Green Economy- Pathways to Sustainable Development and Poverty

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Working Towards A Green Economy After Rio+20

Oct 5th, 2012 | By
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On 2 October 2012, the International Labour Organization (ILO), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and Members of the European Parliament, Mr. Gerbrandy and Ms. Schroedter, organised a joint event at the European Parliament in Brussels to discuss the future of green jobs in the context of the Rio+20outcomes. Entitled “Working towards a green economy

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Bhutan And Climate Change

Oct 5th, 2012 | By
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Adventure Cetre: In this day and age of technological developments that make the world feel like a smaller and smaller place, Bhutan is one of the few countries that maintains a sense of mystery and intrigue. This is mainly due to the country’s relative isolation up until the 1970s. Tucked between India and China, this

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Earth’s Arbon Sink Downsized

Oct 4th, 2012 | By
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Nature: Abundance of soil nutrients a limiting factor in plants’ ability to soak up carbon dioxide. As carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere continue to climb, most climate models project that the world’s oceans and trees will keep soaking up more than half of the extra CO2. But researchers report this week that the capacity

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Let’s Add Climate Knowledge To Agroforestry Plans

Oct 2nd, 2012 | By
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Scidevnet: We need to know more about how smallholder agroforestry can help farmers adapt to climate change, write James Roshetko and Rodel Lasco. [BOGOR] Much is known about agroforestry — the mixing of tree species with crops and livestock to enrich farmers’ livelihoods. But less is known about how it can help farmers adapt to

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Climate Change: Senators Alarmed By Deforestation In The Country

Oct 1st, 2012 | By
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Express Tribune: With flash floods cutting a trail of destruction across some districts of Balochistan and Sindh, the Senate standing committee on climate change raised alarm on Monday at the rapid deforestation in the country and directed the government to take immediate steps to rehabilitate forest land. Highlighting the role of trees in curbing flash

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Climate Change And Alpine Flora In Sikkim Himalaya

Oct 1st, 2012 | By
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.Sikenvis.nic.in: For the past three decades; there is a popular aphorism that “The global warming is the end result of climate change”. Melting of glaciers; rising of sea levels and increasing temperatures at global level have caused visible effects in the Himalayan region also and the subject of my study has been to identify the

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Bhutan’s Premier Highlights World’s Challenges And Aims For Security Council Seat

Sep 29th, 2012 | By
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UN News Centre: In his address to the United Nations General Assembly, the Prime Minister of Bhutan, Jigmi Y. Thinley, today highlighted a range of challenges and areas of progress before the international community, while also affirming his country’s intent to seek a seat on the Security Council. “As with most sessions of the General

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The Baltic Climate Toolkit-Empowering Knowledge Transfer

Sep 29th, 2012 | By
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Baltic Climate: The Baltic Climate toolkit is an empowering knowledge transfer instrument for actors on the local and regional level who are not necessarily the experts on climate change, but who have an important role to play in the preparation, financing and decision making related to the implementation of climate change measures. We are talking

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Climate Change May Cause Severe Loss In The Economic Value Of European Forest Land

Sep 29th, 2012 | By
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Nature: European forests, covering more than 2 million km2 or 32% of the land surface1, are to a large extent intensively managed and support an important timber industry. Climate change is expected to strongly affect tree species distribution within these forests2, 3. Climate and land use are undergoing rapid changes at present4, with initial range shifts already

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Species Loss, Climate Change Linked

Sep 29th, 2012 | By
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UPI.com: Species loss and reduced biodiversity make nature more sensitive to climate change, Swedish researchers say. This is especially true for species that sustain important functions such as water purification and crop pollination in a changing environment, they said. Scientists at the University of Gothenberg say high biodiversity acts as an insurance policy as it

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Building Resilience To Disaster In Western Balkans and Turkey

Sep 28th, 2012 | By
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Prevention Web: The United Nations, European Commission and national authorities have launched a new project in the Western Balkans and Turkey that will reduce disaster risks and increase resilience to climate change. The project launch is planned for 30 August in Zagreb, Croatia and it is aimed at high-level participants from disaster management authorities and

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Testimonies Of Livelihood And Agriculture Losses In The Mountains

Sep 28th, 2012 | By
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Mountain Voice: In a series of Mountain Voice, the Climate Himalaya team captured the voices of mountain people from the western Himalayan region of India. Our team came across the real situation while interacting with various people in this region.  The team witnessed that the people are not aware about the statistics on the level

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Pakistan: Cabinet Approved Climate Policy Amidst Threats Of Global Warming

Sep 27th, 2012 | By
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Business Recorder: Amidst threats of worst climatic changes, the federal cabinet on Wednesday approved National Climate Change Policy to mitigate impacts of climate related disasters and adaptation to new strategies for sustainable growth in the country. The new policy has elaborated concerted measures focusing all related areas as it bears the input by all stakeholders

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Cloud Burst: Disaster in Uttarakhand India-Updates and Photos

Sep 14th, 2012 | By
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On 13th September 2012 night in Chwanni, Mangoli and Kimana villages of Okhimath block in Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand (India), heavy rains completely inundated over 4 villages and eroded 2 more villages, while there are no clues about 20-25 families in these villages. One can see the aftermath of erratic rainfall over the night in

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Climate Change Threatens Bhutan’s Gross National Happiness

Sep 14th, 2012 | By




All Africa: Impressive economic and human development gains that contribute to Bhutan’s Gross National Happiness are threatened by changing climate conditions with the country’s poorest people likely to suffer the worst impact, according to the third National Human Development Report released today in Thimphu. Building resilience is key to the livelihoods of the one quarter

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New Growth Measures in Himalayan Region: Himalayan Day 2012

Sep 10th, 2012 | By
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HESCO: Himalayas have been soul of the country by virtue of cultural, ethnic, ecological and economical values. It has not been guarding country’s border only but constantly serving its human by enriching soil, air, water etc. Unfortunately importance of Himalayas was always underestimated for its integral role in overall development of the Nation. Deterioration of

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ICFRE, Chinese Academy Sign Pact

Sep 7th, 2012 | By




Business Standard: The Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education (ICFRE) and the Chinese Academy of Forestry (CAF) have singed an agreement to foster cooperation between India and China in identified fields of research and develop action plan on industrial bamboo products. The MoU was signed in Beijing by V K Bahuguna, director general, ICFRE,

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Climate Change, Deforestation Behind Collapse Of Ancient Maya

Aug 23rd, 2012 | By




Zee News: Washington: Multiple factors — some natural, like climate change; some human-made, including large-scale landscape alterations and shifts in trade routes — led to the 9th century collapse and abandonment of the Central Maya Lowlands in the Yucatan Peninsula. These findings, resulted from a new analysis of complex interactions between humans and the environment

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Nepal’s Gritty Forest Conservationist

Aug 20th, 2012 | By




Himalayan Times: After forest encroachers attacked Nanda Devi Kunwar (40) with daggers, her right hand does not work, while the left pains severely. She cannot eat unless someone feeds her yet she is determined for conservation of the forests till the end of her life. Chairman of Madhuma-lati Nanda Proposed Community Forests, Malakheti VDC, Kailali,

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Plant a Pledge To Restore Earth Ecosystem: IUCN

Aug 18th, 2012 | By
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Mankind has removed more than half of the planet’s original forest cover. All the time this land stays barren and unrestored, the lives of millions of people and the survival of entire communities, cultures and ecosystems, remain under threat. We can restore many of these landscapes. A restored landscape can accommodate a mosaic of different

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Diseased Trees New Source of Climate Gas

Aug 9th, 2012 | By




Science daily: Diseased trees in forests may be a significant new source of methane that causes climate change, according to researchers at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies in Geophysical Research Letters. Sixty trees sampled at Yale Myers Forest in northeastern Connecticut contained concentrations of methane that were as high as 80,000 times

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Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation in Community Managed Forests

Aug 8th, 2012 | By




RECOFTC Blog: Regan Suzuki highlights key points from a new RECOFTC publication that explores the potential links between climate change adaptation and mitigation.   The women proudly show off the now verdant forest surrounding the Chapini River. As one of the few female-led community forestry user groups (CFUGs) in this conservative area of Nepal close

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A Tree-Top Campaign That Roots For A Cause

Aug 7th, 2012 | By




Times of India: On a regular day, Brikesh Singh cycles from his home in Byappanahalli to work in Richmond Town. On a not-so regular day, he climbs trees, 260-foot-high smokestacks and even the roof of the British Parliament in his attempt to ‘Change politics and save the climate’, along with like-minded Greenpeace activists who aim

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Ecological Foot Pint And Investment In Natural Capital In Asia and The Pacific

Jul 20th, 2012 | By




ADB: The Asia and Pacific region has some of the largest and most diverse ecosystems on earth. The Coral Triangle boasts an astonishing 3,000 species of fish and harbours 76% of the world’s coral species. Maintaining natural capital such as forests, biodiversity, freshwater, and coastal and marine ecosystems is essential to making “green economies” a

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Deciphering UNFCCC Decisions On National Forest Monitoring Systems For REDD+

Jul 19th, 2012 | By




UN-REDD: As a comprehensive agreement on REDD+ gets closer with each Conference of the Parties (COP) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). It is essential that stakeholders around the world – especially in developing countries – fully understand the content, context and implications of adopted decisions. This is not always easy,

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Sustainable Textile Fiber: Himalayan Nettle In Nepal

Jul 10th, 2012 | By




Treehugger: In the foothills of Nepal’s Himalayas, the Himalayan stinging nettle plants grows naturally in the wild. Ellie Skeele, founder of Himalayan Wild Fibers, is in the process of developing the nettle fiber industry with the local community. According to the Center for Sustainable Fashion, Himalayan nettle is the longest fiber currently known to humankind

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Agriculture And Adapting To Climate Change In Himalayan Mountains Of India

Jul 6th, 2012 | By
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Mountain Voice: We interviewed a number of farmers in one of the most backward and remote district Uttarkashi in Uttarakhand state of India, about the kind of changes they now face in agriculture production and how they are adapting to it. The farmers mentioned that they feel climatic change for last 10-20 years in the

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Do Mountain People Have Access to Land and Forest Resources?

Jul 4th, 2012 | By
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Mountain Voice: During this series we interacted with a youth journalist working for an Indian news daily for over 10 years in Indian mountains.  He writes on issues related to natural resources, people’s rights, environment and developmental issues in the region on regular basis. We interviewed Mr. Deepak Benjwal on issues related to climate change

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Communities Not Companies: New Approach For Community Forestry Needed

Jul 3rd, 2012 | By




CIFOR: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (26 June, 2012) _ Models for smallholder and community forest management need to be rethought if certification – a key tool for ensuring sustainable forest management – is to succeed, according to scientists from the Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR). Presenting on the sidelines of the Rio+20 Conference in

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Climate-Smart Agriculture to Reduce Vulnerability

Jun 25th, 2012 | By




IPS: Agroforestry is gaining ground as a tool for climate change adaptation and mitigation in Central America, a region where global warming could generate losses equivalent to 19 percent of gross domestic product. Agroforestry is our only alternative to mitigate and adapt to climate change,” Alberto Chinchilla, executive director of the Central American Coordinating Association

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Environment: The Vanishing Forests

Jun 15th, 2012 | By




Dawn: Forests keep the planet alive and play a key role in the battle against climate change. Forests feed rivers and are essential in replenishing the water table; they maintain soil fertility and minimise the often devastating impact of storms, floods and fires. They are the green lungs of the earth. But despite all of

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UNEP: FAQ On Green Economy

Jun 15th, 2012 | By




We are posting the Frequently Asked Questions on Green Economy, as explained by UNEP, United Nations Environment Programme, that lead to this concept.        What is the “Green Economy”? For the purposes of the Green Economy Initiative, UNEP has developed a working definition of a green economy as one that results in improved human

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Greening The Economy With Agriculture

Jun 14th, 2012 | By




FAO: The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), through Resolution 64/236 of 24 December 2009, decided to organize the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, Rio de Janeiro, 3 to 6 June 2012 (UNCSD, also referred to as Rio+20). The two main stated themes decided by the UNGA for UNCSD are: a green economy in the

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